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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 06:37 PM

Yes, Charmion, the "cut direct" -- I learned about that,
not in USA American conversation, but in reading
neo-Regency novelists like Georgette Heyer.

The county where my clinic is, Berkshire County,
has been startled by the coronavirus variants.
Vaccinations are going well in the county,
and there had been no rising 'curve' in infection
until those pesky variants turned up.

But here in Massachusetts, at least where I have traveled,
people are cautious and courteous, and more power to them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 10:23 AM

Skarpi, that's very sad. Fingers crossed ...

Ontario is deep in a third wave, with case counts spiking in large urban areas. The worst hit are the sectors of metropolitan Toronto where warehouses, factories and food-processing plants are concentrated, and the neighbourhoods where essential workers live. For the first time, some Canadian regional per-capita infection rates exceed rates in comparable regions in the United States.

The vaccination campaign is too slow and awkward for plenty of reasons, but I think the main one is inconsistent supply. When case counts spike in dense urban areas, especially among essential workers, vaccine doses allocated to thinly populated regions (like Huron-Perth, where I live) are redirected to crisis areas. Consequently, Toronto residents in their 40s are being vaccinated now, while in Huron-Perth the campaign is only now reaching healthy folks in the 65+ cohort.

For the record, I'm fine, and scheduled for my first vaccine dose on Friday.

The news media are full of stories about anger and resistance to the latest lockdown orders -- in Ontario, it's a stay-home directive with travel restrictions until mid-May -- but I note general compliance with mask and distancing rules here in Stratford. It used to be rude to cross the street on spotting another person (the "cut direct"), but now it's as routine as looking both ways before crossing. On heavily travelled arterial roads, the person facing traffic steps off the sidewalk into the curb lane.

When it's tolerably warm in the late afternoon, I sit on my porch with a book and a beverage, and wave at passers-by. When I'm out stretching my own legs, I see that many other people do the same thing. Everyone says hi, even the teenagers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 09:30 AM

Everything is going bad here, spreading fast all because one person did not follow the rules
All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 11:08 AM

I'm visiting Norfolk County in Massachusetts,
outside of Boston (Suffolk County) for a few days.

Last night I stopped at a Walmart super-store
for some laundry detergent.
Don't know what Walmart is like in other regions,
but up here, face-masks were on every person in the store,
including families with small children.
And people were social distancing carefully.
That building can hold a lot of people, even
with the six-foot-distance rule.

Lot of working mothers getting ingredients for food and cooking.
And probably a few working fathers too.

Still quantities of businesses, especially the small ones,
who admit customers by appointment only.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 11:34 AM

I know, Skarpi. I think it would do the US well to share the vaccines sooner rather than later, or help with the manufacturing exceptions that the World Health Organization can grant so more of the vaccine can be prepared. There is a Canadian company asking for such an exception and I think the guy who owns it is eyeing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, that is already being manufactured by several companies (outsourced). The link is to the radio interview and the transcribed story. I've pasted the whole thing here in case you can't open it from your location.

A Canadian company challenges vaccine rules to increase access

For decades, the small Canadian company, Biolyse Pharma, has specialized in making injectable cancer drugs at its plant in St. Catharine’s Ontario.

When the pandemic hit, co-founder Claude Mercure watched from the sidelines as vaccine inequities unfolded globally. He wanted to help.

“We basically have the equipment. We have large bioreactors here that could deal with an industrial production,” he said. “We should leave no stones unturned.”

By his own estimates, Biolyse could make at least 20 million COVID-19 vaccines a year, specifically the kind of effective, single-dose shot that Johnson & Johnson developed and has gained emergency approval for in several countries and through the World Health Organization.

There’s just one catch: Johnson & Johnson holds the patent and the recipe — it controls who makes the vaccine, what to charge and where it goes. Biolyse wants to make the vaccine on its own, anyway, through what’s called a compulsory license under Canada’s Access To Medicines Regime. The company’s unconventional move is adding to a fierce global debate about who controls vaccine knowledge and production in a pandemic.

Earlier this year, Biolyse reached out to Johnson & Johnson by email to request permission to produce the vaccine, according to Mercure. Johnson & Johnson responded that they weren’t interested, he said.

That’s what led Biolyse to consider a compulsory license. In the mid-'90s, the World Trade Organization created rules that allow countries to issue compulsory licensing through their own legal and regulatory provisions. Canada’s specific rule has only been used once before — in the mid-2000s — to make HIV medicines to export to Rwanda.

If the Canadian government allows Biolyse to move ahead on this, it would mean the company could make the vaccine and export it — if they pay a fee to Johnson & Johnson. Mercure said it would be preferable to work directly with Johnson & Johnson, but this type of vaccine is based on a widely used technology and could be reverse engineered.

Jake Sargent, a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson, told The World in a statement that vaccine production involves “complex manufacturing processes,” and that there’s a limited number of places that can do this at quality and scale. Johnson & Johnson reviewed about 100 companies located around the world, he said, and selected 11 to enter into manufacturing agreements with, which would allow them to make more than a billion vaccine doses just this year, including doses directed to the global vaccine collaboration, COVAX, and the Africa Union.

Biolyse, which has never produced a vaccine before, is not one of those companies.

Biolyse’s efforts make for a powerful case study for testing out the global rules that were set up to respond to essential medicine shortages amid a public health crisis, according to Ana Santos Rutschman, an assistant professor of health law at St. Louis University.

“This means that something that was mostly a theory or legal framework that went unused, suddenly becomes a possibility,” Rutschman said. “We sometimes just need one, you know, one to lead the pack and then we can resort to this mechanism, which really has been underused by developed countries.”

To date, no country has issued a compulsory license for a vaccine in the pandemic. But such licensing is not unheard of, according to Carlos Correa, executive director of the South Centre, an intergovernmental agency that works with 54 countries.

Take the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic: “Some companies in developing countries started to produce the H1N1 vaccine because they were not available,” Correa said. “For instance, one in Argentina, in my own country, got an agreement with the government. The government supported the development of a plant in order for the production of H1N1 vaccines. So, this happens.”

Such a move faces a lot of opposition today from the European Union, the US, and drug developers themselves, who are mainly based in these regions, according to Rutschman.

“The concern is that if we do this with vaccines, what [is] next?” she said.

As in, could this challenge the model for developing drugs worldwide, which rewards companies with exclusive rights?

The deepening inequities in vaccine access and continuing surges in COVID-19 infections have prompted even more sweeping proposals. The World Health Organization created a system to encourage vaccine makers to voluntarily share their knowledge and technical know-how for making COVID-19 vaccines with other manufacturers. So far, no company wants to share.

South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to lift all COVID-19 patents for the duration of the pandemic — a move that would more easily allow for compulsory licensing. While the proposal has gained support, many countries remain opposed, and it would require a consensus to advance.

In a recent letter to President Joe Biden, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America cautioned against lifting patents for vaccines: “Eliminating those protections would undermine the global response to the pandemic, including ongoing effort to tackle new variants, create confusion that could potentially undermine public confidence in vaccine safety, and create a barrier to information sharing. Most importantly, eliminating protections would not speed up production.”

Yet, other manufacturers around the world, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, have expressed interest in producing vaccines or vaccine components locally to improve access and be better situated for future disease outbreaks.

Related: Brazil saw its first COVID-19 death a year ago. Today the death toll nears 300,000.

The escalating vaccine shortages have leaders even in Europe assessing all options and taking notice of Biolyse, according to Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian member of the European Parliament and member of its trade committee.

“We need to learn from this crisis,” she said. “That’s why the Biolyse case is also very interesting to me. It will not deliver so much vaccines for the rest of the world or the European Union, but it’s an interesting case, because I want to know whether compulsory licensing is working. How do we make the world health system pandemic-proof?”

In Canada, it’s unclear whether Biolyse will have much success with their effort, or if they do get the green light, how long it will then take to manufacture and gain approval for their version.

Mercure said he’s not giving up. The world needs all the support and vaccines it can get.

“I would pursue this until I stop working for sure,” he said. “We feel that we have to do something.”


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 11:10 AM

Lucky you , can get vaccine right away, we have to wait and wait ...and wait....not every one are at the same table in this world does it .
take care
Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 10:07 AM

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are now telling us that vaccinated Americans can travel within the US as long as we wear masks. Vaccinated Americans are at low risk while traveling but must still wear masks, the C.D.C. says.

Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel “at low risk to themselves,” both within the United States and internationally, but they must continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public to avoid possibly spreading the virus to others, federal health officials said on Friday.

The new recommendations are a modest departure from previous advice. Federal health officials have been urging Americans not to travel at all, unless they absolutely must. That recommendation still applies, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters at a White House news conference on Friday.

New virus cases, hospitalizations and new deaths have declined significantly since their January peaks, but new infections have remained at a level that health officials say is too high. New deaths on average have only just dipped below 900 a day, according to a New York Times database, and hospitalization numbers have started to level off.

With the case increases in recent weeks, federal health officials are concerned about the potential impact of easing restrictions. Scientists are not yet certain whether, or how often, vaccinated people may become infected, even briefly, and transmit the virus to others. A recent C.D.C. study suggested that it may be a rare event, and the agency said on Friday that about 101.8 million people — nearly one-third of the total U.S. population — had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Until that question is resolved, many public health officials feel it is unwise to tell vaccinated Americans simply to do as they please. Yet at the same time, Dr. Walensky said on Friday, the agency wished to acknowledge a growing body of evidence suggesting that the risk to vaccinated travelers themselves is comparatively low.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 06:21 PM

Hallo , again some country s are closing down again , now in Iceland people have to go to special hotel for five days , all people who are from red and orange zone , shjæsss this is not over far from it , people are getting tired of this sorry I say this china shit ....these words has nothing to do with people from china please take care all , and now people who already got vaccined are infected with Covid ? what is going on ...don´t take the mask off if you go with many people, but what do I do at home , well I have work , and between work days , I make music read books go to the store and take long walks , be with my grandchildren , I play and sing folkmusic , but I am studying more music , little bit of jazz , rockabilly, country and bluegrass ..so what do you do ?
stay healthy , all the best from Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 09:58 AM

As the US races to inject vaccines into arms, Americans race to see if they can't manage one more surge of the virus, apparently for Old Time's sake. These new variants are part of that mix.

Here in Texas we're still figuring out what plants are completely dead and which may sprout from the roots again. And reports are out that the arctic blast named "Uri" by The Weather Channel that wiped out a lot of our landscaping also killed more people than Hurricane Harvey (named by the National Weather Service). 111 so far. Everything from hypothermia and asphyxiation (carbon monoxide) to vehicle accidents and slips and falls. And they're not finished counting, apparently.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Mar 21 - 02:18 PM

We had an amazing thunderstorm at dawn today. Thunderstorms here are usually an afternoon, summer, phenomenon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 27 Mar 21 - 07:21 AM

It was indeed Mr Jinx, with Pixie and Dixie.

"I hate you meeces to pieces......!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 27 Mar 21 - 04:44 AM

Mr. Jinx ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Mar 21 - 10:26 PM

Keep those check-ins coming.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Mar 21 - 01:50 PM

Meeces! That brings back memories
of the Saturday morning cartoon show
with the cat who said
I Hate Mieces to Pieces!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 21 Mar 21 - 10:24 PM

A few weeks ago our geriatric cat - Bianca, aged 18 and a bit years - caught a mouse. At least, we presume she did; woke up to find a deceased mouse under the coffee table, and we do, after all, have a cat. Ergo, cat killed mouse.

We caught another in a trap last week after Bianca chased it. Two mice is two too many, but we aren't as badly overun with meeces here as some people are.

It is raining. Having grown up in this town and lived through many floods, there is a reason why we bought on a hill well away from the river.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 21 Mar 21 - 09:47 PM

Hi Sandra,

I tried to find a news article which mentioned all of the areas of NSW being flooded. It's mostly along the whole of the east coast of Australia but also there is a swathe of rain from the top west down to the bottom east of the country.

And I forgot to add the
mouse plague to the list of disasters, but it's possible the floods might help to reduce the number of mice. Can they swim?

The mouse plague came about because the drought had broken and the farmers were finally getting some healthy crops growing.

How much disaster can a koala bear?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Mar 21 - 08:35 PM

it's not just in Sydney's west where 3 great rivers create the ideal conditions (video - Bathtub effect, The extreme danger of Hawkesbury-Nepean floods) & housing has spread over the floodplains. Here on the edge of the CBD we have had intense rain falls - multiple episodes of pouring rain over the past few days & nights, & local flooding in nearby suburbs.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 21 Mar 21 - 05:51 PM

After a long, long period of drought, then bushfires, then COVID, now a large area of Australia is being flooded.

NSW flooding to intensify

Queensland

It's even raining heavily in the centre of Australia at Alice Springs and Uluru. That's very unusual.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Mar 21 - 05:29 PM

Checking in from Eastern Iowa, USA. Have been worried about Skarpi. Glad to learn he is under no immediate threat.

– Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Mar 21 - 05:08 PM

We now have active threads about
Iceland volcanic activity
and USA's periodic cicadas.
What else is happening out there?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Mar 21 - 10:26 PM

Effusive rather than explosive:
many thanks for that distinction.

It's still unsettling to read that
an interval of 900 years has passed since
the last time of volcanic activity at that site.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Mar 21 - 08:22 PM

Iceland volcano: eruption under way in Fagradalsfjall near Reykjavik ... While Iceland’s Keflavik international airport, the country’s largest, and the small fishing port of Grindavik are only a few kilometres away, the area is uninhabited and the eruption is not expected to present any danger.

Volcanic eruptions in the region are known as effusive eruptions, where lava flows steadily out of the ground, as opposed to explosive ones which spew ash clouds high into the sky. However, all flights in and out of the airport have been halted.

The Krysuvik volcanic system has been inactive for the past 900 years, according to the meteorological office, while the last eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula dates back almost 800 years to 1240.

But the region has been under increased surveillance for several weeks after an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 was registered on 24 February on the outskirts of Reykjavik, followed by an unusual number of smaller tremors – more than 50,000, the highest number since digital recordings began in 1991.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Mar 21 - 09:59 PM

Not to speak of the electric bills --
like something out of an English satire, maybe Dean Swift!


And here in the eastern U. S.,
Brood X of the seventeen-year cicadas
is set to spend the spring and summer
in its reproductive cycle,
and they say it's going to be massive.

Especially Washington DC for some reason.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Mar 21 - 09:07 PM

A month after Winter Storm "Uri" the number who died (so far - I won't be surprised of solitary homeowners turn up eventually having died during the cold) is 57. Dallas Morning News story:

Dozens of Texans died as a result of last month’s brutal winter storm that knocked out power and water to millions of people across the state, according to preliminary data the Department of State Health Services released Monday.

According to the state, at least 57 deaths were attributed to the mid-February storm, with 25 of them in Harris County.

Only three of the deaths reported by the state were in North Texas; two occurred in Collin County and one was in Grayson County.

Those numbers are likely to grow: The Dallas County medical examiner’s office previously said that it was investigating whether 17 deaths were linked to the storm, including at least three potential deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Most of the 57 deaths verified as caused by the storm were the result of hypothermia, according to the state agency. There also were multiple deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning, falls, fire, medical equipment failure and traffic accidents.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Mar 21 - 08:51 PM

‘Swarm’ of 20,000 earthquakes rattles Iceland - 2800 on Sunday alone ... “People in Reykjavik are waking up with an earthquake, others go to sleep with an earthquake,” Thorvaldur Thordarson, a professor of volcanology at the University of Iceland, told the New York Times. “There’s a lot of them, and that worries people, but there’s nothing to worry about, the world is not going to collapse.”
The Icelandic government said that the earthquakes may signal an imminent volcanic eruption in the southwestern region of Iceland, where volcanoes are common. There are more than 30 active volcanoes throughout the country ...

... The Civil Protection and Emergency Management’s Science Board in Iceland later contradicted the government’s warning of volcanic activity.
“It is the scientists’ assessment that the latest data does not indicate magma moving rapidly closer to the surface,” the board said in a statement. “While this situation lasts the likelihood of an eruption is not high, but a possible rapid change in the status must be assumed.”
According to the board, the “likeliest scenarios” include a decrease in earthquake activity in the “next few days or weeks”; an increase in the swarm with quakes up to 6.0 in magnitude near Fagradalsfjall; an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude near Brennisteinsfjoll; and potentially some “magma intrusion” near Fagradalsfjall, which is unlikely to threaten the population.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 08 Mar 21 - 04:00 PM

The magma has 1000 mtr left to the surface, are we getting another eruption like 2014 ? Stay save. Kv Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Mar 21 - 02:42 PM

The graphics (charts) are beautiful in that article that Donuel linked to about the Icelandic quakes. I find it interesting how often weather people end up reporting on these geological events, though geology and weather are generally not linked. But with the atmosphere being impacted by eruptions, and because weather bureaus are the most up-to-date sources of reliable information on things like weather, they step up to the task.

Our weather here in Texas has improved significantly and now we're into the pollen season, though many plants that would be budding now were damaged or killed in the mid-February freeze. There are still plenty of large oak trees around to pollenate the air supply (and upset my sinuses).

Yesterday I mowed the lawns for the first time in 2021. Mostly weeds so far, the turf grass is still dormant. And I have to go out and trim out dead brush from many of my shrubs and see what sprouts back from the roots.

Last year at this time I was beginning to go out and start driving after knee replacement surgery, so this year I'm hoping to get a lot more done that was too painful before.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Mar 21 - 09:51 AM

Thought of you, skarpi, npr was talking about no covid in Iceland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Mar 21 - 10:13 PM

Skarpi, here's hoping the Mudcat still has YOU tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 06 Mar 21 - 03:33 PM

Jahérna ? big one in New Zealand hope you are all save there ,
we had 2584 earthquakes last 48 hours over here , and its´not going away
people are getting tired , both Covid and then this , all though Iceland is now at the moment Covid free , unless at the border where people who are coming from abroad have Covid 19 , well all around the world we have trouble , so stay save , watch your health , watch out for your love one´s
what you have today , you may not have tomorrow..
all the best Skarpi Iceland .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Mar 21 - 05:30 PM

meanwhile on the other side of the world -
New Zealand tsunami warning: evacuations follow swarm of earthquakes

Tsunami warning for Norfolk Island after three earthquakes hit near New Zealand Residents on Norfolk Island are being warned to move to higher ground after three earthquakes near New Zealand triggered a tsunami warning for the south Pacific territory.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 03 Mar 21 - 07:40 PM

thanks for the link, Donuel. 14000 earthquakes is not something I can visualise or understand

I have once felt an earthquake way back in 1989. I was at work & near the windows when the world moved & the lights went out - some of my colleagues were in inner rooms, & some must have been in the toilets or lifts. Everything was back to normal for us very quickly as Sydney was about 150 km (100 miles) from the epicenter, but 13 people died in Australia's worse earthquake disaster


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Mar 21 - 02:55 PM

https://www.severe-weather.eu/news/iceland-earthquake-swarm-reykjanes-eruption-fa/


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 02 Mar 21 - 10:29 PM

Newest update, 14000 Earthquakes in just over a week and magma is rising in a champer, so likely there is a eruption coming up near our capital Reykjavík. All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 Mar 21 - 08:14 PM

Keep checking in!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Feb 21 - 07:52 PM

There is a thread up above the BS section, by the way,
regarding Mudcat member
Leadfingers,
a/k/a Terry Silver.
He's alive, following a potentially deadly accident last year,
but he isn't using computers/ getting to the Internet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 26 Feb 21 - 03:54 AM

Stay safe, Skarpi!
We have had a few earth tremors here in SW Edinburgh too, but they are caused by blasting in the local quarry!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Feb 21 - 02:37 PM

Well , we have Iceland as Green Country in Covid 19 , and we thought now we can Relax a little bit ..but no , since ten this morning on the South west corner of Iceland we had till now 1000 + Earthquakes the strongest 5.7 and they said on the news few min ago , that the big one is yet to come that could be 6.5 + I live now in the Eastern Region of Iceland so at the moment I can´t feel for this , the strongest I have felt is 6.7, what we fear at this moment is that a magma is on it´s way up, and it will start a eruption near the Capital of Iceland Reykjavík .
take care all
all the best Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 21 - 11:11 AM

The stories are now coming out about how awful it was in some places - as miserable as those of us were in our cold houses, prisoners were stuck in cold drafty buildings with broken windows, not enough blankets, frozen water lines, non-flushing toilets. When you consider that Texas, like almost all states, often imprisons people who can't afford cash bail (before they've even had a trial to determine guilt or innocence) this is the abomination that is the "criminal justice system." It was torture for everyone stuck in those situations.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Feb 21 - 10:06 AM

It's still snowing in Stratford, Ontario, where we're used to it and equipped to deal with it. Thank God.

The province-wide lockdown has been relaxed for now in the Huron-Perth region, and we can contemplate such exciting activities as eating in a restaurant (carefully). So far, most people still prefer to eat at home and get their exercise outside. Three or four patches of the ice on the Avon River have been cleared for skating, and the other day I saw a bunch of kids playing pond hockey. People also ski in the parkland along the river and around the Festival Theatre. Walking the dog is a major social experience, a rare opportunity to interact with strangers. (I'm a cat person, but I always greet dogs. The dogs politely acknowledge me, and the human at the other end of the leash will usually say hello back.)

The little group of women who meet at my house to play tunes has expanded to four. Fiddling, picking and strumming resume on Thursday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Feb 21 - 09:24 AM

You go, Stilly.

We were supposed to get more ice but it is just cold, cold rain.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 09:16 PM

congratulations, Maggie, you are prepared for emergencies & resourceful.

My battery radio is dead, & my phone is a stupid phone, besides the battery doesn't last long. I have 2 good torches & a couple of camping lights I kept after selling my camping gear (I prefer on-site vans & hotels these days for festivals!) & all use AAA batteries & I always have a good supply of them, but anything beyond a short blackout or a notifications of upcoming repairs to water pipes would be beyond me in my apartment on the edge of Sydney's CBD. I do have warm bedding & clothes, but we are more likely to need a bit of cool here.

Some years back I came home from a festival to a blackout, & as my neighbour only had tea lights, I lent her a torch & a camping light. The power was back later that night.

I've been looking at pics of snow in Texas & Greece & other freezing places, & hope life gets back to a comfortable level soon.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 05:24 PM

No suburban wilting flower are you. You sound like the pioneer heroine in the movie 'Texas Ice' the movie.
I used to store alcohol to burn in huge bowls for heat but candles are safer and long lasting. I have a huge generator and a portable one.
Iains had a stream powered generator. I need to get an electrician to wire the furnace for generator functionality. I wired the old one myself but we have a new system now.
Yep your storm was tragic for more folks than a hurricane. Politiclly we know who to blame and how private corporate greed is at its heart.
It is callous of me to say but Texas was more prepared to fend off an imaginary invasion of UN troops with the National Guard than their preparations for cold weather.

I just thought about the demise of millions of lovely TX house plants ;^/


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 21 - 01:59 AM

Stilly are you being stoicly funny or did you not suffer consequences from the Texas cold snap in terms of cold or thirst?

Those were the most miserable four days I can ever remember, frankly. I had some yogurt cups and ate oatmeal cooked over Sterno for many meals because they were the easiest to manage and I spent three nights sleeping in a clothes closet with my dogs. They thought it was a camping trip, but I knew different. Time dragged with the only pursuits being reading or writing or flipping through the phone while trying to not run the battery down much, when not trying to figure out more ways to warm the house. I made a point of taking photos to document the weirdness of the situation. I have to pull them together and see what they add up to. I'm still putting the house back together.

I was fortunate in several ways: I grew up in a cold climate and I have a lot of backpacking and climbing gear. Frankly, the most helpful thing was Richard Bridge's message that offered this tip that was an "aha!" moment and I started pulling bricks in from the yard and made a trip out to the greenhouse for clay pots. I built six of them around the house and was able to keep the temperature at about 50 degrees (it had been steadily dropping)—several friends described their houses as in the high 30s indoors. I had a lot of candles in jars I used under those pots to radiate heat. I walked around with an old AM/FM cassette player that ran on AA batteries and headphones and listened to public radio during the day and a classical station in the evening.

My part of town didn't get hit with the boil order for tap water, but I had already filled four stock pots and two large plastic tubs with water for drinking, cooking, washing, and flushing. Lots of things occurred to me and my neighbors as the event evolved. We shared ideas, we checked on each other, text and calls. And when my elderly next door neighbors, who have a generator that their son would come over and start then refuel, seemed to need another heavy duty cord to run through their house I offered the one I use for my electric trimmer (weed whacker). They realized that had an unused bank and outlet on that generator and ran my cord from their generator to my back door. I was able to plug in my freezer overnight and save everything, and during the hours that I was up and in that room it ran (intermittently) a lamp, a radio, an electric kettle, and charged various things. I had a radiant oil heater plugged in in the kitchen when the power finally came on.

My hands are still painful from the chapping of doing everything that involved really cold water. Smearing Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and wearing acrylic gloves over it is helping. I should have worn gloves doing those chores, but didn't think of it till too late.

People died of cold and of carbon monoxide. Now people are hungry and don't have water. It's a really rough winter in Texas this year. The kind of thing that novels and movies are made about.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 08:40 PM

Extremes are the norm in the days of climate change. Stilly are you being stoicly funny or did you not suffer consequences from the Texas cold snap in terms of cold or thirst? ONLY 1.4 million people were stricken. I recall many a 3 dog night in the upstate NY Catskills, Buffalo and Rochester. I even went to the original 'Hail Fredonia'.
They were all cold but I discovered later that 60 below F is deadly dangerous in minutes by instantly reaching inside wool and parkas and not letting go.

I haven't heard from gillymor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 08:40 PM

Those songs take me back to my giddy youth!

Rob - Aussies have also been known to make a spoonerism of "no worries" with another word in the middle, so it becomes "no wucking furries".

Probably not in polite company though......


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: robomatic
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 06:35 PM

I always thought the '#' dog night was originally an American indigenous thing, probably Eskimo. But antipodean language is quite infectious. When I was young you'd never hear a Yank say 'no worries'. Now I hear it all the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 06:23 PM

Three Dog Night is a term well-known here, as is the band.

Mama Told Me Not To Come

Joy To The World

Never Been To Spain

One Is the Loneliest Number

etc. They were a big deal when I was a teen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 10:43 AM

Steve et al.,
the entire figure of speech as I learned it was:

happy as a clam at high tide.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Feb 21 - 05:20 AM

There used to be a band called "Three Dog Night".


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