CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 153

The Minister Corner
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Anxieties Make a House Call
submitted by Johanna

This morning at 2:00 a.m. my anxieties decided to pay me a visit. They came as a group. They didn't even bother to knock at the front door, but let themselves right in. They marched right up to my bedroom and woke me up. 

One by one, they began to scream at me, "What are you going to do about this and that? Isn't it terrible? There's no way out. You're surely done for, aren't you? Have you thought about this?" 

It was at this moment that I knew I had one of three options. I could continue to lie on my bed and entertain these intruders, passing out bits of crumpets and cookies. This of course would only fatten them up and enliven them to voice even more opinions. 

Option number 2 was to simply try to escape them by way of fantasy. I could pretend that they didn't exist and never had. I could enter the realm of fantasy by way of my imagination. I could dream away my present circumstances. I could be young, thin, rich, living in a different time, living with different people, and romantically sought after. What would that avail? My intruders would still be waiting for me when I awoke. 

Option 3: I could get up and seek the Lord. I could then commune with the Living God of all power, wisdom, and glory. I could cast all my care upon Him and allow Him to undertake in every circumstance. 

By the grace of God, I was empowered to take option number 3. Rising up, I spoke for a lingering time with the Lord. I poured forth all my stresses. Then I opened His Word to my devotional Psalm. There in verse 19 of Psalm 94 I read, "In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul." 

It was then that the Divine exchange took place. I gave God every anxiety and took upon myself His delightful comforts. I even numbered them.

1. God will perfect that which concerns me. 

2. God sees everything and nothing is hidden from His sight. 

3. God is at work. 

4. God loves me. I am His beloved, and He is mine. 

5. God, is with me and will NEVER leave me nor forsake me. 

6. God is good and does good! 

7. God will deal with the evildoer, the reviler, the slanderer, gossip, the gainsayer, the complainer. 

8. God does not condemn me. God is for me. 

9. God will supply my every need according to His riches in glory. 

10. God understands me. 

11. God hears my prayer. 

12. God delights to answer my prayer.

The comforts continued to abound and as they did they ushered my anxieties to the door and bid them leave, unfed and unattended.
~ Cheryl Brodersen ~

Only Temporary
By Regina
All that is
a quandary,
a familiarity,
and contrary
to Yahweh's plan.
It is only

A Cup of Cold Water
Matthew 10:42 — “And whoever gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple —I assure you: He will never lose his reward!”
A cup is usually just a vessel that makes drinking something a lot easier. Perhaps a symbolic representation of a cup could be a person's heart. The words one speaks are also out of the overflow of one's heart, which could be like sharing a liquid stored within a well of one's heart with others. In this same instance, Proverbs 20:5 — Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it up. So, a cup of water offered can be like a pleasant word shared.
Also to note is that the water Christ described was cold, which can help to chill a person whom is having stress in a difficult time, or even help to provide calm in strife or anger.
Ecclesiastes 10:4 — If the ruler's anger rises against you, don't leave your place, for calmness puts great offenses to rest. 
There are also little ones whom pass over before they are able to grow to an age of accountability. They are taken care of by Father's Family, and in a sense, are like young nobles, being children of Father's Kingdom. Even children still in the physical plane at this current time may be greater, considering how each child may have a gift and lesson they were born with. This not being any reason to give a little one a cold cup of water.
To further consider, a physically grown adult may still be much like a little one, even considering that a single person is barely a grain of sand compared to the size of the Sun.
Each person in this war bears some amount of stress and weight, and the heat of the work is coming to a climax shortly. Being prepared and being sensible will help to be ready for our Lord's coming. Father will certainly provide for all our needs, even as each person may have a specific gift to share.
Matthew 25:1-2 — “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible.”

Matthew 6:33 — “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”

Beauty – A Gift From Above
By Deborah
Isaiah 4:2 

[ Zion's Future Glory ] On that day the branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of Israel's survivors.

Jeremiah 3:19 

[ True Repentance ] I thought: How I long to make you [My] sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of all the nations. I thought: You will call Me, my Father, and never turn away from Me.
Zechariah 9:16-17 
16 The LORD their God will save them on that day
 as the flock of His people; 
for they are like jewels in a crown, 
sparkling over His land.
17 How lovely and beautiful they will be!
 Grain will make the young men flourish,
 and new wine, the young women.
Beauty that is created as a by product of Father’s goodness is true and lasting. This is a righteous beauty and one that is given and received rather than made by humans striving for man-made unobtainable perfection. 
And what is perfection in the eyes of Father? It is not the state of never making mistakes. It is being obedient to Her Sovereign Laws. When Adam and Eve fell from perfection, they did not know all of Father’s Laws. But the Laws they did know they were expected to adhere to. Not only were they not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but they weren’t to even touch it. They knew what the consequence was if they broke those laws, and yet they did so anyway. That is falling from perfection Coming to an accurate knowledge of a law and breaking it. That is sin. 
Father can see not only into our hearts but into the future. She has seen that there is reason to have faith and hope in Her plan, and that we can return back into union with Her. She has created a beautiful planet and beautiful people with a beautiful purpose. We’re just about to turn the corner so we can get back to what was meant to be from the beginning. For all of creation to be in complete harmony with it’s beautiful God. 
Beautiful Beautiful
By Francesca Battistelli
Don’t know how it is You looked at me
And saw the person that I could be
Awakening my heart
Breaking through the dark
Suddenly Your grace
Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
You are so
Beautiful, beautiful
Now there’s a joy inside I can’t contain
But even perfect days can end in rain
And though it’s pouring down
I see You through the clouds
Shining on my face
I have come undone
But I have just begun
Changing by Your grace

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 and will be updated monthly.
The Journey Continues
Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two

There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so- good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…

On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…

Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…

When I first began searching for Truth, I had the idea that perhaps each of the different denominations of churches had a separate piece of the puzzle that needed to all be put together. It did come to mind that perhaps there already was someone or a group out there that already had all the pieces together, but I did not know of a way to find them. So, for the most part, I trusted in Father, whom I did not know the name of at the time, to guide me. I had visited various churches and sought to come to have an understanding for what they understood…

In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co- authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye- opener…

Nourishment From The Throne
The things taught to Her angels, Father has begun to teach to each of you.
Judges 6:26
"Build a well-constructed altar to the LORD your God on the top of this rock. …" The answer to part of this Scripture is this: Michael built, for Michael was a master craftsman, that of a well-constructed reality that represented an altar to Father on the "top of this rock" which meant "on the very foundation of our Creator" so that Father would be all things to all of creation. With Father as the foundation – for all things well built must have a rock solid foundation for strength and continued support of that which is placed upon it – Father would be praised as the Living God, and exalted as the One that preserves and keeps Her creation from harm by practicing "The Way." The Way is that of Father's Way of keeping all things in harmony with Her Will. Her Will is bound up in love, justice, and loyalty to Her. In return, Father shares Her love with Her creation and keeps things in balance without them tottering. 2 Samuel 22:47
"The LORD lives—may my rock be praised! God, the rock of my salvation, is exalted."
2 Samuel 23:2-4
"The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me, His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke; the Rock of Israel said to me,
"The one who rules the people with justice, who rules in the fear of God, is like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the glisten of rain on sprouting grass."
2 Samuel 22:32
"For who is God besides the LORD? And who is a rock? Only our God."
Thank you from me as well, Jaddai. It's always a humbling experience to have Father share Her deeper mysteries with us.
It was reported today by an eyewitness in Chile, that the sky was changing colors when the 8.8 earthquake occurred.
Quote: Cecelia Lagos – "Besides, I saw through my window, while I was still in bed, I saw the sky changing colors, it was absolutely surreal. I really thought it was the end of the world…I don't know I hope you understand me because I'm not exaggerating really because I saw it through my window like that. That was the most terrifying thing seeing the sky changing colors with the terribly, amazingly, strong movement of the earth, I thought, ok…this is mother earth… the earth opened up and buildings crumbled into the earth …like in the movie 2012…
Does the sun's solar energy effect the tectonic plates of the earth? Is that what would have caused the colors in the sky – the magnetosphere? I understand that it's only a scientific theory, but seems to correlate exactly with what we've been discussing on this thread. 
Correct Regina.
I want you and all of the ministers to think about this: All things that occur come under Father's LAWS, for the exception of miracles. Earthquakes occur where? On fault lines. Floods are brought forth by nature, acting under the LAWS of Father. The fllood that destroyed the old earth was performed under the LAWS Father laid out long ago that govern nature. So, what of the miracles? Michael's birth as Jesus was a miracle because Father did not have sex with his earth mother Mary. The reanimation of Christ Jesus back to life as a spirit was a miracle and was another exception to the normal LAWS of nature. Only Father can perform a miracle. Christ Jesus was an instrument as well as others that Father used to perform miracles through them. But the miracles came directly from Father's ability to reveal Her great power. There were other miracles that went beyond the natural LAWS set up for creation, both for good and for punishment, but they were all performed by Father's Active Force. 
I finally met with Seraiah, but we did not have time to discuss what he revealed to the Assembly of Gods that set Ashtoreth off on her course of destruction. But he did tell me that the Assembly of Gods have adopted Father's Way. They have taken the name of "The Holy Ones" and the "Assembly of the Holy Ones," as well as the "Council of the Holy Ones." We decided that one meant when they all take counsel together on the Holy Mountain they have designated as their higher place of meeting in eternity. The designated area that all of the Gods assemble in their projected presence for meetings is now also called: "Holy Mountain of the Gods," and "Jerusalem's Eternal Heaven." Seraiah said the mountain was beautifully crafted by the Gods. As we discussed those new developments, I referred Seraiah to some Scriptures I felt were fitting. In addition, he told me that because of what transpired between Father and Ashtoreth, the Assembly of Gods gained a healthy fear of Father's ability to do exactly what She says She will do in defense of Her world and its occupants.
Psalm 89:5
"LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders — Your faithfulness also— in the assembly of the holy ones." Holy ones can refer to angelic hosts as well as holy ghosts, and now also the Gods of Eternity.

Zechariah 8:3
"The LORD says this: "I will return to Zion and live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, the mountain of the LORD of Hosts, and the Holy Mountain." Noting that this Scripture mentions Father's own mountain and the Holy Mountain, makes me feel Father is speaking of that Mountain in Eternity on the latter.
Daniel 11:45
"He will pitch his royal tents between the sea and the beautiful holy mountain, but he will meet his end with no one to help him." Made me think of Satan. He pitched his tent in the sea of this reality, and for a time was near Eternity's Holy Mountain, but his efforts were to no avail because Ashtoreth can no longer help him.
Joel 3:17
"[ Israel Blessed ] Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, My holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy, and foreigners will never overrun it again." This made me think of Ashtoreth overrunning our reality and her attack on the Heavenly Jerusalem at Mount Zion.
Psalm 43:3
"Send Your light and Your truth; let them lead me. Let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to Your dwelling place." Father's actual dwelling place is in Eternity.
Psalm 48:1
"[ Zion Exalted ] A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. The LORD is great and is highly praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain," Seraiah noted that the Gods highly praised Father for Her righteousness, and She now has become a peer they seek to be likened to.
Isaiah 57:13
"When you cry out, let your collection [of idols] deliver you! The wind will carry all of them off, a breath will take them away. But whoever takes refuge in Me will inherit the land and possess My holy mountain." This could very well mean that Father's creation will expand into the Eternity where the literal Mountain now stands. That verse about Father making all things new – gives new meaning in light of the latest developments.
Zechariah 14:5
"You will flee by My mountain valley, for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come and all the holy ones with Him." Speaking of the holy legions of angelic warriors.
Daniel 7:18
"But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever. '" Speaking of Father's entire holy family.
Daniel 4:17
"This word is by decree of the observers; the matter is a command from the holy ones. This is so the living will know that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men. He gives it to anyone He wants and sets over it the lowliest of men." The "observers" are the Gods of Eternity. Father does not rule over the other Gods, but does rule over Her own Kingdom. It appears that the Gods have agreed upon a decree and have commanded that Father's rule over Her own creation is Hers and no one elses. The "living" could refer to all of the Gods as well, and probably does in light of this Scripture.
Psalm 89:7
"God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, more awe-inspiring than all who surround Him." This Scripture was very revealing. Father could only be surrounded by peers. Her battle and win against Ashtoreth would certainly earn Her awe-inspiring fear from those that witnessed the destruction of a God like themselves.
Psalm 89:5
"LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders — Your faithfulness also— in the assembly of the holy ones." It all seems to fit like new pieces in the jigsaw puzzle.
Job 5:1
"Call out if you please. Will anyone answer you? Which of the holy ones will you turn to?" In other words, if Satan calls out again, which God will he now turn to? And after what happened to Ashtoreth, who will answer him? It's unlikely any of them would at this point. 
Genesis 31:52
"This mound is a witness and the marker is a witness that I will not pass beyond this mound to you, and you will not pass beyond this mound and this marker to do me harm." This is part of the agreement between the Gods of Eternity.
Jeremiah 9:6
"You live in [a world] of deception. In [their] deception they refuse to know Me. [This is] the LORD's declaration." I just wanted to add a few Scriptures I noted on other subjects.
Zephaniah 3:11
"On that day you will not be put to shame because of everything you have done in rebelling against Me. For then I will remove your boastful braggarts from among you, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain." This fits Satan and his demons to a tee.
Genesis 31:52
"This mound is a witness and the marker is a witness that I will not pass beyond this mound to you, and you will not pass beyond this mound and this marker to do me harm." This is part of the agreement between the Gods of Eternity." The mound is what was left of the burned out hull of Ashtoreth, and the marker is Father's exclusive territory in Eternity. Although this particular Scripture was spoken long ago, it again applies. What has been, will be again.

Spiritual War News
The Sons of Light against the Sons Of Darkness
Jun 25, 2010
Joe – Johanna, this is why you are so tired dear. You and Aradon provide a lot of support work for the Cherubs. The dispatch also lists Regina in this battle with Jaddai commanding. I won't say what is going on, because in the dispatch it reveals the particulars and I don't want to hinder all of your deciphering. But I can tell you this much, it is action packed. 
This pic will work all of you ministers deciphering abilities. I'll just say this much to give all of you the gist of it. It is a demonic stronghold that the Cherubs were lured into thinking there were fewer demons than there actually was. Satan and Queenie were there also. This was before Father offed him over Michael. Aradon and Johanna were sent in to give swift strike support against Satan's troops that were in the process of attacking the Cherubs as they caught them off guard by the overwhelming demonic legions that were in hiding. The rest is encoded within the pic.
Regina –
Joe – I'll put this on and then give some info on the dispatch and see if it jives with what all of you sensed.
This is a second shot of the same battle.
Regina – Was this the battle where we were overrun and that the banner honoring Jaddai was created for?
Jun 26, 2010
Johanna – When you look at Aradon and myself it looks like a tooth with long roots. It makes me think of an extracted tooth. Hmmm the demons where extracted from this area perhaps.
Joe (Responding to Regina) – Yes that is the battle that Jaddai was honored by creation of a banner for his heroism.
(Responding to Johanna’s marked photo) Very good because you have hit the nail on the head. You and Aradon pulled the teeth of the viper quite well with that upper expanse assault.

Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos
A Question of "Matrixing"
So what is "Matrixing" anyway? Here's the definition: 
1. tendency for the human mind to interpret sensory input (that which is perceived visually, audibly or tactilely) as something familiar or more easily understood and accepted, and in effect mentally "filling in the blanks". … 
2. The natural tendency for the human mind to organize sensory input into something recognizable, such as seeing a face on the Moon. 
3. The minds ability to find something familiar in an image that it doesn't quite understand or recognize 
Matrixing is a term that is also related to something called Pareidolia, but they are essentially one in the same. Basically it is used to counter that which is not accepted or understood when it comes to the Spirit Realm and it's inner workings in regards to spiritual casts and photography. 
But let's look at what we've shown you each week in regards to spiritual photos logically. 
Since spirits are semi-transparent, they permit light to partially pass through. but mostly reflect off their energies. So when a picture is taken. it combines their overlay energy cast to form the foundation of the message contain therein by utilizing the material world's / physical realm's background in a slow moving and fast moving energy combination. Slow energy (low vibrations) is what the material world is made up of. The spirit world is made up of fast moving energy (high vibrations). For a duration in time the two become as one in a blend of one on top the other that can be seen. 
Logically, we know this is true because of what we know about physical realm science at this time. For example, let's compare the human body's energy make up to that of say, a rock, and the spiritual body energy make up to that of steam. The energy particles of matter that make up the physical body / rock are moving at a much lower rate of vibratory speed than those of spiritual realm body / steam which move at a very high vibratory speed. Both are made of energy and matter, but have very different rates of speed. You could not walk through a human body or a rock, but you could walk through a spiritual body or steam. 
And then there's the semi-transparency of spirits. Because they are semi-transparent, how are they to appear so that we on this side of the veil can see them? Imagine what you would do if you were semi-transparent and you will see that the method they use is the same, because the easiest way in which to be seen would be to stand in front of something that you could use as a backdrop. Spirits require and utilize a backdrop that also has colors because they are at the doorway of the spirit realm and the colors are deeper within, they must utilize what is readily available. Shapes of existing things also aid them in their cast effect.
Ghost Hunters and "Paranormal Experts" claim to understand the process of spirits by saying they would simply utilize or create their own material bodies, and that they do not cast out of proportion to human bodies, and not in cartoon characteristics, it can be proven that more often than not, they do exactly that. Just as the crop circles that are not understood by science or creation, the intelligence cannot be denied. In the same way, the spirit realm and what is considered "paranormal" by science and creation is also not fully understood, but the intelligence behind the casting and manifestations of spirits and in spiritual photography cannot be denied. While where the intelligence comes from can be debated and is based on an individual's personal beliefs, the intelligence itself cannot. In this aspect it is no different from the Intelligent Design debate. Many believe there is intelligence behind the design of the world we live in, but they debate it's source. We know the truth. The source is Yahweh and The Word as bi-creator, but they would debate that.
There were two stories in the news last week about unusual images that appeared in the sky – unusual enough to actually make the main stream media – one in the form of a cloud and another in the form of a figure seen within a rainbow. (Below) Many would claim "Matrixing", but are they?
Below are photos of the oil in the gulf. The encoded messages are within. Rotating the pictures reveals more.
And finally, another picture with another encoded message, this time using smoke as the medium. Again, rotating the picture reveals more but essentially the casts and the methods used in casting and delivering the message remain the same just as in the oil leak photos above.

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
Two cylinder UFOs emerge from light as couple watches along Idaho's I-84
August 26th, 2010
Roger Marsh
UFO Examiner
A Utah couple working as commercial drivers encountered a series of odd lights as they approached Mountain Home, Idaho, just after 11 p.m. on August 24, 2010, along I-84, and witnessed two, large, cylinder-shaped UFOs emerging from one of the lights, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
Triangle object moves directly overhead of Kansas couple giving chase
Roger Marsh
UFO Examiner
August 24th, 2010
A Kansas couple pumping gas at Raytown on August 23, 2010, spotted a "brightly illuminated star" that they drove toward and attempted to follow – but the object dimmed, came toward and flew directly over them, revealing a triangle shape, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
Did Game Camera Snap Extraterrestrial Photos?
Aug 25, 2010
A motion-activated camera at a Fort Worth family's favorite hunting spot is capturing shots of mysterious objects.
Lisa Brock-Piekarski's game camera is supposed to take pictures of the deer on her Archer City lease. But the pictures show something she can't explain.
Tennessee family gets a close-up glimpse of UFO underbody
Roger Marsh
UFO Examiner
August 26th, 2010
Three Tennessee witnesses in Antioch driving southeast along Hamilton Church Road on August 24, 2010, pulled over for a better look after spotting a low-flying, T-shaped object in the night sky, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
UFO Crash Reported Live from California
Latest UFO Sightings
August 28, 2010
August 27, 2010 – UFO reports have been taking a dramatic turn lately with more witnesses describing events related to a sort of conflict between military forces and large black triangular craft. 

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
Bancor: The Name Of The Global Currency That A Shocking IMF Report Is Proposing 
Blacklisted News
by Michael Snyder
August 24, 2010
Sometimes there are things that are so shocking that you just do not want to report them unless they can be completely and totally documented. Over the past few years, there have been many rumors about a coming global currency, but at times it has been difficult to pin down evidence that plans for such a currency are actually in the works. Not anymore. 
One in four lap dancers has a university degree
Daily Mail
by Arthur Martin
August 28, 2010
They are traditionally viewed as uneducated young women who are coerced into the lap dancing industry.
But the first academic study on the subject has found that one in four lap dancers has a university degree and works in strip joints to boost their income.
Militants Attack NATO Bases in Afghanistan
Fox News
August 28, 2010
KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents launched pre-dawn attacks Saturday on a major NATO base in eastern Afghanistan and a nearby camp where seven CIA employees were killed last year in a homicide bombing. NATO said there were no coalition casualties and the attacks were repelled.
Palestinians torch cars in Jerusalem violence
August 26, 2010
(Reuters) – Palestinians torched half a dozen vehicles in East Jerusalem on Thursday and threw stones and firebombs at Israeli police after Jewish settlers approached a mosque, local residents and police said.
India police say 848 tonnes of explosives are missing
August 27, 2010
Police in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh say they are investigating the disappearance of several hundred tonnes of explosives.

Crop Circle Watch
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
Regarding the Clock Crop Circle:
Deuteronomy 28:28-30 "The LORD will afflict you with madness, blindness, and mental confusion, so that at noon you will grope as a blind man gropes in the dark. You will not be successful in anything you do. You will only be oppressed and robbed continually, and no one will help [you]. You will become engaged to a woman, but another man will rape her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not enjoy its fruit." 
Mother Yahweh has afflicted mankind with madness. They are blind to the truth. People are suffering mental confusion about everyday world conditions. The entire world has been groping as though they were in darkness. Mankind as a whole is no longer successful in what it does. People and governments are being oppressed and have been robbed of not only their mental stability, but of their personal possessions, with the once prosperous governments reeling from insolvency, and this is what drives their madness. In defiance of the truth, there is no one to turn to. No one to help, because Satan is also bankrupt in providing guidance and relief for his family. Women betrothed to their chosen mates will be taken by other men for sexual gratification. Homes being built will not be inhabited, because we are well past the noon hour that started the affliction that cannot be healed. The fruitage of mankind can no longer enjoy what once was common place in Satan's world. 
Zephaniah 2:4 "[ Judgment against the Nations ] For Gaza will be abandoned, and Ashkelon will become a ruin. Ashdod will be driven out at noon, and Ekron will be uprooted."
Matthew 27:45 "[ The Death of Jesus ] From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land."

Mark 15:33 "[ The Death of Jesus ] When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon."
Isaiah 16:3 "Give us counsel and make a decision. [Shelter us] at noonday with shade that is as dark as night. Hide the refugee; do not betray the one who flees."

Psalm 91:5-7 

"5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
the arrow that flies by day, 

6 the plague that stalks in darkness,
or the pestilence that ravages at noon. 

7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you."
A time piece is universal. No one can say they did not understand the sign was a ticking clock with a hand 5 after 12.

Signs in Humanity
Air Force Sergeant With HIV Failed to Tell 'Multitude' of Sex Partners, Report Claims
Fox News
August 27, 2010
AUGUST 26–An HIV-positive Air Force sergeant failed to disclose his medical condition before engaging in sexual activity with a “multitude” of partners he met at “swinger” parties and through adult web sites, according to a military investigation, The Smoking Gun has learned.
The little boy who was neglected so badly by his mother that he became a DWARF
Daily Mail
August 28, 2010
A mother neglected her son so badly that it caused him not to grow, a court has heard.
The nine-year-old boy was so poorly treated he developed a condition called psychosocial dwarfism.
North Florida woman decapitated, dismembered; boyfriend charged with murder
Fox News
August 27, 2010
Authorities are saying a 48-year-old north Florida woman was decapitated and dismembered, and her boyfriend has been charged with murder in her death.
Tiger cub found among stuffed toys in Bangkok luggage
August 26, 2010
A two-month-old tiger cub has been found sedated and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in a woman's luggage at Bangkok's airport, the wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic has said.
Saudi Employer Allegedly Tortured Maid By Driving Nails Into Her Body
Fox News
Arab News
By Md Rasooldeen
August 25, 2010
Doctors are treating a Sri Lankan maid who had more than 20 nails hammered into her body in a grisly act of torture allegedly perpetrated by her employer in Saudi Arabia, Sri Lankan Embassy sources told Arab News.

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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
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INDIA – A day after 18 students died as their school building caved in following landslides, the state government on Friday decided to relocate 101 villages situated in extremely dangerous and seismologically sensitive places across Garhwal and Kumaon. The government identified the villages on the basis of a survey conducted by the Uttarakhand disaster management department a couple of months ago.
Strong quake rattles Greece, but no damage – The U.S. Geological Survey said the 5.7 magnitude quake struck at 1023 GMT (6:23 am EDT) at a depth of 20.5 miles. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said a moderate magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos.
CALIFORNIA – There are true believers in the concept of hot and dry earthquake weather. They got some fodder for their theory when a 4.0 struck the Santa Monica Bay Monday night. The quake centered three miles north-northeast of Santa Barbara Island struck at 10:42 p.m.
BAJA – A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred at 2:43 p.m. in northern Baja California, at a point roughly 20 miles south-southeast of Mexicali. The quake, which began 3 miles deep, is an apparent aftershock of the 7.2 Easter Sunday shaker. It produced seismic energy that was lightly felt in San Diego, San Marcos, La Jolla, and Escondido.
Such aftershocks are a normal consequence of major quakes, and in some instances they occur, on-and-off, for years. The quake does not appear to be related to the 4.0 shaker that occurred beneath the seafloor, 38 miles south-southwest of Malibu, at 10:42 a.m. That quake happened on an unidentified fault located west of the Santa Cruz-Santa Catalina Island ridge system. 
Southern California warned to prepare now for major earthquake – A major earthquake on the San Andreas fault northwest of Los Angeles is likely to happen "soon" warn scientists who have charted quakes there dating back 700 years. Large ruptures have occurred on the Carrizo Plain partion of the fault, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, as often as every 45 to 144 years. The accepted scientific wisdom has predicted major earthquakes along this part of the San Andreas fault every 250 to 450 years. The new study found big quakes occurred much more often – every 88 years, on average. The last major earthquake was the magnitude 7.8 Fort Tejon quake in 1857, more than 150 years ago. "If you're waiting for somebody to tell you when we're close to the next San Andreas earthquake, just look at the data." "While earthquakes may be more frequent, they may also be smaller. That's a bit of good news to offset the bad." 
WEST VIRGINIA – Earthquakes may be tied to gas drilling activity. It was early in April when a 3.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the ground in southern Braxton County. Since then, about a half dozen earthquakes have hit the area this year. It's a pattern that's caught the attention of the state geologist. "The main area where earthquake risk is a little bit above the rest of the state is more in the southeastern part, which made us notice when earthquakes started occurring in Braxton County; that's generally a quiet area as far as seismic activity." The earthquakes at first puzzled local residents. 
The Department of Environmental Protection has permitted Chesapeake Energy to use a nearby well to dispose of the drilling fluid. The agency is now in discussion with Chesapeake Energy to try to determine whether the injection well is causing the earthquakes. "We don't have any conclusive evidence to connect the two as of this point. The only thing we have to go on is there have been incidents similar to this in other states related to underground injection wells, one in Texas and one in Arkansas." Local wells have also not been tested to see if the earthquakes have caused the disposal well to crack or leak fluid. 
The company has already injected about ten million gallons of drilling fluid into the well since spring of 2009. "They can put as much water in the ground in Frametown, West Virginia as it will hold, as long as the static pressure at the well head does not exceed 2100 pounds; that could be astronomical. Both of the geologists I have talked with at length say Frametown is vulnerable because that site sits directly on top of a fault." Although it's unusual, normally static faults and fractures deep below the earth's surface can move when liquid is injected underground. "It's more than just lubricating the fault face, but it has a similar effect of essentially making it possible for the earthquake to take place, for the fault to move slightly." If this is what's happening in Braxton County, then other areas should take notice. As our nation's huge energy appetite continues and natural gas helps to feed it, much more drilling in the Marcellus shale formation is expected. "Tapping that Marcellus shale for that benefit for our society is a great thing, but when you start putting millions of gallons of water under pressure in the ground, I don't think you have to be a geologist to think something's going to happen."
CHINA – A unique landform susceptible to erosion was the main reason behind the deadly landslide in Zhouqu in Northwest China's Gansu Province early this month. Authorities made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday after sending a group of experts to examine the cause of the disaster that took the lives of 1,447 people. Authorities said there was a high occurrence of natural disasters in Zhouqu due to its special geological structure.
Zhouqu is located at the junction of two major valleys where rock erosion is very serious, and geological structures are inherently unstable. In addition, authorities said that Zhouqu was one of the most seriously affected regions of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, leaving mountain rocks in the area looser and more fragile. Normally, it would take three to five years before they regain their stability. Poor vegetation and persistent drought also led to disintegration and cracks in rocks. The torrential rain that followed added excessive weight to soil and debris in Zhouqu county, which led to the disaster.
"The heavy rain on August 7 that caused a catchment area of 40 square kilometers in the Sanyanyu valley and Luojiayu valley had a tremendous impact on the rocks and mountains, directly triggering the landslide." However, local villagers claim the construction of nearby hydroelectric power plants was the real cause of the devasting landslide. Residents said that the reservoir dam had been shoddily built, using inferior materials that were easily destroyed by the landslide. "We didn't see any reinforcement bars in the dam ruins, so how could it prevent a flood?"
COLUMBIA – Authorities and inhabitants in the south of Colombia fear an eruption of the Galeras volcano after four tremors shook the area on Sunday and Monday. The tremors are related to the activity of the volcano and an eruption is likely within days or weeks. The quakes took place in the area surrounding the active volcano just outside the city of Pasto. The Galeras volcano erputed last in January, after which 8,000 people were forced to evacuate.
JAPAN – By mid-August, Sakurajima Volcano-one of Japan's most active-had erupted ash at least once every week during 2010. On August 19, an ash plume was sighted at 9,000 feet (2,700 meters). The gray plume moved west from the volcano's summit. Simultaneously, a pyroclastic flow descended the eastern slopes.
Although Sakurajima's activity since 1955 has been characterized by frequent small eruptions, the volcano still poses a danger to the densely-populated surroundings. Roughly 7,000 years ago Sakurajima erupted with a volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 6, equivalent to the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. (satellite photo)
AFRICA – Battle to de-gas deadly lakes continues. Funding shortage is biggest hurdle for those striving to disarm three RARE but lethal geological hazards. After nearly a decade, a scheme to suck a deadly build-up of carbon dioxide out of Lake Nyos is nearing its final stages say project scientists. But two other African lakes may still harbour serious dangers – now or in the future.
Located in a volcanic crater in a remote area of Cameroon, Lake Nyos captured the world's attention in 1986, when an explosive release of CO2 from the lake's depths asphyxiated 1,700 people in the surrounding villages. Gas had been seeping into the lake over decades or possibly centuries from the magma deep below. The mass suffocation drew attention to a rare but lethal natural hazard and prompted scientists to consider ways of reducing the risk of it reoccurring.
In 2001, a team inserted a long pipe into the middle of Lake Nyos and started to siphon up the gassy water from the lake depths. The siphoned water releases its CO2 as it spews champagne-like from the top of the pipe, then falls harmlessly back onto the lake. In this way, the size of the gas-charged layer below and the risk it poses steadily decrease. Despite setbacks, the basic strategy is working. But one pipe makes for a slow extraction, leaving villagers at risk. The plan called for more pipes to be installed, but funds were not forthcoming. New pipes should make the region around Lake Nyos safe from a limnic eruption within 5 years.
Other lakes still pose a threat. "We haven't solved all the problems. We need to remind government officials that scientists are still worried." At nearby Lake Monoun, where a similar limnic eruption killed 37 people in 1984, three pipes have succeeded in degassing the deep waters. But new problems may lie ahead. Now that years of siphoning have effectively eliminated the separation of the lake's waters into layers, new gas entering from the lake bed could mix into a larger volume of water than before. 
The problems are different at Lake Kivu, which borders Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lake Kivu's deep waters hold CO2 and methane. Several commercial projects are under way to extract the methane and turn it into energy. Both are small demonstration projects compared with what may come: several hundred-megawatt-scale plants are being planned.
A far greater threat lurks in the Gulf of Kabuno, which is connected to Lake Kivu by a narrow strait and holds a dangerous amount of gas just 12 metres below its surface. "It contains ten times more carbon dioxide than Nyos and is located in a very populated area." 
VANUATU in the South Pacific – the Mount Yasur volcano cracks like thunder, spewing molten rock and billowing clouds of ash. Amid the roars from the abyss, the hiss of steam, and the thud of large pieces of magma hitting the ashen dust on the other side of the vent, more visitors arrive to view the eruptions in the pre-dawn dark.
The track to the crater's edge is strewn with rocks tossed skyward by the volcanic eruptions – ranging from the size of house bricks to one as large as a car door which almost blocks the ashen path.
In May, visiting the crater was banned and the huge plume of volcanic ash which fell over Tanna Island, clouding windscreens as people drove, disrupted international flights. One of the most accessible volcanos on Earth, the 361-metre Mount Yasur is also nearly always active – its super-hot crater a warm glow seen from around the island.
Officials say no one has ever fallen into the molten pit but acknowledge that at least two people have been killed by flying lava after venturing towards the more dangerous sites on the ashen mountain. The volcano has also been known to cause a tsunami and locals live with the constant nuisance of falling ash destroying the crops they need for their survival on the island, where most still live in traditional villages. Many of the poor roads which link the island communities are cut into the volcanic ash, meaning heavy downpours can make travel impossible, while the ash mud also has the potential for landslides which could bury villages. But the volcano, reached via a barren moonscape covered in ash and dotted with rocks of lava, also ensures that Tanna has some of the most fertile soil in the country and the island produces coffee, coconut and copra.
COLUMBIAN authorities announced the evacuation of almost 8,000 people who live on the slopes of the Galeras volcano in the southern department of Nariño on Tuesday after the Colombian Institute of Mining and Geology issued a code orange alert level for the volcano. "Orange means that an eruption is probable in days or weeks." Locals who could be affected by lava flows were called to "urgently" move to temporary lodging provided by the state in the municipalities of Pasto, La Florida, and Nariño. Ingeominas raised the alert to orange after a tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was registered close to Galeras' summit, as well as almost 400 tremors of varying intensity. Galeras last erupted in January. The eruption did not cause any deaths or injuries, but lava flows running down the sides of the volcano caused forest fires. In 2009, the volcano, considered the most active in Colombia, erupted three times
TURKEY – The volcano that formed Turkey’s largest lake is still active despite not having erupted in nearly 600 years, according to a group of international researchers working in the eastern province of Van. “We determined that a lot of volcanic activity has occurred in the last 100,000 years in Lake Van, which is 400,000 years old. “This place is not only risky for volcanism but also for earthquakes.”
Mount Nemrut, a peak in the Tatvan district of the eastern province of Bitlis that shares its name with a more famous mountain in southeastern Turkey, most recently erupted in 1440 and will likely erupt again. The lake is a key site because researchers believe its sedimentary record could reveal a long and continuous continental sequence that covers several glacial–interglacial cycles and thus help establish new findings on the dynamics of lake-level fluctuations and the history of volcanic, paleoseismic and earthquake activities. “We found a thick layer of volcanic deposits at the bottom of Lake Van. With this, we will make a risk analysis and will be able to know how often the eruptions occurred. When geophysicists, geologists and risk analyzers conduct research together, we will be able to predict what will happen in the forthcoming years.”
COLUMBIA raised Wednesday the alert status of its most active volcano to its highest level and ordered the evacuation of 8,000 people after it began spewing smoke and ash. Although the pre-dawn eruption at 4:00 am local time (0900 GMT) was not considered major, officials placed the Galeras volcano in the western department of Narino near the border with Ecuador on red alert. "The volcano is in a very unstable phase." It was "emitting ash, and lava has been detected in the crater."
Galeras is the country's most active volcano with a half dozen eruptions over the past two years and officials said it was difficult to know what to expect. "There's no way of knowing if it's going to be the same or worse than earlier ones." So far, some 332 people have moved to shelters in the area. Officials from Colombia's Institute of Geology and Mining say the once-dormant volcano reactivated in 2004. Most recently, the mountain rumbled back to life briefly last January.
ALASKA – A secluded island in the Aleutian chain is revealing secrets of how land and marine ecosystems react to and recover from a catastrophic volcanic eruption that appeared at first glance to destroy all life on the island. Little by little – a wingless beetle here, a tuft of grass there – Kasatochi, an island in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, rarely studied by scientists before its Aug. 7, 2008, volcanic eruption, is showing signs of recovery. After the eruption, other than sea lions loafing on a newly formed beach, the island appeared to be completely devoid of life. The entire island and neighboring seafloor were covered with thick layers of volcanic ash and deposits from the eruption. Thousands of seabirds returned to the island that first summer, although none nested successfully.
Tropical depression 06 was 1586 nmi E of Bridgetown, Barbados. [likely to be a hurricane in 3 days]
Tropical depression 08E was 184 nmi SW of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. [degenerating to a tropical low]
Tropical depression 09E was 164 nmi SSE of Salina Cruz, Mexico. [expected to become a tropical storm today]
OFF VIETNAM – New storm likely to hit East Sea – A depression formed in the northern part of the East Sea strengthened into a low pressure system on August 21 and is likely to become a tropical storm in the coming days. At 01.00am on August 22, the system was positioned about 450km from Hoang Sa archipelago, with winds gusting at between 39-49kmph near its centre. In the next 24 hours, the low pressure system is expected to move between west and north-west at a speed of 5-10 kph and to strengthen further. It will cause strong winds and rough seas in the area around the Hoang Sa islands. (map)
Tropical storm 06W was 161 nmi E of Da Nang, Vietnam.
Tropical storm DANIELLE was 1383 nmi E of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Tropical storm FRANK was 160 nmi SW of Salina Cruz, Mexico.
Danielle forecast to be hurricane mid-week – Tropical Storm Danielle formed Sunday afternoon in the far eastern Atlantic, the fourth named storm of the 2010 season. Late Sunday, the storm's sustained winds were 50 mph. It was about 3,000 miles southeast of Miami. The hurricane center predicted that Danielle will become the Atlantic's second hurricane of the season by late Tuesday. Its potential effect on the USA is uncertain.
Regardless of what Danielle does, the Atlantic hurricane season, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, is entering the traditional peak period in what is predicted to be a very active year for tropical storms and hurricanes. "There are signs that the Atlantic is acting like it should in August and September. We're seeing more activity than we did earlier in the season." 
Danielle could be the start of what calls "an upcoming frenzy of storms, days with two or three storms on the chart." Tropical waves are starting to move from Africa into the Atlantic with more regularity. "Tropical waves are the seedlings for the hurricanes that move across the Atlantic." In a typical year, about 60-70 tropical waves form off the West African coast, but only a small fraction become hurricanes. This is the prime time of year for storms to develop from those waves because of the warm ocean water and absence of strong wind shear that can shred even the strongest hurricane. Most major hurricanes that have struck the USA have come after mid-August. Before Sunday, there had been three named storms: Hurricane Alex and tropical storms Bonnie and Colin. Alex lashed the southern Texas and northeastern Mexican coasts in June. 
Meanwhile, in the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Frank is developing off Mexico. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Mexico issued a tropical storm warning for the coast from Puerto Angel to Tecpan de Galeana.
Hurricane DANIELLE was 965 nmi E of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Tropical storm FRANK was 98 nmi S of Acapulco, Mexico .
Tropical storm MINDULLE was 130 nmi NNW of Da Nang, Vietnam.
Tropical storm Frank weakened off the Mexican Pacific Coast on Monday but was expected to regain strength by midweek. Frank was expected to move along the Pacific coast of Mexico this week before heading out to sea by the weekend. The coast is lined with resorts popular with foreign tourists.Frank was moving west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Mexican Pacific Coast between Zijuatanejo and Lagunas de Chacahua. Mexico's oil industry, which has the bulk of its operations in the Gulf of Mexico, was unaffected by the storm.
Hurricane Danielle strengthened early today as it churned through the middle of the Atlantic, far from land. The storm is expected to become a major hurricane by late today, but is forecast to stay east of Bermuda. When it becomes a major hurricane, Danielle would be a Category 3 storm, with top sustained winds of at least 111 mph and it would be capable of causing devastating damage. Danielle, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, is currently a Category 1 storm. Danielle was moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph (32 km/hr), with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph. The storm is forecast to take a turn more to the northwest during the day.
Will Hurricane Danielle Bear Down on New York City? – New York City, which could be in the cross hairs off Danielle, is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes. It is far too early to predict Hurricane Danielle's path. As of Monday evening, it could stay safely out to sea, particularly if it meets with a cold front currently traveling eastward across the United States, or it could head directly to the eastern seaboard of the United States, landing somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic states. While New York City has only been brushed by hurricanes for many decades, eventually one will hit directly. The United States Landfalling Hurricane Probability Project says there is a 90% probability of a major (Category 3 or higher) hurricane hitting the New York City area within the next fifty years.
New York City is vulnerable to major damage from a hurricane on a number of fronts and based on several factors. One is the value of the property in and around the New York metropolitan area. According to a 2007 study, the area has over $3.8 trillion worth of property that would be vulnerable during a direct hit to the city. The other dynamic at play in New York is the infrequency of major hurricanes making a direct hit. The last major hurricane to hit New York City directly occurred in 1938; few today remember it and as a result have no experience to draw upon. This leads to a certain complacency and lack of awareness of the dangers and threat. Another important factor in considering the potential damage done to New York City is the area's reliance on bridges and tunnels. Damage to the infrastructure could make escape and rescue efforts incredibly difficult and dangerous. Manhattan, after all, is surrounded by rivers and New York Bay. 
Tropical Storm Mindulle gained strength off the eastern coast of Vietnam as the government issued a warning for floods and landslides and ordered the evacuation of people living near river mouths. Mindulle was 173 kilometers (107 miles) southeast of Vinh, Vietnam, at about 7 a.m. Hanoi time. Maximum sustained winds were 111 kilometers per hour and the storm was moving northwest in the South China Sea at 22 kilometers per hour. 
Mindulle is expected to make landfall south of Hanoi near Vinh at about 7 p.m. today. The storm is dumping heavy rain on Vietnam’s coast around Hue. “The storm’s development is very complicated and keeps getting stronger.” 
Mindulle will bring heavy rain to coastal provinces from Thai Binh to Ha Tinh today, which may cause floods and landslides. Vessels working offshore were ordered to seek shelter. The storm may bring heavy rain to southern parts of China near the border with Vietnam. Thousands of people have died in floods and mudslides this year in China as downpours inundated the country. Winds generated by the storm are forecast to maintain strength as it approaches land. Mindulle, the Korean word for dandelion, will be upgraded to a typhoon if winds exceed 117 kilometers per hour. 
Coffee prices SET AN ABSOLUTE RECORD – Coffee futures have reached a 12-year high. The futures of Arabica coffee have reached the uptick of 12 years in New York. Robusta coffee also hit it's highest level in two years in London due to the tropical storm closing on the coffee-producing countries. It is worth noting that the tropical storm, which formed in the South China Sea, is heading towards Vietnam, the second-largest coffee producer, while Frank, another tropical storm, is approaching the southern coast of Mexico, the fifth-largest coffee producing country.
Hurricane DANIELLE was 643 nmi ENE of Bridgetown, Barbados.
[An additional area of low pressure following Danielle has a 90% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.]
Tropical storm FRANK was 178 nmi WSW of Acapulco, Mexico.
Tropical storm MINDULLE was 124 nmi S of Hanoi, Vietnam. 
Tropical Storm Mindulle came ashore in northern Vietnam, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that destroyed rice crops and blew roofs of schools and clinics. Flooding submerged thousands of hectares of rice fields worth “hundreds of millions of dong." Mindulle dumped as much as 273 millimeters (11 inches) of rain in some areas after coming ashore. 
The storm left one person seriously injured near the city of Vinh and damaged schools, houses and clinics. A 1,000- ton cargo boat with 12 sailors onboard was in danger of sinking off Vietnam’s east coast. Mindulle came ashore near the city of Vinh, south of Hanoi, just before 7 p.m. local time. Winds from the storm were forecast to drop below tropical storm status as it crosses northern Vietnam toward Laos. Heavy rain may continue to cause flooding and landslides in mountainous areas.
Category 2 Hurricane DANIELLE was 613 nmi NE of Fort de France, Martinique. [ It is a little surprising that the hurricane has been intensifying with this wind shear. But the shear is forecast to abate by late today and Danielle is expected to near major hurricane strength on Friday.]
Tropical storm EARL was 1484 nmi SSW of Lajes, Azores. [expected to become a hurricane]
Hurricane FRANK was 212 nmi WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico. [may approach Baja California]
Tropical storm EARL was 1314 nmi E of Bridgetown, Barbados.
Hurricane FRANK was 302 nmi SW of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. [WEAKENING]
CHINA – Four people died and more than 64,000 were evacuated in China as heavy rain sparked serious floods along the North Korean border, with Pyongyang's state media warning of "devastating" consequences. Downpours swelled the Yalu river which forms the border between the two countries to untenable levels, sending floodwaters into homes on both sides of the frontier. In the northeast Chinese city of Dandong, more than 64,000 people were evacuated. About 230 homes collapsed and some transport, power and communication links have been cut off.
Heavy summer rain across large parts of China has triggered the country's worst floods in a decade. Nearly 3900 people have been killed or left missing this year in China in flood-related incidents. Earlier this month, authorities suspended shipping and tourist traffic on the Yalu amid fears of flooding, as the waterway had seen MORE RAIN IN A TWO-WEEK PERIOD THAN AT ANY COMPARABLE TIME IN RECORDED HISTORY. Thousands were evacuated at the time. Elsewhere in China, rescuers were still searching for 69 people who went missing in rain-triggered mudslides in a remote part of the southwestern province of Yunnan. Twenty-three people have been confirmed dead. 
"The rescuers are at risk of sinking into the mud any time" in Puladi township, where more rain was also expected. Hundreds of homeless villagers have been moved to two temporary shelters in the township. 
Across the border in North Korea, widespread flooding this summer has caused an unspecified number of fatalities.
The Korean Central News Agency said Sinuiju across the border was "severely affected". Floodwaters had inundated all houses, public buildings and farmland in three sectors of Sinuiju – home to a North Korean military airbase – and nearby rural communities. Storms were expected to batter the area throughout Saturday.
NIGER facing the worst food crisis in its history. After months of drought, floods caused by torrential rains have destroyed crops and drowned farm animals.
Unscrupulous traders are buying grain cheaply from farmers as soon as it is harvested. They then hoard it for several months, waiting until grain runs into short supply. Farmers are then forced to buy their own crops back at hugely inflated prices. Many cannot afford it and they go hungry. A charity says it is working with farmers to find a way for them to store their own grain in community granaries. The charity says more than 300,000 children under the age of five in Niger are acutely malnourished, and aid agencies are struggling to feed them. Recent floods have left more than 100,000 people homeless across the country. In Niger's capital, cars have been replaced by canoes in some parts of the city. Houses along the swollen River Niger have been reduced to piles of clay; crops of mangoes and lemons are underwater, leaving people with nothing to sell at market.
INDONESIA has been experiencing IT'S MOST EXTREME WEATHER CONDTIONS IN RECORDED HISTORY, meteorologists warned last Wednesday as torrential rains continued to pound the capital. All regions across the archipelago have been experiencing ABNORMAL and often catastrophic weather. “We have reached a SUPER-EXTREME LEVEL OF WEATHER earlier this year, THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY, and this is much worse than what we experienced back in 1998, when the La Nina caused extreme weather in the country." 
“The combination of global warming and the La Nina phenomenon makes everything exceed normalcy" – global warming causes higher temperature in sea waters, and La Nina boosts humidity and the likeliness of rains.
Sea temperature, were also at a level considered normal for Indonesia’s rainy season, not for the dry season. “It is about 28 to 29 [degrees] Celsius now. Normally, for August it should have been around 24 to 26 degrees.” Generally at this time of year, Indonesia is supposed to be in the midst of the dry season and entering the transition to wetter months. “In conditions like this, tornadoes are likely to occur. It can happen in any region in the country, starting from the western part of Indonesia to the east.” 
The extreme conditions were causing high waves, posing a threat to ships in Indonesian waters. “At the least, the waves will reach 3.5 meters and can reach up to more than five meters. And strong winds can make the waves even higher. The Southern part of Sumatra and Java are the most affected areas so far. This condition is forecast to start to reach the eastern part of Indonesia within one to two weeks.”
Based on a BMKG forecast, the provinces of Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, West Java, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Maluku, West Papua and Papua would see prolonged high rains, with more than 400 millimeters falling from now through October. More than 100 mm of rain is categorized as high intensity. The rest of the country is expected to begin entering the rainy season again in November.
The extreme weather has already affected the country’s agricultural output, especially in Java where there are many farms. “Crops like melon, mango and mushrooms are experiencing delayed harvests. It puts the farmers at a disadvantage as they now cannot produce many good quality crops." The excess rains made fruit softer and less sweet. The extreme weather will also cause headaches for commuters and truckers, especially in big cities like Jakarta. The capital has seen heavy downpours for two days, causing deep inundations and burst river banks.
China and North Korea have evacuated thousands of people from their homes after heavy rains burst the Yalu river, flooding areas near their border. North Korean state media reported that 5,000 people had been moved in the city of Sinuiju and nearby villages.
China is continuing mass evacuations, with 94,000 people in the Dandong area being taken to safety after the Yalu burst its banks on Saturday. Further rain is expected in the region, putting more pressure on rescue work.
North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported that water from Yalu – or Amnok, as it is known in Korean – had destroyed homes and buildings in five villages. Sinuiju, in the North Pyongan province, was said to have been "severely affected", with residents trying to find safety on roof-tops or on higher ground. Sinuiju lies on a vital trade route for North Korea and previous flooding has exacerbated problems in a country where millions have died in famines over the last two decades.
More than 1,500 people have died in China in recent months. The latest flooding comes after the deaths of more than 700 people in China in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Zhouqu county, Gansu, last week.
NIGER has been hit by a double disaster as recent floods compound an existing food crisis. Nearly eight million people, or HALF THE POPULATION, are already facing hunger because of failed harvests. Now more than 100,000 people have been left homeless after heavy rains washed away their homes earlier this month. Floods have destroyed crops, and thousands of animals have drowned. Flooding is also hindering the delivery of aid in remote areas. Floods will increase the risk of diseases, especially among young children suffering from acute malnutrition. The World Food Programme recently acknowledged that it was forced to limit its food distribution to only 40% of those in need because of a funding shortfall. Floods have hit many areas of West and Central Africa. The situation is stretching resources to the limit.
China's heavy rains blamed on UNUSUAL CLIMATE PATTERNS – Helicopters were crucial in evacuating more than 250,000 people in China's northeastern Liaoning province days ago. Torrential rains battered the area and led to severe flooding along the border with North Korea. Weather experts and Chinese officials attribute the heavier than usual rainfall to unusual climate patterns and global warming. 
This was the latest of what has become a summer of natural disasters for China. Official media call it the country's worst flooding in a decade, leaving more than 1,500 dead and hundreds of thousands of others displaced and experts say unusual weather patterns are to blame. Earlier in August, heavy rains in northwestern Gansu province triggered landslides that killed more than 1,400 people and left more than 300 others missing. Rain caused smaller mudslides in southwestern China, including in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. Some of the affected areas in Sichuan were previously damaged by a massive earthquake in 2008. 
Devastating floods also hurt farm production. Floods wiped out many rice paddies in central Hunan province, one of China's top rice-growing regions, and damaged crops in northeastern Jilin province, China's main grain-growing region.
The Dean of Hong Kong City University's School of Energy and Environment said this much rain is JUST NOT NORMAL. "But it is in a way expected because this is a year following an El Nino." El Nino describes a climate pattern in which warmer surface temperatures of the water in the Pacific Ocean cause UNUSUAL weather around the world. The El Nino pattern showed up in 2009. China's Ministry of Land and Resources blames "extreme weather" for this year's tenfold increase in geological disasters, such as landslides. August and September are the main flooding months and there is still a possibility of more heavy rains.
AUSTRALIA – Adelaide has enjoyed its WETTEST AUGUST IN ALMOST TWO DECADES. The city has already logged rainfall of 112 millimetres so far this month, THE HIGHEST TALLY IN 18 YEARS. In the Adelaide Hills falls of up to 230mm were recorded. "Adelaide and most of South Australia have received well above average rain in August due to the regular passage of cold fronts across the state." Adelaide had been cold during the month, with the city's top temperature averaging just 14.6C, two degrees below the long-term average.
Pakistan floods prompt new alerts – Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis are ordered to evacuate their homes as flood waters threaten several cities in the south of the country.
Pakistan's temperatures soar; Europe braces for storms – As Pakistan flood recovery efforts continue, the temperatures and heat indices are soaring. On Sunday the heat indices were once again in the mid 50s Celsius (130 Fahrenheit) across much of southern and central Pakistan. Although most of the country has seen little rain over the past few days, the incredibly high temperatures and humidity have made for difficult living conditions for the millions of people that have been displaced from their homes. Temperatures above 40 C (104 F) and heat indices into the lower 50s C (120s F) will continue at least into the early part of this week.
In Europe, a strong low pressure will move across the United Kingdom and towards Scandinavia today. Severe weather warnings are in place for southern England, including London. Strong winds and up to 8 centimeters (3 inches) of rain will be possible, which could lead to flash flooding. Afternoon heating will likely destabilize the atmosphere and lead to more severe storms from France to Poland. Strong winds, large hail, excessive rainfall, and isolated tornadoes will be possible.
Around the globe, the tropics are beginning to heat up. On Sunday, Tropical Depression Six formed in the South China Sea and it is likely to become a tropical storm on Monday. Although it isn't expected to gain much strength before moving into northern Vietnam by the middle of the week, it will bring heavy rain and the threat of flooding.
In the East Pacific, Tropical Storm Frank was about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Puerto Angel, Mexico, on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 95 kph (60 mph), and Frank is expected to become a hurricane by Monday afternoon. Frank is moving parallel to the southern Mexico coast and is not expected to make a direct landfall. However, heavy rain and gusty winds from the outer bands have led to tropical storm watches and warnings being issued along the coast, including for Acapulco.
In the Atlantic, Danielle became the fourth tropical storm of the season on Sunday. Located about 1,165 kilometers (725 miles) west of the Cape Verde Islands, Danielle is not a threat to any land over the next five days. Danielle will likely become a hurricane by the middle of the week as it moves to the west-northwest and eventually northwest. Although it is early, computer models are currently forecasting Danielle to curve out into the north Atlantic without threatening the United States.
Natural disasters and other extreme events have to a large degree dominated the news in 2010. They include devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, unrelenting heat in much of the United States and three major winter storms that dumped more than 20 inches of snow in New Jersey. Several of the world's regions are dealing with an UNPRECEDENTED STRING OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Strong monsoon rains have spawned the HIGHEST WATER LEVELS IN 110 YEARS in the Indus River in northern Pakistan. The nation's central and southern areas are also beset by flooding, and millions of people are affected overall. China also is enduring its WORST FLOODING IN DECADES. Russia is afflicted by a RECORD-BREAKING HEAT WAVE that has led to massive peat and forest fires, while sub-Saharan Africa is coping with severe droughts.
According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, around 48 massive floods, 85 tropical storms, typhoons, heavy rains and hurricanes and more than 30 wild fires have been reported so far this year. The affected areas and countries include Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, North-South Dakota, Southern Queensland, Spain, the Madeira Islands, Peru, Tanzania, Brazil, Southern China, Azerbaijan, Kentucky, North-eastern United States, Pakistan, Mexico and China-North Korea border. 
Given the unpredictability of the weather patterns, countries should be prepared to face extreme situations.
“Floods, droughts, thunder and lightning, landslides, sea erosion, storms and tornadoes have been there since ancient times. But THE SITUATION TODAY IS DIFFERENT. They are becoming more intense and more people are being affected. The extreme weather conditions are unpredictable."
This year, RECORD HEAT has occurred in 17 countries, including Pakistan, where on May 26, the mercury hit 53.5° C – suffocating four people to death. Since then, the heat has given way to the unthinkable: catastrophic floods, which have killed at least 1,600 Pakistanis and ruined the homes and livelihoods of more than 20 million others. There are concerns of a cholera outbreak, and the country is now facing a shortage of drinking water. The UN, which has appealed for $460 million in immediate international aid, has called this the greatest humanitarian crisis in history – more devastating than the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake combined. Worse still, there is no end in sight: forecasters warn more floods are coming, and urge “all the concerned authorities to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid/minimize loss of lives and infrastructure.”
On the spectrum of extreme weather, Pakistan and Russia are obviously the worst effected. But new data shows that the whole world is experiencing UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF RADICAL WEATHER. In June, the global land and ocean average surface temperature was the HOTTEST IT'S BEEN SINCE 1880, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States began keeping records. And July was the 305th consecutive month that the global temperature was above average, meaning the last time the mercury dipped unusually low was in February 1985. Even Canada’s distinction as a moderate country hasn’t safeguarded them from outrageous weather patterns: heat waves in Ontario and Quebec have caused power outages this summer and sent a record 158 people to one Ottawa ER in a single day. Hundreds of wildfires are engulfing portions of British Columbia. And after severe droughts in the spring, the Prairies have been flooded.
If this strange and severe weather was once hard to imagine, it’s now hard to ignore. “Extreme events are becoming more common." What is happening in Russia and Pakistan may not feel like a real threat to North America, but “it should feel real.” As the Earth continues to heat up, “who is to say that couldn’t happen in Canada or the United States? It will happen eventually.” “We will see more extremes, and they’ll last longer and be very strong.” In other words, in the future “anything is possible.”
German grain harvest slumps with Russia’s due to weather – Germany, the European Union’s second-biggest wheat grower, will likely follow Russia in reporting a slump in grain harvests this year after crops were stricken by both drought and flooding. Grain harvests will fall to 43.9 million tons in 2010 from 49.7 million tons last yeart. Prices for some grains have increased, including wheat for making bread, which has risen to 181 euros ($230) a ton from 107 euros in March.
Like many European countries, Germany experienced RECORD TEMPERATURES of almost 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) accompanied by drought in June and July, followed by heavy rains in August. Russia declared a drought emergency in 32 crop-producing regions this month and slashed its grain crop forecast to 60 million to 65 million metric tons because of water scarcity. Russia’s ban on shipments helped drive wheat to a 23-month high on Aug. 6. This year’s harvest in Germany is also affected by “losses in quality” because grains ripened too early and then were drenched by rains. Most farmers won’t benefit from the higher prices because they signed contracts before the price increases. 
Wheat for December delivery declined, reversing earlier gains, on speculation that rains forecast in Russia may help the sowing of winter crops after the worst drought in at least 50 years slashed output and prompted a ban on grain exports. Showers are expected in Russia, Kazakhstan and East Ukraine in the five days from Aug. 24, helping to replenish soil moisture for planting winter wheat in northern areas. Russian farmers began sowing some winter crops after rain fell in central regions last week, though planting conditions will mostly stay worse than usual in the next 10 days. The government was forced to lower its forecast for the national grain crop by 38 percent to as little as 60 million metric tons after the drought parched crops. Farmers have delayed sowing winter grains because of the drought and may have to boost the area planted with lower-yielding spring grains. 
Study predicts massive impact of drought tolerant maize in Africa – As climate change intensifies drought conditions in Africa and sparks fears of a new cycle of crippling food shortages, a study found widespread adoption of recently developed drought-tolerant varieties of maize could boost harvests in 13 African countries by 10 to 34 percent and generate up to 1.5 billion in benefits for producers and consumers. ""We need to move deliberately, but with urgency, to get these new varieties from the breeders to the farmers, because their potential to avert crises is considerable. Our analysis shows that with high rates of adoption, more than four million producers and consumers would see their poverty level drop significantly by 2016." Farmers and consumers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe would see the greatest benefits, the authors note, because maize dominates local diets and livelihoods, and farmers in these countries have a history of rapidly adopting improved maize varieties. A study published last year warned that by 2050, growing conditions in most African countries will be hotter than any year on record and that many varieties of maize now under cultivation will no longer be viable.
CALIFORNIA – A flash-flood warning was issued Thursday afternoon for portions of northern Los Angeles County. It was turning out to be a day of extreme weather around the region. Excessive-heat warnings have been issued for some parts of Southern California, and high surf has been pounding the coast. Forecasters say the heat wave should give way to cooler temperatures later this week.
URUGUAY's wool clip is forecasted to drop 20% in 2010/11 because of a fall in the number of sheep and extreme weather conditions. “Lambing is going to be one of the lowest in recent years because extreme weather conditions killed many sheep. In the last three weeks winter was particularly punishing with below zero temperatures, too much rain and too much mud." A lower wool production per sheep “has been recorded in the first shearing experience of this year” since wool is considerably lighter “less greasy and cleaner. Evidence that ewes faced a very tough winter”. Wool experts estimate the loss in weight could average almost a kilo per sheep.
“We estimate this coming season’s wool production at 34 million kilos, which is A RECORD LOW for Uruguay, but there are signs that sheep farming is again becoming attractive." Uruguay recently resumed sales of boneless lamb and mutton to Canada, which together with Brazil, Mexico and the Arab countries have been strong demanders of the Uruguayan product. Sales to Canada (and the other Nafta associates, United States and Mexico) were interrupted back in 2002 when a breakout of foot and mouth disease that started in Argentina rapidly expanded to neighbouring Uruguay and the south of Brazil. Uruguay’s flock has been falling for several years and has been reduced to basalt areas given the more profitable option of cattle breeding and agriculture such as soy, barley and wheat.
CHINA – Crazy climates will continue the rest of 2010 – The country will likely experience ABNORMALLY LOW temperatures and freezes this winter, warned a senior official with the China Meteorological Administration. The country might face the La Nina in the second half of the year, which could cause abundant rainfall in autumn, and little rainfall and low temperatures in winter. La Nina refers to a large pool of unusually cold water in the equatorial Pacific that develops every few years and influences global weather. It is the climatic opposite of El Nino, which is a warming of the Pacific.
Based on current monitoring, China this year faces a climate condition similar to 1998. That summer, China experienced its worst-ever flooding, which killed 4,150. China has been facing an UNUSUAL climate this year and has suffered constant natural disasters, especially after the flood season began. So far this year, 14 rounds of torrential rain have hit the southern region of China and areas along the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. In July, North China also suffered five rounds of rainstorms successively.
On early Aug 8, devastating rain-triggered landslides hit Zhouqu county in Northwest China's Gansu province, killing at least 1,435 people and leaving 330 others missing. The most immediate cause of the current unusual climate is ABNORMAL ATMOSPHERIC CIRCULATION. Global warming also plays a role, which has caused more frequent extreme weather conditions.
Meanwhile, similar UNUSUAL CLIMATE EVENTS have also happened in some neighboring countries, such as severe flooding disasters triggered by torrential rains in Pakistan and forest fires in Russia due to rainfall shortages and droughts. China has made great improvements in the forecasting of natural disasters, such as droughts, typhoons and rainstorms, but predicting the exact amount of rainfall or the specific place that the disaster will happen is still quite difficult.
AUSTRALIA – RECORD SNOWFALLS in Victoria's alps have set the scene for some magnificent spring skiing. In Victoria's largest ski resort, Falls Creek, 54cm of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours, taking accumulated snowfall to 226cm this month – the best since 1992. "The resort's natural snow depth is now a whopping 177cm…powderhounds are going to be relishing THE MOST AMAZING LAST WINTER SNOW CONDITIONS IN NEARLY TWO DECADES." Mt Hotham received 47cm of fresh snow overnight – the most since 2003. It has received a total of 202cm of snowfall to date this month – the best August since 1992. Another 30cm is due to fall on the weekend.
FIREBALL ON JUPITER – On August 20th at 18:22 UT, an amateur astronomer in Japan video-recorded an apparent impact on Jupiter. This is the third time in only 13 months that amateur astronomers have detected signs of impact on Jupiter. The earlier events occured on July 19, 2009, and June 3, 2010. Jupiter is getting hit more often than conventional wisdom would suggest, leading many researchers to call for a global network of telescopes to monitor Jupiter 24/7 and measure the impact rate. "Like the event of June 3rd, this fireball did not produce any visible debris."
AUSTRALIA – Meteor explosion wows community. Many residents heard the loud rumble, and some were even lucky enough to see something in the sky, but simply everyone is talking about the supposed meteor that exploded over the Tombong area last Tuesday afternoon. A huge number of locals report having heard a loud unexplained “thundering” noise on Tuesday at around 2pm, while others tell of seeing a light falling through the sky at around the same time. No one got quite as close as a local Country Energy worker who was preparing to climb a power pole to make repairs. He suddenly noticed a light in the sky, which started travelling straight towards him in an east to west direction. He knew the bright object was travelling far too quickly to be an aircraft, and he watched in astonishment for over 20 seconds as it flew over the top of him, making a loud hissing or “swooshing” sound. He said the initially bright object dulled and broke up into four or five pieces, with a huge roar to be heard.
“Everything shook. I’ve never been in an earthquake, but it was that kind of a thing.”
Two reports had been registered on the Sydney Observatory ‘Lights in the Sky’ blog page that most likely related to the occurrence. The reports tell of sightings of a daytime meteor between 1.50pm and 2pm on the Tuesday. “A meteor bright enough to be seen during the day may well be sufficiently large to survive the journey through the atmosphere and become a meteorite on the ground. However, unless it was seen to land we are unlikely to ever find out.”
Upper atmosphere shrinking say scientists – The upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere are unexpectedly shrinking and cooling due to lower ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The sun's energy output dropped to UNUSUALLY low levels from 2007 to 2009, a significantly long spell with virtually no sunspots or solar storms. During that period, the thermosphere, whose altitude ranges from about 90-500km, shrank and contracted from the sharp drop in ultraviolet radiation. The thermosphere cooled by 41 Celsius in 2008 compared to 1996, and shrank by 30 per cent, "MORE THAN AT ANY TIME IN THE 43-YEAR ERA OF SPACE EXPLORATION."
"Our work demonstrates that the solar cycle not only varies on the typical 11-year time scale, but also can vary from one solar minimum to another." A narrower, less dense thermosphere is good news for satellites orbiting Earth, including the International Space Station, since reduced friction means they can remain aloft longer. "This is good news for those satellites that are actually operating, but it is also bad because of the thousands of non-operating objects (debris) remaining in space that could potentially have collisions with our working satellites." 
The research shows the sun could be going through a period of relatively low activity, as it did in the early 19th and 20th centuries. "If it is indeed similar to certain patterns in the past, THEN WE EXPECT TO HAVE LOW SOLAR CYCLES FOR THE NEXT 10 TO 30 YEARS."
India and New Zealand are still the world's hot spots for pandemic H1N1 flu activity, with flu and other respiratory illness activity low in most of the Southern Hemisphere, which is nearing the end of its winter flu season.
The US food safety agency has predicted more egg recalls as it investigates the source of salmonella-tainted eggs that have sickened as many as 2,000 people. The agency did not yet know how salmonella had entered the egg supply. Since May, the US has seen a fourfold increase in salmonella infections. In the last 10 days roughly 500 million eggs traced to two Iowa companies have been recalled across the country.
"As we move forward with the recall, we may see some additional sub-recalls over the next couple of days, maybe even weeks as we better understand the sort of network of distribution of these eggs that are potentially contaminated. We are in the midst of probably the largest egg recall that has happened in recent history." 
Eggs from farms in Iowa were sold under different brand names across the country, making it difficult for regulators to trace tainted eggs through the food distribution network. 
On 13 August Iowa-based Wright County Egg recalled 380 million eggs distributed under more than a dozen brand names. And on Friday, a second Iowa egg farm, Hillandale Farms, voluntarily recalled 170 million eggs after they were linked to more than 300 salmonella cases across the country. Americans are urged to avoid eating undercooked eggs.
Finland suspends H1N1 vaccine over narcolepsy cases – Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare recommended suspending GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccine as a precaution until a link to narcolepsy cases has been ruled out. "Indications of a time link between vaccinations and narcolepsy cases have been seen, but an actual link has not been established. In light of international information, a connection would even seem unlikely." The vaccine can be given to people traveling to areas experiencing novel H1N1 flu or for other exceptions. There are reports of 15 cases of narcolepsy, six of which "are more clearly associated with the vaccination than are the remainder."
Estimate lowered of typical seasonal flu toll – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday substantially lowered its often-quoted estimate of how many people die in a typical flu season to 24,000 from 36,000. 
Contaminated chicken feed is likely to blame for the salmonella outbreak at two major US egg producers that has already sickened some 1,700 people. "We don't know if the feeding ingredients came to the facility contaminated or if the feed got contaminated at the facility." The chicken feed in question had only gone to two Iowa farms – Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms – and not been distributed elsewhere in the country. The two farms recalled more than half a billion eggs last week – the industry's biggest such recall in US history. Several dozen egg brands in 22 US states were affected by the move. "We are looking at all possibilities here of how contamination could have gone into the feed or on to the farm. This contamination can come in through numerous routes — including rodents, shared equipment, workers – so we are looking into all those possibilities in our investigation."
Some 1,700 people have fallen ill in the United States from salmonella found in fresh eggs between May 1 and August 25. An estimated 400,000 people are infected with food-borne salmonella each year in the United States. It can be deadly to vulnerable populations such as the young, elderly, or those with compromised immune systems. Recent years have seen various massive food recalls in the United States – from salmonella-tainted peanut butter to pistachios to frozen spinach and milk – amid criticism that America's food regulation regime is under-staffed.
Walmart announced the recall of 380,000 pounds of deli meat products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall involves Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches, but not individual packages of deli meat. No illnesses have been connected to the ham, beef, salami, pepperoni, and bacon products, which were distributed nationwide solely to Walmart outlets. Although a spokesman said most of the meat is likely already consumed, it has been pulled from shelves nonetheless. A Walmart spokesperson could not say how widely the recalled products were distributed.
States affected by egg recall grow to 23. 

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
In Pakistan, Muslims and Hindus pray together against floods
Big News (IANS) Wednesday 25th August, 2010 
In times of adversity, religious differences are forgotten. In a rare demonstration of communal harmony, Muslims recited the Quran while the minority Hindus gathered for special prayers on the banks of river Indus near Shahdad Kot town of Pakistan's Sindh province amid the misery of the country's worst disastrous floods, reports reaching here said.
Pastor's 'Jesus had HIV' sermon angers South African ChristiansDavid Smith in Johannesburg, Wednesday 25 August 2010
A pastor has angered Christians in South Africa by preaching a sermon entitled "Jesus was HIV-positive" in an attempt to break what he regards as a conspiracy of silence by the South African church.
Pastor says armed militia to protect church during Quran-burning event
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 24, 2010
(CNN) — An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on September 11, the church's pastor said Tuesday.
Pastor says armed militia to protect church during Quran-burning event
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 24, 2010
(CNN) — An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on September 11, the church's pastor said Tuesday.
Mangalore fishermen worship the sea to mark beginning of fishing season
Big News (ANI) Wednesday 25th August, 2010 
Fishermen in Karnataka's Mangalore city celebrated a mass sea prayer to mark the beginning of the fishing season.rganised jointly by an ethnic body, the Mangalore Elu Pattana Mogaveera Samyukta Sabha, and the city's Kadri Temple, the event was organized at the Tannirbavi Beach on Tuesday.
US Catholic Church tarred with new child sex abuse scandal
(AFP) – Aug 19, 2010
LOS ANGELES — The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has become embroiled in a new pedophilia scandal with six women and one man alleging sexual abuse by a priest over three decades.

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
Muslims Attack Egypt Christians; 11 Injured
Monday, August 23, 2010 (7:37 pm)
By Joseph C. DeCaro, BosNewsLife Special Corespondent
CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)– Nearly a dozen injured Egyptian Christians, known as Copts, were recovering Monday, August 23, after they were attacked by an angry Muslim mob in the village of Shimi, a church leader and local Christians said.
Moroccan Pharmacies Threatened With Beheading If They Do Not Remove Crosses
Persecution Blog
August 26, 2010
The following is excerpted from an article at Magharebia, and I find it interesting. I find it interesting because of the offense of the cross. Even though, as you read through this article, they are claiming that the cross does not represent Christianity or "crusade activities". 
Family Refutes Police Claims in Death of Christian in India
NEW DELHI, August 25 (CDN) — The family of a 20-year-old Christian found dead last week in the northern state of Rajasthan suspects he was killed by Hindu nationalists, though police claim he died of cardiac arrest.
'Blasphemy' Threats Send Pakistani Worker, Couple into Hiding
By Compass Direct News
Aug. 25 2010
BAHAWALNAGAR, Pakistan (Compass Direct News) – Threats of “blasphemy” charges in two provinces in Pakistan have sent a Christian cleaning worker and a young inter-faith couple into hiding.
Muslim Extremists Attack Somali Church Leader, group says
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 (6:55 pm)
By BosNewsLife Africa Service
ADDIS ABABA/MOGADISHU (BosNewsLife)– A well-known church leader from the unrecognized African state of Somaliland required medical treatment Tuesday, August 24, after he survived an attack by two Muslim extremists in neighboring Ethiopia, rights activists said.

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