Sunday, July 5, 2015

Chinese stock market crash far worse than Grexit


Australians should be far more worried about a Chinese stock market crash than Greece exiting the eurozone, but it is impossible to predict the fall out from both, or whether both will occur, economists warn.

A group of 25 top forecasters – leaders in academia, consultancy, market and industry economics – have told BusinessDay that a crash on China's share market would have a greater impact on Australia's economy.

They say Australia's trade linkages with China are far more advanced than with Greece, and if a Chinese share crash affected the country's growth it would hit China's demand for steel and hence for Australian iron ore and coal.

That would be a "major negative" for Australia's iron ore mining company profits and "disastrous" for the smaller miners with higher costs "with a corresponding impact on mining revenues and the balance of payments," Richard Robinson, BIS Shrapnel, says.

The warning comes after Greece this week defaulted on its loans from the International Monetary Fund, missing a €1.5bn repayment on Tuesday after a previous eurozone bailout expired and deprived the country of access to billions of euros of funds.

Bill Mitchell from the University of Newcastle says Australia is far less dependent on trade with the eurozone than with China, and our financial markets are hardly about to fail following Greece's default.
"Neither will be particularly damaging for Australia, although an exit from the eurozone by Greece is more likely, given that the Chinese government, which is totally sovereign in its own currency has shown a propensity to use that capacity to ensure that growth is well managed and financial stability is retained," Mr Mitchell said.
"Most of the Greek debt is now held by European Union governments or other institutions (ECB) as a result of the 2012 default and restructure."


Saturday, July 4, 2015

EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 276 Issue Time: 2015 Jul 05 0018 UTC

EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Extension to Serial Number: 275 Valid From: 2015 Jul 04 2050 UTC Now Valid Until: 2015 Jul 05 0700 UTC Warning Condition: Persistence NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Philippines

Time

  1. 2015-07-03 06:43:22 (UTC)
  2. 2015-07-03 02:43:22 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone
  3. Times in other timezones

Nearby Cities

  1. 22km (14mi) NW of Santa Monica, Philippines
  2. 62km (39mi) NE of Surigao, Philippines
  3. 65km (40mi) NNE of Placer, Philippines
  4. 97km (60mi) S of Guiuan, Philippines
  5. 725km (450mi) SE of Manila, Philippines

China Stuck by 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake and Aftershocks

  1. 4.8107km SE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 03:11:12 UTC10.0 km
  2. 4.677km ESE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 02:37:26 UTC10.0 km
  3. 4.783km SE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 01:44:45 UTC10.0 km
  4. 4.474km SE of Yilkiqi, China2015-07-03 01:31:24 UTC10.0 km
  5. 6.495km SE of Yilkiqi, China

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pakistan heatwave: Over 1,330 dead

Pakistan heatwave: Over 1,330 dead in Sindh province, 100,000 affected in Karachi alone

Islamabad: A week-long spell of heatwave in Karachi has come to an end, with the provincial authorities putting the figure of those affected by heatstroke at 100,000 in the Pakistani port city only and the toll at over 1,330 in Sindh province.

At least 26 more died in the city and two other districts on Monday, taking the toll to 1,332 -- 1,234 in Karachi and 98 in other districts of Sindh -- since 20 June, when the punishing heatwave gripped the province, Dawn reported.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said more than 100,000 people were affected by the heatwave in Karachi alone, even as the total number of heatwave victims living in other parts of Sindh was being compiled.
A senior health department official said that hospitals in Karachi were still receiving heatstroke patients despite a change in the weather after last week's heatwave.
“The hospitals were still receiving heatstroke patients in the afternoon,” said the official.


Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 years

Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 years

Jupiter and Venus will merge into a dazzling “super-star” in the Western horizon by the end of June, NASA says. The conjunction of the two planets has been building during the month of June and will culminate in a spectacular display on June 30. “Every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter will visibly shrink,” says NASA. A conjunction is when two or more objects appear very close together on the sky.
Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 yearsOn the evening of June 30, Venus and Jupiter will appear in the sky just a third of a degree apart. “That’s less than the diameter of a full Moon. You’ll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger,” NASA enthuses.Sky & Telescope suggests that a similar rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have been what’s been called the “Star of Bethlehem” in 3-2 BC. There has not been a brighter, closer planetary conjunction in the 2,000 years since. FULL REPORT

EUROPE: KILLER HEATWAVE: Millions swelter in HOTTEST July 1 EVER


KILLER HEATWAVE: Millions swelter in HOTTEST July 1 EVER as 97F scorcher claims first life

BRITONS up and down the country are set to bake in record-breaking scorcher today as a heatwave - the hottest since records began - hits.

The above heat map shows the soaring temperatures over the next few days


Britons have been warned to stay out of the sun and keep hydrated.

Temperatures have already hit 34.4C at Northolt in West London and is expected to hit 36V.

Experts have warned young children, the elderly and those with serious illnesses are at particular risk amid fears the hot weather could lead to people to be rushed to hospital.

The heatwave has already claimed it's first life this morning as a father died while rushing to save his little girl as she was swimming in a river.

Wimbledon is also braced for the hot weather and has forced officials to reduce capacity to allow fans to cope with the temperatures and paramedics to get to emergencies where necessary.

Emergency services were on standby this morning to treat those suffering from dehydration.

As Britain bakes we will bring you the latest live updates, news on how long the heatwave is expected to last and how to stay safe in the hot weather.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

M3.3 - MICHIGAN Earthquake Magnitude 3.3

M3.3 - MICHIGAN Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time 30 Jun 2015 15:42:5430 Jun 2015 11:42:55 near epicenter30 Jun 2015 10:42:54 standard time in your timezone

Location 42.152N 85.046W Depth 5 km Distances 12 km (7 mi) NE of Union City, Michigan21 km (13 mi) SSE of Battle Creek, Michigan23 km (14 mi) N of Coldwater, Michigan44 km (27 mi) E of Portage, Michigan Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 3.3 km; Vertical 2.0 km Parameters Nph = 41; Dmin = 56.1 km; Rmss = 0.39 seconds; Gp = 33°
Version = Event ID us 10002mly

Monday, June 29, 2015

‘Homage to Satan’ to Be Unveiled

Proposed ‘Homage to Satan’ Near Ten Commandments Monument to Be Unveiled


Satanic TempleDETROIT, Mich. — A New York-based Satanist group has announced the unveiling of its sculpted ‘homage to Satan,’ which it seeks to place next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol building.
As previously reported, the Satanic Temple issued a news release about its intentions in 2013 following the filing of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which asserted that the presence of the Ten Commandments display on government property violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.
The Satanic Temple said that it offered to to donate a statue of Baphomet to be placed near the Ten Commandments display in order to “appease the ACLU’s concerns.”
“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” spokesperson Lucien Greaves explained in his application to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”
The organization proceeded to launch an indiegogo fundraising campaign, which raised over $28,000 for the creation of the monument.
“A Satanic monument erected in contrast to a Ten Commandments monument will send a clear and distinct message to the world that pluralism is alive and well in the United States,” it asserted.
Last May, it was announced that the statue was nearing completion, which features the goat-headed figure Baphomet making the sign for the occult as he sits upon a throne with a pentagram overhead. Children fixate their eyes upon him on both sides

SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ RULING: ‘PRIDE GOETH BEFORE A FALL’

Christian Research Network

JUSTICE SCALIA ISSUES SCATHING DISSENT IN SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ RULING: ‘PRIDE GOETH BEFORE A FALL

Christian News Network reports:
As one of the four justices that dissented from today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that all 50 states must legalize same-sex “marriage,” Justice Antonin Scalia issued a sharp rebuke of his colleagues’ arrogance, warning that “pride goeth before a fall.”
“The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic,” he wrote. “It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the court to do so.”
Scalia was speaking of his disapproval of five black-robed justices issuing an edict that he opined was “highly unrepresentative” of the nation and “hardly a cross-section of America.”
“Today’s decree says that my ruler, and the ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he said. “And to allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.”

i Don't Know This White House

White House in rainbow lights

This is not the White House I served for...that my sister served for...that my father served for...that my great uncle died for.


I recognize the shape but I don't know what happened to the interior.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NASA Experts: Southeast US hit by “anomalously high” levels of polonium from Fukushima

NASA Experts: Southeast US hit by “anomalously high” levels of polonium from Fukushima — Never seen before, except during volcanic events — Fallout also detected in Mississippi river — Polonium releases kept secret in past nuclear disasters; Death estimates would skyrocket if included

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, W. Yang and L. Guo, NASA Stennis Space Center and Univ. of Southern Mississippi Dept. of Marine Science, 2012 (emphasis added): Depositional fluxes and residence time of atmospheric radioiodine (131I) from the Fukushima accident

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant explosions… emitted vast quantities of radioactive materials into the environment… radioiodine (131I)… 134Cs and 137Cs are of special concern to people because they could trigger dangerous health effects
However, data on time series depositional fluxes are still lacking, preventing… prediction of the scope of dispersion especially in North America
Following the Fukushima accident, a high level of 131I was first detected on March 23 in a dry deposition sample at [NASA's space center]
After this initial fallout, the 131I depositional flux increased up to ten- to twenty-fold during the following two weeks, varying from 218 mBq/m^2/day to 463 Bq/m^2/day
Concurrent high rainfall and high 131I fluxes were observed at the SSC site… from 97 to 337 mBq/L with an average of 217 mBq/L
In addition to precipitation samples, 131I was also detectable in surface waters from the Pearl River in Mississippi, with an activity of 6.7 mBq/L
Interestingly, the 210Po/210Pb ratios of the fallout samples during the peak 131I fallout period were anomalously high… Before and after the Fukushima accident, the environmental 210Po/210Pb ratio in precipitation samples varied from 0.02 to 0.09 with an average of 0.06 at the SSC in southern Mississippi… However, the 210Po/210Pb ratio during the Fukushima fallout was up to 1.5 on March 23

To date, excess 210Po in the atmosphere was only reported for high temperature activities such as volcanic eruptions or degassing… Therefore, the anomalously high 210Po/210Pb ratios observed in the southern US were mostly derived from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant explosions which could have resulted in the fractionation of environmental 210Po and 210Pb and thus the preferential release of volatile 210Po into the atmosphere. Indeed, the anomalous 210Po/210Pb ratios were accompanied by the peak fallout of 131I… indicating that the Fukushima nuclear plant explosions mainly contributed to the anomaly in the 210Po/210Pb ratio…
it seemed that regions reachable by 131I transport within two weeks from Fukushima would receive much more fallout…
New Scientist, Mar 1983: 25 years since the nuclear accident at Windscale… Attention has centred [on] radioactive iodine… the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) said the iodine-131 may have killed 13… However, the damage to health may have been much more severe… Indeed, it could represent the worst environmental disaster that Western Europe has known this century… re-examination of the data… reveals that one crucial isotope released in the fire has been ignored… there was one isotope released in the accident that is highly mobile [with] a high take-up by the human body… this was only revealed this week by the NRPB after New Scientist’s inquiries… It is polonium… polonium could give… a total dose to the UK of 5 million man-rems… the death figures may have to be revised significantly upwards… The figures suggest that some 1200 excess cases of leukaemia may have been caused in Britain by the Windscale accident. Since leukaemia deaths account for some 15 per cent of cancers attributable to nuclear accidents, the total toll of cancer deaths suggested is 8000… Clearly further investigations into the whole of the Windscale accident must be urgently pursued. The British are in effect now the nuclear laboratory of the world.

Woods Hole’s Ken Buesseler and others have cited polonium-210 levels in seafood tested for Fukushima radionuclides, for example: “Doses from eating fish are very low off US, and in fact 500 times greater from a natural radionuclide, polonium-210, but no one worries about 210Po.”

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Muslim terrorists kill 39 in Tunisia beach attack; another 164 killed in Syria attack

Muslim terrorists kill 39 in Tunisia beach attack; another 164 killed in Syria attack

The month of jihad, celebrated by Hussein Obama at the White House this week, is living up to its deadly reputation. via Tunisia attack on Sousse beach ‘kills 39′ – BBC News.
At least 39 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed and 36 injured in an attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, officials say.
Video footage showed the body of a suspected gunman lying in a street.
Tunisians, Britons, Germans, Belgians, French and at least one Irish citizen are among the dead in the attack claimed by Islamic State (IS).
In March militants killed 22 people, mainly foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in the capital Tunis.
Islamic State said it was behind Friday’s attack. It had urged followers to step up assaults during Ramadan.
Social media accounts close to IS showed pictures of the man they say carried out the killings.
Security officials said a attacker had posed as a swimmer but was carrying a rifle under a parasol. He started shooting on the beach before entering the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba, continuing to shoot as he walked past the pool.
He was then shot dead in an exchange of fire with police, officials said. They said he was a student not previously known to authorities.
Local media reported that a second suspected attacker had been arrested, but this has not been confirmed.
Friday’s attack was the deadliest in Tunisia’s recent history. The country has seen militant Islamists gain strength since the overthrow of long-serving ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in a popular uprising in 2011.
One survivor told the BBC how her fiance, a Welsh tourist, had been shot three times as he used his body as a shield.
“He took a bullet for me,” said Saera Wilson. “I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started.
“It was the bravest thing I’ve ever known. But I just had to leave him under the sunbed because the shooting just kept on coming.

WARNING: Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse expected

Space Weather Message Code: WARSUD Serial Number: 162 Issue Time: 2015 Jun 27 0344 UTC

WARNING: Geomagnetic Sudden Impulse expected Valid From: 2015 Jun 27 0345 UTC Valid To: 2015 Jun 27 0445 UTC IP Shock Passage Observed: 2015 Jun 27 0331 UTC 

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

The Great Outcry Against America; It's Sin So Grievous

What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Question: "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?"

Answer:
The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah is recorded in Genesis chapters 18-19. Genesis chapter 18 records the Lord and two angels coming to speak with Abraham. The Lord informed Abraham that "the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous." Verses 22-33 record Abraham pleading with the Lord to have mercy on Sodom and Gomorrah because Abraham's nephew, Lot, and his family lived in Sodom.

Genesis chapter 19 records the two angels, disguised as human men, visiting Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot met the angels in the city square and urged them to stay at his house. The angels agreed. The Bible then informs us, "Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom — both young and old — surrounded the house. They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'" The angels then proceed to blind all the men of Sodom and Gomorrah and urge Lot and his family to flee from the cities to escape the wrath that God was about to deliver. Lot and his family flee the city, and then "the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah — from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities..."

In light of the passage, the most common response to the question "What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?" is that it was homosexuality. That is how the term "sodomy" came to be used to refer to anal sex between two men, whether consensual or forced. Clearly, homosexuality was part of why God destroyed the two cities. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to perform homosexual gang rape on the two angels (who were disguised as men). At the same time, it is not biblical to say that homosexuality was the exclusive reason why God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were definitely not exclusive in terms of the sins in which they indulged.

Ezekiel 16:49-50declares, "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and diddetestablethings before me..." The Hebrew word translated "detestable" refers to something that is morally disgusting and is the exact same word used inLeviticus 18:22that refers to homosexuality as an "abomination." Similarly,Jude 7declares, "...Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up tosexual immoralityandperversion." So, again, while homosexuality was not the only sin in which the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah indulged, it does appear to be the primary reason for the destruction of the cities.

Those who attempt to explain away the biblical condemnations of homosexuality claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was inhospitality. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah were certainly being inhospitable. There is probably nothing more inhospitable than homosexual gang rape. But to say God completely destroyed two cities and all their inhabitants for being inhospitable clearly misses the point. While Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of many other horrendous sins, homosexuality was the reason God poured fiery sulfur on the cities, completely destroying them and all of their inhabitants. To this day, the area where Sodom and Gomorrah were located remains a desolate wasteland. Sodom and Gomorrah serve as a powerful example of how God feels about sin in general, and homosexuality specifically.

Recommended Resources:What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung and 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality by Mike HaleyandLogos Bible Software.


Related Topics:

Why did Abraham bargain with God in regard to Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18)?

Why was Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt?

Why did Lot offer up his daughters to be gang raped? Why did God allow Lot's daughters to later have sex with their father?

What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Is homosexuality a sin?

What does the Bible say about bisexuality (bi-sexuality)? Is being a bisexual (bi-sexual) a sin?


The Shaping of National Disaster

Jeremiah 17

...Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”

Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
    and makes flesh his strength,[a]
    whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
    and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
    in an uninhabited salt land.

Jeremiah 18

If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’
12 “But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’


Matthew 24

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away[a]and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.


21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but theybecame futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.


2 Timothy 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Timothy

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.