Monday, January 25, 2016

FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireball Meteor Disintegrates Over Lviv, Ukraine!

January 25, 2016 - UKRAINE - The sky of the largest city in western Ukraine was visited by a disintegrating bright white fireball on January 23, 2016, local time.

The entry of this space rock must have been impressive and has most probably created a loud sonic boom.

WATCH: Ukraine fireball - Part 1.

Here another video from the same event... From another camera of the network:

WATCH: Ukraine fireball - Part 2.

- Strange Sounds.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise Of The Machines And A Post-Human Future - Experts Warn That The Terminator Could Become REAL; Intelligent Artificial Intelligence Robots Are Capable Of DESTROYING MANKIND; Scientist Tell Davos Forum To Stop KILLER ROBOTS Before It Is Too Late; Harvard University Is Trying To Build An AI As Fast As The Human Brain; "Intelligent" Robots Could Be Running Your Company In 10 YEARS; Robots Could Soon READ YOUR MINDS And There Are NO LAWS Against It; DARPA Looks To Implant Technology In The Brain, Connect To Computers; Filmmaker Replaces His Eyeball With CAMERA; Self-Driving Cars Function As "Ground-Based" SURVEILLANCE DRONES; Russia Develops Advanced Ratnik-3 Combat Gear EXOSKELETONS; "SPERMBOT" Could Speed Up Slow Swimmers For Fertility Revolution; Techological Advances Could KILL 5 MILLION JOBS By 2020; Humanness Becoming "UNRECOGNIZABLE" As Technology Pervasively Invade Our Lives! [VIDEOS]

Arnie as the Terminator in the film series and a nuclear mushroom cloud

January 25, 2016 - TECHNOLOGY - Free-thinking AI robots could end up destroying mankind or even completely change what it means to be human if we let them think for themselves, a scientist has warned. Dr Amnon Eden said more needs to be done to look at the risks of continuing towards an AI world.  He warned that we were getting close to the point of no return in terms of AI, without a proper understanding of the consequences.

Here is more from Eden and several of the latest reports that supports his warnings:

The Terminator could become REAL: Intelligent AI robots capable of DESTROYING mankind

Dr Eden said: "The New Year needs to see this ill-informed controversy replaced by a better informed analysis of the potential impact of AI and of its applications.  "In 2016 expert risk analysis must gain a far greater role in the thinking of policy and decision makers, of governments and corporations." Dr Eden is principal of the Sapience Project, a think-tank which has been formed to look at the potential disruptive impact of artificial intelligence AI.

Science fiction has regularly explored whether robots could destroy mankind, most famously the Terminator films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Dr Eden's stance comes after Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom said that super intelligence AI may “advance to a point where its goals are not compatible with that of humans”.  He claimed that unlike climate change and genetic engineering, where he said Governments across the globe are putting in mechanisms to minimise the risks of what are, "nothing is being done to control the advance of AI". Mr Bostrom said: "There is a policy vacuum which must be filled if this inevitable advance is to be used wisely."

Beneath the human exterior the terminators were all robot. YouTube.
Discussing the potential risks, he said: "A computer is basically a box and what goes into it is all that it can use, so unless we tell it that people in cold countries may die if they have no heating, and that’s bad, how will it know? How can we define what 'good' or 'friendly' actually is? "The result of the singularity may not be that AI is being malicious but it may well be that it is not able to ‘think outside its box’ and has no conception of human morals. "The other AI concern is one that Hollywood has been using for years as a theme and that is the rise of the ‘Terminator’ type being and the struggle to survive against an army of hostile shape-shifting robots being run by a self-aware AI called Skynet."

He argued the crux of whether AI will be of benefit or something more sinister is known as the technological singularity. He said: "This is based on machine intelligence entering into a runaway reaction of self-improvement cycles, each one being faster than the last and at some point we will not be able to stop it doing so. "At that stage, when computers can think for themselves, no-one can yet predict whether this will result in chaos or a vastly better world. "A basic example of this would be that some supercomputer is asked to make people healthier. "If allowed to make its own decisions, it may decide that we need to be a bit hardier and so it goes into where computing is basing itself now - ‘The Cloud’ - finds all of the central heating controls across the world and turns them all off.  "Now, would it do this to protect us or could it get to the stage where the computer is trying to crush the human race?"

He believes there is a polarising debate surrounding a radically different scenario where human cognitive capability is amplified by bio-intelligence. This could mean that a chip is inserted and wired to the brain to provide a massive amount of information that would not be available to any single person. He said: "While in many ways this could be beneficial, unless controlled what if that chip could re-programme itself? "Would the age of the superhuman usher in an era of where the notion of being human has passed?
"We all know that computing is becoming faster and more complex every year and the world needs to be looking at this year as a chance for us start to direct AI in a way that will be beneficial to us all.

"Whether it is driverless cars and how they will react when faced with a potentially fatal accident, computer trading to manipulate the World’s stock markets or the rise of autonomous weapons, both Governments and global corporations must start to take superintelligence more seriously and make some policy and strategic decisions - now.” - Express.

Harvard is trying to build an AI as fast as the human brain

A reconstruction of cortical connectivity
Lichtman Lab/Harvard
Harvard University has been awarded $28 million (£19m) to investigate why brains are so much better at learning and retaining information than artificial intelligence. The award, from the Intelligence Advanced Projects Activity (IARPA), could help make AI systems faster, smarter and more like human brains

While many computers have a comparable storage capacity, their ability to recognise patterns and learn information does not match the human brain. But a better understanding of how neurons are connected could help develop more complex artificial intelligence.

Most neuroscientists estimate that the 'storage capacity' for the human brain ranges between 10 and 100 terabytes, with some evaluations putting the number at close to 2.5 petabytes. In terms of functionality, the human brain has a huge range -- data analysis, pattern recognition and an ability to learn and retain information are just a few processes the brain goes through on a daily basis.

A human being only need look at a car a few times to recognise one, but an AI system may need to process hundreds or even thousands of samples before it's able to retain the information. Conversely, while functionality may be more complex and varied, the human brain is unable to process the same volume of data as a computer.

Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Centre for Brain Studies (CBS) and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biologies will work together to record activity inside the visual cortex. This, they hope, will help us understand how neurons are connected to each other with the end goal of creating a more accurate and complex artificial intelligence system. These learnings could allow the creation of the first computer systems that can interpret, analyse and learn information as quickly and successfully as human beings.

The systems could be used to detect network invasions, read MRIs, drive cars, or complete just about any task normally reserved for human brains. The project will generate over a petabyte of data, which will be analysed by a series of complex algorithms to create a detailed 3D neural map.

"The pattern-recognition and learning abilities of machines still pale in comparison to even the simplest mammalian brains," said Hanspeter Pfister, professor of computer science at Harvard.  "The project is not only pushing the boundaries of brain science, it is also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in computer science. We will reconstruct neural circuits at an unprecedented level from petabytes of structural and functional data. It requires us to make new advances in data management, high-performance computing, computer vision and network analysis". - Wired.

'Intelligent' robots could be running your company within 10 years, experts warn

How would you feel about having a robot on your board of directors? Getty

Implantable mobile phones. 3D-printed organs for transplant. Clothes and reading-glasses connected to the Internet. Such things may be science fiction today but they will be scientific fact by 2025 as the world enters an era of advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and gene editing, according to executives surveyed by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Nearly half of those questioned also expect an artificial intelligence machine to be sitting on a corporate board of directors within the next decade.  Welcome to the next industrial revolution. After steam, mass production and information technology, the so-called "fourth industrial revolution" will bring ever faster cycles of innovation, posing huge challenges to companies, workers, governments and societies alike.

The promise is cheaper goods and services, driving a new wave of economic growth. The threat is mass unemployment and a further breakdown of already strained trust between corporations and populations. "There is an economic surplus that is going to be created as a result of this fourth industrial revolution," Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, told the WEF's annual meeting in Davos on Wednesday. "The question is how evenly will it be spread between countries, between people in different economic strata and also different parts of the economy."

Robots are already on the march, moving from factories into homes, hospitals, shops, restaurants and even war zones, while advances in areas like artificial neural networks are starting to blur the barriers between man and machine. One of the most in-demand participants in Davos this year is not a central banker, CEO or politician but a prize-winning South Korean robot called HUBO, which is strutting its stuff amid a crowd of smartphone-clicking delegates. But there are deep worries, as well as awe, at what technology can do. A new report from UBS released in Davos predicts that extreme levels of automation and connectivity will worsen already deepening inequalities by widening the wealth gap between developed and developing economies. - Mirror.

Stop killer robots before it is too late, scientists tell Davos forum

Scientist Stephen Hawkin
(AFP Photo/Niklas Halle'n)
The world must act quickly to avert a future in which autonomous robots with artificial intelligence roam the battlefields killing humans, scientists and arms experts warned at an elite gathering in the Swiss Alps. Rules must be agreed to prevent the development of such weapons, they said at a January 19-23 meeting of billionaires, scientists and political leaders in the snow-covered ski resort of Davos. Angela Kane, the German UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs from 2012-2015, said the world had been slow to take pre-emptive measures to protect humanity from the lethal technology.

"It may be too late," she told a debate in Davos. "There are many countries and many representatives in the international community that really do not understand what is involved. This development is something that is limited to a certain number of advanced countries," Kane said. The deployment of autonomous weapons would represent a dangerous new era in warfare, scientists said.

"We are not talking about drones, where a human pilot is controlling the drone," said Stuart Russell, professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley. "We are talking about autonomous weapons, which means that there is no one behind it. AI: artificial intelligence weapons," he told a forum in Davos. "Very precisely, weapons that can locate and attack targets without human intervention."

Russell said he did not foresee a day in which robots fight the wars for humans and at the end of the day one side says: "OK you won, so you can have all our women." But some 1,000 science and technology chiefs including British physicist Stephen Hawking, said in an open letter last July that the development of weapons with a degree of autonomous decision-making capacity could be feasible within years, not decades. - Yahoo.

Robots could soon read your mind - and there are no laws against it

Robots could soon be able to read your mind - and we won't be able to stop them because there are no laws against it, experts claim. If expert predictions come true, by 2030 smartphones, tablets and computers will be able to examine our brain activity to see what we are thinking. Initially this will be used for security as a kind of 'pass thought' - the user thinks of a specific song or thought which the device recognises and then unlocks itself.

But a panel at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, warned of the terrifying possibility of hackers reading people's innermost thoughts. Nita Farahany, professor of Law and philosophy at Duke University, said: "Beyond two-factor using neural signatures - 'pass thoughts'. "It turns out every person thinks quite differently about the same thing.

"So you could think like a song or a little ditty in your head while you are wearing a consumer based EEG device and then that, which has a unique neural signature, can be used as your pass code. "It turns out that's an incredibly effective, incredibly safe and almost impossible to replicate pass code, so there is discussion about using pass thoughts." She added: "Then you've got to really think about privacy."

Prof Farahany described a not-too-distant future where people constantly wear EEG devices and share their brain activity, thoughts, mental health - and even diagnoses for diseases like Alzheimer's - with computers and tablets and online. But she warned once out there, "not good Samaritans" could access the data. She said: "The question is, what do we do in that world. "The idea that law is going to help us is not likely. There are no legal protections from having your mind involuntarily read," she added. - Mirror.

DARPA looks to implant technology in the brain, connect to computers

Scientists with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) are planning to use neuro implant technology, connecting computers with human brains, to create living “cyborg soldiers.” RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky takes a look at the research so far and the far-reaching implications for the future of warfare.

 WATCH: DARPA's cyborg soldiers.

- RT.

Filmmaker replaces eyeball with camera

Rob Spence lost his eyesight in his right eye from a shotgun accident when he was 9.  Photo: Brian Zak

As a kid, Toronto filmmaker Rob Spence played with a “Six Million Dollar Man” action figure. At 43, he’s turned himself into a real-life version of the bionic hero. A shotgun accident at age 9 (he held the gun incorrectly, against his eye, while shooting a pile of cow dung) left him legally blind in one eye. Twenty-six years later, Spence had the eye removed and got the idea to replace it with a camera. “Literally everybody [said] it as a joke — people doing the surgery say, ‘Oh, you should get an eye camera.’ The idea is so out-there in pop culture and science fiction,” he tells The Post.

Spence — who calls himself the Eyeborg — is featured in Thursday’s episode of the new Showtime true-life series “Dark Net,” which examines the fringes of society where virtual and physical lives collide. In Spence’s case, as a documentarian, his eye-cam gives him the ability to conduct intimate interviews without the intrusion of bulky lenses or camera crews. “It’s the same deal as ‘Taxicab Confessions’ — you get amazing footage if you get the release form after you do the interview,” he says.

The technology raises ethical questions, however — just as it did with Google Glass, which failed to gain traction due to privacy and safety concerns about the ability to record anyone and everyone within eyesight.

“The two reactions are, ‘Wow, that’s so cool’ — and, after a few moments’ reflection, ‘But that’s so creepy,’ ” Spence says. “I’ve actually started wondering, do we want to have constant video of our lives? It’s just another data set. And I don’t know the answer, but I think no, we don’t want that. But it’s coming anyway.”

Spence’s eye-cam resembles a regular eye prosthesis, embedded with a camera that is equipped with a radio frequency micro-transmitter. The camera is not connected to the optic nerve — meaning Spence can’t see out of it. Rather, what the “eye” sees is visible on a handheld monitor, and Spence can turn the camera on and off with the tap of a magnet. - NY Post.

Self-driving cars function as 'ground-based' surveillance drones

Austintx / Flickr.
Self-driving cars operate as ground-based surveillance drones collecting images and data on both drivers and the public at large, according to World Economic Forum insiders.  “The availability and resolution of imaging from satellites, drones, self-driving cars and more will continue to increase exponentially,” said Sedicii Innovation CEO Rob Leslie, an agenda contributor for the 2016 World Economic Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from Jan. 20-23. “This will drive the creation of ever more sophisticated analysis algorithms, products and companies.”

In other words, the tech elite – and their partners in government – are attempting to transform the automobile from a symbol of freedom into another surveillance node in a centrally-controlled data network in which car companies, insurers and government bureaucracies track, tax and control drivers. Another Davos attendee, Business Insider’s Matthew DeBord, previously revealed that data collection is the “glue that binds up” both self-driving cars and soon-to-be-released cars communicating to one another via vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

“General Motors has made a big bet on high-speed wireless connectivity throughout its vehicle fleet,” he wrote. “Luxury carmakers such as BMW and Audi are rapidly enhancing the ability of the their cars to be as digitally enabled as smartphones, and Google and Apple are aggressively experimenting with both software and hardware, through Android Auto, self-driving cars, and Apple Car Play.”

The Department of Transportation is already trying to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications installed in every new car and truck sold in the U.S. which would force vehicles to share data such as speed and direction with each other via WiFi-style technology under the guise of “accident prevention.”

“Our goal is to see this technology put in place as soon as possible,” Transportation Secretary Antony Foxx said. It’s quite plausible this technology will also allow cops parked on the side of the road to gather speed data from passing cars without the need of radar guns. And with vehicle tracking, big government politicians could also accomplish their goal of taxing drivers by every mile driven. Car companies and their technology partners also have an interest in data collection which can be resold to third-parties for advertisement purposes.

For example, General Motors admitted in 2011 its OnStar system collects and sells personal data from your vehicle such as speed, location, seat belt usage and other information. “Who would be interested in that data, you ask? Law enforcement agencies, for starters, as well as insurance companies,” Zach Bowman with reported. “Perhaps the most startling news to come out of the OnStar terms and conditions is the fact that the company can continue to collect the information even after you disconnect the service.” - Info Wars.

Exoskeletons Are Here: Russia Develops Advanced Ratnik-3 Combat Gear

The development of the third generation Ratnik infantry combat system is already under way in Russia, according to the country's Land Forces commander Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov. Work on the creation of the Ratnik-3 personal combat uniform kit has already begun in Russia, the country's Land Forces commander Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. He said that more than 80,000 Russian servicemen were equipped with Ratnik-2 "soldier of the future " gear in 2015. "We have already started working on the creation of the third generation [Ratnik] gear that will surpass its foreign analogues, in line with its development forecast up until 2025," Salyukov said.

WATCH: Ratnik - New Future Soldier.

The Ratnik gear comprises more than 40 components, including firearms, body armor, and optical, communication and navigation devices, as well as life support and power supply systems. The Ratnik-2 outfit adds significantly to the soldier's combat efficiency and survivability, not least because it's lighter; at 20 kilos, it weighs just half as much as its previous version.As for the third generation combat soldier equipment, it will integrate various biomechanical tools, including exoskeletons. The Ratnik outfit is mainly designed for snipers, riflemen, drivers of armored vehicles and airborne combat vehicle gunners. Russian military engineers are working out unified combat subsystems where a soldier could act as part of a single structure. The Ratnik gear helps a soldier maintain a stable radio contact with all its other elements and receive continuously updated reconnaissance data about enemy positions and the overall situation in the combat zone, something that makes him an intellectual fighting machine. - Sputnik News.

Bionic semen: ‘Spermbot’ could speed up slow swimmers for fertility revolution

German scientists have developed a motorized device, branded a “spermbot,” which can deliver slow-swimming sperm to the long-desired egg. It could someday solve one of key causes of male infertility.  So, what is the device about? The researchers from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at IFW Dresden, Germany built a metal-fence hybrid micromotor, made of special polymer, which is tiny enough to fit around a spermatozoid’s tail.

The micromotor’s movements can be controlled by a rotating magnetic field, and the device could speed up the slow swimmers, and direct them at a faster speed towards the egg, according to the research published in the Nano Letters journal. After the motors have driven the sperm to the egg safely, they would let go of the spermatozoid’s tail.

WATCH: The Spermbot.


Initial tests of the device have turned out to be “a promising start,” according to Mariana Medina-Sainchez, Lukas Schwarz, Oliver Schmidt and their co-researchers. “Our results indicate that metal-coated polymer microhelices are suitable for this task due to potent, controllable, and non-harmful 3D motion behavior,” the researchers said. “We manage to capture, transport, and release single immotile live sperm cells in fluidic channels that allow mimicking physiological conditions.”

The spermbot is not quite on the starter’s blocks yet, however, as the findings need to be developed further before they can be used in a practical human test. The scientists are currently looking for a way to see the motors’ movements inside the body so that they can direct them toward the egg. Filming the spermbot in action is not yet technologically possible, however. Also, the team is uncertain about the immune system’s possible response to the micromotors’ impact inside a woman’s body.

Finally, the micromotor construction could be upgraded, too, to make sure that it doesn’t damage the sperm. Previously, practically the only way to deal with low-motility was artificial insemination, which involves placing sperm into the woman’s uterus using a medical instrument. However, the success rate is only 30 percent, according to the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. A more expensive way is in vitro fertilization: This can be more effective, but is also a lot more costly. -  RT.

Technological advances could kill 5 million jobs by 2020 – report 

The World Economic Forum said advances in technology, combined with socio-economic demographic changes, could lead to the net loss of 5 million jobs in 15 major economies in 2020. The report said the job loss predictions were “relatively conservative. [A]s many as 7.1 million jobs could be lost through redundancy, automation or disintermediation, with the greatest losses in white-collar office and administrative roles,” the World Economic Forum stated in its ‘The Future of Jobs’ report released Monday. “The loss is predicted to be partially offset by the creation of 2.1 million jobs, mainly in…Computer and Mathematical or Architecture and Engineering.”

This first-of-its-kind report was released on the eve of the group’s economic forum where over 2,500 leaders from business, government and civil society will participate in an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The future of jobs will be the central topic for discussion. Referring to the transition as the “fourth industrial revolution,” the report said the jobs losses will come about because of developments in artificial intelligence, machine-learning robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology. Those developments will lead to widespread disruption not only in business models, but also in labor markets, “with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape.”

Two areas of job growth identified through the survey were data analysts, to crunch the torrents of data generated and collected by organizations, and sales representatives skilled in commercializing and explaining a company’s offerings to clients and investors. Other growth areas were a new type of human resources and organizational development specialists, as well as jobs involving engineering skills in materials, biochemical, nanotech and robotics. The biggest job losses were expected to be in healthcare, followed by energy, financial services and investors. Big job creation is anticipated in information and communication technology, professional services and media, and entertainment.

The report said job losses would be felt equally between women (48 percent) and men (52 percent). But as men represented a larger share of the overall job market, women are expected to lose five jobs for every job gained, compared with men losing three jobs for every job gained. Re-skilling employees was cited as the most popular workforce strategy for how best to deal with the “sweeping changes,” in addition to supporting mobility and job rotation.

Around 65 percent of children starting primary school today will end up working in jobs that don't yet exist, and their future training is crucial, according to the report. It also noted that the most in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist 10 or even five years go, and that the pace is set to accelerate. The report was based on a survey of senior executives from 350 companies across nine industries in 15 of the world’s largest economies, representing 65 percent of the global workforce. -  RT.

Technology Is Destroying Our Inner Lives

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"As a result of our 'always-on' ethos, we have neither time nor space within which to lose ourselves in reflection" Two years ago, I started using the Kindle app on my iPad to read those big heavy biographies and novels that I had been lugging around the world. I still wasn’t using it to read books I might reference in my writing, but nonetheless I was glad to discover, by chance, the underline function. While immersed in Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness, underlining as I read, I was completely unnerved when a message popped up to announce: “You are the 123rd user to underline this same passage.”

Shocked by this intrusion, I threw the iPad onto the bed and nearly out the window. A sickening feeling came over me. Then I became afraid. Someone was reading over my shoulder. Not a person, but a Program, calculating what I found most important in the text. Was I supposed to feel validated (or banal) to learn that a passage I noted many others also liked? Or was this data only for some marketing strategy?

The idea of surveillance, in the abstract, has not bothered me as much as it perhaps should. I have acclimated to the notion that everything we do is findable, knowable and marketable—forever—except, I believed, our deepest thoughts, which is why the intrusion on my contemplative reading affected me so profoundly. Reading is my refuge from the world, and now it too had been invaded.

A 2011 article I read recently conjectured that, in the past, we were “private by default and public by effort.” At one time it was difficult to get information about other people and just as difficult to put information about ourselves out into the world. Now, we are public by default and private by effort. But how much exertion does it take to keep a sense of inviolability?

We can be found most anywhere in the world at any time, through our own devices (pun intended). The intrusion is ubiquitous and omnivorous.

Most of us are addicted to these systems of connection. That’s what humans do: we get addicted to the things we create. People expect an answer, and they expect it now. At times the ability to work depends on this immediate access. We have internalized these time/space obligations and don’t know how to step away from them. If we do not make a Herculean effort to remain balanced within this imbalance, we feel fragmented and often unhappy.

What would it mean if the species were to completely lose the need and/or desire for privacy, solitude, time and focused attention? What if we were the last humans to be bothered by intrusions into our privacy? What would it feel like if our species evolved out of the need for an inner life?

Maybe I have become what social media scholar Danah Boyd calls a “techno-fretful parent.” But I have a public self as a university art school dean and a private self as a writer. The writer self has a deep need for solitude, or rather, I have a deep need for solitude, which is probably why I write. My longing for quiet and solitude comes from another urgency—the desire to think. And thinking requires no intrusions, at least for a time.

As political theorist Hannah Arendt noted, thought is essential to understanding our human condition. In order to tell the stories of human experience—inner and outer—writers and artists must have solitude and time to think. As a result of our “always-on” ethos, we have neither time nor space within which to lose ourselves in reflection. There is always something outside the self, robbing the self of the self.

When Thomas Merton, author of The Seven Storey Mountain, was ordained as a Trappist monk in 1949, his decision was unexpected. Not long before, he had been the editor of a student humor magazine. But Merton, who loved the world, was not moving away from it; rather, he was moving toward himself.

Theorist/situationist Guy Debord has labelled modern, external reality, the “spectacle,” describing it as a “social relationship between people that is mediated by images.” For Debord, what is dangerous about this “passive identification” with the spectacle is that it “supplants genuine activity.” Our relationship to reality is inverted, and the projection of the self, and the addiction to this projection, becomes more real and significant than human interaction, which has the potential to bring about societal change. What could better describe our contemporary situation than to say that the public sphere is no longer a place for collective action, but rather a dangerously redesigned network whose main function is to publicize the self?

Perhaps we are over-adapted to being watched, to having little left of ourselves that is not “posted,” “liked,” or “deleted.” At what point will our humanness, as we have known it, become unrecognizable to us? Or has that already occurred? - Time.

MONUMENTAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Fifth Sperm Whale Washes Up In Lincolnshire In The United Kingdom, As Mother Earth Sends More Warnings To Mankind?! [STUNNING PHOTOS & VIDEO]

 People crowded round while scientists examined one of the whales. Reuters

January 25, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM - A fifth sperm whale has been washed up on the east coast of England.

It follows the death of a beached whale in Hunstanton, Norfolk, on Friday and the discovery of three carcasses near Skegness over the weekend.

The sperm whales are believed to be from a pod spotted off the Norfolk coast.

The fifth whale was found at Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, on Monday afternoon, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.

It was found on the site of a former bombing range, and warnings have been issued for people to stay away.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust tweeted: "There is no public access to the area and it is extremely dangerous with tidal creeks and the potential for unexploded ordinance. Many of the lanes to the marshes are private and not accessible."

Marine biologists were using a probe to examine one of the Skegness whales earlier on Monday when there was a "huge blast of air", said BBC reporter David Sykes.

 One of the whales had the letters CND spray-painted on its tail. Getty Images

 Another was daubed with the words "mans fault". Getty Images

 People are being advised not to get too close to the dead whales. Getty Images

 The two other whales were found at Gibraltar Point. Kurnia Aerial Photography

The letters CND had also been spray-painted by someone on the whale's tail.

CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) said the action was not carried out by the organisation at a national level.

The word "Fukushima" - presumably a reference to the stricken Japanese nuclear power station - was also written on the side of the whale's body.

What happens now?

A decomposing whale can be a public health risk and the local council will have to dispose of the bodies

In some cases they can be left to rot naturally or buried.

WATCH: RAW Video - Dead sperm whales washed up on UK coast, awe locals.

East Lindsey District Council estimated that a beached sperm whale in 2012 cost it about £10,000 to dispose of

Many are taken to landfill sites while others are disposed of through incineration or rendering

One of the Skegness whales is at the end of Lagoon Walk, with the other two towards Gibraltar Point.

They have been cordoned off to prevent crowds of people touching the carcasses.

People are also being prevented from going too close to the Hunstanton whale. - BBC.

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - RECORD COLD SNAP Hits East Asia; At Least 95 People Die In Japan And Taiwan; Taipei Records -4C, The Coldest Temperature In 44 YEARS; Vietnam's Capital Hanoi Dropped To 6C, Coldest Weather In Two Decades; China's Guangzhou Sees Sleet For The First Time In 60 YEARS; 24 Weather Stations In China Recorded ALL-TIME LOW TEMPS; Hundreds Of Flight Cancelled; Tens Of Thousands Of People Stranded! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Many of those who died in Taiwan were elderly people living in northern regions such as Taipei and Taoyuan.

January 25, 2016 - ASIA - Snow, sleet and icy winds across east Asia have caused deaths, flight cancellations and chaos as the region struggles with record-low temperatures due to an Arctic cold snap that brought snow to several tropical areas for the first time in many people’s lifetimes.

In Taiwan, the capital Taipei recorded a low of 4C (39F), the coldest in 44 years. Local media said 90 people had died due to the cold weather, mainly from hypothermia and cardiac arrest. Five more died in Japan.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled across the region, tens of thousands of holidaymakers were stranded in South Korea, and freezing conditions in sub-tropical Hong Kong caused mayhem on its tallest peak.

In northern Vietnam, snow blanketed mountain areas as the wave of cold air arrived on Sunday to Lào Cai province. In the capital, Hanoi, it dropped to a milder 6C, although authorities said that was the coldest the city has been for two decades.

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, which is by the tropic of Cancer, saw sleet for the first time in 60 years, the local meteorological station said. Residents posted photos online of small snowmen they had made, quickly constructed from a thin layer of icy flakes that fell on cars and roads.

 A woman photographs the scene at Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. In Inner Mongolia, the temperature
fell to a record low of -46.8C (-52F). Photograph: AFP/Getty

On Monday morning hundreds of passengers were stills stranded in Jeju airport

The airport was blanketed in snow over the weekend leading to flight cancellations

In Hong Kong, local media report that residents flocked to the territory's highest peak of Tai Mo Shan which last night
recorded the lowest temperature since records began.

Snow has fallen across most of the elevated regions of Taiwan, with the cold weather forecast to continue into the coming week.

In Taiwan, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, pictures of snow and sleet were passed around from phone to phone as stunned residents
flocked to scenic locations such as Taipei's Pinglin district, Mt Yangming and Hong Kong's Tai Mo Shan.
This highway in Guangdong province was closed because of heavy snow

A Guangzhou driver, Wang Jun, told the South China Morning Post that he had never seen sleet throughout his 20 years working in the city. “I woke up at 6am to work and saw small pieces of ice hit my windscreen. It stopped for a while, but happened again half an hour later. And then there was sleet at about 11am,” he said.

“It’s the first time I’ve see that. It’s very beautiful,” he said.

The cold was caused by a polar vortex, a large cyclone that pushed south from Siberia and unusual meteorological occurrence for east Asia.

In Hong Kong, primary schools and kindergartens were closed on Monday after temperatures fell to 3C, a 60-year low. A 100km ultra-marathon race was abandoned as competitors crossing the city’s tallest peak, Tai Mo Shan, slipped on icy slopes buffeted by freezing winds. A race official described the scene as one of “carnage”, with dozens of people suffering from hypothermia; firefighters called in to rescue them were filmed slipping and sliding on the icy roads.

In Bangkok, labelled the planet’s hottest city by the World Meteorological Organisation for its mean air temperature of 28C, the mercury dropped to 16C on Monday. Scarves and padded jackets, normally bought only as winter holiday items by residents of Bangkok, appeared in the city as locals dealt with the unusually cool weather.

WATCH: Record cold snap hits Taipei, Taiwan.

During the peak tourism season, the sea in many areas was dark and rough as grey clouds hung overhead.

Hundreds of flight cancellations left tens of thousands of holidaymakers stranded in South Korea, after the biggest snowfall in three decades shut the airport on the resort island on Jeju.

In China, 24 weather stations recorded all-time low temperatures. Further north, in Inner Mongolia, the temperature dropped to a record low of -46.8C (-52F) and in China’s eastern city of Qingdao, fishing boats were stuck fast in the frozen waters.

The weather ruined many people’s travel plans for the Chinese lunar new year season, when families normally travel to their home towns. - The Guardian.

MONUMENTAL DISASTER ALERT: The Biggest Environmental Disaster In United States History Is Happening Right Now - Experts Declare That The Magnitude Of The Los Angeles Gas Leak Is "WAY BEYOND WHAT ANY OF US HAVE EVER BEEN TOLD,... It's A Worst Case Emission,... I've Never Seen A Release Of This Magnitude,... IT'S FLOWING DIRECTLY INTO TOWNS With Very Little Dilution,... A WORST CASE SCENARIO,... Very Dangerous Condition,... BE VERY, VERY CONCERNED"! [VIDEO]

January 25, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - The following excerpts are taken from the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Town Hall, which was published on January 11, 2016.

Several quotations have been highlighted for emphasis.

• Bob Bowcock, environmental scientist (at 18:00 in): “We’re starting to hear about the larges­­­t natural gas well leak in the U.S… The State of California and Southern California Gas Company say it’s leaking somewhere between 45,000 and 50,000 kilograms [99,000 and 110,000 pounds] per hour… We’ve done actual field measurements [and] it can be as much as three times greater than what’s being reported.

• Erin Brockovich (at 31:05 in): “Every person I’ve talked to — thousands of people — are suffering rashes, dizziness, shakiness, they feel like they’re in a fog, nosebleeds, massive headaches… Reports of animals losing their hair, animals vomiting, animals with diarrhea — people actually relocate to hotels to find their animals have passed… You are actually the guinea pig in this situation… As we’re now learning that the magnitude of this is way beyond what any of us have ever been told, and reaches beyond where we have come in and know that there’s been dangers. We need to learn that that’s been happening.

• Camille Sears, meteorologist (at 41:45 in): “SoCalGas has said that things aren’t so bad because the leak is 1,200 feet above the elevation of the community, and that gas is lighter than air. Well, that’s not really the whole story… That gas is going downhill [Infrared videos] show the plume just running down the hill like water [which then] goes right into the communities. It’s very little dilution At night, from midnight to 6:00 in the morning, 90% of the time the winds are coming from that direction [from the gas leak to the communities]. I doubled checked this, because it seems like a phenomenal amount of time that the winds are blowing from the gas leak to the community… It’s a very unfortunate situation that the leak is located where it is

The releases are probably two to three times greater than what the California Air Research Board has been reporting It’s becoming quite clear that the State is underestimating the amount of gas that’s leaking. I’ve been doing this kind of analysis for 35 years. I’ve done thousands of them since I started doing this in 1980. I’ve never seen a release of this magnitude beforeI feel really bad… to report this. It’s not only a worst case emission, it’s the great magnitude of emissions coming out, but it’s also sort of a worst case meteorological scenario that these releases happened to blow from the gas leak down in to the community at night 90 percent of the time. As we’ve seen, those gas emissions tend to flow downhill like water and go right into the communities.

• Robin Greenberg, attorney (at 1:01:00 in): “Pets are really being affected… Time and again someone sends me photographs of their pet and have these horrible sores.

• Bowcock (at 1:43:45 in): “This is a very dangerous condition, and it’s something that you all should be very, very concerned with… That’s a pretty substantial area and everyone in that are needs to be concerned about it… Veterinarians are very concerned about it because the vets are actually seeing a lot of really, really sick animals It is impacting the animals much, much more — believe me.”

WATCH: Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Town Hall.

- ENE News.

DISASTER IMPACT: No One Hurt In Magnitude 7.1 Alaska Temblor - But Four Homes Lost; MORE JOLTS Expected Near Cities!

Cereal and bottles of juice lie on the floor of a Safeway grocery store following a magnitude-6.8 earthquake on the Kenai Peninsula
on Sunday in south-central Alaska. | VINCENT NUSUNGINYA VIA AP

January 25, 2016 - ALASKA - A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to explosions or fire following the quake.

Alaska’s state seismologist, Michael West, called it the strongest earthquake in the state’s south-central region in decades. Alaska often has larger or more powerful earthquakes, such as a 7.9 last year in the remote Aleutian Islands.

“However, last night’s earthquake is significant because it was close enough to Alaska’s population centers,” West said, adding that aftershocks could continue for weeks.

The earthquake was widely felt by Anchorage residents. But the Anchorage and Valdez police departments said they hadn’t received any reports of injuries or significant damage.

The earthquake struck at about 1:30 a.m. Alaska time and was centered 53 miles (85 km) west of Anchor Point in the Kenai Peninsula, which is about 160 miles (257 km) southwest of Anchorage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Vincent Nusunginya, 34, of Kenai said he was at his girlfriend’s house when the quake hit.

“It started out as a shaking and it seemed very much like a normal earthquake. But then it started to feel like a normal swaying, like a very smooth side-to-side swaying,” said Nusunginya, director of audience at the Peninsula Clarion newspaper. “It was unsettling. Some things got knocked over, but there was no damage.”

Four single family homes in Kenai were lost to explosions or fire in the wake of the earthquake.

Two of the homes were destroyed in explosions and the other two were fully engulfed before firefighters determined it was safe enough from gas for them to enter the homes, Kenai battalion chief Tony Prior said.

“No injuries. Thank God,” he said. “The second one was a major explosion. We’re fortunate that no one was hurt.”

About 30 homes were evacuated, and some people took shelter at the Kenai National Guard Armory.

Workers with the gas utility were examining the remaining homes Sunday afternoon with the goal of getting displaced residents back in their homes later in the day.

The USGS initially reported the quake as a magnitude-7.1, but downgraded shortly afterward to magnitude-6.8 before raising it back to 7.1.

The biggest aftershock Sunday was magnitude-4.7, and West said a magnitude-5 or magnitude-6 aftershock is possible.

There were reports of scattered power outages from the Matanuska Electric Association and Chugach Electric in the Anchorage area. The Homer Electric Association reported on its website that about 4,800 customers were without power early Sunday in the Kenai Peninsula.

The Alaska Department of Transportation reported on its Facebook page that there was road damage near the community of Kasilof, on the Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said in a statement Sunday that he was relieved there wasn’t more damage. He urged all Alaskans to have a response plan for when a major natural disaster takes place.

The hashtag #akquake trended early Sunday on Twitter as people shared their experiences and posted photos of items that had fallen off walls and shelves.

Andrew Sayers, 26, of Kasilof was watching television when the quake struck.

“The house started to shake violently. The TV we were watching fell over, stuff fell off the walls,” he said. “Dishes were crashing, and we sprinted toward the doorway.”

Later, he was driving to his mother’s home when he came across a stretch of road that was damaged in the quake.

Seismotectonics of Alaska

The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench.

The curvature of the arc results in a westward transition of relative plate motion from trench-normal (i.e., compressional) in the east to trench-parallel (i.e., translational) in the west, accompanied by westward variations in seismic activity, volcanism, and overriding plate composition. The Aleutian arc is generally divided into three regions: the western, central, and eastern Aleutians. Relative to a fixed North America plate, the Pacific plate is moving northwest at a rate that increases from roughly 60 mm/yr at the arc's eastern edge to 76 mm/yr near its western terminus. The eastern Aleutian arc extends from the Alaskan Peninsula in the east to the Fox Islands in the west. Motion along this section of the arc is characterized by arc-perpendicular convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thick continental lithosphere. This region exhibits intense volcanic activity and has a history of megathrust earthquakes.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

The central Aleutian arc extends from the Andreanof Islands in the east to the Rat Islands in the west. Here, motion is characterized by westward-increasing oblique convergence and Pacific plate subduction beneath thin oceanic lithosphere. Along this portion of the arc, the Wadati-Benioff zone is well defined to depths of approximately 200 km. Despite the obliquity of convergence, active volcanism and megathrust earthquakes are also present along this margin.

The western Aleutians, stretching from the western end of the Rat Islands in the east to the Commander Islands, Russia, in the west, is tectonically different from the central and eastern portions of the arc. The increasing component of transform motion between the Pacific and North America plates is evidenced by diminishing active volcanism; the last active volcano is located on Buldir Island, in the far western portion of the Rat Island chain. Additionally, this portion of the subduction zone has not hosted large earthquakes or megathrust events in recorded history. Instead, the largest earthquakes in this region are generally shallow, predominantly strike-slip events with magnitudes between M5-6. Deeper earthquakes do occur, albeit rather scarcely and with small magnitudes (Magnitude less than 4), down to approximately 50 km.

Most of the seismicity along the Aleutian arc results from thrust faulting that occurs along the interface between the Pacific and North America plates, extending from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. Slip along this interface is responsible for generating devastating earthquakes. Deformation also occurs within the subducting slab in the form of intermediate-depth earthquakes that can reach depths of 250 km. Normal faulting events occur in the outer rise region of the Aleutian arc resulting from the bending of the oceanic Pacific plate as it enters the Aleutian trench. Additionally, deformation of the overriding North America plate generates shallow crustal earthquakes.

The Aleutian arc is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year. Since 1900, this region has hosted twelve large earthquakes (Magnitude greater than 7.5) including the May 7, 1986 M8.0 Andreanof Islands, the June 10, 1996 M7.9 Andreanof Islands, and the November 17, 2003 M7.8 Rat Islands earthquakes. Six of these great earthquakes (M8.3 or larger) have occurred along the Aleutian arc that together have ruptured almost the entire shallow megathrust contact. The first of these major earthquakes occurred on August 17, 1906 near the island of Amchitka (M8.3) in the western Aleutian arc. However, unlike the other megathrust earthquakes along the arc, this event is thought to have been an intraplate event occurring in the shallow slab beneath the subduction zone interface.

The first megathrust event along the arc during the 20th century was the November 10, 1938 M8.6 Shumagin Island earthquake. This event ruptured an approximately 300 km long stretch of the arc from the southern end of Kodiak Island to the northern end of the Shumagin Islands and generated a small tsunami that was recorded as far south as Hawaii.

The April 1, 1946 M8.6 Unimak Island earthquake, located in the central Aleutian arc, was characterized by slow rupture followed by a devastating Pacific-wide tsunami that was observed as far south as the shores of Antarctica. Although damage from earthquake shaking was not severe locally, tsunami run-up heights were recorded as high as 42 m on Unimak Island and tsunami waves in Hilo, Hawaii also resulted in casualties. The slow rupture of this event has made it difficult to constrain the focal mechanism and depth of the earthquake, though it is thought to have been an interplate thrust earthquake.

The next megathrust earthquake occurred along the central portion of the Aleutian arc near the Andreanof Islands on March 9, 1957, with a magnitude of M8.6. The rupture length of this event was approximately 1200 km, making it the longest observed aftershock zone of all the historic Aleutian arc events. Although only limited seismic data from this event are still available, significant damage and tsunamis were observed on the islands of Adak and Unimak with tsunami heights of approximately 13 m.

The easternmost megathrust earthquake was the March 28, 1964 M9.2 Prince William Sound earthquake, currently the second largest recorded earthquake in the world. The event had a rupture length of roughly 700 km extending from Prince William Sound in the northeast to the southern end of Kodiak Island in the southwest. Extensive damage was recorded in Kenai, Moose Pass, and Kodiak but significant shaking was felt over a large region of Alaska, parts of western Yukon Territory, and British Columbia, Canada. Property damage was the largest in Anchorage, as a result of both the main shock shaking and the ensuing landslides. This megathrust earthquake also triggered a devastating tsunami that caused damage along the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast of the United States, and in Hawaii.

The westernmost Aleutians megathrust earthquake followed a year later on February 4, 1965. This M8.7 Rat Islands earthquake was characterized by roughly 600 km of rupture. Although this event is quite large, damage was low owing to the region's remote and sparsely inhabited location. A relatively small tsunami was recorded throughout the Pacific Ocean with run-up heights up to 10.7 m on Shemya Island and flooding on Amchitka Island.

Although the Aleutian arc is highly active, seismicity is rather discontinuous, with two regions that have not experienced a large (Magnitude greater than 8.0) earthquake in the past century: the Commander Islands in the western Aleutians and the Shumagin Islands in the east. Due to the dominantly transform motion along the western arc, there is potential that the Commander Islands will rupture in a moderate to large strike-slip earthquake in the future. The Shumagin Islands region may also have high potential for hosting a large rupture in the future, though it has been suggested that little strain is being accumulated along this section of the subduction zone, and thus associated hazards may be reduced.

East of the Aleutian arc along the Gulf of Alaska, crustal earthquakes occur as a result transmitted deformation and stress associated with the northwestward convergence of the Pacific plate that collides a block of oceanic and continental material into the North America plate. In 2002, the Denali Fault ruptured in a sequence of earthquakes that commenced with the October 23 M6.7 Nenana Mountain right-lateral strike-slip earthquake and culminated with the November 3, M7.9 Denali earthquake which started as a thrust earthquake along a then unrecognized fault and continued with a larger right-lateral strike-slip event along the Denali and Totschunda Faults.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

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DOOMSDAY: Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists To Announce What Time It Is On The Doomsday Clock On Wednesday - Will The Minute Hand Advance Closer To Midnight?!

January 25, 2016 - UNITED STATES - We will find out how close we are to Armageddon when the world’s most revered scientists gather in Washington DC to announce what time it is on the Doomsday Clock.

The symbolic timekeeper of our impending destruction is currently set at three minutes to midnight — the closest we have ever been to that dreaded hour since the clock began ticking in 1947.

The clock is a universally recognised indicator of our vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, emerging technologies and more recently, global warming. We ignore it at our peril.

On Wednesday morning (1.30pm Tuesday in America), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will reveal whether the minute hand will be adjusted, at a live press conference in Washington DC.

Tick tock: The world will find out today whether the Doomsday Clock, currently set at three minutes to midnight, will inch closer to the hour of the apocalypse ...

Will the clock move forward a minute — or two — or remain at three minutes to midnight (still not good)?

“Tensions between the United States and Russia that remain at levels reminiscent of the Cold War, the danger posed by climate change, and nuclear proliferation concerns, including the recent North Korean nuclear test, are the main factors influencing the decision about any adjustment that may be made to the Doomsday Clock,” a statement on the Bulletin’s website said.

“In January 2015, the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand advanced two minutes, moving from five to three minutes before midnight, the closest it has been to catastrophe since the early days of above-ground hydrogen bomb testing.”

Last year’s dramatic shift towards midnight prompted the group — which counts 16 Nobel Laureates among its members — to pen an open letter to the world’s leaders warning immediate action must be taken to prevent a tragedy of global proportions.

“In 2015, unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernisations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe,” it wrote.

“These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”

Former US Marine Amir Hekmati speaks to the media in his home state Michigan after his release from an Iranian prison as part
of a new deal between Iran and the US aimed at developing the friendship between the two countries.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin look uncomfortable at the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015,
Last year saw relations between Russia and the west deteriorate to Cold War levels.
Source:Getty Images

The recent peace deal between Iran and the United States and progress made at the Paris climate change summit will also be taken into account in the calculations but it’s hard to say how much of a mitigating effect these positive developments will have.


The group was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project. They named themselves the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and in 1947 created the Doomsday Clock “using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet”.

Timeline of terror
Is Jonas the blizzard actually a message from God? Picture Nathan EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia

Any adjustment to the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand is made by the Bulletin’s Board of Directors and its sponsors, which include 16 Nobel Laureates. The Clock has become a universally recognised indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences.


At any given moment, anywhere in the world there are a bunch of people who believe the world is about to end.

The epic blizzard Jonas is doing nothing to ease fears of America’s perpetual preppers, who are likely to be tipped over the edge if the Doomsday Clock edges any closer to midnight.

Religious “prepper” sites with names like Rapture Ready and The Endtimes Forecaster are sending readers into a frenzy with their take on Jonas and the many other unusual weather and planetary events currently affecting the world.

“As most of you are aware Jonas/Jonah was the prophet that delivered the message of coming judgment to the capital city of the Assyrians — Nineveh (in Iraq and currently occupied by Islamic State),” noted William Frederick, who runs The Endtimes Forecaster blog.

“Is God sending America a message through this storm? And if so, is the message that God is sending America; yet forty days, and judgment cometh? It is interesting to note that the Fast of Nineveh just ended on 1/20/16 and the storm formed the day after.”

Religious prepper William Frederick’s homepageSource:Supplied

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, seen delivering a speech at a national awards ceremony for nuclear scientists who contributed
to the country's January 12, 2016 nuclear test, may force the Doomsday Clock forward.

Doomsayers also live in fear of the months June, July and August this year when the Earth is expected to experience a polar shift. A widely held belief in the prepper community is that the Earths poles will actually flip, turning north to south on compasses, causing the sun to rise in the West and continents to lurch, triggering earthquakes and the ultimately the destruction of the world.

According to NASA, however, this is a load of rubbish. The space agency confirms the Earth’s poles are moving but stresses that we are not at risk from the phenomenon.

In fact, the magnetic north pole has inched north by more than 1100km since the early 19th century when its location was first determined by explorers. It picked up speed in the 21st century, moving at about 64km a year, compared with 16km a year in the early 20th century.

NASA says the magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia with no dramatic effects. In the past 20 million years, the poles have reversed about every 300,000 years — though it has been twice that long since our planet experienced the last reversal. - News.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Zika Virus Rages - WHO Warns That It Will Spread To All But 2 Countries In The Americas!

© Ricardo Rojas / Reuters

January 25, 2016 - AMERICAS - The mosquito-borne Zika virus is set to spread in all countries across the Americas, except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization has warned.

Women planning to travel to areas where Zika is circulating should consult their healthcare provider before traveling and on return, the WHO said.

In Brazil 2,700 cases of birth defects are suspected to have been triggered by Zika and authorities urging the Brazilian women to postpone childbirth.

After the number of reported cases skyrocketed from 147 in 2014 to more than 2,400 in 2015, six Brazilian regions declared the state of emergency.

The Zika virus can be transmitted through blood and has also been detected in human semen, the WHO has stated. The mother-to-child transmission, both during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding, is still to be examined.

The organization added, though, that it remains to be confirmed if the disease is sexually transmitted.

Zika is spread by the same mosquitos that carry dengue and yellow fevers.

There is currently no vaccine for the virus, which can cause fever, rashes, joint pains and conjunctivitis within days of being contracted.

For the majority of those affected, the virus leads to a short illness – up to a week, but in some cases, could cause death.

It is suspected that the virus causes brain damage in unborn babies, resulting in microcephaly, a birth defect which sees babies born with abnormally small heads and later experiencing developmental delays. - RT.