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AT&T Buys T-Mobile , AT&T to Become Largest Cellphone Provider

A surprise announcement by AT&T rocked the telecommunications industry. On Sunday the bought T-Mobil from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion .This will catapult AT&T to the largest cellular phone company. From Wall Street Journal:

The former Baby Bell, which built itself up through a decade of acquisitions into the country’s largest telecommunications company, was planning to buy T-Mobile USA, a deal that would test its skilled regulatory team in Washington.

The combination would bring together the second and fourth largest U.S. wireless operators by revenue, creating a giant in an already concentrated market. People familiar with the matter said AT&T executives, fearing a leak could build regulatory opposition even before the two sides agreed on a deal, kept the number of banks involved strictly limited for weeks. It leaned on J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. alone to provide a $20 billion loan.

In the end, the secret held, ushering in a $39 billion acquisition that is as much a wager on the political environment in Washington as it is a bet on the future of the wireless market.

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Japanese Quake Causes Explosions at Nuke Plant

Friday’s 9.0 Earthquake ( The quake Richter Scale revise up from 8.9 on Sunday.) causes Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant four explosions on Saturday, Sunday,  Monday and Tuesday. Sending fears of a meltdown throughout  Japan and the rest of  World. From London Daily Mail:

The Japanese nuclear reactor hit by the tsunami went into ‘meltdown’ today, as officials admitted that fuel rods appear to be melting inside three damaged reactors.

There is a risk that molten nuclear fuel can melt through the reactor’s safety barriers and cause a serious radiation leak.

There have already been explosions inside two over-heating reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and the fuel rods inside a third were partially exposed as engineers desperately fight to keep them cool after the tsunami knocked out systems.

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said it was ‘highly likely’ that the fuel rods inside all three stricken reactors are melting.
Some experts class that a partial meltdown of the reactor, but others would only use that term for when molten nuclear fuel melts through a reactor’s inner chamber – but not through the outer containment shell.

As fuel rods melt, they form an extremely hot molten pool at the bottom of the reactor that can melt through even the toughest of containment barriers.

Japan is fighting to avoid a nuclear catastrophe after the tsunami. There was a hydrogen explosion at the reactor in Unit Three of the power station earlier today, in which eleven workers were hurt by the blast that was felt 25 miles away.

The reactor at Unit One of Fukushima exploded on Saturday, blowing several walls away but engineers said the core was still contained. The fuel rods in the reactor in Unit Two of the plant were partially exposed from their coolant today – which also increases the risk of meltdown.

Engineers have been fighting to keep the reactors under control after the tsunami knocked out emergency coolant systems on Friday.

Meanwhile Some are worrying about Nuclear Fallout reaching Canada and the US. From AFP via Prison Planet:

California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said radiation could be blown out across the Pacific.

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“At present there is no danger to California. However we are monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our federal partners,” Michael Sicilia, spokesman for California Department of Public Health, told AFP.

“California does have radioactivity monitoring systems in place for air, water and the food supply and can enhance that monitoring if a danger exists,” he added.

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Experts have suggested that, if there were a reactor meltdown or major leak at Fukushima, the radioactive cloud would likely be blown out east across the Pacific, towards the US West Coast.

Meanwhile more than half million people are being evacuated from Northeast Japan. From Stuff New Zealand:

The (Japanese) government warned those still in the 20km evacuation zone to stay indoors. TEPCO said 11 people had been injured in the blast yesterday.

Kyodo News said 200,000 people had now been evacuated from the zone, joining more than 450,000 other evacuees from quake and tsunami-hit areas in the northeast.

Follow Drudge. The site has extensive coverage include live reports from BBC World Service,Kyodo Wire Service and Reuters.

The EPA goes after Greenhouse Gasses

The Obama administration is going ahead with plans to regulate greenhouse gasses, despite of discovering that Climate Change/ Global Warming is non-existent. From AP via Yahoo News:

Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for new power plants and oil refinery emission standards over the next year.

In an announcement posted on the agency’s website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans,” Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country.

President Barack Obama had said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadn’t acted on legislation achieving the same end, signaling that other options were under consideration.

Jackson’s announcement came on the same day that the administration showed a go-it-alone approach on federal wilderness protection — another major environmental issue. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his agency was repealing the Bush era’s policy limiting wilderness protection, which was adopted under former Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

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Winter is Here!!!

A powerful storm which brought heavy rain to the Pacific Northwest, snow to the Rockies and created blizzard condition to upper plains, Canadian Prairies and  Great Lakes states and Provinces is slamming the east coast with rain, wind and snow. If that not enough a  massive Arctic cold outbreak which could shutdown much of the US. From AccuWeather:

A blizzard that dumped nearly two feet of snow in Minnesota on Saturday, stranding thousands of travelers at airports and on roadways, moved on to eastern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northern Michigan on Sunday.

The heaviest snow and highest winds creating blizzard conditions lashed eastern Wisconsin, including Green Bay, Wis., and northern Illinois. The visibility fell below a quarter of a mile in this zone.

Excessive delays and many cancellations continue at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport with continued visibility issues and de-icing concerns with falling temperatures. Up to half a foot of snow is expected to clobber areas just east of Chicago.

High winds blowing at 50-60 mph is whipping the snow around. Significant drifting of snow is occurring with reports of snow drifts of up to five feet from southern Minnesota and northern Iowa to eastern Wisconsin and northern Michigan.

On Saturday the National Football League canceled the Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants  game for Sunday on fears that the roof at Mall of America Field aka Metrodome would collapsed. The game moved to  Ford Field in Detroit to play. The NFL and Minnesota Vikings fears came true as a crush of heavy snow piled on the  roof of the stadium caused the caved in early Sunday morning. It was caught on by digital cameras by Fox Sports via NFL.com (Special Thanks to Yahoo Sports)

Travel on many US Interstate Highways  in peril due to rain,snow ice wind and brutal cold has eliminated all travel except essential safety units such as fire, ambulance, emergency and police:

Countless numbers of roads are closed, including across many areas where the falling snow has diminished.

Travel will be extremely dangerous to impossible at times across portions of I-90, I-94, I-39, I-35, I-75 and I-80 through the rest of this weekend.

Numerous accidents and spin-outs have occurred from Nebraska through Wisconsin with extremely poor roadways and whiteout conditions. Stranded vehicles are littering some roads across the region.

Just a week ago the US and Canada was hit by rain snow and cold. This time a massive arctic temperature drop will fall south to Miami and Florida Keys:

While not everyone across the eastern half of the country is dealing with snow or a blizzard this weekend, they will all be facing brutal cold soon if not already.

The coldest air of the season yet is headed for these regions and could end up being the coldest of the entire winter. Many records, especially nighttime lows across the Southeast, will be broken early this week.

Painfully cold, arctic air sweeping across the Midwest has already been driving temperatures well-below zero. Temperatures will remain or plunge back below zero in the Upper Midwest with lows between 10 and 20 below zero across much of Iowa, Minnesota, western Wisconsin and the eastern Dakotas tonight.

Tonight into Monday, the bitter cold will overspread the rest of the eastern half of the country, creating a flash freeze in many places where a storm has made roads wet or slushy. While actual temperatures may not fall below zero, horrendous winds will make it feel that way for millions.

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Global Warming is Out; Global Climate Disruption is In Says Obama Administration

In the name game of the Obama Administration Global Warming is no longer in thing in Washington. Now it Global Climate Disruption.  White House Science Czar John Holdren announced a week ago in a speech in Oslo, Norway.

Holdren says the phrase Global Warming  may have oversimplified a dangerous situation. He said Global Warming a “dangerous misnomer” that is more complicated that it sounds.

The name changes happens when Congress is adjourning Campaign Season after the August recess. The change is a way to shore up support White House environmental  programs.

“They’re trying to come up with more politically palatable ways to sell some of this stuff,” said Republican pollster Adam Geller, noting that Democrats also rolled out a new logo and now refer to the Bush tax cuts as “middle-class tax cuts.”

“Every time we’re digging our cars out — what global warming?” he said. “(Global climate disruption is) more of a sort of generic blanket term, I guess, that can apply in all weather conditions.”

It’s unclear why Holdren prefers “global climate disruption” over “climate change,” the most commonly used alternative to “global warming.”

The reason Holdren made the change is disruption covers more ground. It affects not only precipitation and  temperatures, It also affects agriculture, drought conditions and the spread of diseases.

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President Obama Prime Time Address on Oil Spill Bombs

Tuesday evening President Barack Obama address the American people to tell that the federal government is in control. The president in the address reaffirmed that the government will make BP pay for the damages. Obama calls BP reckless for the conditions led up to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico back on April 20th.

“We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long it takes,” declared Obama, whose own presidency has been stumbling because of the gushing oil. A new Associated Press-GfK poll even indicates as many Americans disapprove of his handling of the crisis — 52 percent — as felt that way about President George W. Bush’s handling of the Katrina aftermath.

The President did give details. He did name former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus as the head of Gulf Restoration Plan which paid for by for by BP. The President will create an independent commission to take over the compensation from BP. Critics say the move violates the US constitution.

Obama has announce that former Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich will become the new head of the Minerals and Department at the Department of Energy. The president said Bromwich will oversee the oil industry.Obama said Bromwich will be “the oil industry’s watchdog, not its partner.” The president said new regulations will including stronger drilling safety standards.

The president’s speech comes nearly two month since the explosion and subsequent oil spill washing up on marshes, beaches from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.  The government response has angered residents, and politicians alike.

Said one spray-painted sign along the president’s Florida motorcade route earlier in the day, as Obama capped a two-day inspection tour of the region: “Obama you are useless.”

Alabama restaurant owner Regina Shipp, of Orange Shoals  find no comfort in the president words as tourist stay away because of the oil spill.”He said he’s going to make BP pay. Can he? Can he?” said Shipp, standing amid a sea of empty tables at Shipp’s Harbour Grill, which she owns with her husband, chef Matt Shipp.

The president speech was not well recieved the president supporters at MSNBC Keith Obermann, Chris Matthews and Washington Post columnist Howard Fineman was not impressed.

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Breaking News Icelandic Volcanic Eruption Shuts Down Air Traffic over Northern Europe

A powerful volcano eruption shuts down air traffic  throughout United Kingdom,  Iceland, Ireland and Northern Europe.

The Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl) glacier and volcano erupted late Wednesday.

United Kingdom’s National Air Traffic Service prohibited flights over England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland 12:00 to 6PM at the earliest.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) shut down Air space from  noon to 8PM. Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland also prohibit flights.

Volcanic ash debris can and affect airline equipment including shut down of engines, ventilation systems; hydraulic,computerized instrumentation systems. The ash can also affect windscreen; electrical systems and aircraft pain.

The FAA has stopped all air travel over Northern Europe until further notice.

Check your airline for their policy on refunds, re-scheduling flights and delays.  Also ask about accommodations due to the delays.

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