A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.

In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.

But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers. Although it does have activity.

„There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,“ said Robinson. „There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.“

Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: „The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,“ he said.

„More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.

In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.

„Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Time for the Australian Nuclear Horn to Rise (Daniel 7)

Could it be Time for Australia to Consider Nuclear Weapons?

An unarmed AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile maneuvers over the Utah Test and Training Range enroute to its final target Sept. 22, 2014, during a Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program simulated combat mission. (Photo: U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Roidan Carlson)

There’s a massive shift in Australia’s strategic situation taking place.”

A new book by a former top Australian Defence Department official and intelligence analyst urges Australia to consider developing a nuclear arsenal to counter China’s rising power in the Pacific.

The book titled How to Defend Australia, by professor Hugh White, claims Australia’s non-nuclear weapon policy is no longer relevant, adding that China’s position as the most dominant power in the Asia Pacific region means Australia can no longer rely on U.S. or U.K. for security.

White also writes that Canberra should increase its defense budget (from two percent of GDP to three percent), given China continues to boost its own military spending.

“There’s a massive shift in Australia’s strategic situation taking place. For the first time since European settlement of Australia, we no longer can assume that we’ll have a strong military ally such as Britain or America as the dominant military power in the Pacific,” as White told 9News.com.

However, the professor recognized that there would be some adjustments needed if Australia were to boost its military expenditure, such as cuts in subsidies for education or health.

White also told 9News that Australia needed to alter its defense spending to focus on creating larger military forces. He said the development project of 12 submarines worth $50 billion designed by France should be stopped and replaced by 24 low-cost vessels, while also warning that the Australia Air Force needs to buy more than double the current 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to defend the country from air and sea strikes.

“The JSF plays a vital role in our defense. But I think we’re going to need a larger frontline fighter fleet. Instead of the total force of 100 fighters, we’ll probably need somewhere around 200,” White said.

Defense Secretary Snubs a Nuclear Australia

The defense analyst told 9News that he hoped his book will spark a debate in the government about the vital role of national defense, adding that Australia’s main political parties (Labour and Conservative) have not taken the issue seriously.

In his book, White argues U.S. power is waning and thus, stressed that Australian politicians should stop thinking that the U.S. is the dominant power in the Asia Pacific as they need a debate about how to protect the nation without relying on U.S. power.

Australia’s Defense Minister Linda Reynolds ignored White’s suggestion that the country should develop nuclear arsenals, adding that Australia is committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which it signed in 1970.

“Australia stands by its Non-Proliferation Treaty pledge, as a non-nuclear weapon state, not to acquire or develop nuclear weapons,” Reynolds told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Two Proposals for a Nuclear Australia

Peter Layton, a defense expert at the Griffith Asia Institute, concurred with White’s assessment that Australia needs to go nuclear in an article for the Lowy Institute. Like White, Layton argued that China’s military presence in the contested South China Sea and the North Korean factor were reasons for the change in Australia’s nuclear stance. However, such a plan would face obstacles as Australia is a signatory of the NPT and the costs to develop nuclear weapons are high.

Layton proposed two potential solutions: First, Australia could share nuclear weapons with the U.S. (Germany, Holland, Italy, Belgium and Turkey already share such weapons with the U.S.). The arrangement involves a dual-key system, but the U.S. retains final say. Layton warns while this is an affordable option it is risky as it still relies on the U.S. providing final say and it still means Australia would need to obtain a long-range system capable of delivering a nuclear strike to China.

Layton’s second suggestion is that Australia and the U.K. share the development of Dreadnought-class nuclear submarines.

“The Dreadnoughts will be very hard to find, highly survivable and able to inflict enormous damage on adversaries of any size or sophistication. The first Dreadnought’s maiden patrol is planned for 2028.

“The U.K. is finding the cost of funding the Dreadnoughts very difficult. British defense spending cannot really fund both a conventional and a nuclear force. As such, the former is facing deep cuts to finance the latter, with the Royal Marines and associated amphibious ships possible near-term causalities,” Layton wrote for the Lowy Institute.

Others Argue Cyber Security Should be Australia’s Focus

In response to White’s latest book, former army chief Peter Leahy and senior analyst Rory Medcalf argued that an Australian plan to arm with a nuclear defense is too risky, and increases the threat of nuclear weapons getting out of control.

Leahy told the Sydney Morning Herald that more nuclear-equipped countries “creates more risk: risk of suspicion, risk of first use, risk of the weapons being seized or falling under the control of non-state actors.”

While Medcalf told the Herald that Australia should instead focus on cybersecurity.

“Australia needs to maintain its military capability. But it should more focus on strengthening cybersecurity as it poses more danger than conventional strike.

“Australia has the capacity to be a major cyber power. If a major country was trying to threaten us, why would it opt for something like an invasion when the smart, 21st-century thing to do would be to cripple our critical infrastructure and achieve political submission that way,” Medcalf told the Herald.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) released a report on Monday, July 1, which revealed that Australia’s crucial government infrastructure is at critical risk of a cyber attack.

The institution also reported on the shortcomings of Australia’s infrastructure providers, such as inadequate knowledge about operational system risks and solutions.

“Over the next couple of years we can see a lot of significant development with the Internet of Things, 5G, and a range of new capabilities coming along that will mean we’ll start connecting these systems up and making them much more useful and valuable, but also much more liable to hacking,” Report author Rajiv Shah told Government News.

In 2017, Australia launched a Critical Infrastructure Center which “works across all levels of government, and with owners and operators to identify and manage the risks to Australia’s critical infrastructure,” as their website states.

However, Shah explained to Government News that while Australia’s framework is in place to safeguard against cybersecurity attacks they are under-resourced.

“What they need to be doing is getting the resources to make sure our critical infrastructure providers are aware of the issues,” Shah said.

“It’s really about getting ahead of the curve. The history of the internet shows that we tend to do something and then work out how to secure it later. We need to do the work now.”

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

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Nuclear weapon material worth $72mn seized in a car in Turkey

Published time: 6 Jul, 2019 22:50

Turkish police have taken five people into custody over the smuggling of a highly-radioactive substance used to build nuclear weapons and power nuclear reactors. The 18.1-gram haul was found in a car.

Police discovered a vial of the material after they pulled over a car in the northwestern Bolu province. The substance, believed to be californium, was found stashed under the gear stick wrapped in a bag. Officers had to cut the upholstery to get to the parcel, which is estimated to be worth US$72 million.

Five suspects were detained in the raid, and the mixture was taken to the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) for a detailed analysis.

Californium is named after the place where it was synthesized back in 1950 – a laboratory at the University of California. Apart from being used to manufacture nukes and nuclear-powered reactors, the element also has a range of rather innocuous civilian applications. It can be used as part of metal detectors and is used in cancer treatment as well as oil, silver, and gold mining operations. Still, the substance is highly dangerous and its production, distribution, and transportation is restricted. Currently, only the US and Russia synthesize the isotope.

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It is not the first time Turkish police have reported a major bust involving californium.

In a scare in March of last year, police in Ankara said they had seized a whopping 1.4kg of the same substance in a car following a tip-off. It turned out to be false alarm, as the haul was later found to have no trace of nuclear or radioactive material, and was, in fact, organic matter.

The European Horns Will Join Babylon the Great (Daniel 7)

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Khamenei aide says Iran is prepared to enrich uranium unless Europe provides new terms

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July 6, 2019

Iran is ready to enrich its uranium beyond the limits of the 2015 nuclear pact, unless European leaders offer Tehran more concessions.

On Saturday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a video message that the Islamic Republic is prepared to breach the pact after Iran bolstered its stockpile of uranium last week. The message comes just ahead of a Sunday deadline Iran set for European countries to offer new terms in light of recently-imposed U.S. sanctions. If Europe does go along with the sanctions, Velayati said, „every component of the establishment“ has agreed to boost uranium enrichment levels, citing the fact that the U.S. failed to hold up its end of the bargain when Washington left the agreement last year.

But Uranium enrichment is not the only thing stirring up trouble between Tehran and Europe.

In related news, Mohammad Ali Mousavi Jazayeri, a member of the Assembly of Experts, a powerful religious body in Iran, said on Saturday that the United Kingdom „should be scared“ of Iran’s retaliatory measures after the seizure of an Iranian supertanker in Gibraltar by the British navy on Thursday. „We have shown that we will never remain silent over bullying,“ he said.

A British-flagged oil tanker came to a halt in the Persian Gulf, but Iran quickly denied reports that it had seized the ship in retaliation. Hours later, a U.K. Maritime Trade Operations official told Reuters that the tanker is „safe and well,“ further dispelling any suspicion.

Violence Surges Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Rock-throwing Gazans participate in violence near the Israel-Gaza border

Friday Gaza Border Violence: 5K Rioters, 3 Infiltrators, 0 Dead

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Some 5,000 Arab rioters threw rocks, live fireworks, Molotov cocktails and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at IDF soldiers on Friday during the weekly Hamas-led violence along Israel’s border with Gaza.

No one was killed this week during the chaos, but according to the Hamas Health Ministry, 40 of the rioters were hurt in the violence. All Israeli military personnel returned safely to base at the end of their shifts.

IDF soldiers captured three terrorists who infiltrated through the security fence on the border, including one who was armed with a knife.

All three were turned over to security personnel for interrogation.

Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security cabinet meeting at an IDF base near the southern border with Gaza in order to show solidarity for Israelis living under the constant threat of arson and other attacks from Gaza.

“We want to restore calm,” Netanyahu said at the time, “but at the same time we are also prepared for a wide ranging military campaign if it proves necessary.”

The Antichrist Reins in Iran-backed Militias

Will the Iraqi government rein in Iran-backed militias? | | AW

LONDON – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has decreed that the Popular Mobilisation Forces will be integrated into Iraq’s regular armed forces and subject to the same regulations as the army. The presence of armed militias has been a key feature of Iraq’s recent history.

All militia headquarters and economic offices outside the control of the prime minister will be shut down after July 31. The decree orders that the armed groups joining the military must change their names and end their political activities.

That last point could prove controversial because some of Iraq’s most powerful politicians have strong links to Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) affiliates known as Al-Hashed al-Shaabi.

The PMF is an umbrella group for a vast array of forces that fought against the Islamic State (ISIS) alongside the Iraqi military and coalition partners. Some of the most powerful elements in the PMF — such as the Badr Organisation, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq and Kata’ib Hezbollah — have long-standing ties with Iran.

Abdul-Mahdi’s move comes amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran. There have been unclaimed rocket attacks against bases hosting US personnel and an attack on the headquarters of foreign oil firms in southern Iraq, including US oil giant Exxon Mobil.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the Iraqi leadership in May that Washington would respond with force if Baghdad did not rein in the Iran-backed militias.

“The decree does send a message to regional actors and in some ways to Iran that the Iraqi state is eager to formalise its control over an umbrella that is mostly made up of Iran-controlled factions,” said Phillip Smyth, a researcher on Shia militant groups.

Key Iraqi politicians and militia heads welcomed Abdul-Mahdi’s decree. Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq’s most powerful politicians and head of the Saraya al-Salam, called the order “a correct first step towards building a strong state,” adding that his fighters were now under the command of the prime minister.

The leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Qais Khazzali, posted on Twitter that the decree was welcome and a correct step to prevent the PMF from dissolving. Kata’ib Hezbollah said it would implement the order, while stating that its members fighting outside Iraq — the group is active in Syria — would not adhere to the rules.

Iraq’s highest Shia religious authority, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, demanded that PMF groups be placed under the control of the state. However, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has often said he does not want the PMF to be dissolved or integrated into the

army, wrote Ali Mamouri in Al-Monitor.

The PMF has been instrumental in fighting ISIS. Local reports said its forces recently destroyed ISIS tunnels in Diyala province. However, various PMF units have been accused of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings.

Some observers said they doubt the decree would be implemented. “Compliance hinges on Iran’s receptiveness to these orders, if Iran is not receptive to these orders, they will be like the ones Abadi issued,” Iraqi security expert Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters.

The growing power of the PMF has been a pressing issue. Former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree in 2018 to make the PMF part of the armed forces but the order was not followed through.

Getting the PMF groups to sever links with political parties is “hard to do,” Smyth said, “when each Hashed brigade is usually comprised of one political group’s members.” Referring to the 2018 decree issued by Abadi, Smyth said militia brigades still advocated for certain political candidates linked to them. “Most of these groups did little more than alter their logos,” he said.

Maria Fantappie, senior adviser at the International Crisis Group, commented on social media that the most relevant part of the decree was “its potential to give Iraqi leaders additional legal/political means to insulate Iraq from US-Iran confrontation.”

Iraq has been trying to stay a neutral party in the US-Iran conflict, working to maintain a good relationship with both sides. Amid intensifying tensions between Tehran and Washington, Iraqi President Barham Salih told CNN in June that Iraq would not allow the United States to use one of its bases in Iraq to attack Iran.

The PMF decree will be a serious test for the strength of the Iraqi state.

Going forward, Smyth said: “A major issue will come down to any potential reorganisation of these brigades and how it is enforced,” adding that the PMF has claimed that it could enforce government rules on its own, without the state or the army intervening.

The Iran Nuclear Horn Rises (Daniel 8:4)

Iran to raise uranium enrichment beyond nuclear deal limits

(Newser) – Iran announced Sunday it will increase its uranium enrichment to an unspecified level beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, reports the AP, breaking another limit set under the accord and furthering heightening tensions between Tehran and the US. Setting another unspecified 60-day deadline for the deal, Iran took further steps toward pressuring Europe while urging further diplomacy to save an agreement that President Trump unilaterally pulled the US from a year ago. Hopes for saving the faltering deal appear increasingly dim, however, as the Europeans have been unable to offer Iran any effective way around US sanctions that block Tehran’s oil sales abroad and target its top officials. But Iran’s recent measures, while of concern to nuclear non-proliferation experts, could be easily reversible if Europeans offer Iran the sanctions relief it seeks.

Iranian officials said the new level of uranium enrichment would be reached later Sunday, but did not give a percentage. Under the nuclear deal, the cap for enrichment was set at 3.67%. „Within hours, the technical tasks will be done and enrichment above 3.67% will begin,“ Iran nuclear agency rep Behrouz Kamalvandi said. The IAEA said „inspectors in Iran will report to our headquarters as soon as they verify the announced development.“ Kamalvandi also stressed that Iran will continue to use only slower, first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to increase enrichment, as well as keep the number of centrifuges in use under the 5,060-limit set by the nuclear deal. But Kamalvandi stressed that Iran is able to continue enrichment „at any speed, any amount and any level.“ „For the enrichment we are using the same machines with some more pressure and some special technical work,“ he said. The decision to ramp up uranium enrichment came less than a week after Iran broke the deal’s 660-pound limit on uranium.