The Sixth Seal Is Past Due (Revelation 6:12) 

by , 03/22/11

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New York City may appear to be an unlikely place for a major earthquake, but according to history, we’re past due for a serious shake. Seismologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say that about once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks the Big Apple. The last one was a 5.3 tremor that hit in 1884 — no one was killed, but buildings were damaged.

Any tremor above a 6.0 magnitude can be catastrophic, but it is extremely unlikely that New York would ever experience a quake like the recent 8.9 earthquake in Japan. A study by the Earth Observatory found that a 6.0 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and a 7.0 magnitude hits about every 3,400 years.

There are several fault lines in New York’s metro area, including one along 125th Street, which may have caused two small tremors in 1981 and a 5.2 magnitude quake in 1737. There is also a fault line on Dyckman Street in Inwood, and another in Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. The New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigationrates the chance of an earthquake hitting the city as moderate.

John Armbruster, a seismologist at the Earth Observatory, said that if a 5.0 magnitude quake struck New York today, it would result in hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars in damages. The city’s skyscrapers would not collapse, but older brick buildings and chimneys would topple, likely resulting in casualities.

The Earth Observatory is expanding its studies of potential earthquake damage to the city. They currently have six seismometers at different landmarks throughout the five boroughs, and this summer, they plan to place one at the arch in Washington Square Park and another in Bryant Park.

Won-Young Kim, who works alongside Armbuster, says his biggest concern is that we can’t predict when an earthquake might hit. “It can happen anytime soon,” Kim told the Metro. If it happened tomorrow, he added, “I would not be surprised. We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where.”

Armbuster voiced similar concerns to the Daily News. “Will there be one in my lifetime or your lifetime? I don’t know,” he said. “But this is the longest period we’ve gone without one.”

Via Metro and NY Daily News

Images © Ed Yourdon

Israel Targeting Eyes of Children Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Report: Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in the eyes

December 28, 2019 2:51 AM If Americans Knew Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human rights, Israeli attacks, News Report

Eyes are a ‘common target’ of Israeli snipers at Gaza’s Great March of Return. To date, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reports that Israeli soldiers have shot 50 men, women, and children in the eye since the weekly demonstrations began last March, leaving many permanently blind.

by Tareq Hajjaj and Pam Bailey, reposted from TheNewArab

Media coverage and social media posts went wild when Palestinian photojournalist Muath Amarneh was blinded in his left eye after he was hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest in the West Bank.

However, Amarneh was far from unique; Israeli snipers targeting participants in Gaza’s weekly Great Return March protests have aimed for the legs – and eyes. To date, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye since the demonstrations began March 30, 2018 – leaving them permanently blind.

“Some of these protesters and journalists were hit in the eye with teargas canisters, but most were targeted directly with what is commonly called a ‘rubber bullet,’ giving the impression they are somehow benign,” says Ashraf Alqedra, MD, a treating physician at Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital and spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

“But there is still steel at the core, and although these bullets don’t usually kill, they do grave damage. It is impossible to save an eye hit directly by a rubber-coated steel bullet.”

However, he adds, due to the Israeli blockade, there are no artificial, glass eyes in Gaza – only a cosmetic improvement, but one that can be a significant psychological aid. These are available only by travelling out of Gaza for treatment and permits for such journeys are often not granted.

According to data released by the World Health Organization, Gaza residents submitted 25,897 applications to travel via Erez Crossing to receive medical treatment in the West Bank or Israel; an average of 2,158 were submitted each month. However, the Israeli government only approved 61 percent.

Mai Abu Rwedah: the most recent victim

Mai Abu Rwedah, 20, grew up in north Gaza’s al-Bureij Refugee Camp in a family of nine children supported by a father who works as a janitor for a UN school. She just graduated from university, hoping to start her professional life as a medical secretary and contribute her income.

But that dream was dealt a severe blow December 6, when she became the most recent Gazan to lose an eye to an Israeli bullet.

Abu Rwedah believes in using peaceful, but active, resistance to reclaim Palestinians’ right to return to their ancestral homeland. So, she has joined participants in the Great Return March protest since its launch on March 30, 2018.

On September 21 of that year, she was shot by a rubber-coated bullet in one of her legs, but that didn’t stop her from participating; she kept on going.

Doctors had to extract Mai’s right eye and the bullet damaged her jaw as well

A sit-in protest takes place in Gaza in solidarity with Mai 

Earlier this month, stood with a few friends about 100 metres from the fence that marks the border between Gaza and Israel. She glimpsed an Israeli soldier waving and pointing his finger to his eye.

“He was trying to intimidate me, but I was not afraid because I was doing nothing wrong. I wasn’t even throwing stones,” Abu Rwedeh recalls.

The soldiers fired tear gas then, and Mai and her friends ran away, but still were in sight of the young man who had threatened her.

“He was watching me; wherever I moved he kept watching. Then, suddenly, he raised his gun and pointed it at me. I was about to flee but he was too fast. He shot me in my eye.”

The bullet damaged her jaw as well. Doctors had to extract her right eye, since it was destroyed, Her determination, however, is intact. Abu Rwedeh continues to protest.

The youngest victim

Mohammed Al-Najar, 12, is the second-oldest son among four children, supported by a father who works in a wedding hall in Khan Younis.

In January, during the mid-year vacation from school, Mohammed begged his parents to allow him to watch the Friday protest with his cousins and other relatives, thinking it would give him an exciting story to share with classmates.

He was given permission to ride one of the government buses that collected people from the various neighbourhoods, taking them to the protest sites. When he disembarked, teargas bombs were flying, and he shouted to warn those around him. Then next one hit him directly in his right eye.

When Mohammad learned later that his eye could not be saved, he locked himself in his room and stopped going to school. When he did go back, he struggled.

“At first his marks at school dropped and he isolated himself. He tried to hide his missing eye,” says his mother, Um Edress.

She took to him an organisation that provided psychotherapy, but he refused to speak. Today, he is socialising, but goes quiet when asked about his injury.

When Mohammad learned later that his eye could not be saved, he locked himself in his room and stopped going to school [Getty]

The journalist

According to Dr Alqedra, most people with eye injuries from the Great Return March are journalists or photographers.

One of them is Sami Musran 35, a photographer who works for Al-Aqsa TV. On July 19, he was shot several times – first in his hand, the next two times in his shoulders and the fourth time in the chest. (Fortunately, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, so it did not harm him.) The last time cost him his left eye.

Sami says he had received several calls from Israeli officers warning him not to take photos at the Great Return March. His mother also received calls, saying her son might be killed.

“Forty times, my Facebook account was hacked or deleted for me, and I received death threats as well,” he says. “But I decided to keep on with my work to reveal the Israeli crimes against unarmed Palestinians who participate in the march.”

The night before Musran was shot, his wife tried to insist he stay home, but he refused.

“Minutes before I was hit, my mother called me twice, saying she was very worried about me. But I said that nothing happens that isn’t God’s plan,” he recalls.

He was about 250 metres away from of the Israeli fence when two women and a child were shot. Musran was taking photos of them and went in close. That’s when a rubber-coated bullet hit his eye and he lost consciousness. Two days later, he woke up in the intensive care unit to find out he had a skull fracture and an injured eye. The bullet had damaged the iris, retina and cornea and his vision was gone.

Today, it is hard for him to continue with his job; his depth perception is off, he gets headaches and the sight in his remaining eye “fades” at night. But he will keep trying.

“Israel wants to blind the eyes of the truth by sending messages to photographers saying we will hit your eyes to make you stop taking photos,” he says. “But we do not surrender.”

Tareq Hajjaj is an author and a member of Palestinian Writers Union. He studied English Literature at Al-Azhar university in Gaza. He started his career in journalism in 2015 working as news writer/translator at local newspaper Donia al-Watan, then writing in both Arabic and English for international outlets such as Elbadi, MEE, and Al Monitor. Now he’s writing for We Are Not Numbers.

Pam Bailey is a freelance writer and social-justice activist based in Washington, DC, who lived and worked in the Gaza Strip immediately following the 2008/9 Israeli assault. She also traveled to Yemen and Pakistan to interview people impacted by imperialist drone surveillance and warfare. Her writings can be found on sites such as Truthout, Alternet, Mondoweiss, Middle East Eye and Al Jazeera.

The Hypersonic Russian Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7)

Russia says it is first nation with operational new hypersonic nuclear weapons

Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle can travel 27 times the speed of sound and zig-zag through atmosphere en route to target, making it almost impossible to intercept


27 Dec 2019, 5:20 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia’s defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability.

Putin has described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite. The new Russian weapon and a similar system being developed by China have troubled the United States, which has pondered defense strategies.

The Avangard is launched atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, but unlike a regular missile warhead that follows a predictable path after separation it can make sharp maneuvers in the atmosphere en route to target, making it much harder to intercept.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty.

“I congratulate you on this landmark event for the military and the entire nation,” Shoigu said later during a conference call with top military leaders.

The Strategic Missile Forces chief, Gen. Sergei Karakayev, said during the call that the Avangard was put on duty with a unit in the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains.

Putin unveiled the Avangard among other prospective weapons systems in his state-of-the-nation address in March 2018, noting that its ability to make sharp maneuvers on its way to a target will render missile defense useless.

“It heads to target like a meteorite, like a fireball,” he said at the time.

The Russian leader noted that Avangard is designed using new composite materials to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 Celsius (3,632 Fahrenheit) resulting from a flight through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.

The military said the Avangard is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound. It carries a nuclear weapon of up to 2 megatons.

Putin has said Russia had to develop the Avangard and other prospective weapons systems because of US efforts to develop a missile defense system that he claimed could erode Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Moscow has scoffed at US claims that its missile shield isn’t intended to counter Russia’s massive missile arsenals.

In this video grab file photo provided by RU-RTR Russian television via AP television on Thursday, March 1, 2018, a computer simulation shows the Avangard hypersonic vehicle being released from booster rockets. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP, File)

Earlier this week, Putin emphasized that Russia is the only country armed with hypersonic weapons. He noted that for the first time Russia is leading the world in developing an entire new class of weapons, unlike in the past when it was catching up with the US

In December 2018, the Avangard was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Urals and successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) away.

Russian media reports indicated that the Avangard will first be mounted on Soviet-built RS-18B intercontinental ballistic missiles, code-named SS-19 by NATO. It is expected to be fitted to the prospective Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile after it becomes operational.

The Defense Ministry said last month it demonstrated the Avangard to a team of US inspectors as part of transparency measures under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with the US.

The Russian military previously had commissioned another hypersonic weapon of a smaller range.

In this photo taken from undated footage distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an intercontinental ballistic missile lifts off from a truck-mounted launcher somewhere in Russia. The Russian military said the Avangard hypersonic weapon entered combat duty on Friday. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

The Kinzhal (Dagger), which is carried by MiG-31 fighter jets, entered service with the Russian air force last year. Putin has said the missile flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) and can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead. The military said it is capable of hitting both land targets and navy ships.

China has tested its own hypersonic glide vehicle, believed to be capable of traveling at least five times the speed of sound. It displayed the weapon called Dong Feng 17, or DF-17, at a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese state.

US officials have talked about putting a layer of sensors in space to more quickly detect enemy missiles, particularly the hypersonic weapons. The administration also plans to study the idea of basing interceptors in space, so the US can strike incoming enemy missiles during the first minutes of flight when the booster engines are still burning.

The Pentagon also has been working on the development of hypersonic weapons in recent years, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in August that he believes “it’s probably a matter of a couple of years” before the US has one. He has called it a priority as the military works to develop new long-range fire capabilities.

Iraq’s Parliament Yields to Antichrist’s Demand

Iraq’s Parliament Yields to Protesters’ Demand, Approves New Electoral Law

As per the new law, independent candidates have a much better chance of being elected to parliament. A law of this kind was one of the key demands of the protesters who have been on the streets since October 1

27 Dec 2019

Iraq’s parliament passed a new electoral law on Tuesday, December 24, making it easier for independent candidates to win parliamentary elections. The new law was one of the key demands of those participating in mass protests, which broke out on October 1. The public anger is directed against rampant corruption, extreme poverty and unemployment rates, the abysmal state of public services, and other political and economic issues. Meanwhile, severe disagreements continue over who should be the next prime minister with president Barham Salih refusing to accept a nomination made by a parliamentary group.

The new law divides Iraq’s eighteen provinces into several electoral districts and assigns one member of parliament for every 100,000 Iraqis. It does away with the old system where parties used to run on unified lists. By running on unified lists, political parties were able to win all the seats in a particular province. This has been replaced in the new system, as voters will now elect individual MPs. The new law also allocates at least a quarter of the parliamentary seats to women, and establishes a quota for religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis.

The new was opposed by a section of Kurdish and Sunni Arab legislators, who boycotted the meeting of the parliament on Tuesday. In contrast, popular Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr welcomed the new law, saying that “it will get rid of all corrupt parties.”

Meanwhile, president Barham Salih has reportedly threatened to resign rather than accept the nomination of the governor of Basra, Asaad al-Eidani, for the post of prime minister. Al-Eidani was nominated by the Iran-backed Binaa bloc. This follows continuing protests with the demand of a complete restructuring of the political system. Many protesters have been seeking an alternative to the current political class, and calling for an independent candidate to take over the prime minister’s post.

According to the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, at least 496 people have been killed and more than 25,000 injured since the massive protests began on October 1.

Protests Outside the Temple Walls are Scaled Back (Revelation 11)

NEWS / GAZAOrganisers say Gaza protests to be scaled back

‘March of Return’ protests to be held monthly from March as negotiations towards a Hamas-Israel ceasefire continue.

26 Dec 2019 GMT+3

Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip will scale back protests along the fortified separation barrier with Israel, factions in the coastal territory have said, in a potential sign of a lasting detente between Israel and Gaza’s rulers Hamas.

The Higher National Committee, a collection of Gaza-based factions and civil society organisations that organise the protests, said there will be a rally this Friday but that demonstrations thereafter would be held monthly and on national occasions, beginning in March.


▪ Gaza: Palestinians in limbo for Christmas after permits reversal

▪ Palestinians paying thousands of dollars in bribes to leave Gaza

▪ ICC wants investigation in alleged war crimes in Palestinian territories

For nearly 20 months, Palestinians have held weekly demonstrations dubbed the “Great March of Return” in what began as a grassroots effort to draw attention to the difficult living conditions in Gaza and call for the right of Palestinians to return to long-lost homes in what is now Israel.

Some 80 percent of Gaza’s two million people are refugees or descendants of refugees. Israel rejects any such return, saying that it would eliminate its Jewish majority.

However, Hamas quickly took control of the protests, which have sometimes turned violent as young men have attempted to cut through the separation barrier and thrown rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops who have used live ammunition against protesters.

Israeli fire has killed some 215 Palestinians, most of them unarmed, including 47 people under 18 and two women, according to the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights. Hundreds of others have been seriously wounded in the demonstrations.

Israel has said it was defending itself against attacks and infiltration attempts but Palestinians and international human rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force.

Some 215 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed in the demonstrations [File: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

The protests have tapered off in recent months, which analysts attribute to diplomatic efforts by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations to avert wider escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and broker a ceasefire agreement that would ease the crippling 12-year Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

Israel has said any progress would depend on a halt to the protests, as well as rocket fire out of Gaza.

Late on Wednesday, a rocket attack believed to have been launched by the Islamic Jihad group forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage during a campaign stop in southern Israel. Israel responded by bombing a series of Hamas targets.

Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for all fire out of Gaza, even rockets launched by rival armed groups.

Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei is WRONG About War With the US

Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei says no war is going to happen with America

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that there was no war with the United States. This information is given on their official website. In a speech to government officials, Khamenei said that what happened between Tehran and the US was a test of resolve rather than a military encounter.

The Khamenei dot IR website quoted him as saying that no war is going to take place. Neither we nor he (America) wants war. They know that it is not in their interest.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said on Tuesday that the US does not want war with Iran. However, he said that pressure will be placed on Tehran.

We do not want war with Iran: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the US does not want war with Iran but resolved to maintain pressure on Tehran.

Pompeo, along with Russian Foreign Minister Sarjei Lavrov, addressed the press conference in Sochi. “Basically we don’t want war with Iran,” Pompeo said.

Germans Should Worry About Trump

Germans think Trump is more dangerous to world peace than Kim Jong Un and Putin: survey

By Zack Budryk

December 26, 2019 – 08:00 PM EST

Germans think Trump is more dangerous to world peace than Kim Jong Un and Putin: survey

A new YouGov survey found Germans consider President Trump more dangerous to world peace than North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un or Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the German broadcaster DW.

Asked to rank the greatest threat to world peace between Trump, Kim, Putin, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Chinese President Xi Jinping, 41 percent named Trump, compared to Kim at 17 percent, Khamenei and Putin at 8 percent and Xi at 7 percent.

Pollsters surveyed 2,000 Germans for the poll between Dec. 16 and 18.

The results were similar to a YouGov poll published in July 2018, although the earlier survey did not include Xi or Khamenei as options.

The poll comes after a contentious NATO summit in London with several European allies, during which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was filmed apparently joking about the lengths of Trump’s joint press conferences in a conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emanuel Macron.