Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WORLD WAR III: The Countdown to Armageddon - Netanyahu Vows to Stop Iran, Even in Defiance of the United States!

Novermber 5, 2012 - ISRAEL - Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday night to put a stop to Iran’s nuclear program by whatever means necessary — even in outright defiance of American objections — if neither sanctions, nor other international action, achieves that goal.  “There is no doubt about Iran’s intention — to destroy us,” Netanyahu said. “I won’t be reconciled to that.”  Asked in an interview whether, if reelected in January, he would “pledge that Iran won’t have a nuclear program by the end of your next term,” Netanyahu said simply, “Yes.” 

Then-IDF chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi (right), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister
Ehud Barak, pictured in Haifa in 2009 (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90)
When it was put to him that the US has opposed a unilateral Israeli resort to force, Netanyahu said President Barack Obama had stated that Israel has the right to defend itself as it sees fit, and that Israel dare not entrust its future to others, even to the United States. Israel’s prime ministers had ignored US disapproval in establishing the country in 1948 and preempting the Arab attack in the 1967 war, he noted.  Netanyahu was interviewed as part of an investigative TV report that traced Israel’s efforts over the past decade to thwart Iran’s march toward the bomb. The documentary, which included interviews with several serving and former top politicians and security chiefs, detailed sabotage, assassinations of scientists and other measures used by Israel — as reported in foreign publications — to slow the Iranian program. It described the 2007 air strike that destroyed Syria’s nuclear reactor as “a general rehearsal for an attack” on Iran.  Asked whether he believed Netanyahu had the guts to order a strike on Iran, the prime minister’s former national security adviser, Uzi Arad, said he had “no doubt.”  When it was put to Netanyahu himself that others believed he lacked the guts to order a strike, he replied, “I hope I won’t have to.”  A central theme of the program was the assertion that Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak had ordered the defense establishment in 2010 to elevate its state of readiness so that it would be capable of attacking Iran within hours if so required — “the closest Israel has come to attacking Iran,” according to the program — but that two top security chiefs flatly refused to do as they were told. 

The order to raise the IDF state of readiness to what was codenamed “P Plus” was given by Netanyahu and Barak to then-chief of the General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Mossad chief Meir Dagan at a meeting in Jerusalem two years ago, the program said.  But Dagan, the program claimed, rejected it as “illegal,” noting that a full cabinet decision was required for such an order. And Ashkenazi, the program said, vehemently opposed the step because he considered it “a strategic mistake” and feared that implementing the order might lead to an unintended war.  Asked about these dramatic exchanges, Netanyahu did not respond directly, but he indicated that they were inaccurate. And he stressed that “ultimately, the responsibility (for such decisions) is the prime minister’s.” The chief of staff “has the right to make recommendations,” he said. But as prime minister, he would overrule such recommendations if necessary, he indicated.  Barak did not deny seeking to order the raised state of readiness, but he said it had proved impossible because Ashkenazi had not prepared a viable military option. Sources close to Ashkenazi told the program this was untrue.  Vowing that Israel “is ready to act” against Iran, Netanyahu said he was watching the Islamist regime “advancing step by step… toward producing nuclear bombs.” When the Jews were being murdered by the Nazis, they were unable to save themselves, he said. But he, as Israel’s prime minister, did have the capacity to protect the Jewish nation. “When we didn’t have a state, we begged others” to defend the Jews, he said. “Today, we’re not begging, we are preparing.” - Times of Israel.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Official Alert - Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Louisiana Sinkhole! UPDATE: NOAA - This is a Dangerous Storm, Deadly Cloud-to-Ground Lightning, Winds Over 60MPH and Dangerous Hail!

November 6, 2012 -  LOUISIANA - The following is an alert from the United States federal agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for Assumption Parish in the state of Louisiana.


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
706 PM CST MON NOV 5 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW ORLEANS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  SOUTHWESTERN ASCENSION PARISH IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF DONALDSONVILLE...
  NORTHERN ASSUMPTION PARISH IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF NAPOLEONVILLE...
  SOUTHEASTERN IBERVILLE PARISH IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...
  NORTHWESTERN LAFOURCHE PARISH IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...
  ST. JAMES PARISH IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA...

* UNTIL 800 PM CST

* AT 659 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
  DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 21
  MILES WEST OF PIERRE PART...OR 13 MILES NORTHEAST OF JEANERETTE...
  AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
  PAINCOURTVILLE...LUTCHER...GRAMERCY AND CONVENT

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IT HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL
AND DAMAGING WINDS IN ST. MARTIN PARISH. IF YOU ARE IN ITS
PATH...PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE
HAIL...AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD
MOVE TO A SHELTER...PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY
FROM WINDOWS. - NOAA.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
539 PM CST MON NOV 5 2012

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
LOUISIANA...SOUTH MISSISSIPPI AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

DAY ONE...TONIGHT

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CST TONIGHT. THE
PRIMARY THREAT WILL BE LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. THE
THREAT WILL DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST AS THE EVENING PROGRESSES
WITH A COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT. STRONG
NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE
COASTAL WATERS. THESE WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE SEAS TO RISE INTO THE
4 TO 6 FEET RANGE...CREATING VERY ROUGH BOATING CONDITIONS.

DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT THROUGH MIDDAY
TUESDAY AS STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS OF 20 TO 25 KNOTS CONTINUE. THE
WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DECREASE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS REQUESTED AT THIS TIME UNTIL 1 AM CST OR
UNTIL THE WATCH IS CANCELLED FOR YOUR AREA. PLEASE NOTIFY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN SLIDELL WITH ANY REPORTS OF
HAIL OR DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. - NOAA.

DISASTER ALERT: Pervasively Extreme Weather - New Devastating Storm is Coming to the Region Already Ravaged by Sandy!

November 6, 2012 -  NEW JERSEY - While persisting gas shortages have kept New York and New Jersey running on empty, another coastal storm is approaching, threatening to set back the already-devastated regions when it strikes on Wednesday.  Hurricane Sandy left more than 100 dead, caused $20 billion in damages, and left more than 8.5 million people without power at its peak. With many gas stations out of power or unable to transport fuel to their stations, the few that were in service hosted lines of people that sometimes stretched for miles and took hours to get through. 

The view the Hurricane Sandy damage in New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. (AFP Photo / Doug Mills).
“We’re a gallon away from turning into a Third World country,” New York employee Scott Sire told the Associated Press. State officials in the hurricane-affected areas, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have promised that the gas shortage would soon be resolved. But many are skeptical. Charles Johnson, 67, told the Huffington Post that city officials have been making false promises. The man has so far been unable to fill his tank with the gas he needs to drive and rescue his brother from one of the hardest-hit areas.  “They said don’t worry, tankers are coming,” he said. “I want to believe these jerks who say on TV the gas is on the way.”  NY Sen. Charles Schumer on Thursday promised that the gas shortfall would be eased “in a day or two.”

But even as the New York subway reopened, the shortage has not ceased. Lines continued to snake for half a mile from the few gas stations that were open.  While the transportation problem persists, another looming threat is approaching from the coast.  The National Weather Service has predicted that another storm could hit the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday, causing additional power outages in regions that may get snow. Along the coast, the storm may be accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, flooding, and temperature drops. A five ft storm surge could hit western Long Island.  Buildings and trees that have already been damaged and weakened by Hurricane Sandy could be further devastated by the second storm.  Weather forecasters are most concerned about the storm hitting areas where sand dunes are now gone, thereby causing flooding in regions that are already suffering.  As temperatures drop and snow falls in Pennsylvania and the Catskills, the 157,000 Con Edison costumers who are still without power would face even harsher conditions. And without gas to drive to safer ground, Hurricane Sandy victims may be forced to stick it out a second time. - RT.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: The Euro-Zone Crisis - Greece Grinds to Halt Amid Austerity Strike!

November 6, 2012 - ATHENS, GREECE - A far-reaching national strike against new austerity measures has left Greece paralyzed. Thousands marched in the streets of Athens Tuesday in protest against measures that unions say will sink the country’s already-flagging economy. 

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against new government austerity bill aimed at securing
internationalaid needed to prevent the debt-crippled nation from defaulting, in Thessaloniki on
November 6, 2012.(AFP Photo/Sakis Mitrolidis)
The 48-hour strikes have brought most of the country to a standstill, shutting down public transport, schools and air traffic control. Hospitals are also working with skeleton crews. Broadcasts and publications were halted until further notice as journalists joined the nationwide strike.  “About 10,000 people on Syntagma square right now. More arriving. All peaceful,” RT correspondent Peter Oliver wrote on Twitter.  The rally wrapped up peacefully. Police estimate up to 40,000 people joined in.  However, the day was marred by a fire engine got attacked with Molotov cocktails in the Athens district of Exarchia, local media report. The engine was heading to put out a car in Exarchia, which had been set ablaze earlier.  Police cordoned off areas around government buildings in Athens in preparation for possible violence. Extra officers were also called for crowd control during the demonstrations.  The protests are expected to continue throughout the week, culminating on Wednesday to coincide with a parliamentary vote on the new austerity measures.  The new round of budget cuts the Greek parliament will vote on Wednesday has enraged a population already exhausted by economic belt-tightening. Athens is currently debating measures that aim to allay bankruptcy through some $17 billion in cuts by 2016.
The Greek government remains divided over the issue, with the Democratic Left Party that comprises one-third of the governing coalition refusing to back the measures. The second-largest member of the union government, Pasok, has also seen dissension in its ranks, with several MPs refusing to back the package.  The measures stipulate a two-year increase in the Greek retirement age to 67, and several tax hikes. The new package also includes provisions making it easier to fire civil servants, which has provoked the ire of public workers amid a current unemployment rate of over 25 percent.  The austerity package is required for Greece to qualify for a bailout loan from the ‘Troika’ – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  Previous austerity measures slowed Greece’s economy, shrinking its economy by one-fifth since the financial downturn began in 2007. The outlook for 2013 is bleaker still, with the country’s debt at 189 percent of GDP and further austerity looking increasingly likely.  The Greek capital has seen numerous protests over the past months, with Athenians rallying against austerity they criticize as bringing the country perilously close to collapse.  Anti-austerity demonstrations in Greece have frequently turned violent, leading to clashes between police and disgruntled youths. - RT.


MONUMENTAL SOLAR SYSTEM CHANGES: The "Great Springtime Storm" - Saturn Storm Creates Largest and Hottest Vortex Ever Seen in the Solar System!

November 6th, 2012 - NASA - On the surface, Saturn seems calm. But the appearance of the largest and hottest vortex ever seen in the solar system has astronomers thinking that Saturn’s atmosphere has more going on than meets the eye. 

A Cassini spacecraft image of the “Great Springtime Storm” that passed through Saturn’s atmosphere in
2010 and 2011. After the storm abated, astronomers found invisible signs that unrest was continuing.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
The oval-shaped maelstrom was created when two warm spots in Saturn’s roiling cloud deck merged. The subsequent storm was invisible to human eyes but shone brightly in infrared wavelengths. It was accompanied by an unprecedented temperature spike that released tons of energy, equivalent to an enormous planetary belch.  All this action is linked to the “Great Springtime Storm” that raged through Saturn’s northern latitudes over late 2010 and much of 2011. This global storm was the largest recorded tempest since 1903 and grew so large that the storm head traveled all the way around the planet and encountered its own tail. After the most visible effects subsided, scientists considered the storm over.

But since May 2011, researchers have been watching two warm spots in Saturn’s clouds using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and several Earth-based telescopes. Such spots appear periodically and were expected to cool down after a month. Instead, the hotspots merged and produced a colossal cyclone, briefly exceeding even Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot in size and brightness.  Temperatures in the storm skyrocketed to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and a huge amount of ethylene – a colorless and odorless gas not typically seen on Saturn — suddenly appeared. The merging hotspots produced 100 times more ethylene than scientists thought possible on Saturn and no one knows where it came from. An odd soupy mixture of gases was also spotted encircling the vortex.  The bright beacon is now expected to slowly fade away and be gone by 2013, though astronomers wonder if there are further surprises to be had on Saturn. Two papers describing the vortex will appear next month, one in the Astrophysical Journal and another in the journal Icarus. - WIRED.

WATCH: Huge Burp on Saturn After Planetary Storm.


EXTREME WEATHER ALERT: Powerful Nor'easter to Further Damage Sandy-Ravaged Areas - Causing Flooding, Damage, and More Power Outages!

November 6, 2012 - UNITED STATES - A powerful nor'easter will bring another round of coastal flooding to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England Wednesday into Thursday. This will affect the areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy last week.  Along with heavy rain, strong winds and interior snow, this nor'easter will bring a water rise of up to 5 feet above tide level to some areas. 

A water rise of this magnitude normally wouldn't be as large of an issue; however, Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed a lot of the dunes that were in place to protect beach communities from this scenario.  With limited or damaged dunes in place, the water will have free reign to flow into coastal communities, especially along the New Jersey coastline.  This nor'easter's wind pattern will be slightly different than what occurred with Sandy. The primary wind direction with Sandy was out of the southeast, but this storm will have more of a northeasterly wind for the mid-Atlantic and New England beaches.  A northeasterly wind means that the most severe coastal flooding will occur from the Delmarva Peninsula through central New Jersey with lesser impacts along the southern coast of Long Island and in the bays around Staten Island and Sandy Hook.

At the present time, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are expecting a 2- to 4-foot water rise on top of the tide level from about Ocean City, Md., through Atlantic City, Belmar and Sandy Hook, N.J.  Lesser amounts of 1-2 feet are likely from Staten Island through Long Beach, Fire Island and Hampton Beach, N.Y.  Additional areas of higher water rises will occur across the western end of Long Island Sound where a northeast wind will cause water to pile up. A water rise of 3-5 feet is possible in this region with upwards of 2-4 feet on the eastern end of Long Island Sound and along parts of coastal Connecticut.  The worst of the coastal flooding and strongest winds are expected during two phases on Wednesday. The two times that are of utmost concern across the region are during high tide Wednesday afternoon and a second high tide late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.  Below is a table of Wednesday afternoon high tide times and then expected water levels. Keep in mind, the tide heights do NOT include the water rise associated with the nor'easter. Therefore, the water level would be the tide height plus the rise associated with the storm. Residents still cleaning up from Sandy are urged to take precautions by securing or removing debris that was left by Sandy as objects can be tossed around easily by the high winds.  Coastal residents are urged to take precaution against another round of rising water as there isn't much protection in place to hold the water back.  Additional power outages and damage to trees will be likely due to the already soft ground in place across the region. - Accuweather.

MIDDLE EAST CRISIS: Israeli Warplanes Fly Over Golan as Hizballah Fighters Pour Into Syria!

November 6, 2012 - ISRAEL-SYRIAN BORDER - Tension shot up on the Israeli-Syrian Golan border Monday night, Nov. 5, after Syrian small-arms fire from 1 kilometer over the Golan border hit the jeep of the Golani Brigade’s Patrol Battalion commander on a routine border patrol. There were no injuries. The jeep was badly damaged. debkafile’s military sources: The incident occurred after a gunfight between Syrian troops and rebels over the Golan town of Quneitra ended in the town falling to the rebels. Israeli air force planes are patrolling the Golan and Galilee skies of northern Israel after the Syrians were observed preparing aircraft and helicopters to fly to the aid of their defeated ground forces in Quneitra.

Israeli army on high alert as Syrian tanks enter Golan Heights.
After the Syrian army’s 90th Brigade was forced to retreat, Damascus is reported by Western sources about to send reinforcements over to the Golan to recover Quneitra. IDF contingents on the Golan and the Israeli-Lebanese border are high alert in case the Syrian combat spills over the border. debkafile reported Sunday: Israeli warplanes flew over the divided Golan Sunday, Nov. 4, in a show of strength and as a deterrent against the Syrian civil war seeping across the border, debkafile’s military and Western intelligence sources report.  In Paris, President Francois Hollande vowed Sunday that “France would oppose with all its strength any bid to destabilize Lebanon. Lebanon must be protected.”  He spoke regardless of the 5,000 Lebanese Shiite Hizballah fighters who have poured into Syria from their Beqaa Valley stronghold of al-Harmel to fight Bashar Assad’s war. Our sources reveal that these Lebanese fighters have now advanced 50-60 kilometers deep into southwestern Syria, up to the outskirts of the embattled town of Homs. On the Golan, further to the east, Israel’s chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz visited the IDF contingent stationed there to reinforce the message broadcast by the IAF.

Hizballah is now openly flaunting the presence of its regular troops in Syria. They are armed with heavy artillery and Chinese WS-1 multiple-launch rocket systems made in Iran. These “Katyushas,” shoot 302mm rockets at targets up to 100 kilometers away and can operate in the rugged mountain terrain of Lebanon, Syria and Israel and in harsh weather conditions, including snow. Hizballah fighters are reported by our sources to have already used this weapon with deadly effect in a battle with Syrian rebels over the town of Quseir opposite the Lebanese Beqaa Valley. It ended in Hizbalah’s capture of the town. Coordination is tight: Hizballah forces on the ground get in touch with Iranian command headquarters in Beirut and Damascus to call up Syrian helicopters for air cover. The Hizballah commander in Syria is Ibrahim Aqil, a veteran of the Hizballah militia and one of the most trusted by Hassan Nasrallah and Tehran. Aqil took part in the 1983 assault on US Marines Beirut headquarters in which 241 American troops were killed, the highest death toll in a single event after World War II. In the year 2000, Aqil, then commander of the southern Lebanese front against Israel, orchestrated the kidnap from Israeli territory and murder of three Israeli soldiers, Benny Avraham, Adi Avitan and Omar Sawad. Hizballah’s expeditionary force in Syria has been assigned three missions:

1. To seal off the routes used by the rebels to smuggle fighters and arms from Lebanon into Syria, most of which run through the Beqaa Valley. This mission is near completion.
2.  To defend the clusters of Syrian Alawite and Shiite villages in the area of Hizballah control.
3.  To provide a strategic reserve force for the Syrian units defending the main hubs of Syrian highways running west to east from the Mediterranean coast to the Syrian-Iraqi border and crisscrossed from north to south by the route running from the Turkish border up to Damascus. Control of these hubs makes it possible for the Syrian army to move military forces between the different warfronts at high speed. - Debka.