Wednesday, October 2, 2013

MONUMENTAL SOLAR SYSTEM CHANGES & FIRE IN THE SKY: "Planet Mars Gone Comet" - Professor James McCanney Declares That Mars Has Acquired A Coma From Its Electrical Interaction With Comet ISON, The Principal Reason For The Government Shutdown Of NASA?!

October 02, 2013 - SPACE - In the following interview, conducted on the 2nd of October, with host John Moore on the Republic Broadcasting Network, renown author  and astrophysicist Professor James M. McCanney declared that Planet Mars has acquired a coma, resulting from the electrical interaction with Comet ISON.

Artistic illustration. Image: Andre Heath.

McCanney states that, "Comet ISON approached and is now past Mars. Mars went comet. I and other people observed it. The coma around Mars is extremely visible. This is an event that we have not seen in thousands of years."

He postulates that this is the primary reason for the swift halt to the operations of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) following the shutdown of the United States federal government.  According to a White House release, President Obama has discontinued nearly every NASA activity besides the International Space Station (ISS) operations. All told, only about 549 full- and part-time NASA employees — about 3 percent of the more than 18,000 who work at the agency — will be treated as essential personnel exempt from furlough during a shutdown, spokesman Allard Beutel said in a recent interview with SpaceNews. “The estimated time to complete the shut-down for routine agency activities, which includes the vast majority of NASA employees, contractors, and facilities, is less than one half-day,” NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson wrote in a Sept. 27 letter to Sally Ericsson, program associate director at the White House Office of Management and budget.

On September 29, McCanney wrote on his website:

Comet ISON recently turned GREEN showing it is connecting electrically with Mars as I predicted. This started on the 24th of September. Standard science claims this is due to UV light from the Sun, which is more like fairy tale. They never explain such dichotomies (they do not have to since in the controlled press no one else gets to insert even a comment).  I predicted this brightening as the comet connects electrically with Mars, heading for a close bypass on the 1st of October. [Edited for clarity]

The following report from Universe Today, confirms this:

Comet ISON, photographed with a 3-inch (80mm) telescope this morning
Sept. 28 shows a circular green coma and head. A short dust tail
points to the northwest. Credit: Michael Jaeger
As NASA and the European Space Agency prepare  their remote photojournalists – Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers – to capture photos of Comet ISON’s flyby of Mars early next week, amateur astronomers continue to monitor and photograph the comet from backyard observatories across the blue Earth. Several recent color photos show ISON’s bright head or nucleus at the center of  a puffy, green coma. Green’s a good omen – a sign the comet’s getting more active as it enters the realm of the inner solar system and sun’s embrace.

Another great photo of the “greening” of Comet ISON taken on Sept. 24
with a 17-inch (43-cm) telescope. Click to enlarge. Credit: Damian Peach

Sunlight beating down on the comet’s nucleus (core) vaporizes dust-impregnated ice to form a cloud or coma, a temporary atmosphere of water vapor, dust, carbon dioxide, ammonia and other gases. Once liberated , the tenuous haze of comet stuff rapidly expands into a huge spherical cloud centered on the nucleus. - Universe Today.

On September 30 to October 01, McCanney also wrote on his website:

Comet ISON today developed a sunward spike, as I predicted it would Is seriously connecting electrically with the planet Mars. However, it is clear that the appointed NASA special team of scientists is hiding data from the over 60 satellites and telescopes it is using to observe ISON.  The fix is on and people every day are waking up to my work and predictions.

Comet ISON near to its close approach to Mars, imaged together from the 2 meter Liverpool Telescope.
Credit: Remanzacco Observatory/Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes, and
Martino Nicolini/NSO Liverpool Telescope.

This image of Mars (lower right) and Comet ISON (upper left) was taken about 5:00 AM EDT in Westminster
Maryland using a Nikon D5000 and a Stellarvue 80ED telescope. It’s composed of 44 30-second
exposures at ISO1600, stacked using DeepSkyStacker. Credit and copyright: Ari Koutsouradis.

NASA's hiding of Mars data is confirmed. Carey Lisse (of Goddard Space Flight Center) heads NASA team, and is hiding data coming from the MARS Observer instruments including that Hubble Space Telescope is certainly viewing all the the myriad of electrical interactions between ISON and the planet that I have seen. These same scientists have been instrumental in hiding data on the luminosity of comets, since they accidentally discovered my predicted  X-RAYs in comments.

Three different views of Comet ISON’s inner coma. Credit: Remanzacco Observatory/Ernest Guido,
Nick Howes and Martino Nicolini.

NASA has shutdown all information release on all topics including that on Comet ISON. Don't tell me that this is due to Congress. NASA already had its money in hand and there is no reason to shutdown operational servers, unless you want to. Given the clear indications that the government is planning a wide scale power outage, how convenient to have the shutdown including all reporting from our illustrious space agency? Could they be planning on it sooner, since I already called them out on this issue? [Edited for clarity]

LISTEN: Professor McCanney on The John Moore Show - October 1,. 2013.

If the comet survives its close pass by the Sun, it will pass closest to Earth on December 26, about 64 million km (40 million miles) away.

THE PRIEST CLASS OF THE MAGI: Precursors To The End Of European Vampirism And Christian Dominionism And The Ultimately Collapse Of The White Supremacy Paradigm - In An "Holy" Reveal, The Vatican Bank Publishes Annual Report For The First Time In Its 125-Year History!

October 02, 2013 - VATICAN - For the first time in its 125-year history, the Vatican bank has disclosed its annual financial report to the public. The bank seeks to be more transparent amid the investigation into an alleged money-laundering scandal.

The report covers details from 2012, during which the Vatican bank - formally known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) - was accused of money laundering and lack of diligence in allowing non-religious businessmen to hold accounts in what amounted to an international offshore tax haven.

Nevertheless, 2012 was an “economically successful year" for the IOR, as net earnings rose to 86.6 million euros (US$116.95 million). The numbers are up four-fold from the 20.2 million euro profit made in 2011, the financial report states.

The lion’s share of the proceeds - 54.7 million euros - was given to the Pope to carry out the Church's mission around the world, according to the document.

Aside from the earnings, the 100-page report reveals that the IOR possessed 41.3 million euros worth of gold, metals, and precious coins, owned a real estate company, and was bequeathed two investment properties worth 1.9 million euros. It also made some 25.8 million euros worth of loans in 2012.

The balance sheet shows a total of 4.98 billion euros in assets and 769 million euros in equity funds. The assets were primarily held in bonds and money market accounts.

Complete transparency, ‘zero tolerance’ for illegitimacy

Bank President Ernst Von Freyberg, who started his job this year, said the report was an attempt to meet the bank’s commitment to transparency.

"The annual report seeks to contribute to the transparency which the Catholic Church, our customers, our correspondent banks, our authorities and the public rightfully expect,"
he said.

However, Von Freyberg stated that 2013 is not expected to be as successful.

"Overall, we expect 2013 to be marked by the extraordinary expenses for the ongoing reform and remediation process, and the effects of rising interest rates,"
he said in a statement.

The bank has around 18,900 clients which include religious orders, Vatican embassies, cardinals, and foreign embassies that have connections with the Holy See.

An exterior view of the tower of the Institute for Works of Religion in Vatican City (Reuters).

The Vatican has long insisted the IOR isn't a bank, but rather a unique financial institution that manages assets for religious works and charity. This has helped the institution to avoid typical banking regulations.

The report follows a money laundering scandal in June 2012 which involved senior cleric Monsignor Nunzio Scarano and two others who were arrested by Italian police after allegedly trying to transfer 20 million euros ($26 million) illegally. Following the scandal, the Vatican froze the account of the cleric, saying it would have "zero tolerance for any activity, whether conducted by laity or clergy, that is illegal or outside the Statutes of the Institute.”

In August, newly elected Pope Francis stepped up the fight against corruption, strengthening supervision of financial transactions at the IOR by issuing a decree to fight against illegal transactions.

Recently, the Pope also appointed a committee to prepare a report on how to reform the bank – which does not exclude the possibility of closing it down. - RT.

FUK-U-SHIMA: "Humankind's Most Dangerous Moment" - One Wrong Move At Fukushima Could Unleash A Nuclear Disaster Equivalent To 85 Chernobyls!

October 02, 2013 - JAPAN - More than two years after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, the Fukushima power plant sits in ruins, leaking 300 tons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean every day. But that’s small potatoes compared to what might happen in November.

In what could be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co). — the Japanese company that owns the Fukushima power plant — will attempt to remove approximately 1,300 fuel rods from the heavily damaged Reactor Unit 4. Why should you care? Because many experts feel that neither TEPCO nor Japan have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle the repair. And you know what happens if they screw up? Nuclear disaster.
We’re talking more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released during the bombing of Hiroshima in WWII. That’s the equivalent of 85 Chernobyl disasters.

So what’s the problem? Essentially, the damaged fuel rods are submerged in a chamber near the top of Reactor Unit 4. The original roof is missing. The chamber is crumpled. The integrity of the entire building and even the fuel rods themselves is dubious at best. The situation needs to be corrected. If it isn’t, another earthquake, tsunami or strong storm could force the pool to collapse, exposing the fuel rods to air and causing them to ignite, which would release ridiculous amounts of radiation into the atmosphere. It would be an unprecedented event.

Workers in protective suits and masks wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima
Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool)

Thankfully, some important repairs have already taken place, including the construction of a new roof structure over Reactor Unit 4, as well as the instillation of equipment that will aid in the removal and transfer of the spent fuel rods, according to World Nuclear News.

But if TEPCO doesn’t have its shit together, like many people feel they don’t, the rods could touch one another or break during the removal process, exposing the radioactive material to air — the likelihood of which is considered high by some. In that case, sparks fly, things start to blow up and radiation takes to the air like a flock of desperate birds released from a cage. Only these aren’t pigeons; they’re radioactive, cancer-causing, death birds.

Don’t believe us? OK. Here’s what Yale Professor Charles Perrow (who, just to be clear, is a professor of sociology — not nuclear physics) has to say about the matter:

In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Japanese police wearing protective radiation suits search for the bodies
of victims of the tsunami in the Odaka area of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone
established for the 20-kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants.
(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File).

[...] Much more serious is the danger that the spent fuel rod pool at the top of the nuclear plant number four will collapse in a storm or an earthquake, or in a failed attempt to carefully remove each of the 1,535 rods and safely transport them to the common storage pool 50 meters away. Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years. [...]

The extent of the devastation depends on what, exactly, blows up. If it’s just Reactor Unit 4, then Japan and neighboring countries will be at risk. The Tokyo metropolitan area —  home to 35 million people — may even have to be evacuated, according to the Japan Times.

In November, Tepco plans to begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with] radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. …. It remains vulnerable to any further shocks, and is also at risk from ground liquefaction. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task…. The consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in the pool, or a large fire. Any of these situations could lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries at serious risk.

The explosion of Reactor Unit 4 would also be bad news for Americans. Nuclear dust would likely ride wind currents across the Pacific, bringing radiation to the West Coast of the U.S. Americans living there would be forced to remain indoors with their windows closed, according to

But here’s the thing. Fukushima is littered with spent fuel assemblies submerged in unprotected pools. These assemblies are essentially clusters of rods containing spent nuclear fuel that remains highly radioactive.

They’re just laying there in big puddles of water. If Reactor Unit 4 blows up during TEPCO’s attempted removal of the spent fuel rods, it’s entirely conceivable the blast could trigger an even larger explosion that engulfs all of Fukushima (including all those fuel assemblies, of which there are 11,000), leading to the release of nuclear contaminants on an unimaginable scale.

How bad would it be? One scientist, who lives in Boston, plans to move her family to the Southern Hemisphere (which is expected to receive much less radiation) if the Fukushima Doomsday scenario were to unfold. The exact implications aren’t clear, but we’re looking at a centuries-long spate of poisonous, nuclear materials, which would prompt mass evacuations throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma, Japan
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, Pool).

And just to be clear, this isn’t a conspiracy theory. Fuel Pool Number 4 has been called the greatest short-term threat to humanity. A U.S. Senator considers Fukushima a national security risk. Nuclear experts have cautioned that the Northern Hemisphere should be evacuated if the fuel pool collapses. Former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura calls the impending removal of the fuel rods an issue of human survival.

In other words, this is for real.

The heart of the issue now centers on who has the authority, responsibility and skills to safely handle the removal of the fuel rods. Japan has already ceded control of the project to TEPCO, which has thus far proven to be incompetent and irresponsible. Progressive outlets are clamoring for a global takeover of the delicate project, but the mainstream media has failed to adequately cover the story.

So here’s where we’re at: TEPCO is slated to begin removing the spent fuel rods from Reactor Unit 4 in November, people are starting to freak out and nobody is really taking command of the situation.

Will President Obama step up? How about the UN? Maybe Japan will come to its senses, realize the gravity of the situation, fess up to their inability to deal with the task at hand and ask for help. At this point, it’s unclear.

The greatest nuclear disaster in history is quietly unfolding, and the clock continues to tick, tick, tick away. - RYOT.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Doom From Above - The Threat Of Meteorites!

October 02, 2013 - SPACE - Astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons has a lot on his mind. He is interested in our solar system, but also in how to save planet Earth. The Queen’s University Belfast scientist studies how to deflect space rocks on a collision course with our planet, as part of NeoShield, a European-funded project.

One option is to nuke an incoming asteroid, another to ram it.

Extra impetus arrived on February 15th when an asteroid exploded over central Russia, producing a blast 30 times as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb. The Chelyabinsk meteor had travelled 18km per second, before disintegrating at high altitude. About 1,600 people were injured in the sparsely populated area and thousands of buildings damaged.

It was a small asteroid, Fitzsimmons says, about the size of a bus. “An object that small [20m wide] will not make it to Earth’s surface, but will explode at altitude,” he says. By coincidence, hours later a 20m by 40m asteroid whizzed by Earth, closer to us than our communication satellites, but it was predicted. Chelyabinsk arrived unannounced.

“We still miss these small asteroids all the time, even with our sophisticated telescopes,” says Fitzsimmons, who uses a telescope in Hawaii to survey for danger in another project, Pan-Starrs. Once a minute, a 1.4 billion-pixel image of part of the sky is recorded and then analysed for comets and asteroids that may be winging our way. It detected the 10,000th “near-Earth object” early this June. Cataloguing these is a priority for NASA too.

Don Yeomans of NASA’s near-Earth object programme says 90 per cent of objects over a kilometre across have been identified, and NASA is now focusing on those more than 130m. After following them for a few years, scientists can work out their orbit and do impact probability calculations, often for a hundred years into the future.

“A one-kilometre object gives you a global catastrophe,” Fitzsimmons warns. “An object 40m to 70m across would cause major damage locally, with the severity depending on the exact velocity, size and composition.”

Anything greater than 30m across will likely strike Earth’s surface, but damage potential is still under investigation.

“To better predict the hazards of future impacts, we need to know how much damage objects of different sizes and types of material produced,” says David Kring, an impact expert at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. “Chelyabinsk is providing the first high-precision calibration point on the curve that relates impact energy to surface damage.”

A meteorite trail is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15th.
A heavy meteor shower rained down on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris smashed
windows and injured dozens of stunned locals. Photograph: Oleg Kargopolov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian roulette
The Russian fireball was a weak stony asteroid called a chondrite; one fragment knocked an eight-metre hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake. Experts say a 20m object enters Earth’s atmosphere about once a century on average, so it was a rare event. Chances are it wouldn’t hit a city.

Impressive impact craters in Canada and South Africa stretch almost 200km across, but the most famous lies under the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. “The Chicxulub impact event, which wiped out the dinosaurs and extinguished life on Earth, was produced by an asteroid about 10km in diameter,” says Kring. “It is much more difficult for such a large object to go undetected, but not impossible. The scientific community is working hard to detect all objects that size, to minimise that risk.”

A rock this size equals catastrophe. The Chicxulub blast laid down a tell-tale layer of iridium-rich dust spread across the globe, a clue to its force. “That asteroid would have come in at around 20km a second, and something that size would have no chance of being slowed down by the atmosphere. It would have penetrated way down into the crust, where all that kinetic energy was converted instantly to heat. The rock would have simply exploded and vaporised, giving a hot dusty atmosphere,” says Ian Sanders, a meteorite geologist in Trinity College.

The dinosaurs didn’t have a space programme, however.

“This is an international problem and requires an international solution,” says Yeomans of NASA. “Who would be charged with making a deflection attempt? Those guidelines have yet to be worked out.”
Fitzsimmons and others are considering three solutions. One is to punch the asteroid off course using a speeding spacecraft. Another is a gravity tractor, where a small craft hovers above and uses gravitational attraction to tug the asteroid.

The nuclear option
For something more dramatic, high- energy and controversial, a nuclear explosion could evaporate the asteroid’s outer layer and push it away, says Fitzsimmons. Nukes are banned in space by UN treaty, but conventional explosives could also be used. A first step, however, is to test options on a non-Earth-bound asteroid. We should have time.

“We are expecting to have an impact warning time of years [for large objects],” adds Fitzsimmons, “generally 10 or 20 years.” But there are risks. “We don’t want to rest on our laurels,” says Fitzsimmons. “It’s like saying we know buses arrive on average at this time – but sometimes one comes along unannounced.”

After the Russian air blast, a UN team called for international co-operation to face the threat of near-space objects.

Asteroids, which lie in a band beyond Mars, break out of their orbit due to the pull of Jupiter or Saturn, and can take on elliptical paths that cross our own. But it is not only asteroids we need to worry about. There are also the comets – icy bodies that come from the outer solar system from beyond the planet Neptune. “In near-Earth space, asteroids outnumber comets by 100 to 1, that is the good news,” says Yeomans. “But if one is coming from the outer solar system, it woudn’t be obvious until it reached the orbit of Jupiter. And it takes nine months to travel from Jupiter to Earth. So comets are a problem. They are far less likely to hit us, but more difficult to deal with.” - Irish Times.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: "Nobody Imagined We'd See Such Catastrophic Local Extinctions" - Wildlife Face "Armageddon" As Forests Shrink!

October 02, 2013 - EARTH - Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers witnessed the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in Thailand.

File image.

"It was like ecological Armageddon," said Luke Gibson from the National University of Singapore, who led the study. "Nobody imagined we'd see such catastrophic local extinctions."

The study, just published in the leading journal Science today, is considered important because forests around the world are being rapidly felled and chopped up into small island-like fragments.

"It's vital that we understand what happens to species in forest fragments," said Antony Lynam of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

"The fate of much of the world's biodiversity is going to depend on it."

The study was motivated by a desire to understand how long species can live in forest fragments. If they persist for many decades, this gives conservationists a window of time to create wildlife corridors or restore surrounding forests to reduce the harmful effects of forest isolation.

However, the researchers saw native small mammals vanish with alarming speed, with just a handful remaining - on average, less than one individual per island - after 25 years. "There seemed to be two culprits," said William Laurance of James Cook University in Australia.

"Native mammals suffered the harmful effects of population isolation, and they also had to deal with a devastating invader - the Malayan field rat."

In just a few years, the invading rat grew so abundant on the islands that it virtually displaced all native small mammals. The field rat normally favors villages and agricultural lands, but will also invade disturbed forests.

"This tells us that the double whammy of habitat fragmentation and invading species can be fatal for native wildlife," said Lynam.

"And that's frightening because invaders are increasing in disturbed and fragmented habitats around the world."

"The bottom line is that we must conserve large, intact habitats for nature," said Gibson. "That's the only way we can ensure biodiversity will survive." - Terra Daily.

THE AGE OF OBAMA & CHILDHOOD'S END: Precursors To The End Of The U.S. Corporation And The Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - President Obama Is Presiding Over The End Of America's Superpower Status; U.S. Treasury Department Taking Extraordinary Measures To Avoid Default; Senator McCain Says "The Apocalypse Is Upon Us"; 'Shutdown' Shows Signs Of Dragging On As Congress And Obama Prepare For Siege Over Shutdown, Then Debt Ceiling; The Next Step Is The Collapse Of The U.S. Dollar!

"The U.S. Corporation, one of the fundamental tools of the White Supremacy Paradigm has not worked and will never work for the majority of Americans or the people across the globe. Behind its military and economy dominance lies a trail awash with the blood of billions, who have suffered from its immoral foreign policies and asymmetrical wars, carried out on the behest of the Vatican and European overlords. It's inevitable collapse must not only be welcomed, it should be accelerated." - Andre Heath.

October 02, 2013 - UNITED STATES
- For a country that is supposed to be the most powerful in the world, the fact that Americans have today woken up  to find large swathes of their nation closed for business is humiliating.

President Obama Is Presiding Over The End Of America's Superpower Status.

Thanks to President Barack Obama obduracy over his flagship healthcare policy, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach agreement in Congress on the federal budget, forcing the US Government to close down for the first time in 17 years, with around 700,000 federal workers being placed on indefinite leave.

While the White House insists that essential areas of the government, such as the military, will continue to function, the shut down represents yet a further blow to the prestige of the Obama administration at a time when it is still reeling from its inept handling of the recent Syrian crisis.

There was a time not so long ago when the world looked to America for both political and economic leadership. But now that can no longer be taken for granted thanks to Mr Obama's inability to provide decisive leadership on either front.

Republicans rightly argue that by pressing ahead with Obamacare before the implications of the programme have been properly assessed risks adding to America's debt mountain at a time when the American economy is still recovering from the biggest economic crisis in recent history.

The emergence of Russia, meanwhile, as the main power broker in the Syria crisis has severely damaged America's standing as a major global player.

In short, the longer the Obama presidency continues, the more America's status as a superpower ebbs away. - Telegraph.

U.S. Treasury Department Taking Extraordinary Measures To Avoid Default.
Jack Lew details the last-resort steps in a letter to
members of Congress. AP Photo
The Treasury Department has begun using the last set of accounting maneuvers at its disposal to allow the government to keep paying its bills until Congress raises the country’s borrowing limit, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told congressional leaders Tuesday night.

In a letter, Lew reiterated that if the debt ceiling is not raised by Oct. 17 the government will not be able to meet all its financial commitments, such as making payments to U.S. debt holders, government contractors and Social Security recipients.

“If we have insufficient cash on hand, it would be impossible for the United States of America to meet all of its obligations for the first time in our history,” he wrote. “For this reason, I respectfully urge Congress to act immediately to meet its responsibility by extending the nation’s borrowing authority.”

The Obama administration has said it will not negotiate over the debt ceiling, arguing Congress needs to act because the issue isn’t whether to approve new spending but whether the government should pay the bills it has already racked up.

But Republicans have made clear they will expect some sort of concession in exchange for voting to raise the debt ceiling.

That debate has yet to begin in earnest, however, as congressional leaders and the White House wrestle with the more immediate fiscal fight over funding the government.

On Tuesday, the government began a partial shutdown because Congress failed to enact legislation to keep the government funded. A deal to get agencies up and running remains elusive.

Lew said in his letter that the government shutdown — and the decrease in spending that comes with it — will not do much if anything to push off the Oct. 17 deadline, which is when Treasury estimates the government will run out of money to pay all its bills.

Economists, corporate executives and market analysts have warned that failing to raise the debt ceiling would pose a much greater risk to the government and financial markets than a government shutdown.

U.S. government securities are viewed as the safest assets in the world and therefore play a key role in financial markets. If the creditworthiness of the U.S. government is called into question, economists warn, it could lead to a financial panic and a severe economic downturn.

To buy more time before the debt limit needs to be raised, Lew said the final “extraordinary measures” being deployed include suspending the daily reinvestment of the portion of the Exchange Stabilization Fund that is invested in Treasury securities and that Treasury is entering into a debt swap with the Federal Financing Bank and the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. - Politico.

Senator McCain Says "The Apocalypse Is Upon Us".
The Department of Defense released a statement early Tuesday that shocked college sports fans. The department said that all athletic competitions at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies would be postponed for as long as the government remained closed.
The Air Force and Navy are scheduled to square off in a sold-out, nationally televised football game on Saturday, while the Army has a planned match-up against Boston College. If the government impasse isn’t resolved by Thursday, both games will be suspended.
John McCain.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a graduate of the Naval Academy, told reporters that the cancelation of the Air Force-Navy game would be the “defining moment” of the shutdown.

“The apocalypse is upon us,” McCain lamented.

Meanwhile, World War II veterans who flew into Washington on honor flights early Tuesday were surprised to find that the World War II Memorial they planned to visit already had a barricade around it to keep the public out.

The vets walked past the barricades, leaving Park Police in an awkward position.

“We’re seeking guidance on how to respond,” the Park Police said, according to Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane III.

Members of the Park Police reportedly allowed the veterans to continue walking on the memorial site, after early reports suggested the veterans had “stormed” through the barriers.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle rushed to the scene. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Republican Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa), Bill Huizenga (Mich.) and Steven Palazzo (Miss.) were among those who showed up to declare their support for the veterans.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said over Twitter that vets “shouldn’t face closed DC memorials,” and vowed to donate his pay during the shutdown to the Honor Flight Network, which helped arrange travel for the veterans to D.C. on Tuesday.

Others thundered about the injustice from Capitol Hill, through statements or in campaign ads.

“Close down the World War II Memorial. Close down the Mall, which is just an open piece of grass — there’s no legitimate reason for doing so,” Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) said. “These are the same guys who faced down the Nazis, the same guys who faced down the Japanese in World War II, and they were not to be stopped by a piece of yellow tape.”

WATCH: Veterans cross barricades to get into the World War II Memorial.

And the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is already up with an ad hitting Democrats over the barricades.

“Democrats shut down WWII Memorial,” an ad on the NRCC site reads. “Greatest generation storms through anyways.”

Still, at least a couple of unexpected developments were positive.

The financial markets were up across the board after rocky trading on Monday. All of the major indexes ended in the black, as Wall Street had either already priced the cost of the shutdown into stocks or was signaling that it believed the shutdown would be short-lived.

And the Ku Klux Klan’s planned rally at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania will have to wait. The Confederate White Knights of the KKK had permits for a Saturday gathering, but park officials rescinded the permits on Tuesday because of the shutdown. - The Hill.

'Shutdown' Shows Signs Of Dragging On As Congress And Obama Prepare For Siege Over Shutdown, Then Debt Ceiling.
Lawmakers and the White House dug in Tuesday for a long fight as the first federal government shutdown in nearly two decades showed no signs of breaking, increasing the likelihood it will become entangled in an even larger battle over the Treasury's ability to pay the government's bills.

The two parties held no negotiations to resolve the impasse, instead trading blame. Republicans criticized Senate Democrats as being unwilling to negotiate an end to the standoff that forced federal agencies to curtail a range of activities and begin the furlough of more than 800,000 workers.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the
Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday.
Getty Images.
U.S. stocks rose despite the government shutdown as investors said it would take a prolonged halt to rattle Wall Street.

President Barack Obama pointed the finger at House Republicans for their efforts to scale back or dismantle the 2010 health law, the Affordable Care Act. "They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans," Mr. Obama said from the White House Rose Garden.

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) pinned the blame on his adversaries, saying, "Senate Democrats today slammed the door on reopening the federal government by refusing to talk."

House Republicans launched a new strategy aimed at increasing pressure on Senate Democrats to negotiate with them, only to see it fail in their own chamber Tuesday night. GOP leaders brought forward a series of short-term bills to finance small parts of the government, including veterans services and national parks, through Dec. 15.

None of the bills garnered the two-thirds support needed under an expedited process chosen to highlight House Democrats' unwillingness to fund the popular programs under the Republican plan. GOP lawmakers said they might bring up the bills again later this week in a fashion that would make them easier to pass with just the Republican majority.

The lack of negotiations between the two parties and the White House raises the possibility that the partisan divisions that have brought the government to a standstill could impede the ability of the Treasury to pay the government's bills beyond mid-October. Congress has to approve an increase in the federal debt ceiling by then, and failure to do so could bring broader and more troublesome consequences for the U.S. and global economies than the partial government shutdown. - WSJ.

The Next Step Is The Collapse Of The U.S. Dollar.
There is a considerable amount of debate in alternative economic circles as to whether a federal government shutdown would be a “good thing” or a “bad thing”.  Frankly, even I am partially conflicted.  I love to read mainstream news stories about how a shutdown in the capital would be “horrible” because Barack Obama might have to reduce the White House cleaning staff and wash his own laundry:

It's about time that sellout bastard did something to clean up his own act.  I also love the idea of the federal government out of the picture and removed from the U.S. dynamic.  Americans need to learn again how to live without the nanny state, even if only for a few weeks, and what better way than to go cold turkey.  I can hear the tortured sobs of the socialists now, crying for their SNAP cards and low grade government healthcare.  It's like...beautiful music...

That said, as much as centralized government needs to be erased from the face of the planet, there are, indeed, consequences that must be dealt with. It is foolish to believe otherwise. No social system, and I mean NO SOCIAL SYSTEM, changes without pain to the population.  I am not among those that cheer a federal shutdown, because I understand that the only people to ultimately feel suffering will be average citizens, not the establishment itself.  The sheeple may be ignorant and blind, but no one deserves the kind of unmitigated hellfire that could rain down upon our country if a shutdown continues for an extended period of time.  Call me a humanitarian...

As I write this, mainstream media projections estimate a 90% chance of government shutdown by midnight on September 30th.  Though technically, government funds will not run out until October 17th:

We have dealt with this kind of talk before over the past few years, and it's interesting to see the kind of cynicism that has developed over the idea of a shutdown event.  After all, the last time a government shutdown occurred was at the end of 1995, lasting only a couple of weeks into 1996.  The GOP has folded so many times over the U.S. budget and debt ceiling that most of the public expects they will obviously do it again.  It is certainly possible that the Republicans will roll over, however, I am not so sure of that this time around.  Why?  Not because Obamacare is on the table.  Obamacare is just a distraction.  No, I'm far more interested in the circumstances surrounding the U.S. dollar.

Obamacare is designed to fail. 
Anyone with any financial or mathematical sense could look at the real national debt and deficit projections of the U.S. and understand that there is no money and never will be enough money to fund universal healthcare.  The GOP could simply let the program take effect, sit back, and watch it crash and burn over the next three to five years.  This would entail, though, watching the whole of our economy crash and burn with it.

What we have developing in front of us is the recipe for a new false paradigm.  Already, the MSM is discussing the possibility of debt default and who will be responsible under such circumstances.  Not surprisingly “Tea Party” conservatives have been named the primary culprits if a shutdown goes south; even former Democratic president Bill Clinton is getting in on the blame game:

All the bickering over Obamacare is fascinating, I'm sure, but lets set the Affordable Care Act aside for a moment and look at the bigger and more important picture.  The private Federal Reserve Bank has just announced to much surprise a complete reversal on its suggested QE “taper” measures, resulting in a shocked and confused marketplace.  If the U.S. fiscal system is stable and sound, as the Fed has been suggesting for the past year, then why continue stimulus measures at all?  Could it be that most if not all positive economic numbers released by the Fed and the Labor Department are actually fake, and that investors have been duped into assuming overall growth when America is actually in an accelerated decline?   Wouldn't that be a high speed excrement storm straight out of left field!

The first day rally over the Fed announcement faded quickly, resulting in a slow bleed of the Dow ever since.  The magic of Fed stimulus is wearing off, and the investment world is not happy.  If I were a member of the Federal Reserve Bank, I suppose I would appreciate a large scale distraction designed to take attention away from me and my elitist club-mates as the primary culprits behind the greatest currency implosion in the history of the world.

Sadly, a government shutdown is sizable threat to the American financial system, and few people seem to get it.
  Perhaps because the expectation is that any shutdown would only be a short term concern.  And, this assumption might be correct.  But, if a shutdown takes place, and, if “gridlock” continues for an extended period of time, I have little doubt that the U.S economy will experience renewed crisis.  Here's why:

Exponential Debt

Obamacare only tops a long list of already existing “unfunded liabilities” (otherwise known as entitlement programs).  These programs are not counted in the government's official calculations of national debt or deficit spending, but they cost taxpayers money all the same.  True deficit costs and national debt costs expand every year without fail.  If the debt ceiling does not rise in accordance with this exponential debt, a default is inevitable.  No amount of increased taxes could ever fill the black hole already created by negative government spending.

A long term government shutdown will eventually require cuts in entitlements, if not a total overhaul of certain aid programs.  Imagine an end to all disability payments, including veterans disability payments.  Imagine federal employee pensions put on hold for an undesignated period of time.  Imagine food stamps placed on hiatus for 50 million people.  Imagine how many states now rely on federal funding just to keep municipalities from bankruptcy.  Get the picture now?

End Of Foreign Faith In U.S. Treasuries

In a disgusting display of propaganda, media outlet Reuters has released an article claiming that, default or not, Asian investors and central banks are “hostage” to U.S. debt:

Their argument essentially revolves around the lie that Asian investors believe an American default to be “unthinkable”.  Surely, the unnamed Japanese investment source they cite as an “insider” truly represents the whole of Asia.

The reality is, the Asians (the Chinese in particular) have been preparing for a calamity in the U.S. Treasury market for years.
Most foreign investors in U.S. Treasuries have converted their long term bond holdings to short term bond holdings; meaning, they are ready to liquidate their bonds at a moment's notice.  Overall purchase levels of treasuries are either static, or falling depending on the nation involved.

China has been internationalizing its currency, the Yuan, since 2005.  China has opened Yuan “clearing houses in multiple countries to allow faster convertibility of the Yuan, quietly supplanting the dollar as the world reserve currency.  These clearing houses now exist in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Kenya.  The Federal Reserve and international banks like JP Morgan are heavily involved in the internationalization of the Yuan.

The assertion that Asia is somehow hostage to U.S. debt is a lie beyond all proportions.  In truth, the U.S. economy is actually hostage to Asian holdings of U.S. debt.  A call for a dump of U.S. treasury bonds by China, for example, in the face of a U.S. default, would immediately result in a global chain reaction ending in the destruction of the dollar as the world reserve currency.  This is not speculation, this is mathematical fact.  China is not going to sit back and do nothing while their investment in U.S. debt quickly disintegrates.  Why would they take the chance when they could could just sell, sell, sell!
The very idea that Reuters is attempting to twist the fundamentals surrounding a default event leads me to believe a default event may be preordained.

What Will Be Defunded?

Non-essential personnel (which apparently includes Obama's maids), will be the first to receive a pink slip from the federal government.  Extra Pentagon staff, EPA staff, FDA staff, IRS staff, etc will all be cut.  Good riddance.  But what will follow will not be so pleasant.

If a shutdown stretches for months, expect cuts in all support programs and entitlements.  Veterans disability checks, social security, Medicare, employee pensions, even the Postal Service is likely to undergo defunding.  National Parks, and schools that receive federal aid will discover immediate cash-loss.  In fact, any state or city that relies on federal funds should plan for the possibility that those funds will disappear.
Military cuts would be at the bottom of the list, but I would not discount the chance of that either.

It cannot be denied; an enormous subsection of the American public is dependent on federal money. If that money dries up, chaos will ensue.  I don't like it, but it is a concern.

Controlled Reaction

A long term shutdown will be catastrophe no matter how you slice it.  Foreign creditors will react harshly.  The bond market will see a haircut not unlike that given to investors in Greek treasuries.  Austerity will become an American way of life.  The only mitigating factor will be the Federal Reserve, which I believe may institute “extraordinary measures” without congressional consent in order to continue feeding stimulus into government regardless of whether the debt ceiling is raised or not.  Given enough desperation, the American public might even applaud such an action and praise the Fed as “heroic”.

In this situation, the U.S. would be facing a Weimar-style currency collapse, rather than a debt default.  But in either scenario, the dollar is the final target.
Unfortunately, too many economic analysts presume that the only threat to the dollar's value is hyperinflation (these are the same people that quote the Fed's crooked CPI numbers).  But the dollar is just as vulnerable to a debt default and loss of reserve status.  Devaluation seems to be inevitable regardless of the outcome of the funding debate. 

The Republicans could still surrender, and even if they don't, real damages will not be felt until after October 17th.  This is plenty of time to manipulate the public into demanding more spending even when more spending is not in our best interests in the long term.  Our greatest concern, though, should be whether or not the establishment is ready to pull the plug on the dollar altogether, using the debt ceiling crisis as cover in order to distract away from the involvement of international banks in the overall problem.  There is no doubt given the facts at hand that America is on the edge of a terrible pyre.  Is this the event that will finally trigger collapse?  We'll know more in a week... - Zero Hedge.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For October 2, 2013 - Intense Earthquake Swarm At Iceland's The Tjörnes Fracture Zone; Alert Level Raised At Lewotobi In The Flores, Indonesia; Satellite Image Shows Steam Plume From Eruption At Jebel Zubair In The Red Sea!

October 02, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

Tjörnes Fracture Zone (North of Iceland): An intense earthquake swarm has been going on offshore North Iceland, 10 km NW of Gjögurtá, since 25 September.

Location of recent quakes at the TFZ.

This morning, 2 earthquakes reaching magnitude 3 and 3.2 occurred at 06:14 and 07:41. In total, more than 1000 quakes have been recorded by IMO.

Depth vs time of earthquakes at the TFZ.

The depths of the quakes vary from about 15 km depth (crust-mantle boundary) to near surface. The area is located on an active fault line related to rifting, and a possible cause of the earthquake swarm could be a magmatic intrusion.

Lewotobi (Flores): Following an increase in seismic activity recorded since 28 September, VSI raised the alert level to 2 ("Waspada","watch") on a scale of 1-4. No changes in surface activity, degassing from fumarole vents, has been noted.

Jebel Zubair (Red Sea): As of yesterday morning when the latest MODIS satellite image was taken from the area, the eruption continued with little changes.

WATCH: A video has appeared showing the activity (from distance) on the first day of the eruption:

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for October 2, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

MONUMENTAL DISCOVERY: China's Hollow Earth - Cave So Huge It Has Its Own Weather System; Explorers Discover A Lost World With Thick Cloud And Fogs Trapped Inside!

October 02, 2013 - CHINA - Adventurers have stumbled across a cave so enormous that it has its own weather system, complete with wispy clouds and lingering fog inside vast caverns.

The view from a small window in the wall of the vast Niubizi Tian Keng in the Er Wang Dong cave system,
where clouds form inside the huge spaces. Three tiny explorers can be seen
negotiating the heavily vegetated floor.

An intrepid cave explorer ascends a rope hanging from the Niubizi Tian Keng. This photograph is one
of the first-ever images taken of one of a cave so large it has its own weather system.

Explorer Duncan Collis (pictured) climbs a thin rope up to a small ledge overlooking the vast floor surface
of Niubizi Tian Keng in the Er Wang Dong cave system. A team of expert cavers have been
exploring the caves in the Chongquing province of China.

A team of expert cavers and photographers have been exploring the vast cave system in the Chongquing province of China and have taken the first-ever photographs of the natural wonder.

They were amazed to discover the entrance to the hidden Er Wang Dong cave system and were stunned when they managed to climb inside to see a space so large that it can contain a cloud.

Photographer and caver Robbie Shone, from Manchester, was part of a team of 15 explorers on a month-long expedition that discovered the hidden system.

 The tranquil rural village of Ranjiagou falls nearby the hidden natural wonder is pictured left,
while an intrepid caver stands on the central ridge overlooking the cathedral-like Cloud Ladder Hall,
where fog conceals the roof hundreds of metres above (right).

 American speleologist Erin Lynch struggles to pull her way across a raging torrent of white water,
which is the main river in Quankou Dong. One of the explorers said they had to be aware of
high water levels inside the caves, especially when it rained heavily on the surface.

 The spectacular beddings in the roof of Quankou. Photographer and caver Robbie Shone, from Manchester,
was part of a team of 15 explorers on a month-long expedition who stumbled across the natural wonder.

 'A few of the caves had previously been used by nitrate miners, at the areas close to the entrance, but had never been properly explored before,' he said.

'All the major passageways were deep underground and had never seen light before.

WATCH: Exploring Chinese caves so big that they have own weather.

 'It is always very special, knowing that you are the first to step foot into a cave or somewhere where nobody had previously seen, not knowing what you might find and discover.

'Where else on Earth can still hold secrets and mysteries of discovery? That's what I love so much about exploring.

The underground camp in Sang Wang Dong is cosy and warm, according to the cavers. Hot food and
drink recharge weary and tired explorers who sleep in either suspended hammocks or on roll mats
on the floor, before venturing out into the vast surroundings.

American speleologist Erin Lynch peers down over her shoulder into a giant void of cloud.The floor is over
240m below and although it cant be seen due to the thick cloud that lingers around her, the echo that
reverberates several seconds later reminds her of the volume of empty space and her lofty location.

Large stalagmites at the foot of a giant ascending ramp to another level of development in San Wang
Dong create a spectacle mid-way through a section of cave called Crusty Duvets.

Mr Shones was particularly excited about the cave network's interior weather system.

'I had never seen anything quite like the inside cloud ladder before,' he said.

'Thick cloud and fogs hangs in the upper half of the cave, where it gets trapped and unable to escape through the small passage in the roof, 250m above the ground.

'It reminded me of being in an abandoned slate quarrying North Wales in bad weather.

A giant calcite stalactite boss, dwarfs team member Matt Ryan as he looks up at the giant geological feature.

Duncan Collis and Erin Lynch walk through a section of cave in San Wang Dong called The Sea of Tranquility.
Here remains of old Nitrate mining cover the floor in forms of harths - pits and unwanted spoil. One team
member said it reminded him of being in an abandoned slate quarrying North Wales in bad weather.

An explorer scales the rope up a vertical section of cave known as a pit in Xinu Attic.

Crystal clear pools and slow moving streams make it easier to explore Quankou Dongs main river
passage in the huge network of caves that have not welcomed visitors in years.

The cave system discovered is not the only one with clouds inside, as humidity rises inside the caverns into colder air to form clouds inside the giant, enclosed spaces.

The network, includes 'Cloud Ladder Hall' which itself  measures around 51,000 metres squared, while there are rivers and vegetation on the floor of some of its huge caverns.

'Most caves are either accessed by large walking entrance, some require a long deep swim, other may be very vertical in nature where you need ropes to abseil down the walls deep into the caves.

'We had to be aware of high water levels inside the caves, especially when it rained heavily on the surface.

'The drainage catchment to these caves is massive and soon the caves can be extremely dangerous and impassable,' he added. - Daily Mail.

PLANETARY TREMORS: New Research From USGS Reveals That American Heartland At High Risk For Sizable Quakes - Earthquake Zone Extends From Marked Tree, Arkansas To Paducah, Kentucky And As Far South As Memphis, Tennessee!

October 02, 2013 - UNITED STATES - An earthquake zone that extends from Marked Tree, Arkansas to Paducah, Kentucky and as far south as Memphis, Tennessee has a higher earthquake risk than adjacent areas within the United States, according to new research from the US Geological Survey (USGS).

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Using sophisticated technology, USGS scientists have developed new high-resolution images of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), which allows them to map the area in more detail than ever before. These images allow for greater understanding of the weak rocks in this region, found at much greater depths in the Earth’s mantle compared to those in surrounding zones.

The USGS-led research was published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Some of the largest earthquakes in the US have occurred in the NMSZ, including three earthquakes greater than magnitude 7 on the Richter scale that occurred in 1811 and 1812. Smaller temblors that have occurred in this region since those more powerful ones have been significant in their own right.

“With the new high-resolution imagery, we can see in greater detail that the New Madrid Seismic Zone is mechanically weaker than surrounding areas and therefore concentrates movement and stress in a narrow area,” said USGS scientist Fred Pollitz, who is the lead author of this research. “The structure beneath this zone is unique when compared to adjacent areas in the central and eastern United States. A more in-depth understanding of such zones of weakness ultimately helps inform decisions such as the adoption of appropriate building codes to protect vulnerable communities, while also providing insight that could be applied to other regions across the world.”

The USGS has mapped the NMSZ before and had concluded that it is a region of high seismic hazard. However, previous assessments included earthquake records over a much shorter time span — 4,500 years.

This mapping project looked at a much larger area – the 500-million-year-old Reelfoot Rift – specifically, with the NMSZ being located at the northernmost part of that region. The USGS team imaged rocks deep beneath the Earth’s surface to get a good sense of their characteristics and an understanding of their mechanical behavior, especially their ability to withstand a constant stream of stress and pressure.

Surprisingly, the team found that the weak rocks under the Reelfoot Rift fault lines extend more than 100 miles down into the mantle, much farther than weak rocks found in other ancient rift zones in the central and eastern US. The weak mantle rocks in the Reelfoot Rift area are more susceptible to concentration of tectonic stress and more mobile due to their low seismic velocity.

For the mapping project, the team relied on data from USArray, a large network of seismometers that make up one part of the EarthScope program operated by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These seismometers provide USGS and other scientists with images of the crust and mantle as far down as 120 miles.

“Our results are unexpected and significant because they suggest that large earthquakes remain concentrated within the New Madrid Seismic Zone,” said USGS scientist Walter Mooney, the co-author of the report. “There are still many unknowns about this zone, and future research will aim to understand why the seismic zone is active now, why its earthquake history may be episodic over millions of years, and how often it produces large quakes.”

The USGS research team said they hope to map the seismic structure of the entire country using data from USArray. The effort, which started in California nearly 10 years ago, is now focusing on the east coast and will later map out zones under Alaska. The team noted that all the USArray and Earthscope data will also help inform future USGS National Seismic Hazard Maps. - Red Orbit.

EXTREME WEATHER: Powerful Storm Over U.S. Northern Plains And Midwest This Week - Outbreak Of Very Violent Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Hail And High Winds Possible From Wisconsin To Oklahoma!

October 02, 2013 - UNITED STATES - As a powerful storm takes shape over the northern Plains late this week, severe thunderstorms may bring a tornado outbreak and high winds from parts of the southern Plains to a portion of the Midwest.

Tranquil weather over the Central states to start the week will take a turn for the worse by the week's end.

Thunderstorms late in the week will do more than mark an end to the buildup of warmth.

The pattern has the potential to bring the first widespread severe weather outbreak of the autumn season and could be the most significant threat to lives and property over the Central states since May.

The collision of chilly air arriving from the West with warm, developing strong winds aloft and warm, moist air in place over the central United States may come together Friday into Saturday.

The first severe weather incidents are likely to develop Friday just east and south of the center of a large the storm system.

According to's Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "The setup could yield storms with tornadoes centered over Iowa Friday afternoon and expand to parts of southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin late in the day and during the evening."

The storms could hit some communities as students are heading home from school or partaking in Friday evening sporting activities, such as high school football.

Additional severe storms are likely to continue to ignite and expand southwestward Friday night.

Storms over parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, north-central Texas and northwestern Missouri late Friday into Friday night have the potential to bring damaging wind gusts, hail and perhaps a few tornadoes Margusity stated.

Cities that are at risk for dangerous weather conditions Friday and/or Friday night include Rochester, Minn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; Oklahoma City; Des Moines, Iowa; and Madison, Wis.

The storms could catch people off guard with rapidly changing weather conditions.

WATCH: North Central Extended Regional Weather Forecast.

According to AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' Expert Senior Meteorologist Scott Breit, "Storms over the central and southern Plains are likely to become fast-movers with an elevated risk of high winds."

A strong flow of air around the the storm system would continue the potential for strong wind gusts in the wake of the thunderstorms over the Plains Friday night and Saturday.

Gusts in many areas may range between 40 and 60 mph, which are strong enough to cause sporadic power outages and difficult crosswinds for lightweight and high-profile vehicles.

Severe weather may then focus from eastern Wisconsin and the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan to northwestern Indiana, Illinois, southeastern Missouri and Arkansas during Saturday, perhaps impacting additional high school games as well as some college football games.

Severe weather could affect the cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee during part of Saturday.

Since the severe weather is several days away, the timing of the storms will be fine-tuned as the week progresses.

People from the Midwest to the southern Plains should monitor the situation carefully, especially on Friday, when the first violent storms are forecast to ignite.

On the storm's colder side, heavy snow can fall from parts of the northern Rockies to the northern Plains and northern Minnesota spanning Thursday into Saturday.

Meanwhile, high winds will also buffet Southern California Friday into Saturday, raising concerns for wildfires.

The storm forecast to bring severe weather and snow to the Central states late this week hammered the Northwest with heavy rain and high winds this past weekend. - AccuWeather.