What is the Strait of Hormuz, and why is it so important to the global oil
An oil tanker traveling through the tiny strip of water
located in the mouth of the Persian Gulf stopped transmitting its location more
than two days ago when it drifted into Iranian waters.
It is not clear what happened to the Panamanian-flagged oil
tanker – which is based in the United Arab Emirates – on Saturday night as it
traveled through the Strait of Hormuz, but its apparent disappearance has raised
concerns amid heightened tensions between Iran and several Western nations.
The Riah, a 190-foot oil tanker, typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah
on the UAE’s west coast before going through the strait and heading to Fujairah
on the UAE’s east coast.
However, something happened to the vessel after 11 p.m. on Saturday when it
stopped transmitting its location with tracking data shows its last position
pointing toward Iran.
Capt. Ranjith Raja of the data firm Refinitiv told The Associated Press on
Tuesday that the tanker hadn’t switched off its tracking in three months of
trips around the UAE.
“That is a red flag,” Raja said.
Oil tankers have previously been targeted as the Persian Gulf region took
center stage in a crisis over Iran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.
Recently, Iran has inched its uranium production and enrichment over the
limits of its 2015 nuclear deal, trying to put more pressure on Europe to offer
it better terms and allow it to sell its crude oil abroad.
Iranian officials have not said anything publicly about the ship, nor have
officials in the UAE. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which oversees Mideast waters,
declined to immediately comment.
The ship’s registered owner, Dubai-based Prime Tankers LLC, told the AP it
had sold the ship to another company called Mouj Al-Bahar. A man who answered a
telephone number registered to the firm told the AP it didn’t own any ships.
Separately, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday his
country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2.1
million barrels of light crude oil. The vessel was seized with the help of
British Royal Marines earlier this month off Gibraltar.
Khamenei called the seizure of the ship “piracy” in a televised
“God willing, the Islamic Republic and its committed forces will not
leave this evil without a response,” he said.
Within the last 48 hours we have seen large earthquakes going off like
firecrackers all along the Ring of Fire. As you will see below, a magnitude
6.1 quake just hit Japan, a magnitude 6.6 quake just hit Australia and a
magnitude 7.3 earthquake just hit Indonesia. And of course all of this
comes just about a week after southern California was hit by the two largest
earthquakes that it has experienced in more than two decades. So is all
of this shaking unusual? Just a few moments ago, I pulled up the most
recent data from Earthquake Track, and what I discovered
is more than just a little bit alarming. Looking at the entire globe, we
have averaged 193 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater per day so far in
2019. That is very high, but it pales in comparison to what we have
witnessed over the last week. Within the last seven days, our planet has experienced
an average of more than 677 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater per
day. That means that the number of global earthquakes right now is more
than 3 times above normal.
And the number of very large earthquakes is at a frighteningly high level as
well. According to the USGS, there have been 121
earthquakes of at least magnitude 4.5 around the world within the last seven
days, and that includes the magnitude 6.1
earthquake that just hit Japan.
Incredibly, that quake in Japan brought the number of global earthquakes of
magnitude 6.0 or greater that we have seen so far this year up to a grand total
of 84. The following comes from the Big Wobble…
Last nights quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 84,
incredibly all but 7 of them striking the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
The last 38 major quakes this year, going back to the 3rd of May have
occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
But on Sunday we had to add two more to that total.
In fact, we just witnessed a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in Montana. The
following comes from Ricky Scaparo…
According to reports from the USGS, A 4.0 earthquake has rattled Manhattan,
Montana. This earthquake follows the string of quakes that have rattled the
globe over the past few weeks producing powerful earthquakes in Southern
California and rattling Seattle, Washington. We will give you more information
as we receive it.
The magnitude 4.6 earthquake in Seattle that he mentioned definitely got a lot
of attention when it struck very early on Friday morning. According
to a USGS geophysicist, that quake was “widely felt throughout the Seattle
“It’s been widely felt throughout the Seattle area,” said Paul Caruso, a
I know that California is receiving most of the attention right now, but we
definitely need to keep a close eye on the Northwest, because they are
definitely overdue for a “Big One” of their own and there are several volcanoes
in the region that could literally go off at any time.
Meanwhile, the shaking in southern California simply will not stop.
According to Cal Tech, there have been 10,303 earthquakes of all
magnitudes in California and Nevada within the last seven days.
In case you are wondering, that is not “normal” either.
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we witnessed back on July 5th did not
cause an enormous amount of damage because it happened in a very remote
But we should definitely not take that quake lightly, because it was
extremely powerful. According to the Los Angeles Times, it
actually “packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs”…
When the magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured the earth in the Mojave Desert,
it packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs of the type that fell on Hiroshima.
Can you imagine if such a quake had happened in downtown Los Angeles?
And if a magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to hit southern California someday,
it would be 707 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we
Hopefully such a quake is still a long way off, but we have witnessed
renewed shaking in the region within the last 24 hours. The following
comes from the Express…
California has since experienced a number of aftershocks with a seismic
swarm hitting southern California in the past 24 hours.
Over the course of the last 24 hours, there have been 762 earthquakes in
California, 29 earthquakes were over a magnitude of 2.5.
Unfortunately, this is not just a localized phenomenon.
As I showed at the beginning of this article, the number of global
earthquakes is three times above normal right now.
Our entire planet is being greatly shaken, and many believe that what we
have witnessed so far is just the beginning.
The ground is constantly shaking in southern California right now, and this
has many concerned that another large earthquake may be coming. I have
been keeping my eye on Cal Tech’s recent earthquake map,
and as I write this article it says that there have been 10,053 earthquakes in
California and Nevada over the past 7 days. I have never seen that number
so high, and southern California is being hit by yet another new earthquake every few moments.
Most of the earthquakes are happening out in the Ridgecrest area where we
witnessed the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit on July 4th and the magnitude
7.1 earthquake that hit on July 5th. But as you can see from Cal Tech’s map, there has been a
tremendous amount of seismic activity along the San Andreas fault as
well. As I discussed the other day, the San Andreas
fault is “locked and loaded” and it is way overdue for “the Big One”.
Could it be possible that all of this earthquake activity is leading up to
something really big? And it isn’t just earthquakes that we need to be
concerned about. According to Fox News, “geologists are nervously
eyeing eight nearby volcanoes”…
California’s uncanny “earthquake pause” is over. It should have already had
several “big ones” by now. All that pressure has to go somewhere. Now
geologists are nervously eyeing eight nearby volcanoes. And why has Yellowstone
supervolcano been acting so weird?
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has warned Southern California to expect
more big earthquakes to come. Some, they say, may even be more powerful
experienced in the past few days.
“(These quakes do) not make (the Big One) less likely,” local seismologist
Lucy Jones told The Los Angeles Times. “There is about a one in 20 chance
that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few
days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence.”
Could you imagine the chaos that would ensue if a volcano suddenly erupted
One angle that hasn’t really been talked about much is what would happen to
California’s nuclear reactors if “the Big One” suddenly hit the San Andreas
According to Natural News, there are
currently five nuclear reactors right along the San Andreas fault and another
one that is located directly along the coast…
A Natural News investigation into the geolocation of nuclear power
facilities in California reveals that five nuclear facilities were built in
close proximity to the San Andreas fault line, with some constructed right in
the middle of earthquake zones that have up to a 50% chance of a severe
earthquake every 30 years.
Who was the genius that decided to build those reactors near the San Andreas
The potential for an unprecedented nightmare is definitely there. If a
magnitude 9.0 earthquake were to hit the San Andreas fault, it would be 707
times more powerful than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that we just witnessed.
And we live at a time when our planet just continues to become even more
unstable. According to NBC News, the number of “great”
earthquakes between 2004 and 2014 was 265 percent higher than during the
preceding ten year period…
The annual number of “great” earthquakes nearly tripled over the last decade,
providing a reminder to Americans that unruptured faults like those in the
northwest United States might be due for a Big One.
Between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with magnitudes of 8.0 or more rattled
subduction zones around the globe. That’s an increase of 265 percent over the
average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a
report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in
Vancouver, British Columbia.
But despite all of the unusual shaking that we have witnessed so far this
century, the state of California hasn’t seen anything remotely close to the
shaking that we have witnessed over the last 7 days.
Of course seismic activity is just one element of “the perfect storm” that
is starting to unfold. According to the NOAA, the 12 month period
ending in June was the wettest 12 month period in all of U.S. history. In
fact, for three months in a row “the past 12-month precipitation record has hit
an all-time high”. We just keep setting record after record, and the
flooding in the middle of the country seems like it will never end.
Millions of acres of prime farmland will not be used at all this year, and tens
of millions of acres of crops are in extremely poor condition right now.
More than 4,700 quakes have occurred since Thursday, said USGS geophysicist John Bellini.”They are coming in every 30 seconds, every minute,” he said. After Friday’s 7.1 quake, three quakes of magnitude 5 or greater struck within the first hour, he said. After an earthquake as powerful as the one that hit Friday, residents can expect an aftershock reaching up to a magnitude of 6.0, officials said Saturday, and should even be prepared for a scarier shake.
earth hasn’t stopped rumbling under Southern California since
Thursday, when a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Ridgecrest and the
California is in panic mode right now, and not simply because of an
earthquake or two, but because of nearly 5,000 quakes that have been registered
over the past 48 hours. So scared, in fact, that many Californians are choosing
to sleep in their yards rather than be inside their homes. That’s how bad it
is. Scientists say it is only going to get worse, what exactly is happening in
the land of fruits and nuts?
“And the kings of the
earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the
mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens
and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on
us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the
wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand?” Revelation
The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has declared a state of extreme emergency to exist in his
state, and has instructed the State Operations Center to be activated at the
‘highest level’. They are in full panic mode, and rightly so. The Bible tells
us that the weather is the greatest weapon God has at His disposal, and He uses
it in judgement as we read about in the the book of Revelation during the time
of Jacob’s trouble. And earthquakes are one of the ‘heavy hitters’ in God’s
“For nation shall rise
against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes
in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are
the beginnings of sorrows.”
The word ‘earthquakes’ appears only three times in your King James Bible, one
mention each in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and all three times are
referring to the time that exists in the lead up to the time of Jacob’s
trouble. Not in the time of Jacob’s trouble itself. What time is that?
That time is right now. Just a little something for you to think about.
earth under Southern California is rumbling with about one aftershock every
FROM CNN: The earth hasn’t stopped rumbling under Southern California
since Thursday, when a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Ridgecrest and
the surrounding area.
The quake was followed by more than 1,400 aftershocks, according to
scientists. On Friday, an even stronger quake — with a magnitude of 7.1 —
rattled the region, leaving residents traumatized, Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy
Breeden said Saturday morning.
“Many of them are sleeping outside
tonight,” Breeden said. “They’re fearful to be in their homes. Many are
choosing to just be with their neighbors … in their sidewalks, in their
driveways and some of them are in the streets.”
There’s been an average of one
aftershock per minute since Friday’s quake in the southern part of the state,
according to the United States Geological Survey website.
More than 4,700 quakes have occurred since Thursday, said USGS geophysicist John
Bellini.”They are coming in every 30 seconds, every minute,” he said. After
quake, three quakes of magnitude 5 or greater struck within the first hour, he
an earthquake as powerful as the one that hit Friday, residents can expect an
aftershock reaching up to a magnitude of 6.0, officials said Saturday, and
should even be prepared for a scarier shake.
“I would probably start taking some
stuff off the walls if they’re not already down,” Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed
McLaughlin said Saturday morning. “Make sure you’re not sleeping under
something that’s still hung up.”
The chief warned residents to stay prepared and load up on supplies while
stores are still open, “just in case that we have something bigger than we had
He said residents should remain vigilant for the next two weeks.
“This isn’t going to stop in the
near future,” he said. “The aftershocks, they haven’t slowed down since the 7.1
(magnitude earthquake). For a period of time there was constant vibration.”
The constant aftershocks are keeping everyone on edge, Ridgecrest resident and Jessica
Weston told CNN’s Cyril Vanier Saturday. “It’s fairly frequent, especially
since the big one hit this evening it feels like a tiny little earthquake,”
Weston said. “Everybody’s on edge obviously because as soon as you feel that
little rumble… of course we’re all wondering is this another big one.”
Let me warn you right up front – the information in this article might freak
you out. If what some experts are telling us is true, a global food
crisis appears to be inevitable. Even during good years we have a really
difficult time feeding everyone on the planet, and now a major climate shift
appears to be happening. Our sun has become exceedingly
quiet, and many experts believe that this is a sign that a solar
minimum is now upon us. Of course we have seen solar minimums happen
quite regularly in the past, and if this is just a normal solar minimum then
conditions should begin to return to normal after a couple of years.
Unfortunately, evidence continues to mount that we have entered what is known
as a “grand solar minimum”. In fact, Professor Valentina Zharkova says
that what we are facing is a “super grand solar minimum”, and if that is true we
are going to be facing climate chaos like we have never seen before.
During previous “grand solar minimums” the globe was gripped by devastating
famines and vast numbers of people died. Could a similar scenario
potentially be in our future?
Ice Age Farmer has compiled a “Grand Solar Minimum Crop Loss Map” which you
can view right here, and I appreciate our
friends at ANP for pointing it out to
us. Ice Age Farmer’s map shows that there are literally dozens of
locations all over the globe right now that are reporting significant crop
losses, and this is really unlike anything we have ever seen before. Some
parts of our planet are dealing with horrific drought, but in the middle of the
United States it just won’t stop raining. In some areas of the world it
is too cold, while others are experiencing record heat. Everywhere we
look we see extremes, and the
behavior of our sun is the primary reason this is happening.
The surface of the sun is normally a roiling, super-heated hellscape.
But Nasa images have revealed that the face of our star is looking ominously
calm right now, prompting claims it’s reached a stage of its cycle called the
During the minimum, there are significantly fewer sunspots and its magnetic
field weakens, allowing cosmic rays from outside our solar system to rain down
This solar minimum came early, and that is exactly what we would expect if
we were entering a “grand solar minimum”. Perhaps the best known “grand
solar minimum” in our history was the Maunder Minimum which stretched from
1645 to 1715…
The last time a deep solar minimum was in effect was the Maunder minimum,
which saw seven decades of freezing weather, began in 1645 and lasted through
to 1715, and happened when sunspots were exceedingly rare.
During this period, temperatures dropped globally by 1.3 degrees celsius leading
to shorter seasons and ultimately food shortages.
The food shortages during the Maunder Minimum were quite severe, and the
global death toll was enormous.
Could we be facing a similar scenario this time around?
The Maunder Minimum created such a deep cold in Europe and extreme
weather events elsewhere that what unfolds is a series of droughts, floods, and
harvest failures. Historically, this leads to massive migrations, wars and
revolutions. The fatal synergy between human and natural disasters eradicated
perhaps one-third of the human population during the last event and this time
we are crashing more rapidly than before. Therefore, we may exceed more than a
reduction in population of one-third and reach the levels of the 14th century
of 50%, which was also combined with the Black Plague.
That layer of stress on the agricultural industry is only intensified when
you zoom out to the international level, where farmers around the world are
facing various dire situations. As one North Dakota farmer and Twitter user Jordan
Gackle pointed out in a recent thread: Drought is continuing to
disrupt wheat crops in Australia forcing the country to import some of its
wheat from Canada. Some farmers in Canada are now reporting long
stretches without rain under the hashtag #drought19. Head over to China and you’ll find
that a legion of fall armyworms are spreading rapidly and
devouring key grain crops.
It is becoming quite clear that food prices are going to rise substantially
and that the world is going to produce a lot less food than it normally does
And as I noted earlier, we have a tough time feeding everyone on the planet
even during ideal conditions. Sadly, this even includes the United States…
So what will things look like if global food production drops 10 percent, 20
percent or even more?
We have never had to deal with anything like this in modern times, and
meanwhile the population of the planet has grown from 1.6 billion in 1900 to
7.5 billion today.
We have entered the time of “the perfect storm”,
and we are going to start to witness things happen that many people would
consider to be unimaginable.
I truly hope that things will not be as bad as some of the experts are
suggesting. But as far as crop failures are concerned, we don’t have to
speculate. They are happening right now all over the planet, and that
means that global food supplies are going to get tighter and tighter in the
And now I will tell you the truth: Persia will have three more kings, and
the fourth will be wealthier than them all; by the power he obtains through his
wealth, he will stir everyone up against the kingdom of Greece. Daniel 11:2
(The Israel Bible™)
The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer carried the 11th Marine Expeditionary
Unit and a combat helicopter squadron arrived in the region of the Strait of
Hormuz. Also deployed were the amphibious transport dock, USS John P. Murtha,
and the amphibious dock landing ship, USS Harpers Ferry. The U.S. 5th Fleet is
currently tasked with ensuring the security of the Strait which is a vital
oil-shipping route as well as U.S. interests in much of the Middle East.
It appears the recent arrivals are replacing other naval assets led by the
USS Kearsarge which have been in the region since April and are being rotated
out of the region.
“Our training and preparation to enter the 5th Fleet area of operations has
all been designed to ensure we can be ready where it matters, when it matters,”
said Col. Fridrik Fridriksson, the group’s Marine unit commander to Stars
The political situation was exacerbated two weeks ago when two Saudi oil
tankers were attacked
with limpet mines. The U.S. blamed Iran for the attack. An identical attack
was carried out last week.
The U.S. was almost dragged into a shooting war after Iran shot
down a $130 million Global Hawk surveillance drone on Thursday morning with
a surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz. On Thursday evening, the
strikes on Iranian military targets including radar and missile batteries. The NYT
cited “officials” as saying that as late as 7:00 PM, “planes were in the air
and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to
stand down.” Had they not been canceled, the U.S strikes would have taken place
before dawn on Friday morning.
Rather than back down, the Iranian military leadership doubled down,
threatening to shoot down more U.S. military assets. Iranian news reported on
Monday that Commander of the Islamic Republic Army’s Navy Hossein Khanzadi told
News Agency as saying, “The enemy dispatched one of the most advanced,
intelligent and complex drones to the forbidden area and everyone witnessed its
shoot-down,” Commander of the Islamic Republic Army’s Navy Hossein
Khanzadi told the Fars News Agency on Monday. “We dare to say this
crushing blow can be alternatively repeated and the enemy knows it.”
The Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday reported that Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Saudi Arabia to conduct talks with Saudi
Arabian government about a global coalition. AP reported that Pompeo was
scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates.
“We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all
strategically aligned, and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition
not only throughout the Gulf states, but in Asia and in Europe, that
understands this challenge as it is prepared to push back against the world’s
largest state sponsor of terror,” Pompeo said about Iran to reporters in
Washington prior to his departure, according to AP.
Once upon a time, some of the most beautiful cities in the entire world were
on the west coast, but now those same cities are degenerating into
drug-infested cesspools of filth and garbage right in front of our eyes.
San Francisco is known as the epicenter for our tech industry, and Los Angeles
produces more entertainment than anyone else in the world, and yet both cities
are making headlines all over the world for other reasons these days.
Right now, nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population lives in the
state of California, and more are arriving with each passing day. When
you walk the streets of San Francisco or Los Angeles, you can’t help but notice
the open air drug markets, the giant mountains of trash, and the
discarded needles and piles of human feces that are seemingly everywhere.
If this is what things look like when the U.S. economy is still relatively
stable, how bad are things going to get when the economy tanks?
When Leilani Farha paid a visit to San Francisco in January, she knew the
grim reputation of the city’s homeless encampments. In her four years
as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing, Farha has
visited the slums of Mumbai, Delhi, Mexico City, Jarkarta, and Manila. The
crisis in San Francisco, she said, is comparable to these conditions.
I have never been to Mumbai, Delhi, Mexico City, Jarkarta or Manila, and so
I will just have to take her word for what the conditions are like there.
But how can this be happening in one of the wealthiest cities in the entire
Sadly, to a large degree San Francisco has done this to itself. Every
single day drugs are openly bought and sold at “an outdoor market of sorts”
right in the heart of the city, and authorities know exactly where it is
drill down on the epicenter of the crisis, a recent New York Times inquiry
set out to find the dirtiest block in San Francisco. After asking statisticians
to compile a list of streets with the most neighborhood complaints regarding
sidewalk cleanliness, the Times landed on a winner: Hyde Street’s 300 block,
which received more than 2,200 complaints over the last decade.
visit to the block yields a harrowing sight of drug addicts and mentally ill
residents, many of whom are part of the city’s overwhelmingly large homeless population. During the day, drug users host an outdoor
market of sorts, selling heroin, crack cocaine, and amphetamines along the
They could shut down the drug dealing if they really wanted to do so.
And anywhere the illegal drug trade is thriving, you are also going to have
a lot of property crime. At this point, no city in America has a higher
rate of property crime than San Francisco does…
San Francisco is the nation’s leader in
property crime. Burglary, larceny, shoplifting, and vandalism are
included under this ugly umbrella. The rate of car break-ins is particularly
striking: in 2017 over 30,000 reports were filed,
and the current average is 51 per
day. Other low-level offenses, including drug dealing, street
harassment, encampments, indecent exposure, public intoxication,
simple assault, and disorderly conduct are also rampant.
Meanwhile, things are not much better in Los Angeles. In fact, many
would argue that L.A. is in even worse condition.
The homeless population in the city has risen 16 percent since last year, and
it is taking over neighborhood after neighborhood. Los Angeles was once
one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world, but now it is rapidly
being transformed into a hellhole…
If someone predicted half a century ago that a Los Angeles police station or
indeed L.A. City Hall would be in danger of periodic, flea-borne infectious
typhus outbreaks, he would have been considered unhinged. After all, the city
that gave us the modern freeway system is not supposed to resemble Justinian’s
sixth-century Constantinople. Yet typhus, along with outbreaks of infectious
hepatitis A, are in the news on California streets. The sidewalks of the
state’s major cities are homes to piles of used needles, feces, and refuse.
Hygienists warn that permissive municipal governments are setting the stage —
through spiking populations of history’s banes of fleas, lice, and rats — for
possible dark-age outbreaks of plague or worse.
Skid Row is the epicenter of the homeless problem in L.A., and I highly
recommend that you do not go down there to check it out for yourself.
you want to know how bad the homelessness crisis has gotten in California, just
turn to 4 squares miles east of Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. The area,
known as Skid Row, has long been inhabited by the city’s poorest residents.
These days it resembles something akin to a nightmare.
sleep in tents surrounded by discarded needles and feces, their belongings
tucked into trash bags and shopping carts. Some shade themselves with tarps or
use nearby light poles to connect to power. Others have contracted typhus from
rats scurrying across the sidewalk. One resident was even found bathing in the water
from a broken fire hydrant.
part of this mission, the city is pursuing a pilot program, made possible by a $1 million
Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, that would help homeowners install
backyard units on their properties. In exchange for a $10,000 to $30,000 stipend,
homeowners would be able to charge a small rent to homeless tenants, who would
pay their share through vouchers or their own income. The city also plans to
institute a matchmaking process that pairs owners
homeless crisis demands that we get creative,” the mayor said. If the backyard
pilot works, he added, the idea could be adopted anywhere.
So if you live in Los Angeles, soon you will be able to bring the needles
and piles of human feces from Skid Row into your own backyard.
Meanwhile, homeless people keep dropping dead night after night in Los
Angeles. Just check out these staggering numbers…
A record number of homeless people — 918 last year alone — are dying across
Los Angeles County, on bus benches, hillsides, railroad tracks and sidewalks.
Deaths have jumped 76% in the past five years, outpacing the growth of the
homeless population, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the
Year after year, this homelessness crisis is only getting worse.
The fabric of our society is literally coming apart right in front of our
eyes, and we can all see what is happening, and yet our leaders seem absolutely
powerless to fix it.
If we continue on this trajectory, what is our nation going to look like in
a few years?
“History and Allah brought a real opportunity,” a top-ranking Saudi diplomat told Israelis via an interview in Globes on Friday. “The blood conflict had lasted too long. Us Saudis and all Gulf States plus Egypt and Jordan realize that the age of going to war with Israel is over.” Pointing to “the advantages of normalizing relations,” he argued that “the whole Arab world could benefit from it,” Globes reported. The plan — formally dubbed “Peace to Prosperity” — said that the economic package, if implemented, would double the Palestinians’ gross domestic product, create more than one million jobs in the territories, reduce Palestinian unemployment.
before the US-sponsored Bahrain conference, Jared Kushner and the White House
released its proposal to boost the Palestinian economy by offering a $50
billion aid package that can only be implemented through an Israeli-Palestinian
On one hand, the ‘Peace To Prosperity’ Middle East peace plan created
by Jared Kushner seems to be little
more than giving the Palestinians an obscene amount of money, in this case $50
billion in cash, loans, incentives including allocation to Jordan, Egypt, and
Lebanon. But when I took a closer look at the mechanics of it, I saw something
else lurking in the shadows that just may contain the right ingredients to push
this thing through. What is that, you ask? The newly-forged alliance between the
Trump White House and the Saudi Kingdom.
“And he shall confirm the
covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause
the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of
abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the
consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27
Having the backing of the Saudi Kingdom is a potential game-changer in getting
the Palestinians to the table. The close bond between Benjamin Netanyahu and
both Jared Kushner and Donald Trump ensures that Israel is already at the
table. Are all the elements in place to finally see the ‘deal of the century’
successfully consumated? We shall see, but know this. If it is, then it is not
only the ‘deal of the century’, it will be the prophetic ‘deal of the
millennium’ and Jared Kushner will be the Antichrist. Let’s see
how far it goes, popcorn anyone?
Jared Kushner finally unveils ‘Peace to Prosperity’
economic plan for Palestinians
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: The 40-page plan, which Senior Adviser
Jared Kushner will push in Manama next week, rests on three initiatives,
according to the document — to “unleash the economic potential” of the
Palestinians, “empower the Palestinians to realize their ambitions,” and
“enhance Palestinian governance.”
Neither Israeli officials nor
Palestinians will be attending the confab. Palestinians have refused to
participate, or engage at all with the Trump administration since it moved the US embassy to Jerusalem.
Israeli officials and ministers were not invited, though a business
delegation will be attending. A senior administration official told The Times
of Israel that they wanted the focus of the gathering to be “on the economic
aspect, not the political.”
Arab nations such as Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
have all said they would participate in the conference.
REMEMBER THIS? HAS THE NEWLY-FORMED
FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND SAUDI ARABIA BECOME THE ‘SECRET WEAPON’ IN
JARED KUSHNER’S ‘PEACE TO PROSPERITY’ PLAN?
The plan — formally dubbed “Peace to Prosperity” — said that the
economic package, if implemented, would double the Palestinians’ gross domestic
product, create more than one million jobs in the territories, reduce
Palestinian unemployment to single digits (it was 31 percent in 2018, according to
the World Bank), and cut the Palestinian poverty rate by 50%.
We could be on the verge of the most cataclysmic war that the Middle East
has ever seen. As you will see below, we are being told that there will
be a “measured” U.S. response to the downing of a U.S. Navy drone by Iranian
forces. In other words, we should expect some sort of U.S. military
action against Iran to happen soon. If the Iranians choose not to respond
to that attack, that will hopefully be the end of it for a while. But if
the Iranians respond by firing their highly advanced anti-ship missiles at U.S.
warships in the Persian Gulf, the Trump administration would feel forced to use
overwhelming force in return, and that would likely spark an all-out war in the
And in the event of an all-out war, Iran would almost certainly hit Israel
with a massive barrage of missiles. In fact, last month the Iranian
Parliament’s vice-speaker Ali Motahhari specifically
threatened this sort of an attack…
Mr Motahhari told FARS news agency: ‘The US military forces’ deployment in
the Persian Gulf is more of the nature of psychological warfare. They are not
ready for a war, specially when Israel is within our range.’
Of course if Iran starts firing missiles at Israel, it is inevitable that
Israel will start firing missiles back at Iran. And in such a scenario it
is unthinkable that Iran’s proxy Hezbollah would sit quietly on the sidelines.
At this point Hezbollah has accumulated an absolutely massive rocket arsenal
in southern Lebanon. According to the Jerusalem Post, they
now possess “more than 150,000 rockets”…
Hezbollah’s massive rocket arsenal of more than 150,000 rockets pose a major
threat. These include long-range rockets such as the Zelzal, Fateh 110 and the
Fajr, as well as shorter range such as Katyushas. The Fateh 110 has a range of
several hundred kilometers.
There is no place in Israel that is out of the range of those rockets.
Without a doubt, Israel’s anti-missile systems are extremely advanced, but if
thousands of missiles are fired in a very short period of time Israel won’t be
able to intercept them all.
In order to stop the rocket fire completely, Israel would have to invade
southern Lebanon on very short notice, and it is quite interesting that the IDF
actually just wrapped up a major exercise which simulated a future war with
Hezbollah. The following comes from ABC News…
Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with
thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war
with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing
tensions in the Persian Gulf.
This absolutely enormous military drill made headlines all over the world,
and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was even on hand for the conclusion
of the exercise…
The exercise, which was focused on the country’s north—not far from
contested borders with Lebanon and Syria, two countries which Israel has
accused Iran’s allies of firing rockets from—was attended by Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The leader, who also serves as defense minister,
spoke with participating troops of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and issued
a warning to those threatening his country.
“I am concluding a major, multi-corps IDF exercise in several areas. I am
very impressed by the improvement in readiness, by the fighting spirit of the
soldiers and commanders, and mainly by the destructive power of the IDF,”
It appears to be inevitable that an all-out war between Israel and Hezbollah
will happen at some point, and Israel will most definitely win that war.
But the death and destruction caused by tens of thousands of missiles fired
by Iran and Hezbollah will be immense, and so we should hope that such a
conflict is put off for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, it appears that a full-blown war could begin in the Middle
East at any time. Top congressional leaders were summoned to the White
House Situation Room on Thursday, and following that briefing the press was
told to soon expect a “measured” U.S. response…
Amid mounting tension between the U.S. and Iran, the White
House earlier Thursday invited House and Senate leaders and Democrats and
Republicans on the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees
to meet with President Trump in the White House’s secure Situation Room.
And we almost got that “measured” response on Thursday night.
According to multiple media reports,
President Trump approved military strikes against Iran but then pulled back at
the last moment…
President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation
for downing a U.S. surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them
Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.
As late as 7 p.m. Thursday, military and diplomatic officials were expecting
a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the
president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders,
according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on
Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of
Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.
Right now, a “perfect storm” is developing all over the
globe. Events are starting to move at a pace that is breathtaking, and it
isn’t going to take much to push the planet into a state of absolute chaos.
Once a military conflict with Iran starts, it will be nearly impossible to
The time to stop it is now, and let us hope that
President Trump makes the right choices in the days ahead.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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