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Sandy Decisions to Make: To Remake It As It Was––Or Not?

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:35 AM
December 11, 2012

    Is the American government going to give New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Hurricane Sandy $ 60.4 billion without requiring coastal areas to redesign infrastructures and home rebuilding with Global Warming in mind?

An Associated Press story, ‘Obama Asks For $60 Billion in Sandy Aid,’ says this is apparently what officials have in mind.  Money would be meted out to “homeowners, businesses, and state and local government . . . [FEMA], New York City’s subways and other mass transit damage, the government’s flood insurance program . . . and the Army Corps of Engineers.”

There is no mention of changing infrastructure designs, increasing structure heights and moving coast lines further away from waters, permanent sea walls, etc.  Of course, local and state jurisdictions come into play, as well as property owner rights. But what good is it to spend $ 60 billion today for ‘ordinary’ rebuilding, if we do nothing to prepare for the next Sandy a year or two from now?

For one thing, if governments care anything about their citizens, they must take over more responsibility for utility power companies.  Leaving the survival of American people in the hands of a few men motivated solely by profit levels is absurd.  This may include investment in underground or high level wiring; but it must include quasi-government private ownership of power companies.

In ‘What Sandy Is Teaching New York City That 9/11 Didn’t’ Eric Roston quotes John McDonald, Director of Technical Strategy and Policy Development for General Electric’s Digital Energy Program:  “If you have to rebuild, instead of rebuilding what was there, how can you improve upon it?  The extremes we’re experiencing are more extreme than what we’ve experienced before. Storms are more severe. Flooding is more severe. When you look at the design of the city, you really have to take these things into account.”

Therefore, McDonald says:  “Flood protection, subways, tunnels, bridges, aqueducts, electricity grids, food distribution, law enforcement, health and communications and the other infrastructure and human systems now need to be built not only to serve the needs of the present, but to anticipate and avoid the least tolerable risks we can surmise about the future.”

Exactly!  Also, Munich Re Global insurance conglomerate reports:  “The North American continent is exposed to every type of hazardous weather peril – tropical cyclone, thunderstorm, winter storm, tornado, wildfire, drought and flood. . . Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America.”  Peter Roder, a Munich board member adds:  “Climate change-related increases in hazards . . . are not automatically reflected in the premiums.” Thus, if priorities don’t change, insurance premiums will go up drastically!  To scorn constantly imminent threats of Global Warming is utter foolishness.  As Bible verse cards insist:  “The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men (Proverbs 24: 9).” Let’s not be foolish in this!

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Oh Yeah! They Played Fiddles Ignoring Coming Sandy Superstorms!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 11:20 AM
December 10, 2012

    Thirty years ago state legislators issued warnings to New York politicians that superstorms were coming.  In 1978 they passed a law demanding regularly updated plans on how vital services would be restored after such a storm hit.

In ‘NY Mostly Ignored Reports Warning of Superstorm,’ Michael Gormley says these legislative reports repeatedly told state officials “to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge; overwhelming flooding; swamped subway lines; widespread power outages.”

Those lawmakers described Sandy to a tee!  But, like so much government paperwork, those reports went into ‘file 13s’––i.e. trash cans.  As a consequence, New Yorkers were no better prepared for Sandy than any Third World nation.

Gromley says the annual state reports in 2005, 2006 and 2010 from the state agency, eventually named The Disaster Preparedness Commission, were even more urgent about hurricane preparedness:  “It’s not a question of whether a strong hurricane will hit New York City.  It’s just a question of when.”

Still no one listened!  Richard Brodsky, a former state assemblyman, who chaired that Commission in 2006, said that while state workers implemented some plans, they failed bigger tests:  “If Goldman Sachs was smart enough to sandbag its building, why wasn’t the MTA smart enough to sandbag the Battery Tunnel?”

Because the governor of the largest state in our Union, and the mayor of its largest city, did little to get ready for Sandy, there was––and still is––no plan to provide or restore: temporary housing, failed electrical power, adequate hospital generators, forsaken senior citizens in lonely apartments and nursing homes, etc.

It is still not clear that state and city politicians have faced the fact that Global Warming––if unabated––will bring more superstorms. In ‘Still Building at the Edges of the City, Even as Tides Rise,’ Jim Dwyer writes about workers building a five-foot high rubber bladder filled with 32,000 gallons of water to protect Penn Station from Hudson River floods.  Then Sandy and the force of Nature rushed in, pushed the helpless bladder aside and swept into Penn Station!

Yet, just a few weeks after Sandy fiercely crushed his City, New York Mayor Bloomberg reigned at a groundbreaking ceremony for a 26-acre real estate project just above those flooded train yards.  He proudly announced the venture would be:  “one of the largest private developments ever undertaken in the country.”  To be called Hudson Yard, the project is actually a step down from the Sports stadium Bloomberg previously planned for that location.  A project spokesperson said Sandy had not altered their building plans.

We often site this verse from used Christian Bibles:  “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 29: 1)?”  Sandy could have been far worse.  Unprepared Americans may not be as fortunate in the next Global Warming Superstorm. God Bless America!

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Playing Fiddles While Earth Ends? Fear and 2012 Prophecies, Pt. 2

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 16:01 PM
December 6, 2012

    Let’s see:  1) The North and South Poles have pushed some five trillion tons of melted ice into ocean waters making rising sea levels creep into ‘luxury’ front doors; 2) As with other typhoons, floods, and Nature attacks around the world, America’s East Coast will take years to recover from the most horrific hurricane it ever experienced; 3) The same record high temperatures in most of the world leaves unabated drought in the Mid West diminishing the world’s food supply; 4) Incurable and unexplainable new and old diseases increasingly attack and kill people; 5) Animal and plant species now go into extinction by the droves––and pundits tell people around the globe that fears about world’s end are unfounded?

Do they really think that untold billions of people are stupid enough to panic about the end of time, just because of ancient Mayan prophecies?  Do they really believe that sane people receive and absorb such news into dead brain cells?

Relying on failed predictions about earth’s end over the centuries, cultural trend writers float excuses attempting to allay fears about world’s end.  Ignoring today’s realities of Global Warming, ‘learned’ men rely on their god of science to argue the earth is stable.  They dismiss what their piers say about climate change. Or else they can’t influence politicians to take steps to stop the planet from heating.

It is as though politicians, pundits, weathermen, etc, will not use known facts to come to rational conclusions that increasingly violent weather is a reality that cannot be explained away.  But how in the name of science, journalism, climatology, or any other contributions to cyberspace ignore Global Warming?

One may logically explain away Mayan prophecies, but not by breezing past such fearful signals in Nature.  One can only conclude that these commentators deliberately disregard analytical evidence. Well paid by wealthy business interests demanding that they ‘be positive’ about everything at all times, this plethora of pundits comply.  Even if skies collapse, mountains explode, and seas attack simultaneously––these modern magi tell international media ‘everything is o.k.’

Apostle Peter foresaw these ‘head in sand’ sages of pseudo-scientists  years ago as he writes in used Christian Bibles: “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for . . . all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by The Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
. . . The Lord is not slack concerning His promise . . . the day of The Lord will come . . . in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3: 3 – 10).”  Beloved this alone explains our times!

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Playing Fiddles While Earth Ends? Many Fear 2012 Prophecies

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 23:49 PM
December 5, 2012

        While our politicians go through kabuki theater acts about cliffs, bumps, and other dangers––imagined or otherwise––many in the rest of the world greatly fear Global Warming and ‘End of Earth’ predictions.

Even in industrialized First World nations, people are so concerned that events in Nature will destroy all civilizations, that governments are responding.  In addition to apocalyptic events––i.e. massive floods, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, etc.––these fears are based on Mayan prophecies that our planet will end its 5,125-year cycle on December 21, 2012, and life on earth is over!

Writing ‘In Panicky Russia, It’s Official: End of World Is Not Near,’ Ellen Barry exposes ways authorities attempt to cope with Mayan hysteria:  “Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a ‘collective mass psychosis’ so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles.”   If all else fails, Barry writes, Russian authorities propose prosecuting citizens spreading rumors about earth’s end.

But even in this supposedly more sophisticated country, Americans express so much concern about the end of earth, prompting NASA scientists to answer:  “There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science.

“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”

The New York Times is so perplexed about non-scientific aspects of discontent about the state of the earth that it ran college student Elyse Pitock’s fictional opinion essay which ends:  “. . . all we are is oxygen and carbon and calcium. We’re just ingredients, and we built this. The sun will get too hot and oceans will rise. The earth will go away and everything we built will go away too.

“Everything will be gone. In the meantime, it’s a sad, amazing little place you inhabit, and the world hasn’t ended yet. We’re here, you’re here, and tomorrow might be good, tomorrow can be good, tomorrow has to be good, because otherwise, what are you doing here?”  Hmm.  Does that sounds positive enough?

Is it not better to put one’s faith in The Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth?  He warns us not to believe in and love these temporary things on earth that will pass away (Mark 13: 31).  But then He promises in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21: 1).”

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Europe Sinks Deeper Into Depression and Germany Isn’t Stopping It!

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 22:56 PM
December 4, 2012

        I often blog about bad times in Europe: suicides, families tumbling into poverty, mothers abandoning babies and millions of angry protesters.  Other scholars agree––Europe slides into depression and Germany still pushes austerity!

Closely following Europe’s fall into the economic abyss is urgent for those who realize that it was economic depression that led to Hitler and World War II.  Elder Nazis in Europe who served Hitler now train neo-Nazis to recruit unemployed youth who will join the coming wars to avoid hard economic times.

While most economists only say Europe may be headed into recession, in ‘Wake Up! 11 Facts That Show That Europe Is Heading Into An Economic Depression,’ economist Michael Snyder claims: “Europe is not just heading into another recession. . . . Europe is heading into a full-blown depression. . .

“In some nations in Europe, the unemployment rate is already significantly higher than anything the United States experienced during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Europe . . is collapsing under the weight of its own debt.”

Snyder, whose essay has been republished in scores of internet sites, lists extremely high unemployment rates as the major reason for Europe’s coming economic disaster.  He also points to:  1) Two consecutive quarters of shrinking economies in 17 of the 27 European countries––especially Greece which will shrink over 12% by next year.; 2) The collapse of industrial production through the continent; 3) Moody’s downgrade of the France’s credit rating, as wealthy individuals leave that country to avoid rising taxes; 5)  Even in Germany, factory orders decline from month to month; 6) The overwhelming debt burden of Greece.

Snyder’s main point is the high unemployment rate throughout most European countries.  The average overall unemployment rate throughout all of Europe is 11.7 percent is high enough.  But it is considerably higher in individual countries:  25.4 percent in Greece, and 26.2 percent in Spain.  Youth unemployment is 60 percent in the two countries, helping neo-Nazis recruitment.

Gerald Celente, of––which is lauded for accurately forecasting hundreds of social, business, consumer, environmental, economic, political, etc.  trends––says Europe is already in depression: “If you live in Greece, you’re in a depression; if you live in Spain, you’re in a depression; if you live in Portugal or Ireland, you’re in a depression. If you live in Lithuania, you’re running to the bank to get your money out of the bank . . . It’s a depression. Hungary, there’s a depression, and much of Eastern Europe, Romania, Bulgaria.”

Dr. Jael Ever’s study of Germany in coincides with Snyder’s predictions. She would add that Germany is pushing Europe––and the rest of the world––into World War III.  As a verse in online Bible lessons relates:  “Jonathan David’s uncle was a counsellor, a wise man, and a scribe (1 Chronicles 27: 32).”  Scribe is the Bible term for scholar. Snyder, Celente, Ever and other scholars try to warn the world that war is coming.

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Facing Sandy’s Lingering Dangers in the Midst of Winter’s Cold!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 7:00 AM
December 4, 2012

        Toxic mold, pollen, other  air pollutants, rampant rats, loose electric wires, peeling lead paint exposed from drying out old houses, poisoned drinking water, un-repaired sewers and increasing injuries among workers trying to clear trash and rebuild––are just some of the ills Hurricane Sandy leaves behind.  Now her victims must face these dangers amid cold winter weather.

In ‘Health Crisis In Sandy Disaster Zones: Cold, Mold Loom As Hazards In Rockaways, Staten Island, Elsewhere’ David B. Caruso writes:  “City officials estimate at least 12,000 New Yorkers are trying to survive in unheated, flood-damaged homes.

“Uncounted numbers of families have returned to coastal homes that are contaminated with mold, which can aggravate allergies and leave people perpetually wheezing. Others have been sleeping in houses filled with construction dust, as workers have ripped out walls and flooring.”

Caruso tells the story of 57-year old John Frawley, who shivers in his home which is still without power.  As Frawley lost his car and all his winter clothes to Sandy’s wrath, he spends winter nights in a pair of donated snow pants, continually coughing hoping it doesn’t affect his chronic heart condition.

Now that the storm is over,  Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront park is clouded with gasoline and chemical smells everywhere.  The flooded soccer field sits between a old lead smelter and an abandoned plastics plant.  Sandy has also flooded the Gowanus Canal Superfund site and its toxic gunk fills the air too.

Another poisonous air element Sandy left in her wake is exposed lead paint.  In ‘Hurricane Sandy Pollution . . .’ Lynne Peeples acknowledges: “peeling lead paint, moisture-induced mold and mysterious mixes of chemical products. The risks for children could linger for months, even years, according to experts.”

As Tim Wall analyzed in ‘Sandy May Leave Toxic Legacy’ for  “The aftermath of Sandy may be around long after the rubble has been cleared and power has returned. The storm’s torrents may have washed high levels of hazardous pollutants from cities and farms into waterways.”

Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) told Wall:  “  . . . this superstorm can have a longer-term effect in the large pulse of sediment and associated pollutants swept into our waterways.” A USGS worker adds:  “When looking at long-term water quality trends and year-to-year variation, this hurricane could be a defining event for the past few decades . . .”

Americans in New York and New Jersey are crying out for help, but few among us are listening.  Wholesale Christian Bibles reminds:  “Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts,  . . . show mercy and compassions every man to his brother (Zechariah 7: 9).”  We must listen to Him now while we still have life on earth!

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Its Not Just East Coast ––U.S. Can Come Apart: Center May Not Hold

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 7:00 AM
December 3, 2012

         Americans must understand that its not just recent havocs Hurricane Sandy has pours on the East Coast, or the un-recovered wallop Hurricane Katrina wrecked upon Louisiana, but that the rest of the country is likewise threatened.

Whether its persistently severe drought in Midwest states, outrageous rains flooding the West Coast, or increasing tornadoes ripping throughout the South––the effects of Global Warming insure continuous ominous bodes for all the nation.

Lamenting that 17 million Americans may have gone hungry this Thanksgiving, Rebecca Leber of ‘Think Progress,’ points out that food banks, pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters draw on dwindling supplies:

“The shortage is a result of a severe, lingering drought that has depleted Midwest crops, sending prices higher for food staples like meat, vegetables, and fruit. . . the higher food prices have meant the . . . government buys fewer commodities,. . . intended to support agriculture prices and reduce surpluses.

“The unintended result means government donations to food banks, a major source of their inventory, have fallen by more than half.  Government commodity purchases through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) fell by more than half to $352.5 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, from $723.7 million three years earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Thus––at a time when the economic slow-down has more Americans out of work and in need––much less food is available.  The drought also means that grocery prices are increasing for those Americans still working.  Moreover, as Associated Press reporter Jim Suhr points out in ‘US Drought Worsens . . . ,’ sixty percent of the lower 48 states are in some form of drought.

As for the West Coast, Michael D. Dettinger and B. Lynn Ingram warn in ‘Scientific American’ ‘Megastorms Could Drown Massive Portions of California.’
They point out: “A 43-day atmospheric-river storm in 1861 turned California’s Central Valley region into an inland sea.”  These atmospheric rivers––narrow bands of water vapor a mile above the Pacific Ocean and thousands of miles long––occur about every 200 years.  But, they say, climate change can bring more.

As it is, they posit, even now “smaller forms of these rivers regularly hit California, as well as the western coast of other countries.” To measure the extent of damage an atmospheric river storm would bring, scientists simulated a megastorm. They “found that such a torrent could force more than a million people to evacuate and cause $400 billion in losses if it happened in California today.”

In a recent blogs with Newspaper Boys and Girls Intl., Rev. Repriestly says our nation seems to be in a war, but we just don’t know it.  Her remark is mindful of Christian messages from the Book of Hosea:  “Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth”––i.e. slowly eaten away; useless unto total destruction (5: 12).  America must combat Global Warming!  We must turn to God in prayer and repentance!  Leaders cannot ignore the problem, as our nation is slowly but surely dismantled.

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