UK: Mystery Foam Engulfs Northern Seaside Town

UK: Mystery foam engulfs northern seaside town

Ian Sample                                      
The Guardian
2011-12-29 02:58:00


Foam blown from sea covering streets and houses of Cleveleys, near Blackpool, is thought to be non-polluted algal matter.

A thick white blanket settled gently on the seaside town of Cleveleys near Blackpool on Wednesday, but this was no seasonal dusting of snow from above.

The Environment Agency dispatched officers to Princess Promenade to gather evidence as gobs of foam blew in from the sea and smothered streets, cars and houses.

The foam is whipped up by strong winds once or twice a year along the town’s seafront and vanishes soon after, a spokeswoman for the agency told the Guardian.

US Alaska: Cleveland Volcano Sends Ash up to 15.000 Feet

US Alaska: Cleveland Volcano sends ash up to 15,000 feet
2011-12-30 08:09:00

A volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands sent up an ash cloud today that prompted scientists to increase the alert level for commercial aircraft traffic.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said satellite images at 4:02 a.m. Alaska time showed Cleveland Volcano had spewed ash 15,000 feet into the air in a cloud that moved east-southeast. U.S. Geological Survey scientist-in-charge John Power called it a small explosion.


„It’s not expected to cause a disruption to big international air carriers,“ he said.

However, it was significant enough to raise the alert level from yellow, representing elevated unrest, to orange, representing an increased potential of eruption, or an eruption under way with minor ash emissions or no emissions.

Return of Debtor´s Prisons: Thousands of Americans Jailed for not Paying their Bills

The Return Of Debtor’s Prisons: Thousands Of Americans Jailed For Not Paying Their Bills

Marie Diamond   Sott Net
Think Progress
2011-12-13 17:20:00


Federal imprisonment for unpaid debt has been illegal in the U.S. since 1833. It’s a practice people associate more with the age of Dickens than modern-day America. But as more Americans struggle to pay their bills in the wake of the recession, collection agencies are using harsher methods to get their money, ushering in the return of debtor’s prisons.

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December 30, 2011 „AlterNet“ – – On November 5, 40-year-old Antonio Montejano was holiday shopping with his four children at a Los Angeles mall and unintentionally dropped a $10 bottle of cologne that his young daughter begged him to buy into a bag of items he had already purchased. Upon leaving the store, Montejano was stopped by security guards and arrested for shoplifting. He assumed the ordeal would end quickly since he had no prior criminal record. Instead he spent two nights in a Santa Monica, CA police station followed by another two nights in a Los Angeles county jail on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant. …