Archive for May, 2011
  • SPC Mesoscale Discussion 0885 for SOUTHEAST KS/NORTHEAST OK/SOUTHWEST MO/NORTHWEST AR http://t.co/TzV5ZqP" #
  • RT @tornadoquest: Thunderstorms moving towards SE MO could complicate rescue/recovery efforts in #Joplin Forecast disc: http://t.co/ccRU0nj #
  • Damn @ryanvaughan: At 3:15, we learn why we do not leave our safe spot too soon: http://t.co/JZgi2LK #joplin #MOWX" #
  • JimC: As previously stated 3 long days ahead od us with severe thunderstorms n many areas including suffering (cont) http://t.co/9GoJpLV #
  • Powerful @WeatherDecTech: Video of damage from Joplin, Missouri tornado http://t.co/WBuV8oh #
  • If your in Joplin, you need to try to find shelter or a secure shelter…storm incoming is very strong as I understand #
  • Not good @KATV_Weather: Devastating. 89 dead in Joplin and I'm afraid it's going to get higher #ARWX http://t.co/I1H42oT #
  • Not good RT @SamChampion: That is one bad looking storm here in Joplin http://t.co/ZlfgbNa #
  • Storm Chasers Jeff Piotrowski & Kathryn Piotrowski tracked the Joplin Tornado through the city of Joplin, MO. http://t.co/wPNxW53 #
  • Severe storms over OK this morning moving toward NWA. Wind potential is increasing and tornado potential is not zero. Will monitor #
  • Data @StaffsStormSpot: Wind 13.1 mph SSW Temp 10.7c (-1.2c) Feels Like 6.4 Barom 1004.4 (Falling) Rain 0.0mm #wxdisplay #weather #wdisplay quot; #
  • "@severewarn: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Barry, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton County in MO until 9:45am CDT. #mowx quot; #
  • "@weathermatrix: Current storm endangering tornado cleanup: 1-inch hail reported by a spotter just east of #Joplin airport" #
  • "@wunderground: Dr. Masters says, "Deadliest U.S. tornado since 1953 rips through Joplin, Missouri, killing 89" http://t.co/vDBT5xH" #
  • SPC Mesoscale Discussion 0886 for SE OK…WRN AND CNTRL AR http://t.co/i22eKYA #
  • RT @shawncable: 2000-2010 there were 605 tornado fatalities in the US. Already 450+ just this year. #
  • View of deadly tornado moving into Joplin, MO, from Storm Chaser Jeff Piotrowski: http://t.co/wPNxW53 #
  • Number to volunteer in Joplin via Americorps (417) 659-5464." #
  • RT @VZWlaura confirmed VZW is sending 3 temporary cell towers to Joplin #verizon #
  • "@KATV_Weather: SOME good news… Arkansas has been taken out of the moderate risk for severe weather today. A slight risk remains though #
  • "@WeatherRick: Tornado Watch issued for Washington County but not Benton County. More storms over Oklahoma moving in later this evening. #
  • That's it!? Just 17!? Rt @KOMUnews 17 people have donated blood at the Academy of Fine Arts in CoMo. http://t.co/dScIueZ http://t.co/VVChxMz #
  • Rt @KATV_Weather: Newest short range hi res models shows a complex of storms moving through Arkansas later this evening. http://t.co/kr4lZ6G #
  • RT @DaveSnider: Joplin tornado rated EF-4 by SGF NWS. Winds: 190-198 Width: 3/4 mi. 116 killed, 400 injured. #
  • "@TWCBreaking: Brief tornado reported south of Mountain View, OK. Spotters indicating strong rotation continues. Radar http://t.co/NVjvTbS" #
  • Dammit MT @timwhitley It never stops… just heard on scanner in Joplin, MO, a police officer doing recovery work was struck by lightning. #
  • Rt "@vhanning: RT @nprnews: Scientists At A Loss To Predict Bad Tornado Seasons http://t.co/33oXC5j" #
  • "@TWCBreaking: Tornado warning issued near #Cleveland , #ohwx until 7:30pm EDT. Radar, warning info: http://t.co/g3CUSbT" #
  • "@KATV_Weather: Joplin, MO rated a preliminary EF-4. That's subject to change still. #ARWX quot; #
  • "@TWCBreaking: Brief tornado reported near Fairfax, OK. Warning until 6:45pm CDT for Osage and Pawnee Co. Radar and info http://t.co/jKIhxWw #
  • "@KATV_Weather: Here are more details on the Joplin, MO EF-4 tornado. Max winds almost 200 mph #ARWX http://t.co/XLigg5K" #
  • "@weatherchannel: Dr Forbes says Tornado warning near Cleveland, OH take cover" #
  • RT @CraigatFEMA Heading there now @MoGov (@craigatfema) will travel to Missouri to ensure the state has support it needs http://t.co/Y8mo6HW #
  • SPC Mesoscale Discussion 0908 for NRN AR http://t.co/3ziouYl #
  • "@stormchaser4850: Developing: A tornado was reported on the ground earlier at 702 pm EDT, 5 miles E of Ohio City, OH" #
  • At this rate we are going to become the Tropical Rainforest formerly known as Missouri #
  • "@spotternetwork: 06:32PM CDT Funnel<-Spotr 4 miles SSW of Alden, OK-4 mi WNW. 40% down. Hill in way of horizon can't confirm ground contact #
  • "@severestudios: RT @TWCBreaking: We have confirmation that 2 police officers were struck by lightning in #Joplin their conditions unknown" #
  • SPC Tornado Watch 348: WW 348 TORNADO AR OK 232225Z – 240500Z URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED … http://t.co/OmnV00h #
  • RT More bad news in SW MO. Dangerous flash flooding threat. Evacuations to the south of Joplin in Neosho and Seneca, MO Roads impassable. #
  • No Rapture jokes…@MarketWatchRT: Obama to leave Ireland early due to volcanic ash http://t.co/sZwsdUB #
  • RT @WLBT: JOPLIN, MO (AP) – MO governor says number found alive in tornado debris up to 17; he fears death toll will rise #
  • "@CraigatFEMA: More Severe #Wx in the forecast http://t.co/28CKYRH http://t.co/PhILlPl http://www.weather.gov&quot; #
  • "@pmarshwx: From 2000-2010, the NOAA tornado database has 604 fatalities. In 2011, the total, as of now, is 481. #SoberingPerspective quot; #
  • "@severewarn: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for McDonald County in MO until 9:00pm CDT. #mowx quot; #
  • "@KOMUnews: One confirmed person pulled out alive from the leveled Home Depot #Joplin /via @gencurtis" #
  • "@TWCBreaking: Flash flooding has caused a portion of Hwy 62 in Carroll Co., Ark. to collapse this evening." #
  • "@twcMarkElliot: As I've been tweeting about… the flooding is beginning: http://t.co/uh1yAKf&quot; #

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The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) continues to work with Missouri state and local agencies to provide all necessary response resources to Joplin, following Sunday’s deadly tornado

Responders are being coordinated through established regional mutual aid agreements and requests filed with SEMA for state and federal resources.

Missourians interested in volunteering to assist should first call (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1, instead of reporting directly to a command post or the disaster area. Those with medical skills interested in volunteering should go to: https://www.showmeresponse.org/.

Missourians wishing to make donations to help with the relief effort can go to http://www.sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp or call (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1.

Residents affected by the tornado who wish to notify their friends and family that they are safe should go to: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Friends and family who would like to check on their loved ones in the affected area can use the same site.

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call

2-1-1. The United Way’s 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.

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  • RT @ArkansasWeather: The risk of a tornado in Benton County will be higher along the MO border. Areas near Gravette… should take cover. #
  • 3miles from AR line http://t.co/5ZEkzEo #
  • "@WeatherRick: Also strong rotation near Gateway, AR" #
  • "@weatherninja: New tornado warning for NW Benton County AR until 8:15PM #arwx quot; #
  • Cell phone dying. In shelter. My home connection down. Will update when clear. #
  • DEBRIS in the AIR 5 mikles se of Bela Vista! In my hole #
  • Dime sized hail heavy rain 6 miles due N of Pea Ridge #

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are greatly exaggerated.

No we aren’t dead. This past week was finals week for me, and my new job has me in a lot of training classes.

That said I am still working on trying to maneuver the blog in to my regular time schedule. It has been a challenge quite frankly.

Between school, work, studying for my GMAT and the gym making time has been difficult to say the very least. Toss in my volunteer work with the NOAA and you can see how I’m doing good to even show up here.

That said.

I’m working on another Cold War expose. I’m hoping it is as widely received as our previous work.

With that in mind I’m looking for any Cold Warriors willing to share stories from that era. I’ve sent out E-mails on the subject, and I’m trying to get my own act together to focus my work on said topical area.

In the mean time, don’t delete that bookmark yet, and don’t turn the dial. We have yet to go quietly in to that good night, and I have no plans to do so just yet.

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Until recently the majority of my adult life has been spent as a technical or managerial contractor in one form or another.

If I had a nickel for every time I was told I would be “Brought on board shortly” I would never have needed to take another contract.

It appears that MarketWatch has caught up with me

Temp workers are a boon to companies, but a nightmare on the economy.

As a contractor you may spent 3 to 8 months on a contract on average. The really fortunate may see a year. When those are over however its either A: look for a new contract or B: file unemployment.

Benefits are nil, the hours are long. There is little to no legal respite if you are wronged by a company. I once drove from Buffalo, NY to Atlanta, Ga after being told I would have a position on my arrival. I waited a week but was never contacted again and my calls stopped being answered.

H1B has not helped. With the new regulations foreigners can be hired at half the salary you or I would make thanks to the exchange rate.

Employers shifting to contract workers is a bad sign. For companies its great. For the American workforce…not so much.

Whereas workers have a regular and steady income, with contracting its feast or famine, and when famine bills do not go paid in order to eat.

Personally I think this situation is dire. When these new contractors are compounded by the rising gas costs,  the lower pay of contracting and the lengthy times of unemployment: the economy will rumble to a even further decline.

When they are given the choice of paying their house payment versus buying groceries because of the cost of gas. When groceries cost more because of the cost of fuel, and as credit gets stretched to breaking in a effort to stay afloat, these contractors will discover what I discovered several years ago: You can’t maintain a family, or credit as a contractor.

As the rising costs put basic purchases out of reach or on the envelope of breaking, furthered by the lower salary of contracting and lengthy unemployment, and it creates a perfect economic storm.

Think the last housing crunch was bad? Toss in lower wages with $5 gas. Reduced healthcare and more expensive coverage.

Contracting may be work, but its work without a safety net. And given the current economy, a safety net is something everyone needs.

If inflation continues look for companies to possibly start laying off, typically in FIFO (First in First out). Why FIFO? Because those employees earn more money and a replacement can be hired from outside for less or a contractor used for even further savings (no 401k, no healthcare and lower wages to boot).

Here’s some tips to help:

*Put no less than $10,000 dollars in to savings. This is your emergency money.

*Try to put at least $2,000 in to a high interest CD. A 1 year or 2 year is preferred.  Most banks will loan you money against a CD so think of this as a emergency credit collatoral without the high interest rate.

* The above 2 items may have stretched your purse but if you have anything left ignore the TV and the News: now is the time to buy stocks. Look at companies like Ford, GM, Target, Wal-Mart and others. These are companies who supply something people need even when at the breaking point financially. Buy Gold. Buy Oil.

*Every chance you get pay off a debt. Eliminate your credit cards. Ignore the hype about credit ratings and length of time. This is about survival, not buying a new house. Pay extra n any debts you have. Every debt or credit card you eliminate is more money in your pocket in the long term. Better to suffer in the short term before it gets out of hand.

* Don’t pull your money out of your 401k or Mutual Fund. The losses reflected are temporary in the grand scheme. In other words its just digital numbers. Continue to contribute during the decline if you can. When the market recovers in 5 to 10 years you’ll thank me.

When the smoke clears you may be one of the few left standing.

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How many years has it been now?
Without Google can you recall?

It’s pretty easy really. Almost ten.

Ten years since I spent time at Ground Zero. Ten years since I was reactivated. Nine years since the dust settled.

The Witch is Dead says the news.

Color me pessimistic. But Hopeful.

Yeah I’m still trying too.
This week I add yet another portion to my day, The Gym.

My company has a phenomenal fitness complex, and thus far I have yet to work it in to my work week.

This week that will be changing. It may be just 2 days a week to start, but as I already know the stress level that will be coming, I have to start somewhere to combat it.

Otherwise right now I’m still overwhelmed. Between the trying to get settled in at work, taking my classes to finish my degree, combined with the recent weather outbreaks that have made my volunteer work more of a second full time job, and honestly? I’m fit to be tied right now.

We’ll get it right at some point, and blogging will return to normal. Honest!

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