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Would you eat food grown in soil that had been fertilized with human feces? There’s a good chance that you already have, and you probably didn’t even know it.

Under the EPA’s controversial 503 rule, human waste has been approved for so-called land application, provided it has undergone treatment that supposedly transforms sewage sludge into what the agency calls “biosolids.” According to the document, land application of biosolids is defined as “the spreading, spraying, injection, or incorporation of sewage sludge” into the surface of the land.

Essentially, human waste is being used as a fertilizer across the country and to “supply nutrients to crops and vegetation.”

And as the EPA itself states, “Sewage sludge is commonly applied to agricultural land (including pasture and range land), forests, reclamation sites, public contact sites (e.g., parks, turf farms, highway median strips, golf courses), lawns, and home gardens.”

Under the 503 rule, human waste has been used not only on land where crops are grown, but in parks where children play. And the EPA not only allows it, but considers the entire practice to be a part of the Clean Water Act. Apparently, even the most disturbing of practices can be justified if you claim its for the greater good.

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  • Behemoth the huntsman was this week handed into The Australian Reptile Park
  • The 16cm creepy crawly has been pictured dwarfing a regular-sized huntsman
  • Staff at the park believe the huge huntsman could be the world’s largest
  • Last year, Charlotte the huntsman went viral after being found in Queensland

Bad news for those who came out of hiding after Charlotte the huntsman crawled over the globe – there’s a new mammoth spider in town.

Last November, Charlotte sent the internet into a spin after she was snapped on a broom head in a farm in Queensland’s Brisbane Valley.

Now, a new creepy crawly dubbed Behemoth has clambered into The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, NSW. And staff are wagering he gives his female predecessor ‘a run for her money.’

Spine-chilling snapshots show the 16cm arachnid dwarfing a regular-sized huntsman, before stretching its hulking frame around a tree trunk.

Behemoth the huntsman was this week handed into The Australian Reptile Park

Behemoth the huntsman was this week handed into The Australian Reptile Park

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  • Crews have been filling cracks in Oroville Dam main spillway with concrete and hoping it will hold for years
  • They reported it as safe in several reports since 2009 before the dam threatened catastrophe last week
  • The enormous hole in the main chute compromised the dam’s drainage function as water in its reservoir rose
  • It forced engineers to turn to a never-before-used emergency spillway which buckled under the pressure 
  • The total cost of the damage, which engineers are now frantically fixing, is estimated to be $100million
  • Residents who had been evacuated were allowed home on Tuesday but must be ready to flee again
  • More rain and strong winds are on the way, threatening to fill the lake back up and hamper the repairs 

California dam cracks were repaired by 'patch and prey'

 

Engineers had been using ‘patch and pray’ techniques to repair California’s crumbling Oroville Dam before it threatened to collapse last week and sent the region into a panic.

Cracks in the main concrete spillway have been included in site reports since 2009 but crews have been using quick-fix concrete solutions to try to stop them from getting worse.

Engineering experts described the effort as a ‘patch and pray’ approach on Wednesday as the emergency situation in Oroville persisted.

200,000 people were suddenly evacuated on Sunday when the California Department of Water Resources dramatically announced that an emergency spillway at the dam was an hour away from collapse.

Since then, crews have been working round the clock to beef it back up by lining it with boulders and are racing against oncoming storms which may hamper their efforts.

Residents nervously returned home as the evacuation order was downgraded to a warning on Tuesday but they have been told to be ready to flee again at a moment’s notice if the volatile situation turns on its head again.

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| 15 Feb 2017 | San Francisco fire officials have evacuated at least 10 buildings Wednesday after a loose crane on the 30th floor of a skyscraper under construction threatened to knock down a 2,000 wall, officials said. People and construction workers were being evacuated in the South of Market neighborhood shortly before 3 p.m.

2,000-pound slab threatening to fall from San Francisco building prompts evacuations

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n 2011, with foresight and scientific analysis Dr. Helen Caldicott focussed on the implications of the Fukushima disaster at a Press Conference in Montreal organized by Global Research. The 2011 GRTV video presentation featuring Dr. Caldicott tells us the truth. This is the most devastating catastrophe in human history.  And six years ago Helen Caldicott analyzed in detail the significance of this tragic event. (M. Ch)

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it’s only now the damage has been photographed. 

Recent reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building. All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

Satellite image shows damage at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (via ecowatch.com).

The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater. These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.

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California Oroville Dam officials were warned 12 years ago

Eerie images of drowned buildings (Riverbend Park pictured bottom-left and right) and ghost towns have emerged from the area below California’s crumbling Oroville Dam (pictured during dramatic overflow on Sunday, top-left) after hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate. And it might have been averted had feds and water agencies not ignored warnings 12 years ago that the 49-year-old structure was at risk of collapsing. It also appears that repairs on the massive dam – which was left falling apart after a surprise burst of heavy rainfall – were not earmarked in Governor Jerry Brown’s $100 billion list of key infrastructure projects this month. The rainfall that is expected Wednesday could pour into a gaping 250ft chasm in the concrete spillway, causing a collapse and unleashing a 30ft ‘tsunami’ tidal wave that could leave towns along a 40-mile stretch of the Feather River below the dam under 100ft of water. The situation is now so critical that President Trump is being urged to declare a disaster in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties, where 200,000 people, including Department of Water staff, were frantically ordered to evacuate their homes and places of work on Sunday.

Eerie images of drowned buildings and ghost towns have emerged from the area below California‘s crumbling Oroville Dam after hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate.

And it might have been averted had federal officials and water agencies not ignored warnings 12 years ago that the 49-year-old structure was at risk of collapsing.

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Following a woefully belated response by California authorities’ to the dangerous situation unfolding at the Lake Oroville Dam in Northern California over the weekend, an evacuation order forcing some 200,000 people living below the tallest dam in the US remained in place early on Monday after residents were abruptly told to flee when a spillway appeared in danger of collapse.

The Oroville dam is nearly full following winter storms that brought relief to the state after four years of drought. Water levels were less than 7 feet (2 meters) from the top of the dam on Friday. State authorities and engineers on Thursday began releasing water from the dam after noticing that large chunks of concrete were missing from a spillway.

California Governor Jerry Brown asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday to declare the area a major disaster due to flooding and mudslides brought on by the storms.

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| 02 Feb 2017 | Record high radiation levels that’s lethal even after brief exposure have been detected at a damaged reactor at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. Specialists also found a hole, likely caused by melted nuclear fuel. Radiation levels of up to 530 Sieverts per hour were detected inside an inactive Reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex damaged during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, Japanese media reported on Thursday citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). A dose of about 8 Sieverts is considered incurable and fatal.

Record high fatal radiation levels, hole in reactor detected at crippled Fukushima nuclear facility

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‘Air travel is becoming ever more hazardous to human health for a host of reasons. Not only are air travelers inhaling high concentrations of toxic particulates as they fly through various layers of solar radiation atmospheric haze (contributing to aerotoxic syndrome impacting passengers and crews), radiation clouds at aviation altitudes also pose a dire threat.

A recently published study in a peer-reviewed journal is now acknowledging the radiation clouds and the dangers they present to air travelers.

Jan. 20, 2017: A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Space Weather reports the discovery of radiation “clouds” at aviation altitudes. When airplanes fly through these clouds, dose rates of cosmic radiation normally absorbed by air travelers can double or more.’

Read more: Climate Engineering, Ozone Destruction, And Radiation Clouds, The Dangers Of Air Travel

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  • The town of Ain Sefra in western Algeria has recorded the first snowfall in the town since February 18, 1979
  • For the first time in their lives Children are building snowmen in town known as ‘Gateway to the Sahara Desert’
  • Cold weather has delivered snow and freezing temperatures to Costa del Sol, Majorca and now North Africa  

The Sahara Desert has recorded the biggest snowfall in living memory after a freak winter storm in Algeria.

Incredible pictures show the desert town of Ain Sefra surrounded by snow which is at least a metre deep.

The town saw a sprinkling of snow just before Christmas when a few flakes settled on the red sand dunes of the world’s hottest desert for the first time in 37 years.

Children played in the snow on the dunes above the town of Ain Sefra for the first time in their lives today (pictured)

Children played in the snow on the dunes above the town of Ain Sefra for the first time in their lives today (pictured)

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The Dervaes family grows over 400
species of plants, 4,300 pounds of
vegetable food, 900 chicken and
1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey,
plus seasonal fruits throughout
the year.

All on 1/10 acre in the middle of
Los Angeles.

Video (8:39):

http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/21979.html

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The US Coast Guard said on Thursday morning it was responding to a fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

A Coast Guard news release says the fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on an oil platform about 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. It was not immediately clear whose platform it was.

The Coast Guard says four people aboard the platform evacuated and were rescued by a supply vessel. No injuries have been reported.

Four vessels are fighting the fire and the cause is under investigation. The USCG said a Clean Gulf oil spill response organization is enroute to platform

Developing story.

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