by amongthenumberedsaints

Sure enough, a month later the convenient catalyst emerged when this Wedensday, despite the entire world watching Assad (and as Iraq WMD inspector Rolf Ekeus stating the obvious in  “It would be very peculiar if it was the government to do this at the exact moment the international inspectors come into the country“), we are meant to believe that the Syrian leader launched the biggest nerve gas attack in the history of the Qatari, Al-Qaeda and CIA-funded and organized Syrian rebellion. Two days later, without any actual investigation, the west determined somehow, on its own, that the attack was launched by Assad, not a false flag attack by the rebels even though it was their chemical weapons depot that had been previously uncovered. Visions of Colin Powell lying to the world (with his former aide admitting years later the WMD speech was the “lowest point in my life) should now be emerging right before your eyes.

The chart below will likely come as a surprise to most. It shows total nominal US defense spending, more importantly it shows that such spending has been rapidly declining since 2010. And while on the surface it is great news the US is becoming more “pacifist” (apparently mass killings using drones are relatively cost-effective) and the result for the US is even better as it means lower deficits, there is one person who is very unhappy with this outcome – Ben Bernanke.

Of course, there is a very simple and elegant solution to declining defense spending, one which has been used time and again in US history when the US government needed to provide the Fed with more securities (i.e. deficit) to monetize: war. 

So there you have it: in order to make way for the inevitable Untaper, Bernanke has launched in motion a chain of events that will ultimately culminate with a surge in US deficit spending, which will require a surge in Treasury issuance, and thus, a surge in Fed monetization, which also means reserve creation, and as has been made all too clear over the past 5 years, yet another surge in the stock market.

Earlier today, in “US Refines “Military Options” Ahead Of Syrian Strikes“, we reported on what we thought was now inevitable especially since it was in agreemenet with what we predicted with absolute certainty over a month ago in “US Prepares For “Kinetic Strikes” Against Syria.”  There we said: “The pre-story here is well-known to most: in a repeat fabulation of the Iraq “WMD” lie, the US and the entire developed world “found” Syria to have crossed a red-line when it used chemical weapons, despite subsequent reports that it was the Syrian rebels, aka Qatari mercenaries, who were the party responsible for chemical weapon use. No matter though: the public media campaign was hatched, and merely waited for the catalyst. That catalyst may be imminent…”

The Pentagon Is Preparing A Cruise Missile Attack Against Syria

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, has said any peace deal signed with Israel should include a clause declaring an end to the historic conflict between the two peoples.



At least 42 people have been killed and more than 400 injured by two huge blasts in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, health officials say.

Lebanon: Two blasts rock city of Tripoli  

 Fear of new showdown on Egypt streets in ‘Friday of martyrs’

In this process, he asserted, the military has played as active a roll as the Muslim Brotherhood. Aschurches burned across Egypt in the wake of Morsi’s ouster, Nabil said the new regime opted for inaction in a bid to drive Christians out of Egypt..


“Some estimate that one-third of Egypt’s 12 million Copts left the country over the past five decades, and that hundreds of thousands are leaving each year. They are being pushed out, and I fear they may even face a genocide and become extinct in Egypt,” Nabil said.


Yet, the White House has thus far been nearly silent.  Then yesterday the White House was directly asked about this disturbing situation: “With people being killed, Christians in particular being targeted, churches being destroyed, what’s the President’s red line in Egypt?”

The White House’s official response was “Well, I didn’t bring my red pen out with me today.”

The room was silent – not a chuckle from a single journalist in the White House briefing room – dead silence.

But where is the outrage?  Imagine if the White House had made a joke about violence in our schools?  Yet, Egypt’s Christian children are dying.


WASHINGTON – The momentum to remove the president is growing rapidly, as almost every day another lawmaker raises the possibility of impeaching President Obama.

Now, it’s Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla, who said Wednesday the president is getting “perilously close” to qualifying for impeachment.


This person(s) works for a company called DynCorp Int’l, who according to sources is a “shell company for a US Intelligence agency”… try guessing which one or ones. At one point, “We (DynCorp Int’l) received 97% of our contracts from the US Government. Obama has cut us back 48%. He (is) staging is plan to stay in power past 2016.”


Did you know that there were 2 CIA agents with the Seals that night? One was Chris Stevens (Ambassador Chris Stevens)…hmmm…. Did you also know that since May 2, 2011 that 29 Seals that were involved with Bin Laden have been killed also? Hmmmmm The operation’s call sign was Extortion 17.”

One more thing on the Benghazi situation… make no mistake, it was our Government, our Intelligence forces in with our Embassy that planned it and carried it out. The FBI was barred for 2 weeks before allowing to go in by the Obama Administration… why? because they would have seen pieces of our own predator drone missiles inside. My source has read and seen these documents.

So there you have it. The contact(s) I have know this information first hand. They know who the other CIA agent was and we all fear for his life. We need to spread this as quickly as possible. Print it off, save it to your computers, email it, facebook it. This SHOULD NOT BE LEFT BEHIND.


In a WND commentary, Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, author of “Dead Men Flying,” blasted Obama’s “emasculation, socialization and feminization of our military.”

He described it as a greater threat to the U.S. than the economy.



FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Maj. Nidal Hasan has been convicted of premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. That means he’s now eligible for the death penalty.


The Islamic politics and cultural website Islamic Invitation Turkeyclaims that several videos were uploaded one day before the reports on chemical weapons use near Damascus in Syria. This evidence shows that the terrorists massacred people then recorded the scenes to deceive the world, but they gave themselves away. Terrorists in Syria uploaded the video of their crimes in East Ghouta, Damascus on August 20, 2013 and then blamed the Syrian government for the attack early on August 21, 2013, says the IIT website.


Expect such “determination” to be made promptly leading to just such a “short order” action. At which point the only question is how proportionate will Russia (and China’s) response be. Or, in other words, is Obama willing to risk world war just so Europe can get cheap Qatari natural gas.

US Refines “Military Options” Ahead Of Syrian Strikes

It’s something that has been apparent for some time now – at least, to anyone reading between the lines and getting their news from outside the mainstream narrative – but to hear this from Zbigniew Brzezinski is refreshing. Brzezinski should know better than anyone the game of global politics given his background, and his words about the global political awakening seem to be resounding to this day.

Brzezinski: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, their western allies orchestrated Syria crisis

The former US national security adviser says the ongoing crisis in Syria has been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and their western allies.

“In late 2011 there are outbreaks in Syria produced by a drought and abetted by two well-known autocracies in the Middle East: Qatar and Saudi Arabia,” Zbigniew Brzezinski said in an interview with The National Interest on June 24.

He added that US President Barack Obama also supported the unrest in Syria and suddenly announced that President Bashar al-Assad “has to go — without, apparently, any real preparation for making that happen.”


In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government.  – See more at: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/08/22/advocate-of-secret-infiltration-cass-sunstein-on-obamas-committee-to-make-us-trust-the-dragnet/#sthash.Oo2K1qjg.dpuf

The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis

Greg Palast does it again – after exposing the voter fraud at the heart of Bush’s 2000 election victory, this time he scoops the evidence proving once and for all what we’ve suspected all along – that the financial crisis was engineered and the current economic mess was contrived to impoverish us all so a few incredibly greedy, evil men could become richer and more powerful.

The Treasury official playing the bankers’ secret End Game was Larry Summers. Today, Summers is Barack Obama’s leading choice for Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the world’s central bank. If the confidential memo is authentic, then Summers shouldn’t be serving on the Fed, he should be serving hard time in some dungeon reserved for the criminally insane of the finance world.

Jackson Hole Presenter Warns: “Bottom Could Fall Out Of The Economy As It Did In The Great Depression”

Well, since it is the Fed that is now the only cause for the malaise gripping not only the US economy but that of the entire world, and since the more the Fed distorts the systemic equilibrium the more intent it is on doing more distortions in a closed Catch 22 toxic loop, we suppose we should thank Dr. Hall for showing everyone just what the final endgame truly will be. At least, before in one final attempt to stimulate (hyper)inflation the Fed goes all out and destroys the reserve currency status of the dollar.


Simply put, they are cornered and need to Taper; no matter how bad the macro data and we are sure ‘trends’ and longer-term horizons will come to their rescue in defending the prime dealers’ clear agreement that it is time…



What in the world is happening to our financial markets?  Trading on the Nasdaq was halted on Thursday for more than 3 hours, and the only formal explanation that we got was that it was a “technical issue”.  On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs made thousands of “erroneous trades” that are now being canceled.  If those trades had not been canceled, it could have cost Goldman “hundreds of millions of dollars” according to the Wall Street Journal.  How nice for them that they get a “do over”.  When Knight Capital made a similar “trading error”, they were not so fortunate.


a close-up of the WTF moment  – 7,000 e-minis in 1 second at 14:45:31 (h/t @Nanex) and 23,679 in that minute… that is ~$2 billion notional that someone just decided needed to hedged!!??

 New Home Sales Crater To Lowest Since October; Biggest Drop Since May 2010; Median Home Price At 6 Month Low 

And so the housing “recovery” comes to a screeching halt, which is not surprising as there never was a recovery to begin with.  Moments ago cheerleaders of the second housing bubble were shocked to learn that in July a tiny 35K new houses were sold (with just 3K sold in the Northeast, and just 19K in the otherwise strong South), of which 13K houses were not even started. This translated into a puny 394K seasonally adjusted annualized sales, missing expectations of 487K by nearly a massive 100K, and in addition the June print was revised much lower from 497K to 455K (which back in July beat expectations of 484K and was trumpeted as the highest print since 2008 – so much for that). Yet one thing that did not change is that the median home sale price decline continued, and in July dropped to $257.2K down from $258.5. And now time to spin this ugly news as great because it means that maybe the Fed will delay the September taper (it won’t).

Finally, to all the clueless chatterboxes who say soaring mortgage rates don’t matter, newsflash: they do


Southern Europe’s cash-strapped governments are courting wealthy Chinese homebuyers, seeking to bolster their battered real estate markets by offering visas to those who purchase prime properties.

US Equity Funds Post Largest Weekly Outflow Since November 2011

Curious how the US retail investor is reacting to the surprising inability to BTFATH? Bank of America explains how: by yanking the most cash from equity funds since November 2011. 

US equity funds recorded their worst weekly outflow since November 2011, coming in at -$11.5bn.

Hedge funds, insider traders begin dumping Monsanto stock as reality of GMOs sinks in across Wall Street

(NaturalNews) Monsanto executives and insiders are dumping Monsanto stock in record volumes, sending the stock price spiraling downward. CEO Hugh Grant just sold off 40,000 shares at $97.74, and both Janet Holloway and Gerald Steiner — both high-level Monsanto executives — recently ditched more than 10,000 shares each. Tom Hartley also bailed on another 6,000

Plunging Home Sales Send Stocks Higher, But Dow Drops For Third Week

Gold Breaks Above $1,400


The Department of Homeland Security is about to embark on an ambitious project to add biometrics to its smart card identification system.

In May, DHS issued a request for proposals to add facial, fingerprint and iris recognition capabilities to its ID system as part of a $102 million upgrade. The agency is seeking a new contractor to take over the ID management project currently overseen by XTec and establish a new biometric-based card system that complies with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). The contractor would replace 161,924 personal identity verification (PIV) cards by the end of 2013 and another 116,172 in 2014, DHS officials said.

After first naming camels, researchers now say bats are the source of mysterious Middle East virus MERS

Sudan deadly floods affect 300,000 people – WHO    



Earthquakes in the world on August 23, 2013 (M4.5 or more) – Stong earthquake in Chile

Updated 08/22/2013 @ 16:00 UTC
Pair of CME Impacts Possible / Storm Watch
Geomagnetic activity is fairly stable on Thursday morning, however there will be a chance for minor geomagnetic storming heading into the weekend as possibly two CMEs impact our geomagnetic field.


Second Sundiving Comet This Week



NaturalNews) The following is a first-person account of the attempt by the Japanese government to brainwash victims of Fukushima radiation poisoning into believing radiation would not harm them if they simply “smile.” Natural News is the first U.S. news source to publish this account in English. The name of the original author is Uwamae Masako, who now lives in Taiwan after escaping Fukushima and leaving behind many friends and family members.


Japan’s nuclear watchdog said Thursday the leak could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated water from hundreds of steel tanks holdng massive amounts of radioactive water coming from three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor and turbine basements.



Decomposed human bodies now routinely found floating down China’s rivers

Another defector, Jee Heon-a, told the commission how one mother was forced to kill her own baby by holding it down in a bowl of water.

‘The mother begged the guard to spare her, but he kept beating her,’ Ms Jee said. ‘So the mother, her hands shaking, put the baby face down in the water. The crying stopped and a bubble rose up as it died. A grandmother who had delivered the baby quietly took it out.’

Mr Shin testified that his first memory as a toddler was watching a public execution, and that he had seen two or three per year since.


 Ohio Man Declared Dead Comes Back to Life

He “coded” for 45 minutes as doctors tried to revive him, but eventually Nazir realized it was time to call the time of death.

“We looked at each other,” Nazir said. “We’d given him all the medicine we had in our code cart. At some point, you have to call it off.” Nazir said he wasn’t sure exactly how long Yahle was “dead,” before Lawrence ran down the hall to tell his father he couldn’t die that day. “Suddenly that trickle of a thing came back,” Nazir said. “We were lucky we saw and reacted to it, and that brought him back.” Nazir said it was “mind boggling.” Melissa said she, Lawrence and the people from their church who were praying with them witnessed a miracle. Yahle was transferred to Ohio State University, and he returned home to West Carrollton on Aug. 10 with a defibrillator in his chest. He doesn’t remember any of the experience after he went to bed on Aug. 4. “He doesn’t have one broken rib,” Melissa said. “He’s not sore. These are things that just clinically don’t happen.”


Muslims are sometimes taught that all prophets of God were sinless. That again is a deviation from the facts. Only Jesus is called sinless or holy (Surat 19:19), while we read of the sins of Adam (Surat 7:22-23), Moses (28:15-16), Abraham (26:82), Jonah (37:141-144), David (38:24-25), and also of Muhammad (40:55, 47:19, 48:1-2).

For us to do the work of God includes believing in Jesus:

“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

—John 6:29

Matthew 18 NIV – The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.


   ”Why do you come at ME(Our Father in Christ) with pointed words?”