BreakPoint: The Empty Planet


I’ve been critical of the UN’s Agenda 21 (and its updated variations such as Agenda 2030 which alarmingly includes human depopulation) for quite some time.

 

There are many facets to Agenda 21/2030 revolving around a despotic One World Government, a Humanism filtered through Marxism, alarming forms of Left Wing Ecology, of course loss of National Sovereignty which would include shredding the Liberty found in the U.S. Constitution AND for the sake of this conversion – Human Depopulation.

 

Long before the United Nations existed population alarmists have been preaching the theory the world’s ability to produce food cannot keep up with earth’s ever increasing population. The UN has taken this alarmism and has discreetly adopted a depopulation agenda cloaked in flowery Left-speak to disguise intentions from the general population.

 

Too often humans subject themselves to a theory as if it is a gospel fact. I found a book review on the Christian oriented BreakPoint that extrapolates a different kind of theory that earth’s population will soon reach its peak then naturally decrease based on projected decreased global fertility rates. The books title: “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline,” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

 

JRH 2/22/19

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BreakPoint: The Empty Planet

Population Bust, not Population Bomb

 

By John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

Email sent 2/20/19 9:30 AM

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We’ve mentioned in the past on BreakPoint about “zombie abortion arguments.” You know, those arguments that just won’t die? They continue to be repeated long after they should have been “dead and buried.” Like zombies in movies, these arguments continue shuffling along, seemingly impervious to the reality that they are dead.

 

Abortion isn’t the only issue confused by “zombie arguments.” There’s a whole host of “should-be-dead-by-now” ideas having to do with so-called “overpopulation.” I say “so-called” because virtually every dire prediction Paul Ehrlich made fifty years ago in his book “The Population Bomb” was wrong. Spectacularly wrong, in fact. Yet Ehrlich’s ideas remain an article of faith among many—and I mean that literally.

 

In “The Walking Dead,” the only sure way to dispatch a zombie is with a headshot. Well, a new book should be the headshot for Ehrlich’s ideas. Unfortunately, many people’s worldviews harden to the point of becoming ideological kevlar helmets.

 

The book of which I speak is “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

 

To be clear, there’s far more than one “shock” described in “Empty Planet,” but all of them flow from a single reality. Contrary to what people have been taught to believe for decades, “We do not face the challenge of a population bomb but of a population bust—a relentless, generation-after-generation culling of the human herd.”

 

As the Canadian duo documents, an increasing number of demographers around the world believe that the UN’s estimates, that human population will peak at 11 billion in 2100, are far too high. The more likely outcome, they suggest, is that “the planet’s population will peak at around nine billion sometime between 2040 and 2060, and then start to decline.” According to Bricker and Ibbitson, “Once that decline begins, it will never end.”

 

Their argument is scarily plausible. They are not exaggerating when they call this decline the “great defining event of the twenty-first century” and “one of the great defining events in human history.”

 

We talk a lot on BreakPoint about the decline of fertility rates in the industrialized world: Western Europe, Japan and the United States. We have described the dire economic and social consequences of this decline.

 

What “Empty Planet” makes clear is that this decline isn’t limited to the usual suspects. South Korea is headed down the same road to demographic catastrophe as Japan. Even more ominously, similar trends are emerging in the developing world. By the middle of this century, Brazil, Indonesia, China, and even India will begin to see their populations decline.

 

The reasons behind the decline are, not surprisingly, mostly cultural. In a brilliant bit of analysis, the authors point out that “as societies become more modern and urban, friends and co-workers replace siblings, parents, and uncles and aunts.” Families may put subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle pressure on young people to get married and have kids, but friends rarely do.

 

And then, there’s this well-established link between religiosity and fertility, something we’ve talked about before on BreakPoint.

 

Population decline is going to be a nasty shock, especially in the economic realm. Ideally, there should be about six workers for every retiree. Thanks to increased life expectancy and low birth rates, it is projected to drop to about three by 2050 and about two by 2100. We may live longer but there will be fewer of us, and our societies will be less dynamic, entrepreneurial, and creative.

 

Despite these realities, the myth of “overpopulation” refuses to die. Efforts to combat fertility and population growth, whether governmental policies or cultural incentives, are terrible ideas that threaten to make victims of us all.

 

Still, unlike Bricker and Ibbitson, I refuse to give up hope. Faith, especially Christian faith, is still strong in many parts of the world. And while that persists, there’s still a chance to avoid some of the “shocks” they describe in “Empty Planet.”

 

Otherwise a different, but no less real, zombie apocalypse awaits us.

 

Resources

 

Bugs in the Overpopulation Theory: Panic-Fed Policy

  • John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | July 1, 2015

 

More than Voles: Humans, Creativity, and Overpopulation

  • Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint.org | October 2, 2013

 

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The End of the Line


Justin Smith views warnings of an imminent economic crisis from billionaire investors. AND the so-called Green New Deal may make the predictions even worse.

JRH 2/10/19

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The End of the Line

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 2/9/2019 5:00 PM

 

The United States’ economy has surpassed all normal ebbs and flows, corrections, by approximately five years, since on average in each past cycle it rose for 56 months before collapsing. We’re about five years past that point and our economy is only now “cooling”. We’re just about due for another economic recession, if not a collapse that makes 2008 look small. We’re at the end of the line.

The U.S. spends almost a third of its revenue on interest payments alone, and it doesn’t seem like it can afford to pay much more.

In the short decade since 2008, the national debt, ever on the rise, has jumped from $10.6 trillion to $22 trillion. It also comes with a deficit that’s currently over $1 trillion currently. The interest payments alone may be forming a “black hole” from which the U.S. may never escape.

These facts alone should raise concern in any interested observer.

 

And now we see twenty-nine year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a product of the Puerto Rican Enlightenment and a Bronx resident, and other red, radical socialists like her in the House of Representatives, promising Pie-In-The-Sky Utopia for everyone. This makes her a danger to herself, her constituents and the nation, since she believes there isn’t any problem that a government program cannot solve, and she is already advocating for Medicare for all, a job guarantee, free college tuition, a green infrastructure program, and a squeeze the rich tax plan (70% for those making over $10 million).

 

Most political pundits say, “It will never pass … it’s crazy … it will harm the economy.” But, crazy plans that hurt the economy just might stand a chance at passing, since just over half the population in its entirety, and 51% of all Millennials, now have an acceptable view of socialism, some even embracing communism.

 

When existing laws of the land cause bankruptcy and chaos, people seem to look to legislate even more absurd laws, which is precisely how the first New Deal was pushed through Congress, during the panic and despair of the 1932 elections. And the New Deal gave President Franklin D. Roosevelt carte blanche to enact a series of costly programs.

 

A good guess is that the next economic crisis will be severe and long-lasting, too, as stocks fall hard and the economy goes into a deep recession.

 

“How did we get here”, one young lady recently asked me. Short answer: America has been guided to this point, by the consequences of the Federal Reserve Act, centralized banking, regulations, currency manipulation, devaluing the U.S. dollar, socialist initiatives in Congress to fast-track globalism, unfunded debt, monetized debt and acts of anti-American national sovereignty on both sides of the aisle who are intent on tearing apart the Founders’ vision and U.S. sovereignty, in order to pave the way for the globalists and their vision of a “new world order”.

 

The enemies of America, both foreign and domestic, have been working towards this goal for the past 120 years, and they have been working tirelessly and consistently towards leveling America’s power and wealth to the point She can be managed and coerced or forced to submit to the global agenda of the few power elite, the oligarchs of the world,

 

Mainstream media almost never hype a financial crisis, so it’s significant when they do. But when billionaires are sounding the alarm, you might want to pay close attention.

At least two billionaires are doing just that, starting with Baupost Group’s Seth Klarman. Baupost Group is a $28 billion hedge fund, and Klarman normally positions himself out of the limelight. His fund is only open to private investors, so he has little incentive to promote his brand to the public.

But recently, he felt the need to write a warning to investors about the global debt, with specific reference to the U.S., according to Sovereign Man:

In a 22-page letter to his investors, Klarman warned that government debt levels, particularly in the US (where debt exceeds GDP), could lead to the next global financial crisis.

The seeds of the next major financial crisis (or the one after that) may well be found in today’s sovereign debt levels,” he wrote.

 

Even ignoring economic history, there are signs everywhere, as nearly every major asset class around the world, from stocks and bonds to real estate, is selling at nearly an all-time high at prices that defy common sense. This suggests the possibility of a big recession and market correction just before the 2020 election, giving the socialists a much needed crisis that could catapult them into a majority in both houses of Congress. And that’s why we should all be praying that if any coming recession must come, let it hit soon, so it can be properly addressed before it becomes a major election issue.

In the same letter, Klarman continued: “There is no way to know how much debt is too much, but America will inevitably reach an inflection point whereupon a suddenly more skeptical debt market will refuse to continue to lend to us at rates we can afford…

Since the U.S. spends almost a third of its revenue on interest payments alone, it doesn’t seem like it can afford to pay much more.

And Klarman isn’t the only billionaire expressing unease. At the World Economic Forum [Blog Editor: WEFORUM – Globalization 4.0; Breitbart-Pompeo-Nationalism; New American-Merkel-Communist China-Globalist Agenda; & TheGatewayPundit-Ted Malloch-Criticizing Davos] in Davos, Switzerland, Ray Dalio, founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, said that debt would be to blame for the next downturn, which he believes will be bigger than the Great Depression.

“The biggest issue is that there is only so much one can squeeze out of a debt cycle and most countries are approaching those limits”.

You might think the U.S. government would do everything to curb this problem, but Uncle Sam’s total debt is rapidly approaching $22 trillion, and according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest ten-year projection, it will be more than $33 trillion by 2029, with $1 trillion annual deficits set to begin again and stay above that for as far as the fiscal eye can see.

Skyrocketing debt, check. Deficit to match, check. Or will it be checkmate?

Although I’ve stated this twice before in this piece. let me reiterate — The U.S. spends almost a third of its revenue on interest payments alone.  America and Her people cannot afford to pay much more.

WE’VE ARRIVED AT THE END OF THE LINE.

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Precious In His Sight


Justin reminds readers it’s Christmas – a time for gift-giving. As such Justin looks at orphans, foster children and victims of California fires.

 

JRH 12/10/18

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Precious In His Sight

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 12/9/2018 4:58 PM

 

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

 

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching for people all over the world, but life and its joy and tragedies doesn’t hold still for Americans, or anyone, on that fact alone. In America, the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, there is enough misery to go around for all. Although many are suffering the physical ailments brought on by debilitating disease and old age and seeing their deterioration and decline to a mere shadow of their former selves hurts their loved ones deeply, and there are many thousands of Americans suffering in poverty, or from homelessness, it is the plight of our children that concerns me most this season.

 

Some may call it happenstance, but I like to think of it as God moving Us to act, when we come in contact with great spiritually minded people who have taken on a mission to help others. I had the opportunity to meet just such a wonderful person, Ruth Meyer (Ruthie to her friends) who lives in the Blackman Community of Rutherford County, TN., on December 7th, 2018, by way of a casual question in Walmart and seeming chance.

 

Ruth’s hat read “Mama Bear” and prompted me to ask if that had anything to do with Sarah Palin. She told me “No” and explained her husband had given it to her. And then she entered into one of the most wonderful and precious stories I had heard in many a long year. She and her husband had seven children, all of which she is very protective. Two are their natural born children and five were adopted by them. They started this eleven years ago, after Ruth was “called by God” and led her husband to the same calling. And incredibly, she continued on to tell me that there were many others involved in this effort, like the professional educators in Smyrna, TN with four children of their own who recently adopted a sibling group of seven from infant to seventeen years old.

 

As Ruth explained, “They almost always come to foster care with absolutely nothing”.

 

Today Ruth helps Shepherd’s Closet, also known as Foster Closet, here in Rutherford County, that is an organization operated through the nonprofit Rutherford County Foster Parent Association (RCFPA)and serves to help clothe Rutherford County children in foster care; at-risk children are also helped, but only through referrals. Since the children are already going through such a hard time in their young lives, being uprooted from their homes, Shepherd’s Closet also does the best it can to provide personal hygiene products, school supplies, toys backpacks and other items they can call their own, and it receives some loving help from Lifepoint Church, on Legacy Drive in Smyrna, TN.

 

Ruth’s story moved this old heart of mine to tears, and after we parted ways, I gave the issue a bit more thought. A quick search brought figures from 2013 that suggest, on average, more than two-hundred and fifty thousand children in America enter the foster care system each year, and although approximately fifty percent will return to their parents, the remainder will not. [Blog Editor: Foster Care Stats according to Vittana.org]

 

Struggling the most, there are also more than 100,000 legal orphans in America, who are waiting in foster care in hopes of being adopted by some generous and loving family. Many of these children watch on the sidelines from afar, as the joy of Christmas is celebrated by others, and another year passes them by without any presents, no Christmas tree, and seemingly no affirmation and love from anyone and a family to call their own forever.

 

It was amazing to hear Ruth speak with such passion, as she informed me that she and her husband were going to receive another child on December 20th. What a Christmas present for them all.

 

Even more tragic in many respects, we see far too many young children suffering with cancer. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control in June of this year, about fifteen thousand youths under age twenty are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year in America. Between 2003 and 2014, there were 173.7 pediatric cancer cases per one million people. However, more than eighty percent of these victims of cancer are still alive five years later, which is a vast and dramatic improvement in treatments over the past decades, as noted by the National Cancer Institute.

 

One of the best and foremost warriors in this battle against cancer, America has been blessed by St. Jude’s Hospital [Blog Editor: Ways to give to St. Jude] and its many benefactors, such as Marlo Thomas who is following the example set by her father, Danny. St Jude’s homepage on Google explains quite correctly:

 

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. … St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes… Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

 

And all America can never forget the images of small children and their families, as July’s Carr Fire and November’s Camp Fire claimed a total of 92 lives and displaced over 100,000 Americans raged across our country. Who will ever forget 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe soaking blankets in her kitchen sink to drape over her great-grandchildren, Emily and James Roberts, ages 4 and 5? The Salvation Army, Chico-based Enloe Medical Center Foundation and the Tri-Counties Bank have all set up relief funds for California’s fire victims.

 

[Blog Editor: Info to donate to fire victim causes:

 

Amounts 0f any amount may be submitted via check to: NVCF, 240 Main St Ste 260, Chico CA 95928. Please indicate “Fire Relief” in the memo line – North Valley Community Foundation.

 

Community Disaster Relief Fund at Shasta Regional Community Foundation has been enabled to receive donations for those in the North State impacted by the Carr Fire. This fund will focus on the short and long-term recovery.

 

ENLOE Foundation Camp Fire Relief Donation Form

Salvation Army Butte County (CA) Camp Fire Relief FundGreatest Need Box & Support Wildfire Response Box.

 

Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Camp Fire Fund.]

 

Make an active choice to do something better this Christmas. Give a week, a day, even an hour of your time to an organization that helps these innocent children placed in unfortunate circumstances, through no fault of their own. Give $5000 or more, depending on your circumstances; but I daresay, these organizations will be ecstatic over each $5 bill collected, and God too will be especially pleased and satisfied by those who give, when perhaps they are not in the best place financially themselves. Let’s set aside the concerns of the politicians and government, the greedy and self-serving, and focus solely on our most cherished treasure, our little children, red and yellow, black and white — Oh so precious in His sight.

 

Merry, Merry Christmas and God Bless You All.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Al Franken accused of kissing, groping LA TV host without consent


I have to wonder if ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN et al Mainstream share this news about Senator Al Franken sexually groping former Fox Sports and Playboy celeb poser Leann Tweeden?

 

JRH 11/16/17

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Al Franken accused of kissing, groping LA TV host without consent

 

By Barnini Chakraborty

November 16, 2017

Fox News

 

A California TV host and sports radio broadcaster on Thursday accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.

 

Leeann Tweeden posted a blog detailing the alleged incident and also tweeted a picture of what seems to be a grinning Franken standing over her as she sleeps, pretending to grab her breasts.

 

 

 

Franken said he doesn’t remember the kissing incident but apologized for posing for the picture. He said he intended it to be funny — but it wasn’t.

 

“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” Franken said in an initial statement. “As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it.”

 

Tweeden says she was disgusted to learn she was groped as she slept (Reuters

 

Franken later issued a detailed statement saying there’s “no excuse” and he feels “ashamed,” while also offering to cooperate in an ethics investigation into the matter.

 

“I respect women. I don’t respect men who don’t. And the fact that my own actions have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed,” Franken said. “… I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter. There’s no excuse.”

 

He added, “I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.”

 

Tweeden said the abuse took place during a USO Tour in Afghanistan.

 

The radio host came forward in a shocking open letter on blog (Reuters)

 

Franken, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” wrote a sketch for the tour in which his character kisses hers on stage. He was an Air America radio host at the time of the incident. He was elected ot the U.S. Senate in 2008.

 

Tweeden said Franken repeatedly pressured her to practice the kiss backstage and at one point forcibly kissed her.

 

“I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time,” she wrote. “I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.”

 

Tweeden said she felt “disgusted and violated” – and that the abuse didn’t stop there.

 

A photographer, who was with them on their C-17 cargo plane ride back home, snapped a picture of what looks to be a sleeping Tweeden, still wearing her flak vest and Kevlar helmet, and a grinning Franken appearing to grab her breasts.

 

“I couldn’t believe it,” she wrote. “He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep. I felt violated all over again. Embarrassed. Belittled. Humiliated. How dare anyone grab my breasts like this and think it’s funny?”

 

Tweeden said she thinks Franken asked someone to take the photo “knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.”

 

The accusations against Franken come on the heels of an avalanch of allegations out of Capitol Hill on sexual harassment and gender hostility. Multiple incidents out of D.C. and other state houses have shed light on the dificulties [sic] victims facewhen trying to report their accusers.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Ethics Committee should review the matter.

 

“I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this,” McConnell wrote in a statement. “Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable – in the workplace or anywhere else.”

 

About 1,500 former Capitol Hill aides have signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders demanding that Congress put in place mandatory harassment training. They’re also calling to revamp the Office of Compliance, a small office that deals with these complaints and that few knew even existed.

 

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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Lucas-Bridenstine Weather Forecasting Bill Passed in the House


My Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK1) had some legislation pass the House as part of the joint House-Senate Committee work to get a Bill to the President to sign. I’m just not certain if it will land on Obama’s desk or Trump’s desk. I pray it is Trump’s desk.

 

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Lucas-Bridenstine Weather Forecasting Bill Passed in the House

 

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Yesterday the U.S. House unanimously approved H.R. 353, the Lucas-Bridenstine Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act.  This legislation prioritizes protecting lives and property.

Our aim is to have zero deaths from tornadoes and other extreme weather events. This bill gets us closer to that day.  I thank my House colleagues for their support, and anticipate swift Senate passage and that the President will sign it into law.

This legislation is the product of a bipartisan effort.  It directs the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to focus resources and effort to:

 

  • Rebalance NOAA funding to place a higher priority on weather-related research and activities;

 

  • Emphasize developing accurate forecasts and timely warnings of high impact weather events;

 

  • Create programs to extend warning lead times and improve forecasts for tornadoes and hurricanes;

 

  • Develop a plan to utilize advanced technology to regain U.S. superiority in weather modeling and forecasts;

 

  • Increase focus and continue development of seasonal forecasts and how to maximize information from these forecasts; and

 

  • Enhance coordination among various federal government weather stakeholders.

 

The legislation also authorizes and extends a NOAA pilot program already under way thanks to a partnership between the House Science Space and Technology and the House Appropriations Committee. Under this pilot program, NOAA has already issued two contracts to procure commercial satellite weather data. This pilot program could bring about a paradigm shift in how NOAA makes decisions about future procurement of critical weather data.

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith added, “Americans from coast to coast will now be better prepared for severe weather with the passage of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act.  This bill has been four years in the making and is long overdue.  It will transform our nation’s weather gathering efforts and help save lives and property.  This legislation strengthens the underlying atmospheric science while simultaneously advancing innovative technology and reforming operations to provide better weather data, models, and forecasts.  America can thank Reps. Lucas and Bridenstine for leading this innovation initiative.  We look forward to the Senate approving this bill soon.”

The Washington Post called this “the first major piece of weather legislation adopted since the early 1990s.”  The legislation, originally introduced in the House in 2013, passed the House in 2015, and last December the Senate approved an amended version.  Provisions in the bill approved today are nearly identical to the Senate version, so we can anticipate swift passage again in the Senate and presentation to the President for signing into law.

 

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Pakistan floods devastate several Christian villages – Emergency aid required


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Yesterday I posted Shamim’s report on the treatment of non-Sunni Muslims in Pakistan. In this post Shamim reports on the devastation poverty stricken Christians that is occurring because of the recent flooding that is destroying what meager housing the poor have which includes the elimination of food supplies, crops, farm animals and deaths. Here is a video I found on Youtube that gives you a picture of the flooding in Pakistan:

 

VIDEO: Torrential Monsoon Rains Kill Nearly 70 in Pakistan: BREAKING NEWS

 

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Published on Sep 5, 2014

 

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: Two days of torrential monsoon rains have killed nearly 70 people in Pakistan, officials said Friday, as authorities ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas around a major river.

The deaths have all come in the most populous province Punjab and in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, with most caused by roof collapses and electric shocks.

Pakistan has suffered deadly monsoon floods for the last four years – in 2013, 178 people were killed and around 1.5 million affected by flooding around the country.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) warned there was a high risk of flooding in three towns along the Chenab river in Punjab and asked people to leave low-lying and vulnerable areas.

Troops have been mobilised for flood relief duties in eastern Punjab and … READ THE REST below video post on Youtube

 

 

Sadly the video report has no mention of the specific effect on Pakistani Christians. In the Sunni Muslim majority culture Christians are viewed with disdain so you can imagine how much more Christians are suffering from this flooding. Check out Shamim Masih’s report that includes a plea for prayer and financial support that will be used to aid ignored Christians in Muslim majority Pakistan.

 

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Pakistan floods devastate several Christian villages – Emergency aid required

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/15/2014 9:34 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Incessant rains have killed hundreds of people and damaged thousands of houses throughout Pakistan.  Since August persistent rains and the release of water from dams in India have brought great suffering on Christian communities.  I visited three local flood ravaged areas to assess the needs of innocent victims, left destitute.

Flood Victim Tents Pakistan 9-2014
Many Christian slum areas have been completely washed out [British Pakistani Christians Association
], in the main; Christians reside in the flood plains where land is cheap or inhospitable. The rain has affected people of all faiths, but the impact has been felt most by deprived Christian communities.

Hundreds of the houses in Rawalpindi district have been ruined due to the seasonal drainage and river flooding. More than fifty houses in Sharoon Colony, Rawalpindi have become derelict after the swelling of the Sawan River.  Other houses in Iqbal Town, Islamabad have suffered a similar fate due to inundation of the Korang nala. 

38 houses in Sharoon colony are completely destroyed [CBCP News] and around 15 partially damaged. Christian houses in Bathanaik Alam and Committee Chowk were full of water and the entire household contents have been destroyed.

The innocent victims of this latest disaster have called for aid. Items they are seeking include food, clean water (as wells have been contaminated), clothes,Pakistan Christian Flooded Stranded 9-2014 mattresses and medicines. The area is known for a large number of Dengue fever infections, and fear of this illness is rife in the local community, as already some victims have shown symptoms.

Whilst visiting the disaster area I noticed dilapidated houses that have now become uninhabitable. Mattresses and clothes in fact entire contents of homes are literally strewn across the land. 

Crops have been destroyed, stored food washed away and many farm animals that would have supported poorer families have been killed. The situation has become extremely dire.

Absence of adequate dams for storage of excess water, along with deforestation and substandard construction of infrastructure – partly due to rampant corruption in the past years, have contributed to excessive damage.

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Human Efforts to Save Humanity – God’s Plan to Save Humanity


Enterprise - 100 YR Starship Warp Drive 2

John R. Houk

© December 23, 2013

 

I DVR-ed a National Geographic Documentary entitled “Evacuate Earth” and managed to finish watching yesterday. I believe the Documentary is about a year old being made in 2012. The scenario is: What will Earth’s human beings do if scientists detect a neutron star on a collision course to our little blue planet estimating its arrival to be about 80 years?

 

The reality is there a number of cosmic occurrences that might threaten life on planet earth. Some examples are the existence of large comets and asteroids, black hole formations, our Sun dying and probably other scenarios I can’t think of at the moment including a collision course with a neutron star. I found a concise description of a neutron star and its destructive force at Moon Project:

 

… Formed by the gravitational collapse of a massive star during a supernova, neutron stars are made almost entirely of neutrons and have a density 500,000 times greater than that of the Earth, all packed into a sphere with a diameter no larger than Brooklyn, New York. The density of such an object is roughly the equivalent of the entire human population crushed down to the size of a sugar cube! Like any star, neutron stars are moving against a backdrop of other cosmic objects and can be detected and tracked here on Earth, So what if we did detect one that was heading straight for us? Would there be anything we could do to divert or destroy it? The short answer?

 

No.

 

We can predict how long it will take to reach us and how close it will need to get for its effects to start to be felt but once we know those things, then what? Lets (sic) say we’ve found one that will reach us in 100 years, that means the countdown has begun and we need to start thinking about the logistics of moving 7 billion people from one planet to another. There wont (sic) be time to double-check and triple check that the conditions are perfect on a rocket that has never been designed before using current technology with people who don’t have the best reputation for getting on. Well, good luck to any one (sic) who thinks they can make that happen.

 

… (Taxi for Humanity: Where could we go and how would we get there when our time on Earth is up? By R. J. Morwood; Moon Project; 4/3/13 1:25 PM)

 

This is probably why National Geographic chose the neutron star scenario for their documentary. Such a collision with Earth would result in the utter destruction of the planet. There is only one possibility for the human race to continue to exist. Existence would depend on evacuating the Earth.

 

I was so fascinated by the NatGeo Documentary, it went through nearly 80 years of construction of this huge space ship built piece by piece by launching the parts in increments as they were made globally. They counted down to just before the neutron star obliterated the Earth. In the Documentary they showed it was possible to view the neutron star bringing Earth’s demise fracturing the planet into pieces in either disintegration or producing an outer space debris belt.

 

Imagine that drama from the space ship! The passengers are already aware that the Earth’s billions died horribly prior to the planet fragmentation. Add to that those billions of dead that undoubtedly included family and friends then they viewed the blue ball – their ancestral home – disappear into nothingness. That is a sad drama.

 

At the end of this post I will post the Youtube version of the entire Documentary of Evacuate Earth. But until some things caught my imagination. Principle of which is the selection process of the minimal minority to be saved dooming the majority billions to a death sentence of nature. The next thought was also very important to me because those thoughts deal with my faith as a Bible believing Christian. Let’s look at the sad near science fiction scenario of a neutron star causing a global effort to save enough of the human race to allow it to perpetuate – somewhere. Then I’ll touch on my Bible faith and a God-breathed scenario.

 

There are many of us bloggers that see nefarious happenings politically that points to a Left Wing conspiracy to control a New World Order and/or an Islamist Caliphate World Order by Islamic imperialists. I use the “and/or” because there might be a little disagreement about NWO scenario is preeminent or if the Leftists and Islamists are feeding off of each other to destroy the present global order and then the Leftists and Islamists going toe-to-toe on a bloody genocidal scale for victory.

 

So, what is the effect on these Conspiracy Theories if it is proven a neutron star is what will transform humanity rather than theological/political ideology? My guess is that Muslims devoted to the Quran will put their trust with their demon-deity (yeah I know Leftist Multiculturalists and Muslim Apologists are thinking bigotry rather than comprehending that Bible believers believe Christ is the ONLY WAY to God) Allah to show the neutron star will initiate the global Caliphate age against the kafir (aka infidel). My next guess is that secularist scientists aligned with Leftists will begin a plan build something and anything to allow selected human beings to get out of Dodge before the Earth’s High Noon.

 

The Muslims might have the money, but the scientific community will have the support of government money, natural resources and great minds used to teaming up for solutions. Not that Muslims don’t have great minds. After all AQ Khan developed nuclear weapons for Pakistan and has leaked nuke info to violent prone Muslim rogue nations. In this modern age most Muslim great minds living in Islamic dominated nations think more about Islamic theopolitical philosophy and weaponization. This is not exactly a team playing combination to save Earth’s brightest and fittest to begin survival and re-population of the human race on an Earth-like planet.

 

It is my opinion, all political correctness aside, it will be the Western nations, prominent scientists of Israel and Asians representing China, Japan, South Korea and India that will decide the survival of the human race. This leads to another conundrum. Those that select the people to be saved will likely be the scientific community, political powerhouses that are influential on government purse strings and the more intelligent of the rich and famous. There is one thing I can guarantee about such an elitist selection committee the common man that is the backbone of successful economies will not be selected.

 

This will leave seven or so billion people among divided national borders left to choose how they will deal with such a transition. You do realize the scenario at this point is a Leftist utopian’s dream concerning depopulation to save humanity. Instead of systematically euthanizing hundreds of millions of people to make feeding the people easier and to be easier on planet Earth’s ecosystem, simply leave billions of people behind to die at the hands of a neutron star.

 

Most people have a natural survival instinct even if they don’t resources. That is why a lot of bloggers believe if an economic collapse occurs followed political chaos in nation-states that every-man-for-himself rioting and violence will be the new lawless social structure. If political chaos predictors are accurate about an economic collapse scenario, just think how things could turn ugly when the global population realizes that there is an Evacuate Earth plan that does not include the general population. I suspect attempts to thwart government control will turn into civil strife, civil war or just downright revolution to change the power structure with no actual end-game in mind if there is success in revolting against current regimes.

 

The reality is that the political regimes in control will have the military power to suppress and/or contain revolutionary civil strife to territorial areas away from the construction from whence the components for a starship are being built then sent to outer space for assembly. I am willing to bet the power of united elites will hesitate to use armed extreme prejudice to protect the escape plan. Which brings me to another wondering thought. I wonder when the military rank and file will realize that most of them will not be boarding a completely assembled starship to escape death from a neutron star.

 

This is when a number of lower rank officers will organize against the ruling elites to achieve an inclusion impossibility. I say impossible because this not Noah’s Ark created by the supernatural hand of God. This is a large space Ark that will only so-much room to take what is need to survive an interstellar trip with the uncertain hope of finding a planet to colonize. Unless national military personnel are willing to make a sacrifice for the greater good, I have serious doubts an interstellar spaceship Ark will find completion. The result: the end and extinction of the human race with nothing left to indicate intelligent life existed in portion of the unfathomable cosmos.

 

And yet with all the scenario guessing the U.S. via the route of government agencies are spending money to develop technology for interstellar travel. America’s most famous super-secret agency – Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) – has been working with NASA in a 100 year program to study and implement space travel.

 

We exist to make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years. We unreservedly dedicate ourselves to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight, while pioneering and transforming breakthrough applications that enhance the quality of life for all on Earth. We actively seek to include the broadest swath of people and human experience in understanding, shaping and implementing this global aspiration.

 

 

When we explore space, we garner the greatest benefits here at home. The challenge of traveling to another star system could generate transformative activities, knowledge, and technologies that would dramatically benefit every nation on Earth in the near term and years to come.

 

 

Travel to the stars will require: the development of revolutionary non-chemical technologies to generate, harness, control and store enormous quantities of energy safely; radical advancements in closed-loop life-support systems and sustainable habitats; new insights into human development, health, behavior and training; quantum leaps in agriculture, communication and handling massive data sets; advances in robotics, automation, intelligent systems, and manufacturing techniques; as well as deeper, robust understanding and innovative approaches to social structures, education, economics and finance, legal frameworks, politics and international collaboration. READ ENTIRETY (take the NEXT GIANT LEAP FORWARD; 100 Year Starship)

 

The BBC has an article about DARPA’s 100 Year Starship program and a principle formulator of the program Dr. Jack Sarfatti:

 

Stellar pipedream?

 

But the 100YSS is not a fringe activity started by a bunch of dreamers. It has the backing of two high-profile US agencies – the space agency Nasa and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the US military agency that helped create the internet and satellite-based navigation. Darpa has a track record for these kinds of seemingly impossible technologies: in recent years it has sponsored attempts to develop a hypersonic aircraft and driverless cars.

 

But even those might pale next to the goal of sending a manned spaceship to the stars. And the agency’s willingness to embrace unconventional ideas and people – like Sarfatti – means the project divides opinion. For its backers it is a visionary blueprint for interstellar travel. For the naysayers, it is a crackpot idea with no hope of even getting off the ground.

 

For those who might consider a starship something of a pipedream, David Neyland, the head of the Darpa office in charge of the 100YSS, points to the agency’s ability to spur innovation in unexpected areas, an ability that has proven critical to its success.The iPhone in your pocket is powered by cellular radio technology that came out of communications research Darpa did back in the 70s and 80s,” says Neyland. “So it is that unintended consequence of technology research that we are hoping to inspire.” READ ENTIRETY (100 Year Starship: An interstellar leap for mankind? By Sharon Weinberger; BBC – FUTURE; 3/22/12)

 

Although scenario of Earth’s destruction by NatGeo will probably not happen with a pleasant end for humanity, the NatGeo prediction of interstellar travel is actually plausible bringing science fiction into the realm of science fact. This Dr. Sarfatti is actually exploring physics concepts of a Star Trek-like warp drive, once believed outside the realm of reality by serious physicist theorists. The 100 Year Starship project even has the first female astronaut in spaceMae Jemison Wikipedia/NASA heading the project – Mae Jemison. There is another reason that I believe the NatGeo Evacuate Earth scenario will not occur.

 

Here’s the thing. I have faith in the God of the Holy Bible. God’s plan is to save all humanity from the fate of Satan to be contained to the Lake of Fire in Hell for eternity. The difference between the Bible and Quran is that the Bible gives humanity opportunity after opportunity to make a free choice to be Redeemed by the Redemptive act of Jesus Christ on the Cross and the Lord’s bodily Resurrection from the dead as the glorified fully human and fully God. Allah’s plan is to send some supernatural being along with a fake Christ to militarily force humanity in the present to time to convert to Islam or die.

 

The God of the Bible plan is that God Himself as the Second Person of the Trinity will lead both Angelic armies and the armies of the Believers in Christ to defeat the nations following the human Anti-Christ, the human False Prophet and the Beast under the direction of Satan. Even in defeat the nations will have a chance to call Jesus Lord and in the thousand year reign of Christ. At the end of the Thousand Years humanity will have its last chance to be with God or be with Satan just released from Hell’s chains to tempt humanity one last time. After which all Fallen Angels, all Satan loving humans and Satan will be sentenced to the Lake of Fire after the Last Judgment. (Read Revelation 20)

 

Is there a threat to the existence of the Earth Biblically? The answer is ‘yes.’ It is a ‘yes’ even though humanity survives the Earth’s destruction. New Heaven - New Earth

 

All Things Made New

 

21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

 

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,[b] “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

 

6 And He said to me, “It is done![c] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[d] and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving,[e]abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

The New JerusalemNew Jerusalem - Pat Wagner

 

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me[f] and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”[g] 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy[h]Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

 

21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

 

The Glory of the New Jerusalem

 

22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,[a] for the glory[b] of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved[c] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.[d] 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.[e] 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes[f] an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21: 1-11; 21-27 NKJV)

 

And just as an addendum to all those that do not believe Jesus Christ – fully man and fully God simultaneously – is the Son of God that Resurrected after He was Crucified by sinful men to save ALL sinful men who choose life in Christ Jesus the Deliverer and Savior by believing the Good News rather than the lying influence of Satan.King Jesus Holding Hour Glass Measuring Time Left

 

The Time Is Near

 

6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy[a] prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

 

7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

 

8 Now I, John, saw and heard[b] these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

 

9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For[c] I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous[d] still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

 

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

 

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”[e]

 

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[f] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But[g] outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

 

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

 

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

 

A Warning

 

18 For[h] I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[i] to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[j] his part from the Book[k] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22: 6-19 NKJV)

 

 

VIDEO: Earth Evacuate

 

 

JRH 12/23/13

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