Thursday, February 20, 2014

Not All We Need to Know - Part I

Example of insignificant(?) NEWS  #1

20 FEB 2014 - Pollution levels in parts of Iceland peaked yesterday at 40 times the upper safe limit ...  the first time since the last volcanic eruptions in 2010-2011. Particulate matter in air should not exceed 50 micrograms per square meter. In Reykjavík it was 420 micrograms per square meter with spikes of up to 2,000 micrograms. People with respiratory diseases have been urged to avoid areas of heavy traffic.

Kristín Lóa Ólafsdóttir, specialist at the Reykjavík Health Authority, told  Iceland Review online she believes some of the excess dust is due to sand and salt used on the roads during winter but also dust in the environment including sand from the eastern part of the country due to strong wind in recent days. As it hasn’t rained in the capital for quite a few days now the ground is also very dry.

Is dust and winds in the dry U.S. West, or road sand in the U.S. East of little significance?  Apparently it has been insignificant to the mainstream media, which has also been ignoring the possibility of radiation plumes from Fukishima.

In December of 2012, after the 11 March 2011 Fukishima Nuclear disaster, the EPA lowered the level for safe exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) by 20% from 15 µg/m3 to 12 µg/m3.  

The U.S. public has been reassured, so far, possibly? 

Example of insignificant(?) NEWS  #2

Container ship MV Maersk Alabama has been a target for numerous pirate incidents off Somalia. The April 2009 incident (first of two that year) became the basis for a 2013 film, Captain Phillips, which involved a successful rescue of the ship's master by SEALs.

19 FEB 2014 - Deaths of two security contractors
Two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors aboard the Maersk Alabama for the private security firm Trident Group were found dead aboard the container ship, a day after it docked at Port Victoria, Seychelles.  Seychelles police identified the two, found dead Tuesday, as Jeffrey Reynolds,  described by neighbors as a devoted father, and Mark Kennedy, both 44.

  • Both were found dead in a cabin onboard the ship on February 18 at around 4:30 p.m. local time. The causes of their deaths have not been made publicsource

  • State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed the men were U.S. citizens. The Coast Guard is involved in the investigation because the Maersk Alabama is a U.S.-flagged ship, Harf said.
  • The police gave no cause of death and said a post mortem had been scheduled. 
  • The U.S. Coast Guard stated from its headquarters in Washington that it is investigating the deaths.  
  • Kevin N. Speers, a senior director for Maersk Line, said in a statement that the security contractors boarded the vessel on January 29, and that their deaths were "not related to vessel operations or their duties as security personnel... I'm absolutely clueless as to what happened." 
  • Reynolds and Kennedy worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm. The company's president, Tom Rothrauff, said the men were former Navy SEALs.
    Requests to Trident for information about the two men were not answered Wednesday.

    Both were found dead in a cabin onboard the ship on February 18 at around 4:30 p.m. local time. The causes of their deaths have not been made public.

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    The U.S. public would simply like to know if terrorism of any sort was involved in the deaths of the former SEALS.  One thing is for certain, the two were not victims of Norovirus.  Stay tuned for updates.

    Submarines are always silent and strange.

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