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Women's "health" group is funding abortions for Harvey victims

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Amy Hagstrom’s Twitter bio: “In the stigma eradication, self-esteem boosting & identity examination business. Actively building a great company.”

Speaking of victims…
I would hope that those who survived a natural disaster might pause and give thanks for being alive as well as their baby. Alas, abortion providers continue their demented goals.
Too bad that for those aborted, their “situation changes.”
From NY Post: A women’s health organization that is battling the state of Texas over proposed abortion legislation is offering fully paid procedures for Hurricane Harvey victims — and 15 women have signed up, according to a report.
Whole Woman’s Health Clinic, which is currently suing the Lone Start State for trying to ban second-trimester abortions, plans to pay for six abortions in the clinic’s San Antonio location and nine in Austin, a spokeswoman for the organization told 12 News Now.
“There’s not really a safety net, especially when it comes to health care abortion — we really felt like it was important to step up and do our part,” Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, told the outlet.
“In any kind of natural disaster, women’s health care abortion becomes a critical issue.”
The clinic is a national abortion provider with four locations in Texas, a state with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The organization also plans to pay transportation costs for patients far from their clinic locations.
They’re paying for the procedures with donations raised through their Stigma Relief Fund, which has brought in $6,000 since announcing their Harvey relief efforts. The 15 procedures will total just over $8,000.
Miller said many women affected by Harvey likely missed previously scheduled abortion-related appointments and for those who lost everything in the storm, their “situation… changes.”
The clinic is fighting Texas’ Senate Bill 8, which would ban the most common procedure for second-trimester abortions. The ban would have gone into effect in September but a judge ruled last month to temporarily halt the bill.
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Sports Illustrated is all ♥: Posts bikini pics taken in hurricane-ravaged areas

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wreaked untold destruction and human misery across a wide swath, from Texas to Florida to the Caribbean islands.
A Category-5 Irma demolished 90% of the buildings on Barbuda, an island east of Puerto Rico; 95% of buildings in parts of St. Martin; devastated popular tourist destinations in St. Barts. Hannah Jeter, a native of the Virgin Islands and a former Sports Illustrated cover model, cried out for help on Instagram:

“People in the Virgin Islands are running out of fuel, water and food. People are dying!!! People are lost!!!! We are an afterthought and are not getting the help that we need!!! . . . This is an emergency!!!!!”

This photo provided by Caribbean Buzz shows the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Irma Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in the U.S. Virgin Islands The death toll from Hurricane Irma has risen to 22 as the storm continues its destructive path through the Caribbean. The dead include 11 on St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the U.S. Virgin Islands and four in the British Virgin Islands. There was also one each in Barbuda, Anguilla, and Barbados. The toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach some of the hardest-hit areas. (Caribbean Buzz via AP)


Amidst the devastation and human misery, this is what Sports Illustrated did — posting pics of bikini-clad models taken in precisely the places that have been ravaged by the two hurricanes, because everything is about sex, sex, sex.
Yesterday, Sept. 12, Sports Illustrated posted to Instagram a pic of bikini-clad Brooklyn Net cheerleaders, taken on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The pic prompted an Instagram user to write this comment:

What the f is wrong with you people the island is destroyed stop posting this stupid shit now


Four days before the cheerleaders pic, Sports Illustrated posted to Instagram a pic of a topless, evil-looking “swimsuit” model, which prompts this vexing existential question:

How can one be a swimsuit model without wearing a swimsuit?


A Sports Illustrated (SI) reader called the series of shots “incredibly shameless and inappropriate given the devastation in Texas and the Caribbean.”
Page Six contacted a SI representative, who “declined to comment”.
Sports Illustrated‘s publisher is Brendan Ripp, the son of former Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp; its editorial director is Chris Stone.
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~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: A Prayer for Mercy

Psalm 46:2-4

God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken
and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
Though its waters rage and foam
and mountains totter at its surging.

Tampa Bay Times reports this morning, Sept. 10, 2017, that Hurricane Irma has regained its Category 4 strength as the storm’s center made landfall in the lower Florida Keys as of 8 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph.
Category 4 means sustained winds of 130-156 mph, and damages to houses, trees and power lines which could make places unlivable for weeks or months after.
Irma is centered about 30 miles east-southeast of Key West and about 110 miles south of Naples, moving north-northwest at 8 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220 miles. A wind gust to 89 mph was recorded in Key West, and sustained winds of 46 mph with a gust to 72 mph was recorded at Tamiami Airport in West Kendall.
The leading edge of the immense storm bent palm trees and spit rain across South Florida, knocking out power to more than 170,000 homes and businesses, as the eye approached Key West.
“Tonight, I’m sweating. Tonight I’m scared to death,” said 60-year-old Carol Walterson Stroud, who sought refuge in a senior center in Florida’s southernmost city with her husband, granddaughter and dog Saturday night. The streets emptied and shops were boarded up before the wind started to howl.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott had warned residents in the state’s evacuation zones Saturday that “this is your last chance to make a good decision.” About 6.4 million people were told to flee. But because the storm is 350 to 400 miles wide, the entire Florida peninsula was exposed. Forecasters said the greater Miami area of 6 million people could still get life-threatening hurricane winds and storm surge of 4 to 6 feet.
The storm is forecast to weaken as it moves over the lower Keys and near or over the state’s west coast — including the Tampa Bay region — later today through tonight, potentially sparing Tampa as well Miami the catastrophic head-on blow forecasters had been warning about. But those few miles meant St. Petersburg could get a direct hit.
If the surge occurs at high tide, areas in Tampa Bay — from Ana Maria Island to Clearwater Beach — could experience 5 to 8 feet of storm surge. Forecasters warned of storm surge as high as 15 feet.
Meteorologists predicted Irma would plow into the Tampa Bay area Monday morning. The area has not been struck by a major hurricane since 1921, when its population was about 10,000. Now around 3 million people live there.
Given its mammoth size and strength and its course up the peninsula, it could prove one of the most devastating hurricanes ever to hit Florida, and inflict damage on a scale not seen here in 25 years.
In 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into suburban Miami with winds topping 165 mph, damaging or blowing apart over 125,000 homes. The damage in Florida totaled $26 billion, and at least 40 people died.

Matthew 18:18-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you,
If two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”


May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
~Eowyn

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Hurricane Irma: Please pray for Florida

Business Insider reports today, Sept. 8, that after slamming into several Caribbean islands as a Category 5 storm on Wednesday and Thursday, killing at least 23 people, weather models show that Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history, will arrive in South Florida this weekend as a Category 4 storm.
Category 4 means sustained winds of 130-156 mph, and damages to houses, trees and power lines which could make places unlivable for weeks or months after.
The Category 5 label means maximum sustained winds of above 157 mph near its core. In the case of Hurricane Irma, gusts have been recorded in excess of 215 mph. This makes Irma as powerful as a severe tornado, which can tear off roofs, level homes, toss cars, overturn trains, and uproot large trees.

Already, parts of Florida are under hurricane and storm-surge warnings as of 2 p.m. ET today. Governor Rick Scott has activated all 7,000 members of the state’s National Guard, and parts of South Florida and Georgia are under mandatory evacuation orders. To free up federal resources in anticipation of Irma’s damages, President Donald Trump already has declared a state of emergency for Florida.
Here is the extent of Florida’s hurricane warnings:

  • From Jupiter Inlet southward around the peninsula to Bonita Beach.
  • Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Florida Bay.
  • Storm-surge warnings are in effect from Sebastian Inlet around the peninsula to Venice.
  • Storm-surge and hurricane watches were initiated for the east coast of Florida north of Jupiter Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County line and for the west coast of Florida north of Bonita Beach to Anclote River.

Irma formed off the coast of western Africa last week and almost immediately started barreling toward the Caribbean Sea. Irma officially became a named storm on August 30 and was classified as a hurricane the next day. Since then, it has gained and maintained strength from the moisture of unusually warm waters in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
On Wednesday, Sept. 6, a Category 5 Hurricane Irma devastated Barbuda, an island east of Puerto Rico. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said Barbuda was “totally demolished,” with 90% of its buildings destroyed. Communication with the island was cut off because of the destruction. To make matters worse, another hurricane, Jose, is now approaching the island. So Barbuda officials are trying to evacuate the entire population of 1,800.
Irma also destroyed an estimated 95% of buildings in parts of St. Martin and devastated popular tourist destinations in St. Barts. It slammed the Virgin Islands before passing just north of Puerto Rico. Winds were still strong enough to cut off power to half of Puerto Rico’s residents, however, and reports suggest some may not regain electricity for months.
Although Irma is now a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 155 mph, officials caution that it should not be referred to as “downgraded” — it’s still a life-threatening, catastrophic storm with major population centers in its path, and it’s likely to fluctuate between categories 4 and 5 before making landfall in Florida.
Please pray for Florida. Please pray for FOTM readers, like Alma, who are in Florida.
~Eowyn

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Statue of Jesus is the only thing still standing in Tennessee wildfire

The terrible wildfire that devastated Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee last week took 14 lives, injured 134, and burned down over 1,600 structures, including homes and cabins.

CNN reports on Nov. 5, 2016:

“Families nestled by the Great Smoky Mountains are bereaved — houses completely blazed . . . . As homeowners are allowed to enter Gatlinburg and secure their properties, some have returned to find all they owned in ashes.”

In Sevier County, the fire devastated countless homes but left one object untouched by the flames, though covered with soot and ashes. It was the only thing left after the home had burned to the ground.

Donovan Long reports for WVLT Channel 8 in Knoxville, TN:

“By nightfall Monday [November 28, 2016], nearly every inch of Sevier County was covered in flames, forcing hundreds in the mountains to evacuate. ‘Almost every cabin in Chalet Village is burning to the freaking ground.’ . . . By the time the sun rose the next morning and in the days to follow, thousands had been displaced from their homes . . . . In the midst of the ash, the rubble, and the devastation, this statue remains . . . . “

The one object left standing amidst the ashes and ruins that used to be a home is a statue of Jesus.

Statues of Mary are also known to have survived devastation.

See “Amidst a devastated landscape, Mary stands” for a statue of Mary amidst Typhoon Haiyan’s total destruction of the city of Tacloban in the Philippines in November 2013, and another Mary statue found intact amidst the charred remains of a home in Breezy Point, NY, which was one of 100 homes burned to the ground after the flood from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

~Eowyn

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Attn. Clinton Foundation: Hurricane-ravaged Haiti needs the $2B in donations you stole from its earthquake relief funds

Once again, Haiti is devastated by a natural disaster, this time by Hurricane Matthew.
Before the hurricane plowed into the southeast U.S. coast, where it caused major flooding and widespread power outages, “Matthew” had struck Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, killing 877 people and displacing tens of thousands.
No doubt, there’ll be a drumbeat asking you to donate to Haiti’s hurricane relief, if it hasn’t already begun.

Don’t!

Below are the reasons why.

In 2010, a massive 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people, leveling 100,000 homes, and leaving 1.5 million people destitute.
As Dinesh D’Souza recounts for National Review, July 18, 2016, countries around the world, as well as private and philanthropic groups such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, provided some $10.5 billion in aid, with $3.9 billion of it coming from the United States. But very little of this aid money actually got to poor people in Haiti.

Bill Clinton & George W. Bush inspected the devastation of the Haiti earthquake, March 22, 2010.

Bill Clinton & George W. Bush inspected the devastation of the Haiti earthquake, March 22, 2010.


Bill Clinton was the designated UN representative for aid to Haiti. Following the earthquake, Bill Clinton had with media fanfare established the Haiti Reconstruction Fund. Meanwhile, his wife Hillary was the U. S. secretary of state, in charge of U.S. aid allocated to Haiti. Together the Clintons were the two most powerful people who controlled the flow of funds to Haiti from around the world.
Read more about what the Clintons did with the billions of dollars meant for Haiti’s earthquake relief, here.
In 2015, Vice.com sent an investigative reporter to Haiti, who was shocked to find Haiti still devastated 5 years after the earthquake, with many people homeless or living in self-made shacks, without running water or plumbing, despite the $10 billion in relief aid pledged around the world.
Here’s the video of the report;

Quotes from the above video:

6:28 mark: “So not only were no real homes built, but the survivors were left in the same primitive conditions as the refugee camps, squatting [among garbage] in a permanent reminder of our aid intended to give them.

Here’s an example of a “model home” built with our donation dollars for Haitians made homeless by the earthquake, which just stands there, unoccupied:
unoccupied-model-house-in-haiti-built-by-earthquake-relief-donations

7:21 mark: “What’s odd is that the Haitians who received little to no foreign aid actually seem to be doing than those in the designated relief areas.
8:06 mark: “But there was one permanent structure that was built here for the earthquake survivors. For some reason the International Olympics Committee [IOC} thought that these people could use an $18 million state-of-the-art soccer field and recreation center [instead of plumbing and running water], adding insult to injury in a community lacking in even the most basic amenities.”
8:32 mark: “But this [the IOC soccer field] wasn’t the only strange reconstruction project we saw foreign aid invested in. Seven hours north of the earthquake, over $300 million of foreign aid was spent in the district of Caracol, [a town that wasn’t affected by the earthquake]…. But even though the town wasn’t affected, it didn’t stop our government aid from being invested in another soccer field [that actually cost $2.9 million to built, not the $300 million spent by the contractor. The State Department’s records say the cost of constructing the Caracol soccer field was even lower — $2.3 million.] And when we looked at the cost of many other projects, we noticed the same contractor kept coming up [– Chemonics, the largest USAID recipient across the world, including in Afghanistan….] There’s been a number of audits that have shown lack of progress, the lack of oversight. Here, this is a contract of Chemonics with USAID. All the cost information throughout the contract, that’s all redacted, and we just have [blank] pink sheet after pink sheet…25 pink sheets [in total].”
11:21 mark: “USAID’s real investment here [in Caracol] is the more than $260 million spent for the Caracol industrial park — the largest U.S. development project in the aftermath of the earthquake…. [T]here’s paved streets, there’s sidewalks, there’s electricity and there’s drinkable running water which is actually unheard of in Haiti. Unfortunately, it only provides roughly only 10% of the jobs it promised. Its main tenant is a South Korean garment manufacturing company which enjoys cheap labor, tax exemptions and duty-free access to the U.S. market. Worst of all, none of the employees we met were earthquake survivors, and the plan for the park was drawn up before the [earthquake] disaster even happened.
13:17 mark: “While many attempts to reform the system have been made, to date, nothing has changed, and the result is the failed disaster capitalism we see in Haiti, where aid has become an industry of pro-profit companies. In fact, only a month after the earthquake, our own U.S. ambassador was quoted in a leaked document claiming ‘The gold rush is on.’ And now these same companies are using lobbying groups to ensure reforms never come. It’s often said that waste, inefficiency, corruption, these are problems that are unique to the developing world, that are unique to Haiti. The reality is that these are actually fundamental aspects of the U.S. foreign aid complex. Instead of relying on potentially corrupt money, we simply give it to U.S. companies and allow them to take 25% off the top. It’s a different form of corruption, and without realizing that, we’ll continue to make the same mistakes going forward.”

I stopped donating to disaster relief funds years ago. The last one I donated to was the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) charity drive for the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. I will never do that again, as CRS is staffed by pro-aborts. See “98% of Catholic Relief Services’ contributions go to pro-abort politicians”.
The standard advice for donating to charities is “Keep it local,” i.e., donate only to local charities where you can keep a better eye on how your donations are spent.
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Update (Jan. 13, 2018):

See Dinesh D’Souza, “How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich Off Poor Haitians,” National Review, July 18, 2016.
~Eowyn

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Demonic face of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is pummeling the Caribbean and is the reason for what may be the largest evacuation of Florida.
This is a very creepy NASA satellite view of the hurricane, confirmed to be true by Weather.com:
hurricane-matthew
In the interest of truth in labeling/naming, this hurricane should be renamed Hurricane Hillary. It’s alliterative, to boot! (H/t Jay Gaskill)
~Eowyn

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Worst gas leak in U.S. history is uncontrolled in So. California; a public health crisis

If you go by the Establishment Media, you wouldn’t know there’s a MONUMENTAL environmental and public health disaster in southern California, which is worse than the 2010 BP Gulf Oil spill.
For more than 3 months, since October 23, 2015, methane gas has been leaking, uncontrolled, from a natural gas well connected to the huge Aliso Canyon underground storage facility near Porter Ranch, Los Angeles — the second largest natural gas storage facility in the United States which supplies processed natural gas to upwards of 20,000,000 people throughout the greater Los Angeles area. 
The facility belongs to the Southern California Gas Company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy.
The leak is so bad that on January 6, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency. 
Erin Brockovich calls the Aliso Canyon gas leak “the equivalent of the BP oil spill on land, in a populated community“. Unlike the BP oil leak from an undersea well 5,000 feet below the surface and 60 miles out at sea, the Aliso Canyon gas leak is in a high-density residential area of Los Angeles County, with the city of Los Angeles a stone’s throw away.
Aliso Canyon gas leak map
The general area affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak has a population of 30,000 people. Already, some  2,500 households have been relocated from Porter Ranch; another 6,500 plus families are in the process of being relocated. When is the last time that 10,000 households were relocated for any type of manmade disaster?  That’s how bad this gas leak is.
Methane is the most powerful greenhouse gas (GHG). The Aliso Canyon leak is coming from a broken pipe in an old gas well, SS 25, which is over 8500 feet deep. When well SS 25 was drilled in 1953, it was provided with a safety valve. In 1979, the safety valve was removed because it was old and leaking, but a new replacement valve was never installed because the well was not considered “critical” in that it wasn’t “within 100 feet of a road or a park, or within 300 feet of a home”.
What makes this ongoing and uncontrolled leak so dangerous is the fact that the broken pipe is directly connected to the second largest gas storage facility in the United States, a facility that can hold 86 billion cubic feet of natural gas. 

Public Health crisis 

The medical ailments and various health conditions associated with over-exposure to natural gas have already affected many residents in Porter Ranch.
The Alison Canyon gas leak is comprised of methane gas, mercaptan, benzene, toluene and other alkanes in lesser amounts. The health risks of mercaptan and methane are the most serious.
1. Mercaptan
Also called methanethiol, mercaptan is an organosulfur addictive added to natural gas so that leaks can be quickly identified because of sulfur’s foul-smelling rotten-egg odor. Mercaptan is the cause of most of the Alison Canyon gas leak medical ailments thus far which have required some form of medical intervention, including the closure of three schools. Mercaptan, at very high concentrations, is highly toxic and affects the central nervous system. Symptoms include fever, cough, dyspnea, tightness and burning in the chest, dizziness, headache, loss of sense of smell, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Even lower but sustained levels of mercaptan can cause depression, respiratory irritation, respiratory paralysis, pulmonary edema, tremors and seizures, liver and kidney damage, tachycardia and hypertension.
2. Methane
Methane gas in high concentrations and/or prolonged exposure can pose serious health risks because methane depletes oxygen from our bodies, triggering breathing difficulties and eventually resulting in suffocation. Symptoms of methane poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headaches, heart palpitations, cognitive problems (from lack of oxygen in one’s brain), and collapse.
3. Radiation
According to a February 3, 2016 report by radio station 95.1-FM in New York city, efforts by Southern California Gas to seal the leak thus far has failed. Even worse, those efforts have destabilized the well, causing other leaks in other areas of the gas field. Late last week, officials described the leak as “totally out of control”.
The volume of gas is coming out so forcefully, it has been described as “like a volcano,” the plume of gas stretching literally for miles above heavily populated areas of Los Angeles. Below is an infra-red image of the otherwise invisible gas plume.
Aliso Canyon gas leak
Even more alarming, according to experts from the International Association for Protection from Ionizing Rays (AIPRI) in France, the Aliso Canyon gas leak is also spewing lethal levels — about 45.95 curies a day — of naturally-occurring uranium, radon and other radioactive materials into the air around Los Angeles.
The curie (symbol Ci) is a non-metric unit of radioactivity that’s widely used in the United States to describe very large radioactive releases. To illustrate, the French becquerel (Bq) is a much more human-sized unit of measure for radiation, which means one radioactive count per second. The curie is such a large radioactive release that one curie equals 37 billion becquerels.
The Aliso Canyon gas leak is spewing 45.95 curies or 1.7 trillion becquerels of radioactivity a day — a Fukushima-class disaster.
Reportedly, many residents of Chatsworth, Northridge and Granada Hills have been complaining of nosebleeds, vomiting and diarrhea which they attribute to methane or the mercaptan addictive. But the symptoms of nosebleeds, vomiting and diarrhea are ALSO signs of radiation sickness.
From SuperStation91:

Don’t believe us?  Buy your own little Geiger Counter and take some readings yourself.  Folks in the area where this gas is blowing will see radiation counts exceeding 2,000 counts-per-minute.  In some cases, exceeding that by many times.  Then ask the California Highway Patrol what their criteria is for a “Radiation Emergency”?  They’ll tell you “Any reading of 500 Counts-Per-Minute CPM or higher is considered a radiation emergency.”  It’s been their protocol for years.  Same thing with the LA Fire Department.  Ask them.  They’ll tell you.

Explosion

Natural gas can explode if exposed to an ignition source like a pilot light on a stove or in a hot water heater.
We’ve all seen news of gas explosions in homes or buildings, and their devastating aftermath. Imagine what Chatsworth, Northridge and Granada Hills will look like if the miles-high Aliso Canyon gas plume floating above those homes ignites. Entire communities would be flattened.  The deaths and injuries from such an event would be mind-boggling, yet people are not being told how dangerous this leak is and, despite calls by doctors a month ago to evacuate, many are remaining in the area.

That’s because local-state governments and the media are not communicating the gravity of the gas leak.

There is much speculation throughout the LA area that the catastrophe was deliberately hushed up because of the sheer enormity and severity of the problem.
That it took almost two and a half months for Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare the leak to be an emergency may have something to do with Brown’s sister being on the board of Sempra Energy, the parent company of SoCalGas.
SoCalGas has known about this well gone bad for many years and deliberately chose to take the path of least resistance at every juncture. Given its prior knowledge of faulty and inadequate equipment at the site, SoCalGas faces legal and financial liability that far exceeds anything ever experienced by an American utility.
Why the authorities have not fully disclosed to the people in Los Angeles the enormity of the Aliso Canyon catastrophe may be because they don’t want a panic on their hands, or have businesses and industries shut down, resulting in the loss of jobs and billions in tax revenues.
In the meantime, the gas leak continues . . . .
Sources: GreenMediaInfo; SuperStation95; SHTFplan.com
H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV, josephbc69, and TNrick
~Eowyn

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A wonderful take on the Super Moon

Brenton Dickieson’s blog, “A Pilgrim in Narnia,” has been a source of much wonderful reading and insight into some favorite authors, like Lewis and Tolkien. When I saw he was taking on the Apocalypse I had to read it. And I was not disappointed.

A Beautiful Night for an Apocalypse

Last night was the Supermoon, that time in the moon’s elliptical orbit when it is at its closest to earth and looks about 14% bigger. Last night was also a full lunar eclipse, which happened within 3 minutes of a full moon, and the sky was absolutely clear. It was also a family friendly double bill at the Drive In. And, if you think the coincidences could not continue, it was the “trunk or treat” special night at the Drive In. How cool is that?
This perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system—we call it a “Supermoon” because saying perigee-syzygy makes it sound like our lips are frozen shut—combined with an eclipse is a pretty rare event. The odds of this event in the heavens being combined with a family fun double feature with free candy thrown in are astronomical.
It was quite a night. An amazing night. An apocalyptic night, really.

Read the rest at https://apilgriminnarnia.com/2015/09/28/a-beautiful-night/#comment-30730

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Engineer says collapse of Mecca crane, killing 107, was "an act of God"

As the birthplace of Muhammad and the site — a cave — of his first revelation of the Quran, Mecca in Saudi Arabia is regarded as the holiest city of Islam.
On Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, during a rainstorm, a huge construction crane crashed into the court of the Grand Mosque at Mecca, killing 107 Muslims and injuring another 200 of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the world gathered there for their annual hajj pilgrimage.
The crane was there for a massive expansion of the mosque undertaken by Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), which is owned by the family of the now-dead Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The AFP reports (via ZeeNews) reports that a day later on Sept. 12, the engineer for SBG said the collapse of the crane was “an act of God” and not due to a technical fault.
The engineer, who asked not to be identified, said the crane, like many other cranes on the project, had been there for three or four years without any problem: “It was not a technical issue at all. I can only say that what happened was beyond the power of humans. It was an act of God and, to my knowledge, there was no human fault in it at all.”
The engineer said the crane was the main one used on work to expand the tawaf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba — a massive cubed structure at the center of the mosque that is a focal point of worship.

Kabaa in the middle of court of Grand Mosque

Kabaa in the middle of court of Grand Mosque


The engineer explained that the crane’s heavy hook, which is able to lift hundreds of tonnes, began swaying and moved the whole crane with it, toppling into the mosque. He said the crane “has been installed in a way so as not to affect the hundreds of thousands of worshippers in the area and in an extremely professional way. This is the most difficult place to work in, due to the huge numbers of people in the area.”

A witness said the accident occurred during winds that were so strong they shook his car and tossed billboards around.
lightning strikes crane in Mecca Grand Mosque
The development project is expanding the area of the Grand Mosque by 4.3 million square feet, which would accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.
God does work in mysterious ways!
~Éowyn

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