Archive for January, 2014

Unprepared for Affects of Global Warming? Certainly the U.S. Is !

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 2:09 AM
January 15, 2014

climate-change        The National Academy of Sciences claim that the world is ‘Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts’ certainly applies to the United States, considered by many to be the richest country on earth.

Jon Queally of Common Dreams reports on the Academy’s evaluation:  “Because of the substantial risks . . . posed by abrupt changes, this report recommends . . . an Abrupt Change Early Warning System that would allow for the . . . mitigation of such changes before their societal impacts are severe.

“Although there is still much to learn about abrupt climate change and abrupt climate impacts, to willfully ignore the threat of abrupt change could lead to more costs, loss of life, suffering, and environmental degradation.”

Hmmm.  Willfully ignore? Isn’t the Academy aware that ignoring the problem is exactly what the U.S. is doing? Consider Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith’s findings about buildings in Los Angeles collapsing in the next severe earthquake: “The city has rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings at risk of collapsing in a major quake, but a [L.A.] Times analysis finds there could be more than 1,000— many of them homes and offices.

“By the most conservative estimate, as many as 50 of these buildings would be destroyed, exposing thousands to injury or death. Despite their appearance, many older concrete buildings are vulnerable to the sideways movement of a major earthquake. . . they don’t have steel reinforcing bars to hold columns in place.

“Los Angeles officials have known about the dangers for more than 40 years but have failed to force owners to make their properties safer. The city has even rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings.” Is this not willful ignorance?

It’s no different on the other U.S. coast. In ‘The Flood Next Time,’ Justin Gillis writes: “Scientists have spent Exposure-Surging-Seasdecades examining all factors that influence the rise of the seas, and their research is leading to answers. . .  the more the scientists learn, . . . they perceive an enormous risk for the United States. . . . Tide gauges along the East Coast show a long-term increase in relative sea levels, in part because the ocean is rising and in part because areas of the coast are sinking.

“ . . . scientists say even the smallest increase causes the seawater to eat away more aggressively . . . in calm weather, and . . . higher tidal surges during storms.  The sinking is fastest in Chesapeake Bay. Whole island communities that contained hundreds of residents in the 19th century have already disappeared.”

“Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, municipal planners want to know: How bad are things going to get? . . . among the American public, the impulse toward denial is still strong.” By their lack of action, U.S. leaders are also in denial.

Such denial among leaders includes preachers who do not warn believers of coming disasters. Certainly God has opened up wellsprings of information about these last days. Christian messages instructs preachers:  “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me (Ezekiel 3: 17).” To deny that wellspring endangers discipleship. The next verse in Ezekiel puts responsibility for catastrophes on God’s watchmen who refused to issue warnings.

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Earth End Predictions for 2014: More of the Same, Only Worse!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 10:58 AM
January 13, 2014

Abrupt-Impacts-of-Climate-Change-Anticipating-Surprises-640x360    Sarah Newsworthy:  Jael asked us to start a list of ‘new’ events expected to occur in 2014.  After surveying everyone, our consensus for the new year is that it will be the same as the old year––only we expect it to be worse. For instance:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration admits that recent wacky weather is not from the old culprits:  “El Niño nor La Niña is expected to influence the climate during the upcoming winter.  Without this strong seasonal influence, winter weather is often affected by short-term climate patterns, such as the Arctic Oscillation, that are not predictable beyond a week or two.” Neither these officials, Farmer’s Almanac or other sources will predict what’s coming.

Ida B. Wells, IV – In ‘10 Predictions That Will End Up Being True in 2014,’ Nina Ippolito of forecasts that––despite public announcements––the new year’s economy will continue to be slow both in the U.S. and Europe.

In ‘Predictions for the 2014 Economy?,’ Schuyler Velasco of the ‘Christian Science Monitor’ agrees with that assessment. Leaning on reports from economists Nariman Behravesh and David Berson, Velsco expects the U.S. economy to continue its slow growth, with housing markets rising slowly and mortgage interest rates inching up to 5%.  Otherwise both interest rates and inflation will remain low.

Behravesh of IHS information firm adds:  “The unemployment rate in the advanced economies will only decline from 8.1 percent 2013 . . . in 2014.  Technology-driven productivity improvements in both the manufacturing and services sectors will continue to erode the demand for labor.”

So, just as we have been writing in this BLOG and in Worlds Collide, techno-robots continue to steal American techno-robots-delivering-packagesjobs, keeping unemployment too high, and forcing too many people into below-average wage jobs.

In a moment of comedy, Huffington Post’s Paul Krassner foresees:  “Jeff Bezos, who is now the owner of both and the Washington Post, will arrange for subscribers to pay extra for having their copies of the Post delivered by drones.”  Dear God, I hope not. More postal jobs lost, not to mention birds killed.

Dr. Ad Versary: Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  claim 5 new health threats will come in 2014:  1) Diseases from new spreading microbes, such as the new Heartland virus; 2) More old diseases and emerging pandemics caused by ‘globalization of travel and of food supplies;’ 3) More drug-resistant infections from known ailments like gonorrhea, T.B., salmonella, strep, etc.; 4) Accidental or deliberate release of pathogens; & 5) Bioterrorism.  Horrible!

Newsworthy: But it gets worse. In their report, ‘Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts.’ the National Academy of Sciences warns: “The planet is going to be warmer than most species living on Earth today have seen it, including humans.  The pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.”

We will explore these issues in coming weeks.  Right now we have alerted Rev. Repriestly and Brother John to have prayer groups double down in 2014.  As King David prayed in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee. . . For in Thee, O LORD, do I hope: Thou wilt hear, O Lord My God (Psalms 33: 22; 38: 15).” Our hope must rest in God!

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Good Resolutions: Cut Down on Salt, Sugar, Fat & Additives

posted by Dr Ad Versery and Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 16:58 PM
January 10, 2014

What-is-Xanthan-Gum-Final-Good    Surely high on New Years Resolution Lists is the promise to lose weight. Along with eating less should be determination to eat better. Since the last half of the 20th century, U.S. food manufacturers have played havoc on the tastes of American food habits, and have often  produced less than healthy foods.

In his book, ‘Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,’ Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Moss points out that the rise of obesity in the U.S. caused the heads of the largest processed food corporations in the world to meet secretly in Minneapolis in 1999.  They sat in fear of too many news stories blaming their salt, sugar and fat products for the new health hazards of overweight.

By the meeting’s end––despite proof that their products helped to make America fat––they decided to do nothing to change their ways, so that today, the average citizen eats each year: over 30 pounds of cheese, 70 pounds of sugar, 3,102,500 milligrams of salt––all from processed foods.

Moss discusses such new fads as ‘fat-free,’ ‘low-salt,’ and ‘no additives’ may have been enough to satisfy less than watchful federal and state ‘health’ agencies, but were nothing but promise-breaking fads.

Health-Day reporter, Steven Reinberg somewhat redeems federal agencies with his article, ‘Americans Still Eat Too Much Salt’: “ Americans’ love of salt has continued unabated in the 21st century, putting people at risk for high blood pressure, the leading cause of heart attack and stroke,” U.S. health officials say.

Dr. Niu Tian from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Reinberg:  “Salt intake in the U.S. has Americas-Favorite-Food-Additiveschanged very little in the last decade.” Thus,   Reinberg asserts, “In 2010, more than 90 percent of U.S. teenagers and adults consumed more than the recommended levels of salt,” the same as in 2003.

As in the past, food manufacturers have done little to change salt intakes. Reinberg reveals:  “Unfortunately, the food industry has failed to significantly bring down sodium levels despite 40 years of governmental admonitions.”

Also, Ronna Syed and Allya Davidson write in ‘The Secrets of Sugar’ that the average family of four eats 95 teaspoons of sugar a day––most of that sugar is hidden within processed foods, such as breakfast cereals, canned soups, yogurts, microwave dinners, etc.––all because food industries calculates ‘bliss points,‘ that is, they calculate the exact level in which ‘pumped up‘ foods are most desirable.

Thus, the two further posit:  “Emerging science is connecting the high consumption of sugar in North American diets with the rapid spread of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.” Further, they interviewed scientists who conclude that sugar is much more dangerous than fats.

Moreover, in ‘Chemical Cuisine,’ scientists from the Center For Science in the Public Interest avow that such additives as food dyes, aspartame, caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oil (or trans fat), olestra, etc. also cause harm to otherwise healthy everyday diets.

So in this New Year, let’s resolve to eat the type of natural healthy food that God gives us.  As 2 Corinthians 9: 10 in used Christian Bibles promises:  “Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness . . .”  So eat healthy!

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Let Us Repeat Ourselves! Stay Indoors In This Weather!!!!

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 15:57 PM
January 7, 2014

Winter_Weather_NJ-05ca8    Doc Ad Versary:  Let us be clear about this: Unless it is an emergency, Stay Home!  Try to seal the doors and windows there from cold air. Keep the warm air heat on as much as possible.  And bundle up as much as possible even in doors.

Let Me Repeat!  This is serious weather.  It is not play on the sled, build snowmen weather.  As Bruce Gordon of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety told USA Today: “It gets cold in Minnesota, but we are talking about historic cold in the coming days.”

This is ‘stay indoors and stay warm’ weather.  Streets and freeways are ice.  As USA Today adds:  “Sunday through Tuesday, a cold air mass from the north will chill two-thirds of the U.S., leaving parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with single-digit highs and cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis with temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

“That’s before factoring in the wind chill, which is expected to make sections of the north-central states feel as chilly as 50 to 60 degrees below zero.” Records of low  temperatures in cities around the country are now broken.

Wendy Weathersbee:  Most important:  Let us say it again. Stay Home! Do Not Drive.  Keep all types of emergency aids in the car, i.e.:  battery chargers, flat tire inflator, portable heaters, extra blankets, extra bottles of water, emergency food stuffs, fully-charged cell phone, cell-phone charger, extra warm clothing in case you are stuck outside for long periods, as in a traffic jam, etc.

Have a good spare tire, and a car jack.  See what we mean?  Best to stay home! As it gets warmer this week, if you don’t have those things, purchase them then.  Also get hand and foot warmers. This vicious cold weather is coming back!

Doc Ad Versary:  Why do we sound hysterical?  It’s because extreme freezing temperatures can greatly harm your Frostbite Hands 1body.  As Dr. Steven Doerr from writes:  “People who become stranded outdoors can also become victims of frostbite. The areas of the body affected by frostbite feel cold and firm. Burning, tingling, stinging, or numbing sensations may be present.

“Clumsiness can result from impaired motor control. When the affected body part is rewarmed, a throbbing or burning pain may result. Cold weather-related injuries include chilblains, trench foot, frost nip, and frostbite.”

Wendy Weathersbee:  So when going outside even for a short while, dress in layers of clothing: protect your self from hypothermia, frostbite and other serious health problems.  And eat warm wholesome foods, such as hot soups, cooked vegetables, etc. Wear mittens and/or gloves based on warmth, not just fashion.

Have your city or county emergency number to call, in case of a power outage.  And keep dog walks brief; consider keeping that pet warmer with a coat. Also, please check on senior citizens and the handicapped.

Doc Ad Versary:  This is why Apostle Paul told his young assistant in wholesale Christian books:  “Do thy diligence to come before winter. . . (2 Timothy 4: 21)” and another assistant, “ . . . be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter (Titus 3: 12).” Paul understood that winters are the time of year to stay put! He set that example for us.  So Stay Indoors!!

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More Than Wacky Icy Snowy Weather: H1N1 Swine Flu Sweeping U.S.

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 23:46 PM
January 6, 2014

frozen-bicycles        Wendy Weathersbee:  Whether main stream forecasters want to admit it or not, this country is going through the other polar end of Global Warming: Continuous flows of freezing Arctic air, snow and ice cover through most of the U.S. as our nation struggles to survive in sub-zero temperatures.

Just as America’s summers have grown incredibly hot, with much shorter springs and autumns, now our winters are also unbelievably and seemingly endlessly cold. As writes: “ . . . a wide swath of the country is still in the deep freeze, with wind chills in the teens and single digits across much of the Plains, the Southwest and the Northwest.

“Frigid temperatures like these are . . . used to refute the idea that the planet as a whole is getting warmer each passing year. That’s just not so, say NASA scientists, who point out that even on a warming planet, bitterly cold temperatures and harsh winter weather will still be possible and even commonplace.”

NASA claims that Arctic Oscillation, causing interaction of the jet stream when bitterly cold temperatures occur even in years of the hottest summers.  “This bitterly cold air even can make it too cold to snow across regions of the country that normally see double-digit snowfall amounts each year.”  Moreover, this weather affects transportation, and will, no doubt, hurt the economy.

Doctor Ad Versary: Exactly. Lost work hours.  And such harsh winters usher in drastic flu seasons. Lisa Schnirring of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy writes:  “Nearly half of US states are reporting widespread flu activity, driven by the 2009 H1N1 virus, which is taking a toll on younger children and working-age adults, according to the latest surveillance and media reports.”

Further she writes this week:  “The percentage of respiratory samples that tested positive for flu also rose again, symptoms-swine-fluweighing in at 26.7%, up from 24.1% the previous week, the CDC said. About 97% of the viruses were influenza A, and of those sub-typed, nearly all (99.2%) were the 2009 H1N1 virus.”  Hospitalization rates for flu cases, as well as deaths from this disease, are up as well.

Marina Lopes, reporting for Reuters, adds: “Thousands of people die every year from flu, which peaks in the United States between October and March. The flu is spreading quickly this season, with 25 states already reporting cases.

Dr. Joe Bresee, Chief of Epidemiology and Prevention in the Influenza Division, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Ms. Lopes:
“We are seeing a big uptick in disease in the past couple of weeks. The virus is all around the United States right now.” People should not be under illusion: the H1N1 Virus is simply Swine Flu.  And we have been battling this virus for years.

So far CDC has not mentioned total number of deaths in the U.S. but we do know it has killed six children here this season, and this current round of flu has killed some 25 patients in Texas where the disease is wide spread. Of course, Dr. Bresee advocates that Americans of all ages get flu shots as soon as possible.

Wendy:  So whether we pray to survive bitter cold or sickening flu, the important thing is that we pray.  As Apostle Paul writes to a young pastor in wholesale Christian Bibles:  “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men (1 Timothy 2: 1).”  So let us pray against enemies of death and destruction in our nation and the world!

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