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Anyone heard....

an "official" reason for the red yet?

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

thats why it's called

red china, I reckon.


First thing that came to mind:

"Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became [as] blood."
Revelation 16:4

Creepy, agreed.

But not necessarily unnatural.

Conversely, though, I also don't think the account in Revelations is necessarily of an unnatural occurrence - likely just a timely natural one witnessed by the revelator.

Most of the miracles of god in the bible are well sourced in natural events, even if they made have had supernatural stimulation. So, something having a natural explanation also doesn't mean it's not a supernatural sign - but you'd want to have pretty impressive reasons for believing it does.

Otherwise you'll forever be jumping at shadows, with no good reason.

I disagree

there are many miracles in scripture that cannot be explained by science. For instance the plague in Egypt that turned the water to blood. Many try to claim volcanic eruption up stream or red algae but that in no way explains why the urns turned to "blood" also. The burning bush, the parting of the red sea, the fiery furnace have all tried to be explain by our limited science but failed miserably.

But I do believe that the explanations are clear and within natural laws from the view of higher spiritual ability and understanding. If you see what I mean.

I doubt that Yahshua had a can of instant wine mix to turn the water to wine. :-)

Fair points

By no means do I intend to say *all* miracles can be explained naturalistically, divine prompting or no - the greatest in my opinion being the origins of reality and life itself, regardless of how the scientifically minded might presume otherwise.

Conversely, yet again (I am cognitive dissonance, and always seeing every side of most matters *grin*), just because some miracles have yet to see naturalistic explanations doesn't mean none exist, it just means we are, obviously, still in a state of ignorance as to them.

Even if the realm of the miraculous, all things might have easy to understand explanations once enough knowledge is gained - as I don't think Yahweh would break his own rules; he just has power, supremacy over, and understanding of how to naturally do what he wills, even if it's "light years" beyond any understanding and control we ourselves might ever have.


Take care, your points are valid and I am not disagreeing with them by what I say here.

I agree..

I view it in the same way you just explained, just couldn't put it into words. There is most likely a scientific explanation, e.g. algae that causes red tide in southern California. As a Christian, it's a chilling sight, nonetheless. :)

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Dinoflagellates can cause a "red tide."

Dinoflagellates and Red Tides - Latz Laboratory of Scripps ...



Any explanations?

I'm a Ron Paul supporter

But can anyone explain why this wouldn't happen here if we got rid of the EPA?

"Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear." - Benjamin Franklin

For the same reason

that it didn't happen BEFORE the EPA.

what's stopping any lunatic

what's stopping any lunatic from purchasing 100 gallons of oil and dumping it in the nearest stream? an epa or no epa, you can't control free will.


....if, like the article said, a lot of rain upstream caused iron rich silt to pour into the river.

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I saw in the comments

section of the bottom picture the river has been renamed. It's now known as the "Sum Ting Wong" river.

To my Liberal Trolls:
"Really Don't mind if you sit this one out. Your words but a whisper, your deafness a shout. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think."
Ian Anderson 1972

very strange--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--