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Endtimes: Chance of ‘megadrought’ in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study concludes

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Endtimes, Revival In America, World News

LA Times Article:

An animal's footprint is molded into dry, cracked earth in a dry riverbed near a Castaic Lake bridge. Extremely low levels of water at sunrise at Castaic Lake and reveal the effects of the prolonged drought March 8, 2014.

An animal’s footprint is molded into dry, cracked earth in a dry riverbed near a Castaic Lake bridge. Extremely low levels of water at sunrise at Castaic Lake and reveal the effects of the prolonged drought March 8, 2014.

The chance of a “megadrought” gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California’s already parched landscape..

The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern U.S. have increased to 80%, according to a new study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.

A white rocky ring reveals low levels of water in the Morris Dam, just north of Azusa in the Angeles National Forest, reflecting the effects of the prolonged drought March 12, 2014.

A white rocky ring reveals low levels of water in the Morris Dam, just north of Azusa in the Angeles National Forest, reflecting the effects of the prolonged drought March 12, 2014.

Whatever happens, California is likely to see prolonged drought and drier conditions, especially in the southern portion of the state, said Toby Ault, Cornell assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and lead author of the study, which will be published next month in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate.

The current drought, he said, is a preview of what will “happen in the future in climate change.”

A dead fish lies in rocks and algae along the low banks of Lake Hemet on June 3, 2014.

A dead fish lies in rocks and algae along the low banks of Lake Hemet on June 3, 2014.

“I am not trying to say this is imminent,” he said, “but the risk is high.”

Nearly 82% of California is experiencing “extreme” drought — the fourth harshest on a five-level scale measured in a weekly U.S. Drought Monitor reports. But roughly 58% of the state of facing worse, “exceptional” drought conditions.

Using climate model projections, researchers determined that prolonged drought would probably hit New Mexico and Arizona as well as California. On the other hand, the chances for the same conditions affecting parts of Idaho, Washington and Montana may actually decrease.

Little rainfall and summer heat leave patterns of branches and cracked, dry mud under a bridge of the South Fork of the San Jacinto River, which feeds into Lake Hemet June 3, 2014.

Little rainfall and summer heat leave patterns of branches and cracked, dry mud under a bridge of the South Fork of the San Jacinto River, which feeds into Lake Hemet June 3, 2014.

Megadrought conditions may also strike Australia, southern Africa and the Amazon, the researchers said.

The risk for a decadelong drought like the 1930s Dust Bowl is even more alarming because researchers say such events occur “on average once or twice per century.”

According to researchers, the findings are important for governments to consider as they develop strategies for coping with the effects of climate change in densely populated areas where megadroughts — “worse than anything seen during the last 2,000 years” — would pose “unprecedented challenges” to water resources.

The severity of future droughts discussed in the report could also worsen as temperatures increase, which may be underestimated even with state-of-the-art global climate models, the scientists warned.

For breaking news in Los Angeles and throughout California, follow @VeronicaRochaLA. She can be reached at veronica.rocha@latimes.com.

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Endtimes: From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers

by on Aug.31, 2014, under African-American Community, Endtimes, Hispanic Community, World News

KKK Flag

KKK Flag

By Kristina Sgueglia, Marisa Marcellino and Ray Sanchez, CNN

(CNN) — Carlos Enrique Londoño laughs at the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flier recently left on the driveway of his suburban New York home. It’s unlikely the group would accept him.

“I’m Colombian and dark-skinned,” said Londoño, a painter and construction worker who has lived in Hampton Bays on Long Island for 30 years.

The flier was tucked into a plastic bag along with a membership application, the address for the KKK national office in North Carolina, a list of beliefs and three Jolly Rancher candies.

Similar fliers have turned up in dozens of U.S. cities over the past six months, Lenz said. The SPLC was founded by civil rights lawyers, and is known for tracking and exposing the activities of such groups.

The SPLC says the Ku Klux Klan is the most infamous and oldest of American hate groups. African-Americans have been the main target of the historically violent group, but the Klan also has targeted Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and Catholics.

The center estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members nationwide, divided among dozens of divergent groups.

“Since the 1970s the Klan has been greatly weakened by internal conflicts, court cases, a seemingly endless series of splits and government infiltration,” the SPLC says on its website.

The Klan’s Loyal White Knights, the same group touted on the applications sprinkled on front lawns in Hampton Bays, has started major recruitment efforts, according to Lenz.

Renewed efforts after Ferguson shooting, unrest?

Lenz suspects the Klan may be seizing on a moment when the issues of race and immigration are dominant in the national debate. The group may be seeking to capitalize on growing racial tension to garner support, he said.

Lenz said some Klan members even vowed to head to Ferguson, Missouri, to stand in the solidarity with a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The shooting death drew international attention as the St. Louis suburb erupted with sometimes violent protests and a heavy-handed police response.

Calls seeking comment from Klan headquarters in Pelham, North Carolina, were not returned Saturday.

In New York, the Southampton Town Police said it had contacted the Suffolk County Police Department’s hate crimes unit about the fliers.

Londoño said the Klan appeared eager to send a message in the predominantly white town.

“It seems they want the white community to know that Latinos are moving in,” he said. “People are coming here for the work and that does not sit well with them and they feel intimidated.”

Hampton Bays resident Karen Fritsch said the fliers included faded-ink “crude (and) ridiculous” caricatures that appeared aimed at blacks, Latinos and Jewish people.

“It says, beware, we want your jobs, we want your home and we want your country,” Fritsch said of the message.

Fritsch said she was shocked when her husband found the flier on her front lawn last week.

“It’s terrible that my neighbors had to receive something like that,” Frisch said of the Londoños. “I really want no part of that. Why would anyone want to be part of a hate group?”

Fliers part of a ‘national night ride’

The Klan has targeted other cities.

In Orange, California, just south of Angel Stadium, residents last month received fliers in sealed plastic bags, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

The message on the fliers was “Save our land, join the Klan” and included a phone number and website in Pelham, KTLA reported. The group said it was focused on illegal immigration from Mexico.

The voicemail on the hotline associated with the flier closes with the message: “Always remember: If it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White power.”

In Seneca, South Carolina, some residents last month received bags with similar fliers and candy, CNN affiliate WHNS reported. The fliers directed people to “Klan Hotline” number that ended with the same recorded “white power” message, the station reported.

Robert Jones, the “Imperial Klaliff” of the Loyal White Knights sect, told WHNS that the fliers were part of their “national night ride” — a recruitment event that happens three times a year.

Jones said the recruitment efforts were not aimed at specific people and that residents “shouldn’t be fearful unless they’re doing something that the Klan considers morally wrong,” according to WHNS.

In Katy, Texas, residents early last month received fliers inviting them to “join the fight to protect U.S. borders,” according to CNN affiliate KPRC.

Damian Neveaux, who is African-American, found a flier and called the number because he, too, was concerned about border security, KPRC reported.

He reached a Klan representative who told him he would not be allowed to join, according to the station.
“‘The only way you can become a member is if you’re 100 percent Caucasian,” Neveaux recalled the Klan member telling him, according to KPRC. “This flier wasn’t meant for you.'”

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” – Mark 13:8

Below is a snippet from the prophetic message that Nita Johnson preached on August 28, 2014 concerning the African American People. She spoke and said how the elite are trying to use racial tensions in order to crate a race war. She is asking that the church will pray for the African American people and for their communities so that the pains and sufferings can be healed and resolved and that many will be saved, delivered, and filled with the Holy Spirit before the return of Christ Jesus.

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Endtimes: Putin “You better not come after a nuclear-armed Russia”

by on Aug.29, 2014, under Endtimes, World News

(CNN) — Don’t mess with Russia.

That was President Vladimir Putin’s message on Friday, the same day a British government source claimed that Russian troops had significantly ratcheted up their military incursion into Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Moscow doesn’t want or intend to wade into any “large-scale conflicts,” Putin insisted at a youth forum, state-run Itar-Tass reported. A few breaths later, he made the point that Russia is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces and our armed forces,” making them more efficient and modernized.

“I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” the President said. “This is a reality, not just words.”
He later warned, “We must always be ready to repel any aggression against Russia and (potential enemies) should be aware … it is better not to come against Russia as regards a possible armed conflict.”

The comments came the same day that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused NATO of using “images from computer games” to — in his view — falsely make the case that Russian troops are in Ukraine. Lavrov said “hiding the evidence is an outstanding characteristic of the U.S. and many EU countries” with regard to Ukraine.

The thing is, many in the West don’t believe much of anything coming out of Russia.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that — whatever the Kremlin says — the reality is Russian troops are inside the Ukraine and have fired on Ukrainian military positions.

“Those denials are completely without credibility,” Earnest said.
And Russia’s military may be getting digging in deeper in Ukraine. The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel — a figure far higher than one U.S. official’s earlier claim of 1,000 troops.

The soldiers are aligned in “formed units” and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk, said the UK source. And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and “more may be on the way,” the source adds.

So what’s Russia’s endgame? Does it simply want to protect civilians or ethnic Russians in Ukraine? Or does it endeavor to develop a land bridge between Crimea — which split from Ukraine to become part of Russia months ago, amid the unrest following President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster — and the Russian border? Or perhaps take over all of Ukraine now?

The UK source, giving his government’s analysis of Russian troop movements, surmised that right now “the primary role of the current Russian deployments inside Ukraine is probably to assist, support and take the pressure off the separatist forces in order to maintain pressure on Kiev to decentralize.
“However, we are not ruling out more ambitious plans, including a land corridor from the Russian border to Crimea.”

NATO chief blasts Russia’s ‘hollow denials’

Ukraine has been in crisis since last fall, when political upheaval preceded widespread violence that threatened to tear the Eastern Europe nation apart.

If anything, that violence has worsened the past several months — as pro-Russian rebels dug in and Ukraine’s military stepped up its offensive to retake its territory. The U.N. human rights office reports at least 2,593 people killed between mid-April and August 27, and that many innocent civilians have been killed, hurt or trapped in urban areas.

Predictably, both sides have taken the high road while blaming each other for humanitarian crisis and for perpetrating violence rather than having fair, sincere negotiations toward a cease-fire.

“When Kiev said that negotiations would begin only after the surrender of those whom they call ‘separatists,’ the militia are left with no choice but to defend their homes, their families,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Western officials say that Moscow hasn’t taken any responsibility, whether for its military’s on-the-ground involvement or how it can influence rebels.

Speaking after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said what he called “the serious escalation of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine” violates Ukraine’s territorial integrity and “defies all diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution.”

“Despite Moscow’s hollow denials, it is now clear that Russian troops and equipment have illegally crossed the border into eastern and southeastern Ukraine,” Rasmussen said. “This is not an isolated action but part of a dangerous pattern over many months to destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation.”

Fighting raging on multiple fronts

Whoever is to blame, whoever is involved, two things that are not in question is that the fighting is continuing and that there’s no end in sight.
Ukrainian troops have been fighting on two fronts: southeast of rebel-held Donetsk, and along the nation’s southern coast in the town of Novoazovsk, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Russian border.

Mykhailo Lysenko, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Donbas battalion, on Thursday described the fighting in the south as “a full-scale invasion.”

Analysts suggest that Russia may have sent its forces into Novoazovsk to secure a land route from the border to the Crimean peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March, and in order to throw Ukrainian forces making gains against besieged rebel forces in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk off balance.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, Putin said the rebels had halted a Ukrainian military operation in eastern Ukraine that he said had endangered the civilian population and caused many casualties.

The UK government source said Russian forces are fighting alongside rebels around Luhansk and Donetsk. It’s too early to gauge their impact, though even if propping up the pro-Russian separatists for months longer so that Ukraine’s military doesn’t next turn its attention to taking back Crimea could be considered a victory.

“At the very least, the Russian deployments are creating the conditions for a frozen conflict going into winter and .. ensure that Kiev is sufficiently distracted … to prevent it from refocusing its attention on Crimea,” the source said.
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Mark Hertling, a 37-year veteran who once commanded U.S. soldiers in Europe, thinks that Russia may be aiming higher than that. If Ukraine folds easily to Russia’s military might, neighboring nations might have good reason to worry. On the other side, Moscow could lose sway if its efforts fail.

“He is trying to influence the Europeans, and it won’t stop just with Ukraine,” the military analyst told CNN, predicting more Russian military intervention elsewhere. “This is something where he is trying to counter the influence of the West, and he can’t afford to lose in Ukraine.”

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Endtimes: Danger ‘greater and deeper’ than ever before

by on Aug.29, 2014, under Endtimes, Revival In America

Britain raises terror threat level

London (CNN) — The UK government raised its terror threat level Friday from “substantial” to “severe,” the fourth highest of five levels, in response to events in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS militants have seized a swath of territory.

“That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” Home Secretary Theresa May said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, said it is not aware of any specific, credible threat to the United States.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the “root cause” of the terrorist threat in the United Kingdom is “Islamist extremism.” He said the recent killing of U.S. journalist James Foley is clear evidence that ISIS’s fight in Iraq and Syria “is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore.”

The danger that ISIS poses now is a “greater and deeper” threat to the UK’s security than the country has ever known, Cameron said.

This is in part because ISIS is not simply seeking refuge in a country but ruthlessly seeking its own terrorist state and expanding, he said.

Cameron said he will soon announce plans to stop would-be jihadists from traveling to Syria and Iraq and to make it easier to take their passports away.

Britain also needs to do more to stop current fighters from returning from the Middle East and to deal decisively with those who already have returned, he said.

UK authorities estimate that 500 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamist groups.

The Prime Minister warned against having a knee-jerk response to the threat and said a number of tools must be deployed, the military being just one of them.

An intelligent response will involve aid, diplomacy and political influence, too, he said.

A distinction must be made between the religion of Islam and the “poisonous” political ideology of Islamic extremists, he said.

The UK has five levels of terror threat. It had been at “substantial” since July 11, 2011. The level is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center and the Security Service.

The United States had a color-coded terrorism threat advisory scale that was discontinued in 2011. The system that replaced it, the National Terrorism Advisory System, sends out alerts on its website and to the media when there is an elevated threat.

As the U.S. Labor Day holiday nears, Ross Feinstein, Transportation Security Administration press secretary, says that the terror threat level has not changed for the TSA and that it is customary to see increased security presence leading up to a holiday weekend.

Feinstein stressed that he is speaking for the TSA and not the overall terror threat level, which is not determined by his agency.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said that although there is no specific threat against the United States, ISIS has proved to be a threat to Americans overseas.

His department “has taken a number of steps to enhance aviation security at overseas airports with direct flights to the United States, and the United Kingdom and other nations have followed with similar enhancements.”

> at Downing Street on August 29, 2014 in London, England.

Britain’s national policing lead for counterterrorism, Mark Rowley, said police activity relating to the jihadist threat has escalated for months.

“The ongoing commitment to fight this threat has seen a significant rise in the number of Syria-related arrests,” he said in a statement. “The first half of this year has seen a total of 69 arrests made for a variety of offenses, including fundraising for terrorist activity through to the preparation and/or instigation of terrorism acts and traveling abroad for terrorist training.”

CNN’s Jason Hanna, Richard Allen Greene and Mariano Castillo contributed to this report.

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.” – Matthew 24:6-10

“While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:3

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