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How One Nuclear Skirmish Could Wreck the Planet

c.f., Nuclear Winter the Human Effects at The Anthropology of Human Survival –

WASHINGTON ­ Even a small nuclear exchange could ignite mega-firestorms and wreck the planets atmosphere.

New climatological simulations show 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs ­ relatively small warheads, compared to the arsenals military superpowers stow today ­ detonated by neighboring countries would destroy more than a quarter of the Earths ozone layer in about two years.

Regions closer to the poles would see even more precipitous drops in the protective gas, which absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. New York and Sydney, for example, would see declines rivaling the perpetual hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. And it may take more than six years for the ozone layer to reach half of its former levels.

Researchers described the results during a panel Feb. 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, calling it a real bummer that such a localized nuclear war could bring the modern world to its knees.

No, it is not a cure for global climate warming–

We see significantly greater cooling than other studies, perhaps because of ozone loss . Instead of a globally averaged 1.3-degreeCelsius drop, which Robocks atmospheric model produced, its more like 2 degrees. But we both see a 7 percent decrease in global average precipitation in both models. And in our model we see a much greater global average loss of ozone for many years, with even larger losses everywhere outside of the tropics.

Superlative thinking: £100bn more than thought

The government will have to borrow £100bn more than thought to stave off the worst of the recession, the CBI says.

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Update on the Old Testament (Yup’ik Old Testament Translation Project)

The translation of the books of the Bible into new Yup’ik (that is, the new orthography of modern Yup’ik) has been of much interest to those from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. (see Small Business in Western Alaska)

by Rev. Peter Green
12 December 2008, The Delta Discovery

The Yup’ik Old Testament Translation Project (YOTTP) is the work of the Alaska Moravian Church with technical support from the Canadian and American Bible Societies.

To date we have 8 Yup’ik Old Testament books in trial print. The book of Jonah is the latest printed book we received which will be sent or made available to our Pastors and churches.

The primary Yup’ik Old Testament translators are Mary Jane Mann and Alice Fredson. We continue to appreciate the work of the late Peter Andrews from Aleknagik who actually did a lot of the translating. Elsie Mather has worked as an editor for many years who now lives in Anchorage. Elsie Jimmie from Kwigillingok does reviewing and corrections in spelling.

We want to thank others who have supported this project by reading and reviewing translated books when they are asked. People such as Ringo Jimmie, Margaret Beaver, Lincoln Enoch, James Berlin, and others whom we may have forgotten to mention.

We as members also do reading and reviewing. John P. Andrew and Jacob Nelson are part of the YOTTP committee members and their expertise in Yup’ik vocabulary is utilized. Thank you to Julia Jimmie for reading translated material, when she has the time, and to Alice Fredson who makes her work faster and easier.

This is an on-going project and we solicit your prayers that someday all books will be in print. As work progresses, it is possible that the next set of books to be printed are the minor prophets besides the book of Jonah. We are praying to have our Publishing workshop in Anchorage sometime in 2009 spring.

Other projects are the Lakota translation, and the Inupiat and Chocktaw who would attend with us, should we have this workshop as planned. Our recent Yup’ik Old Testament meeting was in October 2008 in Bethel with both of our Canadian and American Bible Societies consultants.

When we have our publishing workshop we work on Old Testament books that are ready and we finalize how we want them to be printed. Introduction, footnotes, illustrations, etc. are done during this time, such as we had one in South Dakota last year and the outcome was the printing of the books of Isaiah and Jonah.

What is the forecast of this project? We do discuss this and are getting an idea of the progress. We anticipate that we may be done in 3 years but are praying about no more than 5 years. The good news is that all the rest of the Old Testament books have been translated and now will have to go through the process in order to get them ready for printing.

Another work we started is transliterating of the New Testament Yup’ik bible from the old orthography writing to the new orthography. We have acknowledged that our Old Testament work is a priority, but the New Testament work would not take too much of our time. We do look at the concern for our young people and want them to read the Word of God in an orthography familiar to them.

The original Yup’ik New Testament bible has been with us for a long time so despite the mistakes and misspellings we have learned to read and use it. Part of our recent start of the New Testament work would be to make corrections on the contents. The people charged to work on this are Elsie Jimmie and Freda Jimmie and we want to appreciate the late Sophie Shields who started the transliterating work on her own time and whenever she was able to.
On behalf of the YOTTP team, may you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year. Thank you for all of your support to this special project. For those who have lost loved ones, may our God of strength and God of all comfort give you Peace and Joy!

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In 1960…

[thimk] my Grandfather, a wonderful caring man from Halifax and Pittsylvania counties Virginia, refused to vote for John Kennedy– because Kennedy was Catholic. My parents could first vote for a President in 1960, because of the 12-month residency restrictions on voting then (until the voting rights act)

At 7:01 PM Alaska time, just as California polls closed, I burst into tears. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction. It’s been a long time since 1960. Let’s hope Nixon and the southern strategy are gone for good.

[Maybe science will come back?]

Trash money available SWMP

Not a lot of money for clean-up or closing but the projects eligible are broad.

Solid Waste Management – Region 10 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, requests proposals for Solid Waste Management Assistance Grants. Projects may include studies, surveys, investigations, demonstrations, training, and public education programs. Project priority areas include: Reducing the generation of municipal solid waste sent to landfills; reducing the environmental impact of new construction through green building techniques; reducing the toxicity of current or future waste streams; reducing market barriers for environmentally preferable goods; and reducing greenhouse gas production with respect to solid waste management. Projects must take place in AK, ID, OR or WA. $120K expected to be available, up to 6 awards anticipated. Responses due deadline 5/19/08. For more info, contact Jeff Hunt at hunt.jeff AT epa DOTgov or go to Refer to Sol# EPA-R10-RCC-2008. ( 4/2/08)

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