Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ROBINSONVILLE, Wis. (WFRV) -- A church in Robinsonville attracts thousands of people who are seeking miracles every year.
For over 150 years, tales of miracles have brought people to Our Lady of Good Help Chapel. The Chapel brings people like George Kaczmarek, who started making an annual trip with his wife 25 years ago.
"This is my favorite spot," Kaczmarek said. While his wife passed away five years ago, Kaczmarek still makes the two hour trip for her, and for the indescribable feeling he gets while he's there.
"From a spiritual stand point, miracles have happened. People who have lost their way, I'm sure some of them have rediscovered their faith," said Kaczmarek.
The tales of miracles dates back to 1859, first with the apparition of the Virgin Mary to a young Belgian woman named Adele Brisse.
Brisse then took on the mission of founding the Chapel and a school. It was said that once Brisse got the Chapel started miracle cures began to occur in the Chapel.
There are tales of blind visitors regaining sight, of desperately sick being cured and of cripples restored to health. There are also stories of people leaving crutches behind, crutches that can still be seen in the crypt today.
"From that time the place has been regarded as a holy place, an initial chapel had been constructed and it's been a place of prayer and pilgrimage ever since that time," said Rev. John Doerfler of the Diocese of Green Bay.
Just last week a Green Bay woman says she brought her 3-year-old grandson who had been diagnosed with leukemia to the shrine.
"They were going to be doing some tests the next day in preparation for a possible bone marrow transplant," Rev. Doerfler said.
She told Rev. Doerfler that a day later the doctors said they found no trace of leukemia in the boy.
There has been no formal declaration by the Catholic Church of the apparition of Mary at the shrine. An official investigation was opened in Jan. of last year, but is still underway.
“The Bishop declared: Yes, the Virgin Mary appeared at Kibeho on November 28, 1981, and in the months that followed. There are more reasons to believe in the Apparitions than to deny them... The Apparitions of Kibeho are now officially recognized... The name given to the Marian sanctuary at Kibeho is "Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows".
“That Kibeho become a place of pilgrimage and of encounter for all who seek Christ and who come there to pray, a fundamental centre of conversion, of reparation for the sins of the world and of reconciliation, a point of meeting for all who were dispersed, as for those who aspire to the values of compassion and fraternity without borders, a fundamental centre that recalls the Gospel of the Cross.
Rwanda in 1980
Vandalism was rampant all over the country from 1980 to 1981. Almost all of the statues of the Virgin Mary that were at the entrance of villages were mutilated, destroyed, or stolen. This was a sad time when Mary was almost forgotten, and barely prayed to. Even several priests did not pray the Rosary any more, influenced by the propaganda of false theologians who would like to make us believe that this devotion is out of date. Catholics are humiliated; the clergy begins to give up.
It is in this time of discouragement that Mary chose to visit Rwanda. From 1981 to 1989, this country heard of the Virgin Mary as never before. Kibeho is located in the south of the country, the poorest area of Rwanda. The presence, in this place, of two dynamic priests made the population fervent.
...The pilgrims in Kibeho witnessed several extraordinary phenomena: the dance of the sun from left to right and up and down, for tens of minutes; the disappearance of the sun, replaced by a greenish moon; a dance of the stars; luminous crosses in the sky.
...One of the key reasons that brought the competent ecclesiastical authorities to recognize the Apparition of Kibeho as authentic was the anticipated vision of the Rwanda genocide that occurred 12 years later, in 1994. On August 19, 1982, the seers saw “a river of blood, people who were killing each other, abandoned corpses with no one to bury them, a tree all in flames, bodies without their heads.” This prophecy seemed at first incredible, but about a decade later, in the spring of 1994, a horrifying civil war erupted in Rwanda, and, in just three months, an estimated 500,000 to one million were killed, many beheaded by machetes and dumped into the Kagea River (“river of blood”).
The Blessed Virgin had warned us at Kibeho that sexual promiscuity would lead to disaster. That was before the world knew about AIDS, but by 1994, Africa has seventy percent of the world's AIDS cases – and entire villages were turned into ghost towns! So far, 25 million Africans have contracted AIDS.
But the warnings of the Blessed Virgin Mary were not just for Africa. "When I tell you this, I am not addressing myself strictly to you, child, but I am making this appeal to the world," the Virgin told the seer Marie-Clare Mukangango – who was later killed in the war. She said the Virgin described the world as in revolt against God, the world “is on the edge of catastrophe.”
Learn why the Mary of Rome is not the Mary of the Bible here.
"...Rick Warren and his followers are posing as uniters, but in fact they are dividers. The Purpose-Driven Church movement may be able to unite unbelievers in an ungodly ecumenical cause, but it divides Evangelicals who follow after it from the one true Gospel. It divides them from all of the fundamental doctrines of the faith.
How is the Christian to guard against such deception? How are you going to do it? How is your church going to do it?
We have the first indication of what we are to do at the very beginning of Colossians chapter two, verse four: ―Now this I say…"―Now this I say…" This is a transitional statement. Paul is reminding them of what he has been saying up to this point. What has Paul been saying? He has been saying that Jesus Christ is preeminent. He must be preeminent. If anything, or any theory, or any person, or any movement, or any cause, usurps the rightful place of Jesus Christ as Head of the church and Lord of the church, then that thing, that theory, that person, that movement, that cause, is absolutely wrong. Absolutely to be avoided. Absolutely to be considered as worthless in terms of the things that count for eternity.
Now I know that those are strong words. But we need strong words today, because the Bible uses strong words against such error. So many of us have forgotten what it means to take a stand against apostasy. So many have left their first love. In reality, so many who call themselves Christians, so many who call themselves Christian churches, have forsaken Christ at the most basic and fundamental level.
Listen or read more on Dr. Elliott's message regarding deception from the Book of Colossians here. See Dr. Elliott's study on Responding to Apostasy.
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Read this account of a covert purpose driven takeover of a once Biblical church.
Friday, November 26, 2010
by James Ridgeway Unsilent Generation
...In March, the Congressional Biomedical Caucus (of which I am a co-chair) hosted a presentation on this technology by TSA, as well as a briefing by Dr. David Brenner of Columbia University on the potential health effects of “back scatter” x-ray devices. As Dr. Brenner noted in his presentation and in subsequent media interviews, the devices currently in use and proposed for wider deployment this year currently deliver to the scalp “20 times the average dose that is typically quoted by TSA and throughout the industry.”
Dr. Brenner has pointed out that the majority of the radiation from X-ray backscatter machines strikes the top of the head, which is where 85 percent of the 800,000 cases of basal cell carcinoma diagnosed in the United States each year develop. According to Dr. Brenner, excessive x-ray exposure can act as a cancer rate multiplier, which is why our government should investigate thoroughly the potential health risks associated with this technology.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
* US aircraft carrier heads for Korean waters
* Seoul face pressure over ‘slow response’ to provocation, says attack meant to bolster North Korean heir-apparent
* Japan PM asks China to play role
INCHEON: A US aircraft carrier set off for Korean waters on Wednesday in a move likely to enrage Pyongyang and unsettle its ally, China while South Korea recovered the bodies of two civilians killed in Tuesday’s shelling.
The movement of US aircraft carrier group comes a day after North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island. The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left a naval base south of Tokyo to join exercises with South Korea from Sunday to the following Wednesday, a US officials in Seoul said. The US and South Korea said the exercise was defensive and had been planned well before Tuesday’s attack.
...Benedict made the comment in response to a general question about Africa, where heterosexual HIV spread is rampant.
...Benedict said that condoms are not a moral solution to stopping AIDS. But he said in some cases, such as for male prostitutes, their use could represent a first step in assuming moral responsibility "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection."
He used as a specific example male prostitutes, for whom contraception is not usually an issue, but did not mention married couples where one spouse is infected. The Vatican has come under pressure from even church officials to condone condom use for such monogamous married couples to protect the uninfected spouse from transmission.
The following is a sample from an forthcoming book by Andrew Gavin Marshall on 'Global Government', Global Research Publishers, Montreal. For more by this author on the issue of the economic crisis and global governance, see the recently-released book by Global Research "The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century," Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall, (Editors), in which the author contributed three chapters on the history of central banking, the rise of a global currency and global central bank, and the political economy of global government.
Problem, Reaction, Solution: “Crisis is an Opportunity”
In May of 2010, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF, stated that, “crisis is an opportunity,” and called for “a new global currency issued by a global central bank, with robust governance and institutional features,” and that the “global central bank could also serve as a lender of last resort.” However, he stated, “I fear we are still very far from that level of global collaboration.” Well, perhaps not so far as it might seem.
The notion of global governance has taken an evolutionary path to the present day, with the principle global political and economic actors and institutions incrementally constructing the apparatus of a global government. In the modern world, global governance is an inter-lapping, intersecting, and intertwined web of international organizations, think tanks, multinational corporations, nations, NGOs, philanthropic foundations, military alliances, intelligence agencies, banks and interest groups. Globalization – a term which was popularized in the late 1980s to refer to the global spread of multinational corporations – has laid the principle ideological and institutional foundations for this process. Global social, economic and political integration do not occur at an equal pace; rather, economic integration and governance on a global level has and will continue to be ahead of the other sectors of human social interaction, in both the pace and degree of integration. In short, global economic governance will set the pace for social and political global governance to follow.
See more on the Rise of the Fourth Kingdom.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Breakdown: Child hospitalized 3 times after trip to Alabama beach — Massive kidney infections and kidney stones, now lung infections (VIDEO)
Microbiologist: “They’ve been made ill but most are too frightened to speak out” — “People that are sick are going to be sick for the rest of their lives”
EPA administrator’s ‘task force’ not dealing with health issues, “only restoring the coast itself” (VIDEO)
News Report: Are you going to believe the government going forward? “No. The Government’s a joke.” (VIDEO)
Red Cross Shelter: “We’re not keeping anybody because they’re all coming to us sick. And that’s scary.” Alerts for benzene, water quality (VIDEO)
Florida/Alabama area: Tests show ethylbenzene, other hydrocarbons in blood of coastal residents — “Everyone is getting sick”, it’s “becoming an aerosol” (VIDEO)
“I’m just trying to survive”: Alabama woman’s face and neck swollen “three times normal size” after trip to beach in late September (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
Still, no one is doing anything about health issues — Corexit neurotoxins “eat up the brain” and “it takes out your liver, kidneys and lungs”
Father: 3 year old passing kidney stones in Louisiana — Hospitals can’t figure out why he’s having the “massive” infection (VIDEO)
MORE Gulf residents blood tests show ethylbenzene, xylene and high levels of hexane — “Told they need a hi-res scan of their lungs, brain, liver and kidneys”
See more on the poisoning of the Gulf coast here.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Our nation must look in the mirror and consider that we are sinners in the hands of an angry God.
Exodus 20 (ESV)
1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Editor's note: Ironically, the Hindu god Shiva is on display at CERN'S Large Hydron Collider:
While CERN continues it's quest of the physical universe, CERN believes it can draw back the veil between the physical world and other dimensions.
Referring back to the Newsweek cover above...when men attempt to play God, it will end in destruction.
Friday, November 19, 2010
As the letter being sent to officials in Washington states, under the new screening protocols, passengers are subjected to a virtual "strip search" by being required to undergo a humiliating full-body scan, resulting in the display of a graphic image of their naked body to be scrutinized by a TSA agent.
If they choose to "opt out" of the full-body scan, they are forced instead to undergo the same kind of aggressive pat-down that criminals and drug-dealers get, including direct manual contact with their breasts and genitalia. Children are not exempt.
While such degrading and invasive searches certainly violate passengers' Fourth Amendment guarantee to be "secure in their persons … against unreasonable searches and seizures," the generation of naked images of minor passengers arguably amounts to the creation of illegal child pornography.
Moreover, backscatter X-ray technology is known to produce radiation that is potentially harmful to frequent fliers and airline crew members, which is why the American Pilots Association, representing about 12,000 pilots (including almost all of American Airlines' pilots) has strongly warned its members to refuse the full-body scanning.
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Monday, November 15, 2010
Overwhelmed with requests for exorcists, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are holding a special training workshop in Baltimore this weekend to teach clerics the esoteric rite, the Catholic News Service reported.
The church has signed up 56 bishops and 66 priests for the two-day workshop that began on Friday, seeking to boost the small group of just five or six American exorcists that the church currently has on its books.
"There's this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental U.S.," Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, was quoted as saying.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
This ongoing series concerning Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren here at Apprising Ministries really begins Dr. John Piper made the dubious decision to feature the semi-pelagian (at best) Warren as the keynote speaker at the DG 2010 conference Think: The Life of the Mind & the Love of God.
Afterward, this would lead to posts like Dr. Laverne Adams And Rick Warren Driven By Destiny? and Rick Warren Teaching The Law Of Attraction? where I introduced you to a spiritually whacked Word Faith flake who goes by the name:
...Why Would Rick Warren Want To Promote This Unknown Word Faith Pastrix?
Here’s the heart of the matter: Rick Warren, arguably one of the most respected Christian pastors in the visible church, has recommended the doctrine of Dr. LaVerne Adams in her book DBD; while she, in turn, praises Dr. Cindy Trimm for being “a catalyst to move [her] into a realm of power and faith that delivered me into a deeper dimension of my divine destiny.” Trimm—who obviously shaped Adams’ doctrine—then says, “Dr. Adams takes us on a scholarly journey and offers us a destiny altering practical guide to discovering and mastering the secrets for success, happiness, and prosperity.”
...Why would Rick Warren want to reach out to this Word Faith pastrix and use his influence to bring her right into the mainstream of the visible church? Could it really be that Warren himself does agree with this kind of lunacy in the Lord’s Name as well? Stay tuned.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
In his piece Who’s Responsible for the Defects of the Knowledge Based Products of the Druckerite Companies? Chris Rosebrough does a stellar job of exposing the Church Growth-Purpose Driven movement and its highly revered leaders:
"Many Christians have an incorrect view about what the Purpose-Driven Network, the Willowcreek Association and Leadership Network are. Many mistakenly believe these organizations are churches, or some form of a quasi-denomination. They’re not. These organizations are businesses and these businesses offer knowledge based products to the church leader / pastor market."
See the rest at Extreme Theology.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Pastor Silva plainly illustrates Warren's embrace of Roman Catholicism. Such a position conflicts with the biblical basis of the Protestant Reformation. Pastor Silva replies to Warren's tweet with the following:
"Heresy is claiming u follow Christ while embracing as fellow believers those who faithfully follow Roman Catholicism’s false gospel, thereby disrespecting God’s family."
Another aspect of Rick Warren's tweet is that it seems to be one way...Rick's Way. Warren sets up the straw man, a believer attacking another believer. Warren then labels the attack as an act of heresy. Certainly, the statement seems valid, in and of itself. However, Rick Warren's history of ad hominen attacks upon those critical of his pragmatism and theology quickly tarnishes any validity his tweet may have offered.
Here's a just a few examples of Rick Warren, et. al, attacking other believers:
Rick Warren's definition of heresy apparently doesn't apply to him.
Here's another tweet to consider:
People in glass houses can throw stones if they hide in a crystal cathedral.
"Do as I say, not as I do." That's the definition of hypocrisy.
Five bishops are to resign from the Church of England to lead the defection of hundreds of Anglicans to Rome, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
By Tim Ross, Religious Affairs Editor
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is expected to announce the resignations as parishes across the country meet to discuss the Pope’s offer to accommodate disaffected Anglicans within the Roman Catholic Church.
Senior Catholics are finalising plans for a new group for Anglican converts who cannot accept women bishops and a detailed timetable for its formation could be announced as early as next week.
The defections have been triggered by a vote at the General Synod of the Church of England in July to support divisive plans for women to be ordained as bishops in England for the first time.
See more on the English Ordinariate created by the Vatican here.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The peace process threatened to spiral out of control Tuesday over Israeli plans to advance 1,345 housing units in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had flown to the US Saturday night hoping to break the impasse in the stalled peace talks. Instead, US President Barack Obama publicly reprimanded him as the Palestinians reissued their threats to seek unilateral statehood.
“The international community must respond to Israel’s unilateral measures by instantly recognizing a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders,” said chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Speaking about the Jerusalem homes at a press conference in Indonesia, Obama said, “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.” He added that such “incremental steps can end up breaking down trust between the parties.”
Netanyahu, in turn, sharply defended Israel’s right to build in Jerusalem, which it claims as its eternal united capital, even as the Palestinians claim the eastern party of the city as the capital of their future state.
“Jerusalem is not a settlement. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the government had never agreed to place any restrictions on construction in Jerusalem, which has 800,000 residents.
“The Pentagon knows exactly where it came from. Information ‘blackout’ called deliberate, unprecedented.” – U.S. Intelligence official
NORTHEAST INTELLIGIENCE NETWORK: 9 November 2010:
What has been described as a large “cruise type” missile was apparently launched from an undetermined location – of undetermined origin – somewhere in the Pacific Ocean approximately 35 miles north of Catalina Island and west of Los Angeles at sunset last night. The U.S. military denies any such launch, although adds that “there is no threat to the United States.”
Inquiries made by the Northeast Intelligence Network has so far verified the following:
- There were no warning or advisories to aircraft or air traffic controllers. According to one supervisory ATC from LAX interviewed today, “this was totally unexpected.”
- No U.S. missile tests were scheduled or conducted at that time and location, according to a Pentagon contact; –Pentagon source 9 November 2010 1510 hours ET
- “This was not an accidental launch. The methods required to launch a missile of this size and presumed type is too complex and involves more than one person, that’s all I can say.” – Pentagon source; 9 November 2010; 1510 hours ET
–”Oh yes, they know exactly where it came from and what type of missile it was, but are not saying. There are a lot of meetings taking place right now inside the ring [a reference to the Pentagon].” – Pentagon source; 9 November 2010; 1510 hours ET
–”China, Russia, Iran, France are four countries that have the capabilities for this type type of launch. And of course, we do too. But it was not us. There’s scuttlebut about a cargo ship and China, but that’s all it is, scuttlebut.” – Pentagon source; 9 November 2010; 1510 hours ET
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Psalm 91 My Refuge and My Fortress
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
WINDSOR, Ont. -- A statue of the Virgin Mary said to weep tears of healing oil is attracting the worship of hundreds of Catholics, raising the ire of neighbours and drawing the attention of city bureaucrats.
Located in the front yard of a Garvey Crescent home, the statue is said to smile during the day and weep tears of oil at night. Homeowner Fadia Ibrahim calls the supposed happenings a "miracle," and believes the statue is delivering a message. "I think it's a work of God and she wants the people to go back to church," said Ibrahim, 48.
See updated report: Visitors welcome at new home of 'weeping' madonna
Learn more about the Mary of Rome here.
Although it received very little coverage in the mainstream media, Barack Obama made some comments about globalism during his speech in Mumbai, India that were very eye-opening. As he was discussing the new realities of world trade in 2010, Obama warned against "those who see globalization as a threat" and he spoke of the "integrated world" in which we all now live. But is merging the entire globe into a one world economy, a one world financial system and a one world labor market really the best thing for the American people?
..."This will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete. There is going to be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalization as a threat and those who accept we live in a open integrated world, which has challenges and opportunities."
World Bank Proposes Gold Standard For New Global Economy , The Age of the Dollar Is Drawing To a Close
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Monday, November 8, 2010
World Bank chief surprises with gold proposal
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's largest economies should consider gold as an indicator to help set foreign exchange rates, the head of the World Bank said on Monday in a proposal that threw open the acrimonious currency debate just before a summit of G20 nations.
Writing in the Financial Times, World Bank President Robert Zoellick called for a new monetary system to replace the floating rates adopted in 1971 known as Bretton Woods II.
...The price of gold powered to a record $1,410 an ounce on Monday during safe-haven buying after the U.S. Federal Reserve last week resumed buying Treasury bonds to inflate its money supply. Spot gold was last trading at around $1,406 an ounce.
Gold has risen nearly 6 percent since just before the Fed detailed plans last Wednesday to buy $600 billion in Treasuries to revive the economy, also stoking inflation fears.
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See more on the rise of the Fourth Kingdom.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Right from the start of the financial crisis, it was apparent that one of its biggest long-term casualties would be the mighty dollar, and with it, very possibly, American economic hegemony. The process would take time – possibly a decade or more –but the starting gun had been fired.
At next week's meeting in Seoul of the G20's leaders, there will be no last rites – this hopelessly unwieldy exercise in global government wouldn't recognise a corpse if stood before it in a coffin – but it seems clear that this tragedy is already approaching its denouement.
...The rest of the world is now openly questioning the merits of a global currency whose value is governed by America's perceived domestic needs, while the growth that once underpinned confidence in its ability to repay its debts has never looked more fragile.
See more on the rise of The Fourth Kingdom.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Israel announced on Wednesday that it will be suspending its cooperation with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), due to its decision to declare Rachel’s Tomb a mosque. The suspension will be in place until the organization reverses its decision
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who made the announcement regarding the suspension, said of the resolution by UNESCO: “This resolution was adopted by the Arab automatic majority, lead by the Palestinian Authority, in another attempt to de-legitimize Israel. UNESCO has become a rubber stamp for the PA.”
UNESCO’s recent vote called for Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs – the burial site of the other Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs – to be removed from Israel's National Heritage list.
The Palestinian Authority has claimed that Rachel's Tomb is holy to Muslims as the site of a mosque called the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque. It demands control over both the tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron, as well as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
WUKIRSARI, Indonesia — Indonesia ordered thousands more people to evacuate Thursday as the country's most active volcano erupted again, shooting gas and ash into the sky and triggering a new aircraft exclusion zone.
Volcanologists said the "high intensity" eruption was the strongest yet from the 2,914-metre (9,616-foot) Mount Merapi, but there were no reports of new casualties after 36 people were killed last week.
"Today's eruption is bigger than yesterday's. Heat clouds and volcanic material were shot 10 kilometres (six miles) into the sky," said Kurniadi Rinekso, a government scientist in Yogyakarta, which lies south of the volcano.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Rising food prices and shortages could cause instability in many countries as the cost of staple foods and vegetables reached their highest levels in two years, with scientists predicting further widespread droughts and floods.
Although food stocks are generally good despite much of this year's harvests being wiped out in Pakistan and Russia, sugar and rice remain at a record price.
Global wheat and maize prices recently jumped nearly 30% in a few weeks while meat prices are at 20-year highs, according to the key Reuters-Jefferies commodity price indicator. Last week, the US predicted that global wheat harvests would be 30m tonnes lower than last year, a 5.5% fall. Meanwhile, the price of tomatoes in Egypt, garlic in China and bread in Pakistan are at near-record levels.
"The situation has deteriorated since September," said Abdolreza Abbassian of the UN food and agriculture organisation. "In the last few weeks there have been signs we are heading the same way as in 2008.
"We may not get to the prices of 2008 but this time they could stay high much longer."
However, opinions are sharply divided over whether these prices signal a world food crisis like the one in 2008 that helped cause riots in 25 countries, or simply reflect volatility in global commodity markets as countries claw their way through recession.
From Florida Oil SPill Law:
Florida physician refers patient to toxicologist, who concluded “symptoms are due to the elevated, abnormal levels of chemicals present in my system from the Gulf oil spill”
...physician’s suggested treatment includes diet and his temporary relocation. “It’s very hard to accept the fact that I have to leave the Gulf of Mexico,” Yerkes said.
ALERT: Florida medical doctor begins “treating patients in relation to high levels of volatile solvents
Rodney D. Soto, medical doctor for the Younger You Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, recently started testing and treating patients in relation to high levels of volatile solvents in the blood stream that he says may be linked to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf.
See also: University scientist’s seafood sample results were “hundreds of times higher than the levels the government tests found”
Top attorney calls for “immediate” funding of coastal health clinics — “Disturbing findings cry out for a more sustained public-health response”
See all posts on the Gulf Oil Disaster here.
Mount Anak Krakatau in Sunda Strait of Indonesia has erupted with over 200 explosions a day, unleashing hot ash by up to 1,700 meters high and poisonous gas, officials said on Wednesday.
At night time, a gigantic flaring magma exited from the crater and came down to the slope, said Anton Tripambudi, observer at the Anak Krakatau monitoring post in Banten province told Xinhua by phone.
Head of Observation of Volcanology at Volcanology Agency Muhammad Hendratno said that the frequency of the explosion had risen since two days ago by up to 200 times a day from the range of 80 to 100 times a day to since two days ago.
See also: Indonesian warns Merapi volcano 'could erupt for months'
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Evacuees cowered and fled for cover Monday, Nov. 1, as an erupting volcano -- one of 22 showing increased activity in Indonesia -- let loose booming explosions of hot gas and debris in its most powerful blast in a deadly week. No new casualties were reported.