1315 Gleaning

by amongthenumberedsaints

Saturday, January 3, 2015: And he lived (Vayechi) 

“Afterwards me and my daughter got into the car, and drove around the neighborhood to check out people’s houses and we saw nothing else so it was a mystery to us what it possibly could have been,” said Alice Steltz.].

RATTLE & HUM: “All I Heard Was A Big Bang,… Like An Explosion,… Everything Was Vibrating,… Cows And Pigs Took Cover,… ” – Mysterious Boom In Luzerne County, Philadelphia?!

“Everything vibrated,” explained Price. “It was short, it was a couple of seconds. Everything was vibrating.”

Vibrating so much, that her cows and pigs took cover. And that’s something she’s says she’s never seen happen like this before.

Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on January 3rd and 4th

This year, they peak on the night of January 3rd and the morning of January 4th, around 04:00 UTC. Traveling at velocity of 41 km/s (25.5 mps), Quadrantids radiate from the constellation Bootes, originally Quadrans Muralis which is now a defunct constellation. We can usually expect approximately 80 meteors per hour, however, the nearly full moon will block out most of the show this year.

Quadrantids origin is an extinct asteroid or a possible “rock comet” 2003 EH1, discovered on March 6, 2003 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS). Their peak is much shorter than an average meteor shower due to its thin stream of particles and the fact that Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle.

Thousands of Australians fled their homes as wildfires raged across the nation’s south on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the blazes fanned by strong winds.

Six homes were destroyed by the fires in South Australia and Victoria states, officials said, though no serious injuries have been reported.

Dry conditions and temperatures in the upper 30s Celsius (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) were causing headaches for firefighters battling the blazes. Officials said it would likely take days to get the fires under control.

The worst of the fires was in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, where the flames had destroyed five homes and put hundreds of others at risk, state Country Fire Service spokesman Daniel Hamilton said. Residents of 19 communities had been asked to evacuate as a predicted shift in the winds later Saturday prompted fears the flames could worsen.

Thousands flee homes as Australian wildfires rage 

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.

Forget global warming – it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)

Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.

Solar output goes through 11-year cycles, with high numbers of sunspots seen at their peak.
We are now at what should be the peak of what scientists call ‘Cycle 24’ – which is why last week’s solar storm resulted in sightings of the aurora borealis further south than usual. But sunspot numbers are running at less than half those seen during cycle peaks in the 20th Century.
Analysis by experts at NASA and the University of Arizona – derived from magnetic-field measurements 120,000 miles beneath the sun’s surface – suggest that Cycle 25, whose peak is due in 2022, will be a great deal weaker still.

World temperatures may end up a lot cooler than now for 50 years or more,’ said Henrik Svensmark, director of the Center for Sun-Climate Research at Denmark’s National Space Institute. ‘It will take a long battle to convince some climate scientists that the sun is important. It may well be that the sun is going to demonstrate this on its own, without the need for their help.’

‘We’re now well into the second decade of the pause,’ said Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. ‘If we don’t see convincing evidence of global warming by 2015, it will start to become clear whether the models are bunk. And, if they are, the implications for some scientists could be very serious.’

In the last seven years alone we have gone from $8 trillion to the current level of $18.1 trillion. $10 trillion added to the debt ledger just like that. The cost to bailout the economy came at a hefty price and much of the funds went to big financial institutions as many Americans realize they are getting the bill and are left with a slew of low wage jobs as a thank you.

A leveraged system – US debt jumps $100 billion on last day of year. Total US debt markets at $58 trillion.

Does anyone think the US will payback that $18.1 trillion?

Antichrist Planned Parenthood Aborted 327,653 Babies in 2013, Received Over $528 Million in Federal Tax Dollars

Senior policy advisor for the Christian pro-life activist organization Operation Rescue, Cheryl Sullenger, told The Christian Post that Antichrist Planned Parenthood has been able to stay out of financial troubles due to the fact that the organization received over $528 million, or $1.4 million per day, in taxpayer funds from the U.S. government in 2013.

“The big picture is that abortion numbers are sinking to record new lows and that is because of the abortion clinic closures,” Sullenger said. “Unfortunately, Antichrist Planned Parenthood has an artificial money stream that comes into their organization from the Antichrist NWO 666 United States government to the tune of about a half a billion dollars a year.”

^^^Robbing christians of their earned income  (through the current unconstitutional income tax that, to the contrary, provides neither security freedom liberty independence or justice for anyone and assures failure and demand destruction as a result of feeding a murderous suicidal insane beast that should be destroyed before it destroys it’s self) by then giving their labor over to an Antichrist abortion mill called ”Planned Parenthood” (you can’t be a parent if you are aborted in the womb and and all antichrists certainly have aborted themselves) demand judgment to fall upon the heads of every government 666 goon that dares to remain in service as a Hell bound Antichrist fascist bastard.

What Does The Big Drop On The Last Day Of The Year Mean?

We still took a look to see if there were any interesting results. There were.

The 4 dates that saw 1% drops in the S&P 500 were 12/31/1996 (-1.7%), 12/29/2000 (-1.0%), 12/31/2001 (-1.1%) and 12/31/2009 (-1.0%). Although we show the subsequent returns out to 1 year, we thought it was a stretch to extrapolate anything further out than 1 month from one day’s market action (even that may be a stretch). So we focused on returns out to a month, as shown in the chart. Here are some interesting tidbits that we found:

2 Januarys showed gains, 1997 (+6.1%) and 2001 (+3.5%) and 2 Januarys showed losses, 2002 (-1.6%) and 2010 (-3.7%)
The 2 Januarys that showed gains, 1997 and 2001 were each down the 1st day of the month, by -0.5% and -2.8% respectively. Each time, that was the low point for the month.
The 2 Januarys that showed losses, 2002 and 2010 were each up the 1st day of the month, by +0.6% and +1.6% respectively. January 2002’s max gain came on day 3 (+2.1%) and January 2010’s max gain came on day 12 (+3.2%).
January 1997’s day 1 loss of -0.5% marked the low point for the year.
January 2002’s day 3 max gain of +2.1% marked the high point for the year.
January 2001’s max gain of +4.0% on day 21 marked the high point for the year.
All 4 Januarys were up after 2 and 3 days.
The median January drawdown among the occurrences was -3.3%, double the historical median for all months.
3 of the 4 occurrences (1997 was up) saw 6-month losses, with a median loss of -7.3%.
One final note is that when making historical comparisons, when possible we like to make our best attempts at doing so with periods at similar points in the market cycle. The 4 precedents do not really match up with where we are currently. 1996 had similarities in that it was coming off a very strong 2-year period. However, it was also in the meat of a secular bull market. 2000 marked the top of the secular bull, however the market had been weak for the last 4 months of the year, at least, whereas we are just off the highs now. 2001 only bore resemblance in its strong 3+ months ending the year. 2009 was a strong year, like 2014; however, it was coming off of a cyclical low.

Our takeaway is that there are some pretty interesting statistics following the 4 previous times the S&P 500 dropped at least 1% on the final day of the year. Generally, returns were above average in the short-term and poor in the longer-term.

Ten warning signs of a market crash in 2015

Professional investors exit
Professional investors are already making for the exit. The Bloomberg smart money flow index tracks the market movements at the end of the trading day on the Dow Jones, when professional investors tend to make their move. The index showed heavy buying activity from 2009 onwards as professional investors followed central banks’ money into the markets, achieving record gains during the past five years. That trend was reversed from the beginning of 2014 and the smart money is now making for the exit, as the S&P 500 carries on rising to new record highs.

The structure of global capital markets is such that the $68 trillion equity market is riskier and sits on top of a credit market worth more than $100 trillion. As yields have fallen in the credit markets, the excess profits have flowed up to equity, in turn lifting stock markets to record highs.
The reversal of that trend, one of increased risk and rising credit yields will reduce returns to equity and send shockwaves through stock markets. The warning signs are not all flashing red just yet but investors would do well to head these indicators that suggest caution and prepare their portfolio before the crowd flocks to the exit.

The Gloves Come Off: Germany Says Grexit “Manageable” As Tsipras Demands Greek Debt Writeoff 

With just three weeks until the Greek snap elections on January 25 in which Tsipras’ Syriza is virtually assured of victory (unless somehow G-Pap’s “new and improved” political party manages to steal enough votes to prevent this, although one wonders what his political campaign will be: “vote for us because this time we know how to avoid a sovereign bankruptcy”), Germany takes yet another opportunity to remind the Greeks that it won’t be blackmailed (spoiler: it will) into another year of funding the insolvent Greek state which in turn will pretend to engage in another year of “reforms” (spoiler: it won’t). Recall it was on New Year’s Eve when Merkel’s chief advisor Michael Fuchs explicitly used the “blackmail” word saying:

“If Alexis Tsipras of the Greek left party Syriza thinks he can cut back the reform efforts and austerity measures, then the troika will have to cut back the credits for Greece,” he said.

“The times where we had to rescue Greece are over. There is no potential for political blackmail anymore. Greece is no longer of systemic importance for the euro.”
Today, concerned that Tsipras’ ascent to power will mean precisely that, namely more “blackmail” by Greece of Germany and the Eurozone, as a Grexit opens the way for a collapse of the monetary union and a return to the Deutsche Mark which would cost Germany far more than continuing the annual charade of keeping Greece in the Euro, Spiegel is out with another piece saying “Bundesregierung hält Ausscheiden Griechenlands aus dem Euro für verkraftbar”, or loosely translated, the Federal Government considers Greece’s exit from the euro manageable.

No nuclear deal between Iran, U.S.: Iranian spokeswoman

Iran has not made any agreement with the United States on its nuclear issue, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday, denying recent western reports that the two sides have agreed to ship part of its enriched uranium abroad.

“No agreement has been made on the topics of (nuclear) negotiations so far,” the spokeswoman said.

“The news aims at certain political ends to spoil the climate of talks and to complicate the issue,” she added, referring to western reports on Friday that “Washington and Tehran have allegedly come to a step closer to agreeing on shipping part of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile to Russia.”

‘US security guards draw weapons after diplomatic convoy attacked by West Bank settlers’

The resident said several settlers went out to confront the group. He declined to confirm or deny that the settlers threw stones, but said two armed diplomatic guards briefly emerged from the cars.

“One had a pistol, the other an M-16, and they pointed them at the settlers,” the resident said.

The Adei Ad resident said some 40 families live in the settlement. Around 500,000 Israelis live in such enclaves among 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 war and which most world powers envisage as part of a future Palestinian state.

Robots can now learn to cook just like you do: by watching YouTube videos

“We believe this preliminary integrated system raises hope towards a fully intelligent robot for manipulation tasks that can automatically enrich its own knowledge resource by “watching” recordings from the World Wide Web,” the researchers concluded.

Ancient Indian aircraft on agenda of major science conference

The Wright brothers were a little late to the aviation game when you consider that pilots in ancient India were flying aircraft not only around the world, but from planet to planet as well. At least, that’s one of the claims scheduled to be presented at the Indian Science Congress beginning Saturday at the University of Mumbai, in a session titled “Ancient Indian Aviation Technology.”

The Sanskrit text that describes the ancient flying machines which Bodas cites, the Vaimanika Shastra, has itself been studied thoroughly by scientists who have concluded that very few of the craft it describes would likely be able to fly at all.

This leaves a few possible explanations: ancient Indian aviation truly is the stuff of mythology, or alternate ancient laws of physics allowed ancient astronauts to fly all over in shoddily conceived craft, by today’s standards. Perhaps the answer lies in a study of this “bone” on Mars, left behind by an ancient Indian “pilot?”