A Lack Of Vigilance Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Faults Underlying Exercise Vigilant Guard
Story by: (Author NameStaff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta – 138th Public Affairs Detachment
Dated: Thu, Nov 5, 2009
This map illustrates the earthquake fault lines in Western New York. An earthquake in the region is a likely event, says University of Buffalo Professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.
TONAWANDA, NY — An earthquake in western New York, the scenario that Exercise Vigilant Guard is built around, is not that far-fetched, according to University of Buffalo geology professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.
When asked about earthquakes in the area, Jacobi pulls out a computer-generated state map, cross-hatched with diagonal lines representing geological faults.
The faults show that past earthquakes in the state were not random, and could occur again on the same fault systems, he said.
“In western New York, 6.5 magnitude earthquakes are possible,” he said.
This possibility underlies Exercise Vigilant Guard, a joint training opportunity for National Guard and emergency response organizations to build relationships with local, state, regional and federal partners against a variety of different homeland security threats including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
The exercise was based on an earthquake scenario, and a rubble pile at the Spaulding Fibre site here was used to simulate a collapsed building. The scenario was chosen as a result of extensive consultations with the earthquake experts at the University of Buffalo’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), said Brig. Gen. Mike Swezey, commander of 53rd Troop Command, who visited the site on Monday.
Earthquakes of up to 7 magnitude have occurred in the Northeastern part of the continent, and this scenario was calibrated on the magnitude 5.9 earthquake which occurred in Saguenay, Quebec in 1988, said Jacobi and Professor Andre Filiatrault, MCEER director.
“A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in this area is not an unrealistic scenario,” said Filiatrault.
Closer to home, a 1.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about 2.5 miles from the Spaulding Fibre site within the last decade, Jacobi said. He and other earthquake experts impaneled by the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada in 1997 found that there’s a 40 percent chance of 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurring along the Clareden-Linden fault system, which lies about halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, Jacobi added.
Jacobi and Filiatrault said the soft soil of western New York, especially in part of downtown Buffalo, would amplify tremors, causing more damage.
“It’s like jello in a bowl,” said Jacobi.
The area’s old infrastructure is vulnerable because it was built without reinforcing steel, said Filiatrault. Damage to industrial areas could release hazardous materials, he added.
“You’ll have significant damage,” Filiatrault said.
Exercise Vigilant Guard involved an earthquake’s aftermath, including infrastructure damage, injuries, deaths, displaced citizens and hazardous material incidents. All this week, more than 1,300 National Guard troops and hundreds of local and regional emergency response professionals have been training at several sites in western New York to respond these types of incidents.
Jacobi called Exercise Vigilant Guard “important and illuminating.”
“I’m proud of the National Guard for organizing and carrying out such an excellent exercise,” he said.
Training concluded Thursday.

Egyptians Protest Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Egypt went into high alert after former Egyptian army contractor Mohamed Ali called for anti-government protests for Sunday [File: Mohamed Abd el-Ghany/Reuters]
Egypt went into high alert after former Egyptian army contractor Mohamed Ali called for anti-government protests for Sunday [File: Mohamed Abd el-Ghany/Reuters]

Anti-gov’t protests in Egypt’s Giza amid tight security presence

Videos on social media show demonstrators calling on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to step aside.

Dozens of anti-government protesters took to the streets in the Egyptian governorate of Giza on Sunday, despite heightened security in the country in advance of anticipated demonstrations.

Video clips circulating on social media showed the demonstrators holding banners and chanting slogans calling on Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to step down. Others set a police car on fire while some threw stones at security forces who tried to stop them.

Egypt went into high alert after former Egyptian army contractor Mohamed Ali called for anti-government protests on September 20 to commemorate a year since similar demonstrations were launched in the Middle Eastern country.

In a rare show of dissent, thousands of people rallied in cities across Egypt in September last year, demanding the resignation of el-Sisi following a call for protests by Ali, also an actor and businessman who said his company used to carry out projects for the Egyptian military.

In response, authorities launched the “biggest crackdown” under el-Sisi’s rule, according to Amnesty International, rounding up more than 2,300 people.

Security services pre-empted Sunday’s protests by launching a campaign of arrests that included political figures, including the left-wing political thinker Amin al-Mahdi, and a number of activists, especially in the eastern city of Suez.https://dd09fd78b959ef1cb84acecdb692a997.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Several social media users also reported cafes being forced to close over the past week. 

In addition to the government crackdown on opposition figures and activists, pro-government media called people who planned to demonstrate part of an external conspiracy aimed at overthrowing the government.

Ali, who lives in self-imposed exile in Spain, had expected a strong response to his calls for demonstrations against the government and over deteriorating living conditions.

In an interview with Al Jazeera last week, Ali said: “If five million people took to the streets [on Sunday], no one would be arrested at all.

“Last time [September 2019], the demonstrators returned to their homes, which made it easier for the regime to arrest them,” he added. 

Egypt outlawed all unauthorised demonstrations in 2013 after el-Sisi, as defence minister, led the military’s overthrow of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi following mass demonstrations.

Since then, Egyptian authorities have imprisoned and prosecuted thousands of people, according to human rights groups, with a nationwide crackdown intensifying after el-Sisi was first elected in 2014 with 97 percent of the vote.

Some Egyptian activists have warned of the danger protesting poses to the lives of demonstrators, given what they called a tight grip on security by authorities.

On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people began their revolution that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

Huge buildup with the China nuclear horn Daniel 7

EXCLUSIVE: Declassified U.S. intelligence tracks huge Chinese missile buildup

by JAMES ROSEN, Sinclair Investigative Reporter

Friday, September 18th 2020

WASHINGTON (SBG) – U.S. intelligence agencies have monitored a huge expansion in China’s production and testing of ballistic and cruise missiles over the last decade, in what senior Trump administration officials and outside military analysts call a military buildup unprecedented in human history.  

Satellite images taken by U.S. intelligence and declassified in the last week for presentation to officers at the NATO military alliance tell the tale in a juxtaposition of two photographs of the same military parade held in China a decade apart. Both photographs, attributed to Digital Globe, show the same stretch of Tiananmen Square in Beijing as the country staged its annual National Day festivities on October 1. 

In the 2009 event, the segment of the military parade that was devoted to the display of missiles took up .48 kilometers, or just under one-third of a mile. In the declassified imagery from the 2019 parade, the missile segment of the parade can be seen extending for longer than two-and-a-half miles: an expansion of nearly tenfold.

“They are going to destroy the strategic equilibrium that has existed heretofore and they’re going to propel the world into uncharted waters,” said Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, a former assistant secretary of the Treasury who was appointed in April to the newly created post of Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control.

Adding to the concern of senior U.S. officials is China’s aggressive testing schedule. State Department figures released exclusively to Sinclair show that in 2020 alone — despite the coronavirus — China has conducted at least seventy test-launches of ballistic or ground-launched cruise missiles. This puts the Communist regime on track to replicate its feats of the last two years. In 2019, Beijing conducted 225 ballistic missile launches, a number that exceeded the combined number by all other nations in the world. The pattern was the same in 2018.

“These are incredibly dangerous weapons,” Billingslea said in an interview at the State Department this week. Asked what happens when American diplomats seek to engage their Chinese counterparts in meaningful arms control dialogue, Billingslea answered with a single word: “Stonewalling.” At present, the U.S. is seeking at various official levels and through different communications platforms to convince Beijing that the destructive power of its growing ballistic arsenal — and the possibility of an accident, or an unintended escalation of localized military conflict — make it unwise to continue the country’s unrivaled expansion in this arena.

With those entreaties mostly falling on deaf ears, however, Ambassador Billingslea and other U.S. officials have begun to set their sights on an unlikely diplomatic ally: the Russians. In meetings in Vienna last month, Billingslea engaged his Russian counterpart, Sergei Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, in talks aimed at persuading the Kremlin to lean on China, with the goal of getting the Asian power to join the next major arms control agreement.

“[Ryabkov] himself has said publicly the next arms control treaty must be multilateral,” Billingslea said. “I agree with that; we agree with that. The next arms control treaty must include China.”

The United States and Russia abide by self-imposed limits of about 1,500 nuclear warheads. But according to estimates derived from Chinese propaganda and open sources, the Communist regime is preparing to outfit just one of its advanced intercontinental ballistic missile systems, the DF-41 — which can travel ranges of up to 9,000 miles at a top speed of Mach 25, and therefore capable of striking the continental U.S. within thirty minutes — with 1,000 nuclear warheads.

Asked to what end the government led by Chinese President Xi Jinping has embarked on its crash missile program, Billingslea said the question is “concerning” because the regime’s intentions remain so opaque. “Their intentions are not clear,” he said. “The same kind of obsessive secrecy that they apply to the coronavirus outbreak is the kind of secrecy that they’re applying to their nuclear weapons program.”

The winds of God‘s wrath threatens Texas and Louisiana Jeremiah 23

Tropical Storm Beta Brings Threats of Flooding Rainfall and Storm Surge to Texas, Louisiana

Tropical Storm Beta Brings Heavy Rain and Flood Threat To Texas and Louisiana

At a Glance

Tropical Storm Beta is tracking through the northwest Gulf of Mexico.

Beta will make landfall on the Texas coast on Monday or Monday night.

The storm will pose a threat of flooding rainfall through the first half of this week in parts of Texas and Louisiana.

Minor to locally moderate coastal flooding is occurring on the Texas coast.

Tropical-storm-force winds will affect parts of coastal Louisiana and Texas through Monday.

Tropical Storm Beta is tracking through the northwest Gulf of Mexico and poses threats of flooding rainfall, storm surge and gusty winds to parts of Texas and Louisiana early this week.

Current Alerts

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Port Aransas, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana, including Houston and Victoria, Texas, and Cameron, Louisiana. Tropical storm conditions (winds 39 mph or greater) are already occurring in parts of southwestern Louisiana, and those winds will spread into the warning areas along the Texas coast by later Sunday or early Monday.

A storm surge warning is also in effect from Port Aransas, Texas, to the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana, including Copano Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, Matagorda Bay, Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake and Lake Calcasieu.

Current Wind Watches and Warnings

Happening Now

Showers and thunderstorms from Beta are affecting parts of coastal Louisiana and Texas right now.

Current Radar

(Note: Radar returns in some areas may appear lower than reality due to the obliteration of the Lake Charles radar during Hurricane Laura. )

Portions of the Texas coast in the storm surge warning area have been experiencing minor to locally moderate coastal flooding since Saturday.

Beta’s tropical-storm-force winds extend out up to 195 miles from the storm’s center. Those winds are mostly located to the north of Beta’s circulation center, as depicted in the map below.

Forecast Track and Intensity

Beta is forecast to track steadily to the west-northwest through Monday toward the middle and upper Texas coastline.

The storm is expected to battle dry air and wind shear, which will prevent any significant intensification from occurring before the storm makes landfall. Beta is no longer expected to become a hurricane prior to landfall.

Landfall of Beta’s center on the Texas coast should occur sometime during the second half of Monday. However, impacts like rainfall and coastal flooding are arriving well in advance of that.

After Beta makes landfall, the system is expected to curl slowly north and then northeast toward the lower Mississippi Valley, with areas of heavy rainfall continuing through the first half of this week.

Current Storm Status and Projected Path

(The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. It’s important to note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding, winds) with any tropical cyclone usually spread beyond its forecast path.)

Forecast Impacts

Flooding Rainfall

Beta is a slow-moving storm, and that means it poses a significant threat of flooding rainfall.

Areas from southern Louisiana and the middle and upper Texas coast could see 8 to 12 inches of rainfall, with isolated totals up to 20 inches possible, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). There could be localized rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches farther inland from the coast across parts of eastern Texas and Louisiana into the lower Mississippi Valley into midweek.

Flash flooding and urban flooding will impact some of these areas and there could river flooding as well, according to the NHC.

Some of Beta’s rainfall could fall on areas where the soil is saturated from Laura’s heavy rain weeks ago in Louisiana, northeast Texas, southeast Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Rainfall Forecast

(Locally heavier rainfall is possible in some areas.)

A flash flood watch has been issued for portions of southeastern Texas, including Houston.

Beta is not expected to produce rainfall that is anywhere comparable to Hurricane Harvey (2017) or Tropical Storm Imelda (2019).

Flood Alerts

(From the National Weather Service.)

Storm Surge

Minor to locally moderate coastal flooding from Beta has already occurred along parts of the Texas coast.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) notes that there is a danger of life-threatening storm surge near times of high tide through Tuesday morning in the storm surge warning area of Texas and Louisiana.

Storm surge in combination with heavy rainfall could only worsen flooding near the coast early this week.

Here’s the current storm surge forecast from the NHC, if the peak surge occurs at times of high tide.

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Winds

Tropical-storm-force winds are already occurring in southwest Louisiana. These stronger winds will spread toward coastal Texas later Sunday through early Monday.

The winds could trigger sporadic power outages and might down some trees, particularly in areas where the soil becomes saturated from heavy rainfall.

Tornadoes

A few tornadoes are also possible on the upper Texas Coast and in southwest Lousiana on Monday.

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Babylon the Great tries to stop the Iranian nuclear horn

Exclusive: U.S. to slap sanctions on over two dozen targets tied to Iran arms

Steve Holland and Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday will sanction more than two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs, a senior U.S. official said, putting teeth behind U.N. sanctions on Tehran that Washington argues have resumed despite the opposition of allies and adversaries.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Iran could have enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of the year and that Tehran has resumed long-range missile cooperation with nuclear-armed North Korea. He did not provide detailed evidence regarding either assertion.

The new sanctions fit into U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to limit Iran’s regional influence and come a week after U.S.-brokered deals for the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel, pacts that may coalesce a wider coalition against Iran while appealing to pro-Israel U.S. voters ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

The new sanctions also put European allies, China and Russia on notice that while their inclination may be to ignore the U.S. drive to maintain the U.N. sanctions on Iran, companies based in their nations would feel the bite for violating them.

A major part of the new U.S. push is an executive order targeting those who buy or sell Iran conventional arms that was previously reported by Reuters and will also be unveiled by the Trump administration on Monday, the official said.

The Trump administration suspects Iran of seeking nuclear weapons – something Tehran denies – and Monday’s punitive steps are the latest in a series seeking to stymie Iran’s atomic program, which U.S. ally Israel views as an existential threat.

“Iran is clearly doing everything it can to keep in existence a virtual turnkey capability to get back into the weaponization business at a moment’s notice should it choose to do so,” the U.S. official told Reuters.

The official argued Iran wants a nuclear weapons capability and the means to deliver it despite the 2015 deal that sought to prevent this by restraining Iran’s atomic program in return for access to the world market.

In May 2018, Trump abandoned that agreement to the dismay of the other parties – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – and restored U.S. sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

Iran, in turn, has gradually breached the central limits in that deal, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including on the size of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium as well as the level of purity to which it was allowed to enrich uranium.

“Because of Iran’s provocative nuclear escalation, it could have sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of this year,” the official said without elaborating except to say this was based on “the totality” of information available to the United States, including from the IAEA.

The Vienna-based agency has said Iran only began significantly breaching the 2015 deal’s limits after the U.S. withdrawal and it is still enriching uranium only up to 4.5%, well below the 20% it had achieved before that agreement, let alone the roughly 90% purity that is considered weapons-grade, suitable for an atomic bomb.

“Iran and North Korea have resumed cooperation on a long-range missile project, including the transfer of critical parts,” he added, declining to say when such joint work first began, stopped, and then started again.

Asked to comment on the impending new U.S. sanctions and the U.S. official’s other statements, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations dismissed them as propaganda and said they would further isolate the United States.

“The U.S.’ ‘maximum pressure’ show, which includes new propaganda measures almost every week, has clearly failed miserably, and announcing new measures will not change this fact,” the mission’s spokesman, Alireza Miryousefi, told Reuters in an email.

“The entire world understands that these are a part of (the) next U.S. election campaign, and they are ignoring the U.S.’ preposterous claims at the U.N. today. It will only make (the) U.S. more isolated in world affairs,” he said.

The White House declined comment in advance of Monday’s announcements.

‘SNAP BACK’ OF U.N. SANCTIONS?

The U.S. official confirmed Trump will issue an executive order that would allow the United States to punish those who buy or sell conventional arms to Iran with secondary sanctions, depriving them of access to the U.S. market.

The proximate cause for this U.S. action is the impending expiration of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and to warn foreign actors – U.S. entities are already barred from such trade – that if they buy or sell arms to Iran they will face U.S. sanctions.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal the U.N. conventional arms embargo is set to expire on Oct. 18.

The United States says it has triggered a “snap back,” or resumption, of virtually all U.N. sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo, to come into effect at 8 p.m. on Saturday/0000 GMT on Sunday.

Other parties to the nuclear deal and most U.N. Security Council members have said they do not believe the United States has the right to reimpose the U.N. sanctions and that the U.S. move has no legal effect.

On Friday, Britain, France and Germany told the Security Council that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran – agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal – would continue beyond Sunday, despite Washington’s assertion.

In letters to the Security Council on Saturday, China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun and Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia both described the U.S. move as “illegitimate” and said the U.N. sanctions relief for Iran would continue.

Also on Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council he cannot act on the U.S. declaration that U.N. sanctions had been reimposed because it was not clear whether they had snapped back.

“It is not for the Secretary-General to proceed as if no such uncertainty exists,” he said.

TARGETS INCLUDE IRAN’S NUCLEAR, MISSILE, ARMS GROUPS

The new executive order will define conventional weapons broadly as any item with a potential military use, meaning it could cover such things as speed boats that Iran retrofits to harass vessels in international waters, the U.S. official told Reuters.

It would also apply to conventional circuit boards that can be used in ballistic missile guidance systems, he added.

The more than two dozen targets to be hit with sanctions on Monday include those involved in Iran’s conventional arms, nuclear and missile programs, the official said, saying some of the targets are already sanctioned under other U.S. programs.

That could prompt criticism that the U.S. move is redundant and designed for public relations purposes to look tough on Iran, a charge critics have made about past U.S. sanctions actions.

Among the targets will be Iran’s “most nefarious arms organizations,” about a dozen senior officials, scientists and experts from Iran’s nuclear complex, members of a procurement network that supplies military-grade dual-use goods for Iran’s missile program, and several senior officials involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, the U.S. official said.

The official declined to name the targets, saying this would be made public on Monday, and stressed that the United States wants to deter foreign companies from dealing with them even if their governments believe this is legally permitted.

“You might have a split in some countries where a foreign government may claim that the U.N. sanctions don’t snap back but their banks and companies will abide by U.S. sanctions because they want to make sure they are not a future target,” he said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Arshad Mohammed; Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations and Francois Murphy in Vienna; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

Israel seals off the outer wall: Revelation 11

Israel seals off West Bank, Gaza Strip

Israel seals off Palestinian territories [File photo]

September 19, 2020 at 11:57 am

The Israeli occupation army announced the full closure of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holiday, Quds Press reported on Friday.

According to Quds Press, the complete closure will start from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday.

During this period, all crossings between Israel and the occupied territories will be closed with the exception of humanitarian or medical emergencies, and these “must” be coordinated with the Israeli army.

This is a routine closure, but Israel intends to tighten its measures against the movement of Palestinians under claims of fearing attacks.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers cannot reach their workplaces in Israel during the closure, and employees cannot commute from one Palestinian city to another because of the strict measures of Israeli military checkpoints separating Palestinian cities and villages.

India and Pakistan are approaching the first nuclear war: Revelation 8

World War 3 fears: ‘Dangerous time’ predicted as tensions between India and Pakistan soar

RECENT border clashes between India and Pakistan has sparked fears of an outbreak of World War 3, with one expert predicting a “dangerous time” in the months ahead.

By STEVEN BROWN

PUBLISHED: 09:30, Sat, Sep 19, 2020

India-Pakistan is a ‘dangerous situation’ says Malloch Brown

The two countries have accused each other of provocations near the Line of Actual Control over recent weeks. And fears the conflict could lead to all-out war has been raised after the two nuclear-powered nations were reported to have fired shots across the contested border in Kashmir.

Daniel Markey, a senior research professor in international relations at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, has warned spring could be a “dangerous time”.

He told Express.co.uk: “From the US perspective, any steps from either side which takes them closer to nuclear war is bad for all of us. It is something we would rather see avoided.

“In my view, both sides are not equally at fault but there are gaps in both sides approach and that’s what makes it worrisome.

“Here in the US, over the last year-and-a-half, we have been especially concerned this conflict could boil over into a nuclear conflict.

India/Pakistan conflict could lead to nuclear war (Image: Getty)

Indian troops in Kashmir as tensions rise (Image: Getty)

“While right now, I am not concerned about that as both India and Pakistan are too consumed with other concerns.

“Certainly last spring, a lot of us were concerned spring would be a really bad time with relations.

“When the snow melts again and we have got away from COVID, that may be a dangerous time.”

Despite both nations shelling each other across the border and having nuclear weapons in their arsenal, Mr Markey does not think India has a “great military solution” to the conflict.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (Image: Getty)

He continued: “I’m not convinced India has a great military solution to the issue of Kashmir or Pakistan.

“Attempting to play the tough guy may, over time, become counter-productive rather than productive.

“It also runs the risk of raising the stakes in the region, as these are nuclear-armed powers.”

The border despite between New Delhi and Islamabad has been ongoing for years and the nations have both fought deadly conflicts over the region.

Largest militaries in the world (Image: Express)

Last year, the two countries engaged in cross-border strikes after India accused Pakistan of harbouring insurgents responsible for a suicide attack.

Pakistan continues to deny the allegations.

As tensions continue to grow, civilians in the Kashmir region are paying the price of the conflict.

It is believed around 24 civilians have been killed and more than 100 injured in more than 2,730 violations.

Indian troops in Kashmir as tensions rise (Image: Getty)

Back in June, there was intense shelling with mortars along the Line of Control on Nowshera of Rajouri.

The Indian Army accused the Pakistani Army of violating the ceasefire at three various locations along the border and shots were fired.

Mr Markey also suggested the ongoing conflicts could benefit India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He argued when Mr Modi takes violent actions against Pakistan, they are not “unpopular” and benefit him electorally.