Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 72

The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Lulling the Masses
By Regina

The definition of Lull
1. To cause to sleep or rest; soothe or calm.
2. To deceive into trustfulness: "that honeyed charm that he used so effectively to lull his victims" (S.J. Perelman).

Satan has lulled the masses into believing that a belief in Christ is all that is required to obtain salvation. This is not truth. It is partial truth, because in believing that a belief in Christ alone is all that is required, is misleading and causes many, if not most, to believe that Father will not pour out Her cup of wrath when the time comes.

This happened before, long ago in the Spirit Realm at the beginning of human creation. For it was Dawn Lucifer himself who believed and led many others to believe, that Father would not punish those who were disobedient to Her will. In Noahaian times, when angels of the Celestial and other angelic orders manifested on earth and mated with male and female humans to create hybrid children referred to as the Nephilim, because they had never witnessed Father’s male and warrior side, they had only known Her female nurturing side up until that time, so they too believed that She would not punish them for leaving their proper dwelling within the heavens.

Jude 1:5-7 5 Now I want to remind you, though you know all these things: the Lord, having first of all saved a people out of Egypt, later destroyed those who did not believe; 6 and He has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling. 7 In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them committed sexual immorality and practiced perversions, just as they did, and serve as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God didn't spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment;

Do you see how what is written in the Word is an example from the past for those in the present time? There is nothing new under the sun; and what happened before will happen again because we now are a people who have not witnessed Father’s wrath and who have been led to believe that it will never come. But it is not truth.

I’ve witnessed many people who don’t understand Father’s wrath, or why it must be administered, or, they simply choose to believe that Father is a God of love and not wrath. But if you think about it… we are made in Her image. Are we people of only love and not wrath? Do we not become angry at times? As parents, do we not discipline our children for their own good? As a society, do those who do wrong things and commit vile crimes go unjudged and without punishment?

The following is nourishment given to us ministers that will help to explain further:

“The true gospel that Christ Jesus laid out a pattern for the faithful to follow in his footsteps includes not only the offer of salvation, but he also warned of the judgment. Many religious people speak only of Father's love and offer of salvation through the undeserved kindness. They say that you need only seek Christ and love your neighbor. Giving a partial gospel but proving false in revealing the entire message that Father expects from His stewards. This is how Satan uses the Word to mislead, because he permits a partial truth but discards the penalty that comes with not seeking the entire truth. This lulls people into believing that Father will not carry out the full measure of Her Word by standing by Her own decrees.

Just as Adam and Eve lost the hope of eternal life, Satan would have you believe that that hope is for all sinners including the first perfect human pair that willfully sinned. If Father forgave those once perfect creations, then Father would be obliged to forgive Dawn Lucifer Satan the Devil and all of the other spirits that have sinned, including the angelic class that followed Satan's lead and lost their perfection. If this were the case the Word Michael would have been incorrect in his statements made at Proverbs 8: "All the words of my mouth are righteous; none of them are deceptive or perverse. All of them are clear to the perceptive, and right to those who discover knowledge."

Clear and right to those who discover knowledge. Yet, there are those that accept only the good mentioned in the Word – salvation with love, but discount the penalty that Christ Jesus coupled with the message he gave mankind from Father. They try to circumvent Father's revelation of what is lost by a perfect creations disobedience. They quickly accept that Satan and his demons are destined for the Lake of Fire, but invalidate Adam and Eve's disapproval by Father for continued life. They also do not accept that an imperfect human can over-step Adamic sin and be forfeited any further opportunity of coming under the Ransom Sacrifice. But through study of the Word and meditation to Father this is "Clear and right to those who discover knowledge."

This in part is because Father's Word is a continual guide and imparts knowledge with examples of past times so that each creation whom is "perceptive" comes to an understanding of the penalty for disobedience once they've reached perfection.

If Adam and Eve had been forgiven by Christ Jesus' sacrifice, where is the balance of the scales of justice?

How could a perfect creation atone for another perfect creation’s sins?

If Michael had offered to give his eternal life in exchange for Adam, who would have given their life for Eve?

Both were perfect. And if Father's law had permitted for such a sacrifice to take place, how could Adam have a clear conscience in knowing someone else gave his prospect of eternal life that had not sinned?

Although Father's law does not judicially permit such an atonement for lost perfection, this is cited to explain one of the reasons it cannot be acceptable, because another of Father's laws requires Her intelligent creations to have a clear conscience in all things. Not only would Adam have had the guilty conscience of Michael exchanging his prospect for eternal life, but Eve would have also needed a sacrifice in exchange for her sin. If no one volunteered, then Adam who ate the fruit because he chose Eve over Father would have lost her anyway. Then his guilt would have been compounded, because he lived and she did not, though they both had committed the same identical sin.

But in Father's wisdom, one single spirit Son that would willingly give his perfect life in exchange for the offspring that were born into sin would cover all of those that accepted not only the sacrifice, but also the truth that it's embedded within. In addition, Father's law permitted for the one laying down their life to be brought back into existence with a reward for having done so. So, if Michael had died for everyone including Adam and Eve, and he was given back his life also, where is the penalty for sin, and why should a reward be paid? Nothing would have been lost, except for a new dilemma that would arise. How could Father justify reunification of Adam and Eve but not Her other children that sinned – Satan and his demons and the converts that resist Her law? This is why Father set Her laws to not:

Deuteronomy 1:17 "Do not show partiality when rendering judgment; listen to small and great alike. Do not be intimidated by anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it."

Dawn Lucifer's case is a difficult case, because it involves whether free will be given free agency. If Father were to be intimidated and relent from Her position, then Satan would be viewed as having a valid right to rule for eternity. But Father is not intimidated. And because Father is impartial (treating all rivals or disputants equally) She cannot and will not violate Her own law that was given to all that willfully sinned. If Father did, She too would be a sinner of Her own law. The law governing lost perfection carries an eternal death sentence. It is cited in the Word so that after the Millennium, those that have moved beyond imperfection will not have a leg to stand on if they are disobedient. And even so, Father warns that there will be those that revert back to sin. At that point in time, Adam and Eve's fall from perfection will be clear in why Father had to follow through on Her judgment of eternal death to them. There will be a world filled with perfect people, and again perfect intelligent creations will choose disobedience over Father's law. In the earlier scenario where Michael gave his life in exchange for Adam's, who will step forward and give their perfect lives for a multitude of disobedient children after the Millennium? If you reason things out you will come to understand why Father's laws are as they are in order to have obedience to Her.”

Please remember how fortunate we are. Though we are sinners who sin and/or stumble on a daily basis, Father worked out an opportunity for salvation. This salvation comes not only with a belief of Christ Jesus as Lord and savior, but also with what is referred to as a good “heart condition”. A good heart is a humble heart. Do not be lulled into believing what Dawn Lucifer wishes you to believe… but instead, seek what Father wishes you to know.

In accordance to my stewardship, I deliver this nourishment to the extended flock of our ministry in the hopes that Father’s Holy Spirit will bless you with further understanding of Her ways. Amen.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Inspired Writings

As I sat here, pondering what would be written, it came to mind to meditate towards Father. Meditation towards Father has always helped, will always help, and Father is always there to help. It is not an activity to be taken carelessly or foolishly, because this is not just meditation that expands the mind, it is meditation that is performed directly towards Father, just like prayers.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 — Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

Words, like actions, are very delicate, and even a thought has a huge impact on the area around oneself, which can have a chain reaction till all things around are influenced. In meditation, one is doing no less. And because it is Father that one is drawing their energy near to, they must not do so on their own will, but out of Father's permission. To do so would be a grave misgiving towards Father, like drawing near a Lion.

Leviticus 10:1-2 — Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu each took his own firepan, put fire in it, placed incense on it, and presented unauthorized fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them [to do]. Then flames leaped from the LORD's presence and burned them to death before the LORD.

Nowadays, perhaps it is not seen very much for individuals to be struck by lightning while praying, bursting into flame, or otherwise being killed for their misdeeds. Or, perhaps it is just not reported on the news as the Truth, which further clouds peoples' minds away from seeing reality. Irregardless, Father is no less active than before, and Her influence on the world around us is becoming increasingly noticeable, if it weren't already perceivable within one's own heart. With this in mind, meditation towards Father can be seen to bring one's energy closer to Father's activity, closer to reality, and closer to an energy source that empowers everything that one can see, from the low vibrating to the high vibrating. Like drawing closer to the Sun in this solar system, it would be impossible not to be influenced by the radiated heat and light.

By meditating towards Father, even in prayer, one is opening their heart to Father, which allows Father's Light to shine on them. If any part is not open, light does not reach there, and does not strengthen or grow. At the same time, if a dark part of one's heart is opened, then the Light can shine on that dark area, withering any negativity that was there, and allowing room to grow good things. If a part of one's heart that is covered up is an area that is valued, it may wither because it needs Father's light, or, if it is a darkness that grows there, it may grow to even take over other parts of the heart. If any part is not open to Father, it shows partiality towards Father, which is a lack of full devotion and dedication, which simply cannot work.

Matthew 6:24 — No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.

Taking this to another detail, there seems to be a couple different energies that need some form of nourishment to maintain strength and stability. First, which can be seen with a physical eye, is the physical, low vibrating energy. Arms, legs, jaws, inner organs, the whole being. Every part needs food energy to keep moving, and foods come in different sizes, shapes, varieties, and with a multitude of different nutrients, many of which I am sure have yet to be discovered. As it has also been discovered, it takes quite a quantity of energy to process food. Perhaps sometimes this is why different individuals require naps after eating. Now, these physical parts all require a continuous source of food. It's as if the being is always requiring some sort of input and always needing some form of output. Energy in, energy out. Energy out can even be in heat, such as when performing physical labor. At the same time, this process may not satisfied by enough input, even if matched by output. An individual can perform all the exercise they can with all their muscles, even up to points that produce a massive excess of endorphins and other chemicals, yet, not be satisfied, only to go back and exercise the next day. As it shows, one's strength is not all in their body, and it cannot be filtered over to their inner being to provide the nourishment required.

So, the other energy that requires nourishment to replenish strength is one's spirit. This, in another sense, is the strength that comes from within. It's that drive and zeal to strive forward, regardless of one's physical condition. It's the deepest strength, the source of all their energy. One can eat much, and output much physical strength, but can be beaten quickly by an opponent with spiritual strength. Now, this spiritual strength is not like physical strength, which requires continuous material going in and out. Rather, spiritual strength depends on one source to be nourished and stable. If the source is weak and actually lacking, then the spirit will be likewise, and so will the rest of the person. On the other hand, if one's source is in Father Yahweh, then they will never be lacking in all they need. And that would even extend to their physical needs, as well. However, human beings are not just plants, so there is so much more involved than just going towards Father's Light. There is also love and faith that must be grown, with obedience and loyalty…not in this order, though. Without those four, what does one have to offer Father when they go to see and speak with Her? One shouldn't go empty-handed to the very One who gave us life, not to mention everything that we have.

When one then replenishes the energy they have been blessed with, given what has been written above, perhaps it is not in focusing on oneself that one may find strength. Rather, when one either takes a bite of food and swallows, or meditates towards Father, the point to refreshment is not in focusing on trying to refresh oneself, but trying to strengthen another.

The Way – Part 7
This week we continue looking at Wrong Attitudes to be Avoided. We will be sharing what has been given to us, but in groups of 3. Before our Ministry holds Bible Study each week, we pray to Father Yahweh for guidance and help in understanding Her Word. We pray the wisdom imparted will find its way to your heart where it may be written up on it. Amen. http://www.biblegateway.com can be used as a reference tool with the Holman Christian Standard Bible as the recommended version.

Avoid malicious bitterness
Ephesians 4:31

Avoid presumptuousness
Proverbs 11:2
Proverbs 13:10
Proverbs 21:24

Avoid pride and haughtiness
Proverbs 16:18
Proverbs 16:5
James 4:16
Proverbs 21:4

Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Cherubic Commander: Something for all of you to ponder. The Seraph Zone is now in place around this planet. It is this side of the angelic barrier called "Azmon" that keeps Satan and his demons confined to this  planet. The Seraph Zone is made of many furnaced crafts that are not visible to the human eye, but will soon be just as the one was uncloaked in this video all of you have witnessed firing on a United States cloaked craft that was being tested to find other cloaked craft while it remained stealth.

Regina: There was a thread on ATS recently, in which someone posted Google Earth shots of the upper atmosphere. And there were hundreds of large-ish red, blue and yellow "dots" that they said were crafts. There was a disagreement as to whether they were really crafts, or a pixelation issue with the satellite that took the photos because of the colors… but there was disturbance in the clouds as well and they were located all around the earth. Could this be the Seraph Zone you're speaking of? If you need a photo to tell I can probably grab it real quick.

Cherubic Commander: They can be seen if conditions are correct. But yes, they are the Seraphic armada that has created a kill zone around this planet. It is intended in part to give safe passage to the rapture vessels that are coming in the near future, and to help execute vengeance of Father's wrath.

Regina: (Nourishment4 is Regina's marking)

Cherubic Commander: Yes Regina. Good job. Much is still within this pic. Look it over well.

Regina: Deborah saw it first and brought it to my attention… then it popped out for me also. We were thinking perhaps it represents Yahweh's male side…and Her long reach…delivering Her wrath…?

Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27


New Possible UFO Sighting Near Stephenville

The 33 News
Feb 5, 2009

Are the possible UFO sightings starting again near Stephenville? A family in the tiny town of Walnut Springs thinks so. Twenty-year-old Matt Collins showed us where he and his family saw a strange object hovering above a hill about four miles from their home. "I think it was some type of craft," Collins said. Collins grabbed his camera and shot this video of the object. In video it just looks like a bright light in the dark sky drifting slowly from side to side and up and down. All the while it was changing colors. Does Matt think he saw a UFO? Collins said, " Yes and no. I don't believe in aliens or anything but I do believe there's stuff out there that we can't explain." Matt says with the naked eye the object looked like it had mass, not just a ball of light. Matt called his sister and mother so they could also witness the phenomenon. Actually, his sister had seen it first on Thursday night. Ashley Collins said, " What I saw was three lights. There was two on top and one on the bottom. Then the two on top disappeared."

UFO spotted by Adam Neale of Chapelfields
cv5.coventrytelegraph.net
Feb 2, 2009

LORRY driver Adam Neale believes he saw a UFO above the night sky in Coventry. He says he spotted two mysterious orange lights flying slowly and silently above the south of the city – before one shot off at an impossible angle and at an incredible speed. He called the police he was so convinced he had seen something out of this world. Adam spotted the strange orbs while having a cigarette in the back garden of a house in Cannon Park – and even videoed one of them on his mobile phone. And he says the intrigue deepened after the same light anomalies were later seen over Yorkshire and then on the east coast of America four hours later. The 33-year-old's close encounter happened at his uncle's house in Cannon Hill Road at about 8.45pm on Friday, January 23. "We went into the back yard to have a cigarette when I saw two bright orange lights in the sky, flying in formation, parallel, on the same course, very slowly," he told the Telegraph. "There was no noise. It was a clear, bright sky. They were brighter than the North Star. "We watched them for about 20 seconds when all of a sudden one went past the other and shot off at a 90-degree angle. The other continued on the same course for about a minute."

Cylinder-shaped UFO hovers 250 feet over PA town
Examiner
Feb 3, 2009

BOVARD, PA – JAN. 3, 2009 – A cylinder-shaped UFO hovered just 250 feet above the ground here in broad daylight as a man watched from his car in this small community just outside of Greensburg. Ufologist Stan Gordon got the witness call soon after the event – which occured at about 1:30 p.m. He said the witness – a businesman who was traveling in the area – first saw the object on the opposite side of Route 30 from Greensburg's Westmoreland Mall – where the two-lane Donahoe Road winds behind a Sheraton Hotel into the country side. The man was driving along Donahoe Road when he saw the object at a low level moving from his right to left. He made a left turn onto Crows Nest Road and stopped in the middle of the road to get a better look at it. The man moved a little further down the road and was eventually about 250 feet from the object, which hovered about 250 in the air.

Family see 'return' of UFOs at home
The Telegraph and Argus
Feb 5, 2009

They’re back! UFOs spotted buzzing over Bradford have mysteriously re-appeared in the night skies. Kevin Brown, 57, and his family watched in amazement as a glowing shape changed colour and darted across the sky near their home in Kildare Crescent, Allerton. He shouted to daughter Laura, 28, who recorded what they believe was a close encounter on her mobile phone while he dashed upstairs to get his camcorder. The astonishing video he handed to the T&A shows a glowing orb – similar to the one spotted in late autumn last year and on New Year’s Eve. Mother-of-one Laura, a science and health student at Bradford College, said: “In October, my family woke me up in the early hours of the morning and said they had spotted what looked to be a UFO in the Odsal/Wibsey area and they asked me to capture the footage on my phone. Not believing it, I went back to sleep.

UFOs take a shine to us
Sunday Sun
Feb 8, 2009

UFO hunters have claimed the North is becoming a hotspot of extraterrestrial activity. Ufologists across the region have reported what they believe is an unprecedented rise in the number of unexplained events in the night sky. Strange shapes and lights have been reported in several areas including locations near to sensitive military sites and nuclear power stations. The most recent sighting came in Cumbria when there were reports of orange lights above the Irish Sea off the coast of Ravenglass, just a few miles from the Sellafield power plant. According to UFO investigator Pat Regan the lights are unlikely to have been maritime flares. He said: “The report was submitted by a man who has extensive knowledge of the area and is familiar with flares. He reported that what he saw were definitely not flares and that the lights moved without making any noise.”

Signs Down Below
"But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power."  2 Timothy 3:1-5

The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Job Market
Forbes
by Carl Gutierrez and Maurna Desmond
February 8, 2009

Employment situation likely to go from bad to worse in the short run. U.S. joblessness is at its worst level in decades, and further deterioration is in the cards. The Labor Department reported Friday that 598,000 private sector jobs were lost in January, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.6%, up from 7.2% in December. (See "U.S. Jobs Hemorrhage In '08.") Economists had expected only 540,000 jobs would be eliminated, with an unemployment rate to 7.5%. The amount of Americans out of work will probably grow. The labor market lags behind economic output, and with the U.S. economy widely expected to contract in the first half of the year, the unemployment rate could reach 9.0%. Even with the best-case scenario of an economic turnaround in the second half of 2009, the labor market wouldn't see an improvement at least until the end of the year. "It's going to get worse before it gets worse," said Doug Roberts, chief investment strategist for Channel Capital Research.com.

Obama's NSC Will Get New Power
Washington Post
by Karen DeYoung
Feburary 8, 2009

President Obama plans to order a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Council, expanding its membership and increasing its authority to set strategy across a wide spectrum of international and domestic issues. The result will be a "dramatically different" NSC from that of the Bush administration or any of its predecessors since the forum was established after World War II to advise the president on diplomatic and military matters, according to national security adviser James L. Jones, who described the changes in an interview. "The world that we live in has changed so dramatically in this decade that organizations that were created to meet a certain set of criteria no longer are terribly useful," he said.

Financial Coup d'Etat
Solari Real Channel
by Cathrine Austin Fritts
February 5, 2009

In the fall of 2001 I attended a private investment conference in London to give a paper, The Myth of the Rule of Law or How the Money Works: The Destruction of Hamilton Securities Group. The presentation documented my experience with a Washington-Wall Street partnership that had:

* Engineered a fraudulent housing and debt bubble;
* Illegally shifted vast amounts of capital out of the U.S.;
* Used “privitization” as form or piracy – a pretext to move government assets to private investors at below-market prices and then shift private liabilities back to government at no cost to the private liability holder.

Other presenters at the conference included distinguished reporters covering privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia. As the portraits of British ancestors stared down upon us, we listened to story after story of global privatization throughout the 1990s in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Drug Made In Milk of Altered Goats Is Approved
Washington Post
by Shankar Vedantam
February 7, 2009

Federal officials yesterday approved for the first time the sale of a drug made in animals genetically modified to secrete the compound in their milk. The drug comes from goats whose DNA was altered to produce a drug needed by patients with a rare blood disorder. Using animals as factories to produce medications needed by humans has been a long-standing goal, and federal officials emphasized that the technique not only has vast potential for patients, but also that it can be carried out without harm to the animals. The drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration yesterday, called ATryn, is used to untangle blood clots in patients who lack sufficient quantities of a protein called antithrombin. Patients with hereditary antithrombin deficiency are at high risk during surgeries and childbirth, and the drug would be given in hospital settings. About one in 5,000 Americans has the hereditary disorder.

Humans 'will be implanted with microchips'
9News
by Josephine Asher
January 30, 2009

All Australians could be implanted with microchips for tracking and identification within the next two or three generations, a prominent academic says. Michael G Michael from the University of Wollongong's School of Information Systems and Technology, has coined the term "uberveillance" to describe the emerging trend of all-encompassing surveillance. "Uberveillance is not on the outside looking down, but on the inside looking out through a microchip that is embedded in our bodies," Dr Michael told ninemsn. Microchips are commonly implanted into animals to reveal identification details when scanned and similar devices have been used with Alzheimers patients. US company VeriChip is already using implantable microchips, which store a 16-digit unique identification number, on humans for medical purposes.

Signs in Humanity

United Nations' threat: No more parental rights
February 05, 2009
By Chelsea Schilling
WorldNetDaily

A United Nations human rights treaty that could prohibit children from being spanked or homeschooled, ban youngsters from facing the death penalty and forbid parents from deciding their families' religion is on America's doorstep, a legal expert warns. Michael Farris of Purcellville, Va., is president of ParentalRights.org, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College. He told WND that under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC, every decision a parent makes can be reviewed by the government to determine whether it is in the child's best interest. "It's definitely on our doorstep," he said. "The left wants to make the Obama-Clinton era permanent. Treaties are a way to make it as permanent as stuff gets. It is very difficult to extract yourself from a treaty once you begin it. If they can put all of their left-wing socialist policies into treaty form, we're stuck with it even if they lose the next election."

Girl: 'Mom cooks me in the oven like a turkey'; Hamtramck woman arraigned
BY TAMMY STABLES BATTAGLIA • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • February 5, 2009

After telling police that “Mom cooks me in the oven like a turkey,” a 4-year-old Hamtramck girl and her four siblings are in foster care and their mother is facing years in prison on torture charges. Reyna Valentino, 40, went to a neighbor’s house after burning the girl in the oven at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, begging the neighbor to call police.

Army Suicides At Highest Rate Since 1980
NPR
All Things Considered, February 6, 2009

In January, 24 U.S. soldiers are believed to have committed suicide — seven confirmed cases and 17 more awaiting confirmation. By comparison, last January there were only five suicides in the Army. Last month's total is not just the highest monthly total since the Army started counting in 1980; it is more deaths than were sustained in combat last month by all branches of the armed forces combined. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, says that the Army is actively looking into the deaths and is trying to figure out why the suicides are happening. "If we knew why, in every single instance we would, in fact, be able to stop this problem," Chiarelli tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "We've got to try to find out why the numbers continue to go up."

Many Westerners Are Adopting Children Bought or Stolen from Their Parents
Alternet.org
By E.J. Graff, Foreign Policy.
Posted February 5, 2009.

We all know the story of international adoption: Millions of infants and toddlers have been abandoned or orphaned — placed on the side of a road or on the doorstep of a church, or left parentless due to AIDS, destitution, or war. These little ones find themselves forgotten, living in crowded orphanages or ending up on the streets, facing an uncertain future of misery and neglect. But, if they are lucky, adoring new moms and dads from faraway lands whisk them away for a chance at a better life. Unfortunately, this story is largely fiction.

Doctor's License Revoked Over Botched Abortion That Led to Live Baby Being Thrown Out
Friday, February 06, 2009

TAMPA, Florida — A Florida agency has revoked the license of a doctor accused of medical malpractice in a botched abortion in which authorities say a live baby was placed in the trash. The Florida Board of Medicine on Friday found Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique guilty of medical malpractice and delegating responsibility to unlicensed personnel. An administrative complaint said Renelique was scheduled to perform an abortion on a teenager who was 23 weeks pregnant. According to the complaint, Sycloria Williams, 18, gave birth at a Hialeah clinic after waiting hours for Renelique to arrive. A clinic owner placed the baby in the trash. Police recovered the decomposing remains a week later. Renelique and his attorney declined to comment after the hearing. Williams went to the clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Renelique to terminate her pregnancy.

Arks of Safe Haven
www.arksofsafehaven.org
"Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and to not ignore your own flesh [and blood]?" Isaiah 58:7

The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.

Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.

How You Can Help?

In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small.

CURRENT CASES THIS WEEK:

Case #32: terbr1 – Mercer County, PA. – Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get help paying a sewage bill. I am on disability supporting 2 daughters, and a grandson who is disabled. Today we found a 10 day shutoff notice for our water taped on our door, due to our sewage bill. I don't know where else to turn. I know there is help for gas and electric, but I don't know about this sewage. I don't know what we would do without water and I don't know how to come up with $336.00 in 10 days. I live in Mercer County. If anybody can guide me, I would greatly appreciate it. I feel so lost and scared right now. Thank you for reading this, Teresa

Case #33: Whitney30f5 – Annapolis, MD. – Right now i am currently homeless with my brother and mother in Annapolis Maryland. We have been homeless for some time now. We have been trying to do the hotel thing through price line for very cheap but we have borrowed all we can. There is no more money, my mother is going through problems with her job, we lost our car so its hard for me to get to my job because the bus dosent go there. My mom is trying her best to keep it going, trying to keep a place for us to stay and help my sister who is away in college in florida. I dont know what to do even today we have to check out of the homestead and i dont know where to go. Thanks for your time.

Signs in Natural Disasters
“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7

KY ice storm called worst in history
Disaster News
Feb 2, 2009

It's being called the worst natural disaster in Kentucky's recent history and emergency officials warn it may be more that a week before all of the power is restored following January's ice storm which has also crippled parts of Tennessee and Arkansas. Weather forecasters Monday were predicting strong winds and warning that even more trees and power lines may be knocked down. While electrical power remains off to as many as 138,000 residents, faith-based organizations are gearing up assist from providing shelters to helping clearn up.

Acid oceans 'need urgent action'
BBC News
Jan 30, 2009

The world's marine ecosystems risk being severely damaged by ocean acidification unless there are dramatic cuts in CO2 emissions, warn scientists. More than 150 top marine researchers have voiced their concerns through the "Monaco Declaration", which warns that changes in acidity are accelerating. The declaration, supported by Prince Albert II of Monaco, builds on findings from an earlier international summit. It says pH levels are changing 100 times faster than natural variability.

Volcanoes Erupt in Japan and Russia, Spreading Ash
Bloomberg
Feb 8, 2009

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) — Two volcanoes in Japan and another in eastern Russia erupted overnight, spreading ash as far as the Philippines and Vietnam, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its Web site. Seven minor eruptions occurred at Mount Sakurajima on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, throwing rocks up to 2 kilometers, the agency said. Eruptions at Mount Asama in central Japan and Karymsky Volcano on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka were also reported. There were no reports of damage or injuries. “I woke up after midnight to the sound and shake of the eruption,” Daisuke Tanaka, 24, a convenience-store attendant, who lives about 20 kilometers away from Asama, said by telephone today. “The sound was as if an airplane was taking off nearby and it continued for 30 minutes.”

Water – another global 'crisis'?

BBC News
Feb 2, 2009

If you look at the numbers, it is hard to see how many East African communities made it through the long drought of 2005 and 2006. Among people who study human development, it is a widely-held view that each person needs about 20 litres of water each day for the basics – to drink, cook and wash sufficiently to avoid disease transmission. Yet at the height of the East African drought, people were getting by on less than five litres a day – in some cases, less than one litre a day, enough for just three glasses of drinking water and nothing left over. Some people, perhaps incredibly from a western vantage point, are hardy enough to survive in these conditions; but it is not a recipe for a society that is healthy and developing enough to break out of poverty. "Obviously there are many drivers of human development," says the UN's Andrew Hudson. "But water is the most important."

Earthquake swarm was 2nd-largest for Yellowstone
bereanwatchmen.com

The swarm of earthquakes that hit Yellowstone National Park in late December and January was the second-largest earthquake swarm in Yellowstone's recorded seismic history, the Yellowstone Volcano Laboratory said today in its updated analysis of the quakes. The laboratory said the swarm began Dec. 26 and continued into January but that it subsided rather quickly on Jan. 5. The swarm under the north end of Yellowstone Lake consisted of 813 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging up to 3.9. The sequence contained 19 earthquakes of 3.0 or higher. A number of the quakes were felt in the park itself and in surrounding areas, said the observatory. A second swarm of 35 earthquakes from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12 occurred near the northeast edge of the Yellowstone caldera, about 10 miles north northeast of the north end of the Yellowstone Lake swarm. The strongest of the quakes was 3.3.

Natural Disaster Update
Source: http://home.att.net/~thehessians/disasterwatch.html

QUAKES –

2/1/09 –
5.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

2/2/09 –
5.9 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
5.0 FIJI REGION
5.1 PAKISTAN

2/3/09 –
5.0 LAKE VICTORIA REGION, TANZANIA
5.1 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.0 BANDA SEA
5.2 VANUATU

2/5/09 –
5.0 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

2/6/09 –
5.2 BANDA SEA
5.5 OFFSHORE ATACAMA, CHILE

2/7/09 –
5.1 NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.2 FIJI REGION
5.0 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS

JAPAN – A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off large areas in eastern Japan, including Tokyo, early Sunday, but there were no reports of any damage.

NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK – A small earthquake rattled northern New Jersey on Monday night. The magnitude-3 quake struck at 10:34 p.m. (0334 gmt) between Rockaway and Morris Plains, New Jersey, about 35 miles (55 km) from New York City. "It's very unlikely that there would be any damage at all, nor would we expect any casualties from a quake this size."

VOLCANOES –

ALASKA – Geologists monitoring Mount Redoubt for signs of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in the glacier clinging to the north side of the volcano had doubled in size overnight – and now spans the length of two football fields. By Saturday, they had confirmed the area was a fumarole, an opening in the earth that emits gases and steam, that was increasing in size at an alarming rate. They also saw water streaming down the glacier, indicating heat from magma is reaching higher elevations of the mountain. "The glacier is sort of falling apart in the upper part." The signs of heat add to concerns that an eruption is near, which could send an ash cloud about 100 miles northeast toward Anchorage, the state's largest city, or onto communities on the Kenai Peninsula, which is even closer to the mountain on the west side of Cook Inlet. It would be the first eruption since 1990. Alaska's volcanoes typically start with an explosion that can shoot ash 50,000 feet high and into the jet stream, and there are warning signs because magma causes small earthquakes as it moves. The observatory has been recording quakes up to magnitude 2.1 but not at the frequency that preceded the last two eruptions in 1989 and 1990. "We're looking for an increase of seismicity to match the precursor activity. We haven't seen that yet."

JAPAN – Mount Asama volcano has erupted, spewing smoke almost 2km (1.3 miles) into the air and causing ash to drift over parts of the capital, Tokyo. There were no reports of injuries or damage in the sparsely populated area around the mountain, 145km north-west of Tokyo. Chunks of rock from the explosion were found about 1km from the volcano. Residents living within a 4km radius of the mountain have been urged to be cautious. No lava flows could be seen. The last major eruption of Mount Asama took place in September 2004, when it spewed ash and rock as far as 200km away. A huge eruption in 1783 caused widespread damage and killed about 1,500 people.

ALASKA – Mount Redoubt still hadn't blown its stack as of Sunday evening, but some awesome stuff was happening high atop the restless volcano. Two holes — one more than the length of a football field across — have formed in Drift Glacier below the summit. Each of the holes, known as fumaroles, is blowing steam and volcanic gas 2,000 feet into the air. A vast sunken area known as a "collapse feature" also has appeared in recent hours. And a thin mudflow is streaming down the 10,197-foot mountain. It takes immense heat welling up within the volcano to make the giant holes and other features in so brief a time. Redoubt could explode at any time — or take its sweet time and keep us in suspense for days or weeks. It also could simmer down and never erupt, though the chances of that are lower. If it does blow, Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula could be showered with ash. Volcanologists detected a sizeable quake at 5:37 a.m. Sunday with characteristics suggesting the movement of underground fluids.

JAPAN, RUSSIA – Two volcanoes in Japan and another in eastern Russia erupted overnight, spreading ash as far as the Philippines and Vietnam. Seven minor eruptions occurred at Mount Sakurajima on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, throwing rocks up to 2 kilometer. Eruptions at Mount Asama in central Japan and Karymsky Volcano on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka were also reported. There were no reports of damage or injuries. “I woke up after midnight to the sound and shake of the eruption,” said a resident who lives about 20 kilometers away from Asama. “The sound was as if an airplane was taking off nearby and it continued for 30 minutes.” The eruptions occurred in a region where four tectonic plates, the Eurasian, Philippine, North American and Pacific meet.

ALASKA – Like a ticking bomb, Mount Redoubt rumbles and heats from within, venting steam from newly-formed fumaroles, keeping Alaskans who live in its shadow on extreme alert. Overnight "a high-intensity burst of volcanic tremor" occurred for six minutes. There was no eruption associated with this tremor. Increasingly, though, it's appearing that the volcano will indeed erupt, which is an ominous prospect for those those living in communities directly across the Cook Inlet on the Kenai Peninsula. The prospect of an eruption is not welcome by visiting fishermen either. In a few months it will be salmon season on the Kenai and in surrounding areas. A prolonged eruption, like the one in 1989-90, may adversely affect water quality and fishing.

Oil terminal sits in harm's way – When Mount Redoubt erupted 20 years ago, massive floods and raining pumice raised immediate alarms over the Drift River Oil Terminal, with its storage tanks of crude oil sitting at the foot of the volcano. After several weeks of growing explosions and a big blast hit the lava dome, oil workers abandoned the scene by helicopter and the oil terminal was swept by a flood that turned the Drift River, briefly, into the largest river in North America. Federal, state and industry officials debated for weeks what to do about the 900,000 barrels of crude stored in the river's 100-year floodplain. Oil levels were eventually reduced, then the tanks were emptied. For more than a week, that meant shutting down production on 10 Cook Inlet oil platforms, because there was no place to send the oil. The massive eruption on Jan. 2, 1990 melted the glacier off Redoubt's north face and flushed trees out of the rocky valley. For perhaps an hour at the flood's peak, the Drift River was pushing an estimated 8,000 cubic meters of muddy water per second into Cook Inlet, a volume bigger than the Yukon River. For a few minutes at its peak, that volume may have been as high as 60,000 cubic meters a second, far exceeding the output of the Mississippi. What's more, the biggest river on the continent was boiling hot. That flood swamped the berms around the oil tanks. No oil leaked, but the power generation system at the facility flooded, hampering efforts to resume pumping oil. Farther north, the Drift River flood cut into the channel of Montana Bill Creek, scouring out the creek bed and exposing a buried oil pipeline. Fortunately the channel shifted again, leaving the creek empty and the pipeline high and dry. The local pipelines are buried 30 feet deep and anchored by concrete, according to press accounts from 1990. Now Redoubt is restless again. An eruption appears still to be building. So what's the situation at Drift River this time? Nobody will say. Citing new homeland security rules, a spokeswoman for Chevron refused to say how much oil is normally stored at Drift River these days, how much is currently on hand and whether there are plans to summon extra tankers and drain the tanks. State and federal oil spill officials will go a bit further. They say the storage at Drift River is being reduced this week. But they won't say by how much. "It's a perfect example of using terrorism to mask a public concern. How do you have an adequate oil spill response if you don't know the volume?" The terminal has seven 270,000-barrel tanks. A new protective dike built around the tanks at Drift River is designed to steer waters away from the facility if another monstrous flood occurs.

ALASKA – Volcanic smoke and gas from two new holes ate through snow and ice high on Alaska's Redoubt Volcano on Saturday — one of them about the size of a football field. "Things are shifting" on, and in, the volcano – considered the ninth most dangerous in the U.S.. Surrounding ice is melting rapidly, and the gases have now been confirmed to include carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide – adding to evidence that a magma chamber is creeping upward. What's more, scientists are now convinced new magma from deep in the Earth has entered the system. As a result, there's now a "greater likelihood" the volcano, which is about 106 miles (170 kilometers) from Anchorage, will explode in days or weeks. "It's always possible it could erupt at any time." Should the magma find a way out, expect an explosion – though area Alaskans are girding for little more than a dusting of ash. (great photo)

ETHIOPIA – The volcanic landscape of the Afar region in northern Ethiopia results from tectonic forces working deep below the surface. Here, Africa is splitting apart. The northeastern portion of the African Plate, comprising the Horn of Africa, is pulling away from the main portion of the plate at a rate of 1 to 2 centimeters per year, creating the Ethiopian Rift, including Erta Ale, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and numerous other volcanic cones and fissures. In November 2008, a lava flow erupted from a linear volcanic fissure in the northern part of the Erta Ale Ridge. New lava has spread several kilometers to the northeast, and to a lesser extent to the south and southwest. NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer detected thermal hotspots at the site of this eruption until the end of December 2008.

Most spreading ridges occur beneath the seas, where mid-ocean ridges continually produce new seafloor. They are RARE on land, namely at the Ethiopian Rift, and Iceland which straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The Ethiopian Rift is only the northern part of the East African Rift System, a vast and complex geological feature that extends from the Red Sea to Tanzania. To the north, the Arabian Plate is pulling away from the African Plate in a northerly direction, a movement that has produced — and continues to widen — the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –

INDONESIA – The West Sumatra Natural Disaster Coordinating Unit has warned fishermen and marine travel operators that the Feb. 9 lunar eclipse could produce waves up to 5 meters high. The gravitational effect of the eclipse combined with strong winds out of the Indian Ocean blowing toward Sumatra is likely to cause beach erosion and flooding. "We have issued warnings to all regencies and cities in West Sumatra to expect heavy waves, floods, landslides and erosion, so authorities can prepare for the extreme weather conditions, which will peak in February."

At least 12 killed by floods, waves in Indonesia. Three Indonesians died after huge waves washed them away on a beach on Java island, while nine people were killed in floods and landslides in other parts of Java and Sulawesi, officials said on Sunday. The bodies of three high-school students had been found on Parangtritis beach south of the city of Yogyakarta, while two people were still missing after they were swept away on Saturday while waiting to watch the sunrise.

UNITED KINGDOM – Low-lyingseaside towns were under flood watch as strong winds and crashing waves hit the South Devon coast over the weekend. Huge waves crashed down over Torquay seafront and Brixham breakwater which were closed off for safety reasons. The Environment Agency and coastguards issued warnings about the severe weather with spray and wave over-topping at vulnerable coastal locations including Beesands, Torcross, Slapton, Torbay and Dawlish. "We are coming off the back end of spring tide. On Sunday morning we had lots of big waves breaking over the seafront at Torquay and the breakwater at Brixham. Certainly people can go and have a look but we would advise them to stay well back because the sea is relentless."

Huge waves – The series of lows moving from west to east to the north of the Azores is producing high waves in the NE of the North Atlantic. Another cold front was expected over the Azores on Monday night with winds from force 8 to 9 (SW’ly on Monday veering NW’ly afterwards) leading to 6-9 metre high waves over a huge area stretching from Cape Finisterre, over Madeira and to the Azores.

Caribbean faces tsunami threat – In the first documented major earthquake in the Caribbean, Jamaica's Port Royal was devastated on June 7, 1692. The city was turned upside down by massive tsunami waves that dumped the harbour's ships onto the once bustling streets and sucked the dead bodies and bones from uprooted graves out into the harbour. Scientists have evidence of at least 10 significant tsunamis in the northern Caribbean since 1492. All 10 have been triggered by earthquakes caused by friction along the boundary of the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. This boundary, which lies along the north coast of Hispaniola, extends for 3,200 kilometres from Central America to the Lesser Antilles. The last major Caribbean tsunami took place in 1946 and killed about 100 people in the Dominican Republic. Since then, things have been ominously quiet and due to the clockwork-like nature of the region, scientists are wondering when, not if, another tsunami will strike. Despite proposals to build an early-warning system in the Caribbean following the deaths of over 225,000 people in the 2004 Asian tsunami, there is no such system yet in place. A tsunami early-warning system for the Caribbean region may come into place by 2011. However, this means that the 40 million inhabitants of the Caribbean will have no forewarning in the meantime and no contingency plans should a tsunami take place.

The biggest danger comes from all the way across the Atlantic. A geological time bomb that will create the extraordinary phenomenon known as a mega-tsunami is located on one of the Canary Islands, just off the coast of North Africa. One flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma could be plunged into the ocean by the next volcanic eruption. "If the volcano collapsed in one block of rock, weighing 500 billion tonnes, it would create an undersea wave 2,000 feet tall. Within five minutes of the landslide, a dome of water about a mile high would form and then collapse, before the mega tsunami fanned out in every direction, travelling at speeds of up to 500 miles per hour." "When one of these comes in, it keeps on coming for 10 to 15 minutes." Between nine and 12 hours after the collapse of the island, waves between 20 and 50 metres high will crash into the Caribbean islands and the eastern seaboard of North America. Some fear La Palma could collapse at any time. "The thing about La Palma is we know it's on the move now." Scientists believe the chunk of land is slipping slowly into the water and think it is highly likely that another eruption will make the entire western flank collapse.

TROPICAL STORMS –

AUSTRALIA – Residents in Queensland's north have been warned to prepare for torrential rain and high tides as another cyclone moves towards the region. Tropical Cyclone Ellie developed in the Coral Sea this morning and was about 165km east of Cairns at 6am . The category one cyclone is expected to cross the coast near Lucinda early Monday morning. It would generate 100kmh winds, while large waves would lash the coast between Cairns and Townsville. The associated trough would also bring more rain to the west of the state. In the last 24 hours, Innisfail received 50mm of rain and Cairns 54mm. More rain is expected for coastal areas in far north Queensland in the coming days.

TROPICAL CYCLONE ELLIE has weakened after crossing the Queensland coast, although the weather bureau warns that heavy rainfall and flash flooding are now expected to hit parts of north Queensland.

AUSTRALIA – Kalumburu and Broome residents are being warned to prepare for a cyclone with the development of a tropical low over the Kimberley. “Its pretty much a low key event right now. It may well develop into a cyclone during Thursday as it moves away from the coast and produces some rain.” Gales are not expected on the coast today or Wednesday but may develop during Thursday.

AUSTRALIA – forecasters fear ex-tropical cyclone Ellie, now over the Gulf of Carpentaria, could re-form, and a low east of Cardwell, south of Cairns, could also develop into a cyclone within 24 to 48 hours. Both lows continue to dump between 200mm to 300mm of rain a day. River levels are falling around flood-bound Ingham in north Queensland, but it's small comfort as authorities anxiously monitor the two tropical lows hovering menacingly off the coast. The rain, however, has eased eased a little across the devastated region and a man has been rescued after clinging to a tree in the dark for more than three hours. At last count, almost 3000 homes were still affected by floodwaters.

More than 60% of Queensland is covered by floodwaters and more devastation is expected as the two lows threaten to develop into cyclones. The amount of rain that fell around Ingham in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday was almost half of what fell in Brisbane all of last year. Scores of houses in the northern sugar town have been damaged by flooding and hundreds of people are marooned by rising water, adding to a crisis now spreading across the state. The monsoonal downpour is THE MOST SEVERE IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS. The damage bill has already topped $100 million but is expected to rapidly rise as the floodwaters recede and reveal the true extent of damage to infrastructure, businesses and homes. (photos)

Mauritius issued a tropical storm warning on Wednesday as a cyclone spun toward the Indian Ocean island. Cyclone Gael was located 380km northeast of the island at 05:00 GMT and was moving at 18km/h. Authorities called on residents to take precautions. In 2007, two people were killed on Mauritius and nine were hurt in neighbouring Reunion when a tropical cyclone hit the islands.

HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –

BRAZIL – Floods have killed 12 people in Brazil's southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul and forced some 3,600 people from their homes. Four municipalities in the state bordering Uruguay declared a state of emergency after torrential rains that started from the middle of last week forced residents to flee their homes and left many without electricity and water.

INDONESIA – Landslides, flash floods and high waves have killed at least 18 people on Indonesia's Java and Sulawesi islands. The flash floods, triggered by incessant rains, caused the Bengawan Solo River to burst its banks, submerging thousands of homes on Monday in the East Java district of Bojonegoro. The floodwaters inundated homes in dozens of villages over the weekend in the upper regions of the river in central Java's Solo regency and nearby areas. In addition, more than 1,700 hectares of rice fields in Bojonegoro were inundated by floodwaters up to one-metre deep.

SOLOMON ISLANDS – Flooding in the South Pacific nation of Solomons Islands has killed eight people, left another eight missing, washed away bridges and destroyed houses. Since December, flooding has also hit the Pacific island nations of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, with tens of thousands of islanders abandoning homes. Heavy rain and flooding on the Solomons' main island of Guadalcanal and nearby Savo Island since last Thursday has caused widespread damage and forced the evacuation of more than 70 villagers to the capital Honiara. "The forecast is for more rain as there is a low trough to the south of the country." Last month 11 Fijians died and more than 9,000 people were forced into evacuation centres after the worst floods in decades hit the South Pacific island nation. Sugar is Fiji's second major industry and sugar farms in the west have been devastated by the flooding, with damages estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

AUSTRALIA – Military personnel, helicopters and aircraft may be deployed as RECORD FLOODS threaten to force mass evacuations of isolated townships across Queensland's far north. Dozens of families in Karumba and Normanton, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, have been evacuated. More than 1000 homes are flood-affected in Ingham, north of Townsville, including 20 that have up to 1.5m of water flowing through the living areas. More than 30 people are in emergency accommodation and at least six more are stranded awaiting help. Locals say flood levels are higher than the 1974 record. Huge crocodiles in the centre of the Gulf towns have hampered rescue efforts and large numbers have reportedly been seen swimming towards the 60km-wide mouth of the flooded Norman River. Supermarkets in Cairns, Innisfail and Port Douglas are starting to experience food shortages because the main rail link has been severed for more than a week and trucks are unable to travel north of Ingham. And there is more disaster on the way with forecasters predicting heavy rain for the rest of the week. A low off the coast could form into a cyclone as early as tomorrow. The flooding started last December, at one point closing major inland mines, and has continued, fed by a series of rain depressions and a cyclone.

HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –

ENGLAND – Heavy snow has fallen across large parts of England disrupting travel and closing schools as forecasters warned of THE MOST SEVERE SNOW FOR SIX YEARS. South-east England was hardest hit, with London buses pulled from service and Gatwick airport closing for a time. The snow also resulted in jack-knifed lorries blocking the M1 and the M25. The Met Office has issued an extreme weather warning for England, Wales and parts of eastern Scotland. More snow is forecast later and on Tuesday. Up to 6in (15cm) of snow was predicted in Kent, London, Surrey and Hampshire as temperatures plummeted overnight.

SWITZERLAND – Just three years after the ski runs were blemished with soggy patches of mud and grass, Alpine resorts are enjoying the BEST SNOW OF A GENERATION, despite predictions that changing weather patterns had doomed the sport. The heavy drifts of snow, which are forecast to be replenished with new falls between Sunday and Wednesday, are THE HEAVIEST FOR 20 YEARS, an instance of freak weather also occurring in several other countries around the world. In Australia, a savage heatwave has caused almost 20 deaths as wildfires roared through the scrubland around Melbourne, while ice storms blistered across the southern parts of the United States. "It is very likely that hot extremes, heatwaves and heavy precipitation events will continue to become more frequent as a result of climate change," said the World Meterological Organisation.

U.S. – In a typical winter, weather systems pretty much chug right across the country west to east, like a transcontinental railroad. But for much of this winter, the tracks have been making dramatic turns north and south. So air flows north up to Alaska, drops down into the Great Plains and the South and then turns northward to New England again. “It goes up and down like a rollercoaster. We’ve just been in a pattern that allows that cold air to pour down from Canada and stays even as disturbances go by.” The snow pattern is also UNUSUAL. Typically, New England gets hit by potent storms that collect moisture in the South and then churn up the East Coast, in classic northeaster fashion. This year, the storms have been traveling across the country from Alberta and the northern Plains and arriving just south of New England, drawing extra moisture from the ocean. “And it’s been cold enough that it falls as snow. We’ve been getting one after another of those and because of that we’ve gotten a large accumulation. We’re halfway through the winter and we’ve had just about our [entire] normal fill.” Rhode Island typically gets about 3 feet of snow a season. But already this year, they've received just half an inch less than that amount. This cold, snowy winter begs the question: What happened to global warming? Nothing, scientists say. The planet continues to heat up.

BRITAIN – 'Buckling' Britain warned: be ready for more snow. Hundreds of schools remained closed Tuesday after the snow storms, which brought parts of the south of England to a standstill, headed north. The economy could lose as much £3.5 billion this week as a result of the disruption. But further disruption is likely with another wave of snow expected to sweep from south to north through tomorrow night and Thursday.

EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-

CALIFORNIA – State officials reported a smaller Sierra Nevada snowpack than normal on Thursday and said California may be at the beginning of its WORST DROUGHT IN MODERN HISTORY. Part of the trouble is that this January has been among the driest on record. As of Thursday, San Jose had received just 4.06 inches of rain this winter.

NEVADA – The US Agriculture Department has declared almost all of Nevada a natural disaster area because of losses caused by drought over the past year.

AUSTRALIA – Wildfires destroyed more than 20 homes while hundreds of thousands of others lost power as a record-breaking heat wave that began claiming lives maintained its oppressive grip on southern Australia on Saturday. About six people died from heat stress in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, over three days before the temperature mellowed to 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) on Saturday. Melbourne on Friday recorded its third consecutive day of temperatures above 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) for the FIRST TIME SINCE RECORD-KEEPING BEGAN IN 1855. South Australia state authorities said Saturday that the heat had probably caused some of the recent 22 sudden deaths there. In Victoria, at least 23 houses were destroyed Friday night and Saturday by wildfires that burned 16,000 acres (6,300 hectares) of forest and farm land. Adelaide is expected to match its longest heat wave in a century on Monday, with six consecutive days exceeding 104 F (40 C). The heat there buckled train and tram lines. "These events are UNPRECEDENTED. In some respects, they are not unlike a natural disaster, impacting on a community like a flood or tornado."

ARGENTINA – farmers face ruin as drought kills cattle, crops. The WORST DROUGHT IN HALF A CENTURY has turned Argentina's once-fertile soil to dust and pushed the country into a state of emergency.

AUSTRALIA – Melbourne's water storage levels have plummeted to their lowest January levels since 1984.

SINGAPORE is experiencing an UNUSUALLY DRY spell and it looks like it may last another month. This month has been the DRIEST JANUARY IN 10 YEARS, without a decent shower across the island in a long while. January is usually a wet month, with heavy showers that can last up to three days at a stretch. So what happened? Blame the UNUSUAL WEATHER way up north. In Siberia, actually. An annual accumulation of very cold dry air over Europe and Asia reaches its peak during winter, affecting weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. That cold front occurred earlier than usual this time. Its effects have included the UNUSUALLY COLD weather in Hong Kong, the sudden cold snap in parts of Thailand earlier this month, and the strong north-easterly winds over the South China Sea all the way to Singapore. The dry weather Singapore has experienced in January is usually associated with February. 2004 saw the wettest January in 10 years with 600.9 mm of rainfall, well above the long-term average of 244 mm. This month, however, only 38.3 mm of rainfall was recorded.

FLORIDA – January was THE DRIEST MONTH ON RECORD in West Palm Beach.

AUSTRALIA – Farmers have applauded a research breakthrough by Australian scientists linking temperatures in the Indian Ocean and rainfall in the southeastern states of Australia. The researchers, who believe they have discovered what drives crippling drought, have detailed for the first time how a variable and irregular cycle of warming and cooling of ocean water dictates whether moisture-bearing winds are carried across the southern half of Australia. The phenomenon discovered by the researchers, known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), has been in a positive or neutral phase since 1992 – the LONGEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE RECORDS BEGAN in the late 19th century. According to the study, it indicates that El Nino events do not directly drive drought, as previously thought. "We needed to move away from historical comparisons of rainfall, to focus on accurate and reliable information on future weather patterns and events.''

Arctic storms seen worsening; threat to oil, ships –
"Large increases in the potential for extreme weather events were found along the entire southern rim of the Arctic Ocean, including the Barents, Bering and Beaufort Seas," according to the study of Arctic weather by scientists in Norway and Britain. A shrinking of sea ice around the North Pole, which thawed to a record low in the summer of 2007, was likely to spawn more powerful storms that form only over open water and can cause hurricane-strength winds. "The bad news is that as the sea ice retreats you open up a lot of new areas to this kind of extreme weather." Potential new short-cut shipping routes between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans along the northern coast of Canada and Alaska or Russia could turn out to be stormier than expected. More storms could also increase erosion of coasts in the sparsely populated Arctic. The report also suggested that more populated regions further south in Europe might benefit if storms tended northwards. "This may prove to be good news for people along the coastlines of Norway, Iceland, the British Isles and Northern Europe in general."

AUSTRALIA – Farmers have applauded a research breakthrough by Australian scientists linking temperatures in the Indian Ocean and rainfall in the southeastern states of Australia. The researchers, who believe they have discovered what drives crippling drought, have detailed for the first time how a variable and irregular cycle of warming and cooling of ocean water dictates whether moisture-bearing winds are carried across the southern half of Australia. The phenomenon discovered by the researchers, known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), has been in a positive or neutral phase since 1992 – the LONGEST SUCH PERIOD SINCE RECORDS BEGAN in the late 19th century. According to the study, it indicates that El Nino events do not directly drive drought, as previously thought. "We needed to move away from historical comparisons of rainfall, to focus on accurate and reliable information on future weather patterns and events.''

Arctic storms seen worsening; threat to oil, ships – "Large increases in the potential for extreme weather events were found along the entire southern rim of the Arctic Ocean, including the Barents, Bering and Beaufort Seas," according to the study of Arctic weather by scientists in Norway and Britain. A shrinking of sea ice around the North Pole, which thawed to a record low in the summer of 2007, was likely to spawn more powerful storms that form only over open water and can cause hurricane-strength winds. "The bad news is that as the sea ice retreats you open up a lot of new areas to this kind of extreme weather." Potential new short-cut shipping routes between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans along the northern coast of Canada and Alaska or Russia could turn out to be stormier than expected. More storms could also increase erosion of coasts in the sparsely populated Arctic. The report also suggested that more populated regions further south in Europe might benefit if storms tended northwards. "This may prove to be good news for people along the coastlines of Norway, Iceland, the British Isles and Northern Europe in general."

FOOD / WATER / SUPPLIES-

Natural disasters may necessitate leaving an area, U.S. officials say. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta advise that in case of any natural disaster, local authorities will give information on whether and how to take shelter or, if necessary, how to evacuate. "The best way to protect yourself and your family, is to follow the advice of local officials. Follow authorities' instructions if they tell you to leave the area." The CDC experts recommend every household have an evacuation plan. Make sure a vehicle has a full tank of gas as well as some flares, booster cables, maps, tools and a fire extinguisher. If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation, or follow authorities' instructions on where to obtain transportation.

Prepare an emergency supply kit to take along that includes:
— Flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries and sleeping bags.
— Emergency food and water, including a manual can opener.
— Essential medicines for at least one week and first aid kit.
— Protective gear such as sturdy shoes, respiratory protection and goggles for the eyes.

LIBERIA – The UN has warned Liberia could soon face a second wave of crop-destroying armyworms as the pests reproduce. Some 400,000 residents in 100 villages have been affected by tens of millions of the insects. The worst is yet to come. "The second emergence will be devastating. We had the experience in Sierra Leone, in 1979, about 30 years ago. When the second emergence occurs, that will be the biggest population." The worms – which are actually caterpillars – are among the world's most destructive agricultural pests. It is the West African country's worst infestation of armyworm for three decades. Both Liberia and neighbouring Guinea, which has also been affected, have been carrying out aerial spraying against the insects. Sierra Leone, which is also at risk, has mobilised chemicals and personnel to its border with Liberia. Creeks and rivers – which some villages rely on for drinking water – have been polluted by the massive amount of faeces from the insects, which are eating vital crops including banana, plantain, coffee and cocoa. Analysts suggest the swarm may be the result of an unusually long rainy season last year.

Riddle of Liberian insect plague – A devastating plague of caterpillars ravaging part of West Africa is not armyworms, as previously believed, but an unidentified species, experts say. The insects in Liberia and Guinea are very different from armyworms. Insect experts realised the species was not armyworm during a field trip to Bong County in Liberia last week. Experts had noted the insect has distinct feeding patterns, life cycle, habits, movement and appearance. Specialists are studying the pest to find a way of controlling the swarm, which has affected 400,000 residents. As well as devouring crops, the infestation has polluted water sources with faeces. While armyworms feed on ground cereal like millet, rice or sorghum, the unidentified insect favours munching the leaf of the Dohama tree. The unknown species' cocoons are found on the surface beneath ground leaves, whereas armyworm casings are buried in the soil at a depth of several centimetres. The mystery caterpillar appears to rear up, making half circles in the air as it moves forward, which the armyworm does not do. The wings of its moth also appear different. "Our experts in the field spoke to villagers who said they'd seen this type of caterpillar before. They said they'd put leaves under trees and burned them to suffocate the caterpillar with smoke. But the villagers said they've NEVER SEEN IT IN SUCH LARGE NUMBERS BEFORE, they're really flabbergasted."

The mystery pest which has devoured crops and contaminated water in Liberia and Guinea has finally been identified. The insects, thought to be armyworms, are in fact the caterpillars of the moth Achaea catocaloides. Cornering the culprit will allow the government to select the best pesticide to tackle the outbreak – the worst seen in Liberia since 1970. More than 20,000 people have so far had to evacuate their homes. The Liberian President declared a national state of emergency after caterpillars were reported to have infested more than 100 villages, including several over the border in Guinea. "We really have some homework to do now – because the caterpillars are still spreading." One piece of good news for farmers is that the caterpillars are likely to be easier to control than armyworms would have been. They spin their cocoons on the ground under fallen leaves, which leaves them relatively exposed. One challenge will be reaching the sites of the caterpillar eggs – which are laid on the leaves of very tall Dahoma trees. These eggs hatch into caterpillars which feed on the leaves of the trees until they mature and fall to the ground, where they pupate. Caterpillars which are not yet mature begin migrating in search of food – leading them to crop fields, into water bodies and residential areas. The cause of this year's unexpectedly large outbreak is likely to be UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERNS.

HEALTH THREATS –

Dengue fever outbreak in Bolivia – Bolivia sounds the alarm about its WORST OUTBREAK OF DENGUE FEVER FOR 22 YEARS, which has already killed five people and infected 7,000.

RECALLS & ALERTS –

34 more peanut alerts today – ice cream, popcorn, various snack products.
ETHEX Corporation and Ther-Rx Corporation, subsidiaries of KV Pharmaceutical Company, are issuing a nationwide recall of prescription prenatal and iron supplements.

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion
"For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also." 2 Timothy 3:6-9

AskMoses.com isn't a direct line to God, but it's quicker than climbing Mount Sinai
By Duke Helfand and Joanna Lin
February 2, 2009

Have you ever tried to define God? Or wondered whether it is ethical to eat meat? Or debated if pornography is a sin? For a decade, AskMoses.com has been answering questions like these to a growing worldwide audience. Rabbinic scholars from the Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement dispense the free advice online 24 hours a day, six days a week (they don't work on the Sabbath). Last month, they announced a milestone: AskMoses has surpassed 1 million online chat sessions since it was launched by Chabad of California. The queries are fielded by rabbis and knowledgeable women in the United States, Argentina, Israel, Russia and elsewhere. "The average person on the street does not have access to a rabbi," said Rabbi Yosef Loschak, AskMoses' "chief scholar," who is based in Santa Barbara. "Here is a way they can do that. If they have a question about Judaism, Moses is a pretty good source."

Muslim population 'rising 10 times faster than rest of society'
From The Times
January 30, 2009

The Muslim population in Britain has grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in just four years, according to official research collated for The Times. The population multiplied 10 times faster than the rest of society, the research by the Office for National Statistics reveals. In the same period the number of Christians in the country fell by more than 2 million. Experts said that the increase was attributable to immigration, a higher birthrate and conversions to Islam during the period of 2004-2008, when the data was gathered. They said that it also suggested a growing willingness among believers to describe themselves as Muslims because the western reaction to war and terrorism had strengthened their sense of identity.

Church Organization Refuses To Divulge If Pastors Are On FEMA Payroll
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Monday, February 2, 2009

A large church organization has refused to divulge how many of its pastors are on the FEMA payroll, after a member expressed concerns about religious leaders being used to condition their congregation to accept the declaration of martial law. In a May 2006 story we first broke the shocking news that FEMA was training pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation. Despite debunkers and urban myth websites claiming the story was a hoax, it was confirmed in triplicate by mainstream news outlets over a year later. A KSLA news report confirmed that Clergy Response Teams are being trained by the federal government to “quell dissent” and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law.

Temples crowded in first days of Lunar New Year
by Phuong Lan, Saigon GP Daily, Feb 2, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — Going to temples for New Year’s Eve to pray for a happy and prosperous new year is a tradition for Vietnamese people. This Lunar New Year was no exception, as all small and large temples nationwide were crowed with people. In Ho Chi Minh City, after the city’s firework ceremony was over, dwellers began to go to temples to pray for a happy and lucky New Year. Vinh Nghiem, a famous Buddhist temple on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3, and Ngoc Hoang, a temple where the Jade Emperor is worshiped, on Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1, were crowded with thousands of people.

Reorganisation looms for Church of England
Monday, 2nd February 2009. 4:49pm
By: Judy West.

The structures of the Church of England are set to be reviewed in an operation that could see dioceses merge. Further provisions of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 came into force on 1 February. The Measure makes it a duty of the Dioceses Commission to review the provincial and diocesan structure of the Church of England, including the size, boundaries and number of provinces and dioceses, and arrangements for episcopal ministry. It will also have the power to draw up reorganization schemes. The Commission, chaired by Dr Priscilla Chadwick, consulted diocesan bishops as to what its priorities should be and drew up an initial work programme in the light of comments and suggestions. The Church of England says that the Commission will begin by examining the apparent anomaly whereby seven parishes wholly or partly within the area of the City of Peterborough unitary authority, with more than one third of the City’s population, are in the Diocese of Ely rather than that of Peterborough.

Faith under Fire
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.” Matthew 10:22

Behead a Christian, raise your rank
Islam's Shariah cited in 7 of 10 worst nations worldwide
February 03, 2009
By Bob Unruh
WorldNetDaily

Reports that at least 10 Christians were abducted and killed for their faith – sometimes by beheading – during 2008 has pushed Somalia into the Top 10 among nation's that aggressively persecute Christians, according to a new report from Open Doors USA. The organization today released its 2009 World Watch List, which cited North Korea – for the seventh straight year – as the nation that persecutes Christians more intensely than any other around the globe. But Somalia rose from 12th in 2008 to 5th this year because of the growing level of attacks there, according to the report which noted two of the worst three nations, Saudi Arabia and Iran, are nations governed by Islamic Shariah law, and seven of the Top 10 nations fall into that category. Paul Estabrooks, the organization's minister-at-large, told WND that those Islamic nations "certainly are impacted significantly by Shariah."

Nurse suspended for offering to pray
Woman offers to ask God's help to heal patient, gets suspended
February 02, 2009
WorldNetDaily

A Christian nurse in Britain may soon be fired for offering to pray for her patients' recovery. Caroline Petrie has been suspended and faces disciplinary action because her employer claims she failed to show a "personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity" when she suggested the prayer, the London Telegraph reported. Petrie, 45, a wife and mother of two, is a community nurse who works for North Somerset Primary Care Trust. As part of her job, she visits patients who are sick and elderly. Petrie said she never forced her Christian beliefs on any of her patients but simply asked if an elderly woman would appreciate the blessing. "I simply couldn't believe that I have been suspended over this," she told the Telegraph. "I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. All I am trying to do is help my patients, many of whom want me to pray for them."

The Real Meaning of Religious Persecution
By Doug Bandow on 2.2.09
The American Spectator

"The persecution of Christianity in America has begun," complains Rick Scarborough of Vision America. He points to criticism of Christian supporters of California's Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, and cites an email to him "so vile that I cannot reprint the letter." He asks for contributions "to assist us as we confront the growing threat of domestic terror being perpetrated by homosexual activists." The protests against Prop 8 backers, particularly the Mormon Church and individual Mormons, took an ugly turn. There may even be "growing hostility against religion in America and particularly against Christians," as Scarborough asserts, at least in the cultural realm. But this hostility does not amount to persecution. After all, America's outgoing president is an avowed evangelical, the Republican Party's 2008 vice presidential nominee was an outspoken evangelical, and the new president is a self-identified Christian. The last chose a high-profile evangelical minister to pray at the inaugural. Some Christians may be treated badly, but Christians are not being persecuted. In America, that is.

PAKISTAN: CHRISTIAN CHARGED WITH ‘BLASPHEMY’ FOR TEXT MESSAGE
Compass Direct News
Thursday February 05, 2009

Defender of minority rights allegedly framed for making legal challenges in church land dispute. ISTANBUL, February 5 (Compass Direct News) – More than 100 protestors last week surrounded a Pakistani courthouse and chanted death threats against a Punjabi Christian said to be framed for sending a “blasphemous” text message on his cell phone. Rawalpindi police arrested Hector Aleem, 51, on Jan. 22 and detained him on charges of sending a text message that insulted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. At his Jan. 27 hearing at the Rawalpindi Sessions Court, crowds gathered and began shouting death threats. His attorney, Malik Tafik, told Compass that a local man allegedly framed Aleem for the charges because Aleem has made legal challenges on behalf of Christians involved in a land dispute. Aleem directs a small agency that often defends the rights of Christians.

Egyptian Christians Sent to Prison after Brutal Police Raid
Roger Elliot
Compass Direct News
February 2, 2009

ISTANBUL (Compass Direct News) – Following a brutal raid on six Christian brothers and their café because they had opened for business during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, a judge on Jan. 22 sentenced them to three years in prison with hard labor for resisting arrest and assaulting authorities. Last September, 13 police officers raided the café in Port Sa’id, a city in Egypt’s Nile delta, overturning tables, breaking chairs and smashing glasses and hookah pipes, according to the Coptic Christians’ lawyer. They beat the brothers with sticks, leaving two with broken arms and a third needing 11 stitches for a head wound. “The police attacked these people and assaulted them unjustifiably,” said Ramses el-Nagar, the Christians’ lawyer. “Police did not want to see people eating during Ramadan. This is unfair, because whatever people’s beliefs are, the law is something else and they should not be mixed.”

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