Saturday, April 02, 2011
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan's prime minister made his first visit to the country's tsunami-devastated region on Saturday and entered a nuclear exclusion zone to meet workers grappling to end the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.Prime Minister Naoto Kan spoke with refugees living in a makeshift camp in the fishing village of Rikuzentakata, decimated by the tsunamis which struck on March 11 when Japan was rocked by a massive earthquake, leaving 28,000 dead and missing.It will be kind of a long battle, but the government will be working hard together with you until the end. I want everyone to do their best, too, Kan told one survivor in a school that was now an evacuation shelter.Despite its tsunami-seawalls, Rikuzentaka was flattened into a wasteland of mud and debris and most of its 23,000 population killed or injured, many swept away by the waves.A person that used to have a house near the coast told me Where am I supposed to build a house after this?, so I encouraged this person and said the government will provide support until the end, Kan told reporters.Unpopular and under pressure to quit or call a snap poll before the disaster, Kan has been criticized for his management of Japan's humanitarian and nuclear crisis and his leadership remains in question.There are some evacuation centers that lack electricity and water. There are people who can't even go look for the dead. I want him to pay attention to them, said Kazuo Sato, a 45-year-old fisherman.Kan later entered the 20 km (12 mile) evacuation zone on Saturday and visited J-village just inside the zone, a sports facility serving as the headquarters for emergency teams trying to cool the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi plant.
After three weeks, operators of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are no closer to regaining control of the damaged reactors, as fuel rods remain overheated and high levels of radiation continue to flow into the sea.Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), Asia's largest power company, has seen its shares lose 80 percent -- $32 billion in market value -- since the disaster.Japan is facing a damages bill which may top $300 billion -- the world's biggest from a natural disaster.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday the Japanese economy would take a short-term hit and it could not rule out further intervention for the yen.The IMF is set to cut its 2011 forecast for Japanese growth when it unveils updated figures on April 11 in its World Economic Outlook, said IMF Japan mission chief Mahmood Pradhan.Japan's central bank is expected to revise down its economic assessment when it meets on April 6-7 in the wake of the crisis.The economic fallout in the world's third largest economy has already seen manufacturing slump to a two-year low with power outages and quake damage hitting supply chains and production.
There has been growing talk of a coalition between the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) and the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party to deal with the aftermath of the crisis.But there has been no agreement on one and the Yomiuri newspaper said opposition parties would likely insist Kan step down first.The government has already been battling the opposition to get laws in place to make the new budget, from April 1, workable. Kan wants an extra budget soon for post-quake reconstruction which would also need help from opposition parties to function.
RADIATION BATTLE CONTINUES
Hundreds of thousands of Japanese remain homeless, sheltering in evacuation centers, as the death toll from the disaster continues to rise. Thousands of Japanese and U.S. soldiers on Saturday conducted a massive search for bodies using dozens of ships and helicopters to sweep across land still underwater along the northeast coast. The teams hope when a large spring tide recedes it will make it easier to spot bodies.Radiation 4,000 times the legal limit has been detected in seawater near the Daiichi plant and a floating tanker was scheduled to be towed to Fukushima to store contaminated seawater, but until the plant's internal cooling system is reconnected radiation will continue flowing from the plant.We are trying to employ as many measures as possible (to put the plant under control). We are holding high hopes (for this storage), said a TEPCO official.In its attempt to bring the plant under control, TEPCO is looking for jumpers -- workers who, for payment of up to $5,000 a shift, will rush into highly radioactive areas to do a quick task before racing out as quickly as possible.My company offered me 200,000 yen ($2,500) per day, one subcontractor, unidentified but in his 30s, told Japan's Weekly Post magazine. Ordinarily I'd consider that a dream job, but my wife was in tears and stopped me, so I declined.TEPCO was also spraying resin onto radioactive dust in an attempt to stop it from being carried in the wind.We sprayed 2,000 liters over 500 square meters of land. We plan to evaluate the result of the test spraying on April 2nd and 3rd. It takes about 24 hours for this scattering-prevention solution to get dried, said the official.It could take years, possibly decades, to make safe the area around the plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.With its president, Masataka Shimizu, in hospital, an enormous compensation bill looming and mounting criticism of both its handling of the crisis and prior safety preparations, TEPCO may need state help, according to media reports.Kan has all but ruled out nationalizing TEPCO but some sort of injection of public funds looks inevitable.
Standard & Poor's on Friday cut its long-term rating on TEPCO by three notches to BBB+, in its second downgrade on the electric utility in as many weeks.We expect TEPCO's operating performance to remain weak, and we believe it will take a prolonged period of time for it to recover, the credit ratings agency said in a statement.(Additional reporting by Terril Jones in Tokyo, Damir Sagolj in Rikuzentakata and Lesley Wroughton in Washington; Writing by Michael Perry; Editing by Jonathan Thatcher)
EU travel advice gives insight into Arab revolutions
ANDREW RETTMAN 01.04.2011 @ 18:01 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Yemen in considered the most at risk of violent upheaval according to travel advice from EU foreign ministries. Syria is lower down the list, while Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are considered the most safe.A list of travel advisory warnings from the 27 EU countries as published on Friday (1 April) on a recently-launched European Commission consular website shows a clear ranking of the current levels of volatility in Arab countries. Yemen tops the list of unsafe countries for EU citizens, coming ahead even of war-torn Libya in second place and followed by Iraq, Bahrain, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Israel.The rest of the ranking - put together by EUobserver on the basis of advice from different member states - covers places where only some areas are considered at-risk or where general caution is advised. The ranking continues with Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Oman and - the most safe - the UAE.
Tens of thousands of people came out onto the streets of Yemen on Friday calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. More than 100 people have been killed in recent weeks of unrest, with both France and the UK issuing fresh warnings for citizens to leave if possible due to a rapid deterioration in the security situation.
Fresh protests also erupted in Damascus, Deraa, Qamishli and Hassakeh in Syria on Friday, with reports of three people shot dead in Damascus, bringing the recent death toll to over 60.Analysts believe Yemen is much more likely to see a revolution than Syria, and point out the dangers to Western travelers from al-Qaeda-affiliated groups on top of the political unrest. In Syria, President Bashar al-Assad is being propped up by Iran and has been assured of non-intervention by the US and France, while European visitors are normally welcomed by local people. Bahrain, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia come surprisingly high in the league table, given the efficiency with which security forces have kept down dissent or given the absence of any recent unrest in the case of Lebanon.Daniel Korski, a near East analyst for the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, said: There is a large foreign [Saudi and Qatari] force in Bahrain putting down Shia unrest and nobody knows where this is going to go.On Lebanon, he added: If Assad is toppled in Syria, it would put [Lebanon-based militants] Hezbollah under extreme pressure. It would increase the risk of a border conflict with Israel. But it's quite safe to go there for now.An EU official dealing with consular safety matters said on Saudi Arabia:There is a risk that terrorist attacks could happen at any minute. There is also a risk that if you do something that you consider perfectly normal at home, like taking photographs, you could get into serious trouble with the authorities.The risk of Syria contagion, as well as recent skirmishes with Hamas in Gaza and a bomb in Jerusalem, see Israel rate high, the experts said. Iran is in a similar position to Saudi Arabia, with a high risk of terrorist attacks and police harassment.
Korski explained that travel warnings should not be used as a substitute for political analysis because they relate to a mixed bag of issues, including old conflicts (the Sahel in Morocco, Iraq) or residual anti-Western feeling and lawlessness (Algeria), as well as current affairs.Returning to Europe on Friday from a trip to eastern Libya and post-revolutionary Egypt on Friday, he added that the travel advice is not always up to date. I wouldn't go to Libya as a tourist but you would be quite safe away from the conflict zone. I would recommend a holiday in Cairo to anybody just now, he said. He added that the UK and Denmark, due to heightened sensitivity following the Mohammed cartoons affair, give the best advice on near East travel.The EU expert noted that EU members who have large expat populations in third countries tend to have the best intelligence but tend to downplay dangers because if they raise the alarm they could spark a mass exodus. The intelligence culture in the Union today is such that no country would keep information about a clear and present danger to itself. It would have far-reaching consequences if they did,the contact said.The source added that there is a class of traveler which flocks to conflict zones rather than fleeing them: It's like a gold rush. They think that in a risk period they can really do business, that anything is possible because people are desperate for money and outside help. Like the Chinese, they go especially in periods where there is instability.Speaking on the safest country on the list, the UAE, Korski noted: There's not even a flicker of unrest there. It has the feeling of a post-prandial nap ... But you never know.
Samaria: Bibi's Gesture is Mockery
by Maayana Miskin APR 1,11
The Samaria Regional Council, which represents Israelis in Samaria, has expressed disappointment with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's gesture to the town of Itamar. Weeks after the massacre of five members of a local family at the hands of PA terrorists, Netanyahu has promised to authorize part of a city plan for Itamar, allowing for the construction of school buildings, including a permanent home for the yeshiva in which Rabbi Udi Fogel was a teacher.The promise was made in a conversation with MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), who met with Netanyahu this week.The rest of the city plan for Itamar will not be authorized, such that any new residential structures would continue to face illegal status.The gesture is nothing more than a repetition of promises Netanyahu has made in the past, said council head Gershon Mesika. This is a mockery, it's approaching fraud. It's recycling a small portion of the building plan, that relates to just some of the educational facilities in the town, Mesika explained.Mesika has spent the past several days in Knesset, pushing the authorization of the town plan for all of Itamar. Forty-five MKs from both the coalition and opposition, including several from the left-leaning Kadima party, have expressed support for its authorization, he said.
Mesika described the current situation. The Defense Minister refuses to sign the town plan for purely political reasons, then prevents the construction of homes, the establishment of effective security and healthy town development, arguing that the town plan has not been signed... Residents of the town, which was established with the government's agreement, are sentenced to a life of deprivation due only to the lack of an authorized town plan.The Samaria Council, backed by many MKs, is also demanding that the government immediately provide funding for Itamar's security. The goal is to put an end to the intolerable situation in which legalism and bureaucracy lead to unbearable loss of life, and in which the residents are forced to fund the high cost of their own defense.(IsraelNationalNews.com)
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.
Storm officials say 9 tornados raked Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The National Weather Service has confirmed that nine tornados raked through the Tampa Bay region on Thursday.As many as 18,000 residents remained without power Friday, a day after the vicious storms destroyed dozens of homes, flooded road and toppled trucks and small planes.The weather service says the tornados struck Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties Thursday packing winds from 86 to 110 mph.In Lakeland, a tent collapsed and injured seven people gathered for the annual Sun n Fun aviation festival. A few small planes had flipped over at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport.There were multiple reports of small tornadoes across the region. Strong winds blew a Carnival cruise ship from its dock at Cape Canaveral.
NATO says its forces repel attack on Kabul base
KABUL, Afghanistan – NATO says its forces have successfully repelled an attack on one of its bases on the outskirts of the Afghan capital and killed at least two insurgents firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.The coalition told The Associated Press in an email that three of its soldiers were wounded in Saturday's attack, but that their injuries were not serious. NATO said at least one attacker was possibly wearing a suicide vest. It added that the attack had ended.Kabul provincial Police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said there were reports of three attackers involved and that two died when their vests detonated. He said a third was shot.
Ireland wants to hit bank creditors, ECB says no By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press – Fri Apr 1, 9:53 am ET
DUBLIN – Ireland still wants to force foreign bondholders to bear losses in debt-crippled banks but is being blocked by the European Central Bank, which has the lenders on life support, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Friday.Ireland's bank-bailout bill officially surged Thursday by euro24 billion to euro70.5 billion ($100 billion) as part of a new round of ECB-ordered stress tests. Ireland then unveiled plans to slash its largely nationalized banking sector down to just two: Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks.Ratings agency Standard & Poor's the next day said the tests' assumptions were robust, that the worst was over, and the economy is now set to recover gradually.Although it downgraded Ireland's credit rating by one notch, citing increased risks for bondholders under new EU rules to come into effect in 2013, it expects the country to recover faster than Greece or Portugal — Europe's other two worst debt offenders.It added it didn't expect any more downgrades soon, though S&P rival Fitch warned soon after that it may cut its own BBB+ rating on Ireland soon as it assesses the stress tests and other developments since its last downgrade in December.In stock markets, traders reacted to the stress tests by chasing higher the shares of the two bank survivors, while shares of Ireland's only other publicly listed bank, Irish Life & Permanent, plunged to a record low on news it will be broken up.But as experts digested the test results, the issue of how far to push losses on the banks' bondholders remained the focus.
Noonan said Ireland intends to force at least euro5 billion ($7 billion) in losses on the most junior class of bank bondholders as part of its surging bailout bill. That represents a small concession by the ECB, which had until this week opposed such a move.But Noonan said hopes of forcing billions more in losses on senior bondholders — chiefly British, German and American banks — were again vetoed by a majority of ECB governors during negotiations that ran right up to Thursday's announcements.Noonan said Ireland would not act unilaterally against the orders of the ECB, which along with the European Commission has been against forcing losses on bondholders since Ireland's banking crisis erupted in 2008. European financial chiefs made protection of senior bondholders a condition of its November bailout agreement with Ireland's previous government, which was ousted from office three weeks ago amid voter fury over the terms of the deal.Noonan expressed frustration with Europe's plans to introduce burden-sharing — forcing the creditors of failing banks to cover some debt-restructuring costs — under new rules after 2013, too late for Ireland. He contrasted that with U.S. policies that hit bondholders early in its own banking crisis.The American way of doing things is to have burden sharing and to make creditors share in the pain. The European way is different, Noonan said.Noonan said a minority of governors at the Frankfurt-based ECB, notably Germany's Axel Weber, agree with the Irish and American position, and he still hoped it would prevail in the medium term. But he said Ireland had to give up its hopes of greater burden-sharing for now because the ECB is the key source of short-term funds for all of Ireland's banks, none of which is able to borrow on open markets.The bank in Frankfurt is supplying almost euro200 billion ($280 billion) of liquidity to the Irish banking system. We said we wanted burden-sharing but we would not do it unilaterally. We would only do it with the agreement of Frankfurt and we didn't get the agreement,Noonan told Irish state broadcasters RTE.
He said if Ireland burned any bondholders against ECB instructions, it would risk a loan cut-off and financial chaos. He said, instead, Ireland received the best we could hope for when the ECB pledged Thursday night to keep loaning Ireland's banks money regardless of whether their credit ratings are slashed further.Did we risk the liquidity flow of 200 billion (euros) being cut off, particularly when we expect a downgrade of Irish bank paper? he said.The ECB has already permitted Ireland to impose heavy haircuts on the junior bondholders at Ireland's most disastrously managed bank, Anglo Irish. It was the first to be nationalized in 2009, has cost the state more than euro25 billion ($35 billion), and is being dismantled.In October, Anglo offered its creditors holding euro3.5 billion in subordinated bonds a deal that they could be repaid a fraction of their investment, between 5 percent and 20 percent — or refuse the offer and forfeit even more. The Central Bank of Ireland last month said Ireland's six banks still have nearly euro7 billion in outstanding subordinated bonds, which is debt that gets repaid in the event of bankruptcy only after senior bondholders get their money back.Those bondholders are next in line for brutal haircuts, according to Noonan.But ECB policy means Ireland cannot impose cuts on euro16.4 billion in senior bonds that are unsecured and outside the scope of Ireland's bank insurance. Nor can the Irish prune any of the euro19 billion in secured but unguaranteed bank bonds.Secured bonds are debt backed by collateral that can be handed over in case the debt goes unpaid.Noonan said Ireland reserves the right to push the ECB for approval to discount all remaining bonds at Anglo and Irish Nationwide, should any major bondholders there seek to cash in their positions early.Like Anglo, Irish Nationwide has already been fully nationalized, forced to transfer its deposit base to surviving banks, and is being wound down. The Educational Building Society is also fully state-owned and will be merged into Allied Irish.In midafternoon trade on the Irish Stock Exchange, Bank of Ireland was 40 percent higher at euro0.31 ($0.44), Allied Irish 16 percent higher at euro0.22 ($0.31). Irish Life & Permanent fell to an all-time low of euro0.11 before rebounding to euro0.18 ($0.25), still down 54 percent on the day.
Fighting flares in Libya as Kadhafi spurns truce
by Imed Lamloum - APR 1,11
TRIPOLI (AFP) – Fighting flared around the rebel-held city of Misrata and air strikes were reported elsewhere in Libya late Friday, after Moamer Kadhafi's regime rejected a rebel offer of a ceasefire.The US military was poised to withdraw its combat jets and Tomahawk cruise missiles from the air campaign against Libya's regime starting this weekend, as NATO allies take the lead in bombing Kadhafi's forces.The move follows pledges by President Barack Obama to quickly shift command of the operation to NATO, with the US military playing a supporting role -- providing planes for mid-air refueling, jamming and surveillance.Coalition forces, meanwhile, strafed positions held by loyalist forces in the Al Khums and Al Rojban regions east and southwest of the capital Tripoli late Friday, according to Libyan state television.An Al Khums resident told AFP he heard explosions coming from a local naval base, about 120 kilometres (70 miles) east of the capital, which had been bombed by coalition forces earlier.Al Rojban is southwest of Tripoli and several towns in the mountainous area are controlled by rebel forces.Forces loyal to Kadhafi also attacked the rebel-held city of Misrata with tanks and rocket fire, a rebel spokesman said.In the rebel bastion of Benghazi, Transitional National Council leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said the opposition was ready for a truce, provided Kadhafi's forces end their assaults on rebel-held cities.But government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim rejected the offer, saying Kadhafi's forces would not withdraw from towns they control.The rebels never offered peace. They don't offer peace, they are making impossible demands, Ibrahim told reporters, calling the truce offer a trick.
We will not leave our cities. We are the government, not them, he said, adding however that the government was always ready to negotiate and wanted peace.Asked about the truce offer, White House spokesman Jay Carney appeared to indicate that President Barack Obama's administration did not want the conflict in Libya to end with Kadhafi still in power.Abdul Jalil's offer came two days after rebels were driven out of a string of key oil terminals in eastern Libya they had twice seized during the weeks-old revolt aimed at toppling Kadhafi's 41-year-old regime.We agree on a ceasefire on the condition that our brothers in the western cities have freedom of expression and that the forces besieging the cities withdraw, he told reporters after meeting UN special envoy Abdul Ilah Khatib.He added, however, that the revolution still aimed to topple the regime.Khatib said he had met top officials of Kadhafi's government in Tripoli on Thursday to call for a ceasefire, lifting the siege of the western cities and access for humanitarian aid.He called for a real ceasefire that must be credible, effective and verifiable.After weeks of near anarchy, the Benghazi-based leaders of the insurrection appeared intent on cleaning up their act -- keeping civilians and raw recruits away from the frontlines in an attempt to combat the better-organised Kadhafi loyalists. At the western entrance to Ajdabiya, 54-year-old reservist Abdelkarim Mansouri explained the new tactic.We don't want any more kids to die. War is not a game. These are the orders of the military council, he said.
Since the conflict began, the rebel ranks have been a motley crew of undisciplined brawlers, held together only by the lone desert highway.One rebel said that since Thursday night, vital reinforcements and heavy weaponry from all over eastern Libya have been heading for the frontline.Rebels prevented reporters and civilians from leaving the strategic town of Ajdabiya for Brega, a key oil town about 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the west where fighting erupted early Friday, but it was unclear exactly where the frontline was or who controlled the refinery town.Three days of fighting around Brega have left 11 people dead, including eight civilians, according to estimates.A doctor and a manager at the hospital in Ajdabiya reported five civilians killed on Wednesday, three more on Thursday and three rebels died on Friday.The rebels had been beaten back by heavy shelling from Kadhafi's forces when they launched a counter-offensive at Brega in a bid to resume their march on Tripoli, started soon after the uprising began on February 15.Rebel commanders called for more air strikes by coalition forces enforcing a UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya, but the US military's top officer said bad weather was hampering the air campaign.Without air support, the ill-equipped rebels were pushed back 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the key oil hub of Ras Lanuf on Wednesday all the way east of Brega, where they regrouped on Thursday for the counter-offensive.The rebels' call for heavy armaments to match the superior firepower of Kadhafi's army, meanwhile, have been greeted with little enthusiam by western powers.US Defence Secretary Robert Gates asserted the rebels needed training more than guns but suggested other nations do that job.His French counterpart Gerard Longuet said providing weapons was not part of the UN mandate, and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen also ruled out such a move.We are there to protect the Libyan people, not to arm people, Rasmussen said.
The rebels said they have signed a deal with Qatar to market their crude oil abroad in exchange for food, medicine and -- they hope -- weapons.Ali al-Tarhoni, a senior member of the Transitional National Council in charge of oil and finance, said that under a barter deal aimed at circumventing international sanctions, Qatar would market the oil and buy humanitarian supplies for the rebels.The rebels hoped to use oil revenues to procure weapons -- any kind of arms we can get to, he added.
Hamas warns Israel of consequences after air strike
- APR 2,11
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Hamas on Saturday warned Israel of consequences after its latest air strike on Gaza killed three members of the radical Islamist group's armed wing.Medical staff and witnesses said earlier one Palestinian was also wounded in the air strike in the southern Gaza Strip.They said the target was a car driving between the town of Khan Yunis and the Deir al-Balah refugee camp.
Witnesses said they saw three charred bodies dragged from the burnt-out vehicle.An Israeli military spokesman said the raid, planned jointly with the Shin Bet domestic security agency, was a preemptive strike against militants planning to kidnap Israelis during the coming Jewish festival of Passover.An Israel Air Force aircraft hit a Hamas terror cell... planning to carry out kidnapping attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and in Israel during the Passover holiday, he told AFP.The Sinai coast of neighbouring Egypt is a popular destination for Israelis during the week-long holiday which begins on April 18 and commemorates the biblical Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.Hamas said in a statement the three dead were members of the Islamist group's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.Hamas identified them as Ismael Lubbad, Abdallah Lubbad and Mohammed Eldayah.The air strike is a serious escalation and Israel will bear all the consequences, the Brigades warned.Israeli public opinion is still inflamed over the capture by militants of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid into Israel in 2006.Shalit is still missing, believed held somewhere in the Gaza Strip.On Wednesday an Israeli air strike on southern Gaza killed an Islamic Jihad militant and wounded another, but generally the past few days have seen a return to relative calm after a spate of Palestinian rocket attacks into Israel and Israeli counterstrikes on Gaza.
The spate of tit-for-tat violence began on March 16 when a rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area in southern Israel, without causing casualties or damage.
Within hours, the Israeli air force hit back, killing two militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in what some saw as a disproportionate response.Two days later, Hamas militants responded, firing a barrage of around 50 mortar shells at the southern Israeli city of Beersheva in the fiercest bombardment in two years.On Sunday the Israeli military made a trial deployment outside Beersheva of the first batteries of its Iron Dome short-range missile defence system.But officials said that the multi-million dollar system, the first of its kind in the world, could not yet provide complete protection from all the rockets and mortar bombs fired from Gaza into Israel. Each battery comprises detection and tracking radar, state-of-the-art fire control software and three launchers, each with 20 interceptor missiles, military sources said.Despite the spike in tensions, both Israel and the militant Islamic Hamas, which rules Gaza, appear reluctant to be dragged into another bloody confrontation along the lines of the December 2008-January 2009 war, which killed more than 1,400 people, the vast majority Palestinians.
Conservatives edges closer to majority
– Fri Apr 1, 7:54 am ET
TORONTO (Reuters) – Support for the Conservative Party edged closer to a coveted majority before the May 2 federal election, according to a poll released on Friday.
The Nanos Research tracking poll of results over three days of surveys put support for the Conservatives at 39.4 percent, up 0.3 percentage points and 7.7 points ahead of the opposition Liberals. Liberal support slipped 1 point from Thursday's tracking poll to 31.7 percent.Under Canada's electoral system, a party needs around 40 percent of the vote to win a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.
Among the other parties, the left-leaning New Democrats garnered 16.1 percent support, a 0.2 percentage point gain, while support for the Bloc Quebecois was at 8.5 percent, marginally down from 8.7 percent. The Green Party held 4.4 percent of support, up from 3.7 percent.The poll was a random telephone survey that Nanos conducts daily throughout the campaign, with the latest coming from a random sample of 953 decided Canadians surveyed between March 29 and March 31, with an accuracy of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Support for all the parties has generally stayed within the margin of error, Nanos said.(Reporting by Solarina Ho)
Friday, April 01, 2011
Millions of sites hit with mass-injection cyberattack
By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal April 1, 2011 10:37 AM ET
PC World - Hundreds of thousands -- and possibly millions -- of websites have been hit with a cyberattack that some are calling one of the biggest mass-injection attacks we've ever seen.The attack was discovered on March 29 by security firm WebSense, and the injected domain was called lizamoon.com -- thus, the name of the mass-injection is LizaMoon.According to WebSense, LizaMoon uses SQL Injection to add malicious script to compromised sites. While the first injected domain was lizamoon.com, additional URLs have since been injected in the attack (WebSense has a full list here).
The method of using an injected script redirects users to a rogue AV site, which tries to get people to install a fake anti-virus program called Windows Stability Center.When WebSecurity discovered the attack on March 29, 28,000 URLs had been compromised. The number quickly grew to 226,000, including many iTunes URLs (though the malicious code is neutralized by Apple).The good thing is that iTunes encodes the script tags, which means that the script doesn't execute on the user's computer, WebSense security blogger Patrik Runald wrote on Tuesday, So good job, Apple.The number of infected sites now appears to be over 1.5 million (at the time of this blog post, a quick Google Search shows 1.53 million infected URLs) -- but WebSense is quick to point out that a Google Search is an inaccurate metric. Google search spits back unique URLs, not unique hosts. Thus, there are likely less than 1.5 million infected sites, but WebSense says it's safe to say that the number is in the hundreds of thousands.The attack continues to rampage across the Internet, and currently doesn't show any signs of slowing down. So don't install any web-based anti-virus software that claims your computer is full of bugs.Follow Sarah on Twitter (@geeklil) or at sarahpurewal.wordpress.com and Today @ PCWorld on Twitter.
LizaMoon mass-injection attack reaches epidemic proportions-FacebookiTune URLs and 380,000 other pages poisoned By John Leyden Posted in Malware, 31st March 2011 10:35 GMT
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Patrick Runald, of Websense Security Labs, explained: iTunes downloads RSS/XML feeds from the publisher to update the podcast and list of available episodes. We believe these RSS/XML feeds have been compromised with the injected code. The good thing is that iTunes encodes the script tags, which means that the script doesn't execute on the user's computer.®
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Baby Enters Covenant – in Jericho
by Maayana Miskin APR 1,11
For the first time in many years, a Jewish baby boy entered the Biblical covenant in a brit milah (circumcision) ceremony in the ancient city of Jericho. The ceremony took place in the Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue.No Jewish events such as circumcisions or weddings have taken place in the synagogue for one decade, due to terrorism originating in Palestinian Authority-controlled regions of Judea and Samaria. The PA controls Jericho, and the city has become known as a refuge for terrorists.Members of the Jericho Group, a Jewish group dedicated to settlement in and around Jericho, said they welcome the groundbreaking event. However, they said, We will not rest until the Jewish people are able to return fully to the city of Jericho.The Jericho Group is involved in Jewish communities near Jericho, and leads tours of the historic region. Its members take part in prayers in Jericho and also lend their support to initiatives for Jewish return to Jewish holy sites elsewhere, such as the return to Joseph's Tomb.The Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue is an ancient synagogue that was discovered in modern times in 1936. It is thought to have been built in the seventh century. The synagogue features a large mosaic floor, which includes the phrase Shalom Al Yisrael (Peace to Israel) from which it draws its name.Jewish prayer resumed at the site in 2009 after an interruption of several years due to the PA's terrorist war.(IsraelNationalNews.com)
Foreign Banks Tapped Fed’s Secret Lifeline Most at Crisis Peak
By Bradley Keoun and Craig Torres - Apr 1, 2011 1:53 PM ET
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Thomas Brown, chief executive officer at Second Curve Capital LLC and a Bloomberg Television contributing editor, discusses the Federal Reserve's discount window lending to banks at the height of the financial crisis. The central bank released about 29,000 pages of secret loan documents yesterday under court order, almost three years after Bloomberg LP first requested details. Brown speaks with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's In the Loop.(Source: Bloomberg)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Mark Williams, a former Federal Reserve bank examiner who is now an executive-in-residence at Boston University's School of Management, discusses the Fed's release of data on discount window lending during the financial crisis and prospects for transparency at the central bank. Williams speaks with Erik Schatzker and Lizzie O'Leary on Bloomberg Television's InsideTrack.(Source: Bloomberg)
April 1 (Bloomberg) -- Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economist who predicted the financial crisis, talks about the outlook for monetary policy by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. He speaks from Cernobbio, Italy, with Maryam Nemazee on Bloomberg Television's The Pulse.(Source: Bloomberg)
March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg reporter Bob Ivry discusses the release of the Federal Reserve's discount-window lending records and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s borrowing history. He speaks with Matt Miller on Bloomberg Television's Street Smart.(Source: Bloomberg)
Dexia SA borrowed as much as $33.5 billion through its New York branch from the Fed’s discount window lending program, according to Fed documents released yesterday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s two-year fight to shield crisis-squeezed banks from the stigma of revealing their public loans protected a lender to local governments in Belgium, a Japanese fishing-cooperative financier and a company part-owned by the Central Bank of Libya.
Dexia SA (DEXB), based in Brussels and Paris, borrowed as much as $33.5 billion through its New York branch from the Fed’s discount window lending program, according to Fed documents released yesterday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Dublin-based Depfa Bank Plc, taken over in 2007 by a German real-estate lender later seized by the German government, drew $24.5 billion.
The biggest borrowers from the 97-year-old discount window as the program reached its crisis-era peak were foreign banks, accounting for at least 70 percent of the $110.7 billion borrowed during the week in October 2008 when use of the program surged to a record. The disclosures may stoke a reexamination of the risks posed to U.S. taxpayers by the central bank’s role in global financial markets. The caricature of the Fed is that it was shoveling money to big New York banks and a bunch of foreigners, and that is not conducive to its long-run reputation,said Vincent Reinhart, the Fed’s director of monetary affairs from 2001 to 2007.
Separate data disclosed in December on temporary emergency- lending programs set up by the Fed also showed big foreign banks as borrowers. Six European banks were among the top 11 companies that sold the most debt overall -- a combined $274.1 billion -- to the Commercial Paper Funding Facility. Those programs also loaned hundreds of billions of dollars to the biggest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Bank of America Corp. (BAC), Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley. (MS) The discount window, which began lending in 1914, is the Fed’s primary program for providing cash to banks to help them avert a liquidity squeeze. In an April 2009 speech, Bernanke said that revealing the names of discount-window borrowers might lead market participants to infer weakness.The Fed released the documents after court orders upheld FOIA requests filed by Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, and News Corp.’s Fox News Network LLC. In all, the Fed released more than 29,000 pages of documents, covering the discount window and several Fed emergency-lending programs established during the crisis from August 2007 to March 2010.
The American people are going to be outraged when they understand what has been going on,U.S. Representative Ron Paul, a Texas Republican who is chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Fed, said in a Bloomberg Television interview.
What in the world are we doing thinking we can pass out tens of billions of dollars to banks that are overseas? said Paul, who has advocated abolishing the Fed. We have problems here at home with people not being able to pay their mortgages, and they’re losing their homes.David Skidmore, a Fed spokesman, declined to comment. Fed officials have said all the discount window loans made during the worst financial crisis since the 1930s have been repaid with interest. The Monetary Control Act of 1980 says that a U.S. branch or agency of a foreign bank that maintains reserves at a Fed bank may receive discount-window credit.Our job is to provide liquidity to keep the American economy going, Richard W. Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve’s regional bank in Dallas, told reporters today.The loans were all paid back and they were well-collateralized.
Wachovia Corp. was the only U.S. bank among the top five discount-window borrowers as the crisis peaked.The company, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, borrowed $29 billion from the discount window on Oct. 6, in the week after it almost collapsed, the data show. Wachovia agreed in principle to sell itself to Citigroup Inc. on Sept. 29, before announcing a definitive agreement to sell itself to Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) on Oct. 3. The Wells Fargo deal closed at the end of 2008.Wells Fargo spokeswoman Mary Eshet declined to comment on Wachovia’s discount-window borrowing.
Bank of Scotland Plc, which had $11 billion outstanding from the discount window on Oct. 29, 2008, was a unit of Edinburgh-based HBOS Plc, which announced its takeover by London-based Lloyds TSB Group Plc in September 2008.The borrowings in 2008 didn’t involve Lloyds, which hadn’t completed its acquisition of HBOS at the time, said Sara Evans, a spokeswoman for the company, which is now called Lloyds Banking Group Plc. (LLOY)
This is historic usage and on each occasion the borrowing was repaid at maturity, Evans said.The discount window has not been accessed by the group since.Other foreign discount-window borrowers on Oct. 29, 2008, included Societe Generale (GLE) SA, France’s second-biggest bank; and Norinchukin Bank, which finances and provides services to Japanese agricultural, fishing and forestry cooperatives. Paris- based Societe Generale borrowed $5 billion that day, and Tokyo- based Norinchukin borrowed $6 billion.Jim Galvin, a spokesman for Societe Generale, declined to comment.We used it in concert with Japanese and U.S. authorities in the purpose of contributing to the stabilization of the market, said Fumiaki Tanaka, a spokesman at Norinchukin.
Bank of China
Bank of China, the country’s oldest bank, was the second- largest borrower from the Fed’s discount window during a nine- day period in August 2007 as subprime-mortgage defaults first roiled broader markets. The Chinese bank’s New York branch borrowed $198 million on Aug. 17 of that month.It was just routine borrowing, said Dale Zhu, head of the Bank of China New York branch’s treasury.Two Deutsche Bank AG divisions borrowed $1 billion each, according to a document released yesterday.Arab Banking Corp., then 29 percent-owned by the Libyan central bank, used its New York branch to get at least 73 loans from the Fed in the 18 months after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. collapsed. The largest single loan amount outstanding was $1.2 billion in July 2009, according to the Fed documents.The foreign banks took advantage of Fed lending programs even as their host countries moved to prop them up or orchestrate takeovers.Dexia received billions of euros in capital and funding guarantees from France, Belgium and Luxembourg during the credit crunch.
The Fed loans were secured by high-quality U.S. dollar municipal securities, and used only to fund U.S. loans, bonds and other financial assets, Ulrike Pommee, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mail.The Fed played its role as central banker, providing liquidity to banks that needed it, she said, adding that Dexia’s outstanding balance at the Fed has been reduced to zero. This information is backward-looking.Depfa was taken over in October 2007 by Hypo Real Estate Holding AG, which in turn was seized by the German government in 2009.Since the end of May 2010, Depfa is not making use of the Federal Reserve Discount Window, Oliver Gruss, a spokesman for the bank, said in an e-mailed statement. He declined to comment further.
Many foreign banks own large pools of dollar assets -- bonds, securities and loans -- funded by short-term borrowings in money markets. The system works when markets are calm, said Dino Kos, former executive vice president at the New York Fed in charge of open-market operations. In times of stress, banks can be subject to sudden liquidity squeezes, he said.They are playing with fire, said Kos, a managing director at Hamiltonian Associates Ltd. in New York, an economic research firm. When the market dries up, and they can’t roll over their funding -- bingo, you have a liquidity crisis.The potential for dollar shortages remains. As the Greek fiscal crisis roiled financial markets last year, the Fed had to open swap lines with the European Central Bank, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England and two other central banks to make more dollars available around the world. That move was partially the result of U.S. money market funds shrinking their exposure to European bank commercial paper.Bloomberg News is posting the Fed documents here for subscribers to the Bloomberg Professional Service as well as online at www.bloomberg.com. To contact the reporters on this story: Bradley Keoun in New York at email@example.com; Craig Torres in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scheer at email@example.com
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you( sudden) terror,(ISM) consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
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.
THAT PEACE LOVING RELIGION OF RADICAL ISLAM IS AT IT AGAIN KILLING LIKE USUAL.WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A MURDER FOR SEX CULT.72 VIRGINS FOR MURDERING ISRAELIS,CHRISTIANS.
Ten UN workers killed' at Afghan Koran protest
KABUL (AFP) – Ten foreign UN workers were killed on Friday in an attack on the UN headquarters in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif by demonstrators protesting at the burning of the Koran by a US pastor, police told AFP.Ten (UN) people have been killed by the protesters (...) All the killed are foreigners, police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai said.A spokesman for the UN mission in Kabul, Don McNorton, said: We are aware of an incident in our Mazar office, we are currently working to ascertain all the facts.Afghanistan had condemned the disrespectful and abhorrent burning of the Koran by evangelical preacher Pastor Wayne Sapp in a Florida church, calling it an effort to incite tension between religions.President Hamid Karzai called on the United States to bring those responsible for the burning of the Islamic holy book on March 21 to justice.Sapp set light to a Koran under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last year drew condemnation over his aborted plan to burn a pile of the holy books to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.Jones cancelled his plans under enormous pressure from world leaders including US President Barack Obama, but the mere threat to burn the Muslim holy book sparked large protests in Afghanistan, where the UN and aid groups warned that civilians and aid workers in the country could be killed if the pastor went ahead.
Afghanistan is a deeply devout Islamic country where even rumours that the Koran has been insulted can result in deadly violence.In January last year seven tribesmen were killed when Afghan security forces opened fire at demonstrations sparked by the alleged desecration of a Koran by US troops in the southern province of Helmand, a hotbed of insurgency.The demonstrators were trying to overrun NATO bases and police facilities when they were fired on.A subsequent investigation by NATO and Afghan authorities found that no Koran had been torched during an operation by the Western troops.Afghan officials say the Taliban, the main militant group fighting the insurgency, fabricate stories that Western troops have insulted the religion in order to whip up anti-US sentiment.
These attempts are often successful.In May 2008, a foreign soldier serving under NATO command was killed during demonstrations by Afghan tribesmen against the shooting of a Koran by a US soldier in Iraq. Two Afghan protesters were also killed when the shooting broke out.Friday's attack followed a protest march led by religious clerics and attended by around 200 in Kabul on Friday against the Koran burning and plans announced by Karzai in February for possible permanent US bases in Afghanistan.The demonstrators, who left from mosques in downtown Kabul after Friday prayers, burned a US flag and stamped on it, shouting Death to America.
Nasdaq, ICE make rival bid for NYSE Euronext
By Lauren Tara LaCapra - APR 1,11
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nasdaq OMX and IntercontinentalExchange unveiled a rival bid to buy NYSE Euronext for about $11.3 billion in cash and stock, a 19 percent premium to the offer made by German competitor Deutsche Boerse.The move, announced on Friday, could raise new antitrust questions as it would combine the two largest U.S. stock exchanges. Already, the Deutsche Boerse bid was seen as likely to attract intense regulatory scrutiny as the merged company would have a lock on European exchange-traded derivatives.Deutsche Boerse's bid had also stirred political backlash from some lawmakers who opposed the idea of a foreign company taking over an emblematic Wall Street brand.The new offer is valued at $42.50 per share, Nasdaq and IntercontinentalExchange said. The offer represents a 19 percent premium to NYSE's closing price on Thursday and is 27 percent above the company's valuation before Deutsche Boerse's $10.2 billion bid in February.Under the proposal, ICE would purchase NYSE's valuable derivatives business while Nasdaq would acquire its stock exchanges and options businesses.It's quite a bold move from Nasdaq and ICE. Certainly I think the premium they're paying is quite high .., said Karl Morris, an analyst at Keefe Bruyette & Woods in London. It makes you wonder what Deutsche Boerse is going to do about this and I struggle to see how they can lift their bid to match.NYSE shares jumped about 10.5 percent at $38.63 in premarket trading, while Deutsche Boerse shares were down 0.2 percent in Frankfurt.
Nasdaq shares fell 0.9 percent to $25.60 and IntercontinentalExchange shares slipped 1.4 percent to $121.80 in premarket trade.Deutsche Boerse said it continues to strongly believe that the envisaged merger of Deutsche Boerse AG and NYSE Euronext is the best possible combination for both shareholder groups and the stakeholders of the companies.For now, Deutsche Boerse is studying the offer and relying on Nasdaq shareholders and U.S. regulators to scrutinize the deal before deciding its next move, a person familiar with Deutsche Boerse's thinking said on Friday.NYSE Euronext said its board would carefully review the new offer and urged shareholders not to take any action pending its review.The counterbid comes amid an expected wave of tie-ups in the increasingly competitive and global exchange business, where companies are linking up and pushing into derivatives to survive and grow.Bringing Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange together would create a stock-trading powerhouse in the United States and Europe that would also dominate the business of listing U.S. public companies, and dwarf other U.S. options markets.If successful, a counter-offer could redraw the global exchange map and be a bold move by Nasdaq Chief Executive Robert Greifeld, who has a mixed deal-making record.ICE, an Atlanta-based futures specialist, would get London's profitable LIFFE platform, giving CEO Jeffrey Sprecher an interest-rate business that eluded him when ICE's bid for the Chicago Board of Trade failed four years ago.But with other exchange deals driven largely by a need to diversify and ramp up profitable derivatives trading, a Nasdaq deal with the NYSE would only expand in the core, low-margin, stock-trading business -- and could raise questions for shareholders.In a flurry in February, Deutsche Boerse agreed to buy NYSE, the London Stock Exchange Group Plc announced a deal to take over Canadian market operator TMX Group Inc and BATS Global Markets said it will buy peer Chi-X Europe.
When Deutsche Boerse unveiled its bid for NYSE Euronext, Chief Executive Reto Francioni acknowledged that we have a bumpy road ahead of us.Beyond antitrust issues, there have been questions about what the merged company would be called, as the New York Stock Exchange is seen as occupying an iconic role in American business. Under the counter-bid, NYSE shareholders would receive $14.24 in cash plus 0.4069 of a share of Nasdaq stock.Under the Deutsche Boerse proposal, which still awaits approval by shareholders and regulators, each share of NYSE Euronext stock would be exchanged for 0.47 share of the combined company's stock.Nasdaq and ICE said that within 12 to 18 months, the combined franchise would provide double-digit accretion to shareholders and save $740 million in operating costs per year.The deal outlined by Deutsche Boerse would deliver $5.4 billion in total combined revenue and $400 million cost savings and immediately add to adjusted earnings for shareholders, according to those companies.Nasdaq and ICE have engaged a group of banks, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo, to provide $3.8 billion worth of financing to support the proposed deal.(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Frankfurt and Jonathan Stempel in New York, editing by Dave Zimmerman)
The Blatant Deception of the Libyan War
by Sean Osborne, Associate Director
27 March 2011: Prior to United Nations sanctioned military action by the West (EU, US, CAN) the Western media was prompt to report to our population the urgent calls from the fighters and civilians on the ground opposing Qaddafi and the Arab League for our intervention; to save the Libyan people from Qaddafi’s genocide. Who started this war in Libya, and under what ideological banner? Could it be the same group of Islamic agitators as exists elsewhere in the world – Islamic fundamentalists? The al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun. The Muslim Brotherhood. This is same group and Islamist ideology the socialist left in the West loves to promote as a cause célèbre. Freedom fighters and defenders of the common Muslim men, women and children against the anti-democratic despots and their totalitarian regimes supported by the West to the tune of billions of dollars for decades. The corporate media in the US have even gone so far as to heap praise and hero worship upon the anti-Qaddafi fighters, including suicide and IED bombers identical to those repeatedly attacking major Western cities such as Jerusalem, Madrid, Paris, London, New York City and Washington, D.C. This is the same ideology as is being opposed by our nation’s finest heroes and our dwindling treasury in Afghanistan and Iraq for the better part of the past 10 years, and was completely unopposed in any meaningful way going back to the first WTC bombing in 1993.
So we find ourselves intervening in an illegal, undeclared war in Libya, characterized by our national leadership as a kinetic military action, for the purpose of preventing genocide against the same Islamic freedom fighters as we have fought against all this time in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tell me, why are our armed forces responding to the Libyan civil war? Does not the Arab League possess enough military hardware, fighting men and treasury to oppose Qaddafi and they have consistently done against the State of Israel for the past 63 years? Why do the Arab Muslims need our military forces to do their dirty work? We’re told by our national leadership that our efforts in Libya will ultimate result in democracy coming to the Libyan people. Really? Do they mean the same kind of democracy that came to the Gaza Strip or Lebanon? There is enough information in this brief article to wake up all but the most comatose, consciousness-suspended or gleefully misinformed among us regarding the reality of the situation. In case you’re still unsure about that which I write, allow me to be as blunt as Diana West has been: Our military forces have joined the Islamic Jihad. So how does it feel to be the Global Jihad’s rent-a-cop?
Obamas not welcome in America’s garden - Judi McLeod Thursday, March 31, 2011
While the doomsayers continue to sing the Swan Song of Americans in loud and screeching voices, most Americans are covering their bases, Dub and Deb style.Dub and Deb are the husband and wife team behind Ridin’ Out the Recession, now the fastest growing feature on Canada Free Press.In the mounting political unrest sent almost daily from the Obama Regime, real life continues sunrise to sunset. No one needs permission from the Oval Office to survive. Obama’s message, omnipresent only two years ago, is becoming more and more blurred. People are tuning out on his running dog news networks and tuning in to the Internet and to talk show radio. Obama and his Czars waited decades too late to turn the United States of America over to the UN’s One World Government, proof positive that you can’t expect success after sitting around toking since the 1960s, dude.Years of living life on earth have long ago taught the people to put their families first and it would take more than a politician leading a Shadow Government to have them give up on their own survival.
King of the World Barack Obama and his soft-living bureaucrats at the world’s largest, talk-only bureaucracy, have written off the populations of nations too quickly. For them to advance their Marxist goal of One World Government, they need to kill off the indomitable human spirit of untold billions.Today the Pond, Tomorrow the World is only the stuff of comic books and movies. Insisting on living in a pretend world surrounded by movie stars inevitably brings the rude awakening of reality.Even amidst the largely manufactured disasters of economic depressions, political unrest and insurrections, people are getting by.In America, the people know enough that until the course becomes clear to ignore the political strategies of a 2012 bound Barack Obama and his band of merry Dems.They know there was nothing magic or special about the president before he invented himself through booklore and that there’s nothing special about him now so have moved on.Not difficult to see straight through people who push Nutrition on the same Americans, who have have turned back to gardening and canning as the best way to feed their families.Simply put it is not the little people who count on specially flown in pizza but the high handed, squandering luxury Obamas, and the little people who continue to teach their families and friends that the best veggies come from the home garden and not supermarket shelves.
Nor can Nutrition Nazis like Michelle Obama teach the masses anything about gardening. She used sludge on her White House garden, while the little people use the same cow and sheep manure that their grandparents did.The silly Obamas keep People Pique on their strategy radar by always leaving Dodge for another vacation, not realizing that the vacation folk most look forward to is the permanent one; the one in which Barack and Michelle with family and friends go abroad to lord it over some other country in ultimate luxury, the last vacation from which they never return.In the meantime, scares will abound daily in the panic-pushing mainstream media. Radiation from Japan has found its way to American milk. Bird and swine flu are making a comeback. North American nuclear reactors are built along earthquake fault lines, global warming, hot or cold, is going to kill off the entire human race.Then there is the uptick in natural disasters. People have been surviving whatever Mother Nature has thrown at them since time immemorial.It is the soft living politicians and UN bureaucrats who panic, not the people.This is what people going about their own business trying to survive the recession may have missed in one morning’s news headlines today: Budget Negotiations Reach Tentative Deal.(Wow, we can all draw a big sigh of relief!)
This is one bound to torment those of even minimal intellect: Obama polls hit new low, Hillary Nears All-Time High.(Get the Easter goodies out of the freezer!)How about this one in reference to Japan: UN Calls for Wider Evacuations. (Forget the calling. How about being right on site to ensure that it happens?)Even some of our on-side news friends at Fox sometimes leave room for complaint. Every time I see them putting up a silly question with the instruction, You Decide, I answer in the same fashion as so many others: We already do.Meanwhile this message to Obama: When millions render that most special prayer known as Our Father, they’re talking to the One in Heaven.
Proofers and Birthers Get a Boost from Trump
- Jim O'Neill Wednesday, March 30, 2011 CANADA FREE PRESS
Nobody comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in his life. It’s very strange.—Donald Trump on Obama
Proofers want PROOF that Obama is who he says he is. While birthers focus mainly on Obama’s birth certificate, or rather lack thereof, proofers are more concerned with the overall cover-up—the astonishing paucity of verifiable information about Obama’s life.Due to the lack of documented history, we are supposed to content ourselves with his self-serving autobiography Dreams from My Father.(Leaving aside the question of who actually wrote Obama’s book, who writes their autobiography before they have done anything worth writing about? Okay, there’s Hitler’s Mein Kampf, but I mean other than Hitler).Obama’s autobiography was first published in 1995, BEFORE he had even run for the Illinois state legislature, let alone the US Congress, let alone the Presidency. The book was not exactly a bestseller when it first came out, as most people’s reaction to his autobiography was understandably, Who? There are certainly a number of people that would love to know who today. Like modern-day versions of Butch and Sundance, we ask ourselves Who is that guy? Below is a partial list of the plethora of documents that proofers are interested in:
•Obama’s birth certificate—Not released
•Obama/Dunham marriage license—Not released
•Noelani Kindergarten records—Lost
•Soetoro/Dunham marriage license—Not released
•Soetoro adoption records—Not released
•Punahou School records—Not released
•Noelani 3rd Grade records—Not released
•Occidental College records—Not released
•Social Security documentation—Controversial
•Selective Service documentation—Controversial
•Columbia College records—Not released
•Harvard College records—Not released
•Illinois Bar Records—Not released
•Medical records—Not released
•Illinois State Senate schedule—Lost
•Law practice client list—Not released
And this dude is POTUS? Unbelievable. Un-frigging-believable. With credentials like that, he couldn’t get a job as a postal clerk in most places.Joseph Farah of WND, who knows a thing or two about the birth certificate cover-up, recently wrote, I’m shocked that we have so many gullible people in the media. It’s appalling, and all those who have aided Obama in his cover-up will regret it someday.Indeed, one lives in hope. Which is why Donald Trump throwing his hat into the proofer/birther ring is so welcome. Say what you will about The Donald, he definitely garners attention, and the fact that he’s broaching the birth certificate issue is shining much needed light on the subject.Trump is not merely mentioning the subject in passing either. One gets the sense that he has a hold of this issue like a junkyard dog with a T-bone. Bravo, Mr. Trump, about f—king time someone with a national presence stood up and demanded answers.LTC Lakin, imprisoned in Ft. Leavenworth for the crime of asking to see his CINC’s (Commander IN Chief’s) birth certificate, and Lt. Cmdr Walter Fitzpatrick, thrown into jail in Monroe County, Tennessee, as the result of his efforts to force Obama to show his birth certificate, are just two of the millions of patriotic Americans who want answers, who want PROOF.That the traitorous americanus who staff the liberal media’s propaganda machine, vociferously demean proofers/birthers is to be expected, but I’ve been somewhat surprised by the reaction of purportedly patriotic pundits. Bill O’Reilly, for example, who seems to me to be patriotic enough, in a RINOesque, milquetoast kind of way, has repeatedly dissed the birthers,as being beyond the pale.
What gives? My guess is that the folks who dismiss the people who want to see proof that Obama is who he claims to be, are largely deluded. They are either deluded, or in on the fix,and it is obvious that the mass of sheeple who have swallowed the Sorelian myth surrounding Obama, are clueless regarding the particulars of the ongoing destruction of Western civilization—i.e., they are not in on the fix.In the early part of the 20th century, Marxist Antonio Gramsci concluded that capitalism and Christianity were simply too deeply embedded into Western culture for atheistic Marxism to successfully take hold—ergo Western civilization had to go, root and branch, in order for Marxism to succeed. We are currently at the end game phase of his demented vision. Which way the world will tip, is very much an open question. Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western civ has got to go! Our Treasury is blatantly looted by greedy, corrupt politicos, unions, bankers, and corporate scum.Meanwhile America is bogged down in money-draining Tar Baby wars, that cost us some of our best, bravest, and most patriotic citizens. Our Treasury is blatantly looted by greedy, corrupt politicos, unions, bankers, and corporate scum. Our freedoms are whittled away at by Agenda 21, and other insidious means. The American electorate, and military, continue to be dumbed down, indoctrinated, and neutered. And on and on it goes, while Officer O’Reilly and his ilk tell us Nothing to see here folks, move along.
It is not that hard to see what is going on. It is not rocket science to figure out who the main players are. You need not be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that we the people are being played for suckers, and very purposefully eradicated as a viable concern.Inspector Clouseau could sniff out the game plan, for God’s sake.Too many honest, moderate Americans continue to delude themselves about the current state of affairs, and willfully blind themselves to the truth. The truth being that behind the cover of Islamists, Fascists, Communists, and other various isms, a global Billionaire Boy’s Club is setting itself up to rule the roost after the destruction of America as a world power—after the destruction of Western civilization itself. After the destruction of freedom.A couple of members in good standing of the Billionaire Boy’s Club are Maurice Strong, and George Soros.Environmentalist Strong, one of the chief architects of such warm and fuzzy sounding eco-agendas as sustainable development,bides his time in Communist China, where the dark Satanic mills belch their toxins night and day, and over 80% of the rivers are polluted. George Soros, Fascist functionary extraordinaire, is busily engaged with his cronies in converting the world to a new global currency. Can you say Bye-bye US dollar. Bye-bye American middle-class.Bye-bye United States of America? This is hardly a case where being able to say I told you so will hold any satisfaction. So I applaud Trump’s efforts to essentially say All stop! What is going on here? Maybe we the people will wipe the sleep from our eyes, and start to notice that we have been duped, cheated, lied to, and used—and that the regressive Progressives have pushed the world to the brink of a 21st century neo-Dark Age.I think that is worth an All stop! What is going on here? Don’t you?
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 FRI APR 01,2011
09:30 AM +2.43
10:00 AM +42.01
10:30 AM +90.29
11:00 AM +82.01
11:30 AM +92.11
12:00 PM +95.02
12:30 PM +91.73
01:00 PM +86.02
01:30 PM +75.53
02:00 PM +80.20
02:30 PM +85.34
03:00 PM +42.57
03:30 PM +29.90
04:00 PM +56.99 12,376.72
S&P 500 1332.41 +6.58
NASDAQ 2789.60 +8.53
GOLD 1,428.00 -11.90
OIL 108.18 +1.46
TSE 300 14,130.20 +14.10
CDNX 2298.40 +2.41
S&P/TSX/60 810.49 +1.33
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
Dow +51 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow +1 points at low today.
Dow +98 points at high today so far.
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EU commission keen to set up new counter-terrorism office
ANDREW RETTMAN 31.03.2011 @ 17:32 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission is testing the water for creating a new EU internal security body on the model of Catherine Ashton's European External Action Service (EEAS).Speaking at a European Parliament hearing in Brussels on Wednesday (30 March), commission counter-terrorism director Olivier Luyckx envisaged a new entity that would pull together existing security agencies Cepol, Cosi, Eurojust, Europol and Frontex under EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove.There is new room for action at EU level, he said.This is how I see the change: to set up a system that would mirror the one that is being set up for monitoring external crises [in the EEAS], a one-stop shop for information-sharing.
Luyckx cited Guideline V on Operational Co-ordination of the EU's recently-adopted Internal Security Strategy as containing the embryo of the project: Today, crisis centres in member states share contacts and information on a voluntary and informal basis. We need to go a step further and to see, while respecting the division of labour set up in the EU treaty, how to make those linkages in a tighter way.He underlined that the new body would not be an EU intelligence service which carries out its own operations in the field. We have no mandate, no appetite and no perspective for doing intelligence work. But we are prepared to add value if mandated by member states, Luyckx said. Speaking at the same hearing, Austrian counter-terrorism chief Peter Gridling went even further.It is time to ask ourselves this question: Is it realistic to start thinking about a future EU intelligence service? he said.I think it's realistic to start thinking about it.Austria and Belgium first proposed a European intelligence service after the Madrid train bombing in 2004. But they were shot down by big member states, not least the UK. Gridling noted that EU capitals still have different positions on the subject and laid out some of the obstacles on the way.He explained that EU countries' intelligence services work on rules such as originator control and need-to-know designed to limit information to as few people as possible. He also said that member states do not trust EU institutions to keep secrets.We should ask ourselves who would be the users, the consumers of intelligence and are they trained users, are they conscious enough to understand the principles and the importance of secrecy, of protecting this information,he said.Can we expect anything in the next two to three years? The answer for me is clearly No.Gridling gave a rare insight into current EU intelligence co-operation.
All 27 EU countries plus Norway and Switzerland share secrets inside the non-EU body, the Club de Berne. They share secrets on terrorism in a Club de Berne offshoot, the Counter Terrorist Group (CTG). The CTG is also a non-EU body but talks to the EU institutions via the Joint Situation Centre, a branch of Ashton's EEAS. The Club de Berne is an institution based on voluntariness. The members come together to speak about problems, to exchange views and exchange experience and information. These meetings on the level of heads of service take place frequently, Gridling said.The CTG is nowadays the interface between the Club de Berne and the EU ... the Joint Situation Centre has been attending CTG meetings for years and acts as a gateway for the CTG to the EU institutions.Remarking on the growing trust between EU countries, former Spanish intelligence director Gabriel Fuentes Gonzalez told MEPs: Some of the co-operation systems we have today would have been unacceptable 20 years ago.For his part, Andre Vandoren, a senior Belgian intelligence officer, put forward the modest idea that EU countries should use one system of terrorist alerts.I hope in the future we can have threat levels that are common for the 27 countries so that we are speaking the same language. For the moment we have different ones in each country. We can speak with each other. OK. But that's the way to go,he told MEPs.Belgium's system goes from one (the lowest) to four. The country is normally on level two, but US, Israeli and Jewish interests are on three. The last time it jumped from two to four was due to a plot to attack Christmas festivities in winter 2007. Greek parcel bombs last year saw it briefly go from two to three and back again.I'm sorry, but if you know Brussels, and with the EU and Nato here, I think two is the minimum,Vandoren said.Antwerp is the second Jewish city in the world after New York and we have already had attacks in Brussels and Antwerp against Jewish targets.
EU to appoint high-level truth-teller
ANDREW RETTMAN Today APR 1,11 @ 09:32 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - EU Council President Herman Achille Van Rompuy has created a new high-level official in charge of puncturing the gloomy atmosphere at EU summits and telling annoying truths to leaders.The post, for an Information Pasquination Officer, was advertised in the EU's Official Journal on Friday (1 April) and comes with an annual salary of €1.6 million and a large blue hat with 12 saggy peaks, each topped with a golden star.The advert says: "Candidates are expected to show vague awareness of EU institutions and European history, with 10 years' experience of working in a neurotic environment and a post-graduate degree or equivalent from the University of Life.The successful applicant will: form part of the cabinet of President Van Rompuy in a permanent advisory capacity and attend meetings of the European Council, tasked with bringing a dose of much-needed reality to the hypocritical posturing of normal procedure in line with Article 11 of the EU Treaty on safeguarding the integrity of EU internal and external policy.Other tasks include throwing custard pies at prime ministers whose economies require an EU-IMF bailout and sounding a klaxon whenever anybody uses the phrases shared values or human rights in reference to EU foreign policy.In protocol terms, the new official will sit on President Van Rompuy's shoulders in the EU summit family photograph.He or she will also be required to scatter rose petals under the feet of central Asian gas dictators during their visits to the EU capital.Van Rompuy might not be a renaissance-era monarch, but he is a bit literary and he got the idea from the Shakespeare play King Lear, where the fool helps the king hold on to some shreds of sanity,an EU official said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the inanity.
We thought the massive salary would give a good laugh to all those nurses and firemen being sacked in member states while we award ourselves pay rises based on an indexation mechanism of Byzantine complexity.A contact in European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's inner circle said a similar post had been considered in his cabinet.Barroso is a bit solemn. But with people around like Dalli [a Maltese commissioner who recently spoke out in defence of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi] and Ashton [a commission vice president labouring under the delusion that there is such a thing as EU foreign policy and that she is in charge of it], we thought we didn't need any more jesters.A contact in EU parliament President Jerzy Buzek's office added: Nobody takes us seriously anyway. So we are going to wear very dark suits and Cuban heels.
€24bn needed to regain confidence in Irish banks
ANDREW WILLIS Today APR 1,11 @ 09:26 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Fresh stress tests conducted on Irish banks have revealed a €24 billion capital shortfall, with Dublin rapidly announcing a restructuring plan that will likely see the country's entire banking sector brought under government control.Announcing the results of the tests on Thursday, Irish central bank chief Patrick Honohan said:This proves to have been one of the costliest banking crises in history.The stress tests gauged the ability of Irish banks to withstand further losses in a deteriorating economic environment, concentrating primarily on mortgage losses.They found that Allied Irish Banks, once Ireland's leading lender, needs €13.3 billion in additional capital. Bank of Ireland will require a further €5.2 billion, Irish Life and Permanent €4 billion and the EBS building society €1.5 billion.The injections will be the fifth bail-out for Ireland's banks since crisis struck in September 2008 following the fall of Lehman Brothers in the US, bringing the total state support of the debt-ridden firms to roughly €70 billion.The figure equates to more than €15,000 for each of Ireland's 4.5 million residents, with taxpayers set to shoulder the vast majority of the burden after the government announced no writedowns for bondholders as part of its latest restructuring plan.In a joint statement on Thursday evening, the European Commission, ECB and IMF welcomed the Irish tests as rigorous.
Speaking in the Irish parliament after the results were announced, Irish finance minister Michael Noonan said the government would restructure the sector around two new strong universal pillar banks, centred around a much-reduced Bank of Ireland and a new entity comprising AIB and EBS.This radical restructuring of the banking system is designed to put the banking system on a firm footing for the future and break the bonds with our toxic banking past, he said.The overhaul will see the banks gradually sell off assets over time, but the size of the newly-revealed hole means Dublin will require more than the €10 billion originally envisaged of the €35bn earmarked for banks under Ireland's international loan.The former Fianna-Fail-led administration was forced to turn to the EU and IMF last November for €85bn bail-out.Ireland's recently elected Prime Minister Enda Kenny, head of the centre-right Fine Gael party, told parliamentarians it would not be reasonable or logical to go after bondholders in live banks which depended on the markets for funding.Finance minister Noonan said the concept of burden sharing was unpopular with the ECB and a majority of EU member states, although he maintained his desire to see bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide see a reduction in their investments.Anglo, a commercial property lender that has so far received €29.3 billion in government funds and is set to be wound down, was not part of the stress tests. On Thursday it announced 2010 losses of €17.7 billion, on top of the €12.7 billion it lost in 2009.
Ireland's banks have been relying on ECB short-term loans since being hit by the global credit squeeze in 2008. The Frankfurt based institution had been rumoured this week to announce a new facility which would convert these into medium-term loans, but now appears to have stalled.The central bank did indicate however that it would suspend ratings requirements for Irish government debt, meaning Dublin's bonds will be accepted as collateral for ECB loans even if they fall below investment-grade status.The ECB made a similar concession for Greece last year.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
PESTILENCES (CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS)
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.
NUCLEAR LEVEL METER
6-SERIOUS ACCIDENT - JAPAN AT THIS LEVEL CURRENTLY
5-ACCIDENT WITH WIDER CONSEQUENCES
4-ACCIDENT WITH LOCAL CONSEQUENCES
LOW LEVEL RADIATION CAMPAIGN-Christopher Busby
A 100-year battle awaits Fukushima
Mike Adams NaturalNews April 1, 2011
The unfolding of the Fukushima catastrophe continues to worsen. Here are today’s most important developments:
-A nuclear expert is now warning that it will take 50 to 100 years before the spent nuclear rods at Fukushima will cool enough to be removed from the site. In the mean time, Japan must keep pouring water on the fuel, and that creates highly radioactive water that’s being flushed directly into the ocean. So now we’re looking at the possibility of a century-long radiation leak (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/…).
-The groundwater underneath the Fukushima nuclear power facility is now showing 10,000 times the level of radiation normally allowed by government authorities. This is from iodine-131 measured at 15 meters below one of the reactors. (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011…)
-You’ve probably already heard that there have been efforts to use robots to help solve the Fukushima crisis, but those efforts have failed. Then again, who needs robots when you can just pay humans to do the same deadly work? Reuters is now reporting that a U.S. recruiting company is signing up U.S. workers to go to Fukushima and work on-site there as part of the crew that’s trying to save the reactors (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/exclusive-…). Why would anyone agree to do such a thing? Because they’re being promised extra pay, if you can believe that.You gotta wonder, of course, how these people think they’re going to be able to spend all that extra money if they’re half-dead from radiation poisoning. But hey, if they get paid one dollar for every millirem of radiation they absorb, they could soon be Fukushima’s new millionaires!
-The world’s largest concrete pumping truck is headed to Japan as part of a plan that can only be the beginning of the total surrender of Fukushima (http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest…). The only reason you need to pump that much concrete is if you’re building a giant Chernobyl-like entombment of the Fukushima facility. But who’s going to keep spraying the spent nuclear fuel rods with water in the mean time? (Nobody knows…)
-Due to the failure of Fukushima, Tokyo will be experiencing rolling blackouts all summer long. Tokyo’s power has been reduced by roughly 20 percent due to the Fukushima catastrophe (http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/a…).
-Fukushima workers who have been desperately trying to bring the reactors back under control have said they expect to die due to their repeated exposure to extremely high levels of radiation. Oh, but the Fukushima deniers claim radiation is safe and that no one has even been harmed by it! (Seriously…) (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor…)
-Remember, health authorities have been screaming for decades that sunlight exposure is potentially deadly because of the radiation exposure. But Fukushima fallout, we’re now told, is perfectly safe for you! I guess only the sun is dangerous, not nuclear fuel rod meltdowns. How’s that for public health policy?
Japan PM vows funding to tackle long nuclear crisis
By Chizu Nomiyama and Chisa Fujioka – Fri Apr 1, 6:43 am ET
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Friday he was ready for a long fight to bring a quake-hit nuclear plant under control but was convinced Japan would overcome the world's worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.I am prepared for a long-term battle over the Fukushima nuclear plant and to win this battle, he said in a nationally broadcast news conference as the country marked three weeks since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the crisis.We cannot say that the plant has been sufficiently stabilized. But we are preparing for all kinds of situations and I am convinced that the plant can be stabilized, Kan said, promising a quake relief budget by the end of April.As Tokyo Electric Power Co tries to regain control of its stricken nuclear plant in the face of mounting public criticism and a huge potential compensation bill, the government was reportedly moving to take control of the utility.Kan said the government had to responsibly support TEPCO as it faced obligations to compensate for the accident. But he said he wanted the firm to continue to work hard as a private company.The utility may have to deal with compensation claims topping $130 billion, according to one U.S. investment bank.In the devastated northeast, many Japanese still see only the splintered remains of their homes and lives after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left more than 28,000 people dead or missing and damaged six nuclear reactors.Japan's Nuclear and Industry safety Agency (NISA) says radiation may be continuously flowing out into the sea.Radiation 4,000 times the legal limit has been detected in seawater near the plant as contaminated water used to cool down reactor rods leaks into the ocean, and high levels of radiation outside a 20 km (12 mile) exclusion zone have put pressure on Japan to widen the restricted area.They are throwing water on what they can't see and hoping that they don't get more radiation out. They are flying blind, partially, at least, said Ed Lyman, senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, a U.S. nuclear safety watchdog group.
More than 172,400 people were still living in shelters around northeast Japan. Many devastated areas looked like rubbish-strewn junk yards, with cars lodged in the side of toppled buildings and boats still high and dry on roads.More than 70,000 have been evacuated from the exclusion ring and another 136,000 who live in a 10-km (6-mile) zone beyond that have been encouraged to leave or to stay indoors.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the evacuation of people from near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi complex, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, would be a long-term operation.Nuclear experts say it could take years, possibly decades, to make the area around the plant safe.With thousands still missing and many areas off-limits to rescuers due to the high levels of radiation, Japanese and U.S. forces will soon begin a joint search for bodies.The recovery of the bodies of up to 1,000 people killed by the tsunami has been delayed by fears that they are contaminated, police told Kyodo news.The damage bill may top $300 billion, making it the world's costliest natural disaster and raising concerns about the world's third-biggest economy. Japanese manufacturing activity slumped to a two-year low in March and posted the sharpest monthly fall on record as the quake and tsunami hit supply chains and output.Japan's government may need to spend over 10 trillion yen ($120 billion) in emergency budgets for disaster relief and reconstruction, the country's deputy finance minister, Mitsuru Sakurai, signaled on Thursday.
EMERGENCY NUCLEAR WORKERS RECRUITED
Nuclear workers have been offered up to 400,000 yen ($5,000) per day to work in risky high-radiation conditions inside reactors at the Fukushima plant, according to Japanese media.TEPCO says it was considering using jumpers, or workers who rush into highly radioactive reactors for quick jobs, such as installing water pumps, then jump out to avoid prolonged exposure to radiation. The practice was common in the United States in the 1970s and early 80s.France is a global leader in the nuclear industry and Paris has flown in experts from state-owned nuclear reactor maker Areva to work with Japanese engineers.Areva has also shipped 11,000 hazmat suits and thousands of protective breathing masks to be used in and around the nuclear plants.
The United States and Germany are sending robots to work in the highly radioactive parts of the reactors. Kyodo said around 140 U.S. military radiation safety experts would arrive.U.S. nuclear workers were also being recruited to join the recovery teams at Fukushima and will begin flying in on Sunday.These are not jumpers rushing into a room. TEPCO is bringing in robots to help limit human exposure to high levels of radiation, said Joe Melanson, a recruiter at specialist nuclear industry staffing firm Bartlett Nuclear in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Japan's NISA has warned TEPCO to ensure the health of workers after it was reported the company did not have enough radiation dosemeters.The Japanese disaster has revived the debate over the safety and benefits of atomic power. In Switzerland a parcel bomb exploded at the office of the national nuclear lobby, injuring two employees. It was not known who sent it.
France -- the most nuclear-dependent country in the world -- has called for new global nuclear rules and proposed a global conference in France.Illustrating the terrible, surreal times through which Japan is living, one newborn baby's first medical appointment was not with a paediatrician but a Geiger counter.I am so scared about radiation, Misato Nagashima said as she took her baby Rio, born four days after the earthquake and disaster, for a screening at a city in Fukushima prefecture.Food and milk shipments from the region have been stopped, devastating the livelihoods of farmers and fishermen. Various countries have banned food imports from the area.But life in Tokyo, Japan's capital of 13 million people, was slowly returning to normal after the early days of the disaster when train services were patchy, workers stayed home and groceries like bread, milk, toilet paper and diapers were rare.Yet Tokyo residents still worry about the spread of radiation and another big quake.I only go as far from home as I can walk back and I take emergency gear with me, said Noriko Ariura, rummaging in a bag holding a radio, flashlight, bottled water and medicine.(Additional reporting by Linda Sieg, Jon Herskovitz, Terril Jones and Yoko Nishikawa in Tokyo, Eileen O'Grady in Houston, Scott DiSavino in New York; Writing by Michael Perry; Editing by Alan Raybould)
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
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.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
BIBLES WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS
CHINA MILITARY PARADE(KING OF THE EAST)
RUSSIA ARMY PARADE(KING OF THE NORTH)
EGYPT ARMY PARADE(KING OF THE SOUTH)
EUROPEAN UNION MILITARY PARADE(KING OF THE WEST)(NOT THE USA)
ISRAEL MILITARY-GUARENTEED BY EU TO SECURE THEM THE BIBLE SAYS(2 MAIN ENDTIME PLAYERS)(NEXT TO GOD HIMSELF FUULFILLING THE PROPHECIES ON EARTH)
ANGEL 2 TO DR DOCTORIAN
The angel showed me that the United Nations shall be broken in pieces because of the crisis in the Middle East. There shall be no more United Nations. The angel with the sickle shall reap the harvest.
The Libya Rebels: A CIA Secret Army of al Qaeda Terrorists, Anti-Black Racists, and Monarchists
Gaddafi forces storm Misrata, rebels offer truce
By Maria Golovnina and Alexander Dziadosz - APR 1,11
TRIPOLI/AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi's forces stormed the western rebel outpost of Misrata with tanks and artillery on Friday, a rebel spokesman said, while insurgents marshaled defenses in their eastern heartland.A rebel leader speaking after talks with a U.N. envoy in Benghazi offered a ceasefire on condition Gaddafi left Libya and his forces withdrew from cities now under government control. It was unclear if the offer was part of broader diplomatic moves to end a conflict that appears deadlocked on the military front.Rebels speaking from Misrata said Gaddafi's forces had brought their superior firepower to bear on the insurgents' last western enclave with an intense bombardment.They used tanks, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds and other projectiles to hit the city today. It was random and very intense bombardment,the spokesman, called Sami, told Reuters by telephone.We no longer recognize the place. The destruction cannot be described.The pro-Gaddafi soldiers who made it inside the city through Tripoli Street are pillaging the place, the shops, even homes, and destroying everything in the process.
They are targeting everyone, including civilians' homes. I don't know what to say, may Allah help us, he said.The account from Misrata, Libya's third biggest city 200 km (130 miles) east of Tripoli, could not be verified. Authorities do not allow journalists to report freely from the city.A doctor in Misrata told Reuters in an email that the 32nd Brigade, one of the best-equipped and trained units, had been sent early on Friday to seize control of the city.So the question is where is the international community? the doctor said.
Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya since taking power in a coup in 1969, describes the rebels as terrorists and Western agents. He accuses NATO led air forces, operating under a U.N. mandate, of killing huge numbers of civilians in bombing raids.
Civilian deaths haunt the calculations of coalition governments. Any sign of mounting casualties could shatter a fragile consensus between Western and Arab capitals who first called for creation of a militarily enforced no-fly zone.BBC television quoted a Libyan doctor as saying a coalition air strike had killed seven civilians, mostly children, and wounded another 25 near the oil town of Brega on Wednesday.The doctor said he had been called to a village 15 km (9 miles) from Brega after the strike hit a pro-Gaddafi military convoy. A trailer containing ammunition exploded between two homes, killing girls and young men aged between 12 and 20, the BBC said on Friday. The report has not been confirmed.Libyan rebels moved heavier weaponry toward government forces at the eastern oil town of Brega on Friday and sought to marshal rag-tag units into a more disciplined force to fend off Gaddafi's regular army and turn the tide of recent events.Rebels said neither side could claim control of Brega, one of a string of oil towns along the Mediterranean coast that have been taken and retaken by each side in recent weeks.But there were signs on Friday of a more ordered approach. Rebels said more trained officers were at the front, heavier rockets were seen moving toward Ajdabiyah late on Thursday and the checkpoint was screening those going through.Only those who have large weapons are being allowed through. Civilians without weapons are prohibited, said Ahmed Zaitoun, one of the rebel fighters and part of a brigade of civilian volunteers who have received more training than most.Today we have officers coming with us. Before we went alone, he said, and he pointed to a man complaining at being stopped at the checkpoint, adding: He is a young boy and he doesn't have a gun. What will he do up there?
The new approach has yet to be tested after the rout rebels sustained this week when a two-day rebel advance forward along about 200 km (125 miles) of coast west from Brega was repulsed and turned into a rapid retreat over the following two days.On the road between Ajdabiyah and Benghazi, gun emplacements were set up in freshly dug ditches with sand berms facing toward Ajdabiyah and the front line, the first sign of organised defensive positions protecting the rebel capital.
Overnight, Gaddafi supporters danced and chanted patriotic songs around his compound as soldiers manning anti-aircraft guns watched the sky over Tripoli from the back of pickup trucks.We are not afraid, not afraid, not afraid. We will always protect our leader. I want to say to Muammar Gaddafi: I love you so much! said Zuhra, a teenage girl at the rally.Long ostracized by the West and denounced in 1986 by then- President Ronald Reagan as this mad dog of the Middle East for his backing of guerrilla movements, he had cultivated better ties in recent years, opening Libya to Western oil investment.But Gaddafi's crackdown on popular protests spreading from elsewhere in the Middle East raised alarm in the Arab world as well as the West, prompting a U.N. resolution permitting military action to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly zone.While Western action has failed to bring any end to fighting or quick collapse of Gaddafi's administration, signs have emerged of secret contacts between Tripoli and Western capitals.Foreign minister Moussa Koussa defected in London this week. A Gaddafi appointee also declined to take up his post as U.N. ambassador, condemning the spilling of blood in Libya.A British government source said Mohammed Ismail, an aide to Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, had been visiting family members in London, but that Britain had taken the opportunity to send some very strong messages about the Gaddafi regime.Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the national council in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, told journalists after meeting U.N. special envoy Abdelilah al-Khatibset in Benghazi:We have no objection to a ceasefire but on condition that Libyans in western cities have full freedom in expression their views...Our main demand is the departure of Muammar Gaddafi and his sons from Libya. This is a demand we will not go back on.The United States, France and Britain, which have led air strikes, have talked about the possibility of arming the rebels. There have also been revelations U.S. President Barack Obama signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. support.
Asked if he had seen any covert Western operatives at the front line with rebels, Zaitoun said: I wish. They have great technology. They would have useful guidance for us. I have heard many things but I haven't seen anything yet.The top U.S. military officer said Gaddafi's forces were not close to collapse. We have actually fairly seriously degraded his military capabilities, Admiral Mike Mullen said.That does not mean he's about to break from a military standpoint.U.S. government sources told Reuters U.S. intelligence operatives were on the ground in Libya before Obama signed the order, to contact opponents of Gaddafi and assess their capabilities. There has been no CIA comment.I can't speak to any CIA activities but I will tell you that the president has been quite clear that in terms of the United States military there will be no boots on the ground, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.(Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball, William Maclean, Adrian Croft, Maria Golovnina, Edmund Blair, Ibon Villelabeitia, Lamine Chikhi, Hamid Ould Ahmed, Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Avril Ormsby, Aly Eldaly, Niklas Pollard and Karolina Tagaris; Writing by Ralph Boulton)
Libyan opposition says it has oil deal with Qatar
By BEN HUBBARD, Associated Press - APR 1,11
BENGHAZI, Libya – A plan to sell rebel-held oil to buy weapons and other supplies has been reached with Qatar, a rebel official said Friday, in another sign of deepening aid for Libya's opposition by the wealthy Gulf state after sending warplanes to help confront Moammar Gadhafi's forces.It was not immediately clear when the possible oil sales could begin or how the arms would reach the rebel factions, but any potential revenue stream would be a significant lifeline for the militias and military defectors battling Gadhafi's superior forces.Rebel units were pushed back about 100 miles (160 kilometers) this week along the Mediterranean coast, but still held parts of oil-rich eastern Libya and the key city of Benghazi. In recent clashes, rebels displayed more firepower including mortars and rockets, but remain significantly outgunned.Ali Tarhouni, who handles finances for the opposition's National Transitional Council, said that Qatar has agreed to market oil currently in storage in parts of southeastern Libya. He said one sticking point is how to truck the oil out of the country.Tarhouni said money from oil sales will be put into an escrow account the opposition will use to pay for weapons, food, medicine, fuel and other needs.
There was no immediate comment from officials in Qatar, one of the few Arab states taking part in the international military contingent enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya. Qatar is also assisting a rebel satellite TV operation that began broadcasts this week from Qatar's capital Doha and has agreed to host a meeting of Libyan opposition groups.A spokesman for Qatar Petroleum, the state company responsible for selling the Gulf nation's oil, declined to comment.In London earlier this week, Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, said Qatar had offered to facilitate oil sales that are consistent with international law. Hague did not provide details about who would be supported, how the facilitation process would work, or how Qatar's offer has been received by diplomats.It has been unclear how exactly such an arrangement would work. The effort to get oil out is hampered by several factors, including the rebels' ability to hold eastern oil production and export facilities, the departure of skilled foreign oil-field workers and international sanctions that technically apply to the country as a whole.OPEC member Libya produced about output of 1.6 million barrels per day of oil before the conflict, just under 2 percent of world production.Qatar — host of the U.S. Army's Middle East command hub — has significantly boosted its international profile in recent years with diplomatic initiatives and top-level sporting events, including being picked to host the 2022 World Cup.The 22-member Arab League was critical in winning U.N. Security Council support for the no-fly zone. But only Arab League members Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have contributed aircraft to the mission.
Qatar also has agreed to host the first meeting of an international contact group aimed at coordinating political action and opening channels with Libya's opposition. No date for the meeting has been set.A Qatari aid plane carrying 30 tons of relief supplies including medicine, medical equipment and blankets landed in the Libyan city of Tobruk on Wednesday, according to the official Qatar News Agency.Last month, Qatar sent ground troops to join a Saudi-led force aiding the rulers in Bahrain, which has been wracked by anti-government protests and violence for more than six weeks.In the Arab world, however, Qatar may be best known as the headquarters for the powerful Al-Jazeera broadcasting network, which was founded by the country's rulers in 1996.A Libyan rebel spokesman, Mahmoud Shamam, said a satellite channel, Libya TV, began broadcasts from Doha earlier this week with financial and logistical support from Qatar.A top rebel official, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, offered a cease-fire Friday if Gadhafi pulls his military forces out of cities and allows peaceful protests against his regime.Associated Press writers Adam Schreck and Brian Murphy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.
Hizbullah Fortifying South Lebanon
by Gavriel Queenann APR 1,11
According the the Israel Defense Forces, Hizbullah has built bunkers and underground weapons depots in most southern Lebanese villages as it continues building its army, the Associated Press reports.A memo from the IDF brass to Israeli embassies on Thursday to Israel details the acceleration of Hizbullah's fortification of the volatile border region since the end of the 2006 Lebanon war.The memo says, Hezbollah has built as many as 550 bunkers in the southern Lebanon region, holding various weapons. In addition, the organization has built 300 underground facilities and 100 storage units for munitions including rockets, missiles and other weapons.
Many of these terror centers are located near hospitals, private homes and schools, Hezbollah's way of taking advantage of the civilian population of Lebanon, the memo said, citing Hizbullah's well-established tactic of placing fighters and munitions among civilians - a war crime - in order to create bad press for Israel when civilians become collateral damage in strikes on such targets.A military spokesman also confirmed a map published by the Washington Post detailing the exact sites of these facilities was supplied by the IDF.During second Lebanon War, which lasted for 34-days in 2006, Hizbullah used similar tactics. But the current build-up takes the stategy to an all new level as Hizbullah seeks to work out of the reach of UN peacekeepers -- and into heavily populated civilian areas, Israel says.Current estimates show Hezbollah has an arsenal of 40,000 short- and medium-range rockets stored in towns villages south of the Litani River. Hizbullah has also obtained long-range rockets. In 2006 Hizbullah possessed only 14,000 rockets.According to the IDF, Hizbullah has 20,000 fighters, more than a third of whom have undergone combat training in Iran, in southern Lebanon.The war between Israel and Hizbullah destroyed much of Lebanon's major infrastructure and killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers. Most Lebanese civilians killed were collateral damage in strikes against legitimate military targets Hizbullah had placed in their midst.(IsraelNationalNews.com)
PA Arab Attacks Jewish Farmer with Hoe
by Maayana Miskin APR 1,11
A group of Palestinian Arab men attacked Jewish farmers on Friday morning near the town of Netzer in Gush Etzion. The attack, reported by Women for Israel's Future (formerly Women in Green) activists, was one in a series of similar incidents in the area.Six Arab men approached the farmers as they went about their work, and demanded that they leave, claiming that the land they were cultivating belongs to Arabs. When the farmers refused a fight broke out during which one of the PA men attacked a Jew with a hoe, causing him injuries.Police later arrested one of the PA attackers.
Jewish activists noted that the land in question is definitely state owned, and is not Arab property. The issue has been investigated in the past due to similar Arab claims, and the land was found to be Jewish owned, they said.Clashes first broke out half a year ago, when local Jews began agricultural activity in an open area near Netzer. Then, on Friday, PA Arabs began to disrupt the farmers' work arguing that the land was theirs.Since then, PA Arabs have repeatedly undermined the fledgling agricultural enterprise, and have destroyed many olive saplings.If it weren't for our activists on the ground, there would have been no way to plant in those fields, said Nadia Matar of Women for Israel's Future. The Arabs would have taken control of the land, and it would have been lost to the people of Israel. Our activists' determined stance forced the Civil Administration to intervene, to look at the maps and to admit that the lands in question do not belong to Arabs.(Israel National News.com)
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.
25 dead in Thai floods; rains finally ease
BANGKOK – Heavy rains have finally eased in southern Thailand, where flooding and mudslides over the past week killed 25 people.Flood relief center official Vittayen Muttamara warned Friday that residents in hillside areas must remain alert, because the flood runoff from the mountains could still inundate villages.The government disaster agency says nearly 1 million people in eight southern provinces have been affected by the floods.Vittayen said access to some villages by land was still difficult because of damage to roads and bridges, but rescue workers were able to reach them by helicopter. The state news agency TNA quoted Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat saying more than 1,246 schools suffered damage.
Flotsam from Japan's tsunami to hit US West Coast
By PHUONG LE, Associated Press - APR 1,11
SEATTLE – John Anderson has discovered just about everything during the 30 years he's combed Washington state's beaches — glass fishing floats, hockey gloves, bottled messages, even hundreds of mismatched pairs of Nike sneakers that washed up barnacled but otherwise unworn.The biggest haul may come in one to three years when, scientists say, wind and ocean currents eventually will push some of the massive debris from Japan's tsunami and earthquake onto the shores of the U.S. West Coast.
I'm fascinated to see what actually makes it over here, compared to what might sink or biodegrade out there, said Anderson, 57, a plumber and avid beachcomber who lives in the coastal town of Forks, Wash.The floating debris will likely be carried by currents off of Japan toward Washington, Oregon and California before turning toward Hawaii and back again toward Asia, circulating in what is known as the North Pacific gyre, said Curt Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam.Ebbesmeyer, who has traced Nike sneakers, plastic bath toys and hockey gloves accidentally spilled from Asia cargo ships, is now tracking the massive debris field moving across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. He relies heavily on a network of thousands of beachcombers such as Anderson to report the location and details of their finds.If you put a major city through a trash grinder and sprinkle it on the water, that's what you're dealing with, he said.
As to whether any of the debris might be radioactive from the devastation at Japanese nuclear power plants, James Hevezi, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Medical Physics, said there could be.But it would be very low risk, Hevezi said.The amount that would be on the stuff by the time it reached the West Coast would be minimal.Only a small portion of that debris will wash ashore, and how fast it gets there and where it lands depends on buoyancy, material and other factors. Fishing vessels or items that poke out of the water and are more likely influenced by wind may show up in a year, while items like lumber pieces, survey stakes and household items may take two to three years, he said.If the items aren't blown ashore by winds or get caught up in another oceanic gyre, they'll continue to drift in the North Pacific loop and complete the circle in about six years, Ebbesmeyer said.The material that is actually blown in will be a fraction of the tsunami debris, said Curt Peterson, a coastal oceanographer and professor of in the geology department at Portland State University in Oregon. Some will break up in transit. A lot of it will miss our coast. Some will split up and head up to Gulf of Alaska and (British Columbia).All this debris will find a way to reach the West coast or stop in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling mass of concentrated marine litter in the Pacific Ocean, said Luca Centurioni, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.The dispersion is pretty large, so it's not like a straight shot from Tokyo to San Francisco, said Centurioni, the principal investigator for the Global Drifter Program funded by NOAA. The program deploys about 900 satellite-tracked drifting buoys each year throughout the world to collect sea surface temperature and other data.Much of the debris will be plastic, which doesn't completely break down. That raises concerns about marine pollution and the potential harm to marine life. But the amount of tsunami debris, while massive, still pales in comparison to the litter that is dumped into oceans on a regular basis, Ebbesmeyer said.
Ebbesmeyer and retired NOAA researcher Jim Ingraham are using a computer program to plot the path of debris from March 11 tsunami to add to growing knowledge about ocean currents. The modeling relies on weather data collected by U.S. Navy, and the researchers are waiting for the monthly release of that data to make their first projections.Ingraham developed the program to figure out the effects of ocean currents on salmon migration, but the two also have been using it plot the path of a multitude of floating junk.Ebbesmeyer first became interested in flotsam when he heard reports of beachcombers finding hundreds of water-soaked shoes in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. An Asia cargo ship bound for the U.S. in 1990 had spilled thousands of Nike shoes into the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. He was able to trace serial numbers on shoes to the cargo ship, giving him the points where they began drifting in the ocean and where they landed.The oceanographer also has tracked plastic bath toys — frogs, turtle, ducks and beavers — that fell overboard a cargo ship in 1992 in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and were later found in Sitka, Alaska. Anderson says he constantly scans the beaches watching for something that catches his eye. He's found about 20 bottled messages, mostly from schoolchildren, and the several hundred Nike sneakers, which he cleaned up by soaking in water and eventually gave away, sold or swapped.In two years, there's going to be stuff coming in (from Japan), and probably lots of it,he said.Some of it is bound to come in.
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 quake strikes Crete
ATHENS, Greece – A strong earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete Friday, rattling buildings as far away as Egypt and Turkey. Local police said they had no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and struck off the southern coast of Crete at 4:29 p.m. (1329 GMT, 8:29 EDT), the Athens Geological Institute and the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany, said. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a slightly lower preliminary magnitude of 5.9. Magnitudes recorded by geological institutes often differ.Police in Ierapetra, a town on the southern coast of Crete closest to the epicenter, said it was strongly felt but that they had no initial reports of damage or injuries.
The quake was felt as far away as Cairo across the Mediterranean Sea, and the Turkish news agency Anatolia said it also caused panic in the Turkish resorts of Bodrum, Fethiye and Marmaris.It was a strong earthquake in a region that is in the eastern section of area known as the Aegean Arc, said Manolis Skordilis, Associate Professor of Seismology at the University of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.This is a very seismically active area that has seen more powerful quakes in the past. We are monitoring the post-earthquake activity, which so far is not intense, he said.
Greece is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, but the thousands of quakes recorded each year rarely cause severe damage or fatalities.In June 2008, a 6.5-magnitude quake struck near the western port city of Patras, about 120 miles west of Athens, killing two people, injuring more than 200 and damaging hundreds of buildings. In 1999, a magnitude 5.9 quake near Athens killed 143 people.
Going underground? Sales of spaces in U.S. doomsday bunker soar 1000% after Japan quake reawakens nuclear fallout fears By Daily Mail Reporter
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-Artist's impressions of luxury shelter to house 950 people in Nebraska
Reservations for a doomsday bunker in the U.S. have rocketed since Japan's catastrophic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.The 137,000sq ft bunker - designed to house 950 people for a year and withstand a 50 megaton blast - is currently being built under the grasslands of Nebraska.Vivos, the California-based company behind it, is taking $5,000 (£3,100) deposits, which will have to be topped up to $25,000 (£15,600) to secure a place.Cower in luxury: Vivos's doomsday shelters are to be kitted out with all the modern conveniences American consumers would expect
Social space: The company is building one bunker under the grasslands of Nebraska with the capacity to house 950 for a year.Paranoia: Vivos says applications for its luxury bunkers have gone up 1,000 per cent since the Japan earthquake
It says applications have soared 1000 per cent in the wake of the disasters in Japan. And the bunkers will be kitted out with all the modern conveniences the American consumer has come to expect.Once finished the complex will feature four levels of residential suites, a dental and medical center, kitchens, pet kennels, a bakery, a prayer room, a fully stocked wine cellar and even a prison to detain any misbehaving residents.There will also be a 350ft tall lookout tower so residents can see what is going on around them - and if it's safe to emerge.People are afraid of the earth-changing events and ripple effects of the earthquake, which led to tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown, and which will lead to radiation and health concerns, said Vivos CEO Robert Vicino.
Self-contained community: Once finished the bunker complex will feature four levels of residential suites, a dental and medical center, kitchens, pet kennels, a bakery, a prayer room and a fully stocked wine cellar.Limited space: The firm is taking $5,000 deposits for their bunker, which will have to be topped up to $25,000 to secure a final spot.The news comes after low levels of radiation were detected in milk in two U.S. states, the first sign Japan's nuclear crisis is affecting American food.At least 15 states have now reported radioactive particles from the stricken Fukushima reactor. Earlier in the week the Environment Protection Agency confirmed radiation was found in air filters in Alabama and in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.Though the trace levels are very low and not hazardous to health, residents have been warned not to use rainwater which has been collected in cisterns.
Rebuilding society: The bunker even features a prison in case any residents misbehave and become a liability to others .Safe space: The company claims its bunkers are designed to withstand a range of catastrophic events, from nuclear terrorism to the gravitational havoc caused of a rogue planet sweeping across the solar system.Intimate: Space is limited in the bunker, the floor-plan of which resembles a youth hostel in this graphic.Mr Vicino added: Where it ends, I don't know. Does it lead to economic collapse? A true economic collapse would lead to anarchy, which could lead to 90 per cent of the population being killed off.The company claims its bunkers are designed to withstand a range of catastrophic events, from nuclear terrorism to the gravitational havoc a rogue planet sweeping across the solar system could cause.Interest in doomsday bunkers has grown over recent years, but critics say developers are simply trying to cash in on public panic. Oleg Repchenko, the head of Russian analytical centre 'Indicators of Real Estate Market', told The Voice of Russia: These fears emerged in the US a long time ago back in the Cold War era.
September 11, 2001 has seriously affected the psychology of common Americans and part of the population is afraid of disasters and terrorist attacks.Panicking is quite typical for Americans even when a disaster happens not on their territory but across the ocean in Japan. Once something terrifying happens it makes people think more about their future.