Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rapture Ready News

09 Jul 13
American Evangelist Arrested in London for Preaching Homosexuality is a Sin
Tony Miano was arrested for preaching against sexual immorality and was found to be in violation of Public Order Act Section 5, for "using homophobic speech". "I was asked if I believe homosexuality is a sin. I was asked what portion of the Bible I was reading. I was asked that if a homosexual was hungry and walked up to me, would I give them something to eat."   

Firefighters lose ground to 2 big Nevada wildfires
Two large wildfires raged Tuesday in Nevada, where firefighters worked to gain the upper hand on a mountain blaze near Las Vegas that kept hundreds of people from their homes and another southwest of Reno that jumped in size a day earlier.   

Scoffers Waxing Worse and Worse
Scoffing has hit a whole new level but be of good cheer, it means the hour is very late. If you have perused headlines recently, or watched a TV news hour, you are stunned at what's going on. I am every morning as I post headlines here. I let them sink in and I shake my head. When has the world been in this much chaos? When have people been this unhappy, confused, addicted, pagan, angry and tuned out?   

Tony Blair defends Egyptian military coup - video
Former prime minister Tony Blair says the Egyptian army was right to intervene to prevent the country sliding into chaos. Blair, now the Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the EU and UN, says international community must work with Egypt's new government to help it stabilise the country and work towards democratic elections. 
Egypt's interim president announces election timetable
The streets of Cairo were quiet on Tuesday morning but Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement called for more protests later in the day, raising the risk of further violence. Under pressure to deliver a rapid timetable to restore democracy, Adli Mansour, the judge named head of state by the army...decreed overnight that a parliamentary vote would be held in about six months. That would be followed by a presidential election. 
Netanyahu said to have met secretly with Palestinian leaders
Former PA minister tells Knesset he and others negotiated with the prime minister, warns of violence if political process doesn’t show results.   

 Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near San Simeon, Calif.
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday afternoon seven miles from San Simeon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:13 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles. In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.  

Man Dies From Flesh-Eating Bacteria After Seawater Gets Into Open Wound
A Louisiana man died after contracting flesh-eating bacteria while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Town Talk reports the bacteria known as Vibria vulnificus – which is found in warm seawater – killed the 83-year-old man after his open wound got infected when water splashed on him during a fishing trip.   

NSA surveillance: Supreme Court is asked to halt phone spying on Americans
A nonprofit privacy group asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to invalidate a secret court order that authorized the US government to collect and retain all telephone metadata from every Verizon business customer in the United States. The order was issued April 25 and required Verizon Business Network Services to turn over the data every day through July 19, 2013.  

Hot money exodus ends currency wars
Turkey's efforts to pull the lira off record lows on Monday are likely to be emulated across emerging markets as central banks fight to avert an exodus of foreign capital driven by the impending turn in US policy.   

Rand Paul: Orwell's '1984' has arrived
All of this and more has triggered a surge of renewed interest in a recent video by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in which he declares that “1984,” the George Orwell novel about ultimate government disinformation, manipulation and control – is here.  

Gun seizures trigger fear of massive police power
A flurry of recent stories about police knocking on – and sometimes knocking in – people’s front doors have raised alarms in both the U.S. and Canada about whether the home is still constitutionally protected from increasing police power. Just to make sure the message was loud and clear, the city’s Deputy Police Chief Warren Riley told ABC News: “No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons.” Then they did exactly that.  

Severe thunderstorms leave Toronto underwater, 300K without power
The Canadian city was hit with a month’s worth of rain in just one day, with approximately 3.5 inches of rainfall beginning at 4:00 pm EST. Commuters were soon stranded in traffic, with public transit enduring long delays.
Sunspots AR1785 and AR1787 are defying the odds. Despite the fact that both sunspots have unstable magnetic fields laden with energy for strong flares, solar activity remains low. Maybe it is the calm before the storm   

Tropical Storm Chantal Aims for Caribbean
Newly formed Tropical Storm Chantal is taking aim at the Caribbean this week. The Atlantic Basin has been void of a tropical depression or storm since mid-June, until Sunday evening that is.   

In Egypt, Islamists call for uprising after military opens fire
With its people more polarized than ever and the military once again struggling to impose calm, Egypt's downward spiral appears to have no bottom. At least 51 people were killed Monday when army and police forces opened fire on a sit-in during morning prayers.   

Israel Destroyed Syrian Weapons Depot Containing Advanced Russian Arms
A massive explosion last Thursday at a major Syrian weapons depot in Latakia, not far from the main port of Tartous, completely destroyed the facility and munitions stored there. Tartous is Syria’s main port. It is largely controlled by the Russian military, and the route by which all weapons transported by sea would enter Syria. As such, any advanced Russian weaponry would enter via Tartous and might be stored in the Latakia depot.   

Explosion rocks Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon
A large explosion rocked a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group south of the Lebanese capital Tuesday, setting several cars on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and wounding at least 15 people, security officials said.   

Japan says faces increasing threats from China, North Korea
Japan faces increasingly serious threats to its security from an assertive China and an unpredictable North Korea, the defense ministry said in its first annual report since hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office.   

Firefighters lose ground to 2 big Nevada wildfires
Firefighters lost ground Monday to two large wildfires burning through parched pine forests in northern and southern Nevada, including a nearly 24-square-mile blaze that forced more than 500 people out of homes in woodsy Mount Charleston enclaves near Las Vegas and a more than 27-square-mile fire in the Pine Nut Mountains southwest of Reno.   

The Hatfields and McCoys Come to the Middle East
Some thirty years ago at a conference in Princeton, Tahseen Bashir, the witty and urbane Egyptian diplomat and presidential spokesman, commented on Arab Middle East politics in a pithy sentence. “Egypt” he said “is the only nation-state in the Arab world: the rest are just tribes with flags.”   

U.S. mulls speeding up troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: report
The United States is considering speeding up its planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, including a possible "zero option" that would result in no U.S. forces in that country after 2014, the New York Times reported on Monday.   

Recovery woes: America's second-largest employer is a temp agency
Behind Wal-Mart, the second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a temporary work provider. Friday's disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at an all-time high, with 28 million Americans now working part-time. The report also showed another disturbing fact: There are now a record number of Americans with temporary jobs.  

08 Jul 13

Mysterious Radio Bursts Emerging From Outside Galaxy
Astronomers are stumped by a set of quick bursts of radio energy detected from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. The Parkes Radio Telescope surveying the sky has detected the bursts, which last fewer than five milliseconds, reports Ars Technica.   

Tony Blair calls for intervention in Syria
Mr Blair said: “A refusal to engage, as you see from what’s happening in Syria at the moment, where, after all, as a proportion of the population there’s now been more people that have died in Syria in a civil war that shows absolutely no sign of ending than in the entirety of Iraq since 2003. So, you know, inaction is also a policy and a decision with consequence.”   

Will the antichrist be the pope?
A new documentary reveals that a centuries-old claim by protestants that the pope is the antichrist has actually been taught by Catholic scholars from centuries past and may have been prophesied by a 14th century Catholic archbishop.   

Several documents signed during joint work of Russian Emergency Ministry and FEMA
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. In addition, the parties approved of U.S.-Russian cooperation in this field in 2013-2014, which envisages exchange of experience including in monitoring and forecasting emergency situations, training of rescuers, development of mine-rescuing and provision of security at mass events.   

Egypt army preparing for Sinai operation
Egypt's army is preparing for a large-scale military operation in Sinai, an army official said Sunday, as forces sealed more smuggling tunnels along the Gaza border. An Egyptian military official told Ma'an the army was preparing for a major operation in Sinai "to clean it up from terrorist and criminal cells."   

Earthquake hits East Java
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck southeast of Malang, East Java, on Monday at 9:13 a.m. local time, at a depth of 10 kilometers. “The quake’s epicenter was in the Indian Ocean, about 112 kilometers from Malang or 202 kilometers from Surabaya,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, as quoted by Antara news agency.   

Earthquake strikes El Salvador, no damage reported
There were no immediate reports of damage from the 5.9 magnitude quake, which according to the U.S. Geological Survey was centered 24 miles south-southeast of the capital, just off shore and 60 miles below ground.  

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