News for October 31, 2007
How television controls and programs minds
L. Wolfe (September 10, 2007) -
Read this powerful indictment of uncontrolled TV viewing written in the
early 1990s and then take stock of how much the Boob Tube is on in your
own home. Its message is even more important today with TVs blaring in airports,
bars, even offices. It is time to try Mr. Wolfe's therapy: "Do you
want to stay stupid and let your country go to hell in a basket? Why don't
you just walk over to the set and turn it off. That's right, completely
off. Go on, you can do it. Now isn't that better? Don't you feel a little
better already? You've just taken the first step in deprogramming yourself.
It wasn't that hard, was it? Until we speak again, try to keep it off. Now
that will be a bit harder." -Jim Marrs Turn Off Your Television:
The subconscious is powerful. It is aware of every particle and detail around
you. But it doesn't know the difference between fact or fiction and acts
on all information passing through the conscious mind as fact, and responds
to it. So what do you think happens when you watch silly, moron, goofy commercials
and television programs? They are training your thought processes. -Hey
buddy, I'm talking to you. Yes, you, the guy sitting in front of the television.
Turn down the sound a bit, so that you can hear what I am saying. Now, try
to concentrate on what I am going to say. I want to talk to you about your
favorite pastime. No, it's not baseball or football, although it does have
something to do with your interest in spectator sports. I'm talking about
what you were just doing: watching television. Do you have any idea about
how much time you spend in front of the television set? According to the
latest studies, the average American now spends between five and six hours
a day watching television. Let's put that in perspective: that is more time
than you spend doing anything else but sleeping or working, if you are lucky
enough to still have a job. That's more time than you spend eating, more
time than you spend with your wife alone, more time than with the kids.
It's even worse with your children. According to these same studies, young
children below school age watch more than eight hours each day. School age
children watch a little under eight hours a day. In 1980, the average 20-year-old
had watched the equivalent of 14 months of television in his or her brief
lifetime. That's 14 months, 24 hours a day. More recent figures show that
the numbers have climbed: the 20-year-old has spent closer to two full years
of his or her life in front of the television set. At the same time, the
researchers have noted a disturbing phenomena. It seems that we Americans
are getting progressively more stupid. They note a decline in reading and
comprehension levels in all age groups tested. Americans read less and understand
what they read less than they did 10 years ago, less than they have at any
time since research began to study such things. As for writing skills, Americans
are, in general, unable to write more than a few simple sentences. We are
among the least literate people on this planet, and we're getting worse.
It's the change--the constant trendline downward--that interests these researchers.
More than one study has correlated this increasing stupidity of our population
to the amount of television they watch. Interestingly, the studies found
that it doesn't matter what people watch, whether it's ``The Simpsons''
or ``McNeil/Lehrer,'' or ``Murphy Brown'' or ``Nightline':' the more television
you watch, the less literate, the more stupid you are. The growth in television
watching had surprised some of the researchers. Back a decade ago, they
were predicting that television watching would level off and might actually
decline. It had reached an absolute saturation point. They were right for
so-called network television; figures show a steady dropoff of viewership.
But that drop is more than made up for by the growth of cable television,
with its smorgasbord of channels, one for almost every perversion. Especially
in urban and suburban areas, Americans are hard-wired to more than 100 different
channels that provide them with all news, like CNN, all movies, all comedy,
all sports, all weather, all financial news and a liberal dose of straight
pornography. The researchers had also failed to predict the market penetration
of first beta and then VHS video recorders; they made it possible to watch
one thing and record another for later viewing. They also offered access
to movies not available on networks or even cable channels as well as home
videos, recorded on your own little camcorder. The proliferation of home
video equipment has involved families in video-related activities which
are not even considered in the cumulative totals for time Americans spend
watching television. You might not actually realize how much you are watching
television. But think for a moment. When you come home, you turn the television
on, if it isn't on already. You read the paper with it on, half glancing
at what is on the screen, catching a bit of the news, or the plot of a show.
You eat with it on, maybe in the background, listening for a score or something
that happens to a character in a show you follow. When something you are
interested in, a show or basketball game, is on, the set becomes the center
of attention. So your attention to what is on may vary in intensity, but
there is almost no point when you are home, and inside, and have the set
completely off. Isn't that right? The studies did not break down the periods
of time people watched television, according to the intensity of their viewing.
But the point is still made: you compulsively turn the television on and
spend a good portion of your waking hours glued to the tube. And the studies
also showed that many people can't sleep without the television turned on!
Brainwashing Now, I'm sure you have heard that watching too much television
is bad for your health. They put stories like that on the evening news.
Bad for your eyes to stare at the screen, they say. Especially bad if you
sit too close. Well, I want to make another point. We've already shown that
you are addicted to the tube, watching it between six and eight hour a day.
But it is an addiction that brainwashes you. There are two kinds of brainwashing.
The one that's called "hard" brainwashing is the type you're most
familiar with. You've got a pretty good image of it from some of those old
Korean war movies. They take some guy, an American patriot, drag him into
a room, torture him, pump him full of drugs, and after a struggle, get him
to renounce his country and his beliefs. He usually undergoes a personality
change, signified by an ever-present smile and blank stare. This brainwashing
is called hard because its methods are overt. The controlled environment
is obvious to the victim; so is the terror. The victim is overwhelmed by
a seemingly omnipotent external force, and a feeling of intense isolation
is induced. The victim's moral strength is sapped, and slowly he embraces
his torturers. It is man's moral strength that informs and orders his power
of reason; without it, the mind becomes little more than a recording machine
waiting for imprints. No one is saying that you have been a victim of hard
brainwashing. But you have been brainwashed, just as effectively as those
people in the movies. The blank stare? Did you ever look at what you look
like while watching television? If the angle is right, you might catch your
own reflection in the screen. Jaw slightly open, lips relaxed into a smile.
The blank stare of a television zombie. This is "soft" brainwashing,
even more effective because its victims go about their lives unaware of
what is being done to them. Television, with its reach into nearly every
American home, creates the basis for the mass brainwashing of citizens,
like you. Who's Doing It? more...
While I can't verify some of the specific historic claims made, this is something that we as Christians should be aware of and guarding our minds against. The mind is very easily influenced, especially when dealing with spiritual wickedness in high places. If thought is the voice of the spirit realm, then the spirit realm can affect us through thoughts and words. I know I've "zoned out" on TV many-a-time. Knowing this tool is there, how much will the subtle serpent take advantage of it and try to control it? Watch how rock n' roll has been and is being used today.
New California law labeled anti-family, 'insidious'
OneNews Now (October
24, 2007) - An official with the World Congress of Families says
it was a surprise when California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed
a measure into law that many believe is a blatant attack on the natural
family. SB 777 prohibits any instruction or school-sponsored activity that
would promote discrimination against gender. That means terms like "mom
and dad" and "husband and wife" cannot be used in California
textbooks because they suggest that heterosexuality is the norm. And under
the new law, teachers and students who oppose same-sex "marriage"
or who express disapproval of cross-dressing or sex-change operations could
face disciplinary measures. Dr. Alan Carlson says the measure -- which he
describes as "very insidious" -- is absurd. "This is a huge
step in an anti-family direction," he asserts. "This basically
turns the public schools of California, in effect ... into indoctrination
centers for alternative household arrangements, alternative sexual arrangements."
According to the global coordinator for the
World Congress of
Families, the measure is proof that the homosexual lobby is not interested
in non-discrimination, but in forcing its views on an unwilling public. "It's
clearly designed to make defenders and advocates of the natural family ...
something like thought criminals, essentially," Carlson says. The World
Congress of Families says although some may find it unbelievable, the new
law even allows students who identify with the opposite gender the freedom
to use restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. Carlson says parents
who do not want their children to be subjected to "gender indoctrination"
now have no alternative but to withdraw their children from California's
public school system -- a system he points out parents will still be required
to fund through their taxes. SB 777 is currently scheduled to go into effect
January 1, 2008. A coalition of conservative and pro-family groups,
has begun the process of collecting the signatures needed to turn the referendum
into a valid ballot measure for the state's voters to consider. (See
China song-writers decry "unhealthy" pop tunes Reuters (October 24, 2007) - A group of conservative Chinese songwriters has denounced the emergence of "vulgar" pop music on the Internet which they say is poisoning youth with weird lyrics and lustful themes. The 40 composers, some of who have written songs for Peng Liyuan, a famous singer married to Shanghai Communist Party boss Xi Jinping, signed a petition calling for a boycott of unhealthy online music and vowed to improve young people's music appreciation through their own "outstanding" output. "Music workers should firmly observe the socialist honors and disgraces," a transcript of the petition carried by the official People's Daily Web site (www.people.com.cn) said, referring to a 2006 campaign launched by Communist Party chief Hu Jintao to instill moral values in society. "(They should) resist the incursion of unseemly content, abandon vulgarity ... and work hard to compose outstanding online works that the people, and especially the broader youth, love to hear." With state television and radio broadcasts limited to bombastic patriotic blasts from the past and benign pop, the popularity of online music has exploded in China. China's censors have so far failed to control the Internet, despite a massive surveillance machine and government campaigns to stamp out "unhealthy content." The petition was signed at a seminar held by the official Chinese Music Association last Friday during the recently concluded Communist Party Congress, the newspaper said. Delegates singled out online hits, including "Na Yi Ye" -- "That One Night" -- by Xie Jun, a song about a couple who get drunk and spend the night together. "That one night you didn't refuse me!/That one night I hurt you/That one night you were all tears," are the raciest lyrics. The attack on vulgar online music follows campaigns against online pornography and bans on crass reality TV shows and "sexual sounds" on the country's air-waves.
If you haven't seen They Sold Their Souls For Rock N' Roll, you can watch it now free online. It seems that these conservative Chinese recognize what the conservative Americans spoke out against in the 60's. Only now the music industry is far more blatant in their destruction of family and morals in the world.
'We must be ready to preempt threats' The Jerusalem
Post (October 23, 2007) - Israeli Ambassador
to the US Sallai Meridor declared Monday that Israel should always be prepared "to
preempt, to deter and to defeat if we can" when speaking about the
threats facing the country. Chief among those threats was Iran, said Meridor,
who called for a unified international as well as domestic American front
to counter the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions. "This will take
a united United States on this matter, that they would not have the illusion
today that come January '09, they [Teheran] have it their own way,"
he said, referring to the inauguration of President George W. Bush's successor,
who could potentially change US policy on Iran. Meridor said "very
little time" remained to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon
and to avoid the worst-case scenarios, outlined by French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, of an Iranian bomb or a war with Iran. "There may be a third
way still, but only if the diplomatic and economic steps could be dramatically
- not incrementally - intensified," he said, adding that 33 percent
of Iran's trade is with Europe. Meridor's comments appeared to put Israel
at odds with America's approach to UN Security Council sanctions, in which
the US is pushing for a gradual increase of pressure on Iran through a series
of sanctions resolutions so long as Teheran refuses to halt uranium enrichment.
A third such resolution is currently being considered. Israeli sources said
that to their knowledge the administration is also calling for tougher sanctions.
The ambassador said Iran would only stop its quest for nuclear capabilities
when "the cost [is at] a level that in their minds will put at risk
the accomplishments of the [1979 Islamic] revolution." Meridor began
his remarks at an American Jewish Committee luncheon by saying, "As
strong as we are, we should always be prepared to preempt, to deter, to
defeat if we can, to protect, and not assume that threats have evaporated.
They have not." more...
To Shape Globalisation EU Observer
(October 22, 2007) - Having finally put six
years of institutional wrangling behind it with last week's agreement on
a new treaty, the 27-nation EU says it is now confident to face outside
challenges. In December, EU leaders are expected to adopt a declaration,
which should underline the bloc's change of priorities – moving from institutional
matters towards issues such as globalisation and climate change. "We
have agreed that we should rule out further institutional change for years
ahead", UK prime minister Gordon Brown said on Friday (19 October)
– something he said he personally hoped would be the case for at least a
decade. The union now has less than two months to agree a list of new priorities
linked to globalisation and subsequently move on to agreeing the best political
recipe for how to deal with the phenomenon. According to the
European Commission, the EU should avoid being a passive spectator, but
rather "shape" globalisation. In practice, it is
promoting the so-called principle of reciprocity - meaning trading
partners should open their markets as much as the EU does. "We
should be open, but not naive. We should not close our doors, rather we
should encourage others to open theirs", commission president Jose
Manuel Barroso said, suggesting that openness is a two-way street and that
third countries should offer comparable levels of openness to EU exporters
and investors. In addition, foreign companies wishing to do business
in EU territory should not be allowed to by-pass the rules applied in the
union's internal market. Speaking at the EU summit Friday (19 October),
French president Nicolas Sarkozy proved to be the strongest advocate of
such a principle. "Let's not be naive, we must demand a reciprocity",
he said, complaining about the severe environmental and social requirements
placed upon EU businesses, but not followed by their non-European competitors. "We
have to remind others there are rights as well as obligations", Mr
Sarkozy added, singling out Russia and China.
According to scripture, Daniel 9:26,27, the antichrist is the future prince of those who destroyed Jerusalem in 70AD, the Romans. We now have a reviving of the Roman Empire as described in the symbology of Bible prophecy. To learn more about this, click here. Europe is going to be the center of the global government that the antichrist will control. That structure is currently in existence and is working to control the world. Already the US is beginning to give over sovereignty by the rule of law and placing our nation under the dictates of outside governments. This will continue more and more until America becomes part of this global governance. Don't think that's possible? Many things will change very quickly and the world will not remain the way it is today. Already the control by finances is well under way and indeed our "Federal Reserve" is actually owned by private bankers, many from outside the US. For more on this, click here to see some videos on this topic.
World Religious Leaders Meet For Peace Summit
22, 2007) - Leaders of the world's main religions kicked off an annual
interfaith peace summit in Naples today with calls for a global organisation
uniting their faiths. Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan Williams, Israel's chief rabbi Yona Metzger and the imam of the United
Arab Emirates, Ibrahim Ezzeddin, were among those attending the gathering. "Civilisations
don't dialogue directly, but through those who carry their traditions and
cultural values. So we should not speak of a dialogue of civilisations,
but a culture of dialogue," Bartholomew told the opening. In a similar
vein, Rabbi Metzger proposed a "United Nations of Religions" that
would "embrace the heads of religious communities that have a profound
influence on their congregations". "If we sit down together around
one table ... surely we could arrive at effective solutions," he said.
Ibrahim Ezzedin, too, advocated a formal structure linking world religions,
saying: "This important grouping of God-fearing people cannot and should
not limit itself to processions, conferences and seminars." "We
need to form a permanent and authorised executive machinery for ... executing
any decisions we may make," he added. The Muslim leader however spoke
harshly of "unjustified provocations in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan
and ... unfair dealings in Palestine" that have prompted "some
Muslim individuals and groups (to go) astray and wrong themselves by violent
actions". He added: "We are dismayed by the behaviour of some
great powers who continue to act aggressively against other countries, by
means of military occupation under fabricated pretexts ... forced regime
changes and blunt interference in other countries' affairs." The Sant'Egidio
summits are meant to carry on the "spirit of Assisi" and were
launched 21 years ago by John Paul II in the birthplace of Saint Francis.
The first summit, dubbed a World Day of Prayer for Peace, was attended by
the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and other religious leaders. The Pope, then
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, stayed away, reportedly out of concern that it
put all religions on an equal footing. Thus the timing of his pastoral visit
to Naples has been billed as a "happy coincidence" by Sant'Egidio,
a lay Catholic organisation that has mediated in several world conflicts.
The theme of this year's peace summit is "A World Without Violence:
Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue", with topics to include AIDS, immigration,
the plight of Africa and the quest for peace in the Middle East.
In the name of peace and security, some people are willing to drop their religious beliefs. Christians in particular will always be removed from these groups because Yeshua said that He is the only way to the Father. This is one reason we will be hated in the coming years and the Alliance of Civilizations being developed currently works against those who claim sole ownership to the Truth. Christ defined us as Christians in that way because we profess what He stated, that He is the only way to heaven. How many Christians would stick to that in the face of death? Would you?
Rabbis recite priestly blessing atop Temple Mount
Israel Today (October
22, 2007) - A group of Israelis rabbis visiting Jerusalem's Temple
Mount last week publicly recited the Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:24-26),
an act that under normal circumstances would results in detention by the
police. The group, which was organized by the Temple Institute, was visiting
the Temple Mount to commemorate the 1165 visit to Judaism's holiest site
by Maimonides, also known as the Rambam, one of history's greatest Jewish
philosophers. At one point, a rabbi spontaneously began reciting the biblical
blessing, eliciting the expected cries of outrage from nearby Muslim officials
who noticed the Jews were daring to pray at the site Islam today claims
as its third holiest. To the surprise of the rabbis, Israeli police stationed
at the Temple Mount took their side and ordered the Muslims to stop harassing
them. In the past, Christians and Jews who were suspected of even praying
quietly to themselves were forcibly removed from the Temple Mount and detained
for questioning. Israel's official policy is to bow to the Muslims' insistence
that none but the followers of Allah may pray atop the Temple Mount. Temple
Institute director Rabbi Haim Richman told Israel National News that last
week's visit marked probably the first time since the Roman destruction
of the Second Temple that descendants of Israel's priestly caste had recited
the Priestly Blessing on the holy hill.
Teacher sex abuse scars family, town Associated
Press (October 22, 2007) - They've
learned to watch their older daughter for any sign that something's wrong.
She cuts her long, blond hair and dyes it jet black. And they worry. Her
father picks up a book she's been reading, "The Road" by Cormac
McCarthy, and skims it for clues. He notices a highlighted passage: "You
forget some things, don't you," it reads. "Yes. You forget what
you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget." Her
parents can relate. There's a lot they'd like to forget, too — especially
since the day nearly three years ago when their then 15-year-old daughter
told them her elementary school band teacher had molested her and other
girls. The teacher, Robert Sperlik Jr., pleaded guilty last year to sexual
abuse and kidnapping of more than 20 girls, some as young as 9. Among other
things, he told prosecutors that he put rags in the girls' mouths, taped
them shut and also bound their hands and feet with duct tape and rope for
his own sexual stimulation. According to court documents, he rubbed their
inner thighs and shoulders and forced them to sit, while bound, in closets
and school storage rooms. He pretended it was a game, gave the girls candy
and told them not to tell. And for a long time, none of them did. A seven-month
Associated Press investigation found stories like these are all too common.
AP reporters in every state and the District of Columbia identified 2,570
teachers who were punished for sexual misconduct from 2001 to 2005 alone,
for actions that ranged from fondling to viewing child pornography to rape.
Though experts who deal with sexual abuse say victims tell the truth more
often than not, the ordeal is often worsened when the community around them
is drawn in, and people take sides. Often, victims and their families face
uncooperative administrators, disbelieving neighbors and an agonizing legal
journey. This family in Berwyn, a suburb west of Chicago, understands the
emotional toll. "It's a silent epidemic is what it is," the girl's
father says. "People are protecting people who aren't worth protecting.
I hope our daughters will have that instilled in them, too — that you report
what you know." The couple, a telecommunications technician and a stay-at-home
mom, spoke on the condition that they and their daughter not be identified,
so she can try to move on from the nightmare that began in the late 1990s.
They want to share their story to encourage anyone being abused by an educator
to come forward. They also hope school officials will do more to get abusive
teachers out of classrooms. "I thought my children were safest in school,"
the girl's mother says. She shakes her head. As a child, she went to Pershing
Elementary, the same school her two daughters attended and one of several
in Berwyn, where Sperlik taught band for 18 years. "I don't trust anybody
now." Her daughter was a fourth-grader when Sperlik began teaching
her how to play the clarinet. She liked him. He said nice things about her
and played funny games during class, including letting them draw lips on
duct tape and put it on their mouths. Eventually, though, she and two of
her friends started to feel uncomfortable with what they described as increasingly
creepy behavior. more...
There are children being abused all over the world right now that we need to keep in our prayers.
Governor Declares Drought Emergency MSNBC
(October 20, 2007) - With water supplies rapidly
shrinking during a drought of historic proportions, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared
a state of emergency Saturday for the northern third of the state of Georgia
and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area. Georgia officials
warn that Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre reservoir that supplies more than 3
million residents with water, is less than three months from depletion.
Smaller reservoirs are dropping even lower. Perdue asked the president to
exempt Georgia from complying with federal regulations that dictate the
amount of water released from Georgia's reservoirs to protect federally
protected mussel species downstream. "We need to cut through the tangle
of unnecessary bureaucracy to manage our resources prudently — so that in
the long term, all species may have access to life-sustaining water,"
he said. On Friday, Perdue's office asked a federal judge to force the Army
Corps of Engineers to curb the amount of water it drains from Georgia reservoirs
into streams in Alabama and Florida. Georgia's environmental protection
director is drafting proposals for more water restrictions. More than a
billion gallons of water is released from Lanier every day. The Corps of
Engineers bases its water releases on two requirements: The minimum flow
needed for a coal-fired power plant in Florida and mandates to protect two
mussel species in a Florida river. White House press secretary Dana Perino
said Perdue's request will be reviewed. "In the meantime, we have already
begun drafting interim rules to use procedures and flexibility to address
the endangered species requirements and the Army Corps has started the process
of revising the operations manual for the river basin," Perino said.
Georgia lawmakers say neighboring states also are exploiting the law as
a tool to draw more water from Georgia's lakes. "We've learned from
this what a blunt weapon the Endangered Species Act has become," said
state Rep. John Linder. "We need to understand this lake was created
not for mussels but for people." more...
If we're really as close to the end, could this help contribute to the famine of the third seal? Let's take into account several other stories that affect this I shared earlier. One is the bee problem where with less pollination comes less crops. We also have the stories of a smaller wheat crop. When taking this into account with the other story in this issue regarding the supply chain and how 2% of Americans produce food for all of America, where does that leave the rest of the country in a national crisis? What if terrorism is included in the mix? There are many factors, all of which could very quickly plunge America into great depression, not the least of which is current volatility in the financial markets as well as the declining Dollar against the Euro. In other words, you may want to start thinking about stocking up on bottled water and non-perishable foods because with the instability mixed with people who want our destruction, we may find that we can't rely on the government to take care of us as well as they did with Katrina and the like. I think churches should start to utilize some of their storage for this purpose as well. As the body of Christ we stand much stronger together than alone and in the coming times of increased persecution and uncertainty we need to build each other up in the Word and be a support for those who have no solid foundation in Christ as we do. Our churches should be centers of selfless love where our awareness spells preparedness to help others both materially and spiritually.
US Food Supplies Ice Age Now (October 19, 2007) - Last week on the George Noory show I said that "we’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re buried in ice." (I say the same thing in Not by Fire but by Ice.) I just received an email from a reader that sums it up better than I did. "I spent about thirty years working in commercial agribusiness. My main job was to purchase ingredients, mainly grain, for flour mills and animal feed mills. As a part of my job I was forced to understand the US food supply system, its strengths and weaknesses. Over the years I became aware of some things that nearly all Americans are completely unaware of. I am going to make a list of statements and then you will see where I'm going.
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EU Strikes Deal on Treaty, Ending Political Stalemate Bloomberg (October 19, 2007) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new governing treaty, ending two years of soul-searching over how to equip the bloc to tackle 21st-century scourges such as climate change and terrorism. The new treaty, if ratified by 2009, would create the post of full-time president, strengthen the EU's crime-fighting powers, enhance the role of the democratically elected European Parliament and streamline a clunky decision-making system. ``We're coming out of this summit stronger, so we can take on world challenges,'' Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said in Lisbon early today after late-night concessions to Poland and Italy sewed up the agreement. The next step is ratification by all EU governments, a hurdle that has doomed EU treaties in the past. Ireland, which voted down the EU's current treaty in 2001 only to back it a year later, will hold a referendum and pressure is mounting on U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown to call a popular vote that polls show he is certain to lose. ``We hope we vote `yes' but we'll wait and see what the outcome is,'' Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said on BBC Radio 4 today. Failed referendums in France and the Netherlands killed off a planned EU constitution in 2005, stirring concerns that the bloc was out of touch with its citizens. The new treaty, dubbed the Reform Treaty, will be signed Dec. 13 in Lisbon.
Brown held firm against calls for a U.K. referendum, with a YouGov poll for the Daily Telegraph showing 69 percent of British people calling for a vote. Seeking to whisk the new rulebook through the House of Commons and avoid a U.K. referendum, Brown spoke of an ``amending treaty'' that doesn't cross over ``red lines'' drawn in defense of Britain's sovereignty. ``We need the amending treaty because it's designed to make an institution of 27 members work better, but also because the British national interest is being protected,'' Brown said at a pre-summit press conference. Denmark, which triggered a currency crisis in 1992 by vetoing the Maastricht Treaty, will decide in December whether to put the Reform Treaty -- also to be known as the Treaty of Lisbon -- to a popular vote. France and the Netherlands, haunted by the constitution referendums that led to the EU's institutional standstill, plan parliamentary ratification for the Reform Treaty.
Now with 27 member countries and a probable 28th, Croatia, waiting in the wings, the EU is straining under a decision- making system originally designed for six countries in 1958. The Reform Treaty would replace complex voting mathematics with a ``double majority'' formula enabling laws to pass with the support of 55 percent of the governments representing 65 percent of the EU's population. European Commission President Jose Barroso said the overhaul makes it easier for the EU to live up to global ambitions such as taking the lead in combating climate change and modernizing the economy to deal with competition from China, India and Russia. ``We have a treaty that will give us now the capacity to act,'' Barroso said. ``Our citizens want results. They want to see in concrete terms what Europe brings them.'' Today's accord hinged on last-ditch bargaining with Poland, which has complained of being treated as a second-class power since joining the EU as its largest ex-communist state in 2004.
With his party trailing in polls before elections on Oct. 21, Polish President Lech Kaczynski won the legally binding right for small groups of countries to delay EU decisions on which they are narrowly outvoted. On that technical yet politically symbolic point, the EU upgraded the delay clause from a non-binding declaration to a law that can't be changed without Poland's consent. ``We got everything we wanted today,'' Kaczynski said. Italy also scored a late victory, winning an extra seat in the European Parliament that puts it on par with Britain, at 73 seats apiece. The leaders put off a final accord on parliamentary seats until their December summit. ``We are now in a situation that recognizes Italy's role in Europe,'' Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said. ``This is the end of a very long period of difficulty in European history. The EU can start again to operate in a concrete way.''
The 18 countries that ratified the constitution battled to save as much of that document as possible. Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, said ``the substance of the Reform Treaty is 90 percent that of the constitution.'' While the new treaty strips out the constitution's references to the EU's two-decade-old flag and anthem, the public won't notice the difference. EU and national institutions will still fly the flag of 12 gold stars on a blue background, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony remains the official hymn. Like the constitution, the treaty creates the post of EU president with a 2 1/2-year term, shrinks the Brussels-based European Commission, enhances the power of the European and national parliaments, strengthens the EU's foreign policy representative [Javier Solana] and does away with national vetoes over terrorism, crime fighting and illegal immigration. Britain traced its thickest red line over internal security questions, winning the right to ``opt out'' of EU decisions on policing and criminal justice. Britain and Poland also opted out of the bloc's Charter of Fundamental Rights, fearing it would create rights not enshrined in national law.
The bulk of the treaty was mapped out at an all-night summit in Brussels
in June, chaired by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As the first woman
and first eastern German to run Europe's biggest country, Merkel earned
plaudits as a crisis manager. In the final talks over the fine print, Merkel
chose not to fight for wording changes that the European Central Bank said
would bolster its independence. German officials dismissed concerns that
the treaty would erode the ECB's legal foundations by listing it along with
EU institutions such as the European Court of Justice. The bank's powers,
set out in the Maastricht Treaty, remain unchanged.
Zechariah's warning to Bush and Condi WorldNet
Daily (October 18, 2007) - The Palestinians
and Israelis are scheduled to meet at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.,
this November. This major "peace summit" is the brainchild of
the Bush administration and is under the supervision of U.S. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice. Though most of the world – especially the Arab world
– seems dubious about the summit's prospects for success, the United States
appears bent on forcing some sort of "peace" upon that troubled
region. To do so, Secretary Rice is pressuring Israel to drop all of its
redline demands. Redlines are the points that cannot be conceded. Both sides
have redlines. Both sides have points they will not give up, boundaries
they will not cross. But the State Department is pressuring Israel to drop
all of its redline conditions. For the first time, the division of Jerusalem
is on the table. Since 1967, Israel had steadfastly claimed a united Jerusalem
as "its eternal capital, never to be divided again." I
will never forget when Gen. Moshe Dayan first stood before the Western Wall
after the amazing six-day victory in June of 1967. He dramatically declared, "We
have returned to all that is holy in our land. We have returned never to
be parted from it again." Evidently, to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, "eternal"
and "never" means about 40 years. According to the Israeli newspaper
Haaretz, the Palestinians are pressuring Secretary Rice to guarantee that
Israel will relinquish sovereignty over the Temple Mount. What's more, they're
making this guarantee a pre-condition before they'll even show up at the
conference! According to a senior Palestinian official quoted by Haaretz, "No
Arab country would agree for a final-status arrangement in which the Temple
Mount was not in Muslim hands, particularly not Saudi Arabia." So,
while Israel is not permitted any redline issues, the Palestinian redlines
are not only permitted, but Secretary Rice is seeking guarantees of Israeli
acceptance of them. And their No. 1 redline demand is that Israel must surrender
the very heart and soul of Judaism as the price of admission to even start
discussing peace. Just suppose for a moment that Israel and the Muslims
were in reverse circumstances. Can you imagine the reaction to Israel demanding
that the Muslims guarantee the surrender of Mecca as a precondition to "discussing"
peace? The world would consider such a demand unthinkable. Yet, according
a report in WorldNetDaily, Secretary Rice singled out areas of Jerusalem
that will become part of a future Palestinian state. She reportedly told
Palestinian negotiators that she would publicly blame Israel for the failure
of next month's summit if the Jewish state didn't agree to evacuate east
Jerusalem neighborhoods. Rice traveled to the Middle East this week to help
the Israelis and Palestinians formulate a joint statement ahead of November's
conference. The Palestinians want the statement to outline specifically
a Palestinian state including the Gaza Strip, West Bank and essentially
all of east Jerusalem, which includes not only the Muslim holy places, but
those of the Jews and Christians as well. They are ostensibly to be put
under Jordanian supervision. But I remember what that was like before June
1967. There were walls and barbed wire separating East Jerusalem from Israel.
Christian pilgrims had to carry their own luggage across an intimidating
no man's land of about 40 meters while unfriendly Jordanian soldiers looked
on. I am stunned the Bush administration is pressuring Israel to agree to
all of the Palestinian demands in advance, with the threat that they'll
be blamed for the summit's failure if they don't. In view of this, my question
is, "What's the point of the conference?" "What's left to
negotiate?" President Bush and Secretary Rice have already done the
Palestinians' negotiating for them. And all of this despite the fact that
the Palestinians have not lived up to one prerequisite condition outlined
in Bush's own "Road Map for Peace." You know, I fear for both
President Bush and Secretary Rice. I also fear for my beloved country. They
must be ignorant of a prophecy God made 2,500 years ago through the Hebrew
prophet Zechariah. It applies to this precise time and situation in history.
God said, "Behold, I will make Jerusalem
a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples. …" The
people surrounding Jerusalem are all the current Muslim nations. As predicted,
they have become intoxicated over possessing Jerusalem. Like drunken people,
their emotions, inflamed with religious zeal, are causing them to do unwise,
reckless and violent things. The truth is hardly any Muslims traveled to
visit Jerusalem before the Jews returned to it. Now you would think there
is no other holy place on earth as important to them. These are the exact
conditions Zechariah predicted would be part of the last stages of this
age. He continues, "And it shall happen
in that day that I WILL make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for ALL PEOPLES.
…" – meaning the entire world. Now here's the punch line: "ALL
who would seek to heave it away will surely be cut in pieces."
The original Hebrew makes the meaning of this even clearer. It reveals that
everyone who tries to remove the heavy burden of the Jerusalem crisis will
be utterly destroyed for getting involved with it. Isaac and Ishmael's fight
over possession of Jerusalem has drawn the whole world into it – just as
the prophets predicted. It is the culmination of Ishmael's 4,000-year-old
hatred of his half-brother Isaac, the forefather of the Israelites. I pray
that somehow this message will get through to President Bush and Secretary
Rice. This prophecy applies to this very moment in which we live. And in
light of what they are forcing on Israel, it applies to them personally.
While Bush and Rice strive to create legacies for themselves – just as most
presidents have tried to do with the Middle East conflict for the last 40
years – they not only endanger themselves, but also endanger this nation
with the divine curse promised above. Mr. President, there is nothing on
this earth worth what you are doing. In the power of God's Spirit, I warn
them both, "Stop, before it's too late!"
Syrian Confirms Israel Destroyed Nuclear Facility
Israel National News
(October 18, 2007) - A Syrian official has
admitted that the
Israeli operation on September 6 destroyed a nuclear facility - but
the admission was followed shortly afterwards by a Syrian government denial.
A Syrian representative said Tuesday at the United Nations that reports
that the target was a nuclear device were accurate. Syrian officials, including
President Bashar Assad had previously claimed that Israel attacked an abandoned
army base or an agricultural facility. During a meeting of the UN Disarmament
Commission, the Syrian representative acknowledged that the target had been
the nuclear facility. Israeli Foreign Ministry officials were also attending.
He accused Israel of aggression for targeting the facility. In Israel, details
of the strike, beyond the fact that an operation took place on September
6 in Syria, are still under gag order. Local media continue to skirt the
order by leaking information to foreign papers and then citing their reports.
Some analysts have said the reason for the continued silence of the Israeli
government on the September 6 attack is to avoid humiliating Assad and leading
to a possible military escalation. Dr. Elon Liel, a former Director General
of the Foreign Ministry, has gone one step further in his hope for a conciliatory
approach to Israel’s northern neighbor, sending a letter to Education Minister
Yuli Tamir asking her to prevent high school students from participating
in the “In the Footsteps of the Warriors” tours in the Golan Heights. Liel
said he feared the tours would strengthen the students’ connection to the
Golan. He called the tours “a provocation,” saying Israel would discourage
Syria from negotiating an Israeli retreat from the Golan. Brigadier-General
Avigdor Kahalani, who participated in the liberation of the Golan and the
creation of the “In the Footsteps of the Warriors” tours, rejected Liel’s
demand as “nothing more than a leftist initiative.” The tours are important
to the students’ morale and strengthen their sense of identification with
IDF soldiers who fought in previous wars, he said. “A bus full of students
is not a provocation.” more...
Mini-Earthquake Sets Off Predictions of a Larger One
Israel National News
(October 18, 2007) - The Patzael region in
the central Jordan Valley, just 20 kilometers north of Jericho, was touched
by a small earthquake on Saturday night, registering 3.0 on the Richter
scale. A similar quake occurred in the same area two months ago. On Sunday
morning, researchers at Tel Aviv University presented a new study on the
timeline of earthquakes throughout history. No precise future earthquake
dates can be extrapolated from the data, but the researchers say one is
on the way - as no major quake has hit the danger area between the Dead
Sea and the Kinneret in centuries. "It's like the first winter rain,"
said Dr. Shmuel Marko, who took part in the study. "The longer the
dry summer lasts, the closer the first rain is. Here, as well: The quiet
is worrisome. The longer we go without a large quake, the more we can expect
one." On the other hand, experts have said that Israel's earthquakes
are in general less frequent than those in other quake-prone regions such
as California, Japan and Turkey. Israel is located along the Syria-Africa
rift, a friction point between two subterranean plates and is therefore
considered earthquake-prone. In 1927, some 250 people were killed in an
earthquake that hit Jericho and central Israel. In November 1995, a 6.2
quake caused injuries to several people in Eilat. A minor quake, 5.0 on
the Richter scale, hit Israel in February 2004, shaking buildings in many
cities and even causing damage to the Knesset building. No one was reported
hurt. The northern city of Tzfat was hit by two earthquakes in recent centuries,
in 1759 and in 1837. The latter one killed at least 2,000 people, when residents
were buried under the ruins of their homes and help did not arrive for days.
School Board Approves Birth Control Prescriptions at Maine Middle School
Fox News (October
18, 2007) - Pupils at a city middle school will be able to get birth
control pills and patches at their student health center after the local
school board approved the proposal Wednesday evening. The plan, offered
by city health officials, makes King Middle School the first middle school
in Maine to make a full range of contraception available to students in
grades 6 through 8, according to the state Department of Health and Human
Services. There are no national figures on how many middle schools, where
most students range in age from 11 to 13, provide such services. "It's
very rare that middle schools do this," said Divya Mohan, a spokeswoman
for the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care. The Portland School
Committee voted 5-2 for the measure. Chairman John Coynie voted against
it, saying he felt providing the birth control was a parental responsibility.
The other no vote came from Ben Meiklejohn, who said the consent form does
not clearly define the services being offered. Opponents cited religious
and health objections. Diane Miller, who said she has worked as a school
nurse in another district for eight years, called the proposal "tragic"
and asked "What would God have us do?" Miller said the plan gives
children an adult responsibility they are not ready for, and puts them at
risk from sexually transmitted disease and emotional problems. "I just
don't know how we can even look at this and consider it," she said.
Peter Doyle, a former middle school teacher, said the proposal violates
the rights of parents, potentially ignoring their special knowledge of their
children's health, and puts young girls at risk of cancer from too early
use of hormone-based contraceptives. "You all are going to be responsible
for the devastating effects on young women when this goes through,"
he said. Those who favored the plan said it isn't about encouraging premature
sex, but protecting kids who don't have strong support from their parents. "Unfortunately,
not every child is getting the kind of parental involvement that is going
to help keep them safe," said Richard Verrier. "If my daughter
were not able to talk with me about something, if she couldn't reach me
for whatever reason, to keep her safe and healthy, I would want to make
sure she had access to those resources from trusted adults," Verrier
said. Condoms have been available since 2002 to King students who have parental
permission to be treated at its student health center. more...
Bush warns of World War III if Iran goes nuclear Breitbart (October 17, 2007) - US President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he had warned world leaders they must prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons "if you're interested in avoiding World War III."
"We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy
Israel," Bush said at a White House press conference after Russia cautioned
against military action against Tehran's supect atomic program. "So
I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it
seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the
knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," said Bush.
What does the Bible have to say about Iran's future? Ezekiel 38, 39 labels Iran, Turkey, Russia, Ethiopia and others are part of an attack on Israel, the Gog/Magog invasion. It is at that point that God destroys them in the mountains of Israel. This tells us that whether or not Iran has or will have nuclear weapons, they are going to make an attempt at a ground invasion of Israel. They are drawn into this with "hooks in the jaws." So nuclear weapons are not a part of that future with Israel. And first Israel must be living in safety. Ezekiel 38:8-15 The fate of America is not laid out in Bible prophecy however. Either we will be integrated into the global governance and also come against Israel, or we will not be an influential power in support of Israel. The Bible says that all the world will come against Israel and it will be a burdensome stone to all who come against her. Right now the US is joining in the call to divide Israel and Jerusalem to create a Palestinian State. Indeed all the world is pushing for this goal. Will America enter WWIII with Iran? I think America will collapse from the perch of power before it comes to that. The Dollar is failing globally and everyone knows it while foreign governments have too much control of a currency that is dictated by private bankers. I think the bubble is going to burst, those who hate America will make sure of it. And this would explain why America may not be influential enough to show up in Bible prophecy, which focuses on Israel and Jerusalem mostly. Either that or we will be a part of the same antichrist kingdom and will have given our power to him. With the need for a bailout from Europe and the global power and influence being exerted from Europe, those who make the laws, rule. I think the purposes of the terrorist cells will come into play when the antichrist demands worship and people reject him. These groups will probably be the centers for the new converts to worship, train and enforce. All the world will wonder after the beast and the dragon that gives him his power. Revelation 13 Keep watching!
Rabbis urge: 'Save Jerusalem!' WorldNet Daily
(October 16, 2007) - A group of hundreds of
prominent Israeli rabbis yesterday called on Jews worldwide to speak out
against what rabbinic leaders called the "crime of dividing Jerusalem
as proposed by the current Israeli government." The move follows a
flurry of media reports that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is contemplating
handing over sections of Jerusalem to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas' Fatah organization. Yesterday Olmert hinted he would be willing to
divide Jerusalem, asking during a speech whether it was "really necessary"
to retain certain Arab neighborhoods in Judaism's capital. At a Tel Aviv
press conference yesterday, leaders of the Rabbinical Congress for Peace,
a coalition of more than 350 Israeli rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis,
including some of Israel's most prominent Jewish leaders, urged Jews worldwide
to speak out. "We must scream and protest not only to go through the
motions, but maybe our protest will bring another one in its chain and awaken
the public," said RCP leader Rabbi David Drukman, the rabbinic leader
of the Kiryat Motzkin Israeli community. "It pains us to see that there
is no public outcry against this; everyone is complacent," Drukman
said at the press conference. Rabbi Meir Horowitz, leader of the Hassidic
Bostoner community and a U.S. citizen, addressed U.S. Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice directly: "Madam Secretary, we request that you convey
to President Bush and to the leaders of the civilized world that although
Jerusalem is also holy to the three great faiths of the world, for the Jewish
people it is our only holy city; therefore, no one can expect the Jewish
people to forgo the central theme and focus of their religion." Rabbi
Avrohom Yaakov Shreiber, who was the rabbinic leader of Kfar Darom, one
of the largest Gaza Strip Jewish communities evacuated by Israel in 2005,
pointed out that while most Jewish expulsions throughout history were perpetuated
by non-Jews, he was "stunned" the Jewish state would "expel
their brothers from their homes." Meir Porush, a nationalist Knesset
Member, called Jerusalem "the soul of the nation and just like a man
cannot live without a soul, so we cannot live without Jerusalem." Rabbi
Gerlitzky, chairman of the Rabbinical Congress, commented, "It has
been several months now that the government has been discussing dividing
Jerusalem, but it was done quietly behind our back. Now when it came out
in the open, there is no outcry. I feel as though the public has been sprayed
with some kind of sleeping gas." A Rabbinic Congress resolution, passed
at yesterday's meeting, urged the Olmert government to "come back to
your senses." "The Congress calls on the government to abandon
the 'land for peace' formula. It never worked in the past, it doesn’t work
now and will never work in the future. This formula is obsolete, outdated,
leads to bloodshed." The rabbis' statements followed a speech yesterday
in which Olmert asked whether it was "really necessary" for Israel
to control Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. more...
I think this is more like what most of Israel will be like after God destroys the Magog invaders in the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 38:19-23 I believe this will be what pushes the rebuilding of the temple soon and I think it will also be what causes the mortal wound to the antichrist when he declares himself god at the abomination of desolation.
Putin Visits Iran, Sends Warnings to US Associated
Press (October 16, 2007) - Russian
leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly
warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on
Iran. He also said nations shouldn't pursue oil pipeline projects in the
area if they weren't backed by regional powers. At a summit of the five
nations that border the inland Caspian Sea, Putin said none of the nations'
territory should be used by any outside countries for use of military force
against any nation in the region. It was a clear reference to long-standing
rumors that the U.S. was planning to use Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic,
as a staging ground for any possible military action against Iran. "We
are saying that no Caspian nation should offer its territory to third powers
for use of force or military aggression against any Caspian state,"
Putin said. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also underlined the need
to keep outsiders away from the Caspian. "All Caspian nations agree
on the main issue - that all aspects related to this sea must be settled
exclusively by littoral nations," he said. "The Caspian Sea is
an inland sea and it only belongs to the Caspian states, therefore only
they are entitled to have their ships and military forces here." Putin,
whose trip to Tehran is the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II,
warned that energy pipeline projects crossing the Caspian could only be
implemented if all five nations that border the Caspian support them. Putin
did not name any specific country, but his statement underlined Moscow's
strong opposition to U.S.-backed efforts to build pipelines to deliver hydrocarbons
to the West bypassing Russia. "Projects that may inflict serious environmental
damage to the region cannot be implemented without prior discussion by all
five Caspian nations," he said. Other nations bordering the Caspian
Sea and in attendance at the summit are: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
The legal status of the Caspian - believed to contain the world's third-largest
energy reserves - has been in limbo since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leading
to tension and conflicting claims to seabed oil deposits. Iran, which shared
the Caspian's resources equally with the Soviet Union, insists that each
coastal nation receive an equal portion of the seabed. Russia, Azerbaijan
and Kazakhstan want the division based on the length of each nation's shoreline,
which would give Iran a smaller share. Putin's visit took place despite
warnings of a possible assassination plot and amid hopes that a round of
personal diplomacy could help offer a solution to an international standoff
on Iran's nuclear program. Putin's trip was thrown into doubt when the Kremlin
said Sunday that he had been informed by Russian intelligence services that
suicide attackers might try to kill him in Tehran, but he shrugged off the
warning. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini dismissed
reports about the purported assassination plot as disinformation spread
by adversaries hoping to spoil good relations between Russia and Iran. Putin
has warned the U.S. and other nations against trying to coerce Iran into
reining in its nuclear program and insists peaceful dialogue is the only
way to deal with Tehran's defiance of a U.N. Security Council demand that
it suspend uranium enrichment. "Threatening someone, in this case the
Iranian leadership and Iranian people, will lead nowhere," Putin said
Monday during his trip to Germany. "They are not afraid, believe me."
Weak Dollar Allows Foreigners to Snap Up U.S. Firms News Max (October 16, 2007) - Bargain-hunting foreigners are snapping up U.S. companies at a record pace as the weak dollar, a growing trade imbalance and spiking oil prices spark a raid on America’s corporate assets. Through September, foreign firms have spent $276 billion to acquire U.S. businesses, according to Thomson Financial. At that rate, the 2007 total will easily surpass 2000’s record of $325 billion in foreign buy-outs. With the dollar at a record low against most major foreign currencies, and with a robust economy abroad, “It’s a fire sale for companies in Europe, Canada, Australia and some emerging markets that want to buy in the U.S.,” says David Gilmore, a partner at consulting firm Foreign Exchange Analytics in Essex, Conn. The biggest deals over the past two years include:
Earlier this month, Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank announced an $8.5
billion deal to acquire Commerce Bank of Cherry Hill, N.J. The trend not
only raises national security red flags but has also sparked concerns that
U.S. assets--and associated investment returns--are increasingly falling
into foreign hands, experts say. “If they’re productive investments, foreigners
will receive the dividends rather than Americans, but that’s the consequence
of living beyond your means,” says Michael Klein, professor of economics
at Tufts University. more...
Turkey Forms Alliance With Iran Against Kurds
News Max (October
15, 2007) - U.S. ally Turkey and U.S. arch-enemy Iran have formed
a military alliance to drive opposition Kurds from bases in northern Iraq
they have used since 2004 to launch guerrilla operations inside Iran, rebel
leaders told Newsmax at a secret base in the Qandil mountains. Both Iran
and Turkey have vowed to send troops into northern Iraq, but until now evidence
of active military cooperation between them has remained a closely-held
secret. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up political
and diplomatic threats in recent days, telling the United States he would
cut off U.S. access to the strategic Incirlik airbase in eastern Turkey
if the U.S. tried to prevent Turkey from sending troops against the Kurdish
bases in northern Iraq. Leaders of the Party of Free Life of Iranian Kurdistan,
known as PJAK, provided Newsmax with extensive evidence of the Iran-Turkey
alliance in two days of exclusive interviews at a secret guerilla base deep
in the Qandil mountains. An Iranian Revolutionary Guards outpost was visible
on a nearby mountain peak. “Iran and Turkey attacked jointly on August 16
against our forces inside Iran and against Turkish self-defense forces in
northern Iraq,” a PJAK commander using the nom de guerre Xerat told Newsmax
at the Iranian rebel base. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards “attacked us
across a broad front in the areas of Sardasht, Piranshahr, Shaho, Urmieh,
and along the border line,” Xerat said, citing the names of major cities
in Iranian Kurdistan where PJAK rebels have been operating. While those
ground operations were underway, Iranian and Turkish artillery simultaneously
began shelling civilian villages inside Iraqi Kurdistan from Metina, Zaab,
Haftani, and Hakurke in the north, to Haji Oumran, Qalatdizza, Zeh, Marado,
and Xinera in the south, he added. Turkish artillery hit the northern villages,
while Iranian gunners hit the southern ones. Iranian troops attempted to
cross into Iraq through the mountain passes, but PJAK fighters held the
line. “The goal of the Iranians is to drive us from the border area,” rebel
leader Biryar Gabar told Newsmax. “They want to turn this area into a no-man’s
land, so they can use it to smuggle weapons and Islamist guerillas into
Iraq to fight the Americans.” He called the Iran-Turkey entente “an anti-American
alliance,” not just an anti-Kurdish agreement, and said that it resulted
from deliberate decisions from the ruling Islamist AKP party of Prime Minister
Erdogan to transform Turkey into an increasingly Islamist state. A senior
European official, who was involved in talks to bring Turkey into the European
Union, told Newsmax recently he had been “stunned” by the hard-line toward
the Kurds taken by AKP party leader Abdullah Gul, now Turkey’s president.
“He was totally uncompromising,” the official said. “He took a harder line
than the Turkish military.” Iran has been offering Turkey an economic agreement
with Iran in July to build a strategic pipeline that will bring Iranian
natural gas to Europe, in defiance of a U.S. led effort to increase the
economic squeeze on Iran. During a press conference in August while he was
still foreign minister, Gul defended Turkey and Iran’s joint action against
Kurdish guerillas in Iraq. “They pose a threat to Turkey as well as to other
neighbors. Therefore, every country has the right to defend its borders
and take legitimate measures for its own security,” Gül said. more...
Possibility of volcanic activity near Quesnel excites scientists
Vancouver Sun (October
15, 2007) - Scientists are headed tomorrow to an area 75 kilometres
west of Quesnel to install seismological equipment aimed at determining
whether a "swarm" of small earthquakes are evidence of a forthcoming
burst of molten lava -- potentially the first volcanic activity in the province
in two centuries. "It's pretty exciting to see this," John Cassidy,
earthquake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, confirmed in an interview. "The
earthquakes are continuing, even today. We should have some answers soon."
The story began last Wednesday when existing seismological equipment located,
appropriately enough, at Thunder Mountain began recording earthquake activity.
Since then, there have been more than 100 small earthquakes -- most of them
magnitude 1.0 or less on the Richter scale, but as big as 3.1 -- including
an average of one per hour over the past 24 hours. The activity is located
20 kilometers west of Nazko Cone, which last erupted 7,200 years ago and
is currently being mined for scoria, used for light-weight aggregate, landscaping
and ground cover, and in agricultural and horticultural applications as
a soil additive. The new seismic equipment is expected to be installed as
early as Tuesday right on top of the earthquake activity, allowing scientists
to better determine the depth and direction of the activity. Upward movement
could be evidence the lava is working its way to the surface, causing small
earthquakes as it muscles its way through the earth's rocks. "That's
one option," Cassidy said. "We don't know if it's caused by magma
at depth or if it's tectonic -- just an earthquake in an unusual area, because
we haven't seen earthquakes here before. "It may turn out to be a little
swarm of earthquakes in an unusual spot, but it may turn out to the be reawakening
of a volcano, which is really exciting." Even if lava is on its way,
it could be take weeks or months to reach the surface, Cassidy said, noting
it took Mount St. Helens in Washington about two months to finally blow
its top in 1980.
The Panic Window Approaches Financial Sense
University (October 15, 2007) - Adding
to the list of things that can go wrong from our last discussion, things
that could cause a possible dislocation in the stock market during the possible
panic window opening next month, we have an astute observation by Rick Ackerman.
Then you have Gary North out further discussing Fed antics associated with
a contracting monetary base, which he is suggesting will topple the equity
complex, and possibly the system. Here, you can’t blame the Fed for instituting
such policy. Again, the idea behind constricting growth in the monetary
base is to support the dollar ($) and curb the inflationary effects of easing
rate policy. And while I agree with the conclusions of both these gentlemen,
as stated in our last commentary the timing associated with when such factors
will come home to roost is still very much up in the air however, not imminent
by any means. Enter Goldman Sachs, where last week they came out saying
the worst of the credit crunch is over, and to bet on a recovery. Obviously
this must be the way they are betting now, betting their expanding balance
sheet (buyers of last resort) on seasonal tendencies and an easy money environment.
One does need wonder just how long this can go on for however if as Rick
Ackerman above points out the consumer is saturated with debt. Try as they
will however, brokers, bankers, and politicos (the ‘authorities’) are attempting
to get the borrowing binge back on track, attempting to get companies interested
in leveraged buyouts again, anything to keep the credit bubble from collapsing.
If you believe the message in a rising gold price, one must consider the
possibility they will be more successful than is the conventional wisdom
at the moment, making short selling a very dangerous prospect indeed. Outcomes
in October will tell the story in this respect. And then we have the Chinese,
whose ‘upper-ups’ are apparently waking up to what Goldman Sachs and the
Rothschild’s have planned for them now. So, it will be interesting to see
just how things develop moving forward. I am looking for profound change
in trade related exchange between China and the West developing after the
Olympics next year to mark acceleration in the demise of the Western Banking
Model known as ‘Globalization’. This is when you can expect to see the $
come under intense pressure as the Chinese pull their support, and interest
rates rise. (More on this below.) This of course will make above considerations
very important because if the monetary base is already shaky by then, a
genuine system collapse is possible at the extreme. Continue to buy gold
and silver bullion. You will not regret it in the end. The markets have
now completed a close resemblance of a 1987 signature in the trade as month
end approaches. That being said, based on the strength of the move in stocks
into new all time highs in many cases, this does suggest that despite what
authorities would have you believe, money supply growth rates are accelerating.
In this regard I will refer you to the attached resource piece pointing
out the fact one need be a scientist these days in grappling with increasingly
complex accountings and methodologies employed by monetary authorities.
Of course we have known this for some time, along with the fact unaccounted
for inflation is coming from so many sources now that it’s not possible
to add the total largesse befalling the larger system today. Here, the only
way one can be sure you are on the right track interpretation wise is to
watch prices, with gold featuring prominently as a leading indicator. This
may become more apparent to Gary North in coming days. more...
Israel Minister: War is Inevitable News Max
(October 15, 2007) - An Israeli mission to
destroy the terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, an
Israeli official said Monday. According to the Jerusalem Post, Strategic
Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
that Israel should conduct a mission similar to the country's Operation
Defensive Shield in the West Bank, which occurred in the spring of 2002.
Lieberman also advised Rice not to pressure Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to
take steps that would cause the downfall of the Israeli government. "In
the current political conditions, the government cannot allow itself to
make controversial decisions on sensitive issues," Lieberman told Rice. "The
conference planned for Annapolis is a mistake. It will be just another conference
and just another document. Without a noticeable improvement in Israeli security
or Palestinian economic conditions, the conference will not be different
than any of the unsuccessful conferences of the past."
From Bible prophecy, we do know that war is inevitable. We also know that until the abomination of desolation Israel will remain where she is, protected by God. When that day comes however, 2/3 of Israel will be cut off and only 1/3 will be taken and protected in the wilderness until Yeshua returns in glory with His wife. Zechariah 13:8,9 | Revelation 12:13-16 So I wouldn't expect any war to successfully get rid of Israel until a man demands worship from the world after declaring himself god in the rebuilt Hebrew temple on the Temple Mount.
More than half of Jews under 35 would not view the destruction of Israel
as a personal tragedy Jewish World Review
(September 12, 2007) - Sociologists Stephen
Cohen and Ari Kelman have now confirmed what everyone already knew: Young
American Jews do not care very much about Israel. They are not just apathetic
about Israel, that indifference is "giving way to downright alienation,"
write Cohen and Kelman. More than half of Jews under 35 said that they would
not view the destruction of Israel as a personal tragedy. The death and
expulsion of millions is something they could live with. By those standards,
they probably would not see the Holocaust as a "personal" tragedy
either. "These results are very upsetting," said Jewish Agency
chairman Zev Bielski. He then proceeded to give an inane explanation for
those numbers: the comfortable life of most American Jews. Cohen and Kelman
know better. And their answer is summed up in the demographic they did not
interview for their study: Orthodox Jews. A survey of young Orthodox Jews
would have yielded a diametrically opposed and highly embarrassing result.
Among younger Jews, those for whom their Judaism is important — primarily
the Orthodox — will remain connected to the fate of their fellow Jews in
Israel. Most Orthodox American youth will study in Israel after high school,
some for many years. And almost all will visit Israel many times. Eretz
Yisrael is not a mere abstraction for them, but the center of the spiritual
life of the Jewish people. Even an anti-Zionist Satmar chassid living in
the secluded village of Monroe will intensify his prayers when Israel is
at war and follow the action closely. Why? Because for him the name Jew
means something. The majority of young American Jews and the majority of
young Israelis share in common a lack of interest in their Judaism. But
that shared negativity provides little basis for a relationship. Shared
gene pools won't do it either — that smacks of racism. And ethnic identity,
it turns out, cannot be passed down, or survive the breakup of ethnically
homogeneous neighborhoods. What young Jews under 35 feel towards Israel
goes beyond apathy to outright resentment. Israel complicates their social
lives and muddies their political identity. Only 54% profess to be comfortable
with the idea of a Jewish state at all. In Europe and on elite American
campuses, internationalism and a world-without-borders are the rage. The
Jews of Israel, with their stubborn insistence on protecting their nation-state,
are, as always, out-of-sync. more...
This would explain why the dividing of Israel may work out at first. It also shows how quickly a generation forgets things like the holocaust and fail to recognize the spiritual hatred for their people as significant. I also think this attitude will change significantly once God destroys the attacking armies of Iran, Russia, Turkey and Libya. This could also represent many of those who could be blinded enough not to run at the abomination of desolation to be killed by the antichrist. Zechariah 13:8,9
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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