LAVA WARNING: Update – Friday Afternoon

Update – Friday 16:00.

The lava was 150 yards from Apa’a street at 14:00 and will probably cross the road today tomorrow.

As a practical matter, that simply means that the properties in Shores and Beaches are now in ACTIVE Lava Zone 1.  Good luck ever getting insurance or a mortgage there. The property values south of that flow, or in it’s direct path, are now about nil.

The county extended Railroad Ave. and Beach road, but only as far as HPP.  That won’t work.  Those roads will have to go all the way to Hilo if 130 is cut.

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Neither HVO nor CD are issuing warnings yet, but the lava has kicked up speed from about 30 yards a day to about 100 yards a day and yesterday it moved 425 yards.  Portions of Apa’a road are being closed.

Be prepared.  If it doesn’t stop now, there are going to be problems.

 

AMERICA IS #1

From Tom Dispatch.  http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175911/tomgram%3A_david_bromwich%2C_american_exceptionalism_and_its_discontents/#more

We’re #1 in investment in our military and our national security state! No other country comes within a light year of us! In 2011, the defense budgets of the next 13 countries combined didn’t quite equal ours and we’ve been dumping up to a trillion dollars yearly into the national security budget since 9/11. The best news of all: with a new war on our hands and those budgets sure to rise, we’re guaranteed #1 status into the distant future!

We’re #1 in “renditions” (called “kidnappings” when done by the security forces of less noble governments). Post-9/11, at least 136“terror suspects” (some certifiably innocent) were taken by the CIA and other American outfits off the streets of global cities and from the backlands of the planet!  Who in the world can equal that?

We’re #1 in knocking off wedding parties from the air! At least eight of them in three countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen) in a little more than a decade! Bridal parties, brides and grooms, hundreds of wedding goers obliterated by American air power! You tell me: What other country could brag of such a feat?

We’re #1 in military bases on foreign soil!  We have hundreds of them across the planet, some the size of small American towns. There’s never been anything like it, not from the Romans, nor the British at their imperial heights, and no other country today has more than a handful. When it comes to bases, we’ve got history by the throat!

We’re number #1 in invading, occupying, and/or bombing Muslim countries, 14 of them since 1980! I challenge you, find me another country with such an accomplishment — and for the record, it’s never been a “crusade,” just what needed to be done to keep order on our planet!

We’re number #1 in investing in militaries that won’t “stand up”! At least $25 billion for the Iraqi military alone (and you know how successful we were there, since it recently collapsed, allowing us to rearm it and stand it up again). And that’s nothing compared to the Afghan military into which our country had poured $51 billionby 2011 and billions more thereafter — and don’t tell me that wasn’t a success, since that force’s desertion rate has long hovered at or near 25% annually! High fives all around!