Indonesia was rocked by two separate disasters earlier this week – a 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami on Monday that swept onto the Mentawai Island chain in western Indonesia, and less than 24 hours later and a few hundred miles away, Mount Merapi erupted multiple times, unleashing searing pyroclastic flows that destroyed villages and blanketed the countryside in ash. Rescue personnel are only now reaching some of the more remote areas, but as of this writing, it is estimated that nearly 300 people were killed by the tsunami, and at least 30 died near Mount Merapi. Collected here are early photos from the dual disasters, and the rescue and recovery efforts just underway. (37 photos total)
Indonesian search and rescue teams explore the area after Mount Merapi volcano erupted the night before in the village of Pakem in Sleman, Yogyakarta province on October 27, 2010. (CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images) #
(I contemplated posting picture 35, but there’s a good reason it’s behind a warning link on the site, so I picked the above picture instead)
An equipment failure disrupted communication between 50 nuclear missiles and the launch control center at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming over the weekend, although the Air Force never lost the ability to launch the missiles.
Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Vician said the break occurred early Saturday and lasted less than one hour. The White House was briefed about the failure Tuesday morning.
There was no evidence of foul play, officials said Tuesday.
The chairman of British Airways has launched an attack on "completely redundant" airport checks and said the UK should stop "kowtowing" to US demands for increased security.
The comments by Martin Broughton reflect broader industry and passenger frustration over the steady accumulation of rules on everything from onboard liquids to hand baggage that have blossomed since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In remarks at the annual conference of the UK Airport Operators Association in London, he said that the practice of forcing people to take off their shoes and have their laptops checked separately in security lines should be ditched.
Mr Broughton said there was no need to "kowtow to the Americans every time they wanted something done" to beef up security on US-bound flights, especially when this involved checks the US did not impose on its own domestic routes.
"America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do," he said. "We shouldn’t stand for that. We should say, ‘we’ll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential’."
Tim Profitt, the Rand Paul campaign’s Bourbon County coordinator, admitted today to stomping on the head of activist Lauren Valle outside Monday’s debate between Paul and Jack Conway. The Lexington Police have issued a criminal summons for the head-stomper.
And he was found by the Tea-Party blog-o-sphere.
Maybe some more tea partiers will be moved to tell the Lexington police what they saw that night. I’m heartened to realize that it’s entirely possible, to see that there are people on the other side of the ideological spectrum who are as sickened and horrified by this incident as are we on the left. A small measure of my faith in my fellow Americans has been restored with this knowledge. May we all strive to keep in mind that we are all, indeed, countrymen.
As your Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, I’m grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to the people of Wisconsin and draw some distinctions between myself—a D.C. outsider—and Russ Feingold. The incumbent is a classic tax-and-spend liberal who, if elected, will increase the deficit even further. But most importantly, Russ Feingold is a career politician who knows exactly where to find our nation’s capital on a map.
Me? I don’t have the slightest idea. If somebody asked me right now where Washington, D.C. is, I would say north, but that’s really just a shot in the dark. I am literally clueless.
I’m finishing up my time machine. I’m bolting down the flux capacitor right now. I’ll start small, go back just 5 minutes… I’ll let you know how things work out..