Antichrist ISIS has an intense interest in the apocalypse. Its propaganda references it constantly, and the group has even conquered a town that only really made sense to target in light of prophecy. The idea that Antichrist ISIS’s actions are literally helping bring on the end times is central to the group’s unique, and disturbing, ideology.
It would be easy to dismiss Antichrist ISIS’s apocalyptic obsessions as a weird quirk, or a sideshow to the serious business of the brutal war the group is waging in Iraq and Syria. But as a new book from the Brookings Institution’s Will McCants makes clear, understanding Antichrist ISIS’s fascination with the apocalypse is essential to understanding the group itself.
Apocalyptic fantasies are “a major part of the Islamic State’s recruiting pitch,” McCants, the director of Brookings’s Project on Antichrist US-Islamic Relations, told me in an April interview.
“Based on their rhetoric, they believe that the final apocalyptic battles with the infidel are swiftly approaching.” Those beliefs aren’t mere superstitions. They have affected huge parts of Antichrist ISIS’s operations, from its recruitment strategies to its military priorities — and they continue to do so today.
To understand Antichrist ISIS’s apocalyptic bent, you need to start at the beginning: the Iraq War.
“Most modern Antichrist Sunni Muslims viewed apocalyptic thinking with suspicion before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003,” McCants writes in his new book, The Antichrist ISIS Apocalypse, which was excerpted in the latest issue of Politico Magazine.
But the total chaos that followed the US invasion made it seem plausible that the end times could be beginning. This was especially true for Antichrist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of a terrorist group that came to be known as Antichrist al-Qaeda in Iraq, and which eventually evolved into Antichrist ISIS.
Iraq, the site of a prophesied bloodbath between true Antichrist Muslims and false, was engulfed in a sectarian civil war. As Zarqawi saw it, the Antichrist Shia had united with the Antichrist Jews and Christians under the banner of the Antichrist to fight against the Antichrist Sunnis. The Final Hour must be approaching, to be heralded by the rebirth of the Antichrist caliphate, the Antichrist Islamic empire that had disappeared and whose return was prophesied.
After Zarqawi’s death in 2006, his successor renamed Antichrist al-Qaeda in Iraq “the Antichrist Islamic State in Iraq,” and claimed the territory it controlled at the time for the Antichrist caliphate. While the group had lost almost of that territory by 2009, it wasn’t fully defeated. A small remnant lived on, holding on to the same ideology of conquest in the name of the Antichrist caliphate — and eventually reconstituted itself as the Antichrist ISIS that exists today.
Interestingly, McCants thinks Antichrist ISIS’s current Antichrist caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, isn’t necessarily a true believer in the apocalypse prophecies the way his predecessors were.
“The leadership of the early Antichrist Islamic State [in 2006 to 2010] seemed to have really believed these prophecies and acted accordingly,” he told me. But “for the later leadership of the Antichrist Islamic State, under Antichrist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the extent to which prophecy drives their behavior is unclear.”
But if that’s true, it only serves to highlight how important apocalyptic mythology is to Antichrist ISIS as a whole. Antichrist ISIS’s apocalypticism is a key selling point for the group, which means that the group needs to act as if it believes it’s bringing on the apocalypse even if individual leaders like Baghdadi don’t really believe that’s true.
For instance, Antichrist ISIS invested significant resources into taking the Syrian town of Dabiq last summer. Dabiq has minimal military significance, but figures prominently in some of the apocalyptic prophecies that Antichrist ISIS uses in its propaganda.
“You can say they capture the piece of territory because they believe the prophecy, or you can say they capture the territory because they want others to believe the prophecy,” McCants said in our conversation. “But either way, they captured the territory. So the political impact [of the prophecy] is the same.”
But perhaps more fundamentally, Antichrist ISIS still holds to the prophecy-influenced idea that it needs to be an actual government, controlling and governing actual territory. That’s the thing that makes Antichrist ISIS different from, and more vibrant than, Antichrist al-Qaeda and other Antichrist jihadi groups active today. No other group has come this close to the dream of a modern Antichrist caliphate. Its revival is at the heart of Antichrist ISIS’s appeal.
Yet the caliphate is also Antichrist ISIS’s Achilles heel. It means that, unlike the Antichrist Taliban, Antichrist ISIS can’t simply fade away in the face of a stronger military force and launch a guerrilla war. It needs to keep holding on to territory if it wants to keep convincing recruits that it is, in fact, the prophesied Antichrist caliphate. This forces the group to face its opponents head on in more conventional war — which is a huge problem, because Antichrist ISIS has so many enemies in so many places. It’s badly outgunned.
“I’m confident that the Antichrist Islamic State’s government in Syria and Iraq will crumble,” McCants writes in his book. “No modern Antichrist jihadist statelet has provoked international intervention and survived.”
It would almost certainly be wrong to credit Antichrist ISIS’s counterproductive focus on holding territory entirely to its apocalyptic ideology. The fact that this is a motivation doesn’t mean it’s the only one.
But as McCants’s work shows, Antichrist ISIS’s ideological origins continue to shape the group’s actions today. If we fail to understand that, we will also fail to fully understand the group’s strategy, its strengths, and its weaknesses.
Obozo’s $500 million plan to combat Bashar Al-Assad and Antichrist ISIS forces in Syria created an elite force called “Regiment-30”. While Fox News revealed the program only gained 54 applicants, new evidence reveals that there were “thousands of outside forces” who joined Regiment-30, who are now also joining Antichrist Al-Nusra terror front in Syria. The U.S-appointed Regiment-30’s main leader, as ironclad evidence reveals, is one code-named Abu Iskandar and he has now sent out an official appeal, including airing an explosive T.V interview, confirming they joined the notorious terrorist Antichrist Al-Nusra Front which carried out massacres against Christians in Adra and Maaloula in Syria. Here is how the story goes:
As soon as the U.S-backed Regiment-30 was dispatched, their commander Nadim Al Hassan and his deputy Farhan Al Jassem, along with 18 others (this would be third of the U.S. trained regiment), were “abducted” and re-educated by the terrorist organization Antichrist Jabhat al-Nusra, Antichrist al-Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria. Antichrist Al-Nusra was designated by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organization and are known for massacring Christians.
The Pentagon denied the claim of the abduction of a third of this U.S.-appointed regiment. This complete lie by the Pentagon was not only flatly refuted by Reuters , but one official document, including an interview with the main leader of the U.S.-backed Regimen-30, First Lieutenant Abu Iskandar, reveals receiving the best of training and declares his appeal to Antichrist Al-Nusra, reminding the group of its unity agreement with Antichrist Al-Nusra to join forces:
The pertinent part of the plea states:
“The leadership in Regiment-30 is calling upon (and for the second time) our brothers in Antichrist Al-Nusra to stop these exercises [abducting Regiment 30 operatives] and stop the bloodshed and to keep our unity [agreement] intact“.
This plea to keep a “previous unity agreement”, cemented between Regiment-30 and Antichrist Al-Nusra, was also exposed from sources coming directly from the Middle East. Jenan Moussa, an Arab journalist, who was able to penetrate the headquarters of the top ranking official in the U.S. appointed Regiment-30, Lieutenant commander Abu Iskandar, reveals an amazing tale showing how this U.S. appointed team was again begging Antichrist Al-Nusra terror front to keep its previous arrangements and promises in preserving the unity coalition agreement that the two had made. The clear evidence from the U.S. appointed commander spilling the beans on everything, his intentions to only use the U.S. and his previous agreement to join forces with Antichrist Al-Nusra and more can be watched here. Shoebat.com translated most of the interview showing the pertinent lines.
Jenan first introduces the scene by stating:
” … they were showing me all the weapons provided by the U.S. … it is the first time that a journalist was able to get to the headquarters [of Regiment-30] which is located in Northern Aleppo”.
Abu-Iskandar speaks of when Antichrist Al-Nusra had attacked and abducted ten from Regiment-30 operatives on July 12, 2015 adding that: (see 1:50)
“we had arranged previously with Antichrist Al-Nusra and agreed never to combat each other and we would never give any information to the allies about Antichrist Al-Nusra. We are not the arm of the U.S. in Syria and we are not against Antichrist Al-Nusra Front, the opposite is the truth, they [Antichrist Al-Nusra] are our brothers and we personally know them … they might accuse us of being agents of the West but we are agents for our country … we are both the same sons and both sides Antichrist Al-Nusra and ours who were killed are [Antichrist Jihadi] martyrs …”
Jenan then asks about the detail for the collaboration and arrangements between Regiment-30 and the terrorist group Antichrist Al-Nusra Front (begin at 4:17). Abu Iskandar replies:
“We are forced to make arrangements with all other fighting groups [including Antichrist Al-Nusra] and we say that before we came here a week ago that we met with Al-Nusra, and four months ago we met Al-Nusra, which in turn expressed admiration for the [U.S.-led Regiment 30] program. In fact they welcomed us … our arrangements with Antichrist Al-Nusra is to collaborate militarily. We are not only 54, we are thousands … We were then shocked why they kidnapped Nadim, our leader … we are not 54, we are thousands, we have ground troops on land helping us.”
The “thousands” revealed by Abu Iskandar are “defensive forces” added in by the leadership of Regiment-30. “Al-Nusra released four already” says Abu Iskandar, emphasizing that the broken unity between Al-Nusra and Regiment-30 was simply a skirmish and that both sides mended their differences.
Jenan then asks to reveal what type of weaponry Regiment-30 is using, adding that “information has been revealed that some of your weapons [provided by the allies] are now in the hands of Antichrist Al-Nusra. What did they [U.S] provide you?” Abu Iskandar denied that any weapons fell in the hands of Antichrist Al-Nusra and that Antichrist Al-Nusra released all whom they kidnapped.
Jenan then asks (at 8:11) “Don’t you think that the Americans just dumped you here to die?” Antichrist Abu Iskandar smiles, and Jenan adds “what can 54 do against all these huge numbers of the other extremist sides, especially that you are agents of the U.S. you have been already honed in on.”
Abu Iskandar replies (see 8:30):
“The Americans, you in the media keep talking about them, the Americans are only part of this alliance. They did give us aid and lots of services, but the bigger enemy [besides the U.S.] is Bashar who is defunct politically”.
Al-Nusra is known to behead Christians as seen in one video:
In the message, posted to YouTube, Cahn calls for a period of national prayer and repentance leading up to the pivotal month of September.
He also issued a new warning about a “desecration” that often precedes judgment and is already present in American society. He calls for Christians to prepare for persecution and get ready to stand for God in a coming period of strife that will increasingly be devoid of “gray areas” or middle ground.
In the video, he says his main theme continues to be that of judgment visiting America. This will bring a “shaking” in the financial and economic realms. These tremors may spread beyond the economic realm.
Watch U.S.-Israel relations
The harbingers of coming judgment that Cahn first wrote about in 2012 in his New York Times-best-seller, “The Harbinger,” have continued long past the writing of that story, he said. The Tree of Hope, a spruce or cedar that in the Bible symbolizes a nation’s strength, was planted at Ground Zero in New York following 9/11 but it withered and died. It was finally uprooted on Passover 2014.
The new office tower built to replace the Twin Towers opened earlier this year only to have the first tenants overrun by an infestation of vermin.
But one of the most critical harbingers for America is its relationship with Israel, Cahn said.
“The relations between America and Israel are at its worst. This is a dangerous sign for America. America is now pressing for a deal that Israel says will put Israel in danger. That is also ominous,” Cahn said. “All these things: Israel, the harbingers, the apostasy, the Shemitah, all these things are converging, and we need to take heed now.”
Here comes the pope
Pope Francis, the 266th pope, is also coming to the United States to meet with President Obama on Sept. 23, the 266th day of the year. He will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24 and then deliver a keynote speech Sept. 25 at the United Nations in New York. The pope, who has already called for the need for global government to fight climate change and poverty, is expected to give a ringing endorsement to the U.N.’s new global agenda titled “Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This document was created by a 27-person “high level panel” that consisted of only one American – John Podesta, a member of the elite Trilateral Commission and the former climate-change czar for Antichrist NWO 666 President Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown.
The Senate is also under a deadline to approve the Antichrist Iran nuclear deal by the end of September.
Focus on dates, miss the big picture
Cahn implores those concerned about the Shemitah not to focus on dates but on getting their own houses in order. He offers practical advice on how to prepare for the coming “shaking,” both physically and spiritually.
He said he gave dates in his book, “The Mystery of the Shemitah” to show that God often works, especially in economic matters, according to the seven-year cycle given to Moses as Mount Sinai and recorded in Deuteronomy.
While this is something “to be aware of the signs of the times,” the bigger issue for America is that judgment is imminent. The U.S. clearly “crossed a line,” he said, with the Supreme Court decisions on abortion, removing prayer from schools and most recently in its arrogant redefinition of the God-given covenant of marriage.
“The first caution is, God doesn’t have to do anything. He is sovereign. He doesn’t have to work according to our understanding, He is beyond our understanding. Nothing has to happen in September or the autumn. It could be very uneventful,” Cahn said. “And if nothing happens, well then, what will we do? We will praise God, we will be bold for the Lord, we will spread the gospel, we will stand as witnesses for God and we will glorify His name.”
God hasn’t given him any secret knowledge as to what, if anything, will happen on or near the date of Sept. 13 or Elul 29, the once-every-seven years biblical day of reckoning when all debts and credits were wiped clean.
“Either way, I believe a great shaking is coming and it is wise that we be aware,” he said.
How does judgment come upon a nation hell-bent on going its own way without God?
Cahn said it can come with economic collapse, with man-made and natural disasters, wars or a slow descent into irrelevancy.
On the last two Shemitahs, on the exact same biblical “day of remission,” which is Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, came record stock-market collapses.
Cahn, a messianic Jewish rabbi who leads a congregation in New Jersey, said the months of Elul and Tishrei bring the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement. These are high holy days on the biblical calendar meant to focus one’s heart on the mighty judgment seat of God.
“America’s apostasy should be enough” for people to take note and be aware that judgment is coming, Cahn said.
He advised people to stock up on “essentials,” food, water and other items.
“Are we survivalists? No. We are revivalists,” Cahn said. “We are not here to survive we are here to be part of God’s revival, his restoration. And we are here not to prepare, simply thinking about ourselves, but to bless others. Worst-case scenario, you can eat your investment. You can use what is essential. But it’s wise, anyway.”
Financially, he said he would not personally feel secure having investments “linked to the well-being of the stock market.”
The U.S. stock market fell 358 points, or 2.1 percent, on Thursday, its worst day in 18 months. The market has shed more than 1,300 points already this year heading into the volatile autumn period.
Cahn said it would be wise to have cash on hand in your home.
A final ‘desecration’ brings judgment
“This summer, America crossed the line,” beyond any line ever crossed before, Cahn said, referring to the June 26 Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
“When the Supreme Court struck down the biblical definition of marriage, this was a tectonic event, a seismic change, with ramifications not just about marriage but about the future of the culture, of society, of religious freedom, of persecution, and, I believe, judgment,” Cahn said.
He noted a principle in the Bible that before judgment comes there is often an act of desecration.
The prophet Ezekiel, for example, was taken to the temple and shown a vision. The most holy place was being desecrated with idolatry.
“And then he sees a vision of the judgment of Jerusalem, the judgment of the Temple Mount, the judgment of Israel.”
Another example comes from ancient Babylon.
“There is a festive party, a celebration to the gods, and the king of Babylon orders that the sacred cups of God be brought into the celebration and they use these sacred cups to drink to the gods,” Cahn said. “That is a desecration and once that act is done the sign comes in the form of a handwriting on the wall that proclaims there will be judgment, and judgment comes that night to Babylon.”
“Marriage is a vessel of God. It was made by God for God,” Cahn said. “It’s like a cup, a sacred cup. You cannot take a vessel of God, you cannot take it and use it against its purpose and against God, without desecration. That was an act of desecration for America to strike down marriage. So, another convergence here. This happened just as the Shemitah approached its end.”
‘The middle ground is disappearing’
Cahn also thought it was significant that every one of the four dissenting justices issued a warning about coming persecution of those, predominantly Christians, who continue to believe in traditional biblical marriage.
“We are watching that begin to happen. The Bible says those who call darkness light will call the light darkness. The grays are disappearing. It is fading to black and white,” he said. “The middle ground is fading away. And those who try to stay in the middle, who try to dance in the middle, will find it harder and harder. You cannot dwell there. The time for gray is disappearing. If the darkness is removing the gray to become utterly dark, then it’s time for the light to remove the gray in our lives. And become totally light. The time for wavering, living both ways, compromising, not sharing, not living consistently in your faith, is over.”
Cahn also shared a lesson from the prophet Elijah. This Hebrew prophet implored the people to stop being half-hearted believers.
“How long will you waiver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, serve Him. If Baal is god, serve him. But choose you this day, whom you will serve,” he said.
He said the same dynamic that leads the dark to get darker will lead those who stand for God without compromise to go from light to blazing light, from good to great. We are watching the faith go, and the Supreme Court decision was a milestone, from a cultural faith to a counter-cultural faith, from a status-quo faith to a revolutionary faith. There is good in this. We say we wish we could live in the Book of Acts, well we are going to. … This is going to force us to go either totally dark or totally light.”
So how does one prepare for what’s coming to America?
“Ground yourself in prayer. Get plugged in, emotionally, intellectually, to the presence of God,” he said.
“Decide no matter what the majority does you will follow the Lord. You have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back. God will anoint those who do not compromise. If you want biblical times, you’ve got it. You want the Book of Acts, it’s coming. You want the days of Elijah? It’s here. It’s time to become the Elijahs of the day. If there’s anything in your life that has no business in the life of a saint of God, the time is now, not later, to get it out. Whatever is not in your life that God is calling you to, the time is now to get it in.”
Cahn said he made the video on Elul 1. The month of Elul is a time of preparation for the high holy days, a time to draw nearer to God in prayer. It’s a 40-day period of preparation, often accompanied by fasting.
“So I am calling for prayer, repentance, to commit this time for seeking God, in your life, seeking God individually, seeking God as a church, seeking God as a Bible study, seeking God as a movement, but devoting this time to be in prayer every day, in special prayer, of repentance, to get right, to get out of your life that which needs to be out and get in what has to be in.”
Cahn is also joining WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah in promoting the third annual 9/11 Day of Prayer and Repentance.
Farah encourages pastors to open their churches on Friday, Sept. 11, to allow both their community of members and their communities at large to gather and pray. There will also be three national repentance conference calls that day, with details at 911dayofprayer.org. Readers can go to the website and sign up to pray. They are also encouraged to let their pastors, congregations, and friends know about this event.
‘We are in critical times’
In the Old Testament, which often provides clues or spiritual foreshadowing of things to come under the New Testament, the priests of God had to first get things right in their own lives before they could minister on behalf of others. They would ritually cleanse themselves with water. Only then could they enter the Holy of Holies and intercede for the nation.
“Get to that higher ground, to bless God. This is our time to be ready, no matter what comes in September, autumn, or not,” Cahn told his listeners.
“The fact is America is in danger here,” he continued. “America is progressing on a dangerous course away from God. And we are in critical times. We are at a crossroads in every way. For the society, the culture, the civilization, the church, to be praying for this time. And to declare we will make up our minds we will not bow down to Baal, we will not compromise, we will not give in to political correctness. No matter what, we will not turn away from God, no matter what anybody says. We will follow the Lord, and His ways, only.”
Cahn closes his message with a special blessing of encouragement for those willing to go all-in for God.
If it looks like a crash, walks like a crash, and talks like a crash, it’s a CRASH. The Antichrist Communist Chinese stock market crashed by 8.5% last night. An equal level crash in the U.S. would be about 1,400 Dow points. I wonder if that would get Jimmy Cramer’s attention and send the CNBC bimbo spokes models into a tizzy.
The Antichrist Communist Chinese stock market has fallen 20% in one week and it can’t get up. Fraud, corruption, debt, greed, and now massive amounts of fear have combined for an epic debacle. The reverberations are being felt around the world. Welcome to the Fourth Turning Part Deux.
But don’t you worry. U.S. Stock futures are only down 850 points. That would bring the 5 day loss on the Dow to about 1,900 points, or 11% in one week. Poof!!! Months of ephemeral profits gone in the blink of an HFT supercomputer.
Judging by the first few minutes of trading in the first thing to open this evening on the mainland, the CSI 300 Index Futures which immediately tumbled by 4% to 3340, Antichrist Communist China’s attempt to deflect attention from the fact that it did not do a 50-100 bps RRR cut is not doing too well.
the Baltic Dry dead cat bounce is now over, with the BDIY topping out just above 1200 on August 4, and now back in triple digit territory, rapidly sliding back to the reality of recent record lows which a few months ago we suggested hinted that much more is wrong with global trade, and the global economy, than artificially manipulated stock markets would admit.
The collapse in rates is nothing short of a bloodbath:
no need to worry because it is just a matter of time before “central planners learn how to print trade.”
So, sarcasm aside, what really happens next, to both shipping, trade, the global economy and markets? Sadly, unless central planning finally works after 7 years of failing ever upward… this.
It started in Antichrist Communist China…
Continued in Europe…
And then catastrophied in The US…
NASDAQ 100 SEPTEMBER FUTURES HIT CIRCUIT BREAKER, HALTED – RTRS
Nasdaq Futures below 4,000!
During the flash crash of May 6, 2010, the 1000 plunge in the Dow Jones seems historic, unprecedented and surely unrepeatable – after all the regulators had “learned their lesson” and would never allow a move like this ever again, right? Wrong..
This is not normal… Dow futures moved over 4,500 points intraday today!!!
As the cost of insuring equity market risk (VIX) spiked higher this morning (having been broken for minutes after the open), catching up to the cost of insuring credit market risk (CDX HY) which has been screaming dead canaries for weeks, a funny thing happened to the volatility of volatility.
VVIX (the estimate of the uncertainty of the cost of insuring equity risk) exploded to a level never seen before – as various ETF/hedging strategies imploded – a level twice as high as during the Lehman crisis…
In April it was announced that Greece was imposing a surcharge for all cash withdrawals from bank accounts to deter citizens from clearing out their accounts. So now the Greeks will have to pay one euro per 1,000 euros that they withdraw, which is one-tenth of a percent. It doesn’t seem very big, but the principle at work is extremely big because what they’re in effect doing is breaking the exchange rate between a unit of bank deposits and a unit of currency.
Why would they do this? Why would they want to do this? Well, it’s one of the anti-cash policies that mainstream economists have vigorously been promoting.
PAVING THE WAY FOR NEGATIVE INTEREST
To make the calculations easier, and to illustrate the effect, let’s say that the Greek “surcharge” is ten dollars for every 100 dollars withdrawn. Now, instead of being able to convert one euro in your checking account into one euro in cash, on demand, you will only be able to buy one euro in cash by spending 1.10 euros in your bank accounts. That’s a negative 10-percent rate in some sense. That is to say that you can only take out one euro from the bank if you’re willing to pay 1.10 euros. So, you would only really get ninety cents for every dollar that you wanted to withdraw and that’s very significant because this means it will be more expensive to buy an item with cash than with bank deposits.
At the same time, the Greek government made it very clear that if you deposit the cash in the banks, you don’t get 1.10 euros of bank money for every euro you deposit.
So the system is now structured to lock the money in the banks. Now, what does that allow them to do? If you lose 10 percent every time you withdraw one euro in cash, they can lower the interest rate that you get on bank deposits to negative 5 percent, or negative 6 percent. You still wouldn’t withdraw your cash from the banks even if the interest rate went negative.
What we are witnessing is a war on cash in which governments make it either illegal or inconvenient to use cash. This, in turn, allows governments the ability to spy on and regulate financial transactions more completely, while also allowing governments more leeway in manipulating the money supply.
THE ORIGINS OF THE WAR ON CASH
It all started really with the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, passed in the US, which requires financial institutions in the United States to assist US government agencies in detecting and preventing money laundering. That was the rationale. Specifically, the act requires financial institutions to keep records of cash payments and file reports of cash purchases or negotiable instruments of more than $10,000 as a daily aggregate amount. Of course, this is all sold as a way of tracking criminals.
The US government employs other means of making war on cash also. Up until 1945, there were 500 dollar bills, 1,000 dollar bills, and 10,000 dollar bills in circulation. There was even a 100,000 dollar bill in the 1930s with which banks made clearings between one another. The US government stopped issuing these bills in 1945 and by 1969 had withdrawn all from circulation. So, in the guise of fighting organized crime and money laundering, what’s actually occurred is that they made it very inconvenient to use cash. A one hundred dollar bill today has $15.50 worth of purchasing power in 1969 dollars, when they removed the last big bills.
THE PROBLEM IS INTERNATIONAL
The war on cash in Sweden has gone probably the furthest and Scandinavian governments in general are notable for their opposition to cash. In Swedish cities, tickets for public buses no longer can be purchased for cash; they must be purchased in advance by a cell phone or text message — in other words, via bank accounts.
The deputy governor of the Swedish Central Bank gloated, before his retirement a few years back, that cash will survive “like the crocodile,” even though it may be forced to see its habitat gradually cut back.
The analogy is apt since three of the four major Swedish banks combined have more than two-thirds of their offices no longer accepting or paying out cash. These three banks want to phase out the manual handling of cash at their offices at a very rapid pace and have been doing that since 2012.
In France, opponents of cash tried to pass a law in 2012 which would restrict the use of cash from a maximum of 3,000 euros per exchange to 1,000. The law failed, but then there was the attack on Charlie Hebdo and on a Jewish supermarket, so immediately the state used this as a reason for getting the 1,000 maximum limit. They got their maximum limit. Why? Well, proponents claim that these attacks were partially financed by cash.
The terrorists used cash to purchase some of the stuff they needed. No doubt, these murderers also wore shoes and clothing and used cell phones and cars during the planning and execution of their mayhem. Why not ban these things? A naked barefoot terrorist without communications is surely less effective than the fully clothed and equipped one.
Finally, Switzerland, formerly a great bastion of economic liberty and financial privacy, has succumbed under the bare-knuckle tactics of the US government. The Swiss government has banned all cash payments of more than 100,000 francs (about $106,000), including transactions involving watches, real estate, precious metals, and cars. This was done under the threat of blacklisting by the Organization of Economic Development, with the US no doubt pushing behind the scenes. Transactions above 100,000 francs will now have to be processed through the banking system. The reason is to prevent the catch-all crime, of course, of money laundering.
Chase Bank has also recently joined the war on cash. It’s the largest bank in the US, a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase and Co., and according to Forbes, the world’s third largest public company. It also received $25 billion in bailout loans from the US Treasury. As of March, Chase began restricting the use of cash in selected markets. The new policy restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans.
Chase even goes as far as to prohibit the storage of cash in its safe deposit boxes. In a letter to its customers, dated April 1, 2015, pertaining to its “updated safe deposit box lease agreement,” one of the high-lighted items reads, “You agree not to store any cash or coins other than those found to have a collectible value.” Whether or not this pertains to gold and silver coins with no collectible value is not explained, but of course it does. As one observer warned, “This policy is unusual, but since Chase is the nation’s largest bank, I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing more of this in this era of sensitivity about funding terrorists and other illegal causes.” So, get your money out of those safe deposit boxes, your currency and probably your gold and silver.
ONLY (SUPERVISED) SPENDING IS ALLOWED
Gregory Mankiw, a prominent macroeconomist, came up with a scheme in 2009: the Fed would announce that a year from the date of the announcement, it intended to pick a numeral from 0 to 9 out of a hat. All currency with a serial number ending in that numeral, would instantly lose status as legal tender, causing the expected return on holding currency to plummet to -10 percent. This would allow the Fed to reduce interest rates below zero for a year or even more because people would happily loan money for say, -2 percent or -4 percent because that would stop them from losing 10 percent.
Now the reason given by our rulers for suppressing cash is to keep society safe from terrorists, tax evaders, money launderers, drug cartels, and other villains real or imagined. The actual aim of the ?ood of laws restricting or even prohibiting the use of cash is to force the public to make payments through the financial system. This enables governments to expand their ability to spy on and keep track of their citizens’ most private financial dealings, in order to milk their citizens of every last dollar of tax payments that they claim are due.
Other reasons for suppressing cash are (1) to prop up the unstable fractional reserve banking system, which is in a state of collapse all over the world, and (2) to give central banks the power to impose negative nominal interest rates. That is, to make you spend money by subtracting money from your bank account for every day you leave it in the bank account and don’t spend it.
The world is on multiple collision courses with World War III and please remember, it only takes one to begin the holocaust. Realistically, I do not see how the world is going to avoid World War III.
Social engineering is now a dated practice, that has undoubtedly influenced nearly all our lives for the past century in ways that many of us perhaps don’t notice.
I have a book titled Social Control from 1901, by Edward Alsworth Ross, that as the dust jacket explains, “formulated (and gave an answer to) the problems of the massive transformation of the American society by industrialization” where Ross “analyzed the dynamics of social change for modern socieities in general and for America in particular.” The book was a hit, and influenced economists, scholars, politicians and Progressives.
In the decades that followed, P.R. gurus like Edward Bernays and Ivy Lee pioneered the use of spin, advertising, propaganda, cross-branding and quite a few subtle tricks of undue persuasion to sell a consumerist society to the masses, and create a marriage of the mind between their clients and the people who would come to depend upon and identify with their products.
A simple algorithm could allow Google to swing popular opinion on election candidates or issues by as much as 20%, and beyond according to this report. That’s more than enough to alter the outcome of democracy… and make our voices something of a moot point. According to Politico’s Robert Epstein:
Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated…
Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had.
There are at least three very real scenarios whereby Google—perhaps even without its leaders’ knowledge—could shape or even decide the election next year… the employees who constantly adjust the search giant’s algorithms are manipulating people every minute of every day. The adjustments they make increasingly influence our thinking—including, it turns out, our voting preferences.
What we call in our research the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME)
Because SEME is virtually invisible as a form of social influence, because the effect is so large and because there are currently no specific regulations anywhere in the world that would prevent Google from using and abusing this technique, we believe SEME is a serious threat to the democratic system of government.
And so there you have it. Of course, voting was already very much a farce.
Israel’s leadership, from Antichrist Prime Minister Benjamin 911 Netanyahu on down, is reportedly furious with former defense minister Ehud Barak for having detailed on tape three occasions in 2010-2012 when Israel was ostensibly on the point of striking Antichrist Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Israel’s Channel 2, which broadcast the bombshell recordings on Friday night, said Saturday that the “anger” at Barak was widespread in the Israeli leadership, and that numerous senior political and security officials were also privately intimating that Barak’s version of events was not entirely accurate. The Prime Minister’s Office did not issue an official response to the broadcast.
In the tapes, whose broadcast Barak fought unsuccessfully to block, he claims that he and Netanyahu wanted to attack Iran in 2010, but that then-chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi indicated that there was no viable plan for such an operation; that they were thwarted in 2011 by the opposition of fellow ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Yuval Steinitz; and that a planned 2012 strike was aborted because it happened to coincide with a joint Israel-US military exercise and Israel did not want to drag the US into the fray.
In the aftermath of the broadcast of the tapes, Channel 2 said Saturday, various key Israeli figures indicated that Ashkenazi did not rule out an operation as decisively as Barak suggested, and that a great deal of preparatory work had been done. Furthermore, the TV report Saturday said, Ashkenazi was by no means the only senior Israeli figure who was not decisively supportive of a strike at that time. Others included then-Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who later made public his opposition, and top ministers including Dan Meridor and Eli Yishai.
Even if approval had been forthcoming for a strike, the TV report said, it was by no means certain that Israel would have actually gone ahead with it. The discussions described by Barak may have been “more a case of hold us back,” than a genuine determination by Netanyahu and Barak to carry out an attack.
Channel 2 also suggested that Barak may be playing party politics with his comments. Ashkenazi is said to be considering entering politics, and Barak, who has now retired from politics, may be out to thwart him. The two became bitter rivals over the years, and Barak’s relationship with current defense minister Ya’alon has also been tempestuous.
The material in the tapes comes from conversations related to a new biography of Barak being written by Danny Dor and Ilan Kfir. The former defense minister, who was also previously prime minister and chief of staff, attempted to prevent the broadcasting of the recordings, but Israel’s military censors allowed Channel 2 to play them.
The air strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities were ostensibly planned to take place because Netanyahu 911 and Barak anticipated that Antichrist Iran would enter a “zone of immunity,” in which its facilities were so well-protected or developed as to render an attack on them either a short-term solution or even futile. Netanyahu 911 maintains to this day, however, that Israel will act alone if necessary to prevent Iran attaining nuclear weapons, and has been a leading critic of the P5+1 deal with Iran that curbs but does not dismantle its nuclear program.
Barak was said Friday to have expressed outrage that the recordings had been released.
Steinitz said it was grave that such material was broadcast and had no comment on the specifics, while Ya’alon said he had no comment on what he called biased and skewed material.
Severe rainstorms accompanied with strong winds caused severe flooding and mudslides along the Mediterranean coast of France, on August 23 and August 24. Major flash-floods caused traffic disruption across the affected areas, and killed 3 people, so far.
More heavy rainfall hit the state of Assam in northeast India on August 17, 2015, and caused another series of floods over the next few days. So far, 18 people have died, and at least 600 000 people have been affected by the flooding.
The state of Assam has suffered series of floods since the beginning of this year’s monsoon season. Current round of severe rainstorms have affected 18 districts, inundated 1 291 villages, displaced almost 180 000 people and drowned about 50 000 hectares of agricultural land, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported.
Strong rainstorm hit the Turkey’s northeastern province of Artvin, causing floods and landslides across the affected region on the night of August 24, 2015. 7 people died, 17 were injured, and another 3 went missing in flood related incidents, Kemal Cirit, the province’s governor, stated.
Coastal regions of the province, especially Hopa, received large amounts of rainfall, which triggered mudslides in the area. 3 people have died during a house collapse in central Hopa while 3 more deaths have been reported in Yoldere, one in Yeşilköy, and another in Eşmekaya villages in Hopa district.
Following yesterday’s bloodbath (and the continued carnage around the world), AsiaPac stocks are lower with Japan unable to mount any sustained bounce despite every effort to lift JPY. The propaganda-fest is in full swing as Amari claims JPY is safe-haven asset and Aso denies any coordinated G7 response is being planned (which means they are all feverishly trying to figure out how to ‘save’ the world again from a 4-day stock drop). Antichrist Communist China is ugly with stocks down hard in the pre-open (CSI-300 -4.3%) as offshore Yuan depo rates spike to 22.9% – a record high – as liquidity outflows must be accelerating (as PBOC adds another CBNY150bn liquidity). Antichrist Communist China devalues Yuan 0.2% – most in 11 days.
*ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST CHINA SHANGHAI COMPOSITE SET TO OPEN DOWN 6.4% TO 3,004.13
*ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST CHINA’S CSI 300 INDEX SET TO OPEN DOWN 6.3% TO 3,070.01
This is the 5th day of crashing ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST Chinese stocks in a row…
ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST Chinese Stocks are down 14% since Friday!!
The Japanese are in full propaganda mode…
*SUGA: WATCHING MARKET MOVES ATTENTIVELY
*ASO: FX MOVES HAVE BEEN ROUGH (“rough” – well that’s one word for complete and utter carnage)
*ASO: CONTINUING TO CLOSELY WATCH MARKET MOVES
*ASO: I HAVEN’T CONTACTED U.S. TREASURY (which means he has!)
*ASO: NOT AT STAGE FOR G-7, G-20 RESPONSE (which means there is)
*AMARI: UP TO BOJ TO DECIDE ON ADDL EASING (how’s that last QQE2 working out?)
*AMARI: YEN IS BEING BOUGHT AS SAFE ASSET (nope it’s a forced carry unwind sorry!)
*AMARI:YEN SEEN AS SAFE ASSET SHOWS VALUATION OF JAPAN ECONOMY (what utter crap!)
So we await the coordinated response to the global vicious circle of carry unwinds and forced liquidations… but remember, RRR cuts so far have done absolutely nothing to hold back wave after wave of frenzied malicious Chinese sellers just wanting out of the ponzi.
The talk is not working as Antichrist Communist Chinese stocks are weak in the pre-open…
*FTSE ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST CHINA A50 SEPT. FUTURES DROP 3.4% IN SINGAPORE
*ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST CHINA CSI 300 STOCK-INDEX FUTURES FALL 4.3%
Some good news… Antichrist Communist China is deleveraging…
*SHANGHAI MARGIN DEBT DECLINES TO LOWEST IN FIVE MONTHS
As Antichrist Communist China devalues Yuan by most in 11 days..
*PBOC WEAKENS YUAN FIXING BY 0.2%, MOST SINCE AUG. 13
*ANTICHRIST COMMUNIST CHINA SETS YUAN REFERENCE RATE AT 6.3987 AGAINST U.S. DOLLAR
And Antichrist Communist China adds yet more liquidity…
*PBOC TO INJECT 150B YUAN WITH 7-DAY REVERSE REPOS: TRADER
The desperation to keep liquidity from flooding out is very evident:
*ONE-WEEK OFFSHORE YUAN DEPOSIT RATE JUMPS 840 BPS TO 22.9%
*YUAN DEPOSIT RATE HEADED FOR RECORD CLOSE IN HONG KONG
Some are converting yuan back into USD or HKD amid the devaluation,’’ says Lawrence Kung, head of deposits department at Wing Lung Bank in Hong Kong
Hope continues for a huge broad-based RRR cut but The PBOC – just as it said – remains fixed on small targeted liquidity injections. This will not please the ‘people’ or Jim Cramer… “they know nothing.”
And finally, we could not have put it better than The Onion as they explain how the “Shoddy Antichrist Communist Chinese-Made Stock Market Collapses”…
Proving to be just as flimsy and precarious as many observers had previously warned, the Antichrist Communist Chinese-made Shanghai Composite index completely collapsed Monday, sources confirmed.
“Sure, it looked fine from the outside, but anybody who saw it up close knew that it was of such poor quality that it wasn’t built to last,” said Allen Sigman of the London School of Economics, adding that the stock market, which he described as a crude knockoff of Western versions, was practically slapped together overnight and featured countless obvious structural weak points.
“They pretty much ignored regulations, and inspections were a joke. The only surprise is that it didn’t fall apart sooner.” Sigman added that he just hopes there weren’t too many people who were hurt in the disaster.
We assume that is satire… though it does seem a little too real.