Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Are There Tsunamis in the Bible?

Interesting story---

/PRNewswire/ -- The recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the 2004 Indonesian earthquake and tsunami have shocked the world. Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, an archeologist and geologist who has spent years researching the Bible's stories of catastrophe, says that tsunamis that dwarf those of Japan and Indonesia are written about in the Bible. In his new book "THE COMETS OF GOD" Goodman says the Bible tells of a mega-tsunami that occurred in the past and a mega-tsunami that is to occur in the future.

Goodman points out when key phrases in the Bible's account of "Noah's Flood" are properly translated they tell how a comet impact caused a mega-tsunami, which in turn caused the Flood! Physical evidence comes from the 2006 discovery of the 18-mile wide Burckle impact crater at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. A 2008 History Channel documentary about the Burckle crater concludes, "The cause of the Biblical Great Flood may have been a massive three-mile wide comet that crashed into the Indian Ocean 4,800 years ago." Goodman says an impact this large would have caused an earthquake tens of thousands of times more powerful than the Japanese earthquake with tsunami waves about 1000 times higher. Towering tsunamis would have gone out in all directions, even north toward the land of Noah and up the Tigris-Euphrates Valley in Iraq, before slamming into the "mountains of Ararat" in Turkey and falling back to flood the land. Physical evidence for this event comes from unique chevron shaped tsunami deposits that have been found far inland in Africa, Australia and India. These deposits contain deep water shells mixed with unique materials from the comet's impact. One deposit is over 600 feet high, covering an area twice the size of Manhattan.

Astonishingly, Goodman says the Bible prophesies about another impact-triggered mega-tsunami. The Second Trumpet of the Bible's Book of Revelation (Rev 8:8-9) tells how "a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood (the word 'blood' is a metaphor for 'death') and the third part of the creatures in the sea ... died, and the third part of the ships were destroyed." This prophecy describes a comet the size of a mountain hitting the ocean. Geoscientists calculate an oceanic impact would heat the sea water to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The subsequent fireball of steam and ejecta and tsunamis would affect a large area, killing sea life and destroying countless ships.

Goodman is not the only scientist to relate descriptions of events from the Bible to cosmic impacts. A growing number of astronomers and planetary scientists have begun to write about how the catastrophes of "Revelation" accurately describe different types of cosmic impact.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Uncle Sam Wants to Know: Got Your National ID Ready?

Ready to go on a trip?  How about applying for a job? How about a trip to a National Park?

I thought the National ID card was, ummm,  history.  Apparently not.  It would appear that on May 11 of this year, (yes, 2011), all driver's licenses must adhere to national standards.  It also appears these new national standards could really impact some of our freedoms as well.

Some of the regulations for the Real ID which will become active are really not new.  What is new is the idea that state issued ID cards will no longer be accepted by federal government operations-  like entering a federal building or flying on an airplane.  What is new is a government database.

Originally, these new standards were to be in place by 2008, but due to states' lack of support and the public outrage at the time, the date was moved to 2011.  Many states have passed legislation opposing the Real ID since 2005.

Well, 2011 is here.  Where is the press on this issue? I haven't seen any uproar on this topic.

Gee, wonder if this little gem is still in the government budget this year? Somebody has to pay for this.  Oh, that's right.  You and me.

Read more:

Real ID act goes into effect on May 11
The American Dream

For a moment, imagine a future where you are not able to drive a car, get on a plane, get on a train, vote, enter a federal building, open a bank account or get a job without a national ID card. You don't think that could ever happen in America? Well, you might want to brush up on the Real ID Act because it is going to go into effect on May 11, 2011 unless something is done to stop it. ......

Real ID Final Rule

House Republicans attempt to revive Real ID
by Declan McCullagh

If you're a resident of one of at least 24 states including Arizona, Georgia, and Washington, your driver's license may no longer be valid for boarding an airplane or entering federal buildings as of May 11, 2011. That's the deadline that senior House Republicans are calling on the Obama administration to impose, saying states must be required to comply with so-called Real ID rules creating a standardized digital identity card that critics have likened to a national ID.....

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Taxing Fido and Kitty in Georgia Not Such a Good Idea

There's a lot of buzz in the world of our beloved pets as Georgia lawmakers discuss taxing pet owners if the pets are seen by veterinarians.  Medical products such as prescriptions for veterinary products are already taxed.

Georgia House Bill 385 Section 3-3 would add a tax for not only the services veterinarians provide like examinations, but also includes taxes on the labor costs of hair cuts, shoe repair, lawn care, home repair and other professional services.  Does it really make sense to pay a tax on renting a safety deposit box or a service contract for household appliances? 

Many veterinarians believe that taxing their services will not dramatically add to the bottom line for state revenues.  Instead, it has the potential of reducing pet care.  Many families are struggling to survive, and adding the projected 7-9% on to the costs of services could have a negative impact on not only veterinarians, but also to small business owners.

In reading the bill in its current state, it is interesting to note veterinarians' services are lumped in to services like watch or auto repair.  Should the well being of animals be in this bill?

Included in this bill is the beginning of overhauling the Georgia tax codes by reducing rates for individuals, and raising sales taxes. Read more about it and think how this bill will affect your bottom line. 

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Read the bill and then urge your representative to oppose HB 385.  I just don't think its the right bill in its current form.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

But I Have a Prescription!

The new year has brought so much to my life already.  Even though the winter storm has kept me off the streets and huddling in the house, I have much to be really thankful for.  I love the fact that I have food and electricity.  Heck, I even have a prescription that I can't use!

The wonderful new rules for the Flexible Health Savings Account has me fuming and the house is staying toasty comfy with just the heat I am generating. 

Depending on the FSA has been a wonderful treat for me over the past several years.  I can have money taken out of my hard earned paycheck and have it just waiting for me to use on health care.

In November, I was aware the new rules for 2011 would no longer allow the purchase of over the counter medicines with the FSA unless a kind physician wrote a prescription.  So, I adjusted the FSA and have had to guess just how sick the family will get this year.  I sure hope the crystal ball I used was still in warrenty!

Off to the doctor we go after January 1st and, oops, he recommended an over the counter medicine to help with a minor issue.  He wrote the prescription as he also is aware of the new law and he knows I have a FSA account.

Happily, with my prescription for an over the counter medicine in hand, I skip off to the pharmacy.  Proudly, I hand in the prescription to the pharmacist along with the prescribed over the counter medicine.

"Uh, what do you want me to do with this?"

"Well," I smiled, "my FSA says I have to follow the new rules for 2011 and have a prescription for the over the counter medicine.  Here it is."

"I can't do anything with the prescription.  It's over the counter," replied the not-so-smiling pharmacist.

"I know. This documents that I have a doctor's recommendation to use it.  So, run it through the FSA wonder machine."

The kind pharmicist scratched his head and agreed to do so.

Guess what? The wonder FSA folks won't accept the purchase because it is OVER THE COUNTER. 

But, I have a prescription.

Wonder how long it will be before someone who can make decisions about the rules will figure out there's a slight problem with the system?  Will it be when they try to buy the over the counter aspirin to counter the pounding headache they get from all the irate prescription holding common folk?

It kind of feels like getting all dressed up with no place to go.  Hmm, just like this week with the major winter storm.  But, lucky me, I have a prescription.