08 August 2005

Do the Math

1. The US Geological Survey is reporting an increasing number of earthquakes in the Ring of Fire. From Japan, to Alaska, to California, to Mexico, to South America, the Pacific Islands, and back around, that tectonic plate is shakin' it better than the mop tops. <http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.html>

2. "A bizarre freeway of fish swimming by the thousands along the shore of Englewood Beach in Florida Thursday morning left crowds of beach-goers agog and marine biologists bewildered. Beach-goers reported that a wide variety of sea creatures came swimming south in a narrow band close to the beach in about 18 inches of water at mid-morning. Included in the swarm were clouds of shrimp, crab, grouper, snapper, red fish and flounder. They were joined by more usual species, including sea robins, needlefish and eels. They were headed south, and the moving mass of sea life stretched a good mile long. All the species "were swimming amongst each other. They weren't attacking each other." "I have never seen anything like that in my life. " The event lasted until late morning, although the parade had thinned out by 11 a.m. A few scientists contacted were surprised to hear of the unusual fish behavior. It was not typical schooling, they said, because many varied species were involved. They agreed was A HIGHLY UNUSUAL EVENT, ONE THEY HAD NEVER ENCOUNTERED BEFORE." <http://sun-herald.com/Newsheadline.cfm?headline=6413&banner=%201> Animals know when disaster is going to strike-- no animal carcasses were found on the shore after the tsunami hit last December, because they sensed it was coming and fled.

3. "A three-day prayer/Tehillim (Psalms) rally is scheduled to get underway on Monday, 3 Av (8 August) which will include the total recitation of the 150 chapters of Psalms every three hours. The event will conclude on Wednesday with a large prayer assembly at the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem at 6pm." <http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=87143>

4. A Hamas militant is calling for all Muslims to ascend to the Temple Mount on August 14/9 Av to "protect" the site from Israelis. Revava, the Jewish group whose focus it is to reclaim the Temple Mount as a Jewish holy site, plans to rally there the same day. The 9th of Av is a holy day of mourning for Jews worldwide; celebrated by a 25-hour fast, the holiday commemorates the destruction of both the first and second temples, as well as a series of Jewish persecutions, all of which happened or began on the 9th of Av. <http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45642 >

5. The Worldwide Headquarters to Save the Land of Israel has decided to dedicate the Torah scroll written in honor of the Jews of Gaza and Northern Shomron on August 16/11 Av. ""The Torah scroll will bring victory to the struggle for the Land of Israel, just as in the days when the land was first conquered and the Ark of the Covenent would 'march at the head of the camp,' " Wolpe said. " <http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=87254>

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