December 6, 2013
The thieves must have heard that the haul wasn’t so great afterall. The truck was found in a in an empty parking lot. It had been stolen at a gas station. where the driver was sleeping in the truck. Unintentional theft, and they will never forget what they stole.
The missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico. The atomic energy agency said it has an activity of 3,000 curries, or Category 1, meaning “it would probably be fatal to be close to this amount of unshielded radioactive material for a period in the range of a few minutes to an hour.”
A family that found the container that had been used for the radioactive material was under medical observation, he added.
“It’s a family that found the container and carried it back to their house,” Jimenez told Milenio television. “For the sole fact that they were a certain distance from the source, we are keeping this family under medical observation … to determine how much they were affected by the radiation.”
The cobalt-60 that was missing for nearly two days was left in a rural area about a kilometer (a half a mile) from Hueypoxtla, a farm town of about 4,000 people. Officials said it posed no threat to the residents and there was no evacuation. Federal police and military units on the scene threw up an armed cordon about 500 meters (yards) around the site.
The hospital where the six people are now being treated for radiation poisoning has been sealed.
The container was discovered by a family, who were promptly put under medical observation, but according to Hueypoxtla’s mayor, Javier Santillan, they suffered no harm.
The man is a firefighter and is taking photographs of the radiation head. that was part of a radiation therapy machine, on the patio of the family who found the abandoned radiation head in a nearby field.
More than 100 incidents of thefts and other unauthorised activities involving nuclear and radioactive material are reported to the IAEA each year. Imagine if this had crossed our porous southern border?
December 5, 2013
Kenya anyone? Foreign student status? He is such a liar.
President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.
December 3, 2013
Welcome to zerocare’s no security.
It could take a year to secure the risk of “high exposures” of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday.
“When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week.
“It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw the implementation of the website, the components used to build the site are compliant with standards set by Federal security authorities.
December 2, 2013
500,000 protesters is nothing to sneer at. What will Pooter do? Seriously, the government will not resign.
Protesters have put up barricades on Independence Square, while others are entrenched inside city hall.
The unrest was triggered in November by President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a deal on closer EU ties.
- 1991: Independence from the Soviet Union declared
- 1997: Friendship treaty with Russia and agreement on Black Sea fleet.
- Nov 2004: Moscow-backed candidate Viktor Yanukovych declared president after poll, despite reports of massive fraud. Opposition launches mass protests, dubbed the Orange Revolution
- Dec 2004: Opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko wins re-run
- 2009: Russia briefly stops gas supplies to Ukraine in row over pricing
- 2010: Yanukovych wins presidential election
- July 2013: Russia restricts imports from Ukraine, as Kiev seeks closer EU ties
- Nov 2013: President Yanukovych reverses decision to sign EU deal, triggering mass protests
November 26, 2013
Yes, I started a bit early. I just could not help myself. Eggnog is toxic, but I drink it only on occasion.
Stay safe and warm. I’ll be hanging out in the kitchen as usual.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.