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Strange Orbs in the Sky

Strange orbs of light are being seen in our skies. Are they an artifact of the video camera’s lens?
As you can see in this video of Jerusalem’s Old City on the night of January 28, 2011, the orb sure behaves strangely for a lens artifact, first slowly descending over the golden Dome of the Rock, then rapidly shooting straight up away from the Dome:
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Here’s a video of a closer view of the orb:
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Here’s a video of a volcano erupting in Japan. Towards the end of the video are two light-orbs (circled in red) shooting out of the volcano.
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And here’s a video, not of orbs of light, but of something flying-darting (like the fictional Superman) over the tsunami-devastated landscape and seascape of Japan:
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Your guess is as good as mine!
~Eowyn

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Massive Radiation Cloud Coming to North America?


The mainstream news media have lost interest in Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster, but that doesn’t mean things are better. On the contrary, matters are getting worse. The situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Daiichi actually is worse than what Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) and the Japanese government have disclosed.
The latest news from Reuters is that Fukushima’s reactor No. 1 had a meltdown of its fuel rods and now has a hole several centimeters in diameter in its main vessel, leading to a leakage of radioactive water.
Experts now believe that at one point in the immediate wake of the disaster, the 4-metre-high stack of uranium-rich rods at the core of the reactor had been entirely exposed to the air and thus, had been spewing invisible odorless radiation. Radiation has also be seeping into the Pacific Ocean and nearby ground water from the hundreds of gallons of water that have been pumped — and are still being pumped — to cool at least 3 of the 6 reactors to bring their nuclear fuel rods to a “cold shutdown” state. Boiling water reactors like those at Fukushima rely on water as both a coolant and a barrier to radiation.
U.S. nuclear experts said that the company may have to build a concrete wall around reactor no. 1 because of the breach, and that this could now take years.
According to this alarming video, a large cloud of radiation mass is making its way across the Pacific Ocean and will hit North America in the next several days. You can also read about this in “Secret Map Shows Massive Radiation Cloud Heading Toward U.S. and Canada.”
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The video refers to high levels of Caesium-137 and Xenon- 133 drifting our way.
Caesium-137 is a radioactive isotope of caesium which is formed as a fission product by nuclear fission. This is what Wikipedia says about the health risks of Caesium-137:

Caesium-137 reacts with water producing a water-soluble compound (caesium hydroxide), and the biological behavior of caesium is similar to that of potassium and rubidium. After entering the body, caesium gets more or less uniformly distributed throughout the body, with higher concentration in muscle tissues and lower in bones. The biological half-life of caesium is rather short at about 70 days. Experiments with dogs showed that a single dose of 3800 μCi/kg (approx. 44 μg/kg of caesium-137) is lethal within three weeks.

Xenon-133 (or Xe-133) is also a nuclear fission product, but via the decay of Iodine-135. As explained in Wikipedia, Iodine-135 is a fission product of uranium with a yield of about 6%. Iodine-135 has a 6.7 hour half-life and decays to Xe. Thus, in an operating nuclear reactor, Xe is being continuously produced.
I am not a medical expert and so cannot dispense advice about potassium iodide tablets, which the FDA has approved (since 1982) to protect thyroid glands from radioactive iodine emitted in nuclear accidents or fission emergencies. I suggest you read this Wikipedia article on potassium iodide or this other article for yourself. Alas, to my knowledge, potassium iodide does little, if anything, against Caesium-137 or Xenon-133.
~Eowyn

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Allen West – Who Is Leading America?

AS EVENTS UNRAVEL, WHO IS LEADING AMERICA?

By Allen West (Scribe) on March 22nd, 2011
Greetings constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans across our great land. It is again time for our weekly Congressional update. As I travel throughout the district, I certainly appreciate the feedback on these missives, and even the emails and support from those outside our district who are receiving these reports.
There are those who feel the issues facing America are not threatening, certainly not of immediate concern. As I did my regular Saturday morning run along Fort Lauderdale beach this weekend, I pondered a simple question: “Who is leading America?”
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As Americans Worry About Nuclear Fallout From Japan, Where's Obama's Energy Czar?

The Obama administration grows stranger by the day. It has become a “Where’s Waldo?” administration.
The disaster in Japan goes from bad to worse to worser every day. Entire villages and towns have been demolished by the 9.1 earthquake and the 32-ft tsunami. Thousands are reported dead, with more thousands missing. Radiation is leaking from explosions of several units in the Fukushima nuclear plant. There is human suffering on a scale unprecedented since World War II.
What is Obama’s reaction? A strangely affect-less statement, read from a prepared script (that someone else wrote for him), displaying not a whiff of emotion, even less of anguished empathy:
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Empathy — the ability to put ourselves in someone’s shoes and feel the emotions they’re feeling — is what makes us human. Psychologists have found that sociopaths/psychopaths (now called by the PC name of “anti-social personality disorder”) lack empathy. I worry about a person who does not have empathy, especially if this individual is president, commander-in-chief, and the most powerful man in the world.
But Obama had no problem showing plenty of affect as he yucks it up at the Gridiron dinner. Well, at least he’s being consistent. As oil spewed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico last year, Obama also yucked it up at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. 

That’s what we get for electing a joker to the White House.
Now, with radiation leaking from Japan’s exploded nuclear reactors and rising concerns of an imminent core meltdown, Americans are more and more worried that the radiation will be carried by the jet stream to the U.S. west coast. The MSM are scrambling around, consulting this nuclear expert and that nuclear scientist….
Amidst this confusing mess of fears and uncertainty, the man who should know is strangely Missing In Action.

Where's Waldo?


That man is Secretary of Energy, physicist Dr. Steven Chu, the winner of a 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics and a vocal supporter of nuclear energy. Chu is an advocate for more research into alternative energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combat global warming. As Iain Murray wrote in Japan’s Nuclear Crisis. Where Is Steven Chu?,” March 14, 2011: (h/t my friend Sol)

He has the authority and the credibility to be all over our airwaves and the Internet telling Americans that their nuclear installations are safe and this terrible but extraordinary incident is no reason to slow down our move to speed up new nuclear construction. Yet he is absent without trace.
Americans expect leadership from their leaders. Chu has the track record to provide it in this case, yet he is failing to do so. If he is being hamstrung by special-interest pressure within the administration, one would expect that to be a resigning matter. I fear it is more likely that he has succumbed to pressure from his erstwhile allies, the greens, and is simply displaying a lack of backbone.
Yet he should consider what this means for his own plans. The administration’s energy plan, based on the EPA’s draconian regulations against greenhouse gas emitters, depends on a hundred new nuclear power plants being built. The administration knows that that powering America by wind and solar energy is as likely as extracting sunlight from cucumbers, which is why nuclear figures so heavily in the plan. If that option is now off the table — and the Left has been so successful in its opportunistic framing of this issue that it might well be — then there is a massive gap in the plan that can only be filled by coal or natural gas. Secretary Chu will be forced to argue that, if there is a nuclear ban, then the EPA’s beloved greenhouse-gas regulations will also have to be taken off the table. This is a circle that simply cannot be squared.
Again, it is up to Steven Chu to provide leadership here. It is his job to be realistic about America’s energy needs. If he fails to perform his duty, the American people must demand someone who is up to the job.

~Eowyn

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7 Tips On Donating for Japan Disaster Relief

A man weeps as he finds his wife & child at the Red Cross hospital after they were separated by the earthquake-tsunami, in Ishinomaki, March 14, 2011.


Struck by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake, followed by 32-ft high tsunami waves and continuing aftershocks of as much as 6.0 magnitude, the people of Japan are caught in a waking nightmare.
Entire areas are devastated; houses, bridges and roads washed away. At least 10,000 are reported dead; even more are still missing. Many survivors are getting low on basic supplies of food and water. Japan’s Prime Minister calls this his country’s worst crisis since World War II.
Although Japan is the third richest country in the world, the sheer scale of this disaster exceeds even Japan’s capabilities. We are called as fellow human beings to help the suffering Japanese people.
Alas, times like this are also when maggots crawl out of the human woodwork. There are evil people who actually seek to exploit and profit from others’ deaths, pain, and suffering with scams, fraud, and theft. Therefore, while we open our hearts and checkbooks to help Japan, we must exercise caution. Here are instructions to the wise, from the website WisBusiness.com:

Better Business Bureau: Donor alert — Giving to Pacific tsunami and Japanese earthquake victims

3/14/2011
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Be Sure Disaster Relief Charities are Legit and Equipped to Help
March 14, 2011, Milwaukee, Wis. – Americans saw many pictures and videos of the devastation in Japan over the weekend, and may be considering donating to a charity to help. If so, the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges givers to make sure their donations will go to legitimate and reputable charities and relief efforts that have the capability to help those in need.
“When we learn of these disasters our natural instinct is to reach out to charities and relief efforts that can help; however, please take a moment to be sure you are connecting with those that actually can,” said Randall Hoth, Wisconsin BBB president/CEO. “Not only do people need to be concerned about avoiding fraud, they also need to make sure their money goes to those that are equipped and experienced to handle the unique challenges of providing assistance.”
Although the BBB has no reports yet of scams related to the Japanese tsunami, its experience with past natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, prompts the BBB to issue a “pre-emptive strike” against donation scams. BBB offers the following seven tips to help Americans decide where to direct donations:

  1. Rely on expert opinion when it comes to evaluating a charity. Be cautious when relying on third-party recommendations such as bloggers or other Web sites, as they might not have fully researched the listed relief organizations. The public can go to https://www.bbb.org/charity to research charities and relief organizations to verify that they are accredited by the BBB and meet the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
  2. Be cautious when giving online. Be cautious about online giving, especially in response to spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. In response to the tsunami disaster in 2004, there were concerns raised about many Web sites and new organizations that were created overnight allegedly to help victims.
  3. Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the disaster impact areas. Unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to get new aid workers to quickly provide assistance. See if the charity’s website clearly describes what they can do to address immediate needs.
  4. Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. Some charities may be raising money to pass along to relief organizations. If so, you may want to consider “avoiding the middleman” and giving directly to charities that have a presence in the region. Or, at a minimum, check out the ultimate recipients of these donations to ensure the organizations are equipped to effectively provide aid.
  5. Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims. Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fund raising and administrative costs. Even a credit card donation will involve, at a minimum, a processing fee. If a charity claims that 100 percent of collected funds will be assisting earthquake victims, the truth is that the organization is still probably incurring fund raising and administrative expenses. They may use some of their other funds to pay this, but the expenses will still be incurred.
  6. Gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations. In-kind drives for food and clothing, while well intentioned, may not be the best or quickest way to help those in need. Even if the organization has the staff and infrastructure to be able to properly distribute such aid, a money donation may be far more helpful to a charity that is responding to a crisis situation.
  7. Donate directly to the relief charity you have chosen. You may be tempted to make a donation by texting. Charities can raise significant sums this way, but be aware that it might take a long while for the money to reach the nonprofit if it is given through mobile texting. Text donations also typically have limitations on the amount you can give. To put your disaster relief gift to work faster, go directly to the charity’s website to make your donation, or call them with your credit card number.

You can start your search of BBB Accredited Charities here: https://www.bbb.org/charity
For more information or further inquiries, please contact the Wisconsin BBB at https://www.wisconsin.bbb.org or 414-847-6000 (metro Milwaukee), (920)-734-4352 (Appleton) or 1-800-273-1002 (elsewhere in Wisconsin).
About BBB
BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. Although the first BBB was founded in 1912, the Wisconsin BBB began in 1939. Today, 125 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than four million local and national businesses and charities. Please visit https://www.bbb.org for more information about BBB.
~Eowyn

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Update On Japan Quake, Tsunami

To Our Readers:
Last night, when I tried to add updated news to this post, wordpress went mad on me. The format got all weird; links to news sources disappeared.
After nearly an hour trying to fix and re-fix the recurring problems -- but to no avail -- I gave up and began a whole new post, "Update on Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Disaster," to replace this one.
Please go HERE for the update...and please pray for and donate to help the beleaguered people of Japan in their time of greatest need.
~Eowyn
From our beloved fellow Joseph, who sent this to me despite his severe shoulder injury.
 

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28 minutes ago by Thomson Reuters, OAKLAND, Calif., March 11 (Reuters)

In the Mexican city of Mazatlan, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, shops were shutting in the central business district and the coastal road was closed to cars ahead of the expected arrival of waves up to 9 feet (3 metres) high around 1900 GMT. Some coastal communities were being evacuated. (For a FACTBOX on the tsunami around the Americas, see and for full coverage of the quake and tsunami see ) (Additional reporting by Suzanne Roig and Jorene Barut in Honolulu, Peter Henderson in San Francisco and Simon Gardner in Santiago; writing by Steve Gorman and Frances Kerry; editing by Anthony Boadle).
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* Tsunami could reach 6 feet in California
* Evacuations possible in California, advised in Oregon
* Hawaii and Guam residents told to leave coastal areas
* Warning extended to Northern California and Oregon
OAKLAND, Calif., March 11 (Reuters) – Residents in parts of northern California evacuated their homes on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan bore down on the U.S. and Canadian west coast.
The tsunami could reach 6 feet (2 metres) when it hits parts of the northern California coast, a state emergency agency spokesman said.
Authorities in Oregon advised coastal residents to evacuate and schools were to be closed along the coast.
Canada issued tsunami advisories for parts of British Columbia. The government said it believed a low-level tsunami had been generated that could affect buildings on the coast or create strong currents in harbors and isolated coastal areas. Local governments were advised to immediately evacuate marinas, beaches and other areas below the normal high tide mark.
The massive 8.9 magnitude quake in Japan triggered tsunami warnings for most of the Pacific basin. Advisories or warnings were in effect from Canada all the way down the Pacific coast of South America.
In Hawaii, the first tsunami waves steadily rose over southern beaches on the island of Oahu, but there were no initial reports of damage.
In California, people evacuated parts of the north of the state most likely to be hit by big waves.
“There are some evacuations going on in Del Norte and San Mateo,” counties, said Jordan Scott, a spokesman for the California Emergency Management Agency. He did not have details of how many people were leaving their homes. Del Norte is the northernmost California coastal county, while San Mateo is the county just south of San Francisco that includes much of Silicon Valley. However, the technology center is well inland.
SIRENS BLARE IN HAWAII
In Hawaii, some 3,800 miles (6,200 km) from Japan, the main airports on at least three of the major islands — Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii — were shut down as a precaution, and the U.S. Navy ordered all warships in Pearl Harbor to remain in port to support rescue missions as needed. Civil defense officials ordered all Hawaiian coastal areas evacuated by 2 a.m. local time, about 90 minutes before the first wave reached the islands at about 8:30 a.m. EST/1330 GMT. The Hawaii evacuation zone included the famous Waikiki Beach, the main hotel and tourist hub in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Civil defense sirens blared statewide, starting shortly before 10 p.m. local time, and police with bullhorns urged residents near shore to higher ground. Authorities also walked the beaches to awaken homeless people. Lines for gasoline stretched for blocks, and people rushed to stores to stock up on emergency supplies and water. Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki were packed with motorists trying to leave for higher ground and for shelters set up by the state.
Authorities also ordered evacuations from low-lying areas on the U.S. island territory of Guam in the western Pacific, but the tsunami warning there was lifted several hours later and roads there were reopened.
President Barack Obama, a native of Hawaii, was notified of the massive Japanese quake at 4 a.m./0900 GMT and instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be prepared to affected U.S. states and territories, the White House said.
The quake off Japan’s northeast coast was the biggest in 140 years and triggered tsunami waves of up to 30 feet (10 metres) that swept across farmland, carrying away homes, crops, vehicles and triggering fires.
CHILE RESIDENTS ALERT
On Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific, authorities planned to move residents to higher ground, in preparation for a possible tsunami on Friday afternoon. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, whose country was hit by a devastating 8.8 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunamis that killed more than 500 people a year ago, called on Chileans to remain alert, but to continue with their daily routines. Peruvian officials said they were waiting until late afternoon to decide if they would order evacuations from low-lying coastal areas such as the port city of Callao. Any tsunami waves were forecast to first hit Peru in the northern city of Tumbes, near the border with Ecuador, around 5:30 pm local time (2230 GMT), and arrive in Lima two hours later. Any evacuations would be ordered about two hours before the arrival of the waves, officials said.
At the popular Punta Roquitas surfbreak in Peru’s capital of Lima, Gabriel Aramburu, 32, a professional surfer, was one of a dozen people suiting up for a morning session. “For there to be a tsunami the sea water has to suck out and pull back first. If that happens, we’ll paddle into shore and leave,” he said.

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Tsunami Warning For Hawaii and US West Coast

See Update HERE.
Due to a 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan — the 6th largest recorded earthquake in human history and the largest in Japan’s history — a tsunami warning is in effect across the Pacific Ocean and Pacific coastlines of countries across world — for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island, the Northern Marianas, Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, and coastal California.
The first tsunami wave is expected to strike Hawaii at around 8 am (eastern) this morning, and San Francisco at around 8:16 am (west coast time), Santa Barbara at 8:24 am, Santa Monica at 8:39am and La Jolla at 8:48 am.
People living in Pacific coastal areas are advised to stay away from the coast and beaches, and be prepared to move to higher ground. 

Massive wave engulfs homes in Natori, Japan


The tsunami is a result of a massive 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan’s northeast coast. Here’s Wall St. Journal’s report:

TOKYO—The most devastating earthquake to hit Japan in at least 300 years rocked the country on Friday afternoon, triggering a 10-meter [32.8 ft.] tsunami that violently engulfed cars and other objects in its path in northern Japan, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and setting off tsunami warnings for 53 countries around the world.
The quake, one of the five biggest in history with a magnitude of 8.9, caused mass panic around Tokyo, where workers evacuated their buildings and power was cut off at 4.1 million households in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. The natural disaster could derail the country’s nascent economic recovery and increase Japan’s already massive public debt, which is 200% of gross domestic product.
A tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii included Japan, Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Guam, the Northern Marianas, the Marcus Islands and the Wake Islands, and extended across the Pacific Ocean to include Central and South America. New Zealand also issued a tsunami warning. Austraia said there was no threat of a tsunami on its coast. In Hawaii, a tsunami alert was issued at about 10 p.m. local time.
Near Tokyo Station, the epicenter of the capital city, people were streaming out onto the street, where the only option was to walk—buses and taxis weren’t available and all trains were halted. Cell phone reception was down, causing long lines to snake around pay phones. The country’s ports and airports shut down and car navigation systems indicated that almost every entrypoint to the highway was closed. Children were walking back from school, some with protective head gear. People were huddled around televisions, trying to grasp the extent of the damage in Japan.
“This is the worst quake I’ve ever felt that was based so far away from Tokyo,” said Kiyomi Suzuki, 69 years old, who has lived in the capital city all her life.
At least 29 people died, Associated Press reported, citing government and police, while dozens were injured in a wide range of areas including Miyagi Prefecture and central Tokyo, according to Kyodo News.


I have many former students in Japan. Please pray for the Japanese people and for the safety of those living in Pacific coastal areas across the world.
~Eowyn
 
 

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