Wednesday, April 30, 2008




MATTHEW 24:7-8
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

MARK 13:8
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

LUKE 21:11
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Scientists seek clues as Reno earthquakes keep shaking By SANDRA CHEREB, Associated Press Writer Tue Apr 29, 8:26 PM ET

RENO, Nev. - Scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno are scrutinizing seismic readings and studying damage at residents' homes to try to figure out what's happening beneath the earth's surface under a northwest Reno neighborhood rocked by a seemingly endless string of earthquakes. What they can't say is whether the hundreds of temblors that have rattled the area for two months — the largest a magnitude 4.7 Friday night — are subsiding or a prelude to bigger things to come.You're not going to get an earthquake prediction today, John Anderson, director of Seismology Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno, said Tuesday during a briefing with Gov. Jim Gibbons and emergency managers on the seismic activity.Scientists are calling the swarm of temblors that began Feb. 28 the Mogul earthquake sequence, in reference to the neighborhood where hundreds of mostly minor earthquakes have occurred.But the shaking is unusual, seismologists say, because the intensity of the quakes has increased over the past few weeks. Generally, earthquakes tend to occur and are followed by smaller aftershocks.In this case, the earth's rumblings have continued unabated, with barely negligible bumps occurring often minutes apart, followed by occasional larger shakers.It's impossible to know if the temblors are foreshocks of a bigger quake to come, or aftershocks of what has been, experts said.

Up until April 15, sizable quakes that could be felt were occurring about once every third day.Then, the rate increased, with about three, 2.0 or larger incidents occurring daily.On April 24, when the first 4.2 quake was registered, all of a sudden we were seeing 20 (of the magnitude) 2s and larger per day, said state geologist Jon Price.This is an exceptionally vigorous sequence of earthquakes, Price said.During the past week alone, more than 500 occurrences have been recorded.Most recently, two measuring 3.1 and 3.2 in magnitude occurred around 11 p.m. Monday. Another 3.1 was recorded at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.The largest so far was a 4.7 quake that was registered at 11:40 p.m. Friday. It was preceded 11 seconds earlier by a 3.3 quake, and followed 3 minutes later by one registering 3.4.The temblors sent goods flying off shelves, cracked walls, broke glass and collapsed part of a water flume west of Reno. There were no injuries.They are mostly shallow, occurring just beneath the surface to within a mile or two.Shallow makes us believe this is absolutely not volcanic, Price said.

Mapping of the quakes shows they are clustered around the Mogul and Somersett neighborhoods in northwest Reno, in an area about 2.5 miles long and 1/3 of a mile wide. Craig dePolo with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, said he understands the anxiety of residents who have lived with the persistent shaking. What's going on is extraordinary, he agreed. People are being needled by little earthquakes ... for months.And the best we can say is we don't know what going to happen.DePolo, who said he's been through many earthquakes, acknowledged that he, too, is a little nervous.The governor and emergency managers urged residents to be prepared by strapping down water heaters or any heavy items that could fall and injure people and to have first aid and food provisions on hand.

Frank Siracusa, head of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management, said state, regional and local agencies train constantly for disasters and have been in daily contact. I'd like to say we're prepared, but we can never be too prepared, he said. The governor said he's very concerned about the safety of the public, and stressed that residents need to be prepared to minimize risk in the event of a disaster. Gibbons, himself a geologist, said the earth's movement is what makes the mountains and Nevada landscape so special. I find it fascinating about our earth and how it continually evolves over time, he said. But with Nevada being the second most seismically active state in the continental U.S., he echoed the advice of experts who said large earthquakes are inevitable. At some point ... we are going to have a magnitude 6 or 7, Gibbons said. Earthquake magnitudes are calculated according to ground motion recorded on seismographs. An increase in one full number — from 5.5 to 6.5, for example — means the quake's magnitude is 10 times as great. A quake with a magnitude of 6 can cause severe damage, while one with a magnitude of 7 can cause widespread, heavy damage. On the Net: UNR Seismological Laboratory: U.S. Geological Survey:


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Bangladesh trawlers warned as cyclone nears APR 30,08

DHAKA (AFP) - Authorities in Bangladesh on Wednesday warned fishing crews to stay close to shore as a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal churned towards the southeastern coast, with a direct hit possible later in the week.Thousands of people in the disaster-prone country are still struggling to cope with the devastation caused by Cyclone Sidr last November. More than 3,000 people died when the storm slammed into the southern coast.We have warned all fishing boats not to venture into the deep sea for fishing until further notice, said the assistant director of Bangladesh's Meteorological Department, Shah Alam.Officials said the cyclone was still around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the southeastern port city of Chittagong.The present strength of severe cyclone Nargis indicates that it will hit the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast, but we will not be sure until Thursday afternoon when and where it will make landfall, added the head of the meteorological department, Arjumand Habib.

Heavy rains force evacuations in various regions of Quebec
Tue Apr 29, 6:19 PM
By The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Swollen rivers caused by heavy rains forced the evacuation of some homes throughout Quebec on Tuesday. People in some 40 residences in Saint-Alexis-des-Monts in central Quebec were forced out of their homes because a local river overflowed its banks.

Another 35 residences were evacuated north of Quebec City. Many people were also on standby in the Montreal area.

Rescuers amazed that 6 twisters caused no deaths in Virginia Tue Apr 29, 6:14 PM By Sonja Barisic, The Associated Press

SUFFOLK, Va. - It was a scene of haphazard destruction that stretched for 40 kilometres: Row upon row of homes reduced to sprays of splintered lumber, shopping centres stripped to bare metal, parking lots turned into junk yards. And yet no one died. The only thing I can say is we were watched over and blessed, fire Chief Mark Outlaw said. As shaken residents and rescuers returned Tuesday to survey what's left, they were amazed by both the scope of the damage and their good fortune. Even among the 200 people who were injured, most suffered only cuts and scrapes. Authorities said people in the tornado's path had plenty of warning and were fortunate that the twister struck in the late afternoon, rather than at night, when most residents would have been sleeping. The extra few minutes provided enough time for people in the storm's path to huddle in bathrooms or crouch in the back of stores as the strongest of six twisters zigzagged for 40 kilometres across central and southeast Virginia. Gov. Timothy Kaine, who declared a state of emergency in the hardest-hit areas, said about 145 homes were severely damaged in Suffolk, a city of 80,000 people west of Norfolk. Most of the injured had been released from hospitals. It is kind of amazing there weren't more significant injuries, Kaine said on WTOP radio in Washington, D.C. You are talking about 145 homes; that is probably five to six hundred people directly affected by this tornado.

At least a dozen people remained hospitalized, six of them in critical condition. The tornado that hit Suffolk touched down repeatedly between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Monday, when many people were still at work or on their way home. Brenda Williams, 43, had been getting a manicure at a nail shop in the strip when the lights went out and she saw debris flying in the wind around the parking lot. She rushed to the back of the shop for safety, but the ceiling collapsed, burying her. She wasn't sure how long she was trapped.

She prayed, then hollered when she heard footsteps. A stranger pulled her out. I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, said Williams, who had a five-centimetre gash stitched above her left eyebrow and stitches on her right forearm. I'm fine. I'm here. I'm in the land of the living.On Tuesday, she went to a shopping centre to retrieve possessions from her car, which was flipped on its roof in the parking lot. Other cars and SUVs were strewn about, some stacked on top of others. The high winds had tossed two smashed cars inside the shopping centre, which had been stripped of its facing, leaving its steel skeleton exposed. Wiring and bits of insulation hung from metal beams. Shattered glass covered the carpeting, which was soaked from the heavy rains. A lone black hiking boot lay in a parking spot. Inside a military recruiting centre at the strip mall, a phone remained in place on a desk, its cord ripped out of a wall that no longer exists. Naomi Britt, who cares for an 87-year-old woman, was at the woman's home in a Suffolk subdivision when she heard what she thought was an 18-wheeler. I grabbed her by the hand and said, Let's go, said Britt, 60. She led the woman into a bathroom just as the lights failed. I got down as far as I could and we just held hands and prayed, she said.

After the roar had quieted and the house had stopped quaking, Britt opened the door to find rubble around her. Nothing remained of a neighbour's house but a cinderblock foundation. If we hadn't been in that tub, we could have been sucked out of that attic and out of that roof, and we'd be gone, said Britt, who was at the nondenominational Open Door Church, where out-of-state relief workers were being fed and sheltered. The National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes also hit Brunswick County, about 100 kilometres west, and Colonial Heights, about 100 kilometres northwest. Three other twisters hit in Isle of Wight and Surry counties, and along the line separating Gloucester and Mathews counties, all in southeastern Virginia. The other tornadoes caused far less damage than the twister that ravaged Suffolk.

Windy and stormy Wayne Verno Wed Apr 30, 6:07 AM ET


An upper-level tough will keep rain and snow showers over the Northwestern States today, along with cool, below average temperatures. As this trough shifts east Thursday, cooler air will spread into the Rockies, bringing some accumulating snow into the mountains. Another disturbance will move into the Pacific Northwest with some showers, Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, an onshore flow will bring some low clouds, fog, and drizzle into the southern California costal areas this morning, while gusty winds bring a high fire danger to parts of the interior Southwest today, and again Thursday.


A southerly flow of warm air will take hold of the Central and Midwestern States today, ahead of a developing storm system east of the Rockies. This southerly flow will also bring gusty winds through the Central Plains, resulting in a high fire danger over the far western Plains, into the Front Range of the Rockies (see Storm Watch for more details). This developing storm system will deepen, and track across the northern Plains Thursday and Friday. Rain, perhaps heavy at times, will spread across the northern Plains, along with windy conditions. Rain may mix with and change to snow later Friday, bringing some accumulation. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms will increase across the eastern Plains late Thursday, and spread into the Mississippi Valley and Midwest Friday. Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms will be possible (see Storm Watch for more details). The threat for rain and thunderstorms should decrease by Saturday into Sunday, as the storm system moves east, with showery weather lingering over the Great Lakes. Cooler, below average temperatures will spread across the northern Plains and Midwest late this week.


After a chilly and frosty start over parts of the Southeastern States today, high pressure overhead will allow for sunny skies and warm temperatures by afternoon over all of the Southern States. Over Texas, into the southern Plains, gusty winds can be expected today as the southerly flow increases in this area. A high fire danger will also exist over parts of western Texas and the western Plains (see Storm Watch for details). Attention will then turn toward a developing storm system over the Plains, which will bring showers and thunderstorms across the eastern Plains, into the Mississippi Valley Thursday night and Friday. A few storms could be severe (see Storm Watch for more details). Showers and a few thunderstorms will spread across the Southeastern States Saturday and Sunday, as the storm system pushes a cold front east across the area. Generally, warm temperatures will dominate the Southern States through the weekend.


High pressure will dominate the Northeastern States today, allowing for sunny and dry conditions, along with afternoon temperatures 5 to 10 degrees below average for this time of year. As a storm system develops over the central Plains, a warm front will be pushed into the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England States Thursday and Friday, bringing a chance for scattered showers. Warmer temperatures will also move into these areas, with afternoon readings at, to slightly above average. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected Saturday, as the storm system pushes a cold front east onto the area. Showers and expected to linger Sunday and Monday.

Baghdad dust storm disrupts road, air traffic APR 30,08

BAGHDAD (AFP) - A blinding dust storm hit Baghdad for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, forcing pedestrians to stay indoors and bringing road and air traffic to a halt, officials said.Fine dust from the storm, which is expected to continue for several days, has seeped into homes, depositing a thin film of yellow powder.People are afraid of storms. They do not want to leave their homes and they prevent their children from attending school, an official at an emergency department of a hospital in Baghdad said.

With traffic accidents reportedly rising due to the lack of visibility, traffic police Colonel Walid Ammar went on state television urging people to drive slowly.Flights into and out of Baghdad have been cancelled, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.I am on leave and I do not have much time, said Paul Benson, a security guard with a foreign company said who has been stuck at the airport since Tuesday.I have already spent two days at the airport but right now I am thinking of getting to Jordan as from there everything is possible.Another passenger, Sandy Mitchell, was also frustrated.This sucks, she said, but you can't do anything about a dust storm.For Baghdadis, the storm was yet another peril in the ongoing struggle of daily life in the war-ravaged capital.This may be a divine retribution, but we already had a lot and this is enough, said Haitham, a trader, who did not give his full name.As summer approaches, a dust storm is the last thing Baghdadis want, in addition to the lack of regular electricity and water supplies.These sand storms also cause asthma and allergies, Doctor Mohammed Abdel Baki said, adding there had been an increase in cases since last month.Meanwhile, militants were reportedly taking advantage of the storm and fighting security forces in and around Baghdad's Sadr City, the bastion of Mahdi Army militia of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.The storm has largely grounded the US helicopters and drones that have normally been tracking these fighters during the fierce battles of the past few weeks.The US military refused to specify the measures taken to overcome difficulties causes by the bad weather, but said ground operations were not disrupted.Regardless of the weather, that doesn't impact our requirement or objective to protect the people of Baghdad, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Stover said.

We will kill or capture the enemy, who continues to display a complete and utter lack of concern for the welfare and well-being of the Iraqi people.Whenever (a militant) engages a US patrol or outpost with small-arms fire ... he is either killed, wounded or flees like the mangy cur they represent.Under the cover of the dust, dozens of rockets and mortar rounds have been fired since Tuesday at the Green Zone, the seat of Iraqi government and the US embassy.

JUDE 5-13
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.


11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Powerful Black Hole Jet Explained Clara Moskowitz
Staff Writer Mon Apr 28, 10:31 AM ET

While we may never know what it looks like inside a black hole, astronomers recently obtained one of the closest views yet. The sighting allowed scientists to confirm theories about how these giant cosmic sinkholes spew out jets of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light.Ever since the first observations of these powerful jets, which are among the brightest objects seen in the universe, astronomers have wondered what causes the particles to accelerate to such great speeds. A leading hypothesis suggested the black hole's gigantic mass distorts space and time around it, twisting magnetic field lines into a coil that propels material outward.Now researchers have observed a jet during a period of extreme outburst and found evidence that streams of particles wind a corkscrew path away from the black hole, as the leading hypothesis predicts.We got an unprecedented view of the inner portion of one of these jets and gained information that's very important to understanding how these tremendous particle accelerators work, said Boston University astronomer Alan Marscher, who led the research team. The results of the study are detailed in the April 24 issue of the journal Nature.

The team studied a galaxy called BL Lacertae (BL Lac), about 950 million light years from Earth, with a central black hole containing 200 million times the mass of our Sun. Since this supermassive black hole's jets are pointing nearly straight at us, it is called a blazar (a quasar is often thought to be the same as a blazar, except its jets are pointed away from us).The new observations, taken by the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio telescope, along with NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer and a number of optical telescopes, show material moving outward along a spiral channel, as the scientists expected.These data support the suggestion that twisted magnetic field lines are creating the jet plumes. Material in the center of the galaxy, such as nearby stars and gas, gets pulled in by the black hole's overwhelming gravity and forms a disk orbiting around the core (the material's inertia keeps it spiraling in a disk rather than falling straight into the black hole). The distorted magnetic field lines seem to pull charged particles off the disk and cause them to gush outward at nearly the speed of light.We knew that material was falling in to these regions, and we knew that there were outbursts coming out, said University of Michigan astronomer Hugh Aller, who worked on the new study. What's really been a mystery was that we could see there were these really high-energy particles, but we didn't know how they were created, how they were accelerated. It turns out that the model matches the data. We can actually see the particles gaining velocity as they are accelerated along this magnetic field.

The astronomers also observed evidence of another phenomenon predicted by the leading hypothesis — that a flare would be produced when material spewing out in the jets hit a shock wave beyond the core of the black hole.That behavior is exactly what we saw, Marscher said.

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5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)

Fed expected to cut key interest rates one more time By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer APR 30,08

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, which began the year aggressively fighting a severe credit crunch and economic weakness, may push the pause button after delivering perhaps one more quarter-point cut in interest rates. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues were to wrap up a two-day meeting Wednesday and financial markets widely expected that the discussions will end with an announcement that the Fed will cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point.That would be the seventh reduction in the federal funds rate since the central bank began battling against the credit squeeze and the growing possibility of a recession last September.The Fed delivered two three-quarter-point moves and one half-point cut over an eight-week period from mid-January to mid-March that represented the central bank's most aggressive rate cuts in a quarter-century.

However, the central bank is expected to respond with a less aggressive quarter-point move at this meeting, in part because the financial turmoil seems to have eased and because there are growing concerns about inflation.While there is some thought that the Fed might decide to forgo a rate cut, most analysts believe that the greater likelihood is a quarter-point move.My best guess is that they want to buy a little more insurance against an economy that looks like it is in recession, said Lyle Gramley, a former Fed board member with the Stanford Financial Group.A quarter-point cut would move the funds rate to 2 percent, a full 3 percentage points below where it was on Sept. 18 when the Fed started cutting rates.

A quarter-point move would trigger a similar reduction in banks' prime lending rate, the benchmark for millions of consumer and business loans, which now stands at 5.25 percent.The Fed's rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee, composed of Fed board members in Washington and regional Fed bank presidents, is split into two camps. One group is concerned that the severe credit crisis and prolonged housing slump could be pushing the country into a deep recession while a smaller faction is worried that the Fed could be running the risk of letting inflation get out of control even as the economy slows.Whatever the Fed does at the conclusion of this week's meeting, private economists believe it will leave the door open for further rate cuts, seeking to avoid the mistake made at the October meeting when it sent a pause signal, only to have to backtrack.They made a big mistake after the October meeting, implying that they would pause, and then had egg all over their face when they had to begin cutting rates aggressively because the economy weakened more than they thought and the credit crisis turned out to be more severe, said David Jones, head of DMJ Advisors, a private economic consulting firm.

While leaving the door open this time for further rate cuts if needed, the Fed may well be done, many analysts believe, if financial markets continue to improve and the economy starts to rebound with the help of the previous Fed rate cuts and 130 million economic stimulus payments, which started showing up in Americans' bank accounts this week.While many economists believe the country is in a recession, the expectation is that it will be a short one ending this summer. If that turns out to be correct, the Fed may hold rates steady for the rest of this year with the next move being a rate increase sometime next year when the economy is on sounder footing.The Fed won't start raising interest rates until the unemployment rate has peaked and started coming back down, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's He said he was looking for the jobless rate, now at 5.1 percent, to climb to 6 percent early next year before starting to fall.


GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Rights group: Zimbabwe's army unleashing terror By DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press Writer Wed Apr 30, 5:58 AM ET

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A leading human rights group accused Zimbabwe's army Wednesday of working with ruling party militants to unleash terror and violence against dissent. New York-based Human Rights Watch joined other rights groups and Zimbabwe's opposition party in linking violence since last month's presidential vote to the security forces and so-called war veterans — groups loyal to autocratic President Robert Mugabe.Mugabe's regime has countered that the opposition groups are responsible for the violence, even arresting scores of people last week, including women and their nursing babies, who the opposition says had taken shelter from the violence at its headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital.

Lawyers for Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said the Harare High Court ordered late Monday that everyone arrested at its headquarters last week should be freed. On Tuesday, police released the last of those still being held.Mugabe has been accused of using violence and intimidation and plotting fraud to hold onto power after March 29 presidential elections he is believed to have lost.Results from those elections have yet to be released, and ruling party officials have said a runoff would likely be necessary. Opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai says he won outright, though independent observers say Tsvangirai won the most votes, but not the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.The army and its allies — war-veterans and supporters of the ruling party Zanu-PF — are intensifying their brutal grip on wide swathes of rural Zimbabwe to ensure that a possible second round of presidential elections goes their way, Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said in the group's statement released Wednesday.Neither the army chief nor a government spokesman could be reached for immediate comment.The African Union and U.N. Security Council should take immediate steps to help prevent a further escalation in violence, Gagnon said.The opposition also has appealed to African leaders and to the U.N. for help.

On Tuesday, a Zimbabwe opposition leader urged the U.N. Security Council to appoint a special envoy to his country. But the deeply divided council, which was briefed on situation behind closed doors, took no action.While the United States, Britain and France back council engagement and sending a U.N. envoy to Zimbabwe, diplomats said South Africa, Russia, China and other members oppose any action now.In the hearing, Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador Karen Pierce said U.N. political chief B. Lynn Pascoe had spoken of a level of political intimidation and violence that I think many council members found quite chilling.U.S. deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff said he was struck by Pascoe's characterization of the situation in Zimbabwe as the worst humanitarian crisis since independence in 1980.Human Rights Watch said war veterans were being given guns and trucks by the army and were collaborating with the army in unleashing a campaign of terror and violence against (opposition) MDC members and supporters.The veterans groups are fiercely loyal to Mugabe and have roots in the nation's independence struggle but increasingly include militants too young to have been guerrilla fighters.In one example in the eastern province of Manicaland, Human Rights Watch said, opposition members went to an informal torture center set up by war veterans and saw 12 of their colleagues who had been abducted, bound and beaten. The war veterans fired on those who had come asking questions, hitting three and killing one as they fled. The current whereabouts of the 12 abductees were not known, Human Rights Watch said.When the victims informed the local police about the incident, the police refused to take action, claiming that such an incident could not have happened since they had no knowledge of any civilians in the area who were allowed to keep firearms, Human Rights Watch said.


then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

JAMES 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 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.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM

Stocks rise ahead of Federal Reserve's rate decision By MADLEN READ, AP Business Writer APR 30,08

NEW YORK - The stock market rose Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates and its assessment of the economy. Most investors expect the central bank to again lower its benchmark fed funds rate, this time by a quarter point, to 2 percent. However, many also believe policymakers will signal their intention to put rates on hold to fight inflation. The Fed is scheduled to announce its decision at 2:15 p.m. EDT.Though inflation appears to be a growing threat, that's not to say economic weakness is not a risk, either. The Commerce Department estimated that the U.S. gross domestic product rose at a very modest seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.6 percent during the first quarter, while the U.S. Chicago purchasing managers' index showed a second straight month of contraction in Midwest manufacturing.However, both readings were better than anticipated — economists had forecast a 0.5 percent rise in first-quarter GDP, and a reading of 48.0 for the April purchasing managers' index instead of the reported 48.2.Investors also pored over a mix of earnings reports from a number of consumer-oriented companies — particularly General Motors Corp., SAP AG and Procter & Gamble Co.

In midmorning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 50.07, or 0.39 percent, to 12,882.01.Broader stock indicators also advanced. The Standard & Poor's 500 index futures rose 3.95, or 0.28 percent, to 1,394.89, while the Nasdaq composite index added 6.33, or 0.26 percent, to 2,432.43.Bond prices lifted as well. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 3.80 percent from 3.82 percent late Tuesday.The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices edged higher.Oil prices moved higher after sliding of more than $3 a barrel in the previous session on a strengthening dollar and data showing a dramatic drop in American fuel demand. Light, sweet crude for June delivery rose 60 cents to $116.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.GM lost $3.3 billion in the first quarter as strong overseas growth was offset by a strike at a supplier and weak U.S. sales. However, the loss was smaller than Wall Street analysts expected, and shares jumped $2.01, or 9.5 percent, to $23.21.Software maker SAP AG said its profit slipped in the first quarter because of the weaker dollar and its takeover of another software company, Business Objects. Though sales were higher and SAP raised its 2008 outlook, SAP shares fell $1.63, or 3.1 percent, to $50.82.

And meanwhile, Procter & Gamble Co. said price increases and cost controls helped offset higher commodity costs, pushing its third quarter profit up 8 percent. P&G also lifted its full-year outlook, and its shares rose $2.03, or 3.1 percent, to $67.93.Meanwhile, Citigroup Inc. said late Tuesday it plans to sell $3 billion of common stock to boost its capital levels. The largest U.S. bank is raising more capital to offset more than $45 billion of write-downs and credit losses it has taken since June 30. Citigroup shares fell 66 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $25.66.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 3.15, or 0.44 percent, to 722.08.Advacing issues outnumbered decliners by about 9 to 5 on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 189.7 million shares.Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 0.32 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.14 percent, Germany's DAX index rose 0.48 percent, and France's CAC-40 rose 0.11 percent.On the Net: New York Stock Exchange: Nasdaq Stock Market:

Obama Tries to Dig Out By KAREN TUMULTY
Wed Apr 30, 3:30 AM ET

There was little nuance in Barack Obama's news conference Tuesday, as he pronounced himself saddened, angered and even outraged by the antics of his former pastor at the National Press Club a day earlier. I find these comments appalling, he said. It contradicts everything that I'm about and who I am. It was a far different tone from the finely tuned speech on race that he had given in Philadelphia in March, shortly after some of Jeremiah Wright's most inflammatory comments had first come to light. And it reflected the new political reality that Obama has confronted in what have been the rockiest weeks yet for his presidential campaign. The most important audience Obama was trying to reach in that news conference was not the voters in the upcoming Democratic primary states of Indiana and North Carolina. He was speaking most directly to 300 or so remaining undecided Democratic superdelegates, the party regulars who are likely to determine the eventual nominee - and who have become increasingly concerned in recent days that the Democratic frontrunner lacks the fire and the fight he will need to prevail in November. As one Democratic strategist put it: You could sense, if not a turning of the tide over the past couple of days, that people were getting back on the fence. Indeed, on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton picked up the endorsement of one important superdelegate: North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, who is backing her despite the fact that much of the rest of the state's political establishment has lined up behind Obama, considered a strong bet to win the state's primary next week. There's been lots of Yes we can, yes we should, Easley said in a dig at Obama. Hillary Clinton is ready to deliver.

The setbacks for Obama's seemingly charmed presidential campaign have come one on top of the other lately. There was his admittedly clumsy comments in a private fundraiser about bitter small-town voters who cling to religion and guns, questions about his association with a 1960s-era terrorist and nit-picking in a recent debate over why he doesn't wear an American flag pin on his lapel.

But potentially worst of all was his association with Wright, particularly after the retired pastor launched what amounted to a media tour, and suggested that any efforts that Obama had made to distance himself was posturing. Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls, Wright said dismissively of his former congregant. Even former President Jimmy Carter, who normally avoids commenting on the presidential race, told CNN that Wright had really been damaging to Obama's presidential campaign. Obama's campaign was dismayed as well by the timing of those comments, which came just as their candidate had begun to regain his political footing after being defeated by Clinton in last week's Pennsylvania primary. In particular, they overshadowed campaign events that were aimed at connecting better with senior citizens and blue-collar whites, two groups that Obama has been losing to Clinton. It's harder to break through if you're spending a lot of time on Reverend Wright, lamented one of Obama's top strategists. How combative to get in response has been a dilemma for Obama, who has built his entire candidacy on the idea that he represents a new, less corrosive brand of politics. Nor does the roughness of ordinary politics seem to fit Obama's personal style. But increasingly, Democrats have been worried about how well that style will wear if Obama gets the nomination and has to face even tougher attacks at the hands of Republicans. Sometimes, he sounds like he is writing a Ph.D., said one adviser. He has to show some passion. View this article on

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TR BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).

A Europe of blocs? (TRADE BLOCKS....YES)
Mark Mardell 30 Apr 08, 12:01 AM

The French President nearly upset the EU apple-cart when he proposed a Mediterranean Union including EU and non-EU countries around that sea. How far will the Poles go when they make proposals for a similar Baltic-to-the-Black-Sea Union? The idea was a little noticed result of the European Council meeting back in March. Then, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk suggested that if Turkey and the countries of North Africa could link up with the EU countries bordering the Med, it was only fair the East should have the same opportunities.

He was given the go-ahead, perhaps to both balance President Sarkozy's brainwave, and perhaps to further down-grade it. Perhaps a rather brutal move, as it had already been thoroughly and efficiently eviscerated by Chancellor Merkel.Polish diplomats do not see their plan as ambitious as the Mediterranean, but argue that if the French, Italian, Spanish and Greeks can link up with countries in North Africa and negotiate with the rest of the European union as a bloc, then they should be allowed to do the same alongside Georgia and Ukraine. I presume the link-up would be between the 10 former communist countries of the East and those six in the relevant European neighbourhood policy.As far as I know, there will be no invitation to Russia to join this would-be new power bloc. The Poles point out that at the moment they, and the EU members in the region, can only talk to the European Union as individual nations. The suggestion is those next to the Med would get an unfair advantage. Part of this is no doubt there's gold in them there hills: such an organisation would of course get more EU money for the region. More cash is a reasonable goal in itself, but I wonder about the consequences.

Sometimes countries do argue within the European Union as regional blocs, but more often they don't. Mr Tusk's report, to be presented to the other leaders in June, is probably of not much moment in itself but is it the beginning of a trend? And would that trend be a dangerous undermining of EU solidarity, or a realistic recognition of other identities and alliances ?

EU attempts to woo Serbia with pre-accession deal
29.04.2008 - 17:44 CET | By Elitsa Vucheva

EUOBSERVER / LUXEMBOURG – With just over a week to go until what is being billed as decisive elections in Serbia, the EU on Tuesday (29 April) sent a strong political signal to the western Balkan country that its future belongs in the European Union.In a piece of political manoeuvring that gives the pro-EU forces in Belgrade something to use at home but upholds a key European demand, both sides signed a pre-membership deal at a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg.The deal came after the Netherlands and Belgium dropped their opposition to the move but on condition that the implementation of the agreement depends on Belgrade's cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal.This is a good day, a happy day for both Serbia and the EU, Slovenian foreign minister Dimitrij Rupel whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said after signing the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in Luxembourg.Europe is ready to go a common way with Serbia and now the European future of Serbia is in the hands of the Serbian people, he added.Serbian President Boris Tadic, who flew from Belgrade especially for the signing ceremony after a call from Mr Rupel earlier on Tuesday, said he was also extremely pleased that Serbia is entering a contractual relationship with the EU.

Signing the SAA constitutes an important step towards eventual EU membership and this in turn will ultimately bring about a final reconciliation of the peoples of the western Balkans, he added.The decision was taken on Tuesday morning after Belgium and the Netherlands agreed to sign the SAA.The two countries had originally said that Serbia must first fully cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and arrest war crimes indictee Ratko Mladic.

Signing but not implementing

They yielded to the pressure of other EU states – who have been prepared to sign the agreement for weeks - on condition that Serbia will not get any concrete benefits from the agreement until Belgrade is judged as fully cooperating with the ICTY.Normally, ratification of such documents is launched immediately after they are signed.But in this case, the lengthy process will not start until all EU member states unanimously agree that Belgrade's cooperation with the ICTY is sufficient.This could happen at the earliest in July, with a report on the matter by UN war crimes prosecutor Serge Brammertz expected in June.

Rejection by Serbia's prime minister

Meanwhile, the party of Serbia's prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, has reiterated its opposition to signing the SAA and said the country's parliament would never ratify the document, according to Russian news agency Itar-Tass.On Monday, Mr Kostunica himself said again that the SAA undoubtedly represents an act against the state, an anti-constitutional act.The Serbian premier argues that the fact that a majority of EU countries has recognised Kosovo's independence has changed the political situation, and has called for talks with the EU on this new reality.Whether the EU's concession has worked will become evident on 11 May when President Boris Tadic's pro-Western Democrats will face off against the radical and nationalist parties in Serbia.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008





LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.



3 tornadoes rip through Va.; more than 200 people hurt By SONJA BARISIC, Associated Press Writer APR 29,08

SUFFOLK, Va. - Officials say search-and-rescue operations following three destructive tornadoes in southeast Virginia have not uncovered any dead or additional injured. Suffolk Fire Chief Mark Outlaw told a news conference Tuesday that teams with search dogs found nothing more than torn up lumber and torn up houses.The storms on Monday resulted in more than 200 injuries but no deaths.

Gov. Timothy Kaine says the tornadoes caused very, very serious devastation. But Kaine told WTOP Radio in Washington that it's kind of amazing there were not more significant injuries.Kaine was to tour the area later Tuesday.

Tornadoes hit Virginia, 200 injured
Mon Apr 28, 11:05 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three tornadoes swept through central and southeastern Virginia on Monday, injuring about 200 people and damaging dozens of homes and businesses, officials said.The city of Suffolk in the southeastern part of the state was hardest hit by the late afternoon storms, said Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard. She said earlier reports of a fatality in linked to the severe weather were incorrect.Injuries and damage were also reported in Colonial Heights in central Virginia, Southard said.The National Weather Service (NWS) said three confirmed tornadoes plowed through the region.One of the tornadoes hit the Lawrenceville area in Brunswick County, said NWS meteorologist Brian Hurley. The second tornado developed to the north of Colonial Heights ... The other more significant tornado occurred in the city of Suffolk.Television pictures showed extensive property damage -- flattened homes, and lawns and streets covered in piles of debris and toppled trees.There are trees down everywhere and I've seen a half-dozen vehicles flipped over, Richard Hicks of Suffolk told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.Another witness in Suffolk, Robert Brinkley, told the newspaper: There are tops blown off the roofs of many, many houses.More than 3,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers were without service, most in scattered outages throughout the southeastern part of the state, the newspaper said.Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine declared a statewide emergency to coordinate the state's response to what his office said was widespread damage in the wake of storms.

N.B. premier says governments will help should flooding cause major damage By The Canadian Press APR 29,08

FREDERICTON - Officials in New Brunswick remain on emergency footing with a forecast of rain expected to swell the flood-prone St. John River this week. Premier Shawn Graham says government help will be available in the event of major flood damage, if the province declares a natural disaster. There are a number of programs that (would) kick into effect in partnership with the federal government under the disaster assistance program, Graham said in an interview Monday night. Graham also praised provincial officials for their work so far. The Department of Public Safety has done a tremendous job, putting in place support groups and resources and command centres around the province where flooding is being expected.Meanwhile, more than 100 people in some low-lying areas have already left their homes voluntarily. Significant flooding is expected in areas like Maugerville and Sheffield with river levels expected to rise another 20 to 40 centimetres by Thursday. A number of roads remain under water and are closed to larger vehicles. Andy Morton, deputy director of the province's EMO, said Monday that rain forecast to begin today will likely have a significant effect on the river. There will be an increase on Wednesday and probably a further increase on Thursday and maybe even into Friday, said Morton. A lot will depend on what actual rainfall occurs. Obviously, at this point we're working off forecasted rainfall amounts.The flooding - caused by melting snow and rain - is an annual event and Morton expected a lot of people would stay in their homes despite the high water. Anybody who chooses to stay in their home should be prepared for at least a week in terms of things like drinking water, food, medications or any prescription products, and be prepared to last it out, he said.


7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Battle against stubborn California wildfire enters 4th day APR 29,08

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. - Firefighters battling a stubborn wildfire northeast of Los Angeles were expecting help Tuesday from cooler temperatures and calmer winds. As the dramatic blaze entered its fourth day, most of the more than 1,000 people evacuated from their homes at the foot of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains have been allowed to return. On Tuesday, public schools in the community of about 11,000 residents were scheduled to reopen.The 538-acre blaze burned dangerously close to homes early Monday, but firefighters stood their ground and turned the flames back.No homes have been lost in the blaze in the foothill suburb of Sierra Madre, 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The fire was 21 percent contained Monday.

Helicopters and airplanes bombarded the fire with water and retardant drops Monday while firefighters labored in temperatures in the 90s. Nearly 700 firefighters were on the lines.Temperatures were expected to reach the mid 70s Tuesday, with high humidity and little wind.Four firefighters had minor injuries — a bee sting, a strained knee, and two cases of heat exhaustion, authorities said. A small outbuilding was destroyed.The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a popular hiking area as unseasonable extreme heat and low humidity set in over Southern California. By late that night it was a bright orange line descending like slow-moving lava down the steep mountainside, triggering evacuations along the interface between the city and wilderness.


then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

JAMES 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 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.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM

Stocks edge lower with investors wary of consumer data, Fed By JOE BEL BRUNO, AP Business Writer APR 29,08

NEW YORK - Stocks edged lower in early trading Tuesday ahead of a report that's expected to show another decline in consumer confidence this month. The Conference Board releases its April survey of consumer confidence at 10 a.m. EDT. The consensus estimate of Wall Street economists surveyed by Thomson/IFR is that the research group's index of consumer confidence fell to 62 from March's 64.5 amid rising prices for energy and food. In March, the index, which is approaching a five-year low, fell nearly 12 points from February.Wall Street remains worried that inflation could accelerate and curtail consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy. That's also of paramount concern for the Federal Reserve, which begins a two-day policy meeting Tuesday afternoon.The Fed is expected to cut interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday, but then hold firm for the remainder of the year. The Fed is facing a difficult juggling act of trying to shore up the faltering economy without triggering inflation.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 5.21, or 0.04 percent, to 12,866.54.Broader markets were narrowly lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 2.02, or 0.14 percent, to 1,394.35; and the Nasdaq composite index fell 3.97, or 0.16 percent, to 2,420.43.On Monday, Wall Street finished narrowly mixed on light volume as investors were unwilling to take big bets ahead of the Fed decision. The same kind of trading environment was expected during Tuesday's session.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, fell to 3.81 percent from 3.82 percent late Monday.Oil prices fell amid expectations that a supply disruption in Britain would soon be resolved and as the U.S. dollar strengthened further against the euro. Light, sweet crude for June delivery fell $2.65 to $116.10 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.In corporate news, MasterCard Inc. spiked $17.37, or 7.2 percent, to $260.00 after the company reported profit more than doubled in the first quarter. The company said more customers overseas used their credit and debit cards for purchases, though spending within the U.S. rose at a moderate pace.However, rival Visa Inc. sunk $3.05, or 3.9 percent, to $72.55 after it reported late Monday that first-quarter profit rose 28 percent. However, shares plunged in electronic trading amid concern that the world's biggest credit card processor will have a difficult time managing choppy U.S. economic conditions.There was also further anxiety about the global credit crisis' impact on financial institutions. Deutsche Bank AG said Tuesday it wrote down $4.2 billion in leveraged loans, commercial real estate and mortgage-backed securities, during the first quarter, pushing Germany's biggest bank to its first quarterly loss since 2003 amid trading losses, lower revenue and global market jitters.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 2.23, or 0.31 percent, to 723.14.Declining issues surpassed advancers by 4 to 3 on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 61.2 million.Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.22 percent. In morning trading, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.16 percent, Germany's DAX index fell 0.50 percent, and France's CAC-40 shed 0.26 percent.On the Net:New York Stock Exchange: Nasdaq Stock Market:

Palestinian groups want truce to include West Bank By Alaa Shahine APR 29,08

CAIRO (Reuters) - Several Palestinian groups said on Tuesday a possible truce with Israel must include all Palestinian territories simultaneously, opposing a Hamas suggestion that it start in the Gaza Strip. Any reasonable Palestinian should assume that this is essential, Abou Adnan al-Baba, a member of the central command of the Popular Resistance Committees, said in Cairo before a meeting between the groups and Egyptian intelligence officials to reach a Palestinian consensus on the ceasefire proposal.Egypt invited the groups for talks after Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, proposed a six-month truce between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, with an option to extend it to Palestinians in the West Bank.Hamas, which was not at Tuesday's meeting, said the ceasefire would also include an end to the Israeli-led blockade of the coastal strip.Israel has dismissed the proposal as a Hamas ploy to gain time and prepare for more fighting.The truce proposal emerged from several rounds of talks between Egypt and Hamas, with the blessing of the United States, which calls Hamas a terrorist group.

The failure of Palestinians to reach common ground or Israeli rejection of the truce would complicate Egyptian efforts to end violence in the Gaza Strip.The talks in Cairo were overshadowed by the killing of six Palestinians, including four children and their mother, as they were having breakfast on Monday in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.Israel said the deaths were tragic and occurred when an aircraft fired at two Palestinian militants carrying munitions, which exploded and destroyed the home of the family.Maher al-Tahir, politburo member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told Reuters his group doubted any truce with Israel was viable.Israel launches aggressions against the Palestinian people every day and has not committed to any truce, he said.Hamas said several Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad and leftist groups based in Syria, had preliminarily approved the offer.But Ramzi Rabah, a senior member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said starting the truce only in the Gaza Strip would leave the West Bank prey to settlement activities and aggressions.Israel pulled troops and settlers out of the Gaza Strip in 2005 but still controls its borders and has tightened its restrictions since Hamas seized control there last year.

Sarkozy flies to Tunisia to push business, Mediterranean Union Posted : Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:56:07 GMT Author : DPA Category : Europe (World)

Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy was expected to arrive later Monday in the Tunisian capital Tunis to begin a three- day state visit during which he will push French business interests and try to shore up support for his plan for a Union for the Mediterranean. Sarkozy will be accompanied by his wife, Carla, seven ministers and the heads of some 120 companies, underscoring the economic importance of relations between the two countries.

France is by far Tunisia's most important trading partner, with bilateral commerce reaching some 7 billion euros (10.94 billion dollars) in 2007. A number of deals, worth about 2 billion euros, are expected to be finalized Monday evening, between Sarkozy's meeting with Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and a scheduled state dinner. The contracts to be signed include the sale of Airbus aircraft to Tunisian carrier Tunisair and for the construction of a conventional power station by the French firm Alstom at Ghannouch, in southern Tunisia. Sarkozy's proposal for a Union for the Mediterranean, which is to comprise the 27 EU member nations and countries situated along the Mediterranean rim, will be the main issue of bilateral discussions. One sore point between the two nations is the question of human rights under Ben Ali. On Saturday, two editors for the opposition weekly al-Mawkef said they would go on an unlimited hunger strike to protest what they called the government's harassment of their publication. Sarkozy's office said that the French president would raise human rights issues both in his talks with Ben Ali and in his public declarations.

Egypt looks for leading role in Mediterranean Union, minister says Posted : Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:42:00 GMT Author : DPA Middle East (World)

Luxembourg - Egypt wants to play a leading role in the planned Union for the Mediterranean, coordinating the states around the south of the sea, its foreign minister said on Monday at a meeting with European Union officials. Egypt accepts and endorses the idea of the union originally proposed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and it is eager to enter high-level discussions with the EU as Egypt, the coordinator of the south, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Ghreit said. Egypt will also organize meetings around the southern Mediterranean to forge a common view with Arab neighbours on issues important to the proposed union, he said at a meeting in Luxembourg. Whatever we put on the table (on the issue of the proposed union) is very much spoken about, talked about and prepared with Egypt, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana replied.

Sarkozy initially proposed the idea for a Mediterranean Union modelled on the EU in early 2007. However, EU member states without a coastline on the sea rejected the creation of a major new structure, approving instead a strengthened version of current policies. The talks in Luxembourg were the fourth in an annual series set up under the so-called Association Agreement between the EU and Egypt, which came into force in 2004, and were marked by their constructive and friendly tone, participants said. The two sides discussed Egypt's mediating role in the Middle East Peace Process, agreeing that the immediate prerequisites for progress would be a ceasefire, the exchange of prisoners and the implementation of a 2005 agreement on crossings into the Gaza Strip. They also discussed the global problem of world food prices, while Egypt presented EU Foreign-Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero- Waldner with a list of proposals for improving aspects of cooperation, Aboul-Ghreit said. They also touched on the question of the crackdown on banned opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood ahead of April 8 municipal elections in the country. When you have an illegal organization acting, trying to be legal, you arrest its operators, Aboul-Ghreit said. There are still a lot of questions that we would have to tackle in the future, but ... the fact that the (April) elections were held was certainly important, Ferrero-Waldner said. She hoped that future cooperation would allow Egypt to build on the experience of its first-ever contested presidential elections in 2005, she said.

Dear Stan, APR 29,08MIKE EVANS

I am writing you from Israel after having an emergency meeting with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom I have known since he was 26 years old. I was horrified to learn that when President Bush comes to Israel for its 60th Anniversary in May, he has made the decision to mobilize Arab nations to come for a summit on the 17th & 18th of May.The purpose of this summit is to move forward with the Annapolis Road Map, the plan that will force Israel to give up a large percentage of Judea and Samaria, which they call occupied territories, and divide the Holy City of Jerusalem.It is extremely humiliating to think this would be America’s way of honoring Israel’s 60th year of prophetic rebirth. Even more outrageous, I saw the document confirming that the plan is to have this finalized by November 12, 2008.

I am asking you to vote and let President Bush know that you oppose him organizing a summit to divide Jerusalem on Israel’s 60th Anniversary.

He needs to hear from you loudly and clearly immediately.Send this to all of your friends and ask them to do the same. God’s words say that I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee.

Your Ambassador to Jerusalem,
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Insights into life, ideas for personal growth APR 29,08

GOOD MORNING! This Shabbat coincides with the Seventh Day of Pesach, a full-fledged holiday which extends to Sunday evening, the April 27th. The crossing of the Yam Soof, usually translated as the Red Sea, more correctly translated as The Reed Sea or Sea of Reeds, took place on this day. And thus continued the 50 day journey of self-perfection until the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.How do we begin to improve ourselves? It starts with a decision to change. What if you had a special clock on top of your television that was counting down the hours and minutes until you were to die? When would you get up, turn off the TV and do all the things that you planned to do, hoped to do or in passing thought about doing?

And what if in addition to your special clock, you had a special bank account where every morning you were credited in your bank account with $86,400 dollars on condition that you had to spend it all or lose it? What would you do? Spend it!! Well, you do have a special bank account called the Bank of Time! Each day you have exactly 86,400 seconds. What you don't invest wisely is written off each night. You can reap dividends, but you can't go into overdraft!

One has to value his time and know that it is limited in order to change. The Sephirat HaOmer period is about valuing time and about changing.


On the second day of Pesach, the Omer offering from the new barley crop was brought in the Temple in Jerusalem. It began a period of counting and preparation for Shavuot, the anniversary of the giving of the Torah and the yearly celebration of re-accepting the Torah upon ourselves. This period is called Sephirat HaOmer, the counting of the Omer.Forty-nine days are counted and on the fiftieth day is Shavuot, the Yom Tov celebrating the giving of the Torah. There is actually a mitzvah to count each specific day which is done at the completion of Ma'ariv, the evening service.

This is a period of national semi-mourning (no weddings or even haircuts). It was during this period that Rabbi Akiva's 24,000 students died for not showing sufficient respect for each other. It is a time for us to reflect how we look upon and treat our fellow Jews as well as the tragedies that have befallen us because of unfounded (self-justified) hatred. It is a wonderful time to undertake to do an extra act of kindness; this will help to help bring perfection to the world and unity amongst Jews.This is a period of national semi-mourning (no weddings or even haircuts). It was during this period that Rabbi Akiva's 24,000 students died for not showing sufficient respect for each other. It is a time for us to reflect how we look upon and treat our fellow Jews as well as the tragedies that have befallen us because of unfounded (self-justified) hatred. It is a wonderful time to undertake an extra act of kindness; this will help to bring perfection to the world and unity amongst Jews.

These 50 days also correspond to the seven weeks after the Exodus from Egypt when the Jewish people prepared themselves to receive the Torah at Mt. Sinai. When we left Egypt we were on the 49th level of Tuma, spiritual degradation. Each day we climbed one step higher in spirituality and holiness. Many people study one of the 48 Ways to Wisdom (Ethics of the Fathers, 6:6) each day as a means to personal and spiritual growth. Rabbi Noah Weinberg, the great educator and founder of Aish HaTorah, has his flagship series of lectures of the 48 Ways available on cassette, cd or mp3 download. You can even buy them on a specially pre-loaded mp3 player or Ipod! - available by calling (800) 864-2373 or at! I think of this series as the Jewish Dale Carnegie Course for getting the most out of life! It will be one of the great purchases in your life! For more on Sephirat HaOmer and the 48 Ways go to

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Torah Portion of the Week Pesach

The Torah reading for this Shabbat is Exodus 13:17-15:26 which tells the story of the Egyptians, having changed their minds about letting the Jewish people go, pursuing us unto the Yam Soof (Red/Reed Sea), the splitting of the sea, the salvation of the Jewish people, the drowning of the Egyptians, the song of rejoicing and thanks to the Almighty. We also read Shir HaShirim, The Song of Songs, the Megillah (scroll) which describes metaphorically the love affair of the Almighty and the Jewish people.On the last day of Pesach, Sunday, we read Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 from the Torah portion of Re'eh including the Second Tithe, remission of loans every seven years, directive to open your hand to the poor, laws of a Jewish bondsman and ending with details of the three Pilgrim Festivals - Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot - when all of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel would come to the Temple in Jerusalem to celebrate. Also, on Sunday is Yizkor, memorial prayers for parents who have passed on.

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Dvar Torah

The Torah states regarding the splitting of the Yam Soof (the Sea of Reeds which is commonly translated as the Red Sea) that:The Children of Israel came within the sea on dry land; and the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left. (Ex. 14:22)
Seven verses later the Torah states The Children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea; the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left. Why the change in the two reports of what happened? And why in the first report is the Hebrew word for wall spelled with the letter Vov and in the second report, it is spelled without the letter Vov? (There is significance and meaning to every word and every letter in the Torah.)The Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu Kramer, comments that there were two groups of people amongst the Jews at the Yam Soof. There were those who trusted implicitly in the Almighty and who jumped into the sea and found themselves on dry land. The other group did not have such a high level of trust in the Almighty - even though they had seen the Ten Plagues afflict the Egyptians and had witnessed the miracles accompanying the Exodus from Egypt; they waited until they saw the dry land and then went on the dry land in the midst of the sea.

Evidence for this interpretation, writes the Vilna Gaon, can be found in the Hebrew spelling of wall. Though it can be spelled and pronounced properly with or without the Hebrew letter Vov, without the Vov the word can be pronounced either Choma, wall or Chaima, anger. Thus, with the second group which expressed the lower level of trust in G-d, the continuation of the verse hints at the Almighty's anger at them for their lack of trust in Him.Our lessons: (1) realize that everything in the Torah is exact and intentional, has depth and must be studied for lessons in life and (2) We should strive to develop trust in the Almighty in our daily living.

I NTERCESSORS for the RESTORATION of ISRAEL An Intercessory Ministry Connecting Israel and the Nations A ministry of Out of Zion Ministries Mt Carmel, Israel.Website :

Shalom Intercessors,

Deuteronomy 32:1,2 - Listen O heavens and I will speak, hear O earth the words of my mouth, let my teaching fall like the rain, and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants, for I will proclaim the name of the Lord.David is preparing to leave to travel to Germany on Tuesday April 29th for a week of ministry in Pforzheim, Munich and Bonn ( Germany )He will return late Monday May 5th.Would you once again stand with me to cover him in prayer and prepare the way..............

Please pray

1) For travelling mercies, air, road and rail
2) Good health
3) Anointing on the message and the word of the Lord as it goes forth from Zion, into German hearts
4) The anointing to bring breakthrough in peoples hearts and minds
5) As the name and the word of the Lord is proclaimed, the Holy Spirit will bring awareness and revelation
6) Words of knowledge, and for people to be healed and delivered
7) Protection on our home, and family while David is away

Two people (who do not know one another) have given an exact word for David over the last two days.

They both heard the Lord say that His banner is over David..............A banner is a proclamation, a sign, an advertisement, , something that stands out with a fact or statement or message that people will become aware of or take notice of, something that attracts peoples attention, something that will generate interest in peoples lives...........So let us pray that as David goes forth once again with the banner of the God of Israel over Him, that His word and His name would be magnified, that it will bring awareness and generate interest, curiosity, it will draw people, it will bring revelation, it will accomplish His purposes ........... pray that the Lord's name and truth would bring fruit in peoples lives ... and His word would fall like the rain to soften hard hearts, and water hearts that are already open.

Thank you all so much for your faithfulness....................
Love and blessings to each of you

David & Josie Silver Out of Zion Ministries Mt Carmel Israel

New Zealand scientists thaw 1,000-pound squid corpse By RAY LILLEY, Associated Press Writer Tue Apr 29, 3:33 AM ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Marine scientists in New Zealand on Tuesday were thawing the corpse of the largest squid ever caught to try to unlock the secrets of one of the ocean's most mysterious beasts. No one has ever seen a living, grown colossal squid in its natural deep ocean habitat, and scientists hope their examination of the 1,089-pound, 26-foot long colossal squid, set to begin Wednesday, will help determine how the creatures live. The thawing and examination are being broadcast live on the Internet.The squid, which was caught accidentally by fishermen last year, was removed from its freezer Monday and put into a tank filled with saline solution. Ice was added to the tank Tuesday to slow the thawing process so the outer flesh wouldn't rot, said Carol Diebel, director of natural environment at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa.After it is thawed, scientists will examine the squid's anatomical features, remove the stomach, beak and other mouth parts, take tissue samples for DNA analysis and determine its sex, Diebel said.If we get ourselves a male it will be the first reported (scientific) description of the male of the species, Steve O'Shea, a squid expert at Auckland's University of Technology, told National Radio. He is one of the scientists conducting the examination.The squid is believed to be the largest specimen of the rare deep-water species Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, or colossal squid, ever caught, O'Shea has said.Colossal squid, which have long been one of the most mysterious denizens of the deep ocean, can grow up to 46 feet long, descend to 6,500 feet into the ocean and are considered aggressive hunters.

At the time it was caught, O'Shea said it would make calamari rings the size of tractor tires if cut up — but they would taste like ammonia, a compound found in the animals' flesh.Fishermen off the coast of Antarctica accidentally netted the squid in February 2007 while catching Patagonian toothfish, which are sold under the name Chilean sea bass.The squid was eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled from the deep. Recognizing it as a rare find, the fishermen froze the squid on their vessel to preserve it. The national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, later took possession of it.

The previous largest colossal squid ever found was a 660 pound female squid discovered in 2003, the first ever landed.Researchers plan to eventually put the squid on display in a 1,800 gallon tank of formaldehyde at the museum in the capital, Wellington.Colossal squid are found in Antarctic waters and are not related to giant squid found round the coast of New Zealand. Giant squid grow up to 39 feet long, and are not as heavy as colossal squid.On the Net:


Monday, April 28, 2008





7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Weather keeps Southern California wildfires burning
By Rex Crum, MarketWatch Last update: 2:53 p.m. EDT April 27, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Unseasonably hot temperatures are expected to continue for several days, making it difficult to continue a southern California wildfire that has so far caused the evacuation 300 homes near Los Angeles.Published reports said that the fires, centered around the city of Sierra Madre, Calif., have so far burned 350 acres as temperatures neared 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Officials in Sierra Madre, which is about 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles, said they believed it would take two to three days before the fires are under control.

Firefighters are trying to get the blaze under control in order to prevent a repeat of last year's fires that destroyed thousands of homes between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border.
Rex Crum is a reporter for MarketWatch in San Francisco.

1,000 flee foothill homes as wildfire burns near Los Angeles By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press Writer APR 28,08

SIERRA MADRE, Calif. - Darkness didn't keep firefighters from continuing to gain ground Monday on a 400-acre wildfire they have been battling all weekend near Los Angeles. It just meant a change in tactics.The hand crews are still making progress against the flanks of the fire, Cliff Johnson, fire information officer for the Angeles National Forest, said early Monday. (But) no aircraft are being used in the darkness.All of Sierra Madre's schools have canceled Monday classes, and the early season wildfire forced the evacuation of at least 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills. Authorities said no homes have burned.About 500 firefighters attacked the blaze, aided during the daytime by two helicopters and water-dropping air tankers, said city of Sierra Madre spokeswoman Elisa Weaver.This is pretty serious, Weaver said. Some of these areas have not burned in over 40 years.By Sunday evening crews had the fire 30 percent contained, Sierra Madre spokesman James Carlson said. Light winds and rising humidity were aiding firefighters, who hoped to have the blaze fully contained within a week, Carlson said.

Monday morning will see the return of firefighting aircraft and likely more ground crews, Johnson said.On Sunday, helicopters made water drops on a steep ridge above Sierra Madre near Bailey Canyon Wilderness Park, about 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles and just east of Pasadena. A fixed-wing water tanker also dropped flame retardant.Aircraft also were helping fire officials assess the movement of the blaze, which was had been creeping northwest into Angeles National Forest, Battalion Chief Tim Davis of the Forest Service said.It's very steep, inaccessible terrain, and it's very heavy brush, Davis said at a news conference. Very difficult and arduous labor for these crews. You can't get bulldozers into the majority of where these fingers of fire run.Two firefighters had minor injuries — one was treated for heat exhaustion, another for a strained knee, authorities said.The blaze stranded 50 guests from a wedding party at the Chantry Flats ranger's station on Saturday until they were airlifted out Sunday afternoon, Weaver said. It took five helicopter trips from the ranger's station to the wedding's parking area. The party then was escorted out by road.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire, first reported on a windy Saturday afternoon as temperatures approached 100 degrees.

Hundreds flee wildfires in Spain Sunday, 27 April , 2008, 09:18

San Sebastian (Spain): Hundreds of people fled wildfires on Saturday on the Spanish island of La Gomera, with some residents taking refuge on the beaches, provincial authorities said. Separate blazes broke out around the towns of Hermigua, Vallehermoso and Agulo in the northern part of the island. There were no immediate reports about the source of the fires. At least one house was destroyed by late Saturday. There were no reports of casualties.

Amid high winds driving the wildfires, dozens of fire-fighters and volunteers were battling the flames, with aerial support from tanker planes. Spanish military troops in the Canary Islands were expected to join the effort. La Gomera's Garajonay National Park, which is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, could be endangered by the blazes on the island.


MATTHEW 24:7-8
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

MARK 13:8
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

LUKE 21:11
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Series of quakes takes toll on rattled residents of Reno By MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press Writer Sun Apr 27, 10:20 PM ET

RENO, Nev. - Dozens of minor earthquakes shook Reno on Sunday as a series of temblors entered its third month and prompted some frazzled residents to leave their homes. More than 150 aftershocks have been recorded on the western edge of northern Nevada's largest city after a magnitude-4.7 quake hit Friday night, the strongest quake in a sequence that began Feb. 28. There were no reports of injuries or widespread damage.Scientists have urged residents to prepare for worse, saying the recent activity is unusual because the quakes started out small and continue to build in strength.

After being awakened as many as four times a night by quakes, retiree Sandra Petty decided to spend nights 10 miles away at the Sparks home of her daughter, Stefanie McCaffrey.The quakes have sent her emotions and nerves into a tailspin, McCaffrey said Sunday. She was exhausted, and she couldn't relax or unwind. She just needed to get away so she could have a good night's sleep.

Keith Phillips said he's going to live somewhere else, possibly with his children, until the activity settles down. He lives about a block from the epicenter of Friday night's quake, which cracked walls in his house and pushed one of his garages off its foundation.

I grew up in the Bay Area and went through some major quakes down there, Phillips told the Reno Gazette-Journal. Since we're right on top of the epicenter, I've never felt anything like this.The strongest aftershock Sunday measured 3 and was recorded shortly before 11 a.m.Three other quakes larger than magnitude 3 have struck areas scattered hundreds of miles apart across northern Nevada since Friday night's 4.7 quake in Reno.The quakes around Reno began a week after a magnitude 6 one in the northern Nevada town of Wells, near the Utah border. The Feb. 21 quake has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks.Scientists said they're unsure whether the seismic activity across the state, unusual for its basin-and-range topography, is related.Not enough is known about the faults and their history and what their role is, said Ken Smith of the seismological laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Reno temblors have prompted a flood of calls from homeowners to insurers about quake insurance.MetLife placed a 30-day moratorium on new coverage after a 4.2 quake jolted Reno on Thursday. Until then, the strongest quake in the sequence had been 3.6 on April 16.

Other insurers were expected to follow suit.

It probably will be extended, unfortunately, because of the one (Friday) night, MetLife agent Charlotte Eckmeyer said, adding that quake coverage just about doubles premiums.Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the nation behind California and Alaska. Reno's last major quake measured 6.1 on April 24, 1914.


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Flood forces 2nd day of evacuations in northern Ontario
Sun Apr 27, 12:12 PM

ST..JOHNS (CBC) - As many as 2,000 people were expected to be airlifted Sunday from three communities in northern Ontario after rapidly rising water levels and melting ice prompted local leaders to declare an emergency.The rising Albany River is threatening the communities of Kashechewan and Fort Albany near James Bay. Rising water levels were also threatening the community of Attawapiskat.
Hundreds of the most vulnerable residents were the first to be evacuated by plane on Friday and over the weekend. They were put up in motels, hotels or other accommodations in Cochrane, Greenstone, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.The Ontario communities of Kapuskasing, Elliot Lake and Geraldton and as far south as Stratford will also be receiving people.The evacuation plan had been in place for about a year, and the federal and provincial governments were awaiting a call from the community to kick their plans into gear, said Barry Radford, a spokesman for Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources in Huntsville, Ont.
Radford said the evacuations would depend on the weather and the water levels: That'll determine when we start and when we finish, he said.Although Kashechewan is perennially beset by flooding, conditions this year are particularly bad, Radford said.Residents are expected to be away from home for six to eight weeks.With files from the Canadian Press.

Fierce snowstorm temporarily closes Trans-Canada Highway
Sun Apr 27, 9:48 AM

A stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in southeastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario was reopened Sunday, a day after poor visibility and treacherous driving conditions forced police to shut it down.The highway was closed for about 24 hours from Falcon Lake, Man., to Thunder Bay, Ont., as a snowstorm hammered the area, bringing high winds and up to 20 centimetres of snow.The closure forced dozens of cars and trucks to turn around. Many drivers waited out the storm in Falcon Lake, about a 90-minute drive east of Winnipeg.In Winnipeg, about 20 people were stranded at the Greyhound bus depot after their driver was forced to turn back from Falcon Lake.While the highway has been reopened, a Department of Transportation spokesman told CBC News that road conditions were still far from ideal on Sunday morning.Most highways in southeastern Manitoba were in poor shape with icy and snow-packed sections.

Northeast soaker ahead Mark Avery APR 28,08

Heavy rain is expected over much of the Northeast over the next couple of days. An area of low pressure will move up the Appalachians through Wednesday. This low will bring in moisture off of the Atlantic Ocean, and with an upper level trough digging into the region, brings a chance at some heavy rain particularly over New England. Rainfall amounts over 2 inches are expected from around Philadelphia to Burlington, Vermont, to near Bar Harbor, Maine. Rain over 3 inches is expected from New York City to Augusta, Maine, to near Albany. This amount of rain can and will cause localized flooding, especially in New England at least through Wednesday. Flood watches are posted for much of New Hampshire and western Maine, with more possible. The upper trough, currently moving out of the Great Lakes, will stall out over eastern Canada over the next several days, bringing a chance at some scattered showers to the interior Northeast for much of the week ahead. Farther south, locally heavy rain is also possible as far south as North Carolina. Rainfall amounts are not expected to be quite as dramatic as what is expected in the Northeast, but much of North Carolina and Virginia could see around an inch of rain before ending tonight.


5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)

Oil nears $120 following labor and military strikes By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer APR 28,08

VIENNA, Austria - Oil prices hit an all-time high near $120 a barrel Monday after a weekend refinery strike closed a pipeline system that delivers a third of Britain's North Sea oil to refineries in the U.K. The shutdown comes amid supply outages in Nigeria that have helped to support oil against a strengthening dollar.We've got a confluence of a number of events that have really disrupted crude oil supply, said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with Purvin & Gertz in Singapore. That's what's driving oil to a new record even though the U.S. dollar actually strengthened a bit.Light, sweet crude for June delivery rose to a record $119.93 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract eased back to $119.04 a barrel by noon in Europe, up 52cents from Friday's close of $118.52.BP PLC on Sunday shut down the Forties Pipeline System that carries more than 700,000 barrels of oil a day to the U.K. because of a 48-hour walkout by employees at a refinery in central Scotland.

Workers walked out of the Grangemouth refinery vowing not to give ground in their dispute with refinery owner Ineos over plans to close a generous pension scheme to new employees. Ineos chief executive Tom Crotty said it could take a week for the plant to return to production once the strike ends on Tuesday. BP said its pipeline could be up and running within 24 hours.BP's Kinneil plant, the onshore processing center for the pipeline system, is powered from the Grangemouth site.With the refinery being shut down, it will affect supplies from the North Sea and that has a potentially significant impact, said David Moore, a commodity strategist with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney. That comes at the same time that there's production disruptions from Nigeria so the combined effect of those is the immediate factor that's put pressure on oil prices.Analyst Stephen Schork also attributed the bullish market to the combination of events stoking supply concerns.News that BP shut-in 40 percent of the Forties Pipe compounded the latest headline out of Nigeria regarding a rebel attack near that country's largest oil and gas export terminal on Bonny Island, he said, in his Schork Report. Thus, all of that bubble talk aside, the market looks stronger than ever.In Nigeria, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, said its fighters hit an oil pipeline late Thursday, the fourth conduit the group has attacked in the past week. MEND said the pipeline belongs to a Royal Dutch Shell PLC joint venture. A Shell spokesman confirmed one of its pipelines had been hit, but provided no additional details.Separately, workers at an ExxonMobil Corp. joint venture there cut production by an unspecified amount to demand more pay.Demand is high for Nigeria's light, sweet crude, which is easily refined. After years of militant attacks, however, Nigeria's output is dropping and the country can produce only about 75 percent of its official production capacity of 2.5 million barrels per day.

This week, the oil market is also expected to closely watch the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.The central bank's policymakers will meet to decide whether to lower interest rates again and to issue an updated assessment of the U.S. economy and financial system. Most investors believe the Fed will lower rates by another quarter percentage point — and that it will also suggest it may temporarily halt its round of recent cuts.There are a lot of expectations that the Fed will make an announcement that they will take a pause in interest rate cuts, Shum said. If that's the case, then the U.S. dollar may bottom out and that could cause some pullback in oil pricing.Many analysts believe the weakness of the dollar is a bigger factor than supply and demand because the soft dollar draws investors worried about inflation into commodities such as oil and gold. It also makes commodities less expensive for buyers operating in other currencies.In other Nymex trading, heating oil futures were flat at $3.310 a gallon while gasoline prices moved up slightly to fetch $3.0568 a gallon. Natural gas futures added over 10 cents to sell at $11.072 per 1,000 cubic feet. Brent crude futures rose 73 cents to $117.07 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Associated Press writer Gillian Wong contributed to this report from Singapore.


then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

JAMES 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 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.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM

Stocks head for higher open amid merger talk, earnings reports By JOE BEL BRUNO, AP Business Writer APR 28,08

NEW YORK - Stocks headed for a higher open Monday amid more speculation about mergers and acquisitions, and ahead of a handful of earnings reports on tap for the session. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. shares will be in focus after The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported that Mars Inc. and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. may be close to buying the company for more than $22 billion. The acquisition of the maker of Doublemint gum could be announced as early as Monday.Meanwhile, Continental Airlines Inc. said late Sunday it would not be part of any merger in the near future, a surprise announcement after weeks of speculation it would link up with United Airlines to create the world's biggest airline. Continental Chairman and Chief Executive Lawrence Kellner told employees the Houston-based airline was better off alone just one week after United shocked Wall Street with a $537 million first-quarter loss.Visa Inc. will post quarterly results late in the day. The world's largest credit-card processor is expected to report strong profits for the second quarter, driven by faster growth overseas.Health insurer Humana said Monday that increased Medicare Advantage membership helped drive first-quarter profit above Wall Street expectations, as it raised its outlook for the full year.

Humana Inc.'s net income grew to $80.2 million, or 47 cents per share, from year-ago profit of $71.2 million, or 42 cents per share.
Others reporting results include Verizon Communications Inc., Sysco Corp., and Tyson Foods Inc. So far about half the Standard & Poor's 500 have reported results.Dow Jones industrial average futures rose 35, or 0.31 percent, to 12,910. Standard & Poor's 500 index futures were up 5.70, or 0.41 percent, at 1,402.80, while Nasdaq 100 index futures added 8.00, or 0.43 percent, to 1,929.00.Stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the Dow industrials rising 42 points and the S&P 500 up 9 points. The major indexes finished last week moderately higher.Bond prices were expected to decline ahead of the Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting on Wednesday, where central bankers are expected to lower interest rates by a quarter point. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, rose to 3.89 percent from 3.87 percent late Friday.A spike in oil prices is also expected to pressure stocks. A barrel of light crude rose 48 cents to $119 in premarket trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The dollar was lower against other major currencies, while gold prices fell.Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.22 percent. In morning trading, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.67 percent, Germany's DAX index added 1.10 percent, and France's CAC-40 rose 0.93 percent.On the Net:New York Stock Exchange: Stock Market:

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TR BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).

Confusion reigns on EU treaty
27 April 2008 By Tom McGurk

Do you have any idea what you’re being asked to vote on in the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty? Here we go again: it’s European déja vu time. Once more, we are facing into a monumental political decision that will define our democracy for generations to come. Once more, we are being reminded that we are only being asked because apparently our Constitution is tiresomely democratic. Once more, we have hardly any idea just what it is we are being asked to do.Once more, we are being asked to trust those who apparently know better than us: the political classes and the Eurotocracy. In the meantime, as the argument rages on and on, don’t for God’s sake let anyone mention the European Constitution.If you thought the Maastricht and Nice masterpieces needed a whole afternoon in a political seminar to understand, then try Lisbon. It is the Finnegans Wake of EU treaties, a masterclass in confusion and obscurity.It would be funny if it weren’t so serious; indeed, were any student in Europe to submit the Lisbon Treaty as an academic political thesis, they might well be thrown out of their faculty.

Why is this? Why is it so beyond the literary abilities of our Brussels bureaucrats to produce something that is reasonably intelligible? The answer, I believe, is neither sinister nor conspiratorial as some have suspected, but rather more arcane.

Lisbon represents the final confused consensus of over 20 governments all seeking simultaneously to do two opposite things: to create a new governing structure for Europe, while at the same time covering their political backs.Their agreement was the mere icing on an enormous cake of confusion which now threatens to collapse under the weight of its hundreds and hundreds of parliamentary drafts and redrafts. Is it any wonder how it tastes, given the number of cooks of this broth? Here is a document of monumental confusion for a new European political experiment, which in itself reeks of monumental confusion. European federal state or European super-state or European union of states: basically, it’s whatever you are having yourself.So, let’s start this whole debate leading up to our referendum by asking some leading questions. I won’t attempt to answer them myself for the very good reason that I don’t have all the answers, but apparently those who are recommending a Yes vote to Lisbon do.

1. Does Lisbon implement the 2004 EU Constitution indirectly, rather than directly? Does Lisbon in effect make us citizens of a supranational European Federation? While we would retain our Irish citizenship, would the rights and duties attaching to our EU citizenship have primacy over those of our national citizenship in any case of conflict between the two?

For example, look carefully at the wording of part of the amendment that we are being asked to accept: No provision of this (Irish) Constitution invalidates laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the state that are necessitated by membership of the European Union, or prevents laws enacted, acts done or measures adopted by the said European Union or by institutions there of, or by bodies competent under the treaties referred to in this section, from having the force of law in the state. In other words, is this the moment when primacy passes from the Irish Constitution to the European version?

2.Howcan the total change in the EU’s qualified majority voting methods envisaged by Lisbon not diminish Irish ambitions? For example, when Ireland joined the EEC in 1973,we had three votes in the formation of European laws, as against ten each for the big states, slightly under one third the weight of the big boys.

Under the current Nice Treaty arrangements, we have seven votes as against 29 each, just less than one-quarter. Under Lisbon, Ireland’s vote would be based on relative populations: we would have four million people as against Germany’s 82 million, that is one-twentieth, and an average of 60 million each for France, Italy and Britain, one-fifteenth.

Under Lisbon, Germany’s relative voting weight vis-a-vis the other 26 member states would more than double, from its current 8 per cent to 17 per cent; France’s would go from 8 per cent to 13 per cent and Britain and Italy’s from 8 per cent to 12 per cent each.

Ireland’s voting weight would fall to one-third its present level of 2 per cent to 0.8 per cent. Ireland’s share in a blocking minority in Council of Ministers voting would go from its current 7.7 per cent to 2.4 per cent, while Germany’s would go from 32 per cent to 48 per cent.

3.Lisbon will reduce EU Commissioner numbers from 27 to 18, meaning that, for five out of every 15 years, there will be no Irish voice on the commission. Is this acceptable?

4.Lisbon envisages that, in future, countries can only suggest someone for membership of the commission, instead of proposing them, as is the case now. Is this acceptable?

5.Who can deny that Lisbon will utterly transform law-making in the EU? It envisages the EU- as opposed to the Dáil - making new laws in some 30 new areas, including civil and criminal law, justice and policing, public services, immigration, energy, transport, tourism, space, sport, culture, civil protection, intellectual property, public health and the EU budget.

There would be majority voting, too, by EU foreign ministers as regards implementation of decisions in foreign policy. Furthermore, under Lisbon, the Irish government has retained the right to opt into or out of specific EU laws or measures in the crime and justice area, in order to keep in line with Britain’s similar opt-out. However, the government has indicated its desire to opt in fully to EU crime and justice laws at the earliest opportunity and it states that, if Lisbon is ratified, it will review its position in three years.

Of course, there are other major questions, like the militarisation of the EU and the future power of the European Court as the final arbiter of our rights, as opposed to the current status of the Irish Supreme Court and Strasbourg.Astonishingly, the Lisbon Treaty, which will so utterly transform EU citizenship, has sought no wider popular mandate other than a parliamentary one, with the sole exception of Ireland. So are we to be seen as Europe’s democratic saviours or as Europe’s political boot-boys? As we ponder this truly unreadable document, why should we be treated with contempt by some Europeans for even pondering it? And, most importantly of all, could voting No to it be our attempt to save Europe from itself?

Finally, given that we have already rejected notions of ‘European constitutions, what did Valery Giscard d’Estaing mean when he said: The difference between the original constitution and the present Lisbon Treaty is one of approach, rather than content . . .The proposals in the original constitutional treaty are practically unchanged.They have simply been dispersed through the old treaties in the form of amendments. Why this subtle change? Above all, to head off any threat of referenda by avoiding any form of constitutional vocabulary. . .But lift the lid and look in the toolbox: all the same innovative and effective tools are there, just as they were carefully crafted by the European Convention.

Clear votes for new EU Treaty in Denmark, Austria and Germany[de] Published: Friday 25 April 2008

The ratification process for the new Treaty gained momentum yesterday (24 April) as the Danish and Austrian parliaments approved the text, which also easily passed Germany's lower House. The votes in Vienna and Copenhagen mean the Treaty has now been adopted in 11 out of 27 countries.

In Denmark, parliament ratified the new Treaty with a clear 90-25 majority, while 64 MPs, including Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, were absent during the vote. The populist Danish People's Party, which has otherwise backed Rasmussen's minority government in recent years, voted against ratification. Earlier on Thursday, Austria's upper House followed the example of the lower House in approving the treaty with a strong 151-27 majority thanks to the support of the ruling Social Democrats, the conservative People's Party and the opposition Greens. The two right-wing opposition parties, the FPÖ and the BZÖ, voted against it. President Heinz Fischer now has to sign the Treaty for it to be ratified, but this is considered a formality. Commission President José Manuel Barroso welcomed the support for the Treaty in Austria and Denmark, saying the ratification process is now well advanced and I look forward to its successful conclusion.

Meanwhile, the lower House of the German parliament, the Bundestag, approved the treaty with 515 MPs voting in favour and only 58 against it - a considerably higher show of support than the required two-thirds majority. A second and final vote is now expected to take place in Germany's upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, next month. Speaking ahead of the vote, Chancellor Angela Merkel described the treaty as good for Europe and a win for Germany. It would provide a solid basis for Europe to move forward, said the chancellor, who was one of the main driving forces towards agreeing the treaty. Joseph Daul, the leader of the EPP-ED group, called the vote a milestone in the ongoing ratification process.

Bavarian MEP Peter Gauweiler of the Christian Socialist Party (CSU) was among the few not to join the pro-European chorus, announcing that he planned to take legal action against ratification of the Treaty before the country's highest court. What the Treaty brings Brussels in terms of new competences is not compatible with our democratic principles, Gauweiler told the Saarbrücker Zeitung.

Simlar feelings are being voiced by the eurosceptic Czech parliament. It asked the nation's Constitutional Court yesterday (24April) to review whether or not the Lisbon Treaty is constitutional. The proposal was initiated by the right-wing Civic Democrats of Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who founded the party, is also a critic of the treaty but has pledged not to block its ratification. For the Treaty to enter into force, all 27 member states have to ratify it. Ahead of Austria and Denmark, nine countries had already given their approval to the next, namely Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and Portugal.Ireland is set to be the only country to hold a referendum on the Treaty, which is scheduled for 12 June.


DANIEL 7:23-25
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.( BE HEAD OF 3 NATIONS)
25 And he (EU PRESIDENT) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.(3 1/2 YRS)

DANIEL 8:23-25
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king (EU DICTATOR) of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,(FROM THE OCCULT) shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:(SATANS POWER) and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;(JESUS) but he shall be broken without hand.

DANIEL 11:36-39
36 And the king (EU DICTATOR) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers,(THIS EU DICTATOR IS JEWISH) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.(CLAIM TO BE GOD)
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces:(WAR) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god,(DESTROY TERROR GROUPS) whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many,(HIS ARMY LEADERS) and shall divide the land for gain.

19 And I saw the beast,(EU LEADER) and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse,(JESUS) and against his army.(THE RAPTURED CHRISTIANS)

Europe News
Czech Republic and Slovakia agree to form joint military unit
Apr 26, 2008, 8:14 GMT

Prague - The Czech Republic and Slovakia have agreed to form a joint military unit of 1,500 soldiers, reports said Saturday in Prague-based newspapers. The unit is expected to operate from 2009 in the European Union. The project is one of the largest between the two countries since they split amicably in 1993, Czech Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova and Slovakian Defence Minister Jaroslav Baska said at the signing of the agreement. The unit would form part of the EU's planned rapid reaction force for international conflicts.


LUKE 21:11
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

EU's GPS satellite in orbit Sun Apr 27, 5:52 AM ET

MOSCOW - An experimental satellite for a much-delayed European Union rival to the United States' GPS navigation system blasted into orbit Sunday after a successful launch atop a Russian rocket, the Russian and European space agencies said. The Giove-B satellite shot into space atop a Soyuz-FG rocket launched from the Baikonur facility in Kazakhstan, entering orbit at 8:01 a.m. (0201GMT) as planned, the Russian space agency Roskosmos said.The EU called the launch a key step toward its planned global satellite navigation system, Galileo.The launch of Giove-B is the best possible proof that Galileo is well on its way and is the symbol of European excellence in this new and major technology, an EU statement quoted Jacques Barrot, the European Commission's vice president in charge of transport, as saying.Barrot and other senior EU officials monitored the launch from the Fucino control center in Italy.Giove-B is the second satellite to be launched for Galileo. It will test technologies to be used in the system, including an atomic clock that the EU says will be the most accurate in space.Touted as technologically superior to GPS, Galileo is scheduled to be operational by 2013 but has encountered delays. Its first satellite was launched in 2005, but the second missed its late 2006 launch due to a short-circuit problem in final testing.Late last year, European Union governments had to agree to a taxpayer bailout after a consortium of private companies from France, Germany, Spain, Britain and Italy walked away from the project in a financing dispute.

Galileo promises to more than double existing GPS coverage, providing navigation for motorists, sailors, pilots and emergency rescue teams. It would improve coverage in high-latitude areas such as northern Europe, and in big cities where skyscrapers can block signals.Galileo is to include 30 satellites. The next step is the planned launch by 2010 of four operational satellites designed to ensure that the system works.


1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.


12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

ISAIAH 60:9-10
9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

ISAIAH 2:1-5
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

MARK 11:9-10,15-17
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.


Jerusalem's Wailing Wall at risk of collapse
By Carolynne Wheeler in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 2:16am BST 28/04/2008

For thousands of years it has withstood fires, floods and earthquakes. But now a portion of one of Judaism's holiest sites, Jerusalem's Western Wall, is crumbling.The rabbi charged with watching over the structure, which the faith believes to be the last remnants of a retaining wall from the ancient Second Temple, has warned that a section repaired more than a century ago is again at risk of falling.Mourning prayer: a young Jew at Jerusalem's Western Wall which is losing its mortar to the rain.Because the weakened stonework is high on the 60ft wall, the danger from any falling fragment to the crowds who pray at its foot each day is particularly acute.We found that the stones at the bottom of the wall, the stones from the Second Temple period, were strong and stable, said Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch. However, we discovered that there are problems with the smaller stones, those at the top of the wall.

His warning came as Israel hosted record numbers of tourists for the Passover holiday and prepares for high-profile visitors for the 60th anniversary of its founding, next month. World leaders including the American President, George W Bush, the former prime minister Tony Blair, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, are to be joined by others such as the Google founder, Sergey Brin, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerman at a conference hosted by Israel's president, Shimon Peres.A pilgrimage to the wall is a standard part of dignitaries' visits and it receives an estimated six million visitors each year, including Israeli army recruits and tour buses of young Jews on their first visit to the Holy Land. Last week, the grand limestone plaza in front of it, also known as the Wailing Wall or in Hebrew as Ha Kotel, was crowded with families holding bar mitzvahs for excited young sons, tour groups and visitors from around the globe.The damage was discovered just before Passover as religious leaders cleared thousands of written prayers tucked into the stones of the wall, according to Jewish tradition. Twice a year, thousands of such entreaties, which also arrive by email and post, are gathered and buried on the Mount of Olives so as not to desecrate the contents.The Western Wall is believed to date from 20BC, when King Herod the Great first ordered the construction of the Second Temple, a project that took 46 years to complete. Roman legions razed the temple in AD70, and today the wall that remains is thought to be the only surviving portion of Judaism's holiest site.Along with the massive stones commissioned by Herod, the wall contains stones placed by the Umayyad dynasty in an eighth?century restoration. But the section crumbling is at the very top, where a series of smaller, uniformly sized stones were added in the 1800s under the financing and supervision of British financier and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore. Restoration experts say the more modern cement used as mortar to hold those stones together has been eroded more quickly by wind and rain than the ancient preparations used on the lower levels. The result is that several are now poised to fall.

Israel's Antiquities Authority has said there is no immediate risk to visitors, since the heavy winter rains have passed. But the repair work is to begin almost immediately, to ensure it is completed before the return of worse weather in the autumn.We know it is old stone and we have some crumbling, said Raanan Kislev, head of the conservation at the authority. The repair will be a delicate operation: Jewish religious law forbids the removing of any stone from the wall, and rabbis are divided over who is even permitted to carry out such work.Traditionally, Jews are forbidden to set foot on the ancient site of what they believe to be the Temple Mount, so the rabbi said much of the work would have to be conducted using cranes rather than scaffolding. Jewish workers on the project will also have to undergo ritual baths.

Jews in Israel and the Diaspora follow the peace process closely and a majority of them favour the two-state solution. As Yoram Ettinger explains below, this is due in part to their fear of the alleged Demographic Time Bomb. TED BELMAN ISRAPUNDIT

Yoram Ettinger explains.

1. Support – among Israeli Jews – for the proposed Palestinian state (Two States Solution) is soft and reluctant, according to a March 31-April 1 poll conducted by the Tel Aviv University Center For Peace Research.

2. The establishment of the proposed Palestinian state is supported by 68%, many of whom – other than the Israel ’s traditional Left – subordinate their security and historical concerns to their demographic concern. However, the demographic scare has been debunked by the Bennett Zimmerman-led American-Israel Demographic Research Group (AIDRG), as summarized below.

3. 55% of Israeli Jews define Judea & Samaria as Liberated Territory ,compared with 32% who consider it Occupied Territory , in defiance of a 15 year old Political-Correctness promoted by Israel ’s government, media, academic and k-12 education systems.

4. 57% of Israeli Jews do not accept the Green Line as Israel ’s border, compared with 23% who accept it.

5. 49%:43% oppose an agreement, which entails painful concessions -a code name for substantial withdrawals.

6. 47%:40% of Israeli Jews consider the 1993 Oslo Accord a mistake.

7. 75% of Israeli Jews don’t believe that negotiation would lead to an agreement with the Palestinians. 75% believe that even if an agreement would be concluded, the Palestinians would not consider it an end to their conflict with Israel .

8. Most Israeli Jews oppose the tangible – potentially lethal - consequences of the Two State Solution. Their soft & reluctant support of the Two State Solution has been based on unfounded demographic fatalism. It has benefited from the absence of a systematic, full scale educational media campaign, highlighting historical, security and demographic aspects of Judea & Samaria mountain ridges (the Golan Heights of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the 9- 15 mile sliver along the Mediterranean, surrounded by the conflict-ridden, volatile, violent, non-compliant Arab Mideast, which is yet to experience inter-Arab peace).The American-Israel Demographic Research Group (AIDRG) Key Findings April 2008

Western taxpayers have provided, since 1994, a multi-billion dollar foreign aid to the PA, based on dramatically inflated Palestinian numbers. President Bush stated that Prime Ministers Sharon and Olmert argued that Israeli territorial concessions were required, in order to spare Israel a demographic calamity. Really?

I. AIDRG documents a 1.1MN (46%) inflation in the official number of Palestinians in Gaza, Judea & Samaria (2.7MN and not 3.8MN) and a 53% inflation in the official number of Palestinians in Judea & Samaria alone (1.5MN and not 2.3MN). The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) includes in its census some 400,000 overseas residents, 200,000 Israeli ( Jerusalem ) Arabs who are also counted as Green Line Arabs, ignores about 200,000 emigrants (since 1997), etc. The World Bank documents a 32% gap between the PCBS and the Palestinian Ministry of Education - documented – number of Palestinian births.

II. A long-term 67% Jewish majority on 98.5% of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean (without Gaza ). A long-term 60% Jewish majority west of the Jordan River compared with 33% and 8% minority in 1947 and 1900 respectively.

III. Arab fertility rate (within the Green Line) has declined 20 year faster than conventionally projected – due to modernity and integration - while Jewish fertility rate is rising.

IV. A 40% rise in annual Jewish births (from 80,400 to 112,000) and a stagnation of annual Arab births (39,000) in the Green Line during 1995-2007. Arab-Jewish gap of fertility (number of children per woman) reduced from 6 in 1969 to 0.8 in 2006. Arab fertility rate has declined, in Judea & Samaria, to about 4.5 since its peak (about 8) in the late 1980s.

V. Arab-Jewish fertility rates have converged in Jerusalem – 3.9 children per woman – for the first time since 1948.

VI. Net annual emigration of over 10,000 has characterized Judea & Samaria (mostly) and Gaza Arabs since 1950: 12,000 in 2004, 16,000 in 2005 and 25,000 in 2006.

VII. The Jewish State has benefited from annual Aliya (immigration) since 1882. Repeatedly, since 1948, Israel ’s demographic establishment has projected no waves of Aliya.

VIII. Secular Olim (immigrants) from the former Soviet Republics experience fertility increase from the Russian rate of one child per woman toward the average secular Israeli rate of 2.2.

IX. Repeatedly, projections of demographic doom have been refuted by robust Jewish demography between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean . For example, Ben Gurion was urged by Israel ’s demographers to delay declaration of independence, lest the 600,000 Jews of 1948 become a minority by 1967!

X. There is a demographic problem, but it is not lethal, and the demographic trend is Jewish and not Arab. The demographic momentum is shifting from the Arab to the Jewish sector. Demography constitutes a strategic asset, not a liability, for the Jewish State.

As Israelis come to understand there is no demographic time bomb, they will be more inclined to vote against the two-state solution. But many will still favour the two-state solution because they do not want another 1.1 million Arabs in the country even if Israel gets to keep the Westbank and Jerusalem.But what happens if that ratio is improved by a program to induce Arabs to leave with generous financial support and by expelling everyone connected to terror.And what if a constitution is passed which protects Israel as a Jewish state and new citizenship rules are passed which require a loyalty test and knowledge of Hebrew and National service.

This suggests they will strongly support annexation of Judea and Samaria rather than painful concessions.Ted Belman


GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

2 PETER 2:5
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2 PETER 3:7
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men

16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you( sudden) terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

ISAIAH 33:1,18-19 Woe to thee that spoilest,(destroys) and thou wast not spoiled;(destroyed) and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil,(destroy) thou shalt be spoiled;(destroyed) and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

American, Iraqi troops kill 38 militants in Baghdad By SELCAN HACAOGLU, Associated Press Writer APR 28,08

BAGHDAD - American and Iraqi troops killed 38 militants in the fiercest clashes with militants in weeks in Baghdad, including 22 who attacked a military checkpoint in a Shiite militia stronghold, the U.S. military said Monday. Suspected Shiite extremists, apparently taking advantage of a sandstorm that blanketed the capital, attacked several checkpoints and hammered the U.S.-protected Green Zone in the fiercest salvo in weeks on Sunday. The sandstorm had grounded the American aircraft that normally prowl for launching teams.Attacks continued Monday morning as insurgents lobbed more rockets or mortar shells toward the Green Zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and much of the Iraqi government on the west side of the Tigris River, benefiting from continued limited visibility that gave cover to the launching teams. Alarms could be heard and the public address system in the area warned residents to take cover and stay away from windows.The U.S. Embassy on Monday confirmed the area was hit by indirect fire, the military's term for rocket or mortar attacks, and said there were no reports of serious injury or deaths at this time.While the sandstorm eased, the militants continued to benefit from low visibility that gave cover to the launching teams from the U.S. attack aircraft that normally target them.The fighting escalated as anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, rejected terms set by the Iraqi government for lifting a crackdown against his Mahdi Army militia.

He also has threatened to launch an open war against the U.S.-led foreign troops — a move that would lift a nearly 8-month-old cease-fire and jeopardize recent security gains.In a step to avoid a full-blown confrontation with the government, al-Sadr on Friday called for an end to Iraqi bloodshed. But the attacks against Iraqi military checkpoints Sunday suggested that patience was running thin within the ranks of the Mahdi Army.American commanders have blamed what they call Iranian-backed Shiite factions they say have broken with a cease-fire imposed by al-Sadr in late August.The clashes Sunday were concentrated in Sadr City, the stronghold of the Mahdi Army, where U.S. soldiers used Abrams main battle tanks to repel the attackers.The American and Iraqi soldiers came under attack by a large group of criminals, the U.S. military said in a statement.Fifty-eight people, including five children and eight women, were also injured in clashes in Sadr City since Sunday, local health officials said Monday.On Sunday, the U.S. military claimed success with operations that have effectively sealed off the southern section of Baghdad's Sadr City, a militia stronghold that is believed to be one of the prime launching sites for the Green Zone attacks.The Green Zone has been regularly shelled since fighting broke out over a U.S.-backed government crackdown against militias that began in late March. American commanders have blamed what they call Iranian-backed Shiite factions they say have broken with a cease-fire imposed by al-Sadr in late August.

On Sunday, Al-Sadr's spokesman in the holy city of Najaf called the Shiite-led government's terms for ceasing the crackdown against the militias illogical.Salah al-Obeidi accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, himself a Shiite, of wanting to resolve the problem by force instead of dialogue. Chief among al-Maliki's demands announced Friday were that the militias surrender heavy weapons and hand over all wanted people.Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, the Iraqi military spokesman for Baghdad operations, on Sunday said the government would maintain the crackdown.Meanwhile, representatives from rival factions in Iraq — senior Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish politicians — said Monday that all parties agreed to renounce violence at weekend talks in Finland facilitated by former peace negotiators in Northern Ireland and South Africa. The representatives said that all parties agreed that foreign troops must leave Iraq, but only when Iraqi forces are ready to assume responsibility for security. Associated Press writer Hamid Ahmed in Baghdad and Matti Huuhtanen in Helsinki, Finland, contributed to this report.

Passenger train collision kills 70 in eastern China By ANITA CHANG, Associated Press Writer APR 28,08

BEIJING - A high-speed passenger train jumped its tracks and slammed into another train in eastern China on Monday, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 400. Authorities were quoted as saying human error was to blame. The death toll could rise, with 70 people hospitalized in critical condition after the pre-dawn crash in a rural part of Shandong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.It said a total of 420 people had been hurt in China's worst train accident in a decade. No foreigners were among the dead.Xinhua said investigators had ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash. Its English report said it was human error, while its Chinese-language report attributed the crash to negligence, without giving other details.Xinhua said two high-ranking railway officials in Shandong had been fired.The crash just before the May Day long weekend holiday happened when a train traveling from Beijing to Qingdao — site of the sailing competition during the Olympics in August — derailed and hit a second passenger train just before dawn. Nine of the first train's carriages were knocked into a dirt ditch, Railway Ministry spokesman Wang Yongping said in a statement.

The second train on its way from Yantai in Shandong to Xuzhou in eastern Jiangsu province was knocked off its tracks although it stayed upright. News photos showed several of its carriages sitting across the train tracks just outside the city of Zibo.News photos showed rescuers pulling passengers from a carriage sitting on its side. Survivors bundled in white bed sheets from the sleeper cars stood or sat near the wreckage.Xinhua said bloodstained sheets and broken thermos flasks could be seen on the ground beside the twisted train cars.It did not say how many people were on both trains.Most passengers were still asleep, but some were standing in the aisle waiting to get off at the Zibo railway station, one passenger surnamed Zhang told Xinhua.I suddenly felt the train, like a roller coaster, topple ... to one side and all the way to the other side. When it finally went off the tracks, many people fell on me, Zhang said.Zhang, who was on the train from Bejing, was injured when the train toppled into farmland beside the track. She said local villagers used farm tools to smash train windows to pull out trapped passengers.I saw a girl who was trying to help her boyfriend out of the train, but he was dead, Zhang said.A 38-year-old woman told Xinhua that she and daughter, 13, escaped unhurt by scrambling through a huge crack in the floor of their carriage.

Four French nationals — three from one family — were among the injured.Xinhua said heavy cranes were being used to move the wrecked rail cars, with workers aiming to reopen the line by early Tuesday, a little more than 24 hours after the accident.One villager who witnessed the rescue operation said ambulances ferried the injured away for more than three hours. There were a lot of police and soldiers around and I saw a lot of ambulances going back and forth, the villager told The Associated Press. He would give only his surname, Wang. It was the second major railway accident in Shandong this year. In January, 18 people died when a train hurtling through the night at more than 75 miles per hour slammed into a group of about 100 workers carrying out track maintenance near the city of Anqiu. According to the news Web site, it was the worst train accident in China since 1997, when another collision killed 126 people. Trains are the most popular way to travel in China, and the country's overloaded rail network carried 1.36 billion passengers last year, Xinhua said. That is slightly behind India, which had 1.4 billion passengers last year, according to the Indian National Railways Web site.


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