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I was looking at a site that listed the webby awards and I came across the site that won the award for best tech site, Geekologie . I like technology so I decided to check out the site. Well, apparently it’s not totally dedicated to technology.

I browsed down the page hoping to find some insight or a new tip, new software etc. What I was surprised to find was a post about having “Dinner In the Sky

I don’t like heights to begin with and this would take a really special person to dine at this restaurant. Hope you don’t have to get up to visit the bathroom, because you might need a parachute my friend. Anyway for your amusement read the entire post:

Dinner In The Sky

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As if the news could not get worse, officials halted searches today for victims of Saturdays ferry disaster. Apparently the MV Pricess Of the Stars was carrying some 10 tons of toxic pesticides. Sulpicio Lines was carrying some 400 boxes of endosulfan. This pesticide is highly toxic and has the potential to be very damaging to the environment. Now we have an environmental disaster playing out.

What a mess they have there now. They can’t get the bodies from the craft until they take care of this pesticide. Absolutely terrible news. This pesticide if it leaks will wreak havoc with the environment there. There is no way this should have been aboard a passenger ship and the level of toxicity is very high. Sulpicio Lines will be held accountable for this as well.

Full Story:

Toxic pesticide on Philippine ferry halts search

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There was a mass by a Catholic priest given yesterday at the site of the capsized MV Princess Of the Stars. Some relatives were present and threw flowers as the priest gave a mass from a tugboat close to the sunken vessel.

U.S. and Philippines divers are combing the wreckage in an effort to recover bodies from the ship.
See Video Below

The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier is currently moored off Panay Island giving food, water and medical supplies to evacuees from Iloilo City.

Full Details can be read here:

Mass at Philippines ferry site, relatives weep

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As if the news couldn’t get any worse. Thought I would try to lighten it a bit by being a bit humourous with the headline. Of couse, it’s not good news, it’s more of the same, rising fuel prices. I guess anyone could predict this, it’s just a matter of how high the actual prices might top off. Anyone want to start a poll? This report states that the Energy Information Association (EIA) predicts that natural gas prices will rise 52% over 2008 – 2009 compared to last year. Other factors could contribute to steeper prices.

The story can be read here:

Natural Gas Prices Set to Jump 52%, EIA Says

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The Australian has issued a story relating to the divers that have gone down to recover victims of capsized MV Princess Of the Stars.

It appears that some victims had life vests on, but they may have been hesitant to jump into the rough sea. It is reported that there was not alot of time to make decisions for the passengers because the ship capsized in about one half hour.

The Full Story on The Australian:

Divers see many bodies in capsized Philippines ferry

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Reports are coming in that 50 bodies were found about 60 miles north of the capsized ferry but no confirmation on whether they were victims of the MV Princess Of the Stars.

The U.S. has stated that it would send an aircraft carrier to the Philippines today to aid in the relief efforts from Typhoon Fengshen. Now reports are coming in that possibly 1100 people could have lost their lives as a result of the storm. More than 430,00 have been displaced.

The Full Story From the Washington Post:

More bodies found after Philippines storm, U.S. vows aid

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PinoysGotTalent.com has gotten ahold of a Passenger List Manifesto of the MV Princess Of the Stars. Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims. You can read the list here: (Sulpicio Lines website is getting hit hard, maybe better to read it here)

MV Princess Of The Stars Passenger Manifest (List from Sulpicio Lines)

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Divers had the tough task of trying to find survivors aboard the sunken Philippines ferry MV Princess Of the Stars yesterday. So far, no survivors have been found. They have begun to bring bodies out however. Many relatives are seeking news about their families and friends. Patience is thin and there is much agony for these people as they seek news. The video report:

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A recent report to Congress by four energy analysts stated that gas could fall to $2.00 a gallon within 30 days if they implemented a law to limit speculation.

Based on their assessment crude oil should not be above $60.00/ barrel. So, why does this continue, and can the speculation be limited? Is this what is really causing these high fuel prices? Could very well be. Some people believe it’s simply supply and demand. I tend to think someone is making a very good income and making their portfolio look very strong by speculating.

From the story at Marketwatch.com :

“Energy speculation has become a growth industry and it is time for the government to intervene,” said Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the full committee. “We need to consider a full range of options to counter this rapacious speculation.” It was Dingell’s strongest statement yet on the role of speculators.

After reading this story, it sounds a little more complicated than just pulling the plug on speculation and or limiting it’s functionality. Sure would be nice if it were true and could be done, but, nothing is that easy as we all know.

The Full Story:

Gas could fall to $2 if Congress acts, analysts say

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Yesterday there was a story reported on CNNMoney.com how the Airlines industry is reeling from the continuing rise in fuel costs. United Airlines announced today they will lay off some 950 pilots in an effort to conserve cash reserves and stay afloat.

Pressured by rising fuel costs, major airlines could collapse as early as this year, the coalition said. The failure of just one airline could disrupt travel for 200,000 to 300,000 daily passengers and cause between 30,000 and 75,000 immediate job losses, said the coalition.

Imagine the impact on the economy if the airline industry as a whole goes under. Business travel slowed to a crawl. Important parts and supplies slowed down by days and weeks. Travel and leisure becoming regional with only the elite being able to travel by private jets, hmmmmmm, sounds more and more like a bad science fiction novel. Is this what is ahead of us? Is this what is “planned”? I’m beginning to wonder who or what is really driving this whole thing. Add some serious wobble to this story.

The Full Report:

Fuel costs could ‘devastate’ airlines

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