It’s taken a quarter of a century, but the shores of Alaska are finally said to be clean. Most people today only remember the big B.P. oil spill a few years back, but this Exxon oil spill was bad enough that it took 25 years to clean since the big spill on March 24th, 1989.
As per gallons of oil, the Exxon Valdez oil spill was not nearly as big as the B.P. spill, but it still took this long to clean. The Exxon spill polluted an estimated 10.8 million gallons of oil, where as the B.P. oil spill polluted an estimated 210 million gallons. By that math, we might not ever see that spill totally cleaned up in our lifetime.
The B.P. oil spill affected so much of our seafood resources that B.P. paid off full year salaries of fishermen from the Gulf of Mexico, and on top of that, many seafood lovers were stuck paying highly inflated prices due to high demand of clean seafood. Seeing now how long it took Exxon to clean 10.8 million gallons, I can’t even imagine how much damage 210 million gallons can make.
One of the biggest victims of this oil spill from 25 years ago was the Northern Sea Otters; this spill killed about 40% of the 65,000 sea otters that were living in the Prince William Sound and contaminated countless amounts of sea life including food sources. In total, more than 20 different species were hurt by this oil disaster, many landing long-term affects do to the high exposure rate of oil.
Although the Sea Otters of that area are free of oil, so many have died that they have since landed on the protected species list and are now trying to be repopulated again. I believe that there should be much stricter guidelines for these oil companies, because they obviously did not learn from the Exxon Valdez oil spill id B.P. can spill over 200 million gallons of oil with no way to even turn it off. If these companies were more careful, we would have clean waters and low gas prices, but that is obviously not the case.
The X-37 is an unnamed spacecraft with an unknown mission that carries no people, and last month this mission passed the 400-day mark and it is still orbiting our planet in outer space. Marks on the side of the craft show that it is a Boeing-made aircraft, (the same company that makes those jumbo 777 air crafts), but this X-37 is in fact a spacecraft that needs no human inside to operate, like a space drone. It also has no time limit at the moment because of solar chargers on the wings that charge lithium batteries inside the spacecraft.
Of course like all secret military missions, the public has many ideas about what the X-37’s secret mission actually is. At this point there is no actual evidence as to what the mission is, so the public is free to let their imaginations run wild. All we know is that this X-37 can orbit space with no pilot on board and it is small enough to fit in one of our bigger storage units.
One of the most popular beliefs of the X-37’s mission is what I believe it is probably doing, that is surveillance. This spacecraft can potentially spy on other countries, with high-powered listening devices and infra-red cameras to see and hear anything from outer space. Witnesses also report that the X-037 was seen lurking over China’s Tiangong-1 space station.
Others believe that this is some sort of weapons test, but specialists believe that this craft is too slow to respond as a weapons craft to any potential crisis we might face, a slow speed craft seems more effective for surveillance to me personally, but this craft could probably modified to be used as a weapons spacecraft, it is still in the early stages of testing.
Whatever this spacecraft is doing, the one thing we know for sure, is that this X-37 is potentially the next big thing in space drones that our air force can expand its surveillance from the sky to outer space, it will be interesting to see just how long this X-37 can continue to orbit in space and if it will encounter any problems, but this is rather exciting and groundbreaking stuff to get to witness.
Sunny days above freezing temperatures after lots of snow are perfect
conditions for people falling through thin ice. So to help, we are
compiling some helpful tips for if this ever happens to help prevent
drowning of hypothermia.
You should always carry a walking stick so you can test the stability of
unsure ice surfaces, it can also help for traction to prevent slipping and
falling. Safety spikes can also be very helpful, you can actually make
your own out of wood pieces with nails through them, the pieces of
wood also floats so keep that in mind if you take an unexpected swim.
You should bring emergency supplies in a small waterproof backpack
(or keep items inside sealed in a bag to keep items dry) and try and
not make backpack too heavy. Items to consider keeping in backpack
Food and Water
Change of cloths
If you are going out on a snowmobile, you might want to consider
investing in a floatation suit rather than a snowsuit. Floatation suits
are more expensive, but they could save your life if your snowmobile
breaks through the ice.
When the ice breaks, it usually happens very quickly, so you wont have
much time to react. Fist thing to do when you hear ice breaking is to
take a deep breath and hold it, if you can lean back rather than try and
step back it could help your chances greatly.
If you end up under water, the most important thing to do is find the
hole that you fell through. If there is snow on the ice then the hole will
be darker, if there is no snow on the ice then the hole will be lighter.
There will almost always be contrasting colors.
Once you find the hole in the ice, the most important thing to do is to
stay floating. Floating on your back can help you to better keep your
head out of the water, also focus on your breathing.
Try and find the strongest part of ice to start your climb out of the
water. Try and get majority of your body on the ice and kick your feet
in a swimming motion as you pull yourself out. Once out, roll away
from the hole to retrace your steps and get warm.
Hopefully you never have to deal with this situation, but if you do, you
can be prepared.
This coming Sunday will mark the 86th annual Academy Awards, where all of todays top actors and actresses will all aim for the honor of holding an “Oscar” to take home. Hopefully none of this years Oscar awards will end up collecting dust in a storage unit somewhere.
To be honest, I’ve only seen 1 of the 9 films nominated for best picture, that 1 being American Hustle. I did however think that movie was amazing, so I’m leaning towards that movie winning in ever category. I know that’s not possible, but it is nominated in quite a few categories.
American Hustle does have a chance to sweep all the major categories, being nominated for Best Picture among the following; Best Actor in a Leading Role – Christian Bale, Best Actress in a Leading Role – Amy Adams, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Bradley Cooper, Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Jennifer Lawrence. Along with other nominations in categories like; Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design and Writing in an Original Screenplay.
Even though American Hustle is nominated in most categories, the only main event award that it’s not nominated for would be Best Animated Feature Film. Again, I have only seen 1 of the animated films nominated, that one being Disney’s Frozen. So again, I hope the only 1 that I saw is the winner, but my opinion might be bias.
Oscar parties have also become very popular, parties that involve everyone dressing up nice and walking a red carpet. Another popular thing for Oscar parties is everyone picking winners ahead of time with the winner getting an award and giving a acceptance speech. If this years Academy Awards are sneaking up too fast on you, you might want to pull that red carpet and fancy cloths out of storage and get them cleaned and ready for the big night, and don’t forget to have you acceptance speech ready if you’re the big winner.
February is almost behind us, and it has brought us the only 2 nice days all winter long. Now enter March, the wildcard month. I always thought of March as a very unpredictable month, as I remember past St. Patrick’s Days, I can recall some beautiful weather and some frigid cold weather (even snow).
The slogan of March is usually “In like a lion, out like a lamb”, because it always comes in fierce at the beginning and it usually ends very timid and calm. But from the 1st to the 31st is always very unpredictable, kind of like Mother Natures own March Madness.
In the state of New York during the month of March, we get an average high temperature of 48 degrees and an average low of 32 degrees. But the shocker of it all is in the record temperatures, New York in March has a record high temperature of 80 degrees, and a record low temperature of 5 degrees. That 75 degrees difference can be the difference between wearing a winter coat and wearing a t-shirt.
After this horrible winter we have endured, lets all hope for March to be more like a lamb throughout the whole month, and let us leave our winter gear at home for St. Patrick’s Day.
Like most things in life that get this big of a build-up, the Winter Olympics came and went before you know it. U.S.A. placed 4th in the overall metal count under Canada at 3rd, Norway at 2nd, and Russia at 1st. Even though Russia won in the metal count at their home turf, this past Olympics may have set the people of Russia back more than ahead.
Some of the headlines we were seeing here in America were quite disturbing, officers of Sochi brutally abusing their own people for peacefully protesting equality for same-sex relationships. They were not protesting same-sex marriage like we see so often in America, they were just protecting their right to exist in Russia without being persecuted.
Most of the people protesting were expecting to be arrested, but they were not expecting to be brutally beaten by the Sochi police like they were. These police did not care who was watching and who was filming, they appeared to have 1 mission and 1 mission alone, hurt people. Now that they have made headlines for all the wrong reasons, they might just want to hide in some of our storage units to hide from the media scrutiny (good thing you don’t need to be a gold metal winner to afford out units).
One punk-rock band that consists of all feminist women that tried to perform at this protest were also beaten brutally, why police needed to beat a group of women rather than just arrest them shows how these Sochi police really behave. Apparently, when a police officer in Sochi beats a woman, he gets fined the equivalent of $28 in America rather than face suspension or termination like they should.
The Olympics themselves went rather smoothly as far as the games themselves go, but these actions by the Sochi police really affect how the people of the world will view their actions and behavior. I personally hope the Olympic board thinks twice before returning to Sochi anytime soon.
The Winter Olympics is back! Sochhi 2014 has been an excited year so far as many newcomers and previous Olympic veterans come together to compete at the highest level in the world. U.S. freestyle Skiier Joss Christensen dominated the newly added slopestyle skiing event with a score of 95.80, astonishing judges. Both of his runs were in the 90 range. U.S teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper were not far behind leading to the United States cleaning up the event. Julia Mancuso once again qualifies for the finals and a chance at the gold in alpine slope skiing. Shaun White, considered by many to be the greatest snowboarder of all time, will once again be competed in the half pipe event at the games. White has won the event in the past two Olympic Games in 2006 in Turin and 2010 in Vancouver. White is also very decorated in the Winter X games having won 18 medals, 13 of which are gold. With all those medals Shaun White probably needs to rent a storage unit to fit them all in! A Space Place Storage has held the gold medal for storage facilities for years because of our quality storage and unmatchable prices. Try out one of our Climate controlled units over the winter months to keep your sensitive items in the best condition possible. Or maybe one of our drive up units to make loading and unloading last under a minute. We have locations in Melville and Centereach and are always packed with people who know that A Space Place Storage is the number one storage facility on Long Island. We have the right unit for you, no matter how many Olympic medals you need to store.
As Long Islanders deal with yet another snowstorm during this horrible winter, we will cling on to any sign of hope possible. Snowstorm after snowstorm with nowhere for all this snow to even go, we all look forward to storing away the shovels and snow boots this coming spring. Good news is, there just might be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Weather reports say that next week should be in the 50 degree range, it should feel like tropical weather compared to what we have been dealing with. After next week is over, it will be exactly 1 month away from the first day of spring. Usually, the worse a winter we get, the earlier the spring. So lets all hope that Punxsutawney Phil is wrong this year and we all get an early spring.
Global warming does not mean a warm globe all the time, it means extreme fluctuations from warm to cold, and there has been a lot of that lately. All I know is that after these extreme cold temperatures, I would gladly welcome some global warming right about now. Its not that we can complain about our region in the northeast, even the southern states have been experiencing record low temperatures. For the first time in history, all 50 states hit freezing in the same day, that should be proof that something very crazy is happening.
I’m sure that most of us have a hard time believing that this will be the last snowstorm of the winter season, I have a birthday in late March, and I have dealt with snow on my birthday, but I have also dealt with temperatures around 70 degrees. So I guess we have no idea what the weather will bring until it brings it. All we can do is hope.
By Justin Kessinger
Every 4 years we get a new winter Olympic event, and it always becomes a highlight of news and sports media. Some surprising events have become very popular, like curling (you know, that one with the brooms and the tea pot looking thing). Snowboarding has gained a huge following as well and it is one of the newest events introduced into the winter games. And since the games go until February 23rd, we are just getting started.
As of this morning, only 17 events have been awarded, with 8 more today (February 11th). Norway leads with 11 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze). Canada is 2nd with 9 medals (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze). Netherlands is 3rd with 8 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze). United States is 4th with 6 medals (2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze). Germany is 5th with 2 medals (both gold). Russia is 6th with 7 medals (1 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze). Austria is 7th with 3 medals (1 gold, 2 silver).
Medal standing do not go by total medal counts, it goes by most gold, if tied, most silver, and if that is tied, most bronze. So Germany can be ahead of Russia with 2 medals against 7 medals because both of Germany’s are gold and Russia only has 1 gold out of its 7.
In total medals by one country in the winter Olympics, United States is 2nd with 253 total medals (87 gold, 95 silver, 71 bronze), with only Norway beating them with 303 total medals (107 gold, 106 silver 90 bronze). Both United States and Norway have competed in all 21 past winter games and are already raking in the medals in this (22nd) winter games. After today there will still be 72 events still to be awarded in 12 days, so we have a long way to go, and a lot of potential medals to collect.