The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Submitted by Johanna
Although outward beauty may be seen
all painted on with a brush so fair
its shallowness can be revealed
in our actions unaware,
But inner beauty is much more rare
and it comes from God above
It is shown in how we act
and how we show His love.
Like an oyster in the ocean
its outer shell so plain and dull
but when you look inside of it
theres a pearl so beautiful.
I hope to be like the oyster
when you look inside you'll see
a heart so warm and beautiful
and see God's love inside of me.
©copyright 2002 Ruth Johnson
Submitted by Regina
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give us though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worse that you must not quit.
submitted by Jeshaiah
I woke up one morning a couple weeks ago with a tale in mind about three trumpets. Basically, the story had the same lesson as the following scriptures:
1 Corinthians 13:1 — [ Love: The Superior Way ] If I speak the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 — I saw that all labor and all skillful work is due to a man's jealousy of his friend. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
In the tale, basically three trumpets were together, and two of them wanted to say that they could play better than the other, and they both tried to play very elaborate tunes. Then the third trumpet said that they would just play with faith in Father, and played a very simple tune.
No questions arose that came to mind to piece together any part of the tale or for morals. Amongst the tale, though, and with reflection, trying to make a louder sound than another does not actually give all focus to Father, but reverts the focus towards evil. In this, a tune not played for Father would not be enjoyed by Her, no matter how much effort.
Proverbs 10:22 — The LORD's blessing enriches,
and struggle adds nothing to it.
[a]Or and He adds no trouble to it
Acts 20:35 — In every way I've shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'
Sometimes, it takes strength to also have the courage not to do the same thing that others are doing. And different factors make it more difficult sometimes than others. The current Tribulation helps to purify and the different conditions that the Tribulation creates also don't always require very difficult responses that could be offered to Father. At the same time, the Tribulation will become progressively worse, up to the coming Rapture, and though things may get worse, a greater and greater endurance may be exemplified.
Hebrews 11:6 — Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
James 4:17 — So, for the person who knows to do good and doesn't do it, it is a sin.
Let go, let love, let God.
Submitted by Deborah
We don't need to hide away from the world when we feel anxious or uncertain, but we do need to turn to Father. Trust in Her and let go of fear. Embrace those you love and who love you. Live your life and truly appreciate the gift you've been given.
By JJ Heller
Am I really living
Or am I just existing
The world is full of danger
But if I never try to go outside
My heart will waste away
Come and save me
You’re the only source of all the peace I need
Come and save me
You tell me life will not be pain free
What will be will always be in your control
Darkness is light to you
And all you ask me to do
Is trust what you say is true
You are stronger
Than any terrible possible scenario today
Come and save me
You’re the only source of all the peace I need
Come and save me
Save me …
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
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…
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
So Regina, if electricity is invisible – and it is- does that mean that it is a product of the invisible realm, or the visible realm. Think real hard on this.
Let me add that electricity is invisible in the visible realm, but not invisible in the spirit realm. Does that help?
I think it's a product of creation as a whole, meaning a product of both. But I'd say that it existed in the invisible realm first.
You are absolutely correct. Lightening is something that is used in creation to help in the process of revitalizing planets like Earth, just as it does that each time it strikes the Earth. It is also a WEAPON of Father's. Why? Because Father is who? Mother Nature. And where does the lightening come from? From the LAW of electricity that Father had Michael institute within the scope of creation. However, "electricity" is an internal product of Father, so, though it is in use in creation and under Her Law, it nonetheless stems directly from Father. Does that make it an additional creation aside from Michael directly from Father? No, because like a human that has a heart or brain, the electricity is part of Father's own makeup that is shared with creation. And there's more that is shared, but we will consider electricity for now.
When you see the flash of lightening, or the sparks produced by electricity that goes to ground, whether by lightening or by current that is interrupted, does that mean that the current cannot be seen in the spirit realm when it was visible in the visible realm briefly?
No, I think electrical currents are seen in the spirit realm. I think lots of things are that we can't see or see only briefly. We can capture electricity using a camera, in the same way we can capture a spirit. Briefly and if the timing is just right – but in the spirit realm it would be the opposite….I think.
It makes me think of several things, like the electrical currents that run through our bodies, in our brains and regulate our heart beats. (Which also makes me think of human spontaneous combustion – what in the world is THAT all about?) Then it also makes me think of Mamres and uhm…that's electrical too, yes? I remember Seraiah explaining it using filaments as an example. Then also in Paranormal Investigating the use of EMF meters. I don't think there's an area in creation that doesn't consist of electricity…is there?
Just had another thought regarding… well it started with thinking about mankind's Big Bang theory, which then led to "spark" and how when you have an idea it's like a spark or something can spark your imagination or creativity. Maybe somehow it's all related to how Creation was first formed, via electricity?
If things are made out of atoms, and atoms are made up of different particles that include postively and negatively charged … particles … then electricity runs through the very parts of cells that make up the whole body, and even things that don't seem to have an electrical potential, like wood.
Here's a marking… and some thoughts on what I've read from the links provided. I also wanted to mention that there have been quite a few stories lately on UFO's being spotted near the sun. I've also seen several stories recently about particularly unusual Northern Lights that have been photographed.
The first thing that stood out was that when the CME occurs, a large mass of ionized gas (or PLASMA) is ejected and we see it as a spectacular eruption. We've studied plasma before, when looking at the makeup of spiritual energy, which is really interesting. In fact, as I read though this information I'm seeing quite a few connections, including magnetic properties and radiation. Oh! Could this also be why Father refers to Angels as stars? Due to their similarities in chemical makeup?
It would stand to reason, that if spirits are similar in makeup to the invisible properties that it would be just that much easier to work with them and manipulate them. Sort of along the lines of how mankind, who is created from dust and returns to dust, works with the earth and those things that are visible in creation (as well as invisible, but this has only been relatively recent – 250 years or so, and with the use of microscopes. It wasn't until 1903 that we could study things below the wavelength of light and 1931 when the first microscope was invented that allowed for the study of colorless and transparent biological materials.). This is as natural for mankind, as manipulation of energy is to those in spirit form.
In pondering what spirits are able to see versus what mankind is, we're created differently. We're created to see the surroundings we live within. And as spirits do not have physical eyes as we do, what they see is the energy that is around them, just as we see the energy that is around us. Different forms, but existing in both realms. It's the difference between the physical eye and the spiritual eye – which, is literal because with the physical eye we see physical things and with the spiritual eye we see spiritual things. The word physical is defined as being of or pertaining to the body. Spiritual, of or pertaining to the spirit. Corporal vs. incorporeal. It also occurs to me just now that the word "Supernatural" truly shouldn't even exist – or needs a new definition. As nature, Father's nature, is both physical and spiritual. It causes me to think that there is no supernatural because it's all explainable.
If you look at the picture really, really, really zoomed out, so that it is about an inch by an inch picture on the computer screen, it looks like a lion with a mane. At the same time, the coronal ejection also looks like a fist or something incoming to strike the planet.
Also something in consideration, the Farmer's Almanac, the history of it, was created by an astronomer who believed that the Sun's solar winds and CME's have a huge impact on the planet's weather patterns, and built the weather prediction equations around those measurements. Those equations are apparently guarded as a sort of trade secret. Although not all the CME's get through the atmosphere, they can create a spectacular light display above the planet, which is a lot like another wonder of Father's. Although scientists have been able to give an amount of explanation as to how they occur, I don't think they any less produce the same amount of awe, if not more so, because it further provides insight into how wonderful and creative Father can be with Her Creation.
I don't think that CME's are very pleasant when they come from the Sun, because…they're dangerously charged particles. Could be symbolic of further messages from above, and considering that at one point the auroras were able to be seen almost near the equator, I am sure that the auroras have been used to communicate messages, too.
Before I answer any questions asked, I'd like to state the following:
Aside from Father being composed of electricity, and that electricity working as a current within our reality, you must also come to understand that Father holds all things together. Consider the atom. Why does it hold form and not break apart unless it is purposely split? Things closely associated with one another forms unity. We have it with Father, Her Son Michael, and the Holy Ghost. Three things in unity. So if unity exists in this form, then the equation is that it exists in other unified harmonious forms. Remember that Albert Einstein was working on the Unified Field theory. So now I will reveal still more things about Father and Her creation. The things taught to angelic hosts early on, and later taught to the spirit class of humankind that serve Father.
If Father is the adhesive that holds creation together, then you can learn those things which are in unity with Father's internal makeup. Here is the summary:
Electricity and magnetism are close relatives. Magnetism exerts pull on an object, or it can push away an object if the poles are identical. You've undoubtedly heard the old human saying that "Opposites attract." In addition, magnetism not only can attract, but it can help in holding an object together, such as the internal parts of an atom. And, magnetism can be killed, or rendered ineffective. When that happens, it loses its ability to function. It becomes like raw energy that has not yet been augmented for a certain purpose. Therefore, it returns to a state of dormancy – inactive. Now if you are discerning what is being related, then you're coming to understand that the spiritual invisible attributes of Father are those energies that comprise spirits along with Her soul's makeup, and humankind, though a form of energy also, was originally composed with Father's mental attributes that come directly from Her soul.. That being love and all of the other mental things that make Father who She is . You know She can be happy, angry, jealous, and feel any feeling each of you possess, because Her soul is an extension to all of Her intellectual creation. The animal kingdom was not gifted in Father's image, but it nonetheless originated from Her. Even so, there are detestable creatures in creation that serve a purpose. They were originally created and permitted to procreate for the purposes intended.
"From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse." Therefore, Father is UNDERSTOOD through what She has made to exist. She is ETERNAL – POWERFUL, and DIVINE which is connected to Her NATURE. That NATURE is part of what should be understood, Father is indeed Mother Nature. Nature is all around, and our Mother is that nature. It all came from Her and is within Her. The "world" the verse speaks of is not this Earth, nor any other planet. It is the reality we all live within.
Magnetic positive and negative electrical poles are attracted strongly to one another, while positive repels positive and negative repels negative. However, under that LAW comes another LAW on electrically charged particles. When positive charged angels come in contact with negative charged angels then the LAW works the same as a battery, not a magnet. Instead of attracting due to being opposites, the two oppositely charged energies ARC electricity when they make contact. This reveals by LAW that they do not belong together. And if they remain in contact for a long enough period of time, then they become fused together and suffer total GROUND-OUT = BURN-OUT. That being the destruction of both oppositely poled energies. You've each witnessed these things. You've seen how magnets work, and you've seen what happens if you accidentally bring two opposing battery poles together. These are LAWS of NATURE. They are LAWS that Father instituted within our reality. They are also reference points that permit someone to calculate things because the LAWS are dependable. Like Father, Her LAWS are dependable. Just as sweet and sour can be mixed together, they are not meant to become unified together. It is called dilution. To become diluted. To remain pure, one must seek to be what they were originally created to be.
Father is Electricity, Magnetism, and what else? This is your assignment. What else is in unity with Father's makeup? In other words, what else is She comprised of?
Spiritual War News
Jun 19, 2010
I forgot to mention that Seraiah is the WFC using his mamre to glance the demon's mamres off of Jaddai. The two of them are very close, and Aradon is very close to Seraiah also. Seraiah was nearly offed again before he has a chance to be paraded this Sunday. Him and Aradon did a joint partner mission on the 16th and Aradon was about to take out a Chebar when an Antijabok came to render aid to it from his rear, so Seraiah got between Aradon and the Antijabok but could not rain any more white fire due to energy depletion and he was well aware of it but Michael said Seraiah was hoping to lead the Antijabok away from Aradon's battle with the Chebar and I guess be offed because that's what would have happened to Seraiah if it had happened as planned. But instead, his positioning himself between them it distracted the Antijabok and the Chebar enough that Aradon had time to power up heavily and to take them both out. Seraiah came out of the raining white fire unharmed thanks to Aradon's quick thinking. I think Aradon deserves a banner to honor him also.
Do all of you already know that nearly all pics contain the entire record of events for most recorded events that occur?
A lot of symbolism in the pic that was posted by Deborah. Broken staff of authority and lots of other bad things about what is going to happen to the U.S. depicted by the family unit of its citizens falling down to sheer desolation as the U.S. continues to sink into the depths of oblivion.
They will have memories when it occurs. But last night Jaddai and Seraiah were caused to delay their schedule in taking the ministers out to the expanse of creation. Satan was reanimated and they were ordered to escort him from the Orange Plane though the Azmon Barrier and back into the detention plane. No sooner than he is back he orders an attack against the detention barrier where he feels there is a weak spot. But as he has failed to learn from past attacks, he is once again repelled with heavy losses to both sides. That attack brought another delay to Jaddai and Seraiah's revised schedule, and so they responded to the attack on the barrier with the Cherubs that took part in the end run attack on Satan's forces that were doing the frontal assault. Evidently Satan reasoned out that he would be attacked from the rear, because he has went through this scenario time and time again in past attacks on the barrier but he seems to never learn his lessons. He thinks he might get lucky and punch a hole through if he probes for weak spots, but I don't see it happening and I'm far from being a war strategist. Then he sends word to the High Council that his troops were merely a little close to the barrier but had no intentions of attacking until the battle was sparked off by some vulgar mouthed Azmon 's that infuriated his GAC that was patrolling near the barrier and took offense at the vile threats and repeated prodding from the barrier guards. Boo hoo I feel so sorry for them – NOT! Conveniently, the GAC and most of his demons did not survive the repelling and rear assault, so the Council, though they did not really believe Satan's accusations decided to request that his demons be reanimated. In the past it was automatic, but in the last days, and even though the war rules do not hinder attacks on the barrier, Father sometimes will not reanimate demons if Satan constantly follows a path that is worn and causes the necessity for reanimation's. THe battles fought on the spiritual plane over the period of time since Satan first sinned are considered training for both sides in the coming battle of Armageddon. Then things will change of course. No reanimation's of either side until the battle for planet Earth is over with. And the two sides will fight the final battle this side of Armageddon on this planet as flesh and blood warriors. Though the warfare will be somewhat different in application, the learning process and the veteran status of both sides in the art of killing one another will be entrenched within their minds. Father wants both sides to give it their all, so She gives Satan's side much latitude in his operations from past times up until this day and time. One other reason for this is because the LOZ whom were once simply referred to as the Joint Command, which represented exactly what they are now – a mixture of angelic Orders for a common cause, much like the Azmon Order that is also a mixture for a joint cause, the Joint Command operated from Orion before the human race came into existence. When Christ said his Father's house has many dwelling places, he spoke of "house" meaning creation as a whole housed by Father's own personal body. And the many dwellings were not all spirit cities throughout the expanse. There were other races in past times that did not continue to follow in Father's Way. None were human, but they were intelligent life forms that were expected to render allegiance to Father. Faith was not an issue back then because faith arose out of secondary sin. These were direct creations that did not produce offspring. Father quite simply had Michael create vast numbers of different species to populate planets. Some were oxygen breathers like yourselves, but that is where the similarity ends. They were all very powerful in their nature or orders of creation, and they could have lived for eternity had they only remained within Father's family. But each one eventually strayed off the path. There was no one like Dawn Lucifer that became Satan the Devil to help lure them away. Instead, they felt they were powerful enough and knowledgeable and wise enough to do as they wanted. Each revolt was reported by the angelic prince that served as a governor over those planets. At that time, there was no if and or buts about breaking Father's laws. That came later with the births of Adamic offspring. The other species created by Michael that all revolted, they were in the same shoes as Adam and Eve whom were later created. They could not be forgiven or spared for breaking Father's dually constituted laws that all were taught to follow and warned to remain in Her Way or else destruction would follow. According to records at the Great Hall's repository, not a single individual of any species was saved down through millions of years of creating the various lifeforms that went askew to Father's Way. That reveals that all of them turned from the face of our Creator Yahweh to do as their hearts dictated. The end result was total annihilation. The question I had, was this: Were they made in Father's image? The answer was revealed through diligent study. They were indeed created with Father's attributes to know right and wrong. But they, like Satan and Adam and Eve and all of the angels that have forged their own paths off of our Mothers, and all of the secondary sinners that have chosen a path contrary to a chance of being brought back onto the correct path, they are like the creations of olden times before the Earth became inhabited. And so, now the successor of the Joint Command becomes known as the LOZ, and it remains their responsibility to rid creation of what is harmful. Because of their prior experience as exterminators. and the lack of experience of the demons because most are from the lowest Order, that being the Celestial, they are given that latitude by Father to culture their war attributes. Though all holy angels are designated with the titles of deputies and messengers as well as other titles, they are not all warriors. That must be learned.
Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos
For the readers: the formatting of the newsletter provides for a limited size of pictures. Some of the psychic growth pictures are actually much larger in size and viewing them in full size could help grow even further. If any reader would like full scale images of the given pictures, please feel free to respond in email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Signs are Everywhere
Regina: Part of what learning to decipher Spiritual Photos is about, is learning how to see the Signs that Father sets in place for us, for they come in many varied ways.
Joseph: What is not contained within the written Word, yet gives foundation for what is written elsewhere, is written in the Expanse and all throughout the natural order of things in existence. Remember, Father is Nature and Nature as well as all of Her Creation, is within Father.
So why is reading Spiritual Photos important? It is because deciphering
comes from reading the signs and practicing the art of deciphering them.
1 Samuel 3 Samuel's Call "The boy Samuel served the LORD in Eli's presence. In those days the word of the LORD was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread."
There was a time when the Word (The Scriptures) was rare, but visions were not rare but were also not widespread as they are today. So when Yahweh needs something made known that might or might not be contained within a writing of Her's, She does the next best thing and reveals through a vision. This is why those that claim visions are of the demonic side are partially incorrect. Partially because the demons can and do give visions, but that alone cannot be used to nullify their importance from the Holy Side. So, the importance of knowing and understanding the Truth is imperative in comprehending which side the visions come forth from. Satan's visions will be one-sided to his benefit. Whereas Yahweh's will be a Revelation that even the demons have trouble deciphering without aid of Her Spirit, and this is why Yahweh's Spirit plays an important part in revealing Her visions and signs.
The Crab Nebula – Here we see the Crab Nebula. What does it reveal? The spirits in the heavens take part in revealing the pictorial signs for all to witness by helping to form the signs. During the Millennium, people will still be able to view what was written in the heavens in pictorial form as a reminder of what sin brings and how it was dealt with. All constellations and other heavenly bodies speak out about creation and what is presently going on, what has been, and what will be.
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
'Suns' Hover over Sichuan
At dusk about 8 pm, three "suns" suddenly appeared and illuminated the sky above Leshan City, Sichuan Province, lasting for about 10 minutes on July 26, Sichuan News reported.
Unknown Objects in Photograph of Parachutist
Ely, Cambridgeshire, England – 08-01-10
Hello B J
I don't know if you remember me, but I sent you a picture last September of a UFO flying over a lovely sunset sky.
Well, I thought you might like this… I took some video footage on Sunday of a bloke flying his motorized parachute.
UFO sightings step up with RIMPAC exercises off Hawaii
I recently came back from a short 5 day vacation on the enchanted island of Kauai, Hawaii. I took my entire family, 5 of us total. We had gone up to the NASA tracking station and I took some photos and got a UFO in one of them.
Multiple UFOs typical of many U.S. reports
August 5, 2010
One Arkansas witness is typical of some U.S. UFO reports where if you spot something anomalous in the sky – get ready – there may be multiple objects in the area, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
Triangle UFO under 500 feet at Farmington, New Mexico
August 2, 2010
Three men talking outside a Farmington, New Mexico, gas station were "creeped out" after a triangle-shaped UFO came toward them at less than 500 feet off of the ground on July 31, 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
Mexico ready to debate legalisation as drug war claims 28,000 lives
August 4, 2010
The Mexican president, Felipe Calderón, said today he would consider a debate on legalising drugs, as his government announced that more than 28,000 people have been killed in drug violence since he launched a crackdown against cartels in 2006.
Greece will be a war zone, Sect of Revolutionaries warns tourists
by Helena Smith
August 1, 2010
Greek security forces have warned of a wave of violence reminiscent of the terror that stalked Italy in the seventies after urban guerillas threatened last week to turn the country into a "war zone".
40 US billionaires pledge half of wealth to charity
by Agence France-Presse
August 4, 2010
Forty of America's billionaires and their families pledged Wednesday to give more than half of their fortune to charity in a drive organized by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
22 Statistics About America’s Coming Pension Crisis That Will Make You Lose Sleep At Night
by Michael Snyder
August 3, 2010
As the first of the 80 million Baby Boomers have begun to retire, it has become increasingly apparent that the United States is facing a pension crisis of unprecedented magnitude. State and local government pension plans are woefully underfunded, dozens of large corporate pension plans either have collapsed or are on the verge of collapsing, Social Security is a complete and total financial disaster and about half of all Americans essentially have nothing saved up for retirement.
Clone farm's milk is on sale: Food watchdog investigates after dairy farmer's astonishing admission
by Sean Poulter
August 2, 2010
Milk from the offspring of cloned cows is secretly – and illegally – going into high street shops.
Despite deep unease among consumers, the milk is not being labelled or identified in any way, leaving shoppers in the dark about what they are drinking.
Crop Circle Watch
Whitefield Hill, nr Woodsend, Wiltshire
Reported 3rd August
We visited this formation after sunset at about 2130 this evening, 3 Aug. The coordinates are: 420510,176387 which are a bit more accurate than the ones on the site.
I apologize for the blurriness of the images, but it was pretty dark by the time we got there and I preferred to not use any flash. I am sure better shots will become available in the coming days when it gets visited in the day time! It is a spectacular setting overlooking Swindon, Barbury Castle and Liddington Castle as well. The lay is very fresh and spongy. I am pretty sure that the laid triangular sections align with the cardinal points and the other four corners with the 45's. The four corner boxes were pristine and all sealed by standing wheat except for the one that had tram lines running through them. The energy was palpable and moved in fascinating serpentine fashion when we dowsed the flattenedtriangular sections.
Pewsey Wharf, Nr Pewsey
Wiltshire. Reported 3rd August
No Field Report is available at this time.
Lurkeley Hill, nr East Kennett, Wiltshire
Reported 3rd August
No Field Report is available at this time.
As I was visiting the barrow I had my camera and took some shots of this circle. I think it should require some attention. I also attach a picture of the bottomless pit. it is a pool of water contained within the barrow and has some folk lore surrounding it.
Beside Trent Barrow near Sherborne is an old pit full of water and so deep that no one has ever been able to measure its depth and it is called the 'bottomless pit'. One dark and stormy night a coach, horses, driver and passengers plunged into the pit and disappeared, leaving no trace behind. But passersby along the road may still hear, in stormy weather, the sound of galloping horses and wailing voices borne by them on the wind.
The pool in this earthwork is one of the places here King Arthur 's sword Excalibur is said to have been thrown Ghostly galloping hooves and wailing voices are rumoured at Trent barrow, following an incident when a coach and horses with all the passengers aboard drove into the pool. This site is only a few miles from South Cadbury Castle which is often believed to be the site of Camelot.
Signs in Humanity
Ukrainian computer programmer accused of gouging out grandmother's eyeballs and eating her alive
by Will Stewart
August 4, 2010
This is the first picture of the 26-year-old computer programmer accused of eating his own grandmother alive.
Sergei Zhmaryov is alleged to have slashed 60-year-old Lydia with a shard of broken mirror, gouging out her eyeballs and eating them, police said.
Gang that bludgeoned fox to death with cricket bat as a 'public service' have internet video removed by Facebook
August 4, 2010
A gang which beat a fox to death before posting a video of the attack on the internet today claimed it was 'performing a public service'.
How a public schoolgirl, 14, fell into the clutches of predatory gangs who forced her to become a sex slave
by James Tozer
August 4, 2010
A girl who was abducted at the age of 14 and forced to work as a sex slave was yesterday praised for giving evidence which saw her abusers jailed.
The privately-educated teenager was picked up and plied with vodka and drugs, passed around groups of older men for sex and then forced to work as a prostitute.
Pensioner tied-up and tortured with hot iron by burglars during raid
August 1, 2010
A pensioner was tied up and tortured with a hot iron by burglars as they stole thousands of pounds of jewellery from his home.
The victim and his wife, both in their 60s, have been left 'traumatised' by the raid in the early hours of today.
Why are we still dying for a tan? The Brits abroad who are happy to burn in the sun
by Clarie Coleman
August 3, 2010
Recent research claims we're getting more sun savvy. If you believe the hype, we're slapping on the high-factor sunscreen, leaving the midday sun to the mad dogs, and carefully covering up.
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
5.1 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.3 NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND
5.4 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.3 SOUTHERN IRAN
5.1 PALAU REGION
5.4 SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA
5.1 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.3 MAGADANSKAYA OBLAST', RUSSIA
5.1 HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
5.3 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.6 SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS
6.5 MOLUCCA SEA
5.0 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE
5.1 SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA
5.9 KURIL ISLANDS
7.0 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G
6.4 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
5.5 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
6.3 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.8 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.3 JUJUY, ARGENTINA
5.1 PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
5.2 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS
5.3 BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.4 BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.6 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
IRAN – A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit southern Iran on Saturday morning, a day after another moderate quake in the country's northeast left 170 people injured. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from Saturday's earthquake that struck about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Kerman. Friday's magnitude 5.6 earthquake rocked the northern agricultural city of Torbat-e Heydarieh for about 10 seconds. Three villages in the city and 10 others nearby were damaged, and 170 people were injured.
There was concern Saturday because the Torbat-e Heydarieh quake has produced no aftershocks. Tthe head of the Red Crescent Society's Rescue Division said that could mean a larger earthquake is imminent. Iran lies on a series of seismic fault lines and experiences earthquakes almost daily. At times they have devasting consequences, most notably in December 2003, when a 6.6-magnitude quake devastated the ancient city of Bam in southeast Iran and killed at least 30,000 people. Last year, an earthquake struck Hormozgan province in southern Iran, injuring about 700 people in the port city of Bandar Abbas. In 2008, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck in Hormozgan, demolishing nearly 200 villages and killing at least six people. (map)
New theory may finally unravel the mystery of why the New Madrid fault – lying in the middle of the North American continent and not along a tectonic plate boundary – produces large earthquakes like the ones that shook the eastern US in 1811 and 1812. The theory suggests that the energy necessary to produce the magnitude 7-7.5 earthquakes came from stored stress built up in the Earth's crust long ago. Rapid erosion from the Mississippi River at the end of the last ice age reduced forces that had kept the New Madrid fault from slipping and triggered the temblors. The theory is the first to explain how a fault could have had large earthquakes in the recent past but today show no signs of accumulating the forces needed to produce another earthquake.
Movements of the Earth's surface that represent a buildup of energy have traditionally been used to evaluate the potential for an earthquake. As the data was collected, it became evident that such motion was not occurring along the New Madrid fault. With no discernable motions at the surface to explain how the requisite crustal stresses could have built up in this area, these stresses must be left over from past tectonic processes that are no longer active. "The only way to reconcile the fact that this part of the continent is not deforming but is producing earthquakes is for the stresses to have built up long ago. Old geologic processes, such as the opening of the Atlantic and the uplift of the Rocky Mountains, may have squeezed the Midwest. The resulting stress remained stored for millions of years until uplift associated with the Mississippi erosion event led to the unclamping of old faults lying beneath." If this area of the North American continent is preloaded with the stress that can lead to earthquakes, it will be difficult to assess earthquake risk in the region. The fault segments that ruptured are unlikely to have future earthquakes as there is no current means to reload them, but there remains a risk that other faults in the region could experience large earthquakes in the future. "Unfortunately, this stored stress is invisible to us, and the usual methods of measuring strain and deformation to evaluate a spot's potential for an earthquake may not apply to this region. Under these conditions, once an earthquake occurs on a given fault, it's done; but this also means that other faults in the region that appear quiet today may still be triggered." More data needs to be collected to see whether this mechanism applies to similar seismic zones in the world.
The highest mountain in Europe, volcano Elbrus can erupt in the 21st century, Russian scientists from Moscow State University say, but not before 2060. Scientists found a colony of true mosses at Elbrus’s summit which is 5621 meters above sea level. The temperature at this place was +21 degrees Centigrade, while the air was about –20 degrees and even colder. Such an anomaly signals active volcanic processes taking place inside the dormant volcano. Researchers also mention other signs of postvolcanic activity of the mountain: emission of fumarolic gases and lots of thermal springs. However, scientists believe that the eruption of mount Elbrus won’t happen soon, because the dormant volcano doesn’t show signs of immediate eruption. The mountain will “sleep” for several tens of years, researchers say.
TROPICAL STORMS –
A tropical wave is being tracked in the open Atlantic, some 750 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, or about 2300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Thunderstorm activity has waned with this system, though it will be monitored for signs of development since another potent wave that has emerged off the coast of Africa could begin to interact with it. Merging or organization of separate tropical systems is common, especially in the formative stages. A consolidation of the energy and moisture of these two systems will support slow development as early as the beginning of next week. Most computer model guidance indicate a west-northwestward movement over the weekend and into next week. As the system, or systems, gain latitude with time, the ability to develop into a tropical cyclone will increase. Right now, the activity is at too far south a latitude for significant development. As well, other thunderstorms in the Intertropical Convergence Zone are competing for energy.
Next week, they'll probably be at least one tropical cyclone on the map, and as it stands right now, the feature in the eastern Atlantic has the best chance to become a depression with time. There is another wave in the central Caribbean off the northern coast of South America, though conditions are not looking favorable for development there.
As we move into the month of August, wind conditions that have been generally hostile to development are expected to become more favorable. In addition, dry air that has infiltrated the Atlantic is expected to abate. Several reliable long-range computer models indicate an overall lowering of surface atmospheric pressures in the Caribbean, Gulf and western Atlantic through the first two weeks of August. This does not guarantee tropical development, but does tell us that the computer models are "sniffing out" the more favorable environment to come.
Atlantic – The threat of tropical storms and hurricanes will increase this month. The first tropical storm should form over the Atlantic near 13N 45W by Tuesday morning, reach the Bahamas on Saturday and the Florida coast Monday or Tuesday (August 9 or 10). This will be the first of possibly 4 storms to affect the U.S. during the month.
Two or three very strong storm systems are moving – or preparing to move – across the Atlantic Ocean from North Africa. This is the beginning of what may turn out to be a difficult month for coastal areas as these systems evolve into tropical storms and possibly hurricanes. The first one was already over the Atlantic on Sunday, August 1. The low will likely become a tropical storm by Tuesday morning, reaching the Bahamas on Saturday. It looks like it will be a compact storm and may become a small hurricane. The current track will take it to northern Florida then it will either move north toward South Carolina or slice across north Florida and into the northeast Gulf of Mexico.
The best estimate is for it to have winds as high as 90 mph as it crosses the Bahamas and 75-80 mph at U.S. landfall early next week.
A tropical depression could form in the western or central Gulf of Mexico around August 15th. Another tropical storm or hurricane will reach the Bahamas or Puerto Rico and Hispaniola about August 18. The first storm will likely affect plywood supplies as people buy it for protection, especially with the threat of it making landfall over the Southeast. If the storm does slice across north Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico it will pose a significant threat to the oil fields and have an impact on the oil spill.
PHILIPPINES – Three to four tropical cyclones are expected to enter the country this month, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. One of the storms might enter the country this weekend. Three cyclones have entered the Philippine area of responsibility this year. These are “Agaton,” “Caloy,” and “Basyang,” which caused the most damage. The fourth cyclone would be named “Domeng.” Pagasa said that this month, cyclones would most likely head towards Northern Luzon. Pagasa is currently organizing a teleconferencing system to improve its weather forecast.
Tropical depression 07E was 134 nmi WSW of Acapulco, Mexico.
Tropical storm COLIN was 368 nmi SSW of Hamilton, Bermuda.
PHILIPPINES – After leaving at least three people dead and forcing the closure of key roads in northern Luzon, tropical depression “Domeng" weakened into a low-pressure area as it exited the country Thursday. Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration continued to monitor a low-pressure area (LPA) east of Luzon that may intensify into another cyclone. "There is a big chance it will intensify into a cyclone because it is still at sea and is gathering strength." If the LPA intensifies into a cyclone, it will be codenamed “Ester," the fifth cyclone to enter Philippine territory this year. There is a 60-percent chance the LPA can become a cyclone in 48 hours. PAGASA’s 11 p.m. Thursday advisory indicated Domeng was on its way to the South China Sea. Both the LPA and the weakened Domeng are expected to continue to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over the country particularly the western section. Aside from leaving three people dead, Domeng also caused closure of key roads in Cordillera. Roads in Mountain Province and Benguet were particularly affected by “Domeng."
Tropical Storm Colin strengthened over the Atlantic Ocean and may pass to the west of Bermuda within two days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Colin, which weakened below tropical storm status earlier this week, was 470 miles (760 kilometers) south of Bermuda at 8.30 p.m. local time. The storm had sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and was traveling north-northwest at 20 mph. The Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for Bermuda, indicating winds as high as 73 mph are expected in coastal areas within 36 hours. The storm is forecast to strengthen and slow as it passes to the west of the island. Environment Canada Hurricane Centre issued a map showing Colin passing south of Newfoundland on Aug. 10.
Tropical storms that reform after weakening aren’t “all that unusual, though it doesn’t happen every year." Two recent examples are Tropical Storm Bonnie in 2004 and Tropical Storm Lili in 2002. Lili went on to become a Category 4 Hurricane and hit Louisiana. Bonnie reconstituted itself as a tropical storm before entering the Gulf of Mexico and making landfall in Florida.
The U.S. yesterday reduced its forecast for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season to 14 to 20 named storms, down from 14 to 23, because of less activity than expected in the first two months of the season. Eight to 12 of those storms are expected to grow into hurricanes with winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, and four to six may become major systems with winds of 111 mph or more.
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES, between 2 and 3 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, in the tropical Atlantic Ocean, combined with a cooling of the Pacific and optimal wind conditions off Africa, are creating everything needed for an active season. There are 11 named storms, those with winds of 39 mph or more, during an average hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center. The most active season on record was 2005 with 28 storms, followed by 1933 with 21. If 20 storms form this year, it would be the third most- active season on record.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN – One million people remain affected by monsoon flooding in north-west Pakistan, as fears grow that flooding could spread south. Some 800 people are believed to have died in THE WORST MONSOON FLOODS IN LIVING MEMORY. Officials say 19,000 people in the worst-hit areas have been rescued by 30,000 troops. But there are now concerns that if forecast heavy rain arrives it will push the flood south to Sindh province. Currently Peshawar, the largest city in the north-western region, with a 3m-strong population, is cut off. Officials estimate that water levels in the southern province of Sindh could reach "exceptionally high flood" in four or five days as water draining down from the north-west is compounded by more rain. A new system of monsoon weather was due from Sunday. A "major deluge" would pass through Sukkur, in Sindh, from Tuesday to Thursday, it was reported. As well as hundreds of deaths in Pakistan, at least 60 people have died across the border in Afghanistan, where floods affected four provinces.
What was once the traditional trunk highway running south is now a massive lake. It's clogged up with traders and families who've been stranded on the road for days. They are trying, hoping against hope, that they can still move south, but a lot of them are turning back. The road simply isn't passable. So many Pakistanis here say they haven't had any help from the government or relief agencies. The Pakistani army and rescue services say they're trying to reach people, but the scale of this disaster is such they simple don't have the resources.
The districts of Swat and Shangla have been inaccessible with people left homeless and helpless after several rivers burst their banks, washing away villages, roads and bridges. Some 45 bridges were washed away in Swat alone.
At least half a million people remain marooned on islands of high ground, while others have taken refuge in mosques and schools. 312mm (12in) of rain had fallen over 36 hours in the north-west – the LARGEST AMOUNT FOR DECADES. Swathes of farmland have been inundated, and some power supplies have been cut after people were electrocuted by the water-borne current. Many of those hit hardest by the flooding are the rural poor who live in flood-prone areas because they cannot afford safer land.
In Afghanistan, the national army said it had rescued 5,000 people over the past three days, using helicopters, vehicles and bulldozers. The provinces of Laghman, Nangarhar, Kunar and Logar have all been hit by the bad weather. There were plans to deliver food and medicine on Monday but the mountainous terrain was hindering the effort. "We lost all of our food… our bridges have been destroyed. We want the government to come and help. What will people eat for the rest of the year? Where is the government? When are they going to help us?" (photos)
SOUTH DAKOTA – A hailstone that fell in central South Dakota has SET U.S. RECORDS, even though it likely shrunk after plummeting to a field. The stone found by a ranch hand near the town of Vivian the night of July 23 measured 8 inches in diameter and weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces. The previous record for diameter was 7 inches for a hailstone found in Aurora, Neb., in 2003. The previous record for weight was 1.67 pounds for a stone in Coffeyville, Kan., in 1970. The Aurora hailstone still holds the record for circumference, at 18.75 inches. The Vivian hailstone measured 18.62 inches.
NOAA's National Climate Extremes Committee weighed and measured the South Dakota stone. The finder said earlier that the ice chunk lost about 3 inches because he was without electricity for several hours after the storm and could not keep it cold. "I'm just glad nobody got hurt and hope the town will recover soon." (photo)
Spreading Pakistan floods – THE WORST FLOODING IN PAKISTAN'S HISTORY has now affected more than four million people and left at least 1,600 dead. While floods in the north-west began to recede, the vast body of water has been moving down the country into new parts of Punjab and menacing Sindh province. All wells have been contaminated and water-borne diseases are spreading. The region is midway through monsoon season and more rain is forecast.
The number of affected districts in Punjab has reached seven, while 350,000 people have been moved from neighbouring Sindh province, most of which is on high alert. "What we are facing now is a major catastrophe. We are only in the middle of the monsoon season, there is more rain expected. We are afraid it will get worse." With crops, homes, roads and bridges washed away, the human exodus continued on Thursday as yet more torrential rain fell.
Fleeing villagers have waded barefoot through water up to their necks and chests, carrying belongings on their heads. In Punjab, known as Pakistan's "breadbasket" for its rich agriculture, more than 1,300 villages have been affected and at least 25,000 homes destroyed. In the worst-affected areas, small villages have been submerged. In large tracts of Kot Addu and nearby Layyah, water levels were so high only treetops were visible. Victims have bitterly accused the authorities of failing to come to their aid. (map)
KASHMIR – Flash floods kill 44 in Leh, the main town in India's trans-Himalayan Ladakh region. Dozens are missing. Some 3500 metres above sea level, Leh is surrounded by high-altitude desert and heavy rainfall is uncommon. The floods had effectively cut Leh off by road, washing away sections of the main highways. The floods tore through parts of the town during the night, damaging houses and government buildings. Rescue operations were still underway, as the search continued for the missing, with Indian troops called in to help with the relief efforts.
OIL SPILL -
Missing Gulf Coast Oil Appears To Be Welling Up Under Barrier Island Beaches – "Last week, BP managed to finally cap the Deepwater Horizon oil volcano and the media suddenly found itself in the grips of a baffling problem with object permanence. Where did all the oil go, they wondered. Had it disappeared? Was it eaten by microbes? Did it get Raptured up to Oil Heaven? It was a mystery, wrapped in a miracle! At least it was until Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland took about a minute to send some text messages to colleagues in the field, inquiring after the oil's whereabouts. They answered back: Where is the oil? How does all over the place grab you?"
The oil did not, in fact, fortuitously disappear into thin air: "Local officials dispatched a dive team to a barrier island off of southeastern Louisiana's Plaquemines parish to scan the sea floor for oil. The team, however, could barely see the sea floor, due to the current murky state of the area waters. But when the divers returned to shore, they made a rather remarkable discovery: tiny holes that burrowing Hermit crabs had dug into the ground effectively became oil-drilling holes. When the divers placed pressure on the ground near the holes, oil came oozing up. So, basically, questioning where the oil has gone is the exact same thing as looking at the shoes attached to the ends of your legs and wondering if your feet have disappeared."
A video report seems to confirm the outrage among Gulf residents who contend it's far too early for BP to scale back its cleanup campaign as it shows the oil oozing out of Louisiana's coastal land. "It's [like] Jed Clampett's oil. All we need is the theme song to 'The Beverly Hillbillies.' " Additionally,they found thick, heavy crude underground after digging a few feet with a shovel. "I would have never thought that this oil would be this deep underground." (video)
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
RUSSIA – Almost 240,000 people have been mobilised across Russia to tackle wildfires that have killed at least 30 people. But with temperatures forecast to hit 40C (104F) in some areas, the ministry has warned more fires are likely. Several villages and swathes of forest have been destroyed, but officials say they are now on top of the situation. Firefighters are currently battling blazes in 14 of Russia's 83 regions, and many thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes. Russia has extinguished 387 of 787 new wildfires over the past 24 hours. Internet users across the country had been complaining bitterly on forums that the firefighting effort had concentrated on Moscow at the expense of other regions. It is estimated that a fifth of Russia's wheat crop has now died due to the lack of rain in what is thought to be the country's worst drought for more than a century. Temperatures reached a record 39C (102F) in the capital on Thursday, with health experts warning of pollution levels 10 times higher than normal safety limits due to the thick pall of smoke from nearby wildfires. Hundreds of people have drowned over the past two months in an attempt to cool off in the record heat, with 170 such deaths recorded in Moscow alone.
CALIFORNIA – A wildfire that scorched almost 14,000 acres in Northern Los Angeles County continued to threaten thousands of homes Saturday, although fire officials said they appeared to be gaining the upper hand in the days-long battle. The Crown fire, which has raced across the western Palmdale and Leona Valley areas, was estimated to be 82% contained Saturday afternoon, after destroying four dwellings and five outbuildings. However, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said that the situation remained "very fluid" and that weather conditions would impact the battle enormously. Scorching temperatures, steep terrain dotted with hotspots and the prospect of high winds were expected to remain challenges, they said. "When you get a fire this size that produces an enormous amount of heat, you can't anticipate what might happen." Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted, but about 2300 residences, 60 commercial buildings and more than 100 outbuildings were still considered to be threatened by wildfires on Saturday.
Russian wildfires still spreading – Russia is still fighting to extinguish nearly 600 wildfires in an emergency that has now claimed 50 lives. Foreign reinforcements are arriving, including two Canadair water-bombing planes from Italy. Ukraine and Belarus are also sending firefighters. The Moscow smog eased today, though an acrid smell persisted from peat fires burning outside the city. No details are available on the number of animals killed in the wildfires, which have spread amid a RECORD HEATWAVE, with temperatures soaring to nearly 40C (104F). Forecasters expect Moscow's high temperatures to persist for several more days.
On Wednesday the President sacked several top military officials for failing to stop wildfires from destroying a naval base outside Moscow. Commanders of the base were absent when the fire occurred and that it was "unclear where they were". Seven regions are under a state of emergency. Russian officials say there are now 589 wildfires raging across 196,000 ha (484,326 acres). More than 160,000 firefighters have been deployed. In the Nizhny Novgorod region, east of Moscow, firefighters have been battling blazes near a major nuclear research facility in Sarov. As a precaution, all nuclear materials have been removed from the site, which is about 400km (250 miles) from Moscow. More than 3,500 people have lost their homes in 14 regions of Russia in the past few days. About a fifth of Russia's grain crop has also been destroyed. (map)
The price of a loaf of bread in Britain COULD HIT A RECORD could hit a record after Russia imposed a ban on all exports of wheat and other grains. The heatwave and drought enveloping Russia has contributed to the soaring price of wheat. Wheat prices hit two-year highs following the Russian ban.
Coronal mass ejection heading directly for earth – Scientists have just witnessed a complex global eruption involving almost the ENTIRE Earth-facing side of the sun. On August 1st around 0855 UT, Earth orbiting satellites detected a C3-class solar flare. The origin of the blast was sunspot 1092. At about the same time, an enormous magnetic filament stretching across the sun's northern hemisphere erupted. Despite the ~400,000 km distance between them, the sunspot and filament seemed to erupt together; they are probably connected by long-range magnetic fields. A coronal mass ejection produced by the event is heading directly for Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when it arrives on or about August 3rd.
NEW MEXICO – 7/31/10 – Dawn came early to New Mexico on Saturday around 4:54 am local time when a brilliant meteor exploded near Santa Fe. "It turned night into day." ( Video)
Earth's magnetic field is still reverberating from the CME impact of August 3rd, which sparked auroras as far south as Wisconsin and Iowa in the United States. Analysts believe a second CME is right behind it, due to arrive on August 5th. A second impact could re-energize the fading geomagnetic storm and spark a new round of Northern Lights. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras. At the height of the August 3rd display "the whole sky over northern Quebec filled with green and purple." In Ringsaker, Norway, the auroras were so bright "we could see them through clouds, moonlight and midnight sunlight." (photo)
HEALTH THREATS –
H1N1 cases rise in New Zealand, Australia – Some New Zealand emergency departments struggled to keep up last week as pandemic H1N1 flu cases increased. Almost 1,900 people sought medical care for flu-like symptoms last week, with Auckland's hospitals running near capacity. Officially, 59 hospitalized H1N1 cases were confirmed for the week. Australia is also reporting a rise in cases with several requiring intensive care.
Two patients may have been re-infected – Israeli officials report two cases of possible lab-confirmed re-infection with pandemic H1N1. The first patient, a 26-year-old man with Noonan syndrome, developed pandemic flu in August 2009 and was discharged without antivirals or supportive treatment. His disease redeveloped last November. The second patient, a 13-year-old boy with advanced cerebral palsy, was treated for 5 days with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in July 2009 and improved. He tested positive for recurrent novel H1N1 in December.
RECALLS & ALERTS:
-Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is extending its July recall of 100z "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold'Ems)" pet treat because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
-The Procter & Gamble Company is expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food (Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas, Eukanuba Naturally Wild All, Eukanuba Pure All, Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin) as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
STRANGE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR-
Loch Ness Monster spotted off British coast – Cynics may dismiss it as just a piece of driftwood or a trick of the light. But a photograph showing what appears to be a long-necked sea creature has got marine experts scratching their heads. The 'animal' was snapped stalking a shoal of fish just 30 yards off the British coast. The fish were apparently so terrified they beached themselves just seconds later.
The creature was spotted off the Devon coast at Saltern Cove, Paignton, by locals who reported a sighting of what they thought was a turtle. But pictures taken by one of the baffled witnesses on July 27 reveal the neck of the greenish-brown beast with the reptile-like head is far too long for it to be a turtle. 'She spotted it following a shoal of fish which beached themselves in Saltern Cove. The creature remained in the sea, then went out again and followed the shoal – this indicates it's not a turtle as they only eat jellyfish. We would love to know if other people have seen anything like this in the same area and can help clear up the mystery." (photos)
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
A “New Agnosticism” — Coming Soon?
Author, Speaker, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
No one seems quite sure what to do with agnostics. In a sense, they are the odd cousins at the theological family reunion. The atheists and the theists know where they stand, but the agnostics? Who knows?
Writing recently at Slate.com, Ron Rosenbaum suggests that perhaps the time has come for a "new agnosticism" to match wits with the "New Atheists," such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. It's time for a "revivified agnosticism," Rosenbaum argues. As he says, their T-shirts will read simply, "I just don't know."
Call to ban churches branding kids witches and demons
02 August 2010
THE GOVERNMENT should introduce a new law to criminalise the branding of children as witches or demons in the UK, the head of a children's charity has said.
Debbie Ariyo, executive director of AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse), told The Voice that last week's screening of Channel 4's Dispatches programme, 'Britain's Witch Children', was a "wake up call" for communities.
Why do we worship at the altar of technology?
Anne Lutz Fernandez and Catherine Lutz
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 3 August 2010
If there is one true religion in the US, it leads us to worship at the altar of technology. Christian or Jew, Muslim or atheist, we accept the doctrine of this shared faith: that technology provides the main path to improving our lives and that if it occasionally fails, even catastrophically, it will just take another technology to make it all better.
Turbulent priests should get out of politics and back to their churches
By Terry sanderson
Fri, 06 Aug 2010
The tendency of the Catholic Church to interfere in the politics of sovereign nations was on show again this week – on both sides of the world.
'Religious' husband jailed for murder
August 03 2010
A "very religious" man was jailed for 18 years by the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, for the brutal murder his wife in front of their two young sons.
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
Pakistan: Sukkur, five Christians killed outside church
August 03, 2010
Sukkur (AsiaNews / Agencies) – A dozen masked men opened fire against five Christians, killing them instantly as they left their church (see photo). The massacre occurred on 15 July, two months after threatening letters were sent to the church by a group of Islamic extremists outlawed by the government. The victims are Pastor John Aaron, Rohail Bhatti, John Salman, Abid Gill and Shamin Mall, all the faithful of the Church of the Gospel. Five other faithful were wounded in the attack.
Two Christian Families in Bangladesh Suffer Extortion, Beatings
PINGNA, Bangladesh, August 2 (CDN) — Two Christian women in Bangladesh’s northern district of Jamalpur said village officials extorted relatively large sums of money from them – and severely beat the husband of one – for proclaiming Christ to Muslims.
PAKISTAN: TWO CHRISTIANS MURDERED
August 2, 2010
Two Christian men were shot to death as they left a courthouse on Monday, July 19, in Faisalabad, Pakistan, according to VOM sources. Rashid Emmanuel, 32, and his brother, Sajid, 30, were facing blasphemy charges after allegedly distributing papers that denigrated Mohammed.
Muslim Protestors Surround Worshipers in Bekasi, Indonesia
DUBLIN, August 4 (CDN) — Around 300 Muslim protestors and 300 police officers surrounded members of the Batak Christian Protestant Church (Huria Kristen Batak Protestan or HKBP) on Sunday (Aug. 1) as they worshiped in an open field in Ciketing, Bekasi, local sources said.
6 Americans on medical mission killed in Afghanistan
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
August 6, 2010
KABUL, Afghanistan — Six Americans and two other foreigners on a medical mission were shot and killed by the Taliban who ambushed their vehicles in a remote part of northern Afghanistan, a charity said Saturday.
Send to a friend