End Times?

Posted: September 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

Esther's Petition

Matthew 24:3-14 (ESV):
3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will…

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What is happening today with the pipelines in Afghanistan? I wonder.

Tapister

(Why Americans should care about “the rest of the story” in Afghanistan.)

From The Wonders Of Pakistan blog online
24 Nov 2011

“If one looks at the map of the big American bases created [in the Afghan war], one is struck by the fact that they are completely identical to the route of the projected oil pipeline to the Indian Ocean.”

In January 2009, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, then NATO Secretary General, said, “Protecting pipelines is first and foremost a national responsibility. And it should stay like that. NATO is not in the business of protecting pipelines. But when there’s a crisis, or if a certain nation asks for assistance, NATO could, I think, be instrumental in protecting pipelines on land.”

These comments suggest that NATO troops could be called upon to assist Afghanistan in protecting the pipeline. Since pipelines last 50 years or more, this could auger a very…

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Posted: January 7, 2021 in Politics
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From the Red State website this morning:

Opinion: Just What Were You Expecting?

Yesterday, we saw a huge demonstration by the supporters of President Trump. It started with a rally speech by the President, thanking them for their continued support. The President then went on to state what anyone with an IQ two points over plant life could easily see…he actually won in an electoral landslide. The Democrats however, with some assistance from the media and some RINOs, openly and notoriously stole the election. AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

That’s not even debatable anymore.

The President then asked the crowd to go on down to the Capitol, where Congress was doing its constitutional duty of certifying state-selected Electors for the offices of President and Vice President. The crowd did just that, swarming the steps of the Capitol Building. Here is what I saw via television news feeds and reports.

But before I get into that, I must draw some lines in the sand:

—Put your hands on a Law Enforcement Officer without just cause; You go to jail.

—Put your hands on another human being or threaten to do so without just cause; You go to jail.

—Damage public or private property; You go to jail.

—You illegally break into and/or trespass into a prohibited area or private property; You go to jail.

—You unlawfully impede the lawful business of government; Depending on circumstances, You go to jail.

All of those actions were committed by a very few persons present at the Capitol Building. Although more footage may come out, the only real crimes I saw evidence of, were some shoving back and forth between Capitol Police and folks attempting to breach security barriers (which they eventually did). I also saw some folks breaking some windows and entering in through them along with some other folks who managed to break into the Senate Chamber.

I do not support any of the above. Let me be clear. The folks who committed crimes today, should be arrested, tried and dealt with as a Judge and Jury determine. Having said that, let me tell you what most of the imagery showed today.

Except as noted above, almost all the imagery was of a peaceful, joyful protest. Whether walking on the street or gathered on the Capitol steps, people were waving flags and as far as I could see, nobody was throwing punches. Nobody was throwing bricks or Molotov cocktails. In fact, one video clip I found very interesting, was one group of protestors who managed to gain entry to the Capitol Building, was walking/strolling through Statuary Hall…and they were all staying inside the velvet guide ropes running down the center!! Nobody toppled any statues over or anything like that. Surely not some “maddened mob” as the media kept hyping all afternoon long.

Here are some things that bother me. First of all, the media. The way they were hyping this, you would think there was an all out assault by heavily armed rioters, hell bent on killing everyone inside the building. The media kept using the words, “shots fired,” implying that the “mob” had shot somebody, maybe even a policeman. Turns out, it was a Capitol policeman who shot an unarmed female protestor. Unknown at the time of this writing, if this was a “righteous shoot.”

Another thing that starched my shorts, was not only the effeminate media prissies like FOX News’ Chris Wallace, but also some supposedly on our team, like Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, were quick to badmouth the entire protest as a “mob” and an assault on the Constitution. This continued all afternoon as the press corralled every Republican they could find to badmouth peaceful protestors and pressure President Trump to tell them to go home.

Here is my question for every American (remember my opening statements); What did you think would happen?!

What did you think would happen when you impeached, under false pretenses, a President who was the choice of close to half of America?

What did you think would happen when you spent each and every day denigrating 73 million Trump supporters, calling them “bitter clingers,” “deplorables,” who live in “flyover country,” who go to work, pay their taxes and just want to be left alone?

What did you think would happen when you stole an election, right out in broad daylight…with the help of folks who are supposed to be on our side…I’m talking about the Georgia Secretary of State here. Then did it again two days ago, with the help of the very same SECSTATE.

What did you think would happen when the Supreme Court of these United States refused to hear us on a case in which they have primary jurisdiction?

What did you think would happen when 74 million Americans watched the folks supposedly on their own team, tell them to roll over and suck it up?

Going forward…Knowing that 74 million Republican, Independent, along with a few million Democrat voters did NOT vote for stacking the Supreme Court, the admission of Puerto Rico & DC as states, the “Green New Deal,” massive wealth redistribution, gun confiscation or national lockdowns or mask mandates…What do you think will happen when a totally leftist controlled government tries to ram those policies down our collective throats?

I am very afraid. And you should be too. Rather than decry the brave patriots in DC today (minus actual criminals) we should take today as a cautionary pause. But we won’t. Y’all better Buckle Up.

THE RISE OF THE MACHINES

Posted: November 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

Mario Murillo Ministries

“We are on the precipice. This is essentially a new American revolution, and anyone who wants this country to remain free, needs to step up right now. These are federal felonies: altering a vote or changing a ballot is a federal felony. People need to come forward now and get on the right side of this issue and report the fraud they know existed in Dominion voting systems, because that was what it was created to do. It was its sole original purpose. It has been sold all over the world to defy the will of people who wanted freedom.” –Sidney Powell, former Assistant United States Attorney

Rudy Giuliani also described for us the crime of the century: “Dominion voting machines were used in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The same states that stopped counting in the middle of election night. The Smartmatic system has a back door…

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The Maritime Executive

Monday, May 25, 2020

Russia Tightens Control Over Northern Sea Route

The Kremlin has formulated new limitations for foreign warships transiting the Northern Sea Route (NSR), the Arctic route connecting the Kola Peninsula with the Bering Strait.

In a policy change first reported by Izvestia, the Russian government now intends to require foreign governments to provide 45 days of advance notice for warship voyages along the route.

In addition, it will need the name and rank of each vessel’s master, along with all ship’s particulars, and it specifies that each ship will take aboard a Russian pilot. The move follows several months after the French Navy conducted a transit of the NSR with the supply ship BSAH Rhône. 

For legal purposes, a warship on the high seas has complete immunity from the jurisdiction of any state other than its own. Within 12 nautical miles, however, warships are required to comply with all laws and rules of the coastal state when passing through the state’s territorial sea.

The extent of the coastal state’s control over military ships conducting “innocent passage” has been a matter of debate for decades. At various points, Iran, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and many others have instituted prior notification requirements for warships in specific areas.

The United States believes these restrictions are inconsistent with international law, and the U.S. Navy regularly contests them as part of its broader Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) program.

Russia and the United States were once on the same side of this debate. During the negotiations leading up to UNCLOS in the early 1980s, Soviet diplomats joined their American counterparts to block a clause that would have allowed prior notification requirements for warship transits.

For more, see https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/russia-tightens-control-over-northern-sea-route/

 

Brazil

Posted: May 25, 2020 in Covid-19, South America
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U.S. Bans Flights From Brazil

By Letícia Casado and

BRASÍLIA — The United States, citing Brazil’s surging coronavirus crisis, has banned flights from the nation, delivering a blow to its embattled leader, who has tried to use his warm relations with President Trump to bolster his political standing.

In recent weeks, coronavirus cases and deaths have exploded in Brazil, Latin America’s most populous country.

Its president, Jair Bolsonaro, a pandemic skeptic, had ignored the warnings of health experts and mocked social distancing measures. Now, Brazil has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the world — trailing only the United States — with more than 350,000 cases and 22,700 deaths.

For complete article, see https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/world/americas/brazil-us-coronavirus-travel-ban.html

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Brazil faces dark week as Covid-19 toll rises

Hong Kong

Posted: May 25, 2020 in Far East
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Hong Kong protesters have promised

a ‘miracle’ but China’s national

security law seems impossible to stop

(TASS, 9 Dec 2019)

Northern Fleet to create air defense ‘dome’ over Russian Arctic with S-400 missile systems.

Russia continues building ramified military infrastructure in the Arctic, including hi-tech lighting systems to monitor the situation in the air, on the ground and under the water, according to the Fleet top brass.

MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The Northern Fleet will arm all its Arctic battalions with S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in coming years to create an air defense dome over the Russian Arctic, Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said in an interview with the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Monday.

“This year, S-400 systems will enter service with the air defense missile regiment stationed on Novaya Zemlya. There are plans to arm all our Arctic battalions with these systems in coming years and thus create an air defense dome over the Russian Arctic,” the Fleet commander said.

Also, units of a new air defense formation have gone on experimental combat duty in Tiksi to provide security of the airspace over the Northern Sea Route, he added. (emphasis added)

“In the future, we are planning to build up the air defense capabilities of Russia’s northern frontiers,” the vice-admiral stressed.

To read entire article: https://tass.com/defense/1097107

Rosatom to enter market of commercial transshipment via Northern Sea Route in 2027

It will provide a transit corridor between Northern Europe and East Asia

MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Russia’s state corporation Rosatom plans to start large-scale transshipments between Northern Europe and East Asia via the Northern Sea Route in 2027, according to the website dedicated to the company’s procurements.

Rosatom has initiated the Northern Sea Transit Corridor project, the documents said. The aim is to expand the transit potential of the Northern Sea Route. Its development is planned through providing transshipment services along the Northern Sea Route via transit ports — the hubs on Russia’s western and eastern borders. “The start of commercial operation of the Northern Sea Transit Corridor (start of shipments) is planned for 2027,” the documents read.

There are plans to estimate the prospects of the Northern Sea Transit Corridor’s development in the period between 2027 and 2050 through a marketing research, with a respective tendering procedure having already been launched….

According to the documents, regular marine traffic along the Northern Sea Route is already underway. However, it has to do mainly with the transportation of construction cargoes and exports from Arctic mining projects (Novatek, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil), whereas the transit potential of the Northern Sea Route remains untapped. The development plan for the Northern Sea Route has already been submitted to the Russian government, Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Krutikov said earlier.

For more, read entire article here: https://tass.com/economy/1093735

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However… according to Polygraph.info in a March 12, 2019 article,

Russia’s New Rules for Northern Sea Route Violate International Law

New Russian rules fully regulating the Northern Sea Route violate the Law of the Sea

The Russian government has developed new rules to control the Northern Sea Route, which passes along the country’s northern coast in the Arctic, the newspaper Izvestia reported on March 6. “Russia is taking the Northern Sea Route under protection,” wrote Izvestia, in a piece headlined “A Cold Wave” – an apparent reference to the Cold War.

Russian officials claim the new regulations are designed to protect the environment and commercial shipping, in lieu (in place of) Article 234 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

In reality, Russia’s new rules concern foreign military ships and military vessels, which are sovereign immune vessels and exempt from Article 234 of the Law of the Sea. Nevertheless, Russia requires foreign military ships and naval auxiliaries to give 45 days’ advance notice and obtain “permission” to use the passage. The document must include the vessel’s name, purpose, route, timetable, and technical specifications, as well as the military rank and identity of its captain. The new Russian rules require that foreign military ships take on board Russian pilots while sailing through the Arctic. Even if the foreign vessels meet all Russia’s requirements, the Russian authorities still can reject their request for passage without explanation. In the event of an unsanctioned passage, the foreign naval vessels could be arrested and even destroyed.

Russia uses the term “Northern Sea Route” (NSR) to describe the area from the Barents Sea in the west to the Bering Strait in the east. It is part of a larger transoceanic route – the Northeast Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Like the other Arctic nations, Russia is granted an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles adjacent to its shores. But the scope of the NSR as described by Moscow has been disputed by other Arctic states, which say that Russia considers the route to extend beyond its exclusive economic zone and to include the Bering Strait. Provisions of the Law of the Sea regard international straits as passages that are too narrow for the high sea or exclusive economic zone regimes to apply. Transit passages and innocent passages are fully guaranteed for vessels of other states.

“Indeed, the NSR passes not only within Russia’s territorial waters, nevertheless, our country has the legal right to regulate navigation along the entire route,” said Kamil Bekyashev, vice president of the Russian Maritime Law Association.

Does Russia indeed have the right to impose a permission regime on commercial ships and sovereign immune vessels passing through the Northern Sea Route?

“This statement appears to be out of sync with the Law of the Sea treaty,” Heather Conley, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, told Polygraph.info. “The Northern Sea Route is an international passage and this suggested wider interpretation may even call into question international use of a portion of the high seas of the Central Arctic Ocean.”

Russia has already heavily regulated commercial traffic through the Northern Sea Route, and in May 2015, the U.S. State Department sent a strongly-worded diplomatic note to Moscow warning that some aspects of Russia’s regulatory scheme were “inconsistent with international law.”

The State Department cited requirements to obtain Russia’s permission to enter and transit the exclusive economic zone and territorial sea; persistent characterization of international straits that form part of the Northern Sea Route as internal waters; and the lack of any express exemption for sovereign immune vessels.

Moscow justifies its regulation of commercial traffic by pointing to Article 234 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which allows coastal states “to adopt and enforce non-discriminatory laws and regulations for the prevention, reduction and control of marine pollution from vessels in ice-covered areas within the limits of the exclusive economic zone.”

(Washington disagrees. Read entire article for rest of this story: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russia-claim-arctic/29817535.html)


Also please see:

https://tapister.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/northwest-passage/

The platform jacket, a key support structure that will hold gas facilities above water, arrives from Texas at country’s (Israel’s) largest gas prospect.


This picture taken on January 31, 2019 shows a view of the SSCV Thialf crane vessel after laying the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of the Israeli coastal city of Haifa. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/AFP)

Officials went to sea Thursday to mark the arrival of the platform jacket for Leviathan, a structure designed to support the giant offshore oil platform’s deck, heavy equipment and facilities above the water line, a major step in the “revolution” the massive gas reservoir is expected to generate.

“The Leviathan gas field is the greatest natural treasure that has been discovered in Israel and the arrival of the platform foundation symbolizes our entry into the final stage of its development,” said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, quoted by a government statement.

The 98-meter (322-foot) high jacket was built in Texas and arrived over the weekend on a huge barge after a 28-day journey across the Atlantic, according to US firm Noble Energy and its Israeli partner Delek, the Leviathan consortium’s lead partners.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke during the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of the Israeli coastal city of Haifa, on January 31, 2019.

“Completion of the Leviathan gas platform and the pumping of gas from this field later in the year is a critical component of the strategic, energy, economic and diplomatic strength of the State of Israel,” he said.

“A gas pipeline will run from here and will link us to the gas economy of Europe. It will reach our Arab neighbors.” Leviathan will also supply “clean energy” to Israel that will replace coal and boost the state’s coffers with “billions of shekels,” Netanyahu said.

Steinitz noted agreements are in place with Egypt and Jordan to sell surplus gas.

Leviathan was discovered in 2010 and is located some 125 kilometers (80 miles) west of the Israeli port city of Haifa. It is estimated to hold 18.9 trillion cubic feet (535 billion cubic meters) of natural gas, along with 34.1 million barrels of condensate.

The platform jacket will be fastened to the sea bed, and the topsides are expected to arrive in the coming months, according to a statement by Leviathan.

Once in place, the platform will receive the gas from the reservoir through two underwater pipelines, process it and then send it via another pipeline to the Israeli gas transmission system, the statement said.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/leviathan-gas-field-nears-final-stage-of-development-with-floating-rig/

Also read:

(MENAFN) Israel’s Leviathan gas field will be linking Tel Aviv to the gas market within Europe and extended to the Arab world with Jordan and Egypt specifically included.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the statement while launching the installation of the lower part of the Leviathan gas field platform in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

“Two-thirds of the gas revenue from this facility will be transferred directly to the treasury of the state and about hundreds of billions of shekels will be used in the areas of education and social welfare and funding vital needs,” the prime minister stated.

“The completion of the gas platform in the Leviathan field in the Mediterranean Sea and the start of gas pumping and delivery throughout the year is a critical element of the State of Israel’s strategy,” Netanyahu stressed.

“Gas is a vital component of our strategic power, energy, economy and diplomacy,” he noted, adding that “this is a very important revolution, turning Israel into an energy superpower, giving us independence in this area and giving us great power.”

https://menafn.com/1098060467/Leviathan-gas-field-to-connect-Israel-with-Europe-Arab-nations