Satelites see storm system that created Oklahoma Tornado

Typhoon Cimaron October 31 (2006)
Typhoon Cimaron October 31 (2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

may-20-2013-supercell-thunderstorm-central-oklahoma-tornado-lgSatellites See Storm System that Created Oklahoma Tornado
by Rob Gutro for Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 24, 2013

On May 20, 2013, a supercell thunderstorm in central Oklahoma spawned a destructive tornado that passed just south of Oklahoma City. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of the storm at 2:40 p.m. local time (19:40 UTC). The red line depicts the tornado’s track. The twister touched down west of Newcastle at 2:56 p.m. and moved northeast toward Moore, where it caused dozens of deaths and widespread destruction. The tornado had dissipated by 3:36 p.m., after traveling approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers). Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA Goddard; caption by Adam Voiland. For a larger version of this image please go here.
On May 20, 2013, NASA and NOAA satellites observed the system that generated severe weather in the south central United States and spawned the Moore, Okla., tornado.

The tornado that struck Moore on the afternoon of Monday, May 20, was an F-4 tornado on the enhanced Fujita scale, according to the National Weather Service. F-4 tornadoes have sustained winds from 166 to 200 mph. This tornado was about twice as wide as the tornado that struck Moore on May 3, 1999. Moore is located 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Before, during and after the tornado, satellites provided imagery and data to forecasters. The first tornado warning was issued around 2:40 p.m. CDT (local time). By 3:01 p.m. CDT a tornado emergency was issued for Moore, and 35 minutes later at 3:36 p.m. CDT, the tornado spun down and dissipated.

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible-light image that provided a detailed look at the supercell thunderstorm. NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite provided continuously updated satellite imagery depicting the storm’s movement. After the tornado, the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite’s lightning observations showed that the thunderstorm complex was still active after nightfall.

NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite provided forecasters with images of the storm system every 15 minutes. One GOES-13 satellite image was captured at 19:55 UTC (2:55 p.m. CDT) as the tornado began its deadly swath. The tornado was generated near the bottom of a line of clouds resembling an exclamation mark. The GOES-13 satellite imagery from the entire day was assembled into an animation by the NASA GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Four minutes after the tornado dissipated (19:40 UTC / 3:40 p.m. EDT), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Moore tornado. That image was created by the NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team and Adam Voiland, NASA Earth Observatory.

Later as the storm system continued through the region, another satellite captured an image of the storm at night that showed it was still powerful. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite aboard Suomi NPP observed lightning in a nighttime image on May 21 at 07:27 UTC (3:27 a.m. EDT). Lightning appeared as rectangular shapes in the image. The VIIRS imagery showed the city lights in the Oklahoma City area, but there was reduced light output in Moore as a result of tornado damage.

The Suomi NPP satellite carries an instrument so sensitive to low light levels that it can detect lightning in the middle of the night. The Day/Night band on Suomi NPP produces nighttime visible imagery using illumination from natural (the moon, forest fires) and man-made sources (city lights). The data were captured by the direct broadcast antenna at University of Wisconsin.

Russia plans urgent evacuation of arctic post as ice melts: RAWSTORY

English: Arctic Ocean, submarine features Fran...
English: Arctic Ocean, submarine features Français : Bathymétrie de l’océan arctique (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Russia has ordered the urgent evacuation of the 16-strong crew of a drifting Arctic research station after the ice floe that hosts the floating laboratory began to disintegrate, officials said Thursday.

Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi set a three-day deadline to draft a plan to evacuate the North Pole-40 floating research station.

“The destruction of the ice has put at risk the station’s further work and life of its staff,” the ministry said in a statement.

The station is currently home to 16 personnel including oceanologists, meteorologists, engineers and a doctor.

It conducts meteorological research, monitors environmental pollution and conducts a number of tests.

If the situation is not addressed, it may also result in the loss of equipment and contaminate the environment near Canada’s economic zone where the station is currently located, the ministry added.

The floating research laboratory will be relocated to Bolshevik Island in the Russian Arctic with the help of an ice-breaker.

“The ice floe has crumbled into six pieces,” said Arkady Soshnikov, spokesman for the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

“The people are not at risk but it is not possible to work in these conditions. The ice may disintegrate so a decision has been taken to evacuate” the station, he told AFP.

The station was located at 81 degrees North and 135 degrees West as of early morning Wednesday.

Scientists point to increasing signs of global warming in the Arctic, which is being significantly affected by climate change.

The UN weather agency said this month that the Arctic’s sea ice melted at a record pace in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record.

Vladimir Sokolov, who oversees the floating station at the Saint Petersburg-based Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, said the ice was disintegrating due to climate change.

“This has made the Arctic research significantly harder — the ice has become thinner and the weather conditions more difficult,” he told AFP.

He said it was important to continue studying the Arctic.

“The Arctic Ocean, just like the Antarctic, is the ‘refrigerator’ of the Earth. It significantly affects the climate of our planet.”

“If this ‘refrigerator’ has a glitch and we do not know about it, it leads to mistakes in forecasts and affects the quality of decision-making on entire territories.”

Russia, which has always prided itself on its exploration of the energy-rich region, established the first floating station, the North Pole-1, in 1937.

Funding for floating stations dried up after the collapse of the Soviet Union but resumed under strongman Vladimir Putin who has said Russia intends to expand its presence in the Arctic.

The first floating Arctic station of post-Soviet Russia, the North Pole-32, was put together in 2003. The crew of that station had to be rescued when the ice floe beneath it broke up in 2004.

At a meeting with the crew of the rescued North Pole-32 station, President Putin stressed the importance of the Arctic research.

“For us, for such a northern country like Russia communications in the North are very important both economically and militarily,” Putin said in 2004.

Russia alarmed its Arctic neighbours, including Canada and Norway, when it planted a flag on the ocean floor under the North Pole in 2007 in a symbolic staking of its claim over the region.

The five Arctic nations that also include Denmark and the United States are locked in a tight race to gather evidence to support their claims amid reports that global warming could leave the region ice-free by 2030.


Live Exports: A dark day for Ireland

Close up of bulls being loaded onto a ship in Ireland

A new front is opening up in the war on live exports. Ireland is due to re-start a trade in live cattle with Libya. The re-emergence of this trade after 10 years would be a disaster for animal welfare and the reputation of Irish farming.

Ireland to Libya – suffering piled on suffering

The journey by boat from Ireland to Libya could take 10 days – not including the journey to Waterford port and the onward journey in Libya. Animals suffer terribly during long journeys. But for these animals the end of the journey will bring no relief. Slaughter conditions in much of North Africa are frequently inhumane, with completely unacceptable practices being commonplace.

Demand the Irish Government takes action

The Irish Government has given its full support to the resumption of the live export trade with the Agriculture Minister, Mr Coveney, describing it as “progress”.

At the same time, Ireland is currently President of the Council of the European Union and, as part of this role, they hold the Presidency of the EU Agriculture Council.

Allowing this trade to go ahead – in the face of the extreme suffering it will cause and strong public opinion – clearly shows it would be unacceptable for the Irish Minister to act as President of the EU Agriculture Council when animal welfare is on the agenda.

Inhumane journey by road and sea

Long journeys are stressful for animals and can include:

  • deprivation of food and water
  • lack of rest
  • poor handling by humans
  • overcrowding
  • insufficient headroom
  • stress caused by noise and vibration

Cruel slaughter

Previous Compassion investigations into slaughter conditions in North Africa/Middle East have found:

  • animals being roughly – even brutally – handled
  • animals dragged into the place of slaughter
  • cruel methods of handling e.g. the leg tendons of cattle being severed with a knife to control them

eating animals : the consequences

Animals Australia

Annamaria — please take a day off. You deserve it. Take a day off from worries, from bad hair, traffic jams, and particularly, from annoying TV ads…Speaking of ads — it’s hard not to notice that Meat & Livestock Australia has hijacked Australia Day! Strewth — any visiting tourist would think that Sam Kekovich is the father of Australia and that it’s a local tradition to lob a little lamb on the barbie to prove how Australian you are! Crikey — it’s just a multimillion dollar marketing campaign to sell more lamb!

We thought Straya (‘Australia’ for our overseas friends) was all about a fair go for all; about sticking up for the undersheepdog; and above all, about looking out for our mates (four legged mates included of course).

Help us take back Australia Day in the true Aussie spirit — a day when EVERYONE deserves a day off…

This Australia Day, EVERYONE deserves a day off!

Okay, so we’re ‘taking the piss’ (a bit). But really, MLA’s campaign to urge Aussies to eat more animals should be no laughing matter. Apart from the fact that lambs are so super cute, Australians are facing a rising obesity and heart disease epidemic — conditions linked to the over consumption of animal products. Our planet’s health is suffering too. This month we sweltered through the hottest day on record — all the while our pollies conveniently ignored the fact that farming animals for food is creating more climate-warming greenhouse gasses than all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles combined.

It’s enough to send you bonkers!

So this Australia Day, we’re calling on all true-blue Aussies to help animals, our health, and our planet — by throwing some cruelty-free tucker on the barbie. Because being Australian is more than just abbreviating all your words with the letter ‘o’. Bloody oath. It’s about taking a stand. Doing what’s right. And hosting a BBQ that will be the envy of all your neighbours. Click here and we’ll show you how!

Whatever you get up to on your day off, we wish you a happy, safe, rip-snorter of a day.

Cheers, from your mates at Animals Australia.

P.S. We need your help to spread the word that animals deserve a day off too. It’s easy. Tell your folks. Tell your mates. Share this funny video on Facebook and Twitter. Forget John Farnham — this year, YOU’RE the voice!


by | October 9, 2012 · 4:30 pm

Escalating harassment in Oaxaca, Mexico over mega-wind farm development

Note: Once again we are reminded that however fuzzy the solutions sound (wind power being one of the favorite “solutions” to climate change trotted out again and again), until the root cause of our common problems are addressed: i.e. a neoliberal society ruled by a global elite who care nothing for people or the planet, there can be no real solutions to the crises we collectively face.

–The GJEP Team

8th October 2012

Declaration against escalating harassment in San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, Mexico 

To All Social and Indigenous Peoples Organizations

To All Those in Solidarity with the Struggle of Indigenous Peoples

To the International and Mexican Media
With this communique, we denounce the escalating violence and harassment against members of the Ikojts community, who are opposing the imposition of the San Dionisio windpark megaproject in Oaxaca, Mexico.

These actions are being undertaken by leaders from the PRI [political party], Jorge Castellanos and Ernesto Juárez, who are using violence and aggressions to ensure that construction on the windpark can get underway.

On the 29th September a group of 20 people tried to attack members of the community who oppose the project, in the zone of El Faro.  The attack was led by San Dionisio’s municipal agent Pueblo Viejo (who had received a new truck from the little know Municipal President Miguel Castellanos). The community members managed to avoid further confrontation, as our protest has been, and remains, non-violent from our side.

Following this, on the 30th September, at about 11 pm comrade Isaul Celaya and two other community members returned to their homes after having participated in an assembly, were attacked by a truck being driven by Jorge Castellanos; they were able to survive the attack.

Then, on the 6th October, during the night, a group of people from PRI marched through the streets of San Dionisio del Mar, and publically threatened several community members, as well as other comrades from the movement, Bettina Cruz Velazquez and Carlos Beas Torres. Furthermore, they affirmed that they would use any means necessary in order to be able to begin work on the wind farm on 9th October. They also vowed to use force to block the Caravan for Solidarity with the Resistance of the Ikjots People, which is scheduled to entering the zone on the 10th October.

Faced with this escalation of violence, and faced with the imminence of an attack on our protest site [plantón] which we have set up at the Municipal Palace [Town Hall], we met yesterday and resolved not to leave for Mexico City, where we were planning to  demonstrate in front of the Interamerican Development Bank. However, we will still carry out this action, and we will reissue a call for it in the next few days.

Despite this climate of violence and threats, we confirm that the Solidarity Caravan will still be undertaken as planned. Several national and international media have confirmed their participation, as have social and indigenous organizations and Human Rights Groups from Oaxaca and around the country. Several neighbouring communities, such as the people of Chimalapa and young people from the movement Yosoy132, will also send representatives.

We blame any violence that may occur against us on Jorge Castellanos and Ernesto Juárez, as well as on their sponsoring company, Mareña Renovable.

No to the destruction of our Land!
No to the megaprojects which are killing our People! 


Asamblea General de Comuneros de San Dionisio del Mar (General Assembly of Community Members of San Dionisio del Mar)
Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Defense of the Land and Territory)

Unión de Comunidades Indígenas de la Zona Norte del Istmo (Union of Inigenous Communities in the Northern Zone of the Isthmus)

Red Nacional de Resistencia Civil contra las Altas tarifas Eléctricas (National Network of Civil Resistence Against High Electricity Fees)

Frente del Istmo contra la Imposición (Isthmus Front Against the Imposition)

Radio Huave de San Francisco del Mar.
Frente Regional de Pueblos Indigenas del bajo Mixe-Choapa (Regional Front of Indigenous People in the Mixe-Choapa Region)
Radio Las Voces de los Pueblos (Radio of the Peoples’ Voices)
Radio Totopo

Save the Grand Canyon from Coca Cola! Ban Plastic Bottles in the Park!

Save the Grand Canyon from Coca Cola! Ban Plastic Bottles in the Park
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Why This Is Important

 On November 10th, the New York Times exposed the real reason the National Park service scrapped their common sense plan to ban the sale of disposable bottled water in Grand Canyon National Park: pushback from Coca Cola, a major park funder.

According to the article, plastic bottles make up 30% of all waste in the park and are the largest source of trash in the canyon. So why isn’t this project moving forward?

Here’s the problem: Beyond the pollution plastic bottles cause in the park itself, that plastic trash can be transported out to the ocean by the Colorado River. With as many rivers as there are in the world, even ones like the Colorado that have inconsistent flow, even one bottle is too many whether it reaches the ocean or not. If plastic does get to the ocean, it can contribute to The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, causing scores of problems for every creature it encounters along the way- fresh water or salt. 

I have seen this problem firsthand. A few years ago I had the opportunity as a journalist to sail with the research organization, The 5 Gyres Institute,  to a garbage patch. After seeing what I saw there I was disgusted: plastic trash of every type you can imagine including disposable plastic bottles and bottle caps. Upon my return, I promptly quit my job, began volunteering and devoted my career to trying to solve the marine-eco disaster that is plastic pollution.

Plastic PET bottles pose a clear and present danger to the overall health of the environment and contribute to marine plastic pollution. Coca-Cola sponsors groups that conduct beach cleanup efforts but consistently opposes solutions that would reduce pollution in the first place, like bottle deposits and bottle bans.

We cannot let corporations like Coca Cola shut down common sense measures to reduce plastic pollution. The Grand Canyon Park Service must do its job and protect our public land by immediately banning plastic bottles from the canyon.

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In Stunning Show of Bureaucratic Idiocy, EU Directive Bans Health Claim that Water Prevents Dehydration

In stunning show of bureaucratic idiocy, EU directive bans health claim that water prevents dehydration

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) The collection of medically-indoctrinated idiots known as the European Food Standards Authority has officially disallowed a product health claim that says water prevents dehydration.

This means the EU does not even recognize the therapeutic ability of water to reverse chronic dehydration. It makes you wonder: If water cannot treat dehydration, then what would they use instead? Vaccines?

The claim that was denied by the EFSA stated that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration.” This claim was submitted to the EFSA by consultants who advise food and beverage companies (…). They wanted to see if such a commonsense claim would be recognized by the EFSA. It’s kind of an “IQ test” for the EFSA, you see.

Not surprisingly, the EFSA failed that IQ test. Maybe that’s because it is staffed by morons who probably can’t tell their own arse from their eye sockets, and it’s a wonder they can even remember to pull down their own pants before using the toilet.

So now, the denial of this commonsense health claim about water has been made into an EU directive which applies across the entire European Union.

Oh, goody! Now total idiocy is the law of the land…

Frontal lobe? What frontal lobe?

Let it be known that if you ever had any doubts about the cognitively evacuated morons who run the EU, those doubts have now been laid to rest with this EU directive which officially declares that water cannot prevent dehydration.

They might as well just declare that breathing cannot provide oxygen to your body, or that eating food cannot provide calories and nutrition. The EU has reached a level of mouth-gaping, slobbering stupidity that no nation in human history has quite matched.

Sure, the U.S. is trying to beat the EU at its own game with idiotic debt spending ($15 trillion in debt now under Obama, who added $4 trillion all by himself), followed by the loony idea that the way out of too much debt is to increase debt spending even more. And yes, Greece is probably leading the way in total fiscal stupidity by bailing out rich bankers while saddling its own citizens with a lifetime of virtually un-payable debt. But no one has yet achieved the high honor of “slap me in the face with a ham sandwich” stupidity that we’re now witnessing with this EFSA declaration.

Makes the bendy banana law look downright intelligent!

Ukip MEP Paul Nuttall said the ruling made the “bendy banana law” look “positively sane”, reports the Telegraph (…)/

He said: “I had to read this four or five times before I believed it. It is a perfect example of what Brussels does best. Spend three years, with 20 separate pieces of correspondence before summoning 21 professors to Parma where they decide with great solemnity that drinking water cannot be sold as a way to combat dehydration. Then they make this judgment law and make it clear that if anybody dares sell water claiming that it is effective against dehydration they could get into serious legal bother.”

But then, proudly standing up for the morons of planet Earth, Prof Brian Ratcliffe, a spokesman for the Nutrition Society, “…said dehydration was usually caused by a clinical condition and that one could remain adequately hydrated without drinking water,” according to the Telegraph. “The EU is saying that this does not reduce the risk of dehydration and that is correct,” Ratcliffe said. Babbledegookledygok. Morons-R-Us!

Are we surprised such a quote is coming from the Nutrition Society? What could be more fundamental to nutrition than the water solubility of nutrients which obviously require WATER to be carried throughout the body? Or the fact that roughly around 75% of the human body is made of water at any given moment? What do these geniuses think makes your blood a liquid in the first place?

Oh, let me guess. Here’s the new entrance exam to the Nutrition Society:

Question: Which substance is liquid at room temperature and hydrates the human body?

A) Mercury
B) Water
C) Gasoline
D) None of the above

According to the Nutrition Society and the EFSA, the correct answer is D!!

Wow. Words escape me. I cannot quite come up with the proper collection of insults to express the pathetic expansion of zombie-brained stupidity that has infected the EU leadership these days… but as an American, I am duty-bound to try…

Meanwhile, I can’t wait for the same brainless buffoons to officially declare that two plus two does not equal four… or that war is peace, slavery is freedom, and soylent green is the only nutrition you ever really need. We have reached a point of such runaway stupidity and brainless idiocy that I’m not even sure modern society can continue to function at all.

Even a one-eyed monkey could run the EU better than present-day EU politicians and bureaucrats. Why, you ask? Because at least the one-eyed monkey is only half-blind.

You should be drinking BRAWNDO, the Thirst Mutilator!

In the movie Idiocracy (which remains one of my favorite films of all time), water was banned in water fountains and agricultural irrigation, replaced by a sports drink called Brawndo – the Thirst Mutilator, a drink that’s “got electrolytes!” When the crops started dying after being doused in Brawndo, nobody could figure out why. After all, Brawndo’s “got electrolytes,” right? So why wouldn’t plants love it? (In the film, the Brawndo corporation actually purchased the FDA.)

Here’s a hilarious YouTube video about Brawndo, which satirizes the total idiocy of modern sports drink advertising:…

And yet, as idiotic as that Brawndo ad really is, it’s nothing compared to the EU directive which now states that water cannot prevent dehydration. Apparently, water doesn’t “got electrolytes.”

What the EU needs is “European Brawndo!”

Bird-brained bureaucrats? That’s giving them too much credit…

To call EFSA bureaucrats “bird-brained” might actually be a stretch (in their favor), because even my own free-range chickens are smart enough to know that water treats dehydration.

Yep, my birds are downright geniuses by EFSA standards, apparently, because every time they feel thirsty, they waddle right over to a water dish and lap up some water with their tiny bird tongues (yes, chickens have tiny bird tongues). Meanwhile, the finest institutional minds of the EU, after spending many months pondering the issue, could not even reach the simple realization my pea-brained chickens are born with: That the body has a fundamental need for water because water prevents dehydration.

Every animal innately knows this. Even mosquitoes have the brains to seek out water. So technically, EU bureaucrats are not even “mosquito-brained.” It’s almost as if you could put them all under anesthesia, surgically remove 99% of their brain matter, wake them back up, send them back to work for the EU government, and they would do just as good of a job!

It is at times like this that I am thankful my ancestors fought for America’s independence. It’s also a strong reminder that we must resist Codex Alimentarius (and other globalist control nonsense) or else we, too, may end up being told that water is medically useless.

Heck, the FDA already arrests people for selling raw milk. They actually run infiltration operations and spy rings (…) to catch people selling fresh milk. I guess if the FDA follows this EU directive, they might soon start arresting water smugglers!

Hey, buddy, wanna buy some water? Shhh! Keep it down. We’re being watched… This is the stuff that treats dehydration! Yeah, I know, we can’t say that too loudly… might get arrested. Shhh!

EU consumer alert: Stop drinking water!

The upshot of all this is that if you’re an obedient, slave-minded citizen of the EU and you suffer from dehydration (i.e. you feel thirsty), DON’T DRINK WATER! You might run the risk of violating some EU directive that could get you interrogated by mosquito-brained bureaucrats. Instead, you should call your local emergency services and ask for a pharmaceutical — or a surgical procedure of some sort — to “medically” treat dehydration.

I wonder if this decision will cause all the nursing homes and retirement centers to stop serving water to the elderly now that the EFSA has officially pronounced water to have no health benefit whatsoever? I guess old people should only be hydrated with intravenous drips, huh? Sure would be good business for the brain-dead medical industry across the EU, which is looking for something important to do before they release the next pandemic and call for a national vaccine mandate.

I wonder if they will pull water fountains out of the public schools now? Will there now be public service announcements across Europe that urge moms to stop allowing their children to drink water? Maybe they should all be drinking Brawndo instead. The Thirst Mutilator! Approved by the EFSA to treat dehydration! “Ow my balls!” (That’s a line from the movie.) (

Can we just get back to some common sense here?

Common sense says that water prevents dehydration. It’s built right into the word dehydration. “Hydration” means to have water. “De” means to lack it. So “de-hydration” means lacking water, by definition!

To declare that water does not treat dehydration is an admission that you are illiterate and cannot even achieve the most basic thought processes required for functioning in society.

Nowhere on this planet are more good people ruled by more complete idiots than in the European Union, where two plus two now equals five, and water is no longer recognized as a way to hydrate the human body.

Interestingly, the total idiocy of EU bureaucrats is about to collide with the laws of mathematics as the region’s finances implode. Governments can lie about water, and they can lie about debt for a little while, but sooner or later, the laws of the universe catch up with you and the deniers are all exposed as fools or criminals (or both).

I for one think we should take all these EFSA boneheads and EU droolocrats and air-drop them butt-naked into the Death Valley Desert of North America, where they can rethink their opinion on whether water prevents dehydration. I’ll bet you a million dollars that in just 72 hours, they would be begging for water. Wouldn’t it be sadistic (but a little but fun) to stand there with a gallon of fresh spring water and refuse to give it to them, saying, “But you said water doesn’t treat dehydration!”

Maybe they can all just eat sand.