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.

Our Allied Nuclear Horns: Daniel 7

When Allies Go Nuclear

How to Prevent the Next Proliferation Threat

By February 12, 2021

The year is 2030. Seismic monitors have just detected an unforeseen underground atomic explosion, signaling that yet another country has joined the growing club of nuclear-armed states. There are now 20 such countries, more than double the number in 2021. To the surprise of many, the proliferation has come not from rogue states bent on committing nuclear blackmail but from a group of countries usually seen as cautious and rule abiding: U.S. allies. Even though they had forsworn acquiring nuclear capabilities decades earlier when they signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), these allies changed their minds and withdrew from the agreement, a move that triggered yet more defections as nations across the world raced to acquire the bomb. And so the number of nuclear decision-makers multiplied, raising the odds of a terrifying possibility: that one of these powerful weapons might go off.

Far-fetched? Perhaps, but this scenario is more plausible now than

America Worries About the China Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

China’s Nuclear Weapons Build Up Has the U.S. Military Worried

China’s military seems like it is growing in every direction possible. 

For example, Chinese shipbuilders are adding new aircraft carriers, amphibs and destroyers at an alarming pace. Chinese armored vehicle engineers are fast-adding new infantry carriers and mobile artillery platforms. Chinese weapons developers are adding large numbers of new drones and attack robots. But the largest and potentially most alarming element of all of this, according to many senior U.S. leaders, is the staggering pace at which China is adding nuclear weapons. 

“A troubling revelation has been about the trajectory of the Chinese nuclear program. The Chinese have plans to at least double their arsenal by the end of the decade. They are departing from what has been known as a minimalist theory,”  Gen. Timothy Ray, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, told reporters at the 2021 Air Force Association Symposium. 

Ray’s concern about the fast-growing Chinese nuclear arsenal aligns with and builds upon the Pentagon’s Pentagon’s 2020 China Military Report, which states that the number of warheadsarming Beijing’s intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of threateningAmerica will likely grow to 200 in the next five years. As an element of this expansion, China is increasing its inventory of long-range land-fired DF-26 Anti-Ship missiles able to fire both conventional and nuclear missiles.

Ray cited a hope that China might be willing to consider joining various ongoing arms treaty discussions, but did not appear extremely optimistic about the possibility given China’s approach to nuclear weaponsmodernization. 

 “I think the need to have China in a conversation about arms control is important,” Ray says. 

“Combined with a near-complete lack of transparency regarding their (China’s) strategic intent and the perceived need for a much larger, more diverse nuclear force, these developments pose a significant concern for the United States,” the 2020 Pentagon report explains.  

The reality of the threat circumstance with China seemed to be one of several reasons why Ray stressed the importance of maintaining and adding to the U.S. nuclear triad, particularly in the Asian theater. 

There continues to be successful U.S. and allied Bomber Task Force Patrols, including ongoing work with B-1s in India and integrated flights with nuclear-capable B-2s and B-52s. Ray said the Air Force is working vigorouslyto expand allied collaboration with Bomber Task Forces beyond its current scope. 

“We have the highest bomber aircrew readiness in the history of the command,” he said. 

Alongside an effort to emphasize the growing importance of allied operations in the Pacific, Ray stressed a need for the U.S. to maintain its strategic deterrence posture with a modernized nuclear triad. 

“There are no allied bombers and no allied ICBMs. These two components are the cornerstone of the security structure of a free world,” Ray said. 

What much of this contributes to, Ray explained, is the importance of continuing the current Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program, a now underway effort to build a new arsenal of 400 U.S. ICBMs. 

Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

IDF completes underground anti-tunnel barrier outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

IDF completes underground anti-tunnel barrier surrounding Gaza

Security officials said to suggest Hamas using calm period to procure advanced weaponry; military’s Southern Command holds drill simulating tunnel warfare in next conflict

By TOI staff5 Mar 2021, 11:35 am

After four years of work, the Israel Defense Forces has completed the sophisticated new underground barrier on the Gaza border which is used to detect and prevent tunnel-digging by terror groups into Israeli territory.

The official completion of the underground barrier took place last week.

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The barrier is essentially a thick concrete wall going dozens of meters underground and lined with sensors meant to pick up any digging activity.

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In October the barrier thwarted its first tunnel according to the military. It had penetrated dozens of meters into Israeli territory but remained on the Gazan side of the underground barrier around the Strip.

This photo provided by the Israel Defense Forces on October 20, 2020, shows a soldier operating along the border with the southern Gaza Strip, after a tunnel within Israeli territory was found in the area. (Israel Defense Forces)

It marked the 20th tunnel attempted by Gaza terrorists that has been thwarted since the 2014 Gaza war, during which the IDF destroyed some 30 tunnels that had penetrated into Israel, the military’s spokesperson said.

Additional fortifications are still undergoing construction, like the 20-foot-high fence that will extend 65 kilometers (40 miles) miles around the enclave and sit atop the subterranean concrete wall. That barrier is some 80 percent complete.

The barrier project is expected to cost approximately NIS 3 billion ($833 million), with each kilometer of the underground portion of the barrier costing approximately NIS 41.5 million ($11.5 million). The above-ground fence is significantly cheaper, at just NIS 1.5 million ($416,000) per kilometer.

The new fence surrounding the Gaza Strip is being constructed within Israeli territory, a few dozen meters east of the current lower, more easily penetrable fencing. The old barrier will not be removed.

Israel constructs an above-ground barrier around Gaza Strip, aimed at preventing infiltration by terrorists, in February 2019. (Defense Ministry)

Meanwhile, according to Kan News, Israel’s security establishment assesses Hamas is currently taking advantage of the relative calm to train for future conflict with Israel and procure more advanced weapons.

Last Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said it uncovered a “potential threat” to naval ships off the Gaza coast, without elaborating on the nature of the threat.

“IDF troops detected the activity and thwarted it,” the military added.

Channel 12 News later said the threat was a Hamas naval vessel posing as a fishing boat. The network’s military correspondent reported that many of the details of the incident were banned from publication by the military censor, but the Hamas boat was destroyed and sunk by a missile fired by Israeli forces.

The Israeli military has repeatedly warned that the Hamas terror group, the de facto ruler of Gaza, as well as other terrorist organizations in the Strip, have been developing a number of different maritime-based weapons, including naval mines, explosives-laden kamikaze boats, and autonomous submarines.

At the same time, the IDF’s Southern Command completed a series of drills this week to prepare commanders for the next wide-scale conflict with Gaza.

In this image provided by the IDF, soldiers are seen conducting an urban-area drill during February in southern Israel in preparation for the next wide-scale conflict with Gaza. (Israel Defense Forces spokesperson)

During the exercises, officers trained inside mock tunnels and practiced preventing potential kidnappings of soldiers.

A senior Israeli military commander said in February that, according to IDF estimates, Hamas has replenished its arsenal since a 2014 war with Israel and now has a vast stock of rockets, guided missiles, and drones.

It also has acquired dozens of unmanned aerial vehicles and has an army of some 30,000 fighters, including 400 naval commandos who have received sophisticated training and equipment to carry out seaborne operations, the commander added. He spoke on condition of anonymity under military guidelines.

Israeli Navy Targets Palestinian Fishermen Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli Navy Targets Palestinian Fishermen Offshore Gaza, Injures Two

March 5, 2021

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen. (Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

Israeli navy today targeted Palestinian fishermen offshore Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, injuring two fishermen, according to the news agency WAFA.

The fishermen were sailing only three nautical miles offshore the area when Israeli naval boats opened gunfire towards them, injuring two.

The casualties were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, east of the town, where medics described their condition as light and moderate.

Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.

Two million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.

Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

The Pope Visits the Iraqi Horn

Mar 5, 2021,

09:04am EST

Photos: Pope Francis Arrives In Iraq, Marking The Nation’s First Papal Visit

Palash GhoshForbes Staff

TOPLINE Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday—the first ever papal visit to Iraq—despite the Covid pandemic and ongoing violence in a country with a dwindling Christian population.

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Pope Francis, 84, arrived in Baghdad at 2 pm local time, along with his security detail, aides and about 75 journalists, for the three-day trip.

To protect the pontiff, the Iraq government has deployed thousands of security personnel, a few days after the al-Asad airbase in western Iraq which hosts U.S. and coalition troops was targeted by at least 10 rocket attacks by Iran-backed militias

Another Rocket Attack in Iraq

US waiting for results of investigation into yet another rocket attack in Iraq

2021/03/04 16:29

Al-Asad Airbase, in Iraq’s western Anbar province, was the target of Wednesday’s rocket attack. (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – US officials, from President Joe Biden on down, responded to Wednesday’s rocket attack on Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq’s western Anbar Province by saying that they would wait for the results of the Iraqi government’s investigation, before deciding on any action that they might take.

As in the aftermath of the three previous rocket attacks, starting with the Feb. 15 assault on Erbil International Airport, US officials declined to even speculate on which party might have been responsible.

Responding to a journalist’s question about the attack, before a meeting with Congressmen to discuss developing cures for cancer, Biden stated, “We’re identifying who is responsible, and we’ll make judgments from that point.”

At State Department and Pentagon briefings later that day journalists asked sharp questions about the administration’s policy on Iran.

In response, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price came very close to saying what many analysts suspect: the administration’s muted response is due to its desire to restart talks on Iran’s nuclear program and restore the 2015 agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Donald Trump abrogated in 2018.

“Our overarching objective is to impose verifiable and permanent limits on Iran’s nuclear program,” Price said. “That is what we are seeking here.”

Notably, “permanent limits” suggests the administration is seeking to address at least one significant shortcoming in the JCPOA, which had various sunset clauses. Key provisions simply ended, raising the prospect that Iran could develop a nuclear weapon sometime in this decade.