This Happened On Planet Earth…July 2019…End Times Signs

Published on Jul 15, 2019
Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.





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1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape
Luke 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)




QUESTION:    I have a question about our faith. I am asking where our faith in the Bible as the Word of God comes from. I have only found this statement in the New Testament in one of the epistles, basically reading that all scripture is the Word of God. So I have two questions. One is that I am hesitant to believe that the author of the epistle considered his letters to others, as well as the letters of his contemporaries, or even the Gospels themselves, which were still being written, as scripture. Wouldn’t he only be referring to the Old Testament
Which leads to my second question. If we then have to take the rest of the Bible as the Word of God on faith, then, from an objective point of view, how is this faith different from faith put into anything else?
ANSWER:    You’re right in saying that when Paul wrote that all Scripture is the Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16), the New Testament had not been completed, much less compiled. But since the Bible is a timeless document and since Paul was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (who knew the New Testament was coming) it is logical to assume he meant the whole Bible.
The Bible is different from all other so-called holy books in that it offers justification for asking that we believe it. This justification comes in the form of fulfilled prophecy.
For 4000 years God has been saying he would do something and then doing it, without fail. In Isaiah 44:6-8 He explained to us that this is the way we can tell He is the only God and there is no other.
By the way, He has done this in both Old and New Testament times. The life of Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies, and a dramatic example of a prophecy fulfilled in our life time is the re-birth of Israel. There are hundreds of prophecies yet to be fulfilled that concern the end times.

QUESTION:    You said in one of your posts that God won’t call those who won’t come, but I know there’s a verse in the bible that says the Holy Spirit will quit coming to you eventually if you don’t respond. So how is that not also calling people who won’t come? Please help me understand this.
ANSWER:    First let’s make it clear that anyone can call upon the name of the Lord and be saved at any point in their life (Matt. 7:7-8, Romans 10:13).  Paul said God wants everyone to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:3-4). And Peter said He doesn’t want that any should perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). He’s not going to turn anyone down.
As for God calling us, Romans 8:29-30 says those God foreknew He also predestined.  Those He predestined He also called.  Those He called He also justified, and those He justified He also glorified.   A careful reading of these two verses shows that He only calls those He foreknew and predestined and that He doesn’t lose any along the way.
Put those two thoughts together and it becomes clear that if you decide to give your life to the Lord, He has foreseen this and has already reserved a place for you in His Kingdom.
Now for the Holy Spirit.  At the time we’re saved, the Holy Spirit comes to guide us in our life with the Lord (John 14:16-17) and to serve as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14).
He comes as a counselor not a commander, so it’s our choice whether to follow His advice or not.  But if we routinely disregard His advice, we’ll lose the ability to hear His voice.  In 1 Thes. 5:19 Paul called this quenching the Spirit.  It won’t cost us our salvation, but it will mean we won’t live the life He intended for us.
Put it all together and you can see that the call God issues before we’re saved and the advice the Holy Spirit gives us after-ward are not the same.



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God is in control, and He told the nations the consequences of dividing the Promised Land and declaring peace and safety on their own terms (Joel 3:1-2; I Thess. 5:3)




2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land


Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another





Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program



EU At The Crossroads: Integration Or Disintegration
Submitted and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson
41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. (Daniel 2)
23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.[b] (Daniel 7)
As we see from the above scriptures, the revived roman empire, aka the EU will not remain united, and will somehow morph into 10 Kings, who will later rule the earth with the antichrist (aka “another king will arise”), who will emerge from the 10 Kings)
12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” (Revelation 17)
While the European Union is theoretically the world’s biggest economy using the world’s second most popular currency in international transactions, it remains to be seen whether in the future it will evolve into a genuine component of a multi-polar international system or become a satellite in someone else’s—most likely US—orbit. There still remain many obstacles toward achieving a certain “critical mass” of power and unity. While individual EU member states, most notably Germany and France, are capable of independent action in the international system, individually they are too weak to influence the actions of the United States or China or even Russia. In the past, individual European powers relied on overseas colonial empires to achieve great power status. In the 21st century, European greatness can only be achieved through eliminating not just economic but also political barriers on the continent. At present, European leaders are presented with both incentives and obstacles to such integration, though one may readily discern a number of potential future paths toward future integration.
The greatest obstacle toward further European integration is the dominant position of Germany within the Union, and it remains to be seen whether a unified German state is compatible with a united Europe. The most recent two attempts to establish a pan-European empire were done by the dominant European actors at the time, namely France in the early 19th century and Germany in the early 20th, and failed because the imposition of rules beneficial to the hegemon provoked resistance—though going to war with Russia in both cases proved to be the fatal mistake.
Today, Germany once again dominates the continent, though it does so using a velvet glove of the Eurozone and the European Central Bank rather than the iron fist of the Wehrmacht. While the German media are full of self-serving praise of their country’s economic prowess, it is unlikely in the extreme German economy would be enjoying export successes had its key trading partners, namely other European countries, not been prevented from engaging in self-defensive economic measures such as devaluations by the existence of the single currency. Consequently there is a strong anti-German sentiment within the EU which provides much of the fuel to the Euroskeptics. After all, many of the unpopular EU policies, starting with fiscal austerity, are backed by Germany whose economy benefits from a strong, low-inflation Euro.
One should expect an effort to solidify the EU “core” even if it means loosening the ties connecting the poorer EU states to the “core”. 
Continued European integration would demand an agreement on how to transfer national sovereignty to some as yet undefined and untested set of European political institutions that would not only guarantee individual rights but, more importantly from the point of view of national elites, preserve the relative influence of individual EU member states even after they gave up their sovereignty. Even if the Euroskeptics were not such a powerful presence in EU’s politics, it would still be an insurmountable task for even the most visionary and driven group of political leaders. Such a leap is only possible if the number of EU states making it is small, and their level of mutual integration is already high.
As it has done for the past several decades, the European project continues to muddle through by adopting policies just good enough to cope with whatever crisis has just appeared. But what if the next economic crisis approaches the pain levels inflicted by the Great Depression of the 1930s? An event of this magnitude could not be effectively dealt with using half-measures the European Union is so fond of. It would pose the Union with a stark choice of integration, even in truncated form, or collapse into constituent states and becoming an arena for struggle among the real major powers of the day.


PM responds to Nasrallah threat: Will deal ‘crushing blow’ if Hezbollah attacks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the Hezbollah terror group that Israel would deal a “crushing” blow to Lebanon if it attacks, two days after the organization’s leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel could be “wiped out” during a potential war between the United States and Iran.
“Over the weekend we heard Nasrallah’s arrogant words about his attack plans,” Netanyahu said at the outset of the weekly cabinet meeting. “Let me be clear that if Hezbollah dares to commit an act of stupidity and attack Israel — we will deal it and Lebanon a crushing military blow.
“But unlike Nasrallah, I do not intend to detail our plans,” Netanyahu added. “It would be enough to mention that for years Nasrallah dug terror tunnels which we demolished within days. As the saying goes — don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.”
In an interview broadcast Friday on Hezbollah’s Al Manar televison, Nasrallah said: “Iran is able to bombard Israel with ferocity and force. When the Americans understand that this war could wipe out Israel, they will reconsider.”
During the interview, a chuckling Nasrallah referred to a map of Israel and pointed to strategic military and civilian targets which he said Hezbollah could hit, including Ben Gurion Airport, arms depots, petrochemical and water desalinization plants, and the Ashdod port.
He claimed that an attack on Haifa’s ammonia storage tanks — which have been emptied out — would cause tens of thousands of casualties. He also specified that his missiles could hit the southern Israeli city of Eilat on the Red Sea. The question would be “which of us would send the other back to the Stone Age,” he declared.
Israel has long warned that Hezbollah plans to try and invade northern Israel in any future war and recently uncovered several attack tunnels built deep into Israel that were supposed to allow its fighters to enter into Israel.
The exchange came amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran and after the US House of Representatives voted to restrict US President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran, voicing fear that his hawkish policies are pushing toward a needless war.
It was not clear if Nasrallah had been referring to Iran’s arsenal of long-range missiles or the tens of thousands of rockets and missiles that Iran has supplied the Lebanese Hezbollah.
Also during the interview, Nasrallah said his Iran-backed group had significantly improved its military capabilities since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
“Our weapons have been developed in both quality and quantity, we have precision missiles and drones,” he said in the interview to mark 13 years since the war.
In recent weeks the US has sent thousands of troops, an aircraft carrier, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets to the Middle East, and fears are growing of a wider conflict after mysterious oil tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz blamed on Iran, attacks by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen on Saudi Arabia, and Iran’s downing of a US military drone.



Russia, China, Iran & Venezuela developing crypto to challenge US financial control
A new report by the American Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) says the US’ geopolitical adversaries are deploying blockchain technology to help avoid sanctions and counter US financial power.
According to the FDD, with the increase of adoption of cryptocurrencies around the world, efforts are underway to build new systems for transferring value that work outside of conventional banking infrastructure.
Governments in Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela are experimenting with the technology that underpins the crypto market, said the report. They are prioritizing blockchain technology as a “key component of their efforts to counter US financial power.”
“Russia, Iran, and Venezuela have initiated blockchain technology experiments that their leaders paint as tools to offset US financial coercive power and increase sanctions resistance. China is also wary of US financial power and the ever-present threat of sanctions against Chinese officials,” the study finds.
The efforts of the four nations go beyond mere sanctions evasion, according to the report, which said that they “seek to reduce the potency of unilateral and multilateral sanctions by developing alternative payment systems for global commerce.”
The authors of the report noted that the US position of influence is not necessarily permanent.
“Technology has created a potential pathway to alternative financial value transfer systems outside of US control. The target timeline may be two to three decades, but these actors are developing the building blocks now. They envision a world in which cryptocurrency technology helps them eclipse US financial power, much the way that the dollar once eclipsed the British pound.”



Battle has been raging inside Trump admin for months over status of sanctions waivers for Iran
Adam Kredo – July 12, 2019 4:20 PM
Pressure is mounting on the State Department to nix a series of sanctions waivers that have permitted Iran to continue some of its most controversial nuclear weapons research, including at a secretive military bunker known to have housed the Islamic Republic’s bomb program, according to multiple U.S. officials working on the matter.
For months, the Trump administration has been locked in an inter-agency battle over the future of these waivers, with some deeply entrenched officials at the State Department arguing in favor of continuing to provide Tehran with the nuclear loophole, as the Washington Free Beacon has reported.
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Congressional critics of the landmark nuclear agreement have worked behind the scenes to convince the State Department and Secretary Mike Pompeo to revoke these waivers, particularly in light of Iran’s recent efforts to enrich uranium, the key component in a weapon, to levels necessary to fuel a bomb.
While the White House and State Department are said to be leaning towards ending the nuclear waivers, other elements of the administration are still arguing in their favor, setting up a showdown between these factions, according to multiple sources familiar with the fight.
Republican Iran hawks view the debate as key to the future of the nuclear deal itself. While President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal last year, the waivers remain in place and have helped pave the way for Iran to cheat on the accord by continuing nuclear research. With Iran blatantly violating restrictions on the amount of uranium it can enrich in-country, it appears the State Department has shifted to a more hardline approach in line with the White House and National Security Adviser John Bolton, sources confirmed.
“Mike Pompeo’s not stupid,” said one source familiar with the secretary’s thinking, who would speak only on background about ongoing deliberations. “He knows the president wants to kill these waivers and he knows the Deep State is trying to keep them alive to save the deal.”
“In the end, Pompeo is going to be where the president is and it’s a simple equation: ‘Iran nuclear equals bad,’” the source said. “For a while, some folks were able to persuade Pompeo to keep the waivers going on the argument that revoking them might cause Iran to violate the nuclear deal. Guess what—they did it anyway with the waivers. So why keep taking arrows from Capitol Hill for a Deep State cause?”
The State Department declined to formally comment on the status of the waivers.
A second U.S. official who also works on the matter told the Free Beacon that while many senior State Department officials have adjusted their thinking on the waiver issue in the past several months, some are still advocating keeping them in place in a bid to preserve core elements of the deal.
“There are still some people in the administration who are pushing to renew the waivers, but the White House and the State Department are committed to ending them, especially now that the evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program is undeniable and the Iranians are in open violation of the deal,” said the official, who also would speak only on background about the debate.
The shift in thinking at top levels of the State Department is said to have been fueled by recent revelations Iran never stopped performing nuclear weapons work at an underground bunker known as Fordow. Nuclear experts disclosed earlier this week that, in direct violation of the accord, Iran failed to dismantle the nuclear infrastructure it houses at the facility.
“Everything required to enrich uranium to weapons grade could be quickly reconstituted,” concluded the report by the Institute for Science and International Security.
On Capitol Hill, leading critics of the nuclear deal are becoming more vocal in publicly pressuring the Trump administration to nix the nuclear waivers.
“It’s long overdue for the U.S. not only to end civil nuclear waivers that give the Iranian regime cover to advance its nuclear program, but also to trigger the sanctions snapback mechanism in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 for restoring international restrictions against Iran’s uranium enrichment, plutonium-related heavy water work, and ballistic missile development,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the Free Beacon.
“The regime in Tehran has repeatedly proven it cannot be trusted to possess nuclear capabilities, given that it hid from international inspectors its secret ‘Atomic Archive’ for preserving its nuclear weapons research and development for eventual use, and is now escalating its uranium enrichment program beyond the flawed nuclear deal’s modest and reversible limits,” Rubio said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told the Free Beacon it is unacceptable for the administration to let Iran perform work at Fordow at a time when the hardline regime is actively attacking American forces in the region.
“Sen. Cruz has been unequivocal that the United States needs to end the civil-nuclear waivers for Iran, which allow the Ayatollahs to build up their nuclear program including at Fordow, the enrichment bunker they dug into the side of a mountain so they could build nuclear weapons,” a Cruz spokesman told the Free Beacon. “This week’s disturbing developments, including the ISIS report and the IAEA findings, confirm the need for canceling those waivers. It’s long past time to shred the Iran deal.”
Top GOP House lawmakers expressed similar sentiments.
“The terror regime in Tehran continues to issue nuclear threats, undermine freedom of navigation, and pose a danger to the U.S. and our allies. President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal did nothing to stop Iran’s belligerence and paved the way for the Iranians to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told the Free Beacon. “The Trump Administration should continue its successful maximum pressure campaign and end ‘civil nuclear’ waivers.”
Michael Doran, a former senior director of the White House National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration, said that recent revelations about Fordow’s functionality are likely to drive a future decision on the waivers.
“The waivers, generally speaking, are problematic, but some are more troubling than others,” Doran explained. “For example, the recent revelations that Iran has never re-purposed the Fordow facility in keeping with its JCPOA obligations are especially significant, because, first, Fordow’s sole rationale for existence is the production of nuclear weapons, and, second, Iran’s cheating at that site pre-dates Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal.”
“The cheating can’t be explained away by JCPOA apologists as part of a desire for ‘civil’ nuclear power or as a retaliation against Trump,” Doran said. “It is undeniably part of Iran’s relentless pursuit of a nuclear bomb. How, then, can the U.S. justify a waiver for international work at Fordow?”


Nasrallah warns Israel could be ‘wiped out’ in war between US and Iran
The head of the Hezbollah terror group warned Friday that Israel would be drawn into any war between the US and Iran and could be “wiped out” in such a conflict.
“Iran is able to bombard Israel with ferocity and force,” Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview broadcast on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television.
“When the Americans understand that this war could wipe out Israel, they will reconsider,” Nasrallah said.
His comments came amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran and just hours after US House of Representatives voted to restrict US President Donald Trump’s ability to attack Iran, voicing fear that his hawkish policies are pushing toward a needless war.
It was not immediately clear if Nasrallah was referring to Iran’s arsenal of long-range missiles or the tens of thousands of rockets and missiles that Iran has supplied the Lebanese Hezbollah.
Earlier in the interview Nasrallah said his Iran-backed group had significantly improved its military capabilities since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
“Our weapons have been developed in both quality and quantity, we have precision missiles and drones,” he said in the interview to mark 13 years since the war.
During the interview, a chuckling Nasrallah referred to a map of Israel and pointed to strategic military and civilian targets which he said Hezbollah could hit, including Ben Gurion Airport, arms depots, petrochemical and water desalinization plants, and the Ashdod port.
He claimed that an attack on Haifa’s ammonia storage tanks — which have been emptied out — would cause tens of thousands of casualties. He also specified that his missiles could hit the southern Israeli city of Eilat on the Red Sea. The question would be “which of us would send the other back to the Stone Age,” he declared.
Nasrallah hinted his organization had acquired anti-aircraft missiles, saying he preferred to keep an ambiguous stance, adding that the Lebanese terror group now had “game-changing offensive capabilities and weapons.”
Israel has long warned that Hezbollah plans to try and invade northern Israel in any future war and recently uncovered several attack tunnels built deep into Israel that were supposed to allow their fighters to enter into Israel.
However, Nasrallah said he was confident there would not be a war, because Israel feared the consequences.
He also said regional players were working to prevent a war between the US and Iran. “Our collective responsibility in the region is to work towards preventing an American war on Iran,” he said.
He said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had no interest in a conflict erupting.
In recent weeks the US has sent thousands of troops, an aircraft carrier, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets to the Middle East, and fears are growing of a wider conflict after mysterious oil tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz blamed on Iran, attacks by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen on Saudi Arabia and Iran’s downing of the US military drone.


Iran orders ‘foreign powers’ to leave the Strait of Hormuz, and says the West is playing a ‘dangerous game’ over Gibraltar tanker seizure
Alexandra Ma
  • Many of the latest escalations between Iran and the West have been taking place in the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway that sees $1.2 billion worth of the world’s oil flow through it every day.
  • On Wednesday, three Iranian gunboats harassed a British oil tanker in the strait, the UK said.
  • Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman warned on Friday: “Foreign powers should leave the region.”
  • Iran has threatened to disrupt maritime traffic in the strait multiple times in the past, as doing so could decrease the world’s oil supply and send prices shooting up.
  • The spokesman also lashed out at Britain was playing a “dangerous game” by seizing an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar last week.
  • Nuclear-deal tensions between Iran and the West also remain unresolved.
Iran has told “foreign powers” to leave its surrounding regions and warned that the rapidly-escalating tensions between Tehran and the West are “a dangerous game.”
“Foreign powers should leave the region because Iran and other regional countries are capable of securing the regional security,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told the state-run IRNA news agency on Friday, according to Reuters.
It is not clear what “the region” entails specifically, or who the “other regional countries” are.
Tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway to Iran’s south, have dramatically escalated in recent weeks.
Some 21 million barrels of oil exports flow through the strait every day, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That’s about one-third of the world’s sea-traded oil, or $1.197 billion worth of oil a day, at current oil prices.
The passage has both internationally- and Iranian-controlled waters.
Iran has threatened to disrupt maritime traffic in the strait multiple times in the past, as doing so could decrease the world’s oil supply and send prices shooting up.
Read more: How the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow stretch of water where ships transport $1.2 billion worth of oil every day, is at the heart of spiraling tensions with Iran


Paris Violence Worst In Months As Yellow Vests Clash With Police On Bastille Day
French riot police squared off once again with protesters after the Paris Bastille Day military parade, according to AFP
Protesters broke into anti-government chants, knocking down security barriers and setting fire to garbage cans, resulting in the deployment of tear gas and other crowd control measures. Outside of AFP and Russia’s RT / Ruptly, the MSM has largely ignored these protests. 
Of note, many of the protesters were not wearing actual yellow vests, as anyone doing so was blocked from entering the parade area. Instead, they carried yellow balloons. 
The clashes disrupted the national celebration of the 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris during the French Revolution – for which France holds an annual military parade (imagine if Donald Trump did the same!). Macron was joined by several other EU leaders, including Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 
He was also booed while riding down the Champs-Elysées while standing next to France’s chief of staff General Francois Lecointre, according to the report. 
14 juillet: Emmanuel Macron hué au début de son passage sur les Champs-Élysées
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) July 14, 2019
As CNN strangely points out, at least 24 Yellow Vest protesters have lost their eyes amid the often-violent protests which began last November and have continued in varying sizes throughout the ensuing months. 
French police have received wide condemnation from both the United Nations and the European Parliament for their apparent use of excessive force during the Yellow Vest riots. 



Major 7.3 quake hits remote Malukus in eastern Indonesia
A major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets, but no tsunami warning was issued.
The shallow quake struck about 165 kilometres (100 miles) south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28 pm (0928 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey.
“The earthquake was quite strong, sending residents to flee outside. They are panicking and many are now waiting on the roadside,” said local disaster mitigation official Mansur, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Officials were assessing the situation but there were no immediate reports of casualties, he told AFP.
In the town of Labuha, one of the closest to the epicentre, panicked residents took to motorcycles in a bid to flee to higher ground, according to an AFP photographer in town when the earthquake hit.
Local disaster official Ihsan Subur told Metro TV that no damage or casualties had been reported there so far, but residents took to the streets and many evacuated to higher ground.
“Electricity went of during the earthquake, but now it’s back to normal,” Subur said, adding that at least seven big aftershocks were felt after the initial quake.
The province was also hit by a 6.9-magnitude tremor last week.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.
Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island killed more than 2,200 people, with another thousand declared missing.
On December 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 across the Indian Ocean region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.



Los Angeles fault lines map
The San Andreas Fault in the Southern California desert gets most of the local earthquake press and the starring roles in summer blockbusters.
But scientists are getting better at mapping the fault lines beneath Los Angeles that have the potential to inflict as much — if not more — devastation.
hypothetical Big One epicentered on the San Andreas Fault would be felt throughout LA, and damage would be widespread. But the strongest shaking would be felt 30 to 80 miles away from LA city limits.
In comparison, a M7.5 earthquake epicentered on the Puente Hills Thrust near Downtown could kill 3,000 to 18,000 people — many more than the estimated 1,800 that would be killed by the San Andreas scenario. Ground shaking would be so violent, it would launch objects into the air.
In recent years, the California Geological Survey has more precisely mapped dozens of faults throughout the city, and the state has stepped in to mandate that new fault maps be created in areas where construction has increased.
New fault line discoveries have changed development patterns and even caused officials to destroy buildings now known to sit astride faults.
Those discoveries are also changing the way that LA prepares for earthquakes, says Mona Curry, an emergency manager for the city. For the last four years, Curry has coordinated annual drills for the city of Los Angeles that use one of those in-basin earthquakes as a scenario, with government agencies working with military leaders to practice their response to the disaster.
There are still faults under LA that scientists haven’t found yet. When a M6.7 earthquake erupted in Northridge 25 years ago this week, it was on a fault scientists didn’t know existed. Centuries of human habitation have in many cases paved over visible geological signs of faults below.
The odds that there’s an undiscovered fault somewhere in the greater Southern California area that could produce a magnitude 6.5 earthquake are pretty good,” said UCLA professor of geotechnical engineering Jonathan Stewart.
Here’s how LA could be disrupted by potential quakes on five known local faults — and how leaders are preparing for the worst.
Santa Monica Fault
New maps made of the Santa Monica Fault in the past year not only show the potential of a more powerful quake, but also a longer fault zone, extending from Santa Monica past UCLA’s medical center and close to the Cedars-Sinai medical complex, putting them at risk.
If you imagine losing an entire hospital, you imagine losing all those beds,” says Curry.
Palos Verdes Fault
An offshore fault that mostly travels along the Orange County coast, the Palos Verdes Fault runs aground right through the Port of Los Angeles.
In 2017, the USGS gave a report on a hypothetical M7.3 earthquake on the Palos Verdes Fault that would deliver a “direct hit” on the port, estimating that it would kill 200 people and decimate over 2,000 buildings.
Additionally, the port sits in a liquefaction zone, with operations which are largely built on artificial land.
An earthquake here would create a major disruption in the movement of goods — including food and medical supplies — for the entire U.S since about 20 percent of all the country’s cargo comes through the Port of LA.
They have a plan,” says Curry, of the port, which conducts its own drills.The city has also recently focused on retrofitting the port by pumping cement below its vulnerable structures.
Newport-Inglewood Fault
LA is dotted with refineries, pipelines, and active oil fields. In 2017, it was found that the Newport-Inglewood Fault could work together with the nearby Rose Canyon Fault to create a quake as large as M7.5, affecting a trail of oil and gas facilities including the Inglewood Oil Field, the Alameda Corridor, and fuel storage at LAX.
Puente Hills Thrust
Discovered in 1999, the Puente Hills Thrust might be the most feared fault in the city of LA. 
A hypothetical earthquake here epicentered south of USC was called the “worst case for Los Angeles” in a 2017 city report. Not only does it travel through densely populated Downtown and Hollywood, a fault thrust is different than the more common slip-strike fault in that it moves at an angle, diagonally instead of horizontally.
This is one reason the city’s emergency operation center (EOS), which is a few blocks east of City Hall, is designed to withstand an 8.0, as is City Hall. Still, all city departments have plans to work remotely or use alternate worksites, says Curry. If it’s safe for her to do so, she’s prepared to work from home.
Hollywood Fault
This relatively new fault runs through neighborhoods with high landslide risk, including much of the Hollywood Hills. If a major earthquake happens here, some residents will likely have their driveways and canyon roads cut off to vehicle access. If certain major streets or passes are closed for a few weeks, the most reliable way to get around might be underground rail lines like the Red Line.
This is why I recommend having multimodal evacuation options and enough food and supplies to stay put for several weeks. In my mind, I’m personally thinking about three months. How can you shelter in place? How can you purify water? It pays to be prepared.



A mag 6.1 Japan, is the 38th straight major quake to rock the Pacific Ring Of Fire with the sequence going way back to the beginning of May: Mag 4.9 hits SoCal
A magnitude 6.1 – 169km NW of Naze, Japan and an earthquake measured at a verified magnitude of 5.8 struck northern Mindanao in the Philippines archipelago early on Saturday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said (USGS), ensuring the Pacific Ring Of Fire keeps on rockin’
Last nights quake brings the total of major quakes (mag 6+) to 84, incredibly all but 7 of them striking the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

The last 38 major quakes this year, going back to the 3rd of May have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
In the last 24 hours, around 1,600 quakes have rumbled in the Ridgecrest area of Southern California, which is consistent with the previous day, however, one of them was a magnitude 4.9, the strongest there for a few days.

According to the La Times, in the past 10 days, there have been 649 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centred nearby.
The aftershock was powerful enough to cause strong shaking — or level 6 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale — at the unpopulated epicentre.
Moderate shaking, or level 5, was felt in Ridgecrest.
The quake was strong enough to wake some people in downtown Los Angeles and was felt as far away as Bakersfield, Death Valley and Orange County.
In the last 7 days, 11,197 have been registered have been recorded in the volatile area.
Further up the Western Coast of the US, Washington State yesterday was rocked by a mag 4.6 SSW of Three Lakes, and a mag 3.5, W of Monroe.



Residents in Western Australia described the impacts of what was for many their first earthquake experience.
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has hit off the West Australian coast.
The undersea earthquake occurred at 3.39pm AEST on Sunday off the shore between Port Hedland and Broome, in the Indian Ocean, GeoScience Australia reported.
The United States Geological Survey agency said the quake hit at a depth of 33 km, about 203 km offshore. It reported the magnitude at 6.9.
The impact of the earthquake is felt by shoppers in Western Australia.
There is no threat of a tsunami to the Australian mainland, islands or territories, the weather bureau states.
Derby resident Jody Gaunt was having a beer with friends when they felt the quake.
“We were sitting outside and our chairs were rocking,” she told AAP.
“The trees stopped moving and the breeze stopped blowing.
“We were thinking, ‘Is this real or not real?’ We’ve never had an earthquake up here, or a tremor.”
The USGS says the earthquake struck 202 kilometres west of Broome.
Karratha resident Mark McLaren said he felt the impact 835 kilometres to the south of Broome.  
“Just had my first earthquake on Karratha…We felt it in Karratha. The whole house is vibrating, shaking and maybe lasted for 10 seconds. My first earthquake, pretty scary,” he said. 
Ms Gaunt, 53, said the quake was the talk of the neighbourhood and it was reported that stock had been shaken off the shelves at the local Woolworths.
Over in Port Hedland, The Walkabout Hotel employee Shelley told AAP it felt like being on a vibrating machine.
“It felt like being on one of those vibrating machines. It just sort of shook the building,” she said, adding a colleague thought it was a jet from the neighbouring international airport taking off.
Pam Walker tweeted that the rattles lasted for longer than a minute.
The Roey Hotel employee Cindy told AAP she saw cars moving in the earthquake.
“I was outside and I just saw the cars moving. It was a bit scary. You could see them moving. A few things fell off the walls onto the floors,” she said.
“It just went for a few seconds.”
Gary, who works at the Mercure Hotel in Broome, said it started as a little shake before the doors and walls rattled.
“It started off with a shake, it was not too crazy and then it developed into quite a shake,” he told AAP, after experiencing his first earthquake.
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“It was quite nerve-racking. We made our way outside. It was not too strong, it almost felt like when you are in a car and the wind is a bit strong, and then it started picking up.”
Locals took to social media to report they had felt the earth move.
Deb Hannagan, from Broome, tweeted: “We just had an earthquake in Broome! The whole house was shaking and it went for ages. Never experienced anything like it before – quite amazing!”
We just had an earthquake in Broome! The whole house was shaking and it went for ages. Never experienced anything like it before – quite amazing! 
There have been no reported injuries from the earthquake, a St John Ambulance spokeswoman said.
It is also understood there has been no building damage, according to a police spokesman.


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