CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 130
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
You’re Always There for Me
Submitted by Johanna
When the world comes crashing in
And chaos rules my mind,
I turn my heart to you, Lord,
And pure, sweet peace I find.
You lift me out of trouble
You comfort me in pain;
You nourish, heal and cleanse me,
Like cool, refreshing rain.
In times of joy and bliss,
When things are going right,
You lift me even higher,
And fill me with delight.
You listen to my prayers;
You hear my every plea;
I’m safe because I know
You’re always there for me.
By Joanna Fuchs
May it be The Way
May you be enduring and steadfast,
may you be for the truth at any cost,
may your faith always be unwavering,
may you not be counted among the lost.
May the world not have a hold on you,
may you think before you speak,
may wrong attitudes be avoided,
and your love shown to the weak.
May you put on the new personality,
may it be one patterned after Christ,
may it be in his steps that you follow,
may it be a learned way of life.
May you cultivate chastity within you,
may you fear the One you love,
may it be for Yahweh our Creator,
may it be Her Way that you take hold of.
May you always be forgiving,
may goodness find a home in your heart,
may you be humble and also modest,
may it be only truth that you impart.
May you have and show devotion,
may you be loyal, merciful and mild,
may you learn to be moderate and orderly,
may you be counted as Yahweh’s child.
May you always seek Yahweh our Creator,
may you be obedient to Christ our King,
may you be patient and long-suffering,
may you find refuge in the shelter of Her wings.
May you exhibit respect and self-control,
may you be submissive to Yahweh’s will,
may you have tender compassion for others,
may you always show goodwill.
May you be confident and courageous,
may it become a part of your makeup,
may Her light shine brightly in you,
may it help the sleeping to wake up.
May you learn that this is important
may you know it’s not just a belief,
may The Way fully envelop you,
may you live for eternity.
Money, Idolatry, and Adultery
submitted by Jeshaiah
Ezekiel 7:19 — They will throw their silver into the streets,
and their gold will seem like something filthy.
Their silver and gold will be unable to save them
in the day of the LORD's wrath.
They will not satisfy their appetites
or fill their stomachs,
for these were the stumbling blocks
that brought about their iniquity.
In the book, Chosen, it was already revealed that there will be a coming monetary collapse. As it is known that Father works in stages, it can be seen that the collapse of the financial system is systemic. At the same concept, in order to maintain the style of life that is currently seen with continued spending in America, the financial system has to keep being inflated until the sheer debt causes the whole system to not be able to function further. Any amount of faith that has been placed in the very concept of the system will be crushed, as it did not reside upon Father.
The reason why this article is titled what it is is because the three are greatly interrelated, each are a stumbling block against one's faithful walk with Father and Christ, and are works in this world's current system of things. Such works can also be used to oppress people, and even oppress those that it gives the illusion of giving power and freedom to. In fact…the “power and freedom” that money gives to those who amass it are imprisoned by it, much like digging a pit deeper and deeper with the more money that is amassed, and such a pit can be like the mouth of a forbidden woman.
Luke 17:32 — Remember Lot's wife!
In this, I do not mean that Lot's wife was a forbidden woman, but in the lesson of what had occurred in relation to longing for what was left behind. A consistent issue that may be fought and struggled against is the putting on of a new personality that is devoid of the evil influence that this world can have. Since birth, children may be taught that money has value, and may not know of any other way of life. This is a hindrance, however, in preparation for Christ's coming, because it does not follow with the Way. As difficult as it may be, it is not as if Father has not provided help so that regardless of the influence something may have had, the fight wouldn't be greater than what Father knows Her child is capable of.
An item of help that may make the struggle against the value of material possession would be in the knowledge of the interrelation of the various evil things. Consider:
Colossians 3:5 — Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
Each of these things are stated in the same phrase. Nothing new under the Sun.
To one extent, perhaps the fight against sexual immorality, if it is a struggle within oneself, would be too difficult because of an acceptance of some form of evil that is directly or indirectly related to it. If there is any desire for monetary gain in one's heart, but having a struggle and losing battle against sexual immorality, then perhaps the removal of such desire will help to put to end sexual immorality within one's heart for all time. At the same time, if there is idolatry involved in one's heart, every other form of evil can exist there, too. This is also a scripture:
James 3:16 — For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
Lust is a selfish ambition, and so is the hoarding of money, as well as idolatry. To a great extent, offering works towards Father with expectancy of receiving something in return could be idolatrous towards oneself. Also to consider:
Matthew 5:28 — But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Thus, if this very occurrence happens for oneself, it can show a weakness in reflection that can be strengthened, which can also help in an overall battle for Father and Christ's reign in one's heart. At the same time, the concept given in the interrelation of the above three items can be utilized in all the other respects that are warned against in scripture, such as pride, covetousness, and hatred. The battle fought isn't just against one item or another, but the whole army. The war is not just against Satan, but all those who also follow in darkness; the sons of light versus the sons of darkness.
Father will certainly provide for Her troops. Even though hardship might increase and seemingly come upon oneself all at once, there is still hope and faith, and love.
Between Two Worlds
Balancing your attitude and focus once you know the Truth can be difficult at times.
On the one hand you know that the Rapture could occur at any moment and the Kingdom is within reach. Living with others who follow The Way and worship Yahweh, everyone being in union, life's current troubles with the world gone. An existence completely different from what we experience on a moment by moment basis.
On the other hand, there is still work to do here. People to love. A life to live.
Once you know that there is something better on the horizon that cannot compare to the life you are currently experiencing, it can be difficult to be happy. But regardless of what lies ahead, we are exactly where we are supposed to be and there is much that can be done of service to Father now. Being productive. Loving. Living a life that shines in the darkness.
The children of Yahweh have much to live for and their rewards are great. We must all continue to serve our Mother in obedience, faith, loyalty and love. It's not hard to do if you can remember Who gives us everything and to Whom we owe everything. For without Her there is nothing and we are nothing.
Rejoice! Find the gifts and beauty that are still ever present. Be grateful. Be thankful.
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout triumphantly to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness;
come before Him with joyful songs.
3 Acknowledge that the LORD is God.
He made us, and we are His —
His people, the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
5 For the LORD is good, and His love is eternal;
His faithfulness endures through all generations.
Nourishment From The Throne
1 Corinthians 14:1-3
"Prophecy: A Superior Gift
Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you
may prophesy. For the person who speaks in [another] language is not speaking to men but to God, since no one understands him; however, he speaks mysteries in the Spirit.
But the person who
prophesies speaks to people for edification, encouragement, and consolation."
We should all seek love, and as humans you should know that to prophesy is the superior gift given by Father to her human children. Father's creation is full of mysteries. If it were not, there would be no need for revelations.
Can you each see the large face? Now, turn the photo clockwise and see it again.
Everything in creation is marked by both sides – the holy and the satanic side. Nothing in nature is untouched. Even the artwork and patterns of all manmade things have been touched by either one side or both. That's why you can see design in all things if you really study the features. It is the placing of imprints from the spirit side to the physical side of creation.
In the above photo marked,. the demon in the middle is casting as Hitler, and the demon on the right is dressed in a German helmet of WWII vintage. Satan raises the cup of twisted wrath he has brought upon the world in an effort to destroy the Jews.
In this way, Satan and his demons speak out to Father and others within the spirit realm of his twisted desires. It is a form of gloating while his human army pushes forward on the quest of world domination.
All part of the war chess being played out during WWII by both sides – holy and satanic. This picture, when rotated even more, reveals Christ on the Cross, a symbolic nail, and many other things during that period of the spiritual war.
Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27
UFO Photo Touted As Best Ever
March 9, 2010
Alejandro Mikitiuk snapped this photo on December 12, 2:38 pm local time….that is being touted as the best Argentinean UFO photo of the decade.
Mr. Mikitiuk was taking photos of a house that he was building on his property in the Sierras Bayas district of Olavarria, Province of Buenos Aires. Photo analysis performed by Patricio J. Barrancos yields a "positive" result: "there is a solid object in flight at low altitude and at a relative distance from the indirect witness."
The Worm: Strange clouds hover like a mothership
March 15, 2010
Cloud creations: Late last month, an unusual cloud formation south of Wenatchee caught the attention of Wenatchee Valley resident Howard Lowell. He took some pictures and sent then off to the National Weather Service, which posted them on the agency’s Web site.
Compelling Photographs of Triangle Taken over Greenville, South Carolina
March 16, 2010
On March 16, 2010… I saw a bright red light coming from a distance. I thought that maybe an airline plane was on fire, and grabbed my camera.
Instead, it was a large triangle plane with a very bright, red strobe in the center of it, (almost like it was on fire). It seemed to be climbing in
This happened in Greenville, South Carolina at 8:03 PM.
Jet / UFO Chase over Australia Caught on Video
March 18, 2010
At just after 1 o'clock Thursday 18 March, as I was editing at my computer, a sound of a jet alerted me to grab my camera and video the following footage from my verandah.
Netherlands – Unidentified Object Caught in Chemtrail Photo
March 13, 2010
While photographing the chemtrails being sprayed over Utrecht from my balcony, the witness stated, I caught sight and some photos of what seemed like a small disk quickly going across the sky.
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
Riots erupt across Jerusalem as Hamas leader calls for renewed ‘intifada’
the raw story
by Agence France-Presse
March 16, 2010
JERUSALEM (AFP) – Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces across east Jerusalem on Tuesday in the worst rioting in years, as a senior Hamas leader called for a new "intifada" or uprising.
The long road to clearing Falklands landmines
March 14, 2010
Nearly 30 years after Britain and Argentina went to war over the Falkland Islands, a pilot project has begun to rid the territory of some of the 20,000 landmines left behind and clean up land that has been off limits since the conflict, as the BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani reports.
Worldwide arms trade flourishing despite recession, report warns
by Richard Norton-Taylor
March 15, 2010
The worldwide arms race has accelerated, most dramatically in South America and south-east Asia, despite the economic and financial slump, according to a report published today.
Right-wing MP claims reopening brothels in France after 60 years 'will help to protect sex workers'
by Mail Foreign Service
March 19, 2010
Brothels should be reopened in France to protect prostitutes from exploitation and criminal gangs, an MP from Nicolas Sarkozy’s rightwing party has said.
FDIC Closes Seven Banks, 2010 Total Climbs To 37
The Huffington Post
by Marcy Gordon
March 19, 2010
WASHINGTON — Regulators on Friday shut down seven banks in five states, bringing to 37 the number of bank failures in the U.S. so far this year.
Signs in Humanity
Fat epidemic linked to chemicals run amok
by Stephen Perrine with Heather Hurlock
March 8, 2010
It's not just about calories in versus calories out.
If that were all it took to lose weight — eating a little less and exercising a little more — then weight loss would be as simple as grade-school math: Subtract Y from Z and end up with X.
Game show contestants laugh as they 'kill' a man in bizarre French TV torture experiment
by Mail Foreign Service
March 18, 2010
With a glamorous hostess, a roaring crowd and an enthusiastic group of contestants, it has all the trappings of a traditional television quiz show.
Father commits suicide after being wrongly blamed by hate mob for death of baby daughter caused by GP error
March 17, 2010
A father committed suicide after a hate mob wrongly blamed the parents of a baby girl who was killed by an incorrectly prescribed dose of medicine.
Kidnapped. Raped. Married. The extraordinary rebellion of Ethiopia's abducted wives
by Johann Hari
March 17, 2010
Every woman remembers her wedding day with a tear in her eye – but, here in Ethiopia, the tears are different, and darker, and do not stop. Nurame Abedo is sitting in her hut high in the clouds, remembering the day she became a wife.
Blair's fight to keep his oil cash secret: Former PM's deals are revealed as his earnings since 2007 reach £20million
by Jason Groves
March 19, 2010
Tony Blair waged an extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq.
Arks of Safe Haven
The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.
Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.
How You Can Help?
In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit http://www.arksofsafehaven.org and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.
Signs in Natural Disasters
"You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24:6-7
5.7 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
6.0 PALAU REGION
5.4 OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
5.0 MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
5.6 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.2 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.3 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.1 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.1 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.1 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.2 FLORES REGION, INDONESIA
6.5 KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA
5.3 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.2 CARLSBERG RIDGE
5.6 SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN
5.4 OFFSHORE ARAUCANIA, CHILE
5.7 OFFSHORE ARAUCANIA, CHILE
5.5 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.0 PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
5.0 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
6.6 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.0 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
6.0 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
5.2 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
5.4 FIJI REGION
5.8 SAKHALIN, RUSSIA
5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.5 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
6.7 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.3 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.2 AISEN, CHILE
5.1 EASTER ISLAND REGION
5.1 SOUTH OF TONGA
5.0 MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.1 BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.0 OFFSHORE O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.0 LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE
5.1 AISEN, CHILE
5.0 FIJI REGION
5.6 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.1 MOLUCCA SEA
5.0 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
5.1 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.1 OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
None 5.0 or higher.
JAPAN experienced a 6.6 earthquake on March 14. The event unfolded just weeks after Chile’s mega quake, and shows that the tectonic plate movement has continued. Japan had a 7.0 earthquake off her coast on February 26 – just one day before the Chile quake. That quake unfolded without adverse effect because it happened underwater and did not cause a tsunami. There were no casualties and no damage done. Sunday’s 6.6 quake rattled buildings in Tokyo, but the reports of damage and casualties have yet to be released. The Associated Press reports only light structural damage near the epicenter. Japan has state-of-the-art earthquake alert system that warned the country just before the quake hit. Japan wasn’t the only country to be affected by a large earthquake Sunday. Indonesia also was the recipient of an earthquake registering at 6.5 on the Richter Scale.
UPDATE!! – Magnitude-4.4 earthquake shakes Southern California – An earthquake east of downtown Los Angeles rippled across Southern California before dawn today, jolting millions of people awake and putting first-responders on alert. There are no reports of damage, injuries or power outages linked to the temblor. The magnitude-4.4 quake, centered about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, struck shortly after 4 a.m. Nearly an hour after the quake, the California Highway Patrol got reports of a buckled 10-foot stretch of concrete in a center lane of southbound Interstate 5 south of downtown in the Downey area. The quake probably didn't cause the buckling. Damage was reported a day earlier in the lane, which is heavily used by big-rigs. "The earthquake probably did contribute to it, a little bit, but … it's normal wear and tear." Though the quake was considered small in size, it was felt over a large swath of Southern California. People from San Bernardino County to the east and Santa Monica to the west reported feeling the quake. Scientists have not yet determined which fault was responsible for the latest quake. The quake hit not far from the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, a magnitude 5.9 quake that killed eight people and caused more than $350 million in damage. There's a small chance that the temblor is a precursor to a larger event, but the likelihood diminishes over time.
CHILE – The high-magnitude earthquake of February 27 in southern Central Chile closed one of the two remaining seismic gaps at the South American plate boundary. The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has been monitoring this gap since 2006. The remaining gap in the north of Chile now holds potential for a comparable strong quake. Approximately one-third of the world-wide seismic energy has been discharged during the last century in earthquakes with magnitudes of over 8 along the South American-Pacific plate boundary. The repeat-time between two large earthquakes is shorter here than almost anywhere else on our planet. This last non-ruptured segment of the Earth's crust off the Chilean west coast is in the area around Iquique on the South American Nazca Plate Boundary. A strong quake in this region can have consequences for the global economy: the earthquakes here develop through the subduction of the Pacific-floor under South America. The same process also leads to the formation of ore deposits in the Earth's crust. Thus, the largest copper deposit of the world is to be found on the western boundary of the Central Andes. A strong quake could interrupt or even endanger the global supply of copper and lithium. (photo)
CALIFORNIA – The moderate earthquake that struck the Los Angeles area Tuesday likely occurred a long a fault that could generate a much stronger, major quake in the future. "This is the fault that could eat L.A." Seismologists say the Puente Hills thrust system could touch off earthquakes up to MAGNITUDE 7.5 DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. Such temblors would prove larger than any in the modern history of the Los Angeles Basin. The Puente Hills fault, which winds through the area's fractured underbelly for about 25 miles – from northern Orange County to Beverly Hills – has generated at least four earthquakes ranging from magnitude 7.2 to 7.5 in the last 11,000 years. "The bad news is that when the Puente Hills thrust fault ruptures in an earthquake, it tends to do so in a very big way." Tuesday's magnitude-4.4 quake struck at 4:04 a.m. and was
TROPICAL STORMS –
Cyclone TOMAS was 1439 nmi NNE of Auckland, New Zealand.
Category 5 cyclone ULUI was 947 nmi ENE of Townsville, Australia.
Tropical cyclone warning for Solomons – Tropical Cyclone Ului intensified overnight as it moved towards Solomon Islands. The storm is packing maximum wind speeds of about 210 kilometres an hour. The storm was upgraded overnight from category three to category five. "Any areas that will be in the path of the cyclone will receive significant damage. At this stage it's moving towards the south of the Solomon Islands, near Rennell Island, that's the main island in its path." The cyclone is heading towards Queensland, Australia, and could hit the state's north coast this week.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Tomas is now expected reach Fiji by Monday afternoon. But conditions will become stormy before then.
Tropical storm Hubert leaves 14 dead in Madagascar. Nearly 38,000 were left homeless when tropical storm Hubert smashed into Madagascar this week. Hubert caused torrential rain all week on Madagascar, which only finally stopped on Friday morning. Hubert was the first cyclone to cause serious damage on the island in the current cyclone season, which began in November and ends in April. Last year 24 people were killed in the passage of two cyclones. (map)
The image of second–ever known tropical cyclone in the South Atlantic Ocean was captured by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. GOES-12 satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm 90Q at 1745 UTC (12:45 p.m. ET), March 12, when it was more than 1,350 miles east of Buenos Aires, Argentina. At 10 a.m. ET, Tropical Storm 90Q still had maximum sustained winds near 46 mph (40 knots). Tropical Storm 90Q was moving quickly in a southeasterly direction and was starting to interact with a mid-latitude frontal system. By the end of the weekend, the Southern Atlantic Ocean's SECOND TROPICAL STORM IN RECORDED HISTORY is expected to be merged with a cold front and just remain in the history books.
Cyclone TOMAS was 1386 nmi NNE of Auckland, New Zealand.
Cyclone ULUI was 882 nmi ENE of Townsville, Australia.
Tropical cyclone Thomas heading for Fiji MAY BE THE WORST CYCLONE TO EVER STRIKE THE SOUTH PACIFIC NATION. Cyclone Tomas intensified overnight and was now a category four storm. The nation was undertaking last minute preparations for a "disastrous" thrashing. The northern island of Vanua Levu was most at risk, with winds likely to peak at over 200km/h in the next 24 hours. "There's going to be a whole lot of flooding. (It's a) very destructive hurricane force area so they'll be getting quite a battering over the next 12 hours." Tomas claimed its first victim yesterday, when a 31-year-old Fijian woman was killed trying to save her family from being washed away in huge waves that crashed into the coast of Vanua Levu. "All the Fijians are kind of freaking out themselves, you can tell, cause there's no animals around. It's UNUSUALLY STILL. It's really weird. It's just overcast and kind of dark, but yesterday afternoon the sky was a really strange colour, it was like dark orange and black."
Severe tropical cyclone Ului is continuing its westwards path towards the north Queensland coast. It built up rapidly from a category three on Saturday to a category five yesterday morning, but is now approaching the coast as a category four storm, and is moving west at about 10km per hour. Ului was expected to move slowly west during the next 36 hours before adopting a more southerly track. Winds near the centre of the cyclone are almost 200km/h.
Cyclone TOMAS was 1158 nmi NNE of Auckland, New Zealand.
Cyclone ULUI was 779 nmi ENE of Townsville, Australia.
FIJI has declared a state of disaster in the cyclone-hit north and east as damage reports from the storm have risen sharply. The powerful cyclone left a trail of damage through Fiji as winds averaging 175km an hour smashed into the Pacific island group, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 people. The main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu had been spared the worst of Cyclone Tomas's devastation since it slammed into the country yesterday but there were reports of extensive damage from some of the outlying islands. There were no new reports of casualties after a woman drowned in rough seas at the weekend as the cyclone approached. More than 10,000 people have fled to evacuation centres – mostly in the north of the country – as the storm damaged buildings and crops and brought down communications and power, while many low-lying areas were flooded. "We had a report this morning from Lakeba, one of the larger islands in the Lau group, that two villages were flooded and some people had to be moved to higher ground." A sea wall also collapsed on another island in the group. "A lot of sea flooding is occurring and it's causing a significant impact in the northern and eastern parts of the Fiji group this morning."
SOLOMON ISLANDS appear to have had a lucky escape from a cyclone that threatened to break the record books. Cyclone Ului has brushed the Solomon Islands but the damage has not been anywhere near as bad as feared. The category 4 cyclone will not be hitting any land for the next couple of days, so it is likely to increase in intensity. There is a possibility that Ului could affect New Zealand or Australia. (image)
Cyclone TOMAS was 922 nmi NNE of Auckland, New Zealand.
Cyclone ULUI was 723 nmi ENE of Townsville, Australia.
AUSTRALIA – Swells of up to four metres could pound Queensland's coastline as a severe cyclone edges closer. Tropical Cyclone Ului poses no immediate threat to the Queensland coast as it hovers in the Coral Sea, about 1310km northeast of Mackay. The category four cyclone is moving slowly west-south-west and is expected to remain well offshore for the next few days. It is expected to adopt a more southerly to southeasterly track tonight but it's possible Ului could move closer to Queensland at the end of the week. If it does, huge swells of up to four metres could batter the state's coastline. Cyclone Ului and a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea have been creating rough seas for boats with three to four-metre swells in open waters off Queensland's coast Tuesday.
The South Pacific island nation of Fiji has suffered overwhelming damage from a powerful cyclone that battered its shores for more than three days. Only one death has been reported, but the full extent of the damage has yet to be determined because communications to the hardest hit areas were cut off for days. Cyclone Tomas, packing winds of up to 130 mph (205 kph) at its center and gusts of up to 175 mph (280 kph), started hitting Fiji late Friday. It blasted through the northern Lau and Lomaiviti island groups and the northern coast of the second biggest island, Vanua Levu, before losing strength as it moved out to sea Wednesday. Power, water, sewage and other services were disrupted in many northern areas, with all airstrips and airports closed and storm surges smashing into coastal villages and schools. Sea surges of up to 23 feet (7 meters) were reported in the Lau island group, which was hit head-on by the cyclone, causing major flooding. The surges will take at least 36 hours to subside.
Tropical storm Hubert battered Madagascar on 10 March, cutting off entire communities in the southeast from emergency aid. A limited amount of relief – mainly food items – has been flown in because of damage to infrastructure, and aid agencies are trying to reach people in need of assistance via the river systems. According to the latest estimates, "36 people lost their lives and some 85,000 have been affected", and eight people lost their lives in mudslides on 15 March. We now have a problem with logistics – many roads have been cut off and many communities are now isolated", particularly in the southeastern province of Fianarantsoa. In previous years the BNGRC had managed to store relief items throughout the country in anticipation of the "cyclone season", but this year pre-positioning had not been possible due to drought in the south in early 2009 which depleted stocks. Madagascar lies in the main path of storms crossing the western Indian Ocean and is battered by cyclones every year; five have struck in the last two years, affecting over 463,000 people. The cyclone season typically runs from November to April, but this year it has been relatively mild and Hubert was the first storm to cause major destruction. However, the Malagasy Meteorological Service has warned that there might be more severe storms before the season ends.
Cyclone TOMAS was 803 nmi NE of Auckland, New Zealand.
Cyclone ULUI was 688 nmi ENE of Townsville, Australia.
A damage assessment after cyclone Tomas hit Wallis and Futuna shows that 80 percent of the crops on Futuna have been destroyed. On Wallis half the crops were destroyed when weekend winds of 200 kilometres an hour swept across the territory. Many homes have been damaged or flooded and half the schools have been damaged. The road on the northern side of Futuna has been washed away.
AUSTRALIAN authorities are evacuating two islands (Heron Island and Lady Elliott Island) off the central Queensland coast as a category four cyclone approaches the region. Tropical Cyclone Ului is expected to make landfall this weekend between Bowen and Gladstone. The cyclone is about 1,200 kilometres north-east of Mackay in north Queensland and 1,400 kilometres east of Cooktown in the state's far north. "With the islands, you need to do it early rather than later, because the seas get so rough quite quickly. It's better to do it early just in case, then they're not left there if the seas get too rough." Modelling is showing Ului will make landfall in central Queensland, possibly as a category three or four system. "It will be accompanied by extreme sort of winds and rainfall." There is a chance the cyclone could reintensify into a category five over the next day or so. "It's likely to be more like a category three, but I think be prepared for a severe tropical cyclone at this stage." It is difficult to know what the system will do and when it will cross the coast. "It could be as early as late Saturday night – that's the earliest model. The latest model is somewhere around Tuesday, so basically that's the spread in time. As far as what section of the coast, there's still a spread anywhere from the north tropical coast to no further south than the St Lawrence area."
Cyclone ULUI was 592 nmi ENE of Townsville, Australia.
Tropical Cyclone Ului is expected to become stronger as it approaches the Queensland coast. The cyclone, which was downgraded to category three Wednesday, was expected to re-intensify to category four last night or today, with wind gusts of 230 kilometers to 280 kilometers. The cyclone is expected to hit the Queensland coast between Cardwell and St. Lawrence over the weekend.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
U.S. – A potentially deadly rain storm blew across New Jersey on Saturday, ripping off roofs, uprooting trees, causing widespread train suspension and knocking out power to about 166,000 customers. Police in Teaneck were investigating whether two people were killed by a falling tree Saturday night. The tree took down power lines as it fell. "We believe they were walking" on the sidewalk. High winds caused a crane collapse at a casino under construction in Atlantic City, leaving a city police officer injured. Large pieces of debris from the Revel casino construction site "was raining down on about a six-block area" on Saturday. The incident spurred the evacuation of two nearby condominium complexes and forced the brief closure of several area roads.The winds also caused at least two homes to collapse in that area and damaged numerous other homes and buildings. Flood warnings were issued for several rivers in northern Jersey and coastal flood and high wind warnings were in effect for the Jersey Shore through 10 p.m. Rain began falling Friday night and combined with strong winds on Saturday, with gusts reaching up to 70 mph. Winds knocked down numerous trees and power lines, causing power outages across the state. The wind was so strong, it blew SUVs off the road.
KAZAKHSTAN – 35 people died in Kyzyl-Agash in the Almaty region this week in a flood which devastated a village when a dam burst. About 1,000 villagers were evacauted. The dam failed after a build-up of floodwater from melting snow and rain. The President said if failure to carry out repair work caused the dam to burst, those guilty should be brought "to justice".
INDONESIA – Whirlwinds in many regions, hundreds of homes ruined – More than 500 homes were destroyed and hundreds of trees fell down in several regions of the country after being stricken by whirlwinds recently, and at least one person died. The whirlwinds were part of the natural disasters which happened in several regions such as in West Java`s districts of Tasikmalaya, Garut, Karawang and Sukabumi, East Java`s districts of Pacitan, Nganjuk and the city of Surabaya. It also happened in Pamekasan, Sumenep (Madura Island), East Java, Boyolali, Central Java and Kerinci, Sumatra. In Tasikmalaya alone, about 100 trees fell down last Tuesday (March 9). In West Java province, a teenager died after being crushed by jackfruit tree which was uprooted by a whirlwind on Sunday (Feb.28). Whirlwinds had several times hit the region. Over the past two weeks, Kerinci district was twice ravaged by whirlwinds which caused many residents` homes to collapse. Aside from that, whirlwinds on Monday also hit Trosobo neighborhood in Sidoarjo district, toppling dozens of trees as well as electricity and telephone poles. The whirlwinds that followed torrential rains shook the area at 02.00 pm local time. Tens of houses in Puspa Sari housing complex in Klurak village, Candi sub-district, Sidoarjo district were also seriously damaged by the five-minute-long whirlwind. Over the weekend, 31 houses in three villages of Pakong sub-district on Madura island, East Java, were damaged. The whirlwinds also destroyed some restaurants and toppled a number of trees. In Garut district, West Java province, a whirlwind in January hit Kadunogra sub-district, causing a total of 514 houses damaged. Five residents suffered serious injuries. Over the past two months, various parts of Indonesia have been hit by earthquakes, floods, landslides and whirlwinds. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency had predicted extremely bad weather in parts of Indonesia in the March 12-15 period.
AUSTRALIA – Towns in northwestern NSW are likely to face weeks of isolation due to slow moving floodwaters from Queensland. Following torrential rain that deluged southern parts of Queensland in late February and early March, towns across the northwest are already being cut off by floodwaters. Locals were bracing for major flooding as the floodwaters worked their way down the Darling, Culgoa, Warrego and Paroo rivers, with some towns likely to suffer weeks of isolation. Peaks are expected on several of these rivers from midweek through to early May.
Since the beginning of the year, New South Wale's drought-declared area has halved from 81 to 39.8 per cent of the state – a 25 per cent reduction from last month and the best result in four years. ''We've had over the last two months nearly half of our average rainfall for the year…The situation has not been this good since March, 2006 – exactly four years ago.'' ''There are still some unlucky patches of country. Particularly for those farmers growing wheat – they will still need significant rain in July, August, September to achieve a wheat crop at the end of the year."
U.S. EAST COAST – While this past weekend’s weather may not be characterized as the “storm of the century,” it was still very significant and caused large scale power outages, tree loss, flooding and inconvenience for residents of the North Shore of Long Island. The strong nor’easter included tidal flooding, tropical storm-like conditions and wind gusts close to hurricane strength. Bayville clocked in with the second highest wind gusts on Long Island at 64 MPH. Only Merrick was higher at 68MPH. "This weekend's storm has taken a toll on New York. More than a quarter of a million New Yorkers were without power this morning (March 15), including 250,000 on Long Island…Scores of roads are closed or are blocked by downed tree limbs, trees and wires." Nassau County 911 operators received almost 10,000 calls on Saturday alone. An average weekend brings in about 2,000 calls. A resident of Centre Island said that the wind sounded like “a freight train.” With a RECORD RAINFALL of 4.39 inches, scores of trees were down and roads were flooded. “New York residents should not be left shouldering all of the costs from this storm. The federal government must step in immediately to help residents in New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Local utilities have reported that THE WEEKEND NOR'EASTER WAS THE WORST STORM IN 20 YEARS. Thousands of trees are down in communities throughout the region, with dramatic cleanup costs in areas that have already sustained significant losses from previous storms.”
HAITI – Second "catastrophe"? Despite billions of US dollars in pledges and an unprecedented humanitarian drive, it is likely too late to avert a second disaster in quake-hit Haiti, a top US aid co-ordinator has warned. Tents and tarpaulins are simply not enough to protect tens of thousands of Haitians from the coming rains and hurricanes, and a new wave of quake survivors could perish in a second "catastrophe". "Having observed camps on very steep slopes and that you cannot simply relocate hundreds of thousands of people easily, we anticipate that the rainy season will lead, to a certain degree, to another catastrophe that despite the hard work of the international community will be hard to avoid. Deaths, landslides and so forth. What we can do is work with the UN to create shelters that people can find refuge in, but there simply isn't the time." Some 218,000 Haitians are deemed to be in "red camps", those considered at gravest flood risk, and the race is on to find them alternative shelter before the rain and possibly calamitous landslides. There have already been a few nights of torrential downpours in the past week and sustained rains could spell disaster in Port-au-Prince where countless people subsist in wretched conditions perched on treacherous slopes. "Unfortunately, many of the camps are in areas that have no drainage whatsoever and many of the shelters are on slopes that are 20 degrees or steeper." The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti as dusk fell on January 12 was one of the worst natural disasters of modern times, if not the worst.
A third of U.S. at risk for historic floods this Spring – Weather forecasters issued an urgent message to millions of Americans Wednesday: get ready for potentially historic flooding. From the East, to the upper Midwest, and across the South from Texas to Florida, parts of 35 states could be in danger this Spring.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
GERMANY – Even sled manufacturers said that they could not meet the high demand for their product thanks to Germany's UNUSUALLY COLD winter marked by heavy snow fall and icy weather. For meteorologists, spring officially started on March 1, but there is no sign of it in central Europe. Many regions in Germany can expect at least another foot of snow this weekend. And even traditionally warm winter holiday escapes, like southern France and the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, came to a frozen standstill at the beginning of the week with up to 3.5 feet of snow.
Despite some speculation that perhaps global warming is somehow to blame for the odd weather, meteorologists have dismissed that idea. "This winter is special. It was THE COLDEST AND LONGEST GERMAN WINTER IN THE PAST 13 YEARS, with temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius [34 degrees Fahrenheit] below average." Other European countries that have enjoyed mild winters during the past 10 years have experienced even higher drops in temperatures this winter. And, traditionally warm southern countries, like France and Spain, have recently been drowning in snow this winter. At the same time, Canada, for example, which was believed to be somewhat snow safe, had to bring tons of artificial snow to the ski slopes during the Winter Olympics. "For this to be categorized as a change in the global climate trend with its steadily increasing temperatures, we would have to experience continuity in exceptionally cold winters over the next 15 years." The severe winter weather has left between 30 to 40 percent of Germany’s roads badly damaged – which is presenting a major challenge for a lot of communities with already tight budgets due to the global financial crisis. (photo of mass pile-up of more than 40 cars on the Autobahn 93 freeway near Schwandorf, Germany, on March 6.)
RUSSIA – Four people have died after a group of Russian fishermen on the Pacific island of Sakhalin were carried out to sea when their ice broke off from the coastline. The fatalities occurred when a rescue boat sent to bring the anglers back from the ice overturned in bad weather, leaving two of the rescue workers and two of the fishermen dead. A total of 15 anglers became stranded when the ice they were fishing on separated from the mainland. They allegedly set out to fish despite warnings from the emergency services. The remaining fishermen were all rescued. Ice fishing is wildly popular throughout Russia in the winter months, with legions of enthusiastic anglers taking to frozen rivers, lakes and seas to fish through holes in the ice.
CANADA – A large-scale search and rescue operation was underway in British Columbia in Canada's west on Saturday after an avalanche killed at least three people and injured 17. About 200 people were watching and participating in an annual snowmobiling event on Boulder Mountain, near Revelstoke in B.C.'s south-east, when the avalanche struck. An undetermined number of people are missing. The area had seen 10 avalanches since Friday, and it even issued an extreme avalanche warning, urging people to stay away from any known avalanche area.
FRANCE, GREECE – Heavy snow in southern France last Monday stranded hundreds of cars and made road travel impossible for trucks and buses. In some parts of the Rhone valley, up to 40 centimetres of snow fell. Meteorologists say this is EXTREMELY RARE for March. Further east, the Greek capital Athens was hit by a dust storm. A layer of red sand carried all the way across the Mediterranean Sea from the Sahara and lay over the city. Ferry services from the city were halted and the three-kilometre-long bridge connecting western Greece with the Peloponnesian peninsula was closed due to high winds.
CHINA – a new round of cold waves moved over most parts of the country on Saturday. The temperatures of early March this year were THE LOWEST IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS, six to seven degrees below the sea-sonal average, which will hurt the growth of many agricultural crops. The cold front also triggered floating dust and sandstorms that blasted parts of Northwest China's Gansu Province Sunday. As of 5:00 pm Sunday, the sky became pale yellow as strong winds began to blow floating dust storms. The lowest visibility was within 10 kilometers. Meteorological authorities in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region predicted more "dust days" during spring 2010 than previous years in Araxan, a desert region where most of China's sandstorms originate. More gales and dust storms, including three to four fierce ones that might reduce the visibility to less than 1 kilometer, were expected to strike the Araxan League oasis at the west end of Inner Mongolia.
RECORD-BREAKING FLOODS may strike U.S. MIDWEST – On Tuesday, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced that a huge snowpack from a fierce winter will cause massive flooding this spring in the upper Midwest and in the major corn-producing state of Iowa. "We are looking at potentially historic flooding in some parts of the country this spring." The snowpack in the Midwest is more extensive than in 2009, with preciptation in December up to four lines above average. "It's a terrible case of deja vu, but this time the flooding will likely be more widespread. As the spring then melts the snowpack, saturated and frozen ground in the Midwest will exacerbate the flooding of the flat terrain and feed rising rivers and streams." The Red River Valley in Minnesota may be at particular risk, with NOAA officials explaining that it was UNUSUAL that the region would face the threat of severe floods for a second consecutive year. "The Red River runs north, dividing North Dakota and Minnesota, before running through the flat southern plains of the Canadian province of Manitoba. The U.S. side of the valley is planted for wheat, soybeans and other crops. The Red River area is also the top growing region for sugar beets in the country."
BRITAIN – It is more like January than March. The trees are bare, and there are precious few signs of spring flowers. Woodland Trust researchers have uncovered "striking evidence" that common spring flowering plants are coming into bloom much later than would be expected. They have had weeks of hard, white frosts and, despite the warmer weather, the soil in many parts of the country is still rock solid. The average UK flowering date of blackthorn is mid-March, and they would have expected around 1,000 sightings by now from their volunteers. So far, they have only received a handful of reports. "At this time of year, woodlands like this should be full of the signs of Spring". "The trees will just bide their time until the soil warms up…But it could have an effect on the insects that live on the flowers, and the birds that feed on those insects." Experts say it is too early to tell what the effect this late spring will have on the natural world.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
A new NASA-funded study has concluded that the Amazon rain forests were remarkably unaffected in the face of once-in-a-century drought in 2005, neither dying nor thriving, contrary to a previously published report and claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "We found no big differences in the greenness level of these forests between drought and non-drought years, which suggests that these forests may be more tolerant of droughts than we previously thought." A study published in 2007 claimed that these forests actually thrive from drought because of more sunshine under cloud-less skies typical of drought conditions. The new study found that those results were flawed and not reproducible. The IPCC is under scrutiny for various data inaccuracies, including its claim – based on a flawed World Wildlife Fund study – that up to 40 percent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically and be replaced by savannas from even a slight reduction in rainfall. "Our results certainly do not indicate such extreme sensitivity to reductions in rainfall."
Cold US winter offset by above-normal global temps – The 2009-10 winter (December through February) was colder than average across the U.S., but global temperatures were warmer than average during the winter. What that may – or may not – mean about global warming is a matter of opinion. In February, across the U.S. and parts of Europe (especially Eastern Europe), temepratures were more than 4 degrees Celsius (more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit) colder than average. On the other hand, temperatures across much of Canada and the Arctic region were more than 4 degrees Celsius warmer than average. In addition, much of the Southern Hemisphere, during its summer, was warmer than average. Overall, it was warmer than the long-term average across the globe. Although the details were different, it was the same story during December and January. (temperature map)
AUSTRALIA – Melbourne's run of warm weather has SMASHED CLIMATE RECORDS, with 100 days in a row over 20C (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The previous longest run was 78 days over summer in 2000 and 2001. And THE NEW RECORD ISN'T STOPPING ANYTIME SOON, with Melbourne's weather forecast to be over 20C for the next week. Accurate and complete records first started in 1855, making this THE LONGEST WARM STRETCH IN MORE THAN 150 YEARS. The last day below 20C was December 8, which hit 19.8. "The world is getting hotter and we're getting more of these hot days."
RUSSIA – The Russian Security Council was due to meet in the Kremlin Wednesday to take up threats posed by global climate change. President Medvedev will preside over the meeting that will focus on action on Russia’s climate doctrine, which was approved in December last year. The Russian leader has repeatedly pointed out that by the year 2020 Russia will have cut down on greenhouse gas discharges by 25% of the 1990 amount, via structural change in the economy. Medvedev is also certain that the Kyoto Protocol should be succeeded by a more legally perfect document to regulate international cooperation.
CANADA – Canadian government 'hiding truth about climate change', report claims. Canada's climate researchers are being muzzled, their funding slashed, research stations closed, findings ignored and advice on the critical issue of the century unsought by Prime Minister Harper's government, according to a 40-page report by a coalition of 60 non-governmental organisations. "This government says they take climate change seriously but they do nothing and try to hide the truth about climate change." Climate change is not an abstract concept. It already results in the deaths of 300,000 people a year, virtually all in the world's poorest countries. Some 325 million people are being seriously affected, with economic losses averaging 125 billion dollars a year. Released last fall by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, the report notes that these deaths and losses are not just from the rise in severe weather events but mainly from the gradual environmental degradation due to climate change. "People everywhere deserve to have leaders who find the courage to achieve a solution to this crisis." Canadians are unlikely to know any of this. "Media coverage of climate change science, our most high-profile issue, has been reduced by over 80 percent," says internal government documents obtained by Climate Action Network. The dramatic decline results from a 2007 Harper government-imposed prohibition on government scientists speaking to reporters. While climate experts were being muzzled, known climate change deniers were put in key positions on scientific funding bodies. Last week, scientists who study climate change from a remote polar science research base on Ellesmere Island said they have run out of funding and will shut down this year. Earlier this month, the new federal budget failed to provide any funding for Canada's main climate science initiative, the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmosphere Sciences. Funding everything from global climate models, to the melting of polar ice and frequency of Arctic storms, to droughts and water supply, the foundation will run out of cash early next year. Previous governments have always consulted with scientists prior to funding and policy decisions related to science, but the current government does not even consult its own scientists. "Almost all of the money this government claims is climate change work is about getting more oil out of the ground. Canadian climate science is falling behind and the world is not getting information about what is happening in the Canadian Arctic." The Harper government sees climate change as a communications problem and is eliminating government-funded climate research so there won't be any "bad news" about what is happening. "This government is doing nothing on climate but they always make sure to sound like they're doing something to fool Canadians."
ODD ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
Songbirds in the US are getting smaller, and climate change is suspected as the cause. A study of almost half a million birds, belonging to over 100 species, shows that many are gradually becoming lighter and growing shorter wings. The trend is particularly noticeable among those birds that winter in the New World tropics of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. This shrinkage has occurred within just half a century, with the birds thought to be evolving into a smaller size in response to warmer temperatures. However, there is little evidence that the change is harmful to the birds.
FIRST FATAL WOLF ATTACK IN THE US IN 50 YEARS – Wolves in Alaska are suspected of killing a teacher in an isolated village while she was out jogging. Police said wolves in the area had been aggressive recently. The community had recently been on alert for wolves on the prowl nearby. In the last week, school children were being accompanied to school and armed snowmobile patrols had been on the lookout for the animals.
A massive "current of fire" on the sun has started running at high speed, surprising researchers and challenging some models of the solar cycle. The Great Conveyor Belt is a massive circulating current of fire (hot plasma) within the sun. It has two branches, north and south, each taking about 40 years to complete one circuit. Researchers believe the turning of the belt controls the sunspot cycle. The top of the sun's Great Conveyor Belt has been running at record-high speeds for the past five years. "I believe this could explain the UNUSUALLY DEEP solar minimum we've been experiencing. The high speed of the conveyor belt challenges existing models of the solar cycle and it has forced us back to the drawing board for new ideas." The speed-up was surprising on two levels. First, it coincided with the deepest solar minimum in nearly 100 years, contradicting models that say a fast-moving belt should boost sunspot production. Second, "while the top of the conveyor belt has been moving at RECORD-HIGH speed, the bottom seems to be moving at RECORD-LOW speed. Another contradiction." (diagrams)
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded a halo Coronal Mass Ejection emerging from the vicinity of sunspot 1054. The cloud appears to be heading toward Earth and it could spark geomagnetic storms when it arrives on or about March 17th. Sunspot 1054 is growing rapidly and poses a threat for C-class solar flares. (video) A string of doomed comets plunged into the sun on March 12th and disappeared. [Initially thought to be just one bright comet, there was actually a small comet 1 day before the bright comet and another one 1 day after the 'big one'. And the latest comet was actually a double one. So that makes four.] Fierce solar heating completely destroyed the icy visitors from the outer solar system. The comets were probably members of the Kreutz sungrazer family. Kreutz sungrazers are fragments from the breakup of a giant comet at least 2000 years ago. Several of these fragments pass by the sun and disintegrate every day. Most are too small to see. (video & diagrams)
Is Earth under attack from an invisible star? – In what sounds like a chilling script of a Hollywood science fiction, scientists have claimed that an invisible star, five times the size of Jupiter, might be lurking near our solar system, occasionally kicking deadly comets towards the Earth. According to NASA scientists, the brown dwarf star is up to five times the size of Jupiter and could be responsible for mass extinctions that occur on Earth every 26 million years. They believe the star nicknamed Nemesis or "The Death Star" could be hidden beyond the edge of our solar system and only emits infrared light. It is believed to orbit our solar system at 25,000 times the distance of the earth to the sun. According to them, as the star spins through the galaxy, its gravitational pull drags icy bodies out of the Oort Cloud — a vast sphere of rock and dust twice as far away as Nemesis. "These 'snowballs' are thrown towards Earth as comets, causing devastation similar to the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago."
Now, NASA scientists believe they will be able to find Nemesis using a new heat-seeking telescope that began scanning the skies in January. The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer – expected to find a thousand brown dwarf stars within 25 light years of the Sun – has already sent back a photo of a comet possibly dislodged from the Oort Cloud. Scientists’ first clue to the existence of Nemesis was the bizarre orbit of a dwarf planet called Sedna. Scientists believe its unusual, 12,000-year-long oval orbit could be explained by a massive celestial body. “Sedna is a very odd object – it shouldn't be there. The only way to get on an eccentric orbit is to have some giant body kick you – so what is out there?”
Are our asteroid-destroying nukes big enough? A new study shows that blasted asteroids could re-form. If we try to blow up an incoming asteroid and the asteroid isn't moving fast enough, or if the nuke isn't big enough, the asteroid will pull itself back together within a matter of hours. According to the new simulations, the gravitational attraction between the various asteroid parts is strong enough to reconstitute a 3,281-foot-in-diameter asteroid in between 2 to 18 hours. To blow up the asteroid thoroughly enough to prevent its recombination, you would need a nuclear weapon with a yield of 900 kilotons – which is well within the range of current hydrogen bombs. However, the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was ten times larger than that, meaning it could reform much faster after being nuked. So rather than blowing up the asteroid directly, many scientists advocate blowing the nuke up next to the asteroid. That explosion could shove the rock out of the way of Earth, without creating dangerous smaller meteorites or allowing it to come back together.
MISSISSIPPI – 3/14/10 – LOUD BOOMS & A FIREBALL streaking across sky alarmed witnesses. A bizarre daytime occurrence had the phones ringing Sunday. Viewers calling with widespread reports of mysterious fireballs in the sky and loud booms baffled state agencies and eye witnesses alike. "It didn't last but maybe three or four seconds, and it was gone." Around 1:45 p.m, "I looked sort of to the east of 55 and it was just this fire ball that was falling out of the sky and it made you think of a falling star expect during the day, and it was just bright red." A smoke trail lingered in the sky for about 15 minutes. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency received reports from Carroll, Stone and Jackson counties of a fire ball in the sky and a boom, with no indications of impact. Jackson Municipal Airport said tower personnel at Jackson Evers International were told by two different pilots that they saw something shiny in the sky. Airport investigations turned up nothing on the grounds or in the immediate vicinity. Emergency directors across the state and gathered reports of either fireball sightings, hearing a boom or feeling the earth shake in Carroll, Forrest, Hancock and Marion counties. The National Weather Service believes the varying events can be attributed to the Gamma Normids, a meteor show that runs from February 25th through March 22nd. It peaked Saturday March 13th. The Gamma Normids Meteor Shower can produce one meteor per hour in the northern hemisphere. Similar events were reported across Louisiana on March 8th.
March 16th and 17th a solar coronal mass ejection is due to hit Earth's magnetic field. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of geomagnetic activity and a 5% chance of severe geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers in Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia, and northern-tier US states such as Minnesota and Wisconsin should be alert for auroras.
A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, and so is a coronal mass ejection (CME). Together, they add up to a geomagnetic storm alert for today and tomorrow (March 17 & 18). The impact of the solar wind plus CME will brighten Arctic skies already alive with Northern Lights.
Astronomers have discovered that a star is on course to collide with the outskirts of our solar system with potentially catastrophic consequences. The good news is that the star is not expected to arrive for a million or more years. New calculations show that the orange dwarf, called Gliese 710, will crash through the Oort Cloud that surrounds the Sun. The disruption to this shell of many billions of icy fragments would launch a shower of comets into the inner solar system, threatening the planets with devastating impacts. Some believe it could lead to a repeat of the Late Heavy Bombardment that left the Moon covered with craters around 4 billion years ago. The threat from Gliese 710, a star with about half the mass of the sun, 63 light-years away in the constellation of the Serpent, is rated as 86 per cent likely. That is nearly as good as a certainty. Some astronomers are suggesting that Gliese 710 might be circled by its own Oort Cloud, which could produce a double shower of hazardous comets. The new alert comes days after a NASA astrobiology site reported that an invisible brown dwarf star nicknamed Nemesis may be circling the sun and causing mass extinctions of life on Earth every 26 million years. There are hopes that if Nemesis exists, it will be detected by NASA's heat-sensitive Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite, WISE, which is currently scanning the sky for brown dwarfs.
A CME that was supposed to hit Earth's magnetic field on March 18th didn't. Either it missed, or the cloud is approaching so slowly that the ultimate impact could be negligible.
HEALTH THREATS –
The first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu in Europe for a year has been identified in a backyard poultry farm in Romania. The outbreak, in Tulcea county, close to the Ukrainian border, prompted immediate security measures. These include the killing of all poultry in the infected farm and the establishment of a three kilometre protection zone and a wider "surveillance zone" around the farm with strict controls on movements in or out. "The presence of the virus was confirmed on two hens that were found dead on a small private farm. No other case has been discovered since."
Romania was hit by massive bird flu outbreaks in 2005 and 2006, when more than a million poultry were slaughtered. Avian influenza or "bird flu" is a highly contagious viral disease which primarily affects birds, but on rare occasions can also be contracted by humans and other mammals. The strain of avian influenza which is currently causing concern is the highly pathogenic H5N1 responsible for affecting many countries worldwide, including parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. On Monday at least 117,000 chickens were destroyed in northern Bangladesh after an avian flu outbreak on one of the country's largest poultry farms. Around 290 people have died of the human form of avian flu since 2003.
A review of 11 studies on the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical interventions in containing flu found that "the data provide some evidence that face masks, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, reduced crowding, and school closures are effective in reducing the spread of influenza." The studies, however, had several limitations, including insufficient statistical power due to small sample size. The authors call for rigorous laboratory- and community-based studies to improve data collection.
Many lower-risk people got first H1N1 shots – An investigation by the Associated Press using government documents tendered under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, though the first wave of H1N1 shots were designated for high-risk groups, many were diverted to lower-risk healthy adults in firms, refineries, jails, and other sites. Last fall, as swine flu cases mounted and parents desperately sought to protect their kids, the hard-to-get vaccine was handed out in some surprising places: the Royal Caribbean cruise line, the headquarters of drug giant Merck, the Johnson Space Center and a Department of Energy office in Idaho. In some cases, financial institutions and other recipients got doses before some county health departments and doctors' offices. Also, even though the federal government spent more than $1.6 billion to manufacture and distribute the vaccine, there is no complete record of where it went. That's "a big deal" — the absence of complete data makes it hard to spot waste and other problems.
Hong Kong is detecting rising numbers of flu cases during its traditional flu-season peak, with half the isolates turning out to be H1N1 pandemic flu. The remainder of isolates are influenza B, not other seasonal influenza A strains. The centre said that it recorded 268 new flu cases last week, compared with 177 the week before, and added that visits to doctors for flu-like illnesses are rising.
Blood may transmit H1N1 – the blood service of the Japanese Red Cross Society has expressed concern that blood transfusion may transmit pandemic H1N1 flu. Forty out of 96 people who gave blood last fall were diagnosed with H1N1 within 2 days of donation. Testing of retained segments did not reveal H1N1 nucleic acids; the researchers say flu viremia may be too brief to be detectable.
RECALLS & ALERTS:
A pile of recalls due to the salmonella possibility in the vegetable protein additive and in some spices:
-Spice Barn is recalling two lots of Black Pepper
-H. Guenther & Son, Inc. recall of products (Sunbird Seasonings, Williams Wings Seasonings and Williams Gumbo Soup lines) containing a pepper ingredient
-Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Dayton, New Jersey, Frontier Natural Products Co-op, is recalling several of its products manufactured with non-organic black pepper that were sold under the Frontier brand and under the Whole Foods Market brands
-Spice Industrial Group INC., of City of Industry, Ca is recalling Lian How White Sesame Seeds
-Julia's Spices, of City of Industry, Ca is recalling Hulled Sesame Seeds
-Olde Westport Spice is recalling Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning
-McCormick & Company, Incorporated is expanding a March 5, 2010 recall to include additional "Best By" dates of products manufactured with HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors
-GFN Foods, LLC of Cranford, NJ is recalling: Gluten-Free Naturals Pancake Mix , Gluten-Free Naturals Light & Moist Yellow Cake Mix, Gluten-Free Naturals Cookie Blend Flour
-Emmi – Roth Kaese USA is recalling Spreadables brand Crab Creole and Shrimp Scampi cheese spreads
-Tastefully Simple is recalling Toasted Garlic & Parmesan Cheese Ball Mix
-Austinuts of Dallas, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for Honey Mustard Pretzels
-Orval Kent is recalling multiple dips
-Mrs. Gerry's Kitchen, Inc. of Albert Lea, MN has been notified by a supplier that a certain seasoning ingredient contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) that may be contaminated
-Ventura Foods, LLC is recalling seven of its Dean's(R) Dip products
-Kroger Co. is recalling Kroger Onion Soup & Dip Mix and Kroger Beefy Onion Soup & Dip Mix
-Quaker Snack Mix Baked Cheddar is being recalled
-Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for four varieties of seasoning mixes.
Signs in False Shepherds/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
International Probe Targets Secretive Catholic Group
(March 14) — As sex abuse scandals rock the Vatican, the results of an investigation into a rich, ultra-conservative and secretive Roman Catholic order founded by a priest accused of pedophilia and incest are due to be filed in Rome on Monday.
Christian Philosopher Explores Causes of Atheism
Mar. 18 2010
By Lillian Kwon|Christian Post Reporter
A professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., Spiegel has written a 130-page book, The Making of an Atheist, in response to the New Atheists. But unlike the numerous responses that have emerged from Christian apologists, Spiegel's book focuses on the moral-psychological roots of atheism.
Preachers Who Don’t Believe — The Scandal of Apostate Pastors
March 18, 2010
Are there clergy who don't believe in God? That is the question posed by a new report that is certain to receive considerable attention — and rightly so. Few church members are likely to be disinterested in whether their pastor believes in God.
Pastor: Prosperity Gospel Is Hindering Church Revival
By Michelle A. Vu|Christian Post Reporter
Mar. 20 2010
Revival is not about a large crowd but it is about broken people who want to get right with God, said the Baptist pastor whose church made the hit films “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof.”
New Life Pastor Asks Christians to Embrace Speaking in Tongues
By Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter
Mar. 15 2010
Pastor Brady Boyd acknowledges that there's a wide range of teachings on the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. To some, it's foreign or weird and to others, it's no longer active.
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
Pakistani Christians raped and burned for refusing conversion to Islam
March 20, 2010
By Martin Barillas
According to local sources, on March 9, a Christian of Shamsabad, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, was burnt alive for refusing to convert to Islam. Arshed Masih and his family of five lived in the servant quarters of Sheikh Mohammad Sultan – a Muslim businessman of Rawalpindi.
Officials Threaten to Burn Shelters of Expelled Christians
DUBLIN, March 16 (CDN) — Officials in southern Laos in the next 48 hours plan to burn temporary shelters built by expelled Christians unless they recant their faith, according to advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).
India Pastor Jailed For Converting Hindus, Corpse Exhumed
March 19, 2010
By Santosh Digal, BosNewsLife Asia Correspondent
NEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)– Police in India's southern state Karnataka detained a pastor for "forcing" Hindus "to convert" to Christianity, while Hindu extremists exhumed a Christian's dead body saying it "contaminated" a cemetery's soil, evangelical leaders confirmed Friday, March 19.
Internet video: Muslims must rise up in Nigeria
By JON GAMBRELL
The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 16, 2010; 2:59 PM
LAGOS, Nigeria — A video posted on a militant Web site calls for Muslims in Nigeria to use "the sword and the spear" to rise up against Christians in Africa's most populous nation, according to a translation released Tuesday by a U.S. group that monitors militant sites.
Muslim converts face persecution in Egypt
March 17, 2010
Muslims in Egypt who change their faith face persecution by the state and rejection from their families, an investigation by Release International has shown, according to the latest edition of the ministry's magazine.