Friday, August 04, 2017
EYEING RUSSIA, US MILITARY SHIFTS TOWARD MORE GLOBAL WAR GAMES.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Italy heatwave and drought spark killer wildfires-Agence France-Presse-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
Rome (AFP) - A heatwave that has left Italy sweltering in record temperatures sparked wildfires Thursday which claimed the life of one elderly woman and forced the closure of a major highway.The 79-year-old woman was found dead in a field next to her home in Sant'Omero in the central region of Abruzzo, having apparently been overcome by flames that engulfed two hectares of surrounding farmland.A section of the Via Aurelia coastal motorway that runs northwards from Rome to the Riviera had to be closed for several hours because of a major fire near Grosseto in Tuscany.The region's celebrated landscape is usually baked to a rich golden colour by the end of the summer: this year it resembles burnt toast with August barely underway.With peak temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in much of the country, a total of 26 major towns and cities were on the health ministry's maximum heat alert.Admissions to hospital emergency units have spiked 15 percent in recent days and forecasters see no respite coming before early next week.High humidity in the north and hot winds from Africa in the south are making the perceived temperatures seem even hotter for Italians longing for the beach.The heatwave has come on the back of a prolonged drought that is set to cost Italy's large agricultural sector billions with 11 regions facing critical water shortages.Olive yields in parts of the country are forecast to be 50 percent lower than normal this autumn and the scarcity of water has cut sheep's milk production by 30 percent in others, with knock-on effects for the production of one of Italy's most popular cheeses, pecorino.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Europeans more optimistic about EU since Brexit vote By Eszter Zalan-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, 2. Aug, 17:19-A year ago, just after UK voters had chosen to leave the EU, and with the increasingly popular far-right populist parties in France, the Netherlands and Germany, it seemed that the European project could be fatally wounded.But in 2017, the perception of the EU is changing tangibly for the better, according to the latest European Commission's Eurobarometer survey, which was published on Wednesday (2 August).Optimism for the future of the EU has improved significantly, with 56 percent of respondents saying they are optimistic - a six point increase since autumn 2016, after the UK had voted to leave the EU.The change is especially dramatic in France, where 55 percent of respondents said they are now optimistic about the EU's future, marking a 14 point increase since last autumn.That is a significant increase for a country where far-right, anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen received around 11 million votes in the presidential election earlier this year.But it seems that the election of the youthful French president, Emmanuel Macron - who marched in to make his election night speech to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the EU’s unofficial anthem - has helped galvanise optimism about the EU among French people.Denmark and Portugal have also seen a double-digit increase in optimism about the EU’s future since last autumn.Ireland and Luxembourg are the most optimistic, whereas the UK and Greece are the most pessimistic about the fate of the bloc.Yet, 38 percent of Europeans still feel pessimistic about the EU's future.Trust in the EU has also increased, although the majority is still not convinced. The level of trust reached its highest level since 2010, at 42 percent - up from 36 percent last year.The largest increase was polled in France, rising by 15 points to 41 percent.Trust in the EU has also increased in Germany by 10 percent since last autumn, reaching 47 percent ahead of the German elections in September.Lithuania and Luxembourg have the most faith in the EU, whereas respondents in Greece and the Czech Republic trust the EU the least.The EU's image has also improved, with 40 percent of respondents overall saying that they have a positive view of the bloc. In France, 40 percent were also positive about the the bloc's image - marking an 11 point increase since last autumn.Still, more than half of Europeans feel that their voices are not being heard in the EU. Fifty-two percent of Europeans disagree with the statement that their voices count in the EU.Nevertheless, there has been an increase compared to previous surveys. Forty-two percent think they can make themselves heard, and that is the highest score achieved in this indicator since autumn 2004.Respondents in Denmark and Sweden feel the most that their voices are being heard, while people in Greece and Cyprus mostly have the impression that their voices don’t count in the EU.-Popular euro-Support for the euro is greater than it has been since 2004, with 78 percent of respondents in the euro area saying they support the single currency.Europeans are split on how they view the economic situation in their home countries, with 46 percent considering it good and 51 percent saying it is in bad shape.Here, perceptions in France are among the lowest across the member states, with 72 percent saying the economic situation in the country is bad.Terrorism and immigration is perceived as the most important issues facing the EU.Fear of terrorism increased significantly, with 12-point increase in people saying that it is the top challenge for the EU. Immigration slid down to second place, as 38 percent said it is the top challenge for the EU, 7 percent fewer than last fall.A large number of Europeans agree with some of the EU’s priorities. People feel most strongly about the free movement of EU citizens - 81 percent said they support the policy.Some 75 percent would support a common defence and security policy, and 71 percent support a common energy policy. A common migration policy also enjoys the backing of 69 percent of Europeans.Further enlargement, however, is only popular among 40 percent of respondents.-Positive Turkish view-Eurobarometer has also polled citizens outside the EU on their perceptions of the bloc.According to the results, respondents in most of the surveyed countries have a positive view of the EU: 94 percent in Brazil, 84 percent in China, 83 percent in India, 76 percent in Japan, 79 percent in Canada, 75 percent in the US, and 67 percent in Australia.Even in Turkey - where president Recep Tayyip Erdogan often uses the EU to rail against foreign intervention and double standards - 54 percent of respondents have a positive view of the EU.Meanwhile, people in Russia, Norway and Switzerland have mixed feelings about the EU, with fewer than 50 percent having a favourable view.
EU bets on US 'consultations' to save Russia pipeline By Andrew Rettman-AUG 3,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:57-EU firms are betting that a non-binding “consultation” process on new US sanctions will stop their investment in a Russian gas pipeline from turning into a fiasco.Nord Stream 2, a Swiss-based Russian firm that is building the project, said on Thursday (3 August) that “potential sanctions” by the US on EU firms involved in the scheme will “only be implemented in close coordination with European allies”.“This ensures that European interests can be taken into account, protecting energy security of European citizens and the freedom of European companies to engage in legitimate economic activities,” it said.Anglo-Dutch firm Shell, Austrian firm OMV, France’s Engie, and German companies Uniper and Wintershal have each pledged €950 million toward the pipeline.Nord Stream 2 said they would “continue” and “proceed” with the construction.It added that US president Donald Trump might never go ahead with the penalties despite having signed a new Russia sanctions bill this week.“We are analysing the implications of the president’s signing statements, which set the frame for implementation of any potential sanctions,” the Russian firm said.Congress forced through the sanctions, which threaten fines against investors in Russian energy projects and which restrict Russian arms sales and bank credit, last week.Trump signed it on Wednesday, but the Russia-friendly US leader said it was “flawed” and that it violated his “exclusive constitutional authority” on foreign policy.The European Commission, which had threatened to retaliate within “days” if the bill went through, also placed its best on the consultation mechanism.A Commission spokeswoman, Mina Andreeva, said in Brussels on Thursday that EU lobbying had led Congress to relax its original provisions.She said it was a “good sign” that the levels of Russian investment in any given energy project that would qualify for US fines had been raised, which meant that they would impact “fewer” schemes of EU interest.That still left Nord Stream 2 in the crosshairs.But she added that there was “a clear [US] commitment to consult allies on a case by case basis whenever sanctions are to be imposed” on any “project with European participation that might have an impact on energy diversification”.She said the EU would consider retaliatory action only if its concerns were ignored.Nord Stream 2 would concentrate seven out of every 10 drops of Russian gas sold to the EU on the German route.Its critics, which include Poland and the Baltic and Nordic states, say it would make them more vulnerable to energy blackmail.The US state department also believes it would reduce Russia’s cost for invading Ukraine and would boost Moscow’s influence in Berlin.The five big EU firms behind the project are among more than 200 international contractors building the €9.9 billion pipeline, most of which are European.The Commission had earlier criticised Nord Stream 2 for increasing energy dependence on Russia, but its president, Jean-Claude Juncker has taken Austria and Germany’s side in the outcry on the US measures.The Commission is also angling to negotiate the legal model that is to apply to the pipeline with Russia, to help to see its anti-monopoly laws applied to the offshore and onshore parts.A US source told EUobserver that even if the US sanctions were never implemented, they would increase the “risk” and subsequently the cost of Nord Stream 2 construction.The five EU firms already showed their skittish side by ditching their shares in the Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 consortium when a Polish anti-trsut regulator raised concerns last year.
WWII: Poland to open new front in EU clash By Andrew Rettman-AUG 3,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:27-The Polish government is preparing to claim World War II reparations from Germany, opening a new front in its clash with the EU establishment.Arkadiusz Mularczyk, an MP from Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, announced the move on Wednesday (2 August) amid commemorations of the Warsaw uprising in 1944.He told the Polish news agency, Pap, that parliament would conclude a legal analysis of the claim by 11 August, describing the initiative as a “moral duty”.Ryszard Czarnecki, a Law and Justice MEP, said: “If Jews have gotten compensation - and rightly so - for loss of property, why shouldn't we also make claims?”.The former Communist regime in Poland waived WWII claims from Germany in 1953, but Antoni Macierewicz, the Polish defence minister, said on Tuesday that this commitment was invalid because it was made by a “Soviet puppet state.”He said Nazi Germany’s killing of more than 200,000 Polish civilians in the Warsaw uprising was “genocidal” and that “the only thing the Germans can do in this case is try to … repay their terrible debt to the Polish nation”.The Law and Justice party chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, also spoke out.He told Radio Maryja, a right wing broadcaster, this week that the “Polish government is preparing itself for a historical counteroffensive”."We are talking here about huge sums and also about the fact that Germany for many years refused to take responsibility for World War II,” he said.It is not the first time that Kaczynski has looked to WWII history in EU politics.He said in his time as Polish prime minister in 2007 that Poland should have more votes in the EU Council to take account of the 3 million Poles and 3 million Polish jews that Nazi Germany exterminated.That failed to alter the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and caused a stink.The new WWII claim comes in the context of a wider Law and Justice clash with the EU establishment.-Irritants multiply-The European Commission has threatened to impose EU Council voting sanctions and fines on Poland over its judicial reforms and its refusal to respect Council votes.The Commission triggered its so called Rule of Law procedure against Warsaw after Law and Justice tried to seize control of Poland’s constitutional tribunal and supreme court.Poland’s refusal to obey an EU court order to stop logging in the primeval Bialowierza forest could also form grounds for sanctions, the Commission said in Brussels on Wednesday.The EU fines could come after Poland refused to take in asylum seekers from Greece or Italy despite being outvoted on binding quotas.Kaczynski’s vendetta against European Council chief and former Polish leader, Donald Tusk, has added to the toxic atmosphere.Tusk will, once again, answer questions in Warsaw on Thursday in a probe into his alleged collusion with Russia in the 2010 Smolensk air disaster in which Kaczynski’s twin brother and the then Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, lost his life.-Germany unmoved-The German government reacted to news of the Law and Justice initiative on Wednesday by saying that the subject of WWII claims was closed.Germany "has made significant reparations for general war damage, including to Poland, and is still paying significant compensation for Nazi wrongdoing,” Ulrike Demmer, a government spokeswoman said.The ruling Syriza party in Greece also claimed billions in WWII debt from Germany in its EU bailout negotiations, but to little avail.The Italian supreme court said 10 years ago Germany should compensate relatives of the victims of a Nazi massacre in 1944, but Germany did not pay.Erika Steinbach, a politician from German chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, in 2007 called for Poland to compensate Germans whom it expelled from Polish territory after the war, but Merkel forced the project off the rails.
Trump leaked phone call: 'Don't worry about Canada,' says he's happy with trade-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
WASHINGTON — A leaked transcript of a Donald Trump phone call shows the president's private comments about trade with Canada, and suggests he had an overwhelmingly positive attitude about the northern neighbour as he took office.The purported remarks made in a private phone call from late January are every bit as flattering as the president's public comments just days later when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House.They came in a call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and were part of a leaked transcript published Thursday by the Washington Post. The context for the exchange was Trump's bitter and escalating feud with Mexico at the time.U.S.-Mexico relations had just reached their nadir over the proposed border wall, and who would pay for it. Pena Nieto cancelled a trip to Washington.In the call, Trump told the Mexican president that he got huge crowds during the campaign, and had promised throngs of 25,000 to 50,000 people that Mexico would pay for the wall, so he pleaded with the Mexican president not to publicly contradict him on the issue.Pena Nieto encouraged a more positive discussion: He supposedly urged Trump to focus on the fact that the three NAFTA countries could negotiate a new trade framework. That prompted a rejoinder from the president."Canada is no problem," Trump replied, according to the leaked transcript."Do not worry about Canada, do not even think about them. That is a separate thing and they are fine and we have had a very fair relationship with Canada. It has been much more balanced and much more fair. So we do not have to worry about Canada, we do not even think about them."Those remarks echo public comments he made a few days later at a news conference with Trudeau. His rhetoric has ebbed and flowed since then. Trump has complained about Canadian dairy and lumber policies, and often threatens to scrap NAFTA barring a new deal.The reality entering trade talks is a bit more mundane.The U.S. has posted its priorities for the NAFTA negotiations starting Aug. 16, and they lie somewhere between the two extremes of the everything-is-fine attitude in that January phone call and the more aggressive talk favoured by some Trump advisers and occasionally the president himself.The U.S. positions include a laundry list of traditional American demands when it comes to Canadian trade. Most of the U.S. NAFTA demands could be found on annual lists published by the U.S. government, year after year.Those demands include more access for U.S. dairy and wine on Canadian store shelves; freer trade in telecommunications and banking; stricter patent rules for drugs; and tax cuts for online shopping of imported U.S. goods.Other priorities dear to the Trump administration include changes to auto-parts rules and the dispute-settlement process.Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press.
North Atlantic right whale deaths appear to be from collisions with ships, fishing gear-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
Why has this summer been so deadly for North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence? "It's a question that a lot of researchers, including myself, are pondering at the moment," said Kim Davies, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University. She looks at how underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology could be used to alert ships if whales are in their path.Ten dead North Atlantic whales have washed up on the shores along the Gulf of St. Lawrence this summer. Four of those carcasses have wound up on the western coast of Newfoundland.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc addressed some concerns at a news conference Thursday afternoon, saying the federal government has been working with various industries to ensure the whales are being made as safe as possible.-Running into ships and fishing gear-Davies said that of those 10 whales, there have been at least six necropsies done on the carcasses so far.Preliminary reports for three whales show that blunt force trauma contributed to their death.Davies said it's logical to assume that trauma came from collisions with ships, and that evidence of internal bleeding shows they were hit while they were alive.Another preliminary report shows one whale may have died because it was tangled up in fishing gear too many times.Researchers are waiting for preliminary reports from at least two more necropsies, but the rest of the whales may be too decomposed for testing to be done.-'A lot more work to do'-During Thursday's news conference, LeBlanc said his department and Transport Canada has been working together on ways to ensure the safety of right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but it presents challenges due to the volume of shipping and marine traffic in the area.It's not a typical environment this time of year for the 80 to 100 right whales currently feeding in the area, LeBlanc said, and a notice to mariners to slow down was issued last week.LeBlanc took a flyover of the area this week, saying it was "an absolutely majestic sight and a privilege for me to see these majestic creatures," but added it was difficult to spot them without advanced scientific equipment.He added there is "a lot more work do to" between various departments to ensure the safety and survivial of the right whale population.Look at living whales to explain the dead-Davies said necropsies and carcasses can give only a limited look at what might really be happening with these whales. And even if ship collisions and fishing gear do explain why a few of the whales died, it doesn't answer a bigger question."These whales encounter ships and they encounter fishing gear over many years and yes they do die, but never so many over such a short time period," she said. "And there are no more vessels and no more fishing gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence than elsewhere. So why now?"Davies said researchers don't have a good answer for that at the moment, and the dead whales are not going to be able to provide those answers, which is why they're looking at living whales.Concern for years-Davies said researchers have been worried about the right whales in the area for years — long before these carcasses started washing up on the shores. They've been concerned there weren't as many calves and that perhaps the whales were in the Gulf of St. Lawrence because their food supplies in other areas weren't enough to sustain them."So we can't rule out that there's some health factor that's contributing to these animals perhaps being more susceptible to dying if they are hit by ships," she said.-Measures to protect-Fisheries and Oceans Canada is taking short-term measures to protect the whales in the area. They've closed the snow crab fishery in some parts of the gulf and they've been asking boats to go slower so whales have a chance of surviving an impact.In the longer term, Davies said they'll have to look to strategies that have worked elsewhere — like an early warning system in Boston shipping lanes asking people to slow down if there are whales about — and adapt them to the particular group of whales in the gulf.-'We just lost 10'-Davies pegs the world's North Atlantic right whale population at "somewhere between 475 and 525.""We can't narrow it down because, for example, we just lost 10," she said. "And those are only the 10 that we know about."Emily Giles is the senior specialist on species conservation with the World Wildlife Fund, and told CBC that WWF is pleased with the steps DFO has been taking to figure out what's killing the whales.She said a more long-term conservation plan is needed though, such as creating more marine protected areas where the whales can live without risk of coming into contact with human activities-However, she acknowledges that North Atlantic right whales typically aren't found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, so they may be chasing food in there this summer which is putting them in the path of moving ships."They are what we considered an endangered species, so they're really one step away from becoming extinct," she said, "So the loss of even one or two can have a huge impact to the population."
Scientists ID tiny prehistoric sea worm with 50 head spines-[The Canadian Press]YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
WASHINGTON — Long before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, a bizarre creature with a Venus flytrap-like head swam the seas.Scientists have uncovered fossils of a tiny faceless prehistoric sea worm with 50 spines jutting out of its head. When some unsuspecting critter came too close, its jaw-like spines snapped together and dinner was served.The discovery reported in Thursday's journal Current Biology offers a glimpse into the Cambrian explosion of life on Earth about 541 million years ago.The new creature dubbed Capinatator praetermissus is so different that scientists said the fossils represent not only a new species, but a new genus — a larger grouping of life — as well.It was only 4 inches long and its spines were about one-third of an inch long. It feasted on smaller plankton and shrimp-like creatures.It is an ancestor of a group of marine arrow worms called chaetognatha that are abundant in the world's oceans. The prehistoric version was larger and with far more spines in its facial armoury but without the specialized teeth of its descendants, said Derek Briggs of Yale University who led a team that discovered the trove of fossils in two national parks in British Columbia, Canada."The spines are like miniature hooks, although more gently curved. They were stiff rather than flexible," Briggs said in an email. "It's hard to say why there are so many spines in the fossil example — but presumably thus armed it was a successful predator."Capinatator — whose name translates to grasping swimmer — lived 500 million years ago at a time when creatures started getting bigger and more diverse. It's difficult to find complete fossils belonging to the chaetognatha family because they decayed easily, said Briggs. This latest find, however, was so good that even soft tissue was saved, giving scientists a good idea about what Capinatator looked like.The discovery expands scientists' knowledge of a "pretty enigmatic" group of animals from the Cambrian era, said Smithsonian paleobiologist Doug Erwin, who had no role in the research.___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears . His work can be found here .By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press.
Canadian military developing surveillance system to monitor Arctic waters-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-August 2, 2017
Department of National Defence scientists arrived this week on Devon Island, Nunavut, to work on a new system to monitor Arctic waters."It's important from a sovereignty perspective; if Canada has sovereignty over this part of the world, we need to know who's there," said Dr. Dan Hutt, of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)."This is part of that solution."Hutt is the director of the project, called the Canadian Arctic Underwater Sentinel Experiment, or CAUSE. It consists of developing and testing a number of new technologies at a remote military station in Gascoyne Inlet.The station is a stone's throw away from Beechey Island, where graves from the doomed Franklin Expedition were found.The roots of the station itself are a throwback to the Cold War, when the location acted as a choke point to monitor any Soviet submarines passing through the Arctic. Vessels travelling the most common route down Lancaster Sound have to pass within earshot of the station.Today, the work taking place there has echoes of its submarine-monitoring past."DRDC is investing quite a bit of money to look at other sorts of innovative ways to do surveillance over the approaches to Canada with emphasis on the North," said Hutt.AI and roving sensors-CAUSE, with a price tag of approximately $16 million, has several goals: developing underwater microphones that can be left on the Arctic seabed for years at a time, with a long-lasting power supply to match; working on autonomous underwater vehicles that can patrol the Arctic while towing sensors; and even developing artificial intelligence software that can analyze the sound as it comes in, rather than devoting a human analyst to constantly monitor the area."It's still got quite a ways to go until we've got a computer with enough artificial intelligence to reliably analyze tons of acoustic data and say, 'that's a ship, that's a whale, and, oh, that looks like a submarine,'" said Hutt."We can't do that reliably enough right now. At least not reliably enough for operational use. There always has to be a human in the loop these days."The autonomous underwater vehicles come with their own challenges, like working under ice, having long range capabilities, and being able to dock at an underwater station and transmit data without human interference.The project could be one of the ways the military will replace the aging North Warning System radar line, built in the 1980s, that currently keeps an eye on the North, watching for ships, missiles, and other threats.It is also intended to watch the increasing number of civilian vessels that take the Northwest Passage, either for tourism or shipping. Many smaller vessels don't have the tracking systems that larger ships have, and with fewer eyes on the water and no deepwater ports to house coast guard ships, search and rescue is exponentially more challenging in the icy labyrinth of the Canadian Arctic archipelago.Civilian scientists involved-The military has looped in civilian organizations on the scientific work. The government has a contract with Ocean Networks Canada, which runs the VENUS and NEPTUNE sensor arrays — giant underwater "laboratories" off the coast of British Columbia that monitor marine life and ship noise and perform other monitoring on the ocean floor.Ocean Networks Canada scientists are currently at Gascoyne Inlet, exploring a technique to lay ice-resistant cables underwater, as well as examine other sites in the Arctic for their suitability for ocean observation systems.Richard Dewey, an associate director at Ocean Networks Canada, says observatories in the Arctic like the one being tested at CAUSE present an essential opportunity for scientists to get measurements over long periods."The Arctic isn't just there in the summer when it's convenient for our [research] ships; we want to know what the Arctic is doing all year round," said Dewey."The time series from these observatories provide us with that continuous reference to see how things are changing in time."The sensors being tested at Gascoyne Inlet for CAUSE are works in progress, a test of how to work in that extreme environment. Some equipment has been left in the ocean over the winter, and among the tasks the team will perform is to recover the equipment and check how it has fared. If it's still there, that is."There's always a chance that an iceberg has scoured them out," said Hutt.Correction : An earlier version of this story stated that an Ocean Networks Canada associate director was unaware of any ongoing contracts with the Department of Defence. A Department of Defence spokesperson confirmed that Ocean Networks Canada has a contract as part of the CAUSE project.(Aug 03, 2017 12:14 PM)
US crushes nearly two tons of ivory in NY Central Park-Agence France-Presse-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
New York (AFP) - US officials destroyed nearly two tons of carved illegal ivory worth $8-10 million in New York's Central Park on Thursday to denounce poaching that kills nearly 100 elephants a day in Africa.On a brilliant summer's day with Manhattan's skyscrapers visible above the trees, decorative objects were placed on a conveyor belt and sent into a crusher, sending plumes of dust into the air to cheers.The haul, which was the result of three years of hard investigative work in New York state, represents ivory from around 100 elephants.John Calvelli, a senior official from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which helped organize the event, said 96 elephants are killed in Africa on average each day or around 35,000 a year.The event was the third time authorities have staged a public ivory crushing in the United States since 2013."We're sending a message to the rest of the world. Stop buying ivory and lets save these elephants," Calvelli told AFP.US federal officials, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and New York Republican Congressman Dan Donovan were among the hundreds of supporters who attended the event."It's not ok to be selling these goods anymore and perpetuating and prolonging the agony of the situation," said British rocker Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame, who turned out to lend his support.Speaking to AFP, he denounced the rate of elephant killing as "beyond imagination.""If you're dealing in the proceeds of wildlife crime, if you are trading ivory, you're going to get prosecuted and it's not going to be pretty," Vance told supporters at the event.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation carried out the crushing of tusks, trinkets, statues and jewelry.The international trade in ivory was outlawed in 1989. China remains the largest market, with the United States in second place.Beijing has said it will ban all ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017, a move that conservationists have hailed a "game changer."Calvelli said the three largest markets in the United States -- California, Hawaii and New York -- have fundamentally closed in recent years.Elephant tusks are highly prized, particularly in Asia, where they are carved into ivory statuettes and jewelry.The WWF estimates that in the early 20th century, there may have been as many as three to five million African elephants, but says there are now around 415,000.
CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
Air France expands North Korea no-fly zone after missile miss-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - Air France-KLM has expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea after one of its jets flew past the location where an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) splashed down 10 minutes later, an airline spokesman said on Thursday.Air France's flight 293, a Boeing 777 carrying 323 people from Tokyo to Paris, missed North Korea's latest ICBM as it fell to earth on July 28 by about 100 km (60 miles), the spokesman said, citing flight data provided by Japan.Air France-KLM flies direct to Tokyo and Osaka and the expansion of the no-fly zone could make the flights 10 minutes to 30 minutes longer, depending on the direction, the spokesman said.North Korea said on Saturday its latest ICBM test proved its ability to strike America's mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and a rebuke from China.France 24 first reported the expansion of the non-fly zone.(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; editing by David Clarke)
Eyeing Russia, U.S. military shifts toward more global war games-[Reuters]-By Andrea Shalal-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - The U.S. military is moving toward more global exercises to better prepare for a more assertive Russia and other worldwide threats, a senior officer said in an interview with Reuters.Air Force Brigadier General John Healy, who directs exercises for U.S. forces in Europe, said officials realized they needed to better prepare for increasingly complex threats across all domains of war - land, sea, air, space and cyber.Some smaller-scale war games with a global focus had already occurred, but the goal was to carry out more challenging exercises by fiscal year 2020 that involved forces from all nine U.S. combatant commands - instead of focusing on specific regions or one military service, such as the Marines."What we're eventually going toward is a globally integrated exercise program so that we (are) ... all working off the same sheet of music in one combined global exercise," Healy said in an interview this week.He said war games and training were imperative to rehearse for possible conflicts and they needed to reflect the global nature of today's military threats, including cyber warfare.Healy said Russia was his main focus in Europe, and officials were keeping a close watch on Moscow's Zapad military exercises that begin next month and which experts say could involve about 100,000 troops.He said Russian observers attended recent U.S. and NATO exercises in the Black Sea region, but Moscow had not extended a similar invitation to its own war games. "They're not being as transparent as we are," he said.Moscow says its war games will involve less than 13,000 troops and so do not require invitations to outside observers.Healy said an initial assessment of a range of exercises conducted across Europe this summer with over 40,000 U.S. and allied forces had been positive, but a deeper assessment would be completed in October.As a deterrent to Russia after its 2014 annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine, U.S. and NATO forces have boosted their presence and training in Europe.This has included the addition of four NATO battle groups with 1,000 soldiers each in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, all of which have borders with Russia.Next year, the U.S. military plans 11 major exercises that will take in a range of NATO allies from Iceland to Britain, the Baltic states, and possibly Finland, according to Healy. Those exercises too will bring together air, ground and naval forces.(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Mark Heinrich)
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Russia announces 'de-escalation zone' north of Syria's city of Homs-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
MOSCOW/CAIRO (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry and Syria's opposition have agreed to set up a "de-escalation" zone north of the battered city of Homs, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Russia's state-Rossiya 24 TV on Thursday.A ceasefire in the area was to take affect on Thursday, he said, and will cover 84 settlements populated by more than 147,000 people.Homs was an opposition stronghold in Syria's civil war, but fell to government forces in 2015.Egyptian state news agency MENA said Cairo had hosted meetings between Moscow and Syrian rebel factions.Al-Ghad, a Syrian political opposition group based in Cairo, said it brokered the deal between rebels and the Damascus government, sponsored by Egypt and Russia.The agreement covers three rebel-held towns and dozens of villages north of Homs city, which is under government control, it said.The group, headed by Ahmad Jarba, had said it mediated a similar deal in Cairo last month for Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus.Russia, an ally of the Syrian government, said it had deployed its military police in Eastern Ghouta in July to try to enforce the de-escalation zone.Several attempts at a lasting ceasefire in western Syria, where rebels have lost ground to government forces and their allies, have often collapsed with both sides trading the blame.(Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad in Cairo, Maria Kiselyova and Dmitry Solovyov in Moscow Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
Three years since Islamic State attack, Yazidi wounds still open-[Reuters]-By Maher Chmaytelli-YAHOONEWS-August 3, 2017
SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's Yazidis marked three years since Islamic State launched what the United Nations said was a genocidal campaign against them on Thursday, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadist fighters.Militants were driven out of the last part of the Yazidi homeland in northern Iraq in May. However, most Yazidis have yet to return to villages they fled when Islamic State over-ran Sinjar in the summer of 2014, killing and capturing thousands because of their faith.Nearly 3,000 Yazidi women and children remain in Islamic State captivity, and control over Sinjar is disputed by rival armed factions and their regional patrons. Justice for the crimes Yazidis suffered, including sexual enslavement, has also so far proved elusive."The Yazidis' wound is still bleeding," one man told Reuters at a ceremony attended by several thousand people including the mayor and other local dignitaries, held at a temple at the foot of the mountain that dominates Sinjar."The Kurds and the Iraqi government are fighting for Sinjar and we are paying the price," said the man.A U.N. human rights Commission of Inquiry, which declared the killings of thousands of Yazidis to be a genocide, said on Thursday that the atrocity had not ended and that the international community was not doing enough to stop it."The genocide is on-going and remains largely unaddressed, despite the obligation of States... to prevent and to punish the crime," the commissioners said in a statement.Islamic State fighters killed thousands of captured men during their attack on the Yazidis, a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Islamic State considers Yazidis as devil-worshippers.Images of desperate Yazidis fleeing up the mountain in the blazing summer heat were broadcast around the world and helped to galvanize the United States to conduct its first air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.At least 9,900 of Iraq's Yazidis were killed or kidnapped in just days in the Islamic State attack in 2014, according to a study documenting the number of Yazidis affected which could be used as evidence in any trial for genocide.About 3,100 Yazidis were killed - with more than half shot, beheaded or burned alive - and about 6,800 kidnapped to become sex slaves or fighters, according to the report published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.Enslaved women and girls are now reportedly being sold by Islamic State fighters trying to escape the U.S.-led assault on their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, the U.N. commission said.-DISPUTE OVER SINJAR-The array of forces that drove Islamic State out of Sinjar are now vying for control of the area near the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey.Kurdish peshmerga forces retook around half of Sinjar in late 2015, effectively annexing it to the autonomous region they hope to convert into an independent state. A referendum on independence is due to be held in September, which the government in Baghdad opposes.Mainly Shi'ite paramilitary groups, some backed by Iran, retook the rest of the Yazidi homeland in May, bringing them within meters of the peshmerga.Another group, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), also gained a foothold in Sinjar and clashed with the peshmerga earlier this year. Its presence has made the area a target for Turkey, which has fought a three-decade war against the PKK on its own soil."People are worried about returning," said General Ashti Kojer, the local head of Kurdish police, known as Asayish. "The (Sinjar) region has become a conflict zone".Kojer and another local official said the political environment was preventing international organizations from working on reconstruction and rehabilitation in Sinjar, further discouraging Yazidis from returning.Water has to be trucked in, electricity is supplied from private generators, schools are closed, and the closest hospital is Dohuk -- around three hours' drive away."The lack of services and political problems are preventing families from returning," Jalal Khalaf, the director of the mayor's office in Sinjar, told Reuters.-BLAME GAME-In a speech at the ceremony, the Yazidi mayor of Sinjar, Mahma Xelil, said former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was responsible for the tragedy because he was in charge when the militants overran Mosul, capturing billions of dollars of weapons they used in their attack on the minority.Other Yazidis blame the Kurds, who were defending the area at the time, for failing to resist the IS onslaught.At the ceremony, people carried signs saying "Stop Yazidi Genocide". Families streamed into cemeteries to remember their loved ones. Women wore bandanas saying "Genocide".In the city of Sinjar, posters and banners hung up on roundabouts depict harrowing scenes from the attack three years ago: families fleeing and distressed women and children.Large parts of the city, which was also home to Muslim Kurds and Arabs, remain empty. Around 1,000 Yazidi families have returned to Sinjar since the city was retaken in 2015, according to Khalaf. The city and the surrounding area had been home to around 400,000 Yazidis.Farhan Lazgin brought his family back to Sinjar around one year ago because he was fed up with living in a camp.His home was in relatively good shape, but his two children have missed out on a year of school, and may fall further behind because teachers are not returning to the city.Zeido Shammo, one of the few shopowners to have returned to the city, said he no longer trusted local forces: "We ask for international protection," he said, echoing the sentiment of many Yazidis.Although Islamic State has been routed from the area, Shammo said he could not feel safe until their hardline ideology was eradicated too: "Daesh (Islamic State) is defeated but we are still worried because the mentality of Daesh still exists."Opposite his shop, Islamic State slogans have yet to be painted over. One reads: "The State of the Caliphate Remains".(Writing by Isabel Coles, additional reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Peter Millership and David Stamp)
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