Babylon the Great Prepares for Nuclear War

 

Amid rising tensions with North Korea, the US Air Force is preparing to put its nuclear-armed B-52 bombers back on 24-hour alert — a status not seen since the end of the Cold War in 1991, according to a report.

A return to a 24-hour alert would mean the venerable bombers would once again park at the long-dormant pads of Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings, Defense One reported.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein told the industry publication during his tour of Barksdale and other bases that support the nuclear mission.

“I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward,” he said.

Goldfein and other top defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given — just that preparations were under way in case it might be.

Such a decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, head of US Northern Command, according to Defense One.

STRATCOM is in charge of the military’s nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North America.

Goldfein said that in a world where “we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” it’s important to be vigilant and proactive.

“It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right,” Goldfein said, Fox News reported.

Barksdale Air Force Base, home of the 2nd Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command, which manages the service’s nuclear services, is being renovated so the B-52s would be ready to “take off at a moment’s notice,” according to the publication.

The B-52 — also called the Stratofortress — can fly up to about 50,000 feet and release a variety of weapons, including cluster bombs, gravity bombs and precision guided missiles.

According to Defense One, two nuclear command planes, the E-4B Nightwatch and E-6B Mercury, will be deployed to Barksdale. During a nuclear war, they would serve as flying command posts of the defense secretary.

Putting the fleet back on alert is one of many decisions facing the Air Force as the US military responds to the hermit kingdom’s nuclear tests and President Trump’s combative approach to Pyongyang.

Tensions have skyrocketed on the peninsula after a series of weapons tests by the rogue regime and increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and despot Kim Jong Un.

Recently, Trump cryptically warned about the “calm before the storm” after a White House meeting with US military leaders.

USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances

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Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2 from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

Antichrist, not the PM, calling the shots in Iraq (Revelation 13)

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Al Abadi, Al Sadr hold separate talks in Jordan

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Al Sadr has in the past called for Shiite militias in Iraq to disband

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12:46 October 23, 2017

Amman: Iraq’s prime minister and an influential Shiite cleric have visited Jordan, just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Iraq and Saudi Arabia to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness.

Saudi Arabia is concerned about the influence of its rival Iran in Iraq. Iran has backed Shiite militias fighting against Daesh in Iraq.

Late Sunday, the office of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada Al Sadr announced that he met with Jordan’s Prince Ghazi in the kingdom.

Al Sadr has in the past called for Shiite militias in Iraq to disband.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks late Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi.

Al Abadi met with Tillerson earlier Sunday in Saudi Arabia. His media office later criticised Tillerson’s comments regarding Iranian-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilisation paramilitary units.

“No party has the right to interfere in Iraqi matters,” a source close to Al Abadi said.

Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Daesh to “go home”.

Antichrist Unifies Horns with Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq launch body to promote deeper ties

Saudi-Iraqi Co-ordination Council aimed at fighting against terrorism in the region and boosting co-operation on rebuilding post-ISIL Iraq

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Saudi Arabia and Iraq on Sunday launched a joint council that their leaders said would work to improve co-operation between the two countries and eliminate terrorism in the Middle East.

“We confront in our region serious challenges of extremism, terrorism and attempts to destabilise security and stability in our countries which necessitate our full co-ordination to confront these challenges,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said at the opening of the Saudi-Iraqi Co-ordination Council in Riyadh.

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi and US secretary of state Rex Tillerson also spoke at the event.

“We believe that our security, economy, economy and interest must be formulated by joint action among the countries of the region,” Mr Al Abadi said.

“We want everyone to live in stability and prosperity. We are ready to unite our efforts with our brothers’ efforts to start a new era of peace, stability and development.”

Backed by a US-led international coalition, Iraq has been successful in driving ISIL from almost all of the territory it seized in 2014 and has worked closely with other countries in the region in the fight against terrorism.

The formation of the council marks another step in the thawing of relations that have been tense for decades following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait under Saddam Hussein in 1990.

“This event highlights the strength and breadth as well as the great potential of the relations between your countries,” Mr Tillerson said in his speech.

“The joint co-ordination council will not only lead to closer co-operation in the fight against Daesh, but will also help support the rehabilitation of facilities and infrastructure in the areas liberated,” Mr Tillerson told reporters later.

“The council will also contribute to reforms that will grow and diversify Iraq’s private sector. Such reforms will encourage the foreign investment that is vital to Iraq’s reconstruction efforts. This will be critical to winning the peace that has been earned through the hard-fought military gains.”

He also called for the Iran-backed Iraqi militias that were mobilised to fight ISIL, as well as their Iranian advisers, to “go home” now that the fight against the extremist militants was almost over.

Iraq is looking to Saudi Arabia for economic backing as both oil-dependent economies have suffered from a prolonged price slump.

While Baghdad is seeking economic assistance, Riyadh is looking to counter the influence in Iraq of its regional rival Iran, which has grown under the Shiite-led governments that followed the fall of the Saddam regime in the 2003 US invasion.

Saudi Arabia has in recent months welcomed a number of Iraqi figures including Moqtada Al Sadr, the powerful Shiite Iraqi cleric who commands huge support in Iraq.

Saeed Al Wahabi, a Saudi-based analyst, said the kingdom had made a concerted effort to promote co-operation with Iraq and had given its ministers the authority to promote plans to achieve this.

“Saudi Arabia set a plan to benefit from the new realities in Iraq following the ongoing defeat of ISIS and the rise of Kurds. Ministers and other senior officials including in the Saudi intelligence and the ministry of interior are now authorised and encouraged to promote co-operation with Iraq,” he said.

The Saudi-Iraqi meetings were a sign of Riyadh’s intention to avert what was developing into a sectarian divide between the two countries in favour of bolstering the regional fight against terrorism, he said.

They are also seen as an attempt by Iraqi politicians to gain regional and domestic support ahead of elections early next year.

Talks between Mr Al Abadi and Saudi officials on Sunday also touched on the attempt by Iraqi Kurdistan to secede from the country through an independence referendum last month, a move that was condemned by Saudi Arabia.

Mr Al Abadi called the referendum a “departure from the constitution … that requires all of us in the region to do our duty to protect unity”.

The launch of the Saudi-Iraqi council comes a day after Saudi oil minister Khaled Al Falih’s high-profile visit to Baghdad, where he called for the strengthening of co-operation to boost crude prices.

Speaking at the opening of the Baghdad International Fair, Mr Al Falih hailed what he called “the new Iraq, on the ambitious road to prosperity and growth while strengthening its relations with the world”.