Friday, January 31, 2014

300,000 Year Old Campfire found in Israel

A newly discovered hearth full of ash and charred bone in a cave in modern-day Israel hints that early humans sat around fires as early as 300,000 years ago — before Homo sapiens arose in Africa.
In and around the hearth, archaeologists say they also found bits of stone tools that were likely used for butchering and cutting animals.

The finds could shed light on a turning point in the development of culture "in which humans first began to regularly use fire both for cooking meat and as a focal point — a sort of campfire — for social gatherings," said archaeologist Ruth Shahack-Gross of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

"They also tell us something about the impressive levels of social and cognitive development of humans living some 300,000 years ago," Shahack-Gross added in a statement.
The centrally located fire pit is about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter at its widest point, and its ash layers suggest the hearth was used repeatedly over time, according to the study, which was detailed in the Journal of Archaeological Science on Jan. 25. Shahack-Gross and colleagues think these features indicate the hearth may have been used by large groups of cave dwellers. What's more, its position implies some planning went into deciding where to put the fire pit, suggesting whoever built it must have had a certain level of intelligence.

Qesem Cave was discovered more than a decade ago during the construction of a road some 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Tel Aviv. At the site, excavators had previously uncovered other traces of fire (scattered deposits of ash and clumps of soil that had been heated to high temperatures) as well as the butchered bones of big game like deer, aurochs and horse left their by the prehistoric cave dwellers, possibly up to 400,000 years ago.

Anthropologists have debated what constitutes the earliest evidence of controlled fire use — and which hominin species was responsible for it. Ash and burnt bone in Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa suggests human ancestors used fire at least 1 million years ago. Some researchers, meanwhile, have speculated that the teeth of Homo erectus suggest this early human was adapted to eat food cooked over a fire by 1.9 million years ago. A study out last year in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal argued that fire-builders would have needed some sophisticated abilities to keep their hearths burning, such as long-term planning (gathering firewood) and group cooperation.

It's not entirely clear who was cooking at Qesem Cave. A study published about three years ago in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology described teeth found in the cave dating to between 400,000 and 200,000 years ago. The authors speculated the teeth might have belonged to modern humans (Homo sapiens), Neanderthals or perhaps a different species, though they noted they couldn't draw a solid conclusion from their evidence.
Nonetheless, study researcher Avi Gopher, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv University, said in an interview with Nature at the time, "The best match for these teeth are those from the Skhul and Qafzeh caves in northern Israel, which date later [to between 80,000 and 120,000 years ago] and which are generally thought to be modern humans of sorts."
That interpretation is at odds with the predominant view that modern humans, the only human species alive today, originated about 200,000 years ago in Africa before dispersing to other parts of the world.


'Swamp Monster' Skull found in Texas

A toothy, long-nosed skull found in Texas belonged to a "swamp monster" that lived more than 200 million years ago.

The creature is a previously unknown type of phytosaur, an extinct creature that hunted fish and other prey along the shallow edges of rivers and lakes. Dubbed Machaeroprosopus lottorum, the phytosaur probably measured about 18 feet long.
"They had basically the same lifestyle as the modern crocodile, by living in and around the water, eating fish, and whatever animals came to the margins of the rivers and lakes," study researcher Bill Mueller, assistant curator of paleontology at the Museum of Texas Tech University, said in a
Phytosaurs are a common find in the Cooper Canyon formation in Garza County, Texas, where the new species was discovered. This area is now dry and scrubby, but in the late Triassic, it was a conifer forest with fern underbrush and an oxbow lake where phytosaurs hunted.
In 2001, Doug Cunningham, a research field assistant at the Texas Tech museum, unearthed the new skull during a dig.
"When he found it, just the very back end of the skull was sticking out of the ground. The rest was buried," Mueller said. "We excavated it and brought it into the museum to finish preparation."
That preparation took years. Once the skull was out of the rock surrounding it, Mueller and his colleagues compared the features of the skull with other phytosaur skulls (more than 200 have been found in North America). They also analyzed another phytosaur skull, found 120 feet from the first.

They discovered that their specimens represented a male and female from a new species, which they named M. lottorum in honor of the Lott family, the owners of the ranch where the fossil was found.

Phytosaurs lived from about 230 million to 203 million years ago. They were one of the victims of the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction, a huge die-off that wiped out many large land animals.
The new female's skull is about 3 feet long, and she would have grown to be about 17 feet total length, Mueller said. The male would have been about a foot longer. M. lottorum's delicate snout suggests it ate mostly fish, and not more robust prey. It would have looked very much like an alligator or crocodile, but its nostrils were up near its eyes at the base of its snout, rather than at the end.


Apocalyptic Storm to Hit UK Tonight! Recent CME & Lunar Transit to Blame?

A terrifying storm is quickly approaching the UK bringing winds in excess of 150 mph and much more unwanted rain that may soon turn to blizzard like conditions as the storm moves east.

On January released a video showing a recent M6 Class Solar Flare plus a Lunar Transit, or Eclipse that was only visible from space as captured by NASA's LASCO SOHO Cam.
Could these event be connected?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fake Snow falling on East and Central USA causing a Chemical odor when burned?

Reports of 'Fake Snow' have suddenly been reported from the East Coast to the far Midwest in the United States. A slough of Youtube videos have sprung up almost over night of people in these areas trying to melt snow with lighters, matches and candles. All results end up as the snow not actually melting but burning and causing a foul chemical type odor.

Some people claim the snow is contaminated with chemicals from planes 'Chem-trailing', a method suspected by many of the US Government purposely spraying the skies with barium or silver oxide for means of 'Climate Engineering'. While others maintain that its direct evidence of Fukushima Radiation spreading in our atmosphere.

While no conclusive testing has been preformed at this time in these specific areas, this bizarre phenomenon continues to confuse and frighten others about what's really falling from our skies.

Effects of Fukushima? 'White Goo' reported in Salmon?

This newly released story from ENENews is incredibly disturbing and the pictures below not for the squeamish. While millions of Americans still sleepwalk through the dangers of Fukushima, the animals and fish in Alaska tell the true tale while the video below from Kevin Blanch shares that there is now scientific proof that the deaths of seals in Alaska were due to radiation from Fukushima.

B129 – Unusual growth observed in salmon tissue Hydaburg, Alaska (fish, salmon)

Reports: White ‘goo’ everywhere in Alaska seal, crows won’t touch it… yet they eat people’s roofs — Slime in ones mouth, kidney almost black — Another appeared to change color — Hairless one seen recently: “We all still have sick seals here!”

Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network, Oct. 24, 2013: Hairless seal near Shishmaref— Shishmaref Alaska. October 19, 2013 (seals, subsistence) My friend and her husband shot a spotted seal at the mouth of Serpentine River on Saturday Oct. 19th as they were pulling it in the boat they notice it was a hairless seal, she didn’t have anything to take a picture with. Just to let you know we all still have sick seals here!

Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network, Updated Oct. 8, 2013: Sick spotted seal — Eek, Alaska, April 12, 2013 (marine mammal) [...] hunter reported that he had caught a spotted seal that he thought was sick. He then proceeded to gut the marine animal and found there was white puss or goo like substance along the muscle tissue everywhere.  [...] a very small bit of the fat was chewed on and nothing else. We have crows, they are known to eat just about anything, even silicone off the roof… this animal is not being touched.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Giant Hologram of Turkey's Prime Minister in the Sky!

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan couldn't attend a political party meeting in the city of Izmir on Sunday, so he decided to send the next best thing: a giant hologram of himself.
In a scene straight out of Star Wars, Erdogan's shimmering avatar, whose real-life counterpart is under siege amid an ever-expanding corruption scandal and the resignations of multiple high-level officials, spoke to an astonished crowd of Justice and Development Party supporters on the need for resilience before municipal elections on March 30.
"We are going to elections in the shadow of attacks prepared by treasonous networks," said the towering, photon-based figure, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. "I urge all my mayoral candidates to not waste any of their time."

Erdogan isn't the first politician to use holograms. India's Narendra Modi, a rising star in Indian politics, broadcast 26 holograms of himself to a crowd of supporters during his re-election campaign in 2012. Holograms have yet to make their way to the American campaign trail. I repeat—yet.
Perhaps the most famous use of holographic technology came in 2012, when a photonic simulacrum of the deceased rapper Tupac performed alongside Snoop Dogg at Coachella. CNN briefly flirted with using holograms to conduct in-studio interviews during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, but abandoned the project after widespread public ridicule. At least among his political supporters, Erdogan appears to have been spared that fate.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Pope's Doves of Peace is Attacked by a Crow & Seagull! Ill Omen?

Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for the start of a “constructive dialogue” in Ukraine, releasing two white doves to symbolize the hope for peace. However, the doves were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull.
Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square for the Pope’s weekly Angelus prayer, the pontiff said that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the Ukrainian unrest.

“I am close to Ukraine in prayer, in particular to those who have lost their lives in recent days and to their families,” Pope Francis said.

He then raised hopes for a “constructive dialogue between the institutions and civil society,” urging both sides to avoid violence and reminding that “the spirit of peace and a search for the common good” should be “in the hearts of all.”

In a symbolic peace gesture, two white doves were then released by children standing alongside Pope Francis.
But as soon as the birds took off, they were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull.

The crowd gasped as one dove broke free from its seagull attacker, losing some feathers in the process. The other was less fortunate and was repeatedly pecked at by the crow before flying away.

Is this an Omen?


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thomas Jefferson would be considered a Tea Party Extremist!

Thomas Jefferson was radically anti-tax, pro-gun and anti-central bank.  He loved precious metals, he openly acknowledged a “Creator” and he wanted to add an amendment to the Constitution which would ban the federal government from going into debt.

If he was around today, he would be considered a “nutjob”, an “extremist”, a “fascist” and even a “potential terrorist“.  But of course Jefferson was none of those things.  Rather, Jefferson was a great thinker, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and our third President.  Below, I have shared a list of 13 famous Jefferson quotes (13 for the 13 colonies that originally founded America) that show just how far America has fallen away from our founding principles.  I think that most of you will be very shocked when you read this list…
#1 “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

#2 “If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.”
#3 “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
#4 “I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.”
#5 “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

#6 “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity in the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
#7 “Paper is poverty,… it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.”
#8 “It is said that our paper is as good as silver, because we may have silver for it at the bank where it issues. This is not true. One, two, or three persons might have it; but a general application would soon exhaust their vaults, and leave a ruinous proportion of their paper in its intrinsic worthless form.”
#9 “The incorporation of a bank and the powers assumed [by legislation doing so] have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States by the Constitution. They are not among the powers specially enumerated.”
#10 “That we are overdone with banking institutions which have banished the precious metals and substituted a more fluctuating and unsafe medium, that these have withdrawn capital from useful improvements and employments to nourish idleness, that the wars of the world have swollen our commerce beyond the wholesome limits of exchanging our own productions for our own wants, and that, for the emolument of a small proportion of our society who prefer these demoralizing pursuits to labors useful to the whole, the peace of the whole is endangered and all our present difficulties produced, are evils more easily to be deplored than remedied.”

#11 “Certainly no nation ever before abandoned to the avarice and jugglings of private individuals to regulate according to their own interests, the quantum of circulating medium for the nation — to inflate, by deluges of paper, the nominal prices of property, and then to buy up that property at 1s. in the pound, having first withdrawn the floating medium which might endanger a competition in purchase. Yet this is what has been done, and will be done, unless stayed by the protecting hand of the legislature. The evil has been produced by the error of their sanction of this ruinous machinery of banks; and justice, wisdom, duty, all require that they should interpose and arrest it before the schemes of plunder and spoliation desolate the country.”
#12 “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.”
#13 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Sadly, great statesmen like Thomas Jefferson are in very short supply today.
At this point, most of our politicians are millionaires that have totally sold out to the elite.

And if “another Thomas Jefferson” did show up on the national political stage today, he would be treated like garbage.  The amount of abuse that is heaped on those considered to be “Tea Party extremists” these days is absolutely staggering.  The following are just a few recent examples that demonstrate this…
-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the following during a radio interview last Friday: “Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
-An article that recently appeared on a prominent liberal news websites had this striking headline: “Frankly, Koch Brothers Deserve the Death Penalty“.
-Professor Terrence Moore recently explained that it is now common practice for textbooks across the United States to use the term “fascist” for all “right-wing extremist groups”: “In the margin of the teachers edition, the teacher is instructed to explain the term ‘fascist’ to the students and to point out that the term ‘fascist’ is now applied to all right-wing extremist groups.”
The sad truth is that Thomas Jefferson wouldn’t have a prayer of making it to the White House today.
In fact, he would probably be blackballed by both major political parties.
America is in decline, and it is not because the principles that this nation was founded upon have failed.
Rather, one of the primary reasons why America is falling apart is because we have rejected the principles that were handed down to us by men like Jefferson.
Shame on us.


Orwellian Reality: Police Check Points in London

A photograph taken in London’s Park Lane underscores how authorities are randomly using dubious unspecified terror threats to set up ‘papers please’ checkpoints where innocent passers-by are searched by police.

The sign in the photo reads, “SECURITY OPERTION: Officers are conducting patrols in this area to deter and disrupt terrorist activity. There is not specific intelligence to suggest terrorist activity in this area but terrorists need to plan and prepare by observing possible targets or transporting equipment and material around.”
“Police activities, including stop and search, will make it harder for terrorists to operate. Your co-operation and patience will help keep London safe.”
In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that stop and search procedures without grounds for suspicion were illegal.
Last year it was found that a quarter of of police stop and search procedures in the UK were being carried out without officers obeying the law.
If random checkpoints where citizens are interrogated and frisked is not ’1984′ enough for you then check out this advertisement currently being displayed at London Underground tube stations.
“ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE IS ESSENTIAL,” the sign reads above an image of a man in a balaclava with an AK-47 sat at a computer. The ad goes on to make the claim, proven false by numerous recent credible studies, that electronic snooping is useful in disrupting terrorist plots.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Israel tries to protect ancient sites from potential earthquakes

With Israel situated in one of the world's earthquake-prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land's most important ancient treasures so they don't come tumbling down.
After a series of five moderate earthquakes shook the country in October, experts installed a seismic monitoring system at the Tower of David, one of Jerusalem's most important -- and most visible -- historical sites.
The project is Israel's first attempt to use such technology to determine structural weaknesses in the countless ancient edifices that dot the Holy Land. The efforts, however, have been slowed by authorities' reticence to publically declare sites as vulnerable, as well as the explosive geopolitics surrounding ancient Jewish, Christian and Muslim sites at the heart of the Mideast conflict.
"We have to remember that this is the Holy Land," said Avi Shapira, head of a national steering committee for earthquake preparedness. "We have some responsibility not only to preserve the historical monuments of our personal heritage ... but also for the rest of the world."

Most of Israel's historical sites "have not been checked," said Shapira. "We have them on the map, but an engineer still hasn't visited them."
Israel sits along the friction point of the African and Arabian tectonic plates, and is prone to small tremors. The earthquakes in October caused no major damage, but made Israelis jittery. About once a century throughout history, a large earthquake has rattled the region, often damaging key historical sites. The last major quake occurred in 1927.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, was destroyed in an earthquake shortly after it was built in the 8th century and was damaged and repaired multiple times since due to quakes. The 1927 quake, which was over 6 in magnitude, caused hundreds of deaths and damaged Al-Aqsa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the site where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried.

Israel has been bracing for another major earthquake for years. But those efforts have focused on retrofitting existing schools and hospitals and apartment buildings, and improving standards in new construction.
The country is just getting around to surveying its historical sites, and the assessment process has turned out to be sensitive.
Government experts have not published any findings on historical sites at risk, and it is unclear which government authority would be compelled to take responsibility for sites should they face earthquake damage.
Political sensitivities have prevented Israeli officials from conducting earthquake-impact assessments on the region's most revered, most ancient, and likely most vulnerable sites, including the gold-capped Dome of the Rock, said an official on Israel's earthquake preparedness steering committee. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
In the past, Israeli involvement in the Old City's ancient buildings has sparked protest from Palestinians who seek sovereignty there in their quest for an independent state.

After a centuries-old access ramp to a key holy site was damaged by stormy weather in 2004, Arab and Muslim leaders worldwide protested Israeli excavation work in preparation for the construction of a new ramp, accusing Israel of impinging on the site with conflicting ownership claims.
The site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, has ignited violence when Muslims have perceived Israel to encroach upon the compound.
Israel's Antiquities Authority, in charge of conserving the country's ancient sites, declined comment on the earthquake assessment efforts.
The only site in the Old City that Israeli officials say is being checked for a possible earthquake risk is the Tower of David, one of Jerusalem's most ubiquitous symbols. The minaret-topped stone tower stands in the corner of an ancient citadel fortress, and six major cracks in the tower have the staff worried if it can withstand an earthquake.

"This is the symbol of the city, the symbol of Jerusalem, for more than 2000 years. So that's why this is a real nightmare for us," said Eilat Lieber, director of the Tower of David museum.
Researchers from the University of Padua in Italy installed sensors throughout the tower to determine what kind of earthquake-proofing it might need.
Accelerometers along the tower measure small movements caused by wind and traffic, in order to predict how an earthquake would impact the structure. At the very top of the minaret, thin bars affixed to the stones slide like bicycle tire pumps to measure the movement of cracks. Data collected by the equipment will be analyzed to determine any structural flaws in the tower and if needed, to suggest engineering solutions to stabilize the site.
The Tower of David is the first historical site in Jerusalem to be outfitted with the seismic sensors. Israeli experts are considering using the technology at other Israeli historical sites.

Experts said the monitoring technology is already in place in the famous Qutab Minar monument in New Delhi, minarets in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and various sites in Italy, including bell towers in Venice, the ancient Verona Arena in Verona, and locations in L'Aquila, following a devastating 2009 earthquake that wreaked havoc on cultural heritage buildings.
Initial assessments for the Tower of David are good. Claudio Modena, a University of Padova engineer, said the tower seems to be capable of withstanding an earthquake because its ancient foundations sit on bedrock. Three steel rings that hug the cracked minaret, installed during earlier British rule in the city, have helped save it from collapse, he said.
Orna Cohen, chief conservator of the Tower of David, said that in the event of an earthquake, Jerusalem's most ancient structures of massive stones might actually be the city's most dependable.

"If they still stand after so many earthquakes during the last 2000 years, they must be good structures," Cohen said.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Translation of Hebrew Text May Lead to Ark of the Covenant?

A newly translated Hebrew tells a tale claiming to reveal where treasures from King Solomon's temple were hidden and discusses the fate of the Ark of the Covenant itself.
But unlike the Indiana Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the text leaves the exact location of the Ark unclear and states that it, and the other treasures, "shall not be revealed until the day of the coming of the Messiah son of David " putting it out of reach of any would-be treasure seeker. But don't put on your Indiana Jones costume just yet; the text's translator says the book is likely just early Jewish folklore.

King Solomon's Temple, also called the First Temple, was plundered and torched by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C., according to the Hebrew Bible. The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that, when originally built, was said to have held tablets containing the 10 commandments. It was housed in Solomon's Temple, a place that contained many different treasures.

The newly translated text, called "Treatise of the Vessels" (Massekhet Kelim in Hebrew), says the "treasures were concealed by a number of Levites and prophets," writes James Davila, a professor at the University of St. Andrews, in an article in the book "Old Testament Pseudepigrapha More Noncanonical Scriptures Volume 1" (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013).
"Some of these (treasures) were hidden in various locations in the Land of Israel and in Babylonia, while others were delivered into the hands of the angels Shamshiel, Michael, Gabriel and perhaps Sariel " writes Davila in his article.
The treatise is similar in some ways to the metallic "Copper Scroll," one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found near the site of Qumran in the West Bank. The Copper Scroll also discusses the location of hidden treasure, although not from Solomon's Temple.

The treatise describes the treasures in an imaginative way. One part refers to "seventy-seven tables of gold, and their gold was from the walls of the Garden of Eden that was revealed to Solomon, and they radiated like the radiance of the sun and moon, which radiate at the height of the world."
The oldest confirmed example of the treatise, which survives to present day, is from a book published in Amsterdam in 1648 called "Emek Halachah." In 1876, a scholar named Adolph Jellinek published another copy of the text, which was virtually identical to the 1648 version. Davila is the first to translate the text fully into English.

A story of legendsThe writer of the text likely was not trying to convey factual locations of the hidden treasures of Solomon's Temple, but rather was writing a work of fiction, based on different legends, Davila told LiveScience.

The structure of the story is confusing. In the prologue it states that Shimmur the Levite (he doesn't appear to be a biblical figure) and his companions hid the treasures, "but later on the text mentions the treasures being in the keeping of or hidden by Shamshiel and other angels," Davila said. "I suspect the author collected various legends without too much concern about making them consistent."

Similarities to the Copper ScrollThe Copper Scroll, which dates back around 1,900 years, and is made of copper, shows several "striking parallels" with the newly translated treatise, Davila said.
The treatise says that the treasures from Solomon's Temple were recorded "on a tablet of bronze," a metal like the Copper Scroll. Additionally, among other similarities, the Treatise of the Vessels and Copper Scroll both refer to "vessels" or "implements," including examples made of gold and silver.
These similarities could be a coincidence or part of a tradition of recording important information on metal.
"My guess is that whoever wrote the Treatise of Vessels came up with the same idea [of writing a treasure list on metal] coincidentally on their own, although it is not unthinkable that the writer knew of some ancient tradition or custom about inscribing important information on metal," wrote Davila in the email, noting that metal is a more durable material than parchment or papyrus.

An ongoing storyThe study of the treatise is ongoing, and discoveries continue to be made. For instance, in the mid-20th century a copy of it (with some variations) was discovered and recorded in Beirut, Lebanon, at the end of a series of inscribed plates that record the Book of Ezekiel.
Those plates are now at the Yad Ben Zvi Institute in Israel, although the plates containing the treatise itself are now missing. Recent research has revealed, however, these plates were created in Syria at the turn of the 20th century, about 100 years ago, suggesting the treatise was being told in an elaborate way up until relatively modern times.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Cosmos Come Alive in Time Lapse Video Recorded over Chile


Amazing Fireball Over Germany! 1/18/14

  An amazing eyewitness video capture of a bright fireball trailing across the sky in Germany, January 18,2014. One thing is for sure, 2014 is off to a very active start of Meteorite activity!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Is Our Moon Really Hollow?

 “What in blazes is our Moon doing way out there? It’s too far out to be a true satellite of Earth  , it is too big to have been captured by the Earth. The chances of such a capture having been effected and the Moon then having taken up a nearly circular orbit about the Earth are too small to make such an eventuality credible. . . . But, then, if the Moon is neither a true satellite of the Earth nor a captured one, what is it?” – Isaac Asimov, Asimov on Astronomy,” Doubleday, 1974; Mercury Press 1963; also quoted in Don Wilson’s book, Our Mysterious Spaceship Moon (1975).
The Moon is the eye in the sky to the inhabitants of Earth. It provides us with the natural tidal cycles which are said to maintain the equilibrium of all species on the planet. Peculiarly, certain phases of the Moon cycle are even known to affect our moods and emotions. Most will likely never question the existence or makeup of the Moon as it does its usual routine of lighting up the night sky and circling the planet, however many scientists are not convinced that the narrative of its origin is as ‘solid’ as we are lead to believe. Much controversy exists around the origin and makeup of the Moon today, and one of the largest arguments surrounding the satellite is the solidity (or lack thereof) of its center and the process by which we got our Moon in the first place.

32 Reasons Barack Obama Could be the Antichrist

1) "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" – Jesus, Luke10:18
In Hebrew “lightning from heaven” is pronounced...”Baraq O Bamah”. That means 2000 years ago Jesus Christ said in Hebrew: "I saw Satan as Baraq O Bamah" Revelation 12:7-12 describes a war in heaven, fought between the Archangel Michael and his angels, and Satan and his angels, whom after losing the battle, where cast down to earth. This was the event Jesus described in Luke 10:18 when He said "I saw Satan as Baraq O Bamah."
2) Revelation 13:18 His number will identify him. 666 The day after Barack Obama was elected in 2008 the winning numbers for the Pick 3 Lottery in his home state of Illinois were 6-6-6, where his zip code was 60606. 6 + 6 + 6 = 18 is the total number of letters in the name Barack Hussein Obama. Verse 18 of chapter 13 tells us the numerical value of his name. Obama was in the Illinois Senate from the 13th district for 7 years. Verse 7 reveals his agenda of killing all of the Christians and Jews & establishing a global government. That same day the Pick 4 was 7-7-7-9. The Bible interprets itself. 777 means God’s Perfect Completion, 9 means Judgement. When put together it reads: Antichrist, God’s Perfect & Complete Judgement. 6 X 6 X 6 = 216 His birthday is August 4, the 216th day of the year. His birthplace is Honolulu, Hawaii Longitude: 21.6
3) “The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.” Revelation 13:2
Barack Obama is of mixed blood. Half black, half white like a leopard’s coat. In the Book of Daniel, Persia is represented by a bear which is the modern day Islamic Republic of Iran. The Bible describes Jesus Christ as the Lion of Judah. Obama’s mother is a White Jew and his father is a Black Arab. He walks like a Muslim but claims to be Christian. His wedding band says “there is no god but allah”
4) “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” Revelation 13:16-18
HR 3962 (House Resolution 3962) states that the secretary will establish a National Medical Device Registry where class II medical devices will be employed. This bill was signed into law by US President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and is yet to be fully implemented. The Affordable Healthcare Act better known as Obamacare is the pretext for tagging people like animals. Because the forehead and right hand are the greatest conductors of electricity in the human body, they are ideal locations for this microchip because its lithium battery is powered by body heat. It will serve as a transponder, ID and bankcard for a cashless society. Each individual will receive a serial number and just like barcode ID numbers every number will begin and end with a 6 with another 6 in between. The US government website that shows this law in full is:
Pages: 1501-1508, 77(D), 735(F) Also see: Part 1 section 2571 National Medical Device Registry for the definition of a class II medical device and to see manufacturer. Also see: ALERT – Obamacare Mandates FDA – approved implantable RFID chips! on Youtube for a detailed overview of the major points of House Resolution HR 3962. The globalist corporate/political agenda aims for every man, woman and child on earth to be micro-chipped by 2017, just like many of our pets have been for years. The consequences of accepting this mark are eternal.

“And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11
5) Daniel 7:25, 11:36, Thessalonians 2:4, Revelation 13:5-6 Blasphemous. Speak against God and His Word. Before taking office, he had already begun his public mocking of the Word of God “Which passages of Scripture, should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus? Which suggests that slavery is OK? But eating shell fish is an abomination. Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount? A passage that is so radical, that it’s doubtful that our own defense department would survive its application? Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.” -Barack Obama
6) Various passages: He will be called Messiah
“First off I wanna give thanks to God, and our lord and saviour, Barack Obama… Barack Obama.” –Jamie Foxx, 2012 Soul Train Awards
“You are the instruments, that God is gonna use, to bring about, universal change. And that is why Barack, has captured the youth. And he has involved young people, in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the messiah speaks, the youth will hear.” -Louis Farrakhan
“He can do no wrong. Can you see the light? And the world shall receive his blessings.” “It shall be known in 2008 that the world will be blessed, people call him the one. And he has anointed himself. Ready to carry the burdens of the world.” –Obama Campaign Commercial 2008
‘I have become a symbol of America returning to our best traditions. ”“This is the moment when the rise of the ocean begins to recede, and our planet begins to heal… A nation healed, a world repaired, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”
“A light will shine down from somewhere. It will light upon you. You will experience an epiphany. And will say to yourself. I have to vote for Barack” - Barack Obama
Epiphany means: a visitation from God/a God inspired idea.
7) Daniel 7:25 He will change times and laws.
“The original Constitution, I think is an imperfect document that reflects some deep flaws, in American culture, the colonial culture nascent of that time. I think we can say that the Constitution reflected an enormous blind spot in this culture and that the framers had that same blind spot. It also reflected the fundamental flaws of this country that continue to this day” - Barack Obama
“I know some people want me to bypass congress and change the laws on my own… And believe me, right now dealing with congress… The idea is very tempting. I promise you, not just on immigration reform…” –Barack Obama
On December 31, 2011 Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act declaring the USA a war zone and granting the military power to arbitrarily arrest, indefinitely detain, torture with impunity and execute at will US citizens effectively voiding the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He has issued more executive orders than all the previous presidents combined. During his first term Obama has systematically consolidated power within the presidency, literally granting him dictatorial power equal to those granted to Adolf Hitler in 1933.
8) Isaiah 14 & 21 Jeremiah 50 & 51 Revelation 17 & 18 He will come from the dominant military, political and economic power in the world. USA. Isaiah 14:4 says he will be called the king of Babylon. This is America.
9) Daniel 8:23 He will be a stern faced king… This characteristic of Obama has been much discussed within the media ranks. His expression is most often that of a somber, stern faced person.
10) Daniel, Thessalonians, Revelation Master of intrigue and deception. It cannot be denied that Obama is the most intriguing President in many generations. The entire world is infatuated with him. Headlines around the world declare their “praise” and “hope” in this rising star “Messiah Complex” has been attributed to him. His deception and double talk techniques have now become famous and the fodder for many radio and television news-talk programs.
11) Daniel 7:11 Boastful and arrogant as a major personality trait. Numerous news programs, radio broadcasts and periodical articles have been devoted to this topic.
12) Daniel 8:24 Become very strong… but not by his own power… in his quick rise to fame. Obama is supported by the entirety of Hollywood – undeniably the most powerful “Influence” on the world, In addition, to the surprise of many, he was supported by Ted Kennedy (the most powerful Senator), a long time friend and supporters of the Clintons. His campaigns funded by bankers and the corporate world. He is also a Free Mason/Illuminati. A secret society made up of the most powerful people in the world who's Luciferian religion originating in Babylon, circa 2500 BC practices Satanic occultism.
13) Daniel 7:24 Different from past kings. This fact is obvious.
14) 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 Be known as the lawless one or rebel. On November 11, 2008 the US Secret Service announced that his Codename is RENEGADE, this was reported by major news agencies around the world. The dictionary definition of RENEGADE is “lawless one a rebel” (American Heritage and Webster)The Presidential limousine is dubbed “the beast” (Fox News Report: The Lawless One Rides the Beast) From the beginning of his first term he has been accused of being a foreign national, falsifying his birth certificate and occulting his school records in an effort to hide his true identity. The legitimacy of his presidency has been questioned by these allegations which have not been resolved to the satisfaction of judges and lawmakers as well as being appointed Secretary General of the United Nations. It is against the US Constitution for a President to hold another office at the same time.
15) Matthew 24 Be seen in the Holy Place before taking office. Abomination that causes desolation. He was at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem just a few months before winning the 2008 election. Book called ”The Obama Nation” bumper stickers say “It’s an OBAMANATION”

16) Daniel 8:9-12 Starts small but becomes great/succeeds in whatever he does. In less than 12 years he has gone from community organizer, to the Illinois Senate, to the US Senate to President of the most powerful nation on earth. Now he is the most powerful man on earth at one of the most crucial times in world history.
17) Daniel 8:25 He will come with words of peace, but bring chaos and destruction. In 2009 in his first year in office, Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace prize! At the same time he sent 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan. In his acceptance speech he said “Sometimes war is necessary in order to achieve peace”
18) Daniel 11:37 He will not regard the religion of his ancestors. Obama’s religion has been a topic of much debate. His whole family is Muslim, he grew up in a Muslim school and continues to profess Islam to this day, yet is Jewish by blood has been filmed practicing Judaism while claiming to be a Christian yet never going to church and is an atheist in practice whom supports gay marriage, is pro-abortion, openly mocks the Bible and is a Free Mason –Satanist/Luciferian-
19) Daniel 11:38 He will honour a god unknown to his ancestors. Obama is a Free Mason. This occultist secret society has been a bastion for elitists whom worship Satan and practice Luciferianism. “Yes we can” played in reverse is “Thank you Satan”.
20) Revelation 13:3 He will have fanatical supporters all over the world.
“I think that Obama, his election to the senate, was divinely ordered… I know that that was God’s plan”
-Bill Rush, New York Times 9/9/07
“…our collective representation of our purest hopes, our highest visions and our deepest hopes” -Eve Constantine
“I’ll collect paper cups of the ground to make his pathway clear” -Halle Barry
“He is authentic and truthful. He radiates truth and goodness” -Gerald Campbell
“He has a an ear for eloquence and a tongue for unvarnished truth” -Oprah Winfrey
“This is bigger than Kennedy, this is the New Testament” -Chris Matthews
‘When people stop believing in God… they don’t believe in nothing… they believe in anything” -G.K. Chesterton
21) Daniel 8:24 He will cause astounding devastation. He has already promised one policy which has been predicted to do exactly that…in those very words… The following is Barack Hussein Obama’s promise and General David Patraeus’ response.
“As President I will end misguided defense policy. I’m the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning, and as President I will end it” -Barack Obama “Iraqi security forces have achieved progress in the security arena. The premature draw down of our forces would more than likely have devastating consequences” -General David Patraeus
22) Daniel 11:37 He will not regard the desire of women/closet homosexual. Larry Sinclair, a gay man in Chicago, claims that he took drugs and had sex with Obama in November of 1999. Larry Sinclair was gunned down shortly after he made these alagations.
23) Daniel 11 He is the king of the south. Nairobi Kenya is directly south of Jerusalem just as Moscow, Russia is directly to the north of Jerusalem, making Vladamir Putin the king of the north. Daniel 11 describes a war between the king of the north and the king of the south. Revelation 6:3-4 describes the same event as a World War 3 where the end result is the death of ¼ of the human race.
24) 2 Thessalonians 2:4 He will claim to be God. In an April 2008 issue of Men’s Vogue an article claims that Barack Obama was greeted by Morgan Freeman and was quoted saying: “This guy was president before I was.” Obama replied “This man was God before I was” At the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Obama recited Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth."
These first 24 prophesies concerning Antichrist have been fulfilled.
6 more will soon be fulfilled. Be on the lookout for them.
25) Revelation 13:7-18 He will consolidate the world into one global government divided into 10 states, with one currency, one military and one world religion.
26) Daniel 9:27 He will make a 7 year peace treaty with Israel.
27) Revelation 13:7-8 He will persecute Christians and Jews in the greatest genocide ever. 800 FEMA camps, thousands of guillotines and millions of coffins in America are proof of this plan.
28) Revelation 13 He will fake his assassination.
29) Revelation 13 He will fake his resurrection – the whole world will be astonished.
30) Revelation 13 His false prophet will force the whole world to take his mark and erect a living image of him all will be forced to worship.

Islamic eschatology describes specific personal characteristic of Al Mahdi. Here you can see that they are an accurate description of Barack Hussein Obama.
(1) Must be tall; Obama is around 6’2”
(2) Will be in his 40’s; That’s Obama
(3) Must have the name Hussein in his name; That’s Obama
(4) Will be as the sun rising over the West; That’s Obama’s sign
(5) Will speak with a slight stutter; That’s Obama (or at least he tries)
(6) Will have a mole/black spot on his left cheek; That’s Obama
(7) Will have course hair; That’s Obama
(8) Will come to bring justice (peace) at time of oppression; That’s Obama
(9) Dark skinned yet fair complexion (Many believe multi-ethnic) That’s Obama.
(10) He must be a descendant of Mohamed. 8000 Bedouins in Saudi Arabia claim family ties to Obama.
Muslim eschatology parallels Biblical eschatology because the Koran is Satan's bible. A demonic remix of the Holy Bible.
The Antichrist/first beast is a Muslim. But his title is Al Mahdi. Not Al Dajjal. Al Dajjal is actually an Islamic depiction of Jesus Christ when He returns designed so that the Muslims will fight Him when He returns with His heavenly host. KFR means kafir which translates to infidel/disbeliever.
Pope Francis is the false prophet/second beast Revelation 13:11-16.
According to Muslim eschatology he will be the Muslim version of Jesus/Isa Al Masih whom will be the right hand of Antichrist proclaiming the deity of Al Mahdi/Antichrist/the first beast Revelation 13:12. He will be the religious leader of the one world religion (Islam) proclaim to all Christendom that he/Isa (the Muslim Jesus) is not God, Mohamed was the final prophet, the Koran the final revelation to mankind, revoke the Jizya tax (protection money paid by Christians in Muslim countries) and issue the ultimatum of convert or die. Revelation 13:16, 6:9-11, 20:4

"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." 1 John 2:22
Islam is inherently antichrist because it directly, textually denies and refutes the death, resurrection and deity of Jesus Christ, as well the trinity/tri-unity of God.
It is also the end time one world religion described in the Book of Revelation because it is the only religion that commands to persecute and kill the saints, conquer the world, establish global government and subjugate all peoples.
Islamic eschatology describes the coming of a Muslim messiah known as Al Mahdi. The rider of the white horse that is depicted in Revelation 6:1-2 and acknowledged by Muslim scholars, whom is known in Biblical eschatology as the Antichrist/first beast/son of perdition. These 2 figures are one and the same.
The NWO will be a global caliphate.
Islam is the purest form of Luciferianism/Satan worship because it venerates Satan/Allah as God. In other words Illuminati and Islam are synonymous ideologically. This Satanic agenda is revealed by the Prophet Isaiah.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." Isaiah 14:12-15
Jesus described this event in Luke 10:18 when He said "...I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
In Hebrew, lightening from heaven is pronounced "baraq o bamah"

“He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke 10:18
These words were written in Greek and translated to English, however Jesus spoke these words in Aramaic, the most ancient form of Hebrew. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. If a modern Jewish Rabbi were to speak these words of Jesus today, he would speak them in Hebrew much the same way that Jesus would have spoken them. So in Hebrew Jesus said “I saw Satan falling as lightning from heaven” or “the heights.”
So what are the words lightning and heights or heavens in Hebrew?
From the Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary word number 1299: A primitive root word meaning to lighten (lightning) – to cast forth, the word is Bah-Raq (Baw-Rawk).
 From Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary word number 1300: Lightning or by analogy a gleam; concretely: a flashing sword – bright, glitter (ing sword) lightning.
So lightning or flash of light in Hebrew is pronounced Bah-Raq (Baw-Rawk).
Now consider this amazing fact. The Book of Isaiah is the source of understanding for the Christian concept of Satan or Lucifer as Isaiah calls him in chapter 14, especially in verses 12-19.
In Isaiah 14:14 Lucifer is credited with these words:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”
In the verse that refers directly to Lucifer, several times it is mentioned that Satan has fallen from the heights or from the heavens.
The Hebrew words for the text for from the heights from which Satan fell is Strong’s Hebrew Word 1116 pronounced Bam-maw. Bam-Mah is most commonly used to describe a high sacred place, as well as to the heights of the heavens or to the clouds. From an unused root (meaning to be high): an elevation, height, high place, wave.
In Hebrew, the word Waw of Vau (the 6th letter in the Hebrew alphabet) is often transliterated as a “U”. Some scholars use the “O” for this transliteration. It is often used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concepts of lightning from the heavens or Bah-Raq, and a high
place like heaven or the heights of heaven the letter “U” or “O” would be used.
So Bah-Raq “U” Baw-Maw or Baw-Raq “O” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry, similar to the style in Isaiah would literally translate as lightning from the heights, or from the skies, or from the heavens.
The word Satan in Hebrew is “Satan” (Sah-Tahn) a direct translation.
A Jewish Rabbi would say the words of Jesus in Luke chapter 10 verse 18 in Hebrew as:
“I saw Satan as Bah-Raq O Bam-Maw.”
Jesus revealed the name of the Antichrist 2000 years ago.
Barack Obama

Fish testing at 124 times over radiation limit caught off Fukushima!

Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster.

One of the samples of the 37 black sea bream specimens caught some 37 kilometers south of the crippled power plant tested at 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, making it 124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption, Japan's Fisheries Research Agency announced.

The samples were caught at the mouth of the Niidagawa river in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on November 17. Two other fish caught there also tested non-safe for human consumption, showing radiations levels of 426 and 197 becquerels per kilogram. The rest of the fish were reportedly within safety limits.

Black sea bream are currently restricted from being fished in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and sold for human consumption, as scientists from the Fisheries Research Agency say they plan to investigate the source of the contamination further.

After the Fukushima disaster, Japan lowered its threshold for cesium levels in food from 500 becquerels per kg to 100 becquerels per kilo, making the country’s regulations six times stricter than European Union standards. The record cesium reading was recorded last year when a fish caught near the plant carried 740,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram

Professor Chris Busby from the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk and a member of the UK Department of Health Committee Examining Radiation Risk for Internal Emitters (CERRIE), says that despite a high level of radiation in the marine food chain, Japan so far is the only one dealing with a direct threat.

“The concentrations of radionuclides, which are going to the Pacific or have been injected to the Pacific, by the time they get to the US, and to China and to South East Korea and so on will not be enormously high,” Busby told Voice of Russia.

Yet the scientist warned that nuclear contamination of Japan could result in 400-800 extra cancer cases in Japan in the next fifty years.

“We've already seen some effects in infant mortality and thyroid cancer in Japan,” Busby said. “So I think this is just going to get worse. I think we are going to see a major effect on the general health of the Japanese population in Northern Japan. There's going to be a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in the death rate.”

In the meantime, TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear site, reported radiation levels 8 times government safety guidelines. TEPCO told press that the predominant reason behind the sharp increase in radiation at the plant was X-rays coming from storage tanks holding radioactive water that has been leaking from the Fukushima facility.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Owner of company responsible for West Virginia chemical leak is a two-time convicted felon!

 The chemical plant responsible for leaking 7,500 gallons of "crude MCHM," or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, into West Virginia's water supply, ostensibly has a less than average track record when it comes to facility inspections, and the owner is a two-time convicted felon.

As the investigation ensues, it turns out the company responsible for the chemical leak, Freedom Industries, has a bit of a sketchy past when it comes to conducting, or rather dodging, regular facility inspections. Aside from a confirmed inspection in 1991, reports are contradicting whether or not the chemical plant had been inspected since.

According to CNN, in 2010, officials were called out to inspect the chemical plant after they received complaints of the licorice-smelling foaming agent. "We went out on site and didn't find anything that would cause concern, no leaks or anything like that," said Randy Huffman, the head of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

When officials reportedly visited the plant again in 2012 to determine whether or not the company required additional air quality permits, inspectors decided that none were needed. "There's not necessarily the kind of robust environmental controls that people might anticipate that there should be on these types of facilities," said Huffman.

The state's environmental officials confirmed that the facility only required one permit to operate, an industrial storm water permit.

"Basically they had to monitor the runoff from the rain and send us the results every quarter. Those were the only regulatory requirements," said Huffman.

However, a report by the Charleston Daily Mail claims that no records of any inspections were found on the facility sites. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said they arrived to examine the Elk River site in 2009 but withdrew from the inspection, because it was the "wrong type of business for that particular inspection."

Following the January 9 leak, the remaining "crude MCHM" was moved to a sister company named Poca Blending, LLC.

According to the Charleston Daily Mail, officials with OSHA attempted to inspect the Poca site in April 2012 under a national program emphasized on "process safety management." They again stopped the inspection because it was the wrong type of business.

"'The state Division of Labor has never conducted any inspections, safety consultations, or made any reports in general pertaining to the Elk or Poca Blending locations,' according to answers provided in response to a request made by the Daily Mail under the Freedom of Information Act," reported the Charleston Daily Mail.

Freedom Industries, valued at $13.5 million in 2005, is responsible for storing the foaming agent used to wash coal but doesn't process the chemical. "In 2008, the company employed 45 people, sold 10 million gallons of material and earned $26 million," according to newspaper records.

With nearly half a million W. Va. residents affected by the water contamination, it's shocking to learn that the company responsible, Freedom Industries, was partially founded by two-time convicted felon Carl Lemley Kennedy II.

A report by the Charleston Gazette reveals shocking revelations regarding Kennedy's past, including a 1987 conviction for selling 12 ounces of cocaine. The incident was connected to the removal of then-Charleston Mayor Mike Roark, a former prosecutor nicknamed "Mad Dog" for his drug-fighting advocacy, but who later faced 30 Federal charges of cocaine possession, distribution and tampering with a Federal grand jury.

Kennedy's criminal history continued into 2005 when he was charged with tax evasion and willful failure to pay employees' withholdings (approximately $1 million) to the government. He subsequently pleaded guilty to both charges in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia. Court findings show that he owed more than $200,000 in state taxes. While working as an accountant for Freedom Industries, Poca Blending and New River Chemical Co. from 2000 to 2003, he admitted to withholding employees' paychecks and depositing would-be tax monies into a personal bank account.

"Carl L. Kennedy II took steps to conceal a large portion of his income from the Internal Revenue Service by, among other things, using his position as an accountant to ensure a W2 form was not filed in his name," read court documents, "using corporate funds for his personal benefit and writing corporate checks to cash for his personal enrichment."

Kennedy was sentenced to three years but had his sentence cut nearly in half after he agreed to act as an informant for the Feds, which included wearing a wire to help make "controlled cocaine buys" with a former business associate.

When the Gazette reached out for comment regarding Kennedy's role in the company, a woman who answered the phone said, "He left the company 'years ago.'" According to the report, Kennedy owned just 5 percent of Freedom Industries in 2005, and also owned portions of several other companies, including Poca Blending, which Freedom recently merged with on December 31, 2013.

The newly merged companies, Etowah River Terminal (the facility where the leak occurred), Poca Blending and Crete Technologies, were already doing business together.

Monday's inspection of Poca Blending by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revealed hazardous conditions including "holes at floor level in the building's walls."

"Secondary containment within the facility was deteriorated or non-existent," read the report. "The plan indicates that the building itself acts as secondary containment, but holes exist at floor level in the building's walls."


Bible Ban: Wis. University to remove all Bibles from Campus Center rooms!

The Wisconsin public university system removed all its copies of the Gideon Bible from the campus conference center after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained of a constitutional violation.

Administrators with the University of Wisconsin-Extension said they received the complaint in November and after weeks of consideration and discussion, decided to remove from the Lowell Center all 137 copies of the bible — a normal fixture at guest rooms and in hotels around the nation.
“Permitting members of outside religious groups the privilege of placing their religious literature in public university guest rooms constitutes state endorsement and advancement of these Christian publications,” said FFRF attorney Patrick Elliot, in a letter of complaint, UPI reported. And on the group’s website, he wrote that “while private hotels may choose to put any type of literature they want in their guest rooms, state-run colleges have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion.”

In response, a UW-Extension spokesman said in a letter: “We reviewed the concern raised about the placement of Bibles in our guest rooms and decided to remove them. We want to make sure all guests are comfortable in our lodging.”
Gideons International gives the books for free to any hotel that wants them, as a means of winning “the lost for Christ,” their website said.