Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 92
The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
It's Time to Choose
I work in the newspaper industry, which as you probably already know is one of many industries that are suffering greatly due to the Tribulation and financial collapse of our monetary system. On Monday, we were asked to attend a meeting conducted by the CEO’s of the company that owns our newspaper. We were presented with information and a rundown of the financial not-so-well-being of our company overall, and a comment made not once, but twice, by a CEO which paraphrased went a little like this: “The newspaper industry has endured many changes over hundreds of years and if you cannot find it within yourself to have a positive attitude in a time change, we don’t need you.”
Many people were offended by the comment, which while it was delivered with a smile, to many people who are working hard and struggling to make ends meet themselves it was as good as saying to them, “We bought your newspaper just before the financial crisis hit and that was a bad move on our part. And even though we CEO’s are bringing home ten times what you do in a year, if you can’t do your part in making us money, here’s the door”.
Sure, it wasn’t the nicest thing to hear but I understand that it had to be said because while our company is afloat right now, it won’t take a very big wave at all to turn it into a sinking ship. And at the same time, if you look at any business as a true team, a team that is working together to achieve success in a common goal, it’s true. They don’t need anyone who isn’t going to put in their 100%. So, essentially, the CEO’s are asking the employees to get off the fence and choose a side. Either we are with them, or we are against them and if we aren’t with them, we already are against them.
Mark 9:40 For whoever is not against us is for us.
A similar situation is happening in the world today. Because judgment is upon us, we are being told we must choose between good and evil; Yahweh’s way, or Dawn Lucifer’s way. We must choose because there will be no sitting on the fence allowed. Today, in these End Times, we must exercise our free will and choose which side we wish to stand on and which path we choose to follow; the one to the right, or to the left.
Joshua 24:15 But if it doesn't please you to worship the LORD, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship the LORD."
Yahweh calls out to all Her children as She makes Her name known via many signs that are plainly seen, heard and experienced around the world as the Tribulation continues to unfold before us; but She also wants us to exercise our own free will and do what is in our hearts because in Her infinite wisdom She knows that love, loyalty, obedience and faith cannot be forced upon or expected from anyone who is not willing to fully accept Her and Her son Christ Jesus into their hearts.
While we are asked to choose, we are also well informed of what will happen based on the choice we make. Proverbs 1:24-32 explains in full detail what is in store for those on the opposite side of the fence. The side that is aligned not with Father, but with Dawn Lucifer.
24 Since I called out and you refused,
extended my hand and no one paid attention,
25 since you neglected all my counsel
and did not accept my correction,
26 I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity.
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
28 Then they will call me, but I won't answer;
they will search for me, but won't find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge,
didn't choose to fear the LORD,
30 were not interested in my counsel,
and rejected all my correction,
31 they will eat the fruit of their way
and be glutted with their own schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the inexperienced will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
To love Father is also to love and cherish Her way, and to want with all your heart to obey Her commands. To love Father and love and cherish Her way, is also to plainly see and understand that without Her and Her instruction we fall into disarray and chaos – the disarray and chaos that those of us living on this earth currently find ourselves in. It is to want with all your heart to be a member of Her family, a part of Her "Team" and giving 100% in working towards a common goal of love, loyalty…and the vindication of Her holy name.
The recent presidential election clearly showed what it is that people yearn for – Change. They elected a man into office who promised the citizens of the United States that he could produce what it was they most want. However, the truth is that the only One who could at this point bring any change that would be for the better is Father Yahweh – and that is precisely what She will do. Truth be told, just as the CEO's stated at our meeting, She really doesn't need any of us. But She does want us and She loves us, but She also gives us the right to choose. I pray that you choose wisely. Amen.
Submitted by Johanna
What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.
There's not a problem in America today, crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency that wouldn't be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.
People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride.
That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes, but it's worth it, if at the end is home…a loving spouse, happy kids and a dog.
We wouldn't have near the trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along.
There was less crime in our streets before they were paved.
Criminals didn't walk two dusty miles to rob or rape, if they knew they'd be welcomed by 5 barking dogs and a double barrel shotgun.
And there were no drive by shootings.
Our values were better when our roads were worse!
People did not worship their cars more than their kids, and motorists were more courteous, they didn't tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with rocks.
Dirt Roads taught patience.
Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly, you didn't hop in your car for a quart of milk you walked to the barn for your milk.
For your mail, you walked to the mail box.
What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was the best part, then you stayed home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony rode on Daddy's shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody.
At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap.
Most paved roads lead to trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole.
At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we even locked our car was in August, because if we didn't some neighbor would fill it with too much zucchini.
At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income, from when city dudes would get stuck, you'd have to hitch up a team and pull them out.
Usually you got a dollar…always you got a new friend…at the end of a Dirt Road!
— By Paul Harvey
I do recall having written an article about focus before, but in there is still much more to speak about, and in a different manner and perspective.
In this, there is this one memory of a comedian who spoke about their childhood and a teacher they once had. As a child, they were told by their teacher that they were just too hyperactive, and this was during a time before such a thing as “ADHD” was not so prevalent in most young children nowadays. The solution, their teacher told them, was simply to stay focused. And that was what sort of got them through their class with that particular teacher. After that talk the teacher had with their student, every time the student got out of hand, the teacher would simply call them out by their name, and the student would straighten up and perform a sort of hand gesture that the student and teacher understood as meaning “stay focused.” This is actually a novel idea, it seems, because it consistently also seems to happen in continually learning to follow the narrow path.
I firmly believe that Father is our Teacher for life. Her lessons may come through many other individuals, sort of like a teacher-helper would help pass on lessons to other students, or a star student in a dojo would teach their pupils, but in the end, Father's lessons are the same. And as Father is a teacher, I feel that one of Father's main goals is to continually help us to grow in a morally and ethical manner that has a strong foundation.
In the past, teachers would even be able to discipline their students with rulers or other rods of discipline, all of which helped to teach children to restrain themselves. This was all done as necessary based on the course of action necessary to get a child back on the narrow path of self discipline. Now, if one would believe and see that Father is still very much active in their own life, they may see how Father has continually provided discipline among many things; which helps instill very important lessons, and to uproot the weeds of foolishness that get tangled in the fertile soil of one's heart. This may be very large, and it can be very small, but they all serve a purpose and have a reason in the large and small plans for everything.
And amongst it all Father as our main focus. Depending on one's heart and perspective(s), one may be able to see that there is much more to maintaining Father as one's main focus. As Father represents our Almighty God, there are a many facets to our Mother that we are to mirror, just as there is much more to life than food and shelter, and much more to a person than just a couple aspects. And at this, we are to mirror every aspect of Christ that we can follow in the Way, as Christ mirrors Father in every way. And in order to correctly practice this, as one would practice their mathematics or other skills in a classroom, one must maintain a proper focus. Otherwise, one does not actually grow strong in what they are practicing.
Maintaining this sort of focus is actually seemingly two-fold. One aspect of the process is where the student must heed their teacher's lessons of focus and self discipline. The other aspect is in the teacher's discipline for their students, which may be as continuous as their student's learning. It is a sort of coupling effect, where one aspect compliments the other, and without one or the other, neither may be successful together. If the student does not heed the teacher's discipline, the teachings are for naught as they are weak in their skills; if the teacher does not help their student maintain discipline, the student may wander off in their focus and again lose the skills and necessary strength. I am sure there is actually more that can be added, like the focus and help that other students can provide, or perhaps even the other natural motivations and persistent attitude strengtheners that help a student to keep moving forward in their focus and study regardless of the troubles ahead. All in all, however, a student cannot achieve any goal alone; without their teacher, and their teacher cannot share their knowledge without another individual who depends on their expertise.
Now, a part of discipline is pain. Whether it be emotional, spiritual, physical, or any other form of pain that may not even be known or described yet, discipline does not come without a form of memory guide to help recall the lesson. As the times progress, there is going to be an immense amount of pain that has never been seen before. Just as nations had not seen pain before their own selves, so will we come to a time of pain that has never been seen before those times. Like an increased wave of pain over the increased waves of pain from before. That actually sort of reminds me of labor pain…at least the description of it.
The coming pain can either be learned from, and even taught to coming generations of children, or it can be ignored, but only up to a point that needs not be mentioned at this time. One may ask what it is that they are to learn from what it is that Father will unleash upon the world, but to that, all one must do is pray to Father and focus towards Her for insight and guidance. As She can relieve all pains and aches, all one must do is seek Her with a true heart to learn. Perhaps, in a way, one may come to relate to Job's situation, in what he was disciplined by. Or, at the most extreme case, how Christ had suffered when He had truly done nothing to deserve His suffering. Yet, amongst all Christ's pain, He was still able to maintain a focus towards Father up to His death, and even thereafter. This may be, perhaps, one of the great examples of the strength, determination, and discipline that Father is trying to instill in each of us, even in the most difficult of ways, both for Her and for us.
Hopefully without repeating oneself too much, it can possibly also be seen how different forms of discipline can yield different types of lessons, and also help to change a student's focus in different manners, too. As such, Father uses all that is necessary to pull through Her students to the best and greatest results possible; creating and refining the greatest qualities that can come out of Her own children. And so, with all that is to come, prepare to maintain focus on Father, because She has much still to teach.
Fruitage of the Spirit – Part 9
This week we will start to look at attitudes to be cultivated. 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.
You must show mercy:
You must have mildness:
1 Timothy 6:11
You must learn to be moderate in habit:
1 Timothy 3:2, 11
Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Cherubic Commander: You each might also consider this. Any move we make on the war chess board prompts Satan to counter-move against our action. If he can successfully counter the expected result we anticipate, this buys him more time and requires that we re-think our own strategy and our arsenal that Father has provided for us to accomplish what She has willed to take place.
More food for thought.
Each situation that arises where supernatural intervention occurs, especially where our Creator is concerned, will have a signature of containment – that being the element provided from the spirit realm to the visible fleshly realm.
Exodus 16:35 "The Israelites ate manna for 40 years, until they came to an inhabited land. They ate manna until they reached the border of the land of Canaan."
This manna provided partial nourishment. It came from the spirit realm and was manifested to the fleshly realm by holy angelic intervention to a situation that called for substanance for Father's people. In addition to the manna, meat was a necessary component since the manna lacked all nutrients necessary for prolonged life of the fleshly vessel:
Exodus 16:11-16 "The LORD spoke to Moses, "I have heard the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them: At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God." So at evening quail came and covered the camp. In the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp. When the layer of dew evaporated, there on the desert surface were fine flakes, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they asked one another, "What is it?" because they didn't know what it was. Moses told them, "It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Gather as much of it as each person needs to eat. You may take two quarts per individual, according to the number of people each of you has in his tent.'"
How the manifestation occurred with the manna came via angelic power from Father. The way it was administered was:
Numbers 11:9 "When the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it." In this way, the manna came from Mount Zion to the lower heavens you witness above. It then was mixed with the precipitation of water that formed the dew for a means of transporting the heavenly bread to the Israelites for consumption.
Psalm 78:24 "He rained manna for them to eat; He gave them grain from heaven." Was it actually grain? Yes it was. Remember that Father is like a Queen Bee, and therefore it also contained the nourishment of honey:
Numbers 11:7 "The manna resembled coriander seed, and its appearance was like that of bdellium."
Exodus 16:31 "The house of Israel named the substance manna. It resembled coriander seed, was white, and tasted like wafers [made] with honey."
This manna was to later represent the unleavened bread of our Christ – his body that would serve as a sacrifice of spiritual nourishment to those that put their faith in his resurrection. In likeness, the manna was of spiritual origin and also provided fleshly nourishment."
John 6:58 "This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your fathers ate—and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever."
John 6:31 "Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat."
Revelation 2:17 "Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it."
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
UFO was cigar-shaped object that hovered silently
June 24, 2009
Ufology is all about story telling. Most of our evidence comes from individual reports of what a witness saw, how they interpreted what they saw, and how they fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Here is a recent report from Glenside, Pennsylvania, a community in Montgomery County near Philadelphia, population 7,914. Read the report and see if you can come up with a natural or manmade interpretation – or do you think this object could have been extraterrestrial? Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Pennsylvania MUFON Director John Ventre investigates and reports back on this case, I will update this page. The following report is unedited. You can read my selected cases by type of UFO report at the UFO Traffic Report index page. PA, June 23, 2009 – A loud, wharbling, whistling sound followed by a fast, bright strobing light. At 9:48 p.m. as I laid in bed listening to the radio, I began to hear this very loud, wharbling, whistling sound. It was not something I had heard before, so I made my way to the window to see what the heck it was. As I did, a bright, very fast moving light came from the SW heading towards the NE. It was much faster then any plane or helicopter and was not a shooting star or meteor. It then came to a complete stop for about 10 seconds and I get the best look at it. It was cigar shaped, with one signal strobing light that overtook the whole craft.
Cylinder-shaped UFO buzzes Louisville International Airport
June 25, 2009
Reports of UFOs over Louisville International Airport on June 24 may include multiple sightings from various employees, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. A package handler at the airport first heard a report over his radio about 10:30 a.m. that there was a UFO over the North South runway. The man did not see anything at that time, but at 1:55 p.m., he saw a reflection in the sky from the south end of the runway. “As this object came closer," the witness stated, "I could make out it was rotating and was a cylinder, then was a diamond shape.” He said the object moved in a straight line over the runway at a slow and steady speed at a point just under the cloud cover, approximately 1,500 feet. The object stopped at the end of the ramp and hovered for 30 to 45 seconds, then moved up into the clouds and disappeared.
Military jets spotted searching for sphere UFO over Kansas City, Kansas
June 25, 2009
A report was made that military planes and helicopters moved quickly onto the scene after an unusually shaped sphere UFO flew into the Kansas City, Kansas, area and hovered, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. A woman in the Kansas City area was outside at 2 a.m. and looking toward the public forest area behind her home when she noticed a large white light moving toward her – and getting larger as it came closer. When the object stopped, the woman used binoculars to get a closer look. She described the object as “three large spheres connected together with a large arm or protrusion extending out at an angle underneath the craft. The arm was moving around in a circle.” The object emitted a bright white light and stayed in that position until it just disappeared. Shortly afterwards, military planes and helicopters moved into the area and seemed to be searching the same area for about an hour.
UFO Traffic Report: Military jets seen near New Mexico UFO site
June 26, 2009
The UFO Traffic Report for Friday, June 26, 2009, includes five selected sightings over five states, according to witness statements filed in the past 48 hours with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. Today's stories include: Bright Lights over New Mexico look like they caught the attention of the military; a shape shifting UFO over California, two Bright Lights moving over North Carolina caught the attention of a retired deputy sheriff, two bright round and red objects over Brook Park, Ohio, and an odd Flash of Light case over Tuscon, Arizona, skies.
UFO reports heating up in Kansas City area
June 27, 2009
Something's in the sky over the greater Kansas City area – well, lots of reports of UFOs have been coming in recently. Marge Padgitt, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) state section director for Kansas City reports that June has been a popular month for UFO sightings. She is receiving at least one phone call or email daily from witnesses reporting UFOs in the greater Kansas City area. On June 11 and 12, two different local television news stations interviewed her about recent UFO sightings – coverage that may have sparked people to communicate directly with her, instead of reporting their sighting directly to MUFON. As always, witnesses are asked to file a report with MUFON as well so that the larger data may be studied.
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
White House sees 10 percent unemployment within months
June 22, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. unemployment rate is likely rise from already high levels to 10 percent in the next couple of months, a White House spokesman said on Monday. "I think the president has said this, and I would certainly say this, I think you're likely to see unemployment at 10 percent within the next couple of months," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. The U.S. unemployment rate already stands at 9.4 percent, the highest level in about 25 years, and many analysts believe it could continue to climb despite the $787 billion economic stimulus package passed early this year by Congress. Earlier this year, the Obama administration had predicted the unemployment rate would peak at 8 percent before beginning to fall toward the end of 2009.
Five Banks Are Seized, Raising U.S. Failures This Year to 45
By Margaret Chadbourn
June 27, 2009
June 27 (Bloomberg) — Five U.S. banks with total assets of about $1.04 billion were seized by regulators, pushing this year’s tally of failures to 45 as a recession drives up unemployment and home foreclosures. Community Bank of West Georgia, in Villa Rica, Georgia; Neighborhood Community Bank of Newnan, Georgia; Horizon Bank of Pine City, Minnesota; MetroPacific Bank of Irvine, California; and Mirae Bank of Los Angeles were closed yesterday by state regulators, according to statements from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The FDIC was named receiver of the four banks. Wilshire Bancorp’s Wilshire State Bank will take over all of Mirae’s $362 million in deposits, and will purchase $449 million of assets, the FDIC said in a statement.
India turns to 'cloud seeding' to make rain
June 27, 2009
Scientists at its Institute of Tropical Meteorology disclosed a new series of "cloud seeding" experiments as fears of a drought grip a country praying for the heavens to open. A delay in the arrival of this year's monsoon has left India's paddy fields parched and caused water-shortages throughout the main cities. A heatwave has claimed at least 24 lives, with the absence of the rain's cooling effect on 45 degree C temperatures has caused power-cuts, while school summer holidays have been extended by a week in the hope of a downpour.India's agriculture, stock markets and the fortunes of its political parties traditionally depend on good monsoon rains. In one state, Andhra Pradesh, which has had only half the expected rainfall this month, farmers fear their crop yields could fall by 30 per cent. The Indian government has used American cloud seeding technology in the past but is now developing its own techniques to guarantee monsoon clouds break into torrential rains.
World Bank forecasts deep recession for Japan/Europe/US
Big News Network
June 22, 2009
World Bank surveys have shown that Germany and Japan may have become less pessimistic about their business prospects in recent months; perhaps prematurely. With the world economy still bottoming, the latest World Bank forecasts have highlighted how deep the recession will be in the euro zone, the United States and Japan. The bank said that it expected economies in the high-income nations to come back by a total of 4.2 percent this year. It expects the US economy to shrink 3 percent and the euro zone 4.5 percent, rather than the 2.4 percent and 2.7 percent it forecast in March. For Japan, the World Bank has now projected fall-back's of as much as 6.8 percent for the rest of this year, making the figure much higher than the 5.3 percent it forecast three months ago.
US changes tack on Afghan poppies
By Duncan Kennedy
June 27, 2009
The United States is to change the way it deals with the massive poppy growing industry in Afghanistan. Instead of destroying the crops it will spend money encouraging Afghan farmers to grow different ones. US special envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, at a G8 meeting in Italy, said current measures against poppy growers had been "a failure". The conference of foreign ministers in Trieste also called for credible elections in Afghanistan in August. Mr Holbrooke said that existing programmes of eradication had not reduced by one dollar the amount of money the Taliban earned from production. "Spraying the crops just penalises the farmer and they grow crops somewhere else. The hundreds of millions of dollars we spend on crop eradication has not had any damage on the Taliban."
Crop Circle Watch
Waden Hill, Nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 20th June
Field Report: No aerial image or field report available at this time.
Below Milk Hill (3), nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. Reported 21st June
The Enigma Below the White Horse. A remarkable event has appeared, in two stages over two nights, below the Milk Hill White Horse. Could it represent a navigational tool to another world or dimension. Perhaps it is the actual image of an Alien creature. Whatever the enigma that is held within this complex design one has to marvel at this creation.
Field Report: So, I went into this formation 3 tramlines along, from the right, if facing Milk Hill at the bottom road. As the wheat flows from left to right, maybe be better appreciated if entered from 6th. Anyway, point of interest included: the excitements of the farmer bringing in a collection bucket with his tractor type thing, which sent most folk scurrying out, or else seemed to cause a bit of jeering by others. Dunno why, as he came down the tramline and around formation and carefully deposited the bucket without disturbing the glyph. That occurred later, as many people came in down from Milk Hill, and ignored tramlines, then bounded straight through it, flopping on top of centre swirls as they came boinging in and out again. The circles are flowing clockwise, each centre formation different, (reminiscent of Manton, earlier in season). Some examples of neat overlay, at 'junctions'. Down one of the long curves, all the wheat is perfectly smooth and flattened, with a random straight as anything, upright stem, bang in the middle, how was this left standing? (this is in one of my oh so interesting pictures:) ). A lovely stretched and bent node example was found, however got lost, and looking for a piece of wheat in a crop circle? There are areas I found, of crop bent below nodes, the white chip marks, and broken stems at ground level. The unusual shape in the centre, seems to be formed of three 'Gibbous Moon Shapes' joined together, each flowing in a different direction, I couldn’t find a centre point here, or in any of the three areas, that this is composed of. Returning to Milk Hill 3, on June 23rd, I got side-tracked by the phenomena of its smaller neighbour with its node bends, expulsions and root burns., (in my opinion, occasionally, tis like celebrity spotting, camera's n poles dashing hither n thither all over the dominant , aesthesis, whilst the real talent goes unnoticed). Anyway, once I did arrive into Milk Hill 3, and had a wander round, I made the following observations:-
1)I have lost this Skull in here somewhere,
2)The lay of the wheat is clockwise around some of the square / oblong area, anticlockwise around others.
3)Whilst I was marvelling aloud how any human would be able to reach into the square and circles with solid walls of wheat around them, someone kindly demonstrated, lol, he wants to get down to the next Olympics for the 'Hop Skip n Jump Without Injury' event.
4)I found evidence again of the white chip marks, (which can be felt as indentations).
5)The very last tiny circle has a double centre swirl.
6)No further evidence of node bends.
Whilst in here, again I saw the (assumed) military flares, with a hovering orange object to the left, which stayed long after, and shrank into a blue dot, before vanishing. Not sure this will show up on computer, however, is very clear on printed pictures. – JIC (Jane) Rainbows
East Kennett, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 21st June
Field Report: What an amazing sight to behold at sun rise for those that celebrated the Solstice at West Kennett Long Barrow! This formation is overlooked by the Long Barrow and is only a few hundred metres away. A cheeky one! I was on my way to Milk Hill to do a ground report on the formation there but decided to visit West Kennett instead. I visited mid afternoon, there were still a lot of people around Long Barrow and there was a steady stream of visitors to the crop circle. I mention this because even visiting so soon there had already been many visitors and therefore the crop was much trampled. On entering the formation the crop was not flattened down but rather quite tufty. The lay was similar to that as the formation in Alton Priors. It lacked the swirling flow of the ‘Phoenix’. In the lower ‘half’ of the formation the wheat was laying mainly in an anti-clock wise direction. The exception were the two ‘spirals’ that were in the centre. The lay was in a clockwise direction in the upper ‘half’. Again there were two ‘spirals’ that went in a clockwise direction. In some parts there was some overlapping of crop. Generally, the lay was neat and tidy. I examined the crop at various points, and there was a lot of damage, lots of broken stalks but I would imagine hundreds had been around before me. For those of you who are into such things, I couldn’t find any evidence of elongated nodes or expulsion cavities. I did meet two friendly French visitors, one of whom had some kind of device for measuring the magnetic field (magnetometer) and he assured me that there was no difference with the figures inside/outside the formation. Lots of enthusiasm from visitors, many of whom were reporting how ‘powerful’ it was. What a fabulous setting! – © Report and Photographs – Mike Callahan
Circle in the grain to Castelfranco-Nonantola (MO) – 8 june
(Translated from Italian to English using Babelfish) Thanks to David, a pilot, if we can admire dall' high the circle in the uncovered grain to Castelfranco Emilia-Nontantola, in province of Modena. David has kindly sent some to us of the photographic releases from he made while, in date 8 june, was in flight over the formation. E' this the third circle in the Italian grain of season 2009. As it is looked at from the photo, a great triangle with circles in correspondence of the angles is present, and then a triangle with a semicircle all' inside. Of new thanks to David for the beautiful photos.
Below Milk Hill (4), nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. Reported 23rd June
Field Report: Today (23rd June) I went back here three times, as I am absolutely blown away by what I consider to be the most exciting example of unexplained phenomena seen for a while. I have spoken with someone who believes they saw the centre spiral, after leaving Milk Hill 3 on Sunday eve, and also that the nine outer swirls have been added to since. The flattened circle flows clockwise, whilst the 9. outer circles flow anticlockwise. I saw none of the white chip marks, which have been present in the last few formations. Most of the affected crop, especially in the spiral section, have many node bends and elongation, in fact some pieces I uprooted (carefully), have FIVE node irregularities from the root to the tip, including scorch marks and bends in crop nodes from underground, this differs from stems outside of the formation. Whilst here, I saw (possibly) military flares in the sky, repeatedly, once this show finished, an orange object hovered for a very long time to the left of them, and may be visible on my shots, though more likely on Robs (who joined me later) more advanced camera. Prior to leaving this high energy glyph, around 1a.m, there was a meteor shower, directly overhead. – JIC
Cascina Martina, Riva Presso Chieri, Torino. Reported 20th June
Field Report: (Translated in part from Italian to English using Babelfish) You, readers of Space Freedom judged: Luigi is of part or… it is indeed magnificent? The circle in the grain, of remarkable dimensions and unquestionable beauty, is born in not new zone to the phenomenon crop circles indeed, for sure backs, we could define the fields comprised between the province of Turin, Hatreds, Alexandria and Cuneo, l' " Italico Wiltshire" of the circles in the grain national, or for quantitative reasons (from 2003 today the 23 formations discovered with the maximum tip in 2006 with 8 agroglifi) that qualitative (crop circles like those of Villanova D' Hatreds, Monteu From Po, Poirino, Fossano) between beautifulst and complex are realized in Italy). Stimabile on the 90 meters of diameter with a surface occupied advanced to the 8000 square meters; it is a rosone composed from 96 different you leave constituted from circles (n. 72) and rumbles (n. 12) and distributed along a " sentiero" of arms curves that dipartono from the median part of 12 ellipses disposed centrally to form the bloomed heart of this arrogant figure that creates 12 fields to spiral. Its elegant and harmonious figure stands out towards l' high and cannot not hit the outline that mainly resorts to you, the 12. Sacred and mythical number for very many cultures, perhaps more than other numbers embraces cross-sectionally polulates and totally different ages and on practically infinite temporal scale dacché l' man has begun to inquire " l' esistenza". Without to resort to symbols of religious or esoteric and cabalistic order enough to think to an astronomical phenomenon tutt' imaginative other that concerns to the twelve: the precession of the equinoxes with its twelve astronomical era of 2100 years approximately ciascuna.
Rough Hill, nr Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire. Reported 24th June
Field Report: Not Available at this time.
Martinsell Hill, nr Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire. Reported 25th June
Field Report: Not Available at this time
Dinsky district, Krasnodar region. Reported 23rd June
Field Report: Not Available at this time.
Cascina Piane Brignano – Bergamo. Reported 23rd June
Field Report: The crop is located in a place where even last year (May 18 to be exact) had been found (by G.D.) some "signs" that we classified as not-authentic: Allettamento2008. The news is confirmed by an official source, and photographs from the newspaper "Eco di Bergamo" http://www.ecodibergamo.it So we would like to thank G.D. and quote the newspaper, waiting for further news: Tremble, tremble, the Martians are back, but one that pays the bill is the farmer who cultivates the land. In the countryside of Lower evidence of "disturbing presence" of aliens are witnessed by the legendary circles in the grain: it have appeared in a cultivated between Brignano Gera d'Adda and Vidalengo (fraction of Caravaggio), in Cascina Piane. Joke of a joker? It may be, but there are those who say that aliens are among us gliding. What we do know is that the news was soon to go about the country and the whole area, attracting many curious on-site. Too many according to the farmer, who has launched an appeal does not come – he said – because you would see further damage to the crop, already partly compromised. It was the farmer tries to discover where he had gone into the wheat has noticed the plants and crushed, after a few steps, he realized that it was strange circles. A quick visit with some friends and it was found that the circles were well-5 with a diameter of 5 to 13 meters. The 5 circles have a diameter of 8, 13, 8, 8,5. The first and the last are connected by a curvilinear path along 100 meters. The fact has not failed to attract comments from other people. For some of these works of "alien pranksters, others just pranksters.
South Field, Nr Alton Priors, Wiltshire. Reported 27th June
Field Report: A Companion for The Milk Hill Alien? At first sight a Swallow comes to mind with memories of last years flock of Swallows that appeared in the same field but there is an echo in this formation of the beautiful Swallows of 2003 that appeared below Adams Grave. On the other hand this could be an Alien companion for the nearby Milk Hill formation that appeared recently in two stages over two nights. The wheat crop is still a little on the early side and this formation may well benefit in its appearance when the crop becomes a little more golden and mature.
Milk Hill (5), Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire. Reported 27th June
Field Report: Not Available at this time.
Honey Street, Nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. Reported 27th June
Field Report: Not Available at this time.
Signs in Humanity
Police Find Marijuana and Cash at Brooklyn Day Care Center
The New York Times
By Al Baker
June 27, 2009
Investigators seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana and about $100,000 in cash on Saturday from the basement of a Brooklyn day care center that was the scene of a police shooting and an attempted robbery a day earlier, officials said. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the money and drugs appeared to have been what the robbers were after when they burst into Special Moments Daycare in East Flatbush on Friday afternoon — while a dozen or so children were napping. Three men were arrested at the scene, including a suspect who was shot by the police.
'Folsom' sex-fest moves into NYC
By Bob Unruh
June 25, 2009
A "copycat" of San Francisco's infamous "Folsom Street Festival" homosexual event that features nudity and public sex acts has been held in New York City, apparently in violation of state public decency and exposure laws, according to an activist organization. The report on Sunday's "Folsom East" event, dubbed "New York's premiere SM-leather-fetish block party" and held on West 28th Street between 10th and 11th avenues, was compiled by sources for Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. Organization chief Peter LaBarbera said undercover sources said hundreds of men were walking around fully or partly nude, and even a sadistic homosexual "electro-torture" exhibition was featured. In the "public perversion," LaBarbera reported, a homosexual used a remote control device to deliver an electric charge to the sex organs of another man.
Two thirds of teenagers don't believe in God
June 22, 2009
Teenagers even say family, friends, money, music and even reality television are more important than religion. It also emerged six out of ten 10 children (59 per cent) believe that religion "has a negative influence on the world". The survey also shows that half of teenagers have never prayed and 16 per cent have never been to church. The study of 1,000 teenagers aged 13 to 18 was carried out by Penguin to mark this week's publication of controversial novel 'Killing God' by Kevin Brooks. The book is about a 15-year-old girl who questions the existence of God. Kevin Brooks, the author, said: "I can't say I am surprised by the teenagers' responses. "Part of the reason that I wrote Killing God was that I wanted to explore the personal attitudes of young people today, especially those with troubled lives, towards organised religion and the traditional concept of God.
Woman, 71, 'raped by man, 27, at knifepoint'
By James Woodward
June 22, 2009
A pensioner was subjected to a knifepoint rape by a man nearly 50 years her junior as she walked her two dogs, a jury heard today. Michael Alcock, 27, set upon the 71-year-old retired teacher as she strolled through a disused airfield in Yatesbury, Wiltshire, with her King Charles spaniels, it was claimed. Alcock, from Bridgend, south Wales, who denies the allegation, claimed the woman wanted sex with him and was prepared to pay for the pleasure, Swindon Crown Court heard. Prosecutor Kerry Barker told the jury: "None of us know how we would react when faced with a demand for sex from someone younger, fitter and stronger that we are. "How would we react if that demand was made in an isolated place where our cries for help could not be heard. Would we fight or would we try to persuade, or would we submit?
Epidemic of self-harm sweeps women's jails
By Nigel Morris
June 27, 2009
The number of women deliberately harming themselves in prison has almost doubled in five years – despite repeated government promises to improve conditions in women's jails. Officials recorded 12,560 cases of women prisoners injuring themselves – mainly by cutting and burning – last year, equivalent to almost three incidents per inmate. In 2003, 6,437 instances of self-harm were recorded in English prisons, about 1.5 per inmate. Although women make up just five per cent of the prison population in England and Wales, they account for more than half of all self-harming incidents. Many of the women in prison have been convicted of minor crimes, but suffer high levels of mental illness and drug abuse. The largest number of incidents last year was in Eastwood Park prison, in Gloucestershire, where 2,584 were recorded, compared with 683 just five years earlier. High levels of self-harm also occurred in Styal, Cheshire (2,103 incidents last year), Holloway, north London (1,829), Bronzefield, west London (1,517) and Peterborough (1,337).
Arks of Safe Haven
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Waterlilly44444 – Newton Falls, OH. – On april 24th our home of 31 years was destroyed by fire. Since my husbands and my jobs went to mexico in november of 2007, we have been struggling. We have no house insurance and no means to rebuild as of yet. We raised 3 wonderful children in this house, and was in the works of turning my children's old room into a babys room for my first born grandaughter as I will be watching her while her parents work. We are now living with our two girls and the baby's father in a 14 foot x 74 foot 3 bedroom trailer, and we have been sleeping on their couch. Over Xmas of last year I was hospitalized for a week for heart issues. Of course we have no health insurance, and now we are struggling even more trying to pay the hospital bills as well as the usual bills. We are truly blessed with our family and the way they have helped us and put a roof over our heads. I know that god will provide, because he always does. If not for god providing me with strength and guidance I would never had made it this far. If anyone knows of any organizations that may be able to help, it would be greatly appreciated. We have been trying to get building supplies donated thru such stores as home depot, loews, carter lumber, but they say the need of donations is so great, they are unable to help at this time. Even 1 piece of drywall, plywood or insulation would be of great help. We have lived in Newton Falls, OH since 1978 and love our community and wish to continue living here. Please say a prayer for us, as I will pray for you. Bless you all, Paula Myers
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
5.7 magnitude quake hits Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted urban areas of Alaska on Monday, sending people diving under desks and huddling in doorways. The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck near the town of Willow at 11:28 a.m. Monday. The epicenter was 58 miles from the state's largest city, Anchorage, where the rumbled continued for several moments.
One dead, six missing as tropical storm Linfa lands in E China
FUZHOU, June 22 (Xinhua) — Torrential rain, strong winds and landslides triggered by tropical storm Linfa have left one dead and another six missing in east and south China provinces, local authorities said Monday. A landslide triggered by heavy rain in Dapu County in south China's Guangdong Province destroyed a house in Shaping Village, burying a 52-year-old woman surnamed Li and her 3-year-old granddaughter, local officials said. Li was dug out from the debris but died despite treatment. Rescuers were still searching for the granddaughter. A fisherman in Fujian, where the storm landed, was missing Monday after setting sail despite warnings, local officials said.
Michigan storms spawn 3 tornadoes, darken 119,000
Associated Press • June 21, 2009
ALLEGAN — Severe thunderstorms swept across southern Michigan over the weekend, spawning three tornadoes, dumping as much as eight inches of rain in places and knocking out power to 130,000 homes and businesses, authorities said Sunday. As much as eight inches of rain fell in the Holland area, and there was widespread flooding in the western Lower Penisula. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the Grand River and other rivers and streams for most of the southwest quadrant of Lower Michigan. The weather service confirmed Sunday that three tornadoes touched down Friday night in Allegan and Kalamazoo counties, destroying or heavily damaging three homes and several other buildings. No injuries were reported.
Volcano Photo From Space Shows Earliest Stages of Massive Eruption
June 22, 2009
An amazing new picture from space reveals a volcanic eruption in its earliest stage, with a huge plume of ash and steam billowing skyward and creating a shock wave in the atmosphere. Sarychev Peak on Matua Island is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, northeast of Japan. The new photo was taken June 12 from the International Space Station. NASA says volcano researchers are excited about the picture "because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption." The main plume appears to be a combination of brown ash and white steam, according to a NASA statement. The vigorously rising plume gives the steam a bubble-like appearance. The surrounding atmosphere has been shoved up by the shock wave of the eruption, scientists said.
Dead Sea peril: sinkholes swallow up the unwary
By JOSEPH MARKS – Jun 21, 2009
EIN GEDI, Israel (AP) — Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea shore when the earth opened up and swallowed him. Fearing he would never be found alive in the 10-meter-(30 foot-) deep pit, he scribbled his will on an old postcard. After 14 hours a search party pulled him from the hole unhurt, and five years later the 69-year-old geologist is working to save others from a similar fate, leading an effort to map the sinkholes that are spreading on the banks of the fabled saltwater lake. These underground craters can open up in an instant, sucking in whatever lies above and leaving the surrounding area looking like an earthquake zone. The phenomenon, Raz said, stems from a dire water shortage, compounded in recent years by tourism and chemical industries as well as a growing population. "This is the most remarkable evidence of the brutal interference of humans in the Dead Sea," he said.
Natural Disaster Update
5.0 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.5 ROTA REGION, N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.9 EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA
5.3 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
5.8 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.3 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.1 SVALBARD REGION
5.1 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.4 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.1 FIJI REGION
5.2 BISMARCK SEA
5.4 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.5 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.6 CENTRAL ALASKA
5.1 SVALBARD REGION
5.4 SVALBARD REGION
6.8 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.
5.6 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.1 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.0 TAIWAN REGION
5.0 NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND
5.0 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
5.1 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.0 DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
5.3 SAMOA ISLANDS REGION
5.6 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.0 PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.1 BABUYAN ISL REGION, PHILIPPINES
Scientists Search for a Pulse in Skies Above Earthquake Country – When a swarm of hundreds of small to moderate earthquakes erupted beneath California's Salton Sea in March, sending spasms rumbling across the desert floor, it set off more than just seismometers. It also raised the eyebrows of quite a few concerned scientists. The reason: lurking underground, just a few kilometers to the northeast, lays a sleeping giant: the 160-kilometer-(100-mile) long southern segment of the notorious San Andreas fault. Scientists were concerned that the recent earthquake swarm at the Salton Sea's Bombay Beach could perhaps be the straw that broke the camel's back, triggering "the big one," a huge earthquake that could devastate Southern California. The southern end of the San Andreas has remained silent, at least for now. But the earthquake swarm and more recent, widely felt earthquakes in the Los Angeles area have stirred renewed interest in earthquake research. A multi-year project currently under way at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is seeking to improve our understanding by using a groundbreaking, airborne radar to study earthquake processes along the San Andreas and other California faults. Large earthquakes occur on the southern San Andreas about every 250 to 300 years, on average. Yet the extreme southern segment of the fault hasn't budged for about 320 years. It is apparently overdue, primed for another large event. Space-based instruments can image minute Earth movements to within a few centimeters (fractions of an inch), measuring the slow buildup of deformation along faults and mapping ground deformation after earthquakes occur.
CALIFORNIA – A 4.6 earthquake jolted central California shortly before dawn Saturday, the latest in a series of quakes that have rattled the state. The temblor struck at 5.32 am local time about halfway between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. The quake registered at a depth of six kilometers. A 4.7-magnitude earthquake shook the region May 23, less than a week after a pair of similar temblors rattled the highly populated southern part of the state. Geologists say an earthquake capable of causing widespread destruction is 99% CERTAIN of hitting California within the next 30 years.
ALASKA – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck near the town of Willow at 11:30 a.m on Monday. The epicenter was 58 miles from the state's largest city, Anchorage, where the rumbling continued for several moments, causing people to dive under desks and huddle in doorways. The earthquake took place where the Pacific tectonic plate is subducting beneath the North American plate. "There have been many, many events there in the past so this is not an unusual event. It's also a remote region in the Aleutians so the population density is extremely low." Monday's earthquake and its aftershocks had nothing to do with Mount Redoubt.
The earthquake “caused a minor disruption” at Tesoro Corp.’s 72,000-barrel-a-day Kenai refinery. The disruption “was quickly corrected, and all units are now back to normal operations." Tesoro’s Kenai refinery is located on the Cook Inlet, some 70 miles southwest of Anchorage.
INDONESIA – Mt Anak Krakatau`s eruptions record tremendous increase. Small eruptions of Mt Anak Krakatau, the volcano in the Sunda Strait near Lampung province, through Wednesday were reported to have recorded a tremendous increase during the past few days, while the status of the volcano remained at the third level of alertness. At least 828 small eruptions were recorded to have happened on the volcano with 63 volcanic quakes, 434 tremors and 366 times of emission in the past six days. The frequency of the quakes and small eruptions took place every three minutes. At present, the condition of Mt Anak Krakatau is in a state of danger, as it spewed glowing lava like gravel with a temperature at 600 degree celcius. The increasing eruption was marked with white smoke billowing from the mountain`s crater in a height of 800 meters to the north. In response to increasing seismic activity around Mt. Anak Krakatau, trekking and hiking activities have been banned in the area. The mountain, which experienced increasing seismic activity since April this year has been erupting on a daily basis. "There are strong indications of increasing seismic activities including the emission of hazardous gas." The volcano`s activity was on Friday marked by 182 eruptions coupled with 11 volcanic quakes, eight deep volcanic tremors, 54 shallow volcanic shocks, 44 tremors, and it also spewed smoke 29 times. But none of the phenomena posed a direct threat to human life. There were even 2-minute tectonic shocks but also not dangerous. Learning of the rising activity, some coastal residents living close to Mount Anak Krakatau were reported to have evacuated to Bandarlampung for fear of imminent eruption of the volcano due to the increased volcanic activity. "The distance between our village and Anak Krakatau is more than three miles, but the sound of eruption that it produces is very loud, like the sound of a cannon in the middle of the sea. So far it has never emitted such loud blasts and we have been observing that it has often discharged molten lava." Fishermen have been afraid of fishing around the volcano and the Sunda Strait over the past week. The best-known eruption of Krakatau culminated in a series of massive explosions on August 26-27, 1883, which were among the most violent volcanic events in modern and recorded history. The eruption was equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT – about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the Little Boy bomb that devastated Hiroshima during World War II and four times the yield of the largest nuclear device ever detonated.
INDONESIA – The devastating 'mud volcano' could keep spewing for the next 30 years, filling the equivalent of 50 Olympic-size swimming pools every day.
RUSSIA – A volcanic eruption in Russia's Kuril Islands is diverting jets to Anchorage. Sarychev Volcano has been erupting since late last week. A spokesman for Anchorage's main airport says it has received about a dozen diverted Asia-bound passenger and cargo flights since Sunday night. Airport staff on Wednesday called it a "turnabout of volcanic impacts," referring to the Anchorage airport's previous loss of flights during eruptions of Mount Redoubt. An ash cloud from Sarychev on Wednesday was moving northwest toward mainland Russia. Flights also have been routed to San Francisco. International flights to some Asian cities have been canceled.
JAPAN – Volcano photo reveals shock wave. Sarychev Peak on Matua Island is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, northeast of Japan. The new photo was taken June 12 from the International Space Station. Volcano researchers are excited about the picture "because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption." The main plume appears to be a combination of brown ash and white steam. The vigorously rising plume gives the steam a bubble-like appearance. The surrounding atmosphere has been shoved up by the shock wave of the eruption. Volcano plumes are so chaotic that they produce lightning, as revealed in pictures for the first time earlier this year. The smooth white cloud on top may be water condensation that resulted from rapid rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column. This cloud is probably a transient feature, with the eruption plume starting to punch through. The cloud casts a dark shadow to the northwest of the island. Often, winds high in the atmosphere sheer a volcano's plume and flatten it out. That didn't happen with this one. The photo also shows a ground-hugging plume of light gray ash, probably a mix of hot gas and ash in a pyroclastic flow, descending from the volcano summit. Pyroclastic flows – deadly to anything or anyone in their paths – are known to be up to 600 degrees and rush across the land at 130 mph. Commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake. The last explosive eruption from Sarychev Peak was in 1989.
ALASKA – Mount Cleveland, located in the eastern Aleutian Islands near the community of Nikolski, erupted Thursday morning sending an ash cloud less than 15,000 feet in the air. The ash cloud detached from the volcano and moved south. Cleveland last erupted in February, 2001. Three explosive events sent ash plumes to as high as 39,000 feet. AVO elevated the alert level for the volcano located about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage to orange.
TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –
AUSTRALIA – the Gold Coast's already eroded beaches will be hit again by king tides of more than 2m predicted from Monday night until Friday. A 2.55m high tide hit the Gold Coast about 7.30pm Sunday, coupled with 1.2m waves. The tide and swell combination has some beachfront residents fearing their properties, still suffering from last month's wild weather, could be ripped apart again.
TROPICAL STORMS –
A tropical low pressure system in the East Sea strengthened into a storm on June 18. Linfa, the second system of its kind to hit the East Sea this year, was packing winds of 62-74km per hour near its eye. In the next 24 hours, the storm is forecast to move northward and then change direction to north-northeast or northeast. It is likely to gain strength in the next 48 hours. The storm will cause strong winds and rough seas in the northern part of the East Sea.
Season's 1st tropical depression forms in Pacific – Forecasters say it could strengthen to a tropical storm before nearing the Mexican coast by tonight or Saturday.
TAIWAN – Friday, the Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning for this year's third tropical storm, Linfa. At 8:30 p.m Linfa was located at sea 470 km southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, with a 120-kilometer radius. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 83 km per hour, was moving north-northeast at 14 km per hour. The meteorologists urged the public to refrain from activities along the seaside as the storm is generating big waves along the coast from southwestern Taiwan to the Hengchun Peninsula.
Heavy rain and strong winds brought by Tropical Storm Linfa caused damage and injuries in Taiwan yesterday, disrupting about 200 flights. Monks and motorcyclists suffered minor injuries in Penghu and Tainan, while about 500 houses in Penghu were without electricity. Strong winds were also reported in Kaohsiung and Pingtung counties, blowing down billboards and trees. Continuous rainfall in Taoyuan caused landslides on some sections of Highway No. 7. The Central Weather Bureau warned people in central, southern and southeastern Taiwan to beware of heavy or torrential rains brought by the southwest air stream that generally comes on the heels of a tropical storm or typhoon. Some areas in southeastern Taiwan had already received more than 20mm of rain per hour. “The weather conditions nationwide in the next two days will not be stable.”
Tropical storm Linfa plowed into southern China's Fujian province on Sunday night, sending fishing boats scurrying to safety and closing the port of Xiamen. Linfa was downgraded from a typhoon as it entered the Taiwan Strait. It is expected to sweep the coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, as well as northwestern Taiwan, before moving on to southern Japan.
A tropical depression, ANDRES, has formed in the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of Mexico. The center of the depression was located about 200 miles south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, at 2 p.m. PDT Sunday. The system is moving to the west near 7 mph and has maximum sustained winds of around 35 mph. The system could bring heavy rainfall to southwestern areas of the country over the next two days, but the center of the depression is currently forecast to remain offshore. The system is expected to strengthen and could become a tropical storm.
Tropical storm Four is forecast to strike the Philippines at about 04:00 GMT today.
Linfa – Torrential rain and strong winds triggered by tropical storm Linfa have left one person missing in east China's Fujian Province.
Andres – The first tropical storm of the season in the eastern Pacific might become a hurricane briefly today, with sustained winds of 73 mph or stronger.
Gulf temperatures along the Southwest Florida coast hovered above 91 degrees Sunday afternoon, a development that could lead to more intense hurricanes should one reach the Gulf of Mexico, since warm water intensifies tropical cyclones. But the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Southwest Floridians shouldn't be concerned by the warmer-than-usual water temperatures. "Yes, there are locations (in the Gulf) that are above normal but overall we expect water temperatures to reduce hurricanes this season rather than enhance them because water temperatures in the (Atlantic) basin as a whole are below normal." Thanks to a lack of rain and a heat wave that walloped the region the past two days, the water off Naples and Fort Myers beach rose to 92 and 91 degrees, respectively, Sunday afternoon. Naples' temperature was 6 degrees above normal for this time of the year; Fort Myers was 1 degree above normal. Gulf temperatures were similarly above normal in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina infamously used the Gulf's warm water to evolve from a Category 3 storm to a Category 5 behemoth in nine hours. Katrina then undermined the levees in New Orleans and killed about 1,580 people in Louisiana. But warm water is just one factor involved in hurricane development. "Positioning of loop currents in the Gulf and how storms pass over them is one factor. There's no way to tell in June how storms might pass over these loop currents in July, August, September or October." Tropical cyclones also require low vertical wind shear, or winds that are uniform through the atmosphere, to intensify. Winds that change significantly with height tend to rip storms apart. The Atlantic basin is expected to have more wind shear than normal this hurricane season, which began two weeks ago and runs until Nov. 30, because of a potential El Nino weather pattern developing in the Pacific. In May, the National Hurricane Center predicted an average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin. Forecasters said then that there was a 70 percent chance of nine to 14 named storms developing. Four to seven of those could become hurricanes, forecasters predicted. "Since May, the likelihood of an El Nino has increased. If our forecast was issued today instead of last month, I think it would have been shaded to an even more quieter (hurricane season) prediction." But devastating storms can, and do, develop during supposedly quiet seasons.
Andres briefly flared up into the Pacific season's first hurricane Tuesday, then quickly weakened back to a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Andres flooded homes and knocked down trees along Mexico's Pacific coast Monday, killing at least one person. Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the strip of coast from just south of Manzanillo to near Puerto Vallarta. To the south, the storm dumped heavy rains on Acapulco, where flooding forced about 200 people to evacuate their homes on Monday. A fisherman drowned when choppy currents overturned his boat in a lagoon Monday in Tecpan de Galeana, between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. Andres sped up as it headed on a course to graze the port city of Manzanillo at hurricane strength late Tuesday, then push along shore. Rain poured down on Manzanillo, where authorities opened 14 shelters. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Andres could bring coastal storm surge as much as 3 feet (nearly 1 meter) above normal while dumping as much as 8 inches of rain in a few spots. The forecast track showed it then weakening as it continues northwest along the coastline before veering west into the open Pacific and just south of the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of the Baja California peninsula Thursday morning.
INDIA – The development of a mild cyclonic circulation off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday has been giving rise to hopes that the monsoon, which has been subdued for more than two weeks now, was firmly finding strength and was on course for a revival by the end of this week. This depression in the Arabian Sea is seen to be travelling close to India’s west coast and is likely to fade out within the next 24 hours. But it is expected to pull the monsoon winds, already gaining strength, towards the west coast and bring rains on coastal Maharashtra, Konkan and south Gujarat in the next couple of days. Weather scientists said for the first time this season, the monsoon winds are looking to flow at a speed excess of 40 knots per hour (about 75 kmph), which was another clear indication that monsoon was in good shape and was strengthening. As of now, the monsoon looks set to start its northward advance from June 25 onwards and was likely to remain in the strong phase for at least a week, during which time it is expected to cover most parts of the country. The onward march of monsoon seems to be aided by the development of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal around June 28.
PHILIPPINES – Nangka has raged across the central Philippines today, leaving at least six people dead, including four fishermen whose motorboat was destroyed. The storm packing winds of 75km/h struck the eastern Samar province yesterday and by today was roaring westward over the Philippines towards the South China Sea. The winds have destroyed houses while about 10,000 people are stranded aboard hundreds of ferries and motorboats.
A tropical wave hovering over the far northwest Caribbean Sea could develop into a tropical depression and South Florida could feel its effects, the National Hurricane Center reported Saturday morning. The wave, currently producing thunderstorms from Cuba west to the Yucatan Peninsula, has a 30 to 50 percent chance of developing into a formal system by Monday morning. A better-organized storm could send heavy rains over South Florida. Should the wave develop into a tropical storm, it would be the first named Atlantic storm of the year.
The first hurricane of the season in the eastern Pacific briefly flared up off Mexico last week, drenching resorts and coastal communities from Acapulco to Puerto Vallarta. Andres attained hurricane strength for only a few hours, then began to gradually weaken as it remained well off the coast. It eventually dissipated southeast of Cabo San Lucas. Its appearance marked THE LATEST DATE THAT A NAMED STORM HAS DEVELOPED IN 40 YEARS.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
UNITED KINGDOM – One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, says the Environment Agency, and climate change will raise that number without better protection. The agency calculates that funding for projects that protect communities from flooding from rivers and the sea needs to double to £1bn annually by 2035. Without that, it says, economic damage worth £4bn per year could be the norm. "The latest UK climate change data shows that the risk of flooding and coastal erosion will continue to increase in future due to rising sea levels and more frequent and heavy storms." The climate impact projections concluded that every part of the UK was likely to receive more rainfall in winters – by 2080, as much as 20% more in some regions. This means that rivers may carry 20% more water at some periods of the year than at present. Vital infrastructure is also increasingly at risk, with about one-sixth of the country's electricity infrastructure situated in flood plains.
America's two coasts are experiencing vastly different springs, with a hot, dry West worried about an intense wildfire season and parts of the East Coast soaking in a RARE months-long deluge. The Western drought is most intense in California, where more than 97% of the state is either abnormally dry or in some form of drought condition. Parts of Texas also are enduring a historic drought. The coastal bend area of the state has BROKEN RECORDS FOR LACK OF RAINFALL FOR THE PAST NINE MONTHS. "Many of the dryland crops there are total disasters." The lack of recent rain there is especially concerning as summer approaches. May and June are normally the two wettest months of the year in Texas, while July and August two of the driest. As Westerners brace for the fires, the eastern third of the country is virtually drought-free after an extremely soggy May. Washington Dulles International Airport has received almost 5½ inches of rain in the first two weeks of June. That's 1½ inches more than the area typically sees for the ENTIRE MONTH. Three months ago, more than 70% of Florida was under a drought condition. Now, following the RAINIEST MAY ON RECORD, it's at 0%. The downpour has hurt some farmers as they prepare to harvest plants that grow low to the ground. Tomatoes have swelled and burst and watermelons are rotting. The rainfall totals have been staggering in some parts of the state. For the month of May, Daytona Beach recorded 22.33 inches of rain, which was 685% above normal, SHATTERING ITS MAY RECORD by 10 inches.
IDAHO – Rainstorms lay waste to hay crop – Heavy rainfall this spring in Southern Idaho has helped many crops, but hay isn't one of them. A series of storms beginning in late-May has hindered farmers in the region from getting their first cutting out of the field. Downed hay has been pounded by storm after storm, turning windrows a pale yellow. Instead of baling rain-damaged alfalfa, some growers are now green-chopping it. Top quality first-cutting hay is expected to be in short supply – and prices could rise as a result. It's not unusual for Idaho hay growers to have to contend with some rain showers around first cutting, but it's RARELY LIKE THIS. Twin Falls received 3.11 inches of rain in the first two weeks of June. That's about one-third of the area's average annual rainfall.
ITALY – FREAK SUMMER STORMS that have been lashing Italy have affected the holidays of thousands of British tourists. At least six people died and thousands of cars and homes were damaged as 110mph winds thunderstorms lashed the regions of Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Puglia. The violent summer storms caused power cuts, flooding and destruction of property and crops in huge areas across central and southern Italy. The thunderstorms with hail and high winds have affected almost the entire country. Families were evacuated as buildings were damaged, while in Calabria tornadoes upturned cars and felled trees and billboards. Elsewhere there was widespread flooding and landslides and many buildings were left without electricity and water supplies.
TASMANIA – Flooding developed across eastern Tasmania on Friday as the HEAVIEST JUNE RAIN IN DECADES finally broke the drought which has ravaged the region over the past few years. In the 24 hours to 9am on Friday between 25 and 50mm of rain fell over most of eastern and southern Tasmania, but heavier falls of over 50mm fell in the region around Hobart with 137mm recorded at Nugent, their HEAVIEST RAIN IN OVER 24YEARS. West of Hobart, Grove recorded 71mm, their HEAVIEST FALL IN 11 YEARS and HEAVIEST JUNE FALL IN AT LEAST 55 YEARS. Eastern Tasmania has now received between 100 and 200mm of rain so far this month, around triple the long term average. Mt Wellington's 114mm lifted their monthly total to 365mm, making June 2009 their WETTEST MONTH ON RECORD. Hobart is up to 141mm, their WETTEST MONTH SINCE 1996. The rain is the result of an UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN which has seen extended periods of easterly winds over Tasmania this month, as opposed to the typical westerly flow. An extended period of westerly winds looks set to return by today, shifting rain back to the western side of island.
NEVADA – Mother Nature is blowing away the old wives' tale that it has to get really hot and dry in Arizona for the monsoon weather pattern to kick in. Despite the UNUSUALLY CLOUDY weather over the past month and UNUSUALLY COOL June temperatures – several Northern Arizona natives said they've NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT – the monsoon flow pattern has arrived. "This is a monsoon pattern. This is the flow we look for when moisture moves into Arizona. It's a little early, but not unusual." In general terms, the wind now is coming out of the south and a large-scale high-pressure system has shifted to the north. Officially, starting this past year, the National Weather Service says the North American monsoon occurs between June 15 and Sept. 30. Actual monsoon storms tend to start hitting the Prescott region around the Fourth of July. The Weather Service has been tracking the recent unusually cool and wet weather in larger Arizona cities that have detailed weather records. Flagstaff set a record for cold weather earlier this month when its temperatures stayed below 70 degrees every day between June 5 and June 16. The 12-day stretch shattered the previous June record of eight days in 1932 and 1951. The records go back to 1898. "The unseasonably cool weather was the result of southwesterly flow from the East Pacific driven by a persistent West Coast trough of low pressure." Prescott ended up with 0.93 inches of rain in May, which is 198 percent of the 111-year May average of 0.47 inches. Despite the frequent cloud cover, it also was UNUSUALLY WARM. An El Niño pattern now setting up in the Pacific could bring a wet winter if it's strong enough. It is UNUSUAL for El Niño to start setting up this early in the year. It could affect the monsoon patterns toward the second half of the season.
MARYLAND – Muggy weather brings out UNUSUAL late swarms of termites. As if the mosquitoes weren't bad enough, the rainy weather in recent weeks has also brought out another insect pest – swarming termites, streaming up out of the ground, or the woodwork. April is normally the peak month for termites to emerge in this area, with some continued activity in early May. "But we have had continued swarming even into June this year," while April was not as heavy as it normally is. "It's a little UNUSUAL. The most intelligent entomologists in the business don't have any idea why the pattern has changed."
ALPS – 10 people have died and thousands of buildings across Austria, the Czech republic and Poland have been flooded as heavy rain hit the Northern Alps. Some areas have had more rain in the last few days than normally falls in 2 months. The Danube burst its banks in places and flooded dozens of homes. In the town of Güssing some streets were under 1.5 meters of water. The Czech Republic suffered the worst with 10 people dying in the floods. Buildings were simply swept away as rivers became ragging torrents. In Poland the authorities say the situation is still ‘serious’.
On Tuesday, there was snow in the Alps – Parts of Austria were hit by a rather unseasonal dump of fresh snow. It made an odd sight in June. In places there was snow as low as 1650m.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
INDIA – People in Orissa are now seeking divine intervention for respite from the UNPRECEDENTED HEAT WAVE that continues to grip parts of the state. Fifty heat deaths have been reported through Thursday in the state. The monsoon normally arrives in the state by June 10. This year, however, save for some rains in the last week of May, the state has been witnessing a dry spell. Many places in the state recorded more than 40 degrees Celsius Wednesday. More than 200 residents in Cuttack city, Wednesday performed a ‘yagna’ fire ritual to invoke the rain god with the hope of getting relief from the searing heat. Usually farmers organize such rituals, but for the first time people of the non-farming community have sought divine intervention in a city yearning for rain.
OKLAHOMA – Spring 2009 has been one of extremes in Oklahoma — from a record-breaking blizzard to triple-digit heat. National Weather Service forecasts are predicting above-average heat for many areas this summer. Whether that's a sign of things to come isn't known, but there's no denying that it was an UNUSUAL SPRING. From March 27th to March 30th, northwest Oklahoma received more than two feet of snow. Twenty-five inches of snow fell in a 24-hour period about six miles north of Fort Supply, BREAKING THE RECORD of 23 inches at Buffalo in 1971. As for rainfall, Burneyville received a RECORD 12.42 inches of rain on April 29th but the Oklahoma Panhandle has gotten an average of just over 5 inches of rain, making it the 20th-driest spring on record for that region.
KANSAS – This week's wild weather in parts of Kansas included a RARE phenomenon called a heat burst. Wednesday night, the heat burst increased temperatures 16 degrees in less than an hour and then cooled them down just as quickly. During a heat burst, temperatures warm as winds increase at the surface. That happened Wednesday because a collapsing thunderstorm drew hot air from the upper atmosphere down into extremely dry air near the surface. The heat burst raised temperatures in several areas, including Hutchinson, Wichita and McPherson to near 100. In less than an hour, the temperatures were down to the mid-80s. A National Weather Service meterologist says it's only the third or fourth heat burst he's seen in 14 years working in Kansas.
FLORIDA – RARE heat advisory issued on Saturday. Although this is Florida in June, this is VERY UNUSUAL since there is a high pressure system preventing widespread rain from forming. Wednesday's and Thursday's afternoon highs were 96 degrees, which tied records at Tampa International Airport.
TEXAS – recent blast-furnace heat and drought-like weather is UNUSUAL for June, which is traditionally one of wettest months in Houston. The area has recorded just a trace of rain so far this month and has had 25 straight days with no measurable rainfall. Normally, about 3.4 inches of rain has fallen by this time in June. The area’s driest June on record was in 2005, when .08 inches of rain was recorded. The wettest June so far was in 2001 when about 19 inches of rain fell. About 16 inches of that rainfall came during Tropical Storm Allison, which flooded downtown Houston and other areas. “It’s either feast or famine." The recent near-triple digit heat also has been UNUSUAL. During the first week of June mild temperatures remained in the 80s, which is below normal for the period. But by June 8, temperatures began rising and by June 11, highs each day climbed to near triple digits, which is about seven degrees above normal. The forecast for Houston remains the same as long as a persistent dome of high pressure stays parked over eastern Texas and Louisiana: High temperatures in the upper 90s. That high-pressure area could shift westward next week, but forecasters aren’t betting that will allow an approaching front to make it to Houston.
TIBET – A drought in Tibet has intensified into the region's WORST IN THREE DECADES, leaving thousands of hectares parched and killing more than 13,000 head of cattle. The report follows a warning by China's top weather official last month that the Himalayan region faced a growing threat of drought and floods as global warming melts its glaciers. Drought conditions have hit five of Tibet's six prefectures since last year, affecting 15.3 percent of the remote plateau. Some weather stations had not received significant rainfall in 226 days. "The drought has also been worsened by higher than normal temperatures. Tibet has experienced temperatures 0.4 to 2.3 degrees Celsius (0.7 to 4.1 Fahrenheit) higher than normal years." Experts have repeatedly warned of catastrophic consequences downstream if global warming continues to melt the snows and glaciers of mountainous Tibet, source of many of Asia's mightiest rivers.
CANADA – Saskatchewan is trying to help drought-stricken livestock producers by opening up more Crown land for grazing.
British summers could soon be like those in the drought-ridden Mediterranean, and the winters characterized by severe flooding.
U.S. – The weather has been UNUSUAL ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. A storm system has been drenching the Midwest and Northeast with torrential rains. Violent storms ripped through the Midwest spawning tornadoes, downing trees, and flooding streets and have now taken aim at the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Enough is enough is the feeling among those in New York, where rain has washed-out 17 of the 21 days in June.
In the southern part of the country, residents have been dealing with another weather extreme: scorching heat. Temperatures have reached triple-digits. Seething sun, relentless rain, and for most of the country, no happy medium.
CANADA – Report foresees drastic climate change for British Columbia – "Smoke blankets the province as mega-fires devour withered pine forests. Dust bowls scour the Okanagan, increasingly resembling the Sahara. When rain relieves parched land, it comes in hurricane-driven torrents. Hills slide down on homes and water wells are poisoned. Plagues and pestilence march north, carried by rodents, insects, birds and humans. Disease thrives while flood levels rise. Welcome to B.C. in 2050 – when the strong will survive but the most vulnerable could die." The above scenario may sound like apocalyptic, but evidence suggests blights of biblical proportions may be coming, due to climate change. Climate-change science suggests that, by 2050, heat stroke will replace freezing as the biggest extreme-weather killer in B.C., with the elderly and urban poor most endangered. Climate-change disaster already threatens 103 aboriginal communities in the middle of a massive swath of trees killed by mountain-pine beetles, which have run amok recently in warmer winters. Computer models show that, as summers become hotter and drier, devastating blazes such as the Kelowna fire of 2003 could occur 10 times a century, compared to two or three times in the past century. Summer 2009 is already off to a fiery 2003-like start.
Heat wave hitting southern U.S. hard – A dry, scorching June for much of the South will likely remain this week with high temperatures expected to be as much as 10-15 degrees above average and some areas near or at RECORD HIGHS. As the first day of summer arrived Sunday, cities across the South and parts of the Midwest were monitoring near-record highs. Tallahassee recorded 103 degrees on Saturday, just one degree shy of that day's record high. Record highs are possible for several southern cities this week, including Jacksonville, Orlando, Memphis, Little Rock, Corpus Christi and New Orleans. St. Louis is under an "excessive heat warning" through midweek, with temperatures in the upper 90s, or over 105 with the humidity calculated in. "Extensive heat warnings" were in effect for Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Florida. The high-level ridge causing the heat is UNIQUE in that it parked itself directly over the southern U.S., not allowing sea moisture or winds to blow in. The ridge has kept out thunderstorms, which typically lower temperatures, and pushed down warm air, creating the hot, dry conditions. The ridge is expected to stay there through at least next week. "It's still a very hot-air pressure system." The National Weather Service warned of "exceptional" and "extreme" drought conditions in swaths of southeast Texas. Southern Louisiana was deemed "abnormally dry," though not in a drought situation. New Orleans usually receives nearly 4.5 inches of rain by this time in June. So far this month, the city's seen .92 inch.
INDIA – No rain spurs heat wave alert. A truant monsoon has transformed the state into one big baking oven and prompted worried weathermen to issue a heat wave alert. “There is no indication of arrival of monsoon in the next three days. The maximum temperature will continue to rise because the dry westerly winds are dominant." The heat wave warning has been particularly issued for Daltonganj, Gumla, Koderma, Ranchi, Hazaribagh and the Singhbhum-Kolhan region. Most of these places recorded a maximum temperature seven to nine degrees above normal yesterday. While Daltonganj sweltered at 45°C (nine degrees above normal), Jamshedpur panted for breath as the mercury scaled eight notch above normal and stood at 43.8°C. Ranchi, too, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.5°C (seven degrees above normal). According to Met records, during June last year, the maximum temperature varied between a cooler 25°C and 35°C. “But this time, the absence of rain has led to an abrupt rise in temperatures. Satellite pictures suggest that Jharkhand is in the grip of north-westerly winds, which catapult day temperatures and prevent moisture incursion into the atmosphere. The prevailing weather condition is resulting in more solar radiation, which in turn is raising the temperature." The delay in monsoon coupled with rising temperature has become an issue of concern for weathermen. Experts believe that if rainfall in July does not make up for the deficit, Jharkhand might face a drought-like situation. “Last year, the state had received over 350mm of rainfall after the arrival of monsoon on June 8. This time, the deficit is about 40 per cent." The cruel sun, meanwhile, forced residents of both the capital and the steel city to remain indoors. Dry, hot winds sweeping across the state were affecting normal life LIKE NEVER BEFORE. “ The condition was unlikely to change before the middle of next week. Dry winds, no local cloud formation and gradual decrease in humidity level are upping the discomfort index.
YEMEN – Severe heat wave sweeps across several provinces. The National Meteorology Center warned citizens in Hadramout, Shabwa, Al-Mahara, Al-Jawf, Sa'ada and Mareb against a severe heat wave to sweep over the next 48 hours. The heat wave, ranging between 40 to 45 degrees Celsius, is expected to sweep across southern and western provinces especially those located on the Arab Sea on the south and North and Red Sea on the north. Four heat-related deaths were reported in Aden last week; however, this was never confirmed by official sources. The Metrology Center predicted a similar heat wave in Aden, Al-Hodeidah, Shabwa and Abyan. The heat in these provinces is predicted to hover between 36 and 40 degrees Celsius.
Heat waves in U.S. – Minnesota, Wisconsin , Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky , Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Michigan , Kansas, Missouri.
INDONESIA – Climate change is worsening the hunger problem in Indonesia's West Timor province, which is already rivalling Africa. Years of poor harvests mean many children in the region, where the climate can feel more like parts of arid Australia than lush Indonesia, are underweight and malnourished. 91 per cent of West Timor's children suffer from “food insecurity”, meaning they don't have access to regular and affordable nutritious food. About 50 per cent of infants and young children were either moderately or severely underweight, compared to African countries overall, where 21.9 per cent of children were underweight. There is evidence the problem was growing worse, as farmers were at the mercy of more unpredictable weather patterns. A review of the area's rainfall records for the past 13 years – the limits of available data – showed only 46 per cent fell in the expected rainy season.
BRITAIN – A heatwave alert has been issued by the Met Office amid warnings of extreme temperatures over the next few days. There is a 60% risk of a heatwave for Monday and Tuesday with daytime highs in London reaching 32C and remaining warm at night. The Met Office has predicted that around the country daytime temperatures could reach 29-30C, with minimum night-time temperatures of 15-18C. London, the East of England, South West, South East and the Midlands are the most likely to be affected. Officials had already said this summer may be warmer than the past couple of years. With climate change, heatwaves are likely to become more common over the next few decades and the Chief Medical Officer has warned of an increase in deaths in times of hot weather.
Dolphin 'super pod' shifts north – Hundreds of dolphins more commonly found in warmer seas have been seen in the Moray Firth in Scotland while making a "massive migration" into the North Sea. The environmental charity Earthwatch Institute said more than 400 short-beaked common dolphins were sighted off the north east coast. It said the "super pod" was a sign of how climate change was pushing some wildlife further north. The dolphins' appearance in the firth was hugely significant. "Firstly, the sheer number of dolphins was astounding – there were common dolphin everywhere around us over a two-mile radius. Furthermore, this was only the second sighting in the past few years of such a 'super-pod' of this species in these waters. The first sighting in 10 years was recorded here in July 2007 when we were joined by more than 300 animals in the outer Moray Firth."
NEBRASKA – Extreme heat – A combination of high temperatures and humidity in Nebraska has killed hundreds of cattle. The deaths will hurt cattle producers who already were struggling with high feed costs and reduced demand for meat and animal hides because of the recession. In southeastern Nebraska's Hamilton County, temperatures in the 90s and high humidity contributed to the deaths of roughly 600 cattle. A veterinarian said that he's NEVER SEEN THIS MANY heat deaths at once. Having 10-15 dead cattle at a feedlot might be expected on a hot day, but he's seen 200 deaths at some feedlots. The high temperatures this week were especially hard on cattle because they followed an UNUSUALLY cool period this spring. The quick change in temperatures meant the cattle didn't have a chance to become acclimated to it. "This stretch (of hot weather) that we've been in is probably as bad as it gets."
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
ITALY – FREAK weather batters Southern Italy. It's summer in Italy but Naples looks more like the arctic. It is in fact hail, not snow lying on the pavements in the city centre, but even so residents aren't impressed. Torrential rain and strong winds have caused havoc in the city – and in many other parts of southern Italy. There have been several landslides and the rescue services have been working flat out. Hundreds of cars have been damaged and some streets were blocked. Electricity supplies were cut for a time and part of the city even had to be evacuated. All this at a time when it's normally hot and sunny in Naples. Many are speculating whether the effects of global warming are to blame for the UNUSUAL conditions.
So far, THIS IS THE COLDEST JUNE IN 27 YEARS in the U.S. Northeast – June is also on track to become ONE OF THE WETTEST JUNES ON RECORD. June in the Midwest so far is the COLDEST IN SIX YEARS and has been wetter than normal, but still not close to last year when it was the second wettest in 50 years. It is the WETTEST IN 4 YEARS in the U.S. Southeast and U.S. Southwest and the COLDEST IN 42 YEARS in the Southwest. The unseasonal weather stood out in New York City. The city has failed to top 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) so far in June, which has happened only twice in the past 17 years. With 15 days of rain in the first 21 days of June, New York City is on track for an all-time record in days and amount. June is also set to be ONE OF THE CITY'S COLDEST IN 50 YEARS.
A series of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions gave the planet its polar ice caps, and started a freeze-thaw cycle of ice ages that persists to this day, according to a new theory. Though we have come to view polar ice as a permanent feature, ice on earth has a checkered past. Until around 34 million years ago the planet was much warmer than it is today; the Arctic was a vast swamp, Antarctica's mountains were speckled with just a few tiny glaciers. There were no such things as ice caps. Suddenly, mysteriously, earth's balmy climate cooled. Ice took up residence at the poles, and began marching toward the equator. The theory argues that a series of massive volcanic eruptions spanning nearly all of present-day Mexico, as well as parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho launched vast amounts of ash into the atmosphere. As ash rained into the world's oceans, the team's theory goes, it brought in millions of tons of iron that fertilised a feeding frenzy of algae. The photosynthetic creatures harnessed sunlight, nutrients and carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas, sucking billions of tonnes of it from the atmosphere and chilling the planet. It didn't happen overnight. The Silicic Large Igneous Province erupted in hundreds of explosions between 50 and 15 million years ago. Each eruption was gargantuan. In all, the team estimates the eruptions launched 400,000 cubic kilometres of ash into the atmosphere during that time, enough material to fill the Caspian Sea five times over, or 710,000 times the volume of Sydney Harbour. The cumulative effect on climate was immense. Over millions of years, what had been a steamy planet turned into the icy place we know today. And though the direct effects of the eruptions have faded from view, climate feedback from ice sheets, wind patterns, and changes in the earth orbit are enough to keep us in the glacial cycle deep-freeze ice ages that return every 20,000 to 100,000 years
PENNSYLVANIA – June has been too cool for the pool. York County is in the midst of a dreary June. High temperatures have been significantly below normal. Rainfall is about average, but an UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN has meant more cloud cover and drizzly conditions. "We are seeing what seems to be very much a springtime pattern coming through." York County this time of year normally benefits from high pressure that would push many storm fronts farther to the north,. Rainfall would come down from storm fronts that would quickly give way to clearer skies. Instead, the high pressure so far this year has stayed farther west, around Texas and other Gulf Coast states. In York County that's meant more cloud cover, which drags down high temperatures by blocking sunlight. The average high so far this month is about 77 degrees when it would historically be about 81. When the weather pattern will return to normal is unclear.
MICHIGAN – The first two weeks of June left Muskegon residents wondering, "Where's summer?" Well, summer has officially arrived both on the calendar and in the air. Temperatures hovered in the 60s and low 70s through June 14. A period of cooler temperatures in June is perfectly normal, however, it was PECULIAR that the cold spell came at the beginning of June. "It's been quite a long time since we've had a June that's been like this. This is an UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN." The weather was attributed to a transition from a La Nina weather pattern to a more neutral state. La Nina occurs with abnormally cold ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific, while warm water temperatures in that area characterize the El Nino. By the end of the summer, the overall pattern is expected to shift to El Nino. An above normal-amount of rain has fallen on Muskegon in June. The forecast for the rest of the summer calls for an equal chance of rainfall being above or below normal levels.
AUSTRALIA – Mysterious flash, explosion and fire – An air and ground search of the area in central Queensland where a bright flash and explosion was witnessed early this morning has failed to find an obvious cause. Emergency services initially believed a plane may have crashed into a mountain at Takilberan Creek northwest of Gin Gin but the Australian Search and Rescue Authority received no mayday or distress calls from aircraf. Although a search found a fire on the mountain, there was no evidence of any wreckage or “risk to human life”. A crew had not been able to identify what caused the fire. “They’ve conducted ground searches as well as an aerial search. There is a fire up there but it could have been caused by a space junk or meteor strike, or even a lightning strike.” Police from Gin Gin have also been involved in an air and ground search in the thickly forested area following a 000 call about 6.30am. Space authorities said it was not uncommon for natural material to hit the earth, with about 100 tonnes of material entering the earth's atmosphere every day. A resident of Dalby, about 350km southwest of Takilberan Creek, said she saw an explosion of white-yellow light streak across the sky about 6am. "It was brighter and larger and too low in the sky to be a falling star. It was just a flash, it was kind of like a comet tail, but just for a few seconds. It was a ball of light that went to a tail.'' A UFO Research Queensland spokeswoman said they had received no reports about the incident.
An enormous eruption has found its way to Earth after travelling for many thousands of years across space. Studying this blast, astronomers have discovered a dead star belonging to a rare group: the magnetars. X-Rays from the giant outburst arrived on Earth on 22 August 2008. The outburst lasted for more than four months, during which time hundreds of smaller bursts were measured. So far only 15 magnetars in total are known in our Galaxy. Magnetars are the most intensely magnetised objects in the Universe. Their magnetic fields are some 10,000 million times stronger than Earth's. This particular magnetar, known as SGR 0501+4516, is estimated to lie about 15,000 light-years away, and was undiscovered until its outburst gave it away. An outburst takes place when the unstable configuration of the magnetic field pulls the magnetar's crust, allowing matter to spew outwards in an exotic volcanic eruption. This matter tangles with the magnetic field which itself can change its configuration, releasing more energy. Magnetar outbursts CAN SUPPLY AS MUCH ENERGY TO EARTH AS SOLAR FLARES, despite the fact they are far across our Galaxy, whereas the Sun is at our celestial doorstep.
New insight into the Sun's mysterious quiet period – Sonograms of the Sun explain the mystery of the missing sunspots. Scientists have discovered that a solar jet stream deep inside the Sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to the current lack of sunspots and low solar activity. The Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of magnetic activity related to sunspots, solar flares, and the interplanetary storms called coronal mass ejections. The current "solar minimum" quiet period has been UNUSUALLY LONG AND DEEP, confounding scientists. The Sun generates new jet streams near its poles every 11 years. The streams migrate slowly, over a period of 17 years, to the equator and are associated with the production of sunspots once they reach a critical latitude of 22°. The stream associated with the new solar cycle has moved sluggishly, taking 3 years to cover a 10° range in latitude compared to 2 years for the last solar cycle, but has now reached the critical latitude. The current solar minimum has become so long and deep, some scientists have speculated the Sun might enter a long period with no sunspot activity at all. The new result shows that the Sun's internal magnetic dynamo continues to operate and heralds the beginning of a new cycle of solar activity. "It is exciting to see that just as this sluggish stream reaches the usual active latitude of 22°, a year late, we finally begin to see new groups of sunspots emerging at the new active latitude." "This is an important piece of the solar activity puzzle. It shows how flows inside the Sun are related to the creation of solar activity and how the timing of the solar cycle might be produced. None of the forecasting research groups predicted the current long extended delay in the new cycle. There is a lot more to learn in order to understand how the Sun creates magnetic fields." [Yet there are still no sunspots on the sun right now.]
There is new evidence in the debate regarding the 1908 Tunguska event that destroyed 80 million trees in Siberia. An icy comet, rather than a meteor, must have been responsible for the event. Researchers say that clouds that form at the poles after shuttle launches are due to the turbulent transport of water from shuttle exhaust. Similar clouds were visible at night long after the Tunguska event. Bright night skies after the Tunguska event could be explained by a great deal of water being released into the upper atmosphere. That suggests the cause was a comet that shed its icy outer coating before plunging to Earth, rather than an asteroid or meteor.
HEALTH THREATS –
'Something different" happening with new flu – Flu season could last all year this year in US. The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year – perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday. An UNUSUALLY COOL late spring may be helping keep the infection going in the U.S. Northeast, especially densely populated areas in New York and Massachusetts. And infections among healthcare workers suggest that people are showing up at work sick – meaning that workplace policies may be contributing to its spread. So far the virus is causing mild to moderate disease, but it has killed at least 167 people and been confirmed in nearly 40,000 people globally. The United States has been hardest hit, with upward of 100,000 likely cases and probably far more, with 44 deaths and 1,600 hospitalized. "The fact that we are seeing ongoing transmission now indicates that we are seeing something different. And we believe that that may have to do with the complete lack of immunity to this particular virus among those that are most likely affected. And those are children." In areas that are the most affected up to 7 percent of the population has influenza-like illness.
Lab testing confirmed that pigs are susceptible to the new virus and that sick ones can transmit the virus successively to uninfected animals. Disease severity varied, but none of the pigs died. Researchers said the virus can become established in pig populations, but illness patterns could vary in the field.
Japan to shutter special flu clinics – Japan's health ministry will close special clinics for people with influenza infections in an effort to prevent people from overwhelming them in the fall if a more severe wave of the novel H1N1 virus strikes. Officials fear overcrowded clinics could delay treatment for those with severe illnesses. Sick patients will be treated at any medical clinic. The ministry also said it would scale back quarantine measures at entry ports to prepandemic levels.
The number of global novel influenza cases grew to 44,287 cases, including 180 deaths. The list includes the first confirmed cases from Laos, Oman, St Maarten, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and Suriname. Countries reporting large increases include Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Chile, and the United Kingdom.
The US's number of novel H1N1 cases grew to 21,449, including 87 deaths. The number reflects an increase of 3,594 cases and 87 fatalities from a week ago. States reporting the most cases include Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and California. New York confirmed the highest number of deaths, 24, followed by Texas with 10, and California, Utah, and Illinois with 8 each.
The World Health Organization's count of novel H1N1 influenza cases reached 52,160, nearly 8,000 more than the last count on Jun 19. The WHO listed the death toll as 231, up from 180 as of 3 days ago. Five countries are new to the list: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, and Slovenia. Media reports said that Ethiopia and Iran also have reported their first cases, all in people who were recently in the United States.
Nearly all influenza A viruses in US are novel H1N1 – The novel H1N1 influenza virus accounted for 98% of all influenza A viruses that were subtyped in the United States in the week of Jun 6-13. Only 0.2% of isolates were influenza B. The CDC said overall flu activity declined but remained above normal for this time of year, with 11 states reporting widespread activity.
US warns travelers of risk of quarantine in China – The US State Department warned on Jun 19 that travelers to China may be quarantined for 7 days if they arrive with a fever or flu-like symptoms. Chinese authorities target travelers with even slightly elevated temperatures, plus people sitting near them, if they come from areas with novel H1N1 cases. It also said the US has received reports of children being separated from parents and travelers being held in unsuitable quarantine conditions with poor drinking water and food.
Germany's federal agency for infectious diseases said on Tuesday there were signs the H1N1 swine flu virus had started to mutate and warned it could spread in the coming months in a more aggressive form. Experts were concerned about how the flu was developing in Australia and South America. "In autumn the mutated form could spread to the northern hemisphere." Germany has the third highest rate of swine flu infection in Europe with 275 confirmed cases. The WHO has advised governments to prepare for a long-term battle against the new pandemic it officially calls A(H1N1). The WHO Director-General said recently the virus is currently "pretty stable," but warned it could still change into a more deadly form, perhaps mixing with the H5N1 bird flu virus circulating widely in poultry.
Asia’s first A(H1N1)-related death is a Filipina from Metro Manila. This was confirmed by health authorities who also warned that 25 percent of the country’s 90 million population could be affected by the dreaded influenza virus. More schools have suspended their classes to protect the health and safety of their students. On June 19, as the cases of Influenza A(H1N1) surged past 300, the health department made public the statistics they have so far on the H1N1 cases in the Philippines. Roughly one-third came from abroad, many of them Filipinos who went for a vacation in the US despite the DOH (Department of Health) warning to put off unnecessary travel. Most of the recorded cases so far are in Metro Manila — and many of them were in Quezon City. All cases have so far been mild. "The first community outbreak in the country is worrisome for two reasons: First, the victims were exposed to the virus due to a medical mission and second, everyone got the virus locally. This is quite dangerous, since the virus is now spreading locally and even doctors don't know how to handle such a potentially virulent strain of the virus. The Department of Health seems capable of doing its job but, somewhere, somewhat, it's bungling it. They want to allay fears by telling that the virus is “mild”, and not lethal. Yet, it says that the potential of the virus morphing into a more virulent strain is there.…the hype has caused many people to panic. Drug companies and some doctors have been quick to ride on the wave of hysteria. People have been flocking to them in droves. They believe that getting injected with the current flu vaccine would protect them from the swine flu. In effect, their panic is filling up the purses of some doctors and drug companies." "Want to know how jumpy people are? Everytime somebody coughs in the elevator, I could literally see everyone’s head turning towards the poor guy, with MURDER written on their faces."
World Bank expects pandemic to dent economic output – The World Bank said the severity and impact of the current pandemic seem to resemble the Hong Kong influenza pandemic of 1968-69, which could mean a drop in gross domestic product of 0.7%. The World Bank said developing countries are most vulnerable to pandemic effects because of high population density, weak healthcare systems, and high prevalence of chronic diseases. The pandemic will likely erode Mexico's output by 5.8% in 2009.
British swine flu cases could mount to tens of thousands every week within months and the strategy to cope with outbreaks is being changed.
Virus stable – The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the H1N1 virus was stable and there was no sign of it mixing with avian flu or other influenza viruses.
The global tally of novel H1N1 flu cases rose to 55,876, including 238 deaths. The total is an increase of 3,707 since the last WHO update 2 days ago. The list includes nine countries reporting their first novel flu cases: Antigua and Barbuda, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Latvia, Montenegro, Tunisia, and Vanuatu. Countries reporting more than 200 new cases are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Britain.
US officials suggest that new virus originated in Asia – US agriculture officials believe the novel H1N1 virus originated in Asia, not in North America, where it was first found. There is no evidence that the new virus has ever circulated in North American pigs, but a virus taken from a pig in Hong Kong in 2004 was found to be closely related to it. US officials thus speculate that a human carried the virus from Asia to North America — but they said there is no way to prove the idea.
Officials estimate at least a million Americans have had swine flu, with 127 deaths, but many cases were mild. An infection rate of one million people, although high, would still be modest compared with the 36 million Americans who each year come down with seasonal flu.
The number of confirmed swine flu cases in England has jumped by nearly 20% in a single day, latest figures show. 535 new cases were confirmed on Friday, bringing the total to 3,364. Scotland registered another 72 cases on Friday, an 8.5% rise, bringing the total to 922, and a 25th case was confirmed in Northern Ireland. With 12 cases confirmed in Wales, the total number of confirmed UK cases now stands at 4,323. The UK could soon expect to see a surge of new cases. The chief medical officer for England predicted tens of thousands of cases of swine flu could be emerging each week by the autumn. London is a swine flu "hotspot" in England, recording 225 new cases on Friday, taking the total to 985.
RECALLS & ALERTS:
NESTLE COOKIE DOUGH – Federal microbiologists and food safety investigators have descended on the Danville, Va., plant that makes Nestle's refrigerated cookie dough, trying to crack a scientific mystery surrounding a national outbreak of E. Coli from raw cookie dough.
-Smith Dairy Products Company announced a voluntary recall on SMITH'S Tea with Lemon in gallon size.
-Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese of Reading, Michigan announced the recall of all lots of various types of soft Mexican-style cheeses due to potential Listeria contamination.
U.S. authorities have seized all medicines produced by generic drugmaker Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd (CPD.A) following repeated violations of manufacturing standards. The drugs included generic versions of heart, pain and psychiatric medicines. Up to 33 different drugs may have been seized at the company's three manufacturing plants, all located in Michigan. "This action follows Caraco's continued failure to meet" manufacturing standards that assure drug quality.
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
'Ark of the Covenant' about to be unveiled?
Ethiopian patriarch tells pope he will show artifact to world
June 24, 2009
The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world's most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos. Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, told the news agency, "Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries." The announcement is expected to be made at 2 p.m. Italian time from the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome. Pauolos will reportedly be accompanied by Prince Aklile Berhan Makonnen Haile Sellassie and Duke Amedeo D'Acosta. "The Ark of the Covenant is in Ethiopia for many centuries," said Pauolos. "As a patriarch I have seen it with my own eyes and only few highly qualified persons could do the same, until now."
Hark! Where's the Bible Ark?
Ethiopia's Orthodox patriarch cops out on revealing plan for public viewing
June 26, 2009
The leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church today backed off on a much-anticipated announcement about the Ark of the Covenant — the ancient container holding the Ten Commandment — which he claims to have seen. But no other evidence or, indeed, even any announcement, was made public today when word had been expected. Ark hunters and Bible enthusiasts have been buzzing for two days on the report from the Italian news agency Adnkronos that Patriarch Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, said, "Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries." He had suggested the possibility the artifact might be viewable in a planned museum. "I repeat (the Ark of the Covenant) is in Ethiopia and nobody … knows for how much time. Only God knows," he said in the Adnkronos report available online.
Record crowds at Stonehenge for summer solstice celebrations
Simon de Bruxelles
Druids began their incantations, Wiccan priestesses drew their cowls tight against the damp morning air and four half-naked Papuan dancers waved their hands in the air and went: “Woo, woo, woo”. Only the guest of honour failed to put in an appearance at Stonehenge. A record 36,500 people had gathered at the prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain to watch the sun rise. So many turned out to celebrate the solstice that roads had to be shut and the vast field converted into a car park for 6,500 vehicles was full by 3am. Disappointingly, despite a promising forecast, the sun was unable to break through the thin layer of grey cloud that shrouded the ceremony. But most people did not let that spoil their enjoyment. The crowds had dispersed by the time it was fully light, revealing the bodies of those who had had too much fun, or had simply had enough, slumbering gently on the grass.
Amid Jewish revival, Poland gets openly gay rabbi
By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press Writer Vanessa Gera, Associated Press Writer – Sun Jun 28
WARSAW, Poland – When Rabbi Aaron Katz walks the streets of Warsaw's former Jewish quarter, scenes of that lost world fill his imagination: Families headed to synagogue, women in their kitchens cooking Sabbath meals, his father as a boy with the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew. But Katz's life could hardly be more different from that prewar eastern European culture, at least in one key respect: He is Poland's first openly gay rabbi. Born in Argentina 53 years ago to parents who fled Poland before the Holocaust, Katz is the latest rabbi to play his part in reviving a once vibrant Jewish community that was all but wiped out by Hitler. He settled into Warsaw's historic Jewish district in March with Kevin Gleason, a former Hollywood producer on such reality TV shows as "The Bachelor" and "Nanny 911," with whom he entered into a registered domestic partnership in Los Angeles two years ago.
Conn. church creates stir with gay exorcism video
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The video shows the 16-year-old boy lying on the floor, his body convulsing, as elders of a small Connecticut church cast a "homosexual demon" from his body. "Rip it from his throat!" a woman yells. "Come on, you homosexual demon! You homosexual spirit, we call you out right now! Loose your grip, Lucifer!" The 20-minute video posted on YouTube by Manifested Glory Ministries is being called abuse by gay and youth advocates, who are demanding an investigation. But a church official this week denied that the teenager was injured or that the church is prejudiced. "We believe a man should be with a woman and a woman should be with a man," the Rev. Patricia McKinney told The Associated Press. "We have nothing against homosexuals. I just don't agree with their lifestyle." The church posted the video on YouTube but has since removed it; it is still available on some Web sites that copied it. The church declined to make the video available for distribution by The Associated Press. It shows church members standing the youth on his feet by holding him under his arms, and people shouting as organ music plays.
'Is it permitted to eat the flesh of American soldiers?'
Jihadist says slaughtering needs to be according to Shariah
Posted: June 25, 2009
The Al-Falluja jihadist forum has featured a new discussion – on the slaughter and eating of U.S. soldiers, according to officials with the Middle East Media Research Institute. On the organization's Jihad Threat and Terrorism page, a subscription service of the nonprofit that monitors, interprets and reports on media developments in the Middle East, a report said the discussion was prompted by a new book from Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi, one of the most influential jihadist sheiks alive. The MEMRI report said a forum participant who identifies himself as "Al-Maqdisi's Student," wrote on June 13: "Is it permitted to eat the flesh of American soldiers? A quote from the illustrious Sheik Al-Maqdisi, may Allah preserve him." He recounted an exchange involving early Muslim commander Khalid b. Al-Walid and a Byzantine commander at the battle of Yarmuk, which is thought to have happened in A..D. 636 . "The Byzantine commander said to Khalid that the Muslims had only gone out from the land due to hunger, and offered to buy them off. Khalid responded, 'It was not hunger that drove us out of our land, as you say; we are a people who drink blood, and we know that there is no blood more delicious than Byzantine blood. That is why we came,'" the report said.
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
The BBC supports Islam and attacks Christianity, claims Radio 2 stalwart Don Maclean
By Paul Revoir
22nd June 2009
One of Radio 2's most popular religious presenters has launched a stinging attack on the BBC suggesting the broadcaster is biased against Christianity. Don Maclean, 66, who hosted Good Morning Sunday for 16 years, said the broadcaster was 'keen' on programmes that attack the Christian church. He said programming chiefs were keen to take a 'negative angle at every opportunity' in a way they do not with other faiths like Islam. Mr Maclean said programmes about Anglicanism on the BBC always discuss gay clergy and for Catholicism they always mention paedophiles.
State House edits 'Jesus' from pastor's prayer
By ERIN JAMES
For the Daily Record/Sunday News
Gerry Stoltzfoos is a man of faith — but not the type who preaches constantly with in-your-face theology. Even the Gettysburg-area church where he serves as lead pastor is designed more as a gathering hall than as a shrine full of religious imagery. But when it comes to prayer, Stoltzfoos is steadfast in his approach of speaking directly to and addressing by name the Christian God he worships. "I think prayer is talking to God, so when I pray, I try to talk to him," said Stoltzfoos, the pastor of Freedom Valley Worship Center in Straban Township, Adams County. However, that principle clashed recently with a new policy of Pennsylvania's Speaker of the House, Keith McCall, D-Carbon County. Stoltzfoos had been invited by state Rep. Will Tallman, R-Reading Township, Adams County, to open Tuesday's session of the House with a prayer as guest chaplain. The pastor declined the invitation after someone on McCall's staff told him he could not use Jesus' name in the prayer.
Fear of Massacre Grips Christian Village in Egypt; Crops Destroyed
Assyrian International News Agency
By Mary Abdelmassih
(AINA) — Fears of an impending massacre has gripped the Christian Copts in the village of Ezbet Boshra, El Fashn, which was scene to Muslim mob attacks on Copts on Sunday (AINA 6-22-2009). Egyptian State Security has placed only Coptic villagers under curfew since the Muslim assaults on Sunday. According to correspondent Mary Bassit of Copts United, The terrified villagers fear that being confined to their homes, while Muslims are free, might encourage Muslim fanatics to massacre them, especially with the bias of the security forces. Lawyer Makkar Watany, who was detained with the 19 other Copts after Sunday's events, told Coptic News Bulletin on 6/23/09 that they were mistreated during police detention, with several Copts suffering broken limbs and wounds. "I was singled out as the police knew that I am a Coptic activist and have connections with the NGOs in Cairo. I was beaten by a junior office, in spite of being a lawyer." he said. "The other Coptic detainees told the police that they 'are ready to die as they have nothing more to lose.'"
Iran: Secret Believers Growing Despite Persecution
by Jerry Dykstra : Jun 26, 2009 : Open Doors USA
"When they unpacked the Bibles in a house church, the Christians there were overjoyed. Their leader said: 'Here are brothers and sisters who have converted through Christian radio programs and have been waiting for a Bible for years. So we decided to fast and pray for one week. Today it's the last day!'" EDITOR'S NOTE: I spent a portion of time, yesterday, monitoring a "Twitter" thread from inside Iran, where protesters are continually uploading desperate communications in an effort to inform the world, and fellow Iranians, what is transpiring inside their country. It was sobering, chilling, and in some cases horrific, as I read of what the government is doing to their own people. Who knows how many more days the protests will last, or how long the people can continue to stand? It's clear that they long for freedom, though. And, as we keep the situation and the people there in prayer, may it also make us all the more thankful for the freedom that we have in America and other countries—but especially grateful for the freedom of a new life, found only in Christ. –Aimee Herd, BCN. (Santa Ana, CA)—Many Iranian people feel frustrated by Islam 30 years after the Islamic Revolution—reflected by the current protests in Iran after the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Photo: AFP) They are searching for spiritual truth and some are finding it in Jesus. More than 100,000 are secret Christian Believers from a Muslim background who often meet together in rapidly growing house churches. Such Believers are actively targeted by authorities. 2008 marked the toughest year regarding Christian persecution since the Islamic Revolution.
Navy censors Christian moms
Tells chat group for relatives of U.S. sailors to change name
June 26, 2009
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
The U.S. Navy has ordered a chat group gathered on a special website the military set up for families of service members to drop the word "Christian" from its title. It also has changed the website's rules to ban all "religious discussions" because such speech "contradicts our purpose by creating unnecessary divisions among site members." The issue was exposed by officials with Liberty Counsel, a public interest law firm that has written to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus demanding that the censorship on the NavyforMoms.com website be reversed. "The prohibition of religious groups and religious speech on Navy for Moms by the United States Navy is unconstitutional," said the letter dispatched also to the private company engaged by the Navy to operate the site.