Monthly Archives: August 2012
A potentially explosive and radioactive sinkhole near Assumption Parish, Louisiana has led local authorities to order a mass evacuation.
After the now 400 feet deep hole was discovered on August 3, the mayor of the town ordered between 100 and 150 households to vacate their homes. The same day, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a declaration of emergency.
Bubbling water in the sinkhole and in nearby areas, where there has been oil and gas exploration in the past, led authorities to believe that it might have caused the release of radioactive material. While state tests did not detect radiation, a nearby road, Highway 70, was ordered shut after officials discovered the sinkhole caused a 36 inch natural gas pipeline to bend, heightening concerns that explosions might occur. To make the situation even more combustible, the hole neighbors a well containing more than a million gallons of liquid butane, a highly flammable vapor.
A lake in the Camargue in southern France — a river delta where the Rhône meets the sea — has turned blood red, and scientists believe that the change in hue is due to a natural phenomenon, the New York Daily News reports.
The high concentration of salt in the form of salt flats turn the normally blue water a deep crimson shade.
New trend in neighborhood development. In light of “no new taxes” and the economic disparities between the haves and the have-nots, perhaps planners need to appeal to the rich to improve our neighborhoods. Government is increasingly unable to fund neighborhood improvements. The rich, however, are hard-pressed to know what to do with their gazillions:
“News items pop up regularly about entire towns and villages going up for sale. In April, Buford, Wyo., sold to a Vietnamese buyer for $900,000. The same month, a couple bought the tiny town of Wauconda, Wash., for $360,000. In May, the French “ghost village” of Courbefy sold to an American photographer for about $643,000.”
City codes are necessary, but when they interfere with life and liberty, we need to take a step back and let life prevail:
“Phoenix officials have until next Friday to apologize for the actions of a code enforcement officer after he stopped Christians from giving out water bottles to city festival participants on a day that reached 112 degrees.”