DAVE AGAR

March 24th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 3/24/2014 7:18:00 AM

Malaysia Plane

While you slept, two international spotter planes saw objects in the Indian Ocean within the perimeter of the zone being searched for the missing Malaysian jetliner.

First we heard that a Chinese plane spotted two large objects and several smaller white objects in the water.

Then just over an hour ago, another find.

Australian search aircraft have seen two pieces of debris in the search area.

The circular object is grey or green. The rectangular object is orange.

The presumption is that the objects found by the Australian plane are not the same as the objects spotted by the Chinese plane.

Each country has ships going to their respective areas to try to recover the debris. The Australian ship seems to be only a few hours away.

Ukraine

The acting President of Ukraine today ordered the withdrawal of all Ukrainian troops from Crimea because of Russian threats to the lives of military staff and their families.

The Russian troops have seized most of Ukraine's military operations in Crimea...the most recent overnight...the marine base at Feodosia.

Meanwhile the G-7 group of industrial nations is to meet this afternoon in the Hague to discuss a collective response to the crisis.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be there.

U.S. President Barack Obama just arrived.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is amongst the hardliners pushing for even tougher sanctions against Russia for the blatant violation of international law.

Chicago Transit

A Chicago Transit Authority subway train derailed overnight and hit a platform at O'Hare International Airport.

This is the Blue Line run from the city of Forest Park via the L-line to the airport.

32 people injured.

10 seriously enough that ambulances were called.

The 8-car train jumped the bumper at the end of the line and pushed its way up on the sidewalk, up the stairs and on to an escalator.

Mud slide

No sights or sounds of life under the yards of mud that slid down an embankment that engulfed as many as 30 houses and several cars in upper Washington State Saturday.

The known death toll is 8...but there could also be as many as 28 still unaccounted for.

To give you some perspective about how bad this is...in some areas the mud is 60 feet deep and its just like quicksand.

Election

Fresh off the Ontario Liberals weekend convention, Premier Kathleen Wynne's people want it known that they will not negotiate with the NDP to secure the upcoming provincial budget.

The Star quotes an unnamed but veteran Liberal as saying "no negotiating with the New Democrats this time around" and the budget will not be designed to get the NDP onside"...meaning chances of an election increase dramatically.

On NewsTalk 1010's the Province yesterday hosted by Premier Wynne, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said we won't have to wait much longer for his budget.

Sousa stressed that the Wynne Government is not anxious for an election.

Climate report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meets in Japan this week to discuss global warming.

Based on leaked drafts of the summer the panel is working on and in interviews with a variety of scientists....the risks and effects of global warming are far more immediate and local then scientists once thought.

We are beyond melting ice and plants and animals being threatened.

These scientists say they've already seen many changes including heat waves in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Severe floods are now more common .

The first species to be listed as threatened by global warming a few years ago was the polar bear. Now, American scientist Patrician Lankao says "the polar bear is us."

We are the ones threatened. It's now about hunger, disease, drought, flooding, refugees and war. We have all of that now.

These experts say its going to get worse unless we act immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. klem posted on 03/29/2014 11:16 AM
    "Based on leaked drafts of the summer the panel is working on "

    Why is it the IPCC feels it must 'leak' the report before they actually publish it? Every time they release another section of the AR5 report, they leak it to the media a week or two in advance. These leaks have become completely routine and everyone expects them now.

    Why do they do this? Lol!
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