Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 95
The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
A Prayer of Compassion
Recently we were instructed to inform mankind to prepare for the coming Rapture as time marches on and this dying world crumbles on its foundations. As prophecy unfolds before our very eyes in places near and far all over the world, I do not see a people who are aware; I see a people who are blinded and deceived. My prayer is a prayer of compassion for them, Father, because I am fearful for their lives.
You know far better than I Father, as You see and know all, and admittedly I am but one small and unimportant person with a very limited, if not myopic, view of the world, but from where I stand and what I can see, it seems to me that while they may see the warnings that You so diligently provide, they do not recognize them for what they are.
We, myself and my fellow ministers and many others of the extended flock, have been so incredibly blessed by You. Not a day goes by in which I don’t give thanks for all that You have done and remember how not long ago, I too was lost in darkness…and searching. It is a testament to Your glory Father and it serves to give me hope, because if it can happen to me it can happen to others, regardless of who they are or the circumstances they are in.
You have instructed us brilliantly on many things and You have opened our eyes to Truth. Patiently You have taken our hands and led us through and amazing journey of enlightenment in which many of Your mysteries were revealed, explained and understood. And while I’m thankful for those who have been found, I pray that still more eyes are opened to the Truth, so that when they do see and recognize Your Truth, they will humble themselves and give You glory.
I pray for those who walk in darkness by choice who have not gone beyond Adamic sin as well as those who find themselves there unwittingly as pawns in the Spiritual War. I pray that the brilliance of Your light reach them through the darkness and that when it does, they turn towards Your light so that they may have a chance at salvation through Your son Christ Jesus and eternal life.
We are not worthy, or deserving of Your blessings. We have not fully appreciated this jewel of creation that we have all had a hand in destroying. So many of us wander through life in a daze, sometimes just struggling to make it hour by hour, minute by minute as the Tribulation rages around us. Some of us are in denial due to fear, and cannot see through the haze of smoke that wafts up through the destruction as it rages on. Many do not understand why, a loving God would allow such horrible things to happen. But I do Father, I do, and I pray that they will too.
I pray for them Father, because I know that there’s not much time left. You have placed this urgency and compassion in my heart Father, because it was not there before You called me into Your service. And now it is what urges me to open my mouth and minister and to write and to pray and meditate on Your Word. I pray that You have compassion on them Father, as you have had compassion on me. Help me to know how to best serve them Father, and never let compassion leave my heart.
My life, and all our lives are in Your hands Father. And I pray that those who have ears will listen, and those who have eyes will see. I cherish Your Way and each new day that You give in which I’m able to serve You and grow closer to You via the knowledge, understanding and wisdom that You share via Your Holy Spirit. And I thank You from the bottom of my heart for these things as well as Your patience, forgiveness, the protection via Your Holy Angels, guidance via Your Holy Ghosts, and for all the things big and small that you so generously provice.
I pray in the name of Your Son Christ Jesus, our loving Savior and vindicator of righteous rule. May Your will be done in all things now and forevermore.
Amen, Father Yahweh.
Submitted By Johanna
Save me from myself, Lord;
Save me from my need
To always run my life, Lord,
To control my every deed.
Save me from my pride, Lord,
My focus on just me;
Help me learn to serve, Lord;
Show me how to be.
Save me from the world, Lord,
When tempting things entice;
Remind me of eternity
With You, in paradise.
I give my life to you, Lord
My every need you fill;
I’m resting in my faith, Lord;
You saved me, and you always will.
By Joanna Fuchs
Mental Preparation via a Core Teaching
One of the primary lessons we have been taught over and over again is simply to be obedient. Being ready to obey at any time, place, or instance. Regardless of our condition, we should be ready to obey, just as Christ was when he was nailed to the cross. There should be no difference in the paths that we should follow, which follow in Christ's footsteps towards Father. Yet, all of these things are too simple to just say. Our given situations in life do not always provide the training for such obedience when it is really difficult to do so. However, one can be confident in Father's training via this:
Luke 16:10 — Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.
Thus, whatever little training we do receive for in preparation, we can not only grow in small amounts, but also delve deep into and find greater treasures and fruits, much like how certain healthy vegetables grow beneath the ground, rather than in trees. It is interesting how certain fruits and vegetables require one to do a little more work not only to grow them, but also to acquire its produce for one reason or another.
Nevertheless, obedience actually seems to be a core issue in scripture, from the beginning, actually. Disobedience is seemingly one of the major causes for the first sin to have even taken place. If at least obedience were upheld, then there might not have been a serpent that seduced Eve into also sinning. In this, obedience can take up a stand against sin in one's heart, not just in one's mind. It may help for one to have a sense of duty in their actions for Father, but this sense of duty must be in correlation with a strong sense of Father's Spirit in one's heart. Otherwise, that sense may even become corrupted and lead one astray into doing horrible things. Thus, it is in obedience to Father's Spirit and Will that helps not only to defend against sin, but also to progress Father's Spirit in one's own being, as well as with all those around and then some.
Obedience, in this sense, is based on Father's Spirit, which can move a person in ways that they do not fully understand at times.
John 3:8 — The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don't know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
This, perhaps, is one of the largest difficulties for one to overcome in this day and age, as well as to have to try to handle other individuals with. As an example, it would seem that college graduates, high school graduates, or even simply middle schoolers, are expected to have some sort of plans and goals for their future careers and lives. In a way, those who can produce some sort of “game plan” to tackle financial and other forms of stability in this current world seem to be seen as already stable in their own sense. This false image provides some sort of false comfort that there is some sort of false hope for comfortable times for the future. Yet, Father's Spirit does not work like this. Individuals may make certain plans or have certain goals, but when a person's heart all of the sudden inspires them to do something that changes their whole course, they can't so easily explain this to others. Father's Spirit inspires us on a whim of Father's own will, and not any of this world's or our own, which can cause each of us to perform things we haven't even thought of, and bring us towards places that only Father could prepare.
And so, one is left with a great difficulty in beginning to listen to Father in their heart because they are possibly brought up in a time and place where they are expected to know certain things and have certain plans, when truly, they need not have any of those to attain the stability that Father provides in an instant of following Her Will. In this, one can see that there are things that clutter one's mind and heart that keep one from being fully ready to obey Father at any one time. The only way to really be ready to obey Father in those things is to reject the things of the world, its attitudes and ways of thinking, and keep Father in mind at the core focus. Also, when Father is the core focus, it is not just the lessons and all She has shared with us that are remembered, because it is not just the brain that is at use. All of one's being is focused towards Father, just as we are to love Father with all our heart, all our mind, and all our being. If this is simply even pondered, one can begin to delve into flowing with Father's Spirit at any time.
So, by preparing to follow Father's Spirit at any one moment, one may be further prepared to do Father's Will in the time to come, as well as when the Rapture has come. Consider, because the Rapture will occur at a time when no one knows except Father, we, as Father's children, must not only be mentally prepared, but also prepared in every other way, because in some way, shape, or form, something or other may not be adjusted in the way it should be, which could get in the way of being obedient to Father when it is time. It must also be remembered that preparation in one area cannot only be preparation of one specific part, because one part influences the other. As Father's wisdom is multifaceted, becoming prepared in one area will always help to boost the whole. By implementing all of Father's Spirit, one strengthens the whole. By this, one, in order to further prepare, learns many things all at once, but at the same time, maintains the original root of their entire existence. Thus, in practicing obedience, one grows more prepared not only for the difficult times before the Rapture, but also there beyond. Obedience to Father, in this sense, is not just something one does, but is a habit, a complete structure to which can be even seen and come to be learned of as if it were an architect's own work. That which we are trying to build to please Father is based on the materials that Father provides, Himself, as well as via Her energy, and Her plans, which are not written in energy that this world uses, but via Her eternal Spirit. In that way, the Rapture is not just a time where we are rescued, but also a time when we are able to present to Father all that we can that can truly be of value in Father's eyes. There are always multiple purposes behind all She does, and all of those should be considered in full obedience to each facet. That, alone, is a miracle provided by Father.
Fruitage of the Spirit – Part 12
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 learn to have reasonableness:
1 Timothy 3:2-3
You must learn to be respectful of others:
1 Peter 3:15
You must learn to have self-control:
2 Peter 1:5-6 Titus 1:7-8
Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Romans 9:20-22 "But who are you —anyone who talks back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?" Or has the potter no right over His clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor? And what if God, desiring to display His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?"
Who are any of us to talk back to Father about anything She has willed into place?
Why should Satan not have argued back to Father asking why he should not be of a higher stature? Asking why Father should compel all to adhere to Her laws and not permit freedom of action?
stature >noun 1 a person's natural height when standing. 2 importance or reputation gained by ability or achievement.
-ORIGIN Latin statura, from stare 'to stand'.
Where Father formed Michael as the Archangel, was it imperfection in Father that Satan who was later formed from the same energy mass that Michael was formed from be considered as wrong to have had a creation go sour? Satan and all angelic hosts were bi-created by Michael from the same energy he was created from, therefore we are all brothers in union with the One that provided the energy for our births into creation.
Do all of us think that we are the only ones that are enduring hardships because of creation being out of kilter with Father's intended plan that Satan shipwrecked but is being repaired by Father? Father ENDURES Herself by being patient. Father's wrath is a promise to end sin in creation that must be administered until sin is eradicated. By performing such a feat Father's power will be made known to all that exist in creation.
"endured with much patience objects of wrath ready for destruction?"
object >noun 1 a material thing that can be seen and touched. 2 a person or thing to which an action or feeling is directed. 3 a goal or purpose. 4 Grammar a noun or noun phrase governed by a transitive verb or by a preposition. >verb express disapproval or opposition.
-PHRASES no object not influencing or restricting choices or decisions: money is no object.
-DERIVATIVES objector >noun.
-ORIGIN Latin objectum 'thing presented to the mind'.
The objects of wrath are sinful people that will not accept the truth of Father with a wholesome heart. Therefore Father is enduring Her own pain by permitting sin to continue in an effort to give everyone a chance to have a change of heart. It is not Her will that anyone should perish back to the clay they were formed from.
Genesis 2:7 "Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being."
Job 10:9 "Please remember that You formed me like clay. Will You now return me to dust?"
Genesis 3:1 "You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust." The penalty for noncompliance of Father's will
Job 33: "I am just like you before God; I was also pinched off from [a piece of] clay."
Since Father gives each of you special insight so that all things become a whole within your thinking processes, I'll elaborate on: "when others ask "Why me?" It is because those asking that question are not of one mind with Father. They do not understand that Father tests Her own converted children more harshly than those that remain without understanding of Her mind-set.
Acts 8:6 "The crowds paid attention with one mind to what Philip said, as they heard and saw the signs he was performing." Yet, those not of Father's family do receive a measure of Her disciplining, and this is why they ask "Why me?" "One mind" is to be fully within the scope of what is being revealed as truth. To be in the mind-set that Father is conveying to those that take heart and listen to Her vitally important message of what She truly expects. This is to be enlightened to Her truth which is the truth of all creation. Satan represents the darkness that overshadows Father's truth in a veil of deceit. That veil of deceit is to be lacking of truth as things really exist in reality of all creation, and Satan's darkness muddies up the waters of truth so as to produce doubt in those that might hear the truth in its richness that is exhibited by this ministry serving both Father and Her first-born Son Christ Jesus.
Do some of you feel that I have left you alone for a period of time? If so, remember that none of you are ever really left alone. Father's Spirit and Her hosts are always at your sides. Signs occur almost daily for each of you. They might also come in the form of dreams, but regardless of how they manifest themselves, they occur. When they do, Father works through your minds the "circumstance" you find yourself in is what Father's Spirit will dictate that you do. It will be a strong urge just as it was with Regina when she revealed her kindness and love for a person that suffered from a fire in her apartments. That person had a partial truth of Father, and Regina was moved by Father's Spirit to show her kindness. This is one example.
1 Samuel 10: "When these signs have happened to you, do whatever your circumstances require because God is with you."
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
Bizarre UFO sightings in California for July 13th 2009
Sacramento UFO Examiner
July 14, 2009
As UFO sightings increase around the world the term "hot spot" has become more popular and relevant as well. The images in this article were taken by UFO enthusiasts in the small town of Penn Valley, ca. on July 13th 2009. The Sacramento UFO Examiner has presented these exclusive photos to our readers as bizarre and entertaining to say the least. We were there to observe the rapid shooting of over 280 photos taken and verified that all the images were shot from the same location at rapid intervals. The images were snapped at a time when no stars were visible to the naked eye, yet just at the right moment these images of bizarre flying objects were caught on film. The objects were there one moment and gone the next. The one image in particular that raises the hair on the back of our necks is the photo of what appears to be a fleet of something unidentified. The human race is no doubt experiencing a climactic event of some kind as ordinary people like you continue to take photos like these. What will this event be and when? Many feel the answer is right around the corner as we do.
UFO's Visit Arenal Volcano
Inside Costa Rica
July 13, 2009
The activity of the Volcan Arenal during the past week or so has not only attracted national and foreign tourists to the La Fortuna de San Carlos, but also visitors from the outer world. Reports of unidentified flying objects (UFO's) have been pouring, according to Ufologist, Edgar Picado, who is investigating the latest reports. Picado insists that visits by extraterrestrials to the volcano are common and that the recent increase in reports is due to the increase interest in the volcano due to its recent activity.
Record UFO sightings predicted in Britain for 2009
by Rich Bowden – Jul 13 2009
The Tech Herald
Ufologists are predicting a record number of UFO sightings in Britain this year after an explosion of alleged UFOs reported to the Ministry of Defence in the first six months of the year. The Sun reports a total of 231 sightings passed on to the MoD so far this year; compared to to 285 in 2008, 135 in 2007 and 97 in 2006. The newspaper quoted leading UFO expert Nick Pope as saying: "We are now on track for a record year." "I thought the number of UFOs reported last year was high, but we now know they are being reported in increasing numbers," he said. Experts are divided over whether there has been a spike in UFO activity over Britain in the last two years as suggested by the number of sightings reported to the Ministry, or whether this could be the prevalence of digital cameras and mobile phones which are more easily able to record such phenomena.
Green light UFO videotaped over Boca Raton
July 10, 2009
The UFO Examiner
A green light UFO was spotted July 6 by multiple witnesses over Boca Raton, Florida, according to witness reports filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. One witness said it was "a green glowing diamond shaped object, about 100ft above us, floating" Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If Florida MUFON Director Bland Pugh 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. FL, July 6, 2009 – Green Glowing Object Floating and moving erratically. I have two eyewitness reports. Around 9 P.M. a friend called me to come outside. There was a green light in the sky, but it was too close to be a star. It was moving side-to-side and hovering, like nothing I have ever seen before. I jumped in my car and drove to its location.
UFO nocturnal aerial lights filmed over Mt. Adams, WA
July 13, 2009
The UFO Examiner
Jon Kelly, the reverse speech expert, has filmed bright nocturnal aerial lights over Mt. Adams, WA. occuring during the 2009 Science, Spirit & World Transformation conference over the July 4 2009 weekend. A video of these remarkable nocturnal aerial lights can be seen below. “In the video,” Jon Kelly states, “we see evidence of bright nocturnal aerial lights traveling across the night sky. Most of these lights were first detected by the naked eye before the camera was used to record their passage. The camera was set to a slow shutter high-sensitivity infrared recording mode that gathered the greatest amount light possible under night sky conditions for this camera. “However, the slow shutter combined with camera jitter resulted in some geometric distortion of the images. “The infrared camera videos demonstrate that the nocturnal aerial lights persisted in displaying infrared light for some period of time even after they became invisible to the naked eye. The infrared camera also recorded the contraction and expansion of a field of charged particles surrounding the light sources. In the last clip we can see this field expand significantly just prior to an intense “power-up” of visible light, whereupon the field suddenly diminishes (although the intense display of visible light persists).
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
Countering Riots, China Snatches Hundreds From Their Homes
The New York Times
by Andrew Jacobs
July 19, 2009
URUMQI, China — The two boys were seized while kneading dough at a sidewalk bakery. The livery driver went out to get a drink of water and did not come home. Tuer Shunjal, a vegetable vendor, was bundled off with four of his neighbors when he made the mistake of peering out from a hallway bathroom when the police swept through the building he was in. “They threw a shirt over his head and led him away without saying a word,” said his wife, Resuangul. In the two weeks since ethnic riots tore through Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, killing more than 190 people and injuring more than 1,700, security forces have been combing the city and detaining hundreds of people, many of them Uighur men whom the authorities blame for much of the slaughter.
Orange riots in Belfast
by Gregg Ryan
July 17, 2009
POLICE were attacked with petrol bombs and missiles in the worst rioting in Belfast since 2004, after the Orange Order celebrations across Northern Ireland on Monday. Twenty-three members of the Police Service in Northern Ireland were injured after civil disorder in Belfast, Derry, Rasharkin, and Armagh. Sinn Fein and the local communities blamed dissidents for the violence, and said it was orchestrated by people from outside the localities where it took place. At the height of riots in Ardoyne, north Belfast, police fired 14 plastic baton rounds, and used water cannons.
UK Health Service Promotes Teen Sex
July 16, 2009
DUBLIN, Ireland, JULY 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A British National Health Service pamphlet produced for teens is emphasizing sexual pleasure and is promoting regular intercourse as "healthy" for youth. The new leaflet produced in Sheffield states that teenagers should be taught, "an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away," the Dublin-based Iona Institute for Religion and Society reported this week. This pamphlet, titled "Pleasure," has been distributed to teachers, parents and youth workers. It argues that health personnel focus excessively on promoting "safe sex" and not enough on enjoyment. The leaflet states: "Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and 30 minutes physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?"
Eagle Scout Lost on Mountain Fined $25,000 for Rescue
July 17, 2009
CONCORD, N.H. — A Massachusetts teenager who spent three nights alone on Mount Washington in April after he sprained an ankle and veered off marked trails has been fined more than $25,000 for the cost of his rescue. Scott Mason had been praised for utilizing his Eagle Scout skills — sleeping in the crevice of a boulder and jump-starting fires with hand sanitzer gel. But authorities say he wasn't prepared for the conditions he encountered and shouldn't have set out on such an ambitious hike. "Yes, he'd been out there in July when you could step across the brooks. And people have been out there in winter in hard-packed snow. But with these spring conditions, it was soft snow, it was deep snow," said Fish and Game Maj. Tim Acerno. Acerno said he believes Mason's fine is the largest ever sought under a 9-year-old New Hampshire law that allows lost hikers and climbers to be charged for rescue costs. Mason's rescue was particularly expensive because the helicopters the state typically used were unavailable, and a helicopter from Maine had to be brought in, Acerno said.
Hazardous waste from UK 'dumped in Brazilian port'
by Cahal Milmo and Lucinda Elliott
July 18, 2009
More than 1,400 tonnes of waste including bags of blood, used syringes and old medicine is set to be sent back to Britain from Brazil after it was exported illegally across the Atlantic disguised as recyclable plastic. The hazardous rubbish, which also includes waste electronic equipment, car batteries and soiled nappies, was discovered in 89 shipping containers spread across three ports on Brazil's southern coast after being sent from Britain between February and May this year labelled as harmless plastic. The Brazilian authorities have named two companies in Swindon, Wiltshire, set up by Brazilian citizens since 2007, as the suspected exporters of the waste and said yesterday they expected the rubbish to be returned to Britain as soon as possible and those responsible for its shipment to be punished.
Crop Circle Watch
Chesterton Windmill nr Harbury Warwickshire. Reported 9th July
An intriguing formation appears next to a controversial Windmill? This mysterious formation with its geometric motif has appeared next to the famous Chesterton Windmill, which was built in 1632, by Sir Edward Peyto who was an astronomer and mathematician who commissioned this structure. It could well have been built as an observatory that he used to look at the stars. The rotating top could have housed Peyto’s telescope. If so, it was probably converted to a windmill sometime later. Could there be a link between this formation and its possible previous use? This small dumbbell or key formation depending on how one looks at it was in the same field as the Windmill. It is next to where the track from the windmill reaches the road. Field Report: This formation is straight and simple with no thrills or any fancy designs. The outer circle I walked step by step and is approx. 350 feet in diameter. The formation is lying on the incline of the hill below the very impressive windmill and in a concave dip of the field. This appears to be a ` quicky ` as there was no regular tufts with the fancy twists BUT all the regular tell tale signs are there to indicate that our friends have taken a break from Wiltshire. Light was poor for photography with the odd shower was looming in the distance. The avenues of this simple formation have been fairly walked on but on the inner of the circle the wheat appears to be rising and is crisp beneath the foot. The main lay is clockwise – the avenues are laid upwards then downwards manner. My boots were covered in mud by the time I reached this formation – there was no sign of any mud deposit in the formation itself. To me this formation indicates ` power and rank ` and I have a feeling this is not for US to decipher as it seems to show an EMBLEM of some type for someone else to see. The triangle within the inside of the circle contains a jigsaw puzzle of many pieces and Im sure someone out there will place the pieces together to create a diagram for us all to see. As I was leaving the formation something shot through the wheat in a straight line – the speed was quite impressive, sadly I cant tell you what this was as all I saw was the wheat shake and part as it went through it. (Maybe it was a super rabbit)…. – Andrew Pyrka ( cropcirclewisdom.com)
Cannings Cross, Near Allington, Wiltshire, Reported 10th July
Field Report: I have a very interesting report for you all. On the 13th of July 2009 the farmer of this field hired a ` MAN WITH A GUN ` to stop people from entering his field. I have received information that this man with a gun fired the weapon above visitors heads and wore a balaclava over his face. Police were called and the weapon was confiscated. ( I have not witnessed this myself but the report came from the public on site upon my arrival ). We still ventured in to bring you some ground shots. This beautiful formation has been hacked by the farmer – so the visible rings in the formation are the destructive work of the farmer himself. As in most cases the makers return to add and repair their work – which they did !! WONDERFUL !!!! ( Visitors to this formation should enter with caution ). Heavy Military Helicopters such as the Apache were observing the Allington – East Field and South Field location. One helicopter which passed over several times had some kind of Black Pod beneath – on another pass over our heads the Black Pod was no longer visible.. We stayed good part of the night in this location. At approx 3.00 am a big light was visible from the East Field direction. On day break we surveyed East Field the best we could, but very heavy morning fog hampered our vision – ( A formation has been created in this field.) – Andrew Pyrka (cropcirclewisdom.com)
Radford Hill, Nr Radford Semele, Warwickshire. Reported 11th July
The string of pearls formation is a little way off north along the Fosse Way at a place called Radford Hill near Radford Semele. .It is next to the A425 a few hundred metres west of where it crosses the Fosse Way. There is a small white object in the ring (not dead centre though) and another one just off in one of the tram lines. It appears in all of the photographs but I have no idea what it is or if it is connected with the crop circle. Perhaps someone more local to the formation could go and have a look.
No Field Report Available at This Time
Chilcomb Down, nr Winchester, Hampshire. Reported 13th July
No Field Report Available at This Time
Grey Wethers, nr Temple Farm, Wiltshire. Reported 14th July
Field Report: This formation is on a heavily staffed and very secure large piece of private land, 3 estate managers later, permission was given to be on the land.Walking to a formation on this estate, felt very different from meandering elsewhere… On the approach down the tram-lines, the very first thing that hit me, was the well tended grassy pyramid land mark, with insignia on it, opposite the formation. The impression I have, is that there has been little foot traffic here, apart from some muddy boot prints around the spiral, consistent with an early morning visitor. Also, at the centre of the spiral, there is a small hole, perhaps some-one has inserted a camera pole, for video or pole shots? The lay of the wheat is very clean and tidy, especially in the perceived ying-yang sections, where the crop has effortless directional change, forming a neat banked up wave of peaked crop. Mainly bent at the first node, any remaining standing crop is smoothly curved (not bent) at approx 60 degree angle. As one of my shots show, I have rubbed the dusty bloom of a stem, this is present throughout. At one directional change, there is a row of wheat, bearing white indention chip marks all at the same level, though when I examined matching points, I didn’t see any more. The centre swirl of the top right hand pod is uprooted, with little evidence of previous visitors. This glyph is on a steep hill, so may affect appearance of aerial shots? So, all in all a pretty neat formation, the mystery enhanced by the unique location. – JIC (JANE) RAINBOWS
Hinton Admiral Station, Nr New Milton. Hampshire. Reported 14th July
No Field Report Available at This Times
East Field, Nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. Reported 14th July
Field Report: As luck would have it I was out and about in the area with a group when I heard about this formation at lunch time. I went over to Eastfield immediately and was surprised to see how busy it was. My initial thoughts were because of the number of cameras and general commotion etc that they were filming a sequel to ‘Signs’ but as Mel Gibson wasn’t around …… It’s always good to get to see a new formation after it has been recently created. On entering the formation I saw that the lay went in an anti-clockwise direction. This went all the way around the formation but only on the circumference of the circle. When I looked into the circle my first thoughts were that it was a mess. I was mistaken as on closer inspection of the lay the pattern was actually quite fascinating and well done. There were ‘stripes’ going from one end to the other and the direction of the lay alternated with each stripe. The distance between each stripe varied and was not consistent. Sometimes it is about 1.5m – 2.0 m, sometimes more. Between each stripe were the ‘chevrons’. These too, alternatively changed direction going across the circle. The overall effect was an intriguing weaving pattern. The lay of the two ‘arms’ both went from the circle outwards. Overall, the crop was very flat, perhaps due to earlier rain. There were a few standing tufts (particularly on the tram lines) but again these didn’t seem to show any consistency in their positioning. There were no swirl features. The fascinating feature of this formation is the ‘weaving’ effect and its’ amazing aerial effect. I listened and talked to a number of people in there and opinion was mixed. What seemed to be interesting was that apparently it wasn’t there at 5.30 this morning! Whatever the origin of this one, it seems very different from other formations this year because of the ‘weaving’ effect. In fact, it’s quite a while since I’ve seen this kind of effect. Overall, a very fascinating and intriguing formation which could of course become even more so! – Mike Callahan © http://www.wiltshiretours.com
Germany, July 12, 2009
Signs in Humanity
Indian police arrested over rape-murder
by Sheikh Mushtaq
July 16, 2009
Four police officers were arrested in Indian Kashmir after being accused of destroying evidence in the rape and murder of two women that triggered weeks of anti-India protests, officials said today. Witnesses said the arrests ended a 47-day protest strike on Thursday in the southern Kashmiri town of Shopian, where the bodies of the two Muslim women were found on 29 May. Locals say the women, aged 17 and 22, were abducted, raped and killed by security forces. A judicial probe, the findings of which were divulged last week, concluded that policemen may have been involved. "The four police officers have been shifted to an undisclosed location and will be put to sustained interrogation," said a senior police officer who did not want to be identified.
Love beats the recession in Japan
by Roland Buerk
July 15, 2009
Japan's love hotels are attracting interest from more than just couples looking for a place to spend a few private hours. Investors are also interested; this vast market seems to be proving more resilient to the recession than luxury business hotels. There are about 25,000 love hotels in Japan which are visited an estimated 500 million times a year. Clustered around train stations, they are doing a brisk business despite the worst recession in living memory. Flamboyantly designed and exotically named – Hotel For You, Sunpalace, Asian P-Door – they offer rooms by the hour, euphemistically marketed as a short rest or a longer stay.
Sexual violence, torture surging in Congo: Oxfam
July 13, 2009
Sexual violence, torture and forced labour among civilians have surged in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since a government offensive against rebels began in January, campaigning charity Oxfam has said. The international aid agency surveyed 569 civilians living in 20 conflict-ridden communities in Nord and Sud Kivu provinces. They found that they were living "in constant fear of violent attack" from the rebels and Congolese troops alike. "The war is far from over for ordinary civilians. Over 80 percent of the people we interviewed said that security is worse now compared to a year ago," said Marcel Stoessel, head of Oxfam in DR Congo.
Benefits cheat claimed £3,500 so he could look like the DEVIL
July 16, 2009
A security guard who swindled benefit money to pay for operations to make himself look like the devil has been banned from leaving his house at night. Gavin Paslow was handed the curfew after using £3,552 to fund operations to give himself a fangs, a forked tongue and horns. Paslow, who has changed his name to Diablo Delenfer, or devil from the inferno – said he needed to carry out 'body modifications' to look more like Lucifer. But the 39-year-old will be unable to stalk the streets at night after he was ordered to remain indoors from 5pm to 5am when he admitted seven counts of benefit fraud.
Gays, Mormons Clash at Second 'Kiss-In' at Mormon Plaza
July 19, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY — A mass-kissing protest near the Mormon church temple Sunday drew a shouting match between gay activists and a group of faithful Mormons. For the second consecutive weekend, about 100 people gathered to stage a "kiss-in" to protest the treatment of two gay men cited for trespassing July 9 after they shared a kiss on the plaza owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both gay and straight couples exchanged kisses during the protest. Demonstrators were greeted at the south entrance by a group of faithful Mormons carrying large signs that denounced homosexuality, prompting a heated verbal exchange. Police say no one was arrested or cited, despite a large group exchanging kisses by a reflecting pool at the plaza's center. The church bought one block of Salt Lake City's Main Street to build a plaza in the 1990s alongside the Temple, where Mormon marriages and other religious rituals take place.
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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
Constant Heat and Droughts Continue to Plague Texas
Jul 15, 2009
Heat continues to bake Texas, and the map that charts drought in the United States shows the areas hit the worst have wilted further. The U.S. Drought Monitor Map shows areas of central and south Texas in extreme and exceptional drought have expanded since last week. The two worst stages now cover over 14% of the state, which is up from 11% last week. Texas is the only spot in the nation with extreme and exceptional drought. Lake levels in Texoma are at 65%, and the area will not reach a drought warning until the levels drop another 5%.
Four earthquakes rock New Zealand, aftershocks continue
Jul 17, 2009
Wellington – Four more earthquakes with a magnitude of over 5 on the Richter scale rocked New Zealand's southern Fiordland region Friday as aftershocks continued in the wake of a major shake two days earlier. All were in the same region as Wednesday night's quake, which New Zealand seismologists insisted was of magnitude 7.8, equal to the one that devastated the North Island city Napier in 1931, killing 256 people. At 7.8, it would be the biggest in the world this year. However, the US Geological Survey downgraded its strength to 7.6, which would equal the year's most powerful quakes recorded off the Pacific island state of Tonga in March and off Indonesia on January 3.
Attack of the giant squids: Terror as hundreds of 5ft long creatures of the deep invade Californian coastline
By Mail Foreign Service
17th July 2009
Marine biologist John Hyde holds a jumbo flying squid, which have returned to the Californian coast Hundreds of aggressive jumbo flying squid have appeared off the coast of San Diego, attacking divers and washing up dead on beaches. The 5-foot long sea monsters, which have razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles, have been bringing terror to scuba drivers and swimmers on the coast's tourist-packed beaches. The carnivorous calamari, which can grow up to 100 pounds, came up from the depths last week and swarms of them have pounced on unsuspecting divers. Some divers have reported tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear, leaving many too scared to go in the water. Increasing numbers of the squid, which come from Mexico, are being found in California and scientists say they may have moved because of global warming, a shortage of food or a decline in natural predators.
Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault
By ALICIA CHANG
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857. What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain. But some think the deep tremors suggest underground stress may be building up faster than expected and may indicate an increased risk of a major temblor. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, monitored seismic activity on the fault's central section between July 2001 and February 2009 and recorded more than 2,000 tremors. The tremors lasted mere minutes to nearly half an hour. Unlike earthquakes, tremors occur deeper below the surface and the shaking lasts longer. During the study period, two strong earthquakes hit — a magnitude-6.5 in 2003 and a magnitude-6.0 a year later. Scientists noticed the frequency of the tremors doubled after the 2003 quake and jumped six-fold after 2004.
Philippines Volcano Threatens to Erupt
July 17, 2009
The Philippines’ most active volcano began spewing steam and rumbling due to what vulcanologists say is rising magma within the cone-shaped mountain. The country’s seismological agency, PHIVOLCS, said it recorded five brief tremors and observed glowing in the evenings at Mayon volcano’s crater, which it says indicates a sustained amount of lava rising to the top of the volcano. Despite stern warnings from officials to stay away, foreign and local tourists were rushing to areas that had been declared as danger zones, according to ABS-CBN News. Seismologist Renato Solidum, the head of PHIVOLCS, said the immediate danger is of ash explosions that could affect aviation at Legazpi airport or crush the roofs of nearby houses if volcanic activity escalates.
Natural Disaster Update
5.0 KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA
5.0 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.
5.4 NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.0 YUNNAN, CHINA
5.3 NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
6.1 SOUTHERN PERU
5.9 SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA
5.3 SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
5.1 TAIWAN REGION
6.3 TAIWAN REGION
5.7 POTOSI, BOLIVIA
5.4 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.3 TARAPACA, CHILE
6.2 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.
5.3 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.
5.1 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
5.3 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.1 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.8 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
7.8 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
6.0 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
5.1 TAIWAN REGION
5.5 TAIWAN REGION
5.1 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.1 PRIMOR'YE, RUSSIA
5.1 GANSU, CHINA
5.4 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.3 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.3 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.1 KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA
5.2 MOLUCCA SEA
CALIFORNIA – Scuba divers off the Californian city of San Diego are being menaced by large numbers of jumbo squid. The beaked Humboldt squid, which grow up to 5ft (1.5 metres) long, arrived off the city's shores last week. Divers have reported unnerving encounters with the creatures, which are carnivorous and can be aggressive. One diver described how one of the rust-coloured creatures ripped the buoyancy aid and light from her chest, and grabbed her with its tentacles. The creatures – also known as jumbo flying squid – do not affect swimmers because they remain deeper in the water. But dozens have been washing up on beaches in the area. "The ones that we are getting right now have a big beak on them, like a large parrot beak. They could take a chunk of flesh off you." A diver and amateur underwater cameraman said he swam with a group of squid for about 20 minutes. They seemed curious about him, and appeared to be touching him and his wetsuit with their tentacles to see if he was edible. "As soon as we went underwater and turned on the video lights, there they were. They would ram into you, they kept hitting the back of my head." It is not the first time the squid, which can weigh up to 45kg (7 stone), have taken up residence off California's coast. In January 2005 hundreds of them washed up off the coast of Orange County, to the north, and in 2002 a similar invasion was reported near San Diego. Scientists say they do not know why the squid – which usually live in deep waters further south off Mexico and Central America – have come so close in.
NEW ZEALAND – Scientists say they are now playing a waiting and watching game to see if Wednesday night's major earthquake in the South Island throws up more problems for New Zealand's alpine fault system. They say the magnitude of the tremor, centred in Fiordland, was so strong there's a good chance it will have placed more stress on other fault lines nearby. Scientists are now installing temporary seismometers to pick up after shocks, because of concerns that Wednesday night's shake may have significantly disrupted the alpine fault line. "There's certainly a possibility that the earthquake on this fault has actually loaded another fault and made another fault in the area more apt to rupture."
New Zealand escaped serious damage after the BIGGEST EARTHQUAKE IN 78 YEARS, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake which struck off South Island. It was followed 20 minutes later by a quake measuring 6.1.
Waves from this earthquake made it all the way into Columbus, Georgia. The Coca Cola Space Science Center picked up readings early Wednesday morning. They started around 5:40 AM and lasted all the way until 8 AM. The Space Science Center just installed the seismic station two days ago. The readings were strong, but not enough for anyone in Columbus to feel the ground shake, “You could think of seismic waves like ripples in a pond. They are spreading out over all in directions on the planet. They actually come in series and different types of waves, and the very first waves would have arrived around 15-20 minutes after the quake.” Geologists say earth quakes like the one in New Zealand only happen about 20 times a year.
CHINA – A fresh aftershock jolted China's southwest Monday, three days after an earthquake in the same area killed one person, injured hundreds and directly affected two million people. The magnitude 4.9 aftershock struck a minute after midnight (1601 GMT) and was centred 95 kilometres (60 miles) east northeast of the tourist city of Dali in Yao'an county, a mountainous area of remote Yunnan province.
CALIFORNIA – Jumbo squid wash ashore after earthquake. Dozens of large creatures called Jumbo Humboldt Squid washed up on La Jolla Shores beach in Southern California Saturday, 7/11, after a 4.0 earthquake centered offshore shook homes in the area. Residents tried to toss them back into the water before seagulls pecked away. There has been no connection made between the quake and the beaching of squid, which were up to 4 feet long, so for now the whole thing's a mystery.
CALIFORNIA – researchers have measured and recorded almost 2,200 tremors since a substantial magnitude 6.0 quake struck Parkfield, California, in 2004. The five years of continuously ominous tremors could indicate a build up of energy ahead of a potentially massive earthquake. Persistent tremor changes “suggest that stress is now accumulating more rapidly beneath this part of the San Andreas Fault.” The region hit by the spike in tremor activity is notable as it’s where the Fault line experienced a magnitude 7.8 quake in 1857. The San Andreas Fault line, which runs through the southern region of California, experiences a quake every 85 to 142 years. Based on that timeline, the problematic region is now long overdue a quake event.
COLORADO – A 2.6 tremor triggered a rockslide in the Palisade area of the Bookcliffs, adjacent to Mount Garfield on Thursday. The earthquake center targeted the epicenter of the quake as 6 miles south of Palisade, with a 1- to 2-mile margin of error. “We are calling this an earthquake causing the landslide. Earthquakes of this magnitude are common and can happen anywhere in the world. It is not completely unheard of.” The last 2.5 quake in the area was April 30, some 60 miles away from Thursday’s quake. Thursday’s earthquake-produced slide was actually the second slide in as many days. At 6:13 p.m. Wednesday, there was a smaller slide in the same area of the Bookcliffs. The second and much larger slide occurred at 5:44 a.m. Thursday. It took off a 50- to 75-yard section of the cliffs, according to witnesses. No rocks hit Interstate 70. “You couldn’t see anything. It was like a big bomb. It was probably half a mile wide. You couldn’t see nothing up there. It looked like a tsunami with dirt.” All the activity may be a warning of things to come. “There’s a bunch more that’s going to come down, I’m sure.” ( photo)
Tsunami alert scaled back – Tasmania, Victoria and NSW were under real danger of being swamped by powerful waves following a major undersea earthquake off the New Zealand coast at 7.22pm (AEST). Coastguards, police and fire services were all put on red alert as the potential danger to low-lying and coastal areas was assessed. However, warnings were later scaled back to the lesser "marine" version, with people being urged to stay out of the water and away from low-lying areas until tomorrow morning. They've had minor incidents since the December 2004 Indonesia tsunami but this is the first time they've had a major warning in Australia. A small tsunami was reported off New Zealand's South Island following the 7.8 earthquake. The quake's epicenter was 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Invercargill, off the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. Residents hundreds of kilometres away from the epicentre reported items falling off shelves, but there were no casualties or serious damage.
New Zealand records around 14,000 earthquakes a year. The last fatal earthquake in the country, caught between the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates, was in 1968 when an earthquake measuring 7.1 killed three people on the South Island's West Coast.
TAIWAN – The magnitude 6.3 earthquake which hit eastern Taiwan early Monday morning was the biggest tremor to hit the country in 22 months.
MYSTERY UPLIFT –
ALASKA – 7/3/09 – 'Uplift' baffles scientists, transforms area beach. Like a giant fist punching through the earth, a 1,000-foot long section of the beach below Bluff Point rose up 20 feet from the tidelands sometime last Friday (July 3) or late Thursday (July 2), pushing boulders up from the ocean bottom, cracking sandstone slabs and toppling rocks upside down. Below Bluff Point, a new fissure opened up at the base of the 800-foot high cliff. "There was just beach before. Now there are tidal pools." Scientists don't know exactly what caused the uplift. It would take an earthquake over magnitude 7 to cause an uplift that high. "This sounds REALLY, REALLY BIZARRE." The uplift runs in an arc around a small cove about 1.3 miles east of Diamond Creek Beach. Where tide-covered boulders had once been, the ground now rises up in a long ridge of gray clay, sandstone, coal and barnacle-covered boulders. In last weekend's heat, rockweed had dried up and mussels rotted. Small rockfalls trickled down to the beach. Visitors to the beach on Friday morning after low tide reported the rockweed remained wet and fresh, suggesting the uplift happened sometime early July 3 or late July 2. They felt some small earthquakes last week. "They felt like three-pointers to us. We thought 'It's probably Redoubt.' They didn't feel like hook-and-shake. They felt like little bumps." But an earthquake causing the uplift was ruled out. "You would have felt a huge earthquake if it was earthquake related." The west-northwest to east-southeast orientation of the uplift cuts across known earthquake faults that run southwest-northeast. The uplift could be a re-activation of a landslide that happened perhaps 12,000 years ago. Why the uplift happened now — and didn't happen in the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake — is unknown. "That's what's really mysterious here is 'Why now? There weren't any substantial earthquakes. The ground wasn't really wet." No field work by state or federal geologists has yet to be done. Unstable ground and deep cracks make walking on the uplift treacherous. There also is a deep hole about 10-feet wide and 7-feet deep on the beach side of the uplift — wide enough to swallow a four-wheeler. "It's very intriguing. It certainly threw me for a loop."
PHILIPPINES – The Philippines' most active volcano is rumbling again while emitting steam and a strong glow at the summit crater that can be seen with the naked eye. The frequency of volcanic earthquakes has increased on Mayon signifying the possible movement of magma below the surface that could lead to ash explosions and eventually eruption. The volcano in the central Bicol region spewed ash and lava from July to October 2006 sending about 30,000 people away from their homes. Typhoon-triggered mudslides along Mayon's slopes buried entire villages in December 2006 killing more than 1,000 people. Authorities on Friday said they have raised a five-step alert system from 1 to 2. Alert Level 2 means "a state of unrest which could lead to ash explosions or eventually to hazardous magmatic eruption." Almost 7,000 people living near Mount Mayon would have to be evacuated should the volcano's abnormal activity escalate to Level 3.
The night skies over Britain will turn a deep shade of crimson this week as the fallout from a Russian volcano blast hits the UK. Millions of tonnes of dust, ash and sulphur dioxide were thrown up to 30 miles into the air when Sarychev Peak on Matua Island in the Kuril Archipelago erupted last month. The blast created what experts call a ‘volcanic aerosol’ – a colourful mixture of ash and sulphur compounds – in the stratosphere. This scatters an invisible blue which, when mixed with the red light of the setting sun, produces a ‘volcanic lavender’, or vivid crimson/violet hue. Strong winds blew the soaring plume more than 2,000 miles across the northern hemisphere before its effects were noticed in Britain last Thursday. The RARE phenomenon has been caught on camera. Meteorologists say the sunset spectacle will last for several days, but will only be visible on clear evenings. It will then continue on its journey across the Atlantic and into the skies above North America.
COSTA RICA – The activity of the Volcan Arenal during the past week or so has not only attracted national and foreign tourists to the La Fortuna de San Carlos, but also visitors from the outer world. Reports of unidentified flying objects (UFO's) have been pouring, according to a ufologist who is investigating the latest reports. He insists that visits by extraterrestrials to the volcano are common and that the recent increase in reports is due to the increased interest in the volcano due to its recent activity.
A dozen stainless steel spiders descended from a helicopter into the crater of Mount Saint Helens yesterday. The “pods are small and tough enough to reach places no man dares” to go. Scientists hope that data collected by the monitoring machines could one day help them to better predict volcanic eruptions. Outfitted with precision GPS, motion-sensitive lead plates and pressure gauges, the $3,000 spiders both record and analyze the slumbering volcano’s movements and explosions. They even communicate with each other to determine what data is important enough to pass along. Information about multiple consecutive tremors, rather than one isolated shift, for example, is sent to satellites, which then relay the data to scientists. When will Mount St. Helens wake back up? “Some of these volcanoes that we don’t think of as active can come to life very quickly.” For example, a volcano in Chile erupted last year with only a day or so warning. Scientists can’t predict when Mount Saint Helens will start shaking or spewing lava again, but when it does, the spiders will be ready.
PHILIPPINES – Mayon's rumbling sounds, its crater glowing at night, and snakes suddenly out of their pits. These are signs that the volcano’s eruption is forthcoming. “We have been hearing rumbling sounds, witnessing the crater glow at night, and seeing snakes in our farm just next to the six-kilometer permanent danger zone." But some residents are still waiting for another sign: wells drying up. Right now, their wells “are still filled with rain water.” Other residents reported unusual drying up of wells and they also smelled sulfurous substances. The past few days, wildlife has been restless along the slopes. Five new quake episodes recorded during the past 24 hours. Alert Level 2 still remains, meaning that the volcano is on a state of “moderate unrest” that could eventually lead to a possible eruption. The 6-kilometer danger zone around Mayon and the 7-km danger zone in the southeast quadrant are still off-limits to the public. Mayon has a sustained steaming activity, which was visibly high on Tuesday.
TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –
NEW ZEALAND – A predicted tsunami hit Bluff about 10.30pm last night following the earthquake which struck Southland, but its height – 17cm – meant it was tiny. The confirmation of the Bluff tsunami's size led to the wider warnings being cancelled soon after. Conditions on the harbour were calm and "glassy'' and while the water level had dropped, the change when the wave hit barely registered.
AUSTRALIA – A tsunami alert for the New South Wales far south coast has passed with little incident although the State Emergency Service says there were some UNUSUAL WAVE PATTERNS recorded in estuaries and harbours. "Early reports were that several waves came through. Tsunamis do come; there is just not one wave but several and they can last anywhere between seven to 10 hours or even longer. There were strong currents felt up and down the coast and we believe at this stage that there were waves actually detected between, say 20 to 30cm."
NOAA scientists find tsunami “shadow” visible from space – For the first time, NOAA scientists have demonstrated that tsunamis in the open ocean can change sea surface texture in a way that can be measured by satellite-borne radars. The finding could one day help save lives through improved detection and forecasting of tsunami intensity and direction at the ocean surface. “We’ve found that roughness of the surface water provides a good measure of the true strength of the tsunami along its entire leading edge. This is the first time that we can see tsunami propagation in this way across the open ocean.” Large tsunamis crossing the open ocean stir up and darken the surface waters along the leading edge of the wave, according to the study. The rougher water forms a long, shadow-like strip parallel to the wave and proportional to the strength of the tsunami. That shadow can be measured by orbiting radars. If programmed correctly to observe sea surface roughness, they could potentially map an entire tsunami.
TROPICAL STORMS –
Tropical depression CARLOS was 1493 nmi ESE of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Tropical depression DOLORES was 818 nmi W of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Tropical storm MOLAVE was 214 nmi NNE of Baguio City, Philippines.
TAIWAN authorities have issued a sea warning for tropical storm Molave and said people in the south should be on guard for torrential rain. The tropical storm is packing winds of 83 kmh, and it is moving northwest at a speed of 23 kmh. Heavy rain will hit southern Taiwan this afternoon.
A tropical depression east of Manila, Philippines, is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm as it moves northwestward on Friday. The system will squeeze between Taiwan and the northern edge of the Philippines, bringing severe weather to both regions.
“Isang” intensified into a tropical storm this morning, as it continued to dump rains on Luzon in the Philippines.
Abnormal June weather patterns across the U.S. East Coast – A surfer's concerns about flat sea conditions from January to mid-February and the current SEVEN WEEK flat pattern : "We deserve an explanation…Something is wrong. Like Eskimos and snow, we have 40 different words for flat and the fish derivatives to make flat rideable. This is not our normal flat, broken up by extremely marginal but manageable trade dribble. Usually the onshore is up by 10:30am. It's been WSW or SW wind all day every day for weeks. This is not normal. This summer is different. Why is there no seabreeze? Why is the Bermuda High depressed so far south? Obviously it's impossible to say when it will change, but could you offer insight on to what exactly must take place (jet stream change, etc.) so we can think the proper thoughts when we burn boards, groms, etc. in sacrifice?"
Over the eastern Atlantic towards Europe there are large negative pressure anomalies. This means that this region of the Atlantic has seen much lower pressure than what would be expected – up to 7mb below the average which is very significant. As we look westward over the East Coast and Florida, we can see that there also exists a rather large region of lower than normal pressure anomalies up to 3mb below normal which is also fairly significant. Also the extent of this anomaly is large with values of negative 2mb out to 60W, extending westward over the Gulf of Mexico. This nicely depicts our abnormal June with an East Coast trough generally remaining in place. We even saw a rare June northeaster that developed early in the month, dumping heaps of rain. Winds over the Florida peninsula average S/SE direction in a normal year. However in June 2009 we saw predominantly SW winds which matches up well with the average pressure field from the displaced Atlantic ridge. Now the question remains: why has this pattern taken shape? One potential answer is tied into El Niño.
While most of the Atlantic basin remained quiet on Tuesday, some forecasters said a large tropical wave in the central tropical Atlantic appeared to be slowly organizing into what could become the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season's next tropical depression or first storm. "Several forecast models do now suggest that some development will take place with the wave over the next few days. The bottom line is that while conditions are not ideal, this is the first wave in a couple weeks that has had any chance of developing…Once you get to the middle of July, you start to see the wave activity become a little more active, and the waves that come off Africa have a better chance to develop because the water is now warm enough between the Atlantic and the Caribbean to support the waves. Prior to mid-July the water is just too cool there, so they all just sputter and die. These waves start to come off about every three days now. We'll start to see more activity going forward from this point on, which is normal, just from a climatologically typical pattern." There has been one tropical depression so far this season. The first named storm of the season will be Ana.
After a period of weakening on Sunday, Tropical Storm Carlos, formerly a hurricane, re-strengthened Tuesday over the open waters of the Pacific.
INDIA – Five incidents of tigers straying into villages in the Sundarbans in the last six weeks have caused concern among the officials of the Forest Department. Opinions differ on whether cyclone Aila was responsible for the behaviour of the tigers. “We have seen that incidents of [tigers] straying have occurred wherever embankments were breached. It is possible that the tigers may have become disoriented as the forests lie inundated, and drifted towards the villages.” 11 such incidents occurred in 2006-07. The number rose to 13 the following year. In the six weeks since the cyclone struck the region, tigers have entered inhabited areas five times. The Principal Conservator of Forests denied that these occurrences were connected to the cyclone. “Instances of tigers straying into inhabited areas during the monsoon are observed every year. They are being noticed this year because of the cyclone." While the straying of tigers might be unrelated to the cyclone, chances of man-animal conflict increasing in its aftermath were highly likely. “After Aila, people have lost their livelihood, so are encroaching into the forests in increasing numbers." This is true of a fisherman who was killed and carried off by a tiger last week while fishing with others in Jharkhali. The fishermen allegedly entered the restricted area of the forest because of poor catches elsewhere. “While the cyclone could be one of the probable reason for these attacks, it is difficult to know for sure. A calamity of this kind hasn't happened in a long time, so we can’t even rely on past experiences."
Tropical Storm Carlos steering south of Hawaii for now. Carlos was named a hurricane on Saturday when its winds increased to near 80 mph (128 kph). But it has defied expectations of turning into a strong hurricane as it continues moving to the west. After briefly turning into a hurricane, Carlos steadily weakened over the last couple of days though now appears to be gathering itself together again. The storm is still navigating through moderately warm sea surface temperatures – warm enough to sustain a tropical system though encountering some upper level shear as it continues to approach the Hawaiian Islands. On its current path, it appears Carlos will track just south of the island chain, possibly extending some tropical storm force winds close to the south shore of Hawaii should its path wobble a little more northwestward, but not expected at this time. At this point the only effects appear to be large surf and increased moisture/thundershowers are possible as this system passes south of Hawaii. But if the ODD STRENGTHENING AND WEAKENING of Carlos is any indication so far, this is a system that will need to be watched daily if you have plans in the Hawaiian Islands this weekend. Concidentally, another tropical system to the east of Carlos will likely form into the next tropical storm of the season soon. (projected path map)
TAIWAN – The Central Weather Bureau issued an alert for extremely heavy to torrential rain and strong winds yesterday to residents of eastern and southeastern regions as a tropical low-pressure system approached. The bureau said the low-pressure system was close to becoming a tropical storm early yesterday morning. The front made landfall in Taitung at 3:15pm. Statistics from the bureau’s observation station in Taitung showed that average wind speeds hit 62kph to 74kph. The bureau forecast that the low-pressure system would weaken after making landfall, adding that it may also leave Taiwan off the west coast. The bureau said heavy rain and strong winds brought by the system would continue to affect eastern and southern regions.
VIETNAM – Tropical storm Soudeler hit the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh and Hai Phong city, then weakened into a tropical depression on July 12. However, it still poses a threat of landslides. Mountainous provinces have been warned of possible flash floods and landslides. All northern provinces, especially coastal localities, were ordered to be well prepared for the storm in order to minimise losses and damage caused by the expected floods. Another tropical depression has appeared in the country’s territorial waters off Luzon Island, northeast of the Philippines.
Tropical Storm Carlos has become a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast but is far out to sea and heading away from land. Likely to reach category 3 status in about 24 hours.
The Eastern Pacific tropical season continues going strong with Hurricane Carlos becoming the second storm of the season to reach hurricane status. The extended forecast charts a path for Carlos that has it approaching east of the Hawaiian islands perhaps mid to late week. Current model trends have been to slowly push the storm more to a northwesterly track that ought to veer the storm up and away from Hawaii. This is subject to some change as upper level wind patterns may begin shearing apart the storm and/or nudging its path northward as the storm begins to encounter cooler sea surface temperatures. This will rob the storm of its warm-core low pressure "fuel".
This year, El Nino "looks like it might be a hybrid," with warming starting in the east and then moving west, possibly meaning more Atlantic hurricanes late in the season. Government climate forecasters announced last week that a traditional El Niño has formed in the Pacific, which should lead to damaging winter storms in California and increased storminess across the southern USA. But a new cycle of tropical ocean warming – a "subset" of climate troublemaker El Niño – could be key to predicting hurricanes that batter the USA. El Niño is a periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean that usually leads to a quieter storm season. This new mode of El Niño, however, appears to cause more Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes. "This new type is resulting in a greater number of hurricanes with greater frequency and more potential to make landfall." The heart of the traditional El Niño warming occurs in the Eastern Pacific, very close to the South American coast; the recently discovered El Niño occurs thousands of miles to the west in the central Pacific Ocean, near the International Date Line. Scientists aren't sure whether the cycle is natural or man-made. The frequency of the central Pacific warming does appear to be increasing, especially since 1990. Scientists are tentatively calling the new phenomenon "El Niño Modoki." Research into El Niño Modoki is still too new to change the official forecast for this year. In the future, hurricane forecasters may be able to incorporate the data into their seasonal predictions.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
JAPAN – Ten climbers have died in bad weather in mountains in northern Japan, while two people are still missing. UNUSUALLY STRONG winds and heavy rain struck Mt Tomuraushi on Hokkaido, Japan's main northern island, yesterday. Nine of the deaths occurred on Mt Tomuraushi – eight in one party and one climbing alone. Most of the dead on Mt Tomuraushi were middle-aged climbers, but police have so far been unable to provide details of how they died. The eight dead were in a group of 19 climbers. Four were rescued this morning and the other five went down the mountain by themselves. The remaining two were still on the mountain. Authorities are not aware of any deaths on Mt Tomuraushi previous to yesterday’s shock losses.
PANAMA – Morning gale causes panic. Panama woke up to a darkened sky and strong winds yesterday morning and the situation worsened in just a few minutes with reports flooding in fast. All across the country roofs were collapsing, trees falling and power transformers were blown down as the gale strengthened. But by mid-day yesterday there were still no reports of fatalities. A tropical wave coming from Costa Rica joined a low pressure system from Colombia and caused this activity. The wind gusts had a speed of 30-35 knots. The most affected areas were San Miguelito, Panama city and Colon province, and there were reports of collapsed roofs at San Miguel Island and Chepo. Tropical waves, or easterly waves, are a type of atmospheric trough, an elongated area of relatively low air pressure, oriented north to south, which move from east to west across the tropics causing areas of cloudiness and thunderstorms.
UTAH – Wet June helps Utahns conserve large amounts of water. Salt Lake City residents have saved 1 billion gallons of water in the last several weeks. It's just one of several extraordinary numbers to emerge from a summer of VERY UNUSUAL WEATHER. The result: storage reservoirs pushing the hundred percent mark as they rounded the corner into a warmer July. "It's a real anomaly. We don't think our reservoirs have been at 100 percent at the first of July, probably for 50 years."
CHINA – Torrential rains and floods pummelling southwest China this week killed at least 15 people and forced nearly 100,000 to relocate, destroying thousands of homes.
CHINA – Three miners have been found alive after being trapped for 25 days in a flooded mine in southern China. Rescue workers cracked open a collapsed tunnel at the mine Sunday and found the three miners standing there holding mining lights. The miners drank water that seeped through the earth. The Xinqiao Coal Mine was flooded on June 17 while 16 miners were working underground. Rescuers recovered one body a week later and are still searching for the 12 other men. The three miners were in stable condition. A Xinhua photo shows one of the miners, his bones prominent through his skin, getting medical attention. The three miners were trapped for 604 hours.
NEW YORK – In June, Salem vegetable farmers watched the nightly weather reports and worried. "We were scratching our heads, thinking, ‘What’s happening here?’ " June’s weather took farmers on a wild ride during the most important time of the season for many growers. The problem was it was either far too wet or too cold for vegetable and fruit crops to flourish. "The major thing was that it was such a roller coaster of not knowing what was going to happen. We had, at first, too much rain and we had times when typically you would see a differences in your plants everyday." Growers across the area were alarmed last month when June — typically the start of the growing season for many – produced UNUSUALLY chilly weather and soggy, humid days. Both June and the early parts of July have produced transitional spring-like weather. "It was a very cool, very wet month for sure. There were cool days and not many 80 degrees days. That kind of spilled over into July as well." A little more than 5.5 inches of rain fell in June, about 2.13 inches above normal. The average temperature was 63.4 degrees, nearly 2 degrees below the usual average.. "One very telling statistic for July is that we’ve had only one 80-degree day in so far, and that was Friday. When you think of July, you think of a lot of 90-degree days." The cause of the WEIRD WEATHER has been very cool air hanging in the atmosphere for a prolonged period. "It’s been a very unstable environment. It’s more like a spring early summer like weather." Still, farm crops are not in a crisis, despite the UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERNS.
CANADA – Calgary through to Halifax has seen mostly cloud and rain, with temperatures up to five degrees cooler than usual. The heat and sunshine is only emerging in Vancouver and Yellowknife. Canadians have seen UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERNS because a cool jet stream, which typically belongs in the northern territories and northern Quebec, is hanging out south of them. "We are always happy as Canadians when weather runs, meaning it hits and moves somewhere else. But right now, we seem to be stuck. We're seeing the same kind of weather day after day, week after week, month after month, and it's wearing us down…If we want it warm, we have to go north, far west or far east…The West Coast is pumping this almost tropical, pacific air into the extreme western part of Canada. Also, Goose Bay, Labrador has had four days where the temperatures were above 40 degrees." Toronto and Montreal have only had one day above 40 degrees and Quebec City none. The second half of summer should have normal to warmer than normal temperatures. To compound Canadians' dissatisfaction, Saskatchewan and southern Alberta are in the middle of an historic drought and some growers are packing it in.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
INDIA – In the space of a fortnight, Assam has changed from dripping wet to bone dry. Barely seven to ten days ago, the state was reeling under floods with at least 12 districts affected in the deluge. However, the last few days saw the weather switching to the other extreme, resulting in a drought-like situation in a total of 14 districts. Many of the districts which had been neck deep in water are now turning into parched lands. Experts said that the manifestation of extreme weather contrasts in such a short span of time did not augur well for the future of the state's environment. They feared it also posed a threat to the livelihood of nearly 80 per cent of the population, which solely depends on agriculture. "This is not the first time the state has experienced such contrasting weather conditions. But what has become a matter of concern is the short span of time in which the change occurred. The present climate is an alarm bell. I warns us that in future we have to face more such extremities."
CANADA – It was THE WARMEST JUNE SINCE 1982 in Chilliwack and the DRIEST SINCE 1965, with precipitation levels 71 per cent below normal. The month began with a heat wave — three or more consecutive days where the temperature is at least 32 C — and BROKE TWO ALL-TIME RECORDS. On June 3, the mercury hit 34.4 C (13.4 degrees above normal), which broke the 32.6 C previous high for that date set in 1989. Then June 4 it continued as the day peaked at 34.5 C (14 degrees above normal) exceeding the previous record high of 31.5 C in 1978 and 1989. On those two days NUMEROUS HIGH TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN around the province. The early high temperatures meant strawberries were early and ended very quickly. For blueberries the hot weather is a good thing. Overall the cold winter delayed things and then the warm spring meant that crops came in too fast. "The problem is that it is so hot and so they ripen too quickly. You end up with 50 acres of something that is ripe, and we don't have the labour. It is a big issue. We ended up having a field of peas, for example, and not harvesting them." As for the crop that Chilliwack is best known for, the high temperatures are just what the corn needs, and already the barns are up and booming.
ALGERIA – Heatwave – Several departments in the country (centre, east and south) will record temperatures between 41 and 50°C during the next 48 hours and until next Wednesday.
SPAIN – Some twenty provinces in central and eastern Spain are still on heatwave alert, with Granada and Jaen seeing temperatures of 40º and many areas experiencing 38 or 39º. The Spanish met office has issued amber warnings for both these provinces as well as for Toledo and Zaragoza.
The entire southern hemisphere’s pattern is very much in a state of flux. Major anticyclonic cores continue their tracks generally farther south [5 degrees] than their expected path. Their southward extensions, ridges of high pressure, frequently stretch into polar zones, linking readily with Antarctic anticyclones. This weather pattern is not unknown, but the regularity with which this is recurring is QUITE EXTRAORDINARY. In the same irregular boat, the isobar readings of 1035hPa to 1040hPa for the main cores and 1028hPa on the edge of Antarctica, are EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH. These are air pressures normally associated with summer [it is winter in the southern hemisphere] and more specifically during La Nina events. Polar pressures are usually lower because there the air columns are so much thinner. Lower air pressure also prevents anticyclones of any substantial intensity forming. When they break away from the polar core and progress northeastwards, then as they reach broader latitudes, their intensity increases as they merge with anticyclonic cores based in the sub-tropical high pressure belt.
Also in the irregularity column, anticyclonic cores on the tropical side are showing barometric pressure values well below normal. Some marked anticyclones have core pressures well below 1020hPa. An immediate result is that the trade winds are reduced and the ability to push colder surface water into the equatorial zone is similarly diminished. Where the Pacific is concerned, this is creating an El Nino scenario with sea surface temperatures currently more than 0.5 degrees C above normal.
The rapid movement of the cold anticyclones far south of Africa denies the ability for cold air to extend too far to the north, before being swept away as the whole airmass departs eastward. In Namibia on Monday, a band of very thick Cirrus cloud crossed the skies with some UNUSUAL FEATURES: depth of cloud, precipitation, virga [streaks or wisps of precipitation that taper down from clouds] and, occasionally, a halo that could be discerned. The moisture in this air mass which crossed the coast Monday night, at many places was present as fog. Inland and across Namibia, fog is AS GOOD AS UNKNOWN. Generally, the air is too dry, or if invaded by moister air, is able to absorb this moisture without condensing into cloud or cloud-on-the-surface, i.e. fog. The middle months of the calendar year usually provide a climate of clear skies, moderate daytime temperatures, chilly nights and an absence of rain. But lately, there is an astonishing departure from this normal for the middle months. Although there are occasions on record of rain in June, this month has witnessed events far removed from the normal range. CLIMATE STANDARDS ARE SETTING NEW LIMITS: PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN. Clouds, present both day and night, feature patterns much more at home during the summer and, by their very presence, indicate that air-flow patterns are drawing on air-mass sources usually inaccessible at this time of year. Rainfall was observed on various days during June, across a wide range of the country, but with scant influence from the normal winter patterns which provide rain. It is as if the weather time-machine has suffered a hiccup and the reset has not caught up with the month. At least, for southern Africa, the impression gained is that despite the winter season, the air-flow patterns still have one foot in summertime Cloud patterns indicate an input of tropical air, occasional showers have materialized and the input source, from streamline patterns, originates from the Gulf of Guinea area. The ability, particularly in the warmer months, for tropical air to link with passing temperate cold front systems has been identified for many years now, but the current occurrences now show this tropical flow, but very indistinct cold-front linkage. Elsewhere, the overall weather pattern disposition around the hemisphere smacks of a summer-time scene rather than that of mid-winter. UNUSUAL WEATHER YEAR 2009 at work again.
INDIA – The India Meteorological Department has said that the monsoon trough across the plains of northwest India has shifted north (of normal), which signals a weakening of rain-enabling conditions. But the IMD hastened to add that the trough would shift back south (to align along the normal) to coincide with the expected formation of a long-awaited low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal by Tuesday. This low-in-the-making has spooked forecasters the world over for much longer than the country can possibly endure, triggering near-drought-like conditions already over northwest India. Not even a single globally acclaimed forecaster has been able to convincingly argue a case for this all-important ‘low,’ which could seal the fate of the monsoon. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting has been deferring its outlook for the ‘low’ repeatedly over the last few days. Its latest prediction gives July 16 as a likely date for a cyclogenesis. The Climate Prediction Centre of the US National Weather Services too shows a system formation around this time with a likely north-northwest track from somewhere around the Andhra Pradesh coast. But this has only VERY RARE precedence, since such a track is normally reserved for those systems retaining strength at least until Madhya Pradesh as it tracks upcountry. The only redeeming factor has been that the strength of the flows over Arabian Sea have been sustained thus far, ensuring critically-needed rains for central India, the west coast and peninsular India. A preparatory upper air cyclonic circulation lies over the coastal areas of West Bengal and the adjoining north Bay. This system would have to descend to lower levels to set up the ‘low’. And this can prove tricky, given that such upper air circulations have gone astray on more than once occasion in the recent past due to lack of enabling ‘spin’ and poor consolidation in the lower levels.
El Niño, the warming of the Pacific Ocean that creates chaos in global weather patterns, is on its way back, threatening droughts, floods, crop failure and social unrest. The surface of tropical waters across the eastern Pacific has warmed roughly 1C (1.8F) above normal and is still rising. Further down, some 150 meters (500ft) below the surface, the waters are heating up – by around 4C (7.2F). “We’re also seeing a link between the ocean and the atmosphere, with Indonesia tending to dry out as tropical rainfall shifts towards the international dateline in mid-Pacific.” The implications are severe, not just for climate but for the effects on food, water supplies and other commodities. Australia, still recovering from its worst drought in a century, will be hit again if the rains fail to nourish its wheat belt. Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest producers of palm oil – a basic source of income for many of its poor – and a drought would hit this commodity hard. Farming in India is already suffering from an abnormal monsoon, which scientists think could be related to the emerging El Niño. The rains arrived early but stalled. They picked up speed again only last week and covered the whole of the country, although rainfall is far lower than normal. There are fears that, if the rains do not improve, water shortages will kill crops and lead to soaring food prices. Shortages and food prices caused riots all over the world in 2008, from western Africa to Mexico, Uzbekistan, Haiti and Egypt, as well as consumer protests in Europe and panic in food-importing countries. Rice-producing nations were urged to stop hoarding supplies as stocks fell to their lowest levels for 30 years. The emerging El Niño is expected to continue strengthening over the next few months and reach a peak during the northern hemisphere’s winter. However, every bout of El Niño is different and much depends on the extent to which the Pacific warms up. Early signs suggest that it could become a moderate-to-strong episode. El Niños are still something of a mystery. They recur every few years and vary hugely in strength but no one entirely understands why. When a severe one does strike it unhinges weather patterns across the Pacific and beyond, leading to drought in some areas and heavy rains in others, such as the western coast of South America. There are, however, some benefits to El Niño, especially in the US. It tends to kill off hurricanes in the Atlantic, bring welcome rainfall to the arid southwest, a milder winter across the north, and a reduced risk of wildfires in Florida.
IRAQ – Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers have left Iraq bone dry for a second straight year, wrecking swaths of farm land, threatening drinking water supplies and intensifying fierce sandstorms that have coated the country in brown dust. The drought has dealt a harsh blow to hopes that reductions in sectarian violence over the last year would fuel an economic recovery. Instead, the government's budget suffered a double-hit: Lower than expected oil prices have crimped revenues and the scarcity of water will force Iraq to spend money to import most of the crops, especially wheat and rice, to meet domestic demand. Historically, Iraq has been one of the more fertile nations in the region. A decline in acreage where plant roots once knitted the soil has only increased the severity of sandstorms, which are blowing across Iraq with increased frequency – nearly 20 so far this year. Two people died in the eastern city of Kut, and hundreds of Iraqis complaining of respiratory problems crowded emergency rooms across Iraq during the most recent three-day sandstorm, which many said was the WORST IN MEMORY. Adding to the farmers' difficulties, the dwindling water supplies are suffering from high amounts of salt. This year's grain harvest was forecast to be among the WORST IN A DECADE – virtually unchanged from last year and down about 45 percent from a normal year's harvest. Rice won't be harvested until October, but water shortages earlier this year prompted Iraq to cut its rice crop in half in central and southern provinces. "More than 50 percent of families working as farmers left their villages and went to the city. Lands that once were green farms are now turned to desert." A few months ago, water snakes that had lost their natural habitat along the rivers started to show up around houses near al-Chibaiysh marshland. "The snakes were looking for food and dozens of people were bitten."
Britain's honeybees are disappearing at an "alarming" rate, yet the government is taking "little interest" in the problem. Bee numbers have fallen by up to 15% in the last two years, in part because agricultural changes have reduced the availability of the wildflowers they depend on for food. Disease, climate change and pesticide use have also been blamed for the decline.
TEXAS – In San Angelo on July 9, the high was a RECORD-BREAKING 105, the low was 68.
BRITAIN'S climate is changing – "We no longer live in a land of gentle breeze and drizzle. We live in a land of blazing sun and fierce storms, the like of which we have rarely seen. We’re just not ready for it." On Tuesday, In some areas of the Midlands AN ENTIRE MONTH'S WORTH OF RAIN FELL IN JUST THREE HOURS and in Hastings and St Leonards families had to be evacuated from their homes as the sudden deluge caused floods more than two feet deep. "According to climate scientists it is just the sort of ferocity we will have to get used to. They say that changes to our climate will make these so-called “extreme rainfall events” even more likely and even more intense during the summer months of years to come." Meteorologists now think that the rain-filled British summer of 2007 was caused by a southward shift towards Britain of the Jet Stream, the high-level airflow that brings depressions eastwards across the Atlantic. This is quite normal and happens every few years. What wasn’t normal was just how intense some of the rain storms in Hull, Doncaster and Tewkesbury were that year and it was these high-intensity, freak rainfall episodes that climate scientists’ computer models say are likely to occur more in the future. The drainage, sewerage and water supply systems as well as their transport network, farms and house-building strategy – not to mention the British way of life – are all set up to cope with light to moderate showers that used to carry on, more or less, throughout the year. They don’t cope well with occasional sudden bouts of very heavy rainfall. Meanwhile summers full of long hot days interrupted by occasional deluges will play havoc with the transport system. According to the Tyndall Centre, climate change means that in London the Underground system, upon which so much of the city depends, is going to be flooded and inoperable on the few days of the summer when it won’t be unbearably hot. Above ground both rail and road networks are likely to be affected by land-slides caused when embankments built for the odd British shower are suddenly hit with a tropical monsoon. Perhaps hardest hit will be the farmers. Crops denied water for most of the summer won’t be rescued when the rain comes, they’ll be washed away in the deluge, along with the dusty remains of the topsoil they rely upon. In February the Institute of Mechanical Engineers issued a report listing some of the things that needed to be done. They included building more underground reservoirs to cope with future erratic rainfall, adapting cities to cope with the extra heat, building better flood defences to protect the population while moving others from high risk areas. They will also need to replan the transport infrastructure and start farming crops that will survive the warmer climate. The Government is doing little if any of this. "There’s a storm coming: we really should be prepared for it."
RUSSIA – Freak weather terrorizes Muscovites. A downpour, a hail, and in a few hours a totally clear sky – that’s what the Moscow weather is now all about. For the last few days millions of Muscovites and those who live in the Moscow region have been waking up having absolutely no idea what they will see beyond their windows. The conditions outdoors are changing so rapidly that listening to the weather forecast seems to be a waste of time. Yet another surprise awaited the local population on Friday morning. In some parts of Moscow precipitation levels reached 50 mm overnight, which is MORE THAN A HALF-MONTHLY RATION. Elsewhere, the heavy rain destroyed parts of the city’s road surface, while somewhere on the roads the puddles were 30 centimeters in depth. Such meteorological capriciousness resulted in kilometers-long traffic jams all around Moscow. The bedlam outside, which Moscow and many other parts of the country fell victim to, has sparked concerns over climate change. For the past five-to-ten years, Muscovites have become acquainted to several different “weather manifestations” uncommon for this part of the country, such as recent tornadoes, the mild winter of 2007 whose snow only appeared in mid-January, while conversely 2003 saw snowfall in June.
TEXAS – The withering drought that continues to grip parts of Texas is forcing ranchers to liquidate their herds and farmers to fear for their crops. All across Texas, the severe drought has devastated crops such as cotton, corn, and grain sorghum. The yields of these crops, along with soy and rice crops may be off by as much as 50 percent.
The South Texas drought nearing RECORD LEVELS – The economic losses from the drought were estimated at $1 billion in March, and have since moved well past that. The state fears this year's losses could rival those of three years ago. Farmers in Texas lost a staggering $4.1 billion during the 2006 drought. The WORST DROUGHT IN NEARLY 100 YEARS has gripped roughly 75 percent of Texas. The state's winter wheat crops failed because of the drought.
OKLAHOMA – A heat wave is blistering Oklahoma, sending temperatures soaring to near-record levels for a second day in some parts of the state.
NORTH CAROLINA – Record rainfall in May pulled Western North Carolina out of years of drought, but a scarcity of precipitation since threatens to again parch portions of the region. Most of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia have received only light rain for at least the third straight week, pushing some areas back into the category of abnormally dry. And with recent high temperatures combining with low humidity, evaporation has caused soil moisture to decrease. The drought that parched North Carolina starting in early 2007 and persisting until this past May was the state's WORST SINCE RECORD-KEEPING BEGAN IN 1895. The lack of rainfall depleted stream flows and reservoirs to RECORD LOW LEVELS, prompting many towns to enact mandatory water conservation measures. While MAY WAS THE WETTEST ON RECORD in Asheville with more than 9 inches of rain, the city has experienced about only normal rainfall overall so far this year. Asheville has received 28.19 inches of rain this year, while normal for the period is 26.07 inches.
WISCONSIN – More than half of the state in drought conditions. In fact much of the northern part of the state is experiencing a fifth consecutive year of drought.
CANADA – Cracked soil and cloudless skies have fuelled fears that 2009 could become etched in the minds of farmers as ONE OF THE WORST RECORDED DROUGHTS IN RECENT HISTORY. Even more troubling is the fact that a severe dry spell could follow so closely after the last drought, in 2001-02, that cost the Canadian economy $5.8 billion and was one of Canada's most expensive natural disasters. Two major droughts in a decade is a "disconcerting" indication that climate change prediction models could be right – that the worst is yet to come. Hardest hit by the current drought are tens of thousands of farmers in west-central Saskatchewan and central Alberta, an area known as Palliser's Triangle that is home to much of Canada's farmland but was once deemed unsuitable for farming. This spring, the region saw LESS PRECIPITATION THAN IT HAS EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST 50 YEARS. The extreme dry weather has prompted at least 10 Alberta counties to declare states of emergency, many of them around the city of Edmonton. "Any good weather that comes now will only provide a marginal, at best, harvest." Six of the top 10 costliest disasters in Canadian history have been droughts, and their effects spread far beyond the agricultural sector. It can take decades for the land to fully recover. The domino effect is obvious and starts with the downsizing of herds farmers can no longer afford to feed. "In addition to that, you start to lose your infrastructure, your truckers and feed mills and auction marts and what not."
INDIA – Rainfall performance has sharply deteriorated across north-west India over the past week and pushed five key agro-meteorological zones into drought conditions. Rainfall from the start of the monsoon season on June 1 through July 8 has been 80 per cent below normal in western Uttar Pradesh, 71 per cent below normal in Punjab, and more than 60 per cent below normal in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The scanty rainfall has delayed the transplanting of rice in Punjab, and the total cultivated area of rice, coarse cereals, and oilseeds is lower than last year. “The situation has clearly worsened since last week — all these deficits were lower last week.” Weather scientists have warned that a significant rainfall deficit that accumulates by the end of July is unlikely to be erased by rainfall during August and September. Rainfall performance in July has thus become crucial.
The reports of RECORD COLD keep coming in from all over the world. Yesterday we learned that New York City is having ONE OF ITS COOLEST SUMMERS IN HISTORY, and they have yet to get above 85 degrees…the first time since the early 1900s. There was RECORD COLD IN MINNESOTA on Monday when International Falls hit 35 degrees. On July 7th, Portland, Maine had a high of only 58 degrees. Not only was that the COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THAT DATE, 58 degrees is the normal low temperature for July 7th in Portland. In addition, 4 of the first 8 days of the month had RECORD COLD in that city. Cincinnati, Ohio set records on July 1st and 2nd for the COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURES EVER on those days (69 and 70 respectively). Outside the United States there has been RECORD COLD in New Zealand and southern Peru in May and June.
Above the ground, natural pollutants are limiting incoming solar radiation over land and ocean areas. Between volcanoes (Redoubt and Sarychev recently) spewing sulfur dioxide high into the atmosphere, turning into sun-reflecting sulfate aerosols in the stratosphere, and the persistence of dust blowing west from the African continent over the Atlantic Ocean (also reflecting sunlight back to space), we’re seeing reduced heating over large portions of the planet. Between the African dust, which limits tropical development, many areas of the Atlantic Ocean have been running slightly below normal in temperature. Remember, global warming is supposed to be making hurricanes larger, more violent and we’re supposed to be seeing more of them…yet global tropical cyclone activity over the past 4 or 5 years is at levels not seen since the 1970s.
The WEAKEST SUN IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS is trying to get active, but without success. There is debate as to whether the next solar cycle has started or not, but one thing is clear…if it has started, it’s the weakest and least visible start to a solar cycle in history! A weaker sun leads to less heating energy reaching the Earth, and a weaker shield around the solar system allowing more Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs) into our atmosphere…and studies show that those GCRs may be tied to increased low-cloud development. Not only that, but the longer term effect will be cooler oceans and land areas that will stay cooler for longer periods of time. Have you noticed that the hottest part of the day is not at the same time when the sun is directly overhead or that the hottest time of the year is a good 30 to 60 days after the longest days (in June in the Northern Hemisphere)? There is a delay from the time the sun's energy reaches the planet to the time it becomes the heat we feel. The effects of a weaker sun may last years, or decades (or centuries in the Little Ice Age). We have only begun to cool…Add the weaker sun to nature’s pollution and now we have a more significant reduction in planetary heating. Add that to entire ocean basins running (on average) cooler than normal. Add that to the RECORD ANTARCTIC ICE COVER and recently and rapidly increasing ice in the Arctic, and the stories of building glaciers in many parts of the world and reports of crop growth being stunted by cold and diseases that favor colder weather (Late Blight). Add all of that to the RECORD COLD BEING REPORTED ON EVERY CONTINENT over the past year and the evidence is clear. If man is warming the planet, nature isn’t letting us prove it!
WEST VIRGINIA – The first half of July has felt a little cooler than normal, because they're seeing temperatures about three degrees below what they see in a typical July. "The highest reading we've had so far this month was 87 (degrees) and that was on the 10th of July. We had one day back on the 2nd when we had a lot of clouds and a little bit of rain around where temperatures actually stayed in the 60s all day." Monday night into Tuesday morning of this week, they nearly broke a record low. "In Charleston, the record low was 53. So we only missed the record low last night [Monday] by one degree. That record low was set back in 1903. So you're talking about a 106 year old record that we almost broke." The cool temps can be blamed on an UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN FOR JULY. "We actually have an area of low pressure at higher levels sitting up over eastern Canada and it occasionally drops down into the Great Lakes. That's actually given us instead of a southwesterly flow, a northwesterly flow. That is helping to keep some of the cooler, dryer air from the north pushing in here every couple of days…We're getting the heat in the West. We're getting the cooler air here in the East…Temperatures should stay fairly mild and cool for this time of the year."
CANADA – Environment Canada reported Tuesday that the average temperature so far for July is 17.8 degrees in Ottawa. The lowest average recorded for all of July since 1938 is 17.9, set in 1992. The low overnight was expected to HIT A RECORD 8 C. This is a stone's throw from frost. This is not a July temperature. In a typical spring and summer, there are 10 days when the Ottawa-area surpasses 30 degrees. So far, they've had two: 30.7 on June 24 and 33.8 on June 25. By 30-year average, July normally has about five days when the mercury beats 30. So far, they've had none, with 27 degrees being the peak. "The weather has just been unreal, and the way it changes all the time — one minute, it's sunny. The next minute, there's a downpour." If you didn't have a calendar, seriously, you wouldn't know it was July. The sky looks like an old gym sock, with the odd hole here and there.
PERU – Almost 250 young children died in intensely cold weather in Peru. Experts blame climate change for the early arrival of intense cold which began in March. This year freezing temperatures arrived almost THREE MONTHS EARLIER THAN USUAL. Winter in the region does not usually begin until June. The extreme cold, which has brought snow, hail, freezing temperatures and strong winds, has killed more children than recorded annually for the past four years. A total of 246 under the age of five have died so far, only half way through the winter months. One third of the deaths were registered in the southern region of Puno, much of which is covered by a high plateau known as the altiplano which extends into neighbouring Bolivia.
FOOD / WATER / SUPPLIES-
INDIA – Cyclone Aila disturbed the course of monsoon leading to a fortnight-long delay in the state. This delay damaged Kharif crops, with farmers in large parts of the state failing to grow the paddy saplings properly. Until now Bihar has registered a 52 per cent decrease in the rainfall. Up to July 7, the state recorded 118.21 mm of rainfall against the usual of 246.50 mm. It is feared that if the drought-like situation lasts for more than a week, the state will register a sharp fall in the paddy yield this year. The production of maize and lentil too is likely to be affected. In 2007 and 2008 a large part of north Bihar was devastated by floods while this year drought has been wreaking havoc.
New York crops hit by Irish Famine disease – Tomato crops wiped out as Famine blight hits Northeast. The destructive fungal blight is wiping out tomato and potato plants across the state and much of the Northeast. The technical terms is "late blight," but it's the same disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s. This is the FIRST TIME THAT LATE BLIGHT HAS BEEN SEEN SO EARLY in the growing season. And food and plant experts say it's THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE INFECTION THEY'VE SEEN. "All of our tomatoes have been lost: totally, completely gone. They die in a week – it's just horrible. Once the leaves turn yellow, they're goners." The blight, which is being blamed on the unseasonal cool damp weather, spreads like wildfire and there are fears that it could spread to ten thousands of farm crops on Long Island. The big box stores Wal-Mart, Home Depot KMart and Lowes have issued a $1 million recall of possibly infected tomato plants and experts believe the current outbtreak could have originated there. Meanwhile, New York shoppers and gardeners are being warned to destroy any affected plants because they could impact commercial farms. The fungus, Phytophthora infestans, is extremely dangerous because the spores are dispersed by the wind, potentially destroying nearby commercial crops. Once the spores arrive, there is no way to prevent the spread of the disease. Farmers are now praying for two weeks of dry weather as the disease spreads rapidly in damp cool weather. New York is the latest of several states to report late blight which is in nearly every East Coast state along with Ohio and Virginia. Late blight caused the deaths of more than 1 million people in Ireland in the 19th century because it totally destroyed the potato crop. More than 1.5 million Irish emigrated in the worst case of famine seen in Europe. "Ever since IrishCentral broke the story about the Famine blight appearing in the States, we have seen intense audience interest from survivalist sites and even from religious groups that are watching for signs of the Apocalypse. It's a story that has really touched a 'what if' nerve."
COLORADO – 7/13/09 – A fireball of magnitude -10 (almost as bright as the gibbous Moon) lit up central Colorado at 2:28 a.m. MDT on July 13th. "It was very slow, lasting at least 5.5 seconds." Triangulating sightings from Colorado and New Mexico, the estimates are that the meteoroid was "only 50 km high and traveling about 15 km/s. The fairly low altitude and low velocity mean this fireball might have produced meteorites."
The heavens have been really showing off these past few weeks — what with volcanic clouds, blue moons, rainbow clouds, and UW-shaped lightning. Tuesday night was no different. Astute observers from around the northern latitudes of the world noticed a dazzling display of "noctilucent" clouds. They are clouds at the very edge of space, hundreds of thousands of feet in the air. The air is very cold and very dry at that level of the atmosphere, but in the summer time, the rising air from the hotter surface can gradually push a little water moisture to those space-high altitudes (that's why they're seen only in the summer). Scientists are still not quite sure of all the details that cause the clouds to form, although the glow is from simple sunlight — the clouds are so high they reflect sunlight even after the sun appears well below the horizon from the ground. There are theories that volcanoes can cause them — and we just had a big eruption of a volcano in Russia last month. Sightings used to be limited to areas above 50 degrees north latitude, but spaceweather.com says the clouds are being seen at lower and lower latitudes these days — they've seen it a few times in the U.S. Northwest between 45-48 degrees north, and there was a sighting in Nebraska Tuesday night, which is down at 41 degrees north.
HEALTH THREATS –
WHO suspends reporting of H1N1 case counts – Citing the questionable usefulness of reporting pandemic H1N1 case counts and the burden it puts on countries experiencing widespread transmission, the World Health Organization announced today it will no longer issue regular reports of confirmed global case totals. WHO said countries with sustained community transmission are having an extremely difficult time confirming cases through laboratory testing. In addition, counting individual cases isn't essential for monitoring the level or nature of risk posed by the virus or implementing response measures. Detecting and confirming all possible cases is highly resource-intensive, the WHO said. "In some countries, this strategy is absorbing most national laboratory and resource capacity, leaving little capacity for the monitoring and investigation of severe cases and other exceptional events." It said it will provide regular updates on the spread of pandemic flu in newly affected countries. The focus of surveillance activities in countries where the virus is already established will shift to existing systems for monitoring seasonal flu. Countries are no longer required to submit regular reports of individual confirmed cases and deaths to the WHO. Monitoring for unusual events such as clusters of severe or fatal cases or changes in clinical patterns is important and should continue. It added that countries should maintain vigilance for changes in transmission patterns, such as rising rates of school or work absenteeism, and also surges in emergency department visits, which could foreshadow increasing numbers of severe cases. The media and other groups have made too much of the case numbers, which grossly underestimate the illness burden. The downside of the focus on the confirmed case numbers has been that the public perceives the pandemic as less pervasive than experts know it to be.
Obesity may be risk factor for severe H1N1 illness. In a series of 10 cases of severe illness with the pandemic H1N1 virus in Michigan, nine patients were obese, suggesting that very overweight people may be particularly vulnerable to life-threatening H1N1 infections. "The high prevalence of obesity in this case series is striking." Seven of the nine obese patients were considered extremely obese, and three of the nine patients died. The patients ranged from 21 to 53 years old, with a median age of 46, and all but one were men. The report is not the first time that obesity has been cited as an unexpectedly common finding in patients with severe H1N1 illness, but good data on the topic are scarce. The overall findings suggest that the patients' lung damage was caused by primary viral pneumonia, but their own intense immune responses might have contributed as well.
The US tally of pandemic H1N1 flu cases has risen to 37,246, with 211 deaths. The numbers are up by 3,344 cases and 41 deaths since the last CDC report on Jul 2. Wisconsin led the list with 6,031 cases and 4 deaths, followed by Texas (4,463 and 21), Illinois (3,259 and 14), New York (2,582 and 52), and California (2,461 and 31).
US flu activity down, but still above normal – US influenza activity decreased last week but stayed above normal for this time of year. Nine states still reported widespread flu activity, while 10 states and Puerto Rico reported regional activity. Five novel H1N1-related pediatric deaths were reported.
H1N1 swine flu attacks the respiratory system in a more sustained way than the standard seasonal virus, research in animals shows. Tests showed swine flu multiplies in greater numbers across the respiratory system, and causes more damage. And instead of staying in the head like seasonal flu, it penetrates deeper into the respiratory tissues – making it more likely to cause pneumonia. Samples taken from people who survived the 1918 pandemic found that they seem to have extra immune protection against the current virus – suggesting similarities between the 1918 virus and the H1N1 virus. Swine flu is estimated to have infected more than a million people worldwide, and to have killed at least 500.
A form of Ebola virus has been detected in pigs for the first time, raising concerns it could mutate and pose a new risk to humans. Ebola-Reston virus (REBOV) has only previously been seen in monkeys and humans – and has not caused illness. But researchers are concerned that pigs might provide a melting pot where the virus could mutate into something more menacing for humans. However, the researchers, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress that the virus at present appears to pose no risk to humans. It has been detected in farm workers who tend the infected pigs, and they have shown no signs of illness. The new discovery was in the Philippines. REBOV belongs to the family of filoviruses which usually target primates. These viruses cause viral haemorrhagic fevers, which cause extensive internal bleeding, and can be fatal. The latest study examined tissue samples taken from pigs from different parts of the Philippines suffering from UNUSUALLY SEVERE respiratory infections. Analysis showed that the animals were infected with widely varying strains of the virus, suggesting it may have circulated widely in pigs even before it was first discovered in monkeys exported to the US from the Philippines in 1989. The researchers said it was possible that REBOV originally emerged in another, as yet unidentified, host. Fruit-eating bats have been suggested as one possibility.
The swine flu pandemic has become "unstoppable" and all nations will need access to vaccines, a WHO official said today. Britain, Thailand and the Philippines all reported deaths today. As the death toll increased, the World Health Organisation official said a swine flu vaccine should be available as early as September and all countries would need to be able to protect themselves. Health workers should be at the top of the list for vaccination since they will be in high demand as people continue to fall sick. Countries would be free to decide on their national priorities, but other groups should include pregnant women and anyone over six months old who has chronic health problems. Particular attention would have to be paid to children since they are considered "amplifiers'' of the spread of the virus, especially when gathered in schools.
AUSTRALIA'S swine flu cases have reached 10,387, more than 10 per cent of the global total confirmed by the World Health Organisation.
Novel flu hits dozens at Air Force Academy – The US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has confirmed that 67 incoming cadets have tested positive for pandemic H1N1 influenza and that a total of 121 incoming freshmen with flulike symptoms are being quarantined in a separate dorm. The students are among about 1,300 who recently reported to the academy for their first weeks of military training.
Nurses file complaint against hospital over protective gear – Nurses at a hospital in Vallejo, California, filed a complaint today alleging that their facility hasn't supplied them with adequate masks for caring for patients with pandemic H1N1 influenza. Ten nurses reportedly got sick after treating three patients with novel flu infections.
Five thousand surgeries were postponed in Chile last week to free up hospital beds for patients with H1N1 flu. The number of delayed procedures could rise to 20,000 over the next few weeks as the country continues to battle the pandemic. As of the last World Health Organization update on Jul 6, Chile had 7,376 H1N1 cases and 14 deaths.
An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine – and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken. Experts warn that during a global epidemic, which the world is in now, governments may be under tremendous pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing companies to ship doses of vaccine out of the country. That does not bode well for many countries, including the United States, which makes only 20 per cent of the flu vaccines it uses, or Britain, where all of its flu vaccines are produced abroad. About 70 per cent of the world's flu vaccines are made in Europe, and only a handful of countries are self-sufficient in vaccines. The US has limited flu vaccine facilities, and because factories can't be built overnight, there is no quick fix to boost vaccine supplies. Last week, the World Health Organisation reported nearly 95,000 cases of swine flu including 429 deaths worldwide. If swine flu turns deadlier in the northern hemisphere winter, the main flu season, countries will likely be clamouring for any available vaccines.
Britain prepares to launch phone service to supply antivirals – Following a surge of flu-like illnesses, a British system that will allow people to report symptoms by phone and obtain antiviral drugs will be launched very soon. Using the phone service, people will get reference numbers that friends can use to collect antivirals for them. Data from general practitioners indicated that the rate of people reporting flu-like illnesses rose to 73 per 100,000 last week, from 50 per 100,000 the week before. [Are the callers to be quarantined or why can't they go get the meds themselves? Won't everyone call in to try to stockpile these meds while they can?]
South American health ministers meet to coordinate pandemic response – Health ministers from six South American countries met yesterday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to coordinate responses to the H1N1 pandemic. Besides Argentina, the meeting included Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Ministers said the countries need to share medicine and supplies, and they voiced concern about access to vaccines. Argentina has had 137 deaths, second highest toll after the United States.
Australia and Chile each exceed 10,000 H1N1 cases – Australia and Chile have both counted more than 10,000 H1N1 flu cases, according to reports today. In Australia, which has had 22 deaths, patients' average age is 19, and authorities are worried about a growing number of serious cases in young, otherwise healthy people. Chile has had 33 deaths, and its case count is the highest in South America.
National Biodefense Science Board to hold teleconference – The National Biodefense Science Board will host a public teleconference tomorrow to allow the public to participate and comment in a session on findings from an H1N1 countermeasures and decision-making forum held last month by the board's pandemic influenza working group. Members of the public are invited to call in to listen to and comment on the board's deliberations. Call-in information is listed on the board's Web site (see link).
RECALLS & ALERTS:
-Kesso Foods, Inc. of East Elmhurst, NY is voluntarily recalling 8 oz. and 16 oz. Kesso Foods Lowfat All Natural Plain 2% Greek Thick Yogurt due to possible Salmonella.
-Chang Farm, River Road, Whatley, MA is issuing a voluntary recall of Soy Bean Sprouts because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
QUESTIONING THE VALIDITY OF MANMADE GLOBAL WARMING –
"The moves now being made by the world's political establishment to lock us into December's Copenhagen treaty to halt global warming are as alarming as anything that has happened in our lifetimes. Last week in Italy, the various branches of our emerging world government, G8 and G20, agreed in principle that the world must by 2050 cut its CO2 emissions in half. Britain and the US are already committed to cutting their use of fossil fuels by more than 80 per cent. Short of an unimaginable technological revolution, this could only be achieved by closing down virtually all our economic activity: no electricity, no transport, no industry. All this is being egged on by a gigantic publicity machine, by the UN, by serried ranks of government-funded scientists, by cheerleaders such as Al Gore, last week comparing the fight against global warming to that against Hitler's Nazis, and by politicians who have no idea what they are setting in train.
What makes this even odder is that the runaway warming predicted by their computer models simply isn't happening. Last week one of the four official sources of temperature measurement, compiled from satellite data by the University of Huntsville, Alabama, showed that temperatures have now fallen to their average level since satellite data began 30 years ago.
Faced with a "consensus" view which looks increasingly implausible, a fast-growing body of reputable scientists from many countries has been coming up with a ''counter-consensus'', which holds that their fellow scientists have been looking in wholly the wrong direction to explain what is happening to the world's climate. The two factors which most plausibly explain what temperatures are actually doing are fluctuations in the radiation of the sun and the related shifting of ocean currents…Meanwhile a remarkable drama has been unfolding in Australia, where the new Labor government has belatedly joined the "consensus'' bandwagon by introducing a bill for an emissions-curbing "cap and trade'' scheme, which would devastate Australia's economy, it being 80 per cent dependent on coal…
Three questions – How, since temperatures have been dropping, can CO2 be blamed for them rising? What, if CO2 was the cause of recent warming, was the cause of temperatures rising higher in the past? Why, since the official computer models have been proved wrong, should we rely on them for future projections?
…We still have a long way to go before that Copenhagen treaty is agreed in December, and with China, India and 128 other countries still demanding trillions of dollars as the price of their co-operation, the prospect of anything but a hopelessly fudged agreement looks slim. But even a compromise could inflict devastating damage on our own economic future – all for a theory now shot so full of holes that its supporters are having to suppress free speech to defend it."
Earth's temperatures continue a chill that began 11 years ago. Consider how the globe cooled last month:
— June in Manhattan averaged 67.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.7 degrees below normal — the coldest average since 1958.
— In Phoenix, June's high temperatures were below 100 degrees for 15 days straight, the first such June since 1913. In California's desert, Yucca Valley's June average was 83.5, 8.5 degrees below normal. Downtown Los Angeles averaged 74.5 degrees, five below normal.
— Boston saw temperatures 4.7 degrees below normal. "This is the second coldest average high temp since 1872. It has been so cool and so cloudy that trees in northern New England are starting to show colors that normally first appear in September."
– Southern Brazil had ONE OF THE COLDEST JUNES IN DECADES.
– New Zealand has had unusual cold and snow again this year. New Zealand's National Climate Centre issued a June 2 press release headlined, "TEMPERATURE: LOWEST EVER FOR MAY for many areas, colder than normal for all."
"There has been no significant global warming since 1995, no warming since 1998, and global cooling for the past few years. The latest global averaged satellite temperature data for June 2009 reveal yet another drop in Earth's temperature … Despite his dire warnings, the Earth has cooled 0.74 degrees F since former Vice President Al Gore released 'An Inconvenient Truth' in 2006."
"As so-called "global warming" proves fictional, those who would shackle the economy with taxes and regulations to fight mythology increasingly resemble deinstitutionalized derelicts on an urban street corner, wildly swatting at their own imaginary monsters".
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
Fiji freemasons held for sorcery
A group of freemasons have had to spend a night in jail in Fiji, after local villagers complained they were practising witchcraft.
July 16, 2009
The 14 men, including eight Australians and a New Zealander, had been holding a night-time meeting on Denerau island. The New Zealand man told reporters he had spent a "wretched" time in jail, and blamed the mix-up on the actions of "dopey village people". Police also seized wands, compasses and a skull from the freemasons' lodge. Freemasonry is a centuries-old club that practises secret rituals and has more than five million members worldwide.
Prosecutors Say Evangelist Had 8-Year-Old Bride
July 14, 2009
TEXARKANA, Ark. — Evangelist Tony Alamo preyed on his loyal followers' young daughters, once taking a girl as young as 8 as his bride and repeatedly sexually assaulting her, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Fowlkes said that girl's story and others unwound an "elaborate facade" Alamo wove around himself. Lawyers for the 74-year-old Alamo, who is charged with taking underage girls across state lines for sex, argued that the alleged victims traveled across the country to further the outreach and business interests of a "bona fide religious group" that the government targeted out of its own prejudices. U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes swore in a jury of nine men and three women on Tuesday. They include a jobless personnel employee, a worker for a local construction company and an airport finance director who lives in Fouke, the location of Alamo's 15-acre complex that authorities raided Sept. 20. Fowlkes told jurors that a 15-year-old girl who left the Alamo ministries in 2006 told the FBI that Alamo married her at age 8. The girl told agents Alamo exchanged wedding vows and rings with her and first sexually assaulted her before she turned 10, Fowlkes said.
THE PAGANS WHO RUN OUR COUNTRY
July 19, 2009
MORE Scottish Government staff are practising pagans than are members of several major world religions, new figures have shown. Seven civil servants said that they worshipped nature and various ancient gods during a recent diversity check on religious beliefs – a higher number than Jews, Sikhs or Hindus. However, they will not get special treatment – unlike pagan police officers south of the Border who last week won the right to take time off for festivals such as Hallowe’en and the summer solstice. A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “The standard holidays are applied across the civil service. “Staff have annual leave entitlement and if they want to use it to celebrate particular events which are important to them they are perfectly entitled to do that.
Anti-Religion Group Sues to Block 'In God We Trust' Engraving
July 15, 2009
The nation’s largest association of atheists and agnostics filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to stop the engraving of “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington. The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) argues that the government’s funding of the engraving – which they claim could cost up to $150,000 – “will give actual and apparent government endorsement and advancement of religion," while excluding nonreligious Americans. “'In God We Trust' excludes and treats as outsiders the millions of adult Americans, including as many as 15% of all adults, who are not religious, i.e., atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers, none of whom possesses a belief in a god; the mandated language diminishes nonbelievers by making god-belief synonymous with citizenship," the foundation’s complaint states.
Orthodox Bishops Call Episcopal Church's Actions 'Cynical Double-Think'
July 19, 2009
Conservative bishops believe that The Episcopal Church's recent decisions favoring gay ordination and the blessing of same-sex unions will only lead to disaster. Although The Episcopal Church reaffirmed its commitment to the wider Anglican Communion, the denomination's actions this past week have few orthodox bishops convinced of the authenticity of that pledge. "Once again, we are saying we want to be part of the Anglican Communion and that we value that partnership," said William Love, Episcopal Bishop of Albany, according to VirtueOnline. "Yet there is always that 'but' we want to do it on our terms and we expect you to approve that. The rest of the Anglican Communion says it won't."
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
Homosexclamation! Christian student fights prof, wins big
July 14, 2009
A California court has ruled in favor of a student who was insulted for defending traditional marriage and has ordered the college to strike from its website a sexual harassment policy that censors speech deemed "offensive" to homosexual people. As WND reported, Jonathan Lopez, a student at Los Angeles City College, was delivering a speech on his Christian faith in speech class when professor John Matteson interrupted him, called him a "fascist b—-rd" for mentioning a moral conviction against homosexual marriage and later told him to "ask God what your grade is." The professor also warned on his evaluation of Lopez's speech, "Proselytizing is inappropriate in public school," and later threatened to have Lopez expelled.
Iraqi Christians defiant in face of church attacks
July 19, 2009
Iraqi Christians remained defiant in the wake of Sunday night's attack on a church in eastern Baghdad that left at least four dead and 18 injured. 'If anyone thinks that these terrorist attacks will force us or our friends from our home, they must be crazy,' Nahla Sabbah, a 34-year-old Christian civil servant told DPA. She was speaking the day after a car bomb killed four people, including one Muslim, as worshippers left Sunday mass at a church on eastern Baghdad's Palestine Street. Also on Sunday, a bomb exploded as a US convoy including US Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill passed through the southern province of Dhi Qar. No one was injured.
Bible banishment by court overturned
Appeals judges approve policy of equal treatment for all materials
July 17, 2009
A ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry that singled out the Bible as an "instrument of religion" and banned its distribution in a school has been overturned by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, which has been developing for several years, concerned the activities of the South Iron School District in Missouri, which for years had allowed members of the Gideons to hand out Bibles to fifth-graders. When the practice was challenged, the board adopted a new neutral policy requiring anyone wishing to hand out materials to submit them to the school for approval. It specifically banished materials in several categories such as commercial advertisements and documents that promote illegal actions. It also provided for an appeal process. "Under this policy, an outside group may offer Bibles to students who wish to take them in the same manner as other nonreligious groups are permitted to distribute secular literature," explained Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mathew Staver, who argued the case before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.
Egyptian Church Set on Fire as Gov't Guards Stand By
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Jul. 13 2009 08:41 PM EDT
A Coptic church in northeastern Egypt was set on fire by Muslim extremists on Saturday while government security guards reportedly watched idly. The Church of St. Abaskharion Kellini in the village of Ezbet Bassilious, Beni Mazar – a city located about 118 miles south of Cairo – was burned down by three local Muslims, according to Copts United advocacy. Security authorities reportedly watched the arson suspects go inside the church from the back door and come out of the front of the burning building in full view without intervening. By the time firefighters arrived two hours later, the church roof had already completely collapsed. “Guards were there and just watched; when they heard explosions they went and stood farther,” an eyewitness told Coptic News Bulletin. “They saw everything and did nothing, which is evidence of collusion.”
Christianity Banned in Lao Village, Officials Announce
July 17, 2009
DUBLIN (Compass Direct News) – Following the confiscation of livestock from Christian families earlier this month, officials in a village in Laos on Saturday (July 11) called a special meeting for all residents and announced that they had “banned the Christian faith in our village.” The chief of Katin village, along with village security, social and religious affairs officials, warned all 53 Christian residents that they should revert to worshiping local spirits in accordance with Lao tradition or risk losing all village rights and privileges – including their livestock and homes, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). The Katin village leader also declared that spirit worship was the only acceptable form of worship in the community, HRWLRF reported. Katin village is in Ta Oih district, Saravan Province. The previous Sunday (July 5), officials and residents confiscated one pig each from nine Christian families and slaughtered the animals in an effort to force them to renounce their faith. Officials said the seizure of the pigs – each worth the equivalent of six weeks’ salary for an average laborer in the area – was punishment for ignoring the order to abandon Christianity. (See “Officials Seize, Slaughter Christians’ Livestock").