CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 134
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
The Legend of the Dogwood
Submitted by Johanna
In Jesus time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
'Twas strong & firm it's branches interwoven
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so
Slender & twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown
The blossom's center wears a throny crown.
All who see it will remember me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected this tree shall be
A reminder to all of my agony."
Learn To Love and How To Be Loved
Regina, My child, be quiet and still,
just listen and you will hear
the sound of My voice
in the whisper of the wind,
the rustling of leaves,
the tinkling of chimes,
the beat of your heart,
and even the cascade of a tear.
It will be just a little while longer
before it all comes to an end,
and up until that twinkling of an eye,
on Me you can always depend.
My child, I am here to guide you.
Have hope and never doubt,
for My plans will not go askew.
I won’t leave you there to perish
in the chaos that surrounds you.
My plans will not be thwarted;
you can be certain of your rescue.
Remember always My daughter,
remain faithful and I will be there,
do your best, have no regrets,
I have heard your every prayer.
And because you are under grace
I will hold your hand and guide you,
I will lend you courage and strength,
I will help you to finish the race.
It has been through My instruction
that you have come to understand
the reasons behind the Spiritual War
and the importance of My commands.
Let them know, My child, it’s time
and that the hour is close at hand.
Continue until the hourglass drops
it’s very last grain of sand.
Out of love the truth you were given.
Out of love I took you under My wing.
Out of love you have been a witness
to mysteries that few have seen.
And in serving your Mother and Father
and Christ your Savior and King,
Out of love I have been teaching you
this one very important thing.
It holds everything together.
It’s what leads to eternal life,
and living together in harmony,
it puts an end to all this strife.
Through it we will all be in union,
of this you can be sure of.
That one thing that was forgotten
was how to love and how to be loved.
A Foundation of Conduct
submitted by Jeshaiah
Something I often find myself having to remind myself is to return to the basis of my conduct so that I may know exactly what I should do in each situation. This basis can be likened to the foundation of a pyramid, or the base of a house, because everything else built upon the foundation depends on the main structure in order to stand. This being, also recognizing Father's Way, Christ as our cornerstone.
Matthew 21:42 — Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the Lord and is wonderful in our eyes ?
Over a period of time, the mind may stray a bit and wander onto many things, and continually try to find solutions to things. There is also a bit against a person in the current day and age with testing, because so many other things may try to enter in and choke Father's Word from being able to express Himself within one's heart.
Mark 4:19 — but the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
So, not only must a person remember the lessons they have been taught, but those lessons must go to the very bottom of their heart and exercise them in their way of life, which must be aligned to Father's Way. Even amongst activities, the mind and heart must be in unison concerning reflection of conduct.
James 1:22-25 — But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror; for he looks at himself, goes away, and right away forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who acts—this person will be blessed in what he does.
There is a great need to practice these lessons and not let anything get in the way of doing so. There are knee-jerk reactions in a person that are difficult to fight, but those reactions not only will hinder one's walk with Father, but must be avoided. If a particular situation causes a reaction within a person that cannot correctly be handled, it would be best to remove oneself from such situations and even avoid any future occurrences until a proper and trained reaction has been instilled. For instance, if an individual cannot help but feel some sort of humor in the instance of an obscene joke, then removal and abstinence from such situations would be wise. Sometimes certain battles are not yet meant to be fought with the given growth.
2 Corinthians 12:9 — But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may reside in me.
Perhaps to further consider, such an attitude expressed above can be continuous, without stopping within one's heart. It is not by one's own strength that an individual may be strong.
There are plenty of battles being fought at the very moment, and continue to for the very hearts of those on this planet. In considering strength in weakness and Christ as one's cornerstone, and how wisdom is placed in one's heart and should be expressed and never suppressed, perhaps ponderance upon the following proverbs will help strengthen in light of the struggles at hand:
Proverbs 21:22 — The wise conquer a city of warriors
and bring down its mighty fortress.
Proverbs 24:5 — A wise warrior is better than a strong one,
and a man of knowledge than one of strength;
Please help me continue to reach out to You.
Help me focus on You and Your love.
Help me turn away from the things that might pull me away from Your light.
Please help me to meet the daily challenges to my mind, body and spirit and grow from them.
And help me to endure to the end and into eternity.
May Your perfect will be done.
Nourishment From The Throne
"[ The Limitations of Wisdom ] Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them."
We are all caught in TIME. We can suffer CHANCE that involves a HAPPENING. What does that all mean? 1 – 2 – 3 things that come into play.
time >noun 1 the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future, regarded as a whole. 2 a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon. 3 the favorable or appropriate moment to do something. 4 (a time) an indefinite period. 5 (also times) a portion of time characterized by particular events or circumstances: Victorian times. 6 (one's time) a period regarded as characteristic of a particular stage of one's life. 7 the length of time taken to complete an activity. 8 time as allotted, available, or used: a waste of time. 9 an instance of something happening or being done. 10 Brit. the moment at which the opening hours of a public house end. 11 informal a prison sentence. 12 an apprenticeship. 13 the normal rate of pay for time spent working. 14 (times) (following a number) expressing multiplication. 15 the rhythmic pattern or tempo of a piece of music. >verb 1 arrange a time for. 2 perform at a particular time. 3 measure the time taken by. 4 (time out) Computing (of a computer or a program) cancel (an operation) automatically because a predefined interval of time has passed. 5 (times) informal multiply (a number).
–PHRASES about time conveying that something should have happened earlier. all the time 1 at all times. 2 very frequently or regularly. at the same time 1 simultaneously. 2 nevertheless. at a time separately in the specified groups or numbers. behind the times not aware of or using the latest ideas or techniques. for the time being until some other arrangement is made. have no time for 1 be unable or unwilling to spend time on. 2 dislike or disapprove of. in time 1 not late. 2 eventually. 3 in accordance with the appropriate musical rhythm or tempo. keep good (or bad) time 1 (of a clock or watch) record time accurately (or inaccurately). 2 be habitually punctual (or not punctual). keep time play or accompany music in time. on time punctual; punctually. pass the time of day exchange greetings or casual remarks. time and tide wait for no man proverb if you don't make use of a favorable opportunity, you may never get the same chance again. time immemorial a point of time in the distant past beyond recall or knowledge. time is money proverb time is a valuable resource, therefore it's better to do things as quickly as possible. the time of one's life a period or occasion of exceptional enjoyment. time out of mind another way of saying time immemorial. time will tell the truth about something will be established in the future.
-ORIGIN Old English; related to tide, which it superseded in temporal senses.
chance >noun 1 a possibility of something happening. 2 (chances) the probability of something happening. 3 an opportunity. 4 the occurrence of events in the absence of any obvious design. >verb 1 do something by accident. 2 informal risk.
-PHRASES by any chance possibly. chance one's arm Brit. informal risk doing something. on the (off) chance just in case. stand a chance have a prospect of success. take a chance (or chances) expose oneself to the risk of danger or failure.
-ORIGIN Old French cheance, from cheoir 'fall, befall'.
happening >noun 1 an event or occurrence. 2 a partly improvised or spontaneous artistic or theatrical performance. >adjective informal fashionable.
1 Samuel 6:9
"Then watch: If it goes up the road to its homeland toward Beth-shemesh, it is the LORD who has made this terrible trouble for us. However, if it doesn't, we will know that it was not His hand that punished us—it was just something that happened to us by chance."
"Even some of the provincial officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent word to him, pleading with him not to take a chance by going into the amphitheater."
Now, think about DESIGN.
design >noun 1 a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of something before it is built or made. 2 the art or action of producing such a plan or drawing. 3 underlying purpose or planning: the appearance of design in the universe. 4 a decorative pattern. >verb 1 conceive and produce a design for. 2 plan or intend for a purpose.
-PHRASES by design intentionally. have designs on aim to obtain, especially in an underhand way.
-ORIGIN from Latin designare 'mark out, designate'
Father is a designer. Father gives instructions for certain designs. With Michael, it was the design for angels and all else within creation. With others within creation he taught designs:
"You are to make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen with a design of cherubim worked into it."
Who is above the Cherubim?
"Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: "LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God —You alone —of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth."
Read all of Isaiah 37 and find what the parallels are with Satan. Locate the other verses that Father has used in other Books of the Word. For example, Satan wanting to rise up and resemble Father. Search under Satan's other name for one comparison, which is "Gog." Learn to see and quickly note parallel connections within the Word. They are not by chance, but are by design.
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 Skeptics Film Strange Objects in the Powys Night Sky
Published: 10:44 AM 4/16/2010
Published by: Richard Jones
Following last week’s article about UFOs in Powys being responsible for bizarre animal death, two people from the Machynlleth area contacted the County Times to inform us of possible sightings from outer space.
Two Circular UFOs Seen over Ohio
Ohio – 04-03-10
As we sat there, all we were seeing were planes. After about 15 minutes I took my eyes away from the binoculars and two grayish objects flying from the southwest caught my eye.
Unidentified Object Photographed near Misson Valley, CA
California – 04-08-10
I was riding as a passenger with a friend in a Honda Civic with a sunroof. I had recently purchased my new camera and I love taking photos of anything I see. I was taking pictures while my friend was driving.
We were going towards Mission Valley, when I saw something black in the sky near the clouds.
Meteor’ Lights Up U.S. Midwest
Published: 4:38 PM 4/15/2010
Posted by Joannes
The U.S. Midwest is abuzz with UFO talks after a huge fireball lit up the skies late Wednesday night. The National Weather Service said the light lasted about 15 minutes and disintegrated into smaller pieces before disappearing.
Las Vegas – Line of Orbs Seen
Las Vegas, Nevada – 04-07-10
by KEN PFEIFER
Las Vegas – Line of Orbs Seen
I was called outside by my son and his friend, the witness stated. I saw a straight line of orbs in the sky. It split and separated into three different triangles.
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
12 Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Incredibly Angry About The State Of The U.S. Economy
The Economic Collapse Blog
We have reached a very interesting turning point in American history. More than at any other point in modern times, Americans are deeply angry about the state of the economy. In fact, it is no stretch to say that millions of U.S. citizens are hopping mad about the economic situation.
ARMY REPORT SAYS CHRISTIANS THREATEN US FOREIGN POLICY
by Chuck Baldwin
April 14, 2010
Army Report A Precursor To Christian Persecution?
Last Friday, I told readers of this column that I had come across a very disturbing government report and that I would be exposing that report during my Sunday address this past Sunday morning.
Eurozone ministers agree €30bn rescue for Greece
by Nick Clark and Vanessa Mock
April 12, 2010
European ministers have unanimously agreed a €30bn (£26bn) emergency aid package for Greece, to help ease the country's economic crisis.
Turin Shroud goes on display for first time in 10 years
April 10, 2010
The Turin Shroud, which is believed by some Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, has gone on display for the first time in 10 years.
China tries to sterilise 10,000 parents over one-child rule
April 16, 2010
Doctors in southern China are working around the clock to fulfil a government goal to sterilise — by force if necessary — almost 10,000 men and women who have violated birth control policies.
Signs in Humanity
Moscow judge who jailed neo-Nazis gunned down in 'hit' at home
April 13, 2010
A Russian judge who jailed neo-Nazis responsible for dozens of hate killings was gunned down in a 'contract'-style killing at his Moscow home today.
Afghan farmers reap cannabis harvest worth £61m
By Jonathan Owen
April 11, 2010
Afghanistan, already the world's top opium supplier, is now the world's biggest producer of cannabis, according to United Nations drug experts.
Israeli organ-trafficking ring, including retired army general, arrested
April 9, 2010
Tel Aviv reported on Wednesday that six Israeli citizens have been detained on suspicion of running an international organ-trafficking ring and breaking promises to donors to pay for their removed kidneys.
Why colour still defines everything in South Africa
by Karen Allen
April 10, 2010
The road to Ventersdorp, home of the late Eugene Terreblanche, is fringed with fertile fields.
It is a breath of fresh air driving through the countryside.
But then you see the road signs, they are daubed with racist graffiti.
Drug smuggler arrested in bestiality case in Wash.
April 16, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) — A convicted cocaine smuggler has been arrested for running what authorities say appears to be a bestiality farm in Washington state in which visitors could engage in all sorts of twisted sex acts with animals.
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.
peacewillow – my heart breaks as i hear the desperation in peoples' pleas. when did we lose our humanity?
i myself am in search of housing in exchange for work, with pets permitted, preferably in florida.
my situation may seem silly to some but it is very real to me.
i have been homeless off-n-on since 2006. one of the reasons for this is the fact that i have a 13 yr old jack russell terrier mix named cheyanne who isn't welcomed in as readily as i might be.
she has shared my life since she was 4 weeks old, and she has seen me thru the death of my only child, the end of my 17 yr marriage and the death of my oldest brother, among other things.
in my darkest hours, when even my faith had failed me (i had failed my faith), it was my love for her and her love for me that kept me from committing the ultimate sin.
so when my options became give her up and live inside or stay loyal and sleep in the car, i slept in the car.
currently we're living in bradenton, florida in a small apartment on a foreclosed property without water, but our days are numbered. and, needless to say, i am dreading the heat and mosquitos of the classic florida summer. however, i do believe that everything happens for a reason and whatever is meant to be, will be. asking for what i need isn't easy for me, but here goes: if anyone has a small house, cottage, efficiency or apartment, with utilities included, that they'd be willing to rent in exchange for work (i'm an artist and writer by trade, grew up on a veggie farm and even cook a little!), i could use your help right now. please.
thank you for your time. blessed be to all. me&chey
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
5.2 KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA
5.0 MAULE, CHILE
5.9 FIJI REGION
5.4 OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
5.1 NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.
5.1 SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND
5.5 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.2 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
6.8 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.4 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.5 TAIWAN REGION
5.2 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
5.0 SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
5.8 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
5.6 WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
5.1 SVALBARD REGION
5.2 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
6.8 SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.0 SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.8 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.2 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.5 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.1 GUERRERO, MEXICO
5.0 PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.8 SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.1 SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.2 SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.5 BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.2 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.2 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.3 OAXACA, MEXICO
5.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
5.7 ALASKA PENINSULA
Are earthquakes becoming more frequent? – "This is a question that every seismologist is used to. I was asked it 30 years ago. Thanks to large quakes in Haiti and Chile — not to mention 7-plus magnitude quakes in Indonesia and Baja California over the past week — I’ve been asked it a lot lately. And the answer is no. You would think this would be good news, but sometimes people seem faintly disappointed when they hear it. It’s as if a dose of disaster makes life more interesting.
It’s true that more earthquakes are recorded than used to be the case, but that’s simply because there are more monitoring stations that are able to pick up minor earthquakes that once went undetected. If we compare the average global rates of large earthquakes, we find that these are stable as far back as we can trace them. On average, we record an earthquake with a magnitude over 6 every three days or so, and over 7 at least once a month. Why then, does it sometimes seem they are more common occurrences? There are two reasons for this. First, people notice it when earthquakes happen in populated places. A big earthquake in California is news; a big earthquake in the Southern Ocean is noticed only by seismologists. So a run of earthquakes that by chance hit populated places makes it look as though the rate has increased, even if it hasn’t. The second reason is that in any semi-random process, you get clustering. Throw enough dice, and sometimes you’ll get several sixes in a row. People notice the clusters; they don’t notice the gaps in between. No one ever asks me during the quiet periods if earthquakes are becoming less frequent. Also, people tend to have short memories; they notice the current cluster, but don’t remember the previous one."
CHINA – At least 67 people have died and others are trapped under rubble in Qinghai province after an earthquake said to be magnitude 6.9. The quake struck at 0749 (2349 GMT) 380km (240 miles) south-south-east of the city of Golmud, at a depth of 10km. The earthquake happened in a remote and sparsely populated area on the Tibetan plateau. The area is regularly hit by earthquakes.
Some media reports say most buildings in the town near the epicentre fell down. "A lot of one-storey houses have collapsed. Taller buildings have held up, but there are big cracks in them." Soldiers have been dispatched to save the people buried in the collapsed houses. "Everybody is out on the streets, standing in front of their houses, trying to find their family members." China's Sichuan province suffered a huge earthquake disaster in 2008 – thousands of schoolchildren were among the 87,000 people killed or missing after the massive 12 May earthquake. Five million people also lost their homes, and officials estimate rebuilding work will take at least three years.
CALIFORNIA – Following the Easter 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Calexico, California, aftershocks continue to rattle nerves. The area is still under constant seismic activity from the two epicenters just south of Calexico: Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico and just SSW of Selley, California. Since the major earthquake, over the last 168 hours they have recorded 20 aftershocks greater than 4.0 magnitude and 248 aftershocks greater than 3.0 magnitude in the Southern California region.
Caltech officials spent a good part of Monday fending off rumors apparently originating on Twitter, that scientists at the Pasadena institution were predicting a major quake in the next few days. Reports on the social media site over the weekend said that Caltech had sent students and faculty home. Scientists at Caltech said this week that the number of earthquakes greater than magnitude 4.0 in Southern California and Baja California has increased significantly in 2010. That increase, they said, could mean that more quakes are imminent – but does not necessarily mean that the Big One is on its way.
SPAIN – Something of a seismic anomaly occurred Monday in Spain. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck deep beneath Granada. While no damage or even significant ground shake were noted, the depth at 616 kilometers is a little enigmatic even according to the USGS. Seismologists in Spain, and at the USGS associate this very deep seismic activity with a powerful earthquake which struck Spain in 1954. Besides that magnitude 7.1 event, earthquakes at this depth, in this region, are not all that common. If you look at the occurrence map (see link) from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre you can see, not only is Monday’s quake the largest in recent days, but it occurred deeper and a little outside other significant events. The depth being the most interesting variable. Several studies have been conducted with regard to very deep, high magnitude quakes in the Mediterranean basin. Counting Monday, there have only been 4 such quakes in something like the last 125 years. One Spanish geologist predicted a month ago that a quake like that which devastated Chile would strike this region of Spain. Other experts negated his theory based on the fact the Chilean event occurred in a high seismic occurrence area. However, the same geologists noted that Spain is struck about every 100 years or so with a forceful event. The last was over 120 years ago. So far no aftershocks have been felt by the people in the region, or registered at monitoring stations.
CHINA – The deadly quake which hit the remote Qinghai region left thousands of people homeless. Rescuers continued to search with their bare hands and picks 30 hours after the quake. Officials say 617 people died and 9,980 were injured when the quake struck Yushu county early on Wednesday. But 313 people are missing and the death toll is expected to rise. In the township of Jiegu, 85% of buildings were destroyed and state TV has been showing street after street reduced to rubble. About 900 people have been pulled out alive since the quake struck. It was measured as magnitude 6.9 by the US Geological Survey while the China Earthquake Networks Centre measured it as 7.1. Rescue operations were being hampered by the fact that the quake disrupted telecommunications, knocked out electricity and triggered landslides. Weather forecasters were predicting wind and sleet in the coming days, putting victims at risk of exposure. The high-altitude region is prone to earthquakes but this was THE STRONGEST TREMOR SINCE 1976 within 100km of the area.
There is no direct relationship between this latest earthquake and the devastating event in Sichuan, China, in May 2008. "It's not the same fault, it's a consequence of the same bit of global tectonics, which is the collision of India with Asia…It's not stress release that you sometimes hear reported where one part of a fault goes and then, for example, 100km along the fault another bit goes. That's not what we're seeing here." The earthquake did not occur at a boundary between Earth's tectonic plates. This earthquake was caused by a different mechanism to the event in May 2008. While the Sichuan earthquake was caused by a "thrust" movement, this latest event was a "strike-slip" event, which involves sideways movement along a fault. "India bumped into Asia (millions of years ago) and threw up the Tibetan plateau. That high ground is now being squeezed out towards the east and down towards the south-east. There is thrusting at the edge of the mountain belt where the Sichuan quake was but this earthquake is further north and west." There has been no seismic event as big as this within 200km of the current epicentre since at least 1900. The quake happened at a depth of 10 km, which is slightly more shallow than the recent Haiti quake. When quakes occur at shallower depths, the ground tends to shake more. "It doesn't qualify as a major earthquake even though the result may be a major disaster." (photo & map)
CHINA – The death toll from the strong quake that rocked a remote Tibetan region of China has surged past the 1000 mark as tons of food, clothes and other vital supplies start pouring in.
Despite five earthquakes of 7.0 magnitude or higher so far this year, scientists say the level of quake activity is normal.
RECENT DEADLY QUAKES
•Feb 2010: Magnitude 8.8 quake in central Chile kills at least 450
•Jan 2010: About 230,000 die in magnitude 7.0 tremor in Haiti
•April 2009: Quake measuring 6.3 in L'Aquila, Italy, kills 300 people
•May 2008: 87,000 die in 7.8 scale tremor in Sichuan province, China
•Oct 2005: Quake measuring 7.6 hits north Pakistan, killing 73,000
FREAK WAVES/ABNORMAL TIDES/RISING SEA LEVELS -
AUSTRALIA – A severe weather warning has been issued for towns in Western Australia's southwest, as high tides threaten to cause flooding. Damaging winds and ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES could result in the inundation of coastal low-lying areas in the Geography Bay area, including the towns of Busselton and Dunsborough. "Heavy rain may result in flash flooding however large hail is not expected." An earlier warning for the Perth metropolitan area predicting gale-force winds and heavy rain was cancelled. Heavy rain and strong winds caused storm damage in the capital last night. Homes damaged in last month's severe hail storm suffered further damage.
ICELAND – The latest volcanic eruption is coming to an end, scientists said Monday. Last month, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano began erupting after almost 200 years of silence, threatening floods and earthquakes but drawing thousands of adventurous tourists to the site where ash and red-hot lava spewed from a crater between two glaciers. "The volcanic activity has essentially stopped. I believe the eruption has ended." A University of Iceland geologist said activity at the volcano had declined steeply in the last couple of days, although "it's too early to write its death certificate." Iceland is well accustomed to natural disasters and seismic drama. The island sits on a volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge, and eruptions have occurred frequently throughout the country's history, triggered when the Earth's plates move and when magma from deep underground pushes its way to the surface. The Eyjafjallajokull eruption is the country's first since 2004, and the most dramatic since Hekla, Iceland's most active volcano, blew its top in 2000. Scientists say history has shown that when Eyjafjallajokull erupts, the much bigger Katla volcano nearby often follows within days or months. Katla is located under the vast Myrdalsjokull icecap, and an eruption could cause widespread flooding. The last major eruption took place in 1918, and vulcanologists say a new blast is overdue. "A large eruption of Katla could disrupt aviation seriously in the North Atlantic. It has the potential to cause a lot of damage and disruption. But there is very little seismic activity near Katla. I see no reason to expect Katla to do anything in the near future."
ICELAND – A volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed black smoke and white steam into the air on Wednesday and partly melted a glacier, setting off a major flood that threatened to damage roads and bridges. The plume was seen rising from a crater under about 200 meters (660 feet) of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, close to the site of another eruption which started last month and died down only on Monday. The Icelandic Civil Defense Authority ordered 700 people to evacuate their homes and said melting ice from the glacier had caused big floods that threatened to damage a highway and several bridges. "We have had to dig some holes in the road so the flood could pass through and ease pressure on the bridges." Three large holes which were visible on the glacier in the morning had turned into a continuous rift running for about two kilometers through the ice. Scientists had measured increased seismic activity near the glacier about two hours before the volcano started to erupt early on Wednesday. In March, another volcano erupted near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier but caused no casualties. The volcano, situated beneath Iceland's fifth largest glacier, has erupted five times since Iceland was settled in the ninth century.
UK airline passengers are facing disruption as an ash cloud from the Icelandic volcanic eruption drifts towards the country. Restrictions to UK airspace were affecting Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow flights. The cloud of ash is expected to move south. The eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland is the second in Iceland in less than a month. Aberdeen Airport is warning of "considerable impact" to both flight arrivals and departures.
ICELAND – The cloud of volcanic ash hovering over northern Europe could cost airlines hundreds of millions of dollars a day and smaller airlines will have to fight for survival, officials and analysts have warned. Air travel across Europe could be hit for days by the effects of the volcanic ash cloud. More than 20,000 flights have been grounded.
Icelandic eruptions may disrupt European air traffic for months – “It could go on for months. From what we’ve seen, it could erupt, pause for a few weeks, and then possibly erupt again.” Prevailing winds may provide some respite for travelers. Air streams over Britain come from the west or southwest 70 percent of the time and would carry ash away from the major hubs such as Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol. “We normally look to the Atlantic for our weather, so that’s going to move anything emitting from a volcano in Iceland away from us. The predominant pattern would take the plume north-eastward from the eruption site.” The outlook this weekend is for westerly winds to pick up over northern Britain, shifting ash away from Scotland, while a blocking pattern may continue to keep it over England. The edge of the ash cloud was forecast to reach as far south as northern Italy and Romania and as far east as the borders of Kazakhstan as of 6 a.m. today London time Because of the wind direction Iceland’s Keflavik remains open, with North American flights to operating on schedule.
VANUATU – Activity at Gaua Volcano, in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, continued into April.
TROPICAL STORMS -
BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro Hit by Massive Storm Surge – One week after Rio De Janeiro suffered from torrential rains and deadly mudslides, the Brazilian city was dealt extreme waves and a massive storm surge. A storm surge is an UNUSUAL rise in sea level on the coast due to a low pressure weather system and accompanying high winds. An extra-tropical cyclone, or a storm that forms outside the tropics, formed along the coast of Rio and caused the storm surge. The features of this storm are similar to the Nor'easter that occurs along the East Coast of the U.S. "Extra-tropical cyclones are common in the South Atlantic. But they usually form along the coast of Argentina and in the Plata region." Sometimes, storm surges affect the southern coast of Brazil but if the cyclone is very deep, the surge may reach the Southeast region. "As this system developed much more to the North than usual, the surge didn't have an impact in the South, but it was a direct hit for Sao Paulo and mainly Rio." (map of height of waves along Brazil's coast)
U.S. – Between one and four hurricanes may hit the U.S. coast, according to a new forecast from Tropical Storm Risk, a team in the United Kingdom. They expect the Atlantic Hurricane Season to be 60 percent more active than the long-term average. The group now forecasts around 16 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major Category 3 hurricanes with winds of 111 mph to 130 mph. Nine hurricanes is one more than the eight predicted last week by the Colorado State University forecast team, which also said it foresees a higher than normal hurricane season. TSR’s forecast anticipates a year that has a high probability (77 percent) of being in the top 33 percent of all hurricane seasons in terms of activity. The probability of storms making landfall in the United States at an above-average level is 76 percent. The meteorologists said the anticipated active season is mainly due to forecasted trade winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere during the August to September timeframes, which enhances the ability for the atmosphere to generate tropical low pressure areas, as well as expected above-average sea surface temperatures. They cited “anomalous warming of the waters in the Atlantic Main Development Region, a region that lies between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean Lesser Antilles,” as a major factor in the storm activity. The July to September trade wind speed will be influencing the spinning up of storms (cyclonic vorticity) in the main hurricane track region and the August to September main storm development region sea surface temperature provides heat and moisture to power incipient storms in that main track region.
INDIA, BANGLADESH – A cyclone packing winds of more than 100 mph demolished ten of thousands of mud huts in northeastern India, killing at least 112 villagers. Authorities began distributing rice, dried fruits, water pouches and tarpaulin sheets Thursday to the victims of the deadly cyclone. Rescuers also cleared hundreds of uprooted trees blocking road access to the devastated region. Packing winds of more than 100 mph (160 kph), the cyclone struck close to midnight on Tuesday in parts of West Bengal and Bihar states, uprooting trees and snapping telephone and electricity lines. Hundreds of people were injured and many thousands left homeless. They were caught unaware as there was no cyclone warning from the weather department. The cyclone demolished nearly 50,000 mud huts in West Bengal and thousands more in Bihar. In neighboring Bangladesh, tropical storms lashed dozens of villages in the northern part of the country Wednesday killing at least five people and injuring dozens. The storms in Rangpur and neighboring Lalmonirhat district also demolished about 500 mostly mud-and-straw huts. The weather office said the storms were not related to the cyclone that struck eastern India. The storm was an extreme form of what is locally known as a "nor'wester"- a weather pattern that develops over the Bay of Bengal during the hot months of the year.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
BRAZIL – over 400 people are now feared dead in some of the worst flooding to swamp Brazil in decades. At dawn, rescuers pulled four more bodies from the thick mound of dirt and debris in the Niteroi shantytown of Morro do Bumba, bringing the updated death toll to 219, while another 200 people were believed to be buried alive in the slum, itself precariously perched atop a garbage dump. About 60 hours after THE HEAVIEST RAINS IN HALF A CENTURY unleashed floods and mudslides, rescue workers appeared far from having finished the work of recovering bodies. Niteroi was hardest hit, with at least 134 dead. Across the bay, another 60 were found in Rio de Janeiro. The heavy rain forced about 50,000 people to leave their homes, either because their homes were damaged or because they were ordered to leave due to fear of fresh landslides. Two cracks in the rocky soil made the mound move and pushed a huge amount of rubbish, saturated with water that had trapped methane gas, down the hill. Firefighters working at the site since Wednesday, said there was little chance of finding new survivors after part of the hillside fell away and swallowed everything in its path, including 50 houses, a day-care centre and a pizzeria. A handful of people were rescued from the mud in the few hours after the landslide. Experts blamed government "complacency" for allowing the country's poorest to build housing haphazardly in areas at risk of natural disasters, such as on the sides of steep hills. After five days of rains, aggravated by numerous floods in the region, the sun was shining yesterday in Rio.
PERU – Around 50 people have suffered injuries in Peru after part of a glacier broke off and burst the Hualcan River banks in a disaster the local governor attributed to climate change. The mass of glacial ice and rock fell into the so-called "513 lake" in the northern Ancash region, causing a ripple effect down the Hualcan, destroying 20 nearby homes. "Because of global warming the glaciers are going to detach and fall on these overflowing lakes. This is what happened today." A 2009 World Bank-published report warned Andean glaciers and the region's permanently snow-covered peaks could disappear in 20 years if no measures were taken to tackle climate change. According to the report, in the last 35 years Peru's glaciers have shrunk by 22 per cent, leading to a 12 per cent loss in the amount of fresh water reaching the coast.
ITALY – At least 9 people were killed and scores more injured after a landslide in northern Italy knocked a train off its tracks and left one carriage balanced precariously over a river. The derailment occurred in a gorge near the winter sports town of Merano, close to the Austrian border. The front carriage was left hanging over a river and rescuers had to use cables to prevent the whole train from dropping into the River Adige below. Amazingly the train was stopped from going over the edge by two pine trees that had been dragged down by the landslide. Authorities said that 28 people had been injured. One of the train's three carriages was filled with mud from the landslide, and rescuers were digging frantically to reach the victims. The death toll, which was revised down from 11 because of an error, was not final, since there could still be someone buried in the mud. "It has a high possibility that there will be other victims. The situation is very difficult, it is a horrific scene with one carriage balanced on the edge over the River Adige." The landslide was caused by an irrigation pipe that burst open, sending rocks, debris and water down on to the oncoming train.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
RUSSIA – A powerful cyclone has left Russia’ s Sakhalin, where over 80 percent of the monthly norm of precipitation fell within 24 hours. The road between the settlements of Nogliki and Piltun is closed for vehicles because of snowfalls. The ferry link between Vanino and Kholmsk is closed because of a storm in the Tatar Strait. The cyclone is now moving to Kamchatka. A strong storm is raging in the Sea of Okhotsk.
The UK and continental Europe could be gripped by more frequent cold winters in the future as a result of low solar activity, say researchers. They identified a link between fewer sunspots and atmospheric conditions that "block" warm, westerly winds reaching Europe during winter months. But they added that the phenomenon only affected a limited region and would not alter the overall global warming trend. Studies of activity on the Sun, which provides data stretching back over 9,000 years, showed that it tended to "ramp up quite slowly over about a 300-year period, then drop quite quickly over about a 100-year period". The present decline started in 1985 and is currently about "half way back to a Maunder Minimum condition". A "blocking" occurs when the jet stream forms an "s" shape over the north-eastern Atlantic, causing the wind to fold back over itself. There is one jet stream present in each hemisphere. "If you haven't got blocking, then the jet stream brings the mild, wet westerly winds to give us the weather we are famous for." But, if the jet stream is "blocked", and pushed further northwards, then cold, dry winds from the east flow over Europe, resulting in a sharp fall in temperatures. "This… 'blocking' does seem to be one of the things that can be modulated by solar activity." Recent studies suggest that when solar activity is low, "blocking" events move eastwards from above north-eastern North America towards Europe, and become more stable. A prolonged "blocking" during the most recent winter was responsible for the long spell of freezing conditions that gripped Europe. "There has been some quite simple modelling that indicated that heating the equatorial stratosphere with more UV would actually move the jet streams a little bit, by just a few degrees. That, of course, has the potential to change the behaviour of the jet streams – and that is the sort of thing that we think we are seeing." While the current decline in solar activity is expected to continue in the coming decades, more frequent "blocking" episodes would not result in Europe being plunged into sub-zero temperatures every winter. "If we look at the last period of very low solar activity at the end of the 17th Century, we find the coldest winter on record in 1684, but the very next year – when solar activity was still low – saw third warmest winter in the entire 350-year (CET) record." A number of other meteorological factors also influenced the weather systems over Europe, so a number of parameters had to be met before a "blocking" occurred.
On Saturday morning, the sun had a comet for breakfast. The icy visitor from the outer solar system appeared with no warning on April 9th and plunged into the sun during the early hours of April 10th. This has been an active year for big, bright sungrazers. There was one on Jan. 4th, one on March 12th, and now one Saturday. Normally we see no more than 3 or 4 bright ones in a whole year; now we're seeing them almost once a month. It could be a statistical fluctuation or, maybe, a swarm of Kreutz fragments is nearing perihelion (closest approach to the sun). Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time. As of April 11, 2010 there were 1117 potentially hazardous asteroids detected.
A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading toward Earth, due to arrive on or about April 12th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the cloud hits. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.
On Saturday, April 11th, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field. The impact caused a G2-class geomagnetic storm and, for the first time this year, ignited auroras over the continental United States. "The lights were bright enough to produce a reflection from the surface of Lake Superior." Northern Lights were also spotted in Maine, Vermont, Wisonsin and Minnesota. Mostly the lights were dim to the naked eye and required a photographic exposure of some tens of seconds for full effect. "Lower 48" sightings of auroras are a sign: The deep solar minimum of 2008-2009 has come to an end and a new solar cycle is gaining strength. If forecasters are correct, Solar Max is just two to three years away. (photos)
WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA – 4/14/10 – Sky watchers in Wisconsin and northern Minnesota witnessed a brilliant green fireball streaking across the sky at approximately 10:05 pm CDT on April 14th. Images from a rooftop in Madison, Wisconsin, show a brilliant midair explosion.
A solar wind gust hit Earth's magnetic field on April 15th, sparking a G1-class (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm. Skies over Finland lit up with a beautiful mix of green and purple. "We had a good display for about an hour. This spring has been something special as the auroras seem to be very strong." They could become stronger in the nights ahead. A coronal mass ejection blasted into space by an erupting prominence on April 13th could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on or about April 17th. (Note: This supercedes earlier estimates of an April 15th arrival.) High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.
NASA's STEREO spacecraft has captured spectacular images of a solar eruption, THE LARGEST SOLAR PROMINENCE IN 15 YEARS. The activity was caught on camera in extreme UV light as the prominence blasted away from the sun on April 12 and April 13. Prominences are cool clouds of plasma that hover above the Sun's surface, notoriously unstable and on occasion they erupt like this one. However, this one was much more dramatic than most. (video)
HEALTH THREATS –
Canada has shortened the expiration date on its adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine from 18 to 6 months, due to nonsafety-related declines in H1N1 antigen in some lots. Subsequent testing of the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine detected the potency issue, which has also been found in some US vaccine lots. Health officials assured the public that vaccines already administered provide sufficient protection.
CDC sees little change in low H1N1 levels – The incidence of H1N1 flu has sunk to low levels in most of the United States. The three southeastern states about which the CDC raised the alarm a week ago – Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina – continue to report regional flu activity. However, visits to doctors, lab-confirmed hospitalizations, and the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza all declined.
Experts urge world not to forget other flu threats – Infectious disease experts warned against complacency in fighting influenza and other illnesses. A Dutch virologist said he worried that complacency due to the mild nature of the pandemic virus could hamper efforts to control the more lethal H5N1 avian influenza. Experts warned governments to expect stronger seasonal flu outbreaks in the wake of the pandemic.
Flu activity at US colleges dropped to its lowest level since August, when surveillance began. The increases seen in southeastern states in February and March are also easing. The attack rate last week was 1 case per 10,000 students, a decrease of 38% from the previous week. No hospitalizations or deaths were reported, and the ACHA saw no evidence of sustained transmission. Vaccine uptake held at 8%, where it has been for several weeks.
USDA program to find harmful residues in meat is failing – The US Department of Agriculture's program to monitor the meat supply for traces of veterinary drugs, pesticides, and heavy metals is failing. "Together, FSIS, FDA, and EPA have not established thresholds for many dangerous substances (eg, copper or dioxin), which has resulted in meat with these substances being distributed in commerce. Additionally, FSIS does not attempt to recall meat, even when its tests have confirmed the excessive presence of veterinary drugs," such as antibiotics. The report says that the agencies should test for more substances, improve their sampling methods, find more efficient ways to approve new methods of testing for drug residues, and collaborate to set tolerances for more residues.
Structural analysis confirms 1918, 2009 pandemic links – Structural analysis of the hemagglutinin of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu virus, and comparison of the structure with the recovered 1918 pandemic flu virus, reveals a shared epitope in both viruses. That antigenic similarity may explain repeated observations over the past year that those old enough to have been exposed to descendants of the 1918 virus possess some degree of protection against the 2009 strain.
H1N1 virus found to damage heart – A previously healthy 11-year-old girl died of heart failure, caused by compression of the heart by fluid in its outer sac, that appears to have been caused by H1N1 flu infection. H1N1 viral sequences were found in the girl's heart tissue and pericardial fluid, suggesting direct damage by the flu virus. Researchers warn that myopericarditis may be an underappreciated result of H1N1 infection.
Severe H1N1 cases may put kidneys at risk – Patients severely ill with pandemic H1N1 infections can have kidney injury or failure, though usually the conditions are reversible. In a study of critically ill patients from seven Manitoba hospitals, two-thirds had the conditions, and those with kidney failure were 11 times more likely to die. The findings are a reminder to avoid dehydration and substances that could hurt kidneys.
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
India 'human sacrifice' suspected in West Bengal temple
By Subir Bhaumik
BBC News, Calcutta
16 April 2010
The severed head and torso of a man has been found in a temple in the Indian state of West Bengal in what the police say is a case of "human sacrifice".
As unity unravels, a battle for Haitian souls is stirring
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND TRENTON DANIEL
PORT-AU-PRINCE — At first Haitians of all faiths turned inward, transforming their bedsheet camps into all-night religious revivals as they clung to faith and resilience, crying and praising Jezi.
UN judge calls for prosecution of Pope Benedict
By Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story
Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Geoffrey Robertson, a renowned human rights lawyer and United Nations jurist, wants to see Pope Benedict put on trial for allegedly protecting predator priests.
Father wages court battle against funeral protests
By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer
Apr 13, 12:17
YORK, Pa. – Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.
Interfaith movement gains new strength
The Washington Times
April 5, 2010
NEW YORK | When FaithHouse Manhattan has its twice-monthly interfaith gatherings, the guest list is a carnival of religious belief and creed.
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
Christians in Ethiopian Town Hit by Unexpected Attack
April 15 (CDN)
Evangelical Christians in an area of Ethiopia unaccustomed to anti-Christian hostility have come under attack from Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) members threatened by their existence, Christian leaders said.
Judge rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional
By Bob Allen
Friday, April 16, 2010
MADISON, Wis. (ABP) — A federal judge has found a National Day of Prayer mandated by Congress unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation of church and state.
Philippines: Explosions, two killed, a church damaged in Isabela (Basilan)
By Asia News
April 13, 2010
Zamboanga (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Two bombs exploded in the capital of Basilan island, Isabela, targeting a government building and a church. In the shootout that followed, two people were killed.
Indonesia: Bogor: Islamic extremists stronger than the Supreme Court, Protestant church closed
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By Asia News
Jakarta – The authorities of the regency of Bogor, West Java, have imposed a blockade on religious services – with no advance notice – on the faithful of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI). A member of the community, also known by the nickname Yasmin Church, said the decision "was taken by the [district] head of Bogor. However, the closure of the place of Christian worship violates two recent judgments of the Administrative Court of Bandung (PTUN) and the Indonesian Supreme Court.
Anglican bishop attacked in DR Congo
April 13, 2010
By Matthew Davies
A armed group of unidentified men forced their way into the residence of Anglican Bishop Sylvestre Bali-Busane Bahati of the Diocese of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, during the early hours of April 9, looting the property and leaving with money, clothes and electronic equipment. The bishop was unharmed, but the gunmen tied up his eldest son insisting they be directed to him, according to an e-mail sent from Bahati to church partners. The gunmen also assaulted the security man on duty.