WASHINGTON — From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms.
On a single day this month here, a US Airways regional jet became stuck in asphalt that had softened in 100-degree temperatures, and a subway train derailed after the heat stretched the track so far that it kinked — inserting a sharp angle into a stretch that was supposed to be straight. In East Texas, heat and drought have had a startling effect on the clay-rich soils under highways, which “just shrink like crazy,” leading to “horrendous cracking,” said Tom Scullion, senior research engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University. In Northeastern and Midwestern states, he said, unusually high heat is causing highway sections to expand beyond their design limits, press against each other and “pop up,” creating jarring and even hazardous speed bumps.
Excessive warmth and dryness are threatening other parts of the grid as well. In the Chicago area, a twin-unit nuclear plant had to get special permission to keep operating this month because the pond it uses for cooling water rose to 102 degrees; its license to operate allows it to go only to 100.
“We’ve got the ‘storm of the century’ every year now,” said Bill Gausman, a senior vice president and a 38-year veteran at the Potomac Electric Power Company, which took eight days to recover from the June 29 “derecho” storm that raced from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard and knocked out power for 4.3 million people in 10 states and the District of Columbia.
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The euro crisis has returned with a vengeance this week, with Greece potentially facing bankruptcy, Spain teetering towards a bailout and even Germany at risk of losing its top credit rating. A group of prominent economists are calling for a radical restructuring of Europe and the euro zone to prevent a disaster of “incalculable proportions.”
A panel of respected European economics experts are ringing the alarm bell this week over the euro crisis — direly calling on all European leaders to move swiftly to deploy the most powerful tools available to halt the currency’s downward spiral.
“We believe that as of July 2012, Europe is sleepwalking toward a disaster of incalculable proportions,” the New York-based Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) stated in a report warning leaders they need to move faster and more decisively to save the common currency. Otherwise it could very well disintegrate.
The study’s publication on Tuesday couldn’t be any timelier, given the recent dramatic developments in the euro crisis. Greece’s recession is proving to be farworse than previously expected, it is getting tougher for Spain to raise money on the markets (on Tuesday, interest rates on 10-year Spanish bonds rose to an unsustainable 7.6 percent) and Germany’s top triple-A rating is also at risk.
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The world is in free fall into disaster. Every day I am amazed on how close we are to the rise of the antichrist. The only way out of this mess is if God shows the world some mercy and pause the events that seems to fulfill prophecy before our eyes.
I have been watching these events unfold over the past weeks and did not comment to much. The main reason is because I am not sure how all of these events will play out. I have prayed for guidance, but the only answer I got was to keep watch and trust in the Lord. I can speculate like most of us do, but I believe that we are in the time were we will see events unfold and prophecy fulfilled and our theories will become of less importance. The following facts is what I am watching:
1) We are still in the midst of a confirmed covenant with many with the ENPI.
2) Europe is still united and resembles the RRE.
3) Europe does not cling together like iron and clay.
4) The WEU handed over their power to the EU beast.
5) The man behind the scene is still hidden and did not receive power or a kingdom.
6) The economic woes in Europe resembles a deadly wound that is about to drag the world down with it.
7) Unrest in Syria. Will Damascus survive?
8 ) Israel is surrounded by enemy armies. Will Jerusalem follow soon?
9) Extreme weather worldwide.
These facts can not be overlooked. And just another thought, I see many watchmen are expecting the Eze 38/Gog war. I beg to differ with them. The Israel of the end times, tribulation period (time of Jacobs trouble) are fleeing from the antichrist and the Israel after the Eze 38 war are victorious, united with their God and will not flee from the beast. Like I said in the beginning, how all of this will play out remains hidden to me, but we will see prophecy fulfilled before our eyes.