Wednesday, August 10, 2016

 

TURKEY AND RUSSIA IN CHARM OFFENSIVE.GERMANY SAYS IT WILL NOT AFFECT NATO.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

EZEKIEL 38:1-23
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,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) 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: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
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.

Russia, Turkey ready for fresh start in St Petersburg-By EUOBSERVER-AUG 9,16

Today, 09:27-Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits on Tuesday St. Petersburg for a bilateral meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. This will be Erdogan's first trip abroad since the failed July coup and the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Turkey downed a Russian jet in November, on the Syrian border, leading to a crisis between the two countries.

Turkey questions future of EU-By EUOBSERVER-AUG 9,16

Today, 07:49-Turkey's deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, shot back on Monday at comments made by Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, on Turkey's dim chances of the country one day joining the EU. Gabriel had said it would take up to 20 years for Turkey to join the EU. Kurtulmus, for his part, said the existence of the EU in 20 years is in doubt, reports the Turkish Daily Sabah .

Turkey, Russia rapprochement not seen affecting Turkey's NATO role - Germany-[Reuters]-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany does not believe that a thaw in relations between Turkey and Russia will affect Turkey's role in the NATO alliance, the German Foreign Ministry said on Monday.The spokeswoman welcomed moves by the two countries to end tensions after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border last November, and said better communication was important given their respective roles in ending the civil war in Syria."We do not believe that the rapprochement between Turkey and Russia will have consequences for the security partnership within NATO," spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli told a regular government news conference. "Turkey is and remains an important partner within NATO."Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on Tuesday for talks on the Syria conflict, trade, energy and the resumption of Russian charter flights to Turkey.The meeting comes amid growing strains in Ankara's ties with the West after a failed military coup in Turkey in which 230 people were killed. Turkey accuses the West of showing more concern over a post-coup crackdown than over the putsch itself.Markus Ederer, state secretary in the German foreign ministry, told reporters that he told Turkish officials during a visit on Monday that Germany took the attempted coup seriously.But he said he also insisted that Ankara should carry out post-coup investigations in line with European values and the principles of rule of law.Chebli and a spokeswoman for the German government repeated that reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey would end its bid to join the European Union."It's clear that there is no place in the European Union for a country that has the death penalty," German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters.(Reporting by Michelle Martin, Andrea Shalal and Sabine Siebold in Berlin, and Ayla Jean Yackley in Ankara; Editing by Caroline Copley)

Ankara and Kremlin in charm offensive By Nikolaj Nielsen-AUG 10,16-EUOBSERVER

Brussels, Today, 17:46-Relations between Turkey and Russia are thawing after a state visit on Tuesday (9 August) by Turkey's president to St. Petersburg."Turkey-Russia ties have entered into a very different and positive phase," said Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.Putin, for his part, said the restoration of bilateral ties "would benefit both Turkey and Russia."The move marks a turning point in an often fraught relationship, and a possible step away from Turkey's increasingly strained Nato allies, the United States and Europe.Last November, Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 jet fighter near the Syrian border, killing both pilots. Russia responded with trade sanctions and suspended charter flights and package tour sales to Turkey.The trade measures saw Turkey's exports to Russia drop by over 60 percent, some €664 million, in the first six months of this year, according to Turkey's Daily Sabah.The Russian ban reportedly causing around €757 million in losses in the Turkish tourism sector over the same period.The official visit to the Russian city is an effort to smooth over tensions, part of a broader Turkish policy, pre-dating the 15 July coup, to mend relations in the neighbourhood.Erdogan also sent the Kremlin a letter where he expressed his regret for downing the jet. The half-apology appearing to have helped convince Russia to mend ties.Tuesday's encounter with Putin marks Erdogan's first official state visit following last month's failed military coup to overthrow Turkey's government.Yet, the two nations still remain at odds over the fate of Syria. Russia backs Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, enemy of Erdogan.-Anti-americanism in Turkey-The two share a disdain for the United States; Erdogan, in part, blames the Americans for harbouring his enemy Fethullah Gulen.Turkey says Gulen — a Muslim cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1991 — masterminded the coup.Turkey's government continues its purging his supporters throughout the country, despite denials from 75-year old Gulen of involvement in the coup.Gulen has accused Erdogan of using the coup to further tighten his grip on power.Around 16,000 people have been arrested and tens of thousands detained or fired from their jobs.Turkey wants him extradited from the United States.On Tuesday, Turkey's justice minister Bekir Bozdag said in an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency that anti-Americanism in Turkey risks turning into hatred."It is in the hands of the United States to stop this anti-American feeling leading to hatred," he said.The European Union, for its part, has not been spared from Turkey's criticisms, Ankara threatening to scrap the migrant swap deal signed off in March unless short-term visa restrictions on Turkish nationals are lifted.Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, issued the threat earlier this month in an interview with Germany's daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung."If visa liberalisation does not follow, we will be forced to back away from the deal on taking back [refugees] and the agreement of 18 March," he had said.The EU is determined to keep the deal, but is refusing to budge on Turkey's demands.In an interview with Tagesspiegel on Monday, EU commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker said the deal with Turkey stood."I do not feel blackmailed by Turkey. We negotiated an agreement and I expect Turkey to fulfil the jointly agreed conditions. Pacta sunt servanda [agreements must be kept]. (…) If Turkey wants to obtain visa liberalisation by October, it will have to fulfil all the outstanding benchmarks," he said.

Turkey won't reform terrorism law to conform with EU deal By Nikolaj Nielsen-AUG 9,16-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, Today, 08:17-Turkey won't amend its anti-terrorism law, a blow which could upend the EU-Turkey migrant-swap deal signed off with Ankara in March.In an interview with the Financial Times on Monday (8 August), Turkey's EU minister Omer Celik said it would be "impossible" to overhaul the law in the immediate future.EU imposed conditions require Turkey to narrow its definition of terrorism in the law, as part of a broader deal to free-up short term visas for Turkish nationals to travel in the European Union.But the initial plan to ease visa waivers following the migrant deal over the summer failed, Ankara unable to meet all 72 visa liberalisation benchmarks.Yet, Celik has not ruled out making the amendments to its counter-terrorism altogether. But he said tensions in the wake of last month's failed military coup along with other threats make the move impossible.“We have the PKK, Daesh [Isis] and other groups launching attacks so it would not be intelligent to make an amendment in the terrorism law at this point," he said.The Turkish government has used the broad definition of terrorism to crack down on opposition and jail journalists in the lead up to the coup on 15 July.Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, earlier this month, warned Turkey would no longer abide by the migrant deal, should the EU fail to lift the visa restrictions.The March agreement has resulted in a sharp decrease in the number of mostly Syrians leaving Turkey to seek asylum in Greece.The Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration (IOM) registered around 1,800 arrivals in July, down from almost 55,000 in July 2015.

Turkey's Erdogan sits down with Russia's Putin for talks-[syndication.thecanadianpress.com]-August 9, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — On his first foreign visit after Turkey's failed coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for inviting him for talks Tuesday aimed at repairing ties shattered by Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane along the Syrian border last year.The downing of the Russian jet in November, which Putin described as a "treacherous stab in the back," came amid boiling tensions over Syria, where Moscow and Ankara back opposing sides in the war. Russia promptly cut ties with Turkey over the incident, banned Turkish vegetables, restricted Russian tourists' access to Turkey and blocked some Turkish companies from working on the Russian market.Erdogan in June sent a letter to Putin with a long-anticipated apology for Turkey's downing of the jet, setting the scene for the meeting Tuesday at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg.Opening the talks, Putin said he was "glad" to be seeing Erdogan again and praised his visit as Turkey's commitment to repair the soured ties."Despite the very difficult domestic situation your visit means that all of us want the dialogue to be resumed and ties to be restored in the interests of the people of Turkey and Russia," Putin said.Putin is interested in mending the rift with Turkey in the hopes of reviving key economic projects, including a much-touted pipeline to carry natural gas to Turkey, and expanding Russia's clout in Syria.Erdogan, in his opening remarks, thanked Putin twice for inviting him to Russia. "I believe that our solidarity will help toward the resolution of regional problems," he said.Erdogan also mentioned that Putin was one of the first world leaders to call him after the attempted coup on July 15 to express his support, which Erdogan said "gladdened me, my colleagues and our people."Putin earlier in the meeting said it is Russia's "first stance" to oppose any "actions that counter the constitution."Analysts say that Erdogan may also be hoping to play the Russian card to strengthen his hand in disputes with the United States and European Union.Turkey is pressing the United States hard to extradite Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government blames for the failed coup. Gulen denies the claims.___Suzan Fraser in Ankara contributed to this report.Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press

U.S. urges Russia to halt Syria sieges; Russia slams aid politicisation-[Reuters]-By Michelle Nichols-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council must not allow civilians on both sides of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be cut off from humanitarian aid, the United States said on Monday as Russia accused Washington of politicizing a humanitarian issue.Insurgents effectively broke a month-long government siege of eastern, opposition-held Aleppo on Saturday, severing the primary government supply corridor and raising the prospect that government-held western Aleppo might become besieged.The United States, Britain, France, New Zealand and Ukraine organised an informal Security Council meeting on Aleppo on Monday with briefings by a "White Helmet" rescue worker and two U.S.-based doctors from the Syrian American Medical Society who recently returned from Aleppo."If the fighting continues it is conceivable that civilians on both sides of Aleppo could be cut off from the basic assistance they need. We cannot allow this to happen," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said.Citing U.N. figures, Power said Syrian government forces were to blame for nearly 80 percent of the besieged areas throughout Syria. Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the outbreak of the conflict five years ago, has been divided between government forces and rebels since the summer of 2012."We once again urge Russia to stop facilitating these sieges and to use its influence to press the regime to end its sieges across Syria once and for all," she said.The United Nations aid chief has called for weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses in fighting to deliver aid to Aleppo.Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov accused the United States and its western colleagues of politicizing a humanitarian issue, urging them to "admit that the main cause of all of the humanitarian problems in Syria is not the counter-terrorist actions by the legitimate government of Syria."The propaganda and the emotional rhetoric, the unfounded accusations, the information campaign, means that we cannot move toward a political settlement in Syria," Safronkov said.He said the first step toward ending the five-year conflict should be a pooling of efforts to combat terrorism and then a renewal of Syrian peace talks.A crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on pro-democracy protesters five years ago sparked a civil war, and Islamic State militants have used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq.The United States and allies began bombing Islamic State militants in Syria nearly two years ago, while Russia began air strikes in support of Assad a year ago.(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Dan Grebler)

China warns UK over 18 bln stg nuclear power deal - FT-[Reuters]-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

(Reuters) - China has warned Britain that bilateral ties stand at a "crucial historical juncture" over London's deferral of an 18 billion pound ($23.47 billion) nuclear power project, the Financial Times reported on Monday.China's Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming wrote in the FT that he hoped London would keep its door open to China and that the British government would continue to support the nuclear project and come to a decision as soon as possible.Britain said last week it wanted closer ties with China, but resisted pressure from Beijing to sign off on a $24 billion nuclear power project that was delayed at the last minute by Prime Minister Theresa May.Any cancellation of the Hinkley deal would likely harm other planned Chinese investments in the UK, the FT reported, citing Chinese officials.Hinkley is seen as the front runner to closer Chinese nuclear involvement, paving the way for another project in Britain that would use Chinese nuclear technology.Under plans drawn up by former prime minister David Cameron, French utility EDF and Chinese partner China General Nuclear would fund the $24 billion cost of the project, while Britain committed to pay a minimum price for the power generated by the plant for 35 years.($1 = 0.7670 pound)(Reporting by Rama Venkat Raman in Bengaluru; Editing by James Dalgleish)

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

Poll: Third Spanish election won't end limbo-By Sarah Morris-AUG 9,16-EUOBSERVER

Madrid, Today, 09:29-Spain has now spent eight months without a full government, since anti-austerity party Podemos and liberals Ciudadanos ("Citizens") burst into the national parliament, taking a third of seats.Yet a return to the ballot box would only produce another fragmented parliament, a poll by state-run Centre for Sociological Studies (CIS) showing only Spain's Socialist Party would gain from a third election.Traditional parties that have run Spain since the 1970s and the newcomers have so far failed to agree on a coalition, even after the repeat election on 26 June.Monday’s poll forecast the conservative People’s Party (PP) would again win the largest share of the vote, slipping to 32.5 from June's 33.0 percent.The Socialists, the only party to increase their vote, edged up to 23.1 from up from 22.7 percent, retaining second place — ahead of the anti-austerity party, Podemos (“We Can”).Podemos and Ciudadanos both lost ground; Left-wing coalition Unidos Podemos falling to 19.6 from 21.1 percent percent and Ciudadanos to 12.0 from 13.1 percent.-Growing pressure on Socialists-Carried out between 1 and 11 July , the survey may strengthen the resolve of Socialist Leader Pedro Sanchez, under pressure from rival parties and leading Socialists to facilitate a government led by incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy.Rajoy is seen as the best placed to form a government after winning 14 extra seats in June. Yet 137 seats put him a long way from the 176 needed for an absolute majority – even if he can persuade Ciudadanos' 32 members of parliament to support him in a vote of confidence .The Socialists have so far refused to even contemplate their 85 MPs voting with, or abstaining from, a vote against their historical rivals. If they do, they risk losing Socialists voters to Podemos.“The CIS [poll] confirms us as the alternative to Rajoy,” the Socialist group tweeted in reaction.The PP are pressurising Sanchez and Ciudadanos’ leader Albert Rivera to back Rajoy as prime minister, by the end of August, pointing to a need to approve 2017's budget in order to meet a mid-October deadline with the European Commission.The European Commission said last month (27 July) Spain may not be fined for not taking “effective action" to bring its budget deficit down to 3 percent of GDP. But the EU Council could still impose levies, up to 0.2 percent of each state's GDP.-Third elections looming-“Third elections would turn us into the laughing stock of Europe,” said Rafael Hernando, spokesman for the PP after the CIS poll. “If the political situation and the opinion of the Spaniards would hardly change, Mr Sanchez and also Mr Rivera need to change.”Some Socialists have suggested they could more easily abstain if the PP can gain votes from smaller parties and a “yes” vote from Ciudadanos to come closer to 176 seats.Rajoy has accepted King Felipe VI’s mandate to form a government, but suggested he will not present himself for an unwinnable confidence vote in the parliament.So far, Ciudadanos has promised that to give Spain a government it will abstain in a second investiture vote – where a larger majority of votes in favour are needed. But, it has ruled out a favourable vote or even entering coalition headed with the PP.Opposition parties have criticised the failure of Rajoy to face an investiture vote, given Spain’s Constitution sets a two-month deadline from the first vote before an election is automatically called. If no vote takes place, the prospect the country’s political blockage could go on indefinitely, one minister suggesting the parliament could be dissolved without such a vote.-Rajoy still the favourite-Most analysts think rival parties will eventually accept a PP government, with Rajoy as its leader. Rajoy's position is shaky, considered by rivals to have done little to investigate allegations of party slush-funds.“Despite the apparent trench warfare between all the parties, it’s increasingly probable for a precarious legislature to get under way without third elections,” said Pablo Simon, a political science lecturer at the Carlos III University-Regional parties like the Basque National Party, so far, have said they will not support Rajoy – even if they backed his party in the 1990s – as they're unlikely to risk upsetting voters before elections in the Basque region on 25 September.Beyond an investiture vote, though, the PP will have to strike deals in order to be able to pass reforms. It governed for the last four years with an absolute majority, when it introduced many laws by decree.Analyst Simon says the PP’s rivals should now take advantage of the fact that MPs will play a role in lawmaking. Though they may not be able to always agree on economic issues, the Socialists, Ciudadanos and Podemos voted together in parliament in 63 percent of the December-June parliament, he says. “This is the first time the opposition can, if it wants, set the pace from the parliament.”

Candidate for UN secretary general among those denied visa to Montreal's World Social Forum-[CBC]-August 9, 2016-YAHOONEWS

A candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as United Nations secretary general is among those denied a visa by Canadian immigration officials for this week's World Social Forum in Montreal.AminataTraoré, a high-profile anti-globalization activist and a former minister of tourism and culture in Mali, said the visa controversy is a stain on Canada's reputation as an open country."Honestly I wasn't expecting this," Traoré told Radio-Canada in an interview."Especially since I've been to Canada several times to give conferences on the same themes."Traoré said she was told her visa application did not meet the requirements, but wasn't told why.She said she recently sent her documents for a third time to the Canadian embassy in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, where the visas are processed.But at this point, she said, the back-and-forth process has made her question her desire to attend the conference."I don't know if I'll get the visa or not, but ultimately, I just decided today that taking into account all of these difficulties, I don't want to look like someone who's been rescued," she said.-'Dreadful lesson in democracy'-Traoré called the ordeal a "worrying" and "dreadful lesson in democracy.""It is precisely these countries that are supposedly there to give lessons to our democracies," she said. "In reality, the West is more and more afraid of debates on ideas ... We are bearers of ideas, not bombs."Despite increased media attention on the problem, organizers said several guests had yet to obtain their visas with the event set to begin Tuesday.The World Social Forum, an annual meeting bringing together activists and leftist intellectuals from around the world, runs from Aug. 9 to Aug. 14 in Montreal."The government is very much aware of the situation and we hope to have good news," said Carminda Mac Laurin, one of the event's organizers.According to Mac Laurin, Canada is putting its image on the line with its restrictive policies on visitors and international speakers.First World Social Forum in a G7 country could be the smallest-The 12th WSF is expected to draw 50,000 people and 5,000 organizations and is aimed at finding "concrete alternatives to the neoliberal economic model and to policies based on the exploitation of human beings and nature," according to its website.This year's international gathering sets several precedents as it is the first to be held in North America and the first to take place in a G7 country.This despite the founding principle that the annual conference should be held in the Global South."But our fellow Canadian activists hoped that this edition would be held in Canada and I think they were assured everything would be fine. But that's not the case and I'm sad for them," Traoré said.The visa issue may now contribute to a third WSF precedent: being the least-attended in the conference's 15-year history.In comparison, over 200,000 people attended the first WSF in Porto Alegre, Brazil, back in 2001."If there are less people, it's probably unfortunately going to be the Canadian government that will... suffer a little bit, because it taints Canada's reputation of openness and hospitality that is always put forward," said Mac Laurin.-NDP presses for action-Jenny Kwan, the NDP's immigration critic, called on Immigration Minister John McCallum to hold an emergency meeting with WSF organizers last week.She says the federal government hasn't taken any steps she's aware of since then."We are once again urging the minister to act expeditiously," Kwan said Monday."But as each day passes, we're running out of time."For its part, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has blamed the denied visas on WSF's organization and says the applications were not filled out rigorously.It says organizers should have sought private assistance to complete the applications.Organizers dispute that applications were not filled out properly and added that not all the invited participants could absorb the extra cost of private help.Despite this, Mac Laurin believes several visas will be granted at the last minute.

FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

California wildfire forces closure of scenic Highway 1-[By Dan Whitcomb]-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An epic wildfire that has killed one person and blackened about 60,000 acres along the California coast, forced authorities on Monday to shut down a portion of scenic Highway 1 near Carmel-by-the-Sea.The closure of the highway, which runs along much of the Pacific coastline and is famed for its dramatic ocean views, was prompted by an increase in fire and wind activity in the Big Sur area, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.The road was expected to be closed to traffic in both directions from 10 p.m. Pacific time on Monday (0500 GMT Tuesday) until at least 6 p.m. on Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday), depending on conditions, the department said.The so-called Soberanes Fire, which has destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings, has been burning since July 22. A bulldozer operator died on July 26 when his tractor rolled over as he helped property owners battle the blaze, becoming the sixth wildfire fatality in California this year.Authorities have traced origins of the blaze to an illegal campfire left unattended in a state park about a mile from Highway 1. No arrests have so far been made.As of Monday, the more than 5,000 firefighters battling the flames had cut containment lines around 45 percent of its perimeter.Firefighters are making gradual but steady progress against the blaze as wildfire season in the western United States reaches its traditional peak, intensified by prolonged drought and extreme summer heat across the region.The conflagration near Big Sur is one of 35 major wildfires that have charred half a million acres in 12 states, mostly in the West, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.A blaze that erupted on Sunday in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, had scorched some 4,500 acres of dry timber and brush within 24 hours and was only about 5 percent contained, officials said. That fire, called the Pilot Fire, had not destroyed any homes as of Monday afternoon but residents of about 25 homes along two major highways were ordered to evacuate.(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Grant McCool)

OZONE DEPLETION JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH DUE TO SIN

ISAIAH 30:26-27
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

MATTHEW 24:21-22,29
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

REVELATION 16:7-9
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Environment Canada issues heat warning for Toronto-[CBC]-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

A heat warning was issued by Environment Canada for Toronto on Monday afternoon, alerting residents to another impending heat wave.On Tuesday "afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach the low thirties. Humidex values will slowly rise to the mid-thirties," the warning reads, and humidex values may reach the low forties beginning Wednesday."This may be the longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far," the alert continues.People in Toronto are advised to reschedule outdoor activities or plan them for later in the evening when it's cooler, according to Environment Canada.Environment Canada issues a heat warning in two situations:- When daytime temperatures are expected to hit 31 C or higher on two consecutive days, and nighttime temperatures are predicted to stay at 20 C or higher.- When the humidex is expected to hit 40 C or higher for two consecutive days.

SIGNS OF THE END OF THE AGE (NOT THE WORLD) THE WORLD GOES ON FOREVER.

GENESIS 1:5,14
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:(ISRAELS HOLY DAYS AND SABBATH STARTS AT 6PM) And for SIGNS (PROPHECY SIGNS TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE, OUR DAY)

SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON AND STARS-CHEMICAL WEAPONS

LUKE 21:11
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;(BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL/NUCLEAR) and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON THE MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS-PROPHECY SIGNS) 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,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Perseid Meteor shower set to become a meteor storm-[CBC]-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

If you've never seen a shooting star you're in luck. The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak between Thursday night and Friday morning, and it should be a great show this year.Vance Petriew, President of the Royal Canadian Astronomical Society's Regina branch, said the shower might actually turn into a storm."An average shower is about 60 meteors per hour," explained Petriew. But this year, they're predicting 100 plus meteors an hour."They usually call it a meteor storm once we get to 100 meteors an hour or more, So there's a potential for this to be called Perseid meteor storm," said Petriew.Perseid showers typically last from July 17 to Aug. 22, but the last meteor storm he can remember was in 2009.The phenomenon occurs when the Swift-Tuttle comet goes around the sun, leaving a trail of dust. While in space the dust shifts and moves."This year they're predicting that Jupiter slightly moved one [of the trails] and we are going to come and partially impact one of these trails," said Petriew.Just to be clear, when he refers to "us" he means "Earth."Petriew said it's not uncommon for Jupiter to be the main gravity attractor in our solar system, altering the orbit of asteroid belts or comets. In fact, Jupiter's gravitational pull brought a comet into Petriew's telescope sights on an August night in 2001.Awake at 3:00 a.m. he was testing out his new telescope when he saw a fuzzy object. He tried to identify it, could find no other record of it, recorded the observation and phoned it in via pay-phone to the International Astronomical Union in Cambridge, Massachusetts.With that the comet 185P/Petriew was discovered, the first comet to ever be discovered in Saskatchewan.Best time to watch-The best time to see the meteors is after midnight on Aug. 11, when the moon has gone down, but you will be able to see meteors all night and through the early morning on Aug. 12.For those hoping to see the shower – or storm, potentially – Petriew advises that you head out of town heading east, and if you can make it to a dark sky preserve.Weather permitting you'll be in for a great time, said Petriew. "Keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the show! It's awesome."

A COW (IS FOR MEAT TO EAT) ITS NOT HOLY. JESUS WHO IS GOD IS HOLY. AND THE INDIAN CULTS ALSO BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION.WHICH IS A LIE FROM THE PITS OF HELL.MY BIBLE SAYS TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD. THERES NO FALSE BELIEVE YOU POSSESS ANOTHER BODY OF SOMETHING WHEN YOU DIE.THE SECOND YOU DIE ON EARTH.YOU GO TO HELL OR HEAVEN. THERES NO FALSE BELIEF YOU REINCARNATE INTO A THING.

Holy cows and Hindu crusaders cloud Modi's Indian reform drive-[Reuters]-By Rupam Jain and Tom Lasseter-August 8, 2016-YAHOONEWS

AGRA, India (Reuters) - Two miles down the road from the white marble walls of the fabled Taj Mahal, a heavyset man crouches in the dirt of a cow shed and explains how the future of India belongs to him.Digvijay Nath Tiwari is commander of a vigilante group that claims 5,000 members in the northern city of Agra, and which cultivates informants, swarms shop owners, ambushes trucks at night and metes out extra-judicial violence, all for one cause: protecting the holy cow, an animal held sacred by Hindu beliefs.Across the country, hardline Hindu groups have made headlines after being captured on video insulting and beating men they accuse of involvement in cow slaughter."Retaliation is important at times," said Tiwari, as he sat with 17 men squeezed around a straw mat on the shed floor. His cell phone contained photographs of stick-wielding men rushing to the aid of fallen cattle.Local police say they cannot stop Tiwari's actions, laying the blame partly on lax laws.The "gau rakshaks", or cow protectors, are inflaming tensions among India's religions and castes. They risk undermining Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to focus on economic advancement, even as the right-wing Hindu nationalist forces that got him elected promote their own agenda.The implications reach far beyond the winding alleyways of Agra. Social and religious stability are key to future assumptions of prosperity in India, currently the world's fastest expanding major economy."India will remain one of the strongest growth stories in the region," a Goldman Sachs strategist said in April, echoing the sentiment of many foreign investors.Yet such outlooks built on macro-analysis risk missing a ground truth: if the right-wing groups empowered by Modi's rise do not stop antagonizing minorities, then the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) plans for nurturing that growth will not easily come to pass.-CHANGING FOCUS-Cow slaughter is illegal in most of India, an overwhelmingly Hindu nation. However, it had long been tolerated under the Congress party, which ruled the country for most of its independent history and prides itself on protecting Muslims and lower castes who ply the meat and leather trade.Now the Hindu nationalist BJP is in power, and that is changing as vigilante groups gain prominence. And Modi, while saying he's concerned, has been either unwilling or unable to halt their more extreme actions.The prime minister was trained and nurtured by hardline Hindu organizations that were instrumental in his rise from the son of a train station tea seller to leader of the world's biggest democracy.Once at the helm, however, he has focused on more pragmatic and inclusive economic issues: spurring growth and creating enough jobs for a rapidly expanding workforce.These initiatives could be derailed by a narrower, Hindu nationalist agenda aimed at protecting symbols made sacrosanct by religious texts and countering a perceived threat of foreign influences.In a speech on Saturday night in New Delhi, Modi lashed out at the cow protectors."I feel so angry at times. Some people who are engaged in anti-social activities for the whole night wear the mask of 'gau rakshaks' in the day," he said.A senior aide to Modi, who is approaching the halfway mark of his five-year tenure, said at the end of July that while the leader is aware of the social and economic implications, "we cannot do much to stop cow protection forces ... cow protection is integral to our core support base."-DALITS FEEL UNDER SIEGE-The violence of cow vigilante groups this year, some of it caught in disturbing videos on the Internet, has unsettled minority groups.One clip from the western state of Gujarat shows four men, shirtless, tied to a bumper being whipped with rods. The victims were Dalits, or Indians at the bottom of the caste hierarchy who traditionally take away cow carcasses which can then be used for leather.In another, from the northern state of Haryana, two people are made to sit on the road and eat a concoction including cow dung. They were reportedly Muslims, and the footage was taken during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.While the BJP does not bank on the support of many Muslims, it does want to secure the votes of the Dalits, a caste formerly known as untouchables.Together, the two groups account for about 30 percent of India's population, a major consideration with important state elections due next year and a national ballot set for 2019.Chandra Bhan Prasad, a prominent Dalit writer and adviser to the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, compared the violence to that of Ku Klux Klan racism in the United States."It's like India's version of KKK – the past was great so long as these blacks were under our thumb, society was beautiful. So, how to control these Dalits?"-"COW NOT JUST AN ANIMAL"-The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the nation's umbrella right-wing Hindu organization which helped create the BJP, does not appear willing to tackle cow protection forces, blaming outlaws for causing the trouble."The cow is not just an animal. We have an emotional and religious attachment to it and we want to make it the center of our economic activity," said a senior RSS leader in New Delhi, who asked not to be named so he could speak more frankly."Vigilantes are instructed to follow the rules and they are a disciplined force. We admire their work."Champat Rai, a leader of the Hindu activist Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), or World Hindu Council, a group formed by RSS leadership which oversees cow groups, was more direct."I am a cow patriot and want to free cows from the slavery of Muslim butchers," he said. "It's better we shed our blood to save the blood of cows."In Agra, some 220 km (135 miles) south of New Delhi, there has already been bloodshed, and the threat of more to come.One prominent Dalit businessmen in the city, H.K. Pippal, said recently at his shoe factory that he had a plan should the cow protection gang try to interfere with his operations and the cow leather it uses."I am very powerful, my workers could kill them."Tiwari, the cow group leader, blames the butchers for much of the problem."It's not just that the butchers get beaten," he said. "They attack us and threaten to kill us. It is a serious clash."Tiwari acknowledged having four criminal cases pending against him, but said he was innocent in all of them.In February this year, the vice president of the VHP in Agra, who was also a senior member of Tiwari's group, was surrounded by a group of five Muslims while walking from a temple to his furniture shop, according to a police report.The men had previously been targeted by the cow protectors for allegedly dealing in beef, according to Tiwari.One of them boasted: "You think that you are a big leader, we'll teach you a lesson today," said the police report.A pistol shot rang out and the VHP official, Arun Mahour, fell dead in one of the oldest and busiest markets of Agra.A mob of young Hindu men set out for a Muslim quarter, said the police officer in charge of the area, S.K. Sharma.Soon, thousands of people were in the streets, Sharma said. "This almost became a riot between the Hindus and Muslims."The fallen Hindu leader left behind two sons, aged 12 and 16. Asked about the family's future, his widow, Rajni Mahour, covered her face with the edge of a white sari and caught her breath for a moment.The way forward, she said, was clear: "My family says that we should know to lay our life down for religion."(Editing by Mike Collett-White)



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