Wednesday, June 30, 2010
13 Timeless Finance Tips From The Bible By Karen Anderson online colleges JUNE 30,10
It is a common misconception among non-Christians that the world of God and the world of money do not intersect. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the Bible has over 1,000 verses that discuss money. In this article, we’ll discuss thirteen timeless pieces of financial advice straight from the Bible, as well as give you the actual Scripture references. Read on and discover (or rediscover) what God has to say about your financial life.
1. Make a budget so that you can anticipate your expenses ahead of time.
Luke 14:28-30 says this: For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.
Don’t be one of those people who spends foolishly at the beginning of the month and doesn’t plan ahead for the expenses you will have later on. When you make a good budget, you won’t always be worrying about how you’re going to make it to your next paycheck.
2. Be honest without fail in your financial dealings and never try to cheat others.
Proverbs 13:11 says: Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it. Proverbs 16:8 says: Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.
Even though it may seem justified to be dishonest if you are in financial difficulty, especially if you think you won’t get caught, remember that it pays to do things the right way. Always conduct your business with integrity, even if it means making less money.
3. Be content with the things that you have.
Philippians 4:11-13 says: For I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know now how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of eating well or going hungry of facing either plenty of poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians illustrates the principle of contentment that is a hallmark of simple living. Choose to be content with the things you have, and you will focus on the things in life that are truly important, rather than on possessions. You will also be less likely to purchase things impulsively when you are living a contented lifestyle.
4. Don’t be afraid of having success in your life.
Deuteronomy 30:9 says: The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.
Some well-intentioned Christians believe that because God tells us in the Bible that we should not love money, God does not want us to enjoy financial success and freedom. However, this is not the case. God is happy when you are successful, says the scripture above. Your abundant harvest can be used to help others in need and to help His kingdom on earth.
5. Pay off your debt as soon as possible.
Proverbs 22:7 says: The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave. 2 Kings 4:7 says: Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.
Even though we have a hard time avoiding debt entirely, the Bible tells us that we should get into debt with careful consideration, realizing that we lose some measure of freedom when we owe others money. When we do get into debt, we should pay it off as quickly as we can.
6. Avoid co-signing for other people.
Proverbs 6:1-2 says: My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, have given a pledge for a stranger, if you have been snared with the words of your mouth, have been caught with the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!
Proverbs 22:26-27 says: Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
Co-signing for others is serious business. If you aren’t sure if your friend or relative will be able to pay off the loan, you would be left holding the bag if they stop paying. And then you would either have to pay or you would be harassed by bill collectors. Your good name and good credit could also be ruined. These are all good reasons to support the Biblical idea that you shouldn’t co-sign for anyone else.
7. Don’t fall prey to get-rich-quick schemes.
Proverbs 13:11 says: Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Proverbs 14:15 says: The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.
It seems to be common sense, but get-rich-quick schemes are just that, schemes. They don’t really work, and the surest way for someone to lose money in the Internet Age is to believe some website that tells you I make thousands of dollars a day with Google or Get Paid To Take Surveys! Even more sobering is the warning that ill-gotten gains will dwindle away. Just think of how many people making risky trades on Wall Street suffered when the market collapsed in 2008.
8. Be a cheerful giver, remembering the blessings you have been given.
Luke 6:38 says: Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
Acts 20:35 says: In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Even when we feel like we are struggling financially, there’s a good chance that someone else is having an even harder time of it. That’s why we should always strive to give freely, in the spirit that everything we have comes from God. We should feel happy to contribute even a small amount to others in need.
9. Seek wise counsel when you prepare to invest your money.
Proverbs 15:22 says: Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.
If you send your dog to the veterinarian, your child to the pediatrician, and your car to a mechanic, why wouldn’t you ask an expert for advice when it comes to investing money? Too many people think they can read a few articles online and learn everything there is to know about investing. Then they end up making costly mistakes that a wise financial counselor might have helped avoid.
10. Freely lend your money to those who need it, without worry of being repaid.
Matthew 5:42 says: Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Luke 6:35 says: But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
This kind of advice might sound a little crazy to modern ears. However, giving freely when others ask us, provided that we have the money, is something that God wants us to do. Jesus preached a radical message of showing love for everyone, even the people you don’t like or trust. In these passages from the Gospels, he takes it a step further and says that you should extend this kind of “extreme generosity” to anyone who asks you for help. The rewards of showing such kindness may indeed be great.
11. Do not place money in a place of importance above God and your family; do not treat money as an idol.
1 Timothy 6:9-11 says: But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
This scripture reminds us not to place too much importance on money. It’s okay to work hard and enjoy the fruits of your labor, but when work and obsessing about money start to get in the way of your happiness, it’s not okay anymore. This scripture in many ways could be about work-life balance.
12. Plan for the future by saving your money wisely.
Proverbs 6:6-8 says: Go to the ant, o sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.
Proverbs 13:16 says: A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!
Saving for the future is not only a smart financial strategy, it’s biblical. By planning ahead for lean times and strategically putting money away, you make a safety net that just might come in handy. All of us are guaranteed to have emergencies like needing to get the car fixed and things like that. However, too many of us rely on credit cards, payday loans, or even pawn shops to get us through those times. Only by saving ahead of time can we prevent ill-advised borrowing.
13. Pay your taxes.
Romans 13:5-7 Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are servants of God’s service, attending continually on this very thing. Give therefore to everyone what you owe: taxes to whom taxes are due; customs to whom customs; respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul reminds them that following God doesn’t mean to reject the laws of the political world. It is important to be a good citizen in whatever country you live. That means paying taxes as required by law and following the other laws. Also, by paying your taxes on time, you’ll avoid being audited and paying penalties and interest.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;(CHEMICAL,BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS) and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood:(bitter,Poisoned) and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.(poisoned)
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.(enviromentalists won't like this result)
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they(False World Church and Dictator) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
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FALSE FLAGS (SET UP OR STAGED BY SOMEONE)
JONES ON BP FALSE FLAG TO GET CAP & TAX SCAM THROUGH
GRANT JEFFREY ON WORLD GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND THE ENVIROMENTAL RELIGION CULT SCAM OF GLOBAL WARMING UNDER FOR THE GOOD OF THE EARTH SCAM.CARBON TAX,INVISIBLE SKY HOOKS AND INVISIBLE SMOKE SCAM.
WW3 COMING TOGETHER-GRANT JEFFREY-RUSSIA WANTS OIL CONTOL DOMINATION.
HOLLY SWANSON ON OBAMA CAP & TRADE SCAM-ENNVIROMENTALS DICTATORSHIP JUNE 21,10 HR 1
OIL SLICK REACHES FLORIDA
ITS DAY 69 OF THE POISONOUS OIL DISASTER SUN JUNE 27,10.I HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATING ON THE G-20 MOSTLY THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS BUT MONDAY I'LL BE BACK AT THIS OIL SPIIL.
ITS DAY 70 MON JUNE 28,10 AND THE OIL POISON DISASTER CONTINUES.
ITS 6:40 AM JUNE 29,10 DAY 71 OF THE POISONOUS DISASTER.SEE WHAT HAPPENS TODAY.162 PEOPLE ARE POISONED AND COUNTING.
ITS 7:00 AM DAY 72 WED JUNE 30,10 OF THE POISONOUS DISASTER OIL COVERUP FALSE FLAG SPILL TO PUSH THROUGH CAP & TRADE.
USGC REAR ADMIRAL JAMES WATSON TO BP COO DOUG SUTTLES,JUNE 11,10.I AM CONCERNED THAT YOUR CURRENT PLANS DO NOT PROVIDE FOR MAXIMUM MOBALIZATION OF RESOURCES TO PROVIDE THE NEEDED COLLECTION CAPACITY CONSISTENT WITH REVISED FLOW ESTIMATES.
JUNE 13,10 SUTTLES TO WATSON.WE WILL CONTINUE TO ADAPT OUR PLANS AS MORE IS LEARNED ABOUT THE FLOW RATE FROM THE WELL.
A LITTLE HYPICRITICAL HERE. ON JUNE 13,10 SUTTLES TELLS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT THE FLOW RATE MATTERS BUT ON JUNE 26,10 HE TELLS A NEWSPAPER AND THE PUBLIC IT DOESN'T MATTER.IT MATTERS BECAUSE YOUR BP COMPANY WILL BE FINED $4,000 A BARREL BASED ON FLOW RATE.BP HAS BEEN TRYING TO CONTROL INFORMATION FROM THE SPILL SITE SINCE DAY 1.
ITS 8:00 PM JUNE 30,10 THIS DEFINATELY IS A FALSE FLAG TO GET THE INVISIBLE GAS (SKY HOOK)(CAP & TRADE)SCHEME PASSED.OBAMA INSTEAD OF BEING WORRIED ABOUT THE OIL SPILL IS ON A CAMPAIGN RUSH FOR NOVEMBERS ELECTIONS AND PUTTING DOWN HOW EVIL THE REPUBLICANS ARE.OVIOUSLY BP,GOLDMAN SACHS,OBAMA CAN ALL GET TO RICH FROM THIS POISON DISASTER TO WORRY ABOUT AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE DYING AND ANIMALS DYING FROM THIS POISON DISASTER.
BP relief well weeks away as hurricane hinders cleanup By Kristen Hays and Tom Doggett – Wed Jun 30, 3:45 pm ET
HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A relief well that might divert the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak is still weeks from completion, a top U.S. official said on Wednesday, as the season's first Atlantic hurricane disrupted cleanup efforts.U.S. lawmakers also took a step toward making oil companies face unlimited liabilities from offshore spills like the one devastating the Gulf coast.Hurricane Alex was delaying BP Plc's plans to boost containment capacity at its leaking undersea well and threatening to push more oil-polluted water onto U.S. shores.A relief well, one of two being drilled, is less than 1,000 feet from its target but will still take several weeks to reach the spewing oil pipe, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told U.S. lawmakers.Salazar's timetable was in line with BP's own statements, but there had been speculation earlier this week that the relief well link could be established earlier.The Gulf oil spill disaster is in its 72nd day, with environmental and economic costs to tourism, wildlife, fishing and other industries mounting and the future of BP, the London-based energy giant, far from clear.
Salazar said he is working hard to finalize a new offshore drilling moratorium after a federal court struck down the administration's initial six-month ban, but he would not say when the new moratorium would be issued.We believe the moratorium was correct when we put it in place. We believe it is still correct, he said, and suggested drilling would be allowed in well-known offshore fields.Gulf residents braced for heavy rains and flooding from Alex, which strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane late on Tuesday and could become a more powerful Category 2 on Wednesday. The storm was on track to make landfall near the Texas-Mexico border.
With strong winds and waves as high as 12 feet on the way, officials said controlled burns of oil on the ocean, spraying of dispersant chemicals and booming operations were on hold.The State Department said it would accept offers of help from a dozen countries and international agencies to contain and clean up the spill, including two high-speed skimmers and a fire containment boom from Japan.A U.S. Senate committee voted on Wednesday to eliminate limits on liability that oil companies would face for oil spill damages. Companies currently enjoy a $75 million cap for compensating local communities for economic losses and cleaning up environmental damage.The change, if approved and enacted into law, would apply retroactively to BP. Democrats in both the Senate and House of Representatives have made the legislation a top priority.But some Republicans say it will stop small U.S. companies from drilling and open the door to more big foreign operators.The Gulf of Mexico holds the most promising untapped crude oil reserves in the United States, and a string of major discoveries over the past decade by companies including BP have rejuvenated investment in deeper and more difficult waters.BP has said it will cover all costs of its Gulf oil spill. It has agreed to establish a $20 billion fund, but claims are expected to easily eclipse that sum.Separately, the new head of the U.S. agency overseeing offshore drilling told lawmakers a record of bad performance, deadly performance by an oil company should be considered relevant when the government decides on drilling lease awards. It is simply unacceptable for companies to repeatedly misreport production, particularly when it interferes with the auditing process,said Michael Bromwich, who heads the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.
It was formerly known as the Minerals Management Service.In what may signal a generally tougher approach to BP and other oil companies, the Interior Department said on Wednesday it fined BP a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting false, inaccurate, or misleading reports for energy output on Native American tribal lands in Colorado. BP's market capitalization has shrunk by about $100 billion since its Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank in 5,000 feet of water on April 22, two days after an explosion and fire killed 11 workers.The company's shares have lost more than half their value since the spill but were up about 4 percent in New York afternoon trade on Wednesday, following sharp gains in London.The PHLX Oil Services Sector index rose on the day as well, but is down nearly 19 percent since the start of the spill.The stock prices had really discounted a very negative scenario ... the reality is not as bad as what the market has priced in, said Eric Marshall, director of research at Hodges Capital Management in Dallas, Texas.That has probably created a window of opportunity in a lot of these areas,he said.
ALEX HITS CLEANUP
On the Gulf coast, rough weather linked to Hurricane Alex had not only stopped some cleanup work but threatened to force evacuation of workers and vessels such as vacuum barges. If you have to move all this equipment out and then back in again, how much time is lost there? said Phil Ramon, a disaster management consultant in Belle Chasse, La.Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser has warned coastal workers they may not be able to take everything with them. You might just have to nail it down and then get out,he told Reuters.A flood watch put in place by the National Weather Service remained in effect for much of the region on Wednesday.
Winds out of the southeast are forecast through Friday, a development expected to push oil farther into Barataria Bay, on the west side of the Mississippi River. Winds may also push oil closer to barrier islands around Mississippi and Alabama.
(Additional reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz in Mexico City, Ernest Scheyder in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, Mississippi; Richard Cowan in Washington; Chuck Mikolajczak in New York; Writing by Jerry Norton; Editing by Paul Simao)
162 cases of illness linked to oil spill reported in LouisianaBy the CNN Wire StaffJune 28, 2010 7:41 p.m. EDT
Most of those who reported sickness were either workers on oil rigs or people involved in cleanup efforts.STORY HIGHLIGHTS-Louisiana report says 162 people have reported illnesses-128 of those were workers in the Gulf and the rest from the general public-Symptoms included throat irritation, shortness of breath, coughing
Most were between the ages of 18 and 64.
(CNN) -- Exposure to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in 162 cases of illnesses reported to the Louisiana state health department, according to a report released Monday. Of those cases, 128 involved workers on oil rigs or individuals involved in the oil spill cleanup efforts, the report said.Among the most common reported symptoms were throat irritation, shortness of breath, cough, eye irritation, nausea and headaches, according to the department's oil spill surveillance report.The weekly report gathers data from a surveillance network of doctors, clinics, emergency care locations and medical facilities.According to the most recent report, since the beginning of the oil spill, of the workers who reported illnesses, 120 were male and eight were female. Of the general public affected, nine were male and 25 were female.Most of those who reported symptoms were between the ages of 18 and 64, the report said.There were six illnesses reported the week of June 20, a sharp decrease from a high of 38 reported illnesses the first week of June, the report said.Several of the workers who fell ill reportedly had been exposed to fumes from the dispersants being deployed in the Gulf, the report said.Most of those affected worked on the cleanup efforts in some way. Twenty-three of those with symptoms worked on an oil rig, the report said.Most workers went to an emergency room or an urgent care center when they developed symptoms. At least 21 people were briefly hospitalized.In a related development, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine asked Monday that BP pay $10 million to fund six months of mental health services to people affected by the spill.There exists anger, anxiety and uncertainty among the families and communities affected by the spill, which will easily manifest into addiction and various forms of mental health crisis if not confronted,he said in a letter to BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles.
Teams have counseled almost 2,000 people in affected areas, and are reporting increases in anxiety, depression, stress, grief, excessive drinking, earlier drinking and suicidal ideation, he said. These are early warning signs of developing substance abuse and dependence, mental illness, suicide and familial breakdown including divorce, spouse abuse and child abuse and neglect.In a separate request, Catholic Charities is seeking $3.2 million for six months of mental health services, he said in the letter, which asked Suttles to respond within a week.
Storm could slow oil spill cleanup from far away By TOM BREEN and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer - 6 40AM JUNE 29,10
NEW ORLEANS – The tropical storm plowing across the Gulf of Mexico could send oil skimmers back to port and make containment booms useless, even from far away. But the rough weather also might give nature a hand in breaking down crude from the massive oil spill.Waves churned up by Tropical Storm Alex could help break up the patches of oil scattered across the sea, and the higher-than-normal winds that radiate far from the storm could help the crude evaporate faster. Forecasters said Monday they didn't expect the center of Alex to pass near the site of BP's busted well.The oil isn't in one solid sheet. It's all broken up into patches anyway. It will actually work to break those patches down, said Piers Chapman, chairman of the oceanography department at Texas A&M University.Alex could send high winds and rough seas — perhaps as high as 12 feet — rippling across the Gulf. Skimming vessels operating far from the storm's center may be idled because they can't operate in such swells. Floating oil-containment booms could be rendered useless by waves slopping over them and may have to be pulled out of the water.Pulling boats and crews off the water could cost precious time, said Nancy Kinner, co-director of the Coastal Response Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Equipment has to be stripped down, packed and protected from the force of the storm, and then has to be reassembled and deployed again, she said.
But Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point man for the spill response, said the storm wasn't expected to affect two relief wells being drilled, considered the best hope of plugging the leak.Even 12-foot waves aren't enough to stop the tanker that is sucking up large quantities of oil through the cap on the well, or a second vessel that is burning off hundreds of thousands of gallons at the surface, Allen said.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also said Monday that the weather could push the oil farther into the ecologically delicate Barataria Bay, home to a diverse group of wildlife.Other officials echoed that worry. Rough seas already have forced barges to leave their posts as a barrier against the oil near the bay.We've already lost over 68 days of decent weather and this is going to be an active hurricane season,Jefferson Parish Council Chairman John Young said Monday.They're going to start coming yet there continues to be a lack of a sense of urgency.For now, Alex is on track to stay well away from the spill before making landfall with hurricane-force winds near the U.S.-Mexico border, possibly by Thursday.We are watching very, very closely, Allen said.As it stands right now, absent the intervention of a hurricane, we're still looking at mid-August for completing the relief well. Earlier Monday, a BP executive said the well would be done by early August.All of the uncertainty of what Alex and other storms could do to BP's containment effort gave new urgency to the company's efforts to make its operations at the well as hurricane-resistant as possible.
The company said it hopes to install a new oil-capturing system by next week that would allow BP to disconnect the equipment faster if a hurricane threatens and hook it back up quickly after the storm passes. Right now, BP would need five days to pull out if there is a hurricane. The new system being developed, which uses a flexible hose, would cut that to two days.The containment system now in place is capturing nearly 1 million gallons per day from the well, which is spewing as much as 2.5 million gallons a day, according to the government's worst-case estimate.In other developments, BP said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the catastrophe has cost it $2.65 billion so far. The oil giant has also said it would set up a $20 billion fund to compensate people and businesses for their losses. BP has lost more than $100 billion in market value since the deep-water drilling platform it was operating blew up April 20, killing 11 workers.Associated Press writers Harry R. Weber in Houston, Brian Skoloff in Pensacola, Fla., Michael Kunzelman and John Flesher in New Orleans contributed to this report.
BP And Obama Benefit From Oil Leak Continuing By Dr. Tim Ball Monday, June 28, 2010 CANADA FREE PRESS
When is President Obama going to deal with the real pollution? How much longer can he essentially ignore the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico? How many times can he repeat the scientific falsehood about carbon pollution causing global warming? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says CO2 is the cause not carbon. An increase in atmosphere carbon would result in cooling. Carbon from incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons is called soot and that blocks sunlight. CO2 is not a pollutant but a natural gas essential to life. In a speech to Congress Obama linked the falsehood with his goal. He asked them “to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.BP and the Obama administration have no interest in stemming the oil leak because it provides opportunities for their objectives. If they consider the leak serious as they profess they would focus all efforts to stop the flow. Direct some attention to restricting the spread of oil, but only after all effort is made to stop it at source.
BP’s Amateur Inadequate Attempts At Stopping Leaks
Solutions to stop the flow are readily available yet they insist the only solution is a relief well that won’t be ready until mid-August - with no guarantee. One amateurish effort after another fails because of problems well known in the industry or to those familiar with deep-water conditions. The dome designed to cover the well with a capacity to pump oil to the surface was completely inadequate. It quickly clogged as methane crystals formed.Methane crystal formation is well known and alleviated by heat. Why wasn’t adequate heat provided? Apparently the dome was designed for a flow of 5000 barrels a day (bd), which is a good estimate because flow rate is critical to the operation and profitability of a well. Increase in flow to an estimated 50,000 bd is not surprising and not necessarily due to early deception by BP. Once the well casing and concrete containment were bypassed the force of the emerging liquid eroded and increased the vent thus increasing flow. (Source)If the small dome is a standard technique why wasn’t a much larger dome used then or since? This could include inverting an oil barge large enough to hold a day’s flow with vents in the top. They tried to cut the wellhead pipe and place a connector over it with little success. Why wasn’t a submersible sent down? Humans operating at depth must be better than remote operation from a surface ship.Why haven’t they attempted to stop the leak with nuclear explosions as experts recommend and the Russians have used.
If nuclear is considered too risky why not regular dynamite as other experts suggest?
Assistance offered by other countries and private citizens are either deliberately turned away or effectively ignored. The Biloxi Sun Herald reported on June 27, 2010 No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters.But this is just one part of a wider failure.The single truth that has come out of this calamity is how woefully unprepared the oil industry and U.S. government have been in dealing with the oil spill.Obama’s administration has done nothing to improve the situation while acting to make it worse by stopping all drilling for six months. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, frustrated by the Federal failures, was at the front line showing true leadership.
Benefits of Failure For BP, Obama And Friends
The level of incompetence displayed by BP and the Federal government in dealing with the spill goes beyond incompetence. There was incompetence but on such a massive scale it was clearly aided and abetted by deliberate strategies. But why would they do this? What do they expect to gain? Obama’s administration provided billions of dollars to Petrobras the state owned Oil Company of Brazil to help them develop deep water offshore drilling. Meanwhile he has put a moratorium on US drilling and plans to fight a court order against the ban. As one report notes,Americans are right to wonder why Mr. Obama is underwriting in Brazil what he won’t allow at home.That investment was in early 2009. In August 2008 Billionaire investor George Soros bought an $811 million stake in Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) in the second quarter, making the Brazilian state-controlled oil company his investment fund’s largest holding. Later that year we learn, …the stake in Petrobras…made up 22 per cent of the $3.68 billion of stocks and American depositary receipts held by Soros Fund Management.Discovery of a massive oil field in Brazil’s deep water raised profit potential and demand for deep sea drilling rigs. By May 2008 Petrobras had tied up 80% of deep -water rigs. By 2009 it became a problem for Petrobras as well. Brazil is suspending auctions of new exploration blocks until at least 2009 because the industry lacks the equipment needed to expand, Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao said today in an interview.The affiliations between Soros and Obama are well documented. So is Soros’ support of many left wing organizations such as Moveon.org. The hypocrisy of these people protesting fossil fuels while making millions from them is typical. BP benefits from limits on Gulf drilling and regulations because they will move their oil operations to other less regulated countries. Robert Heilbroner saw multinationals as a form of parasitic state that would lead to a progressive erosion of national sovereignty. If they didn’t like the rules of one state they move to a more favorable opportunity. BP is happy to move to more profitable and less restrictive regions.
They also plan to expand their green energy business. As their web page states, BP, one of the world’s largest integrated energy companies, is looking beyond traditional energy choices….With over 35 years of experience and installations in over 160 countries, BP Solar is one of the world’s largest solar companies.To date BP Solar’s modules installed worldwide will offset more than 14 million metric tons of CO2 during their lifetime.BP is perfectly poised to reap the benefits of the massively subsidized renewable energies Obama urged Congress to support by legislating against carbon pollution. No wonder Obama didn’t call BP CEO Tony Hayward and urge he stop the oil flow. They had nothing to say, they are both using the oil spill to advance political and economic agendas. There is no other explanation for their incompetence that is so egregious it can only be premeditated.
Dictator Obama reaches Day 70 of his Gulf Destruction
By Sher Zieve Monday, June 28, 2010 CANADA FREE PRESS
Although Barack Hussein Obama may not have pulled the trigger on the BP Gulf oil rig explosion, his abrogation of sand berms and virtually all other means to minimize the damage from the toxins and protect this US coastal region places him the position of destroyer-in-chief.Through his actions involving apparent criminal mischief leading to the destruction of entire ecosystems and their attendant wildlife—including but, not limited to human life and livelihoods—Obama has placed himself firmly in the position of the most destructive and vicious leader of the USA that America has ever witnessed. And what has The Obama done to warrant such a statement? Let’s take a look.
1. Obama’s federal government refused to allow any foreign skimmers to assist in collecting the gushing oil that had surfaced. Note: The tyrant initially cited the Jones Act (Merchant Seaman Protection and Relief) as his excuse—an act sponsored by unions and initially passed to protect merchant seaman from having to compete with foreign entities in US waters. Suffice it to say, this act has been suspended numerous times by true US presidents in times of emergency. Obama, however, had his excuse for additional and total destruction of a large portion of the United States of America and was unwilling to give it up
2. Obama’s insistence that studies be affected (aka foot-dragging and fiddling while the Gulf States are decimated’) before anything would be done to assist the disaster-impacted Republican-run states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Note: Florida may be given a pass as soon-to-be former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, now running as an Independent in the Florida Senate race, is giving strong indications that (if elected) he will vote with the Democrats
3. Obama orders Louisiana to stop protecting itself from the oil onslaught by ceasing the building of sand berms. Apparently, these sand berms were operating too effectively for the Obama. They worked so, Obama has ordered their building be stopped. Note: Obama gave Louisiana a death sentence and the dictator expects Governor Jindal and the rest of Louisiana’s residents to accept their deaths for the dictator and a suppressive to all humans Obama Cap & Trade bill!
In no uncertain terms, Obama is showing all of us that he has decided and is now demanding that OUR country be destroyed. He’s doing it all over the USA from more and more Obama massive land grabs resulting in displaced persons, to his refusal to protect a US State—notably Arizona—from illegal invasion. Instead, with Arizona he is not only bringing the entire US government to bear against the State (with a lawsuit) for attempting to protect itself from massive Mexican drug cartels and other illegals that cannot be sustained by the system but, is now siding with the enemy country. Obama has encouraged Mexico to file a lawsuit against Arizona for the State’s attempting to uphold the laws of our land, while he has ordered the ObamaGov not to uphold them.
Article II, Section 4 of the US Constitution reads:The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. I strongly suggest that what Obama has effected constitutes the high crime of treason against the USA and its citizens. Again, if he is allowed to continue with his behaviors (please note that as he is allowed more and more latitude and with no one stopping him he seizes more and more power away from us all) the United States of America may very well end before any November elections can be held. If our representatives in Washington D.C. still refuse to assist their own country against this depot and his minions, again We-the-People are required by the original Declaration of Independence to take back our government and our country.A method to begin our take-back needs to start on the local level. One of my readers (Debbie) said she and a small group are going door-to-door in their respective neighborhoods to advise neighbors of what is going on with our now tyrannical federal government and asking for their help. She tells me that the initial response has been very encouraging and that the local movement is growing. Debbie wrote: My motto has become I can’t save the world, but maybe I can save my neighborhood. That is what a few of us are doing, going door to door—engaging in issues in a very polite way, talking to people and doing what we can because that is still our right as Americans. I can’t tell you what a good feeling it is to stop and talk to a young man doing yard work and ending up with a new volunteer because he is fed up too! Debbie also says that all you need is a clipboard, paper and a pen. This is the beginning and it needs to start in neighborhoods and communities across this great nation before Obama & Co steal it from us completely and we become their slaves. It must begin today in communities all over the country.
In addition to TEA Parties, we must have volunteers on a street-by-street basis with local leadership dispensing vital information on what to do and what to have on-hand in the now almost visible and upcoming major additional Obama man-made emergency; a to-be-created emergency that he seems bent upon employing against We-the-People. My instincts tell me that this Obama-manufactured emergency will be coming VERY soon. Therefore, it behooves us all to begin the neighbor-to-neighbor and neighborhood-to-neighborhood process now. We must provide ourselves with any and all available knowledge and shields from the onslaught that is to come. There is protection in ORGANIZED numbers, folks. And the organization needs to begin with your next door neighbor and grow from there. And as We-the-People grow to extraordinary numbers and become more and more organized, we must prepare ourselves for the inevitable take-back of OUR country. Godspeed! More Sabotage: Feds Order Louisiana to stop building sand berms (Update):Governor Jindal To Feds: Restart Dredging Operations In Louisiana Now:Jones Act:Declaration of Independence:
Hidden Dangers In The Gulf - Fact or Fiction
By JR Dieckmann Monday, June 28, 2010 CANADA FREE PRESS
While the media have been focusing on the damage from the oil spill to the Gulf waters and coastline, they have been ignoring what could be an issue of far greater consequence. This oil leak could be unstoppable and in fact could become much worse - according to rumors. How hard could it be to simply bolt a new valve to the wellhead flange then close the valve to seal off the well? Certainly not a permanent solution, but would stop the pollution of the Gulf until they are able to engineer a more permanent one.If some little known rumors are correct, then there is much we are not being told and BP has not shut down the well because they cannot. It’s not that it isn’t technically possible, it’s because capping that wellhead would rupture the well pipe and cause oil to flood out into the strata below the seafloor. Through erosion, the oil would erupt through the seabed creating a volcano like crater with an unimaginable and unstoppable amount of oil gushing out into the Gulf.The methane gas explosion that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig occurred at the surface, but it was not until BP tried to plug up the well with their top kill and junk shot methods that they discovered that the well pipe was fractured. With 100,000 to 150,000 psi of pressure from the oil, any attempts to plug up the wellhead would result in oil spewing out of the ruptured well pipe casing and into the seafloor. At least that is what the rumors are saying.But it gets worse. According to these sources, geologists have discovered a large gas bubble extending from 15 to 20 miles wide within the oil reservoir and just tens of feet from the well opening. It’s only a matter of time before that bubble migrates to the well, and when that happens, the gas will literally explode up the well pipe, essentially destroying the wellhead, enlarging the borehole and creating the same catastrophe that would happen if BP were to cap the well. Gasses can be observed escaping from the wellhead in the streaming videos from the ROVs.
In two of the rumors, they fear that if the gas erupts, the resulting bubble exploding to the surface would cause a tsunami, which would wash over the Gulf Coast for miles, washing over most of Florida, New Orleans, and other coastal communities. The resulting oil release would turn the Gulf into a dead sea. This is a worst-case scenario prediction, which also claims that because of erosion in the well pipe, it will likely happen within the next couple of months.The top hat that BP is now using to capture and suck up as much of the oil as they can appears to be an almost perfect fit around the wellhead flange. It should not be that hard to seal it to the flange if that is what BP wanted to do, then capture all of the oil up the riser pipe. Apparently, BP must feel that restricting the oil to a six-inch riser pipe would still create too much back pressure for the 21 inch well pipe to handle, so they keep it loose to allow excess oil and pressure to bleed off into the Gulf waters.This is why two new relief wells are being drilled to intersect the primary well near the bottom of the well pipe. They then hope to pump heavy drilling mud into the pipe from the bottom until the weight of the mud balances the pressure of the oil, and stops it from flowing up the well pipe. Then they plan to pump cement into the pipe to permanently seal it. This assumes that the force of the oil does not just blow the mud up the pipe and out the wellhead.If the rumors are true, then, according to the reports, a race is on between well pipe erosion and BP‚Äòs relief wells. They could not predict who will win the race. One rumor claims that because of the explosion and resulting fracture of the down pipe, the wellhead is leaning over and will soon collapse due to its weight.Complicating the effort is the expected hurricane season, which even conservative meteorologists are expecting to be heavy this year. If a major storm is headed for the recovery area of the Gulf, BP will have to stop operations five days before it arrives, recover their equipment from the seafloor, and get their ships to safe waters. The wellhead will be left wide open to the sea.
In response to the first report, which was a guest comment by Dougr on The Oil Drum, a blog used by oil industry workers and professionals, the following was posted:This is a guest post from Oil Drum commenter shelburn, who is a retired manager for an offshore underwater service company. Shelburn also wrote a previous guest post related to the oil spill. - Gail.In this post, I would like to respond to a long comment made by DougR a few days ago, that has received a lot of publicity.First, I will say that in one area we are in complete agreement. BP and the USCG have been less than forthcoming, and in doing so have hurt both themselves and the general public as all kinds of wild rumors and technical misinformation abound. Some of this misinformation results in harm to individuals and businesses as people suffer increased stress and tourists cancel vacations.In this information vacuum, it is easy to make wrong assumptions that lead to mistaken conclusions. It can be made worse if you have some degree of technical knowledge and verbiage and use that to make a case for a scenario that doesn’t pass muster with actual engineering analysis but sounds highly authoritative to many people, some TV commentators and various politicians.I have to agree with Shelburne, and found some of the comments made by Dougr highly questionable. For example, when it is suggested that the oil reservoir will empty into the Gulf, the water pressure pushing down will then equalizes the oil pressure pushing up, and water will flood into the 500-degree reservoir causing a volcanic type eruption. This in turn will cause the seafloor to collapse into the reservoir.
Some of that may be true, but the seafloor collapsing into the reservoir? I don’t think so. In Dougr’s comments, this is the cause of the tsunami. I just cannot see a section four and a half miles thick of earth and rock suddenly shearing off and dropping without an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and a tectonic plate shift. I think Dougr has been watching too many underground nuclear tests at less than 1000 feet under the Nevada desert.Another point that Dougr makes is that sand and rocks are eroding the inside of the down pipe and the weight of the pipe and wellhead pressing down on the damaged section of the pipe will cause the wellhead to fall over . Not likely, since a mile or more of earth and cement support the pipe it is not standing in free air as Doug’s explanation suggests. Further, there is no evidence of, or reason for sand and rock to be coming up the pipe from the oil reservoir.The second report comes from an interview with Richard Hoagland on Brasscheck TV now posted in two segments on YouTube. Richard Hoagland claims to be a scientist who has been a long-term critic of secrecy and fraud at NASA.According to Richard C. Hoagland, insider sources in BP and in U.S. Government say that there is a Gas Bubble 15-20 Miles across 10+ feet high near BP’s oil well head in Gulf of Mexico. It may cause an explosion with apocalyptic proportions in weeks or months. The pressure at the well is 100.000 PSI and when the Gas explodes, it will be like Mt. St. Helens going off underwater. It will create a Cloud of Death and a Tsunami Wave traveling at 400-600 MPH sinking all Vessels around the area as well as drive all hazardous materials including the Oil inland.View the videos and make up your own mind to the credibility of this report, But also know that Richard C. Hoagland is known for his fringe thinking, paranormal interests, and as a conspiracy theorists. He is a writer who is not known to have ever worked as a scientist. I don’t know where he got his information, but it may have come from one of those glass bubbles on the moon.
Here are the videos, about 17 minutes total. An interesting theory from a conspiracy theorist.Cloud of Death followed by Tsunami - Part 1.Cloud of Death followed by Tsunami - Part 2.Considering the sources of these rumored reports, I have to conclude that they are quite extreme and probably not very credible. Having said that, there still exists the possibility that the down pipe really has been damaged and could be a serious problem. That would explain why BP has not sealed the well, or sealed the top hat to the well, and would also explain why BP was, for two days, checking the vertical alignment of the wellhead with an inclinometer. That much I have seen for myself in the streaming videos from the ROVs.It is also quite likely that a gas bubble does exist within the reservoir. Compressed gas is what creates the high pressure that forces the oil up the well pipe. Escaping gas can also be seen in the streaming videos from the ROVs.However, though the gas could erupt up the well pipe, it will not explode under water without oxygen and an ignition source. It very well could find them at the surface if the ships are still there. Otherwise, the gas cloud could be blown ashore and become deadly as it would hug the ground and displace the oxygen in the air. This sort of thing has happened before.
Former Shell Oil CEO John Hofmeister has confirmed that as a last resort, high explosives may be used to seal the well. Hofmeister also confirms that a small nuclear weapon is being considered but says he is not on board with that idea yet.
Explosives would be strategically placed below the seafloor and in close proximity to the borehole. In theory, the concussion and pressure from the blast would force earth and rock to crush the borehole and seal it. Hofmeister points out the danger of doing this as it has never been done before, and favorable results cannot be guaranteed. It could make the problem worse.The report on The Oil Drum from Dougr is very informative and educational if you are curious about what has been going on at the seafloor with the ROVs. However, I wouldn’t take his conclusions too seriously without further evidence. As with in any disaster, there are always going to be those who will spin stories that sound good but ultimately don’t pass the smell test. Those that mix fact with fiction are usually the most convincing.
BP spill costs up to $2.65B; denies CEO resigning By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writers - JUNE 28,10 9:30 AM
NEW ORLEANS – BP's mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, the oil giant said Monday, but the company denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning.The company's expenses climbed $100 million per day over the weekend, according to an SEC filing Monday, as engineers eyed a tropical storm heading toward Mexico that was expected to miss the oil spill area but could still generate disruptive waves and winds.It was a rocky start to the week after BP PLC stock fall 6 percent Friday in New York to a 14-year low. BP has lost more than $100 billion in market value since the deep-water drilling platform it was operating blew up April 20, killing 11 workers and starting the massive leak that has fouled the coastline in four states.BP shares gave up some ground in London after the Hayward report emerged from Russia. But they were still up a fraction at 306.75 pence ($4.62) . BP's U.S. shares gained about 2 percent in premarket trading.British-based BP rushed to deny the report by Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency that a senior Russian Cabinet official had said Hayward was expected to resign as chief executive.It quoted Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who was set to meet Hayward on Monday, as saying that Hayward would introduce his successor.Hayward is leaving his post, he will introduce his successor,Sechin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.BP spokeswoman Carolyn Copland in London said the report is definitely not correct. Sheila Williams, also in London, said, Tony Hayward remains chief executive.They are mistaken, U.S.-based BP spokesman Mark Proegler said of the Russian report.Hayward was to assure Russian officials of BP's viability and discuss issues related to Russian joint venture TNK-BP, which accounts for about a quarter of BP's reserves and production.Moscow-based oil analyst Konstantin Cherepanov from the Swiss investment bank UBS said he gave little credence to reports of Hayward's resignation.
I'm sure there has been a misunderstanding. Hayward's resignation at this time and in this place lacks logic, he said.It would make sense that Hayward would finish his job tackling with the oil spill and step down afterwards so that the new CEO wouldn't have his burden on his shoulders.In a filing Monday to U.S. securities regulators, BP said the cost of its response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had reached about $2.65 billion, up from $2.35 billion as of Friday. The costs include spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid, and federal costs.BP said it had received more than 80,000 claims and made almost 41,000 payments, totaling more than $128 million.BP says the figure does not include a $20 billion fund for Gulf damages it created this month.In the Gulf, Tropical Storm Alex was forecast to strengthen and possibly become a hurricane Monday or Tuesday as its center crossed open water from Yucatan to Mexico's northeastern coast.That track is far from the area of the oil spill off Louisiana's coast. But the first tropical storm of what is expected to be an active Atlantic hurricane season will still generate waves up to 15 feet high and winds of 20 to 30 mph on its outer edges that could pound the oil spill area, said Stacy Stewart, senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. That could exacerbate the problem there in terms of pushing oil further inland and also perhaps hindering operations,Stewart said. Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva reported from Moscow. Associated Press Writers Harry Weber in Houston and Sofia Mannos in Washington also contributed to this report.
The Real Truth About BP and What is Happening in the Gulf
Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com June 27, 2010
BP is engaged in criminal negligence. It only pretends to clean-up its mess when government officials arrive for photo-ops. BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama.BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters earlier this month: I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people.
Small people. Expendable people. The woman in this video tells us what is really happening in Louisiana. BP, Obama, and Congress — all beholden to large corporations and bankers — are sacrificing thousands of people and keeping it hidden.The corporate media talks about Florida’s beaches and lost tourism money. They talk about the marine animals covered in oil but not the children who are coming down with respiratory problems from toxic gases blowing in from the Gulf.Idiots on Fox and CNN trade barbs back and forth about Obama’s lack of leadership. It’s the Democrats say the Republicans. It’s the Republicans say the Democrats. Fingers get pointed while oil washes up in the salt marshes and deadly chemicals rain down on crops in Mississippi. People are beginning to talk about a new disease… Gulf of Mexico Syndrome.The petro-chemical-military-industrial complex is gassing Gulf Coast residents with poisonous Benzene and Corexit dispersant at dangerously high levels in the largest U.S. domestic military operation to date,writes Deborah Dupré.Human suffering in the Gulf is increasing from the world’s latest and largest toxic oil kill as BP lies and government remains silent about human health risks and associated military interventions. Most immediately damaging of the operation’s withheld information pertains to toxins breathed since the explosion.Near the end of the above video Kindra Arnesen talks about what toxins are doing to her children. Her story is likely not an isolated incident. Lots of children and old people with respiratory ailments are having problems with the air in Louisiana (and soon other Gulf states and Florida). The media is just not telling us about it. The media is owned by large corporations. The corporate media’s job is to distract with mindless fluff and cover up the crimes of the corporatists.If this continues much longer the military will be called in — not to evacuate people but to contain angry people who will ultimately organize and take things into their own hands. Violence and revenge cannot be ruled out.Can you blame them? Wouldn’t you do the same thing if BP destroyed your livelihood and poisoned your children?
Documents show vast cleanup of Plum Island land By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press Writer – SUN Jun 27, 8:30 am ET
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Government documents obtained by The Associated Press show extensive efforts since 2000 to remove vast amounts of waste and contaminants from Plum Island, site of top-secret Army germ warfare research and decades of studies of dangerous animal diseases.Yet some environmentalists remain concerned about the secrecy surrounding the 840-acre, pork chop-shaped island off northeastern Long Island — and they're dubious of any claims that pollution has been remedied.We are highly concerned that when the government acts alone they may not be doing the best job, said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.Every government cleanup needs the public's involvement and independent oversight to ensure its validity.The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to sell the island 100 miles east of Manhattan and build a new high-security laboratory in Kansas to study animal diseases.Documents, some obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Law, reveal that hundreds of tons of medical waste, contaminated soil and other refuse have been shipped off the island for disposal. Other island sites have been cleaned in compliance with federal regulations, the reports indicate.Also, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined in 2006 that no munitions or ordnance remain from the Army base on Plum Island that once housed as many as 4,000 troops from the Spanish-American War through World War II. And as late as 2007, New York government inspection reports said there is no environmental threat on the island.Plum Island's remote location, restricted public access, and best-selling books have all helped fuel a mystique about what goes on there. It wasn't until the early 1990s that tours of the facility were given to the news media — about the time the government declassified files revealing secret germ warfare research there in the 1950s. The last media tour was in 2004.
Before the island, its ferry dock and mainland offices can be sold, the General Services Administration, which manages federal properties, is studying the environmental impact of the research activities. A draft is expected by summer's end and public hearings will follow.There has been some EPA investigation and remediation,said Bob DeLuca, president of the Group for the East End, which focuses on environmental issues. What has not been assessed — and what we have asked for is — what is the legacy of contamination? The Preserve Plum Island Coalition, a new consortium of more than two dozen environmental groups, opposes the sale. Spokesman John Turner said the island should not be developed because it is home to a number of endangered bird species and other wildlife.We want it (the sale) to be reversed, Turner said. We think there are very significant ecological, natural and cultural resources on the island.That's a view shared by author Nelson DeMille, who wrote a 1997 murder mystery with Plum Island as the backdrop. He says it would be best to close the lab and open a nature preserve.Democratic U.S. Rep. Timothy Bishop questions the wisdom of moving the lab to Kansas. He estimates the sale could fetch $50 to $80 million but says building the new facility would cost 10 times that much. DHS, which took over Plum Island operations in 2003, considered several locations, including Plum Island, before choosing a site at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.But questions remain; the Senate last year ordered DHS to study whether operating a lab and studying pathogens in the beef belt could imperil America's livestock industry. DHS has determined that an accidental release of foot-and-mouth disease would have a $4.2 billion impact on the economy, regardless of the lab's location.
A 2006 Army report noted how the Chemical Warfare Service researched pathogens in the 1950s that could be used for both defensive and offensive purposes on a variety of animals. The island was used because of federal laws banning germ warfare research on the U.S. mainland.Army records also indicate at least hog cholera virus and Newcastle disease, a virus of poultry and other birds, were field tested on Plum Island, but the report noted it was never clearly established how many other viruses the CWS may have used in their research.A former Plum Island administrator, David Huxsoll, told the AP that anthrax, a lethal disease affecting humans and animals, was studied for decades in the facility's bio-containment lab. The bacteria can form dormant spores able to survive long periods in the environment. Scientists have also studied foot-and-mouth disease, swine fever, and other foreign animal diseases.Gigi Gronvall, a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh-based Center for Biosecurity, said there was little need to worry about any residual disease contamination.I'd say it's extremely unlikely that any pathogens could have been released,Gronvall said.Those labs are designed to be one of the barriers between the pathogens and the environment.A 2007 DEC letter confirmed the island's motor pool and nearly 20 other locations on the island had been cleaned to comply with the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. In some instances, sites were excavated and contaminated soil was removed to landfills. DEC spokesman Bill Fonda added that between 2000 and 2007, some 970 tons of medical waste — material that could not be burned in one of the lab's incinerators — was taken from 10 Plum Island sites to landfills in Pennsylvania.Another building which DEC says was certified as clean was Building 257, the subject of the 2004 best-selling book Lab 257 by attorney Michael Carroll. He believes Plum Island's mysterious past inspired the move to Kansas. Plum Island raised too many red flags, Carroll said.I think that's why they decided to pick up and move somewhere else.Associated Press Investigative Researcher Randy Herschaft in New York City contributed to this report.
Oil spill's psychological toll quietly mounts By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writers – Sun Jun 27, 6:52 pm ET
NEW ORLEANS – The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he's still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father's suicide in the storm's aftermath.The relentless spill is bringing back feelings that are far too familiar to Robin and others still dealing with the physical and emotional toll wrought by Katrina five years ago.I can't sleep at night. I find myself crying sometimes, said Robin, of Violet, a blue-collar community on the southeastern edge of the New Orleans suburbs, along the highway that hugs the levee on the Mississippi River's east bank nearly all the way to the Gulf.Psychiatrists who treated people after Katrina and have held group sessions in oil spill-stricken areas say the symptoms showing up are much the same: Anger. Anxiety. Drinking. Depression. Suicidal thoughts.Everybody's acting strange, said Robin, 56. Real angry, frustrated, stressed out, fighting brothers and sisters and mamas and family.Fishing families, the backbone of the coastal economy, are especially hard-pressed as the waters that make up their livelihood are sporadically closed because of fears the oil will taint fish, oysters and shrimp.
Oil field workers, whose salaries are among the best the region can offer, worry about their industry's long-term future.And there is still the rebuilding after Katrina, which in August 2005 devastated a swath from Louisiana to Alabama — almost as big as the area affected by the oil — killing more than 1,600 and forever changing the region's relationship with the water.No one is fishing any more out of Zeke's Landing Marina in Orange Beach, Ala., though most charter boat captains are making some money pulling boom and doing other jobs in BP's cleanup program.
Looking at oil all day can be harder than staying home, said Joe Nash, a boat captain there. Seeing everything that you've been used to for years kind of slowly going away from you, it's overwhelming,he said.Because you can't do anything about it.That helplessness, coupled with the uncertainty about what's going to happen with the spill and when the next check from BP PLC will arrive, leaves boat captain George Pfeiffer angry all the time.Our families want to know what's going on, said Pfeiffer, 55, who keeps two charter boats at Zeke's Landing. When we get home, we're stressed out and tired, and they want answers and we don't have any.His wife cries, a lot.I haven't slept. I've lost weight, said Yvonne Pfeiffer, 53. My shoulders are in knots. The stress level has my shoulders up to my ears.Social services agencies have not seen a significant increase in people seeking help since the spill began, but that doesn't mean the need isn't there, said Jeffrey Bennett, executive director of the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center in Gulfport, Miss., whose state saw oil wash up on the mainland for the first time Sunday.Unfortunately, the people most affected, shrimpers and fishermen, are not people who traditionally seek mental health services, Bennett said. They're kind of tough characters, and look at being depressed or not being able to handle their own problems as weakness.On Sunday evening, many in Alabama's coastal fishing community planned to attend services for a popular charter captain who committed suicide on his docked boat. Authorities had no way to know whether his death had anything to do with the spill, but they hoped it would move others to seek help.John Ziegler, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Mental Health, said no one had walked into counseling centers set up in fishing communities since the disaster. Then on Friday, two days after the captain's death, five people came in saying they needed help because of the spill.
As news of the captain's death spread east to Pensacola, Fla., Baptist Health Care's Lakeview Center publicized its 24-hour help line, and several calls about the spill came in the following day. People saying they were sad, they were angry, they were grieving, they have lost a lot, marketing director Tish Pennewill said. Grandmothers talking about how they took the children to the beach for the summer and could no longer do that. People wondering if it was ever going to be the same.Even people whose livelihoods aren't affected by the spill find themselves crying on beaches, like Nancy Salinas, who was on Pensacola Beach last week when Florida officials closed it because oil was washing up. It just breaks your heart,she said. I can't get my feet in the water.Mental health professionals say it is too early to have reliable data to understand the full severity of stress issues spawned by the spill.
However, their work so far indicates the problem is taking root, and the backdrop of Katrina means it is likely to get worse. Tropical systems such as the one that swirled over the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday won't help matters, even though it was forecast to bypass the spill.This is a second round of major trauma for children and families still recovering from Katrina. It represents uncharted territory, said Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and a member of the National Commission on Children and Disasters who has worked with Katrina survivors. Dr. Howard Osofsky, chair of the psychiatry department at LSU Health Sciences Center, said focus groups he's monitored in spill-affected areas confirmed those emotions. Ziegler, the Alabama mental health chief, said counselors have gone out to marinas, docks and other places frequented by fishermen and others affected by the spill. They've had folks break down and weep, he said.They've had people share some of their deepest feelings about their future and how they're feeling now that things seem imminent.In Mississippi, Bennett's group is working with Catholic Social Services in Biloxi on a proposal to train people in fishing communities to work as peer listeners to try to identify people who might be having problems and encourage them to seek help. The social and psychological toll on residents of the Gulf will last long after the oil is cleaned up, say veterans of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. Every day you're dealing with this thing, said John Calhoun, former mayor of Homer, whose community was devastated. If you're not working on it, you're worrying about it. Frankly, they sold a lot of alcohol during this time. I saw some of the toughest guys I know break down in tears because the stress had gotten to them.Michael Herz, who served on the commission that investigated Alaska's spill, visited the Gulf and said it was like seeing it all over again, only worse.It took away livelihoods and it split families, he said.Some members of family took money from Exxon and others were so upset they didn't. The rate of mental health, spousal abuse, alcoholism all skyrocketed.Robin, the Louisiana shrimper, fears the spill will have similar effects on himself and his neighbors.This is a slow-moving hurricane,he said.You're looking at it, and you can't do nothing about it.Stacy reported from Orange Beach, Ala. Associated Press writers Kevin McGill in New Orleans and Noaki Schwartz in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
(This version CORRECTS Irwin Redlener's title to director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. He is not a psychiatrist. An interactive showing the spread of the oil spill, its possible causes and attempts to contain the leak is available in the _national/oil_spill folder. Moving on general news and financial services. AP Video.)
ALEX 1ST HURRICANE THIS YEAR
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADE BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (ROMANS IN AD 70) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMANS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he( EU ROMAN, JEWISH DICTATOR) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:( 7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,( 3 1/2 YRS) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
EU accused of meddling in Israeli democracy
LEIGH PHILLIPS Today JUNE 30,10 @ 10:45 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - An archly conservative group with strong links to the Israeli government has attacked the human rights community in the Jewish state, saying that it is being bankrolled by the EU in a secretive attempt to undermine democracy. Israeli diplomats are touting in Brussels the investigative work of NGO Monitor, a body which claims that a clutch of officials in the heart of the EU is plotting to delegitimise Israel by funding local human rights organisations.
Professor Gerald Steinberg, NGO Monitor president, was last week brought to Brussels by Israel's EU mission to speak to MEPs and to promote his work among journalists.
The EU gives public funds to a small group of opposition groups in an effort to manipulate the political process,he told eurodeputies.In violation of the principle that democracies do not attempt to manipulate or interfere with the internal political processes in other democracies, anonymous European officials in charge of NGO allocations seek to exploit a minority group of Israelis to impose EU-favoured policies on the wider Israeli public.I don't see it as a conspiracy,he later told reporters.But with the EU lack of transparency in general, it is very hard to sort out.He compared the sums, amounting to 68.8 million shekels (€15 million) since 2006 for Israeli civil society groups including B'Tselem, Peace Now, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Mossawa and Physicians for Human Rights Israel, whom he terms radical fringe NGOs, to the €15 million annually Israel spends internationally on its public diplomacy efforts.Mr Steinberg also named Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam as part of what he calls third-generation warfare against Israel.First came attacks from nation-states, he says; second came violence from non-state actors such as the PLO and the Intifada uprisings; and now the new form of war that is being mounted against the Jewish state comes in the form of human rights discourse that aims to delegitimise its right to exist.Across the board, these organisations cast Israel as having a poor record on human rights. They have a structural bias against Israel and they are very active in the demonisation and delegitimisation campaign of Israel,he said.
He is especially critical of B'Tselem, saying they play fast and loose with death rates and casualty counts in particular.They are primarily an anti-occupation organisation. They should campaign for Israeli human rights as much as they do for Palestinians,he said.He highlighted a November 2008 conference in Cairo that was funded by Oxfam and the EU entitled Impunity and Prosecution of Israeli War Criminals,saying plans were hatched at the event for two Belgian lawyers to later target Israeli officials with legal claims in Belgium on war crimes.Why is the EU giving money to private Israeli organisations? he said. My speculation is that it's a group of EU bureaucrats with personal ideological interests. And with the EU and these groups clinging to secrecy so stubbornly, it suggests that there's something going on under the surface.Sarit Michaeli, of B'Tselem, dismissed the accusations, saying that NGO Monitor attacks all civil society groups in Israel no matter how moderate, as soon as they criticise the current government.Everyone, all human rights NGOs are instantly delegitimisers and demonisers of Israel. There are no shades of grey [for NGO Monitor],she told EUobserver.She added that Mr Steinberg gives the impression of being an objective academic studying NGOs in the region, but is in fact a partisan of the current administration: He maintains he is independent of the Israeli government, but he has been a consultant to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has represented Israel within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe programmes. This is not in any way someone who is independent of the Israeli government.She said that NGO Monitor fits in with the Israeli government's attempt to silence internal critics, such as NGO Breaking the Silence, an organisation of former Israeli soldiers who speak out about human rights abuses perpetrated in the occupied territories. In 2009, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs had meetings with the Spanish, Dutch and British governments in an attempt to stop them funding the group.It is tantamount to the government campaigning to discredit Israeli civil society and human rights NGOs,Ms Michaeli said. What [Steinberg] is actually doing in discrediting human rights groups in Israel, he is assisting in the creation of a system of repression of the crushing of internal dissent and actually injuring Israeli democracy - the very fragile democracy we have here.Mr Steinberg's own organisation receives most of its funding from private American Jewish foundations.The Israeli mission in Brussels for its part insists that NGO Monitor is not sponsored by the foreign ministry. We would be happy to help out with arrangements for B'Tselem if they had approached us about coming to Brussels,an Israeli diplomat said.
Police Lied About Law Demanding G20 Protesters Show ID - Investigation into direct violation of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms should follow
Steve Watson Infowars.net Wednesday, Jun 30th, 2010
The Ontario government has declared that it never passed any secret emergency law allowing police to demand ID from protesters on threat of arrest in the vicinity of the G20 meeting in Toronto last weekend.Last week multiple reports suggested that police had been given unprecedented powers to to arrest anyone near the security zone who refused to identify themselves or agree to a police search.
The Toronto Star reported:The regulation was made under Ontario’s Public Works Protection Act and was not debated in the Legislature. According to a provincial spokesperson, the cabinet action came in response to an extraordinary request by Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who wanted additional policing powers shortly after learning the G20 was coming to Toronto.The Globe and Mail reported that there were no limits to police powers during the summit, and no clear legal precedent specifying what they could and could not do.Throughout the weekend reports flooded in of protesters and even citizens of Toronto who were merely passers by being stopped outside the security perimeter and questioned by police under the amended law.However, the truth has now emerged that no such amendment to the law was ever made.The Ontario government did not pass a secret law that gave police additional power to arrest people during the G20 summit in Toronto, said Laura Blondeau, a spokeswoman for Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci.Blondeau said that the rules only applied to a limited area within the security perimeter, not up to five meters outside it or beyond, as earlier reports quoting Police Chief Bill Blair had suggested.Canadian Press reports: Asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule given the ministry’s clarification, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out.As the Canadian Press article points out, police did cite the Public Works Protection Act when detaining and searching people outside the security fences. Furthermore, Neither the province nor police set the record straight. In fact, both made comments about the necessity of such powers in media interviews all weekend.Yesterday, the Chief said he was originally under the impression that the five-metre rule applied to an area outside the perimeter but once he was told otherwise, a directive was issued to officers on the appropriate application of that regulation.Asked if failing to clarify the five-metre rule misled the public, he said: No, I never spoke publicly again about that regulation.
As The National Post points out:So he informed the entire city of something that wasn’t true, and, despite the ensuing uproar he kept his mouth shut. And that’s not misleading? Wrong, chief.Though Blondeau, the government spokesperson has said that no arrests were made under the phantom law, there is clear evidence showing that this is not true.As we highlight in our feature article today, British activist Charlie Veitch was arrested last Thursday, outside the security perimeter, for failing to provide identification which, he was told, was a crime under The Public Works Act.Veitch appeared on the Alex Jones show after he was eventually released from hours of captivity at the giant movie studio turned temporary prison during the G20 summit.Veitch even received a form documenting his arrest that said he had been detained under the phantom amendment to the law.Surely realizing that the truth would emerge, authorities re-arrested Veitch yesterday on the charge of impersonating a police officer – a weak accusation that stems from deadpan comments Veitch made in his exchange with his original arresting officer when he joked that he was a British police provocateur, in Toronto to instigate trouble so that a harsh crackdown by Canadian security would be justified.As we also highlighted in a previous article, plain clothes security were witnessed literally screeching up in black vans and abducting protesters outside the security perimeter, while kettling those who remained and eventually firing rubber bullets and tear gas at them.Below is another video of this incident which shows the makeshift movie studio prison in the background. The building is five kilometres away from the security perimeter:The long and short of this is that the Chief of police in Toronto knowingly misled his officers about a secret law granting them unfettered powers of arrest, which those officers then put into force aggressively, setting a new record for the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.Further reports of the extreme threats and abuses those arrested, including journalists, were subjected to by police have also exacerbated the situation.Despite multiple opportunities to set the record straight, Chief Blair opted to publicly state that such powers were necessary and allowed officers all over the city to detain and arrest people under laws that never existed.Given that this activity is in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and tramples over the right to peacefully protest, there needs to be an immediate investigation into the matter, and Chief Blair should face the consequences that go with such a violation.
Police admit no five-metre rule existed on security fence law.GLOBE AND MAIL JUNE 29,10
Toronto police Chief Bill Blair at police headquarters at 40 College st.Blair was interviewed the day after the G20 SUmmit concluded and asked about police action and protesters during the unrest on the weekend Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail.I was trying to keep the criminals out, police chief says
Toronto — The Canadian Press Published on Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 11:33AM EDT
The expiration of the five-metre rule that had Toronto residents fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter came with a startling revelation Tuesday – it never existed. The rule seemed straightforward when the news broke last Friday that the Ontario government made a regulatory change to a little-known act in secret.Come within five metres of the summit security fence and you’d better have some identification or risk arrest. The temporary regulation, which was passed in secret June 2, did decree that all streets and sidewalks inside the fence were a public work until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Under the Ontario Public Works Protection Act, that allowed police to search people trying to enter that area.But there was no power to search people coming within five metres of the fence, said ministry spokeswoman Laura Blondeau.The area designated by the regulation as a public work does not extend outside the boundary of the fence, Ms. Blondeau said.
Asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule given the ministry’s clarification, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out.The confusion, it seems, came from the wording of the regulation. The phrase five metres does appear, but it references land well within the fence that is neither a sidewalk nor street – land near a parking lot and land behind the Rogers Centre. A driveway below ground level in front of Union Station was also designated a public work.Still, the misconception that any zone within five metres of the imposing steel fence – which wound its way through the downtown core – was included persisted throughout the weekend despite extensive media coverage Friday.Neither the province nor police set the record straight. In fact, both made comments about the necessity of such powers. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association demanded an apology from the Ontario government.The lack of transparency surrounding the designation of the security perimeter as a public work led to misunderstanding as to the scope of the search and seizure powers during the summit, said association spokeswoman Nathalie Des Rosiers.In our view it was an inappropriate use of search and seizure powers.There were complaints about police engaging in arbitrary searches throughout the weekend in different areas of Toronto, even far away from the G20 security zone. The New Democrats said Premier Dalton McGuinty and his community safety minister allowed people to misinterpret the law until the G20 was over and the regulation itself had expired.Mr. McGuinty’s solicitor general misled the people of Ontario and the police into believing that police had the authority to demand identification and to search people without warrants,said NDP justice critic Peter Kormos.
Toronto lawyer Rob Kittredge, an avid photographer who works near the G20 site, said Tuesday he was handcuffed and searched by police last week for taking pictures of the security fence, from the outside.Mr. Kittredge said he knows his rights – or at least thought he did in this case – and always politely refuses to comply with police demands for identification if he feels they have no grounds. They told me that I did in fact have an obligation to answer their questions and provide identification and cited the Public Works Protection Act,said Mr. Kittredge.They explained they had the right to ask me the purpose of my being there, they had the right to ask my name and demand identification and my address.Mr. McGuinty still hasn’t explained why cabinet passed the regulation change in secret, and then kept it secret.They knew that this was going to be a live issue and that people were going to be getting legal advice and that chances are if they didn’t publicize it, the legal advice would be wrong and misleading, said lawyer Jonathan Dawe, who has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Canada on the scope of police powers. As a matter of basic fairness people should be told in advance what they’re doing that constitutes an offence.Opposition Leader Tim Hudak said Mr. McGuinty should have been more honest about the regulation change.I think if this was known to the general public ahead of time the vast majority of Ontario residents would have understood the need,said Mr. Hudak.
Dollar should be replaced as international standard, U.N. report saysBy Gabriella Casanas and Mick B. Krever, CNN June 29, 2010 7:14 p.m. EDT
Under proposed system, countries would not have to buy up foreign currencies, as China has done with U.S. dollar.dollar has proved not to be a stable store of value, report says.Dollar under increasing scrutiny since U.S. entered recession U.N. report supports proposal to create standardized international system Under proposal, countries would no long have to buy up foreign currencies
New York (CNN) -- The dollar is an unreliable international currency and should be replaced by a more stable system, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs said in a report released Tuesday.The use of the dollar for international trade came under increasing scrutiny when the U.S. economy fell into recession.The dollar has proved not to be a stable store of value, which is a requisite for a stable reserve currency, the report said.Many countries, in Asia in particular, have been building up massive dollar reserves. As a result, those countries' currencies have become undervalued, decreasing their ability to import goods from abroad.The World Economic and Social Survey 2010 is supporting a proposal long advocated by the International Monetary Fund to create a standardized international system for liquidity transfer.Under this proposed system, countries would no longer have to buy up foreign currencies, as China has long done with the U.S. dollar. Rather, they would accumulate the right to claim foreign currencies, or special drawing rights, or SDRs, rather than the currencies themselves.The special drawing rights would be backed by a basket of currencies, which would make them less susceptible to volatility in any one currency. And because the value of a special drawing right is defined by the IMF, changes in the value of any one currency could be adjusted for.
These initiatives, supported by U.N. Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, are meant to help sustain the international trade and financial systems that will allow less-developed countries to participate and integrate into the global economy.In addition to the proposed reforms regarding international currency, the survey also offered guidance on increasing social well-being.The survey said that the number of the poor in the world living on less than $1.25 a day decreased from 1.8 billion in 1990 to 1.4 billion in 2005, but nearly all of this reduction was concentrated in China.The number of poor increased in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia over the same period. Income inequalities within countries have increased since the early 1980s with few exceptions, the report said.There's too little aid being provided, it's too fragmented, and it's too volatile in terms of the resources that are flowing to countries,said Rob Vos, director of the development policy and analysis division of the U.N.The survey projects that by 2050 the population will be at 9 billion, with 85 percent living in developing countries, and the global economy will have to sustain a system that will allow for decent living.By 2050, one of every four people living in a developed country and one in every seven in countries now being developed will be over age 65. The fast ageing of the population will call for proper pension and health care systems that are sustainable.
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
WORLD MARKET RESULTS
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS WED JUNE 30,2010
09:30 AM -2.52
10:00 AM +2.12
10:30 AM +7.40
11:00 AM +9.67
11:30 AM +13.15
12:00 PM +22.64
12:30 PM +16.47
01:00 PM +7.11
01:30 PM +18.29
02:00 PM +16.19
02:30 PM -1.10
03:00 PM -18.66
03:30 PM -44.62
04:00 PM -96.28 9,774.02
S&P 500 1030.71 -10.53
NASDAQ 2109.24 -25.94
GOLD 1,243.70 +3.30
OIL 75.47 -0.47
TSE 300 11,294.40 +30.60
CDNX 1415.89 +6.15
S&P/TSX/60 662.05 +1.97
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
Dow -29 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -38 points at low today.
Dow +34 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,239.40.OIL opens at $75.86 today.
Dow -115 points at low today so far.
Dow +34 points at high today so far.
Dow -115 points at low today.
Dow +34 points at high today.
GOLD ALLTIME HIGH $1,260.90 (NOT AT CLOSE)
CRUDE OIL -2 MILLION BARRELS
GASOLINE +537,000 BARRELS
DISTILLATE INVENTORIES +2.5 MILLION BARRELS
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.
Hurricane Alex could make land late Wednesday
Wed Jun 30, 5:04 am ET
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hurricane Alex strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday and was expected to make landfall later in the day but skirt Mexican oil rigs and U.S. oil fields, alleviating concerns in crude markets.The first named storm of the Atlantic season became a Category 1 hurricane late Tuesday night as it slowly moved west toward northern Mexico where it was expected to drop as much as a foot of rain.While the storm was forecast to miss major oil drilling sites, rough seas and rain were already hampering efforts to control damage left by an ongoing spill from the major leak at a BP Plc facility south of Louisiana.Waves as high as 12 feet were expected to delay for several days the company's plans to hook up a further system to capture much more oil from the blown-out oil well.Controlled burns of crude on the oil's surface, flights spraying dispersant chemicals and booming operations were all halted on Tuesday, officials said.The storm was not expected to interrupt the company's plans to drill a pair of relief wells intended to plug the leak by August, BP has said.Some energy companies evacuated personnel and shut down some production as a precautionary measure.Forecasters expected Alex to make land on Wednesday night, bringing 6 to 12 inches of rain to northeastern Mexico and southern Texas as well as dangerous storm surges along the coast.Alex was packing winds of 80 mph and was located about 235 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas. It was moving west at 7 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. EDT.
A hurricane warning was issued for the coast of Texas south of Baffin Bay down to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and along the coast of Mexico La Cruz. A tropical storm warning extended down to Cabo Rojo, just south of the port city of Tampico.Officials in south Texas readied rescue vehicles, shelters in San Antonio and Laredo and rushed supplies to the Rio Grande Valley. Bob Pinkerton, mayor of South Padre Island, a coastal community where the entire economy rests on tourism, urged residents and visitors to evacuate.Mexico has closed its Gulf coast ports of Dos Bocas and Cayo Arcas -- which handle around 80 percent of the country's oil exports -- since Sunday due to strong surf.The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov 30 and meteorologists predict an active storm season. Alex is the first June storm in fifteen years to gain hurricane strength in the Atlantic.(Writing by Patrick Rucker; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
Hurricane Alex new blow to oil spill efforts By Kristen Hays – Wed Jun 30, 4:32 am ET
HOUSTON (Reuters) – The season's first Atlantic hurricane is disrupting cleanup of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, delaying plans to boost containment capacity and threatening to push more oily water onshore.The Gulf oil spill disaster has reached day 72, with environmental and economic costs to tourism, wildlife, fishing and other industries still mounting and the future of BP, the London-based energy giant, far from clear.Local residents are braced for heavy rains and flooding from Alex, which strengthened into a hurricane late on Tuesday. The storm was on track to make landfall near the Texas-Mexico border late on Wednesday.Obama administration officials continue to beat a path to the Gulf region, the latest being Vice President Joe Biden.We're not going to end this until everyone is made whole,Biden said in Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday.
With strong winds, waves as high as 12 feet and flooding rains on the way, controlled burns of oil on the ocean, flights spraying dispersant chemicals and booming operations are on hold for now, officials said.The State Department said it would accept offers of help from a dozen countries and international agencies to contain and clean up the spill, including two high-speed skimmers and a fire containment boom from Japan.Although Alex will not make a direct hit on oil platforms in the Gulf, the storm is potent enough that several companies have evacuated rigs. About a quarter of oil production and 9.4 percent of natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico have been shut, U.S. officials said.Work continued for the time being at the BP oil spill site, about 50 miles 80 km off the Louisiana coast -- siphoning crude oil to surface containment vessels, flaring natural gas and drilling two relief wells.U.S. government officials estimate 35,000 to 60,000 barrels are gushing from the blown-out well each day. The current containment system can handle up to 28,000 barrels daily. The planned addition could raise that to 53,000 barrels.
BP UNDER FIRE
BP's market capitalization has shrunk by about $100 billion since its Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank in 5,000 feet of water on April 22, two days after an explosion and fire killed 11 workers.The company's shares have lost more than half their value, but have seen sporadic bargain-hunting on the way down. Its London-listed stock was up 5.5 percent at 319.5 pence on Wednesday, and the New York shares were indicated to open higher.The stock's slide since late April has also sparked talk of a possible takeover bid by rivals ExxonMobil or Royal Dutch Shell.BP has been criticized for cutting corners on aspects of the well design, while Anadarko Petroleum Corp, which owns 25 percent of the well, has distanced itself from the spill, saying it was not consulted about the practices and procedures used on the rig floor.A spokesman for BP said on Wednesday that Anadarko had been given daily reports highlighting problems encountered with the well, the plans for its design, changes to the plans and the decision to use only six stabilizers when cementing the well, a decision criticized by U.S. lawmakers last week.We kept Anardarko abreast of what was going on each morning, the spokesman said. Anardarko was not available for comment, but a spokesman earlier told the Financial Times: What we knew was that the design, the long string and use of centralizers all met industry standards if executed properly.Many Gulf Coast businesses, meanwhile, are on the verge of buckling as summer tourists stay away. Local authorities are also bracing for a mental health fallout. Louisiana officials have asked BP to pay $10 million to help provide counseling to local residents.A U.S. appeals court set July 8 for oral arguments on the Obama administration's request to stay a ruling that lifted its six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling.A federal judge blocked it at the request of drilling companies, saying the suspension was too broad and arbitrary.
Swathes of southern Louisiana and Mississippi are under flood watches through late Wednesday. Coastal areas are also seeing unusually high tides. Along the Mississippi coast, exasperated drivers were forced to take detours along some busy beach roads to avoid oily water splashing onshore. Strong northern winds and high tides pushed tar balls and waves of dark brown mousse patties over several seawalls that line major beach roads.I have had enough. Now it is coming up on the roads. Next the oil will be in our homes. Just watch. This is (Hurricane) Katrina all over again, just worse,said Kelly Mills, an area resident.On Louisiana's Bay Baptiste, whitecaps were visible in the distance as the outer bands of Alex began to move into the region. Several marshes were only partially boom-protected, with oil coating the bottom of reeds as crabs covered in crude scurried on nearby marsh islands. A thin sheen of oil covered much of the bay's water.Because of the spill, any effect from the storm will be bad,said Michael Dardar, 48, of Raceland, Louisiana. High waves will drag oil over and under the boom.(Additional reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz in Mexico City, Ernest Scheyder in Bay Baptiste, Louisiana, Leigh Coleman in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Joshua Schneyer and Ryan Vlastelica in New York; writing by Ros Krasny; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH(BECAUSE OF SIN AND GODLESS PEOPLE)
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Strong earthquake hits Mexico, no casualties By Patrick Rucker - JUNE 30,10
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico early on Wednesday, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City but not causing serious damage or casualties.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck near the town of Pinotepa Nacional around 80 miles southwest of the colonial city of Oaxaca, but police patrols checking surrounding towns did not report problems.The USGS reported the quake as strong as magnitude 6.5 but later revised the figure to 6.2, also moving the epicenter slightly.It was pretty strong, said Jorge Cervantes, a security guard at Hotel Las Gaviotas in Pinotepa Nacional.Some guests went downstairs but the building is fine and nobody is hurt.In Oaxaca's cobblestone historic center people felt the tremor strongly and guests at several hotels evacuated briefly.Fortunately, we do not have any reports of injured people or damage to buildings. Not here or on the coast, said civil protection official Alberto Narvaez in Oaxaca.It woke me up, I was scared too,said a colleague, Gilberto Mateo.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had no warning or advisory in place and hotels in beach resorts like Puerto Angel also reported no damage.The temblor awoke residents in Mexico City nearly 300 miles to the north, and cut power in some districts. Some people filed onto the street in their pajamas, but there were no reports of casualties in the city, where many have grim memories of a devastating earthquake in 1985.
Helicopters whirred overhead and police sirens and car alarms wailed, but power and phone connections were still working.I felt it like I almost always do. People came running out of the building,said Pedro Salazar, 42, a security guard at a four-story historic apartment building in Mexico City.Mexico is regularly shaken by tremors and is on tenterhooks ever since devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile earlier this year.(Additional reporting by Armando Tovar, Pablo Garibian, Cyntia Barrera and Adriana Barrera; Writing by Catherine Bremer; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
EU SPAIN #11
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADE BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
Spain ends invisible EU presidency
ANDREW RETTMAN Today JUNE 30,10 @ 11:04 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Spain's EU presidency will be remembered for its messy foreign policy and the invisibility of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero.It began with a hacker putting the face of a TV character, Mr Bean, a comic bumbler who bears a passing resemblance to the Spanish leader, on the Spanish presidency website at the moment of its launch in January.US President Barack Obama's decision in February to skip an EU-US summit in Madrid later in the year, to have been the jewel in the crown of Spain's EU chairmanship, made the Spanish premier again look silly.
The cancellation of an EU summit with Arab and Israeli leaders in May took away another chance to shine on the international stage.But Mr Zapatero's lack of visibility was the most striking on the big issue dominating the past six months - the eurozone debt crisis.Spain ceded control of the EU response, the creation of a eurozone bail-out fund and new rules on joint economic governance, to EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy, France and Germany. Its most direct contribution was making sure that stress-testing of EU banks is made public. One reading is that Mr Zapatero took a back seat in line with the Lisbon Treaty, which installed Mr Van Rompuy and which came into force in December, giving Madrid the difficult task of handling the transition period.He was in the right place, in the shadows, supporting Mr Van Rompuy, a Spanish diplomat said.Another reading is that he hid behind Mr Van Rompuy in order to deflect attention from the near-collapse of Spain's economy. They wanted to avoid the question: what kind of action should be taken? What are you going to do given that you have your own crisis? an EU diplomat said.On a positive note, it shepherded through a number of behind-the-scenes agreements. It unblocked an EU law against the trade in illegal timber. It helped defuse a row with the European Parliament over the Swift counter-terrorism pact and it launched a new committee, COSI, of EU diplomats on internal EU security. It could have been worse, another EU diplomat said.Imagine if it had been Sarkozy, the contact added, on how the hyperactive French leader might have reacted to sharing power with Mr Van Rompuy.
Mr Zapatero's right-hand man, foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, developed a prickly relationship with the EU's new foreign relations chief, Catherine Ashton, however.The Spanish foreign ministry made a number of unilateral moves that made the EU high representative look weak. The Spanish ambassador in Beijing said the EU should lift an arms embargo on China. Then Mr Moratinos said the EU should normalise relations with Cuba. And following the Gaza flotilla attack, he wrote a letter to media with French and Italian ministers instead of Ms Ashton. The Cuba initiative, which failed, prompted accusations that Spain was more interested in making money in its former colony than generating EU pressure on human rights. It was messy,one EU diplomat said on Spain's overall foreign policy performance.They misjudged the EU mood,another diplomatic contact said.A Spanish diplomat defended Mr Moratinos' work, saying he helped Ms Ashton to clinch a deal on the European External Action Service with member states and with the parliament.I don't think there can be any doubt about his loyalty to Ms Ashton,the diplomat said.On Cuba, the contact added: Spain said the European position, which dates back to 1996, should be looked at. Unfortunately the Cubans have moved very little. Unfortunately, they gave us reasons to do the opposite with their treatment of prisoners, particularly [Orlando Zapata Tamayo], who died in prison.
Warsaw looks on
Poland, the next big country to hold the EU chairmanship, has noted the shrinking role of the rotating presidency under Spain and the Lisbon Treaty.Warsaw in May signaled big ambitions for its turn at the EU helm, due in late 2011, by sending an unprecedented 22 ministers and junior ministers to meet with the European Commission in Brussels. It wants to impact talks about the bloc's 2014 to 2020 budget, to launch enhanced co-operation on defence, and to press on with EU integration of post-Soviet countries such as Ukraine.Pjotr Kaczynski, an analyst at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels-based think-tank, said Warsaw should focus on technical issues such as Ukrainian visa-free travel and leave the big CFSP [EU foreign policy] to Ashton.It will be tempting to give Prime Minister Donald Tusk a bigger role than Mr Zapatero, he added. They need a project to make him [Mr Tusk] look like a good husband of state, but not to undermine Van Rompuy or Ashton. Well, a little, but not too much,Mr Kaczynski said.
THIS CERTAINLY IS INTERESTING THAT BRUSSELS NOW HAS THE EU PRESIDENCY AND VAN ROMPUY IS A BELIGIAN.SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING SECRETLY IN THE EU.
New Belgian government could hamper EU presidency-Yves Leterme, the caretaker Prime Minister will still be in power when Belgium formally takes over the EU helm on 1 July (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)ANDREW WILLIS 29.06.2010 @ 09:28 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Belgian policymakers have indicated that the speedy formation of a new Belgian government may not be in the interests of the country's EU presidency. The sources said that the current caretaker administration has worked out a detailed agenda for the coming six months which could be put in jeopardy by the advent of a new government.The current government still has full powers, a senior Belgian official told press in an off-the-record briefing on Sunday (27 June). Everything we have decided on for the EU presidency has been agreed by all parties from both French and Flemish-speaking communities.The current set of ministers has built up detailed knowledge of the issues set to dominate the presidency's to-do list as well as constructive personal relationships with their EU counterparts, another contact said. The danger is that the new government forms just at the moment of another crisis in the EU, the second Belgian official explained, citing a potential member state application to the eurozone's recently-agreed emergency funding mechanism as an example.The comments - which could be seen by cynics as designed to help the existing cabinet stay in power for longer - come after Belgian snap elections on 13 June.The election saw the New-Flemish Alliance party of Bart De Wever, who advocates splitting Belgium in two, win the most seats, with coalition-forming talks threatening to drag out for months.Concern has been raised in EU circles over the transitionary government's ability to effectively chair the 27-member union. Earlier delays in producing the agenda for next month's meeting of EU finance ministers have already been cited as one example.
Reaching agreement between the European Parliament and member states on the EU's financial supervisory package, tackling ballooning budget deficits and boosting the bloc's anemic growth prospects are among the daunting challenges faced by the small state's civil servants, who are already working overtime.While federal ministers are set to chair the majority of meetings over the six-month period, Belgian regional ministers will co-ordinate a number of council formats, including the fisheries, environment, and research portfolios.As a result, prominent environment ministers from across the union could sit down to discuss the day's pertinent issues with Flanders' centre-right minister for environment, Joke Schauvliege. Meanwhile, climate discussions will be chaired by centre-left federal politician Paul Magnette.
The Belgian sources added that former Belgian PM Herman Van Rompuy's new role as EU Council president will help Belgium sell the idea of a low-key presidency to ordinary Belgians.National politicians traditionally use their tenure at the EU helm to try to shine on the world stage. But Belgium has indicated it will take a back seat following the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty last year, which thrust the EU Council head and the new EU foreign relations chief, Catherine Ashton, into the foreground instead.It's like a perfect Belgian strategy, a senior Belgian policymaker joked, on Mr Van Rompuy's Belgian roots.They would have thought we were sissies otherwise.The handover from the current Spanish presidency will take place this Thursday (1 July), but the Belgians are planning a ceremonial bash for Saturday, during which the somewhat drab European quarter in Brussels will be animated by fireworks, music and dancing.
EU warned not to ignore Latin America
ANDREW WILLIS Today JUNE 30,10 @ 13:55 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - For some in Brussels the words Latin America still conjure up an image of basket-case economies, but the message from a recent high-level conference in the EU capital was loud and clear: ignore this region at your peril.
One-by-one, speakers at Tuesday's (29 June) gathering, hosted by the Friends of Europe think-tank, warned that while Europe dawdles, China and the US are pushing ahead in the region of over 500 million people, spread out over 20 states and two continents.We are determined to keep our top spot,declared EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht, in reference to Europe's foreign direct investment in Latin America.
Others said the EU needs to rethink its current strategy in a region that is forecast to grow by an average of four percent of GDP this year, four times faster than Europe.We see that Latin America in not a top priority on the EU's political agenda,said Carlos Lopez Blanco, director of international affairs at Spanish multinational Telefonica.For us this is a big, big mistake.The former Spanish minister said foreign companies are increasingly looking to emerging markets as sources of growth in the post-financial crisis environment, pointing to the fact that China is set to overtake the EU as Latin America's second largest trading partner after the US.In addition, EU trade and investment is dominated by states with colonial links such as Spain, Portugal, France and the Netherlands.The rest of the countries, especially the new EU member states, do not know our region very well,said Mexico's ambassador to the EU, Sandra Fuentes-Berain.Recent statistics by the Paris-based OECD economic club have helped rebrand the image of a region which accounts for three G20 members, and which, according to the club, in many ways constitutes a less risky investment environment than Europe.Argentina's debt crisis (2001) has given way to Greek panic in the public consciousness (2010), although significant differences remain between the two sides in terms of poverty levels and income inequality.Latin America's businesses such as Brazilian company JBS, the world's largest beef producer, are among a growing number of home-grown firms looking to snap up bargains in Europe, but the EU's imperfect single market complicates opportunities.For us it would be easier to deal with one partner rather than 27,said Ms Fuentes-Berain, referring to a recent report by former EU commissioner Mario Monti on the need to relaunch the single market.
The out-going Spanish presidency has worked hard to correct Europe's perceived lack of attention, with the EU initialing free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia and a collection of Central American states in Madrid this May.Spurred on by the country's top CEOs who stand to make huge savings through a reduction in tariffs, Spain has also been a key supporter of restarting trade negotiations with the South American trade bloc Mercosur.After years of stalled talks, the European Commission is set to sit down at the negotiation table this week for the first time since 2006.Newly empowered MEPs, who under the Lisbon Treaty have to approve international agreements, have indicated their reservations over the Colombian agreement however, with the country home to the highest rate of trade union deaths in the world. We are certainly going to face a deep discussion on the Peru and Colombia deals, to put it mildly,conceded Mr De Gucht.
LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
EU Says Removing Illegal Arab Structures an Obstacle to Peace
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu JUNE 30,10
The European Union has declared that Israel’s plan to tear down illegal Arab dwellings to make way for an archaeological park and tourist center is an “obstacle to peace.Catherine Ashton, chief of EU foreign affairs, reminded Israel that the EU never has recognized Jewish sovereignty over what is generally referred to as eastern Jerusalem, where it backs the Palestinian Authority demand to base a capital for a new Arab country. The areas actually include neighborhoods in southern, northern and eastern Jerusalem, most of them almost exclusively Jewish areas where 300,000 people live.Ashton asserted that the Jewish homes in these areas are in effect “settlements, and the demolition of [Arab] homes are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible.The homes in question were built without a legal permit.Her comments coincided with U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell’s resumption of indirect discussions, dubbed proximity talks, with his shuttling back and forth between Jerusalem and Ramallah.Ashton called on Israel to refrain from measures which may undermine the ongoing proximity talks, [which] enjoy our full support. (IsraelNationalNews.com)
Mitchell, Armed with US Media, Trying to Extend Building Freeze
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu JUNE 30,10
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell begins three days of talks with Israel and the Palestinian Authority Wednesday following PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement he will accept direct talks in return for an extension of the building freeze. Abbas’ move gives him the upper hand in what has become a diplomatic struggle over which side can blame the other for what is widely viewed as fruitless efforts by the United States.Mitchell began his visit by examining the flow of previously embargoed commodities being transferred by Israel to Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing. Earlier in the morning, Gaza terrorists attacked a nearby Jewish community in the western Negev with a powerful Kassam rocket that destroyed a packing house. Residents told Voice of Israel government radio that Mitchell should be concerned with their humanitarian situation in the face of Gaza terror instead of worrying about increased shipments for Gaza while its terrorists continue to attack Israel.
Mitchell is armed by mainstream American media that generally have accepted U.S. President Barack Obama’s view that Israel should freeze all building for Jews in areas of Jerusalem claimed by the PA, as well as all of Judea and Samaria. Last fall, Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to a 10-month freeze as a concession to both the Obama administration and Abbas.The PA leader now has made a permanent freeze a condition for returning to face-to-face talks with the Prime Minister’s negotiating team.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threw ice water on Mitchell’s attempts Tuesday, telling his visiting Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, that there is no chance of the PA becoming an independent state before 2012.Prime Minister Netanyahu has strong backing for a thaw in the building freeze that has left growing families and schools without solutions. Gershon Mesika, chairman of the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council, told the Knesset Education Committee Wednesday morning that the September school year cannot be opened unless immediate approval is given for 27 permits for classrooms.The Likud party has lined up solidly for Prime Minister Netanyahu to fulfill his promise that the 10-month freeze will not be extended, despite support for Mitchell's stand from left-wing Israeli media such as Haaretz, and the highly influential American weekly news magazine Newsweek.The publication carried an article in early June that alleged similarities between the Bush and Netanyahu governments. Newsweek described both leaders as ideological and right-wing, with a population traumatized by terrorist attacks and a government of military officers as advisers who advocate a campaign against Muslim terrorism.
The Newsweek article continued its comparison and added,The world doesn’t see it that way, and despite impressive deployments of troops—and plenty of military victories—the nation becomes more and more diplomatically isolated, tarnishing its reputation as a beacon of freedom.Newsweek’s conclusion resembles the strategy of the Obama administration. Netanyahu has deployed overwhelming force where nuanced, tactical approaches would have worked better, spurned international opinion; and ignored gathering discontent among voters at home,the magazine asserted.Staying the course…could do serious harm to Israel’s reputation abroad and be disastrous for Netanyahu and his Likud Party at home.As the world is turning against Netanyahu, so are Israelis: a poll last month showed that a majority of voters don’t approve of the prime minister…. Policymakers in Washington, its lockstep ally, are tearing their hair out over Netanyahu’s settlement intransigence.In fact, all public opinion polls that past year have shown that if elections were held today, the Likud party and the nationalist camp would maintain their strength -- if not grow even stronger. Surveys all show that a large of majority of Israelis, as well as PA Arabs, do not believe that the PA and Israel can come to an agreement. (IsraelNationalNews.com)
Yesha Leaders: We'll Build Classrooms Even if We're Jailed
by Hillel Fendel JUNE 30,10
The Knesset Education Committee, following wall-to-wall criticism of Defense Minister Ehud Barak for his freeze of additional classrooms in Judea and Samaria, resolved that it’s time for the entire government to intervene.The background for Wednesday’s debate was the urgent need for the approval of 177 new classrooms. Though originally the 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria did not include public buildings such as schools, Defense Minister Ehud Barak unilaterally decided that this exception was no longer valid.New classrooms in this context generally does not mean new construction, but rather bringing in caravans, which are mobile-home-like structures without wheels.Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Likud and the government have all come under sharp attack from the nationalist camp for allowing Barak, who commands the loyalty of only 8-9 Knesset Members (the other 4-5 Labor Party members have declared themselves an internal party opposition) to have such a strong say in political matters.The various localities in Judea and Samaria and the Education Ministry have submitted 250 requests for new classrooms, 73 of which have been approved. Of the remainder, 27 more have received Defense Ministry approval but are stuck somewhere in bureaucracy-land, while the remaining 150 have not even received the Defense Ministry’s OK.
Committee Chairman Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) opened the session by saying,The law states that pupils must go to school and that the State must establish schools for them… As long as children are living in Judea and Samaria, it is incumbent upon us to apply the Compulsory Education Law to them.It cannot be that some clerks will declare that there is a legal problem, Orlev said, and therefore classes are not added. If a solution is not found, we will bring this matter to the government.
Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said: I find myself in a dilemma of which law to violate – either the construction freeze regulation, or the law that requires me to provide classes for all children… We will build classrooms no matter what, and I am willing to be arrested on this matter, to enable every child to have normal, minimal conditions for studying just like other students in Israel. I believe that dozens of MKs will join us…Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, said,Barak doesn’t internalize this simple principle of a classroom for every child, and tries to explain it away with various judicial excuses - but the truth is simple: Everywhere else in Israel, problems like this are solved, but here in Judea and Samaria, they are not solved, and this is for only one reason: The Defense Minister’s desire to restrict the Jews of Judea and Samaria - even at the expense of children. This is intolerable, and we will absolutely not accept it.If the classrooms are not built or added in an organized [legal] manner, then they will be built in an unorganized fashion,Dayan said.And I am happy that members of the Land of Israel Knesset forum have said that they will join us in this effort if necessary.Shai Rinsky, an aide to Education Minister Gideon Saar, explained that the delay is being caused by the fact that the Defense Ministry has not approved buildings from previous years. He said that Saar and Barak had discussed the matter last Thursday, and that the Prime Minister’s Bureau had also called in. We must find the way to approve these buildings and put a roof over these students’ heads, Rinsky said.MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union): The Defense Minister chooses which law he wants to fulfill, and refuses to recognize the Compulsory Education Law. We will work via the Knesset committee and lobbies to correct this distorted situation.There are no legal problems,said Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi,there are only bureaucratic problems.
Avi Roeh, who heads the Binyamin Regional Council, said,No one in the government is concerned with Jewish life in Yesha; they’re worried only about the Palestinians. The responsibility lies upon the entire government, and primarily the Prime Minister, to provide a classroom for every child. We, in any event, plan to provide a classroom for each pupil in any event.Representing the Defense Minister at the session was his Assistant for Settlement Matters, Eitan Baroshi, who placed the responsibility on the residents:I hope that the school year will begin as scheduled with no problems; there is no need to roll your eyes and no need to attack the Defense Minister who is not here. The Defense Ministry is fully involved in order that the school year will open as scheduled. The rules are of the government of Israel, not Ehud Barak [personally]… Whoever decides to live in Yesha, takes upon himself the responsibility for problems of this nature. The Defense Minister only has one vote in the Cabinet… We must shorten the bureaucratic process and reach a quick solution. I request a few more days in order to solve some of the problems.” (IsraelNationalNews.com)
WW3 THE 3 WAVES THAT MARCH TO ISRAEL
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
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)
Turkey Refuses Israel Use of Airspace
by Hillel Fendel JUNE 30,10
Turkey has refused to allow Israeli military planes to use its airspace over the past month – another sign of the increasing tensions between the two countries.
Israel made two requests in the past month, but both, normally a routine matter for approval, were turned down. A Turkish diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AFP news agency that this does not mean that future requests would be rejected, and that they would be evaluated one by one.The first rebuffed request was for a flight carrying 100 IDF army officers to visit a Nazi death camp in Poland, very soon after the May 31 flotilla incident. No details were provided regarding the second rejected Israeli request.Civilian flights remain unaffected for now, as they are what the diplomat called an international obligation.Turkey’s relationship with Israel, traditionally a positive one, has been in decline over the past two years, and took a sharp plunge following the flotilla incident, organized by the Turkish terrorist-affiliated IHH group. The Turks withdrew their ambassador to Israel and stated that he would not return unless Israel apologizes for the raid, returns the seized ships, agrees to an international investigation into the raid and compensates the families of the victims.
In fact, however, the Israel Navy warned the flotilla that the Gaza region is closed to maritime traffic. In addition, during a search aboard the Mavi Marmara ship, IDF forces uncovered a cache of weapons used to violently attack the soldiers. Flotilla leaders had stated before they set out that violence was premeditated. (IsraelNationalNews.com)