September 18th, 2005


make sure to wear some flowers in your hair

thinking about the third item on FEMA's list of catastrophes i decided to see how many places were called San Francisco & how many of these San Franciscos were on fault lines.

  1. San Francisco, Argentina :: Although earthquakes occur throughout Chile, the major fault lines seem to lie in the central portion of the country. Still the majority of Chile is located near to a fault line and has experienced an earthquake, which makes sense since the country sits on the Ring of Fire. In neighboring countries earthquakes and fault lines are almost as prevalent. The majority of the fault lines in Argentina lie on or near their border with Chile, while the fault lines and earthquakes in Peru are more widespread. Basically this is a very active area. {Natural Landscapes of Chile PPT}

  2. San Francisco, Australia

  3. San Francisco de Cuapa, Nicaragua

  4. San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Philippines

  5. San Francisco, Cebu, Philippines

  6. San Francisco, Quezon, Philippines

  7. San Francisco, Southern Leyte, Philippines

  8. San Francisco, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

  9. San Francisco, Puerto Rico

  10. San Francisco, California

  11. San Francisco Volcanic Field, Arizona

  12. San Francisco Mountain, Arizona

  13. San Francisco, New Mexico

  14. San Francisco, Texas


National Day of Prayer & Remembrance (14-Sep-2001 & 16-Sep-2005)

these are excerpts from both days of remembrance:

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance (14-Sep-2001) :: We are here in the middle hour of our grief ... "I prayed to God to give us a sign that He is still here" ... War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing ... the Lord of life holds all who die, and all who mourn ... we ask almighty God to watch over our nation ... As we have been assured, neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, can separate us from God's love. May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance (16-Sep-2005) :: In this hour of suffering ... The Creator of wind and water is also the source of even a greater power -- a love that can redeem the worst tragedy, a love that is stronger than death ... In this hour of suffering ... "I didn't think there was so much love in the world" ... In this hour of suffering ... we pledge ourselves to the demanding work of revival, and renew the faith and hope that will carry that work to completion. In the worst of storms, and in the rush of flood waters, even the strongest faith can be tested. Yet the Scriptures assure us, "many waters cannot quench love; neither can the floods drown it" ... trusting that even among the ruins, the love of God remains at work ... may He always watch over the United States of America.

more in a bit


220 & 827

the 220 Chart seems straight-forward; but the 827 Chart is more challenging. both involve space shuttle landing dates. 220 appears 19 days after the Columbia landing date; 827 appears 19 days after the Discovery landing date. Discovery actually had three launch dates: {1} 07-Aug-2005, the original landing date; {2} 08-Aug-2005, the extended landing date; & {3} 09-Aug-2005, the actual landing date. Discovery was scheduled to land in Florida (primary landing site), but due to bad weather landed in California (secondary landing site). the second landing date, 08-August, is 19 days from 27-August.

Hurricane Katrina (@ wikipedia) upgraded to category three hurricane on 27-August; President Bush declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. (btw, Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency on 26-August).

01-Feb-2003 - STS-107 Columbia disaster :: 20-Feb-2003 - Station nightclub fire

08-Aug-2005 - NASA Delays Discovery Landing :: 27-Aug-2005 - Hurricane Katrina


biloxi man

cnn had a story about a man in biloxi running errands for his neighbors, getting ice & stuff. he's an older man & watching him as he walked behind an old shopping cart i could see his legs weren't in the best shape. but, he kept doing. i noticed that each bag of ice he dropped off was getting more filled up with melted water & less ice. he gave a bag to one of his neighbors & she said, come kiss me but don't make my husband jealous. :o). don't think fema's there yet — so i keep thinking about him. people are living in these flooded out homes that are dirty & chaotic.

don't know the man in biloxi's name so i went online & bumped into madebymark & saw a short post on a cat-5 hurrican in cuba (no fatalities) linking to The Two Americas:

Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.

What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, "the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go."

"Cuba's leaders go on TV and take charge," said Valdes. Contrast this with George W. Bush's reaction to Hurricane Katrina. The day after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Bush was playing golf. He waited three days to make a TV appearance and five days before visiting the disaster site. In a scathing editorial on Thursday, the New York Times said, "nothing about the president's demeanor yesterday - which seemed casual to the point of carelessness - suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis."

"Merely sticking people in a stadium is unthinkable" in Cuba, Valdes said. "Shelters all have medical personnel, from the neighborhood. They have family doctors in Cuba, who evacuate together with the neighborhood, and already know, for example, who needs insulin."

They also evacuate animals and veterinarians, TV sets and refrigerators, "so that people aren't reluctant to leave because people might steal their stuff," Valdes observed. After Hurricane Ivan, the United Nations International Secretariat for Disaster Reduction cited Cuba as a model for hurricane preparation. ISDR director Salvano Briceno said, "The Cuban way could easily be applied to other countries with similar economic conditions and even in countries with greater resources that do not manage to protect their population as well as Cuba does."


magic in the web

SUNSPOT 798: Hyperactive sunspot 798, which unleashed nine X-class solar flares this month, including a colossal X17-flare, is breaking up. But it might not go away quietly. NOAA forecasters say there's a 20% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours. Approximately two days from now, sunspot 798 will rotate around the sun's western limb, disappearing from view, and the chance of Earth-directed flares from the active region will drop to zero. Right: On Sept. 17th, Didier Favre of Los Angeles, CA, was photographing sunspot 798 when a passing bird tried to steal the show. "Catch the sunspot if you can!" says Favre. {}

Othello: Tis true: there's magic in the web of it:
A sibyl, that had number'd in the world
The sun to course two hundred compasses,
In her prophetic fury sew'd the work;
The worms were hallow'd that did breed the silk;
And it was dyed in mummy which the skilful
Conserved of maidens' hearts.

Othello, act iii, scene iv

in act iii, scene ii, Othello & Iago are "walking on the works", investigating the fortification.