Strange rumbling sound in Arkansas?

I have been recuperating from surgery recently, so I am still in the recovery stage; however, something strange happened to us last night. I am hoping to find others hearing this noise.

JM and I went outside. It was approximately 2:30 am. We heard a low-level rumbling sound. I attempted to record this, but my phone wasn’t good enough to capture the sounds. This went on for awhile; it was at least a half-hour. We went to bed as the rumbling was still occurring. It was NOT a train…I have no idea what this sound was.

I have looked online, and it does appear that people in Louisiana and Mississippi have heard this low-level rumbling. Some hear trumpets, booms, etc. I am in southern Arkansas, for the record.

I have a VERY good audio recorder…a Zoom recorder that picks up low-level noise. I have charged it up and have my good camera charged up, also, for any video. If I hear this sound again, I will attempt to capture it. The Zoom is excellent; we have used it for paranormal research.

Maybe somebody else has heard it? Maybe? We could be going nuts. Just wondering if any other Arkansans are experiencing this. As I said, if I capture the sound, I will post it.

It’s starting to get freaky out there. After hearing the “rumbling”, my ears started ringing and I had difficulty in getting to sleep.

I was feeling off and on rumbles after that munitions explosion in Louisiana, our house shook from that. Nothing like last night, though, as this was more constant.

Stay safe out there, guys.
~heidilore~

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Department of Homeland Security Prepares for Midwest Disaster

*Copied by permission from JM Ashley*

This blog post is a little off topic but I find this information to be very interesting.  The Dept. of Homeland Security is preparing for a disaster in the New Madrid fault zone region.

DHS has requested a supplier for meals for disaster victims: http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2011/01-January/22-Jan-2011/FBO-02363660.htm

They have also requested a supply of water: http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2011/01-January/22-Jan-2011/FBO-02363147.htm

Also DHS is requesting a supplier for blankets: https://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2011/01-January/22-Jan-2011/83-src.htm

They are looking for someone to train an urban rescue team (including equipment and rescue dogs): http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2011/01-January/12-Jan-2011/FBO-02357169.htm

They are requesting a supplier of canine food (TSA): https://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2011/01-January/21-Jan-2011/FBO-02362288.htm

And this may not be related, but they are also moving FEMA trailers from Baton Rogue to southern Mississippi: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2ab928c1f2a3c3a3ca16d4dc4e625124&tab=core&_cview=1

It is clear that The Department of Homeland Security is investing a lot of money in preparation for a major disaster with in the U.S.  The time frame on these requests are relatively short.  What do they know?  Is there an earthquake coming?

http://ufonetwork.org/profiles/blogs/department-of-homeland?xg_source=activity

 

Thank you, JM.

 

Are they preparing us for failure?

A couple of notable stories I have read…I am wondering if they think the relief wells are going to fail?

BP is poised to plug its leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling engineers have only one chance to get it right.

One wrong move as engineers break through the cement and steel pipe of the Macondo well could increase the torrent of oil into the Gulf. In the worst case scenario, it could even trigger a blow-out in the relief well.

They pretty much have one shot,” said Wayne Pennington, the chair of geophysical engineering at Michigan Tech University. “Once they hit it and they try to kill it they really just have that one chance.” …

The intercept could be complicated if it turns out that the oil is flowing around the pipe, between the pipe and the cement of the well bore

http://www.floridaoilspilllaw.com/geophysical-engineer-once-bp-tries-relief-well-they-really-just-have-that-one-chance-could-trigger-a-blow-out-in-the-relief-well

HOUSTON — As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.

But what if it doesn’t work?

At the very least, oil would continue to spill while workers try something else.

That proposition would surely bring more misery for the people who live, work and play along the shores from Louisiana to Florida.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iV4SwHJNesVoVCV9ko4WK3wBjsmgD9GP10CG0

Relief well backup plans are part of Gulf of Mexico oil spill response

Although drilling a relief well is still considered the ultimate solution for stopping the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and government officials are working on backup plans if the well fails, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday.

Allen, who is the federal government’s point man for spill response, shared one such plan that officials are in the early stages of studying. That involves the possibility of sucking oil from the well through a pipeline that would feed to an inactive platform nearby. From that platform, the oil could either be produced or pumped back down into the ground.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/relief_well_backup_plans_are_p.html

What the bloody hell is going on here? For two months, we have been sold that this is going to work…now, there are doubts? It is time for them to start telling the truth, whether it be the Coast Guard, BP, or Obama. I guess that is too much to ask for, though.

Last night’s dream

This is starting to get ridiculous.

I was in a strange shopping mall, there was a piano recital going on there. The mall had hardly any stores. I was looking at a map of the Quad Cities, and the Mississippi river changed course drastically, and it was split into sectors.  I was in a boat, the river was very dirty. Somebody kept stealing my babies. I was married to a strange man, I would give birth and he would take the babies away. I was in the Rock Island library, but could not get my books in on time.

UN to take over the Mississippi?

*Not MY Mississippi…*

The Senate is gearing up to ratify a Nixon-era U.N. treaty meant to create universal laws to govern the seas — a treaty critics say will create a massive U.N. bureaucracy that could even claim powers over American waterways.

LOST — the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also called the Law of the Sea Treaty — regulates all things oceanic, from fishing rights, navigation lanes and environmental concerns to what lies beneath: the seabed’s oil and mineral wealth that companies hope to explore and exploit in coming years.

But critics say the treaty, which declares the sea and its bounty the “universal heritage of mankind,” would redistribute American profits and have a reach extending into rivers and streams all the way up the mighty Mississippi.

The U.N. began working on LOST in 1973, and 157 nations have signed on to the treaty since it was concluded in 1982. Yet it has been stuck in dry dock for nearly 30 years in the U.S. and never even been brought to a full vote before the Senate.

But swelling approval in the Senate and the combined support of the White House, State Department and U.S. Navy mean LOST may be ready to unfurl its sails again.

Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said during a January confirmation hearing that he intends to push for ratification. “We are now laying the groundwork for and expect to try to take up the Law of the Sea Treaty. So that will be one of the priorities of the committee, and the key here is just timing — how we proceed.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying the treaty is vital for American businesses and the Navy, told Kerry that his committee “will have a very receptive audience in our State Department and in our administration.”

LOST apportions “Exclusive Economic Zones” that stretch 200 miles from a country’s coast and establishes the International Seabed Authority to administer the communal territory farther out. The treaty’s proponents say it clears up a murky legal area that has prevented companies from taking advantage of the deep seas’ wealth.

“American firms and businesses want legal certainty so they can compete with foreign companies for marine resources,” said Spencer Boyer, director of international law and diplomacy at the Center for American Progress. Without the clearly defined authority established by the treaty, “there’s confusion — a lot of businesses don’t want to take that risk.”

The American military is looking for another kind of certainty from LOST — a guarantee of safe passage through all seaways, a right China sought to deny an unarmed Navy vessel Monday in its own Exclusive Economic Zone in the South China Sea.

“The Convention codifies navigation and overflight rights and high seas freedoms that are essential for the global mobility of our armed forces,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a June 2007 letter to Senate leadership.

LOST has even managed to unify environmental groups and deep-sea miners, who both see something to gain in the treaty.

“We gain sovereignty, we gain territory, we gain access to places that we have not had access to as easily,” said Don Kraus, president of Citizens for Global Solutions, a group that advocates strengthening international institutions. “We don’t stand to lose anything.”

But critics say clauses built into the treaty could directly harm American interests. They say it could force the U.S. to comply with unspecified environmental codes, and that the treaty gives environmental activists the legal standing to sue over river pollution and shut down industry, simply because rivers feed into the sea.

The treaty allows environmental groups to bring lawsuits to the Law of the Sea Tribunal in Germany, a panel of 21 U.N. judges who would have say over pollution levels in American rivers. Their rulings would have the force law in the U.S., according to a reading in a 2008 Supreme Court decision by Justice John Paul Stevens.

“You’ve got an unaccountable tribunal that will surely be stacked with jurists hostile to our interests,” said Chris Horner, author of “Red Hot Lies,” a book critical of environmentalists. “This would never pass muster if the Senate held an open, public debate about this.”

Legal experts also warn that the treaty demands aid for landlocked countries that lack the access and technology to mine the deep seas — and that it might not even benefit the U.S. at all.

“You have to pay royalties on the value of anything you extract (from the deep seabed), those royalties to be distributed as the new bureaucracy sees fit, primarily to landlocked countries and underdeveloped countries,” said Steven Groves, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. American money would also go to fund the International Seabed Authority, which Groves warned “would have the potential to become the most massive U.N. bureaucracy on the planet.”

“The whole theory of the treaty is that the world’s oceans and everything below them are the common heritage of mankind,” said Groves. “Very socialist.”

Any nation that is party to the treaty can have a seat on the tribunal and seabed authority — even ones that don’t have access to the sea. The current vice president of the tribunal represents Austria, a landlocked nation that hasn’t had a sea berth since the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved in the First World War.

Some legal experts worry that without ratification, the U.S. will lose a seat at the table as maritime law continues to be codified and resources get divvied up. But opponents note that many of the benefits offered the U.S., such as navigation rights, are already international custom, and that the U.S. has effected the treaty without being party to it. President Reagan’s initial opposition on the basis of seabed laws forced the rewriting of the original treaty in 1994, which led the U.S. to sign it, but not to ratify it.

Its complexity, however, still beguiles even experts, who say it is unlikely to be understood when brought to a vote in the Senate.

“The thing is about 150 pages long — meaning there are exactly zero people in the Senate who have read it,” said Groves.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/12/lost-found-senate-moves-ratification-un-treaty/

ICE raids Miss. plant seeking illegal workers

*Nice to see the government actually doing their jobs…;)*

LAUREL, Miss. – Federal immigration agents arrested some 350 suspected undocumented workers in a raid on a Mississippi electrical equipment plant Monday, authorities announced, hours after sealing all entrances amid reports their sweep had idled normal operations. ADVERTISEMENT

Barbara Gonzalez, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, confirmed the arrests in the raid that she said targeted Howard Industries Inc. of Laurel. Authorities said more people could be arrested.

The company produces dozens of products ranging from electrical transformers to medical supplies, according to the company’s Web site.

“This is a targeted enforcement operation that is part of an ongoing ICE investigation that has revealed that illegal aliens are employed at Howard Industries,” Gonzalez said, adding late Monday that agents were still interviewing plant workers.

She declined to say how many federal agents were involved in the raid, but said they acted on a tip provided by a union worker.

Another agency spokesman, Brandon Montgomery, told The Associated Press outside the plant Monday afternoon that agents were talking with everyone who worked at the sprawling plant to determine their residency status.

He said that 50 of those suspected of being illegal workers were eligible for some form of “alternative to detention” — a concession that could allow them to be placed on a monitoring device while awaiting a caseworker for “humanitarian reasons” such as children in their care.

All plant entrances were blocked, with tents set up at some ICE checkpoints to keep agents out of a steady rain. Motorists traveling on roads behind the plant were stopped by officers in unmarked vehicles and told to leave.

People leaving the plant told The Hattiesburg American newspaper that so many illegal immigrants were arrested that operations were shut down. It wasn’t clear how many workers the plant employed.

A recording at Howard Industries plant on Monday said the telephone switchboard was closed.

Billy Howard, the company’s chief executive officer, did not immediately respond to a message left by The AP. A man who answered a phone call at the company’s security station said reporters would have to call back Tuesday.

Howard Industries was founded in the 1960s. In 2002, state lawmakers approved a $31.5 million, taxpayer-backed incentive plan aimed at helping to expand its operations.

The raid is one of several nationwide in recent years.

On May 12, federal immigration officials swept into Agriprocessors, the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, in Iowa. Nearly 400 workers were detained and dozens of fraudulent permanent resident alien cards were seized from the plant’s human resources department, court records showed.

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Note: ICE says people whose relatives were detained can call for information: 866-341-3858.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080825/ap_on_re_us/immigration_raid;_ylt=AoIBHLxXjqpvaPKhPEL5EIqs0NUE