Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sweden becomes first European state to recognize Palestine

HAARETZ


Foreign minister describes move as 'important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination.


The Swedish government officially recognized Palestine as a state Thursday morning, during its morning session. In doing so, it became the first European state to recognize a Palestinian state.
"Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine," Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, AFP reported.
"It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she added.
"Through our recognition we want, first of all, to give our support to moderate forces among the Palestinians," Wallstrom wrote, according to DPA.
Sweden considered that criteria in international law for recognizing a Palestinian state "are met," she said. Although the borders are not defined, there is a government that can "show inner and outer control."

Extremely high radiation levels” to be pouring out at Fukushima

ENENEWS

TV: Officials say “extremely high radiation levels” to be pouring out at Fukushima… “Problem can’t be fundamentally solved” — Gundersen: Plutonium leaking into groundwater, “essentially pieces of nuclear fuel”… “Parts of plant overflowing” after typhoons… “Not a problem that’s going away”

Oct. 27, 2014 (emphasis added): TEPCO says the levels of radioactive cesium in [Fukushima Daiichi's] groundwater… fluctuated greatly last week… TEPCO says these [groundwater] wells are connected underground with other wells that are highly contaminated [and] believes cesium poured into them with this month’s heavy rains andthen flowed out with the underground water. [TEPCOsays this problem cannot be fundamentally solved because the area around the wells thought to be the source of the contamination has extremely high radiation levels and cannot be decontaminated.. The 2 wells are among those from which taintedgroundwater is pumped and discharged into the sea after being decontaminated. But TEPCO has suspended the operation and is considering whether to resume the work.
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen interviewed by Alex Smith, Oct. 27, 2014 (4:00 in): These typhoons come along and dump 10″ of rain… in a very short time. In addition to the 300 tons [a day] that’s normally leaking, now there’s a lot moreAll of the trenches that connect different parts of the plant are now overflowing and leaking into the ground… The plant is continuing to bleed directly into the Pacific, day in and day out. Whenever you get an excessive rainfall, essentially it pops an artery and flows even more 100s of tons into the Pacific. It’s not a problem that’s going to go away… Fukushima is so radioactive; no one has gotten near [the reactor cores] yet. We don’t even know where the nuclear reactor core is — let alone try and stop it leaking into the groundwater. It’s a real mess…. It’s not just cesium, cesium is bad enough… but because the nuclear cores melted down, what we’ve got now is strontium, which is a really bad chemical — it’s a bone seeker that causes all sorts of cancers — but also plutonium. The nuclear reactor has breached and we’re getting plutonium in the groundwater… essentially pieces of the nuclear fuel… the reactor has been breached and the reactor containment has been breached. Most of that breach is in the form of liquid radiation leaking out…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

300 Exorcists Gather at Vatican for Convention

NEWSMAX

About 300 exorcists are gathered at the Vatican, officially recognized by the Catholic Church and blessed by Pope Francis to "manifest the church's love and acceptance of those who suffer because of the devil's works."

Breitbart News reports that by hosting a convention of the International Association of Exorcists, the church continues its acceptance and approval of the works of exorcism performed by members of the group, which received official Catholic Church recognition on June 13. 

Far from being relegated to history, exorcists see their calling today as more necessary than ever, given the bustling of society, the omnipresence of temptation in the media, and the increased practice of Satanism, which, they believe, can lead the faithful into demonic possession.

Dr. Valter Cascioli, spokesman for the group and a psychiatrist, told Vatican Radio that interest in the occult and Satanic groups "is constantly increasing, and that worries us," citing "an extraordinary increase in demonic activity," the Catholic Sun reports. 

Because of "rushing, superficiality, exaggerated individualism and secularization," he said, "the battle against evil and the devil increasingly is becoming an emergency."

Weakened faith, Cascioli said, means that "the enemy of God" is aided. 

"The practice of the occult, Satanism, and abnormal things is opening the gateway to an extraordinary amount of demonic activity," the Express of London reported he said. 

Exorcists from over 30 countries attended the convention, the first held at the Vatican since the group was founded in 1990.

The Rev. Gabrielle Amorth, who served as the Vatican's chief exorcist, blamed everything from fantasy novels to yoga for opening the door to the devil, and said yoga is "satanic." 

"It leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter," the Express reported.

The Rev. Francesco Bamonte, president of the organization, said the recognition of the

The Rev. Gabrielle Amorth, who served as the Vatican's chief exorcist, blamed everything from fantasy novels to yoga for opening the door to the devil, and said yoga is "satanic." 

"It leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter," the Express reported.

The Rev. Francesco Bamonte, president of the organization, said the recognition of the group by the church was a "cause for joy not only for the association, but for the whole church," and said that "God calls some priests to this important ministry of exorcism and deliverance" to be able to "accompany the persons with humility, faith and charity," Breitbart News reported.

In a letter to Bamonte, Pope Francis said "mercy and love" were needed to battle Satan. 

"The church welcomes those suffering from the devil's works," the Pope commented.
People are losing their belief in the existence of evil and Satan, Cascioli commented, adding, "His trickery is to make us believe that he does not exist. But the point is the same: to deaden people's faith," the International Business Times reported. 

Pope Proposes Hybrid Theory of Creation & Evolution


Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God



(Reuters) - Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday.

Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences, an independent body housed in the Vatican and financed largely by the Holy See, Francis said scientific explanations for the world did not exclude the role of God in creation.

"The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love," he said.

"The 'Big Bang', that today is considered to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the creative intervention of God, on the contrary it requires it," he said.

"Evolution in nature is not in contrast with the notion of (divine) creation because evolution requires the creation of the beings that evolve," the pope said.
Editor's note:  Why is the pope denying the biblical account of Creation and promoting Darwin's anti-God religion?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Elon Musk says ‘we are summoning the demon’ with artificial intelligence

Fox News

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, said Friday that artificial intelligence is probably the biggest threat to humans.

Musk, who addressed MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department's Centennial Symposium for about an hour, mulled international oversight to "make sure we don't do something very foolish," The Washington Post reported.

"With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon," he said. "In all those stories where there's the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it's like yeah he's sure he can control the demon. Didn't work out."

Artificial intelligence uses computers for tasks normally requiring human intelligence, like speech recognition or language translation.

Large tech companies appear to be excited about the prospects of the technologies if harnessed correctly. Google, like other tech giants such as Facebook, are anxious to develop systems that work like the human brain.

In January, Google said it purchased the British startup DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company founded by a 37-year old former chess prodigy and computer game designer.

The American tech giant's London office confirmed a deal had been made but refused to offer a purchase price, which is reportedly $500 million. The company was founded by researcher Demis Hassabis together with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.

Hassabis, who is on leave from University College London, has investigated the mechanisms that underlie human memory.

The Post reported that Musk appeared to be so taken with the artificial intelligence question that he asked the next audience member to repeat their question.

"Sorry can you repeat the question, I was just thinking about the AI thing for a second," he said.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Solar Assault Continues

Editor's note:

High risk of significant earthquake, volcanic and severe weather events the next 10-14 days.

:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt :Issued: 2014 Oct 28 0000 UTC #

Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center

# # Geophysical Alert Message # Solar-terrestrial indices for 27 October follow. Solar flux 188 and estimated planetary A-index 14. The estimated planetary K-index at 0000 UTC on 28 October was 4.

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong. Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level occurred. Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be strong.

Geomagnetic storms reaching the G1 level are expected. Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level are likely.

Alert: X-ray Flux exceeds M5 Threshold

Space Weather Message Code: ALTXMF Serial Number: 237 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 27 1425 UTC

ALERT: X-Ray Flux exceeded M5 Threshold Reached: 2014 Oct 27 1423

UTC NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Extent of blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication dependent upon current X-ray Flux intensity.

For real-time information on affected area and expected duration please see http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/drap.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Human Sacrifice at the Molecular Level

Editors note: Embryos (viable humans) sacrificed for future birth selection ?

What is preimplantation genetic diagnosis?

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a screening test used to determine if genetic or chromosomal disorders are present in embryos produced through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

(So otherwise "fertile" couples screen for birth defects by sacrificing an embryo...a human)

Preimplantation genetiagnosis screens embryos before they are transferred to the uterus so couples can make informed decisions about their next steps in the IVF process. Embryos unaffected by the genetic or chromosomal disorder can be selected for transfer to the uterus.

For couples undergoing IVF, preimplantation genetic diagnosis may be recommended when:

One or both partners has a history of heritable genetic disorders

One or both partners is a carrier of a chromosomal abnormality

The mother is of advanced maternal age
The mother has a history of recurrent miscarriages

Thousands of clinical preimplantation genetic diagnosis cycles have been performed worldwide, resulting in the birth of hundreds of healthy babies.

Solar assault upon the Earth

Editor's note: Brace for multidimensional natural disasters next 10 - 14 days...

Space Weather Message Code: SUMXM5 Serial Number: 123 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 27 0050 UTC SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded M5 Begin Time: 2014 Oct 27 0006 UTC Maximum Time: 2014 Oct 27 0034 UTC End Time: 2014 Oct 27 0044 UTC X-ray Class: M7.1 Optical Class: 3b Location: S14W44 NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered primarily on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Radio - Limited blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for tens of minutes

Space Weather Message Code: ALTXMF Serial Number: 235 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 27 0022 UTC ALERT: X-Ray Flux exceeded M5 Threshold Reached: 2014 Oct 27 0020 UTC NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Extent of blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication dependent upon current X-ray intensity.

:Product: Geophysical Alert Message wwv.txt :Issued: 2014 Oct 27 0000 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center

# # Geophysical Alert Message # Solar-terrestrial indices for 26 October follow. Solar flux 217 and estimated planetary A-index 12.

The estimated planetary K-index at 0000 UTC on 27 October was 1. Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong.

Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level occurred. Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be strong. Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level are likely.

Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast SDF Number 299 Issued at 2200Z on 26 Oct 2014 IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 25/2100Z to 26/2100Z: Solar activity has been at high levels for the past 24 hours. The largest solar event of the period was a X2 event observed at 26/1056Z from Region 2192 (S12W46). There are currently 6 numbered sunspot regions on the disk. IB. Solar Activity Forecast:

Solar activity is likely to be high on days one, two, and three (27 Oct, 28 Oct, 29 Oct). IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 25/2100Z to 26/2100Z: The geomagnetic field has been at quiet to unsettled levels for the past 24 hours. Solar wind speed, as measured by the ACE spacecraft, reached a peak speed of 422 km/s at 26/0537Z. Total IMF reached 7 nT at 26/1801Z. The maximum southward component of Bz reached -6 nT at 26/0822Z. Electrons greater than 2 MeV at geosynchronous orbit reached a peak level of 3489 pfu. IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet to active levels on day one (27 Oct) and quiet to unsettled levels on days two and three (28 Oct, 29 Oct). Protons have a chance of crossing threshold on day one (27 Oct) and have a chance of crossing threshold on days two and three (28 Oct, 29 Oct). III. Event probabilities 27 Oct-29 Oct Class M 85/85/85 Class X 55/55/55 Proton 40/45/45 PCAF green IV. Penticton 10.7 cm Flux Observed 26 Oct 217 Predicted 27 Oct-29 Oct 220/220/210 90 Day Mean 26 Oct 141 V.

Geomagnetic A Indices Observed Afr/Ap 25 Oct 009/009 Estimated Afr/Ap 26 Oct 011/012 Predicted Afr/Ap 27 Oct-29 Oct 011/012-008/010-008/010 VI.

Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 27 Oct-29 Oct A. Middle Latitudes Active 30/20/15 Minor Storm 10/05/05 Major-severe storm 01/01/01 B. High Latitudes Active 15/20/15 Minor Storm 30/30/25 Major-severe storm 40/25/25

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Solar X-ray Alert

Space Weather Message Code: SUMX01 Serial Number: 107 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 25 1825 UTC

SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded X1 Begin Time: 2014 Oct 25 1655 UTC Maximum Time: 2014 Oct 25 1708 UTC End Time: 2014 Oct 25 1811

UTC X-ray Class: X1.0 Optical Class: 3b Location: S12W30 NOAA Scale: R3 - Strong NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Radio - Wide area blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for about an hour.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Alert Solar Xray Flux M 5

Space Weather Message Code: ALTXMF Serial Number: 232 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 24 2114 UTC

ALERT: X-Ray Flux exceeded M5 Threshold Reached: 2014 Oct 24 2113 UTC NOAA Scale: R2

Moderate NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact centered on sub-solar point on the sunlit side of Earth. Extent of blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication dependent upon current X-ray Flux intensity.

For real-time information on affected area and expected duration please see http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/drap.

The Mafia, communist spies, the Pope and a kidnapped Vatican girl

The Orlandi Code

The Mafia, communist spies, the Pope and the twisted mystery of a kidnapped Vatican girl
by Sandro Contenta - Feature Writer
Maria’s 15-year-old daughter, Emanuela, disappeared in 1983, the victim of one of Italy’s most enduring mysteries. For a country steeped in corruption, conspiracy and scandal, the saga of this young Vatican citizen with a love of music has an absorbing hold.
Her missing person’s poster — a beaming girl with an AS Roma soccer team headband — resonates like a cultural icon, the symbol of justice denied, of intrigues passionately debated and never fully revealed.
The latest judicial investigation, headed by Rome’s high-profile public prosecutor, Giancarlo Capaldo, will report by year’s end. For Maria Orlandi, any certainty it provides will bring relief.
Three decades with no sign of life from a beloved daughter is heartache enough. But when the disappearance is linked to Cold War power struggles, the attempted murder of a pope, Vatican connections to Mob money-laundering, a mobster’s tomb in a prestigious Catholic church and claims of satanic orgies by prelates, a mother’s sorrow is lost in nationwide melodrama.
“After 31 years, after so much has been said, in the end you believe no one,” says Maria, who is in her 80s.
The Vatican is at the heart of this sordid and twisted tale. Italian authorities
have long accused the city state of not fully co-operating with investigations.
 A petition to Francis’s predecessor of more than 100,000 signatures — spearheaded 
by Pietro Orlandi and requesting a Vatican inquiry — received no response. 
Pope Francis, the Orlandi family hoped, would end the silence. 

...The 31st anniversary of Emanuela’s disappearance fell on a Sunday in June. 
He formally requested the Pope mention his sister during his weekly Angelus prayer 
to the thousands who normally gather at St. Peter’s Square.
Pietro showed up with 200 supporters, but the Pope didn’t mention Emanuela. 
Shouts of “Shame!” from Pietro’s group echoed through the square.
“She’s the only Vatican citizen to ever be kidnapped,” says Pietro, a longtime 
Vatican employee until his recent retirement. “Indifference would be bad enough 
but there’s a desire to have Emanuela forgotten at all costs.
“Why is there this shadow of omerta over the Vatican?”
...In a 2008 book, Nicotri quoted the niece of a Vatican diplomat, the late Cardinal Silvio Oddi, claiming her uncle told her Emanuela had a relationship with a cardinal he didn’t name. Nicotri also cites an unnamed Vatican source saying Emanuela died the night she disappeared after a “friendly meeting” got out of hand.
Rev. Gabriele Amorth, official exorcist for the Diocese of Rome, later put it bluntly in statements to the media: Emanuela was killed during a sexual orgy by a Vatican-based Satanic sect. He provided no evidence.

Oklahoma City Ten Commandments monument crumbles when vehicle plows into statue

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state Capitol was destroyed Thursday evening when a car plowed into the statue.
An investigation is underway by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into the "malicious destruction of state property," according to OHP spokesman Capt. George Brown.
Troopers responded around 7 p.m. to an abandoned vehicle that was driven into the statue.  Investigators are examining the vehicle for evidence.
"We'll process the scene and suspect vehicle to further the investigation in hopes of locating the responsible party," said Brown.
See also:

Hindu Organization Seeks to Place Statue of ‘Monkey King’ Near Ten Commandments Monument






Flare Alert: Monster Sunspot Turns Toward Earth

Just as the US prepares to watch the partial solar eclipse today, nearly 100 million miles away on the sun a possible solar storm is brewing.
Amateur astronomers have been wowed by a vast sunspot that has rotated to face Earth, the largest since this solar cycle began in 2008, and solar observatories (on the ground and orbiting Earth) are closely monitoring the region.
The sunspot, a dark patch in the sun’s photosphere, represents intense solar magnetism bursting from the sun’s interior known as an active region. This particular active region, designated AR2192, has been rumbling with intense flare activity, recently exploding with 2 X-class flares, causing some short-lived high-frequency (HF) radio black outs around the globe.
Such blackouts are triggered by the intense extreme ultraviolet and X-ray radiation that solar flares can generate, causing ionization effects in the Earth’s upper atmosphere — a region known as the ionosphere. HF radio can be strongly hindered by this activity, triggering blackouts that can effect air traffic and amateur radio operators.
Currently, the sunspot located at the base of AR2192 has swelled to over 80,000 miles across — Jupiter could almost fit inside the sunspot’s mottled diameter.
While making for a spectacular astronomy target, especially as it coincides with today’s partial solar eclipse, space weather forecasters are trying to gauge whether the active region could explode with more powerful solar flares.
Since the start of this week, AR2192 has generated 27 C-class flares, 8 M-class flares and 2 X-class flares. Most recently, on Oct. 22 (Wednesday), an X1.6 flare erupted, creating an extremely bright eruption in the sun’s lower corona (the solar atmosphere) that was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO):

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Solar X ray Event

Space Weather Message Code: SUMX01 Serial Number: 105 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 22 1454 UTC

SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded X1 Begin Time: 2014 Oct 22 1402 UTC Maximum Time: 2014 Oct 22 1428 UTC End Time: 2014 Oct 22 1450 UTC

X-ray Class: X1.6 Optical Class: 2b Location: S14E13 NOAA Scale: R3 - Strong

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Radio - Wide area blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for about an hour.

Monday, October 20, 2014

M6.0 - COLOMBIA-ECUADOR BORDER REGION

M6.0 - COLOMBIA-ECUADOR BORDER REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude6.0

Date-Time20 Oct 2014 19:33:21 UTC20 Oct 2014 14:33:22 near epicenter20 Oct 2014 14:33:21standard time in your timezone

Location0.511N 77.825WDepth10 kmDistances9 km (5 mi) S of San Gabriel, Ecuador37 km (22 mi) ENE of Ibarra, Ecuador40 km (24 mi) SSW of Ipiales, Colombia47 km (29 mi) ENE of Atuntaqui, Ecuador113 km (70 mi) NE of Quito, EcuadorLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 2.0 kmParametersNph = 17; Dmin = 76.2 km; Rmss = 0.72 seconds; Gp = 97°
Version =Event IDus b000sp80

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge Earthquakes

4.8
Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
2014-10-19 19:56:07 UTC-04:0010.0 km

4.9
Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
2014-10-19 16:06:13 UTC-04:0010.0 km

4.9
Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge
2014-10-19 15:51:10 UTC-04:00

Geophysical Alert Message


Issued: 2014 Oct 19 1200 UTC # Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center

# # Geophysical Alert Message # Solar-terrestrial indices for 18 October follow.

Solar flux 160 and estimated planetary A-index 15. The estimated planetary K-index at 1200 UTC on 19 October was 3.

Space weather for the past 24 hours has been strong. Radio blackouts reaching the R3 level occurred.

Space weather for the next 24 hours is predicted to be minor. Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level are likely.

Editor's note:

Increased risk of significant earthquakes, volcanic activity and severe weather the next 7-10 days.

Solar X-ray Event exceeded X1

Space Weather Message Code: SUMX01 Serial Number: 104 Issue Time: 2014 Oct 19 0555 UTC 

SUMMARY: X-ray Event exceeded X1 Begin Time: 2014 Oct 19 0417 UTC Maximum Time: 2014 Oct 19 0503 UTC End Time: 2014 Oct 19 0548 UTC 

X-ray Class: X1.1 Location: S15E55 NOAA Scale: R3 - Strong 

 NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Radio - Wide area blackout of HF (high frequency) radio communication for about an hour.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola Superspreaders? Study points to threat

Insights into the Early Epidemic Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone Provided by Viral Sequence Data

"...Thus our results show that public health interventions during May and June were likely ineffective at reducing transmission in Sierra Leone. Furthermore, analyses suggest that there might be superspreaders among the infected population."

Ebola, Elections & Evasion

Ebola Is Officially the October Surprise of The 2014 Election

Is the CDC & federal government evading the truth of the threat of Ebola in the U.S. for the sake of the midterm elections?

Will numbers of U.S. infected explode after the elections?


Protect yourself and family now.

666: Mark of the Global Market Crash



Editor's note: Not all content in this video is an endorsement by this blog. Discretion and discernment advised.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

MEDIA ADVISORY
Catholic PRWire
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (September 24, 2014) - Imagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child's drawing, and he asked to be baptized. How would you react? Pope Francis, May, 2014 

Pope Francis posed that question to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church. But it's not the first time that question has been asked. 

Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear questions like that all the time. They're scientists at the Vatican Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic Church. 

In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (Image, Oct. 7, 2014) they explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason, and show how science and religion can have different but complementary ways of looking at the same issue. 

This book is about what it's like when science encounters faith on friendly, mutually respectful terms, writes Mueller. 

Although the authors are serious scientists, the book is written for an audience of educated laypeople who are interested in both science and religion, and how each operates in our society. 

We simply want to share with you the joy and hope and fun that we find in doing science and living faith, writes Mueller referring to his goal for the book. We hope that our hope and joy will be contagious! 

Written in the form of a dialogue, the book takes place over the course of six conversations between the two authors. The six conversations are meant to recreate the sorts of conversations the authors have had with each other, with other Jesuits, and with people they've met through their work. 

In answering those questions, the authors dispel the assumption that science and faith must be at odds with one another. 
Science and religion have common historical roots the war between them (if there is one) has not been eternal, notes Consolmagno. And many people who do science are also religious. At least for them as for the two of us religion and science are not at war at all. 

Paul and I are very fortunate, Consolmagno writes. We get to live and work with a group of Jesuit scientists who take both science and faith very seriously. We all work together in the lab, but we also pray together in the chapel. In our daily lives, we don't feel any particular conflict or tension between science and faith. 

Six questions that are addressed in the book: 
How do you reconcile The Big Bang with Genesis? 
What happened recently when astronomers debated the status of Pluto as a planet? 
Was the Star of Bethlehem just a pious religious story or an actual description of astronomical events? 
What really went down between Galileo and the Catholic Church and why do the effects of that confrontation still reverberate to this day? 
Will the Universe come to an end? 
And could you really baptize an extraterrestrial? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Iceland Is Experiencing Its Biggest Continuous Volcanic Eruption in Centuries

The last time an Icelandic volcano made headlines around the world was when the tongue-twister Eyjafjallajökull spewed tons of ash into the air in 2010, halting thousands of flights and costing airlines and passengers more than $7 billion in lost revenue.
Despite the power and global impact of that volcano’s several-week-long eruption, it barely affected Iceland, dropping only a small amount of ash near its peak, Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysics and volcanology researcher at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences told Newsweekduring an interview at his office in Reykjavik at the beginning of October.
But Eyjafjallajökull is paltry compared to the recent eruption of Bardarbunga (or Bárðarbunga in Icelandic), a volcano in a remote area of central Iceland that began venting lava and fumes in earnest on August 31, Sigmundsson said.
By October 1, that eruption had already spewed out more sulfur dioxide than any other Icelandic volcano in the past several hundred years and showed no signs of stopping, said Sigmundsson, whose calm and friendly demeanor, which is common among denizens of this volcano-forged land, contrasted with his message of the volcano’s ominous power.

City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”
ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.” 
“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”
The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.
The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.
However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.
After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.
The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.
“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”
Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.
“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans.
However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.
Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.