Jun 14, 2008


More than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago. The world suffered about 120 natural disasters per year in the early 1980s, which compared with the current figure of about 500 per year, according to an Oxfam report. The number of people affected by extreme natural disasters, meanwhile, has surged by almost 70 percent, from 174 million a year between 1985 to 1994, to 254 million people a year between 1995 to 2004, Oxfam said. Floods and wind-storms have increased from 60 events in 1980 to 240 last year, with flooding itself up six-fold. “This is no freak year. It follows a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more unpredictable and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people,” added Oxfam director Barbara Stocking.

A glance at the news show something freakish is happening in the atmosphere. As of yesterday there were earthquakes in Java Indonesia, Volcano Islands Japan, Guam Region and Crete, Greece. In India tremors were felt in Gaya during the past forthnight. In New Zealand, Costa Rica and in Cameroon, people panic because of volcanic eruptions.

In Iowa, USA, nearly 4000 homes were evacuated in Cedar Rapids and parts of the city’s downturn were under 5-6 feet of water as flooding continued to ravage the state. The National Weather Service called the flooding a HISTORIC HYDROLOGIC EVENT.

Heavy rains, flooding, landslides, unusual & out of season weather is a norm these days.

In Canada, incessant rain is beginning to take its toll on Calgary’s river banks as landslides and sink hole kept city crews busy.

In China, torrential rain persists in southern China since late May this year. Rain storms are forecast for southern China over the next two days after RECORD DOWNPOURS caused havoc in Hong Kong and nearby Guangdong, triggering landslides and halting traffic. At least seven cities, home to 1.5 million people, in the coastal province of Guangdong have been hit by continuous rains, with more than 1,500 houses destroyed and more than 150 factories having to suspend operations. "Guangdong's coastal cities will probably face typhoons or high tides this month, and flooding might be more severe than expected. Rainfall will diminish today in the Pearl and Yangtze river basins, where it has been heavy from Saturday to yesterday, before again becoming torrential." Heavy rains are also seen in southern Jiangxi and Guangxi where water was knee-deep or higher on main streets.

Rainstorms bought havoc to Hong Kong on Saturday bringing the heaviest downpour since records began creating fears of floods and landslides.

In Montana, a record storm battered Great Falls area. Snow in June isn’t all that unusual in Montana but rarely does it come in the quantity that fell early Wednesday morning. That was 35 times the previous snowfall record for the month of June.

In Washington freak snowstorm creates perilous alpine conditions. Trails that usually are clear by Memorial Day are buried under feet of snow. High winds knocked out power to at least 18,700 homes in Seattle and South King County late Monday as an unseasonably strong storm blew through the area. Across Western Washington, about 30,000 customers were without power late into the evening. Monday's storms came as Puget Sound-area residents had just begun to thaw out after the COLDEST JUNE WEEK ON RECORD.

In California, a state of emergency was declared in the coastal country of Santa Cruz of San Francisco as wildfires threatened thousands of homes in the state’s rain-starved north. The Santa Cruz fire has already ravaged 280 hectares and an unspecified number of buildings. A source said that for areas in Northern California this March, April and May have been the driest ever in our recorded history’.

In the US East coast, deaths blamed on the East Coast’s recent heat wave climbed past 30 Thursday. The Unusual spring heat wave was blamed on the “Bermuda high”.

In Nebraska, a meteorologist says several aspects of the fierce thunderstorm that struck Omaha on the 8th made it difficult to predict. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning two minutes after the tornado had left the ground early Sunday morning. Officials estimate the tornado was on the ground from 2:17 a.m. to 2:24 a.m. The warning was issued at 2:26 a.m. It's EXTREMELY UNUSUAL for tornadoes to form in the early morning.

In Mexico, heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Eastern mexico as thousands of people flee landslides and mudflows triggered by the profuse deluge. Landslides have destroyed many homes in the eastern coastal state of Veracruz.

Aspen, Colorado is actually re-opening this weekend to offer winter sports enthusiasts some rare June skiing in the area. The Aspen Skiing Company said Monday that it will open up Aspen Mountain from June 13 to 15 for skiers and snowboarders. The company says record winter snowfall has left the mountain covered with snow, leaving behind an average of more than 3 feet of snow on the upper slopes. UNUSUALLY COLD WATERS off of Nova Scotia are harming this year's lobster crop. Temperatures fell so low the lobsters were not crawling.
In Australia, the weather is becoming 'predictably unpredictable'. "The rainfall this year is already 1130mm ... and that's 90% of the entire year's rainfall - just in six months." In some places THE TEMPERATURE WAS THE COLDEST ON RECORD."
What is the cause of all these unusual phenomena? Global warming? Or could it be the result of a huge comet heading towards our planet? For it to be able to cause these phenomena, it may be just years away from colliding with earth. A friend of mine brought my attention to what the bible says about comets the other day. A collision with comets may not be too far fetched after all.
Revelation 8:8- And the second angel sounded and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood.
Revelation 8: 10: And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountain of waters.

Jun 11, 2008

Suicide Busters

CNN reports that A 24-year-old Japanese man killed himself by mixing laundry detergent and cleaning fluids. A 14-year-old Japanese girl killed herself using the same method last week. In the week the girl died, a 31-year-old man outside Tokyo killed himself inside a car by mixing detergent and bath salts, police said. The suicides are seen as part of a spate of detergent-related since last summer. Media reports in Japan also suggested that the number of similar deaths had reached about 50 this year. Why do people commit suicide? The answer, i think, is related to PAIN. It is only natural to want to live. But these people want to die. What has pushed them to take their own lives?
As one person who almost committed suicide said "i woke up in the early hours with absolute dread. Everything felt so alien, so hostile, so utterly meaningless that it created in me a deep loathing of the world. The most loathsome thing of all, however, was my own existence. What is the point of continuing to live with this burden of misery? Why carry on with this continuous struggle? I could feel a deep longing for annihilation, for non-existence, was now becoming much stronger than the instinctive desire to continue to live. I cannot live with myself any longer".
Something must be terribly wrong with society when one of its own commits suicide. If such people had one good caring friend to talk to, I believe such suicides could have been avoided. Talking can relieve pain. Especially if one talks to others who also have pain. Then there is emphathy. Perhaps there should be more clubs or groups where people can join to talk and share their pain. Could it be pain because there is lack of money? Like my mum always used to say - 'If you have no money in this world, better die'. I don't think that is a good view. Just look at the man with no legs or the blind man or the paralysed man or the terminally ill cancer patient - they all want to live. So it is strange when healthy, fit young people commit suicide. The PAIN must be intolerable, unbearable that it is better to die. They have lost all faith in dreams, hope, love, goodness, angels, gods and God. Society needs more suicide busters.
39 steps to avoid suicides.
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti- depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. Buy a DVD and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
5. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6. Play more games and read more books than you did last year.
7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskansalmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid.
17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?' 'This too will pass away'.
26. Forgive everyone for everything.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. GOD heals almost everything.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
33. The best is yet to come.
34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35. Do the right thing!
36. Call your family often.
37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.
38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
Finally, when my mum came back from her holiday in Australia, she bought me a present- a coin with St Patrick on one side and an Irish blessing on the other. The blessing - May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, May nothing but happiness come through your door!