Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 99

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

Fear of the LORD is a Fountain of Life
By Regina


– Noun
1. A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the treat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
2. A specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling.
3. Concern or anxiety; solicitude.
4. Reverential awe, esp. toward God.
5. That which causes a feeling of being afraid; that of which a person is afraid.

In these End Times, those who believe in God seem to have two opposing views of our heavenly Father. Either She is a God of only love, or, She is a God with no compassion at all for Her creation. Both sets of people have not come to a full understanding of Father’s true nature.

Where those speak of Father as being a God without compassion because of ordering executions upon mankind, they have not come to fear or know Father. She is a God to be feared. She is not idle and She does not work without a plan to salvage Her creation from the clutches of rebellion.

In my service to Father these past years, I have come to a greater understanding of the One that I serve. However, do I serve Her out of fear of annihilation? No. I serve Her out of love, just as all of Father’s Holy Family does.

Job 28:28 He said to mankind, "Look! The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to turn from evil is understanding."

Do I also fear Her? Yes, I do. Because I have also come to an understanding of Her true nature and have a reverential awe for Her. I fully understand and accept that as our Creator, She is to be honored and obeyed. And, I understand what the end result is for being willfully disobedient. Death.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby has been quoted as saying, “My father established our relationship when I was seven years old. He looked at me and said, "You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out. And it don't make no difference to me, I'll make another one look just like you."

Now our heavenly Father has never said that, but She did bring us into this world and She can take us out of it. And, I know that it would make a difference to Her, as Her wish is for all Her children to live for eternity and that not a single life be lost. But it is also Her wish that we should all be obedient to Her and follow Her laws, just as She follows Her own laws.

In order to understand why a judgment must come, we simply must see the world with all its evils, problems, imbalances, worries and anxieties is SO VERY FAR OFF from Her original plan! We must see and understand that no matter how good a person we may think we are, we are all sinners and come to an acceptance and understanding as to why we must discard our old personalities to become in line with that which She expects of us – not to expect Her to accept us as we are. We must also see, accept and agree as to why it is necessary for all evil to be removed from Her creation so that it may be cleansed and Her true plan for Her creation may unfold and come into fruition. Her plan is to SALVAGE creation, and this is why Her son and our Savior Christ Jesus died for us.

Isaiah 33:6 There will be times of security for you— a storehouse of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is Zion's treasure.

Colossians 2:20 "If you died with Christ to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations:"

To be with Christ and Father, your old personality that reflects Satan's elemental body of action must also be killed off. In that, you must discard the old personality of living for Satan's way that presently exists, and look to Father's Way.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Those who do not fear Father are fools, because they despise both wisdom and instruction. They expect our glorious Creator to bend the rules She established and She will never do that, because She is a God of supreme integrity. And why should She? Are we so intelligent? If you look around you will see that we are not…as this world crumbles around us in a destruction that we at least partially are responsible for. We must look to Father’s Way, not Satan’s, and not our own, in order to take hold of the promise of eternal life.

Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

I know that for me, in the beginning of my journey of understanding, the fear of the LORD could sometimes be debilitating. More than anything I wanted, and still want, to please Her and to be a child that She can delight in. I wanted and still want, with all my heart, to serve Her in full obedience to Her laws. But that was just in the very beginning of my journey, when my eyes were first being opened to Truth and to Father’s true nature. Over time, I was humbled, and while the fear remained, it was also coupled with understanding and then wisdom as She continued to share Her knowledge with me and I came to know Her more. Over time, the fear seemed to balance out as I gained a different and more complete view and understanding of the One who Created us. Our loving Mother and Father, Yahweh. While I fear Her, I also love Her and as I grow to understand Her more, I also grow to love Her more.

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is wisdom's instruction, and humility comes before honor.

Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him —
a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
a Spirit of counsel and strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

Fear of Father Yahweh is to know that She holds the power over eternal life or eternal death. We should all endeavor to understand Father's mind-set. Eternal life depends on our understanding of Father and what She expects from all of us.

Deuteronomy 5:29 "If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commands, so that they and their children will prosper forever."

FEAR is the Key to understanding Father. Without fear laws are broken and lives are lost. Harmony burns in a blazing fire.

Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.

Father's Winged Messengers from on High
By Johanna

The Light of Life Ministry is under the guidance of and receives messages via Fathers Holy Angels. You may wonder how this is possible and why our Ministry was chosen to receive such guidance. But first consider that we are not the first people to receive messages from Father via Her Holy Angels. All throughout the Bible it talks about Father sending Her Holy Angels out to do Her bidding. How is it any different now than when an angel appeared to Hagar in Genesis or Mary to tell her that she was to conceive the son of God?

Genesis 16:9-11 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, "You must go back to your mistress and submit to her mistreatment." The Angel of the LORD also said to her, "I will greatly multiply your offspring, and they will be to many to count." Then the Angel of the LORD said to her: You have conceived and will have a son. You will mane him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard your [cry of] affliction.

Luke 1:26-31 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And [the angel] came to her and said, "Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you." But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her" Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name JESUS.

Let's not forget about the angel who called out to Abraham when he was going to sacrifice hi son for Father. What about the angel that appeared in Joesph's dreams? Why would things change in the way Father sends Her angels out to deliver messages to Her faithful children?

Genesis 22:11-13 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" He relied, "Here I am." Then He said, "Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me."

Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 2:13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is bout to search for the child to destroy Him. "

Matthew 2:19-20 The Holy Family in Nazareth After Herod died, and angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, "Get up! Take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who sought the child's life are dead."

Those are just a few that are in the bible. I wanted to share this with you all so you can grow and understand that Father does in fact, to the very day, continue to use Her creation (angels) to deliver messages to Her faithful children. Not only are they used as messengers but are also used to protect Father's children as well. In Genesis 19 two angels protected Lot from harm when the men of Sodom came to Lot's house. The angels struck the men who were at his door with a blinding light so that they couldn't find his door. After doing that the angels told Lot to get his family out of Sodom because they were sent by the LORD to destroy it. Please red Genesis 19 to see what happened to Lot and his family.

Psalm 91:11-12 For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

The Holy Angels were with Christ throughout His lifetime, guiding and supporting Him in bringing the message of God to the masses.

Matthew 4:5-6 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you and, they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."

Matthew 4:11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

I also want to add that the worship of Angels is STRICTLY prohibited. To worship anyone other than Father is a form of idolatry. The Orders of Holy Angels are slaves of Father and are not to be worshiped in any way.

Deuteronomy 11:16-17 Be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside, worship, and bow down to other gods.

Inspired Writings

The Lifting of the Veil Before Armageddon

One of the items that has been discussed in the past is of the thinning of the veil that is between the physical plane and the astral plane, or spirit realm. This thinning has the effect of allowing individuals on the physical plane to see better and perhaps sense many more spiritual things that are going on in the other plane.

Joel 2:28 — After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.

An interesting factor in this is perhaps that people may even be able to further sense Father's Spirit and workers more at work around them. This is a process that has been continuing and can continually be seen all around oneself. Some of the things that one may see might seem like tricks of the eye or illusions, which has caused many to believe that they are delusional or that there is some other explanation for what they are seeing. However, if more than one person sees these things, and perhaps these sights are continually growing, then by the aforementioned logic, it would mean that tons of people are simply going psychotic at unprecedented rates. If there are no actual chemicals causing this in people, then there doesn't seem to be any real reason for such a mass psychosis to rapidly occur.

Now, it has also been shared with us that when the veil is fully lifted, that everyone on the fleshly plane of existence will be able to see the spiritual things around us. Now, at first, this may sound like quite a special moment, because it will not only be a merging of two planes, but all the supposed beauty that can exist on the other side will also be on this plane. Unfortunately, the merging may also cause many to lose their minds as they see all the atrocities that had been committed around them that they did not even see.

A very long while back, there was a lesson taught about how the Native Americans were horribly massacred and butchered, and even to the point that their main source of food, the buffalo, were killed off, leaving the natives utterly defenseless and dying. Many may still live today, but I am certain that the diseases, loss of food, unending butchering and atrocities committed against them were still so severe that that scar still remains upon the planet. If any remember this lesson, they might recall that it was taught via the marking of various photographs taken of actual landforms and areas. Rocks and so forth. Now, I am sure that the rocks and plants were actually simply the easiest parts of the casts and phantom energy that one could see. There were probably many more casts that were just simply not seen so easily.

If one takes that lesson of seeing how the casts, however easy to see as they were, in the rocks were showing the atrocities committed, consider what they will see in the floor and walls of their own home! One wouldn't be able to walk outside of their house without seeing all of sin's influence on the planet, that is, if by then, they still have a house or home. At this, perhaps it is too simple to just say the word, “atrocity.”

1.Appalling or atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness.
2.An appalling or atrocious act, situation, or object, especially an act of unusual or illegal cruelty inflicted by an armed force on civilians or prisoners.

People may know what things sound atrocious, like murder, stealing, or committing adultery, even forcibly. Yet, actually having to experience them, to see the violence and evil first-hand, that could produce such a shock to someone it could be like being hit by a truck. Father has a way of protecting Her children such that they are not overwhelmed by the truth of what is around them, so they do not go into a nervous breakdown or anything, but, when the time comes, people will not have much to protect or help to take in the truth around them. Eventually, the Truth always comes out. No lie can last.

With the lifting of the veil to show all the atrocities that have been committed on the planet, there will also be ample opportunity to see and view how much justice Father has been waiting to balance. Further, there will be truth revealed all around, and perhaps even those crimes that had been committed that no one could see and bring to justice might just be resolved, as Father's righteousness comes flowing. Everything that Father does will allow there to be more and more righteousness to come.

These are just some small things to consider before the Rapture, as well. If one takes time to pull together many of the lessons that had been learned, as well as the knowledge that is continually being shared, more and more preparation for the time to come will be provided. It is just like buying extra oil to keep one's lamp well lit and prepared for when Christ comes.

Matthew 25:1-5 — "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. When the foolish took their lamps, they didn't take oil with them. But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

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

Cherubic Commander: Prince of Yahweh II said to tell all of you that the discovery in the sea off the coast of a Japanese island dates back to the preflood era. The discovery at Alexandria just off shore where the old port that sank, there are pyramids there also and a few Sphinx with the faces complete. Those things are carry over from the preflood era, just as the Aztec who worshiped the serpent god. Now they will know that the Sphinx in Egypt did not have an animals face, because that face had been worn off over time. Just something for all of you to ponder. Father sank all cities that existed in the old world, and the oceans are littered with them beneath its depths. Have any of you guessed that pyramids exist in Father's house? Satan and his first group of fallen angels that came to earth gave the secrets of the heavens to mankind in the preflood era. Today, mankind does not understand the significance of what a pyramid represents because the secrets died with those who perished at the flood. In this era, Satan has been restricted from giving mankind all that he once gave away freely. You've all seen the craft that is shaped like a pyramid from photos or televised shots. To some of you it is rectangular, but it does represent the pyramid shape. The pyramid represents the climb to knowledge step by step. Satan stole the design from heaven and instituted it into his false worship of the serpent god he represents.

Regina: I hadn't thought about it before, but it makes sense as Prince of Yahweh II relayed to us that what's here is there and vice-versa. Makes me think of the very first reflection pictures I took that were very pyramid related… I ran across those again just the other day. Found a blog I'd started back in 2005 that I'd forgotten all about. Would it look rectangular to us because what's seen is actually the bottom of the pyramid shaped craft? I had a dream not long ago about seeing a cigar shaped craft – you were with me, then you poofed. What about these "Jellyfish" crafts too…?

Cherubic Commander: Yes, it looks that way because of what you've stated. The other designs are ours also. The saucer is actually representative of two bowls, one resting on the other. They represent bowls of wrath stored up for the final day of judgment at Armageddon. Sealed until Father gives the word to take action. The other designs are ours but I cannot comment on them. The antijabok has already been seen, and those angels represent destruction because they are used to destroy germs that have performed their necessary function and are no longer needed.

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

Orange orb UFO moves over Arizona town
August 14, 2009
The Examiner

The UFO Traffic Report for Friday, August 14, 2009, includes 8 selected sightings over 7 states, according to witness statements filed in the past 48 hours with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If MUFON investigates and reports back on any of these cases, I will update this page. The following reports and their headlines are unedited. You can read my selected cases by type of UFO report at the UFO Traffic Report index page. AZ, August 13, 2009 – Large, stationary red/orange ball of light seen hovering around outskirts of Maricopa town. MUFON Case # 18667. An Arizona witness driving south on Highway 347 near Maricopa, "noticed a large, bright red/orange orb of light hovering above the town, to the south west." The witness pulled over and noticed that the object was stationary, and then decided to drive into town and toward the location of the light. The witness located the object again and was "stopped just a little west of the intersection of 238, Green Road, and W. Smith Enke Road, with the light appearing just to the south west, approximately at W McDavid Road and White Road. Then the light disappeared. The witness then continued to drive to locate the object and noticed "in the direction of where the light had been, and I saw on the ground something that looked like a portion, or top, of the red/orange light–only it appeared to be mostly BELOW ground level and surrounded by many, smaller white lights. They were not blinking, but there were many of them, spanning a very large distance."

Estonia: UFO punches hole in cloud above turbines, photo
Michael Cohen

Photographer Avo Siim was taking pictures of wind turbines near the town of Virtsu on Estonia’s western coast when he noticed a most unusual cloud formation overhead. Something was blowing a hole in the cloud from above and sending out pieces of the cloud in a spiral underneath it. Mr Siim made sure to take shots of the formation and returned home. After developing the photos (above), to his astonishment, he noticed a UFO hovering above the turbines and just beneath the cloud at the very spot where the formation occurred. ‘I did not see the UFO with my eyes so it must have been fast’ noted Mr Siim. UFO experts in Estonia have examined the photo and declared it genuine. They have also attested to Mr Siim’s good character.

Record number of Albertans report UFOs
157 sightings recorded in the province last year
By Tamara Gignac, Calgary HeraldAugust 13, 2009

CALGARY – From fireballs to flying saucers, Alberta is a hot spot for extraterrestrial tourists. A study of Canadian UFO sightings suggests a record number of people in the province spotted mysterious objects zooming through the sky last year. From unusual lights to unexplained aircraft manoeuvring in mid-air, "Albertans are definitely seeing some unusual things," said Chris Rutkowski, a Winnipeg-based "ufologist" who has spent the past two decades studying reports filed by more than 15,000 witnesses coast to coast. The number of UFO sightings in Alberta last year was the highest ever, with 157 residents spotting unusual celestial activities.

UFO mystery as lights spotted over East Anglia
A string of sightings of bright orange lights in the night skies over East Anglia has sparked a huge new UFO mystery.
Published: 9:21AM BST 12 Aug 2009

The dazzling light shows have bewitched and intrigued eye-witnesses all over Norfolk and as far south as Ipswich, Suffolk. John Young, 43, of Sprowston, near Norwich, grabbed his camera after spotting a strange shining light on Wednesday, August 5. He was stunned when he woke up at about 3.30am and looked out of the window. Mr Young said: "I glanced out of my bedroom window to see a bright light in the sky, much like a star except slightly larger in appearance and considerably brighter. "It didn't move but when I played it back on my computer I was surprised to see the object was a perfect sphere with a hole in the middle." He added: "You can even see it appears to rotate clockwise for maybe 20 seconds then anti-clockwise for the next and so forth.

Triangle UFO low flying over Ohio countryside
August 10, 2009
The Examiner

A group of Ohio witnesses near Toledo, Ohio, saw and followed a low flying triangle-shaped object in the early morning of August 7, 2009, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. They first saw bright lights in the sky as they were driving east along State Route 579, but soon realized the object was coming directly at them. As the object approached, they noticed "two visible white lights to the left and right sides of the craft, and one light in the middle and higher up, making a triangle." They estimate the object was between 500 and 700 feet off of the ground. They made a turn and realized that the object was coming directly at them. At this point they stopped their car and observed the object through a sun roof and by looking out windows. It was moving at a "steady course" of about 75 mph.

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

GM crops set for role in Britain's food revolution
The Independent
by Martin Hickman
August 11, 2009

Ministers left open the door for the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops yesterday as part of a new green revolution to transform food production. Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, declined to rule out commercial GM planting in Britain as he stressed that new scientific techniques were needed to raise crop yields and ensure future generations could eat. His department published a food security assessment yesterday, warning that climate change, water and energy scarcity and low fish stocks were likely to place strains on the global food system that Britain could not ignore. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the UK would "play a full part" in hitting a UN target of raising food production by 70 per cent by 2050 to feed a projected global population of nine billion. Friends of the Earth and other green groups suspect the Government may see food security as an opportunity to introduce GM crops, which have so far proved unpopular with the public.

'Tamiflu turned my children into hallucinating, sobbing wrecks'
Daily Mail
by Richard Price
August 13, 2009

This week, it was with no small measure of satisfaction that I watched Andy Burnham, our implausibly youthful Health Secretary, squirm on the GMTV sofa. Andrew Castle, it must be said, is no Jeremy Paxman. So when Mr Burnham agreed to take part in the show to discuss the alleged merits of Tamiflu (how it sticks in my craw even to write those words) he was doubtless looking forward to putting across the Government's point of view in the gentlest of surroundings. What ensued was an ambush, as the visibly irate presenter revealed that his daughter Georgina had collapsed and nearly died after taking the supposedly harmless drug. Mr Burnham, for his part, burbled some platitudes about Tamiflu being 'our main line of defence' against swine flu, and how it was a 'different phase of the illness' when Georgina was prescribed the drug. Oh really? Perhaps Mr Burnham would have liked to come round to my house and explain the merits of Tamiflu to my three-year-old daughter as she sobbed and retched in my arms night after night.

UK jobless total climbs to 2.4m
August 12, 2009

The number of people out of work in the UK has risen to its highest level since 1995, official figures have shown. Unemployment increased by 220,000 to 2,435,000 in the three months to June, taking the jobless rate to 7.8%. Claims for unemployment benefit were the highest in 12 years, increasing by 24,900 in July to 1.58 million. Average earnings, excluding bonuses, grew at their slowest rate since records began in 2001, the Office for National Statistics said. Earnings excluding bonuses rose at an annual rate of 2.5% in the three months to June, down from 2.6% in the three months to May. Those in manufacturing only averaged pay increases of 1.1%, while the public sector saw an average rise of 3.7%.

Wall Street on the ropes
Big News Network
August 10, 2009

U.S. stocks were lower on Monday as proit-takers capitalized on the recent month-long rally. "This drop is probably a lack of buying interest more than selling pressure," Keith Springer, president of Capital Financial Advisory Services in Sacramento, California told the Reuters newsagency. He pointed out said investors are reluctant to buy with a lot of economic data due out this week. "You are starting to see traders anticipate defensive moves going into September, which is typically a cyclical negative for the market," he said. At the close of trading the Dow Jones Industrials were down 32.12 points or 0.34% at 9,337.95. The Nasdaq Composite was off 8.01 points or 0.40% at 1,992.24. The Standard and Poor's 500 was down 3.38 points or 0.33% at 1,007.10. The U.S. dollar rose against the European currencies and the Japanes eyen, but was little changed against the commodity currencies.

Horrors of South Sudan massacre
by Peter Martell
August 10, 2009

First the gunmen surrounded the fishing camp in the hour of darkness before dawn. Next they opened fire, then moved in with spears to finish off the wounded. "They shot me in the arm and I fell, but as I was getting up they put a spear in my back," said Nyakong Gatwech, a 20-year-old pregnant mother. "They thought that I was dead so they left me." The attack on 2 August was carried out by fighters from the Murle ethnic group in the remote region of Jongeli state. It was one of the worst single outbreaks of violence in South Sudan since the end of the civil war four years ago. Officials say at least 185 people died, mainly women and children. These kind of attacks are becoming increasingly common in the troubled south, a region still recovering from decades of war with the north. It was one of Africa's longest conflicts.

Crop Circle Watch

West Overton, nr Lockeridge, Wiltshire. Reported 9th August

Field Report: Not available at this time.

Bishop Sutton, nr New Alresford, Hampshire. Reported 9th August

Field Report: Not available at this time.

Woodborough Hill, Nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. reported 10th August

Field Report: This formation is just visible from the roadside as you pass the entrance to Knapp Hill. As we drove passed Knapp Hill at sunrise – the distant fields were shrouded in morning mist, so we just missed the discovery of this hill top formation. To enter this formation you can park opposite Southfield and walk along the Tawsmead and Southfield field boundary. The formation sits at the brow of the hill and in a dip of the field – directly below in the next field is the triangular formation which was first reported 22nd of July. When you first enter this formation the first feeling is of chaos – wheat seems to be lying in all sorts of directions. Upon inspection you start to realize that this chaos turns to perfection. Single lines of flattened wheat are complimented by a spread of wheat to the left and then to the right – this is seen throughout the entire ring of the formation. The makers once again have demonstrated to us complexity in their designs. This design deserves some sunlight to show the shading and contrast to bring out the true splendour of their work. Once again the weather conditions were wet and grey. I’m starting to think that the makers are responsible for controlling our weather conditions so the harvest is delayed – so that they can squeeze in one or two more formations here and there. Just a thought of course! Just as we were leaving the farmer turned up with a contribution box which we applauded this sensible act. If you decide to visit please (it is worth visiting) – please contribute every pound you can. It is also worth a mention that night watchers were camped out all night on Woodbrough Hill but yet they heard or saw nothing. This demonstrates the maker’s swiftness and silent abilities while creating their perfect creations. – Andrew Pyrka (

Wayland's Smithy Long Barrow (2),nr Odstone Hill, Oxfordshire. Reported 12th August

Field Report: One of the images I use in my lectures comes from a small unknown church near Wayland Smithy, in Compton Beauchamp. This church has an amazing picture inside. It is a picture of Jesus with piercing eyes. However, it is impossible to determine if his eyes are open or closed. I use this image to articulate the following statement from Jesus, “Open your eyes and you will see”. Yesterday on August 12, 2009, my wife, Heather, and I decided to visit this little quaint English church again. After leaving the church, Heather, and I decided to go to Uffington and look around at the fields from on top of the fort. To my surprise, my eyes took me to a field that had an old formation, of exactly two months to the day, in it. As I was viewing the June 12, 2009 Wayland Smithy older formation, I felt the nudge to scan the rest of the field. Doing so, I discovered a new crop circle. It was actually impossible to see the crop circle from where I was standing, so I knew that I was ‘seeing’ outside of ordinary perception another crop circle. Somehow, I was able to put a pattern together and ‘see’ a new circle. Can it be that this was the message? A message to open my eyes and ‘see’ outside of ordinary reality. Allowing myself to shift my perception to a higher state of awareness, and perceive the world through a different lens. As Heather and I were rushing over to the new formation, we encountered two of the three The Crop Circle Connector Researchers who had already been in the formation, taken pole shots, and had also already taken aerials. So, I was not the first to discover it, but I was fortunate to go inside the beautiful Cathedral circle. I use this name because Heather calls churches and Cathedrals, crop churches, and crop circles, Cathedral circles. We have travelled through Europe together researching the great Gothic Cathedrals and 11th-13th century churches. We have seen that the stained glass windows of the Gothic cathedrals, churches in Wiltshire, and crop circles have both known information and esoteric information encoded in them. I have seen that every church, Cathedral, and crop circle has encoded within it the lost knowledge of the great Mystery Schools. Having said that, why is 12 so significant around the world? Before I answer that, I must share my amusement about two things. First, that I gave a lecture on August 2nd in Devizes discussing the relationship between Gothic Cathedral windows and the crop circles. Second, I gave another lecture on august 6th at the Compton Basset town hall again discussing the connection between the Gothic Cathedrals and the crop circles. If you multiply 6 times 2, you get 12. A coincidence that the new Cathedral circle was formed on 12th August? You decide. Back to the significance of 12. Here are a few examples of the power of 12: 12 holy mountains in the Peruvian Shamanic path, 12 zodiacal signs, 12 Apostles, 12 months of the year ( using the Gregorian calendar system), and perhaps the most important, 12 cranial nerves in the homo sapien-sapien design. In numerology 12 can be reduced to three (1+2). In the Christian tradition three is another holy number. It is the trinity. So, regardless if you view this Cathedral circle through the trinity or the power of 12, you cannot miss it’s very important message- Open your eyes and you will see! – Bert Janssen, 13 August 2009.

Tidcombe, nr Burbage, Wiltshire. Reported 16th August

Diagram and Field Report not available at this time.

Signs in Humanity

Teen birth rates higher in US than rest developed world
Big News Network
August 12, 2009

The birth rate among US teenagers is twice the average for all developed nations and has increased in recent years, according to a report released Wednesday. The current US rate is 42 births for every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19, while the overall rate for developed countries is 21 per 1,000, the internationally-known non-governmental research organization, Population Reference Bureau (PRB), reported. Noting the especially high teen birth rate among the US Hispanic population, the PRB's Linda A Jacobsen called for special attention to be focussed on the country's increasingly diverse youth population in terms of education and training. 'By 2050 almost 40 percent of the population will be Hispanic. The ability of this increasingly diverse youth population to obtain education skills and secure employment will be critical to the US's future economic growth and our ability to meet the challenges of an aging population,' Jacobsen said.

Report Warns Of Rise In Militia Groups Across U.S.
August 13, 2009

Militia groups with gripes against the government are regrouping across the country and could grow rapidly, according to an organization that tracks such trends. The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the public debate about illegal immigration. Bart McEntire, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told SPLC researchers that this is the most growth he's seen in more than a decade. "All it's lacking is a spark," McEntire said in the report. It's reminiscent of what was seen in the 1990s — right-wing militias, people ideologically against paying taxes and so-called "sovereign citizens" are popping up in large numbers, according to the report to be released Wednesday. The SPLC is a nonprofit civil rights group that, among other activities, investigates hate groups.

U.K. Recession Triggers Social Decay
by Javier Espinoza
August 12, 2009

As unemployment rises, the U.K. is facing a wave of increased domestic violence, homelessness, alcoholism and drug addiction. LONDON — The recession is painting a bleak picture of the future of the British society. Crime, mental health problems, domestic violence and drug addiction are set to rise as unemployment reached a 14-year high on Tuesday, a leading public sector watchdog warned on Wednesday. "We are starting to see some of these things happening. We have also seen an increase in demand for debt advice, more people claiming benefits–and if unemployment keeps rising, we will see an increase in domestic violence and abuse," said Diane Ridley, author of the report entitled "When it comes to the crunch" published by the Audit Commission.

'Professional' beggars earning up to £200 a night to supplement their day jobs
Daily Mail
by Sophie Borland
August 11, 2009

The sight of a person in tatty clothes begging on the street is enough to elicit money from many well-meaning passers-by. But, it was claimed last night, some 'beggars' could be office workers with homes who are topping up their salaries by earning £200 a night from donations. Employees are said to be returning from their day jobs and dressing up in rags to spend their evenings pocketing spare change. One office worker with a 9 to 5 job said she planned to use the money earned by begging outside cash points and shops to pay for a new kitchen in her flat.

Afghan farmers recall poppy riches
August 11, 2009

For the first time in decades, Afghanistan will be self-sufficient in wheat. The BBC's Bilal Sarwary inspects the harvest of farmers who gave up poppy farming to grow wheat and other crops and asks if they have any regrets. It's noon on a hot summer's day. Sheen Goal Raza Kar is busy working on his field in the village of Gandomak in Sherzad district, 55km (34 miles) from the eastern city of Jalalabad. "I had a good harvest of wheat, tomatoes, potatoes and watermelon this year because of the snowfall and rain," says the tall bearded former poppy farmer. "But nothing beats the poppy," he says.

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Chrisw1 – Phoenix, AZ. – I am a single parent who was just laid off. I need money to move and get an apartment (1st months rent and deposit). If you are led to help, I would be so grateful I have my 2 kids and times are real tough at this time in my life. Please help if you can. I was medically retired from the US Army for Heart condition. Was working up till last week when I got laid off. I need about 2000 dollars to get ahead. I have a 300 dollar a month child support payment and dont want to get behind on it. Please help I will do whatever you want to make up for the lending of the money! (623)399-5804.I can work it off I am a man of all trades.Please help!
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ace221 – Birmingham, AL. – We are in serious trouble and need help fast! My husband and I are about to lose our home. We have just over a week to come up with $5000 to stop the foreclosure on our home. He is in the military in a spot where this cold cause him to lose his security clearance, which would cost him his job which would of course make things even worse for us. Last year, I was unemployeed for 4 months, and as soon as I got a job, he came off orders (he is a guard guy and that was his regular employment) and went months with little to no pay. Then in February I totaled my car, or course insurance paid for part of it, but we had to have another reliable vehicle, so money we did not really have to spare went toward the purchase of our 1996 mini van. We have a son in school and with him and regular bills we went through what we had saved up very quickly, then we began to fall behind. I had no idea how bad we had really gotten until recently. A few weeks ago we were informed our home was in foreclosure. I was trying to work out something to pay the past due amount back. I even went through the financials with them, and sent them the hardship letter…. they were going to review it, let us know which program we qualified for and send us the packet etc. Well out of the blue Tuesday, they sent me a letter saying it was too late to get us into any programs, our sale date was too close and they could no longer help us…. but we sent our stuff in in plenty of time. Now I have ONE WEEK to secure enough money to save our home. I can come up with some of it from our pay check, and I can borrow a coupe hundred from my parents, but that is it….. WE NEED HELP VERY FAST!!!!! PLEASE! I was praying for an answer yesterday, then I got this link this morning…. I know this means there is someone out here who can help me. I will pay back whoever helps me! PLEASE! Someone out there help us! We are located in Birmingham, AL – Alicia

zombiebaby – San Antonio, TX. – I lost my job about 2 months ago. I have had financial hardships most of my make a long story short…I got married really young to a horrible man…who abused me mentally, emotionally, verbally, some physical, and financially. He never was a good provider even though he made pretty decent money at times. I had a child with him…and tried to leave him many, many times. I had to pay most of the bills and come of with most of the finances, even though he made decent money, he always made a lot more than me. When I was in college, I did not work at all but I still paid most of the bills with my financial aid..taking care of all 3 of us. I finally was able to leave him about 4 years ago. We were living in AL at the time. He immediately moved to FL, and I stayed in AL. I filed for, and paid for a divorce with school money. I did the hardest thing a mother could do…and let him have our only child..a boy…bc he told me he would fight me for him…and I did not want to push and pull him back and he wanted to be with his dad if he could not be with both of us together. So, I let him. My ex would not sign the divorce papers. After a year, I needed to pay more money to have the papers re-drawn up. My lawyer did not tell me all this..he sucked as a lawyer anyway. By that time, I was out of money. My ex had a new gf moved in with two months after we split (in August of 05). He never deals with me directly anymore..he gets her to deal with me. He lied to her and told her that I was a bad wife and messed up the marriage, and hurt him, etc. She is constantly digging at me as well bc she is jealous that I was actually married to him and she is not..and I have a child with him, and she can not have children. . In 2006, I came out here to San Antonio, Tx. I have struggled financially since I married him..and it just gets a little better, just to get bad again. He decided in 06 or 07, he wanted a divorce and he wanted me to repay for it…that was not fair. I definitely did not have the money…I have tried to get lawyers to help me..even the legal aid or free poor people's lawyers, but I get no help. I was helping them out with stuff for my son and paid for their cell phone for a year and a half, but could not afford to officially pay child support. Last year, just when I was getting on my feel to get my own place..I got hit with paying almost $300 per month for child support. I have only been able to live on my own for about 10 or 11 months of the whole 4 years and 2 months since we have been separated, and every time I try to get out on my own, something happens where I can not. Since June of last year…I have been living with a male friend that I made at church. He is very nice, and I appreciate what he's done for me..but I really need to move out and get my own place for many reasons…I am a grown woman and want/need to live on my own, plus he's really in-love with me..and I do not feel the same way about him. He's off mentally…and he's very childish. I have to take care of him like a mom..or like a very subservient wife. He enjoys that bc he wants me to be his wife one day and take care of him and love him…but, it will never happen. Things have gotten creepy and worse…he hugs on me all the time, he throws childish fits all the time, he has gotten some what verbally aggressive and almost verbally abusive, he constantly fuses about his bills, he is controlling and nosey (always wanting to know where I am going and what I am doing), and I have to clean up after him and for him CONSTANTLY..I can not take it anymore. My ex finally started filing for a divorce a few months ago, but he had a stroke and his company fired him for it. I hated that it for him. I do not wish anything bad on him even though he was a horrible husband, but I want my life back so I can move on, remarry, and have more children. I am trying to find a job..I am a smart girl, and I am a hard worker. I have a BS in Anthropology with a minor in Biology. I can not find a good job…the last job I had was ok, but didn't really cut it..and some girls I worked with all teamed up on me, and lied on me to get me let go. I believe God will not only take revenge on my ex, but them and anyone else who has done horrible things to me or schemed against me. I have been trying to get a job, but have had no luck. I finally got unemployment, which is only a drop in the bucket so to speak (but they still take full child support out of that). I finally got food stamps too after 2 months..I applied immediately, but it took them that long to get it processed, but it's not much. I am behind on my cell phone (which is how people can get a hold of me..for's not just for pleasure or luxury), my medical bill, and a few other things..and my bills are coming up again..including my insurance and car payment. Please pray for me..and if you can help me or give me any would be greatly appreciated. My ultimate goal is to get a job, my own place, and to get my son back so both my ex and his gf can stop using him against me..I think using a kid against someone you hate to harass them and/or to get what you want or need is inexcusable…thank you for reading this long post.

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

Typhoon batters south-east China
9 August 2009
BBC News

Typhoon Morakot has struck China's south-east coast, destroying hundreds of houses and flooding farmland. Almost one million people were evacuated ahead of the storm, which crashed ashore in Fujian province with winds of up to 119km/h (74mph). Flights were cancelled and fishing boats recalled to shore. A small boy died when a building collapsed. Morakot has already hit Taiwan, killing at least three people and causing some of the worst flooding for 50 years. In one incident, an entire hotel – empty at the time – was swept away by the waters.

Two Earthquakes Strike Indian Ocean Region, Japan (Update1)
By Mark Tannenbaum and Aaron Sheldrick

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) — Two potentially destructive earthquakes struck minutes apart in the Indian Ocean and Japan today, generating tsunami alerts for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Japan. The larger of the two quakes was a magnitude-7.6 temblor that hit the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. It was followed less than 15 minutes later by a 6.6-magnitude quake in Japan southwest of Tokyo. The tsunami watch was later canceled, the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, adding that no significant tsunami was generated. The alert was in effect for as long as three hours after the quake struck parts of India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The Andaman quake struck at a depth of 33 kilometers (21 miles) at about 1:55 a.m. local time and was centered 260 kilometers north of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, or about 825 kilometers west of Bangkok, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Hunger hits Detroit's middle class
Food has long been an issue in this city without a major supermarket. Now demand for assistance is rising, affecting a whole new set of people.

By Steve Hargreaves, staff writer
August 13, 2009

DETROIT ( — On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in military fatigues, combat boots and what appears to be a flak jacket. He looks straight out of Baghdad. But this isn't Iraq. It's southeast Detroit, and he's there to guard the groceries. "No pictures, put the camera down," he yells. My companion and I, on a tour of how people in this city are using urban farms to grow their own food, speed off. In this recession-racked town, the lack of food is a serious problem. It's a theme that comes up again and again in conversations in Detroit. There isn't a single major non-discount chain supermarket in the city, forcing residents to buy food from corner stores or discount chains. Often less healthy, less varied, or more expensive food.

Stricken Taiwanese airlifted as 70 killed in storm
By PETER ENAV, Associated Press Writer Peter Enav, Associated
Aug 11, 4:58 pm ET

CISHAN, Taiwan – Military helicopters ferried stricken villagers to safety Tuesday from remote Taiwanese communities hit by Typhoon Morakot that left at least 70 dead, but hundreds were still feared trapped by a torrent of mud and rock that buried their homes. Choppers hovered over affected villages looking for signs of life. While rains were still falling, floodwaters receded Tuesday, and many of the aircraft were landing to send out squads of soldiers to look for survivors, photos released by the military showed. Special forces found more than 900 people who had fled three villages in the south, according to the military. One helicopter crashed into a mountain as it flew on a mission to rescue villagers from the island's heavily wooded south, which was worst hit by the storm. Disaster official Chen Chung-hsien said it was unclear if the two pilots and one technician had survived the crash.

Calif. wildfires force mandatory evacuations
August 15, 2009

DAVENPORT, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged residents to heed mandatory evacuation orders Saturday as 6,800 firefighters battled to control nearly a dozen blazes across the parched state. Schwarzenegger met with firefighters at the Lockheed Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a day after the governor returned to the state from attending the funeral of his mother-in-law, Eunice Shriver. The Lockheed Fire has blackened close to 8 square miles of remote wilderness since Wednesday and prompted mandatory evacuations of the mountain communities of Swanton and Bonny Doon, which have about 2,400 residents and several wineries. "These fires will be different than most of the fires because of the terrain," Schwarzenegger said. "It's very hard to get equipment in there and the resources in there. That's why you see a lot of helicopters and fixed winged aircraft being used."

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New earthquake risk models for North America – "Our new model reveals that the landscape of earthquake risk is changing in California. With modeled loss estimates decreasing more in the San Francisco peninsula than in Los Angeles, where earthquake risk was previously estimated to be lower, the relative risk in the two cities is now much more similar. Given the amount of property exposure in Los Angeles, insurers could now see it accounting for as much as 60 percent of their overall California risk." While overall modeled loss estimates are expected to decrease moderately across most of the U.S. and Eastern Canada, losses in some areas of the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, and Western Canada will increase.

CALIFORNIA – the number of tremors along the San Andreas Fault has increased by as much as 80 percent over the last 4 years. These tremors “can signal that there are deep stress changes going on that we hadn’t detected before.” While earthquakes are considered to cause tremors, increasing evidence suggests that they might precede earthquakes as well. The level of tremors should have dropped after the 2003 San Simeon quake and the 2004 Parkfield quake, once stress levels declined along the fault. The fact that they did not may suggest that stress is actually building up along this segment and that the fault is at risk of breaking. When that last occurred in 1857, the result was the 7.8 magnitude Fort Tejon earthquake. The observations are not to be interpreted as some prediction of an impending, catastrophic earthquake at some precise time in the immediate future. They do show that tremors are far more common that previously believed, and could help scientists move one step closer to the elusive goal of predicting major earthquakes.

Deep water quakes – deep underground water flows are tilting broken sections of the world's massive stone foundation into the next big-magnitude earthquake. Water does more than lube the constantly stacking and restacking of the Earth's tectonic superstructure – it tilts, then holds, massive stone slabs at angles as steep as the roof on a ski chalet. The process creates rifts and faults in the crust similar to the relatively shallow, quake-inducing San Andreas Fault in California. "Science understands how the Earth's moving tectonic plates can dive or subduct beneath another to create earthquake-generating faults, but that the fluid-related processes involved would reach up and cause damage right under our feet hasn't really been on people's minds."

The principal driver of changes in modeled loss estimates for the Western U.S. and Canada
is a new body of science on how ground shaking decreases with distance from an earthquake's fault rupture, known as ground motion attenuation. This latest research reveals that previous approaches to assessing ground motions were generally too conservative, particularly for extreme event scenarios.

Earth's internal tides can set off weak earthquakes
– When a lot of tectonic pressure builds up near a fault line, it only takes a little more stress to push the system over the edge, resulting in an earthquake. Solid Earth tides – not the ocean tides caused by the moon, but rather tides inside the planet caused by the core's movement – are setting off earthquakes. Earthquakes less than magnitude 4.0 and less than 20 kilometers deep – small and shallow – are more prone to tidal triggering. Oceanic tides certainly have an effect on earthquake triggering too, considering how much of the planet is water.

Earth 'heals' after big earthquakes – For the first time, scientists have watched as the Earth’s surface “heals” itself following the disruptive jolt of an earthquake, in this case, the 2003 temblor that devastated Bam, Iran. The fault under the city erupted in a 6.6-magnitude quake on Dec. 26 that year, leveling the town and killing more than 26,000 people. But though devastation was evident, there was no clear fault mark at the surface. "We have some layer of material near the surface that's behaving differently from the fault at depth." Seismologists had noticed similar mismatches between depth and surface fault movements during other earthquakes. "This large amount of slip at depth spread out into a wide zone at the surface. It sort of ground up the rock in a zone maybe 200 to 400 meters [650 to 1300 feet] wide. Instead of forming a single fault, it sort of just smashed up the rock in this wide zone." When the rocks are ground up by the earthquake, the layer expands because the pore spaces between the rocks grow bigger. "After the earthquake they're sort of recovering from this expansion and that's the 'healing' that we detect with the radar." This healing is a very slow process. The finding helps explain other earthquakes with a similar lack of clear faulting at the surface, such as the 7.3-magnitude Landers earthquake that unexpectedly struck California's Yucca Valley in 1992. The fault that ruptured was thought to be inactive because of the lack of surface features. "By studying this deformation that happened after the earthquake, we learn how this fault is staying buried, even though it's active."

JAPAN – A strong 6.5 earthquake jolted Tokyo and surrounding areas early this morning, throwing food and bottles from shop shelves, disrupting transport and closing a nuclear plant for safety checks. "It was a sideways shaking like I've never experienced before. Things fell from the shelves." The area has been hit by heavy rain since yesterday and the weather agency warned of possible landslides and flooding. "Due to the typhoon, there was a lot of rain and the ground is unstable. There may be landslides." A tsunami of up to 60cm was recorded along the Pacific coast but the tsunami warning was later lifted.

Huge Tokyo quake becoming more likely – Seismologists say the chances of a major earthquake striking at the heart of Japan's capital city within the next few decades are 70 per cent and they say if it happens, thousands will die, hundreds of thousands will be injured, millions will need evacuation, there will be more than $1 trillion in damage. "It will be the worst economic calamity in world history." Sunday night's 7.1 quake brought new warnings that the world's most populous urban environment is woefully under-prepared. There is a legend in Japan that the shaky archipelago teeters precariously on the back of a mythical catfish. The monster is kept from writhing around by the Shinto God of the Earth, who has pinned the fish's head with a granite stone. But occasionally he wriggles loose, jolting Japan and reminding everyone that they live in the world's most earthquake prone nation. And overnight the leviathan broke free yet again, rocking Tokyo for almost a minute.

Japan's meteorological agency says there is no link between two large earthquakes this week and a massive tremor predicted to hit Tokyo sometime in the next few decades.

Eastern Japan has been hit by a third strong earthquake in less than a week, prompting speculation that the recent underground activity may be the precursor to a massive – and overdue – tremor in the Tokai region. The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and originated 40 km below the surface of the sea off Hachijo Island, south of Tokyo. Another tremor on Tuesday morning, in which a woman was killed when a bookcase collapsed on her and 110 people were injured, was a short way to the west. That earthquake, also measuring 6.5, was THE LARGEST IN SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE SINCE 1944 and forced the emergency shut-down of two nuclear reactors, caused a 60 cm tsunami to hit local beaches and damaged road and rail links. Researchers now put the likelihood of a serious earthquake – one that could cause around 6,000 deaths, 20,000 serious injuries and damage to 1 million buildings – within the next 30 years as high as 87%. "Old records show that there have been a series of gigantic quakes in this area." The government has been forced to downplay the failure of its early-warning alarm system, which did not detect Tuesday's quake. Made up of a series of sensitive strain meters, seismographs and tilt meters, the warning system failed to issue a warning for any of the recent quakes because the energy emitted by a precursor wave was too small to be picked up.. "The quake on Tuesday was 6.5 and while in other countries that might be considered quite big, it was not so serious here in Japan."

It may seem like Mother Nature is pulling out all the weapons in her arsenal, after a spate of earthquakes and cyclones struck Asia in recent days, but the fact that these events coincided is just that – a coincidence. Typhoon Morakot was the first to strike, slamming into Taiwan Sunday. While the Taiwanese were lashed by the storm's wind and rain, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the Japan coast, also on Sunday. On Tuesday, Japan was struck again by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that triggered a small tsunami and the country was also seeing rain from Typhoon Etau. Minutes before, a 7.6 earthquake had ruptured in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, north of India's Andaman Islands. The events have little to nothing to do with each other, except that they are happening in an earthquake-prone region of the world that is in the middle of its tropical cyclone season. There was initially some thought that the earthquake activity might have been linked. The earthquake in Japan on Tuesday happened a mere 11 minutes and 29 seconds after the Andaman Islands quake in the India Ocean. Scientists looked to see if the seismic waves from the Andaman quake might have triggered the Japan quake, but saw that the waves from the first quake arrived too early to have caused the second one, about 8 minutes and 40 seconds after the Andaman quake. "We don't think they're linked at all." Neither of the Japanese quakes was linked either, with the Sunday temblor happening very deep in the ground, and the Tuesday earthquake occurring farther north and at a more shallow depth.

This last decade’s surge in Atlantic hurricanes may just be the result of history repeating itself.
According to a new study, the influx of Atlantic-born hurricane activity in the past 10 years appears to match a peak of hurricanes that rocked the tropical Atlantic around 1,000 A.D. The study is creating quite the stir, as some see this as possible evidence suggesting an intensive hurricane cycle, possibly separate from global warming.

In the Atlantic, HURRICANES ARE MORE FREQUENT THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE LAST 1,000 YEARS. Scientists examined sediments left by hurricanes that crossed the coast in North America and the Caribbean. The record suggests modern hurricane activity is UNUSUAL. The last decade has seen an average of 17 hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic – earlier in the century, half that number were recorded. But current levels were matched and perhaps exceeded during the Medieval Climate Anomaly (also known as the Medieval Warm Period) about 1,000 years ago. "The high storm counts we've seen in the last 10 to 15 years could have been matched or even exceeded in past periods. So it's worth feeding into the debate about whether what we're seeing now is exceptional or something related to multi-decadal or even multi-centennial variability; and it does tell us that the levels we're seeing at the moment are within the bounds of uncertainty." Analysis suggests that the hurricane peak 1,000 years ago and the current high activity are not produced by identical sets of circumstances. Then, an extended period of La Nina conditions in the Pacific – which aid hurricane formation – co-incided with relatively warm conditions in the Atlantic. Now, the high number is simply driven by warming waters in the Atlantic – which is projected to increase in the coming decades. "The implication is that if everything else is equal – and we don't know that about El Nino – then warming of the tropical Atlantic should lead to increasing levels of Atlantic tropical cyclone activity."

TAIWAN – More than 390 people are believed to have been buried alive in the village worst affected by a massive mudslide caused by Typhoon Morakot. This is the first time the government has released a firm estimate on the number of people they believe might have been killed in Hsiaolin village. Thousands of people are still stranded by the worst mudslides and floods. The typhoon caused Taiwan's worst flooding in 50 years and has resulted in 117 confirmed deaths so far. The floods have washed out roads, snapped bridges and sent low-rise buildings crashing into rivers.

GOES-11 satellite captured all four tropical areas in the Pacific on Aug. 13 at 8 a.m. EDT: from west to east – the remnants of Maka and Felicia, then TD9E and finally,Tropical Storm Guillermo [now a hurricane], which looked pretty impressive west of the Mexican coast. In the Central Pacific Ocean, Maka and Felicia are now a memory. Felicia dissipated before it reached Hawaii, and the remnants of Maka are 1,400 miles west-southwest of Kauai. Maka's remnant clouds and showers are still moving west, and it's unlikely that it will re-organize. That means a quiet Central Pacific Ocean for the next two days. In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Depression 9E (TD9E) appears to be fizzling although it may get a second chance at life, while Tropical Depression 10E powered up into Hurricane Guillermo. Even though the peak of hurricane season in the eastern and central Pacific Oceans are a month away, it seems like we're already there.


Scientists get closer to understanding 'freak waves' – A computer simulation developed by oceanographers in the US could help locate where and when these "rogue" phenomena are most likely to occur. The theoretical study shows that coastal areas with variations in water depth and strong currents are hot spots for freak waves. A freak wave is one that measures roughly three times higher than other swells on the sea at any one time. These phenomena can measure up to 18m (60ft) – the height of a six-storey building. The word "freak wave" is unfortunate, as it suggests these types of wave are unexpected. But, the random nature of ocean waves means that any size of wave can happen at any time. The study is only theoretical – "We have tried to be as realistic as we could, but we are a long way away from making a prediction solid enough for people to actually use. However, it might be something to work towards."


Tropical depression 04 was 135 nmi SSE of Apalachicola, Florida. (forecast to become a tropical storm prior to reaching the Florida coastline this afternoon.)
Tropical storm ANA was 350 nmi ENE of Bridgetown, Barbados. (the center of Ana should reach the Leeward Islands by early Monday, no change in strength is expected.)
Tropical storm BILL was 1317 nmi E of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Hurricane GUILLERMO was 1156 nmi E of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Tropical storm MAKA was 579 nmi NE of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.

CHINA rushed nearly one million people out of harm's way in a mass evacuation,
as Typhoon Morakot slammed into its coast destroying hundreds of homes, after triggering Taiwan's WORST FLOODING IN 50 YEARS, leaving at least four people dead.

Hawaii braced for Tropical Storm Felicia today,
taking no chances even though the storm weakened rapidly as it slipped toward the islands.

Typhoon Morakot bore down on Taiwan Friday, packing 89 mph (143 kph) winds and threatening to soak the entire island when it makes landfall Saturday morning. As of 10 a.m. Friday (2 a.m. GMT), wind gusts were reaching 112 mph, and Morakot, a medium-strength typhoon, was moving west-northwest at 14 mph en route to landfall. Already, mudslides and landslides were occurring on the land, as airlines canceled flights, and government offices, schools and the Taiwan Stock Exchange closed for the day. The storm was centered about 124 miles (200 km) southeast of Taipei and could wind up directly over the capital. Forecasters predicted its impact would be massive. "This storm has already dumped about 400 millimeters (16 inches) of rain in the central and southern part of the island, and they're still expecting another 500 (20 inches) to 800 millimeters (32 inches) of rain over the next 24 to 48 hours." Drought in recent months has severely affected the area, leaving the ground so hard that it cannot absorb the rainfall. However, the island tends to prepare well for typhoons. Taiwan and eastern China are particularly vulnerable to flash flooding and mudslides because of the proximity of the mountains to the sea. Once it hits land, Morakot is expected to weaken to tropical storm strength.

HAWAII – The latest forecast shows Hurricane Felicia is slowly weakening and Hawaii remains in its path. Hurricane Felicia is a category 4 hurricane with winds at 132 mph and gusts to 161 mph. The system is located about 1400 miles east of Hilo, and moving WNW at 12 mph. Felicia is still moving over cooler waters – which probably accounts for the slight drop in wind speed yesterday. Eventually the system will clash with unfavorable high altitude winds, which are forecast to erode the storm as it moves closer to the islands. They are expecting Felicia to be either a tropical storm or a tropical depression as it crosses the state late Monday or Tuesday morning. The forecast cone now includes all of the Hawaiian Islands. As of today there is still a large amount of uncertainty with regards to Felicia's track. It can still veer anywhere within this forecast cone.

Typhoon Morakot has struck China's south-east coast, destroying hundreds of houses and flooding farmland. Almost one million people were evacuated ahead of the storm, which crashed ashore in Fujian province with winds of up to 119km/h (74mph). Flights were cancelled and fishing boats recalled to shore. A small boy died when a building collapsed. Morakot has already hit Taiwan, killing at least three people, and causing some of the worst flooding for 50 years. In one incident, an entire hotel – empty at the time – was swept away by the waters. The sky turned completely dark in Beibi, Fujian, when Typhoon Morakot made landfall at 1620 local time (0820 GMT). Trees were uprooted as high winds and heavy rain lashed the coast. Rescuers used dinghies to reach worst-hit areas; in one area only the tops of trees were said to be showing above the floodwater. The storm is expected to move north and weaken, but strong winds are expected to persist for three days. Morakot dumped 250cm of rain on Taiwan as it crossed the island on Saturday, washing away bridges and roads. Thirty-one people are reported missing. At least 10,000 people were trapped in three coastal towns. In Chihpen, one of Taiwan's most famous hot spring resorts, a hotel collapsed after flood waters undermined its foundations. Morakot has also contributed to heavy rains in the Philippines. At least 10 people were killed in flooding and landslides in the north.

PHILIPPINES – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is sending a team of volcanologists to Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales today to check whether the volcano has spewed out lahar, which could indicate an eruption. Reports said that lahar mixed with floodwaters hit many parts of Zambales following continuous heavy rains brought by typhoon “Kiko" [Morakot]. “Based on the report of the Office of Civil Defense, it was floodwater. But we will still send our people to Mt. Pinatubo for post event evaluation.” Based on video footage of television networks, “it was only rainwater, no sediments.”The Bucao river located in the Zambales-Tarlac side of the volcano could have overflowed due to torrential rains. The rampaging floods killed several people, including foreign tourists at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo. Kiko is the 11th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year. The storm left and returned to the country’s area of responsibility on the same day last Tuesday, after an interaction with a high-pressure area east of Japan.

THAILAND – The Northern Meteorological Centre has warned seven provinces to brace for tropical storm Goni while the Water Resources Department is closely watching four river basins for fear of flooding. In the warning, issued Saturday afternoon, the centre said that a low-pressure cell across northern and upper northeastern Thailand, related to Goni in the Gulf of Tonkin, plus the strong southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea threatened torrential rain and isolated heavy rain in the North. It warned provinces to brace for flash floods today and on Sunday. In Chiang Rai's Mae Chan district, the downpours have triggered forest floods and overflowing of the Kham River inundating 2,000 houses and 3,000 rai of farmland since Friday.

Typhoon Etau – Torrential rain has pounded western Japan, leaving four people dead and 11 missing as a typhoon approaches the main island of Honshu. "One man was found in a submerged car and one woman was in a gutter." In Okayama prefecture, a 68-year-old woman died in a landslide. Typhoon Etau was moving towards Honshu at a speed of 15km/ph per hour. At 7:45am (2045 AEST yesterday) it was located 390km south of the southwestern island of Shikoku. Typhoon Etau is expected to bring up to 25cm of rain by Tuesday morning.

Hawaii braces for impact of Tropical Storm Felicia – Felicia COULD BE THE FIRST MAJOR STORM TO MAKE LANDFALL IN MORE THAN 10 YEARS. As if 50 mph winds aren't enough to worry about, Tropical Storm Felicia now brings the potential of deadly landslides to Hawaii. High surf warnings were in effect for the eastern-facing shores, as waves could potentially exceed 18 feet. Crews have been working to break apart boulders and ensure proper drainage to avoid serious damage that has resulted from less-threatening weather in the past. Felicia was at her height Thursday when winds reached a high of 140 mph and the storm garnered a Category 4 rating. Even if the storm is downgraded, the downgrade may not necessarily be good news for the smaller islands, as tropical depressions and storms can produce erratic winds, with the strongest winds not necessarily near the center. Even if the storm moves off track, multiple islands could experience intense conditions. Felicia's eye will make landfall on the Big Island this evening. The last major storm to make landfall was hurricane Iniki, which killed six and left about $2.3 billion in damage in 1992.

TAIWAN – Helicopters dropped rescuers into a village in southern Taiwan today to search for victims of a massive mudslide that could have buried hundreds of people. Heavy rains from Typhoon Morakot triggered the mudslide, wiping out houses in the village in Kaohsiung county. Officials have said about 600 people could not be accounted for and they were feared buried. Officials have rescued nearly 100 people from the village in Kaohsiung county out of about 1000 residents. Heavy rain had washed out roads and bridges in the area, severing almost all land vehicle traffic. Helicopters were the only way to reach the village. Officials estimated the storm has caused agricultural damage worth at least $T3.4 billion ($119.96 million).

Morakot has dumped a RECORD RAINFALL of 2.5m (100in) on the island. (4 impressive photos)

The government has confirmed 38 deaths but a reporter from the heart of rescue efforts in the south said TENS OF THOUSANDS REMAIN CUT OFF AND UNACCOUNTED FOR in the mountainous region, and hundreds are feared dead. Villagers were surprised by the typhoon as it had been forecast to track north but instead headed south to unprepared areas where it triggered the worst flooding seen in 50 years.(slide show)

Typhoon Morakot pummelled Taiwan over two days, leaving in its wake more bridges ruined than the disastrous earthquake of September 21, 1999. The earthquake, one of the biggest ever recorded in Taiwan, ruined 20 bridges. According to initial estimates, 21 bridges were ruined in floods triggered by the torrential rains Morakot brought to Taiwan. Huge rocks flushed down from the upper reaches of mountains hit a number of highway bridge bases, causing collapses and cracking. Weathermen lifted typhoon warnings Saturday, but downpours continued lashing central and southern Taiwan Sunday.

CHINA – At least six apartment blocks have collapsed following landslides in eastern China, trapping an unknown number of people. Officials say they have managed to pull six people alive from the rubble in the town of Pengxi in Zhejiang province. The landslides were triggered by heavy rains caused by Typhoon Morakot, which has swept across parts of East Asia. A witness said it took "one second" for the mud and rocks to engulf the four-storey apartment buildings. Six or seven apartment blocks with an estimated 28 families in each are buried in the rubble. Two people have been confirmed dead so far and the death toll is expected to rise. The rescue operations are being hampered by the large amounts of debris that have fallen onto them. Morakot weakened to a tropical storm early Monday, but it has still been lashing south-eastern China with heavy rain. Over a million people have been evacuated from their homes. Hundreds of villages and towns have been flooded and more than 2,000 houses and buildings collapsed.

In JAPAN, Typhoon Etau – packing winds of up to 108km (67 miles) an hour – has set off flash floods and landslides that have killed at least 12 people. It is forecast to hit the Tokyo area today, amid nationwide warnings of heavy rain and landslides. (map)

Typhoon Morakot was nearly 1,000 miles wide as it unleashed the worst flooding in Taiwan in 50 years over the weekend, destroying thousands of homes and spurring landslides across East Asia. On August 7, satellite imagery showed Typhoon Morakot to be a monster, and NASA satellites have confirmed the typhoon DOUBLED ITS SIZE OVER TWO DAYS. "On August 4 Morakot was only about 1/2 the width of our swath width, near 850 kilometers (528 miles) in diameter." A day later, on August 5, Morakot looked to be nearly the size of the full satellite scan swath width (1700 kilometers / 1,056 miles). 1,056 miles is longer than the distance from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Orlando, Florida. Morakot was so large that the southern extent of its cloud cover and heavy rains reached into the northern Philippines. It's important to know that the satellite image represents the lateral extent of the cold cloud tops and that the winds definitely did not extend over an area 1,000 miles in diameter.

TAIWAN – About 700 people missing in southern Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot have been found alive. People from several villages are said to have made it to higher ground before mud and rock engulfed their homes. Frantic rescue efforts have been ongoing in Hsiaolin and surrounding villages since the weekend to find hundreds of people believed missing. The typhoon killed at least 60 people and hardly anyone has typhoon insurance.

The storm also hit mainland CHINA, where about 1.4 million people were evacuated from coastal areas and eight people died in flooding. .

HAWAII – After a week of hoopla, a once furious Felicia finally staggered into the Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday, exhausted from its passage across the Pacific Ocean.

Second Tropical Depression of the season forms in far eastern Atlantic – Two and a half months after TD1 formed off the northeast US coast, TD2 formed near the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa. This is PECULIAR IN TWO WAYS: it’s rather late in the season to have the second Depression form, and it’s rather early to have the “Cape Verde season” kick in. The easterly wave that became TD2 was over Chad on August 4, and exited the African coast on August 8, so it has been a feature of interest for some time. There’s actually another potent easterly wave now located over Guinea, but that’ll be a topic for future discussion. TD2 is embedded in an area of dry air (negative factor), it is over 27C water (neutral factor), and is in an area of minimal vertical shear (positive factor). By this weekend, it may begin to feel a weakness in the subtropical ridge and begin to move a bit more NW, potentially avoiding the Lesser Antilles. It is forecast to become Tropical Storm Ana within a day, but maintain weak Tropical Storm status for the near future. The last time the second Depression formed this late in the season was 2000 (August 13, became TS Beryl). The last time the first named storm formed this late in the season was 1992 (August 17, became Hurricane Andrew).

A poorly understood mass of dry Saharan air is sapping moisture from the tropics and could further suppress hurricanes this year. Understanding of the Saharan air layer, now covering much of the Atlantic, is so poor that scientists do not use it for seasonal forecasts. How long the air mass will persist is unknown, and its effect on hurricanes is widely debated. Generally, however, the dusty air mass tends to remove moisture from the atmosphere, a key ingredient for any type of thunderstorm. Despite Atlantic conditions hostile to hurricane formation, federal forecasters expect to see seven to 11 named storms this year, a slight reduction from the May forecast of nine to 14. Instead of a normal to above-normal season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the likelihood is for a below-normal to normal season. "We do expect some significant activity this year. By no means do we expect the season to be dead." Strong upper atmosphere winds, created by warmer-than-normal Pacific seas related to the El Niño phenomenon, drove the forecast down. So far this year, potential hurricanes have battled more than El Niño. Dozens of tropical waves rolling off the coast of Africa — seeds for 80 percent of tropical storms and hurricanes — have been repeatedly stamped out by hot dry air. The genesis of the air mass, its interaction with tropical waves and whether the dust trapped within it exacerbates the dry conditions are debated by scientists. The dry, sinking air blowing from the Saharan Desert could be another impact from El Niño or some unknown anomaly in the atmosphere's circulation. There also is no agreement on whether the dry air mass will persist, though scientists who study the trend say the dust storms usually last through September. "One thing for sure is the Saharan dust outbreaks have been quite large. We know they're super dry. When they move through the Caribbean, they cut the moisture in half." The air could be suppressing hurricanes, or the hurricanes could be succumbing to the same atmospheric conditions that generated the air mass. The dust in the air raises more questions, including whether it makes the air drier. Scientists began studying the Saharan air layer shortly after the active hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005. Those years, the air layer was small. The dust storms seem to spin off the same atmospheric ripples that cause tropical waves. The northern part of the ripple kicks up the dry dusty air, while the southern part produces rain and thunderstorms. The waves that have been moving off the African coast this year have been UNUSUALLY WEAK, making them more susceptible to the dry air. "A lot of these little tropical waves, they don't look quite as robust as they usually do and we don't really understand why that is."

U.S. – This summer's UNUSUALLY cooler and rainy conditions in the Northeast leads to the potential for excess hurricane damage. The cooler than average temperatures and high precipitation this summer in the Northeast mimic the patterns of 1954, 1960, 1976 and 1985. What has this unusual weather meant for the Northeast, and New England in particular? This July's ranked monthly soil moisture is higher than 95% of the recorded values in the last 30 years for most of New England. While this has been a great season for growing with an above-average level of moisture in the ground, trees are becoming waterlogged and less sturdy as a result of the soft soil in many areas. The trees, which have adapted to the Northeasterly wind flow, are predisposed to leaning, creating even more potential for strong wind gusts to cause uprooting. The potential for strong winds due to the impending hurricane season can cause even more damage to the trees, which then carries over to the homes and vehicles that may lie in their falling path.

TAIWAN – Torrential downpours, dense fog, rugged terrain and raging rivers have made rescue efforts in Taiwan increasingly difficult and dangerous in the wake of Typhoon Morakot. Washed out roads and bridges rendered ground rescue operations virtually impossible as workers searched Thursday for stranded villagers in the central and southern regions of the island. Rescuers were forced to search by helicopter, inflatable boats and zip-line mechanisms that suspended them over the muddy waters coursing below. By late Wednesday, the government had counted 107 deaths, 61 people missing and 45 injured. Nearly 14,000 people have been rescued since the typhoon made landfall over the weekend.

A tropical storm warning was issued today for parts of Florida as a newly formed depression swirled about 90 miles off the coast. The warning was issued for areas east of the Alabama state line to the Suwanee River. The warning means tropical storm conditions are likely within the next 24 hours. The depression was expected to be near Florida's northern Gulf Coast by this afternoon. It was moving to the north-northwest at about 16 mph, with maximum sustained winds around 35 mph. It was about 90 miles from Tampa early this morning.

TAIWAN – With hundreds feared dead, villages buried, millions displaced and the economy damaged, Taiwan is struggling to recover from Typhoon Morakot. Morakot unleashed the WORST FLOODS IN 50 YEARS in Taiwan, dumping a RECORD RAINFALL of 3,063 mm (10 feet) on the island, causing hundreds of millions of euro in agriculture losses. The agriculture council estimates 51,718 hectares of land, 3.9 million chickens and 82,630 pigs were wiped out by the typhoon. These losses take a long time to recover from. The situation in Kaohsiung county is grim. Whole villages and highways are gone. At one wide river crossing, the freeway bridge has been reduced to a short span at each side. In between, there is just a gushing torrent. The longer the survivors are waiting, the more desperate their circumstances. Victims tell of eating wild-growing vegetables to survive, and were too fearful of further mudslides to head back to where they might have found food, preferring to stick to solid ground. Morakot is only the ninth typhoon of the Pacific cyclone season.

While the headline figures of 117 dead and hundreds missing in Taiwan are truly grim, in some ways they mask the real extent of the disaster. Taiwan, with its population of 23 million, is only the worst affected by the typhoon in the region. Tropical storms have brought heavy rains to South Korea and Japan from a separate tropical storm, Etau. Flooding and mudslides in Japan’s southwest three days ago killed 13 people. In the Philippines, 23 people were killed. In China, Morakot has had a direct impact on more than 11 million people, and more than 1.5 million have been relocated. Eight people have been killed in the eastern provinces of China. The next task in China is to fight secondary disasters as a result of Morakot, especially flooding in the south, as many rivers continue to have high water levels.

Typhoon Morakot was the eighth to hit China this year and THE WORST FOR HALF A CENTURY. It led to the evacuation of 1.5 million people on the mainland when it first struck off the coast of Fujian province on Sunday. It caused 9.7 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) in damage, destroying 10,000 homes and flooding 1 million acres of cropland. Heavy rain also triggered several mudslides, one of the worst being in Taishun, a mountain-side town in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, where seven three-story apartment blocks were demolished, killing two people. "We have become used to flooding here. But this was more serious. We never expected this storm to be so destructive. Our roads were cut off and we lost power for more than 20 hours. It's horrific to think how many people have been killed." Torrential rains and extreme weather conditions have wreaked havoc for millions this summer in China. They have claimed 384 lives during the first half of this year, with 24 people still listed as missing. They also caused 39 billion yuan in damage. Official statistics show China has had "warmer winters" – when the temperature exceeds the historical average – for 16 years straight, while the average sea level has risen about 20 to 30 cm during the last 100 years. And China was struck by the WORST SNOWSTORM FOR 50 YEARS in many regions of southern China from mid-January until February.


KENTUCKY – They knew it was going to rain, but National Weather Service meteorologists say they couldn't have predicted the EXTREMELY RARE circumstances that stalled a massive storm front over Louisville Tuesday, flooding the area with RECORD RAINFALL. A run-of-the-mill thunderstorm created a mini-cold front that collided with clashing wind streams from the northwest and south, trapping the storm over downtown Louisville. “No one expected the thunderstorm to set up the way it did." Trapped storms usually dump their water and weaken after about 30 minutes. But on Tuesday, warm, damp air from the south flowed above the cold front to feed the storm for hours. “It just kept rebuilding itself right on top of Louisville." Known as an outflow boundary or downburst, the phenomenon generates cool air that drops from the cloud at high speed, then spreads along the ground. That cool air, combined with colliding wind streams, clogged weather patterns to stop the storm over Louisville. By the time the storm passed, more than 6 inches of rain had dropped in some areas – creating THE WETTEST AUGUST DAY ON RECORD. The storm nearly doubled the average August rainfall of 3.4 inches.

INDIA – At least 45 people have been killed in a massive landslide that swamped three villages after heavy rain in India's northern Uttarakhand state. The landslide swept down a steep slope in Pithoragarh district, 500km from the capital New Delhi, in the early hours of Saturday. The remote, hilly region was lashed by annual monsoon rain before the landslides occurred.

BRITAIN – The topsy-turvy summer has taken another twist with a month's worth of rain falling in just 24 hours. London was drenched in 42.4mm (just under 1.7in) of rain between 10am on Thursday and the same time Friday. The figure for that 24 hours was just under the capital's average rainfall for all of August – 42.6mm (1.7in). Other parts of the country fared even worse, with parts of Lincolnshire suffering downpours measuring over 60mm (2.4in). The rain was largely confined to central and eastern areas of England, which had been experiencing high temperatures over the last few days. The sudden downpours were put down to a combination of very hot air and moisture The ups and downs of the season have also caused some strange phenomena on beaches over the last few days. There has been an UNUSUALLY high death toll among seabirds and one beach in Wales has seen the RARE arrival of thousands of writhing goose barnacles. The creatures, which latch on to shipwrecks, are normally only found deep in the ocean and have been described as looking 'like something out of Doctor Who'. And Portuguese Man of War jellyfish have already been found in Cornwall and are now appearing on beaches in Pembrokeshire.

AUSTRALIA – One of the world's most extraordinary natural events has begun in the Gulf of Carpentaria in north-west Queensland. Every year during spring, the Morning Glory Cloud makes an appearance and attracts people from around the world to see it. It is described as a RARE WEATHER PHENOMENON – with a single mass of rolling cloud forming that can be up to 1,000 kilometres long. Locals and visitors are amazed at the sight. "It really just looks like a big long cylinder of cloud rolling toward you – it is spectacular. We've been here 22 years now and we still stop whatever we are doing and walk out and look at it – it's just amazing. You get a wind that comes up with it as it's going across, the temperature drops a little bit, it's like a living thing, it really is UNUSUAL." It has come earlier than usual this year due to calm weather conditions. "Usually September and October would be the months [it arrives] so we're very lucky to see it a month ahead of time." The Morning Glory is also a favourite amongst glider pilots. "They circle on the front like a wave."


U.S. – the difference in atmospheric pressure between the North Pole and mid-latitudes has been UNUSUALLY LOW this summer. This has allowed storm tracks to be pushed farther south than normal for this time of year, deflecting warm air away from the Northeast. However, there are rumblings in the long range forecasts that this stubborn pattern will break by the middle of the month and summer chilling may turn into bouts of summer roasting before we descend into autumn. It has been Boston’s fourth-coolest two-month period since 1872 and one of the wettest as well.

NEVADA – UNUSUAL system drops Reno temperatures 20 degrees below normal. On Thursday, an unusual weather system dropping south from the Pacific Northwest was cooling things off in Southern Nevada as if this was mid-September. Hail drummed on some classic cars Thursday as a low pressure system brought unusual weather to the Truckee Meadows. “It is kind of odd. We typically get something like this maybe in September. It’s not normal in early August.”

In Vermont, meterologists have really been thrown a curve by this summer. "I've never seen anything like it. I don't think anybody predicted this summer." Week after week, they have watched the all-important, weather transport known as the jet stream bring moisture-laden clouds and cold Canadian air across New England right to the brink of August. The reason for the UNUSUAL weather? "High latitude blocking…There's just too much high pressure up north in Canada. Normally, this time of year, the jet stream stays further north, kind of flat, instead of bending down and picking bringing cold air from, essentially, the Yukon." Bending the jet stream south, so it brings cold air to combine with moisture over the Great Lakes or sub-tropical moisture, is a big blob of high pressure sitting off the coast of northeastern Canada, over Greenland. Recently, the pattern has shifted just enough to allow more warm air to well up from the south, and as a result, more summer-like temperatures have visited the northeast, and an occasional sunny day has slipped in between weather fronts. It's not just New England that is suffering, or at least seeing STRANGE WEATHER from the UNUSUAL JET STREAM. Texas is being robbed of much-needed summer rain, and Alaska is far warmer than normal. Satellite imagery displays forest fires in eastern Alaska, fires sustained by the UNUSUALLY WARM temperatures.


OREGON – It was 77.9 degrees for Medford in July, the HOTTEST JULY SINCE 1911 when the National Weather Service began keeping records here. There were five RECORD TEMPERATURES, including two new record highs, 108 degrees on July 28, and 109 on July 29. There were also three new records for the warmest daily low temperature — 69, 69 and 68 on the last three days of the month. July was even drier than it normally is. Rain is always rare in summer, and whatever moisture comes usually arrives as a thundershower. This year, the only moisture that fell at the Medford airport was a trace on July 8, when the temperature dipped briefly overnight to 49 degrees, the lowest for the month.

CANADA – Temperatures soared well above the 19 C average the last week of July, toppling records. Tuesday, July 28 boasted a high of 29.5 C, which was the WARMEST TEMPERATURE FOR THAT DATE ON RECORD. On Wednesday it got as hot as 30.7 C, Inuvik's HOTTEST JULY 29 ON RECORD. It came just a few degrees short of the town's all-time high of 32.8 C, which occurred on two occasions: June 17, 1999 and July 20, 2001. Thursday's high of 29.5 C just missed the 1976 record for that day, 31.1 C. They can thank the desert regions of the U.S. for those surprisingly balmy days. "I'm a bit surprised that the air has had legs. It moved all the way up without being modified. There's been no cooling. It came from the west and not from the south. Some summers that just doesn't happen." Whitehorse set an ALL-TIME RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, on July 29 when the temperatures soared to 33.1 C. The hot air has made its way through Vancouver, northern B.C., then along to the Yukon. "British Columbia and Yukon (are) under this ridge of very high pressure, it's very extended and its very huge. It's flowing eastward and engulfing northern parts of the Northwest Territories, which would include you, and not getting down where the Canadian air is in the southern parts of the Territories." "Our forecast for all of the Northwest territories through August is warmer than normal; September and October will also be warmer than normal."

Environmental and ecological risks are now accumulating in a similar way as were the financial,
economic and political ones that made global headlines in the past year. Three-quarters of the world's population lives in areas that experienced at least one earthquake, tropical cyclone, flood, or drought since 1980. Natural disasters cost the global economy $181 billion last year. Most of those damages — nearly $110 billion worth — were in China. To prevent huge costs, and to save lives, people in coastal areas must be better educated about how to survive tsunamis and big storms, and governments should allocate land and permit construction in a hazard-conscious way. The World Bank will later this year publish an estimate of the economic benefits of disaster preparedness, a measure that should make it easier for political leaders to prioritise the life-saving steps that are otherwise overlooked. While such measures will not stop disasters from happening, they could avert much of their devastation.

AUSTRALIA faces more frequent and more catastrophic natural disasters as the climate changes, but government agencies are hard-pressed to respond, a new study warns. The disasters COULD OCCUR SIMULTANEOUSLY AND IN REGIONS THAT HAVE NEVER BEFORE EXPERIENCED SUCH EVENTS. A paper released on Monday said climate change was happening now and vulnerability to natural disasters was increasing. "Climate change has the potential to increase the likelihood of catastrophic disasters in Australia." The "devastating'' economic, social and environmental consequences could exceed the capability of state disaster management arrangements. As a result of climate change, disasters were likely to become larger, more complex, occur simultaneously and in regions that had either never experienced the natural hazard previously or else had not experienced it at the same intensity or frequency. Climate change needed to be acknowledged by security planners as a significant homeland security threat. They identified unregulated population movement, declining food production, reductions in arable land and violent weather events as emerging threats.

KENYA – A giant herd of cattle has fled from northern Kenya into the Borena zone in Ethiopia to escape a drought. The herd numbers more than 200,000. It is ONE OF THE LARGEST MOVEMENTS OF CATTLE IN 10 YEARS. The drought has seen farmers abandoning their villages in search of water in recent months. The drought has also hit the country's capacity to generate hydro-electricity and last week electricity rationing was introduced. In January, 10 million Kenyans were facing starvation.

CALIFORNIA – A 2800-acre wildfire burning out of control has forced the mandatory evacuation of up to 1000 homes in the Bonny Doon area of Santa Cruz County.

Greenpeace has warned of an imminent "global emergency" as climate change fuels forest fires that have already destroyed tens of thousands of hectares in southern Europe this year. Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Portugal have been among the countries worst hit by wildfires that swept across southern Europe in July amid sizzling temperatures and fierce winds. Europe as a whole has lost some 200,000 hectares of forest to fires so far this summer, far more than the whole of 2008, when 158,621 hectares were destroyed. In Spain, fires have ravaged some 75,000 hectares of land this year, almost double the number for the whole of 2008. "Forest fires are becoming more intense and out of control in Spain and across southern Europe, as well as in other semi-arid regions such as California and Australia," Mr Soto said today at the launch of their report on the issue. "With climate models predicting increased heat waves in the coming years, we are fast approaching a global emergency." It warned of more fires in many regions, not just in southern Europe but in parts of the Amazon and the Boreal Forest, a belt of coniferous trees that runs almost continuously across North America and Eurasia. In a "vicious cycle" the fires also contribute to the climate crisis as "forests are giant carbon stores and when they are burnt massive amounts of greenhouse gases are emitted to the atmosphere".

One of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is thinning four times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to research. A study of satellite measurements of Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica reveals the surface of the ice is now dropping at a rate of up to 16m a year. Since 1994, the glacier has lowered by as much as 90m, which has serious implications for sea-level rise. Calculations based on the rate of melting 15 years ago had suggested the glacier would last for 600 years. But the new data points to a lifespan for the vast ice stream of only another 100 years. The rate of loss is fastest in the centre of the glacier and the concern is that if the process continues, the glacier may break up and start to affect the ice sheet further inland. "This is UNPREDCEDENTED in this area of Antarctica. We've known that it's been out of balance for some time, but NOTHING IN THE NATURAL WORLD IS LOST AT AN ACCELERATING EXPONENTIAL RATE LIKE THIS GLACIER." This comes as scientists in the Arctic are finding evidence of dramatic change. Researchers on board a Greenpeace vessel have been studying the northwestern part of Greenland. Scientists have been surprised by how little sea ice they encountered in the Nares Strait between Greenland and Canada. Time lapse cameras monitoring the massive Petermann glacier have observed huge new cracks and it's expected that a major part of it could break off imminently.

CHINA – Beijing's observatory issued an orange alarm Wednesday as a heatwave swept across the city. The city registered the highest temperature of 38 degrees Celsius in Haidian District at noon, just five days after the lunar-calendar autumn began. The alert is THE HIGHEST OF ITS KIND BEIJING HAS EVER SEEN IN THE SMAE MONTH OVER THE PAST YEARS. Local residents always expect a cool climate in the autumn and describe unexpected heat during the period as an "autumn tiger." Many pedestrians, cyclists and tourists had to hold up umbrellas to avoid the scorching sunshine.

ALASKA – Winter was snowier, summer was hotter and storms were UNUSUALLY FREQUENT in the Arctic this year, leaving several records shattered and some wondering if the extreme weather is a sign of what’s to come. Kotzebue experienced its HOTTEST JULY SINCE THE 1940s when the city began keeping records. The average temperature for the month was 66 degrees — that’s 5.3 degrees warmer than normal — and UNUSUALLY DRY as well. August looks to be a record-breaking month as well, with a high so far of 67 degrees on Aug. 5. “Normally in August the first week or two is cool, then we warm up and then in the end there is a cooling trend into September. But we were almost 20 degrees warmer the first week of August than we were last year.” If it wasn’t enough that the city is getting baked, it’s also been smelling smoke from forest fires in the interior drift north and northwest. It’s been so bad, the state’s Department of Air Quality advised that young children, the elderly and the sick stay inside, and healthy people avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Barrow had its sixth warmest July, but it’s also been the FIRST TIME THAT THE TEMPERATURE DIDN'T DIP TO FREEZING AT ANY POINT DURING THE MONTH. There were also a few stand-out days — Barrow had its warmest July 12, at 73 degrees, and July 30, at 72 degrees. July 28 tied the previous record of 70 degrees. Barrow’s highest temperature ever was 79 degrees, recorded on July 13, 1993. “It’s a big thing that has happened, especially in July. There is usually maybe one day a year when we have high temperatures in the 70s."
With the summer heat came another UNUSUAL kind of weather — thunderstorms along the coast of the Northwest Arctic. When a hot day erupted into a stormy evening in Kotzebue on June 22 "people were shocked. No one could remember back to when there was a real honest thunder and lightening storm in Kotzebue. I had people calling me up asking ‘is this really happening?’ ” While storms are common in the Selawik Valley, it is RARE that they make it to the coast, where cool weather blows off the ocean. Kivalina got hit with stormy weather as well, which is UNUSUAL. The Northwest is being influenced by a ridge of high pressure that’s locked in eastern Alaska. That ridge makes the atmosphere in the east too stable for storms, but has warmed up the west just enough.

The hot summer came on the heels of a winter that pounded Arctic communities with huge snowfalls. Barrow got 77.9 inches of snow over the course of the year, which is almost triple the 28 inches it usually gets. But that was hardly anything compared to what Kotzebue got. A whopping 47.4 inches got dumped on Kotzebue in February alone, more than nine times the historical average. At least one inch of snow fell during 13 different days in February, 10.7 inches on the last two days. Kotzebue usually gets 49.4 inches in an entire winter. “So, Kotzebue essentially received nearly A YEAR'S WORTH OF SNOW IN 28 DAYS". The drifts only got deeper in the beginning of March, when 21.6 inches fell in just the first 10 days, four times the monthly average. Snowy winters and hot summers might seem like an unlikely pairing, but last winter was fairly warm, and warmer winters are more favorable to snowfall because the atmosphere can hold more water.

CALIFORNIA – Smoke and ash from the growing wildfire in Santa Barbara County is swirling into the Los Angeles area, prompting an UNUSUAL weather forecast of "scattered smoke." The blaze has burned 118 square miles of timber and brush in the Los Padres National Forest, 140 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was 25 percent contained Saturday.


Killer seaweed threatens beaches in France – A stretch of beach in Brittany had to be closed after a horse rider lost consciousness and a horse died as a result of putrefying algae. Local residents have also been treated in hospital. Intensive agriculture is blamed for the green seaweed spreading across the region's beaches as nitrates pollute the water supply. As the seaweed – known locally as sea lettuce – decomposes, it forms an impermeable white crust under which hydrogen sulphide accumulates. When the crust is broken, the gas is released, which smells like rotten eggs. It attacks the nervous system and can kill a man or an animal within minutes. Some scientists believe that a build-up of hydrogen sulphide in the atmosphere wiped out the dinosaurs 300 million years ago


JAPAN – Cool and rainy weather this summer, an influence from the El Nino weather pattern, is reducing farm output in Japan, the world’s largest grain importer. The nation’s RICE production may decline 6.9 percent this year to the LOWEST LEVEL IN SIX YEARS on lower yields. Japan may increase WHEAT purchases to a MORE THAN 3-YEAR HIGH as rain cuts domestic output and lower prices help revive demand. Wheat demand is recovering after the nation’s worst postwar recession and a rise in the grain’s price last year spurred a shift to rice. An expected cut in Japan’s wheat selling prices in October may be the largest in four decades, after the reduction in April was the biggest since 1970.

SUGAR – Sugar prices rose to their HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1981, as supply concerns continue to grow. Growing demand in Brazil for sugar to be turned into ethanol, coupled with a sharp fall in Indian production, have both prompted worries. Sugar production in India for 2008-09 fell 45% year-on-year and a "drastic fall" is expected for the coming Indian crop. India had less rain in the monsoon season and it was also uneven, damaging a number of agricultural crops. There are concerns that the pending sugar crop, which will be ready around November, will be inadequate.

The "famine food" of trees can keep drought-hit communities alive when all other food crops fail, and policy makers need to recognise the important role trees play in providing emergency food aid. Communities living in countries most affected by food shortages have long known about the key role that trees can play in reducing the need for conventional aid. Recognition of this by the West, and practical support for a localised tree-based solution is urgently needed. Fruits, leaves, wood and bark provide the vital resources for rural life. The effects of climate change are making droughts more of a norm than an exception. This is a pattern that places some of the most vulnerable communities in an increasingly precarious position when it comes to meeting basic food needs. "Conventional" crops are often not native and require expensive inputs, significant irrigation and land preparation in order to produce a successful harvest. This means that they are more vulnerable to droughts. Trees, on the other hand, often survive when other crops fail. Commonly seen by the West as "famine foods", tree foods already form a significant part of daily diets across rural Africa. Trees provide fruits, nuts, seeds, leaves, flowers, sepals, even sap, which can all be used as food. Take Moringa oleifera – its leaves have more beta-carotene than carrots, more protein than peas, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas and more iron than spinach. The leaves can be dried and eaten during the hungry period, and animal fodder from trees is also vital in producing milk and meat.

For the first time since the Second World War, there’s a threat that Britain might go hungry. Today they import just over half the food they eat. But with the world population set to increase by 50 per cent by 2050, and climate change threatening many of the countries on which they depend for supplies, the world’s food systems can no longer be relied upon. “We need a radical rethink of how we produce and consume our food.” What could this mean in your shopping basket? Food is certain to get more expensive, for a start. Food is historically cheap today: prices in real terms have dropped for the past 30 years. That era is over. You can expect to pay more, perhaps much more, for most things that come from farmed animals. Cows, chickens and pigs are dependent on imported feeds, often grown in tropical countries whose ability to grow crops such as wheat, rice, maize and soya will suffer as their part of the world gets hotter and drier. Prices of these staples soared in early 2008, putting the cost of eggs, dairy products and some meat up more than 15 per cent in British shops. But there is some good news: as imports get more expensive, long-suffering British farmers will benefit. Their weather is forecast to get warmer and wetter this century, enabling them to grow more of what they produce already, such as wheat, and some of the things they currently import. An amazing 80-90 per cent of their fruit and salad vegetables come from abroad — almost all of them could be produced here.

Across the world, rice production is moving northwards as global warming takes effect. Will we see rice paddies in the Thames Valley? It’s technically possible — and with the price of Asia’s staple food set to soar, it may be necessary. Already, wine grapes are being grown as far north as Yorkshire, and champagne is now produced in Sussex. Warming seas are bringing new species to their shores — this summer lobster fishermen in Skye are reporting significant numbers of octopus in their pots. A fisheries analyst says that we’d better get used to eating algae and jellyfish. The global price of wheat and corn nearly doubled for a time last year. More price shocks in these staples are inevitable: as corn gets expensive, everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream will be affected. Climate changes will affect Italy severely, and it produces 90 per cent of the world’s pasta. Meat is set to become a luxury: perhaps something that only the rich can eat daily. Cheap beef is dependent on feed, much of it grown in places such as Brazil, where climate change is threatening production.

INDIA – Parts of India are on track for severe water shortages, according to results from Nasa's gravity satellites. The Grace mission discovered that in the country's northwest – including Delhi – the water table is falling by about 4cm (1.6 inches) per year. Rainfall has not changed, and water use is too high, mainly for farming. The Indian government is warning of a potential water crisis. Access to water is one of the main factors governing the pace of development in the world's second most populous nation. About a quarter of India is experiencing drought conditions, as the monsoon rains have been weaker and later than usual. But weather and climatic factors are not responsible for water depletion in the northwestern states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, according to the Nasa study. "We looked at the rainfall record and during this decade, it's relatively steady – there have been some up and down years but generally there's no drought situation, there's no major trend in rainfall. So naturally we would expect the groundwater level to stay where it is unless there is an excessive stress due to people pumping too much water, which is what we believe is happening." Some farmers might be able to switch from rice to crops that demand less water, such as maize or sorghum. But that would depend on government policies – which have traditionally promoted rice – and on market demand. Climate change is likely to be a constraint too, with the area of South Asia that is suitable for wheat forecast to halve over the next 50 years.

New-crop U.S. soybean futures rose to a near two-month high as concerns grew over the lagging maturity of the 2009 crop, which is being exposed to extreme weather swings. Wet weather this spring slowed soybean plantings and the USDA said that only about half the crop was mature enough to set pods, below the 72 percent five-year average podsetting pace. Now the crop is vulnerable to harm from either a quick turn to dry weather or an early freeze this fall. "In light of low stockpiles that we have for U.S. and global soybeans, there really isn't much room for the current crop to experience any problems." Wheat fell to its lowest level since December on world oversupply, while corn was little changed. The USDA has already estimated in its July report that U.S. farmers will harvest their largest soybean crop — 3.26 billion bushels — and the second-largest corn crop — 12.29 billion bushels. Spot-month August soybeans soared to the highest level in more than a month on Tuesday on dwindling supplies of soy amid Chinese buying. China, the world's largest soy importer, bought another 110,000 tonnes of U.S. soy, which is expected to further drawdown the supply that already has fallen to its LOWEST LEVEL IN 32 YEARS.

US sugar supplies 'running out' – A number of large US food manufacturers have called on the government to ease sugar import limits, saying they fear the country could run out of supplies. The letter from firms such as Kraft Food and Hershey comes in the week sugar prices have hit 28 year highs due to worldwide supply shortages. Currently US food firms can only import a certain amount of sugar before they have to pay import tariffs. The food firms, which also include General Mills, warned that "our nation will virtually run out of sugar". However, the US Department of Agriculture said earlier this week that domestic supplies were now increasing. The next main sugar cane harvest will start later this month, while the sugar beet harvest will begin in October. "There is absolutely no shortage of sugar here."

Millions of sockeye SALMON expected to reach the Fraser River on Canada's Pacific Coast this month have vanished, devastating the local fishery. Between six to 10 million sockeye were projected to return to the river this month. But the official count is now just 600,000 for the "summer run" (by far the largest of four salmon groupings that return to area lakes and rivers each year from June to late August). Where the other fish went remains a mystery. A record number of smolts were born in the Fraser watershed in 2005 and migrated to the ocean, and were expected this month to return en masse to spawn. Officials and ecologists speculated they could have been affected by warmer ocean temperatures, fewer food sources or more prey. Others suggested juvenile salmon may have contracted sea lice or other infections from some 30 fish farms in the Strait of Georgia as they migrated out to sea. Fisheries officials may have also erred in their complex forecasting calculations, or the fish could just be late arriving, although the latter is very unlikely, Fishermen said the situation was "shocking", a "catastrophe" and a "crisis", and this could end up being the worst year ever for the Pacific salmon fishery. Meanwhile, pink and Chum salmon are still due to arrive around the end of August through October. So far there is no indication they have been affected. Chinook salmon are also returning to spawn in the region, but they have been a "conservation concern" for several years, and their numbers remain low.

COTTON – For the first time in over a century, a severe South Texas DROUGHT HAS CLAIMED THE ENTIRE COTTON PRODUCTION of Kleberg County. “Since the founding of Kingsville in 1904, not a single pound of cotton was produced this year in Kleberg County, which includes the King Ranch, one of the area’s largest producers." Other Coastal Bend counties have not fared much better, experts say. “Nueces County planted 124,000 acres of cotton and about 95 percent of that failed. San Patricio County planted about 130,000 acres with a fail rate of more than 90 percent. Grain sorghum did only a little better.” They estimate the economic hit to Kleburg County alone at about $50 million. “That’s not just lost crop revenue in cotton and grain sorghum, that includes money lost to motels that house the harvesting crews, labor costs at gins and grain elevators and other related losses.” Like many areas of South Texas, Kleberg County has not seen significant, widespread rainfall in almost a year. “From January to now, we’ve had about two inches of total rainfall. But in the crop year, from Sept. 1, 2008, to now, we’ve had under 5 inches. Normally in a 12-month period we’ll have 27 to 28 inches of rainfall.” Local historians claim THIS IS THE WORST DROUGHT THEY'VE EVER SEEN. In late July, economists reported that agricultural drought losses throughout the state had reached $3.6 billion and by the end of the year could exceed $4.1 billion.


The US death toll due to novel H1N1 flu has risen to 436, up from 353 a week ago. Flu activity continued its decline last week but still remained above normal for this time of year. Four states and Puerto Rico reported widespread flu activity, the same number as the week before. More than 98% of all subtyped flu viruses were the novel H1N1. The CDC said 6,506 hospitalizations related to the virus have been reported.

Flu threat from US troops – The US military reported yesterday that 51 American soldiers in Iraq have novel H1N1 flu and 71 others may have the illness, and Iraqi health officials expressed concern that the US troops could spread the disease. Iraqi soldiers serving alongside US troops could spread the virus into Iraq. A health official claimed US soldiers aren't screened for the virus and that their 2-week visits home pose disease risks.

Health officials in Canada are urging citizens to find "flu buddies" to help care for them during the novel H1N1 pandemic. The Public Health Agency of Canada is urging people to check in on people who live alone or are vulnerable and help care for them or seek medical care if they are sick. The measure may help take some pressure off the health system and is among the general preparedness tactics that the agency will promote in the fall.

Trials of long-acting antiviral show promise – The Australian drug company Biota reported positive phase 3 study results from Asian countries of its new antiviral medication laninamivir, a long-acting neuraminidase inhibitor. In adults, a single inhaled dose of the new drug was as effective as oseltamivir taken twice a day for 5 days. Similar trials in children showed the drug was safe and effective. Preclinical studies suggested that the new antiviral is effective against seasonal H5N1 and pandemic H1N1 viruses.

Novel H1N1 influenza is spreading in India, Thailand, and Vietnam with the onset of Asia's monsoon season. The regular flu season has started in those countries, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected.
But the spread of pandemic H1N1 appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

Disease expert notes fever-free flu cases – In his clinical observation of novel flu cases in the United States and South America, the former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has noted that some patients are afebrile (without fever), even some with serious infections, and lack of fever might underestimate case totals.

Researchers question predictive value of past pandemic waves – Health officials are being prudent to plan for a more severe second pandemic wave, but a historical review of previous pandemics offers confusing clues about patterns, with no evidence that virus mutations led to increased transmissibility.

Flu activity is waning in many southern hemisphere countries and is picking up in tropical regions.

China and Singapore have found osteltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant novel H1N1 viruses. The WHO has informal information on a small, unspecified number of other oseltamivir-resistant viruses. The WHO has received formal notification of seven oseltamivir-resistant cases from Japan, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, and now Singapore. China has yet to file a formal report on its case.

Federal officials during a pandemic H1N1 planning update on 8/14, dialed back the number of novel flu vaccine doses they expect in October from 120 million to 45 million, listing several reasons for the smaller projection. During a late July meeting, which targeted 159 million people to receive the first doses, authorities projected that 120 million doses would be available in October, with another 80 million per month in the following months. However, the latest expectation is 45 million doses by mid October, with manufacturers delivering 20 million doses per week after that. An update on the nation's antiviral stockpiles – 84 million treatment courses are currently in federal and state stockpiles and 3 million more doses are expected soon. A total of 100 million antiviral treatment courses is projected to be available this fall, but only a small amount will be available commercially. Federal officials are currently discussing if the experimental antiviral drug peramivir should be allowed under an emergency use authorization for treating critically ill seasonal or novel flu patients. Peramivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor developed by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, can be given by intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) routes. Phase 2 study results of the drug were disappointing. However, the company announced in mid July that initial phase 3 study of an IV version of the drug conducted in Asia showed that the drug was safe and well tolerated.

The increasing militarization of preparations for an outbreak of swine flu is proceeding rapidly and without very much public debate, despite the relatively mild nature of the disease so far and the fact that many experts believe the panic has been overblown. Earlier this week, Republican Representative Paul Broun of Georgia warned a town hall meeting that a “socialistic elite” may be preparing to declare martial law in the United States using a pandemic disease as the pretext. “They’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over. We’ve seen that historically.” Just last month CNN and Fox News reported online that the U.S. military was drawing up plans to deal with a spread of the swine flu. “The Pentagon is preparing to make troops available if necessary to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus,” according to a July 29 Fox News article entitled "Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak." And as early as last year, reports also began to surface that federal troops were preparing for “homeland defense” missions and would be operating on American soil — in what would appear to be a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the use of military forces in domestic law enforcement. “They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1." The soldiers will also be responsible for things like knowing how to set up road blocks and the use of “nonlethal” weapons normally reserved for war-zones to subdue Americans. Additionally, the Obama administration has recently resurrected the heavily criticized Bush-era proposal to “update” quarantine regulations, while the U.S. Army advertises jobs for “internment/resettlement specialists” on its website. The federal government’s health authorities operate quarantine centers from Anchorage to Miami, and in 2005 George W. Bush used an executive order to add flu that has the “potential” to create a pandemic to a list of quarantinable diseases. Will the military be used to enforce the quarantines? It is appearing increasingly possible, if it comes to that. This is all happening at a time when countless experts are warning that fears about the swine-flu virus have been blown out of proportion. In many places the disease even seems to be dissipating. “We'll probably see something that won't be that bad,” said Ontario’s former chief medical officer. There has already been discussion of forced vaccinations. And an inspection of so-called “executive orders” issued by past presidents and continuing under Obama reveals that the executive branch already claims sweeping “emergency” powers to deal with health concerns.


-Peregrina Cheese Corporation of Brooklyn, New York, is recalling all products manufactured in its Brooklyn, NY plant from March 17, 2009 to the present because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

-A precautionary voluntary recall of 772 cartons of iced jumbo green onions under the brand names Omo and Fu Choy has been issued by California-based NewStar Fresh Foods due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

Adams Extract and Spice, LLC. is announcing a voluntary recall of products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products contain a specific lot of ground red pepper supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corporation.

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

Church bans six dissident members
New Coral Ridge pastor moves against members who want him fired
Sun Sentinel
August 10, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE – Internal divisions at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church burst into the open this past weekend as six members were ordered to stay off the premises. The six have called for the ouster of the Rev. W. Tullian Tchividjian, saying he is deserting the heritage of his revered predecessor, the Rev D. James Kennedy. In reply, the Fort Lauderdale church has accused them of spreading rumors and disrupting church unity. Among the six is Kennedy's daughter, Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy. Stresses are common whenever a longtime pastor is replaced, observers say. But with a huge, successful church with long-entrenched traditions – and a new pastor nearly two generations younger – the effects are heightened. "I'd be surprised if it didn't happen," said Lesley Northup, a specialist in religion and culture at Florida International University. "Change is inevitable with a new pastor. And change produces discomfort. And it's magnified in a highly publicized place, where both the predecessor and the current guy are well-known."

Swiss seek Pope's blessing to stop glacier melting
August 6, 2009

ZURICH (Reuters) – After centuries of praying for a local glacier to stop growing, Swiss villagers are now seeking an audience with Pope Benedict to get his blessing for prayers against the global warming that is causing it to recede. In 1678, the inhabitants of the Alpine villages of Fieschertal and Fiesch made a formal vow to live virtuously and to pray against the growth of the Aletsch glacier, Europe's longest, which had caused a lake to flood into their homes. To reinforce their prayers, they started holding an annual procession in 1862, when the glacier reached its longest during the mini-Ice Age Europe suffered in the mid-19th century. But the villages now want to seek permission from Pope Benedict to change their vow as the glacier is melting fast due to climate change and have requested an audience with him.

Nepalis flock to see 'baby god'
August 12, 2009

Thousands of people are flocking to a remote and mountainous village in Nepal to see a malformed baby which many are now worshipping as a God. Suffering from a rare abnormality, baby Risab has a headless "parasitic twin" attached to his abdomen and was born with four arms and four legs. His impoverished parents say all they want is for Risab to have a "normal body". They are worried that some see the baby not as a blessing but a curse – the reason why monsoon rains are late.

Mandatory 'gay' lessons spark lawsuit
Parents have 'right to remove children from controversial program'
World Net Daily
August 14, 2009

Parents in the Alameda, Calif., school district who have been told their children will be required to undergo a controversial homosexual instruction program have sued the district to protect their children from the indoctrination. The action was filed this week by Pacific Justice Institute, which said it will defend the parents' rights to remove their children from such programs. WND earlier reported when the district was accused of violating federal law for approving a mandatory homosexual curriculum for children as young as 5 – without allowing parents to opt out of the lessons. The mandatory program, officially titled "LGBT Lesson #9," was approved May 26 by the Alameda County Board of Education by a vote of 3-2. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade are scheduled to learn about "tolerance" for the homosexual lifestyle beginning next school year.

U.S. Catholic sisters probed on doctrine, fidelity
USA Today
August 5, 2009

A Vatican-ordered investigation into Roman Catholic sisters in the U.S., shrouded in mystery when it was announced seven months ago, is shaping up to be a tough examination of whether women's religious communities have strayed too far from church teaching. The review "is intended as a constructive assessment and an expression of genuine concern for the quality of the life" of roughly 59,000 U.S. Catholic sisters, according to a Vatican working paper delivered in the past few days to leaders of 341 religious congregations that describes the scope in new detail. But the nature of some questions in the document seems to validate concerns expressed privately by some sisters that they're about to be dressed down or accused of being unfaithful to the church. The report, for example, asks communities of sisters to lay out "the process for responding to sisters who dissent publicly or privately from the authoritative teaching of the Church." It also confirms suspicions that the Vatican is concerned over a drift to the left on doctrine, seeking answers about "the soundness of doctrine held and taught" by the women.

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

Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her
Fox News
August 11, 2009

An Ohio teenager says she ran away from home to Florida because her family threatened to kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity, local media reported. Rifqa Bary, 17, testified Monday at a custody hearing in Orlando that she'd recently changed religions and is worried her relatives will do something drastic, according to WFTV in Orlando and Central Florida News 13. "They have to kill me because I'm a Christian. It's an honor (issue)," the girl told WFTV. Such threats are common, even in the United States, her attorney, Rosa Gonzalez, told News 13. "She says her life is in danger and she could be killed in an honor killing," Gonzalez said after the hearing — which was held because the teenager's parents are trying to regain custody of her.

2 Christians: 'God decides to whom He talks'
Prosecutor in apostasy case tells women they are 'unworthy'
World Net Daily
August 10, 2009

In a display of raw courage, two Iranian women in court accused of being Christian have told a government prosecutor that not only are they Christian, it is up to God, not a bureaucrat, to whom He talks. Maryam Rustampoor, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, appeared in court in Iran yesterday to be interrogated by a prosecutor. They've been held in prison since March 5 when they were taken into custody because of their faith. The Sunday hearing, at which they were supposed to hear their sentences on allegations of apostasy, instead devolved into another interrogation, this one run by the deputy prosecutor identified only by his surname, Haddad. According to a report from the Christian ministray called Elam, a dramatic part of the hearing came when they refused to deny their Christian faith.

School officials face jail time for meal-time prayers

A principal and an athletic director are facing criminal charges for a lunch-time prayer. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Pace High School in Santa Rosa County, Florida. The ACLU claimed some teachers and administrators were endorsing religion, but the school chose to give in to the ACLU's demands rather than fight them in court. According to the settlement, all school employees are banned from engaging in prayer or religious activities before, during, or after school hours. Now two school officials are facing criminal charges for offering meal-time prayers at an appreciation dinner for adults who had helped with a school field house project. Principal Frank Lay and athletic director Robert Freeman are scheduled to go on trial next month on criminal contempt charges. If convicted, both are subject to fines and imprisonment. Matt Staver is founder of Liberty Counsel, which will argue the court order prohibiting prayer at school-related events violated Lay's and Freeman's constitutional rights.

Muslim radicals behead Christian orphan workers
Militant linked to al-Qaida tells families of penalties for apostasy
World Net Daily
August 11, 2009

Four Christians working in Somalia to provide services to orphans have been executed by beheading by al-Qaida-linked interests who told their families that is the penalty for apostasy. The report on the outrage comes from International Christian Concern, which said the executions took place sometime after the kidnapping of the Christians July 27, but it only discovered the tragedy recently. The organization identified the Christian orphanage workers as Fatima Sultan, Ali Ma'ow, Sheik Mohammed Abdi and Maaddey Diil. They had been kidnapped in the coastal Somalian town of Merca, about 50 miles from Mogadishu. According to ICC, al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist organization, claimed responsibility and said the Christians were killed when they refused to renounce their faith in Jesus.

Preacher threatened with arrest for reading out extracts from the Bible in public
A street preacher is at the centre of a row over freedom of speech after police threatened to arrest him for reading the Bible in public.
August 15, 2009

Lawyers acting for Miguel Hayworth, 29, have demanded an explanation over the alleged intimidation and abuse of power by three officers. Andrea Minichiello Williams, the director of the Christian Legal Centre, has written to Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, over the incident. She claims that Mr Hayworth and his father, John, 55, were unlawfully and unfairly treated as they preached Christianity in the city at the end of July. "They were clearly told that reading the Bible and preaching can be offensive and that they could be arrested," she wrote. "Furthermore, they were subjected to abuse and intimidation. They were told that they were being monitored and filmed," she wrote.

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