Archive for May, 2012
Now bankers and politicians in the European Union (EU) are concerned that there are not enough funds to help their member with the fourth largest economy, Spain which––like Greece––is suffering under the heavy load of stern austerity.
Yesterday, Landon Thomas, Jr. in “Europe Fears Bailout of Spain Would Strain Its Resources,” wrote for The New York Times: “Spain fast eclipses Greece as the focus of the euro zone debt crisis.” And, like Greece, Spain complains of extremely high interest rates, and merciless debt-due demands.
And today, Thomas writes in his Times article, “Europe Fears Bailout of Spain Would Strain Its Resources.” Those resources will soon be in a new $867 billion bailout fund that should be available for EU members this summer. But, alas, that just won’t be enough money to go around to repay all these debts.
In stock markets around the world “turmoil mounts over the government takeover of the giant Spanish mortgage lender Bankia.” Upon that news, monied investors started fleeing Spain, and markets sank. It seems that Spain’s economy will need bailouts larger than that of Portugal, Ireland and Greece put together.
Santiago Carbó Valverde, professor at the University of Granada and a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, explains, “At seven percent, it will be very hard for Spain to obtain funding. “It’s not just the government either, but big banks and companies as well. The markets will close.”
Most startling, is that Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, does not really want a ‘Greek-style‘ bailout, because, as Thomas explains, “as Athens and Dublin and Lisbon [the capitols of Greece, Ireland and Portugal] have found, those rescues typically come with demands for deeper budget cuts and new fiscal rigor.”
Just as Greece now groans under an impossible-to-meet debt load, those excessively onerous demands would make Spain’s payback conditions equally outlandish. The cost could soon reach an astronomical 500 billion euros.
Acknowledging that his nation’s budget deficit has grown by 26 percent in just one year to 8.5 percent, making it highly improbable that it can meet the EU’s target of 5.3 percent this year, Valverde says, “We are a highly leveraged nation. What we need is a Europe-wide solution.”
Just as the blog, worldscollide-culture-christianity-endoftime.com, asserted yesterday, “invisible forces are quietly forging a war throughout Europe. It is an economic war. And the first losing victim is Greece.”
Now its author can add, “And the next victim is Spain!” Then, the Irish will soon vote on these same issues. Indeed, we need prophetic Christian calendars to chart the rest of this year’s EU Humpty Dumpty free fall. In these confessedly Christian nations, leaders surely learned that line in The LORD’s Prayer, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6: 12).” Didn’t they?
As usual all of us here at Earthend clamor for on-line blog time, but when I gave Jael the avalanche of breaking news about nuclear troubles in Japan, she let me go before Sarah who has another stack of bad news about Global Warming.
Well here’s a summary: 1) A pool of used fuel rods filled with ‘vast quantities’ of radioactive cesium covered only with a thin sheet of plastic still sits on the top floor of a ‘heavily damaged’ reactor building; 2) Highly contaminated cesium levels will continue to rise in Tokyo Bay until 2014; 3) Human bones of last year’s tsunami will wash up on U.S. shores soon––huge stacks of buoys, styrofoam and other debris already amass on Alaska’s shores;
4) Fearing loss of its sovereignty, Japan refused to allow the United States to send on-site nuclear experts to aid with the containment; 5) A prominent physicist genius says Fukushima is a ticking time bomb, easily set off by a small earthquake or pipe break; and 6) So-called safe low levels of nuclear contamination are already bringing cancer to infants in Japan.
In their report for The New York Times, “Spent Nuclear Fuel Drives Growing Fear Over Plant in Japan,” Hiroko Tabuchi and Matthew Wald warn that the Japanese public is increasing concerned about those rods of cesium only separated from them by a sheet of plastic, especially when a wall holding it all together began to bulge.
At that point, the Japanese government sent in ‘experts’ to give official assurances that everything is alright. But they have no ‘public relations’ answer to TEPCO’s estimate that it cannot empty that pool until late 2013.
Kyoto University Professor Hiroaki Koide says, “The No. 4 reactor is visibly damaged and in a fragile state, down to the floor that holds the spent fuel pool. Any radioactive release could be huge and go directly into the environment.”
Moreover, at great personal risk, the author of fukushima-diary.com issued this statement from a TEPCO worker at one of the distressed nuclear plants: “If another major aftershock hits Fukushima, they can’t even get close to the reactors and the risk is not only SFP4, it would be all the reactors. I tweeted this before but in case of another major aftershock or Tsunami, it won’t be only reactor 4. I think all the reactors will be in crisis.”
Physicist genius Dr. Michio Kaku demands that Japan’s nuclear complex be buried: “Fukushima reactor is on a knife’s edge. . . A small earthquake, another pipe break, another explosion could tip it over . . . It’s like a sleeping dragon.
At some point, populations around the world must demand an end to nuclear energy. As Christian messages warn: “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29: 1).” Thus, if we don’t speak out, we may invariably bring on our own destruction.
Bankers, politicians and pundits around the world expect Greece to exit the eurozone, as some try to prepare their finances for the great fall. Central Bankers will hold “secret” meetings in London this week preparing to stem the coming world-wide tide of financial collapse that will follow after the Greek people vote again on June 17th insisting that austerity ends or they will to exit the eurozone.
The New York Times screams out editorials: “They blew it, again. With Greece in meltdown, raising fears of cascading bank insolvencies and deepening recession, Europe’s leaders failed again this week to agree on the ambitious initiatives needed to quell the crisis.”
One Times editorial reminds readers of how a horrible decision plunged the United States into a recession from which it still struggles to recover: “Let’s remember that in 2008, American officials also believed that they and the markets were prepared for the collapse of Lehman Brothers, though the global credit crunch that ensued quickly disabused them of that notion.
“The financial system is no less interconnected now, and the weakened European and American economies are more vulnerable to shocks.”
Realizing that Greece’s exit signals the fall of the euro, and thus world financial chaos, the U.S. President and other leaders in the G-8 Summit at Camp David earlier this month pressured Chancellor Angela Merkel to soften her austerity stance. It appeared to work for a while, but late last week she returned to her hardened “Greece must pay its debts” language.
And Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund, sang the same ‘no sympathy for Greece’ tune, saying the problem is that Greeks don’t pay their taxes, and otherwise don’t keep their word.
Meanwhile, Spain, the fourth largest economy in the eurozone, now warns member nations that it needs more money to survive. Dan Atkinson And Simon Watkins report on thismoney.co.uk: “In the past two days, Spain’s fourth biggest lender, Bankia, said it needed a 19 billion euros . . . bailout.” That Spain has already drastically cut its financial aid to Latin American and Caribbean countries also indicates that what happens in Europe greatly affects the rest of the world.
Just today, Andrew Cave in “Lloyd’s of London Preparing For Euro Collapse,” writes: “The chief executive of the multi-billion pound Lloyd’s of London has publicly admitted that the world’s leading insurance market is prepared for a collapse in the single currency and has reduced its exposure ‘as much as possible’ to the crisis-ridden continent.” ‘Crisis-ridden’ is strong wording indeed.
The rider on the black horse in the Book of Revelation, chapter six, carrying a pair of balances first announced the coming poverty and famine that will usher in World War III. But, of course, the leaders of Germany and Europe don’t seem to comprehend the very dangerous game they are playing. Or maybe they do!
Just when I thought we had written the last blog about dead fish in oceans and lakes, Dr. Jael rushes a press release about a gigantic pile of dead fish found on shores near the capitol city of this United States. So one more ‘dead fish’ story. But this one calls for states and localities to immediately act to stop fish kills.
In his story for The Baltimore Sun, “Fish Kills Grow in Algae-Tainted Waters,” Timothy B. Wheeler writes: “Something’s rotten on the Baltimore area waterfront. Fish are washing ashore by the thousands in a mass die-off that officials say appears to be caused by a weather-driven worsening of the pollution that chronically plagues the Chesapeake Bay.”
Officials estimate that between 60,000 to 100,000––and possibly even more––dead fish now float in bays and creeks throughout the state of Maryland.
Investigators also found that there was little oxygen in Maryland’s deepest waters.
As I have been insisting all week, fish kills indicate sick water. And sick water is a major threat to public health. With industrial pollution, we not only kill our future food, we are killing our water––which means we are killing ourselves.
As further proof, sewage discharges and fertilizer wash offs from farm and lawns joined industrial air pollution to create the rich deadly ‘soup’ initiating these fish kills. Rogers admits: “The situation may have been aggravated more recently by a sewer line break in Baltimore County, which spilled an estimated 50 million gallons of untreated sewage into the lower Patapsco River.”
Extinction Protocol 2012 adds that State investigators have expanded their probe “into what they believe are algae-related fish kills in Marley, Furnace and Curtis creeks in Glen Burnie, raising the estimated death toll there tenfold, while finding a new batch of finny carcasses in a Dundalk creek.”
Rob Rogers who works at the Point Pleasant Beach Tavern complained: “You could smell it through the neighborhood.” He reports that conditions in the nearby creeks are “unbelievable.” Rogers says that boaters coming into the tavern said that the dead fish in the waters are so thick they could not avoid hitting them.
Wheeler explains: “The algae turning area waters reddish brown, in what’s often called a ‘mahogany tide,’ is known as prorocentrum minimum, a type that has been known to produce a toxin that can kill shellfish. . . the algae do kill fish indirectly, by consuming the life-sustaining oxygen.”
Governments must act immediately to keep our waters clean, and our fish alive. Sewage, fertilizer and other deadly scum must be kept out of our waters. Revelation 8: 11 in used Christian Bibles speaks of wormwood as a spiritual chemical that poisons waters: “and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters.” What will it take for the governments of this United States to protect its citizens from poisoned waters?
Just today thousands of dead fish came up floating on the banks of the Mula–Mutha (Bheema) river––again! The reported cause is pollution: “The fish apparently died because of thick blackish water flowing in the river bed.”
And, on yes, fishermen still took the dead fish to market and sold them!
These thousands of fish kills––probably millions in world-wide aggregate––pose serious health issues. Even if fish are able to stay alive in polluted water, they still pose a danger to the people who eat them. In this instance, Mozambique Tilapia fish are quite resilient, usually able to survive poor water environments.
Of related interest, scientists now know that fish grown in hatcheries and then thrown into natural waters are harmful to wild fish. SPX News reports: “A new collection of more than 20 studies by leading university scientists and government fishery researchers gives mounting evidence that salmon raised in man-made hatcheries harm wild salmon.
The studies indicate “that fast-growing hatchery fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat in the ocean as well as in the rivers where they return to spawn. The research also questions whether the ocean can supply enough food to support future increases in hatchery fish while sustaining wild salmon.”
Thus, these man-raised fish seem to eliminate fish in the natural wild. Pete Rand, a biologist at the Wild Salmon Center, says “What we’re seeing here in example after example is growing scientific evidence that hatchery fish can actually edge out wild populations.”
Scientists invented hatcheries to supplement loses dams cost the Pacific salmon commercial fishing industry: “to offset losses of wild salmon that have suffered serious declines due to dams and habitat degradation.” But they didn’t consider harm from dams, and they didn’t consider it for fish hatcheries either.
Moreover, salmon are not the only type of fish that man-made hatcheries threaten. Naturalists are just beginning to understand that man-made manipulation of natural fish resources is doing nothing but destroying the same resources.
Thus, we are killing our own food––food for today and food for tomorrow––with water “blackened” by industrial waste dumped into fish habitats: with water made too warm from man-made Global Warming; with water our own misshaping of natural seasons drains of oxygen; and with whacky fish hatchery inventions.
Such food idiocy is suicide. Hosea 4: 1-3 points out that arrogant sinfulness can result in the loss of all sea life: “Hear the word of The LORD . . . there is no knowledge of God in the land. . . . Therefore . . . every one shall languish . . . yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.” Wholesale Christian books renders such a loss ultimate judgment from God. We must save this urgently important food source. In doing so, we may well save ourselves!
Shocking stories of hundreds of ‘fish kills’ with thousands of dead fish floating on ocean and lake surfaces are reported from various places around the globe. These scenes of water carnage indicate that the world’s waters are sick.
Perhaps the greatest horror was in Troms, Norway, where some 20 tons of dead fish washed up on the local beach earlier this year. A popular skiing area, Troms is warmer than other cities on its latitude, because of the warm Gulf Stream. Officials theorize that warmer waters may have contributed to the fish kills.
Various reasons offered by animal and water specialists around the world are: warm water, industrial air pollution, red tide, fire extinguishing planes, guilty fishermen dumping dead fish back into water, poisonous bacteria, deliberate poisoning of storm sewers or other tributary, and lack of oxygen in fish waters.
CRIEnglish.com, says some 50,000 fish were found dead recently in a pond near the industrial city of Shenzhen in southern China. The large pond is the size of two basketball courts. The owner “suspects that heavy rain may have led to . . . pond contamination from a nearby building site.” In the Izmir Tahtah District of Turkey people panic because so many dead fish have shown up on shore.
Twice in the last week massive fish deaths occurred along the Periyar River in India. “Local residents, fishermen, . . . and green activists . . . blocked” officials from the Pollution Control Board who came to collect water samples because officials had too often neglected these huge fish deaths.
In the United States, scientists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also suspect that low oxygen and low water levels caused thousands of fish to wash up stretching two miles long the Pelican River. Associated Press (AP) reports that the dead fish included: “northern pike, small mouth bass, bluegills, yellow perch, black crappies and bullheads.”
AP also reports that microorganism columnari was found in the waters of Harris Brake Lake in Harris Brake, Arkansas, where 300 white bass floated belly up dead. No other fish species were affected. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission theorizes that the bass were stressed while spawning in warmer waters, making them vulnerable to infection from the microorganism.
And in Strongsville, Ohio, the Department of Natural Resources may file a criminal investigation over the 28,000 minnows, darters and white sucker fish found dead along three miles of shore in the East Branch of the Rocky River.
Massive fish deaths in Bible prophecies are signs of pending judgment: “And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and there was blood throughout all the land. . . (Exodus 7: 21).” Now, with the shallow trivialities of modern life, we are cursing ourselves by massively killing fish––our future food.
Maleekie Ambularie: Eh, ‘Houston we have a problem!’ While we tell everyone to get immunization and booster shots to prevent Whooping Cough, politicians have so cut health funding, there is no money to pay for these shots.
Dr. Ad Versery: Oh, come on! Surely you jest. This is not the Dark Ages when plagues came through and killed millions of people. Surely, the richest country in the world can provide money to prevent epidemics from communicable diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps, flu, and the like. Ha! Amburlarie, you just tell the funniest jokes.
Maleekie Ambularie: No, no doc. Really, I’m not joking. Read Kirk Johnson’s article––”Cutbacks Hurt a State’s Response to Whooping Cough”––in the Money and Policy Section of the New York Times. He reports:
“The response to the [whooping cough] epidemic has been hampered by the recession, which has left state and local health departments on the front lines of defense weakened by years of sustained budget cuts.”
And in “Whooping Cough Epidemic in WA Related to Budget Cuts,” alternet.org stresses, “Expect to see ever increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases in the years to come that we once believed had been virtually eradicated.”
Moreover, Joan McCarter of dailykos.com points out that bills are moving through Congress “to repeal money in the Affordable Care Act that has maintained Medicaid and CHIP funding, and a new program that has rewards states for connecting eligible children to coverage. . . . it zeroes out the Prevention and Public Health fund in the health care law.”
Dr. Ad Versery: Hmm. Maybe you are right Maleekie. Wasn’t there a post in worldscollide-Christianity-culture-endoftime.com, about medical workers horrified because poor funding has destroyed Greece’s health system.
Oh my, are you possibly saying that the same thing could happen in our own country, the great U.S.? We can’t let that happen, Maleekie. People must write their politicians immediately. Some of those Congressmen and Senators are doctors themselves. Of course, they know that public health funding is vital. For our nation to continue to be strong, it must be healthy as well!
How can we let children die from preventable diseases like Whooping Cough, when we send men to the moon, and constantly enter massive wars in faraway countries? Remember, used Christian Bibles warn: “But if any provide not for his own, . . . he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5: 8).”
What is going on in the European Union (EU) is mindful of the ending of that nursery rhyme, “All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men Couldn’t Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again!” Or to put it another way, German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be offering ‘too little, too late!’
But in this case, if ‘the king’ falls, the crash will send a fearful jolt, not only throughout Europe, but in the rest of the world, including the United States. But voters in Greece have made it clear that they can no longer suffer austerity.
In their article for The New York Times, “Softening, Merkel Says She Is Open to Stimulus for Greece,” Nicholas Mulish and Melissa Eddy write that Merkel is “ready to discuss stimulus programs to get the Greek economy growing again.” And also that she is “committed to keeping Greece in the euro zone.”
Of course, they also point out that this new approach is quite different from the hard line that the Chancellor took both before and after the Greek people rejected their nation’s major parties that had agreed with austerity. Merkel had insisted that Greece either makes the next loan payment due or leave the EU.
Obviously, the Chancellor now sees the political ramifications of what Greece’s exit will mean to the dozens of other nations in the EU, that are likewise struggling through austerity. Now she knows other countries are also near the edge.
Now Greeks hurriedly run to ATM machines to get their savings in euros out of banks before their funds are devalued in any new Greek economic system. Bloomberg estimates that as of today “Anxious Greeks have withdrawn as much as 700 million euros ($893 million) since the inconclusive May 6 election.”
To many commentators, the run on the banks signals Greece unraveling. But to the American economist Paul Krugman, Greece’s collapse will soon be followed by complete disintegration of the euro [i.e. and of the European Union?]:
“1. Greek euro exit . . . 2. Huge withdrawals from Spanish and Italian banks, as depositors try to move their money to Germany. 3a. . . . with banks forbidden to transfer deposits out of country and limits on cash withdrawals. 3b. Alternatively, . . . huge draws on ECB credit to keep the banks from collapsing.
“4a. Germany has a choice. Accept huge indirect public claims on Italy and Spain, plus a drastic revision. . .— basically, to give Spain in particular any hope . . both guarantees on its debt to hold borrowing costs down and a higher eurozone inflation target to make relative price adjustment possible; or: 4b. End of the euro.”
Our blogs stress that these events will result in economic tsunami, not just for Europe, but for the United States . . . and they will ultimately lead to World War III. These events signal it is time to open Christian prayer books and pray! As Apostle Paul instructs: “I exhort . . . that, . . . prayers . . . be made . . . for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life . . .(1 Timothy 2:1-2).”
It is now beyond doubt: The highly contagious disease, Whooping Cough, medically known as Pertussis, has made a strong comeback in the United States, and in other parts of the world.
Media still has not given the Whooping Cough epidemic in the U.S. more than passing attention, and the disease continues to spread. This is particularly true in areas where, for ethical or religious reasons, large groups of people refuse the vaccinations that can prevent this fast-spreading communicable disease.
CBS News did air the story of Heidi Bruch of Seattle to show why adults should get booster shots: “Heidi Bruch of Seattle did everything she was told during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, that didn’t include getting a booster shot against whooping cough. She caught the disease and passed it to her two-week-old daughter, Caroline.” After a month in the hospital, the child recovered.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insists that adults over the age of 18 need at least one booster shot. The CDC now recommends that pregnant women like Heidi be vaccinated against whooping cough in order to: 1) Protect the mother; and 2) Pass antibodies along to a child in the womb to help newborns there too young to be vaccinated. CDC also asks that preteens and teens, in addition to adults, also get booster shots.
Carol Everhart Roper, science writer for the Philadelphia Examiner, tells the story of her son, who has asthma, and is allergies. The boy, who was in the sixth grade at the time, had to go through two medical tests before Pertussis was diagnosed. The disease and diagnoses were complicated by the asthma.
“It was a full ten months before he was better. That is longer than average, but know that this disease isn’t something that will pass in a week or two. I lost my job because I stayed home to care for him,” she writes.
According to tvnz.co.nz, New Zealand is struggling with a Whooping Cough epidemic as well. And officials there are also telling adults to booster shots. Dr. Nikki Turner from the Immunization Advisory Center of New Zealand explains: “A lot of people do not realize that they can catch whooping cough more than once, which can be passed on to young children.”
She told TVNZ that families should employ the “cocoon strategy,” with both adults and children getting the shots. “The problem is that children who are younger than five, six months, are still at risk of whooping cough until they’ve got protection on board from their vaccinations,” she says.
In addition to getting shots and boosters, we ask our readers to pray for life and healing in The Name of, and through the Blood of, Jesus. Remember what church banners promise: “Faith can move mountains (1 Corinthians 13: 2).”
Politicians and economists around the world are keeping a wary eye on Greece. They know that a misstep in Greece could topple the already fragile European economy, plunging the continent into a deep recession, and threatening financial stability in every country, including the United States.
While European leaders outside of Greece may disregard the possibilities of Greece jumping out of the euro financial system, leaders within the country fear rioting and chaos on the streets, in addition to collapse in their financial markets.
Theodoros Pangalos, leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and Vice President of Greece, told England’s Sunday Telegraph that he is “very much afraid of what is going to happen” in view of last week’s elections when voters rejected Germany’s austerity plan.
Pangalos is particularly concerned about the fascists tendencies of police officers who may soon have to confront violent rioters in the streets: “In the places where the police voted, the fascists got 25 per cent. They are a serious threat. They have used violence already – you don’t know where it will stop.”
“This is the country, after the Soviet Union and Germany itself, with the biggest percentage of Second World War casualties in its population. We will be in wild bankruptcy, out-of-control bankruptcy. The state will not be able to pay salaries and pensions. This is not recognized by the citizens. We have got until June before we run out of money.”
The Market Oracle adds that the entire eurozone system could disintegrate: “Greece exiting the Euro-zone would crash the banking system as banks across the euro-zone start to fail domino style as a consequence of their direct exposure to . . . Greek debt . . . which will put immediate pressure on all of the other weak Euro-zone members, with Spain and Portugal the next targets for exit . . .”
But, he adds, if Greece were not in the eurozone, it could devalue its currency, stop importing services from Germany that it cannot afford, and resume its tourism export market. In the end, he says, Greece would be much better off.
What seemed to be a good idea––open trade, free borders and nation equal to nation in respect and collaboration––is nearing collapse because of Germany’s dominance. History is repeating itself. Thus, Bible prophecies tell us to prepare for World War III and the last Hitler, or the coming anti-Christ: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antiChrist shall come . . . (1 John 2: 18).