CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter: Issue 138
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
When The Unexpected Comes
Submitted by Johanna
Through the unexpected things
That happens in our lives
We draw from God the strength we need
To carry on with Christ
For He will always hold us up
Whenever it gets too tough
And carry us through the hardest times
When we can’t feel His love
I know that at these times we feel
Abandoned by our Lord
We wonder what is going on
We can’t feel His presence at all
But He has not abandoned us
Nor forsaken us in our need
He allows the unexpected things
Be life lessons we should heed
So we will grow with deeper faith
And be strengthened in the Lord
Then when we face the storms of life
We’ll be stronger than before
So when the unexpected comes
Remember God’s in control
And nothing in life is ever wasted
But are memories that we hold
So when others come across our path
That are facing what we’ve faced
We’re more than able to share God’s love
And touch them with His grace.
© By M.S.Lowndes
Thy Will Be Done
By Helen Steiner Rice
Submitted by Regina
I am so often touched by the prayerful poems of Helen Steiner Rice. This week I chose to share one with all of you, because we have been warned that what lays just beyond the bend and perhaps closer than we imagined are the darkest of days ever known to mankind.
Matthew 22:37-39 37 He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important commandment. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, it is our obligation under the second greatest commandment to love one another and to support and uplift one another. To remind those who may be facing difficulties in their lives and may feel surrounded by nothing good at all that all things are temporary on this earth and there is a plan in store for all of us. While we may not understand this plan or have foreknowledge of how it will progress and what challenges and even sorrows that it might introduce into our lives, remember that in the good and the bad Father is with us all.
Likewise, it is in obligation to the greatest commandment that we love our God with all our heart, soul and mind. And in doing so we place our trust in Yahweh and hand over our worries and anxieties. We surrender ourselves to Her will and have faith in the plan that our Heavenly Mother and Father has for Her creation as well as for each of us individually. And we know that the One who created us is righteous and loves us and above all things pray that it is Her will and not our own that is done today, tomorrow, and for all eternity.
Thy Will Be Done
God did not promise
sun without rain,
Light without darkness
or joy without pain.
He only promised
strength for the day
When the darkness comes
and we lose our way…
For only through sorrow
do we grow more aware
That God is our refuge
in times of despair,
For when we are happy
and life's bright and fair,
We often forget
to kneel down in prayer…
But God seems much closer
and needed much more
When trouble and sorrow
stand outside our door,
For then we seek shelter
in His wondrous love,
And we ask Him to send us
help from above…
And that is the reason
we know it is true
That bright, shining hours
and dark, sad ones, too,
Are part of the plan
God made for each one,
And all we can pray
is "Thy will be done."
And know that you
are never alone,
For God is your Father
and you're one of His own.
Maintaining Orderliness Amongst Shambles
submitted by Jeshaiah
It is quite clear that the financial system around the planet is quaking and crashing. Greece is having issues with riots, there are huge government protests in Thailand. Much of the “protests” that are staged are turning violent, and various crowd control techniques are being utilized, like tear gas. I do not know if it is true, but the Thai government was cited as having planned to withdraw power and water sources to the city where much of the rioting is taking place. Not quite sure of everything occurring in various European countries. Yet, at the same time, there are huge rushes for investments in gold and anything else that may seem to maintain “value” even if a currency is devalued. Even jobs are given value, though, what it all points to is money, and through money control of many and the mass fleecing.
1 Timothy 6:10 — For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
Being in a press for having a job and having a flow of money to try to make ends meet only opens oneself up to disorder when another disrupts that part of one's attempts. Such disorder may make a person stray away from Father and begin to worry about things that Father would already have taken care of.
Matthew 6:30-33 — If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't He do much more for you—you of little faith? So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
One way to maintain order even if the financial part of one's life may end up in shambles is to prioritize different things in one's life by importance, and build that structure upon Father's Wisdom. Father's Way helps to do so, and in this, Christ is our prime example as footstep followers of our King. In Father's Way, we learn that we must keep spiritual things first, seeking Father's kingdom. All else will follow.
Consider, Father provided for John the Baptist, and his provisions were recorded:
Matthew 3:4 — John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
And even for the mass of Israelites:
Psalm 105:40 — They asked, and He brought quail and satisfied them with bread from heaven.
So, by keeping spiritual things first, oneself prepares to also always be ready to obey Father and Christ. In steps further, also maintaining what has been passed down as a command and heeding the lesson given in past accounts:
Luke 17:31-33 — On that day, a man on the housetop, whose belongings are in the house, must not come down to get them. Likewise the man who is in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot's wife! Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
And in what has been shared in a deeper reflection in how Lot and his family were taken out of the city and away from Father's Wrath:
"The day of the Rapture will be a day of deliverance; drop what you are doing, and as you are boarded by spirit on the Ark of Salvation, do not look back nor long for what is left behind."
May Father's Will be done amongst all that is yet to come. Amen.
The Rapture and Kingdom Truths
Recently I had the opportunity to share the nourishment we’ve been given about the Rapture and Millennium. The questions posed were ones I know many others have had in the past so I thought I would go ahead and share what transpired.
What do folks think about the Rapture? Pre- Mid- or Post- Trib?
A. We have been experiencing the Tribulation for a few years now. There will be an initial Rapture of the faithful, and then after a period of time there may be a second Rapture if any are found worthy. Then Armageddon. There will be no survivors.
Q. Question? Why no survivors?
A. Father has provided many examples to show how He intends to ultimately deal with the inequity on this planet. He rescues those whom He has selected and the rest are judged and destroyed. In order to restore the earth to what was originally planned, not one stone will be left unturned.
people went on eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah boarded the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all.
Vision of Slaughter in Jerusalem
1 Then He called to me directly with a loud voice, "Come near, executioners of the city, each [of you] with a destructive weapon in his hand." 2 And I saw six men coming from the direction of the Upper Gate, which faces north, each with a war club in his hand. There was another man among them, clothed in linen, with writing equipment at his side. They came and stood beside the bronze altar.
3 Then the glory of the God of Israel rose from above the cherubim where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. He called to the man clothed in linen with the writing equipment at his side. 4 "Pass throughout the city of Jerusalem," the LORD said to him, "and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations committed in it."
5 To the others He said in my hearing, "Pass through the city after him and start killing; do not show pity or spare [them]! 6 Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, as well as the [older] women and little children, but do not come near anyone who has the mark. Now begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple. 7 Then He said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!" So they went out killing [people] in the city.
8 While they were killing, I was left alone. And I fell facedown and cried out, "Ah, Lord GOD ! Are You going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel when You pour out Your wrath on Jerusalem? 9 He answered me: "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is extremely great; the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say: The LORD has abandoned the land; He does not see. 10 But as for Me, I will not show pity or spare [them]. I will bring their actions down on their own heads." 11 Then the man clothed in linen with the writing equipment at his side reported back, "I have done as You commanded me."
Q. Thank you for your answer, but i have a question about your answer? If all sinners are destroyed at the 2nd coming of Christ and the great battle, why then towards the end of the 1000 year reign do many turn and rebel against Christ and war against him, if there are only saints with their new heavenly body then how can they rebel if sin and death has been dealt with?
I think there are really two parts to this answer.
The first being that all the angels in heaven at one time were perfect and in union with Father. They existed before our creation without rebellion or sin. Then sin was cultivated within their hearts which led to their falling from perfection and eventual expulsion from heaven. The first to sin was the anointed guardian cherub over the earth we now know as Satan.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God.
Every kind of precious stone covered you:
carnelian, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, turquoise and emerald.
Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold;
they were prepared on the day you were created.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub,
for I had appointed you.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
15 From the day you were created
you were blameless in your ways
until wickedness was found in you.
16 Through the abundance of your trade,
you were filled with violence, and you sinned.
So I expelled you in disgrace
from the mountain of God,
and banished you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
So, if the holy angels that walked with God and knew Him in truth could sin, then really anyone at any time can sin if that is what is within their heart. That is why we are told
The Deceitful Heart
9 The heart is more deceitful than anything else
and desperately sick—who can understand it?
10 I, the LORD, examine the mind,
I test the heart
to give to each according to his way,
according to what his actions deserve.
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
During the Millennium we will be learning Father's Way, which are the laws we are to abide by. However, the culling process will not be over. Those who WILLFULLY sin after the learning period will face judgment.
2 Peter 2:22
It has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and, "a sow, after washing itself, wallows in the mud."
The second issue is the 1000 year (Millennial) reign and subsequent rebellion. We are told that Satan will be bound for those 1000 years and then released. The reason for this is two fold. The first is that Father wants us to have the opportunity to learn The Way in a safe environment without Satanic influence. However, there will be a final test before eternity can begin. This is when Satan and his demons are released from their prison.
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for 1,000 years. 3 He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
Satanic Rebellion Crushed
7 When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Yahweh gives us the Free Will choice to either be obedient, faithful and loyal or not. Some will rebel. Some will remain obedient.
All the scriptural guidance (Father's Word) we have received about guarding our hearts, obedience, faithfulness apply during AND after Kingdom rule.
Nourishment From The Throne
Father's LAW is Her WAY. To live in the coming new order you must learn and abide by Her laws. If you break Her LAW willingly then you become lawless and rebellious to Her throne of authority just as Dawn Lucifer did. This is what made him the Chief Adversary, Satan the Devil. It is also what made his co-conspirators demons. They are in effect, resisters to LAW that was meant to keep all things in creation in harmony.
By CHANCE you each have come out from under Father's LAW. But, what does it mean to be out from under Her LAW? It means that though you strive to follow Father's WAY which is Her LAW, that though you try earnestly, you might break Her LAW, either by being over reached by satanic influence, fear, as was the case of the apostle that denied Christ three times, or from lack of knowledge of Her laws. So, to be out from under LAW does not give one license to break law arbitrarily.
arbitrary >adjective 1 based on random choice or personal whim. 2 (of power or authority) used without constraint; autocratic.
-DERIVATIVES arbitrarily >adverb arbitrariness >noun.
-ORIGIN Latin arbitrarius, from arbiter 'judge, supreme ruler'.
Christ Jesus came to Earth as the LAW of Father. This is because he represents Father in his special position to the Creator. He never broke Her laws and has never broken a single law Father has taught to him. Yet, he was given over to mankind as the LAW of Father, and at his sacrificial death those laws were suspended. Suspended for who? Romans 5:6
"Those Declared Righteous Are Reconciled For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly." So Christ died for the ungodly, because before his death no one could be reconciled to Father, which meant that EVERYONE in the human family was considered alienated from their Creator. To be alienated is to be considered UNGODLY, and thereby are LAW BREAKERS in Father's eyes. Law breakers are nothing more than ungodly creations and secondary sinners. Secondary sinners are those that were born into sin without choice. They are procreation that arrived by CHANCE. Why by chance? Because Father would not normally have permitted sinners to be born into Her creation. These (all of you, and countless millions over a six-thousand year span) were born into creation as aliens to Father's world. All of creation is Father's world. She owns everything by virtue of Her having sparked things into existence. As an alien you were all alienated from the One that holds true ownership to existence.
alien >adjective 1 belonging to a foreign country. 2 unfamiliar and distasteful. 3 (of a plant or animal species) introduced from another country and later naturalized. 4 relating to beings from other worlds. >noun 1 a foreigner. 2 an alien plant or animal species. 3 a being from another world.
-DERIVATIVES alienness >noun.
-ORIGIN Latin alienus, from alius 'other'.
To Father, those brought forth into Her world were all alienated due to Adam and Eve's breaking of Her Divine Law. Eve became of alien status with Dawn Lucifer's help, but Adam, like Dawn Lucifer, chose to follow a path that lead away from Father. Therefore, the first three "3" became law breakers, and so, Father put Adam and Eve out of Her physical flesh-plane paradise, and later expelled Dawn Lucifer the Satan and his spirit followers from Her spiritual paradise in Heaven. All because they had become alienated to Her in Her creation. So, Satan and his demons continue to remain in creation as aliens. Humankind was born into existence as aliens, but Father loved Her world (creation) so much, and wanted Her Divine Plan for mankind to share in creation to become the future reality. Remember, Father regretted making man, but the "world" She loved. The world is Her creation as a whole. But to be a future part of the "whole" one must abide by Father's laws. Dawn Lucifer and all that were perfect that followed his lead were effectively written off as WASTE material for the PIT of destruction. Adam and Eve met that fate early on, but Father has reserved Dawn Lucifer the original Satan and his angelic spirit followers for a later fate of joining Adam and Eve and all other humans that have previously gone down into the pit of destruction during the execution of a judgment. Eventually, all law breakers are destined to go that route. Exodus 32:33 "The LORD replied to Moses: "Whoever has sinned against Me I will erase from My book." Dawn Lucifer and the other fallen angels, and Adam and Eve and all that have died the second death at a judgment, they have been erased from Father's Book of Life. That being Her memory for reanimation, which is the final step in the ERASE from creation. The fact that Dawn Lucifer the Satan and his demons have been reanimated countless times does not nullify that the judgment day is coming for them as well, and from it they will not be reanimated for eternity. Eternity is forever, and forever they shall remain in the pit of total destruction.
But, Father has suspended Her LAW by chance, for the select few that will be salvaged. By suspending Her LAW, She is able to overlook sin that is committed unwillingly or by accident.
1 Timothy 1:9-11
We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God that was entrusted to me." Therefore, being CONTRARY to what Father expects, puts one under law. So, if I told you with authority that though you murdered someone, you are no longer under law, but are under grace, would that give you license to go out and kill someone else just because you are forgiven that past sin? Your inner conscience tells you that it would be wrong to murder anyone. That is because Father's Spirit is working in union with you. Therefore, you follow the law against murder, and henceforth all other laws that would be contrary to Father's WAY.
1 Timothy 1:9-11
"I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry— "
Live by Father's WAY, and you will not be living by CHANCE. Your deliverance is mapped out if you cling to Yahweh your God.
I've read through this twice now, and just have to say what a comfort as well as blessing that it is to have what we know now of Father's Way, and Yahweh Herself to cling to in such uncertain times. I think I've gained a better understanding on what it means to be "lost", as I was, and as so many still are today. It's actually given me a visual understanding because I "see" it differently now – it actually paints a symbolic picture in my mind. As you said Commander, deliverance is mapped out, and it is, because Father's Way truly is like a roadmap and all that is required is that we follow it and recognize the "signs" along the way. Though the unexpected may rise up against us, She gives us shelter and protection and by faith we walk each step of the way. And while at the end of the journey begins a new one, the one we focus on for now is the Narrow Path that we are traveling together that leads us home.
"Such is the destiny of all who forget God; the hope of the godless will perish." Satan and his angelic followers forgot Father. They sought their own way by chance. They are the aimless shooting stars that are progressively burning themselves out as they aimlessly go through life. Because they lost the WAY, they go down a path that will lead them to suffer complete ruin and ultimate destruction.
"When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless until I entered God's sanctuary.
Then I understood their destiny. Indeed You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin." Taking chances alters one's destiny. Had Satan and the other angels whom followed his lead not sinned, then their destiny would have been mapped out differently. By gambling that Father could not make a Way where no Way seemed to exist – they took the chance that they could alter things enough that Father would change Her Way and they could live as free will agents doing as they pleased. But Father said,
"Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19 Father has made a way out of Satan's wilderness of sin. She has put rivers in a parched desert created by Satan. Exodus 16:1
"[ Manna and Quail Provided ] The entire Israelite community departed from Elim and came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt." Father provides what is needed. Both spiritual and physical for Her children to survive.
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
UFOs light up the skies
May 9 2010 by James McCarthy
Wales On Sunday
TWO separate UFO sightings in the skies above Wales have been reported.
Family camping in Thompson Springs, Utah, watches distant lights 'nearly collide'
May 12, 4:56 PM
A Utah family camping in Thompson Springs on May 5, 2010, watched two distant lights "nearly collide" and then move in a controlled manner unlike anything they had seen before, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
UFO Traffic Report:
May 12, 2010
The UFO Traffic Report for May 12, 2010, includes selected cases from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
You can read more detail about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page. Please subscribe so that you are informed as stories are published.
Police flooded with UFO sighting reports after residents see large, tube-like object over Somerset County
By Stephen Stirling/For The Star-Ledger
May 13, 2010, 2:48PM
SOMERVILLE — Somerville police were flooded with phone calls this morning after residents reported seeing a large tube-like object fluttering through the sky.
Unknown, Red-Glowing Object Videotaped over San Antonio, TX
Published: 9:23 AM 5/11/2010
San Antonio, TX – 05-04-10
On May 04, 2010, a huge, glowing red object was filmed traveling over San Antonio, Texas, as we walked the trail at SouthSide Lion's Park.
While at a rest spot, I notice a large, glowing red object that seemed to be traveling North high in altitude. This object was huge and did not seem to be an aircraft, so I grabbed my camcorder for a closer observation, and began filming.
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
'Star Wars' meets reality? Military testing laser weapons
by Dan Vergano
May 14, 2010
Are we finally witnessing the dawn of the "death ray"?
Five decades after the creation of the laser, the ubiquitous technology of the modern era may be ready to serve up that Star Wars science-fiction staple: the laser blaster.
Bombshell! Actual jobless rate tops 21%
World Net Daily
by Jerome Corsi
May 10, 2010
Editor's Note: The following report is excerpted from Jerome Corsi's Red Alert, the premium online newsletter published by the current No. 1 best-selling author, WND staff writer and columnist. Red Alert subscriptions are $99 a year or $9.95 per month for credit card users. Annual subscribers will receive a free autographed copy of "The Late Great USA," a book about the careful deceptions of a powerful elite who want to undermine our nation's sovereignty.
Despite Obama administration promises to focus on "jobs, jobs and jobs," the real unemployment rate in the United States is over 21 percent, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.
Europe and America Morally and Financially Bankrupt
by Bob Chapman
May 13, 2010
Greece has its immediate financing. Now the question is can they follow the prescription? In all likelihood the answer is no. the bond markets are reflecting that via a lack of confidence. In fact, some bond markets are falling apart and there is no end in sight. We have bond rating firms lowering ratings, as the rating services themselves are under serious fire and we do not believe they will be around long. The big question is why did it take two years and 10 months to react?
Street battles intensify as Thai army advances on protest camp
May 15, 2010
Soldiers opened fire on rioting protesters in the centre of Bangkok yesterday as they moved in to surround an illegal encampment to try to forcibly end a long political standoff.
Pompeii's X-rated art will titillate a new generation
by Michael Day
May 15, 2010
Pompeii's saucy heyday might be a little behind it but the ancient city's power to intrigue, delight and even titillate remains intact – as proved by the hundreds of visitors queuing this weekend for an adults-only viewing of its most-erotic artwork.
Signs in Humanity
Sheep worth up to £25,000 stolen from Ramsbottom field
May 14, 2010
A flock of 271 sheep, worth up to £25,000, has been stolen from a field in Ramsbottom, Bury.
Thieves herded the sheep through a pen and into the back of what must have been a large vehicle, police said.
Nazi nightmare: The U.S. parents who teach their children to idolise Hitler
May 9, 2010
Smiling proudly as she wraps her arms around her two children, Cynthia Keene's family paint a happy picture.
But as they roll up their sleeves to reveal dozens of swastika tattoos it's clear there is nothing average about their lifestyle.
Suspicion: Palestinian killed wife because she was carrying girl
by Ali Waked
May 13, 2010
Palestinian police in the West Bank city of Nablus arrested a man on suspicion that he murdered his pregnant wife Wednesday night because an ultrasound examination showed that she was carrying a girl.
'Drinking' neat vodka through your EYE for a quick buzz? It sounds insane, but countless young people are risking their sight in this new craze
By Barbara Davies
May 15, 2010
Even as drunken student antics go, it was, by any stretch of the imagination, a disturbing scene. Surrounded by cheering rugby players, applauded by fellow members of the university netball team, 19-year-old Melissa Fontaine tipped back her head and giggled as fellow drinkers in the Students' Union bar pulled apart her eyelids and allowed them to pour a shot of vodka into her left eye.
Brothel owners transported women around suburbs in a cage for their £1m business
May 13, 2010
A couple who made more than £1million in six months by running four brothels around London are facing jail.
Former police informer Michael Dalton and his partner, Nikki Chen, trafficked women from China to work in the brothels in Sunbury, Egham, West Drayton and Surbiton.
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
5.5 SULAWESI, INDONESIA
6.0 SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
7.2 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.5 KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA
5.0 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.1 OFFSHORE BAJA CALIF. SUR, MEXICO
5.0 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
5.7 OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
5.1 SULAWESI, INDONESIA
5.0 NEAR THE COAST OF DJIBOUTI
5.2 UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
5.1 OFF COAST OF OREGON
None 5.0 or higher.
INDONESIA – Power is out and some homes are damaged after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled Indonesia's North Sumatra province on Sunday. The afternoon quake hit 135 miles southeast of Banda Aceh at a depth of 38 miles. A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit central Indonesia on Saturday.
CALIFORNIA – More than 50 new surface earthquake faults have been discovered in California over the past two decades.
CHINA – Two years after the huge quake hit China's Sichuan province, 18,000 "missing" victims can now be declared dead by their relatives. The quake killed a further 69,000 people.
CANADA – All four members of a Canadian family are feared dead after their farmhouse was swallowed by a massive sinkhole. Police found the family in the basement of their home. Two were confirmed dead after their bodies were removed from the site, while the status of the other two was yet to be confirmed. Incredibly, the family's dog was found alive, although weak, after being dragged into the sinkhole. It is believed the family was in the basement when the earth opened up and swallowed their country home on Monday night local time. Their home is located in St. Jude, Quebec, approximately 100km northeast of Montreal. The crater was 500m by 100m wide and 30m deep. "It's a pretty gigantic crater. It's hard imagining something like this. It's pretty impressive." Neighbors said the area's soil was unstable and a similar landslide wiped out a small bridge a few years ago. The two adults were in their 40s, one daughter was in fourth grade and the other was a high school student. Three cars in front of the house were also swept away, as well as a nearby road. Five other houses in the area were evacuated.
NEVADA – Geologists in Nevada are trying to better understand an earthquake fault west of Pahrump that has the potential to send a jolt to the Las Vegas Valley. Crews in January began digging three 10-foot-deep trenches along the Stateline fault as part of a research project. Although geologists have known about the fault for decades, scientists may have underestimated its ability to produce a large earthquake. The fault could produce a magnitude 7 temblor. Among other things, the research team is hoping to use evidence from the trenches in the Stateline fault to determine the last time it had a major quake.
HAITI – The earth still is trembling in Haiti, four months after the quake that killed a quarter million people. There is "sickening subterranean thunder as aftershocks shift the ground". "It went back and forth, back and forth. I was afraid." More than a million people are living in squalor in makeshift camps, the rainy season upon them.
ICELAND – Volcanic ash is drifting across areas of France, Spain, Italy and Germany bringing more disruption to European air travel. Another, higher-level ash cloud is still hanging over the Atlantic, delaying flights between Europe and the US as jets divert around it. The ash cloud could disrupt UK airspace over the next few days. Croatia closed the airports of Split and Zadar on the Adriatic coast until further notice. In Portugal, the airport in the northern city of Porto was closed. The Irish Aviation Authority also ordered five airports in the west of the country to close on Sunday afternoon. Weather forecasters predicted the ash cloud would gradually weaken as it spread over southern Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria by Sunday night. There was no evidence that the eruption was about to finish, the Icelandic Meteorological Office warned on Sunday. It said that "output from the volcano has been slowly decreasing" but that "further changes in overall activity can be expected…Presently there are no indications that the eruption is about to end." Recent images have shown activity in the volcano increasing and emitting ash up to 20,000ft (6,000m).
The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is starting to bulge out, or experience "significant changes in horizontal movement," according to volcanologists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office . Global positioning satellite stations placed around the volcano have been moving outwards over the last 48 hours [as of Friday.] It's not clear how big the bulge is as well as what it might mean for future eruptions. Between 20 and 30 earthquakes have been picked up beneath the ice cap since last Monday, at between one and 15 miles deep. This increased seismicity "suggests that new material is intruding from deep below Eyjafjallajökull and latest GPS-observations suggest inflation."
The eruption plume reached eight miles high at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, Iceland time. The villages of Sólheimaheiði, Hjörleifshöfði and Álftaver up to 45 miles away experienced ash and debris falls. People living on farms south of the volcano were troubled during the night by loud noises from the volcano, and there were reports that people heard them up to 125 miles away to the west and northwest. There was less meltwater coming off of the Gígjökull glacier outlet into the Markarfljót river. The volcano's crater continues build up. The lava tongue flowing down the side of the crater is about 650 feet wide. The lava channels that join at the tongue are about 100 to 200 feet wide and getting wider every day.
The eruption has caused extensive damage to the glacier. For example, the glacial tongue Gígjökull has retreated up into the slopes from the lagoon it had extended into . “It is a so-called melt area. More ice is melting than what can be accumulated each year. What has saved the tongue until now is the ice that is being transferred from above. If there is little ice in the collecting area – and it takes a few decades for it to accumulate there – the lower part continues to shrink.” The tail of Gígjökull decreased by up to eight meters per year before the eruption because relocation of ice from the main glacier wasn’t sufficient to make up for the loss. “Now the outlook is even bleaker. When we take the principle, so to speak, it takes the glacier ten to 20 years to recover at an unchanged climate." What saved Eyjafjallajökull after the 1821-1823 eruption was an accumulation of snow during the “Little Ice Age.”
JAPAN – Something is brewing under Japan's Mount Fuji. Using rocks ejected by previous eruptions between 781 AD and 1707, geologists are figuring out what the volcano's internal plumbing looks like. A team has found that over the centuries the magma's silica levels have gradually increased. High silica tends to indicate large explosions, suggesting eruptions have become more violent. Large amounts of basalt rich in aluminium oxide were also found, which can trigger an eruption when it collides with silica. Based on the pressures required to form both materials, they believe the two mineral composites are housed in separate chambers under Fuji: one deep chamber 20 kilometres below the volcano, rich in basaltic magma, and a shallower chamber housing the silica 9 kilometres underground. The deep rumble of low-frequency earthquakes beneath Fuji in 2000 and 2001 suggests movement inside the basaltic magma chamber, and they would not be surprised if Fuji erupts in the very near future. Not everyone agrees. For an eruption, new basaltic magma from deeper underground must intrude into the existing basaltic chamber, pushing it towards the silica, and we simply don't know if that is happening.
ICELAND – The output from the Icelandic volcano has slowly decreased compared to that of the past seven days, but it is "pulsating and further changes in overall activity can be expected."
News of the decrease was of little consolation to the thousands of passengers on flights canceled or lengthened across Europe Sunday as the volcano's now 2,100 mile long, 1,400 mile wide ash cloud flowed southwest from Greenland to Portugal. Airplanes had to either fly north or south around the cloud to reach their destinations, adding hours of travel time. The eruption plume was mostly between 14,000 to 17,000 feet high Sunday, but occasionally shot up to 20,000 feet. Ash fell further to the west on Sunday. The ash was black. Noises were reported by people in the Vestmannaeyjar-islands about 23 miles southwest of the eruption, Vatnsdalur, 118 miles to the north and Borgarfjörður, 90 miles to the northwest. The level of seismic activity has stayed the same for the past three days. There were seven earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 to 2.0 from noon Saturday to noon Sunday.
ICELAND – The eruption in Eyjafjallajokull, in central southern Iceland continues unabated Tuesday. The plume from the volcano rose several kilometers into the air, disrupting air traffic at several airports. (photo)
ICELAND – There were more than 40 small earthquakes at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on Monday, beginning around 11:00 a.m. Most of them were between one and two on the Richter scale and were estimated to be between 11 and 12 miles below the surface. This could be in part that because the background tremor, the rumbling of the volcano itself, is lower than last week, so smaller earthquakes that might previously not have been detected are being picked up. The series of earthquakes indicates that magma is still flowing in to the volcano from the Earth's mantle. Presently, there are no indications that the eruption is about to end. There was a slight increase in explosive activity Monday, resulting in a briefly higher ash plume. Observations from web cameras showed activity similar to Sunday. The volcano's crater is getting higher, its lava flow is low and not visible to the cameras. In Iceland, ashfall was reported at Drangshlíð and Skarðshlíð almost continuously beginning Sunday at 3 p.m.. The ash was rather coarse, said farmers on whose land it fell.
TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –
INDONESIA – An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck offshore near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, near Aceh province. The site is very near that of 2004's 9.2 magnitude earthquake in which 220,000 people were killed. The quake struck 214km (133 miles) south of Aceh's capital of Banda Aceh. Some houses were damaged and power lines knocked down. A local tsunami alert was issued and later lifted by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The epicentre of the latest quake was at a depth of 61.4km, about 66km (41 miles) south-west of Meulaboh district. The district, and other parts of Aceh, were devastated in the 26 December 2004 earthquake.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
INDIA – A powerful storm has killed at least 54 people in northern and eastern India. The storm packed strong winds that ripped through parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states on Friday. Authorities have confirmed 29 deaths in Uttar Pradesh and 25 in neighboring Bihar. The storm lashed at least 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Many of the deaths were blamed on lightning strikes and falling trees.In Bihar, raging winds overturned a bus. "It was like a cyclone." Experts are examining the nature of the storm. Authorities in both states had not yet estimated the damage to homes and infrastructure, but officials in Bihar said they feared it could be extensive in their state. A violent storm last month killed at least 122 people in eastern India along the border with Bangladesh. About 300,000 homes were damaged when a cyclone struck parts of West Bengal and Bihar states April 14.
OKLAHOMA – At least five people were reported dead Monday night in Oklahoma after severe weather caused tornadoes to form across parts of the southern Plains, with some touching down with deadly force in the Oklahoma City area.
CHINA – Severe rainstorms that have killed at least 70 people since Wednesday are expected to continue in the southern and central parts of the country, with strong winds and hailstorms in some areas. Inclement weather in the next two days will affect Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces as well as the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. On Sunday, authorities sounded a yellow-level alert, two levels lower than the highest red alert, to warn of storms continuing in Guangdong, Hunan, Fujian, and Jiangxi provinces until Monday. Torrential rain, gale and hail are also expected to hit the areas. Many affected areas, such as Yunnan and Guizhou, had just emerged from the worst drought in decades. "Floods usually start in June, but South China has already entered its flood season. The biggest floods have yet to come." The storms have already affected 2.55 million residents and forced 250,000 people to be relocated. The storms have triggered flash floods and mudslides in the past few days. They have swollen rivers, burst dikes, threatened reservoirs as well as damaged highways, bridges and power and telecommunication facilities. The storms affected up to 100,000 hectares of arable land and leveled 9,900 houses. In Guangdong, heavy rains trapped more than 5,000 people in mountain areas in the villages of Minzhi, Youxi and Shaoguan. Floods also cut off power and food supplies to Minzhi village. Since Friday, downpours of up to 107.7mm in Guangzhou claimed six residents' lives and submerged thousands of cars in garages and streets.
U.S. – Tennessee's RECORD FLOODING a sign of things to come. Climate change could make the devastating rain and flooding seen last week in Nashville much more common. "This was such an extreme event. It was just surreal to see. We were driving boats in the tree canopies." Rivers in the middle of Tennessee crested on May 2 and 3, breaking records. Flows on the Harpeth River exceeded 46,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) on May 3 – and that was a day after the stream peaked 4 feet higher. This breaks the previous record of 40,000 cfs, set in 1948. The flows surprised even the experts. They were GREATER THAN ANY EVER SEEN BEFORE, including the floods of 1975, 1927 and any other event SINCE RECORDS STARTED BEING KEPT IN THE 1880s. "Several of these estimates were based on the last observations received by satellite before our stream gauges were submerged."
While the new heights and breadths of flooding will likely change FEMA flood maps for Nashville and surrounding areas, the extreme conditions may also be instructive in other ways – specifically what kind of storms to expect in a warmer world. "The Tennessee storms are just the latest in a sequence (of severe weather events) this year that includes Washington, D.C., and New York." The devastating rain and flooding that paralyzed Nashville is just the sort of extreme precipitation event that global warming is expected to make more common. The same weather conditions that produce such events could indicate a rough hurricane season ahead. For every one degree Fahrenheit that the atmosphere warms, the water-holding capacity for the atmosphere increases 4 percent. That means 4 percent more water vapor over the oceans. The air temperatures over the tropical and subtropical Atlantic Ocean are currently REACHING ALL-TIME HIGHS.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
MINNESOTA – The 4.4 inches of snow that fell on Friday, May 7th, 2010 at Duluth was THE LARGEST DAILY SNOWFALL FOR THIS DATE IN 86 YEARS OF RECORDS. It also ranks as the third largest single day snowfall ever recorded for the month of May in Duluth. Second most was 5.0 inches that in fell in Duluth on May 8th, 1924.The largest single day snowfall in Duluth history occurred on May 10th, 1902 when 5.5 inches fell. Snowfall amounts around the region varied greatly, but it appears the highest was in the higher terrain of the Iron Range, with about 8 inches of snow near Grand Rapids and around 7 inches of snow near Hibbing. (snowfall map)
UNITED KINGDOM – The COLDEST MAY NIGHT SINCE 1996 was felt in many parts of the UK on Tuesday night. The night-time UK average is normally 4 – 7C at this time of the year. But BBC weather forecasters say -6C was recorded in the Highlands of Scotland, -3.1C in Oxfordshire, -4.3C in Wales, -5.3C in Cumbria -3.9C in East Anglia and 0C in London. There was even some snow on higher ground. The cold weather was caused by area of cold, coming from the direction of Iceland, which should move away by the end of the week. Meanwhile, two different forecasters have given conflicting predictions for this summer’s weather. Piers Corbyn from London Weather Action has predicted that they’re in for a washout of a summer. “I’m afraid it’s not going to be a hot summer. It might be humid and muggy at times but we’re certainly not in for massive amounts of sunshine." However, rival weather forecasters Positive Weather Solutions, who correctly predicted this winter’s cold snap, reckon that they’ll have a hot summer, with spells of dry weather. “This Summer will be a 'favourable' Summer, and not a washout.” Adding that they could even be in for some hot BBQ weather: “When we look back upon Summer 2010, it will register as a warmer than average Summer, possibly featuring in the top five warmest Summer's on record.”
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
Climate change could make half of the world uninhabitable for humans as a rise in temperature makes it too hot to survive, scientists have warned. Researchers said global warming will not stop after 2100, the point where most previous projections have ended. In fact temperatures may rise by up to 12C (21.6F) within just three centuries making many countries into deserts. The study, published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said humans will not be able to adapt or survive in such conditions. One of the authors said if the world continues to pump out greenhouse gases at the current rate it will cause catastrophic warming. There is no chance of the Earth reaching such temperatures this century. "There's not much we can do about climate change over the next two decades but there's still a lot we can do about the longer term changes." The UN process has failed, they argue, and a global approach concentrating on CO2 cuts will never work. They urge instead the use of carbon tax revenue to develop technologies that can supply clean energy to everyone and provide 'human dignity'. Their Hartwell Paper is criticised by others who say the UN process has curbed carbon emissions.
CHINA – CORN CROP – The corn harvest plunged by 13 percent to a four-year low last year because of drought. Production dropped to 144.4 million tons from 165.9 million. Cold and rain delayed planting this year, increasing speculation supplies may fall short of demand. Rain and stormy weather reduced planting by two weeks in Heilongjiang province, the biggest supplier. Planting around the country is affected. China, the biggest corn consumer after the U.S., made at least its second purchase of foreign grain in two weeks, as the country seeks to cool local prices. China is boosting imports as domestic futures advance to the highest level in almost two years because of lower output and planting delays. Sales of close to 3 million tons from stockpiles since April 13 have failed to curb prices. Chicago futures gained 1.5 percent to the highest level in two months. Prices in bellwether Shandong province have surged as much 100 yuan to a RECORD 2,050 yuan ($300) a ton this month.
“This purchase may only be the beginning and it marks an historical change of China’s corn supply going into a deficit." The last time the country was a net importer was 14 years ago when drought cut crops. The country’s imports may climb to 1.5 million tons this year. Purchases may increase in the next three to five years, resembling the gain in soybean shipments in recent years.
INDIA – CORN, RICE, SUGAR CANE, OILSEEDS – India’s food grain output may drop in the year ending next month after the WEAKEST MONSOON IN MORE THAN THREE DECADES reduced rice yields. Food grain production may total 218.2 million metric tons, 7 percent less than the 234.5 million tons a year earlier. India is the biggest producer of rice and wheat after China. The lightest rains since 1972 pushed up food prices in the South Asian nation, prompting imports of sugar, edible oils and pulses. Data to be released on May 14 will show wholesale prices climbed 9.5 percent in the 12 months through April. Rice production may fall to 89.3 million tons from 99.2 million tons a year earlier. Corn output may decline 17 percent to 16.3 million tons from 19.7 million tons. Wheat production may gain to 80.98 million tons from 80.68 million tons. India’s oilseeds output may drop to 25.4 million tons from 27.7 million tons a year earlier. Sugar cane harvest may drop 3.6 percent to 274.7 million tons. Prices may ease with the help of a good monsoon this year. Rains this year may be 98 percent of the 50-year average.
INDIA – This is Hyderabad's WORST SUMMER SINCE 1966, when temperatures soared to 45.5 degrees Celsius, and it doesn't look like it will end any time soon. Temperatures that are usual to Ramagundam have become commonplace to Hyderabad this season – the city recorded 44 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Streets wore a deserted look all of this week, as people tried to keep away from the blistering heat. And Ramagundam touched the half century mark on Wednesday.
Weather officials say the heat wave is being caused by hot and dry winds blowing from the north-western regions of the country, originating in Rajasthan and travelling through Maharashtra. Increasing levels of pollution are also being blamed for the ruthless weather. Meanwhile, the electricity department is facing higher demand thanks to the heat forcing people to switch on air coolers and A/Cs and since there's already a shortage of power, the department has resumed the 2-hour power cut schedule all over the city. The bad news is that it isn't over yet – the heat wave is likely to continue for a few more days.
THAILAND – RICE CROP – Rice production in Thailand, the largest grower, may decline 4.3 percent in the next crop year starting October because of drought.The government has told farmers to delay planting by a month to the end of June, when normal rainfall is expected. “If plantings start now, it would affect productivity because of inadequate water supply. Rice from the next crop will come onto the market later than it usually does." The main rice crop is usually planted in May and harvesting begins in October, accounting for around 75 percent of the nation’s total production.
Drought is spreading across 34 of Thailand’s provinces, mostly in the north and northeast, which are major planting areas for rice and sugar. Drought linked to the El Nino weather pattern has affected a swathe of Asia and damaging crops from southern China to Southeast Asia. Rice production in Thailand and Vietnam, the two largest exporters, may be hurt by dry weather that has parched farms and cut water levels along the Mekong River. The Thai harvest of second-crop rice that began in April, accounting for about 25 percent of annual output, may drop to 7 million tons from 8.4 million last year. Output from Vietnam’s end-of-year harvest “may be affected."
A disturbance in the solar wind – High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on May 11th. That's when a disturbance in the solar wind (a "co-rotating interaction region") is expected to move past our planet and possibly disturb polar magnetic fields. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of geomagnetic activity. (Corotating Interaction Regions are long lasting large-scale plasma structures generated in low and middle latitude regions of the heliosphere by the interaction of a stable fast solar wind stream with the surrounding slow solar wind.) This weekend, magnetic fields around sunspot 1069 became unstable and erupted — over and over again. On May 8th alone, the active region produced more than half a dozen flares. Plasma plumes accelerating out of the blast site are filled with magnetized gas hotter than 80,000 K and are big enough to swallow Earth itself. Earth was not, however, in the line of fire, so we will feel no geomagnetic effects from these events. Instigating sunspot 1069 has now rotated over the sun's western horizon, out of sight of Earth. (video)
A pair of impressive eruptions occurred on the Sun on May 5th: one sent a "solar tsunami" rippling through the sun's atmosphere and one propelled a massive magnetic filament off the sun's southwestern limb. Also on May 5th, a pair of solar flares bathed Earth's upper atmosphere in X-rays and caused a double-wave of ionization to sweep over the Americas. This improved the propagation of low-frequency radio signals, which use the ionosphere as a reflector to skip over the horizon.
WISCONSIN, MINNESOTA – 5/10/10 – The National Weather Service says it received a number of reports of possible meteor sightings early Monday around 4am. Its Sullivan, Wisonsin office got a call from Rock County 911 dispatchers about sightings by two citizens and a sheriff's deputy. They said a bright green or blue light, followed by a flash could be seen north of Janesville about 4 a.m. Dane County dispatchers also received a call with a similar description. The weather service says it didn't pick anything up on radar. The National Weather Service office in Duluth, Minnesota received a call from the Iron County Sheriff's Department reporting a citizen who saw a bright flash and then "something glowing in the woods."
MARYLAND – 5/10/10 – Reports are beginning to arrive about what sounds like a rather spectacular fireball meteor over Central Maryland just before dawn Monday morning at about 4:45 A.M. "Large green fireball with pieces breaking off and burning off. From the northwest to the southeast."
A German UFO expert claims that a NASA spacecraft may have been hijacked by aliens – who are now attempting to contact Earth. Hartwig Hausdorf claims that Voyager 2 – an unmanned interplanetary probe blasted into space 33 years ago – has started transmitting strange, unintelligible signals. NASA installed a 12-inch disk containing music and greetings in 55 languages in case intelligent extraterrestrial life ever found it. But last month the probe began sending back distorted messages from its location near the edge of the solar system that baffled NASA scientists were unable to decode. "It seems almost as if someone had reprogrammed or hijacked the probe, thus perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth." The signal from Voyager 2 – which takes 13 hours to reach the Earth – broke off fully on April 22. NASA said engineers are working to solve a data transmission fault. The space agency has not commented specifically on Mr Hausdorf's comments, although it says the fault is likely to be a glitch in the probe's computer memory. Voyager 2 and its twin, Voyager 1, were launched in 1977 to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Three decades on, they are the most distant human-made objects in outer space. Voyager 1 is currently more than 8.5 billion miles from Earth. It will soon travel beyond the heliosphere – a bubble the sun creates around the solar system – into interstellar space.
HEALTH THREATS –
Sporadic global H1N1 activity – The most active areas of pandemic H1N1 flu are parts of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. In the Americas, limited data suggest transmission in Guatemala, Cuba, and Peru, with Chile reporting evidence of low-level community H1N1 circulation, including some severe cases. Activity remains sporadic in other Southern Hemisphere regions. Seasonal type B flu was detected sporadically across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
US flu activity remains low – Influenza activity across the United States continues to decline, with the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza below the epidemic threshold. The proportion of outpatient visits for flu-like illness was 0.7%, below the national baseline of 2.3%. Of the eight influenza A viruses subtyped, all were novel H1N1. One pediatric H1N1 death was reported. Four states had local flu activity, and 30 states or territories reported sporadic activity.
Australian state running low on seasonal vaccine – Supplies of seasonal influenza vaccine, which contains the pandemic strain, are running low in Australia's second most populous state, Victoria. Australia's CSL, which makes most of the country's flu vaccine, rushed new doses to wholesalers to help meet demand, which has remained high even after the country banned use of the vaccine in those under 5 years old after some had adverse events. CSL warned that more shortages may loom.
Ireland reports 1,600 vaccine reactions – More than 1,600 adverse reactions to the pandemic H1N1 vaccine were reported to the Irish Medicines Board. Two deaths were also reported, in people who had underlying conditions, but a link to the vaccine has not been proven. Fifteen people reported an "anaphylactic"-type reaction. Less serious reactions included injection-site problems, stomach upset, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, fainting, and limb weakness.
India region has almost 1% H1N1 case-fatality rate – Researchers found that confirmed H1N1 patients had a significantly higher risk of hospitalization than seasonal flu patients did. Of 93 flu deaths, 84 were from novel H1N1 and 9 from seasonal flu. Pandemic CFR was 0.86%, significantly higher than that of other countries.
Flu still fairly quiet in Australia – Australia so far this year has confirmed 492 cases of influenza, of which 13% have been subtyped as pandemic H1N1; another 73% were influenza A but not subtyped. Less than 1% were A/H3N2, and 11% were type B. Two H1N1 patients were hospitalized. "Levels of influenza-like illness in the community remain relatively low and reporting from laboratories indicates that little of this is due to influenza."
A recall of romaine lettuce that has sickened students with E. coli poisoning is expanding as the government tries to find out where the contamination occurred. A food distributor in Oklahoma, is recalling romaine lettuce that came from the same farm in Yuma, Arizona, that grew lettuce that sickened students in Michigan, Ohio and New York. Ohio-based Freshway Foods announced a 23-state recall of romaine lettuce last week related to those outbreaks. At least 19 people have been sickened in connection with the E. coli outbreaks, which come from a RARE STRAIN of the disease that is difficult to diagnose. Many of those who became ill were college students in the three states. Middle and high school students in New York were also sickened, including a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause bleeding in the brain or kidneys. Most of the college-age victims fell ill in April and have already recovered. No new cases have been reported in the middle and high schools since April 25. Most of the lettuce recalled was sold to food service establishments. The recall does not affect bagged lettuce in the grocery store.
EU Parliament members call for H1N1 investigation – More than 200 deputies of the European Parliament have signed a proposal calling for a special committee to look into the European Union's response to the H1N1 pandemic, including an evaluation of the EU's dependence on the WHO. Signers claim that steps taken undermined EU credibility, the amount spent on vaccines was unwarranted, and officials should have changed course early on.
Study finds side effects with mass antiviral 'blanket' – Last June when pandemic H1N1 struck 17% of students and staff at a UK elementary school, 92% of students and 91% of staff received the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for treatment and prevention. Of those, 41% (113/273) of students and 47% (25/53) of staff reported adverse effects. Overall, 14% of students and 20% of staff did not complete the course of oseltamivir, primarily due to adverse effects. The authors say potential benefits of mass treatment must outweigh possible side effects.
An influenza expert who formerly headed the World Health Organization's flu program and now works for Novartis has suggested developing a prepandemic vaccine to get the jump on the next flu pandemic — an idea that other experts are greeting with caution or skepticism. He proposes developing a vaccine containing a "cocktail" of flu strains deemed likely to cause the next pandemic, along with an adjuvant (immune-system stimulant). He suggests a prepandemic vaccine could contain H2, H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, plus adjuvants "designed to provoke a long-term immune response to a range of virus subtypes, even viruses different from the original strain." The idea of prepandemic vaccination has been around for years, fueled by some studies suggesting that adjuvants can make flu vaccines protective against more than just the specific viral strain they are based on. But because of the many uncertainties facing such an approach — including safety questions and the unpredictable timing of pandemics — it has never gained much traction. Other experts agreed that new approaches are needed to solve the problem of providing pandemic flu vaccines, but they said the strategy would face serious obstacles, including possible public rejection of an adjuvanted vaccine against an uncertain future threat. Using an adjuvant would raise safety questions, since adjuvanted flu vaccines have not been used widely, and not at all in the United States. One problem is that a vaccine against a given flu subtype does not guarantee protection against another strain of the same subtype, as was demonstrated in the H1N1 pandemic. From a practical point of view, the biggest advantage of adjuvants is that they lower the dose of vaccine needed, stretching the supply. The public is likely to be skeptical about the need for and safety of a prepandemic vaccine. The pandemic H1N1 vaccine "was basically identical in safety to standard seasonal vaccine, and yet all sorts of safety misconceptions and fears were widely promoted, with no evidence." "There's a good argument to say this [prepandemic vaccination] is the way to go, but you have to realize that he represents a company that makes the adjuvanted influenza vaccine that he's saying should be given to the entire world."
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
On Darwinian Atheists Lecturing Religious People on Proper Belief in God
Evolution News & Views
Posted by Casey Luskin on May 13, 2010
I love watching atheists try to tell religious people what they should believe about God. I’m not talking about atheists trying to convince religious people not to believe in God. We expect that. I'm talking about atheists telling religious people how to continue properly believing in God. I find this incredibly amusing, because, you know, atheists are experts in things like keeping faith. Michael Ruse is a prime specimen.
Tens of thousands flock to Fatima for papal Mass
May 13, 2010
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) — Tens of thousands of pilgrims flooded the famous shrine town of Fatima on Thursday for Pope Benedict XVI's Mass celebrating the anniversary of the day when three shepherd children reported having visions of the Virgin.
Benedict drove into the square in his popemobile amid cheers from a crowd that Portuguese media said could reach a record half-million. As the Mass got underway, the downpour that had soaked pilgrims who had walked for days to reach Fatima broke and the sun emerged from behind dark clouds.
Comedy Central Developing Animated Jesus Show
By Josh Kimball|Christian Post Reporter
May. 09 2010
Comedy Central is in the process of developing an animated TV show that features Jesus Christ as “the ultimate fish out of water” despite efforts the all-comedy network had made recently to censor a more-controversial-than-usual episode of “South Park.”
Pagan police get right to take festivals as holiday
From The Times
Sean O'Neill and Richard Ford
May 11, 2010
Police officers have been given the right to take days off to dance naked on the solstices, celebrate fertility rituals and burn Yule logs if they profess pagan beliefs.
The Pagan Police Association claimed yesterday that it had been recognised by the Home Office as a “diversity staff support association” — a status also enjoyed by groups representing female, black, gay, Muslim and disabled officers.
Malaysia Christian Leader: We're Not Fighting for 'Allah'
By Edmond Chua|Christian Post Correspondent
May. 13 2010
Contrary to many reports, Christians in Malaysia are not fighting for the use of the word "Allah."
This is a misconception the leader of nearly all the 2.5 million Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians in Malaysia has been trying to correct.
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
Thieves take controversial Mojave Desert cross
By ROBERT JABLON
Associated Press Writer
May 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES – A cross erected on a remote Mojave Desert outcropping to honor American war dead has been stolen less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to remain standing while a legal battle continued over its presence on federal land.
Pakistan Christian Workers “Tortured” Over Crucifix
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
By BosNewsLife Asia Service reporting from Pakistan
SIALKOT, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– Three Christian workers were detained and "tortured" by police and dismissed from their jobs in Pakistan's Punjab province for wearing a crucifix and church visits on Sundays, according to statements from the men, their priest and family members Wednesday, May 12. Local police said the Christians were taken into custody because of suspected "alcohol" related offenses.
Vietnamese government targets Christians – Socialist nation taps cell phones to cut off religious freedom discussions
Posted: May 09, 2010
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Vietnamese officials are purchasing phone snooping gear so they can listen in on Christians' phone calls, reports persecution watchdog International Christian Concern.
Young Christian Dies In Eritrea Prison Camp
Sunday, May 9, 2010
By BosNewsLife Africa Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)– A young Christian woman has died in one of Eritrea's military prison camps after she was reportedly denied medical treatment for malaria and severe anemia.
Lao Christians Expelled from Village Suffer Critical Illnesses
DUBLIN, May 14 (CDN) — In spite of assurances of religious rights by officials in March, Lao Christians expelled from a village in Saravan Province in January are suffering from a prolonged lack of adequate food and clean water.