8 Sep 2017

Major Hurricane Irma likely to deliver destructive blow to Florida this weekend
“Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event,” Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather said.”There will be massive damage in Florida. [It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992,” Myers said. The current track of Irma will bring the most severe impacts to the eastern side of the state, including Miami, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville.

End of Days? Eclipse, Hurricanes, Wildfires, and Now Earthquakes and Tsunami in Mexico
This is the most recent in a wave of major natural disasters in that part of the world. Texas suffered the costliest natural disaster in US history when Hurrican Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast two weeks ago. The hurricane dumped a record 51.88 inches of rain, causing 38 deaths and $190 billion damage from the massive flooding… less attention has been given to wildfires raging across eight states in the western United States, forcing thousands to flee their homes. Millions of acres of forest have been burned in the past week, creating hazardous breathing conditions in many parts of the Pacific Northwest. The troubles are far from over as Florida braces for a potential hit from Hurricane Irma, the second of three hurricanes born under the solar eclipse as it passed over the Atlantic Ocean less than three weeks ago.

After Harvey, President Trump Turns to Religion With Church and Prayer
In the wake of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump has brought more religion into his politics, calling for a national day of prayer and attending church in Washington, D.C. and Texas. …President Trump seemed to undergo a shift after Hurricane Harvey, turning to prayer in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in US history. Last Friday, he issued a proclamation for a national day of prayer for those who have suffered from the storm.

FEMA almost out of money as Hurricane Irma approaches
With Texas still reeling from Hurricane Harvey and another storm barreling toward Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to run out of money by Friday, according to a Senate aide, putting pressure on Congress to provide more funding this week. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which pays for the agency’s disaster response and recovery activity, had just $1.01 billion on hand. And of that, just $541 million was “immediately available”

CME IMPACT SPARKS AURORAS, STOPS TRAFFIC
The debris from Wednesday’s monster X9-class solar flare reached Earth last night–and its impact was everything forecasters expected. A severe G4-class geomagnetic storm commenced, sparking auroras over Scandinavia so bright they actually stopped traffic.

8.1 earthquake hits southern Mexico, at least 5 killed
A massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing at least five deaths and setting off a tsunami warning. The quake was so strong that it caused buildings to sway violently in Mexico’s capital more than 650 miles away. Residents fled buildings, often in their pajamas, and gathered in frightened groups in the street. Some neighborhoods remained in darkness after electricity was knocked out.

Israel working to thwart Palestinian bid to join UN tourism body as member state
Amid Palestinian threats to turn to international organizations if there is no movement on the diplomatic process, Israel is bracing for an expected Palestinian bid to seek full state membership next week in the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization… The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Tourism applied for membership for “Palestine” into the organization last year, and it is on the agenda at the meeting of the UNWTO General Assembly…

Lithuanian FM: ‘Holocaust memory is important, but ties with Israel are the future’
Close Israeli-Lithuanian ties should not be held hostage to the dark days of the Holocaust, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told The Jerusalem Post during his two-day visit to the country this week. “It is important to remember the past and to know what happened, but it is not less important to focus on the future,” he said during a conversation at the capital’s King David Hotel.

Australians turn in 26,000 guns in national amnesty
Australians have handed in nearly 26,000 firearms in the nation’s first gun amnesty since its landmark response to a mass shooting in 1996. The amnesty began on 1 July to help counter a growing terrorism threat and an influx of arms in the country. It is illegal to own an unregistered firearm in Australia.

Hurricane Irma pummels Turks and Caicos islands
Hurricane Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people. Howling winds and rough seas battered the British overseas territory, experiencing a top-rated category five hurricane for the first time. Some 500,000 people were told to leave south Florida with Irma due on Sunday.

Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast
An earthquake described by Mexico’s president as the country’s strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 15 people. The quake, which President Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan. A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.

Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million
About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cyber security breach, the company has disclosed. Equifax said cyber-criminals accessed data such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses during the incident. Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected.

Fuel shortages, bottlenecks hamper Florida mass exodus
With Hurricane Irma aiming squarely at Florida, up to a million people were told to evacuate coastal areas in the Sunshine State and neighboring Georgia Thursday, amid worries that fuel shortages and traffic bottlenecks could thwart the mass exodus. In a state home to more than 20 million people, Governor Rick Scott warned residents on both coasts to be ready to get out before the monster storm strikes south Florida late Saturday.

S. Korea braces for another possible N. Korea missile test
South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as Saturday when it celebrates its founding anniversary. Seoul’s Unification Ministry spokeswoman Eugene Lee said Friday that Pyongyang could potentially conduct its next ICBM tests this weekend or around Oct. 10…

Survey: White Christians Are Now A Minority Of Us Population
The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fueled by immigration and by growing numbers of people who reject organized religion altogether, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Did Benjamin Netanyahu Just Panic?
Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu pushing the panic button over the collapse of the Saudi-Israeli jihadist proxies in Syria and now threatening to launch a major air war…?

Israeli jets hit ‘chemical weapons site’ in Syria
Israeli jets have bombed a Syrian military facility believed to be linked to President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons programme. The 2am attack on the Syrian Scientific Research Centre, which develops and produces chemical weapons, in the central province of Homs near the Mediterranean coast, left at least two dead.

Hungarian Pm Warns: “The Islamization Of Europe Is Real”
Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has once again identified the existential threat facing European civilization in blunt terms, warning that the continent is being ‘Islamized’ and that waves of migrants will only increase in intensity during years to come.

Florida shutting down its 2 nuclear plants ahead of Hurricane Irma
While Governor Rick Scott said Florida’s two nuclear power plants will be shutdown before Hurricane Irma hits, little has been said about over a dozen chemical plants around the state, many of which manufacture highly combustible fertilizer.

VOTE FRAUD: Over 5,000 Out-of-State Democrats May Have Voted For Hillary in New Hampshire More evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire has surfaced. It is now believed that over 5,000 out-of-state voters may have voted for Hillary Clinton on election day in New Hampshire because the state allows same-day registration.