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.

„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.

„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.

Kashmir: the Flashpoint for the First Nuclear War (Revelation 8)

Reader letter: The case of Kashmir — a nuclear flashpoint in the making

Kashmir is one of the most militarized areas and bloody occupations in the world — and one of the most ignored issues by the Western World. Yet Kashmir is a major bone of contention between two nuclear-armed countries: Pakistan and India.

The Indian-occupied military rule is 900,000-troops strong and exceeds the total number of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom of speech is non-existent, and human rights abuses and atrocities are routinely visited on its Muslim-majority population and are well-documented by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In the last two decades alone, over 100,000 people have died and over 10,000 women raped by Indian soldiers yet Kashmir is Ignored by the West, which refuses to bring pressure to bear on its regional and economic ally, India. The Kashmiri people’s ongoing quest for justice and self-determination continues to be brutally suppressed and needs attention and justice from the world.

In recent days, working on an Israeli blueprint of Gaza, the Indian President abolished Article 370 of the Indian constitution which gave Kashmir autonomous status since 1947, making it a potential nuclear flash point between two arch rivals.

About 900,000 Indian troops are in the valley, enforcing a curfew on Kashmiri people, creating a humanitarian crisis. The Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s warned India to show restraint or face retaliation which may include use of nuclear warheads.

What do Kashmiris want? They want UN Security Council resolution 47 enforced, giving them the right to self-governance and freedom. They want human rights abuses stopped by occupying Indian forces.

As a peace-loving nation, Canada should lead the call for enforcement of UN resolution 47.

Let us also remember that occupation is a crime, militarization is unjust and freedom is a right, something we cherish as our fundamental values of a free society.

Mohsin Naqvi, Windsor Share Your Views

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UK Adds More Fire to the Oil (Revelation 6:6)

British Royal Navy HMS Defender, a Type 45 Destroyer, leaves Portsmouth, UK, to embark on operations to the Gulf. EPA

UK sends third warship to the Gulf amid Iran tension

The HMS Defender joins the ‘HMS Kent’ and ‘HMS Montrose’ to defend freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz

The National

August 25, 2019

The United Kingdom has sent a third warship to the Arabian Gulf to defend freedom of navigation after a British-flagged tanker was seized in the Strait of Hormuz, the country’s defence minister said on Saturday.

The Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender will join the HMS Kent and HMS Montrose. It has been redirected from a mission to the Pacific and sailed from Portsmouth on August 12.

“Wherever the red ensign flies around the world, the UK stands by to protect freedom of navigation whenever is it tested,” said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

The HMS Kent will take over from frigate HMS Duncan, a Type 45 destroyer that arrived in the Strait last month to “provide reassurance to the shipping industry” against Iranian aggression, the British government said.

The Royal Navy said last month that it sent HMS Duncan to temporarily join HMS Montrose in the Gulf “to ensure we maintain a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose comes off task for pre-planned maintenance and crew change over”.

According to the UK Foreign Office, the HMS Montrose has accompanied 35 merchant vessels through the Strait during 20 separate transits, travelling 6,200 nautical miles in the process.

It warned off three Iranian gunboats on July 11 that UK officials said were trying to “impede” the progress of a British supertanker through the Strait.

Tensions between Tehran and London have worsened since the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the Stena Impero, a Swedish-owned tanker sailing under the British flag. Iranian Revolutionary Guards stormed and detained the vessel and its crew of 23 as they sailed through the Strait of Hormuz on July 20.

Iran said the move was in response to British forces capturing Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 – now the Adrian Darya-1 – near Gibraltar on July 4. It was said to be carrying crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. It was released earlier this month and has raised an Iranian flag and has been renamed, and is currently sailing to Turkey.

Iran denied the ship was bound for Syria and gave assurances to a court in Gibraltar that the tanker would not proceed to the war-torn nation.

The United States sought to keep the tanker impounded in Gibraltar, but authorities in the semi-autonomous British territory released it last week after rejecting a push by US officials to keep it detained.

The vessel’s original destination was Kalamata, Greece. On Saturday, the listed destination changed to Mersin, Turkey, after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relationship with the US by aiding the tanker.

There has been no comment from the US, Iran or Turkey on the tanker’s new destination.

The US alleges that the Adrian Darya’s true owner is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which Washington designated as a foreign terror organisation earlier this year.

Australia said last week that it is to join the US-led mission to protect shipping amid heightened tensions with Iran

Yes, the World Hates Babylon the Great

President Donald Trump is seen during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, June 29. The two men have failed to smooth over their differences, deepening a trade war initiated last hear by Trump.

CHINA: U.S. LOVES TO PUT ON A SHOW BUT THE WORLD BOOS ‘MORE OFTEN THAN NOT’

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China has dismissed a recent U.S. report that accused it of potentially violating nuclear and biological arms control treaties, warning that Washington had nothing on Beijing when it came to walking away from deals.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang defended his country’s commitment to the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the 1987 Missile Technology Control Regime and the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention after doubts raised by the U.S.’ latest Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments report. He said that such measures “are important pillars for upholding world peace, security and stability” and “should certainly be strictly complied with and implemented.”

“China has all along been responsibly and earnestly fulfilling its commitments and international obligations. The international community bears witness to that,” Geng went on. “The U.S. just loves being in the spotlight. The country would set up a stage and put on a show whenever it feels like it. Unfortunately, instead of a standing ovation, it gets booed more often than not.”

“Why is that? The audience is sharp-eyed,” he added. “Just like I said the other day, as a country that is so good at flip-flops and withdrawals, that is always ready to knock over the table and walk away, the U.S. is in no place to talk about honoring commitments.”

The State Department’s latest compliance report, released Wednesday, came amid a period of heightened tensions between the U.S. and China, further compounded by their growing economic and military tensions. The document contained three main points of criticism toward Beijing.

Citing Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley, the report said that suspected preparations at a site believed to host nuclear testing in China “raise questions regarding its adherence to the ‘zero-yield’ nuclear weapons testing moratorium” reached in 1996. It also claimed that “China probably carried out multiple nuclear weapon-related tests or experiments in 2018,” but evidence could of this only be found “in the higher classification version of this report.”

Though China was not a party to the 1987 Missile Technology Control Regime, it agreed in 2000 to not assist “in any way, any country in the development of ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons (i.e., missiles capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms to a distance of at least 300 kilometers).” Wednesday’s report said that “China has failed to adhere” to these terms due to its supply of relevant goods to Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan.

The report was particularly critical of Beijing’s assistance to Tehran, which President Donald Trump’s administration has attempted to isolate internationally through sanctions since leaving a 2015 nuclear deal last year. The document said that “Nowhere is the current challenge posed by missile proliferation and the expansion of missile capabilities more clear than in the case of Iran.” It also accused China of sheltering businessman and accused arms dealer Karl Lee.

The State Department’s third charge on China involved possible biological weapons research. The report noted that the “United States has compliance concerns with respect to Chinese military medical institutions’ toxin research and development because of the potential dual-use applications and their potential as a biological threat.”

A graphic depicts global nuclear weapons arsenals as estimated by the Federation of American Scientists as of December 2017. Because of the massive disparity in China’s stockpile compared to those of Russia and the U.S., Beijing has declined offers to join nuclear arms control treaties currently concerning only Moscow and Washington.

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China has dismissed these accusations and has long noted the Trump administration’s own tendencies to disregard multilateral agreements. Geng specifically pointed to the White House’s reneging of the 2015 nuclear agreement also signed by China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom and its abandonment of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty earlier this month after accusing Moscow of violating it.

“When it comes to arms control and non-proliferation, the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA and the INF has met with universal opposition and unanimous criticism from the international community,” Geng told reporters. “What the U.S. should do first is reflect upon its own record in fulfilling obligations and honoring commitments, instead of acting as the referee on others.”

China and Russia have called on the U.S. to return to the Iran nuclear deal and have accused the Trump administration of attempting to instigate an “arms race” by scrapping the INF and testing a new land-launched cruise missile a little over two weeks later. Though the U.S. argued that “Russia bears sole responsibility for the treaty’s demise,” Trump had earlier expressed interest in getting China to be part of the agreement restricting ground-based missiles ranging from 310 to 3,420 miles, but the People’s Republic refused, arguing it was up to the two top nuclear powers to regulate their weapons.

Relations between the U.S. and China have since continued their downturn as leading U.S. figures expressed support for protesters in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, the Pentagon sold $8 billion in F-16V fighters jets to self-ruling Taiwan and the State Department accused Beijing of blocking access to up to $2.5 trillion worth of unexplored oil and gas reserves in the disputed South China Sea.

Trump also continued to wage a multibillion-dollar trade war, responding to China’s latest tit-for-tat retaliatory measure of tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods by tweeting Friday that “American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China including bringing…your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

Preparing for Nuclear War (Revelation 16)

World War 3 warning: Xi, Putin and Trump are in a hypersonic race (Image: GETTY)

Nuclear attack threat: $6bn spending on hypersonic weapons could trigger World War 3

TERRIFYING hypersonic weapons are “blurring the line” between nuclear and conventional warfare, cranking up the risk of devastating future wars, a military analysis has said.

By CIARAN MCGRATH

PUBLISHED: 08:35, Sat, Aug 24, 2019

UPDATED: 09:38, Sun, Aug 25, 2019

And the research, published by Jane’s by IHS Markit, highlighted the astronomical sums being spent by Russia, China and United States on hypersonics – with the US currently lagging behind despite having spent as much money as the other two combined. The study suggests the balance of power is being distorted because nuclear weapons are “downsizing”, while conventional weapons, including hypersonics, are becoming more powerful. Rahul Udoshi, analyst at Jane’s, told Express.co.uk: “As hypersonic weapons fly at extremely high speeds and some are manoeuvrable, they are more likely to disrupt the international offense-defense balance of technology, increasingly blurring the line between nuclear and conventional weapons.

“Striking virtually anywhere in the world within an hour means these weapons affect the perceptions of strategic stability and further risk crisis escalation over ambiguity of warhead types.”

Russia’s Skyfall missile, which is thought to have malfunctioned during testing earlier this month with a consequent release of radioactive material, is a nuclear-powered hypersonic missile which can carry conventional or nuclear warheads, for example.

All three superpowers are currently investing heavily in hypersonics, the analysis warns.

So far, Jane’s estimates the US has spent more than $3.3 billion for the research and development of hypersonic technologies and weapons, with a further 2020 budget request for $2.6 billion.

Russia is thought to have spent more than $1.1 billion covering the Avangard, 3M22 Tsirkon and Kinzhal programs.

However, Russia’s spend on hypersonic weapons is not expected to rise significantly because the Kinzhal, a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile Moscow claims has a range of 1,200 miles, is already in service, while the Tsirkon and Avangard are close to entering service.

Meanwhile, Chinese funding for hypersonic weapons is estimated to be more than Russia, with in excess of $1.5 billion spent on programs such as the DF-ZF and the Starry Sky-2.

The DF-ZF, a hypersonic glide vehicle capable of carrying nuclear payloads, is expected to be operational by next year, while Starry Sky, a hypersonic aircraft which will be capable of carrying nuclear missiles at six times the speed of sound, should be operational by 2025.

US army secretary Ryan D McCarthy said with reference to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the landmark INF treaty with Russia, said: “With respect to the INF ranges in particular, we’re looking at where can we first find opportunities.

“Clearly, hypersonics, if you put a ballistic warhead on a hypersonic missile.

Map of world’s nuclear weapons (Image: GETTY)

Speaking in June, Frank St John, the executive vice president at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: “With hypersonic capabilities being a national security priority, Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force are accelerating the maturation and fielding of a hypersonic weapon system.

“Lockheed Martin is proud to join the US Air Force on this important initiative.”

Unlike Russia, China will maintain high levels of spending on hypersonic technologies as it takes the current programmes to their conclusion, the report says.

Mr Udoshi said: “Currently, we see Russia and China both leading research and developmental work with considerable funding, suggesting that the US has somehow fallen behind these countries.

“However, this may change in the near term, given the existing US programmes’ priority and commitment.”

Last week it was reported that the US is developing its Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW), while defence secretary Mark Esper told Fox News he anticipated the country would be ready to deploy such a weapon in “a couple of years”.

Russia Prepares for Nuclear War

The distinctive outline of a Russian Delta-IV class ballistic missile submarine in the Arctic. The boat which fired the missile from the North Pole was its sister-ship K-114 Tula. Russian Ministry of Defense

Russia fires nuclear-capable missile from North Pole

Aug 25, 2019,

Early on Saturday morning the peace and tranquility of the Arctic, hundreds of miles from the nearest signs of human activity, was shattered. A Russian submarine punched through the ice near the North Pole and fired a Sineva type intercontinental ballistic missile. Meanwhile, around 1,000 miles further south, yet still within the Arctic Circle, another Russian submarine launched a Bulava type intercontinental ballistic missile from beneath the surface of the Barents Sea.  The timing and location of these tests may be intended to send messages both internally and to the rest of the world.

Russia announced the two launches on August 24. The near-simultaneous launches were conducted by two submarines; a Delta-IV class boat named Tula firing from the North Pole and the newer Borei-I class boat Yuri Dolgoruky firing the frigid waters of the Barents Sea. One of the missiles flew a couple of thousand miles to impact in a remote corner of Russia’s Pacific Coast, and the other landed in the Chizh range on the Kanin Peninsula in the Arctic north.

The missile tests come less than three weeks after an accident at the Nyonoksa naval test range left five dead and several injured. That incident, reportedly resulting from an explosion of a liquid-fueled engine, raised radiation levels in the area. Also, recently Russia has suffered a massive ammunition depot explosion in Siberia and a serious accident aboard the nuclear-powered submarine Losharik which left 14 elite hydronauts dead. The new tests may be intended to place a positive bookend to this tragic series of events.

More significantly, conducting missile tests from the North Pole underscores Russia’s attitude to the Arctic. They can be contextualized with Russia’s territorial claims, economic interests and ongoing moves to militarize the region. In 2007 Russia used a deep-diving minisub to place a Russian flag on the seabed beneath the geographical North Pole. Back then, ironically, they needed a Finnish built submersible to plant the flag. Today, the submarines breaking the icy tranquility are truly Russian.

On the economic front Russia continues to drill for oil and gas on the Arctic Shelf, and has sponsored projects that may one day be able to harvest hard-to-get hydrocarbons from under the ice cap. Meanwhile the receding ice has permitted an ever-greater flow of merchant vessels across the Northern Route, with 18 million tons of cargo travelling via Russia’s once impassable arctic coastline in 2018. On the military front Russia has built new outposts and reinforced military units in the region, exemplified by the Arctic Trefoil base on Franz Josef Land, a desolate ice-covered archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

The submarines used in the tests may provide analysts with further insights into Russia’s naval modernization. The submarine which took the wear-and-tear of breaking through the ice is nearing the end of her service life. On the other hand the boat which fired from the highly defended ‘Bastion’ in the Barents Sea was one of the latest Borei Class. Russia already operates three Borei Class ballistic missile submarines and the first of the next generation Borei-II class, Knyaz Vladimir, was launched in 2017. My analysis of Open Sources suggests that she has been conducting sonar tests over the summer and is likely to enter service next year. Eventually Russia is expected to operate a fleet of 8-10 Borei Class submarines, forming the backbone of its rejuvenated at-sea nuclear arsenal. At the same time Russia continues to test multiple completely new submarine launched weapons including the gigantic Poseidon Intercontinental Nuclear-Powered Nuclear-Armed Autonomous Torpedo. These weapons will also be based in the Arctic, underlining its importance to Russia both economically and militarily.

An Israeli Dies Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack, 2 wounded

By SHLOMO MOR and FARES AKRAM

August 24, 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — An explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said.

Initially, three Israelis were reported wounded in the blast on Friday near the Dolev settlement, northwest of Jerusalem.

But Israel’s rescue service, known as Magen David Adom, later said the girl died of her wounds and her 21-year-old brother was in serious condition. Their 46-year-old father was moderately wounded, it said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences to the family and vowed to pursue the perpetrators and “strengthen” Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. President Reuven Rivlin denounced the attack as “despicable” and said in a statement that he was “shocked and saddened” at the death of the teen.

The family was at a water spring when the explosion occurred, according to reports. It wasn’t known whether an explosive device was thrown at them or had been planted there earlier.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank in recent weeks, fueled by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a Jerusalem holy site revered by both. The clashes erupted at the flashpoint compound, which Jews call Temple Mount and Muslims the Noble Sanctuary, on Aug. 11 as Islamic and Jewish holidays coincided.

In the Gaza Strip, the leader of the territory’s Hamas rulers, Ismail Haniyeh, welcomed the attack, describing it “a heroic operation.” He did not claim responsibility but praised the attackers “regardless of who they are … they are the sons of Jerusalem and this holy land.”

Referring to the Jerusalem shrine, Haniyeh urged the Israelis to “get away from this gunpowder keg,” warning that attempts by Jews to enter the compound on which al-Aqsa Mosque is built would lead to further escalation.

“There is no prayer for you in al-Aqsa, because al-Aqsa and Jerusalem are for us,” he said.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN political envoy, condemned the bomb attack and Hamas’ praising of it.

“There is nothing ‘heroic’ in murder! NOTHING! It is a despicable, cowardly act!” he wrote on Twitter.

Violence has simmered in the West Bank for months, especially after Washington recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year. The Palestinians want a future state in Gaza, the West Bank and the eastern part of Jerusalem.

Earlier this month, an off-duty Israeli soldier was killed near the West Bank city of Hebron, where he studied at a seminary combining military conscription with religious classes. Israel arrested the suspects two days later in a raid on a Palestinian town.

The instability in Jerusalem and the West Bank spilled over into Gaza, where five rockets have been launched into Israel over the past week, followed by retaliatory Israeli airstrikes. Eight Palestinian militants have also been killed trying to enter Israel from Gaza in three incidents this month.

On Thursday, the Israeli army said it foiled a new attempt to sneak into the country. Gaza’s health ministry said the infiltrator was wounded by gunfire and evacuated to a local hospital.

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Image: People attend the funeral of 17 year old Rina Shnerb, in Lod, Israel, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Shnerb has died of wounds from an explosion in the West Bank that the Israeli military has described as a Palestinian attack. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Akram reported from Gaza City.