CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 152
The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
By Darlene Zschech
submitted by Johanna
Lord, I want to know you more;
follow you with all my heart and soul.
Lord, I want to know your voice.
Lead me in your way, everlasting.
Show me your ways,
teach me and guide me in your truth, my savior.
Confide in me, speak mysteries,
my heart is longing for your touch.
For only you can fill this need in me.
Lord, I want to know you more;
follow you with all my heart and soul.
Lord, I want to know your voice.
Lead me in your way, everlasting.
You go before me,
open doors that lead me to your faithfulness.
Whisper in me, so heavenly,
my heart is longing for your touch.
For only you can fill this need in me.
Age to age, everlasting to everlasting.
Generations will seek your face.
Hope, and Not Ignorance, is Bliss
I read a post on a forum this week, written by an individual who had spent the last ten years researching 2012, and my heart cried out to this person, man or woman it does not matter – and I do not know if they heard me or not – if not perhaps others did. Ministering on the internet can sometimes be like speaking into the wind. You never know how far or to whom your words may carry.
As I contemplated what message Yahweh might want conveyed this week to the flock in Her Ministry’s Newsletter, it was this that first came to mind.
In the post that was made, the individual said that they no longer wanted to know what they’d learned because it felt as if they’d been given a death sentence, like a patient being told they have only two years to live, and encouraged those reading to be careful what they sought out the truth about. That ignorance was bliss. They said that they wished they could unlearn all they had learned because they would be happier and could live out their days in peace.
Below is my reply, which is brief, but that I hope and pray gets the message across. It is the essence of our Ministry and it has been said many times before, but at the same time can it be said enough? I don’t think so.
“Is the world as we know it going to soon end? Yes. Does it have anything to do with the 2012 thing? No.
Actually, there is much reason for hope and I have been living with knowledge of the Truth for over five years now. Do I feel as you do? Not at all – because there's HOPE. I look forward to the destruction of evil and the balancing of the scales and the renewal of a world that has become nothing but complete chaos since being under the rulership of that tin god Satan.
(Name omitted), I don't know you but I'm writing you specifically because I want to relay this message both to you and any others who may be feeling downtrodden due to the state of the world today. Toss everything you've researched and learned about 2012 into the rubbish bin because truly, that is where it belongs. It doesn't matter and it contains more falsehoods than it does truth. Creation has been heading towards what we're in the midst of for a long time. Over 6,000 years now. It has been prophesied to occur, and it will. There is no stopping it.
While there is a plan for the destruction there is also a plan for the rebuilding and of eternal life lived in peace and harmony with all of creation. The here and the now, it's not important. What is truly important is the prospect of eternal life. There is also a plan in place for the rescue of the faithful.
It has nothing to do with man-made religion, traditions, color or race. It has to do with Truth and the good news is that it's not too late. There's still time to change and though it's not a lot of time, it's time. You are loved. You are wanted. But there are two conditions that must be met – a good heart condition, and a belief and acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior.
It is not God's will that any should perish, which is why we have been asked to spread the good news in these End Times – so that there will be hope and, because the truth is a double-edged sword, so that all are warned.”
Ten years is such a very long time to research and come to believe in something that provides no hope at all. To me, it carries the telltale marking of Dawn’s inspiration – no hope for them, therefore no hope for those who believe the lies either.
“Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
The truth of the matter is that ignorance is not bliss, but hope is. And truth is. Hope is bliss because with the knowledge and understanding and the wisdom and Truth that Yahweh imparts to Her children that seek it and seek Her are what sustains us. Through it and as we grow to understand both the Truth and Yahweh and Her Way, we have reason to look forward to both an end and a beginning because we have now come to understand how the destruction of the old paves the way for the new.
Yes, I know it looks bad. Yes, I know that the future that we can see from here does not look bright. But look! Open your eyes! Look more closely now – do you see the light? It’s just over the ridge, through the darkness, and it’s burning brightly atop that mountain. Do you see? It is hope, and it will not be extinguished. Reach for it, reach for it…
Building Upon Words
submitted by Jeshaiah
Matthew 8:26 — But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, you of little faith?" Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.
Everything that comes from Father's holy family comes inspired by Her, and can have much more depth than can be perceived at first, like a deep well where there surface is seen, but the depths require a bucket and rope to draw from.
In this, everything that Father has placed in one's heart can conjoin with what is shared in one's eyes and ears, as all things are intertwined. Each conjoining is like a catalyst that helps to make nutrients more within one's scope of understanding, and produces more growth of Father's Spirit. Food that cannot be broken down into usable nutrients is passed through the system sometimes without nutritional benefit, somewhat like dietary fibers. At the same time, there is a certain point when a food should be swallowed, and not continually chewed.
Words are also structured, and can be written with talent. Taking heed in the warnings provided would be like taking shelter in the given structure, and perhaps even taking the pieces of a mystery given and making a shelter.
Matthew 7:24 — "Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.”
Everything that Christ taught can be applied wholly in one's life; driven deeply into one's heart.
Matthew 6:25 — "This is why I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
As the storm continually approaches, there will be famines, drought, and other resources lacking. However, in all of this, we can grow further in faith, preparing for a sure rescue and return of our Savior and King.
Matthew 24:15-20 — "So when you see the abomination that causes desolation , spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place" (let the reader understand ), "then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! A man on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house. And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.”
Families around the world split up and divorce is prevalent in all societies. The broken connection between husbands, wives and children can often be reflected in the families connection to Father and Christ. It isn’t too late to reach out to Yahweh and let Her lead you toward a better way. The hand is extended. Will you take it?
Lead Me – By Sanctus Real
I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
But on the inside, I can hear her saying
"Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?
Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone."
I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
But on the inside, I can hear them saying
"Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?
Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone."
So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I am called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't you lead me?
To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love
Chasing dreams that I could give up
I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this out home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone
Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone
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…
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
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?
I put "Electricity Magnetism" into Google and it auto-filled in the word "Light". Wasn't expecting it to be handed to me like that.
*edit – ONE of the right answers*
One of the links I found mentioned Albert Einsteins Unified Field Theory.
There are many more links available, but this one seemed appropriate.
Father is the bond that holds everything together…so that also includes gravity. The link that Deborah had posted above is kind of interesting, in that it tries to link light with electricity, and perhaps even magnetic fields. Given that the planet has a magnetic field, the impact that the field has on the photons that come from the Sun is kind of interesting to consider…not sure if that sort of thing has been researched…or if there is anything on the planet as powerful as the planet's magnetic fields.
Something that also came to mind was the following scripture:
Colossians 3:14 — Above all, [put on] love—the perfect bond of unity.
This means that the Laws governing love, also can be applied to gravity, electricity, and any other force that binds things together…or dissolves them. That further makes sense in Father's case, Who is able to create life, or dissolve it. It also means that even as unpredictable as the human heart can be, the application of Father's Love in one's heart can help to make them…predictable, but yet, even in the case that is shown in Jonah, a person kind of might never know because they may not know everything like Father knows.
This also helps to provide a further way to learn and understand scripture, because even the laws of physics and mathematics are intertwined into scripture. Each of the passages are held together because of Father, and each different piece can be placed together with another … that can also perhaps be dissolved into one's being to help them digest and come to understand what they have read…and perhaps even … in this case … it is then literally taking in the essence of Father's own spirit, Her love.
Something that also came to mind was the concept about heating things. When two metals are heated hot enough, they can be mixed together in their liquid forms. The binding of the two elements occurs because of a great enough heat energy applied to do so. I'm not sure what happens to a magnet when it is heated…apparently it loses some of its magnetism. I am not sure how all of this is interrelated, but I do also recall how it was shared that the AP is very cool, and that spirits do produce a lot of heat in certain actions. Perhaps that can also be linked to Father's white fire.
Each aspect of Father's Way…actually…seems to have a unifying effect. Trustworthiness and loyalty are bonding, and so is obedience. Her Law given in the Old Testament also has the characteristic of keeping things together, and the consequence of not following Her Law was repulsion. Considering…that also makes Christ a…unifier, … but because Christ is a unifier of Father's goodness, it separates us from what is not of Father's goodness.
One of the items that really comes to mind as a mystery, though, is that for the most part, gravity, electric, magnetism…those items work with seemingly only two polar opposites…there isn't a third factor in those studies, except maybe heat… I recall how Christ had shared…and how we have continually been taught, about … eh…memory isn't clear on this…but it relates to what John had shared here:
Matthew 3:11 — "I baptize you with water for repentance, but the One who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to take off His sandals. He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
It's kind of interesting the application of fire in the system…I believe the Earth's core is heated, the Sun has a lot of heat…Father's love is very warm. Her wrath cannot be endured. Yet, I am still not sure of the symbolic tie-ins. Will definitely have to ponder this further.
I thought of fire too brother. [referencing white fire to the end of previous entry]
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
for our God is a consuming fire.
In addition to electricity producing light and Father being light, something that comes to mind in pondering electricity is Father being the life source of all energies in the same way that electricity is a source of energy that we utilize.
I actually experienced a synchronicity on this… on the way home today I was listening to 570AM and their guest was with Oncor discussing electricity rates.
The question is "Father is Electricity, Magnetism, and what else?" The short answer, to me, would be that Father is everything. Everything we can see, discover and even haven't discovered yet is what Father consists of. All things that exist in nature, exist in Father because nature exists in Father and Father exists in nature. (Which, as I review Jaddai's post again I realize that's exactly what he said in his 4th paragraph.) When Michael bi-created Creation, he did so with Father and what exists within Father. He didn't reach outside of Her to access the building blocks of creation, they were already there.
So now I'm brought back to light and light energy. Light is energy – Energy is Light. Father is Energy – Father is Light. Father is Matter – Matter is Father.
Atoms, Photons (Photo = Light), Electrons (subatomic particles with negative electric charge), Neutrons (0 charge), Quarks (a theory, as they've never been observed directly) These things would be the building blocks that all else is made of. Without charged particles, there can be no Electricity (or electric force fields) and thus no Magnetism (or electromagnetic waves). Even sound, the things we hear have matter as sound is made of phonons (another particle ie. matter) and matter is necessary to carry sounds. So…I think that the long answer is a whole list of items starting with the ones mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph that brings all else into creation the things we are, we see, we hear, we taste, we touch, from Father Herself.
Somehow as I was researching, I was led also to a series of videos on Consciousness. Consciousness is defined as being awake, aware, having a capacity for experience. It explored what consciousness is and how it is that we are conscious – something that Science alone cannot explain. The call it "The Hard Problem" because they cannot scientifically explain how something as immaterial as consciousness arises from something as unconscious as matter. But with Father, and understanding that comes from Her I believe this question can be answered AND it can be answered scientifically as well.
The next thought I'm brought to is the creation of Adam and Eve, from dust. Does dust = matter? All the things that I've listed above? Seraiah has shared with us that Father is the great recycler. So it would seem to me (based on logic and my terrible memory as I can swear we've been over this before but it's been a while) that yes, dust = matter. It changes form, but it never goes away just as energy never goes away and energy is matter and Father is all things.
Consciousness ie. Life, is what Father breathed into Adam and what "animated" him, or, brought him to life, Yes? It is what She does each time a reanimation occurs – a "breath" of life that brings back animation. It's our consciousness that lives on even after our physical bodies die. So… consciousness = spirit which resides within a physical body. At transformation the consciousness is clothed in a spiritual body and the spiritual body is made of matter just as a physical one is only, in a different form; finer material.
Father lives within us and we live within Father. It is Her consciousness that we share and Her life pool, Her energy, Her matter from which we draw from and that gives us life.
I guess this leads me to another question, about whether or not consciousness is matter. Hmm… I think it very well could be.
Jaddai, please correct me if I'm incorrect in any of this. My mind may be scientific but sometimes I'm just not sure where things come from…they just do. It's weird.
I also had a thought about what you're experiencing in Seraiah's vessel. You know how in paranormal investigating there's the residual energy theory about events that basically make an imprint in time and then is played back over time? Well what if the same occurs in our brains? It sounds as if Seraiah's memories and habits, likes and dislikes are residual energy that has made an imprint on the cells and physical matter that makes up his vessel and your spirit / consciousness is drawing upon or tapping in on that energy. If true, I guess it would mean that all those things are matter also?
[referencing Jeshaiah about heating metals and magnets]
Bro, was I was researching earlier what came to mind was the earth's core and it's magnetic field and the thought that came to mind, or question rather, was whether or not the earth itself was a giant magnet since it has a magnetic field. Then I thought I recalled learning at one time that it has an iron core. So I did some looking around and found out that I was actually right. But anyway, what that has to do with your quote above is that while the earth has an iron core it's also seriously hot down there and per the scientists and like you said the heat does cause it to lose magnetism. (See below quote)
The fact that the Earth has a magnetic field is an independent piece of evidence for a molten, liquid core. A compass magnet aligns with the magnetic field anywhere on the Earth. The earth cannot be a large permanent magnet, since magnetic minerals lose their magnetism when they are hotter than about 500 degrees C. Almost all of the earth is hotter, and the only other way to make a magnetic field is with a circulating electric current. Circulation and convection of electrically conductive molten iron in the Earth's outer core produces the magnetic field. To make the magnetic field, the convection must be relatively rapid (much faster than it is in the plastic mantle), so the core must be fluid. Much of the energy to drive this convection comes from growth of the solid inner core, with the release of energy as the iron changes from solid to liquid.
It could be that it's the water of the oceans that actually, or in addition to the iron core, in helping to create the circulating electrical current and make the magnetic field around the earth.
So, if that's the case then I have to wonder if a huge coronal mass ejection would affect the oceans, which would in turn affect the magnetism of the earth and from there cause a pole shift.
Um….. freaky synchronicity? Filaments????
OH, SNAP! The 'Great Magnetic Filament' on the sun that we've been tracking for the past week finally erupted yesterday. Click on the image to make the filament snap:
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) images bracket the eruption between 0719 UT and 1919 UT on Feb. 24th. The event did not produce a bright solar flare, as sometimes happens when filaments erupt, but there was a coronal mass ejection (CME). SOHO coronagraphs observed at least one and possibly as many as three clouds billowing away from the sun: movie. If any of this material is heading for Earth–a big unknown!–it would arrive on Feb. 27th or 28th. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras on those dates.
Regina is 100% correct. Father is the total mass of all existence. Apart from Her, nothing could have come into being, and everything that came into existence was a duplication from Father's energy by Michael. You could say that Michael incorporated Father's LIGHT into creative works. For if you understand that the Light that came into the world (creation) was filled with an abundance of all other things in existence – not lacking for anything, then you know it all came forth from the One that possessed the things Michael borrowed from to form his own works from the blueprint Father provided. But, how did all things come into existence within Father? Well my fine friends, the Scripture that states Father is:
"Yet his bow remained steady, and his strong arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel," Michael's own arms were made agile by our Mighty Father and Mother, Yahweh, during the creation process brought forth from within Father. Inside of Father, Michael initiated what scientist refer to as the "Big Bang." This was the beginning of creation from a single Rock of Perfection – that being Father's raw energy stored up in the form of a large rock. Until Michael exploded that rock of perfected energy, Father was solid within. From that point on Father took on the creation of an expanse comprised of universes as Her internal body took on appropriate shape and form to sustain the new creation.
"The LORD said, "Here is a place near Me. You are to stand on the rock," In Michael's situation, the place near Father was from within. The Rock was Father that Michael stood upon to deliver the blow that brought forth his creative works.
"The Rock—His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true." Father the Rock. Literally so in the creation process. From within the Rock was imparted all things Michael needed for his craft to further his workmanship on creation. In that light, Father became all things to creation, for apart from Father not one single thing could have come into existence. And since the Rock Michael exploded was part of Father, that Rock is merely an extension of our Grand Creator. You each are made from the dust of Father's exploding Rock of Energy that started the entire process off in the beginning. From Her Rock came forth something She supplies directly from Her as the only Source: The waters of life. Without water, the rest is merely dust. Consider that Adam was comprised of more water than dust. Without water, life would be hard pressed to exist. Even in the raw energy provided by Father, moisture exists for those in the spirit realm.
"You ignored the Rock who gave you birth; you forgot the God who brought you forth." If you start to understand that Father is comprised of rock, then the verses in the Word will be better understood. In the eternity where She resides along side others like Herself, they too are a composite of Rock energy. But to understand that, you must keep in mind that there is visible rock and invisible rock. There is solid rock you can touch and spiritual Rock that is unseen and cannot be touched unless Father wants it to happen.
"He will say: "Where are their gods, the 'rock' they found refuge in?" Ashtoreth was a Rock, but ended up providing little refuge.
"But their "rock" is not like our Rock; even our enemies concede." Different Gods exist, no two alike. Father has proven that.
"Build a well-constructed altar to the LORD your God on the top of this rock. Take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down." See if you can comprehend the dual meaning.
"The Angel of the LORD extended the tip of the staff that was in His hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire came up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the Angel of the LORD vanished from his sight." An acceptance by Father.
"Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff, so that a great amount of water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank." A gift from Father.
Spiritual War News
Jun 23, 2010
I'll upload the marked versions next.
Seraiah has gone back in after the strike to look for survivors and see how much damage was done from his burst of white fire over the battlefield where the fighting was raging between the Cherubs and demons. If you see demons that look like they are alive, then they also survived the white rain. Reverse coming up next with Seraiah's message of who he really is.
Don't let all of the multiple casts throw you for a loop. Over here we are two dimensional in things that are done. Over there, we are multi-dimensional.
If you'll rotate the pic you will see the entire record. Lighting changes reveal still more. In the spirit realm we call this multi-casting, the ability to conserve space.
The more you work with a record like is contained within this pic, the more you sense or get a feel for what is going on at the time it occurred.
Michael sent a dispatch with more pics in it. Earlier, Seraiah went to aid the Cherubs in Canada where they were working on the underground fault lines and came under attack by Satan's troops, and I noticed on the news that the Cherubs must have been successful because the news reported the quake.
Joe -You're good at this Regina, just like Johanna. Do you know what the Omega symbol is displayed for? The Seraph's are designated Alpha because they were the first Order. And though the Cherubs were created just beneath them on the next rung of the ladder of authority, they are designated Omega because Dawn originally was a Cherub in good standing, but because he defamed their Order, Father designated them as the Order that will end his reign of terror after the Millennium ends and he's let loose for a short time. It goes with Father being the Alpha and the Omega. The Beginning and the End. For reality begins with Mother and ends with our Father. For She is He and He is She.
Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos
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The Fall of the US
I've been working on the Chevron oil spill pic myself. Here is part of what I saw. The land masses reveal Father knew it would occur long ago.
I'm putting some of Seraiah's techniques to work.
The letters on the bottom right from what I can see. From the left to the right.
5. Looks like some kind of symbol
6. Looks like some kind of symbol
I got it. The fall of the EAGLE. It is predicting the fall of the USA.
[responding to Johanna]
You're good at this
X them off
It means the Eagle represents America, and the victory of its fall will be soon. They are as good as X- offed in Father's eyes.The symbols are angelic and I cannot read them. Thank you for your help!
8. K means KILL, which means many are about to perish soon.
Seraiah showed up to help me with these after all.
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
Unknown Object Photographed over Stourbridge, UK
Hi, this picture was taken on 17th August 2010, at 16:33. I'm not saying it's an ET craft (before anyone starts to get upset), but it was a lovely, clear day with few clouds.
Unknown Dark Object in Photograph with Helicopter
Hi, the date was 17th August 2010, at 17:21 PM. We were with friends, dining at Katie Fitzgerald's, in Wollaston/Stourbridge, England.
Halfway through our meal we all became aware of two helicopters hovering very low and very loudly just above us, maybe 150 feet high.
Wordsley, UK – Unknown Object Captured on Photograph
Wordsley, UK – 14/08/2010
My cousin Phill was eating a meal at the Samson & Lion Inn, at Wordsley. His girlfriend Anna began squinting at the sky, and urged him and 4 other friends to look.
Round UFO takes California witness by surprise in rural Sierraville
August 20th, 2010
A California witness encountered a blinding light from a "round-shaped object" directly overhead in rural Sierraville, followed by missing time and little recall of driving home to Truckee on August 17, 2010, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
Husband/Wife Spot Unknown Light over Casa Grande, AZ
Case Grande, Arizona
My wife and I were traveling north on I-10 in the vicinity of Casa Grande, Arizona, about 40 miles south of Phoenix, at about 9:30 PM on August 15th, 2010.
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
Academic scientists say oil from gulf spill is not going away quickly
The Washington Post
by David A. Fahrenthold and Kimberly Kindy
August 20, 2010
Academic scientists are challenging the Obama administration's assertion that most of BP's oil in the Gulf of Mexico is either gone or rapidly disappearing — with one group Thursday announcing the discovery of a 22-mile "plume" of oil that shows little sign of vanishing.
18 Signs That America Is Rotting Right In Front Of Our Eyes
by Michael Snyder
August 17, 2010
Sometimes it isn’t necessary to quote facts and figures about government debt, unemployment and the trade deficit in order to convey how badly America is decaying.
Pakistanis block highways to protest slow flood aid
by Robert Birsel
August 16, 2010
Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani flood victims, burning straw and waving sticks, blocked a highway on Monday to demand government help as aid agencies warned relief was too slow to arrive for millions without clean water, food and homes.
Judges targeted as bomber kills 57 Iraq army recruits
by Waleed Ibrahim and Ahmed Rasheed
August 17, 2010
(Reuters) – At least 57 recruits and soldiers were killed and 123 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an army recruitment center in Baghdad on Tuesday, two weeks before the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.
GM to recall more than 243,000 vehicles
by David Bailey in Detroit and John Crawley
August 17, 2010
(Reuters) – General Motors Co will recall more than 243,000 model year 2009/2010 crossover sport utilities, mainly in the United States, to inspect safety belts for possible damage, the automaker said on Tuesday.
Crop Circle Watch
Avebury Avenue, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 16th August
WHICH WAY AROUND!
A small formation with a design that appears to work both ways up. From this angle a flying saucer flying towards the Avebury rings but from the reverse angle a bird like motif. This formation appeared in the maize crop. The first in maize this season. To walk into the tall crop to see this formation on the ground is a bit of an overpowering experience.
Lurkeley Hill (2), nr East Kennett, Wiltshire. Reported 17th August
No Field Report is Available at this time.
Signs in Humanity
Polish soldiers blow up Afghan house ‘for fun’
by Daniel Tencer
August 14, 2010
Soldiers charged for 'wasting ammunition'
Three Polish soldiers serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan are facing up to eight years in prison after a newspaper obtained video of them blowing up an abandoned Afghan house "for fun."
Thieves steal 400 pheasants from Leicestershire farms
August 21, 2010
Thieves have stolen 400 young pheasants from two farms in Leicestershire.
Police said 200 birds were taken from a farm in Oakham Road, Tilton on the Hill. Another 200 taken from Limes Farm, Houghton Lane in Gaulby.
Japan man 'kept dead mother in a backpack'
August 20, 2010
The remains of a Japanese woman have been found in a backpack, in the latest gruesome discovery by investigators searching for missing old people.
Doctors released baby to abusive father who then threw him so hard he was left with permanent brain damage
August 16, 2010
Medics released a baby back into the care of his abusive father who then went on to leave him with lifelong brain damage, a report has revealed.
The millionaire's life built on fraud: Lawyers' clerk stole £1.7m to splash on cars, clothes and a racehorse
by Claire Ellicott
August 16, 2010
A cashier at a firm of solicitors stole £1.7million over seven years to finance a 'lavish' lifestyle for herself and her husband.
Louise Martini, 36, who had worked for the firm since she was 16, bought fine jewellery from Chanel, shares in a racehorse and the lease of a pub in the village which supposedly inspired Ambridge in The Archers.
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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 PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.1 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
6.6 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.5 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.9 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.0 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
6.3 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 OFFSHORE SUCRE, VENEZUELA
5.3 BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
6.2 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
5.0 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.0 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.2 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.0 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.3 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 NEUQUEN, ARGENTINA
5.6 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
5.3 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
6.2 FIJI REGION
6.2 MAURITIUS – REUNION REGION
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.2 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
5.0 NEAR COAST OF NORTHERN PERU
5.2 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.7 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
5.1 SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.1 PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.1 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.0 PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS
MARIANA ISLANDS, GUAM – An earthquake on Saturday morning was measured at a magnitude of 7.2 at about 7:19 a.m. at a depth of 2.9 miles. The earth quake was traced 230 miles west-southwest of Guam and 275 miles west-southwest of the Northern Mariana Islands. There was no news of injury. According to the reports there were no alerts issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center about the earth quake.
The media reports suggested that in case the earthquake had hit nearer to the populated areas, the threat and loss to the life and the harm to the property would have been exceedingly ruthless. What is more, is that if the earth quake had hit closer to the populated areas, rescue attempts and operations would have been held back due to the Mariana Islands’ far-flung location. There have been numerous aftershocks.
PAKISTAN – a 5 magnitude earthquake has hit Pakistan. Pakistan is in the middle of the WORSE MONSOON SEASON THEY HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED, one fifth of Pakistan is under water and there are now fears of food shortage amongst other things. (There are reports that one third of Pakistan is underwater but at the moment as we said we'll stick to one fifth until more information comes from the Pakistan government.) Now they experience a magnitude 5 earthquake as well. The earthquake was far from Islamabad but was close to Kalat and Dalbandin areas. The first case of cholera in Pakistan also have just come to light. The country is a disaster zone.
Quake sparks landslides on largest Aeolian island off Sicily – An earthquake Monday on one of the Aeolian islands off of Sicily caused landslides but no major damage or injuries. "No one has been hospitalised, but we are monitoring the situation." The quake measured 4.5 degrees on the Richter scale and struck shortly before 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) some six kilometres (3.5 miles) from Lipari island and its epicentre was some 19 kilometres deep. Some people panicked by the earthquake jumped into the water where they were stung by jellyfish, and up to seven had suffered light injuries. Lipari is the largest in the volcanic Aeolian archipelago in the Tyrrenian Sea north of Sicily.
WASHINGTON – Earthquakes silent to the naked ear are revisiting the North Olympic Peninsula. Crews are doubling the number of seismic recording devices between Port Angeles and Port Townsend to measure tremors that make their presence known every 15 months or so in northwestern Washington.
The "tremor-and-slip" events have occurred about every 15 months since they were first detected in 2002. The latest were felt Sunday north of Olympia and west of Tacoma. They are expected to travel north under the Peninsula to Vancouver Island. The tremors are expected to last about three weeks and chances are "very small" that they will be felt on the surface. Over the course of several weeks, these silent tremors can release as much energy as a magnitude 6 earthquake. They emanate from the Cascadia subduction fault zone about 50 miles off the Washington coast. Scientists hope the data that's gathered helps them understand "what controls the timing of these events." The surface of the fault "is right under your feet there" about 20 miles below surface. "We don't understand why they are such weak events. It lets out few centimeters every year, compared to the big ones, which let out 10 meters of slip every 500 years," or 33 feet. "Another mystery is why it takes two or three weeks for all this movement to occur rather than a couple of minutes like a giant earthquake. We are trying to understand what is happening with this kind of faulting." The last subduction zone earthquake in the Pacific Northwest was in 1700, so the chance is "very small" that a large earthquake will occur during the present round of tremors.
A STRANGE double earthquake was responsible for the tsunami that devastated parts of the South Pacific in 2009, scientists claim. In a RARE set of events, an initial 8.1 magnitude earthquake was immediately followed by a second 8.0 shock. The resulting tsunami devastated the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Samoa. An estimated 192 people died as four waves each more than five metres high surged inland.
The earthquake was UNUSUAL, not only because of the double shock, but also because of the location of the first event. Almost all great earthquakes – shocks of magnitude 8.0 or bigger – occur at locations where fragments of the Earth's rigid crust, known as tectonic plates, grind against one another. However, the initial Tonga earthquake occurred up to 100 km (62 miles) from the closest tectonic plate boundary. As such it is the LARGEST EARTHQUAKE OF THIS TYPE EVER reported in more than 100 years of monitoring. The earthquake was "UNLIKE ANYTHING SEISMOLOGISTS HAVE SEEN BEFORE". This "out of place" earthquake was triggered as part of the Earth's crust was dragged under another piece of crust. As it bent, it snapped near its middle sending out shockwaves.
NEW ZEALAND – Scientists say the collapse of a massive undersea volcano off the coast of the North Island shows New Zealand could be at a high risk of tsunami. Marine geologists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research have confirmed a major eruption about 200km northwest of Auckland occured some time in the last two years.
The Rumble 3 volcano, which is larger than Mount Ruapehu, has lost about 120 metres in height. The undersea mapping shows the seabed is more active than was previously known. "We don't want to be scaremongering here, but definitely any large displacement of (the) seafloor will pull the water down. At the surface it will also generate a wave, and this collapse, we know because we've mapped it, this collapse is looking south-west, which is directly toward the New Zealand coast."
TROPICAL STORMS –
The system once known as Tropical Depression Five may be known as tropical Storm, or even Category One Hurricane, Danielle by late today, peaking sometime later on Monday into Tuesday over New Orleans. (NOAA's site gives this system a 30% chance of developing into a tropical storm again in the next 48 hours.)
Remains of Tropical Depression 5 to drift into Gulf, threaten Louisiana again today and Tuesday – The National Weather Service is warning that the low pressure system remains of Tropical Depression 5 will move back out into the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida panhandle coast early Monday and then will move west towards the Louisiana coast.
Forecasters warn that the system will be moving over warm water in the Gulf, where satellite readings indicate water temperatures are about 88 degrees, which could help turn the low back into a tropical cyclone. The National Hurricane Center has increased to 50 percent the chance of the low becoming a tropical cyclone, which means a depression or tropical storm. If it reaches tropical storm strength, with winds of at least 39 mph, the system would be named Danielle.
State Of Emergency Declared for Louisiana – As remnants of Tropical Depression Five move toward Louisiana, state prepares for possible severe weather and flooding. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is monitoring possible severe weather associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression 5, which currently is moving westward through the Gulf of Mexico and heading toward southeast Louisiana. The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rainfall through Wednesday. Some parishes could receive up to eight inches of rain and should prepare for possible flooding. The ground is saturated in many areas because of heavy rain in recent days. The NWS has issued a Coastal Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Watch for parts of coastal and central Louisiana. "We are in the most active part of hurricane season and this severe weather is an example of how a storm system can dissipate and then resurrect itself and quickly affect our state. This is why all families need a plan for protecting themselves when severe weather strikes."
Deep blue oceans spawn fewer tropical storms – Plankton have a lot to answer for. By colouring ocean waters, the microscopic plants encourage hurricanes and typhoons. The finding suggests that ocean colour, seen from space, could one day be used to predict changes in the number and intensity of hurricanes and typhoons. Climate change is predicted to decrease the amount of phytoplankton in the ocean, which the study suggests would mean many fewer hurricanes and typhoons hitting American and Asian coastlines.
Clear ocean waters look deep blue, but they become a murkier shade of blue depending on how much phytoplankton – tiny floating plants that are at the base of the ocean food web – they contain. Areas of ocean that are murky with phytoplankton get warmer nearer the surface, while clearer waters warm up further down. The findings are backed up by records from the 1960s, which show that cyclone activity in the Pacific subtropical gyres during the 1960s was about 20 per cent lower than today, while chlorophyll levels were about half of present-day levels – a trend consistent with the model. The modelling also showed that the reduction was more pronounced for cyclones whose winds had top speeds greater than 33 metres per second, suggesting that ocean colour can influence the intensity of cyclones as well as their number.
Past observations and models predict that warmer oceans will produce less phytoplankton but local effects complicate matters, making it difficult for now to predict how the colour of the gyres may change in coming decades. For instance, increased industrial activity in China has deposited more iron-rich dust in the Pacific over the past 40 years, but it's not known whether this results in more nutrients (and hence more colour) at the edges of the gyre or at the centre. "The potential for change is significant, but our understanding of the underlying dynamics is so rudimentary that it's not clear that we know which direction the change would be." There's also the issue of Atlantic hurricanes, which will require more complicated analysis. The formation of these hurricanes is affected by sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, and preliminary analysis shows that if the Pacific gyres were completely clear, Atlantic hurricane activity would fall by 12 per cent. [So without the phytoplankton, little to no hurricanes, but also little to no fish?]
The peak of Atlantic hurricane season is nigh but glancing about the tropics one would hardly know it. So far the Atlantic season has missed the fevered expectations of forecasters who predicted this year might become one of the most active on record.
It's been 11 days since weak little Tropical Storm Colin died in the deep Atlantic, a long stretch to pass without a storm in mid-August.
Although the tropics remain quiet for now, there are indications that may soon change, with the season's first major hurricane potentially developing next week. "Some models are indicating as many as three storms will develop over the next few weeks. Several of these are predicted to be strong hurricanes by the models. I think that this will really be the start of the hurricane season."
The 2010 season began in late June with a bang. Alex, which struck Mexico, became the first Category 2 hurricane to develop in June during the Atlantic hurricane season since 1966. But since then it's been incredibly quiet out there, with only two minimal tropical storms. Historically, for a normal season with 10 or 11 named storms, we'd expect to have had three by now.
Another measure of seasonal activity is accumulated cyclone energy, or ACE, which essentially sums up total storm activity across a basin. During a normal hurricane season the ACE value is around 100. Before the season began the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an ACE value of around 210 this year. It's still early in the season — most of the strongest hurricanes come in late August, September and early October – but the 2010 season's present ACE value of 10.7 is still 50 percent below a normal year at this time.
The season's sluggish start was attributed to a strong ridge of high pressure over the eastern U.S. for much of the summer. In addition to giving Houston its warmest start to August ever, the ridge generally has brought sinking air across the western Atlantic Basin, and sinking air makes it hard for storms to develop. As cool fronts begin pushing into the northern United States, however, the ridge is weakening. In the tropical Pacific Ocean La Niña is strengthening as predicted, which also favors storm development. And finally, sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic where most storms develop remain at RECORD LEVELS, even higher than during the record 2005 season. "So there is a tremendous amount of heat energy available."
Instead of initial predictions of 18 named storms and an ACE value of 200, more realistic predictions with the season's slow start are 15 named storms and an ACE value around 150. At present forecasters are watching a tropical wave in the central Caribbean Sea, which isn't expected to develop, and a vigorous tropical wave coming off the African coast. Some models forecast this wave to become an intense hurricane next week, although it appears increasingly likely the system will turn north into the open Atlantic. For Houston, time is running out to see a hurricane strike this year. Although hurricane season does not officially end until Nov. 30, the state of Texas has been hit by a hurricane just three times in the past 150 years after Sept. 24.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
Pakistan flood crisis raises fears of country's collapse – United Nations aid agencies have provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of Pakistan's worst floods in decades but relief operations have yet to reach an estimated SIX MILLION people. The lives of 14 million people — eight per cent of the population — have been disrupted by one of the worst catastrophes in Pakistan's history. The floods, triggered by torrential monsoon downpours just over two weeks ago, engulfed Pakistan's Indus river basin and killed more than 1,600 people.
Villages have been wiped away. Some people only have a patch of land to stand on. Fresh downpours could bring more destruction, and displacement. The United Nations says the floods have affected about one-third of Pakistan, an area the size of a European country.
Pakistan's government, overwhelmed by the disaster, has been accused of being to slow to respond to the crisis with victims relying on the military and international aid agencies for help. Anger is spreading, raising the possibility that the government could face social unrest. Analysts say a military coup is unlikely because the army's priority is fighting Taliban insurgents and taking over during a disaster makes no sense. The economic costs are staggering, making it more diffIcult for the government to carry out strategic spending in former Taliban bastions to win public support.
Floods have roared down from the northwest to Punjab province to Sindh, where more flooding is expected. Sindh is home to Pakistan's biggest city and commercial hub Karachi. Floods have damaged mostly rural areas there, although concerns are rising that other urban centres are at risk.
RUSSIA – Cyclone halts water supply to Sakhalin's 32,000-people in Kholmsk. The city of Kholmsk has drinking water only from water tank vehicles specially sent to the city after a water supply system breakdown. The situation was caused by the cyclone that crossed southern Sakhalin from August 11 to 12. The precipitation in Kholmsk EXCEEDED A MONTH'S LEVEL. Twenty houses were flooded. A mud flow from local mountains got into the water intake system, halting the water supply.
NIGER – Drought-stricken Niger has been struck by devastating flooding. Crop failure combined with a severe drought had already thrust tens of thousands of people into a perilous state in Niger and neighbouring Chad in the Sahel region of central North Africa. But now severe flooding is making the situation even worse. Heavy rainfall since the end of July has inundated six regions of Niger, affecting more than 58,000 people. Houses have collapsed and rotting animal carcasses are contaminating flood water, spreading disease. The region of Zinder in the south of the country has been hit hardest, with 28,000 people affected. More than 37,000 animals have drowned in the floodwaters. Zinder is also one of the regions suffering most from the current food crisis. "Children in Zinder are already incredibly vulnerable as they have been without enough food for months and their immune systems are already desperately weak."
Russia lashed by storm after heatwave – Russia's record-breaking heatwave looks set to come to a dramatic end, with a severe storm now heading for Moscow after battering St Petersburg on Sunday. Nearly 100,000 people around St Petersburg were left without power, rail services were halted and trees felled amid high winds and heavy rains. Moscow is expected to be hit later. Temperatures there dropped to 25C on Monday after nearing 40C for weeks. Fires that have raged across western Russia are being brought under control. The emergencies ministry said the area affected by peat and forest fires was down to 45,800 hectares, compared to a peak of almost 200,000 hectares.
The fires took hold amid a heatwave unseen in Russia since records began, 130 years ago. More than 50 people have died in the forest fires, but the wider death toll is much larger. Hundreds, or thousands, more people perished from the direct effects of the heat, or from drowning while trying to escape it, or from the smog that has blanketed Moscow and other regions during the fires. The smog has returned to Moscow, despite the lower temperatures and reduced fire area, but is expected to be dispersed by the coming winds.
The fires and drought have also had a devastating effect on Russia's wheat harvest. This year's crop could be as low as 60 million tonnes, well below last year's 97 million. The shortage is such that a ban on grain exports has been introduced, possibly until the end of the year. The measures are designed to keep domestic food prices under control, but could push world prices still higher.
Concerns remain about fires near Russia's major nuclear research facility in Sarov, about 400km (250 miles) east of Moscow, and in the Bryansk region, heavily affected by radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Officials said on Monday that fires near Sarov had been controlled. But an environmentalist warned that radioactive material near Bryansk still posed a threat. "Almost a million cubic meters of dead radioactive wood pose serious danger if the fires spread,. The forest is practically impenetrable, and we practically have no aviation so we'll have nothing to fight the fires if they spread." Officials said any fires that had reached the area so far have been extinguished.
CHINA – Mass rescue after landslide. Residents of Puladi, in Yunnan province, were trapped in their homes by the rushing mud as they slept. UNUSUALLY SEVERE SUMMER RAINS have triggered mudslides and floods that have killed more than 1,500 people across China in recent months. About 470 people are still missing in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, after a landslide enveloped the town recently. More than 1,200 people have been confirmed dead after the disaster hit on 8 August. More than 305 million people across China have been affected, with damage totalling $1.7bn (£1.1bn). Roads, power lines and telecoms have been cut to Puladi, a mountainous area that borders Burma. Mudslides also destroyed a bridge and swelled the Nujiang river. The river level had risen by 6m (20ft). Litoudi Village, about 10km from Puladi, was also badly hit by mudslides. Last month, workers in Puladi building a hydro-electric power station were hit by a landslide. Eleven people died. The National Meteorological Centre said the chance of more landslides was "relatively large".
Hardliners blame India, US for Pakistan's floods – A rash of reports in the Pakistani media blame India, principally, for the massive floods, purportedly because New Delhi had deliberately diverted waters from dams in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and from the ones it "controlled in Afghanistan”. Some reports also charged that US was manipulating weather patterns over Pakistan. US officials dismissed the idea with incredulity.
The inflammatory reports, in a country that's been dubbed "Paranoidistan", surfaced even as Pakistan's Foreign Ministeri, in an interview to ABC, endorsed a purported ISI report last week that home-grown extremism and not India constituted a primary security threat to the country. The new line, which if genuine, would reverse 63 years of regarding India as the primary threat, is ostensibly aimed at extracting more aid from the US and the international community, which have repeatedly advised Islamabad to give up its India fixation, and have been reluctant to open their purse strings because of, among other things, Pakistan's hardline policies towards India. Pakistan's recalibration, amid unabated floods and fears of extremists getting ahead of the government in providing relief, is already starting to show results. The US has increased its aid to nearly $100 million, the World Bank has sanctioned a loan of $ 900 million, and various western and Gulf/Arab countries have also bumped up their initial modest contribution to help out Pakistan from being completely washed up.
OIL SPILL -
BP spill 'more damaging' than first thought – Nearly 80% of of the crude oil released into the Gulf of Mexico remains in the area's ecosystem, researchers have concluded in a report that contradicted the rosier estimates of the Obama Administration. Up to 3.2 million barrels of the toxic substance have not been cleaned up, the independent researchers found. "The oil is still out there, and it will likely take years to degrade." They suggested that US Government scientists may have underestimated the dangers that the oil poses to local communities. For example, oil that was dispersed as micro-droplets, for instance, may still be "highly toxic," the study said. "The most toxic components of crude oil are the least likely to be naturally degraded." Even some of the oil that all parties agreed was released and subsequently purged could still be a threat. Oil that was evaporated into the atmosphere, for one, could still be a danger for years to come.
Meanwhile, another study published overnight in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested the spill's impact on human health is subtle and may not be seen immediately. They discovered, for example, that workers on the 1989 Exxon-Valdez spill in Alaska have, years later, a higher prevalence of chronic airway diseases.
Clean-up workers tend to suffer most because they are exposed to volatile organic compounds, chemicals that tend to evaporate when they reach the water's surface. But, the potential health impacts extend beyond the workers on oil spills. Nearby residents, too, may develop health problems either by exposure to crude oil in the water or by chemicals in the air. There also exists the possibility that seafood and drinking water in those communities may become contaminated. The consequences are not only physical. People exposed to the Exxon Valdez spill also proved, years later, to have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Transocean, the company that owned the oil rig, alleges that BP is refusing to hand over information it needs about the explosion. "BP has continued to demonstrate its unwillingness, if not outright refusal, to deliver even the most basic information to Transocean. This is troubling, both in light of BP's frequently stated public commitment to openness and a fair investigation and because it appears that BP is withholding evidence in an attempt to prevent any other entity other than BP from investigating." Transocean is facing 249 lawsuits for damages over the disaster.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
INDIA – Sunday the entire Bihar was declared as drought-hit and the government was taking various measure to provide relief to the affected farmers. "Bihar is facing natural calamity for the fourth year in succession … While the state faced devastating floods in 2007 and 2008, drought has hit the state for the second year in succession." The government had on August 3 declared 28 out of the 38 districts in Bihar as drought hit.
Severe weather threatens world food supply – Extreme weather conditions across the globe are destroying crops, cattle and land, as nations struggle through things like droughts, floods and other natural phenomena. And while some say that these occurrences are natural, cyclic effects from variations in solar activity, others point to climate change as the culprit. Russian wheat crop failures, Kansas cattle deaths and flooding in Pakistan are among the many struggles currently being faced by nations around the world, but why are these extreme weather conditions occurring in the first place?
Weather extremes have put a heavy strain on food production, which could lead to skyrocketing food prices like the ones seen back in 2007 and 2008 when food was in short supply due to similar events. According to a climate scientist in Australia, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles and human industrial activity is leading to "more and more hot extremes and worse unprecedented extremes." He and others believe global talks must continue to address practical ways to deal with CO2 emissions, and that the time is now to push for climate legislation. Still others, though, point to the sun's normal cyclic rise and fall in activity as the instigator of alleged global warming, and say that climate legislation will only serve to further erode personal freedom and national sovereignty.
Climate change, rather than human hunters, drove the wooly mammoth to extinction. That’s the claim from scientists who say that the hairy beasts lost their grazing grounds as forests rapidly replaced grasslands after the last ice age, roughly 20,000 years ago. “The landscape at the last glacial maximum would have been dominated by grasses and small shrubs and bushes, a perfect vegetation for mammoths and other megafaunal grazers. But as the climate warmed, the mammoths habitat of grassland was completely taken over by forest." The tree takeover was boosted by more intense sunlight and higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Not only did this change happen across a vast area covering modern day Europe and North America, it also happened very fast. “We’re talking about a warming over a 2,000 to 5,000 year period. In just a few thousand years the mammoth’s habitat and food source more or less disappeared…A few thousand years would be insufficient time for a large animal like the mammoth with slow regeneration time to adapt quick enough…And as the climate warmed, human hunting may have led to the final demise of an already environmentally stressed species.”
What’s going on with the weather? Plenty of folks are asking that this summer. Record heat, the terrible smoke and heat in Russia. Moscow, Russia reached 100 degrees for the first time ever and the heat and smoke from burning forests has been unrelenting. Now the terrible flooding in Pakistan with thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands displaced and without water or proper sanitary conditions. Is this another sign of climate change?
All scientists studying weather, climate, earth systems, oceans, global and climate change agree that one or even several record weather events such as the heat this summer in D.C. or the record heat in Russia do not mean the overall climate of the Earth is changing. But the increasing frequency of record and extreme events does appear to be a “signal” of a changing climate. Extreme weather events are becoming more common.
Some might ask how can a record breaking snowy winter here in DC, followed by a record breaking hot summer both be a sign of a changing climate? The answer may be that with a climate changing, the global circulation patterns are changing. We know the high latitudes are warming at a faster rate than areas near the equator. Look at the recent global temperatures for July – worldwide the second warmest July in weather record. Even Finland almost reached 100°. So far this year, 2010, worldwide is on a track to be the warmest year in weather records. Certainly there are some “cool” spots such as Chile and Argentina this July, a cold winter there, and central Siberia for the year to date but the overall pattern is pretty striking. This has been a warm year and in some areas an extremely warm year for the Earth.
Some of the greatest warming, the highest departures from long term averages, are at the high latitudes across Canada, Greenland and northern Russia. What is interesting is that some of the first very crude global circulation models (GCMs) of the global climate, created about 35 years ago, showed that in an atmosphere with a doubling of carbon dioxide (we’re getting there) global warming would be greatest at higher latitudes. What we’re seeing with this patterns does “prove” anything. But the more and more we see observations agreeing with prediction, the more the evidence mounts that the predictions and the “models” used to make those predictions are valid.
BOLIVIA – A state of emergency has been declared in Bolivia as forest fires spread across the country. Almost 25,000 fires have destroyed about 1.5m hectares (3.7m acres) of land and more than 60 houses. The worst of the destruction has taken place in Bolivia's Amazon and eastern regions, close to the country's border with Brazil. Smoke from the fires has also delayed numerous flights and forced several airports to close for short periods.
The President described the fires as "a natural phenomenon", despite explaining that they were mostly caused by farmers clearing land ahead of the planting season. He said they had lost control of them and the fires had spread rapidly. Indigenous people and small farmers in the Amazon region have traditionally burnt large tracts of land to increase areas of cultivation. But this year, insufficient rainfall and strong winds have made the fires very difficult to keep under control. The government can not fight the fires adequately because it lacks water-bombing aircraft.
Many villages and small towns are at risk from the fires, as well as parks. Many people have been trying to tackle the fires with buckets of water. Bolivians were praying for rain. However, forecasts do not indicate rain in the next few days.
ARCTIC – In mid-August 2010, the northern route through the Northwest Passage was nearly free of sea ice, although some ice remained in McClure Strait. Even more ice remained in the southern route (through Amundsen’s Passage) of the Northwest Passage in mid-August. Nevertheless, the ice content in the northern route was not only well below the 1968–2000 average, but also nearly a month ahead of the clearing observed in 2007, when Arctic sea ice set a record low. As of mid-August 2010, however, overall sea ice extent was higher than it had been at the same time of year in 2007. (satellite image)
Sun's 'quiet period' explained – The Sun's conveyor transports plasma across its surface to the pole, where it sinks before rising at the equator Solar physicists may have discovered why the Sun recently experienced a prolonged period of weak activity. The most recent so-called "solar minimum" occurred in December 2008. Its drawn-out nature extended the total length of the last solar cycle – the repeating cycle of the Sun's activity – to 12.6 years, making it THE LONGEST IN ALMOST 200 YEARS.
During a solar minimum the Sun is less active, producing fewer sunspots and flares. The new research suggests that the longer-than-expected period of weak activity may have been linked to changes in the way a hot soup of charged particles called plasma circulated in the Sun. The Sun's activity strengthens and weakens on a cycle that typically lasts 10.7 years. Since accurate records began in 1755, there have been 24 such solar cycles.
The 23rd cycle, which ended in December 2008, was both longer than average and had THE SMALLEST NUMBER OF SUNSPSOTS FOR A CENTURY.
The new research suggests that one reason for the prolonged period of weak activity could be changes in the Sun's "conveyor belt". Similar to the Earth's ocean currents, the Sun's conveyor transports plasma across its surface to the pole. Here, the plasma sinks into the heart of the Sun before rising again at the equator. During the 23rd cycle, these currents of fire extended all the way to the poles, while in earlier cycles they only extended about two thirds of the way. The increased length of the conveyor and its slower rate of return flow explain the prolonged 23rd cycle.
However, a solar physicist from Nasa's Marshall Space Flight Center who was not involved in the latest study, argued that it was the speed and not the extent of the conveyor that was of real importance. The conveyor has been running at RECORD-HIGH SPEEDS for over five years. "I believe this could explain the unusually deep solar minimum."
HEALTH THREATS –
Tropical fruit cited in US typhoid fever outbreak – Frozen mamey fruit pulp is the probable cause of seven confirmed and two suspected cases of typhoid fever (Salmonella Typhi infections) in California and Nevada. Mamey, also called zapote or sapote, is mainly grown in Central and South America. Frozen mamey pulp can be bought in grocery stores throughout the United States, and packages have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years.
Epidemiologic evidence points to mamey fruit pulp produced by Goya Foods, Inc., Secaucus, N.J. The company recalled 14-ounce packages of the tropical fruit product on Aug 11. The product is distributed in retail stores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
The company said it issued the recall because one package of mamey pulp collected in Las Vegas and tested by the Food and Drug Administration was found to contain Salmonella. A CDC official contacted could not say whether the specific outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhi had been found in any Goya product.
Typhoid fever is common in the developing world, but only about 400 cases occur in the United States annually, with about 75% of them in international travelers. The infection causes high and sustained fever, headache, constipation, malaise, chills, and myalgia, and it can be severe or fatal if not treated. It typically spreads through contaminated food or water.
Surge in Salmonella Enteritidis prompts egg recall – An outbreak of Salmonella infections has triggered a national recall of 13 shell egg brands and an extensive traceback investigation focused on an Iowa company that reportedly produced the eggs. IWright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, said it is recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The eggs were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers, and foodservice companies in eight states: California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it, the FDA, and the US Department of Agriculture are investigating a fourfold national increase in the number of Salmonella Enteritidis isolates with the same pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern. In June and July about 200 isolates with that PFGE pattern, the most common in the PulseNet database, were submitted, compared with about 50 monthly uploads usually seen over the past 5 years. The CDC said many states have reported increases in the pattern since May. The CDC said its investigators are conducting DNA analysis of the isolates to identify illnesses that may be part of the outbreak.
Epidemiologic investigations in California, Colorado, and Minnesota have revealed several possible case clusters that suggest shell eggs are a likely source of infections. Traceback investigations suggested that shell eggs from the single firm, Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were consumed at many of the restaurants or events linked to the case clusters.
Eggs subject to the recall were distributed nationally and were packaged under 13 different brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps. The eggs are packaged in different sized cartons, including 6-egg, dozen, and 18-egg cartons. Recalled eggs have Julian dates that range from 136 to 225 with the plant numbers 1026, 1413, and 1946. Dates and codes are stamped on the end of an egg carton. The stamp begins with the letter P, followed by a space and then the Julian date. (The Julian calendar numbers days consecutively throughout the year rather than by month.) Galt is located in north central Iowa. Iowa is the nation's top producer of eggs, averaging about 53,500,000 layers.
A surge in people presenting with flu-like illness at a New Zealand hospital's emergency department on Aug 16 almost prompted the facility to trigger its crisis plan. Bay of Plenty is on the northern coast of New Zealand's North Island. Crisis measures would have included, for example, discharging patients early and canceling elective surgeries. New Zealand is among the countries currently reporting high levels of pandemic H1N1 activity. Elsewhere in the country, a primary school in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's South Island, closed after one of its students was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. The school's janitors are disinfecting surfaces at the school, including tables, chairs, and computers.
Finland checks suspected link between narcolepsy and pandemic vaccine – The suspicion of a link arose when a Finnish pediatric neurologist noted a slight increase in narcolepsy cases this year. A similar pattern has been noted in Sweden. The director of the National Institute for Health and Welfare's vaccine department said that she doubted the existence of a connection but said the question should be examined.
Universal seasonal flu vaccination push (contains the pandemic H1N1 strain) – In February the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended seasonal flu immunizations for everyone except babies younger than 6 months old. It said expanding the recommendation addresses two problems: Flu complications can occur even in healthy people, and many adults with conditions such as diabetes and asthma don't consider themselves at increased risk.
In its new informational materials, CVS is promoting the seasonal flu vaccine, which contains the pandemic H1N1 strain, as an "all in one" flu shot. Based on the new recommendation and the results of a customer survey, CVS expects demand for flu shots to be high. More than a third (37%) of those who did not get vaccinated in 2009 responded that they were more likely to be immunized against the flu this season.
THE LARGEST EGG RECALL IN RECENT HISTORY – the company linked to clusters of Salmonella illnesses in several states has expanded its recall to include about 380 million eggs.
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
Schools claim Lucifer as model and guardian
Bill Bumpas – OneNewsNow – 8/18/2010 7:00:00 AM
While a California school district is seeing a boom in interest in a controversial educational philosophy that goes back more than 100 years, at the same time it's fighting a lawsuit over whether the system is legal in public schools.
Egypt publisher: Christians forged their version of the Bible
Cairo – An Islamic publishing house in Egypt has published what is says is a "forged" version of the Christian Bible, angering the local Coptic Church, independent daily al-Masry al-Youm reported Thursday.
Tell Catholic bishops to 'get the hell out of our cathedrals', says writer
Friday, 20 August 2010
Irish Catholics should establish a home-grown church by demanding that the bishops "get the hell out of your cathedrals", a leading author said yesterday.
Muslims Lobbying to Worship in Spain's Cordoba Cathedral
By Aaron J. Leichman|Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Aug. 18 2010 02:54 PM EDT
While the dispute over the proposed Cordoba House near New York City’s Ground Zero has been highly publicized over the past few months, less known is the debate over Spain’s Cordoba Cathedral, which was formerly the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
Amarnath pilgrims worship Holy Mace in Srinagar
Big News Network.com (ANI)
Thursday 19th August, 2010
Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir prayed before 'Charri Mubarak' (the Holy Mace of Lord Shiva) at the Shanakaracharya Temple here on Thursday.
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
Evangelist Arrested in Zanzibar, Tanzania
NAIROBI, Kenya, August 19 (CDN) — Christian university students on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, a predominantly Muslim area off the coast of East Africa, have been denied the right to worship, while on another part of the isle a Christian leader has been jailed.
NEWS ALERT: North Korea Executes 3 Christians, Detains 20 Others
Monday, August 16, 2010
By George Whitten, BosNewsLife Senior International Correspondent
SEOUL/JERUSALEM (BosNewsLife)– North Korea has reportedly executed three Christians who were meeting in an underground church, BosNewsLife monitored Monday, August 16. Twenty others attending the same worship service were sent to notorious labor camps, said well-informed Catholic news service AsiaNews.
Roadside crosses for fallen Utah police unconstitutional, court rules
By Warren Richey, Staff writer CSM / August 18, 2010
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that roadside crosses erected to memorialize fallen Utah Highway Patrol officers violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of government endorsement of religion.
Rapes of Christian Girls in Pakistan Reflect Hidden Trend
FAROOQABAD, Pakistan, August 16 (CDN) — The vulnerability of Christian girls to sexual assault in Pakistani society emerged again last month as a Muslim landowner allegedly targeted a 16-year-old and a gang of madrassa (Islamic school) students allegedly abused a 12-year-old in Punjab Province.
Coptic Blogger in Egypt Released from Prison
ISTANBUL, August 17 (CDN) — A Coptic Christian blogger arrested in Egypt on false charges of insulting Islam, then held for almost two years without charge under the country’s Emergency Law, has been released from prison.