Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Waves smash highway in Japan from CBC.

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

As the ritual offers of help...which came from our various provinces and satrapies...came in, I noted yesterday that Japan offered only $200,000. This paltry tribute to the Empire surprized me. Usually they are number one in giving tributes to the Empire! So, although I was busy the last five days with American headlines, I headed back over to Asia who are the ones bankrolling America at this point.

Guess what? From the Canadian news:
Over 100,000 people were told to flee their homes Tuesday as a typhoon hit southern Japan. Typhoon Nabi lashed Japan and parts of South Korea, killing one person and injuring more than 40 others. Another 17 people were reported missing.A 75-year-old man died when his house was crushed by a landslide in Miyazaki on the southwestern main island of Kyushu. In South Korea, one man has been missing since he was swept away in a rising river in the southern city of Ulsan.

The eye of the storm made landfall at Isahaya near Nagasaki on the mountainous island of Kyushu. Kyushu is home to about 10 per cent of Japan's almost 130 million people.

The typhoon grounded hundreds of flights in Japan and South Korea, blocked trains and ferry services and closed down highways. Tens of thousands of travellers were stranded. Gale-driven waves flooded seaside towns.

More than 1,300 mm of rain fell in some parts of Kyushu in 24 hours. The typhoon was travelling at a slow pace of 30 km/h which meant more heavy rains were expected before it moves on.

Winds had weakened slightly but were gusting up to 126 km/h at the storm's centre.

The typhoon, named Nabi, meaning "butterfly" in Korean, was classified as a Category 3 storm. Forecasters expected it to weaken to a Category 1 over the next 24 hours.
Truly, a butterfly's wings flutter and on the other end of the planet, a hurricane arises. From Yahoo: One is approaching our chute of destruction today, will probably dump another 15" of rain on central Florida before entering the Big Warm Bathtub of the Gulf! Oh, did you see this news? I did, just before our hurricane hit. fFrom CNN:
A powerful typhoon has made landfall near Chiba city, east of the Japanese capital Tokyo, on Friday morning, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency.

Typhoon Mawar, named for a type of flower in the Malay language, crossed the coast at 4.30 a.m. local time (7.30 p.m. GMT), the JMA said, acccording to Kyodo news agency.

The storm brought strong winds, heavy rain and high waves along the coast. While it is starting to abate, there are flood warnings for parts of Japan's main island of Honshu.

Kyodo reported two people had been injured.

The JMA said that at 8 a.m., the typhoon was about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Tokyo and had winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour (67 mph) at its center.

The typhoon has affected air and ferry services, mainly between Tokyo and the Izu island chain, south of Tokyo, as well as road and rail transport.

CNN weather anchor Mari Ramos said Friday the typhoon was weakening rapidly.

She said the weather would improve and the high winds and sea would begin to abate, but the very heavy rainfalls associated with the typhoon meant there was still a danger of floods and landslides.

Kyodo news agency said Mawar was the second typhoon to make landfall on the Japanese archipelago this year.
With today's typhoon, this is number three for Japan and four for China. Not to mention the thousands who died in the monsoons in India.

Bush pauses from his many photo ops to bloviate again. From Yahoo.com:
"Bureaucracy is not going to stand in the way of getting the job done for the people," the president said after a meeting at the White House with his Cabinet on storm recovery efforts.

"What I intend to do is lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong," Bush said. "We still live in an unsettled world. We want to make sure we can respond properly if there is a WMD (weapons of mass destruction) attack or another major storm."

But Bush said now is not the time to point fingers and he did not respond to calls for a commission to investigate the response.
Another hurricane is lining up. So let's leave the same clowns, the same crew in charge. I hope the South votes differently next time around. I will feel less and less sorry for them if they persist in stupid choices. Bush wants to run the commission looking into this because Henry Kissinger is too busy making money off of dead bodies to be bothered. And with Bush investigating the intelligence failures of himself and his crew...well. Hahaha.

I am backing letting this man do the investigations: From Congressman Robert Wexler's office:
January 24, 2005

President George W. Bush

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush:

I respectfully request that you immediately remove Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response from his current position at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) given his failure to address agency fraud including a massive misallocation of recovery aid funds in Florida. As you are aware, there are several ongoing Federal investigations into disturbing reports of fraudulent reimbursements given to residents in Miami-Dade County, Florida following hurricane Frances. The reported fraud has cost the government over $30 million and can be described only as a debacle for an agency that was primarily responsible for helping the citizens of Florida rebuild their lives from one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in history.

As the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Under Secretary Brown coordinates federal disaster response and recovery operations and coordinates disaster activities and oversees the agency that has refused to accept responsibility for its glaring mistakes. While Mr. Brown and FEMA admit to $12 million in overpayments, they continue to refuse to own up to serious mistakes, blaming instead a "computer glitch" or un-attributable weather reports. Rather than leading the charge to correct the problems and help clear his agency's name, Under Secretary Brown has stymied investigations and inquiries into the fraud allegations. I am sure you agree that such a gross waste of taxpayer monies can not be taken lightly. This debacle has detracted from the invaluable work FEMA has carried out in areas that were actually affected by the hurricanes. Since he has been unwilling to take responsibility for the actions of his agency, I hope you will hold Under Secretary Brown responsible yourself.

I thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of my request.


Robert Wexler

Member of Congress
Visit the Congressman's web page and let him know we support this!

An article from last year, so precient! The National Geographic:
It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.

But the next day the storm gathered steam and drew a bead on the city. As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however—the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party.

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great.
And "no one imagined"! Gads.

Oh, and the Japanese want to remind us all about a document called "The Kyoto Accords." According to this treaty, the big nations are supposed to cut back global warming gasses so we won't all die in hurricanes and typhoons.

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