Russia has identified the defect in the Soyuz rocket. It will probably take some time before they’re ready to launch again, but this indicates that they may be able to launch again within the next few months. Hopefully they will be able to do so before the crew must evacuate, but if timing starts getting tight, I’d suggest extending the crew time, the “200-day” limit on escape pods seems a tad arbitrary and probably has a lot of safety margin.
In a great irony, it has been reveled that FEMA has over the past several decades transferred a significant amount of wealth from Connecticut, 47th in disaster declarations, to Texas, 1st in disaster declarations. This is how FEMA “helps”.
“I took a break and walked down a block, and there was the Statue of Liberty,” Tibbitts said. “It was like a dream. I didn’t know everything was so close together.”
At the end of the day, the Parma firefighters retreated to Shea, where members of the New York Mets greeted tired rescue workers and signed autographs.
Originally, the firefighters had planned to stay four or five days. But the next day, Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived.
With FEMA in control, the Parma firefighters would have had to wait a week for clearance to continue working. They decided to come home.
“We were disheartened we couldn’t do more but the federal government had to take control,” Tibbitts said. “
If the money that pays for this program was not taxed at the federal level and instead taxed by the individual states, states would be better able to handle their own problems. We would also immediately save the cost of the double bureaucracy. Unless you forgot that states have their own disaster response agencies. The only thing that we might need something like FEMA for is fixing interstate infrastructure.
While not absolutely confirmed, the latest generations of dark mater detectors do seem to have found evidence to support dark matter’s existence. If this turns out to be true, it will still be quite some time before we can say what these things actually are in terms of each particles individual mass and where they fit in the standard model. Nonetheless this is very exciting after years of stumbling around in the dark trying to find this unaccounted for mass to finally have spotted it on earth.
The US government has released/leaked quite a bit of data about the terror threat for 9/11. It appears that there might very well be a terror attack in New York or Washington DC. Though I have to say a car bomb is a big step down from flying planes into a building, even if they manage to pull this attack off I have trouble seeing it as a major threat.