God is simple. Everything else is complex.
Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi
God is simple. Everything else is complex.
Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.
I have lived with several Zen masters, all of them cats.
Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now
Deeds attach themselves to the mind, and the mind causes physical bondage. Man, thus deceived by ignorance, is forced to by the impulse of past impressions in the mind to repeat evil deeds. When he learns to take delight in practicing meditation and develops love for God, he becomes free.
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Jesus said, “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.”
Gospel of Thomas, verse 77
Bracketing is a sign of insecurity.
Ansel Adams (1902–1984)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I am that bread of life.
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Simultaneously with the expansion of his consciousness, the pupil comes to the realisation that everything that lives in time and space is alive because it carries within itself polarity and rhythm. He begins to see the secrets of creation. In that moment when the creative principle leaves the absolute and splits in two, the negative and positive pole, i.e., polarity, is born. Between the two there arises a pulsating connection, rhythm is born, and there begins the manifestation of life.
Selvarajan Yesudian and Elisabeth Haich: Yoga and Health. Unwin, 1953
The attunement of the world is of opposite tensions, as is that of the harp and bow.
The road up and the road down is one and the same. The beginning and end are common.
That which is at variance with itself agrees with itself.
Cool things become warm, warm cools, moisture dries, the parched get wet. It scatters and gathers, it comes and goes.
You might wonder what happened to evidence-based medicine, until you realize that to be accepted as evidence the work has to come from a prestigious institution like Harvard, has to be done by well-established scientists, has to be published in standard journals (whose club of editorial committees keep out really new ideas), has to be accepted by the governing bodies of the traditional medical profession, and, of course, must be double-blind.
Abram Hoffer (1917–2009)
The woes of men beyond my ken
Mean nothing more to me.
Behold my world, an Eden hurled
From Heaven to the Sea;
A jeweled home, in fending foam
A virgin isle none dare defile,
Far-flung, forgotten, lost.
And here I dwell, where none may tell
Me tales of mortal strife;
Let millions die, immune am I,
And radiant with life.
No echo comes of evil drums,
To vex my dawns divine;
Aloof, alone I hold my throne,
And Majesty is mine.
Ghost ships pass by, and glad am I
They make no sign to me.
The green corn springs, the gilt vine clings,
The net is in the sea.
My paradise around me lies,
Remote from wrath and wrong;
My isle is clean, unsought, unseen,
And innocent with song.
Here let me dwell in beauty’s spell,
As tranquil as a tree;
Here let me bide, where wind and tide
Bourdon that I am free;
Here let me know from human woe
The rapture of release:
The rich caress of Loveliness,
The plenitude of Peace.
Robert Service (1874 – 1958)
Expressions without doctrine, my photographs are presented here as images of the endless moments of the world.
Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984)
Schizophrenic disorders are characterized by perceptual changes (hallucinations) and thought disorder (delusions). These are pellagra syndromes, including Huntington’s disease, some Parkinsonism patients, schizoaffective patients, and LSD induced psychosis. I consider these conditions variants of pellagra. Schizoaffective patients have mood swings, and during their manic states will also have schizophrenic symptoms. These pellagra variants are responsive to vitamin B3 when adequate doses are used. They will not respond to small doses or to other nutrients. They are B3 dependent conditions, and should not be considered as deficiency diseases.
—ABRAM HOFFER, M.D., PH.D.
For schizophrenics, the natural recovery rate is 50 percent. With orthomolecular medicine, the recovery rate is 90 percent. With drugs, it is 10 percent. If you use just drugs, you won’t get well.
—ABRAM HOFFER, M.D., PH.D.
Death is the inevitable outcome of life, but ageing is a stage or phase of life, not an outcome. This failure to differentiate between ageing and age indicates a regression to concrete literal thinking. This kind of literal, concrete thinking is invariably the sign of an underlying anxiety, and it suggests a failure to be aware of the feelings that may lie behind, or beneath the concretisation. Such a lack of awareness results in poor differentiation of the process of ageing, or indeed any experience, and the end result is a simplistic, stereotyped perception that denies ambiguity and complexity. Thus age comes to equal frailty, sicness and death, not also wisdom, freedom and an opportunity for continuing development.
Peter A. O’Connor: Facing the Fifties: From Denial to Reflection. Allen & Unwin, 2000.
In life, the idea is to be happy. So I believe in calm, simple, low-profile life. You live simple, you train hard and live an honest life. Then you are free.
Eliud Kipchoge, Kenyan marathon runner
Image copyright Denis Barthel
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
Italo Calvino (1923-1985)
The danger is in pleasing an immediate public: the immediate public that comes around you and takes you in and accepts you and gives you success and everything. Instead of that, you should wait for fifty years or a hundred years for your true public. That is the only public that interests me.
Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968
There’s a remedy for everything except death.
Holding the power and the staff, I’ll do whatever I want.
They’ll come for wool and go back shorn.
The lucky man has nothing to worry about.
The foolish remarks of the rich man pass for wisdom in the world.
Make yourself into honey and the flies will eat you up.
You’re worth as much as you have.
You can’t take vengeance on the landed gentry.
Never put your thumbs between your wisdom teeth.
To ‘leave my home’ and ‘what do you want with my wife?’ there’s nothing to answer.
If the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it’s bad for the pitcher.
The dead woman was frightened to see another with a slit throat.
The fool knows more in his own house than the wise man in someone else’s.
When they’re asleep, everyone is the same—the grandees and the little folk, the rich and the poor.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote (1605 and 1615
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.
The Bible: Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 ESV
Nature produces [Bernacae] against Nature in the most extraordinary way. They are like marsh geese but somewhat smaller. They are produced from fir timber tossed along the sea, and are at first like gum. Afterwards they hang down by their beaks as if they were a seaweed attached to the timber, and are surrounded by shells in order to grow more freely. Having thus in process of time been clothed with a strong coat of feathers, they either fall into the water or fly freely away into the air. They derived their food and growth from the sap of the wood or from the sea, by a secret and most wonderful process of alimentation. I have frequently seen, with my own eyes, more than a thousand of these small bodies of birds, hanging down on the sea-shore from one piece of timber, enclosed in their shells, and already formed. They do not breed and lay eggs like other birds, nor do they ever hatch any eggs, nor do they seem to build nests in any corner of the earth.
Giraldus Cambrensis: Topographica Hibernica (1186)
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
Dryden, by John Michael Wright, 1668
How blessed is he, who leads a Country Life,
Unvex’d with anxious Cares, and void of Strife!
Who studying Peace, and shunning Civil Rage,
Enjoy’d his Youth, and now enjoys his Age.
John Dryden (1631-1700)
Unless the doctors of today become the dietitians of tomorrow, the dietitians of today will become the doctors of tomorrow.
Alexis Carrel, Nobel laureate in medicine 1912, (1873-1944)
Man the Unknown, 1935
Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
Edward Stanley (1826-1893)
For ev’n when Death dissolves our Humane Frame,
The Soul returns to Heav’n, from whence it came;
Earth keeps the Body, Verse preserves the Fame.
John Dryden (1631-1700)
Apple itself are perhaps the most unethical business model since the slave trade. They pay almost no taxes and employ slave labour in notorious working conditions. This is how they became the biggest corporation on earth: through exploitation, and starving governments of tax revenue.
[Portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak]
And I don’t want to write anymore letters. What’s the use of telling someone I’m changing? If I’m no longer who I was; and if I’m something else, it’s obvious that I have no acquaintances. And I can’t possibly write to strangers.
Rainer Maria Rilke: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Translated by Stephen Mitchell
A really intelligent man feels what other men only know.
Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755)
Below the surface I am a veritable battlefield.
If you want to love what you do, abandon the passion mindset (“what can the world offer me?”) and instead adopt the craftsman mindset (“what can I offer the world?”).
Cal Newport: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
There is no point at all in generating mediocre content. Don’t just write about your business or your product. Your content has to be educational and solve problems.
Dan Norris: Content Machine
Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.
When I read of the possible annihilation of the elephant or the whale or the pouring of oven cleaner or cosmetics into the eyes of live kittens or the close confinement of pigs and calves in lightless pens I feel myself confronted by human stupidity which I recognise as an enemy. The connection between stupidity and cruelty is a close one.
Sometimes it’s only in a dream that we glimpse a plausible solution. Perhaps because reason is fearful; it can’t fill in the gaps and achieve completeness, which is a form of simplicity; it prefers complexity, with all its gaps, and so the will entrusts the solution to dreams.
Antonio Tabucchi: A Riddle
Australia online a faraway and hard-to-reach place
By DAVID WALKER
May 14 2002
Geoffrey Blainey wrote insightfully and famously that Australia suffered from the tyranny of distance. In this digital age you can still be sure that Australia suffers from the tyranny of smallness. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the realm of online content production and management.
The Web has given Australia an opportunity to define the country all over again, to tell its stories and show its achievements, its potential, its unsolved problems. Yet the Australia depicted on the 2002 Internet remains mostly a sparse and barren place, dominated by a peculiar combination of today’s headlines, last year’s government and academic documents, and images of koalas and the Opera House.
Type ”Australia” into a search engine and you quickly see why more than three-quarters of Australians’ Web content is hauled across the Pacific from the US.
Outside a few fields, we simply don’t have much online editorial content. A handful of sites can claim to represent and support Australia online.
The two main newspaper groups and the Nine Network boast extensive news and current-affairs coverage, though little of it is profitable. Former journalist Stephen Mayne rakes muck entertainingly at crikey.com.au, John Tranter publishes the arts online in Jacket (jacketmagazine.com), noted economist Peter Jonson presides over a site full of political and investment analysis at henrythornton.com and onlineopinion.com.au publishes the thoughts of political figures.
Niches such as sport and information technology attract clubs and self-publishers. Governments provide some of the richest resources, offering parliamentary debates and reports online. And the ABC’s under-funded New Media division displays an impressive range of content, old and new.
But other fields from history to ecology to literature are thinly represented on the Australian Internet. A citizen of the US, one of 287 million people at the centre of the online universe, has much more to choose from than an Australian.
And Australian content shows no sign of burgeoning any time soon. The large traditional players may be short on profitability but the new entrants have found no better formula. As Screen Producers Association president Nick Murray put it at a new-media seminar organised by RMIT University’s Network Insight group in late 2001: ”There is no revenue model” for much existing online content production in Australia. As Murray points out, local new-media content battles even to make the audience aware of its existence.
Telstra is this year doling out $50 million for new broadband content. Yet in truth Australia does not have a broadband content problem. It has an Internet content problem, pure and simple.
“Men of means have much to fear. Those with none know only bitterness. If you entrust yourself to the care of others you will be owned by them. If you care for others you will be enslaved by your own solicitude. If you conform to the world it will bind you hand and foot. If you do not, then it will think you mad. And so the question, where should we live? And how? Where to find a place to rest a while? And how to bring even short-lived peace to our hearts?”
― Kamo no Chōmei: Hojoki
Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
Proverbs 17:5 KJV
The Antarctic winter has a queer replenishment and dignity of its own. Nowhere on earth will you see anything lovelier than the Ross Ice Barrier by moonlight. Here you felt the beauty and repose of the night, it’s immensity and movement, whole armies of stars and wheeling constellations, and the tidal movements of the aurora, now lying like a pale ocean river of light through the zenith, now bursting into insane displays, becoming searchlights, puckering and flying curtains, growing rays. And you could glance up from the wastes of the Barrier and see taking shape, in misty showers of ice crystals, the magical refraction phenomena of the moon – halos, paraselenae (moon dogs) and, rarest of all, the corona, with the moon a polished ancient silver coin framed between concentric rings of colour, pale blues and greens and smoking reds.
When you look upon such things there comes surging an awareness of the dignity of the earth, of the unaccountable importance of being alive, and the thought comes out of nowhere that unhappiness arises not so much from lacking as from having too much.
Charles J.V. Murphy in Antarctic Night by Admiral Richard E. Byrd
The Saracens of Tabriz are wicked and treacherous. The law which their prophet Mahomet has given them lays down that any harm they may do to one who does not accept their law, and any appropriation of his goods, is not sin at all. And if they suffer death or injury at the hands of Christians, they are accounted martyrs. For this reason they would be great wrong-doers, if it were not for the government. And all the other Saracens in the world act on the same principle. When they are on the point of death, up comes their priest and asks whether they believe that Mahomet was the true messenger of God; if they answer, ‘Yes’, then he tells them that they are saved. That is why they are converting the Tartars and many other nations to their law, because they are allowed great license to sin and according to their law no sin is forbidden.
Marco Polo: The Travels (1298)
“Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person.”
In the affluent society, no sharp distinction can be made between luxuries and necessaries.
– A Quote by John Kenneth Galbraith (The Affluent Society, 1958)
“(Research) suggests to me that if everyone started on a good nutritional program supplemented with optimum doses of vitamins and minerals before age fifty, and remained on it, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease would drop precipitously.”
(Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD)
Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself. It’s thinking of yourself less.
Awesome Exercises for Firm, Toned Abs
April 22, 2016 | 34,901 views
By Dr. Mercola
As summer approaches, many start to fret about their physique — especially their midriff — and questions about how to firm up the belly abound. First of all, it’s important to realize you cannot exercise your way to six-pack abs.
In one study,1 adults who did seven abdominal exercises, five days a week for six weeks, did not lose any fat at all from their belly region. In fact, they lost no fat anywhereon their bodies.
No matter how much you train your abs, if you have excess fat layered on top you won’t be able to see them. Men need to get their body fat down to about 6 percent and women around 9 percent in order to achieve that classic six-pack.
For some key dietary recommendations, please see my previous article, Winning Strategies to Help You Shed Unwanted Belly Fat. By avoiding processed foods in general, and focusing instead on whole, preferably locally grown organic foods, cooked at home, you can circumvent many of the greatest dietary obstacles.
The combination of intermittent fasting and high intensity training (HIIT) is a particularly potent combination for weight loss, as when done in tandem it really optimizes your body’s ability to burn off excess body fat.
To find the HIIT workout that works best for you, see my previous article: This Interval Training Infographic Helps You Pick the Right Workout.
As long as you’re addressing your diet (and implementing intermittent fasting, if need be, to boost your fat-burning capability) abdominal exercises can then help firm, tone, and strengthen your core muscles.
Aiming Beyond the Six-Pack
Strong abs isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Yourabdominal muscles provide the foundation for movement throughout your entire body, and strengthening them can help protect and support your back, make your spine and body less prone to injury, and help you gain greater balance and stability.
In essence, a strong core allows you freedom of movement, which is really a quality of life issue. Having a strong abdominal wall gets increasingly more important the older you get, so ab exercises are not just for beach-bound Millennials.
Several studies have been conducted to determine the most effective exercises to activate your core muscles. Overall, any exercise that requires constant stabilization throughout the movement ignites the most muscle activity. Planking, push-ups, and crunches on an exercise ball are but a few examples.
It’s also important to perform abdominal exercises in a variety of ranges of motion, in different angles and positions, in order to engage all the muscles that make up your core.
Last but not least, what works for one person or body type may not work for another, so the key is to find the variety that works for you, is challenging for you, and produces visible results. Exercises that train your core muscles include:
•Traditional exercises, such as astandard crunch with rotation, or a standing rotation with a light hand weight.
•Functional exercises, including work on an exercise ball.
•Stabilizing exercises, such as lying on the floor and pulling your belly back toward your spine and holding that position while breathing deeply. Once this is mastered, you can add movement such as a slow bridge or extending your leg while maintaining the drawn-in posture.
•Extension exercises. Back exercises are often ignored when devising a core training program. However, it’s an integral part of your core routine.
A good exercise to start with for extension is lying on your stomach with arms extended above your head. Simultaneously raise both arms and legs off the floor. Hold for a count of five, and slowly return to the floor.
Stand-Up Ab Exercises
A number of abdominal exercises can be done standing up, making them ideal for doing at the office where you probably don’t want to get down on the floor.
Greatist recently featured a list of 13 stand-up ab exercises compiled by fitness trainer Rachel Nicks, including the following. For the rest, please see the original article, which also provides a demonstration of each exercise.2
Nicks recommends focusing on your form rather than a specific number of repetitions. As you perform each movement, be sure to engage your abs. For example, when you lift your leg, use your ab muscles rather than your quads or glutes.
•March with a twist: Start by standing with your feet hip width apart, with your arms gently extended overhead. Bring your right elbow down across your body while simultaneously bringing your left knee upward, twisting at the waist, so that your knee and elbow meet.
Return to starting position and repeat on the other side. Be sure to squeeze your obliques throughout the movement. Alternate sides for about one minute.
•Standing stabilization: Stand with feet hip width apart, holding a medicine ball or dumbbell of a suitable weight in both hands. Extend your arms out in front of your body; keeping your arms straight, rotate your torso to the right, then return to center. Do 10 reps. Repeat on the left side 10 times.
•Weighted side bends: Select a heavier dumbbell than normal and hold it your right hand. Stand with feet hip width apart, and bend from your waist to the right. As you pull your torso back up, engage your core muscles. Repeat for about one minute, then alternate sides.
•Standing side crunch: Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width with a dumbbell in each hand; arms raised in goalpost position.
Bending at the waist, bring your left elbow down while simultaneously raising your left knee, so that your elbow meets your thigh just above the knee. Keep your arms and shoulders stationary throughout, as this forces you to use your obliques. Repeat for about one minute on each side.
•Crossover toe touches: Stand with feet wider than hip width apart, arms extended in a T formation.
Keeping your arms straight out, rotate your torso downward and across to the right, touching your right hand to the outside of your left foot. Return to starting position and repeat on the other side. Alternate sides for a total of about two minutes.
How to Optimize the Ab-Crunch
There’s quite a bit of controversy over whether the ab crunch is effective or a complete waste of time. Research has produced support for both stances. What it really comes down to is your form. When done correctly, crunches can be very effective. To perform a crunch properly:
Lie on your back with your feet against a wall (so your knees and hips are bent at a 90-degree angle).Tighten your abdominal muscles and raise your head and shoulders off the floor.Try crossing your arms on your chest instead of behind your head (to avoid straining your neck).Hold for about three deep breaths, lower to the ground, and repeat.
In the video above, Darin Steen and I demonstrate slightly more advanced forms of the crunch using an exercise ball. A key point to remember here is that the ab crunch is a very small movement. You’re only lifting your torso part of the way up, with a focus on tightening your abs, not lifting your head. For more resistance, try the ab crunch with side twist using a weighted medicine ball, as I’m doing in the video.
Proper Push-Ups Work Your Abs Too
Push-ups are another exercise that can target your abdominals, provided you do them correctly. I recommend watching Darin Steen’s demonstration of the proper form above, but here are some key points to remember:
Keep your body stiff and straight as a plankElbows at a 45-degree angle from your sidesBreathe in on the way down; breathe out on the way upLower your body all the way down, allowing your sternum to gently touch the floor
Reverse Push-Up — Another Core Blasting Exercise
Another technique that can give you a powerful core-building workout is the reverse push-up. A reverse push-up involves lowering your body into the typical push-up position, then, instead of pushing your body upward, bending your knees and moving your body backward before again moving forward into the push-up starting position. This intense movement will work out your arms and shoulders while also pushing your core muscles to the max.
Planking Can Provide a Measure of Your Core Strength
Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reason: It works. The plank is one of several fitness tests that can give you an indication of your potential health risks. If you cannot hold plank position for two minutes, you’re likely lacking in core strength. It may also be an indication that you’re carrying too much weight and would benefit from shedding a few pounds.
Planking engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously, making it a very efficient and effective core-strengthening exercise. You can also perform the plank in different directions: front, side, and reverse — each direction engaging different sets of muscles for all-around toning and strengthening.
The front-facing plank engages the following upper- and lower body areas: abdominals, lower back, chest, shoulders, upper trapezius and neck, biceps, triceps, glutes, thighs, and calves. Side planking is particularly effective for training your obliques, which really helps stabilize your spine, while the reverse plank places the focus on your glutes, hamstrings, abs, and lower back.
In the video above, fitness trainer Jill Rodrigues demonstrates a variety of front planking positions, including the basic, intermediate, and advanced basic plank, as well as planking with leg raises, knee raises, arm raises, and toe taps. Proper form is important to avoid injury, and you’ll want to be particularly careful if you have a bad back. Start off by holding the plank position for several seconds, slowly working your way up to where you can hold it for about two minutes.
To perform a front-facing plank correctly, keep the following points in mind:
•While in plank position, pull in your bellybutton. Your bellybutton is attached to your transverse abdominis, that inner sheath that holds your gut inside and gives your spine and vertebrae a weight belt-tightening type of support. By pulling it in, you begin to contract that deep inner transverse abdominis muscle. If you want to work your six-pack rectus abdominis muscle, drive your chin down toward your toes while you’re focused on squeezing your bellybutton in.
•Next, do a Kegel squeeze. A Kegel squeeze is performed by drawing your lower pelvic muscles up and holding them up high and tight.
For men who aren’t familiar with that term, it’s similar to trying to stop urinating in the middle of the flow. This squeeze will allow you to feel and focus on your abdominal muscles.
To perform a side plank, start by lying down on your right side, keeping your legs straight. Next, raise yourself up on your right forearm; your body should form a straight, diagonal line from head to toe. Your hips and knees should be off the floor. Brace your abs and hold for one minute.
For the reverse plank3 start out by sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Placing your palms on the floor, below your shoulders, squeeze your buttocks and thighs and then push your body up into a reverse plank position. Alternatively, you can begin placing your elbows rather than your hands on the floor, for a less dramatic lift. Again, keep your body in a straight diagonal line from shoulders to heels, making sure your hips are in line.
Build a Strong Core for Life Beyond the Beach
Again, building a strong core isn’t just about developing flat abs. It’s important for overall health, stability, mobility, and good posture too. Moreover, it can help prevent back pain, which is the most common cause for disability across the world.
To be effective, make sure you maintain a stable core throughout the movement, as this helps maximize muscle activity. Also incorporate a wide variety of exercises, and switch it up by adding versions that challenge your muscles with a variety of ranges of motion, angles, and positions.
© Copyright 1997-2016 Dr. Joseph Mercola. All Rights Reserved.
A study conducted by the Commonwealth Bank has shed light on what customers expect from the retail and foodservice sectors, and efficient, personalised service is at the top of the list.
Conducted by a third party market research firm, CommBank’s Retail Therapy research surveyed 1,000 consumers, looking at the emotional and rational drivers behind ‘perfect’ in-store and dine-in experiences.
It found that 68 percent of customers list inefficientcustomer service as the biggest contributor to a poor experience, with queuing the next biggest complaint (53 percent). Half of the respondents claim they would leave a business if they had to wait to make a payment.
Technology is also crucial, with just under half (47 percent) of respondents believing that businesses which use the latest technologies are more in-tune with the needs of their customers, and 74 percent of people suggesting they would stay loyal to a business that offers personalisation. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they feel retail businesses should do more to personalise their shopping experiences, with 77 percent of shoppers more likely to return to an outlet that offers loyalty programs or customer offers.
Eighty-four percent of shoppers are more likely to buy from a business they feel connected to, with 82 percent likely to spend more when they feel like a valued customer.
Dr Johann Ponnampalam, Deakin University behavioural scientist, said “Much of our daily life involves habitual, autopilot behaviour. When in this mindset, we crave faster, simpler, easier service interactions and when we don’t receive them, we experience friction which often leads to us avoiding purchasing altogether.
“Our lives are more complex than ever before and consumers have an abundance of choice … This leads to choice paralysis, which in-turn leads to avoiding purchase decisions and buyer’s remorse. The study shows that businesses need to work harder to help customers make informed, confident choices by providing personalised and relevant information during the retail experience,” he said.
When it comes to point of sale, 75 percent of those surveyed use a credit or debit card as their primary payment method. Other payment methods include cash (66 percent), PayPass/PayWave /Tap&Pay (49 percent) and digital wallets (six percent).
Seventy-eight percent of people want splitting bills to be an easy service provided by business owners, with 69 percent claiming they hate it when it’s not made possible. Seventy-seven percent say they find it awkward when one person has to pay the bill for everyone.
When paying the bill, 65 percent of people feel anxious/pressured if they get asked to tip by a waiter/staff member, whereas 46 percent feel less anxious/pressured to leave a tip if prompted by an electronic payment terminal.
“With recent advances in technology now available to businesses of any size, small and medium retailers have a new opportunity to transform point-of-sale and in-store experiences to drive sales and encourage greater customer loyalty through repeat business,” Claire Roberts, executive general manager, Local Business Banking, Commonwealth Bank, said.
U.N. “experts” warn that a nuclear terror attack is possible, news which ratchets fear upward.
But, since 1986, American and Russian satellites can pinpoint the exact location of every device — large or small — anywhere on the globe!
And in real time.
NEWS BRIEF: “UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Nuclear Terror Possible“, Breaking Israel News, March 27, 2016
“International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano in an interview late Thursday reacted to the recent terror attacks in Brussels by warning that not enough is being done to prevent nuclear terrorism. He warned it is a very real possibility.”
According to the Illuminati’s “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”, the Elite will create a myriad of intentional crises throughout the worldat the end of the period, at any given time, so that the desired overall level of consternation will be achieved. One deadly crisis might not create a general level of overwhelming terror within people’s minds, but 20 at one time might accomplish this goal.
Possibly the greatest single fear is nuclear warfare, both conventional and the terrorist “dirty bomb’. Since the attacks of 9/11, movies and TV shows have repeatedly emphasized the horror of any kind of a nuclear device. Therefore, this current news story is going to garner instant attention from a very nervous citizenry.
” ‘Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded’, Amano, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog committee said in an interview. ‘Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security … Amid rumors that the Brussels terrorists had planned on using a ‘dirty bomb’, Amano said it is ‘not impossible’. ”
We wish to take exception to the last statement from this United Nations “expert” when he states that a ‘dirty bomb is not impossible”! If authorities around the world properly use the technology available to them, terrorists would find it impossible to move nuclear material of any size anywhere in the world without detection.
In late November, 2001 — just weeks after the attacks of 9/11/2001, a former Army satellite operator wrote to Rense.com to report why it is impossible for nuclear materials to be secretly moved into position to carry out a terrorist attack. We posted an article on this subject,NEWS1938, entitled, “Debunking The Propaganda Lie That Terrorists Can Actually Hit The United States With A Nuclear Terrorist Weapon”.
Listen to pertinent excerpts from this most important archived article:
“A so-called dirty bomb, a conventional weapon laced with radioactive material, would make a scene like the attack on the World Trade Center even worse, Steinhausler says. ‘Picture the bucket brigades that we saw in Ground Zero in a radioactive-contaminated area. They couldn’t operate there’, he said. ‘Picture the dust-caked office worker who survived the World Trade Center attack. He would not only be covered in dust from the detonation, he would have inhaled radioactive stuff. His body would be contaminated. ‘The technology required is really high school level. You don’t have even to be an engineer to fabricate that. If you can make your conventional explosive, to lace it with radioactivity is really child’s play’.”
Nuclear devices can be hidden in any one of 18 million containers passing through our sea ports every single year. Anyone who has watched the movie, “Sum of All Fears”, based upon Tom Clancy’s novel, remembers how the stolen Israeli nuclear bomb was shipped into Baltimore in a container ship, loaded on to a pickup and then driven on to the football stadium concealed in a cigarette vending machine.
Very impossible — but that is the “rest of the story”.
NEWS BRIEF: “US Satellite Detection Of Portable Nuclear Weapons”, by Robert, Rense.com, 11-7-2001
“”If an internal nuclear attack ever occurs in this country without a major failure of our satellite assets…perhaps we should rethink just who the enemy really is…”
What could Robert possibly mean by this most interesting, but cryptic, statement? Robert explains:
“As you have probably heard from the major news networks, there is some concern about the so-called portable nuclear devices developed by the old USSR. Their former head of the KGB has confirmed the existence of 150 portable devices: 100 of which are presently unaccounted for … none of these devices are missing; We know exactly where these devices are located at any given point in time.
“This is how we know: During the 1980’s I worked as a Senior Systems Engineer for several DOD companies in San Diego (Advanced Digital Systems and SAIC). While in this position I was tasked with developing a ‘Fleet Satellite Catastrophic Restoral Plan’ for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. My group was to develop a method for satellite intelligence restoral in the event of a space born nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. In the course of this study, we had to review all satellite capabilities and characteristics: both current and projected through the early ninety’s. A series of satellites planned to begin deployment in 1989 … They carry special sensor devices (Developed by SAIC) that can detect high-velocity spin-off particles from enriched uranium (necessary for nuclear devices). Due to the small size and velocity of these particles, no amount of shielding can block them: not lead, not earth (subterranean). Radiation hazards from these particles are minimal due to limited quantity. Our satellites are fool-proof in detecting and pin-pointing the locations of enriched uranium throughout the world.” (Ibid., Emphasis added)
The implications of this shocking realization are quite staggering. Doubtless you can think of more implications, but some really obvious ones pop out immediately.
1. Every suitcase terror warning ever issued is a completely, absolutely boldface lie!
2. The FBI, Homeland Security and the White House are revealed to be the liars we all knew they were. Hopefully, this revelation will open the minds heretofore firmly bolted shut.
3. All these high-level stories alleging “Massive Intelligence Failure” are completely false and totally staged! With this technologically capability, it is absolutely impossible for MI6 and the CIA to make “mistakes” like they are accused of making regarding Iraq’s supposed nuclear weapons. Both these intelligence agencies would have known with 100% certainty that Saddam did not possess nuclear weapons. President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Powell, Prime Minister Blair and his entire leadership are likewise shown to be deliberate liars.
4. Our agencies are lying to us simply to scare us so badly we will acquiesce in the plan to dissolve our government and take away our liberties.
The mask is now off. We know now that our original stories warning that Bush and Blair were invading Iraq based on a thin lie were absolutely correct. Spread the word: all these nuclear terror stores are nothing but lies.
This deception is so very great that we are seeing Matthew 24:6-8 and 24:24 are coming true on a daily basis in our Daily News. What did Jesus foretell in the Last Days?
“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth…” (Luke 21:26)
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars…” (Matt 24:6)
Now, you know why Robert could say that, if any city is hit with a nuclear device — conventional or dirty — we must realize that our authorities knew the precise location of the radioactive material and did nothing. But, of course, our governments throughout the world are engaged in a cooperative struggle to overthrow the entire existing order so they can bring in the New World Order (NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM on the back of the American One Dollar Bill).
This technological fact is the reason no nuclear terror device has been exploded in the 15 long years since 9/11/2001, despite countless warnings of an “impending nuclear terrorist attack”
“I’m very angry. Because our country is being run horribly. I will gladly accept the mantle of anger. Our military is a disaster. Our healthcare is a horror show. Obamacare, we’re going to repeal it and replace it.
We have no borders. Our vets are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief! Our country is being run by incompetent people and yes, I am angry. I’m angry because our country is a mess!”
Donald J. Trump
German police are investigating whether the numerous sex assaults in public in multiple cities are part of an Islamic practice known as “Taharrush gamea”.
In Islamic countries, this practice allows a large group of Muslims to sexually harass and rape Islamic women with legal impunity.
One more reason not to let these people with an alien mindset / values into our country.
NEWS BRIEF: “‘Taharrush gamea’ comes to Germany? Police fear Cologne sex abuse may be imported practice“, Russia Today News, 11 Jan 2016
“German police fear repeats of the Cologne New Year’s Eve sexual assaults, saying extra attention will now be paid to fighting similar attacks. Police used the Arab term ‘taharrush gamea’ (collective harassment) to categorize the assaults … The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the main investigative authority in Germany, said in a response to Welt newspaper it knows sexual harassment of women in public is widespread in Arab countries, and that this is exactly what happened on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Collective harassment is translated as ‘taharrush gamea’ .”
In other words, groups of Arab men believe that they have the right under “‘taharrush gamea” to sexually harass and even to rape, women unlucky enough to be caught outside in the vicinity of the gathering of the Islamic men.
Western Society cannot tolerate a belief system which allows groups of Arabic men to rape women.
Donald Trump is right in advocating a brief halt to immigration from Islamic countries until the United States can create and implement, a new system which takes into count what our national attitude must be regarding this issue.
Why are feminist groups up in arms over this issue?
President Obama — with help from his GOP friends — have transformed America during the past 7 years.
Let us tearfully recount these changes, through the eyes of God.
NEWS BRIEF: “Obama’s SOTU: The Transformative President Triumphant“, Breitbart News, Jan 12, 2016
“… Obama has indeed succeeded in transforming the country, and he’ll pat himself on the back with both hands, presumably until he begins crying from a case of broken ribs. Here are 12 ways Obama has transformed America and the world:
1) Executive Amnesty – Obama Administration has stopped deporting illegals, and RINO (Republicans In Name Only) have funded his amnesty program every single time the opportunity has arisen to reverse this policy.
2) Executive Gun Control – Obama’s crying jag last week over gun control hid the fact that he’s setting the groundwork for his Department of Justice to target individual gunowners.
3) Obamacare. Republicans have pledged since 2010 to stop Obamacare … Nonetheless, Republicans continue to fund the program.
4) Planned Parenthood. Obama hasn’t just enshrined Planned Parenthood’s abortion business – he’s done it while defanging the single largest scandal ever to engulf the abortion mill … when Republicans refused to attach the defunding issue to a broader budget, Obama simply vetoed the stand-alone bill. Republicans went ahead and funded Planned Parenthood in the end. As always.
5) The Iran Deal. President Obama’s Iran deal hands the mullahs nuclear weapons in a decade, and hands them massive financial power, which will be channeled into terrorism and territorial expansionism, immediately.
On On Tuesday, the day of Obama’s State of the Union Address, Iran poked the United States in the eye again, seizing two American naval vessels who had supposedly strayed into Iranian waters. Iran did not need to take this aggressive action, but wanted the world to know that, on the eve of the lifting of sanctions against Iran, the Persian Kingdom was showing the world who really was boss.
The Illuminati is planning for Iran (Ancient Persia) to join the Russian-led attack on Israel — fulfilling Ezekiel 38-39. Iran is off limits to any Western attack because of this prophecy.
6) Slashing The Military — Republicans, in attempting to stop Obama’s spending spree, jumped on board with the foolhardy sequestration deal that would supposedly slash future spending – but in actuality served mainly to stop spending on the military … The result is a military that has been dramatically weakened. On top of that, Obama has insisted on using the military as a vehicle for his social experimentation on behalf of women and transgenders.
7) Destruction Of America’s Traditional Alliances — Israel used to be our strongest ally in the Middle East … Obama has succeeded in crafting a regime of international isolation for the Jewish State, even as he boosts the terrorist Palestinians. The new Egyptian government has already begun looking for allies in Russia and China…”
8) The Dependency Society — Obama has spent $8 trillion in order to craft a permanent dependency society in which almost four in ten Americans of working age don’t work … in which 46 million Americans are on food stamps and eight million are on disability.”
9) The Enshrinement of Same-Sex Marriage — President Obama says that the most important moment of his presidency was the Supreme Court mandating state-sanctioned same-sex marriage.
10) Mobilization of The Bureaucracy Against Political Opponents — The IRS has targeted Obama’s political opposition.
11) Racial Breakdown — Obama’s DOJ is targeting police departments around America; Obama himself continues to press the message that America is deeply racist, and that such racism is embedded into our DNA … yet another generation of minorities in America have now been trained that “white privilege” is to blame for any problems they suffer.”
12) Stacking The Supreme Court. — Obama has put in place two new Supreme Court justices: Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Both are relatively young, and both are wildly leftist. Obama is one justice away from complete dominance on the Court – all he needs is Anthony Kennedy to resign, and the Constitution turns to ash.”
America long ago passed God’s “Point of No Return”. But, these changes cement the inevitability of our physical annihilation at God’s hands. In the DVD, above, “America’s End Times Destruction Foretold”, we demonstrate the prophetic reality that the United States is the Economic Babylon of Revelation 18. With this concept in mind, listen to the awful prophetic destruction soon to fall upon this once great nation.
“`Babylon the great is fallen, and is become the (resort) of (demons), and the (dwelling place) of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird … For all nations have drunk of the wine and the wrath of her (passionate unchastity), and the (leaders) of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the (businessmen) of the earth (have become) rich through the abundance (excessive luxury) of her delicacies.”
“For her crimes and transgressions–are piled up as high as heaven and God has remembered her wickedness and her crimes–and calls them up for settlement…” (Revelation 18:2-5)
This is a statement of staggering proportions. How high is it from earth to heaven? When these sins are stacked, they literally reach from earth to heaven, according to God’s accounting. God will one day sooner rather than later suddenly and without further warning, destroy America in one hour of one day by overwhelming fire.
Doubt it not, and pass the warning!
According to Adam Grant, the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton School of Business, there are three types of people:
1. The Taker
2. The Matcher
3. The Giver
The Taker is an egoist. They tend to get more than they give. They believe the world is a competitive, dog-eat-dog world. As a result, they put their needs before everyone else. This strategy works for short-term gain … but it’s nearly impossible to sustain.
The Matcher is someone who seeks balance between giving and taking. They seek fairness and equality. If they put too much into a relationship, without getting anything in return, they’ll eventually give up. They believe in even exchanges and trading favors.
he Giver is altruistic. It’s a rare breed of human who doesn’t look for anything in return. Whereas Takers are focused on receiving all of time and Matchers are focused on receiving at least some of the time … Givers don’t even think about it.
That something I cannot yet define completely but the feeling comes when you write well and truly of something and know impersonally you have written in that way and those who are paid to read it and report on it do not like the subject so they say it is all a fake, yet you know its value absolutely; or when you do something which people do not consider a serious occupation and yet you know truly, that it is as important and has always been as important as all the things that are in fashion, and when, on the sea, you are alone with it and know that this Gulf Stream you are living with, knowing, learning about, and loving, has moved, as it moves, since before man, and that it has gone by the shoreline of that long, beautiful, unhappy island since before Columbus sighted it and that the things you find out about it, and those that have always lived in it are permanent and of value because that stream will flow, as it has flowed, after the Indians, after the Spaniards, after the British, after the Americans and after all the Cubans and all the systems of governments, the richness, the poverty, the martyrdom, the sacrifice and the venality and the cruelty are all gone as the high-piled scow of garbage, bright-colored, white-flecked, ill-smelling, now tilted on its side, spills off its load into the blue water, turning it a pale green to a depth of four or five fathoms as the load spreads across the surface, the sinkable part going down and the flotsam of palm fronds, corks, bottles, and used electric light globes, seasoned with an occasional condom or a deep floating corset, the torn leaves of a student’s exercise book, a well-inflated dog, the occasional rat, the no-longer-distinguished cat; all this well shepherded by the boats of the garbage pickers who pluck their prizes with long poles, as interested, as intelligent, and as accurate as historians; they have the viewpoint; the stream, with no visible flow, takes five loads of this a day when things are going well in La Habana and in ten miles along the coast it is as clear and blue and unimpressed as it was ever before the tug hauled out the scow; and the palm fronds of our victories, the worn light bulbs of our discoveries and the empty condoms of our great loves float with no significance against one single, lasting thing—the stream.
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come
when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict
the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to
others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special
privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.”
― Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)
1. Rumors Are True: Planned Parenthood does sell body parts of babies murdered in their facilities.
This scandal may rock Liberal Democrats like Hillary Clinton so much that it might deliver the 2016 election to the Republicans!
NEWS BRIEF: “Dem Candidates Silent On Alleged Planned Parenthood Felonies: Selling baby body parts”, The Daily Caller News, July 14, 2015
“Democratic presidential candidates were silent in the wake footage released Tuesday showing Planned Parenthood’s top doctor allegedly describing how the clinics sell the body parts of aborted babies. None of the declared Democratic presidential candidates — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Sen. Jim Webb, and former Gov. Lincoln Chafee — responded to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation regarding the video.”
We are hoping that the timing of the release of this Breitbart News undercover video will so shake this nation that Liberal Democrat candidates who routinely embarrass themselves over their unrelenting public support for Planned Parenthood will be voted out of office!
How did this undercover video surface, anyway?
“Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who oversees the abortion practices of all Planned Parenthood clinics and trains their abortion doctors, describes in the video how the clinics take orders for body parts and then perform abortions strategically to fill those orders, sometimes using a procedure that could be considered a partial-birth abortion, which is illegal. ‘I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Nucatola says in the video. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
Of course, Planned Parenthood denied that it was selling body parts from aborted / murdered babies, that they were only donating some body parts for “scientific research”. How illegal is selling / trafficking in body parts?
“Selling human body parts is a federal felony, and trafficking body parts from an aborted baby is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $500,000. Partial-birth abortion is also a federal felony and is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. ”
America has become so jaded over the years because she has abandoned her Christian roots, I wonder if she has any moral outrage left in her? If she does, then all the Liberal politicians in the country should start shaking in their boots as the 2016 election nears.
The rallying cry should be “Toss the bums out”!
And, “close those abortion mills”!
Recent research into the mechanisms driving anxiety and social phobias now turn conventional drug treatment with SSRIs on its ear.
Turns out these mental health problems are not due to low serotonin levels as previously thought. They’re linked to high levels! If these findings are taken as seriously as they should be, the mental health field is in for a major overhaul.
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat with demands the solidarity of all peoples. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned namely mistaking systems for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.
– The First Global Revolution”, A Report by the Council of the Club of Rome by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider 1991.
If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.
His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are also very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished.
The Jew saw them all, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmaties, of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert but aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?
—Mark Twain, 1897
President Obama is being urged by Christian groups to intervene to protect Sudanese Christian pastors who are facing execution simply because they preached the pure Gospel.
The President’s silence on this subject is damning!
NEWS BRIEF: “PC USA Petitions Obama to Uphold Rights for Sudanese Pastors Facing Execution for Preaching the Gospel“, Christian Post, June 8, 2015
“The Presbyterian Church USA recently reached out to President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials urging them to use their resources to ensure that the rights of two Sudanese pastors facing possible execution for preaching the Gospel are upheld in Sudan.”
“… both pastors “were arrested after preaching” in late 2014 and earlier this year, and stated that Gradye Parsons, the PCUSA’s clerk, has written to the president and other U.S. officials urging them to use their resources to protect the rights of Michael and Reith.”
“The South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church recently noted that this type of persecution is common in the country.
“This is not ‘something new’ for our church,” said Rev. Tut Kony, pastor of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. ‘Almost all pastors have gone to jail under the government of Sudan. We have been stoned and beaten. This is their habit to pull down the church. We are not surprised. This is the way they deal with the church’.”
Throughout the Middle East and Africa, Christians are facing the most severe genocide in modern history. Christians are dying by the minute. We all need to hold them up in prayer and to demand that our President diplomatically and economically rush to their aid.
Many people have believed that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim. If he does not act to save these ministers from execution, his Islamic credentials shall be on display for the entire world to see.
I. Lucifer makes Prime Time!
Propaganda conditioning to accept Lucifer and his values is now on Fox TV!
NEWS BRIEF: “FOX ANNOUNCES NEW PRIMETIME SERIES FOR 2015-2016 SEASON”, Fox TV, May 11, 2015
“In 2016, additional new series joining the schedule include devilish drama LUCIFER … Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER stars Tom Ellis (“Merlin”) as the charming, charismatic and handsome-as-hell original fallen angel, who, bored and unhappy in Hell, takes refuge in Los Angeles, where he uses his gift of persuasion to punish bad guys. But the longer he’s away from the underworld, the greater the threat …”
This slick Fox TV series is going to depict Lucifer in the role of the “good guy” supernatural being who left his home in Hell so that he could save humanity? Doesn’t this plot sound a lot like the Biblical account of Jesus? In order to save a sinful humanity, Jesus left his throne in Glory so that he could come to Earth and carry out His plan of salvation.
To a Biblically ignorant world, this modern-day parallel of Lucifer to Jesus might seem logical. You see, Antichrist will be possessed by the real Lucifer and he will tell mankind that he has come to save humanity. This TV series seems to be a conditioning vehicle to prepare the world for the coming Antichrist.
Christian author, Constance Cumbey, quotes a New Age author who stated that “The Christ cannot appear until, and unless, a significant proportion of people have been preconditioned to accept him” (“Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow”)
After flooding the TV and movie schedules with themes of demons and werewolves and witches, Hollywood has decided that the time has come to bring out the “Big Gun”, Lucifer himself.
Christian, this development is another sign telling us that the time of Redemption is at hand!
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
II. Is the Patriot Act REALLY dismantled, or just replaced with a newer version?
Have the American people been deceived once again?
NEWS BRIEF: “USA Freedom Act gives NSA everything it wants — and less “, by Joshua Kopstein, al-jazeera News, America Focus, June 2, 2015
“With a 67-32 vote in the Senate this afternoon, Congress finally passed the USA Freedom Act, a surveillance bill being hailed on the Hill as the biggest effort to rein in the intelligence community since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.”
“The Senate adopted the House version of the bill, which had been watered down at the behest of intelligence agencies, and President Obama signed the Freedom Act into law later this evening.”
Since Government never surrenders dictatorial powers she has been granted, I looked at this news story with a great deal of reservation. As it turns, out, my skepticism was founded. The NSA was not really “reined in”. In fact, NSA officials seemed very happy with the new bill.
“… the Freedom Act has focused almost exclusively on ending one single National Security Agency program under one single authority: The secret bulk collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, revealed almost exactly two years ago by Edward Snowden … The new law replaces the NSA’s bulk data collection with a program that requires telecom companies to retain the data and grant access to intelligence agencies through more targeted court orders.”
This new bill will allow NSA to continue operating pretty much as she has been doing since October, 2001, when the original Patriot Act took effect. Forget that false assurance that NSA will be subject to “more targeted court orders.” The court to whom NSA will turn to receive her authorization for access is the secretive Federal spy court, created after the attacks of 9/11/2001, to provide a fig leaf of protection for the rights and freedoms of American citizens.
Please allow this author the last say on this issue.
“Even people within the NSA have been candidly celebrating the Freedom Act’s surveillance “reforms,” calling it “a nothingburger for the privacy community.” And they might be right — with so many overlapping and redundant surveillance authorities, it’d be foolish to think the Freedom Act has ended bulk collection in any significant capacity.”
But, the average American does not know this fact. The vast majority of citizens right now are undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief, thinking that Congress has acted to protect our freedoms, when nothing of the kind has really occurred.
As usual, the Federal Government rules by “smoke and mirrors”!
III. Pope Francis urges Catholics and Protestants to merge.
“We are one” he insists. Global Religion is coming!
And, the Roman Catholic Pontiff will become the ‘False Prophet’ of Rev 13.
NEWS BRIEF: “‘Pope’ Francis Claims Devil Keeping Evangelicals, Roman Catholics Divided: ‘They Are One’ “, by Heather Clark, Christian News Network, reprinted in Lighthouse Trails Newsletter, June 3, 2015
“ROME — In a recorded video statement released on Saturday, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Francis asserted that evangelicals and Catholics are one, and that it is the devil who has divided the two groups. ‘Division is the work of the ‘Father of Lies,’ ‘the Father of Discord,’ who does everything possible to keep us divided’, he said.”
Pope Francis is pointedly refusing to acknowledge that the real reason for division of Catholic and Protestant Christianity is doctrine and the spirit that dwells each camp.
You see, Catholicism is counterfeit Christianity, based upon “Works Salvation”, whereas Protestant Christianity is based squarely upon Salvation by Grace and belief in Jesus’ sacrifice alone.
Pope Francis is trying to bring Protestant Christianity under the global tent of the coming One World Religion. You see, the Elite chose the Pope — whomever he was at the time — to be the top religious leader of the New World Order Religion (Read full details in NWES1052).
One quote from Bill Lambert, Boston House of Theosophy, August 18, 1991 says it all:
“At the proper moment in history, the Pope will visit the combined Jewish/Christian/Moslem sector of Jerusalem to announce that all religions should be combined into one … “Energies want to flow from the Hierarchy to earth to produce the physical manifestation of the Christ; but, such flow can only occur when humanity raises its collective consciousness to be properly awakened receptors.”
“I then tried again to get Bill to state that one of the leaders of the world’s religion would step forward to play the role of the Biblical False Prophet. I said, ‘Back to the Pope for a moment, Bill. You stated that, at the right moment, the Pope would go to Jerusalem. Surely the Pope is a proper receptor to the Christ’ At this point, Bill nodded his head affirmatively that the Pope was a proper receptor to the Christ (Antichrist). ”
Protestant Christianity is also separated from Roman Catholicism by the tens of millions of martyrs who died at the hands of Catholic executioners during the 300 years of the Roman Catholic Inquisition (1550-1850). Christian leaders advocating a rapprochement with the Vatican are rendering the horrible suffering and death of over 70 million Protestants as Rome truly attempted to remove all Protestants with the edge of the sword. Such current Christian leaders are traitors to the death of so many Brothers in Christ who have lived, and bled, before our time.
May Jesus Richly Bless You,
David Bay, Director
Cutting Edge Ministries
With age, your body chemistry changes, and many of those changes make it increasingly difficult to lose weight. For example, around the age of 30, your human growth hormone (HGH) level begins to drop off, and HGH helps with both fat metabolism and muscle building. And, as noted in the featured article:
“Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate… On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. ‘If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,’ says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division.”
The good news is that you can counteract this chain of events, provided you make and maintain the appropriate lifestyle changes. Choosing your exercise wisely is perhaps the most efficient way to bolster your body’s capacity to function optimally as you get older, and this includes maintaining healthy hormone levels.
Many people fail to realize that exercise can have a pronounced effect on your hormone production, naturally raising sex hormones and HGH, for example, which can have a more or less direct bearing on weight management.
Saudi people are fearful and on edge after a deadly suicide bombing of a Shi’ite mosque on Friday.
As we stated in our DVD, “Bringing Saudi Arabia Down”, the country is very weak and citizen’s resolve is brittle. Once daily suicide attacks and bombings begin, Saudi Arabia will fall quickly.
NEWS BRIEF: “Saudi Arabia is on edge after ISIS suicide bombing”, Business Insider, 5/23/2015
“Saudi Arabia’s top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shi’ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government’s indifference to their safety. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of al-Qadeeh town on Friday evening, hours after a suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers in a packed Shi’ite mosque, the first attack in the conservative kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.”
Saudi Arabia is ruled by a ruthless Sunni dictatorship which so consistently bears down a heavy burden of a law more severe than Sharia Law. The average citizen understands that, at any time, police could arrive at their door, arrest them with no charges, whisk them away to a prison unknown to any other family member, and even execute them after a secret Kangaroo Court, where mere accusation will result in execution.
Therefore, many Saudi citizens do not have a bedrock of patriotism — love of one’s country — deep in their heart.
We state in this DVD, “Bringing Saudi Arabia Down”, that once terrorist attacks begin daily on Saudi soil — suicide bombings, mosque bombings, public place bombings — Saudi Arabia would begin to come apart. That warning is proving to be very accurate. The time has come for the last major entrenched dictatorship in the Middle East and Northern Africa to be brought down.
So far, events are unfolding parallel to what we expressed in this DVD.
The time is approaching quickly, dear Christian, that Antichrist will be on the world scene. Look up, fellow Christian, for our Redemption drawth nigh!
Roman Catholic Ireland has just voted to legalize Gay Marriage.
Gay deviant priests brought this debacle upon the Irish people.
NEWS BRIEF: “Church unnerved by Ireland’s huge ‘Yes’ “, Sky News, Australia, 25 May 2015
“The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland is trying to come to terms with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage … the faithful attended mass to hear their priests reflect on the new social landscape. ‘The Church has to find a new language which will be understood and heard by people,’ Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin told reporters after mass at the city’s St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
” ‘We have to see how is it that the Church’s teaching on marriage and family is not being received even within its own flock.’ ”
My wife exclaimed to me when she heard that Ireland had just voted to legalize gay marriage, “how could this happen in Catholic Ireland”?
The answer is both simple and profound. Ireland has lost so many tens of thousands of Catholic adherents for the same reason the Catholic Church the world over has lost so many — the scandal of gay deviant priests preying upon innocent children within the church has gotten so deep and so dreadful that families have been leaving in droves for years.
The scandal finally reach tsunami level during the reign of Pope John Paul II. Listen to what he wrote:
“Two months before his death in 2005, Pope John Paul II, troubled by the sex scandals in the US, Austria and Ireland, had written to the Congregation for Catholic Education: “Right from the moment young men enter a Seminary their ability to live a life of celibacy should be monitored so that before their ordination one should be morally certain of their sexual and emotional maturity.” (Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia)
Many Catholic leaders protested the Pope’s words here, because they implied a link between gay Catholic priests and pedophilia. Critics argued that this link is not direct nor is it inevitable. Not every gay priest preys on children. Yet, try to tell that to tens of thousands of Catholic families who have seen instance after instance after instance where their child was molested by a gay priest.
The problem is not the Catholic Church’s teaching that gay practice is sinful; the problem is that millions of former Catholics consider this teaching to be the epitome of hypocrisy because the actions of the priests do not match the church’s teachings on homosexuality! In fact, Jesus told of a type of church just like this Catholic Church, and that the practical effect from such a church was especially deadly. Listen:
‘Woe unto you … hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness.’ (Mt 23:27)
Over the past 1,500 years, the Roman Catholic Church has perfectly fit Jesus’ description. Claiming to be the One True Church of Jesus Christ, they have been full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness. This DVD, pictured above left, prove that the only way to understand why Rome brought in truckloads of pagan doctrine, practices and dress is to realize that the Vatican is practicing Witchcraft! We also examine the many symbols of Catholicism, demonstrating that they are symbols used in the Witchcraft Mystery Religions of Babylon, Egypt and Chaldea
Finally, we absolutely “nail” the reasons that 75% of all Catholic priests are gay, both in inclination and in practice. You will never look at Catholicism the same way again. Last week, I received a phone call from a supporter in Boston, after he received his copy of “Catholicism: Full of Dead Men’s Bones”.
“He said, I received my DVD yesterday and have watched it three times since.”
When I asked him why he had watched it so many times in so little time, he said, “this information answered so many of my questions that I had asked when growing up Catholic”.
Ireland has been so disgusted for so many years of discovering that so many of her innocent young people have been raped and molested by gay priests that they have left the Church. Once out of the Catholic Church, the vast majority of them practiced no religion whatsoever. In fact, many of them would embrace anything the Catholic Hierarchy would oppose.
Ireland is now a country full of dead men’s bones! This election legalizing homosexual marriage is just one of the results of this deplorable spiritual condition before Almighty God.
Consumer Reports recruited volunteers to test out spray-on repellents made of DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, a chemical called IR3535, and products made with natural plant oils. After the repellents were applied and allowed to sit for 30 minutes, the volunteers reached into a cage containing (disease-free) mosquitoes or ticks.
Two products emerged on top and were able to keep mosquitoes and ticks away for at least seven hours: products that contained 20 percent picaridin or 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus. Picaridin resembles the natural compound piperine, an essential oil in black pepper.
However, picaridin is not a natural compound; it’s produced synthetically in the lab. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), picaridin does not carry the same neurotoxicity concerns at DEET, although it has not been tested much over the long term. They report:2
“Overall, EWG’s assessment is that Picaridin is a good DEET alternative with many of the same advantages and without the same disadvantages.”
You sullen pig of a man
you force me into the mud
with your stinking ash-cart!
–if we were rich
we’d stick our chests out
and hold our heads high!
It is dreams that have destroyed us.
There is no more pride
in horses or in rein holding.
We sit hunched together brooding
all things turn bitter in the end
whether you choose the right or
the left way
dreams are not a bad thing.
William Carlos Williams
III. President Obama used his announcement that Global Warming was real and was a National Security Threat using the principles of Mind Control we reveal in this new DVD, “Invisible, Invincible Mind Control”.
NEWS BRIEF: “”Obama Frames Global Warming as National Security Threat”, ABC News, May 20, 2015
In his remarks, the President followed these principles of Mind Control reported in this DVD:
1) The President issued a truly shocking statement, i.e., we are past the point of arguing whether Global Warming is real.
2) Barack Obama spoke as the President of the United States. In the minds of many Americans, the Presidency is so prestigious that they will believe something to be true if the President uttered it.
3) Now that the process of silently, invisibly changing people’s minds on the subject of Global Warming has gone on for 40 years, the last step is at hand. What is that step?
“No longer outraged, or shocked by the premise, people begin to argue for positions to moderate the extreme; or, they accept the premise, challenging, instead, the means to ACHIEVE it.”
Now, the President is forcefully advcocating a radical plan to “solve” the very “global problem” that the Elite manufactured in the beginning. Of course, since this Global Warming is a global problem, it must be solved by a global dictatorship — and one is ‘a-comin’!
Welcome to the New World Order!
NOTE: Conservative Republicans will continue battling this Climate Change propaganda, but I fear Liberal Democrats have outflanked us. For the past several decades, Public Schools have been teaching our children that Global Warming is real, and is a threat to all mankind. Now, these school children are voting adults, and they just assume that President Obama is correct!
The demographic numbers have now been turned against us.
II. President Obama just “upped the ante” on the debate over Global Warming by declaring it to be fact and to be so serious as to constitute a “National Security Threat”!
NEWS BRIEF: “Obama Frames Global Warming as National Security Threat”, ABC News, May 20, 2015
“President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a matter of national security that threatens to aggravate poverty and political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces.”
Wow! That is one comprehensive warning for the President of the United States! Using the White House “bully pulpit”, the President declared the debate over Global Warming to be at and end, and he outline the dire consequences which will surely follow if we do not get this situation under control!
“The president in recent months has pressed for action on climate change as a matter of health, as a matter of environmental protection and as a matter of international obligation. He’s even couched it as a family matter, linking it to the worry he felt when one his daughters had an asthma attack as a preschooler.”
“His speech to the cadets, by contrast, is focused on what the Obama administration says are immediate risks to national security, including contributing to more natural disasters that result in humanitarian crises and potential new flows of refugees. Further, the president sees climate change aggravating poverty and social tensions that can fuel instability and foster terrorist activity and other violence.”
By choosing the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as the backdrop for his remarks, the President added a greater sense of reliability and trust, because Americans trust the military far more than they trust the White House!
Of course, this issue is far from settled in the minds of many significant scientists. Many scientists do not believe Global Warming is really happening, while others accept that it may be occurring, but do not believe the frightening consequences being bandied about.
Please take a moment to read a couple of current news articles on this most important issue of the day.
NEWS BRIEF: “New Study Threatens To Unravel Obama’s Global Warming Agenda”, Daily Caller News, 5/18/2015
NEWS BRIEF: “Arctic Drilling Undercuts Obama’s Global Warming Efforts, Experts Say”, U.S, News and World Report, May 13, 2015
Listen to the strident voice of alarm in this broadcast!
NEWS BRIEF: “Obama turns up heat on climate change debate in Florida”, CNN, April 23, 2015
Eight (8) years ago, Cutting Edge posted an article which has stood the test of time. In this article, we reported that the Global Elite had deliberately created five (5) major world crises designed to panic the peoples of the world into accepting a global dictatorhip.
These five crises are:
1) Global Warming / Cooling / Climate Change
2) Global Terrorism
3) Global War
4) Global Economic Disaster
5) Global Virus Pandemic
Read full details in NEWS2193, entitled, “Five Major Created Global Disasters Are Being Constantly Preached To The World As Reasons To Form The Global New World Order!”
Listen to the underlying premise behind the Elite creating five global disasters: “The secret societies were planning as far back as 1917 to invent an artificial threat … in order to bring humanity together in a one-world government which they call the New World Order.” [William Cooper, “Behold A Pale Horse”, p. 27]
Now you know the truth!
I. Iranian warships linked up with a civilian cargo ship off the waters of Yemen, determined to punch through the naval blockade set up by Saudi Arabia.
I wonder if Iran’s determination to risk naval warfare has anything to do with the fact that, today, the Western 5+1 nations open final negotiations with Iran on her nuclear development program?
NEWS BRIEF: “Iran ship heads towards Red Sea amid fears of Yemen showdown”, Today Online, May 20, 2015
“Saudi-led forces have imposed searches on all ships trying to enter Yemen in a bid to prevent weapons being smuggled to the Houthis who control much of the country, including Hodaida … An Iranian cargo ship heading to Yemen is expected to cross into the Red Sea on Thursday … The approaching vessel threatens to broaden a regional confrontation over Yemen …”
Where, exactly, is this cargo ship and its Iranian warship escort?
” ‘If the weather and the ship’s technical conditions persist … we will enter the Bab al-Mandeb strait tomorrow morning’, the Iran Shahed’s captain Massoud Ghazi Mirsaid was quoted as saying on Wednesday, referring to a stretch of water linking the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea … the ship would arrive on Thursday and … it would dock on Friday.”
(See Map of the Bab al-Mandeb strait)
How important is this strait of Bab al-Mandeb?
“The Bab-el-Mandeb is a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa. It connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden … “Bab-el-Mandeb” means “Gateway of anguish”, or “Gateway of tears”; the strait derives its name from the dangers attending its navigation, or, according to an Arab legend, from the numbers who were drowned by the earthquake which separated Asia and Africa.”
As soon as the pro-Western government of Yemen fell to the rebels, a Pentagon spokesman publicly warned that the West must immediately secure free access to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The US Navy was already in position to do just that, because it was on station to secure access to the huge American base at Djibouti.
You will be surprised by the amount of crude oil and other materials which pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait daily.
“In 2006, an estimated 3.3 million barrels …. of oil passed through the strait per day, out of a world total of about 43 million barrels per day ) moved by tankers.” (Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia) Therefore, 7.6% of all crude oil the world uses passes through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait!
The Pentagon says its warships were on station and are monitoring the cargo ship.
Iran seems really bold and nonchalant about escorting this cargo ship through the Saudi blockade. I wonder if Iran knows that President Obama is so intent upon reaching a nuclear deal that he will turn a blind eye toward this civilian, humanitarian ship? Final negotiations begin today.
NEWS BRIEF: “Iran, 6 World Powers Launch New Round of Nuclear Talks”, ABC News, May 20, 2015
“Experts from Iran and six world powers are launching a new round of negotiations focused on reaching a deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear program. Diplomats said ahead of Wednesday’s meeting that progress is being made but significant gaps remain on a main document and technical annexes ahead of an end-of-June deadline.”
If the United States Navy is ordered to allow this cargo ship through the blockade, Iran is certainly going to assume that any cargo vessel loaded with any type of cargo will also be allowed through. At that point, Iran is likely to start shipping the Houthi rebels military supplies, setting the stage for sparks to fly that could trigger regional war.
May 8, 2015
The Honorable Sylvia M. Burwell
Secretary of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Re: Comments on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
There is a distinct and growing lack of scientific consensus on making a single sodium consumption recommendation for all Americans, owing to a growing body of research suggesting that the low sodium intake levels recommended by the DGAC are actually associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals.
B. Saturated Fat
In the spirit of the 2015 DGAC’s commendable revision of previous DGAC recommendations to limit dietary cholesterol, the Academy suggests that HHS and USDA support a similar revision deemphasizing saturated fat as a nutrient of concern.
IV. The Vatican becomes the first “nation” on earth to recognize a Palestinian State!
Isaiah 34:12 draws ever closer to fulfillment! As does Obadiah 15-18
NEWS BRIEF: “Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty”:, The Daily Star News, May 13, 2015
“VATICAN CITY: The Vatican has officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty. The treaty, which was finalized Wednesday but still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine … the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.” (Emphasis added)
Reaction to this news was both immediate and predictable.
“Israel responded saying it is “disappointed” that the Vatican has recognized the state of Palestine … the Israeli Foreign Ministry says the move doesn’t help the peace process and “distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations.”
“It says it will study the treaty agreement and will ‘consider its steps accordingly’.”
Palestinian President Abbas just “coincidentally” was in Vatican City.
“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to see Pope Francis Saturday….”
The Bible never states that the “House of Edom” — Palestinians — will actually get their state. Listen to Isaiah 34:12.
“The burning of Edom shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall go up forever … They shall call its nobles to proclaim the kingdom, but nothing shall be there, and all its princes shall be no more.” (Isaiah 34:10, 12, Amplified Bible Commentary)
As we demonstrate in the DVD set, “Prophecies Churches Ar Ignoring”, one of the key developments which will trigger an inevitable move toward the annihilation of all Palestinians in Isaiah 34 and in Obadiah 15-18 is this one:
Leaders — both Palestinian and foreign — shall “proclaim the kingdom”, but no nation will ever actually arise. And, the very next step is the annihilation of the “princes”, the leaders, of the Palestinians!
Christian, look up, for our Redemption draweth nigh!
II. A major new study reveals that American adults are shockingly less religious than ever before!
Both “Escaping Common Core” and “Indoctrination” are completely accurate: Churches today are failing because Christian parents left their children in Public Schools, in the “Pharaoh School System”!
NEWS BRIEF: “U.S. has become notably less Christian”, L.A. Times, May 12, 2015
“The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in recent years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found. For what is probably the first time in U.S. history, the number of American Christians has declined … The erosion in traditional religious ranks seems likely to continue.”
Now, here comes the troubling news:
“… in a reverse of previous patterns, younger Americans do not appear to be adhering more to traditional faiths as they become parents. Just the opposite seems to be happening — members of the millennial generation have grown less religious as they age.”
In other words, parents who have continued to “save money” by sending their precious children to America’s godless public schools are now reaping what they have sown. In unprecedented numbers, young adults have abandoned the Christian faith.
When you stand before Jesus on Judgment Day, what will you say to Him as to why you chose a more comfortable lifestyle over keeping your children out of the Public School System? What can you say? What effect will your failure as a parent have on your eternity?
III. Before the so-called truce was scheduled to go into effect, Saudi Arabia ramped up the fear factor as it amassed a powerful mechanized tank and mobile artillery on the Yemen border.
The Saudi force of 150,000 are still on that border. Now, Saudi Arabia has a complete invasion force, ready to launch on a moment’s notice.
NEWS BRIEF: “Saudi Arabia assembles ‘massive force’ on Yemen border”, Aljazeera News, 11 May 2015
“Saudi Arabia has assembled a “massive” additional force on its border with Yemen after trading heavy artillery and rocket fire with Yemen’s Houthi fighters, prior to a proposed truce taking effect.”
“… it included advanced armaments capable of fighting in rugged mountainous areas. Footage showing rows of tanks and armoured personnel carriers loaded on military vehicles headed towards Yemen were aired on a Saudi-owned television channel.”
We have real doubts over the 5-day “truce” announced, as both sides seem intent upon embarking on all-out war. One of the most common military tactic in history is to announce a ceasefire just before hostilities begin. The ceasefire is simply a cover for the massive buildup for military forces on both sides of the conflict.
Yemen Houthi fighters carried out a “first” of their own. For the first time ever, a Saudi oil field came under attack!
NEWS BRIEF: “Yemeni tribesmen attack Saudi oil facility”, Press TV, 11 May 2015
“The al-Mayadeen satellite channel quoted a tribal source in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada as saying that the country’s tribesmen targeted a facility of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, known as Aramco, in Dhahran al-Janub, located in the southwestern Asir region.”
Oil fields and oil facilities are Saudi Arabia’s “Achilles Heel” in this conflict. Prior to the moment when Saudi Arabia launched her air campaign against Yemen, Iran had amassed a good supply of ground-to-ground missiles capable of striking most Saudi Arabia “soft targets”, like oil fields. In fact, the whole purpose of striking by air first was to destroy these missiles. No one has any firm idea now as to how many of these missiles have actually been destroyed, and we will not know until Saudi forces attack by land across Yemen’s borders. Then, and only then, will Yemen’s Shi’ite forces use those missiles.
My suspicion is that Yemeni forces will use these missiles in an “asymmetrical” manner, i.e., striking at soft targets inside Saudi Arabia rather than against the Saudi forces attacking them on the ground. Saudi Arabia can be defeated more certainly and quickly if she sees her oil facilities going up in smoke than if she is defeated on the ground.
Once Saudi oil field and shipping and refinery factories are reduced to smoldering ruins, we shall see the price of crude oil shooting back to the 3.50 per gallon range at the pump. Just as we predicted in our DVD, “Bringing Saudi Arabia Down”, the world economy will not be deprived of the oil it needs because the Elite have already lined up nations like Iraq, Kurdistan, the United States and Russia to pump the oil quantity which Saudi Arabia had been pumping.
Prices will go back up, but the world’s economy will have the crude it daily needs.
To refresh your memory as to the intent of all the wars currently raging in this region, this Middle East Map depicted below is the Pentagon’s Plan for this region as printed in the American Armed Forces Journal in their June, 2006, issue.
I. Government is out of control, now at war with “We the People”!
Time to “Circle the Wagons” to protect what freedoms we still have!
NEWS BRIEF: “‘We the People’ Need to Circle the Wagons: The Government Is on the Warpath, John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute, May 12, 2015
Mark Twain knew the Constitutional role of Government. Listen:
“The government is merely a servant,merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” — Mark Twain
Our Public School system has been teaching for over 50 years now that citizens cannot fend for themselves, but must depend upon Government for assistance and guidance. “We the People” must be told by Government what is right and what is wrong for us to do!
Now, the Government is getting close to their planned dictatorship, as news events so clearly demonstrate. What are the activities that our Constitution and Bill of Rights prohibit the Government from carrying out?
• “The government is NOT allowed to restrict free speech, press, assembly or the citizenry’s ability to protest and correct government wrongdoing.”
• “The government may NOT infringe on a citizen’s right to defend himself. Militarized police is a growing menace to all freedoms, as they increasingly shoot quickly and ask questions later. What will happen once these police start using their powerful militarized weapons on average citizens?
• “The government may NOT enter or occupy a citizen’s house without his consent (the quartering of soldiers). ” Yet, every year, police carry out 80,000 “no-knock” home entries.
• “The government may NOT carry out unreasonable searches and seizures on the citizenry or their possessions”
• “The government is NOT to deprive anyone of life, liberty or property without due process. ”
• “The government may NOT take private property for public use without just compensation”
• “Government agents may NOT force a citizen to testify against himself. ”
• “The government is NOT allowed to impose excessive fines on the citizenry or inflict cruel and unusual punishments upon them.”
• “The government is NOT permitted to claim any powers that are not expressly granted to them by the Constitution … but government continues to claim for itself every authority that serves to swell its coffers, cement its dominion, and expand its reach.”
Our Constitution is ‘hanging by a thread’, just as Mormon end times prophecy foretells. Is it time for the “White Horse Prophecy” to become part of the Elite Plan, and “ride forth” to protect the Constitution?
Since the attacks of 9/11, the Government has steadily used a fear of terrorism to gradually break down the barriers that the Constitution has always thrown up against the rise of a dictatorship. Republicans and Democrats are equally to blame. Have you read the Patriot Acts I and II, both passed under Republican rule? On paper, our freedoms are totally gone. On paper, the Absolute Dictatorship is here.
The only reason we do not realize this fact yet is because the Government has chosen to not enforce these draconian laws — yet. Today, both parties continue the assault on our freedoms and soon, all dissidents are going to be behind bars.
John Whitehead has the final say: “To put it a little more bluntly, stop thinking like mindless government robots and start acting like a powerhouse of citizens vested with the power to say “enough is enough.” We have the numbers to stand our ground. Now we just need the will.”
But all the good stuff comes from leaping. From doing the things that might not work.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
I once heard a Christian leader say that one of the reasons for reading the Bible is it speaks to us from a different time and a different culture. Stripping out time and place, including the vanity of moderns about themselves and their assumed superiority over previous generations, can lead us to truths that are universal. That’s why I am fascinated by this Parable in the Gospel of Matthew.
Could this parable be illustrating a truth that is in short supply today? Could it be suggesting that people should be expected to make decisions about their lives, including economic decisions, and be expected to live with the consequences? Could it be telling us that a big part of being human is to make choices and to live with the consequences? Could it even be that we need no Nanny-State to watch over our behaviour and to protect us, in our own best interests, from the consequences of our own actions?
Again and again, we see Jesus saying that a person’s faith (their perception or belief) is what heals them. That is, what the person observes or perceives (believes) to be reality actually becomes their reality.
Via Douglas Hamp
(NaturalNews) With a sad twist of irony, corporate and government elite dine on safe, organic food while the masses, those very people who are supposedly represented and protected by their governments, are poisoned by hidden genetically modified organisms, pesticides and dangerous contaminants. The presidential family demands organic food in their kitchen, yet behind closed doors, shake hands with the biotech industry. China’s top brass is fed by an exclusive, gated organic garden while the rest of the population consumes GM food, steroid contaminated meat and dairy laced with melamine. Even Monsanto’s own employee’s command non-genetically modified food in their canteen. Access to clean, organic and healthy food is not a given right anymore — it has become a political battleground with the average citizen suffering the loss.
Via Natural News
IV. As Russia continues to attempt to pull Ukraine into her Supernation #5, of the Club of Rome Plan, the much-aligned Ruble might be Putin’s secret weapon.
Who said that Russia was so nearly bankrupt from Western Sanctions that she might collapse?
NEWS BRIEF: “Forget Tanks. Russia’s Ruble Is Conquering Eastern Ukraine”, Bloomberg News, May 4, 2015
“As a wobbly cease-fire keeps eastern Ukraine’s warring factions apart, Russia’s ruble is conquering new territory across the breakaway republics. In Donetsk, the conflict zone’s biggest city, supermarkets have opened ruble-only checkout counters to serve the fighters in camouflage lining up along pensioners. Bus and tram tickets come with a conversion from Ukraine’s hryvnia to the Russian currency. Gas-station workers are paid in rubles … ‘There are no problems in shops, they all accept rubles’ …”
Just six months ago, no-nothing pundits were predicting that Russia was going to be hurt so badly by the combination of Western economic sanctions and falling oil prices that she might just suffer a broadly based economic collapse. She certainly did not possess the currency reserves to last very long.
Then, other predictors predicted that, because of the pressures brought on by economic collapse made a nuclear war between Russia and America almost certain.
Now, we know both predictions were very, very wrong! Russia is acting like a superpower as she forces Ukraine closer to joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), as she continues to carry out her plan to bring a single currency into the EEU and as she continues to play a powerful role in the world oil market.
And, now, we learn that Ukraine is under more pressure from the Russian Ruble than through the threat of Russian tanks.
“The ruble’s creeping advance shows how the troubled regions are slipping further from the government’s grasp … The precedent in ex-Soviet countries from Georgia to Moldova shows that similar shifts can help entrench pro-Russian insurgents.”
Widespread use of currency is a sign of sovereignty over that nation. “The increasing use of the ruble is yet another sign Russia’s going to keep de facto sovereignty over the territory it and the separatists control … Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where Russia has backed separatists for years, use the ruble as their main currency … Russia introduced the ruble in Crimea shortly after annexing the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine last March.”
Currency use is the key to eventually determining which country rules another. In Ukraine, the Russian Ruble is steadily encroaching upon the Ukrainian Hryvnia … the ruble is replacing the hryvnia and backs setting a timetable for a full switch, like in Crimea.”
Soon, Ukraine is going to collapse, or threaten to do so, and Russia will step in to win this struggle without the major conflict with Western powers so many fear-mongers have long been predicting. At that point, Ukraine will disappear into Supernation #5 of the Club of Rome Plan.
The timetable for Antichrist’s appearing will have moved forward significantly, as another of the prophesied and planned ten supernations will begin operating on the world’s scene.
Christian, it is time to look up and rejoice. Fulfilled prophecy proves that our Redemption is drawing nigh!
III. Progress to the North American Union continues as Hillary Clinton proposes a new “path to citizenship”.
Since no new nation can be established without resolving the issue of citizenship, this news development points to the reality that the Elite are determined to push ahead for the North American Union.
NEWS BRIEF: “Clinton calls for path to citizenship, countering GOP immigration views”, L.A. Times, May 5, 2015
“Hillary Rodham Clinton staked an early claim for Latino support Tuesday by calling for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, elevating the debate on an issue likely to play a vital role in the 2016 presidential race.”
The Democrats are counting on overwhelming Latino support to win them elections, both local and national. While Republicans are insisting on a “letter of the law” approach to immigration, Clinton is advocating a “spirit of compassion” toward illegal immigrants, even if it means changing the law.
“If Congress failed to go along, Clinton said, she would do ‘everything possible under the law’ to act unilaterally — emulating moves by Obama that outraged Republicans … immigration is extremely important for how it shapes political perceptions, among Latinos as well as Asian Americans.”
Democrat success in courting the Latino vote is seen as crucial in carrying states that usually go Republican — California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
This issue of immigration is so hot that even Liberal / Moderate Republicans are starting to change their stance.
“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has called for a pathway to legal status — though not citizenship … ”
Since Jeb Bush is considered by many to be the Republican frontrunner right now, his call for “legal status” will be properly seen by many as a clue that, if he were President, he would move to changing the law so illegal immigrants — especially from Mexico — could become American citizens.
I have long believed that the President and the Congress will enact North American Union legislation sometime in the next four years. If the major effort for the next President is on Foreign Affairs, then a Republican will go to the White House, but if the emphasis is going to be on Domestic Policy, then a Democrat will ascend the Oval Office.
Therefore, the best way in which the Elite can guarantee that the North American Union will be “birthed” in the next few years is to arrange the ticket so that both Republican and Democrat candidates wills support the new supernation (Watch the plan to reorganize the nations of the world into the Ten Kingdoms of Daniel 2:40-41 and 7:7-8, by getting the DVD shown left, “The Prophetic Beast Arises”)
II. Phase Two of Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen has now begun!
Yemeni rebel forces are now attacking Saudi Arabia on her own soil.
NEWS BRIEF: “Deaths as Yemeni rebels fire rockets into Saudi Arabia: Two civilians killed, five Saudi soldiers captured”, Ghana Broadcasting, May 6, 2015
“Yemeni rebels have fired rockets and mortars into Saudi Arabia, killing at least two civilians and reportedly capturing five soldiers. Saudi authorities say armed Houthi fighters carried out the attacks in the town of Najran, forcing the authorities to suspend all flights at a local airport, and shut down all schools.”
This news is grim to Saudi authorities. They have been bombing Houthi military locations for weeks now, but have not degraded their capabilities significantly. To demonstrate their lasting military capability, Shi’ite Houthi forces just launched an attack on Saudi soil. Their soldiers captured five Saudi soldiers and launched missile and mortar attacks on Saudi targets.
In our new DVD, shown above, “Bringing Saudi Arabia Down”, we stated our belief that, when Yemeni forces began to daily take the fight to Saudi soil, the Desert Kingdom would not last long.
To refresh your memory, this Middle East Map depicted below is the Pentagon’s Plan for this region as printed in the American Armed Forces Journal in their June, 2006, issue.
As you study this map of the future, Saudi Arabia suffers grievous loss of territory according to President Bush’s new map. She gives up land on all parts of her current border.
* She gives up land on the Red Sea so Jordan can be expanded
* She gives up land on the Persian Gulf so Iraq’s Shia State can be created
* She gives up land to the south so Yemen can be expanded. From time to time, we have posted articles to Daily News Updates where American forces are fighting rebels in that country. Perhaps we shall have to be more vigilant in paying attention to Yemen.
The incredible fact is that, if this map is implemented, Saudi Arabia will be stripped of almost all her access to the ocean — both on the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf! This reality must mean that some other nation is going to control Saudi Arabia’s oil export terminals! How can the Saudis tolerate this violation of her sovereignty?
She must go to war. And, she has, against Yemen.
Most shockingly, Saudi Arabia is going to be stripped of all management and control over the Islamic Sacred Sites! I cannot imagine any Saudi leader voluntarily giving up control of the Islamic sacred sites! Perhaps this map is the reason Saudi leaders recently received Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the first time in modern history! Perhaps this map is the reason Saudi leaders are fighting the most serious outbreak of rebellion in any country other than in Iraq.
Saudi Arabia will not only be defeated, she will be humiliated! This war now underway will reduce the House of Saud to a level of defeat she has not experienced for a century.
NEWS BRIEF: “Pastor Huckabee Warns: If Court Rules Gay Marriage a ‘Civil Right,’ Pastors Must Comply or They’ll ‘Be Breaking the Law’, CSN News, 4/4/15
“If the Supreme Court rules in June that so-called gay marriage is a ‘civil right’ protected by the U.S. Constitution, then Christian pastors who refuse to perform same-sex marriages ‘will be breaking the law’ dependent upon how that law is written, said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is also an ordained Southern Baptist minister.”
Huckabee is NOT writing in defense of gay marriage, but is simply warning Christian pastors that they had better be prepared to go to jail if the Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage.
This new reality is real and disturbing: America’s political establishment has declared war on American Christians. The time has finally come when the full weight of the political government is going to come down hard against Christians in this country.
If you disbelieve me, listen to a recent bold declaration from Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, speaking to the “Women in the World Summit”:
NEWS BRIEF: “Hillary Clinton Wants Christians to Give Up on Bible Beliefs”, Charisma Magazine, 4/28/2015
“… laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper. Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Did you catch the boldness of Hillary’s statement?
Our “deep-seated religious beliefs have to be changed”.
But, what if I do not want to change my “deep-seated religious beliefs”? Clinton has the answer for that problem, as well. Laws have to be “enforced”. The “right” of LGBT people to marry is more important than my right to practice Biblical Christianity.
When gay people deliberately seek out local Christian pastors to demand that they marry them, any pastors who refuse based upon Biblical command may be subject to arrest, trial, and imprisonment!
The time for persecution of Christians in America is coming quickly. The time is coming quickly when lukewarm Christians are going to jump ship because they are not willing to go to jail for a belief they really do not possess.
Under a President Hillary Clinton, America will become the “New Sodom”!
PANDAS represents a striking branch of medical research that has been gaining acceptance in recent years, though not without controversy. In a field known as immunopsychiatry, researchers are exploring the possibility that inflammation, or an overactive immune system, is linked to mental disorders that include depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimers’ disease.
A host of recent genetic and epidemiological studies “have shown that when people are depressed or have psychotic episodes, inflammatory markers are found in their blood,” says Golam Khandaker, a senior clinical research associate at the University of Cambridge, in England, who studies inflammation and the brain.
In the case of PANDAS, when the body reacts to strep infection, parts of the brain that help regulate motion and behavior wind up caught in the crossfire, mistaken for bacterial invaders by cells bent on destroying them. Eliminate the inflammation, some doctors say, and you signal the immune system to stand down, restoring normal brain function
According to researchers, we don’t just read physical texts; we experience them. Similar to remembering a route you take with your car, you create a mental map of the material while reading. You can remember where bits of information are in relation to one another. With e-Readers, that connection between ideas is disrupted. It’s more difficult to create a mental image of how the pieces fit together.
Refinements in the use of subordinate clauses are a mark of maturity in style. As the loose association of clauses (parataxis) gives way to more precise indications of logical relationship and subordination (hypotaxis) there is need for a greater variety of words effecting the union.
The word God usually signifies Lord; but every lord is not a God. It is the dominion of a spiritual being which constitutes a God: a true, supreme, or imaginary dominion makes a true, supreme, or imaginary God. And from his true dominion it follows that the true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful Being; and, from his other perfections, that he is supreme, or most perfect. He is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, his duration reaches from eternity to eternity; his presence from infinity to infinity; he governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He is not eternity or infinity, but eternal and infinite; he is not duration or space, but he endures and is present. He endures for ever, and is every where present; and by existing always and every where, he constitutes duration and space. Since every particle of space is always, and every indivisible moment of duration is every where, certainly the Maker and Lord of all things cannot be never and no where. Every soul that has perception is, though in different times and in different organs of sense and motion, still the same indivisible person. There are given successive parts in duration, co-existent parts in space, but neither the one nor the other in the person of a man, or his thinking principle; and much less can they be found in the thinking substance of God. Every man, so far as he is a thing that has perception, is one and the same man during his whole life, in all and each of his organs of sense. God is the same God, always and every where. He is omnipresent not virtually only, but also substantially; for virtue cannot subsist without substance. In him are all things contained and moved; yet neither affects the other: God suffers nothing from the motion of bodies; bodies find no resistance from the omnipresence of God.
Different foods go through different biochemical pathways, some of which are inefficient and cause energy (calories) to be lost as heat (1).
Even more important is the fact that different foods and macronutrients have a major effect on the hormones and brain centers that control hunger and eating behavior.
Labor unions in a post-industrial age
There’s a massive cultural and economic shift going on. Senior management is slowly waking up to it, as are some unions. This sort of shift feels risky, almost ridiculous, but it’s a possible next step as the workers realize that their connection to the market and the internet gives them more of the means of production than ever before.
President Barack Obama has an intense desire to become the United Nations Secretary General, and the world wants him.
But, first, he must “solve” the problem of Israel’s existence!
NEWS BRIEF: “To become UN Sec General Obama must ‘Solve’ the Existence of Israel”, The American Thinker, February 10, 2015
“… In Washington speculation is rife that the end of the Obama years is only the beginning of a run for UN Secretary General, a job he can fiddle into real power, using leftist and Muslim regimes from around the world to support him…”
The only question left to answer in this situation is what the Global Elite wants Obama to do once his second term in the White House is over. No major leader serves any prominent role unless the Illuminati puts him/her there. The Elite is the marionette and everyone belows just follows the lead. The real question is what the Illuminati wants Obama to do if he ascends to the top UN position.
Evidently, they want Israel to be erased off the map.
“Israel is the only thing that stands in the way of Obama’s grandiose ambition … Obama has personally abused and threatened Benjamin Netanyahu from the beginning of this administration. It hasn’t worked. Netanyahu is a man of conviction, and he’s faced tougher enemies on the battlefield than the biggest narcissist in the world. ”
“We are seeing an unstoppable force gathering steam against an immovable object.”
Why is tiny Israel so immovable, even though the nations of the entire world are arrayed against her? Israel is surrounded by 600 million fanatical Muslims, all of whom want her dead – yes, even the “moderate, peaceful” Muslims.
The only reason Israel is withstanding all these Muslims — even though she has only 8 million people — is because the One True God of the Universe (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) returned Israel back to her land in fulfillment of His many prophecies (NEWS1706), and because He is protecting Israel now in exactly the same way He protected her in the Old Testament.
But, there is more. God is now enveloping Israel with the kind of special, End of the Age protection which He promised. Listen to some of God’s protection of Israel at the Last Days.
“I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel …” (Joel 3:1-2)
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)
“And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” (Amos 9:15)
God will cause Israel to lose every nation who has supported her since May, 1948, until no one stands in the gap with her. At that point, God’s Almighty hand reaches out to protect Israel.
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” (Daniel 12:1)
As Europe and America move diplomatically away from Israel, Israel is quickly reaching the point where only supernatural power can save them. At the last possible second before Israel is annihilated by the overwhelming forces against her, Michael will ride to her defense.
God never disappoints and He is never late.
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
http://bible.com/1/luk.12.29-31.kjv And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
“Paul Washer, as do Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, John Macarthur, and others, wrongly define repentance as a continuing change of life, i.e., a process. However, a changed life is the result, i.e., the fruit, of genuine repentance; and not repentance itself. If repentance is a process, than so is salvation. They are wrong! Biblical repentance is NOT something that continues; but rather, occurs once at the time of salvation. It is “a change of mind” (Greek: metanoia). A changed life is the fruit of genuine repentance; not a part of saving-faith, nor a requirement to seal one’s salvation.”