Sea captains report seeing no life for vast stretches in the oceans that were once teeming with life.
Fish, birds and aquatic mammals are dying at a fast clip and worst of all cancer rates, especially for children in Japan, are soaring out of control.
California is getting more radiation than the water at Fukushima.
Yet, this news is on the back pages of newspapers, or found in blurbs here and there hidden from mainstream view because no one wants to face the cold hard truth of why the world is in the state it is in.
The whole world is worried about little Eretz Yisrael.
They are consumed (and can't sleep at night) because of how badly (sic) Israel treats the Palestinians (by shipping to them truckloads of fruits and vegetables, utilities, medicine, concrete), that they have to make proclamations to their Press for the world to read!
FUKUSHIMA: 710 billion becquerels of radioactive materials are pouring out into the world's atmosphere, the air you breathe, giving Fukushima the well deserved nickname of "the disaster that never ends." While the self satisfied world today ignores this and believes their god of politics can solve all ills, things are deteriorating more and more rapidly all the time. FUKUSHIMA is killing every day while stewardship of the land and its inhabitants is laughed at by most. The oceans are dying and this is huge my friends, simply huge.
This is one of those "Only in Israel" convoluted tales:
"In the words of the immortal Rabbi Elazar (Midrash Tanchuma on parshat Metzora): 'Whomever becomes merciful to the cruel ones, eventually becomes cruel to the merciful ones.' "
"On the one hand Israeli cops raid a Jewish man’s home and tase the daylights out of him for the sin of residing with his family, and on the other an Arab who conspired with devoted Jew killers gets a slap on the wrist."
We are definitely feeling the upsurge in Palestinian attacks that bear the fervor of the nazis.
Haven't we seen them raising the nazi flags in defiance? Cutting off a frum Jew's peyah, or both peyos, is reminiscent of nazi tactics. They believe that through terror and murder they will get rid of the Jews/Israelis. Not one of the murderous nations in our history succeeded in erasing the Jew from the world. The G-d of the world and history did not and will not let that happen. We Jews were promised that when the time was right we would return to OUR LAND and then no one would be able to chase us out ever again.
Even an erev Rav contingent acting as a government with its erev rav supporters will not be able to give OUR LAND away. If it takes an earthquake to shake up the situation, then so be it. We need strong Jews who stand up for and fight for our sovereignty in OUR LAND.
The fight for Yerushalayim is now being fought, and we need a mayor who stands up for OUR Holy Makom on the Hill and the unification of Jerusalem.
We need a government that protects its people from marauders, murderers, terrorists and enemies out to kill as many Jews as possible, in any way possible.
We need brave and dedicated members of knesset willing to speak out in defense of our sovereignty and once and for all take the necessary steps to secure all of OUR LAND ... And really mean it ... Not just mouthing cleaver oratorical skills to foreign senators and representatives. They can detect hot air blowing their way.
"There has been a surge in serious terror attacks in recent weeks." A tractor attack was thwarted near Jerusalem on Thursday evening. In that attempted attack, a terrorist aged about 30 broke into an IDF base at A-Ram, north of the capital, driving a tractor. Soldiers fired on him and killed him. On the previous week, PA Arab terrorists broke into the Jordan Valley home of Sraya Ofer, a retired IDF colonel, and killed him using iron bars and axes. A week earlier, a terrorist infiltrated the Binyamin region community of Psagot, shooting nine-year-old Noam Glick at close range and then fleeing. The IDF continues to investigate the attack. Two brothers from the Palestinian Authority town of El-Bireh have reportedly been arrested as suspects. On September 22, IDF soldier Gal (Gavriel) Kobi was killed by a terrorist sniper in Hevron. Several days before this attack, IDF soldier Tomer Hazan was kidnapped and murdered by a PA Arab terrorist with whom he had worked in a restaurant in Bat Yam. The terrorist lured Hazan to Samaria, where he murdered him and disposed of his body. "
In Iran they hang people for less crimes. In Russia they end up in jail or somewhere beyond the stratosphere.
Why does Israel's establishment release prisoners as a 'gesture' of 'good will'?
Why isn't there a punishment of execution for terrorists bent on murder, who take the lives of our precious Jewish neshomas?
This reminds me of the tremendous achdus and caring of ordinary Americans after 9/11
"Army Ranger’s salute ‘seen around the world’
"An Army Ranger wife, Taylor Hargis knew the kind of man she married. But when she posted a photo of her husband on Facebook, it went viral — and the world learned about Rangers, too.
"The photo shows Cpl. Josh Hargis lying on a hospital bed in Afghanistan with his eyes shut and tubes sticking out all over his body. But the most telling thing it shows is this Ranger struggling to raise his hand to salute his commander, when everyone in the room thought him unconscious.
"Cpl. Hargis was wounded this month during a Ranger operation aimed at catching a high-value terrorist target in Afghanistan. When the troops arrived at a home, a man came out and lifted his shirt to show the Rangers he wasn’t wearing a suicide vest. When several Rangers came forward, a woman with a suicide vest exited the house and blew herself up. Thirteen other improvised devices exploded, killing four of our people and injuring more."
Full article at the New York Post. This paper wrote the article "to salute Cpl. Hargis — and all those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe at home."
One commentator had this to say: The whole of Congress - Democrats, Republicans, Senators, Representatives - every last one of them ALL TOGETHER - PLUS this President and his entire Cabinet - have not the integrity, the valor, the courage, the love of country, that Cpl. Josh Hargis has all by himself. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!
To me it is so sad to see these good men sacrificing their lives, and their families still holding to the principles that once made America a great nation. However, the sadness is in witnessing the disintegration of values and morality, slowing destroying the goodness that was America.
WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND GAVE THE KASHRUS CERTIFICATE
TO A MISSIONARY GROUP CAFE
Right in the middle of Jerusalem, near the Agrippas Shuk, Maccabi Health Center, and myriad shoppers along Rehov Yafo, the certified 'Kosher' Cafe Porta tries to ensnare Jewish neshomas into their foreign belief system.
"When Yad L'Achim found out, they reported it to the Kashrut division of Jerusalem’s Religious Authority. The Kashrut division sent its inspectors to check on the report and were taken by surprise when the owners gave missionary material, including a New Testament, to the Kashrut supervisor ...."Jewish Press.
NOTE: The Clal building is the headquarters of the King of Kings Messianic group. They have all their events in the Pavilion, downstairs on the P1 level of the building... (JPress commentor)
Just a while ago father and daughter attorneys were gunned down in Binyan Clal. What else is going on inside that cavernous building?
"As of October 15 at 9Z (or 5 a.m. EST), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reports that Typhoon Wipha contains 80-knot winds, which is estimated around 90 miles per hour (mph) or 148 kilometers per hour (kph). The storm is accelerating to the northeast at 17 knots."
Today is the seventh day of mourning for Maran zt”l which marks the conclusion of the Shiva period. Let us therefore eulogize him as best we can.
Our crown has fallen, woe unto us for we have sinned!
Our hearts are broken and our eyes have been dimmed.
In the year 5762, with the passing of “the true genius, crown glory of Israel, the great light of the Kingdom of the Talmud and Poskim, the light of Israel, the right pillar, the mighty hammer, an individual unique to the generation, Hagaon Harav Chaim Kreiswirth zt”l” (an excerpt from Maran’s very own eulogy for the Rav), Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, Belgium, Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef zt”l was thrown into great mourning. Maran zt”l was a dear friend of this great sage and Maran would constantly say that the world did not really know who Hagaon Harav Chaim zt”l really was. According to Maran’s words, this was a Torah personality that could not be matched. When Maran zt”l rose to eulogize this giant of Torah, he began by asking, what is this tumult all about? Our Sages tell us (Kiddushin 72b) that “a righteous individual does not depart from this world until another man as righteous as him is created, as the verse states, ‘The sun rises and the sun sets’-before the sun of Moshe set, the sun of Yehoshua rose. Before the sun of Yehoshua set, the sun of Otniel ben Kenaz rose. Before the sun of Eli set, the sun of Shmuel Ha’Navi rose.” This should be our comfort, for another person as righteous as the deceased has surely been born. If so, why do we mourn the loss of the great rabbi so much? Maran zt”l explained in the name of the commentators that even so, not necessarily will the righteous man just created be as great in Torah as the deceased righteous man, as the Gemara (Baba Batra 75a) states regarding Yehoshua, “the elders of that generation would say, ‘The face of Moshe shined like the sun and the face of Yehoshua shined like the moon.’” This is because the generations become progressively weaker as time goes on and the leader is relative to the generation. Likewise, we mourn today along with Zion and the nation of Israel, for Hashem has sent us a great redeemer, Maran zt”l, who saved Sephardic Jewry from destruction and raised the glory of Halacha when it was almost completely forgotten from the Jewish nation. This man was the pillar of Torah, kindness, and prayer. He was the leader of the generation in so many ways: In his humility, in his holiness, in his discourses, in his halachic rulings, and in his understanding. Now, we have lost Maran zt”l and as downtrodden as we are, we have no choice but to gather together the remaining Torah sages of our generation and only together will they be able to continue the tradition which Maran pioneered on his own. Many times when speaking with Maran zt”l, we were able to catch a glimpse of his greatness in Kabbalah, which was truly far more advanced than any of the greatest Mekubalim in our generation who have not reached Maran’s level, just as no Torah scholars have reached his level of Torah knowledge in the revealed portion of the Torah. Besides for Maran’s greatness in Torah, he would perform loving-kindness with all his heart. Maran’s right-hand man, our dear friend Rabbi Tzvi Hakak, recounts that many times, serious questions in Halacha were sent to Maran regarding Agunot (women whose husbands have gone missing and are “tied down” to their husbands and are forbidden to remarry) and children born from forbidden unions (who are prohibited from marrying regular members of the Jewish nation) and Maran told him to place these questions on the desk in his bedroom. At 2:00 AM, Maran zt”l would go to sleep. When Rabbi Hakak would arrive at Maran’s home at 6:00 AM, Maran would already be sitting and learning and would tell him to send the response to the relevant parties immediately, even before morning prayers. Everyone would be flabbergasted, when did Maran find the time to write this lengthy and tedious response?! He only went to sleep four hours before… We cannot possibly adequately eulogize Maran zt”l, for every single one of his character traits can fill volumes. His tremendous greatness was unfathomable, so much so that two of the greatest Mekubalim of the previous generation, Hagaon Harav Yisrael Abuchatzera zt”l (the “Baba Sali”) and Hagaon Harav Mordechai Sharabi zt”l, attested that Maran’s soul was kept from the times of the Geonim (period preceding that of the Rishonim) and Hashem told Maran’s soul, “Wait until your time comes. During a generation when heresy will spread all over the world, it will be your time to save Israel.” Indeed, it is almost non-existent for a child of six or seven years old to decide to dedicate his life to Torah study. However, when Maran zt”l was all but a young lad, he would sit and learn Torah, Prophets, and Scriptures for hours on end. By the age of ten, Maran had already written unbelieveable novel Torah thoughts (see the biography on Maran, “Abir Ha’Ro’im,” for some incredible pictures of Maran’s handwritten Torah essays when he was a child). At the age of fourteen, he had already mastered the entire Talmud. At the age of twenty-five, he was already greater in Torah knowledge than any Torah scholars living among us today. Maran was a supernatural genius in Torah. Who can replace him? When contemplateing all of Maran’s accomplishments, we are reminded of Rabbi Chiya about whom the Gemara (Ketubot 103b): “Rabbi Chiya said: I prevented Torah from being forgotten from the Jewish nation, for I planted flax seeds and from the flax that grew, I wove nets and trapped deer. I fed the meat to hungry orphans and I processed the hides to produce parchment and on that parchment I wrote the five books of the Torah and the six orders of the Mishnah. About me did Rabbi Yehuda Ha’Nassi exclaim, ‘How great are the actions of Chiya!’” Similarly, we exclaim, “How great are the actions of Rabbeinu Ovadia!” With all of his greatness and genius in Torah, he would be able to stand before laymen and speak to them in a language they understood and enjoyed through parables and anecdotes. He would speak about the deepest segments of the Talmud with the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Hagaon Harav Tzvi Pesach Frank zt”l and then hurry off to deliver a Torah lecture to simpletons. He was unable to open a Sephardic Yeshiva because there were no Sephardic Yeshiva boys to learn in it. However, he did not give up; he was relentless. He began by teaching regular working men Torah daily until their children grew up; he troubled himself to place their boys into Talmudei Torah and Yeshivot and girls into Bet Yaakovs. He likewise taught the children Torah himself until many of them flourished into outstanding Torah scholars. In this way, an entire generation that was doomed to straying from Hashem’s path became completely G-d-fearing and Torah observant. Maran indeed “built up Jerusalem with mercy,” for all Sephardic Torah scholars and many Ashkenazi sages who are involved in rendering halachic rulings are all in Maran’s merit. Praiseworthy is the generation which had the merit of being led by Maran. The entire Jewish nation felt a great void upon Maran zt”l’s passing and the reason for this could very well be because Maran’s soul was tantamount to that of Moshe Rabbeinu whose soul was comprised of all of the souls of the Jewish nation. Thus, anyone with a soul within him felt a great lacking with the passing of Maran zt”l. May Hashem have mercy on us, the remaining ember of the Jewish nation, and not let us be like a flock of sheep without a Shepard. May Maran act as a righteous defending angel on our behalf, let him not leave us or forsake us. May his blessings to the entire nation of Israel, whom he loved deeply like a father loves his child and whom he comforted like a mother comforts her child, come to fruition, for indeed, Maran was dedicated to the collective needs of the entire nation with every fiber of his being. May Hashem finally redeem us eternally and may we soon merit witnessing the Resurrection of the Dead at which point Maran zt”l will lead us and teach us once again, Amen. *From Halacha Yomit
After reading Tomer Devorah's post, Is America Headed For a Coup?, wherein it says "It’s not just Texas that wants out of the Union. Georgia, Florida and Louisiana also bolstered enough votes on “We The People” to merit a response from the Obama administration.
Other states vying to break ties: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Montana, Georgia, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Ohio, Delaware, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Hampshire and Idaho. That leaves only 10 states who aren’t considering secession or who haven’t yet managed to raise enough votes to get on the site.
Does anyone remember the Russian Professor,
IGOR PANARIN, and his prediction:
MOSCOW -- For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.
If the US does break up into, whatever you might call it, maybe Igor's prediction just might realize. Could it be that he had connections at a very high level in the American Govt. working to enable this:
In recent weeks, he's been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. "It's a record," says Prof. Panarin. "But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger." Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations. But it's his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin's views also fit neatly with the Kremlin's narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories. A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Mr. Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire. "There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S. Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, [the dates are off track but the plan might not be] he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control.WSJ
An Asian hornet (vespa mandarinia) eats a honeybee. The sting of the highly venomous giant hornet, which measures about the size of a human thumb, can dissolve human tissue and cause kidney failure. Photograph: Scott Camazine
Over the past three months alone, hornets have killed 41 people and injured a further 1,675. Ankang, a municipality in the province's south, appears to be the epicentre of the scourge. While hornets infest its mountainous rural areas every year – 36 residents were stung to death between 2002 and 2005 – locals and municipal officials say this year is tantamount to an epidemic, the worst they have ever seen. More at The Guardian
The miniaturist from Edinburgh, David Edwards, has created the world’s smallest violin, standing just 1.5 inches long and one 12th the normal size of a violin.
David Edwards, who once played cello in the Scottish National Orchestra, gave up his professional music career to make doll’s house miniatures when he realized there was a gap in the market. “Being a musician has helped me. Musicians have a lot of concentration.” he said.
I’m the best in the world by far and I’m very well known internationally. My pieces have the most detail for their size.
Other than world’s smallest violin he has created many household items including a thread bobbin and a shaving brush and razor, see below.
But will Netanyahu say the right things, will he declare our sovereignty as a Biblical Nation with the inheritance of Eretz Yisrael ... ? Prof Dan Vogel, “Franz Kafka’s Foreboding of the Holocaust and His Late Thirst for Judaism,” in B’Or Ha’Torah issue 19. The author claims that Kafka had this “foreboding” [a vague fear of the future, inferred irrationally from clues in the present], which presented itself in his writings. (my synopsis) The uncanniness of comparison between Kafka's foreboding and that of the present-day oppression by the nations toward tiny Eretz Yisrael is striking. The duality of strangeness in Kafka's writing was a veil over his strained relationship with his father and his upbringing (weak/negative Jewish role models), but also reflected the situation of the Jews of Europe of the time, and his prophetic (not prophecy) descriptions that became the eventual Nazi trademarks. (such as:) “The process of depersonalization descending into dehumanization is graphically depicted in ‘The Trial’, in the case of an accused man … a victim of depersonalization, deprived of his normal self-confident character … he was guilty without sinning … his situation an effect without cause.” We Jews are being pushed into being guilty of being Israelis (i.e. Jewish) and wanting to live on our Biblical Land. Arab depersonalization of Jews denies all of our ancient role models and G-d’s designation of Yitzchak as the one to carry the sovereignty of our People and Land. [Kever Yosef, Hevron, Har HaBayit] Is this not what the world is doing with delegitimizing our right to be a people, the right to produce and sell, the right to build homes for our children … to squeeze us into a sliver of earth nearly impossible to defend against haters and murderers … is not the next step to deny our right to EXIST? Feiglin is not Kafka, but now that the Shoah is part of our historical memory, one can easily recall how it all began, and with this remembrance “see” into the future, as Feiglin said “... And the catastrophe will come. It is on its way.”
"The goal is to lead the Nation of Israel and quickly – we do not have time,"
"Understand this...I have no complaint toward Netanyahu. I hold the man in esteem. I respect the man. I know that from his consciousness and his conceptual world, he cannot reach any other solution and he will not reach any other solution. And the catastrophe will come. It is on its way.”
“Once Israel recognized ‘the Palestinian nation and its rights,’ it began a worldwide process of loss of legitimacy for the existence of a Jewish state,” Feiglin stated, explaining, “It’s either our land, or theirs. If we recognized another nation’s rights to our land – we lost our own rights.”
“Until ... Rabin and ... Netanyahu, all Israeli leaders repeatedly stated the historic truth: that there is
no ‘Palestinian’ nation,
no ‘Palestinian’ history and
no ‘Palestinian’ national aspirations.
“There is an Arab nation that aspires to destroy Israel, and the ‘Palestinian’ invention is the main way to do that,”
“A Palestinian state is not a guarantee of Israel’s security, it’s a recipe for Israel’s destruction,”
He cited a statement from 1968 by Israeli cabinet minister Yaakov Shapira ... :
"We [the government - ed.] never announced that the Temple Mount belonged exclusively to the Arabs. We did not announce that it was forbidden for Jews to pray there, [and] we did not announce that it was forbidden for Jews to erect a synagogue there."
They experienced rocks thrown at each of them, which injured them. There is no law and order in the Palestinian areas, and America believes these Palestinian wild leopards will change their spots... What a joke. The nations have sympathy and protect murderers! They know not how to live in true peace with a moral lifestyle. The world is on the verge of Sodom and Gomorrah. We know how that ended, in fire amd brimstone, raining ash that consumed everything including the stones and boulders. May G-d show His vengeance soon.
70% of the seals in California have died this way now."
"70% of the seals ... It is a harbinger of what mankind has to look forward to. No, this isn't alarmist. If anything the world is yawning when it should be on full alert. Mankind had better wake up quickly as human mortality rates are climbing as well."
"Hawaiian waters will be going nuclear in 2015 say the senior scientist of Union of Concerned Scientists’ Global Security Program Dr. Edwin Lyman"
"Now a crack has been found in the stacks 200 feet above the ground and they may be more difficult to deal with than the ground water! Already it has released a high radiation dose to the area."
With gratitude to LemonLimeMoon for continuing to sound the alarm on this and other things seriously effecting life on earth.
An After Thought ... After Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur
Our World is terribly in pain, it is crying out with floods, sink holes, biblical downpours, chemical and nuclear poisoning, with nations and peoples consumed with hatred and war. Only one nation, the Jewish Nation that stood before Moshe Rabbeinu vowed to "choose life." Only one nation, the Jewish Nation, is determined to be a light unto the nations. Some have come to respect us, but others are jealous and hateful. The G-d of the Entire World, including the outer atmosphere with all its planets, black holes, meteors, asteroids, etc. are patiently waiting for mankind to recognize Him and abide by laws of decency that were given to His Chosen Nation, the Jewish People. A snipet about the following was first read on TomerDevorah. Plus linked here are two of her posts that one should read. One is a conversation with Moishela, The Final Hours of this Golus. The other is aptly entitled, The Criminally Insane.
The article that prompted TomerDevorah is below, and I'll add LemonLimeMoon to this because she has been steadfast and continuous in alerting us to the Earth's suffering. Both women bloggers, caring and responsible.
The REAL Fukushima Danger
Posted on September 14, 2013 WashingtonsBlog
The Real Problem …
The fact that the Fukushima reactors have been leaking huge amounts of radioactive water ever since the 2011 earthquake is certainly newsworthy. As are the facts that:
Tepco doesn’t know how to stop the leaks. Scientists have no idea where the cores of the nuclear reactors are. Radiation could hit Korea, China and the West Coast of North America fairly hard
But the real problem is that the idiots who caused this mess are probably about to cause a much bigger problem.
Specifically, the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima.
If one of the pools collapsed or caught fire, it could have severe adverse impacts not only on Japan … but the rest of the world, including the United States. Indeed, a Senator called it a national security concern for the U.S.:
The radiation caused by the failure of the spent fuel pools in the event of another earthquake could reach the West Coast within days. That absolutely makes the safe containment and protection of this spent fuel a security issue for the United States.
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen and physician Helen Caldicott have both said that people should evacuate the Northern Hemisphere if one of the Fukushima fuel pools collapses. Gundersen said: Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there. Former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura calls removing the radioactive materials from the Fukushima fuel pools “an issue of human survival”.
So the stakes in decommissioning the fuel pools are high, indeed.
But in 2 months, Tepco – the knuckleheads who caused the accident – are going to start doing this very difficult operation on their own.
The New York Times reports:
Thousands of workers and a small fleet of cranes are preparing for one of the latest efforts to avoid a deepening environmental disaster that has China and other neighbors increasingly worried: removing spent fuel rods from the damaged No. 4 reactor building and storing them in a safer place.
The Telegraph notes:
Tom Snitch, a senior professor at the University of Maryland and with more than 30 years’ experience in nuclear issues, said “[Japan officials] need to address the real problems, the spent fuel rods in Unit 4 and the leaking pressure vessels,” he said. “There has been too much work done wiping down walls and duct work in the reactors for any other reason then to do something…. This is a critical global issue and Japan must step up.”
The Japan Times writes:
In November, Tepco plans to begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with] radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. …. It remains vulnerable to any further shocks, and is also at risk from ground liquefaction. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task…. The consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in the pool, or a large fire. Any of these situations could lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries at serious risk.
CNBC points out:
The radioactive leak at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is far from under control and could get a lot worse, a nuclear energy expert, who compiles the annual “World Nuclear Industry Status Report” warned.
The big danger – and it was identified by Japan’s atomic energy commission – is if you lose water in one of the spent fuel pools and you get a spent fuel fire.
[Mycle Schneider, nuclear consultant:] The situation could still get a lot worse. A massive spent fuel fire would likely dwarf the current dimensions of the catastrophe and could exceed the radioactivity releases of Chernobyl dozens of times. First, the pool walls could leak beyond the capacity to deliver cooling water or a reactor building could collapse following one of the hundred of aftershocks. Then, the fuel cladding could ignite spontaneously releasing its entire radioactive inventory.
The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.
Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.
Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.
“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.
The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s Reactor No. 4, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.
That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant, the world’s most serious since Chernobyl in 1986.
No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”
May this be a year of deep retrospection on our being gathered together on our Eretz Yisrael, and the further ingathering of our family members in all the countries on the globe.
As Dov Bar Leib has succinctly stated, "I am blown away by America's collapse as a world power. It happened before our eyes over the course of about 48 hours." The prophecies are unfolding before us.
The preparations for our Geula are very much in the making, and Am Yisrael needs to open their eyes and see what is happening, as The Lubavitcher Rebbe stated years ago, and to understand why this is occurring.
We need to open our hearts to one another, to respect each other, and to reciprocate the kindness that our G-d is showering upon us.
May this be a year of many awakenings, and a year of Bracha and Hatzlacha, health, financial stability, family cohesiveness, toleration for our splintered people to be nourished here on the Land.
May this be a year of shock and awe for the peoples and nations that fight against us.
Rabbi, Chaim Kanievsky, was asked what haredim should do regarding gas masks in light of the possible Syrian attack on Israel with chemical weapons.
Yeshiva World reports Kikar reports when asked if one should get on line for a gas mask in light of the imminent attack on Syria, Rav Chaim is quoted saying “gas masks, they are for Purim!”
The Gadol Hador is quoted instructing avreichim to continue their limud Torah and not to concern themselves with the ongoing events.
While I agree that some Israeli women do dress inappropriately, there should be no place for violence, threats of terroristic behavior, and physical attacks on Israeli women, no matter how they dress!
“Dire Warning: It is forbidden to walk on our streets [Beit Shemesh] in immodest dress, including slutty clothing worn in a religious style. [signed] Residents of the neighborhood.”
"Some haredim in Beit Shemesh have taken a break from rioting to – illegally intimidate women.... Allison Kaplan Sommer reports that public health and new baby clinics in the city have been illegally plastered with a new modesty sign that reads, “Dire Warning: It is forbidden to walk on our streets in immodest dress, including slutty clothing worn in a religious style. [signed] Residents of the neighborhood.” (as reported in an online news site)
"One of the men greeted as a hero upon his return to the West Bank after being released from prison by Israel was responsible for murdering an American citizen, the Daily Beast reported Friday."
(as reported in the Algemeiner, link above)
*Working in any bureaucracy means being bedeviled by inanities daily.
"Gur Hasidic Leader Orders Male Followers Not to Shake Hands With Other Men For Fear Of Sin ... Rabbi Abraham Benjamin Silberberg, the head of Gur’s Education Department, allegedly issued the order at a special meeting of Gur educators because handshakes and other normative incidental physical contact between men could lead to sin."
"[...] hasidic leader has allegedly ordered men not to hug, touch or shake hands with other men, the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv reported based on a report on a haredi blog"
Is this Normal, or What! I doubt that their new ruling will have any effect on this problem. It will only create more repression, which might produce the opposite unintended results.
In a world that is governed, directed and lived according to the Torah's Halacha, why would this even be a topic?
I am perplexed as to why this is happening. married men and women are able to share intimacy with Kedusha, so why would either spouse need to wander into forbidden relationships? Has the value of intimacy been lost? Are men not in touch, in a healthy way, with their emotions?
There must be another reason that so many religious men have gone astray. Compare it to chicken pocks or diphtheria. Years ago it was rempant, attacking children. Then came immunization against many diseases threatening children.
Wikipedia has an interesting definition of inoculation (immunization) theory:
Inoculation hypothesis is defined as the idea that exposure to weak versions of a persuasive argument increases later resistance to that argument. To better explain this topic, in 1964 William McGuire came up with this: "Protecting a person's attitudes from persuasion is like inoculating the human body against disease".Inoculation hypothesis can be compared to an immunization. When the body is immunized against infection, a small dose of the particular strain is in the injection; this helps the body build a resistance to the infection.
Persuasion is closely related to inoculation hypothesis. Persuasion is a form of social influence. Persuasion guides people towards certain ideas or actions. According to Robert Cialdini, there are six "weapons of influence" when it comes to persuasion. They are, reciprocation, commitment and consistency, social proof, authority, liking, and scarcity.
Therefore, "persuasion" is the culprit. Persuasion is the underlying disease of perversion.
Too much separation berween male and female creates a distancing of healthy emotions that would naturally gravitate toward each other, but in such extreme distancing, the emotions might be (and seem to be) misdirected to a placebo.* A placebo of persuasion: if I cannot get what I want/need one way, I will search for it another way. The profound effect of this occurring early in one's life creates a dormant desire that will not die, because of the inner yetzer hara.
Therefore, this must be dealt with in youth before the age of 13, in order to reduce its effects in adulthood.
Delegitimization on Steroids is America's New Threat
After Kerry's recent pronouncement, "Netanyahu is not only concerned that the delegitimizationcampaign could hurt Israel’s economy through boycotts, “he is said to be even more worried that this campaign will erode Israel’s ability to defend itself,” according to Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg."
The outcries are deafening and ongoing about including English and Math in Haredi schools, or even in after school programs. Minute inclusion of two subjects into the education of "boys" so that one day, if they choose, they will be able to train and seek a parnasah to support their future families.
"When it came to comparisons with the Third Reich, it appears the first Klausenburger Rebbe had his priorities straight: In response to the Sunday report about the unrestrained attack by the visiting Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Halberstam, the Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe of Borough Park (Grand Rebbe Attacks Settlers, Compares Israeli Media to Nazis), a local movement of pro-settlements Haredim known as Halamish (acronym for Haredim for Judea and Samaria) published considerably different statements on the same issues by Rabbi Halberstam’s father, the late Grand Rabbi Yekusiel Yehudah Halberstam, the First Klausenburger Rebbe and the author of “Shefa Chayim” and “Divrei Yatsiv.” A very nice lengthy article at Jewish Press link above, to set the record straight. There are still many other people who experienced the Holocaust, either personally or as a child of survivors, and they hold within alot of feelings about what they saw, experienced, and still live with.
Shame, Shame, Mudslinging only gets people full of dirt.
The Rebbe obviously feels a great deal for the Torah and for those who study the Torah, but this is not 1939 and the situation is very, very different, as are the issues being fought over. This hatred for the 'zionists' has got to be reshaped into appreciation to HKB"H for enabling His children to return home to Eretz Yisrael. HaShem wants all His children to return home
He wants them to be reconciled so the Geulah can finally be Here.
Grand Rebbe Attacks Settlers, Compares Israeli Media to Nazis The Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe sees no difference between Nazi depictions of Jews as contaminators of German blood and the Israeli Media view of Haredim as freeloaders. The Jewish Press
Emotional Reactions to the Above:
What really happened in Bergen Belsen? This:
[T]he Satmar Rebbe survived Bergen-Belsen because he and his entourage were passengers on Kasztner's Train (more here), the Zionist-organized rescue of almost 1800 Hungarian Jews negotiated with Adolph Eichmann, the Nazi in charge of the Final Solution.
Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum The train was diverted to Bergen-Belsen by Adolph Eichmann and its passengers were held there as Eichmann waited to see if the Jewish Agency could come up with additional ransom meant to save other Jews.
The Kasztner hostages – who had marginally better conditions than other prisoners – were released on Eichmann's orders, 318 after about one month and the remainder after close to five months. All were taken to safety in Switzerland.
After the War, when Kaszter was libeled and the government of Israel sued in support of Kasztner, The Satmar Rebbe was asked to testify on Kaszter's behalf. The Satmar Rebbe allegedly replied, "I was saved by God, not by Zionists."
The Rebbe – who had ordered his hasidim to stay in Hungary and who steadfastly refused to believe the Nazis would harm Hungary's anti-Zionist Jews, fled Nazi-controlled Europe with the help of the Zionists he so vilified, leaving his followers to burn in Auschwitz.
"....." - you are whitewashing the ugly behavior of a man who never showed any remorse for his behavior, and who falsely blamed the very people who had rescued him for the fact that his own advice to his followers trapped them into a Europe which was an extermination machine. Rather than confront his guilt and blame his own actions, the Satmar Rebbe blamed others. He chose the path of a coward, and for that he deserved not to sleep well at night. Shame on him.
"Is Torah just for studying or is it to teach you how to DO? Many of us religious Zionists made aliyah so we could do the mitzvot where they were intended to be done, in Eretz Israel. Hashem gave us Israel to live in, not to criticize it or the people living in it."
"this is very sad. I see very big Rabbanim speaking loshon horah and motze sham rah about their fellow Jews to the media. may[be] this is all part of the time before Moshiach comes. I can not come up with a better explanation, as these Rabbanim should know not to speak this way."
"The Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe sounds, how would I put it, like a desperate lost man. ... Jews should look for what they have in common not what is different about various groups of Jews. We are one small people in the world with real enemies and do not need to be finding stupid reasons to hate each other."
Why doesn't the Rebbe scold Prime Minister Netanyahu, for not knowing what the Torah says about cherishing our Homeland, building it up, chasing out the idolators ....
Muslim Woman Refuses to be Anti-Haredi Instigator for Israeli PR firm
"I am not religious, but I respect all people,” she told the Dossim website, which contacted her following the Facebook post. “I know that hareidim are forbidden from sitting next to a woman or standing close to her on the street, so why should I go and bother them in the matters that are forbidden to them?... How can you talk about peace when people fight each other in such a dirty way?”
Treif Food “We offered Netanyahu and his retinue kosher food, but they refused it,” the community officials told Arutz Sheva." Treif Decision "Two months after the visit by Netanyahu and his ministers, members of the community told Arutz Sheva that Netanyahu's eating non-kosher was perhaps the death blow to their efforts to prevent the Polish government from banning shechita, Jewish ritual slaughter – an effort that failed, when the government in Warsaw several weeks ago banned Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter." Treif Policy "We are in a daily fight to ensure that Jews in this country can live a Jewish life. Only recently the government and courts here banned shechita. We would have expected Netanyahu to eat kosher and to impress upon the Poles how important keeping kosher is to Jews. How could he do such a thing when we were battling to be allowed to continue to produce kosher meat here?"
North Africa amid terror threat may be overreaction
Top U.S. officials are reviewing the threat of a terrorist attack that has led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans, according to the Associated Press Source: Arutz Sheva
The terror threat prompting the U.S. government to close nearly two dozen embassies and consulates Sunday is the most specific, credible threat information in years, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports. Intelligence officers have reporting from a reliable source that a major plot is under way and that the team to carry it out has been selected and is in place, Miller reports. The threat information has been described as the most specific and credible since the foiled plot to blow up British planes en route to the United States in 2006, Miller reports. The specificity ends there.