There is a reason why every fiat currency in the history of the world has eventually failed. At some point, those issuing fiat currencies always find themselves giving in to the temptation to wildly print more money. Sometimes, the motivation for doing this is good. When an economy is really struggling, those that have been entrusted with the management of that economy can easily fall for the lie that things would be better if people just had “more money”. Today, the Federal Reserve finds itself faced with a scenario that is very similar to what the Weimar Republic was facing nearly 100 years ago. Like the Weimar Republic, the U.S. economy is also struggling and like the Weimar Republic, the U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt. Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve has decided to adopt the same solution that the Weimar Republic chose. The Federal Reserve is recklessly printing money out of thin air, and in the short-term some positive things have come out of it. But quantitative easing worked for the Weimar Republic for a little while too. At first, more money caused economic activity to increase and unemployment was low. But all of that money printing destroyed faith in German currency and in the German financial system and ultimately Germany experienced an economic meltdown that the world is still talking about today. This is the path that the Federal Reserve is taking America down, but most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening. More
U.S. military personnel will face a disruption in pay if Congress doesn’t quickly pass a budget and raise the debt ceiling, President Barack Obama warned in his weekly address Saturday. “The government will shut down. So will many services the American people will expect,” Obama said, speaking of the consequences he says the country will suffer if Congress can’t come to an agreement on a continuing resolution bill. “Military personnel, including those deployed overseas, won’t get their paychecks on time.” On Friday, the House stripped funding for the president’s landmark healthcare law from a continuing resolution bill to fund the government. If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reinserts the funding when the bill reaches the Senate, which he most likely will, some Republicans have threatened filibuster it. Obama said these Republicans are part of a “faction on the right” who are acting at the “height of irresponsibility.” “Some are actually willing to plunge America into default if they can’t defund the Affordable Care Act,” Obama said. “They would actually plunge this country back into recession all to deny the basic security of healthcare to millions of Americans.” More
The new operating system that Apple rolled out last week has a feature unrelated to technology that may surprise some users. A Blaze tipster informed us that the new world clock options on the iOS 7 list Jerusalem without a country. We checked and that does appear to be the case. While other cities that start with the letter J are paired with their home country, such as Jakarta, Indonesia and Johannesburg, South Africa, Jerusalem is listed alone, without denoting Israel, for which it is its capital. Palestinians also claim Jerusalem as their capital. Of the other cities on the time zone settings offered by Apple that this reporter reviewed , every other city appears with a home country besides three exceptions. The other outliers besides Jerusalem are Taipei and Vatican City which also appear alone. While TheBlaze has not yet received a response from Apple’s media relations department as to why Jerusalem is listed without a country, past similar actions by other entities have been motivated by Middle East politics. Most notably, the State Department continues to refuse to denote Israel as the place of birth on the passports of U.S. citizens who were born in Jerusalem. A federal appeals court in July ruled in favor of the State Department in the case of Zivitofsky v. the Secretary of State. The parents of eleven-year-old Menachem Zivitofsky, a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem, took the U.S. government to court after being denied a request to name “Israel” as the birthplace of their son. By contrast, Americans born in other cities like Tel Aviv do receive the Israel designation on their passports. More
Iran’s president called Israel a threat to the region Sunday while insisting his own country is “loyal” to its pledge not to seek nuclear weapons. The comments by Hasan Rouhani came on the eve of his trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, and amid a charm offensive aimed at thawing ties with the West. Speaking at a military parade to mark the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war, the recently elected president also said that he seeks to resume talks with world powers to settle the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Rouhani did not mention Israel by name at the military event — which displayed missiles capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the region — but the reference was clear. “A regime is a threat for the region that has trampled all international treaties regarding weapons of mass destruction,” he said, noting Israel’s undeclared but widely presumed nuclear arsenal. “No nation will accept war and diplomacy on (the same) table.” More
A mother-of-three told of her disgust after finding a ‘brain’ in a packet of Lidl passata sauce this week. Horrified Julleen Marter, 47, made the gruesome discovery as she prepared a family meal of chilli con carne. She was shocked when she poured the passata into a pan last Thursday and noticed chunks of grey matter floating in the sauce. After cutting the carton open, Julleen discovered a strange round ‘brain-like’ object at the bottom which measured about 10cm in diameter. Astonishingly, Julleen, from Worcester, claims a Lidl’s customer service worker laughed at her when she rang up to complain. Julleen said: ‘After pouring the tomato passata in, I noticed the consistency was not as it should be. ‘I also noticed the normally bright red sauce was turning a really horrible black colour. ‘I realised that there was something in the bottom of the carton so proceeded to cut it open with scissors and to my horror discovered something which I can only describe as strange. ‘I am not sure if it was animal or plant but it looks like a brain-type material. More
Four Christian universities in Oklahoma have filed suit against the Obama administration to challenge the requirement that they provide insurance coverage for sterilizations, contraception and drugs that they believe induce abortions. Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Mid-America Christian University are being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is currently handling 13 other lawsuits pertaining to the Affordable Care Act. “Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to the beliefs that define them,” commented ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor in a statement announcing the suit. “This mandate leaves religious employers with no real choice: you must either comply and abandon your religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be taxed for your faith. If religious convictions mean nothing in this context, there is no stopping what the government can ultimately do.” The legal challenge explains that if Christian universities “follow their religious convictions and decline to participate in the government’s scheme, they will face, among other injuries, enormous fines that will cripple their operations.” It also asserts that the “rationale for entirely exempting churches and integrated auxiliaries from the regulations–their employees are likely to share their religious convictions–applies equally to the Universities.” More
Christian advocacy groups are at odds over whether a 10 year, $39 billion cut to food stamps that the House of Representatives passed earlier this week would improve the livelihood of America’s poor. Rev. Gary Cook, the Director of Church Relations at Christian anti-hunger advocacy group, Bread for the World, has told The Christian Post that he is worried that the latest cuts could further marginalize the most vulnerable, rather than mobilize people back to work. Cook explained that the cuts would cut off able-bodied adult Americans without dependents who had been receiving food stamps, even though they were not working. Currently, these individuals can qualify for food stamps “if governors discover that there really aren’t any jobs or there aren’t any job training spots for people to get into.” States then can apply for an exemption that would allow these individuals to still receive foods stamps, explained Cook. ”The people who take advantage of this are some of the poorest of the poor people in the country,” Cook told CP. “Their average annual income is $2200 a person. They are among the most difficult to employee. If the government says our economy works well, when we have five or six percent unemployment, because that’s our policy, at least they can eat.” But according to Ken Blackwell, who is the Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the conservative Christian lobbying group, Family Research Council, programs like food stamps prevented people from being truly empowered. More
The US is pushing Russia into approving a UN resolution that would allow for military intervention in Syria, in exchange for American support of Syria’s accession to OPCW, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. “Our American partners are starting to blackmail us: ‘If Russia does not support a resolution under Chapter 7, then we will withdraw our support for Syria’s entry into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This is a complete departure from what I agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry’,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Channel 1′s Sunday Time program. Chapter 7 of the UN charter would allow for potential military intervention in Syria. The head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry went on to say he was surprised by the West’s “negligent”approach to the conflict. “Our partners are blinded by an ideological mission for regime change,” said Lavrov. “They cannot admit they have made another mistake.” Slamming the West’s intervention in Libya and Iraq, the foreign minister stated that military intervention could only lead to a catastrophe in the region. Moreover, he stressed that if the West really was interested in a peaceful solution to the conflict that has raged for over two years, they would now be pushing for Syria’s entry into the OPCW in the first place, not for the ouster of President Bashar Assad. “I am convinced that the West is doing this to demonstrate that they call the shots in the Middle East. This is a totally politicized approach,” said Lavrov. More
Teens and college students are turning their dorms and basements into laboratory’s, all to get a quick buzz but the methods they use are crude. Alcohol is vaporize using air pumps and then liquor is poured over dry ice whilst trying to inhale the fumes. The consequences of ‘smoking’ or vaporizing alcohol can be quite dangerous. Dr Timothy Dougherty of Philadelphia explains the thrill, ‘It immediately goes into the bloodstream, and from the bloodstream goes into the brain, so it does happen very very quickly.’ Therein lies the problem, medical professionals say. Smoking liquor sends the alcohol straight to the lungs and brain, bypassing the body’s normal methods of processing it. ’Smoking alcohol is like a night of binge-drinking in an instant,’ Gaylord Lopez, director of the Georgia Poison Center in Atlanta. It comes with the risk of alcohol overdose or even poisoning and an unknown potential for brain damage. More
All around the world, from Seoul to Seattle, millions of students will gather at their schools’ flagpoles next Wednesday, Sept. 25, to pray for their schools, their friends, their leaders, and for their country at the annual See You at the Pole™ prayer gathering. The First Amendment guarantees students the right to pray on school grounds. During any non-instructional time—before or after school, in between classes, during the lunch hour, or on the playing field—students may express their opinions verbally or in writing. Prayer is a form of speech and, therefore, during non-instructional time, students have the constitutional right to pray individually or in groups. Students are not required to ask permission from the school administration to pray at the pole, but it is courteous and may preclude confrontations on the day of the event. Read and print off Liberty Counsel’s See You at the Pole™ legal guidelines, and give Liberty Counsel a call should someone object. On the day of the event, remember the goal is prayer, not confrontation. Take the prayer off campus, such as the sidewalk in front of school, and pray! Afterwards, call Liberty Counsel to address the situation. “Liberty Counsel will provide education and, if necessary, legal representation to make sure that youth all over America will be able to gather at the annual See You at the Pole™ event,” says Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Revival preceded the American Revolution,” Staver says. “America was birthed in prayer. America will be sustained in prayer.” Charisma
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide attack on a historic Christian church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 78 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan in years. The attack occurred as worshipers left All Saints Church in the old quarter of the regional capital, Peshawar, after a service on Sunday morning. Up to 600 people had attended the service and were leaving to receive free food being distributed on the lawn outside when two explosions ripped through the crowd. “As soon as the service finished and the food was being distributed, all of a sudden we heard one explosion, followed by another,” said Azim Ghori, a witness. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, who arrived in Peshawar on Sunday evening, said that 78 people had been killed, including 34 women and 7 children. “Such an attack on women and children is against humanity,” Mr. Khan said. Akhtar Ali Shah, the home secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said that more than 100 people had been wounded. Mr. Khan said that 37 of those were children. More
Iran paraded 30 missiles with a nominal range of 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) Sunday, the first time it had displayed so many with the theoretical capacity to hit Israeli targets. Iran displayed 12 Sejil and 18 Ghadr missiles at the annual parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The stated range of both missiles would put not only Israel but also US bases in the Gulf within reach. But in his speech at the parade, President Hassan Rowhani insisted the weaponry on show was for defensive purposes only. ”In the past 200 years, Iran has never attacked another country,” he said. ”Today too, the armed forces of the Islamic Republic and its leadership will never launch any aggressive action in the region. ”But they will always resist aggressors determinedly until victory.” The Sejil was first tested in November 2008 and the Ghadr in September of the following year. Both are two-stage missiles that use solid fuel that allows them to be moved around and launched rapidly. France24
KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his weapon against U.S. troops Saturday, killing three in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, in another apparent attack by a member of the Afghan forces against their international allies. The shooting took place in Gardez, capital of eastern Paktia province, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, said. The area, near the border with Pakistan, has been a front line in fighting with the Taliban and other militants. The attack took place inside a base of the Afghan army in the city, according to a security official in Gardez, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give details while the incident was still under investigation. A U.S. Defense Department official confirmed that all three soldiers were Americans, but that no further details would be released until after their relatives had been notified. NATO said the shooting was carried out by a gunman wearing the uniform of the Afghan National Security Forces, but it gave no further details. More
‘IS THIS AMERICA?’: PARENT ‘MANHANDLED’, ARRESTED WHILE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST COMMON CORE AT PUBLIC FORUM
A parent in Towson, Md., was arrested Thursday night at a public forum after vocally expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to use Common Core standards in its curriculum. Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum. The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask questions or comment. Parents and other attendants were instead asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and officials would read them. However, Small began speaking out against the district’s use of Common Core, prompting a security guard, who was also a police officer, to approach him and order him to leave. “Let’s go!” he said sternly. When Small didn’t immediately comply, the officer began pulling his arm and pushing him towards the exit. Some audience members gasped at the cop’s use of force. “Don’t stand for this,” the father said as he was dragged out. “You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?” Small also urged other parents to demand answers on Common Core and the curriculum being used to educate their children. More
SAN LEANDRO – Over the objections of residents and human rights groups, the city will raise the flag of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, a day that honors the formation of the sovereign state in 1949 by communist leader Mao Zedong. The City Council voted 4-3 Monday to approve the request by Councilman Benny Lee, a Chinese-American who said he intended the move as a sign of support for the city’s growing Chinese population and a sign the city is open for Chinese business and investment. The approval — endorsed by Lee and fellow council members Ursula Reed, Diana Souza and Jim Prola — garnered applause, as well as boos and shouts of displeasure from a packed council chamber. ”Raising the flag gives us the opportunity to show the openness to the people of China, the business people of China, to show that we welcome that investment and we welcome the prosperity,” Lee said. Raising the flag also is a way “to acknowledge and accept the people of Asian ancestry, Chinese ancestry” in San Leandro, he said. More
Muslims in Montgomery County, Md., are petitioning local school officials to add two Islamic holidays that vary from year to year to the school calendar, and if needed, to shorten the “winter break” to make up for the days off. “There is no need for any MCPS students to miss classroom instruction time if schools were to close for Eid holidays,” their petition argues. “There is a state law that mandates at least 180 classroom instruction days per year. That won’t change. If schools were to close on Eid holidays the missed days could easily be made up by slightly shortening the lengthy winter or summer breaks. “Alternatively any of the many pre-existing school closings could be moved to coincide with Eid holidays,” the petition argues. The Muslims want schools to close on Islamic holidays because they observe the Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas, and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The dates of Muslim holidays vary because they are based on the Islamic calendar. The Muslims argue that the county schools already close on “Christmas, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover.” The school calendar, however, notes that Yom Kippur is on a Saturday, and Passover is not mentioned. Nevertheless, they want recognition of Eid al-Fitr, to mark the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, marking a pilgrimage to Mecca. “Currently the thousands of Muslim MCPS staff and students have to choose between their education and observing their religious practices,” the coalition argues. “This is not a choice that our Christian and Jewish neighbors face on their holidays.” More
Want to see your tax dollars promoting Islam and giving Muslims at an Islamic school in New York an opportunity to complain that other people don’t understand them, don’t respect them and discriminate against them in restaurants? Oh, and you’ll also learn that Islam gave women rights in the 7th century that women in the West had to live without until the 19th and 20th centuries. Just tune in to the multimedia page at the website for the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The Schenectady, N.Y, attraction is a part of the National Park Service. It highlights the campaign for women’s rights and has created a series of at least three videos with students from the local AnNur Islamic School. The videos provide a forum for students to boast about Islam and complain about how they are treated. The students also express their beliefs about their own behavior and conduct. And there’s the mention of women’s rights. Says one student on camera: “People think that Islam oppresses women and there’s no equality, but they’re wrong – there’s equity … 7th century A.D. Islam gave women the right to be involved in politics, the right to earn and keep her own money.” The student said Islam “gave women the right to work outside of the home, Islam gave women the right to own property, Islam gave women the right to divorce, Islam gave women the right to choose who she marries.” More
The United States is making a behind-the-scenes effort to convince Israel it won’t fall for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive and prematurely ease pressure on Tehran on the nuclear issue, Israeli and American media reported at the weekend. Even as President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani exchanged letters and Obama indicated a readiness to engage with the new president, mulling a possible meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York next week, US administration officials were staying in close contact with their counterparts in Jerusalem on less visible diplomatic channels. Administration officials have had several conversations with their Israeli counterparts recently to assure them that Rouhani’s outreach — which has seen the new Iranian president give a US TV interview, pen an op-ed in the Washington Post, and send other conciliatory messages to the US — will not prompt a reduction in sanctions pressure designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Friday night. More
Oregonians warned to prepare for ‘big one’ – roads cut off for 5 years, no electricity for 3 months, no gas for 6 months
September 22, 2013 – OREGON – Sitting on a major fault line, Oregon is “like an eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy, due any time now” for a major earthquake, a geologist with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management told an overflow crowd Friday in Medford. “We’re in the zone, and we’d darn well better get ourselves ready for it,” said Althea Rizzo, geology hazard coordinator for OEM. “A lot of you may have moved here from California to escape them, but the fact is, Oregon is earthquake country.” About half the hands went up when Rizzo asked how many had been through a California earthquake. Rizzo said there’s a 37 percent chance the Big One will happen in the next 50 years. A major earthquake would cripple transportation on Interstate 5 as bridges and overpasses collapse from two to four minutes of ground shaking, possible very severe, with stressful aftershocks for weeks. “It’s going to shake here,” she said. “Single-family homes will bounce off their foundations. Landslides will cause transportation between I-5 and (Highway) 101 on the coast to be cut off for three to five years.” A big quake will cause liquefaction, in which the ground, if saturated with water, will “turn to pudding,” causing hardware, such as sewer systems, septic lines and gas tanks, to rise up out of the earth. Lines from Washington state gasoline refineries cross 15 rivers, leaving them vulnerable to quake tremors, she says. Most of these were built in the mid-20th century, with no thought to making them quake-resistant, she says, adding that they would be offline for at least six months. Electrical power would be down from one to three months until transformers and the electrical grid get going again, she says.
A region’s markets have food enough for only three days, so families should store at least three weeks of nonperishable food — tuna, beans, freeze-dried items — and other vital commodities, such as toilet paper. Rizzo advocates planning on the household, regional and statewide levels before the inevitable quake emanates from the “big, bad, ugly” Cascadia Subduction Zone, which runs 600 miles from about Eureka, Calif., to the north end of Vancouver Island. The North American tectonic plate, on which the Rogue Valley rests, is moving southwesterly a couple of inches a year, overriding oceanic plates and building up tension. When the tension is released, she said, it causes far-reaching land quakes and lifts an enormous amount of sea water, which will slam the Oregon Coast with tsunamis. Partial quakes happen on an average of every 240 years. The last one was in 1700, so it’s been 213 years. Quakes of the entire length of the zone come every 500 to 600 years and governments should expect those to be 9.0 or more on the Richter scale — tremendously devastating. They cannot be predicted, Rizzo said. Another blow to Oregon would come if vital utilities and transportation were cut off for so long that major businesses left the state and took jobs and money with them. A dozen years ago, Oregon authorized $2 billion in bonds to bolster infrastructure in schools, community colleges and emergency services, but the recession, she said, took that off-track. Rizzo urged several hundred local residents to spread the word to family and friends to take first-aid and Community Emergency Response Team training, store supplies and get to know your neighbors and people who have training and tools. Communities must assess risks to buildings, roads, power, water and sewer lines, she said, adding that people should learn to “drop, cover and hold” and practice getting to safe places in their homes. Wall art should be screwed down, big furniture, water heater and bookcases secured, and heavy items kept close to the floor, not up high where they could fall on people. “You need to practice this over and over because when it’s happening you’re not going to be able to think,” she said. –Mail Tribune
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‘Pulse Passwords’ Are Next Step Towards Permanent Human Microchip Implantations
RELATED STORY: The Mark of the Beast and the Implantable RFID Microchip
The book of Revelation says that in the last days, the whole world is controlled by a ‘mark’ that goes inside your body and through it all buying, selling and any type of financial or personal transactions will controlled. The bible goes on to say that this mark will be connected with the worship of a man – the Antichrist. That man has yet to arrive, but say hello to his mark.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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. 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.”Revelation 13
CBS New York: Passwords, pin numbers, and credit cards could soon be a thing of the past. Soon, your heart and your body might be used to keep track of just about everything if new technology is able to unlock “pulse passwords”.
Your heartbeat reveals more about you than your health, Bionym chief executive officer Karl Martin explained.
“There’s actually unique characteristics that relate to the size of the heart, the position of the heart, and the physiology surrounding the heart,” he said.
Our heartbeats are as unique to us as our fingerprints and now they are being used to replace passwords, key cards, and bank cards, CBS 2′s Kristine Johnson reported. “It’s like your personal pin number is your heartbeat,” Mashable.com’s Lance Ulanoff said.
The technology could allow you to open a door without a key or have tech gadgets like smartphones and tablets unlock the second that you walk into a room. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but experts say it is the wave of the future.
“It’s going to be a way for us to interact with the world around us without having to constantly identify ourselves,” Ulanoff explained.
Bionym, a Canadian company, developed a wristband to recognize the pattern of an individual pulse. The wristband transmits information that allows the user to do things like withdrawing money without a bank card.
“You don’t have to remember anything. You don’t have to do anything special,” Ulanoff said.
Bionym isn’t the only company developing concepts that use the human body as a form of identification. Motorola is working on a temporary tattoo that contains a computer chip and an antenna.
A pill that dissolves and turns the entire body into a transmitter is also in the works.
Security experts say traditional passwords don’t offer much protection from identity thieves. “If they’re alpha numeric, and usually they are because they have to be easy to remember, they’re also correspondingly easier to break into,” security expert Rohit Sethi explained.
The new technology could pose considerable roadblocks for hackers because heartbeats cannot be replicated.
“You’re not going to have a piece of paper in your pocket with your password. You’re going to have it as part of your body so that is safer,” Ulanoff said. Bionym’s wristband is so in tune with its owner that if somebody did steal it, it would not work. The wristband costs about $100 and is expected to hit stores in 2014. source – CBS News/New York