1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.
Galveston TX Hurricanes
Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years Average Direct hit every 8.63 years
The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000
The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph 42 people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage
Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.
Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars
Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history
Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong
On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.
Human Concerns: 40 Million Credit & Debit Card Numbers Stolen
Posted on Monday, August 11 @ 14:44:57 PDT by editor
As a result of an ongoing investigation since 2006, authorities announced on August 5th that 11 people were indicted for allegedly hacking into computer systems of nine major retailers and stealing 40 million credit and debit card numbers and passwords.
The stores affected were: Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Boston Market, DSW, Forever 21, Marshall’s, OfficeMax, Sports Authority and T. J. Maxx.
If you subscribe to any of these stores you should be concerned since your information may have been compromised for some time, however you can help protect possible future fraudulent activity by checking your credit cards, bank statements and credit reports for any suspicious activity and request your card cancelled and/or request a new one as soon as possible.
This criminal scourge may not abate any time soon and since the security of the information you provide to your vendors is out of your control the risk of your information being compromised increases.
Because it is becoming easier for thieves to obtain the information needed to steal and damage your identity, it is important to take a proactive approach and protect yourself.
CUT UP YOUR CARDS
Credit cards are a tightening rope around your neck giving us a sense of control and possibility that we just don't have with cash. They allowed us to live beyond our means.
And if the thought of criminals obtaining your information makes you uncomfortable, there is always the option of using cash. It could even help you cut back on overspending.