82713 Gleaning The Antichrist War Of Sodom And Egypt Begins
The outgoing Homeland Security Secretary has a warning for her successor: A massive and “serious” cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming, and a natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
17 The special word about Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city. It will be destroyed and laid waste. 2 The cities of Aroer are left empty. They will be for the flocks to lie down in, and no one will make them afraid. 3 The strong city will be gone from Ephraim. Damascus will no longer rule. And those of Syria who are left alive will be like the shining-greatness of the sons of Israel,” says the Lord of All.
4 In that day Jacob will lose his shining-greatness. And he will lose the fat of his flesh. 5 It will be like one who gathers the standing grain, taking the ears of grain with his arm or like one who gathers the ears of grain in the valley of Rephaim. 6 Yet some good will be left in it, as when an olive tree is shaken. There will still be two or three olives on the highest branch, and four or five on the branches of a tree that gives much fruit, says the Lord God of Israel.
7 In that day man will turn to his Maker. His eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands. He will not look to what his fingers have made, or to the false goddess Asherah and the altars of special perfume.
9 In that day their strong cities will be like places left empty among the trees, or like high branches which they left behind because of the sons of Israel. The land will be laid waste.10 For you have forgotten the God Who saves you. You have not remembered the rock where you are safe
A member of the Syrian Ba’ath national council Halef al-Muftah, until recently the Syrian propaganda minister’s aide, said on Monday that Damascus views Israel as “behind the aggression and therefore it will come under fire” should Syria be attacked by the United States.
AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Western powers could attack Syriawithin days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.
Syria vowed defiantly to defend itself against any attack with “surprise” measures, while its close ally Russia warned that any use of force would have “catastrophic consequences” in the region
Muallem said that his country had defenses that would “surprise” the world, and that any such action against it would serve the interests of Israel and Al-Qaeda.
“Syria is not an easy case. We have defenses which will surprise others,” he said.
So is it safe to assume at this point the State Dept is telegraphing far and wide that a “political resolution” has been indefinitely postponed? Or will John Kerry hold one more monologue tomorrow (for which he will be fashionably one hour late) explaining why relations with Russia are at a post-Cold War low?
First, the U.N. official. Her name is Carla del Ponte, the “former Chief Prosecutor of two United Nations international criminal law tribunals” (Wikipedia). She’s an attorney general from Switzerland, so you know she’s neutral.
Read the excerpt below from the article, “Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official” by Shaun Waterman, published in The Washington Times on Monday, May 6, 2013:
Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.
The same false allegations against Assad that were flying around back in May were bound to resurface late in the summer. So the date of the article in no way diminishes its value as far as enlightening the world about who actually is willing and has the means to carry out a chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians.
The Saudi-Turkish-Qatari-French-British-USraeli backed Al-Qaeda terrorists have everything to gain by framing Assad because they are currently losing the war and would see their fortunes reversed at least somewhat if the U.S. attacks Syria.
Lew said in a letter to Speaker John Boehner released Monday that the government is running out of accounting manoeuvres it has used to avoid hitting the US$16.7-trillion borrowing limit. He pressed Congress to act so Treasury can keep paying the government’s bills.
Lew said it’s impossible for Treasury to predict exactly when borrowing limit will be reached. But he warns that if action isn’t taken soon, the government could be left with US$50-billion in cash by mid-October. He says that wouldn’t be enough to cover Social Security payments, military personnel salaries, Medicare and other programs for an “extended period.”
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has finally found something that Americans like even less than Congress: the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria. Only 9 percent of respondents said that the Obama administration should intervene militarily in Syria; a RealClearPolitics poll average finds Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, making the country’s most hated political body almost twice as popular.
In “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office,” New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott quote scholars and legal organizations contending Obamacare constitutes a clear case of “taxation without representation.”
Well unsurprisingly, Mr. Hussein had a little help from his friends. The United States of America. Let’s bear this in mind as our Noble Peace Prize winning President attempts to involve us in another unconstitutional war based on the fact that chemical weapons have been used.
Let’s be adults here and recognize that every single thing we have been told about Syria has been a lie. Let’s also admit that the “rebels” that we are allies with have al-Qaeda elements to them, and that Saddam Hussein was a close ally in the 1980?s before we decided he was the most evil dictator on the planet 20 years later for engaging in chemical attacks we were actually a party to.
Some of QE1 and almost all of QE2 (black line) went to foreign banks (mostly European) in the U.S. (gold) which was then used by the banks to re capitalize and save them from defaulting. The U.S. taxpayer has literally kept the EU afloat, without the taxpayer knowing they were paying for it. It’s happening again with QE3.
As Stone & McCarthy notes, repo has been tightening up overall, and the 2-year, 5-Year, 7-year, and 10-year are all also trading with negative handles this morning, with the 7-year getting more special ahead of this week’s auction. This ‘specialness’ will once again raise concerns about the Fed having ‘broken’ the market(and as we noted here) may be further ammo to scare Bernanke straight (encouraging some degree of Taper in the Treasury buying even if the consensus believes economically we can’t withstand it).
‘‘We understand Russia’s great interest in the oil and gas in the Mediterranean from Israel to Cyprus. And we understand the importance of the Russian gas pipeline to Europe. We are not interested in competing with that. We can cooperate in this area,’’ he said, purporting to speak with the full backing of the US.
The talks appear to offer an alliance between the OPEC cartel and Russia, which together produce more than 40 million barrels a day of oil, 45 per cent of global output. Such a move would alter the strategic landscape.
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warships poised for missile strikes against Syria, and Iran threatening to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $US112 a barrel.
‘‘We are only one incident away from a serious oil spike. The market is a lot tighter than people think,’’ said Chris Skrebowski, editor of Petroleum Review.
Perhaps the most interesting snippet in the report, has Bandar suggesting that should Russia elect not to reach an agreement over Syria, Chechen terrorist attacks may be carried out on the Russian hosted Winter Olympics next year in Sochi.
As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role or influence in Syria’s political future.”
It is good of the Saudis to admit they control a terrorist organization that “threatens the security” of the Sochi 2014 Olympic games, and that house of Saud uses “in the face of the Syrian regime.” Perhaps the next time there is a bombing in Boston by some Chechen-related terrorists, someone can inquire Saudi Arabia what, if anything, they knew about that.
Yesterday the Telegraph’s Evans-Pritchard dug up a note that wehad posted almost a month ago, relating to the “secret” meeting between Saudi Arabia and Russia, in which Saudi’s influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan met with Putin and regaled him with gifts, including a multi-billion arms deal and a promise that Saudi is “ready to help Moscow play a bigger role in the Middle East at a time when the United States is disengaging from the region”, if only Putin would agree to give up his alliance with Syria’s al-Assad and let Syria take over, ostensibly including control of the country’s all important natgas transit infrastructure. What was not emphasized by the Telegraph is that Putin laughed at the proposal and brushed aside the Saudi desperation by simply saying “nyet.” However, what neither the Telegraph, nor we three weeks ago, picked up on, is what happened after Putin put Syria in its place. We now know, and it’s a doozy.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Moscow regretted Monday’s decision by the US to postpone a meeting on the Syria crisis, as Western powers mulled military action over last week’s chemical attack in Syria.
Any minute now the great unrotation from stocks into bonds (10 Year was 2.77% at last check) is about to be unleashed. And if Obama actually goes to war (without talking to Congress of course), watch the bottom fall from the market.
It is shaping up to be one of those days:
Just as notable, the Y/Y increase of 12.0% saw the first annual slowdown since December 2011 when the annual pace of increase ramped from -4.0% to a peak of 12.2% in May. Naturally, to anyone not stuck in an ivory tower, the ongoing slowdown in the housing market due to soaring rates is perfectly expected. The only question is if and when the key marginal buyer – the all cash investor – moves aside, what will happen to the underlying data series then, and just how big will the plunge back to trendline ex-Bernanke cheap credit and REO-to-Rent subsidized funding be.
Perfectly summarizing the current situation, Shiller concludes, “for the long-term buyer, the fact that [prices] are going up now doesn’t mean anything for where it will when you sell.”
How has the bankrupt United States of America kept its entire (paper) house-of-cards from crumbling all around it? Two words: fraudulent accounting.
As many readers know, following the Crash of ’08 U.S. Big Banks were hopelessly bankrupt. They were leveraged well in excess of (the legal) 30:1, with the vast majority of that leverage tied directly to the (fraud-saturated) U.S. housing market – and house prices.
The US is demanding a sum of $6 billion – the total loss associated with the “London Whale” debacle – in compensation for JPMorgan’s mis-selling of mortgage-backed-securities. The FT reports that, unsurprisingly, the bank is resisting the payment, which would be its single biggest penalty in a catalog of expensive run-ins with US authorities and one of the largest post-crisis settlements by any bank. The FHFA said the bank falsely claimed that loans backing $33bn of mortgage-backed securities complied with underwriting guidelines and that it “significantly overstated the ability of the borrowers to repay their mortgage loans”. It seems, perhaps, it is time to trade in the old jewelry for some new Kremlin cufflinks (the enemy of your enemy is your friend?)
The U.S. government has $15+ trillion of “official debt”, and $200+ trillion of ignored liabilities. Now that is “creative accounting”!
U.S. state and local governments were so impressed by the federal government’s financial gymnastics that (one by one) they began copying these accounting practices themselves, and creating their own mountains of Unfunded Liabilities.
How big are these state/local mountains of hidden-and-ignored liabilities? No one really knows.
The state/local governments will point to Detroit and all sing (again in perfect unison): “Look, the precedent has been set.” Indeed, the ink isn’t even dry yet on the “fleecing of Detroit pensioners”, and now the federal government is set to take this Pension-Rape nation-wide.
Let me remind readers (yet again) that all these bond debts which the U.S. federal/state/local governments (and other Western governments) insist “must be paid” – ahead of their legal obligations to their own people – are fraudulent debts. They have all been grossly inflated by the fraud and/or malicious lies of the One Bank. They are legally unenforceable.
AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE GOLDEN WAR SPIKE TO BREAK LOOSE THE RAILS OF THE CRAZY TRAIN WRECK CALLED THE MARKET BEAST OF BABYLON.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding.31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.