Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another Unusual Storm Leads to More Extremes

Of course we have been noticing all the earthquakes as of late...a strange one happened in Texas today.

But have you been noticing the volcanic activity that appears to be rumbling as well?

Countless times over the last several months unusual storms have been occurring across the World and the United States. While no single storm can be placed on Climate Change or Global Warming, it is apparent that the overall climate on Earth is changing quite drastically. Stronger than average earthquakes are occurring literally every day and scores of volcanoes are stewing waiting to blow its top. Combine all this with a quieter than average sun with the occasional strong solar flare, the effects it is having on our local weather is astonishing. To say that I know what is going to happen would be incorrect but what I can confidently say is that extremes in weather will be quite common for the foreseeable future.

See it here;

All this crazy activity makes one wonder if the earth is rumbling because Israel is getting ready to rumble?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Green Light for Israeli Attack on Iran

We are pretty sure that Israel is not going to allow Iran to have a nuclear bomb....especially because Iran has already said how they would use it to wipe out Israel.  Israel WILL NOT sit around waiting to be destroyed as a nation.

So when are they going to DO something to stop Iran?

The day of doing something may be a lot closer than we know.

The Pentagon is watching for the possibility that Israel could use the occasion of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States as a pretext for launching a long-anticipated attack on Iran's nuclear sites, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

The source, who is in a position to monitor Israeli defense activities, said the U.S. is watching "an indicator and warning matrix" in which the U.S. can "go so far as to plot the illumination tables to pick out what nights would be best" for such an attack.

The intelligence source said that there is "a green light" for the Israelis "to do a strike."

The source said that the concern among some U.S. analysts is that an attack could be "imminent."

See it here;

Holy Rumors of War!  That is a big one!  An imminent attack and the USA has given the green light??

If this thing's gonna be a big pop.  The world will have a cow!  Saudi Arabia will denounce the attack in the papers if it goes down but they will send them chocolates and roses the very next day.  The USA will say something about how the world needs to work for peace...but they will also be happy that Israel is finally going to do something the USA didn't have the nerve to do.

If you thought the world was already interesting....just wait and see how interesting it may soon get.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The People Want a New Shalit

We posted recently about how Israel agreed to exchange 1000 Arab prisoners for 1 IDF soldier named Gilad Shalit.

Last night the top story on the BBC News was how Gaza was preparing a huge parade, party and celebration for the great deal they got for simply kidnapping one IDF soldier.

Today we get this news about the chant rising up in Gaza;

West Bank residents celebrate Schalit prisoner swap; families wave flags, chant "The people want a new Schalit"; clashes break out in Betunia.

Earlier, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hailed the release of 477 prisoners as part of the deal to release Gilad Schalit as a victory for the Palestinian people.

During a rally in Ramallah, Abbas said that Palestinians around the world were watching as the prisoners we being released. "Dear brothers and sisters, your families in Palestinian territories and around the world are looking at you now and are happy that you are being released," Abbas said. "I ask Allah to forgive these martyrs."

See it here;

Well there's a surprise.....they want a new Shalit to trade for ANOTHER 1000 Arab prisoners!

As you catch the mood in Gaza, you end up having no doubt in your mind that these folks are going to use this euphoria to launch new attacks against Israel?  Many in the Arab/Muslim world are getting the extreme idea that they are gathering momentum and that nothing is going to stop them from rising to the top of the world...and on that march to the top Israel and the USA will fall away.

Someone told me that Egypt was working out their own deal for 80 prisoners for one Israeli spy.

Again, I have to Israel bringing home all their military people because they are getting ready to light up the whole Arab world...including the militants they just released from prison?  Their backs are against the wall, and they are increasingly isolated from having any true friends....all it might take is for a few more missiles to come from Gaza, Hezbollah, Egypt, Syria....and Israel could snap.

Hat tip to Julie E.


Freak Dust Storm Blackens Lubbock

Just one more article in a long line of articles that say things like, "I thought it was the end of the world!", or "I've never seen anything like this!"  These stories ARE making the national fact I saw this one on Good Morning America this morning. 

There is no doubt that anyone who watches TV or reads the papers AT ALL these days, has to know that something strange is transpiring on planet earth.

Lubbock has seen its share of dust storms over the years, but the gusty wall of dirt that blew into the city about 5:30 p.m. Monday was apparently beyond anything that had been seen here for decades.

“My wife and I have lived in Lubbock for 49 years and in West Texas for 52 years, and I have never seen a dust storm like this,” City Councilman Paul Beane said. “I have seen pictures from the Dust Bowl Days in the 1930s, but I never thought I would see anything like this.”

Beane said he was amazed to see the storm roll in as it did.

“It looked like the end of the world.” Beane said.

See it here;

"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'"

Monday, October 17, 2011

1000 to 1

If someone offered you odds at 1000 to 1 in a wager, your chances of winning $1000 on your $1 bet would be REALLY slim.

So what conclusions can we make about Israel trading 1000 Arab prisoners currently sitting in Israeli jails for 1 Israeli prisoner sitting in an Arab jail in Gaza?

Today's Wall Street Journal has a few articles on the topic, and one of them concludes with the reason Israel did it;

So what may explain Israel's bargain? Gilad Shalit is a known individual: what psychologists would call an "identifiable being." His picture has been plastered throughout Israel. The Israeli press has written hundreds of articles speculating about his well-being. By contrast, the Israelis who are endangered by this deal are mere statistics—an unidentifiable group of people who may die in the future. Psychologists call these "statistical lives."

There is a long line of psychological research showing that, in making decisions, human beings will incur far greater costs to save one identifiable being from immediate peril than to enact safety measures that might save many more statistical lives. While no expense will be spared to save an identifiable miner trapped in a coal mine, there is often great political reluctance to spend an equal amount on mine safety. Such a response is entirely human, but it is not rational.

See it here;

But doesn't what Israel did simply encourage Hamas to go take another hostage so they can free another thousand prisoners next month?

In the Review and Outlook section of the same Journal we have this:

Israel has a long history of unequal prisoner exchanges. Since 1982, it has released thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a handful of Israeli soldiers and civilians, some of them living, others already dead. Last week, it agreed to release more than a 1,000 Palestinians, many of them serving life sentences for murder, in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who has been held hostage in Gaza since June 2006.

The Jewish state's repeated willingness to pay an exorbitant price for its citizens is a testament to its national and religious values, which stress the obligation to redeem captives. There's an instructive contrast in that, for anyone who cares to notice it, with the ethics of Hamas, which refused to grant the Red Cross permission to so much as visit Sgt. Shalit. There's a contrast, too, with the ethics of those Palestinians now cheering the release of "brothers" imprisoned for committing such acts as a 1989 bus bombing that killed 10 Israelis and the 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizzeria.

But virtues often have their defects, and the line between moral values and moral hazard can be a thin one. The negotiations to return Sgt. Shalit dragged on as long as they did largely because Hamas had reason to believe it could drive the hardest possible bargain. The same logic explains why Israelis will continue to be tempting targets for hostage taking.

Sooner or later, Israel will learn the name of its next Gilad Shalit. Sooner or later, too, it will learn that the better course is to give its enemies reasons to think twice before taking hostages in the first place.

How about one other hypothesis of why Israel would trade 1000 for 1;   Maybe Israel knows that a serious war is about to break out with Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Jordan and Egypt...and they want all their soldiers out of harms way so they will be free to destroy anything they need...and won't have to worry about Hamas beheading Gilad Shalit in front of the camera and freaking out Israeli citizens.  Could that be a possibility?

What I do know is that Israel simply can't go on trading 1000 for 1.  It will bankrupt their system and it will embolden and empower the very terrorists who they hope will someday be their partners in peace.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Protests Spreading Worldwide

The Occupy Wall Street protests appear to be spreading...not only to other U.S. cities, but to other countries.

International Occupy Day. Under the slogan "We are the 99 percent“
more than 8000 people protested in Berlin calling for more democracy
and the end of capitalism and financial greed.

Nationwide organizers counted more than 40.000 protesters. In
Frankfurt, 6000 people demonstrated at the headquarters of the
European Central Bank. Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and many more German
cities saw large demonstrations joined by thousands.

Protesters in Germany were inspired by the 'Occupy Wall Street
Movement' in the US, expressing their anger against corporatism,
poverty and social inequity.

Many more people than expected joined the largely peaceful protests
here in Germany. And surveys show that most Germans support the
movement. People here are convinced that this is only the beginning.

See it here;

Also there were violent protests in Rome. 

Violence broke out during the day in Rome as tens of thousands nicknamed "the indignant" marched in several European cities in protest against capitalism and austerity measures.

Black smoke billowed into the air in the centre of the Rome as a small group of violent protesters broke away from the main demonstration. They smashed shop windows, set vehicles on fire and assaulted two news crews. Others burned Italian and EU flags.

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, said that those responsible for the rash of violence would be identified and punished, calling the rioting "a very worrying sign for civil society ... they (radicals) must be condemned by everyone without reservation".

See it here;

You have to wonder if  "a very worrying sign for civil society..." is a foreshadowing of how the world is poised on the edge of coming many different ways.

Again, I am encouraged by Jesus' words that precede the rapture of the church, "People will eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage...", right up until the time of destruction which will occur during The Tribulation, meaning that life will be pretty much as normal until Christ comes for us.  So I continue to pray that the Bride of Christ WILL NOT SEE the calamity that seems to be prepared for planet earth.

Hat tip to Tom F.