Thursday, July 31, 2014

Roaring Waves and Seas

My Way News - Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts
My Way News reports: "Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday. Scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing everyday lives."

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Global Community

My Way News - Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia
My Way News reports: "The Internet.org app will give subscribers of Zambia's Airtel phone company access to a set of basic Internet services for free. Users of the app won't incur the data charges that can be prohibitive for many people in developing nations. Facebook has already been working with mobile operators around the world to offer its own service free of charge to phone subscribers — think of it as a gateway to the rest of the Internet. [...] Internet.org estimates that about 80 percent of the world's population that isn't online lives at least within basic 2G cellphone range. "

Comment: Getting the developing world online is an important step in creating a truly one-world market with instant access to news and live events.

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Pestilence

My Way News - W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
My Way News reports: "The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. [...] The World Health Organization is launching a $100 million response plan calling for the deployment of several hundred additional health workers to help the strained resources in deeply impoverished West Africa, where hospital and clinics are ill-equipped to cope with routine health threats let alone the outbreak of a virulent disease like Ebola."

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Persecution

BBC News - France offers Iraq Christians asylum after Mosul threat
BBC News reports: "The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Iraq is home to one of the world's most ancient Christian communities."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pestilence

My Way News - Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens
My Way News reports: "A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people."

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Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia
My Way News reports: "Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks. President Barack Obama swiftly followed with an expansion of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy."

Comment: How will Russia react? Do they think Putin will back down? Stay tuned.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Rumors of War - Persia

My Way News - Iran nuke talks to be extended for 4 months
My Way News reports: "Iran and six world powers failed Saturday to meet their target date for cutting a nuclear deal but agreed to extend the talks until Nov. 24 in a bid to overcome stubborn differences over the size and capacity of activities by Tehran that could be used to make nuclear arms."

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Persecution

My Way News - In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state
My Way News reports: "A Christian woman in Mosul said that on Thursday afternoon, militants called on Christians through loudspeakers to convert to Islam, pay tax or face death by sword and gave a Saturday afternoon deadline. The woman who identified herself as Um Karam said she left Mosul with her family Friday to stay with relatives in a nearby Christian town protected by Kurdish security forces. The patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, Louis Sako, criticized the conditions imposed on Christians in Mosul."

Comment: Please join me in praying for the persecuted church in Iraq.

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Wars and Rumors of War - Jerusalem Security

My Way News - Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation
My Way News reports: "Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a 'significantly' wider campaign. [...] Officially, the goal remains to destroy a network of tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel and attack civilians. [...] Frustrated by Hamas' refusal to accept an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement and the failure of a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 airstrikes to halt relentless rocket fire on Israeli cities, Israel launched a ground offensive it had previously been reticent to undertake to further weaken Hamas militarily."

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Death of the Oceans

My Way News - Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration
My Way News reports: "The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. [...] The sonic cannons are often fired continually for weeks or months, and multiple mapping projects may operate simultaneously. [...] underwater microphones have picked up blasts from these sonic cannons over distances of thousands of miles, and the constant banging — amplified in water by orders of magnitude — will be impossible for many species to avoid."

Comment: Once again humans demonstrate how badly we mismanage the planet that God has given us.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wars & Rumors of War

My Way News - Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce
My Way News reports: "The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel. [...] Israel launched the offensive late Thursday after becoming increasingly exasperated with unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza on its cities, especially following Hamas' rejection of an Egyptian cease-fire plan earlier in the week. Palestinian militants have fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israeli cities since fighting began. [...] Israeli public opinion appears to be nearly at a breaking point over the rockets."

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Earthquakes

My Way News - Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma
My Way News reports: "Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck about 2:20 a.m. 3 miles northeast of Harrah, a city of about 5,000 people about 20 miles east of Oklahoma City. That was followed nearly two hours later by a magnitude 3.9 temblor 5 miles northeast of the community."

My Way News - Answers on link between injection wells and quakes
My Way News reports: "States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater."

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Rumors of War - King of the North

My Way News - US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia
My Way News reports: "Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences." Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in what the West has tried to project as a united front in its monthslong effort to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin."

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Rumors of War - Jerusalem Security

My Way News - Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza 'humanitarian' pause
My Way News reports: "Israel and Hamas agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered 'humanitarian' pause to their 9-day-long battle, offering the most encouraging sign yet that the fierce fighting could come to an end. [...] Israel previously had halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after Egypt put forward a cease-fire proposal that unraveled. Abu Zuhri said Wednesday his group had formally rejected the plan, bemoaning what he called little support from the Arab world."

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rumors of War - Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israel: Hamas to pay price for its 'no' to truce
My Way News reports: "Israel resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza on Tuesday and warned that Hamas 'would pay the price' after the Islamic militant group rejected an Egyptian truce plan and instead unleashed more rocket barrages at the Jewish state. Late Tuesday, the military urged tens of thousands of residents of northern and eastern Gaza to leave their homes by Wednesday morning, presumable a prelude to air strikes there."

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Rumors of War - Jerusalem Security

My Way News - Egypt proposes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas
My Way News reports: "Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal. The late-night offer by Egypt marked the first sign of a breakthrough in international efforts to end the conflict."

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Signs in the Moon

My Way News - Heads up! Supermoon is here
My Way News reports: "Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect. [...] Two other supermoons will come later this summer on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9."

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