Monday, October 20, 2014

M6.0 - COLOMBIA-ECUADOR BORDER REGION

M6.0 - COLOMBIA-ECUADOR BORDER REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude6.0

Date-Time20 Oct 2014 19:33:21 UTC20 Oct 2014 14:33:22 near epicenter20 Oct 2014 14:33:21standard time in your timezone

Location0.511N 77.825WDepth10 kmDistances9 km (5 mi) S of San Gabriel, Ecuador37 km (22 mi) ENE of Ibarra, Ecuador40 km (24 mi) SSW of Ipiales, Colombia47 km (29 mi) ENE of Atuntaqui, Ecuador113 km (70 mi) NE of Quito, EcuadorLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 2.0 kmParametersNph = 17; Dmin = 76.2 km; Rmss = 0.72 seconds; Gp = 97°
Version =Event IDus b000sp80

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge Earthquakes

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Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
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4.9
Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
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4.9
Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
2014-10-19 15:51:10 UTC-04:00

Geophysical Alert Message


Issued: 2014 Oct 19 1200 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center

# # Geophysical Alert Message # Solar-terrestrial indices for 18 October follow.

Solar flux 160 and estimated planetary A-index 15. The estimated planetary K-index at 1200 UTC on 19 October was 3.

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong. Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level occurred.

Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor. Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are likely.

Editor's note:

Increased risk of significant earthquakes, volcanic activity and severe weather the next 7-10 days.

Solar X-ray Event exceeded X1

Space Weather Message Code: SUMX01 Serial Number: 104 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 19 0555 UTC 

SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded X1 Begin Time: 2014 Oct 19 0417 UTC Maximum Time: 2014 Oct 19 0503 UTC End Time: 2014 Oct 19 0548 UTC 

X-ray Class: X1.1 Location: S15E55 NOAA Scale: R3 - Strong 

 NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Radio - Wide area blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for about an hour.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola Superspreaders? Study points to threat

Insights into the Early Epidemic Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone Provided by Viral Sequence Data

"...Thus our results show that public health interventions during May and June were likely ineffective at reducing transmission in Sierra Leone. Furthermore, analyses suggest that there might be superspreaders among the infected population."

Ebola, Elections & Evasion

Ebola Is Officially the October Surprise of The 2014 Election

Is the CDC & federal government evading the truth of the threat of Ebola in the U.S. for the sake of the midterm elections?

Will numbers of U.S. infected explode after the elections?


Protect yourself and family now.

666: Mark of the Global Market Crash



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (September 24, 2014) - Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child's drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react? Pope Francis, May, 2014 

Pope Francis posed that question to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's not the first time that question has been asked. 

Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear questions like that all the time. They're scientists at the Vatican Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic Church. 

In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (Image, Oct. 7, 2014) they explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason, and show how science and religion can have different but complementary ways of looking at the same issue. 

This book is about what it's like when science encounters faith on friendly, mutually respectful terms, writes Mueller. 

Although the authors are serious scientists, the book is written for an audience of educated laypeople who are interested in both science and religion, and how each operates in our society. 

We simply want to share with you the joy and hope and fun that we find in doing science and living faith, writes Mueller referring to his goal for the book. We hope that our hope and joy will be contagious! 

Written in the form of a dialogue, the book takes place over the course of six conversations between the two authors. The six conversations are meant to recreate the sorts of conversations the authors have had with each other, with other Jesuits, and with people they've met through their work. 

In answering those questions, the authors dispel the assumption that science and faith must be at odds with one another. 
Science and religion have common historical roots the war between them (if there is one) has not been eternal, notes Consolmagno. And many people who do science are also religious. At least for them as for the two of us religion and science are not at war at all. 

Paul and I are very fortunate, Consolmagno writes. We get to live and work with a group of Jesuit scientists who take both science and faith very seriously. We all work together in the lab, but we also pray together in the chapel. In our daily lives, we don't feel any particular conflict or tension between science and faith. 

Six questions that are addressed in the book: 
How do you reconcile The Big Bang with Genesis? 
What happened recently when astronomers debated the status of Pluto as a planet? 
Was the Star of Bethlehem just a pious religious story or an actual description of astronomical events? 
What really went down between Galileo and the Catholic Church and why do the effects of that confrontation still reverberate to this day? 
Will the Universe come to an end? 
And could you really baptize an extraterrestrial? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Iceland Is Experiencing Its Biggest Continuous Volcanic Eruption in Centuries

The last time an Icelandic volcano made headlines around the world was when the tongue-twister Eyjafjallajökull spewed tons of ash into the air in 2010, halting thousands of flights and costing airlines and passengers more than $7 billion in lost revenue.
Despite the power and global impact of that volcano’s several-week-long eruption, it barely affected Iceland, dropping only a small amount of ash near its peak, Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysics and volcanology researcher at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences told Newsweekduring an interview at his office in Reykjavik at the beginning of October.
But Eyjafjallajökull is paltry compared to the recent eruption of Bardarbunga (or Bárðarbunga in Icelandic), a volcano in a remote area of central Iceland that began venting lava and fumes in earnest on August 31, Sigmundsson said.
By October 1, that eruption had already spewed out more sulfur dioxide than any other Icelandic volcano in the past several hundred years and showed no signs of stopping, said Sigmundsson, whose calm and friendly demeanor, which is common among denizens of this volcano-forged land, contrasted with his message of the volcano’s ominous power.

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.” 
“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”
The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.
The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.
However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.
After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.
The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.
“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”
Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.
“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans.
However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.
Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Geomagnetic Storm / Quake Watch

Space Weather Message Code: WATA20 Serial Number: 585 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 14 2201 UTC

WATCH: Geomagnetic Storm Category G1 Predicted Highest Storm Level Predicted by Day: Oct 15: G1 (Minor) Oct 16: None (Below G1) Oct 17: None (Below G1) THIS SUPERSEDES ANY/ALL PRIOR WATCHES IN EFFECT

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 60 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Weak power grid fluctuations can occur. Spacecraft - Minor impact on satellite operations possible. Aurora - Aurora may be visible at high latitudes, i.e., northern tier of the U.S. such as northern Michigan and Maine.

Editor's note:

Earthquake prone regions are at high risk of significant quake activity over next  7-10 days

ISIS: We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses

And say to them, ‘Indeed,
Allah will grant the Muslims the conquest of
Rome, just as Allah’s Messenger (sallallāhu ‘alayhi
wa sallam) promised’” [Wasāyā Hāmmah Lil Mujāhidīn].
He also said, “We perform jihād here while our
eyes are upon al-Quds. We fight here, while our
goal is Rome with good expectations concerning
Allah that He makes us the keys for the Prophetic
good tidings and Godly decrees” [Riyāh an-Nasr].
This attitude then was inherited by his successor,
Abū Hamzah al-Muhājir (rahimahullāh), who said,
“O muwahhidīn, receive glad tidings, for by Allah,
we will not rest from our jihād until we are under
the olive trees of Rome, after we destroy the
filthy house called the White House” [Inil Hukmu
Illā Lillāh].


"We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of
Allah, the Exalted." 

- ISIS Spokesman in recent ISIS publication DABIQ


More from the magazine...

"...These ahādīth indicate that the Muslims will be at war with the Roman Christians. Rome in the
Arabic tongue of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) refers to the Christians of Europe and
their colonies in Shām prior to the conquering of Shām at the hands of the Sahābah. There will
be a pause in this war due to a truce or treaty. During this time, the Muslims and Romans will
fight a common enemy. The fact that they fight a common enemy does not necessitate there is
any form of military cooperation between them, as some of the hadīth commentators have said..."

"...Then the Romans will commit treachery by raising the cross and killing a Muslim. This will
lead to the continuation of the war between the Muslims and the Romans. They will demand
access to those who enslaved some of them or the former captives themselves who accepted
Islam so as to fight them. This enslavement will have taken place either before the signing
of the truce or after the treachery, and Allah knows best. These events all lead up to the final,
greatest, and bloodiest battle – al-Malhamah al- Kubrā – between the Muslims and the Romans
prior to the appearance of the Dajjāl and the descent of al-Masīh. This battle ends the era of
the Roman Christians, as the Muslims will then advance upon Constantinople and thereafter
Rome, to conquer the two cities and raise the flag of the Khilāfah over them..."


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ISIS DECLARES CHRISTIANS NO. 1 ENEMY


ISIS DECLARES CHRISTIANS NO. 1 ENEMY

WND

Document shows black flag flying over Vatican


In an updated version of its propaganda booklet, “Dabiq,” ISIS clearly identifies its No. 1 enemy – Christianity.

The cover photo shows a black ISIS flag flying over the Vatican. The booklet describes the terrorist army’s desires to conquer Rome and “break the cross,” according to Arutz Sheva, an independent Israeli news network.
According to some Islamic traditions, the Islamic prophet Muhammad predicted that the occupation of Istanbul, Jerusalem and Rome would pave the way for the Islamic messiah or mahdi.
The declaration surfaces amid growing concern over the widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East. ISIS has executed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Christians throughout Iraq and forced many to flee the country. Up to 100,000 Christians remain in the capital of Baghdad, as ISIS is now within eight miles of the city.
A joint conference between the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem and the World Jewish Congress in Jerusalem was held earlier this week to discuss the dire situation for Christians.
“Across the Middle East, in the last 10 years, 100,000 Christians have been murdered each year. That means every five minutes a Christian is killed because of his faith,” Father Gabriel Nadaf, who has campaigned for Christian Arab rights and for local Christians to support Israel, told the United Nations Human Rights Council in September. “Those who can escape persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists have fled. … Those who remain, exist as second if not third class citizens to their Muslim rulers.”
An estimated 12 million Christians lived in the Middle East, according to a July estimate in the London Guardian. But that number has been thought to have decreased drastically since the ISIS summer takeover of nearly half of Iraq, including the city of Mosul, which had been home to Christians for 2,000 years.
As Islam jihadists have gained ground throughout the Middle East over the past three years, the Christian community has faced persecution in a number countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
In Egypt, Coptic Christians have been targeted by violence from the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi groups. There have been reports of church burnings and killings of Christians.
In Syria, al-Qaida-linked rebels have threatened to kill Christians who do not join the fight against President Bashar Al-Assad.
Iran has persecuted Christians relentlessly as well, recently making headlines for burning the lips of a Christian man caught eating during the Ramadan fast.
See also:

Columbus, Crusades and the Caliphate

The Shemitah: The Bible's Trumpet Blast


WND EXCLUSIVE

SHEMITAH'S FIRST 2 WEEKS BRING OMINOUS SIGNS

Stock market tumbles, Ebola comes to U.S., ISIS on move in Iraq


Blood moons, plummeting stock markets and a growing Ebola pandemic dominated the headlines this past week

If that’s not enough cause for concern, there’s an army of Islamic terrorists bearing down on the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

None of this should come as a surprise to those who have read “The Mystery of the Shemitah” by Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi and Bible teacher from New Jersey who also authored the best-selling Christian book “The Harbinger” in 2012.
Without a doubt, the Shemitah year, which kicked off on Sept. 25, has begun with a blast of bad news.
Cahn predicted in “The Harbinger” that America would come under judgment in the wake of the 9/11 attacks because, rather than being humbled mystery_shemitahand repentant, the nation doubled down on abortions, pornography and the removal of prayer and all things Christian from the public square.
In the “Shemitah,” he reveals that judgment comes to a backslidden nation in accordance with a seven-year cycle that correlates with the Hebrew calendar. In Leviticus 25, God commanded the Israelites to observe a Sabbath year once every seven years in which they would let their land lie fallow, while in Deuteronomy 15 He instructed them to cancel debts in line with this same seven-year timetable.
Cahn explains that the seven-year cycles can manifest as blessings as long as a nation follows the will of God. But for those that started out under God only to later stray, the Shemitah can bring a series of ever harsher judgments, usually striking in the financial realm and spilling over into the political and military arenas.
“In The Mystery of the Shemitah – I show how the Shemitah has caused financial and economic collapse throughout modern times,” Cahn told WND. “And the phenomenon has been intensifying – with the last two Shemitahs manifesting the phenomenon with uncanny precision.”
The two previous Shemitah years occurred in 2000-2001 and 2007-2008.
Before the ultimate judgment comes, God often sends a series of warnings or “shakings” meant to get the attention of believers and nonbelievers alike.
The Shemitah year was also called the year of “release” in biblical times because the land was allowed to rest and the financial accounts were wiped clean once every seven years.
Only two weeks into the new Shemitah year of 2014-2015, the U.S. stock market has already shed hundreds of points.
Theresa Yarosh, founder and president of Macro Wealth Management LLC in Paramus, New Jersey, said she has reviewed the accuracy of the patterns laid out in Cahn’s book, “The Mystery of the Shemitah.”
“It is accurate based on underlying market patterns and economics,” Yarosh said. “I traced the pattern all the way back to 1916. Jonathan had the question as to why some of the (seven-year) cycles are more powerful than others and that’s because you have to apply the debt cycle and some (Shemitahs) have more debt to be worked out than others.”
She said the financial meltdowns of 2001 and 2008, as bad as they were, did not fully correct the debt bubbles that had built up.
“Now we’re in another one. Where his book is strong is in the (Shemitah’s) need for a full release of the debts. The last two recessions did not correct that,” Yarosh said.
Similarities to 1930s Depression
Yarosh sees a debt cycle peak being built up similar to that of 1933. The initial market crash occurred in 1929 and then came the deleveraging of the 1930s with a secondary downturn in the market in 1938.
That’s when the financial reckoning was completed.
“The period we’re in now is almost like the Roaring Twenties with

Yarosh sees a debt cycle peak being built up similar to that of 1933. The initial market crash occurred in 1929 and then came the deleveraging of the 1930s with a secondary downturn in the market in 1938.
That’s when the financial reckoning was completed.
“The period we’re in now is almost like the Roaring Twenties with a build up of enormous margin debt,” Yarosh said. “My advice would be to balance out things that have guarantees with things that don’t. It’s like the story of the tortoise and the hare.   Slow and steady wins the race with a focus on risk management.”
Because of the conservative economic model Yarosh works with, she is not concerned with where the market is headed.
“I have clients that have a lot of cash, who are very liquid,” she said. “So, I would say, have sufficient liquidity, at least three to six months of living expenses in cash, and about 50 percent of your gross income should be liquid. That’s a high amount of liquidity. Most investors don’t have that.”
Billionaires investors like Warren Buffet, Marc Faber, Donald Trump, Peter Schiff and others have all made statements recently that they see a major market correction coming and that it could be worse than 2008. Faber warns of “massive wealth destruction” coming to America in which he predicts “well-to-do people will lose up to 50 percent of their wealth.”
Yarosh sees another troubling sign that smaller investors might want to pay attention to: The ultra wealthy are hording cash.
According to the new Billionaire Census from Wealth-X and UBS, the world’s billionaires are holding an average of $600 million in cash — greater than the gross domestic product of Dominica. That marks a jump of $60 million from a year ago and translates into billionaires’ holding an average of 19 percent of their net worth in cash.   This increased liquidity signals that many billionaires are keeping their money on the sidelines and waiting for the optimal moment to make further investments.
“These are people who know what’s going on, who see things on a very big level, and it’s not good,” Yarosh said.
Yarosh said she has studied economics and economic patterns for more than 20 years but Cahn’s research has shed light on a lot of questions.
“There has always been something to the ‘autumn phenomenon,’” she said, referring to the long-held suspicion among investors that crashes tend to happen in September and October. “And people for years have wondered why that is. I think Jonathan has tied it to the Hebrew calendar and the Bible.”
And that message is getting out to more and more readers.
According to Publisher’s Weekly’s ranking all paperbacks fiction and nonfiction, “The Mystery of the Shemitah” is ranked fifth in the world in sales.
The New York Times recently began a new best seller list for religious titles, which had Oprah Winfrey’s latest book ranked as number one,  followed by Cahn’s “Shemitah” book.
Signs of things to come for U.S. economy?
Cahn told WND that the loss of more than 260 points in the Dow Jones Industrials on the very first day of the Shemitah year could be the “first fruits” of more market mayhem over the next 12 months.The market lost another 449 points over a two-day period, Oct. 9-10, coinciding with the opening of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.
But the shakings brought on by the Shemitah are not limited to the financial realm.
On the first day of the Shemitah year, Sept. 25, the first case of Ebola was diagnosed on U.S. soil, when Thomas Eric Duncan checked into a hospital in Dallas, Texas. Duncan died on Oct. 8, the day that a blood moon appeared in the sky, the second of a rare series of four lunar eclipses that will occur on Jewish High Holy Days between autumn of 2014 and autumn of 2015.
Cahn has pointed that, according to his research, the worst of the worst usually happens at the end of the Shemitah year, not at the beginning. In fact, the last day of the year, Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, which will occur on Sept. 13, 2015, is the most dreaded day.
The pattern revealed in “The Mystery of the Shemitah” is that the beginning of the Shemitah’s impact is often subtle, but leads to a dramatic climax.
“The beginning may mark a change in direction, even a foreshadow of what will come to a crescendo at the Shemitah’s end,” he said.
In the Shemitah of 2000-20001, the beginning marked a sudden downturn of production. Its culmination came in the second week of September, 2001, the week that saw the calamity of 9/11 and the greatest stock market collapse in history to that date.
In the Shemitah of 2007-2008, it’s beginning saw a stock market that had been rising for years, suddenly reverse course and begin to descend. The culmination came in September 2008 with the global financial implosion, the collapse of Wall Street on Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, marking the greatest one day crash in stock market history, followed by the Great Recession.
“In the book I’ve marked out the Shemitah’s beginning – and many were watching to see if anything significant would take place,” Cahn told WND. “What happened with this Shemitah was even more dramatic than in the past. Within two days of the Shemitah’s start, the stock market began to descend. On the Shemitah’s very first day, Wall Street plunged over 260 points. It was the event that marked the beginning.
“The Mystery of the Shemitah would say this: What we have witnessed on Wall Street would appear to be either the beginning of a phenomenon that will reach its crescendo in the Shemitah’s latter part or end, or an early phenomenon and foreshadow of what will come at the end.”
See also:

THE HARBINGER of JUDGEMENT of THE UNITED STATES