Archive for April, 2014
This is amazing, unheard of, astounding. This blogger may have to do like Feermeno and ask Jael for some time off. What’s the problem, readers may ask?
Here it is: Apparently, Viktor Yanukovych, ex-President of Ukraine, walked off with $32 billion [that’s billion, not million, in dollars]––he and his friends just took it to Russia––and now they use it to finance this revolt in eastern Ukraine.
Is this normal in today’s world? Are certain nations just like the plantations my great great grandmother described, where people ‘owning’ people use them like pawns as they wish? Just how are some countries being run today?
How can an elected official and his cronies just take whatever they want and vanish? (Elected? Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko insists the election was stolen). Aren’t there safe-guards in banks and financial systems to prevent such behavior? Years of training in economics and politics were no preparation for this!
Ivan Verstyuk of Kyiv Post writes today: “Disgraced former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage, whose criminal regime was toppled on Feb. 22 after the three-month EuroMaidan revolution, took $32 billion in cash to Russia. . . . [and] is using this money to finance the pro-Russian separatist movement in the eastern regions of Ukraine.”
Because of these missing funds, Ukraine must borrow funds from Western countries to meet its 2014 budget of $ 31.5 this year. Interim Ukraine officials accuse Russia of harboring criminals, such as Yanukovych and ex-Interior Minister Vitaliy) Zakharchenko. But Russian prosecutors respond they will not extradite them because they are “legitimate Ukrainian government officials.”
There must be some truth to Verstyuk’s report because just a few weeks ago, “the U.S. State Department announced that the U.S. had sent a group of FBI agents and financial and legal officials to Kyiv to facilitate the return of Ukrainian assets from abroad.” A team from Great Britain also works on the project.
Ukraine’s Acting Prosecutor General Oleg Makhnitsky claims to have identified some $3 billion of stolen assets. He adds: “the former regime acted as an organized crime gang that left the country’s treasury bare.”
Austria, Lichtenstein and Switzerland––some of the same countries hiding multiple billions of former Nazis’ wealth––admit they have some of Ukraine’s assets and will help to recover them. As of Jan. 1, 2013, Swiss banks records show they had $2 billion of capital that came from Ukraine on their accounts.
Last month, the Russian press reported that Yanukovych paid $ 52 million for “a luxurious residence in Rublyovka, a posh suburb of Moscow,” as a consolation for losing his palatial residence near Kyiv valued at one billion dollars. And by the way, those Ukrainian central bank officials, who tried to sneak cash and gold out of the ex-President’s campaign headquarters, were caught!
So some of those the world call nations today (i.e. North Korea) are nothing but fiefdoms, or as my grandma’ would say, plantations, where rulers can use income produced by workers any way the masters want to.
But then, as used Christian Bibles instruct, there are some sins this world may not catch, that only God will judge: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6: 7).”
Undoubtedly today or tomorrow the G-7 nations––consisting of the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States (i.e. seven of the wealthiest and most developed countries on earth)––will announce more economic sanctions against Russia for its failure to stop harassment in Ukraine.
Over the weekend, these leaders issued joint statements: “Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.
“We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia,” the statement said. “Russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the Geneva Accords,” according to Sneba Shankar of IB Times.
“It has not publicly supported the accord, nor condemned the acts of pro-separatists seeking to destabilize Ukraine, nor called on armed militants to leave peacefully the government buildings they’ve occupied, and put down their arms. Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military maneuvers on Ukraine’s border.”
Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Posts adds that the G-7 statement also condemned Russia’s takeover of Crimea: “We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.”
Eilperin adds that the G-7 will impose sanctions in a coordinated, but not identical fashion. She cites Ben Rhodes, the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor, who promised that if Russia does invade Ukraine, even deeper sanctions would follow “that will have an impact on international economies.”
Alison Smale and Danny Hakim reveal: “Russia and its allies in the European private sector are [campaigning] to ensure that they can maintain . . . longstanding ties even if the Kremlin orders further military action. . . Trade between the European Union and Russia amounted to almost $370 billion in 2012.
Just as in World War II, multi-national companies are in the thick of these negotiations. Rainer Seele, the chairman of Wintershall, a subsidiary of the German-based chemical company BASF, cries: “Neither in energy terms, nor politically, should we turn away from Russia . . . Sanctions will not help anybody, they would not just hurt Russia, but also Germany and Europe as a whole.”
Reuters quotes Russian President Putin self-righteous claims that sanctions “Overall they are harmful for everyone, they destroy the global economy (and) are ‘dishonourable’ on the part of those who use those types of tools.”
Note such thinking: business profits take precedent if Russia takes ‘military action,’ and Putin’s wails that sanctions harms everyone. But if he invades Ukraine, hundreds, even thousands, will die. Is that not harm? Yet business must go on? Bible prophecies condemn this: “. . .unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled (Titus 1: 15).”
Hooray It’s Earth Day. So get a free coffee, or a ‘volunteer-for-a- day’ poster, while driving a car emitting carbon gas, on roads where state officials allow burning coal, fracked oil, or ‘safe’ nuclear power for energy, going pass rivers polluted with dark patches of goo and waste, etc. Wow! Its a day to feel good.
Year after year, this site blogged about where readers could get ‘free’ stuff, games, and meaningless tokens encouraging readers to support Mother Earth by celebrating Earth Day. In reality the slog of researching activities in various cities for this ‘holiday’ did little to fight Global Warming or educate the public about it.
And all of this goes in a country finishing first or second each year in carbon emissions destroying the earth where earnest capitalists argue infinitum that Global Warming is a myth, and where political leaders either ignore its problems, claim it costs jobs, is too expensive to fix, or obey those spending billions to lie about it.
Bloggers here took a vote and unanimously said ‘No More’! The truth hurts, and the truth about Global Warming must arouse action. The subject is not about fun. It means eventual death to millions, to poor nations and to this planet.
Hmm. And apparently hundreds of other bloggers agree! Jason Mark asks ‘Has Earth Day Lost Its Way?‘ He is sad to remember the first Earth Day: “On April 22, 1970 20 million Americans in cities and towns turned out for day of action to express their desire for a society that would live more conscientiously with this planet. People picked up trash on beaches and in streams, planted gardens, organized and attended environmental teach-ins, marched and sang.”
Now in the environmental news business, he admits “Earth Day has become diminished, has lost some of its original spirit somewhere along the way. . . the corporate co-optation of Earth Day . . . reveals that caring about the environment, if only for a day, has gone mainstream.” In short, there is no real commitment!
Anastasia Swearingen of reviewjournal.com posits: “This Earth Day, a host of organizations and companies are urging you to ‘go green’ . . . but what does being ‘green’ really mean? Unfortunately . . . many ostensibly ‘green’ products . . . are little more than glitzy marketing campaigns.
“Earth Day offers a great opportunity to make real lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental impact. Ride your bike to work, plant a tree or do some composting. But simply renting a LEED-certified apartment or purchasing GMO-free groceries are feel-good steps that make virtually no difference.”
Chloe S. Maxmin tells the Harvard Crimson: “I am a committed environmental activist, and I think Earth Day is the bane of the environmental movement . . . Americans officially devote only twenty-four hours to being green deliberately. Too many people believe that celebrating Earth Day can exempt them from further action. This is absurd, and it’s damaging the environmental cause.”
Admittedly, some Earth Day critics, denying that fossil fuels harm the planet, disagree with anti-Global Warming advocates. These critics prefer to ignore the planet’s problems. Rather they obfuscate them by trivializing Earth Day with cotton candy, profit-making t-shirts, and other ‘sales’ of environmental items.
But doing more than free coffee and games means helping poorer nations more deeply affected by Global Warming. Aggressive movements against melting glaciers, rising seas, and hotter temperatures must begin. Otherwise Earth Day becomes a symbol of confusion, allowing people to pretend love for Mother Earth, while sacrificing nothing to protect it. And, as wholesale Christian Bibles teach: “God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14: 33).”
Six days ago, Michael Smith of MedPage Today claimed: “The report comes as the WHO is reporting that the outbreak now includes 202 suspected or confirmed cases — 168 in Guinea, 28 in Liberia, and six in Mali. There have been 121 deaths.” Other reporters claim the virus has also struck four other countries.
inquisitr.com writes: “A Reuters report on the Ebola outbreak claims that death toll statistics will no longer be released to the public to “avoid causing unnecessary panic. . . The [outbreak] may have spread to Europe despite pandemic containment efforts. WHO Health officials have been working diligently to contain the Ebola outbreak to West Africa, but their efforts may have failed.”
In ‘Ebola Virus Spreading Rapidly in West Africa’ Brad Johnson defines the disease: “Ebola (pronounced eh-boh-la) is a type of hemorrhagic fever, distinctive by the fact that it is a group of viruses that affect numerous organs and systems within the body. [It] is usually accompanied by internal and even external bleeding.
“Currently there is no vaccination for it. [It kills] about 90 percent of those it infects. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that there are five different strains of the virus, . . . Currently, only three of the five strains have been identified as pervasive within the West Africa outbreak.”
Press releases indicate this dread disease came to Europe. The Inquisitr post says: “Approximately four dozen migrant workers from the outbreak area came ashore, allegedly illegally, in Pisa, Italy. The workers are reportedly being isolated with symptom commonly associated with the Ebola virus. The migrant workers have reportedly presented with conjunctivitis, blood around the eye, and fever.”
Pauline Bax, Sadibou Marone and Ougna Camara point out in ‘Ebola Outbreak Empties Hotels as West Africa Borders Closed’ that fear of Ebola has cancelled 80% of hotel reservations, and that this is the worst Ebola outbreak in seven years. They estimate it has killed 111 people in Guinea and Liberia.
Various nations reacted in horror: Senegal has shut its borders. The Ivory Coast bars buses from Liberia and Guinea. A Brazilian iron ore producer sent its workers from Guinea back home. Bax et al add: “Regional trade is at risk of grinding to a halt . . .“Inadequate health care and a shortage of doctors make fighting the disease more difficult.” Doctors Without Borders try to augment staffs.
Smith also reveals that this current Ebola strain is only 97% identical to strains of several years ago from East Africa. Other analysts suggests the virus was transferred from animals traveling from one side of the continent to another. It began this time with a two-year old catching the disease and family members treating her caught it as well. Tragically, they all died.
This outbreak is one of many plagues circling earth in these last days. Believers must learn to stand against such diseases with covering of the Blood of Jesus, the Anointing of The Holy Spirit and The Word of God.
As Bible messages promise: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. . . say of The LORD, He is my Refuge and my Fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. . .There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling (Psalms 91: 1 – 3, 10).
Feermeno: I’m still in China. Jael says not to mention the Chinese build up in arms against Japan over those stupid island, or their dreadful anger against Malaysia for that ‘lost’ airplane, or Japan’s continuous nuclear spill crises. So I won’t cause we’re suppose to be talking about Happy Easter!
Jim Seerfar: She still has me working on diseases in space, the extraordinarily hidden NASA space budget, failures of space spy satellites attempts to provide information about Russia’s aggression in Ukraine in place of human spy networks. Cecil is working with me too. So we both say, Happy Easter!
Cecil Certifier: Yes I join Jim in wishing all earth-end blog readers A Very Eventful Easter. Jim and I have joint assignments on Russia’s cracking of Ukraine’s communication system, and how the CIA is helping them to fix it.
Butterman: Well look for more posts from me on tainted meats and vegetables coming to U.S. stores this summer. USDA seems to have solved the cantaloupe, lettuce and other food problems. But remember, the U.S. imports meats from China. I’m working with Feermeno and Dr. Bored on that. So Have A Blessed Easter!
Dr. Dr. Ad Versery Bored: Malekee and I are headed for Guinea in West Africa to check on the Ebola Virus outbreak there. Over 100 are infected and it is spreading to other countries. So pray for us at that Easter altar.
Ida B. Wells, IV. Pray for me too. Jael has me writing a series of blogs on mafia thugs ruling in Russia, Ukraine, other former Soviet nations and Europe too.
John J. Jr.: While you guys have positive assignments. I’m still stuck with trying to keep these kids in line. Since Feermemo left, her little sister stirs up the crowd about the scant space Jael gives on animal issues. I hope Jael’s book––Betrayal of Stewardship: Extinctions, Declines, & Endless Attacks: God’s Prophecies About His Animal Species––comes out soon. It may quiet them.
Sarah Newsworthy and Wendy Weathersbee: From all of us watching Global Warming, Threatening Weather and their many results: Happy Easter!
Rev. Dr. Repriestly: Don’t forget to pray about the situation in Ukraine today, for Ukraine, other post-Soviet nations, the U.S. President, Secretary of State, and all the cabinet as they negotiate with Russia to end this beginning of World War III.
Also pray for Taryn at i.e.Plexus.com, our web adviser. Like us, her company has disagreeing enemies. May God bless them to overcome because of their support on our behalf.
As Bible messages emphasize, The LORD Jesus suffered much persecution and so will we: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5: 20).”
Authentic statistics are hard to come by in Russia, but various reports indicate that the poverty rate there is high and rising, while other data more than suggests that President Putin is extraordinarily wealthy.
In 2012, Kenneth Rapoza of forbes.com claimed: “Moscow is home to more billionaires than New York City and London. . . [but] The number of Russians living in poverty rose another 1.1% last year to a total of around 13% of the population, or 18.1 million living below the national poverty line.
“Russia’s current minimum wage is about 4,600 roubles ($155) per month, while the minimum cost of living per capita is around 6,200 roubles ($210).” The next year, Maxim Bogodvid reveals in ‘Russian Parliament Leaves Minimum Wage Below Poverty Line‘ the leaders would not change the rate: “Russia’s current minimum wage of 5,205 rubles ($158) a month is 27 percent below the government’s own national average poverty threshold, set at 7,095 rubles ($215).”
Yet RIA Novosti reports, in ‘Putin Says Russia Should Solve Poverty Problem by 2020,’ that during his re-election campaign the famed President promised to end poverty in his country in six years. That some ten percent of Russians live below those minimum poverty lines “is unacceptable,” he said.
Yet the same year Paul Goble of windowoneurasia.com that one Russian in four lives in poverty, but it is far worse in rural areas where incomes are half of city dwellers (i.e. $ 55). But such numbers pale in comparison to Putin’s own wealth.
In ‘Putin the Peronist,’ Nina L. Khrushcheva writes: “. . . with oil and gas revenues flowing . . . Putin started to fill his own pockets. His personal wealth––including palaces, yachts, watches, and cars––has been estimated at $40-70 billion. Although he insists that his riches consist not of money and assets, but of the trust of his people, few Russians doubt that he is one of the world’s wealthiest men.”
Brian Warner asserts in ‘How Vladimir Putin Stashed Away A Secret $70 Billion Personal Fortune’: “ . . . experts agree that, without question, Putin has used his last decade of absolute power and wholehearted corruption to stash away a vast personal fortune estimated at more than $70 billion. A fortune that simply does not jibe with the humble, man-of-the-people, portrait Putin paints of himself.”
According to Wikipedia, Putin opponent, Boris Nemstov, lists 20 villas and palaces that Putin has: “a massive Italianate-style mansion costing an alleged USD 1 billion and dubbed Putin’s Palace’ is under construction near the Black Sea. The mansion, built on government land and sporting 3 helipads, a private road paid for from state funds and guarded by officials wearing uniforms of the official Kremlin guard service, is said to have been built for Putin’s private use.”
Moreover, Warner’s says Putin’s assets includes a $ 700,000 collection of 11 luxury watches. “He also has full access to a $40 million ultra-luxury yacht that features a wine cellar, Jacuzzi, helipad and outdoor barbecue area. Putin has access to 20 mansions throughout the world including a lavish ski lodge and Medieval castle. The crown jewel of his property portfolio is a $1 billion palace overlooking the Black Sea that he allegedly owns through an anonymous trust.”
Now he wants Crimea, Ukraine and whatever else he can take? If Christians don’t seek God’s help to stop this man, not only will he be held accountable, they may be too. Bible prophecies yell out his condemnation in James 5: 1 – 3:
“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.”
One of the reasons most Ukraine citizens wanted to move closer to the European Union and move away from Russia is because people in other post-Soviet nations are doing much better economically than they are.
But now it is more obvious that their nation is hamstrung by ties to Russia’s mafia; also that Mafia gangs affect the European Union. Germany is infiltrated by Italy’s mafia, which has profound affect on the slow growth of the EU’s economy.
Jorg Diehl reveals in ‘“I Will Tear His Head Off”: How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany’: “A trial . . . in Cologne showcases the extent of the Italian Mob’s infiltration of German society and the construction business.” That trial gives police insight into two Mafia groups in Western Germany.
Investigators say Gabriel S., who threatened someone’s head, “ran a network of shell companies and helped cheat the state and the social security benefits office of many millions of euros.” Michael Day adds: “Ndrangheta mafia family makes more money than McDonald’s and Deutsche Bank combined,” a report claims.
Diehl writes further: “The dimensions of this form of sham business––using so-called proforma invoices––are considerable. According to investigators’ estimates, this activity costs the state around €1.5 billion ($1.2 billion) in lost taxes and approximately €2 billion in unpaid social security contributions. The labor union Ver.di pegs the annual damages at approximately €10 billion.”
“German prosecutors generally don’t seem to be well positioned for the fight against the Mafia. . .the Federal Criminal Police Office criticized the German state for rarely sniffing out the Mafiosos’ ill-begotten earnings.” This might explain “why the Italian criminals feel so comfortable in Germany. According to [police] overview, at least 460 suspected members of the Mafia live in Germany.”
In her exhaustive study of Ukraine’s economy, ‘Organized Crime and Corruption in Ukraine: Impediments to the Development of a Free Market Economy,’ Louise I. Shelley of American University avers:
“Organized crime and endemic corruption threaten the stability of Ukraine and undermine its transition to a market economy. The indigenous crime problem of Ukraine is significant, but the problems are exacerbated by the criminalization of the Russian state and most of the successor states of the former USSR. . . . the proximity of Ukraine to both Western Europe and the Caucasus makes those countries important transit points for diverse criminal activity.”
Jamie Dettmer argues “Organized crime helped Putin grab Crimea, and may open the way for him to take more of Russian-speaking Ukraine.” He quotes a prosecutor: “ . . . local hoodlums are operating among the pro-Russian protests in the restive eastern Ukraine, helping to direct them on the instructions of Kremlin-linked organized crime groups. . . . specifically at the Seilem mob, which has been closely tied over the years to ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych.”
Rising from criminal gangs to political leadership led to World War II. Hitler and Mussolini led thug gangs until criminality put them into national prominence. Christian messages emphasize only prayer can combat evil: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Timothy 2: 1-2).”
Jael asked me to report on the heartbleed hackers story while she checks with Taryn at I.E. Plexus, our on-line computer specialist, for recommendations on computer techies who can report on stories about computers and thefts for our site.
So I will try! I’m not a computer person per se. I watch stars, planets and man’s invasions up there, but nowadays so much of that is connected to computers. But it’s not in the heavens, but on earth that men steal passwords and IDs.
In ‘The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now,’ mashable.com defines this bug as “an encryption flaw already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen.” It lists social networks as particularly vulnerable, including:
“Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google, Yahoo, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Amazon Web Services for website operators, Etsy, Go Daddy, Flickr, Minecraft, Netflix, SoundCloud, and YouTube, USAA, Box, Dropbox, GitHub, IFTTT, OKCubpid, Wikipedia, WordPress, and Wunderlist. Most of these companies claim to have applied security measures for greater protection.
In ‘Heartbleed Bug Health Report, zmap.io lists a 1,000 popular web domains and mail services that, as of April 13, were still subject to vulnerability. That site discusses the bug as “. . . a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library that allows attackers to invisibly read sensitive data from a web server. This potentially includes cryptographic keys, usernames, and passwords.”
Reuters explains that the officials are particularly concerned about this bug: “The U.S. government warned banks and other businesses on Friday to be on alert for hackers seeking to steal data exposed by the “Heartbleed” bug, as a German programmer took responsibility for the widespread security crisis. . . The bug allows hackers to steal data without a trace.
“Companies including Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines Corp, Intel Corp, Juniper Networks Inc, Oracle Corp Red Hat Inc have warned customers they may be at risk.” That news service also quotes Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner: “I have seen multiple networks with large user bases still unpatched today. The problem is a difficult one to solve.” It also writes:
“OpenSSL software helps encrypt traffic with digital certificates and “keys” that keep information secure while it is in transit over the Internet and corporate networks. The vulnerability went undetected for several years, so experts worry that hackers have likely stolen some certificates and keys, leaving data vulnerable to spying. . . . the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council regulatory group suggested that banks consider replacing those certificates and keys.”
Apparently, this problem started when a German programmer named Robin Seggelmann volunteered as a developer on the OpenSSL team. He admitted in a recent blog post tat he wrote the faulty code responsible for the bug. OpenSSL is a project supported by volunteer developers around the world.
These are expensive risks for volunteer work. It is unbelievable that computer companies have people reading, writing and endangering hard-earned dollars on such susceptibly weak systems. Hopefully hackers will be caught and prosecuted. As wholesale Christian Bibles insist: If a thief “be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house (Proverbs 6: 31).”
Other nations, and some states within the U.S., most damaged by Global Warming have done the least to prepare for its next ravaging waves. As SPX News Service advices, “World leaders are failing to adopt advanced early warning systems that could save millions of lives in disaster-prone regions.
“Technological breakthroughs mean that mobile phones can be used to alert millions of people to impending perils such as tsunamis and typhoons. But with a few notable exceptions, governments have been too slow to appreciate the life-saving potential of cheap and simple warning systems that could have eased the 3,600 death toll from the Philippines Haiyan typhoon.”
Even as Japan’s leaders concentrate on opening more nuclear power plants, Antoni Slodkowski of Reuters writes in: ‘Japan’s Quake Defenses Not Enough, Official Reports Warn’: “. . . two studies predicted much higher waves could hit and . . . quake damage [to nuclear plants] could be bigger than it was prepared for. . . . a quake as big as the one in 2011 could trigger waves topping 112 feet.”
However, a good example of preparedness for Global Warming in the U.S. is New York State. According to Ken Lovett of The Daily Politics, after Hurricane Sandy’s multiple disasters, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature put systems in place to strengthen that area’s defenses against Global Warming.
First, they plan to plug all 540 openings in the subway system to prevent flooding in future storms. The governor says: “Subway tunnels and stairways will have sealing devices to hold back flood waters that wreaked havoc during Hurricane Sandy and caused a multi-day shutdown of the system.
“As part of a $ 5 billion upgrade, we’re going to fundamentally redesign of the subway system since it was created over 100 years ago. We’re going to retrofit the entire system, every facet of the system. . . . from train yards to the tunnels.
Moreover, officials there announced that New York City’s two major airports will be upgraded, and 100 bridges throughout the state will be repaired or replaced so they can withstand severe storms. The state received $ 16 billion in federal relief funds for some 1,000 projects state-wide to help recovery from Sandy.
Generators and gas reserves will enable gas stations to service customers if if tankers cannot get through flood waters. Electrical substations and some roadways will be elevated, and moveable storm walls built for coastal areas. Also, engineers will create ‘micro-grids’ in areas to supplement main power stations.
New York is purchasing 321 homes on Staten Island to create wetlands as buffers. The state’s weather detection system will be expanded. Some 100,000 people will be trained for a “citizens first responder corp;” and the state is creating a college exclusively to train for emergency preparedness and homeland security.
In contrast, a state like New Jersey, which received multi-millions in Sandy aide, has done little to prepare for the next major storm. The U.S. attorney is investigating claims of one city mayor who asked for funds to strengthen storm walls and was apparently turned down because she wouldn’t grant political favors.
Leaders of cities, states and nations are ‘fathers’ responsible for the safety their people. And scientists warning about Global Warming are modern-day prophets. ‘Fathers’ who don’t protect their people from Climate Change must repent as Daniel cries in Bible prophecies: “Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in Thy Name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land (9:6).” Otherwise, only judgment awaits!
Sarah Newsworthy: As Cecil said yesterday, emergencies differ in location, type and preparation requirements, it is difficult to know where to start. In his ’10 Urgent Preparedness Tips for Surviving A Damaged City,’ Mike Adams lists:
1) Store water, at least four gallons for each person for estimated days of disaster; 2) Purchase a water filtration system that doesn’t require electricity; 3) Store can goods and other non-refrigerated foods that don’t require cooking, as well as some type of stove and its necessary fuel––enough for at least two weeks;
4) Also store cleansers, soaps and other anti-germ products; even medical grade germicides, such as iodine; 5) Because police are usually unavailable during major disasters, keep legal self-defense items available, even if just pepper spray;
6) Very important to keep emergency medicines available, including a first aid kit with bandages, antiseptics and antibacterial liquids; 7) Have a hand-cranked, emergency radio available, as well as back-up chargers for mobil phones;
8) Have flashlights and other emergency lighting on hand, along with sufficient batteries; 9) If safely possible have extra fuel available for your car; and 10) Keep extra nutritional foods––i.e. vitamins, minerals, supplements––on hand as these types of crises cause stress that can rob your body of needed nutrients.
Cecil Certifier: But while those are good ideas for storing safety items at home, what happens if ‘home’ is destroyed as happens often in a fire or catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy? First, disastercenter.com says design a Family Disaster Plan, based on the type of emergencies typical for your neighborhood!
In addition to each family member having shared responsibilities, they should agree on two places to meet outside of the home, along with a plan for re-groping, if it becomes necessary. Also keep fire extinguishers on hand, and test battery-powered fire and smoke alarms often.
disastercenter.com has scores of other tips for handling catastrophes, including keeping pets save; creating networks of family, neighbors and friends; working with the disabled, etc. Also the National Disaster Education Coalition has a great book available––’Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages’.
Sarah: That Center as well as ProQuest’s ‘Natural Disasters: Prepare, Mitigate, Manage’ by Carla R. McMillan, summarizes possible disasters: “Chemical Emergencies, Earthquake, Fire, Flood and Flash Flood, Heat Wave, Hurricane, Landslide, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Tsunami, Volcano, Wildfire, Winter Storm, etc. But many other possibilities exist. So preparations are vital!
Also, make sure that your town, area, and state officials are in constant connection with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Fire Protection, Institute for Business and Home Safety, and International Association of Emergency Managers.
Cecil: But none of this works if people are not willing to prepare for such emergencies. Of course the best preparation is to maintain deep faith in God. The most repeated phrase in Bible prophecies is: “The just shall live by faith (Galatians 3:11).” See also Romans 1: 17, Habakkuk 2: 4 and Hebrews 10: 38.