Saturday, April 11, 2009
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.(HELL-PARADISE SIDE BY SIDE EACH OTHER)
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
JESUS AFTER HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS SPENT THE NEXT 2 DAYS IN HELL PREACHING TO THE SINNERS THAT DIED TO REPENT AND ACCEPT HIS BLOOD SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS FOR THEIR SINS.FROM ADAM TO THE DEATH OF CHRIST THERE WAS NO ONE THAT COULD TAKE SIN FROM PEOPLE EXCEPT WHEN JESUS DIED.THATS WHY THERE WAS HADES AND PARADISE BEFORE JESUS DEATH.THE SINNERS WENT TO HADES(HELL SIDE)AND THE RIGHTEOUS WENT TO THE PARADISE SIDE.
AFTER JESUS PREACHED IN HADES OR HELL FOR THE 2 DAYS THE REPENTERS PROBABLY WENT TO THE PARADISE SIDE.THEN WHEN JESUS WENT TO HEAVEN THE PEOPLE IN PARADISE WERE RAPTURED WITH HIM AT THE RESURRECTION AND HADES OR HELL WAS LEFT WERE IT WAS WITH THE UNREPENTANT SINNERS IN IT UNTILL JESUS JUDGES THEM IN THE FUTURE AFTER HE RETURNS TO EARTH AFTER THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD AND HIS 1,000 YEAR REIGN FROM JERUSALEM IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
Faithful gather for Good Friday in Jerusalem By MATTI FRIEDMAN, Associated Press Writer – Fri Apr 10, 1:29 pm ET
JERUSALEM – Thousands of Christian clergymen, worshippers and pilgrims thronged the alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City, chanting hymns and bearing crosses as they marked Good Friday by retracing Jesus' final footsteps.Hundreds attended prayers Friday morning at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified and resurrected.Brown-robed Roman Catholic friars filed into the ancient church after its wooden doors were unlocked. They were followed by pilgrims, some of whom fell to their knees to kiss a smooth stone believed to mark the spot where Jesus' body was placed after he was crucified.Steps away, inside the church, were the stairs leading to Golgotha, marking the site of the crucifixion. Nearby was the structure marking the site of the cave where Jesus is said to have been entombed.
Afterward, Christians filled the stone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City in Good Friday processions following Jesus' route to his crucifixion. The processions retrace Christ's final journey down the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, where 14 stations commemorate events that befell him as he was led to his death.Crowds pushed through the streets, with some bearing wooden crosses. Some groups chanted hymns in Latin, while local Christians sang in Arabic.One pilgrim, John Herder of Ontario, Canada, said he had traveled to Jerusalem for the occasion.It's a very moving experience, he said.A group of pilgrims from Orange County, California performed an annual re-enactment of the events of Good Friday. A man dressed as Jesus, wearing a loincloth and a crown of thorns, was taken through the streets by two men dressed as Roman legionnaires.They were escorted by curious bystanders snapping photos and a contingent of policemen, some of the hundreds of Israeli security personnel deployed to keep order.The Old City was full of visitors of different faiths Friday. The Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall was packed with people, many of them Jewish Israelis celebrating the festival of Passover.One of the key dates in the Christian calendar, Good Friday marks Christ's crucifixion and death, as recounted in the Bible. It is followed by the celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Orthodox Christians follow a different calendar and mark Good Friday on April 17.
Pope presides over Way of the Cross procession By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press Writer APR 10,09
ROME – Pope Benedict XVI presided over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday and said he was praying so that people who suffered losses in Italy's devastating quake can see the light of hope in their dark hour.Tens of thousands of faithful, clutching prayer books and candles in paper lanterns, turned out for the traditional Holy Week appointment at the ancient Roman arena.Let us pray for all those who feel sorrow, above all for those suffering in the quake-stricken area of L'Aquila, Benedict urged, speaking at the end of the procession about the Apennine mountain town near the epicenter.Let us pray that the star of hope appears to them in this dark night,he said.Suffering and hope were the motif of the meditations read aloud as faithful carried the slender, lightweight cross in the shadows cast by the Colosseum's massive stones.Benedict told the faithful they had come to "sing together a hymn of hope. We want to tell ourselves that all is not lost in moments of difficulty.Benedict, who turns 82 next week, wore a crimson-colored, ermine-trimmed cape against the cool night air. Kneeling on a terrace overlooking the Colosseum, he folded his hands in prayer and bowed his head in reflection.The ritual commemorates Jesus' suffering in the hours before his crucifixion and his death on the cross.Jesus' face is reflected in that of every person who is humiliated and offended, sick and suffering, alone, abandoned and despised,Benedict said.
Through his suffering, Jesus has broken the solitude of our tears, he has entered our every grief and our every anxiety,the pope said in remarks at the end of the 90-minute long procession.Among those holding the cross were a young man in a wheelchair and a mother flanked by her family.A candlelit cross atop one of the monument's stone tiers twinkled in the night.Earlier in the day, Benedict sent a message to survivors at a mass funeral for many of those who perished in Monday's earthquake, urging them to continue to hope amid their sorrow.The 6.3 magnitude quake struck near the Apennine mountain town of L'Aquila as people slept, toppling apartment houses, collapsing churches and leaving many other building severely damaged. At least 290 people perished, more than 1,000 were injured and 40,000 were left homeless.Holy Week ceremonies culminate in Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. On Saturday night, the pope will celebrate an Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.
Celebrate Jesus Christ’s Glorious Resurrection
I often ask myself where I’d be today had I not met Jesus in 1972. Frankly, I don’t even want to think about it, for my life would be empty now and meaningless.I’ve said to the Lord numerous times, It would have been better to never have been born than to not have met You.He has given my life glorious meaning and fulfillment and satisfied me beyond measure.Truly the richest man without Jesus is poor, and the poorest man with Jesus is rich. The songwriter said it beautifully when he wrote:
You are my everything,
You are my all;
You are my everything
Both great and small.
You gave Your life for me
And made everything new.
Jesus, You are my everything,
And I love you.
I’m sure there have been moments when you, too, have wondered, Where would I be without Jesus? He has done so much for you and so much for me. Truly, great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.Now this same Jesus who has touched your life and given rest to our souls is calling you and me to serve Him and to obey Him.
The World Longs for His Peace
Millions of men, women, and children around the world are starving for this glorious peace that you and I know on a daily basis. This peace that passes all understanding—this peace that you and I have known since our salvation—is what humanity is crying for. And the joy that you and I know daily is what the world is crying for continually.Think about the billions of dollars humanity spends looking for joy and peace, yet this joy and peace comes only through Jesus. And somebody’s got to tell them.That somebody is you and me.For the Lord has called you and me to preach the glorious Gospel of salvation to the nations, and truly our time is running out.In 1974at the age of 21, I began to preach the Gospel, and I have been preaching it ever since and I’ll continue to do so until the day I die.As God in those days gave me men and women to stand by me, 35 years later He is still calling men and women so His purpose might be fulfilled.
What Can You Do as We Celebrate the Resurrection?
Today my heart’s cry has not diminished; in fact, it has gotten greater. The Gospel of Jesus must be preached. Necessity is laid upon you and me, and we must obey the Lord and we must accelerate our efforts before time runs out.Our Lord Jesus declared, As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you (John 20:21).Think about this most glorious privilege…think about those words as God the Father—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—has sent His Son to earth. And this same God—the mighty One, the eternal One, the everlasting God of glory—has called you.That is why Paul the apostle wrote that God has called and anointed us so that His purpose might be accomplished. The Gospel must be preached.And so today, as you sow your financial seed for the work of the Gospel, the Gospel will be preached. As you give, it shall be given to you. As you honor the Lord with your substance, your barns will be filled with plenty. And I pray that He who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think will bless you beyond measure.Thank you for serving Him through this ministry. Thank you for all you are doing for the kingdom of God, for we know that it is not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).Preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ,teaching the unchanging Word of God,and expecting the mighty and miraculous power of the Holy Spirit,Benny Hinn.
The CARMEL ALERT April 12th 2009 A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to praying for Israel and the salvation of the Jewish people David's Comment: DAVID'S COMMENT: PASSOVER LEADS TO ETERNITY
Exodus 12:27 then tell them, It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.(NIV)
This past Wednesday evening was the 14th of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar - the eve of the Biblical Feast of Passover. For the Jewish people, Passover is the celebration of the miracle of their deliverance from the tyrannical Pharaoh. They have remembered and retold the Passover Exodus story every year since the dramatic event took place nearly 3600 years ago. God sent Moses down to Egypt to deliver His message to Pharaoh,Let Israel, my first born son go free to worship Me.Pharaoh resisted, so the Lord struck Egypt with a series of plagues.Pharaoh continued to refuse to free the Hebrews, a mistake that was to cost Egypt all of her first born sons. Genesis 12:3 surely came to pass for Egypt.The Jews prepared for Passover exactly as God instructed. Every family sacrificed a faultless lamb, roasted its meat, burnt its entrails on the alter, and applied its blood to their door-posts. As the Angel of Death swept ominously through the land, when he saw the blood on the door-posts of the Hebrew's houses, he passed over their dwellings. ( hence the name Passover ) It was a different scenario in the Egyptian households. Their door-posts were not covered by the blood and throughout all of Egypt that night it probably sounded like being right beside a fire station as the sirens wail. As every family, including the Pharaoh's, discovered that their first born sons were dead, a mournful wail must have resounded in all of Egypt.
Soon the Israelites passed through the Red Sea as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob miraculously opened up a dry path across the seabed.They passed from slavery to Pharaoh into freedom to worship and serve their God.As born-again Christians, we have much in common with the Jewish people. Messianic Jews and Messianic Gentiles are now all grafted into the same Olive Tree - Israel (Rom 11:17).We are all fellow citizens in the one house of God. ( Eph2:19). We have all passed from slavery to sin to freedom, to worship and serve the God of Israel. That is good news, but the really good news is that if we resist the many temptations to return to Egypt and continue in this new found freedom, we will dwell forever in the presence of the Creator. What began 4 millenia ago in Egypt has an eternal fulfillment.As further preparation for the original Passover, God instructed the Hebrews to bake unleavened bread for their last meal in Egypt. Ever since that night, the Feast of Passover is followed by the feast of Unleavened Bread. Thus a major part of the Passover preparations is the removal from all leaven from their homes. In the Bible leaven always represents sin. As the Jewish people prepare once again to physically remove all of the leaven from their lives, this Passover season is a perfect time to have a clean out of the leaven in our lives. In the 1st epistle to the Corinthians, Paul draws an analogy between the dynamics of the original Passover and our New Covenant life.1Cor 5:6.Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 1Cor 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 1Cor 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast; not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
The question is, have we fully passed from Egypt to Israel ? Have we left behind all of the un-Godly ways of our Egypt/Babylonian based cultures to adopt the ways of the Kingdom of God ? A friend of ours, Victor Schlatter wrote in his latest book,Who Told You That You Were Naked ? that unfortunately most Westerners, and not the least, much of the presumed Bible believing, no-nonsense Christianity within the Western world, have become such scrambled eggs of syncretism into a Hellenistic lifestyle, that they are oblivious to the fact that their train long ago whistled past their station,and sadly the next stop is not the one where they want to get off ! In the book of Daniel we see that the sons of Israel are at war with the sos of Greece. May I suggest that as we celebrate Passover or Easter this year , we all focus on cleaning out the leaven of the world and applying the blood of the Lamb to the stain of sin in our lives. Lets ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to be more Yeshua like every day. If you are not planning to do a Seder, why not take the Lord's supper at home on Saturday evening and before you take the wine and bread, pray as I have suggested above.Josie and I want to wish you all a very blessed Passover week.The Lord bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims,and please remember to pray for our son Jordan, and all of his fellow soldiers in the IDF. Shabbat Shalom .... David & Josie.
HAPPY PASSOVER -- AND AN EPICENTER CONFERENCE UPDATE Come with us to Israel and stand with the Jewish people By Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., April 8, 2009) -- I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.(Exodus 20:2)
Lynn and the boys and I are celebrating Passover this year with our Joshua Fund team. As we do, we are rejoicing over how the Lord has delivered the Jewish people through so many trials in recent decades, and how He has miraculously and prophetically resurrected the State of Israel, as He had promised in the Scriptures to do in the last days of human history. We are also praying for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to deliver the children of Israel from rising new threats - this time from Iran and Radical Islam, not the Pharoah of Egypt. Many nations around the world are turning against Israel at present. The Turkish Prime Minister recently called for Israel to be banned from the U.N. A Spanish court is considering trying Israeli military officials on war crimes charges for defending Israel from Hamas rocket attacks. Boycotts of Israeli goods and services are being called for around the world. And now comes this headline in a leading Israeli newspaper: Obama team readying for confrontation with Netanyahu.That said, we are not worried. The Lord who has been so faithful to the Jewish people from time immemorial will show His mighty hand once again. That was the theme of this year's Epicenter Conference, that we serve a great and mighty God, a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God, a God who loves Israel and will bless her. In my State of the Epicenter address on Saturday, I spoke from the Book of Esther about another time in history when the leader of Iran/Persia (King Xerxes) called for the annihilation of the Jewish people. It seemed hopeless. But as the Jews who really loved the Lord fasted and prayed and turned their hearts towards Him, the Lord heard their cries and sent a great deliverance through one man (Mordechai) and one woman (Hadassah/Esther) willing to serve Him even unto death. Will He not provide such a great deliverance again, as we turn our hearts towards Him and seek His face and ask Him to forgive us and heal us and draw us close to His heart?
We believe the Iran crisis provides a tremendous opportunity for the Church to stand with Israel and bless Israel and see the God of Israel do a mighty miracle. The Joshua Fund team, therefore, is committed to doing everything we possibly can to educate Christians around the world and mobilize a global movement of people who will bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus. This November 5-17, we will be a leading a Joshua Fund Prayer & Vision Trip to Israel, concluding with our first-ever Jerusalem Prayer Summit.We would love to have you join us for this extraordinary opportunity to walk the land that Jesus walked, learn the history and the prophetic future of the Holy Land, meet Israeli pastors and Joshua Fund allies, and see how powerfully the God of Israel is moving today. Please pray about it and then, if the Lord gives you the green light, please join us on what will be an unforgettable experience.
EUROPEAN UNION ARMY
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.( BE HEAD OF 3 NATIONS)
25 And he (EU PRESIDENT) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.(3 1/2 YRS)
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king (EU DICTATOR) of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,(FROM THE OCCULT) shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:(SATANS POWER) and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;(JESUS) but he shall be broken without hand.
36 And the king (EU DICTATOR) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers,(THIS EU DICTATOR IS JEWISH) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.(CLAIM TO BE GOD)
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces:(WAR) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god,(DESTROY TERROR GROUPS) whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many,(HIS ARMY LEADERS) and shall divide the land for gain.
19 And I saw the beast,(EU LEADER) and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse,(JESUS) and against his army.(THE RAPTURED CHRISTIANS)
Majority of British forces to be put at disposal of EU army
Britain is willing to provide all our Armed Forces to fight under the EU flag in future wars, a minister has revealed. Europe Minister Caroline Flint said that every operational unit of the British Army, the Royal Navy and RAF will be on offer as part of an EU force catalogue. This would help form a 60,000-strong, joint EU military reaction force to police the world's trouble-spots.Questioned by MPs this week, about Britain's commitment to the controversial plans, she said: We are prepared to provide all our forces that are suitable for operations within the EU level of action.This suggested that the entire Army, Navy and RAF will be put at the EU's disposal - with the likely exception of Trident submarines carrying Britain's nuclear deterrent missiles.
The Ministry of Defence insists that our forces would remain under UK control.
And Miss Flint immediately stressed that Britain was willing, but not committed, to offering all the forces - and would judge each EU-led operation on a case-bycase basis.They are national forces and will always remain so,she said. However, Tory MP James Clappison, a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, cautioned that her remarks may have exposed the Government's real attitude.Under Labour, Britain has an ever-deeper commitment to EU common defence, and many in the EU want a common army, he said.
Mission creep is in the DNA of the European Union.
Opposition critics believe that the Government's rhetoric on European defence is shifting slowly, signalling growing enthusiasm for an EU Army. In October, Defence Secretary John Hutton gave strong backing to French plans for stronger EU military structures, and dismissed opponents of the divisive scheme as pathetic.
France has championed the Euro-Army agenda for years.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is pushing for a European military headquarters in Brussels, and more EU Rapid Reaction Forces, each made up of 1,500 troops from member states. And earlier this week, a European parliament report said that British and French military bases around the world, including those in the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Cyprus, should be put under joint EU control for future operations. The MoD has played down the significance of the 60,000-strong intervention force.It is not a standing EU force of any kind and any commitment to an EU-led operation is voluntary,a spokesman said.Commitment decisions are for national governments to make on a case by case basis.As you know, we have just one set of military forces and they don't belong to either Nato or the EU - they belong to us - and we choose the most appropriate organisation to do the job.But opponents of the EU reaction force fear that it will become a major stepping stone towards a huge standing EU army, controlled from Brussels, which would undermine Nato and freeze the U.S. out of Europe's security affairs.EU forces have so far carried out only limited missions - including peacekeeping in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Congo. But its supporters hope that the new reaction force would also gradually allow the EU to eclipse Nato, or U.S.-led coalitions of the willing, in responding to international crises.
Caroline Flint, who oversees Britain's role in Brussels, faced embarrassment during the committee's hearings when she admitted that she had never read the Lisbon Treaty, the controversial document which is set to usher in radical reform of the EU.
Conservative defence spokesman Mark Francois described her remarks as an incredible admission, after she told MPs that she had read some of it but not all of it.
Summarizes how the Global System REALLY works. New World Order as a generic description of periodic global systemic overhauls. Now, the Power Elite want to go for World Government.Describes how the New World Order-promoting Think Tanks, Lobbies and NGO's operate as strategic and tactical DESIGNERS AND PLANNERS. The actual EXECUTION of their plans, however, is done from each Member's natural place of action, i.e., as CEO or decision-maker at Multinational Corporations, Transnational Banks, Multilateral Institutions, Ivy-League Universities, The Media or Governement. Now, they are going for World Government...!
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Obama's New World Order By Stephen Lendman 4-10-9
This article addresses Washington's financial coup d'etat in the context of discussing Michael Hudson's important, very lengthy and detailed April 5 Global Research.ca one titled: The Financial War Against Iceland - Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare. It reviews its key information in advance of Hudson's April 14 scheduled appearance on The Global Research News Hour to discuss.
What's true for Iceland holds everywhere, including the developed world, the idea being to enrich finance capitalism through state-sponsored debt bondage and neo-feudal impoverishment. The global economic crisis was no accident. It was long ago hatched, and has been brewing for years, gestating, percolating, then bubbling into the 2000 tech crash, a mere prelude for today's greater one spreading everywhere like a cancer but hitting the developing world and most indebted nations hardest.
Hudson: Iceland is under attack - not militarily but financially.
Like many others, It owes more than it can pay and is bankrupt. It was planned that way, and the idea is to strip-mine the nation and its people of their resources, enterprises, assets, land, homes, jobs and futures through perpetual debt bondage. Bankers get enriched. Nations and people, however, are discarded like trash, with the IMF as enforcer, to be reinvigorated with an additional (G 20-pledged) $750 billion, quadrupling its resources to $1 trillion if fulfilled.Wall Street and Western European bankers planned it and now ordered the government to sell off the nation's public domain, its natural resources and public enterprises to pay (its) financial gambling debts.Also, raise permanent taxes at the worst possible time, then suck the maximum wealth from the country leaving behind an empty hulk and impoverished, desparate population. It's called dystopia Merriam-Webster defines as: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives,the opposite of utopia under conditions of deprivation, poverty, disease, violence, oppression, and terror, much like in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.Permanent debt bondage is as deadly as outright military defeat. Loss of livelihoods and assets leave people vulnerable to sickness, despair, and early deaths, much like what happened to post-Soviet Russia under Washington-imposed shock therapy:
-- 80% of farmers went bankrupt;
-- around 70,000 state factories closed;
-- unemployment became epidemic;
-- a permanent underclass was created;
-- poverty rose from two million in 1989 to 74 million by the mid-1990s, and in half the cases it was desperate;
-- alcoholism and drug abuse soared;
-- so did HIV/AIDS 20-fold;
-- suicides also and violent crime four-fold; and
-- the population declined by 700,000 a year; by 2007 it was 10% lower than in 1989 because of sharply reduced life expectancies.
Iceland, the developing world, and the West take note. This cancer is heading everywhere, courtesy of banker-imposed diktats, mainly from America and the UK. They insist Iceland impoverish its citizens by paying debts in ways (they'd) never follow even though the government has no way to do it.No matter. They are quite willing to take payment in the form of foreclosure on the nation's natural resources, land and housing, and a mortgage on the next few centuries of its future - perpetual debt bondage no different than the spoils of war under permanent occupation.However, in this case, debtors are convinced to pay voluntarily to put creditor interests above the economy's prosperity (and) national interest.Their indebtedness comes at a huge cost - chronic currency depreciation (and) domestic price inflation for many decades to come.Contrast this to how developed countries, like America, handle debt - by inflating (not deflating) their way out to pay it off with cheap (reduced purchasing power) money because inflation erodes its value. It's simple - by printing money and running budget deficits the way Washington did after Nixon closed the gold window in August 1971, ended the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement, and no longer let dollars be backed by gold or converted into it in international markets. A new monetary system creates money like confetti, and lets us spend and live beyond our means, then have developing and indebted nations pay the price.In recent years, dollar weakness and price inflation wiped out much of the US international debt.The Iceland model turns this inflationary solution inside out....in violation of traditional credit practice. Instead of currency inflation, Iceland inflate(d) its way into debt, not out of it, (by) indexing (it) to the rate of inflation, thus guaranteeing a unique windfall for banks at the expense of wage earners and industrial profits.The result: destruction of its traditional way of life.Iceland must repudiate this debt bomb to escape. It's indexed to inflation and will never lose value.It's caught in a destructive whirlpool creating economic shrinkage, falling assets and wages in the face of perpetually burgeoning debt, the same global model needing to be exposed and renounced now. Otherwise, economies will be hollowed out, capital formation will plunge,people will be impoverished, and many won't survive.
His expertise comes from having been an insider to imperial-style plundering....for forty years - as an economist for Chase Manhattan Bank, Arthur Andersen, and the UN Institute for Training and Development (UNITAR). He's also taught economics since 1969, heads a Harvard-based economic and financial history group, is a Research Professor at the University of Missouri, and organized the first sovereign-debt fund in 1990 at Scudder, Stevens and Clark.All these jobs (except his current professorship) involved analyzing the limited ability of debtor countries to pay - how much could be extracted from them through foreign-currency loans and how much public infrastructure (could) be sold off (through) voluntary virtual foreclosure (under) creditor-dictated rules.He advises countries not to borrow in foreign currencies, instead monetize their own credit for domestic spending and investment.Iceland broke the cardinal rule of international finance: Never borrow in a foreign currency for credit that can freely be created at home. Governments can inflate their way out of domestic debt, not the foreign kind.Post-Soviet economies did it the wrong way, now suffer, and recent riots highlight their problems. Instead of helping them industrialize and become more efficient,Western bankers loaded them with debt and exploited them - not for manufacturing and infrastructure development, as loans against existing real estate and infrastructure, to suck as much wealth out quickly.It produced bubble economies built on debt-financed real estate and stock market inflation, illusory wealth bubbles (that) always burst.The only sustainable financing of imports is through enough exports for a favorable balance of trade.
De-industrialization destroys economies by shrinking them, the result of plunging property valuations, rental income, and exchange rates. Foreign currency mortgage costs exceed property values producing defaults and losses for lenders.It's hitting Sweden, Austria and leading creditor states like America and the UK. Real estate, stock market and employment are declining in a straight line unprecedented even in the Great Depression.It's turned neoliberalism into a nightmare.Just as individuals can't live off a credit card forever, neither can nations. As any classical economist knows, societies that only manufacture debt are unsustainable. Eventually they collapse into bankruptcy just like a business or household. The old saying applies. Things that can't go on forever, won't.No matter. Predator banks want to prolong the game as long as possible, grab all the wealth they can, force debtor nations to sell state enterprises at distress prices, then get new business by lending to investors who buy them on the cheap. Will it work? Only if targeted countries go along. In the case of Iceland, its very future is at stake.
Sound v. Imprudent Banking
For centuries, banks created credit responsibly - loaning money for sound investments to debtors able to repay with interest. No one imagined a world like today's with massive defaults occurring globally. In America, one-third of home mortgages are in Negative Equity;that is,the mortgage exceeds the (property's) market price pledged as collateral.US national debt tripled in one year, from $5 - $15 trillion, and according to some economists like John Williams, it's much higher under GAAP accounting - including unfunded liabilities around $65.5 trillion, an amount exceeding world GDP through FY 2008, meaning America is bankrupt. Williams also puts unemployment at 19.8% by reengineering it to include discouraged and involuntary part-time workers and excluding fictitious birth-death rate ratio inclusions.Blunt Truths about the Dismantling of Industrial Capitalism. Instead of extending credit to construct and grow them, financial oligarchs turned indebted nations into casinos (through) debt-leveraged gambles, redistributing wealth upward and creating debt peonage for most citizens. Even in America, nearly half the population has no net worth, and the gulf between richest and the rest is unprecedented.This is the unfair system that the world's top creditors would export to Iceland - if they can convince its voters (and leaders) to accept neoliberal debt pyramiding as a way to get rich. It's not working throughout post-Soviet states that see it as the road to hell, if public riots are a gauge.Better alternatives (are) the only defense as it's impossible for astronomically indebted economies to work their way out of debt. Trying will collapse the currency's exchange rate,divert huge amounts of revenue and property to creditors, and produce a new kind of post-capitalist (unjust, unsustainable) non-production/consumpton economy too gruesome to imagine or tolerate.
Iceland's financial crisis is the result of lawless predation, an international (austerity demanding) Ponzi scheme under rigged market rules imposing public and private asset stripping to pay debt. A simple scheme transfers wealth.Economies and populations are trapped on a debt treadmill from which there is no escape. (Lenders) pile on credit and let debts grow (through) the magic of compound interest,knowing that loans cannot be repaid - except by asset sell-offs.They're strip-mined through unending debt service so the parasite keeps feeding on its food source. The idea is to get it all, leaving empty hulks behind, then on to the new victims. It's euphemistically dubbed post-industrial wealth creation,the kind that's collapsing economies globally and destroying people. Obama is commander-in-chief of the process.
America as Lead Predator
It's a viciously ugly scheme that's trapped other countries into a nightmarish system in which (they're practically forced) to recycle their excess balance-of-payment dollar inflows back to the US,mainly as loans to the Treasury.When foreign central banks receive dollars for their exports (or asset sales), their choices are limited. Congress won't let them buy important domestic companies or resources, or get paid with US gold reserves. The alternative is buy Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities like Fannie and Freddie debt.Icelanders and other nations must remember that America is the world's largest debtor, and as Adam Smith explained in The Wealth of Nations - no nation ever repaid its debt, and he never envisioned one large as America's. We grow it by issuing paper for real assets and services. Until other countries demand more than confetti, this Madoff-Ponzi scheme will persist - for tiny states like Iceland (population 319,000 as of January 2009) until nothing is left to hand over.Today's road to riches isn't through capital investment. It's by foreclos(ing) at pennies on the dollar and mak(ing) capital gains by flipping property onto (central bank-inflated) world financial markets. In a word, socializing risks, privatizing profits, preying on the weak, and getting a free lunch at public expense.
It's a zero-sum game. One side's gain is another's loss, and when it matches America against Iceland, it's easy exerting pressure, but no certainty it'll prevail. As a sovereign state, Iceland can choose. More on that below.Throughout the process, financialized wealth is extractive, not productive....because loans, stocks and bonds are claims on wealth,not the kind produced by making things.This is Iceland's dilemma. Homeowners are paying tribute, not in taxes to (an occupier), in interest to (debt pyramid, international creditor) sponsors of over-financialization,aiming to strip-mine the country of everything, the way it's worked in many developing states. Yet many Icelanders are heading into this future voluntarily with little understanding of the trap, propelling them toward debt peonage destitution under the guise of an IMF rescuer - like a spider to a fly.It shouldn't happen and won't if countries refuse to be trapped and extricate themselves in time. Iceland is at a crossroads, still able to avoid what ruined Russia, other post-Soviet states, South Africa, and many other nations misjudging America and the IMF are saviors, not world class predators.
Back to the Future - A New Age of Neo-feudal Debt Bondage
Conventional banking works by extending credit in the form of interest-bearing loans and seizing collateral only in cases of default. Central banks were created to finance governments and commercial ones to expand trade, related infrastructure, mining and shipping,and develop other forms of business and industry.More recently, financial managers persuaded many countries to sell off public enterprises, like their water or energy supplies, mainly to pay debts or cut taxes for the rich. It's turned debtor nations into tollbooth economies in which basic services become a vehicle to extract greater and greater portions of national income and wealth for the benefit of the few.It's the opposite of how classical economists define free markets. Today, financial interests control them to extract labor and capital investment-produced surpluses - for themselves under the guise of economic democracy. The result pushed much of the Third World into poverty since the 1960s,and now the same cancer is heading everywhere.
Financial Warfare As Deadly As by Armies
Today's financial strategy is multilateral (with) the IMF (and World Bank) act(ing) as enforcer(s) for global creditors to appropriate the income of real estate, national infrastructure and industry by masquerading as a helping hand and seducing borrowers to believe it.Here's how neo-feudal banking works. It doesn't create credit for manufacturing. Retained earnings and equity do it. It create(s) credit primarily against (existing) collateral, and by so doing, extract(s) money from the economy (and) undercuts industrial growth for short-term speculative gains. This hegemony took thousands of years to achieve, and it wasn't easy inducing nations into poverty through debt pyramiding as good economic strategy.It's like prescribing gorging as a way to lose weight or a junk food diet to stay healthy.Iceland made it worse by protecting the claims of creditors against debtors, including most wage-earners. As post-bubble home prices plunged, creditors held their own and even strengthen(ed) their hand by increasing their take, thus making a bad situation worse. Its people own a shrinking equity in their homes vis-a-vis bankers having the lion's share. Its law shifts homeowners to Negative Equity,and it works by keeping people in the dark.
But it's much the same in the US to hide the root cause of today's crisis - Wall Street/Washington's engineered housing and debt bubble fraud amounting to financial piracy of the greatest magnitude. In America, Iceland, and elsewhere it's turned ownership societies into loanship debt trap ones. Until recently, it was unthinkable to let economies be crippled by interest payments. Now it's de rigueur through clever manipulation to convince people and nations to go along with their own demise.For Iceland, its debt burden threatens its national identity and loss of its future the way Adam Smith explained - through bankruptcy when it's too great to repay. Today, creditors and bondholders care about foreign economies only to the extent that they can charge (enough) interest (to) absorb their entire economic surplus.Getting it all is today's credo, and nothing too outlandish is irresponsible. Get in trouble. Socialism comes to the rescue, for bankers, not people or easy targets like Iceland.
Its ethic is mutual aid and prosperity for all....a highly socialized attitude (yet how tragic that it's) lead the nation to (buy into) the snake oil (of) debt peonage. Economic growth never keeps pace with accruing debts that get recycled into greater ones, but end games are the same. Debts that can't be paid, won't be,while bankers too big to fail get bailed out at the expense of public interests and sound economics. Yet Hudson explains: Creditor mismanagement is the most important problem that any country should strive to avert.Most important is to foster a free and open market of ideas, to extract the best and discard the others. But that's not how Western societies work, especially banker-run ones. A free market for them is free of ideas laying bare their snake oil.Most societies throughout history provide(d) credit.... without oligarchy.Today it's the opposite. Predatory finance erased centuries of reform and did it at warp speed. As a result, our freedom is threatened and very close to being lost.What's needed is a return to basics, and a call for transparent statistics,socially progressive ideas of a just society free of economic privilege, free of prices in excess of socially necessary costs of production and of rentier income and wealth without effort,earned in their sleep,not through their labor.It means wealth should be based on what one creates - not land and natural resources, or monopoly privileges to extract income via control of roads, the right to create money and other natural monopolies.Reform depends on purging this privilege. The way to do it is to treat banking like transportation and broadcasting, as a public utility,not something privatized for rentiers (to) tax society for what rightfully belongs to everyone.In the hands of predators, progressive reforms are impossible as financial giants preserve their special privileges by law, minimizing taxes on themselves by shifting the burden onto labor and industry.Financialization:
-- raise(s) the cost of living (and) doing business;
-- frees bankers' major customers - mortgage borrowers - from taxation to leave (maximum) surplus (for) interest;
-- collects public sector revenue by capitalizing it into interest charges and inflating housing, other real estate, and other business prices;
-- shift(s) taxes onto labor and industry, thereby raising prices and undermining the competitive power of financialized economies.
This is predation, the very opposite of classical free market policy. Keynes concluded his General Theory by calling for euthanasia of the rentier.His followers advocate banking as a public utility to steer debt creation to fund growth in the means of production, not economic overhead by inflating property bubbles.None of that's in sight. Maybe someday after the inevitable demise of the current system that will eventually crumble under its own weight.
Lessons for Iceland and Other Nations
Iceland is under financial attack from outside as well as within - by foreigners supported by a domestic banking class. To succeed (they need) to convince the population that all debt is productive, and that the economy benefits to the extent that its net worth rises (that is, make its asset values appear greater than its debt).The fact is that prices don't fall, and if they do, debts should (remain), even (at the expense of) negative equity.Icelanders are being manipulated to believe they have no alternative but to pay debts that a few insiders (accumulated, ones) that accrue interest when (they're) unpaid.In fact, demanded debt amounts exceed what the country can pay, but the strategy is to conceal this as long as possible to proceed with the foreclosure and voluntary pre-bankruptcy sell-off of national assets to pay predators.
What's true for Iceland, holds everywhere Wall Street and the IMF target, and here's the scheme:
-- shrink economies;
-- shift wealth and property upwards to a financial oligarchy; and
-- price labor and industry out of world markets as a result of the heavy financial charges built into (the) pricing system.Iceland is a model test case for economic justice. Hopefully it will confront reality sooner than later and not get trapped into perpetual debt bondage by succumbing to global creditor pressure or seduction. What benefits them harms people, and everyone needs to know it. Bankers aim (for) a return to normalcy,defined as new exponential (debt volume) growth producing more destructive bubbles like the last ones.Iceland must reject Wall Street's medicine or perish, and the same holds elsewhere, including in America. Bankers, not nations or people, should take the pain. Hudson asks: "How can Iceland (or Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, or many other nations) pay its debts without bankrupting itself, (in Iceland's case) abandoning its social democracy and polarizing its (people) between a tiny creditor oligarchy and everyone else? They're threatened by a new ruling class that will control (their) destiny for the next century or beyond. It's their choice to reject it and stay free.Their foreign currency loans should be denominated in domestic currency at written-down (and de-indexed) interest rates, or repudiated outright.The guiding principle should be to annul debts taken out under (destructive and extractive) terms benefitting creditors at the expense of their prey.They aim to dominate societies - above all....to maximize the power of debt over labor. The worse the economy does, the stronger they get. It's a vicious cycle recipe for economic suicide (from perpetual) debt peonage.Iceland can be a test case model against it. It comes down to whether it will back its people or, like America, surrender to financial predators. It's much the same globally, the result of the greatest ever economic crisis opportunity for plunder. The perpetrators love it. It's high time they got their comeuppance.
Imagine tiny Iceland taking the lead and fighting back against what another former high-level Wall Street and government insider warns - Catherine Austin Fitts, Assistant Secretary of Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner under GHW Bush and Dillon Read & Co. Managing Director and board member.In her latest quarterly review, she predicts that Obama will do more to help bankers achieve centralized control and one world government than any (previous) US politician. In less than three months in office, he's shown bankers they can count on him - to the tune of trillions of dollars, further open-ended checkbook amounts on request, and global diplomatic pressure on targeted nations to surrender. It's for public rage, tiny Iceland, and other over-indebted nations to demand no more.Hopefully enough of them have backbone to do it.
Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening.http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13048
Gold remains subdued as its appeal as a safe-haven eases ,Gold falls as investors' risk appetite returns and stock rally. 7:07PM BST 10 Apr 2009
REUTERS Gold traded little changed in Asia and headed for a third weekly loss as a rally in equities cut the precious metal’s appeal as an alternative asset. Asian stocks climbed after fewer Americans sought unemployment insurance and US.-based Wells Fargo & Co reported a record quarterly profit, lifting optimism a recession in the world’s biggest economy is abating. Bullion for immediate delivery fell yesterday for a fifth time in six days.Summit uncertainty to push gold price higher Demand for gold as a haven eased as a rally in global equities made investors optimistic that the worst of the economic slump may be over,said Hisaaki Tasaka, an analyst at Tokyo-based commodity broker ACE Koeki Co. Gold for June delivery GCM9 eased $2.60 to settle at $883.30 an ounce on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Wells Fargo, the No. 2 US home lender, yesterday said first-quarter net income surged by half because of strong revenue from Wachovia Corp., which it acquired last year.
First-time U.S. jobless claims fell by 20,000 to 654,000 in the week ended April 4, from a revised 674,000 a week earlier, the Labor Department said. Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest exchange- traded fund backed by bullion, rose to a record 1,127.68 metric tons yesterday, up from 1,127.37 tons a day earlier, according to figures on its web site. Meanwhile, reports suggest there are tentative signs of a new gold rush in the US. According to the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA there has been a 20pc in membership in the last year, driven by the deepening recession and the high price of gold.
AP,GOOGLE,BELL ALL OVER MY SITE NOW GOLDMAN SACHS ALL OVER THIS BLOGGER,WATCH OUT INTERNET THE ROBBER BANKERS WANT US SHUT DOWN FOR REVEALING TRUTHS,WERE STARTING TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON WARNING PEOPLE OVIOUSLY AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER DON'T LIKE PEOPLE INTERFERING IN THEIR PLAN TO ENSLAVE THE WORLD AND KILL 2/3RDS OF US.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR THESE NUTS GOD IS IN CONTROL AND THESE NEW WORLD ORDER NUTS WILL BE FULFILLING BIBLE PROPHECY AS GOD LEADS NOT AS THEY LEAD.JUST REMEMBER FOLKS GOD(JESUS)IS IN CONTROL AND ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM GOD WILL PROTECT FOREVER.
Goldman Sachs hires law firm to shut blogger's site ,Goldman Sachs is attempting to shut down a dissident blogger who is extremely critical of the investment bank, its board members and its practices. By James Quinn, Wall Street Correspondent Last Updated: 6:29PM BST 10 Apr 2009
The New York headquarters of Goldman Sachs, which has instructed a Wall Street law firm to tell a blogger to stop criticising the bank Photo: Getty Images
The bank has instructed Wall Street law firm Chadbourne & Parke to pursue blogger Mike Morgan, warning him in a recent cease-and-desist letter that he may face legal action if he does not close down his website. Florida-based Mr Morgan began a blog entitled Facts about Goldman Sachs – the web address for which is goldmansachs666.com – just a few weeks ago. In that time Mr Morgan, a registered investment adviser, has added a number of posts to the site, including one entitled Does Goldman Sachs run the world?. However, many of the posts relate to other Wall Street firms and issues. According to Chadbourne & Parke's letter, dated April 8, the bank is rattled because the site violates several of Goldman Sachs intellectual property rights and also implies a relationship with the bank itself.
Unsurprisingly for a man who has conjoined the bank's name with the Number of the Beast – although he jokingly points out that 666 was also the S&P500's bear-market bottom – Mr Morgan is unlikely to go down without a fight. He claims he has followed all legal requirements to own and operate the website – and that the header of the site clearly states that the content has not been approved by the bank. On a special section of his blog entitled Goldman Sachs vs Mike Morgan he predicts that the fight will probably end up in court. It's just another example of how a bully like Goldman Sachs tries to throw their weight around,he writes. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Morgan explained how he went through a similar battle with US homebuilder Lennar a few years ago after he set up a website to collect information on what he alleged was shoddy workmanship in its homes. The pair eventually settled out of court. Since I went through this with Lennar, I've had advice from some of the best intellectual property lawyers, and I know exactly what I can and can't do. We're not going to back down from this,he promises. Mr Morgan adds that if Goldman manages to shut down his site, he has a number of other domain names registered. Speculation is mounting that Goldman Sachs is set to raise several billion dollars via a share sale, possibly next week, in order to pay down a $10bn (£6.8bn) US government loan, as revealed in The Sunday Telegraph last week.
JESUS PERSECUTED BIGTIME
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.
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.
20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
PHILIPPIANS 2:10-11(JESUS GETS REVENGE)
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).
WE ARE CHRISTIANS WE WILL BE TREATED THE SAME.
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (WHY WE ARE PERSECUTED BY THE WORLD)
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.
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.
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.
Congress resurrecting hate crimes plan?
Christian organizations are warning constituents of a potential stealth attack on their faith in Congress with the launch of another hate crimes law, similar to a previous measure adopted with only minutes' notice. The earlier plan died when President George W. Bush threatened a veto, describing the idea as unneeded and probably unconstitutional. But now Barack Obama's White House website affirms his dedication to strengthening federal hate crimes legislation and expanding hate crimes protection.While this new bill has not yet been given a new name or bill number, it is more dangerous to our constitutional rights than the other hate crimes bills that are also still pending. All hate crimes legislation is a direct threat to our religious liberties. We must let Congress know we are watching! said a statement today from Gary Cass at the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. Cass said the plan offers one of the gravest threats to religious liberty and freedom of speech.Even while national attention is focused in on the economy and Obama’s radical economic and foreign policy, the far left is at work undermining our First Amendment rights at home with hate crime legislation,he warned.In other countries where these types of laws have been implemented, pastors and Christians have been jailed and fined for their faithful adherence to the Scriptures.Cass said the expectation is that U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., will reintroduce the previous bill.
This new hate crime bill is making its way to the Judiciary committee as soon as this Friday!he said.Now we are on the verge of passing federal hate crime laws that will be used to silence believers like in Canada, Europe and Australia. No more will your pastor be able to declare the truth about Islam or homosexuality because it will be considered a hate crime.Some are fighting back, including Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.A large part of this is that many people do not understand the Christian heart, he said.They just don't like people who disagree with them. The true Christian heart can disagree with people, and still love them deeply,he said. But the law, Gohmert said, would allow prosecutors to go after a minister … who says sexual relations outside of the marriage of a man and a woman are wrong.The congressman says if there is a crime, and the suspect says he was inspired by a minister, the preacher suddenly also would be a defendant in the crime. Tony Perkins of FRC Action also was busy alerting his constituents.He emphasized that the scenario explained by Gohmert not only is possible but probable. How would it happen? A federal hate crimes law prohibiting bodily injury could be construed by many law enforcement officials and judges to include words that inflict emotional or psychological distress, he said. That means an offended homosexual could accuse a religious broadcaster … a pastor … Sunday School teacher … or other individual of causing emotional injury simply by expressing the biblical view that homosexual behavior is morally wrong and unhealthy.
That's all it could take to trigger a wave of federal prosecutions and begin an era of censorship like America has never seen!he warned.Remember, all violent criminals should be prosecuted but we already have laws for that,he said. WND reported, during Obama's inauguration, his agenda was posted on the WhiteHouse website where he listed federal hate crimes laws as his second priority. Many states already have hate crimes legislation. A couple running a photography studio in New Mexico faced thousands of dollars in fines for their decision not to provide photography services to a pair of lesbians because of the Christian beliefs of the studio owners. In Pennsylvania, a 75-year-old grandmother was threatened with prison for advocating a biblical perspective of homosexuality.Internationally, Christians in several nations have been penalized for stating a biblically based condemnation of homosexuality.Former White House insider Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint commentary, has called such proposals Thought Crimes plans.It's about outlawing peaceful speech – speech that asserts that homosexual behavior is morally wrong,he said.Critics have said hate crimes laws actually criminalize thought because they demand enhanced penalties because of the perception of the victim by the perpetrator. A mugger, for example, who attacks a victim while screaming an epithet denoting a race or sexual preference could get a much more significant penalty than a mugger who attacks a victim but doesn't say anything.Matt Barber, chief of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel, has spoken out repeatedly in opposition to the idea.The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law,he said.Hate crimes legislation is … [a] violation of the Fourteenth Amendment in that it elevates one class of citizen based upon their chosen sexual behaviors above other people.Coral Ridge Ministries, launched by the late D. James Kennedy, has published a book on the issue by John Aman, who says such laws put into doubt the future of religious liberty and freedom of speech for Christians.
AMERICA (POLITICAL BABYLON)
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;(BACKSLIDERS)
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.(A NATION OF MINGLED PEOPLE)
12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed:(MOTHER ENGLAND) behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK ATTACK ON AMERICA)
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies
Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.
The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid, said a senior intelligence official. So have the Russians.The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn't target a particular company or region, said a former Department of Homeland Security official.There are intrusions, and they are growing,the former official said, referring to electrical systems. There were a lot last year.Many of the intrusions were detected not by the companies in charge of the infrastructure but by U.S. intelligence agencies, officials said. Intelligence officials worry about cyber attackers taking control of electrical facilities, a nuclear power plant or financial networks via the Internet.Authorities investigating the intrusions have found software tools left behind that could be used to destroy infrastructure components, the senior intelligence official said. He added, If we go to war with them, they will try to turn them on.Officials said water, sewage and other infrastructure systems also were at risk.Over the past several years, we have seen cyberattacks against critical infrastructures abroad, and many of our own infrastructures are as vulnerable as their foreign counterparts, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair recently told lawmakers.A number of nations, including Russia and China, can disrupt elements of the U.S. information infrastructure.
Officials cautioned that the motivation of the cyberspies wasn't well understood, and they don't see an immediate danger. China, for example, has little incentive to disrupt the U.S. economy because it relies on American consumers and holds U.S. government debt.But protecting the electrical grid and other infrastructure is a key part of the Obama administration's cybersecurity review, which is to be completed next week. Under the Bush administration, Congress approved $17 billion in secret funds to protect government networks, according to people familiar with the budget. The Obama administration is weighing whether to expand the program to address vulnerabilities in private computer networks, which would cost billions of dollars more. A senior Pentagon official said Tuesday the Pentagon has spent $100 million in the past six months repairing cyber damage.Overseas examples show the potential havoc. In 2000, a disgruntled employee rigged a computerized control system at a water-treatment plant in Australia, releasing more than 200,000 gallons of sewage into parks, rivers and the grounds of a Hyatt hotel.Last year, a senior Central Intelligence Agency official, Tom Donohue, told a meeting of utility company representatives in New Orleans that a cyberattack had taken out power equipment in multiple regions outside the U.S. The outage was followed with extortion demands, he said.The U.S. electrical grid comprises three separate electric networks, covering the East, the West and Texas. Each includes many thousands of miles of transmission lines, power plants and substations. The flow of power is controlled by local utilities or regional transmission organizations. The growing reliance of utilities on Internet-based communication has increased the vulnerability of control systems to spies and hackers, according to government reports.
The sophistication of the U.S. intrusions -- which extend beyond electric to other key infrastructure systems -- suggests that China and Russia are mainly responsible, according to intelligence officials and cybersecurity specialists. While terrorist groups could develop the ability to penetrate U.S. infrastructure, they don't appear to have yet mounted attacks, these officials say.It is nearly impossible to know whether or not an attack is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace. U.S. officials said investigators have followed electronic trails of stolen data to China and Russia.Russian and Chinese officials have denied any wrongdoing.These are pure speculations,said Yevgeniy Khorishko, a spokesman at the Russian Embassy.Russia has nothing to do with the cyberattacks on the U.S. infrastructure, or on any infrastructure in any other country in the world.A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Wang Baodong, said the Chinese government resolutely oppose[s] any crime, including hacking, that destroys the Internet or computer network and has laws barring the practice. China was ready to cooperate with other countries to counter such attacks, he said, and added that some people overseas with Cold War mentality are indulged in fabricating the sheer lies of the so-called cyberspies in China.Utilities are reluctant to speak about the dangers. Much of what we've done, we can't talk about, said Ray Dotter, a spokesman at PJM Interconnection LLC, which coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 states and the District of Columbia. He said the organization has beefed up its security, in conformance with federal standards.In January 2008, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved new protection measures that required improvements in the security of computer servers and better plans for handling attacks.Last week, Senate Democrats introduced a proposal that would require all critical infrastructure companies to meet new cybersecurity standards and grant the president emergency powers over control of the grid systems and other infrastructure.
Specialists at the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a nonprofit research institute, said attack programs search for openings in a network, much as a thief tests locks on doors. Once inside, these programs and their human controllers can acquire the same access and powers as a systems administrator.The North American Electric Reliability Corporation on Tuesday warned its members that not all of them appear to be adhering to cybersecuirty requirements. Read the letter.The White House review of cybersecurity programs is studying ways to shield the electrical grid from such attacks, said James Lewis, who directed a study for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has met with White House reviewers.The reliability of the grid is ultimately the responsibility of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., an independent standards-setting organization overseen by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.The NERC set standards last year requiring companies to designate critical cyber assets. Companies, for example, must check the backgrounds of employees and install firewalls to separate administrative networks from those that control electricity flow. The group will begin auditing compliance in July.
WW3 THE 3 WAVES THAT MARCH TO ISRAEL
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.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city,(JERUSALEM) and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.(200 MILES) (THE SIZE OF ISRAEL)
The Third and Final Wave of WW3 is when all Nations march to Jerusalem, but JESUS bodily returns to earth and destroys them,sets up his KINGDOM OF RULE FOR 1000 YEARS THEN FOREVER.
2ND WAVE CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THIS IS THE ATATURK DAM IN TURKEY,THEY CROSS OVER).
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) 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)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(IRAQ-SYRIA)
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
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.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
IDF planning largest-ever drill to prepare Israel for war
The Home Front Command is preparing to hold the largest exercise ever in Israeli history, scheduled to take place in about two months, in hopes of priming the populace and raising awareness of the possibility of war breaking out. Should there be a war, Israel would have insufficient emergency and rescue response units, according to a senior Home Front Command officer. Speaking with Haaretz, Col. Hilik Sofer, who is in charge of the Department for Population at the Home Front Command, said that in wartime there will be insufficient Magen David Adom, rescue and chemical and biological warfare units. Even if we call up the reserves of the Home Front Command, we will have to rely on the population itself.We need to train for a reality in which during war missiles can fall on any part of the country without warning,he said. The Home Front Command is hoping to convince the population that in a future war the entire country can become a front without warning. The aim of the nationwide drill, Sofer said, is to transform the population from a passive to an active one. We want the citizens to understand that war can happen tomorrow morning.The exercise is scheduled to last an entire week and test a series of scenarios that include missile strikes with conventional and non-conventional warheads, fired by Hezbollah, Syria or Hamas.Sofer emphasized that in time of war the citizens will be required to mostly rely on themselves. In emergency situations, the policy of the Israel Defense Forces and the Defense Ministry is not to carry out mass evacuations of civilians, even in areas that are close to the border with territory controlled by Hezbollah and Hamas.
Officers in the Home Front Command insist that they are not trying to scare anyone beyond a healthy sense of fear,according to Sofer. In an effort to blunt the severity of the message, the command has prepared an information campaign that is based on questions of children. For the ultra-Orthodox who do not watch television, CDs with information will be distributed, and instructions will also come in Yiddish. The entire population will participate in the exercise, not only the schools - everyone, Sofer said.We will all need to practice for the short warning that we will have to seek shelter from the moment missiles begin falling.Each area will be given a listing with the warning time available to it, and magnets will be printed with the information that can be put it on fridge doors. Knowing that Tel Aviv residents have two minutes to prepare for impact will, the command hopes, encourage people to prepare a family emergency pack with a flashlight, bottled water, a radio and batteries.
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.
Reported tornado kills 2, injures 30 in Tenn. By JUANITA COUSINS, Associated Press Writer APR 10,09
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A reported tornado killed two people and injured 30 Friday in central Tennessee as a line of storms that killed three people a day earlier in western Arkansas crept into the South, emergency officials said.Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Donnie Smith confirmed the deaths Friday in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville.Dispatchers at the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency said the area has been heavily impacted after several eyewitness reports of a tornado on the ground at about midday.Elsewhere, a tornado touched down in southwestern Kentucky, injuring two people and destroying a mobile home. Large hail began falling in several North Carolina counties.Friday afternoon, search teams fanned out across Murfreesboro, a city of about 100,500, looking for anyone trapped in homes. Clyde Atkinson, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department, said he believes there were three to five touchdowns mostly in the northern and western parts of the city.
A grocery store evacuated customers into a cooler until the storm passed.Roofs were ripped away from at least a dozen homes, and some trees were blown down. A bulldozer was clearing tree limbs and other debris from streets.Several homes were emblazoned with a spray-painted c, indicating emergency crews had checked them.
Thousands of utility customers lost power.
On Thursday night, a black funnel cloud descended on the western Arkansas hamlet of Mena, killing at least three, injuring 30 and destroying or damaging 600 homes.This one popped out of nowhere, said Polk County, Ark., Sheriff Mike Oglesby.As daylight broke Friday in Mena, pink insulation hung like cherry blossoms from the sheared branches of century-old maples. The roof of a two-story home sat atop the rubble that once was the floors beneath it, a set of women's clothes still hanging from a suspended closet rack.Oglesby said search-and-rescue teams had combed through the city's downtown and a neighborhood just west that sustained the brunt of the storm without finding any other victims. The sheriff said he had no reports of anyone else missing in the city of 5,700 in the Ouachita Mountains.An initial survey of the damage suggests the tornado packed winds of at least 136 mph, weather service forecaster John Robinson said Friday.
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
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.
Oklahoma official says blaze intentionally set By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writer APR 10,09
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A wind-whipped blaze that destroyed more than 50 homes in this Oklahoma City suburb was intentionally set, fire officials said Friday.An area near a wrecker service where the fire started Thursday is frequented by teenagers from a nearby high school and investigators were looking into the possibility that they might have set the blaze, Midwest City Fire Marshal Jerry Lojka said.Authorities have not identified any suspects or determined a motive, he said.The fire, one of several statewide driven by strong winds and fueled by dry grass and brush, engulfed homes throughout east Oklahoma County, including in Midwest City and Choctaw. So far, more than 100 houses had burned down in the state and 49 people were injured, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said.Fire investigators were still trying to determine what caused the other fires.The battle against wildfires in western and central Oklahoma and across the state line in Texas eased Friday as 60 mph winds diminished, allowing evacuated residents to return to neighborhoods with charred homes, blackened vegetation and ruined cars. At least three people were killed in Texas.The fires began Thursday afternoon along the Interstate 35, the main north-south highway through central Oklahoma. Parts of the highway reopened Friday after being closed for several hours.Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency for 31 central and southern Oklahoma communities, which allows state agencies to speed the delivery of needed resources. Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday asked FEMA to issue an emergency declaration that would provide federal assets and resources for 199 threatened counties.
Residents evacuated while the fires raged were allowed to return home. For Sammetra Christmon of Midwest City, there was only a blackened, smoking ruin where her home had been.The memories, the photos, this is the house I have worked all my life for, she said Friday as she and her family picked through the smoldering debris. Her 9-year-old daughter was taking it hard.She's devastated, just in tears this morning, Christmon said.This is the only house she's ever known.Water-dropping helicopters couldn't assist the ground effort Thursday because winds gusted to more than 60 mph in some areas.Anytime you have high winds and low humidity, it's just the perfect storm for wildfires, and that's what's happening here, Oklahoma Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said.In northern and central Texas, blazes that began Thursday continued to race across thousands of parched acres Friday, overrunning the towns of Sunset and Stoneburg and forcing the temporary evacuations in several others.
Linda Freeman, who was told Thursday to evacuate her mobile home in Sunset, said she went to her son's house about 10 miles away where he turned on the news, and I saw my home burning.On Friday, all that remained were the steel stairs that once led to her front door.The town's fire chief, Alan Campbell, said nine homes had burned to the ground.Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said Friday that a woman died, possibly from a heart attack, after calling for an ambulance in a fire near Bowie on Thursday. WFAA-TV of Dallas-Fort Worth reported two other fire victims: the television station's former reporter, Matt Quinn, and his wife, Cathy. Their son was injured and was in fair condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the station said.The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said a firefighter helping battle a blaze in Lincoln County, northeast of Oklahoma City, was hospitalized with burns and another person was severely injured after losing control of a vehicle on a smoke-covered road in Stephens County in southern Oklahoma.
Other injuries ranged from minor to moderate, officials said.
At the Midwest City Community Center, where about 75 residents flocked after flames threatened their homes, Kanisha Busby waited for her parents to arrive. Their home, where she grew up, was destroyed but nobody was hurt. It's hard, but all that stuff is material things that can be replaced; lives can't be replaced,Busby said. Residents were given sufficient warning to evacuate, and her father also managed to save his dog, she said. Susan Staggs, who lives near Midwest City, said Friday that she and her neighbors who gathered at an evacuation point Thursday night could see the glow of flames, but didn't know if their homes were being engulfed. After dark, you could just see the flames crossing the road, she said. I had two cats in my house and my horse and goats were still there.Her home was spared, it turned out, because a pile of gravel and dirt from her neighbor's driveway project served as a firebreak. But the neighbor's home was lost.Associated Press writers Murray Evans in Oklahoma City; Angela K. Brown in Fort Worth, Texas; Betsy Blaney in Lubbock, Texas; Schuyler Dixon in Sunset, Texas, and Linda Stewart Ball in Dallas contributed to this report.
EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH
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.
French free sailboat from pirates, 1 hostage dies By PIERRE-YVES ROGER, Associated Press Writer APR 10,09
PARIS – Navy commandos stormed a French sailboat held by pirates off the Somali coast Friday in an assault triggered by threats the passengers would be executed. But one hostage was killed in the operation, demonstrating the risks of a military operation against sea bandits.Four hostages, including a small child, were freed, French Defense Minister Herve Morin said. Two pirates also were killed and three others were taken prisoner. They are to be brought to France for criminal proceedings, joining 12 pirates already jailed and awaiting trial here.It was the third time the French have freed hostages from the hands of pirates but the first time a hostage had been killed.
In a break with French government policy, authorities proposed paying a ransom during 48 hours of fruitless talks, but the pirates, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, rejected the offer, Morin said, without divulging a sum.The French also offered the pirates a French naval officer to hold in exchange for a mother and child but that too was rejected, the minister said.A grim-faced Morin, speaking at a news conference, said, Negotiations were leading nowhere, and the boat was approaching the coast. He said French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave the order to attack. It came at 3:30 p.m. Paris time (1330 GMT), 20 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.The four remaining hostages, including the child, were being taken by French authorities to Djibouti. The dead hostage was identified as Florent Lemacon, the owner of the boat, the Tanit, and father of the family, the defense minister said.Lemacon was killed in an exchange of fire as he tried to duck down the hatch, the minister said.President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assault when all negotiations failed and the boat drifted toward the Somali coast — a red line France refused to go beyond, the defense minister said.
The president's instructions were particularly clear: No French taken to land, he said.After two days of talks, the pirates were very clearly hardening their position and evoked more and more insistently the execution of the hostages and the destruction by explosives of the boat and their unbending will to go to the coast, Morin said.The assault — lasting three minutes — came as piracy cases continued to play out in the region. Pirates threatened to kill an American cargo ship captain held hostage by four Somali pirates after he jumped in the water Friday in a desperate attempt to escape.The French rescue operation did not appear to be in any proximity to that standoff. The U.S. Navy was positioning a huge amphibious ship closer to the scene of the standoff.In Paris, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Jean-Louis Georgelin dismissed the notion that there was any coordination between the French and Americans on the two incidents. Both countries are part of anti-piracy task forces and patrol the risky waters around the Gulf of Aden and other parts of the Somali coast.In another case, a Norwegian tanker was released Friday some two weeks after it was seized off the Somali coast. All 27 of its crew were unhurt, the ship's owner said. The Norwegian shipowner Salhus Shipping AS refused to say whether ransom had been paid.There were 164 acts of piracy in the area in 2008, 43 involving hostage-takings, according to the French Defense Ministry. There have been 65 attacks so far this year, and 15 vessels are currently held by pirates with 243 hostages in the hands of pirates, the ministry said.France was at the forefront of multinational efforts to protect the Gulf of Aden, a strategic shipping zone, and the north of the Indian Ocean, operating since December 2008.
France's policy is to refuse to allow French citizens to be taken ashore as hostages, the president's office said. Pirates had seized the Tanit last Saturday. French officials had been in contact with the pirates since Wednesday. When negotiations stalled Thursday, the French immobilized the Tanit by shooting down its sails — thus opening a new phase of talks the defense minister said. By Friday, threats were more precise, with the pirates refusing proposals and the Tanit moving toward the coast. An operation to free the hostages was decided, the president's office said. The pirates fired with Kalashnikovs as eight commandos boarded the boat backed by firepower from 70 commandos on three French frigates. Two pirates were killed immediately and a third fell in the water, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Jean-Louis Georgelin said. The passengers in the Tanit had repeatedly been warned to avoid the dangerous waters around Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. The boat, a Norwegian-made 14.5-meter (47.57-foot) sailboat with a single mast, was heading for the coast of Kenya when it was attacked. The owners, Florent and Chloe Lemacon, had left the French port of Vanves in Brittany in July 2009 on an adventure with their three-year-old son, according to their blog. Two friends had joined them along the way.
US hostage fails in escape bid from Somali pirates By KATHARINE HOURELD and ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press Writers APR 10,09
NAIROBI, Kenya – An American skipper held hostage by pirates tried to swim to freedom Friday but was recaptured seconds later when the bandits opened fire within view of a U.S. destroyer.Four Somali pirates, who are demanding a ransom, were ready to kill Capt. Richard Phillips if they are attacked, according to a Somali in contact with the captors.The high seas drama turned more complex and potentially deadly in its third day as both pirates and American forces rushed reinforcements to the scene several hundred miles off the coast of Somalia. The crisis stemmed from a thwarted attempt to take over the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama freighter and is testing the new Obama administration.The pirates summoned reinforcements, calling in four commandeered ships with hostages from a variety of nations including the Philippines, Russia and Germany, according to the Somali in touch with the pirates.The U.S. was also bolstering its force by dispatching other warships to the scene several hundred miles off the Somali coast, which already was under watch by the destroyer USS Bainbridge — named after William Bainbridge, an American naval officer who fought pirates off the Barbary Coast in the early 19th century.Piracy along the anarchic and impoverished Somali coast, the longest in Africa, has risen in recent years. Somali pirates hold about a dozen ships with more than 200 crew members, according to the International Maritime Bureau, a piracy watchdog group based in Malaysia. The bureau lists 66 attacks since January, not including the Alabama.Underscoring the high stakes involved, France's navy freed a sailboat seized off Somalia last week by other pirates, but one of the hostages was killed, along with two of the bandits. Three pirates were captured. French officials said there was no connection between their operation and the U.S. standoff.Phillips, of Underhill, Vt., was seized Wednesday after he thwarted the pirates' bid to hijack the Alabama, which was carrying food aid for hungry people in Somalia, Rwanda and Uganda.
Around midnight Friday local time, Phillips jumped off the covered lifeboat where he was being held and began swimming, said Defense Department officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk about sensitive, unfolding operations.One of the pirates then fired an automatic weapon, the officials said, although it was not clear if shots were fired at Phillips or into the air, and he returned to the lifeboat.He was in the water only a matter of seconds — not enough time for sailors aboard the Bainbridge to do much to help him, the defense officials said. Because both the lifeboat and the Bainbridge are moving, no swimmers or divers could have been standing by in the water, the officials said.The Bainbridge stays a minimum of 200 yards away — too far to send its own lifeboat to pick up the captain in just a few seconds, and it has no helicopter on board, they said.Its sailors were able to see Phillips moving around and talking after his return to the lifeboat, and the Defense Department officials believed he was unharmed.Tom Coggio, Phillips' brother-in-law, said word of the escape attempt and his captivity has stressed his family.Now this is just really taking a toll on all of us, Coggio said in Richmond, Vt.In a statement from the Maersk Line Ltd. shipping company, Phillips' wife, Andrea, thanked our neighbors, our community, and the nation for the outpouring of support. ... My husband is a strong man and we will remain strong for him. We ask that you do the same.The Somali in contact with the pirates holding Phillips said they are trying to link up with colleagues who are holding Russian, German, Filipino and other hostages in ships near the coast. Their goal is to get Phillips to Somalia, where they could hide him in the lawless country and make a rescue difficult, the Somali said.That would give the pirates a stronger negotiating position to discuss a ransom.The Somali, who helped negotiate a ransom last year to pirates who seized a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. He said he has talked with a pirate leader in Somalia who helped coordinate the failed effort to seize the Alabama.
He said the pirate leader had been in direct contact with the lifeboat via a satellite phone but lost contact after Phillips' captors threw the phone — and a two-way radio dropped to them by the U.S. Navy — into the ocean, fearing the Americans were somehow sending messages to the captain via the devices. They acted after Phillips' failed escape attempt. Negotiations had been taking place between the pirates and the captain of the Bainbridge, who is getting direction from FBI hostage negotiators, the U.S. officials said. The captors had been communicating with other pirate vessels by satellite phone, they said. Mohamed Samaw, a resident of the pirate stronghold in Eyl, Somalia, who claims to have a "share" in a British-owned ship hijacked Monday, said four foreign vessels held by pirates were headed toward the lifeboat. A total of 54 hostages — from China, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, the Philippines, Tuvalu, Indonesia and Taiwan — are on two of the boats. The pirates have summoned assistance — skiffs and mother ships are heading towards the area from the coast,said a Nairobi-based diplomat, who spoke on condition on anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media. Samaw said two ships left Eyl on Wednesday. A third sailed from Haradhere, another pirate base in Somalia, and the fourth was a Taiwanese fishing vessel seized Monday that was already only 30 miles from the lifeboat. He said the ships include the German cargo ship Hansa Stavanger, seized earlier this month. The ship's crew of 24 is made up of five Germans, three Russians, two Ukrainians, two Filipinos and 12 from Tuvalu. Another man identified as a pirate by three residents of Haradhere also said the captured German ship had been sent.
They had asked us for reinforcement, and we have already sent a good number of well-equipped colleagues, who were holding a German cargo ship, said the man, who asked that only his first name, Badow, be used to protect him from reprisals. We are not intending to harm the captain, so that we hope our colleagues would not be harmed as long as they hold him, Badow said. All we need, first, is a safe route to escape with the captain, and then (negotiate) ransom later.The U.S. sent additional warships, including the guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton and the USS Boxer, flagship for a multination anti-piracy task force. The Boxer resembles a small aircraft carrier and has a crew of more than 1,000, a mobile hospital, missile launchers and about two dozen helicopters and attack planes. The show of force will strengthen surveillance of the area and may dissuade pirates from seizing another ship, but there are not enough for a blockade in the danger zone that sprawls across 1.1 million square miles, said a senior U.S. defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss operational matters. The head of Somalia's near-powerless transitional government, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, appealed to leaders in piracy hubs to work for Phillips' release. The government wants to see this piracy problem come to an end in a peaceful manner, he said in a statement.President Barack Obama, who is getting regular updates on the standoff, declined to answer questions about it Friday for a third day. Phillips, 53, thwarted the takeover of the 17,000-ton Alabama by telling his crew of about 20 to lock themselves in a room, the crew told stateside relatives. The crew later overpowered some of the pirates but Phillips surrendered himself to the bandits to safeguard his men, and the Somalis fled with him to the lifeboat, the relatives said. Capt. James Staples, a classmate of Phillips at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, said he was not surprised by the escape attempt.That just shows me that Richie's still ... strong, he's thinking, he's alert, Staples said. He's going to take every opportunity he can to, to make the situation a lot better for himself and probably get home as quick as he can.Associated Press writers who contributed to this report include Mohamed Olad Hassan and Mohamed Sheikh Nor in Mogadishu, Somalia; Malkhadir M. Muhumed and Todd Pitman in Nairobi, Kenya; Matt Apuzzo in Washington; Ray Henry in Bourne, Mass.; John Curran in Underhill, Vt.; and Dena Potter in Norfolk, Va.