Tropical Storm Talim and Fukushima Japan


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Another storm is projected to hit to the island of Japan within 72 hours and possibly the Fukushima area Friday night.  Tropical Storm Talim has formed in the south china sea which is rare at this time of year.  Taiwan is forecasted to receive large amounts of rainfall.  At this time sustained winds are 50 mph and no forecasts for increased winds at this time.

Typhoon Guchol (Butchoy) is just hitting southern Japan.  Fears are still high for the badly damaged nuclear facility Fukushima Daiichi.  Hopefully Talim will pass south of Japan.

illustration: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/1205.html

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/wp201206.disc.html

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSOC&ID=201206190017

Typhoon Guchol (Butchoy) Update 2 Media Blackout


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Typhoon Guchol is speeding towards Japan and hitting it within 24 hours.  As of today, the storm has 120 mph winds and would be classified as a category 3 hurricane in the atlantic ocean. The typhoon‘s eye has filled in and it is showing signs of slowing down and weakening.  16 inches of rain are expected in Japan as the typhoon moves northeast.   West of Tokyo, they expect mudslides and flooding.   There is a huge media blackout on the topic of this typhoon and the danger it poses when combined with the nuclear disaster in Fukushima that occured in early 2011.  A couple of days ago when I wrote my other post on this issue, as I researched the internet, links that I had visited minutes before were disappearing.  I checked my history and some of them still worked, but were not being indexed by Google.

The next 36 hours are critical! The forecast says that the typhoon will pass far west of Fukushima.  You can watch the wind change direction as the typhoon moves across Japan. (This also shows the danger zone Fukushima).  Note how the winds blow east over Japan then how the jetstream takes the air right over the radioactivity westward.  http://www.kachelmannwetter.de/japan/japan.html

http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=npac_slp

http://japandailypress.com/typhoon-guchol-racing-towards-japan-194597

Facebook Buys Facial Recognition Face.com


In a move to open up opportunities, the social network site, Facebook.com bought Face.com, an Israeli company, that specializes in facial recognition software.

Face.com has already released 2 facebook apps, the first, called photo finder, scans untagged pictures of themselves and friends and photo tagger,  which allows a user to tag pictures in bulk.

Although the apps may seem convenient to some, facial recognition software has raised flags with privacy groups and other people that don’t want their privacy invaded and potentially fall into the hands of those who could abuse it, like corporations or the state.  Matching a face to a name and then a person’s entire background could be used to achieve a society under complete surveillance every time they leave their home and a camera picks up their image, in a store, on the street, or in this instance, where they were and who they were with, when a photo was taken.   As this technology advances, expect to see more and more law enforcement agencies using it to track every citizen, associate you with other people and associate the people within a certain area of a crime that’s taken place.

This is especially troubling because Facebook recently bought the popular app called Instagram, which allows users to take photos with their phones, add filters to achieve certain effects, tag people, geotag the location of the photograph and then share the photograph with other Instagram users (which boasted 30 million accounts in April, before the Android app was available).

Face.com is backed by Yandex NV, Russia’s most-used search engine, and investing firm Rhodium.

Alas, Facebook is not the first to use facial recognition technology.  Google‘s Picasa, Apple’s iPhoto,  Sony’s Picture Motion Browser and Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery already use similar software.

Facebook’s stock rose 4.7 percent in trading today, but still falling 17 percent short of it’s projected value.

And don’t bother deleting your pictures from any of these services, they’ve already been crawled most likely and if not the FBI has been using this technology for awhile.

 

The image above represents a study done by Adam Harvey in which makeup is used to disguise ones face.  The faces with red square are ones that were identified by facial recognition software.  This may be out of date.  read more: http://gajitz.com/about-face-defeat-face-recognition-software-with-makeup/

 

Super Typhoon Guchol (Butchoy) Update 1


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Butchoy has now become the season’s first “super typhoon” or that equal to a category 5 hurricane.  It is expected to miss the philippines, but officials warned of a storm surge.

As Butchoy advances north, it may hit Okinawa Japan the evening of June 17.  It is expected to be a category 1 storm by the time it reaches Tokyo and Fukushima prefecture, where it is expected to make landfall.  While the downgrade in strength of the storm is good, it also means that Butchoy will be moving slower, dropping large amounts of water at the damaged reactors.  Typhoon Butchoy (Guchol) could hammer the eastern seaboard until Thursday June 22.

http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=17.3&lon=127.7&zoom=6&type=hyb&rad=0&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=0&riv=0&mm=0&hur=1&hur.wr=0&hur.cod=1&hur.fx=1&hur.obs=1&fire=0&ft=0&sl=0

http://www.westernpacificweather.com/2012/06/17/weekend-wespac-tropical-report-for-june-17-2012/

curiously this was offline for me (camera at fukushima daichi):

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index-e.html

Typhoon Guchol and Further Disaster at Fukushima Possible


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This could be potentially very devastating for the northern hemisphere.  Fukushima’s damaged reactor and waste pools are still leaking, if this typhoon hits, most likely it will be damaged further, perhaps destroyed completely, leaking out the rest of the radiactive materials into the air and pacific ocean. Maybe its time to go to the southern hemisphere.

Powerful Typhoon GUCHOL (BUTCHOY) has strengthened rapidly into a dangerous 220-km/hr howler…likely to become the 1st Super Typhoon of 2012. Thick Monsoon Rainclouds approaching Western Luzon including Metro Manila and Mindoro (philippines)

GUCHOL (BUTCHOY) will enhance the Southwest Monsoon (aka. Habagat) across Visayas & Luzon particularly the western sections tonight until Tuesday. Breezy to windy conditions & cloudy skies w/ occasional to widespread rains, thunderstorms & squalls will be expected. The seas along the coastal areas along the West Philippine and Visayan Sea will become moderate to rough & dangerous.

Residents and visitors along the East Coast of the Philippines and the Southern Islands of Japan, particularly Okinawa and Ryukyu should closely monitor the progress of GUCHOL (BUTCHOY).

Do not use this for life or death decision. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only. Kindly refer to your country’s official weather agency for local warnings, advisories & bulletins.

The following Consequences are identified for a Loss of Spent Fuel Pool Level:

* risk of a fire in fuel pool number 4 is real, and that the risks of contamination are so severe that an international effort is required.

* a nominal release of 10% of the SFP 4 inventory of cesium and strontium would represent 3-10 times the March 2011 release amounts

Spent fuel pools are not protected in the same way as reactor cores, and the unit 4 building is seriously damaged

* the fuel rods currently produce about one megawatt (MVV) or more of waste energy in the form of heat (1,000,000 Watts!)

* If cooling water for the spent fuel pool is lost – either by collapse of the pool, formation of cracks in the pool, or other factors – a major release of radioactive material could result. Given the large amount of heat generated by the fuel rods, the temperature would rise quickly. These rods are surrounded by zirconium cladding, and at high temperatures, this cladding catalyzes hydrogen production, can generate additional heat, and even explode and burn (NRC, 2006).

* The water surrounding the fuel rods in the spent fuel pools serves two purposes: First, it conducts heat away from the fuel assemblies to avoid overheating. Second, it provides shielding from the extremely high radiation levels near the rods.

* loss of shielding by the cooling water could critically increase radiation levels in the entire Daiichi complex. High radiation is already a serious problem limiting worker and even robot access to the plant to perform repairs and mitigation, and to maintain cooling of the other spent fuel pools and reactors. Thus, a catastrophic failure of the unit 4 spent fuel pool could potentially cascade into additional releases from the other spent fuel pools and reactors.

http://www.typhoon2000.ph/advisory.html

http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2012/06/16/typhoon-guchol-intensified-near-philipiness-heading-toward-japan/

http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/warnings/wp0512.gif

http://enformable.com/2012/06/nuclear-engineer-identifies-mechanism-for-potential-catastrophic-drain-down-of-fukushima-unit-4-spent-fuel-pool/

Link Found Between Stuxnet and Flame!


Kaspersky Labs have found a unique piece of code that appeared in both the Stuxnet virus and Flame virus.  An earlier article in The New York Times, reports that the virus’s were most likely, created in tandem, by the U.S.A. and Israel to undermine the nuclear facilities of Iran. The two teams of developers seem to have ended their joint involvement in development of  the malware sometime in 2010.   Both governments (u.s. and israel) have denied participation.

I am slightly surprised that they made such undetectable, highly sophisticated malware/spyware, but failed to notice they had used the same piece of coding in both virus’s.  Big fail.  And an even bigger fail is that they were trying to sabotage the iranian nuclear enrichment facility.  They could have caused a meltdown!!  Or were they trying to cause a meltdown in order to justify another war?  The world does not need another 3 mile island, chernobyl or fukushima.

http://news.yahoo.com/proof-links-flame-stuxnet-super-cyber-weapons-researchers-150951902–abc-news-topstories.html

The Flame Virus.


“We believe Flame was written by a different team of programmers but commissioned by the same larger entity,” Roel Schouwenberg, a security researcher at Kaspersky Labs, said.

From my previous post, we must assume Flame is the work of the United States and/or Israel. Nations that have the skill to commit cyber espionage of this complexity are mainly the U.S.A., Israel, Russia, and China.

Flame has infected thousands of systems and stolen data across the middle east.  Iran has confirmed infections on several high ranking officials computers.

At 20 megabytes in size, the Flame virus is huge, much, much larger than Duqu or Stuxnet.  They also believe that it Flame could be older than 2007 and it’s been hiding in plain sight the whole time.  Flame is different than Duqu or Stuxnet because it operates much like a smart phone, they can add or take off programs or “apps” designed to do different tasks.

If Flame is older than 2007, what is out there now, that no one has found yet?  and if these programs are taking information from abroad, how long have they been taking and using data from citizens computers of the United States?

All along is obviously the answer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/technology/researchers-link-flame-virus-to-stuxnet-and-duqu.html

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