From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"Recent News Articles from 1996 on regarding Revelation"
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- 3/7/96 Sheep cells duplicated. New York - Scientists have found a way to make hundred of genetically identical sheep from cells in a laboratory dish, a step that could greatly improve the ability to tinker with genes of farm animals.
- 3/7/96 Newt pushes military stance. Washington - The United States must sharply increase weapons spending and expand its clandestine intelligence capability to avoid increased security risks in the coming century, House Speaker Newt Gingrich said today, at a conference on NATO. He claims that the peaceful, democratic world created by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 is fantasy, instead we are entering the age of terrorism, and the People’s Republic of China was his main comment.
The proposed 1997 Defense Department budget of $242.6 billion, is a 3.6% drop from $251.8 billion in 1996. By the year 2001 it is projected to be at $269.6 billion.
- 3/7/96 Israeli troops back in the West Bank and Hamas condemned. Washington - In Tel Aviv, Israel on 3/5/96 the Hamas killed 14 people including the bomber, as this was the fourth bombing in nine days. Since the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin made peace with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in September 1993, the total dead has reached at least 150. The Clinton administration is trying to persuade moderate Arab nations (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Qatar) to condemn and isolate Hamas, whose suicide attacks in Israel have thrown the Mideast peace process into disarray.
PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, has stated that he expects to see the collapse of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state. Within five years they will have 6 to 7 million Arabs living on the West Bank (Gaza and Judea-Samaria) and in Jerusalem (divided into Arab and Israeli sectors).
- 3/8/96 Modern humans’ origin may have been Africa. Washington - A small group of humans left Africa, the cradle of their evolution, and went forth to populate Asia, Europe and the Americas about 100,000 years ago, according to scientists who studied genetic patterns in worldwide groups. The analysis of changes in the genetic pattern in chromosomes from 1,600 individuals in 42 groups around the globe detected extensive DNA variety in people in sub-Saharan Africa, but few differences among those elsewhere. Sarah Tishkoff, a Yale University researcher, suggested that all non-Africans derive from a single common ancestral population, which migrated out of northeast Africa.
- 3/25/96 Gomel, Belarus - a city (a former Soviet state) 78 miles northeast of the Chernobyl (in the Ukraine) nuclear power plant, is the unfortunate place where 70 percent of the radiation fell upon it, when the reactor exploded on April 26, 1986. Gomel registered some of the highest levels of plutonium, strontium and cesium contamination after the accident, and is plagued by this in increased cases of cancer in Belarussian children. The deadly reactor fuel shot into the atmosphere, contaminating some 10,000 square miles. Some 5 million people in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were affected by history’s worst nuclear accident, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
- 3/25/96 Comet Hyakutake, the brightest comet to pass the Earth in 20 years is visible to the naked eye and is just below the Big Dipper. On 4-5-96 Scientists are trying to determine why Hyakutake emits X-rays (a strong radiation signal), which were discovered (from a speeding ball of ice and debris) as it passed near Earth, has surprised and puzzled astronomers. The last bright comet was Comet West in 1976.
- 3/25/96 Jerusalem - Islamic militants are trying to acquire nuclear weapons and challenge the world to fight to the finish, Prime Minister Shimon Peres said today, singling out Iran as the major threat. The Prime Minister said that the world must build a broad coalition against Iran as well as Iraq and Libya, who promote Islamic militants on two fronts of Israel. Suicide bombers sent by the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad are trying to wreck Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts. In southern Lebanon, the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah wages guerrilla war against Israeli troops
- 3/28/96 Skin fossil revealed. Albuquerque, N.M. - Scientist say that an extraordinary dinosaur skin fossil is letting them reach back 70 million years. The fossilized impression of a duck-billed dinosaur’s skin was discovered five years ago by a graduate student who was studying rocks near Deming in southern New Mexico. Last year researchers realized that the 10-foot-long, 2-foot-wide textured rock was not fossilized tree bark, but an impression of the skin of one of the massive beasts.
- 4/1/96 Vatican City - The pope says the Roman Catholic Church is in need of a woman’s touch. But this means that Pope John Paul II only called for a ‘new feminism’ to broaden the role of women in church.
- 4/16/96 Russia complex secret. In a secret project that may have roots deep in the Cold War. Russia is building a mammoth, underground military complex in the Ural Mountains, The New York Times reported. American specialist speculate that it may be anything from an underground nuclear command post to a secret weapons production plant.
- 4/18/96 Huge cities threaten environment. Washington - Bangkok 6.6 million people - by 2010 expects 9.3 million. The World Bank estimates by 2010 there will be 800 million motor vehicles in the world. By 2015 there will be 33 ‘megacities’ with populations over 8 million and more than 500 cities with population of 1 million or more.
- 4/22/96 Israeli planes rocket radical bases. Beirut, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes rocketed radical Palestinians’ bases 10 miles south of Beirut at Naameh today. The onslaught began 12 days ago when Israel retaliated against Hezbollah (Party of God) for firing rockets into northern Israel.
- 4/24/96 Methodist churches seek unity. Denver - U.S. churches such as the United Methodists, the nation’s second largest Protestant church, are seeking a merger with the three largest black Methodist churches, at the General Conference of the 8.6 million-member denomination. This results from a racial reconciliation by white Christians, including an apology from the Southern Baptist Convention for racism and the creation of an alliance of white and black Pentecostal churches. This Pan-Methodist Union to occur by 2000 (3.5 million-member African Methodist Episcopal Church, the 1.2 million-member African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church) and to the 720,000 member Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) by 2002. The merger is probably eight to 12 years away.
- 4/25/96 Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist. Gaza City, Gaza Strip - Closing a bloody chapter in history after 32-year struggle for statehood, the Palestinian parliament-in-exile declared yesterday that it no longer sought Israel’s destruction and had abandoned armed struggle.
Despite the historic importance of the vote, Israel still faces the threat of attack from Muslim rebel groups – such as Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas - which oppose the council’s position and deny Israel’s right to exist.
- 5/20/96 America graying at the temples. Washington - The post-World War II baby boomers turn the corner into their second 50 years. The Census Bureau forecasts that the 65-and-over population will grow from one in eight Americans now to one in six by 2020 (53 million) and one in five by 2050 (80 million). Some 75 million people were born in the United States during the boom years, 1946 through 1964.
- 5/20/96 Infectious diseases threaten health progress. Geneva - Overuse of medicine, human settlement of uninhabited areas, international travel and poverty have combined to produce a devastating spread of infectious diseases. A report by the World Heath Organization (WHO) warns that we are standing on the brink of a global crisis, as untreatable forms of malaria and tuberculosis and the emergence of killers like AIDS and Ebola threaten to undermine health care.
These outbreaks occurred in the world: 1991 Cholera; 1992 Lassa fever, Dengue, and V. cholerae; 1993 Dengue, Hantavirus, Anthrax, Rift Valley fever, Yellow fever, Diphtheria; 1994 Dengue, Plague, and Morbillivirus; 1995 Yellow fever and Ebola.
1995 biggest killers (in millions)
Over the past 20 years, at least 30 new diseases have emerged.
- Pneumonia and other acute respiratory infections: 4.4 million.
- Diarrheal disease like cholera, typhoid, dysentery: 3.1 million.
- Tuberculosis: 3.1 million.
- Malaria: 2.1 million.
- Hepatitis B: More than 1.1 million.
- AIDS: More than 1 million. About 20 million adults are infected.
- 5/24/96 Yeltsin star of election. An astrologer, Vladimir Kopylov of the Russian Astrological Society said, "Astrologically, this is an excellent year for Yeltsin, his sun is in the 10th house – the house of power and fame and the highest peak of the horoscope." Most polls now show president Boris Yeltsin, an Aquarian, with a slight lead over his main challenger, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, a Cancer.
- 5/26/96 Russia sees bad, worse choices in election. Moscow - Five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, life for many Russians is a grim struggle. Those with jobs or pensions often go months without being paid, prices are soaring and corruption and crime are rampant. A recent study by the Brookings Institution think-tank concludes that economic conditions in Russia are as bad as those in the United States during the Depression. While the West sees Yeltsin as a reformer, many Russians blame him and free-market reforms for their misery.
- 6/7/96 Pesticide risk - 1000 times more dangerous than reported. Washington - Pesticides in the environment that have been linked to breast cancer and male birth defects may be up to 1,000 times more damaging when paired with other pollutants than when working alone. The Environmental Protection Agency was astonished, as this report may change the methods of measuring the environmental effects of chemicals. The study centered on endosulfan, dieldrin, toxaphene, and chlordane, all pesticide chemicals that are known to activate a gene that makes estrogen in animals. Estrogen is a hormone that controls formation of female organs. Each pesticide has a very weak effect on the estrogen gene, but when any are combine their potency increased by a 1,000-fold.
Oh well we’ve been duped again.
- 6/12/96 U.S. weapons often fall into enemy hands. Washington - The United States subsidized $7.6 billion in arms exports to foreign governments through loans, an increase of 8.6% over $7 billion in 1994, said the World Policy Institute. In 1995 Congress approved a new $15 billion taxpayer-backed arms export loan guarantee. Most of these weapons are getting to friend and foe, through resales, confiscation and even theft. During the U.S. last five incursions in Panama, Iraq, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia, the troops faced forces who had gained access to U.S. weaponry or military technology.
In 1993, after the Persian Gulf War, the United States hit a high of $33 billion in global weapons sales, since the Soviet Union is absent, we control more than half the market. This year the United States is expected to make some $12 billion to $15 billion in arms sales globally.
- 6/16/96 Election offers unprecedented choice, unprecedented stakes. Moscow - Russia has never had an election with stakes this high. For the first time in their 1,000-year history, Russians have a real choice about what kind of country they will have. Today’s presidential election (with 106 million eligible voters) will shape the future of the largest nation on the planet, a nuclear power spanning two continents and 11 time zones. Five years after the Soviet collapse, Russia is still a country on the cusp, wavering between reform and retreat, between an unclear future and a troubled Communist past.
Will Russians give Boris Yeltsin and his promise to turn Russia into a capitalist democracy another chance? Will they choose Communist Party leader Zyuganov and his nostalgia-soaked vision of a secure superpower? Or will they choose one of the eight others, who stand somewhere in-between.
- 6/19/96 Shift of power may shake peace process. Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu moved into the prime minister’s office today, which has alarmed the Arab world (specifically Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia) to negotiate peace "without preconditions."
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Amr Moussa criticized Netanyahu’s speech as having a negative effect on the peace process.
- 6/23/96 Soldiers may have been exposed to chemical weapons. Washington - In a major reversal, the Pentagon, is taking another look at the chance U.S. soldiers may have been exposed to chemical gas following the Persian Gulf War. The United Nations has provided information indicating an Iraqi ammunition bunker destroyed by U.S. troops in March 1991 may have contained chemical weapons, pentagon officials said Friday. Some 300 to 400 members of the Army’s 37th Engineering Battalion from Fort Bragg, N.C., were involved with the site know as Kamisiyah depot in southern Iraq. The detection equipment showed no indication of the presence of chemical agents. The soldiers were three miles away and were not wearing protective clothing at the time. President Clinton said, ".. we have no evidence today that Americans were exposed.." On 8/29/96 The Pentagon now concedes that U.S. intelligence officials knew in November 1991 that chemical weapons had been stored at an Iraqi ammunition depot blown up by U.S. troops. The intelligence officials did not realize that American troops had been at the site.
- 7/25/96 Ancient fossil found. Anthropologist found Ankarapithecus meteai as a 60-pound, fruit-eating ape that roamed Turkey long before the evolutionary split (i.e. 10 million years), and proposed a connection to the human family.
- 7/21/96 Palestinians losing ground. Jerusalem - The new right-wing Israeli government recently revoked the residency permits of hundreds of Palestinians and grant construction permits in the city and is preparing to build a Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.
- 8/5/96 Israel ready for peace. Amman, Jordan - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that Israel is ready to restart negotiations with Syria and is willing to talk about all aspects of a peace, including the Golan Heights.
- 9/1/96 Iraqi troops sent to crush Kurdish separatists in ‘safe haven.’ Baghdad, Iraq - Saddam Hussein is acting up again after 5 years since the Persian Gulf War by sending troops and tanks into northern Iraq to crush a group of Kurdish separatists in a mountainous enclave protected by U.S.-led forces. He is pushing his luck since this would be in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions designed to protect them. On 9/3/96 President Clinton unleashed 27 cruise missiles at military targets in southern Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein for attacking Kurds. Britain, Germany and Japan applauded. Russia and China were critical.
- 9/4/96 Israeli, Palestinian leaders in historic summit. Erez Crossing, Gaza Strip - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for the first time with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, both seem committed to carry out peace agreements. Both were invited to attend a summit in Washington on 9/30/96.
- 9/17/96 U.N. opens session anxious about future. United Nations - The U.N. General Assembly opens its 51st annual session with delegates from the 185 member-states designating Malaysia’s U.N. ambassador, Razali Ismail, as president of the General Assembly session. He will succeed outgoing President Diogo Freitas do Amaral of Portugal of the one-year term. Also on agenda is the $2.9 billion owed to the U.N. for dues by the United States, who have withheld payments to demand reform.
- 9/26/96 Palestinian-Israeli clashes. Yasser Arafat’s security forces and Israeli troops battled each other with automatic gunfire in the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem.
- 10/4/96 Exposure to Toxins. Many vets fear chemical contact made after war. Many of the marines walked through the deserts of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, but were never ordered to put on the protective gear that they carried. Pentagon officials could not rule out the possibility of up to 100,000 troops being exposed to dangerous toxins after the war ended in March 1991. The Gulf War Syndrome has been reported as symptoms consisting of aching joints, fatigue and memory loss.
Another source believe that the military personnel may have come in contact with a virus that became activated upon connection with wartime chemicals and other pollutants that made them more susceptible to illness.
- 10/7/96 Israel will not try to modify peace pact. Erez Checkpoint, Gaza Strip - Peace talks resumed under Western governments are pressuring the tow sides to resolve disputes over the long-overdue withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank city of Hebron.
- 10/9/96 Documents suggest chemical existence no surprise to U.S. Documents in Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf’s headquarters warned that destruction of Iraqi chemical and biological weapons during the Persian Gulf War could have great international implications days before the U.S. soldiers blew up tons of deadly nerve gas in southern Iraq. For years, Pentagon officials denied that U.S. personnel in the Gulf were exposed to chemical weapons, but now have acknowledged that up to 15,000 may have been exposed to low levels. Some experts put the number at 1000,000 or more
- 10/15/96 Jordan’s King Hussein pays West Bank visit. Jericho, West Bank - King Hussein of Jordan visited the West Bank today for the first time since losing the territory to Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and told the Palestinians he would stand by their side against Israel.
- 10/27/96 Pope speaks about evolution. New York - In a major statement of the Roman Catholic Church’s position on the theory of evolution, Pope John Paul II has proclaimed that the theory is "more than just a hypothesis" and that evolution is compatible with Christian faith. In a written message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the pope said the theory of evolution has been buttressed by scientific studies and discoveries. The academy, a body of scientific experts, advises the church on scientific matters. The pope’s pronouncement was remarkable to theologians and will prove controversial among conservative Christian fundamentalists in the United States who prefer the Creation story of the biblical book of Genesis.
- 11/1/96 Researchers find more evidence of life on Mars. London - British scientists say that they have found evidence that there was once life on Mars from a meteorite carrying organic material, found in Antarctica in 1979 and 1984. In August, scientist at NASA found microscopic and chemical evidence of life on Mars in meteorite, which date back to about 3.6 billion years.
- 11/7/96 New York - Scientists say they have found the earliest signs of life on Earth, chemical signatures hidden in microscopic mineral grains more than 3.85 billion years old.
- 11/10/96 U.S. focuses on genetically engineered crops. Washington - The United States will stress liberalized trade (ease of transport), political reform in poor countries, and genetically engineered crops (which produce more food on less land with less water) as solutions to world hunger at a U.N.-sponsored World Food Summit this week in Rome. The plan of how to feed the estimated 800 million people out of the world’s 5.8 billion who lack enough food. The United States is the world’s leading food exporter, shipping $60 billion worth of food overseas last year.
- 11/20/96 Fossil discovery just made us about 400,000 years older. New York - An African jaw bone is the earliest positively dated (radiometric method) fossil in the human family, extending the age of the genus (large-brained) Homo by 400,000 years, scientists report. The 2.33 million-year-old jaw was found near a scattering of crude stone tools in fossil sediments in the Hadar highlands of northern Ethiopia. During 2.5 million years ago the onset of the ice ages in Europe and North America affected Africa’s climate as well and favored the evolutionary changes that led to modern humans (Homo sapiens).
- 11/17/96 After 700 years, stolen stone back in Scotland. Scots welcomed the return of the Stone of Scone, an ancient symbol of sovereignty stolen by an English king 700 years ago. The rough-hewn block of gray sandstone, weighing 458 pounds and also known as the Stone of Destiny, had rested inside the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey since it was taken as war booty by King Edward I in 1296. The stone was taken on 11/14/96.
- 11/20/96 U.S. radiation victims make deal. Washington - The government has agreed to pay $4.8 million for 12 of 18 cases for conducting Cold War-era radiation experiments (injection of plutonium and uranium) on unwitting victims between 1944 and 1974, an Energy Department official said. These test included injecting 18 hospital patients in New York, Illinois, California and Tennessee with plutonium. The tests for the Army’s Manhattan Project sprang from efforts to develop atomic weapons, by gauging how radioactive substances react inside humans.
- 12/6/96 Nerve gas found at Iraqi depot, Pentagon says. Washington - A deadly nerve gas (sarin and mustard gas) spewed out of canisters found by U.N. inspectors at an Iraqi weapons depot, a Pentagon official said, adding new details to evidence that Americans were exposed to chemical weapons.
- 12/12/96 France firmly opposes American U.N. pick. United Nations - France is opposing the U.S. favorite the 58 year-old U.N. Undersecretary Kofi Annan of Ghana. By 12/15/96 the 15-member Security Council, voted unanimously for him, and now the 185-member General Assembly must ratify the choice.
- 12/17/96 New super-computers are super fast. Using more than 9000 Pentium Pro Intel Corp. chips which can run at about 1.4 teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second), this type of computer is the first step in doing a real simulation of the physical world.
- 12/17/96 Survivor of experiments gets an apology. Rochester, N.Y. -- Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary apologized to the last survivor (Mary Jean Connell, age 74) of government experiments in which patients (18 others aging from 24 to 61 are all dead) were secretly injected with highly radioative doses (5,000 times the maximum permitted) of uranium and plutonium 50 years ago (1946) at a Rochester hospital in New York. The apology was part of the federal government's $4.8 million settlement with Ms. Connell and relatives of 11 plutonium-experiment victims in Illinois, California, Tennessee and New York. Scientists working for the Army's Manhattan Project wanted to gauge how radioactive substances react inside humans.
This file updated on July 11, 2003.
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