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Blood Moon 2019: What are conspiracists are saying will happen during lunar eclipse | Weird | News





The January Full Moon will turn blood-red in the morning hours of Monday, January 21, around 5am GMT. The so-called is the result of refracted sunlight turning the Earth’s shadow red during the eclipse. Conspiracy theorists, however, believe the Blood Moon is a much more sinister occurrence than most are aware of. Christian conspiracists and doomsday preachers, for instance, claim the Blood Moon is a biblical warning sign of the apocalypse.

According to the so-called Blood Moon Prophecy introduced by preachers John Hagee and Mark Biltz, a tetrad off four consecutive Blood Moons would usher in chaos and destruction.

The 2014 prophecy was pulled from the New Testament’s Book of Revelation where the Moon is said to turn into blood in the end days.

Revelation 6:12-14 reads: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.


Blood Moon 2019: Total lunar eclipse prophecy

Blood Moon 2019: Conspiracists fear the implications of the lunar eclipse (Image: GETTY)

“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”

The Son of Man is coming soon

Pastor Paul Begley

The first of these four Blood Moons peaked on April 15, 2014, followed by three more eclipses on October 8 in 2014, April 4 in 2015 and September 28 in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, the biblical apocalypse did not start after the last Blood Moon and Jesus Christ did not yet return to Earth.

There are, however, Christian preachers who still believe the prophecy will come true in the near future.


Paul Begley, an evangelical preacher from West Lafayette in Indiana, in one of the main supporters of the Blood Moon conspiracy.

According to pastor Begley, the Blood Moon will peak on the second anniversary of US President Donald Trump being inaugurated into office.

This coincidence, paired with the fact the Blood Moon will feature predominately over America, is a supposed sign of the Second Coming of Christ.

Pastor Begley said: “We’re seeing all kinds of things and then the Bible says you need to look up and lift your head, your redemption draweth nigh. The Son of Man is coming soon.


Blood Moon 2019 prophecy: Total lunar eclipse

Blood moon 2019: The Moon turning red is mentioned in the Book of Revelation (Image: GETTY)

“So, don’t blame me. I’m just telling you what it said.

“We don’t know the day, we don’t know the hour, we don’t know the year Christ is coming back. But we can see the day approaching.”

On the day of the lunar , the Full Moon will enter the darkest portion of the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra.

In the umbra, the Moon will briefly vanish from sight and reappear glowing a deep red colour.

Blood Moon 2019: Total lunar eclipse

Blood Moon 2019: The Blood Moon is a perfectly natural spectacle of astronomy (Image: GETTY)

The effect is caused by the refraction of sunlight in the Earth’s dusty atmosphere, which filters out all but the red wavelengths of light on the visible spectrum.

US space agency NASA explained: “This happens for the exact same reason that our sunrises and sunsets here on Earth are brilliant shades of pinks and oranges.

“During a lunar eclipse, the only light reaching the Moon passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.

“The bluer, shorter wavelength light scatters and the longer wavelength red light passes through and makes it to the Moon.”


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25 Best Senators’ Memories From 25 Years at Canadian Tire Centre





There is a special birthday in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata this weekend.

Canadian Tire Centre turns 25. Its doors first opened on Jan. 15, 1996, for a Bryan Adams concert. The Senators played their first game in their new arena on Jan. 17, 1996, when they lost to the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

I’ve spent a great deal of my life has at that arena. I don’t know how many Sens games I have been to there — I would ballpark it somewhere between 600 and 700. But I thought it would be fun to look back and share my 25 most memorable moments at the arena. I am not counting numerous concerts as great moments in the building — I often joke that the four best concerts I have ever seen there are Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks and Garth Brooks. I am not counting the 2009 World Juniors either. I am sticking entirely to the Sens.

25. Paul MacClone

Mike Watson was just sitting in his company seats, minding his own business, watching the Ottawa Senators take on the Florida Panthers on a January night during the 2012-13 season. The casual discussion among reporters after the game was how he broke Twitter.

Watson’s friends had told him that he looked like then-Senators’ head coach Paul MacLean. When he got face time on the new high-definition scoreboard, in the front row and directly behind the coach, the crowd buzzed and cheered.

Senators coach Paul MacLean had a doppelganger behind the bench.

The shot of Watson behind the bench spread quickly on social media. Surely, everyone thought, he must have been planted in that seat. He wasn’t. The last time he had sat in those seats, Cory Clouston was the coach, and no one noticed him.

As the season went on, the MacLean doppelganger became a local celebrity and was somewhat of a mascot during Ottawa’s playoff run.

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With spare parts and derring-do, Ottawa’s own Rocketman reinvents skating





An Ottawa man is turning heads on frozen stretches of the Ottawa River with a homemade device he jokingly refers to as his “jetpack.”

In reality, Brydon Gibson’s gas-powered, propeller-driven invention is more Rona than NASA.

“I got my hands on some weed whacker motors and I figured strapping one on my back and making skating a little bit lazier would [be] a good idea,” said Gibson, 24.

He bolted a 38-centimetre propeller to a wooden frame, fashioned a throttle out of a brake handle and cable salvaged from a 10-speed bike, then added padded straps cut from a dollar store backpack. He laced up his skates, and suddenly Gibson was zipping along at speeds reaching 40 km/h. 

“I was actually getting a little scared at one point because I was going a little too fast,” the inventor admitted.

There are no brakes, but there is kill switch to cut the power “when something goes wrong,” said Gibson. “It’s actually a little finicky.”

This is not the first iteration of Gibson’s invention. As a teen, he built an electric propulsion device in his parents’ basement, though it never got to the testing phase.

“Ever since I was a kid … I’ve been taking apart things I found on the side of the road, making a mess of my parents basement, spreading electronics everywhere,” he said.

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‘It is frustrating’: U.S-educated nurse from Ottawa hits barriers to getting licensed in Ontario





Before she accepted a swimming scholarship to attend Boston’s Northeastern University, Ottawa’s Rachael Geiger made sure it had the kind of nursing program she wanted. The school’s baccalaureate nursing program offered a fifth year of co-operative placement after four years of study — something Geiger thought would leave her well prepared for a career as a nurse when she returned home after university.

But it hasn’t worked out that way.

Two and a half years after graduating summa cum laude from Northeastern, the 25-year-old is unable to work as a registered nurse in Ontario.

Geiger said she was initially surprised, especially since she wrote the same licensing exam in Massachusetts as is written in Ontario, the NCLEX-RN exam. She is licensed to practise in Massachusetts and Illinois.

“I never thought it would be such a challenge.”

She and her family are frustrated at how difficult it has been for her to get registered to be able to practise in Ontario. That frustration is heightened by the fact that nurses have seldom been in such high demand in Canada and around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic strains health systems and shortages loom. Local hospitals are among those trying to recruit nurses. The Canadian Nurses Association has been warning that Canada will experience extreme shortages in coming years.

“It is frustrating to sit and see all the news about nursing shortages and not be able to help,” said Geiger.

Doris Grinspun, chief executive officer of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the professional association that represents registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in the province, said she was “more than surprised” to hear of the difficulty Geiger has had.

But Grinspun, who initially studied nursing in Israel and then the U.S. before becoming one of the country’s nursing leaders, said the system of allowing foreign trained nurses to work in Ontario is unnecessarily slow and complicated and leads many valuable nurses to simply give up or find another career. Grinspun herself challenged the system when she first came to work in Ontario.

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