CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 155
The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Two Days We Should Not Worry
Submitted by Johanna
There are two days in every week, about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.
Tomorrow’s sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday
and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
Let us, therefore, live but one day at a time.
It’s in God’s Hands
Submitted by Regina
In the news currently is a big story, involving the proposed “Ground Zero Mosque” and a pastor from Florida who had plans to burn copies of the Quran on September 11th as a statement against the location of the mosque, which is the day before this newsletter will be published. But whether or not this will happen, or what the repercussions might or might not be, is not the real focus of my article this week but instead the pondering of the situation and how it may be applied as a lesson in following Yahweh’s Way.
Since the Tribulation began and even before, I have watched so much going on around me and on both ends of the spectrum. I have watched people complacently living their lives while oblivious to what is going on around them and, I have watched people become frustrated, angered and triggered into drastic actions due to what is going on around them.
When asked my thoughts on this news story and the actions of this pastor and possible consequences should he go through with his plans, which is clearly an instance of the latter, I felt as I have about many issues since I began to serve Yahweh and Christ and come to a better understanding of Yahweh’s Way. It’s In God’s Hands. And it’s not that I don’t care about current events or the people these events affect or the physical lives that are lost or might be lost, it’s simply that I know that it is all under control and part of a plan mapped out long ago.
Ecclesiastes 3:17-18 I said to myself, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked, since there is a time for every activity and every work.”
So many, are taking things into their own hands with empty arguments, fruitless debates and senseless acts of violence. Arguing and debating what we know to be truth does not change anything, nor does making threats or outwardly significant gestures like burning the books of other beliefs does nothing. Perhaps it’s because they do not understand the concept of love, or the seriousness of the times we live in and the precariousness of so many eternal lives, or maybe because they have not known or come to know our amazing God, but it’s like spitting on a fire to put it out. These things are fruitless and truly do not matter in the greater scheme of things. They are simply bi-products of prophecy that is currently being fulfilled.
What mankind needs most of all right now is not pastors making religious or political statements, not more arguments and debates, not acts of violence to make a point based on personal beliefs – but truth. And hope. And love. And encouragement. These things do not require drastic actions, television or radio time, or loud speeches, or acts of violence. It is done consistently but also quietly and patiently and not out of hatred for those who have not the same beliefs or who oppose us, but out of love.
What’s most important right now is to follow the first and second greatest commands of loving Yahweh and loving one another, and if possible and whenever possible, share truth. Everything else… It’s In God’s Hands. So no matter what is going on around you, remain focused on Yahweh and do your best at walking in Christ’s footsteps. And at each crossroad you come to ask yourself, “What would Christ do?” and then move forward knowing with certainty that whatever the situation may be, It’s In God’s Hands.
Let other’s know. Allow this belief to overflow from your heart and shine brightly so that others will see and understand. And when you’re feeling anxious or worried or frightened, repeat it often. It’s In God’s Hands.
Consideration For Our Creator
Romans 1:20-22 20 From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools
The media this week has been full of theories of how the universe was created without need of a Creator. Science itself is not the problem. It is the study and application of science without the acknowledgement or appreciation of a divine plan.
Admittedly, I am not a scientist. Nor do I have the mind of a scientist. But even the simplest of minds that have a heart for Father can see the wonderful, intricate artistry and mind boggling intelligence that has gone into the amazingly comprehensive blueprint that is the universe and all things within it.
We are not an accident or simply part of a chain reaction. We were remarkably wonderfully made not only for life on earth, but for life in eternity.
Psalm 139:13-14 13 For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know [this] very well.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.
As each of us considers the theories that are presented to the world for contemplation, we must never step off of the foundation that is built upon the rock that is Yahweh.
Matthew 7:24 [ The Two Foundations ] “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.
Luke 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.
Be strong and courageous. And never forget to whom we owe everything, and without are nothing.
Vengeance Belongs to Father Yahweh
Submitted by Jeshaiah
Proverbs 20:22 — Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will rescue you.
There are a lot of atrocities that are committed, and many of them are viewed on the news. However, one news source may only cover one area of the news, any perhaps not specialize in any particular area. Then there are cases where not enough physical evidence is found on this plane, and then other cases where someone goes missing, but no trail can be found to retrace to the person. Sometimes, even just one witness, and no one to help.
The evil that is committed against any person that finds no justice and no support might be unimaginably difficult. At the same time, there may be evil committed against people on a daily basis that people are not aware of. One evil action has a negative impact on every other person, and drains the energy of a people as a whole.
Ecclesiastes 7:7 — Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe destroys the mind.
Ecclesiastes 5:8 — If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials [protect] them.
With the coming times, and as many news articles may show, more and more tragedies are to occur as the Great Tribulation continues to grow. With these difficult times, we can still be certain that Father’s justice will come through, just as we have been taught continually throughout only a few years.
At the same time, it helps to remember that Father does take action in Her own timing. In this, justice definitely comes, and Father does not delay, and there is good reason that Father takes action towards justice in Her timing. Consider the city of Nineveh. The city was given a message from Jonah that Father had determined to destroy the city for its transgressions in forty days. The people repented, including their rulers, and Father relented from sending destruction. In this, something greater came about, because it would not be desired for any to be destroyed. A dead flower can no longer be cared for and appreciated, but a live one brings more life to the area it inhabits.
Matthew 9:13 — “Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Ezekiel 33:14-16 — “So when I tell the wicked person: You will surely die, but he repents of his sin and does what is just and right—he returns collateral, makes restitution for what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without practicing iniquity—he will certainly live; he will not die. None of the sins he committed will be held against him. He has done what is just and right; he will certainly live.”
We would like to announce the arrival of Book Two, the continuation of Chosen: End Times Truths Revealed.
Book Two starts where the first book left off and includes accounts from ministers Regina, Johanna, Deborah, Jeshaiah and Elisha, describing their individual journeys and experiences in their service to Yahweh and Christ over the past several years in autobiographical form.
It is available in .pdf form for free via www.chosen.weebly.com and will be updated monthly.
The Journey Continues
Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two
There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so-good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…
On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…
Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…
When I first began searching for Truth, I had the idea that perhaps each of the different denominations of churches had a separate piece of the puzzle that needed to all be put together. It did come to mind that perhaps there already was someone or a group out there that already had all the pieces together, but I did not know of a way to find them. So, for the most part, I trusted in Father, whom I did not know the name of at the time, to guide me. I had visited various churches and sought to come to have an understanding for what they understood…
In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co-authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye-opener…
Nourishment from the Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Jaddai: Another thing I’d like to share that Seraiah mentioned was this: He said when he was reanimated after Ashtoreth extinguished his energy that a verse came to mind.
Ezekiel 37:13 “You will know that I am the LORD, My people, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.”
Seraiah said that Father literally reanimated him without need of the furnace. This has happened in past times to others within our reality, and most notably to Michael when he was entombed after his execution on the Cross. In case you or the other ministers do not know this, Michael the Christ Jesus was reanimated without reanimating his flesh and blood vessel. That vessel was transported to Mount Zion under angelic guard and encapsulated within an energy sphere by Father. It remains there for eternity as a reminder of Christ’s Sacrificial death.
Here’s why I mentioned the antichrist. The following view is different from what the Word teaches: “The Antichrist according to Christianity, is one who fulfills Biblical prophecies concerning an adversary of Christ while resembling him in a deceptive manner.” In no way will the antichrist resemble Christ or Father. In contrast, he will bring down organized religion. This is why you see people starting to turn against religion. The scandal with the Catholic Church will only help to fuel this ever growing fire against religion as a whole. And as this world experiences more devastation from the Great Tribulation currently underway, they will become more and more distanced from Father as they lose faith in a God that they feel is either nonexistent, or does not care for His creation. This is because they lack the true knowledge of what is going on and why.
I took the above quote from here:
Restoration of Israel
1 Now this is what the LORD says—
the One who created you, Jacob,
and the One who formed you, Israel —
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”
[Each of you make up a portion of the Spiritual Israelites. You have been redeemed from the wrath of destruction. You have each been called out of this dying wicked world by Father, and you have become Father’s personal possession. This is why Father has revealed that She is also your Mother. As the Mother She nurtures each of you. As the Father, she protects each of you. Father has proven that She Herself is a warrior for righteousness and justice , and that She cannot be defeated – not even by a seemingly equal force. This answered Satan’s past arrogance voiced to Mount Zion’s residents, that if he were Father’s equal he could not be halted in his quest to rule. That Father would not challenge him if he were Her equal because resistance by Father would be in vain against one of Her own peers.]
2 “I will be with you
when you pass through the waters,
and [when you pass] through the rivers,
they will not overwhelm you.
You will not be scorched
when you walk through the fire,
and the flame will not burn you.”
[Your baptism will be complete when you pass through the light of Father. It will be like a flame that burns away your imperfection of a corrupt vessel and is replaced by your spiritual bodies. You will each pass through the waters of continued life, and pass through the river that leads to the coming Millennium.]
3 “For I the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior,
give Egypt as a ransom for you,
Cush and Seba in your place.”
[The wicked are ransomed in place of those our Mother loves.]
4 “Because you are precious in My sight
and honored, and I love you,
I will give human beings in your place,
and peoples in place of your life.”
[To Father, each of you are precious and She honors each of you. Yes, Father is honored by those She loves and honors each of them.]
5 “Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
and gather you from the west.”
[Satan gives reason for fear, and the devastation from Heaven gives fear, but Father tells Her children not to fear because She is with Her faithful.]
6 “I will say to the north: Give [them] up!
and to the south: Do not hold [them] back!
Bring My sons from far away,
and My daughters from the ends of the earth —”
[The Word often speaks in terms of male dominance, but here Father mentions Her daughters as well.]
7″ everyone called by My name
and created for My glory.
I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.”
[Created for Father’s glory. That is all of creation’s purpose.]
8 Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes,
and are deaf, yet have ears.
9 All the nations are gathered together,
and the peoples are assembled.
Who among them can declare this,
and tell us the former things?
Let them present their witnesses
to vindicate [themselves],
so that people may hear and say, “It is true.”
[Father makes Her case before all of creation and beyond – all the way to those Observers in Eternity.]
10 “You are My witnesses” —
the LORD’s declaration—
“and My servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
and understand that I am He.
No god was formed before Me,
and there will be none after Me.'”
[Father is unique, and no other God will take Her place nor compete against Her and live. Remember, Father is also a warrior, and with good reason.]
11 “I, I am the LORD,
and there is no other Savior but Me. ”
[Father proved that to Seraiah.]
12 ” I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed—
and not some foreign god among you.
So you are My witnesses”—
the LORD’s declaration—
“and I am God.”
[Verse 12 can apply to Ashtoreth being removed.]
13 “Also, from today on I am He [alone],
and no one can take [anything] from My hand.
I act, and who can reverse it?”
[The very words Seraiah spoke for Father at the Assembly of Gods after being reanimated. From the day Father destroyed Ashtoreth alone without any help from the other Gods, She proved no one can take anything from Her hand and that She will not sit back and be dormant. That when She acts or takes action, who has the power to reverse it? No one. Father is above all other Gods because She is righteous and loyal to Her own creation She brought into existence.]
Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.”
The things that are left behind at the Rapture will be added back 100 times more. In addition, Father promises eternal life to enjoy throughout eternity. Life will not be anything like it is now. When the final test is completed, harmony will exist forever. Only a fool would break law after learning what transpired before creation was brought back into harmony with Father. And those of you that have lived through Satan’s time to test creation, you will never forget how horrible the nightmare was and how Father personally chose you out of this wicked world to be with Her and Her family.
Regina: Jaddai, as someone who has lived in a time when there was harmony in creation, how do you imagine life to be when there is harmony once again? This is something that for us, is so hard to conceive of having never experienced it I think and I for one, would love to hear your personal thoughts on this. If you would honor us with them.
Jaddai: Father’s original plan was to expand intelligent creation. Before Dawn Lucifer became Satan the Devil, we were all working together to bring forth Father’s Divine Plan in the expansion. It just so happened that Dawn Lucifer was picked to govern the planet named after what is so plentiful in the visible creation – dust, which became known as Earth. The substance that is in abundance like raw energy also is. However Regina, before sin entered creation, it was bliss – perfect happiness and great joy. The Earth was so beautiful, and as Michael stated at Proverbs 8 when he studied the new subjects he had helped to create, “I was rejoicing in His inhabited world, delighting in the human race.” We all rejoiced at the new creation of humankind, and we were delighted that the human race had joined Father’s family. Father had provided everything they could possible want. She made certain of plenty of fresh water and nutritious fruits to sustain them. A beautiful garden that they would expand around the earth as they brought helpers forth in the form of children that would grow to adulthood. Just like our job was to expand the visible creation to reflect the Earth with still more planets like the Earth for future habitation from the Adamic line. It all looked wonderful, but then along came an impure jealous heart. And here is what impure thoughts gets you when acted upon. Everything thrown out of balance. But it will all be restored, and then life will seem joy once again. It is not without reason that Father’s creation is presently groaning over the circumstances we are in. But those groans will eventually cease as Father’s Way becomes the normal path for all of the survivors.
Spiritual War News
The Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness
Jun 28, 2010
Joe – Yes Regina, it is sad. But as Seraiah said earlier today, this is and has been a war for over 6,000 years, and the entire controversial issue is over free will with limitations, or free will without limitations. Those that choose the latter are not destined to survive in to eternity. As the time draws to a close, the heart reveals the true intent. Father will deal harshly with those of evil intent. To be opposed to Father’s Rule is to be of evil intent, regardless of the amount of evil a person might possess. A little evil or a lot evil is all the same to Father.
Gabriel is planning a series of assaults to weed out those in the Orion Constellation’s Nebula fortresses. There are literally millions of angels holed up there, and now many ghosts are also mixed in with them. They seem to have marked that constellation as their own, disregarding Father’s marker as its True owner. Since they are spread out within that Constellation, it is going to be a long and painful process. The JC has up to date crafts that are very powerful and well equipped for warfare. Whereas the Seraphic Order also has older model war crafts that are less powerful, there is not enough time nor craftsmen left to build new crafts. Unlike many things that can be cast, war machinery has to be built out of energy that has been refined. Casts fade away, but refined and crafted items last a considerable amount of time.You could compare it to earth’s steel refineries. Place molten hot steel in a mold and it remains when casted and cooled. Place jello in a mold and it eventually melts away. The latter is what happens to casts generated by the mind. Heaven is not so different in some of the things that take place there in what also takes place on the earth.
Here is Gabriel’s plan. To work the outer parts of the Constellation and then work to the center of the core of its roots. There you can finally root them all out for capture or death of the enemy forces that will be heavily entrenched within.
Arieldamascus is the demon that is in command of all of the old Joint Command at Orion.
Regina – I’m just a fledgeling when it comes to War Strategy, but that sounds like a good plan on Gabriel’s part. Starting on the outer perimeter only gives them one place to go – further within. If they were to do it in two waves they could also capture any that attempted to escape by going outward.
I was actually pondering what’s occurred and the scriptures that you shared with us yesterday that mentioned the princes. It appears that they brought about prophecy via their own misconduct, yes? – Lamentations 5:12 “Princes are hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.”
Some of the lifeforms they’ve destroyed in past times are cast in the Orion Constellation. Unlike normal casts that eventually fade away, these casts are permanent because Father cast them.
P.S. Just in. A dispatch says that an attack on an Orion vessel that was near the Azmon Barrier approximately one hour ago resulted in a blast of deadly energy to the barrier from the vessel and that they have punched a hole so large that there are no longer enough holy angels to fill the void. It will have to wait until Father reanimates those lost in that attack. That’s all the dispatch says.
Liddia just arrived and told me this: Father has told Michael She will no longer reanimate Her family that are killed until after the Millennium starts. And no enemy to Her throne for the exception of Satan will be reanimated until after the Millennium has ended and Satan is brought back with his demons to finish Her prophecies. She told him to make do with what he has to work with.
Regina – Wow… does that mean that Armageddon has begun then?
Joe (Responding to Regina)- The questioning of Father is not sin. It is the insurrection it carried over to. Action equals sin. They became drunk on their own emotions, and traitors to Father’s throne.
Hosea 7:5 “On the day of our king, the princes are sick with the heat of wine — there is a conspiracy with traitors.”
I think Johanna was right. I think they might have been in contact with Satan beforehand.
Psalm 59:5 “You, LORD God of Hosts, God of Israel, rise up to punish all the nations; do not show grace to any wicked traitors. Selah”
Regina – Yes, it would make sense – especially since extermination without a Rapture would be what Satan would be most pleased with.
Joe (Responding to Regina) – Liddia’s shaking her head “No.” She said, “Not until the great earthquake. Father does that quake Herself. Father is simply leaving us to work this out ourselves. She has also pulled Her Active Force away from the time barrier. Michael sent more holy warriors there to try and guard that wide span of the expanse.”
Liddia said that Gabriel was banking on reanimation because he will be leading the assault in Orion’s constellation. Now he is rethinking his attack plan. He has asked Michael if he can switch places with Seraiah and command the detention plane instead? Michael has sent for Seraiah, but Liddia said no decision has been made as yet. She was here looking for Seraiah for Michael.
Liddia said that Gabriel knows how fierce the Joint Command is and how well they are at warfare. She thinks Michael should keep him in the slot and command he already has.
Liddia said another BIG problem is at hand. Guess where the Rapture vessel is docked?
Regina – Orion?
Joe – Unfortunately that is exactly where it is at. Jaddai sent word that Seraiah is at the Azmon Barrier trying to fill in the void. That would certainly be a miracle. I know this is not funny, but I’m starting to feel weird about all of this. It seems like everything bad is now happening to our side.
Lifting the Veil
Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos
Casts & Visions – As Explained by Joseph, Holy Ghost, Ct’d
Now children, first we will look at the ability to cast. “The cast effect,” how is it really performed? It is a unique way of composing both pictorial messages combined with lettering and symbols. The process requires not one single mind, but many minds to help in bringing out the messages and placing everything uniformly in a pattern that goes within the 360 circumference. That meaning, no matter how you turn your head to look at a cast in nature, or you turn a pic, you are going to see uniform casts.
The first thing a group of holy ghosts will do prior to forming the casts, is to observe the area the cast will be formed within. Then they incorporate all shapes, colors, and anything useful into the cast effect. In some casts there will be literally thousands of spirits involve. The same is true of the demonic casts. When you think you are seeing a full human-like demon via a shadowy looking energy mass that takes on that form, and then you see it become more hideous looking, or perhaps change shape to an serpent or possibly a dragon, that is nothing more than hundreds and possibly thousands of demons forming those types of casts. They simply alter their ganged-energy shape to form the next LOOK they are trying to achieve. But the reality is they do not look anything like the cast. It is all performed for effect. Like when a human puts on a mask for Halloween. It’s not real. It is a mind game with them to instill fear.
If you were to watch them closely while the cast is taking place, it will begin to fade away. This is because the amount of energy expended is a large amount to maintain the cast even by thousands of spirits burning off their energy reserves. For this reason, casts are continually fading out as new ones come into view. The new casts are by other spirits in the cluster that are partially recharged for the next cast effect. Then those that fade down their energy, they are talking the time to partially recharge for when it comes their turn to again cast another part of what they are conveying. What happens if you will watch closely, is that that move down towards the floor as if they were dissolving.They break apart and look like tiny people moving about. Then a closer inspection reveals literally hundred if not thousand of tiny spirits were a part of the vast amount of energy you were viewing.
And this is why the man that Jesus exorcised demons out of in olden times said that many had entered him: Luke 8:30 “What is your name?” Jesus asked him. “Legion,” he said—because many demons had entered him.” A legion consists of 6,000 and it is an old time known fact that the Roman legions consisted of that amount of soldiers. And that is why Jesus expressed the known fact when he stated the amount of each legion of holy angels he could call on to deliver him if he had wanted to back out of the Ransom Sacrifice deal he had made with our Mother:
Matthew 26:53 “Or do you think that I cannot call on My Father, and He will provide Me at once with more than 12 legions of angels?”
12 legions alone would have consisted of 72,000 warriors, and he could have called on Mother for more than just 12 legions. Although I think 72,000 would have been enough to decimate the Roman army and all others opposed to Jesus
The same holds true for the holy side. Literally a multitude of spirits can be involved in forming casts and usually are. But like in the case of the holy angel cited at 2 Chronicles 18:20 “Then a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will entice him.'”
To perform the trance of deception that was planned, it required only one spirit to conjure those visionary thoughts.
He did so by himself, because he was using “The trance effect.” That is the ability to form thoughts and project them in a directed way that is seen by the receiver or receivers. They get the gist of what is being transmitted unless it is meant to be mysterious and in need of a prophet to give the answer to the riddle. But that was in olden times, and riddles are rarely used by the holy side in these last days.
So children, hopefully this will give all of you a better understanding of the cast and vision phenomena that is an important tool to the spirit realm’s arsenal on both sides of the spectrum. Space is the reason for spirits being created small. If you can understand this reasoning, then you might comprehend how many of those salvaged at the Rapture will fit on board that first craft
Here’s an exercise for all of you to further develop your psychic abilities.
Close your eyes in an area that is void of most light. Being dimly lit helps the spirits in their casts Then just barely raise your eyebrows. You just want to raise them enough to where you can see through your eye lashes. Don’t worry about your lashes because they will not hinder the process. A little light helps in this exercise, and it aids the spirits in coordinating your mind to your eye with what they will be casting. Do this every chance you get, and you will be seeing the spirits vividly Once you see lots of energy, watch for when the cast ends and you will see the energy glide downward and the spirits break apart from the cast.It will look like a multitude of small people about the size of of your little pinky’s nail And, if you will only ask, your guides, or even shield members will cast a vision of the battle in heaven when Michael defeated the dragon and his angels. You can see the fighting of the small spirits, and them eventually being cast down to the earth and experience the hurled down effect they felt. It’s all educational children when you see it firsthand and experience some of the things that happen to both sides in this spiritual war.
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
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
Signs in Humanity
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Signs in Natural Disasters
“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7
5.0 PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.0 PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.7 PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.2 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
5.3 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
5.1 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
5.5 HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
5.1 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
5.3 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.0 ORURO, BOLIVIA
5.3 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
5.3 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.7 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.2 OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.
5.1 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
5.0 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
5.3 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
5.1 NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.
5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.0 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.7 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.0 SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.5 SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
5.2 SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
6.4 FIJI REGION
5.4 FIJI REGION
5.2 KURIL ISLANDS
5.3 SOUTHERN IRAN
5.2 KURIL ISLANDS
5.5 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.
5.1 SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS
5.2 REYKJANES RIDGE
5.3 BANDA SEA
6.1 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
5.0 NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
5.4 STATE OF YAP, MICRONESIA
None 5.0 or higher.
NEW ZEALAND – A curfew has been imposed in Christchurch, New Zealand after a major earthquake caused extensive damage in the nation’s second-largest city. Residents in the city of 372,600 were ordered to stay inside between 7pm and 7am as authorities battle to restore water, power and phone services in the devastated city. About 80 police officers were being sent from Auckland to the South Island to help with law enforcement amid reports of mounting frustration, fighting, serious back logs at petrol stations and traffic jams as people try to leave the city. Residents were evacuated from some areas because of disrupted power and water supplies, and an official state of emergency has been declared.
“The scale of what has happened here is enormous.” The mayor said it was miraculous that no one was killed in the quake – measuring 7.0 according to the U.S. Geological Survey – attributing that to the fact it struck about 4.30am when most people were in bed. There were fires reported in the city as power was restored, and the central business district was cordoned off by police amid reports of looting and extensive damage to some older buildings. The damage bill could be as high as NZ$2 billion ($1.6 billion). One man in his 50s is in a serious condition in intensive care at the Christchurch Hospital after a chimney collapsed on him. Another man, also in his 50s, was seriously injured by falling glass. As many as 1000 residents from Christchurch’s seaside suburbs were told to prepare for evacuation with flooding expected due to broken water and sewage pipes. Emergency services rescued 10 people from holes which opened up in the ground due to the shaking.
USGS experts said the quake, which struck New Zealand’s South Island 45km west of the island’s largest city of Christchurch at a depth of 5km, was the result of movement within the crust of the Pacific plate. Scientists have described the earthquake as THE MOST SIGNIFICANT QUAKE SINCE 1931, when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay. A number of aftershocks were recorded in the area and authorities were concerned about reports that the weather was due to worsen – bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the area in the next 24 to 36 hours.
A series of aftershocks have rattled Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand’s Civil Defence estimated that more than 500 buildings had been damaged. Local officials say power has been largely restored and tankers will supply water. The country experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only around 20 have a magnitude in excess of 5.0. The last fatal earthquake was in 1968, when a 7.1-magnitude tremor killed three people on the South Island’s western coast. During the night following the earthquake, 19 aftershocks were reported. One family in Darfield, near the epicentre of the quake, reported spending the night under their dining table. “The damages are incredibly frightening.” Many homeowners faced a cold winter’s night and leaking or damaged homes. Hours after the quake, one building in the Christchurch city centre burst into flames, following a suspected gas leak. Daylight showed that the damage was considerably worse than first thought. “There would not be a house, there would not be a family in our city that has not in some way had damage done to their person, to their property. I think it’s like an iceberg; there is… below the visible line, significant structural damage.” The quake was felt widely across the South Island, including Christchurch and the nearby port city of Timaru. Gale force winds were forecast for Sunday, and authorities have warned that these may affect unstable buildings. “It was absolutely shocking, we’re all terrified and scared of what’s going to happen next.”
Quake rips new fault line – The powerful earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted rail lines around the New Zealand city of Christchurch also ripped a new 11-foot wide fault line in the earth’s surface. At least 500 buildings, including 90 downtown properties, have been designated as destroyed in the 7.1-magnitude quake that struck at 4:35 a.m. Saturday near the South Island city of 400,000 people. Most other buildings sustained only minor damage. The quake was caused by the ongoing collision between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. “One side of the earth has lurched to the right … up to 11 feet and in some places been thrust up. The long linear fracture on the earth’s surface does things like break apart houses, break apart roads. We went and saw two houses that were completely snapped in half by the earthquake.”
NEW ZEALAND – The fault that ruptured the surface of Canterbury paddocks and produced the magnitude 7.1 earthquake has been quiet for at least 16,000 years. The quake produced a 22km scarp 30km west of Christchurch, scything through rural roads, breaking riverbeds and snapping two houses in half. Underground, it split alluvial terraces deposited about 16,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. Before Saturday, nothing in the landscape suggested there was an active fault beneath the Darfield and Rolleston areas. “Geologists have no information on when the fault last ruptured as it was unknown until last weekend.” The fault had accumulated extreme pressure over that period and collapsed “catastrophically” when the stress reached a certain threshold. The earth is still shaking out the last of that stress – nearly 100 aftershocks have been recorded so far, the largest of them at magnitude 5.5. The aftershocks will continue for weeks, diminishing in size and frequency.
It is highly likely there are other “hidden” faults around New Zealand which might be capable of producing large earthquakes in the future. The tremor did not awaken the more active Alpine Fault which runs along the spine of the South Island. Preliminary tests showed there had been very little effect on the stress regime of the 400km faultline.
The tremor moved the earth up to nearly 5m. “It was thrust up about a metre in some places. And it has lurched horizontally 4.6 metres to the right.” The jarring jolt which woke Cantabrians early on Saturday was THE STRONGEST GROUND-SHAKING EVER RECORDED IN AN EARTHQUAKE IN NEW ZEALAND. Seismologists measured the shaking at 1.25 times the strength of gravity at Greendale, the closest township to the There is reason to believe the Canterbury quake could be part of a series of large tremors. “In 1929 there occurred, in west Canterbury, a magnitude 7 earthquake which turned out to be the first of a series of seven major, magnitude greater than 7, earthquakes over the next 13 years. The series included the second and third largest earthquakes in European times. “It is improbable that this occurrence of such large earthquakes in rapid succession was coincidental. There is no reason to think that such a series could not happen again.”
At least 100,000 homes and more than 500 commercial buildings were damaged in THE MOST DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE TO HIT A NEW ZEALAND CITY IN NEARLY 90 YEARS.
OKLAHOMA – For the second time in less than a week, six small earthquakes have been recorded in a single day in central Oklahoma. The six earthquakes on Saturday ranged from preliminary magnitudes of 1.5 to 3.3. On Wednesday in the same area about 30 miles from Oklahoma City, geologists also recorded six earthquakes that ranged from a preliminary 1.8 magnitude to 3.1. Another quake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.7 was recorded Friday about 10 miles east of the Saturday temblors. No injuries or damage was reported from any of the earthquakes.
NEW ZEALAND – Christchurch shaken by severe aftershock. The New Zealand city of Christchurch has suffered its most damaging aftershock since a powerful earthquake at the weekend. The 5.1 magnitude tremor cut power, further damaged buildings and sent frightened residents into the streets. Regular aftershocks have hit the area since Saturday’s 7.1 quake, but this one was more damaging because of its shallow depth. “It was a devastatingly, vicious sharp blow to the city. This was a terrifying moment. We have just had to evacuate our Civil Defence headquarters. We have got staff in tears, we have got fire engines going through the middle of the city, power is out and a lot of people are very, very churned up by that.” The aftershock was described as “sharp and very sudden”. “It was vertical rather than side to side like the first one. If you were in a car the road moved up and down.” It was centred 10km south-east of Christchurch at a depth of 6km. New Zealand’s ministry of civil defence has warned that an aftershock of up to 6.0 magnitude is possible in the next few days. Saturday’s earthquake caused widespread structural damage, but there were no fatalities. Some of Christchurch’s most historic buildings have been damaged beyond repair and are to be pulled down. More than 100 aftershocks have rocked the area since Saturday.
NEW ZEALAND authorities delayed plans to lift no-go zones in quake-hit Christchurch Friday after major aftershocks again rattled the country’s second largest city. Christchurch’s mayor had hoped to open the city centre for the first time since last weekend’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake but fresh tremors early Friday measuring up to magnitude 4.5 temporarily scuppered the plan. The city of 340,000 will remain under a state of emergency until Wednesday following the main tremor on Saturday, which caused damage estimated at four billion dollars (2.7 billion US). 300 people made homeless by the tremor remained in welfare centres. “Authorities are focusing on restoring loss of sewerage services, addressing housing needs, provision of psychological services, ensuring negative business impacts are (minimised) and setting up recovery structures.”
A magnitude-6.1 earthquake has hit the same part of Chile that suffered a catastrophic quake in February. The new temblor has caused alarm but no reported damage or injuries. It struck the regions of Maule, BioBio and Araucani — just where the earlier magnitude-8.8 quake caused the most damage. The new quake struck at 3:28 a.m. (3:28 a.m. EDT; 0728 GMT) Thursday and it was centered about 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of the hard-hit regional capital of Concepcion.
In Yellowstone, deep beneath Earth’s surface, the hot spot that feeds the park has torn an entire tectonic plate in half. Its deep plume sent a ripple effect through the very roots of the continent and the Pacific Ocean that fundamentally altered the coastline of the Pacific Northwest.
The revelation comes from a new study that peered into the mantle beneath the Pacific Northwest to see what happens when ancient ocean crust from the Pacific Ocean runs headlong into a churning plume of ultra-hot mantle material. Geologically speaking, the Pacific Northwest is a peculiar place. Hot spots usually sit way out on their own in the middle of a tectonic plate (think Hawaii or the Galapagos). Not Yellowstone – it pokes its way to the surface just a few hundred miles from the edge of the North America plate, where a giant trench sends the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate sliding underneath Washington, Oregon, and northern California.
Around 19 million years ago, the Yellowstone hot spot first ascended from deep within the mantle. As it neared the surface, it ran into the subducting Juan de Fuca plate. But the Juan de Fuca plate was itself young at the time (there’s a mid-ocean ridge just off the coast of Oregon that forms brand new crust to this day), so it hadn’t had the chance fully harden yet. When the crust and hot spot met, the hot mantle plume to found a weakness in the plate – perhaps a pre-existing fracture – and punched a giant hole through it.
The encounter has had several amazing consequences. First, and most obvious, over the last several million years it resurfaced much of northern Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming in basalt through a series of massive volcanic eruptions. Then there were the tremendous supervolcanic explosions, which coated much of the western U.S. in thick blankets of ash and made the Yellowstone park region what it is today. Second, the rise of the Yellowstone plume also coincided with a large change in the rate at which the crust of the Pacific Ocean dives beneath North America. It’s possible that the shattered underlying plate simply didn’t pull as much weight anymore, and the subduction zone slowed down.
INDONESIA – Sides of Mount Sinabung evacuated once more following new activity from volcano. Scores of people stayed away from their homes near Mount Sinabung for fear of another eruption of the volcano Saturday. A significant eruption Friday was felt 4.9 miles away and sent area residents scurrying back to the evacuation shelters they had only recently left. “This was the strongest eruption as ash plumes reached 3,000 meters (9,842 feet).” Sinabung had been dormant for some four centuries before it awakened last weekend. There have been three eruptions since then and scientists admit they don’t know what will happen next.
Alert level raised at another Indonesian volcano: Seulawah Agam – Seulawah Agam on Aceh has been raised to the lowest Alert Status (from no alert) by the Center for Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation due to increased seismicity underneath the volcano. The volcano hasn’t erupted since 1839 when it produced a VEI 2 eruption. Beyond that, little is known about Seulawah Agam – it appears that there have been no historic eruptions, but there may have been some minor hydrothermal explosions. A 3-km exclusion zone has been declared around the volcano but no evacuations have been called. This goes with the highest alert status for Sinabung and second highest for Ibu as well. When you combine that with all the volcanoes on the third highest status (Egon, Talang, Karangetang, Batur, Kaba, Anak Krakatau, Semeru, Slamet, Sangeang Api, Rinjani, Soputan and Bromo) you can see the challenge of keeping tabs on all these systems in Indonesia.
A natural disaster prediction come true? A Manglorean academic’s prediction of natural disaster following whale deaths at New Zealand on August 20, has apparently come true. Over the years, Dr Arunachalam Kumar had espoused the theory that unexplained whale deaths are linked to natural disasters. After whale deaths of the New Zealand coast, he had received an e-mail query regarding the possible outcome of this event. He had said the incident was prelude to the eruption of a volcano in Indonesia within seven days and an earthquake would follow within two weeks. On August 29, Mt Sinabung, a long dormant volcano in Sumatra erupted suddenly. On September 4, Christchurch, New Zealand, was rocked by one of the most powerful earthquakes in its history. The doctor in December 2004 is said to have predicted the coming of the titanic Asian tsunami a full three weeks before it struck.
RUSSIA – The Klyuchevskoy volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula has started emitting lava at an altitude of 500 meters, seismologists said on Monday, adding that ash emissions are expected for later this week. There were no immediate reports of damage, with local emergency officials already on heightened alert because of the eruption.
CHILE – The Planchon volcano, on the border between Argentina and Chile, started erupting in the last few days, spewing pyroclastic material and gases. The plume Monrday reached as high as 1.2 kilometer (0.75 mile) above the crater. The volcano, 196 kilometers south of Santiago, has had a permanent plume of smoke for several years. The geology service described the eruption as “minor.” Geologists plan to fly over the area. An erupting volcano in 2008 forced residents to abandon the Chilean town of Chaiten.
INDONESIA – Sinabung volcano erupted again Tuesday in northern Sumatra, triggering strong tremors and sending bursts of hot ash into the air for the second time in a week. “Residents heard loud rumbles and a strong quake for around four minutes” when Sinabung volcano erupted about 12:24 a.m. Tuesday. “This was the biggest eruption to date.” The Sinabung volcano erupted for the first time in four centuries on August 29, forcing the evacuation of villagers who live within 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) of the volcano’s crater. (photo)
New research shows the size and shape of Yellowstone’s plume – Much of Yellowstone National Park sits atop one of the world’s largest volcanoes — a supervolcano responsible for several eruptions in Earth’s history. New research using cutting-edge technology shows that an enormous plume almost 400 miles underground, battling daily with the Earth’s tectonic plates, is responsible for the many geothermal features that make Yellowstone one of the most unique places on the planet.
Over the last decade a massive seismology (earthquake) project has been mounted in the Yellowstone region, part of the Earthscope USArray, a coordinated effort across North America to measure earthquake activity with a dense grid of ultra-sensitive seismographs. The measurements taken by the seismographs spot the seismic waves created by tremors deep within the mantle. For the first time, data has been accumulating that allows scientists to build a picture (like a 3-D model) of activity occurring deep within the Earth underneath Yellowstone (about 372 miles deep). The most recent paper confirms earlier seismic studies identifying the Yellowstone plume. In addition the study makes a connection between the Yellowstone plume and the movement of tectonic plates. In their new model, the Yellowstone plume rises from the mantle and encounters (in what is now Oregon) the relatively small and young Juan de Fuca tectonic plate as it slides under the North American plate between Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Because the Juan de Fuca plate is young and not yet hardened, the plume was able to break through — in effect cleaving the plate into segments. The paper suggests the breakup of the Juan de Fuca plate may have had profound effect on the rate of movement for all plates in the Pacific Northwest. In any case, the rough shape of the Yellowstone plume and some of its characteristics have been described. While the plume remains fixed over a location in the mantle, the plates above continue to move, especially the North American plate, which slides to the southwest over the plume. This accounts for the chain of eruption sites and upwelling of lava from Oregon to Wyoming.
The Yellowstone plume is at the moment not particularly hot, especially compared to plumes believed to underlie Iceland and Hawaii. This suggests that the Yellowstone super-volcano may miss its routine of erupting about every 600,000 years. The last eruption destroyed an area the size of Wyoming and spewed ash as far as the Caribbean – not to mention that it probably changed the climate and resulted in the die-off of many species.
TROPICAL STORMS –
EARL weakened to a tropical storm after barrelling ashore in Nova Scotia as a hurricane. “Earl is now a strong tropical storm” buffeting the eastern Canadian province with winds up to 111km/h and heavy rain that has broken tree limbs and knocked down electricity lines, leaving at least 70,000 households without power. There was “conflicting information as to whether Earl was a strong tropical storm or a hurricane at landfall”, but it was stated earlier on Saturday that Earl came ashore as a category one hurricane. Winds of 119km/h are considered hurricane strength, and the difference was “easily within meteorological observation errors”.
Tropical Storm Earl made landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday morning hitting the eastern Canadian coast following a rapid acceleration. One man died in the province of Nova Scotia after securing a boat that had slipped its moorings. The storm has brought high winds and heavy rain, toppling trees and power lines through the region and cutting electricity to about 200,000 homes. Earl was moving quickly north-east, with sustained winds of 102km/h. Earl made landfall near the boundary between Shelburne and Queens counties at about 1030 (1330 GMT). Roads throughout Nova Scotia, including in the main city of Halifax, were littered with fallen trees. Power cuts were reported across the province. Earlier, Hurricane Earl was downgraded to a tropical storm as it travelled up the east coast of the US. Strong winds and heavy rain lashed Long Island and Cape Cod as the storm passed by. Officials said the storm caused only minor flooding and power cuts on the US mainland.
Tropical Storm ‘Gaston”, which formed September 1st in the eastern Atlantic, was declared dissipated on September 2. Originally, very dry air wrapping into its circulation led to its demise. Now, it looks to be gathering for a second wind, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system is moving westward into a moist environment which also has low wind shear values. So the conditions are conducive for re-development. There’s a 70% chance of it being re-classified as at least a depression by Sunday. It will retain the original name if this happens. This one is a definite threat to the Caribbean; long-range steering wind projections suggest it could make it into the Gulf as well.
The season has gotten very active in the past two weeks with four named systems (Danielle, Earl, Fiona, and Gaston) forming in the open Atlantic. Danielle formed August 22. Fiona remained a weak tropical storm and dissipated early Saturday. Both Danielle and Earl became major hurricanes but neither ever made landfall, although Earl came rather close.
In wake of Earl, U.S. eyes other potential storms – The remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston look very likely to strengthen again as a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic and could threaten the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands in coming days on a westward track. The National Hurricane Center gave Gaston, which weakened to a remnant low-pressure area on Thursday soon after becoming a tropical cyclone, an 80 percent chance of redeveloping over the next 48 hours. The remnant low of Gaston was located about 700 miles east of the Leeward Islands, battered by Earl last week. “The low could redevelop into a tropical depression at any time today or tonight.” It warned authorities in the Leeward Islands to monitor the system, but it was still too early to tell whether the Gaston remnant could eventually threaten the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. “Gaston may threaten Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the Dominican Republic on Thursday, and Haiti, Jamaica and/or the Turks and Caicos Islands by Friday, depending upon the storm’s interaction with a trough of low pressure expected to move off the U.S. East Coast later this week.”
An area of low pressure over the extreme southwestern Gulf of Mexico became a tropical depression on Sunday night with top sustained winds of 30 miles per hour. The depression could strengthen to a tropical storm on Monday as it moves northwestward inland. The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning for the Gulf coast from Tampico to the border with Texas. [ Tropical depression AL10 is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, September 7.]
If they become tropical storms, these systems could be the new focus of weather concern in a recent flurry of 2010 Atlantic hurricane season activity, which saw Hurricane Earl brush the U.S. East Coast last week before coming ashore in Canada on Saturday and fizzling out. Energy traders keep a close eye on potentially violent storms approaching the Gulf because it is home to about 30 percent of U.S. oil production, 11 percent of natural gas production and more than 43 percent of U.S. refinery capacity. The hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and is currently in its peak period.
Tropical Storm Malou headed toward South Korea. Malou was 122 kilometers (76 miles) south of Jeju at 9 a.m. Seoul time. The storm is forecast to hit the island before crossing southern regions of the country today. The storm had sustained winds of 74 kilometers per hour and Malou is expected to maintain strength. The Korea Meteorological Administration issued a typhoon warning for Jeju and surrounding seas, and a heavy rain watch for Ulsan in the southeast of the country. Last week, Tropical Storm Kompasu killed five people, damaged power networks in Seoul and surrounding provinces and forced the cancellation of flights as it crossed the Korean peninsula on Sept. 2. Malou is the 10th storm of the northwest Pacific season.
Flash floods possible in Mexico, Texas as Hermine moves inland. Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to cross into Texas today after striking the Mexican coast about 40 miles south of the U.S. border Monday night. The storm is expected to dump four to eight inches of rain over northeastern Mexico and sections of southern and north-central Texas. Isolated amounts of up to 12 inches are possible. The heavy rains could cause life-threatening flash floods, forecasters warned. Texas authorities already have blamed a Houston woman’s drowning Sunday night on the storm.
The woman stepped off a sandbar into a trough and disappeared into a current. Hermine brought rough waters to Texas beaches throughout the Labor Day weekend.
At 11 p.m. ET Monday, Hermine was located about 30 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, and was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h). The storm was moving north-northwest at 14 mph (22 km/h). “A gradual turn toward the north and northeast is expected over the next couple of days.” Hermine will move into southern Texas today and into central Texas early Wednesday.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston have 50% chance to re-form – Meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center had thought that former Tropical Storm Gaston would be back from the dead by now. The regeneration still hadn’t happened by Monday night, but Gaston’s poorly defined surface circulation had a 50 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.
On Monday night, the remnants of Gaston, which formed into a tropical storm on Wednesday and then fizzled on Thursday were about 250 miles northeast of the Lesser Antilles, moving west about 12 mph. The system is expected to move into more humid conditions and into an area where upper-level winds are favorable for development. It is expected to continue in a westward direction while producing heavy showers and wind gusts.
TEXAS & OKLAHOMA – At least two people died in flash floods as the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine swirled through central Texas and into Oklahoma.
Three tornadoes were confirmed in Oklahoma as the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine moved through Oklahoma on Wednesday.
Parts of Japan, including Tokyo, were swamped with heavy rains as tropical storm Malou lashed the country Wednesday. The 10th tropical storm of the season will bring torrential rains to southern parts of China from Thursday evening.
Tropical Storm Gaston bringing rains to Jamaica. An increase in showers is likely to affect Jamaica from Thursday through to Saturday as a trough, remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston, is forecast to move through.
Tropical storm Malou dumped heavy rains in Tokyo and the surrounding areas on Wednesday. Some places received RECORD RAINFALL of four inches an hour. Heavy rains swelled rivers, some which burst their banks and flooded residential areas and destroyed bridges. Two men believed to be living in shacks near a major river, were trapped and had to be rescued, as the rising waters surrounded them. In other areas, the rainfall overwhelmed the sewage system which also flooded streets. So far there have been no reports of injuries. The storm had been the ninth typhoon of the season in the northeastern Pacific but the first to hit land northwest of Tokyo. It also brought the capital its first rain in a month, helping alleviate what had been THE LONGEST AND HOTTEST HEAT WAVE IN ITS HISTORY.
TAIWAN – Most parts of the country had to prepare for torrential rain and the possibility of landslides as Tropical Storm moved north in the Taiwan Straits, the Central Weather Bureau said Thursday. Llocated 110 kilometers south-southwest of Penghu Thursday evening, Meranti was moving North at a speed of 17 kilometers per hou. Sea warnings covered most of the Taiwan Straits, the Bashi Channel and waters off the north coast. Abundant rainfall was already being recorded Thursday in Hualien and Taitung on the east coast and in Kaohsiung and Pingtung in the South. Taitung County ordered the evacuation of five villages. Shipping links between Kinmen and China would be suspended at least for Friday.
The climate phenomenon La Niña is strengthening, increasing the likelihood that an active hurricane season could get even busier. The update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday comes as Texas residents clean up from the deluge of Tropical Storm Hermine.
La Niña is marked by a cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean and was reported to be developing a month ago.
It strengthened during August and appears likely to last at least through early 2011. “La Niña can contribute to increased Atlantic hurricane activity by decreasing the vertical wind shear over the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean.” Wind shear is a sharp difference in wind speed at different levels in the atmosphere. A strong wind shear reduces hurricanes by breaking up their ability to rise into the air, while less shear means they can climb and strengthen. La Niña’s cooling of the tropical Pacific is the opposite of El Niño, which is marked by unusually warm water in that region. Each can take place every few years, usually with neutral conditions in between. Both can affect climate worldwide.
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / SEVERE STORMS / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
AUSTRALIA – Hundreds of homes have been inundated as Victoria faces its WORST FLOODS IN MORE THAN A DECADE. Victoria’s northeast was the hardest hit yesterday where the townships of Euroa, Benalla and Myrtleford were issued with emergency evacuation alerts and hundreds of homes are believed to have been affected. It was not clear yet how many homes were flooded or people relocated in these areas. There was still a significant risk of further flooding in those areas. “The rain fall emergency may be over but the flood emergency is yet to reach its peak. There are many communities downstream from those already affected that can still be affected. In those communities there is a strong possibility of homes being isolated and several thousand people being affected.”
CHINA – The death toll from rain-triggered landslides that hit a remote village in southwestern China has risen to 24, with another 24 people still missing.
GUATEMALA – A state of emergency has been declared in Guatemala, where days of heavy rain have caused widespread flooding and landslides. At least 18 people have been killed, including at least 10 who died when a bus was engulfed by a mudslide. The rains have undone all the reconstruction work completed since Tropical Storm Agatha, which killed 165 people in May. Days of heavy rains have saturated Guatemala’s mountainous terrain, causing hillsides to collapse suddenly and without warning. The worst landslide buried a packed bus as it travelled on the main Inter-American highway, west of the capital Guatemala City. In the western region of Quetzaltenango, a family of four died when their home was buried by a mudslide. At least four other deaths have been reported around the country. More than 100km (65 miles) of the Inter-American highway has been closed to all traffic, and many other roads have been blocked. A bridge that was replaced after being destroyed by Tropical Storm Agatha has again been smashed by floods, cutting the main route to the southwest of the country. Guatemala’s national meteorological service forecast that the rains would continue for another 48 hours.
MEXICO on alert. – Heavy rains from a tropical depression have flooded large areas in southern Mexico prompting authorities to declare an orange alert. Thousands of families have been evacuated in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca. Mexican authorities are evacuating over 5000 residents in the southern state of Tabasco, where days of rain have led to the overflowing of major rivers in the region.
Latest Pakistan floods prompt fresh exodus from towns – At least 350,000 people are on the move in Sindh, fleeing the new flood surge Several hundred thousand more people have been forced to flee towns and villages in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province amid fresh flooding. Water is gushing towards Dadu district after a breach in the Toori dam in the north of the already flood-hit region. In the past weeks all but four of Sindh’s 23 districts have been deluged.
Weeks after monsoon rains triggered devastating floods across Pakistan, aid agencies say more than eight million displaced people need food and water. The Toori dam was washed away in August, causing the waters of the River Indus to split in two. One side is continuing to flow to the Arabian sea, while the other is going parallel to the Indus’ natural course, wreaking a path of destruction. This rogue flow of water has now reached Dadu district, and is pouring into Manchar, the country’s largest freshwater lake. It has swollen to the extent that it is now threatening to inundate those parts of the province which have so far escaped the disaster. If Lake Manchar overflows, the waters could cut off access to the Indus highway, the area’s main connection to the rest of the country. Army engineers are trying to prevent this happening by plugging the breach at the Toori dam. Their job has been severely hampered by fresh rains in northern Pakistan, which have given a new lease of life to the flooding.
In Dadu, the authorities are battling to save two cities threatened by this latest flood surge – Dadu city and Johi – reinforcing protective embankments and dykes. “We are taking all-out measures to save them from ravaging floodwaters.” The floods have ruined 3.6 million hectares (8.9 million acres) of farmland About 80% of Johi’s population of 60,000 has already fled, and at least 350,000 people in the local area are on the move, heading to safer ground. More than 1,600 people have died and about 17 million of Pakistan’s 166 million people have been affected by the disaster. Agricultural losses in the Sindh province will reach $1bn, with the losses in cotton production alone put at over $370m – a situation made all the more serious by the fact that cotton is the country’s most important cash crop. Sindh is also known for growing rice, sugar cane, vegetables, citrus fruit and pulses, and officials say that up to a third of the harvest is now likely to have been lost or spoilt. Across the country, the floods have ruined 3.6 million hectares (8.9 million acres) of farmland, and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said farmers urgently needed seeds to plant for next year’s crops. The UN estimates that across the country, 1.2 million livestock, among them cattle used for ploughing, have drowned in the floods. Bore wells have been damaged, top soil washed away and farm equipment lost. And there are now growing concerns that fields will be too waterlogged for farmers to be able to sow the winter wheat in time.
Rain halts search for Guatemala mudslide victims – New rains made it too dangerous to conitnue the search for at least 15 missing people. A massive mudslide engulfed scores of people on Sunday in Nahuala while they had been trying to search for others caught in an earlier landslide. The mud crashed onto the Inter-American Highway north-west of Guatemala City as the crowd tried to dig out five vehicles and a bus. At least 24 people have been pulled out dead so far following the double slide.
“We have given up for dead all those trapped in the mud.”
Scores more landslides and floods have struck other areas of the country. At least 45 have died in slides across the country following torrential rains. More than 11,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes and thousands more remain at risk from further flooding and landslides. The devastation was comparable to Tropical Storm Agatha, which killed 165 Guatemalans in May. Weeks of heavy rain have saturated Guatemala’s mountainous terrain, causing hillsides to collapse suddenly. Parts of the country have seen THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL FOR HALF A CENTURY. More rains are predicted in the days ahead.
Hundreds of thousands hit by Mexico flooding – Worst to come. Weeks of heavy rain have brought widespread flooding to wide swathes of eastern and southern Mexico. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen rapidly rising rivers break their banks and inundate their communities. Authorities have been trying to evacuate the worst-hit areas but some people are refusing to leave, seeking refuge on the roofs of their houses.
Among the most severely affected areas is Tlacotalpan. Most of Tlacotalpan’s residents have left the town to seek shelter elsewhere in the state of Veracruz. Over the past few weeks, some 200,000 people in Veracruz have been forced to abandon their homes. The torrential rains and subsequent flooding have also affected the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca. In Tabasco, more than 124,000 people have been affected but many have opted to stay. People in Tabasco face frequent floods “They are refusing to leave their homes and they don’t want to go to shelters because they have a culture of living with water. What worries me is that the worst is yet to come for Tabasco. The state and these people cannot keep suffering these problems each year, or live in permanent uncertainty.” Tabasco was the scene of devastating floods three years ago.
The rains in the region during July and August were three and a half times more than usual. The rainy season does not officially end until November. The government has pursued flood-control measures in recent years. These had helped to avoid a wider disaster but more needs to be done.
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
A wind-driven wildfire in the rugged Colorado foothills spread across 5 1/2 square miles Monday, destroying an unknown number of homes and triggering the evacuation of 1,000 others. No injuries have been reported. Authorities didn’t immediately know how many structures burned in the 3,500-acre blaze. But at least some were houses, including four that belonged to firefighters battling the blaze. The fire started Monday morning in Four Mile Canyon northwest of Boulder, and erratic winds gusting to 45 mph spread the flames quickly, sometimes in two directions at once. At least a half-dozen roads in the area were closed, and a billowing, white plume of heavy smoke was visible for miles before sunset. County health officials advised residents to stay indoors if the smoky air became irritating. The fire’s cause was unknown. Officials said it was too early to say how much, if any, of the fire was contained.
Climate change is not responsible for civil wars in Africa, a study suggests. It challenges previous assumptions that environmental disasters, such as drought and prolonged heat waves, had played a part in triggering unrest. Instead, it says, traditional factors – such as economic disparity, ethnic tensions, and historic political and economic instability – were often the main factors behind the outbreak of conflicts. “These factors seemed to matter, not so when it came to climate variability.”
A 2009 paper suggested that climate had been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa, and that future warming was likely to increase the number of deaths from war. US researchers found that across the continent, conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years. The new study says it was too early to make such assertions. “Even if you found that conflict, defined in a particular way, appeared to be associated with climate, if you applied a number of complementary measures – which you should do in order to determine the robustness of the apparent connection – then you would find, in almost all cases, the two were actually unrelated.”
The end of the Cold War also seemed to have had a impact on civil unrest in African nations. “You did see a shift in the focus of quite a few conflicts during the 1990s, when the ending of the supply of arms saw some groups lay down their arms, while others sought alternative forms of funding, such as diamonds.” However, the uncertainty about the link between conflict and climate does not mean that global climate mitigation and adaptation measures did not matter. “Targeted climate adaptation initiatives, such as those outlined in various UN (strategies), can have significant positive implications for social well-being and human security. But these initiatives should not be considered a replacement for traditional peace-building strategies. The challenges imposed by future global warming are too daunting to let the debate… be sidetracked by atypical, non-robust scientific findings and actors with vested interests.”
A forest fire in the US state of Colorado has destroyed at least 136 homes. About 3,500 people have been evacuated from the path of the fire in Fourmile Canyon, near the city of Boulder. Four residents are missing. The fire is burning over a 6,400-acre (2,600-hectare) area of rugged terrain. The cause of the fire, which broke out on Monday, is not known. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.
HEAVEY SNOW / EXTREME COLD
The uncharacteristically snowy weather that hit Northern Europe and North America in the winter of 2009/10 was caused by a RARE combination of two separate weather oscillations in the Atlantic and Pacific, claim meteorologists. The harsh winter and heavy snow surprised forecasters, arriving with temperatures at the lowest they’d been for nearly 30 years. Some climate skeptics cited the conditions as evidence against climate change, while other people pointed out that most climate change predictions include an increase in extreme weather events.
But the research claims that neither are correct, and that the FREAK weather was actually caused by an UNUSUAL match-up of a moderately strong El Niño event, and an extremely strongly negative North Atlantic oscillation. Each has a different effect on the weather. An El Niño event tends to push storm systems towards the equator, making the weather in the US and Northern Europe wetter than normal. The North Atlantic Oscillation, on the other hand, doesn’t cause precipitation, it just makes it very cold. When they combine, you get very cold, wet, conditions – snow.
“The NAO was probably AS NEGATIVE AS IT’S EVER BEEN IN THE INTRUMENTAL RECORD WHICH GOES BACK TO THE EARLY 1800s. This was a ONE IN A CENTURY TYPE OF EVENT.”
As for those who raised the spectre of climate change, the researcher is scathing in his dismissal: “Weather will continue to be weather. You have to average over a lot of weather to get the climate trends. There doesn’t seem to be any need to evoke anything else other than that.”
SPACE NEWS –
Two asteroids to whiz closely past Earth today – Two small asteroids discovered just days ago will zip harmlessly past Earth today, a double flyby that should be visible through a telescope. The asteroids were discovered on Sunday by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. Asteroid 2010 RX30, thought to be 10 to 20 metres long, will pass within 248,000km of Earth shortly before 8pm (AEST) today [just over half the distance to the moon away]. The second one, dubbed 2010 RF12, will fly by about 11 hours later at a distance of about 79,000km [one fifth of the distance to the moon]. NASA says the second one is 6-14 metres long. Although both are coming inside the orbit of the Moon, there is no danger of impact.
COLUMBIA – 9/5/10 – A “giant fireball” that fell from the sky in the Santander department, central Colombia, was a meteorite. The Colombian media has been buzzing with eye witness accounts of the fireball, which caused a massive explosion at 3:15PM local time Sunday.The meteorite left a crater 100 meters in diameter when it crashed into the earth in the San Joaquin municipality in Santander. Colombian air force helicopters were commissioned to fly over the area to try to locate the source of the explosion. In rural areas of Santander, police received reports that the explosion had shattered windows in the area.
IRELAND – 9/1/10 – The search is on in Northern Ireland and the Republic for a meteorite that could be worth more than its weight in gold. A fireball blazed across the night sky last Wednesday, leading astronomy experts to believe it came down somewhere on the island of Ireland. The discovery of a meteorite would be VERY RARE – only three meteorites have been found in Ireland in the past 200 years. A meteorite was last found in Ireland in 1999 when a Carlow woman found a handful of shattered meteorite pieces on a country lane near Leighlin Bridge. Astronomy Ireland says its switchboard has been jammed with calls from members of the public who had witnessed the meteor shower. It says it should be able to pinpoint its general location within a week. “The meteorite will stand out because it has a burnt, smooth exterior. “People can pick it up. There is no kryptonite or any crazy substance that would poison or radiate a person.” The group is urging those who saw the latest shower to visit http://www.astronomy.ie and fill in a Fireball Report Form to allow experts trace its path and identify possible landing sites.
EARTH DODGES ANOTHER BULLET: During the late hours of Sept. 8th, just as a sunspot 1105 was turning away from Earth, the active region erupted, producing a long-duration C3-class solar flare (peak @ 2330 UT) and a fantastic prominence. The eruption also hurled a bright coronal mass ejection into space. The expanding cloud is heading into a part of the solar system not currently occupied by any planet – it’s going to miss everything, including Earth. If such an eruption did head our way, it would probably trigger strong geomagnetic storms.
HEALTH THREATS –
Brain “rust” – Australian scientists have made a significant advance in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. An imbalance in the metals needed for healthy brain function has been found at the root of the degenerative disease which afflicts 10 per cent of people aged over 60.They have traced the imbalance to the brain’s improper and related processing of zinc and iron.
“The brain in Alzheimer’s disease is a catastrophe, and it is very hard to pinpoint what went wrong first. This (research) really unravels quite a big series of knots and highlights a particular sequence involving these two metals. The research focused on the complex relationship between amyloid precursor protein (APP) and its breakdown product amyloid, along with the zinc and iron. As zinc accumulates in amyloid it blocked the APP from performing its critical, and previously unknown, job of exporting iron out of the brain’s neurons. This led to a build-up of iron “in the grey matter”, resulting in oxidative stresses that could kill off neurons.
So “in a chemical sense, you can” say the loss of mental function in an Alzheimer’s patient is caused by rust in their brain. “That’s the kind of chemistry that is going on in the brain and, similar to actual rust, it involves an abnormal combustion of oxygen with iron. The brain is an unusual organ in that it has very high concentrations of metals which it uses for its electrical chemistry.” While the research does not reveal the complete picture of the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, it uncovered a vital “corner piece of the jigsaw puzzle”. The research strengthens expectations that the drug PBT2, now in clinical trials, would one day be able to reverse brain damage in Alzheimer’s patients. Research and development will take at least another three years.
Despite a series of vaccine-related scandals and the recent admission from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that its flu-death estimates were wildly inflated, U.S. and global health authorities are teaming up with big business, the mainstream media, and various organizations to urge more Americans to get an influenza shot. But not all experts — or even most of the public — are necessarily on board with the effort.
The WHO and its swine-flu campaign have come under heavy fire. “The handling by the WHO of the H1N1 pandemic led to a waste of large sums of public money and unjustified scares and fears about health risks faced by the European public,” charged the Council of Europe in a report, saying there was “overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly overrated by WHO.” The world health body actually changed the definition of a pandemic during the crisis, allowing it to raise the alert and take emergency measures. The European-level investigation discovered improper sway by pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers on the WHO’s decision-making process, eventually calling for new safe-guards against “undue influence by vested interests.”
The man who led the charge to investigate, the Council of Europe’s health committee chairman and medical doctor Wolfgang Wodarg, said the “false pandemic” orchestrated and hyped by the WHO was ONE OF THE GREATEST MEDICAL SCANDALS IN THE LAST CENTURY. “The victims among millions of needlessly vaccinated people must be protected by their states.”
Parmaceutical companies and their cohorts in government were willing to “inflict bodily harm in their pursuit of profits.”
The CDC was recently forced to admit that its widely cited flu-linked death statistics were way overblown and misleading. The new figures now state that around 23,000 people die from influenza-related complications every year, down from a supposed average of 36,000. Some years the number was actually less than 3,500, the CDC acknowledged. And even those figures are highly suspect, according to experts. “A closer examination of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) figures shows that in 2001, there were only 257 deaths directly attributable to flu, and in only eighteen cases was the flu virus positively identified. Between 1979 and 2002, NCHS data show an average of 1,348 actual flu deaths per year.”
Almost half of the 150 million swine flu vaccines purchased by the U.S. government — about half of a billion dollars worth — were ultimately destroyed after expiring earlier this year. That was despite health officials “trying gimmicks to get anyone at all to come in for a shot.” One potential reason for the lack of demand was the fact that numerous health experts expressed serious concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. In Finland, swine-flu vaccinations were actually halted after being linked to a 300 percent increase in the neurological disorder known as narcolepsy.
Swine flu no worse than seasonal flu for most victims, study says – More children and young adults were hospitalized as a result of pandemic H1N1 influenza than is normal for seasonal flu, but that was simply because those groups were disproportionately infected, not because the symptoms were worse.
-Pigs found to have human, avian reassortant flu viruses – Chinese scientists documented two distinct groups of “human-like” H3N2 influenza viruses circulating in pigs: wholly human-like H3N2 viruses and double-reassortant viruses containing genes from “contemporary human” H3N2 as well as avian H5 viruses. It is THE FIRST EXAMPLE OF THE COEXISTENCE OF THESE TWO FLU TYPES IN PIGS. The novel H1N1 virus that caused the 2009-10 pandemic contained genes from human, swine, and avian influenza strains.
-Bangladesh is battling a major outbreak of human and cattle anthrax infections, with more than 400 human cases and “scores” of cattle deaths. Officials have described the outbreak as THE BIGGEST IN THE COUNTRY’S HISTORY, though no humans have died. The government has set up checkpoints at cattle markets, put livestock and health officials on “red alert,” and sent emergency veterinary teams to the eight affected districts. Meat consumption has dropped sharply as consumers have shunned beef for fear of the disease. Bacillus anthracis, the anthrax pathogen, occurs in soil and infects livestock that ingest or inhale the spores while grazing. People can contract it by handling or eating infected animals.
-WHO warns about polio in central Africa – Fresh outbreaks of wild poliovirus type 1in Angola have spread to a neighboring area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a combination of events that poses the biggest threat to Africa’s polio eradication efforts.
-Pertussis diagnosis missed in California infants who died – Eight infants who have died of whooping cough (pertussis) this year were not diagnosed as having the disease despite repeated visits to hospitals and clinics. 3,834 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of pertussis have been reported in the state this year, seven times as many as at this time last year. The number signals an incidence of 9.8 cases per 100,000 people, THE HIGHEST SINCE 1962.
Rising life expectancies and improved health means the population is aging more slowly and the burden not be as dramatic as feared, scientists say. The current method of measuring ageing has been based on misleading information. “These indicators, which are used worldwide to determine health care and retirement costs, are based on chronological age and in many instances consider people as being old when they reach age 65 or even earlier.” But this measure is now out of date, say the authors of the study, because people live longer and someone at age 65 is not an old person anymore. The same problem occurs if policy-makers use the old-age dependency ratio as an indicator of the burden of ageing on health care costs. Most health care costs occur in the last few years of life and these years happen at ever later ages as life expectancies increase. A new dependency measure is based on disabilities that reflect the relationship between those who need care and those who are capable of giving it. Their study shows that when ageing is measured based on this ratio, the speed of ageing is reduced by four-fifths compared to the conventional old-age dependency ratio.
“Slow and predictable changes in pension age justified by an increased number of years of healthy life at older ages may be more politically acceptable than large, abrupt changes justified on the basis of budget stringency.” In the UK, the normal pension age is scheduled to rise from 65 to 68 by 2044. And in Germany it is expected to rise from 65 to 67 by 2031, with the US retirement age increasing to 67 in 2027. Population ageing will be the source of many challenges in the future. “But there is not reason to exaggerate those challenges through mismeasurement.”
“Increasing longevity and improved health care mean many older people are able to make a very positive and important contribution to our society. At the same time, it’s important to remember that while life expectancy is increasing, people are living with disabilities for longer than before and a huge gap in life expectancy remains between rich and poor people.”
Cyprus researchers reveal shape-shifting aircraft – Researchers in Cyprus have developed an unmanned aircraft able to withstand severe weather conditions by changing shape, filling a safety void in rescue operations frequently hampered by extreme weather. The project, currently under development on the east Mediterranean island, aims to build a small, affordable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be deployed with minimal risk to remote locations, guided from the ground.
“In severe weather this UAV can stay airborne whereas many other UAVs cannot.”
The amphibious aircraft, which can be deployed for search and rescue, forest fire monitoring and border control, is expected to be commercially available in 2011. It can adjust its shape according to wind gusts, with an advanced version of the prototype also allowing for its wings to morph, or twist, based on flight phase and weather patterns.
The UAV, known as an ASARP (Airborne Search and Rescue Platform), deploys aeroservoelastic trim tabs on its wings which vibrate at certain frequencies to counteract the impact of wind gusts. “All of this happens automatically. There is a PID controller on board the aircraft which takes readings from the sensors which pick up the vertical motion in real time and return the signal straight back to the trim tabs for the ailerons to correct the motions of the aircraft.” At the moment, the twin-cylinder engine ASARP can feed back images to a control center on the ground within a range of 4.5 miles. Should it move beyond that point, it automatically resumes its collated data feed once back within range.
The aircraft, which can be transported in boxes and assembled in 30 minutes, has a wingspan of 5 meters (yards), a fuselage length of around 4 meters, and a full payload of 70-75 kg (154-165 lb) with fuel. It is affordable — most of its avionics were created in-house using commercially available equipment. The team is now applying other research ideas to the prototype, including morphing wings, which would make the response of the aircraft in heavy weather conditions even more efficient. The ASARP would not alleviate all potential threats to flying in bad weather, but does remove the risk to some crews working in such conditions.
A pair of robotic eyes in the sky could help forecasters predict volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. NASA is designing a pair of robotic probes to keep tabs on how the planet is changing and to help forecasters predict natural disasters. One spacecraft will use radar to look for telltale signs of imminent disaster as it precisely measures small deformations in Earth’s surface over time. Scientists hope to be able to zero in on regions that may be in danger so residents can prepare. Volcanoes, for example, expand like a balloon when the pressure inside them increases. “By using radar, we hope to be able to predict the stresses building up in the volcano and hopefully provide a warning of the hazard that is developing.” Scientists also expect to be able to see deformations in fault zones, areas where water has been depleted beneath Earth’s crust, and landslides.
The second DESDynI satellite will be equipped with an optical remote sensing tool called LIDAR – Light Detection And Ranging – that will pulse laser light on Earth and measure the time it takes for the reflected signals to return. The technique is good for measuring the density of a forest, for example, as the light bouncing off the tops of trees will have a different return signal than light reflecting off bare ground. Scientists hope to use the information to figure out how carbon is cycling through the planet’s ecosystem — information that is important for understanding global climate change. The third element of the mission involves monitoring the planet’s ice sheets, which are particularly vulnerable to global climate change.
DESDynI is one of four Earth science missions recommended by the National Research Council. A mission concept review is expected to occur early next year. The launches would take place in October 2017.
Signs in False Shepherds & False 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
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