Just today, the world’s 200 richest people made $13.9 billion. In one single day, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. That’s big bickies, as my friends from down-under might say.
We may quibble over the accuracy to the penny of these net-worth estimates, and their daily changes, but Bloomberg is pretty confident, even concerning assets that are not publicly traded. And in case of doubt, they’re left out, Bloomberg explains in its Methodology. And so here is the crème de la crème:
FED’S WEALTH EFFECT: RICHEST 200 MOGULS MADE $13.9 BILLION TODAY
And so central bankers, with glowing support from the bondholder bailout organ, the IMF, inflated by hook or crook and for over five years the prices of assets that these chosen few were holding, and they gave them free money to acquire every asset insight and drive up values even further. It all worked out wonderfully and like clockwork for over five years, and the numbers of this “wealth effect” are truly impressive as we can see above. The only thing that Bernanke regretted not doing, based on his own admission, was to explain the whole noble construct to the American people.
There is nothing like a wealthy central bank chief admitting that he wants to, one, help governments default gradually on their debts; and two, cut the real wages of those less lucky than he – an honesty the Fed never dared to exhibit when it inflicted waves of QE on American workers.
Read…. Draghi’s Bold Push For Creeping Defaults And Real Wage Cuts (Illustrated With Hilarious Cartoon)
This is how empires collapse: one complicit participant at a time.
THIS IS HOW EMPIRES COLLAPSE
The modern interpretation of Romans 13 is pure blasphemy. This scripture has been morphed into a doctrine espousing the “Divine Right of Kings” in which God has somehow chosen a king to ruthlessly rule over a people and it is incumbent upon the people to accept their “God-given fate”, The flock are commanded to “…submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” This false interpretation is nothing but a divine coronation of a ruthless, self-serving government and Christians are expected to capitulate and honor the same kind of thievery, lawlessness and murder which inspired Jesus to expel the moneychangers from the Temple..
Is your church a friend or foe? Is your church is a 501-C-3 tax exempt church? Is your church an agent of the government? If your church leadership does not condemn anything controversial, no matter how antithetical to the word of God, you are not worshiping in a Christian church. If your church is a 501-C-3 tax exempt church, your church leadership has already been taught to educate the flock to follow the will of the government, no matter how heinous the actions of these people may be. Does the following sound like your 501-3-C pastor?
Romans 13 Does Not Equate to the Divine Right of Kings
Another important lesson from this incident is the value of a well-armed citizenry. The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.
Such domination is considerably more difficult when people have arms and can put up significant resistance. This is the reason that brutal dictators like Fidel Castro, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin tried to disarm the populace before imposing governmental control. Such domination could occur in America in the not-too-distant future if we are not vigilant.
When government looks more like foe than friend
Feds who send arms against ranch families betray American values
Reid: ‘Something Will Happen’ To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy
Dassault Aviation announced that last month it came a step closer to making science fiction reality when it conducted a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. The flight off the coast of the south of France took place on March 20, and for almost two hours the nEUROn kept station with the other planes as they flew over the several hundred kilometers out over the Mediterranean. According to Dassault, this was the first time an unmanned combat aircraft achieved formation flight.
Dassault achieves world’s first formation flight of combat drone and manned aircraft
US Secretary of State John Kerry has blamed the sudden deadlock in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Israel’s plans to build additional apartments in Gilo, a southern Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the Green Line. This indicates America’s profound misunderstanding of the situation. With over 40,000 residents, Gilo is to be part of Israel under any agreement. More importantly, the peace negotiations have little chance of succeeding as long as the Palestinians demand the partition of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is not up for grabs
Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, the army said on Tuesday, angering Arab MPs who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims. Military service will remain voluntary for Israel’s 130,000 Christian Arabs as it is for its more than 1.3 million Muslim Arabs but only Christians will receive the call-up papers, an army spokesman said.
Israeli army to start calling up Christians
Do the nations and Israel really believe the lie, that they shall not surely die for having consumed the wine of wrath in the cup of fornication? Does Israel call upon Christians to join it’s army, as with any nation on Earth, as Israel and the nations foundation for their defense rests as the bottomless pit of the Antichrist market Beast now upon this last generation?
THE ANSWER IS YES! All NATIONS ”AND ESPECIALLY ISRAEL” ARE SO DECEIVED AND CALL FOR JUDGMENT!
The mark of ”debt” is upon Israel’s door, and The Beast is risen upon Israel. The Lion Of Babylon has mounted Israel and Israel has aborted the mercy of our Father in Christ. Death shall not passover Israel and the nations, they are drunk and fallen from the saddle. The seal of mercy is upon the Saints among all nations and Israel, and no Saint stands in defense of The Lost City Of Babylon or any of her daughters.
Judgment shall come upon all nations and tongues, the nations and Israel cry for the prophetic false peace and security now, ”knowing” full and well their offense under their wings and thereby stand as the accuser, marked and sealed unto the great tribulation demanded by their want for mercy.
Groupthink Or Black Swan Rising? Not A Single ‘Economist’ Expects An Economic Downturn
A 100% Consensus
This doesn’t happen very often. Marketwatch reports that Jim Bianco points out in a recent market comment that the 67 economists taking part in a regular Bloomberg survey have a unanimous forecast regarding treasury bond yields: they will be higher 6 months from now. This is a truly striking result, and given the well-known propensity of mainstream economists to guess wrong (their forecasts largely consist of extrapolating the most recent short term trend), it may provide us with a few insights.
In fact, considering that there have been only a handful of instances since 2009 when a majority of the economists surveyed predicted a decline in yields, we can already state that their forecasts regarding treasuries are quite often (though obviously not always) wide of the mark. In fact, so far this year they are already wrong again – and so are fund managers, as they hold their lowest exposure to treasuries in seven years.
This is not the only thing there is complete unanimity about. Not a single economist taking part in a separate survey believes an economic downturn is possible.
Note also that the transition from expansion to contraction is usually quite swift, and never widely expected.
This is an astonishing degree of consensus thinking, but it perfectly mirrors the complacency we see in stock market sentiment and positioning data. The probability that such a unanimous view will turn out to be correct is traditionally extremely low. The economy is likely resting on a much weaker foundation than is generally believed. This is not least the result of massive monetary pumping and deficit spending, both of which tend to severely weaken the economy on a structural level, even though they can create a temporary illusion of ‘growth’.
Those that dawn the uniform, mark of Israel’s offense, and the Antichrist contempt upon the nations shall perish, for they have accepted the mark of the beast and are condemned. Jerusalem is a cursed fig tree who’s leaves shall cry for delivery, Yahshua The Bread Of Life, but first the nations shall be shaken so as to provoke her prophetic want. Israel is the Whore of Babylon and the nations are under foot, but, as The Stone is cut without had, Jerusalem cries for the fire of Elijah to come down, and so it is written; And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.;
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”;
Thou hast multiplied the nation, Thou hast made great its joy, They have joyed before Thee as the joy in harvest, As [men] rejoice in their apportioning spoil. 4 Because the yoke of its burden, And the staff of its shoulder, the rod of its exactor, Thou hast broken as [in] the day of Midian. 5 For every battle of a warrior [is] with rushing, and raiment rolled in blood, And it hath been for burning — fuel of fire.
6 For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. To the increase of the princely power, And of peace, there is no end, On the throne of David, and on his kingdom, To establish it, and to support it, In judgment and in righteousness, Henceforth, even unto the age, The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts doth this. 8 A word hath the Lord sent into Jacob, And it hath fallen in Israel;
and he did cry in might — a great voice, saying, `Fall, fall did Babylon the great, and she became a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird, 3 because of the wine of the wrath of her whoredom have all the nations drunk, and the kings of the earth with her did commit whoredom, and merchants of the earth from the power of her revel were made rich. 4 And I heard another voice out of the heaven, saying, `Come forth out of her, My people, that ye may not partake with her sins, and that ye may not receive of her plagues, 5 because her sins did follow — unto the heaven, and God did remember her unrighteousness. 6 Render to her as also she did render to you, and double to her doubles according to her works; in the cup that she did mingle mingle to her double. 7 `As much as she did glorify herself and did revel, so much torment and sorrow give to her, because in her heart she saith, I sit a queen, and a widow I am not, and sorrow I shall not see; 8 because of this, in one day, shall come her plagues, death, and sorrow, and famine; and in fire she shall be utterly burned, because strong [is] the Lord God who is judging her; 9 and weep over her, and smite themselves for her, shall the kings of the earth, who with her did commit whoredom and did revel, when they may see the smoke of her burning, 10 from afar having stood because of the fear of her torment, saying, Wo, wo, the great city! Babylon, the strong city! because in one hour did come thy judgment.
And when ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (whoever is reading let him understand), then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains; 15 and he upon the house-top, let him not come down to the house, nor come in to take anything out of his house; 16 and he who is in the field, let him not turn to the things behind, to take up his garment. 17 `And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; 18 and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, 19 for those days shall be tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the creation that God created, till now, and may not be; 20 and if the Lord did not shorten the days, no flesh had been saved; but because of the chosen, whom He did choose to Himself, He did shorten the days..
and having seen a fig-tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he shall find anything in it, and having come to it, he found nothing except leaves, for it was not a time of figs, 14 and Jesus answering said to it, `No more from thee — to the age — may any eat fruit;’ and his disciples were hearing. 15 And they come to Jerusalem, and Jesus having gone into the temple, began to cast forth those selling and buying in the temple, and the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those selling the doves, he overthrew,.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, —>>>before <<<—the great and terrible day of the Lord come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
The important part of the story that Lewis misstates is that there is no conspiracy, no illegal activities. All of the strategies used in HFT are not only legal, but they are the result of extensive rule making and public hearings by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA and the major exchanges. So while Lewis is right to say that these strategies “screw” retail customers in a practical sense, the fact is that the activity has been entirely blessed by Congress, regulators and the major exchanges.
In “Flash Boys,” Michael Lewis Misses the Point — Deliberately
For example, when Lewis talks about the fact that Virtu Financial had made money almost every day for five years, the reader is given the impression that the speed of the trading gave Virtu and other HFT shops the advantage. But the reality is that the high frequency trader not only executes before the retail customer, as Lewis describes, but is always first in line. This structural duplicity is programed into the system, but is perfectly kosher under Reg NMS.
Indeed, the real scandal is that all of this has been entirely blessed by the SEC, FINRA and the major exchanges and is described in the voluminous public documentation for permitted order types. But suffice to say, virtually nobody in the Big Media or at most Wall Street firms understand any of this or knows, for example, that there are over 100 different order types allowed by the SEC and FINRA under current law and regulations.
“Flash Boys” is a book written for Hollywood instead of the history books or policy makers. Just as the hyper-popular “Wolf of Wall Street” was not an accurate portrayal of fraudster Tom Prousalis, as his daughter Christina testifies, the story line in “Flash Boys” is more fictional dramatization than fact. The true perpetrators in Michael Lewis’ tale of Wall Street greed and corruption are, in order of complicity, the US Congress, the SEC, FINRA and major exchanges, and last but not least the community of Buy and Sell Side Advisors, who genuinely do not understand how HFT really works. That covers just about everybody.
As illustrator Walt Kelly’s Pogo said famously: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Flash Boys Has Been Dethroned At The Top Of The Amazon Bestseller List By This Book
Hmmm. What could account for that? Could it be the last broadcast of the “Lawrence Welk Show?” Or the blast off of the Apollo 14 mission to the Moon? Or could it have something to do with the mysterious D.B. Cooper, who bailed out of the plane he hijacked, never to be seen again? A timeline of 1971 offers so many possibilities. But, say, what about the possibility that it was in the middle of 1971, in August, that America closed the gold window at which it was supposed to redeem in specie dollars presented by foreign central banks. That was the default that ended the era of the Bretton Woods monetary system.
That’s the default that opened the age of fiat money. Or the era that President Nixon supposedly summed up in with Milton Friedman’s immortal words, “We’re all Keynesians now.” This is an age that has seen a sharp change in unemployment patterns. Before this date, unemployment was, by today’s standards, low. This was a pattern that held in Europe (these columns wrote about it in “George Soros’ Two Cents”) and in America (“Yellen’s Missing Jobs”). From 1947 to 1971, unemployment in America ran at the average rate of 4.7%; since 1971 the average unemployment rate has averaged 6.4%. Could this have been a factor in the soaring income inequality that also emerged in the age of fiat money?
This is the question the liberals don’t want to discuss, even acknowledge.
he who is believing in him is not judged, but he who is not believing hath been judged already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 `And this is the judgment, that the light hath come to the world, and men did love the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil;
20 for every one who is doing wicked things hateth the light, and doth not come unto the light, that his works may not be detected;
21 but he who is doing the truth doth come to the light, that his works may be manifested, that in God they are having been wrought.’
he who from above is coming is above all; he who is from the earth, from the earth he is, and from the earth he speaketh; he who from the heaven is coming is above all.
32 `And what he hath seen and heard this he doth testify, and his testimony none receiveth;
33 he who is receiving his testimony did seal that God is true;
34 for he whom God sent, the sayings of God he speaketh; for not by measure doth God give the Spirit;
35 the Father doth love the Son, and all things hath given into his hand;
36 he who is believing in the Son, hath life age-during; and he who is not believing the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God doth remain upon him.’.
Israel’s Air Force Chief Warns of ‘Sudden’ War
shel says the threat of a sudden war erupting on multiple fronts is much more relevant today.
Syria has invested in the “best air defenses it could buy,” Israel’s air force chief said on Wednesday. That could embolden Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to do things he might not have done in the past.
And if the regime collapses tomorrow, those weapons could be dispersed and pointed at Israel, he said, which means a surprise war could take many forms.
Eshel is just one of the latest Israeli military leaders warning of the possibility of a sudden or multi-front war.
Covenant With Many
But [a]of the times and [b]seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For ye yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall come, even as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then shall come upon them sudden destruction, as the travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
4 [c]But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day shall come on you, as it were a thief.
Despite US court ruling, ‘Jerusalem’ not likely to be on American passports
“But I will send you Elijah the prophet before that great and terrifying day of the ·Lord’s judging [L Lord]. 6 Elijah will ·help parents love [L turn the hearts of fathers/parents to] their children and ·children love [L turn children to] their parents. Otherwise, I will come and ·put a curse on the land [strike the land with a curse/destruction].”
“The chisel itself was found inside rubble of stone chips that fell from the stonemasons working on the rocks comprising the Western Wall,” he added according to Tazpit’s report Wednesday, adding he believes a worker using the chisel dropped it from a high wall.
The 2,000-Year-Old Artifact Uncovered in Jerusalem — and Here’s What Archaeologists Believe It Was Used For
Obama also assured Japan that tiny isles in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan’s defense. That is long-stated U.S. policy, but the confirmation by the president is likely to be welcome in Japan.
“The policy of the United States is clear – the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of … the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Obama said, using the Japanese name for the islands that are known as the Diaoyu in China, which also claims them.
“And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” he said.
Japanese and Chinese naval vessels and coastguard ships have played cat-and-mouse around the disputed islets since Japan’s government bought the then-privately owned territory in 2012.
Godzilla 666 POTUS Puke reassures Japan, other allies Of The Beast on The Great Wal Mart Of China ahead of Godzilla 666 visit
The news takes on greater significance in the light of the fact that US President, Barack Obama, will visit South Korea at the end of this week.
Part of the Obama’s Asian Tour, in which he will travel to four Asian nations, the President will arrive in South Korea on Friday
South Korea: North Korea could launch nuclear missile tests ‘at any moment’
New Home Sales collapsed 14.5% month-over-month to its lowest since July 2013. A mere 384k versus 450k expectations is the biggest miss since July. So much for the Spring buying season… This is a 7 standard deviation miss against the smart economists’ estimates! Whocouldanode that when the free-money sponsored fast money leaves the game that real people with real debt and real wages are simply priced out of buying a new home? Supply of unsold new homes jumps to 6 months, its highest since Oct 2011 (as once again the visible hand’s interference has produced yet another mal-investment boom as the ‘if we build it, they will come’ builders face an ugly reality).
New Home Sales Collapse To 8 Month Lows
This is our best attempt at playing clueless propaganda cheerleaders also known as economists:
Q. Why did new home sales crash in all regions except the traditionally coldest, wettest, and snowiest Northeast, where sales rose?
A. Uhm, because it obviously snowed everywhere except in the Northeast.
And there you have it: spin 101 for braindead zombies and vacuum tubes.
Explaining The Horrendous Home Sales Report: It Snowed Everywhere But In The Northeast
…and I saw Him, knowing I am a friend sitting in the booth, as He also sat. Then the pillar of fire that came after the destructive storm rose upon the city. Even so, the people are not moved. Then, at the exact same time we stood up and shouted ”make straight the way of The Lord”. By the breath of theses words the revelation of Sodom and Egypt was confirmed, and no false move shall it be tolerated of them that are not moved by perfection, but sit dwelling in their own destruction, as they are not risen in agreement.
…and I saw Him and a scribe that wrote upon the book in his hand while I spoke in reaction, as I watched the the same storm after witnessing it’s report, which was broadcast as news. I began to speak of it’s path, that of the whirlwind and where it should be drawn. Then when I spoke of the city being destroyed, a flash of bright light came and I shouted with care for Him and the scribe as I leaped to the floor where I found myself prostrated. Unharmed, as the Light was still as bright, I looked up with my eyes open and saw the City of Heaven, as a crystal, a mountain come down. Behind The City rose The Overcoming Power And Glory Of The Brightness Of The Father revealed to me upon the exact moment I called upon His name, so as not to be overcome. My eyes are open. I am awake and unharmed because of the revelation and confirmation of His Holy Name.
By the revelation of our Father In Christ, be so moved in agreement. The storm is here now, are you not moved? When you see the pillar of fire shall you remain as you were, unbecoming? Do you not now know, without the shadow of doubt, that as in the days of Noah, what is now upon this generation is now the prophetic strong delusion so moved among the nations and Israel? Are the leaders not now crying for ”peace and security” and declaring the prophetic want of Israel and the nations? I tell you; it is certain and true, the storm is here and the spark that lights the fire is at the door, even as the mark of the beast, confirmed by the covenant with many, now declares the leaders currently brokering the prophetic false peace of the Antichrist, as the want of the nations and Israel is now risen upon the last generation. There is no doubt whatsoever.
The blind evil fools remain seated and are not moved, but to drink the wine from the cup of fornication, knowing the bitterness before this generation is risen. Strong delusion has now come, only tribulation shall draw out the last and consume the lukewarm as a dog unto it’s vomit behind the wall(s) of Babylon. Noah and Cyrus declared the time, and now the time of seven shall be cut in half. Christ has already stood in the Temple, and now this generation shall witness the revelation come upon Israel through tribulation, but first shall the Antichrist shall confirm the false peace bywhich he shall destroy many. What delay is left, but that of the gathering power that shall move the storm so that the latter rain should fall upon the nations come against Israel first? What last drops of blood should fill the cup of fornication? What last press does the wine of wrath require before the madness of the nations is full? Shall it not be, as of old, a greater human slaughter than that offered by Solomon for the sake of Moloch, the (g)od of his bride(s)?
What tribute is required so that the man of sin be revealed unto this generation now seeking the prophetic covenant with many? I have seen the storm destroying the city. I have seen the storm turn into the pillar of fire which has not yet come. What amount of sacrifice is required of the nations and Israel to remain seated by their false desire? Is it not written of Babylon, and those that lament, defining the want sealed upon this last generation before her destruction confirms her hour? What loss shall inspire her defense before Babylon is fallen? Shall not two witnesses come before her and fire fall before her destruction comes? Have no doubt. Watch.
but as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Tribulation Plagues and Catastrophes: Have They Arrived? Ebola Virus and Evidence That We Are In the End of This Age! (Videos)
Netanyahu tells Abbas to choose peace partner: Hamas or Israel.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday over just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or its Islamist enemy.
Amplifying Netanyahu’s warning, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Abbas’s signature on a unity accord with Hamas would be tantamount to “signing the termination of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority”.
Hamas, Abbas’s PLO announce reconciliation agreement
Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and canceled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that Abbas “chose Hamas and not peace. Whoever chooses Hamas does not want peace.”
Israel rejects Abbas conditions for extending talks
The intended target — an Islamic Jihad operative — escaped unscathed, according to the Ynet news site. The site reported that the operative was en route to launch rockets at Israel.
The wounded included a 50-year-old man and his two daughters, according to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, which put the injury toll at seven.
The strike came as officials from the Hamas terror group and the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization announced a reconciliation deal which would create a new unity government and allow for new elections.
The announcement was met with celebrations on the streets of Gaza, AFP reported.
Israeli officials have slammed the unity deal as pushing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas further from peace efforts.
An Israeli government official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phone US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday night to complain about the deal, saying Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was not interested in peace. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman earlier said the unity deal could mean the end of peace talks.
Kerry, she said, has not spoken to Abbas since the announcement. Psaki would not say whether the US would be willing to continue to serve as an interlocutor should Hamas join the Palestinian government and thus the negotiations.
The US considers Hamas a terror organization. Israeli reports citing US officials Wednesday indicated the PA could lose US funding should Hamas join without moderating its positions and renouncing non-violence.
POTUS Obozo 666 Antichrist Clowns ‘disappointed’ by Antichrist Palestinian unity move.
Washington and the prostitute media are purveyors of misinformation. Remember, Washington and its media prostitutes told you that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was a threat to America. Washington and its media prostitutes told you that Syria’s President Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Washington and its media prostitutes told you that “we are not spying on you.” Remember, the New York Times sat on the first leak from a top NSA official that Americans were being illegally spied upon for one year until George W. Bush was safely reelected.
A government that relies on propaganda cannot be believed about anything. Americans misinformed by a prostitute media are in no position to protect the US Constitution and their liberty. Misinformed, they become tyranny’s allies and their own worst enemy.
Washington’s Corruption and Mendacity Is What Makes America “Exceptional” — Paul Craig Roberts
The Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs, quoting sources in Saudi Arabia and the United States, said Abdullah was told he could be dead by the end of 2014.
“The king has been told by his medical team he may have as little as six months left to live,” the institute said.
Saudi opposition reports King Abdullah has terminal lung cancer
A festival of ancient Attica at which dolls were swung from trees to commemorate Erigone’s suicide by hanging.
From the Greek word meaning Swing.
When mortal men were first exposed to wine, they became drunk and killed Erigone’s father, Ikarius (Icarius); Erigone was so grief stricken that she hanged herself from a tree.
Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft
First it was concerns over whether Ukraine would ‘steal’ gas supplies bound for Europe as it passed through pipelines in the country and now, as bills remain unpaid, a Transneft unit is threatening to halt Ukraine oil products supply due to pipeline theft.
*TRANSNEFT COMMENTS ON OIL PRODUCTS PIPELINE IN UKRAINE
*TRANSNEFT MAY STOP WORK OF PRIKARPATZAPADTRANS PIPELINE SYSTEM
*TRANSNEFT: $62.7M IN OIL STOLEN FROM UKRAINE PIPE OVER 5 YRS
As Bloomberg reports,
57.9k tons of oil products have been lost from theft in Ukraine and “Transneft expresses hope that the Ukrainian authorities can evaluate the risks of the current situation and not allow a negative scenario to develop.”
Putin Gets Paid? IMF Agrees $17bn Loan To Ukraine
We await the small-print to see just how much is “allowed” to be spent on paying bills to Russia vs paying off interest on bonds due to Western banks…
Pentagon deploying troops to thwart Russia
The Pentagon is sending about 600 troops to Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Tuesday.
A company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will arrive in Latvia on Thursday, the U.S. embassy there announced Wednesday. A similar number of soldiers, about 150, are scheduled to land in Poland on Wednesday. Estonia and Latvia will also host American soldiers for joint training missions in the coming days.
U.S. troops will continue to rotate into the region “at least through the end of this year,” according to the embassy.
Secret American base in Libya reportedly seized by jihadists
The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake claims that a team led by longtime Al-Qaeda affiliate Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush has seized a base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli that was established by the US in the summer of 2012 “in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters.”
Lake says his allegations — published in a report on the Daily Beast’s website on Wednesday this week — stem from local media accounts, Jihadist web forums and US officials. If it proves to be accurate, then a veteran Al-Qaeda member considered by both the US and United Nations to be a supporter of terrorism has taken the helm of a hush-hush base that has been the host of US-led training missions for two years following its refurbishment by American Green Berets.
Whatever its utility, how an on-going X-37B program will play out in China is on the mind of Everett Dolman, professor of military strategy at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
One early indication is that China has purportedly pushed forward on its own “Shenlong” space plane planning.
“As far as the Shenlong is concerned, I am pretty much in agreement at this point that it is part of a broader ‘fast follower’ program similar to the Soviet Union’s adaptive approach in the Cold War,” Dolman told Space.com.
Just as the former Soviet Union felt a need to develop its own space shuttle — the remotely piloted Buran that only flew once — Dolman said “the Chinese probably are concerned about a sudden leap in technology or tactics that would give a decisive, if temporary, edge to the U.S. should it be unveiled at a critical moment.”
“By keeping a close watch and matching what appears to be a high-priority technological capability, the fast follower spends less on research and development and can, hopefully, close the technology gap quickly,” Dolman said.
It is a second-best strategy for long-term competition in business, Dolman said, adding that he’s not sure it is even that for potential combat scenarios. “But the People’s Republic of China obviously believes the U.S. is committed to the X-37B and doesn’t want to be left tying its shoes in the gate when the starting-pistol sounds,” he concluded..
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