Updates are below 1st Picture
July 15, 1945: Robert Spencer Shannon Born - I am the Editor and that is my name
July 16, 1945: Trinity Blast Opens Atomic Age- this event happened 

WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS (RAW) - ISIS begins killing Christians in Mosul, CHILDREN BEHEADED...Islamic State terrorists have begun their promised killing of Christians in Mosul, and they have started with the children. According to a report via CNN, a Chaldean-American businessman has said that killings have started in Mosul and children's heads are being erected on poles in a city park.

U.S. jet fighters strike ISIS in Iraq

8 hours after my birth
1945: The first atomic bomb is tested successfully at the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in a remote section of desert near Los Alamos, New Mexico. The instant the bomb detonated at 5:30 a.m. that Monday, the atomic age was born, and the world changed forever.

Los Alamos
Established during World War Two as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project to
build the first atomic bomb, it remains one of the leading nuclear arms manufacturing
facilities in the United States.

       And in those days of wonder and confusion I saw great signs in the sky. Rainbows and light shows. Living -faces upon my closed eyes.
Brilliant white
lights that gave me strength, and this while I lay near the edge of the earth, where it gave way to the sea. Why ....Why is it thus I asked?
And with great abundance the answers came. And as  struggled to write them down and pass them on, a voice came to me saying....
Do not disclose all that you know. For those
around you will condemn you and scorn you.

Then I asked..."Wil1 I be allowed to envision the future of these remaining souls.?" And the answer came that I should indeed read the
scroll of the future as it was implanted in my spirit but that I would soon be dismayed. Surely at first I would be greatly appeased that my Lord
was indeed coming....He would hold the sword of one edge, but to watch my Lord as he swung his
blade would soon wear my tolerance thin
for I was still
quite human. And the voice came to me....tel1ing me to continue now ... foreseeing events concerning nations, presidents and common people.
Now the Spirit told me...to forget the ones who have forsaken the Lord for only those who "know" the Spirit will be counted, and He
admonished me to see that those who were in his fold we well informed and
taken care.

Jesus Christ, “But no man knows that day or hour. No, not even the
angels in heaven. But only the Father knows”
(Matthew 24:36).

The same account in the Book of Mark adds, “No man knows
that day or hour. No, not the angels in heaven and not even the
Son. Only the Father knows”
(Mark 13:32).

So the answer to the disciples was that the timing was only
known by God the Father. This does not mean that God would
not reveal the timing of events at a later time

I wrote this in 1982


Prophecy and Philosophy in religion and Life Papers by Bob Shannon 1980's
Man is Making Frames

We Cannot Capitalize on Prophecy
On Serving Two Masters
Building and Destroying the Web of Life

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can routinely take DNA
from people they arrest, equating a DNA cheek swab to other common jailhouse procedures like fingerprinting.

There's no assurance folks will be buying insurance under Obamacare, and that could spell trouble for the Affordable Care Act.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans who currently lack health insurance don't know yet if they will purchase
that coverage by the Jan. 1 deadline set by the ACA, a new survey revealed Monday.

SUMMER MAYHEM: 25 people shot in NYC...

Tornado chasers were researchers, not cowboys, colleagues say
CNN International-1 hour ago
Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras and Assistants Killed in Oklahoma ...
U.S. News & World Report-1 hour ago
Death Toll From Latest Oklahoma Tornado Rises Further
-NPR-7 hours ago

Worst Storms Over in East; More to Come

The Weather Channel-Jun 2, 2013
The weather service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine. It said a ...

'The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you iron.
And the Lord will make the rain of your land powder and dust ...' (Deut 28.23,24)


Nature is a very prestigious science journal. It is the oldest and most respected science journal in the world.
The paper suggests that aftershocks of a 5.8 EQ in Virginia on 8/23/2011 may have been triggered by Hurricane
Irene (Cat 2) that passed nearby it on August 28th, 2011.

Over 189 dead in China earthquake: "We lost everything"
3 Dead, At Least 140 Hurt In Explosions At Boston Marathon Finish ...
Geology in Motion: Frankenstorm: Hurricane Sandy
Canada thwarts 'al Qaeda-supported' passenger
Hurricane Sandy Moved Barrier Islands - Earth Sciences - Western ...

The human, and financial cost of trauma in Nunavut

“I wish I could have been there when they cut your long hair.” The second letter was to Jack Anawak, the ... That's roughly one per cent of the budget of what was, until April 1, the Department of Health and Social Services. In that same year ...
Rice has HUMAN LIVER in it!!
Neurologist speaks out about chem trails

New Bird Flu well adapted to hit humans.

A 6.2 quake near Russia/China/ North Korea border several hours ago. Just now a M Class solar flare.
With everything that's going on in North Korea, we do not need more red aurora.
oh, dear God....here we go again!

Lockwood fire: Yellowstone County releases photos of suspects

BILLINGS-The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office has released photographs of the two men facing charges in connection to a Thursday mobile home fire in Lockwood that killed four people.

Genetically modified wheat may 'silence' human genome

Experts in the biotechnology field say that genetically modified (GM) wheat currently in development could potentially silence human genes if ingested.

Vaccine pioneer admits adding cancer-causing virus to Vaccine
In this interview Dr. Maurice Hilleman reveals some astounding revelations. He admits that Merck drug company vaccines (Polio) .....

Unless the rice you buy is certified organic, or comes specifically from a farm that tests its rice crops for genetically modified (GM)
traits, you could be eating rice tainted with human liver.

Al Gore says chemtrails might be being used to block the sun..US wants to control weather.


to the New Mexico All Source Intelligence Center (NMASIC)

Call 911 to report all suspicious incidents or unusual activity that may require immediate police response.
It only takes ONE CALL.
Reporting Suspicious Activity Questions and Answers

Q. What exactly is "suspicious" activity?
A. No one knows what goes on in your neighborhood better than you. You may see things or hear things that seem out of the ordinary and may
indicate suspicious or illegal conduct. Law enforcement officials in New Mexico often rely on the instincts and perceptions of citizens to detect activity that is out of the ordinary.

Q. What kind of activity should I look for?
A. You should immediately report people who photograph, videotape, sketch, ask detailed questions or seek blueprints for:


"Jesus said... ‘all who live by the sword will die by the sword.'”
Luke 22:51
South Seattle residents suffer as crime, gun violence spread
Elementary school massacre: 20 children among 28 killed in Connecticut slaughter
7 dead, 6 wounded in Chicago weekend violence
South LA Teens Doubt New Laws Will Change Gun Culture
In Mexico, self-defense squads battle violence
SF taking steps to prevent Super Bowl violence

Big Brother

Western Canada Jolted by 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake
"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

Sandy's toll: Dozens dead, millions without power, $50 billion in losses

Hurricane Sandy -- the largest Atlantic tropical system on record -- made landfall just
south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive
storm surge onto beaches and shorelines
"The beast comes out of the sea, from the abyss"

Hurricane Sandy Could Displace Rats, Spread Infectious Disease

Pennsylvania hunters, those staying in cabins, warned of hantavirus

"There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains."

One day on 1979, a miracle happened. I cannot go into it in too much detail but to say that no earthly explanation was close. I and another man met under the worst of circumstances after his boat, the Blessed Redeemer, a crabbing boat, went down killing one and saving him for 4 days on the ocean. The rest was a pact between God and I. I knew of the boat down but nothing else... I knew not the owner, nor where it went in the Pacific but somewhere withing 200 miles of me and that he was considered lost and dead. There is a big blank which I will not fill in because movie producers wanted to make a movie of it and it was said they could not do it without me and my story... an I declined to tell the whole story, only bits, because it was between Nick Lackey the boats captain and God and I. Suffice it to say that two people who never met, meet face to face hundreds of miles apart.. and the day he was saved the very first thing he did was to find out where I lived and delivered a Christmas plant to us..and we cried.

I made a promise to God, that if indeed there were some of the predicted tough times ahead for mankind, then I would write it all down... and I have been doing that for all these years ever since I have made that promise. the promise was made in exchange for Nicks life to be spared.. even after the Coast Guard and US Navy had given up in the roughest of the Pacific weather only days before Christmas. How could a boat named the Blessed Redeemer go down right before Christmas I thought... and the rest is in written words some of which I get directly from God and others to which he directed my eyes..


String of Iraq car bomb blasts kill at least 32...
Muslim protesters torch Buddhist temples in Bangladesh...
Militant group al Shabab attacks church in Kenya...
Bomb explodes near Islamic school in Nigeria...
Grenade attack on fair in Thailand injures 30...
Car bomb kills 4 in Syria...

Essentially, we're seeing here the entire globe become an aftershock zone
-Fred Pollitz of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Par++++++

MAT 16--"3 and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.'
You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah."

Kari Bowerman, 27, and Cathy Huynh, 26, were backpacking in Vietnam while on break from their jobs teaching English in South Korea.

Two days later, Huynh was dead. What we don't know for sure is what triggered their deaths.The travelers' stories are just the latest in a string of mysterious
tourist deaths in Southeast Asia. Investigators with the  World Health Organization suspect poisoning is to blame, but determining the origin has
proven difficult. Meanwhile,  friends and family are desperate for answers.

Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple.
The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide.
But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer.

‘The next generation of maps is taking us over the garden fence,’ he warned. ‘You won’t be able to
sunbathe in your garden without worrying about an Apple or Google plane buzzing overhead taking pictures.’

YOUR Mark of the BEAST is READY

and another one....

Maryland 2012
Hundreds of birds just dropped from the sky and landed onto I-95
Wednesday, bringing afternoon rush hour traffic to a crawl.
They were common Starlings, and while there were a few in the grass and on the shoulders of the
highway, the vast majority landed right on the northbound travel lanes in Laurel. “We were just kind
of curious about running them over and getting them stuck in your tires and all that nastiness,” says
Tammy Johnson. “I travel this all the time and have never seen anything like that before,” says Ray Wheltle.

Socialist ousts French leader
Greece Suicides: Increasing Suicide Numbers Cause Alarm
Canadian Forces suicides on the rise
Ireland sees a major increase in suicides
Gay marriage: a waste of government time?

Tornado rips through eastern ?Japan?

A tornado has ripped through part of eastern Japan killing a teenage boy and injuring dozens of other
people. The twister hit power lines in the city of Tsukuba just north of Tokyo. Power is still out in around
20,000 homes and many other houses have been destroyed.

Five killed on 2nd day of Syria truce
UN says deaths in Syria unrest exceed 5000
Coalition casualties in Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2012 Winter in Late Spring???1 Foot of Snow!
March Was an Epically Weird Weather Month

God Has Left the Building

March 17, 2012
Dear Bob Shannon;
To be highly gifted in one area is such a blessing, to be highly gifted in several areas is God's divine work,
He certainly has done amazing divine work on you my friend. The struggles, trials, and tribulations you have
endured, have given you such wonderful insight, in many areas. Thank you for your sharing and
friendship, it is a treasure to me.
A Friend

4 feet of hail? Massive hail storm hits Texas panhandle

An end to modern medicine?
A warning by the head of WHO that antibiotic resistance is so serious that it may lead to an end to modern medicine
should alert health authorities to contain this most serious health crisis.

LAST week, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) sounded a large alarm bell on how antibiotics may in future not work anymore, due to resistance of bacteria to the medicines.

Tornados and Hot Unusual Weather Starts 2012

Tornadoes DO Happen in Virginia's Mountains”
At least 125 homes hammered by tornadoes in Michigan
Governor Steve Besher visits 2 counties ravaged by March 2 tornadoes

Weird weather: heat, twisters, 250K tons of snow
High temperatures tie record set in 1934
Hot weather continues record-breaking trend

"I promised Wray I would never give up the fight." It was a wife's final pledge to her dying husband, who was
once identified as Medical Volunteer No. 6692 at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.
In 1973, Army Pvt. Wray Forrest spent two months at Edgewood as a volunteer
human test subject in a top secret Cold War research program studying chemical and biological weapons.
The men were sworn to secrecy and told to never discuss Edgewood Arsenal or the
experiments that went on there with anyone.

Asteroid to threaten Earth in 2013

To avert a possible catastrophe – this time set for February 2013 – scientists suggest confronting asteroid
2012 DA14 with either paint or big guns. The stickler is that time has long run out to build a spaceship to carry out the operation.

­NASA's data shows the 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth in 11 months.
Its trajectory will bring it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, raising fears of a possible collision.

3 lesbians charged with 'hate crime' for beating up gay man
Iran Cuts Greece Oil, UK Gas Hits $9.00 Per Gallon

U.N. Trying to Regulate the Web!!!
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Matthew 24:14

|Gas Prices Soar Due To Tensions With Iran, Refinery Closures

Mormons will say they "are Christians in the truest sense.  Like other Christians, Mormons believe Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God"
(Mormon Web Site).
Mormonism teaches "
false Christianity ... believed that God was a being without form or substance
" (LDS GP Chap 16). "Mormons are not Christians ... Those
who deny the doctrine of the Holy Trinity deny that Christ is God. Now if one denies that Christ is God, he is denying an essential aspect of Christianity" (ETWN).
"Although Mormons certainly consider themselves to be Christians, the Catholic Church does not consider them to be Christians, either sacramentally or
. The Church has ruled that Mormon baptism is not valid, which means that Mormons are not Christians by baptism. Since Mormons believe in
a plurality of gods and do not believe in Christ's divinity (as it is understood by orthodox Christians), they are not theological Christians either."

The biggest wave ever to hit Irish shores has been recorded, weather experts have revealed today.
The monster 67-footer was measured at a special buoy off the Donegal coast today as a force-10 storm raged across the north coast.

Strange Noises Video Jan 12, 2012
Strange Sounds Video in Costa Rica
And in Siberia

US Senator Detained by TSA in new Police State
"one world order"
"signs in the sky"

Tel Aviv refugee froze to death. ‘Go back to Africa, it’s warmer.’

UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

NILAH.COM, Tanjunguma - Local traditional markets in Kampong gnats, Tanjunguma rob flooding.
As a result, the home resident of RT / RW 001/04 and RT / RW 002/03, submerged in water.

As a result of flooding caused by high tides (rob), the activity of paralyzed people. Similarly, access to transportation,
barely connected. According to residents, the tide of the sea that had flooded the region since last Saturday (24/12).
Until Tuesday (27/12), flood rob it has not shown signs of going to recede.

Moreover, bad weather that plagued the region during December Batam is expected to continue until early 2012

Rescue teams are continuing to search for up to 150 people thought to be missing after a landslide struck a mining village in the southern Philippines.
The landslide occurred on Thursday in Pantukan, Compostela Valley province, on Mindanao island.  


Occurring near the plate boundary, no doubt feeling the recent pressure from the Pacific via the Mariana and Philippine plates.

Landslide in Norway in the middle of winter? What exactly is happening there? On top of that, tons of herring
found dead north of Norway as per blog post below. It sounds like a stretch zone to me.  A picture made available
on 02 January 2012 shows an aerial view of a landslide that ripped through a rural area outside Trondheim, Norway,
on 01 January 2012. Authorities in western Norway on 01 January 2012 issued an alert and ordered an
evacuation following a landslide in a valley west of the city of Trondheim. At least 20 people were evacuated
from their homes and farms in the rural area near Esp, but there were no initial reports of injuries or damage, the
Norwegian news agency NTB reported.Kvaenes, Tons of Herring found Dead North of Norway.  The
nhabitants of resin in Troms could hardly believe his eyes on the morning of New Year's Eve, the beach was a large
amount, an estimated tens of tons, dead herring, writes Northern Lights. No one knows for sure what's happened
in the popular hiking area in Nordreisa municipality.

First genetically modified monkeys born...

...made from cells of SIX different animals

Scientists create freakish man-made monster ants...

  • At Least 24 Die in Tunisian Protests (Jan. 11): At least two dozen people, mainly young civilian men, are killed in government protests in Tunisia. The protesters are unhappy with the chronic unemployment they are facing in the country, as well as perceived police brutality. President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali ordered a night curfew, and schools and universities have been temporarily closed. (Jan. 14): After 23 years of authoritarian rule, President Ben Ali flees Tunisia for Saudi Arabia amid protests. Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announces he will take over as interim protests. It is the first time a President of an Arab country has been overthrown because of widespread protesting.
  • 11 Cabinet Members Resign, Toppling Lebanese Government (Jan. 12): Hezbollah and its allies withdraw from the Lebanese government, breaking a unity government that has been in place since 2009. Eleven of the 30 cabinet members resign. The government has been in turmoil since 2005, when former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated.
  • Egyptian President Asks Army to Intervene After Days of Violent Protest (Jan. 28): After days of violent protest in Cairo, Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak calls the army into the streets to stop the demonstrators, protesting over government corruption, the economy, and lack of personal freedom. Those involved called the event a "day of wrath"; the protests have stretched on for four days.
  • As many as a half-billion trees may have died across Texas from the effects of the 2011 drought, the
    state's forest service says.A survey released Monday by the Texas Forest Service estimates 100 million
    to 500 million trees, or 2% to 10% of the state's 4.9 billion trees, have been killed by the severe drought.

    USA’s 12 Billion Dollar Extreme Weather Disasters of 2011
    2011 had some pretty ridiculous weather and ended up a historic extreme weather year.  
    811 inches of snow in Squaw Valley, extreme drought, monster floods, EF-5
    tornados, wildfires, heat waves, hurricanes, & big snow in big cities;
    There were 12 extreme weather situations in 2011 that caused $1 billion damages or more.
    The most being $10.2 billion, the least being right around $1 billion.  

    Winds up to 140 mph hit California
    Banks brace for breakup of euro...


    (Reuters) - NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan Saturday,
    killing as many as 28 troops and plunging U.S.-Pakistan relations deeper into crisis.

    Pakistan shut down NATO supply routes into Afghanistan - used for sending in nearly half of the alliance's
    land shipments - in retaliation for the worst such incident since Islamabad uneasily allied itself with Washington
    |following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

    Clinton says there could be civil war


    Wall St protesters march on New York Stock Exchange

    The next financial crisis will be hellish, and it’s on its way

    Earthquake in Turkey
    Oklahoma earthquake felt in Wichita and other parts of Kansas
    Pat Robertson says Oklahoma earthquake a sign of the End Times

    Moammar Gaddafi killed: For longtime autocrat, a violent end

    Interview - Marco Kaltofen - Airborne Radiation Spread

    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned Wednesday of the potential for a
    "lost decade" if the world's nations do not join forces against the "dark clouds" gathering on the horizon.

    "The global economy has entered a dangerous and uncertain phase," she said, addressing the 2011 International Finance Forum in Beijing.

    "If we do not act, and act together, we could enter a downward spiral of uncertainty, financial instability, and a collapse in global demand.
    Ultimately, we could face a lost decade of low growth and high unemployment," Lagarde said.

    HOMEWORK: 10-year-olds given 'risk cards' on sex acts

    States to sharply limit Medicaid hospital stays
    the poor shall be more so and those with money shall be full of world riches, hoarding them...

    Vatican Calls for One World Bank

    World Bank President Admits Agenda For Global Government
    World Bank President and Bilderberg elitist Robert Zoellick openly admitted the plan to eliminate
    national sovereignty and impose a global government during a speech on the eve of the G20 summit.

    Greece engulfed by violent riots as euro flickers

    PORTLAND, Tenn.
    – You're probably used to seeing TSA's signature blue uniforms at the airport, but now agents are

    hitting the interstates to fight terrorism with Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR).
    "The new world has arrived"

    New Tattooed Barbie Causing Uproar
    Mass graves still being found across Libya

    A 46-year-old man who told doctors he was hearing voices reportedly ripped out his own
    eyeballs during a Sunday church service in northern Italy, The Sun reports.

    According to The Daily Mail, Aldo Bianchini, who was born in the UK but spent most of his life in Italy, used
    his bare hands to tear out his eyeballs just as Rev. Lorenzo Tanganelli began conducting Mass.
    He then collapsed on the floor in a pool of his own blood.

    NBC Bay Area translated comments Rev. Tanganelli gave Corriere Fiorentino, an Italian newspaper.

    "This man at the back of the nave started tearing at his face and I realized he was gouging out his eyes,
    " Tanganelli told the paper. "I called for assistance and the paramedics were quickly at the scene,
    and he was taken away and then I carried on celebrating Mass, but a lot of people had left
    because they were so shocked by what they had seen."

    Bianchini was taken to the hospital for treatment, but doctors say he will never be able to see again.

    "In 26 years of practicing medicine, I have never seen anything like it," Dr. Gino Barbacci, the emergency
    physician who treated Bianchini, told the Italian-language news site Bresciaoggi.it, according to a HuffPost translation.

    This Has Been The Worst Year For Natural Disasters In U.S. History

    READ THIS ABOVE^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    2011 began with a catastrophic flood in Australia, which was followed by earthquakes in South America, 
    New Zealand, Pakistan and Argentina.  The Japan earthquake was one of the largest and most powerful
    earthquakes ever recorded.  Fifteen thousand people perished from the earthquake and subsequent
    tsunami that brought deadly waves over 100 feet high that swept away villages.  Five thousand people
    are still missing and the full damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and the effects the
    radiation will have on those in the area remains unknown.  As the nation rushed to provide aid
    to those in Japan, the United States dealt with what has been referred to as the 2011 super Outbreak.

    Tornadoes ripped through states leaving billions of damages, claiming lives and claimed the lives of
    159 people in Joplin, Missouri.  If hurricanes, floods, mudslides, earthquakes and tornadoes isn’t enough
    to get man questioning what’s going on with the world, the economic earthquake will.  With
    unemployment continuing to surge, the fear of a double dip recession and a housing crisis many are
    just as worried as the financial storm as they are physical ones.

    Deficits, Debts, and Deepening Crisis
    Coming in the Clouds....

    A rare bug known as a “brain-eating amoeba” reportedly killed a 9-year-old Virginia boy, making him the third person this
    year to die from the infection. The boy, Christian Alexander Strickland, died from meningitis on Aug. 5, and his aunt
    Bonnie Strickland said doctors told the family that Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba, was the
    suspected cause of his illness

    A Fredericksburg cancer patient is recovering after being brutally beaten during a robbery .Police said
    three men knocked on 43-year-old Eddie Butler's door Monday night, in the 300 block of XXXXX Drive.
    When the victim answered, the men pointed a gun at Butler and demanded money and prescription drugs.

    Texas "vampire" arrest sparks discussion on pop culture
    Culture or cults?

    MARK OF THE BEAST? Electronic tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses...
    The Mark
    Computers will soon get under our skin...
    The Mark

    The state of Illinois has reached a new level of broke. Come Monday, it won't have enough cash to bury its indigent dead.
    Illinois officials sent a letter to more than 600 funeral directors around the state to let
    them know there's no money for funerals for individuals on public assistance.


    Disabled woman beaten, robbed by woman offering to help load groceries...

    TSA readying new 'behavior' detection...
    ....and his number shall be...
    Doctors seeing more hungry, dangerously thin children in emergency room...
    There ya go....

    Earth will become home to 7 billion people later this year, and most of the planet's growth will affect the developing countries the most, straining those regions' limited resources, a Harvard University professor said Thursday.

    The world's growth has been dramatic: It was just in 1999 that the global population reached 6 billion. United Nations projections call for the population to reach 10.1 billion in 2100, according to David Bloom, a professor of economics and demography at the Harvard School of Public Health, in an article published in the July 29 issue of Science.

    By 2050, about 2.3 billion more people will be added, nearly as many as the total living on the globe as recently as 1950, Bloom said. Humanity grew slowly through most of history, taking until 1800 for the population to hit 1 billion.

    In the past half-century, the population grew from 3 billion to about 7 billion.

    Forecasts call for the world's "demographic center of gravity" to shift from more-developed to less-developed regions, Bloom wrote in his article, according to a Harvard news release.


    Abandoned Children Found Running Naked Through Jersey City Streets...

    Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events
    and great signs from heaven.
    Mark 13:8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in
    various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

    (Reuters) - An outbreak of E.coli cases in northeastern Tennessee and
    southwestern Virginia has sickened 13 people and resulted in the death of
    a young child, public health officials said

    Rare Infection Strikes Victims of a Tornado in Missouri

    Several people who were injured when a tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., last month have become
    sickened by an uncommon, deadly fungal infection and at least three have died, although public
    health officials said Friday that a link between the infection and the deaths was not certain.

    More Than 600 Sickened by Lead Poisoning in China

    BEIJING (AP) — More than 600 people, including 103 children, have been sickened in China's latest
    case of mass lead poisoning, state media reported Sunday.

    China has suffered widespread problems in recent years from heavy metal contamination, with thousands
    of children affected by lead poisoning in several provinces in 2009 and 2010 because they lived near
    metal smelters or battery factories.

    Rabid Biting Beavers  Rampant in Philadelphia
    Mitt Romney To Run For President
    Mormons are NOT Christians
    Stages of Cult Recovery Applied to Mormonism

    Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, is asking the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank to
    remove the rainbow flag flying below the American flag
    outside of the building, calling its presence
    “a serious deficiency of judgment by your organization, one not limited to social issues.”

    In a letter to Richmond Fed President Jeffrey M. Lacker, Marshall says the
    behavior “celebrated” by the bank
    “undermines the American economy” and is a class six felony in Virginia.

    New 'Superbug' Found In British Cow Milk

    A new strain of the MRSA "superbug" has been found in the milk of British cows and
    is believed to be infecting humans.

    An entirely new, and multiple-drug-resistant, strain of E. coli 
    appears to be responsible for the deadly
     outbreak of the bacterium in Europe, scientists announced Thursday.  Called a mutant form of two other
     strains of the bacterium, the new bacterium seems to be more virulent and toxin-producing than your
     garden variety strains of E. coli. And it appears to be giving E. coli O157:H7 a run for its
     money in the ability to alarm consumers. That's the strain most of us have come to fear
     after several outbreaks in this country.
    (CNN) -- Infectious disease detectives worldwide rushed Thursday to find the cause of an outbreak
    of a rare strain of E. coli that has spread to 10 countries and is blamed for
    at least 16 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

    “I will sweep away everything
       from the face of the earth,”
                declares the LORD.
    3 “I will sweep away both man and beast;
       I will sweep away the birds in the sky
       and the fish in the sea—
       and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.

    Less than two hours after a tornado touched down in Springfield, The Weather Channel (TWC)
    has confirmed a second tornado in nearby Westfield, Massachusetts.It was on the ground as of 6:15 p.m.
     Eastern Time and The Weather Channel has urged those nearby to "TAKE COVER."

    Westfield is located just west of Springfield and this tornado could wreak havoc on the same
    area affected earlier. While the tornado earlier this evening passed through downtown Springfield,
    this one is headed toward Chicopee and North Springfield.

    In Joplin, there was no time to prepare

    Sunday's tornado ripped into a hospital, a nursing home and thousands
    of other buildings, killing at least 116 in what's being called the worst
    twister ever to hit Missouri.

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland – An Icelandic volcano was flinging ash, smoke and steam miles (kilometers)
    into the air Sunday, dropping a thick layer of gray soot in an eruption far more forceful than the one that grounded planes across Europe last year.

    The volcano, which lies beneath the ice of the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, began erupting
    Saturday for the first time since 2004. It was the volcano's largest eruption in 100 years.

    NASA Watches From 438 Miles as the Mississippi Floods

    The Landsat Program, a series of Earth-observing satellites controlled by the United States Geological Survey and NASA, recently
    released these images of the Mississippi River from 438 miles above the areas where the major waterway is flooding parts of the Midwest and the South.

    "The flood crest of 47.87 feet on May 10, is the second highest rise in recent history," according to USA Today, "the highest being 48.7 feet in 1937.
    Costs of the flooding are expected to approach $1 billion."

    MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - Alabama's April tornadoes have put the state in the severe weather history books.
    The historic number of tornadoes produced on April 27, 2011 were also historic in their magnitude, intensity and path length.
    Ninety-nine tornadoes touched down on April 27. Seven were EF4 and two were EF5. This year, now holds the record for
    number of tornadoes and most EF4/EF5 tornadoes in a single year. The previous number of tornadoes in a single year was 94 in 2008.
    The National Weather Service says the numbers are still considered preliminary.

    New Zealand's prime minister says at least 65 people have died after
    a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.

    John Key said the toll was expected to rise further, adding: "We may be witnessing New Zealand's darkest day."
    The tremor caused widespread damage as it occurred at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) during lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.
    The mayor of New Zealand's second-biggest city says 120 people have been rescued from the ruins.

    A catastrophic earthquake has struck Northern Japan, 150 miles off the coast.
    The quake hit on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 06:25:51 UTC, with a magnitude of 8.9. Frequent aftershocks at the
    time of this blog post. This is one one of the highest earthquakes ever recorded on earth. The quake is being described as
    roughly 1,000 times the size of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, in terms of total energy released.
    The USGS reports that this is the 5th strongest earthquake in the world since 1900.

    Tohoku's tsunami death toll/missing persons lists changed little over the past 48 hours.
    Prime Minister Kan's promise of temporary housing for all shelter residents is well underway.

    Wanted by ICC prosecutor for 'crimes against humanity': Qaddafi

    The International Criminal Court's top prosecutor today asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Qaddafi, his
    eldest son, and his intelligence chief for 'crimes against humanity.'

    The National Police Agency (NPA) The NPA count of total dead attributed to the Tohoku Great Earthquake
    and Tsunami reported an increase of only 43 for May 16 and 17 together. That increased the death toll from
    15,069 to 15,112, continuing a constant increase in the number of bodies found.

    The country's deadliest natural disaster in 80 years struck at 1251
     (2351 GMT on Monday), 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city.

    Aggressive new strains of wheat rust disease called stem rust and stripe rust have decimated up to
    40 percent of wheat fields threatening to wipe out wheat farming amid rising food shortages in the
    East African region. At a meeting of the International Wheat Stripe Rust Symposium last week in
    Aleppo Syria, scientists said unless serious and urgent measures were taken to combat the rust, it
    would adversely reduce wheat production in the world.

    The strain of the deadly wheat pathogen will likely continue to affect Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, North
    Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, including Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Iran
    and UzbekistanThe greatest threat emanates from the stem rust first discovered in Uganda in 1999.

    The death toll from Sunday's tsunamis has jumped to more than 118,000 after Indonesia
    reported nearly 80,000 people were killed in that country alone.

    Estimates of the death toll are continuing to rise in most areas.
    Sri Lanka reports more than 24,000 dead, and at least 10,000 were killed in India.
    In Thailand, more than 4,000 are feared dead and dozens of deaths are reported in Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Somalia and Tanzania.
    Many who did survive are struggling to stay alive, and the World Health Organization estimates that five million people are without basic needs.

    Deuteronomy 32:24 I will send wasting famine against them, consuming pestilence and deadly plague;
    I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts, the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.

    Australia’s pistachio farmers expected a bumper crop this year 2011. Instead they had a
    harvest of horrors, with nuts blackened by a fungus that had never before caused an outbreak in pistachios.

    From the department of "science proves the obvious": exposure to neurotoxic pesticides in the womb
    results in children with lower IQs, according to a
    study from the University of California at Berkeley

    Isaiah 19:2 "I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian--brother will fight
    against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.

    UN to debate Syria as the violence continues
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    Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in
    various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.


    Awoke this morning in terrible mental confusion. This is VERY VERY typical of some sort of solar/earth/geomag activity. In a normal situation I would await the calming period and then predict. This is way too bad a feeling to wait. If I cannot accurately predict, I can at very least make a note of this day and be very watchful on both the sun for increased activity...especially that kind directed towards earth. Also I have a power zone which needs to be watched carefully....a line from the MTJ out say 100km and on land change to miles...about 200 miles to Lassen, then dips awkwardly down to Tahoe and then zigzags over to 50 miles S of San Jose then back up to the MTJ.

    I must always remember my "new" location. Still working on that. I will now go look at maps but to those who are sensitive...this is a wakeup call...intense...very intense

    Thanks a bunch, Bob. I got out of the market, at what I was thinking was a bad time, because the day was down, but I sold out of every position BEFORE the Japan earthquake because of what you said. If I had stayed in, I would have lost thousands that I can ill afford to lose...Thanks so much, but I am sorry it made you so ill...


    Region:                            NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    Geographic coordinates:            38.322N, 142.369E
    Magnitude:                        8.8 M
    Depth:                            24 km
    Universal Time (UTC):             11 Mar 2011  05:46:23
    Time near the Epicenter:          11 Mar 2011  14:46:23
    Local standard time in your area: 11 Mar 2011  05:46:23

    Location with respect to nearby cities:
     130 km (81 miles) E (86 degrees) of Sendai, Honshu, Japan
     179 km (111 miles) ENE (68 degrees) of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan
     188 km (117 miles) SE (145 degrees) of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
     376 km (234 miles) NE (37 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan

    On The Possibility of Living in Two Worlds
    Spirituality starts as a small thing of amazement. Worldly follows a close second in growth.
    The Spirit rises to a plateau.
    Materialism transcends the ridge and walks on water. The Spirit watches quietly amused.
    For one is not for all, and upward mobility is clouded.
    Ignorance falls to the Earth Plane. While Spirit kindles a fire in the soul.
    Grounded dualism looks to be united with Spirit. The Pilot shouts to AWAKE.
    Man looks upwards to his Guide, leaving tangible behind. He struggles to ascend the material plane.
    Through the clouds without a future vision. The Spirit calls his name...he follows. Comes the ONE!
    Through the turbulence climbs and surpasses.
    Easter seems far below. The two become one in a flame. Absent material-Spirit One-Upward Mobile. To the ONE.

    Dozens of dead finches found in Gramercy Park
    Dead fish again?- one million dead fish float into marina in California
    Could 'supermoon' next week disrupt Earth's weather?
    100 Dead Birds Line Local Highway

    Global food prices have hit record highs, and could rise even further, according to the United Nations. The UN's Food Price Index rose 2.2% in February to the highest level since the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began monitoring prices in 1990. It also warned that spikes in the oil price could make the "already precarious" situation in the food market even worse.

    Mystery disease kills fauna in Sipahijala
    200 Geese Dead and Dying in Ohio

    Judgment Day is almost here.

    Did Google just become evil? The search giant created an art contest for kids called Doodle-4-Google, which sounds all cute and sweet and everything until you realize that it might have been a horrible ruse to get the Social Security numbers of thousands of our nation's innocent youth! Bob Bowdon, director of the education-corruption documentary The Cartel, noticed that to enter the contest, parents had to fork over their kids' birthday, city of birth, and last four digits of their Social Security number. With those three pieces of data, it's apparently relatively easy to guess someone's full number.

    Google could make a lot of marketing money from that information, New York's Nitasha Tiku writes, though Bowdon admits he has "no evidence that Google will use or sell this information for marketing purposes." On the other hand, Tiku notes, Google stopped asking for the last four digits a mere 26 hours after the FTC was alerted. "Okay, class. Who wants to send in a doodle under the theme 'Be sort of evil until someone figures it out'?" Tiku says.

    The incidentraises a lot of questions. Among them:

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    “I will sweep away everything
       from the face of the earth,”
                declares the LORD.
    3 “I will sweep away both man and beast;
       I will sweep away the birds in the sky
       and the fish in the sea—
       and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”

    Ohio finds 200 dead geese, others sick along Lake Erie
    Mass deaths of migratory blackbirds reported in Sevastopol

    SEVASTOPOL, February 19 (Itar-Tass) -- Mass and still unexplained deaths of migratory blackbirds have  been reported in Sevastopol.   Dozens of dead birds lie on the Kamyshovskoye highway, in the Kazachya bay  and other coastal areas.


    Apophis Asteroid Could Hit Earth In 2036, Scientists Say (VIDEO)Apophis Asteroid is back in the news after a Russian report concluded it could hit Earth in 2036. They even have a date for the potential impact.

    "It's likely collision with Earth may occur on April 13, 2036," Professor Leonid Sokolov of St. Petersburg State University concluded, according to UPI, which also reports an unrelated 4-foot-wide asteroid passed by Earth this week.Sokolov says while the chances for impact are slim, it's important to plan for all possible scenarios, per Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. He added the asteroid is most likely to disintegrate into smaller parts that could collide with Earth in following years.

    Isaiah 19:1-4 parts) – Look! Adonai is riding a swift Chariot (Heavenly Vimama) on his way   Egypt…I will incite Egypt against Egypt, brother against brother, friend against friend, city against city…the courage of Egypt will ebb away…They will consult idols, mediums, ghosts, and spirits. I will hand over the Egyptians to a cruel master. A harsh king will rule them.”

    Nearly 500 fish were found dead in the Arkansas River near Ozark late week…

    The latest find occurred Friday in the river near Ozark Lock and Dam, said Chris Racey, assistant chief of fisheries with the commission.

    More than 83,000 dead or dying fish were found in the same area on Dec. 29.

    In both cases the majority of the fish discovered were freshwater drum.

    3,000+ foot long mysterious black blob of killer “toxic goo” found near Florida coast
     — Appears to be GROWING

    From a distance the toxic goo looks like oil, but up close it smells like rotten eggs and wiggles like jelly. Scientists have no idea what it is or how it wound up in the northern Gulf of Mexico… [j]ust off the Florida Panhandle coastline, within site of Perdido Key…[S]cientists have discovered an underwater mass of dead sea life that appears to be growing as microscopic algae and bacteria get trapped and die.

    Early samples indicate the glob is at least three feet thick and spans two-thirds of a mile parallel to the coast. Tests also showed that tiny organisms had been getting stuck to the blob and dying as a result.

    Haiti cholera toll tops 3,750
    PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haiti's cholera death toll has risen to 3,759, government figures
    showed Thursday, but daily fatalities linked to the persistent epidemic appeared
    to trend downward in the first days of 2011

    The Justice Department May Force ISPs to Save Records of Your Every Move
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    ABIJDAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - The head of UNICEF in Ivory Coast says that a cholera outbreak in a neighborhood of Abidjan killed at least seven people and sickened 35 others.

    UNICEF country chief Sylvie Dossou says the fatality rate of 20 percent in the Adjame neighborhood is "unacceptably high."

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    Weird weather patterns bewildering scientists

      CLIMATE | Although scientists know what is causing the topsyturvy weather, the big question is whether these patterns are linked to the changes global warming is causing in the Arctic.

    -50: Arctic air descends over Maine...
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    Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.

    Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to news.com.au. Betelgeuse, one of the night sky's brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time.

    When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we'd see a second sun, Carter says. There may also be no night during that timeframe.

    The Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012, Carter says... or it could take longer. The explosion could also cause a neutron star or result in the formation of a black hole 1300 light years from Earth

    January 14, 2011 - “Sittwe: An amazing rock mass has emerged from the seawater near the offshore islands of Pharonga, located 20 miles south of Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, report numerous witnesses. A fishing boat owner said, “We have never seen a rock mass before in the area near Pharonga Island. Now there is a rock mass appearing from the sea and it is very strange and wonderful for all.”
    The location of the rock mass is seven miles south of Pharonga Island, 20 miles southeast of Sittwe. The rock mass is 10 feet high when the tide is low, and remains five feet above the sea when the tide is high. “All fishing boats have avoided going near the strange rock mass out of fear there is danger underwater near the rock. Many people believe the rock mass emerged from the water due to a volcano eruption under water, but no on can tell exactly how the rock mass formed,” he said. In the past, many fishing boats worked in the area because it is rich in fish, but now boats do not dare go near the rock mass to fish. According to biologist sources, there are many extinct mud volcanos around the Pharonga Islands, and the emergence of the rock mass is related to a volcano eruption in the area. However, no government officials have come near the rock so far to investigate how it appeared. -Narinjara  
    Submarine volcanic activity is inceasing under the world’s oceans. It’s an indication that massive geological changes are already transforming the planet we know as Earth.  In November of 2010, an island arose from the sea off the Balochistan coast of Pakistan. 
    The sun over Greenland has risen two days early, baffling scientists and sparking fears that Arctic icecaps are melting faster than previously thought. Experts say the sun should have risen over the Arctic nation's most westerly town, Ilulissat, yesterday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness. But for the first time in history light began creeping over the horizon at around 1pm on Tuesday - 48 hours ahead of the usual date of 13 January. The mysterious sunrise has confused scientists, although it is believed the most likely explanation is that it is down to the lower height of melting icecaps allowing the sun's light to penetrate through earlier.

    Jerusalem: a cauldron of nationalistic and religious acrimony, a persistent flashpoint for global crisis. Exactly where you want to put the world’s most notorious private security firm.

    International Development Solutions, a recent joint venture between Blackwater-spinoff U.S. Training Center and a different security company, just received a task order under the State Department’s $10 billion Worldwide Protective Services contract to protect Jerusalem-stationed U.S. diplos. Jeff Stein reports that the bid is as much as $84 million. Israeli drivers, watch out.

    But that’s not all. According to Stein, Blackwater — ahem, sorry, Xe Services – isn’t actually part of International Development Solutions anymore. Xe, recently purchased by a surprisingly crunchy group of investors, apparently offloaded U.S. Training Center — although it’s likely that its personnel will continue to train on the same Moyock, North Carolina facilities as Blackwater, and “many of its operatives” are Blackwater people, Stein writes.

    If so, it would suggest that Blackwater’s new owners, known as USTC Holdings, meant it when they played down Blackwater’s security tasks. “USTC Holdings, LLC will acquire the Xe companies that provide domestic and international training, as well as security services,” it said in a statement last month. Message: we’re a training company, not a mercenary firm infamous for shooting Iraqi civilians and taking guns intended for Afghan cops.

    Vandals destroy Holy Thorn tree in Glastonbury

    Vandals have destroyed a historic tree whose roots can be linked back to the origins of Christianity nearly 2,000 years ago.

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    The Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury, Somerset, is regarded as one of Britain’s most important symbols of Christendom, and is said to be derived from the original planted by Joseph of Arimathea.

    The tree is one of several Holy Thorns located around Glastonbury but is arguably the most significant because of its placing on the spot where Joseph visited.
    Each year a sprig from another Holy Thorn tree in the town is cut for the Queen, a tradition which dates back more than 100 years. The Queen places the sprig on her dining room table on Christmas Day. The cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday, hours before the overnight attack.
    Police are trying to establish a motive for the attack, in which vandals hacked off the branches of the tree, leaving only part of the trunk remaining. They have not ruled out a religious motive.

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    Brisbane floods leave city centre deserted as thousands flee

    • Officials warn that worst is yet to come
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    A mass of 700 turtle doves has fallen dead in Faenza, Italy, reports GeaPress, who describe the scene (via Google Translate): "They are in heaps in the flower beds, crushed by machinery in the streets, horribly hung from trees like Christmas balls. Many, many more, say the property information in the fenced land for industrial use."

    The bird come on the heels of a mass of bird and fish deaths on December 31 in Arkansas, and followed by reports of several other mass animal deaths around the world.

    And while conspiracy theorists have been busy trying to find explanations for the mass deaths - from government testing to alien interference -, the answer to the dead doves in Italy appears, at least in theory, to be straightforward: they ate too much.

    The Bible doesn't include HOW the birds and fish die..In theory it could be cumulative, by over fishing, cold water, climate change or disease or even pollution by us and by OIL!

    As if thousands of dead birds falling from the sky and millions of fish turning up dead across the world in the last week weren't enough, the Thanet Coast in the UK is now littered with tens of thousands of dead crabs that have washed ashore. The events are likely unrelated, however, and the BBC notes that this is the third year in a row thousands of dead devil crabs, also known as velvet swimming crabs, have turned up on the coastline near Kent, England. It is estimated that 40,000 of the dead crabs have washed up on the beaches this year. According to LiveScience, experts believe cold weather is to blame for the massive crab deaths. Tests conducted in past years have turned up no results for disease or similar problems, leaving the cause an unexplained mystery, though hypothermia is conjectured.

    VENICE, FL - One Venice neighborhood had quite a shock Wednesday when they met their newest neighbor.  Resident's at Sorrento Woods say it's usually pretty quiet there, but a new neighbor has people talking.  “When I was coming back from work this morning I passed by, and I thought I saw what I thought I saw, but I had to back up and come and look again.” Sylvia Mythen says she barely believed her eyes. “It was indeed an orange alligator.”

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    "It’s critical to understand the location and current activity of the various faults which exist throughout the GOM and how they connect to the New Madrid Fault Line, as well as other major faults at much greater distance.  There does appear to be a emerging uptick in earthquake activity in the greater Louisiana area, as well as contiguous regions in the GOM as demonstrated by unprecedented, albeit low level earthquakes."

  • and it comes..........
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    -- An overlooked female pinkie bone put in storage after it was discovered in a Siberian cave two years ago points to the existence of a previously unknown prehistoric human species, anthropologists say.

    And the lineage of that species may survive today in some people in Papua New Guinea and nearby islands, scientists say.

    A report on the discovery of the finger was published in the December 23 edition of the scientific journal Nature.

    Anthropologists say the 30,000- to 50,000-year-old finger is evidence of a new population of hominids they call Denisovans. The name is derived from the southern Siberian cave in which the finger bone was found.

    Geneticists say the finger probably belonged to a 6- or 7-year-old girl.

    "The whole story is incredible. It's like a surprising Christmas present," said Carles Lalueza Fox, a Spanish paleontologist not involved in the research who was quoted in the online article.

    The 3 billion-letter nuclear genome derived from the child's finger shows that the ice-age population of early humans was more diverse than previously thought. Also, a comparison of the genome to modern humans indicates that Melanesian inhabitants of Papua New Guinea and various South Pacific islands inherited as much as 5 percent of their DNA from Denisovans.


    The Associated Press
    CANCÚN, Mexico – Even if we stopped spewing global-warming gases today, the world would face a steady rise in food prices this century. But on our current emissions path, climate change becomes the “threat multiplier” that could double grain prices by 2050 and leave millions more children malnourished, global food experts reported Wednesday.

    Beyond 2050, when climate scientists project temperatures might rise to as much as 11.5 degrees over 20th-century levels, the planet grows “gloomy” for agriculture, said senior research fellow Gerald Nelson of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    The specialists of the authoritative, Washington, D.C.-based IFPRI said they fed 15 scenarios of population and income growth into supercomputer models of climate and found that “climate change worsens future human well-being, especially among the world’s poorest people.”

    The study, issued at the annual U.N. climate conference in Cancún, said prices will be driven up by a combination of factors: a slowdown in productivity in some places caused by warming and shifting rain patterns, and an increase in demand because of population and income growth.Change apparently already is under way. Returning from northern India, agricultural scientist Andrew Jarvis said wheat farmers there were finding warming was maturing their crops too quickly.

    “The temperatures are high and they’re getting reduced yields,” Jarvis, of the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture, told reporters last month.

    For most farmers, trying to adapt to these changes “will pose major challenges,” the report said.

    Even with “perfect mitigation,” the implausible complete elimination immediately of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions, it said real prices for grain would rise because of growing demand and other factors — by 18 percent for rice by 2050 under the most optimistic scenario, to up to 34 percent for corn in the most pessimistic, a scenario envisioning high population growth.

    With climate change factored in, the increases in real prices by 2050 could range from 31 percent for rice in the most optimistic scenario, to 100 percent for corn in the most pessimistic. And IFPRI has estimated that such prices could boost the global number of undernourished children by 20 percent — 25 million more children.

    Up until 2050, endpoint of the experts’ projections, some of the impact could be offset by research and development of higher-yielding varieties of corn, wheat and other crops, and by freer, more flexible global trade in food commodities, IFPRI said.

    Only deep reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and billions spent to help farmers adapt to a changing climate can head off serious food shortages, Nelson said.

    IFPRI, which is supported by world governments, estimates that at least $7 billion additional spending a year is needed for crop research and improved irrigation, roads and other upgrades of agricultural infrastructure.

    (CNN) -- Spawning at least 24 possible tornadoes, mostly in the Midwest, a giant storm system stretched Tuesday night from Alabama to Maryland, bringing new watches and warnings.

    The system unleashed its wrath on several communities in northern Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina on Tuesday night.

    At one time, it had stretched a staggering 1,200 miles from north to south.

    Tornado watches were in effect for several counties near Charlotte, North Carolina, and forecasters say some areas will see continued strong winds Wednesday.

    In Lincoln County, North Carolina, five homes were damaged and two of them destroyed, said spokesman Dion Burleson. Five people were hurt; one has life-threatening injuries. Several cars were overturned in Catawba County, according to the National Weather Service.

    In Chattanooga, Tennessee, a possible tornado struck a fence near Chickamauga Dam and threw debris into a roadway, police said. Seven cars lost control and crashed, with five people suffering injuries.

    Deputies were assessing damage near the town of Geraldine in DeKalb County, Alabama, and in Marshall County, said Lauree Ashcom, spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Marshall includes the lake resort city of Guntersville. A tornado may have touched down southwest of Geraldine, she said.
    Video: Storms tear through Midwest

    Downed trees are making it difficult to reach residents and determine any injuries, said DeKalb County emergency official Michael Leath. "We're having to batten down the hatches for another system coming in." No injuries had been reported late Tuesday.

    A tornado watch was in effect for the District of Columbia until 3 a.m. ET Wednesday.

    Wind, rather than flooding, appeared to be the biggest danger, with gusts exceeding 70 mph in some places. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said there were 258 reports of wind damage by mid-evening Tuesday.

    No deaths had been reported to state emergency officials by early evening.

    Extensive damage from the high winds and possible tornadoes was reported in a band from Minnesota to the Gulf Coast.

    Six tornadoes were confirmed in Indiana, three in Ohio and another in Wisconsin.

    Up to 200,000 residents lost electrical power.

    A tornado smashed into a business in LaPorte County, Indiana.

    Dan Hill, general manager of Hoosier Machinery Solutions, heard a weather siren and went to check.

    He turned to another employee after spying an odd cloud formation outside the business door. " 'Does that look like a tornado?' I asked. As soon as I said that, it touched down."

    The twister tore a roof off a pole barn, damaged some reconditioned recycling equipment and employees cars. No one was hurt. The 10 employees "all ran for [heavy] equipment and got inside," Hill told CNN.

    All 48 floors of the Chase Tower in downtown Indianapolis were evacuated for a short time at the height of the storm. People took refuge in the building's fallout shelter, according to CNN affiliate WRTV.

    The system appears to have made weather history. Preliminary readings indicate that a new record was set for the lowest pressure in a nontropical storm in the mainland United States, said Chris Vaccaro of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    The minimum central pressure of 28.22 inches of mercury was equivalent to the pressure of a major Category 3 hurricane, without the corresponding wind scale, he said. If confirmed, the reading would break the current record of 28.28 inches, set on January 26, 1978, during what became known as the Blizzard of 1978.

    Storms caused extensive damage to buildings near Racine, Wisconsin, and Peotone, Illinois, Tuesday morning.

    A Peotone youth who was with his brother at a farm that was damaged described to CNN affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago what it was like in the middle of the tempest.

    "All of a sudden, the wind kicked up," Justin Schroeder said. He said the force of the wind "sent us back into the foyer about five feet. It was like a bomb went off. You didn't hear a tornado. You didn't hear a whistle. It was a like an explosion of glass."

    Some experts told WLS that the storms might be the most powerful to hit Illinois in more than 70 years. The CNN Severe Weather Center reported the storm was moving quickly eastward at more than 50 mph.

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport reduced air traffic from three runways to one runway for landings and takeoffs Tuesday mid-afternoon because of high winds. About 50 flights had been canceled or delayed, a spokesman said. Conditions may still be difficult in the region Wednesday.

    O'Hare International Airport in Chicago reported that 500 flights had been canceled as of 3:35 p.m. Some delays were reported at Chicago Midway Airport. Indianapolis International Airport reported some delays for flights to Detroit, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Cleveland, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Detroit Metro Airport said most flights were on time with the most significant delays to O'Hare.

    Indiana and Illinois each had at least 60,000 power outages and 38,000 were reported in Ohio. Other states reported smaller figures.

    Gabrielle Torres and her husband experienced extreme weather in Corydon, Indiana.

    "There were extremely strong winds that were even rocking my husband's semi-truck side to side," she said. "The tornado sirens were sounding but we could barely hear them over the pounding rain."

    In St. Louis, Missouri, two reported partial building collapses were blamed on the extreme weather, according to Officer Donna Wisdom of the St. Louis Police Department. Video from CNN affiliate KSDK-TV in St. Louis showed downed trees, damage to homes and thick rubble on a sidewalk beside a building damaged in the storm. Wisdom said no serious injuries were reported from the partial collapses.

    A National Weather Service damage assessment team confirmed that an tornado touched down near Somers, Wisconsin, causing two injuries.

    Numerous uprooted trees, snapped and downed power poles and roof damage to several buildings was reported. Several parked tractor-trailers were also tipped over, according to the National Weather Service.

    Severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches popped up throughout central Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee around midday Tuesday as the intense band of storms began to push through Indiana.

    At least one tornado was reported to have severely damaged a house in Howard County, northeast of Kokomo, according to CNN affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis.

    Witnesses gave accounts that underscored the fury of the storm. Several said they'd never seen anything like it.

    CNN iReporter Trey Sturgeon, 23, of Connersville, Indiana, described the wind and rain as "a little bit scary."

    "Where I live in Indiana, we don't get winds and possible tornadoes," said Sturgeon, a musician who was at home when he looked out the window to see the storm.

    "The first thing I thought of was my family," he said.

    "When the winds came, it was a lot more like a dense fog than rain -- from the wind pushing the rain sideways," he said.

    "On a tree right down the road, a big tree limb was broken off and it blew across the street before it hit the ground, and we're talking maybe a 200-, 250-pound tree limb. There were reports on my police scanner of tree limbs falling and landing on power lines in the northern part of the county."

    All 48 floors of the Chase Tower in downtown Indianapolis were evacuated briefly at the height of the storm, and occupants took refuge in the building's fallout shelter, WRTV reported.

    "It was pretty bad up there," Nick Hoetmer, who works in the building, told WRTV. "The windows were moving back and forth, so it was nasty."

    Huge earth changes are taking place at this time. L.A. had a record cool summer and a few days after summer is over, they shoot up to a record high 113 degrees. Parts of Brazil and Bolivia shattered record cold temps and were colder than Antarctica for much of July, killing millions of fish, and many alligators and fresh water dolphins! Weather is going crazy around the world and all the mainstream media talks about is "climate change" "global warming"...etc. But they won't touch upon the True Cause, because for them it is too alarming.

    An increasing number of people around the world have witnessed amazing changes in the location of Sun rise and set in summer and winter. Apparently this is being caused by the earth moving below the old ecliptic plane in summer and above it in winter! The moon is also playing rodeo all over the sky....and the media says nothing. I have read of reports (as yet unsubstantiated) that a "gag order" is in place and professionals dealing with the subject have had to sign non-disclosure agreements regarding these facts. The Inuit peoples of the high arctic have published several stories regarding the changes in sun position at their locations and were told by a meteorologist that it is an "optical phenomenon unique to the extremely high horizon". Yet these changes are visible all over the world. Ordinary citizens from all over the world are reporting their observations regarding the sun and moon changing their positions in the sky. And we're not just talking inches here. The changes are amazing to say the least! The furthest north the sun traditionally appeared for thousands of years, was the tropic of cancer which passes through central mexico, yet now, at the beginning of summer, it can be witnessed to rise in the direction of maine and set in the direction of seattle.

    And according to the universities, the highest latitude that the moon reaches, is 28.5 degrees, yet for the last couple years at least, it has transgressed that number by a significant margin! One can watch the moon rise low in the south east and set in the southwest, at least from my position at 41 degrees north in the midwest U.S. and then, within two weeks time, it will rise high in the northeast and set in the northwest!

    According to WIRED magazine and others, scientists are perplexed at the mysterious high tides, and reports of "giant rogue waves" coming out of the clear blue, and Tsunami are on the increase, as are earthquakes in populated areas around the world. Changes in the sun are being documented at a dizzying pace these days as well, and on the same day that a large asteroid hit jupiter this summer, something impacted Venus. These were observed on the same day!

    One can easily observe the sun rising too far north in summer and too far south in winter and these changes are, themselves, in a state of change.
    Catholic bishops: More exorcists needed

    Skepticism high in U.S., but many ask for help

    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK – Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms.

    The two-day training, which ends Saturday in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed and review the prayers and rituals that comprise an exorcism. Among the speakers will be Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, and a priestassistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.More than 50 bishops and 60 priests signed up to attend, according to Catholic News Service, which first reported the event. The conference was scheduled for just ahead of the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which starts Monday in Baltimore.

    Skepticism about the rite persists within the American church. Organizers of the event are keenly aware of the ridicule that can accompany discussion of the subject. Exorcists in U.S. dioceses keep a very low profile.

    In 1999, the church updated the Rite of Exorcism, cautioning that “all must be done to avoid the perception that exorcism is magic or superstition.”

    The practice is much more accepted by Catholics in parts of Europe and elsewhere overseas. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, longtime private secretary to Pope John Paul II, revealed a few years after the pontiff’s death that John Paul had performed an exorcism on a woman who was brought into the Vatican writhing and screaming in what Dziwisz said was a case of possession by the devil.

    “Learning the liturgical rite is not difficult,” DiNardo said in a phone interview before the conference, which is open to clergy only. “The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite.”


    Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., who organized the conference, said only a few U.S. priests have enough training and knowledge to perform an exorcism. Dioceses nationwide have been relying solely on these clergy, who have been overwhelmed with requests to evaluate claims.

    The Rev. James LeBar, the official exorcist of the Archdiocese of New York under the late Cardinal John O’Connor, had faced a similar level of demand, traveling the country in response to the many requests for his expertise.

    The rite is performed rarely. Neal Lozano, a Catholic writer and author of the book “Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance” about combating evil spirits, said he knows an exorcist in the church who receives about 400 inquiries a year, but determines that of that number, two or three cases require an exorcism.

    No one knows why more people seem to be seeking the rite. Paprocki said one reason could be the growing interest among Americans in exploring general spirituality, as opposed to participating in organized religion.

    Exorcism has deep roots in Christianity . The New Testament contains several examples of Jesus casting out evil spirits from people, and the church notes these acts in the Catholic catechism.

    Whether or not individual Catholics realize it, each undergoes what the church calls a minor exorcism at baptism that includes prayers renouncing Satan and seeking freedom from original sin.

    A major exorcism can be performed only by a priest with the permission of his bishop after a thorough evaluation, including consulting with physicians or psychiatrists to rule out any psychological or physical illness behind the person’s behavior.

    The full exorcism is held in private and includes sprinkling holy water, reciting Psalms, reading aloud from the Gospel, laying on of hands and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Some adaptations are allowed for different circumstances.

    The exorcist can invoke the Holy Spirit and blow in the face of the possessed person, trace the sign of the cross on the person’s forehead and command the devil to leave.
    Whooping cough is on the rise in industrialised countries, despite long-standing vaccination programmes. Now researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, have an explanation for why: at least two strains of the bacteria that cause the infection have evolved to evade today's vaccines.

    According to The Daily Telegraph of Sydney, "the research team analysed more than 200 samples of the bacterium collected over the past 40 years in Australia and compared them with samples from Japan, Canada, USA and Finland". They found that there are at least two strains that the vaccine may not protect against - known as MT27 and MT70.

    At least in rich countries, many people may think that whooping cough - also known as pertussis - is a killer from a pre-vaccination era. The new study, which is published in this month's edition of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, emphasises that incidence rates have been recently increasing in many industrialised countries. Prior to this study, scientists were unsure why.

    Flu Shot Anyone?
    Guillan Barre Syndrome in pictures. from eqshannon on Vimeo

    .(Oct. 5) -- Hungary is in a state of emergency and at least four people have died from a toxic sludge that is flooding the area around Ajka, 100 miles southwest of Budapest. The red mud, which poured out of a containment pond at an aluminum plant, contains heavy metals that are toxic if ingested and that can burn through skin, The Associated Press reports. One man reported that his uncle had been burned "to the bone."

    The "father of the test tube baby," Robert G. Edwards, won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, the awards committee announced. His contributions to developing in vitro fertilization (IVF) "represent a milestone in the development of modern medicine," the committee said.

    China to 'build big nuclear plant' for Pakista

  • Genetically Modified Salmon: GMO Salmon Under FDA Review

    A State Patrol detective sergeant shot and wounded a pregnant woman while serving a search warrant in Spokane Friday. The officer is with the Quad City Drug Task Force, which was serving a search warrant about 8:15 a.m. at 1405 N. Lincoln, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the shooting. The woman, who investigators said is 39 weeks pregnant, was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to Sgt. Dave Reagan of the sheriff's office.

    We are a nation that is out of step with other industrialized countries when it comes to the issue of kids and guns. While most nations recognize that absolutely no good can come of exposing children to guns at a young age, we live in a gun culture that promotes romantic notions of generations of families hunting and shooting together.

    In light of the recent tragic death of an 8-year-old boy, Christopher Bizilj, who unintentionally killed himself while shooting an Uzi at the Westfield Sportsmen’s Club Machine Gun Shoot in western, Massachusetts, we decided to check out YouTube to see what other examples we could find of young children blasting away with machine guns and other weapons at similar shoots.Sadly, it took us no longer than 5 minutes to find a broad range of videos, showing what could be considered in some cases to be blatant child endangerment. There is no telling how many more of these videos exist on the internet or how many other children have participated in or been exposed to these kinds of events– but no doubt it’s expansive if you have the time to do the research.

  • The government has your baby's DNA

    When Annie Brown's daughter, Isabel, was a month old, her pediatrician asked Brown and her husband to sit down because he had some bad news to tell them: Isabel carried a gene that put her at risk for cystic fibrosis. While grateful to have the information -- Isabel received further testing and she doesn't have the disease -- the Mankato, Minnesota, couple wondered how the doctor knew about Isabel's genes in the first place. After all, they'd never consented to genetic testing. It's simple, the pediatrician answered: Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it's often done without the parents' consent, according to Brad Therrell, director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center. In many states, such as Florida, where Isabel was born, babies' DNA is stored indefinitely, according to the resource center. Many parents don't realize their baby's DNA is being stored in a government lab, but sometimes when they find out, as the Browns did, they take action. Parents in Texas, and Minnesota have filed lawsuits, and these parents' concerns are sparking a new debate about whether it's appropriate for a baby's genetic blueprint to be in the government's possession. "We were appalled when we found out," says Brown, who's a registered nurse. "Why do they need to store my baby's DNA indefinitely? Something on there could affect her ability to get a job later on, or get health insurance." According to the state of Minnesota's Web site, samples are kept so that tests can be repeated, if necessary, and in case the DNA is ever need to help parents identify a missing or deceased child. The samples are also used for medical research. Art Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, says he understands why states don't first ask permission to screen babies for genetic diseases. "It's paternalistic, but the state has an overriding interest in protecting these babies," he says. However, he added that storage of DNA for long periods of time is a different matter. "I don't see any reason to do that kind of storage," Caplan says. "If it's anonymous, then I don't care. I don't have an issue with that. But if you keep names attached to those samples, that makes me nervous." DNA given to outside researchers Genetic testing for newborns started in the 1960s with testing for diseases and conditions that, if undetected, could kill a child or cause severe problems, such as mental retardation. Since then, the screening has helped save countless newborns. Over the years, many other tests were added to the list. Now, states mandate that newborns be tested for anywhere between 28 and 54 different conditions, and the DNA samples are stored in state labs for anywhere from three months to indefinitely, depending on the state. (To find out how long your baby's DNA is stored, see this state-by-state list.) Brad Therrell, who runs the federally funded genetic resource consortium, says parents don't need to worry about the privacy of their babies' DNA. "The states have in place very rigid controls on those specimens," Therrell says. "If my children's DNA were in one of these state labs, I wouldn't be worried a bit." The specimens don't always stay in the state labs. They're often given to outside researchers -- sometimes with the baby's name attached. According to a study done by the state of Minnesota, more than 20 scientific papers have been published in the United States since 2000 using newborn blood samples. The researchers do not have to have parental consent to obtain samples as long as the baby's name is not attached, according to Amy Gaviglio, one of the authors of the Minnesota report. However, she says it's her understanding that if a researcher wants a sample with a baby's name attached, consent first must be obtained from the parent

    200,000 Dead and 1.5 Million Homeless after the Haiti Earthquake Devastation

    It has now been a week since the devastating quake has struck Haiti, but the number of people dead is still uncertain. There are earthquake death statistics put forward by various aid organizations and Haitian government, but the estimates are not in agreement. The latest estimate offered by the European Union citing Haitian authorities stands at 200,000 people dead.

    Haiti Earthquake Displaces 300,000

    In its first estimate, the United Nations reports about 10 percent of the housing in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince has been destroyed, leaving some 300,000 people homeless. The UN says a full assessment of the damages inflicted by the powerful earthquake will take several days to complete.

    stevebruskCNN Rare Tornado Warning in effect for south central Los Angeles County

    Eat less meat and dairy to fight climate change

    Houston elects openly gay mayor
    Houston, Texas (CNN) -- Annise Parker made history Saturday as Houston's first openly gay mayor.
    Parker, who served five years as city controller, beat former city attorney Gene Locke with 53.6 percent of the vote in a runoff election.

    Canada's National Newspaper calls for Worldwide One Child Policy...

    Giant iceberg heading for Australia
    A giant iceberg double the size of Sydney Harbour is on a slow but steady collision course with Australia, scientists have said.

    WASHINGTON. - When you turn on the tap, you expect your water to be safe to drink, but  testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday revealed there are serious problems, especially in America's small towns and cities."The concentration of chemicals in some places are so high that you can literally light the water on fire," said Senator Frank Lautenber (D-NJ)The Environmental Protection Agency told Congress 96 percent of the problems are in small communities and the agency needs more money to help them. Schools are a big concern as the Associated Press reported one in five schools with their own water supply have violated standards.

    While only six percent of violators have been punished, according to the New York Times, the EPA is promising a crackdown beginning in January, though lawmakers said the EPA's new plan must be more than just words on paper. "The vast majority of this committee expects you to take action to protect our children and families. Anything else, we'll consider a stall. We expect action," said California Senator Barbara Boxer, (D-CA).The New York Times estimated nearly 50 million Americans have consumed unsafe water in the past five years and that review found violations in every state

    COPENHAGEN –  Decisions being made here at the 192-nation climate conference will affect people in far away corners of the globe. In the case of Peru, the South American nation 6,800 miles away, negotiations here could have an impact on the country’s shrinking supply of life’s most basic resource: water. The United Nations says 80 percent of the water that flows to Peru's highly populated Pacific coast originates in the Andes Mountains. The Andes hold the world's biggest collection of tropical glaciers – glaciers that are disappearing.  

    Russia to supply India with nuclear reactors

    By James Lamont and Alexandra Stevenson in New Delhi

    Published: December 7 2009 

    Russia became the latest country to strike a civil nuclear deal with energy-hungry India on Monday when it agreed to supply reactors to Asia’s third largest economy.
    International power companies from Russia, France, the UK, the US and Canada are flocking to India seeking opportunities to help one of the world’s fastest-growing economies meet its energy demands. The contribution of nuclear energy in India is forecast to rise from 4,000MW to as much as 470,000MW over the next 40 years.

    Sumatra, Indonesia (-- The land still smolders, tinted with a depressing gray. Twisted hulks of tree trunks take on abnormal shapes. A dark black canal cuts through the wasted landscape.

    It looks like a scene from an apocalyptic movie where an unknown force has obliterated all life. But this is the reality of Sumatra, Indonesia's largest island.

    The Kampar Peninsula was once virgin rainforest, some of the most biodiverse in the world. The region has now been transformed into a lifeless plain, soon to be replanted with monocultures.

    Environmental groups describe the degradation as rampant pillaging -- the work of multibillion dollar paper, pulp and palm oil conglomerates.

    Already 85 percent of Sumatra's forests are gone. What is left is vanishing at an alarming rate -- an area the size of 50 football fields disappears every hour, according to Greenpeace and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    Lovers of weather statistics keep one eye on the sky and the other on your watches: We're on the cusp of an itty-bitty weather record.If we make it to midnight without a flake this will be the first time in Toronto in more than 160 years we have enjoyed snow-free skies before December"Lack of snow is even more spectacular when you look at the downtown stations with records back to 1847 ... first time even without a flake of snow in October or November," wrote David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada in an email.

    MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.

    Food banks go high-tech to feed the hungry

    SEATTLE (AP) - Food banks across the country are undergoing a high-tech revolution, adopting sophisticated databases, bar coding, GPS tracking, automated warehouses and other technologies used in the food industry that increasingly supplies their goods.

    Nov 25 09

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - China must be alert to any mutation or changes in the behavior of the H1N1 swine flu virus because the far deadlier H5N1 bird flu virus is endemic in the country, a leading Chinese disease expert said. Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases in China's southern Guangdong province, said the presence of both viruses in China meant they could mix and become a monstrous hybrid -- a bug packed with strong killing power that can transmit efficiently among people.

    WASHINGTON -- The government insurance fund that protects more than $4.5 trillion of U.S. bank deposits slipped into the red at the end of September, after fifty banks collapsed during the third quarter.

    The deposit insurance fund dropped by $18.6 billion during the third quarter of 2009 to negative $8.2 billion, as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. set aside $21.7 billion in provisions for additional bank failures. This is the second time in the agency's history that the balance has fallen into negative territory.

    The FDIC has already called on the industry to prepay $45 billion in assessments at the end of the year that will be set aside to cover the cost of bank failures in 2010.

    Hindu sacrifice of 250,000 animals begins

    The world's biggest animal sacrifice began in Nepal today with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals as part of a Hindu festival in the village of Bariyapur, near the border with India.

    The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.

    With up to a million worshippers on the roads near the festival grounds, this year's fair seems more popular than ever, despite vocal protests from animals rights groups who have called for it to be banned. "It is the traditional way, " explained 45-year old Manoj Shah, a Nepali driver who has been attending the event since he was six, "If we want anything, and we come here with an offering to the goddess, within five years all our dreams will be fulfilled." .

    New York (CNN) -- The New York Police Department executed search warrants Tuesday at some offices of The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post and El Diario newspapers and at a labor union, with authorities saying they were conducting investigations into "business activity."

    Local media reports categorized the action as searches of the newspapers' circulation offices in connection with an investigation of the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers' Union of New York.Deputy Police Commissioner Paul J. Browne confirmed the searches to CNN but neither he nor other city officials would elaborate on the investigation or discuss Tuesday's actions.

    (IDNs), in one of the most significant steps to making the Internet more accessible around the globe.

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened the application process, ending the exclusive use of Latin characters for website addresses.

    On the first day, "we have already received six applications from around the world for three different scripts," ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom told an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

    He said that while ICANN could not reveal the names of those applying, Egypt -- with .misr, meaning Egypt in Arabic -- and Russia had already made public their applications for country code top level domains in their scripts.


    British scientists testing Ukrainian 'super flu' that has killed 189 people

    "O Lord...You have stricken them, but they have not grieved. You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock." Jeremiah 5:3
    Rare virus poses new threat to troops

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan | U.S. military officials sent a medical team to a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan this week to take blood samples from members of an Army unit after a soldier in the unit died from an Ebola-like virus.

    Dr. Jim Radike, an expert in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Role 3 Trauma Hospital at Kandahar Air Field, told The Washington Times that Sgt. Robert David Gordon, 22, from River Falls, Ala., died Sept. 16 from what turned out to be Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever after he was bitten by a tick. The virus is transmitted by infected blood and can be carried by ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned.

    The very existence of the technology, known as a "two-point implosion" device, is officially secret in both the US and Britain, but according to previously unpublished documentation in a dossier compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iranian scientists may have tested high-explosive components of the design. The development was today described by nuclear experts as "breathtaking" and has added urgency to the effort to find a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

    The sophisticated technology, once mastered, allows for the production of smaller and simpler warheads than older models. It reduces the diameter of a warhead and makes it easier to put a nuclear warhead on a missile.

    Documentation referring to experiments testing a two-point detonation design are part of the evidence of nuclear weaponisation gathered by the IAEA and presented to Iran for its response.

    The dossier, titled "Possible Military Dimensions of Iran's Nuclear Program", is drawn in part from reports submitted to it by western intelligence agencies.

    The agency has in the past treated such reports with scepticism, particularly after the Iraq war. But its director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, has said the evidence of Iranian weaponisation "appears to have been derived from multiple sources over different periods of time, appears to be generally consistent, and is sufficiently comprehensive and detailed that it needs to be addressed by Iran".

    “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End

    The giant pattern - thought to represent a traditional Mayan head-dress - appeared next to the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe last week.
    Members of the crop circle community believe the mystic symbol is a signal of the end of the 5,126-year Mayan 'Long Count' calendar on December 21, 2012.

    Karen Alexander, a crop circle enthusiast, said: "This is one of the most interesting crop circles I have ever seen. It is definitely a Mayan symbol and we are sure it is linked to the Mayan calendar, which ends in 2012.

    "It appears to be a warning about the world coming to an end when the calendar does. For the ancient Maya, reaching the end of a cycle was a momentous event, so we are taking this crop circle very seriously as an indicator of a possibly huge event in 2012."

    Last month a 400-foot crop circle depicting a phoenix rising from the flames appeared in a barley field in Yatesbury near Devizes, Wiltshire.
    Crop circle theorists believe the patterns are created by UFOs during nocturnal visits, or caused by natural phenomena such as unusual forms of lightning striking the earth.

    Reports circulating in the Kremlin today are saying that Russian Air Force Commanders have issued warnings to all of their aircraft to exercise “extreme caution” during flights “in and around” an area defined as Latitude 17 North [North Atlantic Ocean] Latitude 3 South [South Atlantic Ocean] to Latitude 8 North [Indian Ocean] Latitude 19 South [Indian Ocean] between the Longitudes of 46 West, 33 West, 46 East and 33 East, and which covers the greater part of the African Tectonic Plate.

    The reason for this unprecedented warning, these reports state, are the rapid formations of “geomagnetic storms” emanating from the boundaries of the African Tectonic Plate that due to their intensity have caused the loss of two major passenger aircraft during the past month leaving nearly 300 men, women and children dead.

    The first aircraft to be downed by this phenomenon was Air France passenger flight 447, and which these reports say that upon encountering one of these geomagnetic storms, on June 1st, near the western boundary of the African Tectonic Plate close to Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha Islands, was “completely annihilated” causing the deaths of 216 passengers and 12 crew members as their plane plunged in pieces into the Atlantic Ocean.

    NEW YORK (AP) - Sting isn't a religious man, but he says President Barack Obama might be a divine answer to the world's problems."In many ways, he's sent from God," he joked in an interview, "because the world's a mess."

    But Sting is serious in his belief that Obama is the best leader to navigate the world's problems. In an interview on Wednesday, the former Police frontman said that he spent some time with Obama and "found him to be very genuine, very present, clearly super-smart, and exactly what we need in the world

    Chicago and Cook County residents aren’t the only ones about to get shocking tax news; the city is debuting a “tax whistle-blower” plan that could turn neighbor against neighbor in Chicago’s business community.The folks at city hall will pay cash bounties to informants who turn in business tax cheats around the city. The reward would amount to some sort of percentage of the tax money that the city recovers.
    "It's just another way of bringing people into compliance," Revenue Department spokesman Ed Walsh

    ..."And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that
    are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him."

    No men OR women needed: Scientists create sperm and eggs from stem cells

    Human eggs and sperm have been grown in the laboratory in research which could change the face of parenthood. It paves the way for a cure for infertility and could help those left sterile by cancer treatment to have children who are biologically their own.
    But it raises a number of moral and ethical concerns. These include the possibility of children being born through entirely artificial means, and men and women being sidelined from the process of making babies. 

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected people.

    The declaration that Obama signed late Friday authorized Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to bypass federal rules so health officials can respond more quickly to the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.

    The goal is to remove bureaucratic roadblocks and make it easier for sick people to seek treatment and medical providers to provide it immediately. That could mean fewer hurdles involving Medicare, Medicaid or health privacy regulations.

    “As a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic,” Obama wrote in the declaration, which the White House announced Saturday.

    He said the pandemic keeps evolving, the rates of illness are rising rapidly in many areas and there’s a potential “to overburden health care resources.”

    "A nation healed, a world repaired. We are the ones that we've been waiting for." Barrack Obama

    All US passports issued since October 2006 also have RFID chips in them. The chip contains all the data that is on the first page including your photo. It has been shown that hackers can determine what country a passport has been issued from without even reading all the data on it simply by recognizing the way the chip responds to certain scans.A growing number of states (New York, Michigan, Washington, and Vermont, to name a few) are now issuing special driver"s licenses "enhanced" with long range RFID chips. Enhanced Driver"s Licenses (EDLs) can be scanned from your wallet, while you are still in your car. They make travel across the border a little easier, and if not kept in a shielding privacy sleeve, unwanted invasion of your privacy much more convenient.

    President of Europe???
    Did I Miss Something?

    Tony Blair could be crowned first President of Europe at a special summit of EU leaders next month.

    Diplomatic sources say French President Nicolas Sarkozy is pushing for an extraordinary meeting in Brussels to install the former prime minister in the new £275,000-a-year post.Mr Blair was the first European leader to meet Mr Obama after he became President, and was lavished with praise.If he lands the job, Mr Blair can expect 20 staff, a chauffeur and generous entertainment expenses. But he will almost certainly be forced to ditch outside interests said to have earned him £12million since leaving Downing Street.
    "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him, and showed unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass, and signified it. Blessed are they who read and hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things which are written." The beginning of the book promises blessing to him that reads and hears and keeps, that he who takes pains about the reading may thence learn to do works, and may keep the precepts.

    1983 by Bob Shannon on a C64 with Dot Matrix

    "He will descend from the sky."
    A significant time period for the Mayas does end on the date, and enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments they say coincide in 2012, including one that happens roughly only once every 25,800 years.
    But most archaeologists, astronomers and Maya say the only thing likely to hit Earth is a meteor shower of New Age philosophy, pop astronomy, Internet doomsday rumors and TV specials such as one on the History Channel which mixes "predictions" from Nostradamus and the Mayas and asks: "Is 2012 the year the cosmic clock finally winds down to zero days, zero hope?"
    It may sound all too much like other doomsday scenarios of recent decades — the 1987 Harmonic Convergence, the Jupiter Effect or "Planet X." But this one has some grains of archaeological basis.
    One of them is Monument Six.
    Found at an obscure ruin in southern Mexico during highway construction in the 1960s, the stone tablet almost didn't survive; the site was largely paved over and parts of the tablet were looted.
    It's unique in that the remaining parts contain the equivalent of the date 2012. The inscription describes something that is supposed to occur in 2012 involving Bolon Yokte, a mysterious Mayan god associated with both war and creation.
    However — shades of Indiana Jones — erosion and a crack in the stone make the end of the passage almost illegible.
    Archaeologist Guillermo Bernal of Mexico's National Autonomous University interprets the last eroded glyphs as maybe saying, "He will descend from the sky."

    Half of GPs refuse swine flu vaccine over testing fears

    Five and more Nations to Starve to Death

    EthiopiaThere have been warnings of drought and impending famine for several months, but now the situation is reaching crisis level. 

    EritreaThe prolonged drought which is bringing hunger on a vast scale to Ethiopia has also hit its northern neighbour Eritrea with devastating effect. 

    MauritaniaIn West Africa, Mauritania is facing severe food shortages after six poor harvests in a row. 

    Angola The medical relief organisation Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) estimates that at least 1.5 million people are suffering from acute malnutrition. 

    Zambia The Zambian Government has declared the country's food shortage a national disaster. 

    Zimbabwe In September, the Southern African Development Community Regional Early Warning Unit said that Zimbabwe needed more food aid than any other country in the region facing famine.
    It is estimated that six million people - half the population - are in need of food aid following the combination of poor rains and the adverse effects of the seizure of most white-owned farms.

    As U.S. health officials consider rolling out a plan to inoculate the nation against swine flu in the next several months, they are haunted by the events that unfolded the last time the government stepped in to head off a surprise flu outbreak.In the fall of 1976, dozens of Americans died within 48 hours of receiving a swine flu vaccine. To allay the public fears that threatened to unravel the mass inoculation program, President Gerald Ford rolled up his shirtsleeve and received his shot in front of television cameras. More than 40 million others followed his lead. But two months later, the campaign was abruptly stopped: More deaths had followed, and hundreds were reporting serious side effects, including paralysis. Already, medical experts and vaccine watchdog groups are urging the Obama administration to apply the lessons learned 33 years ago. In a public statement last week, former health and human services secretary Mike Leavitt recommended that officials study the federal investigation of the 1976 program. Administration officials said they are keenly aware of the history.

    California’s Budget Suffers ‘Major Blow’ as Debt Sales Loom
    California’s revenue collections trailed its forecasts by $1.1 billion during the first three months of the fiscal year, showing new deficits are emerging in the budget Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed July 28.

    Revenue was 5.3 percent less than was assumed in the $85 billion annual budget during the three months ended Sept. 30. Income tax receipts led the shortfall, as unemploymentreached as high as 12.2 percent in August.

    “Revenues more than $1 billion under estimates and recent adverse court rulings are dealing a major blow to a budget that is barely 10-weeks old,” Controller John Chiang said in a statement. “While there are encouraging signs that California’s economy is preparing for a comeback, the recession continues to drag state revenues down.”

    The latest figures show that California is facing resurgent fiscal strains brought on by the U.S. recession. Since February, Schwarzenegger and lawmakers have cut $32 billion from spending, raised taxes by $12.5 billion and covered $6 billion more with accounting gimmicks and borrowing.

    'I will make a violent wind break out in My wrath ... flooding rain and hailstones ...' (Ezek 13.13)
    'The earth will be completely laid waste ... the earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers...'(Isa 24.3,4)
    'The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat ...' (Rev 16.8,9)

    This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.
    But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
    And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.
    So what on Earth is going on?

    UN calls for new reserve currency...

    The demise of the dollar

    In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading

    In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.

    Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.

    Tsunami kills 111, flattens villages in Samoa
    Major quake jolts Indonesia, 21 dead
    Typhoon kills more than 300 in southeast Asia

    By digging in the muck of Rocky Mountain ponds and lakes, scientists have been able to establish an accurate historic record of how human activities have increased the amount of dust falling on high country snowpack.Using satellite images and analyzing the dust, other researchers have been able to pinpoint specific sources, including off-road vehicle disturbances, livestock grazing and oil and gas development on the Colorado Plateau.

    “It's profound,” said researcher Tom Painter, director of the snow optics laboratory at the University of Utah. “Areas that are actively disturbed release 1,000 times more dust,” Painter said, adding that dust layers in 2009 caused the snow pack to melt 45 to 48 days earlier than normal.Areas that haven't been disturbed by human activities release very little dust, Painter said.“This has huge impacts on hydrology and snow cover,” Painter said, explaining that water managers have to account for changes in runoff as they plan the operation of reservoirs and diversions.“For us, the bottom line is, how much water are we going to get, and when do we get it,” said Grand Junction-based Dan Crabtree, water management group chief with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The federal agency manages most of the region's major water projects.

    PHOENIX — Bartender Randy Shields was serving British brews and Arizona ambers as usual at Shady's bar in east Phoenix when he saw a customer walk in with a hunting knife strapped to his hip.A disturbing image flashed through his mind — "that knife sliding between my ribs."

    The customer willingly turned over the knife while he was in the bar, but Shields still worries about a new Arizona law that goes into effect Wednesday that will allow guns into Arizona bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.Under the law, backed by the National Rifle Association, the 138,350 people with concealed-weapons permits in Arizona will be allowed to bring their guns into bars and restaurants that haven't posted signs banning them.

    The new law has Shields and other bar owners and workers wondering: What's going to happen when guns are allowed in an atmosphere filled with booze and people with impaired judgment?"Somebody can pull the trigger, then a bullet comes out, and people get hurt and killed," said Brad Henrich, owner of Shady's, a popular neighborhood bar that sees occasional minor scuffles. "The idea of anyone coming in with guns in a place that serves alcohol just seems ludicrous."

    The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current in the Pacific Ocean, according to Matt Rogers, a forecaster at Commodity Weather Group. “Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard,” Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. “About 70 percent to 75 percent of the time a weak El Nino will deliver the goods in terms of above-normal heating demand and cold weather. It’s pretty good odds.”

    Warming in the Pacific often means fewer Atlantic hurricanes and higher temperatures in the U.S. Northeast during January, February and March, according to the National Weather Service. El Nino occurs every two to five years, on average, and lasts about 12 months, according to the service.Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators increased their net-long positions, or bets prices will rise, in New York heating oil futures in the week ended Sep. 22, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data Sept. 25.

    “It could be one of the coldest winters, or the coldest, winter of the decade,” Rogers said.U.S. inventories of distillate fuels, which include heating oil, are at their highest since January 1983, the U.S. Energy Department said Sept. 23. Stockpiles of 170.8 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 18 are 28 percent above the five-year average.Heating oil for October delivery rose 1.38 cents, or 0.8 percent, to settle at $1.6909 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    A mystery creature’s body found by a group of teenagers, while playing in the town of Cerro Arul north of Panama City CNN reports, 18-September, 2009. The creature with rubber like skin, 150cm length, with weird and ugly features and without any hair on the body was spotted by the group, according to reports kids got scared from that Gollum-like thing in the lake.

    Panamanian news service Telemetry reports, that the kids screamed when creature emerged from a cave and started hip hopping over rocks towards them as if intended to attack them, according to that group of teenagers they then stoned the mystery creature to death. Their parents returned to the lake the following day and were surprised to see the phenomenon. Later a team of researchers took out the body from the canal, photographed and was taken for forensic testing and research.

    China adds more Web surveillance
         BEIJING – News Web sites in China, complying with secret government orders, are requiring that new users log on under their true identities to post comments, a shift in policy that the country’s Internet users and media have opposed in the past.
       Until recently, users could weigh in on news items on many of the affected sites more anonymously, often without registering at all, though the sites were obligated to screen all posts, and the posts could be traced via Internet protocol addresses.

       But early last month, without notification, news portals such as Sina, Netease, Sohu and scores of other sites began asking unregistered users to sign in under their real names and identification 
       , top editors at two of the major portals affected. A Sina staff member also confirmed the change.
       The editors said the sites   were putting into effect a confidential directive issued in late July by the State Council Information Office, one of the main government bodies responsible for supervising the Internet in China
       The new step is not foolproof, the editors acknowledged. It was possible for a reporter to register successfully on several major sites under falsified names and ID and cellphone numbers.
       But the requirement adds a critical new layer of surveillance to mainstream sites in China, which were already heavily policed. 
       And while the authorities called the measure part of a drive to forge greater “social responsibility” and “civility” among users, they moved forward surreptitiously and suppressed reports about it, said the editors and others in the media industry familiar with the measure, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Massive' ancient wall uncovered in Jerusalem

    Standing 8 meters (26 feet) high, the wall of huge cut stones is a marvel to archaeologists.

    "To build straight walls up 8 meters ... I don't know how to do it today without mechanical equipment," said the excavation's director, Ronny Reich. "I don't think that any engineer today without electrical power [could] do it."

    Archaeologist Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority added, "You see all the big boulders -- all the boulders are 4 to 5 tons."

    The discovered section is 24 meters (79 feet) long. "However, it is thought the fortification is much longer because it continues west beyond the part that was exposed," the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a news release.

    It was found inside the City of David, an archaeological excavation site outside the Old City of East Jerusalem on a slope of the Silwan Valley.

    The wall is believed to have been built by the Canaanites, an ancient pagan people who the Bible says inhabited Jerusalem and other parts of the Middle East before the advent of monotheism.

    Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors warn today.

    In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.

    Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

    'Big Influx' of new infections likely

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    UK teenagers accused of plotting 'greatest massacre ever'

    "There are Demons among us even as we speak"

    Church attendance is declining, and not only in Canada or the Western World but all over the planet. We seem to be entering a Secular Age. Organized religion is dying a quiet death. But why is it dying, and what are the possible cures – if any?

    The Church is dying, “not with a bang but a whimper,” as T.S. Eliot said the world will end. I think the Church is dying a gradual “Death by Doctrine.” The various Christian doctrines such as The Triune God, The Transubstantiation, The Immaculate Conception, The Virgin Birth, The Physical Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Infallibility of the Bible, and others, are regarded as “superstitious absurdities” by the majority of modern people.

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    A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

    ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- Greek firefighters planned to continue to work through the night to contain dozens of wildfires, including a massive blaze outside Athens, authorities said.

    Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis called for calm on Saturday and said ground forces "will continue their superhuman efforts" until dawn, when air operations and water drops will resume.

    Authorities reported 75 fires across the country.

    "What I want to emphasize is the sacrifice of all those fighting under extremely difficult circumstances that complicate the task of fighting these fires," he said in a statement.

    The fires began late Friday in Grammatiko, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of the capital, said journalist Anthee Carassava. Wind whipped a single blaze into three fires, which joined again Saturday.

    Artificial life will be created 'within months' as genome experts claim vital breakthrough

    Scientists are only months away from  creating artificial life, it was claimed yesterday.

    Dr Craig Venter – one of the world’s most famous and controversial biologists – said his U.S. researchers have overcome one of the last big hurdles to making a synthetic organism.

    The first artificial lifeform is likely to be a simple man-made bacterium that proves that the technology can work.

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    Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America

    A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.
    The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.
    It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine.


    28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


    The world is heading for a catastrophic energy crunch that could cripple a global economic recovery because most of the major oil fields in the world have passed their peak production, a leading energy economist has warned.

    Higher oil prices brought on by a rapid increase in demand and a stagnation, or even decline, in supply could blow any recovery off course, said Dr Fatih Birol, the chief economist at the respected International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, which is charged with the task of assessing future energy supplies by OECD countries.

    New HIV strain discovered in woman from Cameroon

    WASHINGTON – A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine.

    The finding "highlights the continuing need to watch closely for the emergence for new HIV variants, particularly in western central Africa," said the researchers, led by Jean-Christophe Plantier of the University of Rouen, France.

    The three previously known HIV strains are related to the simian virus that occurs in chimpanzees.

    The most likely explanation for the new find is gorilla-to-human transmission, Plantier's team said. But they added they cannot rule out the possibility that the new strain started in chimpanzees and moved into gorillas and then humans, or moved directly from chimpanzees to both gorillas and humans.

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    TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Saturday that Iran will strike Israel's nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacks Iran, a semi-official news agency reported. "If the Zionist regime attacks Iran, we will surely strike its nuclear facilities with our missile capabilities," said Gen. Mohammed Ali Jaafari, according to the Iranian Labor News Agency, referring to Israel.
    "Our missile capability puts all of the Zionist regime within Iran's reach to attack," Jaafari said, according to ILNA. The military chief said criticisms of Iran's nuclear program -- which Tehran maintains is for peaceful purposes -- are part of the "psychological war that the West has launched against Iran." Iran has refused international calls to suspend its production of enriched uranium, which it insists will be used to fuel civilian nuclear power plants.

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    A few years ago, when I was working at Electronic Arts, a coworker of mine had a problem. He spent much of his time playing Sony's massively multiplayer on-line roleplaying game EverQuest, and when he wasn't playing it, he was talking about it, posting to online forums about it, or dreaming about the next time he could log on. He played obsessively, often signing on as soon as he got home from work. Predictably, his behavior had a negative impact on his family and social life, and eventually cost him his job.

    Many of us have known people like my coworker. The problems of online gaming addiction date back to the days of text-based MUDs, but in more recent years terms like "Evercrack" and "World of Warcrack" have entered the popular lexicon. Now, Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack, a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, has come forward to claim that up to 40 percent of World of Warcraft players are addicted to the game.

    WHO says H1N1 flu spreading, watching for mutation

    Sodomy is defined in scripture by two things, the first being that of where it began: Sodom. In Genesis 13:13 we have the first mention of the men of Sodom, pronouncing that they “were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.” Their saga is continued in chapters 18 and 19 with their sin being so great that not only does God say that it “is very grievous,” but he himself comes down to destroy them with fire, the rubble of which still stands as a warning to us today.

    SHOCK: 4 boys in Phoenix accused of raping 8-year-old girl

    "Lack of snow is even more spectacular when you look at the downtown stations with records back to 1847 ... first time even without a flake of snow in October or November," wrote David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada in an email.

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    Nobody's right if everybody's wrong

    The fact that the Pishon and the Gihon rivers cannot now be identified means the Deluge itself may well have contributed to eliminating or changing the courses of the Pishon and Gihon Rivers. So the world wide flood of Noah's day destroyed Eden and the tree of life which was in a mountainous area SW of Mount Ararat and a few kilometers S of Lake Van, in the eastern part of Turkey.

    The garden of Eden with this tree had this natural barrier of  mountains from which point Adam and Eve made their exit,cherubs are stated to have been stationed only at the E of the garden.

    (Genesis 3:24) 24 And so he drove the man out and posted at the east of the garden of E´den the cherubs and the flaming blade of a sword that was turning itself continually to guard the way to the tree of life.

    The racialist ideas that were developing independently in India and Europe fused in esoterica. In The Secret Doctrine (1888), Helena Petrovna Blavatsky saw the "Aryans" as the fifth of her seven "Root Races", dating them to about a million years ago, and tracing them to Atlantis. She considered "Abraham" to be a corruption of a word meaning "No Brahmin", from whom the Semites – "degenerate in spirituality and perfected in materiality" – had descended, and who were one rung down on the Root Race scale. The Jews, according to Blavatsky, were a "tribe descended from the Tchandalas of India, the outcasts".

    Abraham was the tenth generation from Noah and the 20th from Adam . His father was Terah, and his brothers were Nahor and Haran. According to Genesis, Abraham was sent by God from his home in Ur Kasdim and Harran to Canaan, the land promised to his descendants by Yahweh. There Abraham entered into a covenant: in exchange for recognition of YHWH as his God, Abraham will be blessed with innumerable progeny and the land would belong to his descendants.

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    “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”- James 1:21


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    Parts of Britain "near an H1N1 epidemic"; 14 dead

    LONDON (Reuters) - Fourteen Britons who had contracted H1N1 flu have died and the rapid spread of infection in two areas of the country is close to epidemic level, health officials said on Thursday.The Department of Health said Britain now had 9,718 laboratory-confirmed cases, the third most in the world behind the United States and Mexico.

    Britain's Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson said the actual number of cases was likely to be higher.All 14 who have died had underlying health issues and it was not clear in how many cases the patients had died as a direct result of the virus, known as swine flu."In London and the West Midlands we are getting pretty close to epidemic levels. We've seen big surges there," Donaldson tol BBC TV."For the country as a whole, the average is about the level of the flu season but in some parts of the country the levels are getting pretty big."

    Pope Calls for 'New World Order'

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict on Tuesday called for a “world political authority” to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies to pull the world out of the current crisis and avoid a repeat.

    The pope’s call for a re-think of the way the world economy is run came in new encyclical which touched on a number of social issues but whose main connecting thread was how the current crisis has affected both rich and poor nations.

    Called “Charity in Truth,” parts of the encyclical appeared bound to upset conservatives because of its underlying rejection of unbridled capitalism and unregulated market forces, which he said had led to “thoroughly destructive” abuse of the system

    Mystery virus strikes wildlife at reserve

    ABOUT 50 swans are believed to have died at the Lough in Cork city over recent days, with ducks and fish also dying.The kill has
    sparked fears over a pollution virus at the lake, which is a nature reserve and is regarded as one of the city’s most striking natural features.

    Animal welfare experts at the scene yesterday were awaiting the results of scientific tests on the dead birds. Lough area resident Annie Hoey said that people began to notice deaths in early June and that the numbers have been increasing ever since.

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    Luke 21:11 (New International Version)

    11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

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    Military boot camp for Chinese internet addicts

    Internet addiction is becoming a problem in China, as more than 250 million Chinese are now connected to the World Wide Web. An estimated four to ten million of these users are addicted.

    China’s law kills little babies
    The Chinese government imposed a limit on birth in 1979: for the law every family can have up to a child (in the city) or two (in rural areas); in all other cases abortion is required.Every day they abandon just over 1000 girls born. People abandon or kill their children to be not discovered by the chinese government.
    There are abortion teams that catch women who refuse to abort and keep them in prison until they decide to do so.
    Otherwise, the children “outlaw” won’t have right to medical care, to education or any kind of social assistance.
    For this reason, many families sell their children to other couples.

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    WHO warns swine flu 'unstoppable'

    The UN's top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable.

    World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of the meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit.

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health experts are fond of saying any new disease is just a flight away from anywhere, and a report published on Monday shows the new strain of H1N1 flu followed the airline route map as it spread around the globe.

    The swine flu virus spread first and quickest in March and April in the United States and Canada -- where 80 percent of airline passengers traveled in March and April of 2008, researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto found.

    Dr. Kamram Khan of St. Michael's and colleagues used International Air Transport Association data for their study. They said travel patterns were also similar in 2007 and therefore likely to be similar in 2009.

    Deficit forces California to issue IOUs

    Published: June 29 2009 19:26 | Last updated: June 29 2009 19:26

    California is preparing to issue IOUs to its creditors this week as it grapples with an unprecedented cash crunch and prepares to begin its new fiscal year deep in the red. Once the US’s richest state, California now has the dubious distinction of having the worst credit rating in the country.



    • Genetic condition had ruined his lungs and left him unable to sing
    • He became so skeletal, doctors believed he was anorexic
    • He had nightmares about being murdered – and wanted to die
    • He used swine flu as an excuse to avoid coming to England
    • He thought he was agreeing to 10 concerts – it was 50

    Whatever  the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson. Had he not been driven – by a cabal of bankers, agents, doctors and advisers – to commit to the gruelling 50 concerts in London’s O2 Arena, I believe he would still be alive today.

    During the last weeks and months of his life, Jackson made desperate attempts to prepare for the concert series scheduled for next month – a series that would have earned millions for the singer and his entourage, but which he could never have completed, not mentally, and not physically. Ailing: Michael Jackson may have worn a mask in public to protect his diseased lungs JUNE 22, 2009  

    Numbers on Welfare See Sharp Increase Welfare rolls, which were slow to rise and actually fell in many states early in the recession, now are climbing across the country for the first time since President Bill Clinton signed legislation pledging "to end welfare as we know it" more than a decade ago.Twenty-three of the 30 largest states, which account for more than 88% of the nation's total population, see welfare caseloads above year-ago levels, according to a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and the National Conference of State Legislatures. As more people run out of unemployment compensation, many are turning to welfare as a stopgap.

    Rift among Iranian leaders widens

    NEW YORK (CNN) -- In the midst of the ongoing culture wars, can it be a good idea to put out a comedy about two Stone Age men who wander into the Bible?
    "Year One," which he directed, concerns two men -- played by Jack Black and Michael Cera -- who leave their home and, in their travels, meet biblical characters such as Cain, Abel, Abraham and Isaac. Among the locales: ancient Sodom, which "didn't seem worse than Las Vegas to me.

    Sodom (Hebrew Name|סְדוֹם|Sədom|Səḏôm, Arabic: سدوم Sadūm, Greek Σόδομα) and Gomorrah (Hebrew Name|עֲמוֹרָה|ʿAmora|Ġəmôrāh / ʿĂmôrāh, {{Arabic: عمورة ʿAmūrah, }} Greek Γόμορρα) were two cities in the Bible which were destroyed by God.

    For the sins of their inhabitants Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim were destroyed by "brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven" (Genesis 19:24-25). In Christianity and Islam, their names have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of God's wrath (Jude 1:7, Qur'an 

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    Swine flu 'could infect up to half the population'

    Sunday, 21 June 2009

    Primary care trusts are to set up anti-viral drug distribution centres and swine flu testing clinics amid fears that the infection could spread out of control.

    The Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, wrote to health authorities last week urging hospitals to test all patients who show signs of flu-like symptoms. He wrote: "Transmission from person to person in this country is increasingly common. There is evidence that sporadic cases are arising with no apparent link either to cases elsewhere in the UK or to travel abroad."

    The letter followed an earlier warning from Sir Liam that millions of Britons could fall victim to swine flu in the coming months. Government officials admitted last night that illness rates from the virus could reach 50 per cent.

    Treasury to Auction $104 Billion In Debt Next Week, a Record
    The Treasury announced Thursday a record $104 billion worth of bond auctions for next week, part of its herculean efforts to finance a rescue of the world's largest economy.The sales will exceed the previous record of $101 billion set in auctions that took place in the last week of April and consist of two-year, five-year and seven-year securities. That record was matched by another $101 billion week in May.

    Though next week's total was broadly in line with expectations, worries about supply have weighed on the U.S. government bond market, which will see a mammoth $2 trillion worth of new debt issued this year.

    Oregon woman possessed by rabbits arrested again
          TIGARD, Ore. (AP) - Authorities said a woman possessed with rabbits is in trouble again: In violation of probation terms, she was found holed up in a hotel room with more than a dozen rabbits. Officers said they had to break into the room Tuesday and found eight adults and half a dozen baby rabbits, one dead. The police say some were caged, some roaming.  They arrested 47-year-old Miriam Sakewitz.

    Libya records 13 cases of bubonic plague
    Thirteen cases of bubonic plague have been recorded in eastern Libya, near the border with Egypt, Health Minister Mohamad Hijazi told AFP on Wednesday, stressing the situation was under control.

    "Thirteen cases of the plague have been recorded in a village 30 kilometres (20 miles) away from Tobruk. Eleven people have already (been treated and) left hospital," he said, without reporting any deaths.

    Ahmadinejad defends vote as 'real and free'...
    BBC says election broadcasts disrupted...

    Carter warns US and Israel on collision course
    Israel is headed for a clash with main ally the United States over the issue of Jewish settlements, former US president Jimmy Carter said in an interview on Sunday.

    Asked by the liberal Haaretz newspaper whether the Jewish state was looking at a "head-on collision" with the United States if it doesn't comply with Washington's demands, Carter said "Yes."

    The former president, who brokered the historic peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, said Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank were the biggest hurdle in the hobbled Middle East peace process, saying they were "illegal and (an) obstacle to peace

    NKorea warns of nuclear war amid rising tensions
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's communist regime has warned of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula while vowing to step up its atomic bomb-making program in defiance of new U.N. sanctions.

    The North's defiance presents a growing diplomatic headache for President Barack Obama as he prepares for talks Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart on the North's missile and nuclear programs.

    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told security-related ministers during an unscheduled meeting Sunday to "resolutely and squarely" cope with the North's latest threat, his office said. Lee is to leave for the U.S. on Monday morning.

    A commentary Sunday in the North's main state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, claimed the U.S. has 1,000 nuclear weapons in South Korea. Another commentary published Saturday in the state-run Tongil Sinbo weekly claimed the U.S. has been deploying a vast amount of nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan.

    Russian oligarch launches world's biggest private yacht...

    ...missile-detection system, two helipads, luxury spa, swimming pool, miniature submarine

    Riot police clash with Mousavi supporters in Iran

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian riot police on motorcycles beat supporters of presidential challenger Mirhossein Mousavi who were protesting on Saturday against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed election win. A Reuters reporter said she and others were beaten by police with batons as police chased and arrested demonstrators staging a sit-in at Tehran's Vanak Square, one of the capital's busiest intersections.

    At least three people were injured in the clash, which broke out after the Interior Ministry announced the hardline incumbent's resounding victory in Friday's vote. Mousavi, a moderate, protested against what he called violations and vote-rigging during the election. Interior Ministry officials rejected the allegations.

    He said in a separate statement that members of his election headquarters had been beaten "with batons, wooden sticks and electrical rods." Tehran's deputy police chief, Mohsen Khancharli, said the force would "strongly confront" any gathering or rally held without permission. He said people protesting against the election outcome had damaged cars."Police are not confronting people but only those who are disturbing public order or who make damage to public places," he told the official IRNA news agency. Up to 2,000 Mousavi supporters took part in the sit-in in the middle of the road, chanting: "Mousavi take back our vote!

    NKorea says it will 'weaponize' its plutonium... 

    Mayur Pahilajani - AHN News Writer

    Tehran, Iran (AHN) - Thousands of protesters clashed with riot police in Iran on Saturday after incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared winner in the Islamic Republic's elections.

    Police used batons and tear gas on the streets of Tehran to disperse supporters of opposition and presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who said that he will "strongly protest" the election results.

    The reports said that the clashes were the worst post-election violence experienced by the country as some expected a run-off in the polls. The number of people injured is not immediately known.

    Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli announced that Ahmadinejad secured 62.6 percent and Mousavi gained 33.75 percent in the nation's 10th presidential election.

    The number of invalid votes was at 409,389 or 1.04 percent of the total, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, asked the opposition to avoid any provocative and suspicious actions and speech, according to IRNA.

    Moussavi, who served as the last Iranian prime minister in the 1980s, is considered to be a strong critic of Ahmadinejad and his policies.

    Several analysts expect the re-election of Ahmadinejad to pose a serious challenge to the Obama administration.

    Oil price leaps to year's high

    Predictions of $250 a barrel on fears for oil reserves, hopes of economic recovery and hedging against weak dollar
    Sheikh Ahmad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, put some of the rise down to signs of recovery in Asia but warned that overall demand was still weaker than last year. Opec would not raise supply at current oil prices but did not rule it out "if it reached $100", he said.

    Alexei Miller, chairman of the Russian energy group Gazprom, raised the stakes further when he reiterated last year's estimates of $250 a barrel. "This forecast has not become reality yet, given that the [credit] crisis gained momentum and exerted a powerful impact on the global energy market. But does this mean that our forecast was unrealistic? Not at all."

    World Health Organization Raises Pandemic Alert Level to Phase 6

    Following today’s decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise its H1N1 influenza pandemic alert to Phase 6, its highest level, Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor, is recommending that all organizations continue to focus on potential economic and jurisdictional issues in shaping their response to the current pandemic.

    WHO declares global swine flu pandemic and says virus is 'unstoppable'

    “The (swine flu) virus is now unstoppable," said Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO chief.
    A disease is classed as a pandemic when transmission between humans becomes widespread in at least two regions of the world.
    The last global flu pandemic came in 1968 over the so-called “Hong Kong” flu, which killed about 1 million people worldwide.

    WASHINGTON — Stephen Tyrone Johns kindly opened a door of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday afternoon, witnesses said, probably thinking that James W. von Brunn was just another elderly visitor needing help to get inside.

    Museum Gunman Charged With Murder

    Instead, Mr. von Brunn, 88, whose anti-Semitic and white supremacist views were known to federal authorities, strode quickly into the museum lobby, immediately raised a .22-caliber rifle at Mr. Johns and unloaded at least one round of ammunition, striking the guard at close range, law-enforcement officials said at a news conference here on Thursday. Mr. Johns died a few hours later.

    Armed security guards fired back, wounding Mr. von Brunn and sending panicked tourists, including groups of schoolchildren, diving for cover.

    The police on Thursday charged Mr. von Brunn, who was in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital, with murder in the death of Mr. Johns, 39, from Temple Hills, Md. The victim, who worked for a private security company, had been assigned to the museum for six years.

    North Korea would use nuclear weapons in a 'merciless offensive'

    Associated Press

    Tuesday, 9 June 2009

    North Korea today said it would use nuclear weapons in a "merciless offensive" if provoked — its latest bellicose rhetoric apparently aimed at deterring any international punishment for its recent atomic test blast.

    The tensions emanating from Pyongyang are beginning to hit nascent business ties with the South: a Seoul-based fur manufacturer became the first South Korean company to announce Monday it was pulling out of an industrial complex in the North's border town of Kaesong.

    The complex, which opened in 2004, is a key symbol of rapprochement between the two Koreas but the goodwill is evaporating quickly in the wake of North Korea's nuclear test on May 25 and subsequent missile tests.

    Pyongyang raised tensions a notch by reviving its rhetoric in a commentary in the state-run Minju Joson newspaper today.

    "Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means...as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country's dignity and sovereignty even a bit," said the commentary, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

    Influenza A(H1N1) - update 45

    8 June 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 8 June 2009, 73 countries have officially reported 25,288 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 139 deaths.

    The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country is given in the following table and map.

    Map of the spread of Influenza A(H1N1): number of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths [png 251kb]
    As of 06:00 GMT, 8 June 2009

    Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)

    2008-2009 Influenza Season Week 21 ending May 30, 2009

    All data are preliminary and may change as more reports are received.
    (Due to the response to the novel influenza A (H1N1) investigation, surveillance regions were changed from Census Divisions to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Regions.)


    During week 21 (May 24 - 30, 2009), influenza activity decreased in the United States, however, there are still higher levels of influenza-like illness than is normal for this time of year.

    American capitalism gone with a whimper..
    Article from Russias Pravda
    It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish.Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America. These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

    JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israel started its biggest emergency drill in the nation's history Sunday to prepare civilians, soldiers and rescue crews for the possibility of war, the defense force said in a statement. The five-day drill, nicknamed Turning Point 3, comes amid the nation's rising tensions with Iran.

    It will be conducted in public facilities, including schools, military bases and government offices. Students, soldiers and other civilians will practice how to gather at protected places during an emergency. Officials said the drill will include simulated rockets, air raids and other attacks on infrastructure and essential facilities, and use of weapons on civilians.

    Everyone is expected to go to a protected place at the sound of sirens, the defense force said, adding that more instructions will be broadcast on a public channel. "It is of great importance that every civilian, institute and workplace will seriously practice in order to improve our preparedness and national resilience," Maj. Gen. Yair Golan of the Home Front Command said in a news statement.

    The move comes amid tension between Israel and Tehran. The Israeli government considers Iran's nuclear program as the dominant threat facing the country. Israel is publicly supportive of President Barack Obama administration's outreach to the Islamic state.

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israeli Army Radio last week that he believes "that the chance the dialogue has of stopping Iran's nuclear efforts is very low." Barak's views are keeping with the majority of his countrymen. An Israeli poll released this month found that 74 percent believe that the U.S. policy of engagement with Iran will fail and 81 percent think Iran will develop a nuclear weapon capability. Israel has conducted emergency drills the past two years, but officials said this is the biggest so far.

    THE TEST...

    Could carry out more...
    Fires 3 short-range missiles...
    UN Urgent Meet...
    Japan says 'unacceptable'...
    Netanyahu defies Obama...

    Will build in existing settlements...

    POLL: Half of Israelis back immediate strike on Iran...

    Austria: Brawl in Sikh temple leaves preacher dead; Violence spreads...

    Riots in India...
    Iran sends six warships to international waters...

    'Historically unprecedented'...

    Ahmadinejad rejects Western nuclear proposal...


    Recession Turns Malls Into Ghost Towns...

    WHO chief warns H1N1 swine flu likely to worsen
    GENEVA, May 22 (Reuters) - The world must be ready for H1N1 swine flu to become more severe and kill more people, World Health Organization chief Dr. Margaret Chan said on Friday.

    A genetic analysis of the new virus showed it must have been circulating undetected for some time, in pigs or perhaps in other animals.  The WHO is poised to declare a full pandemic of the virus, which has infected more than 11,000 people in 42 countries and killed 86. And U.S. health officials released $1 billion for companies to get started on a vaccine in case it is needed. The virus must be closely monitored in the southern hemisphere, as it could mix with ordinary seasonal influenza and change in unpredictable ways, Chan told the WHO annual congress in Geneva. [ID:nLM945575]  "In cases where the H1N1 virus is widespread and circulating within the general community, countries must expect to see more cases of severe and fatal infections," she said. "This is a subtle, sneaky virus."

    France's First Lady tours recession-hit Paris in
    disguise just like aristocrats during Revolution...
    For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever
    hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

    5 More NYC Schools Close Due to Swine Flu ... 100 Students Sick!

    Confirmed swine flu cases in WA State jumps to 236

    Obama Says Debt Load 'Unsustainable'; Warns of skyrocketing interest rates...


    GM, CHRYSLER to cut 3,000 dealers...

    GM shares drop to lowest level since 1933
    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;

    GM, Chrysler to cut up to 3,000 dealers...
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

    Bad economy puts more families on the streets

    LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The tears begin and her voice trembles as Ruth Martinez remembers the first few days of her new world.

    Heat wave delays tiger relocation in Sariska

    New Delhi (PTI) Unrelenting heat wave in Northern India has put a halt on Rajasthan government's plan to relocate a tiger from Rathambore National park to Sariska sanctuary with state officials preferring to wait till monsoon to execute the task.

    "There was a proposal to shift second male tiger in the beginning of this month in the park. But it is now not advisable in view of intense heat conditions in the Northern state. The plan has been put on hold for at least next two months till monsoon," National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) member secretary Rajesh Gopal told PTI.

    Pointing to the reason behind the move, he said: "Tigers can suffer sunstroke or die if we try to trap them for translocation purpose. We also don't want to disturb its habitat as it can be fatal given the animal has to be darted and tranquilised before it is airlifted. It will also be taxing for our men to do the work successfully in this heat wave condition," he said.

    "Last time, we had executed the task during monsoon when the weather was favourable for the animal. We will again wait for rains as the onset of summer this year has witnessed temperatures soaring beyond 43 degrees Celsius," Mr. Gopal added.

    At present there are three big cats -- a male and two females -- in the wilds of Sariska as part of the government efforts to revive the population of the endangered species.

    A total of five predators, three males and two females, have to be introduced by the end of this year as suggested by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).

    Asian Nations Unveil $120 Billion Trojan Horse Fund

    Amid the worst global slump since World War II, many Asian economies are in free fall as demand for their exports -- the region's main growth engine -- evaporates in big Western markets.

    The ADB has warned that 61 million people will remain trapped in extreme poverty this year because of the global slump. That figure could increase to nearly 160 million if slow growth continues next year, it said. The bank's president, Haruhiko Kuroda, said the collapse in global trade has "gathered momentum" as export markets contract.

    Revelation 13:1
    Revelation is largely written in symbols. When used as a metaphor in the Bible, water can represent good or bad realities. Especially in large amounts, it can represent masses of people. Thus in this verse, the Beast is understood to be rising either from a heavily populated area or from the majority of all dwelling on earth. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

    Former King Hussein of Jordan – that ‘the next war in the Middle East will be over water’.
     In many cases, these comments are little more than media hype; in others, statements have been made for political reasons. Yet, regardless ofthe source, or the reason, water is clearly a scarce resource in some regions. Tensions exist over water use, water ownership and water rights – and are likely to increase in the future. The Middle East and Africa provoke perhaps the greatest concern about water shortage: by 2025, 40 countries in the regions are expected to experience water stress or scarcity.

    Water scarcity is a function of supply and demand. Demand is increasing at an alarming rate in some regions, through population growth and increasing per capita use. In many water-scarce countries, such as Jordan and Israel, there is no obvious and inexpensive way to increase water supply, and tensions among different water users are likely to result. In other countries, such as Egypt, improvements in water efficiency, moving away from water-intensive crops, or importing water from nearby countries may offer reasonable solutions.

    The second crisis is deteriorating water quality. Agriculture is the biggest polluter: increased use of fertilizer and pesticides has contaminated both groundwater and surface water supplies. Domestic and industrial pollution is also increasing, and the problem affects both developed and developing countries.

    Finally, the use of water has a geopolitical dimension. Water moves from upstream to downstream users, and withdrawals and type of use in one place may affect the quantity or quality of supplies downstream. There are also historical, cultural, economic and social aspects of water use. To some, water is a gift from God, and should not be priced, while others, such as the World Bank, have pushed for full marginal cost pricing of water.

    The lack of a suitable legal framework for resolving international water resource disputes presents another problem. Sovereignty over international rivers generally invokes one of four doctrines: absolute territorial sovereignty, which implies that riparian states may use water resources in any way they please, even to the detriment of other nations; absolute territorial integrity, which suggests that riparian use of a river should not negatively affect downstream riparians; limited territorial sovereignty, which invokes a combination of the two within a framework of equitable use by all parties; and community of co-riparian states, which promotes integrated management of river basins.

    HEAT WAVE In Drought Stricken India

    Orissa heat wave toll rises to 84
    New Delhi: Sweltering summer conditions claimed six more lives in Orissa on Saturday, taking the State’s casualty figures to an alarming 84.Most tracts of north India reeled under a hot sun.Dust haze over the national capital, however, turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the maximum temperature dipped by about three degrees from Friday’s season’s highest of 44.2 degrees.A blazing sun kept Punjab on the boil, as temperature soared four notches in Patiala to settle at 42.7 degrees.Ludhiana baked under 42.5 degrees and Chandigarh at 41.8 degrees as Ambala topped the temperature chart in Haryana with a scorching 41.6 degrees. 

    Heat wave claims 78 lives in eastern India

    Severe heat wave conditions prevail in many parts of country

    NKorea threatens nuclear, missile tests...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea threatened Wednesday to conduct nuclear and missile tests and start an uranium-enrichment program in addition to its existing plutonium-based one, unless the U.N. apologizes for criticizing its recent rocket launch, dramatically raising its stake in the worsening standoff over its atomic programs.

    Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a statement the country "will be compelled to take additional self-defensive measures" unless the U.N. Security Council apologizes immediately. "The measures will include nuclear tests and test-firings of intercontinental ballistic missiles."

    HONG KONG, April 29 (Reuters) - Alarmed by the spread of a new swine flu virus, airports around the world have rushed to install temperature scanners to pick out the sick, but the microbe is proving too clever for modern technology.Experts say an infected person can easily pass through these heat sensors without detection as the incubation period for influenza ranges anywhere between one and three days."The scanners won't pick up everyone (with flu), especially if they are too early in the infection ... People who have been infected very, very recently wouldn't show up on the scanner," Mark von Itzstein, director of the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, told Reuters."You can imagine somebody who is just infected boards the plane in Singapore and heads towards Hong Kong. There would not be enough time for the apparatus to pick it up because he would not have developed significant fever."The new H1N1 swine flu virus, which has killed 159 people in Mexico, has been found in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Britain, Israel and Spain, but there have been no deaths outside Mexico so far.

    Swine Flu Case at Orlando/DISNEY...

    Confirmed: Indiana...

    Cases in NYC rise to 45...

    Officials in Mexico City on Tuesday ordered all eateries closed to public...

    SNAP ANALYSIS-Flu could boost gov't intervention further
    27 Apr 2009 12:13:00 GMT
    Source: Reuters
    By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

    LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - The spread of a possible flu pandemic could see an increase in already heightened levels of government intervention in economies and financial markets as a result of the global financial crisis. In the short term, it might serve to give governments an easy justification to impose protectionist measures that could further stifle slumping trade flows. Doctors and officials around the world are moving to contain the spread of a swine flu outbreak that has already killed more than 100 people in Mexico and spread to countries around the world, with markets already reacting nervously.

    "At the moment, markets are still making the assumption this will not be that serious," said Dresdner Kleinwort emerging foreign exchange strategist Jon Harrison. "But if it were to turn out much worse you would see a rise in government spending and government intervention. This sort of crisis would be too big for anything other than governments." Governments have poured unprecedented amounts of money into capital markets in recent months supporting, and in some cases nationalising, banks to try and stimulate lending as economic output and trade around the world dried up particularly after the demise of Lehman Brothers in December


    The great day of their 15 wrath has come and who can withstand it?"
      Then I watched while the Lamb broke open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures cry out in a voice like thunder, "Come forward." I looked, and there was a white horse, and its rider had a bow.  He was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories. When he broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature cry out, "Come forward."
    Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take peace away from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And he was given a huge sword. When he broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature cry out, "Come forward." I looked, and there was a black horse,  and its rider held a scale in his hand. I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures. It said, "A ration of wheat costs a day's pay, and three rations of barley cost a day's pay. But do not damage the olive oil or the wine."When he broke open the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature cry out, "Come forward."
        I looked, and there was a pale green  horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the beasts of the earth.

    Mexico says flu could have big economic impact

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said on Sunday the outbreak of swine flu could have a big impact on Mexico's economy, although it was too soon to say how significant the effect might be.

    "This issue can have an important impact on the economy, although the most important impact is the one on human life and human well being," Finance Minister Agustin Carstens told reporters.

    "At this stage, without ignoring that this is a very serious matter and that it has a high potential for disruption, I would say that it's early to give a more concrete opinion," he said.

    Swine Flu Confirmed in New York Students

    NEW YORK -- Tests have confirmed that eight students at a New York Catholic high school have contracted swine flu, after some students at the school had visited Mexico over spring break two weeks ago.

    About 100 students at St. Francis Preparatory School had complained of flu-like symptoms, and eight were confirmed with mild cases of the flu, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) told reporters today at a news conference.

    Swine flu could mutate to 'more dangerous' strain...
    It is "quite possible" that the swine flu virus that has killed dozens in Mexico will mutate into a "more dangerous" strain, a senior World Health Organization official said Sunday. 

    81 dead in Mexico as flu emergency goes global

    Fatal swine flu breaks out in Mexico
    MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Reuters) - A deadly swine flu never seen before has broken out in Mexico, killing at least 16 people and raising fears of a possible pandemic.

    The World Health Organization said it was concerned at what it called 800 "influenza-like" cases in Mexico, and also about a confirmed outbreak of a new strain of swine flu in the United States. Mexico canceled classes for millions of children in its sprawling capital city and surrounding area on Friday after authorities noticed a higher number of flu-like deaths than normal in recent weeks. "It is a virus that mutated from pigs and then at some point was transmitted to humans," Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told the Televisa network.

    He put the death toll at 16 confirmed cases and dozens of other suspected deaths. WHO said about 60 people have died in the country.  The Geneva-based U.N. agency said it was in daily contact with U.S., Canadian and Mexican authorities and had activated its Strategic Health Operations Center (SHOC) -- its command and control center for acute public health events.
    U.S. health officials said on Thursday that seven people had been diagnosed with a new and unusual H1N1 swine flu virus, different from seasonal flu, but all had recovered.

    The following is a list of debilitating diseases for which medical science has no cure. This list is incomplete.

    • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
    • Acute myeloid leukemia
    • acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), see also HIV
    • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease)
    • Aspartylglucosaminuria
    • Asthma
    • Avian influenza
    • B-mannosidosis
    • Batten disease (juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis)
    • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, "mad cow" disease)
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
    • Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
    • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), see also bovine spongiform encephalopathy and kuru
    • Currarino triad
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Cystinosis
    • Dementia
    • Diabetes
    • Dysmyelogenic leukodystrophy (DMD, a.k.a. Alexander disease)
    • Ebola
    • Emphysema (C.O.P.D.)
    • Farber disease
    • Fatal familial insomnia
    • Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
    • Fucosidosis
    • Galactosialidosis (Goldberg syndrome)
    • Gaucher disease
    • GM1 gangliodsidosis
    • Hairy cell leukemia
    • Herpes zoster, a.k.a. varicella-zoster, a.k.a. chicken pox
    • Hopeless astrocytoma (brain cancer)
    • Hurler syndrome (includes Hurler-Scheie)
    • Hunter syndrome
    • Huntington's disease
    • infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis
    • Immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura
    • Influenza
    • Krabbe disease
    • Kuru, see Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
    • Lissencephaly
    • Lymphocytic lymphomas
      • Hodgkin Lymphoma
      • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
      • Small lymphocytic lymphoma
    • Maroteaux-Lamy
    • Measles
    • Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)
    • Morquio A
    • Mucolipidosis II (I-cell Disease)
    • Mucolipidosis IV
    • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • Niemann-Pick disease (All types: A, B and C)
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Polio
    • Pompe disease
    • Prosaposin
    • Progeria
    • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
    • Psoriasis
    • Salla disease
    • Sandhoff disease
    • Sanfilippo A
    • Scheie syndrome
    • Schindler disease
    • Schizophrenia
    • Sialidosis (mucolipidosis I)
    • Sly syndrome
    • Spherocytosis
    • Spinocerebellar ataxia
    • Spreading adenocarcinoma
    • Spreading melanoma
    • Takayasu's arteritis (pulseless disease)
    • Tay-Sachs disease
    • Wolan disease

    Scientists and medical ethicists yesterday condemned the controversial fertility doctor Panayiotis Zavos for transferring cloned human embryos into the wombs of four women.
    Dr Zavos claimed in an interview with The Independent that he had created 14 cloned human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of the four women, who wanted to give birth to cloned babies, although none of them had become pregnant.

    Children tracked by satellite to stop bad behavior
    The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?"

    CA swine flu cases worry officials

    ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials alerted doctors Tuesday to a unique type of swine flu diagnosed in two California children, but it's unclear whether many people will be susceptible to the infection.The children were diagnosed last week. One was a 10-year-old boy in San Diego County, and the other a 9-year-old girl in neighboring Imperial County. Both recovered.
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said there's no reason for the public to take unusual measures against it.
    "CDC is concerned, but that's our job," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner.

    He who has an ear, let him hear.
     1If anyone is to go into captivity,
          into captivity he will go.
       If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
          with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

    The 21st century has continued the bloodshed, with 1.1 million deaths in Iraq since early 2003.

    Current conflicts:

    Afghanistan War
    Baluchistan War
    Burundi Civil War
    Central African Republic Army Mutiny
    Chad Rebellion
    Chechen War
    Colombian Civil War
    Darfur War
    The Ethiopia-Somalia War
    India-Bangladesh Border Conflict
    Iraq War
    Israel-Palestinian War
    Israel-Syrian Conflict
    Cote de Ivorie (Ivory Coast) Civil War
    Korean Conflict
    Nepal Civil War
    Thai Muslim Rebellion
    Waziristan War

    World's Fish Supply Running Out, Researchers Warn

    An international group of ecologists and economists warned yesterday that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue at current rates, based on a four-year study of catch data and the effects of fisheries collapses.

    The paper, published in the journal Science, concludes that overfishing, pollution and other environmental factors are wiping out important species around the globe, hampering the ocean's ability to produce seafood, filter nutrients and resist the spread of disease.

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Missing vials of a potentially dangerous virus have prompted an Army investigation into the disappearance from a lab in Maryland.

    The vials contained samples of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, a virus that sickens horses and can be spread to humans by mosquitoes. In 97 percent of cases, humans with the virus suffer flu-like symptoms, but it can be deadly in about 1 out of 100 cases, according to Caree Vander Linden, a spokeswoman for the Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. There is an effective vaccine for the disease and there hasn't been an outbreak in the United States since 1971.
    Rainforest clash in Panama signals larger debate

    KUNA YALA, Panama (CNN) -- Hunched over a campfire in eastern Panama, Embera tribesman Raul Mezua chanted a song his grandfather taught him when he was a boy.

    The words are memorized, passed down from an aging generation to a new group of tribal youths.

    "The song means a lot to me," Mezua told CNN, the fire's dying embers splashing a red glow across his face. "But I don't know what it means."

    It's not just the song but their language and culture that Mezua and his tribe fear losing as deforestation from logging and cattle ranching threatens the rainforest that is part of their identity.

    But recent trends could usher in a welcome reversal for Mezua and his tribe. Rural workers are migrating toward cities in search of jobs, and forests are re-emerging where now abandoned farms and cattle ranches once flourished, according to a 2009 report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

    Such "secondary" forests in the tropics can rapidly grow in areas once cleared for logging and cattle ranching if left alone, said Joseph Wright, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. "After about 20 years (of being left alone) the forest will be about 60 feet tall," he said. Video Watch Mezua sing a traditional tribal song »

    Deforestation and re-growth in Panama may reflect a snapshot of a bigger picture involving rainforests throughout Central America. With more than three-quarters of people across the region now living in urban centers, the United Nations expects rural farming and population growth -- the usual culprits behind deforestation -- to dwindle.

    THE poverty-stricken father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali plans to become a millionaire himself-by SELLING his nine-year-old daughter. In a bid to escape India's real-life slums, Rafiq Qureshi put angel-faced darling of the Oscars Rubina up for adoption, demanding millions of rupees worth £200,000. As he offered the shocking deal to the News of the World's undercover fake sheik this week, Rafiq declared: "I have to consider what's best for me, my family and Rubina's future."Rafiq tried to blame Hollywood bosses for forcing him to put his daughter up for SALE.

    1 Timothy 4
    Instructions to Timothy

     1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

    If you wish to add to this send to pinpoint@bobshannon.org

    Police officers in riot gear detain activists of Natalia Vitrenko's Progressive Socialist Party who tried to break a cordon of a rally to mark the 65th anniversary of the anti-Soviet Ukrainian Insurgent Army in downtown Kiev on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007.

    In deed!!   Change is the one constant that we have faced in the last 10,000 years!!  (If not for global warming, most of North America would still be under ice)  We are the direct product of change over the last billions of years!!   Why we should think that anything in the natural world should be a constant, is a mystery to me???  Every generation somehow thinks their generation represents a utopia of life, and every generation deals with natural as well as social change,  either in the form of progress or disaster!   The peace we seek in a world of constant contentment can not be found in the natural world!   It will change, and if we can not embrace it, we find disaster!  (Unfortunately man has many times been at the root of disaster,,  either in the form of disease, social upheaval, or building in the wrong place)  I am always amazed at those who go through a disaster and find blessings in their lives and go about rebuilding with renewed enthusiasm, and others give up and spend their energy looking for someone to blame!  They act more like children who have been caught in a lie, rather than like adults who go about changing and improving their condition and lives!!  Man can for a moment tame a few of the natural wonders and have them serve us with power, water and other conveniences, but to believe we can control the wild beast forever, is incredibly naive!  Some places seem more prone than others for disaster, but I can't think of any place on earth that is 100% free from some natural, or social disaster,,  the secret of contentment can only come from deep within!!  The idea of this group and the possibility of being sensitive to earth changes and being able to share warnings with others does bring a small sense of hope and satisfaction!
     oops,  I'll go back to lurking,, ha!!

    F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
    Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.Until now, the federal government genetically tracked only convicts. But starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will join 15 states that collect DNA samples from those awaiting trial and will collect DNA from detained immigrants — the vanguard of a growing class of genetic registrants.

    The F.B.I., with a DNA database of 6.7 million profiles, expects to accelerate its growth rate from 80,000 new entries a year to 1.2 million by 2012 — a 17-fold increase. F.B.I. officials say they expect DNA processing backlogs — which now stand at more than 500,000 cases — to increase.
    You ARE Being WATCHED

    World’s fisheries in crisis as more boats chase smaller stock
    Rev 8: 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

    Nearly half the world’s fishing catch is either thrown back dead or sold without regard to whether the fish stock is endangered, according to a report released today. Every year more than 38 million tonnes of marine life is taken from the sea without having been the intended target of the fishing vessels. As the numbers of the most popular species fall, unwanted fish that used to be discarded before returning to port, traditionally referred to as bycatch, are now being taken to market. Traditional fishery management plans focus only on target species, leaving bycatch species heavily exploited and without any scientific control or monitoring

    Zephaniah 1
    3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. CLICK HERE TO READ OT ZEPHANIAH

    (CNN) -- A Maryland man apparently killed his wife and three young children, then shot and killed himself at the foot of the bed where his wife and 2-year-old daughter's bodies lay, authorities said Saturday. Christopher Wood, 34, may have slashed at least some of his family members in the killings in Middletown. Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff Charles Jenkins said some of the victims had "severe lacerations and cut wounds."

    "These are horrific incidents," said Jenkins, who said he couldn't remember another homicide in the past 20 years in the small town northwest of Baltimore. "No one should ever have to be exposed to this." Wood's sons were 5 and 4 years old, authorities said. His wife, Francie Billotti Wood, was 33  The boys were found in their beds in a single bedroom, the sheriff said. Authorities did not release the names of the children.

    Father Kills Five Children in Third U.S. Multiple Shooting

    April 6 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. father killed his five children and then shot himself after learning his wife was leaving him. The children, ranging in age from 7 to 16, may have been shot dead with a rifle by Washington state man James Harrison early on April 4, said Pierce County Sherriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer in a telephone interview. Four of the children were found in their beds in the family’s mobile home near Graham, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Tacoma. The fifth, a girl, was found in a bathroom, after what appeared to have been a struggle, Troyer said.

    US gunman kills 13 at immigrant counselling centre

    The small upstate New York town of Binghamton became the latest community to suffer the horror of gun rampage in America when a man yesterday killed 13 people at an immigrant counselling centre where many of his victims were studying to become US citizens.

    The carnage at the American Civic Association, a language and help centre for immigrants from all over the world settled in New York state, had all the hallmarks of being premeditated. The gunman, believed to be a Vietnamese immigrant, drove his car to the back of the building and parked it tight against the rear door – preventing those inside from escaping.

    PAPER: Israeli military ready to bomb Iran...
    Numbers 35:19 (King James Version)
     19The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.
    Jobless Rate Climbs in 46 States...
    Revelation 13:17 (King James Version
     17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name
    California highest since '76...
    ..and the poor...poorer

    Chavez Gift: Book that Assails USA for Exploiting Latin America

    Weather Changes

    Global Changes
    It has been told...
    Playing God?

    Ruby Ridge
    Which is good? Which is Evil?

    Earth Is Rapidly Getting Warmer
    Weather Changes
    Los Angeles Police Plan to Map Muslims
    One World Religion?
    Millions fleeing devastating cyclone
    Weather Changes
    Russia sect holes up in cave to await end of world
    Nobody Knows When!!!
    Atlanta's losing water
    ..and they are not alone..
    Police State or Freedom, Which comes First?

    The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist attack on April 19, 1995 aimed at the U.S. government in which the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, an office complex in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was bombed. The attack claimed 168 lives and left over 800 people injured. It was the largest terrorist attack on American soil in history before the September 11 attacks. It remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.

    Human race will 'split into two different species'
    The world is a mess"
    Why are we not surprised? We are supposed to be Caretakers
    'Humanity's very survival' at risk
    The world is a mess"
    .....and his number shall be...
    ...Changes in weather

    Sperm donor, 72, to father his own grandchild
    ..and more will be coming soon...
    ....and his number shall be...
    NASA predicted human caused coming 'ice age' in 1971
    ...Changes in weather
    Russia gets set for 'Conception Day'
    ..and more will be coming soon...
    McCain: Chaos and genocide if U.S. withdraws
    ....and his number shall be...
    Now police are told they can use Taser guns on children

    ...and more will be coming soon...
    .....and his number shall be...
    Poison pyjamas add to China export scares
    ....very unusual....
    Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years
    ....very unusual....
    Mystery ailment kills hundreds of camels
    ...and more will be coming soon...
    China evacuates 900,000 from eastern coast as it braces for typhoon

    ...Changes in weather
    Clock Ticking on Las Vegas' Water Supply
    ...Changes in weather

    18 people rescued from house without AC
    .........Rescued? No Air Conditioning? What?

    China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales
    .....and his number shall be...

    Europe's Summer of Wild, Wild Weather; Fires, Droughts and Floods
    ..Changes in weather
    New Zealand 'Vegansexuals' pledge no sex with meat-eaters
    Not kidding...Only in New Zealand?
    Heatwave killed 500 in Hungary in past week: official
    ...Changes in weather
    Hezbollah: Rockets Can Reach All Israel
    ....Changes in weather
    Microchip Implants Raise Privacy Concern
    ...Big Brother is Watching..and His number shall be....
    No end in sight to China floods after hundreds die
    ..Changes in weather
    ..Changes in weather
    Current nuclear threat worse than during Cold War: U.S. expert
    .....and his number shall be...
    Eating beef found to be more harmful to Earth than driving
    ....global changes
    Human species in a race for its life...

    ...Changes in weather
    Bottle Of Water $55 In NYC!
    Why are we not surprised?
    Lightning Strikes Reported by iPod Users
    .....very unusual....
    Historic High Temps Create Havoc
    ...Changes in weather
    Why are we not surprised?
    Pakistani Monsoon Victims Riot
    ...Changes in weather
    Flooded-Out Texans Urged to Leave Again
    ...Changes in weather
    NY City May Require Permit For Public Photography...
    ?What? Civil Liberties? Freedom of expression?
    Superbug may strike 5 percent of patients
    ...and more will be coming soon...
    PREDICTION: Cities will sizzle, Mediterranean wilt from global warming...
    ....global changes
    100-foot deep Andes lake disappears
    ....global changes
    Scientists discover new, potentially deadly bacteria
    ...and more will be coming soon...
    .....and his number shall be...
    The secret CCTV bunker that monitors UK
    ....everything you do is being watched
    Ahmadinejad: Jews 'acting like beastly persons'
    .....and his number shall be...
    Ocean may be losing ability to absorb CO2
    ....global changes
    Big river in Italy drying up
    ....global changes
    Mystery honeybee killer could make dinner bland
    ......speaks for itself
    Is Big Brother in your car?
    ....everything you do is being watched
    ....everything you do is being watched
    Making a profit while helping the poor
    ....Sounds wrong....
    MOVE OVER, LONDON; $8 To Enter Manhattan By Car; Congestion Fee
    Brutal attacks on homeless on upswing across country
    The poor get poorer...the dumb, dumber.
    Mysterious disappearance of bees creating a buzz
    It's been written in the Bible....
    DISNEY opens Fairy Tale Weddings to gay couples
    ......speaks for itself
    Chocolate Jesus exhibit canceled
    Just Stupid
    Ex-governor of Arizona says UFOs flew over Phoenix

    No Comment
    South Florida Hit by Water Restrictions;
    Neighbors encouraged to rat each other out

    Vanishing Bees Threaten US Crops
    ......speaks for itself
    'Scientists tell us civilization as we know it is over'
     ..weather changes


      Bio Identification
    Warmest winter on record for Shanghai
    ..weather changes
    Minnesota Public Radio forum on global warming cancelled -- due to blizzard
    ...weather changes
    Global warming blamed for cockroach migration
    ...weather changes
    Tokyo had 1st winter without snow on record
    ....weather changes
    Israel may open 'Jesus tomb' to public
    ...the work of Satan or archeology
    Vanishing Bees; 22 States Report Insects Disappearing In Huge Numbers
    ......speaks for itself

    Villages sealed off as H5N1 reaches Moscow
    Blair pleads the case for biometric ID cards
    Bio Identification
    Will they be "chicken"?
    CHRYSLER; Eliminates Nearly 13,000 Jobs What is wrong with this picture?

    Record snow falls for date in Chicago...
    Damned Global Warming
    Snow Squalls Bury Upstate New York...
    Damned Global Warming
    The brain scan that can read people's intentions
    Why does this sound scary?

    New York may ban iPods while crossing street
    ....everything you do is being watched...Think about joining the ACLU!
    Climate Changes Means Foodless, Waterless Millions
    ....weather changes
    How wonderful is that (sarcastically)
    Scientists unravel superbug that kills in 24 hours...
    ...and more will be coming soon...
    Military Expands Domestic Surveillance
    "They" are watching everywhere
    Jan 2, 2007: Cherry Blossoms Bloom In Brooklyn
    Changes in Weather
    Pat Robertson: God told me of 'mass killing' in 2007
    Prophet or Fake
    North Europe to ring in New Year with ice-free Baltic Sea
    Changes in  the weather
    Pope: Worship God not technology
    Internet is not our God
    Furor in Italy over "gay nativity" in parliament
    Not too good of a sign...

    Study: 9 of 10 Americans have had premarital sex
    Years of interviews show 95 percent of Americans have had sex before marriage, even in supposedly more chaste times.
    Being a celebrity is the 'best thing in the world' say children...
    Children under 10 think being a celebrity is the "very best thing in the world" but do not think quite as much of God, a survey has revealed.
    Arctic may lose all summer ice by 2040
    Changes in  the weather
    Beijing residents warned to stay indoors as pollution worsens
    We are supposed to be caretakers...
    Gulf summit opens with warning of regional explosion
    Why are we not surprised?
    Kirk Douglas Issues Editorial on His 90th Birthday
    "The world is a mess"
    Hawking: Humans must colonize other planets
    Only One God!
    Cold set to snap city record
    Climate Change
    Gaia scientist Lovelock predicts planetary wipeout
    It is written.....
    California sea lions attack humans
    Humpback whales have 'human' brain cells
    Dutch bask in warmest autumn in three centuries
    Climate Change
    Netanyahu: Ahmadinejad is preparing another Holocaust...
    There ya go....
    Your favorite seafood may be in peril
    It's been written in the Bible....
    Nearly half of Americans uncertain God exists: poll
    Speaks for itself...or ourselves depending

    Global warming will devastate global economy, report warns
    No Surprise here...
    Black cloud threatens Egyptians' health
    Dire prediction for world's coral reefs
    We are Caretakers!
    See a smoker in Omaha? Dial 9-1-1
    I'm just sayin....
    Humans living far beyond planet's means
    Really? Wow what a surprise......NOT!
    FDA set to allow cloned meat, milk
    No Comment
    By 2016, cameras on 'almost every block'
    "They" are watching everywhere
    “Is God Green?”
    Dumb and dumber
    High-tech school security is on the rise
    Radio Frequency Identification
    Young shoppers want to pay with chip in skin
    Radio Frequency Identification
    Man says he killed family; 4 kids found dead
    Why? What morals have we taught?
    Third death linked to tainted spinach
    Plagues and Scourge
    Scientists to create 'frankenbunny' in big research leap
    Playing God to save their lives
    Court says eavesdropping program can continue
    "They" are watching everywhere
    Tavern camera mandate proposed
    "They" are watching everywhere
    Alaskan storm cracks iceberg in Antarctica
    Changes in weather
    U.S. population to top 300 million this month...

    Teens' T-Shirts Make Educators Squirm
    Teen Morals Decline
    Thousands Rally Against Pope in Mideast
    Religious Wars
    Paul Allen's "brain atlas" unlocking mysteries of the ultimate computer
    Is it helpful or is it HAL?
    NYC Mulls Ban on Trans Fats in Eateries
    Are "they" telling us what to eat?
    Is Germany Ready for a Gay Chancellor?
    Sexual Perversion
    Mysterious blob may be killing marine life
    Farm finds four-legged chicken
    Proposed Ordinance asks Each Household to Have a Firearm
    People vs people-Divide and Conquer-Disposal of Constitutional Law
    Billionaires Only Occupy Forbes 400 List
    The Rich get richer, the poor, poorer
    Sheep slaughtered in 'satanic' ritual
    Whose religion is this?
    Is RFID tracking you?
       Radio Frequency Identification
    No cash? No card? Just stick in finger
       Bio Identification
    Disney's Finger Scan Upgrade Raises Privacy Concerns
      Bio Identification
    FBI raids offices of 6 Alaska legislators
      Questionable Dictatorial Politics
    In Jesus Words Only
      A book by a NON-Paulist
    Opium Harvest at Record Level in Afghanistan
     A War which will Never be Won
    Bush Admits Secret CIA Prisons
      Questionable Dictatorial Politics
    Wis. farm has third rare white buffalo
    ...of unknown importance
    Radio Frequency Identification
    Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations"
    What many have said.....
    Pope's speech stirs Muslim anger
    Religious wars
    Officials: Cleveland Man, 79, Dies From West Nile
    Sean Penn: Bush Caused 'Enormous Damage to Mankind,' May Bring Fascism to U.S.
    Actors with voices.
    Bush to ask world to support Mideast democracy
    Ever thought of asking the Mideast? Spread of one world "religion"
    Boeing May Help Catch Illegal Immigrants
    Technology to Spy on you too...
    At U.N., Chavez Calls Bush 'The Devil'
    Not all countries are Democratic
    Red Cross Unprepared To Deal With Mentally Ill
    ...another trampled minority left to die alone..