Saturday, July 18, 2009
Answer: This is a two-part question. The first part is “Did God know Satan would rebel and Adam and Eve would sin? The answer lies in what the Bible teaches about God’s knowledge. We know from Scripture that God is omniscient, which literally means all-knowing. Job 37:16, Psalm 139:2-4; Psalm 147:5, Proverbs 5:21, Isaiah 46:9-10, and 1 John 3:19-20 leave no doubt that God’s knowledge is infinite and that He knows everything that has happened in the past, is happening now, and will happen in the future.Looking at some of the superlatives in these verses—perfect in knowledge; his understanding has no limit; he knows everything—it is clear that God’s knowledge isn’t merely greater than our own, but it is infinitely greater. He knows all things in totality. Not only that, but Isaiah 46:10 declares He not only knows everything, but He controls everything as well. How else could He make known to us what would happen in the future and state unequivocally that His plans will come to pass? So did God know that Adam and Eve were going to sin? Did He know Lucifer would rebel against Him and become Satan? Yes! Absolutely! Were they out of His control at any time? Absolutely not. If God’s knowledge is not perfect, then there is a deficiency in His nature. Any deficiency in God’s nature means he cannot be God, for God’s very essence requires the perfection of all His attributes. Therefore, the answer to the first question must, by necessity, be yes.Moving on to the second part of the question, Why did God create Satan and Adam and Eve knowing ahead of time they were going to sin? This question is a little trickier because we are asking a why question, to which the Bible doesn’t usually provide comprehensive answers. Despite that, we should be able to come to a limited understanding if we examine some biblical passages. To begin, we have already seen that God is omniscient and nothing can happen outside of His knowledge. So if God knew that Satan would rebel and fall from heaven and Adam and Eve would sin, and yet He created them anyway, it must mean that the fall of mankind was part of God’s sovereign plan from the beginning. No other answer makes sense given what we have been saying thus far.
Now we must be careful to note that Adam and Eve falling into sin does not mean that God is the author of sin, nor that he tempted Adam and Eve to sin (James 1:13). The fall serves the purpose of God’s overall plan for creation and mankind. This, again, must be the case or else the fall of mankind would never have happened.If we consider what some theologians call the ‘meta-narrative’ (or over-arching story-line) of Scripture, we see that biblical history can be roughly divided into three main sections: 1) paradise (Genesis 1-2); 2) paradise post (Genesis 3 - Revelation 20); 3) paradise regained (Revelation 21-22). By far the largest part of the narrative is devoted to moving from paradise lost to paradise regained. At the center of this meta-narrative is the cross. The cross was planned from the very beginning (Acts 2:23). It was foreknown and foreordained that Christ would go to the cross and give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28)—those chosen by God’s foreknowledge and predestined to be His people (Ephesians 1:4-5).Reading Scripture very carefully and taking what has been said so far, we are led to the following conclusions:
1. The rebellion of Satan and the fall of mankind were foreknown and foreordained by God.
2. Those who would become the people of God, the elect, were foreknown and foreordained by God.
3. The crucifixion of Christ, as atonement for God’s people, was foreknown and foreordained by God.
So we are left with the following questions: Why create mankind with the knowledge of the fall? Why create mankind knowing that only some would be saved? Why send Jesus knowingly to die for a people that knowingly fell into sin? From man’s perspective, it doesn’t make sense. If the meta-narrative moves from paradise to paradise lost to paradise regained, why not just go straight to paradise regained and avoid the whole paradise lost interlude? The only conclusion we can come to in view of the above assertions is that God’s purpose was to create a world in which His glory could be manifest in all its fullness. The glory of God is the overarching goal of creation. In fact, it is the overarching goal of everything He does. The universe was created to display God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), and the wrath of God is revealed against those who fail to glorify God (Romans 1:23). Our sin causes us to fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), and in the new heaven and new earth, the glory of God is what will provide light (Revelation 21:23). The glory of God is manifest when His attributes are on perfect display, and the story of redemption is part of that.The best place to see this in Scripture is Romans 9:19-24. Wrath and mercy display the riches of God’s glory, and you can’t get either without the fall of mankind. Therefore, all of the above assertions—fall, election, redemption, atonement—serve the purpose of glorifying God. When man fell into sin, God’s mercy was immediately displayed in not killing him on the spot. God’s patience and forbearance were also on display as mankind fell deeper into sin prior to the flood. God’s justice and wrath were on display as He executed judgment during the flood, and God’s mercy and grace were demonstrated as he saved Noah and his family. God’s wrath and justice will be revealed in the future when He deals with Satan once and for all (Revelation 20:7-10).
The ultimate exhibition of God’s glory was at the cross where His wrath, justice, and mercy met. The righteous judgment of all sin was executed at the cross, and God’s grace was on display in pouring His wrath for sin on His Son, Jesus, instead of on us. God’s love and grace are on display in those whom He has saved (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9). In the end, God will be glorified as His chosen people worship him for all eternity with the angels, and the wicked will also glorify God as His justice and righteousness will finally be vindicated by the eternal punishment of all unrepentant sinners (Philippians 2:11). None of this could have come to pass without the rebellion of Satan and the fall of Adam and Eve.The classic objection to this position is that God’s foreknowledge and foreordination of the fall does damage to man’s freedom. In other words, if God created mankind with full knowledge of the impending fall into sin, how can man be responsible for his sin? The best answer to this question can be found in the Westminster Confession of Faith chapter III:God, from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established(WFC, III.1)
What this is saying is that God ordains future events in such a way that our freedom and the working of secondary causes (i.e., laws of nature) are preserved. Theologians call this concurrence.God’s sovereign will flows concurrently with our free choices in such a way that our free choices always result in the carrying out of God’s will (when I say free choices what I mean is that our choices are not coerced by outside influences).Wrapping this up, God knew that Satan would rebel and Adam and Eve would sin in the Garden of Eden. With that knowledge, God still created Lucifer and Adam and Eve because creating them and ordaining the fall was part of His sovereign plan to manifest His glory in all its fullness. Even though the fall was foreknown and foreordained, our freedom in making choices is not violated because our free choices are the means by which God’s will is carried out.
Who Rules The World? - Part 3 The Origin Of Evil - Ancient Mythology Or Occult Reality? By Philip Jones 7-16-9
It is almost a joke now in the Western world, in the 20th century, to use words like good and evil. They have become almost old fashioned concepts, but they are very real and genuine concepts. These are concepts from a sphere which is higher than us. And instead of getting involved in base, petty, short-sighted political calculations and games. we have to recognize that the concentration of world Evil and the tremendous force of hatred is there and it's flowing from there throughout the world. And we have to stand up against it and not hasten to give to it, give to it, give to it, every-thing that it wants to swallow.-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Having provided the reader in Parts One and Two with evidence, albeit of a somewhat gnostic and mythical nature, that the seed of the Fallen Angels and that of the Satanic line of Cain survived the Great Flood,I will in this the concluding episode attempt to connect the dots and bring us up to the present day, and answer the question which is the very subject base of this article; namely; Who Rules The World?
Please be aware that this series of articles is pure hypothesis. I was not there, and did not perceive any of the events and circumstances depicted with one or another of my five senses. On the other hand, I hope the reader agrees that what I have written in some way helps to explain the dire circumstances we find ourselves in in this first decade of the twenty first century.For the purposes of this article, the term Fallen Angels is a general term used to describe both the Nephilim, who fell from pride with Lucifer, and also those Son's Of God,known as The Watchers,who led by Samyaza fell through lusting after the daughters of men.
The Origin Of Evil:
Jesus Christ spoke of one He called a murderer from the beginning and a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44, NRSV). Here Jesus identifies the origin of evil and suffering, a being who initiated lying, deceit, hatred and murder-the enemy, the adversary of mankind, Lucifer the devil (1 Peter 5:8).We wonder, and rightly so, what happens in the mind of a Criminal, President or a Dictator, that transforms him into a sadist, mass murderer, a savage beast with no compassion. What causes a human being to act in such a way? Such a change took place in the mind of the being who became Satan and through his seed, evil entered the world and through his seed, it is still here with us.Scripture tells us he was once a glorious super angel whose name, Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), meant light-bringer.God says of this being: You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you (Ezekiel 28:12-15).Lucifer was a special kind of spirit, the anointed cherub who covers-an angel whose wings covered the very throne of God himself (compare Exodus 25:17-20; Hebrews 9:1-9, 23).But something changed in Lucifer. God tells him: How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High(Isaiah 14:12-14, NIV).
Lucifer convinced himself he was as good as or even better than his Maker. He rebelled against God, determining to exalt himself above the stars of God; the other angels (Revelation 1:20). You were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you ... Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour ...(Ezekiel 28:16-17, NIV).Although the Bible introduces Lucifer as Satan when he seduces Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), he has been around far longer. He was in effect the first criminal, a divine being whose mind and thinking grew corrupt, twisted and perverse. He introduced evil into the world, by inseminating Adam's wife, thereby be-getting Cain, and introducing the Satanic Bloodline into mankind. Then this greatest of sins was was compounded further by the two hundred Watcher's of Samyaza, who fell through lusting after the daughters of men, and copulated with them producing a race of Giants known as the Gibborim or Anakim. This is the source of the evil with which humanity has struggled against ever since.Ye Offspring Of Vipers: That Jesus spoke of two distinct seeds, one that came from God through Adam, and another originating from Satan and the Fallen Angels, is a part of the Biblical record (which we shall examine in greater detail below). In Chapter Eight of the Gospel Of John, Christ states unequivocally when addressing the Pharisees, that they, the High Priests of Judaism, were the seed of the Satan. Jesus makes reference in a number of places to Satan's children. In the parable of the Tares and the Wheat,he spoke of the farmer who sowed good seed in his field and his enemy came along during the night-time and sowed poisonous weeds, the tares among the wheat. When the farmer's servants saw the tares growing among the wheat they asked him if they should go and pull them. The farmer said: No, you might pull up some of the wheat with them. Let them grow together until the time of the harvest, and then the reapers will first gather the tares into bundles to be burned, and then put the wheat in my barn.In Matthew 13:38-39 Jesus explains, that the field is the world; the Wheat,the good seed are the children of Adam but the Tares are the children of Lucifer. One time, when addressing the Pharisees, Jesus says in Matthew 12:34: O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Since the very beginning, they had borne the characteristics of their father Satan, and Jesus knew who they were! In Matthew 23:29-35 it is recorded: Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye genema (ye offspring, children) of vipers. How can ye escape the damnation of hell? That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.
It is my contention that Jesus was identifying the Pharisees and their kind as an evolution entirely apart from the children of God through Adam and Seth. One which through intermarriage had eventually embodied in any or all races, retaining the characteristics of the proud and lustful, murderous and slanderous Fallen Angels from which they descended. The established Christian Churches have refused to acknowledge what Jesus taught outright; that the Tares, the sons of Satan have been genetically sown among the good seed of the son's of Adam through Seth, and that they even today walk among us as Fallen Angels incarnate, and their offspring, who maintain the meticulous outward appearance of men and women, but whose blood seethes with hatred and wantonness, lacking entirely any sense of Godly righteousness. As in the story told by Christ, the seed of God is embodied in every race, nation and tribe, and the seed of Lucifer/Satan has been sowed amongst them all. Throughout the Bible it records the two seed lines; Yahweh and Lucifer's. For example in the Weymouth translation, this same verse, John 3:12 reads, We are not to resemble Cain who was a child of the evil one and killed his brother.The Phillips' translation reads, We are none of us to have the spirit of Cain who was a son of the devil and murdered his brother.The superlative New English Bible reads: Unlike Cain who was a child of the evil one and murdered his brother.The Biblical verses that theologians often use as a basis to denounce the belief that there are on this earth today the literal descendants of Cain and therefore Satan, is John 8:31-33, in which Jesus is speaking to the Judeans;If ye continue in My doctrines indeed, then ye shall be My disciples; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.They answered Him,We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man.But even a casual reader of the Bible will know that all of Abraham's children had been in bondage at one time or another? Here is evidence that these people whom Jesus was addressing were not descendants of Abraham.If they had been of any of the twelve tribes of Israel, they would have been in bondage the first time in Egypt. If they belonged to the ten northerly tribes, they would have been in bondage the second time in Assyria. If they were of the two tribe southern kingdom of Judah, they would have been in bondage the second time in Babylon. Yet the Judeans admitted they had never been in bondage to any man, thus demonstrating they weren't of Israel or Judah. Who of them could say that the Hebrew Patriarch Abraham was one of his ancestors?
Esau and Jacob, the grandsons of Abraham were twin brothers, presumably born with the same bloodline. However, Esau married two Canaanite women in violation of Yahweh's law. In doing this, Esau's line became contaminated, because among the Canaanites, who were the progeny of Satan and the Fallen Angels, the evil bloodline thrived and coalesced.Subsequently, Esau's descendants would carry the demon seed of Lucifer and transmit it widely. The Bible tells us that Esau and his two Canaanite wives moved down to Mount Seir, a rugged mountain range south-east of the Dead Sea. This is where the Anakim were said to live. Among the people who had the blood line of the Fallen Angels were the Horites. They were the cave dwellers also known as the Horim, who were of the seed of the Anakim..Genesis 36:20-30 lists Esau's descendants. Listed are all the various chieftains among the family of Seir, the Horite Satanic line, including his daughter Timna. Genesis 36:12 records that Timna was a concubine to Esau's son Eliphaz and bore him a son, Amalek. The Old Testament account of Amalek and his tribe of Amalek is damning indeed and depicts them behaving entirely according to their Satanic bloodline. (Exodus 17:8-16 and Numbers 20:14-21).When Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, his army, as was the military tradition in those times, looted and burned the city and then slaughtered the inhabitants. Proving themselves wicked, and no kinsmen to the Sons Of Judah,the Edomites came rushing in to assist in the massacre and plunder. The Bible book of Obadiah is almost a continuous condemnation of the Edomites. It also predicted their eventual slaughter and punishment for what they did. Obadiah verse 10 records: For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever.The Edomites, carrying the Satanic Bloodline arrived in the land of Judah during two migrations. At the same time that the tribes of Judah and Benjamin were suffering in forced exile in Babylon, the Edomites were driven out of Mount Seir by the Nabateans, an Arabic people from the east. So the Edomites were driven westward. They couldn't go directly west or south-west as that would have meant entering Egypt and they weren't strong enough to do battle with the Egyptians. Consequently they went slightly north-west and took over the southerly half of what had been the kingdom of Judah and settled there.The second wave of Edomites arrived when Herod became king of Judea, under the protection of the Roman Empire. In 37 B.C., Rome formally recognized Herod as the local king of Judea. With him had come his Edomite followers who quickly overran the area. This is the same Herod that tried to murder Jesus as a baby.
Herod left the kingdom of Judea to his son Herod Archelaus, whom the Romans gave the title Ethnarch. For ten years he ruled as all tyrants do, until the people finally petitioned Rome to take control. From that time on, the province was ruled by a series of Roman procurators, of which Pilate was the sixth to hold office. Although the military government was entirely in the hands of the Roman procurators, and they were also in full charge of the tax collections for Rome, the Herodian Edomites still retained control of the entire religious apparatus and the temple, along with control of the local civil government, and could collect their own taxes.But Jesus knew them for who they were. He recognized the two seed lines. He said clearly that they were the children of Lucifer. Both the Old and New Testaments recognize the two Bloodlines;The Adamic line of Yahweh's children, and the Satanic line of Satan, of which some of the most malevolent have come down through the line of Cain and thereafter Esau.
A Rage Of Angels:
Dr Paul D. Hanson of Harvard University when addressing the account of the Fall of Angels in the Books of Genesis and Enoch writes: All of the evil in the world stems from from a heavenly event, the rebellion of a divine being and his legions, and more immediately from the resulting generation of their pernicious offspring in the world.Does the Biblical tale of the Fall of Angels offer us an explanation in our own times regarding the apparent differential in stature and power among men? As in the authority and control exercised by the Illuminati Elite over the mass of humanity for example. If we for one moment turn from those ancient times so long ago, when Lucifer, the Nephilim and later the Watcher's of Heaven, insinuated their unwanted attentions into the lives of men, and consider those individuals on earth today who display so easily that magnetic personality and greater sense of self importance to which the little people always seem to defer. Those imposing and ingratiating men and women who seem to believe it is their birthright to rule the rest of us. The latter, who make up the great mass of humankind, being so thoroughly intimidated and in awe of the former, they become as their forefathers in antiquity were, the idolaters of men who believe themselves as Gods, rather than worshippers of their creator.For countless Millennia, the Fallen Angels have been propagating themselves as the Rulers over the ruled. Modelled on the original prototype himself, they have cloned and carbon copied through ceaseless interbreeding an oppressive Luciferian Power Elite. These are the Caesars and Tyrants, the emperors and high priests, senators and warlords, money-changers and lawyers, secure in their private clubs and retreats, in firm control, with money and sex as their cherubim. They rule the world as if it was their own, or at the very least as Proxy Lords for their Satanic Master.Few today seem to understand, or even care why so many people and even whole societies have become so angry, blasphemous, raging, rebellious and restless. Human Civilisation has become like a dying race whose core has become rotten. Is it because those who control us, and manipulate our opinions to suit their own, through their control of education, the media and all other avenues of information, are just not who or what we think they are? In the early days of Christianity, between the second and fourth centuries A.D., the question of Satan and the Fallen Angels becoming corporeal, along with the very nature of evil itself occupied the thoughts and debates of those we call the Church Fathers.Convinced that the wicked ones were still living amongst men, they turned to the Book Of Enoch for explanations. In the second century for example, Justin Martyr ascribed all evil to Demons whom he alleged to be the offspring of those Watchers who fell from grace through lust after the daughters of men.One of the most influential of the early clerics was Origen,much of whose writing was later banned by the Church. He believed that Angels could embody as men, and along with others of his time suggested that the wicked ones amongst us, the Caligula's, Nero's and all the other brutal murderers, men without conscience or pity, were of an entirely different psychological and spiritual make-up than others. Such killers, when angered, respond with a species of inhuman viciousness, without either mercy or remorse. A depravity that is surely derived from their ungodly father. Origen and his fellows reasoned that the very cause of the wickedness in the world at that time was due to the continued presence and influence in the lives of men of the Nephilim and Watchers.So are the Fallen Angels and their descendants, down through the line of the Anakim and Cain, really with us today and if so how do we recognise them? I would suggest like the early church fathers that they are. And like any rotten tree, we can judge them by their fruit.
They have no remorse nor regret for their evil ways and malevolent conduct, as the way to forgiveness was barred them an eternity since. They have no pity for their victims, slaughtered in their millions in wars of aggression few except they and their blood-kin, understand the purpose of. Being so filled with evil, they are unable to respond to the cries of mankind begging for them to stop creating terrible weapons of mass destruction. Nor do they allow any worthwhile redress to all those whose money they have misappropriated in the inner sanctums of International Banking Houses. Instead, they take our gold, and give in return only worthless inflated Fiat currency; pieces of paper in exchange for our toil and labour.By their words and their deeds, the Fallen Angels and their kind have been eroding our planet for a very long time, along with our civilisation, our religion, our hearts and our souls. Like the Giants of Genesis, their appetites are insatiable and voracious.As I said at the very beginning of Part One, I do not believe that my fellow men and women are capable in themselves of such rancorous evil and malevolence. Only Satan himself, his embodied Nephilim, the Watchers and their offspring, could have masterminded such a complex, interwoven and diabolically cunning scheme to subjugate humankind to their total domination.These Fallen Angels and their kin, relatively few in number as they are, want us to believe that they are like us, for it is in their anonymity that their strength lies. They masquerade as the children of Adam, but that they are not! They are the very origin of our despair. They are the murderers, the torturers, the tormentors. They are the ones who waged ceaseless wars of conquest, and committed unimaginable atrocities. They are those who sent men, women and children to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, and they are still with us today, wielding more power than ever before, conducting false flag operations against those who mistakenly consider them as protectors.It is they who are behind the slaughter in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it is them behind the manipulated global financial crisis.Still, they heap the guilt for their crimes against humanity, upon specific races or nations, by appearing to be Italian or German, Jew or Japanese, black or white, Russian or American, thereby escaping human justice, but surely not the divine retribution due them. Using their divide and conquer strategy, they set brother against brother, wives against husbands, children against parents, and then when they are ready, they will unleash their final global holocaust. This has been the deadly game they have played against mankind since the beginning of time.But now, as their conspiracy reaches it's conclusion, they are ever more forced to raise their heads above the ramparts, and more and more people are beginning to recognise them. It really isn't that difficult. Just apply Cui Bono or who benefits,to world events and the clouds of confusion lift quickly enough.
And so to identifying then.
The Illuminati,is the name given to those individuals and secret organizations who working together, and apart, continue to this day, to do the work of Lucifer, whom they see as their ancient ancestor. The order's existence can be traced back to Babylon, in the sixth century BC, and coincided with the advent of the Jewish heresy of the Kabbalah. They believe themselves the descended ones of the Satanic Bloodline of Lucifer and the Fallen Angels, continued through the line of Cain and the Anakim, who they say taught them the Ancient Mysteries,which they have been hoarding down through the centuries, passing on the knowledge from generation to generation.The Book of Enoch tells is that it is these Fallen Ones, who first introduced humanity to the occult arts, including astrology, magic and alchemy. This period in history is believed by occultists to accord with the lost continent of Atlantis. Illuminati Mythology, much of which conforms to the Secret Doctrine of Madam Helena P. Blavatsky maintains that the race produced by the intermixing of the Fallen Angels and humans is the Aryans.According to Kabbalistic interpretation, the entire line of Jewish kings were descended from Jacob's son Judah and his wife Bath-Shua, a Canaanite woman. They were the ancestors of King David and his Royal line. King Solomon, to whom much of Kabbalistic tradition is attributed, was the son of David by Bathsheba, a Hittite woman, and the Hittite's were yet another of the Canaanite peoples believed to be derived from the Anakim. Therefore, according to Kabbalistic interpretation, although the Messiah is to be a descendant of the royal line of David, being the Son of David,he is also descended from the Satanic lineage of the Fallen Angels.
The Unholy Blood And The Unholy Grail: Tracing Cain.
The books The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail and more recently, the Da'vinci Code, have popularised the idea that what has become known as the Grail Bloodline is sacred because it came from Christ, and that this most important of the Illuminati bloodlines, was derived originally from the union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. However, the likelihood of this possibility is slim to none, as the core doctrines of this lineage are based on Gnostic principals. Rather, the myth of the union between Jesus and Mary Magdalene was preserved to disguise a more occult and much more sinister secret.The Merovingian Dynasty of kings who we are told descended from this bloodline, were known as the sorcerer-kings,some of whom either insinuated or stated outright that they were the descendants of Lucifer. A number of authors claim this thesis is true, including Fritz Springmeier who in his book; The Thirteen Bloodlines of the Illuminati writes:In typical Gnostic fashion, descendants of the Merovingians claim to have the blood of both Christ and Satan in their veins. Given the fact that this theme (or a variation of it) recurs with some regularity, and given that it would appear to be consistent with the sort of dualism which permeates the story of this bloodline, we began to wonder if there might not be some traditions from which such a notion could have arisen.We must remember that this bloodline descended from the Biblical Cain, the Fallen Angels and ultimately Lucifer. Rabbinic lore, corroborates the hypothesis that Cain was not the son of Adam, but of Lucifer/Satan. Some Hebrew Apocryphal texts maintain that when Lucifer seduced Eve, the fruit of that union was Cain. That the Merovingians knew of this and believed it, is beyond much doubt, and it was likely the basis of their alleged assertion that they possessed the blood of both Christ and Lucifer. This notion is expressed in a famous poem by Charles Peguy, which states:The arms of Jesus are the Cross of Lorraine, Both the blood in the artery and the blood in the vein, Both the source of grace and the clear fountaine;The arms of Satan are the Cross of Lorraine, And the same artery and the same vein, And the same blood and the troubled fountaine.The tradition of the Cain Satanic Bloodline is further evidenced in the form of a strange Gnostic sect called the Cainites (named after the race of Cain's descendants). Like some other sects at that time, the Cainites believed that in order to achieve salvation, one needed to make the journey through everything.Epiphanius describes them as a group which consecrated lustful or illegal acts to various heavenly beings` as a species of sacrament. Many scholars have likened them to Satanists.By tracing their ancestry back to Judah and Bath- Shua,  through the Royal House of David, the Merovingians  saw themselves as inheritors of the `Sacred` blood, as do their descendants, the Illuminati today. This Frankish Dynasty appears central to the entire plot, as their genealogy lends weight to the hypothesis that the Satanic Bloodline survived down to modern times through them and the other major Illuminati Bloodlines as detailed in Fritz Springmeier's book mentioned above.Throughout the centuries, over what is a vast breadth of time, these Illuminati familieshave been carefully intermarrying with each other, to preserve their unholy bloodline, handing on their arcane knowledge from generation to generation. This is the reason why such premier members of this evil cabal, such as the Rothschild's and the various Royal and Aristocratic Houses of Europe have persisted in the practice of intermarriage; in order to maintain both the purity of the Bloodline and keep the hidden knowledge of ages to themselves. The most secret of that knowledge being that Lucifer and his line are alive and well and living amongst us manipulating, controlling, and increasingly micromanaging our lives.
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Today, in this first decade of the twenty first century, the Illuminati is dominated by the most powerful banking dynasties of the world, the Rothschild'sand Rockerfellers and their fellow travellers often referred to as the Global Elite. They hold absolute sway over nations and economies, and as we have seen in the previous parts to this series, have intentionally and adversely perverted and corrupted national and indigenous cultures on a global scale. The Illuminati is a world wide web that functions in a kind of parallel world, operating through fronts of legitimacy on the one hand, and criminal activities on the other.Their method of operation, or modus operandi, has been to degrade and deprave the societies of the world, breaking down their moral fabric, de-constructing all decency and then promoting every vice, perversion, greed and war. In the enslavement of the earth's nations through massive debt, they ensure subservience and acquiescence, and bring about the gradual transfer of national sovereignty to supranational government. Through their insider knowledge and manipulation of the stock markets, they siphon off the wealth of the mesmerised and bewildered masses, and as we are only just beginning to witness, they are, by the diabolical use of Hegelian Dialectics , creating a global economic cataclysm, with which they intend to prove to us our utter inability to govern ourselves, and then offer their own solutions as salvation.They have no concept of morality or restraint. They fund their underworld activities by control of the world's illegal arms trade, narcotics trafficking, and prostitution. Their operations are interconnected with those of the world's leading intelligence services, and international crime syndicates, like the Mafia and their Asian variants. Adopting any fa?ade to advance their collective goals, they work hand in glove with Freemasonry and numerous other secret societies, and are responsible for the emergence of the New Age Movement and a plethora of other subversive cults, such as Scientology and others.By utilising an almost unearthly degree of financial and political power, they plan to ferment a Third World War from which out of the ashes of the expired civilisations of our time, their God Lucifer will rise, like a phoenix from the fire, ushering in their New World Order. The precursors to this global conflagration are happening right now, without most of humanity even being aware of it.
As I have maintained throughout, this is an hypothesis and only that. But if the shoe fits? I believe, nay, I am sure, that there are indeed Fallen Angels,and that they have been among us for at least half a million years, and are with us still. That they are in the service of Satan himself and have embodied here on earth and corrupted the souls of mankind. That through their breeding with the Satanic line of Cain, they have created a Deeply Malevolent Bloodline, which survived the flood and has continued to procreate down through the ages.Today, we find them holding the positions of power, in Church and State, as the prime movers in matters of war and global finance; sitting in the Banking Houses and on policy making councils such as the Bilderberg Group, Council On Foreign Relations, and the like, which determine the actual fate of mankind. They exercise inordinate control over humanity, by depopulation agendas and genetic engineering, the control of energy and commodities, education and the media, and by ideological and psycho-political strategies to divide and rule on all fronts.The planet food supply is manipulated by them, in order to achieve strategic objectives. Their utter disdain for mankind is becoming ever more apparent with each passing day. They seem to regard us as little more than beasts to do their bidding. Even though we outnumber them by millions, they contain us by the control and regulation of the basic necessities of life, population control through wars, abortions and a multitude of other means (which I have covered previously in other articles).So why do we stand idly by and let them feed their alcohol and drugs to our youth? Why are we allowing them to destroy our economies and our nations, before our children ever have the chance to live their lives to the fullest course in what should be a beautiful life? Our pathetic condition of apathy, non-awareness and non-involvement has allowed them to get away with murder on a monstrous scale for centuries. By our irresponsibility and inaction, they have turned the streets of our cities into no go areas, where people fear for their lives and those of their loved ones. We have allowed their creation of a legal system which releases murderers, rapists and paedophiles back onto the streets to repeat their vile deeds over and over again.
Yet still, the stupefied deafeningly silent majority persists, just like the Ostrich with it's head in the sand, resplendent in it's self imposed state of cognitive dissonance, denying the obvious; that the force of evil that Alexander Solzhenitsyn spoke of, is now in your face and as clear as daylight, and constructing a global control grid around all our lives, that unless stopped now, will enslave what is left of the world population after their diabolical plans are executed.The hitherto untold story of men and Fallen Angels is just a crack in the door of the full and final expose of the manipulators and the manipulated, the oppressors and the oppressed. But it is a beginning! So who does Rule The World? Well, I can only concur with the Holy Scriptures that until our creator decides otherwise; it is Satan, his legions of Fallen Angels and their Blood-kin in the Illuminati.And how do we recognise them? Well, as Jesus said: By their deeds you will know them.So just pick up a news paper, turn on the prime time news, and wherever you see so called `leaders of nations` justifying wars of aggression, mass slaughter, lies, deception, vice, atrocity, perversion, along with bare faced lies about overpopulation, climate change and a multitude of measures all designed to take away ever more your personal liberty, all justified on the baseless grounds of National and or Global Security; That's them!
Comments to : http://www.denmarkonline.dk/blog/truebrit58
1] http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/bloodlines/index.htm Fritz Springmeier.
10]The Book Of Enoch : http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/enoch.pdf
12] http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida alien/alien watchers.htm
13] The Basic principal of most religion is treat others as you would have others treat you.Gnosticism on the other hand is a form of hidden knowledge which not defining justice, or how one should treat others, vainly lures the disciple into pursuing a set of initiation which sets him apart, maintaining that awareness of such is the preserve of the `Elite.`
The Book Of Jubilees : http://www.scribd.com/doc/2227992/The-Book-of-Jubilees-Revised-English?autodown=pdf
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
1 TIMOTHY 4:1-2
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
2 TIMOTHY 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:3-5
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,(DEFECTION FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
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I DON'T HAVE TO SAY A WORD ABOUT THIS DEFECTION FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH HEADLINE.
Episcopal Church moves toward blessing gay unions JULY 17,09
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Episcopal Church gave its clergy the go-ahead on Friday to bless some same-sex unions, such as civil partnerships in states that legally recognize them, setting the stage for further conflict with the wider Anglican world.The resolution, passed on the final day of the church's triennial national convention, also directs church leaders to develop official rites, or liturgies, for the blessing of same-sex unions -- a move that could see the church eventually change its definition of marriage.For now, the church's official definition of marriage is a union between a man and a woman. The same-sex rites called for on Friday will be discussed and voted on at the next general church conference in three years.The 2 million-member Episcopal Church earlier this week approved a resolution opening the doors to ordain gay men and women as clergy.Both resolutions are sure to further strain U.S. Episcopal Church relations with its conservative parishes and the global Anglican Communion, whose 80 million members belong to congregations that are offshoots of the Church of England.Church unity has been strained since 2003, when the Episcopal Church consecrated Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first bishop in Anglican history known to be in an openly gay relationship.The ordaining of gay clergy and related issues have already prompted some congregations to leave the Episcopal fold and form a rival North American church that claims 100,000 believers. Anglican churches in regions like Africa have broken ties with their more liberal U.S. brethren.We're doing our best to make room for everybody. We have gay and lesbian members, and gay and lesbian clergy, and we are trying to honor the diversity of belief and theology in the church,Stephen Lane, the bishop of Maine, told Reuters before the resolution's final passage.
The drama is unfolding against the backdrop of America's wider debate over sexual orientation issues, such as gay marriage, child adoption by same-sex parents and the status of homosexuals in the military.According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the United Church of Christ is alone among major U.S. Christian denominations in officially recognizing gay marriage. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may decide in August to sanction same-sex marriage as well.Polls consistently show gays and lesbians enjoying growing acceptance in American society. But fast-growing faiths in the United States such as many evangelical Protestant churches and the Mormon church regard homosexual relations as sinful and proscribed by scripture.
The resolution on Friday was couched in cautious language.It called for an open procession for the consideration of theological resources and liturgies for the blessing of same gender relationships.That job is assigned to various church bodies that will report to the next convention in 2012.In the meantime, the resolution directs that bishops, particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal, may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church.That is not an official sanction of gay marriage, but gives bishops the discretion to permit their clergy to bless same-sex civil unions, for example, where they are legal. Gay marriage is now legal in six U.S. states.The church has not changed its definition of marriage. It's still male and female. But in six states, the state has changed its definition,Lane said.Some commentators believe the Episcopal Church may eventually leave the Anglican Communion, which, like more conservative denominations in the United States, is enjoying its greatest growth in countries where same-sex relations are frowned upon.(Writing and reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Steve Gorman and Peter Cooney)
JIM BERKLAND QUAKE PREDICTER
China to live broadcast longest total solar eclipse worldwide
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-17 18:52:45
BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Worldwide audience will be able to watch the longest solar eclipse in China in this century through TV, Internet and mobile phones on July 22, said the Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC) here Friday. Four stations for live broadcasting will be set up in Chongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai cities, where the total eclipse can be observed, said Hao Jinxin, NAOC deputy director. Six stations will be set up in Beijing, Kunming, Urumqi, Taipei and Hong Kong where partial eclipse can be seen, he said. Video programs from these stations will be sent through headquarters in Beijing to TV stations, websites and service providers of mobile phones for free, he said.
Broadcasting will last from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on July 22.
The broadcasting project was sponsored by NAOC, Microsoft Research Asia, CAS Computer Network Information Center and Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. The coming total solar eclipse will be the longest that can be observed in China between 1814 and 2309, according to NAOC.An area of 250 km wide and 10,000 km long, where people can observe the total eclipse, covers the populous Yangtze River valley including several big cities. In this area, people can observe four to six minutes of total eclipse, said Cheng Zhou, astronomer with the CAS Purple Mountain Observatory based in Nanjing of eastern Jiangsu Province.However, the location to observe the longest eclipse on July 22,which will last six minutes and 40 seconds, is off the eastern Chinese coast, he said.In China, Shengsi Islands on East China Sea will be the location to watch the longest eclipse of six minutes and one second, he added.Editor: Anne Tang
Longest solar eclipse best in China
Agence France-PresseJuly 17, 2009
A group of Chinese children watch the solar eclipse in Haikou, southern China Hainan island on 01 August 2008. Thousands of people gathered in northern China to watch the first solar eclipse in the country this century, state media reported, a week ahead of the Olympic Games. STR/AFP/Getty ImagesPhotograph by: x, xThe longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, visible next Wednesday, has sparked tourist fever in eastern China, which, according to experts, is the best place to view it.The total eclipse, expected to last about six minutes, will pass from southwest China across the cities of Chengdu and Chongqing to Shanghai and Hangzhou in eastern Zhejiang province, according to NASA's eclipse website.Tourist agencies, park managers and hotels have been overwhelmed by worldwide enthusiasm for the spectacle, which comes as the domestic tourism market is experiencing a slowdown due to the financial crisis and the swine flu.A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is caught between the sun and the Earth while each of them moves along their fixed orbits.Canwest News Service.
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Amtrak bus fire ignites Southern California wildfire Associated Press 07/17/2009 06:42:24 PM PDT
CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — An Amtrak bus went up in flames Friday on Interstate 5 northwest of Los Angeles and fire spread to nearby brush in the mountainous area where firefighters were already fighting another wildland blaze. All nine passengers and the driver got off before the bus was engulfed, and luggage was removed as well, said Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero in Washington, D.C. The bus had pulled onto the shoulder of the interstate, a major connector between Los Angeles and California's Central Valley.Operated by Coach America, the bus was on a run from the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance north to Bakersfield, Romero said. Amtrak has bus connections in parts of California not served by rail.Northbound traffic was brought to a halt when firefighters arrived on scene.In the same region, Los Angeles County firefighters were battling a 55-acre wildfire.More than 200 firefighters fought the Castaic-area blaze, which erupted at mid-afternoon in medium brush, said fire Inspector Steve Zermeno.An aircraft painted a line of pink fire retardant across hilly lands between the fire and a neighborhood of homes. Containment was estimated at 15 percent.
Elsewhere Friday, a fire burned eight acres of brush in Monterey Park next to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's headquarters.Firefighters also were still on the scene of a nearly completely contained 1,500-acre blaze that began early in the week on the Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego County.Weather was hot but not windy in Southern California, and humid air brought thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts.The National Weather Service said a strong upper-level high-pressure system centered over the desert Southwest will continue to bring hot temperatures across inland Southern California through early next week. Highs in the valleys were predicted to range between 95 and 105 degrees.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
SAY NO TO VACCINES
UN health agency gives up on counting swine flu Fri Jul 17, 6:01 am ET
LONDON – The World Health Organization says it will stop counting individual cases of swine flu.Tracking individual swine flu cases is too overwhelming for countries where the virus is spreading widely, the agency says in a statement. WHO will no longer issue global totals of swine flu cases, although it will continue to track the global epidemic.WHO says countries should look for signs the virus is mutating, such as changes in the way swine flu is spreading, surges in hospital visits or more severe cases.The agency asks countries to report their first confirmed cases, then provide weekly case numbers with a description of their outbreaks.WHO had reported nearly 95,000 cases including 429 deaths worldwide. But the numbers are outdated, with Britain estimating it had 55,000 new cases last week alone.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
EU says Denmark, Ireland and Finland have highest prices for food, clothing and electronics By Associated Press 4:15 AM PDT, July 16, 2009
BRUSSELS (AP) — Denmark, Ireland and Finland had the highest overall prices of all European Union nations for consumer goods such as food, clothing and electronics last year, the EU statistics agency said Thursday.Eurostat said widely different taxes on food, alcohol and tobacco across the bloc's 27 states account for a massive price gap where Ireland tops the table and Romania is cheapest. Food and nonalcoholic drinks are most expensive in Denmark and cheapest in Bulgaria.It said the difference for clothing prices is smaller, with Britain being the least costly and Finland the most expensive. Prices for consumer electronics also vary less, it said. Britain is again the cheapest destination for these and Malta the priciest.Hotels cost the most in Denmark and the least in Bulgaria, Eurostat said.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADE BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
EU SOVIET STYLE DICTATORSHIP
BUZEK LEADER OF PARLIAMENT
JOHN LOEFFLER THE NEW ATHIEST,TRILATERAL COMMISSION,LAST SUPERSTITION
BROWN BACKS BLAIR AS EU PERMANENT PRESIDENT (1ST EVER)
Blair named in race to be EU president By Joshua Chaffin in Strasbourg, George Parker in London,and Ben Hall in Paris Published: July 16 2009 03:00 | Last updated: July 16 2009 03:00
Tony Blair was announced yesterday as Britain's official candidate to become the European Union's new president, even though he has not confirmed he wants the job and the post has yet to be created.Glenys Kinnock, Britain's newly appointed Europe minister, surprised Downing Street and Mr Blair when she declared: The UK government is supporting Tony Blair's candidature for president of the council.Although the former prime minister has been widely rumoured to be interested in becoming the president of the European Council, the body representing the EU's 27 member states, he has refused to confirm it publicly.The new European Council president would become a powerful figure on the world stage, representing the views of a union of 500m people. The post would be created under the Lisbon treaty, along with a new EU foreign minister.But the treaty is not yet ratified in all 27 member states. Ireland is holding a second referendum on the text, having rejected it once, on October 2, while Vaclav Klaus, the Eurosceptic Czech president, is also delaying signing the treaty.If Ireland does vote Yes and Mr Klaus can be persuaded to sign, events could move quickly. The EU could be looking for a new president and foreign minister to start work next January.Mr Blair would have to give up many lucrative private sector jobs as well as other international roles, such as Middle East envoy, if he went to Brussels.As we have said time and again on this, there is nothing to be a candidate for since the job doesn't actually exist, Mr Blair's spokesman said.Gordon Brown's office said Britain would support Mr Blair if he were a candidate. Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, is said by senior officials in Paris still to favour him for the post.The president has always said that Tony Blair would be a very good president of the EU but this question is not yet on the table,said a Paris official.Mr Blair is the most high-profile candidate in an unofficial field for the new post, with other names mentioned including Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxembourg prime minister, and Felipe González, the former Spanish prime minister.Brussels is set for a grand haggle over who gets the new EU jobs, with MEPs holding up the expected appointment of José Manuel Barroso for a second term as president of the European Commission, the EU's executive.The Financial Times Limited 2009
Would Global Currency Lead to Global Governance?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wall Street Journal's senior economic writer Stephen Moore.This is a rush transcript from Glenn Beck, July 13, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.GLENN BECK, HOST: Do you remember the Italian lira or the French franc or the Spanish peseta or whatever it was? Those countries don't have currencies anymore. They gave them up for the euro. Oh, no, no, no," said each government, We'll never do that.Well, now, there is call for America to give up our dollar for a global currency. Gee, I think I have read that in a book somewhere. Oh, I remember, the Bible, the scary part. But anyway, that would lead to a global government.Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is globetrotting in an attempt to pump up confidence in our dollar. I'm sure Saudi Arabia will believe that tomorrow when he arrives just like the Chinese did when he said that to the Chinese students and they all laughed.
Joining me now, Wall Street Journal's senior economic writer Stephen Moore.
Stephen, I thought of you this morning, when I was going through all the stuff that had to happen. And I thought, you know, Stephen is going to be able to relate because you and I sat at dinner a few years ago and went, there are no way these clowns will do these things. And they are all happening now. And this is crazy town. Get off the dollar and have a global currency. But I think it's going to happen.STEPHEN MOORE, SENIOR ECONOMIC WRITER, WALL STREET JOURNAL: Yes, when you started first talking about this a couple of years ago when we first met, Glenn, I thought you were into the black helicopters and the meteor shower crowd.But you know what? As you look at what has happened over the last three months, it isn't so crazy anymore. It's pretty scary. It is not just the global currency. Look at all the money that we're putting into these global organizations...BECK: IMF? MOORE: ...like the IMF, the World Bank, huge amounts of funding for the United Nations, which has always wanted a world governance.
And then, the other piece to this puzzle, two pieces to the puzzle, Glenn, are the Kyoto Treaty, the Law of the Sea Treaty, and of course, what the Congress passed just two weeks ago, which is the cap-and- trade bill, which basically, to make that work, requires a kind of world governance of all energy use.BECK: Let me go — I'm going to come back to the dollar here for a second.MOORE: OK.BECK: But I want to go to where you were talking about and cap-and-trade. Here is what Al Gore said last week — but we were all fascinated by other things that nobody really paid attention to this. This is what he said in London. He said, I bring you good news from America,and listen to what the good news is:FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: It is the awareness itself that will drive the change. And one of the ways that will drive the change is through global governance and global agreements.BECK: OK. Then, we have Chirac from 2000 talking about the Kyoto protocol. He said, This is the first component of an authentic global governance. We have the E.U. environmental minister on Kyoto. He said,This is about the economy, about leveling the playing field for big businesses worldwide.Stephen, I have to tell you, there are times that I feel nuts for even thinking this, but you've got to call a spade a spade: Sometimes, I think the people in our government are intentionally trying to trap us into this global government, because it's insane how they're thrashing our dollar.MOORE: Yes. First of all, Glenn, with respect to cap-and-trade, I mean, Al Gore is right. The only way this works is if you have global governance, where you have a global regulator and global taxer to police every activity of the economy in every corner of the globe. You know, right now, Glenn, all the rest of the countries in the world are laughing at us.BECK: Oh, I know it.MOORE: And they're basically amazed that we unilaterally, economically disarmed ourselves with that vote on cap-and-trade. Because you know what? China and India now — I mean, they're licking their chops right now. They know all those jobs are going to go from the United States to China and India.And they have both announced, Glenn — we're not listening to them. They said, We will never sign this treaty. We will never subject our economy to this kind of regulation.2009 FOX News Network,
HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
REP DENOUNCES EUGENICIST GINSBERG
RON PAUL ON IMF,911 TRUTH
FABER NEXT STIMULUS WILL BE WORSE
BOOMERS WINTER IS COMING
SEPTEMBER,OCTOBER WILL BE THE MONTHS TO WATCH FOR A COMPLETE STOCK MARKET BREAKDOWN AND CHANGE OR COLLAPSE,SO GET YOUR MONEY OUT BY THEN FOLKS,IT WILL BE A TOUGH ONE AS THE NEW WORLD ORDER NUTCASES RIGHT NOW ARE PROPING THE MARKETS SO THEY CAN BURGLURIZE IT EVEN MORE THEN THE $20 TRILLION THEY HAVE ROBBED THE AMERICANS AND WORLD OF ALREADY.GET PREPARED FOLKS GET OUT OF THE MARKETS NOW WHILE YOU STILL HAVE MONEY.GOOD ANALYSTS ARE SAYING THEY WILL PROP (MANIPULATE) THE MARKETS TO 9300 POINTS,THEN KABOOOOOOOOOOM.
What happens in a stock market crash?
The topic of this article is the answer to the following question: what happens in a stock market crash? There is sort of a general consensus among the public that the stock market is a frightening thing. I mean, there are all of these major stock market crashes just in the last 100 years that have ended in the loss of billions of dollars and the destruction of millions of lives. A lot of people want to get involved in the stock market, especially in these days when social security and retirement plans are being increasingly privatized and linked to stocks and bonds and other elements of the market. So this article is going to go through the basics of the stock market and why stock market crashes happen and what happens when they do.
There have been a few famous stock market crashes-1929, 1987. But those stock market crashes did not begin in 1929 or 1987. They actually started years and years before the crash really hit hard. This is easier to understand if we go through the differences between a bull market and a bear market. A really strong market when many investors and buying stocks, selling stocks, and making constant profits, then it is a called a bullish market. When the opposite is happening-investors are losing their money-then it is known as a bearish market. A market can be as bullish as a market has ever been in history-it can just continue and continue and continue to grow and to improve. But eventually it is going to fall. It is inevitable that economic downturn will happen at some point in time. So you really shouldn't be surprised if an incredibly bullish market eventually starts to flag. It is going to happen eventually. The market simply cannot withstand and support constant overwhelming growth.However, there are at times a stock market downturn because of a specific situation. It can be an economic situation, a political situation, a social situation, because the market is based on a number of things that are usually not measurable mathematically or scientifically. Let's take an example: Enron. Enron was a massively huge scandal that occurred in 2002. You would think that the Enron scandal would only affect Enron stock. However, this is wrong. The confidence of all investors in any company and its practices and its future viability was shaken, and the stock market experienced a serious downturn. Another recent example is what happened to the market after the terrorist attacks in 2001. The confidence of investors, and the public, was shaken in the entire fabric of society. Investments took a downturn.The technical meaning of a stock market crash is that the value of the stocks in the market drops incredibly all across the market. Then investors automatically panic. Because of the panic, more and more people sell their stocks. People don't think sensibly-they don't hold on to their stocks-and everybody rushes to jump off the boat and save themselves.The people involved in a stock market crash are the shareholders who panic and cannot have enough self discipline to hold onto their stocks. They also speculate, driving down prices. Companies also don't react well to stock market crashes, because they worry about losing even more money, so they stop spending, leading to an even worse economic situation. Then people lose their jobs, and the situation grows worse. A stock market crash can begin as simply being the result of natural trends in the market, but then the problem is that people panic, whether it is the shareholder or the company itself or the analysts. Then you see a landslide, or a domino effect, that can't be stopped because people generally don't understand the financial situation and want to get out as soon as possible.
Stock Market Crash
Many would-be investors simply refuse to enter the stock market, because of the risks involved. When asked what they fear most, most respond by saying that they fear a stock market crash. This article tells you more on:What is the role of investment and financial professionals in stock market crash?
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Many would-be investors simply refuse to enter the stock market, because of the risks involved. When asked what they fear most, most respond by saying that they fear a stock market crash. They may even refer to the stock market crash of 1987 - or even to the 1929 stock market crash - when justifying their lack of interest in the market. While it is true that crashes can happen, understanding what causes a crash and what the effects are can help set your mind at ease and can help you understand more about investing.
What Happens When The Stock Market Crashes?
A stock market, strangely, really begins to crash years before the actual market downturn. When the market is peaking and investors are buying and making profits, the market is commonly known as a bull market. However, as many economists point out, strong economic times are often followed by bad times. Whenever the stock market surges and profits are good, economic downturn eventually happens.Sometimes, stock markets crash because of a specific economic or political situation. For example, in 2002, the famous Enron scandal shook investor confidence and caused a downturn in the market. More often, however, crashes are caused by nothing more than panic.What we say that a market crashes, what we mean is that the value of stocks drops dramatically across the board. Rather than just one corporation being affected, the stocks of many or all corporations fall dramatically. This, in turn, causes investor panic and many people rush to sell their stocks. The more people try to sell their stocks lower stock value falls, making the problem worse.
Who Is Involved In A Stock Market Crash?
Many people are involved in a stock market downturn. At the base level, it is shareholders or those who own stocks who are most involved. In many cases, it is investors themselves can contribute to a crash. Investors may borrow money to buy stocks or may invest in stocks without thoroughly understanding the stock market. Investors who are not disciplined and who do not understand the market may be among the first panic and try to sell their stock, pushing a temporary downturn into an actual crash.More significantly, however, investors are often part of speculation. This means that they buy stock in the hopes that it will increase in profit. When some sort of economic news seems to suggest that they will lose money, again, they often rush to sell their stock, driving stock prices down.Companies selling stock are also involved in the stock market crash. As their stock values drop, many companies will tighten their belts and reduce spending. Often, this can lead to job cuts and other types of cutbacks which can affect the economy overall and can reduce customer and investor confidence.Investments and finance professionals also involved in a crash. They're the ones that not only report the incidents to the media and explain it to reporters, but they are also the ones that people often turn to when their stocks fall.
Who Is Affected By A Crash?
In short, everyone is affected by a crash. When the stock market takes a downturn, job loss, slow GDP growth, slow economic growth, and devastated consumer confidence are often the results. Investors and companies are making less money, companies are closing, and therefore people are buying less. This affects virtually every aspect of the economy and causes overall economic depression. Since the crash often follows a bull market, many people are panicked by the sudden economic downturn and may become even more cautious with their money, which can further hinder financial growth.
What was the 1929 Crash?
When it comes to the stock market crash, 1929 is a key year. That is the year when a formerly bull market crashed dramatically and began an economic depression that lasted many years. The crash began on what is known as Black Thursday, October 24, 1929. On this day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped a total of 50%. It is from this day that the Great Depression is often dated. Overall, the 1930s saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average drop more than 85%. Many people were completely financially ruined because they had placed all their investment of trust in the market. People were turned out of their homes and unable to find work. Jobs were scarce, banks were closed, companies failed. Many unemployed men took to riding the rails or traveling illegally by train in order to find or simply beg work. To make matters worse, poorer weather conditions affected the harvest for several years, increasing suffering. It was not until the United States entered World War II that the economy improved dramatically again.
Governments will soon have, for the first time in history, the means to identify, monitor and track citizens anywhere in the world in real time http://www.cbsnews.com/
Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car.It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he'd skimmed the identifiers of four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet.Embedding identity documents passports, drivers licenses, and the like with RFID chips is a no-brainer to government officials. Increasingly, they are promoting it as a 21st century application of technology that will help speed border crossings, safeguard credentials against counterfeiters, and keep terrorists from sneaking into the country.But Paget's February experiment demonstrated something privacy advocates had feared for years: That RFID, coupled with other technologies, could make people trackable without their knowledge or consent.He filmed his drive-by heist, and soon his video went viral on the Web, intensifying a debate over a push by government, federal and state, to put tracking technologies in identity documents and over their potential to erode privacy.Putting a traceable RFID in every pocket has the potential to make everybody a blip on someone's radar screen, critics say, and to redefine Orwellian government snooping for the digital age.
Little Brother,some are already calling it even though elements of the global surveillance web they warn against exist only on drawing boards, neither available nor approved for use.But with advances in tracking technologies coming at an ever-faster rate, critics say, it won't be long before governments could be able to identify and track anyone in real time, 24-7, from a cafe in Paris to the shores of California.The key to getting such a system to work, these opponents say, is making sure everyone carries an RFID tag linked to a biometric data file.On June 1, it became mandatory for Americans entering the United States by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean to present identity documents embedded with RFID tags, though conventional passports remain valid until they expire.Among new options are the chipped e-passport, and the new, electronic PASS card credit-card sized, with the bearer's digital photograph and a chip that can be scanned through a pocket, backpack or purse from 30 feet.Alternatively, travelers can use enhanced driver's licenses embedded with RFID tags now being issued in some border states: Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York. Texas and Arizona have entered into agreements with the federal government to offer chipped licenses, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recommended expansion to non-border states. Kansas and Florida officials have received DHS briefings on the licenses, agency records show.The purpose of using RFID is not to identify people, says Mary Ellen Callahan, the chief privacy officer at Homeland Security, but rather to verify that the identification document holds valid information about you.Likewise, U.S. border agents are pinging databases only to confirm that licenses aren't counterfeited. They're not pulling up your speeding tickets,she says, or looking at personal information beyond what is on a passport.
The change is largely about speed and convenience, she says. An RFID document that doubles as a U.S. travel credential only makes it easier to pull the right record fast enough, to make sure that the border flows, and is operational even though a 2005 Government Accountability Office report found that governmentRFID readers often failed to detect travelers' tags.Such assurances don't persuade those who liken RFID-embedded documents to barcodes with antennas and contend they create risks to privacy that far outweigh the technology's heralded benefits. They warn it will actually enable identity thieves, stalkers and other criminals to commit contactless crimes against victims who won't immediately know they've been violated.Neville Pattinson, vice president for government affairs at Gemalto, Inc., a major supplier of microchipped cards, is no RFID basher. He's a board member of the Smart Card Alliance, an RFID industry group, and is serving on the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.Still, Pattinson has sharply criticized the RFIDs in U.S. driver's licenses and passport cards. In a 2007 article for the Privacy Advisor, a newsletter for privacy professionals, he called them vulnerable to attacks from hackers, identity thieves and possibly even terrorists.
RFID, he wrote, has a fundamental flaw: Each chip is built to faithfully transmit its unique identifier in the clear, exposing the tag number to interception during the wireless communication.Once a tag number is intercepted, it is relatively easy to directly associate it with an individual,he says. If this is done, then it is possible to make an entire set of movements posing as somebody else without that person's knowledge.Echoing these concerns were the AeA the lobbying association for technology firms the Smart Card Alliance, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Business Travel Coalition, and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.Meanwhile, Homeland Security has been promoting broad use of RFID even though its own advisory committee on data integrity and privacy warned that radio-tagged IDs have the potential to allow widespread surveillance of individuals without their knowledge or consent.
In its 2006 draft report, the committee concluded that RFID increases risks to personal privacy and security, with no commensurate benefit for performance or national security, and recommended that RFID be disfavored for identifying and tracking human beings.For now, chipped PASS cards and enhanced driver's licenses are optional and not yet widely deployed in the United States. To date, roughly 192,000 EDLs have been issued in Washington, Vermont, Michigan and New York.But as more Americans carry them you can bet that long-range tracking of people on a large scale will rise exponentially,says Paget, a self-described ethical hacker who works as an Internet security consultant.Could RFID numbers eventually become de facto identifiers of Americans, like the Social Security number? Such a day is not far off, warns Katherine Albrecht, a privacy advocate and co-author of Spychips, a book that is sharply critical of the use of RFID in consumer items and official ID documents.
There's a reason you don't wear your Social Security number across your T-shirt, Albrecht says, and beaming out your new, national RFID number in a 30-foot radius would be far worse.There are no federal laws against the surreptitious skimming of Americans' RFID numbers, so it won't be long before people seek to profit from this, says Bruce Schneier, an author and chief security officer at BT, the British telecommunications operator.Data brokers that compile computer dossiers on millions of individuals from public records, credit applications and other sources will certainly maintain databases of RFID numbers and associated people,he says.They'd do a disservice to their stockholders if they didn't.But Gigi Zenk, a spokeswoman for the Washington state Department of Licensing, says Americans aren't that concerned about the RFID, particularly in this day and age when there are a lot of other ways toaccess personal information on people.Tracking an individual is much easier through a cell phone, or a satellite tag embedded in a car, she says. An RFID that contains no private information, just a randomly assigned number, is probably one of the least things to be concerned about, frankly.Still, even some ardent RFID supporters recognize that these next-generation RFID cards raise prickly questions.Mark Roberti, editor of RFID Journal, an industry newsletter, recently acknowledged that as the use of RFID in official documents grows, the potential for abuse increases.A government could do this, for instance, to track opponents, he wrote in an opinion piece discussing Paget's cloning experiment. To date, this type of abuse has not occurred, but it could if governments fail to take privacy issues seriously.Imagine this: Sensors triggered by radio waves instructing cameras to zero in on people carrying RFID, unblinkingly tracking their movements.
Unbelievable? Intrusive? Outrageous?
Actually, it happens every day and makes people smile at the Alton Towers amusement park in Britain, which videotapes visitors who agree to wear RFID bracelets as they move about the facility, then sells the footage as a keepsake.This application shows how the technology can be used effortlessly and benignly. But critics, noting it can also be abused, say federal authorities in the United States didn't do enough from the start to address that risk.The first U.S. identity document to be embedded with RFID was the e-passport.In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and the finding that some of the terrorists entered the United States using phony passports the State Department proposed mandating that Americans and foreign visitors carry enhanced passport booklets, with microchips embedded in the covers.The chips, it announced, would store the holder's information from the data page, a biometric version of the bearer's photo, and receive special coding to prevent data from being altered.In February 2005, when the State Department asked for public comment, it got an outcry: Of the 2,335 comments received, 98.5 percent were negative, with 86 percent expressing security or privacy concerns, the department reported in an October 2005 notice in the Federal Register.Identity theft was of grave concern,it stated, adding that others expressed fears that the U.S. Government or other governments would use the chip to track and censor, intimidate or otherwise control or harm them.It also noted that many Americans expressed worries that the information could be read at distances in excess of 10 feet.
Those concerned citizens, it turns out, had cause.
According to department records obtained by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, under a Freedom of Information Act request and reviewed by the AP, discussion about security concerns with the e-passport occurred as early as January 2003 but tests weren't ordered until the department began receiving public criticism two years later.When the AP asked when testing was initiated, the State Department said only that a battery of durability and electromagnetic tests were performed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, along with tests to measure the ability of data on electronic passports to be surreptitiously skimmed or for communications with the chip reader to be eavesdropped,testing which led to additional privacy controls being placed on U.S. electronic passports.Indeed, in 2005, the department incorporated metallic fibers into the e-passport's front cover, since metal can reduce the range at which RFID can be read. Personal information in the chips was encrypted and a cryptographic key added, which required inspectors to optically scan the e-passport first for the chip to communicate wirelessly.The department also announced it would test e-passports with select employees, before giving them to the public. We wouldn't be issuing the passports to ourselves if we didn't think they're secure,said Frank Moss, deputy assistant Secretary of State for passport services, in a CNN interview.
But what of Americans' concerns about the e-passport's read range?
In its October 2005 Federal Register notice, the State Department reassured Americans that the e-passport's chip the ISO 14443 tag would emit radio waves only within a 4-inch radius, making it tougher to hack.Technologists in Israel and England, however, soon found otherwise. In May 2006, at the University of Tel Aviv, researchers cobbled together $110 worth of parts from hobbyists kits and directly skimmed an encrypted tag from several feet away. At the University of Cambridge, a student showed that a transmission between an e-passport and a legitimate reader could be intercepted from 160 feet.The State Department, according to its own records obtained under FOIA, was aware of the problem months before its Federal Register notice and more than a year before the e-passport was rolled out in August 2006.Do not claim that these chips can only be read at a distance of 10 cm (4 inches),Moss wrote in an April 22, 2005, e-mail to Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. That really has been proven to be wrong.The chips could be skimmed from a yard away, he added all a hacker would need to read e-passport numbers, say, in an elevator or on a subway.Other red flags went up. In February 2006, an encrypted Dutch e-passport was hacked on national television, with researchers gaining access to the document's digital photograph, fingerprint and personal data. Then British e-passports were hacked using a $500 reader and software written in less than 48 hours.The State Department countered by saying European e-passports weren't as safe as their American counterparts because they lacked the cryptographic key and the anti-skimming cover.
But recent studies have shown that more powerful readers can penetrate even the metal sheathing in the U.S. e-passport's cover.John Brennan, a senior policy adviser at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, concedes it may be possible for a reader to overpower the e-passport's protective shield from a distance.However, he adds, you could not do this in any large-scale, concerted fashion without putting a bunch of infrastructure in place to make it happen. The practical vulnerabilities may be far less than some of the theoretical scenarios that people have put out there.That thinking is flawed, says Lee Tien, a senior attorney and surveillance expert with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which opposes RFID in identity documents.It won't take a massive government project to build reader networks around the country, he says: They will grow organically, for commercial purposes, from convention centers to shopping malls, sports stadiums to college campuses. Federal agencies and law enforcement wouldn't have to control those networks; they already buy information about individuals from commercial data brokers.And remember,Tien adds,technology always gets better .With questions swirling around the e-passport's security, why then did the government roll out more RFID-tagged documents the PASS card and enhanced driver's license, which provide less protection against hackers?
The RFIDs in enhanced driver's licenses and PASS cards are nearly as slim as paper. Each contains a silicon computer chip attached to a wire antenna, which transmits a unique identifier via radio waves when awakened by an electromagnetic reader.The technology they use is designed to track products through the supply chain. These chips, known as EPCglobal Gen 2, have no encryption, and minmal data protection features. They are intended to release their data to any inquiring Gen 2 reader within a 30-foot radius.This might be appropriate when a supplier is tracking a shipment of toilet paper or dog food; but when personal information is at stake, privacy advocates ask: Is long-range readability truly desirable? The departments of State and Homeland Security say remotely readable ID cards transmit only RFID numbers that correspond to records stored in government databases, which they say are secure. Even if a hacker were to copy an RFID number onto a blank tag and place it into a counterfeit ID, they say, the forger's face still wouldn't match the true cardholder's photo in the database, rendering it useless.Still, computer experts such as Schneier say government databases can be hacked. Others worry about a day when hackers might deploy readers at chokepoints, such as checkout lines, skim RFID numbers from people's driver's licenses, then pair those numbers to personal data skimmed from chipped credit cards (though credit cards are harder to skim). They imagine stalkers using skimmed RFID numbers to track their targets' comings and goings. They fear government agents will compile chip numbers at peace rallies, mosques or gun shows, simply by strolling through a crowd with a reader.Others worry more about the linking of chips with other identification methods, including biometric technologies, such as facial recognition.The International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. agency that sets global standards for passports, now calls for facial recognition in all scannable e-passports.Should biometric technologies be coupled with RFID, governments will have, for the first time in history, the means to identify, monitor and track citizens anywhere in the world in real time,says Mark Lerner, spokesman for the Constitutional Alliance, a network of nonprofit groups, lawmakers and citizens opposed to remotely readable identity and travel documents.
For now, perhaps. Radio tags in EDLs and passport cards can't be scanned miles away.
But scientists are working on technologies that might enable a satellite or a cell tower to scan a chip's contents. Critics also note advances in the sharpness of closed-circuit cameras, and point out they're increasingly ubiquitous. And more fingerprints, iris scans and digitized facial images are being stored in government databases. The FBI has announced plans to assemble the world's largest biometric database, nicknamed Next Generation Identification.RFID's role is to make the collection and transmission of people's biometric data quick, easy and nonintrusive, says Lerner.Think of it as the thread that ties together the surveillance package.
Bulgaria’s consumer prices lowest in EU – Eurostat Thu, Jul 16 2009 15:15 CET byClive Leviev-Sawyer 597
Prices for consumer goods and services in Bulgaria in 2008 were 51 per cent of the average in the European Union, while in Denmark they were 141 per cent of the average for the bloc, EU statistical office Eurostat said on July 16 2009.Price levels varied by one to three across the EU27 member states, Eurostat said.While announcing the statistics on Bulgaria’s place with the cheapest consumer prices, Eurostat did not include its own statistic from April 2009 – that the average income of Bulgarian households is eight times lower than the average in the EU.Denmark was followed by Ireland (127 per cent) and Finland (125 per cent).Price levels of 10 per cent to 20 per cent above the EU27 average were found in Luxembourg (116 per cent of the EU27 average), Sweden (114 per cent), Belgium and France (both 111 per cent), while Italy and Austria (both 105 per cent), Germany (104 per cent) and the Netherlands (103 per cent) were just above the average.The United Kingdom (99 per cent of the EU27 average), Spain (96 per cent) and Greece (94 per cent) were just below the average.
Cyprus (90 per cent), Portugal (87 per cent) and Slovenia (83 per cent) were between 10 per cent and 20 per cent below.Price levels between 20 per cent and 30 per cent below the average were found in Malta (78 per cent), Estonia (77 per cent), Latvia (75 per cent), the Czech Republic (72 per cent), Hungary and Slovakia (both 70 per cent).
The lowest price levels were found in Bulgaria (51 per cent), Romania (62 per cent), Lithuania (67 per cent) and Poland (69 per cent).Price levels for food and non-alcoholic beverages in 2008 ranged from 67 per cent of the EU27 average in Bulgaria to 147 per cent of the average in Denmark.Among member states, differences in price levels were smaller for this product group than for total goods and services. For alcoholic beverages and tobacco, prices were lowest in Romania (61 per cent of the average) and highest in Ireland (184 per cent). This large price variation is mainly due to differences in taxation of these products among member states, Eurostat said.
Clothing is one of the groups of products showing the smallest price variation among EU member states. The United Kingdom (83 per cent of the average) was cheapest and Finland (123 per cent of the average) was most expensive for clothing.Consumer electronics is another group of products where prices differed less among member states. The lowest prices for these products were found in the United Kingdom (86 per cent of the average) and the highest in Malta (126 per cent).Excluding Denmark, price differences among member states were also limited for personal transport equipment. Price levels varied from 84 per cent of the EU27 average in Romania to 174 per cent of the average in Denmark and 125 per cent in Ireland.For restaurants and hotels, price variations were more significant, with price levels ranging from 40 per cent of the average in Bulgaria to 151 per cent of the average in Denmark.
Paulson reveals US concerns of breakdown in law and order
By Stephen Foley in New York Friday, 17 July 2009
The Bush administration and Congress discussed the possibility of a breakdown in law and order and the logistics of feeding US citizens if commerce and banking collapsed as a result of last autumn's financial panic, it was disclosed yesterday.Making his first appearance on Capitol Hill since leaving office, the former Treasury secretary Hank Paulson said it was important at the time not to reveal the extent of officials' concerns, for fear it would "terrify the American people and lead to an even bigger problem.Mr Paulson testified to the House Oversight Committee on the Bush administration's unpopular $700bn (£426bn) bailout of Wall Street, which was triggered by the failure of Lehman Brothers last September. In the days that followed, a run on some of the safest investment vehicles in the financial markets threatened to make it impossible for people to access their savings.Paul Kanjorski, a Pennsylvania Democrat, asked Mr Paulson to reveal details of officials' concerns, which were relayed to Congress in hasty conference calls last year. The calls included discussion of law and order and whether it would be possible to feed the American people, and for how long, according to Mr Kanjorski.In a world where information can flow, money can move with the speed of light electronically, I looked at the ripple effect, and looked at when a financial system fails, a whole country's economic system can fail,Mr Paulson said.I believe we could have gone back to the sorts of situations we saw in the Depression. I try not to use hyperbole. It's impossible to prove now since it didn't happen.The Oversight committee is investigating the takeover of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America, a deal forged in the desperate weekend that Lehman Brothers failed, and which later required government support because of Merrill's spiralling losses.Mr Paulson defended putting pressure on Bank of America when it had last-minute doubts about the deal in December. Not to have done so could have rekindled the financial havoc the bailout had calmed.
Goldman Sachs' Financial Boom: A Political Mess for Obama? By MICHAEL SCHERER / WASHINGTON – Fri Jul 17, 12:50 pm ET
In a clear departure from the historical norm, the White House is not cheering the return of huge profits to Wall Street. On the contrary, the recent windfalls at Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, and the promise of giant year-end paydays for banking executives and traders, has caused a bit of consternation in the West Wing, coming as it does so soon after the taxpayer bailouts saved the entire financial system from total collapse.If I were a Wall Street firm, I would perhaps be cognizant of the fact that the financial regulatory-reform process is only beginning in Congress,warns a senior White House official, speaking about the political problems that huge paydays at Wall Street firms could create later this year, when new laws to regulate the industry will be written on Capitol Hill. Officials have also begun to worry aloud whether the Wall Street firms learned anything from the catastrophic financial crisis that was largely of their making or whether they are now returning to the old business of making short-term profits that create long-term risks.On July 14, Goldman Sachs posted second-quarter profits of $3.44 billion, more than the company made in all of 2008 and about on par with the precrisis gilded age, while announcing that it had set aside $11.4 billion this year to compensate workers, or $386,489 per employee. The huge profits were hailed on Wall Street as another sign that the crisis might be ending. On July 15, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 3.1%, and other banking giants are expected to issue their own similarly glowing reports. On July 16, JPMorgan announced that it had earned $2.7 billion in the second quarter.The good news for traders has created two distinct concerns for President Obama's advisers. The first problem is political. For much of the year, populist revulsion at Wall Street greed has been palpable. Obama, who prides himself on his cool countenance, has repeatedly channeled this fury, flashing anger and frustration at the logic of financial titans, who continued to justify huge paydays even as their banks begged financial lifelines from the U.S. taxpayer.That is the height of irresponsibility, the President said in January, after a report emerged of large 2008 bonuses on Wall Street.It is shameful.
But the President has thus far resisted calls for a heavy government hand in limiting financial paydays, aside from certain limits on senior executives at firms that have not paid back some taxpayer funds and a number of proposals for regulators to develop new ways of better tying compensation to long-term risks. That leaves the White House vulnerable in the coming months. If Wall Street decides to cash in on its recent winnings despite the public rhetoric of the Administration, the contrast with the nation's still growing unemployment rate couldn't be starker.It's just got to feel wrong to a lot of people,says Douglas Elliott, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, speaking of the Goldman compensation announcement.It seems to me a political mistake.
The eye-popping Goldman profits also create a policy problem for lawmakers, including the President, as they try to reform the financial system to ensure that history does not repeat itself. At issue is not just the safeguards that traders are using to ensure that another crisis of confidence doesn't occur, but whether traders on Wall Street are taking advantage of the public backstop against systemic failure to create personal profits.We want financial systems to be healthy,says Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary. But, he adds,the President continues to have concerns that compensation will be based on risky behavior instead of performance.Though both Goldman and JPMorgan have paid back their infusion of Treasury dollars, the recent crisis has made clear to investors that the firms are considered by U.S. policymakers to be too big to fail.The crisis has also created a premium for those firms willing to take on more risk in trades. According to company data, Goldman - which converted to a commercial bank at the height of the crisis in order to gain easier access to cheaper government credit - has significantly reduced its leverage ratio, which measures how much money it borrows, from 27.9 at the beginning of 2008 to 14.2 today. At the same time, Goldman has increased the amount of money it is risking on a day-to-day basis, and the number of competitors it faces in the marketplace has significantly shrunk, with onetime stalwarts like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers becoming casualties of the crisis.The President's financial reforms, which were sent to Congress earlier this summer, have yet to be acted upon by the banking committees in the House and Senate, and White House officials do not expect concrete legislative action until late this year at the earliest. That means that both the White House and Congress can expect many more months of needing to explain why it is O.K. for Wall Street to be thriving while the rest of the country, and much of the world, is suffering. As Gibbs explained on July 15, when asked about the big Wall Street paydays,It is something that continues to be a great concern.
Stocks cap strong week with mixed finish By SARA LEPRO and TIM PARADIS, AP Business Writers – Fri Jul 17, 6:17 pm ET
NEW YORK – Investors are betting that the stock market has restarted its spring rally.
Stocks ended little changed Friday but held onto an enormous gain for the week. Investors are looking to another flood of corporate earnings reports next week to provide more signs that the economy is healing.The Dow Jones industrials and the Standard & Poor's 500 index posted their best weekly performance since early March, when the market's spring rally began. Major stock indexes rose about 7 percent for the week.The earnings are better than expected and the economic news is not horrifically bad, said Jeff Buetow, managing partner at Innealta Portfolio Advisors. I think people want the market to go up.Solid results from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Intel Corp. spurred buying early in the week. But not all the results Friday were strong, so the market barely budged.Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. became the latest banks to report big profits but also weakness in their loan portfolios. General Electric Co. beat earnings forecasts, but its revenue came up short.The important thing is these earnings results, while not all entirely positive, are beginning to show some signs of stabilization,said Tom Kersting, an analyst at Edward Jones.The week's upward move has, at least for now, halted a slide that began in mid-June as investors worried the 40 percent jump in stocks this spring was overdone. Analysts said it was a healthy sign that the market was taking a breather on Friday.
I think it's very constructive that we're taking a pause here and not heading back down,said Richard Sparks, senior equities analyst at Schaeffer's Investment Research.
Sparks said it's too early to say whether this week will be representative of the rest of earnings season. Next week's large batch of reports includes Dow components Caterpillar Inc., DuPont and Merck & Co.The Dow Jones industrials rose 32.12, or 0.4 percent, to 8,743.94. The blue chips rose 7.3 percent for the week, the first weekly gain after a month of losses. It was the best percentage gain since the week ended March 13 and the 597-point jump was the biggest point gain since late November.On Friday, the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 0.36, or less than 0.1 percent, to 940.38, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 1.58, or 0.1 percent, to 1,886.61.The number of stocks that fell narrowly outpaced those that rose on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated trading volume came to 5 billion shares, flat with Thursday.Financial stocks mostly fell, weighing on the broader market. Investors have been encouraged by strong profits from large banks, but there are still signs that the recession's grip hasn't eased as much as hoped, such as higher loan defaults.
BofA, which has struggled more than some of its peers from loan losses, beat Wall Street estimates just as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Co. did earlier in the week. However its profit fell from a year earlier as losses from delinquent loans continued to climb. BofA fell 28 cents, or 2.1 percent, to $12.89.Citigroup, another troubled bank, surprised Wall Street with a $3 billion profit instead of the big loss analysts had expected, but results were boosted by the sale of a majority stake in its Smith Barney brokerage. Its shares fell a penny to $3.02.One exception was CIT Group Inc., whose shares jumped 29 cents to 70 cents, on speculation that the troubled lender might be able to avoid bankruptcy. Its shares had tumbled 75 percent on Thursday after negotiations with federal regulators about a possible rescue fell through.GE's shares dropped 6 percent after the conglomerate said its earnings fell 49 percent on losses at its financial unit and weakness in industrial businesses. The profits topped forecasts, but revenue came in $3 billion below estimates. The stock lost 75 cents to $11.65.The reports followed mixed results from Google Inc. and IBM Corp. late Thursday.Ken Kamen, president of Mercadien Asset Management in Hamilton, N.J., warned that investors' higher expectations could make it harder for the next batch of corporate results to impress investors.A lot of exuberance is being figured into the earnings coming out in the next couple of weeks,he said. Homebuilders' shares climbed after an upbeat reading on the housing market. Construction of new homes and apartments jumped 3.6 percent in June to the highest level in seven months, beating economists' estimates. Building permits climbed 8.7 percent, also beating forecasts.Shares of Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose 8 cents, or 3.3 percent, to $2.53, while DR Horton Inc. rose 26 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $9.90.The market's moves were jagged this week, with modest gains coming after big surges. Influential banking analyst Meredith Whitney got the market off to a roaring start on Monday after raising her view on Goldman, stoking hopes that financial companies would show more signs of healing.
But the market's response to Goldman's actual report the following day was somewhat subdued amid mixed economic data. Strong earnings and an upbeat forecast from Intel pulled more investors into the market on Wednesday, and hope for more good earnings from the technology sector stirred buying again on Thursday.Bond prices fell. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.65 percent from 3.58 percent late Thursday.Oil prices rose $1.54 to settle at $63.56 a barrel. The dollar was mixed, while gold prices rose.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 2.80, or 0.5 percent, to 519.22.Overseas, Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index rose 0.4 percent, and France's CAC-40 added 0.6 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.6 percent.The Dow Jones industrial average closed the week up 597.42, or 7.3 percent, at 8,743.94. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 61.25, 7 percent, to 940.38. The Nasdaq composite index rose 130.58, or 7.4 percent, to 1,886.61.The Russell 2000 index, which tracks the performance of small company stocks, rose 38.24, or 8 percent, for the week to 519.22.The Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index — which measures nearly all U.S.-based companies — ended at 9,634.87, up 634.58, or 7.1 percent, for the week. A year ago, the index was at 12,850.50.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Russian Bulava missile test fails again,Another test of Russia's intercontinental Bulava missile has failed, the defence ministry said on Thursday, with the missile blowing up in mid-flight, following a similar failed test in December. Published: 11:02PM BST 16 Jul 2009
The missile, which can carry nuclear warheads, veered off course after the first stage of the rocket malfunctioned, said the ministry, quoted by the Ria Novosti agency.It was launched by Russia's Dmitri Donskoi submarine in the White Sea on Wednesday.N Korea prepares site for launch of ballistic missile,A committee of inquiry has been set up to determine the causes of the incident, the defence ministry's press service added.Several such tests have already ended in failure, including one in December 2008 launched by the same submarine in the White Sea, off the northwest coast of Russia. On that occasion the missile also exploded in mid-air.
A defence ministry source said the problem was in the device designed to separate the different stages of the missile and said tests would continue this summer.The Bulava missile normally has a range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) and can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads.It is intended to equip the Russian navy's fourth-generation missile-launching nuclear submarines, which are being built at the Sevmash shipyard at Severodvinsk, on Russia's Arctic coast.
Diplomats: Iran has means to test bomb in 6 months
By GEORGE JAHN (AP) – JULY 18,09
VIENNA — Diplomats say Iran is blocking U.N. nuclear agency attempts to upgrade monitoring of its atomic activities and now has the means to test a weapon within six months.The diplomats emphasize there are no indications of plans for such a nuclear test. They told the AP Friday it was unlikely Iran would risk heightened confrontation with the West — and chances of Israeli attack — with such a course.
But one said Iran has the capacity, if not the intention, to set off a test explosion in six months. And he and a colleague said Tehran is resisting International Atomic Energy Agency attempts to increase surveillance of its uranium enrichment site meant to keep pace with the plant's increased operations.Both demanded anonymity for revealing confidential information.
Israel planned to assassinate Ahmadinejad: Iran
(AFP) – JULY 18,09
TEHRAN — Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie said on Friday that Israel had planned to assassinate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad around the time of last month's presidential election.The Fars news agency quoted Ejeie as saying that Israeli officials had met members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), to execute the plan.The Zionist regime had met with the hypocrite group (the term Iran uses for the PMOI) on the sidelines of (a meeting in) Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and in Paris to assassinate Mr. Ahmadinejad,Ejeie said.
But the PMOI set some conditions for the job, he said.The hypocrites set some conditions for this job and asked that the US and others remove their name from the (terror) black list,Ejeie said.The enemies even approached the rebels in east of the country to achieve this aim,he added, referring to Sunni rebels who are engaged in a rebellion against Iran's Shiite government.Tensions between Iran and Israel have particularly worsened under Ahmadinejad who has regularly launched anti-Israel tirades.Soon after taking office in 2005, the hardliner said Israel was doomed to be wiped off the map and followed it up with another diatribe, saying that the Holocaust was a myth.Israel is one of the main opponents of Iran's nuclear programme, along with Washington and other global powers.Ahmadinjead was re-elected on June 12 to new four-year term.
Powerful Iranian cleric says country in crisis By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer JULY 17,09
TEHRAN, Iran – In a sign of endurance for Iran's protest movement, demonstrators clashed with police Friday as one of the nation's most powerful clerics challenged the supreme leader during Muslim prayers, saying country was in crisis in the wake of a disputed election.The turnout of tens of thousands of worshippers for former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's sermon at Tehran University and the battles with police outside represented the biggest opposition show of strength in weeks. Protesters faced fierce government suppression and hundreds were arrested following the disputed June 12 presidential election.Outside the university, protests grew from several hundred before the sermon to thousands afterward as worshippers joined in, chanting, death to the dictator,a reference to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Protesters were confronted by riot police and a menacing line of pro-government Basiji militiamen on motorcycles, who charged with batons. Plainclothes Basijis fired volleys of tear gas, and young protesters with green bandanas over their faces kicked the canisters across the pavement. Some set a bonfire in the street and waved their hands in victory signs. Dozens were arrested, taken away in trucks, witnesses said.
Protests, which flared following the election, had been stifled in recent weeks. The sometimes tearful sermon by Rafsanjani could be a significant boost to the movement's staying power. It was an open challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, aired live on nationwide radio from one of the country's most potent political stages. By openly showing the divisions in the leadership, it punched a hole in efforts by Khamenei and hard-line clerics to end the controversy over Ahmadinejad's re-election.Worshippers chanted azadi, azadi,Persian for freedom,during Rafsanjani's sermon, his first since the election. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims to have won the election, sat among the worshippers, attending the country's main prayer service for the first time since the turmoil began.Many of those gathered wore headbands or wristbands in his campaign color green, or had green prayer rugs, crowding the former soccer field where prayers are held and spilling into nearby streets.Rafsanjani denounced the government crackdown on protests and called for the release the hundreds detained.He reprimanded the clerical leadership for not listening to people's complaints over the election, which was declared a victory for Ahmadinejad despite opposition accusations of fraud.There is a large portion of the wise people who say they have doubts (about the election). We need to take action to remove this doubt,he said. The trust that brought the people to vote in such large numbers is not there anymore. We need to return this trust.Rafsanjani avoided directly mentioning Khamenei or outright calling the vote fraudulent. He couched his sermon in calls for unity in support of Iran's Islamic Republic, but it was clear he blamed the leadership for the loss of unity.
The cleric got tears in his eyes as he spoke of how Islam's Prophet Muhammad respected the rights of his people. He said the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, would always say that if the system is not backed by the people, nothing would stand.For Iranians listening across the country, the weekly Friday sermon in Tehran is the voice of the leadership and a symbol of its backing by God.After hundreds of thousands joined protests against the election results in the days following the vote, the supreme leader used the podium to declare Ahmadinejad's victory valid and order a stop to unrest. The crackdown was launched soon after. In the weeks that followed, hard-line clerics have used the sermon to depict the protesters as tools of foreign enemies and tell worshippers to follow Khamenei.
Rafsanjani's sermon lay bare to the broader public that the dispute was internal and even Iran's ruling clerics are split. He directly referred to the divisions, saying the revered topmost theologians of Shia Islam, who have millions of followers, were not happy with the government.Rafsanjani heads two powerful clerical bodies that oversee the government and parliament, the Expediency Council and the Experts Council. He is bitter rival of Ahmadinejad and is considered Mousavi's top supporter within Iran's clerical leadership.A mercurial and savvy politician, Rafsanjani positioned himself as a leader emerging to resolve the unrest, saying he hoped his words would be a start to help us pass safely through a problem that can unfortunately be called a crisis.He specifically criticized his top rivals within the clerical leadership — the Guardians Council, a body dominated by hard-liners. The council oversaw the election, then held a partial recount that upheld Ahmadinejad's win but was dismissed by the opposition. Rafsanjani said the Guardians Council missed an opportunity to unite the people and regain their trust.Inside the prayers, worshippers traded competing chants with some hard-liners in the congregation. When the hard-liners chanted death to America, Mousavi supporters countered with death to Russia and death to China,a reference to Ahmadinejad's alliance with both countries.
The Iranian government has accused the U.S. and other Western countries of inciting the massive street protests and interfering with the election. On Thursday, Ahmadinejad demanded and apology from the U.S. as a step toward dialogue between the two countries.They tried to interfere in our elections. They talked nonsense. They were rude. They fomented aggression against people's wealth and property,Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in the northwestern city of Mashhad. The U.S. has denied the government's allegations.More than 500 remain in prison following the government's crackdown and at least 20 were killed. In the past three weeks, the opposition held only one other significant protest before Friday's.The scene outside the university on Friday was tumultuous. Before the sermon, police fired tear gas at hundreds of Mousavi backers trying to enter.When Mahdi Karroubi, another pro-reform candidate in the June election, headed for the prayers, plainclothes Basijis attacked him, shouting death to the opponent of Velayat-e-Faqih,or supreme leader, witnesses said.Also arrested was a prominent women's rights activist, Shadi Sadr, who was beaten by militiamen, pushed into a car and driven away to an unknown location, Mousavi's Web site said.Protests died down by nightfall. After sunset, Iranians could be heard shouting from rooftops,God is great and death to the dictator — a show of opposition support that has been held every night since the election, but appeared louder and more widespread Friday night. On the Net: Mousavi's Web site: http://www.mowjcamp.com
Pacific test will determine Arrow's ability to intercept Iranian missiles close to launch http://www.debka.com/
In a few days, the Israeli anti-missile Arrow system will face the first real test, weather permitting, of its ability to knock out an Iranian Shehab-3 or Sejil II ballistic missile at the outset of its flight toward Israel, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The test will take place off central California's Pacific coast.
Lieut. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, said Tuesday, July 14: The test will allow Israel to measure its advanced Arrow 3 system against a target with a range of more than 620 miles (1,000 km), too long for previous Arrow test sites in the eastern Mediterranean.The test will try and engage a target not only upwards of 1,000 km distant but close to its launch.Until now, our military sources report, Arrow tests have been restricted by the small area of the Mediterranean Sea, the heavy air and maritime traffic in and above it, and the location of the Israeli missile launch site at Palmahim, from which missile flight westward is limited to a few hundred kilometers and disallowed in any other direction.
None of its 16 test flights has exercised the full potential of the Arrow's operational range for intercepting the flight path of possible Iranian missile attack on Israel.For this reason, the Israeli missile command described past tests as 100 percent successful, while the Americans rated their success 90 percent.The Pacific test will be launched from a point between Point Mugu and Santa Barbara north-west of Los Angeles. It will test the Arrow in uninterrupted flight against a target in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The closest land to the site is Japan. According to our military sources, this third Arrow exercise from a US site will also examine US-Israeli cooperation in missile interception in the event of an Iranian response to a possible Israeli strike at Iran's nuclear facilities or an Iranian pre-emptive missile attack on Israel. General O'Reilly announced that this would be the first full test of the ability of the American and Israeli intercept systems to work together and provides us the opportunity to have the Patriot system, the THAAD system and the Aegis system all interacting with the Arrow system so that we're demonstrating full interoperability as we execute this test.The significance of this disclosure is that for the first time, the joint operational capabilities of the Israel-based missile intercept systems and the American missile-intercept systems stationed in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf will be tested.
The exercise will also examine cooperation between the Israeli anti-aircraft defenses and the American satellites' early warning devices for missile launches. The Israeli and US arrays are connected through the sophisticated FBX-T radar station positioned at Israel's Nevatim airbase in the Negev, which is operated by soldiers and technicians belonging to EUCOM, the US European theater command. DEBKAfile's military sources report that the exercise will not feature full operation of the American intercept systems, nor will American intercept missiles be launched, except for their sensor assets. In other words, the diverse radar systems will be activated to simulate an American-Israeli response to a missile attack.
Solana calls for UN to impose deadline for Palestinian state
European Union's foreign policy chief urges Security Council to set tangible deadline for formation of Palestinian state, endorse overall solution for issues of border parameters, refugees, control over Jerusalem; Israel says proposal 'undermines peace efforts'Jerusalem dismissed Sunday evening European Union Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana's call for the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state by a certain deadline even if the Israelis and Palestinians have not reached agreement among themselves.The Foreign Ministry released a statement saying Resolutions 242 and 338 of the United Nations, the roadmap (peace plan) and agreements between Israel and the Palestinians all cautiously determine that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only be reached through negotiations by the sides.Israel has declared its willingness for the immediate resumption of the peace talks with no preconditions. Any other approach, including one that calls for setting an artificial deadline for the negotiations, undermines the efforts to reach an agreement between (Israel and the Palestinian Authority),the statement read. Solana made his comments on Saturday at a lecture in London while Palestinian and Israeli peace talks remain stalled. The Palestinians have said they will not revive peace talks unless there is a halt to Israel's settlement activities in the West Bank: After a fixed deadline, a UN Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution,Solana said, adding this should include border parameters, refugees, control over the city of Jerusalem and security arrangements.
It would accept the Palestinian state as a full member of the UN, and set a calendar for implementation. It would mandate the resolution of other remaining territorial disputes and legitimize the end of claims,Solana went on. Advocating a return to Israel's borders before the 1967 war with Egypt, Syria and Jordan in which it took the West Bank, Solana said mediators should set a timetable for a peace agreement. If the parties are not able to stick to it (the timetable), then a solution backed by the international community should be put on the table,He said. The EU, along with the United States, Russia and the United Nations, is part of the Quartet of Middle East Negotiators.
Israeli warships rehearse for Iran attack in Red Sea
Two Israeli missile class warships have sailed through the Suez Canal ten days after a submarine capable of launching a nuclear missile strike, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.The deployment into the Red Sea, confirmed by Israeli officials, was a clear signal that Israel was able to put its strike force within range of Iran at short notice. It came before long-range exercises by the Israeli air force in America later this month and the test of a missile defense shield at a US missile range in the Pacific Ocean.Israel has strengthened ties with Arab nations who also fear a nuclear-armed Iran. In particular, relations with Egypt have grown increasingly strong this year over the shared mutual distrust of Iran, according to one Israeli diplomat. Israeli naval vessels would likely pass through the Suez Canal for an Iranian strike. This is preparation that should be taken seriously. Israel is investing time in preparing itself for the complexity of an attack on Iran. These maneuvers are a message to Iran that Israel will follow up on its threats,an Israeli defense official said.It is believed that Israel’s missile-equipped submarines, and its fleet of advanced aircraft, could be used to strike at in excess of a dozen nuclear-related targets more than 800 miles from Israel.Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, said that his Government explicitly allowed passage of Israeli vessels, and an Israeli admiral said that the drills were run regularly with the full co-operation of the Egyptians.Two Israeli Saar class missile boats and a Dolphin class submarine have passed through Suez. Israel has six Dolphin-class submarines, three of which are widely believed to carry nuclear missiles.
Israel will also soon test an Arrow interceptor missile on a US missile range in the Pacific Ocean. The system is designed to defend Israel from ballistic missile attacks by Iran and Syria. Lieutenant-General Patrick O’Reilly, the director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, said that Israel would test against a target with a range of more than 630 miles (1,000km) — too long for previous Arrow test sites in the eastern Mediterranean.The Israeli air force, meanwhile, will send F16C fighter jets to participate in exercises at Nellis Air Force base in Nevada this month. Israeli C130 Hercules transport aircraft will also compete in the Rodeo 2009 competition at McChord Air Force base in Washington.It is not by chance that Israel is drilling long-range maneuvers in a public way. This is not a secret operation. This is something that has been published and which will showcase Israel’s abilities, said an Israeli defense official.He added that in the past, Israel had run a number of covert long-range drills. A year ago, Israeli jets flew over Greece in one such drill, while in May, reports surfaced that Israeli air force aircraft were staging exercises over Gibraltar. An Israeli attack on a weapons convoy in Sudan bound for militants in the Gaza Strip earlier this year was also seen as a rehearsal for hitting moving convoys.