Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 97
The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Lessons on Faith
Proverbs 3:3 Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Faith is mentioned 540 times in The Word.
The definition of Faith:
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith.
7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, etc.: He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
8. Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.
Faith is something we are all born with. It can be lost and found. When it’s lost, we may not realize it at first but deep down inside we know that it’s missing. When it’s found we never want to lose it again.
Faith is the umbilical cord that connects us to our Father and Mother Yahweh, and that which aids in providing the nourishment we all need in order to survive in this world and grow spiritually.
Faith is only one-fourth of what Yahweh asks of us. The other qualities are Obedience, Loyalty and Love. All things tie together and are necessary.
Faith is something that must be practiced if it is preached. If you advise others to have faith, you yourself must have faith so that others can see your example and consider your advice as having value, and then follow it.
Faith must be nurtured so that it can grow. While it’s not always easy, particularly when facing hardships and problems larger than you feel you can handle on your own, with each situation in which you exhibit and practice faith, your faith increases making it easier over time.
Faith can be the size of a mustard seed. It rescues you, makes you well, saves you, heals you, cleanses you, justifies you, encourages you, strengthens you, conquers your fears, produces endurance. It can be great. It can be little. It can never be increased too much. With faith you cannot fail.
1 John 5:4 because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
I pray that You give us strength, courage and love as we continue to follow Your light along the narrow path that leads to You. I want to thank You for what You do for us to help us spread Your Truth. I continuously pray that the lost will find Your light among this dark and sinful world we live in so they can feel Your love and know Your Truth. I know that I tell You each and every time I pray how thankful I am for Your Son and what he has done for everyone and for what he continues to do for each one of us on a daily basis so Thank You Father. I pray Your Will is done in all things. In Christ Jesus, Your son and vindicator of righteous rule. Amen Father Yahweh.
Integrity Towards Father
Of all the important things that we have been taught, of Obedience, Faith, Loyalty, and Love, we have also been taught that integrity is also very important. This is, perhaps, a very important lesson to learn, because it helps one to understand the limits to which they should follow. For instance, it can, in some circumstances, become too easy to become fanatical about what one has learned and what they have seen, and what they have learned that they will see. Associated with this fanaticism might be panic, and what might erupt as a destructive internal chaos within oneself. This sort of behavior is obviously not from Father, because Father would never want to bestow that sort of destruction on Her own children. Father can mend and fix all things, even to points of being better than they were before, but it is not as if She would purposely send Her own creations into their own complete and utter annihilation from complete existence just to teach them a lesson or try to complete any other purpose. And so with this integrity, one truly reflects and comes to Father in a true and actually sincere form.
Luke 15:21 — The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I'm no longer worthy to be called your son.'
In the coming times, as can already be seen in the past and present, there are going to be events that are going to further lead to different reactions in different individuals. Each will walk a path that they have chosen. Each of these paths will have different consequences based on what Father determines and has already setup as a part of all of Creation, as well as for what Father had given through Her servants as prophecy. Part of these reactions may be caused by a forced look into the truth of reality all around oneself, such that rather than one having integrity and willingly taking a moment to reflect, it will come upon them suddenly like a great quake or hail storm, or maybe a combination of many natural and holy disasters. Therein lies the wisdom of finding integrity within one's heart, or that has been taught in some way, and growing upon it. In this, integrity does not only serve to help set boundaries, but also to set one's feet on solid ground, so when a storm does come, they are not so easily destroyed by it.
And then comes the concept of where integrity leads oneself into realizing that they have already surpassed limits for which there is no actually turning back, or so one may think. Realistically, the planet is dying with just about nothing to save it, namely due to sin's interaction and introduction to the world. The planet really requires a complete and total rejuvenation in order for it to continue, which it must. But, in order to detoxify the planet, all its toxins, including that which produces them, which humans may do (even when they do not willingly do so), must be removed so that purity and Father's Kingdom may truly flourish on what was once Father's paradise. And that, in turn, leads one to another crossroad, where they may turn left, right, or keep going straight towards Father. Being truly honest and sincere in one's approach towards all of the truth that they had been given thus far definitely leads towards Father, without leaning right or left. No one knows one's heart outside of Father, for Father can see all the deepest things about oneself, and although there may be things that one has in their interests, Father actually knows that their true interests really are, and what drives those interests. Being integrable may help oneself to even reflect to see in Father's light what those things are, because sometimes one may not even see their own self.
At another point, integrity helps lay the path for further growth of other good things that may help one to overcome any evil obstacles that may lay in one's path. Of these include lies and deceit, as an integrable person may not see these on their own tongue. Ever. Integrity helps to shed a light on any messes that might need cleaning up, or any weeds that need pulling. Integrity can also even help one to broaden one's horizon, or perhaps bring light to an area that can be used that one did not know that they had, all with Father's help and Light.
And so, among the things to be prepared for in the coming times, integrity is definitely a character trait that will help greatly prepare for the times, as well as the Rapture. There may not be much of a better way to present oneself to Father than their true and honest self. In the least, they wouldn't be trying to hide anything that Father can see anyway, which would not only be an embarrassment to Father, humiliating, in fact, but also an embarrassment to oneself. And with Father's limitless ability, it may not be possible to truly ponder what Father can do with a true and honest and integrable person that stays true to Her up to any end that may come, regardless of the disasters or mistakes or problems that they may encounter along the way. That, in itself, could be a form of worship to Her very being.
Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Cherubic Commander: I said "no one falls" but in truth, they might fall, but the "railing" was there and relieves you of any responsibility. If they fall over the railing, they do so at their own risk.
When Prince of Yahweh II's intended mate pulled away from Father, she stated that the things Prince of Yahweh II had related were not preached by anyone she had ever known and that you were not supposed to know anything new or hidden. That the Scriptures were and have always been a mystery that required only faith in Christ for salvation and nothing more was necessary. Yet Father states:
Isaiah 48:6 "You have heard it. Observe it all. Will you not acknowledge it? From now on I will announce new things to you, hidden things that you have not known."
In the beginning, Prince of Yahweh II had sought to bring each of you through to the new age with minimal knowledge. That was a possibility, but he also warned of taking in deep knowledge, because with it comes responsibility. Just as a child cannot fully comprehend Father's will, there will be some that get through the door of salvation that lack the knowledge each of you have attained. This is why Father has provided for one thousand years of peace without Satan's influence. During the kingdom rule the truth will become instilled in those that survive that testing period. Yes, the Millennium is a test to those that will reside there, because it will be a learning process of what Father expects from Her creation as a whole. Some will fall short even before the final test Satan will be permitted to launch upon each of you, but even it will not be the final test. This is because your own hearts, just as Satan's own heart was his tester will be with you for eternity. You must therefore love Father and Her Way, because if you eventually find that you no longer feel that way, you will eventually act out your hearts inner desires, and to do so will mean you missed the mark of perfection that was then manifest within you. That would spell your eternal demise, because Father will never again tolerate disobedience even for one second in the eternity that She has prepared for Her faithful children.
Exodus 21:28 "When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox must be stoned, and its meat may not be eaten, but the ox's owner is innocent."
Father has laws that affect all of Her creation. In the example above, Father held the ox accountable. In that Father did not hold the ox owner accountable reveals Father's fairness in that "situation." In addition, and though you might not give much thought to "blood," Father considers it in Her own thoughts as being precious. The ox spilled blood. The ox took a life. However, if the person had tormented the ox and caused it to gore him to death, then how do you think Father would have viewed that circumstance? Father's law related to a non-provoked attack. If you consider that, you will further understand that Father looks at each circumstance surrounding any action that occurs.
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
It's Saturday Light Fever
The Scottish Sun
By MYRA PHILP
Published: 28 Jul 2009
RESIDENTS in a Highland village were left terrified by a UFO sighting which lasted TWO hours. The bizarre sightings began at 11pm on Saturday and the spectacular show in the sky above Muir of Ord, Ross-shire ended at 1am. Residents watched in awe as three bright orange dome-shaped objects hovered then flew at high speed in random spirals closer and closer to the village. Last night leading expert Nick Pope said: "This could be one of the most significant UFO events in recent history. "Sightings like this are hugely significant because they are very rare. "Most UFOs are seen by single witnesses so it's very difficult to get any proof. For whole streets of people to see something is almost without precedent and this sounds like one of the most significant UFO events in recent history.
Sedona, AZ, honeymooners spot UFO
July 28, 2009
A couple honeymooning in Sedona, Arizona, first saw a brilliant light in the sky from their hotel balcony, but later described the object as a "gyro sphere shape made of mostly energy," according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. After watching the light for 10 minutes, they took video and stil images of the object. The couple said that the next day they went into Sedona, to Ye Olde UFO Store, and discovered that there was a second witness to the same object on the same night. Store owner Jennifer McCoy acknowledged Monday that they did have a second witness. "We do have similar photos and testimonies similar to theirs," McCoy said.
University professor witnesses low flying UFO over UMKC campus
July 29, 2009
A professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City watched a "circular or sphere-shaped craft" flying low and slow across the sky," according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. "The craft looked dark but it had an orange glow around the entire thing – there were no other lights on it," the professor stated. "I tried to determine the source of the glowing light but it looked like it enveloped the entire craft. There were no lights, wings, or tail and it did not look like an airplane or helicopter." The professor said the object was very close, and "approximately the size of a grapefruit held at arm's length." He said he heard a "very low pitched hum" for a few minutes, but then the humming stopped. The object moved from southwest to northwest and he lost sight of it behind some trees.
UFO on video over California was double sighting
July 29, 2009
A California man was shooting video of an object that looked like an android with arms that disappears behind the roof of a house, when he noticed a triangular craft flying in the direction of the moon, according to Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) California State Section Director and Investigator Jeffrey Gonzalez. Gonzalez said Tuesday night that he continues to investigate this July 7, 2009, case, which occurred in southeast Fresno on the same day as the lunar eclipse . The witness video tape is included on this page. The witness claims ongoing UFO activity in his area since November 3, 2008.
UFO appears to land near Arizona elementary school
July 31, 2009
The UFO Traffic Report for Friday, July 31, 2009, includes 11 selected sightings over 9 states, according to witness statements filed in the past 48 hours with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. In Other News: I will be a guest on the UFO Think Tank radio show with host Alejandro Rojas on Saturday, August 1, beginning at 9 p.m. CST.
Signs Down Below
"But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The Real Unemployment Rate Hits a 68-Year High
Dollars and Sense
by John Miller
Although you have to dig into the statistics to know it, unemployment in the United States is now worse than at any time since the end of the Great Depression. From December 2007, when the recession began, to May of this year, 6.0 million U.S. workers lost their jobs. The big three U.S. automakers are closing plants and letting white-collar workers go too. Chrysler, the worst off of the three, will lay off one-quarter of its workforce even if it survives. Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and giant banking conglomerate Citigroup have both laid off thousands of workers. Alcoa, the aluminum maker, has let workers go. Computer maker Dell and express shipper DHL have both canned many of their workers. Circuit City, the leading electronics retailer, went out of business, costing its 40,000 workers their jobs. Lawyers in large national firms are getting the ax. Even on Sesame Street, workers are losing their jobs.
Calif. farmers say feds make drought worse
by William M. Welch
July 28, 2009
FIREBAUGH, Calif. — The road to Todd Allen's farm wends past irrigation canals filled with the water that California's hot Central Valley depends on to produce vegetables and fruit for the nation. Yet not a drop will make it to his barren fields. Three years into a drought that evokes fears of a modern-day dust bowl, Allen and others here say the culprit now isn't Mother Nature so much as the federal government. Court and regulatory rulings protecting endangered fish have choked the annual flow of water from California's Sierra mountains down to its people and irrigated fields, compounding a natural dry spell. "This is a regulatory drought, is what it is," Allen says. "It just doesn't seem fair."
British economic collapse rivals Great Depression
by Edmund Conway
July 24, 2009
Economic output shrank by 5.6pc in the 12 months to the middle of the year, according to official figures which shattered hopes that the recovery has already begun. The Office for National Statistics said that Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.8pc in the second quarter, following the unprecedented 2.4pc fall in the first three months of the year. Economists had expected GDP – the broadest measure of the country's economic performance – to shrink by 0.3pc. According to calculations by Martin Weale of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research the profile of the current recession is now almost identical to the decline in Britain's output between 1929 and 1931. The 5.6pc contraction over the past year almost matches the 5.8pc fall in the year preceding the second quarter of 1931, during which Credit Anstalt in Austria collapsed, triggering a second wave of economic seizure across Europe.
A Conflict's Deadly Ripple Effects
The Washington Post
by Stephanie McCrummen
August 2, 2009
WALIKALE, Congo — Death came quietly for Bahanuzi Mihigo. Unconscious from a soaring fever, his body full of infection, the 36-year-old farmer lay under a white hospital tent in this tiny village, a place that floats like an island in a vast sea of roadless jungle. It was a cool evening, and the fighting that had chased Mihigo from his home was far away now. Still, its aftermath surrounded him in the tent, where ants crawled up the wooden posts of beds occupied by others weak or dying from their own jungle odysseys: three babies listless with malaria; a woman wheezing from tuberculosis; another with a raging infection ballooning her left arm.
Shanghai slump hits Wall St stocks
July 20, 2009
A BIG fall in Chinese share prices spilled over to Wall Street in opening trade overnight, as the US market pulled back a bit further from a hefty two-week rally. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 42.17 points (0.46 per cent) to 9054.55 in the first trades, after a narrowly mixed session for US shares yesterday that saw consolidation of recent gains. The Nasdaq composite dipped 9.55 points (0.48 per cent) to 1965.96 and the broad-market Standard & Poor's 500 shed 6.42 points (0.66 per cent) to 973.20. The market turned its focus away from domestic corporate and economic news to China, where markets fell in their worst session of the year, with Shanghai down 5.0 per cent. The drop "got plenty of people's attention since China seems to be everyone's bastion of growth hope these days," said Patrick O'Hare at Briefing.com.
Crop Circle Watch
2009-07-23 Meensen Niedersachsen Germany
Ogbourne St Andrew, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire. Reported 29th July
Field Report: If you approach Marlborough from the Hackpen Hill area, just before Marlborough Golf Club the Ogbourne St. Andrew formation is clearly visible. This formation is situated just outside the boundary of the main village on the left hand side – heading towards Marlborough and is not visible from the main road.As you enter the field the formation at this point is still not visible. The nearest entry point is through the 8th tramline. Quite interestingly the tramlines are angled and steer of to the left. This formation sits half on the incline of the field and the other half on the peek of the field. At the tip of the formation the field slopes downwards once again. From ground level photography is quite a challenge as you can only see the nearest parts of the formation nearest to you. The formation once again is a giant and spans over 5 tramlines – is this a sign that other formations are likely to be large and impressive ?. We arrived several days after the formation was first discovered so areas of possible interest are generally no longer visible due to visitor traffic. I have heard that the farmer of this field is not allowing visitors to enter BUT there is a contribution bucket attached to the gate – so whether this belongs to the farmer or not is something I cant answer. This formation had affected my camera where focusing is concerned. I have switched to manual focus but yet most of my images still came out blurry. I and many others have experienced such problems before where electronic equipment simply fails for reasons which are still fully not explained. – Andrew Pyrka
Hackpen Hill, nr Broad Hinton, Wiltshire. Reported 31st July
Field Report Andrew Pyrka called me this morning at 6h30 saying that he discovered a new formation in Hackpen Hill. As we were talking, he was on the road to Avebury then he saw the second formation in Winterbourne near the one witch was cut last week. Then he finally called me 5 min later saying a new formation was there on the Waden Hill side. We started to hurry everywhere in order to find a way of flying the earlier possible cause we knew that the farmer will cut it before 8h30…”
Winterbourne Bassett (2), nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 31st July
Field Report This is the 2nd formation we came across minutes after Hackpen Hill. Placed next to the huge cut out circle which gave off a radiant glow of whiteness. A regret to see but as we have all seen this season – every time a circle is cut out – the Makers return time and time again to recreate their work. These formations are without doubt are getting BIGGER – camera's len from ground point of view now need to expand to a much wider angle. As you enter the formation from via the 2nd tramline there is a curious small formation sitting there quietly ( the usual nice bouquet twist ). This small circle I believe had something to do with the original one that was cut out and appears to be once again lined up with Silbury Hill. The centre circle of the new formation has the distinctive single circle of basket weave pattern which we have seen in the East Field formation. – Andrew Pyrka
Woodborough Hill: This one was in Last Week's Newsletter & Has Been Reported as a Man-Made Experiment.
Signs in Humanity
"All I Know How to do Is Kill People"
(AP) Soldiers from an Army unit that had 10 infantrymen accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter after returning to civilian life described a breakdown in discipline during their Iraq deployment in which troops murdered civilians, a newspaper reported Sunday. Some Fort Carson, Colo.-based soldiers have had trouble adjusting to life back in the United States, saying they refused to seek help, or were belittled or punished for seeking help. Others say they were ignored by their commanders, or coped through drug and alcohol abuse before they allegedly committed crimes, The Gazette of Colorado Springs said. The Gazette based its report on months of interviews with soldiers and their families, medical and military records, court documents and photographs. Several soldiers said unit discipline deteriorated while in Iraq. "Toward the end, we were so mad and tired and frustrated," said Daniel Freeman. "You came too close, we lit you up. You didn't stop, we ran your car over with the Bradley," an armored fighting vehicle.
Murdered for being a flirt
by Clare Campbell
August 3, 2009
Lucie Blackman thought she was ordinary. Her self-judged ordinariness tormented her more than anything else. 'I constantly hate myself,' she wrote in her diary. 'I'm so average . . . 'I hate the way I look, I hate my hair, I hate my face, I hate my slanty eyes, I hate the mole on my face, I hate my teeth, I hate my chin. I hate my boobs, my fat hips, my fat stomach. I am so f****** up to my neck in debt and so badly need to do well.' Lucie drank too much, spent too much and her self-esteem was shaky. So, yes, in all of that she was a pretty normal 21-year-old. But even as she wrote those self-deprecating words, she was doing something very out of the ordinary with her life.
Mental health killings increase
July 28, 2009
The number of people killed by those with a mental illness increased between 1997 and 2005, official figures show. The National Confidential Inquiry reported while 54 people were killed in England and Wales in 1997, this had risen to over 70 in both 2004 and 2005. It was murders by people who were not under mental health care which accounted for the increase. The head of the inquiry said the report must be kept "in perspective", but that the rise needed to be investigated. The research, which was funded by the National Patient Safety Agency, was carried out by University of Manchester researchers. It found that the number of suicides among in-patients had by 2006 fallen to its lowest level since data collection began in 1997 – from 219 to 141.
Pushed by recession, millions make dramatic job changes
by Paul Davidson
August 1, 2009
The automotive industry was the only life Ed Wozniak knew. As a teenager, he would take apart vintage cars, soup them up and put them back together in a weekend. His father was a machine repairman, and Wozniak got an apprenticeship doing similar work for Chrysler. But in late 2007, after he took a buyout to avoid his second layoff in five years, the 17-year veteran had enough. At 35, he started classes at a Michigan university and is now an intensive care nurse earning about $55,000, far less than his former annual pay of $80,000. "I thought it was always going to be a struggle from here on out, with people cutting back and foreign automakers coming in," says Wozniak, of Royal Oak, Mich. "It was time to move on."
Militias target some Iraqis for being gay
by Paul Wiseman and Nadeem Majeed
August 28, 2009
BAGHDAD — The young man turns to the camera and pleads with his tormentors. "I'm not a terrorist," he tells the Iraqi police who surround him. "I want you to know I am different. But I am not a terrorist." To some fundamentalist Iraqi Muslims, Ahmed Sadoun Saleh was worse than a terrorist. He was gay. He wore his hair long and took female hormones to grow breasts. Amused by his appearance, Iraqi police officers stopped him in December at a checkpoint in a southern Baghdad neighborhood dominated by radical Shiite militias. They groped Saleh and ridiculed him. The assault was captured on video and circulated on cellphones throughout Baghdad, says Ali Hili, founder of London-based Iraqi LGBT, a group dedicated to protecting Iraq's gays and lesbians. Shortly after the video was made public, Hili says Saleh contacted him, fearing for his life, and asked for his help to flee Iraq. "Unfortunately, it was too late," Hili says. Saleh turned up dead two months later, he says.
Arks of Safe Haven
"Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and to not ignore your own flesh [and blood]?" Isaiah 58:7
The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.
Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.
How You Can Help?
In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit http://www.arksofsafehaven.org and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.
wayne – Worcester MA. – Recent emergency surgery of father leaves local family in crisis. On February 23, 2009 this father was rushed into Saint Vincent's Hospital in Worcester Ma with abdominal pains. it was determined that he had a blockage in his intestines but after 12 days of attempts to break-up and flush the blockage, emergency surgery was performed and then complications came 3 days after surgery. The pictures below are in the hospital, the second is graphic and may not want to be seen by all. A video had been created on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/wayneo169 in attempts to help the family but no funds have been available to advertise it. If the surgery wasn't challenging enough his ( father's ) employer went bankrupt and owes family $28,600.00 in back wages and did not pay into state, federal or social security benefits leaving the family unable to collect any assistance at all. A local Law Firm has filed suit against the company but the case will take months to be heard. In the mean time the father's recovery was determined July 9, 2009 to take up to 4 more months before he can return to work if he can find work, ( father worked as a construction project manager building new hotels in New England ) Family is asking for any type of assistance in this crisis they are in. A small donation account has beem set up with paypal at http://www.paypal.com send funds to : firstname.lastname@example.org to assist with small bills, but if you are willing to help in a larger financial way you can contact the family directly by email at : email@example.com request proof of doctor's letters and hospital reports and attorney case filing if you want total proof of this devastating situation. The surgery performed was the removal of 13 inches of his colon, 12 inches of small intestine & appendix.
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
El Niño Threatens Food Shortages
crops are locked in a bull market
July 17, 2009
By Garry White
In 1798 Reverend Thomas Malthus published a pamphlet entitled An Essay on the Principle of Population. In it, he argued that population growth would eventually be stopped by a widespread and catastrophic famine as the world could no longer feed all the mouths it contained. It was an apocalyptic doomsday scenario. The United Nations expects that the world population will hit 7bn in early 2012 – and rise above 9bn by 2050. Despite the technical innovations of the so-called "green revolution" after the Second World War which increased crop yields through fertilisers and large-scale farming, worries still persist that population growth is putting the global food chain under too much pressure. The possibility of a Malthusian catastrophe is once again being discussed. The most vital factor in food production is the weather. If the sun doesn't shine or the rains don't come then it can spell disaster. Over the last two weeks, meteorologists worldwide have been predicting just that. A weather event that happens once every three to seven years is under way – and weather patterns across the southern hemisphere could be sent into turmoil over the next six months. This has price implications for commodities, but it could be disastrous for people in the poorer parts of the world.
Twist of Fate
By MYRA PHILP
30 Jul 2009
A FREAK tornado wreaked havoc on the God-fearing Isle of Lewis – leaving some locals asking if it was divine punishment for Sunday ferry sailings. The terrifying twister caused thousands of pounds of damage as it flipped cars and boats, tore at buildings and threw people out of bed. But last night some suggested it was the Lord's wrath – as the whirlwind struck DAYS after a controversial Sabbath boat service was launched and the isle hosted its first gay wedding. One islander said: "All this happens after the Sunday ferries – what will be next, some of us are wondering?" Objectors to the Sabbath boat service say it "mocks" the Lord's day of rest. And the Reverend James Tallach, of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, said last night: "No good will come out of defying God's law." The 110mph tornado narrowly missed a fuel depot, before stripping trees and lifting cars into the air.
Will Krakatoa rock the world again? Last time, it killed thousands and changed the weather for five years, now it could be even deadlier…
By Marcus Dunk
31st July 2009
Bright orange lava spews up into the air, dark smoke mingles with the clouds and the gloomy night takes on an ominous red glow. Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more. Almost 126 years to the day since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over. With an explosive force 13,000 times the power of the atomic bomb that annihilated Hiroshima, the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa killed more than 36,000 people and radically altered global weather and temperatures for years afterwards. The eruption was so violent and catastrophic that no active volcano in modern times has come close to rivalling it, not even the spectacular eruption of Mount St Helens in the U.S. in 1980. Now, almost a century-and-a-half on, are we about to experience the horrors of Krakatoa once again?
Swine flu: only a dose of humanity can save us from this modern plague
The Observer, Sunday 26 July 2009
In a faithless society beset by hysteria, those fearful of swine flu should put their trust in old-fashioned values The one certainty in life is death. We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. Our predecessors were aware of this only too well. War, famine, pestilence and death have stalked us since time began. No wonder the four horsemen are such powerful and terrifying icons. One of the commonest graveyard epitaphs of Victorian England was "in the midst of life there is death". All very depressing. But the risk of death is still 100% for all of us, I'm afraid. Happily, we're now in the 21st century – technology has conquered everything, surely. Miracle drugs for cancer, HIV, heart disease – a pill for every ill. We even have pills to make us thin, happy, less forgetful and to enjoy better sex. If we want to look younger, then plastic surgery and Botox is on hand. Technology and innovation seem to have vanquished death. But they come with a hefty price tag, as the NHS is finding out, especially as we get older and accumulate problems. They also have severe limitations.
22 die in Nepal floods, landslides
Death toll from monsoon rains could rise in remote areas
July 28, 2009
KATMANDU, Nepal – Flooding and landslides brought on by two days of heavy monsoon rains in Nepal have left 22 people dead and several more missing, officials said Tuesday. Home Ministry official Iswor Regmi said the death toll from the rains that began over the weekend could rise as reports pour in from remote villages, some of them several days' walk from the nearest town or telephone. In the worst incident, at least 13 people were killed in a landslide in Takdoo village early Monday, chief government administrator Talasi Gautam said. He said rescuers were still digging through mud and debris searching for victims.
Natural Disaster Update
5.0 WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
5.5 WESTERN XIZANG
5.2 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
5.6 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
5.1 PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
5.3 KURIL ISLANDS
5.1 JUJUY, ARGENTINA
5.1 GULF OF ALASKA
6.1 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.
6.2 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.1 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.1 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.5 NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.0 MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
5.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.2 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.1 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 JUJUY, ARGENTINA
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 JAVA, INDONESIA
5.8 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.3 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.2 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G
5.2 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
5.3 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.0 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
CALIFORNIA – By bouncing sound waves off the floor of the Salton Sea, researchers have discovered more than a dozen previously unknown earthquake faults, leading to a new theory of how the ground is sinking and stretching near the infamous San Andreas fault. The new understanding of the area's seismic mechanics does not appear to suggest that a massive quake on the San Andreas is more imminent than previously believed. Researchers discovered about 15 to 20 relatively short faults angled toward the San Andreas. The data led them to propose that the crust in the area is being pulled apart by the San Andreas and the nearby Imperial fault. When the crust pulls apart, it subsides and dips into a basin, rather than just shifts horizontally. "It's not clear what the connection is between the features they're seeing and the faults at [greater] depth," where earthquakes are thought to originate. "Maybe the earthquakes are reflecting a slightly older pattern, and the sediment cover is telling us more about what's happened more recently."
INDONESIA – there is a strong possibility of occurrence of a major earthquake in the region of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the future as the Indian plate is moving northward with a slight tilt in eastern direction. By continuous movement the energy is getting accumulated and is locked in the subduction zone of Sunda trench near Sumatra region which was the main cause of the tsunami earthquake in 2004. The amount of energy released by the tsunami: "If one compares it with the atomic bomb explosion of Hiroshima, the energy released was as much as exploding 1.3 billion bombs of that kind. If the energy released could have been trapped by any means, it could have compensated for the energy requirement throughout the world for the next 220 years.'' The killer tsunami of December 2004 could have been more devastating had it occurred on the landmass. Had the earthquake occurred on the landmass, perhaps the entire habitat of Indonesia and Sumatra would have vanished. Because of the high intensity of the tremor, a fault has been formed at the oceanic bed which is 1,300 km long and 150 km wide.
CALIFORNIA – Huge tunnel to be built under San Francisco Bay. Hoping to protect one of the Bay Area's main water supplies after the next major earthquake, construction crews will soon embark on a job that sounds like something out of a Jules Verne novel: building a massive, 5-mile-long tunnel underneath San Francisco Bay. "All the experts tell us that within the next 30 years, there is a 63 percent chance of having a major earthquake in the Bay Area. By building extra tunnels and strengthening our pipelines, it means we have much greater assurance that we'll have water after the next earthquake." Only 12 companies in the world are certified to perform the job, which is estimated to cost $347 million. The Hetch Hetchy is the largest water system in the Bay Area, it provides some or all of the drinking water to 2.5 million people. An engineering marvel, the Hetch Hetchy system was built following the 1906 earthquake, when San Francisco burned after its water system failed. Today, much of its equipment is antiquated and at risk of collapse in the next major quake. The tunnel, for example, will replace two large steel pipes built in 1925 and 1936 that sit on the floor of the bay, and could easily break in a major quake, cutting off water for weeks. Racing to beat the next earthquake, Caltrans has retrofitted dozens of freeway overpasses and is rebuilding the Bay Bridge. Pacific Gas & Electric has upgraded gas lines and substations. BART is retrofitting the Transbay Tube, a 3.6 mile-long cylinder that sits on the floor of the bay, connecting Oakland and San Francisco. "The question is, can we get it all done in time?"
INDONESIA – Anak Krakatoa, the killer volcano that claimed 36,000 lives, stirs once more. An amateur photographer has captured new images of the re-awakening of the world's most famous volcano. Last month he captured these images of the waking monster and even caught a violent storm passing over the new cone. The ticking time-bomb can be seen spewing ash into the Indonesian sky between Java and Sumatra where it lies on the Sunda Strait. Lava can also be seen trickling down the side of the new slopes that have quickly grown to a towering 360 metres. It now measures half of the size of the original mound that ended so many lives. 'These volcanos repeat explosions like that of 1883 many times during their life. The common opinion is that Krakatoa will become again really dangerous when it reaches the size it had been in 1883. It was two-times taller than now.' Anak Krakatoa is emerging from the remains of the former giant beast which blew itself apart. The original eruption not only killed thousands in fire, but also sparked a tsunami. The huge wave was caused by masses of rock falling into the water below as the volcano-island destroyed itself and collapsed into the ocean. Many more perished suffering from the effects of falling hot ashes and poison gases which smothered the surrounding lands. The reborn volcano, Anak, has been steadily growing out of its predecessor's remains since 1927. In November 2007 it started violently erupting again but islanders thought they had escaped another potential disaster when everything went quiet last year. This spring, however, the new mountain started rumbling again. The eruptions have become so fierce they light up overhead clouds and draw in violent thunderstorms as the atmosphere changes.
RUSSIA's northernmost active volcano churned out ash to a height of some 5,000 meters (23,000 feet) in the country's Far East late on Saturday. The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula last erupted in December 2006 and has been active ever since. They registered over 170 tremors within the area in 24 hours. "Some of them were followed by powerful ash bursts and avalanches." Volcanic activity over the past two-three years has significantly altered the contour of the volcano, with the crater increasing in size by 50% and the slopes becoming far steeper. There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka, 29 of them active.
ETHIOPIA – A huge amount of lava has spewed in the remote volcanic complex in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression bordering Eritrea. The eruptive activity started in late June and the heat from the spewing lava was first detected by space-based thermal sensors. The area is home to mainly nomadic herders. So far there have been three other eruptions of the Manda Hararo volcanic field since the first volcanic activities in modern times began there in August 2007. However, the current eruption is being accompanied by dense plumes of sulphur dioxide gas. The eruption killed five people and hundreds of livestock and forced 50,000 nomads to flee. This active volcanic area is an extension of the East African Rift Valley. The exact mechanism of the rift formation is still under debate among scientists. Evidence suggests that the East African Rift System (EARS) assumes elevated heat flow from the asthenosphere (the liquid layer of mantle), which is causing a pair of thermal “bulges” in central Kenya and the Afar region on the Eritrean-Ethiopian border. EARS is one of the geologic wonders of the world, a place where the present tectonic forces could possibly create new plates by splitting apart old ones.
TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –
U.S. seacoast must plan for climate change – For many the jury is still out on whether the dramatic changes we've been seeing in the world's climate are the result of the activities of humans or just the normal cyclical function of the Earth and its atmosphere. Whatever one may believe, however, does not change the fact that these changes are occurring and at a rate scientists have not seen before. The issue of rising sea levels in the Gulf of Maine, which runs from Cape Cod to northern Maine, is of particular interest and concern on the New Hampshire Seacoast. The New England Science Center Collaborate has reported that the level of the Atlantic Ocean off Portland, Maine, has risen by 1.7 inches over just the past 20 years. The group also reported that for every inch the ocean level increases, several feet of shoreline is inundated. New projections show the sea level increase in the Gulf of Maine may, in fact, be double the initial estimates of 12 to 18 inches in the next century. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is preparing new flood plain maps for the region that will expand the plain well beyond where it is now because of sea level increases and the resulting impacts from the more severe storms and hurricanes that are also being projected. Whether the rise in sea level is the result of man-made causes is no longer the point. The critical issue is how to respond to what appears to be happening.
EAST COAST U.S. – Marine scientists say they're baffled by SEVERAL WEEKS OF UNUSUALLY HIGH TIDES that coastal residents have noticed from Maine to Florida. Unusually high tides are not uncommon, but their causes are usually easily identified. Since mid-June, however, scientists have found no credible reason why tides are running a half to two-feet above normal up and down the East Coast. One cause, wind, is an unlikely answer. "We don't have those kinds of winds right now. This is happening despite the winds. So, we have to look for other agents. One way you can raise the water level like this is just to heat it up." However, the tides came too suddenly for them to be an effect of global warming. Scientists are investigating the possibility that weather patterns, such as atmospheric pressure in the Atlantic, or the cyclical El Nino effect, could be having some influence on the tides. These high tides are more than a scientific conundrum. In June, the unusually high tides flooded the road to Tybee Island in Georgia, leaving some motorists stranded. Such a high tide during a tropical storm also could add significantly to its severity on coastal residences. The good news is that the tides now appear to be diminishing. The bad news is that scientists predict these freak tides will be normal in 30 to 40 years because of global warming.
NEW ZEALAND – Dunedin is on "high alert" as its beaches take another hammering from king tides and winter storms that have caused the worst damage since emergency powers were invoked in 2007 when storms caused major damage to the beaches. The high tide was "the last aria" in a drama that had been ongoing for a week. "It's as serious as it's been since the emergency [in 2007]." The oceanography of the area, including sea movement caused by White Island, could be having a significant effect. The battle between surf and turf has been going on since the 1800s, when families began settling what had been a swampy marshland.
TROPICAL STORMS –
The 2009 Atlantic tropical storm season is starting out rather slowly. In fact, it has been five years since we've gone this late without a named storm. But a slow start does not necessarily forecast a down year. The average date for onset of the first named storm is July 13. Still, it's not unusual to be this late. Strong tropical storms typically don't form until August and September. The latest for a named storm to develop took place on Aug. 29, 1977, and that was Hurricane Anita, a Category 5 hurricane. If conditions in the Caribbean and Atlantic are not favorable for tropical storm development in July, they will typically form in the Gulf or in the Atlantic near the U.S. "And that's not good news." This year's slow start is primarily caused by the strong westerlies which have come down from Canada. "The westerly winds are strong and they are inhibiting tropical storm development. And there's UNUSUALLY DRY area in the Atlantic and Caribbean." This year's slow start could also be related to the development of a strong El Niño.
As we end July, the Atlantic Hurricane Season is dead (for now). There has not been a single tropical storm, a tropical depression or even a strong tropical wave in the Atlantic Basin. With nothing on the horizon through the first days of August, we’ll easily end the first two months of the season with no tropical activity. In the Pacific, there have only been 4 named storms and one weak hurricane (Andres) which lasted less than a day before being downgraded, and one moderate hurricane (Carlos) that faded only 2 days after becoming a hurricane. In other words, the eastern Pacific is UNUSUALLY QUIET with no change in sight. The western Pacific is no different…with few storms and none especially strong. We’re AS QUIET NOW AS WE HAVE BEEN IN MORE THAN 40 YEARS AND POSSIBLY LONGER.
In the Atlantic, the ocean waters in many areas have been running slightly below normal. While the water has warmed some in recent weeks, the temperatures are about normal. They'll support hurricanes, but the energy needed for strong storms isn’t there. Also, there have been repeated rounds of sand and dust blowing off of Africa across the ocean toward the islands of the Caribbean and even into Florida. That layer of air remains as strong as we have seen it at any time this season, and studies have shown that Saharan air (with the dust and sand) limits tropical development. If this continues, we MAY HAVE ONE OF THE QUIETEST TROPICAL SEASONS IN HISTORY because our August and September hurricanes tend to form in the central and eastern Atlantic Ocean, which happens to be the areas which are most affected by the Saharan dust.
Beyond the earth, the sun remains as quiet as we have seen it in a century. We can see so much more and in greater detail than observers did 100 years ago. Therefore, we can pick out tiny swirls and sunspots and even assign them to a particular solar cycle, but the spots we have seen recently would have likely been missed back then…so we can argue that this MAY BE THE QUIETEST SUN IN 200 TO 300 YEARS, taking us back to the Little Ice Age.
Dozens of cities will set RECORDS FOR THE COLDEST JULY IN RECORDED HISTORY.
Currently, we are experiencing an especially strong African dust season. On some days the sun's ultraviolet radiation is reduced 10 percent by tiny grains of airborne sand from the Sahara. The dust was so thick July 15-16 in Texas that it could be seen as grayish ripples across the western sky shortly after sunset. Satellite images that track dust floating across the Atlantic Ocean have led to recent findings that African dust can suppress the formation of tropical rain systems and even hurricanes. This discovery may explain why hurricane forecasters have been off the mark in recent years. This finding may also explain the lack of tropical rain systems in the Gulf of Mexico so far this season, because the Gulf has been covered by African dust. The Navy Research Lab's dust forecast model reveals an UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN this year. The ASIAN DUST THAT ARRIVES IN THE U.S. DURING SPRING IS STILL ARRIVING ACROSS NORTHERN STATES while Saharan dust is invading Texas and Mexico.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
MONGOLIA – last week rain storms triggered the country's WORST FLOODING SINCE 1966. More than 20 people died and around 120 homes were destroyed — a stark reminder of the extreme weather conditions that add to the woes of one of the poorest countries in Asia. Mongolia's grassland is rapidly turning into desert. Grassland is thinning in three quarters of the country, while seven percent of the steppe has already become part of the Gobi desert.
CHINA – Six people were killed and 12 injured when a rockfall hit a bridge in Wenchuan, the epicentre of the quake which devastated southwest China last year. The rock fell from a mountain onto the Chediguan bridge, sending vehicles plunging into the Minjiang river. At least seven vehicles, including a minibus, were destroyed. The bridge played an important role in the reconstruction of Wenchuan and reopened in May, one year after the catastrophe which left 87,000 dead or missing in Sichuan province in May 2008. More than 10,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. The accident occurred after heavy rains battered the province. Casualties might still rise if more vehicles are found in the river. At least four people were killed and 50 missing after a landslide on Thursday in Kangding district of Sichuan. The mud and rock slide there, triggered by heavy rains, buried the encampment of a road construction crew.
EUROPE – Overnight storms Friday in western and central Poland killed eight people and injured nearly 50, while western Switzerland was pelted by hail as big as ping pong balls. "It was the apocalypse, I've never seen anything like it."
Bushfires raged across swathes of southern Europe overnight Friday, with a prolonged spell of hot weather turning woodland around the Mediterranean coastline tinder dry. Hundreds of fires in Spain, France, Italy and Greece have killed at least seven people this week, destroying thousands of hectares of forest and gutting dozens of homes.
JAPANESE rescue crews have pulled three more bodies from mud and rubble in a western region hit by a series of landslides and floods early this week, bringing the death toll to 15.
BRITAIN – The Met Office is issuing a revised forecast for more unsettled weather well into the month. It is a far cry from the "barbecue summer" it predicted back in April. This year was supposed to be "warmer than usual with rainfall average or below average". This is the third summer in a row where it's forecast has failed. In 2007, the Met Office chirped: "The summer is yet again likely to be warmer than normal. There are no indications of a particularly wet summer." Instead they got downpours and floods in the WETTEST SUMMER SINCE 1912 for England and Wales. Temperatures were below average. In April 2008, the Met Office forecast: "Summer temperatures are likely to be warmer than average and rainfall near or above average." That did not prepare people for ONE OF THE WETTEST SUMMERS ON RECORD with high winds and low sunshine. In both instances, the Met Office failed to predict the movements of the jet stream – the high-level wind that races round the world 10km above the surface. The past two years it got stuck above the UK – and that locked a low-pressure system in place which in turn brought misery and rain. That has been happening again this July. Temperatures in both previous years were dragged down by the Pacific La Nina effect which makes it four times more likely that they will suffer a bad summer in Europe. But this year, the La Nina effect no longer applies.
NEW ZEALAND – weeks of cold southerly conditions, followed by a change to warm westerlies triggered dangerous avalanche conditions in the Canterbury area. Another large avalanche occurred in New Zealand, but no one was injured. The avalanche, which happened near a ski field in Queenstown's Remarkables mountain range on Saturday, came a day after an Australian skier was killed after being crushed by an avalanche on New Zealand's South Island. "The hazard at the moment in the backcountry is high – we all know about the fatality yesterday in Methven, and this is a result of the same storm cycle that came through." The cascading wall of snow would have been big enough to collapse houses if they were in the way.
NEW YORK – Rain, cool weather making for record-breaking summer. The National Weather Service says the average temperature in July this year sits at 65.4 degrees, making it the COOLEST JULY IN RECORDED HISTORY. The average temperature for the month of July is 70.7 degrees Fahrenheit, and ordinarily it doesn’t vary more than three degrees above or below. It has also been one of the wettest on record. Last month was one of the wettest Junes on record, with 6.25 inches of rain recorded — nearly double the norm.
This summer has been cool in the U.S. from Chicago to the East Coast because of the UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN. The jet stream will remain in this winter position, though weakened, at least for two more weeks.
OKLAHOMA – Late July is normally one of the hottest times of the year for Oklahoma, but the weather service noted an UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN has created a northwesterly flow that has displaced the typical subtropical air mass, to allow the occasional cold front to move through the area, keeping intense heat at bay. This phenomenon is expected to continue for the next couple of weeks, and the fronts could continue to bring periodic rain chances through at least the middle of next week.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
Fish and other sea swimmers contribute significantly to currents as they move. So-called ocean mixing entails the transfer of cold and warm waters between the equator and poles, as well as between the icy, nutrient-rich depths and the Sun-soaked top layer. It plays a crucial part in marine biodiversity and in maintaining Earth's climate. In the mid-19th century, Darwin proposed that creatures large and small play an important role in the stirring of ocean waters. A new study vindicates this idea, which had been dismissed by modern scientists. What determines the amount of water that is mixed is the size and shape of the animal, its population and migratory patterns. Churning of the seas is a factor in the carbon cycle.
GREENLAND – The Ilulissat glacier has retreated dramatically in recent years – more than 15km in the last decade alone – but plenty of evidence suggests such rapid change in the ice is not unprecedented. In fact, over the last 10,000 years (a period of long-term warming since the end of the last Ice Age), the glaciers on Greenland's west coast have been through many periods of advance and retreat. Four thousand years ago, the Earth was significantly warmer than it is now, and accordingly the glacier retreated; but the evidence suggests it was perhaps only 20km back from its current position. So when the more excitable climate campaigners claim that Greenland's ice sheet – which contains roughly 10% of the world's fresh water – is "melting" and that catastrophic rises in sea level can be expected within a century, it is advisable to take a deep breath and ponder the complexities of the ice. The increased speed of flow of the Ilulissat glacier – from 7 to 14 km in a single year – means that an extraordinary mass of ice is indeed being disgorged into the sea. Glaciologists reckon as much as 35 cubic kilometres of ice each year is being shed from this one outlet alone. But there is a countervailing trend. Increased precipitation over the ice sheet – more snow – means at least some of the loss of mass in the ice sheet is being made good. It may even be that the ice in the middle of the Greenland sheet is becoming thicker while it is retreating at the margins. The ice in the middle of Greenland is some three kilometres thick and, deep down, it is hundreds of thousands of years old. Even the experts are not entirely sure how to explain the dramatic speeding up of ice movement and melt inside the Illulisat fjord. A significant warming of the sea may be a crucial factor. But glacier movement is quickening far into the ice sheet, suggesting that increased meltwater underneath the ice is also having a major impact.
WASHINGTON, OREGON – "Brutal" temperatures are predicted for the Seattle, Portland areas today as a RECORD HEAT WAVE afflicting the Pacific Northwest continues to bake everything. "The thing about a place like Portland is there are some buildings and residences that don't have air conditioning. You go to Phoenix or Dallas, yes it would be very hot there, too, but they have more of a system in place to deal with it." Temperatures pushed up to 108 Tuesday in Medford in southern Oregon, and the 93 degrees in Hoquiam on Grays Harbor in Washington state crushed the old record of 81 degrees that dated back to 1965. Even some normally cool spots on the coast were hotter than normal, with Astoria, Ore., at the mouth of the Columbia River reaching 92, busting the city's old record of 82 set in 2003.
This fire season throughout California and the West is likely to be ONE OF THE WORST ON RECORD as heat and drought persist throughout the area.
CANADA – British Columbia is getting ready for a summer scorcher this week that's expected to ignite RECORD-BREAKING TEMPERATURES across the province. It's not really rare to get these kind of temperatures. It's the longevity that's the main thing.
CALIFORNIA – Traditionally the hottest month of the year in Redding and the northern Sacramento Valley, July is going out as hot as a firecracker. As Sunday's temperatures in Redding hit 107 degrees, a strong and persistent high pressure system could have pushed Monday's thermometer to a blistering 110 degrees. That's blazing hot even by Redding's standards. It will be more of the same today, with the high temperature expected to hit 109 degrees, which would fall short of the 113-degree record for the day set in 2003. The National Weather Service is also predicting that Wednesday's high should be near 103 degrees, while Thursday's expected high temperature is 101 degrees.
OREGON – Near record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures predicted for the week have public health officials urging area residents to protect themselves, their neighbors and their pets against heat-related problems. The National Weather Service and other forecasters predicted temperatures would rise into the mid- to upper-90s during the weekend and top 100 degrees during the week.
TEXAS – The drought that has gripped Central Texas is approaching the severity of Texas' most famous drought, the 1950s dry spell that lasted several years.
TANZANIA – Drought in Tanzana’s northern highlands has reached deadly proportions, killing nearly 100 cattle in Longido and wildlife along the sprawling borderline of Kilimanjaro and Amboseli National parks. Nearly 20 analyzed samples of livestock carcasses show that the livestock had eaten poisonous “wild amaranth unfit for cattle consumptions,” as drought scorched the entire vegetations, leading to their mass deaths. Millions of herds of cattle in the northern highland are currently facing THE WORST DROUGHT AFTER A LULL OF MORE THAN 48 YEARS which has scorched northern Tanzania’s thick vegetation and sucked its rivers dry. The drought in the area has assumed a catastrophic dimension, putting millions of cattle and wildlife at risk of starving. “The similar drought experienced in Longido way back in 1961, where millions of cattle and wildlife died as a result of phenomenon." Other parks in northern Tanzania also have dried up with their wildlife population migrating to human habitats scouting for water and green grass.
Europe – Firefighters have been battling blazes in five countries along the northern Mediterranean rim, slowly gaining the upper hand after an exhausting week that has seen eight people killed.
Bushfires raged across swathes of southern Europe overnight Friday, with a prolonged spell of hot weather turning woodland around the Mediterranean coastline tinder dry. Hundreds of fires in Spain, France, Italy and Greece have killed at least seven people this week, destroying thousands of hectares of forest and gutting dozens of homes. Spain has been the worst hit by the fires and authorities said thousands of villagers have had to be evacuated to escape blazes that have killed five firefighters. Thousands of police and soldiers had been drafted in to help combat seven serious fires in the south and east of Spain. On the French island of Corsica, some 4000 hectares (10,000 acres) of scrub and bush has burnt in 12 separate blazes over the past 24 hours, with temperatures of above 40 degrees Celsius and strong winds fanning the flames. In Greece, more than 320 wildfires have scorched large swathes of forest land across the country this week, but have so far missed homes and buildings. In 2007, the worst forest fires in memory raged for 10 days, sweeping through dozens of villages and killing 65 people. With extremely high temperatures forecast for much the region in the coming days, authorities said they remained on high alert.
Further north, the problem was rain and wind. Overnight storms in western and central Poland killed eight people and injured nearly 50, while western Switzerland was pelted by hail as big as ping pong balls. "It was the apocalypse, I've never seen anything like it."
Spain is on wildfire alert this weekend as a blistering heatwave threatens to trigger more devastating blazes. Temperatures are expected to soar to 39C.
A plan to build a 6,000km-long wall across the Sahara Desert to stop the spread of the desert has been outlined. The barrier – formed by solidifying sand dunes – would stretch from Mauritania in the west of Africa to Djibouti in the east. A 2007 UN study described desertification as "the greatest environmental challenge of our times". One third of the Earth's population – about two billion people – are potential victims of desertification. "My response is a sandstone wall made from solidified sand." The sand would be stabilised by flooding it with bacteria that can set it like concrete in a matter of hours. The plan envisages injecting the dunes with the bacteria on a massive scale or using a barrage of giant bacteria-filled balloons. "We allow the dune to wash over this structure then we would pop the balloon." North African nations have promoted the idea of planting trees to form a Great Green Belt to prevent the spread of the sand. A similar proposal – known as the Green Wall of China – has also been proposed to stop the spread of the Gobi Desert. The architect's proposed wall across the desert would be a complement to, rather than a replacement, of the Great Green Belt proposal. "It would provide physical support for the trees."
Clouds over the North-East Pacific dissipate as the ocean warms, according to a study. Researchers have described this as a "vicious cycle" of warming, as reduced cloud cover allows more of the Sun's rays to heat the Earth. They say warming could gradually reduce the low-level cloud cover that is thought to help cool the globe. But the team stressed that it was not yet possible to quantify how much this might impact on global temperatures. The findings were described as "almost shocking". In the past 50 years, there had been a "positive feedback" cycle in the low-cloud cover, so when the surface of the ocean was warmer, there had been less cloud cover. "These are subtle changes that take place over decades. But it's indicative of a vicious circle." Only one climate model reproduced this cloud effect. This particular model predicts one of the more pessimistic climate change scenarios, with temperature increases at the high end of the range of forecasts. The range of different projected temperature increases in response to greenhouse gases has been "almost entirely" caused by the uncertainty about cloud feedback.
FOOD / WATER / SUPPLIES-
Texas agriculture officials this month said drought led to an estimated $3.6 billion in crop and livestock losses statewide.
India's Uttar Pradesh state, a key rice- and sugar cane-growing state, has declared drought in 47 districts.
A new and dangerous trend is now emerging. Having exhausted their ability to grow food for their own people, the rich and powerful are now buying land in poor countries to produce food for their own consumption. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation and other analysts maintain that nearly 20 million hectares of farmland (an area half the size of all arable land in Europe) have been sold or are under negotiation. South Korea acquired 700,000ha in Sudan and Saudi Arabia purchased 500,000 hectares in Tanzania. The Democratic Republic of the Congo expects to conclude a deal on eight million-hectares of land with South African businesses to grow maize and soybeans. India has reportedly lent money to 80 companies to buy 350,000 hectares in Africa. Analysts claim that the move may secure food supplies to the investors but it would cause severe hunger and starvation for local population.
INDIA – Food grain and vegetable prices in North India have shot up in the wake of subnormal rains in the region. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan especially are likely to face food shortage and ensuing soaring prices due to below normal rains. The Centre is planning to import dal to tackle its shortage; however, the step is likely to result in further hike in the prices of the commodity.
Twenty Uttar Pradesh districts were declared drought-hit on Saturday, following scanty rainfall and widespread damage to crops.
HEALTH THREATS –
Hundreds of thousands of Americans could die over the next two years if the vaccine for the new H1N1 influenza is not effective and, at the pandemic's peak, as much as 40 percent of the workforce could be affected, according to new estimates.
The swine flu epidemic has reached 160 countries and could infect two billion people over the next two years.
H1N1 flu spreads to remote corners of the world – There may be no escape from H1N1 pandemic flu, which according to the latest World Health Organisation figures has spread to the most remote parts of the planet including popular island getaways.
Europe's drug regulators are fast-tracking the approval process for novel H1N1 vaccines, which could mean they would be used before much human testing is done. Though flu vaccines in the EU usually get thorough testing, authorities plan to evaluate H1N1 vaccines largely based on previous data for H5N1 avian flu vaccines, since both types have the same basic ingredients. Regular safety monitoring will be required as the vaccines are used.
A trade bloc of seven South American nations on Jul 24 demanded exemptions from paying patent fees for vaccines and drugs against the pandemic H1N1 virus. They urged the application of a World Trade Organization intellectual property provision to relax patent rules to protect public health. Although suspending patents could save millions of lives, they weren't suggesting that the vaccines should be produced for free.
The number of novel H1H1 cases in the Mexican state of Chiapas is soaring, with up to 130 new infections reported each day. However, Mexican health officials say the virus is under control in the rest of the country. Located in the country's southeast, Chiapas has a poor indigenous population, tourist sites, and heavy traffic from Central American immigrants. The state has the country's highest case count and has reported 8 of the last 10 deaths.
To see if high vitamin D levels help protect against novel H1N1 flu, the Public Health Agency of Canada is launching a trial to compare blood levels of the vitamin in those with mild and severe cases. Scientists speculate that the winter spike in flu infections is related to lower vitamin D levels associated with reduced exposure to sunlight. Higher vitamin D levels in mildly infected people might suggest a low-cost flu prevention measure.
Regular winter seasonal flu shots may not work so well – As if the world didn't have enough problems in developing a vaccine against the new H1N1 influenza virus, commonly known as swine flu, reports from the Southern Hemisphere suggest there may be problems with the seasonal flu vaccine that has been produced for this winter's flu season. The Canadian Press reports that some laboratory tests indicate there is a new strain of the H3N2 flu virus — one of three strains included in the flu vaccine — that is different from the A/Brisbane/10 strain of H3N2 that was selected for the vaccine. If that is the case, the vaccine will provide less protection than authorities had hoped. Health authorities will keep an eye on nursing homes this autumn because the H3N2 strains prey particularly hard on the elderly.
Meanwhile, in a drive to inoculate people against swine flu before winter, many European governments say they will fast-track the testing of a vaccine, arousing concern about safety and proper doses. The U.S. is taking a more cautious approach: the government has called for volunteers to be injected with the swine flu vaccine in tests beginning in August to assess the vaccine's safety. American officials said results should be ready by the time the U.S. plans to roll out a vaccination campaign in October.
The immunization advisory group for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) meets today in an emergency session to discuss which groups should be targeted to receive the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and whether some should have priority. Pregnant women, children, and people with underlying medical conditions have been among the groups hit hardest by the novel flu virus and are expected to be among the groups tagged to receive some of the first doses of the vaccine, which are expected in mid October at the earliest. (About 6% of pandemic H1N1 deaths in the United States have occurred in pregnant women, though they make up just 1% of the population.) In the 2008 federal guidance, people are assigned to five different priority groups, or tiers, which move higher or lower depending on pandemic severity. However, tier 1 is the same for all severity levels: deployed military forces, critical healthcare workers, emergency medical services workers, public safety workers, pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. An estimated 24 million people are in tier 1.
A poll [pdf file] suggests that about 63% of American parents are likely to allow their children to receive the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, but only 51% of adults would probably receive the immunization themselves. Only 43% said they were concerned that they or a family member might contract the new flu virus.
Chinese authorities assert that their aggressive quarantine policy to prevent foreign visitors from spreading H1N1 flu has worked wel. Officials say China has had few cases and proudly note that no deaths have been reported. More than 1,800 Americans have been quarantined in China since the start of the pandemic.
Military may assist with US H1N1 response – US military personnel may work alongside civilian authorities during any significant outbreaks of the H1N1 influenza virus this fall, according a CNN report. Unnamed Department of Defense officials said the proposal is awaiting approval by Secretary Robert Gates. Personnel from all branches of the military may be involved, and it has not been determined whether the troops would be pulled from active duty or from the National Guard and/or reserves.
About half the US population (160 million) are in the priority group for H1N1 virus vaccine – The vaccination campaign, which will involve two doses of vaccine per person, is due to begin in mid-October. In the event that not enough vaccine is available, a tighter group of high-risk patients will receive it. "The main message is that it's half the population. And it's the younger half of the population, as well as health care workers." Swine flu cases are actually decreasing across the US, having peaked 10 weeks ago. But scientists expect that cases will pick up again during the colder autumn months.
As swine flu vaccine becomes available in coming months, boosting compounds known as adjuvants may stretch out limited supplies. But they also pose special challenges for vaccine regulatory agencies in places like Canada and the United States. Neither country has licensed flu vaccines with adjuvants in them before, making the addition of the oil-and-water emulsions a potential hurdle to plans to fast-track pandemic vaccines. Fast-tracking is based on the premise the vaccine is the same as seasonal flu shots, just targeting a different virus. For that reason, officials in the U.S. have hinted they would rather not use adjuvants, unless the compounds are needed to ensure adequate supply for Americans. With manufacturers complaining of low yields as they attempt to make the new vaccine, that need remains a possibility, officials admit.
The head of the Public Health Agency of Canada has said Canada will use adjuvanted vaccine in response to a call from the World Health Organization to stretch the limited available global vaccine supplies. Using adjuvanted vaccine also offers the benefit of faster delivery of enough vaccine to meet the country's needs. If adding an adjuvant allows a half dose or a third of a dose to be used per person, each batch of vaccine that rolls off the production line will protect more people. Health Canada has been working with GlaxoSmithKline, the country's pandemic flu vaccine contractor, for several years on a process to fast-track pandemic vaccine. Health Canada wants GSK to conduct a small study that would provide "minimum data on initial immunogenicity and some safety data if we're going for the adjuvanted vaccine."
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration will use a mechanism called an emergency use authorization or EUA if the U.S. administration decides adjuvants must be used there. That decision, FDA officials signalled at a vaccine advisory committee meeting last week, will be a political one, not one that rests with the regulatory agency.
Although novel H1N1 flu strain is spreading worldwide, Latin America, currently in its winter season, is being disproportionately hit right now. Of the 816 deaths the World Health Organization has so far confirmed, two thirds have occurred in Latin America.
UK advises nurseries to remove soft toys – Britain's Department of Children, Schools and Families has come under fire for issuing recommendations that nurseries and "childminders" remove communal soft toys from care settings to help contain the spread of H1N1 flu, saying the toys cannot be cleaned adequately. The agency also recommend that crayons and pencils not be shared and large assemblies be suspended. Defenders of the guidance say it is sensible but should be administered sensitively so as not to upset children.
RECALLS & ALERTS:
– Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Publix Gourmet Peanut Mix Because of Possible Health Risk.
– Celeste Industries Corporation Recalls All Lots of simplySmart Remove Make Up Remover .
– Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Co. of McAllen, Texas, is recalling 104 crates of fresh cilantro (coriander) because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
– Luv N' Care, LTD, Monroe, LA, is initiating a nationwide recall of all Nuby Gel Filled Teethers. These products have been found to contain Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans in the gel.
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
Churches Urged to Modify Rituals Amid Flu Fears
By Aaron J. Leichman
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Jul. 30 2009 09:55 AM EDT
Fears about the spread of the H1N1 flu virus are affecting religious activities of Christians in a number of regions, especially in Britain, which two weeks ago announced 100,000 new cases. British believers have had to introduce health measures for Communion services and in the use of holy water that some use to bless themselves upon entering churches. Health authorities believe that the H1N1 flu pandemic is having a greater impact on Britain than on other European countries in part because Britain is a major international travel hub and because millions of Britons regularly spend their holidays abroad. “Right now case numbers are roughly doubling every week, and that’s a faster rate of growth than I might have anticipated,” Professor Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College London, told The Sunday Times.
Anglican Sees ‘Two-Track’ Church
July 28, 2009
PARIS — The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, said profound differences among the world’s 77 million Anglicans over gay clergy and same-sex unions could divide their church into a “two-track model” yielding “two styles of being Anglican.” The formula could avert a formal breach between liberals and conservatives but bring new strains in the relationship between the global Anglican Communion and American Episcopalians who resolved this month to open the door to ordaining openly gay bishops and to start the process of developing rites for same-sex marriages. Archbishop Williams insisted that the issue should not be debated “in apocalyptic terms of schism and excommunication but plainly as what they are — two styles of being Anglican.”
Joanna Lumley hailed as 'goddess' on arrival in Nepal
Joanna Lumley was hailed as a "goddess" as she began a tour to celebrate her successful campaign to win Gurkhas the right to settle in Britain.
July 28, 2009
Hundreds of former servicemen and their families armed with traditional silk scarves and garlands of marigolds for Ms Lumley gathered at Kathmandu airport for what they called her "homecoming". Many waved Union flags and banners. As well-wishers and even the policemen in charge of crowd control pressed around the actress for a closer look, the crush was so intense it took around 15 minutes for her to walk 30 yards to her waiting car. "It's a very warm welcome. I'm very emotional. If it wasn't for a Gurkha who saved my father's life I'd never have been born, which is a grim thought," she told The Daily Telegraph, with a thick pile of silk scarves and garlands on her shoulders. She added that she was "delighted" to finally visit Nepal, before shouting "Ayo Gurkhali!", echoing the soldiers' war cry that means "The Gurkhas are coming".
John Travolta fears Church of Scientology would retaliate if he left
Aug 2, 2009
Melbourne, July 27 : Actor John Travolta has reportedly made private threats to leave the Church of Scientology, but he may not follow through on them because he fears the church may retaliate by revealing embarrassing details about his private life. Travolta, 55, who became a recluse after the sudden death of his son Jett, 16, in the Bahamas during a New Year family holiday, is so distraught that he is barely able to function and is seldom seen in public. According to reports in Britain's Mail, Travolta is disillusioned with the secretive church, and bitterly regrets adhering to its teachings when treating his son's condition, which is believed to have been autism. The report also quotes a neighbour of Travolta's as saying that he is rarely seen during daylight hours, but is often spotted driving around his property at night, alone in the golf buggy. "We used to see him driving around on a buggy with his son. Now its just John by himself," News.com.au quoted the unnamed neighbour as saying.
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
Gunmen kill Iraqi Christian outside factory
July 26, 2009
MOSUL, Iraq — The brother of a soft drinks factory manager was shot dead by gunmen outside the restive northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, police said. It was unclear if Ala Bashir, a 30-year-old Christian, was killed because of his faith. Thousands of Christians fled Mosul last year because of targeted violence in the city. In Sunday's incident, gunmen approached the factory, half-way between Mosul and the predominantly Christian town of Talkeef, in four cars — two BMWs and two Opels — according to a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity. They beat the factory's guard and demanded to see the facility's boss but when his brother Ala Bashir appeared they shot him on the spot and fled. According to Iraq's human rights ministry, around half of Mosul's Christian community, some 2,275 families, abandoned their homes and jobs in October to take shelter in Christian villages.
Officials: 6 Pakistani Christians Killed by Muslim Extremists
The Christian Post
Aug 1, 2009
Six Christians, including a child, were killed Saturday in eastern Pakistan by members of a banned radical Muslim group, officials said. Hundreds of Muslim extremists continued to burn Christian homes after some members of the Sipah-e-Sahaba group accused Christians of desecrating the Quran on Thursday. Among the six Christians killed were four women. Pakistan Christian Post reported that the Muslim mob pulled the Christian woman out of their homes and killed them execution style. The sectarian riot began Thursday when thousands of Muslims raided a Christian village called Korian in Punjab province in eastern Pakistan and destroyed about 60 homes and two churches.
China Set to Put Uyghur Christian Man on Trial for 'Revealing State Secrets'
By Aaron J. Leichman
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Jul. 27 2009 11:51 PM EDT
The trial of a Uyghur Christian man is expected to commence Tuesday, nearly 19 months after China detained and charged him for "revealing state secrets or intelligence to overseas organizations." Alimujian Yimiti, whose Turkic ethnic group lives primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, has been held at the Kashi Muncipal Center since Jan. 12, 2008, despite international protests claiming that he is “an innocent, law-abiding citizen.” “Alimujiang … has been a peacemaker between Han Chinese and Uyghurs,” testified religious freedom activist Bob Fu, who heads the Christian persecution watchdog group ChinaAid. “He has even been sending his children intentionally to study Mandarin in school, even though they are Uyghurs, in order encourage them to be peacemakers,” Fu added. “The Chinese government should show they are seeking stability by releasing Alimujiang Yimiti."
Third Christian this Year Dies in Eritrean Military Prison
By Edward Ross
Compass Direct News
Mon, Jul. 27 2009 06:27 PM EDT
Another Christian imprisoned for his faith in Eritrea has died from authorities denying him medical treatment, according to a Christian support organization. Sources told Netherlands-based Open Doors that Yemane Kahasay Andom, 43, died Thursday (July 23) at Mitire Military Confinement Center. A member of the Kale-Hiwot church in Mendefera, Andom was said to be secretly buried in the camp. Weakened by continuous torture, Andom was suffering from a severe case of malaria, Open Doors reported in a statement today. “He was allegedly further weakened by continuous physical torture and solitary confinement in an underground cell the two weeks prior to his death for his refusal to sign a recantation form,” the organization said. “It is not clear what the contents of the recantation form were, but most Christians interpret the signing of such a form as the denouncement of their faith in Christ.”
Muslims Abduct Two Christian Coptic Girls in Egypt
Aug 2, 2009
(AINA) — Mrs. Samira Markos, who lives in Alexandria, sent an appeal to Egypt4Christ advocacy, pleading with them to rescue her daughter from forced Islamization. The mother said that her daughter Amira Morgan (born 9/9/1992) was abducted on 7-18-2009 on her way to work in the plastics factory near their home. Egypt4Christ sent one of its members in Alexandria to verify the mother’s plea and met with one of the family relatives who corroborated the story. “At 10 o’clock of the same morning someone called me and asked if I was Amira’s mother. He introduced himself as Sheikh Mohammed, and said that my daughter is fine and will convert to Islam,” the mother said. “When I cried and begged him to let me have my daughter back, he said he would let me see her again after her conversion to Islam, and ended the call. I tried calling that cell phone back several time, but there never was a reply.”