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

Monday, March 14, 2011

Attachment.pngThe 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.

We have NOT seen the last nuclear test (Revelation 16)

COMMENTARY: On anniversary of first nuclear test, have we seen the last?

William Lambers is the author of “Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace.” He has been published in Spectrum, the official magazine of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.

GEORGE Kistiakowsky was there on the morning of July 16, 1945 when the first atomic bomb (Trinity) was detonated by the U.S. Army in the New Mexico desert. Kistiakowsky was a science professor at Harvard University and part of the Manhattan Project that developed the bomb.

He witnessed the power of the weapon that would be used to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan and end World War II. The Cold War arms race with the Soviet Union would follow, with even more powerful nuclear weapons.

Kistiakowsky warned in 1963: “I do not believe that we or any other nation can find any real security in a continuing arms race. … Perhaps even more threatening is the prospect of an increasingly large number of countries having nuclear weapons, with the concomitant increase in the probability that some will be used, and that uncontrolled escalation will follow.”

Today we are heading toward a new arms race with Russia and China. President Trump has withdrawn from arms control treaties and is even considering a nuclear test, according to a Washington Post report. Rivals India and Pakistan each have nuclear weapons that could lead to a devastating war. North Korea still has nukes and is the most recent nation to test explode one in 2017.

Will there be another nuclear test by North Korea or by the United States, if Trump has his way? We are seeing no action toward nuclear arms control and disarmament. With 14,000 nukes worldwide, the risk of nuclear war remains.

Kistiakowsky said that “even if we escape the ravages of nuclear war, we will still be indefinitely saddled with the heavy burdens of the arms race that distorts the best ideals of our free society and channels our resources away from constructive enterprises.”

Today, tens of billions of dollars each year are spent on nukes and modernization plans are driving costs up further. These precious resources are needed to combat the real threats of hunger, poverty, disease and climate change. No nation should waste money on nukes.

What can we do to reduce the nuclear threat and get back on track toward disarmament?

The Senate can start by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear test explosions. The United States is one of eight key nations yet to ratify the treaty. (The others are China, Israel, Iran, North Korea, India, Pakistan and Egypt). Without U.S. leadership it is hard to see the other nations ratifying the pact.

Kistiakowsky was part of the early efforts to achieve a nuclear test ban treaty when he served as science advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower. The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, achieved in 1963 during the Kennedy administration, prohibited atmospheric, underwater and outer space nuclear blasts. But underground testing continued.

Kistiakowsky supported the limited test ban. But he also said we need to get a comprehensive treaty in place.

“I believe that the total prohibition of nuclear weapons tests, providing there would be adequate monitoring, of course, which is absolutely essential in this case, would have been far more effective in slowing down the arms race and would be in our national interest,” he told the Senate.

Ratifying the CTBT today would make this happen. We need to end nuclear testing globally once and for all.

The CTBT Youth group, which includes college students, is advocating for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Our youth need to make their voices heard.

Seventy-five years ago, the Trinity atomic bomb test changed the world. With enough public outcry we can change it again by ending nuclear testing by treaty. We could regain momentum on the path toward eliminating nuclear weapons from the face of the earth.

William Lambers is the author of “Nuclear Weapons, The Road to Peace.” He has been published in Spectrum, the official magazine of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.

The Zionists Attack Iran Again

Ships burn as fire hits Iranian port near nuclear power station

By Jemma Carr For Mailonline

09:26 EDT 15 Jul 2020 , updated 11:24 EDT 15 Jul 2020

The Tehran Fire Department quickly jumped in to say the explosion – which caused power outages – occurred in two-storey house’s basement which contained around 30 gas cylinders, reports.

• Dramatic video purporting to show the blaze shows thick black smoke billowing

• Men desperately tried to put out the flames in footage at the port of Bushehr

Incident is unfolding 12 miles away from Iran’s only nuclear power station

• Plant was developed by Russia and Iran as part of a joint nuclear cooperation

A massive blaze has broken out at an Iranian port, ripping through at least seven ships – the latest in a string of mysterious fires and explosions to hit the country.

Dramatic video purporting to show the blaze shows thick black smoke billowing from the scene at the port of Bushehr – as men desperately try to put out the flames.

The incident is unfolding just 12 miles away from Iran’s only nuclear power station and comes just days after a mysterious blast caused significant damage at a uranium facility in another part of the country.

It is not clear how the ships caught ablaze and no injuries have been reported.

Some reports have suggested that the fire broke out at a shipyard where fibreglass hulls for boats are built.

The fire is the latest in a series of blazes and explosions across Iran – many of which authorities have brushed off as unfortunate accidents

An oil tanker sought by the US over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a seafarers organization said Wednesday.

Satellite photos showed the vessel in Iranian waters on Tuesday and two of its sailors remained in the Iranian capital.

It wasn’t immediately clear what happened aboard the Dominica-flagged MT Gulf Sky, though its reported hijacking comes after months of tensions between Iran and the US

TankerTrackers.com, a website tracking the oil trade at sea, said it saw the vessel in satellite photos on Tuesday in Iranian waters off Hormuz Island.

Hormuz Island, near the port city of Bandar Abbas, is some 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Khorfakkan, a city on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates where the vessel had been for months.

In May, the US Justice Department filed criminal charges against two Iranians, accusing them of trying to launder some $12 million to purchase the tanker, then named the MT Nautica, through a series of front companies.

The vessel then took on Iranian oil from Kharg Island to sell abroad, the US government said.

Court documents allege the scheme involved the Quds Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which is its elite expeditionary unit, as well as Iran’s national oil and tanker companies. The two men charged, one of whom also has an Iraqi passport, remain at large.

‘Because a U.S. bank froze the funds related to the sale of the vessel, the seller never received payment,’ the Justice Department said. ‘As a result, the seller instituted a civil action in the UAE to recover the vessel.’

That civil action was believed to still be pending, raising questions of how the tanker sailed away from the Emirates after being seized by authorities there.

The fire comes amid a string of explosions across Iran – many of which authorities have brushed off as unfortunate accidents.

Experts fear Israel and the US could be behind the attacks and have questioned whether Iranian cyber security breaches could be to blame.

Policy Director of United Against Nuclear Iran Jason Brodsky told Fox News: ‘There is evidence of a concerted campaign underway to thwart Iran’s nuclear program.’

Cyber-intelligence expert and CEO of TrustedSec David Kennedy added: ‘Although many are asking the question, was this a cyber-attack or physical sabotage, the answer could be “both.”

The most likely suspects are the US and Israel working in tandem.’ 

It follows an embarrassing blunder last week in which Iranian media quoted a former mayor who dismissed a blast on Friday as ‘explosion at a factory making gas cylinders’.

But other media outlets quickly discovered the mayor in question had been dead for over a year.

Other reports said the explosion actually occurred at a missile and chemical warehouse and the blast injured 11.

The series of bizarre explosions started on June 26, when a factory making cruise missiles and another producing ammunition were hit in Khojir, Tehran, local media reported.

This was then followed by a gas leak at a medical clinic which caused an explosion killing 19 and injuring six on June 30.

Tehran Deputy Governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state television that blast was triggered by a gas leak. The fire department said gas canisters caught fire in the clinic’s basement.

Then on July 2, a fire and an explosion occurred at Natanz uranium enrichment plant which develops centrifuges. These are needed to make uranium – and other nuclear weapons.

Power outages then occurred when a fire broke out at a power plant in Shiraz

A fire then broke out on July 4 at the Zergan power plant in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.

The blaze caused a transformer in the station to explode and ignite the plant – which in turn caused partial electricity outages before it was put out.

Another fire was reported on Sunday at a facility belonging to the Shahid Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company in southwest Iran – but was quickly contained.

Increasing the Ante for Nuclear War (Revelation 16)

Analysis: Risks grow after blast hits Iran’s nuclear program

JON GAMBRELL , Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A mysterious explosion and fire at Iran’s main nuclear facility may have stopped Tehran from building advanced centrifuges, but it likely has not slowed the Islamic Republic in growing its ever-increasing stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

Limiting that stockpile represented one of the main tenets of the nuclear deal that world powers reached with Iran five years ago this week — an accord which now lies in tatters after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from it two years ago.

The larger that stockpile grows, the shorter the so-called “breakout time” becomes — time that Iran would need to build a nuclear weapon if it chooses to do so. And while Tehran insists its atomic program is for peaceful purposes, it has renewed threats to withdraw from a key nonproliferation treaty as the U.S. tries to extend a U.N. arms embargo on Iran due to expire in October.

All this raises the risk of further confrontation in the months ahead.

Iranian officials likely recognized that as they realized the scope of the July 2 blast at the Natanz compound in Iran’s central Isfahan province. They initially downplayed the fire, describing the site as a “shed” even as analysts immediately told The Associated Press that the blast struck Natanz’s new advanced centrifuge assembly facility.

Days later, Iran acknowledged the fire struck that facility and raised the possibility of sabotage at the site, which was earlier targeted by the Stuxnet computer virus. Still, it has been careful not to directly blame the U.S. or Israel, whose officials heavily hinted they had a hand in the fire. A claim of responsibility for the attack only raised suspicions of a foreign influence in the blast.

A direct accusation by Tehran would increase the pressure on Iran’s Shiite theocracy to respond, something it apparently does not want to do yet.

The explosion and fire, however, did not strike Natanz’s underground centrifuge halls. That’s where thousands of first-generation gas centrifuges still spin, enriching uranium up to 4.5% purity. Meanwhile, enrichment also has resumed at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility, built deep inside a mountain to protect it from potential airstrikes. Iran continues to experiment with previously built advanced centrifuges as well.

The explosion “at Natanz was above all a blow to Iran’s plans to move on to more advanced stages in its nuclear project,” wrote Sima Shine, the head of the Iran program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel who once worked in the country’s Mossad intelligence service.

Shine cautioned: “However, it will not prevent Iran’s continued accumulation of enriched uranium, underway since Iran began its gradual violations of the nuclear agreement.”

As of June, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had over 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds) of low-enriched uranium. The 2015 accord limited Iran to having only 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of uranium enriched to only 3.67%, far below weapons-grade levels of 90%.

Now at 1,500 kilograms, Iran has enough material for a single nuclear weapon if it decides to pursue one. However, that stockpile still is far less than in the days before the 2015 deal, when Tehran had enough for over a dozen bombs and chose not to weaponize its stockpile.

Iran would also need to further enrich that uranium, which would draw the attention of international inspectors still able to access its atomic facilities,. And it would still need to build a bomb. But the “breakout time” Iran would require to assemble a weapon — estimated to be at least a year under the 2015 deal — has narrowed.

All this comes after a series of incidents last year culminated in a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad in January, followed by a retaliatory Iranian ballistic missile attack targeting American troops in Iraq. Those tensions remain even today as the coronavirus pandemic engulfs both the U.S. and Iran.

Iran has already signaled willingness to use its nuclear program as a lever as a longstanding United Nations arms embargo on Tehran is set to expire in October. That ban has barred Iran since 2010 from buying major foreign weapon systems such as fighter jets and tanks.

Iran has threatened to expel IAEA inspectors and withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty amid the U.S. pressure campaign. North Korea, which now has nuclear weapons, is the only country to ever withdraw from the treaty.

Expelling IAEA inspectors and potentially shutting down their cameras now watching Iranian nuclear facilities would blind them from being able to see if Iran pushes its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels. But that also could see Iran alienate China and Russia, which have both urged all parties to remain in the nuclear deal.

The U.S. hopes to extend the embargo, calling Iranian threats over it being renewed a “mafia tactic.” But Washington has issued its own threats, claiming it could invoke the “snapback” of all U.N. sanctions on Iran that were eased under nuclear deal unless the embargo is prolonged — despite having left the atomic accord.

As Trump campaigns ahead of a November election, he may be more willing to take those risks to highlight that he followed through on his 2016 campaign promise to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and take a harder line on Tehran.

The Islamic Republic in turn may be more willing to take risks as well.

“The U.S. diplomatic campaign, as well as suspected Israeli sabotage and continued attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, will raise overall tension with Iran and introduce new uncertainty into the calculations of the Iranian leadership,” the Eurasia Group warned in an analysis on Tuesday. “That could induce Iran to take more risky action in the nuclear realm, or retaliate for … snapback in Iraq or the region.”

Terrorism Watch Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 8 – 14, 2020)

Published: 15/07/2020

• This past week the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria were relatively quiet. The Palestinians are apparently devoting most of their attention to fighting the coronavirus. The most serious event in Judea and Samaria was the throwing of Molotov cocktails at an IDF post near Ariel. Two Palestinians were involved. The soldiers opened fire, apparently killing one and wounding the other (the event is being investigated).

• Politically, the intensity of the Palestinian campaign against Israel’s intention to annex territories has weakened, probably because of the Palestinian focus on the COVID-19 crisis. Practical activities decreased in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. A protest rally scheduled for Ramallah was postponed. Palestinian TV reported that the stopping of Palestinian protest activities had no significance, since they had not been cancelled but rather postponed until an improvement in the COVID-19 situation.

• Developments in the fight against the coronavirus were the following:

◦ The surge in the number of Palestinians infected with COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and east Jerusalem continues. The number of active cases has reached 5,569 in the PA territories and 795 in east Jerusalem. In Gaza, on the other hand, only eight active cases remain (although there is still concern regarding an outbreak of the virus inside the Gaza Strip).

◦ The PA ordered a lockdown accompanied by limitations and their strict enforcement. However, in various hotspots local residents protested against the limitations and the helplessness of the government. Demonstrations were held in Hebron to protest the extension of the lockdown and severe criticism was heard from the residents of the Jalazone refugee camp in the Ramallah district.

◦ The PA’s public health system is facing a severe shortage of medical equipment. A spokesman for the ministry of health said only 80 ventilators remained for coronavirus patients, 20 of them already in use. The PA, in collaboration with UNRWA, decided to formulate an emergency plan for the refugee camps, which are potential focal points for an outbreak of the virus. A spokesman for the PA government said UNRWA was responsible for matters of health in the refugee camps.

Trump Has Created a Shi’a Martyr

‘Commander of Peace’: Iran produces documentary on Qasem Soleimani

The documentary, titled “Commander of Peace,” will be aired next month by state-run IRIB.

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has produced a 40-episode documentary on former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani who was killed by a US drone in Baghdad on January 3, along with Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

The documentary, titled “Commander of Peace,” will be aired next month by the State-run IRIB. Following Soleimani’s killing, IRGC spokesman Ramezan Sharif threatened that “The cowardly and craven assassination of commander Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the Americans will lead to the liberation of Jerusalem, by the grace of God.”Soleimani had been close to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and urged Iranians to support Khamenei, saying political factions should put aside their differences.

In February, Iranian state TV aired an interview with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in which he described a close relationship with Soleimani, highlighting the key role Soleimani played in helping build up Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal as well as his role in military operations during Hezbollah’s war with Israel in 2006.

The Beginning of the End (Revelation 16)

Editorial: 75 years ago, a desert blast signaled the dawn of the nuclear era

A mushroom cloud rises over Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945, moments after the atomic bomb was dropped. The first atomic blast occurred less than a month before over a New Mexico desert bombing range.

(AP Photo/National Archives)

Associated Press

The nuclear age dawned 75 years ago Thursday with the first U.S. atomic explosion over the New Mexico desert. Literally and figuratively, splitting the atom was the earth-shaking event that ended World War II, launched the Cold War, provoked an international arms race that continues today, and sparked the quest by more and more countries to gain entry to the club of nuclear superpowers. St. Louisans need look no further than the Manhattan Project radioactive waste buried at the West Lake Landfill to understand the modern repercussions of long-past history.

As nice as it would be to envision a world without the threat of thermonuclear catastrophe, the simple reality is that the genie escaped from the bottle on July 16, 1945, and it isn’t going back. The big remaining question is whether it can be contained before the specter of Armageddon rises anew.

Americans must never lose sight of the awesome destructive power at the fingertips of a tiny number of leaders around the world. This nation’s choice of leaders matters now, more than ever, because of a single president’s ability to destroy the world based on a perceived insult or decision to act on an ego-driven whim.

Nuclear weaponry has been around so long that it has largely faded from the national conversation except when it involves Iran’s efforts to acquire the bomb. But other flashpoints loom: Nuclear-armed China is now in a military standoff against nuclear-armed India over disputed border territory. India and nuclear-armed Pakistan continue to have deadly exchanges over Kashmir. Nuclear-armed Israel remains engaged in near-constant confrontation with its Arab neighbors and Iran.

Russia’s quest to develop a technological edge over the United States has led to numerous, chilling accidents, including a deadly suspected nuclear-capable missile explosion last August near the village of Nyonoksa.

In the 75 years since the first atomic explosion, millions of people and countless species have been exposed to life-threatening doses of radiation from test blasts. Dozens of nuclear bombs have been lost at sea or destroyed in air accidents. Computer malfunctions have placed U.S. forces on red alert over what mistakenly were believed to be incoming Soviet missiles.

An entire generation grew up in daily, abject fear, training for disaster and learning to duck and cover beneath school desks. The release of classified documents in 1998 revealed that, in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower actually delegated independent authority for military leaders to launch retaliatory nuclear strikes absent his approval.

Who knows what nightmarish nuclear scenarios are being kept secret from the nation today? The fact that Americans have largely tuned out of the discussion is perhaps the most nightmarish scenario of all — especially when the world can no longer rely on sane, cautious restraint, grounded in a fear of “mutually assured destruction,” to guide all leaders’ thinking.