Monday, June 30, 2008




Sex OK at 9, says Saudi cleric Muhammad is model we follow. He took Aisha to be his wife when she was 6 June 27, 2008
12:15 am Eastern 2008 WorldNetDaily

Age, or lack thereof, is no hindrance to marriage under Islam, according to Ahmad Al-Mu'bi, an officiant for marriages from Saudi Arabia who says sex at 9 is fine.According to a video of the Saudi official recorded and translated by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, Al-Mu'bi has confirmed that marriage contracts are appropriate for girls as young as age 1.And he said the model for marriage continues to be Muhammad, who married one of his wives when she was but 6.The video comes from a broadcast on LBC Television on June 19, according to the MEMRI report.Al-Mu'bi said, Marriage is actually two things: First we are talking about the marriage contract itself. This is one thing, while consummating the marriage – having sex with the wife for the first time – is another thing.There is no minimal age for entering marriage. You can have a marriage contract even with a 1-year-old girl, not to mention a girl of 9, 7, or 8. This is merely a contract [indicating] consent. The guardian in such a case must be the father, because the father's opinion is obligatory. Thus, the girl becomes a wife, he said.

But is the girl ready for sex or not? What is the appropriate age for having sex for the first time? This varies according to environment and traditions. In Yemen, girls are married off at 9, 10, 11, 8, or 13, while in other countries, they are married off at 16. Some countries have legislated laws forbidding having sex before the girl is 18, he said.He confirmed, The Prophet Muhammad is the model we follow. He took Aisha to be his wife when she was 6, but he had sex with her only when she was 9.An interviewer asked: My question to you is whether the marriage of a 12-year-old boy to an 11-year-old girl is a logical marriage permitted by Islamic law.

If the guardian is the father... There are two different types of guardianship. If the guardian is the father, and he marries his daughter off to a man of appropriate standing, the marriage is obviously valid, said Al-Mu'bi.People find themselves in all kinds of circumstances. Take, for example, a man who has two, three, or four daughters. He does not have any wives, but he needs to go on a trip. Isn't it better to marry his daughter to a man who will protect and sustain her, and when she reaches the proper age, he will have sex with her? Who says all men are ferocious wolves?" Al-Mu'bi said.MEMRI also recently reported that Hamas Minister of Culture Atallah Abu Al-Subh made a statement on Al-Aqsa Television that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has worked diligently to help establish a Palestinian state, should be condemned as a murderer.Every proud Palestinian views you as a murderer, and sees the blood of the children of Palestine between your lips and on your fangs. I pray to Allah that you will soon slither away, Al-Subh in a statement aired by Al-Aqsa.A year ago, WND reported an online forum tied to the website of Hamas posted a photo of a little girl in a combat vest and the head band of the terrorist Al-Qassam Brigades.The message accompanying the photo said the girl is part of the Muslim generation which will go down in history [as a generation] … that refused to [accept] humiliation and defeat.MEMRI is an independent nonprofit that monitors and reports on media broadcasts and publications in the Middle East.

The organization previously has featured messages to children about Nahoul, the bee, weeping over his martyred family as well as the martyrdom of Farfour, the Mickey Mouse-lookalike.Hamas, which won a majority in parliament in January 2006 elections, officially is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. As WND reported, a prominent Hamas leader recently was captured on video boasting of using children, women and the elderly as human shields in its firefights with Israeli soldiers.

Sunday, June 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.

Tropical storm Fengshen kills 9 in China Sat Jun 28, 2:21 AM ET

BEIJING - The Chinese government says Tropical Storm Fengshen has killed at least nine people in southern China. The storm hit China this week after killing at least 540 people in the Philippines.
Chinese authorities say the storm destroyed more than 1,200 houses and damaged roads, crops and power lines in Guangdong province, which abuts Hong Kong, the government's Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.Xinhua says nine people were killed but gave no details. It said economic losses totaled 1.2 billion yuan ($175 million).The report said the storm also dumped rain on the inland province of Jiangxi as it moved north before weakening.

Tropical Storm Boris forms in Pacific Sat Jun 28, 12:39 AM ET

MEXICO CITY - Tropical Storm Boris has formed off Mexico's Pacific coast, but is not threatening land. Miami's National Hurricane Center says the storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph on Friday. The storm was located on Friday night 645 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California.Forecasters say the storm is moving northwest out to sea at 10 mph.

Midwest levee breaks, corn price at new high By Carey Gillam Fri Jun 27, 6:30 PM ET

WINFIELD, Missouri (Reuters) - The Mississippi River on Friday burst through an earthen levee that may have been weakened by burrowing muskrats, swamping a Missouri town and adding to billion-dollar losses in U.S. Midwest flooding that has fueled fears of soaring world food prices. The levee break, the 36th in the last two weeks, sent a torrent of muddy water into Winfield, a town of about 800 people north of St. Louis, where officials said about 3,000 acres of crop land was submerged.In all about 40,000 acres of land has now been flooded in Missouri.Fears that as many as 5 million acres of corn and soybeans have been lost to flooding in the world's largest grain and food exporter have pushed corn and livestock prices to record highs in the last week.The Midwest storms and torrential rains have killed at least 24 people since late May. More than 38,000 people have been driven from their homes, mostly in Iowa where 83 of 99 counties have been declared disaster areas.Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt said up to 150 homes may be flooded in Winfield, where volunteers had labored for a week fortifying levees and piling sandbags. They began again at a fall-back position on Friday to prevent more widespread damage.They really are involved in a race against that water, Blunt told reporters. It's really just a reminder of how powerful a force the Mississippi River is.


Officials said the levee break began in an area where muskrats, semi-aquatic rodents common in U.S. lakes and streams, had been digging.We believe the original breach was attributed to animal burrows created sometime in the past and even though the holes were plugged, the area remained problematic, the Lincoln County Emergency Operations Command said in a statement.Scattered heavy rains again were reported in the region on Friday and forecasters warned more flooding was a threat because the sodden ground can absorb little more.But the National Weather Service forecasts for Saturday and Sunday called for rains to ease off in the worst-hit areas.Heavy rains this month have caused more than $6 billion in crop damage in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska, a key growing region of the world's biggest grain and feed exporter, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.It's a tragic, devastating disaster, Russ Kremer, a grain and livestock farmer who is president of the Missouri Farmers Union, said of the worst Midwest floods in 15 years.He said towns like Winfield and hundreds of thousands of acres of prime crop land submerged in the region represent a complete loss for a lot of people. It will have a significant effect on the market.Corn prices hit a record at the Chicago Board of Trade in overnight screen trading on Friday at $8.25 per bushel in the July 2009 contract, more than double the 40-year average.Corn is the main feed for livestock, is used for ethanol fuel and contributes to hundreds of other food and industrial products throughout the economy.Before the floods, stockpiles of corn in the United States -- which ships 54 percent of all world corn exports -- had already been projected to fall to 13-year lows next year. So the effect on global food prices as U.S. prices rise has alarmed everyone from central bankers to food aid groups.


Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said on Friday that 45,000 square miles of the state had been hit by tornadoes or flooding, including 340 towns, with extensive damage to road and rail lines at a cost reaching into the tens of billions of dollars.We are beginning a (recovery) effort which could take years, Culver said told reporters.

Iowa officials said this week at least 2.5 million acres

of corn and soybeans, well above 10 percent of planted acreage in the top U.S. producing state for those crops, needs to be replanted. But it is too late in the season for good yields on replanted fields. Jason Roose, an Iowa corn and soybean farmer who is an analyst for U.S. Commodities in Des Moines, said he had planned to replant his acreage this week. But it didn't happen. I'm not able to do anything, and everyone else around here is in the same boat, he said. The Des Moines Register reported that the first half of 2008 was the wettest in Iowa since record-keeping began in the 19th century, with nearly 2 feet (0.7 meter) of rain. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where 4,000 homes were flooded two weeks ago, the city's broken sewage treatment plant was reported allowing 25 million gallons of raw sewage to drain into the Cedar River daily.

Chemicals from farm fields and other toxic substances left behind as waters recede have created a potential health threat. But drinking water supplies remain unpolluted in most areas. (Additional reporting by Lisa Shumaker and Sam Nelson in Chicago. Writing by Michael Conlon in Chicago; Editing by Peter Bohan and Xavier Briand)

Omaha residents face up to a week without power By JOSH FUNK and ANNA JO BRATTON, Associated Press Writers JUNE 28,08

OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraska's largest city struggled Saturday to restore power to thousands of residents a day after a severe storm damaged homes, uprooted trees and killed two people in a neighboring community. It could take a week to fully restore electricity after high winds from Friday's storm, officials said. The storm is one of the worst the Omaha Public Power District has dealt with, said CEO Gary Gates.Nearly 50,000 customers remained without power Saturday afternoon, utility spokesman Jeff Hanson said. At the peak of the failures, 126,000 customers lacked electricity.We've made very good progress so far with our restoration efforts, but as the work proceeds we're going to see fewer repairs that restore power to large numbers of customers, Gates said.Some customers might not have power restored until next Saturday, Gates said.The storm ripped off some roofs and damaged others, shattered windows, and toppled trees. Several homes will be declared unlivable, but city and county officials did not know how many.High winds predicted for Saturday never materialized, alleviating fears of further damage and disrupted recovery. A dry weekend forecast was expected to help the cleanup effort.The city released untreated sewage into the Missouri River for several hours until a generator restored operations early Saturday, public works director Bob Stubbe said. People were warned not to wade or swim in the river at Omaha or for miles downstream.Friday's storm killed two people in Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the river from Omaha. A tree fell on the car they were in, also injuring a woman.Those were the only deaths or serious injuries reported from the storm, which also interrupted practice for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials at Omaha's Qwest Center.Swimmers returned early Saturday for the first of two practice sessions. The eight-day meet to decide the U.S. Olympic team begins Sunday, with 1,250 swimmers competing.Much of the debris outside the arena had been cleaned up Saturday, but the building's electrical system was still being assessed, officials said. Damaged ceiling panels were being replaced.To the east, windy storms on Saturday knocked down a tent at an art fair in suburban Chicago. Witnesses told WBBM-AM radio that paramedics treated about six people at the scene.The storms left more than 30,000 people without electricity in the state.


8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Pesticides in sunken Philippine ferry halt search By OLIVER TEVES, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 27, 9:02 AM ET

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine officials suspended attempts to retrieve bodies from a sunken ferry on Friday due to fears of toxic chemicals in the hold. Tests revealed no contamination but officials said the search would not resume until the dangerous cargo was removed.Vice President Noli de Castro told reporters that 22,000 pounds of the pesticide endosulfan intended for pineapple plantations of Del Monte Philippines went down with the ferry when it capsized in a typhoon Saturday in the central Philippines.

Transportation Undersecretary Maria Elena Bautista, head of the task force overseeing the retrieval operations, said divers will not be allowed to resume the search for bodies until the toxic cargo is safely removed. Norlito Gicana, executive director of the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority, said tests of four water samples from the ship indicated no contamination.The area has been found uncontaminated at this point, so while it's uncontaminated, we have to take the cargo out, Bautista said. A team of foreign divers with special chemical-resistant suits will examine the cargo and recommend how to haul it out of the ship, she said.More than 100divers, including eight U.S. servicemen, have joined the search.It remained unclear how many of the 850-plus passengers and crew were trapped when the 23,824-ton Princess of the Stars went belly up during the powerful typhoon, leaving just the tip of the bow jutting from the water.Only 56 survivors have been found, while 146 bodies have washed ashore or been recovered at sea, coast guard Commander Danilo Avila said.Typhoon Fengshen also left 540 people dead and 277 missing elsewhere in the country, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.Bautista said ferry owner Sulpicio Lines violated maritime rules that prohibit carrying toxic or hazardous substances in passenger ships.De Castro said the government is considering filing charges against Sulpicio.


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.



Smoky skies threaten health in fiery California By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer JUNE 28,08

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities. Air pollution readings in the region are two to 10 times the federal standard for clean air, Dimitri Stanich, spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, said Saturday.Some areas are experiencing the worst air quality on record, with the smoke hanging down to the ground like a fog.Air quality agencies are especially concerned about high readings of small-particle pollution. The tiniest particles can penetrate past the body's immune defenses, traveling deep into the lungs and the bloodstream.When you have it on the scale we are seeing now, it is very dangerous to the general public health, Stanich said. This is a very serious problem.Changing weather brought smoke-clearing breezes and brief relief to some areas Saturday, but it could also bring lightning storms similar to the ones that ignited fires across Northern California a week ago.Thunderstorms could strike anywhere in the northern Sierra Nevada or the northern Central Valley on Saturday night, said National Weather Service forecaster Johnnie Powell in Sacramento.The thunderstorms could also bring a small amount of much-needed rain, he said. The front was expected to pass by Sunday, setting up a second week of abysmal air quality.The renewed threat of dry lightning and stiffer breezes that could stir the wildfires led fire officials to declare a "red flag warning" — meaning the most extreme fire danger — until 5 a.m. Monday for Northern California.

On Saturday, President Bush issued an emergency declaration for California and ordered federal agencies to assist in firefighting efforts in many areas. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had made the request on Friday.More than 15,000 firefighters, 1,000 fire engines and more than 80 helicopters and aircraft were fighting more than 1,000 fires Saturday, said Ruben Grijalva, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.The summer has just begun, and fire conditions will only get tougher, Grijalva warned in a weekly radio address on behalf of the governor.Areas hardest hit include Butte County, where 31 fires have burned 19 square miles and threatened 1,200 homes; Mendocino County, where 121fires have burned 45 square miles and threatened 900 homes; and Shasta and Trinity counties, where about 160 fires have burned 58 square miles and threatened 230 homes.South of the tourist town of Big Sur in the Los Padres National Forest, a wildfire that started three weeks ago had burned 92 square miles and destroyed 16 structures including two homes. It was 80 percent contained Saturday.Stanich, of the Air Resources Board, advised people to stay inside and keep activity to a minimum. Children, the elderly and people with heart and lung problems are particularly vulnerable, but pollution levels are high enough to affect healthy adults.Health officials have reported an increase in people complaining of eye and throat irritation and coughing. The poor air can also trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis.They said surgical masks, wet cloths and bandanas are not enough to filter the smoke. Only N95- and P100-rated masks filter out the smallest and most dangerous particles.Some veterinary offices said pet owners were bringing in dogs and cats with symptoms ranging from weepy eyes and irritated skin to difficulty breathing or unusual lethargy. Vets were advising that pets remain inside until the smoke clears. Smoky air canceled this weekend's 100-mile Western States Endurance Run for the first time in its 31-year history. The decision disappointed 370 runners who had traveled from as far away as Africa for the annual race from Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe to Auburn in the Sierra foothills. In Sonoma County, the limited visibility kept the Energizer Bunny and dozens of other colorful hot air balloons from lifting off during Saturday's Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. Cities also closed public pools, canceled softball games and called off July Fourth fireworks displays. Schwarzenegger urged residents not to buy fireworks this year and said local governments should consider an outright ban, though he would not impose one statewide. In central New Mexico, a blaze caused by lightning that forced the evacuation of 400 people was 35 percent contained. Thunderstorms were forecast, and firefighters welcomed the possibility of rain but feared that winds could change the fire's direction. Associated Press writers Terence Chea and Amanda Fehd contributed to this report.



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



Oil the wild card in predicting stock rebound By JOE BEL BRUNO, AP Business Writer Sat Jun 28, 4:22 AM ET

NEW YORK - Investors who remember the stock market's steep and prolonged decline earlier this decade may be wondering if the recovery from Wall Street's current morass will also take several years to accomplish. The dot-com bust, terrorist attacks, recession and corporate wrongdoing combined to send stocks plunging in 2002. Today's market has some similar problems, in particular the troubled economy and a devastated industry — this time, it's the financial sector. But there's one variable that may be impossible to resolve: oil prices that have more than doubled in a year and show no signs of abating.The economic gloom is far greater today then it was in 2002 because we have concern about worldwide inflation and what oil is going to do to the economy, said Alfred E. Goldman, chief market strategist at Wachovia Securities. "The problem for investors is when all of this is going to end, and the bottom line is nobody knows. Nostradamus wouldn't have known, neither would Albert Einstein.Crude oil has risen nearly 44 percent in the past five months, and OPEC's president said this week he believes oil could rise to between $150 and $170 a barrel this summer; it closed at a record high past $142 a barrel on Friday. That's still lower then the $200 peak recently forecast by economists at investment bank Goldman Sachs.The uncertainty about where energy prices are going makes it harder for economists to make forecasts. Many believe the high price of energy will eventually reverse after oil goes so high that demand shrivels and supplies increase — but calculating a timeline is difficult.

That leaves investors just along for the ride, Wachovia's Goldman said.Wall Street saw a return this past week of the volatility that had pummeled stocks since last summer but disappeared for a while during the spring. Investors were rattled not only by the uncertainty about oil's impact, but discouraging outlooks for the financial, high-tech and automotive industries.This past week, the Dow Jones industrials plunged 4.2 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500shed 3 percent and the Nasdaq composite index fell 3.8 percent.The market is worried about the direct correlation between the cost of energy, especially gasoline, and consumers' spending habits. Higher pump prices mean Americans might think twice about discretionary items like going out to dinner, buying new clothes, or paying for a new big screen television. Or buying a new car.Consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic growth. Though there are no signs that spending has dried up entirely, many market observers fear it could happen — especially as gasoline hovers near a national average of $4.08 per gallon.

Wall Street's low point in 2002 was attributed to a host of problems such as the accounting fraud at corporate names like Enron, Adelphia Communications and WorldCom. Global tensions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks also hung over the market. There was still fallout from the near-collapse of the high-tech industry, and the country's collective problems had also sent the economy into recession.But, with oil at about $30 a barrel, inflation was under control. The market's troubles were not seen as a systemic risk, as they are today.I knew we'd get through all the problems in 2002 because it was your plain vanilla, fairly shallow recession," said Stephen Leeb, president of New York-based Leeb Capital Management and author of The Oil Factor.Right now, I think we're in one of the most threatening crisis of our history, and it is going to take a Manhattan Project to figure out what to do and it will take billions of dollars to implement it, he said, referring to the program during World War II to build the atomic bomb. It can't immediately be cured because we need long-term answers.The Federal Reserve, which kept interest rates on hold this past week, is well aware of the problem of expensive oil. The Fed statement released after its rate decision said the rise in energy prices are likely to weigh on economic growth over the next few quarters.But, Leeb and others believe this isn't something the Fed can solve on its own. The central bank's weapon against inflation is raising interest rates, which runs the risk of slowing down an already fragile economy.The higher oil goes, the more important of an issue it will become during the election cycle: Washington needs to actively take charge if we want to turn this situation around, he said. People are recognizing that the Fed is now in a total box.


ROMANS 1:29-32
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher By DOUGLAS BIRCH, Associated Press Writer Sat Jun 28, 3:08 PM ET

MEYRIN, Switzerland - The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August. But some critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists' wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth? Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump? Ridiculous, say scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French initials CERN — some of whom have been working for a generation on the $5.8 billion collider, or LHC.Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on, said project leader Lyn Evans.David Francis, a physicist on the collider's huge ATLAS particle detector, smiled when asked whether he worried about black holes and hypothetical killer particles known as strangelets.If I thought that this was going to happen, I would be well away from here, he said.The collider basically consists of a ring of supercooled magnets 17 miles in circumference attached to huge barrel-shaped detectors. The ring, which straddles the French and Swiss border, is buried 330 feet underground.The machine, which has been called the largest scientific experiment in history, isn't expected to begin test runs until August, and ramping up to full power could take months. But once it is working, it is expected to produce some startling findings.Scientists plan to hunt for signs of the invisible dark matter and dark energy that make up more than 96 percent of the universe, and hope to glimpse the elusive Higgs boson, a so-far undiscovered particle thought to give matter its mass.

The collider could find evidence of extra dimensions, a boon for superstring theory, which holds that quarks, the particles that make up atoms, are infinitesimal vibrating strings.The theory could resolve many of physics' unanswered questions, but requires about 10dimensions — far more than the three spatial dimensions our senses experience.The safety of the collider, which will generate energies seven times higher than its most powerful rival, at Fermilab near Chicago, has been debated for years. The physicist Martin Rees has estimated the chance of an accelerator producing a global catastrophe at one in 50 million — long odds, to be sure, but about the same as winning some lotteries.By contrast, a CERN team this month issued a report concluding that there is no conceivable danger of a cataclysmic event. The report essentially confirmed the findings of a 2003 CERN safety report, and a panel of five prominent scientists not affiliated with CERN, including one Nobel laureate, endorsed its conclusions.Critics of the LHC filed a lawsuit in a Hawaiian court in March seeking to block its startup, alleging that there was a significant risk that ... operation of the Collider may have unintended consequences which could ultimately result in the destruction of our planet.One of the plaintiffs, Walter L. Wagner, a physicist and lawyer, said Wednesday CERN's safety report, released June 20, has several major flaws, and his views on the risks of using the particle accelerator had not changed.On Tuesday, U.S. Justice Department lawyers representing the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation filed a motion to dismiss the case.The two agencies have contributed $531 million to building the collider, and the NSF has agreed to pay $87 million of its annual operating costs. Hundreds of American scientists will participate in the research.The lawyers called the plaintiffs' allegations extraordinarily speculative, and said there is no basis for any conceivable threat from black holes or other objects the LHC might produce. A hearing on the motion is expected in late July or August. In rebutting doomsday scenarios, CERN scientists point out that cosmic rays have been bombarding the earth, and triggering collisions similar to those planned for the collider, since the solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago.

And so far, Earth has survived.

The LHC is only going to reproduce what nature does every second, what it has been doing for billions of years, said John Ellis, a British theoretical physicist at CERN. Critics like Wagner have said the collisions caused by accelerators could be more hazardous than those of cosmic rays. Both may produce micro black holes, subatomic versions of cosmic black holes — collapsed stars whose gravity fields are so powerful that they can suck in planets and other stars. But micro black holes produced by cosmic ray collisions would likely be traveling so fast they would pass harmlessly through the earth. Micro black holes produced by a collider, the skeptics theorize, would move more slowly and might be trapped inside the earth's gravitational field — and eventually threaten the planet. Ellis said doomsayers assume that the collider will create micro black holes in the first place, which he called unlikely. And even if they appeared, he said, they would instantly evaporate, as predicted by the British physicist Stephen Hawking.

As for strangelets, CERN scientists point out that they have never been proven to exist. They said that even if these particles formed inside the Collider they would quickly break down. When the LHC is finally at full power, two beams of protons will race around the huge ring 11,000 times a second in opposite directions. They will travel in two tubes about the width of fire hoses, speeding through a vacuum that is colder and emptier than outer space. Their trajectory will be curved by supercooled magnets — to guide the beams around the rings and prevent the packets of protons from cutting through the surrounding magnets like a blowtorch. The paths of these beams will cross, and a few of the protons in them will collide, at a series of cylindrical detectors along the ring. The two largest detectors are essentially huge digital cameras, each weighing thousands of tons, capable of taking millions of snapshots a second. Each year the detectors will generate 15 petabytes of data, the equivalent of a stack of CDs 12 miles tall. The data will require a high speed global network of computers for analysis.

Wagner and others filed a lawsuit to halt operation of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, or RHIC, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York state in 1999. The courts dismissed the suit. The leafy campus of CERN, a short drive from the shores of Lake Geneva, hardly seems like ground zero for doomsday. And locals don't seem overly concerned. Thousands attended an open house here this spring. There is a huge army of scientists who know what they are talking about and are sleeping quite soundly as far as concerns the LHC, said project leader Evans.

U.S. proposes new Mideast talks: Palestinian official By Wafa Amr Sat Jun 28, 12:36 PM ET

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The United States has proposed new talks in a push to reach a deal on Palestinian statehood before President George W. Bush leaves office in January, the chief Palestinian negotiator said on Saturday. Ahmed Qurie said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had invited the Israelis and Palestinians to a series of trilateral discussions in New York and Washington.He added that if Israel changed some of its positions on key issues, we can reach a deal by the end of this year.Earlier this month Qurie said it would take a miracle to reach agreement in 2008. It was unclear what had changed since.Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said some progress had been made and a deal was doable, but none of the issues have been agreed yet.Qurie said negotiations were at a similar point to the one they reached in 2000when statehood talks in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Taba ended without agreement.Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas launched the first round of peace talks in seven years in Annapolis, Maryland, last November.

Bitter disputes over Jewish settlements in the West Bank have undercut U.S. efforts to reach a peace agreement this year.Olmert is involved in a corruption scandal that could force him from office and further disrupt peace talks.His spokesman Mark Regev said: Israel remains committed to the Annapolis framework of trying to reach a historic joint document by the end of this year. Important progress has happened but much work remains ahead.

Negotiators from both sides said progress has been made on some issues and they had started drafting a position paper to try to narrow the gaps between them.Israeli officials say headway has been made on the key question of borders.Among the most difficult stumbling blocks in talks have been the fate of Jerusalem and of Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlements, borders, security, and water.Palestinian negotiators said they had rejected an Israeli proposal to set aside the issues of refugees and Jerusalem for three years.


Qurie said the Palestinians were seeking a state in the West Bank and Gaza, lands Israel occupied during the 1967 Middle East war, and were ready for a swap of equal areas of territory with Israel.
He said the Palestinians had rejected Israeli proposals to annex large settlement blocs in the West Bank and negotiate about the rest of the land.The Israelis began with one position and then changed it, based on accepting facts created on the ground ... We have rejected this Israeli approach, Qurie said. He said the Palestinians would reject any suggestion of an Israeli military presence in a future Palestinian state but would not object to the deployment of foreign or United Nations troops to oversee the implementation of a final deal. In a bid to push the two sides to reach a deal this year, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met negotiators from both sides in Berlin last week on the margins of an international donors' conference. Qurie said Rice had suggested holding more trilateral meetings in July in Washington, in September in New York on the margins of a United Nations General Assembly meeting, and again on November 15 in Washington. (Editing by Andrew Roche)

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.(TRADE 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).

Austrian leader calls for referendum if EU treaty changed
HONOR MAHONY 27.06.2008 @ 09:27 CET

Austria's chancellor, Alfred Gusenbauer, has said that if any changes are made to the Lisbon Treaty following its rejection by Irish voters earlier this month, then it should be put to a referendum in his country.We think any future changes to the treaty that affect Austrian interests must be decided in Austria by a referendum, Mr Gusenbauer said in an open letter published in tabloid daily Kronen Zeitung.A lot of people are under the impression that the EU is not concerned with their real problems but that it is interested above all in looking after itself.The letter was also signed by the president of the Social Democrats, Werner Faymann.The social democrats are part of the ruling coalition, along with the centre-right Austrian People's Party, in Austria.The letter says that if a new-look treaty has to be ratified again in Austria, then the social democrats want to convince their coalition partner to take the referendum route.

There is also in Austria widespread scepticism about the EU at the moment. After the vast majority of Austrians voted in favour of EU membership in 1994, today we see a mood of uncertainty and sometimes also rejection.Austria's parliament has already ratified the treaty, making it one of the 20 national assemblies to have done so.But Ireland's rejection of the treaty on 12 June has brought the EU's institutional woes once more to the fore as all 27 member states have to ratify it for it to come into force.

Plassnik: Big mistake

Since the vote, EU leaders have been wracking their brains over how to get the Lisbon Treaty into place anyway but without giving the impression that Irish vote does not matter.The most likely course is set to be a second referendum on the document including some special provisos for Ireland, possibly on neutrality and tax issues.

So far there has been little political appetite to re-open negotiations on the document, which is already a result of bitter discussions after the rejection of the EU constitution in 2005. The move by the leading Social Democrats has already caused strong divisions among the ruling parties.Foreign minister Ursula Plassnik, from the centre-right, said that the call for a popular vote is just a disguise for an anti-European stance and called it a big mistake.Othmar Karas, the head of Austria's centre-right in the European Parliament, said that the Social Democrats have removed themselves from the role of constructive partner in the EU.But Hannes Swoboda, vice-president of the Socialists in the EU assembly, told Der Standard newspaper: It is not possible any other way - it cannot go on like this.He suggested that revising the treaty and putting it for parliamentary ratification again would not get through as the mood among the population is too negative.

According to Mr Swoboda, similar discussions are being had in Greece and the Netherlands and the Social Democrats' move would put other member states under pressure to make a such a promise.Until now, among Austria's political parties, only the far-right FPOe and BZOe had called for a referendum.

UK millionaire's Lisbon Treaty challenge defeated
LEIGH PHILLIPS 26.06.2008 @ 09:27 CET

UK millionaire Stuart Wheeler's attempt to force a referendum in Britain on the Lisbon Treaty via a High Court order have been defeated.Two judges, Lord Justice Richards and Mr Justice Mackay, rejected on Wednesday (25 June) Mr Wheeler's claim that there was a legitimate expectation of a referendum on the text.We have found nothing in the claimant's case to cast doubt on the lawfulness of ratifying the Lisbon Treaty without a referendum, said the judges in their decision, with the treaty now set to become UK law after its parliamentary and royal approval earlier this month.The court also refused Mr Wheeler, who made his fortune from spread-betting, permission to appeal, due to the serious legal, constitutional and public interest issues arising in the case.His lawyers had argued that as the Labour Party had promised a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty in their 2005 election manifesto, the British electorate could legitimately expect a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, which features many similarities with its predecessor.

Despite the judges' decision on the possibility of an appeal, Mr Wheeler has instructed his lawyers to mount a fresh legal challenge.

Treaty 'cannot come into force' says Czech president

Separately, while the Lisbon Treaty may have received good news from the UK court, Czech president Vaclav Klaus has said the treaty cannot come into force.In an interview with Spanish daily El Pais, the eurosceptic Mr Klaus said: The EU cannot ignore its own rules. The Lisbon Treaty has been roundly and democratically rejected by Ireland, and it therefore cannot come into force.Any attempt to ignore this fact and make recourse to pressure and political manipulation to move the treaty forward would have disastrous consequences for Europe, he added.Asked whether the country will ratify the treaty, the president said Since the treaty must unanimously be ratified of all the member states of the EU and one of them has already rejected it, the final result of the ratification will be the same. With or without the Czech vote, the Treaty of Lisbon will not be ratified, he concluded.

Czech prime minister has different ideas

However, the Czech president was contradicted by the country's head of government. Prime minister Mirek Topolanek said he was optimistic that ratification of the Treaty would move ahead.Mr Topolanek, spoke on Wednesday following a Berlin meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel and Slovak prime minister Roberto Fico ahead of commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring - a short-lived period in 1968 of political liberalisation under Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek, a communist reformist.

Mr Topolanek said that parliamentary ratification would proceed as soon as the Czech constitutional court had vetted the EU document.I am in any case an optimist on this question, he said.Ms Merkel added: If my Czech colleague is an optimist, then I am an optimist too.

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

Italian plans to fingerprint Roma criticised as ethnic cataloguing RENATA GOLDIROVA 27.06.2008 @ 17:35 CET

Italy has found itself under heavy criticism for a proposed crack-down on clandestine migration by fingerprinting Roma individuals, including children, with the European Commission admitting such a move would violate EU anti-discrimination rules and respect for fundamental rights. According to Italian media reports, interior minister Roberto Maroni has announced plans to conduct a census under which all the Roma will be fingerprinted. The last census showed that there are around 80,000 Roma children in Italy (Photo: Amnesty International)

It is a proper census to guarantee that those who have the right to stay can live in decent conditions and to let us send home those who don't have the right to stay in Italy, Mr Maroni said. The minister - a member of the anti-immigration Northern League, which entered the Silvio Berlusconi's government following elections in April - has rejected accusations of ethnic cataloguing.The European Commission, tasked to oversee whether EU legislation is properly applied in member states, was at first reluctant to react to statements by a politician. Only when journalists insisted, the commission spokesperson said: If you what to know an answer to whether it is possible, the answer is implicitly clear, the answer is no.The spokesperson underlined that Brussels is as attached to fundamental rights and the fight against discrimination as any other European institution. The question will be put to the Italians at the very moment when a member state decides to use a legal tool to fulfil its declarations, he added. Earlier this week, the plans to fingerprint Italy's Roma community drew comparisons to the policies of Benito Mussolini, the country fascist leader during the second world war. I remember when I could not go to school with the others, Amos Luzzatto from Italy's Union of Jewish Communities said, according to the Daily Telegraph. There is a latent racism in Italian culture and it manifests itself cyclically, Mr Luzzatto added, stressing that taking the fingerprints of youngsters from one ethnic group implies that you consider them to be congenital thieves.UNICEF, the UN organization advocating children rights, has expressed shock and deep concern and called the proposal provocative. But despite sharp criticism, Mr Maroni has defended the plan, saying this is the right path. The people like UNICEF, who complain, should visit the camps and see the conditions in which children live, he said, the Daily Telegraph reports. Some 160,000 Roma are estimated to live in Italy. Many live there without official permission and have set up temporary camps. The most recent census recorded 80,000 of them as being minors.Amid claims of rising crime that the right blames on immigrants, the Italian government has kicked off a legislative process aimed at tightening up the country's immigration policy. For example, it is to be a crime punishable by up to four years in jail to enter the country illegally. The UN High Commission for Refugees has previously urged Italy to drop its intention to make illegal immigration a criminal offence. It said one in three people who arrive in Italy seek asylum.

Firestorm in Swedish media over EU blogger registry.The report calls on the European Commission and EU member states to apply competition law to the media to ensure media pluralism (Photo: European Commission)TERESA KUCHLER AND LEIGH PHILLIPS 27.06.2008 @ 09:34 CET

Swedish media have erroneously reported that the EU plans to register and bill all bloggers, setting off a firestorm of reaction in the country.Politicians of all political stripes and most major media outlets have since furiously attacked the idea as another example of Big Brother snooping into people's daily lives, while the MEP at the heart of the controversy has been compared to Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.The papers later specified that the proposal had originated in a month-old report on media pluralism from the parliament – a document that has little legal weight – and intended to clarify the legal situation of bloggers, but by then the debate in the press had already reached a fevered pitch.Exchange the EU for China, and you would have a real media outcry, wrote Sören Karlsson, publisher of the daily Helsingborgs Dagblad and himself an eager blogger, who damned the 'blogger registry' as a threat to freedom of speech.

We would have found it insane.

Sven-Åke Olofsson, political editor of daily Helsingborgs Dagblad, and also a blogger, wrote in his paper: Here they try to introduce laws and regulations in an area that is not possible to regulate. It seems useless and proves an authoritarian attitude towards freedom of speech.The Estonian MEP who drafted the media pluralism report, socialist deputy Marianne Mikko, has been the target of much of the criticism.In Ceausescu's Romania, everybody who owned a type writer had to hand in a paper with typing samples, so that the authorities more easily could fight enemies of the state and ordinary criminals, recalled Peter Swedenmark, an editorial writer for daily Västerbottens Folkblad. Unfortunately, in the naive proposal from Mikko, there seem to be some kinship with the Romanian line, he continued.A conservative MEP also used the opportunity to attack the registry. Christopher Fjellner, from the centre-righ EPP-ED grouping in the parliament said to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet: The report shows proof of immense ignorance among our decision makers. It is such an incredibly stupid proposal, he said, adding that Ms Mikko's education as a journalist under the former Soviet Union must have given her an old-fashioned perspective on the media landscape.

She has a hole in her head, he concluded.

The media storm reached such a frenzy that the European parliament's Swedish press sector on Thursday afternoon was forced to send out a press release to all Swedish media, explaining that MEPs' own-initiative reports such as that of Ms Mikko had next to no legal weight.The bureau also underlined that the parliament does not have the right to initiate legislation, something that can only be proposed by the European Commission.The main recommendations in the report call on the European Commission and EU member states to apply competition law to the media to ensure media pluralism.Its other major recommendations include the creation of media pluralism ombudspersons in the member states; the development of European core curriculum for media literacy; and for the commission to ensure that regulations governing state aid not be used to undermine public service media.The report does however also call for a clarification of the legal status of webblog authors and wants to see a disclosure of interests, and the voluntary labelling of webblogs. The MEPs that approved the report were concerned that the legal situation of bloggers regarding source protection was unclear and that laws in Europe did not cover where liability was assigned in the event of lawsuits.Speaking to the EUobserver, Ms Mikko clarified her intentions: We do not need to know the exact identity of bloggers. We need some credentials, a quality mark, a certain disclosure of who is writing and why. We need this to be able to trust and rely on the source.The Economist is a valuable brand, its articles are trusted by readers without contributors having to reveal their names, she said. If there is a way to validate the best bloggers the same way that publishing in the Economist validates its writers, it should be done.

It is clear that a Harvard professor of international relations is likely to treat, for instance, the Middle East peace process or European integration in an educated and balanced manner, she added. The same trust cannot be put in a radical high school student from Gaza or a Eurosceptic who has never been out of his village.The reader should know why this or that blogger should be trusted on a particular issue.The outrage has been exacerbated by the timing of the debate. The country is currently involved in heated discussion about surveillance in society after a controversial law on tapping e-mails was recently passed by the Swedish parliament.Last week, the government narrowly passed legislation that gives officials the power to open all emails and listen to any telephone conversation in the country.US-based search engine firm Google's global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer said of the bill: By introducing these new measures, the Swedish government is following the examples set by governments ranging from China and Saudi Arabia to the US government's widely criticised eavesdropping programme.The bill provoked widespread opposition, with protesters handing out copies of George Orwell's 1984. Much of the reaction against the Mikko report in Sweden has compared her proposals to the government surveillance legislation.


EZEKIEL 38:1-12
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

PSALMS 83:3-7
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

JOEL 2:3,20,30-31
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Turkey criticised for rise of torture cases
ELITSA VUCHEVA 26.06.2008 @ 09:26 CET

Both the EU and human rights groups on Wednesday (26 June) criticised EU candidate country Turkey for the rising number of reports of torture and maltreatment. Meanwhile, a survey has found that Turks are one of the four nations in the world that judge torture to be acceptable in some circumstances.Amnesty International is concerned over the continued use and justification of the context of counter terrorism (Photo: Amnesty International)Cases of torture and ill-treatment are still being reported [in Turkey], especially during arrests outside detention centres and also in the context of demonstrations, said Ulrike Hauer, the deputy head of the EU's office in Ankara, speaking at a press conference in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, according to a report from AFP.This trend was further exacerbated by the passing in June 2007 of a new police law granting wide-ranging powers of stop and search, she added.Leading Turkish human rights organisations backed the criticism and expressed similar concerns.

There is no serious will on the ground, Emel Kurma from the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a European peace and human rights group, was reported as saying. There is a state reflex to protect the country's image and a lack of courage to face the realities, the campaigner continued.The number of applicants claiming to have suffered from torture and maltreatment in Turkey is estimated to have increased to 310 last year - up from 222 in 2006, according to the Human Rights Foundation, which runs EU-backed rehabilitation centres for victims.In the first five months of 2008, 112 people claimed abuse at the hands of security forces.Turkey has been an EU candidate country since 1999, and launched accession talks with the bloc in October 2005.Improvement of its human rights record has been one of the conditions that would allow Ankara closer to its goal of EU membership.

Support for torture against terrorists

Meanwhile, a report released by World Public Opinion – a consortium of research centers studying public opinion on international issues – showed that Turkey is one of the four countries in the world, together with India, Nigeria and South Korea, where a majority of people judge torture to be acceptable in some cases.
Some 34 percent of Turks declared they accepted the use of torture on terrorists to save innocent lives, while 18 percent said torture should be generally allowed.The support for using torture in some cases has more than doubled in the country compared to 2006 (when it stood at 24 percent), while the number of those clearly opposing the practice has dropped from 62 to 36 percent, according to the survey.Substantial increases in support for torture, in particular against terrorists, also occurred in the United States (up from 36 to 44%) and in Egypt (up from 25 to 46%).By contrast, support for the prohibition of all kinds of torture was highest in Spain (82 %), Great Britain (82%) and France (82%), followed by Mexico (73%), China (66%), the Palestinian territories (66%), Poland (62%), Indonesia (61%), and Ukraine (59%).The publication of the survey came just days ahead of today's International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.On this occasion, leading human rights NGO Amnesty International will organise events worldwide and lead attempts to roll back the assault on the prohibition of torture, in particular the arguments that it is justified or necessary to counter the threat of terrorism, it said in a press release.

EU countries obstructing investigations into CIA renditions, report says LEIGH PHILLIPS 25.06.2008 @ 09:44 CET

The most important of the CIA's secret detention prisons, or black sites, in the years immediately following the 11 September attacks was situated in Szymany, some 160km north of Warsaw, according to officers with the US intelligence service.In a weekend article in the New York Times newspaper, unnamed CIA officers tell of one of the presumed dozens of sites, hitherto vehemently denied by the Polish government as having been located within the country.One officer quoted in the article says James L. Parvitt, a former director of the agency's clandestine service, as saying: Poland is the 51st state.Poland was picked because there were no local cultural and religious ties to Al Qaeda, making infiltration or attack by sympathisers unlikely, the paper quotes another anonymous agent as saying.But above all, claims the paper's account of CIA officer recollections, the country was picked because Polish officials were eager to co-operate.The article highlights how Al Qaeda operative Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was rendered by a capture team from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to a secret base near Szymany Airport in March, 2003.The paper describes the site as the location where the most important of the CIA's black sites had been established, citing interviews from 24 current and former US and foreign intelligence officials.Poland has consistently denied accusations that its territory was host to such compounds since the first allegations of European participation in abductions and rendition flights first came to light.The country's defence minister, Bogdan Klich, was quick to deny the CIA officials' accounts and attacked Mr Parvitt's alleged description of Poland as America's 51st state.That is unacceptable. The sheer fact that we are in tough negotiations with the Americans regarding the anti-missile defence shield suggests that we are indeed an independent state, he told Polish Radio ZET on Monday (23 June).

EU accused of obstruction in investigations

The account comes as human rights campaign group Amnesty International has accused European governments and Brussels institutions of at best dragging their heels and at worst actively obstructing investigations into European participation in US-led rendition and secret detention programmes.The NGO is damning of EU governments in a new report that catalogues their reactions over the past two years to allegations that state agents colluded with their American counterparts.Seven EU presidencies have passed since European involvement in renditions was first exposed and there has been no action whatsoever – not even an acknowledgement of Europe's complicity, said Nicolas Beger, director of Amnesty International's Europe office.The report says European countries have engaged in a range of obstructive behaviour: they have refused to forward prosecutors' extradition requests onto the US government; not conducted independent investigations; and failed to provide investigators with files where there were probes.The NGO gives examples of how Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Romania, Germany, Italy and EU candidate country Macedonia have neglected to live up to their legal obligations, with the latter five singled out for particular criticism.Even where prosecutors in Italy and Germany have carried out investigations leading to efforts to hold CIA operatives to account for abductions ... their initiatives have been undermined by their own governments, the report says.The findings and recommendations of investigations have been met with almost total silence and denial of responsibility.

No air traffic control measures

The group also laments that no measures regarding air traffic control have been implemented.The NGO says that Europe's airports and airspace very likely continue to be made available to the CIA, noting that suspicious aeroplanes flew uncontrolled through Portuguese airspace until as recently as December 2007.Member state actions have been compounded, the group says, by a reluctance on the part of the highest decision-making bodies of the European Union to condemn rendition and secret detention and to take concrete measures to prevent such human rights violations in the future.Natasha Kazatchkine, a campaigner with the group, told the EUobserver the commission has performed only the bare minimum in its role of guardian of the EU treaties.The commission has no powers to perform any investigations itself, but once proof has been established by a national court, then the EU's executive body can act on that basis, however, the commission as well must reflect on EU measures to prevent this from happening, she said.The commission, for its part, denied it had been inactive. Justice spokesperson Michele Cercone said: The commission has stressed in multiple occasions the need for the member states to carry out in-depth, independent and impartial investigations to establish the truth, whatever that truth is.The commission sent a letter to the Romanian and Polish authorities in July last year in order to remind them of the obligation to conduct effective investigations into the allegations of human rights violations. It deemed the response it got from the two member states insufficient and sent an additional letter requesting further details to Romania in January 2008 and to Poland in May – Brussels is still waiting for a response. An official at the council, representing member states said: The Council has taken a strong line in defence of human rights since the issue first emerged, but this is not an EU competence: it is a national competence.Ms Kazatchkine, however, said: They always say it's not the business of the Council, but if it's not their business, who else? They can engage in a peer review to push each other to conduct independent investigations and implement safeguards to prevent repetition of these violations.

Al-Qaida in Iraq says it was behind Anbar attack By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer Sat Jun 28, 2:33 PM ET

BAGHDAD - An al-Qaida front organization claimed responsibility Saturday for a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 people — including three Marines — as the U.S. military stepped up pressure on extremists in northern Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq posted the claim on a militant Web site, saying the bomber blew himself up among a gathering of the heads of apostasy — a reference to U.S.-backed Sunni tribal leaders who were attending a meeting Thursday in Karmah, 20 miles west of Baghdad.They sold their souls to the American devil for a cheap price, the statement said. Therefore, the soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq have launched an open war against them.The dead included the commander of Marines in the area, Lt. Col. Max A. Galeai of Pago Pago, American Samoa, as well as the mayor of Karmah, several key tribal figures and two interpreters, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.It could not be determined if the statement was actually issued by the Islamic State, which is an al-Qaida-controlled coalition of Sunni extremist groups.However, U.S. officials suspected al-Qaida was behind the attack as part of a campaign of revenge against Sunni community leaders who turned against the terror movement and cooperated with U.S. and Iraqi authorities.The Sunni revolt against al-Qaida, which gained steam two years ago, cost the terror movement much of its base in vast Anbar province, the heartland of Iraqi's Sunni Arab community and former center-stage of the Sunni insurgency against U.S.-led coalition forces.

The Karmah attack happened two days before U.S. officials planned to formally hand over security responsibility for Anbar to the Iraqis — a sign of the security transformation in the largest of Iraq's 18 provinces.U.S. authorities postponed the ceremony Friday because of forecast sandstorms, which struck Anbar and areas of western Baghdad as predicted Saturday.Also Saturday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry announced that a 20-year-old serviceman from the former Soviet republic had been killed near the Anbar city of Haditha, where that country's troops guard a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River.A ministry statement said the service member died Friday but did not give a cause of death. Azerbaijan had about 150 troops in Iraq and the soldier was the first to have died in Iraq.Elsewhere, the U.S. command said American and Iraqi soldiers stepped up pressure this weekend on al-Qaida and other Sunni militants across northern Iraq.Two militants were killed in a gunfight in Sharqat, about 170 miles north of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. One of the dead was identified as a wanted member of a network that carries out bombings, the military said.

Eight others were apprehended in the raids.

A third suspected militant was killed Saturday in nearby Kirkuk during a raid on a cell believed to have carried out kidnappings.

A U.S. military statement said troops opened fire after an armed man refused to surrender and began to move quickly with his weapon into a confrontational position.Three others were detained Friday in the northern city of Mosul, including an alleged leader of an illegal terrorist court that meted out punishment and supervised suicide bombers, the U.S. military said.A suspect believed to have ties to senior al-Qaida in Iraq figures was picked up Saturday in Bulayj, about 60 miles southwest of Mosul, the U.S. said. In Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, Iraqi police reported finding an estimated 30 human remains in an area west of the city near Lake Tharthar where al-Qaida had been active. Police Lt. Muthana Shakir said the remains included six women and most of the bodies were handcuffed.


Iran opposition group: US terror listing unjust By JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press Writer Sat Jun 28, 5:56 PM ET

PARIS - Thousands of supporters of an Iranian opposition group called on the European Union and the United States to remove the organization from terror blacklists at a massive rally Saturday outside Paris. The Paris-based National Council Resistance of Iran — an umbrella group that includes the blacklisted People's Mujahedeen of Iran, or PMOI — held the rally at an exhibition center in the northern Villepinte suburb just days after Britain removed PMOI from its list of banned terror groups.But National Council leader Maryam Rajavi said the group's status in the U.S. and EU was hindering its ability to fight for regime change in Iran.

In a speech at the Paris rally, she called the terrorist labels unjust.Do not deprive the world from the most effective means to combat the religious fascism and terrorism, Rajavi, dressed in a blue suit and headscarf, told the boisterous crowd. Instead, side with those who can bring the Iranian people freedom.Although the PMOI participated in Iran's Islamic Revolution, it later became opposed to the clerical government. Members of the group moved to Iraq in the early 1980s and fought Iran's Islamic rulers from there until the United States invaded in 2003.American troops have since disarmed thousands of PMOI members, and the group said it renounced violence several years ago.The National Council said more than 70,000 people attended Saturday's rally, including many people bused in from neighboring countries in Europe. Some participants arrived from the U.S., Canada and countries in the Middle East and northern Africa, it said. There was no independent confirmation of the organization's crowd estimate.British lawmakers removed the People's Mujahedeen of Iran from the country's terror list on Monday, after a seven-year campaign by the group. The move gives the group more freedom to organize and raise money in Britain.

Fifteen British lawmakers were in Paris for Saturday's rally, including former Home Secretary David Waddington, organizers said.

Waddington said in a speech to the rally that the British decision was an important step, and that he had attended the Paris gathering to celebrate.Now the PMOI can get on with its work, he said later in a telephone interview.


5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

ROMANS 1:18-32
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


Gay pride marches in Europe marred by homophobia JUNE 28,08

PRAGUE (AFP) - Tens of thousands joined gay pride marches across Europe on Saturday but homophobics spoiled the party in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria where scores were arrested for disrupting events. Czech security forces were forced to intervene after right-wing extremists moved in on a parade in the country's second city Brno, leading to 15 arrests as tear gas was thrown, police said.

Several dozen black-clad extremists tried to break up a planned two-hour march through the city centre by gays and lesbians. The right-wingers threw eggs and fireworks into the midst of the marchers as they gathered in a central city square, local media reported.
Fifteen people were detained by police and two charged with breaching the peace, police spokeswoman Andrea Prochazkova old AFP.
Around 200 police in riot gear gathered at the start of the march to protect some 500 participants. Following the initial clash, organisers decided to press on with the parade but over a shorter route than initially planned.The march came to an end when tear gas was thrown at the participants and some of the hundreds of onlookers.At least 20 people were affected with two people needing medical treatment and one city policeman taken to hospital, police said, adding that it was not clear who threw the tear gas.In Sofia, Bulgaria's first gay pride march was also marred by several attempts by extremists to disrupt it, resulting in scores of arrests.According to the interior ministry, some 60 extremists were detained by police after trying to storm the small group of participant which was escorted by a similar number of police as it passed along a central Sofia boulevard.Security concerns had already forced organisers and municipal authorities to change the route of the march twice and deploy a large number of police to prevent clashes.Nationalist Union leader Boyan Rasate, who urged people to stage an open resistance to the gay parade, was also detained, an AFP journalist at the scene reported.Marchers blew whistles along the way and wore t-shirts reading I am not gay but my best friend is and It is not necessary to be gay to be here.

Bulgaria is in the EU now. People have to accept us like normal human beings. We are not criminals, 51-year-old German engineer Peter Moews, who lives in Sofia, told AFP.Hostility comes from misunderstanding. Most people think that we are all feminine and wear women's dresses but this is not true, he added.In Germany, tens of thousands took part in the day including 95-year-old Rudolf Brazda, thought to be the last surviving person persecuted by the Nazis for his homosexuality.Brazda was condemned to six months in prison in 1934 in accordance with a law forbidding sex between men. He was arrested again in 1938 and finally deported to Buchenwald in 1941.After the war I had a very happy life. We were no longer forced to hide as before when we were considered abnormal, he said.

But thank God, today we are free, he added.

Meanwhile, in Paris tens of thousands more turned out for the annual event which took discrimination at school as its theme in France this year. At school people used to throw stones at me and insult me, said Jasen, a 15-year-old school pupil, who took part in the march. Life at one time had been very difficult for him, he said, adding however that attitudes towards him had changed as his fellow students matured.


23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (DRUGS), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Danes lead EU cannabis league
PHILIPPA RUNNER 26.06.2008 @ 09:25 CET

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Young adults in Denmark smoke the most marijuana in the EU, but the drug is cheapest in Spain and the most potent in the Netherlands, according to an encyclopaedic new study by the Lisbon-based EMCDDA.Some 50 percent of Danes aged 15 to 34 have tried the drug at some point in their lives, compared to the European average of 30 percent, the report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction says.Levels also stand high at around 40 percent in France, Spain, the UK and the Czech Republic but bottom out at under 10 percent in Cyprus, Bulgaria, Malta and Romania (3%). Canada is the global leader on 58.6 percent with the US on 49 percent.A gram of herbal cannabis costs around €1.40 in Spain but €21.50 in Norway, with most countries retailing the illegal drug in the €5-to-€11 range, and with prices having stabilised or fallen across Europe since 1996.

The highest concentration of of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the active ingredient in cannabis - tends to be in the Netherlands at over 20 percent content while Portugal and Italy scrape the bottom of the THC table at less than three percent.The 700-page survey explores the use of cannabis in Europe from the early 19th century, when medical treatises such as the 1839 Irish text On the Preparations of the Indian Hemp or Gunjah first popularised the drug.It notes that while THC can be used to treat convulsive disorders such as spasticity, it can also lead to infant disorders when smoked by pregnant women and aggravate the onset on schizophrenia in teenagers.The EMCDDA paints a picture of a divergent regulatory landscape in the EU, with decriminalisation trends in Portugal and Luxembourg but toughening measures in Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands.Over 13 million Europeans have consumed it in the past month. Globally, nearly 50,000 tonnes of cannabis herb or resin are produced for consumption every year, the survey says. Little wonder, then, that cannabis has become a controversial cultural phenomenon.


Saturday, June 28, 2008





Obama does not bear Christian fruit. You will know a TRUE Christian by his ways and actions for Christianity and JESUS and the WORD of GOD.

Obama denys growing up MUSLIM. Yet even his brother Malek Obama admitted that Barack Obama grew up as a MUSLIM.

Obama can talk. People are decieved by a smooth talker. Obama is the most extremist liberal in the Senate. Obama is as ungodly as they come.

Obama is for Abortion. A true christian is against murdering of GODS ceated innocent children.

Obama is for gay rights. A true christian is against anything that breaks up a Father and Mother and family members. No father and Father, no Mother and Mother. GOD created EVE the Woman for the MAN ADAM. Its Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

Obama won't stick up for Allies, he wants to talk with IRAN and these MUSLIMS instead of taking action against them.

Obama is anti-Jewish. Rev Wrights Church he came out of is Anti-Jewish. He has the philosophy and Theory of his Pastor. You can not be actively involved in a Church for 20 years and not have it rub off on you. Obama said that Wright was his Spiritual adviser. This Church and Pastor honored Fahracon.

Obama is promoted by Oprah. This explains why Oprah has OCCULT leaders on her show teaching ungodliness and (we are god) theology, shes just as ungodly as Obama is.

Obama will be for liberal judges. Obama wants Liberal judges in the court for years to come so the Abortion Roe vs Wade will never be reversed if Obama gets in as President.

Because of ungodliness, the people of America will get what they deserve. You can not take GOD out of everything and expect to get a GODLY man in POWER. Like JESUS said If you deny me before Men, I (JESUS) will deny you before the father at the judgement. Well America you take GOD (JESUS) out of everything, you get ruled by SATANS puppet. And that puppet will be Obama. A smooth talking, decieving ungodly man thats promoting change, but the change will destroy AMERICA like the Bible says must happen in the last days because they turned away from the truth to lies.

And the Church won't preach SIN anymore. The Church should be speaking out against SEX unless in a marriage relationship. No to Homosexual relationships, is an (ABOMINATION TO GOD). No to Abortion. YES, to the 10 commandments. But like Revelation 3 says the church is lukewarm, rich and would rather have a Bake sale or teach NEW AGE DOCTRINE in churches these days then the 10 COMMANDMENTS. And America wonders why GOD lets them get decieved into having a false Christian leader like OBAMA become the next PRESIDENT.

Obama will get the Church banned from preaching anything against minorities, it will be classified as HATE. Which means CHURCH leaders and members will end up in jail for preaching the GOSPEL or quoting the word of GOD (THE BIBLE).

And another thing will be that the MUSLIMS will get the upper hand and will dominate AMERICA, since Obama knows all about the religion and will have laws passed to help the ARAB-MUSLIMS get the upper hand in AMERICA. Shiria law will be enforced by ISLAM and ISLAM will be terribly violent against CHRISTIANS and JEWS.

ISRAEL even admitted that they will take out IRANS NUCLEAR SITES between NOVEMBER 08 TO JANUARY,09 if Obama is elected PRESIDENT because he will not back ISRAEL in the BOMBING.


ELECTION 2008 Is Obama devotee of monkey-god idol? Hindus present campaign with 2-foot version of good-luck charm candidate reportedly carries June 27, 2008 2:31 pm Eastern 2008 WorldNetDaily

Lord Hanuman image
A group of Hindus in India have presented Sen. Barack Obama's campaign with a two-foot Hindu monkey-god idol after hearing the candidate carries a smaller version of the Lord Hanuman good-luck charm with him as he vies for the presidency.Earlier this week, according to reports in India, Obama representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar accepted the gold-plated statue, promising to pass it on to the candidate after is it sanctified through ritual Hindu prayers.The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms, reported the Times of India.An hour-long prayer meeting to sanctify the idol was conducted by Congress party leader Brijmohan Bhama and temple priests.Obama has deep faith in Lord Hanuman, and that is why we are presenting an idol of Hanuman to him, said Bhama.Accepting the souvenir, Sauvage-Mar, chairwoman of Democrats Abroad-India, said, Obama has extended his thanks for the support.The idol will be kept at the temple for 11 days and then sent to the U.S. It will reach Obama by Aug. 24 – a day before the Democratic National Convention opens in Denver.

The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on Bhama after friends in the U.S. mentioned a prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck.After hearing that, I decided to gift Mr. Obama a larger, gold-plated version along with the wishes of thousands of his supporters in this country, Bhama told the Hindu newspaper.Along with the idol, a copy of Hanuman Chalisa, a compilation of Hindu hymns, will be sent to Obama.

Friday, June 27, 2008




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.


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.

Quake hits remote Indian islands, no tsunami alert JUNE 27,08

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of damage, the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services said on Friday. The magnitude is 6.3 and it's centred in the Andaman Islands, Srinivas Kumar, an official at the centre, told Reuters.We have not issued any tsunami warning so far and there is no need for widespread evacuation required because it's 6.3. We are studying the situation.The islands lie about 1,200 km (750 miles) off India's east coast.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was magnitude 6.7, centered 71 miles southwest of Port Blair, capital of the Andaman Islands, and was 21.7 miles deep.

Hundreds of people were out on the roads in Port Blair, officials and witnesses said. People ran out of their houses and telephone lines were jammed.There is no news of loss of life or property till now, said Casper James, a senior disaster management official in the islands.Police were asking people not to panic and return to their homes.Everything in my office started to shake and we ran out as fast as possible, said Kumar Avinash, a local resident.(Reporting by Krittivas Mukherjee; Additional reporting by Sanjib Kumar Roy in Port Blair; Editing by Alistair Scrutton)


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 jumps to new above $142 as equities wilt
By Jane Merriman and Santosh Menon JUNE 27,08

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil leapt to a new record high above $142 a barrel on Friday, extending gains after surging nearly 4 percent in the previous session, as tumbling global stock markets helped to trigger a wider commodities rally.U.S. light crude for August delivery was $1.70 up at $141.34 a barrel by 8:12 a.m. EDT, off a record high of $142.26.London Brent crude was $1.39 up at $141.22, off a record high of $142.13.World stocks fell to a three-month low as a fast deteriorating global inflation picture intensified concerns over the outlook for corporate profits, hastening the rush of investors' funds into commodities.It has a lot to do with asset allocations. The equity markets are under serious pressure, breaking support levels. When equities are going nowhere, the money is parked into commodities, said Olivier Jakob at Petromatrix.The MSCI main world equity index fell more than 0.6 percent to its lowest since March, with the index on track for the worst monthly performance in percentage terms since September 2002, according to Reuters data.By contrast, commodities were strong, with gold near a one-month record high while U.S. corn futures jumped to a fresh record high.Gold rallied to its highest level in a month as oil's rise, a weak dollar and tumbling world stock markets boosted the metal's safe haven appeal.


A 40 percent surge in oil prices this year has prompted U.S. politicians to take steps to try to curb speculation in the oil market, that some blame for pushing up prices.The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation which directs the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the futures market regulator, to use all its authority including emergency powers to curb immediately the role of excessive speculation in energy futures markets.There is a series of draft laws in Congress to attempt to address this issue, but energy market analysts say it has yet to be proved that funds have driven up the price.We believe the factors driving oil prices higher are fundamental and not speculative, Deutsche Bank said in a research note.Oil needs to rise to $150 a barrel for oil as a share of global GDP to reach the levels that occurred in the early 1980s, the bank said. At that point we will start to see more signs of demand destruction and an eventual tipping point in oil markets.Oil prices have doubled from $70 a year ago in response to supply disruptions and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Rising flows of cash into commodities from investors seeking to hedge against inflation and the weak dollar have added to gains.Oil, which had been trading in a range for most of this week, broke out after Libya said it was studying possible options to cut output in response to potential U.S. actions against OPEC countries.We are studying all the options, Libya's most senior oil official, Shokri Ghanem, told Reuters, adding oil producers needed protection from what he viewed as U.S. attempts to extend its jurisdiction beyond its territory.Traders said any hint of bullish news was being used as an excuse for funds to buy.Talks between oil workers and Chevron continued in Nigeria, with the oil minister saying he was confident a deal could be reached, but union officials left open the possibility of a strike early next week.(Additional reporting by Fayen Wong in Perth; Editing by James Jukwey)


Thursday, June 26, 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.

Tropical storm slams southern China weeks after floods, earthquake Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 | 1:34 PM ET CBC News

Tropical storm Fengshen lashed southern China with heavy rains and strong winds Wednesday, compounding the damage and suffering caused by massive flooding in the same region earlier this month.The storm made landfall Wednesday near Hong Kong and Shenzhen, where forecasters predicted heavy rains of up to 20 centimetres Wednesday and Thursday.The official Xinhua news agency says one crewman is missing and another was injured after they fell into the sea from a container ship making an emergency stop off Guangdong to wait out the storm.In Hong Kong, the storm injured at least 17 people and flooded 38 areas across the city. Unrelated flooding in southeastern China earlier this month killed at least 63 people, forced the evacuation of at least 1.66 million others and caused billions of dollars in damage.Flood control authorities in Shenzhen said no storm-related deaths had been reported there as of Wednesday morning, Xinhua said.Schools were closed in Shenzhen and nearby Hong Kong, which also shut all courts and financial markets.

The storm's heavy rains will also affect the provinces of Fujian, Guangxi, Jiangxi and Hunan, Xinhua cited the China Central Meteorological Station as saying.

Storm blamed for capsizing of Philipine ferry
In the Philippines, Fengshen, which was officially designated a typhoon, left more than 800 passengers and crew missing after a crowded ferry boat capsized when the storm hit the Philippine archipelago earlier this week. Only four dozen survivors have been found.Rescue officials say they have all but ruled out finding anyone else alive in the upturned hull of the MV Princess of the Stars.The storm's toll on shore in the Philippines included 227 dead and 275 missing in the country's worst-hit Visayas region, with dozens reported killed elsewhere by floods and landslides.

Analysts say China has paid little attention to this month's flooding in its southern region, focusing instead on relief for last month's earthquake in central Sichuan province.The death toll from that disaster is expected to pass 80,000, Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu said Tuesday.

Wednesday January 23, 2008 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld
repeating Wednesday June 25 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Rogue waves have caused some of the world's worst naval disasters in our history. These destructive forces are not to be confused with tsunamis or tidal waves, and are not caused by earthquakes or landslides. They are massive, towering walls of water that rise from within the sea, offer no warning to those at their mercy and have baffled scientists for centuries.

Rogue Waves is a one-hour documentary that combines the dramatic tales of rogue wave disasters over the course of history, with scientific investigation and groundbreaking technology to help us better understand their nature. Through the use of wave tanks and satellite images, Rogue Waves gives viewers insight into the origins of this powerful, unstoppable force, why they strike out of seemingly calm seas and the means scientists are using to better forecast them before disaster strikes.

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.



Danish artist's waterfalls grace New York's East River
JUNE 26,08

NEW YORK (AFP) — New York on Thursday inaugurated its latest open air art installation: four giant waterfalls along the East River by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.Four metal structures pump river water some 30 meters (90 feet) into the air, where it falls freely in liquid curtains 10 to 20 meters (30 to 60 feet) wide.It's about time and experiencing space, Eliasson, 41, said of his creation.

Water has great potential to be both physical and very elusive, it can be many different things for many different people, he told AFP.

The four waterfalls are located on Governor's Island, under the Brooklyn Bridge, and on two piers. They are visible by day through October 13 from both the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides of the East River.Special boat tours have been organized and the city has created special pedestrian and bicycle paths for observing the waterfalls.New York's last major installation was Christo's The Gates in February 2005. It featured thousands of orange metal frames draped with saffron fabric along 23 miles (37 kilometers) of Central Park's pathways.The Gates brought 254 million dollars to the New York economy, city officials said.The 15.5 million dollar waterfall installation was privately financed. Organizers hope it will bring some 55 million fresh tourist dollars to the city.

THE FUTURE WITHOUT CHEAP OIL By Kelly Crowe and futurist James Howard Kunstler. JUNE 25,08 CBC NEWS

James Kunstler is a futurist who says about the future without cheap oil. This was a story by Kelly Crowe of CBC News June 25,08.

James starts off we have already entered this zone what I call a long emergency. A period of turbulance and hardship, and economic distress that is going to go on for quite a while.


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)


LUKE 21:25
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)

It starts off with James Hoeing his garden and Kelly Crowe saying:We are going to need these skills because the era of cheap oil is amost over. Kelly goes into the history of oil.

In the begining, the energy in agriculture came from animals and men. Then there was oil to fuel the machines. To make the fertilizers and chemicals, meaning bigger farms futhur from markets.
But now the food on our plates depends entirely on cheap oil.

James says: everything organised as a giant scale is gonna get in trouble in the post cheap oil era. INCLUDING:

1-Wheat farmers in the midwest and saskateuwan.
2-Fertilizers made from Natural gas.
3-Urbicides and Pesticides made with oil.
4-And lots of deasel fuel to run enormous machines on big land.
5-Tomatoes and Lettuce trucked across the Continent.

Now the truckers can't afford to take these loads. As time goes on it will be getting more and more expensive to do this. We are going to have to grow food on a more modest scale. Smaller farms and in a way that aquires more human attention.

James says: The suburban project is over. People will be moving to small cities accustomed to their lifestyles.

Kelly says: Transportation in the industial age, started with Trains powered by steam, then Coal. Later the landscape was carved up for highways, and airplanes filled the skies.

4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro,(WORLD TRAVEL,IMMIGRATION) and knowledge shall be increased.(COMPUTERS MICROCHIPS ETC)

Take away cheap oil and everything will change. Waterways could be the way of the future.

7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
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.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
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,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
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.

James says: Ships are a cheaper way of travel but he wishes Trains would come back. The airlines will not survive due to the high prices.

Kelly Says: What about Solar Power, wind power? The trouble is it takes cheap oil to build the machines for alternative fuel. Life after cheap oil will be slower, shaped by whatever takes the least amount of energy. Wood and Coal will be burned. There could be fighting over the remaining resourses.

LUKE 21:9
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

James says: So many people assume that we are intitled to a smooth segway between were we are at now and where we are heading in the post oil period. I think what were going to see is a lot of political trouble, and a lot of economical and social distress.

LUKE 21:25
25 and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION).

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)

As incomes are lost, and jobs are lost, and ways of life become hopeless. I see a politics of resentment and grievence on the part of large new, former middle class, people who had expectations about a certain kind of life. I worry most about social disorder. A potential for the great losses that people expierence every day mounting into grievence, anger and violence and criminal behavier.

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.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 TIMOTHY 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

A law inforcement system that will not be able to keep up with this. An unraveling social contract in the face of absolutely extrordinary circumstances.


21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.


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