CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 147
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
The Point of the Plan
Submitted by Johanna
When I was a girl, I believed the stars were the lights that lit up heaven.
I’d wait for the very first star to come out in the sky, and then I’d make a wish on it.
I’d wish for simple things mostly… like Mom’s candy crackle cookies, or apple pie; I 'd wish for auburn hair (mine was mousy brown); I’d wish I was taller, like Cindy Crawford; I’d wish for perfect teeth (without having to have the braces!) But most of all, I’d wish for a sister.
If I had a sister, the things we would do together! We’d play dolls (of course!), and happy families; we’d play hospitals, and chefs and hairdressers – and we’d have nothing to do with boys (well, maybe!) We’d practice being singing stars and waitresses and actresses… we’d be famous, that was for sure! But even when we were famous, we’d still be the best of friends, and meet for lunch at fancy restaurants every day, and laugh about the good times that we had, when we were growing up.
When I was a girl, I believed the stars were the lights that lit up heaven, and that one star to the right? That was the wishing star.
But I never got a sister, no matter how much I visited my wishes on that burning beam of bliss.
Instead, God sent me down a brother. He didn’t look much at first. But as the years rolled by between us, my brother Jack and I, I often looked up into that sky at night, and thanked the wishing star.
That wishing star was listening not to me, but to the One above, who knew the secrets of my heart, but who also knew that somewhere down the path of life, I’d need a brother. Someone with a strong shoulder I could cry on; someone who knew how to fix a car, or re-plumb a leaking tub! Someone who didn’t mind having a sister, even when sometimes he might’ve secretly said to God – “Hey Lord, how about a brother?”
But what I really want to say here God, is this: Thank-you for the wishing stars of childhood, they sing light across the magic skies of wonder, they tell the beauty of your heaven up above, but most of all they gleam and gently radiate the ever-shining wisdom of your love.
© 2010 Laura Swindon-Ross
Accepting that which we don’t Understand
Proverbs 7:4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding [your] relative.
Understanding a wisdom that far surpasses our own can be difficult at times, whether circumstances are by choice, by chance and happening or otherwise. As we go through life, we increase our knowledge on various subjects. At the start of our life we learned to roll over, crawl, stand, walk and then run. In our school-aged years, we learned the alphabet, then how to write and read. Later, we composed papers and theses of our own based on knowledge we gained and were beginning to better understand. For the most part we had a parent, teacher or older relative to guide us in learning. Some of these lessons were difficult to understand and took more time or studying in which to master. Others came easily. But through it all we learned and as we learned we grew and as we grew we were shaped into the individuals that we are today.
If you take the above and apply it to how Yahweh helps to bring us to a more complete knowledge and understanding, one thing that could be pointed out is that we did not learn to run before we had learned to walk. We did not solve complicated math equations before we could count. We did not write book reports before we could read and write. There was a certain progression that took place based on what our developing minds were able to take in, learn and hold on to. In many ways the way that progression still applies in the ways that we learn what is taught by Yahweh.
In this stage of my development, I’ve learned that the ways in which Father helps us to learn the depths of Her knowledge and wisdom is multifaceted. And I know that for me personally, I cannot be reminded enough that in all instances and in every experience both good and bad there is something to be learned. But it’s those experiences that seem to be the hardest to understand, because we have not yet reached that particular depth of knowledge because other things must be learned first in order to get to a higher level of understanding first. Much like understanding algebra before one has learned to multiply. It can even seem impossible to understand.
Then there are those that seem hardest or impossible to learn on the outside because they’re encased within a particular bad situation that might bring pain or hardship. In these I feel we have the most to learn and, they can at times be the most difficult to learn. It can be difficult because it takes looking past the outer shell of what might be very hard to deal with, accept or understand and then inward for the lesson contained within. Or, In order to do that we must first say that we accept whatever it is that is a challenge to us in understanding and then search for the lesson that difficulty brings.
In some of the more difficult cases we must simply accept in blind faith that which we don’t understand and humbly wait through endurance for the lesson to be revealed, and this takes a certain level of trust and faith in Yahweh that through Her love She will and through this process we will be brought to a higher level of understanding. We cannot assume to know the depths of our Creator’s wisdom because it is so deep and goes so far beyond our own knowledge and understanding that it cannot be measured or anticipated. We cannot assume that we know better because quite simply we do not. How could we when She is the potter and we the clay? She always has something new to reveal and so therefore we must wait patiently, in the same way that She patiently awaits us in learning the lessons She teaches, and in acceptance and accordance to Her Will and Her Way as She molds us and forms us.
Our loving Mother, in all Her wisdom and vast storehouse of knowledge, is the One who guides us through life and into eternal life. An ever-patient teacher, She helps us in elevating our level of knowledge and increasing our growth by bringing us from one stage to another. On our part, all that must be done is trust, faith, and the desire to learn Her Way and in the end come to know Her and as well. And most importantly, we must accept those lessons that She has to teach and know that they come from a place of love regardless of the form that they come in, always being grateful that She takes the time to teach us at all.
A False Guidance
submitted by Jeshaiah
The heart, to a strong sense, is a sensory organ. There is much more to the heart than just as a muscle that pumps blood.
Luke 6:45 — A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
Proverbs 4:23 — Guard your heart above all else, [a]
for it is the source of life. (A)
a. Proverbs 4:23 Or heart with all diligence
It is also something to consider in that the heart is considered a symbol of one's love.
The heart helps to tell a person when they are feeling down, or when they are happy. The heart can also receive signals from the brain to pump harder, and different other organs can be enacted to produce chemicals that will alter how the heart reacts. For instance, the adrenal glands create adrenaline that, in times that require the chemical, cause the heart to pump faster, and perhaps the brain to work differently. In this, adrenaline can be a great benefit to a person whom requires the energy to perhaps save someone's life. Amongst this, a person is able to sense the beating of their heart, how heavy it may feel, and many other things.
The heart also is, Christ had shared above, a storeroom. Items are placed in a storeroom, and different things can even grow there. At the same time, things can go in and out of a storeroom, and maybe even altered when they enter the storeroom. In this, the heart can also be like a stomach of sorts. Something positive can come in and something positive can come out. The heart, also as a place, can be part of the housing of Father's Spirit:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary (AE) of the Holy Spirit (AF) who is in you, (AG) whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought (AH) at a price; therefore glorify God in your body. [h] Other mss add and in your spirit, which belong to God.
In this, the heart can sense Father's Spirit; Her positivity. At the same time, however:
Proverbs 13:12 — Delayed hope makes the heart sick,
but fulfilled desire is a tree of life. (A)
Proverbs 13:19 — Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste,
but fools hate to turn from evil. (A)
In other words, the heart can also be deceived into feeling things that may seem okay, but actually are not. And due to the other glands that can influence the heart, the heart can perceive that an organ is attempting to relay a particular signal, but the mind may realize that the organ is actually malfunctioning. Then, regardless of what the mind realizes, the heart is still receiving the chemicals by the malfunctioning organ to operate in a particular manner. At the same time, the mind can be deceived by things it cannot sort out, and different spiritual parts of a person can also act like organs and have further impacts on a person.
A lot of the things seen on television can go straight into the mind. As it has been taught about recharging chakras with color charts, the mind readily accepts the colors. At the same time, however, the mind may be readily open to accepting what it sees on television, and perhaps a narrow-mindedness may set in. Standards for acceptable programming on television have also been decreased, as given by various articles about laws and regulations that have been passed. At the same time, it has been taught that thinking the wrong thought or dwelling upon it can cultivate negativity within one's heart. This can be especially dangerous in a television program where the same sort of energy is continually impacted into one's mind, and dwells there. This, in turn, can change how an individual feels about a particular subject, which can even lead into topics such as the current oil spill. The TV could give messages of feeling comfort that the spill is under control, or, alternatively, it could give feelings that things are not quite right. Even gazing upon the clouds in the sky can provide feelings, as there are spiritual casts even in the clouds.
Further, different things that spirits do around oneself can have an impact on how one feels, and various thought injections and dreams, perhaps even things that happen while sleeping, can have an impact on one's heart. Among these factors, what is currently happening in the spiritual war could be kept in mind to consider. In this way, as times get more rough, and various difficult things are felt, more reflection upon how one's heart reacts may be taken, and those things that are evil and not inspired in Father's Spirit may be removed.
Jeremiah 17:9 — The heart is more deceitful than anything else
and desperately sick—who can understand it? (A)
Proverbs 27:21 — Silver is [tested] in a crucible, gold in a smelter,
and a man, by the praise he receives. (A) [a]
a. Proverbs 27:21 Lit The crucible for silver and the smelter for gold, and a man for a mouth of praise.
Isaiah 48:10 — Look, I have refined you, (A) but not as silver;
I have tested [a] you in the furnace of affliction.
a. Isaiah 48:10 Or chosen
Thinking – Speaking – Acting
Submitted by Deborah
Every day, multiple times a day, we each have the opportunity to speak or act on topics or events that arise around us. It may be a situation that arises with a co-worker, a current events discussion, a family occurrence, a neighborhood kerfuffle or a message board thread. We see hear or see things that we have an immediate reaction to or thoughts about. Situations where we may be able to add to or contribute with our words. Is it always a good thing to immediately jump in with thoughts or opinions?
Many times, those who we might speak with may not be open to hearing what you have to hear. Or they just need to be heard and understood. But by lingering or listening to their words that appear to be foolish… is that always helpful?
The longer I have been a Minister, the more I have felt urged to be silent, observe and wait for more information and guidance from Father. I cannot say I am always very good at this because I don’t like open ended-ness, but I am improving. Restraint has been a learned thing for me.
However, there are times when there must be an action taken sooner rather than later. A conclusion or decision made from the information that has been gathered. This would be an urgent issue, and we do the best we can with the information we've been given. However, we must always look to Father’s direction and guidance in order to make the best decision. If we have the memory of precedence set before then that is a good indicator of the direction to take. The Bible has many examples of what others have gone through before us.
I worry sometimes when I witness conversations or actions that appear at the outset to be going in the wrong direction and I do not feel strongly urged to speak, and therefore do not act. I worry that as a servant of God that I may not be speaking up enough for Her. But then again, we have been taught the following:
a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak;
And I also know that when the prophets of Yahweh were directly moved to speak for Her purposes, they knew in their hearts that it was the right time. And speak they did. So I trust that if I wait on my Father everything will fall into place.
So really, I suppose I’m addressing two issues.
1. Jumping to conclusions and putting my proverbial two cents in or acting when I don’t have all the information or the timing is wrong.
2. Speaking as a servant of God.
One is moving from ones own wisdom and the other is moving from Father’s wisdom. Forcing a situation is never good. And forcing your views or opinions on others when there may be another unseen plan for them is never good either. So restraint is key. And patience. For when Father is ready, the key information will be revealed and/or the urgency to speak will be present.
Chosen – Book Two
We would like to announce the arrival of Book Two, the continuation of Chosen: End Times Truths Revealed.
Book Two starts where the first book left off and includes accounts from ministers Regina, Johanna, Deborah, Jeshaiah and Elisha, describing their individual journeys and experiences in their service to Yahweh and Christ over the past several years in autobiographical form.
It is available in .pdf form for free via
www.chosen.weebly.com and will be updated monthly.
The Journey Continues
Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two
There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so- good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…
On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…
Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…
When I first began searching for Truth, I had the idea that perhaps each of the different denominations of churches had a separate piece of the puzzle that needed to all be put together. It did come to mind that perhaps there already was someone or a group out there that already had all the pieces together, but I did not know of a way to find them. So, for the most part, I trusted in Father, whom I did not know the name of at the time, to guide me. I had visited various churches and sought to come to have an understanding for what they understood…
In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co- authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye- opener…
Nourishment From The Throne
Foolish behavior is what got many an angelic host into hot water with Father.
"Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him." I know that you ministers apply almost all Scripture to mankind, but it also applies to the spiritual class. Angelic hosts have their time of youth. It occurs in the early years of being trained. Michael cautions against foolish behavior, because it is nonproductive and leads away from Father's Way.
"A man's own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the LORD." The things applied to mankind can and are just as easily applied to those in the spirit world. Where a child crossing over will develop on seven year cycles, much foolishness is purged from them as they progress through the spiritual cycles of life to maturity. A furnaced angelic host must also go through a period of cycles to learn the Way and become productive in Father's reality. Did you ever see a honey bee that was goofing off? They are like a well oiled machine taking care of the hive – each other, and most importantly, their Queen.
"Foolishness is tangled up in the heart of a youth; the rod of discipline will drive it away from him." Youth can be on either side of our reality.
"Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you'll be like him yourself."
"Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he'll become wise in his own eyes." Does that seem to contradict Proverbs 26:4? Not really. How did Christ answer those that spoke foolishness? To answer accordingly, you follow the examples of your Teacher. Sometimes, silence is the best answer.
It really does seem the more we learn that The Word We begin to see that wasn't only written for mankind, and doesn't just apply to mankind, but for all of creation the visible and invisible. And there seems to be a sort of symbolism involved in that there are "visible" Truths that are applied to mankind (and all creation) and those "hidden" or "invisible" truths that we have all just begun to understand more and more about, to the invisible creation (and all creation) but all together they make up the whole of creation in the same way the visible and invisible make up all of creation.
Spiritual War News
Dawn's launching an attack on the Ministry- Continued
The only editing to these post which the Sons of Darkness posted online is the foul language.
Let’s get this problem resolved
June 13, 2010
Jaddai – Exactly what is it you are expecting our Mother to give you Dawn? Forget returning to Heaven. It's out of the question. You have created yourself a dilemma. If you release Michael without an argreement with Her, or you off him, you are going to be in a world of hell that has yet to be described in the Word. So you'd better get your act together and straighten this mess out you've got yourself and your demons into. We'll await your reply.
Enmeduranki – Go away Jaddai. We are holding the ball of wax now and you damn well know it!! So get the hell out of here or stay put. Makes no difference. You should be thanking us for releasing you.
I'll tell you this much. We have Mike securely wraped in our serpent grip and he's going to stay entwisted there until we decide otherwise.And we are going to expose Yahweh and you black booted b****rds for who you really are!! That's our answer!!
Jaddai – Dawn is in charge, not you. I'll await his reply.
Dawn – Well you'll be waiting until hell freezes over. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Randy – Hey En!! Hodiah told me the ministry has been dissolved by Yahweh. Something about them not following Her instructions. Good deal huh
Enmeduranki – Excellent! Yes, good indeed. Now that they're out of the way we've just prolonged the war.
Randy, here's what I want you to do. We'll get that latest information about the ministry verified by holy ghosts from the great hall's record of events. We'll also get a statement from Jaddai. Then we can discredit them if they continue to publish that crapper of lies they call a newsletter. Get on that right away. I'll inform Dawn.
Without Yahweh's backing they're SCREWED!! So don't delay.
Randy – We don't need Jaddai's statement En. I just posted this at Uber Site after I spoke with some holy ghosts:
"The removal of Seraiah was the KEY to crumbling that ministry. The holy ghosts have verified the great hall's record of event that they are banned from Yahweh's family YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"
They said Johanna was the deciding factor in Yahweh's decision. She must have cut them off from Yahweh's guidance. Good for her LOL
En – Dawn will be pleased because I know I'm over joyed at this confirmation. Good job Randy. We have not only rammed Yahweh this time, but we have also poked a hole in her timescale.
Dawn wants all communications documented on this forum from now on. They will be for our use against any new chosen one Yahweh might pick in the future,
Johanna, Dawn informed me he's watching you closely from the spirit realm. We know you're presently viewing this forum.
That's what happens when you over step your authority with Yahweh LMMFAO!!!!
Jaddai – Well Dawn I guess it will be up to our side to break this stalemate. You should prepare for the worst, because I'm not joking with you when I say Father is about to take drastic action against your side of the chess board. You've had your chance to make an amicable settlement in this latest controversy. To bad you blew it. I won't wish you a good day, because your good times are about to come to an abrupt halt.
Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos
It’s always helpful to recharge your chakras because it will help your psychic awareness and development. Below are two different recharges that you can use to do this. In the first, look to the center of the picture and take in all of the colors at once. After a few minutes of soaking in the colors, close your eyes and breathe in deeply to the count of 4 and as you breathe in, think "I breathe in energy of all my basic Chakras colors," and hold your breath to the count of 3 then exhale to the count of 4. Repeat the process at least 5 times. And that's all there is to it. This technique will help to convert raw energy into the correct colors as it disperses it to your Chakras'.
Basic Chakras Recharge:
This next picture is designed to give you deep basic Chakras color replacement; it will convert raw energy into these colors and disperse them to your Chakras'. It won't be necessary for you to think of anything during the process. All that I ask of you is that you concentrate on the lighted forehead about face height in the white area that is below the Magenta Colored Circle. Also, please try and keep the Colored Circles and the square blocks with red dots within view. If part of the lower picture is obscured, that's okay.
Please focus in the transfixed posture. Then count slowly to 60 and slowly close your eyes lightly; then immediately reopen and please repeat the process for 5 times (which will be about 5 minutes).
Deep Chakras Recharge:
TAPS "House Guest" 2007 episode
This is a classical case of how the satanic side uses their powers to try and fool the masses. They know that TAPS is a televised series, and Satan's troops never miss a chance to be deceptive. However, I do believe they wish the ghost hunters were more adept at reading the spiritual signs of how the spirit world casts, even if they do not want them to know the true source of where many of the casts originate.
If you have not watched that episode, it is a good one to study. Watching the demons replicate a shadow effect is worth the effort. Shooting still frames on pause is the way to see exactly how they achieved the feat. Where the ghost hunters and the sister of the deceased believed that it was one single spirit that had made an appearance, they are dead wrong. It was a concerted effort by many spirits working to wards one single goal. Without the shadow having been originally cast by the human to draw off of, they would have had much more difficulty achieving the desired effect. When you watch that episode, please note that as the person casting the lower shadow goes down and away, the energy can clearly be seen as the spirits move into position. The combined energies (lighting up) is quick and swiftly turns into the shadow of what at first glance appears to be female. But is it? You be the judge.
The spirits shadow:
They think the shadow face is facing them, but in reality it faces off to the right in the screen (left in reality). This photo is a lighter version giving facial detail and bodily shape of the spirit picked for the shadow effect. But keep in mind that that spirit is surrounded by many others that are sharing energy to create the casted effect that's being witnessed.
Here it is in a color change to black and white for better clarity.
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
'Rain of luminous beams' appears in the sky of Xiamen Huandao Road
12 Jul 2010
Whats on Xiaxmen
Dozens of vertical luminous beams appeared in the night sky of Xiamen about 11:30pm last Friday, reports Southeast Express.
Second UFO seen in Chongqing
July 16, 2010
Another unidentified flying object has been seen hovering over a park in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality after the investigation into a UFO that shut Hangzhou's Xiaoshan Airport on July 7 failed to reach a conclusion.
Saucer-Shaped UFO Seen over Indiana
Published: 1:11 PM 7/10/2010
Indiana – 07-10-10
I stepped out to have a late night cigarette break in front of my home at approximately 2:15 AM.
After about 2 or 3 minutes, I happened to glance up in the sky just to look at the stars, when I noticed a very strange, saucer-shaped craft flying pretty low to the ground.
Armchair Astronomer Sees Unknown Object over Florida
Published: 11:08 AM 7/10/2010
Florida – 07-08-10
I was sitting outside enjoying one of the rare evenings with low humidity and great star shine for a summer's night in Florida.
Viewing toward the east and scanning the constellations that were unusually bright for this time of year, I focused on Scorpio to the south/southeast. After a few seconds of viewing Scorpio, I wondered if Sagittarius was above the horizon yet.
As I moved my view more to the southeast, suddenly a large, bright, yellow-green circle appeared out of nowhere.
Illinois office workers watch pieces falling off hovering daylight UFO
July 17, 2010
A group of Illinois office workers observed a "copper colored, brightly flashing" object that hovered in the daytime sky while "smaller pieces appeared to be breaking away and falling rapidly" to the ground on July 16, 2010, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
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
You won't believe what Obama's cooking up now …
World Net Daily
by Bob Unruh
July 15, 2010
You've seen the reports about Van Jones, President Obama's onetime "green jobs czar," and Cass Sunstein, his equally volatile "regulatory czar," and Fox News show host Glenn Beck has put together a list of dozens of such appointees.
Army reports record number of suicides for June
by Gregg Zoroya
July 16, 2010
Soldiers killed themselves at the rate of one per day in June making it the worst month on record for Army suicides, the service said Thursday.
Uganda bombs kill 74, Islamists claim attack
by Elias Biryabarema
July 12, 2010
(Reuters) – Somali Islamists said on Monday they had carried out two bomb attacks in Uganda that killed 74 soccer fans watching the World Cup final on television.
Malaria-proof mosquito engineered
by Victoria Gill
July 16, 2010
Scientists in the US have succeeded in genetically engineering a malaria-resistant mosquito.
The researchers, from the University of Arizona, introduced a gene that affected the insect's gut, meaning the malaria parasite could not develop.
Police in Malaysia uncover 'illegal zoo'
July 14, 2010
Police in Malaysia have inadvertently uncovered a massive haul of endangered wildlife during a raid on a warehouse.
The police – who were looking for stolen cars – found thousands of birds, leopard cats, albino pygmy monkeys and other animals at the site in the suburbs of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Crop Circle Watch
Guys Cliffe, nr Old Milverton, Warwickshire. Reported 10th July
This formation warrants an aerial shot due to the shaded pattern within the centre which at ground level can be quite deceptive. One angle can give you a visual of the typical alien head and another an eye and another petals. To capture this shading in its full glory sunlight if essential which on this day cloud and rain ruled the outcome of my visit.
The wheat in this field has been planted almost in the same manner like maize so quite a few gaps in-between the wheat – hence the visible soil in the lay.
The lay itself is in almost mature wheat which brings home a fact to how far we are into this years crop circle season, but nevertheless quite neat design throughout the entire formation with equal elements.
This formation is not easy to spot even if you walk along the path which is approx 30-40 feet away so constant observation is essential – as long as you can see Guy Fliffes House then at least you know you are heading in the right direction.
Drizzling rain made photography difficult so It was a race to grab as many photos as possible before heavier rain arrived.
While I was taking shots 3 orange lights appeared in the tree line which then moved quickly towards the visible property and then disappeared – quite distinctive spherical shape which flared with intense brightness for a few seconds or so.
I also tried to use a wet cam but some reason or another the camera failed to function but yet worked perfectly fine when I returned to my car, and I also tried to take EMF readings due to the National Grid Line which runs through the field but once again ( for the 2nd time this season ) the fully charged batteries were once again fully discharged.
Aerial photography may be restricted as military type passenger planes were flying frequently over this formation.
Hochfelden, Zurich. Reported 8 July
Short-Summary of the KORES-Report:
Discovered by the farmer himself on July 8, 2010, this 120 m diameter measuring formation was investigated by Beni Sidler of the Swiss crop circle research organisation "KORES" (www.kornkreise.ch) soon after its discovery. Inside Sidler found all traces and signs for a mechanical man-made origin of this formation.
More Information: www.kornkreise.ch
Clifton, nr Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Reported 12th July
I took these photos of the crop circle at Brighouse, Huddersfield. I didn't have time to get into the field, but the view from the footbridge over the motorway gives quite a good view.
I've stretched one and done a rough diagram from the detail I can see on the photos and more that I could see while I was there (photos not such good quality sorry, I was in a hurry to get where I needed to be). If you can use them on your page, please feel free.
Fosbury nr Vernham Dean, Wiltshire. Reported 17th July
An amazing Hypercube has appeared below the Fosbury Hill fort on Haydown Hill. Once again we see glimpses of other dimensions. This is now the third in what appears to be a sequence of formations so far.
Farley Mount, nr Sparsholt, Hampshire. Reported 17th July
No arial photos or field report is available on this crop circle at this time.
Signs in Humanity
Crime school: Mugging, shoplifting, drugs and drinking in class all posted on the internet
by Laura Clark
July 16, 2010
Swigging from bottles of vodka and whisky, the rowdy pupils pose for a mocking video – filmed inside their own school.
Man Pleads Guilty to Using AIDS as Deadly Weapon in Dallas Trial
July 15, 2010
A man pleaded guilty in a Dallas court Thursday to having unprotected sex with women without telling them he had AIDS, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Corrupt Gwent CPS lawyer jailed over £20,000 bribe
July 14, 2010
A senior crown prosecutor who accepted a £20,000 bribe to drop a case has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Sarfraz Ibrahim, 51, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, who worked for Gwent CPS, was caught in a police sting.
Missing Ore. Boy's Stepmother Accused of Abduction Attempt
July 14, 2010
The case of missing Oregon boy Kyron Horman has taken another bizarre twist, as the boy’s stepmother — who reportedly tried to hire a gardener to kill her now-estranged husband — has been accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with her husband's high school friend and attempting to abduct her own daughter.
Texas Mayor Kills Teen Daughter and Commits Suicide in Home
July 14, 2010
COPPELL, Texas — The mayor of an upscale Dallas suburb apparently shot her teenage daughter to death before fatally shooting herself, after leaving notes at their home warning officers about the scene they would find and outlining how to manage family affairs, police said Wednesday.
Arks of Safe Haven
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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 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.1 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.8 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS
6.2 SOUTH OF MARIANA ISLANDS
5.6 ROTA REGION, N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.2 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
5.1 SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN
5.1 MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
6.2 ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
5.8 PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.1 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
5.3 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
5.0 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA
5.7 ARAUCANIA, CHILE
5.6 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
6.6 BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.2 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
CHILE – Wednesday, Chile was hit by two strong quakes. The first one took place at 4:21 am and minutes later at 4:32 another one shook the Earth, scaring thousands of people in the vicinity of the quake’s center. One of the towns that was most alerted by the recent earthquakes was Tirua, where local media reported people were fleeing to higher ground among fears that a tsunami would devastate the area, like it happened in the strong earthquake on February.
The second earthquake was the stronger one with a magnitude of 6.5, and was centered 345 miles south of Santiago de Chile. The first earth movement registered a 5.3 magnitude. Still present in the mind of the Chileans is the devastating earthquake that hit the country on February 27, killing more than 500 people and leaving 200,000 others homeless.
INDONESIA – After two years, spewing about 100,000 tons a day, the Lusi mud volcano in East Java shows no signs of letting up.
CHINA – The Tianchi volcano located in Changbai mountain along China's border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will not erupt in the next dozens of years, a Chinese seismology expert said Friday. The comprehensive monitor data showed the volcano was in a stable condition without any abnormity. A geology professor in Korea had declared that the volcano might erupt between 2014 and 2015. The professor who made this assumption, saying the eruption may occur "within several years," based it on the data provided in the scientific papers of various Chinese experts. The volcano was active from 2002 to 2005 as shown by the monitored data, but it became stable in 2005 and the parameters of its status have been down close to the level in 2002.
Tianchi volcano is regarded as the most dangerous volcano on the Chinese mainland with eruption potential, and the 2-billion-cubic-meter water on the top of the volcano has further increased its destructive potential in case of possible eruption. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1903. Later, the Changbai mountain became a famous mountain resort in China, known for its beautiful natural scenery. China started the research and monitoring of Tianchi volcano in 1985 and experts said a comprehensive volcano monitor system combining gravity, deformation, electromagnet and fluid monitor and seismology forecast would be established to further strengthen the monitoring.
Tropical storm 03W was 511 nmi ENE of Cebu City, Philippines.
PHILIPPINES – 3 Luzon provinces under storm signal number 1. Monday, the government weather bureau placed under storm signal number 1 the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, and Aurora due to Tropical Depression "Basyang." Basyang, which has intensified into a tropical storm, was spotted at 660 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes at 5 a.m. Monday. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and is moving west northwest at 22 kilometers per hour. Basyang is expected to be at 450 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora on Tuesday morning. It will make landfall in Aurora-Isabela on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, Basyang will be at 60 kilometers east of Sinait in Ilocos Sur. It will be 290 kilometers west northwest of the town on Thursday morning. Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under signal number 1 were alerted against possible landslides and flash floods.
GUATEMALA – Minor explosions were reported Tuesday from Guatemala’s volcano Pacaya, located about 24 miles from Guatemala City. Five explosions of ash rose 160 feet into the air. Authorities are closely monitoring its activity. They expect the activity to increase and have placed a temporary ban on tourists hiking on the volcano. In May, Pacaya erupted leaving at least one journalist dead, and about 2,000 people had to evacuate. The blast released tons of sand and cost millions of dollars in damage. The volcano has been active with periodic eruptions since 1565.
TONGA – A huge 10,000 foot volcano on the ocean floor has been erupting for days near Tonga. Out of the water, smoke, steam, and ash have been blasting hundreds of feet into the sky and clouds. At this point currently the eruption isn't posing any threat to anyone living on the islands near by Tonga. No reports of significant fish or animal danger but scientists suspect that there is some small marginal loss of fish in the area.
INDONESIA – Scientists on a deep-sea expedition off Indonesia have discovered a towering volcano: It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) from the ocean floor, yet remains far from sight at the water's surface. Researchers have mapped 2,400-sq.-miles (6,200 sq.-kilometers) of sea floor since setting off last month, an area equal to the size of the U.S. state of Delaware. They found one undersea volcano that rises more than 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) in water 18,000-feet- (5,480-meters-) deep. "This is a huge undersea volcano, taller than all but three or four mountains in Indonesia." The expedition concludes on August 14.
NEW ZEALAND – Beneath the waters of Lake Taupo lies one of the world's biggest volcanoes and scientists say an eruption would be one of the most life threatening events New Zealand has ever faced. An eruption involving New Zealand's largest lake would dwarf the trouble caused by the 1995 Ruapehu eruption and lahar flows since then.
"Taupo on a global scale is a very large volcano. The crater is somewhere in the order of 15 and 20 kilometres in diameter, so it's right up there in the top ten globally for size." Other experts think it could even eclipse the worldwide disruption caused by the Icelandic volcano three months ago.
But scientists say that there will be plenty of warning signs before the big bang including more frequent earthquakes, hot springs around Taupo drying up and the lake could start bubbling. Scientists are always on alert, monitoring the lake 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "We know the volcano is still doing things, but it's not yet fully understood. It's something we're actually doing research on at the moment to see if it really is the volcano acting up a bit."
The Taupo volcanic zone is one of the most active in the world. There are 12 active volcnoes and at least 30 geothermal hot spots that stretch from Mount Ruapehu to White Island. "The eruptions we've seen so far not a big problem, if we had a massive eruption out of Taupo, I don't think aviation would be operating much at all." Taupo erupts every 900 years on average, and the last big bang was 1700 years ago. Scientists say it's not a matter of if, but when.
TROPICAL STORMS –
Typhoon CONSON was 211 nmi E of Manila, Philippines.
PHILIPPINES – A low-pressure area spotted off Bicol late Sunday intensified into a tropical depression Monday, becoming the second cyclone to enter Philippine territory this year. However, weather forecasters say the tropical depression, code-named "Basyang," may not bring in enough rains to raise the water level at Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan, which supplies water in Metro Manila. Last week, officials at Angat Dam warned the water level at the dam has reached the critical level.
Earlier, PAGASA had estimated that only 13 to 15 cyclones may pass through Philippine territory this year. Only one – "Agaton" (international code name Omais) – passed through the country last March. "Basyang" was estimated at 660 km east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4:00 a.m. There was no immediate indication of when or where "Basyang" will make landfall.
Tropical storm CONSON was 35 nmi WSW of Subic Bay, Philippines.
Typhoon Conson ripped through the Philippines' main island, leaving at least three people dead, sweeping shanties into the sea and leaving a trail of wreckage in Manila. Nineteen fishermen who were at sea when the typhoon, packing maximum gusts of 120km/h, hit the South-East Asian archipelago were also missing. With communication systems down amid the chaos of the typhoon's aftermath, disaster relief officials were still trying to determine the extent of the damage and there were concerns the death toll could rise.
Electricity was knocked out throughout the main island of Luzon, including Manila, where fallen tree branches and other debris littered the streets today.The capital's overhead railway system was also shut down due to the power outage that brought much of the city to a standstill. Shanty towns erected by squatters on the coastal areas near Manila were also swept away, leaving the shocked, drenched residents to scavenge scrap wood to build makeshift shelters. "The wind howled like a child screaming … it was so strong, our houseboat nearly got flipped over." Conson blew past Luzon and into the South China Sea this morning, but some international flights in and out of Manila were still cancelled while others were delayed.
Conson was the first typhoon of the season, and its ferocity took the 12 million residents of Manila by surprise. The President let rip at the state weather service today for not warning Manila's residents that Conson would hit the city. Many people in Manila went to bed late yesterday having been lulled by forecasters' bulletins that Conson would hit the northern provinces instead of Manila. However, the weather service failed to mention that the typhoon had a wide radius of 300km. The ill-equipped Philippine weather service came in for criticism in September last year when it failed to warn the residents of Manila about the threat from Tropical Storm Ketsana, which killed 464 people.
Conson, the first tropical storm of the year may hit Hong Kong as early as Friday, weather forecasters warn. It is expected to bring heavy rain to Hong Kong and Guangdong. That will add to woes in the mainland, where at least 107 people have been killed in floods and landslides. Conson will enter the South China Sea later today, intensify, and head for Guangdong, west of Macau. Hong Kong may be feeling its effects from late on Thursday. Meanwhile, the very hot weather warning remained in force yesterday with temperatures reaching 35.1 degrees Celsius.
06E was 372 nmi SSW of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Tropical storm CONSON was 278 nmi E of Da Nang, Vietnam.
CHINA may be facing THE WORST FLOODS IN 12 YEARS if rains continue to drench the Yangtze river region, as a major tropical storm threatens the southern coast. The situation along the nation's longest waterway was at a "critical point. If heavy rain hits the upper reaches of the river, the Yangtze River basin could suffer from flooding similar to 1998. And if you add the (imminent) landfall of Typhoon Conson, the situation along the Yangtze River basin is even less optimistic." China experienced massive deadly floods in 1998 in parts of the Yangtze River basin, which acts as an unofficial dividing line between the north and south of the country. The disaster killed 4150 people and forced over 18 million more out of their homes, causing economic losses of 255 billion yuan ($42.7 billion).
The nation's three worst floods in recent history – 1954, 1983 and 1998 – "all happened in July and August". 118 people have died in floods that have hit the southern half of China since the beginning of July, and another 47 are still missing. The downpours have also triggered deadly landslides that have swept entire villages away. A series of such disasters hit parts of southwestern and central China earlier this week, killing at least 41 people, but it was unclear whether the victims were included in the overall death toll. In the eastern province of Jiangxi, flash floods forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 people and water from three reservoirs spilled over into neighbouring areas.
Conson, which killed 23 people and left dozens missing in the Philippines, was due to hit China's southern shores Thursday. It had initially been downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm, but had gathered strength again and was now classed as a severe tropical storm. The storm is expected to bring winds that will trigger eight-metre waves.
The sixth tropical depression of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season formed off the western coast of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon, but the storm poses no threat to land. The depression formed just before 2 p.m. PDT (2100 GMT) and was located about 550 kilometers (340 miles) southwest of Manzanillo, a city in the Mexican state of Colima. Tropical depression Six-E is moving toward the west-northwest at a speed of approximately 20 kilometers (13 miles) per hour. “This general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected during the next 48 hours." Maximum sustained winds are currently near 55 kilometers (35 miles) per hour, with higher gusts. “Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression could become a tropical storm on Thursday." As the depression is located far from any land, and is not expected to come close to any land, no watches or warnings have been issued. If the depression eventually does develop into a tropical storm, it will be given the name Estelle. It would be the fourth tropical storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
CHINA – A flash flood washed through a mountain town in southwest China early Tuesday, killing three people and leaving at least 50 missing, while crews raced to drain an engorged reservoir in another part of the country following heavy summer rains. Rescuers tried to locate the 56 missing people in Xiaohe town after the deluge swept through around 4 a.m. The official Xinhua News Agency said the disaster in Xiaohe was a landslide, not a flood – an account disputed by media reports and an official in Yunnan province where Xiaohe is located and which has been pounded by heavy rains for weeks.
Meanwhile, hundreds of workers and soldiers were scrambling to drain a reservoir threatening to burst and flood a city in far western China that is home to more than 200,000 people. About 10,000 residents from the city of Golmud in the high-altitude region of Qinghai were evacuated to temporary camp sites as rescuers began to build a channel for draining the overflowing Wenquan reservoir. If breached, the reservoir could damage the nearby Qinghai-Tibet railway, along with the city's power and water plants. Some places would be submerged in as much as 10 feet (3 meters) of water. Water build-up from days of rain and snow melt filled up the reservoir, pushing it to almost four feet (more than one meter) above the warning level. Three military cargo planes carrying thousands of lead nets, rubber rafts and life jackets, delivered emergency supplies to the scene.
Rain is expected for Qinghai through Tuesday, along with parts of southern China that have been pelted with torrential storms since June. More than 42,000 houses have collapsed and another 121,000 were damaged across nine provinces. Hundreds of thousands of acres (hectares) of crops have been affected, with economic losses estimated at 8.9 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion). More than 450 people throughout nine central and southern provinces have died since heavy rains began in June.
GERMANY – Twister injures 11 at campsite on a German island in the North Sea. The small twister built up quickly at around 3.15 p.m. (1315 GMT) Monday over Duene island, off the coast of Helgoland, a larger island north of the German mainland. About 100 people were at the site when the storm hit, causing broken bones and other injuries that required hospital treatment. After a string of UNUSUALLY HOT days, storms also hit other parts of the country. A woman was killed by falling branches during a storm in Lower Saxony and trains were stopped by fallen trees.
OIL SPILL –
Could the Deepwater Horizon spill cause a massive eruption of methane that destroys civilization as we know it?
Some writers have examined the research of scientists at Northwestern and Texas A&M and conclude that the BP oil spill may cause the world to end. "BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling operation may have triggered an irreversible, cascading geological Apocalypse that will culminate with the first mass extinction of life on Earth in many millions of years. The oil giant drilled down miles into a geologically unstable region and may have set the stage for the eventual premature release of a methane mega-bubble."
In prehistoric times, an undersea bubble of methane erupted, causing the great Permian extinction of 251 million BC. 55 million years later, it happened again, with similar results. If a similar eruption were about to happen, there would be three ominous signs: large undersea gashes in the sea floor, an increase in pressure causing an elevated seabed and a steady stream of methane bleeding out into the ocean. All three have been reported in the area around the Deepwater Horizon spill, causing some to think that a 20-mile-wide bubble of methane may soon emerge from the ocean floor, pop and then kill us.
But ABC News has taken a stand against the methane bubble rumors. The network has found a credible source to say very politely that the methane theory is a crazy crackpot fear. "The idea that there could be a catastrophic cave in, or a methane gas explosion, that's not a reasonable worry. The rock formations on top of this oil deposit have enough strength that nothing like that is going to happen."
BP testing delayed on Gulf oil fix – BP is delaying critical tests on a new well cap designed to finally stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, after government officials said further checks needed to be carried out on the procedure. BP engineers were scheduled to start slowly shutting off valves on the cap today, aiming to stop the flow of oil for the first time in three months. A series of preliminary steps were completed, including mapping the seafloor. The decision was reached after National Incident Commander Allen met with federal officials, scientists and geologists.
BP is poised to test whether a huge 75-tonne cap can seal the leak without threatening the structural integrity of the well. The device, which contains three giant valves, was lowered late on Monday and latched onto the ruptured pipe 1.6 kilometres down on the sea floor where only underwater robots can operate. Once given the go-ahead, BP engineers will gradually close the valves on the cap and shut down the flow of oil in a process expected to last between six and 48 hours. But US officials fear that if the pressure caused by closing the valves increases too quickly the cap could send oil shooting up from a new leak on the sea floor.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
RUSSIA – Scores of Russians have died in the past few weeks amid a heatwave that shows no sign of breaking. Many of the dead have drowned after taking a swim – often after having drunk too much vodka. For the past two weeks temperatures across much of western Russia have soared past 35C [95F], in THE HOTTEST AND LONGEST HEATWAVE IN DECADES. Russia is also suffering what is thought to be THE WORST DROUGHT IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS. There has been virtually no rain since winter and crops are shrivelling. "We've had 10mm of rain, scorching hot temperatures over 35C, which have just burnt all the crops up. Winter wheat crops are 50% of the yield, and spring crops, in some cases, are going to be virtually none."
A state of emergency has been imposed in 16 Russian regions, and the government is increasing loans to try to help farmers avoid bankruptcy. "It's a major calamity, the situation is extremely serious." In the centre of Moscow, teams of tanker trucks roam the streets spraying water to try to stop the asphalt from melting. At lakes and rivers around Moscow groups of revellers can be seen knocking back vodka and then plunging into the water. The result is predictable – 233 people have drowned in the last week alone. In one incident six schoolchildren drowned, because the summer camp employees looking after them were drunk. The heatwave is expected to last another week. By then Moscow may well have broken through its highest ever temperature of 36.6C.
GERMANY was braced for further tornados after tropical storms buffeted northern regions early Tuesday morning, killing three and injuring at least 11 people. After temperatures reached a RECORD 40 DEGREES in some regions, heavy winds ripped roofs off buildings in some regions while in others more than 25 litres of rain fell per square metre within an hour. The most spectacular weather was seen on Gilliland, where a fully fledged tornado ripped across Germany’s only high sea island, ripping up dunes and a campsite. Eleven islanders were injured by the tornado, which prompted the mayor to declare a state of emergency. “The tornado left behind a trail of utter destruction." Meteorologists were predicting further tornados by today at the latest, with a third wave at the weekend.
“The bad weather was accompanied with hurricane-like gusts of winds above 100km an hour." German energy companies said that the extreme temperatures had forced them to reduce capacity in many nuclear power plants. “Weather incidents caused by massive heat have increased in recent years." Insurance industry figures showed that extreme weather resulted in claims worth €2.9 billion; this year they are braced for claims of €4 billion plus. Storms and hail spread across Europe Tuesday to France, Poland and Switzerland. Meanwhile, dozens of German train passengers are to be compensated by the German rail company after faulty air conditioners resulted in compartment temperatures of more than 50 degrees [122F].
Sunspot 1087 has a magnificent magnetic canopy. The active region could swallow our planet ten times over and still have room to spare. Fortunately, we're 93 million miles away. We could still feel the effects of an eruption, however. The thicket of magnetic loops and filaments harbors energy for M-class solar flares. M-flares can heat and puff up Earth's upper atmosphere, causing satellites to experience extra drag as they orbit our planet; they can also cause waves of ionization to ripple around the planet, disrupting radio communications. There haven't been any big eruptions yet, but the magnificent magnetic field of sunspot 1087 has been restless. NOAA forecasters estimate a 10% chance of M-flares during the next 24 hours. (photos & video)
A solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole should hit Earth's magnetic field today or tomorrow.
Scientists are now 99 per cent certain mass extinction events on Earth are as regular as clockwork. The good news? There are still 16 million years to go until the next one. That's the finding from scientists who have mapped out all Earth's extinction events from the past 600 million years. According to what they've seen, life on Earth is wiped out every 27 million years.
Unfortunately for our planet, it passes through a shower of comets every 27 million years, and it very rarely escapes unscathed. Of the last 20 times we made a galactic run for our lives through the comet shower, Earth escaped with most of its biological organisms intact on only six occasions. The most widely publicised event was 65 million years ago, when a 15km wide asteroid hit the Earth in Mexico with the force of a billion atomic bombs and wiped out the dinosaurs. The last event occurred 11 million years ago, so at least Doomsday cult members can now set their clocks for the year 16,002,010, rather than the fashionably Hollywood mark of 2012. There's one caveat – the extinction scenario rate is not strictly accurate. Sometimes the asteroids ambush all life on Earth up to 10 million years earlier than they should.
Scientists have identified a massive eruption from the sun in April that reached all the way to Earth and may be responsible for knocking out a satellite, creating a so-called "zombie satellite." The huge explosion of plasma and magnetic energy, called as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred on April 3. The solar storm appears to have disabled the Intelsat communications satellite Galaxy 15. Galaxy 15 lost contact with its ground controllers on April 5 and has been drifting around Earth ever since. The observations suggest the coronal mass ejection flung material away from the sun at a PHENOMENAL 1,000 kilometers per second. The solar eruption was moving at 2.2 million mph (3.6 million kph) while it was still close to the sun on April 3. It then slowed down to about 700 kilometers per second (1.5 million mph or 2.5 million kph) when it reached Earth on April 5.
There is an odd twist to the Galaxy 15 satellite failure. While the satellite has stopped communicating with its ground control center, its C-band telecommunications payload (which provided broadcast services to customers) is stuck on, earning it the "zombie satellite" nickname. The now-aimless electronic signal from Galaxy 15 has forced other communications satellites to conduct evasive maneuvers from time to time to avoid signal interference. But the chances of the Galaxy 15 spacecraft hitting another satellite are so remote, they are non-existent, Intelsat officials have said. This month, Galaxy 15 will be flying near two other Intelsat satellites (Galaxy 13 and Galaxy 14).
High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras on July 14th and 15th. NOAA forecaster's estimate a 50% chance of geomagnetic activity today and tomorrow, when a solar wind stream is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field.
HEALTH THREATS –
Salsa and guacamole rising sources of illness – The proportion of restaurant-related illness outbreaks linked to salsa or guacamole has more than doubled over the past decade, to about 4%. The two food products contain diced raw items such as hot peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro that have been implicated in past outbreaks. Pathogens included Salmonella, norovirus, Shigella, and others. The illnesses resulted in 145 hospitalizations and 3 deaths. The investigators found that improper storage times or temperatures were reported in 30% of outbreaks involving the two food items, and food workers were cited as the contamination source in 20%. Salsa and guacamole are often made in large batches, and even a small amount of contamination can affect many customers. The researchers suggest that, given the popularity of Mexican cuisine, restaurant workers need training materials on preparation and storage of salsa. People preparing salsa and guacamole at home should also be aware that products containing raw ingredients should be carefully prepared and refrigerated to prevent illness.
Mumbai seeing widespread flu – Pandemic flu in Mumbai, India, this year has reached 150 cases and is no longer localized, prompting officials to alter their strategy. In last year's wave they could identify pockets of flu and focus efforts, but now they say the virus is "in the air," and they'll shift to informing the public on how best to prevent the disease. "We are getting swine flu patients from everywhere in the city. We have to maintain vigilance all over." The city's slums have been hardest hit.
Most UK H1N1 fatalities had no underlying illness – UK researchers found that 55% of 631 hospitalized H1N1 patients and 59% of fatal cases were otherwise healthy. Racial minorities and pregnant women were overrepresented. Thirteen percent of patients were admitted to a "high dependency" or intensive care unit, and 5% died. Of 349 patients who had chest x-rays, 29% had evidence of pneumonia, which was associated with a severe outcome. Other risk factors for severity were obesity, certain pulmonary conditions, and raised C-reactive protein levels.
Northern Hemisphere nations saw substantial H1N1 hospitalizations – Studies on the H1N1 pandemic in the Northern Hemisphere showed considerably high hospitalization, intensive care (ICU), and death rates. Among evaluated cases in 35 studies, researchers found hospitalization rates as high as 93.8%, ICU admission as high as 36.4%, and fatality rates as great as 38.5%. They also found "substantial percentages" of the elderly among the severely ill.
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
Oil spill teaches us scientists are not gods
A UMNS Commentary
By the Rev. Tina Carter*
July 16, 2010
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above,
or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down
to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God. (Exodus 20:4-5a, NRSV)
You won't go to heaven if you tell – sex abuse priest
14 July 2010
A sex offender priest at the centre of a report that was controversially edited was jailed yesterday for 15 months on 10 counts of child sex abuse.
Should people pray for top atheist who has cancer?
July 14, 2010
By Joe Kovacs
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
A call for prayers for Christopher Hitchens, an anti-God journalist and author recently diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, is being treated with scorn and ridicule by some atheists.
Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse
John Hooper in Rome and Haroon Siddique
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 15 July 2010
It was meant to be the document that put a lid on the clerical sex abuse scandals that have swept the Roman Catholic world. But instead of quelling fury from within and without the church, the Vatican stoked the anger of liberal Catholics and women's groups by including a provision in its revised decree that made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes in ecclesiastical law.
Online Islam Magazine Teaches Bomb-Making Skills, Targets Anyone Involved in "Draw Mohammed Day"
by W.G. Dunlop, AFP
If you have ever wondered how to make a bomb at home, what to pack for jihad, or how to communicate in encrypted messages, a new English-language Al-Qaeda magazine has the answers.
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
Two Pakistan Churches Come under Attack from Islamists
SARGODHA, Pakistan, July 13 (CDN) — Christian communities in two areas came under attack in Punjab Province earlier this month.
In Sargodha, an unidentified motorcyclist on July 1 tossed a grenade in front of the gates of St. Filian’s Church of Pakistan, next to a small Christian-owned amusement park where children were playing, Christian sources said.
Believers mourn the loss of a leader in Dagestan
16 JULY, 2010
Dagestan (NCN) ― Sources from the North Caucasus Network confirmed reports Thursday that the senior pastor of an evangelical church in central Dagestan, Russia was ambushed and shot in the head by unknown gunmen as he departed the church's House of Prayer around 6:30PM local time.
Nigeria: 5 die in new religious violence
By LYNN ADDA (AP) – 15, July 2010
JALINGO, Nigeria — An attack on a mosque by youths in eastern Nigeria erupted into bloodshed, leaving at least five people dead as religious violence continued between Christians and Muslims in Africa's most populous nation, witnesses and police said Wednesday.
Threats Increase Against Followers of Christ in Indonesia
July 14, 2010
Indonesia (MNN) ― Voice of the Martyrs Canada joins their concerns with reports coming out of Indonesia from Compass Direct and AsiaNews.
Christians in Bekasi, West Java have faced growing opposition in recent months from Muslims opposed to "Christianization."
BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Facing Execution, Church Official
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– A well-known Iranian pastor faces execution after two judges agreed to make him "liable to capital punishment," as part of a crackdown on the growing Protestant church movement in the Islamic nation, BosNewsLife learned Tuesday, July 13.