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

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault LineMonday, March 14, 2011By Bob Hennelly
The 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.But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers. Although it does have activity.„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.In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.„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.

The West Tests the Russian Nuclear Horn

West embarked on deliberate escalation near Russia’s borders, says official

Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Mikhail Popov stressed that NATO warships had been chosen as a tool of pressure on Russia

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MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. The West’s actions demonstrate that it has embarked on a course for military, political and psychological pressure on Russia and a deliberate escalation near its borders, Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Mikhail Popov said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

“All that shows that the West has actually set a course for military, strategic, political and psychological pressure on the Russian Federation, as well as the deliberate escalation of military tensions near the borders with Russia, which does not contribute to strategic stability,” he said, commenting on the actions of Western countries, including large-scale NATO exercises close to Russia’s borders.

Popov noted that NATO warships had been chosen as a tool of pressure on Russia. Such steps are “based on an arbitrary interpretation of the provisions of international maritime law and long-standing naval traditions,” he added.

“As an example, I will cite the recent incident involving Britain’s Defender warship that occurred in Russia’s territorial waters on June 23. British sailors deliberately resorted to a provocation and escalation, violating Russia’s maritime border. The Russian Federation’s stance on the incident is unambiguous – that was a pre-planned provocation, which was rightfully thwarted,” Popov stressed.

Reconnaissance activity near Russia’s borders

Popov added that there had been a huge increase in reconnaissance activity by foreign states near Russia’s borders, with over 1,000 foreign planes and drones performing spy missions last year.

“The reconnaissance activity of foreign states has increased many times,” he stressed.

“Specifically, more than 1,000 spy planes and drones of foreign states conducted air reconnaissance of Russian territory in 2020,” the security official said.

The Russian security official also pointed to NATO’s intensified military activity as an increasing military threat to Russia. He mentioned the alliance’s large-scale military drills near the Russian borders that practiced employing large troop formations and nuclear weapons against Russia.Preparations underway for Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Vienna — Russian ambassadorAccording to Dmitry Lyubinsky, sessions of the joint bilateral commission for trade and economic cooperation and the business council are scheduled for autumn

The new hypersonic nuclear war with Russia and China: Daniel

Report to Congress on Hypersonic Weapons

July 14, 2021 7:17 AM

The following is the July 9, 2021 Congressional Research Service report, Hypersonic Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report

The United States has actively pursued the development of hypersonic weapons—maneuvering weapons that fly at speeds of at least Mach 5—as a part of its conventional prompt global strike program since the early 2000s. In recent years, the United States has focused such efforts on developing hypersonic glide vehicles, which are launched from a rocket before gliding to a target, and hypersonic cruise missiles, which are powered by high-speed, air-breathing engines during flight. As Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Commander of U.S. Strategic Command General John Hyten has stated, these weapons could enable “responsive, long-range, strike options against distant, defended, and/or time-critical threats [such as road-mobile missiles] when other forces are unavailable, denied access, or not preferred.” Critics, on the other hand, contend that hypersonic weapons lack defined mission requirements, contribute little to U.S. military capability, and are unnecessary for deterrence.

Funding for hypersonic weapons has been relatively restrained in the past; however, both the Pentagon and Congress have shown a growing interest in pursuing the development and near-term deployment of hypersonic systems. This is due, in part, to the advances in these technologies in Russia and China, both of which have a number of hypersonic weapons programs and have likely fielded operational hypersonic glide vehicles—potentially armed with nuclear warheads. Most U.S. hypersonic weapons, in contrast to those in Russia and China, are not being designed for use with a nuclear warhead. As a result, U.S. hypersonic weapons will likely require greater accuracy and will be more technically challenging to develop than nuclear-armed Chinese and Russian systems.

The Pentagon’s FY2022 budget request for hypersonic research is $3.8 billion—up from $3.2 billion in the FY2021 request. The Missile Defense Agency additionally requested $247.9 million for hypersonic defense. At present, the Department of Defense (DOD) has not established any programs of record for hypersonic weapons, suggesting that it may not have approved either mission requirements for the systems or long-term funding plans. Indeed, as Principal Director for Hypersonics (Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering) Mike White has stated, DOD has not yet made a decision to acquire hypersonic weapons and is instead developing prototypes to assist in the evaluation of potential weapon system concepts and mission sets.

As Congress reviews the Pentagon’s plans for U.S. hypersonic weapons programs, it might consider questions about the rationale for hypersonic weapons, their expected costs, and their implications for strategic stability and arms control. Potential questions include the following:

  • What mission(s) will hypersonic weapons be used for? Are hypersonic weapons the most cost-effective means of executing these potential missions? How will they be incorporated into joint operational doctrine and concepts?
  • Given the lack of defined mission requirements for hypersonic weapons, how should Congress evaluate funding requests for hypersonic weapons programs or the balance of funding requests for hypersonic weapons programs, enabling technologies, and supporting test infrastructure? Is an acceleration of research on hypersonic weapons, enabling technologies, or hypersonic missile defense options both necessary and technologically feasible?
  • How, if at all, will the fielding of hypersonic weapons affect strategic stability?
  • Is there a need for risk-mitigation measures, such as expanding New START, negotiating new multilateral arms control agreements, or undertaking transparency and confidence-building activities?

Antichrist demands action over deadly Covid unit fire

Moqtada Sadr

Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadrhas warned he will hold the Iraqi government responsible if it fails to action over a devastating fire that killed at least 60 people in a Covid isolation unit.

The warning comes just months before Iraq is scheduled to go to the polls in October for an early parliamentary election that was demanded by a protest movement backed by Al-Sadr’s supporters.

“It is incumbent on the government to work immediately to firmly and seriously punish those to blame for hospital fires, whether in Nasiriyah or other provinces, no matter their (political) affiliation,” Al-Sadr tweeted late Tuesday.

“Otherwise, this government will be held responsible from its lowest to its highest (official).”

The devastating blaze, which swept through the Covid isolation unit of Al-Hussein Hospital in the southern city of Nasiriyah on Monday evening, was the second such fire in Iraq in three months.

An April fire at a Baghdad Covid hospital killed 82 people and was also blamed on the explosion of badly stored oxygen bottles.

That blaze triggered widespread anger and resulted in the suspension and subsequent resignation of then health minister Hassan Al-Tamimi, a nominee of Al-Sadr’s powerful political bloc.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi has ordered an investigation into Monday’s blaze “that will lead to those directly responsible”, his office said.

He already dismissed the hospital’s manager, the provincial health director and the local civil defence chief.

Arrest warrants have been issued for 13 officials, including the provincial health director.

Al-Sadr demanded that the findings of the official inquiry be released quickly. 

“It must not end up like others conducted into previous hospital fires. Or else we have other means of protecting people’s safety and dignity.”

The health ministry said Wednesday that 60 people had been confirmed to have died in the fire. Forensics experts had identified 39 bodies while 21 were still unidentified.

Demonstrations in honour of the victims were planned in Nasiriyah later after residents held a candle-lit vigil late on Tuesday

2 Months After Cease-Fire, Economy Outside the Temple Walls Is At Its Worst: Revelation 11

2 Months After Cease-Fire, Gaza’s Economy Is At Its Worst

Greenhouses in the northern Gaza Strip destroyed by Israeli airstrikes during the May cross-border hostilities. (Hassan Esleih/The Media Line)

Sanaa Alswerky

07/14/2021

The coastal strip cannot develop without first lifting Israeli blockade, reopening border crossings, economist says

[Gaza City] The latest devastating round of fighting between Israel and Gaza ended nearly two months ago, leaving behind shattered infrastructure and a paralyzed economy that threatens the livelihoods of the two million residents of the coastal territory.

The total losses and damages amounted to $479 million, distributed over three sectors: the housing and infrastructure sector, which suffered 61% of the total damage; the economic development sector, with 33% of the damage; and the social development sector, with 7% of the damage,” the Higher Governmental Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza announced on Monday.

The industrial and the private sectors are the worst affected by the crisis, Ali al-Hayek, head of the Palestinian Businessmen Association, told The Media Line.

“More than 1,000 economic facilities were destroyed during the latest Israeli aggression. The private sector has been particularly targeted since 2000, going through three previous wars without any kind of support,” he said.

If there are no rapid solutions, “there will be successive collapses of the private and all productive sectors in the Strip, which will directly reflect on unemployment and poverty rates,” Hayek said.

One of the facilities destroyed by the Israeli airstrikes during May’s 11-day, cross-border violence was the Khudair Pharmaceuticals and Agricultural Tools Company, located in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip.

“On the 15th of May, the 6-acre site, which contained huge amounts of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, plastic tubing and other agricultural supplies, was directly targeted by the Israeli aerial bombing, which resulted in a massive fire and total destruction of the facility,” owner Abu Haytham Khudair told The Media Line.

I had to choose between losing the crop to drought and losing my life in an Israeli raid. I couldn’t reach my land during the escalation to irrigate the crop; as a result, I’ve lost what was left of it. After all the hard work, everything was gone. This is so painful

Khudair, who lost 100% of his livelihood, said the bombardment caused an estimated loss of 50 million shekels, or around $15 million, and released a mass of toxins that threatens the entire surrounding area.

“The targeted storage facility is now more like Chernobyl. The toxic mix of chemicals is already harming local residents, who have started to suffer respiratory and skin diseases. This will lead to a dangerous environmental and health catastrophe, so I call on authorities, and international organizations, to remove it as fast as possible,” Khudair said.

Israel intentionally hit major economic facilities in Gaza, he said.

“The night my storage facility was hit, more than 35 of the largest companies throughout the Strip were damaged too. Israeli aerial forces targeted sensitive facilities with full knowledge that all the firefighting services in the Gaza Strip wouldn’t be able to put out the fires,” Khudair claimed.

Mohammed Abu Jayyab, a Gaza-based economist, accused Israel of targeting vital economic assets, which will further exacerbate the harsh living conditions of the Strip’s residents.

“More destruction would turn the coastal enclave into a large, [unproductive] area of consumption, rendering any kind of solution to deal with the crisis impractical,” he told The Media Line.

Abu Jayyab suggested the aggravated crises of unemployment, poverty and food insecurity would eventually lead to a strategic shift in the international programs supporting the Palestinian territories, saying “there will only be [rapid] relief programs, instead of strategic development programs that aim to strengthen the role of the Palestinian private sector in ensuring a robust economic cycle.”

According to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor report released in May: “The Israeli military attack led to widespread destruction in the agricultural sector, including agricultural lands and facilities that have been bombed by hundreds of air and ground raids. … In addition to the damage caused by the direct bombing, hundreds of dunams and farms suffered massive losses as a result of farmers’ inability to reach their lands and irrigate or harvest crops during the days of the attack.” One dunam is about 0.25 acres.

Ahmad Abu Owda is a small farmer from the northern Gaza Strip who lost his only source of income during the escalation, two dunams of land planted with cucumbers.

“Sixty-five percent of my greenhouses were damaged after being hit by Israeli airstrikes,” he told The Media Line.

“But that is not all,” he added. “I had to choose between losing the crop to drought and losing my life in an Israeli raid. I couldn’t reach my land during the escalation to irrigate the crop; as a result, I’ve lost what was left of it. After all the hard work, everything was gone. This is so painful.”

Given his accumulated debt and deteriorated living conditions, Abu Owda could not replant after the fighting ended.

Naji Sarhan, the deputy head of Gaza’s Public Works and Housing Ministry, told The Media Line that “the Gaza Strip, which has been living under Israeli blockade for more than 15 years, can bear no more delay in the reconstruction process.

“It has to start immediately because any procrastination will lead to a bigger humanitarian crisis. At that point, no one will be able to predict the Palestinians’ reaction, because they will have nothing more to lose,” Sarhan said.

Any kind of real economic development can’t happen without fully lifting the Israeli blockade, unconditionally reopening crossings, and empowering the Palestinian economy via assured rights of movement to and from the Strip

There are unconfirmed reports that Israel may open border crossings in the coming days to allow the entry of some materials into the Strip, such as medicines, food and limited types of non-dual-use raw materials, meaning raw materials that cannot be used for military purposes. But Abu Jayyab denied this would have any positive impact on Gaza’s economy.

Even if this happens, “we can’t expect much development on the economic level. In fact, this would be worse than before, because what would be allowed to enter [according to this scenario] is only 50% of what was allowed before the escalation,” he said.

“We’re talking about basic goods for the daily consumption of Gazan residents while the great majority of other materials remains banned, depriving economic and productive sectors of any chances to grow and develop,” he continued.

“Any kind of real economic development can’t happen without fully lifting the Israeli blockade, unconditionally reopening crossings, and empowering the Palestinian economy via assured rights of movement to and from the Strip,” Abu Jayyab said.

Iran Insists it can make a nuclear bomb: Revelation 16

Iran insists it can enrich uranium to 90% purity – weapons grade – if needed

July 14, 20217:40 AM MDTLast Updated a day ago

DUBAI, July 14 (Reuters) – Iran said on Wednesday it could enrich uranium up to 90% purity — weapons grade — if its nuclear reactors needed it, but added it still sought the revival of a 2015 deal that would limit its atomic programme in return for a lifting of sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani’s remark is his second such public comment this year about 90% enrichment — a level suitable for a nuclear bomb — underlining Iran’s resolve to keep breaching the deal in the absence of any accord to revive it. read more 

The biggest obstacle to producing nuclear weapons is obtaining enough fissile material – weapons-grade highly enriched uranium or plutonium – for the bomb’s core.

Iran says it has never sought nuclear weapons.

“Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation can enrich uranium by 20% and 60% and if one day our reactors need it, it can enrich uranium to 90% purity,” Rouhani told a cabinet meeting, Iranian state media reported.

The nuclear deal caps the fissile purity to which Tehran can refine uranium at 3.67%, well under the 20% achieved before the pact and far below the 90% suitable for a nuclear weapon.

Iran has been breaching the deal in several ways after the United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018, including by producing 20% and 60% enriched uranium.

Rouhani, who will hand over the presidency to hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi on Aug. 5, implicitly criticised Iran’s top decision makers for “not allowing” his government to reinstate the nuclear deal during its term in office.1/2

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council In Yerevan, Armenia October 1, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS 

“They took away the opportunity to reach an agreement from this government. We deeply regret missing this opportunity,” the state news agency IRNA quoted Rouhani as saying.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, not the president, has the last say on all state matters such as nuclear policy.

Like Khamenei, Raisi has backed indirect talks between Tehran and Washington aimed at bringing back the arch foes into full compliance with the accord. Former U.S. President Donald Trump quit the deal three years ago, saying it was biased in favour of Iran, and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran.

The sixth round of nuclear talks in Vienna adjourned on June 20. The next round of the talks has yet to be scheduled, and Iranian and Western officials have said that significant gaps still remain to be resolved.

Two senior Iranian officials told Reuters that president-elect Raisi planned to adopt “a harder line” in the talks after taking office, adding that the next round might resume in late September or early October.

One of the officials said many members of Iran’s nuclear team might be replaced with hardline officials, but top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi would stay “at least for a while”.

The second official said Raisi planned to show “less flexibility and demand more concessions” from Washington such as keeping a chain of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges in place and insisting on the removal of human rights and terrorism related U.S. sanctions.

Trump blacklisted dozens of institutions vital to Iran’s economy using laws designed to punish foreign actors for supporting terrorism or weapons proliferation.

Removing oil and financial sanctions is essential if Iran is to export its oil, the top prize for Tehran for complying with the nuclear agreement and reining in its atomic program.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Jason Neely, William Maclean

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More killing at Kashmir before the first nuclear war: Revelation 8

Indian troops kill 3 suspected militants in Kashmir shootout

Kashmiri villagers salvage a metal box as they clear a house destroyed in a gunfight in Pulwama, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Three suspected rebels were killed in a gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said, as violence in the disputed region increased in recent weeks. Two residential houses were also destroyed. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)