Deadly 7.7 Earthquake

by amongthenumberedsaints

Major M7.7 earthquake hits Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan

A major earthquake registered by USGS as M7.7 hit Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan at 09:09 UTC on October 26, 2015. USGS registered depth of 213.5 km (132.7 miles) . EMSC reports M7.7 at a depth of 190 km (118 miles).

Pakistan’s National Seismic Monitoring Centre (NSMC) is reporting M8.1 at a depth of 193 km (120 miles).

According to the USGS, epicenter was located 45 km (28 miles) SSW of Jarm, 73 km (45 miles) S of Fayzabad, 77 km (48 miles) WSW of Ashkasham, 77 km (48 miles) E of Farkhar, and 256 km (159 miles) NNE of capital Kabul, Afghanistan.

This earthquake can have a high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability, GDACS said.

There are 931 807 people living within 100 km (62 miles) radius.

USGS issued orange alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Significant casualties are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response. A yellow alert level was issued for economic losses. Some damage is possible. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Afghanistan.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and unreinforced brick with timber floor construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.

Shortly after the earthquake, the provincial director of the national disaster management authority, Abdullah Humayoon Dehqan, said “there are reports of casualties and destruction” in some remote districts of Badakhshan.

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan shook buildings from Kabul to Delhi, cut power and communications in some areas and caused more than 150 deaths, mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistani officials said that at least 147 people were killed and nearly 600 others wounded across the country, while Afghan officials said 33 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake was in the Hindu Kush mountains, in the sparsely populated province of Badakhshan, which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. It said the epicenter was 213 kilometers (130 miles) deep and 73 kilometers (45 miles) south of the provincial capital, Fayzabad.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sent his condolences to families who had lost relatives and property, and appointed an “assessment committee” to ensure emergency relief reached the needy as soon as possible, his office said.

In Takhar province, west of Badakhshan, at least 12 students at a girls’ school were killed in a stampede as they fled shaking buildings, said Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the provincial governor. Another 42 girls were taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan.

In Pakistan, Inayatullah Khan, the provincial minister for local bodies, said the death toll in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province alone had jumped to 121.

AFGHAN EARTHQUAKE ROCKS ASIA, DOZENS DEAD

“The Congress shall have power… To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization…throughout the United States;” ~ U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 4

“The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with Skull&Bones George 911 Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.” ~ Antichrist NWO 666 Presidential candidate Barack Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown, 2008

Antichrist NWO 666 Barack Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown has always had contempt for the rule of law and the separation of powers built into our Constitution, but now that he no longer faces election his utter contempt for any restrictions on his power has been laid bare. He openly subverts the Constitution and smugly dares his feckless Republican opposition to try and stop him, knowing that they rarely will even make the effort, lest they be lectured — again — from the presidential podium.

Arguably, this naked power grab by Obozo is nowhere more dangerous than in the area of immigration. On the one hand, he has largely refused to enforce our immigration laws, allowing thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens to cross our porous border each month (and in some cases letting them skip the long walk and instead providing them non-stop flight service to the interior of the country), and on the other hand he is facilitating the ability for these illegals to become permanent residents of the United States, with the end goal of turning them into a permanent Democrat voting bloc.

Having already been rebuked by federal Judge Andrew Hanen for the administration’s issuance of more than 100,000 work permits to illegals under an expansion of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which Hanen had issued an injunction against in February, Obozo is back at it again, this time with a more subtle, back-door effort to make sure illegals never get deported, and have full access to all of the privileges and benefits of U.S. citizens.

According to a secret White House memo discovered by Ian Smith of The Hill, the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service) is amending its internal policies to bypass restrictions on I-140 petitions and H1-B visas, opening the floodgates to not only legal resident aliens here on work visas, but to low-skilled laborers here illegally.

The Cliff’s Notes version (more in depth version from Smith here) goes like this – foreign workers wanting permanent residency in the United States must file an I-140 application, which puts them on the wait list for a green card. When a temporary guest worker gets to the front of the line they are allowed to submit an application to have their official status changed to that of a permanent resident alien. If the application is approved then the worker receives an EAD (Employment Authorization Document), which is highly coveted because this allows them to work anywhere in the country. This is critical to foreign workers because it allows them to stay in the United States even if their temporary work visas expire, and they are no longer be tied to a sponsoring employer (H1-B visa holders are sponsored by a specific employer, and can only stay in the U.S. while employed by that company). U.S. high-tech companies have consistently pushed for the expansion of the H1-B program because it allows them to replace higher wage U.S. citizen employees with lower wage foreigners, and it keeps the foreign workers tied to them in a form of indentured servitude.

Secret Memo Reveals Obozo’s Effort to Flood Labor Market With Illegals 

Under Obozo’s workaround to the immigration laws, potentially millions of low-skilled illegal laborers get a “get out of jail free” card protecting them from deportation, since they are allowed to stay once acquiring the EAD (which requires only a valid ID, and no proof of lawful residency). Additionally, under Obozo’s DACA and DAPA programs, the spouses and children of these now quasi-legal illegals would also be protected from deportation and eligible for work permits. The fact that this comes at a time when Obozo is also launching a campaign to encourage nearly ten million immigrants to become naturalized citizens and register to vote, has not gone unnoticed. Nearly all of the targeted immigrants are of Hispanic or Asian origin, which vote heavily Democrat.

It also comes at a time when Americans of all stripes have suffered for nearly a decade under declining wages, high unemployment, and U.S. corporations, like Microsoft, Qualcomm, and even Disney, laying off U.S. workers in favor of the foreign H1-B visa workers which cost them far less to employ (with the added insult from Disney of having to train their foreign replacements or lose severance). Conservatives and Republicans should oppose this latest effort because it tramples on the rule of law, but even Democrats should oppose the effort since it will be detrimental to union jobs.

When the workforce participation rate is the lowest it has been since the Carter administration, and the native-born black and Hispanic unemployment rates stay stubbornly in double-digits, it makes absolutely no sense to flood the labor market with MORE low-cost and/or low-skilled workers which will compete with U.S. citizens for those jobs.

Unless your goal is not to improve the lives and fortunes of U.S. citizens, but to create a permanent Democrat voting bloc.

New Drone Footage Captures Scope Of EU’s Migrant Crisis As Brussels Plans Refugee “Holding Camps” 

Europe took another stab at tackling the bloc’s worsening migrant crisis on Sunday as Jean-Claude Juncker called a mini-summit of 11 regional leaders in Brussels. The immediate concern, Juncker contends, is providing shelter for the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers who have inundated the Balkans en route to what they hope will be a better life in Germany.

So far, Europe has struggled mightily under the weight of the people flows and a plan to place 120,000 asylum seekers based on a quota system met with hostility from some Eastern European nations including Hungary, where PM Viktor Orban has closed the border with both Serbia and Croatia in an effort to, in his words, “preserve the Christian heritage.” Germany’s approach has been to adopt what amounts to an open door policy to migrants and that, in turn, has set off border battles in the Balkans as Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia bicker about the best way to divert the refugees north.

The new “plan” proposed by Merkel and Juncker aims to set up so-called “holding camps” along the Balkan route. The sites will be able to accommodate some 100,000 refugees.

“It cannot be that in the Europe of 2015 people are left to fend for themselves, sleeping in fields,” Juncker said.

Here’s more from The NY Times:

The leaders of Greece and other countries along the main migrant trail to affluent parts of Europe agreed late Sunday to set up holding camps for 100,000 asylum seekers, a move that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said would help slow a chaotic flow of tens of thousands of people seeking shelter from war or simply better lives.

Amid warnings that the European Unionrisked falling apart if it cannot forge a common response to a largely uncontrolled influx of Syrians, Afghans and others, Ms. Merkel said early Monday in Brussels that Europe “faced one of the greatest litmus tests” in its history and was now moving slowly to ease the crisis.

All the same, she told reporters after an emergency meeting with Eastern and Central European leaders in Brussels that Europe still had a long way to go before it got a grip on its biggest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union’s top executive, who convened Sunday’s meeting at the behest of Ms. Merkel, said reception centers would be established along the so-called “Balkan route” taken by most migrants that could hold and process 50,000 people, with facilities for 50,000 more to be set up in Greece. He said leaders had also agreed to stop “waving through” migrants who cross their countries as they rush north toward Germany and Scandinavia.

“The only way to restore order is to slow down the uncontrolled flows of people,” Mr. Juncker told reporters.

Commenting on pledges of coordinated action made by the leaders at the meeting, she said, “Of course this does not solve the problem,” but it does provide “a building stone in the edifice” of a more coherent policy.

Count us skeptical.

In all likelihood, these way stations will swiftly become overcrowded, unsafe refugee internment camps and they’ll likely be easy targets for vociferous anti-migrant protests or worse.

With that in mind, we present the following drone footage and still shots which should give you an idea about why we contend that Europe’s “holding camps” will swiftly be overrun.

Why The Fate Of Syria’s Christians Should Concern Us All

The world is witnessing the destruction of Syria, a country with a rich history going back millennia. But there is one significant minority that faces total annihilation if the radical factions prevail: Syria’s Christian community.

Syria has played a crucial role in Christianity right from its very start. Paul is said to have been converted on the road to Damascus. There are important Christian landmarks there, some built by pious saints and daring knights over centuries. Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, can still be heard in some parts of the country.

Most importantly, there are 1.8 million people – 10% of the population – of various Christian denominations who now live in constant fear. That community has played a leading role in Syrian society and economy, which is why their (limited) civil rights had always been protected by the ruling dictators.

That is all changing now. In areas taken over by the Antichrist Islamic State and other hardliners, Christian men have been murdered or abducted with their wives and children held hostage. What is left of their communities must convert to Antichrist Islam, pay a religious levy or face execution. The same has happened to other unfortunate Christians in Antichrist Iraq, so the outcome is highly predictable.

Even “moderate” rebel groups are rumored to have committed similar atrocities. Not much of this is reported by the Western media, as after all these are “our” guys. But an insightful episode reported by the New York Times last year should force us to reflect upon the wisdom of the West’s strategy here:

“On his eighth trip to fight with the rebels in Syria, in August, Abu Khattab saw something that troubled him: two dead children (…). He knew right away that his fellow rebels had killed them. Abu Khattab, a 43-year-old Antichrist Saudi hospital administrator who was pursuing Antichrist jihad on his holiday breaks, went to demand answers from his local commander, a notoriously brutal man named Abu Ayman al-Iraqi. The commander brushed him off, saying his men had killed the children “because they were not Antichrist Muslims,” Abu Khattab recalled recently during an interview here.”

As a result of this persecution, since 2012 Syrian Christians have started to take a more active role in the war, forming militias which are now fighting alongside government and Kurdish forces. They have no other option. And this puts them in the firing line of Western-backed militants and their key ally in the region – Turkey.

The world is becoming increasingly aware of Turkey’s nefarious role in the Syrian conflict. It has been known for some time that fighters wanting to join the Antichrist Islamic State move with great fluidity through its borders. Rather than placing embargoes, the Turkish government has turned a blind eye to its merchants buying oil seized by the Antichrist fundamentalists, thus offering an important economic lifeline. And it is bombing Kurdish fighters in Syria, one of the few forces that have proven to be effective in stopping Islamic militants.

But even more disturbing allegations have emerged recently. Two deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party claim that their government might have been involved in sending toxic sarin gas used in an attack on civilians in Syria in 2013 where over 1,300 died. The public will never know because the investigation they requested was blocked. And it is this event that justified the West’s intervention in the conflict.

Through these and other actions Turkey, an important NATO ally and aspiring European Union member, has become an accomplice of the worst crimes against humanity committed by the Antichrist Islamic State and assorted fighters, all in the name of getting rid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Incoming US Presidents place their left hand on a Christian Bible while taking the oath of office. Prime Minister David Cameron recently declared that Britain is still a Christian country. And yet it is Russia’s President Vladimir Putin who is coming to the aid of Syria’s beleaguered Christians.

Russia’s latest intervention in the Syrian conflict evokes a very nuanced yet interesting parallel with the Crimean War in the mid-19th century. Back then the Czar judged – incorrectly – that Western powers would not oppose a Christian country facing off against the very Antichrist Muslim Ottoman Empire. What followed was a pointless brawl that left hundreds of thousands dead. Nobody was better off in the end.

We wonder if Putin and his Western counterparts have considered this outcome. Surely there must be a better way forward for Syria and its neighbors, especially if they don’t want to suffer the blowback effects from promoting extremism.

By condoning the destruction of its Christian, Jewish and other minorities while trying to appease their radical clerics, Antichrist Muslim nations are shooting themselves in the foot. These have traditionally been the most educated and constructive communities among their ranks, without which a transition to more progressive, open and prosperous societies across the Antichrist Middle East will be incredibly difficult.

One more reason why the fate of Syria’s Christians should concern us all.

For anyone who might still be somehow unaware, the US is currently in a superpower staring match with both Russia and Antichrist Communist China. The conflict in Syria has put Moscow back on the geopolitical map (so to speak), creating an enormous amount of tension with Washington whose regional allies have been left to look on in horror as Russian airstrikes and an Iranian ground incursion dash hopes of ousting President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, in The South China Sea, Beijing has built 3,000 acres of new sovereign territory atop reefs in the Spratlys and although the reclamation effort itself isn’t unique, the scope of it most certainly is and Washington’s friends in the South Pacific are crying foul.

Beijing has continually insisted that it doesn’t intend to use the islands as military outposts, but the construction of runways and ports seems to tell a different story and so, Washington felt compelled to check things out over the summer by sending a Poseidon spy plane complete with a CNN crew to the area. Once the PLA spotted the plane the situation escalated quickly with the Antichrist Communist Chinese Navy telling US pilots to “Go Now!”

After that, an intense war of words developed with Defense Secretary Ash Carter insisting that the US would sail and fly anywhere it pleased and Beijing assuring the US that sailing within 12 nautical miles of the islands would prompt a harsh response from the PLA.

For weeks, the US was rumored to have been planning a freedom of navigation exercise in the Spratlys which, as we’ve pointed out several times this month, amounts to sailing by the islands just to see if Antichrist Communist China will shoot.

Now, according to CNN, Obama has given the green light and the ships may sail within 24 hours:

It’s On: Obozo Sends Destroyer To Antichrist Communist Chinese Islands, Antichrist Communist China Vows Military Response

And more from FT:

The US navy is poised to start freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea in a high-stakes effort to push back against Antichrist Communist Chinese territorial claims over artificial islands in the disputed waters.

In a move that will enrage Beijing, the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, will sail inside the 12-nautical mile zones of two man-made islands — Subi and Mischief reefs — that Antichrist Communist China has built in the contested Spratly Island chain. A senior US defence official said it would sail through the area in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Antichrist Communist China has repeatedly warned that it would not tolerate any effort to violate what it considers its territory. Earlier this month, a senior Antichrist Communist Chinese naval officer said the People’s Liberation Army would hand a “head-on blow” to any foreign forces that violated Antichrist Communist Chinese sovereignty. His comments came after the Financial Times reported that the US was poised to launch its operations.

The manoeuvre will mark the first time since 2012 that the US navy has sailed through the 12-nautical mile zone surrounding any islands claimed by Antichrist Communist China. It is aimed at demonstrating that Washington does not recognise any territorial claims over artificial islands in the South China Sea.
It’s also worth noting that should the US manage to get away with this without sparking a shooting war with the Antichrist Communist Chinese, it now looks as though Washington is leaning toward making this a regular patrol. Here’s a bit of color from Reuters out over the weekend:

A range of security experts said Washington’s so-called freedom of navigation patrols would have to be regular to be effective, given Antichrist Communist Chinese ambitions to project power deep into maritime Southeast Asia and beyond.

“This cannot be a one-off,” said Ian Storey, a South China Sea expert at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

“The U.S. navy will have to conduct these kinds of patrols on a regular basis to reinforce their message.”

But Antichrist Communist China would likely resist attempts to make such U.S. actions routine, some said, raising the political and military stakes. Antichrist Communist China’s navy could for example try to block or attempt to surround U.S. vessels, they said, risking an escalation.

Here are the latest visuals from Subi and Mischief (the two islands mentioned above):

Not to put too fine a point on it, but this borders on the insane. Here we have both Washington and Beijing risking an outright military confrontation over what amount to a couple of sandcastles and while there’s probably some truth to the contention that Antichrist Communist China has plans for the islands that go beyond growing plants, building lighthouses, and raising pigs, it’s not as though the PLA is going to invade The Philippines so at the end of the day, this looks like another example of what Vladimir Putin recently suggested is evidence that the world is losing its collective mind.

Three Antichrist Communist Chinese Warships To Dock In Florida Next Month After Antichrist Communist China Called Obama’s South China Seas Bluff – Is This A Prelude To Invasion?

Despite the fact that the US and Antichrist Communist China are seemingly bumping heads on many different fronts including the financial world, the internet and in the world of war, Antichrist Communist China will be sending 3 warships to the US that will be docking in Florida at the Mayport Naval Station from November 3rd to November 7th according to this story from Zero Hedge and the 1st video below from Spiro.

The ‘battlefields’ now in play include Antichrist Communist China seeking to make the yuan a permanent replacement for the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, to the internet, where Antichrist Communist China continues its’ endless attacks upon the US, to a potential WW3, where Antichrist Communist China recently responded to plans by the US to send warships into the South China Seas by saying: “What On Earth Makes Them Think We Will Tolerate This”.

With the recent announcement that Antichrist Communist China’s ally Russia has been disturbing the US with their ships near our underwater cables, we have to ask how close we are to a potential WW3 and why would we allow warships from our potential WW3 adversaries into our harbors? Is this a setup for an invasion? We also need to remember that only a little over a month ago, Antichrist Communist China released a very disturbing video that showed Antichrist Communist China attacking the US as shared in the 2nd video below.

According to the US Naval Intelligence, the three ships that will be docking in Florida are a Type 052C Luyang II-class guided-missile destroyer Jinan (152), the Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate Yiyang (548) and the Type 903 Fuchi-class fleet oiler Qiandao Hu (886).

While we’re told that sailors from both the US and Antichrist Communist Chinese will interact during their time here, participating in sporting events and interacting during ship tours, the visit isn’t sitting well with some politicians in the US, especially after Antichrist NWO 666 Barack Obozo The 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown seemingly had his bluff called by Antichrist Communist China after threatening to send ships to the South China Seas by not following up upon his threat. From Zero Hedge.:

The most interesting news is that according to the US Naval Institute, despite much posturing, the Antichrist NWO 666 Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown administration has not yet dispatched ship toward Antichrist Communist China, and instead has been merely weighing for weeks whether or not it will send a freedom of navigation mission within 12 nautical miles — the internationally recognized maritime border — of features in the Spratly and Paracel Antichrist China has reclaimed from the sea.

It would appear that Obozo was once again all talk and once Antichrist Communist China threatened to call the U.S. bluff and warned it would use force, the US desire for confrontation promptly evaporated.

Why is the US allowing Antichrist Communist China warships to dock in Florida? Is this a setup for a massive attack upon America or another false flag? The mere fact that Russian warships have been spotted near our underwater cables is understandably disturbing. We learned from the NY Times story on this development that if those cables are cut, that would likely completely cut off the US from the rest of the world on the communications front. Think no more internet, no more phones, no communications between our military at home and our military overseas. Have Russia and Antichrist Communist China put the US into ‘checkmate’ as argued in this story from Sputnik News? While we do not have all of the answers to those questions, these latest developments are clearly bothersome. From the NY Times story.:

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.

The issue goes beyond old worries during the Cold War that the Russians would tap into the cables — a task American intelligence agencies also mastered decades ago. The alarm today is deeper: The ultimate Russian hack on the United States could involve severing the fiber-optic cables at some of their hardest-to-access locations to halt the instant communications on which the West’s governments, economies and citizens have grown dependent.

The signs of regime change are everywhere. From embarrassment by Russia’s success in Syria to Antichrist Communist China’s creation of its own ‘World Bank’ and SWIFT alternative, the trend of de-empirization are growing, but tonight’s news that Washington will sell oil from its strategic reserve in order to meet budget constraints and avoid default (as Antichrist Communist China takes advantage of low prices to build its own reserves) is simply stunning in its analogy of the shifting world order.

As CNN reports,

Bipartisan congressional leaders and the White House struck a major fiscal deal in principle Monday that would raise the debt ceiling and lift budget caps on both defense and domestic programs, according to congressional sources familiar with the deal.

This deal would avoid a potential debt default on November 3, and it would reduce the chances of a government shutdown on December 11.

The deal includes $80 billion in increased defense and domestic spending over two years‎, a senior House source told CNN.

That new spending would be offset by sales from the strategic petroleum oil reserve, use of public airwaves for telecommunications companies and changes to the crop insurance program — among other measures. Moreover, the deal would spread out increases in Medicare premiums over time so beneficiaries don’t feel them acutely. It would also aim to preserve the Social Security disability trust fund, sources said.

Conservatives sharply panned the deal.

“It’s emblematic of five years of failed leadership,” said Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan.
So, to summarize, ‘Murica – the world’s reserve currency superpower and “cleanest dirty sheet in a brothel” economy is about to sell its “strategic” petroleum reserves at multi-year low prices in order to meet an ever-expanding welfare state’s needs…

As Antichrist Communist China “buys low” adding to its reserves amid the multi-year low prices…

Of course this move by The US is echoing what many Petrodollar States are being forced to do to (sell ‘reserves’ to meet social welfare needs); however, in this case, it is not some massively indebted banana republic, but The Unites States of America (oh wait!).

As we recently pointed out, there are two general schools of thought amongst noted contrarians and libertarians regarding Antichrist Communist China’s overriding objectives.

One school has it that Antichrist Communist China is very much a part of the One World Government philosophy and their primary goal is to acquire a more powerful seat at the IMF. Having done so, they will settle in and be content to be one of the leading jurisdictions that run the world collectively.

The other school suggests that Antichrist Communist China means to become the most powerful nation in the world – to replace the US in every way as the world’s dominant nation.

As China ‘Buys Low’ To Build SPR, Washington Forced To Sell Strategic Crude To Meet Budget 

My own appraisal is a combination of the two. Antichrist Communist China’s behaviour – not only their public stance, but their massive economic infrastructural development efforts indicate to me that they intend to go full-bore with their new economic infrastructure, giving them powers that rival and even overtake the EU and US. At that point, they will be unconcerned as to whether they will be welcomed into the “club” that is presently dominated by the EU and US. They will be an unstoppable freight train passing through town. The western world can either get on board, or fall by the wayside. The Antichrist Communist Chinese will prefer the former, as it would be more profitable and would avoid conflicts (both military and economic), but they will not be deterred.

At this moment in time, we’re observing a part of that effort. The old structure is being slowly bulldozed and a new structure is underway. It’s very likely that, in order to assure its success, it will be a better one – one which offers its users greater freedom. We can be certain that, like all governmental constructs, it will eventually become corrupted and be just as oppressive as the one it hopes to replace. However, in its early years (and hopefully beyond that) the people of the world will enjoy a period of increased economic freedom.

Some time ago, when we first predicted that Antichrist Communist China would create such a system, it seemed almost a fairy tale – a highly unlikely development. Yet, Antichrist Communist China has gotten there even faster than I’d expected. Let’s hope that the day when its benefits trickle down to the street level, worldwide, will also arrive more quickly than we had expected.

^^^The end of this article sounds like a delusional Hell-bound fool wrote it.

Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort 

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.

The issue goes beyond old worries during the Cold War that the Russians would tap into the cables — a task American intelligence agencies also mastered decades ago. The alarm today is deeper: The ultimate Russian hack on the United States could involve severing the fiber-optic cables at some of their hardest-to-access locations to halt the instant communications on which the West’s governments, economies and citizens have grown dependent.

Igor V. Lavrenchuk, general manager of the Museum of the Cold War, in a conference room designed for the Soviet air force command.Moscow Journal: Amid a Revived East-West Chill, Cold War Relics Draw New InterestAPRIL 29, 2014 While there is no evidence yet of any cable cutting, the concern is part of a growing wariness among senior American and allied military and intelligence officials over the accelerated activity by Russian armed forces around the globe. At the same time, the internal debate in Washington illustrates how the United States is increasingly viewing every Russian move through a lens of deep distrust, reminiscent of relations during the Cold War.

Inside the Pentagon and the nation’s spy agencies, the assessments of Russia’s growing naval activities are highly classified and not publicly discussed in detail. American officials are secretive about what they are doing both to monitor the activity and to find ways to recover quickly if cables are cut. But more than a dozen officials confirmed in broad terms that it had become the source of significant attention in the Pentagon.

“I’m worried every day about what the Russians may be doing,” said Rear Adm. Frederick J. Roegge, commander of the Navy’s submarine fleet in the Pacific, who would not answer questions about possible Russian plans for cutting the undersea cables.

Cmdr. William Marks, a Navy spokesman in Washington, said: “It would be a concern to hear any country was tampering with communication cables; however, due to the classified nature of submarine operations, we do not discuss specifics.”

In private, however, commanders and intelligence officials are far more direct. They report that from the North Sea to Northeast Asia and even in waters closer to American shores, they are monitoring significantly increased Russian activity along the known routes of the cables, which carry the lifeblood of global electronic communications and commerce.

Just last month, the Russian spy ship Yantar, equipped with two self-propelled deep-sea submersible craft, cruised slowly off the East Coast of the United States on its way to Cuba — where one major cable lands near the American naval station at Guantánamo Bay. It was monitored constantly by American spy satellites, ships and planes. Navy officials said the Yantar and the submersible vehicles it can drop off its decks have the capability to cut cables miles down in the sea.

“The level of activity,” a senior European diplomat said, “is comparable to what we saw in the Cold War.”

One NATO ally, Norway, is so concerned that it has asked its neighbors for aid in tracking Russian submarines.

Adm. James Stavridis, formerly NATO’s top military commander and now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, said in an email last week that “this is yet another example of a highly assertive and aggressive regime seemingly reaching backwards for the tools of the Cold War, albeit with a high degree of technical improvement.”

The operations are consistent with Russia’s expanding military operations into places like Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria, where President Vladimir V. Putin has sought to demonstrate a much longer reach for Russian ground, air and naval forces.

“The risk here is that any country could cause damage to the system and do it in a way that is completely covert, without having a warship with a cable-cutting equipment right in the area,” said Michael Sechrist, a former project manager for a Harvard-M.I.T. research project funded in part by the Defense Department.

“Cables get cut all the time — by anchors that are dragged, by natural disasters,” said Mr. Sechrist, who published a study in 2012 of the vulnerabilities of the undersea cable network. But most of those cuts take place within a few miles from shore, and can be repaired in a matter of days.

What worries Pentagon planners most is that the Russians appear to be looking for vulnerabilities at much greater depths, where the cables are hard to monitor and breaks are hard to find and repair.

Mr. Sechrist noted that the locations of the cables are hardly secret. “Undersea cables tend to follow the similar path since they were laid in the 1860s,” he said, because the operators of the cables want to put them in familiar environments under longstanding agreements.

The exceptions are special cables, with secret locations, that have been commissioned by the United States for military operations; they do not show up on widely available maps, and it is possible the Russians are hunting for those, officials said.

The role of the cables is more important than ever before. They carry global business worth more than $10 trillion a day, including from financial institutions that settle transactions on them every second. Any significant disruption would cut the flow of capital. The cables also carry more than 95 percent of daily communications.

So important are undersea cables that the Department of Homeland Security lists their landing areas — mostly around New York, Miami and Los Angeles — at the top of its list of “critical infrastructure.”

Attention to underwater cables is not new. In October 1971, the American submarine Halibut entered the Sea of Okhotsk north of Japan, found a telecommunications cable used by Soviet nuclear forces, and succeeded in tapping its secrets. The mission, code-named Ivy Bells, was so secret that a vast majority of the submarine’s sailors had no idea what they had accomplished. The success led to a concealed world of cable tapping.

And a decade ago, the United States Navy launched the submarine Jimmy Carter, which intelligence analysts say is able to tap undersea cables and eavesdrop on communications flowing through them.

Submarines are not the only vessels that are snooping on the undersea cables. American officials closely monitor the Yantar, which Russian officials insist is an oceanographic ship with no ties to espionage.

“The Yantar is equipped with a unique onboard scientific research complex which enables it to collect data on the ocean environment, both in motion and on hold. There are no similar complexes anywhere,” said Alexei Burilichev, the head of the deepwater research department at the Russian Defense Ministry, according to sputniknews.com in May 2015.

American concern over cable cutting is just one aspect of Russia’s modernizing Navy that has drawn new scrutiny.

Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander of American naval forces in Europe, speaking in Washington this month said that the proficiency and operational tempo of the Russian submarine force was increasing.

Citing public remarks by the Russian Navy chief, Adm. Viktor Chirkov, Admiral Ferguson said the intensity of Russian submarine patrols had risen by almost 50 percent over the last year. Russia has increased its operating tempo to levels not seen in over a decade. Russian Arctic bases and their $2.4 billion investment in the Black Sea Fleet expansion by 2020 demonstrate their commitment to develop their military infrastructure on the flanks, he said.

Russia is also building an undersea unmanned drone capable of carrying a small, tactical nuclear weapon to use against harbors or coastal areas, American military and intelligence analysts said.

Admiral Ferguson said that as part of Russia’s emerging doctrine of so-called hybrid warfare, it is increasingly using a mix of conventional force, Special Operations mission and new weapons in the 21st-century battlefield.

“This involves the use of space, cyber, information warfare and hybrid warfare designed to cripple the decision-making cycle of the alliance,” Admiral Ferguson said, referring to NATO. “At sea, their focus is disrupting decision cycles.”

3 ominous words of Jesus emerge at Ground Zero

The full context of the Scripture is this:

“Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

“The last words of the Sermon, the last to appear in red on the fused page, describe a great fall, the collapse of a building,” Cahn told WND. “The building falls as the result of a storm. It cannot withstand the forces that come against it because it’s not grounded on the rock. The rock represents the Word of God.”

If This Really Is “1998 All Over Again”, Oil Is About To Soar

One person who’s betting that we may have hit peak-rent is billionaire Sam Zell who just dumped a quarter of the apartments held by his real estate company for some $5.4 billion. Here’s more via WSJ:

Sam Zell has agreed to sell more than 23,000 apartments controlled by his real-estate company, Equity Residential, for $5.4 billion to Starwood Capital Group, the companies said.

The transaction, announced Monday, represents about a quarter of the units in Equity Residential’s portfolio of apartments and would be one of the largest since the recession. It also comes on the heels of Blackstone Group LP’s announcement on Tuesday that it is buying Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan for $5.3 billion.

Across the commercial-property sector, which includes office, retail and apartment buildings, growing numbers of investors have begun to question how long good times can last after a steep run-up in prices since the downturn.

Record values for offices and hotels in the U.S. and Europe, fueled in part by central banks’ multiyear efforts to keep interest rates near record lows, have prompted some big investors to reassess the market. Apartments have been especially hot, with average U.S. rents climbing 20% over the past five years, according to research firm REIS Inc.

The transaction brings together two savvy deal makers on opposite sides of the trade, Mr. Zell and Starwood Capital Chairman and Chief Executive Barry Sternlicht.

Peak Housing 2.0: Sam Zell Dumps 23,000 Apartments In 2007 Deja Vu 

Why is the deal particularly notable? Because Zell has traditionally had a very keen nose about such things as “market peaks”: the 74 years old is credited with calling the top of the real-estate market in 2007, when he sold another of his companies, Equity Office Properties Trust, to Blackstone for $23 billion. Soon after, the commercial-property market crashed as prices fell and debt defaults surged.

As for the current cycle, this deal merely marks the latest liquidation by Mr. Zell’s since 2012. Back then, Equity Residential was a buyer. The firm teamed with AvalonBay Communities to purchase apartment giant Archstone for $6.5 billion, not including about $9.5 billion in debt.

But Equity Residential has become “less aggressive as buyers of assets” in recent years, Mr. Zell said in an interview late Friday. Instead, it is getting out of suburban markets and into downtown urban centers, where young people are moving and where it is more difficult to build, he said.

Most of the 23,300 apartment units in the deal, roughly a quarter of Equity Residential’s total, are low-rise and mid-rise units in suburban markets in and around southern Florida, Denver, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Southern California. Analysts expect a significant amount of new supply to be concentrated in those markets in coming years.

For Mr. Sternlicht, who made his name in the hotel industry, the move represents a big wager on apartments. His Greenwich, Conn., company has bought or put under contract 67,800 apartment units over the past year, including the Equity Residential deal.

“This is the healthiest U.S. apartment market in my lifetime,” Mr. Sternlicht said in an interview Friday. “We don’t see that trend reversing.”

Maybe not, but on the other hand, it’s only a matter of time before renters are simply priced out of the market. Because while the BLS can seasonally adjust rent payments to make them as low as a bunch of bureaucrats want, the bigger problem is that US household income is not only not keeping up with rent inflation, it is far below it. In fact, as reported last month, real income is now back at 1989 levels!

As Harvard’s Center for Housing Studies noted in a recent report, the cost burden on renter is rising at a remarkable pace:

This would seem to suggest that Zell – who also called the top prior to the collapse of the housing bubble – may end up looking like the smart money before it’s all said and done.

As for what happens to cash strapped renters if Sternlicht is correct… well, there’s always the basement…

We close with Zell’s warning from last year: “This is the first time I ever remember where having cash isn’t such a terrible thing, despite the fact that interest rates are as low as they are,”

Wall Street Shocked As Feds Bring Criminal Case Against Goldman Banker Over Fed Leaks

The slow motion financial holocaust has been underway for some time now.

Goldman Sach recently commented that we are in the third wave of the great crisis. What happened in 2008 remains directly relevant to the personal financial risk that most Americans face at the brink of the next phase of the collapse.

It’s almost like they’re looking for a sacrificial lamb… the banks have gotten away with murder too many times to count. Those who might be tried under a truly fair system instead stand firm with their understanding of impunity, an arrangement befitting their position and stature in society, that they will never be seriously investigated, much less prosecuted, for their role in the manipulation that caused the biggest problems.

Worse, it is utterly clear that Obozo’s Justice Department went out of their way to avoid prosecuting Wall Street executives – even despite pressure from Congress’ Oversight Panel, created as a condition of TARP, to do so as a result of piles of evidence that criminal misbehavior was behind the worst of the collapse.

Attorney General Eric Holder was nominally in charge of the Justice Department’s investigations – and it is well worth pointing out that he spent the entirety of his time after being Clinton’s Deputy Attorney General, at Covington & Burling, a legal firm that specializes in representing top Wall Street institutions. Wikipedia notes:

In July 2015, Holder rejoined Covington & Burling, the law firm at which he worked before becoming Attorney General. The law firm’s clients have included many of the large banks Holder declined to prosecute for their alleged role in the financial crisis. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone opined about the move, “I think this is probably the single biggest example of the revolving door that we’ve ever had.”

Clearly, with big banks as a client in-waiting and a past benefactor with him his law firm had a deep relationship, Holder was never realistically capable of considering a meaningful prosecution of the banks. Most of the rationale given to the public remained based around the despicable idea that banks were “too big to fail.”

Investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald – notorious for launchign the first interviews and data dumps with Edward Snowden – taken on the criminality of the Wall Street banks during the period surrounding the 2008 financial crisis, focusing on the obstruction of the Justice Department, who have effectively refused to target higher-ups in any of their probes:

PBS’ Frontline broadcast a new one-hour report on one of the greatest and most shameful failings of the Antichrist NWO 666 Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change Clown administration: the lack of even a single arrest or prosecution of any senior Wall Street banker for the systemic fraud that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis: a crisis from which millions of people around the world are still suffering. What this program particularly demonstrated was that the Obama justice department, in particular the Chief of its Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, never even tried to hold the high-level criminals accountable.

What Obozo justice officials did instead is exactly what they did in the face of high-level Bush era crimes of torture and warrantless eavesdropping: namely, acted to protect the most powerful factions in the society in the face of overwhelming evidence of serious criminality. Indeed, financial elites were not only vested with immunity for their fraud, but thrived as a result of it, even as ordinary Americans continue to suffer the effects of that crisis.

As “The Untouchables” put it: while no senior Wall Street executives have been prosecuted, “many small mortgage brokers, loan appraisers and even home buyers” have been.

the DOJ’s excuse for failing to prosecute Wall Street executives – that it was too hard to obtain convictions – “has always defied common sense – and all the more so now that a fuller picture is emerging of the range of banks’ reckless and lawless activities, including interest-rate rigging, money laundering, securities fraud and excessive speculation.”

As former Wall Street analyst Yves Smith wrote: “What went on at Lehman and AIG, as well as the chicanery in the CDO [collateralized debt obligation] business, by any sensible standard is criminal.” Even lifelong Wall Street defender Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve Chair, said in Congressional testimony that “a lot of that stuff was just plain fraud.”

“In 2009… “there was broad support for prosecuting Wall Street.” Nonetheless: “four years later, there have been no arrests of any senior Wall Street executives” … the key point: Obama officials never even tried.

Now dated by four years, PBS Frontline ran an investigative report on the topic: The Untouchables: How the Antichrist NWO 666 Obozo 911 Homosexual Climate Change administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions (which can be watched in full here).

‘Untouchables’: Obozo Cronies “Protected Wall Street’s Most Criminal From Prosecution” 

When someone is right over and over and over, eventually people start paying attention. Personally, I have learned to tune out the “forecasts” of most “economic experts” out there. As an attorney, I was trained to be skeptical, and I have found that most forecasts about what the financial markets are going to do are not worth the paper they are printed on. However, once in a while something comes along that really gets my attention. Over the past few days, I have seen a number of references to the remarkable forecasts of Bo Polny of Gold 2020 Forecast. In recent months he has correctly predicted that U.S. stocks would begin to drop in July, that there would be a huge plunge in August and that that the month of September would be rather uneventful. Now he is saying that he expects “November to be a complete meltdown on the U.S. and world markets”. Just because he has been right in the past does not guarantee that he will be correct this time around, but lots of people (like me) are starting to pay attention.

So how does Polny come to his conclusions? Well, he uses something that most of us hated when we were in school – mathematics. The following comes from the Daily Sheeple…

Cyclical analyst Bo Polny of Gold 2020 Forecast utilizes advanced mathematical formulas and years of cyclical analysis to make forecasts about global stock markets. In late July he noted that U.S. stock markets had hit a top and that investors should prepare for a rapid down-move in the Dow Jones and other indexes. As we now know, that prediction has come to pass.

But while many on Wall Street panicked, Polny noted that the crash was not yet imminent and that the month of September would be relatively calm, with no major moves up or down forecast to occur. Once again, his analysis proved accurate.

I want to stress that I do not know if he will be right this time around. When trying to forecast the future of the markets, there are thousands of moving pieces, and many of them cannot be accounted for easily. But without a doubt the markets are perfectly primed for a major crash, so it would not surprise me in the least if he did turn out to be correct.

And as I mentioned above, Polny does have a solid track record of accuracy…

Expert That Correctly Predicted Market Moves In July, August And September Says Stocks Will Crash In November

Bo’s model appears to have an impressive track record of accurate predictions, including the following:

Price of gold reaching $1900 in 2011
China’s stock market peak in April 2015
Hong Kong market peak on April 29 2015
U.S. stock market drop beginning in July 2015
Sharp drop in the stop market in August 2015
U.S. stock market uneventful in September 2015

If Polny is right again this time, next month will be the most significant month for global financial markets since the crash of 2008. Here is more from Z3News…

In an interview with Future Money Trends on October 17 2015, he made the following comments:

“Now we are expecting the next leg down on the U.S. and world markets on the dollar. What we are forecasting now is the lows of August are all going to break. They could break in the month of October yet, but we believe they will break no problem into November. We expect November to be a complete meltdown on the U.S. and world markets.”

He also posted the following statements on his website:

“If you thought the crash of August 2015 was bad; November 2015 is expected to usher in the START of the US Stock, Dollar, and Treasuries Market MELTDOWN!!!”

“The end of this year ushers in the start of an Economic Meltdown that is to last years! The U.S. Dollar, Treasuries, and Stock Market bomb is set to blow in November 2015!”

Polny is projecting that stocks could ultimately fall by as much as 70 percent by the time it is all said and done. You can watch a full interview where he discusses these things right here.

Meanwhile, early signs of the kind of trouble that Polny is warning about continue to pop up.

On Wednesday, the stock price of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world absolutely crashed after a report came out claiming that it was in danger of suffering the same fate as Enron…

Hedge fund darling Valeant Pharmaceuticals is getting hammered after short-selling-firm Citron Research published a report comparing it to Enron.

The Canadian drug company’s stock was last down about 25% at around $110. It had fallen as low as $88.50.

The stock has been popular among hedge funds.

It ranked No. 10 on Goldman Sachs’ stocks that “matter most” to hedge funds list for the second quarter. According to Goldman, 32 funds had the stock as one of their top-10 stock holdings.

And this week we learned that construction machinery giant Caterpillar has now reported global sales declines for 34 consecutive months. The following comes from Zero Hedge…

Most cats bounce at least once when they die, but not this one: after CAT posted its first annual drop in retail sales in December of 2012, it has failed to see a rise in retail sales even once.

In fact, since then Caterpillar has seen 34 consecutive months of declining global sales, and 11 consecutive months of double digit declines!

Those that assume that everything is going to be “just fine” now that we have gotten past September are going to be dead wrong.

Whether it happens in November or not, the kind of chaotic financial collapse that Bo Polny is warning about will happen.

And of course factors that he is unable to account for such as war, terror attacks and major natural disasters could greatly accelerate things.

Once again, I don’t know if everything that Bo Polny is saying is going to turn out to be 100% accurate or not. I am just reporting what he is saying. But it is true that what he is forecasting fits very well with what I have been warning my readers about for months and months.

A day of reckoning is most definitely coming for global financial markets.

Will it happen in November?

Stay tuned…

Why Is the IRS Spying on Americans’ Phone Calls?

^^^America is not land of the free. America is not the land of independent people. America is not the land of liberty, and it most certainly is not the land of the brave.

America is no different from any country anymore. It’s a corrupt lie and the government employees are now nothing more than pathetic Hell-bound thugs that have absolutely no regard for the spirit of the Constitution, they are Antichrist to their core. They are thieves and liars all, they stand in complete contempt of what Americans thought they fought and died for. No eyes can look upon the current standing of this evil government and draw any other conclusion based on the evidence now upon this generation.

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