US East Coast and Hurricane Irene

August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene hit the US east coast early on Saturday with driving rain and winds of 85mph. “As it began its journey towards New York City and New England, more than 2 million people were told to evacuate. Millions more were preparing for days of hurricane-force winds, rain, power cuts and disruption in its wake. NewYorkers brace themselves as hurricane Irene hits US coast. Suddenly residents paid attention to the emergency maps put out by City Hall. “Are you in zone A, B or C?” became a question as people consulted the map, which showed which parts of the city Irene could put underwater. Roads out of the city filled with traffic. Broadway shut down as no less than 23 plays and musicals closed their doors. It marked the first time the Great White Way had closed since the terror attacks of 11 September 2001. In effect, New York was being forced to stay indoors. Zoos closed, concerts were cancelled and even the city aquarium whose denizens might welcome a flood shut up shop. Airports shut down as Irene approached, canceling hundreds of flights. Possible rising seawater levels from storm surge and a predicted high tide led to a complete shutdown of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the nation’s largest mass transit system; this included all subways, buses, and commuter rails. The MTA shut down all its services at noon on August 27“, the media reported. “Now, approximately 1 million Americans in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and DC are without electricity . and the mayor of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania has warned citizens that outages could last for days”, the media added. As Irene heads north, that number is likely to grow

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“Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate coastal and low-lying areas along the eastern seaboard. As many as 1 million people have left the Jersey shore. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has warned that “we are going to break down doors if we have to enforce the evacuation [in Zone A, near the rivers and ocean]”. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irene has re-emerged over the Atlantic. It is warning that waters are rising in the Virginia tidewater region”, the media added. CNN reports that eight people have now lost their lives. Some locals said: “Central Park is closed. Never seen NY so quiet. All local news reports talking about what ‘might happen’. Seems to me TV stations are just exaggerating to make it all seem more exciting and dramatic than it is! … The queue outside the Trader Joe’s supermarket on 14th Street stretched all the way down the block , filled with a cross section of East Village life from suited-up young office workers to people clad in gym gear to smartly dressed nighthawks … I’m in Central Jersey where, much like the rest of the US, all our power cables are overland and intertwined with trees. Chances of trees falling and the power going off? High. Will the water be turned off? Unlikely … Many love that their life would be like what they see in the movies; But the real life and the movie are two different thing … The past few days in the city have felt a little like a disaster movie. No wonder most people were just waiting nervously for it all to be over.”

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“With Irene’s projected path fixed over much the US East Coast, over 65 million people from the Carolinas to Cape Cod were estimated to be at risk . Due to the threat, state officials, as well as ports, industries, oil refineries and nuclear plants, promptly prepared to activate emergency plans; residents in the areas stocked up on food supplies and worked to secure homes, vehicles and boats. States of emergency and hurricane warnings were declared for much of the upper East Coast, including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts . In advance of the storm, hundreds of thousands of people evacuated near coastal areas, and hundreds of shelters were prepared. Many gasoline stations in the region reported shortages due to the preparations for Irene . Six Major League Baseball games and one National Football League game were postponed. Despite Irene losing force, downgraded to category 1, storm surges and heavy rains are creating danger of widespread flooding. New York state governor declared a state of emergency on August 26. Obama issued a state of emergency declaration for the New York metropolitan area”, the media reported.

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The experts say: “Hurricane Irene is a North Atlantic tropical cyclone. A Hurricane or tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain. The characteristic that separates tropical cyclones from other cyclonic systems is that at any height in the atmosphere, the center of a tropical cyclone will be warmer than its surroundings; a phenomenon called “warm core” storm systems. To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph (33 m/s; 119 km/h). The SaffirSimpson Hurricane Scale, divides hurricanes into five categories distinguished by the intensities of their sustained winds . Category 1 storms (119153 km/h; 7495 mph) usually cause no significant structural damage to building structures; however, they uproot or snap trees. Storms of Category 2 (154177 km/h; 96110 mph) are strong enough that they can lift a house, and inflict damage upon poorly constructed doors and windows. Category 3 storms (178209 km/h; 111130 mph) cause some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings. Storms of Category 4 (210249 km/h; 131155 mph) produce Heavy, irreparable damage. Total and long-lived electrical and water losses are to be expected, possibly for many weeks.”

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“Category 5 storms (≥ 250 km/h; ≥ 156 mph) cause complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings, and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. According to Robert Simpson, If the wind speed of the hurricane is above 155 mph (250 km/h), then the damage to a building will be “serious no matter how well it’s engineered”, the experts add. In Iran, we don’t have any cyclone or tornado, and in Tehran, the maximum wind speed is about 70 km/h, that causes many dreadful problems ! So, many Iranians can not understand the meaning of a hurricane, a 140km/h wind, like Hurricane Irene. If we had some thing like Hurricane Irene in Iran, the Mullahs would say: “Oh, the Mahdi’s coming; It’s a sign of the second coming of Mahdi” ! and then the whole country and the whole life would be f-u-c-k-ed and paralyzed for years !


Inside Gaddafi’s Compound

August 28, 2011

With the search for the dictator and his sons continuing, the Egyptian news agency Mena, reported that six armored Mercedes sedans had crossed the border into Algeria. The report said that the cars could be carrying top figures from the Gaddafi regime, or even the dictator himself. But some think that Gaddafi is in a rat’s hole in the city of Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace. “The fighters will get him very soon, but now, many ordinary Libyans want to see the Gaddafi’s Compound, especially Aisha Gaddafi’s house”, a Libyan said. Gaddafi’s daughter, Aisha Gaddafi, is a exact copy of his father. In her palace, you can see a large gold chaise in the shape of a mermaid with Aishas own face.

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“The day we broke into the compound was a day of intense fighting, so loud you couldn’t hear each other’s names. When it was finished we looked around: the houses of his children, his own house, they had everything BMWs, Mercedes and guns everywhere. Upstairs they had boxes and boxes of sunglasses, maybe 100 pairs, still in their shop wrappers. They are all altered to correct Gaddafi’s vision. So I took a few pairs as presents [!]”, a Libyan revolutionary said. All revolutions have such scenes. In all around the world, the average people hate the dictators and their families. And one day they show their anger. But the dictator’s properties belong to all people, not to specific group or person.

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‘The other things I took were shampoo and a toothbrush, because I needed them [!], and I took some of his underpants [!] and some of his wife’s [!]. All their underwear is black. I took them outside and wrapped them on that statue of the clenched fist. It felt good. Then we went back to a school building where we were staying and we all cried. There must have been 200 guys and I think everyone was crying because in this war we have all lost someone, a brother, a friend or a cousin”, he added.

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“I lost my best friend two weeks ago. He was 31, he got married the week before Ramadan. I run a construction business and every year Gaddafi would have celebration on 1 September, always in a different part of the country. I would build the stage. After the war what I really want to do is repair my mother’s house and paint it. Under Gaddafi we had to paint it white [!]. If you wanted to make it another color you have to take a signature from the government [!!!] , and blah, blah, blah. I’d like to paint it sand-colored. Beige”, the fighter added. All dictators are alike. They ban everything. They dictate everything. But one day the people rebel and f-u-c-k the dictator. If you want to understand the meaning of tyranny, you should read George Orwell’s novels: “Animal Farm” and “1984”.

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“In Tripoli, neighborhoods have been without running water for several days and the electricity station is no longer coping with demand. “We don’t know the electricity problem, we don’t know the water problem, we don’t know the communication problem,” NTC officials said. “In the next few days we will have answers.” With all the city’s petrol filling stations remaining closed, drivers are paying black-market rates of around $80 for 20 litres of petrol”, the media reported. It’s so obvious that the savage Gaddafi is responsible for this great mess. But Libyans need more time. They want to be happy now, but at the same time they should work hard for a better future.

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“We have 30,000 metric tones of gasoline and will start distributing to the public today. Diesel fuel will arrive the day after tomorrow, which is essential to the city to support the power and water supply”, NTC officials said. They said they did not yet know how many people were affected by power and water shortages and would try to issue an assessment on Sunday,” the media reported. In the next weeks and the next months, the whole world would see what NTC and the ordinary Libyans do for a free election and for building a better country. We hope they could succeed.

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The NTC fighters are reported to have taken Bin Jawad, a town about 140 km from Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace and a key stronghold. They should take all remaining cities and then focus on building the ruined cities and country. Gaddafi’s legacy for Libya is poverty, pain, and ignorance. But the stupid lefts support Gaddafi and his legacy. The stupid lefts support the dictatorship in Libya, Syria, Iran, etc. They are really bastard, who support the great bastards. The average people in all around the world should know these bastards. Shame on them all.