Sunday, June 23, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Indian Deluge - Death Toll From Floods Soar To 6,500; 34,000 Evacuated; 50,000 Still Stranded; Villages Completely Submerged; Widespread Devastation!

June 23, 2013 - INDIA - Army officials said bad weather has hampered efforts to evacuate thousands of people stranded in northern India where nearly 6,500 people are reported dead in monsoon flooding and landslides.

Officials in the affected state of Uttarakhand on Sunday raised the death toll from 1,000 to 6,500.

Brigadier Uma Maheshwar said on Sunday that the army had suspended helicopter flights to rescue people stranded in the state after dense fog descended on the Himalayan region.

Instead, troops built makeshift bridges and people were being brought to safety by road.

Thousands of people were still stranded in remote mountain valleys in Uttarakhand, a popular pilgrimage destination, trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off since Sunday.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that 34,000 people have been evacuated so far but 50,000 were still stranded in the region.

Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman, reporting from Dehradun, the Uttrakhand state capital, said that there are villages that are completely submerged and that access to roadways is becoming a major issue for the military, who are in the process of clearing it up.

Kedarnath temple

Uttrakhand government spokesman Amit Chandola said the rescue operation centered on evacuating nearly 27,000 people trapped in the worst-hit Kedarnath temple area - one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The temple escaped major damage, but debris covered the area around it and television images showed the bodies of pilgrims strewn around the area.

More than 2,000 vehicles carrying stranded Hindu pilgrims have moved out of the area since late on Thursday, he said.

Thirty-six air force helicopters had been ferrying rescue workers, doctors, equipment, food and medicine to Kedarnath, the town closest to many of those stranded, said Priya Joshi, an air force spokeswoman.

Zubin Zaman, humanitarian programme manager for Oxfam India, told Al Jazeera from Kolkata that there was still a lack of drinking water, food aid and power, and that the scale of response from the government needed to be improved.

Another seven aircraft carried paratroopers and fuel to the region.

Hundreds of people looking for relatives demonstrated in Dehradun where flood survivors were taken by helicopters.

They complained that the government was taking too long to evacuate the survivors, with small helicopters bringing in four to five people at a time.

Jasveer Kaur, a 50-year-old housewife, said she and her family survived by taking shelter in a Sikh shrine, which withstood the flood, located in Govind Dham.

WATCH: Locals assess India flood damage.

WATCH: Deadly floods strand 20,000 Indians.

"There was destruction all around," said Kaur after she was evacuated by an air force helicopter. "It was a nightmare."

Sehjo Singh, programme and policy director for Action Aid, told Al Jazeera from New Delhi that rescue efforts and media reports are focused on tourists and pilgrims and locals have complained that they are being ignored. - Al Jazeera.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Has The Plug Been Pulled Out Of The Atlantic - Crack On Earth's Crust Could Make Ocean DISAPPEAR And Pull Europe And North America Together?!

June 23, 2013 - PORTUGAL - Scientists have discovered a crack in the Earth's crust that threatens to pull North America and Europe closer together and cause the Atlantic Ocean to vanish in about 220 million years.

Researchers at the University of Lisbon have created a new map of the seafloor, off the coast of Iberia—the region of Europe that includes Portugal and Spain— and the results show the beginnings of a new subduction zone.

The epicenters of a 2012 earthquake and its aftershocks were located off the coast of Indonesia where the
Eurasian plate meets the Australian plate. The activity is different than the seismic crack that threatens
to break the Eurasian plate into pieces.

National Geographic reported on the new data surrounding the subduction zones, and what could happen when the tectonic plates—the large rock slabs that make up the Earth's crust—crash into one another.

The edge of the heavier plate slides, or subducts, below the lighter plate.

It then melts back into the Earth's mantle—the layer just below the crust.

The discovery of this new subduction zone, published on June 6 in the journal Geology, could signal the start of an extended cycle that fuses continents together into a single landmass—or 'supercontinent'—and closes our oceans.

This breakup and reformation of supercontinents has happened at least three times during Earth's approximately four-billion-year history.

Speaking with National Geographic, the study's first author João Duarte said that Earth's continents could 'look very much like the Pangea,' in the far future, referring to a supercontinent that existed about 200 million years ago.

The newly discovered subduction zone is located in the Atlantic Ocean about 120 miles off the southwest coast of Portugal.

If the Eurasian plate cracks, the oceanic section will dive beneath the continental section causing the Atlantic
Ocean to shrink and pull North America and Iberia closer together. Why do plates move? The sinking of cold
lithosphere during subduction is thought to exercise some pull on a plate but not all plates experience
subduction like that which is occurring at the San Andreas fault line.

It's composed of six different segments that span a total distance of about 186 miles.

The subduction zone is actually a new crack in the Eurasian plate — one of about a dozen tectonic plates that make up the Earth's crust.

The Eurasian plate contains all of Europe and most of Asia.

'In this case, the Eurasia plate is breaking in two,' Duarte said to National Geographic.

Scientists have long suspected that a new subduction zone was forming near the western margin of the Eurasian plate, off the coast of Portugal.

The region has long been the site of significant earthquake activity, including an 8.7-magnitude quake in 1755 that devastated Lisbon.

This kind of tectonic movement is also at work on the Pacific 'ring of fire', located at the borders of the Pacific plate and other major tectonic plates.

The Ring of Fire gets its name because it is composed of over 75 per cent of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.

It is also the site of the Tohoku earthquake in 2011, and it was the undersea location of plate movement that caused of the devastating tsunami.

Over the past 20 years, several scientific teams from different countries have launched research cruises to map the seafloor around the region to look for proof that a new subduction zone was forming.

As part of his research project while at the University of Lisbon, Duarte gathered together the data from all of the different mapping projects and combined them to create a new tectonic map of the seafloor off the coast of Portugal.

The updated map provided the first conclusive proof that the ocean floor off the coast of Iberia is indeed beginning to fracture, and that a new subduction zone is starting to form.

'It is not a fully developed subduction, but an embryonic one,' Duarte said.

A fault line in Algeria shows where the African plate and the Eurasian plate collide and subduct.

The evidence collected by Duarte's team indicate that the Eurasia plate could eventually split into separate oceanic and continental sections.

If this happens, the oceanic section—which is made of denser rock—will dive beneath the continental section.

This will cause the Atlantic Ocean to shrink and pull North America and Iberia closer together.

Other studies have indicated that geologic activity in the region could also pull Africa and Iberia together, causing the Mediterranean Sea to vanish.

'Eventually North America and Iberia will be together again, and the collision will give origin to new mountain chains like the Himalaya,' Duarte said.

For now, scientists will continue to study the nascent subduction zone because it could help answer a long-lasting mystery: How do oceans—especially ones like the Atlantic that have 'passive' margins that are free of fractures—start to close?

'For the first time we are seeing a [passive] Atlantic margin turn into a Pacific one,' for which subduction zones are common, Duarte said in conversation with National Geographic.

His team plans to continue collecting data about the crust and seafloor in the region to further investigate the subduction zone. They are also developing computer and physical models of the subduction process and plate motions.

'Understanding these processes will certainly provide new insights on how subduction zones may have initiated in the past and how oceans start to close,' Duarte said. - Daily Mail.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Geological Upheaval - Melting Ice Pulls Norway Closer To Asia!

June 23, 2013 - NORWAY - The town of Kirkenes in northernmost Norway used to be further away from Asia than virtually any other European port, but it suddenly seems a lot closer.

Melting ice has opened up the Northern Sea Route along Russia’s Arctic coastline, changing international trade patterns in profound ways — even if so far it looks more like a sleepy county road than a busy, four-lane highway.

In a change of potentially revolutionary significance, the travel time between the Japanese port of Yokohama and Hamburg in Germany has been cut by 40 percent, while fuel expenditure is down by 20 percent.

“For the first time in history we are witnessing a new ocean opening up in the high north which will have a major impact on both trade and provision of energy,” said Sturla Henriksen, the president of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.

In 2012, when the ice reached its lowest extent on record, 3.4 million square kilometres (1.3 million square miles), 46 ships used the new route, compared with only four in 2010, according to Rosatomflot, a Russian operator of icebreakers.

The traffic is still negligible compared with traditional routes. Ships transit the Panama Canal 15,000 times a year, while passing through the Suez 19,000 times. But the future looks promising.

The volume of goods transported along the Northern Sea Route is likely to grow strongly in the coming years, from 1.26 million tonnes last year to 50 million tonnes in 2020, according to the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association.

Kirkenes, whose 3,400 inhabitants live in nearly uninterrupted darkness during the winter months, is suddenly preparing frantically for the expected boom.

A general view of the Syd Varanger iron ore mine near the arctic city of Kirkenes, northern Norway.

The Tschudi Shipping Group plans to open a logistics hub measuring the equivalent of 200 football fields in a fjord nearby that is held ice-free all year by the warm Gulf Stream.

The port’s location is extremely strategic. It is nine days’ travel from both the Pacific and the Mediterranean, and close to major oil and gas deposits in the Arctic as well as mines in northern Sweden and Finland.

Twenty-six of the ships that traversed the Arctic Ocean between Europe and Asia last year were carrying hydrocarbons, while six were transporting iron ore or coal.

The new route also opens up an interesting market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) extracted in the Barents Sea, especially after North America, the customer that local companies initially had in mind, has turned away following a decision to use its own shale gas.

On the other hand, Asia’s appetite for gas has increased after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, and prices there are significantly higher than in Europe.

Adding to the lucrative nature of the trade, each ship transporting LNG by the northern route can do it close to $7 million cheaper than vessels going through the Suez.

Traditional goods traffic, however, is not realistic in these latitudes, according to Tschudi Shipping.

“The big trading routes in dry bulk shipping are located too far South for the Northern Sea Route to become relevant,” said Henrik Falck, the company’s project manager for Eastern Europe.

And “we can forget about containers,” he added, noting that owners preferred traditional routes with stops at densely populated cities along the way.

The new route also opens up an interesting market for liquefied natural gas extracted in Barents Sea, after North America's decision to use its own shale gas.

In a fragile ecosystem that is the source of immense worry among environmentalists, Russia plays a central role in assisting navigation with icebreakers.

It has also decided to establish 10 bases along its coast to redress the current abject lack of infrastructure.

Admitted last month as an observer in the Arctic Council, China also wants to be part of the game.

After the first transit of its icebreaker Snow Dragon last year, the world’s second-largest economy now plans to send its first commercial shipment along the northern route this summer.

Between 5 and 15 percent of Chinese international trade could take this new road by 2020, the director of the Polar Research Institute of China, Yang Huigeng, was quoted as saying in the media. - Channel News Asia.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Canadian Deluge - Half A Year's Rainfall In JUST ONE DAY In Southern Alberta; At Least 75,000 People Evacuated; Highways, Homes And Whole Neighbourhoods Washed Away; Thousands Without Power; Three Dead!

June 23, 2013 - CANADA - A third person has died in the extensive flooding that has deluged entire towns and threatens even more communities in southern Alberta, Canada, authorities announced Saturday.

The speed and extent of the flooding in southern Alberta has taken people in the province by surprise.

Calgary is completely flooded.

The three victims, two females and a male, were all found in the Highwood River that runs through the town of High River, about 40 miles south of Calgary, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. Officials did not identify the victims.

High River is one of the worst-affected areas in the flooding that began after torrential mountain rains. At one point, the entire town of 13,000 was covered in brown floodwater and all residents are under an evacuation order, Cpl. Laurel Kading of the RCMP told CNN.

There was "substantial" and "extensive" damage in the town, where waters rose so rapidly Thursday that about 1,000 people had to be airlifted or rescued by boat, the RCMP said. Kading described one man who dropped his keys when the water began rising, and when he stood up, the water was at his waist.

A man carries his dog to safety in High River, Alberta, on June 20.

A house is submerged by floodwater at a park near the Bow River in Calgary on June 22.

A woman walks toward an abandoned and partially submerged police car in Calgary's Sunnyside
neighborhood on June 21.

Floodwater swirls as a street stands empty during the mandatory evacuation on June 21.

The local news site High River Online reported river levels down substantially on Saturday in some parts of the town, but high water remaining in others.
Photographs from the site Saturday showed a large pickup truck entirely caked in mud, indicating how high the water had reached. Another showed a submerged railway bridge covered in tree trunks and tree limbs. More photos showed buildings and roads still submerged.

The RCMP said it was conducting door-to-door checks of homes throughout High River.

There also was severe flooding to the west of the town, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

"All the little towns all the way along have been affected to some degree or another," Kading said. "There are reports of some farms in rural areas where some people have been stranded as well."

A wide view shows the flooded streets in Calgary's Sunnyside neighborhood on June 21.

A car sits on a flooded street in Calgary on June 21.

Residents watch as floodwaters from Cougar Creek destroy a neighborhood in Canmore,
Alberta, on Thursday, June 20.

The waters of Cougar Creek expand through a neighborhood in Canmore, west of Calgary, on June 20.

To the east, the city of Medicine Hat was preparing for the South Saskatchewan River to burst its banks. City Hall was lined with sandbags.

The city predicted water to spill over the banks overnight Saturday and keep rising until it crests Monday morning.

About 10,000 people in Medicine Hat, population 62,000, were evacuated ahead of the flooding. City spokesman Brandy Calvert said officials expect the flood to eclipse the one they had in 1995, which was the biggest on record.

"We don't want to anticipate the worst, but we're going to be prepared for the worst," Alberta Premier Alison Redford said before visiting the city Saturday. "We know that from what we've seen everywhere else that this is more exceptional than we've ever seen in Alberta before, so we're presuming that that's probably the circumstance that we're looking at (in Medicine Hat) as well."

A number of Calgary neighbourhoods have been evacuated, affecting an estimated 75,000 people.

Several days of heavy rainfall have swelled the Bow and Elbow rivers, carrying fast-moving water through
Calgary and towns such as Canmore, High River, Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

Citizens in High River, which lies about 37 kilometres south of Calgary, are under a mandatory evacuation order. The water trapped residents in their cars and forced others to flee to the rooftops of their homes.

A flooded Calgary Stampede stadium is seen from a aerial view in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Calgary was still covered in water days after the Bow and Elbow rivers overflowed. The city was under a state of emergency Saturday, though Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the flow of the water was slowing and some people could start returning home Saturday night.

The home of the NHL Calgary Flames, the Saddledome, also was flooded. The team posted pictures on its website showing the darkened interior of the dome with brown water sitting at row eight, blocking the entrance to the players' tunnel.

WATCH: Monumental deluge in Canada.

Downtown Calgary will be closed until the middle of next week at the earliest, said Nenshi's spokesman, Daorcey Le Bray.

30,000 power customers were without power, the city said.

A pedestrian bridge over the Elbow River was damaged and city assessors were trying to determine the state of the dozens of other bridges, Calgary Police said. - CNN.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Tracking Developments At The Giant Louisiana Sinkhole - Seismic Activity Increases As Officials Witness "Burp Event" That Results In Additional Hydrocarbons!

June 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The following constitutes the latest updates from the Assumption Parish Police Jury on the giant Louisiana sinkhole:

Sinkhole Depth Survey - June 19, 2013.

Click HERE to access the full resolution document [PDF] of the most recent depth survey of the sinkhole.

CPT Demonstration -
June 20, 2013.
Texas Brine will hold a demonstration of the cone pentrometer test (CPT) unit in Bayou Corne at Sportsman’s Landing this Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. The CPT unit is expected to be working next week on all streets in the Bayou Corne community. Additional details will be made available to the public by Texas Brine Representatives on Saturday.

Burp Event - June 21, 2013.

We’ve been advised that overnight, there was a burp in the sinkhole.

Additional hydrocarbons are present in the sinkhole as a result of the burp that happened last night. Also noted, seismic activity has been active for the last few days.

WATCH: Louisiana Sinkhole - Burp Event on June 21, 2013.

Texas Brine Update - June 22, 2013.

Texas Brine has reported the floor of Oxy Cavern 3 has gone down to a level of 3,945′ which is 152′ deeper than last week’s measurement. It’s still unknown why this is occurring; however, we will update accordingly as information becomes available.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: "Catastrophic" Fish Kill - State Wildlife And Environmental Officials Are Investigating The Death Of Thousands Of Fish Along 50-Mile Stretch Of Arkansas River, Oklahoma?!

June 23, 2013 - UNITED STATESState wildlife and environmental officials are investigating a die-off of thousands of fish in the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River in north-central Oklahoma.

Kills were reported on June 4 and again on Monday. The die-off has spread downstream roughly 50 river miles from the initial report near Lamont to its confluence with the main channel of the Arkansas River, which is about seven miles south of Ponca City, according to Kay County Game Warden Spencer Grace, who is investigating the kill.

There is no official estimate of the number of fish killed.

"We're looking at stretches of the river, about a mile at a time, 100 or 200 in this stretch, 50 in the next stretch. You take 100 fish times 50 miles of river, that's a lot of fish," he said.

Both Department of Wildlife Conservation and state Department of Environmental Quality officials have been to the river and taken water samples and fish samples, he said.

Grace would not speculate on the cause of the kill but said it is widespread and "catastrophic."

"I've been working on this the last three days with DEQ and it's been frustrating because so many miles of the river are dead now. There are no fish in the water, no gar, nothing. You only see the occasional turtle. You're not seeing any indicators of new fish dying so we just have to rely on the water tests now."

DEQ spokeswoman Erin Hatfield said water tests would look for a wide range of substances looked for in any fish kill, including heavy metals.

Results will be known in 10 days to two weeks, she said.

There is no official warning to prevent people from going into the water or eating fish from the river, but Grace said he would not recommend it.

Grace said the kill has hit largest fish the hardest.

"I think the smallest one I saw was about three pounds," he said.

"It's killing all aquatic life with the exception of turtles, freshwater mussels and clams. It seems to target species that live on the bottom and the big fish that hang out in those deep holes, so the catfish, buffalo, carp, some paddlefish. It is killing out fish in that system that won't be replaced in our lifetime."

The Salt Fork, which forms the Great Salt Plains Lake where it is dammed in Alfalfa County, has natural salinity but levels measured this week are "astronomical," Grace said. - Tulsa World.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Rabies Returns To Spain For The First Time Since 1975 - High State Of Alert In Castile-La Mancha; Compulsory Vaccination Of Dogs And Cats Within A 18-Mile Radius; 60,000 Dogs At Risk!

June 23, 2013 - SPAINAuthorities in Castile-La Mancha have declared a state of high alert and ordered the compulsory vaccination of all dogs and cats within a 18 mile radius of where the attacks took place.

A pit bull terrier. Photo: ALAMY/POSED BY MODEL

The owner of the dog has been arrested for several counts of criminal negligence resulting in injury and for failing to have the correct license for a dangerous breed.

It is thought he deliberately doctored veterinary records of the pit bull-cross after bringing it into Spain from Morocco.

The dog bit three children, aged two, six and twelve, as well as a 17-year old male in the village of Arges, near Toledo, early this month. It was immediately destroyed and was confirmed to have been rabid following tests on Monday. All were discharged after being given rabies innoculations, apart from the two-year-old who was kept in hospital after being bitten in the face.

The regional government has ordered all cats, dogs and ferrets in the danger zone to be vaccinated against the disease within fifteen days. Some 60,000 dogs in 56 villages are thought to be at risk.

"We have also forbidden dogs to be allowed off the lead in public spaces until the danger has passed," confirmed Tirso Yuste, head of the regional Agriculture department.

At least seven dogs have already been identified as having high levels of rabies and have been put in quarantine for one month.

Mainland Spain was officially declared rabies free in 1975 after successful campaigns to stamp out the disease. There have been occasional examples recorded in Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, cities on Morocco's Mediterranean coast.

It is understood that the rabid pit bull cross was bred in Spain but spent four months in Morocco, only returning within the last month. - Telegraph.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Tons And Tons Of Dead Fish Found In A Reservoir In Shandong Province, China?!

RATTLE & HUM: Fire In The Sky - Loud Sonic Boom Heard In Essex, Cambridgeshire And Hertfordshire In The United Kingdom?!

June 23, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM - "Loud explosions" heard across the east of England were caused by a sonic boom when a jet broke the sound barrier. The noise, at 11:30 BST, caused shaking and smashed windows and prompted calls to police in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

The Ministry of Defence said a Typhoon jet from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire was launched when communication was lost with a Heathrow-bound plane.

It is understood the plane, travelling from the USA, landed without incident.

Air traffic controllers had become concerned but communication was re-established with the passenger airliner and there were no problems on board.

'Whole house shook'

Speaking of Sunday's sonic boom, Insp Matt Snow of Cambridgeshire Police said: "We've had reports of windows being smashed.

"One man who rang us from St Ives thought something had hit his roof because the whole house shook.

"It was so loud another person thought his neighbour's house had blown up.

"People have said they'd never heard anything so loud in their lives.

"Even people driving on the A14 have been calling us."

Elaine Mason, of Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire, told the BBC: "I had just got on my horse and was walking around the arena, when I heard a thunderous bang.

"I couldn't believe it was thunder, it was about 10 times louder than that.

"I thought it might have been an explosion. She [the horse] reacted immediately."

Her husband, Tim, who was gardening nearby, said he thought the "almighty bang" could have been a crash.

Jets from RAF Coningsby were scrambled last month to escort a passenger plane over the UK.

The airliner from Pakistan, heading to Manchester, was diverted to Stansted and two men on board arrested by Essex Police.

The BBC understands the incident was not terror-related. - BBC.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Avian Salmonella Outbreak Killing An Unusual Number Of Birds In Billings, Montana, America?!

June 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Avian salmonella is responsible for an unusually high number of dead birds, particularly red crossbills, in Billings-area yards with bird feeders this spring, according to the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Wildlife disease specialists at the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin identified the naturally occurring bacterium, possibly originating from contaminated food. Salmonella spreads among birds through their feces.

Since mid-May, dead birds have been reported around at least eight bird feeders in the Billings and Laurel areas. One resident had 50 dead birds so far, and it is likely that other die-offs went unreported.

If dead birds are found, the center recommends cleaning bird feeders with a solution of warm water and 10 percent bleach, then rinsing and air drying them. Feeding should not be restarted for two or three weeks to encourage birds to disperse and forage naturally. An even better solution, the center said, is to not feed birds at all during the warmer months. Any time birds are concentrated unnaturally, it hastens the spread of diseases such as salmonella.

While most of the dead birds have been red crossbills — which are especially susceptible to salmonella — other species also can be affected and may either die or serve as carriers of the bacteria for several weeks.

The NWHC also notes that the salmonella strain usually found in birds may cause illness in people, but that the risk can be minimized by wearing rubber gloves when handling dead birds or feeders or cleaning bird droppings off decks and other surfaces. They also say that it is a good idea to discourage pets from picking up bird carcasses. - Billings Gazette.

WAR DRUMS: The S-400 Game-Changer - Russia Declares That "Syria Will Be Armed With Weapons That Have Never Been Seen Before In the Middle East"?!

June 23, 2013 - RUSSIA - Last week, Noble Peace Prize winner President Barrack Obama advised that his administration would be arming the Free Syrian Army with weapons to resist the armies of Syria’s President Bashar Assad. Furthermore, they would look to implement a Libya-style no-fly zone over the country, which like Libya, would likely involve widespread carpet bombing of suspected military strongholds and control centers.

With boots on the ground around Syria’s borders, the United States is without a doubt preparing for widespread engagement across the region yet again, with the aim of the new U.S. supplied weapons being more killing and destruction in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead in the last year.

It is the assumption of the Obama administration that these weapons will tip the scales of power in favor of the rebels, many of whom have been identified as members of America’s arch enemy, Al Queda.

But Russia’s KGB-hardened President Vladimir Putin has other ideas.

This week, according to a British intelligence report, Putin reportedly passed on a diplomatic communique to the United States and France using British Prime Minister David Cameron as the intermediary.

According to the report from Syrian-based Dam Press and the Dyar Newspaper, the Russians aren’t backing off their Syria policy and they are getting ready to double down by supplying Assad’s military with weapons the have never before been seen in the middle east.

If and when Western forces engage the Syrian army you can be assured that it will be nothing like the 1991 conflict in Iraq when a hundred thousand of Saddam Hussein’s soldiers surrendered without firing a shot. Nor will it be a no-fly zone free-for-all where air forces will be able to target military assets as they did in Libya without being challenged.

No, this time will be different.

This time, Russia and America may well being playing with fire. The kind that leads the people of this planet head first into World War III.

Global Research reports:
The Patriot Missiles will be hit and repealed with S 300 SAM [already installed in Syria]Putin also threatened to deliver the more advanced S400 anti-aircraft missiles (see image below) far superior to the Patriot missiles and ranked as the World’s most advanced air defense system.

He added that Russia will also supply Syria with state-of –the-art 24-Barrell rocket launchers which have a range of 60 km ranked as the most developed artillery weapon of its kind.(see video below)

He added that Russia will supply 400 of these launchers which will be able to destroy all targets around Syria’s borders.

The British intelligence site stated that Putin threatened to send other secret Russian made weapons to Syria which would tip the balance of power even further in favour of Syria and re-iterated that these weapons will not be used against Israel on condition that Israel will not participate in the war within Syria and neighbouring countries. {Lebanon, Jordan]

Putin’s response came just over 24 hours after Obama’s statement on Saturday that he was going to arm the Syrian resistance.

Putin clearly stated that the Middle East is going to witness a significant change.  Syria will be armed with weapons that have never been seen before [in the Middle East] including computer guided smart missiles that never miss their target.

He also added that Russia will supply Syria with Skean 5 ground -to-sea missiles that are capable of hitting and sinking any target up to 250 km off the Syrian coast.

Full report: Global Research

In his documentary Strategic Relocation Joel Skousen suggested that one of the most critical threats facing the world right now is the real possibility that Russia and America will engage in a future nuclear exchange.

While the weapons being supplied to Syria by both sides are a far cry from nuclear meltdown, the current policies of both nations can very quickly metastasize into a much more direct confrontation.

Vladimir Putin comes from the old world of Soviet leadership; one that believes in Russian military superiority and rules with an iron fist. He has no qualms about going to war if he finds it necessary to the long-term interests of Russia.

In the United States, President Barrack Obama is embroiled in numerous scandals and is presiding over an economy on the brink of collapse, giving him ample motivation to divert the attention of the public.

Neither of these leaders, given their past, would give pause to the thought of killing millions of people if they believe it was in their interest, or in the interest of their globalist handlers.

Wars in the 20th century, most democidal in origin, claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Just statistics in the history books to leadership circles in the upper echelons of our governing apparatus.

The lives of innocents have been sacrificed on the alters of power, greed and corruption since the dawn of man.

The 21st century is no different.

What IS different is that we have never before had weapons capable of killing every single person on this planet with the press of a button.

War is coming in this century – just as it came to the good people of earth in every century before. - SHTF Plan.

WATCH: "The Last Day"  - What the first few minutes of World War III will look like.

MASS BEES DIE-OFF: Beemageddon And The Global FOOD Crisis - 37 MILLION BEES Found Dead In Ontario, Canada; 600 HIVES LOST!

June 23, 2013 - CANADA - Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.

One of many dead hives at Schuit's Saugeen Honey, in Elmwood.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. used in planting corn and some other crops. The European Union just recently voted to ban these insecticides for two years, beginning December 1, 2013, to be able to study how it relates to the large bee kill they are experiencing there also.

Local grower Nathan Carey from the Neustadt, and National Farmers Union Local 344 member, says he noticed this spring the lack of bees and bumblebees on his farm. He believes that there is a strong connection between the insecticide use and the death of pollinators.

“I feel like we all have something at stake with this issue,” he said. He is organizing a public workshop and panel discussion about this problem at his farm June 22 at 10 a.m. He hopes that all interested parties can get together and talk about the reason bees, the prime pollinators of so any different plant species, are dying.

At the farm of Gary Kenny, south west of Hanover, eight of the 10 hives he kept for a beekeeper out of Kincardine, died this spring just after corn was planted in neighbouring fields.

What seems to be deadly to bees is that the neonicotinoid pesticides are coating corn seed and with the use of new air seeders, are blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was looked at by American Purdue University. They found that, “Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case. Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) are the only major source of these compounds.

Local investigations near Guelph, led to the same conclusion. A Pest Management Regulatory Agency investigation confirmed that corn seeds treated with clothianidin or thiamethoxam “contributed to the majority of the bee mortalities” last spring.

“The air seeders are the problem,” said Ontario Federation of Agriculture director Paul Wettlaufer, who farms near Neustadt. This was after this reporter called John Gillespie, OFA Bruce County president, who told me to call Wettlaufer. Unfortunately, Wettlaufer said it was, “not a local OFA issue,” and that it was an issue for the Grain Farmers of Ontario and representative, Hennry Vanakum should be notified. Vanakum could not be rached for comment.

Yet Guelph University entomologist Peter Kevan, disagreed with the EU ban.

“There’s very little evidence to say that neonicotinoids, in a very general sense, in a broad scale sense, have been a major component in the demise of honeybees or any other pollinators, anywhere in the world,” said Kevan.

But research is showing that honeybee disorders and high colony losses have become a global phenomena. An international team of scientists led by Holland’s Utrecht University concluded that, ”Large scale prophylaxic use in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers, neonicotinoids put pollinator services at risk.” This research and others rsulted in the Eurpean Union ban.

The United Church is also concerned about the death of so many pollinators and has prepared a “Take Action” paper it’s sending out to all its members. The church is basing its action on local research. The Take Action paper states among other things, “Scientific information gathered suggests that the planting of corn seeds treated with neonicotinoids contributed to the majority of the bee mortalities that occurred in corn growing regions of Ontario and Quebec in Spring 2012.”

Meanwhile Schuit is replacing his queen bees every few months now instead of years, as they are dying so frequently. “OMAFRA tells me to have faith. Well, I think it’s criminal what is happening, and it’s hard to have faith if it doesn’t look like they are going to do anything anyway,” Schuit says. - The Post.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Major Solar System Disturbance - Meteorite Crashes Through Roof Of A Local Business In Pennsylvania; Meteorite Found In Minnesota Corn Field; Meteorite Found In Man's Backyard In Amesbury, Massachusetts!

June 23, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Here are three recent news stories about meteorites crashing into three different areas of the United States, providing more fuel to the "fire in the sky" theories of a significant increase in fireball sightings resulting from a disturbance in the solar system.

Meteorite Crashes Through Roof Of Local Business In Pennsylvania.
The mysterious rock. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

There is a mystery surrounding a strange-looking rock that came crashing through the ceiling of a Mercer County business.

It happened sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Employees of the business discovered the shiny, sharp-looking object inside their warehouse Friday morning.

They also found an eight-inch by eight-inch hole in the building's 30-foot high, steel roof where the object came into the building.

The dent in the floor. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

The hole in the roof. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

The object left a nice dent in the building's cement floor where it landed, too. The owner of the company says he believes the rock could be a meteorite.

However, there's been no official word as to exactly what the object is. - CBS Pittsburgh.

Meteorite Found In Minnesota Corn Field.
An Arlington Minnesota couple discovered a strange rock in one of their corn fields.

Bruce Lilienthal says he was removing rocks when he discovered the large flat object, "It was just party sticking out of the ground. I picked it up and noticed it was a lot heavier than what it looked."

The Lilienthals say they had some time to research the strange stone, and discovered that the object was probably not a stone, but a meteorite instead.

WATCH: 33 pound meteorite found in Minnesota corn field.

A representative from the University of Minnesota drove out to the farm to verify that the rock is a meteorite.

The expert informed the Lilienthals that there was one found about three miles away from their farm 120 years ago.

There's no way of knowing when the meteorite the Lilienthals found made landfall.

The meteorite weighs in at 33 pounds. - KSTP.

Meteorite Found In Man's Backyard In Amesbury, Massachusetts.
Phil Green wasn't quite sure what he had, when he noticed the unusual rock on the banks of the Merrimack River.

His yard backs up to the river and he was on one of his frequent walks, looking for arrowheads. The tide was low, leaving behind exposed mud and smooth granite. And then he noticed something that just didn't look right.

"There she was just sitting there, sticking up like that, and I said heck what is this," recalls as he holds a large greenish colored rock. "It just didn't belong."

The rock was covered in mud when Phil found it. It was hard to see the burn marks on the side. At first he thought it was a rock used to make arrowheads. Then he suspected it might be meteorite. He used a metal detector to check and found it wasn't metallic.

He suspected it might have come from outer space. But he had no idea just how unusual it actually was.

Phil was puzzled by the strange rock so he held on to it. But before long, he placed it in the yard and forgot about it. The rock sat under a tree for six years until a friend started asking questions.

WATCH: Meteorite found in Amesbury.

Phil's sister in law also thought it was from space so she sent it to a friend who works for NASA. That friend confirmed the rock was special, and that it wasn't actually a rock at all.

What Phil had found was a piece of the Russian Space Station Mir. When Mir was de-commissioned, much of it burned up as it re-entered Earth's orbit. The rest landed in the South Pacific Ocean. Somehow, one palm-sized chunk crashed into the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

Phil, who works as a custodian at Amesbury Elementary School, has brought it in as a teaching tool.

"I had a lot of fun taking it to school and showing it to all the kids," he says.

Now it sits in his house, next to a letter from the NASA engineer.

The "rock" that started on Earth, went to space, and came back to Amesbury, now has a place as Phil's prized possession. - CBS Boston.

MASS BEES DIE-OFF: 25,000 Dead Bees Mysteriously Found In Wilsonville, Oregon - Experts Are Puzzled By The Sudden Deaths?!

June 23, 2013 - UNITED STATESExperts are investigating why 25,000 bees were found dead or dying in a parking lot at a Target store in Wilsonville.

The strange sight first caught shoppers' eyes a few days ago. It's still there Wednesday, clustered under blooming European Linden trees.

A close-up of one of the 25,000 bees found either dead or dying in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Jun 19, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

"I've never seen an incident on this scale," said Pollinator Conservation Program Director Mace Vaughan.

Experts believe this could be a poisonous species of the tree that caused them to die, or they may have been poisoned by insecticides.

Conservationists Vaughan and Rich Hatfield were in Wilsonville Wednesday,filling test tubes with samples to take back to a lab. There they'll try to confirm either theory for the bees sudden deaths.

An expert collects some of the 25,000 bees found either dead or dying in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Jun 19, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

"When I was here Monday it was even more dramatic than it is today," Hatfield told KOIN 6 News. "There were bees raining out of trees."

Vaughan said European Linden trees are often treated with insecticides because of the aphids that "rain down" nectar from the trees.

But there's also a chance it's not insecticide at all. Vaughan took pollen samples and will test the buds and flowers from the trees.

About 25,000 dead or dying bees were seen in a parking lot at the Target in Wilsonville, June 18, 2013.
(Courtesy: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)

"We can't say for sure that it is something that they put on the tree," Hatfield said, "because these trees are European Linden trees, which have been known to be toxic to bees."

They said they hope to have an answer within a couple of days.

WATCH: 25,000 dead bees found in Wilsonville, Oregon.

"It brings it home," Hatfield said, "that we've got a lot of work to do to learn how to not harm these insects that are critical to our food supply."

Bees are critical agriculture. If there really are 25,000 to 30,000 dead bees, which is how it appears, that would be hundreds of bumblebee colonies that are now dead. - KOIN.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Spattering And Gas Emissions At The Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano - Ten Earthquakes In The Past 24 Hours!

June 23, 2013 - HAWAII - The following constitutes the most recent observations at the Kilauea summit. At the summit, tiltmeters recorded minor fluctuations – a very weak inflationary trend continued. The summit lava lake level fluctuated and remained about 45 m (150 ft) below the Halema`uma`u Crater floor.

The most recent sulfur dioxide emission rate measurement was 700 t/d on June 21, 2013; this value is a minimum because the data were acquired close to the vent where the plume is most dense and challenging to fully characterize. Although not measured this morning, a very small amount of ash-sized tephra (mostly fresh spatter bits and Pele’s hair) was likely carried out of the vent by the plume and deposited onto nearby surfaces.

Seismic tremor levels were low suggesting spattering and gas emissions were nearly continuous. Ten earthquakes were strong enough to be located beneath Kilauea Volcano in the past 24 hours – 1 within the Ka`oiki Pali area, 2 south of the summit caldera, 3 deep quakes beneath the upper east rift zone, 1 well north of the middle east rift zone, and 3 on south flank faults. The recent extension recorded by GPS receivers spanning the summit caldera stalled over the past few days.

Recent Observations at the middle east rift zone vents:
The tiltmeter at Pu`u `O`o cone recorded fluctuations over a weak inflationary trend that may be enhanced by rainfall. The GPS line length from the north rim to the south base of Pu`u `O`o cone showed fluctuations without a longer-term trend since mid-May. The most recent (preliminary) sulfur dioxide emission rate measurement was 300 tonnes/day on June 17, 2013, from all east rift zone sources; these values have ranged between 150 and 450 t/d in 2013; measurements are made at a greater distance from the sources where the plume is more easily characterized.

Spatter cones on the crater floor of Pu`u `O`o showed their typical incandescence and the northeast spatter cone continued to feed the Kahauale`a II lava flow north of Pu`u `O`o; the June-18 breakout from the Kahauale`a II lava tube high on the NE flank of Pu`u `O`o cone continued to advanced northward over the Kahauale`a II flow. Using a combination of satellite imagery and older mapping on the ground, the most distant front of the Kahaulae`a flow was still about 2.5 km (1.6 mi) due north of Pu`u `O`o, expanding a bit to the east, and still burning forest at the north edge of Pu`u `O`o’s 1983-1986 `a`a flow field.

A second active front was still about 1.9 km (1.2 mi) NNW of Pu`u `O`o, expanding to the west, and slowly advancing and also burning the edge of the forest. PNcam views overnight recorded continued activity at the flow fronts burning forest north of Pu`u `O`o.

WATCH: Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau overlook vent.

Please see more time-lapse videos HERE.

Southeast of Pu`u `O`o, the Peace Day flow hosted new active breakouts at the base of the pali and continuing scattered breakouts about mid-way across the coastal plain near the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park boundary. Most of the Peace Day flow, however, remained in lava tubes that empty into the ocean in two places – a main entry point, producing a persistent gas plume just east of the Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park boundary and a smaller entry point producing a smaller, intermittent gas plume just inside the National Park. - Hawaii 24/7.