More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark. BEEBE, Ark. – Wildlife officials
are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall
from the sky over an Arkansas
town. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began
receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30
p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of
Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found
outside of that area. Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed
physical trauma, and she speculated that "the flock could have been hit by
lightning or high-altitude hail." Robby King, a wildlife officer for the
agency, collected about 65 dead birds, which will be sent for testing to the
state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National
Wildlife Health Center
lab in Madison, Wis.
Jacob's House Comment
Signs from God abound and the end of this world is nearer than most people think it is. God's faithful children will soon be with their Father in heaven in a glorious reawakening. However, at the same time the Devil's offspring will perish for their sins.
Republic of Ireland swine flu cases triple.Northern Ireland - Cases of swine flu
(H1N1) in the Republic of Ireland have increased
from 30 to 91 in a week according to the country's Health Protection
Surveillance. The number of swine flu cases in Northern
increased by almost 400% in the past week
Norovirus bug shuts MorristonHospital to visitors.
in Swansea has closed to visitors
and seven wards are shut to new patients because of an outbreak of norovirus. A
spokesperson said visitors would only be accepted for children and in
exceptional circumstances. A ward was closed last month and managers warned the
hospital would shut to visitors if more wards were affected. There are about
750 beds at the hospital. A spokesperson for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University
Health Board said seven wards were shut due to norovirus so it decided to close
the hospital to visitors. It was suggested the whole hospital could be shut to
visitors if a "significant number" of wards were closed through
norovirus. Norovirus is a common viral infection which causes diarrhoea and
vomiting, and is easily passed from person to person. The incubation period is
anything from four hours to three days, and symptoms usually last 12 to 60 hours.
January 6, 2011
Dead birds fall from the sky in Louisiana. Dead birds are falling from the
sky, but don't take it as a sign the Seventh Seal of the apocalypse has broken
- yet. The rash of mass bird deaths in the South that has thrown many into a
doomsday panic can be explained by natural events, officials say, despite
apocalyptic interpretations. 450 birds suddenly found dead in Louisiana Tuesday were likely caused by the birds flying into power lines, a state wildlife
veterinarian told the press. Several birds showed
signs of head, neck beak or back injuries, as opposed to having just fallen out
of the sky.
Dead birds found in Scotland.
- Officials say about 50 birds have been found dead on a street in Sweden.
Veterinarian Robert ter Horst says the cause of jackdaws' deaths was unclear
but that fireworks were set off near the scene Tuesday night. The birds were
found dead on Wednesday. Ter Horst says cold weather, difficulties finding food
and possible shock from the fireworks could be responsible, leading to the
stressed birds either dying from the stress or being run over by vehicles. Five
of the dead jackdaws found in the city of Falkoping
were being tested.
Dead Birds in Sweden,
more dead fish in Maryland, New
Zealand and Brazil
are now added to the phenomenon of dead birds and dead fish reported yesterday
in three. 2 Million Dead Fish in Maryland.
The animal death toll keeps climbing: first it was thousands of blackbirds and
fish in Arkansas and Louisiana,
now 2 million more fish are dead in the Chesapeake Bay
in Maryland. Most of the
casualties are adult spot and juvenile croakers, believed to be killed by
"cold-water stress." The air temperature in the bay area was 4.3
degrees lower than average last month. Maryland
environmental officials say croakers are especially susceptible to colder
waters, but that they have usually left the bay by now.
Dead Fish in Arkansas:
Why are Fish Floating and Birds Dropping Dead. A hundred thousand dead fish were
found floating in the Arkansas river in
the northwest part of the state. Dead fish are also
being reported inBrazil and New
Mag 7.1 Earthquake hits Chile. Jan 2, 2011-
- A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday,
prompting tens of thousands to flee the coast for higher ground and safety.
floods cause "catastrophic" damage. ROCKHAMPTON, Australia
(Reuters) - Australia's record floods are causing catastrophic damage to
infrastructure in the state of Queensland and have forced 75 percent of its
coal mines, which fuel Asia's steel mills, to grind to a halt, Queensland's
premier said on Wednesday. The worst flooding in decades has affected an area
the size of Germany and France, leaving towns virtual islands in a muddy inland
sea, devastated crops, cut major rail and road links to coal ports, slashed
exports and forced up world coal prices. "Seventy-five percent of our
mines are currently not operation because of this flood," Premier Anna
Bligh told local television. "So, that's a massive impact on the
international markets and the international manufacturer of steel." The
Australian floods, which have cut off 22 towns and affected 200,000 people,
have resulted from the La Nina weather phenomenon, which produces monsoonal
rains over the western Pacific and Southeast Asia.
January 7, 2011
More young people are winding up in nursing homes. It's no longer
unusual to find a nursing home resident who is decades younger than his
neighbor: About one in seven people now living in such facilities in the U.S.
is under 65. But the growing phenomenon presents a host of challenges for
nursing homes, while patients like Martin face staggering isolation. "It's
just a depressing place to live," Martin says. "I'm stuck here. You
don't have no privacy at all. People die around you all the time. It starts to
really get depressing because all you're seeing is negative, negative,
negative." The number of under-65 nursing home residents has risen about
22 percent in the past eight years to about 203,000, according to an analysis
of statistics from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.
That number has climbed as mental health facilities close and medical advances
keep people alive after they've suffered traumatic injuries.
A new report is stating food prices around the world are the highest in
history because of crop shortages in many nations.This is leaving many poor people in debt
ridden nations without their regular meals.
Many commodities like copper are also at record levels.
God was behind Big Bang, universe no accident: Pope. ATICAN
CITY (Reuters) - God's mind was
behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should
reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope benedict
said on Thursday. "The universe is not the result of chance, as some would
want to make us believe," Benedict said on the day Christians mark the
Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the
site where Jesus was born by following a star. "Contemplating it (the
universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the
creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God," he said in a sermon to some
10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the feast day.
Job data points to sluggish economy. The U.S. economy added fewer jobs than expected and more
Americans dropped out of the work force in December, signs that employers are
still slow to hire 19 months after the recession's end. The Euro Zone jobless
rate in the 16 countries using euro in the third quarter of 2010 was stable at
10.1 per cent, the highest level since the creation of the single currency in
New thunderstorms brought more pounding rains to a waterlogged coastal
community in north-eastern Australia
today as a mayor said it could take a year to fully recover from the worst
flooding in decades.
January 9, 2011
AZ shooting targets US congresswoman, kills 6. A gunman gravely
wounded Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed a federal judge
in a shooting rampage outside a supermarket that left five others dead,
including a 9-year-old girl. U. S.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords battled for her life on Sunday after an
assailant shot her in the head and killed six others as she met with
constituents in Tucson. The
40-year-old Democratic lawmaker was in critical condition and doctors were
cautiously optimistic she would survive. The suspected gunman was in federal
custody as investigators sought a motive in the rare shooting of a U.S.
lawmaker and looked for a possible accomplice. Saturday's shooting shocked
politicians in Washington, where
Congress postponed a vote on health care reform later this week. Following an
acrimonious campaign ahead of midterm congressional elections last November,
some suggested a climate of political vitriol might have played a role in the
27 deaths, including 14 decapitated, rock Acapulco.
- The image of this beach mecca has taken a new hit from Mexico’s
drug violence, with 27 people killed in less than a day, including 14 men whose
bodies were found with their heads chopped off at a shopping center. Acapulco
has seen fierce turf wars between drug gangs, and the bloodshed is scaring some
vacationers away even though little of the violence happens in tourist areas.
The decapitation slayings and most of the other killings that occurred in a
stretch of just a few hours from Friday night into Saturday also occurred in
non-tourism areas. But two police officers were shot to death on a major
bayside avenue in front of visitors and locals. The 14 headless bodies, and a
15th intact corpse, were found by police on a street outside a shopping center
accompanied by written warnings from a drug cartel, authorities said.
Tucson rampage casts
light on toxic political tone. WASHINGTON
- Politicians of all stripes are bound to be haunted by Rep. Gabrielle
Gifford’s warning, 10 months before she was shot, to cool the rhetoric. It's
been a year or more of raw politics, with anger spilling over on both sides and
gun-related metaphors coming loosely from the lips of some candidates and
activists. Giffords, a figurative target of the right, on Saturday became the
actual target of a gunman who shot her through the head and killed at least
five others. She was critically wounded. But in Pima
County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence
Dupnik suggested "all this vitriol" in recent political discourse
might be connected to Saturday's shootings. "This may be free speech,"
he told reporters, "but it's not without consequences." Whatever the
motive, the toxic tone of the national debate is certain to draw greater
scrutiny. "We do know that politics has become too personal, too nasty and
perhaps too dangerous," said Jonathan Cowan, president of the centrist
Democratic group Third Way.
"Perhaps out of this senseless act some sense can return to our public
discourse." In the aftermath of the rampage, the House's newly installed
Republican leaders postponed Wednesday's scheduled vote to repeal the new
health care law, the issue at the center of the harshest criticisms of Giffords
and many other Democrats for the past two years. Lawmakers from both parties
were deeply shaken.
Jacob's House Comment
As we said it would over a year ago on this website, polarization now abounds all over this world today in many nations, and on many fronts. This will increase in the near future as it erupts into seething violence and chaos leading to the end of this earth age as we now know it.
Jacobs House Comment
The shooting of congresswoman Giffords also fulfills Revelation 13: 3, in the
Lord God’s Holy Bible. Therefore, now
shall the beast achieve greater speaking power and notoriety through the
dragon. He will lead many into the pit
of despair and captivity. However, Rev
13: 3 being fulfilled also means the end of this earth age is nearly at
hand. It will soon be destroyed by our God
to make way for His new day of righteousness to fully appear.
January 10, 2011
is reeling under cold-wave conditions with 41 people having died in Uttar. In New Delhi, at least 10 homeless
people died from the cold weather over the last few days.
Floods threaten Australia's third biggest city. BRISBANE
(Reuters) – Residents in Australia's
third largest city, Brisbane,
sandbagged their homes against rising waters on Monday as torrential rain
worsened floods that have paralyzed the coal industry in the northeast and now
threaten tourism. The worst floods in 50 years have at times covered an area
the size of France
combined in Queensland state. Six
people have been killed while dozens of towns have been isolated or partially
submerged. More monsoon rains are expected all week. Toowoomba, a major town west of
Brisbane, was hit by a two-meter-deep wall of mud-filled floodwater which swept
two people to their deaths and left others clinging to the tops of vehicles
carried along streets by the torrent, police said. In Brisbane,
a city of 2 million, people in low-lying areas were given sandbags and warned
the worst of the flooding might not occur until Tuesday or Wednesday.
January 12, 2011
More than 100 dead birds found off Calif.
- California wildlife officials
are trying to figure out what caused the death of more than 100 birds found
clustered together just off Highway 101. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports
that California Highway Patrol officers found the dead birds near the roadway
on Saturday and called in the state Department of Fish and Game to investigate.
The officers who found the birds described them as small with brown and black
feathers. They were intact and had not been shot. The reports come as other,
larger bird deaths have been reported in Arkansas,
Louisiana and other states.
Scores missing in tsunami-like flood in Australia.
- Office windows exploded, cars careened into trees and bobbed in the churning
brown water like corks. The deluge washed away bridges and sidewalks; people
desperately clung to power poles to survive. Before it was over, the flash
flood left at least 10 dead and 78 missing. "The water was literally
leaping, six or 10 feet into the air, through creeks and over bridges and into
parks. There was nowhere to escape, even if there had been warnings. There was
just a sea of water about a kilometer (half a mile) wide. The violent surge in
Toowoomba brought the overall death toll from weeks of flooding in Queensland
state to 20, a sudden acceleration in a crisis that had been unfolding
gradually with swollen rivers overflowing their banks and inundating towns while
moving toward the ocean. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said there were
"grave fears" for at least 18 of those missing. The high waters
headed next to Australia's
third-largest city, Brisbane, where
up to 9,000 homes were expected to be swamped. The Brisbane
River overflowed its banks Tuesday
and officials warned that dozens of low-lying neighborhoods and parts of
downtown could be inundated in coming days. But nothing downstream was expected
to be as fierce as the flash flood that struck Toowoomba on Monday. It was
sparked by a freak storm — up to 6 inches (150 millimeters) fell in half an
hour. "There was water coming down everywhere in biblical
proportions," Toowoomba council member Joe Ramia told the AP.
Tunisia unrest leaves 50 dead,
All schools closed indefinitely. The
International Federation for Human Rights says up to 50 people have been killed
in violence in the African nation of Tunisia over
the weekend. The government of the North African nation of Tunisia
ordered all schools and universities to be closed indefinitely following deadly
rioting and protests linked to anger over unemployment.
Over 600 die in Brazil
slides, survivors relate horrors. TERESOPOLIS, Brazil
- The power was out, but lightning flashes illuminated the horror as villagers
watched neighbors' homes vanish under a wall of mud and water, turning
neighborhoods into graveyards. Survivors dug at the earth barehanded Thursday,
but all they found were bodies.
It was a scene of muddy destruction in mountain towns north of Rio,
where at least 464 people were killed when torrential rains unleashed mudslides
in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, burying people alive as they slept. Officials
would not venture guesses on how many people were missing, but fears were high
that the death toll could sharply rise. In the remote Campo
Grande neighborhood of Teresopolis, now accessible
only by a perilous five-mile (eight-kilometer) hike through mud-slicked jungle,
family members pulled the lifeless bodies of loved ones from the muck. They
carefully laid the corpses on dry ground, covering them with blankets.
January 18, 2011
- A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked a remote area of southwestern Pakistan
early Wednesday, shaking many parts of the country and causing tremors as far
away as India
and the United Arab Emirates.
The quake was centered in Baluchistan province, the
country's most sparsely populated area, said the United States Geological
Service, occurring at 1:30 a.m. local
time at a depth of some 50 miles (84 kilometers.
Rising rivers continue to swamp Australian towns. MELBOURNE, Australia - Residents of rural
communities in southeastern Australia were sent emergency evacuation orders
before dawn Wednesday, urged to leave their homes with three days of supplies
just before floodwaters breached levees and swamped the town. Australia's mining industry has borne the
brunt of the economic impact from massive floods in Queensland state, but agriculture,
construction, transport, tourism and retail have also been hit.
Student tracking finds limited learning in college. A new study
provides disturbing answers to questions about how much students actually learn
in college, for many, not much, and has inflamed a debate about the value of an
American higher education. The research of more than 2,300 undergraduates found
45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of
critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore
years. One problem is that students just aren't asked to do much, according to
findings in a new book, "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College
Campuses." Half of students did not take a single course requiring 20
pages of writing during their prior semester, and one-third did not take a
single course requiring even 40 pages of reading per week.
January 21, 2011
More Army Guard, Reserve soldiers committing suicide. An increase in suicides
among National Guard soldiers largely in states across the Midwest, such as Missouri and Wisconsin, is responsible for a
24% increase in deaths. Citizen soldiers are killing themselves at record
rates, the Army announced on Wednesday. Last year, 145 Army Reservists and
National Guardsmen committed suicide.
Hospital: Giffords moves to rehab facility today. TUCSON, Ariz. -
Fresh from a sunny outing that brought a smile, Gabrielle Giffords is moving to
a Houston rehab center where her husband hopes the "fighter"
continues on the path to a full recovery. University
staffers took the wounded congresswoman to a deck at the hospital Thursday,
where she breathed in the fresh air and felt the sun, trauma surgeon Peter Rhee
said. "I saw the biggest smile she could gather," Rhee said. "We
are very happy to have her enjoying the sunshine of Arizona."
She has been making progress nearly every day in her recovery from a bullet
wound to the brain.
CDC Report Finds 8% of Americans Have Asthma. WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12
(HealthDay News) - Just over 8 percent of Americans have asthma, according to
the latest estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Crunching the numbers, the authors found that 24.6 million Americans (or 8.2
percent) have asthma. However, the percentage of people with asthma was found
to be higher than the national average among specific groups, including women,
children, non-Hispanic blacks and Puerto Ricans. People living below the
poverty line, as well as residents of both the Northeast and the Midwest,
were also found to have higher-than-average rates of asthma. The authors noted
that, in 2007, emergency rooms across the United
States saw 1.75 million asthma-related
visits and 456,000 asthma-related hospitalizations. By 2008, asthma patients
were missing 14.2 million days of work each year, as well as 10.5 million
school days, the report stated.
Two people critical with swine flu in Hong Kong. HONG KONG
(AFP) - Two people were in critical condition in a Hong Kong
hospital suffering from swine flu, according to health officials, a year and a
half after an outbreak killed more than 80 people in the city. The Chinese
financial centre is nervous about infectious diseases, following the outbreak
of the SARS virus in 2003, which killed 300 people in the city and a further
500 around the world. Hong Kong, a city of seven
million, has some of the world's most densely populated neighborhoods,
prompting a panicked response from many residents over news of a disease
outbreak. Some wear surgical masks to avoid infection.
January 23, 2011
culls 10,000 chickens to contain bird flu. TOKYO
(AFP) - Japan
has begun slaughtering some 10,000 chickens at a poultry farm in western Miyazaki
prefecture in a bid to contain an outbreak of bird flu, according to the local
government. Officials in the prefecture, 900 kilometres (560 miles) southwest
of Tokyo, said 36 chickens were
found dead on Friday at the poultry farm. Preliminary tests confirmed that six
of the birds had died of the H5 subtype of the avian flu virus, a highly
contagious strain, the officials said. In an effort to prevent a larger
outbreak, the local government decided to slaughter all the chickens at the
farm while setting up 20 checkpoints for disinfection and banned any movement
of chickens within 10 kilometres. It was the first bird flu outbreak since 2007
in Miyazaki, where a foot-and-mouth
outbreak also forced the slaughter of almost 300,000 farm animals last year.
Food price rises 'may cause unrest': ministers. BERLIN
(AFP) - Agriculture ministers from Europe, Africa
warned Saturday of dire consequences, including riots and social unrest, unless
action is swiftly taken to improve food security and tackle price hikes. The
ministers from Germany,
Kenya, and Canada
met in Berlin to prepare for a
larger gathering which was to begin later in the day. The seven agriculture
ministers were unanimous on the causes and consequences of food shortages,
which are pushing prices sharply up and, they agreed, renewing the threats of
social instability and the sort of food riots witnessed in Mozambique, Egypt
and elsewhere last year. "We will see them again in 2011 and 2012 if we
don't rapid take the necessary decisions together," warned French minister
Bruno Le Maire. There was apparently broad agreement, at the Green Week meeting
in the German capital, on some steps to tackle the problems; increased
production with help from higher yields, opening of borders with trade
stimulation while fighting against the speculators who ramp up the market.
Jacob’s House Comment,
Food may indeed cause unrest and riots in the near future. However, what these agricultural ministers
must understand is their nations and the rulers in them are having food
problems because they have refused the food and living water of their
Creator. They have also polluted their
nations with innocent blood which has not been rectified or cleansed in any
way. Therefore, is God’s wrath and fury
upon them becoming more severe in this late day and time. Our God is destroying the crops and water
supply in these nations to make way for His new day and His new time of
cleansed refreshment to begin. Then
shall love, grace, and mercy abound to the children and servants who love God
and His Son, Jesus, while everyone else here will surely perish for their
wickedness and their sins.
Climate change: Dogs of law are off the leash. PARIS (AFP) - From being a
marginal and even mocked issue, climate-change litigation is fast emerging as a
new frontier of law where some believe hundreds of billions of dollars are at
stake. Compensation for losses inflicted by man-made global warming would be
jaw-dropping, a payout that would make tobacco and asbestos damages look like
pocket money. Imagine: a country or an individual could get redress for a
drought that destroyed farmland, for floods and storms that created an army of
refugees, for rising seas that wiped a small island state off the map. In the
past three years, the number of climate-related lawsuits has ballooned, filling
the void of political efforts in tackling greenhouse-gas emissions.
Jacob’s House Comment,
What these fools of the world do not understand is our Lord God is the
one who is changing this world before their eyes. It is God who is destroying the old order
here by taking away a great portion of the food, the animals, and the water we
drink today. God is also showing us the
power He possesses to make many cities into desolate heaps and burning
decay. Therefore, these fools better
change their evil ways and realize that their Creator has them in His sight to
perish for their unruly and undeniable sins.
January 26, 2011
Egyptians defy ban on protests, demand Mubarak go. CAIRO
(Reuters) - Thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt's
streets on Wednesday and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office,
and some scuffled with police. Activists had called on Egyptians to take to the
streets again to end Mubarak's 30-year rule after Tuesday's "Day of
Wrath" involving anti-government protests across Egypt
in which three protesters and one policeman were killed. On Tuesday some 20,000
demonstrators, complaining of poverty, unemployment, corruption and repression
and inspired by this month's downfall of the president of Tunisia,
had turned out in cities across Egypt
to demand that Mubarak step down. Three protesters died in the eastern city of Suez,
and the policeman was killed in Cairo.
Police used riot trucks on Wednesday to break up a crowd of as many as 3,000
people who had gathered outside a Cairo
court complex, one of the places where demonstrations had started on Tuesday.
New U. S, Home sales fall to 47 year low. WASHINGTON
- Buyers purchased the fewest number of new homes last year on records going
back 47 years. Sales for all of 2010 totaled 321,000, a drop of 14.4 percent
from the 375,000 homes sold in 2009, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. It
was the fifth consecutive year that sales have declined after hitting record
highs for the five previous years when the housing market was booming. The year
ended on a stronger note. Buyers purchased new homes at a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 329,000 units in December, a 17.5 percent increase from the
Orange crops squeezed by cold weather, incurable disease. Orange
juice, an American breakfast table staple, may eventually become a rare treat
if damaged crops continue to sour the citrus industry. For the second consecutive year, Florida
farmers have lost much of their crop because of cold weather. As a result, the
cost of orange juice is expected to spike this year. And unfortunately,
nature’s havoc isn’t farmers’ only concern. A quick-spreading bacteria, called
“citrus greening” is threatening to destroy groves and hurt the citrus
industry. According to USA Today citrus greening has destroyed groves in the
U.S., Brazil, Asia and Africa. Detected in Florida in 2005, it leaves fruit
sour, malformed and unusable. Eventually, it kills the tree. The disease has
been particularly devastating because it takes years for citrus trees to reach
peak production, and the disease targets young trees, making it difficult for
growers to replace those that have been lost.
Wheat Crops damaged worldwide. By far the biggest fall in grains
output was in drought-affected Russia,
with big reductions too in the EU, the US,
Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
A further rise in world grains consumption is forecast in 2010-11, to 1,787m.
tons. In China,
total precipitation has been scarce since October 2010, with some locations on
the North China Plain receiving less than 10 percent of normal precipitation
through December 2011. A lack of snow cover has deprived the dormant winter
wheat crop of valuable moisture and protection from frigid temperatures and
winds. Seasonably dry and cold weather is expected to continue for the next two
weeks. A majority of the damage to the Argentine corn crop
has been done already. A new report finds that the extremely wet conditions and
flooding in eastern Australia
will render at least one-third of the country’s large wheat crop unfit for
IMF Sees Instability as a Recovery Risk. The uneven global
recovery continues apace but sovereign debt and financial sector risks,
particularly in Europe, could threaten global stability, the International
Monetary Fund said.
Malaysia releases lab mosquitoes to fight denque. Malaysia
released about 6,000 genetically modified mosquitoes into a forest in the first
experiment of its kind in Asia aimed at curbing dengue
fever, officials said.
A tale of Two Seed Farmers: Organic Vs Engineered. In Oregon, a battle has erupted
between farmers growing genetically engineered sugar beets and organic farmers
who worry about cross-pollination. The question is whether the farms can be
Atlantic Weather May be Key Culprit in Fish Decline. Declining catches of striped
bass may not always be due to over fishing. Researchers say a periodic weather
pattern in the North Atlantic may be responsible for the low fish
numbers. And understanding how it works may help set fishing limits in the
Greenland.Residents of a town on the western
coast of Greenland may have seen the sun peek over the
horizon 48 hours earlier than its usual arrival on Jan. 13, sparking
speculation, and disagreement. The town of Ilulissat
sits just above the Arctic Circle, meaning its residents
had been without any sunlight for a good chunk of the winter, and traditionally
they'd expect to see their "first sunrise" on Jan. 13. News that the sun had peeked over the horizon
on Jan. 11 appeared online in British and German-language publications and it
appears to trace back to a story by the Greenland
broadcasting company KNR that quotes residents who noticed the change.
January 30, 2011
turmoil rattles Middle East stock markets.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
- Investors nervous about the instability gripping Egypt
drove stocks down sharply across the Middle East as
markets reopened Sunday following a weekend of violent protests. The losses, led by a drop of more than 4 percent in the business hub of
Dubai, reflect concerns the unrest that has roiled the Arab world's most
populous country and nearby Tunisia could spread, jeopardizing the economic
recovery across the region. "There's this contagion effect, where
investors are thinking: Well, is this going to spread out across the Arab
world?" said Haissam Arabi, chief executive of Gulfmena Alternative
Investments, a fund management firm in Dubai.
Gangs free militants, foreigners try to flee Egypt.
CAIRO - Gangs of armed men attacked
at least four jails across Egypt
before dawn Sunday, helping to free hundreds of Muslim militants and thousands
of other inmates as police vanished from the streets of Cairo
and other cities. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo
told its citizens in Egypt
to consider leaving the country as soon as possible, and said it had authorized
the voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency employees, a display of
Washington's escalating concern
about the stability of its closest Arab ally. Turkey
was evacuating about 750 citizens and the Chinese government warned against
travel to Egypt.
Private tour groups and corporations began trying to evacuate their clients and
expatriate employees. But dozens of flights were canceled and delayed and
crowds filled Cairo International
Airport, desperate and unable to
leave. The army sent hundreds more troops and armored vehicles onto the streets
of Cairo and other cities but
appeared to be taking little action against gangs of young men with guns and
large sticks who were smashing cars and robbing people. At least one Nile-side
shopping mall in Cairo was on fire
after being looted the previous day. Banks were closed on orders from Egypt's
Central Bank, and the stock market was shut on what is normally the first day
of the trading week. Markets across the Middle East
dropped on fears about the instability's damage to Egypt's
economy, and the region's. The Arab world's most populous nation appeared to be
swiftly moving closer to a point at which it either dissolves into widespread
chaos or the military expands its presence and control of the streets. A
broader and tougher military role could be welcomed by increasingly fearful
Egyptians but would run a risk of appearing to place the army on the side of
the regime and antagonizing protesters. The demonstrators from all segments of
Egyptian society have taken to the streets for nearly a week calling for
President Hosni Mubarak, 82, to step down.
Cyclones to hit flood-weary Australia. SYDNEY (AFP) - Flood-shattered Australia braced for further downpours on Sunday as two
tropical cyclones hammered toward the devastated northeast, threatening further
misery for already submerged towns
Thousands march against corruption in India. NEW
DELHI - Thousands of people holding placards and
shouting slogans have protested in India's
capital against what they called widespread corruption and poor governance. At
least 5,000 people marched Sunday through central New
Delhi to show their anger over recent scandals that
hit Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government. A telecommunications scandal
cost the country billions of dollars and paralyzed Parliament's four-week
session in December. India's
image was also sullied by allegations of corruption, construction delays and
cost overruns during last October's Commonwealth Games. The government had no
How Was Egypt's Internet Access Shut off? Egyptians earlier this week took to
the Web- Facebook and Twitter , in particular, as a means of organizing their
protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak 's three-decade-old
government. As of Friday morning, however, there no longer was much of a Web to
take to, at least not in Egypt. In an unprecedented
turn of events, at 12:34 A.M. local time in Cairo five of the country's
major Internet service providers (ISPs) shut down their connections to the
Jacob's House Comment,
The internet, or the new Tower of Babel today, will become a nightmare for the
people who have instigated it and promoted it against God 's will, authority
here, and purpose for this world. These corrupt people will soon carry
the burdens, troubles, and millstones God will give them upon their shoulders
for creating this fearsome beast. They will have their prosperity and
their newly acquired wealth looted and destroyed by the serpent for the fact
they tried to promote evil and decay all over this world through this web of
deceit. For God will use the internet to destroy them and destroy all of His
enemies. God will use the hand held devices they now talk through to
bring violence from border to border, and evil into their own homes. The
serpent today will also use this corrupt internet beast to choose which one of
the users on it he can destroy before God's new day and new time of the Passover
February 2, 2011
Egypt's upheaval takes dangerous turn. - Violence erupts in the streets of Cairo as
thousands of Mubarak supporters attack protesters. CAIRO - Thousands of supporters and
opponents of President Hosni Mubarak battled in Cairo's main square Wednesday,
raining stones, bottles and firebombs on each other in scenes of uncontrolled
violence as soldiers stood by without intervening. Government backers galloped
in on horses and camels, only to be dragged to the ground and beaten bloody. the one of the fighting's front lines, next to
the famed Egyptian Museum at the edge of Tahrir Square, pro-government rioters
blanketed the rooftops of nearby buildings and dumped bricks and firebombs onto
the crowd below, in the process setting a tree ablaze inside the museum
grounds. At each of the six entrances to the sprawling plaza, the two sides
pummeled each other with hurled chunks of concrete and bottles. Some among the
more than 3,000 government supporters waved machetes as their anti-Mubarak
rivals filled the air with a ringing battlefield din by banging metal fences
with sticks. Within the square, dozens of men and women from the anti-Mubarak
camp pried up the sidewalk with bars, broke it into pieces and ferried the
piles of ammunition in canvas sheets to their colleages at the front. The health
minister announced one dead, a person in civilian clothes who may have been
policeman, who fell off a nearby bridge — and nearly 600 injured. Bloodied
young men staggered or were carried into makeshift clinics set up in mosques
and alleyways by the anti-government side.
Colossal storm parilyzes much of the U. S. - 31 states involved. A storm billed as the worst in decades dumps
more than 20 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest before heading east. CHICAGO
- A massive storm billed as the worst in decades barreled into the Northeast on
Wednesday, paralyzing big cities and small towns alike with deep snow and thick
ice, stranding hundreds of motorists and shuttering airports and schools across
the Midwest. The 20.2 inches of snow that fell by midday in Chicago
made the storm the city's third-largest on record, with still more coming down.
A foot or more was dumped on parts of Missouri,
Oklahoma and upstate New
York. New York City
was expected to get up to three-quarters of an inch of ice before the mix of
sleet and freezing rain warms up to rain. The storm was, if not unprecedented,
extraordinarily rare, National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs
said. "A storm that produces a swath of 20-inch snow is really something
we'd see once every 50 years - maybe," Spriggs said. Forecasters warned
ice accumulations would knock down some tree limbs and power lines across the
storm's more than 2,000-mile path. Multiple roof and structure collapses, but
no injuries were reported in New York, Connecticut
and Massachusetts early
Powerful cyclone strikes Australia's
northeast. CAIRNS, Australia
- A massive cyclone struck northeastern Australia
early Thursday, tearing off roofs, toppling trees and cutting power to
thousands, the most powerful storm to hit the area in nearly a century. The eye
of Cyclone Yasi roared ashore at the small resort town of Mission Beach in
Queensland state, battering the coast known to tourists as the gateway to the
Great Barrier Reef with heavy rain and howling winds gusting to 186 mph (300
kph). Yasi compounded the suffering for Queensland,
waterlogged by months of flooding that killed 35 people and inundated hundreds
of communities. It struck an area north of the flood zone, but the Bureau of
Meteorology said it would bring drenching rains that could cause floods in new
parts of the state. Witnesses reported roofs being ripped off, buildings
shaking and trees flattened under the power of the winds.
Earthquake shakes Alaska, -- A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook several communities on the Alaska Peninsula, but there have been no immediate
reports of damage.
Worst winter in decades threatens North Korea crops. A
news report says that North Korea is suffering the
harshest winter in decades, raising concerns about food production for their
people this year.
U N warns of Asian foot and mouth disease. - Foot and
mouth disease has spread so rampantly in South
Korea that the United Nations is warning all
Asian nations to tighten import controls and begin vaccinations to prevent a
continent-wide outbreak if not contained soon.
February 6, 2011
ruling party leaders resign but regime holds. CAIRO - The leadership of
Egypt's ruling party stepped down Saturday as the military figures spearheading
the transition tried to placate protesters without giving them the one
resignation they demand, President Hosni Mubarak's. The United
States gave key backing to the regime's
gradual changes, warning of the dangers if Mubarak goes too quickly. But
protesters in the streets rejected the new concessions and vowed to keep up
their campaign until the 82-year-old president steps down.
Egyptian Gas Exports to Israel,
May Be Halted Two Weeks. Egyptian natural-gas exports to Israel
and Jordan may
be halted for as much as two weeks after an explosion damaged a pipeline in the
yesterday. The incident at El Arish in the northeastern Sinai was an act of
“terror” carried out by “foreign hands,” state TV said, while the Oil Ministry
said a gas leak caused the blast. It may take one to two weeks to repair the
pipeline. About 40 percent of gas consumed in Israel
is imported from Egypt.
The disruption to the pipeline has political and symbolic ramifications beyond
the impact on fuel supplies to Egypt’s
neighbors, particularly for Israel.
President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule has been shaken by almost two weeks of
popular demonstrations, prompting questions about what political orientation a
successor government might have.
Farmers watch harsh winter crush their livelihoods. HARTFORD, Conn. - For
Northeastern farmers long used to coping with all sorts of cold-weather
problems, this winter presents a new one: snow and ice that's bringing down
outbuildings, requiring costly repairs, killing livestock and destroying
supplies. Farmers in Connecticut alone have lost at least 136 barns, greenhouses, sheds and
other structures as snow measured in feet, not inches, accumulated while
January passed without a thaw. Losses still are being totaled by the state
Agriculture Department, but no one can remember a more destructive winter. The
Northeast is suffering through one of its most brutal winters in years, with
cities all along the seaboard reporting snow piling up at a record-setting
pace. Connecticut has been especially hard-hit, with Hartford reporting 81 inches since Dec. 1, compared with an average
of 46 inches. A huge storm that swept in from the Plains this week proved to be
a tipping point, dropping heavy ice and sopping rain that coated or soaked into
snow piled on rooftops. Houses and commercial buildings crumbled, along with
farm buildings, which tend be older or less sturdy. Buildings are coming down and this is way
outside the box of what is a normal challenge. No human deaths have been
reported, but animals haven't been so lucky. In Northumberland, N.Y., 25
cows were killed and 200 rescued when one side of a barn's 400-foot-long peaked
roof collapsed Wednesday night. In Connecticut, 85,000 chickens were killed when a coop collapsed and 14
dairy cows and the Brookfield calf were killed, including seven cows lost when two
buildings collapsed at a farm in Ellington.
Volcano May Be Headed for Big Bang. Japanese officials urged more than 1,000
people to evacuate today, as the Shinmoedake volcano's first eruption in 52
years rages on, The order is not mandatory, however, and some are opting to
stay in their homes. But vulcanologists warn that the eruptions, which have
been spewing ash and debris into the air since Wednesday, bear an eerie
similarity to a set of catastrophic blasts from nearly 300 years ago, so they
fear a bigger blast is coming.
February 10, 2011
Strokes rising fast among the young and
middle-aged. The first large study of hospitalizations
reveals 15-to-34-year-old men are particularly at risk. Strokes are
rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in
older people, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to shift the age
burden of the disease. The numbers, reported Wednesday at an American Stroke
Association conference, come from the first large nationwide study of stroke
hospitalizations by age. Government researchers compared hospitalizations in
1994 and 1995 with ones in 2006 and 2007. The sharpest increase, 51 percent,
was among men 15 through 34. Strokes rose among women in this age group, too,
but not as fast, just 17 percent. Strokes are rising dramatically among young
and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older people, a sign that the
obesity epidemic may be starting to shift the age burden of the disease.
army takes control, sign Mubarak on way out. CAIRO
military announced on national television that it stepped in to "safeguard
the country" and assured protesters that President Hosni Mubarak will meet
their demands in the strongest indication yet that the longtime leader has lost
power. In Washington, the CIA
chief said there was a "strong likelihood" Mubarak will step down
Thursday. State TV said Mubarak will speak to the nation Thursday night from
his palace in Cairo. The military's
dramatic announcement showed that the military was taking control after 17 days
of protests demanding Mubarak's immediate ouster spiraled out of control.
US intel chief says terror still top threat to US. The nation's head
intelligence official says terrorism is the top national security threat facing
homeland, and job No. 1 for the intelligence community. In remarks to a
House committee Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said
al-Qaida's core in Pakistan
and its offshoots continue to be damaged by U.S.
counterterrorism efforts. He says intelligence cooperation has averted
potentially deadly attacks over the past year, like the package bombs sent on
two U.S.-bound cargo planes. But Clapper says al-Qaida's offshoots in Yemen
will probably grow stronger. He said the intelligence committee also is focused
on the protests in Egypt,
and the unrest across the Arab world, fending off criticism that intelligence
officials had missed signs of looming turmoil there.
Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting. HOUSTON
- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is able to speak: She asked for toast at breakfast
one recent morning. Her ability to say even just a word, a month after being
shot in the head is remarkable and has
pleased her family, friends and doctors. It may also provide valuable
clues about the condition of her injured brain. "We're elated at
this," said her spokesman C.J. Karamargin, who added that she is speaking
"more and more." "We always knew Gabby is a fighter and that
she's not going to let this thing win. And you know, every day is proof of
that." Few details have emerged about her recovery since she began
intensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital late last month. But
doctors not involved in her care said her simple request for toast could
indicate higher level cognition.
Shark attacks rose in 2010 to highest in decade.
Sharks launched 79 unprovoked attacks on humans in 2010, the highest number in
a decade, US researchers have found. Six people died from unprovoked attacks,
up from an average of 4.3 over the past 10 years, University
of Florida scientists said. Thirty-two
attacks occurred in North American waters, 14 off Australia
and eight in South African waters. Scientists say reported attacks have risen
over the past century as humans spend more leisure time in the water. The 2010
figure was up from 63 in 2009, and above the yearly average over the past
decade of 63.5.
February 12, 2011
Thousands demand reforms in Algeria;
400 arrested. Algers, Algeria
- Heavily outnumbered by riot police, thousands of Algerians defied government
warnings and dodged barricades to rally in their capital Saturday, demanding
democratic reforms a day after mass protests toppled Egypt's
autocratic ruler. Protesters chanting "No to the police state!" and
brandishing signs that read "Give us back our Algeria" clashed with
baton-wielding police in helmets and visors. Organizers said more than 400
people were briefly detained, but aside from some jostling between police and
protesters no violence was reported. The opposition said demonstrators' bold
defiance of a long-standing ban on public protests in Algiers
marked a turning point. "This demonstration is a success because it's been
10 years that people haven't been able to march in Algiers
and there's a sort of psychological barrier," said Ali Rachedi, the former
head of the Front of Socialist Forces party. "The fear is gone."
Republicans take a $100 billion whack at Obama budget. In a move that
has “tea party” written all over it, Republicans in the House of Representative
propose to cut spending for the rest of this fiscal year by what they claim is
“the largest single discretionary spending reduction in the history of
Congress.” Among those programs that would be facing steep cuts: environmental
protection, renewable energy, transportation (including high-speed rail),
housing, community health centers, border security, the Peace Corps, and Pell
Grants for low-income college students. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
(CPB) and AmeriCorps would be eliminated. Also, the EPA would be prohibited
from regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Strong quake jolts Chile;
magnitude 6.8. CAUQUENES, Chile
- A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck central Chile
Friday, centered in almost exactly the same spot where last year's
magnitude-8.8 quake spawned a tsunami and devastated coastal communities.
Electricity and phone service were disrupted and thousands of people fled to
higher ground following Friday's quake, but the government quickly announced
that there was no risk of a tsunami, and there were no reports of damage or
injuries. In the following hours, a dozen aftershocks ranging from
magnitude-3.9 to magnitude-6.3 shook the seismically active area.
US trade chief urges Europe to open market to GM foods. BRUSSELS (AFP) - A top US trade official said she will bang
down the door of the European Commission Thursday in a bid to break a
longstanding impasse blocking the march of genetically-modified foods.
Fall of Mubarak Shakes Middle East. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 18 days of
unrelenting protests, handing power to the military and opening the door to an
uncertain new course for the Arab world's most populous country, and for the
entire Middle East. A Man Needed Abroad, Reviled at Home. Mubarak's resignation
ends a reign of nearly three decades atop the Arab world's most populous
country and could come to stand as the high-water mark in the wave of Arab
discontent now rolling across the Middle East.
Virus, Parasite May Combine
to Increase Harm to Humans. A parasite and a virus may be teaming up in a way that
increases the parasite's ability to harm humans, scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently reported
in Science. When the parasite Leishmania infects a human,
immune system cells known as macrophages respond. However, some LeishmaniaLeishmania
in Central and South America tend to cause a disfiguring form
of disease that erodes the soft tissues around the nose and mouth. "This
is the first reported case of a viral infection in a pathogen of this type
leading to increased rather than reduced pathogenicity," says Stephen Beverley,
PhD, the Marvin M. Brennecke Professor and head of the Department of Molecular
Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine. "It raises a
number of important questions, including whether we can use antiviral
strategies to reduce the damage caused by forms of Leishmania that
carry viruses." Leishmaniastrains are infected with a virus that can trigger a severe response in
macrophages, allowing the parasite to do more harm in animal infections. In
humans, the parasite's viral infection may be why some strains of infection, known as leishmaniasis,
affects an estimated 12 million people worldwide. It is mainly spread by sand
fly bites and is a major public health problem in the Mediterranean basin, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and a potential
hazard to travelers and military personnel. Symptoms include large skin
lesions, fever, swelling of the spleen and liver, and, in more serious forms of
the disease, disfigurement and death.
Rain in Saskatchewan, revolution in Egypt: How soaring food prices helped topple Hosni Murbarak dictator. Heavy rains and
flooding were widespread across Canada's
prairie breadbasket last summer, helping to drive up food prices around the
globe. Did wet weather last summer in Saskatchewan
help bring down Hosni Mubarak? The surprising answer is yes, and the chain of
events that links a poor 2010 wheat harvest in Western Canada to recent
political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East — which culminated Friday
in the forced resignation of Mubarak, the much-loathed Egyptian president — is
raising difficult questions about world food production amid the cries of joy
emanating from Tahrir Square in Cairo. When a well-educated but impoverished
vegetable seller in Tunisia set himself on fire in December, an act of protest
widely viewed as the spark that unleashed this young year's unrest across the
Arab world, soaring food prices were identified as a major source of grievances
in each country swept up in the furor, including Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and
China. Drought threatens crops, UN food
agency warns. A severe winter drought is threatening crop production in China, the world's biggest wheat provider,
the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in an alert issued
Tuesday. Substantially below-normal rainfall since October in Northern China has
not only put the crop at risk but has also caused shortages in drinking water
affecting over 2.57 million people and their livestock, FAO said. "The
ongoing drought is potentially a very serious problem," the Rome-based
agency's alert said, adding that the main affected provinces -- around 5.16
million hectares -- represent two-thirds of national wheat production. World
food prices reached their highest level ever recorded in January and are set to
keep rising for months, the agency said last week, warning that the hardest-hit
countries could face turmoil.
MANILA/MILAN, - World food prices hit a record in January and recent
catastrophic weather around the globe could put yet more pressure on the cost
of food, an issue that has already helped spark protests across the Middle
East. Up for the seventh month in a row, the closely watched Food and
Agriculture Oganization's Food Price Index on Thursday touched its highest
level since records began in 1990, and topped the peak of 224.1 in June 2008,
during the food crisis of 2007-08. "The new figures clearly show the
upward pressure on world food prices is not abating. These high prices are
likely to persist in the months to come," FAO economist and grains expert
Abdolreza Abbassian said in a statement. Surging food prices have come back
into the spotlight after they helped fuel the discontent that toppled Tunisia's
president in January and have spilled over to Egypt
raising expectations other countries in the region would secure grain stocks to
reassure their populations. World Bank President Robert Zoellick urged global
leaders to "put food first" and wake up to the need to curb increased
price volatility. "We are going to be facing a broader trend of increasing
commodity prices, including food commodity prices," he told Reuters in an
interview. A series of weather events hitting key crops is likely to keep up
the pressure on food prices as a massive cyclone batters Australia,
a major winter storm ravages United States
crop belts and flooding hits Malaysia,
a key commodity producer. Drought in the Black Sea last year, heavy rains in Australia, dry weather in
Argentina and anticipation of a spike in demand after unrest in North Africa
and the Middle East have already pushed the price of wheat to its highest in 2
1/2 years. A mix of high oil and fuel prices, growing use of biofuels, bad weather
and soaring futures markets pushed up prices of food in 2007-08, sparking
violent protests in countries including Egypt, Cameroon and Haiti.
Jacob’s House Comment,
It is the time of the second great famine of seven years upon this
earth. It is also the time of the seven vials to be poured out, upon this earth. This famine is happening just
like the first one happened in Egypt when Joseph was
second in command under pharaoh, long ago.
In both of these famines God showed that He reined supreme all over this
world. Today our God is changing our old
order with a sifting and heaving process that no one can escape from. God is also changing the old rules people followed
which now do not apply here anymore.
Therefore, in the coming months shall food become even scarcer as many
people are driven to violence and shame because of their starving and confused minds. They will starve in their bodies and in their
minds because they have refused God’s words of yesterday and today. In the end before God’s new day appears His
punishment of judgment will be severe upon them for their iniquity, their idol
worship, and their sins today.
February 13, 2011
fish struggle as winter drags on. ST. PETERSBURG,
Russia - As the long
Russian winter drags on, fish in the ponds of St.
Petersburg become increasingly desperate for oxygen,
clustering in vast, thrashing masses at shrinking holes in the ice. Swimmers
who brave the frigid temperatures for an invigorating dip find themselves
stroking through swarms of fish that flock to the open water. The fish are so
thick that humans can easily reach out and catch them with their hands. Not
only does ice block oxygen that could be diffused into the water from the air,
but it also impedes sunlight from reaching oxygen-generating plants and algae
in the water.
US study links pesticides to Parkinson's disease. WASHINGTON (AFP) - US
researchers said Friday they have found that people who used two specific varieties
of pesticide were 2.5 times as likely to develop Parkinson's disease. The
pesticides, paraquat Rotenone is approved only for use in killing invasive fish species.
"Rotenone directly inhibits the function of the mitochondria, the
structure responsible for making energy in the cell," said study co-author
Freya Kamel, a researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences. "Paraquat increases production of certain oxygen derivatives
that may harm cellular structures. People who used these pesticides or others
with a similar mechanism of action were more likely to develop Parkinson's
disease." The study examined 110 people with Parkinson's disease and 358
people who served as a control group from the Farming and Movement Evaluation
February 18, 2011
Chaos as troops fire on crowds in Bahrain. Clashes turn ugly as demonstrators
defy a government ban and swarm toward a central square. Fifty people were injured in the clashes.
Big crowds in east of Libya
defy police crackdown. TRIPOLI
(Reuters) - Thousands protested in Libya's
second city, Benghazi, on Friday in
the worst unrest of Muammar Gaddafi's four decades in power, and Amnesty
International said 46 people had been killed in a three-day police crackdown.
Protests fired by uprisings in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt have produced
unprecedented scenes in the oil exporting country, but tight government control
and media restrictions reduced the amount of information emerging to a trickle.
Amnesty quoted sources at a hospital in Benghazi,
the focus for the violence, as saying the most common injuries were gunshot
wounds to the head, chest and neck. Officials have given no death toll, or
commented directly on the unrest. This alarming rise in the death toll, and the
reported nature of the victims' injuries, strongly suggests that security
forces are permitted lethal use of force against unarmed protesters calling for
Mideast autocracy under fire. Cairo
- The stunning victories of Tunisians and Egyptians in ousting their entrenched
dictators have set imaginations alight across the Middle East
like nothing since Gamal Abdul Nasser's fiery anticolonial rhetoric in the
1950s. "We assumed that if one day an uprising emerged, it would be at the
hands of a bold leader. Another strongman to replace the ones we didn't
like," wrote popular Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah in a letter of
thanks to the Egyptian people. "Never, in our wildest imaginations, did we
think this uprising would come from the people. Whatever happens, this is
something no one can take away from them, or from us. It has been embedded in
our memories." Now, the beleaguered ship of Middle Eastern autocracy is
under an assault unparalleled since the post-World War II revolutions that
brought independence to much of the region. Tunisia
was the first shot across the bow. But the upheaval in Egypt,
the Arab world's largest country, has unleashed a volley of fire from Libya
Jacob's House Comment,
Man is already destroying the old order that is here now by his own hands. He is destroying it himself by the fact that he has been communicating his evil desires with other evil people similar to him. Therefore, many nations will fall prey to the evil and idolatry that is in them now. For as we have stated before on this website, God will use man's own evil desires and sinful intent, through the internet, to destroy him and to destroy his whole house. Only the sons and daughters of the Lord God and His Son, Jesus, will be rescued, resurrected, and saved. Therefore, shall the culmination of the end of this earth age soon take place with tumult, rioting, trouble, and travail. In the coming hours our Lord God will come to this earth in a visitation to destroy everything of evil and corrupt desire that annoys Him today. Then in an instant He shall bring His desired and devoted children into His arms, and into His bosom, forevermore.
Wisconsin Democrats could stay away for
weeks. MADISON, Wis.
- Democrats on the run in Wisconsin
avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks,
potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority
Republicans over union rights for public employees. The party's battle against
balancing the state budget by cutting the pay, benefits and collective
bargaining rights of public workers is the boldest action yet by Democrats to
push back against last fall's GOP wave. But the dramatic strategy that has
clogged the Capitol with thousands of protesters clashes with one essential
truth: Republicans told everyone months ago that unions would be one of their
targets, and the GOP now has more than enough votes to pass its plans once the
Legislature can convene.
Arkansas Is Shaking: 50+ Earthquakes In Past Week; 700+ in Last Six Months. There
was a 3.2-magnitude earthquake at 6:18 a.m.
local time this morning near Greenbrier, Ark.,
the US Geological Survey reports. That's in the north
central part of the state. But that's hardly the whole story. Since Sunday, USGS says, there have been more than 50 earthquakes in that
area. There have been more than 700 in the past six months. The quakes are part
of what is now called the Guy earthquake swarm, a series of mild earthquakes
that have been occurring periodically since 2009. A similar swarm occurred in
the early 1980s when a series of quakes hit Enola,
February 19, 2011
Algeria braces for another day of protests
and unrest in her streets.
Could Middle Eastern turmoil hamper U. S, and world recovery? As an enormous popular uprising moves closer to the Libyan capital, economic shockwaves
are beginning to be felt overseas--including here in the United
States. Could the bloody turmoil in North
Africa, and across the Middle East more
broadly, end up hampering our fragile recovery?
the world's 12th-largest exporter of crude oil, producing 1.8 million barrels a
day. But Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the country's embattled leader, is said to have ordered the destruction of his country's oil facilities in an
effort to dramatize how regime change could wreak havoc, both within Libya's
borders, and in the broader global oil economy. And Gaddafi's son Saif has warned
that continuing violence could drive foreign oil companies out of Libya.
That uncertainty caused the price of oil to spike
to $100 a barrel yesterday, for the first time since 2008. And the average
price of a gallon of gas in the U.S.
rose this week by 5 cents to $3.19--the highest February price since 1990. If
oil and gas prices continue to surge, inflation would come back, americans
would have less money in their pockets, which could in turn lead them to pull
back on consumer spending--just as such spending was starting to pick up again.
Renewed consumer spending has been a crucial driver of the recovery, so if Americans put their wallets back in their
pockets, economic growth could slow dramatically. And businesses, lacking
confidence, would likely think twice about hiring new workers, making it all
but impossible to bring down the unemployment rate.
6 killed as Iraqis protest in 'Day of Rage'. BAGHDAD
- Thousands marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces in
cities across Iraq
on Friday, in the largest and most violent anti-government protests here since
political unrest began spreading in the Arab world several weeks ago. In two
northern Iraqi cities, security forces trying to push back crowds opened fire,
killing six demonstrators. In the capital of Baghdad,
demonstrators knocked down blast walls, threw rocks and scuffled with
club-wielding troops. The protests, billed as a "Day of Rage, were fueled
by anger over corruption, chronic unemployment and shoddy public services.
"We want a good life like human beings, not like animals," said
Khalil Ibrahim, 44, one of about 3,000 protesters in the capital Baghdad.
Like many Iraqis, he railed against a government that locks itself in the highly
fortified Green Zone, home to the parliament and the U.S. Embassy, and is
viewed by most of its citizens as more interested in personal gain than public
Libyans hold mass protests in push to oust leader. BENGHAZI, Libya -
Thousands of Libyans demanding Moammar Gadhafi's ouster rallied to show
solidarity with the besieged capital, while the government moved to tighten its
grip on Tripoli following opposition gains elsewhere in the country. Tanks and
checkpoints lined the road leading to Tripoli's
airport, and security cordons went up around mosques where protesters might
gather. Young armed men, some wearing green bands on their arms in a sign of
loyalty to Gadhafi, checked vehicles for weapons. Foreign mercenaries and
Libyan militiamen loyal to Gadhafi have fought fiercely to roll back the
uprising against his rule, attacking two nearby cities Thursday in battles that
killed at least 17 people. But rebels made new gains, seizing a military air
base, as Gadhafi blamed Osama bin Laden for the upheaval.
Zealand quake diary day two - house
or no house. Geography means a lot in Christchurch.
It can be all the difference between power or no power, fresh water or sewage,
and a house or no house. The curious thing about talking to people today was
how greatly their experiences had differed. Even in the same neighborhood, a
few metres can spell the difference between horrific damage and relative
normalcy. The people of Christchurch
have been united by Tuesday’s earthquake, but no one’s experience was the same.
Some experienced hell on the day of the quake but are now getting their lives
back to normal (or the new normal), while for others their hell is
ongoing. A university friend of mine was
in the square when the quake hit and was blown completely off his feet. He saw
the Cathedral spiral collapse in front of him and witnessed people with
horrific injuries. With hundreds still missing, and 75 already confirmed dead
from the 6.3 magnitude quake, rescuers struggled to find survivors on the
crop boom not enough to rebuild thin supplies. ARLINGTON, Virginia
(Reuters) - Huge U.S. corn and soybean plantings this spring will likely fail
to refill razor-thin stocks enough to quell the surge in grain prices, the U.S.
Agriculture Department said on Thursday. In updated forecasts for the world's
biggest crop exporter, the USDA warned that it could take several years to
restore inventories to comfortable levels. It mostly maintained earlier
forecasts on how many acres farmers would sow this spring, but said stocks at
the end of the 2012 season would remain tight. The U.S. government's forecasts
are likely to fuel more concern globally that high prices could persist far
longer than they did in 2008 when they hit record highs, as supplies remain too
thin to cope with any further weather disasters. "While it is often said
the cure for high prices is high prices, even with additional supplies expected
this year, it is likely that the tight stocks-to-use situation will not be entirely
mitigated over the course of one or even two growing seasons.
February 27, 2011
rebels gear for fight in city near capital. ZAWIYA, Libya
- Hundreds of armed anti-government forces backed by rebel troops who control
the city closest to the capital Tripoli
appeared to be readying Sunday to repel an expected offensive by forces loyal
to Moammar Gadhafi who have surrounded Zawiya. An Associated Press reporter who
reached Zawiya, 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Tripoli,
confirmed the anti-government rebels are in control of the center of the city
of 200,000. They have army tanks and anti-aircraft guns mounted on pickup
trucks deployed. But on the outskirts, they are surrounded by pro-Gadhafi
North Korea threatens to attack South Korea and the US. SEOUL, South
Korea - North Korea threatened Sunday to enlarge its nuclear arsenal and
mercilessly attack South Korea and the United States, as the allies prepared to
start annual joint military drills which the North says are a rehearsal for an
invasion. North Korea
routinely issues similar threats against South
Korea and the U.S.
over any joint military drills. The latest warning, however, could rekindle
tensions on the Korean peninsula which sharply rose last year after two deadly
incidents blamed on the North. North Korea
fired artillery at a front-line South Korean island in November, killing four
people. The barrage came eight months after the sinking of a South Korean
warship which killed 46 sailors. North Korea
has denied firing a torpedo at the ship. North
Korea called the planned South Korea-U.S.
drills a "dangerous military scheme."
Shoppers wary of Genetically modified foods find they're everywhere. WASHINGTON
- You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are
eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in
labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops
grown in the United States
have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and
soy are common food ingredients. The Agriculture Department has approved three
more genetically engineered crops in the past month, and the Food and Drug
Administration could approve fast-growing genetically modified salmon for human
consumption this year. Agribusiness and the seed companies say their products
help boost crop production, lower prices at the grocery store and feed the
world, particularly in developing countries. The FDA and USDA say the
engineered foods they've approved are safe - so safe, they don't even need to
be labeled as such - and can't be significantly distinguished from conventional
varieties. Organic food companies, chefs and consumer groups have stepped up
their efforts - so far, unsuccessfully - to get the government to exercise more
oversight of engineered foods, arguing the seeds are floating from field to
field and contaminating pure crops. The groups have been bolstered by a growing
network of consumers who are wary of processed and modified foods.
Jacob’s House Comment,
Modifying our Lord God’s bountiful food harvest, like corn and wheat,
could bring disastrous results to the people who are anxious to do so. It could bring them sores and wounds that
will not heal upon their bodies, souls, and minds. The reason these fools have to modify corn,
wheat, and other foods today is because they are not adhering to God’s words
available to them in the Bible. They are
forcing food to grow with nitrates that will eventually destroy the soil’s
nutrients and protective covering. This
in turn will destroy the world’s food supply quickly. These fools today are also not giving their
polluted land the rest it needs every seven years. They are not allowing it to replenish itself
in good and timely order. Along with
these things the innocent blood that has been spilled all over this world today
through wars, and the killing of others, has not been rectified in heaven. God’s words are also not being listened to
and this is causing a famine of food to appear in almost every nation today.
prayers for quake victims. CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Residents held
open-air prayers for the dead and missing Sunday on the lawns of churches
cracked and shattered in New Zealand's earthquake while teams continued their
search through debris of one of the country's worst disasters. The official
death toll rose Sunday to 147 and was expected to rise further. Prime Minister
John Key has said the quake, which decimated the city's downtown, may be the
country's "single-most tragic" disaster. When the quake ripped
through the city last Tuesday, the city's churches were among the hardest-hit
buildings. Among them was the iconic Christchurch Cathedral, at the heart of
the city, which suffered massive damage, its bell tower in ruins and 22 people
potentially lying dead inside. After church service, people gathered by a table
on the lawn to have coffee, scones and banana bread, and to comfort those still
struggling. Megan Blakie, 45, stood in the crowd, eyes brimming with tears.
"I just am struggling with where's God in all of this?" she said.
"It's not shattered my faith, but it's hard to keep going." Some 56
percent of New Zealanders have a Christian religious affiliation and nearly 35
percent profess no religion, while religious groups like Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism
are growing as immigrants continue to arrive.
Jacob’s House Comment,
The problems that this town called Christchurch
is facing today will not go away anytime soon.
The reason for this is because they are blaspheming the words and the
testimonies of God and His Son, Jesus. Many
of the churches in this town are also not adhering anymore to God’s words of
yesterday and today. Instead, they are
practicing idol worship, witchcraft, and evil desires, at God’s expense. Many of them also do not believe that Jesus
is their true Savior and King.
Therefore, God is punishing them because He takes the name Christchurch
very seriously. He expects the people in
this town to worship and praise Him continually, if they want to keep this
sacred and beautiful name on their town.
Instead, many of the people of this town are allowing heathens today to
affect them in negative and perverse ways. They are
allowing many heathens to defile God’s churches here. They are allowing heathens to beguile them
and trick them from the purpose and vows they were intended to finish and
complete for God and His Son. They should be putting ashes on their head and sitting on the ground with sackcloth on their bodies, while they ask God to forgive them. Instead, they are eating scones and banana bread, while drinking coffee to make themselves feel better.
March 4, 2011
Gadhafi forces battle rebels as 37 killed in Libya.
TRIPOLI, Libya - Moammar Gadhafi's regime struck back at its opponents with a
powerful attack Friday on the closest opposition-held city to Tripoli and a
barrage of tear gas and live ammunition to smother new protests in the capital.
At least 37 people died in fighting and in an explosion at an ammunitions depot
rebellious east. The bloodshed signaled an escalation in efforts by both sides
to break the deadlock that has gripped Libya's
18-day upheaval, which has lasted longer than the Egyptian revolt that led to
the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and inspired a wave of protests across
the region. So far, Gadhafi has had little success in taking back territory,
with several rebel cities repelling assaults and the entire eastern half of the
country under rebel control. But the opposition forces have seemed unable to go
on the offensive to march on pro-Gadhafi areas. Meanwhile, in Tripoli
— Gadhafi's most important bastion — his loyalists have waged a campaign of
terror to ensure that protesters do not rise up in significant numbers.
Fired workers burn Indian executive to death. BHUBANESHWAR, India -
Indian police detained two people after an angry mob of fired workers burned to
death a senior executive of a steel factory, an official said Friday. After
learning they were laid off, about a dozen workers attacked a vehicle carrying
Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on
Thursday, dousing the Jeep with gasoline and setting it on fire, said police
Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi. Two other people in the vehicle were allowed
to flee but Roy, 59, was trapped
inside and later died of severe burns, Sarangi said. Police were questioning
two workers and their formal arrest on murder charges was likely, Sarangi told
The Associated Press. The steel factory is in Bolangir district, nearly 250
miles (400 kilometers) west of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state.
'Significant flooding' likely in central U.S.
by spring. Fargo, Grand Forks
at greatest risk, but St. Louis and
others on Mississippi also warned.
Millions living along the northern Mississippi River as
well as other nearby rivers face high or above average chances of flooding this
spring as a thick snowpack starts to melt, the National Weather Service is
warning. "We expect significant
flooding when this snow begins to melt," Lynn Maximuk, central region
director of the National Weather Service, said in a statement Friday.
"Areas of greatest concern include the Red River of the North in North
Dakota and Minnesota, Devils Lake in North Dakota, the James River and Big
Sioux River in South Dakota, and areas along the Upper Mississippi River
including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri," the service
said in a report on spring flood risks. The Mississippi River
is at risk for moderate to major flooding from its headwaters in St.
Paul, Minn., all the way to St.
Louis, the service stated. For the Red
River, and cities like Fargo
and Grand Forks, it's the third
consecutive year when moderate to major flooding has been predicted. "Any
above normal winter/spring precipitation will elevate this flood risk,"
the service warned. "The magnitude of flooding will be determined by the
amount of snow yet to fall and the weather conditions during the melt. Spring
temperatures will determine the rate of snow melt and the effects of ice jams,
which can both greatly alter the level of risk."
Large Bahrain Rally Pressures Leaders. More than
100,000 gathered in the Bahraini capital to call for the ouster of the
government, escalating pressure on the ruling Al-Khalifa family to accept
sweeping political reforms.
Rising Carbon Dioxide Is Causing Plants to Have Fewer Pores, Releasing
Less Water to the Atmosphere. As carbon dioxide levels have risen during the
last 150 years, the density of pores that allow plants to breathe has dwindled
by 34 percent, restricting the amount of water vapor the plants release to the
atmosphere, report scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and UtrechtUniversity in the Netherlands.
"The carbon cycle is important, but so is the water cycle,"
Dilcher said. "If transpiration decreases, there may be more moisture in
the ground at first, but if there's less rainfall that may mean there's less
moisture in ground eventually. This is part of the hyrdrogeologic cycle. Land
plants are a crucially important part of it." Dilcher also said less
transpiration may mean the shade of an old oak tree may not be as cool of a
respite as it used to be. "When plants transpire they cool," he said.
"So the air around the plants that are transpirating less could be a bit
warmer than they have been. But the hydrogeologic cycle is complex. It's hard
to predict how changing one thing will affect other aspects. We would have to
see how these things play out.
UN: Food prices hit record high in February. ROME
(AP) - Global food prices are the highest in 20 years and could increase further
because of rising oil prices stemming from the unrest in Libya
and the Mideast, a U.N. Agency warned Thursday. Skyrocketing food prices have been among the
triggers for protests in Egypt,
elsewhere, and raised fears of a repeat of the food price crises in 2007 and
2008. Some experts point to key differences compared to those years: for one,
the price of rice, a dominant component of regular diets in many parts of the
world, is much lower today. Still, aid group Oxfam called the hike "deeply worrying."The Food and Agriculture
Organization said in a statement that its food price index was up 2.2 percent last
month, the highest level since January 1990 when the agency started monitoring
prices.It also was the eighth consecutive month that food prices had risen, the
Rome-based agency said. In January, the index had already registered a record
peak.The increase was driven mostly by higher prices of cereals, meat and dairy
products, FAO said. Sugar was the only commodity of the groups being monitored.
March 6, 2011
cleans up after deadly tornado.CNN) - Utility companies will return
Sunday to restore power in parts of Rayne, Louisiana,
after a tornado pummeled the region, killing at least one person. A Louisiana
mother who died sheltering her child during the tornado was identified early
Sunday as Jalisa Granger, a sheriff's office official said. Eleven people were
injured, she said. "There's over 100 homes damaged out there," Trahan
said. "Most residents were evacuated, leaving for other relatives' homes.
About 20 (who were) evacuated didn't have somewhere to go, but were taken to
the local fire department. The storm that killed Granger was one of at least
two twisters tied to a weather system that has caused major damage in the state
and wreaked havoc on Mardi Gras festivities. The National Weather Service
confirmed that tornadoes hit the city of Rayne,
about 80 miles west of Baton Rouge,
and the nearby city of Crowley on
Saturday morning. Packing winds between 111 and 135 mph, the tornado was 300
yards wide and produced damage over a 5-mile stretch, according to the weather
March 10, 2011
UN alarmed at huge decline in bee numbers.GENEVA
(AFP) - The UN on Thursday expressed alarm at a huge decline in bee colonies
under a multiple onslaught of pests and pollution, urging an international
effort to save the pollinators that are vital for food crops. Much of the
decline, ranging up to 85 percent in some areas, is taking place in the
industrialized northern hemisphere due to more than a dozen factors, according
to a report by the UN's environmental agency. They include pesticides, air
pollution, a lethal pinhead-sized parasite that only affects bee species in the
northern hemisphere, mismanagement of the countryside, the loss of flowering
plants and a decline in beekeepers in Europe. "The
way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators,
will in part define our collective future in the 21st century," said UNEP
executive director Achim Steiner. "The fact is that of the 100 crop
species that provide 90 percent of the world's food, over 70 are pollinated by
bees," he added. Wild bees and especially honey bee colonies from hives
are regarded as the most prolific pollinators of large fields or crops.
Overall, pollinators are estimated to contribute 153 billion euros ($212
billion) worldwide or 9.5 percent of the total value of food production,
especially fruit and vegetables, according to the report. Honey bee colony
declines in recent years have reached 10 to 30 percent in Europe, 30 percent in
the United States,and up to 85 percent in Middle East, said scientist Peter
Neumann, one of the authors of the first ever UN report on the issue.
How big a problem is the Redondo
Beach fish kill? It has been a couple of
months since a large group of animals has baffled locals and scientists alike
by mysteriously turning up dead, but it appears the trend continues this week
in Los Angeles. Millions of small fish, including anchovies, mackerel and
sardines, washed up dead in the middle of the night in Redondo
Beach, California, in another
bizarre mass death that has authorities puzzled and looking for a cause.
Boaters woke up this morning to find the dead fish up to a foot deep from the
water’s surface at King Harbor Marina, which is about 22 miles south of Los
Angeles. Scientists say this isn't extraordinary. How
worried should we be? A million fish died in Redondo Beach,
Calif.'s King's Bay Tuesday. After making international
headlines, the sea of dead sardines caused an eerie sheen of silver on the
harbor's surface that had some folks talking about plagues and apocalypse. However,
much the same as when scores of animals were dying in masse earlier this year,
scientists insist that the Redondo event is not all that unusual, that these
sorts of die-offs are no cause for alarm. Scientists now are saying the fish
lacked oxygen and died. ‘All evidence points to oxygen deprivation as cause of
death. There is no oil sheen, nor is there a chemical sheen,’ California
Department of Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said. This is the third
bizarre animal death in the U. S.
in the last few months.
- NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN. A tsnuami alert has been issued after an earthquake
with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 earthquake shakes Japan. March 8th,
ChinaEarthquake. At least 22 Dead as Quake Topples
Buildings in SW China. The March tenth magnitude-5.8 earthquake
hit in the Yingjiang county in southwest China's
Forecast: Here comes the flood. In one of the wildest
periods in the region's weather history, about the only thing missing from the
resume of mayhem is major, widespread flooding. That, evidently, is about to
change. Up to 3.5 inches of rain tomorrow into Friday could set off some of the
most-disruptive flooding since 2006. Both the Delaware River
and the Schuylkill could spill out of their banks. In
addition, tidal flooding along the Delaware
in Philadelphia might get an extra
boost from steady, water-pushing winds from the southeast. Northeast braces for heavy rain, flooding
(Reuters) - Winter-weary and waterlogged communities in the Northeast braced
for a deluge of rain on Thursday and snow in parts of Pennsylvania
and New York,
according to forecasts. The storm system coupled with melting snow was
pushing rivers across the region quickly toward flood levels. New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency ahead of the expected
rains, wind and flooding. The order gives police broader powers to manage
traffic and evacuation plans if necessary and readies the state's National
Guard for assistance. Most of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast will see at least
an inch of rainfall through Saturday morning, said Greg Heavener, National
Weather Service meteorologist in Mount Holly, N.J.
The heaviest precipitation was expected to drench Philadelphia,
northern Delaware and central and
northern New Jersey with two to
three inches of rain, he said. Areas around Philadelphia
already saw about an inch of rain by early Thursday, although the heaviest
bands of precipitation were expected overnight, he said. The National Weather
Service has issued flood advisories from Maryland
north into New England. The Ramapo, Passaic,
Delaware and Raritan
river levels were being closely monitored, and the latest storm could produce
major flooding, state and weather officials said. In Connecticut,
similar precautionary measures were underway. Flood watches were issued across
the state through Friday afternoon, with major flooding potential in western
areas. Several Connecticut rivers
are already at minor flood levels, said state emergency officials. While the
bulk of the rain in Massachusetts
was expected to hit the western part of the state overnight, up to an inch of
rain falling in eastern Massachusetts
was being monitored as well. Even a small additional amount of rainfall could
cause water to leave the banks of the rivers and cause minor flooding.
March 11, 2011
60 killed in major tsunami after 8.9 Japan
quake. TOKYO - A ferocious
tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's
eastern coast Friday, killing at least 60 people as it swept away boats, cars
and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings
blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America,
and the entire U.S. West Coast. Magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a
23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 20 aftershocks for
hours, most of them of more than magnitude 6.0. Police said at least 60 people
were killed and 56 were missing. The death toll was likely to continue climbing
given the scale of the disaster. Dozens of cities and villages along a
1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent
tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo,
hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter. "The earthquake has
caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan,"
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at
a news conference.
Texas farmers say
drug war making job dangerous. LA JOYA, Texas
- As Texas farmhands prepared this winter to burn stalks of sugarcane for
harvest along the Rio Grande, four
masked men on ATVs suddenly surrounded the crew members and ordered them to
leave. Farmer Dale Murden has little doubt they were Mexican drug traffickers.
"They hide stuff in there," Murden said of the dense sugarcane crops,
some as high as 14 feet. "It was very intimidating for my guys. You got
men dressed in black, looking like thugs and telling them to get back." Texas
farmers and ranchers say confrontations like these are quietly adding up. This
month the Texas Department of Agriculture, going beyond its usual purview that
includes school lunches and regulating gas pumps, launched a website
publicizing what it calls a worsening situation "threatening the lives of
our fellow citizens and jeopardizing our nation's food supply." The launch
last week of ProtectYourTexasBorder.com also left the state somewhat
embarrassed after the site's message board quickly filled with postings calling
for vigilante justice and the killing of illegal immigrants. The postings have
since been removed.
quake causes emergencies at 5 nuke reactors.TOKYO
declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants
after the units lost cooling ability in the aftermath of Friday's powerful earthquake.
Thousands of residents were evacuated as workers struggled to get the reactors
under control to prevent meltdowns. Operators at the Fukushima Daiichi plant's
Unit 1 scrambled ferociously to tamp down heat and pressure inside the reactor
after the 8.9 magnitude quake and the tsunami that followed cut off electricity
to the site and disabled emergency generators, knocking out the main cooling
system. Some 3,000 people within two miles (three kilometers) of the plant were
urged to leave their homes, but the evacuation zone was more than tripled to
6.2 miles (10 kilometers) after authorities detected eight times the normal
radiation levels outside the facility and 1,000 times normal inside Unit 1's
control room. The government declared a state of emergency at the Daiichi unit,
the first at a nuclear plant in Japan's
history. But hours later, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the
six-reactor Daiichi site, announced that it had lost cooling ability at a
second reactor there and three units at its nearby Fukushima Daini site.
March 13, 2011
waterlogged as rivers crest and flooding continues. National Weather
Service issues flood advisories in at least 27 states; New
declare states of emergency. (CBS/AP)
POMPTON LAKES, N.J.
- Residents in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest
nervously watched rising waterways Thursday as heavy rain swelled creeks and
rivers, damaged houses, detoured commuters and forced amusement park workers to
pack up equipment. In Pompton Lakes, N.J.,
a pelting rain fell on already
water-damaged homes ruining the furniture and flooring. It was the
second time the area had been waterlogged in less than a week. In a small
playground across the street, remnants of Sunday night's flooding could be seen
in a bicycle rack that was nearly covered in mud. Flood watches were in effect
across much of New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Ohio and New
Japan quake-tsunami death toll likely over 10,000.TAGAJO, Japan
- The death toll in Japan's
earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an
official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking
water, electricity and proper food along the pulverized northeastern coast.
"This is Japan's
most severe crisis since the war ended 65 years ago," Prime Minister Naoto
Kan told reporters, adding that Japan's
future would be decided by the response to this crisis. Although the government
doubled the number of soldiers deployed in the aid effort to 100,000, it seemed
overwhelmed by what's turning out to be a triple disaster: Friday's quake and
tsunami damaged two nuclear reactors at a power plant on the coast, and at
least one of them appeared to be going through a partial meltdown, raising
fears of a radiation leak.
races to avert multiple nuclear meltdowns. KORIYAMA, Japan - Japan's
nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of
multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake-
and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible
radioactive contamination. Nuclear plant operators were frantically trying to
keep temperatures down in a series of nuclear reactors, including one where
officials feared a partial meltdown could be happening Sunday, to prevent the
disaster from growing worse. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano also said
Sunday that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Unit 3 of the Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear complex, the latest reactor to face a possible meltdown. That
follows a blast the day before in the power plant's Unit 1, as operators
attempted to prevent a meltdown there by injecting sea water into it. "At
the risk of raising further public concern, we cannot rule out the possibility
of an explosion.
Jacob’s House Comment,
A Special Message from Jacob’s House About the Ongoing
Problems in this World Today.
The warning goes out to all of the foolish people who have
defied and not honored the Living God in their midst.
They will soon perish in a tumult of terror, fear, and
Can we make it any clearer what will happen to the
unbelievers of this world called earth who now sit on the sidelines. For they have refused their Creator, and have
created their new tower of bale and Babel
to speak to one another about their evil ways.
We are telling you your days are numbered and your souls
will be dissolved, for your souls belong to the King of all kings and the Power
of all powers that are here.
Read these Words From God First Given to Jacob on 7/10/07. Then weep for the destruction of your souls
which is coming:
Excerpt from "The Lord God’s New
Estate Will Soon Be Here":
There are a lot of assumptions and
predictions being made today about the future course of events this world will
take, oh servant Jacob. There are a lot
of puffed up words being spoken now about how specific wars will end, and how
the kings and rulers here will be able to control everything that is set forth
before them in the next few years.
I, the Lord God, know many mystics,
sorcerers, and stargazers today are predicting the end of this world will not
come for many centuries, or even thousands of years. They are predicting good times for the
drunkards, heathens, and vagabonds who believe in them, and listen to their
unsound and filthy words. However, these
mystics, sorcerers, and star gazers have not heard about the hidden strength and
power that I, the Lord God, possess.
They do not understand I have secret tabernacles of wrath and
destruction at My disposal, which I can use against them at any time.
The princes, rulers, and judges
here have also not heard about the all consuming fire, knowledge, and unending
wisdom that is a part of Me in the heavens above. They have not heard about the judgment seat
that I sit upon, when I Am looking down upon all the inhabitants of this sinful
and debased world. They have not been
able to see the overwhelming mudslides and floods that I can bring to the
tarnished and polluted cities that are loathsome and contemptible before
Therefore, as it was in the distant
past, servant Jacob, so is it the same today.
Many foolish people here do not take the time to consider Me and know Me. They do not take the time to discover the goodness,
love, mercy, and fairness that I possess.
Though I, the Lord God, have etched and planted My undefiled ways in many
of them long ago, they do not want to see their way clear to know My ways, My
Son, Jesus, or Me. They do not want to
exit from the mud and debris they have brought upon themselves and their little
ones. They do not want to understand
that all of the grief and travail they are going through in their lives is
because they have defied Me and mocked My ways.
Little do these foolish people know
that I Am now beginning to change the underpinnings of this world called
earth. Little do they realize I Am
moving the seas all around them so they will soon roar and foam upon them with
reckless strife and abandon. Little do
they understand they will soon be caught up in a great tidal wave of epic
proportions they will not be able to run from or control. Little do they realize I Am now rearranging the
foundational pillars of My new day, so it will conform to My ever-present will. I, the Lord God, am also rearranging the
stars in the heavens above so they will conform to the specifications of My
heart, mind, and soul.
The princes, rulers, and judges here
today do not realize I Am beginning to make My name known all over this
world. I Am also making the wilderness places,
the sinful areas of this world, and the dead seas, to threaten them and destroy
everything they hold dear. They do not
realize they are already being brought before My judgment throne, while My truthful
words are being spoken today by you, servant Jacob.
Toxin found in sardines that clogged US marina. LOS ANGELES - The
millions of sardines that were found floating dead in a Southern California
marina this week tested positive for a powerful neurotoxin, researchers said
Friday. High levels of domoic acid were found in the sardines, which may have distressed
them off the Los Angeles coastline
and caused them to swim into the Redondo Beach
marina. Scientists believe that critically low oxygen levels in the water
caused the sardines to suffocate, but it's possible the toxin may have been one
explanation for why they crowded into the marina. The California Department of
Fish and Game has blamed the die-off on oxygen deprivation and is also testing
fish for toxins at its animal forensics laboratory. Results are not expected
until next week. Domoic acid is often found in the stomach of fish that have
been feeding on plankton during toxic algae blooms. The toxin has been linked
to neurological disorders, illnesses and deaths in seabirds, sea lions, sea
otters and whales.
Tsunami waves hit the U. S.
Pacific coast. Waves triggered by devastating Japan
quake reach U.S.
mainland; Low-lying areas evacuated as Calif.
marinas suffer extensive damage. Waves from a tsunami triggered by Japan's
catastrophic earthquake slapped the U.S.
west coast, causing extensive damage to harbors and piers in California. Waves surging along the coast reached as high
as 7 feet. In Santa
Cruz, a local emergency was declared when a series of
waves pulled boats loose from their moorings and sent them crashing into piers
and bridges. Half-sunken pleasure boats were seen bobbing in Santa
Cruz harbor. Surge after surges wept into the harbor,
washing boats back and forth as owners looked on helplessly. The phenomenon of
receding water before secondary surges come ashore - dragging dislodged boats
back and forth through the harbor, like a fast-moving river - was watched by
onlookers and fearful boat owners. But the surging tide caused an estimated $2
million in damage in the Santa Cruz Small
according to a county spokesman. In Crescent City,
Calif., where a tsunami in 1964 killed 11
people, fishermen fired up their crab boats and left the harbor to ride out an
expected swell. Their caution paid off because the harbor was destroyed.
March 17, 2011
nuke-plant battle may take weeks, US says. YAMAGATA, Japan - Emergency
workers seemed to try everything they could think of Thursday to douse Japan's
most dangerously overheated nuclear reactors: helicopters, heavy-duty fire
trucks, even water cannons normally used to quell rioters. But they couldn't be
sure any of it was easing the peril at the tsunami-ravaged facility. Three
reactors have had at least partial meltdowns at the Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear plant, where wisps of white steam rose from the stricken units
Friday morning. But Japanese and U.S.
officials believe a greater danger exists in the pools used to store spent
nuclear fuel: Fuel rods in one pool were believed to be at least partially
exposed, if not dry, and others were in danger. Without water, the rods could
heat up and spew radiation. It could take days and "possibly weeks"
to get the complex under control, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman
Gregory Jazcko said. He defended the U.S.
decision to recommend a 50-mile evacuation zone for its citizens, a much
stronger measure than Japan
has taken. A senior official with the U.N.'s nuclear safety agency said there
had been "no significant worsening" at the Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear plant but that the situation remained "very
serious." Graham Andrew told reporters in Vienna
that nuclear fuel rods in two reactors were only about half covered with water,
and they were also not completely submerged in a third.
UN approves no-fly zone over Libya.UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a no-fly zone
over Libya and
authorized "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from attacks
by Moammar Gadhafi's forces. The action came as the Libyan leader was poised to
make a final push against rebels holding out in Bengazhi,
Libya's second largest
city. The vote in the 15-member council was 10-0 with five abstentions,
and China. The United
and Britain had
pushed for speedy approval. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said if the
resolution was approved, France
would support military action against Gadhafi within hours. The U.S.
said it was preparing for action. Several Arab nations were expected to provide
backup. Gadhafi vowed to launch a final assault on Benghazi
and crush the rebellion as his forces advanced toward the city and warplanes
bombed its airport Thursday. Gadhafi said in an interview broadcast Thursday on
Portuguese public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa that he rejected any
U.N. threats of action. "The U.N. Security Council has no mandate,"
Gadhafi said. "We don't acknowledge their resolutions." He warned
that any military action would be construed as "colonization without any
justification" and would have "grave repercussions."
Income tax chart shows assault on middle class.COMMENTARY – Trying
to solve the U.S.
national debt problem might be more of an income dilemma and less about a debt
problem. A recent chart compiled from IRS and Tax Foundation data suggests the rich have been
paying fewer tax. No one class of citizen has an overly high burden of paying
income taxes in 2011. But overall, Americans making $1 million or more are
shouldering less of a tax burden than before. When the government has been
deficit spending at record levels, it's time to increase taxes. Another chart
compiled by the University at Santa Cruzis equally as disturbing for the middle and
lower classes. The top one percent of households in the United
States owned nearly 35 percent of the wealth
in the United States.
The next 19 percent (managerial and professional types) own only 50 percent of
the wealth in America.
The bottom 80 percent (i.e. hourly wage earners and impoverished) have access
to just 15 percent of available money in 2007. Combining the two sets of date
reveals a stark contrast. The rich are still getting richer while the poor keep
Chunk of Calif.
coastal highway falls into Pacific. CARMEL,
Calif. - Engineers on Thursday were working
to figure out when they'll be able to reopen a stretch of California
coastal highway that collapsed into the ocean, blocking traffic to the scenic Big
Sur region. A 40-foot section of Highway 1 crumbled just after 5 p.m. Wednesday following several days of
rainy weather. The entire southbound lane is gone, and the soil under the
northbound lane also was giving way. No one was injured in the slide, the
California Highway Patrol said. Authorities have closed the two-lane road to
traffic indefinitely. The collapse occurred south of Carmel
near Rocky Creek
Bridge, one of the iconic arch
bridges that make the stretch of roadway, also known as the Pacific
Coast Highway, one of the country's best known
March 19, 2011
Western warplanes, missiles hit Libyan targets. TRIPOLI (Reuters) -
Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast on Saturday, using strikes
from air and sea to force Muammar Gaddafi's troops to cease fire and end attacks
on civilians. French planes fired the first shots in what is the biggest
international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion
destroying tanks and armored vehicles in the region of the rebels' eastern
stronghold, Benghazi. Hours later, U.S.
and British warships and submarines launched 110 Tomahawk missiles against air
defenses around the capital Tripoli
and the western city of Misrata,
which has been besieged by Gaddafi's forces, U.S.
military officials said. They said U.S.
forces and planes were working with Britain,
and Italy in
operation "Odyssey Dawn". Gaddafi called it "colonial,
crusader" aggression. "It is now necessary to open the stores and arm
all the masses with all types of weapons to defend the independence, unity and
honor of Libya,"
he said in an audio message broadcast on state television hours after the
strikes began. State television said the "crusader enemy" hit
civilian areas of Tripoli and fuel
storage tanks that supplied Misrata.
Gadhafi vows 'long war' after US, allies strike. TRIPOLI, Libya -
Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" against the international military
force that struck at his forces with airstrikes and dozens of cruise missiles
that shook the Libyan capital early Sunday with the sound of explosions and
anti-aircraft fire. State television said 48 people died in the U.S.
and European strikes, which marked the widest international military effort
since the Iraq
war and came as the rebels saw a month's worth of gains reversed by Gadhafi's
overwhelming firepower. In the phone call to state television, Gadhafi said he
would not let up on Benghazi and
said the government had opened up weapons depots to all Libyans, who were now
armed with "automatic weapons, mortars and bombs." State television
said Gadhafi's supporters were converging on airports as human shields.
"We promise you a long war," he said. President Barack Obama said
military action was not his first choice and reiterated that he would not send
American ground troops.
efforts to ease nuke crisis hit setback. FUKUSHIMA,
Japan - An unexpected
rise in pressure inside a troubled reactor set back efforts to bring Japan's
overheating, leaking nuclear complex under control Sunday as concerns grew that
as-yet minor contamination of food and water is spreading. The pressure
increase meant plant operators may need to deliberately release radioactive
gas, prolonging a nuclear crisis that has consumed government attention even as
it responded to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that savaged northeast Japan
on March 11. Beyond the disaster area, an already shaken public grew uneasy
with official reports that traces of radiation first detected in spinach and
milk from farms near the nuclear plant are turning up farther away in tap
water, rain and even dust. In all cases, the government said the radiation
levels were too small to pose an immediate risk to health. Still, Taiwan
seized a batch of fava beans from Japan
found with faint- and legal, amounts of iodine and cesium.
1st Person: Rich Japan's misery stuns war reporter.SHIZUGAWA, Japan
-Bodies are strewn among the knotted skeletons of entire towns.
Military helicopters clatter overhead. Survivors who lost everything huddle
under blankets in schools-turned-shelters as foreign governments dispatch aid
and urge their citizens to flee. After years spent reporting from desperate and
war-torn corners of the world, the scenes I've witnessed here are unsettlingly
familiar. It's the setting that's not. Here, in one of the richest and most
advanced nations on earth, I've found one of most challenging assignments of my
cascading disasters were spawned by one of the planet's strongest quakes in a
century. Next came a tsunami that killed more than 10,000 people and demolished
vast swaths the northeastern coast in minutes. That triggered a nuclear
emergency that has amplified a deepening sense of apocalyptic doom. The grim
sights have been widely compared to the astonishing destruction wrought here
during World War II.
Jacobs House Comment
God is bringing destruction to the enemies of the cross who have hated
His Son, Jesus, and refused to repent of their wickedness, their idolatry and
their sinful ways. Anyone who believes
that this cataclysmic event in Japan
is random and not God’s wrath and vengeance on this area of the world is a
drunkard and a fool.
Chilling and accurate excerpt from the Prophecy THE DAYS
OF NOAH ARE HERE AGAIN,First
given to Jacob from God on 12/10/06:
As it was in the days of Noah,
so is it again today, oh Jacob, servant of Mine. Therefore, soon I will bring a damaging and
distressful wind and flood upon the decayed and dried up land, which I
despise. I will pillage and destroy the
polluted houses that have not been reverent to Me or restored in My name. If they are not covered by the blood of My
only Son, Jesus, their foundations will not survive.
Soon I, the Lord God, will bring
an untimely end to this world called earth.
I will bring a sudden sifting flood upon the nations and cities that
have not feared and honored Me as the true Creator of all life and breath. In the next few years, I will make many
places around this world desolate heaps.
They will remain uninhabitable caves of darkness where only owls,
snakes, and satyrs will roam. They will
become mired dunghills of twisted steel with mixed clay. Then all of the inhabitants of this world
will know that I Am the Lord of Hosts and I do not change My steadfast and
virtuous ways. Then they will understand
that I have the power to decimate and destroy the nations and the high places
that do not desire to respect Me and honor My Holy name.
Therefore, Jacob, the time is at
hand for Me to make these things happen once again. I, the Lord God, know many powerful judges,
rulers, overseers, and governors today do not want to give up their places of
prominences, stature, and fame. They do
not want to give up the bribes they are taking to perform their rulings and
their laws. They do not want to perform
fair rulings upon all of the men they are seeing at this time. Therefore, true judgment and compassion for
others has been perverted by them. True
fairness and impartiality has been lost in a sea of dead bones, filthy lucre,
wealth, and fame. Now fame and fortune
is what many of them are seeking today.
However, I, the Lord God will be the final judge and jury who will
determine where these judges, rulers, overseers, and governors will go.
African Union demands 'immediate'
halt to Libya
attacks. NOUAKCHOTT (AFP) - The
African Union's panel on Libya
Sunday called for an "immediate stop" to all attacks after the United
launched military action against Moamer Kadhafi's forces. After a more than
four-hour meeting in the Mauritanian capital, the body also asked Libyan
authorities to ensure "humanitarian aid to those in need," as well as
the "protection of foreigners, including African expatriates living in Libya."
It underscored the need for "necessary political reforms to eliminate the
causes of the present crisis" but at the same time called for
"restraint" from the international community to avoid "serious
humanitarian consequences." The panel also announced a meeting in the
Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on March 25, along with representatives from the
Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the European Union and the
United Nations to "put in place a mechanism for consultation and concerted
action" to resolve the Libyan crisis. The AU committee on Libya
is composed of five African heads of state. But the Nouakchott
meeting was only attended by the presidents of Mauritania,
Mali and Congo.
and Uganda were
represented by ministers.
Economic aftershocks of Japan
quake roil Asia. Economic aftershocks of
the devastation in Japan
are rolling through Asia. It is here,
neighbors, that the reverberations of the catastrophe are being felt hardest.
Automakers in Thailand
are slowing production. South Korean electronics manufacturers face shortages
of critical parts. Thousands of Japanese have canceled trips to Taiwan.
Panic buying has driven up prices of Japanese cameras in China,
while Indian policymakers brace for higher oil prices. The 9.0-magnitude quake
and tsunami that laid waste to Japan's industrial northeast on March 11 and
triggered an unfolding crisis at a crippled nuclear power plant has exacted a
terrible human toll with estimates of more than 10,000 dead and hundreds of
thousands homeless. It might also undermine Japan, and China, as manufacturing
bastions as the catastrophe gives global companies further reason to spread
suppliers over more countries to avoid reliance on a handful of production
powerhouses. "Even before the Japan
disaster, there was a sense that many multinationals had become too dependent
on a single source of production," said Frederic Neumann, HBSC's co-head
of Asian economics research. "The broad trend to diversify production will
not just affect Japan,
it will affect China.
production has become very concentrated." South
Korea, a manufacturing force in its own
right, has been among the first to shudder as Japanese suppliers grappled with
damaged factories and power shortages. SUV and luxury sedan maker Ssangyong
Motor Co. is facing production constraints because of shortages of Japanese parts,
said its chairman Pawan Goenka. "Most of the parts sourced from any given
country are developed over time," he said. "It's not possible in most
cases to switch sources. By the time you're able to switch sources the crisis
will be over."
March 27, 2011
Gaps in US monitoring system revealed. West targets Libyan forces in bid to end
stalemate. Radiation spikes in seawater
by stricken Japan
plant. Three Colorado wildfires threaten hundreds of homes. Three wildfires fueled by tinder-dry
vegetation and fanned by high winds forced the evacuation of 320 homes in the
foothills west of Boulder.
Protests spread in Syria
on Friday from their southern epicenter of Daraa to Damascus
and a town south of the capital, where authorities moved to arrest at least
five demonstrators. Problems impeding Japanese nuke crew. Contaminated water and
erroneous radiation reports have workers struggling to contain the reactors. Masked youths battle London police after anti-cuts rally.
Jacob’s House Comments,
Read some of the headlines above and you will realize the end of this
current earth age is right around the corner.
It is nearer than most people think it is today. Soon God’s wrath and fury will be displayed
openly all over this world called earth.
His authority and power-base will be seen here in magnificent and
extraordinary ways. God will display His
anger openly towards the nations today who He loathes and abhors. They will face His earthquakes, fires,
hailstones, tornadoes, and volcanoes erupting everywhere. God will also decrease the abundant nature of
this earth with famine, disease, and a lack of pure water to drink. Therefore, it is the last chance for
Christians and for the lost and dying souls to repent of their sins before God
and His Son, Jesus. For by the end of
April and God’s new Passover this year, God will have marked the people who are
His, and who are the devil’s. Then He
will take the true believers up to be with Him and His Son, Jesus. They will receive their new home and their
new estate for their faithfulness. God
will also soon be judging and then destroying the followers of the man of perdition today.
March 30, 2011
Al Qaeda hails Arab revolts as great leap forward. Al Qaeda's most influential English-language preacher said revolts sweeping the
Arab world would help rather than harm its cause by giving Islamists freed from
tyranny greater scope to speak out.
Setbacks mount in Japan at leaking nuclear plant. TOKYO – Setbacks mounted Wednesday in the
crisis over Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear facility,
with nearby seawater testing at its highest radiation levels yet. Radiation
leaking from the plant has seeped into the soil and seawater nearby and made
its way into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far as Tokyo, 140 miles (220 kilometers) to the
Extinction threat not that far away for 45 Australian species. SYDNEY -
Up to 45 rare species of wallaby, bandicoot and other Australian animals could
become extinct within 20 years unless urgent action is taken to control
introduced predators and other threats, scientists warned Wednesday. Dozens of
mammals, birds, lizards and other vertebrates in the remote northwestern Kimberley
region are at risk from hunting by feral cats and from destruction of their
native habitat by wild donkeys, goats and fires, a study of the conservation
needs of the area shows. "We're in the midst of a massive extinction event
and the north has really been the last stronghold for many species of birds and
mammals and reptiles.
S. Lawmakers seek answers on Libya. WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama
is under pressure from Congress to spell out an exit strategy for the U.S. military in Libya and provide a clear plan to end Col.
Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule as the American public remains fiercely divided
over the war. The president said Gadhafi’s forces are weakening and the U. S. did not rule out arming the rebels,
saying the U.S. and its partners could get weapons
into Libya and would use all options to get rid
Drug resistant MRSA Cases More Widespread Than First Thought In USA.
MRSA has become the most common cause of soft tissue and skin infections among
emergency department patients in the US
- it can cause serious, and even fatal invasive disease. Now on the rise in the
hospitals of 31 U. S.
states. HA-MRSA infections occur mostly in hospitals and other health care
settings, including dialysis centers and nursing homes, and often strike mostly
older adults, people having invasive medical procedures, and people with
weakened immune systems. CA-MRSA is a leading cause of serious skin and soft
tissue infections, entering the body through scrapes and cuts, the researchers
April 3, 2011
Controlling Japan nuclear plant could take months. TOKYO
- It could take several more months to bring Japan's
tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant under control, a safety agency spokesman said
Sunday as engineers tried to find a way to stop highly radioactive water from
pouring into the Pacific. The Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear complex has been spewing radioactivity since the March 11
tsunami carved a path of destruction along Japan's
northeastern coast, killing as many as 25,000 people. The final death toll is
not known because many are still missing. Nuclear safety agency spokesman
Hidehiko Nishiyama on Sunday offered the first sense of how long it might take
to bring an end to the nuclear crisis, which has forced people within 12 miles
(20 kilometers) of the plant to abandon their homes due to radiation concerns.
UN evacuates 200 Ivory Coast
staff after attacks. ABIDJAN, Ivory
Coast - The United Nations mission in Ivory
Coast began evacuating some 200 employees
after frequent attacks on its headquarters by forces loyal to the country's
strongman. A U.N. employee said they were told Sunday that they were leaving.
They were taken by helicopter from the U.N. base downtown to the airport.
Another helicopter will take them to the northern city of Bouake.
Afghan Quran-burning protests enter third day. KABUL, Afghanistan -
Afghan protests against the burning of a Quran in Florida entered a third day
with a demonstrations in the south and east Sunday, while the Taliban called on
people to rise up, blaming government forces for any violence. The desecration
at a small U.S.
church has outraged Muslims worldwide, and in Afghanistan
many of the demonstrations have turned into deadly riots. Protests in the north
and south in recent days have killed 20 people.
Syrian president appoints ex-minister to form govt. BEIRUT - Syrian
President Bashar Assad appointed a former agriculture minister Sunday to form a
new government, part of a series of overtures toward reform as the country
faces a wave of anti-government protests. Hundreds of people were marching in
Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus,
for funerals to mourn those killed in the latest round of protests, which
started two weeks ago. At least 80 people have died in clashes with security
April 10, 2011
Jacob’s House Comment,
This world is becoming more
violent and chaotic every week. It is
also becoming more unstable as God’s new weather patterns punish this earth
with torrential rains, earthquakes, tidal waves, and upheavals. This will soon lead to a closing by God of
this debt-filled and filthy earth age in the next few seasons of time. Judgment of the mingled people of this world
will be the next step in God’s coming glorious revival of His saints and His
elected bride here.
violence and confusion will be seen in the Middle East and elsewhere around
this world. Brother will come against
brother, and nations will come against each other in chaotic and assorted
disbelief. This will lead to the
establishment of God’s new day and new holy frontier for His glorious reawakening
and purpose to be revealed to this world.
The next few seasons of time
will bring this great and marvelous event to fruition as our Lord God allows
this unforgiveness and confusion to be intensified among many mingled tribes today. For if they do not want to know God or His
Son, Jesus, in this late hour, they will perish in a sea of their own iniquity
and blood. They will be increasingly
agitated to the point of no return as the second and third generational curse
of the Canaanites comes to pass. They
will want to kill and maim themselves and their adversaries, as the second and
third born children of sin and iniquity go increasingly berserk.
Jacob's House will be back in two weeks with more current updates.
April 22, 2011
Japan to build 100,000 homes for tsunami survivors. Japan earmarks first $50
billion for post-quake rebuild. TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan's cabinet approved on
Friday almost $50 billion of spending for post-earthquake rebuilding, a down
payment on the country's biggest public works effort in six decades. The
emergency budget of 4 trillion yen ($48.5 billion), which is likely be followed
by more reconstruction spending packages, is still dwarfed by the overall cost
of damages caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, estimated at $300
billion. "With this budget, we are taking one step forward toward
reconstruction ... and toward restarting the economy," Finance Minister
Yoshihiko Noda told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
Giffords makes Time's 100 'most influential' list. PHOENIX - Time magazine
has named U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as one of the 100 most influential
people in the world. President Barack Obama wrote the tribute to Arizona
congresswoman in the magazine's May issue, saying Giffords may not have been a
household name before she was shot in the head in a Jan. 8 mass shooting in
Tucson, but now "she's got the prayers of a nation rooting for her."
Obama wrote Giffords is a "model of civility and courage and unity, a
needed voice that cannot return soon enough."
Europe, especially France, hit by measles outbreak. GENEVA - Europe,
especially France, has been hit by a major outbreak of measles, which the U.N.
health agency is blaming on the failure to vaccinate all children. The World
Health Organization said Thursday that France had 4,937 reported cases of
measles between January and March, compared with 5,090 cases during all of
2010. In all, more than 6,500 cases have been reported in 33 European nations.
"This is a lot of cases, to put it mildly. In past years we've had very
few cases," said Rebecca Martin, head of WHO's office in Copenhagen for
vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization.
Dozens killed in bloodiest day of Syria uprising. BEIRUT - Syrian security
forces fired bullets and tear gas Friday at tens of thousands of protesters
across the country, killing at least 75 people in the bloodiest day of the
monthlong uprising and signaling that the authoritarian regime was prepared to
turn more ruthless to put down the revolt against President Bashar Assad.
Jacob's House Comments,
Hatred of the other tribes in the Arab world is already
spilling over and bloodshed is being seen everywhere and in many nations
there. This will culminate in a great
devastation of many tribes all over the Arab world when God takes out His wrath
upon the Canaanites and the other tribes there who are the decendents of the
people who hated and warred against His beloved Israel.
May 1, 2011
Obama ramps up recovery help for tornado-hit South. PLEASANT GROVE,
Alabama (Reuters) – The U.S. government ramped up efforts on Saturday to help
thousands of homeless victims of the country's second deadliest recorded
tornado outbreak, which killed at least 350 people. President Barack Obama, who
surveyed the tornado destruction in the worst-hit state of Alabama on Friday
and called it "heartbreaking," was sending top officials to the
disaster zone this weekend to escalate federal assistance. With some estimates
putting the number of homes and buildings destroyed at close to 10,000, state
and federal authorities in the U.S. South were still coming to terms with the
scale of this week's devastation from the country's worst natural catastrophe
since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thousands of stunned survivors, many of whom
had seen relatives and friends killed by twisters that obliterated whole
communities, were camped out in the shattered shells of their homes or moved
into shelters or with friends. One disaster risk modeler, EQECAT, is
forecasting insured property losses of between $2 billion and $5 billion from
the havoc inflicted by the swarm of tornadoes that gouged through seven
southern states this week. "It is like living in some other world.
Devastation is everywhere," said Pastor John Gates of the United
in Pleasant Grove, Alabama,
a community with a population of some 10,000.
Obama Administration Responsible for Record Gas Prices. The oil
industry is enjoying record profits as the price for a barrel of oil soars to
more than $110. Chevron
posted its profit numbers for the first quarter. The numbers were tough to
stomach. Chevron reported earnings of $6.2 billion ($3.09 per share, diluted)
for the first quarter 2011, compared with $4.6 billion ($2.27 per share,
diluted) in the 2010 first quarter. How can these oil companies make so much
money while the American people are struggling to make ends meet and fill their
gas tanks. Americans are making daily decisions on sacrifices they must make to
put food on the table and pay their mortgage as the oil companies are making
obscene profits. If the Obama administration allows the oil companies to drill
and relieve this pressure, prices will fall almost immediately on a barrel of
oil. The speculators will flee oil in a second once we announce the United
States will make it a priority to drill. The
administration is committed to alternative energy with solar and wind energy
policies, but it must not destroy the economy to make it a reality. It must
allow the oil companies to spend their profits on drilling new wells and
developing alternative energy at the same time.
The United States
as well as many other nations better prepare for rioting as well as shortages
of food, fuel, and water to drink. The
end of this earth age as we know it is already winding down by God’s decree. For our God is continuing to pummel the earth
with hail, tornadoes, fires, and record temperatures. Poor judgment is also being seen among the
leaders in America
and in many other nations today. This is
coming from the internet and from all of the evil that is being shared among
many people today. This evil and sin is
being shown to an unprecedented degree and will be the downfall of this current
Therefore, the problems in America
and in the rest of the world will only get worse in the months to come. It is time for many people to repent of their
sins and ask God to forgive them for their evil works and destructive
deeds. Otherwise they might find
themselves out of God’s light, power, love, and mercy in the coming years,
decades, and centuries to follow.
May 8, 2011
Memphis readies for big river; Ky. spared calamity.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After 40 days of record rain in many areas some jittery
Memphis residents began abandoning low-lying homes as the dangerously surging
Mississippi River threatened to crest in coming days just shy of a 48.7-foot
record of a devastating 1937 flood. Record river levels, some dating as far
back as the 1920s, were expected to be broken in some areas as the swollen
river threatened flood-prone areas of Memphis on down through the Mississippi
Delta into rich Louisiana farming country. In Memphis,
the river was expected to crest at 48 feet by Tuesday. Some anxious Memphis
residents saw some rain Saturday, just enough to send some packing, and calling
the city bus for transportation out. "Reality has set in, so now we're
getting more calls," said Alvin Pearson, assistant manager of operations
for Memphis bus service. And
downriver in Louisiana, officials
warned residents that even if a key spillway northwest of Baton
Rouge were to be opened, residents could expect water
5- to 25-feet deep over parts of seven parishes. Some of Louisiana's
most valuable farmland is expected to be inundated. More than 4 million people
live in 63 counties and parishes adjacent to the Mississippi
and Atchafalaya rivers from Cairo,
Ill., south to the Gulf of
Mexico, census figures show
America’s Middle Class Crisis: The Sobering Facts.
Two recessions, a couple of market crashes, and stubbornly high unemployment
are all wreaking havoc on America's
middle class. The average American is having trouble getting a decent-paying
job and keeping up with the rising cost of living.
Here are just some of the sobering facts:
-- There are 8.5 million people receiving unemployment insurance and over 40
million receiving food stamps.
-- At the current pace of job creation, the economy won't return to full
employment until 2018.
-- Middle-income jobs are disappearing from the economy. The share of
middle-income jobs in the United States
has fallen from 52% in 1980 to 42% in 2010.
-- Middle-income jobs have been replaced by low-income jobs, which now make
up 41% of total employment.
-- 17 million Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that require
less than the skill levels associated with a bachelor's degree.
-- Over the past year, nominal wages grew only 1.7% while all consumer
prices, including food and energy, increased by 2.7%.
-- Wages and salaries have fallen from 60% of personal income in 1980 to 51%
in 2010. Government transfers have risen from 11.7% of personal income in 1980
to 18.4% in 2010, a post-war high.
The bottom line is the middle class is shrinking, which threatens the social
composition and stability of the U. S.
and the world's biggest economy. I worry is they are becoming a barbell society
- a lot of money wealth and power at the top, increasing hollowness at the middle-class
center, which provides the stability and the heart and soul of the society...
and then too many people at the bottom, and many in fear of falling down.
Jacob's House Comment,
The Lord God's curse in the United States is now well under way. For this nation has deserted God and defied His laws and rules for this world. The thinking of the leaders in the United States have also been compromised to the point of bringing death and destruction to many people who live there. Many of them are hampered from managing their affairs and creating any wealth in this desolate nation. Therefore, without God and His Son, Jesus, to lead and revive this corrupt nation, the United States will never be the super power it once was. Instead, it will deteriorate drastically into a poor and desolate wilderness place.
May 15, 2011
Jacob’s House Comment,
All over this world today the Lord God is showing His
strength, power, and might. God is
showing many areas of this world like Spain
with their recent earthquake, and China
with their recent red dust blinding storms, that He is unhappy with these areas
of this world. Our Lord God is showing
how unhappy He is with the US
by bringing major flooding to many mid-western states including Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Tennessee.
As we have stated before on this website when God is unhappy
with a nation or an area of this world, He first dries it out with no
rain. If God continues to dislike this
nation or area because of its sin and wickedness, our Lord God will flood it
incessantly to wash it clean of its filthiness.
If it this area continues to be sinful, wicked, and idolatrous, our Lord
God will then burn it down with a consuming fire.
Look around the world today and see how many places this is
happening now. It is happening in many
nations and cities more and more as we get closer to the end of this earth age. Soon many more of them will suffer under
God’s wrathful vengeance in the coming months.
They will also be facing His earthquakes, tornadoes, hail, damaged
crops, and power flashes against them until the return of God’s glorious Son,
Jesus, to His rightful throne.
May 29, 2011
Death toll from Joplin, Missouri, rises to 132.
Epic snowfall has been seen in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Montana.
The US Plain states brace for second flood coming down on Montana, the Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. The Missouri River will bring record flooding soon to several areas.
Jacob's House Comments,
We are seeing and witnessing the beginning of the end of this era of corruption, false gods, idols, and murderous sin, which has plagued this earth for many centuries now. Many nations today are already beginning to feel the wrath and vengeance of God upon them for their current vain and mischievous ways, and for their refusal of God's ten commandments. They are suffering with scarcities of food, water, and essentials for the fact they have come against the Living God in their midst.
Soon the evil people in many of these violent nations will face a plague upon them that is out of control. Then shall the era of this current earth age of consumption, disease, and confusion be over. Then shall our Living God triumph in His glory when He renews this world to the pristine beauty it once knew at His feet.
June 5, 2011
Headlines for the week:
1 Series of NATO strikes target Tripoli as mission extended.
2. South Dakota governor urges evacuations as flooding looms.
3.Rare twisters leave Massachusetts, like Joplin, Missouri, reeling. At
least 2 deadly tornadoes shear the roofs off many city buildings and leave locals in a
state of shock.
Jacob’s House Comment,
In the prophecy on this website entitled, “The Days of
Noah are Here Again”, dated over four years ago on 12/10/06, our Lord God spoke
to Jacob about how He was going to destroy the uncircumcised land He was seeing
all over this world. Here is an excerpt
from that accurate prophecy released several years ago and now becoming a
Excerpt from “The Days of Noah are Here Again”:
As it was in the days of Noah,
so is it again today, oh Jacob, servant of Mine. Therefore, soon I will bring a damaging and
distressful wind and flood upon the decayed and dried up land, which I
despise. I will pillage and destroy the
polluted houses that have not been reverent to Me or restored in My name. If they are not covered by the blood of My only
Son, Jesus, their foundations will not survive.
Soon I, the Lord God, will bring
an untimely end to this world called earth.
I will bring a sudden sifting flood upon the nations and cities that
have not feared and honored Me as the true Creator of all life and breath. In the next few years, I will make many
places around this world desolate heaps.
They will remain uninhabitable caves of darkness where only owls,
snakes, and satyrs will roam. They will
become mired dunghills of twisted steel with mixed clay. Then all of the inhabitants of this world
will know that I Am the Lord of Hosts and I do not change My steadfast and
virtuous ways. Then they will understand
that I have the power to decimate and destroy the nations and the high places
that do not desire to respect Me and honor My Holy name.
4. Syria troops renew attack on town of Rastan, at least 15 dead.
5. Yemen fighting halts flights as U.S. sends envoy to region.
6. Protesters celebrate departure of Yemen's leader.
7. Syrian TV says 4 dead in Israeli border gunfire.
8. Toxic German E.coli outbreak caused by new strain. WHO says. HONG KONG/MOSCOW
(Reuters) A deadly outbreak of E.coli
centred in Germany and spreading across Europe is caused by a dangerous new
strain, Chinese scientists who analyzed the bacteria said. The scientists said
the outbreak, which has killed 17 and made more than 1,500 others ill in at
least 10 European countries and is thought to come from vegetables, carried
genes making it resistant to several classes of antibiotics. "This E. coli
is a new strain of bacteria that is highly infectious and toxic," said the
scientists at the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen city in southern China
who are collaborating with colleagues in Germany.
World Health Organization spokesperson Aphaluck Bhatiasevi said the WHO was
waiting for more information from laboratories. "This strain has never
been seen in an outbreak situation before," he said.
Jacob’s House Comment,
The outbreak of the new strain of E.coli bacteria in Germany
is because of the innocent Jewish blood that was shed there during World War
II. Many mass graves and internment
concentration death camps were near where this E.coli outbreak has recently occurred. This innocent
Jewish blood has never been rectified in heaven, and God is now rebuking and
for her past sinful ways towards His chosen people.
This E.coli problem Germany is having today is also because of the farm land being poisoned and
continuously polluted and depleted because of the fertilizers being used to increase crop
yields at all costs. They are not giving
the farm land the rest that it truly needs to prosper and survive. This has created a situation which has
allowed the E.coli bacteria to mutate into a more dangerous, new and deadly
strain, or unknown plague.
Wildfires and drought plague much of the southern U.S.
Gadhafi forces kill 22 rebels in Misrata.
Syrian troops move
into restive town. BEIRUT (AP) - Under the
rattle of heavy gunfire and loud explosions, Syrian army troops and tanks moved
into a restive northwestern city from two sides Sunday, extending the crackdown
on a region that is historically hostile the Damascus regime.
Arizona fires: Wallow grows to
430,000 acres. The Wallow Fire has grown to 430,000 acres, and officials expected winds
and dry weather to be a challenge in containing the second-largest fire in
Arizona history. Officials blamed winds and the fire's shape for the steep
increases in size. "It's so long that even if it moves a little bit, it
adds probably 10,000 to 20,000 acres a day," said incident commander Clay
Templin. As of Saturday, the Wallow Fire was 6 percent contained. But no
additional homes or buildings were lost. At least 50 have been destroyed so
far. And no injuries were reported.
Jacob's House Comment,
The reason there are wildfires in southeastern Arizona, which are now spreading into southern New Mexico, are because God is angry at the thieves, pillagers, and fornicators the US is allowing into God's land. Therefore, God is angry at the US and He is using fire to burn the cities and areas down He is displeased with. It is a known fact today the US is allowing terrorists, drunkards, fools, and enemies of God to come into the southern states through the US border there. These enemies of the cross are getting God's anger and jealousy to be kindled to a high degree. They are allowing God's laws and rules of order here to be ransacked, pillaged, and destroyed. Therefore, shall they pay the price of their iniquity and wickedness with their lives. The yield on the US crops will be low and damaged in the coming days. The water supply will also dwindle in the US and other places around the world until the second coming of our Lord Jesus is realized. For it is a time of scarcity, famine, consumption, travail, depravity, and trouble on God's holy calender today. These things of scarcity, famine, etc., cannot be changed or altered by anyone but our Creator.
June 19, 2011
predict rare 'hibernation' of sunspots. WASHINGTON (AFP) - For
years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into
solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a
curious calm has suggested quite the opposite. However, according to three
studies released in the United
States on Tuesday, experts believe
the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of
inactivity unseen since the 17th century.
The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower
activity near the poles, said experts from the National Solar Observatory and
Air Force Research Laboratory. "This is highly unusual and
unexpected," said Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO's Solar
Synoptic Network, as the findings of the three studies were presented at the
annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Solar Physics Division in
Las Cruces, New
Mexico. "But the fact that
three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a
powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation." Hill
said the current cycle, number 24, "may be the last normal one for some
time and the next one, cycle 25, may not happen for some time. "This is important because the solar
cycle causes space weather which affects modern technology and may contribute
to climate change," he told reporters. Experts are now probing whether
this period of inactivity could be a second Maunder Minimum, which was a
70-year period when hardly any sunspots were observed between 1645-1715, a
period known as the "Little Ice Age." "If we are right, this
could be the last solar maximum we'll see for a few decades. That would affect
everything from space exploration to Earth's climate," said Hill. Solar
flares and eruptions can send highly charged particles hurtling toward Earth
and interfere with satellite communications, GPS systems and even airline
controls. Geomagnetic forces have been known to occasionally garble the world's
modern gadgetry, and warnings were issued as recently as last week when a
moderate solar flare sent a coronal mass ejection in the Earth's direction.
Jacob’s House Comment,
What these scientists refuse to see is that God is causing
the sun, the earth, and the moon to change drastically before their eyes. God is causing many signs and wonders to be
seen all over this world, which are signaling that this corrupt and filthy
earth age is on its last breath. Soon
the end of this world as we know it will be at hand. Then shall a visitation from our Lord God be
seen here, when He takes His faithful sons and daughters home. Then they will arrive into God’s faithful and
loving arms, through His only Son, Jesus.
They will then arrive into God’s faithful waiting and loving arms.
US Rep. Giffords released from Houston
hospital. Her words are back more and more now, but she's still using
facial expressions as a way to express herself. She is able to point and
Gesture, add it all together, and she's able to express the basics of what she
wants or needs. But when it comes to a bigger and more complex thought that
requires words, that's where she's had the trouble.
Jacob’s House Comment,
It is a known fact to anyone who has the eyes to see today that many
prophecies in the Bible are being fulfilled at this time. The miracle release of Republican Giffords,
after being shot in the head at point blank range, is just one of these many prophecies
in Revelation that are being fulfilled today.
Prophecies from our Lord God in Daniel, in Joel, in Jeremiah, in
Zephaniah, etc., are also being fulfilled in record numbers today. Therefore, soon God’s new day and new time
will become a reality for the faithful and devoted children who love Him and
His Son, Jesus. They will be able to
survive the death filled slaughter of the goats which is coming to this
attack post office at Alaska port. ANCHORAGE,
Alaska (Reuters) - A pair of bald eagles nesting near the Post Office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, has taken to
dive-bombing customers, in one case drawing blood, authorities said on Tuesday.
Death toll in Karachi Pakistan unrest rises to 20.
The pain of Greece's crisis. NEW YORK
(CNNMoney) - Once again, Greeks are protesting new austerity measures being
forced upon them by their European neighbors in exchange for relief from a debt
crisis. The streets of Athens are rife
with rioters throwing fire bombs and clashing with armored police.
High winds, temps propel Southwestern wildfires to thrive.
Syrian army enters village near Turkish border.
June 26, 2011
Headlines for the Past Week
Thirty-six wild fires rage in seven US
states. Tens of millions of acres burned
in Arizona, New
Mexico, and Texas.
State of emergency declared as several new wild fires are
out of control on the eastern coast of North Carolina,
Drought conditions in Georgia
force people to buy water as their wells dry up.
New tick bites in New England and New
York now causing new serious infection to spread.
Major flooding being seen in Eastern China. Millions evacuated from their homes.
Major flooding seen in Midwest area
of US as levees are breched in Nebraska
and North Dakota. Four thousand homes in North
Dakota under water.
Forty-three tornado outbreak damages parts of Midwest
Major bank in Europe on the verge of
defaulting. Euro currency now in serious
Extreme drought conditions for lack of rain in Texas,
forces water restrictions.
Jacob’s House Comment,
God’s multiplying effect is in order and happening today. Therefore, many areas around this world will
have trouble functioning and surviving the next few seasons of woe, trouble, dread, and drought. God shall test and try the rulers in many
nations for their idolatrous, corrupt, and lascivious ways. He will also purge this world of the innocent
blood that was spilled upon the land in many nations, with great fires and
tribulation. Then shall a new baby be
born from a cleansed and perfect womb.
Then shall God’s new day of holiness be seen here as never before.