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Monday, October 24, 2005

We survived Wilma! South Florida has no Electric Power

What a night!  The house sounded like an old sailboat in a storm being battered by icebergs in rough seas..  Went to sleep at almost 5:00 am, awoke at 7:00 am to horrible noises...  electric went out... has not come back on...We've been told it will be 4 weeks before all power is back.   Now running on a generator and a dial up on a laptop..  my regular computer's dsl is down.. We are so blessed to have a gas stove and gas water heater.. plenty of flashlights..Am able to cook hot food!  We got a good generator on sale a couple of weeks before the hurricane. What a blessing to be  able to keep the refrigerator running.  Our gazebo in our back yard is wrecked, but hot tub and sauna are o.k. --  lost one small tree in the front..  son Bruce next door lost a palm tree - he may be able to save it.  Wooden fence between our yard and neighbor's is down.. Roy won't be able to shower out there in the daytime!  ha ha!  Our cars got covered with salty water and leaves so Roy washed them this afternoon. My sons in Broward County north of Miami-Dade are both o.k. My son Bruce next door and daughter Lorrie from Homestead came over after cleaning up mess all day and I cooked some dinner for them... they were really tired. 
 Lorrie lost all trees but two in her back yard - her roof is o.k. but 50 percent in her neighborhood, near Homestead Air Force base are damaged..She had to get help to move a fallen tree that was blocking her truck. Bruce lost a palm tree and another one is leaning dangerously. His back patio screen is just about totaled.  He lost a lot of roof shingles too, but it didn't leak... we went around the neighborhood and picked up all the shingles we could find - he's going to 'paste' them back on his roof - being as he doesn't have any insurance!  They were too tired to go down to Conch Key to see the damage to Lorrie and Manny's 'shack' and their boat.   A neighbor there called her and reported that their boat survived - thank God!  But the dock is gone!  Manny is out in Hawaii and won't be back till Friday, and he's been frantic worrying about Lorrie and the boat.  That dock was beautiful and Manny had put a lot of love and work into it...
Despite sandbags, my  sister Ann in Key West has an inch of 'sewer' water flooding her house I hear.  I can't get through to her on her phones as they have no electric and her cell phone battery is now drained.  I'm sure she's bummed out over water in her house.  We are so blessed that it seems to have been a pretty dry storm in our area - we had heavy winds, but the rain was all around us - somehow it missed Cutler Ridge!  
The cats didn't like all the noise at all!  One is still in hiding somewhere in the junk room, the big girl follows us all around, and the tiny one is snuggling in my lap now. 
If you are in the hurricane swath and you are able to get this email, please let me know how you're doing. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Global Warming? Normal Cycles? God's warnings? Weather Modification? Karma?Reap what you sow?Energy Bombardment from the Central Sun in our Galaxy?

Global Warming-Normal Cycles- God's warnings-Weather Modification- Karma-Reap what you sow-Energy Bombardment from the Central Sun in our Galaxy - Well, of course!  Why not?
 Most humans think in an "either/or" way..left brain OR right brain.
Sorry! People mostly don't realize that it's 'AND', not 'but', and not 'or' ...  It's better to think from all areas of the brain, (left brain, right brain, frontal lobes, hypothalamus,) and heart, mind and soul. And don't discount inspiration either.
I like chocolate AND(not or) I like vanilla, for instance. I want to be thin AND(not but) I like to eat.  Well, I have to WORK with that!  It's not one - or the other, for instance. Tell the whole truth and things clear up.
Everything is influenced by many factors. And why should we mentally limit God's divine providence?  Who knows the mind of God?  Do you? We get hints from His scriptural words and hints from messages through dreams, circumstances, etc. Even angels.  A loving dad right here on earth would correct, even properly spank his child, or even - knock the child down if the kid was  trying to run across the street in front of a car despite being warned what could happen. Why deny an all-loving all-powerful God the capability to pull us up short - in order to save our spiritual lives (in order to live spiritually, mentally, emotionally now and in the future, even after dying, full of  joy)  ..
All things on earth are constantly passing away.. there's the law of entrophy, after all.  We live in an 'imperfect' world - that is, one that is constantly and dynamically changing all the time.  Perfection is an ideal that we ought to hold and strive for, but not complain when it is not reached in the impossible scenario of earth. 
It's a beautiful world and we ought to enjoy it, and especially be grateful to the earth's Creator, don't you think?  Gratitude and appreciation increase the beauty and the joy right here and now.. and there's no law against it.
Global Warming? Normal Cycles? God's warnings? Weather Modification? Karma?Reap what you sow?Energy Bombardments from the Central Sun in our Galaxy?
All of the above are alive and well.

Joyce Morrison
October 22, 2004

The horrific hurricanes we have witnessed in the past two years gives us cause to wonder what is happening.

Could some of the possible reasons be:

  • Global Warming
  • God's wrath has been unleashed
  • Weather's normal cycles
  • Weather modification

Scripture often speaks of destruction as a way to get man's attention. We have to admit we have strayed far from God's commands and have welcomed foreign gods and have been disobedient. Time and again the Bible tells us this conduct brought God's anger. This is a real possibility which can only be verified with time.

It would be good to begin with the theory of Global Warming -- and contrary to what you read in the media, it has never been proven as fact and is still theory -- and yet the words "Global Warming" is in everyone's vocabulary. Every child learns about it in school.

What is the purpose in brainwashing the public?

Many scientists believe there is no such thing as Global Warming and that it has been devised as a way to cripple our economy, while others are totally convinced your hair spray and lawn mowers are causing the problem.

NOAA's response to the hurricanes is that warming and cooling of the waters comes in cycles and has nothing to do with Global Warming. NOAA also reports that strong African winds and strong wind shear produce hurricanes and those tropical patterns last for 20 to 30 years at a time.

Have we accepted what mainstream media has told us without checking further?

The most impressive warming evident occurred from the 1690s through 1730s with the running mean climbing almost 2°C! We imagine that was a significant relief in the depths of the Little Ice Age, although 1740 was obviously a bummer. Abrupt warmings also occurred in the 1770s; 1810s/20s; 1890s and 1990s. Abrupt coolings are evident and a relatively sustained warming in the first half of the Twentieth Century. With our 10-year running mean showing warmer than the series mean for almost the entire Twentieth Century, it is fair to say there has been a net warming over the record period. Some argue that warming is a problem and we will not dwell on our contention that warming is distinctly preferable to cooling. (Junk

Although we have been conditioned to believe everything that happens can be attributed to Global Warming, leading scientists will admit - they cannot prove it exists. In fact, data shows that recent hurricanes are part of a natural 30-year cycle. We're in an upswing in that cycle after a three-decade lull.

National Hurricane Center data shows that Category 3, 4 and 5 hurricanes ? the most powerful hurricanes ? averaged nine per decade in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Since the 1980s, reports tell us we have averaged five extreme hurricanes a decade.

England's Tony Blair has been very pushy with the United States about our reluctance to sign on to the Kyoto Treaty. Now, even Blair has doubts that the Kyoto Treaty is really about Global Warming.

James Pinkerton writes in Tech Central

"Kyoto Treaty RIP." "That's not the headline in any newspaper this morning emerging from the first day of the Clinton Global Initiative, but it could have been -- and should have been. Onstage with former president Bill Clinton at a midtown Manhattan hotel ballroom, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was going to speak with 'brutal honesty' about Kyoto and global warming, and he did. And Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had some blunt talk, too."

Looking ahead to future climate-change negotiations, Blair said of such fast-growing countries as India and China, "They're not going to start negotiating another treaty like Kyoto." India and China, of course, weren't covered by Kyoto in the first place, which was one of the fatal flaws in the treaty. But now Blair is acknowledging the obvious: that after the current Kyoto treaty -- which the US never acceded to -- expires in 2012, there's not going to be another worldwide deal like it.

Recently I reported on U. S. Director of Agriculture's Secretary Mike Johanns touring the United States, telling farmers the World Trade Organization said we will have to cut the only thing keeping American farmers alive - subsidies. I received a couple of letters from people who had all the answers, although they are not farmers?.(but their grandpa might have been) and their solutions showed how totally out of touch people are when it comes to today's agriculture.

"Established by the U.S.-based Center for American Progress along with Britain's Institute for Public Policy Research and the Australia Institute, the international task force also calls for shifting agricultural subsidies from food crops to biofuels and making G-8 countries obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025, all to ensure Earth's average temperature does not rise more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above its pre-industrial level." Washington Post

Could the United States be responding to blackmail to force the redistribution of our wealth? Is there a move to reduce the consumption of the average consumer to be in line with those of disadvantaged nations?

England's Tony Blair often scorned the United States for not signing on to the Kyoto Treaty. His drastic change of opinion that the Kyoto Treaty is not good for developed nations has caused observers to say Mr. Blair's words are "likely to alarm some environmentalists."

It is a known fact there is a move to redistribute the wealth of the developed nations to the undeveloped nations. How can this be done?

One of the ways would be to force developed nations to come into compliance to meet the Kyoto Treaty's extreme standards and that would definitely cripple their nation's economy. Wouldn't it seem logical for major factories to relocate to third world nations where there are no standards? That is exactly what the Kyoto Treaty would accomplish.

Our Global Neighborhood, the 1995 report of United Nations Commission on Global Governance states: "In debates (on sustainable development), it is often asserted that developing countries with large populations pose a greater threat to the world environment than developed countries with smaller populations. However, it is well known that developed countries have higher levels of consumption than developing countries and that consumption exerts pressure on the environment."

The United Nations Commission said "Therefore, it becomes clear that not only population but also consumption has to be reduced if sustainability is to be achieved."   

The United States heads the list of consumption per capita of any nation. "Some 80 per cent of that consumption is what is thought of as prosperity - wealth creation and enjoyment by some 20 percent of the world's people. Those disparities become important when environmental sustainability requires restraint on consumption at a global level, including efficiency in the use of resources, as is the case for carbon emissions," according to Our Global Neighborhood.   

In their distorted view, they believe evenly distributed wealth among the nations will eliminate environmental stress. Have you compared the environment of the poor nations compared to the United States?

Although Global Warming does not appear to be the cause of the hurricanes, if they can make you believe this, think about what Our Global Neighborhood will have accomplished.

© 2004 Joyce Morrison - All Rights Reserved

Joyce Morrison is a weekly columnist and news reporter for the, an online conservative news source. She also writes for SOWER magazine,, as well as various other publications. She is a weekly participant on the teleconference of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank and is a pro-life, pro-family activist.

Morrison attempts to educate the public regarding the dangers coming to their local communities through Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 programs which are designed to gradually take control of all private property through undue regulations.

She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston, MO. Her most enjoyable time is spent teaching a senior adult Sunday School class which is a focus on hope and encouragement.


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New Roman Catholic university establishes Terri Schiavo scholarship 

New Roman Catholic university establishes Schiavo scholarship
Last Update: 7/8/2005 1:39:53 PM

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The Ave Maria University has established a scholarship in the name of Terri Schiavo.

Officials say the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Scholarship is for students planning careers in the priesthood. Their goal is to have up to four (m) million dollars in scholarship money available to students within the next few years.

Terri Schiavo suffered severe brain damage when her heart temporarily stopped in 1990. She died March 31st from dehydration after her feeding tube was disconnected despite efforts to keep her alive. The Vatican had called the removal of her feeding tube a violation of the principles of Christianity and civilization.

The liberal arts school has been conducting its classes in temporary facilities while a campus is built in Naples. It is expected to open next year.


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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Watching news..... Intrigue abounds!..

Thanks, Larry... We are watching too!  Do keep us posted.
The news report about the attack in Egypt on the Noviatiate Sister Maria Theresa, who is Rachel Booth's aunt and sister to David Booth, patrons of Sorcha Faal, did not mention her name.  This news report came from a media source in New Zealand, but I have not seen any other media reports about it. 
Intrigue abounds!
Sat, 22 Oct 2005 04:19:22 -0000
   From: "Larry W. Taylor" <>
Subject: Watching News....

I am a little quiet right now and
WATCHING reports of possible 22
Indictments on Bush/Chaney being
issued. I have read some of the
reports but am not posting this
information at this time. Just
wanted you who are sending emails
that I'm aware of it but presently
not confirmed, so am just looking
at the information! If true, then
we are in dangerous political
territory in the USA.

I have also seen report of Gonzales
being told to quash Indictments and
am WATCHING that too. Seems much
political intrigue going on in
Washington DC. or as Stewart Best
quotes lately on the Q-Files, the
RULER against RULER in the Book of

Also am aware of the recent attack
reports in Egypt and Russia which
are reportedly being measures to
silence Sorcha Faal and Sisters located there by Terror activity.

I am not holding back news but do
want to confirm some of this
information before posting. Maybe
we'll know more soon.

Thanks Guys,

Larry Taylor
October 21, 2005  11:15pm Central

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Friday, October 21, 2005

104 year old Rabbi expecting the Mashiach soon - predicts "more disasters to come"

The 'righteous soul' would be the Christ consciousness?
They explain that the above-mentioned "attaching" of a righteous soul to a person of Israel makes the recipient a candidate for Mashiach, but not yet the actual Mashiach. This person gets an additional soul which finds _expression in the adding of a letter to his name, without changing its pronunciation. The elder Rabbi Kaduri says that the letter added to this person's name is "vav" and the secret of his power is a Star of David hidden in his attire.
Leading Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel - More Disasters Coming
15:16 Oct 19, '05 / 16 Tishrei 5766
By Baruch Gordon

On Thursday night, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri said, "Jews must come to the land of Israel to receive our righteous Mashiach (Messiah), who has begun his influence and will reveal himself in the future."
It was during the meal after the 24-hour Yom Kippur fast that several followers approached the 104-year-old leading known Kabbalist Rabbi in Israel. A family member asked him about his remarks last month regarding natural disasters in the world. The Rabbi said that the disasters are directly related to the redemption process, which will culminate in the coming of the Mashiach.

The Rabbi added that in the near future, another wave of natural disasters will strike the world.

Rabbi Kaduri [center] and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu [in garment on right] at cornerstone laying ceremony for Nachalat Yitzhak Yeshiva
Last week before Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri's grandson, Rabbi Yosef Kaduri had a private audience with the elder Rabbi, along with an Arutz-7 journalist who is closely linked to Kaduri's court. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said to his grandfather, "Not many Jews are coming from overseas. Why should they come?" The Kabbalist answered, "Because of impending danger." Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri then added a quote from Deuteronomy 4:15: "Be extremely protective of your lives."

According to Rabbi Yosef Kaduri and the Arutz-7 journalist, the Kabbalist elder referred to a known esoteric concept of a "struggle between the oceans," and said that the large oceans [Haokeanus hagadol] would strike the world. Rabbi Yosef Kaduri said that grandfather's warning includes were Jews of the Americas.

The elder Rabbi Kaduri told the two that on Yom Kippur he would have more things to say.

During the afternoon Mincha prayer on Yom Kippur, the Kabbalist scholar surprised his students and fellow worshippers with secrets relating to the coming of the Mashiach. During the service, Rabbi Kaduri lowered his head and entered a deep mystical concentration which lasted uninterrupted for some 45 minutes. The Rabbi covered his eyes as though reciting the Sh'ma prayer and only his lips were seen moving.

Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri covering his eyes in concentration. (Archived photo)

Students who thought the elderly Rabbi was suffering an attack of sort tried to communicate with him, but he did not break his intense concentration for a moment, even to nod.

Only after some 45 minutes, the Rabbi raised his head and looked around the room at the students and worshippers who were gathered at his Nachalat Yitzhak Yeshiva, in the Bucharim neighborhood of Jerusalem. With a broad smile on his face familiar to his students when he has a revelation, he declared, "With the help of G-d, the soul of the Mashiach has attached itself to a person in Israel" [In the original Hebrew: 'Hit'abra bezrat hashem nishmat mashiach b'adam m'yisrael'].

At the conclusion of his short declaration, murmuring was heard among the congregants as the Kabbalists' words were repeated for those who could not hear.

Rabbi Kaduri has spoken repeatedly about the Final Redemption and referred to the calculations of the
Vilna Gaon regarding the redemption, which appear in the Gaon's writings and are considered difficult to decipher.

The Vilna Gaon (1720 - 1797)
According to the writings of the Vilna Gaon, a sign of the Gog and Magog war is its breaking out on the Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba (the 7th day of the Sukkot holiday), just after the conclusion of the 7th or shemittah [agricultural sabbatical] year.

On September 24, 2001, Channel One Israel TV broadcast an item on what Torah and other mystics were saying in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. Speaking from the room adjacent to where Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri receives visitors, Arutz Sheva Hebrew radio showhost Yehoshua Meiri, a close confident of the Kabbalist, explained to the cameras Rabbi Kaduri's understanding of the events based on the calculations of the Vilna Gaon: "On Hashanah Rabba, the actual war of Gog and Magog will commence and will last for some seven years," said Meiri. [
Click here to view the Channel One clip in Hebrew and Rabbi Kaduri's prediction communicated by Meiri at the 1:40 minute mark.]

Precise to the minute, 13 days later on October 7th as the sun was setting and the Jewish holiday of Hoshana Rabba was ushered in,
US and British forces began an aerial bombing campaign targeting Taliban forces and Al-Qaida. That year was the Hoshana Rabba just after the shemitta year of 5761.

According to the calculation, a 7-year count from that Hoshana Rabba is the date of a major revelation associated with Mashiach. Those close to Rabbi Kaduri say in his name that the 5th year of this redemption process is now beginning.

They explain that the above-mentioned "attaching" of a righteous soul to a person of Israel makes the recipient a candidate for Mashiach, but not yet the actual Mashiach. This person gets an additional soul which finds _expression in the adding of a letter to his name, without changing its pronunciation. The elder Rabbi Kaduri says that the letter added to this person's name is "vav" and the secret of his power is a Star of David hidden in his attire.

Before he reached the age of 13, the young Yitzhak Kaduri studied with the renowned Rabbi Yosef Chaim (the Ben Ish Chai) of Iraq. Rabbi Kaduri tells that the Ben Ish Chai blessed him that he would live to see the revelation of the Mashiach. The Ben Ish Chai passed away, and Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri immigrated to Israel soon after.

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Published: 10:39 October 17, 2005
Last Update: 15:16 October 19, 2005

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Strong earthquake hits Turkey - again..

Strong earthquake hits Turkey
21/10/2005 07:54  

Ankara - A strong earthquake rocked the western Turkish city of Izmir early on Friday, causing one person to die of a heart attack and leaving several others injured, local officials said.

Panic gripped residents as the tremblor struck at 00:40, the fourth strong earthquake to shake the region since Monday.

The Istanbul-based Kandilli observatory announced that the quake measured 5.9 on the open-ended Richter scale and occurred under the Aegean Sea off the coast of Seferihisar, 40km southwest of Izmir.

The Athens observatory said the tremblor measured 6.0 and was felt in Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, but caused no damage or casualties.

Panic was widespread

The United States National Earthquake Information Centre, meanwhile, put the quake's intensity at 5.8 and said it occurred about 50km off the coast of Izmir.

A spokesperson for the Izmir governor's office told AFP that a 68-year-old person died of a heart attack while running down the stairs of his house in panic.

Fifteen people sought treatment at hospitals after jumping off balconies and windows, governor Oguz Kagan Koksal told the CNN-turk news channel.

Several others suffered from panic attacks.

Media reports said residents of Izmir, the country's third biggest city, and nearby towns were afraid to go into their houses and were preferring to stay out in the open.

Some were sleeping in their vehicles or in makeshift tents, while others huddled together around bonfires, the NTV news channel said.

Officials said the quake did not cause extensive material damage.

In the nearby town of Urla, the roofs of four abandoned houses were damaged while the chimney of an old factory collapsed, the town's mayor Ahmet Mailoglu told CNN-Turk.

Schools were called off in Izmir and the surrounding province bearing the same name for one day.

Turkey's top seismologist warned residents to be vigilant and stay away from damaged or derelict buildings as the region, which is crossed by several faultlines, was likely to be shaken by more earthquakes.

"There is intense seismic activity in the region. We expect this activity to continue for some time but we cannot say until when," Gulay Barbarosoglu, the head of the Kandilli observatory told a televised press conference in Istanbul.

"The people of Izmir need to be vigilant and careful, but there is no need to panic," she added.

Izmir has been on edge since Monday when three violent quakes, measuring 5.7, 5.9 and 5.6 respectively, shook the area in one day, leaving some 30 people injured.

Turkey is prone to frequent earthquakes.

About 20 000 people were killed when two massive earthquakes struck the country's heavily industrialised northwest in August and November 1999.,,2-10-1462_1821072,00.html

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hurricane Wilma being Zapped?

Red lines detected in this microwave imagery shooting from the left to Wilma's eye...Image of  the last 24 may no longer show later. 
Richard Hoagland says someone tried to 'kill Wilma' before it was born..

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Climate Crisis - Polar Regions take center stage..

Polar regions take center stage in climate crisis

By Jeremy Lovell 2 hours, 14 minutes ago

LONDON (Reuters) - World scientists are aiming to spell out in graphic detail the threat of flooding faced by millions of people from America to Asia as global warming melts the polar ice caps.

A major coordinated study of the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets intends not only to lay the bald facts before world leaders but offer courses of action.

"We want to be more prescriptive," said David Carlson, head of International Polar Year (IPY) starting in March 2007.

The two year study, announced on Wednesday by the International Council for Science (ICSU), will be the first coordinated probe in 50 years of the ice-bound ends of the earth under the onslaught of climate change.

ICSU is a non-governmental organization whose members include the national science academies of 103 countries.

"Part of the reason scientists stay in the comfort zone is that they can always say: 'well we don't know enough,"' Carlson told Reuters. "We are going to take away the uncertainty.

"If we come out of this and say 'we still don't know enough' then we will not have done our job," he added in an interview.

Scientists say the earth's temperature will rise by at least two degrees centigrade this century due to greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels for transport and electricity, putting millions at risk from extreme weather and rising oceans.

A new

United Nations' report states that up to 50 million people could become environmental refugees from floods and famines due to climate change within five years.

And a study last year found that Arctic temperatures were rising twice as fast as in the rest of the world.

"I can guarantee that we will have a much more accurate sea level prediction," Carlson said.

"We will know what the West Antarctic ice sheet is going to do. We will know what the Greenland ice sheet is going to do."

One estimate says that if the Greenland ice sheet -- the second biggest after Antarctica -- melts completely, sea levels will rise by seven meters and drown vast areas of the world.

But that is nothing compared with the estimated 200 meters that sea levels will rise if all the Antarctic ice melts in the coming thousands of years.

Carlson is not worried that the scientists might enter the political arena where -- as was illustrated earlier this year in Britain's struggle to get the Group of Eight to agree a climate action plan -- landmines await the unwary.

Right up to the last minute at the July G8 summit in Scotland, U.S.

President George W. Bush's officials were stating that global warming was a natural not a man-made phenomenon -- and they even questioned whether it was happening at all.

But it is not just rising sea levels that are at stake.

The melting of the Arctic ice caps will dilute the salinity of the North Atlantic and slow down the life-giving Gulf Stream current that warms northern Europe.

Apart from ice, the IPY research will focus on big themes such as the northern climate system with a faltering Gulf Stream and thawing permafrost, and the ability of the southern oceans to absorb carbon.

"We see the whole event as a real jump," Carlson said. "Instead of more of the same, we want this to be a real focus. Our voice is going to be much stronger."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Mass. neigborhoods evacuated as flood threatens..


News - October 18, 2005

Taunton, Mass., neighborhoods evacuated as flood threatens
The Associated Press

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) ? About 2,000 people in Taunton were being evacuated yesterday because a timber dam was buckling, threatening to flood neighborhoods downstream including the city's downtown.

Emergency management officials said the privately owned Whittenton Pond Dam on the Mill River was in danger of failing within the next 24 hours.

Mayor Robert Nunes declared a state of emergency around 3 p.m. and told residents who live near the river to head to a shelter in the field house at Taunton High School.

"We are erring on the side of caution," Nunes said at a 5 p.m. news conference. "If the dam goes, we will have major problems in our city."

Police officers and firefighters were knocking on doors and urging residents near the dam to evacuate, Nunes said.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

First Tropical Storm on record in Spain - first ever?

Who can deny now that we are witnessing changes in the Earth's climate patterns?
Spain gets first tropical storm -- Vince
Oct 11 2:55 PM US/Eastern

Vince, the 20th named tropical storm in the Atlantic this year, is the first storm of its type to reach Spain in recorded history, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Vince is the first tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in Spain," the NHC, a government body, said in a bulletin.

"The historical record shows no tropical cyclone ever making landfall on the Iberian peninsula," added NHC meterologist James Franklin.

Tropical Storm Vince briefly was upgraded to hurricane status Sunday, making it the 11th hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic season, before it lost steam as it churned toward Portugal's Madeira islands.

In a sign of this year's busy storm season, Vince has the distinction of being the first storm in the Atlantic Basin to begin with the letter "V" since storms began acquiring names in 1953, the NHC said.

The US forecasters said that Vince was now a tropical storm, packing winds of 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour and little rain.

Vince formed Sunday between the Azores and Canary islands, in an area where water temperatures are between 73 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (23-24 degrees Celsius), cooler than the ideal storm-generating temperatures of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

This latitude usually spawns subtropical storms, which are not fed by warm water and humidity but by clashing horizontal layers of cold and hot air in the upper atmosphere.

The emergence of Vince made this year's hurricane season the second busiest on record with 20 named storms.

However, the greatest number of unnamed storms in a single season was 21 in 1933, according to NHC hurricane statistics that date back to 1851.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially closes on November 30.

Only one name -- Wilma -- remains on this year's list. If that one is used and more storms form they will be named using the Greek alphabet, beginning with Alpha.

The list of names is maintained by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization, of which the NHC's parent organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an active member.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Earthquake Death Toll approaching 50,000 - Storms slow Aid


Millions homeless; storms slow aid

U.N. warns of possible disease threat in devastated region

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Posted: 2340 GMT (0740 HKT)

People wait for food in standing water in Muzaffarabad.



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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Millions of people remained homeless early Wednesday in the Himalayan regions of northern Pakistan and India following last weekend's earthquake that has claimed more than 41,000 lives.

As Wednesday morning approached, new threats loomed for the people left without shelter following the quake; international health experts warned of potential disease threats from the devastated public sanitation systems.

Medical teams from throughout Pakistan and the international community were heading into the earthquake zone to treat people. (Full story)

On Tuesday, rain, wind and cold hindered relief efforts from the 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed an estimated 41,000 people and left millions homeless in the Himalayan regions of India and Pakistan.

Severe thunderstorms, some containing hail, temporarily grounded relief flights out of Islamabad. And as darkness embraced the area and the storms faded away, the cold air threatened those millions sleeping in tents or on open ground.

And the rain brought a new threat -- mudslides on the steep mountainsides.

But the first trickle of international humanitarian assistance began to reach the region Tuesday, World Food Program spokesman Amjad Jamal told CNN, and WFP assessment teams have spread throughout the earthquake zone.

"One-hundred-twenty metric tons of ready-to-eat food is arriving today," Jamal said. "We estimate that this commodity will be sufficient for 240,000 people for five days." (World boosts quake aid effort)

But Jamal acknowledged that the need was great. He said appeals were being made to the international community for additional donations of food, supplies and money.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri told CNN the international response had been "overwhelming" and "transcends" religion and politics.

"We have had over 20 countries sending rescue teams," he said. "There is hardly a country in the world that has not spoken with me."

Kasuri acknowledged that Pakistan had gratefully accepted aid from its neighbor and nuclear rival, India, with whom it has fought three wars -- two of them over the disputed Kashmir region that took the brunt of Saturday's earthquake. (Full story)

"We have accepted aid (from India)," he said. "We don't want to stand on false pride. ... If I'm not mistaken, one aircraft has arrived or is about to arrive carrying tents and medicine. We have indicated to India the types of things we need.

"We welcome this help from India. When you say, 'Is it an important confidence-building measure?' you can say that. But the response from the entire international community has been overwhelming, and we are deeply touched by that."

Still, the incoming aid was not enough -- early Tuesday afternoon, the United Nations issued an emergency appeal for $272 million to respond to the crisis.

The earthquake killed at least 20,000 in Pakistan, 1,239 in India and one person in Afghanistan, according to government, police and hospital officials.

Local government, police and hospital officials, however, put Pakistan's death toll at more than 41,000. Kasuri told CNN that the national government "can only give the number of the people actually certified as dead."

Confusion over death tolls is common after such disasters, and confirmed death tolls frequently are far lower than original predictions.

Early Tuesday, search teams stepped up rescue efforts after making contact with another person buried under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Islamabad. Jubilant rescuers had pulled a 2-year-old girl and her mother from the same wreckage hours earlier.

Hours later, the rescuers pulled out a 75-year-old woman and her 55-year-old daughter. Just before she was pulled out, the older woman asked if her family was still alive. Only upon hearing "Yes" was she willing to be rescued.

A few hours after that rescue, the workers were preparing to bring another woman out alive.

More than 25 people have been rescued at the site, with rescue workers erupting into cheers when they bring out someone alive. Search teams also have found 35 bodies in the rubble.

The fallen building was about 10 years old, and others on the upscale block survived the quake. Pakistani authorities have said they plan an extensive probe into the cause of the collapse.

Relief efforts

The quake struck shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday (0400 GMT) near Balakot, a city of about 250,000, 145 kilometers (90 miles) north-northeast of Islamabad. All of the town's buildings were flattened, and the survivors were camping in fields.

The aid offered by the international community includes two planes loaded with relief supplies and personnel from Spain, one coming on Monday and the other on Tuesday, a French Airbus with medical personnel and two French C-135 cargo planes carrying medical and surgical equipment, including an entire field hospital.

The French Foreign Affairs Ministry said it was readying a shipment of 90 tons of humanitarian aid, including tents, blankets and lanterns.

Along with $50 million in relief, the United States sent military helicopters from neighboring Afghanistan to help with relief efforts.

"The reason why we're here is ... to provide humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani people," said Sgt. William Fronz, a U.S. Army pilot at an air base in Rawalpindi, outside of Islamabad.

"We're taking food rations, we're also medevacking and moving casualties that were injured in the earthquake. We're here to provide any assistance that this country needs us to help with and we're happy to be a part of this."

A senior defense official in Washington told CNN that in the next few days the size of the U.S. military helicopter fleet providing assistance will grow substantially -- perhaps to several dozen aircraft -- depending on final arrangements to be worked out with Pakistan.

A pair of C-17 cargo planes were expected to arrive in Islamabad by late Tuesday evening, officials said, both loaded with supplies. Two more were due to arrive Wednesday.

The senior defense official also told CNN that both manned and unmanned U.S. aircraft were in use to conduct reconnaissance over the stricken area, gathering data to pinpoint damage locations.

Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Vice Adm. David Nichols, the chief of the U.S. 5th Fleet, traveled to Islamabad Monday to assess Pakistan's needs.

The capital, just 90 kilometers south-southwest of the earthquake's epicenter, was spared the worst of the damage. (Full story)

Traveling in the Baramullah district of Indian-controlled Kashmir Tuesday, CNN's Ram Ramgopal said residents of the region were in a "desperate situation."

In addition to the more than 1,200 deaths, police officials in the state capital, Srinagar, reported 7,082 injuries, with significant damage to 34,245 dwellings and another 9,836 destroyed.

"Obviously, people have lost everything," Ramgopal said. "These are people who have been cut off. They have very little means of their own right now and they are relying on states to provide that assistance."

CNN's Matthew Chance, reporting from Balakot in the North-West Frontier province, said nearly every building in the tourist town had been destroyed. (Survivors describe shock)

CNN's Andrew Stevens, Satinder Bindra, Matthew Chance, Ram Ramgopal, Becky Anderson, Syed Mohsin Naqvi, John Raedler, Mukhtar Ahmed and Tom Coghlan contributed to this report.

Copyright 2005 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Unusual quake activity increasing

 Unusual quake activity increasing
13 severe 'aftershocks' follow Friday's 7.6 temblor

Posted: October 9, 2005
11:20 p.m. Eastern

By Tom Ambrose
© 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported 13 aftershocks following Friday's 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Pakistan. What has gone largely unnoticed in recent media reports, however, is the unusual number and severity of those aftershocks.

According to the National Earthquake Information Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, 13 earthquakes ranging between 5.5 and 6.3 in magnitude on the Richter Scale have hit the already devastated and overwhelmed nation of Pakistan since Friday's temblor.

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Quake Kills More Than 18,000 in South Asia

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A powerful earthquake triggered landslides, flattened entire villages of mud-brick homes and toppled a 10-story apartment building on Saturday, killing more than 18,000 people as it devastated a mountainous swath touching Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

The casualty toll from the 7.6-magnitude tremor rose sharply Sunday as rescuers struggled to dig people from the wreckage, their work made more difficult as rain and hail turned dirt and debris into sticky muck. Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, Pakistan's chief army spokesman, told Pakistan's Geo TV network early Sunday that more than 18,000 had been killed - 17,000 of them in Pakistani Kashmir, where the quake was centered. Some 41,000 people were injured, he said.

For hours, aftershocks rattled an area stretching from Afghanistan across northern Pakistan into India's portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Hospitals moved quake victims onto lawns, fearing tremors could cause more damage.

The earthquake, which struck just before 9 a.m. Saturday, caused buildings to sway for about a minute in the capitals of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, an area some 625 miles across. Panicked people ran from homes and offices, and communications were cut to many areas.

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Most of the devastation occurred in the mountains of northern Pakistan, where the dead included 250 girls crushed at a school and 200 soldiers on duty in the Himalayas.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 60 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad, in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, and was followed by 22 aftershocks, including a 6.2-magnitude temblor.

"It is a national tragedy," Sultan said earlier. "This is the worst earthquake in recent times."

In Mansehra, a shopowner named Haji Fazal Ilahi stood vigil over the body of his 14-year-old daughter, which lay under a sheet on a hospital mattress. He said his wife, another daughter and a brother also died when the family's house fell.

"I could see rocks and homes tumbling down the mountains," said Ilahi, who was driving to his village of Garlat when the quake struck. "When I reached my village, there was nothing left of my home."

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India's government offered condolences and assistance to Pakistan, a longtime rival with which it has been pursuing peace efforts after fighting three wars since independence from British rule in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

"While parts of India have also suffered from this unexpected natural disaster, we are prepared to extend any assistance with rescue and relief which you may deem appropriate," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a message to Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

India reported at least 340 people killed injured when the quake collapsed 2,700 houses and other buildings in Jammu-Kashmir state. Most of the deaths occurred in the border towns of Uri, Tangdar and Punch and in the city of Srinagar, said B.B. Vyas, the state's divisional commissioner.

Ataullah Khan Wazir, police chief in the northwestern district of Mansehra, said authorities there pulled the bodies of 250 students from the wreckage of one girls' school in the village of Ghari Habibibullah. About 500 students were injured, he said.

Dozens of children were feared killed in other schools.

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Mansehra, about 90 miles northwest of the capital, was believed to be a hotbed of Islamic militant activity during the time the Taliban religious militia ruled neighboring Afghanistan. Al-Qaida operatives trained suicide squads at a camp there, Afghan and Pakistani sources told The Associated Press in 2002.

Afghanistan appeared to suffer the least damage. In its east, an 11-year-old girl was crushed to death when a wall in her home collapsed, police official Gafar Khan said.

A U.S. military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, said the quake was felt at Bagram, the main American base in Afghanistan, but he had no reports of damage at bases around the country.

The United Nations said it was working with Pakistan, Afghanistan and India on an emergency response to the quake.

President Bush offered condolences, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States was ready to help.

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"At this difficult time, the United States stands with its friends in Pakistan and India, just as they stood with us and offered assistance after Hurricane Katrina," Rice said in a statement.

In Pakistan, Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the military to extend "all-out help" to quake-hit areas and appealed to the nation to stay calm.

Helicopters and C-130 transport planes took troops and supplies to damaged areas, but landslides and rain hindered rescue efforts.

The only serious damage reported in Pakistan's capital was the collapse of a 10-story apartment building, where at least 10 people were killed and 126 were injured. Hospital doctors said the dead included an Egyptian diplomat, and the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said two Japanese were killed.

A man named Rehmatullah who lived near the apartment building said dust enveloped the wreckage.

"I rushed down, and for some time you could not see anything because of the dust. Then we began to look for people in the rubble," he said. "We pulled out one man by cutting off his legs."

"It was like hell," added Nauman Ali, who lives in a nearby building. "I was tossed up in my bed and the ceiling fan struck against the roof."

Aided by two large cranes, hundreds of police and soldiers helped remove chunks of concrete, one of which was splattered with blood. One rescue worker said he heard faint cries from people trapped in the rubble.

In Abbotabad, north of Islamabad, dozens of injured quake victims and other patients lay on the lawn of the city hospital as staff with loudspeakers appealed to the public for food and other relief supplies.

One of the injured was an 8-year-old boy, Qadeer, whose father, a farmer named Jehangir, said the only buildings left standing in their village were a mosque and a school. Qadeer lay unconscious, his right leg heavily bandaged.

Authorities laid out dozens of bodies under sheets in a damaged sports stadium in Muzaffarabad.


Associated Press reporters Munir Ahmad, Sadaqat Jan, Riaz Khan and Asif Shahzad contributed to this report.

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