Thursday, July 11, 2013

Another well burns in the Gulf of Mexico


Mary Olson of Nuclear Information Resource Service will join us by phone today to discuss nuclear waste disposal and transportation issues.

Another environmental disaster could be in the making off the coast of Louisiana as a platform producing oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico is reported to be leaking a mixture of water and natural gas. The Gulf of Mexico states including Louisiana suffered devastating damage due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

As both the defence and prosecution have rested their cases in the George Zimmerman murder trial for killing 17 yr-old Trayvon Martin last year, another high profile case is concluding. The Bradley Manning defence team has rested its case in his military trial after calling just ten witnesses. Manning is looking at a possible sentence of life in military custody with no chance of parole for allegedly aiding the enemy by his leak of classified material to the whistle-blowing organization Wikileaks.
Earlier this year the Emergency Alert System in Montana broadcast a zombie apocalypse exposing the relative ease of which these systems can be hacked. According to Mike Davis, the principal research scientist who discovered the holes, anyone can log on to the Internet and remotely control these systems and send out false alerts to the large populations served geographically by these systems. Cherokee county in South Carolina recently launched a new alert system for emergencies and crime information using a free service provided by the private corporation Nixel. Its system is said to be secure with Nixle's servers all located at NLETS in Phoenix, Arizona, providing added security from would-be-hackers. This is said to enable local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories using their secure police terminals.

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