Category: Signs

Has the biblical ‘great delusion’ finally arrived?

Exclusive: Stephen Downey posits many ways Americans are being deceived

By WND Guest Columnist
Published July 15, 2021 at 7:01pm

By Stephen Downey

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” [2 Thessalonians 2:11]

Paul the Apostle taught, preached and wrote of things in the future. He explained how the Holy Spirit has been a restraining force in the world, restraining and holding back both the ultimate evils of human beings and that of the demonic forces of fallen angels.

Paul taught that the human being has a capacity for evil that dwarfs even the appalling acts of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Chairman Mao. For even as just these three combined destroyed hundreds of millions of precious souls, our hearts are even darker, and whose actions, if unrestrained, could have obliterated every human on the face of the earth.

Psychology, secularism and New Age thought (as well as today’s majority of mainline Protestant churches) are convinced that people are basically good, and resort to deviant acts and criminal behavior because of negative experiences in their lives. Recent proposals to reduce police forces and intervention with psychologists and social workers is a natural progression of “all people are basically good” ideas.

The Bible clearly and emphatically states the opposite. The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah clearly wrote, in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Jesus, while speaking of the end times (Matthew 24:22), said, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

Today we have COVID-19, lockdowns, censorship and “the vaccines.” Has “the Delusion” Paul wrote of finally arrived?

In one corner we have many fine and sincere people speaking up about fulfilling our biblical “Love thy neighbor” command who implore us to dutifully wear our face masks, receive our vaccine doses and remain sequestered, alienated and isolated from everyone. They insist this is our Christian obligation.

In an opposite corner are those who proclaim the end is near, the Gates-Fauci genocide is upon us and that vaccinations are a prelude to the Mark of the Beast. All hope is lost. And it is our Christian responsibility to resist at all costs.

No doubt there are MANY great delusions that have been thrust upon us these past two years:

Many are deluded to believe there was no fraud in the 2020 election and genuinely believe election audits are an attempt to destroy democracy.

Many are deluded to believe nature has confused their biology and that they can change from one gender to another by simply saying so.

Many are deluded to believe that the United States will, by any means necessary, be dragged from a constitutional republic and turned into a social-democratic nation where all men, women and nonbinaries (whatever that is) have equal pay, equal wages, equal housing and equal bank balances.

And many, apparently, have been deluded into believing that the Zuckerberg-Gates-Bezos-et al. Cabal Network, in tandem with the U.S. media giants, are more capable of establishing, monitoring and supervising the new American government (and its citizens) than those legitimately elected by the American people.

Has the biblical “Great Delusion” finally arrived?

Have you bought into this Delusion?

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The Scale Of The Nightmarish Crisis Currently Unfolding In Our Western States Is Being Compared To Hurricane Katrina

July 11, 2021 by Michael Snyder

One of the worst natural disasters in the history of our country is unfolding right in front of our eyes.  In the entire history of the United States, we have never seen heat in the western third of the nation like we have in 2021.  In the entire history of the United States, we have never seen drought in the western third of the nation like we have in 2021.  Needless to say, countless numbers of farmers and ranchers are deeply suffering because of the heat and drought, and it is being projected that this is going to be one of the worst years for wildfires that we have ever experienced.  As you will see below, this crisis is being compared to Hurricane Katrina, but Hurricane Katrina only lasted for a few days.  The crisis that we are now facing has already stretched on for many months, and there is no end in sight.

Let me start by discussing the record-breaking heat.  Yet another heat wave is baking the western third of the nation right now, and it is being reported that the high temperature in Death Valley actually reached 130 degrees on Friday…

On Friday, the temperature at Death Valley soared to 130 degrees, breaking the previous daily record high of 129 set back in 1913, according to the National Weather Service. This reading comes within 4 degrees of the all-time world record of 134 F set there in 1913. The 134-degree mark happens to be the world record for the highest temperature ever measured on Earth.

Unfortunately, things didn’t really cool off during the weekend.  The high temperature in Death Valley was 129 degrees on Saturday, and it was expected that the same high temperature would be hit on Sunday

AccuWeather expected the temperature in Death Valley to reach 129 degrees Sunday, which would tie for the daily record high. Death Valley hit the same temperature Saturday. The world record high is 134 degrees.

Forecasters called for Las Vegas to hit another all-time high, as it did Saturday with a temperature of 117 degrees.

On Saturday, St. George, Utah, also hit 117, setting another tie for an all-time high, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.

There are moments every summer when conditions get really hot, but so far this summer the heat has been absolutely relentless.  The extremely high temperatures that we have witnessed this month follow the hottest June that the continent of North America has ever experienced

Researchers have confirmed what millions of Americans and Canadians who just endured scorching temperatures probably already suspected: Last month was the hottest June on record in North America.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), an agency supported by the European Union, said that average surface temperatures for June in North America were about one-quarter of a degree Fahrenheit (0.15 of a degree Celsius) higher than the average for June 2012, the previous record-holder.

At the same time, there has been very little meaningful precipitation in the western third of the nation this summer, and the latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor is the worst that I have ever seen.

The state of Utah is being hit particularly hard, and one official is openly admitting that this is “the worst drought in the state of Utah’s history”

That official, Dave Ure, speaking just after a tour of waterworks facilities in Summit County, put the situation in stark terms.

“We are in the worst drought in the state of Utah’s history right now, and the only thing compared to it is the droughts back in 1895 and 1933,” Ure said.

If you don’t live in the western third of the nation, it is going to be difficult for you to grasp how desperate things are becoming.

This isn’t just a drought.  What we are witnessing right now is a mega-disaster of epic proportions, and scientists are telling us not to expect relief for the foreseeable future.

Farmers and ranchers are having a particularly difficult time.  They can’t operate successfully without water, and one rancher in Utah told Fox News that this crisis is “going to equal or surpass the amount of people that that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina”

Ron Gibson manages 1,500 head of cattle in Northern Utah but may soon lack the resources to sustain his herd. Scorching temperatures and the absence of rain have created a depletion in feed supply for cattle farmers like Ron. With watering rights in his area cut about 70% in efforts to preserve the water supply, more farmers are forced to outsource their feed, and the high demand has driven up the price four times greater than usual.

“When we look at the amount of impact that this kind of disaster is going to have on the country, it’s going to equal or surpass the amount of people that that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina,” he told Fox News.

Hurricane Katrina absolutely devastated one major city, but this crisis threatens to cripple one-third of the entire nation.

The longer the drought drags on, the lower water levels get, and at this point reservoir levels are getting dangerously low

Reservoir levels are dropping throughout the West, as the drought tightens its grip on the region and intense summer heat further stresses both water supply and the surrounding landscape. Many reservoirs are at or approaching historic low levels due to lackluster rainy seasons combined with increasing temperatures due to climate change.

The drought crisis is perhaps most apparent in the Colorado River basin, which saw one of its driest years on record, following two decades of less-than-adequate flows. The nation’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead near Las Vegas, is at its lowest level since the lake filled after the construction of the Hoover dam in the 1930s; it currently sits at 1,069 feet above sea level, or 35% of its total capacity. It supplies water to Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico.

Water restrictions have already been implemented in many areas, but if this drought persists we are eventually going to see water restrictions that are far more draconian than we have ever seen before.

Needless to say, a lot of people living in the region won’t like that at all.

Of course the hot, dry conditions have also created an ideal environment for wildfires, and right at this moment hundreds of thousands of acres are currently burning…

More than 300,000 acres are burning across six states across the western United States on Sunday as the region battled yet another brutal heat wave that shattered records and strained power grids.

The largest, the so-called Bootleg Fire, burned across 143,607 acres in Oregon and was 0% contained. Officials in neighboring state California asked all residents to reduce power consumption quickly after the fire knocked out interstate power lines, preventing up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity from flowing into the state.

We are being told that this is going to be one of the worst years for wildfires in our history, and it may end up topping the list by the time it is all said and done.

This isn’t just a “bad summer” we are talking about.

What we are facing is a crisis that is unprecedented in size and scope, and scientists are telling us that it isn’t going to end any time soon.

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If Ethiopia Continues On With Its Damn Project, Egypt Will Lose 72% Of Its Farmland And Egypt And Ethiopia Could Go To War

by Shoebat on July 12, 2021 in FeaturedGeneralHighlight

Ethiopia wants to build a dam for the purpose of creating what would be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant and the seventh largest one in the world. Egypt has been filled with consternation because, as the Egyptians argue, this dam would divert water from the Nile River which provides over 90% of their country’s water. According to Egyptian scientist, Essam Heggy, if things do not get resolved Egypt will lose 72% of its farmland, as we read in Middle East Eye:

Egypt could lose as much as 72 percent of its farmland when the latest phase of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed, according to a new study cited in the London-based Al Quds al-Arabi.

The study, conducted by NASA, the University of Southern California and Cornell University, finds that while the dam offers development opportunities for Ethiopia, the changing flow of the Nile River will lead to significant water deficits in Egypt.

Egyptian scientist Essam Heggy, who worked on the study, said that if the deficits created by the completion of the second phase of the dam’s construction are not addressed with a joint agreement for water storage, he expects Egypt to lose up to 72 percent of its arable land.

The loss of water – which he estimated could be as much as 40 percent of Egypt’s current water share – could see unemployment rates rise to 25 percent and the gross domestic product drop by as much as 8 percent.

“Egypt will overcome this crisis, but at a high price, which will make it more vulnerable to other water and environmental crises looming over a near horizon,” Heggy said.

“The quick profit diggers investing in the Renaissance Dam project are fully responsible for the disaster that could take place not only in Egypt but in the entire region, as well as the destruction of a river which represents is the cradle of human civilization and the legacy of all mankind.”

It is no wonder that Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has stated that Ethiopia’s dam project threatens “security and peace” in the region. Egypt is not the only one worried, but Sudan as well. Both Egypt and Sudan have lobbied the United Nations, the US government and other countries to intervene and stop Ethiopia. Egypt consumes 84 billion cubic meters of water every year, and this demand is expanding as the population grows. If Ethiopia continues with its aims, and there is no resolution, we could be seeing a war over water between Egypt and Ethiopia. In fact, going all the way back to the 1950s, Egypt has threatened Ethiopia with military intervention for wanting to conduct dam-building. War between Egypt and Ethiopia is not far-fetched. In 2020, when Ethiopia began filling up the dam, Egypt lobbied the Arab League to demand Ethiopia to cease with its dam project, and Sudan refused to join with the League in fear of a pan-Arab conflict with Ethiopia.

Initially, Al-Sisi ruled out the possibility of war with Ethiopia, but as discourse between the two countries has broken down to an impasse, in 2021 al-Sisis said that “all options were open.” Political leaders in Egypt have even argued that the use of military force to stop the dam project is possible.

Relations between the two countries has not always been relaxed. In 1979, Egypt wanted to preclude plans by Ethiopia to build a dam along the Nile. Ethiopia, on the other hand, opposed a plan by Egypt to divert water to irrigate the Sinai Peninsula which would have decreased the water levels in the Nile basin. Things got even more tense between the countries after gunmen tried to assassinate Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in 1995. It was during the Arab Spring, in 2011, when Egypt was overtaken by revolution, that Ethiopia took advantage of the situation and began its dam project, making a deal with the Italian company, Webuild. Regardless of the fact that in 2015 Egypt and Ethiopia signed an agreement of cooperation (which included a seven-year timelines for fill the dam), tensions remain and a solution has not come to fruition.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has called the dam an existential threat for Egypt: “Egypt — a nation of over 100 million souls — is facing an existential threat … A grand structure of mammoth proportions has been constructed across the artery that bequeaths life to the people of Egypt.” Ethiopia has resisted any sort of arguments from Egypt with a nationalist approach, stating that Egyptians are exaggerating. In 2020 Ethiopia filled the dam with 4.9 billion cubic meters of water. Ethiopia began the second filling in July 5 of 2021, without an agreement with Egypt and Sudan on water flow. Efforts for mediation have reached an impasse, with Ethiopia refusing to come to an agreement for an international-mediated agreement with Egypt and Sudan for management of water flows downstream from the dam. According to Al-Monitor: “For Egypt, as well as Sudan, the mediation efforts of the African Union over the past year have hit a dead end.” The stalemate is occurring regardless of three hour meeting in which members of the UN Security Council called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to settle their dispute over the dam under the superintendence of the African Union. “We got engaged in a whole year of talks that were convened and facilitated by our African brethren to forge an African solution to this intractable problem,” Shourky said. “And yet, we have failed,” he added. Shourky also stated:

“After a year of abortive negotiations and despite the tireless efforts of the Chairpersons of the African Union and our international partners, we find ourselves – again – confronted by the reality of the unilateral execution of the filling of the GERD without an agreement to protect downstream communities against the dangers of this dam … This blatant act of unilateralism is not only a manifestation of Ethiopia’s irresponsibility and its callous indifference to the damage that the filling of this dam could inflict upon Egypt and Sudan but it also illustrates Ethiopia’s bad faith and its attempt to impose a fait accompli in defiance of the collective will of the international community as expressed and embodied in the holding of this Security Council session to discuss and take action on the question of the GERD … the AU-led process, in its current format, has reached an impasse

The United States wants to see international mediation that would settle the dispute, as Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US representative to the Security Council, stated:

“The African Union is the most appropriate venue to address this dispute, and the United States is committed to providing political and technical support to facilitate a successful outcome. We urge the African Union and the parties to use the expertise and support of the three official observers — South Africa, the European Union, and the United States — as well as the United Nations and other partners to help achieve a positive outcome.”

Egypt has already been suffering from drought, and a dam that would divert the Nile’s waters would also be destructive. Magda Ghoneim, a professor of agricultural development at Ain Shams University, warned: “Nobody is telling farmers how to mitigate and adapt to climate change …Adding the pressure of a dam puts Egypt on the verge of catastrophe. Soon enough we won’t [find food to] eat.” Egypt’s farmers have also had to face new plant diseases and insects and unprecedented humidity. There has also been the phenomena of rising seas contaminating groundwater with salt. When Abo Khokha, a farmer, pumped underground water to make up for the reduced flow of the Nile, he found only half the usual volume, with a higher level of salinity. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Egypt’s minister of irrigation and water resources, affirmed that Egypt cannot live without the Nile and that Ethiopia must prove that its dam will not harm Egypt: “Egypt cannot live without the Nile …Egypt understands Ethiopia’s right to development but Ethiopia has to prove, practically, that the dam won’t harm Egypt.”

The Bible itself foretold that the Nile will dry up. In Isaiah 19:5 it reads: “The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields.” Ezekiel 30:12 tells us: “And I will dry up the Nile and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the LORD; I have spoken.” 

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CALIFORNIA’S NEW RATTLESNAKE INFESTATION IS PUNISHMENT FOR SOCIALISM, SAYS RABBI

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | JUN 27, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

Hashem sent seraph serpents against California drought bringing about Biblical snake encountersthe people. They bit the people and many of the Israelites died. Numbers 21:6 (The Israel BibleTM)

California and other states across the south-west are suffering a historic drought which is bringing with it all of the obvious hardships expected when “the skies above your head shall be copper and the earth under you iron” (Deuteronomy 28:23).

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the current dry spell is already outpacing the state’s devastating 2012-16 drought. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded a drought emergency to 41 California counties, covering 30% of the state’s population.  To compound the problem, a heat wave swept across Southern California this month, breaking several records and heating Palm Springs to 123 degrees.

Dry spells turn the scenery from vibrant green to dead brown while increasing the chance and impact of wildfires. But the current drought has gone one further, exacerbating relations between normally easy-going Californians and the wildlife that lives in close proximity. In a disturbing development, snakes are increasingly finding their way into urban environments in search of refuge from the rising temperatures and relief from the drying landscape while also being hard-pressed to range further to find food. In particular, Californians are encountering rattlesnakes with increasing frequency.  

Rattlesnakes are, of course, venomous. They prefer to avoid people and are not naturally aggressive. The distinctive rattle is intended to warn off rather than intimidate. Nonetheless, urban sprawl is spreading in California, placing humans in turf that was, until recently, the exclusive domain of non-humans. 

Snake removal services are being overwhelmed and emergency room doctors are reporting that the state is on pace for a record year of snakebites. As of June 12, 128 people were admitted to a hospital for snakebites, and of those, 93 received doses of anti-venin. In comparison, in 2013, 269 Californians went to a hospital for snakebites and of those, 166 received anti-venin. Snake bites are on the rise in San Diego and Southern California due to the rash of wildfires in January, February, March, and April that disturbed their habitat, driving rattlesnakes farther into areas where there are more people.

Rattlesnakes are considered the most dangerous snakes in the world as they actually inject venom into the victim’s via hollow teeth with venom glands that act as a plunger in a hypodermic needle. 

BIBLICAL VIPERS

The appearance of snakes is significant for the Biblically minded. First appearing with legs in Genesis, the snake was described as the slyest of animals, able to lead man into sin. The snake was used by prophets to symbolize evil.

It was, therefore, counterintuitive that the serpent should play a central role in the Exodus from Egypt as Moses’ staff transformed. Snakes reappeared in the desert after the Children of Israel complained about the manna, stinging and killing many of the Israelites. The cure, a visual anti-venin, was presented as a copper serpent held aloft for those bitten to gaze upon. 

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, explained the meaning of the snakes in the desert.

“The people were eating manna that they collected from the ground every morning,” Rabbi Berger said. “This was precisely the curse of the snake when God threw him out of Eden; that he should eat from the dust. It sounds like a blessing, to be able to find food everywhere, and man’s curse, to eat from the sweat of his brow, sounds like a real curse. But the opposite is true. It is a great pleasure to sweat for your food. This also leads to many ways to serve God; to give charity, to leave the corner of your field, tithes, and so on. Being given free food every day, like the snake, was repugnant to the people, even after hundreds of years of slavery. They wanted to eat from their own fields as free men.”

“California is becoming a welfare state, giving out free food, free money, free healthcare, free university,” Rabbi Berger said. “There is no charity because it is all state-enforced charity. There is no worthwhile work. There is no sweat of the brow. California is the home of Hollywood which sells pretty pictures of any sin you want, with no consequence. Hollywood creates luxuries that do not feed the stomach or the soul.”

The snakes are reminder of all that, a reminder that the human soul longs for meaningful work and that this can be better than paradise,” Rabbi Berger said.

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STUNNING DISCOVERY IN THE WORLD OF BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY SHOWS HITTITE STONE CARVINGS REVEALING AN UNDERWORLD BELOW THE SURFACE OF OUR EARTH

The paintings in the strange stone carvings of the Hittites, which were probably made about 3,200 years ago, include details of an “underworld” sitting beneath the earth. In the temple, discovered by French archaeologist and historian Charles Texier as early as 1834, limestone carvings depicting more than 90 different figures, including animals, monsters and gods, have been found. It took almost 200 years to decipher the paintings, but researchers have determined that the representations are of a cosmos that includes the Earth, the sky and the “underworld” that show the vitality of the creation myth.

by Geoffrey Grider June 22, 2021

Archaeological excavations at the Yazılıkaya Rock Temple of the ancient Hittites in Turkey, which began almost 200 years ago, revealed an ancient calendar and a map of an underworld sitting under our feet.

 

In the Bible, the Hittites were one of the many peoples and nations that God told Joshua He would give into the hands of Israel, as part of His land grant promise to Abraham back in the book of Genesis. Today comes the incredible news that is rocking the world of biblical archaeology of ancient stone carvings made by the Hittites, that shows a bustling and terrifying underworld lurking just under our feet. Just as the Bible declares the location of Hell to be.

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Joshua 1:1-5 (KJB)

For the past 200 years, biblical archaeologists have studied to decipher the meaning of these incredible stone carvings that date back over 3,200 years, so accurate that they correctly show the moon phases as well as any telescope we have here in 2021. The Hittites wanted people to know that there was a world underneath our world, which is absolutely true. But sadly, the Hittites worship many gods which are no gods, that served only to put them in the very place their stone carvings warn us about. Don’t be a Hittite, trust Jesus Christ and avoid the very real underworld completely.

Stunning Hittite archaeological find: Is there really an ‘underworld’ under the earth? Yep!

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The paintings in the strange stone carvings, which were probably made about 3,200 years ago, include details of an “underworld” sitting beneath the earth. In the temple, discovered by French archaeologist and historian Charles Texier as early as 1834, limestone carvings depicting more than 90 different figures, including animals, monsters and gods, have been found.

It took almost 200 years to decipher the paintings, but researchers have determined that the representations are of a cosmos that includes the Earth, the sky and the “underworld” that show the vitality of the creation myth.

“THEY HAD A CERTAIN IMAGE OF HOW CREATION HAPPENED,” SAYS ZANGGER. HE SAYS THE HITTITES IMAGINED THAT THE WORLD BEGAN IN CHAOS, WHICH BECAME ORGANISED INTO THREE LEVELS: “THE UNDERWORLD, AND THEN THE EARTH ON WHICH WE WALK, AND THEN THE SKY”.

3200-year-old Hittite shrine in Turkey may be an ancient view of the cosmos

On one wall there are drawings of the goddess of the sun and the goddess of the storm, where one can see that gods were placed in the painting higher than the other figures. In contrast, on the eastern and western walls of the temple one can see the lesser people, the phases of the moon and the seasons, signifying “cycles and rebirth,” according to the researchers.

According to estimates, scholars estimate that in those days there were about 17 deities, each with a line marking between the gods. Also, in one of the rooms of the temple was a painting dedicated to the “underworld,” with testimonies of the god of the sword.

“We believe the temple fully represents a symbolic image of the universe, including its static levels – earth, sky and underworld, as well as the cyclical processes of renewal – day and night or summer and winter,” one researcher explained in an interview in an article published in the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology.

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GLOBAL FOOD SHORTAGE ANTICIPATED TO BEGIN AFTER SABBATICAL YEAR: A PROPHECY PRESAGING MESSIAH

BY DAVID SIDMAN | MAY 31, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

The land shall yield its fruit and you shall eat your fill, and you shall live upon it in security. Leviticus 25:19 (The Israel BibleTM)

As the sabbatical year approaches, many experts warn that the earth’s bounty will not suffice to feed the world. But prophetic messages and rabbinic wisdom putting the looming crisis in a redemptive framework paint a different picture. 

EXPERTS: GLOBAL FAMINE IS IMMINENT

Last year, many experts were predicting severe global food shortages. In November 2020, the United Nations  World Food Programme (WFP) reported that 690 million people were undernourished and 130 million additional people risked being pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of the year. But these dire predictions were exacerbated even further by the pandemic. 

“Ironically, there will be record yields for many grains this year, but the disruptions in the supply chain caused by the pandemic as well as the global climate crisis and increasing conflict in several countries is leading to a hunger pandemic as well,” Danielle Nierenberg, President and Founder of Food Tank, told IPS. Abby Maxman, Oxfam America’s President & CEO, gave a similar message in an interview with IPS .

“We’re hearing the same refrain all around the world,” Maxman said. “Families are very worried as they are forced to make impossible decisions – do they risk catching the disease as they go out to earn money to buy food? Or stay home and watch their children go hungry?”

One of the challenges facing the global food market is the closing of borders due to the pandemic. Other shortages threaten the intricate web of food delivery. CNN recently reported that up to 25% of oil trucks are not moving because of a lack of qualified drivers which has translated into shortages of fuel at some gas stations. Modern agriculture is gasoline intensive, relying on heavy machinery.

Most calculations predict a global food crisis by the year  2050 when the world’s population is expected to reach 9.1 billion. At that point, in order to meet global demand, the world will need to produce 70% more food than today to feed all those people.

These dire predictions were put in an even dimmer light by Gro Intelligence founder and chief executive Sara Menker who noted that previous calculations, such as the ones put out by the UN, focused on mass and weight and not nutritional value. According to her nutritional value-based calculations,next year, the year 2023, will be the crossover point when we will no longer be able to produce enough food to feed a growing population. She has estimated that by 2027, there could be a 214 trillion calorie deficit. At that point, China, India, and Africa will make up more than half of the global population and will need to import food. But according to her calculations, even if all the surplus produce from countries in Europe, North and South America was solely exported to those three hotspots, it would not suffice. 

300-YEAR-OLD PROPHECY: GLOBAL SUSTENANCE HAS RUN OUT

Menker’s prediction of an imminent global food crisis mirrors a prophetic vision credited to Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, a renowned 18th-century Jewish scholar and leader known as the “Alter Rebbe”. While reading from the Torah scroll,  the Alter Rebbe had a vision that the Messiah would come after the year 5775, six years ago. His vision was based on the Jewish tradition that the world was given a general amount of sustenance to last 4,000 years from creation. When that sustenance ended, the Messiah would come. It is taught in the Talmud, the book of Jewish oral law, that the Messiah can come anytime between the year 4000 and the year 6000, according to the Hebrew calendar. His vision came while reading the section of the Torah dealing with the half-shekel taken from every Jewish male, each year. The half-shekels from the 600,000 Jews in the desert (Numbers 1:46) equaled one hundred talents of silver, with each talent composed of 3,000 full shekels of silver. But the Bible lists an additional 3,550 half-shekels (1,775 full shekels), from which Moses made the silver hooks at the top of the pillars used to set up the screen surrounding the Tabernacle in the desert. The Alter Rebbe explained that those 1,775 shekels of silver given to the tabernacle gave the world another 1,775 years of sustenance.

This sustenance, as pointed out by the scientific experts, is quickly running out.

SNOW PRECEDING SHEMITTAH SIGNALS FAMINE PRECEDING REDEMPTION

Just such an impending agricultural crisis was predicted by Rabbi Yekutiel Fish in March based on a Midrash which states that in the Hebrew month of Nisan in the year before the Shemittah (the sabbatical), a great snowstorm will cause widespread global famine in order to raise in the collective consciousness that the Messiah is indeed imminent. Such a snowstorm did indeed appear in Israel as well as a massive and devastating polar vortex that crippled the middle of the US.

Next year is, in fact, a Shemittah (Sabbatical) year, beginning on Rosh Hashanah 5782 which will fall on September 6, 2021. The Shemitah comes every seven years, making it a form of Sabbath that occurs on a yearly, rather than a weekly, cycle. The Sabbath is generally characterized by a cessation that signifies accepting God’s greater authority in the world. Practically during the weekly Sabbath, this means a cessation of labor, showing that despite spending six days working for the material, we stop on the seventh day to show that God is the true master. The same is true for the Shemitah year. We work the land for six years, and on the seventh, we leave the land fallow and the fields are left open for anyone to come and take of the fruit.  The Shemmitah has a special significance relating to the Messiah.  There is a possibility, perhaps even a probability, the Messiah will come the year after the Shemitah.

The Babylonian Talmud in the Tractate of Sanhedrin, 97a, brings the verse from Amos 9:11:

“On that day, will I raise up the fallen booth (Sukkah) of David.”

This verse comes in the context of a prophecy about God bringing the nation of Israel back from exile among the nations. Amidst descriptions of the days preceding the Messiah, the Talmud says:

“As it is written, in that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen. Our Rabbis taught: in the seven-year cycle at the end of which the son of David will come-in the first year, this verse will be fulfilled.”

The Talmud is saying explicitly that the Messiah will come in the first year after the Shemitah.  It should be noted that the Talmud describes the days before the Messiah in-depth, and they are especially difficult times.

SHEMITTAH: GOD’S PROMISE

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s tomb on Mount Zion, cited a verse in Leviticus as promising a bountiful harvest in the year preceding the shemittah that will suffice until the year after the shemittah. 

I will ordain My blessing for you in the sixth year, so that it shall yield a crop sufficient for three years.Leviticus 25:21

“Observing the shemittah is an expression of faith that God will keep his promise,” Rabbi Berger said. “God has kept all of his promises, as witnessed by the Jews’ return to Israel. He will, of course, keep this promise as well.” “But the shemittah is only inside Israel. The world expresses their faith in God’s promises through how they treat Israel,” Rabbi Berger said. “That is being tested now, more than ever.”

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More Than 1,000 Earthquakes In The Past Week – Is California Gearing Up For The “Big One”?

May 30, 2021 by Michael Snyder

Have you noticed that there has been a whole lot of shaking going on around the world lately?  A major volcanic eruption in Congo made headlines all over the globe, China was just hit by a couple of very large earthquakes, and Mt. Etna in Italy erupted four times in a six day stretch this month.  But to me, one of the most alarming developments has been the extended sequence of earthquakes that has been rattling Lake Tahoe over the past several weeks

Multiple earthquakes rattled the Lake Tahoe region on Friday, the latest in a sequence that began in late April.

“This summer I have felt two of the strongest I’ve ever felt,” said Lynn Thompson, who was among those shaken by the most recent series of earthquakes near her Tahoe home. “We’re rocking and rolling up here.”

On Friday, Lake Tahoe was hit by a magnitude 4.2 earthquake, and one expert is warning that the odds of a major quake have “gotten much higher over the last two months” because of all the shaking that has been happening…

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook the middle of Lake Tahoe, and surrounding areas, Friday morning.

That’s a big deal. Friday’s event could lead to bigger issues down the road.

“The odds (of a major disaster) are still low but they’ve gotten much higher over the last two months because of these sequences,” said UNR’s Director of the Nevada Seismological Lab, Graham Kent, said.

Hopefully the seismic activity in the region will start to settle down soon.

But we are being told that the region is “more than a thousand years overdue” for a major event…

Tahoe sits on major fault lines more than a thousand years overdue to rupture, but he says his concern will come when the magnitude hits above 5.

“The bigger the foreshock, the more likely it is to trigger one overdue,” Kent said.

Because the entire coastline of California sits along the infamous “Ring of Fire”, there is always concern when we start to witness an unusual level of rumbling.

According to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center, there have been more than 1,000 earthquakes in California and Nevada over the past week.

The good news is that most of the earthquakes are so small that local residents cannot even feel them, but that doesn’t mean that danger isn’t potentially looming.

At some point, the “Big One” will finally strike, and the geography of the California coastline will be changed on a permanent basis.

Needless to say, lately we have been witnessing unusual shaking elsewhere around the globe as well.  Earlier this month, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in China was followed just hours later by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck south-central China near Dali on May 21, 2021 at 9:48 pm local time (May 21 at 13:48 UTC) followed by a magnitude 7.3 on May 22 at 2:04 am local time (May 21 at 18:04 UTC). Seismic instruments indicate both earthquakes originated at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

The M6.1 earthquake struck about 17 miles (28 km) northwest of the densely populated city of Dali. Perceived shaking for this quake was severe.

The M7.3 earthquake struck about 620 miles (1000 km) to the north-northeast in the Southern Qinghai region of central China ~250 miles (400 km) southeast of Xining. Perceived shaking for this quake was also severe.

The reason why these quakes were so noteworthy is because China is not normally known for large seismic events.  It doesn’t sit along the “Ring of Fire”, and it hardly ever makes headlines of this nature.

It was also a huge surprise to see an enormous volcanic eruption happen in central Africa this month.  When Mount Nyiragongo first erupted, it instantly made headlines all over the planet, and the region hasn’t stopped shaking since then

A further 92 earthquakes and tremors have been recorded in the past 24 hours around the Mount Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local government official told CNN on Sunday.

The 11,500-foot-high volcano first erupted last Saturday, killing at least 31 people. Since then, the area has experienced a series of earthquakes and tremors, some felt as far away as the Rwandan capital of Kigali, 65 miles from the volcano in the Virunga National Park.

According to Volcano Discovery, a total of 26 volcanoes around the world are erupting right now. This list includes Mt. Etna, which has become exceptionally active in recent days.

In fact, it is being reported that in one recent six day stretch, Mt. Etna violently erupted a total of four times

The highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, has erupted for the fourth time in six days.

The latest eruption in the southeast crater marks the 25th lava-fountaining episode this year.

According to NASA’s Earth Observatory, “[Mount Etna] has been characterised by paroxysms: short, violent bursts of activity.”

Despite the fact that we have seen so much volcanic activity and so many large earthquakes in 2021, many experts are working very hard to assure us that all of this is “normal” and that we don’t have anything to be concerned about.

It certainly would be nice if they were correct.

Unfortunately, as time goes by it is becoming quite clear that our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and many believe that all of this instability has very alarming implications for our future.

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IN 2021 POST-PANDEMIC NEW YORK CITY, HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND OPEN DRUG USE SKYROCKET AS NEARLY EVERY TYPE OF VIOLENT CRIME ON THE RISE

There is no doubt that Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, has changed from pre-pandemic times. Andy Hort, who runs a printing company in Times Square, said he now avoid the area whenever he can. ‘There’s a lot more crime and a lot more drug addicts and vagrants everywhere,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘In the last three months, I’ve seen three or four people shooting up right in front of me. I’m not the biggest supporter of Rudy Giuliani, but when he was mayor, he definitely brought Times Square into a Disney-like tourist area from what was a seedy strip club area,’ Hort said. ‘Right now, I feel like it’s slipping back to where it was previously.’ 

by Geoffrey Grider May 28, 2021

In 2021, almost every type of violent crime is on the rise in New York City According to recent figures from Compstat, the NYPD’s data gathering unit, crime is up 30 percent city wide

Post-pandemic New York City is a dystopian nightmare with violent crime, homelessness and drug addicts openly shooting up rising across the board, and this scene is being played out and repeated all across the country in states run by Democrat mayors and governors. If you thought the COVID nightmare was coming to an end, it’s not, it’s gathering strength and transforming itself into something much larger and more deadly than any virus.

“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:1-4 (KJB)

Axios reported that ‘Earlier Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the U.S. is “taking a very close look” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel.’ Don’t let the fact that baseball fields are reopening fool you into thinking we are getting past all this, we are not. The spirit of Antichrist began rising in 2020 because the time is at hand for all the things spoken of by the prophets to come to pass.

Post-pandemic New York City is laid bare as homelessness, mental illness and crime escalate and rattled locals and tourists alike believe the town ‘has lost its essence’ while city cheerleaders insist ‘the ship has turned’

 

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: ‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo declared on Wednesday.

‘WE HAVE A MAJOR CRIME PROBLEM IN NEW YORK CITY. EVERYTHING WE JUST TALKED ABOUT, WITH THE ECONOMY COMING BACK, YOU KNOW WHAT THE FIRST STEP IS? PEOPLE HAVE TO FEEL SAFE.’

Other city officials are more optimistic, talking up Gotham once again. ‘The ship has turned. We are headed towards recovery,’ Chris Heywood of NYC&Company, the city’s official tourism organization, told DailyMail.com. He confidently predicted New York will see 36.4 million visitors this year, more than half of the 2019 figure, but way up from last year’s number of 22.3 million, the majority of whom came in the first three months. ‘People are really eager to get back out there,’ he said.

Vijay Dandapani, president of the city’s Hotel Association, said it will take until at least 2025 for visitors to be back at pre-pandemic levels, mainly because of the lead-time needed for the lucrative conference and convention business to restart. ‘But New York will be back,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘No-one is writing off New York, certainly not me.’ But not all are convinced the Big Apple is back on track.

‘I JUST WANT TO GO HOME. THIS IS DANGEROUS,’ BRANDON LEE, 27, FROM JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, COMPLAINED TO DAILYMAIL.COM AS HE SAT IN TIMES SQUARE ON SUNDAY NIGHT WATCHING MR. KIM’S MELT DOWN.

Others were disappointed there wasn’t more action. Around midnight, Amy, a 37-year-old in town with her boyfriend from Colorado Springs, Colorado, said: ‘I came here for the city that never sleeps. But apparently it goes to bed at 9.30!’

She and boyfriend Matt had visited downtown areas like Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy earlier in the day. Their most memorable sight was a homeless man pleasuring himself outside the Orpheum theater that, before the pandemic, had housed the show Stomp.

‘We were on our way to dinner,’ said Matt. ‘We lost our appetite a bit.’

Of course, most of the homeless are harmless. They have just fallen on hard times either through losing a job or a home or through drug use or they have mental issues. Tommy, a well-spoken 41-year-old originally from Buffalo, told DailyMail.com he just wants to get by and hopefully move on.

‘I REALIZE TOURISTS DON’T WANT TO SEE US SLEEPING ON THE SIDEWALK. I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ON THE SIDEWALK, BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE NO CHOICE,’ HE SAID. ‘I’M NOT GOING TO HURT YOU, BUT I WILL ASK YOU FOR A DOLLAR OR SOME CHANGE.’

A total of 206,000 people visited Times Square this past Saturday, according to Tom Harris, acting president of the Times Square Alliance. That is down from pre-pandemic levels of 365,000 but well up from last year’s low of 35,000. ‘People are starting to come back to Times Square, with warmer weather, increased vaccinations and a lot of pent-up demand,’ Harris told DailyMail.com ‘I’m very optimistic about the future.

There is no doubt that Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, has changed from pre-pandemic times. Then it was packed with tourists from around the world. Now it’s mainly what Manhattanites dismissively call the ‘Bridge and Tunnel crowd’ — visitors from New York’s four other boroughs and nearby locations such as New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester County.

‘Times Square has lost its essence,’ a cop patrolling the area told DailyMail.com. ‘People come here now and just sit. Before, things were much more organized and orderly. Families came in from out of state, out of the country, for shows. Now it’s a more urban, younger vibe.’

He said it’s exhausting trying to control the mostly low-level crimes there, the drug sales, the noise, the harassing behavior. ‘I’ve arrested most of these guys already, and issued them summonses,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t stop them.’ He also said prostitution is rearing its head around Times Square. ‘We see the same girls coming in there with different people all the time,’ he said, nodding toward one of the area’s best-known hotels.

Andy Hort, who runs a printing company in Times Square, said he now avoid the area whenever he can.

‘There’s a lot more crime and a lot more drug addicts and vagrants everywhere,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘In the last three months, I’ve seen three or four people shooting up right in front of me. I’m not the biggest supporter of Rudy Giuliani, but when he was mayor, he definitely brought Times Square into a Disney-like tourist area from what was a seedy strip club area,’ Hort said. ‘Right now, I feel like it’s slipping back to where it was previously.’ 

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Global Supplies Of Wheat, Corn And Soybeans Are “Shrinking”, And This Is Causing Hunger To Explode All Over The Planet

May 19, 2021 by Michael Snyder

It turns out that things are even worse than we originally thought.  Did you know that global supplies of wheat are shrinking?  If that wasn’t bad enough, global supplies of corn and soybeans are shrinking as well.  As a result, prices for all three have been soaring and the number of hungry people around the planet is rapidly rising.  The COVID pandemic, widespread crop failures and global supply chain disruptions are some of the factors that are being blamed for this growing crisis.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that things will get much better any time soon.  In fact, Forbes is telling us that we should not expect to see things turn around “until late 2022 – or beyond”

The relentless rally in grain prices is the result of shrinking global supplies that might not be replaced until late 2022 – or beyond

Supplies of three of the world’s most important grains: corn, soybeans, and wheat, are shrinking, and it will likely take at least the next two growing seasons for supplies to reach comfortable levels again. That’s the prediction the USDA and many private grain analysts have come to in recent weeks, and grain markets have taken notice.

Why isn’t this front page news all over the world?

At this point, most people don’t even know about the absolutely devastating crop failure that happened in China last year…

As the global population and economy grows, so too does the use of grains. Hence, any significant supply disruption can have an outsized impact on global grain prices, which is what happened last year when China had a crop failure.

The true extent of China’s 2020 grain production problems may never be known or recognized by official sources, but that doesn’t matter. Markets can see two things that really do matter: the price of grains in China and the amount of grains China imports. Those two inputs have created a bullish formula: Chinese grain prices, particularly corn prices, rocketed last year and remain at elevated levels, and China will import record amounts of soybeans and corn this year. The verdict is still out on Chinese wheat imports, but they are likely to be record high too – Chinese wheat imports are officially already at their second highest level in history.

Of course China is far from alone.  Wild weather patterns have been playing havoc with agricultural production all over the globe, and this isn’t likely to change any time soon.

In particular, conditions are quite dire in Brazil right now

Brazil’s coffee and orange crop are likely to decline for the second consecutive year. Brazil’s current orange crop contracted 31% from the previous season, the most in three decades, and production of arabica coffee is also falling. Arabica coffee is used at Starbucks Corp and other fancy coffee chains, which means the cost of coffee is going up.

John Corbett, Chief Executive Officer at agriculture tech company aWhere Inc., said, “rainfall was disastrously low for many areas in Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais from January to April.” He said these worst-hit areas received less than half of average precipitation during the rainy season.

So this means that the price of Starbucks coffee is going to go even higher?

Oh the humanity!

Sadly, drought is also having a dramatic impact on agricultural production in Argentina and Paraguay

The drought is also affecting neighboring Argentina and Paraguay. River levels are quickly dropping, forcing barges, carrying farm goods to reduce capacities to avoid grounding. These lighter barge loads have decreased the flow of corn, soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil to key export locations.

Here in the United States, farmers in the western half of the nation are dealing with the worst “megadrought” in our entire recorded history.  For much more on this, please see my recent article entitled “Megadrought Nightmare: No Water For Crops, Horrific Wildfires, Colossal Dust Storms And Draconian Water Restrictions”.  Just like throughout much of the rest of the world, agricultural production in the U.S. will be below initial expectations once again this year.

As global food supplies get tighter and tighter, hunger is starting to spread like wildfire

The 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2021) highlights the remarkably high severity and numbers of people in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent in 55 countries/territories, driven by persistent conflict, pre-existing and COVID-19-related economic shocks, and weather extremes. The number identified in the 2021 edition is the highest in the report’s five-year existence.

While conflict continues to displace people, disrupt livelihoods and damage economies, the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures have exacerbated pre-existing drivers of fragility, widened inequalities and exposed structural vulnerabilities of local and global food systems, hitting the most economically vulnerable households particularly hard.

If things weren’t bad enough already, now farmers all over the world have a computer chip shortage to deal with.  Almost every piece of farm equipment that you could possibly name uses computer chips, and we are being told that this chip shortage will have a huge impact on agricultural production “for the next two years and beyond”

The biggest factor impacting the ability of U.S. farmers to produce the food we need has nothing to do with the weather, the markets, trade, regulations, or disease. The worldwide shortage of computer chips will impact all aspects of agriculture for the next two years and beyond. Almost every piece of farm equipment, like most everything else in our lives, needs a computer chips to operate. Due in part to the Covid 19 Pandemic, there is a massive worldwide shortage of chips; and the industry is unable to meet the skyrocketing demand.

With each passing month, the chip shortage just seems to get even worse.

In fact, it is being reported that the month of April was the worst month so far…

Shortages in the semiconductor industry, which have already slammed automakers and consumer electronics companies, are getting even worse, complicating the global economy’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Chip lead times, the gap between ordering a chip and taking delivery, increased to 17 weeks in April, indicating users are getting more desperate to secure supply, according to research by Susquehanna Financial Group. That is the longest wait since the firm began tracking the data in 2017, in what it describes as the “danger zone.”

It would be difficult to overstate how serious this crisis has already become.

This week, Ford announced that it will be either halting or reducing work at eight North American production facilities due to a lack of chips

Ford Motor will halt or cut production at eight North American plants for varying periods of time through June due to an ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips impacting the auto industry.

Affected vehicles range from the Ford Mustang and Escape crossover to the highly profitable F-150 pickup and Bronco Sport SUV, the company confirmed following an internal memo of the plans that was obtained by CNBC.

Ultimately, this chip shortage will have a dramatic impact on hundreds of different industries.

Just think about that.

Big trouble is ahead, and even now we are being told that there are global shortages of just about everything

Copper, iron ore and steel. Corn, coffee, wheat and soybeans. Lumber, semiconductors, plastic and cardboard for packaging. The world is seemingly low on all of it. “You name it, and we have a shortage on it,” Tom Linebarger, chairman and chief executive of engine and generator manufacturer Cummins Inc., said on a call this month. Clients are “trying to get everything they can because they see high demand,” Jennifer Rumsey, the Columbus, Indiana-based company’s president, said. “They think it’s going to extend into next year.”

Even without all of the other factors that I talk about on my websites, this alone threatens to plunge the globe into a horrifying economic crisis.For the next several years, we are being told to expect rampant inflation, severe shortages and widespread hunger.

The corporate media is trying to make us feel better by assuring us that things will begin to turn around in 2022 or 2023, but they don’t really know what the future holds.

But one thing we know for sure is that global supply chains are in a state of utter chaos right now, and that is starting to cause great distress in every corner of the globe.

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Megadrought Nightmare: No Water For Crops, Horrific Wildfires, Colossal Dust Storms And Draconian Water Restrictions

May 16, 2021 by Michael Snyder

The megadrought that has almost the entire western half of the country in a death grip is starting to become extremely painful.  In some areas, irrigation water is being totally cut off for farmers, and that is going to result in a totally lost year for many of them.  Without water, you simply cannot grow crops, and irrigation water is the difference between success and failure for multitudes of western farmers.  Scientists are also warning that this upcoming wildfire season could be even worse than last year due to the bone dry conditions.  For me, it is difficult to imagine a wildfire season that is any worse than what we experienced in 2021.  But this is what they are telling us.  This megadrought has already been going on for many years, and experts are giving us very little hope that things will improve any time in the foreseeable future.  In fact, CBS News is reporting that this current drought is in danger of evolving into a “permanent drought”…

Extreme drought across the Western U.S. has become as reliable as a summer afternoon thunderstorm in Florida. And news headlines about drought in the West can seem a bit like a broken record, with some scientists saying the region is on the precipice of permanent drought.

Even during the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s, there was always hope that the drought would end and normal conditions would return.

But now we are being told that this is the new normal.

The western half of the country desperately needed a healthy level of precipitation during last winter’s “wet season”, but instead conditions were much drier than usual

Consequently, this past winter’s wet season was not very wet at all. In fact, it just added insult to injury, with only 25 to 50% of normal rainfall falling across much of the Southwest and California. This followed one of the driest and hottest summers in modern times, with two historic heat waves, a summer monsoon cycle that simply did not even show up and the worst fire season in modern times.

Now we are moving into “the dry season”, and there simply is not enough water for everyone.

Along the California-Oregon border, things just went from bad to worse.  Farmers in the region already knew that they would be getting much less water this year, but now federal officials have decided to completely shut the water off for most farmers…

The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions of migrating birds each year.

In what is shaping up to be the worst water crisis in generations, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it will not release water this season into the main canal that feeds the bulk of the massive Klamath Reclamation Project, marking a first for the 114-year-old irrigation system. The agency announced last month that hundreds of irrigators would get dramatically less water than usual, but a worsening drought picture means water will be completely shut off instead.

Needless to say, for many of them no water will mean no crops.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has already declared a drought emergency.

So has California Governor Gavin Newsom.

The state of California grows more of our vegetables than anyone else does, and this growing water crisis is forcing many farmers in the state to make some heartbreaking decisions

With the uncertainty of water, some Central Valley farmers are destroying their crops ahead of the summer season in order to survive. It’s impacting jobs and soon possibly the grocery shelves.

In many instances, farmers are destroying some of their crops in order to give other crops half a chance of making it.

For example, farmer Joe Del Bosque just destroyed all of the asparagus he was growing in order to use water elsewhere…

“There’s been a blade that’s cut underneath and these here, they are green still but they are going to die,” explained Del Bosque.

The loss of asparagus means 50-60 farmworkers are out of a job next year.

If more crops are lost, jobs will follow.

This is already a major national crisis, and it is getting worse with each passing month.

According to the NOAA, the soil moisture content in our southwestern states is now the lowest it has been “in at least 120 years”

Kelsey Satalino, the Digital Communications Coordinator from NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, says that during the past few months, several states including Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah experienced their most intense period of drought since the Drought Monitor began back in 2000. As a result, soil moisture content is at its lowest levels in at least 120 years.

That means that things weren’t even this bad during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

As I have discussed in previous articles, colossal dust storms are now regularly happening in the western half of the country.

In fact, some of them are so large you can see them from space.

In addition to being extremely unpleasant, these dust storms can also spread fungal spores that cause Valley fever.  The following comes from NASA

Valley fever is a dangerous threat to human health – and cases are on the rise in the arid southwestern United States, as wind from increasing dust storms can transport the fungal spores that cause the disease. Valley fever is caused by the Coccidioides fungus, which grows in dirt and fields and can cause fever, rash and coughing. Using NASA research and satellite data, the World Meteorological Organization is refining its Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System to help forecast where dust risk is greatest.

In my most recent book, I warned that “record drought” was coming, and now it is here.

Sadly, extremely dry conditions create an ideal environment for wildfires.

Last year’s wildfire season was a complete and utter nightmare, but now officials are warning that 2021 could be even worse.

Could that be possible?

It is hard to imagine anything worse than what we witnessed in California last year, but it appears that things are off to an even earlier start this year.

At this moment, an absolutely massive fire is burning out of control in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County authorities looked Sunday for a potential arsonist who might have set off a brush fire that forced the mandatory evacuation of about 1,000 people in the exclusive Pacific Palisades area near Topanga Canyon.

Cool and wet conditions overnight helped prevent the Palisades Fire from spreading beyond the 750 acres it had reached Saturday, but the LA Fire Department said in an update Sunday morning that warming weather and afternoon winds may push the blaze northwest – threatening homes – as it rips through dense mountain vegetation that “is very dry and has not burned in 50+ years.’’

It almost seems like the west coast is under some sort of a curse.

Whenever it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, somehow they do.

Scientists tell us that another very dry summer is looming, and that is extremely bad news for the entire region.

Dust Bowl conditions have returned, and it appears that they will be with us for a long time to come.

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