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 Russian Nuclear Horn threatens to nuke Europe

Russia threatens to nuke Europe

Russia threatens to nuke Europe as tensions escalate – is full-blown war coming?

RUSSIA issues an extraordinary threat to Europe on Monday, warning it would be willing to turn nuclear weapons on the continent if its demands aren’t met.

Tensions between Russia and the West have escalated dramatically in recent weeks over the increase in aggression from Russia toward Ukraine. Rhetoric has become increasingly hostile this week, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning Russian President Vladimir Putin there would be “significant consequences” if Ukraine was to be invaded.

In an extraordinary uptick in aggression, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said Moscow would deploy intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) in Europe if NATO failed to rule out using them itself.

Missiles of this nature have a top range of 5,000km and could hit numerous European capitals if deployed from Russia.

INF were banned in 1987 under a treaty signed between Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, and US President Ronald Reagan, though Washington quit the agreement in 2019, citing Russian breaches.

Mr Ryabkov told the state-run RIA Novosti agency that Moscow would “respond militarily” if Nato sought to expand eastwards.

He said: “There will be confrontation, this will be the next step, [previously banned weapons] will appear from our side.”

He denied Russia was planning to invade Ukraine, issuing the threat to NATO and its allies to back off or risk a frightening escalation.

Mr Ryabkov said the Kremlin had a “complete lack of trust” in Nato, which argues there are no new US missiles in Europe and that it is ready to respond to the threat of Russian weapons with a “measured” response.

Last week, US President Joe Biden spoke to Mr Putin to warn him of “economic consequences like you’ve never seen” if he mounted a fresh incursion.

Russian nuclear-powered seb

The Russian president has, in turn, been pressing for assurances that NATO will not be expanded to include Ukraine.

This increase in aggressive rhetoric comes after Boris Johnson and EU chiefs warned of “serious consequences” if Ukraine is breached further.

Mr Johnson spoke to Mr Putin by telephone on Monday to warn the president that any destabilising action in Ukraine would be a “strategic mistake”.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: “[The PM] reiterated the importance of working through diplomatic channels to de-escalate tensions and identify durable solutions.

“The Prime Minister emphasised the UK’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and warned that any destabilising action would be a strategic mistake that would have significant consequences.”

Over the weekend, G7 foreign ministers met in Liverpool to discuss the situation, which includes Russian troops amassing near the border with Ukraine.

In a statement, the G7 reminded Moscow that “any use of force to change borders is strictly prohibited under international law”, pledging to inflict “severe cost” on Russia if it does move against its neighbour.

And on Monday, the EU announced it is imposing sanctions on the Russian Wagner Group of military contractors which has been accused of seeking to destabilise Ukraine.

Biden on phone to Russia

According to US intelligence, Russia has stationed some 70,000 troops near the border of Ukraine and has begun planning for a possible invasion as early as next year.

Moscow has denied it is preparing for an invasion and has accused the government in Kyiv of stoking tensions in the region by deploying new weapons.

Russia and Ukraine have been locked in conflict since 2014 when Russian forces annexed the Crimean Peninsula and backed a separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Last week, Mr Putin said the Donbas warzone – where Russian-backed rebels have been fighting Ukrainian troops since 2014 – amounted to “genocide”.

The Russian Horn Threatens to Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons

FILE - In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Nov. 10, 2021, a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces takes-off to patrol the airspace of Belarus.
FILE – In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Nov. 10, 2021, a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces takes-off to patrol the airspace of Belarus.

Russia Threatens to Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons

A top Russian diplomat has warned that Moscow will respond “militarily” and deploy tactical nuclear weapons, if NATO does not guarantee an end to its eastward expansion.

His remarks raise the stakes even higher in the confrontation between Russia and Western powers just days after U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin held a two-hour video conference aimed at defusing a burgeoning crisis over Russian military movements near Ukraine’s borders, where the Kremlin is estimated to have amassed around 100,000 troops.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s threat comes amid rising fears that Putin is considering a further military incursion into Ukraine in a rehash of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its seizure of a large part of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, bordering Russia.

G-7 Foreign and Development Ministers pose for a group photograph during the final day of the G-7 summit in Liverpool, northwest England, Dec. 12, 2021.

SEE ALSO:G-7 Warns Russia on Military Buildup Along Ukraine Border

In a phone call Monday, Britain’s Boris Johnson repeated to the Russian leader warnings that any repeat of 2014 would have “significant consequences” and any “destabilizing action” by Russia would be met with a united response by Western countries.

Following the call between Johnson and Putin, Ryabkov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Russia’s “response will be military,” if NATO continues to arm Ukraine. “A lack of progress towards a political-diplomatic solution would mean that our response will be military and military-technical,” Ryabkov said.

“There will be confrontation,” he added, saying Russia would deploy weapons previously banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an arms control deal struck in 1987 by then US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

The treaty expired in 2019 but both Washington and Moscow have not moved to deploy the previously banned nuclear weapons.

According to British officials, Johnson stressed to Putin the importance of having a “dialogue on international and regional security” and that all sides needed to observe the Minsk agreements signed by Russia and Ukraine in 2015 which aimed to bring an end to fighting in Ukraine’s Donbas. Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of failing to comply with the Minsk agreements. 
Russian maneuvers.

A Russian army soldier takes part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Dec. 10, 2021.
A Russian army soldier takes part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Dec. 10, 2021.

Last week, President Biden outlined in his call with Putin the economic sanctions the West would impose if Russian forces invaded Ukraine. A buildup of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine, and on the Crimean Peninsula, has prompted growing alarm in Western capitals and triggered an intense debate among Western policymakers over Putin’s intentions. Russian motorized infantry, artillery and armored units along the border Tuesday appeared to be carrying out drills practicing combat alerts and deploying to assembly points, according to Ukrainian officials.

Kremlin officials maintain Russia is not preparing to invade Ukraine and accuse the Ukrainians of mobilizing military units along their shared border. They say NATO is helping Kyiv to build up its forces and is being supplied with a significant number of weapons, including modern high-tech weapons.

In Kyiv on Tuesday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs Karen Donfried reassured Ukrainian officials of Washington’s continued commitment to Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity. Donfried is due to meet Ryabkov in Moscow later this week.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who is pressing NATO to admit his country as a member, told reporters Tuesday, “Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal in exchange of security guarantees from Russia. They were never respected. How can we trust any Russian promises?”

Putin has demanded Western powers guarantee in writing that Ukraine would not be a staging ground for NATO. Last week, Russia’s Foreign Ministry demanded Washington formally close the door on NATO membership for both Ukraine and Georgia. The Foreign Ministry also demanded that the Western alliance guarantee the non-deployment of weapons threatening Russia’s security on its western borders.

Ukraine’s foreign minister on Tuesday accused Putin of trying to return Europe to the Soviet era. “The fact Putin is searching for a new ideological justification concerning Ukraine suggests he’s on the verge of something big: an attempt to fundamentally rewrite the security order in Europe, to divide the continent into new spheres of influence,” Dmytro Kuleba said at a press conference, after his meeting with Donfried.

Western policymakers are split over why Putin has been amassing troops. They are also wrestling with their options for deterring him from making any dramatic military moves on Ukraine. Some former U.S. diplomats and officials believe Washington and its European allies should supply Ukraine with more high-tech weaponry, and sooner rather than later. They see the Kremlin’s anxiety over supplies of Western high-tech weapons as the best policy option to deter Russian adventurism.

The question U.S. and European policymakers must answer is whether they are “going to help Ukraine with the weapons and the training it needs to defend itself,” said Daniel Fried, a former American diplomat who served as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs and was the U.S. ambassador to Poland from 1997 to 2000. The U.S. has increased its military supplies to Ukraine but Fried would like to see more.

“Ukrainians know how to use them. And I think the equipment needs to be delivered either now to deter the Russians or in the pipelines so the Russians know it can arrive very quickly,” he told VOA recently.

In Moscow, Kremlin officials say Putin planned to discuss the crisis in a call Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Deal is Empty

Representatives from Iran and the UK attending a meeting of the joint commission on negotiations aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna. — AFP

Nuclear deal with Iran will soon be empty shell: European diplomats

Diplomats say Iran abandoned any compromises it had made in the previous rounds of negotiations and demanded more

By Reuters

Published: Tue 14 Dec 2021, 3:19 AM

Major powers and Iran have yet to get down to business at talks on rescuing the 2015 nuclear deal, which will very soon become “an empty shell” without progress, senior British, French and German diplomats said on Monday.

“As of this moment, we still have not been able to get down to real negotiations,” the diplomats from the so-called E3 said in a statement about the Vienna nuclear negotiations in which they are shuttling between US and Iranian officials.

“Time is running out. Without swift progress, in light of Iran’s fast-forwarding of its nuclear programme, the JCPOA will very soon become an empty shell,” they added, referring to the deal, whose full name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The statement offered a pessimistic assessment of efforts to revive the deal under which Iran had limited its nuclear programme in return for relief from US, European Union and UN economic sanctions.

Republican then-President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the accord in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions, prompting Iran to begin violating its nuclear restrictions in 2019.

His successor, Democrat Joe Biden, has sought a mutual return to compliance with the deal via indirect talks with Iran in which officials from other parties to the deal shuttle between them because Tehran refuses to meet directly with American officials.

The other countries in the deal are Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

Diplomats said they made significant progress in the six rounds of negotiations between April and June, when the talks took a five-month hiatus after the election of hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s president. During the seventh round, which began on November 29, Iran abandoned any compromises it had made in the previous six, pocketed those made by others, and demanded more, a senior US official has said.

“We are losing precious time dealing with new Iranian positions inconsistent with the JCPoA or that go beyond it,” the E3 diplomats said in their statement.

“This is frustrating because the outline of a comprehensive and fair agreement that removes all JCPoA-related sanctions, while addressing our non-proliferation concerns, is clearly visible — and has been so since last summer,” they added.

It’s official: it’s now a ghetto outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

It’s official: Gaza is now a ghetto – Opinion – Haaretz.com

Arnold

14:18Reggie

We have to assume if Biden goes for a 2nd term he is likely going to have to pick a different VP than this one, I doubt Trump is going to give Pence a 2nd chance though Pence did pretty darn good all things considering!

The comment regarding a Jewish persons indifference to the Gaza Ghetto “……thats a sign the entire history (Jewish) has been wasted on him. He hasnt learned a thing from it.” well said and brilliant. The really sad part is that all the latest Technology from the worlds brilliant minds from the EU, UK , USA , etc etc finds its way into Israels hands where it is used to keep enhancing and bettering the occupation and control of the captive Gaza residents. Its a shame all that technology and money cant be used to build a sewer system , a port , employment opportunities, green technology industry in Gaza. slavery is easier than emancipation, destruction is easier than creation and hate is easier than love.

Paul

14:57RexYou write: Its a shame all that technology and money can’t be used to build a sewer system , a port , employment opportunities, green technology industry in Gaza. slavery is easier than emancipation, destruction is easier than creation and hate is easier than love.

Indeed. Please inform Hamas who actually rule over the Gaza Strip who have based their entire mission on funneling billions into fighting with Israel rather than those nice infrastructure projects to which you refer. Like you say – hate is so much easier than love and when it comes to Jews, Hamas has that in spades.

Nuclear Chief Denies the Iranian Nuclear Horn

Nuclear Chief Denies Story on 90% Uranium Enrichment in Iran

Nuclear Chief Denies Story on 90% Uranium Enrichment in Iran – Politics news – Tasnim News Agency

In an interview with IRIB on Tuesday, Eslami dismissed the story about the enrichment of uranium to 90% purity level in Iran as an attempt to tarnish the country’s peaceful nuclear activities.

“Such story is false and these are threadbare allegations made against our country, specifically by the enemies and the Zionist current,” he noted.

Eslami underlined that Iran works in accordance with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s regulations.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency monitors all of our (nuclear) processes according to the rules and regulations. We have not taken and will not take any measure outside the framework (of the IAEA) at all,” he stated.

His comments came after Axios claiming that the Zionist regime has shared intelligence with the American and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly underlined that it has never sought and will never seek nuclear arms based on a fatwa (religious decree) issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. The fatwa bans the production, possession and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

The Russian Nuclear Horn is stepping up its Pacific military presence

Russian forces stage a military drill in the Sea of Japan in a file photo. Image: Agencies

Russia stepping up its Pacific military presence

Moscow giving new priority to freedom of navigation and coastal defense in ultra-sensitive maritime areas near Japan

by Scott Foster December 14, 2021

TOKYO – It has been a busy year-end for Russian military forces in the Pacific, which have made themselves a geopolitical factor that cannot be ignored by the US, Japan and their Pacific allies.

From October 14-17, Russia and China held joint naval exercises in the Sea of Japan.

Then, on October 18, 10 Russian and Chinese vessels sailed through the Tsugaru Strait between Honshu and Hokkaido, down Japan’s Pacific coast through the Osumi Strait between the southern tip of Kyushu and the island of Tanegashima where Japan’s space launch facilities are situated and into the contested South China Sea.

Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki told reporters that the Japanese government was “watching with great interest the activities of Chinese and Russian warships around Japan. We will take nothing for granted in our warning and surveillance activities in the air and sea domains around Japan.”

A week later, speaking at the naval base at the Yokosuka headquarters of the Seventh Fleet on the west side of Tokyo Bay, US Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said:

I believe that the relationship between China and Russia, perhaps recently, has evolved in ways where they’re trying to intimidate other nations with their actions that don’t abide by a rule-based international order. I think it’s necessary to thoroughly deter them from bullying other countries and being aggressors in any possible way.

Del Toro also said that freedom of navigation in international waters is “truly a wonderful thing” – but evidently not all freedom of navigation is equally wonderful.10 Chinese and Russian warships sail through Japanese islands. Photos: US Naval Institute

It should be noted that this incident could only happen because Japan was persuaded to narrow its territorial sea claims in both straits from the usual 12 nautical miles to three nautical miles in the 1970s in order to allow American ships carrying nuclear weapons to pass through without violating the third of Japan’s “Three Non-Nuclear Principles” – non-possession, non-production and non-introduction of nuclear weapons.

As a result, the central channels of both straits are classified as international waters.

A spokesman for Japan’s Ministry of Defense told the press: “No violation of territorial waters has taken place, and no international rule has been ignored.”

ASEAN – Russia naval exercise

On October 28, the 4th ASEAN-Russia summit was held via video conference to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of official relations between ASEAN and the Russian Federation.

According to the joint statement issued after the Summit, the two parties:

Reaffirm unwavering support to ASEAN Centrality in the evolving regional architecture and commitment to strengthen and give new momentum to ASEAN-led mechanisms to better face challenges and seize opportunities arising from the current and future regional and global environments.

Then, on December 1, the first ASEAN-Russia naval exercise started off the coast of Sumatra. Eight ships and four aircraft from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei and Russia participated in three days of drills. The other ASEAN countries sent observers.

The exercise – which included maneuvering, communications, search and rescue and dealing with suspicious vessels – was in support of a joint commitment to “maritime security and safety, freedom of navigation and overflight and unimpeded commerce” affirmed at the Summit.

Russia was represented by the destroyer Admiral Panteleyev (classified as a “large anti-submarine ship”) of Russia’s Pacific Fleet. Its commander, Aleksei Bolotnikov, told the press that he hoped the next ASEAN-Russia naval exercise would be held in Vladivostok.Naval drills signal Russian interest in Southeast Asia, not a strategic sea change. This handout photo taken and released on December 1, 2021, by the Indonesian fleet command Koarmada I, shows the Russian destroyer Admiral Panteleyev off the waters of Belawan during a joint exercise between the Indonesian Navy, the Russian Navy and ASEAN members. 

ASEAN has also held naval exercises with China and the US. Obviously, ASEAN hopes to maintain its “centrality.”

Defense of the Kuril Islands

On December 2, RT reported that the Russian Federation had deployed mobile missile defense systems on the island of Matua. Matua is located in the middle of the Kuril Island Chain, which runs from Kamchatka to Hokkaido. The Kuril Ridge, as it is called in Russian, forms the outer wall of the Sea of Okhotsk.

It is not a hospitable environment. The volcanic Kuril Islands are cold, windy, foggy and wet. The smoking Sarycheva volcano that forms the island of Matua erupts every few years, most recently in January 2021. In the language of the Ainu, the original inhabitants of the Kurils and Hokkaido, Matua means “hell mouth.”

During World War II, the Japanese military built a large base on Matua with an airfield and a garrison of several thousand men. American aircraft bombed it, the US Navy shelled it and a Japanese shore battery sank the American submarine USS Herring after it had sunk several Japanese vessels in nearby waters.

At the end of the war, Truman reportedly asked Stalin if he would transfer control of Matua to the US. When Stalin offered to trade it for an island in the Aleutian chain, that was the end of that.

Japan used the Kurils to control access to the Sea of Okhotsk, as the Russians do today. Russia also has missile batteries and airfields on the islands of Paramushir, off the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula, and Iturup (Etorofu in Japanese) and Kunashir (Kunashiri) near Hokkaido, which are claimed by Japan.Map: Wikipedia

In the Ainu language, Kunashir means “black island.” Iturup means “big salmon.” The Ainu, of whom there are now very few, do not have much of a voice in the dispute over who is the rightful owner of the islands.

In Japanese, Kunashiri is written phonetically with the characters for “country” and “back” or “behind” – perhaps an unfortunate choice in retrospect. Etorofu is written phonetically with the characters for “choose” and “catch” – as in catch a big salmon?

Encounter near Vladivostok

Just over a year ago, the commander of the US 7th Fleet issued the following statement:

PETER THE GREAT BAY – On November 24 (local time) USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) [a guided-missile destroyer] asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging Russia’s excessive maritime claims.

The Russian Ministry of Defense responded as follows:”The Pacific Fleet’s Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine destroyer used an international communication channel to warn the foreign vessel that such actions were unacceptable and the violator could be driven out of the country’s territorial waters in a ramming maneuver. After the warning was issued and the Admiral Vinogradov changed its course, the USS John S McCain destroyer returned to international waters.

According to reports of the incident, the John S. McCain had sailed two kilometers into Peter the Great Bay, near the headquarters of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the entrance to the port of Vladivostok.

The following month, Nikkei Asia quoted Professor Artyom Lukin of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University as saying: “If you look at the weapons systems deployed by the Russian Defense Ministry to the Far East in recent years, then you’ll notice that these systems are meant to repel a threat from the sea and the air, not a land-based threat from China … The emphasis in military planning in the Far East is aimed at containing the US-Japanese threat.”

There have been other close encounters between American and Russian naval vessels in the Sea of Japan and there will probably be more.

Scott Foster is an analyst with Lightstream Research, Tokyo.