IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL EXALTED TRUTH VISITORS AND SUBSCRIBERS! – Joey The Watchman

joeywatchI`d like to thank everyone who has supported me from the beginning on my old websites(vitalfreedom.net and exaltedtruth.com) aswell as my old YT Channel JoeyB613, feel so blessed to have connected with so many great people over the years that I`ve been doing this! In over 100 countries on every continent of the planet, 7,000+ subscribers and 3 million views are all things that made me realize how …important the work is that God has called me and many others to do in these times reaching the entire world with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! (Mark 16:15) God Bless you all for your faithful support in so many ways!
I am blessed to serve such an amazing almighty God and all the Glory is his! I have taken a while off to stregthen my walk with God and center everything I`m doing around his word and will! In the time away I have been baptized, and have been shown the direction I am to go in and thats why I have created a new YT channel(www.youtube.com/JoeyTheWatchman), FB page(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joey-The-Watchman/503453123010011) Twitter Account (www.twitter.com/JoeyTheWatchman) and New Website (www.JoeyTheWatchman.wordpress.com). Many big things coming for the Glory of God, and it will all kick off in the new year! Joey The Watchman will be covering everything happening around the world in regards to Bible Prophecy, in-depth Bible Study and Teachings, as well as a new weekly podcast every Friday Night, and much much more!
So I would just like to thank all of my brothers and sisters for being a part of this with me as we allow God to work in our lives and through us to stregthen the Body and shine Christ`s light of truth to a fallen world engulfed in darkness.  May all of you experience Blessings in all of your lives through this holiday season and into the new year and beyond! Much Love and Blessings to All in the name of the Almighty, most High God and divine son Yeshua Ha`Mashiach(Jesus Christ)! Sincerely, Joey B (Joey The Watchman)
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La. Sink Hole & Gulf Oil Update: Nov. 17/2012




links:
http://www.ksla.com/story/20082998/explosion
http://whnt.com/2012/11/13/breaking-cherokee-nitrogen-plant-explosion/
http://www.examiner.com/article/la-sinkhole-disaster-medical-monitoring-failure
http://enenews.com/official-calls-office-going-crazy-about-tremors-areas-away-giant-sinkhole-resident-lot-big-quakes-everywhere-like-big-usgs-happening-video
http://enenews.com/geologist-deeper-oil-and-gas-deposits-may-be-surfacing-from-below-big-hum-reservoir-nobody-in-the-world-has-ever-faced-a-situation-like-this-video
http://enenews.com/feds-keeping-sinkhole-info-secret-state-rep-theyre-doing-infrared-monitoring-telling-about-wont-because-all-about-money-video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3TIqsta5EA&feature=g-user-u
http://enenews.com/govt-expert-sinkholes-changing-gas-changing-new-flyover-footage-shows-videos
http://enenews.com/sinkhole-state-official-mentions-possibility-another-major-opening-monitoring-system-give-people-warning-video
http://enenews.com/new-official-sinkhole-image-now-shows-original-edge-of-massive-salt-dome-collapsed-section-may-be-thousands-of-feet-tall-photo
http://enenews.com/sinkhole-geologist-expert-methane-pressures-concern-folks-enough-need-houses-inspected-video
http://enenews.com/sinkhole-grows-8-acres-witness-amount-oil-around-sinkhole-ridiculous-video
11/13/12 Resident Briefing Part 1-12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB3MctMSwuU&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX4OLsYIM5g&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVjVbp2yh7c&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJKhALMu6OY&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHf053v_ajg&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7nGqpzawng&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atx-BwU0iF8&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT2dOvY-PGE&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvaKqSIi4is&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpJ2KzXDw0Y&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77sW0GCs7iw&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok78P6GYj5E&feature=plcp

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_summary&edis_id=ED-20121115-37208-USA
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/fire-erupts-at-drilling-platform-off-louisiana-coast-1
http://enenews.com/breaking-news-offshore-platform-burning-in-gulf-of-mexico
http://enenews.com/coast-guard-two-workers-missing-from-burning-platform-in-gulf-four-airlifted-off
http://enenews.com/coast-guard-we-cant-confirm-if-theres-a-leak-drilling-well-in-gulf-during-explosion-2-workers-reported-dead-3-at-hospital-with-ciritcal-injuries-video
http://enenews.com/abc-15-people-may-be-missing-from-platform-oil-sheen-has-spread-over-more-than-a-2-mile-area-on-the-water-video
http://enenews.com/feds-say-oil-could-be-leaking-from-the-platform-that-exploded-in-gulf-video
http://enenews.com/newspaper-new-oil-spotted-by-bp-disaster-site-in-gulf-pilot-concern-its-from-new-cracks-caused-by-deepwater-horizon-explosion-photos
http://enenews.com/noaa-oil-spill-document-about-explosion-gulf-congressman-conflicting-reports-about-pollution-water
http://enenews.com/ap-witnesses-reported-2-explosions-on-platform-in-gulf-oil-storage-tanks-may-have-ignited-work-boots-hard-hat-found-floating
http://enenews.com/footage-shows-dark-substance-covering-water-around-oil-platform-exploded-gulf-coast-guard-sheen-be-miles-video
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bp-to-pay-billions-in-gulf-oil-spill-settlement/2012/11/15/ba0b783a-2f2e-11e2-9f50-0308e1e75445_story.html

UPDATE: The Israel-Gaza Conflict and Syria equals Middle East Powder-Keg




links:
http://www.debka.com/article/22528/First-three-Gaza-missiles-hit-Tel-Aviv-Israel-drafts-30-000-reservists
http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/israel-mobilizes-ground-forces-for-an-incursion-into-gaza-after-rockets-fired-at-jerusalem/
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/israel-vows-more-severe-reaction-to-hamas-rockets-1
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/israel-destroys-gaza-pms-office-as-hamas-targets-tel-aviv-1
http://rt.com/news/anonymous-gaza-israel-website-938/
http://www.sott.net/article/253706-Shocking-CNN-Interview-Cut-Off-by-Gaza-Bomb-Blast
http://www.sott.net/article/253694-Israels-Iron-Dome-paid-for-with-donation-of-800-million-from-US-failing-spectacularly-against-homemade-Palestinian-rockets
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/17/272801/qatar-emir-located-hamas-cmdrs/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272895/iran-fm-says-ready-to-visit-gaza-strip/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272913/majlis-speaker-urges-action-on-gaza/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272931/ban-on-iran-channels-prelude-to-gaza-war/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272923/al-pledges-to-back-gaza-against-israel/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272940/hamas-rockets-continue-to-pound-israel/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272884/uk-govt-urged-to-cut-ties-to-israel/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272777/pakistan-slams-israel-attacks-on-gaza/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/16/272666/morsi-slams-israeli-acts-against-humanity/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/16/272702/morocco-slams-israeli-strikes-on-gaza/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/18/272960/hezbollah-slams-us-over-israel-support/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272802/rockets-from-egypt-hit-israels-eshkol/
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-talks-islamist-turkish-leader-who-called-hamas-strikes-pre-election-stunt_663482.html
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/report-rockets-fired-egypt-hit-israel_663502.html
http://www.debka.com/article/22530/This-Time-Israel-Fought-Back—with-US-Support
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-wont-let-foreign-nationals-exit-gaza/2012/11/17/
http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/2906/
http://www.sott.net/article/253718-Inciting-war-crimes-Israel-minister-says-force-Gaza-population-into-Egypt-cut-off-water-electricity
http://www.sott.net/article/253724-Israeli-regime-tells-citizens-Prepare-for-7-weeks-of-war
http://www.timesofisrael.com/liberman-idf-needs-to-go-all-the-way-if-it-launches-a-ground-incursion-into-gaza/
http://www.debka.com/article/22537/Israel-will-strike-Gaza-so-long-as-Khamenei-nixes-talks-with-Obama
http://www.timesofisrael.com/washington-defends-israel-blames-hamas-for-escalation/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-government-warns-gazans-against-spreading-rumors/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-prepares-suicide-units-to-confront-israeli-soldiers-in-gaza/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/officials-say-israel-not-interested-in-ceasefire-yet-still-has-many-hamas-targets-to-hit/
http://www.timesofisrael.com/quiet-settles-over-israel-but-jerusalem-denies-reports-ceasefire-is-close/
http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=292304
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=29235
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/ceasefire-talks-intensify-as-israel-pounds-gaza-1
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/18/272965/palestinians-fire-5-rockets-to-israel/
http://www.debka.com/article/20983/Hamas-Gaza-s-missile-stock-passes-10-000—and-going-up
http://www.globalresearch.ca/war-and-natural-gas-the-israeli-invasion-and-gaza-s-offshore-gas-fields/11680
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-invasion-of-gaza-part-of-a-broader-us-nato-israel-military-agenda-towards-a-scenario-of-military-escalation/5311957
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-patrol-fires-back-at-syrian-troops-after-being-hit-by-bullet-on-the-golan/
http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/syrian-forces-bombard-damascus-deraa-region-1
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272784/putin-warns-against-hasty-move-o-syria/
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/18/272963/syrian-minister-condemns-doha-meeting/

Meet your future FEMA camp: An actual prison rebranded as a refugee center

by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Imagine, for a moment, that you have lost your home in a natural  disaster and with it most of your possessions. It’s wintertime, you live on the  East Coast, and your old neighborhood has been leveled. What cash you have is  being used for the most basic of necessities; you don’t have enough money to  move into a hotel and even if you did they are all full anyway.

You have  nowhere to go. You are completely reliant on the government for  subsistence.

Life is as bad as it can get – or is it?

You learn  that you will be moved from the miserable tent city where you are now being  housed to a new temporary facility that used to be, of all things, a  prison.

While some officials see this as the state making the best use of  available resources, others see it as a prelude of things to come, should  societal order break down at some point in the future.

‘They might as  well use it’

Life in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy is still dicey  for many New Yorkers and New Jerseyans who continue to suffer mightily in its  wake. With so many residents now homeless, the state of New York is considering  reopening the recently closed Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island  as a way to temporarily house people displaced by the storm and this past week’s  nasty winter storm, The New York Post reported.

The facility,  which was closed last December, served as a medium-security prison. Officials  say it has the capacity to feed and house as many as 900 people who now have  nowhere else to go.

“Our facilities staff have to go through it to  determine what it would take to get it up and running for such a purpose,” Peter  Cutler, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, told the  paper.

“Of course, the challenge is the fact that it was closed a year  ago and all of the major infrastructure components, such as boilers and  wastewater system, were deactivated,” he added.

As many as 40,000 New  Yorkers need shelter following the one-two punch of Sandy and the recent  nor’easter. On Staten Island alone, officials said, some 5,200 people have  applied for temporary FEMA housing, but like the FEMA in the wake of Hurricane  Katrina, the bureaucracy is painstakingly slow – only about two dozen people  have been successfully placed in housing, say federal officials, leaving us to  wonder if this agency’s historic bureaucratic inertia is still George W.  Bush’s fault.

At least the Post understands the irony of using a  former prison to house  post-storm refugees, saying such an arrangement may “resemble a scene out of  ‘The Walking Dead.'” But not everyone thinks it’s a bad idea.

“It’s  empty. They might as well use it,” said Rob Conigatti, 39, who lost his Dongan  Hills home and is now staying with his extended family. “At least they have the  right facilities. You can’t keep them in schools. The kids gotta go to  school.”

Note to self – Don’t rely on the government

A lot  of folks are staying in homes without power and heat and are merely riding out  the hard times. Others are staying with friends and family.

Many others;  however, don’t have such choices. So they have to take what they get,  essentially. In this case, they get FEMA.

“We have not got into the  discussion of longer term transitional housings,” said Councilman James Oddo  (R-SI). “If there is no other viable option, it shouldn’t be taken off the table  because of a quote unquote stigma. Between being cold and having people dry, in  a warm, secure place, I know what my choice is.”

But, of course, he  doesn’t really have to make that choice.

Some have firmly rejected the  notion. That includes Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, according  to sources who spoke with the Post.

A number of residents hardest  hit by the storms feel the same way.

“I lost everything, but I still have  my pride. We don’t have to stay in a prison,” said Wally Martinez, 44, who is  staying at the Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Shore Acres with his wife,  two kids and family dog. “My brother was once in that very prison and my mother  used to visit him regularly. She used to tell me how miserable he looked and how  filthy and disgusting that prison was.”

If there is a better reason to be  prepared to take care of yourself in times of turmoil than having to rely on the  “charity” of government, we can’t think of one.

Sources:

http://www.myfoxdc.com

http://www.nypost.com

http://www.foxnews.com

 

Number of Americans in poverty at record high

Hope Yen
Associated Press

Washington – A record number of Americans  –  49.1 million  –  are poor, based on a new census measure that for the first time takes into account rising medical costs and other expenses.

The numbers released Monday are part of a first-ever supplemental poverty measure aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty. Although considered experimental, they promise to stir fresh debate over Social Security, Medicare and programs to help the poor as a congressional supercommittee nears a Nov. 23 deadline to make more than $1 trillion in cuts to the federal budget.

Based on the revised formula, the number of poor people exceeds the record 46.2 million, or 15.1 percent, that was officially reported in September.

Broken down by group, Americans 65 or older sustained the largest increases in poverty under the revised formula  –  nearly doubling to 15.9 percent, or 1 in 6  –  because of medical expenses that are not accounted for in the official rate. Those include rising Medicare premiums, deductibles and expenses for prescription drugs.

“As seniors choose between food and medicine, some lawmakers are threatening lifeline programs that provide a boost to those in poverty or a safety net to those grasping at the middle class,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, president of AARP Foundation, which represents the needs of older Americans. “With nearly 16 percent of seniors already living in poverty, our country cannot afford to slide further backward.”

Working-age adults ages 18-64 saw increases in poverty  –  from 13.7 percent to 15.2 percent  –  due mostly to commuting and child care costs.

And for the first time, the share of Hispanics living in poverty surpassed that of African-Americans, 28.2 percent to 25.4 percent. That is due to a jump in the poverty rate for Hispanics under the new measure because of lower participation among immigrants and non-English speakers in government aid programs such as housing and food stamps.

Due to new adjustments for geographical variations in costs of living, people residing in the suburbs, the Northeast and West were the regions mostly likely to have poor people  –  nearly 1 in 5 in the West.

Economists have long criticized the official poverty rate as inadequate, although they differ widely on the best ways to calculate it. Based on a half-century-old government formula, the official rate continues to assume the average family spends one-third of its income on food. Those costs have actually shrunk to a much smaller share, more like one-seventh.

The official formula fails to account for other expenses such as out-of-pocket medical care, child care and commuting, and it does not consider non-cash government aid when calculating income, such as food stamps and tax credits, which have increased in the last few years.

In reaction to some of the criticism, the federal government last year tasked the Census Bureau with developing a new measure, based partly on recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences. The new measure’s goal is to help lawmakers to better gauge the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs. It does not replace the Census Bureau’s official poverty formula, which continues to determine eligibility and distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid for the poor.

“We’re now about to go into federal debt discussions showing a major increase in elder poverty and a decrease for African-Americans. That just defies common sense, and the political implications could be devastating,” said Douglas Besharov, a University of Maryland public policy professor and former scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who called the new measure “arbitrary.”

“Sure, there’s a lot of suffering out there, but the inexorable result of all of this is to give more ammunition to groups to prevent cuts for the elderly. That means more cuts for low-income families,” he said.

Kathleen Short, a research economist at the Census Bureau, said many of the shifts in poverty reflect the large numbers of older people who hover near the poverty line after receiving Social Security cash payments. The poverty line is defined under the official measure as $11,139 for an individual, or $22,314 for a family of four.

Because of Social Security benefits, only 9 percent of seniors, or roughly 3.5 million, live in poverty according to the official formula. But that number increases by roughly 2.7 million when taking into account additional health care costs and other factors. If it weren’t for the health care costs, the poverty rate for seniors would have dropped to 8.6 percent.

“The medical expenses are very large,” Short said.

Not all groups saw increases in poverty under the new measure. For instance, children and African-Americans saw declines in their poverty rates, mostly due to the positive effects of government aid programs including food stamps. Residents living in more rural areas as well as the Midwest and South also fared better, due to lower costs of living.

The census report found that the poverty rate for all groups would have jumped to 18 percent  –  or 6 million more people  –  if it weren’t for the earned income tax credit, a safety net program which offers credits to low- and moderate-income families as an incentive to work and to help offset the burden of Social Security taxes. Temporary expansions to that program are slated to expire after next year.

Without food stamps, the poverty rate would have risen to 17.7 percent, which translates to about 5 million more people. That program was expanded in 2009 as part of the federal stimulus plan; the expansions are now phasing out gradually and will expire completely in 2014.

“Ironically, the new poverty figures are arriving just in time to show the success of many of the very programs that are being subject to budget cuts and scrutiny at the federal and state level,” said Arloc Sherman, a senior researcher at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning think-tank. “Legislatures are making some of the harshest state cuts in recent history for vulnerable families, and some in Congress are advocating cutting deeply from federal assistance for those at the bottom.”
Other findings:

  • Poverty for Asians increased, from 12.1 percent under the official measure to 16.7 percent. Among non-Hispanic whites, it rose from about 10 percent to 11.1 percent.
  • The poverty rate for children declined, from 22 percent to 18.2 percent.
  • Under the revised formula, the West had the most people in poverty at 19.4 percent. It was followed by the South (16.3 percent), the Northeast (14.5 percent) and the Midwest (13.1 percent).

On Monday, the Census Bureau said its new measure remained a “work in progress,” with additional refinements needed to better determine commuting and housing costs. The bureau also said it needed to collect additional data before it can publish reliable supplemental numbers on poverty broken down by state.

Standard & Poors downgrades credit ratings of four Dutch Banks

Standard & Poor’s has lowered credit ratings of major Dutch banks including ABN AMRO, Rabobank.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services downgrades the credit ratings of four
Dutch banks over the growing risks of the potential prolongation of the eurozone
recession.

(PressTV) On Friday, S&P slashed ABN AMRO’s rating to A from A+ and Rabobank’s rating to AA- from AA. Two other banks, SNS REAAL and F. van Lanschot Bankiers were also cut by one notch.
“In our view, Dutch banks are exposed to increased economic risks as a result of a potentially more protracted downturn in the Netherlands and wider eurozone,” said the New York-based rating agency in a statement.
Dutch bank ING has said on November 7 it would lay off another 2,350 employees over time after a huge profit plunge.

The bank released figures showing that the net profit for Q3 2012 has only reached 609 million euros, indicating a massive reduction from the 1.69 billion-euro profit reported in the same quarter last year.

Europe plunged into financial crisis in early 2008. Insolvency now threatens heavily-debt-ridden countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Ireland.
The worsening debt crisis has forced the EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms which have triggered incidents of social unrest and massive protests in many European countries.
MAM/HGH

Attorneys: Obama’s secret cybersecurity law may allow ‘military deployment within the US’

The White House on Wednesday received a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from two attorneys with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), demanding that President Barack Obama release the text of what they called a “secret” new cyber security law that appears to enable “military deployment within the United States.”

The FOIA was filed in response to an article that appeared in The Washington Post this week, claiming that Obama issued a secret directive shortly before the elections that empowers the military to “vet any operations outside government and defense networks” for cyber security purposes.

However, because the exact text of the directive remains a secret, nobody can really say exactly what it does. That was somewhat disconcerting to American Civil Liberties Union legislative counsel Michelle Richardson, who told Raw Story on Wednesday that without the text, “it’s hard to see what they mean.” Raw Story

HIGHLIGHTS

The potential of martial law became a topic actually discussed by Congress last year when lawmakers first considered provisions for this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. Before the House and Senate agreed on including a section to the law letting the White House arrest and detain any U.S. citizen indefinitely without trial or charge, another provision was almost put on the books that would have essentially allowed for military rule during some situations. RT

The NDAA’s S. 1867 would “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a supporter of the bill, said last year. RT

Opponents expressed concern about whether the government should impose cyber security mandates on private-sector infrastructure Relevant Products/Services operators and whether the military or Department of Homeland Security should take the lead in civilian cyber security. cio-today.com

A cyber security bill backed by the leader of the Senate Homeland Security committee was voted down for a second time on Nov. 14, probably kicking any possible congressional action on the issue into next year and setting the stage for an executive order aimed at bolstering critical infrastructure networks. gsnmagazine.com

Senior defense officials have been extremely vocal this year in pushing for cyber security legislation, warning that unless something is done to increase the cyber security of America’s banks, utilities, energy companies, communications providers, and transportation firms, the nation faces a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” foreignpolicy.com

(PressTV)

AN/HJ

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New study says U.S. East Coast faces variety of tsunami threats

NEW YORK – Although the risk is small, tsunamis are possible on the East Coast of the United States from a variety of sources, according to new research. And as Hurricane Sandy showed, the region is completely unprepared for a major influx of water, said U.S. Geological Survey researcher Uri ten Brink. The most likely source for an East Coast tsunami would be an underwater avalanche along the continental slope, according to research presented by ten Brink and others earlier this month at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Charlotte, N.C. Ten Brink also outlined several other possible sources of tsunamis, including earthquakes and even collapsing volcanoes. An offshore earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or above could cause submarine avalanches and create dangerous tsunamis with waves higher than 26 feet (8 meters), ten Brink told OurAmazingPlanet. Underwater canyons and bays could focus these waves and make them even bigger. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake off the southern coast of Newfoundland in 1929 caused a large underwater landslide, creating a large wave that rushed ashore and killed 28 people on the island, ten Brink said. The waves were up to 26 feet high until some reached narrow inlets, where they grew to 43 feet (13 m), he said. While the tsunami was catastrophic for Newfoundland, it created only small waves for most of the U.S. coast and didn’t cause any fatalities there. That’s typical of tsunamis from submarine landslides: They tend to be large for nearby areas but quickly taper off, ten Brink said. While this is the only example of a tsunami near the East Coast in recorded history, there are plenty of areas along the continental slope — where the North American continent ends and drops into the Atlantic Ocean basin — at risk for these landslides, ten Brink said. Another possible source for East Coast tsunamis is the Azores-Gibraltar Transform Fault, off the coast of Portugal. One massive earthquake along this fault in 1755 destroyed most of Lisbon and created a tsunami recorded as far away as Brazil. It was barely noticed on the East Coast, however, ten Brink said. His group has created computer models that suggest underwater mountains west of Portugal helped reduce the impact of this tsunami by slowing the waves and  disrupting their movement— and they could do the same thing in the future. The nearby Canary Islands, off the coast of Morocco, also present a possible hazard. One large volcano on the island of La Palma, called Cumbre Vieja, could erupt, collapse and create a large tsunami capable of reaching the East Coast. A 2001 study suggested this series of events could send a 70-foot (21 m) wave crashing into the East Coast. But ten Brink said that study hasn’t held up to subsequent review, and that the wave would be unlikely to exceed several feet in height by the time it reached North America. “I don’t see it as a credible threat,” he said. The last possible tsunami source is a slow-moving fault north of Cuba, which has caused earthquakes in the past and possibly could create a tsunami that affected Florida and the Gulf Coast. Due to the current political situation, neither Cuban nor American researchers can conduct research in the area, he said. –MNN

What Does It Mean that Residents in All 50 States Have Filed Petitions to Secede?

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Secession:  Exploding Movement, Tempest In a Teapot … Or Something Else?

A lot of attention is being given to the fact that residents in all 50 states have filed petitions to secede from the United States.

Daily Caller reports:

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House’s “We the People” online petition system.

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Petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas residents have accrued at least 25,000 signatures, the number the Obama administration says it will reward with a staff review of online proposals. (RELATED: Will Texas secede? Petition triggers White House review)

The Texas petition leads all others by a wide margin.

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States whose active petitions have not yet reached the 25,000 signature threshold include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont,Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Fourteen states are represented by at least two competing petitions. The extra efforts from two states — Missouri and South Carolina — would add enough petitions to warrant reviews by the Obama administration if they were combined into petitions launched earlier.

Other states with multiple efforts include Alaska, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas,New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

As Google notes, web searches for the term “secession” are being run in a number of states:

Conservatives – such as Judge Napolitano and Ron Paul –  say that the states have the right to secede.  And Texas governor Rick Perry said that Texas has a right to secede (although he counsels against it at the current time).

On the other hand, most liberals say that the Civil War ended the state’s right to secede.    Huffington Post is covering the wave of secession petitions … to ridicule them.

Daily Kos suggests that “secessionists can secede by renouncing their citizenship“.

As the Daily Caller notes, liberals have launched their own counter-petitions:

In a … nose-thumbing aimed at Texas’ conservative majority, progressives from the liberal state capital of Austin responded Monday with a petition to secede from their state if Texas as a whole should decide to leave the Union.

Late Tuesday a second group of Texans, this one from Houston, lodged their own White House petition. Secession-minded Texans, they wrote, “are mentally deficient and [we] do not want them representing us. We would like more education in our state to eradicate their disease.”

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A group from El Paso, too, wants no part of an independent Texas. “Allow the city of El Paso to secede from the state of Texas,” their petition reads. “El Paso is tired of being a second class city within Texas.”

Yahoo News argues that the petitions are meaningless:

The petitions are little more than symbolic—and nothing new. Similar petitions were filed after the 2004 and 2008 elections.

Libertarian website Lew Rockwell argues in a piece by Ryan McMaken that nothing will come of the current secession attempts, but that the principle is important:

I have no illusions about this latest secession petition phenomenon. Nothing will directly come of this, and the people who are behind it are mostly people who would be singing “God Bless America” at the tops of their lungs had Mitt Romney been elected. On the other hand, it sure has a lot of people talking about secession, which shows that the idea of it remains an important part of the American political consciousness.

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The Declaration makes a simple argument:

  1. Humans have rights from the Creator.
  2. Governments exist to secure those rights (a debatable assertion but we’ll roll with it).
  3. When the government fails to secure those rights, we can ditch it and start our own government.

That’s pretty much all it says. If you thought that was true in 1776, when tax rates were 1% and there was no such thing as a the EPA or the FBI or the IRS, why is it not true now? Because we’re so much more free now? And, no, the Declaration did not say that the government is free to violate rights as long as people get to vote on it.

The Declaration establishes that there’s no such thing as treason, and a free government requires the assumption of just secession. Lysander Spooner explains[:]

Thus the whole Revolution [of 1775–1783] turned upon, asserted, and, in theory, established, the right of each and every man, at his discretion, to release himself from the support of the government under which he had lived. And this principle was asserted, not as a right peculiar to themselves, or to that time, or as applicable only to the government then existing; but as a universal right of all men, at all times, and under all circumstances.

Ron Paul says that states have the right so secede … and predicts they will do so when the dollar collapses:

My take has been the same for many years … I believe that America – like the Soviet Union – may break up when corruption and tyranny lead to the break down of basic systems.

And see this and this.

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