We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”
(2 Peter 1:19)

Day Star Arise In Your Hearts

Dear Friends,

Greetings!

The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10) Concerning prophecy and its fulfillment, in the book of Isaiah chapter thirty-four, it is stated ; “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these (prophecies) shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”

A wonderful prophecy to look forward to being fulfilled, is found in, John, chapter fourteen; “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

And as though this needed confirming, Paul, said in Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18-19, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” and “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.”

Have a great week ahead thinking on these promises and prophecies that are the truth.

I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Arutz Sheva

Netanyahu: Ceding Temple Mount will Lead to War

"Israel without Jerusalem is like a body with a weak heart. Ceding religious sites will lead to religious war."

By Gil Ronen

First Publish: 5/20/2012

Binyamin Netanyahu

Israel news photo: Flash 90

At a ceremony honoring the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made some of his strongest statements to date regarding the right of the Jewish nation to sovereignty over its ancient capital of Jerusalem.

"A lasting peace can only be made with a strong nation," Netanyahu asserted. "Without a united Jerusalem, the state of Israel will be a body with a weak heart. Our heart will never be divided again."

Speaking at a Jerusalem Day ceremony on Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill, Netanyahu noted that wherever Jewish people pray, anywhere in the world, they do so facing Jerusalem - "the place that was always the center of our lives; the place that reminds us of our glorious past and serves as a focus for our future hopes."

"We will not turn our backs on those who faced Jerusalem throughout the ages," he said. "We will safeguard Jerusalem because Israel without Jerusalem is like a body without a heart - and it was on this hill that the heart went back to beating at full strength."

"On Jerusalem Day, the divided city became whole - and it will remain that way."

"I have doubts, to put it mildly, that if we deposit the Temple Mount with foreign forces, we will not very quickly slip into a religious sectarian war," he said. "Only under Israeli sovereignty, the accessibility and freedom of worship for all religions is a certainty, and will remain a certainty. Only under Israel are peace and quiet maintained."

("O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37)

("And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up." John 2:13-17)

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douglashamp.com (Although we may not agree with every single point, Douglas does present some very interesting possibilities. Ed)

How the Mark of the Beast Will Rewrite the Human Genome (part three) Corrupting the Image

Published May 18, 2012 | By Douglas

The Genetics of the Deception

Recombinant DNA

The technology known as recombinant DNA in fact now makes it possible for a grown man or woman to be altered at the genetic level. If a non-human gene were introduced into the human genome then the person would no longer be fully human but would by definition become a hybrid. The ancient name for a creature that is composed of different kinds is known as a chimera and that is also the name given to hybrid creatures by scientists today. We considered some strange creatures in a previous chapter such as the spider goat and the green glowing pigs to name a few.

Recombinant DNA is “hybrid DNA that has been created from more than one source.”[i] The basic procedure is where a DNA strand is opened up and then a gene from another organism is inserted making a new strand of DNA. Then the RNA replicates the new strand and it is passed into the entire system. “When recombinant DNA is then further altered or changed to host additional strands of DNA, the molecule formed is referred to as “chimeric” DNA molecule, with reference to the mythological chimera that consisted as a composite of several animals.”[ii] By means of recombinant DNA, Satan may be able to convince humanity to insert demonic genes, perceived as desirable, into the human genome. The genetic composition of the person, therefore, would result in that person becoming a chimera.

Plasmids and Foreign DNAA

Using recombinant DNA, a fully mature man could inject himself with the selected gene or genes of another species. The process which is really just a matter of copying and pasting is explained by T. Wakayama et al., in the July 1998 issue of Nature:

In the late 70s, Dr. Stan Cohen (Stanford) studying antibiotic resistance plasmids in E. coli, and Dr. Herb Boyer (UCSF) studying restriction enzymes […] realized that they could use restriction enzymes to cut both plasmid DNA as well as DNA containing a gene of interest, and combine the DNAs so that the “sticky ends” of each DNA could be joined, or “spliced”, to make a recombinant DNA (i.e. bacteria human).[iii]

Therefore, we can see how a man with access to technology and to Satan’s seed could then merely inject it into his DNA; then once inserted his own RNA would copy the new strands with the foreign gene(s) and it would spread throughout his entire system. Once the process of replication was complete the man would no longer be a mere human; he would in essence be a chimera, a hybrid; he would be a chimera, a hybrid – a beast!

His Image

And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain, (Revelation 13:15).

Approximately three and a half years after coming to power, the Beast will require everyone to take his mark, the number of his name and to worship his image. Exactly how that will be realized is impossible to know. We can suggest however that the image that the false prophet gives breath to could be some transhuman or transgenic creature or some form of synthetic biology – the important thing to note is that it will truly have breath and will not simply be a clever trick. The technology already exists to make some version of the image. This image is what will then cause all to take the mark.

His Mark

Also it [the image of the beast] causes all, […] to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666, (Revelation 13:16-18).

Transhumanist and end-times researcher Tom Horn has written a great deal about the coming consequences of man changing himself at the source code level.[iv] Horn’s wife Nita has suggested that recombinant DNA (RDNA) may be the means by which the mark of the beast is introduced onto an unsuspecting world[v] through the rewriting of one’s DNA to so that the person is no longer fully human but is part beast (Antichrist).[vi] The suggestion appears valid in light of all that we have learned.


Presumably some point after the rapture, humanity, in an effort to not be removed from the planet (like those taken) and to be able to evolve to be like the Beast (the supposed leader of the “aliens”), will allow their DNA to be rewritten thus altering their image – that image that was in God’s image (though fallen) will therefore become genetically like the Beast and of course Satan and his angels. The mark then would simply be the proof (or perhaps the means by which) one has undergone the genetic transformation. This action of taking the mark will condemn them to hell forever because they will no longer be in the Image of God. How sad it is to realize that what man will trade his soul for God was willing to give for free. Man wants to augment himself with greater powers and to go on living forever – but without God. God however, has already made a way for man to have those powers and eternal life if he will simply humble himself and ask.

 Conclusion

To whom would Satan be willing to give of his own genetic material? Crossing the line of mixing “different kinds” is against the natural law of God. The sons of God that did so in the days of Noah got themselves thrown into the pit / abyss / Tartarus as testified by Peter who says: “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment,” (2 Peter 2:4). The penalty for crossing that barrier is ostensibly imprisonment until the final judgment. We know that Satan will find himself thrown into the abyss right after the Great Tribulation and perhaps “fathering” his own son is the line that he is not permitted to cross. Therefore, Satan must be very selective of this person. We can presume that this person will have all of the worldly advantages possible: the best education, all the power, riches, and technology. He will worship Lucifer and will lust for the ultimate power to have greater than human capacity.  This person will indeed be the one that Jesus spoke of who gains the whole world but loses his soul (Matthew 16:26). The kingdoms of the world that Satan offered to Jesus this person will possess, (see appendix five for a socio-economic sketch of the Antichrist).  

He will obtain Satan’s own genetic material and then insert it into his body using Recombinant DNA.  His body’s own RNA will then cause the Satanic strain to be replicated into various parts of his body and once completed, his genetic make-up (DNA) will be a new code – a code not strictly from Adam (even in Adam’s fallen state), but will be augmented code that has been mixed with the Satan just as God declared in Genesis 3:15.  Satan will have finally succeeded in imitating the incarnation.  This man will literally become the genetic son of Satan because he will have Satan’s seed mingled in with his own.  This conclusion fulfills Genesis 3:15 plus it is consistent with what other fallen angels did in Noah’s day.  It is consistent with Daniel 2:43 and also explains how the Little Horn rises up to where the other horns are and how he is able to cast them to the ground.  It is consistent with the technology of transhumanism in that dissimilar kinds can now be mingled and is also consistent with the research of John Mack and David Jacobs and the “aliens” want to create a hybrid race. Lastly, it squares with the expectation that “aliens […] will select a human person and endow him with superhuman powers and knowledge. This man will lead us to world government and world peace.”[vii]

It is reasonable and probably that the mark of the Beast will also be an imitation of what the Lord wants to do for believers – He will restore us spiritually and genetically – we will be like him, we will be in his image, we will be conformed to his glorious body we will have God’s seed in us.  By Satan giving his genetic material to the Beast (who “replaces” Jesus) and then the Beast offering (forcing) all to take of his altered genetic material – Satan will be perfectly imitating our salvation.  Probably one reason people will desire to take of his seed is because of the powers they are promised.  We have seen both in the movies and by real life personal testimony the “aliens” appear as beings of light.  Of course, believers in Jesus will actually receive true bodies of light – but the Beast will promise glorious bodies which he will ultimately not deliver.  However, those transformed with the DNA change (Mark of the Beast) will receive traits of Satan – possibly being that they will not be able to die which we see when the locusts torment mankind for five months and thought they seek death but it will flee from them (Revelation 9:6) – this could be because they possess traits from Satan (who does not die).

Some two thousand years after the true incarnation and six thousand after the fall of man in the Garden, Satan, the Serpent, will have fulfilled the prophecy that God spoke to him of the enmity between his seed and her seed.  Having his own seed mingled with a son of Adam and with today’s technology, Satan can finally try to replicate his own seed in every last person on the planet.  If he can accomplish this then perhaps his own fate can be averted; perhaps he can succeed in his war to destroy the image of God genetically contained in man.

Satan’s long war to destroy the image of God will ultimately fail. Though he will successfully deceive many and even apparently be just moments away from success, the Lord will in the end intervene. More than likely victory will appear to be just on the verge of achieving – very much like how it was in the days of Noah. Every human on the planet, except Noah and his family, were corrupted morally and perhaps also genetically as well. With only eight standing in the way, Satan must have felt that victory was his – only to watch his entire devilish work gasp for air and then perish in the flood. So too will the return of the Lord most likely be. Just at the last moment, the Lord Jesus will return to save the Jewish people and all others who trusted in Him during the Great Tribulation. He will destroy the Antichrist and the False Prophet in the Lake of Fire and Satan and his angels will be bound for one thousand years in the Pit. The Lord will also judge the nations and set up His Kingdom which will last for one thousand years initially and then forever. It is during the millennium that the conditions that were lost in the Garden of Eden will be restored to the earth, to the animals and to man himself. In the end, Jesus will crush the head of the Serpent once and for all.

[ii] Recombinant DNA. (2008, April 2). New World Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 23, 2010 from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Recombinant_DNA?oldid=682672. Berg et al. 2007.

[iii] Plasmids, small extra-chromosomal circles of bacterial DNA, can be used to carry DNA into bacterial cells. Each plasmid contains about 5 genes, and doesn’t mind carrying around one  more. Once the bacteria has a copy of the foreign gene, it treats it as one of its own and replicates it every time it replicates the plasmid (this is called DNA cloning). Over the course of a day or two, billions of bacteria will be churning out the protein coded by the gene inserted. Restriction Enzymes are produced by bacteria in response to bacteriophage (viral) infection. The enzymes chop the invading DNA up into pieces by recognizing specific DNA sequences (called restriction sites) – usually palindromic. When these enzymes cut DNA, they often leave overhangs on the ends of the DNA called “sticky ends”. http://www.biology.iupui.edu/biocourses/N100H/ch15biotech.html. Berg et al. 2007.

[iv] Horn’s research has served as a catalyst for some of the ideas in this book.

[v] Retrieved October 25, 2010 from: http://www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas123.htm.

[vi] Retrieved October 25, 2010 from: http://newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas160.htm.

[vii] David Lewis, UFO: End Time Delusion, p. 46.

("The sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.” 
Jashur 4:18)

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Gulf Loop Current Destroyed: May Lead To Shut Down of Atlantic Thermoregulation, Rapid Cooling

Scientists are on high alert following the confirmed shutdown of the Gulf loop current now correlated to the biochemical and physical action of the BP oil spill on the Gulf stream. The shutdown of the current not only influences the strength of hurricanes but the climate of the entire planet.

On June 12, 2010, The Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) released "Risk of Global Climate Change By BP Oil Spill", a document detailing how the BP spill may cause irreparable damage to the Gulf Stream global climate thermoregulation activity.

"The Gulf Stream importance in the global climate thermoregulation process is well assessed", states author Gianluigi Zangari. He adds "The latest real time satellite (Jason, Topex/Poseidon, Geosat Follow-On, ERS-2, Envisat) data maps of May-June 2010 processed by CCAR1,2 (Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research), checked at Frascati Laboratories by the means of the SHT congruent calculus3 and compared with past years data, show for the first time a direct evidence of the rapid breaking of the Loop Current, a warm ocean current, crucial part of the Gulf Stream."

The hollywood blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow" gives a theoretical yet very plausible consequence of thermoirregulation in ocean currents and their effect on global climate.

In fluid dynamics, an eddy is the swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the fluid flows past an obstacle. The moving fluid creates a space devoid of downstream-flowing fluid on the downstream side of the object. Fluid behind the obstacle flows into the void creating a swirl of fluid on each edge of the obstacle, followed by a short reverse flow of fluid behind the obstacle flowing upstream, toward the back of the obstacle. The release further explained that June 12th marked the point in which the eddy had detached itself completely from the mainstream therefore destroying the Loop Current as seen in the figures below.

Real time satellites data maps. Real time sea surface height maps (below) and sea surface velocity maps starting from april until June 12th processed by CCAR1,2 and checked at LNF (Frascati) by SHT calculus3. The star indicates the site of BP platform „Deepwater Horizon‰. The yellow arrow indicates the breaking of the Loop Stream.

Radio personality Dr. Bill Deagle discusses the evidence of a break in the loop current and potential climate changes with Dr. Gianluigi Zangari.

"Couple the global temperature increases with changes in the thermoregulation of the ocean's currents could spell disaster," stated climatologist Enrico Lopez. "It's a little scary because we don't have the data to interpret this kind of event or forecasts to plot the coming climate changes," he added.

The world is enduring the hottest year on record, according to a U.S. national weather analysis, causing droughts worldwide and a concern for farmers counting on another bumper year.

Period of a El Nino weather pattern is being blamed for the hot temperatures globally, although changes in the ozone, increased ultraviolet light and increased volcanism are all wild cards in the same equation.

Abnormally warm temperatures have been registered in large parts of Canada, Africa, tropical oceans and parts of the Middle East.

Northern Thailand is struggling through the worst drought in 20 years, while Israel is in the middle of the longest and most severe drought since 1920s. In Britain, this year has been the driest since 1929.

Lopez is concerned about consistent temperature extremes, both hot and cold in the last few years. "The thing that most people don't realize is that cold is becoming a very big problem around the globe but you rarely hear about it lately outside scientific circles."

If, as the record shows, the earth has undergone a series of ice ages every 100,000 years or so like clockwork, with about 90,000 years of glaciation followed by 10,000 or 12,000 years of interglaciation, and we are now about 12,000 years since the last ice age ended, are we not overdue for another period of glaciation?

According to Bob Felix, writing in iceagenow.com:

"Research shows that there was 'a sudden and dramatic rise' in carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere at the dinosaur extinction of 65 million years ago ... today's rise in CO2 levels can be attributed to our warming oceans. After all, the oceans are known as a carbon dioxide 'sink,' especially when the water is cold."

He adds: "We've forgotten that this isn't the first time our seas have warmed. Sea temperatures also shot upward 10º to 18ºF just prior to the last ice age. As the oceans warmed, evaporation increased. The excess moisture then fell to the ground as giant blizzards, giant storms and floods (Noah's Deluge type floods), and a new ice age began."

And he warns: "The same thing is happening today. Underwater volcanic activity in the Arctic Ocean [is] far stronger than anyone ever imagined!"

According to the Gosselin blog, Never has ice melted so slowly in mid summer as it has this year. Indeed sea ice melt in July 2010 is less than half the melt rate in 2007. It‚s far below anything we've seen on record. And total global sea ice is actually positive again, despite the warm global mean temperatures.

The Neumayer III station, operated by Germany‚s Alfred Wegener Institute, has recorded the lowest temperature at their Antarctic location since the start of operations there 29 years ago. The mercury dropped to -50.2°C.  

Meanwhile Argentina is in an Antarctic cold snap and the Southern Hemisphere is freezing. People in Buenos Aires, for instance, are panic-buying heaters, as the mercury stays between a daytime Celsius 10 and a nighttime one.

Temperatures are also hitting record lows in Brazil. Urupema, a town in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, is experiencing the lowest temperature this year - minus 7.8 degrees Celsius. Some 20 towns and cities of the country are also suffering from unusually cold weather with temperatures falling below zero.

In New Zealand, the Mercury plunged to record lows this past month. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said the past few days had seen some of the lowest temperatures on record.

Other "big" changes are also making "big" headlines. NASA-funded researchers are monitoring a big event in our planet's atmosphere. The thermosphere, the layer of rarefied gases floating high above the Earth has collapsed.

Are there forces at work here that, like cosmic radiation prior to Robert Millikan's paper on the phenomenon in 1927?  Like Millikan are there scientists out there who are yet to fully document all the forces in the universe that have a major effect on the Earth?  And will we discover these forces in time to prepare, should this cosmic radiation have a longterm lasting effect on Earth life?

If we factor the destruction of the loop current in the Gulf into the equation, there will certainly be some unanticipated changes to global climate.

In the Gulf of Mexico, the deepest areas of warm water are associated with the Loop Current. The warm waters of the Loop Current and its associated eddies provide more energy to hurricanes and allow them to intensify.

The temperature of Gulf waters have also increased 7° higher than normal. Multiple reports have concluded the danger of this increase due to the oil and other chemicals/toxins filling the Gulf will lead to numerous changes -- not the least of which is the expectation that any storms or hurricanes developing over the region will be stalled causing them to intensify and slow down causing more destruction as they linger.

The Corexit dispersant is also keeping oil submerged at deeper levels which could be a ticking time bomb when a major hurricane hits. The turbulent environment of hurricanes pulls up water from beneath the surface, often upwelling cooler water. Stronger hurricanes upwell deeper water. The oil and dispersant could then contaminate the hurricane spreading the toxins far inland .

If the water is warm at lower depths, then water being pulled to the surface remains warm, and the hurricane can increase in intensity if other atmospheric conditions are also conducive to strengthening. A continuous supply of warm water is one of several critical factors in enabling hurricanes to intensify beyond the initial level of a major hurricane (i.e. Category 3).

Comparative analysis with satellite data did not show significant anomalies until May 8th, 2010. Therefore it may be plausible to correlate the breaking of the Loop Current with the biochemical and physical action of the BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Stream. It is reasonable to foresee the breaking of a crucial warm stream as the Loop Current as a threat to stability in the thermoregulation of ocean currents. It may generate a chain reaction of unpredictable critical phenomena and instabilities due to strong non linearities which may have serious consequences on the dynamics of the Gulf Stream and north escalation into Atlantic waters which help regulate global climate patterns.

Sources:

isac.cnr.it

newsmax.com

iceagenow.com

english.ruvr.ru

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("The nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18)


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19 Things That All High School Students Should Be Told Before They Go To College

May 17, 2012

Michael Snyder, Contributor

Don't you wish that someone had told you the truth before you went to college? Don't you wish that someone had told you that college has become a giant money-making scam that is designed to drain as much money out of students and parents as possible?

Yes, college can be a profitable endeavor if you pick your field of study wisely, if you can get someone else to pay for at least some of it, and if you can actually get a good job in that field when you graduate. But most high school students are never told to weigh the pros and the cons before they run off to college. The typical high school student is simply told to get into the "best school" that he or she can and to take out whatever loans are "necessary" to pay for that education. Our high school students are assured that those student loans will be paid back easily once they get "good jobs" following graduation.

But the truth is that there are some other things that high school students should be told before they go off to college as well. They should be told that student loan debt can cripple them financially for decades. They should be told that the quality of education at most U.S. colleges and universities is a total joke. They should be told that most college graduates do not get a "good job" once they graduate these days. They should be told that after they receive their diplomas they are likely to end up flat broke, waiting tables and living with their parents.

If we would just be honest with our high school students ahead of time, it would save many of them a whole lot of pain later.

Higher education is not necessarily a bad thing. But these days when it comes to higher education the goal should be to get as much for your money as you possibly can. You don't want to end up spending four years of your life and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a degree in "art history" or "political science".

If you are going to get a college degree, choose a field that will actually advance your career and try to spend as little as you can. Unless you have wealthy parents who can pay for it all, the goal should be to make as big of a profit on your education as possible.

Unfortunately, most young Americans are not told the truth and they end up falling for the scam and many of them end up as debt slaves for decades.

The following are 19 things that all high school students should be told before they go to college....

#1 A college education has become insanely expensive. Over the past 30 years, the cost of college tuition in the United States has tripled. One father down in Texas says that he will spend a total of about 1.5 million dollars on college expenses for his five daughters before it is all said and done.

#2 As costs have risen, so has student borrowing. Sadly, U.S. college students are now borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago after adjusting for inflation.

#3 Unless you have a wealthy parent, there are some schools that should be avoided like the plague. In the United States today, there are dozens of schools where tuition, room and board total more than $50,000 a year, and only a handful of those schools provide a top notch education.

#4 Our parents and our grandparents paid far less for their college educations than we do today. Back in 1952, a full year of tuition at Harvard was only $600. Today, it is over $35,000.

#5 The college textbook industry has become a gigantic money-making scam. It is now common for many college textbooks to be priced well above $100, and overall the cost of college textbooks has tripled over the past decade.

#6 At the end of your education, your diploma will likely come with a debt burden which will hang around your neck for many years to come. In 2010, the average student loan debt burden at graduation was $25,250.

#7 Student loan debt is one of the greatest debt bubbles the U.S. has ever seen. In fact, student loan debt in America has grown by 511 percent since 1999.

#8 Americans now owe more on their student loans than they do on their credit cards. In fact, the total amount of student loan debt in the United States recently surpassed the one trillion dollar mark.

#9 People that pursue advanced degrees can pile up absolutely enormous amounts of student loan debt. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, approximately 167,000 Americans currently have more than $200,000 of student loan debt.

#10 The student loan default rate in the U.S. is rising to unprecedented heights. In fact, the student loan default rate has nearly doubled since 2005.

#11 All over America, websites are connecting young college students desperate for college cash with "sugar daddies" that are willing to make a "contribution" to college education in exchange for some "companionship". The following is from a Huffington Post article about this disturbing trend....

On a Sunday morning in late May, Taylor left her Harlem apartment and boarded a train for Greenwich, Conn. She planned on spending the day with a man she had met online, but not in person. 

Taylor, a 22-year-old student at Hunter College, had confided in her roommate about the trip and they agreed to swap text messages during the day to make sure she was safe. 

Once in Greenwich, a man who appeared significantly older than his advertised age of 42 greeted Taylor at the train station and then drove her to the largest house she had ever seen. He changed into his swimming trunks, she put on a skimpy bathing suit, and then, by the side of his pool, she rubbed sunscreen into the folds of his sagging back -- bracing herself to endure an afternoon of sex with someone she suspected was actually about 30 years her senior.

#12 Once you start college, there is a very good chance that you will not finish. Federal statistics reveal that only 36 percent of the full-time students who began college in 2001 received a bachelor's degree within four years.

#13 At most U.S. colleges and universities, the quality of the education that you will receive is rather poor. Just check out some numbers about the quality of college education in the United States from an article that appeared in USA Today....

-After two years in college, 45% of students showed no significant gains in learning; after four years, 36% showed little change. 

-Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago 

-35% of students report spending five or fewer hours per week studying alone. 

-50% said they never took a class in a typical semester where they wrote more than 20 pages. 

-32% never took a course in a typical semester where they read more than 40 pages per week.

#14 The good news is that you will have more free time in college than you have ever had before. One survey found that U.S. college students spend 24% of their time sleeping, 51% of their time socializing and 7% of their time studying.

#15 You are probably not going to be able to find a good job when you graduate. Last year, a staggering 53 percent of all U.S. college graduates under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.

#16 After you leave college, you are much more likely to get a crappy job than you are to get a good paying professional job. The following is an excerpt from a recent CNBC article....

In the last year, they were more likely to be employed as waiters, waitresses, bartenders and food-service helpers than as engineers, physicists, chemists and mathematicians combined (100,000 versus 90,000). There were more working in office-related jobs such as receptionist or payroll clerk than in all computer professional jobs (163,000 versus 100,000). More also were employed as cashiers, retail clerks and customer representatives than engineers (125,000 versus 80,000).

#17 If you think that you will be able to "beat the odds" and land the job of your dreams once you graduate from college, perhaps you should consider these numbers....

-In the United States today, approximately 365,000 cashiers have college degrees. 

-In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees. 

-In the United States today, there are more than 100,000 janitors that have college degrees.

#18 College does a very poor job of preparing people for the "real world". In fact, one poll found that 70% of all college graduates wish that they had spent more time preparing for the "real world" while they were still in school.

#19 Once you graduate from college, there is a really good chance that you will be moving back home with Mom and Dad. One recent poll discovered that 29 percent of all Americans in the 25 to 34 year old age bracket are still living with their parents.

("And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:12-13))

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'Scientists' Say Eating Organic Food Makes You a Jerk

Anthony Gucciardi - -

May 23, 2012

Do you eat real, organic food? If you do, you must be a jerk, according to a new ridiculous 'scientific study' that most likely has financial ties to factory farm corporations and junkfood makers across the planet. Instead of discussing the wide variety of health benefits of eating real food -- the kind made without harmful pesticides that actually make you stupid, the researchers use participants to show how 'eating organic can make you a jerk'. Now spanning the mainstream media headlines, the 'scientists' use the fact that those who eat organic are 'stingier with their volunteering' time as one of the reasons as to why it could 'make you a jerk'.

What the scientists do not discuss, as it is much more serious and could potentially change the way that the public eats (and spends their money), is the serious illnesses associated with eating non-organic junk, almost always laced with pesticides and oftentimes genetically modified. They fail to mention the fact that junk food has been found to make you infertile, that ubiquitous high-fructose corn syrup makes you 'stupid' through the destruction of your memory and learning capabilities, and how common food chemicals are fueling the obesity epidemic. But it appears that to them none of these factors are as important to the study authors as the fact that those who eat organically (real food) offer 11 minutes less volunteer time than the 'comfort food crowd'.

Perhaps a more important story covering recent research should be one entitled 'Junk Food Makes You Fat, Stupid, and Infertile'. In fact, the researchers could discuss the long list of issues resulting from pesticide exposure alone such as:

Carcinogenicity

Immune system suppression

Miscarriages

Parkinson's disease

Male infertility & inhibited reproductive function

Disruption of the endocrine system

Neurotoxicity

Adversely affected nervous system

Massive pollution & environmental decay

If eating real food (the kind that has not been contaminated with chemical additives) makes someone unscrupulous and rude, then perhaps our ancestors were all 'jerks'. After all, up until modern times the word 'organic' was not even used to describe real food.

("And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.

Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.

Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse." Daniel 1:5-16)

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"When I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.”
(Leviticus 26:26)


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