Saturday, 23 September 2017

FEMA camps and mass graves? Speculation on the missing in Texas and Florida

Where have all the people gone?


I started my day by reading the latest essay from James Howard Kunstler who since he wrote A Long Emergency and A World Made by Hand has been describing what collapse might look like.

Writing about the latest calamity to befall yet another territory of the United States - Puerto Rico - concluded by writing:

"We’re only two days past the Hurricane Maria’s direct hit on Puerto Rico and there is no phone communication across the island, so we barely know what has happened. We’re weeks past Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and news of the consequences from those two events has strangely fallen out of the news media. Where have the people gone who lost everything? The news blackout is as complete and strange as the darkness that has descended on Puerto Rico."

His question, "where have the people gone who lost everything" is on the lips of any of us who follow this.

How many people have been washed out to sea? What happened to the folk on Florida Keys? To the folk that had little and have now lost everything in Houston and elsewhere in Texas?

The "news " we are getting has the smell of a cover-up and people have been all abuzz about this on social media and Facebook and who can blame them for the speculation.

As for what people have to put up with in these places I will start with what can be established as fact.

It is almost beyond my ability to find the language to describe how I feel about such outrages.

If I didn't have stories closer to home about how the authorities respond to these disasters I wouldn't believe them - just as many comfortably-off, privileged folk removed from the reality of this will poo-poo such stories and exclaim loudly "these things don't happen!"

But they do and when you are confronted by reality when a hurricane strikes near you and you no longer have the things you take for granted - electricity and running water - you will quickly discover that these things do happen!

I am going to go out on a limb here and give voice to what has been conspiracy theory in the past - but which just MAY be conspiracy fact.

People are talking way-out stuff such as FEMA camps and prison barges.

I first encountered this some years ago when someone gave me a DVD with material by Alex Jones.  It was not difficult to punch holes in the whole thing. Jones would walk into a stadium which cold have been anywhere and exclaim "this is a FEMA camp". Wild conclusions old be reached from arguments that had no logical sequence to it and these conclusions would be used to reach further illogical conclusions.

This from Jesse Ventura a fe w years ago:

In short it was the stuff of conspiracy theory and I wasn't having any of it.

Immediately people are rushing  out with the same conclusions.

Firstly, about mass FEMA graves

For "balance" you can read this from Snopes (for which I have about as much respect as for Alex Jones' most wild claims)

What’s shown in the photos displayed with the “FEMA camp” story are not “plastic coffins” or “disposable coffins,” but rather what’s known as burial vaults or grave liners. These liners don’t hold human remains in themselves; they’re a protective shell”

And then there are those barges which turned up at Port Arthur, TX.. The official explanation (to the extent that there is ANY) is that they are providing temporary housing

Let’s just see if any of the people being housed there turn up again, safe and accounted for.

My guess is that these folk are so “insignificant” that hardly anyone will notice if they’re never seen or hear from again and the people asking the questions can be disregarded and scoff at as “conspiracy theorists”

We are in a totally different situation now and legitimate questions do have to be asked about what fate has befallen thousands of people who have clearly not been accounted for since Harvey, Irma – and now, Katia – have struck.

What follows is a collection of material where some people may be putting together footage (such as the old man interviewed outside a holding center who is clearly not totallly mentally - well) to support their own ideas. But still others are asking questions or describing their own experiences.

I am not in any way equipped to give any answers so will finish with the question I started with - "where have all the people gone" and ave you to make of the following what you will.

FEMA DEATH CAMPS The Strange Happenings Amid Hurricanes Irma & Harvey

The Killing Fields of Hurricane Harvey

More Information Re: Houston, & What Americans Have To Deal With When Disaster Strikes

Puerto Rico - the future's here now and we're not prepared for it

In the Murk

James Howard Kunstler

22 September, 2017

Puerto Rico, You lovely island,
Island of tropical breezes….

— West Side Story

Welcome to America’s first experiment in the World Made By Hand lifestyle. Where else is it going? Watch closely.

Ricardo Ramos, the director of the beleaguered, government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, told CNN Thursday that the island’s power infrastructure had been basically “destroyed” and will take months to come back

Basically destroyed.” That’s about as basic as it gets civilization-wise.

Residents, Mr. Ramos said, would need to change the way they cook and cool off. For entertainment, old-school would be the best approach, he said. “It’s a good time for dads to buy a ball and a glove and change the way you entertain your children.”

Meaning, I guess, no more playing Resident Evil 7: Biohazard on-screen because you’ll be living it — though one wonders where will the money come from to buy the ball and glove? Few Puerto Ricans will be going to work with the power off. And the island’s public finances were in disarray sufficient to drive it into federal court last May to set in motion a legal receivership that amounted to bankruptcy in all but name. The commonwealth, a US territory, was in default for $74 billion in bonded debt, plus another $49 billion in unfunded pension obligations.

So, Puerto Rico already faced a crisis pre-Hurricane Maria, with its dodgy electric grid and crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water and sewage systems. Bankruptcy put it in a poor position to issue new bonds for public works which are generally paid for with public borrowing. Who, exactly, would buy the new bonds? I hear readers whispering, “the Federal Reserve.” Which is a pretty good clue to understanding the circle-jerk that American finance has become.

Some sort of bailout is unavoidable, though President Trump tweeted “No Bailout for Puerto Rico” after the May bankruptcy proceeding. Things have changed and the shelf-life of Trumpian tweets is famously brief. But the crisis may actually strain the ability of the federal government to pretend it can cover the cost of every calamity that strikes the nation — at least not without casting doubt on the soundness of the dollar. And not a few bonafide states are also whirling around the bankruptcy drain: Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kentucky.

Constitutionally states are not permitted to declare bankruptcy, though counties and municipalities can. Congress would have to change the law to allow it. But states can default on their bonds and other obligations. Surely there would be some kind of fiscal and political hell to pay if they go that route. Nobody really knows what might happen in a state as big and complex as Illinois, which has been paying its way for decades by borrowing from the future. Suddenly, the future is here and nobody has a plan for it.

The case for the federal government is not so different. It, too, only manages to pay its bondholders via bookkeeping hocuspocus, and its colossal unfunded obligations for social security and Medicare make Illinois’ predicament look like a skipped car payment.

In the meantime — and it looks like it’s going to be a long meantime — Puerto Rico is back in the 18th Century, minus the practical skills and simpler furnishings for living that way of life, and with a population many times beyond the carrying capacity of the island in that era. For instance, how many houses get their water from cisterns designed to catch rain runoff? How many communities across the island are walkable? (It looks like the gas stations will be down for quite a while.) 

I’ve been there and much of the island is as suburbanized as New Jersey — thanks to the desire to be up-to-date with the mainland, and the willingness of officials to make it look like that.

We’re only two days past the Hurricane Maria’s direct hit on Puerto Rico and there is no phone communication across the island, so we barely know what has happened. We’re weeks past Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and news of the consequences from those two events has strangely fallen out of the news media. Where have the people gone who lost everything? The news blackout is as complete and strange as the darkness that has descended on Puerto Rico.

5.7 earthquake off North California

5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes N. California – USGS

5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes N. California – USGS

22 September, 2017

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean has hit Petrolia in California's Humboldt County, according to the the US Geological Survey.

Following initial reports of two earthquakes, the USGS is now reporting just one occurred on Friday afternoon, a magnitude 5.7.

Previously it was reported that the first quake was quickly followed by a second one coming in at a magnitude of 5.6, closer to shore. Both quakes were very shallow, which amplified their effects, Reuters reported.

The USGS reported that the 5.7 quake occurred 126 miles (204 kilometers) west of Ferndale, California, around 12:50pm Pacific time.

No tsunamis are currently expected, according to AccuWeather.

"It occurred on the Mendocino Fracture Zone," Jack Boatwright, a seismologist with the USGS office said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle"It's an active area. We get a lot of earthquakes here."

The Office of Emergency Services for Humboldt County said there are no initial reports of damage, or injuries from the quake.

Puerto Rico dam fails

Puerto Rico dam fails; evacuations begin along Guajataca River

22 September, 20147

(CNN)All people living near the Guajataca River in northwest Puerto Rico should evacuate immediately because of an "imminent dam break," the National Weather Service in San Juan said Friday afternoon.

"All Areas surrounding the Guajataca River should evacuate NOW. Their lives are in DANGER! Please SHARE!" an earlier tweet said.

About 70,000 people in the area of the Guajataca Dam have been told to evacuate, National Guard spokeswoman Yennifer Alvarez told CNN's Leyla Santiago. Buses have been brought in to help people leave.

Speaking on CNN's "Out Front" with Erin Burnett, Puerto Rican Secretary of State Luis Gerardo Rivera Marín said the evacuations are difficult because the island was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria, which struck earlier this week. Many parts of Puerto Rico are flooded and more than 3 million people don't have electricity.

"It is (done) in the blackness of the night," he said. "There's lack of energy, especially in the mountain regions where the winds were higher speeds."

The NWS issued a flash-flood notice for the towns of Isabela and Quebradillas, which are about 6 miles apart. Isabela has about 45,000 people, Quebradillas 25,000 people.

The dam was constructed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to create a lake that provides drinking water to residents of the area, according to the US Geological Survey.

Paula Bennett's revenge?


Listen to Ashley HERE while you still can.

Carl Peterson
1 hr
The Emperor Has No Clothes. This election is a sham. This government is a scam. Can we fix this by using the law, and elections? Only time will tell. Do WE have the balls to stand up and be heard like Ashley Farrell?
Please join us in this movement to remove tax and debt enslavement before all hope is lost. There is a way, but the door is closing fast.

Back in July Ashley Farrell made accusations against Deputy PM Paula Bennett the details of which can be seen here:

Deputy PM, Paula Bennett, threatens legal action over accusations of criminal activity

Predictably the video made at the time by Ashley has been dissappered.

PLEASE listen! If he is speaking the truth (and I have no reason to doubt what he says whatsoever) it is bonechilling and an indication of where New Zealand has come to - on the day New Zealanders go to the polls in a manipulated election.

Paula Bennett is the DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and seems to have gone AWOL during the whole election campaign.

Does anyone who knows the history of this government under John Key have anyt doubt that this is Paula Bennett (or the police on her behalf) taking revenge by arresting this man on bogus charges.

Here is some more details:

Friday, 22 September 2017

Guy McPherson in debate with other climate change scentists

4 Panel Climate Change Discussion*Scientists*More Hurricanes with Capacity to Level Cities

Marc Haneburght

Part 1 of 2. This is the real breaking news. Main media will not give the information that is needed to give you the whole picture.

You will be captured by some of the information given. You're knowledge will be broadened by watching this highly important climate change discussion. 

Part 2 of 2. The discussion becomes a bit more heated, with some laughter to cool it down


Are some solutions really factual and feasible, or does it make us just feel good? Where do solar panels come from? Getting to the root.

This is the real breaking news. Main media will not give the information that is needed to give you the whole picture.

You will be captured by some of the information given. You're knowledge will be broadened by watching this highly important climate change discussion.

George Monbiot demolishes denier David Bellamyc

This is from 7 years ago,in 2010

David Bellamy being humiliated by George Monbiot over climate change. 

David Bellamy and bad science

Watch David Bellamy's arguments being totally demolished by George Monbiot. (If you research it you find Bellamy gets his data from a fraudster who alleges that the Queen is the head of an international drugs syndicate.)

Entire towns in Mexico flattened in earthquake

Entire towns in Mexico flattened as scale of earthquake damage emerges
Thousands of left homeless in towns and communities outside Mexico City as official rescue and relief efforts struggle to cope with the widespread destruction

22 September, 2017

Hopes that rescuers will find more survivors trapped beneath collapsed buildings in central Mexico were fading on Thursday, as the scale of the devastation wreaked by the country’s deadliest earthquake for a generation started to become clear.

At least 250 people died and 1,900 were injured in the 7.1 magnitude quake which struck Mexico on Tuesday – 32 years to the day after the country’s deadliest earthquake killed thousands and laid waste to the capital city. The death toll will certainly rise as rescue workers continue to search the precarious ruins amid the threat of aftershocks, collapsing rubble and gas leaks.

Parts of Mexico City – which is built on a drained lakebed – have been devastated, but details of the destruction outside the capital are only now starting to emerge, with reports of entire towns flattened and thousands of people left homeless.

Directly south of Mexico City in Morelos state, the death toll stands at 73. The damage was especially acute in the municipality of Jojutla, where houses were reduced to rubble.

Jojutla is damaged badly, but there are communities that have suffered the same or worse,” said Óscar Cruz, a spokesman with the local Catholic diocese, who added all 89 Catholic parishes in the state suffered damage. “What’s tragic is that the damage is worst in the poorest pueblos.”

In Puebla state, authorities have declared a state of “extraordinary emergency” in 112 municipalities – equivalent to 51% of the region. The death toll in Puebla has risen to 43.

At least 1,700 homes have been declared uninhabitable and should be demolished over coming months, according to the state governor. The number could well rise after experts finish more exhaustive inspections.

In Metepec, a quaint colonial town, almost every house and business has suffered structural damage, raising fears among residents that the rebuild could take years.

Calls for urgent help and supplies in towns and communities outside the capital continue to be posted on social networks as official rescue and relief efforts struggle to cope with the widespread destruction.

Hopes that survivors could still be found have been boosted by the round-the-clock coverage of the navy-led search for a 12-year-old girl believed to be trapped under a collapsed school in the south of Mexico City.

Over the past two days, the country has been captivated by the story of the girl, named as Frida Sofia, as TV networks and authorities repeatedly reported that her rescue was imminent. In the hours after the quake struck, 11 other children were rescued from the Enrique Rebsamen School; 21 children and five adults have been found dead so far.

But contradictory reports from the scene have led to confusion and anger towards the country’s main broadcasters for peddling false hope and neglecting the rest of the quake’s victims.

According to the broadcaster Televisa, all students with that name at the school had been accounted for, while the public education secretary Aurelio Nuño said that the girl’s parents had not been located.

There was also growing anger at alleged attempts by the armed forces, which have taken over many of the rescue operations initially led by volunteers, and had started to raze collapsed buildings less than 72 hours after the earthquake – prompting fears that they could destroy buildings where survivors remained trapped.

In the trendy La Roma neighbourhood, the navy reportedly shut down a rescue operation in an office block on Thursday morning in order to start bulldozing the unstable structure from which 24 survivors had been pulled free.

The sobbing mother of one young woman trapped inside told Televisa “I will not let the navy bulldoze this building when my daughter and other people are still trapped inside and could be alive.”

Reports of clashes between volunteer rescue workers and the armed forces are also surfacing across the capital.

The army has a history of imposing brutal triage rules for natural disasters which dates back to the 1985 earthquake,” said public policy analyst Rodolfo Soriano Nuñez. “They might get away with this arrogant approach in Oaxaca or Chiapas, but not in Mexico City.”

As cracks started to show in what has been until now lauded as a unified national response, extraordinary tales of survival continue to lift spirits.

Ashley Skoch, 29, was lying in bed watching TV on the sixth floor of a seven-storey apartment block in La Condesa that was toppled by the tremor.

Skoch, from Seattle, arrived in the city a few hours before the earthquake struck to visit a friend who had lived in the building for two years. She jumped up and ducked at the foot of the bed as the walls began to crack and the building “slid down like a layer cake”, she told the Guardian. It almost certainly saved her life.

When I came to, my head was bleeding, a giant pillar had fallen onto the bed but I wasn’t trapped and could move my body. I was in shock but I put on my pants, grabbed my backpack and laptop and got myself out of the rubble and sat down.”

Nearby construction workers rushed to the scene of the collapsed building and used a crane to lift her to the ground. By this time, Skoch could barely stand, so a man carried her down the road and tried to stop the bleeding until an ambulance arrived and took her to a clinic, from where she was able to contact her friend. Skoch sustained a compound fracture to the spine, but should make a full recovery.

I feel lucky, but can’t make sense of why I survived when so many others died or are still missing.”

Zapad-2017 exercise ends

NATO Slitting Wrists After Russian Exercise Ends Without Anticipated Invasion of Europe

21 September, 2017

After conclusion of the Zapad 2017 military exercises the Russian units participating are packing up and returning to their barracks:
Russian troops have started to routinely return to their home bases after the end of the joint Russia-Belarus Zapad 2017 exercises that earlier provoked large-scale hysteria in the West over their nature, numbers and purpose.
Units of the Russian Air Force were first to set off for home following the end of the drills, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Russian military “planes… [and] helicopters… involved in the various stages of the exercises, including those conducted on Belarusian territory, will be redeployed to their home airfields in two days,” the ministry said, adding that the withdrawal operation had already begun, as reported by the Interfax news agency.

Poor NATO and associated media will have to wait another 4 years before they can again pretend they fear the Zapad drills may be a cover for invasion of Poland.

Rouhani: Tehran will boost its missile capabilities

They’d be mad not to.

Iranian president Rouhani says Tehran will boost its missile capabilities – state media

Iranian president Rouhani says Tehran will boost its missile capabilities – state media
A man looks at Iranian-made missiles at Holy Defence Museum in Tehran © Raheb Homavandi / Reuters

22 September, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to strengthen the country’s missile capabilities, state media reported. The statement comes amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington after President Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly.
The Iranian leader addressed the military on Friday, during a parade marking the start of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Rouhani said that the country will boost its military capabilities, from missiles to ground, air and sea forces. The military will be strengthened to the extent that Iran considers necessary, he added.

Trump may cite UN resolution to decertify Iran nuclear deal – US envoy to UN

"We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities...We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country," Rouhani said, as cited by the Irna news agency.

The president stressed the defensive nature of their weapons. Their purpose is to defend the country and the region from “the invasion of the great powers” and from terrorism, he said.

He emphasized that, “like it or not,” Tehran will defend “the oppressed people” of Yemen, Syria and Palestine.

In his first speech at the UN on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump called Iran a “depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” accusing it of funding terrorists and undermining the stability of the entire Middle East. Trump also said that the milestone nuclear deal concluded in 2015 by Tehran and leading world powers, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” and “an embarrassment” to the US.

Tehran has blasted Trump’s choice of words, calling them “shameless and ignorant remarks,” that ignore “Iran’s fight against terrorism,”said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was among the negotiators of the document that restricts Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for a loosening of international sanctions.