Those who have ears to hear, and even those without an EAR to hear: Take heed of God’s warnings!
Luke 21:28 – And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
June 11, 2013 – GERMANY – Thousands of people left their homes in eastern Germany on Sunday as a dam burst on the swollen River Elbe and swathes of farmland were flooded in an attempt to spare towns, with meteorologists forecasting more rain. In Magdeburg, one of the oldest cities in eastern Germany and a regional capital, some 23,000 people were asked to evacuate as water levels in the Elbe rose to a record 7.48 meters, around 5 meters above normal and surpassing the level reached in devastating floods in 2002. “We helped yesterday to carry sandbags to secure the town. The mood is very depressed and frightened because many people have to leave their homes,” said resident Liane Nagen. There have been at least a dozen deaths as a result of floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic over the past week. Officials said more than 8,000 people were evacuated by bus from towns and villages around Aken, south of Magdeburg. Some took their pets or farm animals with them. A dam at the confluence of the River Elbe and the River Saale south of Magdeburg burst despite attempts to stabilize it. A dike was also breached, and a crisis unit said the high waters were likely to put further pressure on dikes in coming days. Holger Stahlknecht, Interior Minister for the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where Magdeburg is located, said air and land surveillance would be stepped up in response to a threat from a previously unheard-of group calling itself the Germanophobic Flood Brigade to attack the sodden dikes. More than 36,000 people were evacuated across Saxony-Anhalt. In Brandenburg, a largely rural state that surrounds the capital Berlin, some residents were evacuated and flooding of uninhabited areas was planned. In Hungary, the Danube was also set to reach record levels in the capital Budapest on Sunday night and Prime Minister Viktor Orban said dikes had been strengthened at critical points to protect the city from flooding. The deluge reached Hungary on Friday but so far authorities, soldiers and thousands of volunteers have managed to defend the villages and towns along the Danube, piling more than three million sandbags beside its dikes. Carmaker Suzuki, one of Hungary’s main exporters, said it would will halt production at its plant in Esztergom, north of Budapest, on Monday because of the floods. The damage from the floods in Germany could amount to more than 6 billion euros ($7.93 billion), according to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces an election in September, has promised 100 million euros ($130 million) in aid for flooded areas. “We’ll do everything humanly possible when it comes to reconstruction. Germany is sticking together in an admirable way at the moment and it should stay like that,” she said. She has been seen visiting flooded regions and speaking to victims and helpers, unlike her Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Peer Steinbrueck, who told German state television on Sunday he would not get involved in a “rubber boot competition. When the worst is over, I’d like to sit down with those affected and discuss in concrete terms what kind of help we can give,” he said, adding that he wanted to create an ombudsman to coordinate aid for the victims of flooding. –Reuters
June 11, 2013 – ALASKA – A weak eruptive activity has started from the volcano. Since last night, weak ash emissions have appeared from the central cone of the caldera of the volcano. The new activity is accompanied by a persistent steam plume and increasing volcanic tremor. So far there seem to be no lava flows or other significant eruptive processes. The new ash emissions are very diluted and reach about 200-300 m height. They were first observed on the Aviation camera of Perryville from last night at around 17-18h local time. AVO who has not yet reported about the ash confirmed to Blog Culture Volcan that the plume indeed contains very small amounts of ash, which pose no problems to aviation (for now). The volcano last erupted in 2008. –Volcano Discovery
June 11, 2013 – FRANCE – A natural phenomenon more common for America, a tornado, has hit the South of France shocking locals and holidaymakers on the Côte d’Azur, the Mediterranean coastline. As thousands in Central Europe are struggling to cope with devastating floods which have already claimed the lives of at least 21 people, a tornado ripped through the French Riviera on Sunday morning. The violently rotating column of air and water formed off the coast not far from popular resort towns of Cannes and Nice. The phenomenon was observed from the Cagnes-sur-Mer commune in southeastern France, rising off to Villeneuve-Loubet and Antibes, reports Nicematin.com. So far, no damage or injury has been reported. The incident is being widely discussed on social networking services where users – some of them freaked out others rather thrilled – share videos and photos of the “tornado.” “OMG there was a mini tornado in my town today. In Nice!” tweeted user nicknamed Sachamallow. “There’s been a tornado in Cannes. I bet the end of the world is approaching! we’re all gonna die you, will see,” noted @Amaandarine. –RT
June 11, 2013 – SPACE – Every summer, something strange and wonderful happens high above the North Pole. Ice crystals begin to cling to the smoky remains of meteors, forming electric-blue clouds with tendrils that ripple hypnotically against the sunset sky. Noctilucent clouds—a.k.a. “NLCs”–are a delight for high-latitude sky watchers, and around the Arctic Circle their season of visibility is always eagerly anticipated. News flash: This year, NLCs are getting an early start. NASA’s AIM spacecraft, which is orbiting Earth on a mission to study noctilucent clouds, started seeing them on May 13th. “The 2013 season is remarkable because it started in the northern hemisphere a week earlier than any other season that AIM has observed,” reports Cora Randall of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. “This is quite possibly earlier than ever before. The early start is extra-puzzling because of the solar cycle. Researchers have long known that NLCs tend to peak during solar minimum and bottom-out during solar maximum—a fairly strong anti-correlation. “If anything, we would have expected a later start this year because the solar cycle is near its maximum,” Randall says. “So much for expectations.” For sky watchers, this means it’s time to pay attention to the sunset sky, where NLCs are most often seen. An early start could herald brighter clouds and wider visibility than ever before. February Fireballs Noctilucent clouds were first noticed in the mid-19th century after the eruption of super-volcano Krakatoa. Volcanic ash spread through the atmosphere, painting vivid sunsets that mesmerized observers all around the world. That was when the NLCs appeared. At first people thought they must be some side-effect of the volcano, but long after Krakatoa’s ash settled the noctilucent clouds remained. “They’ve been with us ever since,” says Randall. “Not only that, they are spreading.” When AIM was launched in 2007, the underlying cause of NLCs was still unknown. Researchers knew they formed 83 km above Earth’s surface where the atmosphere meets the vacuum of space–but that’s about all. AIM quickly filled in the gaps. “It turns out that meteoroids play an important role in the formation of NLCs,” explains Hampton University Professor James Russell, the principal investigator of AIM. “Specks of debris from disintegrating meteors act as nucleating points where water molecules can gather and crystallize.” One of the greenhouse gases that has become more abundant in Earth’s atmosphere since the 19th century is methane. “When methane makes its way into the upper atmosphere, it is oxidized by a complex series of reactions to form water vapor,” says Russell. “This extra water vapor is then available to grow ice crystals for NLCs. The early start of the 2013 season appears to be caused by a change in atmospheric “teleconnections. Half-a-world away from where the northern NLCs are forming, strong winds in the southern stratosphere are altering global circulation patterns,” explains Randall. “This year more water vapor is being pushed into the high atmosphere where NLCs love to form, and the air there is getting colder. All of this has come as an interesting surprise for us,” notes Russell. “When we launched AIM, our interest was in the clouds themselves. But now NLCs are teaching us about connections between different layers of the atmosphere that operate over great distances. Our ability to study these connections will surely lead to new understanding about how our atmosphere works.” –NASA
State Department accused of covering up sex and prostitution investigation
WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department’s ability to investigate wrongdoing by its staff is under question after a report that the agency tried to cover up several crimes committed has surfaced.
Some of the allegations are against then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail who allegedly hired prostitutes, a U.S. ambassador accused of trolling public parks for paid sex and a security official in Beirut committing sexual assaults on foreign nationals.
An internal memo from the State Department’s inspector general listed eight examples of wrongdoing by agency staff or contractors.CONTINUE
EVANGELISTA ANITA FUENTES
- Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate in Germany (aworldchaos.wordpress.com)
- At least 21 killed in Central Europe, tens of thousands across Germany and Hungary left homeless by floods (jafrianews.com)
- Dam breaks on flood-swollen River Elbe in eastern Germany; thousands forced to leave homes around city of Magdeburg – @BBCNews (bbc.co.uk)