Now this is typical mid-October weather...not what you expect for November 3rd. I am sure I mentioned the winter about 7 years ago, or was it 8, where we had 6 inches of snow in mid-December and that was it. Almost a tropical winter, or as the locals liked to refer to it as, "The winter that wasn't". But it was followed by a winter of 12 feet of snow. Alaska likes to fool us, but for those who have lived up here for over 25-years we can seriously see the warming trend. The Fairbanks' area days of minus 60's and 70's are long past, but the occasional minus 50's still pops up to redden our ear tips. But down here we see more rain and the snow on the mountains looks deeper, but I've heard its pretty mushy, which is driving the goats and sheep down to the flat lands for forage.
The famous Northwest Passage is now really opening up, soon to allow those famous "love boat" cruise ships access to pass through, with all those binocular laden tourists hanging over the rails looking for loveable penguins...not realizing they've boarded the wrong boat and have come to the wrong pole. A lot of tourists come to Alaska looking for our penguins, but we direct them to our polar bears- a critter you will not find at the South Pole. This is a great way to keep our bears fed and not so eager to break into homes looking for a treat.
I went through the police academy with a young man from the north country, where he patrolled most of the year on a snow-machine and pulled a sled behind him for when he made arrests. Besides his sidearm, he carried an automatic UZI machine gun, which he saved for bothersome polar bears. He had several photos of the big white bears he was forced to kill because they refused to obey his orders and leave the home of a terrified Eskimo family. He was not a large man and these bears could grow over 11-feet tall, big teeth and long claws. They simply saw man as part of his food chain. He had to use 13-rounds on one bear, before it dropped. Me, I'd rather deal with 5-6 angry fisherman in a bar fight than one polar bear.
Not so friendly Russian battleships will be patrolling the Northwest Passage, too, most likely dropping off boundary markers on floating ice flows to signify ownership. It's no wonder the Walrus are fleeing in every direction in great numbers. Russia wants to post its flag all over the arctic and now even China wants to be involved, and they do not have an inch of coast line in the Arctic. Plus, I've heard McDonald's and Starbucks will soon be up there, hopefully offering heated customer areas, minus "evil" cult members and Chinese thugs. Just think, 40-years from now Arctic Disney-World/Atlantis could be a going enterprise- a joint US-Russia-China-Canada and whoever venture. Real atomic subs, ice castles, actual walruses and whales, terrorists....Top of the World. I wonder what Tomorrow Land would offer then.
For those of you who are just picking up my blog on Facebook or Twitter, my blog runs between reality and a touch of Twilight Zone, but only a touch. I run news briefs that I believe have some evidence leading to the proverbial End of Days. These are actual news bites, some in newspapers or intelligence briefs not being carried currently by the big American news networks or kept on Page 7. Often the stories build until they have to run them, but the little news sites had it first. I will often add an opinion to a news bite, but this is my blog- you can write your own. My opinion is based on 10-years military and 20-years police work. I retired as a Senior Investigator for the State of Alaska. Plus, I will also advertise my current book, "A Coming Storm", which is fictional, and Part 2 of a trilogy. Amazon is carrying it, published by Alaska Dreams Publishing Company. Parts 1 & 3 to be coming soon. This series deals with the the End of Times but centers around Alaska.
I am currently writing a western, entitled- "Blake's War", which is my first western and I found the research painstaking and informative concerning the Apache and the Arizona Rangers. Arizona I knew, having spent 8 summers there, visiting with my Dad and watching Phoenix grow into the city it is now. Having said all this, let's get on with some news briefs:
EGYPT: (Is there a double standard in play here, one for Egyptian Muslim authorities and one for Israeli Jews guiding their country and facing down all-sides like they did in pre- 1967? Both groups are plowing down their enemy's homes, being used by terrorists to fire rockets from or carry out acts of terrorism through suicide bombers, and Egypt's destruction of hundreds of homes far exceeds what Israel is doing. Yet, the news and fair share of the world leaders condemn Israel for their actions, accusing them for their "brutal aggressions", and seemingly ignoring Egypt's large scale destruction, quick trials with speedy convictions, violations of human rights and death sentences. Hamas recently fired rockets into Israel and the Israelis responded, and for this the news services hammered them. Egypt's transgressions are seemingly ignored. Now some of our US Presidential hopefuls, Senate and Representatives sound-off with statements dripping of antisemitism, while accepting the growing world of Islam as a peaceful ally. Is this a case of let's get on the band wagon before we get run over?
China has reportedly develops a "home-made" anti-drone laser defense system for targeting small scale drones flying at low altitudes.
Japan: Yen plunges to a 7-year low against the US Dollar, extending a huge sell-off triggered by Bank of Japan's decision to boost its already mass bond buying stimulus. Sellers also targeted the Euro, which slipped to a two-year low against the US Dollar.
China: Jan-September 2014 Gold consumption plunged 21.4% in this 9 month period.
Australia: Sydney is set to become the next off-shore Chinese yuan trading hub by late November.
Israel: Two border crossings at Gaza closed after rockets fired from Palestinian enclave struck its territory. Hamas accused Israel of violating cease-fire agreement with this closure, but Hamas suspect in the rocket attack.
Portugal: Military jets scramble twice in one week to counter Russian bombers, while Pentagon "chides" Russia over its increased military flights near EU shorelines.
France: French security chiefs investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny unmanned drones over French nuclear power plants and stations.
United States: Automakers KIA and Hyundai fined a combined $100 million US penalty for overstating vehicle fuel economy standards on 1.2 million vehicles.
Earthquakes-last 24 hours (16) of 4.0 or higher. (3) in Alaska of 2.5 to 3.0, (3) Oklahoma in mild range, (3) in Indonesia -4.4/4.7/5.0, (3) in Japan of 4.6/4.7/4.9, (8) Puerto Rico-mild
(2) off Oregon Coast- 4.0/3.4, (4) Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge- 4.9/5.0/5.1/5.5
Japan: Concerns over China's military growth, ( Japan now reporting China has 670 jet fighters in their Air Force, while Japan has 260), Japan develops its first fighter jet since WWII- Prototype ATD-X, also known as "Shinshin", is scheduled for its maiden flight in January 2015 and expected to be handed over to Japan's Defense Ministry in April 2015. Japan's current defense fighter the F-2 was but as a joint venture with the United States, but the Shinshin, sometimes referred to as a Zero, was built completely in country and would be propelled by two extremely powerful engines, similar to the F-15, F-18, F-22. While the F-2 resembles the F-16 and flies with a single engine. ( Japan's count of China's total fighters is 170 more than I was able to find in 1998-99, when I was writing "A Coming Storm". It appears thy have been busy and their new J-20 is said to have stealth qualities.)
Brazil: Government, concerned with US spying capabilities, is planning on laying 3,500 miles of communications fiber-optic cable across the Atlantic floor, from Fortaleza, Brazil to Lisbon, Portugal. Cost is estimated at US $185 Million.
China: The Hong Kong pro-democracy movement Occupy plans to take their protests to the streets of Beijing during the International Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit of World Leaders to be held in Beijing. An estimated 12 different police agencies to be on duty protecting the summit members.
China: National Civil Aviation Authority advertising a need for 500,000 pilots by 2035. (Up quite a bit from the few thousand they have now).
Ebola: While the virus is showing signs of being cured in a major hot spot of Sierra Leone, a new hot spot just flamed up 200 kilometers away and healthcare workers are rushing there. There's 67 beds and over a 100 new patients, with more expected. WHO concerned the virus is not over yet.
United States: WHO reports that Dengue Fever has arrived in the United States and cases have risen to 234 patients. So far, there has been no "severe" dengue cases reported. The severe cases are the one that prove fatal without proper care.
That's it for today. Keep and eye on the Asian stock exchange and the new Asian Gold Exchange. These are key pieces. Which way will Hungary go and what country will Putin seek next. Will he risk war with NATO to take control of Eastern Ukraine and make it a Russian state? Who hacked the Bangladesh grid and caused a countrywide blackout- kids, old equipment or a test of a new weapon? Why is Oklahoma having so many earthquakes? Prophecy of the US being split in half up the Mississippi River. Where is all that radioactive sludge going that being pumped into the ocean every hour for last 3 years and what is it doing to our fish?
I follow a lot of things, more than I printed above and most will not make sense to you. But as items pass by, there are eventual tie ins with the Book of Revelations. Is it soon or much later? Only the father knows. I used 2017 for my book. Oddly enough, our intelligence services thought the Chinese were commissioning there first nuclear submarine, but 5 more showed up for the ceremony and a 40 year old nuke sub was retired. I used three Nuke subs for my book and here they had them all the time. Amazing.
Things to do. God Bless to all, BILL