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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

Nuclear Issues

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.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones

Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel

Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert

Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry

Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"

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I T: Cookies, A Way of Life
Posted on Thursday, January 31 @ 11:20:29 PST by roradmin

Cookies are pieces of information generated by a web server and stored in your computer when you connect to the internet or to a particular website. As originally designed they were to be of benefit to the user eliminating having to fill out form information on each visit.

Every time you connect/access an internet site, whether MSN, AOL, Yahoo, Mozilla or any of your preferred sites, a piece of text is written to your PC’s harddisk, ready for future access. This is how you re-enter these sites without having to re-write the sometimes complicated addresses all over again. All you have to do is to click on the address bar of your browser and a list of previously visited sites will be available.

Also known as HTTP cookies, they are also used for authenticating, tracking and maintaining specific information and user preferences that gets transmitted back to the server without your knowledge, any notification or user consent.

Most current browsers allow users to decide which cookies to accept or reject depending on how you configure your preferences in your browser. Cookies are not computer programs, viruses, spyware or malware despite the scanning performed by many anti-spyware products and are unable to perform any operation by themselves.

With all the security and impersonation problems going around, one must be weary of cookies and the potential for abuse, as all new and existing computing technologies are under attack. Hackers and criminals are constantly and increasingly exploiting weaknesses inherent in all products utilized in personal computers as are unscrupulous marketers bombarding you with unsolicited mail/spam.

The use of cookies is an industry standard and many Web sites use them. If you do not wish to receive cookies, or want to be notified of when they are placed, you may set your web browser to do so, if your browser so permits.

Read the technical specifications of the particular browser you are using to learn how to manage cookies. For users with privacy concerns, there are various low cost software packages in the market, some of them free that will allow you to control, accept or reject cookies and/or browse the internet with anonymity.

No specific internet standards has been adopted pertaining this issue and it is clear that internet users should be aware and educated as to the nature and purpose of cookies as well as to what their realistic privacy alternatives are to decide on the best option available. Be aware of the privacy policy applicable to the sites you visit. If you do not agree with their Privacy Statement, do not use their Site.

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