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Right. That footage looked to be a stormy late arvo.

Wonder it’s only 99 then, that really made me think daytime, because there’d be thousands living in a block that size.

Amazing really.

Now saying at least 159 missing.

Americans related to Australians

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Have been trying to find out the cause of this but had no luck. Oil rig? Volcano? A massive explosion, whatever the cause.


Crack in undersea pipleline reported for Mexico IIRC

“Mud Volcano” according to one news report… whatever the hell that is.

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Found this fwiw.

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Weren’t they a Seattle grunge band?


Called blowing your top?
Gas pressure forces hard lid cover of the volcano up into the atmosphere, , liquidising lid to mud?

That would be Mud Honey

You don’t say. *whoosh

an enormous explosion that was caught on camera in the Caspian Sea on Sunday has been blamed on a phenomenon known as a mud volcano. The massive blast sent a column of fire into the sky in an area of the sea where Azerbaijan runs a lot of offshore oil and gas fields. But the state oil company said it wasn’t to blame for the explosion—and that it was caused by a mud volcano spewing flammable gas into the sky. According to The Guardian , the volcanic activity can cause rocks to hammer into each other and create sparks that can ignite the gasses. Mark Tingay, a mud volcano expert at Australia’s University of Adelaide, said Azerbaijan’s explanation is plausible, saying the explosion “certainly could be a mud volcano” and that the location “fits roughly” with a known volcano complex.


An American journalist needed to reach out to Australia for an expert on Mud Volcanoes. Proud.

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Skimming an article in a French semi serious news outlet -French mega billionaires now outstripping others in UK, Europe and China increasing at a faster rate than in USA

  • nearly all in high class luxury goods labels , high turnover, generating more wealth since the pandemic
  • as one said, people will always be drinking Dom Perignon, and spending more on that than the occasional IPhone
  • the IKEA and Aldi billionaires falling behind

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been assassinated by a group of unidentified people who attacked his private home.

The country’s Interim Prime Minister announced the news in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Moïse’s wife, first lady Martine Moïse, had been hospitalised, Interim Premier Claude Joseph said.

Mr Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had the situation in the Caribbean country under control.

The nation of more than 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Mr Moïse’s rule.

Its economic, political and social woes have deepened, with gang violence spiking heavily in the capital of Port-au-Prince, inflation spiralling and food and fuel becoming scarcer at times in a country where 60 per cent of the population makes less than $3 a day.

These troubles come as Haiti still tries to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and 2016’s Hurricane Matthew.

Mr Moïse, 53, had been ruling by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections, which led to Parliament being dissolved.

Opposition leaders have accused him of seeking to increase his power, including approving a decree that limited the powers of a court that audits government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency that answers only to the president.

In recent months, opposition leaders demanded he step down, arguing that his term legally ended in February 2021.

Mr Moïse and supporters maintained that his term began when he took office in early 2017, following a chaotic election that forced the appointment of a provisional president to serve during a year-long gap.

Haiti was scheduled to hold general elections later this year.

Our main market for our technology has been oil & gas production in Gulf of Mexico where there are nearly 2000 deep water oil rigs.

It is about 1000 to 1500 metres to ocean floor and then drilling goes up to another 8000 metres into the earths crust. We went out there in 2019 to do some installations and it was very well organised and run operation. Wouldn’t like to visit in bad weather though.

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Jeez I wonder who arranged that……:thinking: