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Mystery of Hurricane Irene’s Gross Gray Blobs Solved

September 15, 2011 Comments off

When Hurricane Irene barreled up the U.S. Eastern coastline, the storm left behind a path of widespread damage — and a generous helping of mysterious, squishy gray blobs in shallow waters and beaches from Virginia to New York, according to news reports.

“They’re pretty disgusting looking,” Cathy Hopkins of Hampton, Va., told local media outlet the Daily Press.

Hopkins spotted dozens of the nasty floating blobs — many of which give off a powerful stench — near the mouth of the Poquoson River, off the Chesapeake Bay.

So what are these strange invaders?

“They’re potato sponges,” said Emmett Duffy, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, in a statement.

The institution has been inundated with queries about the blobs, which have been described as being of “various sizes,” with the smallest “around the size of a baseball.” Reports of their texture range from “kind of rubbery or leathery” to “kind of soft.”

Unlike their tuber namesakes, potato sponges are animals. The simple invertebrates usually remain out of sight beneath the waves, anchored to the seafloor. The unobtrusive filter-feeders, which can grow to the size of a soccer ball, inhabit shallow coastal habitats around the world.

Stormy weather can churn up the ocean waters where potato sponges dwell, dislodging them from the seafloor and unleashing a flood of dying or dead sponges — hence the foul smells — onto an unsuspecting coastal population.

Although a plague of sponges doesn’t always follow a big storm, it has happened in the past. Hundreds washed ashore in Virginia after Tropical Storm Hanna in 2008, the Daily Press reported. –

As reported by this ministry, Early September 2011: Watch what will soon wash up from the dying seas. A deadly brew is fermenting and will soon surface. Your coastlines will become stagnated with the death toll.

Learn who is against the nations: Jeremiah 51:25 “Look, I am against you, devastating mountain— [this is] the LORD’s declaration— you devastate the whole earth. I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the cliffs, and turn you into a burned out mountain.”

FEMA almost out of disaster funds

August 29, 2011 Comments off

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Federal Disaster Relief Fund, the pot of money used to help communities and individuals hit by disasters, is nearly depleted. That’s bad news for victims of both Hurricane Irene and other disasters like the tornadoes that hit earlier this year.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said Monday that the agency’s fund has fallen to less than $800 million. With less that $1 billion on hand, the agency is only authorized to pay for emergency repairs. That means that long-term projects, like rebuilding roads, schools and other damaged structures in the tornado-ravaged southeastern states and Joplin, Mo., will have to wait.

While individuals eligible for assistance from those earlier storms will continue to get their checks, FEMA will put other spending on hold in order to have enough cash on hand for new emergencies likeHurricane Irene.

Fugate said he hopes to resume funding those long-term projects at some point, but that Congress will have to appropriate additional funds for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 in order to do so.

He added that he’s not even sure that the disaster fund has enough money to cover all the costs that will be associated with Hurricane Irene, which caused flooding and other damage in a heavily-populated area stretching from North Carolina to Vermont over the weekend.

“Don’t know,” he responded when asked if there was enough money to cover the latest storm damage. “What we’ve been working on will take care of quite a few folks. But as I testified back earlier this year…if we had any significant disasters between now and the end of the fiscal year, it would likely require additional funds.”

So far, FEMA has agreed to help state and local governments pay for preparations for Irene as well as for some immediate recovery efforts. But it has not yet authorized payments to individual victims of the storm.

Fugate couldn’t estimate how much FEMA has already spent on Irene, or what those costs will grow to.

The House has already passed an appropriations bill for the upcoming fiscal year for the Department of Homeland Security that includes an additional $1 billion for the disaster relief fund this fiscal year.

But that funding has yet to be passed by the Senate, and could end up being caught in the congressional gridlock over spending cuts and the deficit.

Several House Republicans issued a statement Saturday in advance of the storm criticizing the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Obama administration for their failure to act on the additional cash for FEMA, saying they had left the agency “running on fumes.”

“Even though the President himself said that ‘We are going to do everything we can to help these communities rebuild,’ the rhetoric has not matched reality and the Disaster Relief Fund is running out of money,” said Robert Aderholt, chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. – CNN Money

Reported by this ministry, as informed by Yahweh’s holy family August 26th, 2011: This will be such a crushing for not only the loss of life, but a huge hit to the U.S. economy as no money will be available to rebuild what is about to topple and be brought asunder.

$45Billion Irene ‘One of Most Expensive Hurricanes’

August 28, 2011 1 comment

She was expected to wreak havoc on Manhattan, wrecking homes, flooding cars and toppling trees as she roared across the city.

But while Hurricane Irene did not strike New York with the ferocity many expected, the city has been dealt a major blow nonetheless – the huge cost of a weekend of anxious preparation away from work.

After hundreds of thousands fled Manhattan this weekend, Irene arrived last night as more of a heavy thunder storm than a devastating hurricane – an irony which will not be lost on the numerous business owners who shut up shop for fear of devastation.

University of Maryland professor Peter Morici said up to $45billion of damage has been caused on the East Coast, factoring in physical damage and the loss of two days of economic activity.

In the city, projected winds of 75mph hit at closer to 50mph and while streets in lower Manhattan briefly flooded, the water receded shortly afterwards.

In an afternoon press conference, mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the earlier evacuation of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from their homes would be lifted by as early as 3pm.

As Irene looked set to batter Coney Island last night, there were widespread fears the winds would cause devastation to the historic town.

The promenade of wooden stalls on the beach, however, appear to have been relatively unharmed after the hurricane eased to a tropical storm.

Coney Island boardwalk landmarks like the red parachute drop tower, the Cyclone roller coaster, and Dino’s Wonder Wheel all appeared intact this morning.

The usually bustling fair ground and beach boardwalk were deserted as the storm hit but, while the town will suffer from the temporary lack of business, any fears of widespread damage appear not to have been lived up to.

Irene made landfall at Coney Island this morning -  the first time the eye of a cyclone has directly touched the five boroughs since 1893

He also declared the Staten Island ferry would reopen at 3pm and while further checks have to be performed on the subway system, some service may be restored by rush hour in the morning.

The mayor added that the emergency had ‘brought out the best in New Yorkers’ and noted that police had made 300 fewer arrests than usual during the evening of the storm – a surprise upshot of the dramatics.

While reassuring New Yorkers that the City would be working like usual by the morning, Mr Bloomberg warned commuters not to expect too much from a system which has still had to recover from a brief onslaught of rain and wind.

‘It’s going to be tough,’ he said. ‘You’re going to have a difficult commute in the morning’.

Speaking later in the afternoon, President Barack Obama added that he wanted ‘to underscore that the impact of the storm’ would be felt for a while.

Tomorrow will be tough for New Yorkers returning to work as days of inactivity have dealt the economy a serious blow.

It has been estimated that the storm will have cost the East Coast up to $45billion, according to Peter Morici, a professor at University of Maryland.

The prediction included $20 billion in damages and the accumulation of two days’ loss of economic activity. - Mail Online

Reported by this ministry, as informed by Yahweh’s holy family August 26th, 2011: This will be such a crushing for not only the loss of life, but a huge hit to the U.S. economy as no money will be available to rebuild what is about to topple and be brought asunder.

Shoppers fight over bottled water, flashlights and lobster… How a city prepared for a very New York hurricane

August 27, 2011 Comments off

I knew something was amiss before I even left my apartment.

My flatmate has locked the front door, presumably in the fear that hurricane Irene would try the handle first before barging in.

He also pulled down the blind on the kitchen window, apparently in the belief that it would stop the 100mph gusts should the glass fail to do so.

‘We’ve got to be prepared,’ he said with a face fit for a funeral. ‘Who knows what might happen’.

I thought he was overreacting to the arrival of the storm in New York, but out on the streets I realised it was I who was out of step.

Inevitably the supermarkets became raw wounds of fear, with shoppers stocking up on what they saw as essential provisions to get them through the hard times ahead.

New York city officials had given explicit instructions that everyone should prepare a ‘Go bag’ in case of disaster containing bottled water and nonperishable food such as granola bars.

But in Gristides in 1st Avenue by lunchtime on Saturday the shelves had been cleared of frozen pizzas, pastries and potatoes with plenty of cereal bars to spare.

All of the mulitgrain pitta chips had been taken, although even the prospect of a hurricane was not enough to convince anyone to buy the Italian Harvest flavour.

One woman was carrying a shopping list which included soy sauce, crackers and cider.

At the very top she had written, with a star next to it: ‘Lobster’.

‘It’s not very practical, I know,’ she admitted, her cheeks glowing red with embarrassment.

Also in Gristides Giovanna Levy was doing some last minute shopping. Her basket contained tins of tuna, toothpaste and hot dogs.

She said: ‘This is the second supermarket we’ve been to.

‘We’re going to order in loads of food from restaurants and have it just sitting there ready to eat.

‘We’re not sure where we are going to stay yet. We were thinking about going to a hotel downtown but I don’t think we’re doing that now.’

I asked another lady in her early 20s how she was preparing for what could be the worst natural disaster in 26 years to hit New York.

‘I’ve left my air conditioning unit on all day today so my bedroom is nice and cool,’ she said.

‘If the power goes off it won’t work’. I told her: ‘It seems like a sensible precaution’, and she agreed, nodding her head.

Her boyfriend chipped in: ‘You can’t be too sure’.

Gracefully supermarket on 1st Avenue was closed but through the window you could see there  was no bread, only one Yucan gold potato but lots of butternut squash left on the shelves.

At Morton Williams supermarket on 23rd St Beth and Jeff Rooney had stocked up on bagels, cream cheese and peanut butter to see them through.

Mrs Rooney said: ‘We’re not really taking it that seriously. People are acting like there will never be any more food but the trucks will start running tomorrow or Monday.

‘It’s like Christmas, only worse’.

Shops which bragged about staying open 24 hours now looked foolish at best and suicidal at worst.

At the CVS on 23rd st staff had been told the store would close at 9pm on Saturday night and reopen at 10am on Sunday, when Irene was right overhead.

‘I don’t know how they expect us to get into work,’ a lady at the checkout said, referring to the closure of the entire New York transit system.

‘Maybe they’ll get us a flying carpet’.

Throughout Manhattan shop closures were widespread but utterly random.

On 1st Avenue the laundries were open but the bars were shut.

You could get a KFC but you couldn’t get a McDonald’s. You could buy computer games but you couldn’t get a coffee.

You couldn’t get your shoes repaired anywhere, and you definitely couldn’t go to the bank.

On 2nd Avenue you couldn’t even die – a sign on the door of the Andrett Funeral Home read: ‘ We are closed due to hurricane Irene’.

It added: ‘Sorry for the inconvenience’.

The predictable things had, of course, sold out. At Radioshack on 1st there were no digital clocks, radios and just a few batteries left.

At Walgreen’s by Union Square candles were in short supply, as were frozen pizzas again.

One man walked around with two bottles of Gatorade in his basket. An elderly gentleman was waiting in line clutching two bars of Lindt chocolate and four tins of sardines.

The hardware store close to my apartment had sold a number of foam guards which sit on top of air conditioning units to soften the noise of the rain falling onto them.

‘I don’t see the point of it,’ said David Rojas, who was working behind the counter at Town and Village Hardware. ‘I’d be more concerned about whether my building was going to stand up than the noise of the rain’.

At the best of times hearing other people’s conversations gives you an idea about what makes New York tick.

But in the new mood of subdued panic, they offered a chance to really see how people were planning ahead.

‘Is that Worcestershire sauce?’ a girl wearing wellington boots asked her friend in one store. ‘They haven’t got any. Damn. Let’s try somewhere else’.

Another woman scolded her husband as they crossed the road close to Union Square.

‘For God’s sakes Harold,’ she said, ‘We still don’t have the mint tea and we’re running out of time!’

Come on Irene…. – Mail Online

The name Irene is no mere coincidence. It is the operational code name of the LOZ members directing the course of that hurricane. This will be such a crushing for not only the loss of life, but a huge hit to the U.S. economy as no money will be available to rebuild what is about to topple and be brought asunder. Satan has directed nearly all of his demonic forces to scramble and try to force Irene off course. While he does this, watch what the other LOZ operational groups do else where. Satan’s troops cannot be everywhere at once. Another earthquake is in the making, and Satan has pulled his troops out of that battle to halt it. Now he is forced with choosing his battles more wisely. The LOZ are alsi working not only the fault-lines, but also some volcanoes that will set off a chain reaction of devastating events. Soon, the news commentators will questuion as to whether or not this entire planet is breaking apart.

Hurricane Irene Spawns Tornadoes

August 27, 2011 2 comments

As Hurricane Irene moved north, with its winds and torrents of rain, it caused tornadoes in at least four states, and officials warned they could be as dangerous as the hurricane itself.

Tornadoes were reported in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Delaware’s Gov. Jack Markell said he believed a tornado tore through 17 homes near Lewes, Del., and off Rehoboth Beach, the National Weather Service reported a waterspout — essentially, a tornado out at sea. There were no reports of major injuries.

At least five homes in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, Va., sustained major damage from a tornado, said Mary Hancock, a spokeswoman for the city, but the area had already been evacuated and there were no injuries reported. Several other homes in the area were less seriously damaged.

“The category of hurricane doesn’t explain all the risk,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said. “Rainfall and tornadoes are not tied to the category of a storm … some of the most devastating floods have been from tropical storms.”

What do tornadoes have to do with hurricanes? A hurricane is a giant vortex of low presure sending wind and rain whipping around — but also drawing air in from other, dryer areas to fill the vacuum created by the storm. When cooler, dryer air collides with the muggy air of the hurricane, the conditions are ripe for funnel clouds to spin off in almost any direction.

While the tornadoes are much smaller than the hurricane itself, they can be considerably more intense. Their strength — and the amount of damage they can cause — is not related to the strength of the hurricane.

Americans most often hear about tornadoes in the Midwest and South, especially in the spring as cold air from Canada is pushed back by the growing warmth in the Gulf of Mexico. That formula makes for the largest number of tornadoes on earth. But meteorologists say they can happen anywhere on the planet — and in a hurricane, all bets are off. – ABC News

The name Irene is no mere coincidence. It is the operational code name of the LOZ members directing the course of that hurricane. This will be such a crushing for not only the loss of life, but a huge hit to the U.S. economy as no money will be available to rebuild what is about to topple and be brought asunder. Satan has directed nearly all of his demonic forces to scramble and try to force Irene off course. While he does this, watch what the other LOZ operational groups do else where. Satan’s troops cannot be everywhere at once. Another earthquake is in the making, and Satan has pulled his troops out of that battle to halt it. Now he is forced with choosing his battles more wisely. The LOZ are alsi working not only the fault-lines, but also some volcanoes that will set off a chain reaction of devastating events. Soon, the news commentators will questuion as to whether or not this entire planet is breaking apart.

Hurricane Irene Could Affect Millions Of People In The U.S.

August 26, 2011 2 comments

By MITCH WEISS, Associated Press

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.

For hundreds of miles, people in the storm’s path headed inland, made last-minute preparations and monitored the hurricane’s every subtle movement. Irene had the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage all along a densely populated arc that included Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and beyond. At least 65 million people were in its projected track.

As the storm trudged toward northwest from the Bahamas, rain from its outer bands began falling along the North and South Carolina coast. Swells and 6- to 9-foot waves were reported along the Outer Banks. Winds were expected to pick up later. Thousands had already lost power as the fringes of the storm began raking the shore.

The hurricane warning was extended into the Chesapeake Bay as far as Drum Point, and existing warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. A hurricane watch was in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

Risks from Irene’s wrath were many: surging seas, drenching rains, flash floods and high winds. Craig Fugate had warned previously that this is one of the largest populations to be affected by one storm at one time. On Friday morning, he and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pleaded with people to heed local officials’ warnings.

“Evacuation orders are key,” Fugate said. “People need to leave early, travel a safe distance, and get somewhere safe. All the preparation and planning will be in vain if people don’t heed those evacuation orders.”

President Barack Obama, who was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, is set to return to the White House on Saturday when the storm is expected to pass through the Washington area. He said all indications point to Irene being a historic hurricane.

“I cannot stress this highly enough, if you are in the projected path of this hurricane you have to take precautions now,” the president said.

Irene could also push crude oil prices higher if it disrupts refineries in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which produce nearly 8 percent of U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel. – Huffington Post

(Previously shared with our ministry in 2008) “Archangel Michael warned that the hurricanes in the United States will reach farther inland this year than in previous years. They will be some of the most devastating to have ever been unleashed. With them will come large tornadoes and hail that demolishes all within their path.”

The LOZ (Lions of Zion, Yahweh’s Elite Warriors) has been successful in that they have been primarily causing collateral damage verses the loss of life. Adding to the monetary loss of this country’s treasury. This being Satan’s throne of authority, the LOZ is nudging him toward his new seat of rulership as he realizes he cannot sustain this country due to the ever mounting debt. The infrastructure – aging bridges, buildings, dams, etc., this all is set for a crumbling-to-ground effect when the LOZ launches its campaign to tremor the fault lines in the USA. That will bring forth the final demise of the already debt ridden nation. They will continue to apply pressure to Satan”s new ruling authority, making it rough water for him to effectively serve as the Antichrist. His unwillingness to relinquish power over his prized child brings with it ramifications he did not expect.

Is God Trying To Say Something?

August 25, 2011 Comments off

There are times you just have to wonder.

A hurricane that appears to be taking dead aim at both Washington DC and Wall Street?

Gee, I wonder if there’s an embedded message in there somewhere?  After all, insurance companies do call these sorts of events “acts of God”, right?

So….. as we all prepare if we’re in the to-be-impacted area, let’s remember a few things:

  • Small changes in path matter.  They’re also unpredictable.  I was ready to “bug out” for Ivan, and decided to stay literally at 5:00 PM the night it came in.  Why?  Because had the path been about 40 miles east of where it was, I would have been a good 5′ underwater at my home.  As it was the right decision was to stay; we had to battle rising water and succeeded in keeping it out of the house.  Barely.  But I live in a relatively-lightly-populated area.  If you’re in a big city and it looks like Irene might get you, get out.  There’s only one thing worse than getting stuck in a hurricane with your house disintegrating around you, and that’s being in a 2-million-car-long traffic jam with the water rising rapidly.  In a hurricane it is not that the wind blows, it is what the wind blows, and sometimes the “what” includes objects like trees and Volvos.
  • If you’re not prepared by now, you got trouble.  You’ve either got 48 or 72 hours before it’s on top of you, and 12 hours less before the weather starts to seriously deteriorate.  Oh yeah, all the plywood and other essentials will be sold out within 200 miles by now.  If you’re not prepared now stop reading this Ticker and get off your ass or suffer the consequences.  Time’s up.
  • If you want to be a hero (or do something stupid) at a time like this, please make sure your next-of-kin’s phone number and name is written on your chest in permanent Sharpie marker first.  It will make it possible to notify the person who has to come pick up your body.  Seriously.  There’s always someone who tries to do something “heroic” – or just plain stupid – during these storms and a good percentage of the time they die.  Save the ME time in analyzing dental records and use the Sharpie.

While you get ready for the wind and rain, give some contemplation to whether this might be something other than just pure random chance.  Lots of people don’t believe in God.  That’s fine.  Lots of people think there’s a God but he doesn’t really care what you do.  That’s fine too.  In fact we have even seen bank CEO’s talk about doing “God’s work”, which some people of faith would consider to be a direct insult – intentional and malicious blasphemy – over the last couple of years.  Clearly such people do not actually believe in God or they would not make comments that seem awfully close to daring the Almighty to respond.

But then there are those who believe there is a God, he does know what man does, and occasionally he gets*****ed off, especially when extreme and outrageous provocation is continually poked in his eye over the space of years, even decades.  Maybe yes, maybe no, but gee, this is such a coincidence given the recent arm-twisting out of DC on the mortgage “indemnity” issue, the incessant cesspool of fraud on both Wall Street and Washington DC.  Add to that the utter and rank hypocrisy out of both the Republicans and Democrats claiming they’d clean it up, when all they’ve done is screw the common man some more, especially those older people who truly did nothing wrong and have had their savings and retirement destroyed by all the “rescues” engendered with zero interest rate policies, commodity price ramps and their adjuncts.

Still think it’s random chance?

How certain are you? – Market Ticker

The LOZ are confronting the BEAST with hits from beneath the earth (the earthquake that shook D.C.). And soon, no one will doubt the USA being our Mother’s choice of targets. Satan can spin his yarns about leaving his child behind, and he can continue to heavily guard the West Coast, but that won’t save the other targets that the LOZ are eyeing. The LOZ are working over time, and they are determined to meet the time-line by the end of this year for Satan’s Child’s fall.

Irene: New York City, Mid-Atlantic Put on High Alert

August 25, 2011 Comments off

Hurricane Irene is now on a path that could take it dangerously close to, if not over, the mid-Atlantic coastline and New York City on Sunday, posing a serious danger to millions of people.

Irene could be “once-in-50-year” hurricane for the Northeast.

The Hurricane Center is confident that Irene will strike the Outer Banks of North Carolina Saturday evening as a strong Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane.

Beyond that point, latest indications put Irene on a path extremely close to or over the mid-Atlantic coast and New York City before plowing into western New England. This could mean the worst effects from a hurricane in the region in 50 years.

Irene is expected to track near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and Delmarva coast Saturday night, then could pass within 30 miles of New York City Sunday evening as a weakening Category 2 hurricane.

Such a path would lead to severe impacts that could prompt officials to force evacuations. All residents and visitors in the path of Irene should heed these orders if issued and prepare homes and businesses for Irene’s onslaught in the meantime.

Strong Winds, Coastal Impacts Along and East of Irene’s Eye

On its current forecast path, Irene would spread destructive hurricane-force winds (gusts between 80 to 100 mph) across the Delmarva coast, eastern New Jersey, New York City, western Long Island and southwestern New England.

A track directly over Atlantic City, N.J., and New York City would bring these intense winds westward to Philadelphia.

The strongest and most sustained hurricane-force winds will be measured in the immediate vicinity of Irene’s center.

Widespread tree damage, major power outages and structural damage to buildings and homes would ensue. Glass windows could shatter along the sides of New York City skyscrapers.

Damaging tropical storm-force winds (winds between 40 and 70 mph) will extend 150 miles westward and nearly 250 miles eastward from Irene’s center.

These winds will likely reach Richmond, Va., Baltimore, Md., Philadelphia, Pa., Albany, N.Y., and nearly all of New England, threatening to cause significant tree damage and power outages.

The winds will have no trouble downing trees where recent flooding and record rainfall has saturated the ground in areas such as Philadelphia and New York City.- Accuweather

Father Yahweh is bringing back balance to Her creation on earth. We see destruction in nature as the remedy for imbalance in natural disasters. Earthquakes that destroy structures and foundations as well as change landscapes. Fire (sometimes used purposefully as a tool) that destroys grass and trees that in time grow back greener and healthier. Volcanoes that erupt and bury things as well as change landscapes. Tsunamis and Hurricanes that wash away everything but can also cleanse and restore. It does appear that destruction in one way or another is a tool in which balance is achieved.

Isaiah 65:11, 12
“But you who abandon the LORD,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in.”


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