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The Problem With Disaster Preparedness

Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy has a post about “A Sleeping Giant.”    A little history first.  Back in A.D. 79, there was a city called Pompeii.  It’s rather famous, because it was buried by a volcanic eruption, by a volcano called Vesuvius.

Since 79 AD, the volcano has also erupted repeatedly, in 172, 203, 222, possibly 303, 379, 472, 512, 536, 685, 787, around 860, around 900, 968, 991, 999, 1006, 1037, 1049, around 1073, 1139, 1150, and there may have been eruptions in 1270, 1347, and 1500.  The volcano erupted again in 1631, six times in the 18th century, eight times in the 19th century (notably in 1872), and in 1906, 1929, and 1944. There has been no eruption since 1944

Obviously, not a place people would really want to live in, and definitely would never consider building major cities near, right?  Think again.

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Friday – It’s Been A Long Week (Updated)

I just did a quick check of the news, and there’s been another shooting incident.   This one is particularly horrific, it was in an elementary school in Connecticut.  There’s still a lot of things to clear up, but I’m getting sick and tired of hearing of these.   What makes it worse is that I know, within a few days, that Wayne LaPierre is going to issue a statement out of NRA headquarters that will be just as stupid as his other ones.  Update:  20 children dead, 6 adults, and the shooter.  Other updates at the end of the post.

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Interesting Stuff For A Thursday Morning

Some really nice pictures here from Mars:

A sharp-eyed camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has located the impact scars left by components jettisoned from the Curiosity rover on its hellish descent to the Martian surface in August.

They’re impressive on several counts.  First that those pieces made it down, and second that we have an orbiter to take pictures of the impact craters.

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