Saturday, April 19, 2014

7.5 Earthquake With Tsunami Warning For Papua New Guinea And Solomon Islands

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake: Tsunami Alert For Papua New Guinea And Solomon Islands

A tsunami warning was briefly issued for Papua New Guinea and the neighbouring Solomon Islands on Saturday, after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific Island nation.

There were no immediate reports of damage after the quake hit 68 km southwest of Panguna on the island of Bougainville, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
The organisation had revised its original initial 7.8 recording to 7.5.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later cancelled a tsunami warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and said there was no threat to neighbouring Australia or across the Pacific Ocean.
At least six strong tremors have hit near Bougainville in the past week, including a magnitude 7.3 on 11 April, but there have been no reports of major damage.
“Certainly it has been very active, more active than usual,” said Jonathan Bathgate, a seismologist at Geoscience Australia.
"(The spate of earthquakes) is relieving some pressure on this faultline, but we can't rule out another large earthquake."
The quake would have been felt strongly on Bougainville and nearby islands, but given its position on the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire” where earthquakes are frequent, extensive damage was unlikely, Bathgate said. However, a local tsunami may have been generated, he added. Readings showed a small wave had been generated, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
In 1998, a magnitude 7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into villages near Aitape on Papua New Guinea's north coast and killed more than 2,000 people.
Resource-rich Bougainville, which neighbours the Solomon Islands, fought a war for independence from Papua New Guinea in the 1990s, leading to the closure of the Panguna copper mine, majority-owned by Rio Tinto Ltd. Bougainville is now an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea.

Lift Up Your Heads: A Time Like No Other

"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

(Luke 21:28)

This one comes from a site I was previously unfamiliar with ("The Things 2 Come") and kudos to the author for this timely piece:

The world is entering into a time unlike any we have ever seen. No, we are not just entering it, we are neck-deep in it. I know, I have been watching, waiting, analyzing and digging into prophetic studies for decades. My very first Bible study ever was on the book of Revelation, and if “you are what you eat” applies to spiritual things, well it’s no wonder the Lord got a hold of my heart to embrace the things to come with joy and anticipation.
But not everyone embraces this often weighty topic with joy; in fact, more and more I get a reaction resembling fear and even panic. The Fear Factor as it relates to prophecy is a very real condition, and I don’t want to make light of it because I don’t take it lightly. But I do want to offer some gentle suggestions to those who struggle with a very real sense of foreboding at the thought that ‘the end is near’, with it’s accompanying birth pangs and global tragedies as outlined in the Scriptures.
Having been involved in a ministry for many years that stays on the cutting edge of Bible prophecy, I have learned that there are only 2 responses that stir in the heart of a believer when they hear that time is short, and that the human race is headed for certain “unpleasant” events on our way to redemption and the consummation of all things. As I said, some respond with excitement, joy, and a rush of adrenaline that usually leads to a voracious appetite for “more of that”. If a believer grew up in a denominational tradition that never acknowledged the Bible’s tendency to predict the future with 100% accuracy, these Christians tend to react with the most incredulity that they were kept out of the Revelation loop for so long. I was one of those who was religious but spoon-fed only those things my denomination deemed palatable or necessary for my possible redemption at my last breath. Note, I said, ‘possible’ redemption. They never really knew the way to San Jose after all, it turns out.
But here I wish to address those who feel great discomfort at the mention of certain events on the prophetic horizon. Things like global government and the accompanying dictatorship, famine, pestilences, wars, and financial insecurities or all-out ruin. The natural response to threats such as these would be fear, as we are all hard-wired to survive and give all we have for our lives. The Bible says that those who are on the earth at that season will literally experience their hearts failing out of fear of what is coming on the planet.
But the key word here is: natural response. As in, the “natural man”, or unregenerate, or fleshly. To all those Christians who struggle with a fear response to any solid case presented for prophetic fulfillment, you need to know that while your response is natural and understandable, it is not biblical. There are many things in life that scare us out of our wits, and we will feel fear, sometimes daily. But feeling it, and acting on that fear or living by it is not the proper choice for the believer in Jesus Christ, those to whom have been given the keys to the Kingdom – to come. Not an earthly kingdom. This world is passing away, rapidly, and we look forward to the one in which righteousness dwells. This should be good news to all those who are vexed by the lack of righteousness and justice in this life.
But in order for that to happen, God has deemed it necessary that planet earth endure some serious birth pangs as the sin of mankind reaches its fullness, making His judgments righteous and pure, to His praise and glory. Wow, I can get pretty wound up at the thought. I am so looking forward to the day Christ returns in His glory. But I digress – sort of.
Let me propose a perspective that might help anyone struggling with this ‘fear factor’.
Let’s say for the sake of my case here that there are people that God has actually given the task of sounding the trumpet and letting folks know just how late the hour is, and in exercising these gifts, also exhorts them to live their lives in such a way that they really believe that time is short.
2Peter 3:11 suggests that this is exactly what a right perspective should be when we see the handwriting on the wall. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” In other words, when we realize that things could be winding down, we should live like we believe it and thus accomplish even more for the kingdom than if we believe we have all the time in the world.
With me so far?
Now let’s say you have a chance to hear a well thought-out prophecy presentation, one that brings forth ample evidence, based on Scripture and solid research, that we are edging closer and closer to that time of which the Bible speaks. But perhaps you are one of those who tends to keep your distance from prophetic topics because it is distressing. But maybe on that day there is someone – perhaps a friend or relative of yours – listening in who sees their lost state, understands that they don’t have all the time in the world after all, and receives Christ before it’s too late. Would you say then that the presentation was meant to terrify, or that the Holy Spirit was truly convicting and working? I have no doubt that countless people have gotten saved thanks to a well-timed and well done prophetic Bible study.
I know many myself, as a matter of fact.
I had the “hell” scared out of me reading the Book of Revelation. Chapter 3 to be exact.
Thank you faithful pastor for teaching that book.
But if you still think prophecy is merely frightening and has no other value that you can see, think about this: what if no one was watching these things, what if no one was warning? What would the Church be like? Even as fewer and fewer give heed to the times, we can see a great lukewarmness, and social gospel of ‘purpose’ infiltrating and taking over the body of Christ, to her great peril. But what if no one bothered to address the times in any way? Would you feel more comfortable, or would you at some point be indignant that no one told you in love which end was up? If you want to send a loved one to hear a church service in the hopes they will give their lives to Christ, where do you send them? If all they got was a feel-good seeker doughnut instead of a full breakfast of the gospel, would you be angry that your loved one was not challenged spiritually and simply allowed to simmer in their own sin? It seems more and more that even believers fail to understand what the Church of Jesus Christ even exists for.
As we do get closer, more and more signs will be in place and more and more evidence will present itself that the Bible is the pure word of truth. This is a guarantee. It is not meant to make us feel good, however. So what should our response be as children of the One who has all things in His grasp?
The Bible warns us of these things so we can know what to expect. We are told that when we see these things BEGIN to take place, (implying we will be watching all along if we are believers) we are to look up, lift up our heads (not bow them down in fear) and rejoice because our redemption is nigh. We are told to comfort one another with the blessed hope of the rapture. Fear indicates we do not trust our Lord with the events coming upon the earth, that He should come up with a different method or plan as this one does not suit us or keep our comfort zone in tact. It could also indicate a closer connection to this life than we ought to have, a love for our lives that could indicate that the things of heaven are farther from our thinking than they should be. Lukewarmness? Maybe. Only the fearful know that in their hearts, I am not their Holy Spirit. But if you are one of those who reacts with fear instead of excitement or joy, I would encourage you to set your affections above, and count all things loss for the sake of Christ. This life is but a vapor, eternity is, well, forever. And only by keeping our eyes on Jesus hour by hour can we avoid the carnality of reacting with fear at the thought of His soon return.
Rev 19:10b – “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
2Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Also see:

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine’s doorstep and warned against further US sanctions overnight Friday as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.

A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was “absolutely unacceptable,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

“Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine,” he added.
The comments appeared to be a warning shot to Washington that the situation could quickly degrade if Moscow were punished for a failed implementation of the accord.
The White House reiterated it was watching Moscow to see if it is holding up its end of the deal.

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have declined to honour a peace deal brokered in Geneva by the EU and US with Russia.
Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told press on Friday (18 April) his forces will not surrender arms, vacate government buildings, or put off a referendum on independence on 11 May.
“[Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov] did not sign anything for us, he signed on behalf of the Russian Federation … We will persevere until the end,” he said, according to Reuters, in a reference to the Geneva accord.
“As far as vacating of buildings and areas is concerned - everyone must leave them including [Ukraine’s interim PM] Yatsenyuk and [interim President] Turchynov - as they also took them illegally … We are ready to do it after them."

The big money, often referred to as the smart money, is getting out of the game and they are dumping these assets on unsuspecting investors.
They know, for example, that earnings growth has now plunged to its lowest levelssince 2012.
As these in-the-know elites unload their positions, average investors depending on their financial advisers to tell them the truth are slamming money into these stocks and paying, in some cases, 500 times earnings. Real estate investors are, likewise, overpaying for homes based on the idea that markets are “hotter” than they’ve been in years.
It’s a recipe for disaster and it won’t end well – at least for 99% of people who blindly believe the opinions of their favorite “experts.”

-At least 700 buildings have sustained damage around the state 
(including churches, municipal buildings, etc.)
-12 homes collapsed in  Los Pitos, Arroyo Frio and Los Hornos.
-9 homes collapsed in Juluchuca, 28 sustained significant damage.
-521 homes in Tecpan de Galeana were damaged.
-32 homes were affected (4 of them severely) in Refugio Cristobal Colon.
-10 houses were damaged in La Barrita.
-13 landslides have been reported.
-5 government buildings, 3 hospitals, 2 clinics and one school suffered damage.
-2 roads have sustained significant damage.-In Iguala a wall collapsed and a mall presented fissures.
-Blackouts were reported around the state.
-The quake caused a bridge to misaligned from the road.
-In Chilpancingo there were several reports of damaged homes, the church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion was also damaged, a municipal building suffered minor damage and a wall fell on a car without causing injuries.
-An hospital in Acapulco sustained minor damage.

The virus that has caused a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea is a new strain that emerged locally, possibly transmitted by fruit bats, virologists have said.

The outbreak is the first to be recorded in West Africa, but researchers said the virus causing it did not come from other countries where Ebola already circulates. An international team of scientists unravelled the genome of the virus and found it to be distinct from strains in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon, though they share an ancestor.

The virus is of the EBOV type -- one of three species that have caused outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa, said the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. "This study demonstrates the emergence of EBOV in Guinea," the authors wrote.

Data from the genetic analysis "suggest a single introduction of the virus into the human population," probably in early December 2013 "or even before", according to the study. "It is suspected that the virus was transmitted for months before the outbreak became apparent," it added.

"This length of exposure appears to have allowed many transmission chains and thus increased the number of cases of Ebola virus disease." Though it has not been confirmed, the study said fruit bats found throughout West Africa were "potential reservoirs" of the virus.

The virus can then easily spread among humans through contact with infected blood, body fluids and tissue. An epidemic can only be stopped by isolating suspected cases in ultra-clean conditions and quarantining those who had been in contact with them.

What do Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Michele Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and TW Shannon all have in common?
Calm down, Joseph.  I see your hand, but I want someone else to answer for a change.  No takers?  Okay, Joseph.
You are correct.  They are hated by liberals and Democrats.  Tell us why?  Correct again, Joseph.  They are women and minorities who honor God, family, and country.  They are self-reliant, extremely successful and do not view themselves as victims.
Liberals and Democrats will not tolerate such liberated independent thinking by women and minorities.  It threatens the foundation of the Democratic Party which is built on insidious evil lies, class envy, and victimhood-ism.

For decades, liberals and Democrats have been indoctrinating women and minorities, filling their heads with lies, such as that America is eternally racist and sexist.  They claim that the only way for women and minorities to succeed is through Democrat-led government-mandated lowered standards, entitlements, and special concessions.
Women and minorities who succeed via education, right choices, and hard work, without Democratic Party intervention, upset the Democrats' applecart.  These uppity women and minorities must be silenced at any and all cost.

But wait a minute, Joseph.  Are you saying that these self-proclaimed heroes of women and minorities would actually seek to punish and destroy them?  Oh, I get it.  You are saying their faux compassion is nothing more than a PR campaign promoted by their buddies who dominate the mainstream media.
Liberals and Democrats do not give a hoot about women and minorities other than their usefulness in furthering the socialist/progressive agenda.  Their mantra is, Continue your monolithic voting for us, and we will continue upping the entitlements and keep rich white racist conservative Republicans at bay. Despicable.

Because they thrive on perceived victimized voting blocs, that explains why liberals and Democrats will not seriously address epidemic levels of black out-of-wedlock births, school dropouts, unemployment, urban poverty, black-on-black crime, and genocidal abortion rates. 
They became hysterically outraged when Bill O'Reilly  and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan compassionately dared to address issues that aredevastating the black community.

Joseph, please define “socialist/progressive agenda.”
Their agenda includes banning God from the public square to install a secular society; homosexual marriage; illegal immigration, which means new Democrat voters; late-term abortions; and continuously increasing the size and overreach of government.  Their goal is to have as many Americans as possible dependent on government (unprecedented 48 million on food stamps, over 90 million unemployed, and ObamaCare), which equals government having total power and control over every aspect of our lives.
Anyone, particularly women and minorities, who promotes traditional family values and Christian faith is problematic for the Democrats' PR campaign of indoctrinating the American people.
This also explains liberals' and Democrats' high-tech raping of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice, and others.  Liberal celeb Cher called Sarah Palin a “dumb C-word.” 

Rabid liberal Bill Maher called Michele Bachmann a “bimbo.”  He also called Sarah Palin the C-word and a “dumb twat,” with no rebuke from the liberal infected mainstream media.  Can you imagine the media feeding frenzy had a conservative used the C-word to describe Hillary Clinton?  Glaring hypocrisy.
Would anyone else like to chime in?  OK, Joseph, the floor is yours.

I had the opportunity to meet the American-minded Bundy supporters from all over our country.  They were peacefully protesting the BLM’s actions, and I’m excited to report the Bundy family was successful in keeping the peace until the BLM stopped their roundup and returned the Bundy’s cattle.
I’ll also report the actions of some spineless, poor-excuses of BLM staffers. An armed BLM officer picked up Mr. Bundy’s elderly sister from behind, a total sneak attack, and body slammed her to the ground; there is video footage.  This woman is the mother of 11 and just survived cancer.  Following that brutal incident, another BLM officer ordered his dog to attack Mr. Bundy’s son, Ammon, and as Ammon Bundy was trying to get the dog off his leg, the Nazi-minded bully tazed him twice, once in the neck and the second one right above the heart. As if that wasn’t enough, the brutal BLM thugs beat up Dave Bundy, a pilot out of Las Vegas, detained him, stole his iPad because it contained the brutal footage, confiscated many other items out of his car, transported him to Henderson where he was further detained, then released him in the middle of street. They didn’t stop there. No, they detained two more young guys while they were hearding some more cattle in Overton.

The BLM tried to paint their actions as enforcing the law; however, there are several other reasons why the BLM chose to pick this fight. It cannot be a coincidence that the place where the Bundy’s have grazed their cattle for hundreds of years would suddenly become an animal refuge for desert tortoises; is it really desert tortoises? If so, why would the BLM be euthanizing them? That’s right, BLM has EUTHANIZED 700-800 desert tortoises. Trust but verify. Click here to read one of many stories about it.
We’re also seeing reports that the BLM land in Gold Butte is very desirable for energy projects, which may have prompted this sudden strong-arm tactic. Don’t trust me, verify it. Click here to read the BLM’s own report on the project.

A major concern in all of this was how the BLM treated the cattle. It is completely irresponsible that after years of conversations, the Feds would begin their roundup during the season when calves are being born. In this mess, newborn calves were separated from their mothers; some were trampled in their holding pens and left for dead. A helicopter acted as a cowboy to heard the cows, causing a few to have heart attacks and die. The conditions of the holding pens where they kept the cows for days were heartless and cruel. Where was PETA?

Friday, April 18, 2014

More Converging Signs:

This is another one of those days in which there are so many prophecy related headlines, it is nearly impossible to include every story. In a single day. Just a few brief years ago, six months could pass before having this many pertinent stories, yet here we are, in April 2014 and there comes a point in the daily search that you just have to stop searching as the sheer volume of stories is overwhelming. 

In no particular order:

The truth of the matter is that a Neo-Nazi government had been installed in Ukraine, as reported in March 2014. As reported by Global Research, "The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis. Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

In February, Russia said the Ukraine protesters were "Neo-Nazis." From all appearances today, the pro-Russian forces are in the thick of it, with both sides sprouting propaganda. Fascism works both ways, and believing one side over the other is impossible. Regardless, this is a coordinated crackdown on Donetsk Ukraine Jews. Nothing else matters at this point.

The flyers — signed by Denis Pushilin, who identifies himself as chairman of the industrial city’s temporary government — warned that those who refuse the order will “have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” according to the website.

The missive claims that the group was targeted because of Jewish support for a Ukrainian independence movement at the end of World War II.

Pushilin later confirmed that the leaflets were distributed under his group’s name, but denied any connection to them.

The material is very anti-Semitic and reminds me of the kind of material distributed by the Nazis in World War II,” Alex Tenzer, a Kiev native who serves as a director for the National Association of Immigrants in Israel, told the website.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was “grotesque and beyond unacceptable” that Jews were ordered to identify themselves.
It was still not immediately clear who distributed the chilling flyers.

The Ukraine is in crisis, and in this situation, both Ukrainian forces and Russia blameeach other for blatant Anti-Semitism. The war of the words began in March. As reported in February 2014, by, "The most worrisome and largely overseen factor of the ongoing Ukrainian tragedy, to me, is the mighty Neo-Nazi presence among the opposition hard-core militants from ultra-right nationalistic parties and movements. The threat posed by those forces should be not under-estimated, especially in the context of rapidly rising ultra-national forces all over Europe, the current, new, ugly ‘fashion.’

Ukraine's WWII legacy is one of close Nazi collaboration, one that many in the region would like to bury. But it will not go away. Today it's rearing its ugly, totalitarian head.
The "darker times" are here. As Islamists and the rest of the world close in on the Jewish state, the end result will look like a mirror image of the Holocaust, but there is light in the darkness.

The United States on Thursday condemned as “grotesque” the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. US officials also denounced other instances of religious intolerance that are inflaming tensions in the crisis in Ukraine and said no such behavior could be tolerated.

Also Thursday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released a statement saying that Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador in Kiev, told Mark Weitzman, SWC’s director of government affairs, that  the fliers were “clearly part of a general effort to sow fear among Ukrainian Jews.”

The hate-filled attitude of anti-Semitism simply vanished after World War II ended, Hitler died and it was all revealed for the debased concept it was, right?


From majority expectations that a second Holocaust will take aim at Jews to rampant bias against Jews in public school texts to those episodes of violence, the campaign doesn’t seem to be slowing.
Abroad, the latest incident was reported on Thursday. Ynet News said there was an instruction being distributed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk – telling Jews they have to “register.”
The stunning report explained Jews leaving a synagogue had said they were handed leaflets “that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee in order to continue to have citizenship.”
The report claimed authorities were demanding “ID and passport” for registration of “your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”
And in the U.S., it appears the murder of three people near Kansas City and the rant that followed by the alleged attacker is just the latest in a surge of anti-Semitism.

As part of an assessment of anti-Semitism only a few months earlier, WND found that Louis Farrakhan was accusing Jews of controlling the media, banks, business, industry and more.

But he was hardly the only one accused of harboring anti-Semitic views and promoting hate. Among the myriad anti-Semitic hate groups are neo-Nazi factions, black supremacists, white supremacists, certain “anti-Zionist” groups and more.

The Anti-Defamation League said the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in the United States in 2012 was 927, including, among the most extreme incidents, Molotov cocktails thrown into a New Jersey rabbi’s home, forcing him and his family to flee.
And the FBI reveals that Jews are by far the most likely group to be targeted for hate crimes. In 2011, the federal government documented 820 anti-Jewish hate crimes. By comparison, there were 175 anti-Islamic hate crimes.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, the chief of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, recently wrote about having to fight anti-Semitism in her own backyard in Tennessee.

She explained that a concerned Williamson County parent contacted PJTN over a geography textbook called “The Cultural Landscape,” to which her son was being exposed by school officials.
Among the “questions” in the book was, “If a Palestinian suicide bomber kills several dozen Israeli teenagers in a Jerusalem restaurant, is that an act of terrorism or wartime retaliation against Israeli government policies and army actions?”

Wrote Cardoza-Moore, “During the same class, an anti-Israel handout and a guest speaker influenced her son to question his faith and the accuracy of the Bible concerning Israel and her rights to her ancient homeland. This led to the concerned parent contacting me. It was also discovered that another student had remarked, that had he not taken the class, he ‘wouldn’t have known about the dangerous Zionist agenda.’”

“Not only was the textbook anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, but it was replete with anti-Christian, anti-Western and pro-Marxist propaganda as well,” she reported.

WND’s review of anti-Semitism issues found around the globe, the problem appears to be escalating, with a 30 percent increase over the last year, according to the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University.
The report noted that in some parts of the world, where Islam is dominant, such as in Pakistan, “there are essentially no Jewish citizens.”
The reports also addressed anti-Semitism across Europe, and found that in America, the problems are significant.
WND even reported that the media reports over anti-Semitism have reduced the issue to “Jewish claims.”

No one, including the Ukrainians, seems to know exactly what is happening in Ukraine. You can’t tell one side from the other, even if you have a scorecard. All we really know is that people with guns and armored vehicles are menacing each other, but not really fighting. This sort of thing might be comical in other circumstances. Unfortunately, Ukraine has become a pawn in an East-West geopolitical standoff. Thousands of innocent people are potentially in the crossfire — and others around the world could pay the economic price.

Vladimir Putin looks like one of the winners. He’s already pulled Crimea back into Russia’s arms with barely a shot. Ethnically Russian areas in Eastern Ukraine are next on his list.
The experts I’ve read still think an outright Russian invasion is unlikely. They believe Putin can get what he wants through pressure and intimidation. His real goal is to bully the new Kiev government into giving some kind of autonomy to the regions bordering Russia.
They also doubt Putin will carry out threats to cut off Ukraine’s natural gas supplies. He needs the cash flow and can’t easily sell the gas to anyone else.

NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen is talking tough. Here is what he said today, according to the New York Times.

Mr. Rasmussen said the decision on Wednesday meant that aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region and that allied ships will deploy to the Baltic Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere, as required.
In addition, military personnel will deploy “to enhance our preparedness, training and exercises,” he said. “We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water, and more readiness on the land,” he said.
The Baltic region Mr. Rasmussen mentions does not include Ukraine. NATO is very intent on defending its own members — but Ukraine isn’t one of them.
I still stand by what I said Monday: the U.S. and Western Europe will stay out of Ukraine. As sad as it may be for Ukrainians, it is probably good news for financial markets. It’s also good news for the contractors who supply the planes and ships Mr. Rasmussen says he will deploy.
What do you think will happen to Ukraine? Will Putin gain full control of the border area? Will NATO get involved? Who are those masked men?

According to a report in March by the Israeli daily Haaretz, Israel continues to prepare for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Quoting anonymous members of the Knesset who were present during hearings on the military budget, officials in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) have allegedly received instructions to continue preparing for a strike and a special budget has been allocating for that purpose. However, conducting a military operation against Iran’s key nuclear facilities would be a challenging task for the Israeli military. The distance from Israel to the Iranian nuclear sites is such that any strike using the air force would be challenging on its fuel capacity. Allocating tanker planes to the mission could alleviate part of this concern. Nonetheless, Israeli jets can’t spend too much time in Iranian airspace before the mission itself is in jeopardy. Engaging Iran’s air force in dogfights must be avoided. Therefore, surprise will be a necessary element in a successful Israeli mission.

The element of surprise is also related to the choice of flight route to targets in Iran. Early detection by neighboring states situated along the Israeli route is not necessarily an operational threat as long as the Israeli planes are not targeted by Arab antiaircraft systems and early warning is not passed on to the Iranian government. Given Israel’s dependence on achieving the element of surprise with regards to the operation’s timing, coordinating the operation with an external actor might be problematic and would involve considerable risk. Over the years, several such alleged partnerships have been suggested. In April 2012, a rumor emerged that Israel had been granted access to Azeri bases. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been named for this purpose as well. In June 2010 news reports surfaced in Western media saying that the Saudi military had conducted a test of its antiaircraft systems and radars to ensure that it did not attack Israeli jets en route to targets in Iran. And again, in November 2013, The Sunday Timesreported that Riyadh had given its consent to Israel’s use of its airspace. However, coordinating a leak-sensitive operation with another state involves huge risks. Israel recently learned the price of regional cooperation with regards to sensitive operations. According to a October 2013 report by The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, Turkey-Israel intelligence relations experienced a severe setback after Turkish espionage chief Hakan Fidan provided Iran with a list of Iranians who had met Mossad case officers in Turkey. There is thus an inherent dilemma between coordinating with an external actor—thereby easing the operational obstacles represented by the length of the route, the number of planes necessary for destroying the targets, and the requirements for conducting rescue operations—and minimizing the risk of leaks.

In order to avoid early detection, Israel would need to reduce the external signals of the strike force. This can be done is several ways. One way is to jam or blind radars located along the route to the nuclear sites. Another option is to avoid the radars’ detection range. On June 7, 1981, Israeli jets on their way to the Iraqi reactor were flying low above the desert to avoid detection by radars. Similar low-profile flight paths could be chosen to Iranian nuclear sites. A third option is to use decoys to lure Iran into focusing its attention on the wrong targets. This was Israel’s deception strategy in the 1982 Bekaa Valley attack on Syrian anti-aircraft batteries. A fleet of Israeli UAVs was detected by Syrian radar. Subsequently, the anti-aircraft positions were exposed as the decoys were targeted. One can also try to pretend that the planes belong to the adversary. This might be the reason for Iran’s recent decision to copy Israel’s Heron design for its Fotros UAV. Iranian-made UAVs operated by Hezbollah have penetrated Israeli air space several times in the past: twice during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and once in October 2012. Should a Fotros UAV penetrate Israeli airspace, it might take some time for Israel to identify it as hostile. The same could apply to Israeli jets or UAVs operating in Iranian air space.
As they examine the difficulties of carrying out a strike, Israeli operational analysts can take comfort in the fact that Israel has achieved surprise many times before. Iran, as the intended target of a potential attack, is faced with several problems. One is to detect the decision to attack. Another is to accurately assess the timing and conduct of the operation. And a third problem is to take measures to prevent it. Iran was caught off guard by Iraq’s invasion in September 1980. Could it get caught napping again?

Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armored personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside.

"We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Rouhani, whose election in June paved the way for a major thaw in ties with the West, was referring to the talks with six major powers to hammer out a permanent agreement aimed at resolving the decade-old nuclear standoff.
Under a November preliminary agreement between Iran and the world powers, that took effect on Jan. 20, Iran is to scale back its nuclear activities in exchange for initial relief from international trade and financial sanctions.
The next meeting between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, China and Britain is set for May 13 in Vienna, where they will start drafting the final agreement. 

[The subtitle should be "Can You Believe It Has Come To THIS?"]

Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance.

Liberals And Progressives Telling Other People How To Live Their Lives

[Read the entire article - it is both stunning and chilling]

Liberals and progressives (LPs) like to control and micromanage other people’s lives. They consider themselves the ultimate arbiter of every facet of our existence. You could say they are the proverbial busy-bodies.

You can ignore the busy-body down the block. But, if you ignore liberals and progressives who have the power of the HOA, of violent protests, of boycotts, of the law, of the purse, and of the police behind them, you do so at your own peril.
  • LPs may be a minority of the population but they have their tentacles deeply embedded into the majority and into our national psyche, driving the message and the conversation and squashing dissent with labels of bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and islamophobia. 

Americans are trained to comply peacefully, follow and respect law and order, no matter how badly conceived a law may be. After all, 435 chosen ones have voted and decided and 316 million subjects must obey.

How Safe Is California? Earthquakes In Chile And Nicaragua Raise Questions

Nicaragua’s recent quakes – the Central American nation was hit by three earthquakes last week – along with a magnitude 8.2 quake in northern Chile and magnitude 5.1 tremor that shook southern California in March, have capped off a busy decade of seismic activity. That activity has scientists closely examining movements of the world’s fault lines and lawmakers in nations from South America to Asia to the United States wondering how prepared they are for a major shake.

Cities and countries ramp up preparation after a major earthquake. But what worries many critics and U.S. lawmakers – including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – is that once big events have passed from recent memory, such as the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, people then “ignore high-consequence, low-probability events,” Dennis Mileti, a professor emeritus of sociology with the University of Colorado, Boulder, told Retro Report.

And even though earthquakes in the U.S. aren’t as frequent as those in Chile and Japan, states like Alaska, California and Washington are also at great risk for a major seismic event. California, which averages 27 minor quakes a day and suffered a 5.1 earthquake in March, is particularly vulnerable given the proximity of major cities to the coastline.

With fears that the fault underneath has been reactivated, officials from the government agency in charge of disaster preparedness, Sinapred, told the BBC it was getting ready for a "catastrophe of major proportions."

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Has The First Shot Been Fired?

Unless the federal government has paid the state of Nevada for the land in question, then let them prove it in court. If they have, in fact, paid for the land, it's theirs. If not, then they are illegally occupying land that belongs to the citizens of that state, and they need to leave and never come back.  Yes, that sounds almost too simple, doesn't it? When did the Bureau of Land Management get the constitutional authority tooccupy a sovereign state, assault its citizens with tasers, threaten them with automatic weapons and place snipers in strategic locations and target those afore mentioned citizens?

Last time I looked at the constitution I didn't see in any part of it that gives them the authority to do that.

We are witnessing that "transformation of America" that Obama promised when he came in to office. This is without question, for every freedom loving citizen of this country, the time to put a stop to this illegal action by our government. The people on the left called some of us "tin-foil hat wearing morons," because we saw events like this coming. Well, nobody's laughing now, are they? Unless, of course, you're a host of one of the many shows on MSNBC.

As far as this journalist is concerned, the government has fired the first shot, and it's about time that we free citizens of these United States of America put a stop to this!

The story of Cliven Bundy has dominated the news and, admittedly, my attention for over a week now. However, the history of the situation is not often discussed. Over 50 neighboring ranches were effectively "managed" out of business by the BLM and forced to sell long before the recent events with the Bundy Ranch. Bundy's daughterreports that the BLM stopped making improvements, which are supposed to be the rationale behind the fees, and started buying out the neighbors. Now, Cliven Bundy is the last man standing in an area that used to be dominated by family ranches.
The question thus becomes fairly straight-forward.

Is this agency really about "land management" or is it more about "land confiscation and procural?"
There are other stories emerging of BLM land grabs in Colorado and Texas and today I want to summarize what is happening along the Red River in Texas.
The Red River is the traditional border between Texas and Oklahoma. It is also home to many ranches, much like those in Nevada that have been passed down through generations. Faye Higbee reports:
The Red River is the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma…or is it?
Byers, Texas along the Red River — The BLM stole 140 acres of the Tommy Henderson ranch thirty years ago. They took his land and paid him absolutely nothing. He sued and lost. Now the BLM is using that court case as precedent to do it again. The problem is, the land they want to seize is property that ranchershave a deed for and have paid taxes on for over a hundred years.
The BLM claims that about 90,000 acres (116 miles along the Red River) have never belonged to Texas in the first place. They will seize the land and it will seriously change the boundaries between the two states.

Think about what we just learned. This land should have never belonged to Texas in the first place? Think about that. Only the most serious crimes have no statute of limitations. The BLM wants to take the private property of families that have owned it, in some cases, for over a hundred years.
No crime has been committed. This is not the fault of the owners. Taxes have been paid, and deeds have been issued.
Does this sound ethical to you?
As in the case with Bundy, legal and ethical are not always synonymous. We are living in a time of tyrants. They are perverting our laws to their liking and using them to advance their agenda with whatever means are necessary.
Cliven Bundy may have been the best thing to happen to America in many years. Whether he is an unconstitutional squatter, as some believe, or an American hero as I believe. It does not matter in this context. He is shining some much needed light on the Bureau of Land Management. Suddenly, stories like this Red River land grab, that are generally ignored by the national media, are becoming part of public awareness, and as Faye suggests…

Yes, America, the government is out of control.

'We Believe That The Lord Will Protect Us': Bundy Family Talks Nevada Ranch Standoff

Hannity asked Briana if she’s worried for her family.
“No I’m not, I know my family, and we’re a family of faith and we’re a family of God and we know that what we’re doing is right for the American people and we believe that the lord will protect us, and we saw that on Saturday, and so did the rest of America,” she said.

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