LOST IN A MASS MASKED MASQUERADE…on many levels
Masquerade: an action or appearance that is mere disguise or show; to assume the appearance of something one is not.
Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light, and those who serve him masquerade as ministers of righteousness (See 2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
PLAGUE, PESTILENCE AND THE PLANNED-DEMIC
Latest international testing of hydroxychloroquine treatment of coronavirus shows countries that had early use of the drug had a 79% lower mortality rate than countries that banned its use. Also check the links provided at this source. Facebook took down posts promoting hydroxychloroquine as an early treatment for Covid, but was criticized for doing so by the Oversight Board.
Gibberish Joe Biden Attempts Speaking but Winds Up Saying That He’s Going to Give ‘200 Million Doses’ Of COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine To 300 Americans. This puppet president is not only declining; he’s descended into meaningless gibberish.
New York Governor Cuomo Caught Covering Up Shocking Fact That COVID Nursing Home Deaths of Elderly Were Underreported By 56%. State Attorney General Letitia James said a number of nursing homes underreported resident fatalities to the Dept of Health and failed to enforce infection-control measures (over 20 currently under investigation). The findings could push the current tally of 8,711 deaths to over 13,000 based on a survey of 62 nursing homes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a pathological liar who counts on complicity of fake news outlets like CNN where his brother Chris Cuomo works to keep his dirty misdeeds buried. For someone who loves death as much as Andrew Cuomo, you’d think he’d be proud of all the elderly his policies murdered (he ordered Covid patients sent to nursing homes). In 2019 he signed legislation authorizing the death of unborn babies up to their due date, so killing thousands of elderly is a nice bookend to all that Democrat mayhem.
In California, Auburn Woman Warns She Saw Grandfather’s Aide Die After COVID Vaccine. He’d tested positive for the virus in December and died hours after getting the vaccine Thursday. An Auburn woman says she saw her grandfather’s aide (age 56) get the vaccine at a senior facility on Thursday. “Twenty minutes later he realized his legs felt tingly, and he was having shortness of breath. 1 hour later he was in ICU on a ventilator, and three hours later he passed away,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
In Israel, 63 people who received second vaccine dose contracted COVID. Though that’s a small percentage compared to the number who’ve received the vaccine, it’s something to be aware of.
All states need to immediately enact a vaccine bill of rights. “The rollout of ‘Operation Warp Speed’ coronavirus vaccines is in full swing, and it appears getting jabbed will eventually be required in order to travel, keep a job, buy food, and conduct business. There’s still time to prevent this nightmarish dystopia; America’s Frontline Doctors, which brought us the “White Coat Summit,” launched a new action item aiming to get vaccine “bill of rights” legislation passed in all 50 states.
Google transforming its nationwide properties into vaccination sites. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, who has been in bed with the Chinese Communist Party, announced that Google and Alphabet properties will be used to inject Operation Warp Speed syringes into Americans’ bodies to help keep the Chinese virus at bay. Walmart, Amazon and Starbucks have also shown interest in distributing Chinese virus vaccines. Notice that all of the above companies are liberal-left minions.
New China swine fever strains in pigs point to unlicensed vaccines. A new form of African swine fever identified in Chinese pig farms is most likely caused by illicit vaccines, a fresh blow to the world’s largest pork producer, still recovering from a devastating epidemic of the virus. Two new strains of African swine fever have infected over 1,000 sows on several farms owned by China’s fourth-largest producer, as well as pigs fattened for the firm by contract farmers. Though the strains don’t kill pigs like the disease that ravaged China’s farms in 2018-2019, they cause a chronic condition that reduces the number of healthy piglets born.
Second wave of locusts striking hard-hit East Africa in recent weeks after heavy rains and a late-season cyclone sparked new breeding, with swarms invading Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Huge swarms on scales that hadn’t been seen in decades were reported last year in East Africa, parts of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and India.
APOSTASY AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS
New York Times says “Biden Most Religiously Observant Christian President in Half Century.” Mainstream media, etc, lost no time fawning over Biden. Many have made outlandish claims that are, at best, laughable, and at worst, horrifying. In an article titled “In Biden’s Catholic Faith, and Ascendant Liberal Christianity,” New York Times called Biden the “most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century.” That’s a bald-faced lie. Liberal so-called ascendant Christianity is not true Christianity. It is a lie from the father of lies himself!
Pope Francis extends ‘good wishes’ to pro-abortion President Biden. At no point did he call upon Biden to show concern for hundreds of thousands of babies killed by abortion each year in America.
Vatican orders US bishops to hold back statement condemning Biden’s plan to pursue immoral policies. The statement had pointed out Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies that would advance ‘moral evils’ such as ‘abortion, same-sex marriage, and gender issues.’
Student newspaper at prominent “Christian” university, Baylor, defends Biden’s transgender policy. The newspaper called a professor’s comments “transphobic” after she criticized Biden’s executive order allowing biological males who identify as females to compete in women’s sports.
HATRED OF CHRISTIANITY
Church Known for Conservative Views Bombed in California. FBI and police are investigating an explosion early Saturday at a Los Angeles church. Protestors have repeatedly targeted the church whose pastor condemns same-sex relationships. No injuries were reported.
Christian leaders demand Cuban authorities release pastor arrested for leading ‘illegal’ church. Pastor Karel Parra Rosabal was arrested Jan. 12 and was told he was arrested “so that you learn that illegal churches in Cuba are not allowed.” He’s being held in detention.
HATRED OF JEWS AND ISRAEL
Over week after taking office, Biden yet to call Israel’s PM Netanyahu. As of this writing, he has already spoken to Canadian President Trudeau, Mexican President Obrador, British Prime Minister Johnson, German Chancellor Merkle, French President Macron and Russian President Putin.
Biden appoints Anti-Israel Muslim to top Intelligence position. Biden’s two newest appointees to top intelligence positions are concerning due to their anti-Israel stance. One is Jewish; the other is a [so-called] “Palestinian”-American.
Growing concern in Israel over appointment of Malley as US rep. to Iran. This is bad news for Israel. The Jewish anti-Israel co-head of the radical left-wing group Code Pink, Ariel Gold, supports the appointment of Robert Malley as US special representative to Iran. As does columnist Peter Beinart, who no longer believes in a Jewish state; Iranian nuclear deal cheerleader, echo chamber creator Ben Rhodes; and ‘Bolshevik’ Bernie Sanders.
Muslim lawyer praises Hitler, calls for new genocide of Jews. “Will he be disbarred? Of course not… The California bar investigated him and unbelievably found no actionable conduct. There is so much corruption these days, you need wings to stay above it.”
Mainstream Media Empowers Fake Humanitarian Group’s Claim That Israel is an Apartheid State. B’tselem, an anti-Israel organization posing as a humanitarian group, ignored a government ban prohibiting indoctrination of Israeli students. But the inaccurate claim by B’tselem that Israel is an apartheid state was picked up by Washington Post, ABC News, CBS News, and Associated Press.
Antisemitism expected to rise sharply around the world in 2021 as a result of conspiracy theories against Jews and Israel regarding the pandemic, Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s annual antisemitism report said. The main forum for expressing antisemitism in 2020 changed from the physical realm to online.
Islam: Not a Religion of Peace; Far from It
Terror group claims responsibility for blast outside Israeli embassy in India. A letter found at the scene allegedly promises ‘This is just the beginning.’
LAST DAYS RETURN TO DAYS OF LOT
BBC Educational Film aimed at Prepubescent Children Tells Them There Are ‘over 100’ Genders. The film Identity – Understanding Sexual & Gender Identities, is presented on the publicly-funded broadcaster’s ‘Teach’ website, aimed at children ages 9-12. The program says becoming transgender is a means by which children can become “happy” and that different gender identities include “gender-queer,” “pansexual,” and “bi-gender.”
33 missing children rescued in major human trafficking investigation in California which began Jan. 11. At least eight had been sexually exploited. The FBI has seen a spike in human trafficking-related crimes in recent years (over 1,800 pending investigations as of Nov. 2020). Several children returned to commercial sex trafficking after being located by authorities, requiring several interventions.
ADT Home Security Tech Admits Spying Customers Having Sex and Observing Naked Women. Telesforo Aviles pleaded guilty to computer fraud. He’d “add his personal email address to customers’ ‘ADT Pulse’ accounts,” telling customers who noticed that “he needed to add himself temporarily in order to ‘test’ the system.” With real-time remote access to video feeds, his voyeurism was easy.
‘#BidenErasedWomen’ Trends After Biden Signs Transgender Executive Order. Less than a day after Biden signed an executive order mandating educational institutions receive federal funding for biological males to join female sports teams, use ladies’ locker rooms and restrooms, and be eligible for women’s scholarships, the hashtag #BidenErasedWomen began trending. Add that to the House ruling to eliminate all terms that indicate male or female gender. Under such circumstances, those who are celebrating the first woman vice president have nothing to celebrate. And how is it that they’re blind to Biden’s obsession with putting his hands on very young girls?
Disagreeing with Biden’s Transgender Policy Is ‘Incitement’ Now? Facebook Says So. Facebook suspended Robert A.J. Gagnon, a prominent Christian scholar on the topic of Bible sexuality, for 24 hours. His crime? Speaking out against transgender ideology and Biden’s new transgender military policy. Facebook claimed Gagnon’s criticism of this government-imposed ideology violated the platform’s “Community Standards on violence and incitement.”
Estimated 1 in 5 Americans have sexually transmitted diseases, half ages 15 to 24, in statistics from 2018 released Monday. Data shows nearly 68 million STIs on any given day and 26 million newly acquired STIs in 2018.
Satanic death metal band Behemoth’s Nergal Blasts Poland’s Abortion Ban, as did others. Poland’s abortion ban now only allows abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the pregnancy poses harm to the mother (why not early delivery in case of danger to the mother, not abortion). The demonic-looking Nergal called the ban a “religious cancer.” The ban outraged Leftists in Poland and beyond. This example and more should tell people who is doing God’s will versus Satan’s will.
House Republicans Tell Pelosi: We Will Oppose Any Bill to Force Americans to Fund Abortions. Good! But will it work since the Demos control everything now? The Hyde Amendment (in place since 1976) prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions in Medicaid and other federal programs. It has saved an estimated 2.4 million babies from abortions, including about 60,000 each year. For decades, the Hyde Amendment had strong bipartisan support. Polls consistently show most Americans still support it, but Democrat leaders – who have close ties to the billion-dollar abortion industry – recently abandoned the popular position on the issue and now want to force taxpayers to pay for abortions.
Liberal Catholic Nun Defends Joe Biden’s Radical Pro-Abortion Views. Sister Simone Campbell was targeted by then Pope Benedict in his investigation of American nuns for communist views. The investigation was ended by Pope Francis. Campbell’s Nuns on the Bus crusade was cheered by the Communist Party. And she’s not the only nun with leftist views. Read American Spectator article, “Sisters in Communism.”
EXPOSING LAST DAYS TRAITORS
Ramping up the ruination of our youth
More Leftist Indoctrination of Children. As schools across the country plan lessons for Black History Month, one public school district in Iowa is taking things beyond history and straight to leftist indoctrination. It has little to do with race, and is instead about the Left exploiting race to push a radical worldview and values on students. Besides this indoctrination forced on students aged 14 to 18, they’ll be taught lessons on “queer affirming,” “transgender affirming,” “globalism,” and “disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics.”
The Civics Trojan Horse – Schools to Become Training Ground for Woke Activism. I’d advise reading this whole article, but here’s an excerpt: The “wokest school system of all,” may be Illinois, but be warned: it’s coming to all states. For 5 years, liberals have quietly laid the groundwork for a massive shift. Now they’re ready to blow up whatever common-sense learning standards are left and replace them with extremism no one has ever seen.
Dennis Prager: To save America from left’s destruction, take your kids out of public school. “On his first day in office, Biden disbanded President Trump’s 1776 Commission which focused on a “patriotic education” for American students. “The left is thrilled with that,” Prager said. “The left is primarily concerned with deconstructing the USA. There’s a 50/50 chance that if you send your kid to elementary school, high school and college, they’ll come out holding you in contempt. If you’re prepared to lose your child, keep your kid in school.”
Pitting the So-Called Races Against Each Other is Part of the Globalist Takedown Plan
Professor to give talk on ‘demilitarizing whiteness’ so white people can ‘become human.’ Leftist narratives about the Capitol riot are becoming even more inventive, including claims that participants were full of “white rage,” emboldened by “addictive power” of white supremacy. At least one academic blamed white America across the board. But a professor from Middlebury College takes the rhetorical blame up a notch. In a lecture, Jonathan Miller-Lane will discuss “Facilitate the Demilitarization of White Bodies.” The College Fix asked him for more specifics on “demilitarization” of whiteness, and the process by which whites can “become human.” He did not respond.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:4).
More Leftist Lies and Alibis
FIRST, SOME GOOD NEWS: Donald Trump Establishes ‘The Office of The Former President.’ The office will be responsible “for managing President Trump’s correspondence” and “to advance the interests of the US and carry on the agenda” of his presidency. Of course, the lamestream media and Dem-wits who follow it bashed it and him and made jokes. But the hypocrites didn’t complain when B. Hussein O. moved his hindquarters down the street in the DC swamp and carried on his O-bomanable agenda. It’ll be no joke when they’re left behind to face the tribulation.
It’s Really “We the People” Who Are Labeled Domestic Terrorists. DHS issues nationwide terrorism alert over ‘violent extremists’ motivated by election results, COVID lockdowns and police activity. The advisory comes even “though no signs of credible attack plots have been found.” How interesting that all those violent leftist riots with deaths over the past several months didn’t prompt such action. Also, Antifa and BLM started rioting again after the inauguration. But one riot by right wing extremists, and here you go. This doesn’t pass the sniff test.
Remember When Biden Said “You Can’t Legislate by Executive Orders Unless You’re A Dictator“ Just over a fortnight before the election, Biden was discussing his tax proposals when he declared that in order to see them implemented, he’d need votes and approval from Congress. “I have this strange notion. We are a democracy,” Biden sardonically declared. “You can’t do it by executive order, unless you’re a dictator,” he said, adding “We’re a democracy, we need consensus.” Fast forward to the first day of Biden’s presidency. This puppet for the dictatorship implemented NINETEEN executive actions.
Biden refuses to take questions as executive order criticism grows in a bid to undo many of the initiatives of the Trump administration, Biden has signed a record 40 executive actions in his first week in office. These actions have seen him catch heat from some of his biggest allies, including the New York Times. But don’t take that as the Times softening its leftist stance. Far from it. The Times urged Biden to “ease up” and instead of ruling by fiat, legislate via Congress.
Rand Paul’s disturbing face-mask prediction, etc.; urges massive pushback against left: ‘We should all resist.‘ U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a medical doctor by profession, predicted that mandates to wear facial coverings are never going away as long as the political left is in charge. He said, “Our only hope of changing the trajectory is a vaccine, but it should be voluntary.” He also blasted the absurdity of Congress’ second impeachment trial of President Trump, who is now a private citizen. To evince how people are overreacting to use of certain words such as “fight,” Paul recounted how he stated on the Senate floor Tuesday: “If you are a senator who has never used the word ‘fight’ figuratively in a speech, raise your hand. No one raised their hand.”
Paul also hammered the recent onslaught against freedom of speech by Big Tech. “It started with the climate extremists … They made only one truth, and if you didn’t agree, you’re a denier. When you cannot dissent, there is no free society. … We should all resist. We should all fight in a figurative way. But we should all resist.”
Former Democrat Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Appears on Fox News with Portrait of Mao on Wall. The portrait in the background was noticed by viewers. Ford claims it wasn’t his home, but a friend’s vacation home he was staying in. Even if that were true, what does it say about those he associates with? This is not the first time in recent memory that Democrats have appeared with communist propaganda. In 2009, the Obama Administration decorated the official White House Christmas tree with an ornament depicting Mao. In 2014, Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney was busted with Soviet military propaganda adorning the walls of his home after a photoshoot with Washingtonian MOM magazine, which was profiling his wife.
‘Aid and Comfort’ to the Enemy: Speaker Pelosi Ramps Up Attacks On Republican Colleagues Amidst Calls For Expulsion. She accused them of giving “aid and comfort” to those who were trying to destroy the Constitution and the country. It’s yet another example of “projection” onto the right by the left, accusing them of what the left is actually guilty of.
Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic-Terrorism Bill Is “A Targeting of Almost Half of The Country.” Her concern lies in how officials will define the characteristics they’re searching for in potential threats. “What characteristics are we looking for as we are building this profile of a potential extremist, what are we talking about? Religious extremists, are we talking about Christians, evangelical Christians, what is a religious extremist? Is it somebody who is pro-life? Where do you take this?” Gabbard said. She said the proposed legislation could create “a very dangerous undermining of our civil liberties, our freedoms in our Constitution, and a targeting of almost half of the country.”
Tulsi Gabbard asks Joe Biden: ‘Have you declared martial law?’ With the National Guard expected to remain in the nation’s capital during the ridiculous second impeachment trial of President Trump through March, a former congresswoman is asking Biden if he has declared martial law. “President @JoeBiden, have you declared martial law? Because that is what it’s starting to look and feel like. Let our troops get back home to their families,” Tulsi Gabbard tweeted on Monday.
Democrats Have Released A Roadmap to One-Party Rule. They’re trying to use the U.S. Capitol riots as an excuse to criminalize dissent and banish conservative voices from the public sphere, and at the same time they’re hoping to use their razor-thin majority in Congress to rewrite the rules governing our elections in a way designed to keep the Democrat Party entrenched in power for decades to come.
Virginia Proposed a Rule Change Allowing Late Ballots with No Postmarks. A judge has ruled that the Virginia Board of Elections broke the law during the 2020 cycle. The board had permitted ballots without postmarks that arrived three days after Election Day to be counted through a proposed rule change.
Global Warming Aka Climate Change Agenda: Ruse for Global Governance
Biden’s Climate Change Initiatives Will Usher in Eco-Feudalism in Which Citizens Will Own No Property. It’s part of the leftist plan to destroy the US and bring on global governance.
Declaring a Global climate emergency will give Big Government power to regulate peoples’ behavior. “It’s all in the progressives’ playbook: Divide and Conquer. First lock down your citizens and impose economic hardship, then nickel and dime them to death with inane and insane regulations. The lockdown and personal mandates have accomplished the first objective: controlling the peoples’ First Amendment Right to freedom of assembly. By keeping everyone under tight geographical control, it sets an awful precedent that reeks of totalitarian rule. And Herr (Chuck) Schumer wants to tighten the noose by having Biden sign on to a “Climate Emergency,” which would essentially put the entire US under a form of martial law. Most people who believe we’re in a climate emergency have been spoon-fed climate disaster porn since they were in kindergarten. It’s no wonder the polls are shifting in favor of the global warm mongers.”
Same pen that urges ‘Buy American’ put thousands out of work. Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “Buy American,” but that promise is drawing mixed reviews since thousands of Americans are out of work with the stroke of his puppet pen. On his first day of usurpation of the White House, he revoked the permit for adding 800 miles to the Keystone pipeline. Revoking the permit is one of several “critical first steps to address the climate crisis,” Biden said. (Among other job-killing plans, Biden is also pushing a $15 minimum wage that some predict could cost millions of jobs when many businesses are hit with a higher payroll).
John Kerry’s family still owns private jet as he leads so-called climate fight. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate that the family of U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry owns a private jet, despite his position on combatting fossil fuels in the new administration. Private jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.
In the last days… “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).
Nazi-Inspired Censorship Goes Official: House Democrats are Now Urging FBI to Investigate Parler. Democrats rioted, looted, and burned down cities – all using Twitter, Facebook, etc. No problem. But the idea of a platform for ideas that are not state-sanctioned is indictable. When social media channels were systemically banning us, the left taunted, “Don’t like it? Build your own!” Well, we did, and now they mean to jail us for it. Re-educate us for it. So, who are the real Nazis? The Leftist Democrat Party. They project what they’re actually guilty of onto the right in order to cause confusion.
US military intel agency buys, uses bulk US phone location data without warrants. Defense Intelligence Agency admitted to bulk purchasing commercially available U.S. smartphone location data and using it to search movements of Americans. Sen. Ron Wyden said, “The government, instead of getting an order, just goes out and purchases private records of Americans from sleazy and unregulated commercial data brokers who are simply above the law.” Wyden is preparing legislation changing the rules on commercial data purchases “to make it clear the Fourth Amendment is not for sale.”
INIQUITY (LAWLESSNESS; WICKEDNESS) SHALL ABOUND
Across the U.S., left-wing groups ‘Antifa’ and ‘BLM’ are continuing to disrupt public order following the inauguration of Biden. Democrats have been quiet on these attacks. They’re still going on: MEDIA BLACKOUT: Leftist Antifa Riot at Portland ICE Facility Overnight; They Throw Mortar Explosives at Federal Police Officers (VIDEO). It’s part of the takedown of this nation, folks.
America’s Anti-Cop Movement Leads to Largest Homicide Increase in US History. And while the establishment media is largely blaming the pandemic for the spike, the chronology doesn’t support that assertion – and Biden’s criminal-justice policies stand to exacerbate the ongoing crime wave while ignoring its causes.
Several Major Corporations Are Fighting to Use Slave Labor. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act passed the House by a vote of 403-6 in September. The bill would ban all imported goods from Xinjiang, China, made with forced labor. After its passage, Nike, Coca-Cola, Apple and other corporations began fighting to weaken language in the bill, arguing while they condemn human rights abuses, the bill would harm supply chains in China that they rely on. Nike, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Campbell Soup Company, Costco, H&M, Patagonia, Tommy Hilfiger and other companies are suspected of having ties to forced labor in Xinjiang.
Nestlé and Cargill are facing allegations that child slavery was used in West Africa to produce the cocoa the companies purchase. The two companies argued in court that while they “unequivocally condemn child slavery,” they shouldn’t be subject to suit for aiding and abetting child slavery because they are corporations. They argued that traffickers and farmers involved should be the ones charged. Also see: Apple (and Several other Companies) Paid Lobbyists to ‘Educate Policymakers’ (to soften language) regarding the Bill to Stop Uighur Slave Labor
Illegal alien, military-aged Muslim invaders from Africa, storm border fence. 85 to 90 managed to enter the city. Many Illegal migrants that violently break into Spain are shown to be extremely dangerous with values and ambitions in staunch opposition to Western values and laws. Melilla has seen many violent attacks over the last several years. Arrival of Muslim illegals to Spain in boats has skyrocketed over the past year. Numerous boats are also arriving to coasts of Almería, Murcia, Granada, and Canary Islands. In November alone, 8,157 migrants illegally arrived on the Canary Islands. Invaders have regularly escaped quarantine or are confined for a short period and released into the public.
EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
Tornado leaves path of destruction in Alabama, killing 1, injuring at least 30. The EF-3 with 150 mph (241 kph) winds carved a 10-mile (16-kilometer) path through Birmingham’s northern suburbs.
Drought conditions could impact power generation in the Western US. Ongoing drought in parts of the West could trigger water conservation measures across seven states this year, marking the first time cutbacks outlined in drought contingency plans drafted two years ago have been put in place. Everything from hydroelectric power generation to agricultural production to bubbling fountains at Las Vegas casinos could be impacted. Impacts on hydro generation could have ripple effects across the Southwest, including solar and energy storage.
Strong winter storm brings heavy snow and flooding rain to Northern California, a “tremendous amount of moisture,” according to the National Weather Service. The system also brought wind gusts above 161 km/h (100 mph) and a rare snowstorm to the Sacramento Valley. The storm prompted flood warnings and threats of mudslides, including in areas previously burned bare by wildfires. About 5,000 people remained under evacuation orders as threat of flooding persisted in the Santa Cruz mountains.
At least 13 killed by Tropical Cyclone Eloise, 1 in Madagascar, 9 in Mozambique, and 3 in Zimbabwe.
Storm Hortense hits Mallorca, Spain; wind gusts up to 170 km/h (105 mph). Hortense left a trail of destruction after it made landfall on January 23; at least 2 people were injured.
Deadly flooding and landslides hit Santa Catarina in Brazil on January 25 after half a month’s worth of rain fell in 6 hours. Flooding and landslides killed at least two people.
In Australia, Victoria drenched by a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours while historic rains hit New South Wales, which is set for further heavy downpours and damaging winds.
Tropical depression near Fiji to intensify into a tropical cyclone. Tropical depression 05F developed near Fiji on January 28, and was forecast over the next 24 hours to develop into a tropical cyclone Category 1 on January 30.
GREAT EARTHQUAKES; VOLCANOES
Shallow M7.1 earthquake hits South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Over 30,000 earthquakes have been registered in Bransfield Strait, ocean channel between South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, from August to December 2020. The M7.1/M6.9 is the strongest in the sequence.
Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano on Java island erupted on Wednesday, sending up a cloud of ash and prompting authorities to warn of the risk of lava flows reaching roads.
ISIS terrorism returns to target women in Syria. Two women, both officials of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, were abducted and murdered in Syria. These appear to be the latest murders carried out by ISIS against US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and their civilian authorities. In recent weeks, the jihadist group appears to have begun a resurgence, attacking Syrian regime forces west of the Euphrates and carrying out a large twin bombing in Baghdad.
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS
Nukes, terror, Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah – Iran’s tentacles are spreading. Israel is preparing a full-court press to discuss Iran’s threats with the new US administration, according to various media reports.
Israel threatens to attack Iran if US eases sanctions, rejoins 2015 nuke deal. Tzachi Hanegbi, cabinet member and top advisor to Netanyahu, threatened that Israel will take action to prevent Iran from advancing its nuclear program. Habegbi said, “If the US government rejoins the nuclear deal — and that seems to be the stated policy as of now — the practical result will be that Israel will again be alone against Iran. This we will not allow. We’ve already twice done what needed to be done, in 1981 against the Iraqi nuclear program and in 2007 against the Syrian nuclear program.”
Israel’s top general says its military is refreshing operational plans against Iran in an apparent signal to Biden to tread cautiously in any diplomatic engagement with Iran. Such comments by Israel’s military chief of staff on U.S. policymaking are rare and likely would’ve been pre-approved by the Israeli government. “A return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, or even if it is a similar accord with several improvements, is bad and wrong from an operational and strategic point of view,” Lieutenant-General Aviv Kochavi said. “In light of this fundamental analysis, I have instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare a number of operational plans, in addition to those already in place. It will be up to the political leadership, of course, to decide on implementation, but these plans need to be on the table,” he said.
Syrian Arab Army troops reportedly positioned on Lebanese section of Mount Hermon near Israel’s border. The cluster of mountains that is Mount Hermon, or Jabal al-Shaykh – is the apex of the Golan Heights – and splits between Israel and Lebanon at its summit. Recently, reports have surfaced of both Israeli and Syrian airstrikes in areas close to the border. IDF military doctrine insists it will not permit foreign forces to embed anywhere near Israel’s borders. The Syrian Army is under the directive of President Bashar Assad and consists largely of Sunni Muslims.
Rise of the Kings of the East
Recent Chinese military moves pose big questions for new US administration. Taiwan reported a “large incursion of Chinese warplanes for a second day running.” On Monday, a day after the report of the overflight, Chinese and Indian troops clashed in a disputed area, and there’ve been casualties.
WHEN THEY SHALL SAY ‘PEACE AND SAFETY’ THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION
Biden Backs Two-State Solution, Will Reinstate [so-called] “Palestinian” Mission, Aid. Richard Mills told the UN Security Council that Biden’s Middle East policy “will be to support a mutually agreed, two-state solution, in which Israel lives in peace and security, alongside a viable Palestinian state.”
“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep… by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:7-14).