If you've been visiting the board, you'll notice that I changed this month's discussion topic. There are pressing new developments in the Middle East. We will save the Mayan Prophecy discussion for another time.
Many are linking Iraq and their saber-rattling over nuclear arms with the final battle. For example (from greatdreams.com):
Ezekiel 38: page 5 1Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2"Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3"and say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4"I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5"Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6"Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops-many people are with you. ( Persia is Iran etc...and of course Magog etc is Russia, this is what we are building towards with the attack on the USA at the Same time! Pastor Dan)
Well, cults would have no hold over people if they didn't do all the things this one did to you. They make promises, when all along, they plan to rob you of something - your money, your talents, your mind, your soul.
HALLOWEEN PLANET: When the sun goes down tonight, something eerie and red will rise in the east--Mars. Mars is having a close encounter with Earth, the closest of the next 13 years, which means it's brighter than any star. So if you're out Trick or Treating, look up!
It is really bright. To me it seems even brighter than it was during its pass a few years ago. Of course, at that time I was viewing it through tropically humid air and here the air is very dry and clear.
45C (113F) Heat stroke: Sweating stops. Hot, dry skin. Core temperature rises. Fainting. Danger of organ damage and death
What are the risks?
One of the biggest dangers of a heat wave is the increased risk of dehydration.
This is the loss of water from the body, and with it important blood salts like potassium and sodium which play a vital role in the function of organs such as the kidneys, brain and heart.
It can lead to confusion, lethargy and problems with breathing and heart rate.
Heat stroke or exhaustion:
Under normal circumstances the sweat we produce when we get hot keeps us cool when it evaporates from the surface of our skin.
However, on extremely hot days, or when we over-exert ourselves, this system can fail, and body temperature can start to climb to dangerous levels.
This leads to heat stroke or exhaustion. This can cause headaches, dizziness and muscle cramps, but it can also be life-threatening.
It is particularly dangerous because symptoms can come on very rapidly, and - unless you are watching for the signs - very little warning.
A sun tan may look nice, but it is actually a sign of damage to the skin.
Not only is sunburn painful, it can accelerate the ageing process, and increase the risk of skin cancer, including the potentially fatal form, melanoma.
What is the best way to avoid problems?
Drink lots of liquids:
As you will be losing more fluid than normal, it is important to top up your supplies.
The best way to keep yourself hydrated is to drink water, and to sip it, rather than gulp it down.
On an average day, a person weighing 58kg (128lb) should drink eight average-sized glasses of water.
As a general rule, for every 2lbs (0.9kg) of body weight, you need one fluid ounce (28.4ml) of water.
In very hot weather, consumption should be increased. However, drinking excessive amounts can bring problems of its own.
You might think a cold beer is exactly what the doctor ordered, but in fact, alcohol dehydrates the body, and consumption should be kept to a minimum.
If you can't face drinking lots of water, non-carbonated soft drinks, such as fruit juice, are a reasonable alternative.
Modify your diet:
Avoid hot, heavy food.
Salt pills are available to replace minerals lost in the sweat. However, most diets contain more than enough salt, and so this is unlikely to be necessary.
Stay out of the sun:
The best place to be on a blistering day is in the shade.
If you must sunbathe, then ensure that it is for short periods, and that you use sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
If you start to feel queasy or ill then get out of direct sunlight as quickly as possible.
The sun is at its most dangerous between 11am and 3pm.
Be sensible about exercise:
Do not exercise vigorously during the hottest times of the day. Instead, run, jog or exercise closer to sunrise or sunset.
Take things slowly and adapt to the pace of life in the sun. If you feel breathless or your heart is pounding, stop what you are doing and try to cool your body down, for example, by taking a cool shower. Rest if you feel faint or dizzy.
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, such as cotton, so sweat can evaporate.
Dark, heavy clothes absorb heat, but remember that some thin materials do not provide a sufficient barrier to the sun's dangerous UV rays.
It is also a good idea to wear a wide-brimmed sunhat, preferably with vents.
Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Ventilate your home:
Keep windows open all day and all night and use fans.
This is particularly important at night, when the body cools down.
Avoid heat traps:
Try to avoid anywhere where shelter is minimal, and ventilation poor. Parked cars can be a particular hazard.
If you can, try to stay in an air-conditioned environment.
If you have no alternative, but to travel in a hot, stuffy environment - for instance on the Tube - then make sure you carry a bottle of water with you.
If you face a long journey, it may be wise to plan breaks to go above ground for some fresh air.
Take special care of the vulnerable:
Those most at risk from the sun include children under four, people over 65 whose bodies adapt more slowly to the change in temperature, overweight people whose bodies tend to retain heat more and people who are ill.
Babies are particularly vulnerable to heat as their sweat glands are not well-developed.
It is important not to wrap them up in blankets or heavy clothing when it is hot - but it is equally important to ensure that they are not exposed to direct sunlight.
It's hard to tell what this could mean for strategic US bases in unstable former soviet states.
The Kyrgyz authorities are expelling two US diplomats for "inappropriate" contacts with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), reports say.
Spokesmen from the foreign ministry and another official body confirmed the reports, but it was unclear whether the diplomats had already left the country.
In a statement on its website, the US embassy in the capital Bishkek said the allegations were "simply not true".
It said the expulsions were a bid to "silence the voice of civil society".
And it vowed to maintain contact with "all sectors" of Kyrgyz society, including opposition figures and NGOs.
The news agency AP quoted an unnamed Kyrgyz official as saying the expulsions were down to "inappropriate" contacts with NGOs, and the US embassy used the same word in its statement, which referred only to "reports" of the expulsion.
AP also quoted Tursunbek Akun, head of the official Human Rights Commission, as saying: "A decision has been taken, but the diplomats remain in the country."
But the local news agency 24.kg said "reliable sources" said two US citizens had been deported. It quoted one as saying that the expulsion was due to "gross interference in the internal affairs of the sovereign Kyrgyz Republic".
The apparent expulsions come on the eve of planned talks on the future of a US military air base, Manas.
The two nations have been locked in dispute over the base, after Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev demanded a one-hundred-fold rise in the annual rent to $200m.
President Bakiev came to power last year after popular protests swept the former President, Askar Akayev, from power after 15 years in office. The country's many active civil rights groups were a driving force behind the protests.
A California teenager has pleaded not guilty to felony manslaughter charges in the highway crash that killed a Tongan prince and princess.
Edith Delgado, 18, was formally charged Friday with three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after her speeding Mustang sideswiped the vehicle of Prince Tu'ipelehake and his wife, Princess Kaimana, sending it rolling and killing the couple as well as their driver, Vinisia Hefa.
Witnesses and police said Delgado appeared to be racing her white Ford Mustang sports car with a Cadillac Escalade at speeds up to 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour on Highway 101 south of San Francisco Wednesday evening when she clipped the Tongans' Ford Explorer.
Delgado was not charged with illegal racing, but police were searching for the black Escalade, which witnesses said was equipped with "spinner" rims.
The Explorer flipped several times, coming to rest on its roof alongside the road, highway police said. The occupants sustained severe head injuries although they were wearing seat belts, the police reported.
Delgado's family was in tears after a short arraignment Friday, when a San Mateo County judge unexpectedly raised her bail to three million dollars from the original 300,000 dollars.
The close-knit, 8,000-strong Tongan community in the San Francisco area was in mourning after the accident, some erecting a small shrine on Friday at the site of the crash.
The nephew of 88-year-old King Tafau'ahau Tupou IV, Prince Tu'ipelehake, 55, was an advocate of democratic reform in Tonga and headed a government committee which was studying reform options.
He and Princess Kaimana, 45, were in California to consult with local Tongans over the reform process in the semi-feudal South Pacific island kingdom of around 110,000 people.
"It shocked the whole congregation, the way the prince and princess died. People are praying, and their prayers are with the royal family," minister Heilala Ahio of the First United Tongan Church in Palo Alto told the San Jose Mercury News.
"We, as the Tongan people, accept death. It's part of life," Ahio said. "But the way it happened was tragic."
A bail hearing for Delgado is scheduled for July 13, and a preliminary hearing for her trial was set for a week later.
A prince from the South Pacific island nation of Tonga who was known to his people as a voice for political reforms died along with his wife when a teenager crashed into their sport utility vehicle, authorities said.
Prince Tu'ipelehake, 56, and Princess Kaimana, 46, were killed in the crash Wednesday night, according to Senter Uhilamoelangi, a distant relative and longtime friend of the prince.
"His voice we'll never hear again, but his legacy is going to live on," said Uhilamoelangi, a Tonga native and East Palo Alto resident.
He said the couple had arrived in the area earlier this week to discuss political reforms with members of the region's Tongan community. Uhilamoelangi helped arrange the visit.
San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault confirmed that two members of Tonga's royal family died in the crash, but he would not release their names until the Tongan government made an official announcement.
Tu'ipelehake, a nephew of 88-year-old King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, was the leading reformist in the royal family and headed a national committee studying democratic reforms.
The deaths stunned the Tongan community. The prince had been scheduled to speak at a Tongan church in San Bruno on Thursday night, but the event turned into a memorial service. The prince's sister, Princess Mele Siuilikutapu Kalaniuvalu Fotofili, sat on the stage crying throughout the service.
"He tried to keep the connection with the Tongan people in America," said the Rev. Kalatini Ahio.
In a statement, New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters praised the prince's efforts at reforming Tonga's political system and said it was a "tragedy" that he died while traveling travel to the United States to seek out opinions of Tongans. He said Tu'ipelehake was called the "Prince of the People."
The driver of the red Ford Explorer carrying the couple also was killed, the California Highway Patrol said.
Edith Delgado, 18, of Redwood City, allegedly was racing her car at speeds up to 100 mph on a highway in Menlo Park, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, when she tried to pass the SUV in which the couple was traveling, said highway patrol Officer Ricky Franklin.
Delgado's car slammed into the driver's side of the Explorer, causing it to swerve across several lanes before tumbling to a stop on its roof, Franklin said. Delgado, who was not injured, was jailed on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and engaging in a speed contest, Franklin said.
Tonga _ a 170-island archipelago about halfway between Australia and Tahiti _ has a population of about 108,000 and an economy dependent on pumpkin and vanilla exports, fishing, foreign aid and remittances from Tongans abroad.
Now the last monarchy in the Pacific, Tonga has been a Polynesian kingdom and a protectorate of Britain, from which it acquired independence in 1970.
Associated Press Writer Louise Chu in San Bruno, Calif., contributed to this report.