The Sixth Seal: More Than Just Manhattan (Revelation 6:12)

New York, NY – In a Quake, Brooklyn Would Shake More Than Manhattan
By Brooklyn Eagle
New York, NY – The last big earthquake in the New York City area, centered in New York Harbor just south of Rockaway, took place in 1884 and registered 5.2 on the Richter Scale.Another earthquake of this size can be expected and could be quite damaging, says Dr. Won-Young Kim, senior research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
And Brooklyn, resting on sediment, would shake more than Manhattan, built on solid rock. “There would be more shaking and more damage,” Dr. Kim told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.
If an earthquake of a similar magnitude were to happen today near Brooklyn, “Many chimneys would topple. Poorly maintained buildings would fall down – some buildings are falling down now even without any shaking. People would not be hit by collapsing buildings, but they would be hit by falling debris. We need to get some of these buildings fixed,” he said.
But a 5.2 is “not comparable to Haiti,” he said. “That was huge.” Haiti’s devastating earthquake measured 7.0.
Brooklyn has a different environment than Haiti, and that makes all the difference, he said. Haiti is situated near tectonic plate.
“The Caribbean plate is moving to the east, while the North American plate is moving towards the west. They move about 20 mm – slightly less than an inch – every year.” The plates are sliding past each other, and the movement is not smooth, leading to jolts, he said.
While we don’t have the opportunity for a large jolt in Brooklyn, we do have small, frequent quakes of a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter Scale. In 2001 alone the city experienced two quakes: one in January, measuring 2.4, and one in October, measuring 2.6. The October quake, occurring soon after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “caused a lot of panic,” Dr. Kim said.
“People ask me, ‘Should I get earthquake insurance?’ I tell them no, earthquake insurance is expensive. Instead, use that money to fix chimneys and other things. Rather than panicky preparations, use common sense to make things better.”
Secure bookcases to the wall and make sure hanging furniture does not fall down, Dr. Kim said. “If you have antique porcelains or dishes, make sure they’re safely stored. In California, everything is anchored to the ground.”
While a small earthquake in Brooklyn may cause panic, “In California, a quake of magnitude 2 is called a micro-quake,” he added.

Israel’s Gaza blockade has devastated economy outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israel’s Gaza blockade has devastated economy: UN

AP, JERUSALEM

Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as US$16.7 billion in economic losses, and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a UN report said on Wednesday.

The report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development echoed calls by international bodies over the years criticizing the blockade.

However, its findings, looking at an 11-year period ending in 2018, marked perhaps the most detailed analysis of the Israeli policy to date.

Israel imposed the blockade in 2007 after Hamas, an Islamic militant group that opposes Israel’s existence, violently seized control of Gaza from the forces of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.

The Israeli measures, along with restrictions by Egypt, have tightly controlled the movement of people and goods in and out of the territory.

Israel says that the restrictions are needed to keep Hamas from building up its military capabilities.

The bitter enemies have fought three wars and numerous skirmishes.

However, critics say that the blockade has amounted to collective punishment, hurting the living conditions of Gaza’s 2 million inhabitants while failing to oust Hamas or moderate its behavior.

Gaza has almost no clean drinking water, it has frequent power outages and people cannot freely travel abroad.

“The result has been the near-collapse of Gaza’s regional economy, and its isolation from the Palestinian economy and the rest of the world,” the UN agency said in a statement.

The report analyzed the effects of the closure, which has greatly limited Gaza’s ability to export goods, as well as the effects of the three wars, which took place in 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014.

The most recent war was especially devastating, killing more than 2,200 Palestinians and displacing about 100,000 people from homes that were damaged or destroyed, according to UN figures.

Seventy-three people, including six civilians, were killed on the Israeli side, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and indiscriminate Hamas rocket fire brought life to a standstill in southern Israel.

Using two methodologies, the report said that overall economic losses due to the blockade and wars ranged from US$7.8 billion to US$16.7 billion.

Gaza’s economy grew by a total of just 4.8 percent during the entire period, even as its population grew by more than 40 percent, it said.

These economic losses helped propel unemployment in Gaza from 35 percent in 2006 to 52 percent in 2018, one of the highest rates in the world, the UN agency said.

The poverty rate jumped from 39 percent in 2007 to 55 percent in 2017, it said.

Based on Gaza’s economic trends before the closure, the report said that the poverty rate could have been just 15 percent in 2017 if the wars and blockade had not occurred.

“The impact is the impoverishment of the people of Gaza, who are already under blockade,” said Mahmoud Elkhafif, the agency’s coordinator of assistance to the Palestinian people and author of the report.

Israel has long accused the UN of being biased against it.

The report, for instance, included only a brief mention that indiscriminate rocket fire at Israeli civilian areas is prohibited under international law, it said.

“Palestinian militants must cease that practice immediately,” it said.

The ministry accused the UN agency of failing its mission to assist developing economies and presenting a “one-sided and distorted depiction” that disregards “terrorist organizations’ control over the Gaza Strip and their responsibility for what occurs in the Gaza Strip.”

“In light of all this, we cannot take the findings of the reports it publishes seriously, and this report is no different,” it said.

In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said that the report revealed “the level of the crime” committed by Israel.

“This siege has amounted to a real war crime and pushed all services sectors in the Gaza Strip to collapse,” Qassem said. “These figures also reveal the international inability to deal with the illegal siege on Gaza.”

Gisha, an Israeli human rights group that pushes for freedom of movement in an out of Gaza, said that it was Israel’s “moral and legal obligation” to lift the closure.

“The true price paid by Palestinians in lost time, opportunities, and separation from loved ones is inestimable,” it said.

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Iran Rightly Fears An Attack by Trump

Iran Fears Attack by Trump; Quds Leader Instructs Shia Militia to Hold Fire Against US Targets

By Jacob JNovember 25, 2020 15:55 +08

Will President Donald Trump launch an attack against Iran in the dying days of his presidency? This question was initially a barb used by Trump haters to insinuate that the president might use the war to roil the election chaos further and stay on as president. However, a White House meeting last week that decided not to go ahead with the Iran attack plan made this charge a damp squib.

However, it seems the Iranians are still harboring fears of Trump fury. The latest reports say that Iran has ordered its allies in Iraq not to provoke the US under any circumstances. Tehran knows for certain that a missile attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone that kills a single American can turn the tables on them and give Trump enough reason to launch a legitimate attack on Iran.

‘Halt Attacks Until Biden Comes to Power’

The Middle East Eye reported exclusively that Iran sent a Quds force commander, Ismail Qaani, to Baghdad to instruct allies that they should refrain from all attacks until Joe Biden takes power in the White House.

Qasem Soleimani, Quds Force commander killed in US strike Wikimedia Commons

Qani arrived in Baghdad just 24 hours after rockets fired by Iraqi militia aligned with Iran fell outside the US embassy in Baghdad, the report said. The rockets missed the target but caused civilian casualties. For months, Iran’s armed proxies have been launching rocket attacks against the US targets in Iraq.

A Washington Post story last week said that though Trump dropped the plan to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran, he would still go ahead if there is provocation. The story said that Trump has laid out a ‘Tripwire’ for Iran — if any American is killed in an action that can be tied back to Iranian hands, a retaliation will be swift and certain.

‘Trump Wants to Drag Region Into an Open War’

Trump would not shy away from using a trigger to launch a full-scale strike on Iran, sources cited by the Post suggest. The revelation follows a report by The New York Times that said Trump mulled attacking an Iranian nuclear facility two weeks ago.

Iran is seized of this scenario completely, and is taking precautions to avert a last-minute move by the Trump administration, even as it is going ahead with its nuclear enrichment program that violates the terms of the deal with the world powers.

Though Trump has taken off the table a pre-emptive attack plan, Iran is still in his radar. The administration will not hesitate to launch an Iran attack in the event of an attack in the region that can be linked to Tehran. The scenario raises the possibility of the US launching a strike on Iran before January 20th, the report says.

Iran is, therefore, taking ample precautions. “Qaani made it clear that Trump wants to drag the region into an open war before leaving, to take revenge on his opponents over losing the election, and it is not in our interest to give him any justification to start such a war,” a senior commander of a Shia armed faction the Middle East Eye.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday prayers in Tehran September 14, 2007. Reuters

Trump Sends B-52 Bombers to Persian Gulf

Before travelling to Iraq, Qaani had visited Lebanon to have discussions with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the report said. In Baghdad, he held discussions with Hadi al-Ameri, head of the parliamentary Fatah bloc and commander of the Badr Organization. Qani was also meeting other allies and militia leaders.

“If war breaks out between Iran and America, its repercussions cannot be contained, and Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran will all be a battleground for both sides,” Qani is reported to have said.

Meanwhile, other reports said Trump has sent B-52 nuclear bombers to the Persian Gulf in a warning to Iran. “These missions help bomber aircrews gain familiarity with the region’s airspace and command and control functions and allow them to integrate with the theatre’s US and partner air assets, increasing the combined force’s overall readiness,” Lieutenant General Greg Guillot, commander of the US military’s 9th Air Force, was quoted by UK’s Express as saying.

Watch the winds of God‘s wrath: Jeremiah 23

Watch: Time lapse of 30 storms in record Atlantic Hurricane season

by Scott Sistek | KOMONews.com Meteorologist

Tuesday, November 24th 2020

GOES-16 image shows 5 tropical systems spinning in the Atlantic at the same time on Sept. 14, 2020. (Photo: NOAA / GOES-16)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The record-smashing Atlantic Hurricane season of 2020 is nearing a close (on Nov. 30) after a relentless assault on the Eastern Seaboard, Gulf Coast, Central America and Caribbean Islands.

There were a total of 30 named storms this season, breaking the old record of 28 set in 2005 and for just the second time ever the National Hurricane Center ran out of names to call the storms and had to dip into the Greek Alphabet for reserves.

Of the 30 storms, a record 13 became hurricanes — six of them “major” hurricanes reaching Category 3 strength or higher. And somehow Louisiana got mercilessly picked on with five storms making landfall in their state.

According to NOAA, this is the fifth consecutive year with an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, with 18 above-normal seasons out of the past 26.

“This increased hurricane activity is attributed to the warm phase of the Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation (AMO) — which began in 1995 — and has favored more, stronger, and longer-lasting storms since that time,” NOAA officials said. “Such active eras for Atlantic hurricanes have historically lasted about 25 to 40 years. An average season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.”

234 killed outside the temple walls: Revelation 11

Gaza’s Great Return March: 234 killed, 17 investigations, one indictment

Two years after Israeli soldiers killed more than 200 Palestinians during Gaza’s Great Return March, the IDF has done little more than whitewash its own violence.

By Orly Noy November 25, 2020

Razan a-Najjar died about two-and-a-half years ago, but I can still clearly see her in my mind’s eye. The 21-year-old paramedic was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during one of the Great Return March protests in Gaza on June 1, 2018. Witnesses say she was shot as she made her way toward the fence that separates Israel and the Gaza Strip to tend to the wounded, donning a white medical coat.

Pictures of the smiling young woman flooded the online world but were soon lost in the sea of photos and names of those who were killed during the weekly protests, in what quickly became a weekly ritual of death, despair, and blood.

A-Najjar was one of more than 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers during the Great Return March protests over the course of 86 weeks, beginning in March 30, 2018. According to the UN, more than 33,000 people were wounded in these protests, some so seriously they were forced to have their limbs amputated. The victims included men, women, children, medical crews, people with disabilities, journalists, and others. I vividly remember those dreaded Fridays, when we would follow the reports from the field with horror, updating by the hour. I remember feeling that what was happening there was atrocious on a different scale. It was inconceivable.

Inconceivable, and yet not entirely surprising. In an interview with +972 Magazine before the protests began, one of the organizers of the march, Hasan al-Kurd, underscored the civilian nature of the planned protests, while at the same time voicing concern over the possibility of a lethal response from the military.

He couldn’t have been more right. When human rights organizations petitioned against the IDF open-fire regulations used in these protests, with one case brought by human rights groups Yesh Din, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Gisha, and HaMoked, and another by Adalah and Gaza-based Al Mezan, the military took the approach that the mass killings and injuries in Gaza were not a matter for criminal investigation. Rather, it claimed the incidents were part of Israel’s armed conflict with Hamas — even if the protesters were largely unarmed civilians who took no part in hostilities.

As such, according to the military, whatever happened during the protests fell squarely under the rules of war, and any complaints about deaths and injuries should be dealt with under a different legal framework. And so, rather than putting these complaints through the usual track for military criminal investigations, they were referred to the oddly-named General Staff Mechanism for Fact-Finding Assessments.

This mechanism, which was established after the 2014 Gaza war, is meant to perform quick factual assessments of suspected breaches of the rules of war. A position paper released this week by human rights group Yesh Din, which relies on figures received from the military, reveals that the main function of this authority is — as always — to whitewash Israeli violence.

Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas is shot at Palestinian protesters on the border with the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians demonstrate to mark Naksa Day, June 8, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The paper also reveals that while the fact-finding authority looked into 234 Palestinian deaths, only 17 investigations have thus far been opened, most of which are still ongoing. Only one indictment has been filed, ultimately resulting in a plea bargain in which the shooting soldier was charged with a disciplinary rather than criminal offense. The indictment itself makes no mention of the offense related to the actual killing, and the soldier was given a lenient sentence of 30 days’ military community work, a suspended prison sentence, and a demotion to the rank of private.

Two years after the Great Return March began, around 80 percent of the incidents forwarded to the fact-finding authority for assessment are still under review or investigation. It is also important to note that the mechanism failed to look into even a single case among the thousands of injuries, many of them severe — including ones that have left victims permanently paralyzed or forced to undergo amputations. These were not deemed worthy of even a performative review.

Furthermore, all the materials collected during the review remain privileged and cannot be used as evidence against suspects on the almost hypothetical off-chance that the army ultimately orders a criminal investigation. An equally interesting detail is the identity of the person at the helm of this authority: Maj. Gen. Itai Veruv, the head of the military colleges.

A footnote in Yesh Din’s position paper provides the following tidbit about Veruv: in 2009, while serving as the commander of the IDF’s Kfir Brigade — the largest of Israel’s infantry brigades, which has a particular history of brutality toward Palestinians in the West Bank — Veruv testified in the trial of Lt. Adam Malul, who had been charged with beating Palestinians. Veruv admitted he allowed soldiers to use physical violence during spontaneous “interrogations” of Palestinian civilians, even when they were passersby who were suspected of nothing and posed no danger.

Palestinian protesters seen at the Gaza border fence, during a Great Return March protest, Gaza Strip, September 28, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

Veruv was officially reprimanded for these comments by the General Officer Commanding Army Headquarters. Yesh Din and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel filed a High Court petition demanding his immediate suspension as well as a criminal investigation. A year later, in June 2010, the Military Advocate General at the time, Avichai Mandelblit, did order a criminal investigation against Veruv and the petition was deleted. The investigation was closed without any action against Veruv in January 2011.

For nearly two years, week in and week out, the military sent trained marksmen with full protective gear to face off against residents of the besieged and battered Gaza Strip who went to protest near the fence. Judging by the cumulative experience gained over 50 years of occupation, each and every one of those soldiers had every reason to believe that no matter what happened when they squeezed that trigger, the system would protect them and cover up their crimes. The 234 dead, 17 investigations, and solitary indictment — for the killing of a 14-year-old boy — that ended in 30 days of military community work, a suspended sentence, and a demotion to the rank of private, prove they were right.

This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

Fear of the first nuclear war explodes: Revelation 8

Fears of TOTAL WAR in south Asia explode as Pakistan accuses India of backing terrorism

TENSIONS in south Asia are threatening to spiral out of control after both Pakistan and India presented dossiers to the UN Security Council accusing the other of stoking terrorism.

By James Bickerton 03:32, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:35, Wed, Nov 25, 2020

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The nuclear armed rivals have fought each other four times since independence, with three of the conflicts taking place over the disputed territory of Kashmir. India has faced an insurgency in Kashmir since 1989 from nationalist and Islamist elements which it has long accused Pakistan of stoking.

On Monday India submitted a dossier to the UN accusing Pakistan of systematically supporting terrorism within its territory.

One day later Pakistan submitted a similar document accusing India of backing terrorism in Pakistan.

Munir Akram, Pakistan’s UN ambassador, called on the international community to “take note of Indian terrorism and subversion against Pakistan and to prevail on India to desist from these illegal and aggressive activities”.

He claimed India is in violation of Security Council resolutions condemning terrorism and the UN Charter.

Pakistan and India have accused each other of backing terrorism at the UN (Image: GETTY)

Pakistan submitted a dossier on terrorism to the UN (Image: GETTY)

However an Indian spokesman fired back arguing it is Pakistan that has been backing terrorism.

He said: “Pakistan can cry hoarse from the rooftops.

“But they cannot change the fact that they are the epicentre of terrorism.

“Their lies have no takers.”

India and Pakistan have fought four wars since 1947 (Image: GETTY)

India and Pakistan have contested control of Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim dominated region currently split between the two powers, since both became independent in 1947.

Last week India alleges four gunmen, from the Pakistan based group Jaish-e-Mohammad, crossed into Indian controlled Kashmir using a tunnel.

After being spotted they opened fire, though there are no reports of any casualties.

Pakistan has strongly denied any involvement in the attack.

India has been fighting an insurgency in Kashmir since 1989 (Image: GETTY)

“We have provided irrefutable evidence of India’s state sponsored terrorism” (Image: GETTY)

Earlier this month Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, directly accused India of being involved with terrorism.

He commented: “We have provided irrefutable evidence of India’s state sponsored terrorism inside Pakistan.

“Details of financial & material support & Indian state’s direct involvement in terrorism have been given to the world which, in the face of this evidence, cannot remain indifferent or silent.

“We expect the international community to force India to end its terrorism & bring to justice those responsible for killing thousands of innocent people in Pakistan.

Pakistan: Emergency services respond to explosion in Karachi

“Our resilient & courageous security agencies & forces will continue to give their all to protect our people.”

The remarks were greeted with a firm denial by Indian authorities.

In February 2019 tensions between India and Pakistan exploded into armed clashes along their contested border.

Abhinandan Varthaman had his F15 shot down in February 2019 (Image: GETTY)

India conducted strikes inside Pakistan aimed at a militant group it blamed for a suicide car bombing which killed 40 Indian troops.

Pakistan retaliated and during the conflict an Indian F-15 fighter jet was shot down.

It’s pilot, wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was taken prisoner and later released back into Indian hands.

The Saudi horn turns against Pakistan: Daniel

Israel Wants Pakistan’s Nuclear Teeth Broken & Saudi Arabia Could Land The First Punch

OPED By Haider Abbas

EurAsian Times DeskNovember 25, 2020

US’ topmost ally in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has given a very conflicting message to Turkey, as well as to Qatar, for a ‘handshake’ as it organized the G20 summit. It was, in fact, quite warranted as finally the iron curtains of secrecy between KSA and Israel had to be unveiled, and there might be a ‘brewing reaction’ to it.

Hence, KSA gave into extending the ‘hand of friendship’ to Turkey and Qatar, whereas the reality is that KSA has already cost billions of USD to Turkey by its boycott of Turkish goods, and also did KSA had planned an attack on Qatar with the help of UAE and Bahrain. The ground attack was disallowed by Trump, but which, had made the then US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cost his job.

KSA after playing a pivotal role in UAE and Bahrain ‘normalizing’ their relations with Israel, has finally come out in the open, as it has come to light, that KSA crown prince MBS secretly met Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, along with Mike Pompeo, reported Israeli newspaper Haaretz on November 23, 2020.

This has put to rest all the speculations that maybe even before the US president Donald Trump walks-out, KSA would accept Israel, which perhaps, Trump wishes to carry this sobriquet as last of his achievements.

Mohamad bi Salman at the G20 Riyadh Summit

But, the possibility of working out the modalities of a war on Iran as a joint venture of the US, Israel and KSA, has surely grown. India for that matter is firmly with Israel and the US along with KSA, more particularly so, after it had to bow out of the Chabahar project from Iran.

Iran and China, and with it Pakistan, is now the other bloc. KSA denies the meeting but The Wall Street Journal on November 24, 2020, confirmed it.

The world polity is very dangerously poised and there are all signs of a world war getting to its near possibility. Turkey is pitched against Greece, UAE is lobbying against Turkey and cozying up with Greece.

Israel and India are supporting Greece. KSA has long been against Iran alongside Israel while against Turkey too, while China-Pakistan are lined-up against India, and the US is locking horns with China in the South China Sea and supporting Taiwan against China.

The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has just ended after a ceasefire brokered by the Russian president Vladimir Putin on November 23, 2020, who has also refused to recognize Biden as the new president of the United States. Thus, throwing a reality, that even if Biden makes it to office, he would not be called a full president by Russia, and may be by others too.

Biden, it is quite understood by the way of his politics, is going to wreak wars, and he has particularly vowed not to supply weapons to KSA, in the wake of the allegations of the involvement of KSA crown prince MBS in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Therefore, a US withdrawal from Afghanistan or fresh deployment in Iran is getting near. But what is most intriguing is that while MBS, Netanyahu and Pompeo met, there was an attack on KSA’s biggest oil giant Aramco by Houthis rebels from Yemen, on November 23, 2020. The timing was important. The act has again thrown a big question as to how Houthis have become so technologically advanced?

Is Iran arming them as is widely considered? Or maybe any investigative journalist might unravel it that Israel is supplying it through its proxies? Or is Israel doing it and getting it claimed by Houthis with Houthis not even getting a whiff of it?

The same way Blackwater does it in Afghanistan and Deash comes to claim it. Of course, the attack has opened new avenues for Israeli Dome missile defense technology for KSA to safeguard its boundaries after it had refused to buy Russian S-400 out of pressure from the US.

There is a lot of churning in world polity as Biden will be considered weak both externally, as well as internally, and to bolster the US image a war, therefore, would be a must. While China, which has challenged US superpower status, has given an offer to KSA to change its oil payments from Petro Dollars to Petro Yuans, which KSA is very likely to spurn, as it only plays to the tunes of the US for the last 70 years.

It is also very likely since MBS’ love affair with Israel has gone public that KSA would now openly threaten Pakistan to take back its workforce, and maybe, influence the Saudi-sponsored 56-nation Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to accept Kashmir as a part of India.

MBS may also force OIC to forsake Gilgit-Baltistan as Pakistan’s fifth province, which is the gateway of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and which the US and India want to get killed at every cost.

As for Israel, it finds Pakistan as the only Muslim state with nuclear teeth, and through KSA it wants Pakistan’s jaws broken, to the ultimate advantage of India. How China will relate to this is for the world to see.