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Updates on Houston, Texas explosion.

2 victims killed in massive explosion in northwest Houston identified; hundreds of homes damaged
The blast knocked some homes off their foundations and jolted people awake as far away as Nassau Bay and La Porte.

Author: Doug Delony, KHOU 11 Staff
Published: 4:39 AM CST January 24, 2020

Read more here (with video): https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/breaking-large-blast-rattling-windows-felt-across-houston-area/285-dfb38cd1-484e-48f3-b87c-6bac0b7f2a25
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Two people were killed early Friday in a massive explosion at an industrial site in northwest Houston.

Authorities identified the victims as Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena. The two were apparently employees of the business and had shown up early to use the gym on the site.

A nearby resident was also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries and 18 people self-reported to emergency rooms with minor injuries, such as cuts and breathing issues, associated with the blast.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner got his first look at the damage caused by the major explosion on Friday evening that leveled the facility. He toured some of the more than 200 homes damaged by the blast, many of them left unlivable.
Mayor Turner said the facility had been here since 1972 and many of the communities were built around it. “It would be irresponsible on our part not to evaluate and assess what has taken place here today and to do everything that we can to mitigate the risk of future explosions of this kind to the extent we can,” Mayor Turner said.

The city said all things have to be considered moving forward in a changing city to protect residents. The investigation of the debris field is expected to take several days.

Meanwhile, State leaders are reaching out to FEMA Looking at the possibility of getting federal help.

Will Texas ever learn? This brings back memories of many other events where poorly regulated chemical plants in towns with few zoning controls blew up and killed many people such as the West Fertilizer Company explosion in 2013.


News from Turkey found here.....

18 dead, 553 injured as massive quake of magnitude 6.8 rocks Turkey's Elazığ
Published 24.01.2020

Link: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2020/01/24/18-dead-553-injured-as-massive-quake-of-magnitude-68-rocks-turkeys-elazig

t least 18 people were killed, and 553 others were injured after a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 rocked the eastern Turkish province of Elazığ on Friday evening. "Death toll in Elazığ earthquake has risen to 18; 405 people were injured in Elazığ and 148 others in Malatya. We are doing our best to rescue 30 people trapped under a collapsed building," Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said after the quake. The temblor reportedly lasted 15 seconds.
Soon after the initial quake, the province was shaken further by a series aftershocks ranging from between a magnitude 5.4 to 3.3. According to initial reports, the earthquake was felt in provinces as far as southern Adana and northern Samsun, along with northern Syria and Iraq.

The Interior Minister also said several buildings collapsed or sustained damages following the tremor.

Fault lines in Turkey:


Excellent perspectives on U.S. involvement in the Middle East - Video interview

Former top diplomat: Idea of US imposing peace plan on Israel, Palestinians 'is a farce'
Issued on: 24/01/2020

Our guest Martin Indyk served as US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations under Barack Obama and twice as US ambassador to Israel under Bill Clinton. As Donald Trump prepares to release a long-delayed plan for Middle East peace, Indyk gives us his take on this latest US mediation bid. He also discusses the US role in the wider Middle East and whether American troops should leave the region.

Link: https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20200124-interview-martin-indyk-former-us-special-envoy-ambassador-to-israel-trump-middle-east-peace-plan-1

Well worth the time to watch to reiterate with clarity exactly what our "interests" over there really are. So why does tRump keep whacking the hornet's nest if a major plank in his platform was to get the hell out?

KY.......... .......

American firefighters killed in Australian bush fire plane crash identified.

Coulson Aviation names three aerial firefighters who died in NSW tanker crash
ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Read here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-24/three-firefighters-who-died-in-nsw-tanker-crash-named/11897704

A Canadian-US aerial firefighting company has named the three Americans killed in an air tanker crash on Thursday in south-east New South Wales.

In a post to Facebook, Coulson Aviation (USA) named captain Ian McBeth, first officer Paul Hudson and flight engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr as the aerial firefighting crew who died in the crash of the C-130 Large Air Tanker north-east of Cooma.
The statement said 44-year-old captain McBeth lived in Great Falls, Montana, and was a highly respected C-130 pilot and qualified instructor with experience fighting fires both in the military and with the aviation company. He served with the Wyoming Air National Guard and was later a member of the Montana Air National Guard.

First officer Hudson, 42, from the United States Marine Corps, lived in Buckeye Arizona and had 20 years of service in the US Marines.

Mr DeMorgan Jr, 43, from Navarre, Florida, served in the US Air Force with 18 years as a flight engineer on the C-130.
The company thanked members of the public for their support in the wake of the fatal crash.

The statement said the company's crews on other aircraft would be returning to work soon.

RIP and may peace soon come to their families....... .... ....

Three dead after Large Air Tanker crashes while fighting bushfires in southern NSW

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Three American firefighters died when a Large Air Tanker crashed while fighting a bushfire in southern NSW. Earlier this afternoon, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it had "lost contact" with a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, used in water bombing operations, in the Snowy Monaro area.

Firefighters, emergency services and military personnel launched a search and rescue and located the wreckage. However, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said all the crew members were "tragically" killed.

"[The aircraft] impacted heavily with the ground and initial reports are that there was a large fireball associated with the impact of the plane as it hit the ground," he said.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said there was no indication on what caused the accident, but is working with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to determine what happened. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was contracted through American aerial firefighting company, Coulson Aviation (USA).

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-23/nsw-rfs-air-tanker-crashes-near-numeralla-bushfire/11893554

Horrible reminder of the risks involved in fighting these massive bushfires in Australia. RIP to the three brave Americans.

Backtoblue, I think what you experienced was the beauty of community.....

which is something most all of us need in one form or another. Most of our old-fashioned elements of community have been destroyed by capitalism. Back in the 70s, I felt the warmth of community in the volunteer fire service after I moved from the country to a large urban area. Sadly, that old community fire department is now gone and so is the brotherhood.

During the late 70s, I spent quite a time on a service job in a Southern coastal state in the area called "low country" where extreme segregation and poverty abounds. During my Sunday for-fun road trips to see the sights, I would see black people dressed in their Sunday finest walking along the highways to their nearest African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) and services would go on for hours. Those churches ARE their community and the only escape from horrible racism.

Those churches were very small and it seemed there was one every mile. I'm now jealous that they have such a beautiful union of people that we sorely need in some form across the nation and I hope they're able to maintain what they have.

Please continue to report your visits. You are warming some hearts that really need it......

Depends on occasion, recipe and mood.

Bleu: No. 1 flavor and aroma-trigger cheese for salads and a to-die-for tomato soup for me.

Havarti and Swiss: late night snacks and sandwiches.

Cheddars: Snacks with whole-grain crackers.

Asiago: A special treat for snacking.

Notable credits to the lesser of cheeses (bless their hearts):

Before she passed, my wife used to make Mac and Cheese using Velveeta and the kids loved it.

Back during the long-gone crazy drinking days, a friend and I liked Heineken and Limburger.

During my traveling days, suitcases returning from Wisconsin jobs had all spare room filled with their world-famous chocolate cheese. Ladies were in-waiting at the airport.......

What a way to go and a tribute....

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Olney

Olney died of an apparent heart attack during a performance onstage at the 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, on January 18, 2020, at age 71. "David was playing a song when he paused, said 'I'm sorry' and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell off his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was," Scott Miller said.

"Women 'Cross The River"
Performed by: Linda Ronstadt
Writer(s): David Olney

Oh the women 'cross the river carry water from the well at break of day
And they talk to one another; God only knows what they might say
You might get an education after years of dedication
You might finally get a glimpse of what is right and what is wrong
But the women 'cross the river; well they knew that all along

Oh the women 'cross the river work with tools that are ancient and hand-made
And they plow their fields in perfect rows and then they rest beneath the shade
Now we have learned to build, out of concrete, out of steel
And our buildings stand a thousand years but then even they are bound to fall
But the women 'cross the river never learned to build a wall

Oh the women 'cross the river are as gentle as the dew upon the ground
How I love to hear them laughing in the rain when it makes that perfect sound
Now a soldier with a gun and a battle to be won
Might kill you with a bullet and you never even know the reason why
But the women 'cross the river; they can kill you with their eyes

Oh the women 'cross the river; they can kill you with their eyes


Huge dust storm hits Australia's NSW - see photos and video

BOM tells Dubbo to expect rain, but massive dust storm sweeps through NSW instead
ABC Western Plains
By Lucy Thackray and Jessie Davies

Link to site: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/rural-news/2020-01-20/bom-nsw-forecast-dust-storm-dubbo-parkes-nyngan-blackouts/11881602

Residents of western New South Wales hoping for rain after a promising forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) were instead hit by a fast-moving dust storm that blocked out the sun.
The dust storm spread from Broken Hill across to Nyngan, Parkes and Dubbo on Sunday, leaving many residents in complete darkness.

Towns including Nevertire and Narromine were also left without power "for hours". "2020 — the year of dust! The worst dust storm we have had to date," Nevertire Hotel publican Harriet Gilmore said.

"Complete darkness, no power for hours. "And this is the fourth one this week."
The wind peaked at 7:45pm in Dubbo with a gust of 107 kilometres per hour. "The dust storm was moving fast and was so thick that it went completely dark, [resulting in] zero visibility in less than a minute," Dubbo resident Jenny Duggan said.

Macquarie Anglican Girls School in Dubbo made a call to the SES after the school's roof was damaged in the storm. Principal Craig Monsour expected the clean-up would take a full week.

Australia: Cyclones, severe drought, loss of fresh water, rising ocean temperatures, extreme heat, massive forest fires, mud floods, loss of plant and animal species, and dust storms......and a right-wing government.

May they have a speedy recovery and a long period of peace.


Trump asks that question because he's a psychopath.

Most psychopaths do not have the ability to accept that they have done wrong and many can't recognize the harm caused by their actions even when confronted with clear evidence.

Therefore, it's understandable that he would ask "why are they doing this to me?"........
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