Daily Archives: November 11, 2009

Brazilian Blackout effects Millions

A massive power failure in Brazil affected Ten of millions of people in Brazil and Paraguay on Tuesday.  The problems were due to issues with transmission lines that linked to the Itaipu dam.

The blackout effected the cities of Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo the largest cities in South America. Hitting the southeastern Brazil highly urbanized area. Six states were impacted including Bel Horizonte and Sao Paulo states.

In Addition, the entire nation of Paraguay  was hit with the blackout.

Transportation was in chaotic. Trains stopped. People was abandon rail cars  to return to the surface in both Sao Paulo and Rio.

A spokesman with the operator of Itaipu Dam first blamed the dam. Later the spokesman blamed transmission lines.

“The most likely hypothesis is that there was some sort of accident that affected one or more points in the transmission system,” the operator said in a statement. “This accident probably provoked others, a phenomenon that is known as the domino effect.”

Edison Lobao, Brazilian Energy Minster told reporters in Brasilla the Brazilian Capital the cause unknown at this time. Lobao said,”atmospheric problems, an intense storm, may have contributed to or caused the transmission lines to Itaipu to shut down.”

Brazil CBN Radio says Rio de Janeiro state Governor Sergio Cabral has order additional police for safety purposes.

Reuters

Fort Hood Shooting Round Up

Here is a round up on the latest stories on Major Nidal Hasan the Fort Hood shooter.

Washington Post via FOX News learns that Hasan was to give a presentation at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington,D.C. on why Muslim military personnel should be conscientious objectors in fighting wars in avoiding “adverse events”

Hasan went on talk about homicide bombing and threats for the armed services could encounter from Muslims conflicted fighting other Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Meanwhile the Houston Chronicle is reporting the that FBI has investigated Major Hasan and his former Imam in Northern Virginia now in Yemen.

The  FBI dropped the case saying that Hasan did not pose a threat.

The New York Times points out the FBI and the Pentagon intercepted the messages  between  Anwar al-Awlaki and Major Hasan  anywhere from 10 to 20 times. The first time was in December of 2008 as part of a different investigation. The communique   between  Al Awlaki and Hasan were not violent.

“There was no indication that Major Hasan was planning an imminent attack at all, or that he was directed to do anything,” one senior investigator said. He and the other officials spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying the case was under investigation.

The AP reports that the Pentagon and Army are playing the blame game .

The department of defense had an investigator was into Major Hasan contacts with his former Imam. But another military official denied knowing of Hasan contacting the Imam.

The Wall Street Journal says the Army did not know about the e-mails between Major Nidal Hasan and his former Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki until after the Ft. Hood massacre.

ABC News is investigating other contacts that Major Hasan may have got in touched with. These people who the FBI is looking into more unexplained connections to Hasan.

Sources in Congress told ABC News the name and country will be revealed in the days, week and months ahead.

Washington Post via FOX News

Houston Chronicle

New York Times

AP via Yahoo News

Wall Street Journal

ABC News

Obama is OK With Punishing Those Who Do Not Buy Health Insurance.

In an interview with ABC News White House Correspondent  Jake Tapper President Obama agrees with Rep. John  Dingel Bill on Health Care which charges a fine if the individual refuses to by health insurance. Obama believes penalties are need for people using “free ride” on health care system.

However, The president did not give support or opposition  to sending people to jail for not paying for the fine for not buying health insurance.

What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are — are burdened by because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty.”

While that provision is in the house bill contains fines the Senate bills hsd the provision removed.

Obama says the penalties are needed to that people don’t  abuse the system. But not so punishing that the people financial situations get worse.

“I think the general broad principle is simply that people who are paying for their health insurance aren’t subsidizing folks who simply choose not to until they get sick and then suddenly they expect free health insurance.  That’s — that’s basic concept of responsibility that I think most Americans abide by,” Mr. Obama said, “penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.”

The  president didn’t think  the questions penalties including jail time was a  major issue.

So much for freedom. By the way Mr. President health insurance is not like car insurance. If your own a car you maybe compelled to buy insurance or pay a fine. The key phrase is own are car. Charging a fine is ridiculous.

ABC News