Under Pressure

If the cap fits and the sky falls on you you won't get it off again easily. …


The producers of a about schoolchildren murdered in last year's Sichuan earthquake were denied visas to attend their film’s opening in Beijing. Government pressure is keeping Professor Peter Kwong of New York’s City University out of the danger zone.

Talking of pressure:
The Chinese government has squelched 5,335 children in 7,000 classrooms in the May 2008 quake and imprisoned or harassed parents for demanding justice.
The badly desiged, shoddy construction could not possibly have anything to do with the government. So whilst they investigate themselves they feel it is for the best that grieviong mothers be given a distraction or shot.

Talking about shooting:
Kwong, Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill and others involved in the production were held up by local officials blocked its web site and repeatedly removed copies posted on the web for download.

Back to more crushing:
The New York Times quoted an e-mail from the producers saying that the visa problem "fits in with a pattern of what seems to be a complete commitment on the part of this Chinese government to crush any inquiry into the possibility of wrongful deaths during the earthquake in Sichuan."

My own impression is that if a building falls on your head the cap is going to fit very closely indeed.

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  1. There has been quite a busy summer in the nether regions of the planet.May I take it the large mag series took place when there was a failure of tornadoes? Magnitude>6 List and Waveforms D a t e Time (UTC) Location Dep Magni. T AGY R e g i o n 02Sep2009 07:55:00.0 7.8S 107.5E 60 MS=7.0 M*GSR JAWA, INDONESIA 0936 02Sep2009 07:55:05.2 7.9S 106.6E 60 mb=7.1 *ROM JAWA, INDONESIA 0915 02Sep2009 07:55:03.8 7.8S 107.3E 70 Mw=7.3 M*EMS JAWA, INDONESIA 0823 02Sep2009 07:55:02.5 7.8S 107.3E 62 M =7.4 M*NEI JAWA, INDONESIA 0809 28Aug2009 01:51:18.6 7.1S 123.5E630 mb=6.5 M*GSR BANDA SEA 0404 28Aug2009 01:51:19.9 7.2S 123.4E633 Mw=6.8 M*EMS BANDA SEA 0232 28Aug2009 01:51:19.9 7.1S 123.4E633 M =6.8 M*NEI BANDA SEA 0210 17Aug2009 00:05:48.4 23.5N 123.8E 33 MS=6.8 M*GSR SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLAND0132 17Aug2009 00:05:47.7 23.5N 123.5E 10 Mw=6.7 M*EMS SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLAND0043 17Aug2009 00:05:47.5 23.5N 123.6E 10 M =6.7 M*NEI SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLAND0024 16Aug2009 07:38:24.1 1.4S 99.7E 50 MS=6.8 M*GSR SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONES0903 16Aug2009 07:38:26.1 1.4S 99.5E 50 Mw=6.9 M*EMS SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONES0831 16Aug2009 07:38:26.4 1.4S 99.5E 50 M =7.0 M*NEI SOUTHERN SUMATERA, INDONES0756 12Aug2009 22:48:53.0 32.9N 140.8E 90 mb=6.7 M*GSR SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 0034 12Aug2009 22:48:58.6 32.8N 140.4E117 Mw=6.6 M*EMS SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 2319 12Aug2009 22:48:56.4 32.8N 140.4E 96 M =6.7 M*NEI SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 2305 10Aug2009 20:07:06.3 34.8N 138.5E 33 mb=6.8 M*GSR NEAR S. COAST OF HONSHU, J2230 10Aug2009 19:55:37.6 14.0N 93.0E 33 MS=7.7 M*GSR ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA 2144 10Aug2009 19:55:36.3 14.2N 93.0E 10 Mw=7.6 M*EMS ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA 2026 10Aug2009 19:55:39.2 14.0N 92.9E 33 M =7.6 M*NEI ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA 2015 09Aug2009 10:55:24.8 30.8N 139.7E130 mb=7.0 M*ROM SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 1151 09Aug2009 10:55:54.7 33.2N 138.2E300 mb=6.8 M*GSR SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 1145 09Aug2009 10:55:55.9 33.1N 138.0E300 Mw=6.9 M*EMS SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 1132 09Aug2009 10:55:56.4 33.1N 138.0E303 M =7.1 M*NEI SOUTH OF HONSHU, JAPAN 1115 03Aug2009 17:59:57.4 29.4N 112.9W 10 MS=7.1 M*GSR GULF OF CALIFORNIA 2058 03Aug2009 17:59:59.5 29.3N 112.8W 10 Mw=6.9 M*EMS GULF OF CALIFORNIA 1907 03Aug2009 17:59:59.9 29.4N 112.8W 10 M =6.9 M*NEI GULF OF CALIFORNIA 1826 15Jul2009 09:22:31.8 45.6S 166.7E 33 MS=7.6 M*GSR OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND,1142 15Jul2009 09:22:32.8 45.7S 166.6E 35 M =7.8 M*NEI OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND,1015 15Jul2009 09:22:30.5 45.7S 166.6E 2 Mw=7.7 M*EMS OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND,0955 This is interesting: 01Jul2009 09:30:11.8 34.1N 25.4E 30 Mw=6.4 M*EMS CRETE 1132 01Jul2009 09:30:11.8 34.4N 25.4E 33 MS=6.4 M*GSR CRETE 1054 01Jul2009 09:30:12.9 34.2N 25.4E 40 Mw=6.7 M*EMS CRETE 1048 01Jul2009 09:30:12.3 34.2N 25.4E 38 M =6.7 M*NEI CRETE 0945 23Jun2009 14:19:21.4 5.1S 153.6E 65 MS=6.0 M*GSR NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.0629 23Jun2009 14:19:17.4 5.1S 153.5E 60 mb=5.9 M*GSR NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.0541 23Jun2009 14:19:17.6 5.2S 153.7E 65 M =5.5 M*NEI NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.1946 23Jun2009 14:19:17.5 5.1S 153.5E 60 MS=6.0 M*GSR NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.1632 23Jun2009 14:19:21.9 5.3S 153.4E 80 Mw=6.8 M*EMS NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.1454 23Jun2009 14:19:16.8 5.3S 153.4E 35 M =6.7 M*NEI NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.1440 28May2009 08:24:43.0 16.7N 86.4W 10 MS=7.3 M*GSR CARIBBEAN SEA 1025 28May2009 08:24:44.4 16.6N 86.4W 2 Mw=7.3 M*EMS CARIBBEAN SEA 0850 28May2009 08:24:45.7 16.8N 86.2W 10 M =7.1 M*NEI CARIBBEAN SEA 0840 16Apr2009 14:57:03.7 60.4S 27.2W 10 Mw=6.7 M*EMS SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REG1723 16Apr2009 14:57:05.5 60.7S 27.3W 10 MS=7.0 M*GSR SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REG1707 16Apr2009 14:57:03.7 60.4S 27.2W 10 Mw=7.0 M*EMS SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REG1602 16Apr2009 14:57:05.2 60.3S 27.0W 10 M =6.5 M*NEI SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REG1514 07Apr2009 04:23:33.4 46.1N 151.6E 50 MS=7.0 M*GSR KURIL ISLANDS 0558 07Apr2009 04:23:20.5 44.1N 153.8E 24 mb=6.6 M*ROM EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS 0511 07Apr2009 04:23:32.6 46.1N 151.6E 40 Mw=7.0 M*EMS KURIL ISLANDS 0509 07Apr2009 04:23:34.5 46.1N 151.4E 39 M =7.0 M*NEI KURIL ISLANDS 0443 Last (automatic) Update: 2Sep2009 14:23 UTC / uk http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/redpuma/redpuma_plus6_list.html At least 15 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake struck near the Indonesian island of Java.Dozens of properties collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya on the west of the island and thousands of people have been evacuated, officials said. The magnitude 7.0 quake also damaged buildings in the university city of Bandung, also close to the epicentre. In the capital, Jakarta, 200km (120 miles) north, hundreds fled into the streets from offices and shops. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8233344.stm

  2. Curses. Red Puma gives the same result as several different sources. The NEIC list which I am more used to gives them as an aggregate which is loosely termed a Magnitude removing the qualifiers of the wave energy, type and length of time the shock showed on the apparatii.Or should that be apparata?

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