Flooding Kills Hundreds in Northern India

End Time Bible Prophecy

(REUTERS)  RUDRAPRAYAG, India — Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly.

Soldiers helped people evacuate on Saturday in Govindghat, India.

Houses and small apartment blocks on the banks of the Ganges, India’s longest river, have toppled into the rushing, swollen waters and been swept away with cars and trucks.

“It has been a horrifying experience,” said Tulika Srivastava, a visitor from the northern Indian city of Lucknow, who has been stranded since last week with her 80-year-old mother in thepilgrimage town of Rudraprayag.

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52/2013 Week 25

Say It With A Camera

52/2013 Week 25

Unlike many people when I go on holiday I don’t take too many photographs. Holiday for me is to spend time with my wife and just relax. However, I do take my camera gear with me and sometimes I’ll take the odd photograph but it’s not the top priority.

One of the reason we were in Yorkshire was to look at some areas that were important in both my wife’s and my own family history. In the village of Long Preston we came upon the pretty parish church of St Mary the Virgin which is a grade 1 listed building dating back to Norman times. The beautiful stained glass was just too good an opportunity to miss.


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Leaving the Amazon…time for drinks by the pool

Notes from Camelid Country

The Amazon is an amazing place, but lets face it…biting insects and not a single margarita in sight. There is only so much time you can spend in a place under those circumstances. We headed back to Rurrenabaque knowing that our time in Bolivia would soon come to an abrupt end. Within the week we’d be on an American Airlines flight that would, via Miami, return us to London and a world of rain and austerity. Not a pleasant thought.

Luckily, we had a couple of days in Rurrenabaque to hunt out a swimming pool, sun loungers and a few cold beers. Even luckier, we’d met Jo and Neil in the Amazon…two kindred spirits from Australia willing to share a cold beer with us. We’d see out our last few days in good company and good style, including an amazing meal at Gustu (the restaurant in La Paz set up by the…

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The ‘ise’ have it, but where are the wise?

The Slog

The world has never been more ised than it is today: globalised, terrorised, brutalised and disenfranchised. Worst of all, of course, it’s undercapitalised – which, given it’s supposed to be largely capitalist, is odd. Or it would be if we didn’t know that the desire of most billionaires is to monopolise.

The suffix ‘ise’ is uffering massively from overuse; and the overwhelmingly largest percentage of this comes from the commercial, banking and political sectors, where it often serves as a suitable euphemism – monetise (destroy), directionalise (rig), prioritise (cut) and so forth. But it is rarely used as a descriptor of people in public life. So I thought this might be a suitable aperture for some harmful fun at the expense of these self-important twerps who see themselves as leaders, but manage only to lead most of us up the garden path.

Serial shagger Boris Johnson, for instance, being incapable…

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A modest proposal for a new ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ campaign

A guest post by Joe Geary

There is a country in the Middle East which makes a great play of being a democracy and about espousing Western ideals regarding human rights, and is forever bragging how different this makes it to its despotic Arab neighbours. But this self-same Middle Eastern country for decades now has been occupying the lands of one of its neighbours and conducting apartheid-like discrimination against its internal minority community. Its charismatic right-wing leader has one message for its close ally the United States and for the EU, with which it seeks closer ties, but quite another for its internal allies.

Isn’t it time this so-called democracywas held to account, and was made to face up to its hypocrisy? Isn’t it time the international community as a whole, and the International Solidarity Movement in particular, launched a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Turkey?


The crux…

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Pakistan: Taliban kidnap teenage boy who converted from Islam to Christianity


Muhammad said: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. Yet Muslim spokesmen such as Harris Zafar, Mustafa Akyol, Salam al-Marayati, M. Cherif Bassiouni, and Ali Eteraz (among many others) have assured us that Islam doesn’t punish apostasy. I am confident that Zafar, Akyol, al-Marayati, Bassiouni, and Eteraz are making their way to Peshawar as we speak, so as to explain to the Taliban that they are getting Islam all wrong, wrong, wrong.

“ASIA/PAKISTAN – A young Christian boy converted from Islam reported missing,” from Agenzia Fides, June 21:

Peshawar (Agenzia Fides) – A 16-year-old boy, who converted to Christianity from Islam, has been reported missing since May 25 in Peshawar, capital of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to local sources of Fides, he…

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At the End of the Day

The Slog

The British intelligence agency GCHQ has tapped into undersea fibre-optic cables to hoover up telephone conversations and Internet traffic, according to documents seen by The Guardian newspaper. Codenamed “Tempora,” the secret surveillance programme is said to be on an even larger scale than the US-led Prism scheme revealed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden earlier this month. So much for Hague’s reassurances.

Documents leaked from two government agencies in the UK suggest that Planning Minister Nick Boles is routinely ignoring Green Belt election pledges made by David Cameron. So much for election manifestos.

Two top executives at the stricken Anglo Irish Bank have been caught on tape allegedly admitting that the lender suckered the Irish government into a €7bn (£6bn) bail-out knowing that far more was needed. So much for professional ethics.

Defra has been caught lying about what it costs to inoculate badgers against bovine TB. But Owen Paterson has…

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BBC ignores executions in Gaza Strip

BBC Watch

As we know, the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell was very busy last Saturday in Gaza preparing no fewer than four reports on the subject of a TV talent show. Obviously, that pressing task prevented her from getting round to informing BBC audiences of the fact that on the same day the ruling Hamas terrorist organization executed two men by hanging for ‘collaboration’. 

“The Hamas-run minister of interior said that the two men, who were not identified by name, were executed by hanging after a “military court” in the Gaza Strip found them guilty of “collaboration with Israeli occupation.”

A statement released by the ministry said that the executions were carried out “in accordance with our religion and the Palestinian law.” “

There is of course a problem with that last claim because according to Palestinian law, all death penalties must be approved by the PA President before they are…

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95% of Violent Conflicts Around The World are Muslim


Of The 22 World Conflicts Around The World, 21 are Muslim..

This may sound like propaganda because it sounds so far fetched.  It isn’t.  Check your own world almanac….

Radical Islam has spread a scourge of violence around the globe that otherwise simply wouldn’t exist.  It is time for the West to put an end to this horror.  The first step is to destroy Iran as the world leader of Islamic violence.

As long as Iran threatens the world with nuclear Islamic fundamentalism there is simply no way to quash the continuing outbreak of Islamic violence worldwide.  The Western democracies should crush the atavistic and xenophobic leader of this retreat from civilization.

If Iran is convincingly neutralized, it’s possible that the rest of the radical Islamic movements will realize that the way to accomplish their aspirations is through peaceful coexistence.  Otherwise the monomaniacal dream of global Islamic domination will…

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Russia sells China 100 Su-35 fighter jets

China News

According to a report by Voice of Russia, China and Russia have concluded an export agreement for 100 Su-35fighter jets during the Paris Air Show.

At the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Russia had it’s most intensive participation over the past few years. All the 46 well-known Russian weapon manufacturers and companies, including Sokhoi, Mikoyan and Ilyushin, had presence there. In the exhibition hall, open-air site and flying shows, the audience has witnessed the Russian aviation industry’s newest achievements.

At that exhibition, there was the first flying show of the Su-35 abroad. The Su-35 is the most intrepid fourth-generation fighter jet in the world today. It is equipped with a 30mm machine gun, a radar with a search range of 400 km, and a flight range of 3,500 km without refuelling.

It’s powerful engine enables it to perform various super difficult movements such…

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