Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Financial Times: Swedes being told how to prepare for war



INTERNATIONAL

January 17, 2018 - 10:59 AM EST







Sweden is preparing to send a brochure to millions of its citizens seeking to ready them for the possibility of a conflict, as concerns about Russia's military posture in the region grow.

Financial Times reported Wednesday that the brochure will seek to inform citizens how to cope with crisis in the event of a war, including how to secure necessities, like food and water.

“All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” Christina Andersson, who's heading up the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency, told FT.

A similar document was distributed by the Swedish government in 1961, and they were issued for internal government use until 1991, according to FT.

The brochure, titled "If Crisis or War Comes," is set to be released in May, and comes amid concerns about Russian military overtures in Europe. 

At the same time, support in Sweden for joining NATO has risen in recent years, and whether the country should become a member of the military alliance has been a subject of public debate.

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Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch




Reuters•January 16, 2018



Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch



TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the mistake.

"We are still checking," an NHK spokesman said.

NHK's 6.55 p.m. alert said: "North Korea appears to have launched a missile ... The government urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground."

The same alert was sent to mobile phone users of NHK's online news distribution service.

In five minutes, the broadcaster put out another message correcting itself.

Regional tension soared after North Korea in September conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test and in November said it had successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach all of the U.S. mainland. It regularly threatens to destroy Japan and the United States.

There were no immediate reports of panic or other disruption following the Japanese report.

Human error and a lack of fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii, a state emergency management agency spokesman said.

Elaborating on the origins of Saturday's false alarm, which went uncorrected for nearly 40 minutes, spokesman Richard Rapoza said the employee who mistakenly sent the missile alert had been "temporarily reassigned" to other duties.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Nick Macfie)






Tens of thousands welcome Pope Francis to Chile

A Very Creepy Sex Cult Scandal Greets the Pope


DEVILS

BARBIE LATZA NADEAU
01.15.18 1:21 PM ET





ROME—What is a boy to do when his spiritual mentor, part of a group that claims it is leading young people on the path of Christ, says that God, working in mysterious ways, wants him to fondle and be fondled, to lie naked with grown men, to be sodomized? Too often and for too long in too many parts of the world, those experiences have been kept as guilty secrets, not by the perpetrators but by the victims.

“I thought I had been selected by the devil to provide sexual services to this man,” as one of those boys explained to investigators.

Only when the press has documented the cases has action been taken to expose some of the perpetrators, although far from all of them.

Such is the situation in Peru and Chile, where Pope Francis is paying a visit this week. However beneficent his reputation, the sordid past of such men and institutions keeps coming back to afflict his papacy like a recurrent, debilitating disease.

Luis Fernando Figari, the 70-year-old founder of Peru’s conservative Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV) Catholic movement used psychological manipulation and sexual torture on young members of his Catholic organization, according to his victims. He and three other men stand accused, though not yet officially charged by Peruvian authorities, of sexually and psychologically assaulting dozens of little boys and young men throughout the ’90s and early 2000s by threatening them with the wrath of God if they didn’t succumb to their wanton pleasures of the flesh.

One of the alleged perpetrators, Jeffrey Daniels Valderrama, now lives in Chicago, where he has told authorities he is innocent of the Peruvian allegations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

One of Daniels Valderrama’s alleged victims, Alvaro Urbina, interviewed by the Tribune, said he had been taken to SCV to escape bullying in school when Daniels gave him attention that soon turned sexual. “I was a child. I didn’t know what I was doing or what I wanted. These are scars that I’ll carry for years,” he told the Tribune in December. “It’s a pain I’m going to carry in my heart forever.”

The reported abuses of SCV founder Figari are remarkably similar to those lodged against the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, who founded the Legion of Christ in the 1940s and used it as a pool from which those in charge could recruit young victims for sex acts that often included oral and anal abuse. Maciel Degollado did not limit himself to little boys. While serving as a supposedly celibate priest, he also fathered several children, at least one of whom he later abused.

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20 Global Catastrophes to Prepare For NOW





By Wayne Sanders


Yes, it is important to be prepared at all times of any type of disaster that may come our way. Global catastrophes are on the increase and here is a list of twenty that everyone should be ready for. It can mean the difference between life and death.

Economic Collapse

We should begin to depend on ourselves rather than on the system. Invest in a piece of land that can become your bug out place later if SHTF. You can grow your own food or raise your own animals in order to become self-sufficient.


Water Crisis

The latest study by NASA reports that out of the 37 largest aquifers worldwide, 21 of these are being used up much quicker than they can be refilled. It’s not getting any better with droughts occurring in every continent. You will have to dig ponds, bury cisterns, collect 55-gallon drums for treated water, eliminate leaks, and determine the use of water by importance as well as a necessity.

Earthquakes

Predicting as to when, where and how strong (intensity level) an earthquake will be is easier said than done. Despite modern architecture attempting to deal with the destruction it gives on structures, it is best that we still learn to drop, cover and hold on technique. Having an earthquake preparedness kit ready and within reach is most important.

Space Weather or Solar Kill Shot

This is a rare yet a very real plausible disaster that can happen globally. It is also very unpredictable. If it does happen, it can result in a total power grid failure. Preparing solar panels, manual charging tools and, if possible, hydropower equipment can be your fallback options.



Floods

This is a by-product of global warming. Unpredictable rainfalls, accelerating the rise in sea levels and increased risk of vicious coastal flooding are only among the few tragedies that is about to happen. Partnering with GFP (Global Flood Partnership) and GloFAS (Global Flood Awareness System) will ensure proper, systematic, well planned out preparations also on a global scale.


Heat Waves

Most fatal heat wave claimed 70,000 victims in Europe back in 2003. Know the vocabulary on heat wave terms used by weather forecasters. Listen closely to local weather forecasts or a NOAA Weather Radio. Undergo First Aid training on heat-related emergencies and most importantly plan and prepare with your family on a regular basis.


The Latest: Homeland Security: People should trust alerts news


 The Associated Press





HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a missile threat mistakenly sent by Hawaii officials (all times local):

5 a.m.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says people should trust government alert systems and the recent blunder in Hawaii was just a "very unfortunate mistake."

Nielsen spoke on "Fox News Sunday" on Sunday morning about the emergency alert warning of an imminent missile strike that sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones Saturday morning. A second alert saying there was no missile didn't come for nearly 40 minutes.

Nielsen said she would hate for anybody not to abide by government warnings. She said the alerts are vital and doesn't want anyone to "draw the wrong conclusion."

Hawaii's emergency management agency's administrator said he took responsibility for the mistake.

The state adjutant general said a written report would be prepared. State lawmakers announced they would hold a hearing next Friday.

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8 p.m.

Hawaii residents were left shaken by the second recent blunder in Hawaii's planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack.

An emergency alert warning of an imminent missile strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones. A second alert saying there was no missile didn't come for nearly 40 minutes.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator, Vern Miyagi, said he took responsibility for the mistake. The state also had problems last month when it reintroduced the Cold War-era warning siren tests.

The state adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, said a written report would be prepared. State lawmakers announced they would hold a hearing next Friday.

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki said the system Hawaii residents have been told to rely on failed miserably.





What If Hawaii's False Missile Alert Had Been Real? Here's What Would Happen Next




By W.J. Hennigan


11:43 PM EST


Hawaii’s false ballistic missile alert was the latest reminder of the nuclear threat that North Korea poses to the U.S. amid the rising tensions and war of words between the two nation’s leaders.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” said the emergency system alert pushed to people’s smartphones statewide.

It was until a second message popped up 38 minutes later that people learned the missile alert was a mistake, later blamed on someone pushing the wrong button. But had the alert been real, a series of high-level assessments and decisions would have been made during that time in quick succession, perhaps with dire consequences.

The U.S. military officers at Pacific Command headquartered at Honolulu were able to immediately determine Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency had made a mistake and publicly delivered messages to that end.

Every moment of every day, the U.S. military and intelligence agencies have satellites in high-Earth orbit scouring the globe for anything amiss. The so-called early warning satellites are designed to identify within seconds the location of the launch site, the missile’s trajectory and its potential target.

A constellation of school bus–sized satellites, known as the Defense Support Program, forms the backbone of the system. The spacecraft are armed with cutting-edge infrared sensors and instruments that operate at wide angles to detect heat signatures from missile plumes as they flash against Earth’s background.





A screenshot shows messages of emergency alerts on Jan. 13, 2018 for residents of Hawaii

Eugene Tanner—AFP/Getty Images


The satellites are sensitive enough to short-range missiles launch, and are therefore capable of tracking a North Korean ballistic missile as it headed 4,600 miles toward Hawaii.

U.S. radar installations, naval ships, and allies’ detection systems in the region would assist in tracking the weapons’ flight and capturing its electronic emissions. For instance, all North Korean missiles use guidance and tracking systems to help guide it to a target.

A combination of all this intelligence over a period of seconds or minutes would allow enable the U.S. government to triangulate the point of launch and track the trajectory of the missile, much of it under a method of spycraft known as measurement and signature intelligence, or MASINT.

The information would be relayed to U.S. Forces Korea, headquartered in Seoul, and U.S. Pacific Command. A decision would be made on whether Americans were at-risk and if U.S. or allies should use missile defense systems to attempt to a shoot-down. That could take place on the Korean peninsula, where the U.S. recently deployed new systems, or by Japan’s missile defense network, or by American warships carrying interceptors operating in the Pacific Ocean.

Adm. Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, said in April that the missile defense systems in Hawaii were adequate for now but suggested considering stationing new interceptors and radar to knock out waves of incoming North Korean missiles.

“I believe that our ballistic missile architecture is sufficient to protect Hawaii today, but it can be overwhelmed,” Harris told Congress.

If a missile attack were determined to be a nuclear strike, a decision on a counter-strike would have to be made by President Donald Trump. The order to strike, which only the president can make, would be relayed to U.S. military officers in command of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines or heavy bombers.

As tensions continue to rise with North Korea, states like Hawaii and others governments are reevaluating how well prepared they are in the event of a nuclear strike.

The messaging from civil defense agencies — remember Duck and Cover? — that had been fine-tuned during the Cold War has melted away in the intervening years. The federal government and law enforcement is more prepared for the aftermath of a terror attack than a missile attack — let alone one involving a nuclear detonation.

The false missile alert in Hawaii is all but certain to jolt many state and local governments to reassess their processes.


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What should you do in case of nuclear attack? ‘Don’t run. Get inside’


Jan 13 2018, 2:16 pm ET


by James Rainey


The threats seem to come almost daily now out of North Korea — ballistic missile firings, preparations to test a nuclear bomb and routine bravado. In April, state-owned media in the rogue nation vowed a “super mighty preemptive strike,” one that will reduce the U.S. to “ashes.”

On Saturday, residents in Hawaii were sent into a panic when they received alerts on their mobile phones and televisions warning that a ballistic missile was on its way. The warning, which claimed "this is not a drill," quickly prompted officials to say minutes later that it was sent in error.

Meanwhile, American weapons experts believe Pyongyang is likely a few years from having the capability of firing a nuclear–equipped missile that can reach the U.S. mainland.

Yet some leading emergency response planners view the persistent menace of North Korea as a new opportunity: reason to alert the American public that a limited nuclear attack can be survivable, with a few precautions.


North Korea Threat Growing or Just Saber-Rattling?



The simplest of the warnings is: "Don’t run. Get inside." Sheltering in place, beneath as many layers of protection as possible, is the best way to avoid the radiation that would follow a nuclear detonation.

That conclusion has been the consensus of the U.S. emergency and public health establishments for years, though national, state and local governments generally have been less than aggressive about putting the word out to the public. “The goal is to put as many walls and as much concrete, brick and soil between you and the radioactive material outside.”

Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security say the nuclear safety directives are available, including online at Ready.gov, but they have not broadcast them more widely. Asked about spreading the word beyond the website, a FEMA spokesperson emailed a terse response: "At this time time there are no specific plans to do any messaging on this topic."




School children and their teacher peer from beneath a table during a state-wide air raid test in Newark, New Jersey, in 1952. Bettmann / Getty Images


7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Peru



By Associated Press

January 14, 2018 | 5:15am


USGS


LIMA, Peru — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 off Peru’s coast. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The USGS says that the temblor struck 26 miles south-southwest of Acari at 4:18 a.m. EST on Sunday at a depth of about 7.5 miles.

It wasn’t immediately clear if a tsunami warning has been issued.






Saturday, January 13, 2018

Our Distinctive Sign


The banner of the third angel has inscribed upon it, “The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” Our institutions have taken a name which sets forth the character of our faith, and of this name we are never to be ashamed. I have been shown that this name means much, and in adopting it we have followed the light given us from heaven.... The Sabbath is God's memorial of His creative work, and it is a sign that is to be kept before the world.

There is to be no compromise with those who are worshiping an idol sabbath. We are not to spend our time in controversy with those who know the truth, and upon whom the light of truth has been shining, when they turn away their ear from the truth to turn to fables. I was told that men will employ every policy to make less prominent the difference between the faith of Seventh-day Adventists and those who observe the first day of the week. In this controversy the whole world will be engaged, and the time is short. This is no time to haul down our colors.

A company was presented before me under the name of Seventh-day Adventists, who were advising that the banner or sign which makes us a distinctive people should not be held out so strikingly; for they claimed it was not the best policy in securing success to our institutions. This distinctive banner is to be borne through the world to the close of probation. In describing the remnant people of God, John says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). This is the law and the gospel. The world and the churches are uniting in harmony in transgressing the law of God, in tearing away God's memorial, and in exalting a sabbath that bears the signature of the man of sin. But the Sabbath of the Lord thy God is to be a sign to show the difference between the obedient and the disobedient. I saw some reaching out their hands to remove the banner, and to obscure its significance....

When the people accept and exalt a spurious sabbath, and turn souls away from obedience and loyalty to God, they will reach the point that was reached by the people in the days of Christ.... Shall anyone then choose to hide his banner, to relax his devotion? Shall the people whom God has honored and blessed and prospered, refuse to bear testimony in behalf of God's memorial at the very time when such a testimony should be borne? Shall not the commandments of God be more highly esteemed when men pour contempt upon the law of God?—Manuscript 15, 1896.


Selected Messages, Vol.2, pp.384-385.




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Far-right group disrupts speech by Sadiq Khan



Far-right group disrupts speech by Sadiq Khan

Guardian News

Published on Jan 13, 2018

A group of protesters backing Brexit and the US president disrupt a speech by the mayor of London to the Fabian Society in the centre of the capital. The address on gender equality was suspended for several minutes on Saturday while a small number of people from a far-right group made their protest. Audience members began to heckle and slow-clap, and the protesters were escorted from the venue soon afterwards • Sadiq Khan speech disrupted by Brexit and Trump supporters View the video at https://www.theguardian.com/politics/...

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The Fabian Society is a British socialist organisation whose purpose is to advance the principles of democratic socialism via gradualist and reformist effort in democracies, rather than by revolutionary overthrow.[1][2] As one of the founding organisations of the Labour Representation Committee in 1900, and as an important influence upon the Labour Party which grew from it, the Fabian Society has had a powerful influence on British politics. Other members of the Fabian Society have included political leaders from countries formerly part of the British Empire, such as: Jawaharlal Nehru, who adopted Fabian principles as part of their own political ideologies.

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Why Seventh-day Adventists Are Not Fundamentalists




Marcos Paseggi

Senior Correspondent, Adventist Review

18 January 8, 2018


Adventist historians conference opens with enlightening presentations.



By: Marcos Paseggi, Adventist Review

“Seventh-day Adventists are not fundamentalists,” said Andrews University Church History professor Nicholas Miller in the opening plenary of the “Situating Adventist History” conference on the campus of Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, United States, on Jan. 8. The Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians event, sponsored by the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research and Washington Adventist University, brought dozens of Seventh-day Adventist historians, researchers, and professors together for two days of presentations, Q&A sessions, and discussions.

“All of this makes Adventism a different religious stream than fundamentalism.”

Miller’s presentation, entitled “Adventism, Fundamentalism, and the Bible,” provided historical evidence that shows how Adventism, while a Conservative movement, has for the most part being able to steer away from some of the fundamentalist pitfalls, adopting a more balanced approach to various issues, including the inspiration of Scripture. It is something, said Miller, that is rooted in the ideas that influenced the early history of the denomination, something that underlines the importance of researching Adventist history.

Why Adventists Should Care About History

Seventh-day Adventist world church Director of Archives, Statistics, and Research David Trim agreed. In his opening remarks, he said that while research in Adventist history has skyrocketed in the last few decades, it is essential to provide context to many of those studies. “Adventist history is being transformed,” he said, “but we need to contextualize, to put it in a wider context.”




Seventh-day Adventist author, researcher, and professor Nicholas Miller, in the opening presentation of the "Situating Adventist History" conference in Washington Adventist University, in Takoma Park, Maryland, United States, on Jan. 8. Miller said that Seventh-day Adventists, while Conservative, are not historically Fundamentalists. [Photo: Marcos Paseggi, Adventist Review]