Archive for February, 2011
The Oil and Gas Industry’s latest exploitation of the American people is drilling through shale rock––called fracking––for Natural Gas deposits. Under corporate “truism” that Natural Gas is cleaner than burning oil, the industry has buffaloed local, state and national regulators with false assurances that fracking for gas is a safe, clean process, totally harmless to public safety. Yet, recent history proves these assurances to be absolutely false. So untrue, in fact, that fracking threatens the very essence of public health––this nation’s fresh water supply.
Although bloggers––such as Judy Dugan on Oil Watchdog––for years have warned about fracking’s ruination of fresh water, last Saturday’s edition of the New York Times carried an extensively revealing article on the subject. Times Reporter, Ian Urbina, writes that the thousands of fracking rigs drilling for Natural Gas is this century’s gold rush. He explains that fracking (high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking) brings great risk to the environment: “ It involves injecting huge amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, at high pressures to break up rock formations and release the gas.” This process produces “over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground.” He says that other carcinogens can be added by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking process.
But the Times article may be too late to save lives and communities. Certainly, the agencies charged with protecting American people are johnnies-come-lately on this issue. Citizens affected by such drilling have been pushing back against fracking industries for years, including: farmers with now poisoned drinking wells, suburbanites complaining of the noise and ruined roads from endless 18 wheelers hauling ruined water to treatment plants for further pollution of rivers, and politicians who knowingly allow such destruction. These Americans have been screaming that such “gold” is literally killing the nation.
Urbina claims to have thousands of internal documents from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers showing “that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood,” and that fracking water “contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known.” How could those in charge of public safety be so ignorant as to allow fracking’s waste water to be hauled to sewage plants ill-equipped to treat it before dumping it into rivers that supply the country’s drinking water?
As they work actively to protect the nation around such issues, believers must also follow instructions in wholesale Christian Bibles to: “Be still, and know that I Am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalms 46: 10). God knows where safe, clean energy is. Ask Him!
In the movie “Chicago,” Richard Gere, playing a defense lawyer for several female murderers, has a solo number in which he sings and dances called, “Give ‘em the ‘Ole Razzle Dazzle”––a term for “Flimflam,” fraud or cover-up. His point is that guilty clients will be found innocent––if a good defense lawyer hides facts with foolishness, skews truth with lies, and leads juries astray with all possible trickery. That is exactly what today’s politicians and media moguls are selling to the American people––Flimflam and Razzle Dazzle. Keeping the public’s eyes on conflicts overseas, sexual dalliances, shopping holidays, political rivalries, best vacation spots, Hollywood star missteps, Wall Street stock prices, sports crazes, tastiest foods, safest medicines, computer gadgets, human interest stories, etc.––politicians and news media sell Razzle Dazzle to keep people ignorant of the earth’s coming demise caused by Global Warming.
Of course, the national news media reports the individual numbers of floods, earthquakes, droughts and the like. But they seldom interview experts who can expose the depth of realities about these events. While local media cover their own geographical areas, national media, controlled by multi-billion dollar corporations, seem oblivious to the bigger picture. National and world-wide media may report on things like hot summers or cold winters, but they don’t connect the dots and reach obvious conclusions: something is terribly out of whack in the earth. And governments must do all they can to straighten it out.
Of course “Chicago” is based on gang-land dominance in early 20th century pre-world war days when crime ran roughshod over citizens and governments. Only heroes like Elliot Ness stopped such excesses. But today’s Razzle Dazzlers are much more sophisticated with their outrageous Flimflam. By controlling media to present those “truths” claimed most essential for every individual’s pleasurable life, these Dazzlers obfuscate the truth about Global Warming, which is the greatest threat to the present survival of all mankind. And a new generation of Elliot Ness crime-fighters has not come forth.
In wholesale Christian Bibles, Jesus refers to Satan as the greatest deceiver who schemes “to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10: 10).” In John 8: 44, He adds that this devil has no truth within himself, because he has been a liar and the father of all lies from the time of his fall. Satan and his hosts want people ever struggling to attain things they cannot keep, fighting to grasp illusive gossamers, and remaining ignorant of what awaits them in their near and long-term futures.
The “Chicago” production won several Academy Awards. But the question is, what awards await those who only live to give and to get Razzle Dazzling. One thing is for sure, Almighty and Omniscient God cannot be Razzle Dazzled. His final production will be the greatest hit of all times, and His awards will be forever.
One of the major affects of Global Warming are melding polar ice caps. This is particularly true of the Greenland Ice Cap, which is melting at a much faster rate than scientists previously expected. But many of them now see that if this melting is not soon reversed, it will reach a point of no return. What is known is that the melting Greenland Ice Cap: 1) Affects the pole gravitational pulls of the earth; 2) Will cause rising ocean levels to as much as 23 feet (7 meters); 3) Brings increased flooding around the world; 4) Threatens to millions of people living in coastal regions, including the destruction of several smaller nations.
When reached by telephone after his testimony to Congress last summer, Geosciences Professor Richard Alley said: “What is going on in the Arctic now is the biggest and fastest thing that nature has ever done. . . . Sometime in the next decade we may pass that tipping point which would put us [in] warmer than temperatures that Greenland can survive.” Reuters reports: “Greenland’s ice sheet melted at a record rate in 2010, and this could be a major contributor to sea level rise in coming decades.” Usual summer temperatures in Nuuk, Greenland’s capital are freezing, but last summer was the hottest since record keeping started in 1873.
Several smaller island states have already warned the world about what these warming climate changes mean to their survival. Ambassador Stuart Beck of Palau told the United Nations recently that the 192-nation body would seen shrink in size because several island nations would soon be swallowed by rising sea levels caused by Global Warming. Island countries soon expecting their own destruction include: The Maldives, Timor Leste and the Pacific Small Island Developing States of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
How melting ice caps affect gravitational pulls will soon be discussed at this sight. And there are files of blogs here about increased flooding around the globe, to which the melting ice cap is contributing. But questions arise: 1) Why do world leaders do little or nothing to stop Global Warming, including some who deny that it exists? 2) What will happen to the citizens of these and other smaller countries, soon to be engulfed by these rising waters? 3) Will the United States do nothing to stop cities near or below water levels, such as New Orleans, New York, etc. from being likewise washed away? 4) Are leaders asleep, in denial, or do they not care?
What thing is sure. Bible prophecies avow that God will hold such leaders responsible: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed” (Isaiah 9: 16). These stories about Greenland should have made front page headline news, but they didn’t. Congress should have passed laws after hearing such testimony, but it didn’t. God alone can judge. Unfortunately for the do-nothings and naysayers allowing such destruction, He will do so very soon.
According to weather experts around the world, 2011 is to be The Year of the Flood. Excessive rain last fall, plus heavy snows this winter leave soils too saturated to accept any more water. Thus, starting in the upper midwestern United States, waters will run off lands flooding rivers and lakes to over-flowing. Massive flooding will then spread to other parts of the country. Flooding records have already been set in other parts of the globe this year.
Dr. Jeff Masters writes in his January 21, 2011 WunderBlog for World Weather Post that 2010 “was one of the worst years for high-impact floods. But 2011 has already had an entire year’s worth of mega-floods.” These include January flooding in Brazil that killed 772 people, leaving 1.2 billion in damages and leaving 13,000 people homeless, as well as Australia’s Queensland which has gone through the “most expensive disaster in history.” Dr. Masters adds massive floods in the Philippines last December with 40 dead, 453,000 people displaced and 1.2 million others also affected. He adds, these factors mean extreme flooding everywhere: 1) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration putting current La Nina activity in the strong category; 2) Rising global ocean temperatures; 3) Increased moisture in the atmosphere; and 4) Extreme rainfalls.
Daniel Dix of the U.S. National Weather Center increases that list: 5) Soil moist at a 95% capacity; and 6) Melting winter snow and ice freeze, now locked in place, will greatly contribute to such over-flooding. The National Weather Service also says that “there is a high risk of flooding this spring” in areas around Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota; the Mississippi River from Minnesota to St. Louis; the Minnesota River in Minnesota; the Rock River in Moline, Illinois; and the James River in South Dakota. In most of these areas weather experts expect the crest level to exceed last year’s record. USA Today reports: “Forecasters say the flooding could start as early as mid-March and last well into April.” All news agencies report that people in these states––hoping to contain the flooding––are already stacking sand bags along river shores.
Of course, Dr. Masters was thinking of flooded areas around the world as forecasting the record of 2011 as The Year of the Flood, while other weather forecasters may cover patterns closer to home. So clearly it is too early to bring out those wholesale Christian t-shirts just yet. Summer is not here––but it will be hot, hot, hot. And what little spring there is will be wet, wet, flooding, flooding wet––not just in the areas covered above, but in most parts of this nation and the world. As Apostle Paul admonishes, it time to pray for the safety of people, homes and businesses in the U.S. and around the world (1 Timothy 2: 1).
One of the panel members on The History Channel’s Prophets of Doom TV program is Dr. Hugo de Garis, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematical Physics at Wuhan University in China. His scenario for the destruction of the earth is that, in their quest for automation, scientists now build robots having enough artificial intelligence, power and will to destroy their human creators. De Garis believes that earth and time will soon reach what he calls “The Singularity,” a point in which artificially intelligent robots will both think and act independently of people. And that the machines will then wage war against them.
Before migrating to China, Dr. de Garis was on the faculty at the University of Utah. While his research is on “artificial brains,” Dr. Garis still questions the wisdom of building super computer robots as explained in one of his books, The Artilect War: Cosmists vs. Terrans: A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines. In this book, he predicts that “massively intelligent machines are coming this century, and that probably there will be a major war over the issue whether humanity should build them or not.” During an interview with artist and author Norm Nason, de Garis concludes that these “godlike artilects, with capacities trillions of times above human levels, threaten to be created this century” and that they will lead to “a major war that kills billions of people.”
Viewing the example of “Watson,” the Super Computer that easily defeated two contestants on recent Jepardy Game Show programs, may prove Dr. de Garis’ thesis. The giant IBM machine, functioning on rooms full of hefty computers, knows more about human history and culture than any one person ever could.
Ironically, both the Jeopardy host and national news media humorously expressed delight that Watson is a “cute” testimony to science’s latest high tech invention.
But the 2004 movie, “I, Robot,” starring Will Smith, disagrees with that conclusion. In that narrative, a super computer designs killer robots that overpower domestic robot servants, and then leads a robot revolt to enslave all human beings. Only the Will Smith character––because he believes that machines do not have the moral capacity to make decisions about people––had enough foresight to resist and finally destroy that super computer and defang its robots.
The Book of Revelation consigns robots to the realm of Satanic evil. Chapter 13 reveals that, in his position supporting AntiChrist, the False Prophet builds a talking robotic idol. This “living” image commands that true worshippers receive the devil’s 666 mark, sealing them to his realm of Hell forever. The human-like robot then commands immediate execution for all people who refuse this mark or to worship AntiChrist and obey his robotic image. Now that’s something to think about in these last days of supposed ultimate scientific triumph.
The Sea Shepherds are excellent examples of what earnest people can accomplish to bring down tyranny. On the Sea Shepherds’ website, Captain Paul Watson explains why the group tries to stop the Japanese fleet from hunting whales in the Southern Ocean: “We are down here because no one else is doing the job.” In the site’s February, 2010, Commentary, Watson asserts: “If the signatory nations to the Antarctic Treaty and the International Whaling Commission upheld their responsibilities to enforce these conservation laws, we as a non-governmental organization would not have to do it.”
Watson goes on to say that for 23 years, international diplomacy had not stopped Japan from poaching whales in the Antarctic. Even under the supposed protection of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary arranged by both the Treaty and the Commission, Japan still hunted whales. The Australian Prime Minister promised to take this illegal poaching to the International Court of Justice. But Watson insists that “Japan would most likely simply ignore any court ruling,” because Japanese officials view “diplomacy as a perpetual stalling measure to continue the business of slaughtering whales.”
So, if the whale slaughtering was to stop, there had to be a unique way for “ordinary” people to do it. Such is the history of America. England assumed that a few ragtag colonists could not defeat an empire. But they did. Betsy Ross couldn’t fight in the Revolutionary War, but she could sew. And now her flag reminds all Americans of their beloved country. Rosa Parks couldn’t change 300 years of slavery and segregation. But she could refuse to get out of a bus seat, thus igniting the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Now citizens in Egypt, and others in the Middle East, prove what happens when ordinary people do all they can do.
Speaking of shepherds, a teenage shepherd by the name of David withstood an enemy nation led by a giant hailed as Goliath. He killed that giant with one tiny stone flung out of a sling shot because he trusted God and did all that he could do. Likewise, relevant Christian messages would say that it is time for more people to follow the Sea Shepherds, and these other heroes, by doing all that they can do!
Mark One Up For the Good Guys! The Sea Shepherds have won in their seven year battle to stop Japanese Whalers from hunting whales in the Antarctica. And those who love whales hope that Japan will never start whale hunting again. This month, Sea Shepherds sent out three ships to chase one of Japan’s whaling vessels, The Nisshin Maru, for some 2,000 miles, causing the nation to fall far below its annual quota of 965 whales. Instead, Japan caught less than 100 whales.
According to gurdian.co.uk, Japan uses a clause in the International Whaling Commission’s 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling that allows it to do “lethal research” on whales. But, for years, the Sea Shepherds have done everything from hurling rancid butter aboard Japanese whaling ships, to entangling ships’ propellers, to blinding the hunters with infrared beams so they couldn’t see how to harpoon the whales, etc. As he relished victory, Sea Shepherd’s founder, Paul Watson, says: “Every year we’ve gotten stronger. We had better equipment, we had a long-range helicopter. Really, it came down to having more resources.”
While Japan insists that resistance from Western nations, as well as the Sea Shepherds, shut down their hunts, in truth Japan’s people supported the resistance by no longer eating whale meat. Bloomberg explains: “Japan spends as much as $60 million a year on its whaling programs and relies on official sales of meat from the Antarctic hunt to fund 85 percent of the costs.” But the New York Times adds, “Very few Japanese eat whale anymore, and the meat from the hunt has piled up in freezers, or been given to school children for school lunches.” Thus, with a stock pile of 6,000 tons of whale meat sitting in freezers unsold, economic losses also shut down Japan’s whale hunting operation. Also part of that resistance, is Greenpeace Japan. It’s executive director, Junichi Sato, says: “Japan’s whaling serves no purpose whatsoever and the fleet has no business in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, . . . An early return of the whaling fleet is not enough, Japan’s whaling ships should never leave port again.”
God has special rewards for heroes like Paul Watson, his Sea Shepherds, those who have contributed financial support to that organization, as well as for Greenpeace Japan, and the Japanese people who quietly resisted their own government––for everyone who stood on the side of the whales and against those hunting them for slaughter. When he started his campaign to protect the whales, Captain Watson said that the merciless killing of whales could bring God’s judgment upon the earth. He was right. Bible prophecy says “. . . that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth (Revelation 11: 8). God (and the whales) know who the saints and destroyers are and indeed He will reward them!
Oh please! Tell Jude to clamp he’s trap and shut it up! All he’s ever doin’ es gripe, gripe, gripe. So thes shers winter’s been hard on all o’ us. What did he ‘xpect from winter in thes’ times o’ Global Warmin’? Rebecca Black writtin in USA Live last October that them fellas at NOAA (tell Jude that means the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) “we are in for another winter of extremes.” En that out thar in the Pacific Northwest it was gonna be wetter and colder than they usually expected. En, like Jael’s been tellin’ us that’s ‘xtactly what happened! Don’t Jude even read no more?
En while he’s grippin’ so much tell him that thes’ Associated Press (AP) said jus’ this month that every one o’ us livin’ back East ‘s having hard times ‘n thes winter’s weather. Thar’s more people with broken bones from fallin off roofs try’n ta knock off snow, even lossin’ fingars from them thar snow blowers, en heart attacks from shovelin’ so much dang snow then ever’s been afor’. These docs say that them injured records jus’ keep goin’ up and up after each snow storm roars thru’ our places. What’s his problem? Jude ain’t broke nothin’ yet is he?
En tell Jude them docs say people’s gettin’ hurt cause they ain’t exercisn’ themselves so inste’d a writtin’ them thar letters complain’ to you, he need’s ta get him lazy self off da’ couch en move them arms en legs. En too if he can get his ole’ broke down truck going, he needs ta go down ta them Red Cross peoples and give some blood. AP seys the’s low 19,000 blood donations cause peoples can’t get out in thes’ sher snows stormin’.
But it don’t matter cause Jude ain’t gonna list’n to enythang. Just tell him ta’ order those wholesale Christian t-shirts and keep thinkin’ summer’s comin’, summer’s comin’. Heck, t’ain’t a lie. It’s just ‘round the corner nyway––ain’t it? But it ain’t gonna matter no way. Thes shere ole man Jude, ‘ill just complain some more then!
One solution for readers complaining about so much snow is to send it all to China. That nation has such a desperate need for snow that it uses chemicals to manufacturer it. While most of the news releases coming out of China report that its artificial snow is for winter recreation, in truth the moisture is needed to fight a years-long drought. China is the largest wheat producer in the world, and their winter wheat makes up almost a quarter of the nation’s entire crop. English Aljazeera reports that six provinces in northeast China are suffering severe drought. And those provinces are the center of the nation’s wheat producers.
Cold winters usually produce the snow needed to cover and protect the winter wheat from harsh winters, while the cold alone is a crop killer. So, while China claims to be seeding clouds for snow so that Beijing residents can enjoy winter sports, in truth it’s workers are seeding clouds around the country with silver iodine particles to provide the needed cover for wheat and other plants. China-Daily.org reports that a few days ago what is officially known as the Beijing Meteorological Bureau burned some 1,241 articles of silver iodide smoke over nine districts. Yu Xiaofen, Bureau spokesman says, “our next step is to supplement the tobacco section, and the operating point to properly maintain the ground.”
But these artificial means will not produce enough water to combat drought and save the winter wheat, so officials will soon divert water from waterways and underground springs. This too is a bad idea. As Probe International reports: “Beijing is using its groundwater faster than it can be recharged, creating a chronic deficit of around 600 million cubic meters and causing the city’s water table to fall 24 meters below sea level and to sink by 0.8 meters over the last decade.” Of course, as this blog has discussed before, shrinking aquifers bring sinking cities.
Meanwhile, the snow-screen of producing the stuff for fun during winter droughts continues. In December, China made artificial snow for the ski slopes in Beijing Olympic Park. Attempting to make up for the tremendous economic loss of building a massive stadium for the 2008 Olympics in China, officials now use fake snow for a contrived “Happy Snow and Ice Season” that will include ski-slopes, skating rinks, and scores of miles of artificial snow for a winter sports park. Could this all be to obviate the dominance of a never-ending drought?
Christian messages prove that drought is a curse from God: “A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols (Jeremiah 50: 38).” No amount of technology can reverse such a curse. Of course, the United States seeds clouds to make rain as well, so it has no room to brag. Whether idols are capitalism or communism, the madness must stop. Elijah proved that God is The Only True Rainmaker, and as that prophet got Israel to understand, it is time for all nations to turn to Him.
Most parts of the world are not accustomed to the kinds of weather patterns seen in the past few months. Actually this year’s harsh winter weather is a predictable part of Global Warming. As weatherman Joseph Robertson explains, this term merely means destabilized climates, or “weather that is more extreme in temperature or precipitation than has historically been the case in a given region.”
Environmentalist Judah Cohen adds, “The earth continues to get warmer, yet it’s feeling a lot colder outside. Over the past few weeks, subzero temperatures in Poland claimed 66 lives; snow arrived in Seattle well before the winter solstice, and fell heavily enough in Minneapolis to make the roof of the Metrodome collapse; and blizzards closed Europe’s busiest airports in London and Frankfurt for days, stranding holiday travelers. The snow and record cold have invaded the Eastern United States, with more bad weather predicted.” He asks: “How can we reconcile this? The not-so-obvious short answer is that the overall warming of the atmosphere is actually creating cold-weather extremes.”
David Stringer alerted Associated Press readers that Europe is being shaken by this harsh winter weather: “Blizzards and freezing temperatures shut down runways, train tracks and highways across Europe, disrupting flights and leaving shivering drivers stranded on roadsides. Airports in Britain, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark reported cancelations . . .” One undeniable record is that this winter has been the coldest ever for the United Kingdom. A Wikipedia article says: “In the UK it was the coldest December ever, since records began in 1910, with a mean temperature of -1°C. It broke the previous record of 0.1°C in December 1981.” The article continues, “Probably the most notable record of the winter so far is the new all time record low for Northern Ireland, of -18.7 °C recorded on the 23rd of December at Castlederg, County Tyrone. . . . all of these sites recorded their all time record lows since recording began . . .”
But Europe and the United States are not the only regions of the world going through unusual winter weather. India is living with the effects of this harsh winter as well. Its Ladakh region is struggling through bitter cold waves, with lakes and rivers frozen, snow falling in clumps and leaving people, who are not use to such weather, scrambling for ways to stay warm. Families huddle together, and boarding school students threaten protests if schools don’t provide adequate heat.
As noted in the last blog, these harsh winters will continue, and people around the world must adjust to slower winter life styles. Online Bible Lessons explains that, in addition to natural and symbolic meanings, snow is used for visualization of the dreaded leprosy disease (2 Kings 5: 27, Numbers 12: 10, etc.). And winter is shown as a time of rest, transformation, death and renewal of life. Global Warming demands that mankind consider the truths behind these symbols.