Archive for June, 2013
All national weather services stress that a record Monsoon of Heat hits the Western United States this weekend, sending sweltering temperatues well over 100 degrees in most major cities from California upwards to Canada.
Officials at The Extinction Protocol and Accuweather are particularly concerned that such unreasonable heat creates dry fuels easily sparked by rolling but waterless thunderstorms elevating wildfire threats.
According to Weather Space: “Temperatures in the 100s across Phoenix will turn to 115+, with 120+ along the Colorado River Valley as a ridge of high pressure builds in the area. This ridge will be very large, bringing temperatures 15-20 degrees higher than normal for Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, and Utah.”
Starting this weekend, the heatwave is expected to extend through next week. Populated cities present special concern. Temperatues well over 100º will hover over major metropolitan areas, including: “Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boise, Idaho, Rawlins, Wyo., Medford, Ore., and Fresno, Calif.”
Weather experts warn drivers not to try extended travel on desert highways until this wave breaks. Western Weather expert, Ken Clark says: “People driving through desert areas during the pattern should make sure their vehicle can make the journey and that they carry extra water in case their vehicle breaks down.”
His colleagues also advise that beaches should be avoided because of the excessive heat. However, those on the East Coast will welcome such weather, as rainfall is expected to continually drench that area into early July.
Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather.com adds: “Cities that could set new annual extreme temperature marks include Flagstaff, Ariz., Las Vegas and Reno, Nev. In Flagstaff, Ariz., the all-time record high is 97 set on July 5, 1973. In Las Vegas, the all-time record high is 117 degrees set on July 19, 2005 and July 24, 1942. At Reno, the all-time high is 108 degrees set most recently on July 5, 2007. Death Valley, Calif. could reach their hottest June temperature on record of 128 degrees set June 30, 1994.”
The Weather Space.com network advises also: “On June 15th, the Southwestern United States Monsoon officially started. The official dates go from June 15th through September 15th and gives the Southwestern United States shower and thunderstorm activity . . .
“The monsoon is a seasonal shift in the mid and upper level winds. This drives moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico and/or Mexico from the southeast, instead of the usual dry west flow over the region.”
As half of America suffers under such oppressive heat, and the other half shivers in rolling rain, let us remember to strengthen our faith in Almighty God. As plus-size Christian t-shirts promise: “The eternal God is Thy Refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms . . . (Deuteronomy 33: 27).”
In his interview with Action Bio Science, Dr. Stephen S. Morse hits on a major problem that Americans have with confronting increasing emergence and re-emergence of killer diseases: too many Americans take their health, long life, and medical services for granted.
Thus, they generally ignore international news about spreading diseases such as SARS and its related viruses. Morse says, however, such news is “a more serious global problem” than in the past because:
Today’s urban populations increase opportunities for “person-to-person” transmission of diseases; 2) People are more likely to contact animals that can pass on zoonotic diseases; 3) Public health services may not be able to deal with some infectious disease outbreaks.
Morse says: “The reason they’re increasing is that there are more opportunities for these infections, which may have once have been localized or very limited, to spread to larger populations by various pathways.”
Also according to Dr. David Pimentel, professor of ecology and entomology at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, “Global Warming will create a favorable climate for disease-causing organisms and food-plant pests — but a much more challenging planet for humans struggling to survive.
“Right now the evidence of significant global climate change is minimal, but there are already noticeable increases in human diseases worldwide . . . Most of the increase in disease is due to numerous environmental factors — including infectious microbes, pollution by chemicals and biological wastes, and shortages of food and nutrients — and global warming will only make matters worse.”
Over-population is an additional factor endangering human lives. Dr. Pimentel explained that currently infectious diseases are responsible for 37 percent of all deaths in the world, including environmental diseases from tobacco and wood pollutants. But, he says, population increases to 12 billion in the next 50 years will exacerbate the spread of disease.
Dr. Pimentel also argues that malnutrition is another cause of global deaths as more than three billion people are currently malnourished, and that increases their susceptibility to “infectious and environmental diseases, such as diarrhea and pollution-related illnesses.”
In his Christian messages, Apostle Peter speaks of people being willfully ignorant, meaning they don’t know because they don’t want to know, and he writes that such ignorance stems from ignoring the ultimate creative power of God.
This is His earth man is ruining with Global Warming: “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 (2 Peter 3: 5).”
The drying status of the Colorado River threatens three million acres of land––15% of the nation’s agriculture––water supply to 36 million people in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and California, and the other waterways it feeds.
Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers, says the Colorado is the “lifeline of the Southwest.” Irvin’ organization writes that the main problem with the Colorado is: “outdated water management that is inadequate to respond to the pressures of over-allocation and persistent drought.”
As The Extinction Protocol (EP) points out, “ . . . the 20th century was the wettest century in the western half of the country in 1000 years, and now things appear to be reverting to their normal historical patterns.”
The problem is this country has foolishly built cities in the middle of the desert. As EP says: “Cities all over the Southwest continue to grow even as the Colorado River, Lake Mead and the High Plains Aquifer system run dry.”
One of the lakes the Colorado feeds is Lake Mead, which supplies most of the water for Las Vegas, and which has fallen 130 feet lower since 2000. After the Colorado feeds other drying lakes, Irvin says “ . . . it dries up to a trickle before reaching the sea. We simply cannot continue with status quo water management.”
Commenting on outlets like Lake Mead, American Rivers annual report cautions: “Lower river flows threaten endangered fish and wildlife, along with the $26 billion dollar recreation economy that relies on the Colorado River.”
While Irvin’s organization rated the Colorado River Number One among endangered, American Rivers reports that drought and other aspects of Global Warming also affect nine other rivers near American cities:
Flint River in Florida, San Saba River in Texas, Little Plover Rover in Wisconsin, Catawba River in North Carolina, Boundary Waters in Minnesota, Black Warrior River in Alabama, Rough & Ready and Boldface Creeks in Oregon, Kootenal River, and Niobrara River.
In addition to water management, the organization cited: coal ash pollution, copper and nickel mining, open-pit coal mining, and improper sediment management as causes for ruining this nation’s waterways––all affecting wildlife habitats, property, crops, and floods as elements affecting the nation’s rivers.
In wholesale Christian Bibles, in the first chapter of his book, the prophet Joel describes drought, desolate animals, forest fires and drying rivers as he prayers for God’s help: “The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
“How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; . . . O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto Thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures . . .” It’s time for Christians to pray as Joel did?
We want to thank Jael for giving our staff more interns, allowing division of Earthend’s Global Warming Study Department into: Climate Change, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Wildfires, Floods, Hurricanes, Drought and Governments Confront Climate Change. Here is an up-to-date report from some of those sub-committees:
Climate Change: Warm, comfortable, soft-breeze weather is over for Hawaii, and California. CTV News reports: “Nowadays, . . these breezes, called trade winds, are declining, a drop that’s slowly changing life across the islands. The winds also help bring the rains, and their decline means less water.”
As we reported, it was snowing in Russia and upstate New York earlier this month. But while this summer may seem cooler to some, Alex Kirby and the Daily Climate say that heat is going into the oceans:
“A rise of 4°C in global average temperatures could mean far higher regional rises. The oceans are likely one day to give up much of the heat they are now absorbing, which will return to the atmosphere. So warming could accelerate fast and unpredictably.”
Hurricanes and Flooding: Reminding his readers of ceaseless flooding from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and dangers awaiting those living on ocean coastlines, in ‘The Impending Deluge,’ Brian Fagan writes:
“For the first time, we may have to confront the problem of permanent environmental refugees. This will require unprecedented levels of international cooperation and funding, and so far unformulated policies to handle millions of involuntary fugitives from the ocean.”
Wildfires: According to Reuters News Service’s latest update, this month the largest fires in Colorado’s history has destroyed at least 502 homes, left some five people dead, covers over 25 square miles, displaced tens of thousands and it’s still not over. Moreover, another fire has broken out in Arizona. Scientists attribute both to extended unyielding periods of droughts.
Drought: Allow our committee to add that because of those drought periods, Midwest farmers now complain that long-sought-for rains threaten another planting season. In ‘After Drought, Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms,’ John Eligon writes: “One of the worst droughts in this nation’s history . . . has ended with torrential rains this spring that have overwhelmed . . . much of the farm belt.”
After praying for rain, farmers now want God to stop the rain! “This is the worst spring I can remember in my 30 years farming,” Rob Korff of Missouri told Eligon. “Just continuous rain, not having an opportunity to plant. . . as [for] a good crop or a great crop, that’s not going to happen.”
We must turn to Christian prayer books, and offer different prayers. Earth End sees these developments as signs of the times: “ . . .O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Matthew 16: 2-3).”
OK so Jael calls me: “Why aren’t you working? You haven’t sent a story in for weeks?” And I say, “So where are those interns you gave me? Why aren’t they writing on nuc plants in the U.S.? Do I have to do everything?” In my dreams! Truth is I said, “I’m on it. Lots of research going on here. Have it to you today!”
So first of all earlier this month, the operator at Fukushima disclosed he found another leak in one of the hundreds of steel tanks storing radioactive water at their downed nuclear site. And they plan to fix it by freezing it! Come on!!!
The day before that, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted it found cesium particles in groundwater flowing into the Fukushima plant. So now we have radioactive water flowing into stored radioactive water, at a rate of 100,000 gallons a day. I’m talking to them to see what else TEPCO plans to do.
But oh no. TEPCO officials wouldn’t answer my questions, but they did for Martin Fackler of The New York Times (NYT). He ‘carefully’ writes in ‘Leak Found in Steal Tank for Water at Fukushima:‘
“The company has installed a new filtering system that it says removes every type of radioactive particle but one, tritium. Still, that leaves it no choice but to keep storing the water rather than dumping it.”
TEPCO also admitted: “ . . . it had erred in previous tests, said it had found up to 0.39 becquerels of radioactive cesium 137 per liter of water, an amount that is far below Japan’s safety level for drinking water of 10 becquerels per liter.”
Thus, people on the street are furious with TEPCO. Even Fackler says so: “Faced with growing public alarm over the water crisis, the government last week ordered Tepco to stop the influx of groundwater by freezing soil around the reactor buildings, a novel plan that calls for creating a wall of underground ice.”
People must approve that plan, especially in commercial fishing areas. That’s not liable to happen. Because of the leaks they can’t serve faucet water to their babies. Shortly afterwards, officials told Hiroko Tabuchi, also of NYT, that Japan plans to restart some of its 50 commercial reactors soon.
“We have reached a milestone,” says Shinichi Tanaka Chair of their Nuclear Regulation Authority. With their ‘new safety systems,‘ he says they are accepting applications from companies to restart 13 nuclear reactors across the country.
This is astonishing! Japanese people don’t want it. I am interviewing for human interest stories. I assigned those interns to work new angles on San Onofre Nuclear Plant in California shutting down forever! But their writing was boring and didn’t have much new. But they’re still working on it.
We’ll get more stories in soon chief, I promise. Meanwhile remember what wholesale Christian T-Shirts say: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:).” Keep up the good work then!
The European Union (EU) is falling apart. Most citizens of EU nations no longer want to be in it. This dissatisfaction is in both indebted southern nations, and the richer northern countries see themselves as victims of bad EU policies.
In one of their top stories recently, dw.de news services explain: “Public confidence in the European Union has hit rock bottom, a recent survey reveals. Since the onset of the euro crisis, Europeans have lost faith in the bloc, even in pro-European countries, like Germany.”
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, Spanish political scientist and Senior Research Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the entire continent is affected with “growing skepticism” about the European Union:
“Only 20 percent of Spanish citizens trust the EU, compared to 56 percent in 2009. Crisis-battered Italians turned into euro-skeptics as well – trust there fell from 52 percent to 31.”
Such statistics may be expected in southern Europe. However dw.de adds: “But the European Union has also lost its prestige in countries that are considered economically stable; for instance, Germany and France. Only 30 percent of Germans now trust the EU, compared to 2009 when that figure was 14 percentage points higher. French trust has dropped 8 percent to 34 percent.”
In a joint article, “The Remarkable Rise of Continental Euroscepticism,” journalists from several nations comment. Elrike Guerot writes that Germans feel betrayed, and that EU’s failure they will have to pay higher taxes or endure higher inflation. “The Eurobarometer data shows that 56% of Germans have “no trust” in the EU while only 30% have a “fairly positive” image of the EU.”
Thomas Klau says France is no exception: “ In 2012 the number of French respondents who “tend not to trust” the EU rose to 56 % from 41% in 2007.” Hans Kundnani writes, Britain has an even lower opinion: “The percentage of those who “tend not to trust” the EU has gone from 48% in 2004 to nearly 80% in 2012.”
Contrarily, Silvia Francescon argues that while Italy’s youth with 40% unemployment no longer want in the EU, a large majority don’t want to leave, they just want the system to be more “flexible and symmetrical.” Dimitar Bechev of Bulgaria also writes his nation is pleased with EU.
Piotr Buras adds: “ . . . the percentage of Poles who “tend not to trust” the EU (46%) is higher than the percentage of Poles who do “tend to trust” it (41%) – a remarkable development for a country that has traditionally been pro-European.”
EU politicians and citizens alike agree that what the EU lacks is a functioning democracy, which an ‘economy only’ union cannot provide. Only a unified nation can do that. And the odds of all of Europe agreeing to that are nil.
Besides, the Book of Revelation promises that only ten nations that will be part of the Revised Roman Empire when the anti-Christ arises, and how can 30 or 40 nations in the EU get down to ten? Maybe there will be condensed by war!
International health officials worry more than ever that two geographical areas––China and Saudi Arabia––have present case loads that can produce world-wide pandemics. And science has not produced vaccines to fight them.
Scientists still do not know how either disease transfers to people from the animal kingdom. H7N9 presumably reaches human beings through domestic chickens or wild birds, and that the coronavirus MERS comes through bats. But there are all kinds of chickens, birds and bats.
In ‘Pressure Grows to Create Drugs for Superbugs,’ Barry Meier of The New York times insists: “Government officials, drug companies and medical experts, faced with outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs,’ are pushing to speed up the approval of new antibiotics, a move that is raising safety concerns among some critics.” Scientists report 5.3 new super diseases come forth annually.
Because of such pressure, lawmakers consider waiving former requirements for testing of thousands of patients before drug approval. And the U.S. Health and Human Services Department has agreed to advance $40 million––and up to $ 200 million over five years––to GlaxoSmithKline to development a new vaccine.
MERS stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. According to Helen Branswell of Scientific American, there have been 55 MERS cases around the world since early May, and 41 have been in Saudi Arabia.
That nation expects a vast number of Muslims there in July to celebrate Ramadan, their month of fasting. Yet, Branswell points out, the Saudis have not been forthcoming with information for the World Health Organization (WHO) on their MERS cases. But it is believe that some 30 of those victims have died.
Extremely close person-to-person contact during Ramadan would provide the perfect setting for rapid spread of MERS, as would following pilgrimages following in October. Thus WHO is scrambling for correct patient information.
MERS is closely related to SARS––known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome––which started in China in 2002, then spread to Hong Kong, Singapore, Hanoi, Toronto and other cities by way of air travel.
If the Saudis continue to withhold information, WHO may have to resort to the tactics they used in 2003, that is to urge airline and other types of travelers to avoid cities considered to be infected hubs for spreading diseases.
Such announcements would surely affect those wanting to visit Saudi Arabia for religious observances, as well as those participating in China’s thriving commercial markets. But unless those nations start dealing more truthfully with world health organizations, it would be impossible not to issue such warnings.
Hopefully, Christians will pray about such health issues. These new diseases could kill billions. As Christian messages aver, The LORD Jesus is Healer: “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2: 24).
Various phenomena in nature, as well as within nations, now prepare interacting backdrops for Armageddon. These phenomena include: Economic collapses, political upheavals (as now in Turkey, Syria, etc.) killer storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, animal extinctions, disease pandemics, etc.
Revelation Chapter 6 gives extended views of increasingly dire disasters symbolized by the five horses of the Apocalypse. Their relationship to current events provide harbingers of more brutal times to come.
The first horse rider is a human being totally consumed by evil, called the anti-Christ, 666 and other hidden indicators of satanism. Most Bible scholars agree he will arise in the Middle East. Dake’s Reference Bible limits his entrance to four nations in the former Greek empire of Alexander the Great: Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. In his book ‘Revelation Expounded,’ Dake specifies that nation as Syria.
The anti-Christ will make continuing wars––hot, cold, economic, etc.––between nations to solidify his hold on the old Roman and Grecian empires, covering parts of the Middle East, Europe and Northern Africa.
The rider on the second horse in verses 6: 3-4, called War, is a powerful demonic spirit influencing men to keep wars and rebellions moving throughout the earth. Obviously, he is hard at work on that agenda now.
The rider on the third horse in 6: 5-6, known as Famine, again already works in Third World countries. The Bible identifies the rider on the fourth horse (in 6: 7 – 8) as Death. He will have the power to kill with epidemics and other disasters affecting millions of people. Verse 8 says the rider following Death is Hell.
If Global Warming is not abated, health workers fear millions of sick people will overwhelm health agencies. This rider, Death, will kill in every way possible, including wild animals––i.e. unleashed tigers, giant snakes, wild boars, chimpanzees, alligators, killer bees, wolves, etc. unleashed on human populations.
And the fifth rider, following closely after Death, is Hell. Students of Bible prophecies know that evil’s ultimate goal is to take as many billions of people to Hell through the work these evil spirit riders as possible.
The job of Christians is to reach as many people around the world as possible with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers working to attain that goal are now in constant battle with those coming evil forces.
Those professing to be in Christ who are not battling spiritual forces should check the level of their faith: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3: 12).” As wholesale Christian t-shirts exclaims The LORD’s command: “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16: 15.)” On with the work!
Hmm. Upstate New York had 34 inches of snow last Memorial Day, and its snowing in Russia even this month. Severe killer floods have not let-up in Central Europe; and Saskatchewan, Canada, is having its coolest spring in a hundred years.
Weather Underground’s records had to research back to 1816 to find that much snow on New York’s Whiteface Mountain. Even at sea level, near New York City people could see snowflakes––in June!
But citizens in Russia said to see those flakes on the second day of summer is “hardcore!” One blogger said, “The weather must’ve forgot it’s June.” And in South Africa where they have winter, while the West supposedly has summer, people complain of an unseasonable snowy winter, making driving impossible.
The blunt of this whacky weather is particularly felt across central Europe which has seen at least 15 deaths from flooding since last weekend. As the swollen River Elbe snakes its way down from the Czech Republic, where it killed and injured victims, those soaked in Dresden, Germany hopes the river crests soon.
Al Jazeera reports Czech soldiers erect metal barriers to stop the river’s rage, in addition to mounting millions of sand bags. Prague has limited transportation to underground stations as water from the Vltava River flows into Old Town.
Some 18,000 people forced to evacuate homes in both countries also wait for the river to calm down. Most homes and businesses near Elbe’s banks now sit in several feet of water. The Extinction Protocol and CBC News say that rescuers used boats to get people from flooded parts of Passau, Germany, to dry land.
“Water from three rivers poured into the old town of Passau . . . making the city inaccessible on foot.” In addition to those known dead, several more are missing in Austria, Switzerland and Norway as well. Lillehammer, Norway, claims more rain fell last Wednesday than that city expects in an entire month.
Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister, and Germany’s Chancellor Merkel are trying to visit victims, but flood conditions even make those trips dangerous. Flooding forced Volkswagen to temporarily shut down its plant in Zwickau, Germany, because high waters kept workers from reaching the factory.
In Scientific American’s ‘Is Global Warming Cooler than Expected,’ Alex Kirby says: “The Earth is now warming faster than at any time in the last 11,000 years, but scientists do not understand clearly why the atmosphere has warmed less than they expected over the last decade or so––and more slowly than in the 1990s.”
So why were are having cooler summers than usual? Kirby answers its because all the warmth is going into the oceans, “rather than into the atmosphere.” Hmm. Didn’t warmer oceans contribute to last year’s Hurricane Sandy?
Hmm again. Better get out new wholesale Christian t-shirts blaring old news again: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3: 5).” Man’s wisdom won’t get us out of what’s coming!
The death toll from last week’s tornado in Oklahoma is up to 14 or 18 and is expected to rise. Those numbers include three seasoned storm chasers who were trying to report the terror so that television weathermen could inform the public. Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, says that some 115 people were injured.
Scientist Tim Samaras, age 54, who had trailed, examined and categorized storms for 25 years, his 24-year old son, Paul, and his fellow scientists, Carl Young, 45––were killed with the erratic storm they were chasing turned on them.
Samaras was a famed meteorologist often seen on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. In ‘Death toll from Friday’s Oklahoma Tornado Rises to 14, Michael Muskal of CBS News cites the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, as the source that their deaths are the first for scientific tornado chasers.
Muskal reports that at least six people “mainly children,” are still missing and the hope of finding them alive is fading.” Spouting sometimes three different tornado swirls at a time, the mile-wide storm even went through Monroe, OK, the town where 11 days earlier, a tornado devastated most of its houses, businesses schools and hospital, and killed 24 people, including 10 children.
That earlier storm, traveling higher than 200 miles an hour, has now been rated as an EF5, which is the highest possible rating. This second storm was measured at between 136 and 165 miles per hour.
As of Friday night the death toll was thought to be limited to five, including a mother and baby who were part of the huge caravan trying to run away from the storm. But as the hours passed by, nearby Arkansas soon reported that the tornado’s rage resulted in severe flooding that claimed five more victims there.
This second storm also slammed into St. Louis, where 150 homes were damaged or destroyed. Its rage could be felt as far east as New England, shutting down power in some 12,000 homes. It also moved downward into South Carolina. In the Oklahoma area over 91,800 homes and businesses were without electricity.
Joel Achenbach and Jason Samenow of the Washington Post point out several conflicting safety factors in storm chasing: “The tragedy has roiled the increasingly competitive field of storm chasing and has raised the question of whether there are too many people getting too close to violent maelstroms.”
Others point to officials who didn’t mandate underground structures on housing construction, and secure-proof designations in shopping, and school areas. Also, entirely too many automobiles were stuck in traffic on Interstate I-40 trying to run-away from the storm. Instead the storm came to them and several died.
While they discuss warmer air flows as a reason for such violent weather, meteorologists still refuse to admit its relevance to Global Warming. Scientific and political leaders must admit what is happening in the earth, and Christians must ask God to give these leaders wisdom. As wholesale Christian t-shirts advise: “He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know? (Psalm 94: 10).”