The Sixth Seal: The Big Apple Shake (Revelation 6:12)

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Big Apple shake? Potential for earthquake in New York City exists

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – For the last 43 years John Armbruster has been a seismologist with Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.  A veteran of what he describes as “a couple of dozen” quakes, he is interested in the seismic activity throughout the Pacific region in recent weeks.

However, does the amount of plate movements around the world in recent weeks as well as years to translate to New York City being more vulnerable, “These earthquakes are not communicating with each other, they are too far apart,” said Armbruster in an interview with PIX 11 News on Wednesday.

What would a magnitude 6.0 earthquake inflict upon the city?

“We know that its unlikely because it hasn’t happened in the last 300 years but the earthquake that struck Fukushima Japan was the 1000 year earthquake and they weren’t ready for the that.

Antichrist Poised to Take Over Iraq (Revelation 13:13)

A demonstrator gestures toward the camera during a protest over unemployment, corruption and poor public services in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 2, 2019.

In the wake of escalating civil unrest and a wave of violent protests across Iraq, the American ambassador to the country has warned that the resignation of the prime minister may be imminent, Task & Purpose has learned.


Matthew Tueller, a career diplomat who took over the Baghdad mission in June, told U.S. military leaders on Saturday morning that it “appears inevitable” that Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi would resign in the face of deadly protests and a call from one of the country’s most powerful clerics that the government resign and hold new elections under U.N. supervision.

 

“Through this move, we assess [Moqtada al-Sadr] is seeking to take advantage of this crisis by giving demonstrators a dramatic response to their anger against the government and strengthening his own hand,” Tueller wrote in a classified email sent to U.S. military leaders on Saturday morning.

“Subsequently former PM [Haider al-Abadi] also issued a call for early elections. With these drastic developments the resignation of [Adil Abdul-Mahdi] by as early as today appears inevitable and Iraq’s government will enter unchartered [sic] and fraught political territory.”

“It is unclear if these moves will slow down the protests or accompanying violence,” Tueller concluded.

However, U.S. military leaders in the region remain skeptical of whether Abdul-Mahdi will actually resign or give in to protester’s demands, an American military official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive discussions.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have flooded the streets of Baghdad and elsewhere across the country over the past week to protest government corruption, widespread unemployment, and a lack of basic services and infrastructure, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Iraqi security forces have responded to the protests with force, leaving more than 100 people dead and injuring as many as 6,000.

Abdul-Mahdi, who has been in office for less than a year, had pledged that he would fix unemployment and combat rampant government corruption, but has yet to make good on those promises, The Washington Post reported Friday.

“Mahdi’s resignation may not be enough,” Jennifer Cafarella, research director with The Institute for the Study of War, told Task & Purpose. “Muqtada al Sadr has called for the resignation of the entire council of representatives and some of the protesters have gone even farther and called for a complete overthrow of the government.”

However, Cafarella cautioned that a changing of the guard would not fix the underlying problems that prompted the protests, and the government’s heavy-handed response may backfire.

“It is possible that the combination of this concession and rising levels of targeted killings of protesters will decrease the protests,” Cafarella said. “Mehdi’s resignation would do nothing to fix the underlying and systemic problems that have triggered these protests, however. Furthermore, there remains a dangerous possibility that the violence provokes protesters to begin arming rather than staying home.”

The Iraqi government has responded to unrest by enacting a curfew — which was reportedly lifted on Saturday, according to the New York Times. An internet blackout was temporarily lifted when Abdul-Mahdi gave a speech on Friday, in which he referred to the curfew as “bitter medicine,” and claimed security forces were adhering to “international standards.”

Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, an influential Shiite cleric, urged the government on Friday to implement reforms and called for an end to the violence before it was “too late,” the Washington Post reported.

When asked for comment from Task & Purpose, a State Department spokesperson who declined to be named said “this is an internal matter for the Iraqi people to decide.”

“The United States has a strong partnership with Iraq,” the official said. “We support its sovereignty and constitutional processes. We continue to monitor the situation closely. We have already called publicly for an end to the violence on all sides.”

The Iraqi Embassy in Washington declined to comment on the record.

US and Iraqi Forces Drop 80,000 Pounds of Munitions on an ISIS Island in Iraq

On September 10, US and Iraqi forces dropped 80,000 pounds of munitions on Qanus Island, in Iraq’s Salah-al-Din province, to destroy what Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) called a “safe haven” for ISIS fighters traveling from Syria into Iraq

The Misery of the First Nuclear War and Tribulation (Revelation 8 )

Simulated temperature changes 2 years after a hypothetical nuclear war between India and Pakistan.

Toon et al./Science Advances

Misery of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would be global – Ars Technica

10/4/2019 6:15 am

There are few things humans have committed to as whole-heartedly as the art of killing. The culmination of this effort (so far) is nuclear bombs. Not only do these weapons have an almost impossible ability to take lives around the targeted location, but scientists have also warned that nuclear wars would have drastic climate impacts around the world.

While that general idea is pretty well-known, shifting tensions and growing nuclear arsenals have provided a number of different scenarios to analyze over the years. The latest study, led by Owen Toon (a student of Carl Sagan), simulates a plausible war between India and Pakistan in which the combatants use the nuclear weapons they’re likely to possess by 2025.

Escalation

While small wars have broken out between these countries periodically, each has stockpiled nuclear weapons in the hope of creating a threat too terrible to risk further conflict. India has a stated no-first-use policy (unless it’s attacked by chemical or biological weapons), while Pakistan’s policy is that it won’t strike first… unless it sees nukes as the only way to halt an invasion. Details on the precise number of weapons each country has, as well as the yield of those weapons, are hard to come by. But there’s certainly a lot of firepower.

Toon and his team of researchers rely on huge amounts of previous research to construct a plausible scenario for a nuclear exchange. The conflagration might start with a terrorist attack on the Indian government, they say, leading to Indian forces entering Pakistan. Pakistan responds with the use of a handful of tactical nuclear weapons targeting those tanks and troops. India responds with nukes targeting Pakistani military installations, including sites where they believe Pakistan stores nuclear weapons.

From there, everything spirals out of control. Before the end, 100 Indian nukes hit cities in Pakistan, while 150 Pakistani airburst attacks hit cities in India. (This is partly based on the belief that India would reserve many of its nuclear weapons to deter China from joining in the war.)

Depending on the actual yield of these weapons, this would be the deaths of 50 to 125 million people—equivalent to the death toll of World War II at a minimum, but inside a week.

Globalization

The catastrophe would not be restricted by national borders. Nuclear explosions burn sizable areas around the target, with heat so intense that near-complete incineration is possible. The soot particles generated by these fires would be lifted into the upper troposphere. Some of that would fall to the ground with rain, but much of it would absorb sunlight, heating the surround air and riding the resultant rising motion into the stratosphere. Once in the stratosphere, it can stay suspended much longer and encircle the planet. (This is also how some volcanic eruptions produce a global climate impact.)

With estimates of fire extent and the amount of combustible material in those areas, the researchers ran climate-model simulations of what the soot—16 to 36 million metric tons of it—would do in the atmosphere. They actually used the same model that recently produced a simulation of the Chicxulub impact at the end-Cretaceous mass extinction.

Simply put, soot would block about 20% to 30% of the Sun’s light, globally. That’s a decrease of about 30W to 60W per square meter of the Earth’s surface. For comparison, the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo caused a decrease of 4W per square meter. The result would be a 2°C to 5°C (about 4°F to 9°F) global cooling. Temperatures would reach their lowest after about three years and maintain that level for another four years. Getting back to previous temperatures would take over a decade.

The cooling would slow the hydrologic cycle and decrease rainfall by 15% to 30% percent globally, with impacts varying in different regions. In India and Central China, for example, precipitation would drop to nearly zero. The Northeastern and Midwestern United States would see a decline of 50%.

The temperature, precipitation, and sunlight change would obviously impact photosynthesis on land and in the ocean. The model estimated a 15% to 30% drop in growth on land—known as Net Primary Productivity—and a 5% to 15% drop in the ocean.

“Should a war between India and Pakistan ever occur, as assumed here,” the researchers write, “these countries alone could suffer 50 to 125 million fatalities, a regional catastrophe. In addition, severe short-term climate perturbations, with temperatures declining to values not seen on Earth since the middle of the last Ice Age, would be triggered by smoke from burning cities, a global disaster threatening food production worldwide and mass starvation, as well as severe disruption to natural ecosystems.”

Iran Threat Still Biggest in World

Published: 05 October 2019

The 2015 Nuclear Deal was supposed to contain the Iranian nuclear threat and tame its regional rogue behavior, but the Iranian regime still remains the biggest threat in the Middle East to the United States and its allies, according to Professor Raymond Tanter.

Tanter, who served as a senior member on the Middle East Desk of the National Security Council staff in the Reagan-Bush administration, wrote an op-ed about the Regime’s recent attack on Saudi oil installations, citing evidence from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) that the attack was carried out  by the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and approved by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

The NCRI reported that top IRGC commanders from the aerospace forces were deployed from Tehran to Omydieh base in Khuzestan province to command the operation. NCRI official Alireza Jafarzadeh said the attack was overseen by IRGC Major General Gholamali Rashid, who reports directly to Khamenei.

Tanter wrote: “There is mounting evidence that the resistance group is correct, US Government officials said privately about the NCRI press conference on the Iranian attack on the Saudi oil installations… The information provided by the NCRI is significant because it indicates Tehran is willing to take serious risks to threaten the countries in the region and the free flow of oil in the Persian Gulf, as a means to extract concessions from the United States and western nations.”

There is a big risk that the Regime’s behavior in the Persian Gulf region could trigger a military response from the West and cause another war in the Middle East.

Of course, Khamenei seems confident that the US will not start a war and that, instead, oil sanctions will be lifted in order to avoid Iran’s terrorism and destabilizing activities. That’s a central part of Iran’s foreign policy. It’s why Foreign Minister Javad Zarif feels confident that he can boast about close ties with IRGC Qods Force commander and notorious terrorist Qassem Soleimani.

Tanter wrote: “The information [from the NCRI] also demonstrates that in light of internal crisis resulting from systemic corruption engulfing the regime like cancer, widespread discontent of the population because of poverty and inflation, strikes by workers and other sectors of the society, and continued protests in Iran, Tehran has found no other way but to escalate regional aggression. Such aggressive behavior, if not confronted with decisiveness and power, would boost the morale of the IRGC commanders, and further emboldens the regime.”

Two Rockets Fired at Israel From Outside the Temple Walls

AN IRON Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza toward Israel on August 9.. (photo credit:” AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

TWO ROCKETS FIRED AT ISRAEL FROM GAZA STRIP – IDF REPORTS

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

The rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip followed the death of a Palestinian man during the Friday March of Return protests along the Gaza security fence.

Two rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday night, IDF spokesperson reported. The rockets failed to reach Israel.

The report follows air sirens heard in Kissufim in the northwestern Negev on Friday night.

The rocket attacks followed the death of a Palestinian man during the Friday March of Return protests along the Gaza security fence.

The IDF said in a statement, that around 6,000 Palestinians took part in Friday’s demonstrations, throwing stones and explosives at several locations along the fence. Adding, that a molotov cocktail hit a military jeep but no casualties ensued.

According to Palestinian reports, Ala Nizar Haish Hamdan, a 28-year-old resident of Beit Hanoun is said to have died in Friday’s protests. Eleven protesters were injured.

Palestinians attempted to cross the fence but were stopped by IDF gunfire, Channel 12 reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi toured the Gaza Division on Friday. Kochavi was accompanied by Southern Command Commander Maj. Gen. Ratzi Halevi and Gaza Division Commander, Brigadier General Eliezer Toledano.

Jason Greenblatt, US special envoy for international negotiations, responded Friday to the recent rocket launch from Gaza, and said that “[its] time to think about a real future for Palestinians.”

Two rockets fired by terrorists in Gaza attempting to kill Israelis,” he tweeted. “The rockets landed in Gaza instead of Israel, so they could have killed Palestinians. Again, Hamas and/or Palestinian Islamic Jihad threaten everyone’s safety,” Greenblatt added.

The Redline Will Be the Seizure Of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Khamenei-Linked Newspaper In Iran Suggests Seizure Of U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Radio Farda

Iranian media affiliated with various parts of the country’s political spectrum have been trumpeting a rhetoric that blames U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel for the widespread protests in Iraq.

This comes while protesters and most observers believe Iran-aligned Iraqi ruling factions have mismanaged the country and tolerated corruption, driving desperate people to come out into the streets with more than 70 killed so far.

Hardline daily newspaper Kayhan, affiliated with the office of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has gone as far as calling for seizing the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. Reformist Arman wrote about alleged foreign influence behind the Iraqi protests, and official news agency IRNA which operates under the aegis of the Rouhani administration in the middle of the political spectrum has charged that Saudi Arabia has spent “tens of millions of dollars on changing political trends in Iraq.

In another commentary IRNA has charged that the United States and Saudi Arabia have sent a message to Iraqi leaders and threatened to topple the regime in Iran by flaring up sectarian differences.

Front page of hardliner newspaper Kayhan calling for crowds to occupy the US embassy in Baghdad. October 5, 2019

In a commentary by its editor Hossein Shariatmadari who is Khamenei’s representative at Kayhan, the daily wrote that although the protests in Iraq were initially about “the people’s financial problems as well as corruption and poor social services, those who wanted to fish in the troubled water altered the slogans to voice the ideals of the enemies of the Iraqi people.”

The Kayhan pointed out “the slogans against Hashd al-Sha’bi and the ties between the nations of Iran and Iraq, and opposition to Iranian pilgrims visit to Iraq on the occasion of religious holiday Arbaeen” during which hundreds of thousands of Iranians visit Iraq every year.

The hardline daily then claimed “There are many documents about the presence of U.S, Israeli and Saudi Wahabi agents as well as Ba’thist elements behind the Iraqi protests.”

Referring to slogans against Iranian influence behind the Iraqi protests, Kayhan wrote “half a glance at the slogans leaves no doubt that there is an American, Saudi and Israeli conspiracy” playing out in Iraq.

Kayhan’s editor then argued that “U.S. embassies everywhere are the focal points of conspiracies,” and called on Iraqi youth “to put an end to the U.S. embassy’s presence in Baghdad.”

Iraqi men carry the coffin of a demonstrator, who was killed during anti-government protests, at a funeral in Najaf, Iraq October 5, 2019.

The seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran has had many achievements for the Islamic Iran. Why should Iraq’s revolutionary youths deprive their country from such achievements.”

On the other end of the Iranian political spectrum, reformist daily Arman wrote in an editorial headlined “Foreign Traces in Iraq’s Protests” that “some people believe foreign elements are behind the escalation of the unrest, ” however, the daily did not name the foreign elements although immediately after this sentence, it claimed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned the Iraqi Prime Minister before his planned visit to China to stay in the country.

The official news agency IRNA has published at least three commentaries about the Iraqi protests during the past few days and blamed foreign players as the culprits behind the unrest in Iraq.

IRNA charged in its latest commentary that the unrest is a way of “exerting pressure on Iraqi leaders to surrender to U.S. and Saudi policies, to downgrade Iraq’s ties with Iran by reducing the number of Iranian visitors, and creating seditions to harm the relations between the two nations.”

The concerted attempt by Iran’s state-controlled media to trumpet the conspiracy theory about the reasons for the unrest in Iraq may indicate that the idea comes from the top of Iran’s political echelon.

The Antichrist calls on government to resign amid violent mass protests

Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr. (Photo| AFP)

Iraqi firebrand cleric Sadr calls on government to resign amid violent mass protests

Al-Sadr had urged legislators to suspend their parliamentary membership and boycott sessions until the government responds to the protesters’ demands.

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday called on the government to resign amid the ongoing mass anti-government protests that have claimed the lives of dozens of people.

“I demand that the Iraqi government fully resign and start early elections under the supervision of the United Nations,” Xinhua news agency quoted al-Sadr as saying. “What is happening now is a disregard for Iraqi blood that cannot be tolerated.”

Earlier in the day, Al-Sadr had urged legislators to suspend their parliamentary membership and boycott sessions until the government responds to the protesters’ demands.

The protests, which marked the largest to date against Mahdi’s fragile government, were organised to decry a host of problems that plague the daily life of many Iraqis, among them corruption, a lack of services and unemployment.

Protests were reported in the cities of Nasiriyah, Diwaniyah, and Basra. Many of the protesters in Baghdad held photographs of one of the country’s most famous war heroes, Lt Gen Abdulwahab al-Saadi, a former head of Iraq’s counterterrorism force who led the fight to defeat the Islamic State.Saadi’s removal from his post last week followed weeks of speculation that militia groups loyal to neighbouring Iran had pushed for his departure.

The United Nations has called for restraint after violent anti-government protests gripped the Iraqi capital and other provinces of the Middle East country.