Hurricane season has started early: the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has come and gone even before the official start of the season on June 1, and now a storm has developed enough to be named off the coast of Mexico, and another depression farther out in the Pacific also shows signs of developing into an organized storm. Tropical Storm Barbara has formed off Mexico’s Pacific coast. It is expected to move out to sea while gaining strength, then be pushed back toward land over the next two days, and strike in the area of the Mexican resort city of Acapulco.
Buried in last year’s Defense Authorization Bill were changes to the Insurrection Act that make it possible for a President to easily declare martial law, and now Senator Patrick Leahy (D. Vt.), along with Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), who are the co-chairs of the 80-member Senate National Guard Caucus, have introduced legislation to return the act to its original wording. Leahy says, “Last year, Congress quietly made it easier for this President or any President to declare martial law.”
Recently, some scientists have been claiming that the Gulf Stream is more stable than thought, but there is now additional evidence that it is weakening. The Gulf Stream’sflow turned south in early May, and continued moving southward through May 15. By May 22, it was beginning to show signs of recovery, however what had been one of the hottest springs on record in the British Isles has been transformed into a cold and wet beginning ofJune. Is this simply normal for the area, or did the changein the stream’s flow cause it?
Passengers on two flights, one from Atlanta to Paris and the other from Prague to Montreal are being urged by the Centers for Disease Control to undergo testing for an “extensively drug-resistant TB, and the passenger diagnosed with the disease has been quarantined. The last time the CDC took such an action was in 1963, when an individual suffering from smallpox was quarantined.