Sunday, July 31, 2011

Tales Told 'Round The Campire Tonight . . . .

The warrior gene . . . .
Or is it a component of spirit?
I believe all feel it . . . think it, at times . . . deep down
There is need, a driving force . . . to be brave, in the face of danger . . .
To sacrifice self in favor of the tribe, the family, the clan . . . .
Or, to stand with and on behalf of a friend in trouble,
The warrior within presses forth, to take the charge, shoulder the burden
Uphold the cause . . . .

Related to cause . . . this warrior initiative . . . is inextricably related to cause.
Having a cause, a purpose, a meaning, which transcends self.
Being a warrior is being someone who is willing to stand in the place of another,
It is selfless, and there is great joy in sharing the burden of another, that they may
Find a moment of respite from the storm--from the onslaught.
And, it is always accompanied by a sense of the spiritual--of thoughts and motivations,
And standings forth,
Of holding a banner, that knows that simple might does not make right,
But that there is a higher right, and obvious wrongs, and all can feel it,
Far and rooted deep within, where spirit begins and the sheerly material fades away
Backwards into the brute but temporary insistencies of having been born, on a material
World, in space and time, amongst animals, insects, plants, rocks, water, air--all creations,
Where the body resides--the physical body . . . .
And this body must be rooted through--all the way, reaching into that hazy spiritual realm,
Straight through the blending of spirit and matter, all the way to the personality on the ground,
The ego, your self, in the world, but not of it . . . .
And there are many hands to hold in the spirit realm--many spirits, who have not fully crossed
Over into the purity of the light, the light of God, which is His essence, which is love and endless
Creativity, which is His glory . . . .
Love and creativity are the crowns of our Father . . . .
But the beast on the ground, the brute, must hear the call, and finally recognizes the one, true light
Which leads all the way from the soil, the dirt,
All the way to and including the Holy Spirit, Who resides in Heaven . . . and this spirit, beyond all
The lessor spirits
Is the only one that can take the creature home.
Meanwhile, there standing on the dirt, on Terra firma . . . is the two-legged being, endowed with
Myriad lusts and needs and wants and desires and imaginations . . . .
And wanting to live forever . . . .
The Father calls, and the Son goes and fetches all the lost sheep
Bringing all back into the fold, as He would
And later the lambs will reminisce
About the wondrous spectacle of life which Father represents and inhabits and creates and watches . . . .
All will glory in the days gone by, where feats were won and glories protected
And the very Spirit of God went into the world
And saved it.
And during their time, their time on earth,
The children of God were in engaged in battles . . . .
All about, of all kinds, makes, and numbers . . . .
Inner battles, outer battles--.
Battles with self, battles with others, with friends, with enemies, even with nature itself
Which seemed constantly attempting to overtake you.
It were as if the heavens conspired with the clouds, and the clouds brought rain,
But the sun parched the ground endlessly elsewhere,
And neither were appropriate to the site--neither helped the dwellers thereupon,
In fact, one needed the rain, and the other was begging for sun.
Yet mother nature herself rebels, and hears not the cries and pleas of man--of woman, and child.
All is at war, and no peace can be found anywhere there, . . . here!
In the midst of this chaos, the living soul wonders, and wanders, and stays put sometimes;
Anyhow, there is always war, nonetheless,
And it is provided, that deep within--where soul meets the road . . . and where hunger meets
Satiation . . .
And where spirit moves into, and surrounds, finally enveloping matter, in the form of the two-legged
Being, .  Indeed, where a human soul--a human being . . . a man, a woman, lives on the earth,
And they hear the voice of the Father
They find their way to the light, and the perfect, straight grasp
Of God--which shoots down, through them, anchoring to the ground, to the earth,
So that body is one with soul . . . and the mind is single-minded
Along with the heart being pure and tied to the rod of truth,
Which is the rod of justice, and correction, and too a bestower of miracles,
The mind, and the heart, and the will, and the purpose . . . combined with the meaning . . . all
Becomes one--ONE!--in the will of God . . . .
And at that moment, any time it happens, a warrior spirit is imbued, into the person,
So that they can take strength, and rely on all who have gone before,
For we are a family, and many have died and perished for the cause, their records no longer
Kept in the halls of earth . . . though spirit never forgets any who died in His name . . . .
But for eons, has the flesh battled against the forces of darkness, which seek to inhabit the flesh,
Though the Lord made all things perfect and intended for perfection, and they WILL find perfection,
When His story is completed, that which He is writing--
As we live out the word--His word . . . .
So too, does every single living soul, have the sense of self defense for while one self is at war with the
Other, it is war nonetheless, and one or other of the two competing forces must win.
Some would say, the two forces fighting one another in constant balance, is simply the essence
Of reality.  That this is just the way it is.  Yin and Yang, forever locked in dualistic battle, neither ever to be
But this is a lie
From the pit of hell.  This is propaganda from the other side--that side at which you are at war!
Of course the enemy wants you to accommodate him.  Wants you to diversify and get along.
As long as the enemy can stay in your camp, he considers he still has a chance to overtake you;
And he even thinks, overtake God!
But this is a ruse.  The warrior smells a rat, and where there's a rat, there are dead bodies,
And where there are dead bodies, there is violence and war.  One way or another, death has come in
Through some corrupting influence, whether by germs, virus, old age, bullet or sword . . . the being is
Constantly under attack-- . . . . and so, it is war.
The warrior knows and accepts this, and is not fooled, though his schooling is a series of
Bumps and bruises, cuts and scrapes, for all is learned on the battlefield . . . .
It is a holy intervention--this sense of warriorship and camaraderie in the trenches,
Where spirit imbues with an invigorated sense of power--more strength . . . yet even
More self-sacrifice, for here is where the weapons of the light are most potent--
When using directly the weaponry of the Lord;
Which, oddly enough, is love and peace and craving for harmony . . . .
But that harmony which is in perfect sync with the holy spirit of God Himself . . . .
Otherwise, the confusion and the mayhem continues.  The Lord cannot forever abide the split--cannot have
Lingering opposition, for there to be peace in heaven.
Until then, however, every moment is battle, and to'ing and fro'ing,
And the saints find themselves in constantly pitched circumstances, needing to fight,
Sometimes to hide, then to return to the plain of conflict,
And continue the charge to convict, compete, convert and make disciples
Of all who hear the voice of the Master.
You know you are on the right path, when this clarion call becomes
A labor of love.
Because you love so hard and so much, like the Lord loves His people,
You are committed and compelled to stay in the fray . . . .
You must persist . . . .
You hear the voice of your Creator--yes He, Who is above all--
Above all the competing voices and seductresses and bullies . . . .
No, you must take your lumps as you go,
For there is to be great storytelling by the campside tonight;
The glowing embers of the eternal fire,
Where friend and family meet and the warriors tell their tales,
And they have the regalia, bestowed by Big Chief to show it is true,
For He dishes out His complements, so that all can see who did what
When the battle was fierce and the fire withering.
WHO stood their ground and fought on His behalf, selfless,
Rescuing brothers and sisters and children on the plain,
While all was afire, and the missiles raining--with lightening and thunder
And fire below--all a rage . . . .
Because someone challenged the order of the King,
And threw all into chaos, now there is a fight.
Warrior blood runs through the veins of any and all who hold fast
To the rod of holy spirit--straight through to the light, which comes from God,
From holiness and perfection.
Self-delusion drops by the wayside, as one continues, and continues to fight . . . .
The enemy would have you surrender.
Do not do it.
You can't and won't.
For none shall be lost, whom the Lord has decided shall live and prosper.
Do you understand this.
You do.
Many tales told 'round the campfire tonight . . . . Pray and sing praises
To the Lord, for all is lost
That is meant to go away . . . .
And all is saved,
Which was meant to save . . . .
The warrior fights, one way or another, 'til the end . . . .
Until that blessed,
Awe-inspiring . . .
Holy night . . . .
Tales regaled about the fire light--the holy spirit fire light . . . .and now is the time
And then comes the day,
To make them real . . . .

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Meek Being "Moved" . . . .

I believe we are on the verge--even beginning--of a time I was shown at the beginning of this time of quickening.  It was 2004 for me, when I was reborn, and forewarned that a series of events and overall collapsing was about to commence . . . . Overall, it looked like a giant wall of darkness coming, black, dense and horrible; a time of judgments, oppression and chaos . . . .

BUT, at the same time, I saw a silver lining.  I even called my wife, and was weeping, it affected me so strongly.  I was seeing that, as the majority of people started going down--started falling apart, their jobs, finances, housing, plus the coming shortages . . . seeing many who considered themselves impervious and safe suddenly losing all, shocked, panicked, scrambling . . . etc., . . . . . that, as this general, final disintegration was finally underway, towards "the end" . . . SOME people--let's say the "meek" . . . the "least" . . . would find themselves RISING! . . . being put in better situations, accruing, in favor, getting . . . . In bluntish words, while many were going down "we" would be going "up" . . . . Something like the "rising of the lambs" concept . . . .
I was emotional at the time, seeing it, and telling me wife that I was so affected, because of a mix of awed gratitude AND empathy/concern for those who were going to be going through hell at the time . . . . I told her it was going to be difficult--a strange situation . . . to experience . . . seeing the clueless, the hard of heart, unbelievers, the worldly, the ignorant etc. being decimated--losing everything, their possessions and, in many cases their minds, while being in the midst of receiving the Lord's extra blessing and protection.  It was going to be a somewhat conflicted state.  BUT, it was going to happen anyhow and, in the end, gratitude and glory to God would be the ruling sentiment . . . .
I haven't mentioned it much, this vision . . . . It can easily be perceived as presumptuous, and even recounting it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable . . . .
Though, this is what I do, share these sort of things here . . . fwiw . . . .
I have heard some recent reports from other sources . . . recently, combined with what is happening in my life and situation, that make me suspect this is in the early stages of fulfillment.  It could continue to develop and unfold over months to a couple years, I suspect.
I also have expected and seem to have seen, that prior to the reaping of harvest time . . . there would be a big shift--disruption . . . a switching of tracks . . . .  There would likely be what would appear at first to be big losses and big changes . . . . It is, literally, I believe, a transition, to another reality track--.  It is God taking one from one circumstance and surrounding and associations, and radically altering them to different ones . . . . Of course, one would expect this might be tumultuous, this transition.  I've also thought that before the big troubles hit, if relocating or preparing of other kind is involved, then of necessity, there would be sudden, radical changes to one's life; ie., maybe a forced move . . . to an entirely different location, miles away . . . perhaps . . . and/or a "loss" or shedding of many possessions . . . . A radical winnowing down . . . to become light and quick--able to adapt and move quickly . . . .
Anyway, it looks like I/we are in the early stages of the radical preceding shift.  I can only continue to have faith and trust that God will guide the process, and I do, and whatever He decides to bestow or arrange or not, I will meet with gratitude and awe, regardless . . . .
Yes, I would say, the beginning of the big shift is here . . . . Radical moves are to be made--things shaken up and eventually . . . perhaps relocated . . . . But, at the very least, some rather drastic maneuvers needed in order to keep on keepin' on . . . . Sorry, to be vague . . . it's personal; but the larger impetus is clear, I think, and I suspect NOT just happening to us--in fact I know it's not . . . as others too, sensitive to the promptings of Spirit and who love the Lord, are being led, guided, urged to prepare in earnest in various ways . . . alluded to here . . . .
And on the flip side of this, I see too, that, in this time of tribulations, many shall be uncannily and wondrously blessed.  Miracles will abound, many seen quietly, privately among a few--BUT SEEN and experienced no question! . . . . And a foretaste of "the meek shall inherit the earth" and "the last shall be first, and the first shall be last" . . . is getting underway . . . as God ALSO is going to effect some redistributing of wealth, alongside the hammer and sickle gang . . . !
God bless and take care,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Discouragement: the fruit of pride . . . .

It often happens that what we offer to God, is not what he most desires to have of us; that we are frequently the most unwilling to give, and the most fearful He will ask. He desires the sacrifice of the Isaac, the well-beloved son; all the rest is as nothing in his eyes, and he permits it to be offered in a painful unprofitable manner, because He has no blessings for a divided soul. He will have everything, and until then there is no rest. Who hath hardened himself against Him and hath prospered? (Job ix. 4.) Would you prosper, and secure the blessing of God upon your labors? Reserve nothing, cut to the quick and burn, spare nothing, and the God of peace will be with you. What consolation, what liberty, what strength, what enlargedness of heart, what increase of grace, will follow when there remains nothing between God and the soul, and when the last sacrifices have been offered up without hesitation!

We must neither be astonished nor disheartened. We are not more wicked than we were; we are really less so; but while our evil diminishes, our light increases, and we are struck with horror at its extent. But let us remember, for our consolation, that the perception of our disease is the first step to a cure; when we have no sense of our need, we have no curative principle within; it is a state of blindness, presumption and insensibility, in which we are delivered over to our own counsel, and commit ourselves to the current, the fatal rapidity of which we do not realize, until we are called to struggle against it.
We must not be discouraged either by experience of our weakness, or by dislike of the constant activity which may be inseparable from our condition in life. Discouragement is not a fruit of humility, but of pride; nothing can be worse. Suppose we have stumbled, or even fallen, let us rise and run again; all our falls are useful, if they strip us of a disastrous confidence in ourselves, while they do not take away a humble and salutary trust in God.

The repugnances which we feel towards our duties, come, no doubt, of imperfections; if we were perfect, we should love everything in the order of God, but since we are born corrupt, and with a nature revolting against his laws, let us praise Him that He knows how to evolve good from evil, and can make use even of our repugnances as a source of virtue. The work of grace does not always advance as regularly as that of nature, says St. Theresa.

Carefully purify your conscience, then, from daily faults; suffer no sin to dwell in your heart; small as it may seem, it obscures the light of grace, weighs down the soul, and hinders that constant communion with Jesus Christ which it should be your pleasure to cultivate; you will become lukewarm, forget God, and find yourself growing in attachment to the creature. A pure soul, on the other hand, which is humiliated, and rises promptly after its smallest faults, is always fervent and always upright.
God never makes us sensible of our weakness except to give us of His strength; we must not be disturbed by what is involuntary. The great point is, never to act in opposition to the inward light, and to be willing to go as far as God would have us.  

[These words are timeless and always relevant to the disciple, of my friend Fenelon, as this thing is REAL! and the peace and joy and strength of the Lord is REAL . . . and when we are beset by many troubles and challenges--for me, they are off the charts right now!--this is the purpose and the time to dive even deeper into His presence and comfort and salvation; for THIS is what we were born for--our one and true and preeminent destiny above all else! A fellow, participant compatriot in the cosmic, natural, supernatural, endless, beginning-less, astounding wonder Body of His personality, brother, friend, thomas.]

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Different Path Than The World's

 Ok, . . . good luck with this :) lol . . . . Uh, . . . it's written on several different levels, a few of the topics embedded each could garner a book's worth of further exposition.  Mainly, however--the overall Spirit of the message is most important and ascertained beyond the details . . . .

And it will be, that to survive in and with grace in these times, one must literally be embarked on a different path--one which is not of this world, and that world altogether left . . . with a steady and increasingly determined effort to walk ONLY in the spirit of truth, of the Lord, becoming His eyes, His hands, His soothing words, His concern and ministering way . . . .

Where the light of His reality shines, all is needed is a soft, but revealing glow upon the road, the trail ahead.  He will guide your steps.  He will take you further on His road, away from the hell and the madness . . . .
And growing love within YOU will be the signposts along the way . . . .

Be easy on everybody  . . . .
Just LOVE . . . . For instance . . . .

There is always a point of departure--in the moment, to LEAVE the old world behind, and cleave to the holy spirit of truth . . . . You see faces, out in public, or amongst friends, family . . . as you look you see the real, living soul there--.  There is a sense of recognition--an instant fastness . . . to that person . . . .
I feel I know them somehow . . . .
If there were more time and particular circumstances, one could become friends . . . .
For, what are "friends" but those who we happened to have developed just more intimacy with, but people who mostly happened to be in a similar locale (neighborhood, school, business, household, etc.,)--ie., space, at a given time . . . .
Theories are quickly developed and whole religions are built on such things--ie., the feeling/seeming to recognize someone--a stranger in public, a friend, or even an enemy--and that this experience means, you have "known each other in another life" . . . . .
But this is a diversion, such theories . . . .

Fact is, all the living--all brothers and sisters IN GOD . . . recognize one another, which anyone can test and confirm . . . if one just takes the time and purpose of heart . . . to SEE the Father, and the Spirit of the Son, IN that other person.  As the saints are finally mustered into the ramparts of eternity, "in heaven"  for eternity, then, that "predestination" thus exists already, albeit in a "potential" state of existence. 

So, when we get there, we WILL know that person.  In fact, we both shared the experience of being a soul, incarnated (once) as a fallen mortal, on earth, in the age of the Fall . . . . Now, in Heaven, we are all family, and extremely close, as brothers and sisters--the Children of God--having inherited His Kingdom.  Ultimately, we are of one mind, one spirit, though on earth, we bump into each other as strangers, one-in-the-crowd, family, friends, various acquaintances.  Since we are ONE there, and intimate through holy, righteous, sacred LOVE, then when we see that God in others, we are instantly wrought with compassion and patience for one another . . . . We WILL/DO know that person in eternity . . . where ALL who are there, are perfected in Heaven . . . .

And, as at that Glorious Day we shall be spotless, righteous, full of the Holy Spirit of God . . . one with one another like Jesus is one with His Father . . . then, of course we too are similarly one with our fellow resurrected creatures, and so, LOVE each other perfectly.

I dare say, a glow from that reflection reaches this world--especially as we get closer to the culmination (end time) Second Coming . . . but always, it is there, and much of what we take for familiarity as being something from the PAST, actually, it is from the FUTURE . . . .

The Light of it shines even on us now, so, we feel we know this person--they are familiar . . . . Indeed, they are family.

Regardless the cosmic details, you will find an instant, atomic second of a (Divine) flash TO LOVE THEM. You see your self in them--the eternal life you share--and you know . . . and ARE--deep in your being that that place is MADE of pure love, pure light, joyous holiness, perfect . . . .

So, petty, animalistic territorialness justs become ugly . . . . Selfish, angry, resentful, judging inclinations become far too onerous; NOW you just want God's love, and to be a conduit for His Grace and Love, to ALL.  You feel the pain and suffering of others . . . you fast want to be a light, a refuge, a joy to your struggling brethren, sisters . . . .

And when you enter this state--that of being in God's Love and Will--miracles begin to happen, one after another, in time . . . . When you pray, your prayers are all answered, because you are so close to God's Will, which IS Godliness.  Thus, you find yourself--only and always--asking for that which is pleasing to the Lord.  You are in His Will, so, what you ask, is prompted by Him, and then He answers Himself, in a perfect ring--a complete circle, this holy asking and fulfilling, BUT GOING THROUGH YOU!

This is your joy, your purpose--to be a conduit for God.  Simply, this is it!  Become it, and now all your troubles are anointed, and shall lead you closer to the gates of perfection.

God is love.  Love your brothers and your sisters--love even your enemies.  All is in the Father's Hands.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Peace In The Storm

Yes, I continue to experience a quickening like never before--like I said, starting around the first of June.  From my experience, there was a major "kick-off" in 2004 . . . cascading events, acceleration of deterioration . . . though to the disciple, it is a time of deterioration of what is dross within oneself, for all things work to the good for them that Believe!

Then, a fairly steady track through '05, '06, '07, '08, '09 . . . .
Said the major catastrophe's would start in '10 . . . which they did and have continued apace, added to the general metastasizing of Godless society . . . .
2011 must be a rapid ramp-up . . . as 2012 is an "end" year, determined to be an end of an age and beginning of "new" one . . . . So, we expected 2011 to really be full of surreal mayhem and madness . . . and it is . . . .
Then, beginning (at least for me) in June . . . I take it the Lord moves and begins the long awaited configuring to move into position . . . . I have been expecting that at a certain, late-minute point in the game . . . He would cause some rather radical  . . . exigencies . . . which would begin that time when one is to become more . . . let's say, "lightfooted" . . . "light on the earth" . . . "lean and mean" . . . able to quickly adapt and flow with the Flow . . . because, I expect there to be some great disruptions and perhaps some "Diasporas" of sorts--exodus . . . relocation? . . . . Definitely, a great winnowing down and paring off . . . of unneeded material possessions and ties that bind . . . .
A frightful AND exciting time . . . as I am ever the optimist, in the sense that I accept that God is in charge, and though things may SEEM to not be "going one's way", actually, HE knows what is best for us, and is always arranging our lives that we may gain the maximum benefit, related to THE ISSUE which is most important above--which has to be our salvation and purifying of being and character, for He must make us so that we are able to enter the Kingdom--the new heaven, the new earth . . . .

And this is something else of late . . . . A powerful, visceral sense--and I dare say vision--of the world to come and of the coming of the Lord . . . . PALPABLE!  IT IS REAL! and exciting!  Those who read the scriptures can easily SEE the signs, all around, unfolding as the perfect SCRIPT it is . . . .
The obvious persecution, targeting of Believers underway . . . . The set-ups . . . .
But, the majesty and wonder of this play!  This end times unfolding . . . is truly awesome to behold and be participant in!  I see the thrones, the thousand years, the restored world, the BRIDE unspotted . . . the gift of HIS righteousness! . . .

The filth and decay and death of the world . . . repulses like no other . . . . The perfection and love of the Saviour . . . attracts like never before! in comparison . . . . One wants to eschew completely the former and wholly surrender to the latter . . . . For there is peace in the storm!

Take care,
bro, t

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Report From Granite Mountain

I was wondering if you could help me out with something . . . . ?

And, I think it might be an interesting and helpful exercise for others . . . .

There is someone special I know who has not had access to any news for the past couple of months and is hungering for some updates on current events.  I would like to compile a brief outline here and send it to them.  If you get a moment, it would be great if you could add or expound some in your comments--a few sentences or paragraph highlighting . . . current news items of the day that you consider relevant, notable--striking . . . especially, I would suggest, as signs of the times . . . .

There really is SO much going on.  And a lot that has ramped up in the past couple months especially.  I'm going to come back to this post for a couple of days and continue to flesh out a bit some of these topics--like I say, a few sentences to a paragraph or so for each one . . . .
I would be most appreciative if there are some items you think ought be noted, newsworthy, fascinating, poignant, timely . . . so-to-speak . . . . :)

I made a quick list off the top of my head yesterday . . . .

1--"Ice age"-like weather oddities across country (U.S. and the world)
2--Killer heat wave across U.S.
3--Epic floods everywhere
4--Murdoch take down
5--4 wettest months in row for this time in Utah's history
6--Drought in Southwest, South, USA
7--Sandstorms (2 major "haboobs" now) in Phoenix
8--Volcanoes, ie., Iceland, Indonesia
10--Violent flash mob attacks
11--Rogue planet?. . . Comet being seen more frequently?
12--Debt ceiling "crisis"/negotions, looming Moody's U.S. credit downgrade
13--Gold price shooting through the roof
14--"Fast & Furious" Obama Admin. gun running scandal
15--Libya continued bombing
16--Romney leading GOP presidential pack, Michele Bachmann still surging
17--Syria continues violent crack down on protesters
18--Yellowstone showing signs of super volcano activity
19--Famine/drought crises
20--Euro economic crisis
21--Recent Misc. Events/news

1--Weather oddities across country (U.S. and the world)
 We still have snow atop the mountains here in July--very strange.  There was skiing at the resorts (Utah) through July 4th.

Montana Ultra-Race Cancelled Due To Snow
"MISSOULA — The race director of a 100-mile ultra-marathon foot race through the Flathead National Forest has cancelled the event due to lingering snow on the route that he says would make the course too dangerous for runners and likely prevent anyone from finishing within the required 36-hour limit."

Yellowstone/Beartooth Highway Finally Opens

"CODY, WYOMING - The Beartooth Highway is finally open. The scenic road connecting Wyoming and Montana east of Yellowstone was closed due to a heavy snowpack. However, nearby communities are celebrating more than just a roadway opening.
Imagine driving between walls of snow, towering more than twenty feet high. That's the situation on the Beartooth All-American Road, in June. It’s still a winter wonderland, with snow-covered vistas.
Skiers and adventure seekers hit the slopes every year when the road opens, and there’s still plenty of snow. It appears they may still be skiing on Independence Day."

 Forecaster Predicts Worst Winter On Record
19 Jul 11 -  ATS Euromaster is urging motorists to pre-order cold-weather tires after a meteorologist predicted that this winter will “break all records” in terms of snowfall and freezing temperatures.
Long-range forecaster James Madden, who correctly predicted the harsh conditions during the last two years, now warns: “The UK is to brace itself for well below average temperatures and widespread heavy snowfall throughout winter 2011/2012 which will result in the fourth bad winter in succession, and will prove to be the worst of them all.
“I fully expect records to be broken, with the Highlands of Scotland being once again particularly hard hit. It is vital to start preparing now.”

Snow Covers Sichuan Hwy. In Summer
15 Jul 11 - While people in other regions of China suffer the heat of summer, more than 12 inches of snow covered the Zheduo Mountain section of the Sichuan State Highway 318 on Wednesday.

Heavy snow and fog almost paralyzed traffic on the state highway—as vehicles moved bumper to bumper on the snow-covered road.
The temperature was less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Glaciers growing on Mt. Shasta
28 Mar 11 - Although the media has done a great job of covering this up, the inconvenient fact is that all seven glaciers on California’s Mount Shasta are growing. This includes Whitney Glacier, the state's largest.
Yes, growing. Not melting.  

 2--Killer heat wave across U.S. 
Worst heatwave in years grips Midwest, moving east
(Reuters) - An oppressive and potentially deadly summertime mix of sizzling temperatures and high humidity baked a large swath of the country again on Sunday, pushing afternoon heat indexes in dozens of cities to dangerous levels.
Forecasters warned the heatwave would persist through much of the coming week and cautioned residents in more than three dozen states to take extra precautions.
The National Weather Service posted excessive heat warnings for much of the country's midsection, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, as well as South and North Dakota, where forecasters predicted heat indexes could hit 115 degrees.
"This will likely be the most significant heat wave the region has experienced in at least the last five years," the weather service said.
Cities especially hard hit by the heat included Rapid City, South Dakota, Springfield, Illinois, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, where meteorologists were predicting long-standing high-temperature records would fall this week.
Kristina Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, predicted the heatwave will affect more than 40 states.
All the states will see temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, she said, and "a large number of them will bake above 100 degrees for days on end."
The scorching weather is the latest in a series of meteorological problems to best the Midwest in recent months.
The list includes the devastating tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri in late May, killing nearly 160 people and destroying more than 8,000 homes and other structures, as well as the ongoing flooding along the Missouri River, which has triggered weeks of evacuations and other emergency measures from Montana through Missouri.

3--Epic floods everywhere

Record Midwest Floods Threaten Communities with “Walls of Water” 

Roughly a quarter of the 40,000 residents evacuated Minot, North Dakota's fourth largest city due to record flooding on the Souris River. The Souris River flows into Canada and is overtopping its levees due to heavy rainfall and releases from Canadian dams. The flooding on the Souris breaks the 1881 record and the river is expected to rise as much as 6 to 7 feet higher over the weekend.
Meanwhile, heavy rains earlier this week fell across South Dakota and northern Nebraska with as much as 6-inches inundating parts of South Dakota, causing the Missouri River to rise higher and flow faster.  Our hearts go out to the communities who are threatened by this flooding, many of whom are preparing to evacuate their homes to escape damages from levee overtopping and breaching in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Currently, The Missouri River elevation at Gavins Point Dam is 1208 feet, just 2 feet from the top of the spillway gates.  The Corps of Engineers will release an immense 160,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) flow, 10,000 cfs more than the current average and more than double the record 70,000 cfs back in 1997.

China Floods Wikipedia
 The 2011 China floods are a series of floods currently occurring in central and southern parts of the People's Republic of China.[1] They were caused by heavy rain that inundated portions of 12 provinces, leaving other provinces still suffering a prolonged drought,[2][3] a total of over 36 million people have been affected, killing at least 355 [4]and with direct economic losses of nearly US$6.5 billion.[5]

Devastating floods and landslides (July 2011) 

(July 19, 2011) Torrential rains drenching the northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco caused at least eight deaths, mostly people carried away in mudslides. An estimated 500 families were left homeless, and officials ordered evacuations in many areas.

(July 18, 2011) Flash flooding caused misery across Scotland yesterday. Homes were hit as streets turned into rivers after more than 24 hours of torrential rainfall and thunderstorms. And the rain is expected to continue to fall across the country throughout this week.

(July 17, 2011) Heavy monsoon rains have led the mighty Brahmaputra River to overflow its banks and submerge scores of villages in India’s remote northeastern state of Assam in India. More than 150,000 people continue to suffer even as the situation improved with the water levels in the rivers receding since Saturday. Shown here is file photo.

(July 16, 2011) Widespread flooding in the wake of a reported quarter metre of rainfall has destroyed over 10 thousand hectares of crops in eastern and central provinces of North Korea. The floods have washed away roads and destroyed countless houses.

(July 15, 2011) Flash flood kills at least 5 people in Mogadishu in Somali.

(July 10, 2011) Heavy downpours drenched South Korea ‘s southern and central areas, leaving at least 12 people dead and four others missing.

 (July 10, 2011) Three persons including two women were killed and dozens others injured in rain related incidents in different localities of Balochistan in Pakistan. Rains adversely disrupted the power supply and communication links in several areas of the province.
Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year’s epic deluge. The 2010 Monsoon season left one-fifth of the country – an area the size of Italy underwater. The lives of close to 20 million people were disrupted – early 2,000 Pakistanis were killed, 1.5 million houses were destroyed and over 11 million people displaced from their homes.

(July 8, 2011) Severe flooding has occurred in northern Alberta in Canada where the rain has been relentless.
(July 6, 2011) At least six persons were killed due to flashfloods and landslides caused by the continuous heavy rains that occurred in separate areas in Northern Mindanao, Philippines.

(July 4, 2011) Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 18 people in various parts of Nepal. The rains have also damaged roads, obstructed travel, and inundated dozens of houses.
4--Murdoch take down
Left Wing Attack On Newscorp
Rupert and James Murdoch were a great tag team yesterday before the Parliamentary inquiry. In fact, I dare say the pie attack coupled with Mrs. Murdoch’s response lent sympathy toward the Murdoch clan and ultimately helped Rupert Murdoch take the upper hand in the hearings. But in this country, Media Matters, the left in general, and the Obama Administration are savoring the possible destruction of News Corp, which they view as an enemy. It’s both sad and funny that the Obama Administration and Democrats are considering stretching the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act relating to bribing foreign officials to try to kill off one of the handful of major news organizations not giving Obama a free, near propagandistic ride like MSNBC does.

A slew of organizations funded by billionaire George Soros have been utilizing the alleged News of the World phone hacking scandal in the U.K. to call for investigations of News Corporation's U.S. interests, particularly Fox News Channel.
The Center for American Progress, heavily financed by Soros, said it gathered 12,000 signatures demanding to know whether News Corp. reporters violated U.S. law by obtaining phone records in the U.S.
The center is reportedly highly influential in helping to craft White House policy. It is led by John Podesta, who served as co-chairman of Obama's presidential transition team. (World Net Daily, July 22, 2011)

Murdoch Scandal Jumps the Pond 7/14/11

The media scandal that's snared Rupert Murdoch and other News Corporation executives in Great Britain has crossed the Atlantic, and could cause more homegrown trouble for the U.S.-based media company.

In the past 48 hours, Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller, Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer and Robert Menendez have called for an investigation of News Corp., saying that the behavior of Murdoch's executives and staff in England raises serious questions about the legality of the conduct of the company under U.S. law.
And the calls haven't been exclusively partisan. On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Peter King said the allegations of News Corp phone hacking were "disgraceful" and warranted an FBI investigation. Rep. Mary Bono Mack intends to discuss the scandal at a House hearing today on Internet privacy, a staffer said in an interview on Wednesday.
Already a range of groups including Free Press, Public Campaign, ThinkProgress, CREDO Action and Media Matters for America has collected signatures from 100,000 Americans demanding an investigation. is organizing a sizable protest to occur outside Murdoch's Manhattan townhouse on Thursday.

Police: Hacking scandal whistleblower reporter found dead (7/18/11)

In a further twist to this story, a former News of the World reporter who helped blow the whistle on the scandal was found dead on Monday in his home. Authorities do not believe it is suspicious.
Hoare was quoted by The New York Times as saying that phone-hacking was widely used and even encouraged at the News of the World tabloid under then-editor Andy Coulson.
Coulson - who most recently served as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief, was arrested as part of the widening investigation into phone hacking and police corruption.
Cameron had 26 meetings with Murdoch executives, more than twice the number of meetings he has had with any other media organization.
"The view of every prime minister for the last 30 years is that no one can get elected without the blessing of the patriarch," said Claire Enders, a media analyst.
Meanwhile, the website of Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper has apparently been hacked. Visitors to the site were redirected to a page featuring a story saying Murdoch's dead body had been found in his garden. A group of hackers later took responsibility via Twitter.
5--4 wettest months in row for this time in Utah's history [ed. note: this article was published in June and refers to a 3 month period.  I have heard that July has continued the trend so that is where we get the "4" month timeframe].

Spring wettest 90-day period on record in Utah

The past three months have been the wettest 90-day period in Utah's history, according to data provided by the National Weather Service.
NWS's information comes from the weather station at Salt Lake City International Airport.
Cache Valley, meanwhile, has been even wetter, according to Utah Climate Center meteorologist Marty Booth.
"For this year's springtime precipitation in Logan, we've already logged 12.98 inches for the March-to-May time period," Booth said, "which is even more than Salt Lake City. We beat them by over a whole inch."
In fact, he added, Cache Valley and other parts of Northern Utah have already had more rain this spring than they usually get all year.
"Normally, they measure what's called a water year, and it starts in October when the snow season starts," Booth explained. "As of the end of April, we've already reached our yearly quota plus the 5 or 6 inches above the 100 percent."
So what's going on? What's with all the rain this spring?
Posted: Thursday, June 2, 2011 1:00 am
6--Drought in Southwest, South, USA

 The Texas drought is now the worst ever recorded. The situation is very dangerous.
I lived through the parching 7 year drought of the 1950s in Texas. I recall seeing rain when I was a little boy, and then not again until I was eleven. During that time, cattle died, ranchers had to leave their land because their tanks and wells dried up, farms blew away and many a small town had to ration water. But the demands then were nothing like they are now. The Edwards Aquifer that provides South Texas with its water is so low that it could begin to salinate due to salt water leaking in from the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially all of the lakes in Texas are in danger of drying up. If there is not rain there before the end of the summer, it will mean big trouble. Already, agriculture and the oil industry, which uses millions of gallons of water in fracking, are in serious trouble.

The most disturbing thing about this is that the drought is likely to spread north and eastward. I am very much afraid that the blistering summer I predicted last winter is going to happen.

More than three-fourths of Texas is in the worst stage of drought as lack of rainfall and sizzling temperatures bake the state in its worst dry spell in decades.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday showed 75.5 percent of the state in exceptional drought, a 50 percent increase in just seven weeks.
Texas is coming off it driest nine-month period ever and had its hottest June on record.
The map's driest category means there are exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses, and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells.
Cities across Texas are seeing triple-digit heat. On Tuesday, Lubbock broke a 77-year-old record with the 30th day this year of temperatures reaching at least 100 degrees.

Agriculture officials in the state, which leads the nation in cotton and cattle production, estimated Monday that total crop losses attributed to the drought that started in November have reached $2.6 billion. Livestock losses have reached an additional $974 million. And officials have not yet tallied how much ranchers will lose from having fewer cattle to breed or from selling calves earlier than usual because they don't have pasture on which their animals can graze.
It could be two years before a reduced beef supply and higher prices hit the grocery store, said Travis Miller, a drought specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension. He noted that many cattle being sold at Texas sale barns will end up in states where grazing lands are better. 
If dry conditions persist, losses could surpass the $4.1 billion in agriculture losses three years ago, the highest amount ever in Texas in a single year. That drought spread across more of the state than this year's, said Carl Anderson, an economist and professor emeritus at Texas AgriLife Extension.
"The last three months of this drought have been so, so severe," Anderson said. "The critical factor here is how soon will we get soaking rains."
Texas agriculture officials said they factored in cattle losses going back through November, when the current drought began. The $3.6 billion in losses came during a span of about nine months; the record losses in 2006 covered 12 months.
It is so dry in some parts of Texas that water for livestock and wildlife is evaporating. According to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map, released July 14, 55 of Texas' 254 counties are in extreme or exceptional drought; no other part of the nation is that dry.

2011 sure has been a wild year for America so far.  First we had unprecedented tornado outbreaks, then we had horrific flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, then we had record setting wildfires and now we are facing a crippling drought all over the southern United States.  From Arizona all the way to Georgia there are vast areas that have been declared to be experiencing "exceptional drought" by the National Weather Service.  Crop failures are widespread and ranchers are having a very difficult time trying to feed their cattle.  If the southern United States does not receive a significant amount of rain soon, the drought of 2011 is going to be one of biggest natural disasters that we have seen in a long, long time. Right now, approximately 29 percent of the country is experiencing some level of drought.  About 12 percent of the U.S. is experiencing "exceptional drought", which is the highest level of drought.  The combination of very little rain and scorching heat over much of the nation has been absolutely devastating.  Many areas have been dealing with high temperatures in the 90s and the low triple digits for weeks.

The Lone Star state is at the epicentre of a once-in-a-generation drought stretching from Arizona to Florida. The US’s southern underbelly is scorched like meat on a grill.
The drought has spawned wildfires, turning grasslands to ash. In Texas, the leading cotton producer in the US, 59 per cent of the cotton crop is in poor condition or worse. Harvests of hard winter wheat, prized for yeasted breads, have plummeted in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas as yields and acreage contracted. Ranchers cannot feed their cattle on parched pastures.
Mr Hancock, a fourth-generation farmer, says the cotton seeds he planted on his 3,000 dryland acres never germinated. “All I see is dry, barren farmland. The weeds really haven’t even grown,” he says.
His irrigated crop is also “right on the edge”, as temperatures in Lubbock have hovered near 38C all month. Last month was the hottest June in Texas on record, breaking the previous peak in 1953.
The pain is spreading to businesses that serve the farms. West of Mr Hancock, the Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin – the machine that strips cotton fibers from the seeds – will hire only one 16-person crew at autumn harvest time, rather than the two round-the-clock crews that handled last year’s bumper crop.
“I am hoping for a third of what we ginned last year,” says Dan Jackson, general manager. “But with each day that we don’t get measurable moisture, that kind of dims.”

7--Sandstorms (2 major "haboobs" now) in Phoenix

Nearly mile high dust storm ("haboob") hits Phoenix
July 20, 2011Hikers in Arizona this Monday attempting to breathe in nice, fresh desert air got instead lungfuls of desiccated topsoil and spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis, which can cause a dangerous condition called Valley Fever that involves lung abscesses.
Yes, it's haboobs again. The Southwest weather phenomenon, also seen in the arid Middle East, last made headlines on July 5 when a towering one perhaps more powerful than any in the last three decades thoroughly powdered Phoenix. (Haboob photo gallery.) On Monday afternoon, three more dust storms rolled over Arizona with cloud tops approaching 4,000 feet. They grounded airplanes, knocked out power to a couple thousand people and gave a little more credence to those who believe climate change is increasing the world's yearly diet of haboob.
This trio of sandstorms arrived in the midst of a particularly dry North American monsoon season, a climate pattern that brings moist Pacific and Gulf of California air over the United States' intermountain region plus a good portion of Mexico. The dusky, ochre-colored dust reduced visibility in some cities to a squinty 60 feet and compounded the day's utter misery by adding stinging particles on top of 112-degree heat.

Haboob hits Phoenix, biggest ever
The “haboob” that’s enveloped Phoenix, Arizona late is a dust storm of epic proportion: The Tuesday, July 5, sand storm literally enveloped the city as the state was hit by a monsoon—with intensity that hasn’t been seen by even longtime residents in Phoenix area or the state in the past half of a century.

The sandstorm, also known as a haboob, was produced by the downdrafts of a collapsing thunderstorm complex generated by the Southwest monsoon. When downdrafts of rapidly descending air smashed desert ground, vast amounts of sand and dust were kicked up – and sent subsequently carried forth by the storm outflow. Haboobs aren’t unheard of but Arizona’s July experience ranked as an incredibly hard-hitting dust storm that was unique, intense and reached incredible heights after thunderstorms literally pushed rain-cooled air to the ground with force and winds related to the storms slammed into the desert sand – creating a massive, swirling sand storm.

While Haboobs occur several times per year in desert areas like Arizona, this particular dust storm was very unique in its power and spread -- storm chasers capturing video footage that’s on par with a Hollywood reel, in a storm that saw residents scrambling for cover and drivers trying to beat the haboob home. Even Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport was forced to close for nearly an hour with visibility cut to less than one-eight of a mile and winds that hit over 50 miles per hour.

Experts believe a thunderstorm complex combined with extreme drought conditions in the area is to blame. While the airport region got just 0.04” of rain from the storm, southern Arizona regions were slammed by up to two inches of rain –simply overnight -- from the monsoon thunderstorms.

8--Volcanoes, ie., Iceland, Indonesia

Indonesia Volcano Erupts Twice In A Day
18 Jul 11 - Indonesia's 'Mount Lokon' volcano erupted twice within half-an-hour this afternoon.
Today's eruptions followe yesterday's huge eruption when it threw hot ash up to two miles high (11,400 feet, or 3474 meters), its most powerful eruption yet.

Mount Lokon had been dormant for years but rumbled back to life late last week.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes because it sits along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped string of faults that lines the Pacific Ocean.

What Could Thousands Of Underwater Volcanoes Do?
(July 12) A string of a dozen volcanoes, at least several of them active, has been found beneath the frigid seas near Antarctica, the first such discovery in that region. Some of the peaks tower nearly 10,000 feet above the ocean floor – nearly tall enough to break the water’s surface. “That’s a big volcano. That’s a very big volcano. If that was on land it would be quite remarkable,” said Philip Leat, a volcanologist with the British Antarctic Survey who led a seafloor mapping expedition to the region in 2007 and 2010.



MOSCOW, June 12 (UPI) -- Locust swarms are devouring crops in the Astrakhan region in Russia, causing officials to declare a state of emergency for the area.
The locusts have already affected about 19,768 acres or cropland, RIA Novosti reported. The Astrakhan region's Emergencies Ministry declared the state of emergency Sunday.
The agency is seeking to tackle the locust problem through pesticides, with 654 acres treated so far, the Russian news agency said.

10--Violent flash mob attacks
The term “teenage mob attacks” sounds like some clichĂ© term out of a bad horror story.  But, this is a growing phenomenon amongst our youth, and a concern especially for many store owners in urban areas.  Signs are surfacing of a growing epidemic of violence, and many are realizing this is just the beginning.  In fact, in the last 4 months, teenage mobs have wreaked havoc in different parts of the country.  Media outlets have reported the following incidents of teenage looting.

UPPER DARBY — A mob of about 40 people stormed into the Sears department store on 69th Street Thursday, and in a flash stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, officials said.
Police were able to round up 15 juveniles and one adult, 19, all from West Philadelphia.“They came in on the El train and hit Sears,” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “They stole sneakers, socks, watches, whatever they could get their hands on, and left.|met:300|cat:0|order:1
In an op-ed titled ‘Race and the flash mob attacks‘, author Steve Chapman perfectly illustrates the cowardice and intellectual imbecility of liberals. His article says:
“Here’s my question about the teenagers who have been attacking and robbing people on North Michigan Avenue in recent days: Were they Christians? And if so, what denomination? Baptist? Catholic? Seventh Day Adventist?
Those may sound like ridiculous questions. But so is the question raised by many Tribune readers about our coverage: Why aren’t we mentioning that the culprits are black?
There are good reasons not to identify the attackers by race. It’s the newspaper’s sound general policy not to mention race in a story, whether about crime or anything else, unless it has some clear relevance to the topic.”
Steve, those are not good reasons, those are policies. As for relevance in flash mob violence? Hmmmm…lemme see..flash mobs…race….could there be some “clear relevance” here in Chicago and across America? Well, AWD might think of one glaring, big fat, 800 pound “relevant” in the room. The numerous black flash mobs that took place over Memorial Day may be just a leeeetle relevant. Also, if race is not a pertinent issue, why is gender? It’s stupid! If the paper won’t say “the black flash mob,” why would it say “the white male bank robber?” The mainstream propaganda will not report news that doesn’t fit squarely in their tightly-defined, politically correct profile. There is no room in that profile where black people can ever do anything wrong. If they do, it must not be reported. In the PC world, only white people are racists and capable of evil. Everyone else is a victim.
What do you think the Leftstream Media would say if mobs of white teens were assaulting black people and looting stores and restaurants in cities all around the country? Do you think the skin color of the perpetrators wouldn’t be the lead story?
We wouldn’t be hearing generic terms like “youths” and “juveniles,” we’d hear a massive outcry against young white racists conducting white-on-black hate crimes. We’d see stories comparing them to the Klan’s lynch mobs.
But since the races are reversed in this latest trend — since most of these thugs are black and most of their victims are white — it doesn’t fit the politically-correct narrative. This is, after all, Obama’s “post-racial America.” And somewhere, a cat is in possession of the tongues of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
But regardless of the race of the perpetrators and the race of the victims, the individuals involved in this lawlessness are little more than animals. They carry out these attacks and robberies because they think nobody can stop them or catch them.
Arm yourself. Every single link and video below is a perfect example why law-abiding citizens should have the right to carry firearms for self-defense. This unchecked aggression will continue until the criminals run face-first into the brick wall of accountability, or the business end of a gun.
Teens Beat Man In “Knock Out Game” Near Metrolink Station
Milwaukee Mob Victim Recalls Beating … ‘Oh, White Girl Bleeds a Lot’
Lakeview Stabbing Caught On Video
‘I was scared for my life’…
Poet ‘Da Real One’ Gunned Down In Front Of Miami Poetry CafĂ©
Violent crime explodes in Myrtle during Black Bike Week; 8-hour hell…
Rib Fest at Rochester beach turns rowdy…
Riot on Long Island…
Urban Melee In Charlotte…
Chaos causes DNC concern for convention…
Unruly urban crowd shuts down Nashville water park…
Emanuel shuts down packed Chicago beach; ‘heat-related illnesses’…
REPORT: ‘Dozens of gang bangers’… 

[Ed. note: And while the following two examples were not physically violent, they were angry and disruptive and organized by left wing agitators . . . targeting "capitalist pigs" . . . . It is not hard to imagine the types of "flash mobs" here shown . . . COMING TOGETHER . . . to create an ominous "social control" by the left, a la' the "brownshirts" of Nazi Germany or Maoist Youths . . .. who terrorized the "people" to COERCE them into "getting with the program" . . . . ]

Anti-Walmart Flash Mob Turns Up at Store Demanding Pensions & Benefits for Employees…or Else
July 21, 2011 .   What better way to help communities in need of work than to invoke an angry flash-mob targetting a major retailer that offers nearby residents… jobs?
Well, that is precisely what happened in Laurel, Maryland, when an activist group called “Respect DC” recently turned up at a local Walmart to deliver an ultimatum to the retail giant: give your employees high wages and top-notch benefits, or else. It is perhaps also worth noting that RDC’s politically-charged flash mob was promoted on the SEUI Youtube page.
To deliver its message, the group‘s medium was a jazz performance of Aretha Franklin’s famed song “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” In the flash-mobber’s re-worked song lyrics, RDC apparently wants Walmart to promise, along with great pay and other benefits, retirement pensions for all its employees:
“What you want, Walmart you got it. What you need, you know we got it. All we’re asking is for a little respect if you come to D.C…. We ain’t gonna give you all our money, unless you give us some retirement, honey.”
According to RDC, Walmart needs to “show respect” to the neighborhoods in which the retail giant plans to open new stores by meeting with “community leaders” to whom it will “guarantee,” in writing no less, to “improve” the quality of life for its employees.

‘Gay Barbarian Horde’ Glitters Waiting Room of Bachmann Clinic

 A “barbarian horde” of LGBT-rights activists traveled to Marcus Bachmann’s counseling center in Minnesota Thursday, chanted lyrics from a Lady Gaga song, demanded to see Bachmman and when he didn’t show up, glittered the waiting room.The group was led by the same LGBT-rights activist who glittered Newt Gingrich back in May. Bachmann, of course, has become famous in recent weeks thanks in part to his wife Michele’s presidential campaign and in part because of the Christian counseling center he runs in Minnesota. Bachmann has said he performs so-called gay reparative therapy at the clinic (but only at the request of his patients.)
Marcus Bachmann, who conducts “reparative therapy” at the clinic intended to convert homosexuals, has said that gays are “barbarians who need to be disciplined.” The horde requested to speak directly with Bachmann and experience some “discipline” for themselves.
When Marcus was no where to be found, the barbarians glittered the empty waiting room and reception area while chanting, “You can’t pray away the gay — baby, I was born this way!”
11--Rogue planet?. . . Comet being seen more frequently?

Elenin, Nibiru, Planet X Time for Reality Check
July 11, 2011 7:52
Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:29 CDT
What is really going on? Oy! Where to start?
 It seems there is a veritable fever going around at the moment, all centered on Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) and the possible connection it may have to Nibiru – or Planet-X as it’s known in some circles. This is the supposed “12th planet” that’s been prophesied to come plowing through the Solar System causing a doomsday scenario for us earth-dwellers. Right now, YouTube is awash with videos on Comet Elenin, making this and that claim. Last I checked, a search for “Comet Elenin” returned over 5,000 results on YouTube alone (and that says nothing about what’s going on in the blogosphere).
As we’ve noted here on SOTT over the years, when the noise starts to overpower the signal, that’s when there’s usually something brewing behind the scenes. The Powers That Be don’t just put resources into obscuring certain topics for nothing; and it seems that their disinfo machine is cranked into high gear for this one. Due to all this noise surrounding these topics many questions abound: Is there something special about Comet Elenin? Does Elenin have anything to do with Nibiru/Planet-X? Is Elenin related to the chaotic weather we’ve experienced lately? Is Comet Elenin really a spaceship from another galaxy? Is all of this somehow related to the end of the Mayan Calendar and the 2012 doomsday prophecies? These questions are understandable given all the lies we’re swimming in and the frantic nature of the material we’re dealing with. Hopefully a lot of these questions will clear up towards the end of this article.
To summarize the situation, it seems that we have certain folks claiming that Comet Elenin is everything from an elaborate hoax, to a piloted alien spacecraft, to a stray neutron star, to Planet-X itself, and on and on… All the while, NASA and friends seem to be sitting back comfortably in their chairs saying, “nothing to see here, folks!” So who’s figured it out? Or hasn’t anybody really put all the pieces together yet? Clearly, there’s a lot of truth being mixed with lies – that is for certain. The hope is here to dissect some of the noise and inject a little sanity into what is otherwise an insane discussion.

Is Planet X Elenin?
We should first look at what NASA says Elenin is. They say that Elenin is a comet discovered by a Russian Scientist in Dec 2010. Some are saying that Elenin is a planet.

And some are saying that this is the real “destroyer” that the Sumerian tablets speak of when they named it NIBIRU which is considered as “THE” Planet X by most readers.
Which is it?
.....not only does NASA admit that it is there and headed towards earth, but the jet propulsion lab has rendered a model showing its predicted path.  This is awesome because we can all rest assured  that this one thing NASA is good at.
The model that is animated and can be controlled by pushing the current date back and forward in time to see where this so called comet will be on any given day.

If you push the model back to Sept 4th, 2010,  yea, you guessed it, the sun, our earth and this so called comet are all aligned in a straight path.  Now keep in mind the last article that I posted, shows how our very own oceans actually bulge outward when our moon is aligned with the earth and sun. This is what we call the spring tide regardless of what season we are in.

Considering this well known alignment factor, many astronomers said that this was a major consideration for the 7.2 earthquake that hit Christ Church NZ on Sept 4th 2010.
I think it is safe to say that this “Elenin” is causing problems and or is at least part of the problem.  What it is we don’t know for sure but it is headed right towards earth and will pass in front of us meaning we will have to travel through its wake shortly there after. All of this will occur late September (alignment), mid October (closest that it will be to earth), and early November that we will pass through the wake of Elenin.

For those of you who have read and seen other articles on this so called Comet that are to the contrary of this article I would advise you to keep an open mind about the information. All of the information about this body of material that is heading towards us has only been processed since its discovery a mere 4 months ago.  There are some strange things about this comet and It has changes from day to day so don’t be surprised if the final trajectory is deemed to actually come even closer than it is being reported.
We don’t know what it is made of which is always a surprise when we find a new comet.  The tail is gargantuan and I am sure we will see lots of new things out of this one.  I just hope that the final trajectory does not hit earth.
What is the next alignment date?  That will change between now and then I’m sure but for now the next alignment is late September, then in mid October we will be at our closest proximity to it and then in mid November we will go through Elenin’s wake as we cross behind it through its path.
12--Debt ceiling "crisis"/negotions, looming Moody's U.S. credit downgrade

Debt Ceiling Talks Break Down Again
Talks between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama to raise the debt ceiling in conjunction with sweeping spending cuts and tax and entitlement reform have broken down. There will be no "grand bargain" to deal with the debt crisis and raise the debt ceiling.
"We have now run out of time," a visibly angry Obama declared at a hastily arranged press conference in the White House briefing room.  
 It is clear, however, that Boehner and Cantor were ready to accept up to $800 billion in revenue measures as part of a grand bargain. But when that number jumped, in part because of pressure from Democrats, the talks broke down.
Boehner sent a letter to his Republican colleagues explaining his decision to pull out of talks for a "grand bargain." Here are some highlights:
"It has become evident that the White House is not serious about ending the spending binge that is destroying jobs and endangering our children's future," he wrote, adding, "A deal was never reached, and was never really close.
"The president is emphatic that taxes have to be raised. ... The president is emphatic that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs," Boehner wrote.
"For these reasons, I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders in the Senate in an effort to find a path forward."

 America At Crossroads
While it is important not to offer excuses that might enable Congressional Republicans to retreat on the debt ceiling battle, the American people need to realize just how much pressure the liberal opposition is putting on them, in hopes of forcing a capitulation. However, the primary reason Democrats are waging this all out war is not merely to ensure a continuation of the current bloat and excesses of government. Rather, they know that a Republican cave would be their best central strategy for a Democrat rebound in 2012, likely guaranteeing Barack Obama's reelection as well as major Republican losses in both Houses.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D.-NY) is leading an effort to claim that Republican intransigence is part of a deliberate effort to "sabotage" the economy for political purposes. Meanwhile, the usual liberal mouthpieces in the "mainstream" media are offering their own jaundiced perspectives. Chris Matthews on MSNBC tells of the bliss and euphoria that has erupted in Greece on the heels of that country's passage of a budget that ostensibly fixes its debt crisis. In short, the liberal message is that the only means of preventing calamity and tragedy in America is for the Republicans to stop playing Russian roulette with the nation's finances by raising the debt ceiling and accommodating the outlandish spending excesses of Obama and his minions on Capitol Hill.
Not surprisingly, Barack Obama is playing his usual disingenuous role in this fiscal disaster. Pretending to be above the fray, he is doing his best to shift the blame from his indefensible financial escapades of the past three years to those on the right who seek to honestly confront the situation and rescue the nation from it. This time however, the transparency of his actions has become glaringly obvious. Even some in the liberal media have expressed their extreme disappointment with his pontificating and juvenile finger pointing, whether in prepared White House statements or during his disastrous June 29 press conference.
The harsh truth of today is the same as it has always been. Any government that continues to spend more than it takes in, as America has been doing, will eventually fail. No exceptions. Those who at this late date remain fixated on how to carry on in the present mode are exhibiting their total disregard for the nation's well being or its prospects for the future. If the good people from the Heartland intend to save their country from monetary ruin, they had better demand accountability from those in elected office. Anything less will guarantee that, at some point in the not-too-distant future, America's streets will look like the streets of Athens, but with no prospect of an overseeing entity coming to their rescue.
13--Gold price shooting through the roof
Gold broke the $1600 barrier in intra-day trading this morning—twice. The debt ceiling drama is only one reason among many.
On Friday, gold closed at $1589.80, up only eighty cents an ounce at the New York Commodity Exchange. Then this morning it broke another ceiling at $1600. At first it fell back abruptly, at 8:00 this morning (Eastern time). Then, at about 10:30, it broke above $1600 again and is still rising at this hour (11:07 a.m.).
Silver is rising, too, now up $1.54 per ounce and well above $40 per ounce. 
Gold and silver are rising for at least two reasons. The immediate reason is the debt ceiling talks. They are going nowhere. Investors know it. They are looking for a store of value. This had to happen sooner or later.
The long-term reason is that central banks, as a group, are buying gold, and buying it faster than ever. Standard Chartered Plc guesses that gold will reach $2000 an ounce by 2014, and $5000 an ounce by 2020. The Chinese central bank (and, incredibly enough, ordinary Chinese men-on-the-street) will buy gold faster than Chinese gold miners can dig it out of the ground. That might be happening already. Other central banks will likely do the same.
Prices for all physical, hold-in-your-hand things are going up. Countries are debasing their currencies everywhere. So everyone is looking for a solid store of value.

14--Fast & Furious Gun Running Scandal
"Two of the approximately 2,000 guns that the ATF let criminals walk away with were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.   

When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report  -- "The Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents -- it infuriated law enforcement officers and American citizens across the country.
One police commander in New Jersey told Law Enforcement Examiner, "We need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation fast. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the killing of two American law enforcement officers -- one in the U.S., the other in Mexico."
The at times shocking report includes testimony from four Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents offering firsthand accounts about the controversial Operation Fast and Furious that allowed suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns." By Jim Kouri,   July 17th, 2011
 . . . .  . . .  . .
"Paul K. writes:

In the article at Daily Caller, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that he's almost certain Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were anti-gun agenda political ploys from the Obama administration. He said, "I think another major part of this story is that the narrative of the Obama administration and the ATF is that, 'wouldn't it be great if we could tie guns, as part of our anti-gun agenda, to the Mexican civil war, as opposed to, you know, our lack of enforcement of the drug laws or failure to protect the borders.' " This would fit in logically with something President Obama said when he met with gun-control advocates Jim Brady and his wife Sarah on March 30. Obama told them that gun control "was very much on his agenda," but that he was working on it "under the radar."
Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious sound very much like under-the-radar operations that were exposed."
15--Libya continued bombing
TRIPOLI, July 23 (Reuters) - NATO warplanes bombed targets in the Libyan capital early on Saturday, causing damage and casualties, Libyan state television said, without giving details.
A Reuters witness said there were at least six blasts, adding they were the largest to the hit the capital in several weeks.
Four explosions rocked the hotel where international media were based and two more were heard slightly further off.
NATO has been engaged in a air campaign as part of a United Nations mandate to protect civilians targeted by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Rebels have been fighting to overthrow Gaddafi since February, but their military progress has become bogged down, and there have been renewed calls among the international community for a negotiated settlement to the conflict.

Bombing civilians to save civilians?

NATO's unprecedented acknowledgment of responsibility for civilian deaths is raising doubts about the alliance's prolonged campaign in Libya, which was supposed to save civilian lives.

NATO admitted for the first time in its Libya campaign that it was responsible for civilian casualties, taking responsibility for an airstrike on a civilian home in Tripoli on Sunday that killed nine and injured many more.
The mistake was probably caused by a "weapons system failure" that led a weapon intended for a military target to go astray, it said. Earlier this weekend, it made its first admission of guilt for an accidental strike on Libyan rebels.
Libyan officials accused NATO of purposely targeting civilians to turn them against Qaddafi, and government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said that civilians casualties used to be "collateral damage" but are now "direct hits," the Los Angeles Times reported.
16--Romney leading GOP presidential pack, Michele Bachmann still surging

Bachman Surges
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has stormed into second place among Republican primary voters in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains the front-runner, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
The poll, taken between July 14 and July 17, found continuing turmoil in the Republican race to be the “anti-Romney.” Mr. Romney remained the first choice of 30% of GOP primary voters in July, the same number as June. But beneath him, the stability ends.  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who joined the presidential race last month with a flurry of attention and a promise of civility, has yet to catch fire. He is at the back of the pack with 2% support, up from 1% the month he announced his candidacy.
17--Syria continues violent crack down on protesters

Syrian Army Crackdown Continues
Beirut (AsiaNews) - The Syrian army’s repression of popular protests continues: Fourth Division troops have surrounded Harasta, a suburb of Damascus, while raids are underway in Homs, scene of massive demonstrations in recent days.

Local witnesses in Harasta report what have become signs of an approaching attack, cut electricity and water supplies and telephone lines cut off.

The regime is worried about containing information on the events: Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has published a ban on all diplomats travelling more than 25 kilometres from Damascus without permission. The ban was triggered after the visit on July 7 to Hama by the ambassadors of the United States and France, Robert Ford and Eric Chevalier. "We will not expel the two ambassadors - the minister added - because we hope to have better relations with each of these in the future. Hopefully - Muallem ominously concluded – we will not to be forced to impose the ban by force. "

DAMASCUS: Syrian troops dug into the outskirts of an eastern border town yesterday to press a crackdown on dissent, activists said, as EU foreign ministers told President Bashar Al Assad to reform or step down.
After a bloody weekend during which dozens of civilians clamouring for change were shot dead by security forces, most of them in the central city of Homs, the European Union threatened to slap more sanctions on Damascus.
Activists warned that the fighting in Homs, where more than 30 people were killed in fierce clashes between Christians, Sunni Muslims and Alawites from Assad’s minority community, could spark a new and dangerous turning point in more than four months of pro-democracy protests.
“It is a dangerous signal of the break-up of Syrian society,” Abdel Karim Rihawi, who heads the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights, said.
“There is danger of a division of society that really threatens national unity,” he said by telephone.
Human rights activist Rami Abdel Rahman said the fighting broke out after three regime supporters kidnapped last week were killed and their dismembered bodies returned to their relatives on Saturday.
“These clashes are a dangerous development that undermines the revolution and serves the interests of its enemies who want it to turn into a civil war,” said Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“The two sides started out beating each other with sticks, but then firearms were used,” he added.
Rihawi said shops were torched across the city and troops moved into Homs on Sunday to restore order.
“Today (Monday) Homs is calm. The four tanks and the troop carrier which entered on Sunday have pulled out,” he said.

18--Yellowstone showing signs of super volcano activity
[Ed. note: I can't seem to find much corroborating evidence of this report, but I heard a fairly well known talk show host talking about recent "earth changes" events uptick . . . and I thought he said that Stan Deyo had reported recently that there was a current gag order on Yellowstone park officials regarding the strange things going on there related to park changes, anomalies, animal attacks etc. and a real fear that the supervolcano was showing increased activity . . . . Personally, I have never felt like that volcano will blow in this lifetime . . . but perhaps some lessor, though still odd events might occur there to the geographical and seismic situation . . . . ]
Gag Order Yellowstone?
 Last night on Acceleration Radio, my guest, Stan Deyo, shocked me when he told of a gag order being placed on those who work at the Yellowstone Caldera. Stan pointed out that this gag-order has been in place since February of this year. When I asked him why he thought this was done, he said that in order to control the population and keep order, the public need not be aware of the danger it might be facing. I believe that the same secrecy and obfuscation applies to the Nebraska in regard to the nuke plant that, as of this post, is surrounded by rising flood waters. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
19--Famine/drought crises

UN declares Somalia famine in Bakool and Lower Shabelle

The United Nations has declared a famine in two areas of southern Somalia as the region suffers the worst drought in more than half a century.
The UN said the humanitarian situation in southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle had deteriorated rapidly.
It is the first time that the country has seen famine in 19 years.
Meanwhile, the UN and US have said aid agencies need further safety guarantees from armed groups in Somalia to allow staff to reach those in need.
Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-affiliated group which controls large swathes of south and central Somalia, had imposed a ban on foreign aid agencies in its territories in 2009, but has recently allowed limited access.  An estimated 10 million people have been affected in East Africa by the worst drought in more than half a century. More than 166,000 desperate Somalis are estimated to have fled their country to neighboring Kenya or Ethiopia.

Why are Somalia's militants clamping down on famine aid?

Somalia's militant group Al Shabab announced that a ban on some aid groups remains in place. The decision stems from a distrust of outsiders and a desire to deny the famine's existence.  As famine kills people in the Horn of Africa, politics colors the response: political struggles between the United States and the United Nations, inside of governments, and between the international community and al Shabab, the Islamist militia that controls southern Somalia, where the famine’s epicenter lies. Yesterday, an al Shabab spokesman brought the issue of politics front and center: 

“We say [the UN declaration of famine in southern Somalia] is totally, 100 percent wrong and baseless propaganda. Yes there is drought but the conditions are not as bad as they say,” al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told a media briefing.”They have another objective and it wouldn’t surprise us if they were politicizing the situation.”
It now appears that al Shabab has reversed its decision, made just days ago, to lift the ban on outside aid groups entering its territory. The story is still developing, but there is a strong chance that al Shabab will dig in its heels and try to ride the famine out, with all the consequences that entails in terms of human suffering.

Kenya refuses to open empty refugee camp as thousands flee famine

Starving refugees fleeing East Africa's drought are being barred from a refugee centre which Kenya's government refuses to open due to security fears. 

   New water tanks, lavatory blocks and health care facilities stand idle at the camp while tens of thousands of desperate people are forced to shelter nearby in what Oxfam today called "shocking conditions".

The extra space was built to take the overspill from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, which was overwhelmed even before the effects of the current hit crisis levels.
Dadaab's three existing centres were designed to house 90,000 people mostly fleeing war and drought in neighboring Somalia.
Today, they are swamped with more than 380,000, and 1,400 more people are arriving each day.
Kenya's government approved the construction of the new Ifo II camp two years ago but has since blocked access for fear that refugees will settle there permanently.

20--Euro economic crisis
Euro Crisis Continues
With Italy and Spain in the firing line, Eurozone leaders are bracing for another battering from financial markets this week, amid growing fears that the spiralling sovereign debt crisis is threatening the future of the single currency. After Italy was forced to bring forward austerity plans last week to placate anxious bond investors, European council president Herman Van Rompuy called leaders to an emergency summit this Thursday. Read more HERE.
Markets around the world could crash by more than a third if Europe fails to resolve its debt crisis, Deutsche Bank analysts have warned. The warning came as EU president Herman Van Rompuy said eurozone nations will hold a special summit in Brussels on Thursday over a second bail-out for Greece.

21--recent misc. events and news

Norway "Terror" Attack
Oslo, Norway (CNN) July 22, 2011-- At least 80 people are dead as a result of a rampage Friday on a Norwegian island, police said, an attack that came shortly after an explosion killed seven others in the Scandinavian nation's capital.
Police have detained a 32-year-old Norwegian man who they suspect opened fire on scores at the ruling Labour Party's youth camp on Utoya Island, about 20 miles from Oslo. Police spokesman Are Frykholm, who told CNN early Saturday about the death toll spike, said authorities are investigating further, based on information from the man.
That attack and the massive explosion in the heart of Oslo are definitely linked, police said.
Seven were killed in the attack in the Norwegian capital, officials said. In all, 90 people were hospitalized as a result of the Oslo blast, said Erik Hansen, a spokesman for Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang.

Control Over Rural Communities/Smart Grid
On June 9, 2011, the Obama Administration Established the “White House Rural Council to Strengthen Rural Communities” via Executive Order. “Strengthening Rural Communities” is the spin. The real issue is control. Rural communities are where food is grown, and control of food is a main priority for the New World Order.
So, who is in charge of this Council? Why the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, of course!
And just what is one of the first things that Secretary Vilsack, as Chair of the Council going to do? Attack rural America with Smart Meters.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Administration officials today to announce initiatives aimed at modernizing the nation’s electric grid, including USDA’s goal to invest $250 million in smart grid equipment deployment in rural America over the next 12 months.
What a Smart Grid does
In the United States, the Smart Grid concept is defined [2] as the modernization of the nation’s electricity transmission and distribution system to maintain a reliable and secure electricity infrastructure that can meet future demand growth and to achieve each of the following, which together characterize a Smart Grid:
(1) Increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid.
(2) Dynamic optimization of grid operations and resources, with full cyber-security.
(3) Deployment and integration of distributed resources and generation, including renewable resources.
(4) Development and incorporation of demand response, demand-side resources, and energy-efficiency resources.
(5) Deployment of `smart’ technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimize the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation.
(6) Integration of `smart’ appliances and consumer devices.
(7) Deployment and integration of advanced electricity storage and peak-shaving technologies, including plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and thermal-storage air conditioning.
(8) Provision to consumers of timely information and control options.
(9) Development of standards for communication and interoperability of appliances and equipment connected to the electric grid, including the infrastructure serving the grid.
(10) Identification and lowering of unreasonable or unnecessary barriers to adoption of smart grid technologies, practices, and services.
What this means to you
A smart grid will put into place “digitally controlled devices that can alter the nature of the electrical load (giving the electric company the ability to turn off appliances in your home if they see fit.”
If you are using too much electricity, the kill switch is there to make sure that you are in compliance with mandated electrical usage. If you are trying to grow food, and your electrical consumption is high because of it, you can be cut off. No electricity means no water. No water means no crops. This is a total control grid.

Island Of Death
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed killer called out to the campers and asked them to come closer.
Unsuspecting and trusting, they came over but when they did he killed them in a random and unprovoked attack.
The gunman, who has been identified as Anders Breivik, 32, killed at least 80 people at an island summer youth camp north west of Oslo on Utoeya island. 
His boots crunching along as he sought out his victims and wearing what appeared to be a police uniform, he shot at them twice to make sure they were dead.
Adrian Pracon, who was shot in the shoulder as he lay face down, playing dead, said he heard the killer shouting about how everyone was going to die.
The 21-year-old said: 'He yelled out that he was going to kill us all and that we must all die. I started speculating and thinking this can't be real because Norwegian people wouldn't attack Norway.'
Mr Pracon also described how he could hear the blue-eyed gunman's boots as he walked along the rocks and felt his breath moments before he shot him in the back.

'I was lying on a rock, face down and I could hear him coming. I could feel his breath.

'As he approached, he shot at me to see if I was dead and fortunately I didn't move so he thought I was dead.
'I was laying there for two hours, still healthy but very cold.'
Before he was shot Mr Pracon said he had tried to escape the island by swimming into the ocean but only managed a short distance before deciding to turn back.
'I jumped into the water like the rest of the people but I did not have time to take my clothes off and it had started to rain.
'When I had swum about 100 metres I felt I had to turn back because I started to get very cold and felt I might meet a certain death.'
Once he reached the shore he saw Breivik who pointed his gun at him.
'I screamed to him, please no please. I didn't know if he didn't want to just kill me because I was one person or if he preferred to kill a group of people.
Another teenager, aged 15, who took refuge in the village of Sundvollen after the massacre said she stood just feet away from the gunman when he opened fire on the camp.
'I saw many dead people," said 15-year old Elise. The teenager said she had just come out from an information meeting in a nearby building when she heard gunshots.
Hybrids Grown In labs
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.
The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far. 
Last night a campaigner against the excesses of medical research said he was disgusted that scientists were ‘dabbling in the grotesque’.
Figures seen by the Daily Mail show that 155 ‘admixed’ embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created since the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act.
This legalised the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.
Scientists say the techniques can be used to develop embryonic stem cells which can be used to treat a range of incurable illnesses.

Big Broil
As the core of the heat wave settled eastward, several all-time record highs were set in the Northeast on Friday with many more locations challenging all-time records.
Following a very warm night Thursday, where many urban areas failed to drop below 80 degrees, the extra warm start made record high temperatures for the date "sitting ducks," waiting to be knocked off.
Many of the old all-time high temperature records in the Northeast were set during the Dust Bowl era with several occurring on dates during the blistering summer of 1936. In a number of other locations, the nasty heat waves during July 1966 and August 1918 set the marks to beat. Elsewhere, the all-time list is scattered about various decades through the past century.
City Actual High Fri. Old July 22 Rec. High All-Time Rec. High
New York City 104 101/1957 106/July 7, 1936
Philadelphia 103 100/1957 106/Aug. 7, 1918
Wilmington 102 101/1957 107/Aug. 7, 1918
Baltimore 106 101/1957 107/July 10, 1936
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) 105 98/1998 104/July 16, 1988
Newark 106 101/1957 105/Aug. 9, 2001
Richmond 102 103/1930 107/Aug. 6, 1918
Allentown 104 101/1926 105/July 7, 1981
Harrisburg 103 101/1926 107/July 3, 1966
Scranton 98 98/1955 102/Aug. 7, 1918
Hartford 103 101/1926 102/July 6, 2010
Boston 103 103/1926 104/July 4, 1911
Atlantic City 105 100/1957 106/June 28, 1969
The high at Washington Dulles Airport was among those that set new all-time records. The mercury soared to 105 degrees, breaking the previous all-time high of 104 set on July 16, 1988. Newark, N.J., Reading, Pa., Hartford, Ct. and Bridgeport, Ct. were also cities which tied or broke their all-time records.

Shoulda Gone To Rehab

LONDON (AP) -- Few artists summed up their own career in a single song - a single line - as well as Amy Winehouse.
"They tried to make me go to rehab," she sang on her world-conquering 2006 single, "Rehab." "I said 'No, no no.'"
Occasionally, she said yes, but to no avail: repeated stints in hospitals and clinics couldn't stop alcohol and drugs scuttling the career of a singer whose distinctive voice, rich mix of influences and heart-on-her sleeve sensibility seemed to promise great things.
In her short lifetime, Winehouse too often made headlines because of drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, destructive relationships and abortive performances. But it's her small but powerful body of recorded music that will be her legacy.
The singer was found dead Saturday by ambulance crews called to her home in north London's Camden area, a youth-culture mecca known for its music scene, its pubs - and the availability of illegal drugs.
Amy Winehouse, 27, found dead at her London flat.

Janice Joplin, 27, dead in 1970
Jimi Hendrix, 27, dead in 1970.
Jim Morrison, 27, dead in 1971.
Kurt Cobain, 27, dead in 1994.

Now Amy Winehouse, victim of the 27 curse.

War Between Cops and Gangs Ramping Up (July 23, 2011)

Chicago Police officers have shot 40 people this year, nearly as many as in all of 2010.
No one knows for sure why police-involved shootings are up.
But Officer Danny O’Toole — who killed a suspect in 2009 and was wounded in a shootout just two weeks later — thinks he knows why.
“The younger generation is brazen, they just don’t care,” he said. “It’s ‘shoot at the police and make my escape.’ And we shoot back.”
Police point to statistics that show aggravated assaults and batteries on police officers have risen from 739 in 2000 to 1,789 last year.
Last week, a spotlight was cast on the danger that officers such as O’Toole face every day.

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