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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Mar 5, 2016 at 20:24

HI, Moh

Thank you for your enlightenment about the midget subs in Jackson Harbor, etc. As for Cowra, I actually spent a couple of days there -- the furthest inland I made it in the year I was Down Under.

I doubt that our ancestors lived in Doggerland. My own yDNA haplogroup is R1b, which is extremely common today in Western Europe. In the Doggie days, however, I believe the most common yDNA was Hg I:


They were hunter-gatherer types, present in small numbers. The R1b types in those days were in Turkey and Russia. The Turkish branch were cattle-herders. Those were the ancestors of most modern Brits.

I've just finished perusing Australia's recent Defence White Paper. They essentially consider their closest friends to be NZ, Japan and the US, and are wary of Chinese expansion and Middle East-generated terrorism. They also have something of a "mother hen" attitude toward the Pacific Islands. Reasonable enough. Meanwhile, the US Defence White Paper, it turns out, was typed on CharminĀ® Extra Soft toilet paper. It consists of three main fall-back positions concerning all foes: (1) bluff, (2) hide and (3) do spin-control. I don't know whether that will change or not, with a new person in the White House.

I've got to go over those prophecies from Revelation. Your comments make me imagine you as a "survivalist" of sorts. That's a wasted effort, besides being awfully expensive. We're looking at laying out a few thousand dollars, just to have flooring put in a few rooms. Building a bomb shelter would be considerably more costly. Around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), when we actually did almost start a nuclear war, the Civil Defence Administration put out many pamphlets


including one on how to build a bomb shelter. We owned our own home then, with an eleven-course basement -- ideal for building a bomb shelter in -- but never built one. In fact, I believe the air raid siren accidentally went off in Kansas City, right at the height of the crisis, and not one person went looking for a shelter. After that, I no longer saw any more pamphlets, nor heard any admonitions to build shelters. In fact, I think we stopped "duck and cover" drills around the same time. The B-58 practice bombing runs over our house also stopped, while I was in the Army in the early 1970s. It seems that Russian AA missiles had gotten so good, the B-58s had already become obsolete. Since then, our protection against nuclear war has pretty much amounted to pretending that it will never happen, and going on with our lives.

Lately, everyone's been talking about wanting to start a nuclear war: The North Koreans, the Russians, the Iranians and Hizbullah all say they'll nuke this place or that if we don't do what they want. What do you suppose President Hillary will do about it? I don't know. I imagine she'll be using Wikileaks for her email server, so we'll be able to follow it easily enough.

Zechariah 14 describes the coming nuclear war, in gory detail. By the signs of the times, I'd guess that will happen about 2030. I would love to live that long, and to be in good health (I'll be 82). I plan to be trusting in God, preaching the gospel and trying to live like Jesus. That should keep me safe, whether I die before then or not. I also plan to keep praying for my family and for the church.

The Bible says that in those days, the enemies of believers will be members of their own families. That means we're not "safe" in Oregon, nor in New South Wales, nor in Scott Station in Antarctica. Our only safety will be knowing God, and trusting in His eternal word.

It's good to hear from you again. I was very impressed by the black backs on those white shirts in Sydney -- all dressed up, they were, in shirts and ties... and covered with flies! I was also impressed by the feral dogs that roamed around the place in packs., but mostly by the beauty of the place, and the little front yards people had, all abloom with flowers, year round. Maybe, in my resurrection body, I'll be able to see the place again sometime in the next 1,000 years. I can't guarantee it, though -- time really flies, when we get old. I think I'll see it, though -- and you.

I don't know what will happen with Putin, etc. I just expect that one way or another, Turkey and Iran will somehow find themselves allies, attacking Israel. Right now, that alliance doesn't exist; but things can change fast in the Middle East.

Shalom shalom.


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