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Mediterranean Union summit ends
Mon, 14 Jul 2008 04:18:41

The first summit of the Europe and Mediterranean rim nations spearheaded by French President, Nicolas Sarkozy has ended in Paris. Six cooperation projects as well as the principles of how the Union for the Mediterranean would actually function were approved during Sunday's summit. Leaders from the 27 EU member-states along with 16 North African, Middle Eastern and Western Balkan countries agreed that a summit would take place every two years and that their foreign ministers would meet annually. The six cooperation projects approved comprise of de-pollution of the Mediterranean, the building of maritime and coastal land highways, the fight against disasters, a solar energy program, an EU-Mediterranean university and a business development initiative, Xinhua reported. However, the items over which the leaders failed to reach an agreement on were the seat of a secretariat, its financing, and the nationality of the secretary general which is expected to be decided by foreign ministers of the participating nations in November 2008. The Paris summit was also attended by the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon as well as representatives from half a dozen international and regional organizations. SM/MMN


Wednesday, July 30, 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.




Moderate Calif. quake a drill for the Big One By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer Wed Jul 30, 6:37 AM ET

CHINO HILLS, Calif. - Despite shaking a large swath of Southern California, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake was not the Big One that scientists have long feared. Still, it rattled nerves, causing people to vow to step up their emergency preparations. The quake, which rocked the region from Los Angeles to San Diego on Tuesday, caused only limited damage and minor injuries, and served as a reminder of the seismic danger below sprawling freeways and subdivisions.The temblor's epicenter was located just outside Chino Hills, 29 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, and it was felt as far east as Las Vegas. Dozens of aftershocks followed, the largest a magnitude-3.8.We were really fortunate this time, said Capt. Jeremy Ault of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District. It's a good opportunity to remember that we live in earthquake country. This is part of living in Southern California and we need to make sure we're prepared.Chino Hills was incorporated in 1991, so much of the construction is newer and built to modern safety standards, city spokeswoman Denise Cattern said. There were no reports of harm in the city of 80,000, she said, although cell phone service in the area was briefly disrupted.

We have all the latest building standards and that probably made a difference, she said.The magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 was the last big shake centered in the region. Scientists were trying to determine which fault ruptured Tuesday, but they believe it is part of the same system of faults. The 1987 earthquake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles.As strongly as it was felt, Tuesday's quake was far less powerful than the deadly magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake that toppled bridges and buildings in 1994. That was the last damaging temblor in Southern California, though not the biggest. A 7.1 quake struck the desert in 1999.Derek Black, a 19-year-old personal trainer, said it was the first large earthquake he remembered despite living in the area since birth.Black said he was helping a client do pull-downs when the floor started to rumble. He grabbed onto a weight machine and turned toward the wall, which was covered in floor-to-ceiling mirrors.The mirrors were rippling all the way down, he said. Seeing it in the mirrors was what made me realize, Geez, this is huge.TVs suspended from the ceiling were swinging back and forth as people evacuated the gym. The mirrors buckled but didn't break, he said.The heaviest shaking was northwest of the epicenter near suburban Diamond Bar, said Thomas Heaton, director of the earthquake engineering and research laboratory at Caltech. He said all buildings constructed in the region since the 1930s should withstand the kind of shaking felt Tuesday.The earthquake had about 1 percent of the energy of the Northridge quake, he said.People have forgotten, I think, what earthquakes feel like, said Kate Hutton, a seismologist at Caltech. So I think we should probably look at it as an earthquake drill.The state Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento received scattered reports of minor infrastructure damage, including broken water mains and gas lines.I thank God there have not been any reports of serious injuries or damage to properties, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a televised press conference. People understandably are very nervous.

Minor structural damage was reported throughout Los Angeles, along with five minor injuries and people stuck in elevators, said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, serving as acting mayor. She said there was flooding in one department store. The jolt caused a fire but no injuries at a Southern California Edison electrical substation in La Habra, about 12 miles southwest of the epicenter, spokesman Paul Klein said. Damage there and to other equipment led to some power outages in Chino Hills, Chino, Diamond Bar and Pomona, he said. To prepare for the Big One, scientists and emergency planners in the fall will hold what is billed as the largest earthquake drill in the country. It will be based on a hypothetical magnitude-7.8 temblor. Earlier this year, scientists calculated that California faces a 99.7 percent chance of a magnitude-6.7 quake or larger in the next 30 years. Associated Press writers Alicia Chang, Robert Jablon, Thomas Watkins, John Rogers, Don Thompson, Michael Blood, Solvej Schou, Danny Pollock, Laura E. Davis and Noaki Schwartz contributed to this report.


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.

Over 600,000 evacuated as tropical storm hits China: reports Tue Jul 29, 9:13 AM ET

SHANGHAI (AFP) - More than 600,000 people were evacuated as tropical storm Fung-wong made landfall on China's southeastern coast, state media reported Tuesday. The storm was downgraded from typhoon level as it hit Fujian province late Monday after slamming into Taiwan, where it had whipped up strong winds and unleashed heavy rains that left two people dead.No one was reported hurt in China, but state-run television channel CCTV broadcast images of people knee-deep in water on flooded roads, as heavy rain fell.The civil affairs ministry ordered officials in eight provinces to launch disaster relief work, preparing emergency shelters and supplies, Xinhua news agency reported.Shanghai officials closed all ferry stations on Tuesday due to the strong winds, saying they would reopen when conditions improved, Xinhua said.

Fujian authorities evacuated 274,300 people and told 52,300 fishing boats to return to port, the China Daily reported. Dozens of flights were also cancelled at the province's Fuzhou airport.In neighbouring Zhejiang, more than 338,000 people were evacuated and more than 27,600 fishing boats ordered back to shore, Xinhua said, citing emergency officials.In the hours before the storm landed, more than 205 millimetres (eight inches) of rain fell Monday in Fuqing city in Fujian province.Power was cut off in Fujian's Puxia county, where 15 electricity transmission lines and nearly 500 transformer stations were damaged, Xinhua said.Fung-wong, Cantonese for Phoenix, was moving north. It was expected to reach east China's Jiangxi province late Tuesday and remain there for about three days, Xinhua cited meteorologists as saying.

Taiwan mops up after typhoon Tue Jul 29, 4:17 AM ET

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Soldiers and Buddhist volunteers helped Taiwanese villagers clean up their homes Tuesday after a powerful typhoon churned through, killing at least two people and leaving a trail of flooded buildings, damaged orchards and caved-in roads. Typhoon Fung Wong hit Taiwan just before dawn Monday, packing winds of 105 miles (167 kilometers) per hour. It left the island, heading for the Chinese mainland, about nine hours later.In the neighboring Philippines, at least four people were killed and five were missing, including a 3-year-old girl and her mother, after Fung Wong skirted past the northern provinces on its way to Taiwan, officials said Tuesday. About 10,000 Filipinos were affected by the typhoon.In Taiwan, soldiers used shovels to remove ankle-deep mud from homes in villages in eastern Hualien county, where the typhoon made landfall.

In a briefing to President Ma Ying-jeou, Hualien County Chief Hsieh Shen-shan said agricultural damage to the county amounted to more than 160 million New Taiwan dollars ($5.3 million).Elsewhere in the county, he said, workers were repairing caved-in mountain roads that had blocked traffic in both directions.The storm dumped more than 33 inches (82 centimeters) of rain in Hualien, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.Television stations reported that authorities were closely monitoring several bridges where supports sustained damage from Fung Wong and tropical storm Kalmaegi, which killed 19 people when it struck Taiwan earlier this month.Typhoons frequently hit Taiwan between July and September, often triggering flash floods and landslides in overly developed mountainous regions.

Residents evacuate northeast Missouri river valley By BETSY TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer Mon Jul 28, 4:03 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - Residents of about 30 homes in low-lying parts of the Salt River Valley have evacuated to avoid flooding from a northeast Missouri lake nearing capacity from recent rainfall, authorities said. Water was released Monday from the manmade Mark Twain Lake into the Salt River, which feeds into the Mississippi River.Park Ranger Mary Heitmeyer says it's protocol to release water from the lake to the river when it nears capacity.There's just no storage space. It's got to go, she said.Officials expected flooding below the Clarence Cannon Dam and nearby creeks as a result. They could not say when the floodwaters would arrive or how much flooding would occur.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers instructed boaters to remain at least 1,000 feet from the dam, Heitmeyer said.The roughly 18,600-acre Mark Twain Lake — about 120 miles northwest of St. Louis — was designed to help prevent flooding.The lake had a record water level of 638.2 feet above sea level Monday.

Tropical depression could form near Cape Verde Islands JULY 30,08

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A low-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean approaching the Cape Verde Islands could become a tropical depression before moving over cooler waters on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday afternoon. The system was moving to the northwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour and could cause heavy rain and gusty winds over the Cape Verde Islands later Wednesday and Thursday, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. EDT report.If the system strengthens into a tropical storm, with winds of 39 to 73mph, the NHC will name it Edouard.The weather models showed the system would reach the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in about five days.Energy traders, who watch for storms that could enter the Gulf of Mexico and threaten U.S. oil and gas production facilities, said it was too soon to say whether the system would threaten any land.

Commodities traders also watch storms that could hit agriculture crops like citrus and cotton in Florida and other states along the Gulf Coast to Texas.(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Walter Bagley)


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.


Fire near Yosemite park hurts tourist business By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Writer JULY 30,08

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Vendors along one of the main roads leading to Yosemite National Park this summer were finally seeing business turn around following a rock slide that kept tour buses away for the previous two years. That was before a massive wildfire closed the highway and sent towering plumes of smoke and ash over one of the nation's most celebrated wilderness areas.It's like we just get on our feet and they kick the stool out from under us, said Donna Santi, a gift shop clerk in Mariposa. Still, the business will survive. We're more worried about the residents.The fire raging since Friday has destroyed 21 homes and is only 20 percent contained. Fire officials previously said 25 homes burnt down, but revised their assessment Wednesday after discovering four of the structures were outbuildings.Visitors seeking to photograph Yosemite National Park's famed peaks instead took shots of monoliths obscured by flying ash blowing in from the wildfire burning just 12 miles outside the park.The haze has left one of California's most popular destinations shrouded in smoke at the height of Yosemite's busiest season.It's the views that are really disappointing, said Karen Brown, a 45-year-old mother of two from Phoenix. We do two major trips a year and this was one of them. It's not like we can shoot back here in a month.

Brown said her family was packing up a day early to avoid suffering from irritated eyes and sore throats. The children had been using their imaginations to experience Yosemite, she said, but ventured they would prefer clear views of Lake Tahoe.Visitors seeking to enter the park from the west were turned around Tuesday, when authorities temporarily shut down a 10-mile stretch of Highway 140 to keep flames from leaping across the Merced River canyon. The road reopened Wednesday, but officials were still recommending tourists take alternate routes into the park to give fire vehicles enough room to maneuver.The western gate itself remained open, as did other entrances to the park, and many travelers said they were gladly staying put.Patricio Aguirre, 48, visiting from Argentina, smiled as his wife and children marveled, through a white haze, at Half Dome's imposing shoulder.It's a great shame because we know what's burning now won't regenerate for many years, Aguirre said. My children laugh at me, but I tell them they have to see the good in this. It's not every day one can see Yosemite burn.Authorities said Tuesday the blaze had charred more than 50 square miles of steep, rugged terrain since a target shooter sparked the wildfire on Friday.It has also forced the evacuation of 350 homes in the towns of Midpines and Coulterville, gateway communities whose businesses rely on tourist dollars to stay afloat.Fire crews expected to get some help from a slight drop in temperatures, which were forecast to remain in the high 80s Wednesday, accompanied by low humidity and light winds, the National Weather Service said.

At summer's peak, as many as 4,000 visitors a day stream into the park, and rangers expect the fire will keep very few people away.

Officials with DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, which manages restaurants and lodging in the park, said only about 2 percent of all overnight guests have asked for refunds since Saturday, when the transmission line that fed power to Yosemite was destroyed in the fire.Hotels, stores and most restaurants in the park have remained open, but have been operating on generators. We're seeing a few people departing maybe because they have health concerns about the air quality, but virtually everyone's staying in the park, said Kenny Karst, a spokesman for the concessionaire. Our main message is we're open. The stables are open, we've got river rafting, and we're leading all kinds of hikes and trips to the backcountry.In all, more than 2,000 blazes have scorched about 1,700square miles around California — mostly on national forest land — this year. In Montana, a 5,900-acre wildfire threatening the ski town of Red Lodge, 60 miles southwest of Billings, did not grow significantly overnight after air drops of retardant and water Tuesday. The blaze remained about eight miles outside town and two miles from the Red Lodge Mountain Resort. An evacuation order remains in effect for a 90-home subdivision, but residents were allowed to return temporarily Wednesday to check on homes and retrieve belongings. The fire started Saturday. The cause remained under investigation Wednesday.


JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.


Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

Israeli prime minister to resign in September By MARK LAVIE, Associated Press Writer JULY 30,08

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Wednesday he will resign in September, throwing his country into political turmoil and raising doubts about progress for U.S.-backed Mideast peace efforts. Olmert's brief address included harsh criticism of police investigations of corruption allegations against him. He said he was choosing the public good over his personal justice. He has denied wrongdoing but pledged to resign if indicted.Olmert said he would not run in his party's primary election, set for Sept. 17, and would step down afterward in order to allow the chairman to be elected and form a different government quickly and efficiently.

His decision not to run in the Kadima Party primary sets in motion a process to choose a new prime minister.If Olmert's successor as party leader can form a coalition, Israel could have a new government in October. If not, an election campaign could take several months.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he won't run in his party's primary election in September. His announcement signals the end of his term in office and could stall U.S.-backed Mideast peace efforts.Olmert is facing several corruption investigations. He has denied wrongdoing but pledged to resign if indicted.The prime minister spoke on TV and radio Wednesday evening. He also said, I will vacate my position to allow his successor to form a government.His decision not to run in the Sept. 17 Kadima Party primary sets in motion a process to choose a new prime minister.If Olmert's successor as party leader can form a coalition, Israel could have a new government in October. If not, an election campaign could take several months.

Israel's Olmert doubts full peace deal this year by Ron Bousso Mon Jul 28, 11:13 AM ET

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday that Israel and the Palestinians will not be able to agree this year on a peace deal that includes the crucial issue of Jerusalem.

I don't believe that we can reach an understanding that will include Jerusalem by the end of the year, Olmert told parliament's powerful foreign affairs and defence committee, according to a senior official.He expressed optimism that the two sides could bridge their differences on other core issues in the decades-old conflict.But he seemed to rule out a comprehensive deal by year-end, despite a commitment made by the two sides at a conference hosted by US President George W. Bush in Annapolis, Maryland last November that revived peace talks.There is no practical possibility to reach an overall understanding on the issue of Jerusalem at this time, Olmert said.But there is an intention to create a mechanism that will continue to deal with the issue for a much longer period until we reach understandings that we can live with.In Washington, spokeswoman Dana Perino said the White House would continue to push for a deal by the end of the year.I think we've always said that we wouldn't be able to get a final peace deal in terms of everything being resolved, but we would have this way forward that would outline all the steps that they would have to take to move forward, Perino told reporters.It's now end of July, so we are continuing to push," she said, adding that she believed US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was due back in the region pretty soon.Israel captured mostly Arab east Jerusalem -- including the Old City with its holy sites sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews -- in the 1967 war and annexed it shortly afterwards.It declared the whole city its eternal and undivided capital, a claim never recognised by the international community or the Palestinians, who have demanded east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.The Palestinians slammed Olmert's remarks, insisting they would never agree to a deal that did not include Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a red line with respect to the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people and we cannot retreat one inch from it, Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for president Mahmud Abbas, told AFP by phone from Cairo.East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state and Olmert's statements are an attempt to run away from the commitments of the Annapolis conference and the vision of President Bush, he said.The American administration must work to push Israel to enter into serious negotiations and stop wasting time.Already on the agenda is a meeting in Washington later this week between Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei, who head the respective negotiating teams.The two sides launched their latest round of peace talks after a seven-year hiatus, vowing to try to reach a comprehensive agreement by the time Bush leaves office next January.

The talks have made little tangible progress since then, but Olmert said the gaps on other core issues, including the fate of 4.5 million UN-registered Palestinian refugees and final borders, could be bridged by the end of 2008. On the other core issues the gaps are not dramatic. On the issue of refugees we can reach an understanding that will not make us assume responsibility or have to solve the issue within Israel's borders, he said. On the question of the borders there is a gap that is not unbridgable.

Olmert has vowed to put any agreement to a referendum.

Olmert sees no deal on Jerusalem before year-end Mon Jul 28, 6:05 AM ET

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday that Israel and the Palestinians would not be able to agree on the final status of Jerusalem by the end of the year. I don't believe that we can reach an understanding that will include Jerusalem by the end of the year, Olmert told parliament's powerful foreign affairs and defence committee, according to a senior official.He expressed optimism the two sides could bridge their differences on other core issues in the decades-old conflict. But he seemed to rule out a comprehensive deal by year-end, despite a commitment by the two sides made at a US-sponsored conference last November that revived peace talks.There is no practical possibility of reaching an overall understanding on the issue of Jerusalem at this time, Olmert said.But there is an intention to create a mechanism that will continue to deal with the issue for a much longer period until we reach understandings that we can live with.Israel captured mostly Arab east Jerusalem -- including the Old City with its holy sites sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews -- in the 1967 war and annexed it shortly afterwards.It declared the whole city its eternal and undivided capital, a claim never recognised by the international community, and the Palestinians have demanded east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.The two sides launched their latest round of peace talks after a seven-year hiatus, vowing to try to reach a comprehensive agreement by the end of the year.

The talks have made little tangible progress since then, but Olmert said the gaps on other core issues, including the fate of 4.5 million UN-registered Palestinian refugees and final borders, could be bridged by the end of 2008.On the other core issues the gaps are not dramatic. On the issue of refugees we can reach an understanding that will not make us assume responsibility or have to solve the issue within Israel's borders, he said.On the question of the borders there is a gap that is not unbridgable.Olmert has vowed to put any agreement to a national referendum.

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

Ireland mulls autumn 2009 Lisbon revote
PHILIPPA RUNNER JULY 30,08 Today @ 17:14 CET

The Irish government is considering calling a second Lisbon treaty referendum in autumn 2009 after securing concessions on the number of commissioners, abortion, taxation and military neutrality, a major Irish daily reports.Under the plan, the re-vote in September or October next year would come after the June 2009 European Parliament elections, meaning the total number of MEPs would go down from 785 to 736, instead of 751 as envisaged by Lisbon.The mandate of the current European Commission would be extended until after the new treaty is in place and EU states would issue a solemn declaration that each EU member will keep its own commissioner in the future.The EU would also annex new statements to Lisbon guaranteeing that small print could not be used to force Ireland to relax its anti-abortion laws, increase corporate taxes or take part in European military integration.The plan is one of several under discussion by Dublin according to a senior government source quoted by The Independent on Wednesday (30 July). It's shaping that way. It's being kicked around, the contact said.

Ireland has promised to find a solution by the end of the year after some 53 percent of Irish people voted No to the treaty in June.A July survey showed that 62 percent would reject Lisbon if the referendum was held today and that 71 percent don't want to vote on the subject again. Dublin risks being isolated on the treaty, with 23 EU member states' parliaments having already given their assent and with the Italian lower chamber also set to approve the document in a vote on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ganley project

Ireland's most prominent No campaigner, Declan Ganley, is currently touring Europe to try and establish a new anti-Lisbon political group in time for the 2009 European elections.If elected, the wealthy businessman plans to write a reader-friendly, 20-page EU treaty based on the US constitution to replace the esoteric, 400-page long Lisbon text, he said in an interview with Polish newspaper Dziennik.Mr Ganley told French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Dublin last week that French people would also have rejected the treaty if France had held a referendum. You may be surprised to hear that he agreed with me, the Irishman said.

EU heart-broken over trade talks collapse
LEIGH PHILLIPS JULY 30,08 Today @ 09:28 CET

Global trade talks have collapsed as divisions between the US and India over emergency protections for poor farmers proved insurmountable.The so-called Doha Round of World Trade Organisation talks, which had limped into their second week of what had widely been described as gruelling negotiations, were derailed late on Tuesday (29 July) due to disagreement between the US and China and India over a special safeguard mechanism that would allow developing countries to temporarily protect their farmers from sudden surges in imports by raising tariffs.The US blamed the two countries for rejecting a compromise on the mechanism devised by WTO secretary-general Pascal Lamy and further developed by negotiators over the weekend. The special safeguard mechanism has long been a key demand of the G33, a group of developing countries including China, India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Turkey. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson warned that any world trade agreement was not likely any time soon.I have to all honesty, I don't think there's any realistic chance of modalities being agreed this year or in the foreseeable future, said the commissioner, speaking to reporters.Mr Mandelson called the collapse heart-breaking and a collective failure, saying he did not want to point the finger in any particular direction.However, he did have strong words for a bill recently passed by the US Congress offering $289 billion to the American farm sector over five years, far above the $15 billion maximum a year that was on the negotiating table in Geneva. He called the US legislation one of the most reactionary farm bills in the history of the US, according to the Financial Times.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso also lamented the break-up of talks: The failure to reach an agreement in Geneva is a profound disappointment for the EU.

We did absolutely everything we could to reconcile the different views and find compromise, he said.The present failure does not remove the case for progress, most obviously for the benefit of developing countries, he added, saying that he would now recommend to EU member states that they make preparations for re-engagement with major partners at a later date.

China dishes out blame

China, for its part, blamed wealthier countries for protecting their agricultural sectors while demanding poor countries cut tariffs on industrial goods and liberalise their financial services markets.This selfishness and short-sighted behaviour has directly caused the failure of this WTO ministerial meeting, which will have a number of serious consequences, read a commentary in state news agency Xinhua.US trade representative Susan Schwab described developing country demands that their farmers be protected unconscionable in the face of the food crisis.It's ironic that the debate came down to how much and how fast could nations raise their barriers to imports of food, she said.

Welcome respite

However, Stop The New Round Coalition, a grouping of 49 third world development NGOs, advocacy groups and trade unions, welcomed the collapse, calling it a welcome respite for poor countries.The aggressive push by the rich countries led by the US and the EU for more trade liberalisation at a time of global crises of food and fuel was too blatant for developing countries to stomach, the group, which included the Hong Kong and Korean Confederations of Trade Unions, Jubilee South Africa and Attac Morocco, said in a statement.Now is the time to seriously think outside the WTO-box and move towards an alternative global trading system that puts poor peoples' interests at the centre, it added.


12 And the ten horns (NATIONS) which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse:(PEACE) and he that sat on him had a bow;(EU DICTATOR) and a crown was given unto him:(PRESIDENT OF THE EU) and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.(MILITARY GENIUS)

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.(THE EU AND ITS DICTATOR IS GODLESS)
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.(DICTATOR COMES FROM NEW AGE OR OCCULT)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;(MURDERERD) and his deadly wound was healed:(COMES BACK TO LIFE) and all the world wondered after the beast.(THE WORLD THINKS ITS GOD IN THE FLESH, MESSIAH TO ISRAEL)
4 And they worshipped the dragon (SATAN) which gave power unto the beast:(JEWISH EU DICTATOR) and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?(FALSE RESURRECTION,SATAN BRINGS HIM TO LIFE)
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.(GIVEN WORLD CONTROL FOR 3 1/2YRS)
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,(HES A GOD HATER) to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.(HES A LIBERAL OR DEMOCRAT,WILL PUT ANYTHING ABOUT GOD DOWN)
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,(BEHEAD THEM) and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(WORLD DOMINATION)
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(WORLD DICTATOR)
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.(SAVED CHRISTIANS AND JEWS DIE FOR THEIR FAITH AT THIS TIME,NOW WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BUT DURING THE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH, PEOPLE WILL BE PUT TO DEATH (BEHEADINGS) FOR THEIR BELIEF IN GOD (JESUS) OR THE BIBLE.


Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (ROMANS IN AD 70) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMANS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he( EU ROMAN, JEWISH DICTATOR) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:( 7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,( 3 1/2 YRS) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Business favours Blair as EU president
LUCIA KUBOSOVA JULY 30,08 Today @ 09:26 CET

European businesses would choose the UK's ex-leader, Tony Blair, as the new EU president, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Luxembourg's prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, featuring as other front-runners for the position in a fresh poll.The survey was carried out by financial news channel CNBC Europe, with Mr Blair supported by 37 percent of respondents, Ms Merkel 23 percent and Mr Juncker 12 percent of pollsters, UK daily the Guardian reported.

Tony Blair and Angela Merkel are the two most popular personalities for the top EU job among businesses (Photo: European Community, 2006)The British Labour leader was mentioned as a possible candidate for the new post already last year, mainly after French President Nicolas Sarkozy signalled he would back him.But the idea also sparked some objections in other European capitals, with Chancellor Merkel herself reportedly arguing against such a choice.

The creation of a new EU president post - to be held for two and a half years and partly replace the current six-month rotating chairmanship of the bloc's member states - is still an open question due to the failed referendum in Ireland on the Lisbon Treaty, which would have introduced institutional changes to how the EU is run, including the new position. The current French EU presidency had been planning to hold a debate on the tasks of a bloc's new president and also on which personality should fill the position, and that of a new common foreign minister.But after the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty in June, the main question mark remains on how the EU can move on with the institutional reform that needs to be approved by all member states. Tony Blair, Britain's prime minister for 10 years, is currently working as an international peace envoy to the Middle East while also serving as an advisor to insurance firm Zurich and investment bank JP Morgan.

NATO suspicious of Russian security pact idea
PHILIPPA RUNNER 29.07.2008 @ 09:28 CET

Russia's presentation of plans for a new Treaty on European Security at a NATO gathering on Monday (28 July) met with suspicion it might undermine existing alliances, with Moscow to return to the topic in September.European and American politicians express their concerns and preoccupations that the Russians are putting forward this initiative to weaken NATO or the OSCE, Russia's NATO ambassador, Dmitry Rogozin, told Reuters.These fears we can only laugh at - they are not serious, he added, after the regular session of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels. It does not intend to undermine the existing structures and institutions of security.

Speaking to state-sponsored broadcaster NTV Mir in Moscow, Mr Rogozin explained that What we suggest is a sort of reloading of our relations [with NATO] because on many matters our contacts have reached a definite dead end.During the interview, NTV Mir's own correspondent showed hostility to the western alliance by referring to it by the Soviet-era term likeliest potential enemy and calling it this morally obsolete organization.The Russian idea - raised by president Dmitry Medvedev in recent speeches and at last month's EU-Russia summit - envisages a new pan-European security pact of non-aggression and cooperation on terrorism and immigration. The legally-binding treaty would be negotiated at a major international summit organised by Moscow and could embrace NATO, the OSCE and non-European states like Canada, India and China as junior members.US, British and eastern European NATO envoys probed Mr Rogozin on how the new pact would work in practice and its legal compatibility with existing international clubs, but the Russian diplomat was short on answers, IHT reports. Rogozin did not go into any detail on president Medvedev's proposals, a NATO spokesman said. The ambassadors asked a number of fundamental questions, which [he] promised to deal with in more detail in September.

EU defence out of date

One Russian idea - that European defence is based on an old Cold War-era model - was also voiced in a report by NGO the European Council on Foreign Relations out Tuesday, which advocates a multi-speed EU defence policy. Writing in a comment for EUobserver, the study's author, Nick Witney, says pro-active EU states should join up on research or peacekeeping projects, leaving behind sceptics such as Austria, Bulgaria, Greece and Ireland.[EU top diplomat] Javier Solana has often been reduced to phoning defence ministers in person to secure a single transport plane or field surgeon, for previous EU missions, Mr Witney said.

Russia to propose pan-European security pact
PHILIPPA RUNNER 28.07.2008 @ 09:29 CET

Individual European countries should sign up to a legally-binding security pact that includes Russia in a new structure over-arching the EU and NATO, Russian diplomats will propose at a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels on Monday (28 July).The pact would be negotiated at a special international forum convened by Russia and could embrace emerging powers Brazil and India, Central Asian states and existing international security alliances such as the EU, NATO, the OSCE, the CIS and the CSTO. The treaty would handle problems such as NATO enlargement, illegal migration, drug trafficking, organised crime and terrorism, Russian NATO ambassador Dmitry Rogozin told the New York Times, admitting the idea is unlikely to get a warm welcome at first. We do not expect immediate reaction on the part of our western partners, or booing or, on the contrary, applause, he said, with western analysts arguing the proposed Russian set-up would weaken NATO by subjecting it to external vetoes.Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev outlined his ideas on the pact in two major speeches in recent weeks, but European reaction has been muted so far, with the NATO-Russia Council meeting on Monday to be the first formal debate on the scheme.

Speaking to his ambassadors in Moscow on 15 July, the president said a new Treaty on European Security would address flaws in the architecture of European security and the need to create in the Euro-Atlantic area a truly open and collective security system.

Talking to business leaders in Berlin on 5 June, he said Atlanticism as a single basis for security has exhausted itself. We must at the present time discuss [the concept of] a single Euro-Atlantic space from Vancouver to Vladivostok.A recent Kremlin policy paper, the 7,000-word long Foreign Policy Concept, suggests Russia wants to play a major role on the world stage and is prepared to take unilateral action, leveraging its oil and gas resources, if the west does not take note.Russia exerts substantial influence on the formation of the new architecture of international relations, the text says, adding it will use all the economic leverage and resources at its disposal...for the protection of its national interests.


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 $5 after report says gas supplies fell By STEVENSON JACOBS, AP Business Writer JULY 30,08

NEW YORK - Oil prices shot up Wednesday, jumping as much as $5 a barrel and halting a dramatic two-week slide after the government reported a surprise drop in gasoline supplies. Also supporting prices was news that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will step down in September, a move that raised doubts about progress for U.S.-backed Middle East peace efforts in the oil-producing region.

The big advance raised questions whether crude's steep decline was overblown, but also whether the pullback has now brought prices closer in line with flagging U.S. demand. Still, analysts offered mixed views on whether prices would return to record levels hit earlier this month, with some saying crude could surge higher and others calling Wednesday's rebound a temporary bump.Light, sweet crude for September delivery soared $4.53 cents to $126.72 a barrel in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier, prices jumped more than $5 a barrel, marking crude's biggest one-day rally since July 10, when prices ended $5.60 higher. The contract had fallen below $121 a barrel earlier in the day, and closed $2.54 lower on Tuesday at $122.19 a barrel.The Energy Information Administration said in its weekly inventory report that U.S. gasoline supplies fell by 3.5 million barrels last week. Analysts surveyed by energy research firm Platts expected gas supplies to increase by 400,000 barrels. U.S. crude stockpiles also fell by 100,000 barrels last week, less than the 1.3 million barrels analysts had predicted.The drop in gas supplies suggests record oil prices haven't curbed U.S. fuel demand to the extent that some energy market analysts had anticipated following crude's frenzied run above $147 a barrel earlier this month.We came into this report expecting lousy demand and it wasn't as bad as expected. It's stopping the bearish momentum that we've seen over the last few days, said Phil Flynn, analyst at Alaron Trading Corp. in Chicago.Also boosting prices Wednesday was a report by Goldman Sachs, which affirmed its earlier forecast that crude will hit $149 a barrel by the end of the year.

The investment bank called weakness in U.S. energy demand transient rather than permanent, saying the fundamentals of falling oil production and rising world energy consumption remain intact. Past forecasts for higher oil prices have caused jumps in prices as speculative buyers are drawn into the market.Still, other analysts said oil's recovery doesn't mean prices are about to go higher again, but rather shows that traders saw a short-term buying opportunity after Tuesday's sell-off.I still expect to see further air being let out of this balloon, said Stephen Schork, an analyst and trader in Villanova, Pa.He noted that U.S. demand for energy is falling across most sectors. Inventories of distillates, which include heating oil and diesel, rose by 2.4 million barrels, more than the 1.8 million barrels expected, according to the EIA report.

And Americans continue to cut back on their driving to cope with almost $4-a-gallon pump prices. The average price of a regular gas fell 1.5 cents on Wednesday to $3.926, according to auto club AAA, the Oil Prices Information Service and Wright Express.We clearly have demand destruction, Schork said.Before Wednesday's modest rebound, crude prices had dropped in seven of the last 10 sessions, and are down about 17 percent from their peak above $147 a barrel earlier this month. Prices remain about 60 percent higher than at this time last year.Comments from OPEC President Chakib Khelil indicating he did not see a need for the oil cartel to cut production if prices continued to fall were also pressuring oil prices, according to analysts at JBC Energy in Vienna.The dollar was stronger Wednesday against the euro, but the oil market seemed to be ignoring a trend that ordinarily would pressure prices. Investors buy commodities as a hedge against inflation and a weaker dollar but tend to sell when the American currency strengthens.

Oil also gained Tuesday's announcement from Royal Dutch Shell PLC that it may not be able to fulfill some oil export contracts after Nigerian militants sabotaged a pipeline in the Niger Delta.

Militant attacks on Nigerian oil facilities have trimmed nearly one quarter of the country's regular daily output. The strongest Nigerian militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, said it sabotaged two pipelines early Monday in the southern oil-producing region. In other Nymex trading, heating oil futures rose 4.48 cents to $3.517 a gallon while gasoline prices gained 11.83 cents to $3.126 a gallon. Natural gas futures fell 11.3cents at $9.017 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, September Brent crude rose $3.34 cents at $126.05 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Associated Press Writers Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, Hungary and Alex Kennedy in Singapore contributed to this report.

Stocks pare gains as oil prices move higher By TIM PARADIS, AP Business Writer JULY 30,08

NEW YORK - Stocks gave up their biggest gains but still mostly advanced in lopsided trading Wednesday after an upbeat employment report from payroll company ADP made investors somewhat optimistic about the government's upcoming July employment report. A downturn in some financial and technology stocks and a jump in oil prices shaved the market's gains. Automatic Data Processing said private sector employment rose by 9,000 this month. After seeing jobs disappear by the thousands in recent months, the stock market is eager for any insights into the Labor Department's take on the job market on Friday.The Federal Reserve also announced it will extend its emergency borrowing program for Wall Street banks, which reassured the market that investment banks won't suffer from liquidity problems. The central bank will also now allow commercial banks to bid on cash loans that last for 84 days, besides the 28-day loans that are now available. The original program allowing investment firms to turn to the Fed for cash will now run through Jan. 30 instead of mid-September.

The latest overtures from the federal government, some of which had been expected, nonetheless helped investor sentiment.But the price of oil rose after a weekly Energy Department report on domestic supplies showed a surprise increase. And Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement that he plans to resign in September stirred concerns about the viability of Middle East peace efforts and rising tensions with Iran. Light, sweet crude rose $4.91 to $127.10 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has fallen sharply, however, since hitting a high above $147 on July 11, and a drop in prices Tuesday contributed to a huge gain on Wall Street.

Rob Lutts, chief investment officer at Cabot Money Management Inc., said stocks are volatile as investors seemingly regard each new piece of news as the best word on where the economy is headed.We grab onto those key pieces of data every day. Right now oil is up but it's down $20 over the past three weeks, he said. We don't know whether to worry that what we have observed in the last month or two is just going to get worse or whether there is a glimmer of hope.In midafternoon trading, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 90.22, or 0.79 percent, to 11,487.78. The Dow had been up as much as 168 points earlier in the session. On Tuesday, the blue chips jumped 266 points, more than wiping out a nearly 240-point loss from the previous session.Broader stock indicators turned mixed Wednesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index advanced 5.27, or 0.42 percent, to 1,268.47, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index fell 14.77, or 0.64 percent, to 2,304.85.Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by about 9 to 7 on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 948.9 million shares.Bond prices fell as stocks advanced, diminishing demand for the safety of government debt. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, rose to 4.04 percent from 4.04 percent late Tuesday.The dollar was higher against other major currencies, while gold prices fell.Alan Levenson, chief economist at T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., said the Fed's decision to continue its borrowing program for Wall Street banks is a reassuring sign for investors even if banks don't necessarily use the money. He likened the process to a person recovering from an illness.You're given a five-day course of antibiotics. You may start feeling better after three days but you keep taking the antibiotics, he said.Other measures aimed at creating order in the markets will remain in place as well. Investors are still seeing restrictions on a type of trade that can exacerbate a stock's decline. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday extended a temporary ban on short-selling of the stocks of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and 17 big investment banks. The SEC said the rule on naked short selling will go through Aug. 12 and won't be extended.Short sellers used borrowed shares and profit by correctly betting that they will fall. Naked short sellers, however, don't borrow shares before they sell them and try to cover their moves after they've placed their bets.The cap, put in place July 15 after a sharp drop in shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, helped calm the markets and drive a short-lived but substantial run-up in shares of financial companies.The government-chartered mortgage companies, which together hold or back nearly half of all U.S. mortgage debt, rose on news of the Fed's latest moves. Fannie Mae advanced 45 cents, or 3.9 percent, to $12.05, while Freddie Mac rose 6 cents to $8.48.

Wall Street has been juggling a number of intertwined worries in recent months as it tries to determine where the economy is headed. There is continued concern about bad mortgage debt that many banks are holding because homeowners swept up in the pullback in the housing market are missing mortgage payments. And the rapid rise in oil and other commodity prices this year has only made it harder for many consumers to keep up with their bills. Any sign of an easing in the credit and housing markets, or a drop in energy prices, offers some investors hope that the economy could begin to recover. Investors are anxious for the government's advance reading on second quarter gross domestic product, which is due Thursday. Economists expect that, while it might not feel like it to many consumers, the economy is still eking out growth. And the Labor Department's July employment report due Friday could give a read on how consumer spending might fare. Wall Street is anxious for consumers to remain employed because they account for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. Investors also received a mixed batch of company news. Visteon Corp. shares jumped 36 cents, or 14 percent, to $2.92 after the auto parts supplier posted a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss. Corning Inc. said its second-quarter earnings jumped on a one-time tax gain and strong demand for glass used in flat-screen televisions and computers. But the company issued a third-quarter sales forecast that missed Wall Street's target. The stock fell $1.07, or 5 percent, to $20.25. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 3.81, or 0.53 percent, to 710.74. Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 1.58 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 jumped 1.91 percent, Germany's DAX index advanced 0.96 percent, and France's CAC-40 jumped 1.85 percent.
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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.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood:(bitter,Poisoned) and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.(poisoned)

3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.(enviromentalists won't like this result)
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they(False World Church and Dictator) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Penguins wash up closer to equator in Brazil By MICHAEL ASTOR, Associated Press Writer JULY 30,08

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Penguins from frigid waters near the bottom of the world are washing up closer to the equator than ever before, Brazilian wildlife authorities said Wednesday. Adelson Cerqueira Silva of the federal environmental agency said that about 300 penguins have been found dead or alive in recent days along the coast of Bahia state, better known for sunbathers in bikinis than for seabirds native to Antarctica and Patagonia.Its capital of Salvador is roughly 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) closer to the equator than Miami is and temperatures in the current Southern Hemisphere winter are in the mid-70s (low 20s centigrade).This is unheard of. There have even been reports of penguins washing up as far as Aracaju, Silva said, referring to a beachside state capital even closer to the equator.Silva said biologists believe stronger-than-usual ocean currents have pulled the birds north. Others have suggested the increase might be due to overfishing near Patagonia and Antarctica that has forced the penguins to swim further in search of food.Silva said the environmental authority was receiving hundreds of phone calls reporting penguin sightings.We're telling people if the penguins don't appear to be injured or sick to leave them alone so they can swim back, Silva said in telephone interview from the Bahia state capital of Salvador.Rescued penguins have swamped a triage center for rescued birds, and Silva said about 90 of the birds found alive have since died.Penguins have been sweeping up on Brazilian shores in ever greater numbers this year, for reasons that are not entirely clear.While penguins commonly wash up as far north as Rio de Janeiro state in July and August — hundreds have done so this year. Bahia is roughly 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) northeast of Rio.P. Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington who works with penguins in Argentina, said that while she has heard of penguins occasionally washing up as far north as Bahia, the numbers washing up this year are extremely high.

The last time that you got a lot of penguins was in 2000, mostly in Rio but some further north. That year the sea surface temperature was a degree lower than the 30 year average so the penguins just keep swimming in search of food without noticing where they're going, said Boersma in a telephone interview from Seattle.She also said overfishing near Patagonia and Antarctica could be a factor. In the past decade, penguins have had to swim an average of 40 miles (60 kilometers) further north to find food, Boersma said.The majority of penguins turning up are baby birds that have just left the nest and are least able to outswim the strong ocean currents.


ISAIAH 30:26-27
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

MATTHEW 24:21-22,29
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.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

7-square-mile ice sheet breaks loose in Canada Wed Jul 30, 8:09 AM ET

EDMONTON, Alberta - A chunk of ice spreading across seven square miles has broken off a Canadian ice shelf in the Arctic, scientists said Tuesday. Derek Mueller, a research at Trent University, was careful not to blame global warming, but said it the event was consistent with the theory that the current Arctic climate isn't rebuilding ice sheets.We're in a different climate now, he said. It's not conducive to regrowing them. It's a one-way process.

Mueller said the sheet broke away last week from the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf off the north coast of Ellesmere Island in Canada's far north. He said a crack in the shelf was first spotted in 2002 and a survey this spring found a network of fissures.The sheet is the biggest piece shed by one of Canada's six ice shelves since the Ayles shelf broke loose in 2005 from the coast of Ellesmere, about 500 miles from the North Pole.Formed by accumulating snow and freezing meltwater, ice shelves are large platforms of thick, ancient sea ice that float on the ocean's surface. Ellesmere Island was once entirely ringed by a single enormous ice shelf that broke up in the early 1900s.At 170 square miles and 130-feet thick, the Ward Hunt shelf is the largest of those remnants. Mueller said it has been steadily declining since the 1930s.Gary Stern, co-leader of an international research program on sea ice, said it's the same story all around the Arctic.Speaking from the Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen in Canada's north, Stern said He hadn't seen any ice in weeks. Plans to set up an ice camp last February had to be abandoned when usually dependable ice didn't form for the second year in a row, he said.Nobody on the ship is surprised anymore, Stern said. We've been trying to get the word out for the longest time now that things are happening fast and they're going to continue to happen fast.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008



SCOFFERS - NUCLEAR ATOMIC POWER From Jack Van Impes Show Sunday July 27, 2008


Religion under fire because their not teaching Doctrine.

2 TIMOTHY 4:2-4
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Lots of preachers want nothing to do with the return of JESUS to EARTH LITERALLY.

2 PETER 3:3-4
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep,(GRAND FATHERS) all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

A Lady told Jack that she asked her preacher, when will you ever do a sermon on CHRISTS RETURN. His answer: When pigs learn to fly. A guy like that needs to get out of the Ministry.

Another Woman asked he Minister the same question. His answer was: I don't wanna preach that doom and gloom. Now wait a minute, we did not create 21 judgements in the Book of Revelation, it was JESUS who sanctioned this.

16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things (these 21 chapters of the Book of Revelation, and want it preached) in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Another preacher was asked: Do you believe in Prophecy! His lunatic answer was: any time the Apostles brought up prophecy, Jesus changed the subject. Thats scoffing, it isn't true. In Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17+21 and John 14:3, Talk about the signs of his return.

JOHN 14:3
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Its JESUS who said in Matthew 24:27

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Its JESUS who gave all the SIGNS in Matthew 24.

Matthew 24:21 JESUS said.

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.

CHRIST often quoted the Old Testament Prophecies. Do you know that there are 16 Old Testament Prophets? And Gods word verifies what they taught.

2 PETER 1:19-21
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Who were these Men of old? The New Testament was not written yet. The 16 Old Testament Prophets. There you got sixteen Books. You got 4 by JESUS, theres 18.

The Apostle Paul in all 14 of his books talked about the return of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. So now you have got 18 + 14 more, plus the Book of REVELATION. Thats 33, theres no end to it. Theres 10,385 verses in the Bible about CHRISTS RETURN. One out of every four verses, and you preachers can't find once a month, 1 out of 4 times, to talk about JESUS coming again. Paul rejoyced in it. Its a comforting hope.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

One of these days, you men are going to give account. Now listen to this again.

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Preach the Word they say. Don't ever take a verse out of context, I WON'T. When he says to preach the Word in verse 2, he tells what that Word is in verse 8.

8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The return of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. And its only given to those looking for his appearing. So you preachers are not only Scoffers and mockers, but you are robbing your members of a special crown to lay at the feet of JESUS as a reward in REV 4:10-11

10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Because they were looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing, AMEN.


I'm gonna give Jack some questions about Prophecy fulfilled in our days and he will answer by the verse in the BIBLE.


Its out of the REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE (THE EU) that the WORLD DICTATOR comes.

1 JOHN 2:18
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

And we know its that part of the WORLD (EUROPE) through Daniel Chapters 2 +7

Only 7 World Empires in History REV 17: 9-10,
DANIEL 2:31-33,36-43, DAN 7:3-8,17

First From Daniel Chapter 2

3 BABYLON (HEAD OF GOLD) DAN 2:31-32,36-38, DAN 1:1
6 ROME (2 LEGS OF IRON) DAN 2:33,40, ROM 1:6

Now From Daniel Chapter 7

GOVERNMENT DAN 2:40-45, 7:7-8,23-25,27, 8:23, REV 13:3,7,8,12,14,16

3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

REVELATION 13:3,7,12,16
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:


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, and knowledge shall be increased.


MATTHEW 24:5,11,24
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.


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


7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.


7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.


12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.


14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


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; the sea and the waves roaring;
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.


1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:


JAMES 5:1-4
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.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.


2 PETER 2:1-2
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.


2 PETER 3:10-12
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?


1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

LUKE 21:25-26
25 and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
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.

1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

MATTHEW 24:33-37
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

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.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.


The BIBLE says Nuclear Power is going to be developed just before the return of the LORD. RUSSIA MARCHES AGAINST ISRAEL.

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,

When you study: Daniel 11:40-45

DANIEL 11:40-45
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA 2ND WAVE OF WW3) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

EZEKIEL 38:5-7
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.

PSALMS 83:5-7
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)

17 Nations of the Arab (Muslim) group are the ones that are preparing to create these new Atom Bombs. Its right there in scripture, this is it. There goal is the elimination of ISRAEL.

PSALMS 83:3-4
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.

Who wants to do it RUSSIA AND HER ALLIES.

ISRAEL is mentioned 18 times in EZEKIEL 38+39 of being the battle ground.

EZEKIEL 38:8,14-18
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.
14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

EZEKIEL 39:2,4,7,9,11-12,17,22-23,25,29
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, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, 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.
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.
9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.


3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

ISAIAH 66:15
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth before them; 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.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

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.

18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.





Monday, July 28, 2008






MALVEAUX: Senator, I want to use a word that you love to use, audacity. A lot of people looked at the trip and they saw the palaces, the world leaders, the 200,000 that were gathered in Berlin, and they said, The audacity of this trip, it looks like he is running for president of the world.

And a lot of people looked and they want to know, what out of this trip did you take away that you feel makes you a stronger candidate to be a leader here?

OBAMA: Well, let me make a couple points. First of all, I basically met with the same folks that John McCain met with after he won the nomination. He met with all these leaders. He also added a trip to Mexico, a trip to Canada, a trip to Colombia, and nobody suggested that that was audacious.

I think people assumed that what he was doing was...


... talk to world leaders who we may have deal with should we become president. That's part of the job that I'm applying for.


And so -- so I was puzzled by this notion that somehow what we were doing was in any way different from what Senator McCain or a lot of presidential candidates have done in the past. Now, I admit we did it really well.



But that shouldn't be a strike against me. You know, if I was bumbling and fumbling through this thing, I would have been criticized for that. And so -- so that's point number one. I don't know the political effect of this when I come back. You know, I think people are worried about gas prices; they're worried about job security; they're worried about their retirement fund, as the stock market goes down. So probably a week of me focusing on international issues doesn't necessarily translate into higher poll numbers here in the United States, because people are understandably concerned about the immediate effects of the economy. And that's what we will be talking about for the duration.

I do think that, in terms of me governing, being an effective president, that that trip was helpful, because I think I've established relationships and a certain bond of trust with key leaders around the world who have taken measure of my positions and how I operate and I think can come away with some confidence that this is somebody I can deal with.





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.

Typhoon hits Taiwan, markets closed Monday Sun Jul 27, 9:39 PM ET

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A typhoon packing wind gusts of up to 191 kph and forecast to dump up to a metre of rain in places was on course to hit Taiwan on Monday morning, prompting cancellation of work and market closures. Typhoon Fung-Wong, Chinese for phoenix, was moving northwest at 13 kph, set to make landfall late Monday morning near the city of Hualien, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said on its website ( storm's approach generated rough sea warnings as markets, offices and schools across the island shut for the day.Transport was disrupted with most domestic flights and rail service suspended, although media reported that international flights were still operating at Taiwan's main international airport at Taoyuan.Heavy rains began to fall in the early hours of Monday morning and were expected to continue throughout the day, with some of the hardest hit areas expected to receive up to 1,000 mm of rain, according to forecasts.Tropical Storm Risk ( said Fung-Wong was a category 2 storm, and would likely be downgraded to a category 1 storm over the next 24 hours as it crossed Taiwan and headed toward China. A category 2 storm is defined as having maximum sustained winds of 154-177 kph.From Taiwan, the storm is expected to cross over the Taiwan Strait and arrive in south China's Fujian province on Monday night or Tuesday morning.In Fujian, authorities evacuated over 270,000 people ahead of the storm's arrival.

Chinese media quoted weather experts as saying Fung-Wong might become the most powerful storm to hit East Asia this year with heavy rain expected to fall over a long period.Fung-Wong is the second typhoon to hit Taiwan in the last two weeks. On July 18, typhoon Kalmaegi killed at least 20 people and caused extensive flooding, landslides and crop damage in the south and central part of the island.(Reporting by Doug Young in Taipei and Guo Shipeng in Beijing)


300 evacuated from flooding in Ruidoso, N.M., area Sun Jul 27, 6:14 PM ET

About 300 people were evacuated from homes, campgrounds and a recreational vehicle park Sunday after flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.Meteorologists said more than 6 inches of rain fell in the mountainous area, and flash flood watches were in effect for central and eastern New Mexico.The Rio Ruidoso went over its banks about midnight, said Tom Schafer, Ruidoso's emergency management coordinator.Water's just going everywhere, Schafer said.State officials estimated more than 60 homes have been damaged.A police helicopter was sent to rescue people reported to be standing on buildings and vehicles, but no one was found, state Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson said. A dive team was also sent to rescue people from the flooded areas, he said.

Earlier, four people were rescued after being trapped by rising water, but no one was seriously injured, Schafer said.People evacuated from the Bonito Creek Campground was sent to a nearby church, he said.Most of the 40 or so people who showed up at the Angus Hill Church of the Nazarene were campers who just came up for a nice weekend and were flooded out, said Sue Hutchinson, who operates a first aid clinic at the church.Several campers said they awakened when their tents began floating down the river, Hutchinson said.Several bridges and roads in the area were closed, including part of U.S. 70.Part of the race track at Ruidoso Downs flooded, canceling the entire Sunday race card.The race track is a river. I've never seen it like this here, trainer Joel Marr said.

At least 16 dead in flooding in Ukraine, Romania: governments Sun Jul 27, 2:11 PM ET

KIEV (AFP) - At least 16 people have died in severe storms and flooding in western Ukraine and northern Romania that forced almost 20,000 people to abandon their homes, authorities said Sunday. The government in Kiev said 13 people, including five children, had been killed and two were missing, while authorities in Bucharest issued a toll of three dead and two missing.In Ukraine around 6,700 people were evacuated after 21,000 homes were flooded in regions close to the border with Romania, the emergency situations ministry said.Three hundred towns and villages have lost electricity and about 400 bridges have been damaged, it said.President Viktor Yushchenko arrived in the region on Sunday to assess the damage, his press service said. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was also expected to travel there, Interfax news agency reported.Seven of the dead were in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, and the other six in the Chernivtsy region, the ministry said.Earlier it said two victims died when they were struck by lightning and a third in a landslide.Authorities in Romania said a 30-year-old mother, her son and another youngster, who had taken refuge from the swollen waters in a house built on a hill, died when a landslip swept the building away in the northern district of Maramures.Two other people had also been carried off by the floodwaters, the secretary of state at the interior ministry, Victor Paul Dobre, said.One of those was a 14-year-old boy, separated from his father's hand by the rising waters.Almost 12,900 people had been evacuated and more than 9,200 homes flooded, according to government figures.Almost 19,000 hectares (almost 50,000 acres) have been affected, including 6,200 wells, 500 kilometres (310 miles) of roads and 1,000 bridges.

Some 3,650 security forces and volunteers had been mobilised Sunday to build dykes, help evacuate people and animals in danger and to distribute aid.Authorities expected the torrential rains to ease off later in the day, although a red alert was to remain in force through until Monday afternoon for six north-eastern districts.

Hurricane Dolly remnants bring downpour to El Paso Sat Jul 26, 10:10PM ET

EL PASO, Texas - Heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Dolly is closing streets and flooding homes in El Paso, and is blamed for causing the death of one person in New Mexico. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a passenger in a sport utility vehicle was killed when the vehicle hit a large puddle and rolled over. The driver and two children were hospitalized.National Weather Service meteorologist says some areas of El Paso have gotten as much as 3 inches of rain.The city says it has received 17 reports of flooding in homes. There are 10 reports of street flooding.The Texas Transportation Department says the Trans Mountain Highway is closed due to rock slides caused by the rain and is expected to reopen Saturday night.

50,000 ordered to evacuate in flooded Japan JULY 28,08

TOKYO - Heavy rain caused floods and mudslides in central Japan Monday, prompting orders to evacuate more than 50,000 people, officials said. The downpour overflowed the banks of the Asano River. Brown water gushed into the city of Kanazawa, flooding houses and leading authorities to issue an evacuation order across the town, said Hiroyuki Tatsuda, spokesman of the city of Kanazawa, about 180 miles northwest of Tokyo.We were inundated just in a couple hours this morning, Tatsuda said. We haven't had such heavy rain for years.The city lifted the evacuation order by midmorning Monday after the rain subsided, Tatsuda said. More than 800 people had taken refuge at community centers. City officials were still assessing the extent of damage to houses and buildings.The flooding also temporarily left 500 households without electricity and caused train delays.Heavy rain also fell in nearby Toyama prefecture, where a 53-year-old man was seriously injured after being swallowed by a mudslide while driving near a tunnel, local police official Shinichi Tomiya said. The man suffered a broken leg, arm, rib and shoulder but was conscious when he was later dug from the mud and taken to a nearby hospital.More than 4 inches of rain fell in the region, the nation's weather agency said.

Floods strip Midwest of tons of valuable topsoil By DEANNA MARTIN, Associated Press Writer Sun Jul 27, 7:27 PM ET

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. - Jim Lankford's corn crops used to stretch to the White River. Now the river has stretched itself through his crops. The river eroded a new route for itself during June's flooding, a channel with steep 12-foot banks at the edge of some of Lankford's corn fields about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis. The flood spread rocks in other spots, making it look as if Lankford planted soybeans in a gravel road. Elsewhere, silt is piled up like sand dunes and uprooted trees still litter cornfields more than a month after the floods.It's the worst I've ever seen in my life for this area, the 62-year-old farmer said.The flooding that swamped large areas of the Midwest took with it some of the region's most valuable resource: soil.Now farmers and environmentalists are at odds over what to do with erosion-prone land — take their chances planting crops on marginal land in hopes of good yields and high grain prices, or plant trees, native grasses or ground cover that act as a natural flood buffer.The floods may have caused up to $3 billion in crop losses in Iowa and $800 million in crop damage in Indiana, according to estimates from agriculture secretaries in those states.

Erosion damage is harder to tally.

In Wisconsin, flooding damaged about $2.8 million worth of conservation structures, such as dams, levees, ditches and waterways, said Don Baloun, a farm conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service in Madison, Wis.Some land in Illinois is still submerged.It could be fall for some of our counties on the Mississippi River before we see what kind of damage farmers did experience as far as erosion, said Donald King of Illinois' USDA's Farm Service Agency.Erosion robs farmers of the nutrient-rich topsoil their growing plants need.

It takes thousands of years to form one inch of topsoil, said Jane Hardisty, Indiana's state conservationist. Within a day, we lost it. It's just devastating.It's also an issue downstream, where sediment diminishes water quality. Scientists think the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — oxygen-depleted water off the Texas-Louisiana coast that can't support kill marine life — is likely to be worse this year partly because of the flood runoff.States have set up programs to keep their soil. Missouri, for example, has nearly halved its rate of soil loss since the mid-1980s, when it dedicated a special tax that generates $42 million a year for soil-conserving practices such as terraces, retention ponds and grazing rotations.The conversion of row-crop land to pastures over the last 20 years in northern Missouri also has helped conserve the precious few inches of top soil left in that part of the state, said Bill Foster, who heads the state's soil and water conservation program.

If we lose very many more inches of soil, we won't be farming, Foster said. It's critical to keep in place.The Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program also helps. The $2 billion-a-year federal program pays farmers not to plant crops, instead returning land to its native state. That saves an estimated 450 million tons of soil each year.However, that program isn't without controversy. Environmental groups recently sought a federal court injunction to stop hay production and cattle grazing on some conservation land. A judge in Seattle ruled that the USDA did not conduct an appropriate environmental review, but said a reversal would be unfair to farmers and ranchers counting on using that land. Conservation program officials announced earlier this month that farmers in flooded-damaged areas of 16 states could graze livestock on conservation land to help them cope with rising grain prices and flood damage. Our CRP land is vital to the balance we promote at USDA between production and preservation, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said. I commit this resource knowing that we must redouble our conservation effort at every future opportunity.

One of the program's founders, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., wants to also allow farmers to plant crops on more stable conservation land.

Environmental groups say there are risks to opening up conservation program land to planting. Marginal land planted with ground cover or trees acts as a natural flood barrier, said Sara Hopper, director of agricultural policy for the Environmental Defense Fund. Planting crops could mean less protection against floods, she said.

It's going to make a bad situation worse, particularly over the long run, she said. Lankford, the Indiana farmer, faces a difficult decision for his flood-damaged land. He could replant corn in an effort to make money off the field, but that would take cash to rebuild a breached levee and haul hundreds of truck loads of topsoil to replace his lost land. He could also consider the conservation reserve program, or he could simply abandon the affected field. Another big flood could come again next year, he said, or not for another hundred years. Traditionally, farmers are optimists, and I know I'm that way. They always think Well, next year will be better,Lankford said. You know there's risks. Sometimes it's worse than you think.Associated Press writers Robert Imrie in Wausau, Wis., Amy Lorentzen in Des Moines, Iowa, and Cheryl Wittenauer and Jim Suhr in St. Louis contributed to this report.



1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

34 But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

JOHN 8:41
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

JOHN 10:20
20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.(JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND FOR SINNERS, THE GREAT WHITE THRONE FINAL JUDGEMENT).


1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) 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.

MATTHEW 5:10-12
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

JOHN 15:18-20
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me (JESUS) before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain(BEHEADED) for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.



Gunman opens fire in Tennessee church, 2 killed By DUNCAN MANSFIELD, Associated Press Writer JULY 27,08

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A gunman opened fire at a church youth performance Sunday and killed two people, including a man who witnesses called a hero for shielding others from a shotgun blast. Seven adults were also injured but no children were harmed at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Church members said they dove under pews or ran from the building when the shooting started.The gunman was tackled by congregants and eventually taken into police custody.Jim D. Adkisson, 58, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held on $1 million bail, according to city spokesman Randy Kenner, who did not know if the suspect had retained an attorney. Authorities were searching Adkisson's home in the Knoxville bedroom community of Powell, Kenner said.

The man slain was identified as Greg McKendry, 60, a longtime church member and usher. Church member Barbara Kemper told The Associated Press that McKendry stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of us.Linda Kreager, 61, died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center a few hours after the shooting, Knoxville city spokesman Randall Kenner said.Five people remained hospitalized, all in critical or serious condition. Two others were treated and released.The gunman's motive is not yet known. The church, like many other Unitarian Universalist churches, promotes progressive social work, such as desegregation and fighting for the rights of women and gays. The Knoxville congregation has provided sanctuary for political refugees, fed the homeless and founded a chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to its Web site.Kemper said the gunman shouted before he opened fire.It was hateful words. He was saying hateful things, she said, but refused to elaborate.The FBI was assisting in the case in case it turns out be a hate crime, Police Chief Sterling Owen said. Police were taking statements from witnesses and collecting video cameras from church members who taped the performance.There were about 200 people watching a performance by 25 children based on the musical Annie when the shooting took place.

Church member Mark Harmon said he was in the first row. It had barely begun when there was an incredibly loud bang, he said.

Harmon said he thought the noise was part of the play, then he heard a second loud bang. As he dove for cover, he realized a woman behind him was bleeding. She looked like she was in shock, touching her wound, he said.It seems so unreal, Harmon said. You're sitting in church, you're watching a children's performance of a play and suddenly you hear a bang.Harmon said church members just behind him in the second and third rows were shot. His wife told him that she saw the gunman pull the shotgun out of a guitar case.Witnesses reported hearing about three blasts from the .12-gauge shotgun, which spreads pellets out when the shot leaves the barrel. Witnesses said they did not recognize the gunman.Church members said the gunman was tackled by John Bohstedt, who played Daddy Warbucks in the performance. He declined comment when reached by phone at his home. Friends of McKendry said he was friendly with everyone. Greg McKendry was a very large gentlemen, one of those people you might describe as a refrigerator with a head, said member Schera Chadwick, whose husband, Ted Lollis, arrived at the church just after the shooting. He looked like a football player. He did obviously stand up and put himself in between the shooter and the congregation.McKendry and his wife had recently taken in a foster child. The church's minister was on vacation in western North Carolina at the time of the shooting but returned Sunday afternoon. We've been touched by a horrible act of violence. We are in a process of healing and we ask everyone for your prayers, the Rev. Chris Buice said in a statement outside the church. I will tell you we love Greg McKendry. We are grieving the loss of a wonderful man.Associated Press writers Beth Rucker in Knoxville and Cara Rubinsky and Anna Varela in Atlanta contributed to this report. On the Net:


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.



Fire destroys 12 homes near Yosemite National Park By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press Writer JULY 28,08

MARIPOSA, Calif. - An out-of-control wildfire burning Sunday near an entrance to Yosemite National Park has destroyed 12 homes and threatened thousands more as flames forced authorities to cut power to the park. The blaze has charred more than 26,000 acres since Friday as wooded slopes ignited amid hot, dry conditions that have plagued California for months. Besides the homes destroyed, the fire has also engulfed 27 other buildings.There's no fire history in the past 100 hundred years. That's one of the reasons this fire's been able to burn so erratically, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.In Southern California, about 4,000 visitors were evacuated Sunday from the Los Angeles zoo as a fast-moving brush fire burned nearby in Griffith Park.Flames came within about 1,000 feet of a California condor enclosure in the zoo, forcing the relocation of the condors and two vultures, zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said.The fire had burned about 25 acres and was contained in under three hours, Los Angeles fire officials said. No injuries were reported.Meanwhile, near Yosemite National Park, the wildfire led officials to order the evacuations of 195 homes under immediate threat. About 2,000 homes faced at least some danger from the fast-spreading flames, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

State fire spokeswoman Karen Guillemin said the blaze was sparked by someone target shooting but would not elaborate.Most of the evacuated homes are in the town of Midpines, about 12 miles from the park. The southern edge of the blaze was as little as two miles from Mariposa, a town of about 1,800 residents, Berlant said.

Mary Ann Porter, a nursing assistant who lives in Midpines, left her goats, chickens and dog when she evacuated Sunday morning. Porter, who lives with her daughter and grandchildren, said the family took pictures and some computer hard drives.One of the blessings of living up here is that you adapt and learn to accept things, she said, sitting a table reading a newspaper in the evacuation center in Mariposa.Some homeowners defied evacuation orders to stay and defend their properties.My house is about 100 yards from some fire right now and that's freaking me out, said John Romero, who answered his phone during a break from digging trenches and clearing brush with a little tractor.To protect firefighters battling flames beneath power lines, electricity was cut to a wide area, fire officials said. The transmission line that fed power to Yosemite was also destroyed in the fire, said James Guidi Jr., a spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric.Some park buildings were closed because of the power outage, but generators were still providing hotels, stores and other heavily used park facilities with electricity, park spokeswoman Julie Chavez said.

Mobile generators were being set up to restore power to the whole park and about 500 customers nearby by Monday evening. In all, about 1,000 customers had lost power, Guidi said.Authorities reported the death of a second firefighter in as many days.A firefighter believed to be a fire chief from Washington state died Saturday while scouting a blaze in Northern California, Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said Sunday. The 250-acre fire had prevented crews from recovering the body to make a positive identification, but several other firefighters identified the victim as Daniel Packer, 49, of Lake Tapps, Wash., Gravenkamp said. Packer was the immediate past president of the Washington Fire Chiefs Association, according to Brian Schaeffer, assistant fire chief in Spokane, Wash. On Friday, Washington state firefighter Andrew Palmer, 18, died after he was hit by a falling tree while battling another Northern California wildfire. In south-central Montana, the fire in the Custer National Forest had grown to more than 2,500 acres by Sunday evening and burned five summer homes and an outhouse in the historic Camp Senia area. Authorities said a mapping error earlier overestimated the number of acres burned at 3,580. At the Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort, employees stood by, ready to turn on snowmaking equipment to send cascades of water against the fast-moving fire, said Forest Service fire information officer Jeff Gildehaus. Associated Press writer Jason Dearen contributed to this report from San Francisco.

Israeli defence minister to visit US Sun Jul 27, 7:28 AM ET

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak is to travel to the United States on Monday for talks with senior officials expected to focus on Iran. Public radio said the talks are expected to focus on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, which Israel views as a major strategic threat, and on preserving the qualitative advantage of the Jewish state's armed forces.A defence ministry spokesman declined to comment on the agenda of the talks, but said Barak planned to meet Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, senior military officials and members of Congress.

Barak is also expected to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he said.In an interview with public radio Amos Gilad, a senior adviser to Barak, said the defence minister would discuss the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear programme.This is a very important visit. Israel cannot tolerate living under an Iranian nuclear threat, Gilad said. For the moment our priority is the diplomatic track, but Israel has to be prepared to use all options.Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, a former defence minister involved in US-Israeli strategic relations, is also expected in Washington on Wednesday, and he too will meet Cheney and Rice, his spokesman told AFP.The main subject under discussion will be the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear programme to the entire region, the spokesman said.

Mofaz, who is expected to be a candidate to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a party primary in September, sparked a political firestorm in June when he said Israel would attack Iran if it did not halt its nuclear drive.Israel's army chief of staff said on a visit to Washington last week that he favoured a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Tehran's nuclear programme but that all options must be prepared.The United States and Israel suspect Iran's nuclear drive is aimed at developing an atomic bomb, a claim vehemently denied by Tehran which says its programme is designed for civilian use only.Israel, the region's sole if undeclared nuclear power, considers Iran its main strategic threat because of its nuclear programme and repeated predictions by senior Iranian leaders of the Jewish state's demise.Public radio has quoted Olmert as saying that Iran could have a nuclear weapon by the end of 2009, fuelling speculation that Israel may attempt to set its efforts back with a military strike.

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).

Two-speed Europe may emerge over divorce rules.Some 170,000 out of the 845,000 divorces annually in the EU involve couples of different nationalities (Photo: European Commission)RENATA GOLDIROVA
25.07.2008 @ 17:23 CET

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - In the face of long-lasting deadlock, a group of nine EU states have decided to take the unprecedented path of closer co-operation and apply common rules for divorce between couples of different European nationality. A Friday (25 July) debate between EU justice ministers once again demonstrated that the 27-nation bloc was unable to introduce pan-European rules allowing mixed-nationality couples a certain degree of autonomy in choosing the court and applicable law in case of divorce. Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia and Spain have teamed up in order to formally request the European Commission launch the so-called enhanced co-operation mechanism - allowing a group of countries to move ahead in one particular area, even though other states are opposed. It is expected that they will make the request on Monday (28 July), one diplomat told the EUobserver. It is the first time such a move has been made.It will then be up to the commission to make a legal proposal based on the request. This proposal will then go back to member states where it needs to be approved by a qualified majority of governments.

A controversial and politically sensitive issue anyway, this route for dealing with the divorce question has further irked some capitals because, under normal procedures, a decision in this area would have to be taken by unanimity. Reacting to the move by the nine member states, EU justice commissioner Jacques Barrot said: The commission will have to examine all the political, legal and practical implications of such an enhanced co-operation.We need to get a clearer idea, he added. Currently, some 170,000 out of the 845,000 divorces annually in the EU involve couples of different nationalities. With free movement, it is surely reassuring for [couples] to know that when something were to happen and they break up then they will have the same rights and they will be protected wherever they are in the EU, French justice minister Rachida Dati said. Under the foreseen rules, if a Czech-German couple living in Belgium decide to divorce, spouses would be allowed to choose the competent court and the law to apply to their case. Should they fail to agree, the couple would be automatically referred to a court in Belgium, their place of residence. Malta and Sweden are widely considered the most reluctant to give the go-ahead to a EU-wide divorce scheme. Strongly Catholic Malta does not recognise divorce, while Stockholm fears that EU harmonisation in the area could threaten its liberal family law. Should the pioneering group achieve closer cooperation in this area, the mechanism must remain open to other countries as well. Germany, Belgium, Portugal and Lithuania are also believed to be considering joining the initiative.

WTO talks on verge of collapse LEIGH PHILLIPS 25.07.2008 @ 17:27 CET

Global trade talks could collapse, the head of the head of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy, warned on Friday (25 July).We need to change gears very quickly to turn things around, WTO director-general Lamy told delegations from 153 countries gathered in Geneva for negotiations on a worldwide free trade pact, according to his spokesperson.The situation as I see it is critical, edging between success and failure, he added.Some convergences have been recorded, but progress remains painfully slow after four days of ministerial-level negotiation, he continued. The world outside will not understand if we fail to grasp this opportunity to conclude a round that already has a great deal on the table, he said.He made the comments on the fifth day of what has widely been described as gruelling bargaining largely between two blocks: the developed world and its southern, less developed counterpart. The so-called Doha Round was launched seven years ago, but attempts at a deal have failed over the years. EU negotiators had hoped that a deal could be reached before the end of this year, fearful that a new US Congress and president, of whichever party, will be more protectionist as a result of the troubled American economy.Writing on his blog, the EU's trade chief, Peter Mandelson, described the talks as: some of the most difficult and confrontational negotiation of my time as European Trade Commissioner.

We are finally addressing the crunch issues. Everybody knows it, and the atmosphere ... is tense.The divide boils down to a demand on the part of EU and US, together with Japan, Australia and Canada, that developing world economies further open their markets to northern manufactured goods. In return, the north would reduce their agricultural subsidies, thus allowing farm products from the global south better access to the huge, wealthy American and European markets.Southern nations however, complain that the offers on the table amount to their opening up their protected industries to powerful northern competitors while the US and EU only marginally lower their domestic farm subsidies.Commissioner Mandelson complained of the stubbornness in particular of the larger economies within the global south such as China, India and Brazil.There is little sign of new flexibility from emerging economy negotiators, he wrote on his blog.Brazil offered bilateral deal on bioethanol.The commissioner offered the Brazilian foreign minister, Celso Amorim, a potential bilateral deal on new EU access for Brazil's bioethanol, a proposal currently under discussion in the European Parliament, which is reviewing European biofuels targets.Brazil has been very concerned that the growing consensus against biofuels will harm the potential for export to Europe of one of their most successful commodities, and been strongly lobbying the European institutions in recent months.Getting to that wider deal has to mean greater flexibility from Brazil for our exporters, said Mr Mandelson.

The commissioner demanded that Brazil provide greater market access for European cars and chemicals but Brazil has yet to react positively.Surprisingly, given the importance of [the biofuels] question in Brasilia, [Mr] Amorim seemed to dismiss the value of such an offer for Brazil, Mr Mandelson said.If certain people who are negotiating will not show any flexibility at all then it takes the rest of the negotiations hostage, complained the commissioner, according to AFP.The US, for its part, offered to limit its subsidy to $15 billion for its farmers on Tuesday. India, however, described the offer as welcome but not enough. Other developing nations complained that its current subsidy was already lower than that. Saturday is the last scheduled day for negotiations, although talks may continue if participants feel they are close to a deal.

Obama rallies Europe for war on terror
PHILIPPA RUNNER 25.07.2008 @ 09:14 CET

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama urged Europe and a strong EU to stand by the US in a war on extremism in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa, in a poetic speech delivered to 200,000 people in Berlin's Tiergarten Park on Thursday (24 July) evening. We must defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it. This threat is real and we cannot shrink from our responsibility to combat it, he told the huge crowd. We can...dismantle the networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman, in London and Bali, in Washington and New York.

Speaking at times of a new global security partnership that would involve Russia, Mr Obama focused on a traditional Atlanticist model in which the US and Europe use a mixture of warfare, diplomacy and aid to bring democracy and a market economy to strategic regions.

America has no better partner than Europe, he said, adding we need a strong European Union that deepens the security and prosperity of this continent, while extending a hand abroad, and calling NATO the greatest alliance ever formed to defend our common security.On Afghanistan, the presidential hopeful said the Afghan people need our troops and your troops to defeat the Taliban. More ambiguously on Iraq, he called for European support in order to pass responsibility to the Iraqi government and finally bring this war to a close.Mr Obama urged Europe to send a direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions and to back pro-democracy movements in Lebanon. He also appealed for help for refugees and dissidents in Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow, said Mr Obama, whose father was Kenyan.

Mea culpa

Walking a tightrope between the sensibilities of US voters and his anti-Iraq war, anti-Guantanamo Bay European audience, he admitted We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.

Mr Obama also apologised for America's past refusal to join international agreements on climate change, saying Let us resolve that all nations - including my own - will act with the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation, and reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere.In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common. In America, there are voices that deride and deny the importance of Europe's role in our security and our future. Both views miss the truth.

Pop-star status

The event saw Mr Obama greeted like a pop-star in a festival atmosphere, with young people pressed against barriers trying to shake his hand and the crowd roaring its approval when he spoke of nuclear disarmament, common humanity or the improbable hope for a better world. A muted silence descended when he spoke of your troops in Afghanistan.A recent poll showed that between 74 and 82 percent of German, French and British people back the Democrat against Republican candidate John McCain. But US surveys show Mr Obama leads by just one to seven points ahead of the 4 November American elections. He will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Friday and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London on Saturday, having travelled to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel and the Palestinian territories in the past week.

Not president yet

Mr McCain, who ate in a German restaurant in Ohio the same day, criticised his rival for posing as a leader before the November vote. I'd love to give a speech in Germany but I'd much prefer to do it as president of the United States rather than as a candidate, he said.Left-wing commentators in the US were also taken aback by Mr Obama's tone, with New York Times reporter Katherine Q. Seelye writing One unusual thing about this speech: can anyone recall another time when an American who is not president has gone overseas and asked another country for its troops? European reactions also focused on the hawkish nature of the address. He went onto German turf and asked for more troops in Afghanistan...This will probably create some embarrassment, especially among Europe's progressive forces, which already consider Obama a symbol, Rome's Center for Strategic Studies analyst Germano Dottori told AP.

New space race heats up with unveiling of aircraft By ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer Sun Jul 27, 6:36 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - Aerospace engineers have been holed up in a Mojave Desert hangar for four years, fashioning a commercial spaceship to loft rich tourists some 62 miles above Earth. Now the wraps come partially off the top-secret project. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan are due Monday to show off their mothership, which is designed to air launch a passenger-toting spaceship out of the atmosphere.The rollout — a year after a deadly accident at Rutan's test site — marks the start of a rigorous flight test program that space tourism advocates hope will climax with the first suborbital joy rides by the end of the decade. More than 250 wannabe astronauts have paid $200,000 or put down deposits for a chance to float weightless for a mere five minutes.Having invested all my faith in it, I'm so excited to see the actual thing, said artist Namira Salim, a customer who is lined up for a ride on Branson's Virgin Galactic.The last time there was this level of buzz in the high desert north of Los Angeles was in 2004, when throngs of spectators gathered to witness SpaceShipOne capture the $10 million Ansari X Prize by becoming the first private, manned craft to reach space. It was designed by Rutan and bankrolled by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen.SpaceShipOne ushered in a new space age dominated by deep-pocketed entrepreneurs with dreams of making space voyages as mundane as airplane travel. That vision remains unfulfilled.Among the new space entrepreneurs is the swashbuckling Branson, who teamed with Rutan's publicity-shy Scaled Composites LLC to commercialize SpaceShipOne. Its successor, SpaceShipTwo, is being designed out of the public eye, along with the carrier aircraft White Knight Two.

They've been hyping this and selling tickets, said Alan Radecki, a helicopter mechanic and aviation photographer who follows the private space race. This is the first time they're going to have hardware to show people.Branson previously heralded 2008 as the Year of the Spaceship. In January, he and Rutan offered a sneak peek of their commercial partnership, showing off scale models of the mothership and the spacecraft it will launch.Though technical details remain guarded, tidbits about the vehicles have trickled out: The twin-fuselage White Knight Two will have the same wingspan — 140 feet — as the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the World War II bomber.It will launch SpaceShipTwo, which will be the size of a corporate Gulfstream capable of carrying six passengers and two pilots. Both will be built wholly from ultra-light composite materials.Only White Knight Two will be unveiled at Monday's rollout, expected to be attended by politicians, government regulators and space tourism customers. Flight testing is slated for the end of September after ground tests in August.Meanwhile, SpaceShipTwo is only about 70 percent complete, said Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn.Observers of the infant private spaceflight industry are encouraged by the progress, but note that the main attraction — the actual spaceship that will carry passengers — is yet to come.It's a positive step forward, said space analyst John Logsdon of George Washington University. The real indication of progress will be showing a spaceship that's on the path that's ready to fly.Monday's unveiling comes a year after an explosion at Scaled Composites' test site killed three technicians. The company, now owned by Northrop Grumman Corp., is appealing a state fine of $28,870 for workplace violations in connection with the blast, which occurred during the development of SpaceShipTwo's propellant system.Exactly when tourists will experience zero gravity or see Earth's curvature is unknown, but the project already lags Virgin Galactic's 2004 prediction that passengers would be in space last year.Whitehorn declined to set a date for commercial travel, but he said the earliest flights to space could be late 2009 or early 2010. The maiden voyage has been reserved for Branson and his family; Virgin Galactic plans to rename the aircraft Eve after Branson's mother, a former glider pilot instructor and flight attendant.

Plans call for White Knight Two to carry SpaceShipTwo 50,000 feet in the air, tucked beneath its single 140-foot wing, before releasing it. SpaceShipTwo will then power its hybrid rocket and climb into space. Before gliding back to Earth, it will use a Rutan-designed feathering technique — in which the wings are rotated upward from the fuselage to reduce the heat of re-entry. The 2 1/2-hour trip is expected to include about five minutes of weightlessness. Unlike the space shuttle that orbits Earth, early space tourism plans involve flights that simply go up and come back down. Virgin Galactic has pledged more than $250 million toward the project; about $100 million has been spent so far, Whitehorn said.

Virgin Galactic already has lofty plans for White Knight Two besides space tourism. Company executives envision the aircraft can be used as a launcher of small satellites into low Earth orbit. With the proper permits, the craft can also be adapted to fight wildfires or be used as an emergency rescue vehicle. First, though, it needs to emerge from its secret hangar before it can get off the ground. On the Net: Virgin Galactic:
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5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)



Inflation's next front is retailers as costs rise By ELLEN SIMON, AP Business Writer JULY 28,08

NEW YORK - Coming to a store near you: Even higher prices.

Most inflation this year has come from food and fuel, as retailers resisted passing along to strapped consumers the higher prices manufacturers charged them, but coming increases from companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Hasbro Inc. may leave them with no choice.While these increases have not for the most part been passed on at the retail level, it is inevitable that they will be at some point, said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Car dealers and other retailers cannot continue to absorb rising costs at the wholesale level and not pass some of these increases on to consumers.Sherwin Williams Co. on July 17 announced its third price increase in eight months. The company has been having difficult discussions with retailers, Chris Connor, chairman and CEO, said on its quarterly conference call.The price increases are well supported with facts in terms of why the company needs them, he said. Our customers, to the best of their ability, are passing them on.Hasbro said the retailers it sells to didn't like price increases the company announced Monday but they recognize that their own private-label costs are going up and they've accepted it.The increases leave retailers in a bind: They can keep prices steady and cut profit margins or raise prices and risk losing sales.Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been in the lead of aggressively keeping prices down, pressuring its competitors to do the same.

We have seen inflation and we have passed some of that through, said John Simley, a Wal-Mart spokesman. We have, wherever possible, worked with our suppliers to reduce the inflationary impact as much as possible.Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday its fourth-quarter earnings would be well-below Wall Street estimates of $1 a share as it delays price increases. Stock in rival BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. fell more than 10 percent as investors feared the competitor would have to match Costco's prices.Some economists say that once Americans spend their $106.7 billion in tax rebate checks, consumer spending may shrivel, sparking a round of price cuts to entice shoppers. Others think price increases may be postponed, but they're on their way.Much of this depends on how much money consumers have after buying gas and groceries — and what kind of mood they're in once they've filled their tanks. On Friday, The Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment for July came in at 61.2, beating expectations and slightly better than the 28-year low of 56.4 hit in June. Still, the confidence index was at 90.4 a year ago.Even Costco said it won't swallow price increases from suppliers on key items, but would postpone passing them along to consumers, if only for a few weeks, because it wants to be the last retailer to raise prices.The company raised its prices for rotisserie chicken from $4.99 to $5.49 about three months ago. Last week, the prices rose to $5.99.I think the consumer is just starting to see, not only with us, rising commodity costs and rising general merchandise costs in a much bigger way then they've seen other than with gasoline itself, said Richard Galanti, Costco's chief financial officer, during a conference call Wednesday.Inflation hit 5 percent for the year in June, the highest it's been since 1991, but the price increases hitting manufacturers have been far worse.Prices manufacturers paid for crude materials rose 70 percent for the three months ended in June, but companies weren't able to pass all those increases along. Prices for the intermediate goods made from those materials rose much less, about 27 percent. The prices for finished products made from those goods rose 14 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index.Kimberly-Clark Corp., which makes Kleenex, Huggies diapers and Viva paper towels, said Thursday that energy and commodity cost increases this year would total as much as $900 million, double its prediction at the beginning of the year. Saying the company might raise prices for the second time this year, Chief Executive Thomas Falk added, The reality is that the rapid run-up in commodity costs has outpaced our ability to offset inflation in the near-term with price increases and other actions.

The increases keep coming.

Dow Chemical Co., the second largest chemical company in the world after Germany's BASF, is raising some prices by as much as 25 percent this month, following June price increases that were as high as 20 percent on all products. The increase is sure to put more pressure on manufacturers, since Dow's chemicals are used in everything from packing peanuts to frozen-food trays to diapers.
Associated Press Business Writer Anne D'Innocenzio contributed to this report. Ellen Simon covers the economy. She can be reached at esimon(at)

Oil rises on Iran nuclear concerns By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press Writer JULY 28,08

SINGAPORE - Oil prices rebounded Monday in Asia on comments by Iran's president suggesting a significant increase in the country's nuclear program, but worries about the faltering U.S. economy and crude demand continued to weigh on futures. Light, sweet crude for September delivery rose 13 cents to $123.39 a barrel in Asian electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by midday in Singapore.The contract fell $2.23 to settle at $123.26 a barrel on Friday — oil's lowest point in weeks — as investors questioned whether crude has cooled enough to reflect a serious deterioration in demand.But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement on Saturday that Iran now possesses 6,000 centrifuges raised concerns about an increase in tensions between Western powers and OPEC's second-largest producer over its nuclear program.The higher number, which is double the 3,000 uranium-enriching machines Iran had previously said it was operating, is certain to further rankle the United States and others who fear Tehran is intent on developing weapons.The comments by the Iranian president are a reminder that the Iranian situation remains fluid, said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with consulting firm Purvin & Gertz in Singapore.In Nigeria, eight foreign oil workers who were kidnapped at gunpoint by six unidentified men in a speed boat on Saturday were released unharmed hours later, according to a Nigerian military spokesman. The abduction highlighted the risks of operating in the African nation, a major supplier to the U.S. Earlier in the week, Nigerian militants threatened to blow up pipelines in the region within a month.These events really remind the market that the geopolitical risks regarding Nigeria and Iran remain, Shum said. Overall, the market has weakened due to concerns over the faltering U.S. economy and slackening oil demand in the U.S., but supply side risks will still provide a high floor for pricing.

The magnitude of the sell-off over the past two weeks is stark. Crude has fallen in seven of the last nine sessions, and is down more than 16 percent from its peak above $147 a barrel earlier this month. Still, prices remain about 65 percent higher than at this time last year.In other Nymex trading, heating oil futures rose 1.68 cents to $3.5397 a gallon while gasoline prices added 0.67 cent to $3.039 a gallon. Natural gas futures added 9.9 cents to $9.183 per 1,000 cubic feet.In London, Brent crude for September delivery rose 8 cents to $124.70 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Bombs strike Istanbul neighborhood, killing 16 By C. ONUR ANT, Associated Press Writer JULY 28,08

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Two bombs exploded minutes apart in a packed Istanbul square Sunday night, killing 16 and injuring more than 150 in the deadliest attack against civilians in Turkey in almost five years. The city's governor called it a terror attack but officials did not blame any specific group and no one immediately claimed responsibility. CNN-Turk television, citing security sources, said police suspect Kurdish rebels may be behind it because intelligence reports had suggested the rebels were planning a bombing campaign in Turkish cities.There is no doubt that this is a terror attack, Gov. Muammer Guler told reporters.The first bomb went off in the residential neighborhood of Gungoren in a busy square closed to traffic where people congregate at night, witnesses said. A number of people had rushed over to see what happened and help the victims when a second, more powerful blast hit close by about 10 minutes after the first. Many of the casualties were from the second explosion, witnesses said.The fact that there was a crowd in the area has increased the number of casualties, the governor said.

Government officials said 16 people were killed and 154 injured.

An Associated Press reporter who arrived to the scene shortly after the explosions saw at least 12 people lying on the ground. Broken glass, clothing, shop mannequins and other debris were strewn on the ground and bomb squads in white overalls were inspecting the scene.Many of the injured waited for medical treatment, their faces and bodies covered with blood. Several people who appeared seriously wounded were wrapped in blankets and carried to ambulances waiting near the site of the blasts.The first explosion was in a telephone booth, said Huseyin Senturk, who owns a shoe shop yards away from where the blasts occurred. The second explosion was some 40 meters (yards) away.The first explosion was not very strong, Senturk added. Several people came to see what was going on. That's when the second explosion occurred and it injured many onlookers.The second explosion could be heard a mile away, witnesses said. The governor said the bombs were planted in trash cans.The attack was the country's worst since November 20, 2003 when al-Qaida linked suicide bombings struck the British consulate and a British bank, killing at least 30 people. Five days earlier, suicide truck bombs attacked two Istanbul synagogues, killing 27.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul strongly condemned Sunday's bombings.No goals can be achieved with violence, killing innocent people and terrorism, Gul said in a written statement. These attacks show how inhumane and miserable the instigators are.

Police were investigating who was behind the blasts.

We know it is a terrorist attack, but which organization is responsible — we don't yet have that information, Deputy Prime Minister Hayati Yazici told journalists at the scene of the attacks.

Kurdish, leftist and Islamic militants are active in Istanbul and have carried out past bombings in the city.On July 9, gunmen believed to be inspired by al-Qaida opened fire on police guarding the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, killing three officers. Three attackers also died in a shootout with police. Kurdish rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have been fighting for self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The violence has killed tens of thousands of people since then. Turkey has conducted frequent air raids on suspected rebel positions in northern Iraq, including one earlier Sunday. Earlier this year, it launched a weeklong ground offensive against the rebels. Although most of the fighting in concentrated in rural areas of southeastern Turkey, the rebels occasionally launch bombing campaigns in Turkish cities and tourist resorts. Sunday's attack also came a day ahead of the scheduled start of a top court's deliberations on whether to ban the Islamic-oriented ruling party because of its alleged attempts to undermine secularism. The legal case has raised political tensions in Turkey, where the government is locked in a power struggle with elements of the secular establishment backed by the military and judiciary. But it was not clear whether the bombings were linked to the case.


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