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*Message to the Japanese whalers…your day is coming. Just wait.*
ANTI-whaling group Sea Shepherd have confirmed one of their protest ships was sunk by Japanese whalers.
The Ady Gil, a lightweight 24m (79-foot) boat went under after being rammed off Antarctica byShonam Maru, a ship detailed to provide security to the rest of the whaling fleet.
All six crew members have been rescued.
“Our priority is making sure the crew are safe,” a Sea Shepherd spokesman told NewsCore.
The ship is one of three Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessels battling Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.
A THIRD of the whales harpooned by Japan in the Antarctic last summer were pregnant, it was claimed yesterday.
Conservation group Humane Society International (HSI) said Japan’s own figures, revealed in secret documents discovered at the International Whaling Commission meeting being held this week, showed the “true, disgusting nature” of the country’s whale hunting.
Japan’s annual hunt, which it claims is a scientific study, took a horrific toll on female whales, the HSI said.
The HSI said data from Japan’s 2008/2009 hunt showed of 679 whales it reported killing, 304 were female. The data showed 192 of the whales were pregnant. Four were lactating.
“The four lactating females would each have had a calf that would have starved to death,” HSI Australia’s director Michael Kennedy said.
Mr Kennedy said the Japanese data also contained “gruesome” details of how whale foetuses were treated after being torn from their mothers on board the whaling fleet’s factory ship.
“They report they measure the length and weight of the foetus, they measure their eyes and take skin samples from the foetus for what they call genetic studies,” Mr Kennedy said.
“It is gruesome, useless information which, if it was even needed, could be found without dismembering a foetus.”
The details of Japan’s impact on female whales was contained in what is known as a “Cruise Report”, secretly sent to the IWC’s scientific committee before the IWC meeting in Portugal.
During the 2007-2008 hunt Australia was shocked when The Daily Telegraph published photos of a minke whale and her calf being hauled aboard a Japanese factory ship to be dismembered.
HSI vice president Kitty Block said Japan’s whale hunt should be condemned and was conducted in a whale sanctuary under the guise of science.
“The fact is this hunt is commercial and killing pregnant females makes it all the more egregious,” Ms Block said.
Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett, who is at the IWC meeting, said Japan had killed more than 13,000 whales in the name of research since a moratorium on commercial whaling was imposed in 1986.
One of Mr Garrett’s tactics to try to end Japanese whaling is to bring it under the direct control of the IWC, something Japan has been vigorously opposing.
Japan is also pushing hard for a “coastal whaling quota” – which would allow it to kill whales in its own waters without the pretence of scientific study – which conservation groups said was a return to commercial whaling.
This week the Australian Government announced what it called the largest study of Antarctic whales.
The joint Australian-New Zealand scientific expedition will steam to Antarctica this summer. No whales will be killed during the research.
*Here we go.*
North Korea has two nuclear warheads it can load on its mid-range Rodong missile, Japan’s Kyodo News reported, citing an analyst at the International Crisis Group, a non-government organization.
The warheads were built using plutonium extracted from North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear plant, Kyodo reported, citing Daniel Pinkston, who said he got the information from a government official without divulging which country.
South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials have obtained evidence of the warheads, Pinkston told Kyodo.
North Korea said earlier this month it plans to fire a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit between April 4 and 8. South Korea and the U.S. suspect the launch is a cover for a test of a long-range ballistic missile, which would be a breach of a United Nations resolution.
“There will be upheavals in the Arctic and Antarctic that will cause the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and pole shift.”
The greater portion of Europe will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.
Southeast Canada will be safe from earth changes.
Mt. Etna and nearby Vesuvius, and Mt Pelee signal the major changes.
As to the changes physical again: The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea.
The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America.
There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid areas, and there will be shifting then of the poles so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semitropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow. And these will begin in those periods in ’58 to ’98, when these will be proclaimed as the periods when His light will be seen again in the clouds. As to times, as to seasons, as to places, ALONE is it given to those who have named the name and who bear the mark of those of His calling and His election in their bodies. To them it shall be given.
As to those things that deal with the mantle of the earth, these shall call upon the mountains to cover many. As ye have seen those in lowly places raised to those of power in the political, in the machinery of nations’ activities, so shall ye see those in high places reduced and calling on the waters of darkness to cover them. And those that in the inmost recesses of theirselves awaken to the spiritual truths that are to be given, and those places that have acted in the capacity of teachers among men, the rottenness of those that have ministered in places will be brought to light, and turmoils and strifes shall enter. And, as there is the wavering of those that would enter as emissaries, as teachers, from the throne of life, the throne of light, the throne of immortality, and wage war in the air with those of darkness, then know ye the Armageddon is at hand.”
Iceland’s central bank slashed official interest rates by 3.5 percentage points as it warned that the collapse of its banking system will lead to a “very sharp” contraction in the Nordic nation’s economy. The central bank, Sedlabanki, also said it will carry out daily auctions in the foreign exchange market to ensure supplies of foreign currency to the increasingly isolated island country.
Greece has pledged up to 28 billion euros ($38.5 billion) to help its banking sector weather the financial crisis. Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis stressed that the measures were temporary and that the government aimed to not burden taxpayers. Under the rescue package, up to 8 billion euros ($11 billion) will be issued in bonds to boost liquidity. Banks will also be allowed to ask for up to 5 billion euros in state capital in exchange for shares, the minister said
GERMANY (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged German lawmakers to support her government’s planned financial rescue package, worth up to 500 billion euros ($671 billion), arguing that dangers to market stability have not yet been banished. The German package foresees up to 400 billion euros ($536.7 billion) in lending guarantees for banks, and both houses of parliament are expected to vote Friday. Germany’s DAX ended 337.56 points, or 6.5 percent, lower at 4,861.63.
JAPAN (AP) — Japan’s Nikkei 225 index bucked the trend, however, ending up 1.1 percent at 9,547.47. The benchmark soared 14 percent in the previous session — its biggest single-day gain ever.
HONG KONG (AP) — Chief Executive Donald Tsang said the meltdown was even worse than the 1997 Asian financial crisis and would take a far bigger toll on the global economy. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index lost 834.58 points, or nearly 5 percent, to close at 15,998.30 after rising more than 13 percent the previous two days.
BRAZIL (AP) — Brazil’s Ibovespa stock index plunged 10 percent and trading was automatically halted for 30 minutes after it hit 37,413. Low commodity prices and weak economic indicators in the U.S. were the reason for the day’s plummet, analysts said. Ibovespa heavyweights include state-run oil company Petrobras — down 12 percent on the day — and Vale do Rio Doce, the world’s largest mining company — down 14.6 percent. Last week, the index lost 25 percent of its value, but had its biggest one-day gain in a decade on Monday.
Wayne Madsen a Washington based investigative journalist, author, columnist and former U.S. Naval Officer reported on April 3rd, 2008 the existence of a document called the “C & R” document is being passed around among senior members of Congress and their staff.
Bush planning martial law
FEMA sources have told Madsen today that the Bush administration is putting final touches on a plan that would initiate martial law in the event of continuing economic collapse causing massive social unrest, bank closures resulting in violence against financial institutions and another fraudulent presidential election that would result in rioting in major cities and campuses around the country.
Troops on American streets
In addition to FEMA sources, Army Corps of Engineer sources report that the assignment of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade to NorthCom to augment FEMA and federal law enforcement for the purpose of traffic control, crowd control, curfews, enhanced border and port security, and neighborhood patrols in the event a national emergency being declared.
America may default on it’s loans
The “C & R” document reportedly states that if the United States defaults on loans and debt underwritten from China, Japan and Russia and America unilaterally cancels the debts, America can expect a war that will have disastrous results for the United States and the world.
“Conflict” is the “C word” in the document.
Washington fears a popular Revolution
The other possibility discussed in the document is that the federal government will be forced to drastically raise taxes in order to pay off debts to foreign countries to the point that the American people will react with a popular revolution against the government.
“Revolution” is the document’s “R” word.
Updated: @ 11:48 PM – EST
Wayne Madsen reported the existence of the “C & R” document on April 3rd, 2008. The new information is the contingency plan being finalized by the Bush administration to initiate Continuity of Government by suspending The Constitution and declaring martial law in the event of a “crisis.”
Assigning the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division to NorthCom is a step toward implementation of the “Conflict & Revolution” document.
Two explosions were reported near an American military base in Yokosuka, Japan. Police officials said they suspect a missile attack.
No injuries were reported in the incident but a home in the area was damaged. (AFP)
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 September, 2008 : – - As of Wednesday late morning EDT, the eye of Typhoon Sinlaku (15W) is near 20.7 north and 124.3 east, or 435 miles south-southwest of Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Winds are sustained at between 125 and 130 mph, or those of a strong Category 3 hurricane. Drift is to the north at about 4 mph.
Sinlaku is forecast to be a major Category 3 to Category 4 typhoon as it drifts mostly northward Thursday and Friday. Approach to the southern half of the Ryukyu Islands, of which one is Okinawa, will happen late Friday into Saturday, local time. Approach to the southwestern mainland could happen Monday.
If a ridge north of Sinlaku build more than forecast, Sinlaku would track farther west, even directly effecting Taiwan with high wind and torrential rain.
Two powerful earthquakes have struck the north-eastern Indonesian Moluccas islands and Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, triggering tsunami alerts.
The first, which had a magnitude of 6.6, occurred at 0902 (0002 GMT) about 120km (75 miles) north of the city of Ternate, the US Geological Survey said.
A few minutes later, a 7.2-magnitude quake hit Hokkaido’s coast, 220km (135 miles) east of the capital, Sapporo.
There have so far been no reports of casualties from either country.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a warning for a 50cm (20-inch) tsunami along the eastern coast of Hokkaido and the north-eastern coast of the country’s main island of Honshu.
A tsunami alert issued immediately after the tremor in the Moluccas islands was lifted by Indonesia’s meteorological agency when the feared wave never came.
“I felt the shaking but it wasn’t really strong,” Ojihan Washab, a hospital worker in Ternate, told the AFP news agency afterwards.
In Japan, emergency procedures were put into effect.
“Many people have evacuated up on higher ground.” Jan Chadzynski told the BBC.
“My daughter is in elementary school here, all her school has been evacuated to the roof of the school.”
A tsunami forms when energy from an earthquake vertically jolts the seabed by several metres, displacing a huge volume of water.
An earthquake off Indonesia triggered the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed approximately 220,000 people across the Indian Ocean.
Indonesia and Japan both lie on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the world’s most seismically active areas.