Thursday, July 31, 2014

THE MIDDLE EAST, TRACING THE TROUBLES VISUALLY

http://www.vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

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 We have in our NAVIGATION SECTION a subsection on CARTOGRAPHY where we like to collect links to sites that explain all sorts of information using traditional cartographic techniques. Properly prepared maps can present all sorts of information on subjects that go far beyond how to navigate from point A to Point B. Our single most popular post within the blog is a simple link to "THE WORLD EXPLAINED IN 40 MAPS a cartographic presentation by the Washington Post. Recently we came across a similar presentation by an organization called VOX and an author / editor named Max Fisher. Unlike the global content of ,THE WORLD EXPLAINED IN 40 MAPS this new link "40 Maps That Explain The Middle East" deals with the Middle East, the region depicted on the CIA WORLD FACT BOOK map illustrated above. We found this new site extremely informative and will be placing the link to it permanently in our NAVIGATION AND CARTOGRAPHY SECTION . We try to alert our general readers when we find something like this of interest and long term utility. Unfortunately we have found that our daily posts, tweets, Facebook postings, and G mail posts are a very big and not well organized collection and our key word search engine seems to be more of a title search engine. So the really utilitarian stuff we try to find a permanent home for in our subject matter reference pages. These are listed to your right at the home page and each listing is a hot link to the special interest page . Just click on the name of the special interest page and you're there. Each Special Interest Page contains books, book reviews and recommendations, videos, links to free videos, links to specialized sites on the particular subjects aligned with the page title, and some cases descriptions and contact information for relevant schools and training institutions.

 We highly recommend "40 Maps That Explain The Middle East" as a quick visual reference guide and background source for this most complex and constantly news making region.

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The Scoreboard today: 0 for 3 on Tarpon, 2 for 2 on Bull Redish and multiple hook ups and landings on Black Tips, Spinner Sharks and huge Finetooth Sharks. What a great day on the water. We were definitely blessed! See more at http://www.georgiasportfishing.,com

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As US Oil Booms, Congress Lifts 40-Year Oil Export Ban

IT IS NOW PROVEN THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS MORE OIL THAN SAUDI ARABIA AND MOST OF THE MIDDLE EAST COMBINED.

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We have been advocating the lifting of the ban for years. below is a link to Yahoo's coverage of the December 18, 2015 lifting of the ban. Below that is our last post advocating the lifting which we include for historic background. YAHOO: U.S. LIFTS 40 YEARS OLD OIL EXPORT BAN 


OUR LAST POST ADVOCATING THE LIFTING OF THE BAN:


THE DEMOCRATS HATE THE IDEA. IT COULD HELP RETIRE THE NATIONAL DEBT, INSURE OUR INDEPENDENCE AND GENERATE A WIDE SPREAD PROSPERITY. OF COURSE A WIDE SPREAD PROSPERITY WOULD ELIMINATE AN ELECTORATE WILLING TO GET ON THE BUS AND PULL THE LEVER AS INSTRUCTED TO CONTINUE GETTING A FEDERAL DOLE. IT WOULD CHANGE THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE WORLD IN FAVOR OF THE U.S. AS ONCE AGAIN, THE UNRIVALED FULL SERVICE SUPER POWER. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN MANNING THE PARAPETS TO KEEP IT ILLEGAL FOR THE U.S. TO EXPORT PETROCHEMICAL PRODUCTS MADE FROM U.S. CRUDE STOCKS. REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE SYSTEM IS COMING APART AT THE SEAMS ANYWAY.

 EDITORS UPDATE:  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Freeport LNG Development, L.P. to construct, and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestic natural gas from its existing liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal located near the city of Freeport, Texas. This is the first crack in the LNG export prohibition. Apparent approval date was July 14, 2014.

later... The DOE said that it has approved OREGON LNG for export of up to 1.25 billion cubic feet a day of liquefied natural gas. Oregon's next hurdle is approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. .
8/4/2016 Democrats capture the White House in January. we continue to advocate complete lifting of the ban.

In mid July 20 14 the Japanese trader Mitsui & Co. chartered the Liberian registered tanker ZAMBESI to carry a load of roughly 400,000 barrels of condensate to the South Korean refiner GS Caltex. The ZAMBESI arrived in Galveston for the on load and is expected in South Korea for early September. This was the first export of U.S. condensate in 40 years due to the present ban on U.S. produced petroleum products derived from U.S. crude. In recent years new technologies in deep sea recovery methods, fracking, and directional drilling have allowed the U.S. to economically bring in previously unexploited reserves.  For several years now the only thing blocking  U.S. oil self sufficiency and export capacity has been federal laws and policies that seemed to be based on the assumption that the U.S. would never even approach self sufficiency in oil and gas again. 

 The 1975 ban was a bipartisan response to the Arab oil embargo that created gasoline shortages in America and Quadrupled crude oil prices at a moment in time when U.S. crude oil production was slipping . Today the United States is the number one oil and gas producing nation on earth. Not something that you generally hear a lot about from the U.S. general media.  But we have not been able to take advantage of that fact thanks to the Democrats in Congress and the White House who have clung to the ban on oil and gas exports. The President has withheld the permits to reverse engineer our old and now useless import liquefied natural gas plants into export facilities. The Congress has continued to avoid the repeal of the 1975 act. But that act came with some regulatory provisions for exceptions. The industry has peppered the Commerce Department with applications for exceptions and exceptions have begun to trickle in. Recent ruling have released as much as 1.2 million barrels of oil a day for export.

 The ban is being worked around slowly but surely. However if the Republicans regain a majority in the Senate in September the entire ban could be lifted at once. This would leave the Democratic president in the White House just as the economy starts into a steep climb up and the balance of payments start down. Like any other occupants of the White House in history the present occupant will do everything in his power to take credit for the turn around in the economy that he tried to block. This could put a Democrat back in the White House still holding sway over the LNG reverse engineering permits. Politics could still kill the positive economic factors. But it appears that our incredibly wise catfish analyst the Great Namazu was right. The oil and gas based economic boom he predicted way back in November of 2012 is tuning up.  ( http://americanadmiraltybooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/1172012-namazu-fully-loaded-namazu.html

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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SHIPS JUST DON'T RUN AS CLEAN AS THEY USED TO. SO MORE REGULATIONS SEEM TO ALWAYS BE FORMING

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Lloyd's List Ballast Water Survey Is In Progress Through August 22, 2014.
The survey will help Lloyd's List determine how ready the global shipping industry is for ballast water regulations. If you are a ship's officer (any flag state) , or ship manager please take 5-10 minutes to participate in the survey. You input will help Lloyds develop more intelligent underwriting tools related to risks associated with ballast water management. Please see their direct solicitation @ Lloyd's List Ballast Water Survey 2014

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 Lloyds Maritime Academy is a primer provider of short courses and seminars on subjects of vital concern to marine insurance professionals, admiralty law professionals, classifications surveyors, and shipping managers. We noticed that their marine accident and emergency management course will be offered September 16-17 in London. These short courses are very informative and frankly having a Lloyds Maritime Academy course certificate or two in your possession can be an attractive addition to your resume when time to fleet up. Here are some of the subjects covered in the Managing Maritime Accidents and Emergencies program:
  • Find out about the primary causes of maritime incidents
  • Analyse the impact of human behaviour and reduce human error
  • Identify casualty management strategies
  • Learn about risk management and assessment
  • Examine the legal implications and liability issues
  • Understand claims investigations and wreck removal
  • Communicate effectively with the media during an incident
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 Ships are inherently dangerous work places and accidents happen every year despite extensive safety regulations, union watch dogs, classification society and regulatory agency scrutiny, drills, training, and regular inspections. Ships also operate within the confines of a complex international and national legal system and very detailed regulatory framework. It is a challenge to the ship's officers and shore side management to know exactly who to call, in what order, and what to do in the event of an accident. MARINE INSIGHT a provider of premium E-books for mariners and marine professionals is offering a free downloadable pocket guide to ship accidents.

cover 2 backAccidents covered in this E-book include:
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  • Falling from Height
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  • Fall from Gangway/Pilot Ladder
  • Fire Accident
 We always like to repeat offers for free maritime safety information. Our mission is to help you find all of the maritime information that is out there even when you can only remember one web site AMERICAN ADMIRALTY BOOKS. We are an Amazon portal and sell books, but we are not the source of every worthwhile publication on maritime subjects in English. As those of you know who have followed our blog for some time we also link to what appears to be competitive vendors if they carry publications that we don't or offer free services to mariners or managers. Marine Insight produces a number of unique E books available only from Marine Insight and many interesting blog posts on maritime safety in the big ship environment. We are adding them to our NEWS SERVICE links permanently. Remember we, American Admiralty Books are an ENCYCLOPEDIC service with no intention of being the primer detailed information site on any and every maritime subject. We are the place where we suggest that you start research we are pledged to link you to as much quality maritime information sites as we can find, not just those who we may accept advertising from. Truthfully we have never had contact with MARINE INSIGHT nor do they advertise with us. We have reviewed the site and found it professional, utilitarian, and insightful. When we noticed their highly useful free offer we felt it was time to notify you our readers and link them in to our system as a legitimate news and information source.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


Termite Flatulence Alone Did Not Cause The Great Dying, There Was Probably A Microbial Alliance

 

The Great Namazu Explains "The Great Dying"


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 As I explained in my essay IN DEFENSE OF THE REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF DEMIGODS I am a personification of forces of nature. Demigod was not a job description that I chose. As I explained to my now friends from the religious right as a giant catfish I'm ineligible for baptism though, as I explained, personally I'm a monotheist. But as a product of the human imagination, as a personification of forces of nature I'm very concerned with the future of intelligent bipeds on this planet since I'm utterly reliant on your collective imagination for continued existence. So when certain political elements start playing fast and loose with scientific data I fell obligated to apply my 3,000 years of accumulated wisdom to set things straight. In looking at how little real data you bipeds have on weather over even the last 200 years my 3,000 year perspective has been a pretty accurate BS detector. But I have to admit in the interest of scientific accuracy that I have no particular advantage of hindsight when we start talking about events 252 million years in the past. Yet we know that about 252 million years ago the greatest extinction of life forms ever on this planet happened. Knowing why would be most instructive in helping the intelligent bipeds, and consequently we surviving Namazui, to survive a similar event. 

Over 252 million years ago the carbon mix in the earth's atmosphere changed radically in a relatively short time. This created climate change, and something often referred to as the "Great Dying". The end-Permian extinction event caused the extinction of roughly 90% of the life forms in the oceans and wrecked similar havoc on land. In previous posts on massive natural climate change we focused on mega climate changers like massive volcanic activity, planetary orbital changes, planetary axis wobble, comet and meteor strikes. But we also mentioned how the planet acquired most of its atmospheric methane content not by man and his domestic animals but from termite flatulence over many more millions of years than any of you mammals have been on the planet. Obviously the Great Dying occurred before any of you bipeds were walking above ground. Scientists have long wondered about the "Great Dying" and most often in the past speculated that the event was related to one of those macro agents of climate change. Our discussion of termite flatulence was the first hint I issued that sometimes agents of macro climate change can be micro in nature. Now a number of scientist reviewing the latest data on the Great Dying are starting to theorize that the cause of the macro climate change was indeed micro in nature, indeed smaller individually than the termites ,which by the way, survived the "Great Dying".

 New data indicates that the change in the carbon percentage in the atmosphere may have been caused by some microbial unwitting alliance with the termites. It is speculated from new data that a microbe mutated and ran wild fire through the oceans. This microbe evolved ( via a rather sudden mutation ) an ability to digest organic material into methane. To come to this new understanding of the causation of the "Great Dying" scientists had to look at the geochemical clues, the most prominent one in the geological record is a sudden swing in the balance of carbon isotopes stored in rock of the same period. If geologists can determine the cause of the sudden carbon profile shift they will be able to identify the cause of the "Great Dying". In the past science has speculated about the usual culprits, macro causes like massive volcanism, or a drop in sea level, but none of the macro causes quite match the data and you bipeds weren't around to blame things on. So far, the microbial explanation seems to be working out as the best fit.

 Here at the Namazu School of Climatology we vehemently deny being "climate change deniers" ( a political , not scientific term) Climates change , that's what they do. We may possibly be having an effect on climate right now but in terms of rising temperatures that effect, if any had been decreasing for some time when two years ago a bunch of solar flares at least temporarily gave us two harsh winters that dropped average global temperatures back below a fraction of a degree of their average when we first began to notice "global warming". The predictions are that these solar flare events will continue to drive colder than average winters through 2012, though that seems a bit speculative. Our point is that climates change, that's what they do. The causes may be macro or micro but nature has plenty of such climate change mechanisms and there is nothing we can do about them. However if we'd simply admit that climate change can be sudden, drastic, and happen independent of man's actions we might finally be able to concentrate some governmental, corporate, and individual effort on doing what we can technologically to insure the survival of human civilization in time for the next major event. Its not a case of if, its a case of when. But by addressing building codes, flood control, and food production security large urban concentrations of bipeds will be able to survive. Right now such a climate change would result in a "Great Dying" of the bipeds.

Here are some links to some more scientific explanations:
http://www.space.com/26654-microbe-innovation-started-largest-earth-extinction.html?cmpid=514648

http://www.astrobio.net/topic/solar-system/earth/geology/an-extinction-in-the-blink-of-an-eye/





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