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The Ten Plagues That Are Hitting America Right Now

22July2014 Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

Why are so many plagues hitting the United States all of a sudden?  Yes, one can always point out bad stuff that is happening somewhere in the country, but right now we are facing a nightmarish combination of crippling drought, devastating wildfires, disastrous viruses, dying crops and superbugs that scientists don’t know how to kill.  And as you will see, we even have a plague of flies down in Mississippi.  So what in the world is going on?  Is this just a case of bad luck, or is something else happening?  At the conclusion of this article, please feel free to tell me what you think.  The following are ten plagues that are hitting America right now…

#1 The Plague Of Flies In The Upper Mississippi River Valley

This is perhaps the least dangerous plague, but it is also one of the most interesting.  Just recently, a plague of flies was so thick in the upper Mississippi River valley that it showed up on radar

The mayflies were detectable on radar around 845 pm and reports in the towns and cities began rolling in of the swarming and piles of mayflies. Numerous videos and pictures were circulating on social media, some of which are posted below as well.

The radar detected the flies about 845 pm, emanating from the river (the source) with echo values similar to that of light-moderate rain (35-40 dBZ). With a general south-to-north wind flow above the surface, the mayflies quickly moved north once in the air. As the flies dispersed moving north-northeast, they also gained altitude with some of the echo being detected as far north as Black River Falls and as high as 2500 feet above ground.

By late evening, mayflies were swarming in La Crosse, La Crescent, Stoddard and points up and down the river. While the emergence of mayflies from their river bottom mud dwelling can occur at various times through the warm season depending on the species, this particular emergence was that of the larger black/brown Bilineata species.

#2 The Chikungunya Virus

As I wrote about the other day, down in Florida health officials have discovered the very first confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus to be transmitted locally.  In other words, it is now being passed to people that have not even traveled out of the country.

An epidemic of the virus has already been declared down in Puerto Rico, and authorities are deeply concerned about the possibility of one up here as well.

Already, cases of the virus have been reported in 30 different states and the total number of cases in the U.S. is more than five times higher than in any other recent year.

If you live in an area that has a lot of mosquitos, you might want to be very, very careful right about now because this is a virus that is exceedingly painful

With illness onset, the person develops high fever, chills, and joint pain, followed in some by a rash on the trunk, limbs and face lasting 3-4 days. Muscle and joint pain last about one week. Joint pain is often severe and in some people lasts longer, up to several months.

#3 The Wildfires Out West

The massive wildfires in Washington, Oregon and western Canada have spread clouds of smoke over vast areas of the northwest United States in recent days.  The following excerpt comes from a recent CNN report

Wildfires spanning almost 170,000 acres are driving hundreds of people from their homes in Washington state and across the border in Canada, officials said.

Washington authorities say the fires surged overnight to 168,713 acres in the state. The flames have encroached on towns.

Janet Pearce of the Washington state Department of Natural Resources said the four fires had not been contained as of Friday morning. An estimated 80 homes were destroyed and cell phone service was knocked out.

#4 The Drought In California

The nightmarish multi-year drought in the state of California just continues to get even worse.

This week it was reported that 81 percent of California is now experiencing “extreme drought” or worse.

Three months ago, that number was just 68 percent.

And we are being told that downtown Los Angeles is now the driest that it has been since rain records began in 1877.

For much, much more on this, please see my recent article entitled “20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic“.

#5 The Virus That Has Killed Millions Of Our Pigs

A horrific pig virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea came over from China a little over a year ago.

Since then, it has killed about 7 million pigs, and approximately 100,000 more are dying each week.

#6 Citrus Greening

Have you ever heard of citrus greening disease?

Perhaps not, but it has gotten so bad down in Florida that experts are now saying that the entire citrus industry in the state “could be destroyed”

“It’s horrible — it’s a disaster,” says Fred Gmitter, a professor of horticulture science at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center.

It might be time to kiss your OJ goodbye, unless science steps in to save the day.

At least 70% of Florida’s citrus trees are already infected by the disease, known as citrus greening, huanglongbing, or occasionally just with an ominous “it,” as in “It’s here.”

Florida’s citrus crop this year is the lowest it’s been in 30 years, and agricultural authorities have continued to lower their production estimates. Orange-juice prices are up nearly 20% this year alone and will continue to rise. The disease was a major factor in the lime shortage that made the price of a box of Persian limes jump from $18 to $85 last December. Prices could jump higher for oranges. Researchers and growers say that if a cure isn’t found, the entire $9 billion Florida citrus industry could be destroyed.

#7 Bananas Going Extinct?

You bananas are not safe either.

According to CNBC, the TR4 fungus is spreading so rapidly that it could eventually totally wipe out the variety of bananas that we find in our grocery stores today…

Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

“It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.

“There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit’s global crop—and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.

#8 The Number Of Earthquakes Is Increasing

For a long time, scientists tried to deny that the number of earthquakes is increasing.

But now, the USGS is finally admitting that the number of big earthquakes has doubled

If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.

“We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,” said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California.

Fortunately, most of the earthquakes in the U.S. so far this year have been relatively small or have been in isolated areas.

But they have been popping up in very unusual areas (such as Oklahoma), and as seismic activity along the Ring of Fire continues to increase, it is probably only a matter of time before one of our major cities gets hit with a major tragedy.

#9 Superbugs

Thanks at least in part to the massive overuse of antibiotics, a new generation of superbugs is arising.  Scientists have no way to kill these superbugs, and according to experts they are finding their way “into healthcare facilities nationwide”

Drug-resistant superbug infections have reached near-epidemic levels across U.S. hospitals, with an alarming 500% increase now documented in a study just published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America).

Lead author of the study, Dr. Joshua Thaden, warned “This dangerous bacteria is finding its way into healthcare facilities nationwide… A CRE epidemic is fast approaching… Even this marked increase likely underestimates the true scope of the problem given variations in hospital surveillance practices.”

The study also found that an astonishing 94 percent of CRE infections were caused by healthcare activities or hospital procedures.

#10 Fukushima

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Hundreds of tons of radioactive water are being released into the Pacific on a continual basis, and this could potentially affect our oceans and our food chain for generations to come.

But it is a “slow motion disaster” that is already “old news”, so most Americans don’t think about it anymore.  But the truth is that there is a lot of evidence that it should be taken very seriously in this country.  For much more on this, please see this article.

In Japan, of course, things are even worse.

In fact, one Japanese doctor that was working in Tokyo says that radiation sickness is rampant in that city

Since December 2011, I have conducted thyroid ultrasound examinations, thyroid function tests, general blood tests and biochemical tests on about 2000 people, mostly families in the Tokyo metropolitan area expressing concerns on the effects of radiation. I have observed that white blood cells, especially neutrophils, are decreasing among children under the age of 10. There are cases of significant decline in the number of neutrophils in 0-1 year-olds born after the earthquake (<1000). In both cases, conditions tend to improve by moving to Western Japan (Neutrophils 0–>4500). Patients report nosebleed, hair loss, lack of energy, subcutaneous bleeding, visible urinary hemorrhage, skin inflammations, coughs and various other non-specific symptoms.

And this Japanese doctor believes that things are so dire that he says that the entire city of Tokyo should be evacuated…

Residents of Tokyo are unfortunately not in the position to pity the affected regions of Tohoku because they are victims themselves. Time is running short. I took an earlier step forward and evacuated to the west. My fellow doctors of medicine, I am waiting for you here. And to the people in Eastern Japan still hesitating, all my support goes to facilitating and enabling your evacuation, relocation, or a temporary relief in Western Japan.

Just like with Chernobyl, this radioactive material is going to silently make people sick and kill people all over globe for years to come, and most of them will never have any idea what is really happening to them.

Will Grandma Make It To The Safe Room In 15 Seconds?

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Published on Jul 9, 2014Imagine that you are just trying to live your life. However, terrorists constantly fire rockets at your hometown.
Now imagine that you are in your kitchen cooking dinner. When the siren goes off, you only have 15 seconds to get to the shelter. Even if the shelter is in the basement and you are on the second — or third or fourth — floor, you still have only 15 seconds. 15 seconds that separate life from death.This is the reality that men and women living in Israel (and not only in the south) face every day, sometimes ten times a day.

A rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning.

A rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning. pic.twitter.com/WDiRbpeb5C

A rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning. pic.twitter.com/WDiRbpeb5C

What Do I Do When I Hear a Siren or A “Red Alert” (“Tzeva Adom”)?

Can you imagine terror tunnels underneath your home? This is the reality for residents of Israeli villages and towns close to the Gaza Strip border. Hamas terrorists use these tunnels to smuggle explosives and other weapons into Israel to commit acts of terror against civilians.

Can you imagine terror tunnels underneath your home?
This is the reality for residents of Israeli villages and towns close to the Gaza Strip border. Hamas terrorists use these tunnels to smuggle explosives and other weapons into Israel to commit acts of terror against civilians.

Life in Israel: 15 seconds Reality – Rockets from Gaza

From Rabbi Lazer Brody’s Lazer Beams website:

Likutey Moharan can save your live!

Get a copy today!

Garden of Emuna

The Garden of Emuna – English New Expanded Edition!!!

“By way of emuna, life in this world is more beautiful, and…the entire world is like a blossoming garden.” This is a practical guide to life. Discover the power of emuna and powerful tools for dealing with life’s challenges. By Rabbi Shalom Arush, translated by Rabbi Lazer Brody. Paperback, 292 information packed pages. ISBN: 56-1024

 

 

ליקוטי מוהר

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ספרו הקדוש של רבי נחמן מברסלב ובו תורותיו הנשגבות והעליונות, חידושים והקדמות יקרות ונפלאות, דברים הנאמרים בצחות ובפלפול, מסודר ב’צורת הדף’ כולל מפתח עניינים ותיקון הכללי. הוצאה מיוחדת ובלעדית של אתר ברסלב ישראל.
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Emuna Outreach, now under the auspices of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit’a, gives top priority to strengthening our home-front. We have been distributing emuna books and CDs all over the south of Israel, to civilians and IDF soldiers alike.

The outdoor market of Ashdod has in the past been a favorite Friday-morning Hamas target, particularly because of the concentration of people there. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev promised that anywhere his book Likutei Moharan is, there won’t be fire or catastrophe. Emuna Outreach has already fitted quite a few armored vehicles in the IDF with Likutei Moharan. Earlier today, we made sure that bomb shelters and local merchants received the book as well, thanks to your generous support. Everyone who received the book was truly moved and tremendously grateful. I was asked to relay a ton of blessings to our contributors.

You can do your part in the war effort too. Your donation helps strengthen Israel’s soldiers and civilians under fire. Your assistance in spreading emuna wins wars. Please donate with an open heart to Emuna Outreach – you can do so by clicking the “Donate” button on the top left-hand toolbar of this site. This is a tremendous mitzva and a direct contribution to the war effort and to the full redemption of our people. Thanks, Shabbat Shalom G-d bless always!

- See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.LQUYjrt8.dpuf

Emuna Outreach's "Strong Home-Front" Project: Merchants from Ashdod's outdoor market, hit in past by Hamas missiles, receiving Likutei Moharan from Rabbi Lazer - See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.LQUYjrt8.dpuf

Emuna Outreach’s “Strong Home-Front” Project: Merchants from Ashdod’s outdoor market, hit in past by Hamas missiles, receiving Likutei Moharan from Rabbi Lazer – See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.LQUYjrt8.dpuf

From Rabbi Lazer Brody’s Lazer Beams website:

The Miracle Grenade

an IDF infantryman was hit with an AK-47 (Kalatchnikov) bullet which hit one of the pouches in his flak jacket. The pouch held an Israeli-made assault grenade. The grenade fully absorbed the bullet, but didn't explode! - See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/07/the-miracle-grenade.html#sthash.sEz4lKlX.dpuf

an IDF infantryman was hit with an AK-47 (Kalatchnikov) bullet which hit one of the pouches in his flak jacket. The pouch held an Israeli-made assault grenade. The grenade fully absorbed the bullet, but didn’t explode! – See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/07/the-miracle-grenade.html#sthash.sEz4lKlX.dpuf

25July2014
Here’s a miracle of miracles:

Nir Dabouri of Israel’s Channel Two News online (Mako), reports: an IDF infantryman was hit with an AK-47 (Kalatchnikov) bullet which hit one of the pouches in his flak jacket. The pouch held an Israeli-made assault grenade. The grenade fully absorbed the bullet, but didn’t explode!

This is a magnificent triple miracle as follows:

1. The soldier was hit in the torso but the bullet did him no harm;

2. The bullet penetrated the grenade (the bullet could have easily ricocheted off the grenade and hit the soldier anywhere in his torso);

2. The grenade did not explode!

The chances of a soldier emerging unscratched from such an uncounter is one in a trillion.

- See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.7yLgcCuu.dpuf

Hebrew Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force

Hebrew Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force

Hebrew Prayer for Members of the Israel Defense Force

Invoking God’s protection for the members of the Israel Defense Forces.
by Aish.com staffHe Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

Now let us respond: Amen.

Arab brain dysfunctionality genetically wired for violence

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From Rabbi Lazer Brody’s Lazer Beams website:

Israel and Ishmael, Order and Disorder

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Hashem in His loving grace and amazing compassion has enabled me to understand the current conflict between Israel and Hamastan-Gaza by way of physics, and particularly thermodynamics. We know that the physical manifestations of creation reflect the underlying spiritual laws that the Creator in His omniscience instilled in creation. Whereas science concerns itself with the mechanics of events within nature, emuna concerns itself with the mechanics of events above nature.Without confusing you with the laws of energy and thermodynamics, let’s simplify: there are two opposing powers in molecular theory – the power that seeks order and the power that seeks disorder. These two powers always fight each other. The more that the power of order prevails, the more the world obtains “Gibbs Free Energy”, which is more commonly known as “free enthalpy”, or useful energy. The more that the power of disorder prevails, the greater the “entropy” or chaotic, unproductive energy in the world. We can now understand how the same nuclear energy can illuminate the world when its in the responsible hands of a nuclear power plant, or destroy the world when it becomes the entropic energy of a nuclear bomb detonation.

The Torah juxtaposes Israel and Ishmael. Without bogging us down with dozens of quotes, Israel is the world’s “free enthalpy”, or useful energy. Israel has given society everything from morals to medicine, from agriculture to zero illiteracy. Israel has sponsored and spearheaded agricultural, construction, educational and medical projects around the world. Here at home, we’ve made the desert bloom. Our children learn to read at age three. We are a nation that exports compassion, for caring about others is a trait that Jews have an endless reservoir of. Our Torah is a “tree of life” whose ways are all peaceful and pleasant. Israel uses its resources to educate and heal people; our concrete and metal go to building schools, hospitals and factories. Our faith is emuna, spreading the light of Hashem’s love for every human.

On the other hand, Ishmael is the power of disorder and chaos, destructive energy. As the Torah says, his hands are on everybody – he can’t live without a fight. His contribution to society is negative, for he destroys rather than builds. Other than jihad, his constant holy wars, he has no claim to fame. His money results from his natural resources – oil – which Hashem gave him as a reward for being circumcised. He has no technology or knowledge base of his own. His children learn cruelty from a young age, growing up with the burning desire to kill his rival, Israel; so much so, that he’ll sacrifice his own family without blinking an eyelash to spill the blood of Israel, Heaven forbid. Ishmael uses its resources to kill his rivals; not only Jews, but his own people as he does in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Gaza and everywhere else he lives. His concrete and metal resources go to building terrorist tunnels; his kids don’t need to read and write as long as they can wield a knife and operate an AK-47. His faith is Jihad, holy war, killing anyone who doesn’t agree with his darkside murderous treachery that he calls a religion.

The above explains the war in Gaza. No, it’s not Israel’s war with the Gazans. This is a struggle between the useful energy of the world and the destructive energy of the world. Israel must overcome in order for this planet to be a decent place to dwell in. The French, Germans, British and Belgians can now understand why their homelands are becoming less and less tolerable as they are being taken over by the Ishmaelites.

For the ultimate good of mankind and this planet, may Hashem help us prevail, amen.
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Brain Study Sheds Light On Impulsive Violence

Date:
August 15, 2000
Source:
University Of Wisconsin-Madison
Summary:
The human brain is wired with natural checks and balances that control negative emotions, but breakdowns in this regulatory system appear to heighten risk of violent behavior, according to findings of a study by UW-Madison psychologist Richard Davidson.

The human brain is wired with natural checks and balances that control negative emotions, but breakdowns in this regulatory system appear to heighten risk of violent behavior, according to findings of a study by UW-Madison psychologist Richard Davidson.

As part of a special report on violence in the July 28 issue of the journal Science, Davidson and colleagues analyzed brain imaging data from a large, diverse group of studies on violent subjects and those predisposed to violence. The studies focused on people diagnosed with aggressive personality disorder, those with childhood brain injuries and convicted murderers.

Researchers found common neurological threads among these more than 500 subjects in the brain’s inability to properly regulate emotion. The study focused on several interconnected regions in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, areas defined in Davidson’s previous work as an essential control mechanism for negative emotions.

A similar brain process has been implicated in a number of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders. Davidson says this newfound connection between violence and brain dysfunction opens a new avenue for studying and possibly treating violence and aggression.

“We are placing the question of violence right in the middle of our basic research on the neurobiology of emotion, because our previous insights in this area give us tremendous leverage to understand the root causes of violence,” Davidson says. “There never has been a theoretical framework to make sense of this before.”

One of the core findings, Davidson says, deals with the interplay between several distinct brain regions, namely the orbital frontal cortex, the anterior cingulate cortex and the amygdala. The orbital frontal cortex plays a crucial role in constraining impulsive outbursts, while the anterior cingulate cortex recruits other brain regions in the response to conflict. The amygdala, a tiny but highly influential portion of the brain, is involved in the production of a fear response and other negative emotions.

Davidson and colleagues Katherine Putnam and Christine Larson found that normal brain activity in the orbital and anterior regions were blunted or entirely absent in many of the study groups, while the amygdala showed normal or heightened activity. The inability of the two brain regions to effectively counteract the response of the amygdala may help explain how threatening situations can become explosive in some people.

A major strength of the research is in the range of people studied and the consistency of the results, Davidson says. The researchers found dysfunction in common brain regions in reviews of brain imaging data from 41 murderers, from a study group suffering from aggressive impulsive personality disorder, and from a group diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder.

They also reviewed data from two individuals who suffered early damage to the two regions of the brain in question. Those individuals, injured early in life, both showed histories of verbal and physical abusiveness and intermittent, explosive bursts of anger.

The research paper also described a large group of subjects who have a genetic deficit that causes a disruption in the brain’s serotonin levels. The serotonin system employs many of the brain regions described earlier and a disruption of the system has been linked to increased aggression. Davidson’s analysis showed that these emotion-controlling brain regions showed less activity in the individuals who carried this genetic abnormality.

Davidson stresses that the research points to both genetics and poor environmental history as potential contributors to impulsive violence, and together they present a “double whammy” that put people at much greater risk. “These parts of the brain are particularly responsive to experiential shaping,” Davidson says.

The study may recast the way society looks at impulsive violence, by defining it as a mental health issue. “Emotion regulation is extremely significant for a whole constellation of problems people encounter,” he says.

The long-term implications of the study will be in the realm of new treatments, Davidson predicts, that will combine targeted behavioral interventions with drug therapies, in much the same way depression and anxiety disorders are treated.

“Given what we know about brain plasticity and the fact that the brain really can change in response to experience, we have good reason to expect that these treatments may, in fact, have beneficial consequences,” Davidson says.

While the research points to emotion regulation deficits as a “smoking gun” in impulsive violence, Davidson cautions that science is a long way from developing any preventive strategy for at-risk populations. Davidson’s future studies will explore this complex brain process in much greater detail, through the use of imaging technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission topography (PET) used in tandem for high-resolution, real time images of brain function.

Davidson is director of the Wisconsin Center for Affective Science and directs the W.M. Keck Center for Functional Brian Imaging. His research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.


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You belong in a mental asylum

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Oh my…. Egyptian television host Osama Mounir tells Hamas leaders ‘you belong in a mental asylum.’

The Egyptians seem to hate Hamas nearly as much as we do.

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Hamas uses Mosques and Schools to Store its Weapons

Uploaded on Jan 19, 2009

Since Operation Cast Lead, Hamas has made countless efforts to arm it self with many weapons, aimed at harming Israel’s civilian population.
Hamas, knowing that Israel refrains from any strike on Gaza that might hurt innocent civilians, is hiding their weapons arsenal in civilian areas, such as mosques, houses and schools. This doctrine has helped Hamas create false propaganda, by publishing footage of enormous explosions in Gaza that are actually induced by secondary blasts caused from the ammunition hidden in the bombarded buildings.

For more information:
The Truth About Hamas: http://www.idfblog.com/hamas/

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Have you heard? #Hamas are launching rockets at..... #Gaza over 100 times in 9 days. via @IDFSpokesperson: pic.twitter.com/zAMpL3K3ar”

Have you heard? #Hamas are launching rockets at….. #Gaza over 100 times in 9 days. via @IDFSpokesperson: pic.twitter.com/zAMpL3K3ar”

7 July 2005, four British Islamist men detonated four bombs—three in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city and, later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. As well as the four bombers, 52 civilians were killed and over 700 more were injured in the attacks, the United Kingdom's worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing as well as the country's first ever suicide attack.

7 July 2005, four British Islamist men detonated four bombs—three in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city and, later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. As well as the four bombers, 52 civilians were killed and over 700 more were injured in the attacks, the United Kingdom’s worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing as well as the country’s first ever suicide attack.

The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing, also called the Sbarro massacre, was a Palestinian terrorist attack on a pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem on 9 August 2001, in which 15 civilians were killed, including 7 children and a pregnant woman, and 130 wounded.

The Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing, also called the Sbarro massacre, was a Palestinian terrorist attack on a pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem on 9 August 2001, in which 15 civilians were killed, including 7 children and a pregnant woman, and 130 wounded.

Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants. The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Shmuel HaNavi bus bombing was the suicide bombing of a crowded public bus (Egged bus 2) in the Shmuel HaNavi quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 19, 2003. Twenty-four people were killed and over 130 wounded. Many of the victims were children, some of them infants. The Islamist militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed almost 3,000 people and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage.

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed almost 3,000 people and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage.

Regular readers of the New York Times may recall that its editors provided an unsurpassed platform, and sickening prominence, to our daughter's murderer six years ago when she was still a prisoner serving multiple life terms (these days, she is out, free as a bird and newly married). We wrote about it here: "28-Jun-07: About sweet-faced young women", "5-Jul-07: A Balance of Views?" and "7-Jul-07: A Palestinian Terrorist". We were as outraged then as today by the ease with which they slid past the grotesque acts for which this woman and her fellow child-killers were responsible, and in which the citizens of bucolic Nabi Saleh take such unconcealed pride. http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2013/08/9-aug-13-protesting-journalism-of-most.html

Regular readers of the New York Times may recall that its editors provided an unsurpassed platform, and sickening prominence, to our daughter’s murderer six years ago when she was still a prisoner serving multiple life terms (these days, she is out, free as a bird and newly married). We wrote about it here: “28-Jun-07: About sweet-faced young women”, “5-Jul-07: A Balance of Views?” and “7-Jul-07: A Palestinian Terrorist”. We were as outraged then as today by the ease with which they slid past the grotesque acts for which this woman and her fellow child-killers were responsible, and in which the citizens of bucolic Nabi Saleh take such unconcealed pride.
http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.co.il/2013/08/9-aug-13-protesting-journalism-of-most.html

Latest Fatah video shows more rocket fire from populated areas

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Al Aqsa Brigades – Brigade Al Amoudi shook the locations and cities occupied.كتائب الأقصى – لواء العامودي تزلزل المواقع والمدن المحتلة

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Hamas Rockets Leave Leftists Buried Under Collapsed Ideology

North Tel Aviv, July 16 2014 –

While Hamas rocket-launch teams in Gaza continue their so-far-unsuccessful attempt to sow widespread death and destruction among the Israeli civilian population, the Home Front Command today reported a sharp increase in referrals of leftist Israelis for treatment of psychiatric trauma.

Hospital emergency rooms that had been prepared for numerous physical injuries have instead been receiving a large number of psychiatric cases. Shock among leftists is apparently the major cause, according to ER spokespeople and patients. “This morning I was watching CNN report how innocent Palestinians, disabled women and children among them, were being killed by the Zionist air force when the sirens went off for the umpteenth time,” said a shaken Cameron Sickle, a Tel Aviv member of the Meretz party. “Before I could get to the shelter, I was out in the open and there was this big crash – I was suddenly struck by the notion that Hamas could have built a functional, possibly even thriving Gaza, but instead they are trying to kill me, and CNN and the BBC never told me that, and of course why should they and I just can’t take it and.. and…” Sickle is under sedation at Asuta Hospital.

Emergency Services last night removed Peace Now activist Hasva Halila from an alleyway behind her apartment building in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood. An incoming rocket had been intercepted directly overhead by an Iron Dome battery as she huddled against the wall. Magen David Adom ambulance volunteers reported that Halila had been “terrorized” – they found her stuttering incoherently and repeatedly, “Missiles are bad, peace now, war is bad, peace now, they almost killed me, peace now, a missile saved my life, peace now, missiles are bad, peace now, war is bad…”

“We call this behavior the Mobius Syndrome,” said a paramedic at the scene, “when committed leftists whose entire lives had been spent relying on rage, personal attack, willful blindness, moral relativism, self-loathing, and snarky rejoinder to sustain their belief system, suddenly are confronted with a cold, undeniable and deadly fact contrary to their rose-colored vision. They go into shock, endlessly trapped in a circular pattern of incredulity. Hopefully, research at Weizmann can provide a cure.”

Poll figures are showing a 90% support rate for Israeli army efforts at stopping the barrage from Gaza while only 3% oppose. Ms. Halila is now committed to a psych ward, where she has repeatedly chided the custodian for killing billions of defenseless bacteria each time he washes the floor.
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The War Does Not Exempt You From Cleaning Your Room, Young Man

By Mom

I know we’re spending more of our time than usual in the bomb shelter, but let me be clear: this war does not exempt you from cleaning your room, young man. I will hear no more arguments.

Yes, there is tension in the air, and the very real possibility of getting injured, or worse, by an incoming rocket, but you listen to me and you listen to me well: you will tidy up that disaster area of yours or rockets will be the least of your worries. Now get to it.

The Home Front Command was very clear on this: we are to continue living our lives as usual, going about our regular routine. That means you pick up every last bit of dirty laundry, every game piece, and every accessory. Then you sweep up the dust. I’ll not have you thinking that the risk of flying shrapnel means it’s just dandy to leave your filthy underwear all over the floor. I get a conniption fit every time I pass by that room of yours, mister, and that’s a far more pressing issue than any Fajr-5 or M-75.

Don’t whine to me about not having enough time because of having to run to the shelter. You seem to have plenty of time for your texting, your games, and your shows. Instead of posting memes about Hamas on Facebook, spend a few minutes picking up after yourself. A clean room does wonders for how you feel, and when you come back from the bomb shelter you’ll feel welcomed by it.

At least you have a room! Treat it with respect! Do you know there are people out there whose homes have been destroyed? They would do anything to have a room to clean! And you sit there among your piles of who-knows-what and act like rooms are a dime a dozen. Well, that’s no way for a person to behave. How would you like it if a rocket came down and blew apart this sty of yours you call a room?

You’re darn tootin’ I’d make you clean up afterwards.

From Rabbi Lazer Brody’s Lazer Beams website:

Emuna News Analysis: Hamas, the Weed that Grows Back

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Tonight is the start of the notorious “Three Weeks”, which commemorates the difficult things that happened to our people throughout history, including the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

The current war is a message from Hashem that necessitates some national soul-searching.

Despite the massive IDF airstrikes on Gaza, Hamas is far from down and certainly not out. Defying all logic, after every round of hostilities with Israel, Hamas only gets stronger. Meanwhile, even between conflicts, the south of Israel has been bearing the brunt of intermittent rocket attacks that making living a normal life impossible.

We periodically smash Gaza, but like a weed that’s not completely uprooted, Hamas rears its ugly head soon again. Look at recent history:

“Operation Cast Lead” began on Dec. 27, 2008 and lasted for 3 weeks. The ceasefire lasted on and off for four years, and then hostilities broke out again with “Operation Pillar of Defense” that began on Nov. 14, 2012 and lasted for 8 days. Yet, since Hamas wasn’t uprooted – indeed, it got much stronger: we only received a 20-month break until the current “Operation Protective Shield” began on July 8, 2014. So far, it has lasted 8 days, but the end is not yet in sight.

Why does Hamas continue to get stronger? In the Arab world, anyone who fights Israel is a hero. But that’s not the reason. Without going into too much detail, our sages (Gaon of Vilna, Rabbi Chaim Vital, and others of saintly and blessed memory) warned us that in the end of days, Ishmael will be our menace, and this last exile before Moshiach will be Galut Ishmael, characterized by suicide warfare, as we see with the shahidim of today.

Hashem continues to do phenomenal miracles for us. What are the chances that a GRAD rocket make a direct hit on a gas station, and no one gets killed or the 35,000 L gasoline tanker doesn’t explode? Impossible? One in a zillion? It happened in Ashdod this past Friday.

Yet, a reverse miracle is happening in Gaza. Despite the massive IDF bombings, Hamas keeps firing at us, as we here in the south of Israel can testify. Where does Hamas get its power from?

From Hashem – Hamas is a stick in Hashem’s hands. As long as our political and military leadership fail to understand this and to come to proper conclusions, the cycle of hostilities will just keep going.

Hashem has put the Israeli Government in a bind: At this point, a ceasefire with Hamas is pointless. More aerial bombings of the Gaza Strip won’t produce lasting results either. And, a ground invasion of Gaza would be a gift for Hamas, giving them a tangible opportunity to inflict damage on our troops, Heaven forbid. Not only that, but the Israeli Government is not even clear on the objectives it wants to achieve by way of “Operation Defensive Shield.”

So how does Israel stop the Hamas and the rocket fire?

Israel must uproot the spiritual cause that gives Hamas its strength. We must make a peace-treaty with Hashem. That means returning to Him with full and dedicated emuna. It means Torah and teshuva. Every Jew who reinforces his Judaism is a cogent weapon against Hamas. Every woman who decides to dress more modestly – despite the summer heat – is exhibiting the dedication of an elite commando in Hashem’s army. This is not just “nice talk” – it’s the solid spiritual truth. Deny it, and forget about defeating our enemies. They’ll only come back stronger.

Hashem sent the Hamas and Hashem can make all their missiles blow up in their face. But, we must do our part. Hashem wants to send Moshiach and He wants us to get stronger – spiritually – and cling to Him. Once we do, it’s a knockout for the Hamas, soon, amen!

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A Strong Home-Front, IDF Ground Assault in Gaza

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Ashdod, Friday morning, 10:05 AM – no, this is not Star Wars, but Iron Dome missiles intercepting a barrage of 7 Hamas rockets from GazaLast night, the IDF began a coordinated ground operation in Gaza. Having discovered the terrorist tunnel near Sufa, which could have ended in a devastating tragedy Heaven forbid, the government and the army were left with no choice but to do the utmost to free our citizenry from the threat of terrorist tunnels. As such, the combat engineers are playing a critical role in the assault. Our soldiers are performing a task that dangerous beyond description – we owe them our non-stop prayers and support. May Hashem protect them and give them success!Since midnight, we’ve had 5 separate missile attacks here in Ashdod, whereas each attack consisted of multiple missiles fired at us. With Hashem’s mercy, no one has been hurt.If you or your children heard just one alarm siren, or the crash and explosion of just one missile, not only would you remember it in your mind always, but you could appreciate what our families are going through.

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ספרו הקדוש של רבי נחמן מברסלב ובו תורותיו הנשגבות והעליונות, חידושים והקדמות יקרות ונפלאות, דברים הנאמרים בצחות ובפלפול, מסודר ב’צורת הדף’ כולל מפתח עניינים ותיקון הכללי. הוצאה מיוחדת ובלעדית של אתר ברסלב ישראל.
מק”ט: 1-8000

 

It’s easy for the western politicians to tell Israel to restrain itself. If you live in America, then “war” refers to some faraway place like Afghanistan or Vietnam.

Israel has no such luxury. Here in the south of Israel, the front lines on the Gaza border are less than a half-hour’s drive by car for hundreds of thousands of people. The Home-Front is therefore extremely close to the front.

There’s a vitally important principle that no country at war can ignore: a capable and effective military is neutralized if the home-front is weak. Therefore, a strong home-front with a strong morale is vital for victory. Nothing keeps both the army and the home-front strong like emuna.

Emuna Outreach, now under the auspices of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit’a, gives top priority to strengthening our home-front. We have been distributing emuna books and CDs all over the south of Israel, to civilians and IDF soldiers alike.

The outdoor market of Ashdod has in the past been a favorite Friday-morning Hamas target, particularly because of the concentration of people there. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev promised that anywhere his book Likutei Moharan is, there won’t be fire or catastrophe. Emuna Outreach has already fitted quite a few armored vehicles in the IDF with Likutei Moharan. Earlier today, we made sure that bomb shelters and local merchants received the book as well, thanks to your generous support. Everyone who received the book was truly moved and tremendously grateful. I was asked to relay a ton of blessings to our contributors.

You can do your part in the war effort too. Your donation helps strengthen Israel’s soldiers and civilians under fire. Your assistance in spreading emuna wins wars. Please donate with an open heart to Emuna Outreach – you can do so by clicking the “Donate” button on the top left-hand toolbar of this site. This is a tremendous mitzva and a direct contribution to the war effort and to the full redemption of our people. Thanks, Shabbat Shalom G-d bless always!

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Emuna Outreach's "Strong Home-Front" Project: Merchants from Ashdod's outdoor market, hit in past by Hamas missiles, receiving Likutei Moharan from Rabbi Lazer - See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.LQUYjrt8.dpuf

Emuna Outreach’s “Strong Home-Front” Project: Merchants from Ashdod’s outdoor market, hit in past by Hamas missiles, receiving Likutei Moharan from Rabbi Lazer – See more at: http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/#sthash.LQUYjrt8.dpuf

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Elephant safari during Tzeva Adom alarm  הפילים בספארי בעת אזעקה

Sirens wailed in the Tel Aviv suburbs yesterday – look how the elephants in the Ramat Gan Safari reacted. With sensitivity to their young that the terrorists should learn, the elephants make a protective circle around their young. Check this out

From Rabbi Lazer Brody’s Lazer Beams website:

“Allah Does Miracles for Them”

10JUly2014 http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2014/07/allah-does-miracles-for-them.html

A foreign correspondent was interviewing one of the Hamas commanders and asked him for his reaction, that Hamas fired hundreds of missiles in the last 24 hours, yet most of them were either intercepted by the Iron Dome of fell into open areas. The Hamas terrorist answered, “What can I do if Allah does miracles for them? But, the minute Allah gets angry at them, wait and see what will happen…”

Every page of Gemara we learn, every Mishna, every Psalm we say, every Challa a woman bakes, every coin that’s given to a needy person, every word of prayer, every reinforcement of emuna, every effort at enhancing unity and every other mitzva that a man, woman or child does only fans the bright flames of Hashem’s love for us. Inshalla (Arabic for G-d willing), Hashem’s love for us is eternal and will only grow! But, we must do our part. The more our camp is holy (Deuteronomy 23:15), the more we assure that Hashem’s Divine Presence hovers in our midst, for the Guardian of Israel never slumbers.

Be strong, Israel, and don’t fear!

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Hamas warns airlines not to fly to Ben Gurion


Hamas says that it is targeting Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport and is warning airlines not to fly there.

“In the light of Israel’s … attacks on the residents of Gaza Strip … The armed wing of Hamas movement has decided to respond to the Israeli aggression and we warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion airport, which will be one of our targets today because it also hosts a military air base,” the statement said.

The terror group claimed earlier that it had already fired at least one rocket towards the airport on Friday but militant rockets, which are largely inaccurate, are not known to have landed in or around the airport, Israel’s main international aerial gateway.

Several rockets from the Gaza Strip were fired toward the greater Tel Aviv area on Friday morning. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted three projectiles. No injuries were reported.

Incoming air traffic was halted from entering Israeli air space as sirens were sounded in the area, an airport spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post. Flight traffic was resumed as normal after the sirens subsided.

A spokesman for the Airports Authority said that a siren had sounded at Ben-Gurion and that all activity had stopped for about ten minutes, but that the siren was part of a general alert in the Tel Aviv area and not a direct threat to the airport.

El Al planes are protected by the MUSIC-DIRCM anti-missile system and have been protected by that system or by Flight Guard since 2006. Other airlines decided that the anti-missile system for passenger planes is ‘too expensive.’ If God forbid there is a ‘successful’ attack, or even one that comes close, my guess is that we will likely see a lot of foreign airlines stop flying here for a while.

What could go wrong?

Comment: Remember TWA Fight 800 which was shot down on July 17, 1996 by a Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS or MPADS) are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). They are typically guided weapons and are a threat to low-flying aircraft, especially helicopters.

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