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Blazing Heat Wave Inflicts Vegas Valley

Wildfire In California

Wildfire In California

LAS VEGAS—Torrid three-digit temperatures scorches the West. Wildfires dangerously spread across western states and engulfs dry areas threatening large numbers of homes, wildlife and natural habitat. It’s way too early for this kind of heat. It’s only spring. We are being engulfed by the flamethrower of nature, unrelenting heat. Shortly after 1:00 AM this morning, the National Weather Service issued an urgent weather message proclaiming Excessive Heat Warning for Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, the Mojave Desert and a wide area of the West, including Arizona.

We are being set ablaze with July-August, summer-like temperatures, not May-June spring climate.

A bummer for Las Vegas tourists and locals alike. It’s a party town and tourists who come from cooler weather are going to be toasted to something other than drinks. To be outside in Vegas in this extreme climate, walking around and exerting energy while sightseeing and adventure seeking could spell disaster if precautions aren’t taken.

I know this sounds counter productive, but if you insist on drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages while outside or going outside in this extreme heat, then drink at least 12-16 ounces of cold water for every alcoholic drink you consume. The same for at least every 2-3 cups of caffeinated drink. Alcohol and caffeine dehydrates your body, while water replenishes those loses and hydrates your body. You need plenty of water to balance the forces of partying. Too, in these temperatures, water, or any liquid will get extremely hot fast. Test any fluids before giving to children or pets for suitable consumption temperatures. If available, use those small ice packs to keep beverages cold, or at least cooled. Foil will act as an insulator as well.

For well beyond a week, temperatures will climb to at least 112 degrees in the Vegas Valley and over 121 degrees in nearby Death Valley. Be aware these are air temperatures. Ground temperatures, that is the surface temperature of the infrastructure, street pavement, sidewalks, buildings and so forth, can be ten to fifteen degrees higher. Vehicle temperature or the inside temperature of any space with metal, glass or other material enclosed can reach well over 150 degrees, a fatal temperature. Such extreme temperature for anyone, even adults, left in vehicles without air condition can turn fatal in a hurry. Confusion and disorientation can set in and disturb normally thinking minds. Brain damage and stroke can quickly be inflicted. Machines, such as cars and air conditioning can fail and suffer mechanical problems, don’t risk leaving someone unattended.

OCEAN & GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS BE AWARE OF DEADLY “RIP CURRENTS.”
SUMMER SEASONS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT DRIVES US TO THE BEACH–HERE’S HOW TO SURVIVE:
HOW TO SURVIVE DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS
Educate me on RIP CURRENTS

Don’t over do it. Get inside, refresh, take breaks, drink plenty of water and stay alert. Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles, even momentarily. Keep your eye on your children constantly while near swimming pools. Sun strokes, heat exhaustion, heat-related health issues, be aware of signs of these health problems. If you suspect the signs, get help, quick. Every year we hear of the weather-related disasters, often fatal, that consume lives locally and around the nation. Stay alert.

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“Only you can prevent forest fires!” By Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council.

Every year thousands of acres and homes burn in the Western region of the United States. Dry periods and extreme heat are almost always a condition that will spark an inferno, rapid moving wildfires and consuming flames of property and nature. The spark that ignites these fires come from lightning as much-wanted rain comes, but unfortunately the rain comes with torches of lightning bolts that set forests ablaze. Careless campers failing to properly extinguish their campfires or carelessly starting one that shoots embers into dry forests with kindle-dry wood. Once a forest fire starts, it spreads rapidly, and if there is a high wind, it will likely burn out of control.

Travelers on expressways and roadways are at fault for many forest fires.
Accidents spark forest fires, too. The current California fire was started by a truck accident when electrical wires sparked a fire. Flicking a cigarette out a window along a dry highway is only asking for trouble. Careless smokers destroy thousands of acres and homes every year. All of these conditions are weather related and heat related. But commonsense and education can reduce the human and animal fatalities, injuries, loss of homes, businesses, buildings, domestic pets, and our natural resources, our forest and wildlife.

Careless Smoking & Careless Campfires Start Many Forest Fires

Careless Smoking & Careless Campfires Start Many Forest Fires

Be smart. Be safe. Think and be prepared to reduce the harm excessive heat can bring humans and animals. It all begins in your heart with a little bit of care and a whole lot of tender love for life and environment.

Rather you are visiting Vegas or the Western region, traveling along dry roadways, camping, hiking or spending your time outdoors in other adventures, use wisdom to make your life and the life of other’s pleasant and not remorseful.

It appears that we are in for a long, hot summer. Buses overheat. Schedules often run late. Transportation breaks down. Be prepared. Don’t get caught out in that extreme heat without protection. Sunscreen, long-sleeve shirts, sunhats, umbrellas, water, cooling fans, cell phones are all part of the self-defense arsenal, use them, keep them by your side while being inflicted by Nevada’s torrid heat.

Have fun, but stay cool as possible and stay safe.

A Wildfire

A Wildfire

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Albertsons Merges With America’s Second Largest Grocery Chain

LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley) — Albertsons announced this week it has confirmed merger agreements with Safeway, American’s second largest food marketing group. Albertsons website details the complete merger plan which insiders have told me will mean lower prices and many advantages such as company-owed dairies and other retailing advantages over competition.

Many Vegas Valley folks things Albertsons is too pricy, but the fact to the matter is if one uses the Albertsons fliers and shop only the products on sale they beat many of their competition including Walmart.

In a time when food prices are skyrocketing, the Albertsons-Safeway merger may be a blessing in disguise.

The inside story direct from Albertsons.


Daylight Savings Time Begins Today

LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley.wordpress.com)–Day Light Savings Time begins today. Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? For some of us we don’t have to, the electronics does it for us, such as the clocks in our cell phones. Put we are still surrounded with old-school technology which takes effort to “spring ahead” those clocks and get us ready for more SUNSHINE!

It was fun watching the computer clock move from 1:59AM to 3:00AM in less than a keystroke. WARP Speed ahead.

As a reminder, it’s always a great idea to change those smoke detector batteries too, while resetting your clocks. Twice a year we do this during “spring ahead” and “fall back” time changes.

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Eye-Opening Morning Headlines

Air force chief: Malaysia jet may have turned back KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Mar. 9, 2014 4:54 AM ET

Our heart & prayers goes out to the families and loved ones of all 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH370. It is tragic when any airliner is lost. It is even more tragic when an airliner vanishes without a trace leaving behind no factual explanation for its loss. We reserve conscious respect without speculation as we await actual discovery of evidence into the lost flight that went off the radar screen without warning. The mystery surrounding the fate of the passengers aboard flight MH370 is disturbing. Before commenting further, we will hold our thoughts, other than to say we are deeply sorrowed for the ones who lost someone on that flight bound for some unknown and unplanned destiny.

Why Malaysia Airlines jet might have disappeared Mar. 8, 2014 8:07 PM ET  NEW YORK (AP)– The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.

So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.

It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing….

Related Resources & Information
Flightstats.com
Malaysia Airlines Plane, Flight MH370, Goes Missing (The World Post)
The Miracle of Flight 571 from JX Writings WordPress Blog
Duck Duck Go SEARCH: Malaysia Airlines MH370
Flight Radar 24 .com

Vegas Valley
On 1 June 1962, The Everly Brothers, under the Warner Brother’s label, released their song, Ebony Eyes. It was a story sang about an ebony-eyed love one lost in the dark skies during a tragic flight into an unknown destiny. Heartfelt, this song must reflect some idea of the chills that run through the human body when such fate is announced to the loved one waiting for their arrival. We pray, that somehow under the Heavens, these souls can find comfort and solitude for the agony they now endure while they and the world waits for the news of what happened to flight MH370.

Other News from Around the World, Around the Clock
How the War on Drugs Hurts Mexican Women (The World Post)
Skydiving Accident Near Fatal When 87-year-old Pilot’s Plane Becomes Entangled in Skydiver’s Parachute, Both Escape Serious Injuries or Death (Associate Press Photos with Spectacular Images Included.)
Pilot Killed in Fallon, Nevada Fighter-Jet Crash Is Identified (AP)
32-year-old pilot, Marine Captain, Reid Nannen, was flying out of Fallon, Nevada in a U.S. Marine F/A-18C fighter jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, according to the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, when it crashed a week ago, Saturday, 01 March 2014.  Nannen was on a training exercise in the western Nevada region when the jet fighter went down. Weather and location delayed search & rescue operations for the downed fighter and its pilot. Rescue workers encountered a snow storm in remote, mountainous terrain before reaching the crash site where Nannen perished.  The Navy range training complex where Nannen’s fighter jet went down is east of the Fallon Naval Air Station. Fallon is located in Western Nevada. 


NATIONS IN CRISIS: Ukraine, Russian & Crimea

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Crimea, Ukraine

IT SADDENS ME that the unrest in Ukraine continues. It is a delicate situation unfolding. Extremely delicate. Crimea is an important providence to Russia. It has a large military base there, the Black Sea Fleet.

The Majority of Ukrainians that live in Crimea call themselves, not Ukrainian, but Russian. They speak Russian and they desire Russia’s support. The majority want Russian troops to come in and protect them. Russia wants Crimea, it is too vital of an area for them to lose it. They won’t walk away from Crimea.

With the Crimea population’s majority pro-Russian there is only one logical thing to do if one considers the “democratic” process that political and media leaders have been advocating and that is to break off Crimea from Ukraine and hand it over to the Russians. The people of Crimea have spoken that they are Russians and that they want Russia, the Mother Country, to come save them. While that is the logical thing to do “Democratically” there is the dilemma, Ukraine, except for Crimea and areas that border Russia on the east that are mostly pro-Russia are anti-Russian.

If the escalation is not defused immediately civil war is inevitable. It is unlikely any nation on this planet will stop Russia from taking Crimea. The turmoil in Ukraine is an event of escalating sorrow. We all must pray for peace, and for comfort for all the souls that endure these turbulent times in Ukraine. A war with Russia spells only one thing, Russia would crush Ukraine. That would be tragic for all parties involved, and the world.

These are trying times for Ukraine, a nation that has a history of trying times and hardship that few nations have endured for such a prolonged history. While I support peace in the region, it is difficult for me to either choose sides or to vision peaceful results to a situation that has been stirring for decades and is inevitably about to come to the boiling point. The region will likely see an eruption that will likely spill blood in magnitude portions. The world will be absolutely helpless.

Failing to choose sides, does not mean I do not desire to see peaceful democratic solution to a tragic problem, it means I have zero confidence in today’s world leaders, at home and abroad, to lead toward peace. I wish I could. I wish I did.

The events unfolding in the Crimea region of Ukraine greatly disturbs me. The world stands behind and stood behind the Ukrainian people for their plea for democratic society and the right to self-governed and to be a sovereign nation. The fact that the people of Crimea desire Russia as their sovereign power and representative support constitutes the dilemma that will likely shed a dark period in the region as was seen in Georgia. Sarah Palin had warned of such escalation in the region years ago. The world ignored and rejected the notion. Now the souls of Ukraine will pay the price.

What we have is a problem that years ago should have been at the discussion table and has been rejected. Now we are faced with the ultimatums, simple and pure, peace or war, between Russia and Ukraine, peace or civil war between Ukrainians, Crimea separated from the body of Ukraine or Russia performing an unlikely precedent in its history, especially among former Soviet Union states and allowing Crimea–and its naval base and majority Russian people– to remain in the control of an anti-Russian Ukraine. Flipping a coin can only predict the outcome if both sides of the coin are either heads or tails. Regardless, the world, Ukraine, Russia and Crimea, all lose. The future could never be the same.

The world body needs to act at this very hour to enroll Ukraine into NATO or forever hold it’s peace.

The rest of us, especially Orthodox Christians, need to pray and pray relentlessly.

The tears we shed will forever flow in the river of agony and despair.

The gates of hell are wide open.

Will the iron fist and the hammer and sickle swing low and forceful again?

Sarah Palin’s 2008 Prediction Comes True. The world leadership, or lack thereof, gave Russian President Putin the green light to go into Crimea. It should have been expected. Russia simply has too much at stake to walk away. The instability in Ukraine threatened the Russian interest, now the entire mess will get ugly.
Harris Faulkner Interviews K.T.McFarland, About Palin’s 2008 Prediction

Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland, is Fox News National Security Analyst and long-time White House national security expert. She was also an aide to numerous presidential administrations, high-level political posts and held top executive jobs for the United States during her long and distinguished career.

[This writing was first-drafted prior to the Russian recent invasion of Crimea, Ukraine.   Putin’s army now controls the Crimea region.]


E927: The Deadly AZODICARBONAMIDE Found in 500 Foods

AZODICARBONAMIDE aka ADA, as a food additive, is known as E927.
What you don’t know may kill you. Suspected of causing major health problems, azodicarbonamide (ADA), the chemical used in manufacturing yoga mats, has been found in 500 of our foods.
REPORT: A collective view of an international group of experts
More Evidence Stacked Against Processed Foods & Corrupt Food Manufacturers
Find the 500 food manufacturers and the processed foods containing azodicarbonamide listed in this link:
Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) Reveals 500 Foods ADA Has Been Found In
Whether ADA will kill you or cause serious health problems or not is a highly debatable subject, but the real question one would seem likely to ask is do you really want to consume foods with nonfood ingredients in them like this chemical, azodicarbonamide?
Significant Health Risks
Dr. David Samadi explains the dangers of ADA
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
FDA & Food Manufacturers Gamble with YOUR Health
They’ve got nothing to lose. You have everything to lose.
Self Search azodicarbonamide at DuckDuckGo.com


Russian Troops Take Over Ukraine’s Crimea Area

02 March 2014
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) Russian Troops Take Over Ukraine’s Crimea Area

AP PHOTOS: Days of turmoil in Ukraine

Opinion
In Moscow’s Shadow
Why I Still Don’t Think Russia Wants to Annex the Crimea
Found in the comments by lscripsit: “…Second: We (my Ukrainian wife and I) have just received news from Kiev that Vitali Klitschko has asked the Rada to annul the Black Sea treaty signed by Yanukovich. That, if passed, is not going to sit well with the Russians and would seem to be justification for any and all reprisals….” Much more…

Follow the commentary and associated comments at the links provided for In Moscow’s Shadow. This crisis is a fast-paced explosive event that will be difficult to predict the direction of. [Posted PST USA or UTC−08:00 Northern Hemisphere Winter]