News for August 26, 2007
Churchianity Today - We must always be sure to distinguish between the
Lord's invisible, universal, spiritual Church (the Ecclesia) and the non-profit
religious organization that meets in a building with a steeple on top. The
difference is incalculable, and we dare not make the mistake of confusing
the two. Please understand that we do not question the right of any religious
group to peaceably assemble together, elect their leaders, receive monies,
have membership requirements, and govern themselves in the manner they see
fit - as long as we realize that such a right is a civil right and is neither
inalienable, Scriptural, or mandated by God Himself. That doesn't make it
wrong, but neither does it make it spiritual. The Ecclesia is not an organization
or invention of man, but an organism filled with the Life, and whether we
worship "in Jerusalem or in this mountain" is not as important
to God as whether or not we worship Him "in Spirit and in Truth."
'Hamas in Damascus instructed W. Bank cells to launch mega attack'
Jerusalem Post (August
26, 2007) - Yahiya Moussa, a member of the Hamas parliament in Gaza,
said the organization did not change its policy regarding suicide attacks,
Israel Radio reported Sunday evening. He said reports aired in Israeli media
earlier Sunday were meant to "set the ground for renewed Israeli violence
against the Palestinians." Moussa added, however, that Hamas was not
in complete control over its activists and that "pressure against activists
in the [West] Bank could lead bring about an explosion." A Palestinian
source in Ramallah contradicted Moussa, and confirmed that the leadership
in Damascus had indeed instructed West Bank Hamas members to carry out a
large-scale attack. Earlier Sunday, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency)
deputy director said at the cabinet meeting that Hamas leaders in Damascus
have told the group's loyalists in the West Bank to carry out a large-scale
terrorist attack inside Israel. Due to Hamas's current frustrations, he
said, there was an increased chance it would become more actively involved
in carrying out attacks here and abroad. Hamas, the official told the ministers,
was irritated it had not been able to break out of its international isolation
and had been unable to create a mechanism that would bring about dialogue
with Fatah. The organization, he said, was also finding it increasingly
difficult to effectively govern the Gaza Strip. In addition, he said, there
were increasing signs of economic separation between Gaza and the West Bank,
with the economic situation in Gaza getting worse, while recently there
had been some improvement in the West Bank's private economic sector. "There
is no real threat to Hamas in Gaza," the Shin Bet official added. "Its
situation is stable." He said Hamas was continuing to smuggle large
quantities of arms and explosives from Egypt. In the two months since it
took control of Gaza, he said, some 40 tons of explosives had been smuggled
in, representing half of the amount of explosives smuggled since Israel
left Gaza in 2005. The Shin Bet official said there had been a recent decrease
in Egyptian efforts to stop the smuggling. more...
Since Damascus is considered the origins of this push for violence, could Israel catch wind of something and fulfill the prophesied destruction of Damascus? Keep watching.
Toll rises in South Asia floods Reuters
(August 26, 2007) - Flood victims in eastern
India were eating raw wheat flour to survive as devastating monsoon flooding
in South Asia continued to spread misery among millions. Nearly 2,000 people
have been killed by snake bites, drowning, diarrhea and in house collapses
since July when swollen rivers burst their banks, inundating huge areas
in eastern India and Bangladesh. The toll rose by 74 over the weekend. In
India's impoverished state of Bihar, villagers were eating wheat flour after
mixing it with water because they could not cook, underlying the inadequacy
of government relief efforts, even after weeks of flooding. "My family
has been chewing flour soaked in water to survive as we do not have access
to firewood to make rotis (bread)," said Genu Sada, 90, in Begusarai
district on Sunday. At least 60 bodies were found by authorities since Saturday,
pushing the death toll to 480 in Bihar since floods began in mid-July, officials
said. Angry at meager relief supplies, villagers blocked roads on Saturday
evening at eight places in the state, demanding more food, witnesses said. "We
are doing whatever we can to help the people in crisis," said Satish
Chandra Jha, a senior government official. more...
"Echo"—an Invaluable Internet Tool to Help Believers Stay in an Attitude of Prayer Breaking Christian News (August 26, 2007) - After hearing about an easy-to-use email prayer reminder service that was available free of charge, I decided to look into it, and visited the Echo Prayer Manager website. I was pleasantly surprised by the simplicity and "lack of busyness" of the site's layout. Within minutes I had set up an account (for free) and took the tour that shows how the service works. I soon began to enter prayers that I wanted to remember to pray, and set up the frequency of the email-reminders. The very next day I received my first reminder in my inbox, and found it easy to take a few minutes to pray over that person and situation. Since then, I've added many more prayer reminders, which I've set to be sent randomly, receiving one each day. It's been very interesting to see how often the reminders show up on just the day that person really needs prayer. There is also a place for journaling if so desired. Creator of the Echo Prayer Manager, Benn Rugg, offers this explanation from his website: It's pretty obvious the Bible calls us to pray for each other. James exhorts us to pray in all circumstances, Paul tells us to pray continually, and Jesus is an example even while he's on the Cross (see James 5:13-18, 1 Thes. 5:17, Luke 23:32-34 for starters). Well I don't know about you, but I promise a lot of people that I'll pray for them. And of course what generally happens is that I pray a couple times and then forget. Once I tried making a list of everything I wanted to pray about, but that just overwhelmed me. There were almost a hundred people and issues on the list, and I felt like I could never pray for all of them. I complained about this to a friend one day and she told me that she sometimes writes people's names on slips of paper and then puts them in a hat. She pulls one name at a time from the hat and prays for that person. That way she prays for everyone and it's not overwhelming. Inspired by that idea, I created this site. It's a virtual "prayer hat" if you will. Instead of passively waiting for you to grab one prayer at a time, though, Echo actively sends you reminders. You customize it in the way that's most useful for you—you can get emails or text messages any time throughout the week—and it reminds you to pray for one person or issue at a time. Echo is a tool to help you pray more diligently. Pray for your coworkers, your friends, your family, your church, your country, your issues. And thank God continually. When you read Paul's letters to the early churches, it's obvious that he prayed for them (some his brothers, some strangers) with passion and with patience. That's how I want to be! Echo is not the end all tool for your Christian walk, but I believe it will be of great value in your relationship with Christ and your relationship with others. Let's change the world. Let's pray for the people around us like we were meant to. And let's show the world that the one true God deserves all the glory. "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16b) If you'd like to find out more about Echo Prayer Manager, or take the tour to see how it works, click here.
In a Public Service Announcement, Christian Artist Michael W. Smith Asks Tennesseans to Seek God as to Why There is a Drought in Their State The Tennessean (August 26, 2007) - The Tennessean has published a report saying singer Michael W. Smith believes that God has allowed the state's drought and has recorded a public service announcement for radio stations asking people to pray and fast to end it. "I think we have a real emergency," he said. "There are a lot of droughts in the Bible and talk about people repenting and talking to God about rain. Nobody ever talks about that. Nobody ever says, 'Maybe we should stop and have a day of fasting and prayer.' I feel like that is the answer. I think He has allowed the drought. I'm not going to sit here and tell you it's because of some sort of sin. Wouldn't it be the right thing to do (to ask), 'Hey God, what are You trying to tell us? Whatever it is—if we need to clean up our act— show us what we need to repent. But please give us some rain." According to the report, Smith said he usually doesn't go out on a limb like this unless he really feels like he knows what he's talking about. "I am ready to take whatever hits I may take," said Smith. Smith was quoted as saying that he began reflecting on the possibility that God may have caused the drought after his church prayed for rain. That afternoon, he said, he landed in a rainy Michigan for a show and realized that it had rained at every show location except one. "This last week I started thinking, 'Is there something to this?' If you look at the normal rain pattern, it usually moves through Texas and Arkansas and then hits Tennessee. It has just missed us every time. When you go, 'This is a bit of a mystery,' then you search the Scriptures: 'Let's see if it happened in times past.' It certainly did, and there were some spiritual reasons why there was drought. Is there something going on that is meant for us?" "I just want people to hear my heart on it...It doesn't have anything to do with politics or left-or right-wing," he added. "It's the truth, and the truth sets you free. "I believe God plays into the affairs of mankind on probably more levels than we even think," he concluded. "To blow God off is a big mistake. It's a big mistake to say, 'It's no big deal. This is life; this is nature.' I don't think that is the right answer or response."
Are Turkey’s Relations With Israel Crumbling?
Today's Zaman (August
25, 2007) - Just as Turkey is tackling domestic issues surrounding
the election of its next president, the decision of an influential Jewish
group -- the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) -- to recognize
the World War I killing of Anatolian Armenians as genocide, kicked the genocide
debates back onto Turkey’s agenda again. Israel and Jewish lobbyists have
so far pursued a policy of siding with Turkey on this controversial issue,
refusing to recognize those incidents as genocide, but this long-time policy
has been reversed with the ADL’s move, arousing suspicion that something
might be askew in Turkey-Israel relations, which cannot be considered independent
from Jewish groups operating in the US. There is a widely held view that
Turkey’s improving relations with neighboring countries, particularly Iran,
has disturbed both Israel and the US, resulting in such consequence. Milliyet
columnist Taha Akyol speculates about the possible reasons for such an attitude
change among Jewish groups in the US and connects this to recent political
developments. Akyol thinks it was the politics of yesterday that prompted
Jews to take sides with Turkey on this controversial issue and it is politics
again that has made their stance change. Akyol, for instance, shows that
Turkey’s rejection of a motion in 2003 that would have allowed US troops
to be deployed in Turkey during the Iraq War and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal
visiting Turkey after winning elections in Palestine as some of the reasons
for deteriorating relations with the Bush administration neocons, who are
in political and economic alliance with Zionism. He also talks about Turkey’s
improving relations with Iran and Syria as possible reasons for the change
in stance among Jewish groups. “The Jewish groups do no act independently
from Israel. So, their taking a stance against Turkey will undoubtedly deal
a severe blow to Turkish-Israeli relations. Turkey, Israel and the US will
all suffer from the deteriorating relations,” argues Akyol. more...
The New 'NATO of the East' Takes Shape Asia Times (August 25, 2007) - If optimism is a force multiplier, as former US secretary of state Colin Powell once said, it has worked well so far for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. There were times in the past seven years when it seemed doubtful that the SCO would pull through, beating back the all-out US assault on its credibility. It is certainly a measure of the SCO's success that the United States and Japan are knocking at its door, anxious to gain "observer" status. But for Beijing and Moscow, the two capitals that jealously guarded the SCO and nursed it through its infancy, optimism wasn't the entire story behind the success of the organization, which comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Everything depended on their mutual relations, too. In the past half-century, Sino-Russian relations haven't been as fraternal. But fortuitously, Sino-Russian relations have reached an almost unparalleled level of mutual understanding. That indeed helped the SCO gain flesh and blood. To quote from an editorial by The Financial Times, "On the face of it, SCO is everything that Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger - who sought to keep Russia and China apart - tried to prevent." In an overarching way, however, the massive shift in the templates of great-power politics in recent years also has provided impetus for the SCO's growing clout. Matters are moving in such a direction today that, arguably, if the SCO didn't exist, Russia and China would have reason to discover one. more...
Wheat prices reach record level BBC News (August 24, 2007) - Wheat prices have hit record highs on global commodity markets, bringing the threat of rising bread prices. Bad weather in key grain growing areas such as Canada and parts of Europe has limited supplies as demand has risen, sparking fears of a supply shortfall. Surging prices are also expected to have widespread fallout for consumers. While it will mean higher bread prices, it could also trigger an increase in meat and dairy prices as farmers battle to pass on rising feed costs. Global wheat stockpiles will slip to their lowest levels in 26 years as a result, official US figures predicted earlier this month. more...
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There are many great links on this page to current earth changes and the bizarre weather currently happening around the globe. There are Earthquake, severe weather, space weather, tornado, fires, hurricanes, volcano, drought, tsunami, and flooding as well as the attempts to silence scientists regarding global warming. No it is not humans causing it. If it were, then somehow we are also polluting Mars, Saturn, and the other planets who are also showing increased temperatures and energy. The commonality for all these is the sun.
Infectious diseases spreading faster than ever: U.N.
Reuters (August 22,
2007) - Infectious diseases are emerging more quickly around the
globe, spreading faster and becoming increasingly difficult to treat, the
World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. In its annual World Health
Report, the United Nations agency warned there was a good possibility that
another major scourge like AIDS, SARS or Ebola fever with the potential
of killing millions would appear in the coming years. "Infectious diseases
are now spreading geographically much faster than at any time in history,"
the WHO said. It said it was vital to keep watch for new threats like the
emergence in 2003 of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which spread
from China to 30 countries and killed 800 people. "It would be extremely
naive and complacent to assume that there will not be another disease like
AIDS, another Ebola, or another SARS, sooner or later," the report
warned. Since the 1970s, the WHO said, new threats have been identified
at an "unprecedented rate" of one or more every year, meaning
that nearly 40 diseases exist today which were unknown just over a generation
ago. Over the last five years alone, WHO experts had verified more than
1,100 epidemics of different diseases. With more than 2 billion people traveling
by air every year, the U.N. agency said: "an outbreak or epidemic in
one part of the world is only a few hours away from becoming an imminent
threat somewhere else." more...
Adult psychiatric drug OK'd for kids Associated
Press (August 22, 2007) - The Food
and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a widely used adult psychiatric
drug for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in children
and adolescents. The action permits use of Risperdal for schizophrenia in
youths aged 13 to 17 and for bipolar disorder in those aged 10 to 17, FDA
said. It was approved last fall for treatment of irritability in autism.
Risperdal, manufactured by Janssen, L.P. of Titusville, N.J., is the No.
3 anti-psychotic drug, with $2.3 billion in sales in 2005, according to
the pharmaceutical data company IMS Health. Janssen is a unit of Johnson &
Johnson. Risperdal was approved for use in adults in 1993. Until now, FDA
said, there has been no approved drug for the treatment of schizophrenia
in youths and only lithium is approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder
in adolescents. The dose approved for youths is slightly lower than the
adult dose, FDA said. Drowsiness, fatigue, increase in appetite, anxiety,
nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, tremor, and rash were among the most common
side effects reported, the agency said. more...
I bring you this story to point out something important that most Christians do not know or realize. The understanding of this begins to reveal how the pharmaceutical companies are assisting in the fall of America and the world. Many may not realize it, but through the attempts to adjust body chemistry through foreign drugs put into the system, we only cover up what is there to tell us something. And beyond that, it affects our minds and attitudes assisting in the lulling to complacency. The same works for vaccinations too, trust God for protection from disease and remain in Christ. Have you seen how vaccinations are produced? Do you really want to put that in your temple?
That's pretty serious, but what does it have to do with the drug companies of today? Did you know that the word "witchcraft" used above is actually the Greek word pharmakeia G5331? It means, "the use or the administering of drugs, poisoning, sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it." In researching the problems of today, much of it stems from the widespread use of drugs made by pharmaceutical companies who make billions of dollars selling these drugs, many of which are abused to dull the senses and mind. AP: Pain medicine use has nearly doubled This works perfectly with the New World Order, who want an ignorant population so they can go about their business of creating the global governance for their future leader of the world. Minn. law sheds light on drug companies This story is a perfect example, "A groundbreaking Minnesota law is shining a rare light into the big money that drug companies spend on members of state advisory panels who help select which drugs are used in Medicaid programs for the poor and disabled." This plague is working on children as well as adults as the parents who are ignorant to reality are feeding their children drugs that are probably the cause of much of the problems that stem from negative spiritual influences manifesting in the body. In researching the New Testament and the healing miracles that Yeshua did, much of the psychological diseases people had were resolved by the casting out of demons. But man has his own methods of "solving problems" medically. That's the main thrust of psychology today. If something's out of whack, drug up. That didn't work? Try this. And we tend to put our faith in man before turning to God. That's what I did for most of my life. I trusted the establishment because I figured they were working for the best interest of man. But the sooner that deceptive veil is lifted from your eyes, however difficult it may be to deal with, the better off you will be. Trust only in God. He alone has your best interest in mind and He can heal all illness. Maybe you have demonic influence from your past experiences that is still clinging to you and affecting you. Cry out to Yeshua, He is able and willing to save those who love and obey Him. I recommend reading Thought: Voice of the Spirit Realm to better begin to understand the spiritual battles we fight. Often we don't understand how things work so we have no idea how to approach things. I pray it helps. For more information about vaccine history and how that possibly plays into the future plans of the New World Order, watch Avian Flu: Killer of Millions? by Dr. Scott Johnson. You can listen to clips of it at the Prophecy Club podcast.
Top banks tap Fed discount window Reuters
(August 22, 2007) - The four largest U.S.
banks, led by Citigroup and Bank of America Corp., took the unusual step
of borrowing $2 billion directly from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday,
as the Fed tries to stabilize tempestuous financial markets by adding money
to the banking system. U.S. shares rose after the move, but financial stocks
declined slightly. Borrowing money directly from the Fed is usually seen
as a sign of weakness, but JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America and
Wachovia Corp., said they have ample access to funds and made the move for
the sake of the financial system. Citigroup, meanwhile, said it borrowed
funds for customers; but the bank has issued at least $2.5 billion of corporate
bonds this month. The Federal Reserve on Friday cut the rate at which banks
borrow directly from the central bank by a hefty half a percentage point
and signaled it was willing to take more dramatic action to cushion the
economy from tightening credit. Timothy Geithner, president of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, encouraged banks in a call on Friday to borrow
from the Fed. Deutsche Bank late last week borrowed funds from the Fed,
the Financial Times reported on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average
was up 70 points or about half of one percentage point after the announcements,
while the Standard & Poor's financial index turned modestly negative,
trading down 0.43 percent.
Europe, Asia and U.S. inject more cash Associated
Press (August 21, 2007) - Central banks
in Europe, Asia and the U.S. injected more cash into the markets Tuesday
as commercial banks clamored for money. The European Central Bank placed
275 billion euros ($370.6 billion) in its normal weekly refinancing as it
furthered emergency moves taken over the last two weeks. That followed a
decision by the Bank of Japan Tuesday to lend another 800 billion yen ($7.01
billion), which followed a trillion-yen injection ($8.71 billion) the day
before. The U.S. Federal Reserve followed with another $3.75 billion infusion
Tuesday, the latest in a series of cash transfusions that have topped more
than $100 billion since last week. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
insisted the nation will move safely through credit crisis that has spread
from Wall Street to Tokyo, Frankfurt and other financial centers. The Reserve
Bank of Australia lent banks 4.57 billion Australian dollars ($3.64 billion)
Tuesday. The Bank of England, meanwhile, lent 314 million pounds ($622.3
million) directly to an institution — the first time it has made an emergency
loan since the start of the subprime crisis and the resulting credit crunch.
The ECB said the 275 billion-euro allotment announced Tuesday was about
46 billion euros ($61.9 billion) more than it had estimated, in part because
banks that use the euro are still seeking extra cash. Despite that, Tuesday's
cash infusion was significantly lower than the ECB's tender last week, when
it lent 310 billion euros ($417.7 billion), and also less than the 292.5
billion euros ($393.5 billion) it lent the week before. more...
Bush doesn't deny plans for N. American Union
World Net Daily (August
21, 2007) - President Bush today sidestepped a direct question about
whether he'd be willing to categorically deny there is a plan to create
the North American Union. Instead, he ridiculed those who believe that is
taking place as conspiracy theorists. The exchange came at a news conference
held by Bush, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, and Canada's Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, who met at a resort in Quebec to discuss their latest work
on the Security and Prosperity Partnership. After the trio presented their
prepared statement about the SPP, several reporters who had been selected
in advance were allowed to ask questions. When it came time for a question
from a Fox News reporter, Bush was asked if he would be willing to categorically
deny that there is a plan to create a North American Union, or that there
are plans to create NAFTA Superhighways. "As you three leaders meet
here, there are a growing number of people in each of your countries who
have expressed concern about the Security and Prosperity Partnership. This
is addressed to all three of you. Can you say today that this is not a prelude
to a North American Union, similar to a European Union? Are there plans
to build some kind of superhighway connecting all three countries? And do
you believe all of these theories about a possible erosion of national identity
stem from a lack of transparency from this partnership?" was the question,
according to a White House transcript. Bush's answer was, "We represent
three great nations. We each respect each other's sovereignty. You know,
there are some who would like to frighten our fellow citizens into believing
that relations between us are harmful for our respective peoples. I just
believe they're wrong. I believe it's in our interest to trade; I believe
it's in our interest to dialogue; I believe it's in our interest to work
out common problems for the good of our people. And I'm amused by some of
the speculation, some of the old – you can call them political scare tactics.
If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind
of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try
to prove it doesn't exist. That's just the way some people operate. I'm
here representing my nation. I feel strongly that the United States is a
force for good, and I feel strongly that by working with our neighbors we
can a stronger force for good. So I appreciate that question. I'm amused
by the difference between what actually takes place in the meetings and
what some are trying to say takes place. It's quite comical, actually, when
you realize the difference between reality and what some people are talking
on TV about." Harper joined in. There's not going to be any NAFTA
Superhighway connecting the three nations, he said, and it's "not going
to go interplanetary either," he said. However, Jerome Corsi, a Harvard
Ph.D. whose newly published book,
Late Great USA," uses the government's own documentation to show the
advance of a North American Union, said ridicule is the "last resort
of someone who is losing an argument." Such tactics, Corsi said, "underestimate
the intelligence of people listening, and people realize that the argument
wasn't answered." At the news conference, he noted, Bush failed to
respond to the Fox News question with a denial of the plans for a North
American Union. And, Corsi said, "Bush did not address the fact that
Texas Gov. Rick Perrry vetoed a two-year moratorium on the Trans-Texas Corridor
project," believed to be the starting point for an eventual continent-wide
grid of NAFTA Superhighways. "Just to ridicule the idea, when he had
a change to categorically deny it, raises doubts in peoples' minds, especially
when these meetings aren't transparent," Corsi added. The meeting this
week, which focused on economic issues, was attended by representatives
of dozens of multinational corporations anxious to have their manufacturing
and sales processes smoothed. However, Corsi said, "not one person
who objects is permitted inside the room." more...
Second Thoughts Are Real WebMD (August 21, 2007) - The a little voice in your head that warns you not to do something you were just about to do is real, brain researchers say. Well, maybe not the voice. But researchers now say last-minute second thoughts come from a specific part of the brain. A different area of the brain allows us to act voluntarily. That's free will. This is "free won't," suggest Marcel Brass, PhD of Germany's Max Planck Institute and Patrick Haggard, PhD, of England's University College London. "Many people recognize the 'little voice inside the head' that stops you from doing something, like pressing the 'send' button on an angry email," Haggard says in a news release. "Our study identifies the brain processes involved in that last-minute rethink about what we are doing." Brass and Haggard find that a brain region just above and between your eyes -- the dorsal fronto-median cortex or dFMC -- is specifically designed to let you pull back from doing something you were just about to do. University of Pennsylvania researcher Martha Farah, PhD, says the findings have major implications. Farah was not involved in the study. "It is very important to identify the circuits that enable 'free won't' because of the many psychiatric disorders for which self-control problems figure prominently -- from attention deficit disorder to substance dependence and various personality disorders," Farah says in a news release. In their study, Brass and Haggard hooked up 15 healthy young adults to functional MRI machines that did real-time scans of their brain activity. The participants were asked to decide to push a button at times of their own choosing. Some of the time the participants were asked to decide at the last minute not to push the button. Brain scans taken when the participants actually pushed the button were different from those taken when the subjects restrained themselves from pushing the button. This self-control came at a cost. The subjects reported feeling frustrated when they did not push the button as they had intended to do. That fit with their brain scans; a part of the brain linked to feelings of frustration (the anterior ventral insula) lit up along with the dFMC "free-won't" brain region. Interestingly, some of the study participants were less likely to refrain from pushing the button than others. These subjects had relatively weak dFMC activity, while those with better self-control had stronger dFMC activity. "This could be a factor in why some individuals are impulsive, while others are reluctant to act," Haggard says. Brass and Haggard report their findings in the Aug. 22 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.
PA - Temple Mount the price for peace Jerusalem
Newswire (August 21, 2007) - The Palestine
Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority will enter into no peace pact
with Israel that does not award the Muslim Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians"
full and irreversible control over the site most sacred to the Jewish people.
This is according to a
WorldNetDaily report published Friday detailing some of the issues being
discussed in secret meetings between officials representing Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert and Arabs negotiating on behalf of PLO/PA chairman
Mahmoud Abbas. The meetings are meant to be setting the stage for the International
Middle East Peace Conference called for by US President George W. Bush and
scheduled to be held in November this year under the chairmanship of Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice. Headlined with the question, "Israel to
give up the Temple Mount?" the report suggested that the Olmert government
would be willing to consider such a demand, a suspicion fueled by the fact
that three days have passed since its publication without an outright denial
from the Prime Minister's Office. This "Palestinian" position,
long held by the PLO leadership at the aggressive insistence of the entire
Islamic world, remains as solid and unyielding today as it did when it helped
scupper the talks at Camp David in July 2000. There, under the benevolent
eye of US President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered
PLO chief Yasser Arafat all of Gaza, 97 percent of Judea and Samaria - with
the other two percent exchanged for pieces of land from "Israel proper"
- the Arab-populated eastern parts of Israel's capital, the Old City of
Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. What put an abrupt end to the summit, and
caused Arafat to hurl insults in Barak's direction and storm out of the
room, was the Israeli leader's groveling plea for his nation to be awarded
sovereignty over the rubble from the First and Second Temple periods that
lies buried beneath the Temple Mount platform. Arafat could have everything
possible for the creation of his state, including the coveted site of the
Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Barak said. All Israel wished for
was control over the "sub-terrace spaces" containing dried-out
pottery shards and other dusty remains from an era those who discount the
Bible don't even believe existed at all. The arch-terrorist responded by
returning to the Middle East and igniting the Oslo War - or Al-Aqsa Intifada
- that saw gallons of Jewish blood spilled in Israel. But while the explosion
of terrorism awakened many deluded Israelis to the true goal and nature
of the "Palestinian" leadership and people - who consistently
supported and celebrated "suicide" and other massacres - it drove
dyed-in-the-wool Jewish leftists to advocate even further extremes and carte
blanch appeasement. more...
Whether or not Israel initially gets any control of the Temple Mount, the Gog/Magog invasion and the subsequent destruction of those invaders will silence the extremists temporarily. And with Israel recognizing their God and coming out of the secular downward spiral they are currently in, I believe they will push to rebuild the temple in the absence of the uprising against that idea now.
Stop moaning or leave the EU, Britain is told
Telegraph UK (August
20, 2007) - Elmar Brok, a centre-Right MEP and close ally of German
chancellor Angela Merkel, effectively told Britain to sign up to the so-called
reforming treaty or consider pulling out of the EU. He insisted that the
new draft was substantially different from the "old" constitution
and that Britain had "got what it wanted" with a series of opt-outs
and "red lines". "Gordon Brown's government has said there
is no justification for a referendum and the UK should stick to this commitment,"
said Brok, the European parliament's representative on inter-governmental
negotiations on the treaty. "It would be very unfair of the UK if,
having more or less got what it wanted in the new treaty, it would then
turn round and put this to a popular vote." Brok, a member of the European
convention that drafted the old constitution, asked: "The UK got its
various opt-outs so what's the problem? How would it seem to other EU member
states if Britain were now to hold a referendum? For me, that would undermine
the negotiations on the treaty and even go as far as to question Britain's
credibility as an EU member. "Britain is a valued member of the EU
but we should perhaps remember that the treaty contains an article which
gives any member state the right to leave the EU if it so wishes."
Those campaigning for a British referendum were motivated "solely"
by their opposition to the EU, he claimed. Brok, who was chairman of parliament's
foreign affairs committee, said there was "no reason to renegotiate
something you agreed on". He added: "The chapter is closed. "We
should be able to have a new treaty as soon as possible. We have a commitment
from all to meet these requirements." The political veteran said MEPs
will resist any attempt to "water down" the treaty, which aims
to revive the constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005.
President Putin Scrambles Bombers Telegraph UK (August 20, 2007) - Russia has resumed long-range patrols by its bomber planes for the first time since the end of the Cold War, President Vladimir Putin announced yesterday. Mr Putin said the bombers - which can carry conventional or nuclear weapons - would again circle the world, 15 years after their flights were suspended. He claimed that the move was a response to the threat posed to Russia by other nations - a clear reference to the United States - which has continued its own long-range missions. "Today 14 strategic bombers took to the air from seven airfields across the country, along with support and refuelling aircraft," Mr Putin told reporters at joint military exercises with China in the Ural mountains. "In 1992, Russia unilaterally ended flights by its strategic aircraft to distant military patrol areas. Unfortunately, our example was not followed by everyone. "Flights by other countries' strategic aircraft continue and this creates certain problems for ensuring the security of the Russian Federation. "Patrolling will take place in areas of busy shipping and (areas key to the) economic activities of the Russian Federation," he said. The resumed flights have an element of political theatre but will nonetheless set alarm bells ringing in Western capitals. Soviet bombers routinely flew such missions in the dark days of the Cold War. Mr Putin chose to make his announcement at the climax of military exercises put on by the increasingly powerful central Asian alliance, the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, which Russia believes could be a second Warsaw Pact. The response from the US State Department was in keeping with Washington's efforts not to be drawn into a war of words, though officials are concerned about Russia's increasingly provocative military activities. "If Russia feels as though they want to take some of these old aircraft out of mothballs and get them flying again that's their decision," Sean McCormack, a State Department spokesman, said. "That is a decision for them to take - it's interesting. We certainly are not in the kind of posture we were with what used to be the Soviet Union. It's a different era." more...
Top alert on Indonesia volcano Reuters
(August 20, 2007) - Lava and hot gas clouds
have begun erupting from an Indonesian volcano, threatening hundreds of
people living in nearby villages, an official said on Monday. Saut Simatupang,
the head of Indonesia's Vulcanology Survey, said nearly 600 people had evacuated
their homes in an area south-east of Mount Karangetang. Simatupang said
the alert status for the volcano was raised to maximum at the weekend after
hot clouds started moving eastwards, posing a threat to hundreds of people.
The 1,827 meter (5,994 feet) peak, on the diving resort island of Siau off
Sulawesi and 2,325 km (1,445 miles) north-east of the capital Jakarta, is
one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes. "At least hundreds of the
30,000 people living on the island are at grave risk," Simatupang said
by telephone from his office in the city of Bandung. "We have recommended
evacuation for entire districts and we are pushing for the complete evacuation
of at least two villages located 5 km (3 miles) from the volcano's crater."
Simatupang said he received reports saying lava had already spread more
than 1 km down the volcano's slopes. Another volcano 175 km south of Mount
Karangetang has also been spewing ash and sending debris down its slopes.
But Simatupang said that Mount Soputan, which lies on the northern tip of
the Sulawesi island, was no threat to nearby villages. Indonesia has the
highest number of active volcanoes of any country, sitting on a belt of
intense volcanic and seismic activity known as the "Pacific Ring of
Saudi Arabia accuses Syria of spreading chaos in the Mideast
Haaretz (August 18,
2007) - Saudi Arabia accused Syria on Thursday of attempting to destabilize
the region and spread chaos, in response to Syrian accusations that its
role in the Middle East was waning. A government spokesman in the Saudi
capital Riyadh rejected the Syrian claims as "lies and fallacies"
in a widely broadcast statement Thursday evening, signaling a new low in
diplomatic ties already strained over Lebanon and Iraq. In an unusually
scathing statement, the conservative Muslim kingdom, which has been trying
to bolster its regional role, was lashing out against criticism made by
Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Shara earlier this week. "They believe
they can deceive the Arab and Muslim nation, but their actions are proof
of their malicious intentions," the statement said. Saudi Arabia is
a close ally of the United States in the Middle East, and has just signed
an arms deal with it for an estimated $20 billion of sophisticated weaponry.
Syria, however, is accused by the U.S. of supporting terrorism and aiding
the insurgency in Iraq. The Saudi royal house accused Syrian Vice-President
Farouq al-Sharaa of spreading "lies" about Saudi Arabia. Al-Sharaa
had said on Tuesday at a press conference in Damascus that Saudi Arabia
was not playing an active role in regional politics. He also said that in
its foreign policy, the Islamic kingdom was paralyzed - pointing to the
failure of a Palestinian unity deal forged in the Saudi holy city of Mecca
in February. more...
Evangelical pastor told to leave Israel Haaretz
(August 18, 2007) - An American evangelical
pastor and his wife who have been living in Israel for nearly two decades
have been ordered to leave the country within two weeks, after their request
for permanent residency was turned down, officials said on Thursday. Ron
Cantrell, 59, and his wife Carol, 54, have run a small Jerusalem-based ministry,
Shalom Jerusalem, for the past four years. Cantrell previously worked
for Bridges for
Peace, an evangelical organization, for 14 years. Two of the couple’s
children have married Israelis and have Israeli ID cards. Interior Ministry
officials said the decision was made following suspicions that Cantrell
was involved in missionary work. The pastor categorically denied the allegations
as baseless. Cantrell, who has been active in raising money for Israel as
well as working on behalf of Soviet Jews, had resided in Israel on a special
clergy visa during his work for Bridges for Peace, but then went back to
a regular tourist visa, which needed to be renewed every three or six months,
he said. The highly-coveted but sparsely-distributed clergy visa is primarily
given to officials from mainstream Christian organizations. Cantrell, who
travels extensively on lecture tours, could have continued living in Israel
if he had left the country at least once every three months, but said that
was an “unworkable solution” for his wife. Cantrell said the Interior Ministry
had cited no reason for rejecting the residency request. Interior Ministry
spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said that the couple’s request to receive residency
status, after residing in Israel for years on various temporary permits,
had been brought before all ministry levels up to the acting head of the
population authority, who was also the director-general of the office. The
request was turned down last month, she said. Ministry officials cited suspicions
of missionary work. The Shalom Shalom Jerusalem Web site says that the couple
Messianic Jewish believers in their understanding of the prophetic Scriptures”
and “encourages believers to participate in God’s end-time plans by being
involved in positive support for the nation of Israel and Jewish communities
worldwide … in the regathering of the Jewish people to their homeland.”
The issue underscored the delicate balancing act
evangelical Christian supporters of Israel face, between proselytizing,
which is banned in Israel, and their fundamental belief that the return
of the Jews to the Holy Land was foretold in the Scriptures and heralds
the return of the messiah.
Arctic Sea Ice Coverage Drops to Record Low
Fox News (August 18, 2007) - There
was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and
the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported. "Today
is a historic day," said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist
at the center. "This is the least sea ice we've ever seen in the satellite
record and we have another month left to go in the melt season this year."
Satellite measurements showed 2.02 million square miles of ice in the Arctic,
falling below the Sept. 21, 2005, record minimum of 2.05 million square
miles, the agency said.
Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Natural Science Center. Sea ice is
particularly low in the East Siberian side of the Arctic and the Beaufort
Sea north of Alaska, the center reported. Ice in the Canadian Archipelago
is also quite low. Along the Atlantic side of the Arctic Ocean, sea ice
extent is not as unusually low, but there is still less than normal, according
to the center located in Boulder, Colo. The snow and ice center is part
of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the
University of Colorado. It receives support from NASA, the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. Scientists
began monitoring the extent of Arctic sea ice in the 1970s when satellite
images became available. The polar regions have long been of concern to
climate specialists studying global warming because those regions are expected
to feel the impact of climate change sooner and to a greater extent than
other areas. more...
Strong earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia
The Jerusalem Post (August 17, 2007)
- A strong undersea earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday, the US
Geological Survey and local officials said. No tsunami warning was issued
and there were no immediate reports of damage. The temblor had a preliminary
magnitude of 6.2 and hit 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Ambon,
the capital of Maluku province, said Suhardjono, an official at Indonesia's
Meteorological and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name. The USGS
said the quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) beneath the Banda Sea, but
local officials put the depth at around 60 kilometers (40 miles). The reason
for the discrepancy was not clear. "We have not received any reports
of damage," Suhardjono said, adding that the agency did not issue a
tsunami warning because the quake was not strong enough to trigger waves.
Leaders from China, Russia, Central Asia to show off military might Breitbart (August 16, 2007) - Presidents Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao and four other heads of state were to attend unprecedented military exercises on Friday by the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), intended as a display of strength before the Western world. The event is the culmination of a nine-day exercise dubbed "Peace Mission 2007" that began in the north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and involves some 6,000 military personnel from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It comes after SCO leaders underlined their opposition to perceived US hegemony at a summit on Thursday in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also attended as an observer, lashing out at US "interference." The SCO grew out of a regional effort in the mid-1990s to reduce military forces along common borders and has evolved into military and economic cooperation, with the focus on Central Asia. While Russia has mostly footed the bill for the exercises in the Ural Mountains province of Chelyabinsk, they mark a new level of military cooperation with China. Beijing has contributed 1,700 personnel and has sent war planes and helicopters to the Chebarkul training ground, said the official newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Under the exercises' "scenario," a massive show of fire power is to be directed against some 1,000 insurgents who have taken over a village, seized hostages and who then try to flee across a nearby border. Russian media have highlighted the resemblance to an uprising in the Central Asian state of Uzbekistan in 2005, when Uzbek security forces' heavy-handed response was criticised by the West and human rights campaigners alleged that hundreds of civilians had been killed. Putin rallied to Uzbekistan's side on that occasion and has likened US moves to foster democracy in Central Asia to "a bull in a china shop." more...
Roman Catholic Bishop Wants Everyone to Call God 'Allah'
Fox News (August
16, 2007) - A proposal by a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands
that people of all faiths refer to God as "Allah" is not sitting
well with the Catholic community. Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is
retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn't
care what he is called. "Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't
we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? ... What does God care
what we call him? It is our problem," Muskens told Dutch television. "I'm
sure his intentions are good but his theology needs a little fine-tuning,"
said Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest based in Rome. Morris,
a news analyst for FOX News Channel, also called the idea impractical. "Words
and names mean things," Morris said. "Referring to God as Allah
means something." Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil liberties and advocacy
group, backs the idea as a way to help interfaith understanding. "It
reinforces the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same
God," Hooper told FOXNews.com. "I don't think the name is as important
as the belief in God and following God's moral principles. I think that's
true for all faiths." Christians who are Arabic speakers speak of Allah
when they speak of God, Hooper added. "There's not a theological leap
to make on the part of Christians," Hooper said. The Council of Islamic
Organizations of Greater Chicago supports the idea. “I think it will open
up doors,” said Janaan Hashim, a spokeswoman for the group representing
more than 400,000 Muslim Americans in the Chicago area. “Language is a man-made
limitation. I think what God cares about is how we fulfill our purpose in
life.” The nation’s largest Catholic civil rights group says Catholics won't
get behind the proposal. “Bishop Martinus “Tiny” Muskens can pray to “Allah”
all he wants, but only addlepated Catholics will follow his lead,” Bill
Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,
said in a statement. “It is not a good sign when members of the Catholic
hierarchy indulge in a fawning exchange with Muslims, or those of any other
European Parliament to Host Anti-Israel Hate-Fest
UN Watch (August
16, 2007) - Under the auspices of the UN's
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,
a "Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace"
will take place on August 30-31 in Belgium. These meetings are part of a
round-robin of anti-Israel gatherings organized year-round by the UN's 16-member
for Palestinian Rights. It all dates back to 1975, when these mechanisms
were installed within the UN on the same day that the General Assembly adopted
its infamous "Zionism is Racism" resolution. What is new, however,
is the venue: the European Parliament in Brussels. What the conference will
pronounce is pre-determined. Carefully pre-determined: the UN's Palestinian
Division runs a tightly-controlled operation that accredits only anti-Israel
NGOs and speakers. And recently they've become quite clever. Without altering
the virulently anti-Israel nature of their meetings, the organizers instead
seek to mask their activities — under such innocent-sounding titles as "support
for Israeli-Palestinian peace." Moreover, to add credence to their
cover, they invite specially approved "Israelis" — a select group
of radicals who openly espouse hatred of Israel, claiming the license to
do so because of their citizenship. Both tactics give conference organizers
the cover they need for their allies and enablers to then use the material.
Among the speakers at the conference are Michel Warschawski, who proudly
describes himself as a "well-known
anti-Zionist activist." Others speakers include Nurit Peled Elhannan,
Amira Hass, Raji Sourani, Jamal Jumaa (Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign), Mohammed
Khatib (Popular Committee of Bilin Coordinator), and David Shearer (OCHA).
recent meeting in South Africa, featuring Gideon Levy and others, to
get a sense of what to expect in Brussels. None of the radical Israeli Jews
at the Brussels conference represents even a tiny segment of the Israeli
Jewish population. So it's like holding a conference on U.S.-Islamic rapprochement
and inviting John Walker Lindh—the American who joined the Taliban—to represent
America's position. Technically, Walker is as American as Warschawski and
Hass are Israeli. But only a scoundrel or a fool would treat either exercise
as anything but a sham. Who was behind the European Parliament's decision
to play host to this poorly disguised hate-fest? With the conference façade
removed, who in Europe will now have the courage to speak out?
'Terrorist' label means U.S. set for Iran attack, experts say
Ottawa Citizen (August
16, 2007) - A U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard
as a foreign terrorist organization fuelled speculation yesterday that the
White House is laying the groundwork for air strikes against the hardline
Islamic nation before President George W. Bush leaves office. Foreign policy
analysts were surprised yesterday by the reported White House decision,
which would mark the first time in history that the U.S. has formally declared
the armed forces of a sovereign nation to be terrorists. "The United
States has chosen to up the ante against Iran. This is a warning, or an
indicator, that a major policy shift is unfolding within the Bush administration,"
said retired U.S. air force colonel Sam Gardiner, an Iran policy specialist
and former war games planner at the National War College. "From a policy
perspective, it's huge. Never in the history of warfare has another country
declared another's armed forces to be a separate instrument from the state."
In Crawford, Texas, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said "it would
be inappropriate for me to comment on any possible actions" the U.S.
is planning to curb the activities of the Revolutionary Guard, an elite
military force that operates outside Iran's regular army. But several high-ranking
U.S. officials said Mr. Bush has already made a decision to sign an executive
order classifying the Revolutionary Guard a "specially designated global
terrorist" group that threatens the U.S. The administration could formally
announce the move as early as next month ahead of United Nations Security
Council meetings in New York, when the U.S. will seek tougher sanctions
against Tehran over its nuclear program. The U.S. military has also repeatedly
accused Iran's Revolutionary Guard, particularly its covert al-Quds Force,
of supplying weapons to aid Shia insurgents fighting American troops in
Iraq. Iran's Revolutionary Guard "is well-known to be engaged in"
terrorist activities and the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, said
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. more...
Iran cleric warns U.S. not to pick on Guards - "Americans should know that if they act madly in this regard, they would be entering a swamp they won't be able to get out of," the conservative cleric said in a speech that was broadcast live on the radio.
Chavez foes attack push to end term limits Reuters (August 16, 2007) - Venezuela's leading opposition politician on Thursday attacked President Hugo Chavez's bid to scrap presidential term limits as an attempted coup and a sign of "puerile egomania." Chavez proposed a raft of legal changes on Wednesday that increase the presidential term from six to seven years, end limits on re-election and strengthen the state's expropriation powers as he consolidates his hold over the OPEC nation. The changes would have to be approved by a popular referendum. Critics of the Venezuelan leader say he has steadily edged his oil-producing nation to a dictatorship but, through use of petroleum dollars, Chavez has secured strong support among the poor majority with free health and education projects. "This is an attempted coup because it weakens the republic," said former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales, who lost to Chavez when the president won a landslide re-election last year. "And he's doing this amid his narcissistic illness, his personal ambition ... his puerile egomania." Justice First opposition party leader Julio Borges dismissed Chavez's reforms as a thinly veiled attempt to advance his "continuous re-election, re-election for life, permanent re-election." Under the current constitution, Chavez is in his second and final term and could not be elected again after it ends in 2012. The reform proposal would allow him to stay as long as he keeps winning elections. Opposition leaders and U.S. officials frequently accuse Chavez, an anti-U.S. leader with close ties to Cuba's Fidel Castro, of concentrating power and controlling institutions, such as the central bank and oil company PDVSA. more...
We can see this same kind of incentive based politiking here in the US. And with the possibility of a kind of amnesty for illegal immigrants, offering healthcare and other services through the state, a lot of votes could be gained for the party that pushes social agendas even just with legal Americans. But it's all democratic right? I think the government tries to do too much as it is and does none of it well. When it comes to medical care, do we really want our wonderful beaurocracy managing it? Personally, I prefer to let God do the healing. Doctors play a game of guess the illness and prescribe the magic drugs to cover the symptoms too much anyways. Did you know the Greek word for witchcraft is pharmacia? Watch DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral. Here's some more information. In regards to the story, we know Chavez is not a fan of America from the past and it is clear he wants to stay in power. If he can keep the majority poor happier with free stuff, he can buy their votes and remain in power.
Earthquake in Peru kills hundreds Reuters
(August 16, 2007) - Rescuers searched collapsed
homes and churches in Peru on Thursday for more victims of a massive earthquake
that killed hundreds, cracked and cut off roadways and left thousands without
power. Peru's civil defense agency said at least 337 people perished and
1,300 were injured in the 7.9-magnitude quake and the death toll was expected
to rise. Many people were forced to sleep outside in the hardest-hit region
of Ica on the coast south of the capital, Lima. The area was hit by several
strong aftershocks. The huge tremor cracked highways and cut power and telephones.
Rockslides blocked some roads, as well. "The first impression of the
team is that damage is severe, especially to houses," said Giorgio
Ferrario, the South America representative for the International Federation
of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. "We know for the moment,
according to local authorities, that at least 35O people are dead, but the
toll will certainly rise as search and rescue operations continue,"
he said. A fire department official said at least four people were trapped
when the main tower of the Senor de Luren church in the city of Ica, home
to some 120,000 people, was toppled. Rescuers struggling to move south toward
Ica were initially hampered by gaping crevasses that fractured portions
of the Pan-American Highway, a major coastal route. Radio reports on Thursday
said traffic was getting through to the damaged area. "I was with my
children when the movement started and then the walls collapsed. My house
was destroyed," Milagros Meneses, 35, told Reuters in the city of Canete,
south of Lima, where at least two people were killed. "The hospital
gave me a tent for my kids to sleep in." more...
On Coast To Coast AM August 15, 2007, Jim Berkland discussed this Peru quake saying high gravity forces from the Sun and Moon have effects on the Earth's core pressure, and may have contributed to this 7.9 quake. He shared his further quake predictions for the rest of 2007: October 24-31, November 22-29, and December 21-28 are the windows of time when places such as the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Washington-Oregon are particularly vulnerable and could see quakes that range from 3.5 to 6.5 on the Richter scale. Additional reporting: Peru earthquake kills 400
First hurricane of 2007 season forms in Atlantic
Reuters (August 16,
2007) - Tropical Storm Dean strengthened into the 2007 Atlantic storm
season's first hurricane on Thursday as it revved up over warm waters and
raced toward the Caribbean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The
hurricane, with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kph) by 8
a.m EDT/1200 GMT, was expected to strengthen further in the next few days
and could pass to the south of Jamaica on its way to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula
as a powerful and dangerous Category 4 storm. Category 3 to 5 hurricanes
on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, such as Katrina, Rita and Wilma in
the devastating 2005 Atlantic storm season, are generally the most destructive
storms. Dean was expected to pass the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe
as it entered the Caribbean, the Miami-based hurricane center said. Hurricane
warnings were posted for the islands of Dominica and St. Lucia by their
governments, and hurricane watches were set for Martinique and Guadeloupe.
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions can be expected within 36 hours
and a warning means hurricane conditions are possible in 24 hours. Barbados
was put under a tropical storm warning, the hurricane center said and Montserrat,
Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbuda, St. Vincent and St. Maarten under
tropical storm watches. At 8 a.m. EDT/1200 GMT, Dean's center was about
415 miles east of Barbados and about 510 miles east of Martinique. The hurricane
was moving west at about 24 mph (39 kph).
Related to this story is what James McCanney reported on August 9th on his radio program (mp3 file) regarding the planet alignment and the electrical nature of the universe and how that affects earth's weather. As I reported a while ago, meteorologists were reporting a large 2007 hurricane season this year. Just a week ago or so they changed that stance and now our first hurricane is forming in the midst of this planet alignment James McCanney reported could cause an increase in hurricanes and earthquakes from the 12th through the 18th of August. For more on the electrical nature of the universe, watch Thunderbolts of the Gods.
Mind Controlled Gun Confiscation By Bill Schnoebelen The Prophecy Club meeting e-mail (August 17, 2007) - Are the shootings of the Stockton schoolyard, Mc Donald’s, Columbine, Jonesborough, Pennsylvania Amish School, and Virginia Tech simply the work of mad, out-of-control gun owners of which the only answer is to confiscate all citizen weapons, or could it be the work of a secret mind control program called MK Ultra? Why do the shootings follow a four-step pattern?
Bill Schnoebelen, former member of the Illuminati and Master's level counselor, rips the mask off the cause of the recent tragic shootings. He shows how MK Ultra began and exactly how it could be used to kill time and time again until we surrender our freedom-keeping weapons our forefathers died to give us. Topics include:
This is from an e-mail from the Prophecy Club regarding a meeting that happened on the 17th. I do believe that those behind the New World Order would like to get rid of guns. It will make the future great tribulation easier to implement when people can't fight back. Not everyone will want to take a mark and worship the antichrist even if they aren't Christians and those who kill by the sword will die by the sword. The time is coming whether we like it or necessarily believe it or not, the Bible is 100% true. While I don't believe the bride of Christ will be here for that time, we also need to realize that in some places in the world that persecution of Jews and Christians is happening right now! It's easy to get comfortable because of the blessings we have been given, so let us keep the body of Christ in prayer, for some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are going through very difficult times right now. We can learn a lot about faith and belief through them.
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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