Dead whale found at Port Mahon, Delaware

A dead whale was spotted in the water just off the coast at Port Mahon on Sunday night.

“It was reported to us on Sunday night, but when we talked to locals it seems that it may have washed up there a few days before,” said Suzanne Thurman, director of the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute.

Due to the whale’s late stage of decomposition, identifying it accurately was tricky, said Ms. Thurman. The MERR Institute’s best guess is that the animal is a juvenile humpback whale, originally about 30-feet long or more.

“It’s certainly a baleen whale from what we can see, probably a humpback, but there weren’t a lot of identifying marks left,” said Ms. Thurman. “The tissue was so degraded and much of it has been scavenged — it was kind of like a pile of mush.”

MERR is a non-profit “stranding” response and rehabilitation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles.

The organization is authorized by National Marine Fisheries Service and the State of Delaware to be the official “stranding” respondents for the marine mammals and sea turtles of Delaware.

The IMF Is Not Done Destroying Greece Yet

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,
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How Little Ice Age displaced the tropical rain belt

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‘Defense’ – The U.S. Military Outspends These Countries Combined

Not long into Trump’s presidency, he announced his plans to increase the country’s defense budget in 2018 by 54 billion dollars. The extra money is seen as necessary in order to “rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it”. Whether justified or not, this extra outlay will take the U.S. even further ahead of the rest of the world in terms of outright military spending.

The infographic below shows how the current budget compares to the world’s other top spenders. 

Infographic: Defense: The U.S. Outspends These Countries Combined | Statista

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According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in 2016 U.S. defense spending outstripped that of China, Russia, UKFrance, Japan, Saudi Arabia and India combined. When it comes to spending as a share of own GDP, the United States’ huge output naturally brings them down the rankings somewhat. Of the top outright spenders, Saudi Arabia is way ahead, with an estimated 10 percent.

Record snow and cold across Europe with another Arctic front on the way

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Can Macron Save The World? Save France?

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,
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Japanese Demand For Nuclear Shelters Soars Amid North Korea Tensions

While Hawaiian officials are pushing to re-open fallout shelters, the people of another island (considerably closer, and well within range) are actively preparing for a worst case scenario from North Korea. As Reuters reports, sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Japan is well within range of already-tested North Korean missiles…

 

And that has prompted aoring demand among the Japanese people…

A small company that specializes in building nuclear shelters, generally under people’s houses, has received eight orders in April alone compared with six orders during a typical year. The company, Oribe Seiki Seisakusho, based in Kobe, western Japan, also has sold out of 50 Swiss-made air purifiers, which are said to keep out radiation and poisonous gas, and is trying to get more, said Nobuko Oribe, the company’s director.

 

“It takes time and money to build a shelter. But all we hear these days, in this tense atmosphere, is that they want one now,” Oribe said. “They ask us to come right away and give them an estimate.”

 

A purifier designed for six people sells for 620,000 yen ($5,630) and one designed for 13 people and usually installed in a family-use shelter costs 1.7 million yen ($15,440).

 

Some orders for the shelters were placed by owners of small-sized companies for their employees, and others by families, Oribe said.

 

A nuclear shelter for up to 13 people costs about 25 million yen ($227,210) and takes about four months to build, he said.

 

The shelter his company offers is a reinforced, air-tight basement with an air purifier that can block radiation as well as poisonous gas. The room is designed to withstand a blast even when a Hiroshima-class nuclear bomb exploded just 660 meters away, Oribe said.

Concerns about a possible gas attack have grown in Japan after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliament session this month that North Korea may have the capacity to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas.

And the Japanese government is now urging local governments to hold evacuation drills in case of a possible missile attack, heightening a sense of urgency among the public.