lies in wait with rich men in secret places, in order to slay the
innocent: his eyes are set against the poor. He lies in wait in
secret as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to ravish the poor, to
ravish the poor when he draws him after him: he will bring him down
in his snare. He will bow down and fall when he has mastered the
poor. For he has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he has turned
away his face so as never to look.”
Ravish The Poor
Greetings! If you have been following the news over the past few weeks, and especially this past week concerning events in Greece, it is now so blatantly obvious as to who controls the nations of the western world.
The prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, who only last Sunday, July 5th, led his country in a no referendum against further bailouts and imposed austerity measures has done a complete u-turn in less than one week and has accepted the terms given to Greece by the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and the BIS amongst others.
The people of Greece last Sunday voted by a 61% no to the conditions of another bail out to a 39% yes.
So, did the people of Greece, who invented democracy, rule the day? Not as of today.
What happened with Alexis Tsipras? Was he a plant by the EU who would follow the party line when the crunch came, were he or his family threatened, was he bought out? We don't know but something drastically changed his mind in less than one week.
Who is calling the shots and making the decisions here? It could not be more glaringly apparent. If ever there was any doubt it is the big banking institutions.
Proverbs 22:7 lays it out very clearly; “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” ESV
Remember, the only act of violence ever recorded concerning Jesus in the Gospels is when he whipped, literally whipped, the money changers out of the temple. The international bankers of his day.
“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 said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” John 2:13-15, Matthew 21:13
Jesus exposed them for exactly what they were, thieves.
You may wonder why Greece doesn't just look for help in other areas, like Russia?
Well NATO, of which Greece is a member, I believe, is never going to allow Greece to fall into the Russian sphere of influence.
Look at what happened in the Ukraine when the former president, Viktor Yanukovych, tried to forge closer economic cooperation with Russia rather than the European Union.
And the Ukraine was not even a member of NATO.
If you have not kept up with this story the articles below concerning Greece, will hopefully help you to understand the situation more fully.
This has been quite a week with the Chinese stock market crashing, NYSE, WSJ, and United Airlines all shutting down because of “computer” glitches, just to name a few.
Things seem to be really intensifying and speeding up.
Have a great week ahead and stay close to Jesus who will never leave us or forsake us.
Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz July 3, 2015 , 7:40 am
“I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.” (Ezekiel 20:34 )
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky (C) has issued a call for Jews to move to Israel in preparation for the imminent arrival of the Messiah. (Photo: Dudi Friedman/ Wiki Commons)
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in mainstream Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, has been giving clear and unequivocal messages recently that the coming of the Messiah is imminent. He is urging Jews to make Aliyah as soon as possible. Aliyah, the Hebrew verb for “going up”, refers to immigrating to Israel, which is seen as higher spiritual action that can help herald in the coming of the Messiah.
It was reported that the Rabbi Kanievsky was presented with a pamphlet, written by Rabbi Yitzchak Ben Tzvi from the city of Bnei Brak, dealing with the End of Days and many other related prophecies. Rabbi Kanievsky, who is a pillar of the Jewish community and known for his authoritative books on Torah law, read the pamphlet carefully. After a short consideration, he told those around him that the pamphlet needed to be distributed and that Jews living outside Israel should return to their ancestral land.
In yet another instance of Rabbi Kanievsky’s call for aliyah, author Rabbi Yekutiel Fisch revealed advice that was given to his cousin, a teacher at a prominent Lakewood Yeshiva who visited Israel recently and went to Rabbi Kanievsky to receive a blessing at the end of his visit.
The Rabbi told him that he should not leave Israel because the Messiah would be arriving very soon. The teacher responded that he had 700 students waiting for him in Lakewood. Rabbi Kanievsky told him that he must bring all of the students to Israel. Upon his arrival in Lakewood, the story spread quickly, creating quite an impression on the students who all revere Rabbi Kanievsky.
After a lifetime of immersing himself in classical Jewish texts, Rabbi Kanievsky’s study partner informed various media sites that the Rabbi is talking about the messiah “all the time.” Since last summer’s war in Gaza, the Rabbi has been spreading this message of imminent return. In one instance, Rabbi Kanievsky instructed a Jew from Argentina who asked for a blessing that he should “gather your family and come to Israel. Otherwise, there won’t be enough room for you on the airplanes.”
When asked about the timing of the Messiah’s arrival, Rabbi Kanievsky answered, “At the end of the Sabbatical year.” Several people have asked the Rabbi to verify this and he has given the same answer each time. This year is the Sabbatical year and it will be ending on the 29th day of Elul, which, by the Gregorian calendar falls on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
In answer to Rabbi Kanievsky’s call, the Jews of France have begun to arrive in Israel in blessed droves. The impetus is certainly a reaction to increasing anti-Semitic and Islamic fueled violence across Europe.
After the horrific terror attack at a Kosher market in Paris six months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urged French Jews to come home to Israel. His remarks drew criticism from some, however last week, in the wake of Ramadan violence in several countries including France, Zeev Elkin, the Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption, called on French Jews to make Aliyah, echoing his leader’s words.
“Come home! Anti-Semitism is growing, terrorism is on the rise and the sickly ISIS activists carry out murders in the light of day. We are prepared to accept the Jews of France with open arms,” he said.
Last year, 7,000 French Jews made aliyah to Israel, making it the number one country of origin for new immigrants. The Jewish Agency and the Ministry for Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption are expecting more than 3,000 French Jews to immigrate to Israel this summer alone, many of them families with children who want to arrive and integrate before the beginning of the school year.
It should be noted that it is considered a positive trait to always be anticipating the Messiah. The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, a great Torah sage, is told to have said that any time he heard a loud noise, he would say, “Perhaps the Messiah has arrived?” Similar stories have also been told of the leading Moroccan Kabbalist, the Baba Sali, Rabbi Israel Abuhaseira.
INHUMAN—PART 5: THE SPIRIT BEHIND TRANSHUMANISM
July 5, 2015 by SkyWatch Editor
CONTINUED FROM PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE, PART FOUR
It would be nice to be an artilect, a god, a supremely powerful omnipotent being. I could be such a creature [soon.] It’s possible. It’s not an unattainable dream. All I can do here is attempt to convey some measure of the strength of “religious” feeling that I and other[s] will make public this century.—Prof. Hugo de Garis, artificial brain designer
All of the boundaries are up for grabs. All of the boundaries that have defined us as human beings, boundaries between a human being and an animal and between a human being and a super human being or a god.—Leon R. Kass, former chairman, President’s Council on Bioethics
A non-human race once lived upon earth. They came to be called the Rephaim [Nephilim]. They were genetic monsters, mutants whose end is darkness, just as was their society upon earth. Will jcvi’s [J. Craig Venter Institute, which created the entirely new life form nicknamed “Synthia”] work result in another such atrocity?—Gary Stearman, Bible scholar
English theologian George Hawkins Pember, in his 1876 masterpiece, Earth’s Earliest Ages, analyzed the prophecy of Jesus Christ that says the end times would be a repeat of “the days of Noah.” Pember outlined the seven great causes of the antediluvian destruction and documented their developmental beginnings in his lifetime. The seventh and most fearful sign, Pember wrote, would be the return of the spirits of Nephilim, “the appearance upon earth of beings from the Principality of the Air, and their unlawful intercourse with the human race.”
Jesus Himself, in answering His disciples concerning the signs of His coming and of the end of the world, said it would be “as the days of [Noah] were” (Matthew 24:37). The implication is, just as it was before the Flood when the spirits of Nephilim were powerful upon earth (Genesis 6:4), mankind would experience an end-times renaissance of the influence of these entities. From Scripture we are made to understand the purpose of this latter-day wave of supernaturalism includes deception (2 Timothy 3:13), and the effect upon mankind would be so successful that heresy and delusion would become firmly entrenched—even within institutionalized Christianity. In writing of this scenario, Paul prophesied to Timothy that “in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1).
Based on contemporary developments, the foretold increase in demonism and its influence within secular and religious society is rapidly unfolding this century—abruptly, dramatically, and suspiciously. Biblical scholar Gary Stearman agrees, stating in disturbing language how the manifestation of these powers are quickening now because the world is under conditions “in which the influence of God’s Holy Spirit is diminishing.”[i] This is apparent not only in metaphysics, but within science and technology, where genetic engineering and transhumanist aspirations seem literally hell-bent on repeating what the Watchers did in giving birth to the spirits of Nephilim as in the days of Noah.
THE FIRST TIME NEPHILIM APPEARED ON EARTH
As far back as the beginning of time and within every major culture of the ancient world, the astonishingly consistent story is told of “gods” who descended from heaven and materialized in bodies of flesh. From Rome to Greece—and before that, to Egypt, Persia, Assyria, Babylonia, and Sumer—the earliest records of civilization tell of the era when powerful beings known to the Hebrews as “Watchers” and in the book of Genesis as the b’nai ha Elohim (“sons of God”) mingled themselves with humans, giving birth to part-celestial, part-terrestrial hybrids known as “Nephilim.” The Bible says this happened when men began to increase on earth and daughters were born to them. When the sons of God saw the women’s beauty, they took wives from among them to sire their unusual offspring. In Genesis 6:4, we read the following account: “There were giants [Nephilim] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
When this Scripture is compared with other ancient texts, including Enoch, Jubilees, Baruch, Genesis Apocryphon, Philo, Josephus, Jasher, and others, it unfolds to some that the giants of the Old Testament such as Goliath were the part-human, part-animal, part-angelic offspring of a supernatural interruption into the divine order and natural development of the species. The apocryphal Book of Enoch gives a name to the angels involved in this cosmic conspiracy, calling them “Watchers.” We read:
And I Enoch was blessing the Lord of majesty and the King of the ages, and lo! the Watchers called me—Enoch the scribe—and said to me: “Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves wives: Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children [the Nephilim], The murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain.” (1 Enoch 10:3–8)
According to Enoch, two hundred of these powerful angels departed “high heaven” and used women (among other dna providers) to extend their progeny into mankind’s plane of existence. The Interlinear Hebrew Bible (ihn) offers an interesting interpretation of Genesis 6:2 in this regard. Where the King James Version of the Bible says, “The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair,” the ihn interprets this as, “The [b’nai ha Elohim] saw the daughters of Adam, that they were fit extensions” (emphasis added). The term “fit extensions” seems applicable when the whole of the ancient record is understood to mean that the Watchers wanted to leave their proper sphere of existence in order to enter earth’s three-dimensional reality. They viewed women—or at least their genetic material—as part of the formula for accomplishing this task. Departing the proper habitation that God had assigned them was grievous to the Lord and led to divine penalization. Jude described it this way: The “angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6).
Besides apocryphal, pseudepigraphic, and Jewish traditions related to the legend of the Watchers and the “mighty men” born of their union with humans, mythologized accounts tell the stories of “gods” using humans and animals to produce heroes or demigods (half-gods). When the ancient Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament (the LXX or Septuagint) was made, the word “Nephilim”—referring to the part-human offspring of the Watchers—was translated gegenes, a word implying “earth born.” This same terminology was used to describe the Greek Titans and other legendary heroes of part-celestial and part-terrestrial origin, such as Hercules (born of Zeus and the mortal Alcmena), Achilles (the Trojan hero son of Thetis and Peleus), and Gilgamesh (the two-thirds god and one-third human child of Lugalbanda and Ninsun). These demigods were likewise accompanied in texts and idol representation by half-animal and half-human creatures like centaurs (the part-human,
part-horse offspring of Apollo’s son, Centaurus), chimeras, furies, satyrs, gorgons, nymphs, Minotaurs, and other genetic aberrations. All of this seems to indicate that the Watchers not only modified human dna during the construction of Nephilim, but that of animals as well, a point the Book of Enoch supports, saying in the seventh chapter that the fallen angels “sinned” against animals as well as humans. Other books such as Jubilees add that this interspecies mingling eventually resulted in mutations among normal humans and animals whose “flesh” (genetic makeup) was “corrupted” by the activity, presumably through crossbreeding (see 5:1–5; 7:21–25). Even the Old Testament contains reference to the genetic mutations that developed among humans following this time frame, including “men” of unusual size, physical strength, six fingers, six toes, animal appetite for blood, and even lion-like features (2 Samuel 21:20, 23:20). But of all the ancient records, the most telling extrabiblical script is from the Book of Jasher, a mostly forgotten text referred to in the Bible in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18. Jasher records the familiar story of the fall of the Watchers, then adds an exceptional detail that none of the other texts is as unequivocal about, something that can only be understood in modern language to mean advanced biotechnology, genetic engineering, or “transgenic modification” of species. After the Watchers had instructed humans “in the secrets of heaven,” note what Jasher says occurred: “[Then] the sons of men [began teaching] the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord” (4:18).
The phrase “the mixture of animals of one species with the other” does not mean Watchers had taught men hybridization, as this would not have “provoked the Lord.” God made like animals of different breeds capable of reproducing. For example, horses can propagate with other mammals of the equidae classification (the taxonomic “horse family”), including donkeys and zebras. It would not have “provoked the Lord” for this type of animal breeding to have taken place, as God Himself made the animals able to do this.
If, on the other hand, the Watchers were crossing species boundaries by mixing incompatible animals of one species with the other, such as pig dna with humans like science is doing today, this would have been a different matter and may cast light on the numerous ancient stories of mythical beings of variant-species manufacturing that fit perfectly within the records of what the Watchers were accomplishing. Understandably, this kind of chimera-making would have “provoked the Lord,” and raises the serious question of why the Watchers would have risked eternal damnation by tinkering with God’s creation in this way. Yahweh had placed boundaries between the species and strictly ordered that “each kind” reproduce only after its “own kind.” Was the motive of the Watchers to break these rules simply the desire to rebel, to assault God’s creative genius through biologically altering what He had made? Or was something of deeper significance behind the activity?
Some believe the corruption of antediluvian dna by Watchers was an effort to cut off the birth line of the Messiah. This theory posits that Satan understood the protoevangelium—the promise in Genesis 3:15 that a Savior would be born, the seed of the woman, and that He would destroy the fallen angel’s power. Satan’s followers therefore intermingled with the human race in a conspiracy to stop the birth of Christ. If human dna could be universally corrupted or “demonized,” they reasoned, no Savior would be born and mankind would be lost forever. Those who support this theory believe this is why God ordered His people to maintain a pure bloodline and not to intermarry with the other nations. When men breached this command and the mutated dna began rapidly spreading among humans and animals, God instructed Noah to build an ark and prepare for a flood that would destroy every living thing. That God had to send such a universal fiat illustrates how widespread the altered dna eventually became. In fact, the Bible says in Genesis 6:9 that only Noah—and by extension, his children—were found “perfect” in their generation. The Hebrew word for “perfect” in this case is tamiym, which means “without blemish” or “healthy,” the same word used in Leviticus to describe an unblemished sacrificial lamb. The meaning was not that Noah was morally perfect, but that his physical makeup—his dna—had not been contaminated with Nephilim descent, as apparently the rest of the world had become. In order to preserve mankind as He had made them, God destroyed all but Noah’s family in the Flood. The ancient records including those of the Bible appear to agree with this theology, consistently describing the cause of the Flood as happening in response to “all flesh” having become “corrupted, both man and beast.”
While we believe the theory of dna corruption as an intended method for halting the coming of Christ has merit, an alternative or additional reason the Watchers may have blended living organisms exists in a theory we postulated in our book, ZENITH 2016: DID SOMETHING BEGIN IN THE YEAR 2012 THAT WILL REACH ITS APEX IN 2016? In that book, we speculated that the manipulation of dna may have had a deeper purpose—namely, to create a hybrid form that neither the spirit of man nor God would inhabit because it was neither man nor beast, and thus provided an unusual body made up of human, animal, and plant genetics known as Nephilim, an earth-born facsimile or “fit extension” into which the Watchers could extend themselves.
Given advances in Grin technology, transhumanist aspirations, and the admitted new arms race of human enhancement discussed in the previous chapter, imagine the staggering spiritual warfare implications of such science if dead Nephilim tissue were discovered with intact dna and a government somewhere was willing to clone or mingle the extracted organisms for use in (re)creating the ultimate super soldier—Homo-Nephilim. If one accepts the biblical story of Nephilim as real, such discovery could actually be made someday—or perhaps already has been and was covered up. As an example of this possibility, in 2009, blood was extracted from the bone of a dinosaur that scientists insist is eighty million years old. Nephilim would have existed in relatively recent times comparably, making clonable material from dead biblical giants feasible. The technology to resurrect extinct species already exists. The Pyrenean ibex, an extinct form of wild mountain goat, was brought back to life in 2009 through cloning of dna taken from skin samples. This was followed in June of 2010 by researchers at Jeju National University in Korea cloning a bull that had been dead for two years. Cloning methods are also being studied for use in bringing back Tasmanian tigers, woolly mammoths, and other extinct creatures, and in the March/April 2010 edition of the respected Archaeology magazine, a feature article by Zah Zorich (“Should We Clone Neanderthals?”) called for the resurrection via cloning of what some consider to be man’s closest extinct relative, the Neanderthals. National Geographic confirmed this possibility in its May 2009 special report, “Recipe for a Resurrection,” quoting Hendrik Poinar of McMaster University, an authority on ancient dna who served as a scientific consultant for the movie Jurassic Park, saying: “I laughed when Steven Spielberg said that cloning extinct animals was inevitable. But I’m not laughing anymore.… This is going to happen. It’s just a matter of working out the details.”[ii]
The ramifications of using science to revive extinct animals or Nephilim could extend beyond cloning to include a mysterious germ-line connection with the armies of Armageddon and the kingdom of Antichrist. This is because as interbreeding begins between transgenic animals, genetically modified humans, and species as God made them, the altered dna will quickly migrate into the natural environment. When that happens (as is already occurring among genetically modified plants and animals), “alien” and/or animal characteristics will be introduced to the human gene pool and spread through intermarriage, altering the human genetic code and eventually eliminating humanity as we know it. According to many theologians, this is what happened before the Great Flood, allowing for Nephilim incarnation and perhaps has been the whole idea for the end times as well—to create a generation of genetically altered “fit extensions” for the resurrection of underworld Nephilim hordes in preparation of Armageddon.
If, as we believe, the Antichrist is the reincarnation of the ancient demon deity Apollo (the Old Testament Nimrod) as prophesied by the apostles Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and John in Revelation 17:8, not only will he be the exact opposite of Jesus (Son of God), but he will be the forerunner of the return of the Nephilim. The prophet Isaiah (chapters 13 and 14) spoke of the return of these beings, and tied the advent to the destruction of the city of Babylon in the final age (which should give us pause in light of the ongoing presence of U.S. armed forces in Iraq/Babylon and the powder keg surrounding it). From the Septuagint, we read:
The vision which Esaias son of Amos saw against Babylon. Lift up a standard on the mountain of the plain, exalt the voice to them, beckon with the hand, open the gates, ye ruler. I give command and I bring them: giants are coming to fulfill my wrath.… For behold! The day of the Lord is coming which cannot be escaped, a day of wrath and anger, to make the world desolate.… And Babylon…shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.… It shall never be inhabited…and monsters shall rest there, and devils shall dance there and satyrs shall dwell there. (Isaiah 13:1–3, 9, 19–22, LXX,)
One can only speculate if something more than is casually perceived is meant by Isaiah when he says, “open the gates, ye ruler,” but whoever this ruler is, he opens “gates” in Iraq/Babylon through which end-times giants (gibborim) return to the surface of earth as agents of God’s wrath. Noting that Isaiah ties the destruction of Iraq/Babylon with the reappearance of gibborim in this way, we recall how thousands of U.S. troops, on invading Iraq during the Bush administration, admittedly filled U.S. containers with archaeological materials, including what some have speculated to be cuneiform tablets pointing to the location of pure-blooded Nephilim buried in underground caves. This is exactly where Enoch said the dead antediluvian Nephilim are, and raises fascinating questions: Would agencies like Darpa have interest in studying or cloning the extinct beings if they were, or have been, found? Could man in his arrogance revive ancient dna, revitalizing or blending it with other living organisms in a way similar to what the Watchers did in making the first Nephilim? Is the factual reappearance on earth of such legendary beings verified by Isaiah, who also foresaw transhuman creatures such as satyrs (transgenic half-men, half-goats) accompanying the return of giants in the end times, or why other apocryphal books like 2 Esdras 5:8 prophesy the birth of “monsters” for the same period of time? Some may be shocked to learn that in addition to the citations above, the Bible actually describes an ultimate end-times spiritual warfare between the “mythological gods” and Christ. “The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth” says Zephaniah 2:11. “The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; ‘Behold, I will punish the…gods’” (Jeremiah 46:25). Human followers of the pagan deities will join the conflict, calling upon their idols (Revelation 9:20) to convene their powers against the Christian God, uniting with “the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth…to gather them to the battle of that great day…[to] a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon [Megiddo]” (Revelation 16:13–14, 16). The ancient Book of Jubilees—another apocryphal text—considers the same time frame and verifies contemporaneous Nephilim resurrection. The familiar word “corruption” turns up again in association with these beings, insinuating an end-times repeat of what the Watchers did by corrupting human dna and blending it with animals to retrofit human bodies for Nephilim incarnation. Note that this happens just before Satan is judged:
The malignant evil ones [spirits of Nephilim destroyed in the Flood] were bound in the place of condemnation, but a tenth part of them were left that they might be subject before Satan on the earth. These are for corruption [corruption of dna as in days of old?] and leading astray men before Satan’s judgment. (Jubilees 10:7–12)
The well-known prophecy in the second chapter of the book of Joel also includes reference to returning gibborim (giants, Nephilim offspring). Though expositors tend to view Joel describing an army of locusts, he includes gibborim in his descriptions in the phrase “they shall run like mighty men [gibborim].” Does this mean something besides the fact that grasshoppers will be involved in Joel’s end-times army?
[They are] a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it…and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run…. They shall run like mighty men [gibbowr, gibborim]; they shall climb the wall like men of war.… They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them.… And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? (Joel 2:2–11)
Another expression Joel uses—“the appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run”—sounds like the last-days locusts and transgenic horse-men mutations in Revelation 9:7–19. When all such texts are added up, there is persuasive evidence that the massive gibborim army that runs upon the wall from which nobody can escape could be the result of man’s willingness to play “god” in reviving forbidden science and opening “gates” to gibborim lurking in the beyond.
Does a curious verse in the book of Daniel also hint at this? Speaking of the last days of human government, Daniel said: “They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (Daniel 2:43).
While Daniel does not explain who “they” that “mingle themselves with the seed of men” are, the personal pronoun “they” caused Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman, in their book, Alien Encounters, to ask: “Just what (or who) are ‘mingling with the seed of men?’ Who are these non-seed? It staggers the mind to contemplate the potential significance of Daniel’s passage and its implications for the future global governance.”[iii] Daniel’s verse also troubled Missler and Eastman because it seemed to indicate that the same phenomenon that occurred in Genesis chapter 6, where nonhuman species or “nonseed” mingled with human seed and produced Nephilim would happen again in the end times. When this verse from Daniel is coupled with Genesis 3:15, which says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed [zera, meaning “offspring,” “descendents,” or “children”] and her seed,” an incredible tenet emerges—that Satan has seed, and that it is at enmity with Christ.
To “mingle” nonhuman seed with Homo sapiens through altering human dna while simultaneously returning Nephilim to earth has been the inspiration of the spirit of Antichrist ever since God halted the practice during the Great Flood. According to Louis Pauwells and Jacques Bergier in The Dawn of Magic (first published in France in 1960 under the title Le Matin des Magiciens), this was certainly the goal of the antichrist Adolf Hitler:
Hitler’s aim was neither the founding of a race of supermen, nor the conquest of the world; these were only means towards the realization of the great work he dreamed of. His real aim was to perform an act of creation, a divine operation, the goal of a biological mutation which would result in an unprecedented exaltation of the human race and the “apparition of a new race of heroes and demigods and god-men.”[iv]
One cannot read the conclusion by Pauwells and Bergier regarding Hitler’s antichrist ambition without seeing how it corresponds perfectly with the goals of transhumanism, even to the connection of creating posthuman bodies fit for deity incarnation through genetic engineering.
[i] Gary Stearman, “The Extraterrestrial Question,” Prophecy in the News (March 2010) 10.
[ii] Hendrik Poinar, “Recipe for a Resurrection,” National Geographic (May 2009) http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/05/cloned-species/Mueller-text).
[iii] Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman, Alien Encounters (Coeur d’Alene, ID: Koinonia House, 1997) 275.
[iv] Louis Pauwells and Jacques Bergier. The Dawn of Magic, first published in France under the title Le Matin des Magiciens, (Paris: Editions Gallimard) 68.
GAY MARRIAGE: STATE AGENCY ORDERS CHRISTIANS TO STOP TALKING ABOUT THEIR FAITH
Christians denied First Amendment rights for refusing to cater a gay wedding
by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 7, 2015
After a Christian couple said they refused to bake a gay wedding cake because they have “faith in the Lord,” an Oregon state agency ordered them to “cease and desist” talking about their faith.
The couple, Aaron and Melissa Klein, were also ordered to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple they refused to serve as compensation for “emotional damages.”
Claiming the Kleins violated Oregon’s anti-discriminatory laws, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered them to “cease and desist” discussing their Christian beliefs because they made the following statements on the Christian Broadcasting Network:
Aaron Klein: “I didn’t want to be a part of her marriage, which I think is wrong.”
Melissa Klein: “I am who I am and I want to live my life the way I want to live my life and, you know, I choose to serve God.”
Aaron Klein: “It’s one of those things where you never want to see something you’ve put so much work into go belly up, but on the other hand, I have faith in the Lord and he’s taken care of us up to this point and I’m sure he will in the future.”
“Avakian took these general statements of the Kleins talking about their religious beliefs, the attack launched on them by Avakian’s agency, and their determination to not give in to government persecution, to ‘constitute notice that discrimination will be made in the future by refusing such services,'” The Daily Signal reported.
The commissioner even singled out a handwritten sign the Kleins posted on their bakery’s front door which stated:
Closed but still in business. You can reach me by … this fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your religious freedom is becoming not free anymore. This is ridiculous that we cannot practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve HIM with all our heart.
“Aaron Klein did not only say that he would not do [the lesbian couple’s] specific marriage and cake but that [they] ‘don’t do’ same-sex marriages and cakes,” Avakian wrote. “[The Kleins] joint statement that they will ‘continue’ to stand strong relates to their denial of service and is prospective in nature.”
“The statements, therefore, indicate their clear intent to discriminate in the future just as they had done with [the lesbian couple].”
In other words, if you decline to cater a gay wedding, you must surrender your First Amendment rights entirely, according to BOLI.
IS ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON JUST 1 CLICK AWAY?
'Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street. We can only hope'
Published: July 8, 2015
The world saw an unusual number of suspicious economic events Wednesday – with the New York Stock Exchange coming to a grinding halt for four hours, hundreds of United Airlines flights grounded, Microsoft laying off 7,800 workers, Apple investors seeing $69 billion vanish and China suffering a financial meltdown.
The sequence of events has some speculating wildly: Are these indications of a cyber attack or even a global economy in distress?
As WND reported, the New York Stock Exchange came to a grinding halt Wednesday reportedly for a computer issue – just a couple hours after a similarly worded technical problem grounded hundreds of United Airlines flights in the nation and around the world. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal suffered technical difficulties at its site.
Upon hearing the news, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., immediately suggested the situation appeared to be a cyber attack.
He tweeted: “Three major computer malfunctions on same day give appearance of an attack, serve as reminder Congress must pass a cybersecurity bill.”
As WND reported, an Egyptian official told WND his country had information indicating the exchange was hit by a cyber attack. However, the Egyptian official would not divulge any details, including the source of the intelligence. WND could not independently corroborate the information.
Some suggested China could be responsible for the NYSE troubles. In fact, the online security company Norse Intelligent Network’s real-time cyber attack map revealed China was the No. 1 attacker and the U.S. (especially, St. Louis, Missouri) was the top target on Wednesday:
Norse Intelligence Network’s July 8 attack map
Barrett Moore has founded a half-dozen companies in the technology, training and security fields to include Triple Canopy, one the nation’s leading security firms providing high-threat protection services to federal, state and multi-national clients.
“That’s something we monitor 24/7,” he told WND. “You can watch the level of attacks on any given day, and today was exceptional in terms of what we were seeing coming from China.”
Moore added it’s possible the data could be “spoofed” by another party to make it look like the attacks are coming from China. Nonetheless, Wednesday’s activity was highly unusual.
“If we look at the volume and frequency of attacks that were being launched at the United States today from China, they were exponentially much higher than we would normally see,” he said.
As WND reported, a Twitter account claiming to be run by the international cyberattack group, Anonymous, sent out a social media message a day earlier that gave rise to the question: Did Anonymous play a part in the computer-related chaos?
The Twitter message, posted Tuesday, stated: “Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street. … We can only hope.”
The NYSE announced in a Twitter message that the “issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at an early afternoon press briefing: “There is no indication that malicious actors were involved.” And both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent out messages saying that the NYSE disruption was due to a computer glitch and not an act of terrorism or a cyber attack.
Even so, others flocked to social media to share their ideas of what took place Wednesday. Some Twitter comments included:
“Chinese retaliation for CIA tanking their stk mkt; which was retaliation for China US govt hack” – Bluetoon
“The NYSE closes and united grounds all flights on the same day right after hillary said China was hacking us. So that’s fun” – Vinto Tinto
“Conspiracy theory: What if the Sony hack was a test for actual attacks to come? WSJ, NYSE, UA part oof a larger cyber attack spectrum?” – PsyBaba
“As China stock exchange takes a tumble & now NYSE has ‘glitch.’ Conspiracy theorist in me thinks possible cyber attack from China?” – Martyn Wallace
On Monday, terrorism expert Harvey Kushner told WND and Radio America that the most sensitive U.S. assets are at the mercy of any “hacker or cracker,” and the next major attack against the country would likely come through cyberspace.
Meanwhile, as the NYSE outage took place Wednesday, China’s markets were being hammered. The New York Times reported: In Shanghai, prices plunged 5.9 percent. In Shenzhen, they fell 2.5 percent. the damage is also spreading regionally, to Hong Kong and Japan, where shares also fell sharply.”
The U.S. won’t be adversely impacted by troubles in China, America’s second-largest trade partner.
At least that’s according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who told the Washington-based Brookings Institution on Wednesday: “China’s markets are still pretty much separated from world markets. They’re obviously moving toward being more integrated, but right now they’re not so. … I don’t think you’re going to see the direct linkage there.”
Adding to the chaos Wednesday came news that the Federal Reserve has decided not to increase interest rates because it fears fallout from the troubles in Greece and China.
On Wednesday, the head of France’s central bank warned of serious consequences if Greece fails to make a bailout deal this week.
Christian Noyer told French radio: “The Greek economy is on the edge of catastrophe. A deal absolutely must be found on Sunday because it will be too late after that and the consequences will be serious.”
If there’s not a deal, he said, “there could be riots … and chaos in the country.”
Also in the U.S. on Wednesday, USA Today reported that shares of Apple have declined so steeply that the company has seen $69 billion in market value disappear since April 28.
Also, in the last week, WND reported that the Obama administration’s rosy unemployment numbers for June were not the result of a recovering economy creating full-time jobs but a product of manipulating statistics for political purposes. The drop in unemployment from 5.5 percent in May to 5.3 percent in June actually reflected 375,000 unemployed workers disappearing from the workforce.
And in Puerto Rico, there was news that the U.S. territory cannot pay the $72 billion it owes in debt, partly because the island is subject to the U.S. government-mandated $7.25 an hour minimum wage.
Investor’s Business Daily reports that America’s economic outlook has fallen to a 10-month low, according to its latest poll.
The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index has dropped to 48.1 in July, down from 49.7 in May.
“Americans are split on their assessment of current economic conditions – 48% think it is improving, while 49% think it is not,” said Raghavan Mayur, president of IBD polling partner TechnoMetrica. “The stock market is also under pressure.”
According to IBD, “The Six-Month Outlook Index fell for a third straight month, sinking 0.8 points to 44.5. That’s the lowest since last September.”
Gerald Celente – The Great Global Panic Is On But This Is Going To Shock The World
July 04, 2015
Today the top trends forecaster in the world told King World News that the great global panic is now on throughout the world. He also discussed one major market move is going to shock the world and the greatest threat to the global Ponzi scheme.
Eric King: “Gerald, you know about the (KWN) Andrew Maguire interview. He said the price of silver is set to skyrocket in a massive short squeeze (and that the short selling of gold and silver was done by central banks in order to avoid another Lehman moment).”
Expect A Number Of Lock Limit Up Days In The Gold Market To Shock The World
Gerald Celente: “Andrew knows his markets and I concur with him because we’re forecasting that the same thing is going to happen with gold. When the gold price rises it is not going to go up slowly, it is going to spike. You are going to see a number of up-limit days (in the gold market)….
Bankster Market Manipulation Is A Fact
“For gold to be soft as we are watching a panic spread throughout the world is irrational. There has to be manipulation. That’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a fact. We know there have been manipulations whether it’s in Forex or LIBOR, and we know for a fact that banks have been convicted of felonies for rigging those markets.
The Great Panic Is Now On Throughout The World
It’s not in the interest of the Chinese, America’s central bank, Japan, or Europe to see their currencies under pressure as gold prices rise. In China, for example, the panic is on. As a matter of fact the panic is on throughout the world. We just saw the Shanghai Index decline some 30 percent from its June 12 peak! Anyone else in any part of the world would call that a crash.
Look at what’s going on with Greece and the whole eurozone. Than the panic is on. How could anybody with an ounce of brains that lives in Greece keep their money in the banks as they saw this crisis unfold? Now they are waiting in line because they have a ‘bank holiday.’ ‘Bank holiday,’ how’s that for BS? ‘Holiday,’ we’re going to take your money and hold it and maybe we’ll give it back to you. Look at the amount of gold purchases going on in Greece right now. Don’t they wish they had their money in gold, rather than in a bank in Greece?
There is no recovery in Japan. You are already looking at declines of currencies around the world. Indonesia — the currency is down over 7 percent. Brazil has a recession going on.
Rising Gold Prices Threaten The Global Ponzi Scheme
So central bankers around the world don’t want to see gold prices go up because that’s a direct reflection of their global Ponzi scheme. They’ve been pumping the markets with record low interest rates. You have zero percent interest rates here in the United States going on what, 91 months? You are looking at negative interest rates in parts of Europe. We saw negative Swiss and German bond yields.
And the Chinese are desperately trying to pump up their failing market and that’s one of the biggest markets in the world. Look at all the retail investors in the Chinese market. It’s doubled in one year. It has nothing to do with the fundamentals of the economy. So it (the global financial system) is one big Ponzi scheme and gold prices are (temporarily) being suppressed by the central bankers (but the price suppression won't last).”
The Economic Collapse
Guess What Happened The Last Time The Chinese Stock Market Crashed Like This?
By Michael Snyder, on July 2nd, 2015
The second largest stock market in the entire world is collapsing right in front of our eyes. Since hitting a peak in June, the most important Chinese stock market index has plummeted by well over 20 percent, and more than 3 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has been wiped out. Of course the Shanghai Composite Index is still way above the level it was sitting at exactly one year ago, but what is so disturbing about this current crash is that it is so similar to what we witnessed just prior to the great financial crisis of 2008 in the United States. From October 2006 to October 2007, the Shanghai Composite Index more than tripled in value. It was the greatest stock market surge in Chinese history. But after hitting a peak, it began to fall dramatically. From October 2007 to October 2008, the Shanghai Composite Index absolutely crashed. In the end, more than two-thirds of all wealth in the market was completely wiped out. What makes this so important to U.S. investors is the fact that Chinese stocks started crashing well before U.S. stocks started crashing during the last financial crisis, and now it is happening again. Is this yet another sign that a U.S. stock market crash is imminent?
Over the past several months, I have been trying to hammer home the comparisons between what we are experiencing right now and the lead up to the U.S. financial crisis in the second half of 2008. Today, I want to share with you an excerpt from a New York Times article that was published in April 2008.
At that time, the Chinese stock market crash was already well underway, but U.S. stocks were still in great shape…
The Shanghai composite index has plunged 45 percent from its high, reached last October. The first quarter of this year, which ended Monday with a huge sell-off, was the worst ever for the market.
Suddenly, millions of small investors who were crowding into brokerage houses, spending the entire day there playing cards, trading stocks, eating noodles and cheering on the markets with other day traders and retirees, are feeling depressed and angry.
This sounds almost exactly like what is happening in China right now. First we witnessed a ridiculous Chinese stock market bubble form, and now we are watching a nightmarish sell off take place. This next excerpt is from a Reuters article that was just published…
Shanghai’s benchmark share index crashed below 4,000 points for the first time since April – a key support level that analysts said had been seen as a line in the sand that Beijing had to defend, below which more conservative investors would start ejecting from their leveraged positions, widening the rout.
Chinese markets, which had risen as much as 110 percent from November to a peak in June, have collapsed at an incredibly rapid pace in since June 12, losing more than 20 percent in jaw-dropping volatility as money surges in and out of the market.
That drop has wiped out nearly $3 trillion in market capitalization, more than the GDP of Brazil.
Did you catch that last part?
The amount of wealth that has been wiped out during this Chinese stock market crash is already greater than the entire yearly GDP of Brazil.
To me, that is absolutely incredible.
And now that the global financial system is more interconnected than ever, what goes on over in China has a greater impact on the rest of the globe than ever before. Today, China has the largest economy on the planet on a purchasing power basis, and the Chinese stock market “is the second largest in the world in terms of market capitalization”…
Just as in 1929, flighty retail investors make up the bulk of China’s stock market and, just as in 1929 in the U.S., they have heavily margined their accounts. The Financial Times puts the number of retail investors in the Chinese stock market at 80 to 90 percent of the total market. Retail investors, unlike sophisticated institutional investors, are prone to panic selling, which explains the wild intraday swings in the Shanghai Composite over the past week.
Last night, the Shanghai Composite broke a key technical support level, closing below 4,000 at 3,912.77. The index is now down 24 percent since it peaked earlier this month and has wiped out more than $2.4 trillion in value. China’s stock market is the second largest in the world in terms of market capitalization, with the U.S. ranking number one.
Making world markets even more worried about the situation in China, its regulators are showing a similar brand of leadership as Mario Draghi. After previously pledging to trim back risky margin lending, they have now done a complete flip flop and are permitting individual brokerage firms to avoid selling out accounts that miss margin calls by setting their own guidelines on the amount of collateral needed.
I know that a lot of Americans don’t really care about what happens over in Asia, but when the second largest stock market in the entire world crashes, it is a very big deal.
The great financial crisis of 2015 has now begun, and it is just going to get much, much worse. On Thursday, Ron Paul declared that “the day of reckoning is at hand“, and I agree with him.
So what comes next?
The following is what Phoenix Capital Research is anticipating…
By the time it’s all over, I expect:
1) Numerous emerging market countries to default and most emerging market stocks to lose 50% of their value.
2) The Euro to break below parity before the Eurozone is broken up (eventually some new version of the Euro to be introduced and remain below parity with the US Dollar).
3) Japan to have defaulted and very likely enter hyperinflation.
4) US stocks to lose at least 50% of their value and possibly fall as far as 400 on the S&P 500.
5) Numerous “bail-ins” in which deposits are frozen and used to prop up insolvent banks.
I tend to agree with most of that. I don’t agree that the euro is going to go away, but I do agree that the eurozone is going to break up and be reconstituted in a new form eventually. And yes, we are going to see tremendous inflation all over the world down the road, but I wouldn’t say that it is imminent in Japan or anywhere else. But overall, I think that is a pretty good list.
Chinese chaos worse than Greece
JULY 07, 2015 12:10PM
A stock investor looks up in a brokerage house in Shanghai. Chinese authorities have launched frantic efforts to shore up plunging stock prices following another 5.7 per cent decline in the country's main market index on Friday. Source: AP
WHILE the world worries about Greece, there’s an even bigger problem closer to home: China.
A stock market crash there has seen $3.2 trillion wiped from the value of Chinese shares in just three weeks, triggering an emergency response from the government and warnings of “monstrous” public disorder.
And the effects for Australia could be serious, affecting our key commodity exports and sparking the beginning of a period of recession-like conditions.
“State-owned newspapers have used their strongest language yet, telling people ‘not to lose their minds’ and ‘not to bury themselves in horror and anxiety’. [Our] positive measures will take time to produce results,” writes IG Markets.
“If China does not find support today, the disorder could be monstrous.”
In an extraordinary move, the People’s Bank of China has begun lending money to investors to buy shares in the flailing market. The Wall Street Journal reports this “liquidity assistance” will be provided to the regulator-owned China Securities Finance Corp, which will lend the money to brokerages, which will in turn lend to investors.
The dramatic intervention marks the first time funds from the central bank have been directed anywhere other than the banks, signalling serious concern from authorities about the crisis.
At the same time, Chinese authorities are putting a halt to any new stock listings. The market regulator announced on Friday it would limit initial public offerings — which disrupt the rest of the market — in an attempt to curb plunging share prices.
While the exact amount of assistance hasn’t been revealed, the WSJ reports no upper limit has been set.
All short-selling — the practice of betting that stocks will fall — has been banned, and Chinese media has rushed to reassure citizens.
Yesterday, shares in big state companies soared in response to the but many others sank as jittery small investors tried to cut their losses, Associated Press reports. The market benchmark Shanghai Composite closed up 2.4 percent but still was down 27 percent from its June 12 peak.
Experts fear it could turn into a full-blown crash introducing even more uncertainty into global markets as Europe teeters on the edge of a potential eurozone exit by Greece, after Sunday’s controversial referendum.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR AUSTRALIA?
For Australia, the market crash in China is likely to impact earnings on key exports iron ore and coal, further slashing government revenue, while also putting downward pressure on the Australian dollar.
Jordan Eliseo, chief economist with ABC Bullion, said it was important to remember that the amount of wealth Chinese citizens have tied up in the stock market is relatively minor compared with western investors.
Stocks only make up about 8 per cent of household wealth in China, compared with around 20 per cent in developed nations.
“The market crash there is generating headlines, but it’s not going to have the same impact as a comparable crash would in a developed market,” he said.
“What it means for Australia, though, is it’s very clear there are some serious imbalances in the Chinese economy, and the rate of growth they’ve enjoyed in the past is over. There’s no question our export earnings are going to take another hit.”
Mr Eliseo predicts Australia is likely to experience “recession-like” conditions such as negative wage growth for many years to come. “I believe that’s going to be the new norm,” he said.
WHAT ARE THEY DOING ABOUT IT?
On Saturday, China’s 21 largest brokerage firms announced that they would invest more than $25.35 billion in the country’s stock markets to curb the declines.
The brokers will spend at least 120 billion yuan ($25.75 billion) on so-called “blue chip” exchange traded funds, the Securities Association of China said in a statement after an emergency meeting in Beijing.
On Friday the Shanghai Composite Index closed down 5.77 per cent to end at 3,686.92 points. Since peaking on June 12 Shanghai has dropped nearly 29 per cent, which Bloomberg News said was its biggest three-week fall since November 1992.
The Shanghai market had swelled by 150 per cent in the last 12 months and experts had expected a sharp correction, though the rate at which it has occurred is unnerving many.
Middle-class Chinese investors, encouraged by the government, have been pumping money into the stock market. The WSJ quoted 51-year-old Li Ping, who sold her 7 million yuan ($1.5 million) Beijing apartment to plough 4 million yuan into stocks.
Ms Li said she thought the market would stabilise and rise again. “The fund that I have invested in is very mature and professional,” she said.
CRACKDOWN AS PANIC TRIGGERS ‘SUICIDE’ RUMOURS
Underscoring growing jitters amid the three-week sell-off, police in Beijing detained a man on Sunday for allegedly spreading a rumour online that a person jumped to their death in the city’s financial district due to China’s precarious stock markets.
The 29-year-old man detained was identified by the surname Tian, and is a manager at a technology and science company in Beijing, police said in a post on their official microblog.
Police said Tian’s alleged posting of the rumour took place Friday and called on internet users to obey laws and regulations, not to believe and spread rumours, and to cooperate with police.
The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that Tian allegedly posted the rumours with video clips and screenshots Friday afternoon.
The post, which is said to have gone viral, “provoked emotional responses among stock investors who suffered losses over the past weeks”, Xinhua said.
Xinhua added that a police investigation showed that the video in question had been shot on Friday morning in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu where a man had jumped to his death. Local police there were investigating that case, Xinhua said.
The original post was unavailable Sunday on China’s tightly controlled social media, where authorities are quick to delete controversial material.
Greece referendum: Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Athens calls the vote a victory of democracy over economic 'terrorism'
IAN JOHNSTON , NATHALIE SAVARICAS , LEO CENDROWICZ
Monday 06 July 2015
The people of Greece have presented the European Union with the greatest political crisis in its history after voters decisively rejected years of further austerity and effectively challenged Brussels to throw a member state into the economic abyss.
The Syriza-led government in Athens celebrated what it called a victory of democracy over economic “terrorism”, with the Greek people voting overwhelmingly against the demands of the country’s hated creditors. The final tally of the referendum was 61.3 per cent No and 38.7 per cent Yes.
Such rhetoric has done little to endear Athens to the mainly German and French politicians it will now have to persuade to save the country’s economy. Germany’s Vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, warned that Greece was heading for “bitter abandonment and hopelessness” following the vote.
European officials had lined up all last week to warn that a No vote would mean exit from the euro, but Greece’s voters decided to call what Syriza insisted was a bluff.
In a statement, the European Commission (EC) said it “takes note of and respects the result of the referendum in Greece”.
“[EC President Jean-Claude] Juncker is consulting … with the democratically elected leaders of the other 18 Eurozone members as well as with the heads of the EU institutions,” it added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
At a meeting in Paris on Monday, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and French President, François Hollande, who spoke by phone on Sunday night, may take one of the most important decisions in EU history. A eurozone leaders’ summit is also due to be held on Tuesday.
They will be faced with a choice of either swallowing their pride, putting European solidarity first and making a deal that would see their own taxpayers lose money, or cutting Greece off, forcing it to start printing its own currency as the euros run out.
The country’s financial institutions had a lending reserve of no more than €500m (£356m) on Sunday and may not be able to dispense any more euros by mid-week unless they receive emergency funding from one of Greece’s main creditors, the European Central Bank.
Addressing the nation on television, the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, thanked voters for making a “very brave choice” and said the result showed that “democracy won’t be blackmailed”.
It would also mean that debt relief would be “on the negotiating table”, he insisted, something that eurozone leaders have previously resisted. Greece owes about €323bn , about 60 per cent of which is owed to eurozone countries.
“The Greek people today gave an answer to what [kind of] Europe we want. What we want is a Europe of solidarity,” Mr Tsipras added.
Greek television reported that he spoke to Mr Hollande and several other European leaders by phone as early results showed the No camp winning by about 60 to 40 per cent.
And there were some glimmers of hope for Greece, with Emmanuel Macron, the French Economy Minister, saying Europe could not “crush an entire people” and a compromise must be found.
Panagiotis Kouroublis, Greece’s Health Minister, told The Independent that he believed “democracy works in Europe” and the referendum result would “force everyone to reassess their position”.
“Europe will have the responsibility. Europe cannot simply shift its responsibilities to others,” he said. “Europe will have to give the banks the possibility [to open] and that means respect to democracy, and to immediately begin the negotiations and conclude them in no time.”
Antonis Samaras, the former Greek Prime Minister, announced his resignation as leader of the main opposition New Democracy party as the result became clear. He urged Greeks to pressure the government to make a quick deal with its creditors.
But leading German politicians appeared in little mood to show mercy. Mr Gabriel told the Tagesspiegel newspaper: “With the rejection of the rules of the eurozone … negotiations about a [bailout] programme worth billions are barely conceivable.”
And Poland’s Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz, said a No victory would mean “the path of Greece can be only one: leaving the eurozone”.
On the streets of Athens, the mood was a mix of celebratory defiance and fatalism. Thousands of people flooded into Syntagma Square, waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting. “I feel joy and satisfaction,” said Maria Siamaki, an unemployed secretary waving a Greek flag. “I don’t care if I’m hungry tomorrow or if we go bankrupt, I don’t care. I have a kid who is sick and I might not be able to take care of [the child]. But I don’t care, we’re finding again our lost pride and dignity and that’s the most important thing.”
There have been fears of a breakdown in law and order. Last week Panos Kammeno, Greece’s Defence Minister and leader of the nationalist Independent Greeks party in the coalition, warned the army would step in to ensure “stability in the country in the worst moments for our homeland” if required.
But on Sunday night he put such bleak thoughts to one side as he joined in the celebrations. “The Greek people have proven that they won’t be blackmailed,” Mr Kammeno said. “They won’t be terrorised. They won’t be threatened. Democracy has won.”
Bernie Sanders, a US senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination for president and describes himself as a “democratic socialist”, said: “I applaud the people of Greece for saying ‘no' to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly.
“In a world of massive wealth and income inequality, Europe must support Greece’s efforts to build an economy which creates more jobs and income, not more unemployment and suffering.”
Greece referendum reaction: EU mulls next steps as vote threatens biggest crisis in its history
Angela Merkel is due to meet Francois Hollande in Paris on Monday night
Monday 06 July 2015
The European Union held out the chance of a fresh dialogue with Athens in the wake of crushing victory of the Greek government in Sunday's referendum on a bailout package, with officials in Brussels and elsewhere indicating they were still willing to discuss new bailout terms.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Monday night to discuss the situation, with sources suggesting an emergency EU summit could be held in Brussels on Wednesday. Already there are reports that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had spoken with several European leaders, including Mr Hollande and European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi.
Martin Schulz, the European Parliament’s president, said the eurozone summit on Tuesday should consider an immediate “humanitarian aid programme for Greece”.
He blamed the Greek government for the current crisis but said ordinary people should not suffer as a result.
Mr Schulz urged Athens to make “meaningful and constructive proposals” in talks with the other eurozone countries. “If not, we are entering a very difficult and even dramatic time,” he said.
In the UK, John Cridland, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry, called for an agreement to be reached quickly.
“While the UK economy’s direct exposure to Greece is minimal, we are not immune to wider eurozone risks,” he said.
“We must now encourage all leaders, particularly those of the Troika [the EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund], to act decisively to agree a deal, providing certainty for Greece and the wider eurozone.
“Europe’s policymakers should not hesitate to use every tool at their disposal to preserve growth and stability throughout the eurozone.”
No EU leader has officially commented on the result, but the mood was already softening before the vote, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying that the referendum was not about being in the euro zone or not. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was also offering to compromise, telling Spanish daily El Pais that he hoped Greece remained in the Eurozone, while underlining the solidarity of the single currency.
And European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who said last Thursday that a No vote would mean Greece would have to introduce another currency, had already adapted his message yesterday, telling Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper that "We won't abandon the Greek people."
The only top French government official to go on the record was Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, who said Greece and its international creditors must work on a compromise, and that Europe could not "crush an entire people". He pointedly referred to one of Europe's biggest mistakes of the past century, saying, "If the No wins, it will be our responsibility not to create the Treaty of Versailles of the Eurozone."
With the Greek economy close to collapse, there was also a measure of relief from the ECB, with Executive Board member Benoit Coeure offering emergency assistance. "The ECB has been clear that if we need to do more we will do more. We will find the necessary instruments," Mr Coeure said. "Our will to act in this matter should not be doubted."
In Berlin, however, there were mixed messages. On Saturday, hardline Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble made conciliatory noises, telling the Bild newspaper that the vote was between holding on to the euro and being "temporarily without it," adding, "it is clear that we will not leave the people in the lurch."
But Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, from the centre left SPD party responded with fury as the result came through, telling the Tagesspiegel daily that it was hard to imagine talks on a new bailout programme, and adding that Mr Tsipras had "torn down the last bridges on which Greece and Europe could have moved towards a compromise". And Hans Michelbach, a senior German Conservative MP, said: "Now one has to question whether Greece would not be better off outside the euro-zone."
Global Research Newsletter
Greece — The One Biggest Lie You Are Being Told By The Media
By Global Research News
Global Research, July 05, 2015
Truth and Satire 3 July 2015
By Truth and Satire
Every single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?
Except that it is a big fat lie … not only about Greece, but about other European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland who are all experiencing various degrees of austerity. It was also the same big, fat lie that was used by banks and corporations to exploit many Latin American, Asian and African countries for many decades.
Greece did not fail on its own. It was made to fail.
In summary, the banks wrecked the Greek government, and then deliberately pushed it into unsustainable debt … while revenue-generating public assets were sold off to oligarchs and international corporations. The rest of the article is about how and why.
If you are a fan of mafia movies, you know how the mafia would take over a popular restaurant. First, they would do something to disrupt the business – stage a murder at the restaurant or start a fire. When the business starts to suffer, the Godfather would generously offer some money as a token of friendship. In return, Greasy Thumb takes over the restaurant’s accounting, Big Joey is put in charge of procurement, and so on. Needless to say, it’s a journey down a spiral of misery for the owner who will soon be broke and, if lucky, alive.
Now, let’s map the mafia story to international finance in four stages.
Stage 1: The first and foremost reason that Greece got into trouble was the “Great Financial Crisis” of 2008 that was the brainchild of Wall Street and international bankers. If you remember, banks came up with an awesome idea of giving subprime mortgages to anyone who can fog a mirror. They then packaged up all these ticking financial bombs and sold them as “mortgage-backed securities” for a huge profit to various financial entities in countries around the world.
A big enabler of this criminal activity was another branch of the banking system, the group of rating agencies – S&P, Fitch and Moody’s – who gave stellar ratings to these destined-to-fail financial products. Unscrupulous politicians such as Tony Blair joined Goldman Sachs and peddled these dangerous securities to pension funds and municipalities and countries around Europe. Banks and Wall Street gurus made hundreds of billions of dollars in this scheme.
But this was just Stage 1 of their enormous scam. There was much more profit to be made in the next three stages!
Stage 2: is when the financial time bombs exploded. Commercial and investment banks around the world started collapsing in a matter of weeks. Governments at local and regional level saw their investments and assets evaporate. Chaos everywhere!
Vultures like Goldman Sachs and other big banks profited enormously in three ways: one, they could buy other banks such as Lehman brothers and Washington Mutual for pennies on the dollar. Second, more heinously, Goldman Sachs and insiders such as John Paulson (who recently donated $400 million to Harvard) had made bets that these securities would blow up. Paulson made billions, and the media celebrated his acumen. (For an analogy, imagine the terrorists betting on 9/11 and profiting from it.) Third, to scrub salt in the wound, the big banks demanded a bailout from the very citizens whose lives the bankers had ruined! Bankers have chutzpah. In the U.S., they got hundreds of billions of dollars from the taxpayers and trillions from the Federal Reserve Bank which is nothing but a front group for the bankers.
In Greece, the domestic banks got more than $30 billion of bailout from the Greek people. Let that sink in for a moment – the supposedly irresponsible Greek government had to bail out the hardcore capitalist bankers.
Stage 3: is when the banks force the government to accept massive debts. For a biology metaphor, consider a virus or a bacteria. All of them have unique strategies to weaken the immune system of the host. One of the proven techniques used by the parasitic international bankers is to downgrade the bonds of a country. And that’s exactly what the bankers did, starting at the end of 2009. This immediately makes the interest rates (“yields”) on the bonds go up, making it more and more expensive for the country to borrow money or even just roll over the existing bonds.
From 2009 to mid 2010, the yields on 10-year Greek bonds almost tripled! This cruel financial assault brought the Greek government to its knees, and the banksters won their first debt deal of a whopping 110 billion Euros.
The banks also control the politics of nations. In 2011, when the Greek prime minister refused to accept a second massive bailout, the banks forced him out of the office and immediately replaced him with the Vice President of ECB (European Central Bank)! No elections needed. Screw democracy. And what would this new guy do? Sign on the dotted line of every paperwork that the bankers bring in.
(By the way, the very next day, the exact same thing happened in Italy where the Prime Minister resigned, only to be replaced by a banker/economist puppet. Ten days later, Spain had a premature election where a “technocrat” banker puppet won the election).
The puppet masters had the best month ever in November 2011.
Few months later, in 2012, the exact bond market manipulation was used when the banksters turned up the Greek bonds’ yields to 50%!!! This financial terrorism immediately had the desired effect: The Greek parliament agreed to a second massive bailout, even larger than the first one.
Now, here is another fact that most people don’t understand. The loans are not just simple loans like you would get from a credit card or a bank. These loans come with very special strings attached that demand privatization of a country’s assets. If you have seen Godfather III, you would remember Hyman Roth, the investor who was carving up Cuba among his friends. Replace Hyman Roth with Goldman Sachs or IMF (International Monetary Fund) or ECB, and you get the picture.
Stage 4: Now, the rape and humiliation of a nation begin. For the debt that was forced upon them, Greece had to sell many of its profitable assets to oligarchs and international corporations. And privatizations are ruthless, involving everything and anything that is profitable. In Greece, privatization included water, electricity, post offices, airport services, national banks, telecommunication, port authorities (which is huge in a country that is a world leader in shipping) etc.
In addition to that, the banker tyrants also get to dictate every single line item in the government’s budget. Want to cut military spending? NO! Want to raise tax on the oligarchs or big corporations? NO! Such micro-management is non-existent in any other creditor-debtor relationship.
So what happens after privatization and despotism under bankers? Of course, the government’s revenue goes down and the debt increases further. How do you “fix” that? Of course, cut spending! Lay off public workers, cut minimum wage, cut pensions (same as our social security), cut public services, and raise taxes on things that would affect the 99% but not the 1%. For example, pension has been cut in half and sales tax increase to more than 20%. All these measures have resulted in Greece going through a financial calamity that is worse than the Great Depression of the U.S. in the 1930s.
Of course, the ever-manipulative bankers demand immediate privatization of all media which means that the country now gets photogenic TV anchors who spew propaganda every day and tell the people that crooked and greedy banksters are saviors; and slavery under austerity is so much better than the alternative.
If every Greek person had known the truth about austerity, they wouldn’t have fallen for this. Same goes for Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland and other countries going through austerity.The sad aspect of all this is that these are not unique strategies. Since World War II, these predatory practices have been used countless times by the IMF and the World Bank in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
This is the essence of the New World Order — a world owned by a handful of corporations and banks.
So, it’s time for the wonderful people of Greece to rise up like Zeus and say NO (“OXI” in Greece) to the greedy puppet masters, unpatriotic oligarchs, parasitic bankers and corrupt politicians.
Dear Greece, know that the world is praying for you. Vote NO to austerity. Say YES to freedom, independence, self-government, and democracy. Yes, democracy, the word that was invented by YOU!
Greece does U-turn in bid to keep euro
By Mark Thompson and Chris Liakos @CNNMoney
The Greek government is ready to accept economic reforms it rejected just a week ago in a desperate bid to agree a new bailout and keep hold of the euro.
European leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras an ultimatum earlier this week: Convince us by Sunday that you're serious about putting Greek finances in order and reforming the economy, or you're out of the euro.
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Greece sent EU officials late Thursday a plan to cut spending, raise taxes, and phase out tax discounts on some tourist islands. According to a copy of the document seen by CNN, Greece is also proposing changes to public pensions, such as raising the retirement age, and steps to improve tax collection.
The package is very similar to one that was rejected by Tsipras just 10 days ago and by the Greek people in a referendum on Sunday. Greece also wants creditors to help to ease its enormous debt burden.
French President Francois Hollande said on Twitter that Greece's proposals were "serious, credible and show a determination to stay inside the eurozone." But he said that it's not a done deal yet.
While committing Greece to austerity it had previously rebuffed, even these concessions may not go far enough given the rapid deterioration in Greek finances in the last two weeks.
They will also generate fierce political debate. While the prime minister can count on the support of pro-European opposition parties when the proposals go before parliament on Friday, many Greeks will be furious at the U-turn.
Assuming they pass, they will then be submitted to eurozone finance ministers on Saturday, and to an emergency summit of European Union leaders on Sunday if necessary.
Without a deal by Sunday to start formal negotiations on a third Greek bailout since 2010, the country will be bankrupt.
The European Central Bank would be forced to cut off funds that are keeping Greek banks on life support, and the Greek government would have to start issuing IOUs to pay pensions and wages.
In those circumstances, Greece would have little choice but to start printing its own money -- and become the first euro member to drop out of the 16-year old currency union.
Greece wrote to Europe's bailout fund Wednesday, formally requesting a new three-year loan. It didn't say how much it needs, but it will be at least 50 billion euros -- according to the International Monetary Fund -- and probably much more.
IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard told CNN any deal needed to contain reforms, and debt relief, "otherwise the plan makes no sense."
Other eurozone countries are deeply skeptical about Greece's commitment to reform, given years of foot dragging and the country's rejection of the most recent offer of help.
And analysts say it's still going to be tough to get agreement, even if the odds of a "Grexit" have fallen slightly.
Creditors may insist on even harsher terms than those Greece has proposed, largely because the black hole in its finances grows with each passing day without a deal.
The country's banks are shut, cash withdrawals are capped and economic activity is slowly grinding to a halt.
On the other hand, EU leaders are desperate to keep the euro together. It's the most visible symbol of 60 years of economic and political integration. They worry about the fate of Greece if it collapses -- the humanitarian and geopolitical cost.
But they also worry about long term damage to the credibility of the euro. Unlike the U.S. dollar, the euro is not backed up by a single country or government with authority to move money around in times of crisis.
Instead, it depends on all 19 countries that use the euro playing by the rules on borrowing, and bailouts. Allowing one member to break the rules year after year could be fatal.
Other countries using the euro have poured billions into Greece, and resist fiercely any suggestion that some of that debt should be written off. Then there's the precedent that would set: Portugal and Ireland, for example, met the terms of their bailouts but still owe billions in emergency loans. They could argue for the same treatment.
Germany's economy minister, Sigmar Gabriel, spelled out the danger of giving special treatment to Greece.
"That would be the end of the euro," he told reporters on Monday.
-- Clare Sebastian, and Zahra Ullah in Athens contributed to this article.
Ufa - The Summit That Is Re-Making the World
The coming summit underlines the gap that is emerging between East and West; whilst the West squabbles over Greece, in the Russian city of Ufa a new world is being made
Tue, Jul 7 2015
Piecing together a new Eurasian-led order
This week the Russian city of Ufa will witness what will be by far the most important summit of 2015.
This summit is in theory a joint summit of two different organisations - the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the BRICS.
It will also be an informal summit of a third organisation - the Eurasian Union.
The reason for these curious arrangements is that certain states whose leaders will be attending the summit are members of one of these organisations but not of others.
For example, Brazil and South Africa are members of the BRICS but are not members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or of the Eurasian Union.
Uzbekistan is a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation but is not a member of the Eurasian Union or theBRICS.
Russian spokesman have also made it clear that one other country that is not a member of any of these organisations - Iran - will shortly be invited to join them.
Only one country - Russia - is a member of all three organisations that are meeting in Ufa. That makes Russia the hinge of the whole grouping, though the most powerful state represented in Ufa and the one that is busy forging the new economic linkages via the BRICS and the Silk Road initiatives that will underpin the whole emerging system is China.
What we are seeing in Ufa is the coalescing of the new power centre that is challenging the historic hegemony of the US and the European states.
At its core is the alliance (or “strategic partnership”) of China and Russia, who are now busy forging a full spectrum relationship with each other covering all aspects of their relations: political, diplomatic, economic and military.
Coalescing around this core are the Eurasian states (including Belarus and Iran) who are being drawn into a Eurasian system that integrates them politically, militarily and economically with the core. These together with the Russian-Chinese core will form the Eurasian heartland.
Beyond the heartland there is a group of other states linked to the heartland by a web of political, economic and security linkages. Of these the giants are India, Pakistan and Brazil.
The key security organisation is the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The key economic organisation is the BRICS, now being underpinned by the new financial institutions being forged by China. The inner political grouping will be the Eurasian Union of which China - via its alliance with Russia - is a not so secret partner. The economic and trade linkages tying together the Eurasian heartland are the Eurasian Union and the Silk Road.
Whilst the West seems incapable of resolving a crisis in little Greece, in Ufa a new world is being made.
Looking Inside Fukushima Prefecture
by ROBERT HUNZIKER
JULY 6, 2015
Because of Japan’s unconscionable open-ended new secrecy law, it is very likely journalism in the nation has turned tail, scared of its own shadow. Nevertheless, glimmers of what has happened, of what is happening, do surface when brave people come forward.
On May 22nd 2015 Hiromichi Ugaya, a photojournalist who is well-informed, insightful, and engaging, was interviewed about what he witnessed in the aftermath of one of the world’s most horrendous disasters.
Hiromichi Ugaya was born in Kyoto City, Japan in 1963. He is an accomplished photojournalist with experience in both Japan and the United States, receiving his bachelor’s degree at Kyoto National University and his master’s degree at Columbia University.
Naïveté of Public
Hiromichi first visited Fukushima within two weeks of the disaster, and he has returned nearly 50 times to photograph scenes. His is a personal mission because the tragedy does not receive adequate media coverage. According to him, very few journalists cover the aftermath; television in Japan has lost interest; the public is blasé and dangerously naïve; Japanese publishers do not entertain stories about Fukushima, and the mainstream media in Japan ignores the impact of the aftermath.
Curiously, it’s as if a news blackout has been covertly instituted, and maybe it has. What people do not see, do not hear becomes invisible, out of sight out of mind, similar to the after-affects of radiation exposure, which are not felt, not smelled, not tasted, not physically recognized by people, until it’s too late, until it’s too late, until it’s too late.
Then again, maybe The Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, Act No. 108 promulgated on December 13, 2013 is quelling public opinion?
According to a leading Japanese newspaper, the law “almost limitlessly widens the range of what can be considered confidential,” and the new secrecy law allows bureaucrats and politicians to “designate state secrets to their liking,” Nobuyuki Sugiura, Managing Editor, Tokyo Head Office, Asahi Shimbun will continue to respond to the public’s right to know, The Asahi Shimbun, December 7, 2013.
Those who leak state secrets face up to 10 years in prison.
And, repeating that standardized rule: Bureaucrats and politicians can “designate state secrets to their liking.” Is this a world’s first? Does this mean that bureaucrats and politicians can determine the fate of anybody and/or everything?
In the face of cowardly authoritarianism, history teaches lessons of harsh reality, for example, Chernobyl is an example of the long-term tragedy associated with nuclear accidents, thirty years later, nearly one million dead (source: Alexey V. Yablokov, Center for Russian Environmental Policy, Moscow, Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, The New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1181, December 2009).
Chronicling the first four years of Fukushima, Hiromichi Ugaya composed a photo book about the tragedy as a personal countermeasure to widespread public apathy: Portrait of Fukushima: 2011-2015: Life After Meltdown, which is a treasure trove of over 200 unpublished photos, telling the story from the beginning to the present.
Regions of Fukushima persist ghostlike: “America Tonight journeyed to the affected areas, which are separated into zones of higher and lower radiation risk. In the hardest-hit area, known as the “exclusion zone,” the streets remain virtually empty, eerily silent and frozen in time at the moment residents fled the quaking earth and incoming sea. The garbage and debris that litter the area defy the kempt and pristine neighborhoods for which Japan is famous,” Michael Okwu, Inside Fukushima’s Ghost Towns, Aljazeera America, Jan.6, 2014.
An Insider’s Story- the interview
The government’s initial reaction to the disaster is scandalous. According to Hiromichi, the authorities should have been “more open to the public.” Because of failure to communicate the danger, unnecessary radiation exposure was widespread. Minimal information was provided and evacuations were delayed much too long.
In essence, he believes the authorities were probably concerned about public panic. Regrettably, that concern may serve to haunt and endanger lives for many years. For example: “The most serious leakage of radiation took place March 15th, which was day-five of the nuclear accident, but still, within the radius of 10-20 kilometers, many citizens were still there… They were exposed to the radiation. The number of the people who got exposed to the radiation comes up to like 230,000, which is ten times bigger than Three Mile Island of 1979. So, it’s huge and all the population on Fukushima, two million, have to go for medical checks every year.”
Hiromichi suspects an outbreak of thyroid cancer over the next few years. Already, according to local reports, 107 cases of thyroid cancer have been confirmed. Yet, the gestation period for radiation’s effect is 5-40 years. And, this is only the fourth year.
He believes the Japanese people are not well informed. They only see the limited thyroid cancer cases so far even though those are merely an early harbinger, only foreshadowing the beginning of a long process of widespread complications for years to come. As well, it is doubtful people want to face the brutal truth; avoidance is an easy way out when fear reigns supreme.
Additionally, it is likely that widespread health problems will occur well beyond the limits of Fukushima Prefecture. The radioactive plume traveled notably beyond the immediate area. In March, in the immediate aftermath of the explosions, the plume traveled to Tokyo. “The area between Fukushima and Tokyo has some huge hotspots. In the northern Tokyo metropolitan area, also huge hotspots. Over the eastern region of Japan, the radioactive plume spread across a huge area.”
Hiromichi met with families of Fukushima Prefecture. The accident triggered bizarre behavior amongst families and within communities. The first reaction of family members was to evacuate their children to the next prefectures. But, complications arose, for example, “The problem happened because… first fathers tried to evacuate with their families… in those places where the evacuees reached, the fathers could not find a job. So, the fathers went back to their hometowns to their former jobs although the hometown was contaminated.”
The families of Fukushima squabbled and divided over issues of whether to leave their homes, sometimes leaving behind stubborn family members who refused to leave their lifetime residence. As well, entire communities divided into camps of pro-evacuation versus anti-evacuation, leading to conflict, arguments with old friends labeled as traitors.
Along the way, people experience horrible depression, drinking problems, headaches, vomiting, and loss of appetite, symptoms which are outside of physical normality.
Hiromichi’s story leaves one dangling, wondering what’s to become of the tens of thousands who are homeless to this day, what happens to those who live in fear, to the depressed who now view life as meaningless. And, to those who have already returned to fringe areas.
His is the inside story, the bitter truth behind the recklessness inherent within the complexity of nuclear power generation, toying with enormous untamed power, like wild horses on the plains, originated from e=mc2.
Still, to this day, purportedly, “More people have died from stress-related causes than from the initial disasters in Fukushima,” Alexis Dudden, professor of history, University of Connecticut, The Fourth Winter of Fukushima, Truthout, Jan. 4, 2015.
Beyond that, as time marches on, it is almost certain to bring on a perniciousness of cancer-related complications of unconscionable consequence, look at Chernobyl (1986) where to this day, in the still-contaminated villages and towns of Ukraine and Belarus children are horribly deformed without torsos and babies genetically mutated born without thighs or without fingers and where the “Chernobyl necklace” or thyroid cancer is universally widespread (Source: John Vidal, Nuclear’s Green Cheerleaders Forget Chernobyl at Our Peril, The Guardian, April 1, 2011). It’s 30 years later, and it continues!
The Health Impact
Green Cross International, which is committed to phasing out nuclear energy worldwide, issued a report d/d March 9, 2015: Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant Disaster: How many people were affected? 2015 Report. According to Adam Koniuszewski, Chief Operating Office of Green Cross International: “Our local presence and ongoing activities to help the communities… gives us a first-hand experience of the human and environmental consequences of nuclear disasters.”
Mikhail Gorbachev, former Communist Party General Secretary, formed Green Cross International in 1993. According to the former Soviet Union President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate: “We are facing a global environmental crisis, a conflict between man and nature,” Alexei Yablokov, Heroes of the Environment, Time Magazine, October 17, 2007. Chernobyl happened on his watch.
Estimates of radiation fallout, as obtained by Green Cross Int’l, show that 80% of the released radiation was deposited in the ocean and the other 20% dispersed within a 50 km radius. Over time, the overall risk of cancer will increase, especially for children at risk for entire lifetimes.
“Approximately 32 million people in Japan are affected by the radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.”
“The number of deaths from the nuclear disaster attributed to stress, fatigue and hardship of living as evacuees is estimated to be around 1,700 so far.”
So it goes, the long reach of radiation exposure is only starting as the gestation period runs 5-to-40 years. Not only that but the Fukushima Power Plant is still white hot, very hot. Despairingly, the melted core is somewhere inside of or outside of the nuclear containment vessels, nobody knows where, an enormous problem riddled with unforeseen danger for the environment, for humanity, maybe forever.
Why is Japan brazenly restarting nuclear power plants in the face of Fukushima’s continuing calamity, a tragedy that has only just started?
Postscript: According to journalist Kentaro Hamada, Kagoshima, Japan, “Japan Court Approves Restart of Reactors in Boost for Abe’s Nuclear Policy,” Reuters, April 22, 2015.
Ghost rider in the sky: Scientists use lasers to project movie onto clouds
7TH JULY 2015
‘A green ghost rider appeared in the sky over the British city of Nottingham when scientists started testing a newly developed projecting device which allows the beaming of moving images directly onto clouds for the first time ever.
The image of a galloping horse rider was projected onto the clouds from a distance of 50 meters by a special laser-based projection system mounted on an aircraft.’
DOCTORS: BIBLE IS SECRET TO HEALING YOUR BODY
'Many diseases have very strong spiritual roots'
Published: July 6, 2015
The Scripture tells Christians to “honor God with your body,” and now physicians are finding the Bible is not only a guide to a healthy spiritual life but a healthy physical life as well.
Nutritional expert and weight loss specialist Dr. Don Colbert and Dr. Reginald Cherry of the television program “The Doctor and the World” have released a series of guides identifying the God-given health secrets provided within the Bible to lead a happy and healthy life.
The books provide a holistic approach for diet, exercise, nutrition and spirituality. Readers are given both a practical plan to solving their health problems and guidance for where to look in Scripture for prayers and readings related to their medical issues.
The new claims are part of a larger trend of looking back to ancient wisdom for contemporary health problems. Recently, scientists from the University of Southern California created headlines around the world for reportedly developing a regimen of fasting and diet changes that reduced risk factors for a host of diseases and health problems. They even claimed it slowed aging.
Celebrities such as singer Beyoncé and actor Benedict Cumberbatch have also touted the benefits of the ancient practice of fasting. And fad diets such as the “Paleo” diet or even more outlandish programs telling people to eat insects continue to gain in popularity as Americans search desperately for diets perceived as more “natural” or “organic.”
Yet the truth so many people are seeking can be found in the Good Book that many people already have in their own homes.
Dr. Colbert writes: “As a Christian medical doctor, I have studied and prayed about the causes of disease, and increasingly I have discovered that many diseases have very strong spiritual roots. I believe it is God’s desire to restore us to complete health of the entire person: body, mind, and spirit.”
Many Americans have taken Colbert at his word, as sales of the “Bible Cure” series have exceeded more than 2.5 million copies. The bestselling books include:
“The Bible Cure for High Blood Pressure”
“The Bible Cure for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain”
“Bible Health Secrets”
“The Bible Cure”
The entire series boasts four- and five-star reviews at Amazon.com. For example, readers of Colbert’s book on blood pressure rave:
Don Colbert has established himself as the source for healthy living ideas and natural ways to cure, prevent and treat numerous diseases. I first read his book on Toxic Emotions, followed by several others. I then added his cookbook to my collection of cookbooks. And most recently I received this book as a review copy. Although I do not suffer from high blood pressure, I found his ideas on prevention and treatment of such interest. It is a sad state of affairs that so many in the church are “brainwashed” (for lack of a better descriptive phrase) into believing conventional medical practices are the only way to treat diseases. Colbert points out in every book that he authors that we live in a society filled with toxins – emotional toxins, environmental toxins, toxins in food, water and medications. These things were never God’s intent for the human body which was intricately designed to heal itself when given the appropriate lifestyles and nutritional intake.
This book is tiny – easy to read – short, sweet and to the point. He does not fill it with tons of philosophy or spend time defending his point of view. Rather, he simply takes fact and lays them out for all to examine and choose for themselves. This is what I have always enjoyed about Colbert’s writing. This is not about a fast fix, a simple three-step program or any other such thing. It is about learning to take care of God’s design (our bodies) by His blueprint (natural ways) to enable His design to function at its highest quality. An excellent book.
Another person says:
God wants to stop high blood pressure from damaging your health, Colbert writes. If you have high blood pressure, Colbert has good news for you. “You don’t have to face it alone. God promises to walk with you until you defeat it.”
He helps you understand what high blood pressure is and what causes it. He outlines a healthy diet aiming at lowering blood pressure and stopping inflammation. He explains the importance of regular exercise, describing several styles and routines. He suggests supplements and discusses medications. He reminds you of the consequences of stress and gives suggestions to combat it.
He adds Scripture to strengthen and encourage you and ends each chapter with a prayer and suggested action to take.
We are so programmed to run to medications, it is really refreshing to read a book describing natural ways to tackle this common ailment. It is such an encouragement to know that living life the way God designed will produce a much healthier body. A few things surprised me, like the benefits of celery and the chiropractic adjustment of a particular vertebra in lowering blood pressure.
This book is not a magic cure for high blood pressure. A change in diet, exercise, and lifestyle are probably required. But if you are willing to work at restoring your health, this book is a great place to start.
Believers looking for a systematic guide to the traditional Christian practice of fasting also have new resources available. Susan Gregory, renowned for her popular website “The Daniel Fast,” has written a book with the same title that provides believers with a comprehensive and holistic 21-day guide to carrying out a fast that will renew their body and their faith.
And author Jordan Rubin, who combated Crohn’s Disease until he had been reduced to only 111 pounds, embarked on his own faith-based journey from near death to full recovery by following a Bible-based diet. He chronicles his story in “The Maker’s Diet,” which combines his personal experience with the hard scientific knowledge he accumulated in his formal training as a nutritionist.
America’s media culture may continue to obsess over the search for good health, but an ever-increasing number of Christians are learning Scripture has been telling them for centuries what today’s medical professionals are only now discovering.
next week...keep on believing.
glad heart promotes health; but the bones of a sorrowful man dry up.