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Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes East Coast of Japan near Tokyo

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Earthquake magnitude 6.0 – NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Friday, May 20, 2011 at 09:46:16 AM
35.736°N, 140.981°E
Depth: 26.2 km (16.3 miles)

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Shallow Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Strikes Western Turkey, Numerous Aftershocks Reported

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Earthquake Magnitude 5.8 – WESTERN TURKEY
Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:15:23 PM
39.137°N, 29.074°E
Depth: 9.1 km (5.7 miles)
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Judgment Day: False Teacher Harold Camping Predicts Saturday ‘Rapture’ on May 21, 2011; ‘Millions of People will Die’

05/19/2011 8 comments

False teacher Harold Camping — who is predicting that the ‘rapture‘ will happen on May 21, 2011 and that millions of people will die — has a track record of being 100% wrong 100% of the time, and come ‘Judgment Day’ on Saturday 5/21/2011 he will certainly retain that abysmal track record, both on paper and in the court of public opinion.  Though his prediction will prove to be false yet again, it will serve nothing but to damage Christianity in the minds of millions by handing fodder to late night comics, water cooler loiterers, and your average everyday scoffer.

Not only is Harold Camping’s ‘math’ off, so is his spelling.  Here’s my prediction: There will not be a world-wide rapture on May 21, 2011 where millions of people will die, but rather a world-wide rupture where millions of people will die … laughing.  For some of those who believed him, it will be their faith that is terminated, not millions of people around the world.  And for a small number of others who have been deceived — some of whom have quit their jobs and sold all of their possessions — there is a serious risk that some will be so disillusioned that Mr. Camping may end up with blood on his hands.

To those who may have fallen for Camping’s shenanigans, I say this to you:  Do not lose heart, do not lose hope.  Spit out the bones that you have been given, but keep the meat and hold fast to that which is good.  The lies of Harold Camping were anything but.

Update 5/22/2011:  ‘Rapture’: Believers perplexed after prediction fail – “Followers of an evangelical broadcaster who declared that Saturday would be Judgement Day are trying to make sense of the failed prediction… the evangelist at the centre of the claim, Harold Camping, has not been seen since before the deadline.

… The Washington Post reported that suicide prevention hotlines were set up in case believers fell into depression after the apocalypse failed to happen.

A group from the Calvary Bible Church in Milpitas, California, organised a Sunday morning service to comfort believers in Mr Camping’s preaching, the New York Times reported.

‘We are here because we care about these people,’ the newspaper quoted James Bynum, a church deacon, as saying. ‘It’s easy to mock them. But you can go kick puppies, too. But why?

…US atheists held parties to celebrate the failed prediction, while a group of non-believers gathered outside Mr Camping’s Family Radio International headquarters in Oakland, California, as the deadline passed.

‘It was probably one of the saddest things that I’d ever read, the idea that there’s kids out there whose parents spent their college savings funds, who sold their homes,’ one woman told the BBC.'” Read more.

NY Mag, May 11 -“We’ve followed with interest the Christian movement that believes Judgment Day will occur on May 21 — ten days from now. They’ve put up billboards, they’ve handed out fliers. Some of them have even burned through all of their savings, so convinced are they that the world is going to end on May 21 and they’ll no longer need it. That’s the most incredible part of this bizarre story — that these people are so sure about something so incredibly unlikely. How can that be? To find out, we went right to the source: Harold Camping, the gravely voiced, 89-year-old founder of Family Radio; the man who pinpointed May 21 as the exact date of the Rapture based on clues sprinkled throughout the Bible. He is very confident in his prediction.

‘God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all. There’s nothing in the Bible that God has ever prophesied — there’s many things that he prophesied would happen and they always have happened — but there’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.'”  Read more.

‘Detached from Reality’: Barack Obama Sides with Genocidal Palestinians

05/19/2011 8 comments

Barack Obama has effectively given his blessing to the Palestinian ‘Third Intifada‘ against Israel and its supporters, which will lead nowhere but to war.  This man is an affront to common sense and human decency.

Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders – “WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.” Read more.

Israeli Prime Minister rejects calls for withdrawal to 1967 – “JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister has rejected a key aspect of President Barack Obama’s policy speech, saying that a return to his country’s 1967 borders would spell disaster for the Jewish state. In a statement released late Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu called the 1967 lines ‘indefensible.'”  Read more.

Israeli Knesset member calls Obama the new Arafat – “‘Barack Hussein Obama adopted the staged plan for Israel’s destruction of Yasser Arafat, and he is trying to force it on our prime minister,’ said Likud MK Danny Danon. ‘All that was new in the speech was that he called for Israel to return to 1967 borders without solving the crisis. Netanyahu has only one option: To tell Obama forget about it.'”  Read more.

Netanyahu associate: Obama detached from reality – “The PM’s associates told Ynet early Friday that Netanyahu, who departed to the US Thursday night, is prepared for a confrontation with President Obama on vital issues. Referring to the US president’s Mideast policy speech, a Netanyahu associate said: ‘He (Obama) didn’t deliver the goods… Obama apparently does not understand the reality in the Mideast.'” Read more.

Rabbi: ‘The President of the United States is Asking for Ethnic Cleansing’ of Jews – “President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented demand on Israel, Jewish leaders said Thursday, after the president called for Israel to redraw its borders to where they were in 1967 before the Six Day War. One rabbi said Obama was, in essence, asking for ‘ethnic cleansing’ of thousands of Jewish families. ‘It’s immoral in that basically the president of the United States is asking that 500,000 people who live, work, and raise families around Jerusalem – Jewish families – that they be uprooted, resettled, deported from their homes, have their families broken,’ Rabbi Aryeh Spero, founder of Caucus for America, told” Read more.

Osama and Obama Both Hail Mideast Revolutions

05/19/2011 1 comment

Note to Obama: We’re seeing free speech and freedom of expression take root in the Middle East alright. After Egypt’s revolution, for example, the people are now free to openly express their desire to see the country ruled by Sharia Law, they are now free to express their hatred of Israel, their hatred of Jews, and their unquenchable desire to see an end to the 1979 peace treaty with their Jewish neighbors to the north.  We’re still waiting for the freedom of peaceful assembly.  Freedom of religion has taken a turn for the worse as the ‘religion of peace’ is emboldened to advance its influence and wage war against Coptic Christians.  Equality for women continues to be a pipe dream.  The Muslim Brotherhood — from which Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri began as activists — is now free to run for the Egyptian presidency.  And your rebel friends whom you are fighting with in Libya have questionable connections.  So tell us, Mr. Obama, whose vision of the ‘Arab Spring’ is coming to fruition, yours or Bin Laden’s?

Barack Obama Hails Mideast Revolutions – “For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change take place in the Middle East and North Africa. Square by square; town by town; country by country; the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights…

… The nations of the Middle East and North Africa won their independence long ago, but in too many places their people did not … the events of the past six months show us that strategies of repression and diversion won’t work anymore… The question before us is what role America will play as this story unfolds. … It is not America that put people into the streets of Tunis and Cairo – it was the people themselves who launched these movements, and must determine their outcome. Not every country will follow our particular form of representative democracy, and there will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly with our long term vision of the region…

The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region.

We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders – whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus; Sanaa or Tehran.”  Read more.

Bin Laden Hails Mideast Revolution in Recording Made Before His Death – “Al Qaeda has released a new message from Osama bin Laden, the first since the terror group’s leader was killed in a U.S. raid on his Pakistan compound almost three weeks ago.

The 13-minute audiotape, which references the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, includes still images emblazoned with an old picture of bin Laden and dated with the Islamic month that begins in the last week of April. It seems to have been recorded after Feb. 17…

In the message, bin Laden addresses fellow Muslims across the Middle East, but does not issue threats and does not mention the U.S. or the West.

Instead, he celebrates their struggle with flowery language, and tells them it would be a ‘sin to lose this opportunity.’

‘The winds of change flew to the square of Tahrir,’ he says, referring to Cairo, ‘and a great revolution was begun. This wasn’t a revolution of starving and pain, but a revolution of giving and peace.'” Read more.

Freak Hailstorm in South Africa Destroys Dozens of Homes

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“A hailstorm has damaged 53 houses in the Hoyi area of Komatipoort in Mpumalanga.

Some of the houses were totally destroyed in the storm on Tuesday night, the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs said in a statement.

Blankets and tents were given to the 341 people affected.

‘The department of social development will distribute food parcels to the affected families today,’ the department said.”  Source.

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