Dangerous Conditions Cause FogQuest To Leave Lake Atitlan

Dangerous Conditions Cause FogQuest To Leave Lake Atitlan

Workers claim unsafe to continue collecting fogwater

By Greg Szymanski, JD
May 29, 2010

With fresh water undrinkable at Lake Atitlan from pollution and thousands of impoverished Mayans forced to drink it, the following story from an organization called FogQuest comes as quite a surprise.

FogQuest is a Canadian humanitarian organization dedicated to planning and implementing water projects for rural communities in developing countries.

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Evangelical Protestantism In Guatemala First Took Hold in Panajachel at Lake Atitlan

Evangelical Protestantism In Guatemala First Took Hold in Panajachel at Lake Atitlan

Can Roman Catholics, Evangelicals and Mayan Spirtuality coexist together?

By Greg Szymanski, JD
May 21, 2010

The true history of Bible Believers, the Roman Catholic Empire and ancient Mayan spiritual practices are, for the most part, completely forgotten or thoroughly misunderstood in today’s modern world.

Why even the mere mention of this unlikely trio in the same sentence is quite unusual for the average reader in this peculiar age of television sound bites, Hollywood fantasies and video game madness.

What’s more interesting is these three unlikely factions, which seem light years apart in doctrine and practice, come together today at the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Roman Catholic Viewpoint

According to a June 2009 report from the Catholic News Agency (CNA), “the Catholic Church in Guatemala is being seriously threatened by the growth of Evangelical sects that try to win converts with offers of money and other goods.”

The Catholic-biased news outlet went on to say:

“Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic Charity that works with oppressed and suffering Christians throughout the world, found that half of the people of Guatemala are now Evangelical, and new churches are appearing rapidly.

ACN issued the report after a 17-day trip that included 10 of the country’s 14 dioceses.  The report describes how the new Evangelical churches far outnumber Catholic churches.

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Poverty And Pollution Leave Ugly Scars On Lake Atitlan

Poverty And Pollution Leave Ugly Scars On Lake Atitlan

Save Lake Atitlan Mission Raising World Wide Awareness

By Greg Szymanski, JD
May 18, 2010

The face of sacred Lake Atitlan is changing as the scars of pollution and poverty now blemish the once pristine and sacred Mayan lake.

If solutions aren’t found quickly, the lake will die a slow death from toxic cyanobacteia.

If solutions aren’t found quickly, the 200,000 inhabitants relying on the lake will be pushed out, unable to survive without fresh water.

The problem has been ignored for years, ever since cyanobacteria was first detected in 1976. Instead of dealing with raw sewage and toxic fetilizer run-off pouring into the lake daily, everyone waited until the lake in 2009 became engulfed by a huge green algae scum that covered anywhere from 50 to 85 per cent of the lake depending on who was giving the eyewitness accounts.

However, Lake Atitlan is no different than many other lakes around the world, including many in the U.S. Recent reports show at least 35 states have issued toxic cyanobacteria warnings since the many different strains cause serious illness in plant, animal and human life.

In 1996, 50 people died in Brazil from cyanobacteria contamination. In recent studies, scientists have linked toxic cyanobacteria to serious neuroligical diseases, even Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s and Alzeheimers.

At Lake Atitlan according to Dwight Poage of Mayan Failies, disease and illness are on the rise. Recently, a day was set aside for a free health at San Marcos, one of the lakeside villages.

“We had to shut the doors at 9am because so many people needed treatment,” said Poage, who works with the poor on a daily basis. His web site can be found at http://www.mayanfamilies.org. “Malnutrition is high and the food draught this year hasn’t helped. Reports show food production is down about 40 per cent. More help is needed now because children are dying.”

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Jesuits and Vatican Behind Naming Lucifer Telescope

Jesuits and Vatican Behind Naming Lucifer Telescope

Roman Catholic apologist disagrees

By Greg Szymanski, JD
May 11, 2010

I was contacted today by Roman Catholic apologist, Thomas Drolesky, of an extremely anti-biblical website called Christ or Chaos.

Drolesky is one of those polite but arrogant spokesmen for the Mother of all Harlots, who throws around the word of God like he is the Almighty himself.

He was a bit upset with me, saying I didn’t get my facts straight when printing an article that said the Jesuits and Vatican where behind naming a telescope or a lens of a telescope, Lucifer.

He went on to proclaim like he was God himself that on judgment day I would be dealt with harshly for I guess saying bad things about who I consider to be Lucifer’s representatives on Earth, none other than the Vatican and their Jesuit henchmen.

Here is a little bit about Christ Or Chaos and Drolesky taken from his site:

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It is to Our Lady, therefore, that the work of Christ or Chaos and of all of our educational endeavors in behalf Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen are entirely dedicated. She is the vessel through which the Word was made Flesh and dwelt amongst us. She is the vessel through which flows all of the graces won for sinful men on the wood of the Holy Cross by her Divine Son as He paid back in His Sacred Humanity what was owed to Him in His Infinity as God: the debt of sin. It is to advance her reign as our Immaculate Queen that this work is entrusted, understanding that it will not be until some true Pope actually consecrates Russia to Our Lady’s Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart with all of the world’s bishops that the errors or Russia, which are the errors of modernity, will cease and the Reign of Mary Immaculate will begin.

ABOUT THOMAS A. DROLESKEY

Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey is a Catholic writer and speaker . He is the publisher-editor of Christ or Chaos.com, a site that has featured over 900 articles since the beginning of 2006, many dealing with his embrace of sedevacantism. Hundreds of his articles appeared in The Wanderer, the oldest weekly national Catholic newspaper, between 1992 and 2000. He was a contributor to The Latin Mass: A Journal of Catholic Culture between 2001 and 2003. Droleskey’s articles have appeared in the American Life League’s Celebrate Life magazine. He also contributed articles to The Remnant and for Catholic Family News. His articles also appeared for two years in The Four Marks.

Dr. Droleskey was an adjunct professor of political science at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University between January of 1991 and July of 2003, reprising his association there for a winter intersession course, which was taught between December 28, 2006, and January 11, 2007. He had taught political science around the nation since January of 1974, receiving numerous awards for excellence in teaching. Many of his students have converted to the Catholic Faith.

To set the record straight and putting the Lucifer story in perspective, a lens or an entire telescope was recently named Lucifer at the Mt. Graham Observatory in Arizona.

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Lake Atitlan Among 1 Billion On Globe Without Clean Fresh Water

Lake Atitlan Among 1 Billion On Globe Without Clean Fresh Water

Unsafe water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including wars

By Greg Szymanski, JD
May 4, 2010

According to a group called Charity Water, over 1 billion people on the globe lack fresh drinking water. Two hundred thousand of those people reside in or around Lake Atitlan in the Western Guatemalen Highlands.

Other facts compiled by Charity Water show “unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80 per cent of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

“Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. Ninety per cent of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.”

And everyone of these sad facts apply to Lake Atitlan, but still there have been no real solutions to control raw sewage and agricultural run-off, the main causes leaving the water at the lake undrinkable and unsafe for recreational purposes.

Lake Atitlan is estimated to bring in $30 million annually from tourist dollors, according to 2002 government figures. However, behind the scenic lake and swank hotels, many visitors never really get to see the stark poverty conditions existing there.

Furthermore, the recent pollution problems which threatens the very existance of the lake is only making matters wores, especially for the large indigenous population barely eeking out a subsistence living.

Once known as the most beautiful lake in the world, in 2009 Lake Atitlan, a 1000′ deep volcanic lake 130 square km in size, was taken over by a massive bloom of cyanobacteria that is now entering its toxic phase ending the basic source of water for the thousands of lake shore inhabitants as well as halting the livelihood of indigenous fisherman. Authorities on lake pollution in a recent gathering at Istanbul listed Lake Atitlan as the world’s most threatened lake in 2009.

With haphazard garbage collection and no raw sewage and water treatment, the once crystal clear water is now undrinkable.

In October 2009, 85 per cent of the lake’s surface was covered with a green algae scum, cutting tourism by 75 per cent, according to local reports.
Charity Water was the vision of a man named Scott Harrison, who saw a need first in Africa and then decided to do something about it. In four years, Harrison and his non-profit organization have raised more than $19 million for more than 2,500 fresh water projects worldwide.

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Hunger, Poverty, Pollution In Guatemala And Lake Atitlan

Hunger, Poverty, Pollution In Guatemala And Lake Atitlan

Government solutions coming up short; critics argue U.S. should do more to help

By Greg Szymanski, JD
May 2, 2010

According to a 2007 U.S. Agency for International Development report, at Guatemala’s slow rate of progress it would take more than 80 years to put an end to hunger and poverty among the country’s indigenous populations.

This is the reason why Save Lake Atitlan Mission wants to join the fight and help the Mayans of Lake Atitlan, an area severely hit by poverty and pollution.

“We will soon be organizing a relief center and work programs to bring people together to make a difference,” said a representative of the Mission, working both in the U.S. and Guatemala to raise awareness of the plight of the indigenous people in Guatemala.

Besides severe pollution at Lake Atitlan from a recent toxic cyanobacteria outbreak which left the water undrinkable, at a 2009 G8 meeting in Italy, the world’s richest countries led by U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to donate $20 billion to worldwide food security and agricultural development.

Save Lake Atitlan Mission http://www.savelakeatitlan.com along with several other charitable organizations helping in Guatemala think Guatemala would be a good candidate for the perfect “poster child” for this program since UN statistics show it has the sixth worst rate of chronic malnutrition in the world.

“We are going to try to ring the bell loud enough so even Obama hears it and gets some of that 20 billion to the indigenous populations in Guatemala and Lake Atitlan,” said Greg Szymanski, organizer of the Mission trying to raise worldwide awareness for Lake Atitlan.

In 2009, an Atlantic Monthly article by Samuel Loewenberg said “despite being what might be described as a relatively well-off lower-middle class country, indeed, the situation there bears little resemblance to the well-worn picture of skeletal children in African refugee camps.

“Measured by average GDP, Guatemala is doing fine economically. But that fact hides dramatic income inequality: while wealthy citizens live luxuriously in sequestered Guatemala City neighborhoods, the poor are barely noticed, living like feudal peasants in the countryside. Nearly half the children in this country of 13 million are chronically malnourished, according to the World Food Program.”

Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands is another region in Guatemala where the rich meet head on with the poor.

Lake Atitlan is estimated to bring in $30 million annually from tourist dollors, according to 2002 government figures. However, behind the scenic lake and swank hotels, many visitors never really get to see the stark poverty conditions existing there.

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