The sixth shake before the sixth seal: Revelation 6

The sixth earthquake in four days rocks the SC Midlands. What to know

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Another earthquake shook up the South Carolina Midlands Thursday morning.

The earthquake hit at around 7 a.m. about 20 miles outside of Columbia, according to the United States Geological Survey. The 2.5 magnitude had it’s epicenters near Elgin.

This is the sixth earthquake since Dec. 27 when a 3.3 magnitude quake was reported. People reported feeling shaking and hearing a loud boom during some of the other quakes. All the seismic activity has been centered near Elgin or neighboring Lugoff. The other four earthquakes have been 2.5 magnitude or lower.

An earthquake of 2.5 magnitude is considered minor, according to seismologists. For the most part quakes that register 2.5 magnitude or less go unnoticed and are only recorded by a seismograph. Any quake less than 5.5 magnitude is not likely to cause significant damage.

Earthquakes can happen in clusters, seismologist say.

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Antichrist reaching out to Sunnis and Kurds is a positive step, says Iraqi academic

Sadrist Movement reaching out to Sunnis and Kurds is a positive step, says Iraqi academic

Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr’s new coalition does not have the numbers to pick president and prime minister, but new possibilities are opening up. Iran is trying to undermine the coalition. For Saad Salloum, this process could lead the country away from sectarianism and to a country based on the concepts of community, citizenship, and national identity.

Baghdad (AsiaNews) – The Sadrist movement is trying to form a bloc in parliament to overcome traditional sectarian divisions. The goal is to unite Shias, Sunnis and Kurds so as to create a majority, form a government and elect the country’s next president.

Led by Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr, the Movement won the largest number of seats (75) in last year’s elections. Last Friday, it created a coalition called “Let’s save the fatherland (Enqadh Watan).

Although its path forward is still long and troubled, it could be a turning point for Iraq; ending months of stalemate would contribute to building a country based on peace and fraternity” for all its citizens.

Compared to the past, when the Sadrist movement sought the support of other Shia factions, backed by Iran, this time it is seeking an alliance with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (31 seats) and the Sunni Coalition of Sovereignty (62 seats).

At present, no one has the votes to elect the head of state, which requires a two-thirds majority. However, the six-months stalemate is complicating the future since it is preventing the formation of a fully operational government to deal with country’s current challenges: international crises, the economy, corruption, and post-war reconstruction.

For Saad Salloum, a journalist and associate professor at the College of Political Sciences of al-Mustanṣiriyya University in Baghdad, one of the oldest in the world, this is a positive sign that could herald a change from sectarianism to the “concept of community”.

Speaking to AsiaNews, the Iraqi academic explains that “it is very important” to change the “political system” set up in 2003, following the US invasion, which was “based on groups – Shias, Sunnis, Yazidis, etc. – at the exclusion of the concept of community”.

“This has led to parties that represent their respective groups, pursuing only their claims and demands, preventing the emergence of a true national identity and leaving no room for the concept of citizenship.”

This is why “every move aimed at rejecting this system and philosophy is positive. We must imagine a political majority and not groups; every sign that goes in this direction of reform must be seen in a positive way.”

The main rival of the Sadrist Movement and its coalition is the Shia-dominated, pro-Iran Coordination Framework (64 seats), which still hopes to play a role in forming the new government.

Historically, Shias have had the largest number of seats and usually formed the government. This time however the divisions between Sadrists and pro-Iranian factions are too wide to bridge and a deal does not seem to be in the cards.

Because of this, the radical Moqtada al-Sadr is reaching out to Sunnis and Kurds to form a bloc capable of overcoming sectarian differences.

To this end, the Sadrist-led coalition “Let’s save the fatherland” named Riber Ahmad, Iraqi Kurdistan Interior Minister, for the presidency, and Jafar al-Sadr, Muqtada’s cousin and Iraqi ambassador to the United Kingdom, for the post of prime minister.

Last Saturday, coalition members called for a parliamentary vote for the head of state but the move was unsuccessful.

The coalition needs a two-thirds majority (220 seats), but only 202 MPs were present for the vote. And the three parties’ coalition could count on a maximum of 168 seats, far from the required number.

Now they are looking for votes but it is an uphill battle as Iran tries to split the Shias and create divisions within the coalition between Sunnis and Kurds.

The Russia-Ukraine war is WOEFUL news for nuclear nonproliferation: Daniel

The Russia-Ukraine war may be bad news for nuclear nonproliferation

Michael E. O’Hanlon and Bruce Riedel Tuesday, March 29, 2022

As we watch with horror and sadness the extreme devastation associated with Russia’s ongoing attack on Ukraine — with perhaps 10 million displaced and up to 20,000 killed to date — another potential casualty of this conflict is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the general international effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Alas, though some arms control advocates would like to argue that the only purpose of nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack on one’s territory, recent world events confirm that nuclear weapons can have another plausible purpose for some countries. For smaller or weaker states, owning nuclear weapons helps ensure that a large country will not be able to attack them and overthrow their government. Or, at least, the converse is true — NOT having nukes clearly leaves one vulnerable.

Just ask Saddam Hussein, who did not have nuclear weapons, about the 2003 Iraq war. Or Moammar Gadhafi, who also did not have nuclear weapons, about the 2011 NATO air campaign launched against Libya after he threatened to exterminate domestic opponents. Of course, we cannot really ask them — because not only are their regimes gone, they are dead, as a direct consequence of wars that they could not deter with conventional arms alone.

Watching all this, Kim Jong Un had already made the calculation, long before the Ukraine war, that he would cherish the North Korean nuclear weapons that his grandfather and father had bequeathed him. Our efforts to persuade him to denuclearize have failed under U.S. President Joe Biden’s four immediate predecessors, and the Biden team itself appears to be putting little effort into the quest itself, perhaps out of recognition that the task is just too hard if attempted in absolutist terms.

North Korea is not alone. Twenty four years ago we tried to persuade Pakistan not to test nuclear weapons after India had done so. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott led a team to Islamabad to make the case. Then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reluctantly said he had no choice, and, buoyed by Saudi money and his Chinese ally, Pakistan tested.

Now we watch a Ukrainian regime vilified as “Nazi” in nature by Russian propaganda fighting for its territory, as well as its existence as a country — and indeed the personal survival of its leadership. Can there be any doubt that Putin would prefer the dismemberment and annexation of Ukraine — Putin has repeatedly called into doubt the very concept of Ukraine as a sovereign state — and the capture or killing of its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, given the way Putin has demonized him? When aggressors have extremist, existential goals like these, nuclear theorists rightly argue that nuclear weapons alas CAN be relevant, for threatening unacceptable retaliation to any such attack and thereby deterring it.

At the end of the Cold War, Ukraine had the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal. The fact that, in 1994, Ukraine returned to Russia almost 2,000 nuclear weapons that it had inherited from the breakup of the Soviet Union — receiving in reply a guarantee, in the form of the Budapest Memorandum (also signed by the U.K. and U.S.) that Ukraine would not be attacked — adds insult to the injury. Presumably Kyiv would like to take that decision back, given Russia’s subsequent behavior.

Some countries will draw two lessons, neither in the interest of the United States, from this history. If you have nuclear weapons, keep them. If you don’t have them yet, get them, especially if you lack a strong defender like the United States as your ally, and if you have beef with a big country that could plausibly lead to war.

Thinking through similar hypothetical scenarios 60 years ago, President John F. Kennedy predicted that there would be at least 25 nuclear weapons powers in the course of the 20th century. Luckily, he was wrong, and today we still have only nine. But the reasons for Kennedy’s fears persist; in fact, recent events have exacerbated and magnified them.

There is no simple solution to this problem, and we certainly do not propose that the United States enter the Ukraine war and fight a nuclear superpower today to reduce the risks of nuclear nonproliferation tomorrow. That would be oxymoronic in the extreme.

However, there are other more practical implications of this analysis. One is clearly that the Biden team and U.S. government, more broadly, should be working as hard as possible, not only to help Ukraine defend itself, but to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict that preserves intact most or all of Ukraine’s territory as well as its government. Otherwise, beyond the further damage done to Ukraine and its people, the resulting precedent will be terrible for the cause of nuclear nonproliferation. Second, we need to be more careful about promising alliance expansion when we don’t really mean it. NATO proposed, back in 2008, that Ukraine would someday be invited to join the alliance — but with no timetable and no interim security guarantee. That had the net effect of painting a bullseye on Kyiv’s back that Russia has now targeted. Third, where we do have allies and alliances, we need to be resolute and consistent in conveying our seriousness about defending them. Biden is doing this latter job well, but his predecessor did not.

If we fail in these efforts, Kennedy’s prediction about the spread of nuclear weapons may wind up just being premature, not wrong. That would be a very dangerous and regrettable outcome for the future of international security.

More Seismic Shakes Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

This map shows the location of the epicenter for the last two earthquakes to shake South Carolina. Image: USGS
This map shows the location of the epicenter for the last two earthquakes to shake South Carolina. Image: USGS

South Carolina Remains Seismically Active; More Earthquakes Shake the State


More than 20 earthquakes have struck seismically active South Carolina since December and another pair struck within the last 48 hours.  According to the USGS and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), a 2.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Lugoff on Sunday at 2:27pm.  At 4:05 am yesterday, a weak 0.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Dorchester County. That quake is the second to strike the Lowcountry this year; the first happened on January 9, when a 1.4 magnitude event unfolded.

According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), there are approximately 10-15 earthquakes every year in South Carolina, with most not felt by residents; on average, only 3-5 are felt each year. Most of South Carolina’s earthquakes are located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone. The two most significant historical earthquakes to occur in South Carolina were the 1886 Charleston-Summerville earthquake and the 1913 Union County earthquake. The 1886 earthquake in Charleston was the most damaging earthquake to ever occur in the eastern United States; it was also the most destructive earthquake in the U.S. during the 19th century.

No one is sure what’ll become of this steady stream of light earthquakes or whether or not something larger is looming. For now, the SCEMD has been sending out Tweets to the people of South Carolina encouraging them to be prepared for any disaster this year –earthquakes included.

The Chinese Nuclear Horn’s Doomsday Trains: Daniel 7

DF-41 is said to boast the longest range of any nuclear-capable ballistic missile in the world

China plans ‘Doomsday trains’ that could transport nuclear missiles around the country and even carry out launches which are hard to detect


PUBLISHED: 10:32 EDT, 29 March 2022 | UPDATED: 10:32 EDT, 29 March 2022

China could use high-speed ‘doomsday trains’ to transport and even launch nuclear missiles, a new report suggested.

In a government-funded study published yesterday, engineers looked at the logistics of moving Beijing’s elite DF-41 nuclear-capable missiles onto the rail network.

The mega-missiles weigh 80 tonnes each and can carry nuclear warheads up to 9,300 miles from the launchpad.

DF-41 is said to boast the longest range of any nuclear-capable ballistic missile in the world

Beijing commissioned a new study into the logistics of carrying its elite weapons on trains=

Beijing commissioned a new study into the logistics of carrying its elite weapons on trains=

China is said to have tested DF-41s from trains in 2015, but these reports remain unconfirmed.

The elite weapons, first revealed in 2019, are said to be the longest-range nuclear missiles on the planet.

Carrying them on trains would improve ‘concealment’, the engineers said – and, if necessary, make launches more efficient.

As well as a quick and well-protected means of transport for China’s missiles, the report continued, the shockwaves caused by a launch would be better absorbed by high-speed rail infrastructure.

Researchers wrote in the Journal of Southwest Jiaotong University: ‘Compared with heavy-haul railways, high-speed railways operate faster and more smoothly. 

‘This means that on high-speed rails, the mobility, safety and concealment of military vehicles would be greater.’

The group is led by civil engineering professor Yin Zihong, who is head of the Chinese government’s national research project, according to the South China Morning Post.

In less than two decades, China has built the world's largest high-speed rail network

In less than two decades, China has built the world’s largest high-speed rail network 

Maglev trains have top speeds of 372mph - while missile-carrying locomotives can go 217mph

Maglev trains have top speeds of 372mph – while missile-carrying locomotives can go 217mph

In less than twenty years, China has built by far the world’s largest high-speed rail network – overtaking runners-up Spain and third-placed Japan.

These are ‘favourable conditions’ for the so-called doomsday trains, Yin and his colleagues added. 

The high-speed trains capable of carrying nuclear missiles have a top speed of 217mph, the report said.

And although they’re unlikely to be able to carry missiles, Maglev trains capable of 372mph top speeds would be another asset in wartime. 

Yet though innovative, China’s latest proposal doesn’t come from nowhere. 

The Soviet Union experimented with nuclear weapons-carrying trains during the Cold War.

Twelve nuclear trains were stationed in the Kostroma, Perm and Krasnoyarsk regions, each carrying three missiles.

They came into service in 1987, just a few years before the collapse of the USSR, and were dubbed ‘ghost trains.’

Russia’s doomsday trains were finally disposed of between 2003 and 2005 – and, despite retesting in 2017, are not expected to return any time soon.


The nuclear-capable ballistic missile DF-41, or Dongfeng-41, is said to be capable of ranging up to 9,300 miles – putting the entirety of America within its reach.

They are also said to be able to carry up to 10 nuclear warheads which can be independently manoeuvred, meaning they can strike 10 targets simultaneously.

In order to evade defence systems, DF-41s also carry decoys and can hit the United States within 30 minutes of launch, limiting the amount of time defence systems have to respond.

Chinese military analyst Xi Yazhou said in 2019 that DF-41s would actually ensure the safety of the American people because it could prevent Washington from ‘running risks’ and disagreeing with Beijing.

‘The stronger the deterrence is, the less likely imperialists would run risks,’ the expert gushed in an op-ed published on Sina.

Although the DF-41 has been hailed for its reported capability of carrying 10 nuclear warheads simultaneously, in order to strike the entirety of the United States it would need to be equipped with less warheads to reduce its weight, said the commentator.

‘Therefore, DF-41 should normally carry three to four W88 warheads with a yield of around 500 kilotons or one single warhead with a yield of one million ton,’ he claimed.

He added: ‘One DF-41 could hit and destroy mega cities such as New York without a problem.’

The author then showed an image demonstrating how four warheads could hit the US eastern coast, destroying the Big Apple.

DF-41 made its public debut in Beijing on October 1, 2019 during a military parade in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China.

The mighty weapon, which took 10 years to develop, is ‘the pillar of Beijing’s strategic nuclear power’, said state broadcaster CCTV.

DF, the short form of Dongfeng, means ‘east wind’ in Chinese. It’s the name given to a series of missiles used by China’s People’s Liberation Army.

A New Wave of Terror Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

A member of Israeli Zaka Rescue and Recovery team cleans blood from the site where a gunman opened fire in Bnei Brak, Israel, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire in central Israel late Tuesday, in the second fatal mass shooting rampage this week. The shooter was killed by police….   (Associated Press)

Israeli forces arrest 5 in connection with deadly shooting

By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli forces operating in the West Bank on Wednesday arrested five Palestinians allegedly involved in a deadly shooting attack in central Israel, where a Palestinian gunman on a motorcycle used an assault rifle to kill five people. 

Police identified the shooter as Diaa Hamarsheh, 27, from the Israeli-occupied West Bank village of Yabad. Police shot and killed him late Tuesday, putting an end to the shooting rampage.

In a statement, the military said the suspects were being questioned. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, a group that represents current and former Palestinian prisoners, said those arrested were Hamarsheh’s relatives.

The incident Tuesday was the third attack of its kind ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The previous two attacks, carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel who were inspired by the Islamic State extremist group, have raised concerns of a new round of violence ahead of a sensitive period where three major Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays converge.

Israel ramped up its security presence both in Israeli cities as well as around the West Bank in a bid to snuff out any further violence. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was set to hold a meeting of his Security Cabinet later Wednesday, after convening his top security officials shortly after Tuesday’s attack.

“We are dealing with a new wave of terror,” Bennett said in a statement. “As in other waves, we will prevail.”

Israel in recent weeks has been taking steps aimed at calming tensions and avoiding a repeat of last year, when clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators in Jerusalem boiled over into an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. It planned to ease a series of restrictions against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and held talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II, who also made a rare visit to the West Bank this week, to try to ensure calm during what was expected to be a tense period.

But the new wave of violence is greatly complicating those efforts.

Israeli authorities have not yet determined whether the attacks were organized by militants groups or whether the attackers acted individually.

Tuesday’s shootings occurred at two locations in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox city just east of Tel Aviv. Police said a preliminary investigation found the gunman was armed with an assault rifle and opened fire on passersby before he was shot by officers at the scene. 

Authorities said five people were killed. Police said one of the victims was a police officer who arrived at the scene and engaged the shooter. Two other victims were foreign citizens from Ukraine, police said. 

In the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, saying the killing of Israeli or Palestinian civilians “only leads to further deterioration of the situation and instability, which we all strive to achieve, especially as we are approaching the holy month of Ramadan and Christian and Jewish holidays.” 

He said the violence “confirms that permanent, comprehensive and just peace is the shortest way to provide security and stability for the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.”

No Palestinian groups immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Islamist militant group Hamas praised the “heroic operation,” but stopped short of claiming responsibility.

On Sunday, a pair of gunmen killed two young police officers during a shooting in the central city of Hadera, and last week, a lone assailant killed four people in a car ramming and stabbing attack in the southern city of Beersheba.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli security services raided the homes of at least 12 Arab citizens and arrested two suspected of having ties to the Islamic State group in a crackdown sparked by recent deadly attacks.

Law enforcement officials said 31 homes and sites were searched overnight in northern Israel, an area that was home to the gunmen who carried out the Hadera attack.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the two previous attacks.

All of the attacks have come just ahead of Ramadan, which begins later this week and as Israel hosted a high-profile meeting this week between the foreign ministers of four Arab nations and the United States.

All four Arab nations — Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — along with the United States, condemned the killings.

No Nuclear War … NYET: Revelation 16

Russia Finally Rules Out Using Nuclear Weapons Over Ukraine War


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said Russia is not considering turning to nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine, and reiterated Moscow’s stance that the use of such capabilities would only follow a “threat for existence.”

Peskov told PBS “no one is thinking about using a nuclear weapon,” and that the Ukrainian conflict has “nothing to do with” any threat to Russia’s existence. The comments come a week after on CNN he repeatedly refused to rule out that Russia would consider nuclear force against an “existential threat.”

In the PBS interview on Monday, Peskov had been asked to clarify comments from former President Dmitry Medvedev, who has listed scenarios in which Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons if it faced an existential threat.

Russia has around 6,000 nuclear warheads and Medvedev said Russia’s nuclear doctrine did not require an adversary to use such weapons first.

Medvedev’s words follow a nuclear warning by President Vladimir Putin that his nuclear forces had been put on “high alert” following the invasion he ordered on 24 February. Last week, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned Russia’s “nuclear sabre-rattling.”

Peskov said “we have no doubt” Russia would achieve “all the objectives of our special military operation in Ukraine” referring to the official Russian description of the war, “but any outcome of the operation, of course, is not a reason for usage of a nuclear weapon.”

“We have a security concept that very clearly states that only when there is a threat for existence of the state in our country,” Peskov said, “we can use and we will actually use nuclear weapons to eliminate the threat or the existence of our country.”

“Let’s keep these two things separate,” Peskov said, “I mean, existence of the state and special military operation in Ukraine, they have nothing to do with each other.”