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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Iraq Stampede deaths near 1,000

 
 
Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 20:44 GMT 21:44 UK
Iraq stampede deaths near 1,000
Victims' shoes left piled on the Aima bridge

Almost 1,000 people are known to have died in a stampede of Shia pilgrims in northern Baghdad, Iraqi health officials have said.

So far, there have been at least 965 confirmed deaths, making the incident the single biggest loss of Iraqi life since the US-led invasion in 2003.

The incident happened on a ri...



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A lot of people don't know what is going on..

From a friend:

Yes, I would believe that alot of people don't know what is going on in N. Orleans, sad, no? This country sure got hit where it hurts, in the pocketbook. I suspect that in the months to come we are going to see rioting and all sorts of ugly things taking place..over food, water and gas.

Last summer, (middle of July) I was recovering from a surgery and was spending most of my days laying on the sofa, sleeping. Anyhow, to what happened. I had a nightmare dream about gas shortages, and abandonded luxury cars, SUV's, trucks, etc all collecting dust and rust. People could not get fuel for their vehicles, it got to the point that gas was rationed, Nat'l Guard troops stood duty at gas stations, it was difficult if not impossible to get even 1 gallon without going through red tape and interrogation at the gas stations. People were reduced to riding on bicycles, a luxury vehicle was maybe a mo-ped. A lot of highways were impassable, covered in sand and debris, water levels were rising all along the S. E. U.S, also beautiful homes were abandoned. Lots of people were migrating west, on foot, carrying as much as they could. Well, I woke from that dream and decided I must be nuts and needing vitamins in my system. ?? Maybe it wasn't a lack of vitamins afterall. Now I will move onto last Monday (a week ago Monday) I dreamed (in the middle of the night) that creeks, lakes, and rivers were filling up with water and it became dangerous to drive on the roads. It started raining, then the rain increased and the creeks and rivers over ran their banks, then the wind started blowing and water was blowing onto the roads, soon, the waves of water coming off the rivers and creeks were like waves from the ocean, it got worse and worse until the waves coming off the creeks and rivers were so huge that they were swallowing up cars and trucks and some vehicles were grabbed by the waves and pulled into the water and were submerged with people in them. All the while, people that were on higher ground were watching this in shock. (I dreamed this before Katrina ever became a hurricane, before it even struck Forida) when I awoke from this dream, I went into prayer, it seemed like more than a dream, it was too real. Here we are more than a week later, and I am so grieved by this. I do have proof of both dreams, the one from last summer (I told Lynn all about it) and the one from last Monday, I told some intercessors, plus my son.
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From: HIStimeclock@webtv.net
To: jofrosty@hotmail.com (joe frosty)
Subject: RE: KathleenKeating.com - News
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 10:59:53 -0500
just got through talking to LeeAnne in Southaven......
1......stations around them OUTTA GAS!!!
2.......ya wouldn't believe the folks that
don't realize what is going on in New Orleans!!!


Beloved Israel is G-D's TimeClock YECHEZK'EL (EZEKIEL) 5:5 "Here is what Adonai Elohim says: "This is Yerushalayim! I have placed her in the middle of the nations" "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls and prosperity in your palaces" Psalm 122:6-7 "On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." [Isaiah 62:6-7
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Brace for More Katrinas...

 2005 is on track to be the worst-ever year for hurricanes, according to experts measuring ocean temperatures and trade winds -- the two big factors that breed these storms in the Caribbean and tropical North Atlantic.
 
 


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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Mississippi: This is our Tsunami - 100's feared dead..

New Orleans Mayor: Entire City Could Flood

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Mississippi Official: 100 Feared Dead In Coastal County

UPDATED: 9:10 pm PDT August 30, 2005

About 80 percent of New Orleans is underwater after two of the levees designed to keep the city safe were breached by rising water in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The entire city could soon be flooded after attempts to fix a levee failed, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said.

"The sandbagging that we had hoped would happen didn't materialize (Tuesday), so the water continued to rise at that particular location," the mayor told New Orleans television station WDSU.

Nagin said rescue boats are bypassing the dead in search of survivors, many of whom have been stranded on the roofs of their homes since Monday afternoon.

The Coast Guard said it has used boats to rescue 1,200 stranded people.

It appears the death toll from the storm will be high. One survivor after another told of friends and loved ones who floated off or disappeared as the floodwaters rose around them.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said there's a plan in the works to evacuate those who are left in the city of New Orleans -- including the thousands who've taken shelter at the Louisiana Superdome and elsewhere.

Blanco said the devastation "is greater than our worst fears." She described it as "totally overwhelming."

There are no casualty figures yet, but the governor said "many lives have been lost."

National Guard troops are evacuating 300 patients from Charity Hospital in New Orleans, which is surrounded by water. There's no working plumbing or electricity at Charity, but patients keep coming.

Nurses held flashlights and ventilated patients by hand. Doctors wearing green scrubs used canoes to ferry supplies between the city's four downtown hospitals.

As a boat pulled up carrying a man doubled over in pain, nursing supervisor Ray Campo said it's like running into a burning building looking for shelter.

Ambulance helicopters took babies to hospitals all around Louisiana and airlifted doctors into New Orleans.

The governor said the storm severed a major water main, leaving the city without drinkable water.

Mississippi Official: 100 Feared Dead In Coastal County

Mississippi authorities said at least 100 people have died in a coastal county slammed by Hurricane Katrina.

An official in Harrison County, home of Biloxi and Gulfport, said he's "very, very worried" that the number of dead could "go double or triple the latest toll."

Authorities had said earlier that at least 30 residents were killed when Katrina wiped out an apartment building.

A woman who survived the destruction of the Mississippi apartment complex described how she managed to escape as the complex fell apart in the rising waters from Katrina.

"The water got higher and higher. It pushed all the doors open and we swam out," Joy Schovest said. "We grabbed a lady and pulled her out the window and then we swam with the current."

Schovest was in tears as she described the ordeal. She said she's sure her family thinks she's dead, because cell phones aren't working.

She would not say why she stayed behind, despite orders to evacuate.

The head of homeland security for New Orleans said dying is a "hard way to learn a lesson" about evacuating in the face of a dangerous hurricane like Katrina. Terry Ebbert said that for some people who stayed, "it was their last night on Earth."

One man who was in a New Orleans boarding house said he saw the bodies of two other residents in the rising water.

Miss. Mayor: 'This Is Our Tsunami'

Amid what Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour called "enormous" devastation, rescuers in boats and helicopters searched for survivors of Hurricane Katrina along Mississippi's Gulf Coast.

Harrison County coroner Gary Hargrove had this advice for rescuers who encounter bodies: "If they're dead, they're dead. We've got the living to take care of."

The death toll could rise, considering that emergency officials said they have not yet been able to reach many of the hardest-hit areas.

Barbour said damage to casinos deals an enormous blow to the state's pocketbook, but he vowed, "We're going to rebuild, whatever it costs."

The CEO of Treasure Bay Casino said it's a "total loss." He said it will cost more than $100 million to replace it.

At least two of the floating casinos were washed over U.S. 90, which is a major four-lane street that follows the beach. An AP reporter said the casinos' barges are in tatters, adding, "You can see inside them."

There's a ditch on U.S. 90 that's filled with water and slot machines.

As for hotels nearby, they were damaged but not destroyed.

"This is our tsunami," said the mayor of Biloxi.

Survivors Joining Thousands At Superdome

More than 10,000 people are enduring a second day inside the Superdome, where the air conditioning has been off since Hurricane Katrina came ashore Monday.

Rising water has sent patients from one hospital to the domed stadium. A knee-deep moat surrounds the stadium and downtown streets are swamped. The water is fouled with gasoline, debris and floating islands of red ants.

Despite very poor conditions at the Superdome, National Guard troops have brought in more refugees who are trying to escape rising water elsewhere in New Orleans.

Eight of the people who arrived Tuesday had spent Monday night in the attic of a flooded beauty salon. They had to hack through the ceiling to reach the attic as the water rose.

Another man had spent the night in his own attic -- and said he "almost died" in the water.

They've now reached safety -- but not comfort. The air conditioning has been out since power was lost Monday morning. The bathrooms are filthy and barrels are overflowing with trash.

One refugee kept the discomfort in perspective. She said if the facility hadn't been opened, there would have been "a lot of people floating down the river."

Nagin said a death that took place at the Superdome appears to be an accident. Officials from the company that runs the Superdome said two people have died there since Sunday, but he offered no details.

Plucked From Rooftops

Video from a TV helicopter has been showing a Coast Guard chopper plucking people from rooftops in one area where floodwaters nearly cover the homes.

One by one, the hurricane survivors are being placed in a basket and lifted up to the hovering helicopter.

One man said he and his fiancée sat on their roof for three hours before being taken to safety. Bryan Vernon said the water "kept rising and rising and rising."

With bridges destroyed and roads washed out by Hurricane Katrina, the federal government is turning to the Navy to ferry supplies.

Three ships are leaving from Norfolk, Va., for the Gulf Coast in the next few days. They're loaded with water and other critical items.

Meanwhile, the Navy is extending the evacuation of bases in Gulfport and New Orleans. Officials said personnel who left should stay away unless they are specifically contacted to help with recovery.

Looters Take Advantage Of Devastation

In two of the cities hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, looters are running rampant.

An AP reporter along the beach in Biloxi, Miss., said it "looks like a free-for-all," as looters rushed out of souvenir shops, loaded down with merchandise. He saw two men riding go-carts taken from an amusement park near the beach.

Two men were pushing a large plastic garbage can with wheels, so full that it took both of them to drag it down the street.

"People are just casually walking in and filling up garbage bags and walking off like they're Santa Claus," said the owner of the Super Eight motel in Biloxi.

There was a similar scene in downtown New Orleans, where looters were floating garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street.

Some of the looting has been taking place in full view of police and National Guard troops. One man with an armload of clothes even asked a police officer if he could borrow his car.

At a Walgreen's drug store in the French Quarter Tuesday morning, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers.

When police finally showed up, a young boy stood at the door and shouted a warning, and the crowd scattered.

A tourist from Philadelphia compared the scene to "downtown Baghdad."

She said the scene was insane as she stood and snapped pictures in amazement.

"I've wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not," Denise Bollinger said.

Another person described it as a chance for "oppressed" people to "get back at society."

One man walked down Canal Street with a pallet of food on his head. His wife insisted they weren't stealing from the nearby supermarket. She said she had eight grandchildren to feed.

"It's about survival right now," she said.

Nearby, looters ripped open the steel gates on the fronts of stores on Canal Street. They filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation.

Bush Cuts Vacation Short

President George W. Bush is cutting short his August vacation in Texas, to return to Washington and oversee the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. Aides said Bush will spend Tuesday night in Texas before heading back to Washington Wednesday.

He's calling on Americans to donate to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army to help hurricane victims.

Bush said the Gulf Coast faces "trying times" -- and there's "a lot of work to do" to recover from Katrina.

In a speech marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Bush said he knows Gulf Coast residents want to return to their homes, but it's not possible right now. He said search-and-rescue operations continue, and the priority must be on saving lives.

Bush said federal, state and local authorities are working closely to help those in need.

Katrina Marches Through Dixie

Meanwhile, Katrina has battered parts of Georgia with heavy rain, high winds and tornadoes.

Scores of homes have been damaged in Carroll, Heard and Polk counties.

At least one death is blamed on the storm. There was a fatal traffic accident in Carroll County as heavy weather moved through the area Monday afternoon.

In Mobile, Ala., antebellum mansions are flooded. One man said many of the homes are worth $1 million.

"At least they were yesterday," he said.

Katrina, now downgraded to a tropical depression, has also knocked out power to more than 1 million people from Louisiana to Florida's Panhandle. Officials said restoring power could take months.

Forecasters warned that the storm isn't going away and is still producing heavy rains.

At 10 p.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Depression Katrina was located near latitude 39.4 north, longitude 84.0 west or about 12 miles west of Wilmington, Ohio.

The depression is moving toward the north-northeast near 24 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours with an increase in forward speed.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts. Katrina is expected to become extratropical during the next 12 to 24 hours.

Additional rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches, will accompany Katrina across the Ohio Valley, the lower Great Lakes, and into northern New England.

Help Coming, But Recovery May Be Slow

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the government has known for a long time how vulnerable New Orleans would be in a major hurricane like Katrina.

Michael Brown, the head of FEMA, said Hurricane Katrina had a "catastrophic effect" on Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Brown said he's sending more medical personnel to treat evacuated hospital patients. He said FEMA has already sent medical teams, rescue squads and volunteers into disaster areas, but that it will be "quite a while" before people who ran from the storm will be able to return.

Recovery could be a long-term thing. Brown said restoring electricity could become a "block to block, house to house" reconstruction effort, and some people may be without power for weeks.
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New Structure Found at Ancient Ohio Site

Like the Miami Circle?  deexo
 
 
 

New Structure Found at Ancient Ohio Site

Tue Aug 30,10:56 AM ET

Archaeologists say they have something new to study at Fort Ancient State Memorial. A previously unknown circular structure about 200 feet in diameter was detected recently during preliminary work for an erosion-control project at the site of 2,000-year-old earthworks, state authorities said.

More study will be needed to determine whether the structure is an earthworks or the remains of a ditch that held a series of large posts or of some other kind of structure, state authorities said.

"The reaction is 'Wow!'" Jack Blosser, Fort Ancient's site manager, said of the new find. Blosser said the last major discovery at the site was the remains of several homes found during excavation for a museum and garden area built in 1998.

Ohio authorities said a magnetometer, which can show disruptions in magnetic soil particles, detected the structure below ground. They credited Jarrod Burks, an expert on remote sensing technologies with Ohio Valley Archaeological Consultants. The company, based in the Columbus suburb of Worthington, was contracted to work with Ohio Historical Society archaeologists for a survey this summer for a major erosion-control project. The work is being funded with the help of a $255,000 federal matching grant through the Save America's Treasures program of the National Park Service.

Fort Ancient's earthworks, built by an indigenous people called the Hopewell Indians, are 3.5 miles long, on nearly 100 hilltop acres above the Little Miami River in Warren County, about seven miles southeast of Lebanon.

The site was established as an Ohio state park in 1891, and a 1930s project by the federal Civilian Conservation Corps helped eliminate erosion and stabilize the earthworks, state authorities said. However, water runoff in recent years has led to the need for new anti-erosion work.

Brad Lepper, an archaeologist at the Ohio Historical Society, said the erosion-control project will move ahead, but with alterations to avoid disturbing the newly discovered area.

He said state archaeologists might partner with other scholars or seek additional funding to study the find and what it can tell about the Hopewells.

"Anytime there's a find at a site you think is already pretty well understood, it's always exciting to add to the picture," Lepper said.

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Dramatic Photos of Flooded Roadways - Hurricane Katrina

 
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Tropical Trouble - Storm Katrina ,comin' to Florida, of course.

It will be a fluke if this storm gets to be a really strong hurricane.. but anything's possible!
In any case, we're going to have some heavy rains.. and some wind.... Hope it weeds my butterfly garden.. can't find the butterfly plants for the vines.   deexxoo
 
 
TROPICAL TROUBLE 

Matthew Newman, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel Wed Aug 24, 2:47 AM ET

While much of the region will be in for more showers and thunderstorms today, residents across Florida are closely monitoring the tropics. Tropical Storm Katrina is forecast to threaten the central and southern portions of the state with mainly heavy rain (see Tropical Update for complete coverage).


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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

This child needs her mom and dad!


Letters need to be written so this child can be in the care of her parents. She is fighting cancer and needs her mom and dad. PLEASE read all.
http://www.compassionchildren.org/katie.htm

Also, you may email Katie, herself at:  katiew@awesomenet.net

Thanks,
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The Pentagon has become interested in climate collapse..

.. and it looks like it IS collapsing..now slowly, then..
deexxoo
 
 
 CLIMATE COLLAPSE
The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare
The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother of all national security issues.
By David Stipp

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(Photo: Courtesy of USDA NRCS)

Global warming may be bad news for future generations, but let's face it, most of us spend as little time worrying about it as we did about al Qaeda before 9/11. Like the terrorists, though, the seemingly remote climate risk may hit home sooner and harder than we ever imagined. In fact, the prospect has become so real that the Pentagon's strategic planners are grappling with it.

The threat that has riveted their attention is this: Global warming, rather than causing gradual, centuries-spanning change, may be pushing the climate to a tipping point. Growing evidence suggests the ocean-atmosphere system that controls the world's climate can lurch from one state to another in less than a decade?like a canoe that's gradually tilted until suddenly it flips over. Scientists don't know how close the system is to a critical threshold. But abrupt climate change may well occur in the not-too-distant future. If it does, the need to rapidly adapt may overwhelm many societies?thereby upsetting the geopolitical balance of power.

Though triggered by warming, such change would probably cause cooling in the Northern Hemisphere, leading to longer, harsher winters in much of the U.S. and Europe. Worse, it would cause massive droughts, turning farmland to dust bowls and forests to ashes. Picture last fall's California wildfires as a regular thing. Or imagine similar disasters destabilizing nuclear powers such as Pakistan or Russia?it's easy to see why the Pentagon has become interested in abrupt climate change.

Sorcha: Today as "Fires blaze out of control across Portugal" http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/08/22/europe/web.0822lisbon.php

and the ?Great Drought of 2005?     http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9038261/ decimates Americas Heartland, the main debate among the most average of these Western peoples is not to the planning for their protection and survival, but is instead about who they will, or will not listen to as the warnings from God, Nature and their fellow world citizens continue to assail them, most falling upon their deaf ears. 

Hmmnn... we may need something to stretch our gasoline for our generators, much less our cars..

 



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