The World’s Hottest New Vacation Destination

And by hottest, I mean radioactive hot. Forget the suntan lotion, bring a dosimeter.

Kiev Sees Chernobyl as Tourist Hot Spot

Ukraine’s government wants to turn Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, into a tourism hotspot.

Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday it is working on a plan to open the area around the defunct plant—where a reactor exploded on April 26, 1986, spreading radiation across the then-Soviet states of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia—to visitors starting next month.

The ministry said radiation levels in certain parts of the so-called exclusion zone, which stretches 30 kilometers (19 miles) around the exploded reactor, were now returning to normal levels. Visitors will be able to take in views of the nuclear plant, as well as towns and villages that were abandoned in the disaster’s aftermath.

New official tour operators would have to meet strict criteria to be allowed to operate, said Yulia Yurshova, a spokesperson for the Emergency Situations Ministry, as straying from the route can be dangerous because of the threat of collapsing buildings and varying radiation levels.

“The Chernobyl zone isn’t as scary as the whole world thinks,” said Ms. Yurshova. “We want to work with big tour operators and attract Western tourists, from whom there’s great demand.”

See also:
Chernobyl: now open to tourists
Holiday in Chernobyl: Ukraine to lift restrictions on disaster site
Ukraine plans to open Chernobyl, site of massive nuclear disaster, open to tourists in 2011
Chernobyl to be ‘extreme’ tourism site
Ukraine to open Chernobyl zone to tourists
Tourists invited to holiday in Chernobyl
Chernobyl as tourist attraction
Ukraine’s newest tourist destination: Chernobyl
Chernobyl Accident
Chernobyl disaster

What’s not to like? There’s plenty of abandoned buildings and desolate landscape to see. It’s fun for the whole family, bring the kids! The souvenir shop is to die for.

/it’s bad enough that they’re going to let tourists into the exclusion zone to dose up on radiation, but just think of the poor tour guides that will have to go back in day after day to make a living

The Sun Is Angry

Don’t forget to duck.

Huge blasts of sun’s plasma hurtling toward Earth

A huge mass of magnetically charged material ejected from the sun is racing across space toward our planet, where it is expected to arrive on Tuesday. When it strikes the Earth’s magnetic field, it could produce spectacular auroras.

A blast of violent space weather could hit the Earth tomorrow following two massive explosions on the Sun. NASA astronomers witnessed a huge flare above a giant sunspot the size of our planet and linked to an even larger eruption across the surface of Sun.

Experts estimate a wave of supercharged gas called plasma will reach us this Tuesday when it will buffet the natural magnetic shield protecting Earth. It could trigger spectacular displays of the aurora or northern and southern lights.

The solar outbursts on Sunday August 1 were recorded by several satellites including NASA’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory which watched its shockwave rippling outwards. The flare over the sunspot was swiftly followed by an eruption 250,000 miles (400,000 km) away in a feature called a filament.

UK solar expert Dr Lucie Green, of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, in Surrey, followed the flare-ups using Japan’s orbiting Hinode telescope.

She said last night: “What wonderful fireworks the Sun has been producing! This was a very rare event – not one, but two almost simultaneous eruptions from different locations on the sun were launched toward the Earth.

“These eruptions occur when immense magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere lose their stability and can no longer be held down by the sun’s huge gravitational pull. Just like a coiled spring suddenly being released, they erupt into space.

“It looks like the first eruption was so large that it changed the magnetic fields throughout half the Sun’s visible atmosphere and provided the right conditions for the second eruption. Both eruptions could be Earth-directed but may be travelling at different speeds. This means we have a very good chance of seeing major and prolonged effects, such as the northern lights at low latitudes.”

. . .

Scientists have warned that a really big solar eruption, like the Carrington Event witnessed from Surrey in 1859, could destroy satellites and wreck power and around the globe if it happened today.

Such an event would be the biggest disaster ever to hit mankind, preventing the production of essential supplies including food, water and medicines. Other eruptions have been observed directed towards us but thankfully less severe.

See also:
Coronal Mass Ejection Headed for Earth
Here comes the sun storm
Large solar storm headed our way
Solar plasma aurora storm to hit Earth tomorrow!
Solar Tsunami to Strike Earth Tonight
Solar light show expected tonight
Northern lights may shine in local skies
Solar blast may fire up Northern Lights
Northern lights could be visible from UK as Sun’s ‘solar tsunami’ sweeps towards Earth
Sun storms may bring northern lights farther south
Coronal Mass Ejection on Sun, Effects Can Be Seen in New England

So, enjoy the light show if it’s visible where you’re at and let’s hope we don’t suffer any fried satellites.

/eventually, the sun will destroy life on Earth and the Earth itself, but apparently not today

Obama Finds Ass To Kick, Boots More Jobs Than Oil Spill

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It’s bad enough that Obama’s economic policies don’t create any private sector jobs. Now, Obama, in his infinite inanity and in response to the fluke Gulf oil spill, decides that the best way to help the already hammered Gulf Coast economy is to voluntarly destroy thousands of more jobs in addition to those already lost to the effects of the oil spill. I’m not sure which man caused disaster is worse, the oil spill or Obama?

Gulf drilling ban expected to cost thousands of jobs, millions in pay

The White House extended its ban on new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Slope of Alaska, along with an order to cease any ongoing deep sea drilling operations on Thursday, May 27, 2010. The six month moratorium is projected to result in the loss of approximately 46,000 jobs, according to a CNN Money report.

The White House decision was met with scrutiny from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who wrote a letter to President Obama Wednesday, June 2, 2010, stating that prohibiting deepwater drilling could result in the loss of 6,000 jobs for Louisianans for this month alone.

The ban requires all Gulf of Mexico wells in waters over 500 feet to shut down. It also bans any new permits from being issued for any new deepwater drilling anywhere. The White House changed the ban from 30 days to six months last week to allow for investigations into what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil rig to explode on April 20.

White House spokesman Ben LaBolt defended the moratorium, stating, “The President believes we must ensure that the BP Deepwater Horizon spill is never repeated,” and stressed that the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association ban is only for deep water drilling. Shallow water rigs are not subject to the ban.

See also:
Louisiana’s Sen. Landrieu blasts Interior Secretary Salazar on Gulf drilling ban
Landrieu presses Salazar on 6-month Deepwater Drilling Moratorium
Oil rigs leaving Gulf of Mexico over drill ban
Oil Supply Disruption: A Sure Bet On Job Losses
ENGLER: Drilling moratorium is a jobs moratorium
Drilling moratorium could cost Houston thousands of jobs
‘Thousands of Louisianans are going to be out of work because the president wanted a get-tough headline’
Obama under pressure on oil drilling ban
Railroad Commish Jones: ‘President Obama, Reverse Drilling Ban’
Anger over Obama block on Gulf of Mexico oil drilling after BP disaster
Drilling Bits of Fiction
Salazar’s own experts opposed drilling moratorium
Louisiana officials fret over drilling moratorium

Yep, while Obama “studies the problem” by day and party’s hardy with celebrities by night, the Gulf oil spill disaster worsens by the day and now he’s adding to the problem. Jobs are increasingly disappearing and, along with the drilling rigs that are now leaving the Gulf for work elsewhere, many are never coming back. It’s amazing, if a policy is absolutely wrong headed and devastatingly detrimental to the American economy, Obama is attracted to that policy and sticks to it like an energized electromagnet.

/yeah, Obama, the proverbial one legged man at the ass kicking contest, has found some ass to kick all right, OURS!

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