1. The Middle East:
Ankara seeking Turkey-Egypt alliance
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Ankara is seeking a partnership between Turkey and Egypt that will create a new axis of power in the Middle East at a time when US influence in the region is waning.
Frantic Quartet Efforts to Fend Off PA Statehood Bid
The United States and the European Union are making last-ditch efforts to fend off the Palestinian Authority's bid to gain statehood...
Both the U.S. and the EU, as well as Russia and U.N. officials – a group that comprises the Quartet of peacekeeping nations – were working over the weekend to find a way to stop the PA from moving ahead with its plan.
In a new twist, we see this:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned over the weekend that if the bid is successful and the PA is gains status as a new country, he will consider all PA terrorists being held in Israeli prisons as “prisoners of war.”
Palestinians warn Obama not to stand in way of statehood
On Saturday, the Palestinians were at it again, warning the Obama Administration that vetoing their UN Security Council bid for statehood would "destroy" the two-state solution to the conflict.
The warnings cames just hours after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas confirmed in a speech in Ramallah that on Friday, September 23 he will address the UN General Assembly, after which he will submit to the Security Council an official application for UN membership for "Palestine."
This next situation is one to watch closely - very closely:
Israeli-Greek-Turkish air sea forces on guard for first Cypriot drilling
Military tension is building up among Greece, Turkey and Israel as Cyprus prepares to start exploratory drilling for gas offshore Monday, Sept. 19 in the face of threats from Ankara.
All three have placed their air and sea forces in a state of preparedness along with the Cypriot army.
Thursday, Sept. 15, in Tunis, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan continued to inveigh against Israel declaring: "They will see what our decisions will be on this subject. Our navy attack ships can be there at any moment."
Turkey seeks to impose their will in these waters:
Since last Tuesday, Sept. 13, Turkish troop reinforcements are reported by DEBKAfile's military sources as having landed in North Cyprus along with drilling equipment.
This would mean that Prime Minister Erdogan, while spouting high-sounding pledges to "preserve freedom of navigation in international waters" is preparing a wildcat breach of international law and treaties.
Friday, the Greek government in Athens warned Ankara against pursuing this step
Next Monday, therefore, many eyes will be alertly watching to see what happens when the Noble rig starts drilling in Cyprus' Block 12 of the Mediterranean.
The Turkish prime minister has painted himself into a corner: If he orders his naval and/or air units to strike the American rig, he will have to take the consequences, possibly a confrontation with the US, Israel, Greece and Cyprus.
If he does nothing, or nothing more than a token drilling off the Turkish side of the island, he will lose face as a leader able to back up his threats.
The guessing in Washington, NATO and Israel is that the most likely arena for a potential clash of arms in the Mediterranean is offshore Cyprus and it is most likely to evolve into sea and air confrontatons involving Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Israel.
2. Earthquake Update:
Big earthquake in Sikkim, tremors across India 38 dead, over 100 injured
At least 38 people have been killed, 26 in India, five in Nepal and seven in Tibet, and over 100 are injured after an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale shook Sikkim on Sunday evening. Strong tremors were also felt in parts of North and East India and parts of Bangladesh and Nepal, causing widespread panic. The epicentre of the quake is said to be just 64 kilometre North-West of Gangtok.
Three aftershocks, of magnitude 5.7, 5.1 and 4.6 were also felt in Sikkim, says the India Meteorological Department.
Aleutian volcano's behavior a challenge for scientists
A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has been in an unusual low-level eruption for two months, raising the spectre of an explosive eruption with little warning, officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said on Friday.
3. Update: Day of Rage:
Anarchist Theater - Days of Stage
The Days of Rage non-event came and went Saturday. The overall conclusion was basically a giant meh… Instead of the publicized 20,000 purported to show, I understand it was between 700 and 1,000 in number. Not bad for a bunch of anarchist, Progressive hippies, but not exactly the end of America as we know it either. I heard wild reports of half a million and others of 5,000. I would put my money on the low end though.
You had the usual calls for throttling big business and wealth redistribution that Marxists are known for. There were a couple of passionate bullhorn rants on how tearing down the whole system is what America really needs. And then there was yoga in the park. You could hear the massive yawn from America as a whole from coast to coast as if to say, “Is that all you are bringing to this dead man’s party?” Impressive fail.
Day of Fail
Really, I should have learned my lesson by now: The bigger the build-up to a protest, and the more grandiose the promises, the louder the sound of the bellyflop onto the dustbin of irrelevancy.
In other words: “Day of Rage” was a massive FAIL.
This photo essay includes photos from all three protest sites (NY, SF and LA) integrated together, to give you the feel of the fizzled revolution as a whole.
In earlier times, the communists and the anarchists hated each other; they are natural enemies. But in recent decades they have formed an uneasy and deeply unstable alliance; since they both hate the status quo of American capitalism, they feel they ought to band together and smash the system as a unified front, and worry about how to pick up the pieces later.
But the Day of Rage revealed that this alliance can never succeed, because it can never offer a consensus philosophy; it’s impossible to draw the sympathy of the great masses when you offer two completely divergent philosophies as your “unified message.” In truth, there is no unified message, and there never can be; that’s why the “Day of Rage” organizers couldn’t even decide on what their one single demand would be at the protest.
Take a look at the pictures in the link above - as they say "a picture is worth 1,000 words".
4. In the World:
Asteroid YU55 Will Pass Close to Earth November 2011
The 55-million tones of Asteroid YU55 is a quarter of a mile across and will pass between Earth and our cosmic neighbor the Moon during the month of November 2011.
YU55 is the largest object to pass so close to Earth in modern times, it will pass just 201,000 miles away, and should be a fantastic opportunity for amateur astronomers to study such a rare event.
Nationwide EAS Test to Last About 3 Minutes
More technical details about the upcoming national EAS test are trickling out of the FCC.
For one thing, the commission is confirming that the test on Nov. 9 will last for about three minutes, something of an eternity in modern-day radio.
The FCC says that during the test, FEMA will originate a “live” Emergency Action Notification code to all EAS participants, including radio and TV stations, cable systems, Sirius XM, satellite TV providers and wireline video service providers. As part of the test, the public will be told the EAS has been activated for a national emergency, along with an audible notice that “this is a test.”
Life After An EMP Attack: No Power, No Food, No Transportation, No Banking and No Internet
Most Americans do not know this, but a single EMP attack could potentially wipe out most of the electronics in the United States and instantly send this nation back to the 1800s.
If a nuclear bomb was exploded high enough in the atmosphere over the middle part of the country, the electromagnetic pulse would fry electronic devices from coast to coast.
A nation that does not know how to live without technology would be almost entirely stripped of it at that point. Yes, this could really happen. An EMP attack is America's "Achilles heel", and everyone around the world knows it. It is only a matter of time before someone uses an EMP weapon against us, and at this point we are pretty much completely unprepared.
But an EMP weapon is not the only danger that can produce this type of effect. The truth is that a really bad geomagnetic storm could also potentially produce almost as much damage.
My guess is that a massive, staged EMP attack would be just the thing: say the "old" internet was ruined and replace it with the one they've been chomping at the bit to install for quite a while, where it's tightly controlled and every bit transferred is taxed. But they must restore electricity quickly since their surveillance technology depends on it. They need us to be wired.
Paula, how is your mother?
Congress will be voting on H.R.2829 which will in effect deny any UN entity US funding should they support Palestinian statehood. The US currently contributes almost a quarter of the total funding of the UN. This similar legislation occurred back in 1989 and was successful. Let's hope it is successful again.
Geared, thanks for asking. She's feeling well at the moment, but tomorrow is supposed to be when we find out how her kidneys are doing (either we find out or they do the blood work, not sure which). Hopefully also the MRSA is not coming back in spite of the antibiotic being halted till we find out what's going on with her kidneys.
Also, if I may, our neighbors are in need of prayer for healing and financial relief, due to complications from an incompetent surgeon who apparently has very good lawyers and has caused several deaths already. I'm not sure of their spiritual condition but they're nice people who have been suffering for a long time.
The meteor story says the meteor will be passing "in the month of November" but an earlier story linked to this page a few weeks ago set the date of it's passing for Nov. 9 . . .same day as the emergency alert 3 minute test. So one has to wonder why THAT date?
Interesting articles and post lately.
Thanks for the update Paula. Will be praying and for the folks next door.
Off topic, but I wanted to pass along a sermon in text form from Joel Rosenberg from 9-11-2011 that he did. Perhaps Scott has posted this already, and I am worry for that. This was such a good sermon and highly recommend this sobering piece as where we are in America and where(as individuals) we are going per God's will for each of us. Again, I cannot recomment it enough.: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/four-reasons-why-god-is-shaking-america-the-world-text-of-wake-up-call-sermon/
Jec, our Sunday School teacher yesterday on his lesson on Heaven had the four points raised by Rosenberg on why God is shaking America in his lesson. The forth point is that God is reminding the church He is coming back for his bride very soon. Good stuff...
Our Pastor also used a passage from Revelation 21 and said the Lord was coming back soon and concluded with the word, Maranatha. The congregation enthusiasticly agreed with a hearty Amen.
It was interesting to see how the Holy Spirit was in control of the consistent theme at our church Sunday.
It won't be much longer now Lord willing.
WVborn, oh how I hope and pray you are right!
gearedup, it's infuriating that we give one cent to the UN! I sure hope Congress passes this!
Jec, thank you for the Rosenberg message. I can't wait to read it!
Paula, praying for your mom and your neighbors...
Scott, as always, thank you for doing such a fantastic job on this blog! God bless you!
Ya know, if the rapture happened AFTER an EMP attack, it sure would slow down getting the message out about what happened to all of the people...and create even MORE confusion...
Just daydreaming here today... ;)
I was thinking the same thing. Gary
Alice - Thanks :)
Don't forget, of the rapture happened immediately before such an attack would also give the same basis of ignoring or overlooking the Rapture and it would be consistent with Peter's view in 2 Peter 2
Jec - I saw that sermon on Joel R's site, but there was just too many other pressing stories (thats a 'good' problem to have - the fact that there are so many stories, some have to be tabled.
WV - I like your pastor :)
Debkafile is reporting that US has sent Head of Intelligence to Turkey over dispute in Mediterranean. Turkey promises Abbas to replace any US or Israeli funds cut off to them if only he will apply for PA Statehood Friday. H.R. 2829 the latest info I could find is that it was brought up and referred to House Committee on Aug 30. I do hope this passes. If anyone knows of any updates please post.
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