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Chapter 18 
The La Palma Cumbre Vieja Tsunami

Journal Of Events
500) January 2, 2007  -  552) March 2, 2007

500) January 2, 2007

We drove Tyler back to university and on the way home the odometer turned over to 108888. (A couple of weeks earlier, when we went to get Tyler, the odometer turned over to 107777.)

501) January 4, 2007

Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) is plunging toward the Sun. It won't hit, but at closest approach on Jan. 13th it will be only 0.17 AU away--much closer than Mercury (0.38 AU). When the hot comet emerges later this month it could be brighter than a 1st-magnitude star. Or not. No one knows what will happen.

502) January 5, 2007

Craig had a basketball tournament in Charlottetown, PEI so Bruce and I drove over for a couple of days to cheer on the team. One of the schools they played at was called Queen Charlotte and on the wall of the gym was this big sign:

For Christmas I had gotten the movie National Treasure. It is about the treasure of the Knights Templar (crusaders) and the first clue is "The secret lies with Charlotte."
National Treasure is about the Declaration of Independence which is considered to be the founding document of the United States of America. Charlottetown, PEI is where Confederation occurred when the Dominion of Canada was formed.

"If something is wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action."
National Treasure

503) January 5, 2007    123 Go 888

After we arrived home from PEI I checked my email and Nate had written to me about a license plate on eBay. I checked the site and saw there were only 13 minutes left to bid. I decided to bid and won it:

On a whim I decided to check out the other license plates that the seller had and was surprised to see one that said HARRIS (my maiden name). I went further down the list and saw one that said LYNN (my middle name). I thought no way would he have one that said JULI. He didn't have one that said JULI exactly, but he had one that was close:

What were the chances of that?


And what were the chances of this?

The total of the above four plates came to $18.88:

504) January 7, 2007
Craig turns 17 today on 1/7. (And speaking of National Treasure, it's Nicolas Cage's birthday too.)

Email bulletin received today from spaceweather.com:

Space Weather News for Jan. 7, 2006
Subject: Bright Comet
BRIGHTENING COMET: Comet McNaught is plunging toward the sun and brightening dramatically. It is now visible to the unaided eye both at sunset and at dawn. Amateur photographers have found that they can take pictures of the comet using off-the-shelf digital cameras with exposure times less than a second. Estimated visual magnitude: between 0 and -1. To see Comet McNaught, a clear view of the horizon is essential. In the morning, go outside and face east. The comet emerges just ahead of the rising sun. In the evening, face the other way--west. The comet pops out of the western twilight as soon as the sun sets. Binoculars reveal a pretty, gaseous tail. Northern observers are favored. The long, dark mornings and evenings of Canada, Scandinavia and Alaska are ideal for viewing this comet so close to the Sun. But the comet has been sighted in other places, too, as far south as Kansas in the United States and Italy in Europe. Please visit http://Spaceweather.com for photos, finder charts, and more information.


505) January 9, 2007      888
I got a nice array of Knights Templar-related movies and books for Christmas, including the movies The DaVinci Code, National Treasure, and Kingdom of Heaven; two novels The Last Templar and The Secret Supper; and a book entitled The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History - the ultimate a-z of ancient mysteries, lost civilizations and forgotten wisdom.
I was reading the latter last night and came across something interesting (p. 51):

The dating system used in the Masonic Knights Templar, a branch of the York Rite of Freemasonry. The phrase means "Year of the Order" and refers to the date of the founding of the original Knights Templars. The date Anno Ordinis (A.O.) is found by subtracting 1118 from the year in the standard calendar. Thus 2005 is the year 887 A.O. See Knights Templars; York Rite.

Of course this made me think about the year 888. According to the above, last year (2006) would have been year 888 A.O. I thought since I had just "come across" this information, it would be more relevant if THIS year was year 888 A.O.

I read the entry for KNIGHTS TEMPLARS (p. 329). It states the Order was founded in 1119. (I checked other sources on the Internet and the year is given as 1118 or 1119.)

2007 - 1119 = 888

With JESUS equaling 888 in gematria, and with the Knights Templars' mission to protect the secret of the Holy Grail, which seems to be pointing to the bloodline of Jesus, I believe that this could mean 2007 will be a very significant year in the timeline of events.

And another related interesting synchronicity...

As I mentioned in post #487, LORD JESUS CHRIST = 3168 in gematria:

LORD = 800   JESUS = 888  CHRIST = 1480  
CHRIST = 1480 and 14/8 is August 14, my birthday.

And on my next birthday - August 14, 2007 - it will be 3168 days since this all started with me back on December 12, 1998.

506) January 10, 2007    A sign?

When the sun sets tonight, go outside immediately and look west. You may see the brightest comet in thirty years hanging just above the horizon.

Email bulletin received from spaceweather.com:
Space Weather News for Jan. 10, 2007
Subject: Brightest Comet in 30 Years
Comet McNaught has continued to brighten as it approaches the sun and it is now the brightest comet in 30 years. For observers in the northern Hemisphere, tonight is probably the best time to see it: Go outside this evening and face the sunset. A clear view of the western horizon is essential, because the comet hangs very low. As the twilight fades to black, it should become visible to the naked eye. Observers say it's a fantastic sight through binoculars. In the days ahead, Comet McNaught will pass the sun and emerge in good position for southern hemisphere viewing later this month. Meanwhile, solar heating will continue to puff up the comet, causing it to brighten even more. It could become one of the brightest comets in centuries, visible even in daylit skies.

Comet pictures:
Astronomy Picture of the Day
- http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070109.html
Photo Gallery - http://spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught.htm


507) January 11, 2007   
Something kind of weird happened today...
Nate sent me an email about a license plate he had just bought on eBay. I went to the link and looked at it. On that page I clicked on Nate's eBay name which took me to his feedback page. I noticed that the last two feedback responses were from seller la----palma. LA PALMA? I said to myself, oh great, here we go again with La Palma / Cumbre Vieja syncs.

I wrote to Nate to tell him about it and to ask if he had noticed it. I was sure he hadn't because he hadn't mentioned it. I also told him that the seller had a rating of 418 which I mentioned was 814 backwards.

Nate wrote me back and said that he had written to me about it and was surprised because I didn't respond, and he forwarded one of the letters that he had written. The subject was: 814 La----Palma and he wrote it on December 27. I was sure I had not received it as I would definitely have noticed that title, so I looked up my old emails, and sure enough, there it was. I don't know how I missed it, but I did. The reason he had put 814 in the subject line was because la----palma's zipcode is 95814 Sacremento, CA. And he lives in Apt. #111.
It seems like, one way or another, "Someone" was going to get me to notice that la----palma sync.


508) January 12 - 16, 2007   
Comet McNaught has now come into view in the SOHO LASCO C3 images. Over the next few days you can watch the comet here: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime/realtime-c3.html
I will capture some of the images and display them here. (The center disc is covering the sun.)


509) January 12, 2007 
I was just reading Kent Steadman's comments about this comet on cyberspaceorbit.com and went to the link http://cyberspaceorbit.com/p1comments.html.
At the top of that screen something caught my eye:


It caught my eye because I had just been thinking about REX a few days and a few posts ago when I was talking about 888 and Jesus. After Nate told me about the 123-888 plate (post #503), I searched eBay for other 888 license plates and came across this one:

When I saw it I immediately thought of Rex Mundi which means 'King of the World' which symbolizes Jesus, and Jesus = 888 in gematria. Now Kent has "decreed" this comet to be Planet REX. Interesting synchronicity.
Another interesting synchronicity...
I knew that I had talked about Rex Mundi here before so I just did a search and found it in Chapter 18-7 post #365. At that time, another spectacular comet was making the news - Comet 73P/Schwassmann Wachmann 3. And, if you will recall, Eric Julien's articles. It is interesting to go back and read my posts around that time, and then read people's comments about this comet in that cyberspaceorbit link above and other online discussion groups. 

One post that is interesting is #373 about Michael Drosnin's book The Bible Code referencing a comet in 2006. Although 2006 has passed, the official designation of Comet McNaught is Comet C/2006 P1 so perhaps the bible code is still relevant in that context?

AND... I got a La Palma sync just yesterday and wondered why, and today after reading those old posts, I see there were La Palma connections with that comet and Eric Julien's articles.

510) January 13, 2007

511) January 13, 2007  
Opened my emails this morning to see that an 8.2 earthquake has hit in the Kuril Islands region.  I also had two CNN Breaking News bulletins, the first saying a tsunami warning had been issued, the second saying the warning had been lifted.
Will this comet affect earthquake activity?

512) January 13, 2007  

Today the counter on my Chapter 13 - 11:11 hit 11111:

513) January 14, 2007
I just read on cyberspaceorbit that yesterday on January 13 the SOHO Spacecraft was 11 years 11 months 11 days old.
It is an interesting sync that, as I posted above, yesterday on January 13 the counter on my 11:11 Chapter hit 11111.
Note: I just checked this out, and it looks to me like SOHO will be 11 years 11 months and 11 days on November 13, 2007.
SOHO was launched on December 2, 1995.
From date: Saturday, December 2, 1995
Added 11 years, 11 months, 11 days
Resulting date: Tuesday, November 13, 2007


514) January 15, 2007     Seven Minutes To Midnight
Back on November 13, 2006 in post #460 I talked about an episode of the television show Heroes and posted two pictures of two of the "special" characters (heroes) who had "11" marks on their necks. Because there were two 11's, I entitled the post Heroes and 11:11. The episode was called Seven Minutes To Midnight.
I wondered why the episode was called Seven Minutes to Midnight and figured it had to be connected to the 11th Hour due to it's "Saving The World" premise. I tried for a few hours to synchronize my calculations of where we are now in the 11th Hour (with 11:00 equaling 1980 and 11:11 equaling December 21, 2012) (see my Chapter 13 - 11:11) to Seven Minutes to Midnight (11:53) and Midnight (12:00) but I couldn't see any correlation. I wasn't able to figure out how they came up with this time/title for the episode.

Today I got my question answered...
I was looking at a website and saw a link to this article which caught my attention:

Scientists to Move Doomsday Clock Forward
Friday, Jan. 12, 2007 9:26 p.m. EST
The keepers of the "Doomsday Clock" plan to move its hands forward next Wednesday to reflect what they call worsening nuclear and climate threats to the world. The symbolic clock, maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, currently is set at seven minutes to midnight, with midnight marking global catastrophe.

Ohhh... That's where they got the title from...
I searched on the Internet and found their website - www thebulletin org - but it says:

On January 17 at 14:30 GMT (9:30 ET) the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will
launch a new web site and make a major announcement.

I looked up the cached site (the last one saved on Google) and found this information:

Since its inception in 1947, the Doomsday Clock has signified the level of threat posed by nuclear weapons and other changing factors in international security.
As the state of international security has changed, the Doomsday Clock has been moved 18 times to reflect the danger level of the period.
Current Time
The Doomsday Clock was last moved on February 27, 2002 and currently stands at seven minutes to midnight.

It will be interesting to see on January 17 what their major announcement will be, and if the announcement is that they have moved the time, to what time.
January 17 is 1/17. 117 is a number connected to synchronicity. (And various combinations such as 717 and 171.)
Another interesting synchronicity is that Craig has a basketball game on January 17 against MacNaughton High - connection to Comet McNaught - and the street address of that school is 999.

515) January 16, 2007    Two or Three Minutes To Midnight?
Well, needless to say, that last post got me thinking...
Concerning X Minutes To Midnight, I decided to see what I could come up with. (Even though theirs is based on nuclear/atomic threat and their minute hand can be moved ahead or back depending upon the perceived level of threat; and mine is Biblical/End Times related, and because it is a countdown, my clock can only be moved ahead.)
I decided to use the birth of Jesus - which I have learned that many believe to be September 11, 4 BC - as my beginning point, and December 21, 2012 as my ending point. (See Chapter 13 - 11:11 for reason why.) In other words, 0 Hour of my clock begins on September 11, 4 BC and 12:00 Midnight is December 21, 2012.
I repeated the calculations using the conception date of Jesus as my beginning point and the results were almost exactly the same. For the conception date I subtracted 280 days from September 11, 4 BC to get December 5, 5 BC.
I also repeated the calculations using the death of Jesus as my beginning point, using the widely accepted date of April 7, 30 AD. (I also used Nate's May 15, 30 AD date, and the results were either exactly the same as the April 7 calculations or one day difference.)
* Note: The following dates and calculations are my own arbitrary figures and are just ideas, not statements, of where we could be in The 11th Hour. Also, due to rounding, dates are approximate within a day or two.

1. Birth of Jesus: September 11, 4 BC

From September 11, 4 BC to December 21, 2012 = 736067 days
So 12 hours = 736067 days
736067 / 12 = 61338.916667
So 1 hour = 61338.916667 days (rounded to 61339)
61338.916667 x 11 = 674728.08333
So 11:00 or The 11th Hour began 674728 days after the birth of Jesus
September 11, 4 BC + 674728 days = January 12, 1845

00:00 = September 11, 4 BC
11:00 = January 12, 1845
12:00 = December 21, 2012
From January 12, 1845 to December 21, 2012 is 61339 days
So from 11:00 to 12:00 is 61339 days
So 1 hour = 61339 days (as also calculated above)
So 60 minutes = 61339 days
Now working backwards to calculate:
11:59 - which is One Minute To Midnight
11:58 - Two Minutes To Midnight
11:57 - Three Minutes To Midnight

December 21, 2012

One Minute to Midnight
60 minutes = 61339 days
59 minutes = x days
x = 60316.7 = 60317 days
January 12, 1845 + 60317 days = March 5, 2010

Two Minutes to Midnight
58 minutes = 59294.4 = 59294 days = May 17, 2007
* Within 2 days of May 15 - my 515 date.
(So according to this calculation, we are currently Three Minutes To Midnight counting down to Two Minutes To Midnight on May 17th. It will be interesting to see if the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists changes its clock to either Two or Three Minutes To Midnight tomorrow...)

Three Minutes to Midnight
57 minutes = 58272.1 = 58272 days = July 29, 2004

Four Minutes to Midnight
56 minutes = 57249.7 = 57250 days = October 11, 2001 
(1 month after September 11th)

Five Minutes to Midnight
55 minutes = 56227.4 = 56227 days = December 23, 1998

* This is around the time that this all started happening with me on December 12, 1998. (See My 11:11 Story.)
* 14 years to December 21, 2012

2. Conception of Jesus: December 5, 5 BC

From December 5, 5 BC to December 21, 2012 = 736347 days
So 12 hours = 736347 days
736347 / 12 = 61362.25  = 61362
So 1 hour = 61362 days
61362.25 x 11 = 674984.75 = 674985
So 11:00 or The 11th Hour began 674985 days after the conception of Jesus
December 5, 5 BC + 674985 days = December 20, 1844

00:00 = December 5, 5 BC
11:00 = December 20, 1844
12:00 = December 21, 2012
From December 20, 1844 to December 21, 2012 is 61362 days
So from 11:00 to 12:00 is 61362 days
So 1 hour = 61362 days
So 60 minutes = 61362 days
One Minute to Midnight
60 minutes = 61362 days
59 minutes = x days
x = 60339.3 = 60339 days
December 20, 1844 + 60339 days = March 4, 2010  (Other calculation worked out to March 5, 2010.)

Two Minutes to Midnight
58 minutes = 59316.6 = 59317 days = May 17, 2007  (Same date as other calculation.)
Three Minutes to Midnight
57 minutes = 58293.9 = 58294 days = July 28, 2004  (Other calculation worked out to July 29, 2004.)

Four Minutes to Midnight
56 minutes = 57271.2 = 57271 days = October 9, 2001  (Other calculation worked out to October 11, 2001.)

Five Minutes to Midnight
55 minutes = 56248.5 = 56249 days = December 22, 1998  (Other calculation worked out to December 23, 1998.)

3. Death of Jesus: April 7, 30 AD

From April 7, 30 AD to December 21, 2012 = 724171 days
So 12 hours = 724171 days
724171  / 12 = 60347.6
So 1 hour = 60348 days
60347.6 x 11 = 663823.6 = 663824
So 11:00 or The 11th Hour began 663824 days after the death of Jesus
April 7, 30 AD + 663824 days = October 1, 1847

00:00 = April 7, 30 AD
11:00 = October 1, 1847
12:00 = December 21, 2012
From October 1, 1847 to December 21, 2012 is 60348 days
So from 11:00 to 12:00 is 60348 days
So 1 hour = 60348 days
So 60 minutes = 60348 days
One Minute to Midnight
60 minutes = 60348 days
59 minutes = x days
x = 59342.2 = 59342 days
October 1, 1847 + 59342 days = March 22, 2010  (Birth calculation worked out to March 5, 2010.)

Two Minutes to Midnight
58 minutes = 58336.4 = 58336 days = June 20, 2007  (Birth calculation worked out to May 17, 2007.)
Three Minutes to Midnight
57 minutes = 57330.6 = 57331 days = September 18, 2004  (Birth calculation worked out to July 29, 2004.)

Four Minutes to Midnight
56 minutes = 56324.8 = 56325 days = December 17, 2001  (Birth calculation worked out to October 11, 2001.)

Five Minutes to Midnight
55 minutes = 55319 days = March 17, 1999  (Birth calculation worked out to December 23, 1998.)

516) January 17, 2007  
Excellent article I found online today:

01/17/07  07:43:32 am
Five minutes to doomsday
Linda S. Heard

Today, the Doomsday Clock, presently set at seven minutes to midnight, is set to be moved forward by its caretaker The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. This symbolic gesture reflects the sense of foreboding experienced by many in the face of wars, nuclear and biological weapons proliferation, terrorism and global warming. Rarely has our planet been as threatened. Rarely has the human race thrust humankind into such jeopardy.
As if erratic weather systems, tsunamis, melting icecaps, fast disappearing species, disease and poverty wasn’t enough for the world’s leaders to tackle, it seems we have taken to shamelessly annihilating each other. Our politicians and generals even have nice words for this phenomena, like cleansing, subduing, pacifying; words that all translate into someone’s death.
The individuals who wield the tools of such destruction are worshipped as "the nation’s finest." They are always the good guys; the victims of their missiles, bombs and torture camps, always the rogues.
Rogues like the nomadic herdsmen bombed with their livestock in Somalia; rogues like the village folk buried under a bomb crater in Pakistan; rogues like the celebrants at wedding parties in Afghanistan and Iraq, who ended up in coffins or attending funerals. Human beings with shared hopes and dreams reduced to collateral damage in the time it takes a pilot to push a button.
The corporate media is complicit, either wittingly or unwittingly, in prettying up our side. The inherent biases of its owners and editors manipulate the truth, its reliance on advertising revenues means pandering to the comfort zone of its readership, which must never be offended by photographs of dead babies or kill ratios.
Let’s face it. Most Westerners don’t want to know what their governments are doing in their name or on which new atrocity their taxes are being squandered. The celebrity antics in the Big Brother House, the worst-dressed list, the closure of Britney Spears’ fan club and prices at the pump hold far more allure.
If anything Western publics are guilty of willful ignorance. The proof: Despite all evidence to the contrary, some 20 percent of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein was involved with Sept. 11. That’s more than 70 million educated people with access to first world communications, satellite television and the Internet. Unless those millions are chronically intellectually-challenged there can be no excuse.
At the same time the Arab world is steeped in apathy. During a visit to a Cairo dentist’s office at the time of the Israel-Lebanon conflict, I asked that the television be switched from a Nancy Ajram video clip to Al Jazeera. To my surprise, my fellow patients, who had been glued to the gyrations on the set moments earlier, ignored the news, preferring to flick through glossy magazines or chat.
Then on the first day of Eid Al-Adha, when Saddam Hussein was hanged, I noticed a noisy large crowd surrounding the wide-screen television in the forecourt of a well-known Italian-style coffee shop in downtown Cairo. What was all the excitement about? No, not the indignity suffered by a former Arab leader but an almost-scored goal during a local football match.
What are we doing? The Doomsday Clock is ticking while most of us are burying our heads in the sand. Are mendacious politicians and widespread injustices turning us into ostriches or automatons content to spend our lives playing with our fancy gadgets? Have you ever watched the Oprah show when she hands out gifts to the audience? Well-dressed adults actually swoon over a free BlackBerry or a bottle of perfume.
Isn’t it about time we decided to own the state of our world, to use a favorite Oprah expression? Politicians do what they do because they can get away with it. We get our mind-numbing toys and they keep their power. The checks and balances on that power should be us. If we don’t strive for awareness and speak up, then who will?
Let’s assume you’re unable to relate to the plight of the Palestinian people, the millions displaced from Western Sudan or Iraqis embroiled in a civil war triggered by a US-led invasion or the post-war suffering of the Lebanese.
Let’s suppose you care not a jot that the polar bear has joined the endangered list or that the planet is fast heating up to unacceptable levels. It’s easy to shrug one's shoulders, ignore the headlines and turn the channel.
But will we be able to avert our eyes from a nuclear conflagration so easily? Wake up, folks! Nuclear North Korea is being isolated and squeezed. Nuclear Pakistan is being accused of harboring al-Qaeda. Iran, which may have acquired ready-made nuclear weapons and certainly does have chemical and biological weapons, is being openly aggressed.
If the Doomsday hands hit midnight, no one but no one should be allowed to get away with saying "I didn’t know."


Linda S. Heard is a British specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She welcomes feedback and can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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517) January 17, 2007     Five Minutes To Midnight     www.thebulletin.org 


518) January 18, 2007
As shown in post #515, according to my calculations, we are currently at Three Minutes To Midnight counting down to Two Minutes To Midnight in just a few short months, possibly around May 17.
I decided to do a search on Two Minutes To Midnight and came across this very interesting find...
Two Minutes To Midnight
is a song by Iron Maiden:

"2 Minutes to Midnight" is the eleventh single released by Iron Maiden and the first from their Powerslave album. The single was released on 6th August 1984 and rose to number 11 on the UK charts. The song has references to the Doomsday Clock, the symbolic clock used by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In September 1953 the clock reached 2 minutes to "midnight", the closest the clock ever got to "midnight".

Two Minutes To Midnight

Kill for gain or shoot to maim, but we don't need a reason
The Golden Goose is on the loose and never out of season
Blackened pride still burns inside this shell of bloody treason
Here's my gun for a barrel of fun for the love of living death
The killer's breed or the demon's seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain
But don't you pray for my soul anymore
2 minutes to midnight, the hands that threaten doom
2 minutes to midnight, to kill the unborn in the womb
The blind men shout let the creatures out, we'll show the unbelievers
The napalm screams of human flames, of a prime time Belsen feast...YEAH!
As the reasons for the carnage cut their meat and lick the gravy
We oil the jaws of the war machine and feed it with our babies
The killer's breed or the demon's seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain
But don't you pray for my soul anymore
2 minutes to midnight, the hands that threaten doom
2 minutes to midnight, to kill the unborn in the womb
The body bags and little rags of children torn in two
And the jellied brains of those who remain to put the finger right on you
As the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song
To the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun

The killer's breed or the demon's seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain
But don't you pray for my soul anymore
2 minutes to midnight, the hands that threaten doom
2 minutes to midnight, to kill the unborn in the womb
Midnight...midnight....it's all night
Midnight...midnight....all night!


And this is the album Powerslave. Wow. Look at the sync of how the album cover - the Egyptian / Pyramids / Sphinx theme - connects to the information in my Chapter 13 - 11:11 - key information to the meaning of the 11:11 Phenomenon.

And another interesting HARRIS sync...
The founder and primary composer of the band Iron Maiden is Steve HARRIS:

Stephen Percy Harris or 'Arry to his fans (born March 12, 1956 in Leytonstone, London, England) is the bassist and primary composer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He founded the band as a teenager in 1975. He is one of the only original members of the band that still remains, thirty years on.

Stephen Harris founded Iron Maiden and my maiden name is Harris.

All just... "coincidence"?

NOTE: This provides further evidence that, as I try to show in my Chapter 12 - SIGNS, many/most musicians are connected to this experience - this mystery - this phenomenon - God - and telling about it through the lyrics of their songs, but the general public has no idea or does not believe it.



519) January 19, 2007
After having calculated Two Minutes To Midnight to be around May 17, 2007, this got me thinking about my May 15 - 515 - date again so I decided to look ahead in my astronomy calendar to see if there might be anything interesting occurring on that day. There is. An 11:11 connection...
The calendar says that on May 15, 2007 the Moon is at perigee at 11:11 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).
I am one time zone east which is 12:11 ADT (Atlantic Daylight Time) which is 11:11 AST (Atlantic Standard Time).

520) January 19, 2007       The Extravagant Tale of Comet McNaught

Space Weather News for Jan. 19, 2006
Subject: The Extravagant Tail of Comet McNaught

Last night at sunset, motorists in South Africa pulled over to watch what seemed to be a bush fire. As the twilight deepened, however, they realized it was something else: the extravagant tail of Comet McNaught. Even experienced astronomers say they've never seen anything quite like it. McNaught's tail materializes at sunset in the southern hemisphere and is visible to the unaided eye as a majestic fan of pale streamers. The comet itself is visible only from the southern hemisphere, but its tail sweeps all the way back into northern skies. People in California, Colorado and Hawaii have seen it peeking above the western horizon about an hour after sunset. This "northern tail" is faint but pretty, and resembles a pale aurora borealis. (Dark skies are absolutely required.)

521) January 20, 2007


522) January 20, 2007
Yesterday while grocery shopping I looked through a bin of DVD movies but didn't see any of interest. As I walked towards the shopping carts I noticed another bin of movies in an out-of-the-way place that must have just been put there as they were relatively undisturbed. One immediately caught my eye. It was a movie that I have been looking for for a long time... Stargate. So last night we watched it and more than a few things caught my attention.
First, was Jack O'Neil's son's name. In the TV series, it was Charlie, so it really surprised me to see TYLER because Tyler is my son's name.

Next was when Daniel Jackson was trying to figure out the symbols on the Stargate. He takes a coffee break. He glances at the guard reading the newspaper and suddenly something catches his attention in the paper that is the clue that he has been looking for. (Why did he chose this moment to take a coffee break? Why was the guard reading the newspaper at that exact time? Why did that article appear in that newspaper on that day? ... Because that is exactly how IT happens.)
Anyway... the clue in the newspaper is this - ORION:


This clue leads Daniel to figuring out that the symbols on the Stargate are not words but constellations, and that these symbols are MAP coordinates. He then explains how to find a location in 3-Dimensional space by using the CUBE diagram:

Now read my Chapter 14 - ORION ! ...

Plus all the other syncs...

Again... All just... "coincidence"?

523) January 21, 2007
Something interesting happened today. We'll see if anything comes of it...
This morning when I turned on the television, a university course was being broadcast. It immediately grabbed my attention because, at that very moment, the professor was talking about The Mind and Descartes so I sat down and started watching it. The course was entitled Roots of Modern Psychology and he talked about various philosophers and their theories and discussed many of the ideas that my own theory addresses. In fact, what he was saying connected to my theory so perfectly that I knew I was meant to turn on the television at that exact moment.
He talked about 'Paradigm Shift' and said, "Sometimes it takes an outside, obscure, unknown person to come along who sees things from a different perspective - who sees things in a new way - in order for change to occur."
This is exactly what I said when I first wrote my theory back in early 1999. In fact, here is what I said in my Chapter 1:   

The question will be asked, "Why you? If man has been asking these questions since the beginning of time, how and why do you think you could possibly have figured out the answers?" I certainly am not a genius, and perhaps my theory will be ignored because many will believe that I do not have the credentials or qualifications, however, please consider this:
A few years ago, the world was introduced to a new technology, one that had a profound and inspirational affect on me. This was the invention of 3-dimensional pictures, or stereograms. These are pictures that when first glanced at in the way that you would normally look at a picture, in the flat surface ... L x W ... 2-dimensional method, you see a picture of patterns and designs. However, when you focus past the surface, into the picture, when you look at the picture 3-dimensionally, a whole new image amazingly appears before your eyes. This is what the picture is really about - not the patterns and designs on the surface, but the image that is inside the picture. My point is this: If you simply look at something the way you always have, the way that man has from the beginning of time, you may not be able to see the "true" picture. It may take someone looking at these questions from a different perspective in order to "see" the answers.

That inspired me to write to him to tell him about my theory. If anything is ever going to come of my theory, it has to come to the attention of someone involved in that field who understands the ideas of my theory in the philosophical/scientific 'big picture' context. That person also has to be very open-minded. And very, very brave. So far, I have not been able to connect with whomever that person may be. Perhaps it is just a matter of timing. Will this be that person? We shall see...

524) January 22, 2007 

Iran defiant toward U.N., announces missile tests
USS Stennis heads for Persian Gulf

Associated Press
Originally published January 22, 2007
TEHRAN, Iran // Determined not to give in to pressure, Iran announced new tests of short-range missiles yesterday, and hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed criticism that the country's economy has been hurt by United Nations sanctions imposed for its nuclear program.

The missile tests come as the Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. U.S. officials said the USS John C. Stennis, which is to arrive in the Middle East within weeks, is meant as a warning to Iran.
The deployment appeared to alarm some in Iran's leadership, including a member of a powerful cleric-run body who warned last week that Washington plans to attack, possibly by striking Iranian nuclear facilities. U.S. officials have refused to rule out any options in the faceoff with Tehran, but say military action would be a last resort.

525) January 25, 2007 
I was in a store the other day and a song came on the radio. I recognized the singer as Shawn Colvin and remembered hearing awhile ago that she had a new CD coming out. Shawn's A Few Small Repairs was an instrumental (no pun intended :) influence on me and helped me to figure out what I have figured out. As I mentioned again at the end of my post #518, I believe she is another musician who has been affected by this mystery... this phenomenon... this supernatural experience/relationship with God.
For example, I figured out and believe that her song Sunny Came Home is an ingenious metaphor for the Second Coming of Jesus. I believe they all believe this mystery has to do with the Second Coming of Christ, but they can't quite put all the pieces together. And they get more frustrated as time passes with no appearance of Jesus, or answers. (If they could find this paper, they'd have their answers.)
I wanted to see what metaphorical references to God/Jesus she had in her new songs so I checked out her website and found the lyrics: http://www.shawncolvin.com/TheseFourWallsLyrics.html
I was amazed to find this one which pretty much says it all. No metaphor required here:

By Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal
©2006 Scred Songs (ASCAP) & WB Music Corp (ASCAP) / Lev-A-Tunes (ASCAP)

Before you knew me
An angel came to me
I wrestled him down to the ground
He said he could cure me I said
That don’t worry me now
Those angels just bore me
The same old damn story
They were lost oh but now they been found
Ain’t nobody lookin but
That don’t worry me now

I live by the sound
Of devils in flight
I travel alone
In the cold
In the dead of
The deep dark night
So if Jesus is comin
He’d better start runnin

I don’t really think he’ll be proud
And I won’t get to heaven but
That don’t worry me now.

I live by the sound
Of devils in flight
I travel alone
In the cold
In the dead of
The deep dark night

And if flocks of the best
Will sing me to my rest
I’ll never get used to that sound
Just give me Sam Cooke singin

That don’t worry me now.

526) January 25, 2007     Solar Flare




527) January 26, 2007

Yesterday, something on the far side of the sun exploded, hurling a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) into space. This is the second day in a row that a CME has rocketed into view from behind the sun's eastern limb. An active sunspot must be lurking just around the corner. It should appear in a few days when the sun's rotation carries that part of the sun into view. Stay tuned for solar activity.

528) January 26, 2007     


I got an email bulletin today from VisionTV entitled Enigma - on VisionTV.

"Classic episodes of The X-Files? A collection of novellas by Stephen King? Nope. These are true-life stories from VisionTV's Enigma, a new strand of hour-long documentaries about the spiritual unexplained."

Wow. How perfect. I wrote to them and suggested they do a program on the 11:11 Phenomenon / Enigma.
You see? I do try to get the information out there. We'll see what happens...

(Which reminds me... In case you were wondering... Still no response from that professor.)

Feb. 14, 9 pm ET
The end is nigh, or is it? The Bible describes the end of the world in terrifying detail in the Book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel. For centuries, humankind has been looking for signs that the Apocalypse is about to begin. Are those signs around us now? The film explores this question and introduces mystics, visionaries and cult leaders who have interpreted the Apocalypse from the 11th century artist monk Beato di Liebano to Marshall Applewhite, leader of the suicide cult Heaven's Gate.
The Book of Revelation is perhaps the most majestic, most dramatic and most controversial of all the books of the Bible. The portrayal of the End of Days and the Last Judgment in Revelation and the Book of Daniel has influenced countless generations – from Medieval Christians to present-day doomsday cults. This documentary asks why the apocalyptic worldview has such a powerful hold on the human imagination.

Masonic Legends
Feb. 21, 9 pm ET
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest secretive society. Its origins are shrouded in myth and legend. For the first time ever, Freemason's allow their most sacred ritual, The Third Degree to be filmed. Find out what secrets the Masons are now ready to reveal and, what they have sworn always to protect. Meet masons, both men and women, who uncover the legendary brotherhood's connections to ancient Egypt, medieval Scotland and the Knights Templar. Part 1 of 3.
For centuries, the secretive Freemasons have been shrouded in rumour, myth and scandal. Why? In a revealing three-part documentary, Enigma investigates the history and inner workings of Freemasonry, and lays bare the mysteries behind the world's most legendary secret society. Part one delves deep into Masonic lore, revealing the brotherhood's connections to ancient Egypt, Medieval Scotland and the Knights Templar. And for the first time ever, Freemasons allow the filming of their most sacred ritual: The Third Degree.


529) January 27, 2007
I came across another couple of personal KNIGHTS connections to add to My King Arthur / Holy Grail Connections chapter. I found a site on the history of the Knights of Columbus, which branched from the Red Knights, which many believe branched from the Knights Templar / Masons. It was founded in 1881 and named in honour of Christopher Columbus. (Christopher/Christ connection; "New World" connection.)


530) January 28, 2007
We were out shopping today and as my husband was browsing the magazine/book section, I decided to join him to see if I could see anything of interest. This one immediately caught my eye:


Is this woman the living 'Code'?
Posted 7/17/2006 10:12 PM ET
Updated 7/18/2006 3:47 PM ET

By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY
Is the world ready for a book and an author more controversial than Dan Brown and The Da Vinci Code?
Meet Kathleen McGowan, novelist and self-proclaimed descendant of a union between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. McGowan, who says she is from the "sacred bloodline" Brown made famous in his mega-selling novel, says she's ready to cope with people who think she's crazy or a heretic.

Think of McGowan as an Americanized Sophie Neveu come to life. In Da Vinci Code, Sophie (played by Audrey Tautou in this summer's movie adaptation) is a French woman who discovers she is a descendant of Jesus and Mary — a concept many Christians reject.
The title of the book, she explains, is taken from an ancient prophecy that tells of a woman chosen by divine providence to bring the real story of Mary Magdalene's life to the world.
McGowan calls this a novel but says it mirrors her own life. Maureen's visions, she says, are "verbatim" accounts of her own visions of Mary Magdalene. "Maureen is a fictional character," she says, "but there is a lot of me in Maureen. I know it will be hard for people to accept this, but it's true."
Though McGowan says she is descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene, she won't say whether she, like the fictional Maureen, is "The Expected One."


Hmmm... Interesting... 

531) January 28, 2007

New sunspot 940 is surrounded by a dark swirl of magnetic filaments. Sometimes, magnetic filaments become unstable and explode. Perhaps that's what happened on Jan. 24th and 25th when a pair of CMEs rocketed over the sun's east limb from the vicinity of sunspot 940.
On the other hand, the source of last week's explosions may still be hidden. "Something big is coming around the solar terminator behind sunspot 940," suggests Walker. "Note the wall of short prominences and the bright region in this image." Is he right? Stay tuned for updates.


532) January 30, 2007  
I have been getting a lot of 2-2 things in the past few days... I mean more than ususal...
I can't remember what started it, but I remember sending Nate a picture last week of Craig playing basketball for the Purple KNIGHTS wearing #22.
Then a few days ago (Jan. 25) he sent me an email entitled NU EVE and said, "Some anagrams are tautou much!"
I "got" it right away. Do you?

So I looked up Audrey Tautou and found out she was born on August 9, 1978. August 9 is also my mother's birthday so I already knew that August 9 is Day 222 in a leap year. (I was born in a leap year.)
Then a couple of days later on Jan. 27 I got a letter from a reader friend who was pondering this exact possibility, and the very next day on Jan. 28 is when I first saw the book The Expected One.
Then the next day, yesterday, on Jan. 29 Nate wrote to me again and said he just found that Genesis 2:22 is about God creating woman - EVE:

Genesis 2:22
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman

Also yesterday I got another letter from another reader friend who said she had been having a series of number coincidences with the number 22 and Psalm 122 which led her to information about the "Key of David."
I wrote back to her and told her that 22 had been very strong for me too in the past few days. I also asked her if she had read My Knights / Holy Grail Connections chapter where I tell this:

Isaiah 22:22 (22 + 22 = 44)
And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
(The "house of David" refers to the bloodline of David. See Luke 1:27 and Luke 2:4.)
Before we moved to our current address on McKnight Court in Camelot Estates, we lived at 44 IKEY St. in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador.

I also told her that perhaps all these 22 connections meant that something may happen on February 2, which is 2/2. I also noted that there is a Full Moon on February 2.
Today I figured out something else interesting about February 2. It is the 33 day of the year AND there are 333 days left in the year! As I have shown many times throughout this paper, 33/333 connects to JESUS.
From and including: Monday, January 1, 2007
To and including: Friday, February 2, 2007
It is 33 days from the start date to the end date, end date included
From and including: Friday, February 2, 2007
To and including: Monday, December 31, 2007
It is 333 days from the start date to the end date, end date included

We shall see...

533) January 30, 2007   

Solar activity is intensifying. Yesterday a C-class solar flare disrupted the beautiful magnetic filament swirling around sunspot 940.


534) January 30, 2007 



18 McKnight Court
   Camelot Estates

Today on AOL:

(#18 even has an 11 11 on his shoulders.)


535) January 30, 2007  
These past few days have been just crazy... The connections and syncs just won't stop...
On the above AOL screen look at the More News: Churches sing praises of U2
In a couple of recent posts I have talked about Music's connection to all of this, and how many artists' lyrics are actually God-based but that the general public has no clue of this truth or does not believe it. Apparently, some are starting to believe it...
I knew I had talked about U2 in this context when I was writing on the Yahoo 11-11 Group so I searched for my posts about U2 there. The first one I found talks about 333 which is timely since I just mentioned today in an earlier post that February 2 is Day 33 and there are 333 days left in the year.
But the next post I found proved even more timely, considering the subject of my last few posts.
Here is that U2 article. Following are my posts on the 11-11 Group.
You will see what I mean...

'U2-charist': church to replace hymns with hits
Last Updated: Monday, January 29, 2007 | 4:58 PM ET
CBC Arts

Some Church of England parishioners will replace church hymns with chart-topping hits this spring at an adapted service being dubbed a "U2-charist." St. Swithin's Church, located in the central English town of Lincoln, will host the adapted religious ceremony featuring the music of Irish rockers U2 this May, Rev. Timothy Ellis, Bishop of Grantham, said Monday in announcing plans for the service. The eucharist ceremony will be traditional, but stripped-down, he said. Instead of the usual hymns, the congregation will sing a few of the band's biggest hits, including Mysterious Ways and Beautiful Day. The service will also be accompanied by a live band and will include a sophisticated light and a video system, featuring visual images of poverty and drought. The special mass is being held to shine a light on reducing poverty in the developing world — a cause dear to U2 lead singer Bono — and to offer a fresh, less rigid, updated way for people to worship, Ellis said. The BBC is planning to record the service for broadcast and Ellis said he hopes the event will be replicated by other parishes across England. The upcoming mass is not the first of its kind, although it is believed to be the first in the U.K. Rev. Paige Blair, an Episcopal priest in Maine, is believed to have held the first "U2-charist" in 2005. She's since advised other churches about ways to present the adapted mass in their communities across the U.S. and abroad.
Re: something neat...
Posted: Nov 22, 2000

By: juliway/Juli

People have been noticing an increase in 3:33 lately. There must be a reason. I believe this number has to do with Jesus because He was 33 years old when he was crucified and resurrected. (Also, when I made this connection, I started to see 3:33 all the time, so I took this to mean that I was on the right track.) This is also an important number in the Masons and with the Egyptian Pyramids, also which I believe have close connections to the return of Jesus. If we are seeing an increase in this number, perhaps this means that His return is getting closer and closer at hand.
I just bought the new U2 CD "All That You Can't Leave Behind." The picture on the cover reminds me of an airport, except that it looks like they are waiting to board a huge UFO. Also, if you look closely you will see a sign "J33-3->" which I take to mean J for Jesus and 33-3 for Jesus -> this way.
227; not just an old sitcom
Posted: Feb 26, 2003
By: son227111/Shawn

Since the beginning I knew this number was connected to 111. I was being shown this.... Today something occurred, perhaps for me to relate to personally, perhaps to let some of you know... I was thinking the ONLY day during any year that can be viewed as 227 is Feb. 27. Then I went on with my day...
Whether the synchs were ment for me personally or for someone else to draw meaning from, I'm not sure, but it's strange to say the least.
Re: 227; not just an old sitcom
Posted: Feb 26, 2003
By: juliway/Juli

You are forgetting about the JULI-AN calendar :)
I was born on the 227th day of the year. August 14 is usually day 226, but 1960 was a leap year, so it was day 227.
227 relates to PI - 22/7, as well as to PHI through this date of August 14 - 226/365.25 = .618754277 (Thank you to the man who helped me "see" this connection and many more.)
August 14, 1960 = 8+1+4+1+9+6 = 11
August 14, 1960 - 40 weeks = November 8, 1959 (3 days shy of 11/11).
From November 11, 1959 at 11:11 am to August 14, 1960 at 9:12 ADT = 6645 hours.
I was born in Nova Scotia at 66°W 45°N. 66+45=111.
Conceived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 11/11 at 11:11?
1) Swissair Flight 111 crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2, 1998.
2) August 11, 1999 11:11 am Total Solar Eclipse with a path 111 km wide began off the coast of Nova Scotia.
3) Theory that the Knights Templar brought the Holy Grail (treasure or bloodline?) across the Atlantic Ocean to Nova Scotia (New Scotland). 45°N is important to Templars for some reason.
"The treasure, the owners were told, would contain sacred relics and gold of the temple of Jerusalem together with manuscripts and documents that will add to man's knowledge of human history. From other sources, the belief that the documents concealed may include the earthly genealogy of Jesus Christ. The Holy Grail, according to Holy Blood, Holy Grail authors, may not actually be a chalice or dish, but a bloodline extending from Kind David through Jesus to modern times."
There is a clue in the Bible which also points to this "bloodline extending from Kind David through Jesus to modern times." It is found in Matthew 1:17 (117 are the first three digits of my Id.#). Starting at 0 (Jesus) and continuing the pattern using 20 years as a generation gives you 8 cycles of 14 generations with the last one starting in 1960. 8/14/1960.
Connected to Holy Grail theme through the above information as well as through current address of McKnight Court in Camelot Estates (latitude and longitude also = 111) and through father Richard Harris who played King Arthur in movie Camelot.
What this all means I am not sure yet, but I know it has something to do with the information that I figured out (through the help of "coincidences" :) and put in my paper. You may not believe me, and I have no idea how this will all play out, but I am just putting this information "out there."
Re: 227; not just an old sitcom
Posted: Mar 1, 2003

By: juliway/Juli

A new music clue?
Last Sunday the 45th (45°N) Annual Grammy Awards were held. Norah Jones swept the awards winning five grammys for her debut album 'Come Away With Me.' Five songs on this album, including 'Don't Know Why' which won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, were written by singer-songwriter JESSE HARRIS. (Jesse Harris also has his own album due out this summer called 'The Secret Sun.')
The Davidic Dynasty (the genealogy of Jesus) is called the "Stem of JESSE" in Isaiah 11:1 (111) and the "Root of JESSE" in Isaiah 11:10 (111).

Re: 227; not just an old sitcom
Posted: Mar 24, 2003
By: juliway/Juli

11th Hour... again
I can't believe I actually missed this "clue" from the last Grammy Awards show, but I guess I was so taken by the JESSE HARRIS one (part of the Norah Jones' sweep... "But as the days of NOrAH were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matt. 24:37) that I didn't even go looking for another one. I found it today while I was researching something else. (That is how I find a lot of things... accidently but apparently on purpose? :)
February 23, 2003 - (Nashville, Tenn.) February 23, 2003-Multi-Platinum selling band Jars of Clay (Essential/Silvertone Records) was honored this evening with a Grammy during "The 45th Annual Grammy Awards" held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Receiving the award from the Recording Academy for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" for its fourth and critically acclaimed 2002 release, THE ELEVENTH HOUR, this achievement marks the band's third consecutive Grammy.
I had a similar thing happen to me last fall when I was researching an earthquake that occurred in Dudley, England. I found this:
In 1980 U2 had a tour called the Elevation Tour or the 11 O'clock Tick Tock Tour. If you look at my calculations for when 11 O'clock (The Eleventh Hour) started, you'll see it was in... 1980.
Continuing the calculation for 11:11 brought me to the end of the Mayan Calendar date of December 21, 2012. This is also the date of the Winter Solstice for that year. Can it be just "coincidence" that the solstice occurs at exactly (yes, exactly) 11:11 am Universal Time?
PS Just as I turned on the TV this morning to the Canada AM show, the guy was interviewing someone about the Oscar Awards show last night and he made a "joke" that Eminem's winning of the best song was a sure sign of the apocalypse.

536) January 31, 2007  
Regarding February 2 that I talked about yesterday in post #532, Nate pointed out to me today that February 2, 2007 is 2/2/7 which was a topic (literally) of discussion in my last post yesterday.
In Shawn's February 26, 2003 post 227; not just an old sitcom (see above) he said, "I was thinking the ONLY day during any year that can be viewed as 227 is Feb. 27."
Yes, it could be February 27 - 2/27. But that is not the ONLY day. It could also be February 2, 2007 - 2/2/7
(I also pointed out to Shawn that 227 as a date could also mean Day 227 which is August 15 in a regular year and August 14 in a leap year, i.e. August 14, 1960, my birth date.) 

537) February 2, 2007      2/2/7 

DIRE WARNING... "The World Must Change Its Ways" (CBC News)


Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its much-anticipated report. It is considered "an authoritative document that could influence government and industrial policy worldwide."
The bottom line of this report is this: HUMANITY IS THE CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING.

The truth is out...Global warming is caused by mankind
Posted on : Fri, 02 Feb 2007 13:51:01 GMT
Author : Ravi Chopra

Leaders of government across the world were given a stark warning by the UN Environment Programme that rising global warming would lead to severe rains, melting glaciers, droughts and heatwave across the planet.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is made up of over 2500 scientists from 160 countries, also added that the rise in global temperature was "very likely", or more than 90 percent guaranteed, due to human activities such as burning fossil fuels.
In a previous such report presented by the IPCC in 2001, the committee had said that it was "likely" or a 66 percent probability, that global warming had caused by human activities. In that report, the committee had said that global temperature would rise by 1.4°C to 5.8°C by the turn of the century.
However in the latest report, the committee has warned that global temperatures could rise by as high as 6.4°C by 2100 which would lead to rise in sea levels and increase the number of hurricanes. The committee added that no matter what steps were taken now, the rise in temperature "would continue for centuries".
"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level," the report added.
Susan Solomon, one of the co-authors of the report warned that climate change would cause the sea levels to rise rapidly. “If temperatures exceed 1.9 to 4.6°C above pre-industrial temperatures, and were to be sustained for thousands of years, eventually we would expect the Greenland ice sheet to melt," she stressed. "That would raise sea level by 7 metres.”

Copyright © 2007 Respective Author
Humankind responsible for global warming, says IPCC
Date: 2007-02-02
'This day marks the removal from the debate over whether human action has anything to do with climate change,' said Achim Steiner, Director of the United Nations' Environment Programme, as the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released. The report not only pins the blame for climate change on humankind, but states with new certainty what further changes the globe should expect to witness over the coming decades.
Policy-makers have asked for scientific proof, and that proof is now on the table, said Dr Steiner. He appealed for the launch of the report to be remembered at the moment that marks a shift from doubting to action, and claimed that anyone who still delays 'will be considered as irresponsible in history books'.
The IPCC's main findings were presented by Susan Solomon of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US. 'Warming in the climate is now unequivocal,' she said. Paleoclimatic work has shown that the last half century has been 'unusually warm', and that the last time the polar regions were significantly warmer than they are now was 125,000 years ago and due to a change in the Earth's rotation.
Perhaps the biggest change since the last IPCC report in 2001 is the certainty with which scientists can now say that human beings are implicated in climate change. In 2001 it was 'likely' that human activities were to blame, meaning a probability of between 66% and 90%. Now, in 2007, the IPCC says that it is 'very likely' that humans are to blame, meaning the probability has increased to 90%.
If emissions are kept at a constant, at today's levels, the planet is expected to heat up by 0.2°C every decade. Even if emissions are reduced, warming is likely to continue due to the aerosols that are already in the atmosphere. This phenomenon is known as 'committed warming'. If emissions continue to rise, the planet will see even more changes during the 21st century than were evident in the 20th century, Professor Solomon warned.
The report predicts that temperatures will rise by between 1.8°C and 4°C, but suggests that they could rise by as much as 6.4°C. Report co-author Michael Manning suggested that a world with temperatures of 6.4°C warmer than now would have an ice-free Arctic, more extreme and frequent heatwaves, and more tropical cyclones. 'We'd see what we've seen through the second half of the 20th century, but everything would be much more severe,' he said.
The IPCC's findings have been summarised in a document for policy-makers. 'We are looking for unequivocal commitment from policy-makers, business leaders and civil society,' said Dr Steiner.
Dr Solomon was less willing to get involved in dictating which policy approaches should now be taken, or how urgently action is needed. 'Science can best serve society by not going beyond its expertise. There are people out there who have this role [...]. The report is not policy-prescriptive, but policy-relevant, and I think that's how it should be,' said Dr Solomon.
The report 'Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis' was written by some 600 scientists from 40 countries. Over 620 expert reviewers and a large number of government reviewers also participated. The full report will be released later in the year, along with other IPCC chapters on the probably impacts of climate change, options for adapting to these impacts, and possible routes to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

Perhaps this will finally (after more than 8 years) give my theory/diagram credence. My theory/diagram shows philosophically and - perhaps more importantly these days - proves scientifically that mankind is heading in the (wrong) direction towards our own EXTINCTION caused by the CHOICES we are making. In order to SURVIVE, we must make a complete 180° turn-around in THE WAY we are thinking and the choices we are making. My theory/diagram/map shows THE WAY we can do this. (Please view my entire Slideshow Presentation to "see" how.)

"What scientists are saying is that there is potentially time to turn this around,
and that we can't waste any time in addressing that need;
that the implications of what is happening are profound..."
Harry Forestell
CBC News

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report "could influence government and industrial policy worldwide." My theory, if mankind is to survive, must influence every individual on this planet because it is up to each and every one of us if we are to succeed. A Paradigm Shift is imperative. A Christ Consciousness. Immediately if not sooner.


Viewing the actual Slideshow Presentation is highly recommended
because all the above boxes/minds do not appear at the same time.
Movement occurs in the Slideshow to depict the direction/consequences
of the Closing/Opening Minds of Humanity.

538) February 2, 2007        
As if to "confirm" the above...  

CNN TOP STORY  (Still in progress...)

Killer Florida storm
POSTED: 9:43 a.m. EST, February 2, 2007
POSTED: 12:32 p.m. EST, February 2, 2007
LADY LAKE, Florida (CNN) -- Suspected tornadoes killed at least 14 people early Friday in central Florida, leaving catastrophic destruction in their wake, a Lake County official said.
"We have complete devastation of homes, businesses, religious institutions," said Christopher Patton of the Lake County Emergency Operations Center. "It was unlike perhaps even the hurricanes of 2004."
Awaking residents hours before dawn, the storms also walloped Volusia and Sumter counties, toppling trees and power lines and sending tractor-trailers careering off Interstate 4. The disaster prompted Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to declare a state of emergency in those counties and Lake and Seminole counties. "Our priority today is search and rescue," Crist said at a news conference. "We want to make sure that anybody who's in the affected area, that we make sure we get them out, we get them out safely."
Neighborhoods in the storm's path look like war zones, with debris -- some resembling a huge game of pickup sticks -- stretching for miles. Wood, roofing, furniture and other rubble are piled everywhere. "The destruction we see here is just beyond words. Homes completely destroyed, moved off their foundation. You can't even tell there were some homes in this area," said Dan McCarthy, a reporter from WESH-TV, as he viewed the area from a helicopter.
'Worst possible time'
Kevin Lenhart of Lake County Emergency Management said the storm swept into the region very quickly as residents slept. "The worst possible time," he said. Many residents said they were unaware trouble was coming and didn't hear warning sirens.

(Update: 20 people killed)

539) February 2, 2007
On a positive note... Something good happened today. An opportunity has presented itself to me "out of the blue." It is something that I have been hoping for for a long time and it appears that it finally may actually happen. A face-to-face connection. April.

540) February 4, 2007

On Friday (2/2), when I was writing about the IPCC report, I remembered that a few weeks ago (January 18) I received an email bulletin from the David Suzuki Foundation (www.davidsuzuki.org) saying that Dr. Suzuki would be coming to town on his cross-Canada “If you were Prime Minister” tour. I decided to find that email to see when he was coming, half expecting that I had missed it, but found that "coincidentally" he was coming the very next day. So on Saturday, I attended his presentation. It was excellent. I like and respect him so much. If everyone had his wisdom and vision, what a different world we would be living in today.

That Saturday morning I searched through my files and found two of his articles from our newspaper that I had cut out and saved that connected perfectly with my own theory. I put together a little package of information to bring with me just in case I got the opportunity to speak with him. Well, that did not happen. The place was packed to overflowing. But on the way out, a fellow was collecting ballots that we had been given to fill out so I told the guy that I had something that I would like to give to Dr. Suzuki and asked if I could just put it in the ballot box. He said YES.
So... whether or not Dr. Suzuki actually got it, and if he did, if he actually read it, and if he did, if he actually understood the connections and implications... well, I can only hope. At least I was finally able to DO something and where it goes from there, God only knows. Literally.
I urge you to have a look at his website www.davidsuzuki.org.

(This is not the connection I was referring to in my last post.)
Here is the article in today's newspaper:

Suzuki says individuals can make a difference on planet's health
By Jesse Robichaud
Times & Transcript Staff
Published Monday February 5th, 2007
Appeared on page A1

David Suzuki rolled into Moncton in his "carbon neutral" tour bus Saturday afternoon and was greeted with the type of hoopla usually reserved for a rock star or campaigning politician - the kind who earn standing ovations, at least.
The world renowned guru of the environmental movement is of course neither one or the other, but when he stepped before a packed house at the Capitol Theatre to ask people here what they would do for the environment if they were Prime Minister, some of his supporters couldn't help but ask him to take a shot at the country's top job.Although Suzuki showed no indication he would acquiesce to those hopes, it is clear that his 30-day, pan-Canadian, "If You Were Prime Minister ..." tour is engineered to build on a reported groundswell of public concern for the environment at a time when a federal election looms on the horizon. By recording individuals suggestions and collecting ballots, the tour seeks to show Ottawa the faces behind the reported concerns.
"There aren't many times when politicians really care what we are thinking, this is one of those moments," he said, predicting the environment will dominate the next federal election. Standing firmly in the political arena, Suzuki called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to create legislation that would set Canada on a path toward meeting the green house gas emission targets of the Kyoto protocol which was ratified by the previous Liberal Government. He also asked Premier Shawn Graham to step forward and make the environment a priority for the province.
Suzuki also put the onus on individuals to work together on a local level to diminish their own ecological footprint before Canada's natural environment, economy, and identity are irreparably altered.
"We're all a drop in the bucket, but a lot of drops can fill up a lot of buckets, and not only that, some drops are hell of a lot bigger than others, and we're big," he said. "Compare us to China or India and we're 20 to 40 times bigger, that's how much we take out of the earth in our lifetime."
On the other end of the spectrum, Suzuki's rock star quality was underscored during Saturday's question period when Suzuki was called both "cool" and "hot" by one professed grandfather in attendance. In true rock star fashion, Suzuki even required fresh fruit and a specific chocolate bar - Cadbury's burnt almond - backstage at his Moncton stop, and no disposable cups. To see a world-respected, septuagenarian biologist as a rock star may be a bit of a stretch, but Suzuki recognizes that the tour's success hinges on its ability to capture the imagination of Canadians.
"I would like to see it generate a wave, in the way of Terry Fox. When he started to run nobody paid attention to him but by the time he got to Thunder Bay it had become a huge issue," said Suzuki, who hopes to drop off 100,000 messages urging environmental action in Ottawa when the tour concludes. "This is going to build a buzz that goes beyond Canada."
But with his iconic position as a defender of the environment comes great personal responsibility. So what about the carbon emissions caused by running a bus - emblazoned with his face - from St. John's to Vancouver and back to Ottawa? Suzuki's well aware of the irony, and of the difficulty in escaping technological dependence, noting in his press release that "the major emissions associated with this tour . . . are offset through investments in sustainable energy." "We're trying to neutralize that. When we fly it's much worse, so we're looking at how to reduce that impact," said Suzuki backstage.

In response to alarming headlines prompted by last week's report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change out of Paris that links climate change unequivocally to human activity, Suzuki delivered a message of hope to the Metro Moncton crowd. "There are some headlines saying it's too late," said Suzuki, with urgency straining his voice. "You can never say it's too late. Not if you have children or grandchildren, you can never give up and you can never abandon hope, there is always hope."
Pointing to British economist Sir Nicholas Stern's prediction of an impending economic collapse unless industries change drastically, Suzuki said governments and businesses that do not look to cut their own emissions through green technology do so at their own peril.
"My daughter says this is the most exciting time to be alive. Well I've always wondered about that, but she says the reason is that at this moment we are either going to make decisions or not make decisions that are going to determine the future of humankind."
In contrast, he offered as an example the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's "Convention of Reducers," which brings together a group of mega-companies who have proven that it is both possible and profitable for companies to reduce green-house gas emissions.
"Let's put the 'eco' back in economy," he said.
Suzuki also invited Metro Moncton to take advantage of "Sustainablity Within a Generation," an environmental visioning exercise developed by The David Suzuki Foundation. "It's time to start thinking about Moncton 2030. How about a Moncton with clean air where you don't have 15 per cent of kids coming down with asthma."
Hal Lowther took his chance to have his suggestion filmed by the Suzuki camp after the speech. "There's nothing like a speech to change history. We came here to hear him speak, I like him even better as a speaker than as a writer," he said, optimistically. "He takes something that's huge and complex and makes it possible for you to do something about it even though it's based on immense realms scientific research and mountains of philosophical perspective," added Arthur Webster.
"It's not just an intellectual exercise and it's not just a critique, it's a proposal to do something."


Another thing he said that was interesting is when the person in the audience suggested he run for Prime Minister, he replied that he thought the job should go to a much younger... woman. He cited his wife as an example why a woman saying, "When someone makes a mess, she knows that someone has to clean it up."

One synchronicity in all of this that I find particularly interesting is the fact that the Kyoto Protocol deadline is 2012 - the SAME YEAR as the deadline December 21, 2012 date - the end of the Mayan Calendar AND the 11:11 date. Surely this can be no "coincidence."
It is though we are being warned that if we do not CHANGE OUR WAYS - now - then by 2012 the deadline will be reached, time will have run out, and it will be too late.
Which reminds me of this scripture:

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.

30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites,
so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

And what did God tell Jonah to warn the Ninevites? To CHANGE THEIR WAYS.

And by a certain deadline (40 days). And if they did not, it would be too late.

Jonah 1
1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Jonah 3
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God:
yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;
and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

And the good news of that story is that they believed Jonah. They DID change their ways and were saved.

How will OUR story end?
How will YOUR story end?

541) February 7, 2007       Jonah
This was sent to me by a reader friend today...

"Giving Light to All That Are in the House"

"The Life Is the Light of Men"

3. The Scribes and Pharisees asked the Lord for a sign to attest his authority as a prophet and teacher, and "he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall be no sign given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here" (Matthew 12:39–41). The life, revealing the presence of God among men, speaks louder than words. So the light shines: and so good deeds enlighten many who have gone astray in ignorance, and lead them back to the way of life, to the glory of the Father in Heaven.



542) February 8, 2007

543) February 9, 2007      A Must Read...

The Great Pyramid
- The World's Greatest Astronomical Clock -
A Mind Of Its Own


The Mystery Has Already Been Solved:

Read Chapter - 11:11

(Am I invisible?)

544) February 16, 2007
From my Chapter 7 - Meaning For The World written January 1999:

Now look at the 'Emotion' (Love) axis. As I stated earlier, the 'Motive' and 'Emotion' lines are generally directly proportional. Where we are on one line is approximately where we are on the other (except during the times when the powerful magnet of 'Self' pulls us back). In our selfish pursuit of personal satisfaction and material possessions, with each generation, we are producing less 'Love'. We are striving to "make more money" so that we can be "happier," and in that pursuit, we are not 'Loving' our children as much because there is less time to do so. The more time we spend "making money," the less time we have to spend 'Loving' our children and families. And the few hours in the day that we have left to 'Love' , we are tired. We are tired. The world is tired. With tiredness comes frustration. With frustration comes anger. With anger comes hate. With hate comes suffering. We are suffering. The world is suffering.
On the line of 'Emotion', we are going from positive to negative. Again we make excuses and try to justify it. There are arguments - "It is quality, not quantity time that is important." "No, it is quantity, not quality time that is important." Well, actually, it is both. The more time you spend teaching your children 'Love', the more 'Love' they will learn. What they learn is what they will know. It is learned through experience, not through books. What they learn, they will teach to their children. If they learn 'Love', they will teach 'Love', and their children will learn 'Love', and they will teach 'Love' to their children, and so on. With each generation, we are teaching less 'Love', so our children are learning less 'Love'. They in turn will teach their children less 'Love', and so on. The "Circle of Life." With each generation, we take one step further on the line towards 'Hate'. That is the direction we are heading. Again, the point is that we are heading in the wrong direction!
Looking at the 'Understanding' axis, again mankind is heading in the wrong direction. We are not becoming wiser. We are not considering the long term consequences of our choices. We are not looking at the "big picture." For example, consider technology. We have learned so much, and technology has advanced tremendously. Although technology is wonderful, it can also have a negative side, depending upon its use. For example, through various movies, television programs, and video games, we and our children are becoming desensitized to violence and hate. War and killing is just a "game" - a "fun" game, just an "image" on a screen or in a magazine. It is not "real." Not only are we giving our children the message that immorality, inhumanity, war, killing, violence, and hate are acceptable, but also, with the increasing time we are spending using these technologies, the less time we are spending with our children teaching them 'Love'.

In today's newspaper:

Canadians spending less time with family: study
Published Friday February 16th, 2007
Appeared on page B6

Many Canadians probably feel as if they are spending more time on the job. Now, a new study by Statistics Canada finds they are right: Workers are spending more time at work and less time with their families. On average, workers spent 45 minutes less time with their families during workdays in 2005 than they did almost two decades earlier.
"I wanted to look at younger workers. My expectation was that we could see an increase in the time they spend with their family compared to 20 years ago," said Martin Turcotte, author of the study entitled "Time Spent with Family during a Typical Workday." He said previous research has indicated that workers aged 25-34 don't want to sacrifice their family life for their careers so Turcotte was expecting to see that reflected in the study. But he found that all Canadian workers are putting in more time at work at the expense of their families. "The fact that there was a decline for all categories of workers was interesting and maybe surprising to me," he said.
While 45 minutes every day might not seem like much, the time adds up. Based on a 260-day work year, that means 195 fewer hours spent with the family in 2005 than in 1986.
That's almost five, 40-hour work weeks. On average, Canadians worked 536 minutes or 8.9 hours during a typical workday in 2005, up from 506 minutes or 8.4 hours two decades earlier.
But it isn't just work that is keeping people from spending time with their families. The study also found that people who work are spending more time watching TV alone and eating alone.
 "Before, people were much more likely to have only one television set, so when they were watching television it was together with their spouse or with their children. " But now households have two or three television sets, so workers are more likely to watch television by themselves."

Also written in my Chapter 7:

Why these injections of humour? Because, although the situation is indeed serious, we must still be able to laugh. Laughing is an expression of "happiness." Who do you remember most? Who are the people that make a difference in your lives? People who make you happy - make you laugh. That is what happiness is: People ... Animals ... Nature ... 'Others'. Not the pursuit of personal gratification and the accumulation of material possessions and wealth.

And also in today's newspaper:

One-in-six people depressed: survey
Published Friday February 16th, 2007
Appeared on page C1

Canada and the United States are convening a special forum on mental health after a startling survey found one in six North American adults have been diagnosed with depression.

The effort, announced yesterday by Ambassador Michael Wilson, came with the release of an Ipsos Reid poll on depression in the workplace where 14 per cent of Canadians and 20 per cent of Americans said they'd been diagnosed by a doctor. As well, 20 per cent in Canada and 21 per cent in the U.S. said they think they're clinically depressed but never had it properly diagnosed. More women than men suffer from it and the illness is more prevalent among those with lower incomes and less education, according to Ipsos Reid. Eighty-four per cent said companies should make helping employees with depression a key priority. The bilateral forum will bring scientists and business executives together to devise a "cure and prevention strategy" for major mental illnesses. "We must be less self-conscious in stating an objective that says we will defeat mental illness," said Wilson, Canada's top diplomat in the U.S. Wilson has long taken an interest in mental health issues since losing a son to suicide.
The survey reported widespread understanding among people about depression, with 90 per cent believing it's caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Eight in 10 North Americans believe that depression is life-threatening. Mental illness is rising in the industrialized world, costing some C$300 billion in North America each year. The forum will consist of a series of conferences starting in Ottawa this fall to establish definite goals to invest more in mental health over 10 years. Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, said the forum's "the right idea at the right time for ensuring support for research and the implementation of research findings in both nations." Bill Wilkerson, who will co-chair the group, said medical advances have ensured that "cure strategies" are no longer an implausible dream. The telephone survey found evidence of a lot of stigma and fear in workplaces, with 78 per cent of workers saying that people diagnosed with depression should keep it to themselves "for fear of hurting their future opportunities." Yet many also said company chiefs should help with the issue.


545) February 18, 2007      11:11

546) February 20, 2007     $111 million

Statement by Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization

WHO congratulates Canada and the Gates Foundation on their new HIV vaccine research and development partnership
20 FEBRUARY 2007 | GENEVA -- I am delighted to welcome the new initiative announced today by the Government of Canada and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to contribute to global efforts to develop HIV vaccines.Developing a safe and effective vaccine to protect people against HIV is one of the most important goals in public health. The world has already lost tens of millions of lives to this virus and we must do everything we can to prevent future deaths. The new Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative partnership will make a significant contribution to this effort through the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, established through the efforts of the G8 countries. The new initiative will provide support to researchers and to research institutions, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to build and strengthen their capacity to discover, develop and test HIV vaccines. The government of Canada has pledged US$ 111 million to the initiative. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged US$ 28 million.


547) February 20, 2007     1111
Watched a bit of the Rick Mercer Report. The segment I happened to see was Rick learning to drive a bus. And what was the number on the front of the bus? 1111 of course.



548) February 21, 2007 
Continued from post #544:

Problem children are on the rise
Parents don't see kids enough: study
Published Wednesday February 21st, 2007
Appeared on page C1

If today's youth seem incorrigible, it's because there are more problem children now than 50 years ago, a study released yesterday by the Vanier Institute for the Family suggests. The finger of blame points at everyone: parents, schools, neighbourhoods and the media, said the author of the study, Anne-Marie Ambert, a professor of sociology who recently retired from York University in Toronto.
"In the past, parents used to receive the support of their neighbours," she said. But now, she observed, people are often afraid to intervene if they see children or teens misbehaving in the neighbourhood or at the mall.
Juvenile delinquency rates increased "spectacularly from the 1960s and have peaked in the mid-1990s," the study said. "Although they have subsequently declined, these rates, as well as those for most problematic behaviours, have remained high among boys and have continued to rise among girls." Problem behaviours include acts that hurt others, such as being disruptive, aggressive or delinquent. The behaviours range from lying and running away, to fighting and bullying, theft and vandalism.
The paper is a review of hundreds of studies, mostly from Canada and the United States, that looked at various causes for the rise in children's behavioural problems. The studies looked at poverty, peers, parenting, schooling, media, personality, genetics and communities. "The conclusion you reach (after looking at all the research) is that we have a global environment which favours all of this," said Ambert, adding that children and teens are being raised in an "enabling environment."
Forensic psychologist Marta Weber helped develop personality profiling in the United States. She has seen parental influence on children evolve over the years. "Because parents are spending less and less time with their kids because both parents are working for economic reasons and because the hold parents have on kids is less and less, it's a struggle to be the people who determine the identity of your child," she said from her home in New Mexico. "What happens in school and in the mall and on the street becomes more and more important. So the variables are more, and the relative impact of parents is smaller. Which is ... you know, that's a hell of a comment. That's what Hillary Clinton was talking about when she said it takes a village. Because it is a village - for good or ill - that makes a kid, right?" she said.
The other disturbing trend in North America, Weber noted, is that kids who are headed for trouble appear to do so earlier.
The Vanier Institute study blames parents for being less available to their kids, schools and neighbourhoods offering weak community and social controls, less emphasis on religion, a rise in single-parent families and more access to visual media.
But Ambert stressed that most children are resilient and turn out to be good citizens.


549) February 22, 2007     Total  $111.11

Terra's Receipt



550) February 27, 2007 
A place of honour - Mark Messier's jeresy no. 11 is raised to the rafters of Rexall Place during a ceremony prior to the Oilers NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 27, 2007 in Edmonton. (Canadian Press)



551) February 28, 2007 


U.S., Iran and Syria may talk face to face about Iraq
POSTED: 7:43 a.m. EST, February 28, 2007
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States and its adversaries in Iran and Syria may for the first time since the Iraq war began meet face to face at a conference next month to discuss the situation in Iraq. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the U.S. supports the forum, which will take place in the first half of March in Iraq. It could set the stage for a ministerial-level meeting in April that will include the Group of Eight -- the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Russia -- and Iraq's neighbors -- Syria, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey. Multilateral organizations and China -- the only permanent member of the U.N. Security Council which is not in the G-8 -- will also be invited, Rice said.
Speaking about Iran and Syria, Rice told the Senate Appropriations Committee, "We hope these governments seize this opportunity to improve their relations with Iraq -- and to work for peace and stability in the region."
Syria says will attend Iraq stability conference
Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:56AM EST
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria will take part in a meeting to stabilize Iraq attended by the United States, the official Syrian news agency SANA said on Wednesday. The agency said Syrian officials would be present at the mid-level Baghdad meeting, called by Iraq for March 10, that would gather representatives of Iraq's neighbors and permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The United States has accused Damascus of undermining its allies in Baghdad. "Talking with the United States about Iraq is a partial step in the right direction. All the problems in the region are interlinked," a foreign ministry official told the official news agency SANA. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said the meeting would be a chance for countries such as Syria and its ally Iran to solve differences with Western countries over Iraq. A ministerial meeting is also expected in April, but a Syrian official told Reuters it was too early for Damascus to decide whether to attend.
The Bush administration says Syria is allowing anti-U.S. insurgents to cross into Iraq and has rejected suggestions, including a report by the Iraq Study Group, advising it to engage Syria and Iran in a dialogue about Iraq. Syria, which denies helping the rebels, has said it welcomes talks with Washington but other issues behind Middle East instability should be discussed, including the Palestinian issue and Israel's 40-year occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights. President Bashar al-Assad said in February Syria has enough credibility in Iraq to play a main role in stabilizing the country, but that time was running short to prevent a civil war.
Around one million Iraqi refugees have fled to Syria since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that removed Saddam Hussein from power. The Damascus government have maintained ties with members of the Iraqi Baath Party, which ruled Iraq for 35 years, as well as political players opposed or in favor of the U.S. presence. Although Syria opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, it has been adopting a friendlier tone to the U.S.-backed government. Iraq and Syria resumed diplomatic ties after a quarter of a century break last year and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani visited Damascus in January. Syria has been under U.S. sanctions since 2004, mainly for backing the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Palestinian Hamas movement.
Syria building arms, reaching out:
Israel debates what Assad wants
By Leslie Susser
February 25, 2007

JERUSALEM (JTA) — With Syria talking peace while in the throes of a major new arms buildup, Israeli intelligence is divided again over President Bashar Assad’s intentions.
The Mossad intelligence agency argues that Assad is not interested in peace, but only in a peace process to alleviate international pressure on Syria over its meddling in Lebanon and Iraq, and its suspected implication in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Military intelligence, however, maintains that Assad is genuine and would be ready for a peace deal with Israel in exchange for the strategic Golan Heights captured by Israel in 1967.

For now, Assad is unlikely to be put to the test....

552) March 2, 2007


(No Longer Exists)


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