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STRONGEST QUAKE OF THE YEAR
June opened with "a storm and seismic upsurge through the 2nd as a leftover from last month" as predicted. You'll remember that my May forecast called for "a bigger than usual batch of strong storms, floods, and seismic action (including volcanic outbursts and Richter 5 or greater quakes)" during the "May 27 to June 2" period - with an emphasis on "high winds and powerful thunderstorms." As described in the May forecast results, that one certainly lived up to its billing. The spillover into June delivered as promised too. Violent thunderstorms swept across the US Plains and Midwest states starting late on Tuesday the 1st and continuing into Wednesday. Two people were killed and at least ten were injured as more than a dozen tornadoes ripped across the heartland, leaving dozens of homes severely damaged and thousands of people without electricity. In Illinois, railroad cars were blown clean off the tracks near Carlinville. An American Airlines jet attempting to land in a storm at Little Rock AR slid off the runway and burst into flames, killing the pilot and several passengers. Another American Airlines jetliner was luckier, when it ran into rough weather approaching the Dalls-Ft. Worth Airport. Two flight attendants were slightly injured in the incident.
MARS STATIONS, KOSOVA CONFLICT ENDS?
I told you the Mars station opposing Jupiter on the 4th - "within a degree of being exact from May 22 through June 16" as I mentioned - signaled "a last-ditch effort to avert further intensification" of the war between Yugoslavia and NATO." And I predicted that "the kind of diplomatic resolution that gathers steam for a time in early June is in essence a capitulation to genocide." Sure enough, the diplomats went into overdrive as Mars came to its apparent standstill in the heavens. On June 3, Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari got Slobodan Milosevic's agreement to a peace proposal which was then ratified by the Serb Parliament. With a lot of help from Yugoslavia's old ally Russia, a deal was cooked up and signed on June 9. Whether it was "the kind of compromise that made 'peace in our time' a hallmark of shame," as I predicted, remains to be seen. But the outlines of the peace deal are already looking like 1939 all over again.
Consider that the original Rambouillet agreement, which Yugoslavia rejected, would have given Kosova the right to self-determination in free and fair elections. The June deal leaves Kosova right where Slobodan Milosevic wanted it from the start: a province of Serbia, its ethnic Albanian majority subject to another genocidal campaign whenever the Serbs get to feeling brutally nasty again. And they will. Despite the fact that NATO peacekeepers are now pledged to an open-ended term of keeping Serbs and Kosovars from wiping each other out, the fact remains that these two ethnic groups have been at each other's throats off and on for centuries. While NATO's air war against Yugoslavia was neatly bracketed within the Mars retrograde that began on March 18 (when the Serbs rejected the Rambouillet accord) and ended on June 4 (one day after Milosevic's consent to the Finnish peace proposal eventually accepted by all parties), this is far from over.
Col. Alex Vardamis (Ret.), former Director for European Studies at the US Army War College, put it this way: "NATO did not win this war militarily. NATO is in Kosova today because of Russia's good offices." So Yugoslavia's old ally Russia brokers a deal that keeps Kosova a Serbian province indefinitely, but puts NATO peacekeepers in the crossfire of an ancient conflict. Already, German peacekeepers have exchanged fire with Serbian partisans, leaving dead and wounded on both sides. Slobodan Milosevic will eventually be out of office, will probably someday stand trial as a war criminal. Meanwhile he won his objective. This is no NATO victory, it's as I said - "the kind of compromise that made 'peace in our time' a hallmark of shame." Meanwhile the politicians are crowing up their victory, their success in fixing a terrible situation. Just like Neville Chamberlain and his ilk did in 1939. It's deja vu all over again, as Yogi said.
VENUS OPPOSES NEPTUNE, MARKETS DIVE
"While the big drops on the market roller-coasters will probably hold off until late July or August," as I said, "Venus opposing Neptune on the 10th is one such signal, give or take a couple days." For the week ending June 11, the major US equity markets were pretty much in the tank, as predicted: the Dow dropped 309 points, a 2.86 percent decline. (The Nasdaq was down 1.22 percent and the S&P 500 was down 2.57 percent for the week.)
SUPERMOON TRUE TO FORM
That SuperMoon at 22 Gemini on the 13th delivered as promised: "strong storms, flooding and moderate to severe seismic activity (including Richter 5 or greater quakes and volcanic eruptions) within three days before and after the fact." Some of the biggest news came on the seismic front. The USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) recorded a total of ten Richter 5 or greater quakes during this period. But the big news was the severity of one of those events, namely the 6.7 Richter temblor that savaged central Mexico on the 15th. (You'll recall, of course, that I specifically mentioned - not only in my June forecast but in my 1999 highlights published last year - that central Mexico would be one of the locales "in the crosshairs this time around.") At least 15 people died and hundreds were injured in one of the most powerful tremors to strike Mexico in years.
It's not as if there wasn't plenty happening on the meteorological scene during this SuperMoon window. Once again, as predicted, central Mexico was a target. On late Wednesday the 9th - which is the 10th in Universal Time - central Mexico got pounded with hail as big as lemons, and deluged with torrential rainfall. Over 1,000 people were forced from their homes in Morelia, as hail blasted through their roofs and sent them scurrying under tables for protection. Another 200 families had to be evacuated in the north-central state of Zacatecas due to flooding. The deluge continued into Friday the 11th, when police had to rescue 17 passengers from a bus that got trapped under a bridge by rising floodwaters along a highway north of Mexico City. This is no way to start the monsoon season.
Of course, Mexico wasn't the only target this time around. Just a day before the SuperMoon alignment was exact Arlene, the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed about 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. The weather turned deadly that day in Texas - another of the target zones I specifically mentioned. (A tornado destroyed several buildings in the town of Rotan the day before.) Interstate 20 west of Abilene was under a foot of water, and a woman died when floodwaters swept her car off a road in Scurry County.