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Friday, December 31, 2004


From: Liza  
 Sent: Friday, December 31, 2004 5:11 PM

If these new signals are off the land mass the earthquake will be greater than the 9.0 magnitude in the Indian ocean. A more specific epicenter may be determined upon further data received from additional main signals. If such data is received, than at that time, the location and percentage of certainty will be adjusted accordingly.

Currently the percentage of probability is 80% that a quake will occur in these locations specified with a magnitude measuring 8.0 - 9.0. Magnitude may be greater if the earthquake originates offshore in the water. This forecast is in effect immediately through January 14, 2005. The most likely dates are today December 29, 2004, January 1st, 6th, 13th and 14th 2005; plus or minus 9 to 15 hours towards sunrise/sunset. Additional main signals could result in the release of seismic activity before these most probable dates noted above. We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you further news and updates as it may develop.

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Press Release

Phone: (408)829-4381


11:45 AM PDT, December 29, 2004



On December 29, 2004 an early warning earthquake detection was observed for the second time for the region as stated in the December 23, 2004 press release for the 8.1 magnitude off the coast of New Zealand across Australia to the epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami on December 26, 2004. These newly detected main signals received December 29, 2004 are not at the same epicenters as the underwater disturbances of the 8.1 magnitude quake off the coast of New Zealand on December 23, 2004 or the magnitude 9.0 quake off the west coast of Northern Sumatra on December 26, 2004.

Two (2) sets of main signals (quartz crystal under pressure producing short bursts of radio signals-see Coles Method) were detected 23 minutes apart from each other indicating multiple epicenters most likely on land. These main signals were greater than the 8.1 magnitude quake or the 9.0 magnitude quake as predicated on December 11, 2004 at

If these new signals are off the land mass the earthquake will be greater than the 9.0 magnitude in the Indian ocean. A more specific epicenter may be determined upon further data received from additional main signals. If such data is received, than at that time, the location and percentage of certainty will be adjusted accordingly.

Currently the percentage of probability is 80% that a quake will occur in these locations specified with a magnitude measuring 8.0 - 9.0. Magnitude may be greater if the earthquake originates offshore in the water. This forecast is in effect immediately through January 14, 2005. The most likely dates are today December 29, 2004, January 1st, 6th, 13th and 14th 2005; plus or minus 9 to 15 hours towards sunrise/sunset. Additional main signals could result in the release of seismic activity before these most probable dates noted above. We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you further news and updates as it may develop.

Â?All we want to do is save livesÂ? Jack Coles

For References See: AP Wire Service January 17-19th, 1994, Hard Copy, American Journal (Inside Edition January 19, 1994) and the L.A. Weekly News; Â?The Myth of Solid GroundÂ? April 9-16th, 1999 top of page 34; the Â?Thurston ClarkÂ?s book Â?California FaultÂ? see pages 254-258 and 397-398; along with many other publications for television, radio, and newspaper from Canada to Japan down to Columbia; nationwide in the United States.

Coles Method Of Detecting Earthquakes

There are two types of earthquake signals, Â?InitialÂ? build-up and Â?MainÂ? signals that are seismic events in progress that result in earthquakes as much as 90% of the time. Â?Initial SignalsÂ? are build-up types of indicators and may be compared to a rumbling or elevated background noise from the earthÂ?s normal two to twelve hertz or the sudden lack of sound coming from normal rotation of this sphere we live on. These Â?Initial SignalsÂ? eventually have yielded quakes approximately 5-to-15% of the time depending on the area and can be followed by a main signal that could give us as much as a 90% forecast with larger quakes. These could and most of the time takes months or years. This could be a Â?get readyÂ? warning stage. A long period of Â?initial signalsÂ? with a sudden change could be an indication to Â?get setÂ? and when the Â?Main SignalÂ? hits that would be Â?goÂ?! This is the time interval that one starts to pay extreme attention. Even so, Â?Initial SignalsÂ? by themselves are still good for about 5-to-15% of the forecast.

Â?Main SignalsÂ? are the detections of the earth as it sparks as a beacon flaring radio noise and sometimes travels around the globe. These are the signals which give us the most likely possible dates, times, location(s), and magnitudes. They happen at one day (four-to-twenty four hours 1x1), four days (fifty six-to-ninety six hours 2x2), nine day (3x3), sixteen day (4x4), etc. At 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, etc. those most likeliest dates have occurred on 1,4,9,16 days and only three quakes that have gone 25 days with three that have taken 28 to 30 days (see eruption cycle at Mt. Saint Helens); this could be due to a lunar cycle. On January 21, 1994 twenty-one main signals occurred and it took 361 days for the quake to happen at Kobe, Japan on January 16, 1995. (19x19) Before the quake there was also four day, nine and sixteen day signals. These signals can be picked up on a SPECTRUM ANALYZER. This could be likened to a pencil under pressure sounding off with no visible signs of cracking. Matter of fact, most all-solid objects under stress will sound off before apparent cracking or breaking occurs. More so, quartz crystal sends off radio noise (piezoelectricity) just before breakage despite Â?Nay SayersÂ? that profess that it isnÂ?t so! (See Nova, Â?Are we AloneÂ?, Colorado Department of Mine segment). Also it may be brought to our attention that some rocks decay and are radioactive for tens of thousands of years. Who says that radio noise does not come out of rock? Some of the brightest and deadliest radio waves come from small orb made from rock and put under explosive pressure making nuclear pulse; the Atom bomb.

An example of a final main signal would be 2:57 A.M. Friday the 14th of January 1994. Counting the day that it happened as Â?day oneÂ?, Â?day fourÂ? would be Monday morning January 17th. If these Â?main SignalsÂ? happen in the in the afternoon or evening the quakes most likely happen the morning of the fourth day. The midway portion of these signals toward sunrise would place the time at 4:27 A.M. The Northridge Quake in 1994 hit at 4:31 A.M. four minutes off the exact dead center. The Kobe, Japan Quake in 1995 gave off the most Â?Main SignalsÂ? starting the 2nd of January 1995 giving a distinct echo to indicate distance, location, and magnitude killing nearly 6,000 thousand people sixteen days later.

If a person that would have listened to Â?Initial SignalsÂ? and Â?Main SignalsÂ? like they did back in the early days of radio in Los Angeles: Tune your AM radio down to 530khz and then slowly go up the dial until you have reached a quiet spot in between radio stations with little or no buzz. Next turn the volume up to where there is constant static then turn the volume down until you can barely hear it. You will hear lightning crackling during a storm, lights being turned on and off, or some kinds of electric tools being used. These need to be subtracted from the earthÂ?s upward cascading harmonic emissions from the 2-to-12 hertz range. Write down the exact time and dates and you will be hearing these initial and main signals. DonÂ?t forget to go about the normal activities of the day. These anomalies will be loud enough that you can hear them at the time they happen even though the volume is low. When the Â?Main SignalÂ? is detected an earthquake is in process. There will be a sixteen (16) day window period with three most likely dates, if the quake doesnÂ?t happen in the first 24 hours. A good example would be if a Â?Main SignalÂ? happened on the 1st of any given month, the window would start on the first (1st) and go through the seventeenth (17th) of that month. The most likeliest dates would be the first, fourth, ninth, and sixteenth (1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4). The time would be based on +/- 9 to 15 hours toward sunrise/sunset and could be either side of the dates mentioned. If a signal happens late at night the following would apply. The 4th and 5th, or 9th and 10th, or the16th and17th with the last day being the18th.  

Please stay prepared... Â?All we want to do is save lives" JackColes
For References See: AP Wire Service January 17-19th, 1994, Hard Copy, American Journal (Inside Edition January 19, 1994) and the L.A. Weekly News; Â?The Myth of Solid GroundÂ? April 9-16th, 1999 top of page 34; the Â?Thurston ClarkÂ?s book Â?California FaultÂ? see pages 254-258 and 397-398; along with many other publications for television, radio, and newspaper from Canada to Japan down to Columbia; nationwide in the United States.  - 1,282 truckloads to fill sinkhole - Dec 30, 2004

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United Arab Emirates sees SNOW for first time ever!

How much more evidence do we need that the Earth's climate is changing?

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United Arab Emirates: Snow for the first time. Anna

UAE sees snow for first time ever

DUBAI (AFP) Dec 30, 2004
Snow has fallen over the United Arab Emirates for the first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah as the desert country experienced a cold spell and above-average rainfall.

Dubai airport's meteorology department told AFP Thursday that snow fell over the Al-Jees mountain range in Ras al-Khaimah, which is the most northerly member of the UAE federation.

The English-language Gulf News reported that the mountain cluster, 5,700 feet (1,737 metres) above sea level, "had heavy night-time snowfall for the past two days as a result of temperatures dropping to as low as minus five Celsius (23 Fahrenheit)" and stunning the emirate's residents.

On Monday, 12.6 millimetres (half an inch) of rain fell on the desert emirate of Dubai, where it hardly ever rains, as police reported 500 accidents on its roads in 24 hours, including one fatality, as a result of a three-day downpour.

A cold spell has hit the country this week, with the mercury plunging to 12 degrees Celsius (53.6 Fahrenheit) in Dubai on Wednesday night.

The meteorology department, however, said the chilly weather in Dubai, where summer temperatures reach 50 Celcius (122 Fahrenheit), will probably end by next week.

CLAIM: 400,000 DEAD

Claim: 400,000 DEAD


Indonesia Needs Help, Death Toll Expected To Exceed 400,000
Thu Dec 30 2004 12:52:01 ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) -- The death toll in Acheh, the
region worst hit by last Sunday´s tsunami, may exceed 400,000 as
many affected areas could still not be reached for search and rescue
operations, Indonesia´s Ambassador to Malaysia Drs H. Rusdihardjo
said Thursday.

He said the estimate was based on air surveillance by Indonesian
authorities who found no signs of life in places like Meulaboh,
Pulau Simeulue and Tapak Tuan while several islands off the west
coast of Sumatera had "disappeared".

He said the latest death toll of more than 40,000 in Acheh and
northern Sumatera did not take into account the figures from the
other areas, especially in the west of the region.

"Aerial surveillance found the town of Meulaboh completely destroyed
with only one buiding standing. The building, which belonged to the
military, happens to be on a hill," he told reporters after
receiving RM1 million in aid for Indonesia´s Tsunami Disaster Relief
Fund here Thursday.

Rusdihardjo said there were about 150,000 residents in Meulaboh,
which was located 150km from the epicentre of the earthquake while
Pulau Simeuleu had a population of 76,000.

Ambassador Rusdihardjo said a combination of earthquake and tsunami
had left 80 to 100 per cent of infrastructure in Acheh province,
such as hospitals, health centres, transport and communication
networks and homes, destroyed.

"Looking at the scale of destruction, it´s difficult to say when the
search and rescue operations can be mounted in all affected areas,"
he said.

He said rescue efforts were hampered by transportation difficulties
and lack of fuel.

Rusdihardjo said that at this time international help, especially in
the form of medicines, clean water, food and clothing, were
desperately needed by Indonesia to aid survivors in Acheh.

"Now we are worried about the outbreak of diseases such as cholera,
the work of disposing corpses and the absence of clean water
following the contamination of water sources," he said.

It would take years before the situation returned to normal, he
said, adding that the Indonesian government was not able to estimate
losses caused by the tragedy as yet.

He expressed his gratitude to Malaysia´s help although the country
itself was hit with 66 lives lost so far and property to the tune of
millions of ringgit destroyed.

"We are deeply touched," he said.

Rusdihardjo said Indonesia was also seeking Malaysia´s cooperation
to mount search and rescue operations from its shores because of the
close proximity of the two countries.




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Comments on Ring of Fire

From: rOZie
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 7:04 PM
To: A
Subject: Ring of Fire

Thought you might want to read this question from
someone on my mailing list. May help you to
understand today's vibration since Sri Lanka etc...if
not interested please delete...

What is the Ring of Fire?

The Pacific is a hot bed for earth changes, and we
just had a very big signal from mother earth. I am a
big fan of Gordon Michael Scallion and I have watched his
perditions for years. And I am very much into earth
changes...that is why Karoline and I moved 2200 miles
to Montana and the fact that Spirit told us to. I
always said we came here to die... But I am not sure
if that is symbolic or not? LOL

Read this information at the two links.

I hope you forgive me for this but I have never been
happy that you are in California. But I have said
that to a few of my friends and they just laugh and
say if it is my time it will be my time. I believe
that we are well on our way to Armageddon. In the
beginning I don't think we had to reach this stage of
the game, because the bible is symbolic. But threw the
century's the negative interruption has gone out into
the ether's and I believe that mankind now has to
eradicate those thought forms that are still on the
mental planes. I think the New Age thinkers were not
united enough to transmute Armageddon. Remember the
bible also talks about earth changes during this
period of time. Maybe it was always meant to be, I
don't know for sure? But after our election, I knew
which way it was going to swing for sure...

I do believe that the earth will survive. And good
spiritual teachers will be left to bring the truth
back to earth. Where we go from there is up to the
ALL to decided.

I am getting to old on this physical to even want to
stick around this mess...but as long as I am here I am
not finished and I will do my best.

If you were in Dec.26 Tsunami what would you be doing
right now if you survived? And what should you do to
prepare? If anything at all? It happened in a snap
of your fingers and life changed for everyone in the
area believing in predictions or ought to get
interesting in a lot of area's in 2005 don't you
Prepare by being mindful of your own spirituality, and
what can you do to raise your own consciousness. If
we all did that maybe, just maybe we will ward
somethings off? In the mean time fresh water will be
the name of the game...and non electric can openers,
with some can food wouldn't be bad to have in a safe

I hope these links will answer your question. Love

"The gods conceal from men the happiness of death,
that they may endure life." Lucan (39-65 A.D.)

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Tsunami toll More Than 117,000 Now

This has been mind boggling.. heart wrenching..
Yet, we have been having so many warnings, prophecies, predictions for years - from many different sources.
All virtually saying the same thing in different words, cultures, spiritual outlooks. 
Ancient history and modern science are converging in their predictions too.
For years, the disasters have been increasing.. and mercifully, mostly in limited areas. 
But now.  But now....
Now it seems to be rapidly escalating, spreading exponentially..   Have you noticed too? 
Are we really prepared for more to come? 
dee xxoo
APA family grieves at a hospital in Sri Lanka.
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Earthquake Bomb in Development?

Old news, but interesting:
Earthquake Bomb in Development? 
Underground Nukes Pose Hazard To Earth 
Are Iran and the Red Chinese working on bombs capable of creating earthquakes? 
     ...a report in the Sunday Times of London...revealed that Soviet scientists had for years conducted underground nuclear tests looking to the possibility of developing a bomb that could be detonated beneath the Earth's surface to create a quake
     Soviet scientists have revealed an underground nuclear test...near the Arctic Circle, in 1988 may have caused an earthquake in the then-Soviet Capive Nation of Armenia, 2,000 miles away, which resulted in the deaths of 45,000 people
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Russian volcano erupts in Kamchatka

Russian volcano erupts in Kamchatka
Washington Times - Washington,DC,USA
28 (UPI) -- Russian seismologists said the Shiveluch volcano 
  in the eastern Kamchatka peninsula began erupting Tuesday,  
 sending hot ash up to 6,500 feet. ... 

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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Monday, December 27, 2004

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Prayers save girl from certain death by rabies..


By Sharon Roznik
the reporter

In two monthÂ?s time, 15-year-old Jeanna GieseÂ?s recovery from rabies has been deemed so triumphant that believers around the world have attributed it to the miracle of prayer.

Medical experts say Jeanna is the first person in the history of recorded medicine to have survived a full-blown case of human rabies without having been given an initial series of anti-rabies injections.

Â?We believe that prayer got us to this point,Â? said her father, ... 


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Friday, December 10, 2004

The Sanhedrin - a story with great historical and prophetic significance getting almost no play in the news

Sanhedrin Launched In Tiberias
12:42 Oct 14, '04 / 29 Tishrei 5765

A unique ceremony - probably only the 2nd of its kind in the past 1,600 years - took place in Tiberias today: The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in the Land of Israel. ........



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From: Jim Bramlett []

Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 8:10 PM


Subject: The Sanhedrin


The Sanhedrin

Jim Bramlett

Dear friends:

There is a story with great historical and prophetic significance

that is

getting almost no play in the news media, which is still obsessed with

the Scott Peterson trial and other trivia.  The shallowness and

increasing irrelevance of the news media are beyond description. 

But it is no surprise that watershed prophetic events are virtually

overlooked by the world, which lies in deception.  "As in


days of Noah" they will be caught by total surprise and

overtaken by


The story is this: On October 14, 2004, a group of 71 Rabbis from

across Israel convened in Tiberias. This was the first meeting of the

Sanhedrin in 1600 years!

Israel National News reports: "In a

dramatic but unpublicized move Monday (December 6), members of the


established Sanhedrin ascended the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest

site.  Close to fifty recently ordained 'samuchim,' members of


Sanhedrin, lined up at the foot of the Temple Mount Monday morning.


men, many ascending the Temple Mount for the first time, had

immersed in

mikvaot (ritual baths) that morning and planned to ascend as a


Fellow "watchperson" Sherry Vance makes this interesting

commentary: "The re-institution of the Sanhedrin is just as

prophetic and important a sign of the Second Coming as were the

signs of the birth of Israel in 1948 and the reclaiming of

Jerusalem in 1967! Just as the nation of Israel had to be back in the

land, and just as Jerusalem had to  be reclaimed before the last

days began to be fulfilled, THE SANHEDRIN MUST BE IN PLACE IN ORDER TO




of course, the Remnant of Israel will also declare it at His coming,


- at His first coming it was the Sanhedrin that rejected Him and so


stated they will  acknowledge Him when He comes the second

time.  They will be there at His CORONATION to officially declare

Him Lord of Lords and King of Kings, to which purpose He is coming

to the

WORLD.  But the purpose of the Sanhedrin will be to anoint Him

KING of the NATION of ISRAEL! If the Sanhedrin is about to be

reconvened, how close do you think we ARE to the Second


But before the new Sanhedrin declares that Jesus is King, some bad


will have to happen. 

Another fellow watchperson, Miriam Howard, comments: "I believe


ONLY reason for this 'unbelieving' Sanhedrin to be re-established

NOW is

to get the nation ready to RATIFY the covenant with Sheol and Death


with the Antichrist!!!!  I personally believe the False Prophet


among this group of rabbis!"

Fellow watchman Alan Tombetta remarks on the above: "If you are

correct, that one of those Rabbis may be the False Prophet, then

(Messianic Jew) Greg Killian's interpretation of Daniel's words.....

"And he shall make a covenant with many" ..... is

correct.  He says that 'the MANY is the Hebrew word...

'Rabim' L'rabbim... the many Rabbis.'  Killian maintains the

false covenant of peace can only be made with the permission of the


Who will bring the false covenant to Israel to obtain agreement

"with many"? 

Will it be the behind-the-scenes master deal-maker and magical world

arbiter, EU's Javier Solana? 

Will the covenant be connected with Solana's European Neighborhood


(ENP), which has a seven-year element?  In itself, in addition to

the 71 rabbis, the ENP is quite literally a covenant with many. It

is an

agreement between 25 European Union member states and 17 non-member

states. In other words, it's a seven-year agreement involving 42


After sending my message the other day about Solana, I learned that


name Javier means light, or enlightened, and Solana means

sun, or sunshine.  Whether or not he is the antichrist, could

he be

the special end-time emissary of Lucifer, which means


Keep watching...



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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

MonsterTyphoons in the Philippines!

From: Timothy Snodgrass []
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 6:53 AM
Subject: 11/29/04 Update

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11/29/04 UPDATE

The weather in the Philippines has been fierce this week, and it appears that yet another typhoon has just developed dead-center over our heads in the capital island of Luzon. If you look at satellite images of the Pacific (see below link), you will notice that a second typhoon of monster size is developing, which could easily form into the second record-breaking-sized typhoon this year. Storms of this size seem to leave a trail of seismic-havoc in the Pacific. Within the last 48 hours, we have already seen two 7.0+ earthquakes (7.2 in Papua, and 7.0 Hokkaido). Keep a close eye on the Pacific this week.

I was hoping to get caught up on answering emails today, but it looks like I'm going to have to head home before the roads get too flooded, whereas the sky is now black and torrential rain is coming down so thick that you cannot even see the buildings across the street. But before I leave, I would like share a dream I had last night about the president. I was in a room standing in front of President Bush and his wife, and noticed that they were very well dressed, preparing to attend a meeting. I approached the president and whispered in his ear, "Cancel all your engagements for the "2nd", and explained to him that we had received intelligence that a physical attack was being planned against him. When I awoke, I looked at my calendar and noticed that December 2nd is only days away. Continue to pray for the safety President. Was the "2nd" in the dream referring to December 2nd? Or perhaps January 2nd? I am not sure, but there was a clear urgency to continue interceding for the safety of the president and his entire family.


Timothy Snodgrass

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Mount St. Helens Crater Shaken by Earthquake

Mount St. Helens Crater Shaken by Earthquake

Mount St. Helens Crater Shaken by Earthquake

The earthquake, which struck on Saturday at the crater at Mount St. Helens, measured 3.1 on the Richter scale, making it the strongest quake at the volcano since mid-October.

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake shook the crater at Mount St. Helens on Saturday, the strongest quake at the volcano since mid-October.

US Geological Survey scientists said they did not believe a major eruption was imminent, just a continuation of the minor ash and steam eruptions that have been occurring since the mountain reawakened in the autumn.

Saturday's earthquake appeared to be a larger version of the small earthquakes scientists have registered about once a minute for the past several weeks, the USGS said.

Scientists hoped good weather yesterday and today would allow them to get a better look at the volcano.

A flurry of small earthquakes beginning in late September were followed by a burst of steam and ash on Oct. 1, the first in a series of small eruptions.

None of the early earthquakes measured over 3.2 in magnitude.

A new lava formation began building in the crater soon after, with magma reaching the floor at the rate of 7 to 8 cubic meters, about one large dump truck load, every second.

The new dome and the uplifted floor beneath it now cover 28.33 hectares and stand 228.6m high.

Mount St. Helens blew apart in May 1980, killing 57 people and covering the region with gritty ash.

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Monday, November 29, 2004

Bird Flu Pandemic Viewed as Likely


Bird Flu Pandemic Viewed as Likely

Bird Flu Pandemic Viewed as Likely

The geographic spread of the H5N1 virus in poultry, and evidence that it is becoming more versatile, could make its eradication impossible, WHO officials warned. In addition to killing humans, the virus has affected other animals, most recently tigers in a Thailand zoo.

International health officials meeting in Bangkok expressed grave fears Friday that the evolving avian flu virus could result in a pandemic.

A senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said the conditions are ripe for a new pandemic, and that the resiliency of the H5N1 virus makes it a likely candidate for an international outbreak.

"We are closer now to an influenza pandemic than at any time in recent years," said Dr. Shiferu Omi, WHO's Western Pacific regional director.

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Saturday, November 27, 2004

Mystery surrounds Yushchenko ailment


Mystery surrounds Yushchenko ailment

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VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- What ails Viktor Yushchenko?

As Ukraine's popular pro-Western opposition leader claimed victory Tuesday in hotly contested presidential elections, the mystery surrounding an appearance-altering illness that twice prompted him to check into a Vienna hospital persisted.

Yushchenko accused the Ukrainian authorities of poisoning him. His detractors suggested he'd eaten some bad sushi.

Adding to the intrigue, the Austrian doctors who treated him have asked foreign experts to help determine if his symptoms may have been caused by toxins found in biological weapons.

Medical experts said they may never know for sure what befell Yushchenko.

But the illness, whatever it was, has dramatically changed his appearance since he first sought treatment at Vienna's private Rudolfinerhaus clinic on September 10.

Known for his ruggedly handsome, almost movie star looks, Yushchenko's complexion is now pockmarked. His face is haggard, swollen and partially paralyzed. One eye often tears up.

Doctors at Rudolfinerhaus declined to comment Tuesday. By the time Yushchenko checked out of the clinic last month after returning for follow-up treatment, physicians said they could neither prove nor rule out that he had been poisoned.

Dr. Nikolai Korpan, who oversaw Yushchenko's treatment in Vienna, said the cause of his illness remained "totally open.''

Doctors were unable to confirm suspicions of poisoning because Yushchenko first checked into the clinic four days after the symptoms appeared -- too late for tests to show if poisoning had occurred, Korpan said.

At Rudolfinerhaus, Yushchenko underwent a week of intensive treatment for several illnesses, including acute pancreatitis, a viral skin disease and nerve paralysis on the left side of his face, Korpan said.

Clinic director Michael Zimpfer said doctors were unable to explain some of Yushchenko's symptoms, particularly his strong backaches.

He said they could not rule out stress or a viral infection.

Yushchenko's doctors in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said they had determined that "chemicals not of a food origin'' had triggered the illness.

Zimpfer and the clinic's chief physician, Dr. Lothar Wicke -- who requested police protection after receiving an anonymous threat while treating Yushchenko -- later asked for outside help from "a specialist in military operations and biological weapons,'' the Austria Press Agency reported.

Yushchenko's medical files since have been sealed and turned over to Austrian prosecutors, local media reported.

Authorities have not said whether they planned to investigate further or merely turn over their findings to Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Volodymyr Syvkovych, the head of a 15-member Ukrainian parliamentary commission that investigated the mysterious illness, said a forensic medical examination found no traces of "any biological weapons'' in Yushchenko's blood, nails, hair or urine.

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Dropping the anchorman

Dropping the anchorman
Nov 25th 2004
From The Economist print edition

Dan Rather's retirement marks a welcome change in American journalism

FOR conservative America, it just keeps on getting better. A mere 20 days after the Republicans' clean sweep of the White House and Congress, the American right celebrated the retirement of one of the hated grandees of liberal journalism, Dan Rather. Â?It's as if the voters just keep on voting,Â? says one conservative. Â?And our side just keeps on winning.Â?

The right has been after Mr Rather's scalp for decades. The CBS veteran made his name beating up Richard Nixon in the Watergate era and has kept CBS News on the liberal straight-and-narrow as its longstanding news anchor. (Accuracy in Media, a conservative-watchdog group, first started its Â?Can DanÂ? campaign 16 years ago.) Mr Rather's career highlights include a shouting match with George Bush senior over Iran-contra and an interview with Saddam Hussein shortly before last year's American invasion. Now the 73-year-old has announced that he will be retiring from his anchoring job next March.

Next March will be exactly 24 years since Mr Rather took over from Walter Cronkite. But Mr Rather's reputation has not recovered from a Â?60 MinutesÂ? documentary (made by CBS) which tried to raise questions about George Bush junior's service in the Texas National Guard. Mr Rather claimed to have documents proving that Mr Bush had violated a direct order to take a physical examination, and also that his superiors had been put under pressure to Â?sugarcoatÂ? his evaluation. But within 14 hours internet sleuths had shown that the documents were forgeries. Mr Rather stood by his story for 12 excruciating days, while his supporters arrogantly contrasted the network's rigorous fact-checking with Â?a guy sitting in his living room in his pyjamas writingÂ?. But the pyjama guy turned out to be right.

Mr Rather's retirement epitomises two broader shifts of power. First, the old media are losing power to the new. And, second, the liberal media establishment is losing power to a more diverse cacophony of new voices.

For most of the post-war era the American media were dominated by a comfortable liberal consensus. The New York Times was the undisputed king of the print news, while the network anchors lorded it over TV news. That consensus is now under siege. The attacks are partly coming from the cable networksÂ?particularly from conservative Fox News. (Charles Krauthammer once quipped that Rupert Murdoch had spotted a niche marketÂ?half the country. Sure enough, Fox is now America's top-rated cable news network.) But old media also face a newer and more unpredictable source of competitionÂ?the blogosphere. Bloggers have discovered that all you need to set yourself up as a pundit is a website and an attitude.

All through the recent election campaign, the new media outsmarted the old media when it came to setting the news agenda. Republican strategists admit that the Swift Boat veterans' attacks on John Kerry, largely ignored by the old media, would never have got anywhere without the online Drudge Report. Drudge was also instrumental in turning the Â?60 MinutesÂ? story into an embarrassment for the Democrats, not Mr Bush. Local bloggers also had an effect; in South Dakota, for instance, they repeatedly highlighted Tom Daschle's partisan record in Washington, DC, something that the Democratic Senate majority leader's friends in the local print media had never laboured to expose.

The bloggers have often been at their most devastating when they have been criticising the old media for bias. Their favourite target has long been the New York Times, where they helped to remove the paper's previous editor, Howell Raines. But CBS is also a juicy target. Why, the bloggers are now demanding, is Mr Rather being allowed to keep a full-time job working for Â?60 MinutesÂ?, the very programme whose reputation he has besmirched? Â?This is not a victory,Â? proclaims, before declaring its intention to keep attacking CBS.

Given America's fractious politics, it is easy to look at Mr Rather's retirement merely in terms of a left v right scorecard. But, more fundamentally, it is about choice.

Mr Rather's announcement of his (partial) retirement comes just a few days before Tom Brokaw resigns from his job anchoring NBC's evening news. That leaves ABC's Peter Jennings as the only survivor of the long-established triumvirate. But nobody imagines that the arrival of new blood at CBS and NBC will revive the fortunes of the network news. Most Americans now get their news from an ever-proliferating range of sources: not just Fox or CNN, but also foreign newspapers and even the innumerable original documents that are now available at the touch of a button. And fewer people regard any single news sourceÂ?be it CBS News or the New York TimesÂ?as the embodiment of truth.

The erosion of the old media establishment probably does entail some shift to the right, if only because so many of the newer voices are more reliably pro-Republican than Mr Rather. But the new media are simply too anarchic and subversive for any single political faction to take control of them. There are plenty of leftish bloggers too: such people helped Howard Dean's presidential campaign. And the most successful conservative bloggers are far from being party loyalists: look at the way in 2002 that they kept the heat on the Republicans' then Senate leader, Trent Lott, for racist remarks that the New York Times originally buried. It is a safe bet that, if the current Bush administration goes the way of previous second-term administrations and becomes consumed by scandals, conservative bloggers will be in the forefront of the scandal-mongering.

Mr Rather's passing does not mean that the liberal orthodoxy is about to give way to a new conservative one. It means that all orthodoxies are being chewed up by a voraciously unpredictable news media, which is surely all to the good.

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Friday, November 26, 2004

Check out the huge coronal hole currently transiting the solar disc!

Check out the huge coronal hole currently transiting the solar disc!



Solar Terrestrial Activity Report

Recent activity    [November 26, 2004 at 04:40 UTC]

The geomagnetic field was quiet to minor storm on November 25. Solar wind speed ranged between 455 and 556 km/sec under the influence of a high speed
stream from coronal hole CH128.

Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 109.4. The planetary A index was 20 (STAR Ap - based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 20.1).
Three hour interval K indices: 45344322 (planetary), 44333423 (Boulder).

The background x-ray flux is at the class B2 level.

At midnight there were 3 spotted regions on the visible solar disk. The solar flare activity level was low. A total of 1 C class event was recorded during the day. That
flare was a C2.6 event at 11:01 with an origin behind the northeast limb.

Region 10704 decayed slowly and quietly.
Region 10706 developed slowly as a few spots emerged in the south and southwest.
Region 10707 became less complex as the positive polarity spot in the north separated from the negative polarity spots in the main penumbra.

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs)

November 23-25: No obviously Earth directed CMEs observed.

Coronal holes

Recurrent coronal hole CH128 in the southern hemisphere was in a geoeffective position on November 21-23. Large and well defined recurrent trans equatorial
coronal hole CH129 will rotate into a geoeffective position on November 27-28.


The geomagnetic field is expected to quiet to active on November 26 and quiet to unsettled on November 27-29. Unsettled to major storm is possible on
November 30 when the high speed stream from coronal hole CH129 arrives.

The is 60-100% probability that effects from a coronal hole could reach Earth within the next 5 days.

Propagation (radio wave)

Long distance low and medium frequency (below 2 MHz) propagation along east-west paths over high and upper middle latitudes is poor to very poor. Propagation
along long distance north-south paths is poor.

Report by Jan Alvestad/DXLC:

'So much to learn, so little time!'

DreamScape -

Papua rocking - Alaska & Russia Shaky

A 7.2 quake shook Papua today following the TimeStar forecast posted in August indicating this area would heat up with resonant quakes and volcanoes in Alaska and Russia, possibly extending to Japan and Washington State.  See TimeStar email alert of November 24 and TimeStar forecast posted August 26, 2004. 
This 7.2 quake came in with the opening of a 13-day window of the October 27, 2004 lunar eclipse.  December 18, 2004 to January 19, 2005 looks like a period of very high geophysical activity, with Alaska, Russia, Japan, Washington State, Mexico and Central high on the list for quakes, volcanoes and storms.
The Papua area (New Guinea) is sinking and thousands have been evacuated to new homes in the last few years.  When the Papua (New Guinea) area sinks, new land masses will rise in the North Pacific.  An underwater volcano in the Aleutians was discovered in 2003 that is predicted to be the next new Aleutian island.  New land masses in the next few DECADES are not limited to the Aleutians and could include areas off the coast of Hawaii and Oregon, but, again, North Pacific locations for new land masses are not limited to these.  Hawaii and Oregon are just locations that look likely, with the coast of Alaska and Russia leading probable areas.
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