Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TSA agents 'humiliated' wounded Marine with aggressive inspection: report

We must end TSA tyranny NOW! I've seen the TSA mistreat handicapped travelers on a couple of occasions and It's very difficult to stand by and watch as they abuse their power. I would also like to point out that TSA inspectors are NOT sworn officers of the law as this article implies. TSA inspectors initially receive only about 80 hours of new-hire training and some TSA inspectors are hired even though they have a criminal background. Source: Washington Times “A TSA officer asked the Marine to stand and walk to an alternate area, despite the fact that he physically could not stand or walk on his own. With numerous TSA officers sitting and unwilling to assist, an officer then made him remove his legs, then put them back on, only to advance to a secondary screening location where he was asked again to stand, with extraordinary difficult, while his wheelchair was examined for explosives...”

Katrina-like hurricanes could become 10 times more likely

Source: io9

The latest research to correlate the increased severity of storm surge activity with climate change comes from Aslak Grinsted who works at the Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. In his paper, which has just been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Grinsted proposes a new combined model to prognosticate hurricane surge threats — one that compares the record of hurricane activity in the Atlantic based on storm surge statistics (extracted from tide gauges) to changes in global temperature patterns.

    To cut to the chase, here’s what the new simulation indicates:
  • If the average global temperature increases by 0.4 degrees Celsius, we can expect to see a doubling in the frequency of storm surges like the one following Katrina
  • Should temperatures increase by one degree, these events will occur with three to four times the frequency
  • A two degree increase in global temperature will result in about 10 times as many extreme storm surges

If Grinsted’s two degree prediction comes to pass, we can expect a Katrina-like hurricane once every two years. Worse, with rising sea levels, the destructiveness of the surges could be greatly exacerbated.