Category: America

Bolton: Obama worse appeaser than French

‘Only a military option’ can stop Iranian nuke quest
Published: 2 hours ago

Garth Kant
WASHINGTON – At the end of a historic week in which President Obama distanced himself from Israel and drew closer to Iran, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton accused the commander in chief of the “worst act of appeasement by an American president in history, bar none.”
But perhaps Bolton’s worst insult towards Obama’s persistence in trying to negotiate a deal, ostensibly to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, was when he called the president less skeptical than a certain U.S. ally.
“It’s a fine irony that a French socialist government is the only thing between us and this debacle,” quipped the ambassador.
Invited to speak at the U.S. Capitol on Friday by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, Bolton called negotiating with the Islamic Republic useless, because Iran “knows it will begin violating the deal as soon as it signs it.”
He called the Iranians “expert at negotiations with the U.S.,” because the administration is impatient to make a deal and they are not.
The ambassador portrayed Obama as a desperate to strike a deal, “no matter the price,” because “the president thinks this will be his signature achievement in his second term.”
He added: “I don’t think there is an acceptable deal” to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, “as long as this regime remains in power,” because it has violated virtually every commitment it has ever made.
He also insisted Iran will not stop, no matter how long it takes, until it gets both nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets anywhere in the world, including the U.S.

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Bolton’s stark bottom line: There is “no option other than a military” solution to stopping Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons.
The ambassador said the leaked details of the current deal are so bad because, over the years, the West has entirely abandoned its original insistence that Iran have no ability to enrich uranium or to extract plutonium from spent reactor fuel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said those are the only conditions that would make any deal acceptable, but the Obama administration has called that stance unrealistic.
Instead, it was learned this week, the administration plans to let Iran keep 6,000 of 10,000 centrifuges that can enrich uranium.
And those 6,000 centrifuges are more than enough to provide Iran with the fuel to build a formidable arsenal of nuclear warheads, according to Israel and Bolton.
As long as Iran is allowed any uranium enrichment capabilities, he insisted, “They have the knowledge and ability to conduct a long-range program.”
Bolton said Israel will have to make the extremely difficult decision of whether to take out Iran’s nuclear program with a military strike, but “since the leader of free world won’t, they may have to.”
He said that is why Congress must make clear it would be a legitimate exercise of self-defense, because Israel can’t count on either the administration or the United Nations Security Council for support.
“No one believes sanctions alone can work,” he asserted, noting Iran has long been receiving assistance in keeping its nuclear program afloat from Russia and other countries.
“Sanctions do not slow down nuclear and missile programs, even according to Obama’s own director of national intelligence,” Bolton told the audience.
He predicted that when Iran does break out its arsenal, it “won’t be a few, it will be dozens or scores” of nuclear weapons.
The ambassador said exacerbating the president’s willingness to accommodate the Islamic Republic is that Iran is seeking to have sanctions lifted not just for its nuclear program but also for its world-wide terrorist activities.
“And in Barack Obama, they have just the man to do it.”

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Bolton called Iran “a partner only in the mind of Barack Obama,” because this is not like America’s negotiations with the Soviets in the Cold War, when Washington had common interests, including global security and avoiding nuclear war.
Even before a deal is struck, Obama has sent a message to America’s allies in the Mideast that they are on their own against Iran, Bolton suggested.
“We have opened Pandora’s Box when it comes to proliferation in the Mideast,” he said.
And he worried a nuclear arms race had already begun that will be worldwide.
Bolton said key details of the proposed deal with Iran leaked to the New York Times and Washington Post are so bad, it makes the problem exponentially worse.
“The American disposition to succumb to demand after demand is fueling a nuclear arms race in Mideast,” he said, because U.S. allies see the administration as doing nothing to stop Iran.
And, he said, those allies won’t wait for proof of Iran’s violation of any deal before acquiring their own nuclear weapons. In fact, he said, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states were already moving to acquire their own nuclear arsenals.
Referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s words while disavowing responsibility for the deadly Benghazi attack, Bolton stated: “‘What difference does it make’ when the personal representative of the president is murdered with impunity? It sends a message that terrorists can act with impunity, and it makes our Arab allies pull their hair out.”
Bolton implored his listeners to actively oppose the deal Obama is striking with Iran.
“We have to try to change the deal, slow it down, derail it – whatever we can do,” he said.
“If we are inactive, the other side will prevail. lf we can’t stop before it’s signed, do everything to take it off the rails afterwards.”
He ended on a positive note.
“We still have the power to change it, and that’s what we have to take away from today.”

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DEBKAfile: Nuclear talks collapse as Iranian delegation ordered to quit and return home

DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2015, 7:54 PM (IDT)
debkafile’s exclusive Iranian sources report that the delegation to the nuclear talks taking place in Lausanne received orders from Tehran Friday, March 20, to break off negotiations and return home for consultations. Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif and Iran’s national security chief Ali Akhbar Salehi used the funeral of President Hassan Rouhani’s 90-year-old mother as a pretext for packing their bags and leaving the deadlocked talks behind them in Lausanne. This followed the sixth round of talks in the Swiss city with US Secretary of State John Kerry that failed to break the impasse on a nuclear accord.
The Iranians said they would return to resume the talks next week but set no date, although other sources mentioned Wednesday, March 25. Another sign of a crisis was the cancellation of briefing Friday in Brussels of British, German, French and European Union leaders on progress in the negotiations that was supposed to reflect progress toward a deal by the March 31 deadline.
An hour before France, Britain and Germany were to join the talks in Lausanne, the Iranians announced they were about to leave.
It was announced subsequently that Kerry would hold the cancelled Brussels briefing in France Saturday for officials rather than top leaders.
Speaking to Western news agencies Friday, Western and Iranian officials admitted that all the sides were very far apart. “We are not close to anything resembling a draft agreement,” said a European negotiator. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the length of an agreement, the pace of sanctions relief and international monitoring remain points of contention. No draft would be circulated until closer to the June 30 deadline for technical annexes, said the Russian official.
In other words, the March 31 deadline for a framework accord appeared to have gone by the board.

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The end of white Christian America is nigh: Why the country’s youth are abandoning religious conservatism

White Christians are now a minority in 19 states. America’s growing racial diversity only tells part of the story
Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet
There’s been a lot of media attention recently to the changing demographics of the United States, where, at current rates, people who identify as “white” are expected to become a minority by the year 2050. But in many ways, the shift in national demographics has been accelerated beyond even that. New data from the American Values Atlas shows that while white people continue to be the majority in all but 4 states in the country, white Christians are the minority in a whopping 19 states. And, nationwide, Americans who identify as Protestant are now in the minority for the first time ever, clocking in at a mere 47 percent of Americans and falling.
The most obvious reason for this change is growing racial diversity. Most Americans still identify as Christian, but “Christian” is a group that is less white and less Protestant than it has been at any time in history. The massive growth in Hispanic Catholics, in particular, has been a major factor in this shift in the ethnic and religious identity of this country. White Catholics used to outnumber Hispanic Catholics 3 to 1 in the 2000s, but now it’s only by a 2 to 1 margin.
But another major reason religious diversity is outpacing the growth of racial/ethnic diversity is largely due to the explosive growth in non-belief among Americans. One in five Americans now identifies as religiously unaffiliated. In 13 states, the “nones” are the largest religious group. Non-religious people now equal Catholics in number, and their proportion is likely to grow dramatically, as young people are by far the most non-religious group in the country. This isn’t some kind of side effect of their youth, either. As Adam Lee has noted, the millennial generation is becoming less religious as they age.
These changes explain the modern political landscape as well as any economic indicator. While not all white Christians are conservative, these changing numbers definitely suggest that conservative Christians are rapidly losing their grip on power. And while some non-white Christians are conservative, their numbers are not making up for what the Christian right is losing. And whether conservative leaders are aware of the exact numbers or not, it’s clear that they sense that change is in the air. Just by speaking to young people, turning on your TV, or reading the Internet, you can sense the way the country is lurching away from conservative Christian values and towards a more liberal, secular outlook. And conservative Christians aren’t taking these changes well at all.
To look at the Christian right now is to see a people who know they are losing power and are desperately trying to reassert dominance before it’s lost altogether. The most obvious example of this is the frenzy of anti-abortion activity in recent years. Anti-choice forces have controlled the Republican Party since the late ’70s, but only in the past few years have they concentrated so singlemindedly on trying to destroy legal abortion in wide swaths of the country. In 2011 alone, states passed nearly three times as many abortion restrictions as they had in any previous year.
None of this is a reaction to any changes in people’s sexual behavior or reproductive choices. It’s not like there was a spike in abortions causing this panic. In fact, the abortion rate has been declining. And despite continuing media panic over adolescent sexuality, the fact is that teenagers are waiting longer to have sex, on average, than in the past. Despite this, not only are you seeing a dramatic increase in attacks on legal abortion, the Christian right has expanded its attacks to contraception access, suggesting that something has worked them into a panic they believe can only be resolved by trying to reassert their religious and sexual values.
That something isn’t changes in sexual behavior, but it’s reasonable to believe it’s because of changes in sexual values. People might not be having more sex, but they are feeling less guilty about the sex they are having. Since Gallup first started polling people in 2001 on moral views, acceptance of consensual sex between adults has skyrocketed. In a decade’s time, acceptance of premarital sex swelled from 53% to 66% of Americans and acceptance of gay Americans grew from a mere 38% to a majority of Americans. Even polyamory has become more acceptable for Americans, rising from being accepted by 5% of Americans to 14%.
The fact that these changes in attitude are rising alongside the growth of irreligiosity is not a coincidence. More perhaps even than the 1960s, Americans are in a period of questioning rigid sexual and religious mores, and concluding, in increasing numbers, that they are not down with guilt-tripping people for victimless behavior and demanding conformity for its own sake. Some of them–now a whopping 22% of Americans!–are leaving religion entirely. Some are continuing in their faith but choosing to interpret their values differently than Christian conservatives would like.
And so we see Christian conservatives cracking down in a desperate bid to regain control. They claim that they’re being oppressed by increasing tolerancefor religious diversity. They have latched onto, with some success, the claim that “religious freedom” requires giving Christians the right to oppress others. The Republican Party is in complete thrall to the religious right, to the point where giving the Christian right one go-nowhere symbolic bill instead of another one created a major political crisis.
The irony is that this panic-based overreach is just making the situation worse for the Christian right. One of the biggest reasons the secularization trend has accelerated in recent years is that young people see the victim complex and the sex policing of the Christian right and it’s turning them off. And they’re not just rejecting conservative Christianity but the entire idea of organized religion altogether. In other words, the past few years have created a self-perpetuating cycle: Christian conservatives, in a panic over changing demographics, start cracking down. In reaction, more people give up on religion. That causes the Christian right to panic more and crack down more. In the end, Christian conservatives are going to hasten their own demise by trying to save themselves. Not that any of us should be crying for them.

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The Georgia Guidestones And The 10 Commandments Of The Coming Antichrist

In 1980, a very strange stone formation was erected in a city in Georgia. It has been called the Stonehenge of America. Its name is the Georgia Guidestones. “The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert County, Georgia, in the United States. A set of ten guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The monument stands at the highest point in Elbert County, about 90 miles (140 km) east of Atlanta, 45 miles (72 km) from Athens, and 9 miles (14 km) north of the center of Elberton. The stones are visible from Georgia Highway 77 (Hartwell Highway) and are reached by turning east on Guidestones Road. The structure is sometimes referred to as an “American Stonehenge”. The monument is 19 feet 3 inches (5.87 m) tall, made from six granite slabs weighing 237,746 pounds (107,840 kg) in all. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones.”

Here are the 10 guidelines (Commandments) etched in the stones:

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature

The first one should alarm the normal person. We have over 7 billion people on the earth right now. To be in “Perpetual balance with nature” 9 out of 10 people would have to be eliminated!

The second one no doubt has to do with sterilization and abortion

The third is extremely interesting- Unite humanity with a living new language. Remember when God stopped the construction of the Tower of Babel by confusing the languages?

The fourth is a big problem for Christians – tempering our faith – very telling.

The sixth speaks of a World court. Brings to mind a One World Government.

The ninth sounds very Wiccan and New Age.

The tenth reinforces the first – speaking of people as of little worth, a cancer upon the earth.

Mother Earth is in the end— most important.

So, the new 10 commandments are all for the good of the earth. They are worshiping the creation and ignoring the Creator. We can look at the Bible and clearly see that everything Satan did was contrary to God’s Word. He started in the Garden of Eden, speaking lies to Eve so that she would doubt that which God had spoken to her.

But we need to go back to the beginning to truly understand Satan’s mission here on earth. When he was still Lucifer, the most beautiful of all of God’s created angels, he became jealous of God and sought to sit on God’s throne instead of Him.

God knew the intent of Lucifer’s heart, and because of his arrogance and pride, he was cast out of heaven, along with 1/3 of the angels who chose to follow him.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:12-15 (KJV)

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9 (KJV)

THE GARDEN OF EDEN

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:1-6 (KJV)

Excellent video with direct quotes from the people who wrote the Georgia Guidestones doctrine:

Clever and crafty is the evil one. I believe that the New Age movement is actually not “new” at all. I think that it was born the moment that Satan said to Eve that God knew if she and Adam ate from the forbidden tree, that they would be as gods. He appealed to the rebellious and prideful side of Eve. She desired wisdom. She desired to be a god. She and Adam had been created by God with free will to choose good or evil. God had placed Adam and Eve in the most perfect setting. A beautiful garden, where they could walk and talk with Him. They had everything they would ever need. All they had to do was to obey Him.

Satan has been present throughout human history. If people are not following God, then they are following the devil. Some would say that is not true. They would say that a person has the right to choose to go their own way. Yes, God gave them that right. But since God created all people, does He not have the right to ask for their devotion and obedience?

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

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Persecution of the Church in America and the World

Read the two attached stories to see how bad it is and where we are headed! A real decision for your faith may indeed need to be made.

Tommy

Florida city wages soviet-style crackdown on churches

By Todd Starnes

Published March 05, 2015

A government crackdown on churches has Christians in Lake Worth, Fla., wondering if they live in the United States or the former Soviet Union.

Churches in Lake Worth, population 36,000,  have been ordered to acquire a business license. As if the church has to get the government’s permission to preach and pray?

But wait. It gets worse, folks.

City officials were so concerned about one congregation that they dispatched a code enforcement officer cloaked in a hoodie to spy on a Southern Baptist church that was meeting in a coffee house.

It’s like the plot of a Cold War spy novel.

Folks, it’s like the plot of a Cold War spy novel.

“Government employees are public servants and prohibited by the Constitution from inhibiting religious freedom,” said Mat Staver, founder of the religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel. “That is a far cry from sneaking around and into a church and acting like KGB agents.” 

Staver is calling on city leaders to immediately rescind the business license mandate on churches. He is also representing Common Ground Church, the congregation that was targeted by the city’s investigator. 

The church owns and operates a coffee house in downtown Lake Worth. For the past three months, it has used the coffee house for a weekly worship service. Prior to that the congregation rented space in other buildings in the community.

Pastor Mike Olive told me there had not been any problems until early last month, when he had an encounter with Andy Amoroso, a city commissioner.  

“After we opened up the coffee bar and started doing services, I heard that he told people we were anti-gay,” Olive said. “So I went to his shop to ask him about that.”

I reached out to Amoroso on Wednesday but he did not return my telephone calls.

Pastor Olive told me he tried to convey to Amoroso that the church’s message is ‘Love God, Love People.’

“Our message to the gay community is the same as it is to the straight community,” he said.

The commissioner, Olive said, did not seem to appreciate his message.

“He pointed at me and said, ‘Listen, you better not have a church down there,” Olive told me.

By the strangest of coincidences, a code enforcement officer showed up for a Sunday service on Feb. 8. He was wearing a hoodie and was armed with a concealed video camera, according to the letter Liberty Counsel sent to the city.

The code enforcement officer’s notes read like something out of a KGB report

“I walked back to the Coffee Bar and was able to visualize, in my opinion what appeared to be a ministry in progress,” he wrote in the report.

He documented how he observed “people holding what appeared to be Bibles or religious books as one had a cross on it” and “what appeared to be a ministry in progress.”

“I was approached by an unknown man with a cross around his neck,” he wrote.

I’m surprised the code enforcement officer didn’t call up the National Guard for reinforcements.

The officer wrote that he was “able to capture on my city phone a video which will be attached to this case file for future court presentation.”

It’s pretty shocking stuff for a city that prides itself on being a tolerant, multicultural city. But as we all know – tolerance and diversity do not extend to Christians.

“It was pretty shocking,” Pastor Olive said. “We had no prior warning.”

The following Sunday a city employee showed up again and told the church it had one week to vacate the building. They were accused of operating a church in a business rental property without a Lake Worth business license.

For the record – the church was only licensed to sell java – not preach Jesus.

William Waters, the city’s community sustainability director, told me they have nothing against the church – they were simply responding to a complaint.

“We had a complaint that a gathering of people was taking place there in the form of a church,” he said. “We investigated that and determined that, yes, there were people gathered there.”

So if 115 people gather for coffee, that’s OK. But if they gather for worship – it’s against the law?

“We have to treat everybody the same,” Waters said. “We couldn’t give preferential treatment to churches versus other businesses.”

And in the city’s opinion, a church is, in fact, a business – just like  grocery store, a Waffle House or an adult novelty shop.

So why all the super-secret spy stuff? Why send an investigator to infiltrate a Southern Baptist worship service? Why not just call the pastor and explain the rules and regulations?

“It could eventually go to the special magistrate,” Waters told me. “Evidence had to be documented as to what the gentleman found when he went to visit the place on that Sunday.”

He said every business in the community received letters about the permits and fees – including churches.

Joan Abell, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, told The Lake Worth Tribune she was troubled by the city regulations. 

“We’ve been there 99 years and we’ve never had to have a license,” she told the newspaper. “Where do you all of a sudden say the church has to have a license to gather and pray?”

Waters could not tell me how many churches have complied with the city’s demands. Local news accounts indicate the First Baptist Church paid nearly $500 in fees to the city.

Staver said the city’s actions violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution, the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the federal Religious Land Uses and Institutionalized Persons Act.

“Churches are not businesses and need not obtain such licenses,” Staver wrote in a letter to the city.

Waters said any church that refuses to comply could be shut down by the fire department.

“There’s a variety of things that could happen if you don’t comply with the use and occupancy requirement,” he said.

As for Pastor Olive – his church will no longer meet in its church-owned coffee house. Instead, it is taking its congregation “underground” until the issue is resolved.

“We just want to urge the city – don’t allow God and our faith to be zoned out of downtown,” the pastor said.

It appears to me that this is a standoff that could use a healthy dose of all that multicultural tolerance and diversity that Lake Worth takes pride in

Franklin Graham: Muslims Kill Christians to Emulate Muhammad

Monday, 09 Mar 2015 05:52 PM

By Courtney Coren

The Rev. Franklin Graham says that just as he tries to “emulate” Jesus, who was “a man of peace,” Muslims try to emulate their leader, who “was a man of war.”
“Muhammad was a man of war and he killed many people,” Graham told Tucker Carlson on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday. “Jesus Christ came as a man of peace, and as a follower of Christ I follow him and I want to emulate Him. But the followers of Islam are emulating the prophet Muhammad, and that’s what you’re seeing carried out.”

“We have to be very careful and understand that Islam — the teachings of Islam — are militant,” the president of the Samaritan’s Purse charity said. ” I’m talking about, when you read the Quran, when you read the Surra, it’s very militant.”
According to Graham, one of the reasons for the rise of Christian persecution in the Middle East was the fall of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
“When Iraq was invaded by our country — and I’m not saying this was right or wrong, I’m just saying it’s a fact — there was a large Christian minority. Saddam Hussein gave them quite a lot of freedom,” he explained.
“But when that government fell and the new government came to power, the Islamists in the country, al-Qaida and others, began to attack and burn churches,” Graham said.
“We’ve seen that happen throughout Iraq, and now it’s happening in Syria,” he explained.

And now as a result, “the Christian community is being slaughtered by the Muslims, and they’re being forced to leave,” he said.
According to Graham, “there used to be large Christian and Jewish communities in Saudi Arabia. But over the centuries they have been exterminated by the Muslims.
“This isn’t something that has just happened with ISIS. This has been going on for centuries, and has been going on in Egypt,” he said.
“When those Egyptian men [Coptic Christians] had their heads cut off, that’s not the first time,” he said. “That’s been going on in Egypt for a long time.”
However, Graham made it clear that he doesn’t “want the Muslims out there to think that I’m bashing them. I’m not. I love Muslims and I want them to know what I know — that God loves them, that Jesus Christ died for their sins, that he rose from the grave, he can come into the heart, and they can have that hope of heaven and that hope of eternal life.”
The son of the Rev. Billy Graham said that he is also concerned about “persecution [coming] in this country. We’ve already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians.

“I believe it’s going to get worse.”

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Insider Alan Greenspan Warns of Explosive Inflation: “Tinderbox Looking For a Spark”

According to Greenspan, something big is coming

 

by Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com | March 9, 2015

Last month it was revealed that former federal reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, the architect of U.S. monetary policy under four Presidents, is anticipating a significant market event as a result of the trillions of dollars that have been pumped into the system over the last several years. According to Greenspan, something big is coming.

His comments were shared by well known resource analyst Brien Lundin, who joined Greenspan for private discussions at last year’s New Orleans Investment Conference. In his latest interview Lundin further clarifies Greenspan’s private thoughts on current economic and monetary policy and sheds light on the former Fed Chairman’s suggestion that ‘something big is coming.

Greenspan made some good points to me… He was concerned about inflation… He was specifically concerned in relation to the outstanding, or excess, reserves which are close to three trillion dollars being held on the Fed balance sheet now… That money is just hanging over the U.S. economy like a big water balloon of liquidity and it’s just searching for a pin.

In fact, Greenspan referred to it as a tinderbox of explosive inflation looking for a spark.

Greenspan believes that in five years gold will be “measurably higher” than current levels because of the excess liquidity that will eventually be released into the open market. Such an event will undoubtedly lead to riots across America as the general public, woefully unprepared for rapidly rising prices when the pin finally pops the dollar bubble, loses access to affordable critical supplies like food, gas and other resources.

The collapse of the dollar, an inevitability suggested by Alan Greenspan, will be a game changer that results in the quadrupling of the cost of living for the average American.

All the while, as the United States stands on the brink of the most important event of our lives and in a world of extreme monetary and economic instability, stock markets are at all time highs. What’s more, the very resource sectors that matter – energy, agriculture, gold and the precious metals mining companies that get it out of the ground – have been decimated recently:

Most people [at the investment conference] seem to share my belief that we’re bouncing around the bottom… that we’ve not necessarily seen the absolute lowest prices in metals but that they can’t go much lower than this because we’re right around the all-in cost of production… Your downside risk is may be 20% but the upside risk for really good companies that have good projects is on the order of 300% to 400% once the market gets back into gear.

As noted by Brian Lundin, with the demand from central banks and the global public, coupled with the obvious fundamental problems inherent within the system, the price of gold should have been rising but has been crushed instead. This, of course, bodes well for investors and those who intend to protect themselves from the collapse to come. The reality of the situation is we’re in trouble and Alan Greenspan, arguably one of the most informed insiders on the planet, has implied that it’s more than likely unstoppable:

He [Greenspan] seemed to believe it was somewhat inevitable that the release of those reserves would create much higher inflation… the Fed just hopes they can get out of this alive… a normalized interest rate environment, which is what they say they seek over the longer term, is fiscally impossible for the U.S. at this point in time.

This is a well known fact within Fed circles and those on the inside are positioning themselves with hard assets for what will ultimately end in a collapse of the U.S. dollar and the American way of life.

 

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Goodbye Greenback? History Indicates The Dollar Has Almost Run Its Course – China Announces New “World Currency – The Renminbi!

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine
There is a lot of Internet chatter about a new billboard China has erected, shown below, which announces a new “World Currency,” which they say is the Renminbi and looking at the history of dominant reserve currency, as the US Dollar is now, shows that the US is nearing the end of its dominance as well as the benefits that status affords the US.

The billboard shown above was spotted near the airport in Bangkok, assuring that anyone landing at one of the world’s busiest airports would see it, announcing “RMB: New Choice; The World Currency.”  Simon Black on March 4, 2015, states the following:
It means that China is literally advertising its currency overseas, and it’s making sure that everyone landing at one of the world’s busiest airports sees it. They know that the future belongs to them and they’re flaunting it.
And it’s true. The renminbi’s importance in global trade and as a reserve currency is increasing exponentially, with renminbi trading hubs popping up all over the world, from Singapore to London to Luxembourg to Frankfurt to Toronto.
Multinational companies such as McDonald’s are now issuing bonds in renminbi, and even sovereign governments are issuing debt denominated in renminbi, including the UK.
Read the rest at Sovereign Man.
While many may wave this away as a China blowing hot air, a historic look and dominant reserve currencies show that typically reserve currency transitions run in cycles that last somewhere between 80 and 110 years per cycle. As shown in the chart below, the US Dollar has held it’s status since 1921, bringing it to a 94 year streak, indicating that the Dollar has almost run its course.

The bottom line as explained by EconomicReason.com is “The US is trying to postpone the crisis by printing money, however this is creating currency wars with nearly all major central banks in the world. As history has shown us time and again, causing this delay through money printing will only aggravate the problem, not only not preventing the inevitable, but indeed making the transition more painful and costly.”
We have seen warnings from financial gurus, investors, forecasters, trends analysts and more warning that the US Dollar is on it’s last legs and that the central banks coninue to manipulate events in order to help the Dollar maintain its status for a little longer, but that those manipulations are rapidly approaching the wall and they will be unable to prevent the US Dollar from crashing for much longer.
China and other countries have been publicly calling for the Greenback to be replaced as the primary reserve currency and the currency wars have heated up recently with more and more countries bypassing the Dollar.
Will the Renminbi be the replacement? According to recent reports highlighted by The Economic Collapse website, some very interesting statements have been made about this strengthening of the Renminbi, shown below.
The following comes from CNBC

The tightly controlled Chinese yuan will eventually supersede the dollar as the top international reserve currency, according to a new poll of institutional investors.

The survey of 200 institutional investors – 100 headquartered in mainland China and 100 outside of it – published by State Street and the Economist Intelligence Unit on Thursday found 53 percent of investors think the renminbi will surpass the U.S. dollar as the world’s major reserve currency.

Optimism was higher within China, where 62 percent said they saw a redback world on the horizon, compared with 43 percent outside China.

And without a doubt we are starting to see the beginnings of a significant shift.

Just consider this excerpt from a recent Reuters report

China’s yuan broke into the top five as a world payment currency in November, overtaking the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar, global transaction services organization SWIFT said on Wednesday.
Then we are reminded in the video below that China owns $1.3 trillion of the United States’ debt, as well as sinking more money into America’s economy  and buying up US real estate, as they ask “how much of the US does China own?
The answer may shock you.

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Bacteria That Kills In 48 Hours ‘Accidentally Released’ In America – Remember The Georgia Guide Stones And Illuminati Promises Of Global Genocide!

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die
A deadly bacteria that kills within 48-hours and can be turned into a deadly bioterror weapon has ‘mysteriously escaped’ a ‘high security’ Lousiana lab and federal investigators have no idea how far it has spread, nor do they know how it escaped from the lab just 4 months ago. While telling us “we’re taking this extraordinarily seriously” and “it’s very disturbing to us”, the disease ‘melioidosis’ which it causes can kill up to 50% of those it infects and is most easily spread via contaminated water and soil and in Australia, where it occurs naturally, people are warned to ‘stay out of heavy storms’ to avoid it.
While public officials tell us that at this time, there are no public health threats to Americans, we are warned by Steve Quayle to remember the threats to humanity’s survival made on the Georgia Guide Stones.:
“REMEMBER THE GEORGIA GUIDE STONES AND ILLUMINATI QUOTES ON GLOBAL GENOCIDE–IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN HUMANITIES LEVEL AT 500 MILLION YOU MUST FIRST ANNIHILATE  CLOSE TO 6 BILLION PEOPLE. SUPER PLAGUES AND TERMINAL VACCINES ARE THE GLOBALIST’S FINAL PUSH TO ACCOMPLISH GLOBAL GENOCIDE” STEPHEN QUAYLE

While this accidental release is being called ‘just the latest’ of a series of significant biosafety ‘accidents’ at some of the top US labs involving the ‘release’ of bio-terrorism agents, it leads us to ask why so many frequent ‘accidents’ at such ‘secure’ facilities lately? A USDA scientist has already been sickened after being exposed to this bacteria. Are all of the recent ‘accidents’ at these labs in preparation of unleashing a ‘doomsday plague’ in preparation of taking out the needed 6 billion?

Several countries have studied using the bacteria as a bioweapon because strains can be obtained from the environment and engineered to be resistant to multiple antibiotics.
Dr. Jimmy Guidry, the state’s health officer, said the fact that authorities decided to call the news conference on a Saturday afternoon during 
Mardi Gras should not be construed as a reason to panic. He said once the scientist’s blood test revealed a possible exposure to the bacteria, a decision was made to inform the public.

“We don’t want the public to know we have information that they don’t have,” Guidry said. “We want people to know we’re on top of this. We don’t want people to think we’re holding something back.”

While Andrew Lackner, director of the Tulane primate center tells us “there has never been a public health threat”, this story from Russia Today counters by telling us that after weeks of investigations by federal and state agencies, they have no way of knowing how far the deadly bacteria has spread.
Coincidentally, or not, the stocks for Soligenix Inc, a company that is working on a treatment for the disease Melioidosis recently made a ‘highly explosive’ move after their stocks hit an all-time low in 2014.
While the 1st video below from Journeyman Pictures shares with us an ABC Australia special on Melioidosis, the 2nd video is a shocking new release from a weather modification conference in which we’re told that meteorologists want to ‘gatekeep’ science data proving weather modification, leading us to ask: are those who are seeking to do harm to Americans seeding deadly diseases such as Melioidosis into our weather in an attempt to spread super plagues across America?
Melioidosis attacks the lungs and has a wide range of symptoms – fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite – so it’s often mistaken for pneumonia or tuberculosis.

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U.N. special envoy: Netanyahu recognizes signs of times

‘If Americans think we can sit back and do nothing, they’re sadly wrong’

Published: 14 hours ago

A U.N. special envoy says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday made clear he is thinking in “scriptural terms” and believes himself to be called to protect his people at this critical time.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who was named special envoy for Middle Eastern affairs to the World Council of Independent Christian Churches for her expertise on Middle East affairs and Jewish-Christian relations, said Christians need to think of their own actions in the same terms.

In an interview with WND after Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress, Cardoza-Moore observed: “The prime minister spoke about the long history of the Jewish people over 4,000 years. He understands that he has been called at this hour for a time such as this.

“That’s also why he referenced the presence of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in the chamber. Prime Minister Netanyahu understands that the threat of a nuclear armed Iran today is the same kind of threat as the threat to Israel that existed seventy years ago.”

She described the mood in Congress as “sobering,” as lawmakers “hung on every word that Prime Minister Netanyahu said.”

She noted that several people complained to her that United States was stuck with Barack Obama while Israel was led by Netanyahu, whom Cardoza-Moore called “the Churchill of our age.”

Pamela Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance,” agreed with Cardoza-Moore’s assessment of Netanyahu’s address.

Geller told WND, “Netanyahu’s speech was statesmanlike and magisterial – powerful, straightforward and scary. He was in complete command. Obama should be learning from him, but instead he petulantly vowed not to watch.”

WND reported Netanyahu warned America that a bad deal with Iran would only pave the way for the rogue nation to get a nuclear weapon, and talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh described Netanyahu’s speech as a “direct punch” at Obama.

Geller said Netanyahu was “interrupted 40 times with cheers and standing ovations, and with good reason.”

“Despite Islamic and leftist efforts to compel congressmen to boycott the speech, the Congress was packed,” she noted. “So once again, Obama and the Democrats are on the wrong side of history. Worse still, the Democrats viciously and petulantly attacked Netanyahu after the speech. They hit bottom and keep digging, knowing that the ‘enemedia’ will cover for them.”

Cardoza-Moore also believes that the Obama administration is standing on the wrong side of history by jeopardizing America’s alliance with Israel.

“It’s insulting and pathetic that the United States of America supposedly threatened the aircraft of our friend and ally because they were going to destroy the nuclear threat in Iran. We should be supporting and endorsing that. After all, as Ambassador John Bolton has said, Iran constantly lies about its intentions,” she said.

“Iran presents a threat not just to Israel but to the United States of America. They have missiles capable of reaching us. If Americans think this is a game, and if they don’t take what the Obama administration is doing seriously, we are in trouble.”

But Cardoza-Moore doesn’t just think Iran is a threat to the United States because of its military capabilities.

Referring to Netanyahu’s repeated biblical citations, Cardoza-Moore said: “Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly has grounded his position in Scripture. And Christians need to remember what Scripture tells us about this moment.

“This is a time of judgment and decision. We have a responsibility to stand up and defend Israel. We will be judged one day and stand before the throne. We will give an account for what we did or were unwilling to do when our brother Israel was threatened. Now is a critical time for every Bible believer.”

Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” agrees that “mankind could see this next year as one of the most historic when it comes to finding either peace or war in the Middle East.”

Biltz told WND that it is highly significant that Netanyahu is speaking before Congress “on the very same day that all the Jews were to be destroyed by a Persian madman as recorded in the Book of Esther, the festival of Purim.”

Netanyahu clearly recognized the connection Biltz identified, as he referenced Purim in the second paragraph of his address and described the current Iranian government as “another Persian potentate” trying to destroy the Jews.

Biltz said, “Only a few weeks from now, we have the elections in Israel, and the nation will have to elect the one who will have to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem.

“And it’s at this time biblical signs in the heavens and signs on earth abound. All of this comes in the middle of the Blood Moon tetrad falling on Passover (in April) and the Feast of Tabernacles (in September).”

He said: “We also have a total solar eclipse that will plunge Northern Europe into darkness on March 20. In Jewish tradition a total solar eclipse means judgment coming upon the nations. What’s more, it happens on the first of Nisan in the biblical calendar, the very day of the grand opening ceremony of Moses tabernacle and fire from heaven lighting the altar and the beginning of the Jewish New Year.

“Everything is coming to a head into the perfect storm.”

While Netanyahu and Christians are looking to Scripture for guidance, the Islamic Republic of Iran is drawing on a different source of inspiration. According to Geller, Iran’s supposed deal with Barack Obama is not a real treaty, but a pause to prepare for a war that is grounded in Islamic practice.

Geller observed: “When Obama admitted afterward (didn’t he say he wasn’t going to watch?) that ‘there was nothing new’ in Netanyahu’s speech, he was admitting that what Bibi said was true, a devastating indictment. Obama said that Bibi ‘offered no viable alternative’ – I disagree. Bibi gave alternatives to a nuclear Iran and surrender to mullahs. The ’10-year’ armistice that Obama is selling is temporary. It’s a hudna, a tactical pause to arm and get war ready, inspired by the 10-year hudna that Muhammad agreed to in the Treaty of Hudaybiyya.”

Geller believes instead of listening to Netanyahu, Obama is “out-radicalizing the radicals.” However, she sees a silver lining in Obama’s hostility, because “so many MORE people will see Netanyahu’s speech because Obama went on the attack than would have otherwise.”

In this time of crisis, Cardoza-Moore counsels Christians to ground their political actions in something deeper than politics.

“Jews and Christians aren’t just connected because of freedom but because of faith. As a Judeo-Christian nation, we have a biblical responsibility to stand with Israel.

“If Americans think we can sit back and do nothing, they are sadly wrong. It’s all coming to a head, and do not thi

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Franklin Graham: New Obama danger for Christians

‘The storm is coming, I believe’

Published: 20 hours ago

Cheryl Chumley

Globally known evangelist Franklin Graham says President Obama is so sympathetic to those of the Muslim faith, he’s actually endangering Jews and Christians, opening the doors for them to be persecuted in the United States.

“We’re going to see persecution in this country because our president is very sympathetic to Islam, and the reason I say that … is because his father was a Muslim, gave him a Muslim name, Barack Hussein Obama,” Graham said in an interview on “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“His mother married another Muslim man. They moved to Indonesia. He went to Indonesian schools. So, growing up, his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity; it was Islam.”

Graham’s remarks aren’t much of a surprise to those who listen to him frequently. He’s been an outspoken critic of Obama’s presidential policies and has decried what he’s characterized as a curious White House reach-out to Muslim groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.

“There are Muslims that have access to him in the White House,” he went on, CBN reported. “Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now, from Muslims. We see the prime minister of Israel being snubbed by the president and by the White House and by the Democrats, and it’s because of the influence of Islam. They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming, I believe.”

His statements come as at least one top unnamed U.S. official told the New York Post that American intelligence and military authorities are worried ISIS is prepping for a mass killing of Christians. The terrorist group targeted several villages known for their Christian populations in Syria last week, abducting a reported 300 men, women and children.

“What is very disconcerting is that they rounded up all of these people and we know from experience that they usually kill their captives on film and in the most brutal fashion,” the officials said, according to the Post.

“Remember, they’ve already gone from beheading one person on camera to, most recently, beheading 21 people on camera. This could very well turn into an on-camera slaughter of major proportions.”

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