The field of economic, like most academic disciples has its pros and cons on all subjects. One of the most hotly debated issues is the economic health of this country. As the stock market struggles to maintain its soaring heights, others point to the nation’s shrinking middle class and its swelling impoverished ranks.
However, economists around the world point out that 50% of the world’s wealth is controlled by 1% of the population, and in the U.S. as elsewhere the situation may be getting worse not better.
For instance, retailers expected shoppers to rush into stores after that recent horrible winter was over, but it didn’t happen. And some stores just can no longer wait for things to turn. As theeconomiccollapseblog.com points out:
“The reason is that American consumers typically do not voluntarily pull back like that on spending, but do so because they have run out of credit. And if credit is running thin it will surely be felt in all spending.
“The truth is that middle class U.S. consumers are tapped out. Most families are just scraping by financially from month to month. For most Americans, there simply is not a whole lot of extra money left over to go shopping with these days.”
Also pointing to some 6,000 major U.S. retail stores closing in 2015 and coming years that blogger asks: “If retailers are closing this many stores already, what are our malls and shopping centers going to look like a few years from now?” Included in his lists are some stores owns by: Sears, Abercrombie & Fitch, Barnes & Noble, Chico’s, Coach, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Target, Walgreens, etc.
In ‘Guess What’s Destroying the Middle Class?,’ Noah Smith posits: “Perhaps the biggest question in American political economy right now is why middle-class wages have been falling. There are three main hypotheses. Roughly, these are: Robots, unions and China.”
While some would add internet shopping to that list, in truth Smith argues that the greatest enemy of America’s middle class is China: “ . . . there is a growing body of research showing that globalization––and, in particular, the rise of China––has been the biggest factor hollowing out the American middle class.”
Larry Elliott and Ed Pilkington of theguardian.com write in ‘New Oxfam report that half of global wealth held by the 1%’ that “Billionaires and politicians met in Davos Switzerland earlier this year in the World Economic Forum . . . Oxfam said the wealth of the richest 80 doubled in cash terms between 2009 and 2014, and that there was an increasing tendency for wealth to be inherited and to be used as a lobbying tool by the rich to further their own interests.”
While Oxfam cannot state the obvious because it hopes to collect funds,
the truth is that attendees and sponsors of ‘secret’ meetings like those in Davos have planned for such economic disparity for years. They further plan that those in lower classes will soon become further enslaved to them or die off by the billions.
Such are these last days of which Apostle John writes in the Book of Revelation: “And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice . . . say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; . . . And . . . behold a pale horse: and his name . . . was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth (6: 5 – 8).”
Whoa! The word ‘universe’ includes horizons of infinity––i.e. endless time and space continuum. And these ‘scientists’ continue to spend quadrillions of wealth to build the world’s largest earth-shattering machinery to look for another universe? I kid you not! Borders on insanity, does it not?
In ‘Dancing in the dark: The search for the ‘missing Universe’” Peter Leonard of BBC Horizon elaborates: “ . . . the Large Hadron Collider at Cern will be fired up again [to] reveal the identity of “dark matter” ––an invisible but critical entity that makes up about a quarter of the Universe. . . . dark matter is some form of fundamental particle that has Wimp characteristics.”
Say what?? “Prof Carlos Frenk of Durham University . . . added computerized flesh to the bones of the theory––by making universes.”It’s quite a simple process,” says Frenk. “All you need is gravity and a few basic assumptions.” Here we go again: Now they will make universes!
Ahh. Let me go back to explain that the Large Hadron Collider, funded by Cern, the European nuclear research organization, now reboots after a two-year absence, because, according to Jonathan Webb of BBC News: “a short circuit was detected in one of its powerful electromagnets.” Hmm short circuit huh?
Webb quotes Rolf Heuer, the project’s director general: “All the signs are good for a great Run Two. In the grand scheme of things, a few weeks’ delay in humankind’s quest to understand our Universe is little more than the blink of an eye.” Run One included discovery of Higgs Boson, which another writer says could signal the end of mankind.
As Saswato R. Das writes in ‘How the Higgs Boson Might Spell Doom for the Universe’: “Under the simplest assumptions, the measured mass of the Higgs could mean the universe is unstable and destined to fall apart. But don’t worry—it won’t happen for billions of eons.”
sciencedaily.com adds further ‘explanation’: “Since the 1930s, scientists have believed there must be some unseen but massive substance, a sort of gravitational glue, that prevents rotating galaxies from spinning apart. Axions, if they in fact do exist, are candidates for the makeup of cold dark matter that would act as that gravitational glue.”
Hmmm so some ‘glue’ holds things together? Fellas stop looking for worlds of glue and start looking for The Infinite God, Maker of the glue and all it holds together. Such wasted time, education––not to mention billions in wasted money––is nothing but modern-day attempts at rebuilding the Tower of Babel.
In Genesis 11: 1 – 9 of well-read used Christian Bibles, under the leadership of Nimrod, a criminal master-mind, people decided to build a tower reaching up to stars and gods in heaven: “And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
“And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; . . . So The LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”
Besides as Apostle Paul insists: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (Hebrews 11:3).” Through faith, not ‘science’ !
Too often Americans take food safety for granted. Some items––such as meat, ice cream, sodas, fish, vegetables and fruits, etc.––could be just as treacherous as killer snake bites, ravenous dogs, and the most deadly poisons.
AP reporters Terry Wallace and Nicholas Clayton write: “The deaths of three people who developed a food-borne illness linked to Blue Bell ice cream products have prompted the Texas icon’s first product recall in its 108-year history.”
They were among five people sickened with this ice cream while in a Kansas hospital: “According to . . . the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all five of the people sickened were receiving treatment for unrelated health issues at the same Kansas hospital before developing listeriosis, a finding that strongly suggests their infections (with listeria bacteria) were acquired in the hospital.”
In ‘Kansas Officials: 3 Dead after Listeria Linked to Ice Cream Products,’ Amanda Watts of CNN warns: “The Food and Drug Administration said Blue Bell has removed potentially contaminated products . . . from the retailers and hospital settings. The company shut down production line where the products were made.
“The FDA is warning consumers to who may have purchased the following items to discard them: Chocolate Chip Country Cookie, Great Divide Bar, Sour Pop Green Apple Bar, Cotton Candy Bar, Scoops, Vanilla Stick Slices, Almond Bar, No-Sugar Added Mooo Bar (regular Mooo Bars are not included).”
According to foodsafety.gov, listeria is a bacteria found in soil, water and some animals. “It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants. it can grow even in cold temperature[s].”
On his way by sea to trial before the Roman government, Paul warned captain and crew that an extremely dangerous storm was coming and they should wait. But they wouldn’t listen. According to used Christian Bibles, Paul prayed for the crew’s safety, but the ship itself was wrecked. Apostle Luke, a physician, who traveled with Paul writes:
“And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
“And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls (Acts 27: 33 – 37).”
What do the apostles establish here: 1) Food is for health, not pleasure; 2) Believers must thank God for their food; 3) After fasting, food is necessary to sustain life; 4) Food provisions ultimately come from God’s divine miracles––they are not a political right to take for granted.
As the ship stores were destroyed, where did the food Paul served come from? God provided it––just as He miraculously fed Israel in the wilderness––after Paul fasted and prayed. Thus, Christians should not take food for granted, and they definitely should pray before they eat.
OK. Let’s try this again: This record 2014-15 winter proves, not disproves, Global Warming realities. Take a look at the ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ film, based on Vice President Al Gore’s assessment that ultra-winter snow and ice is caused by melting Arctic waters putting an over-abundance of moisture in the atmosphere.
While he disagrees with the movie’s premise that Global Warming could bring about such unprecedented ‘icy’ disasters, Dr. Jeffrey Masters, Director of Meteorology at Weather Underground, Inc., writes about the movie: “Like much science fiction, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ is based on some solid scientific facts:
“Global warming could push the climate system past a threshold where a sudden, irreversible climate shift would occur. This would most likely happen if the increased precipitation and glacial melt water from global warming could flood the North Atlantic with enough fresh water to slow down or even halt the mighty Gulf Stream ocean current.
“Without the Gulf Stream pumping warm, tropical water to the North Atlantic, average temperatures would cool in Europe and North America by 5°F or more in just a few years–not enough to trigger a full-fledged ice age, but enough cooling to bring snows in June and killing frosts in July and August to New England and northern Europe, such as in . . . ‘year without a summer” in 1816’.”
Twentieth century fiction writers predicted these types of winters. Works such as ‘The Sixth Winter’ by Douglas Orgill and John Gribbin; ‘Fifty Degrees Below’ by Kim Stanley Robinson; ‘Time of the Great Freeze’ by Robert Silverberg and ‘The World in Winter’ by John Christopher—all warning of unlivable winters.
‘The Coming Global Superstorm,’ a novel by Art Bell and Whitney Strieber is the basis of ‘The Day After Tomorrow.’ Again, the work’s basis is collapse of the climate-warming Gulf Stream, dumping massive amounts of fresh water into salty oceans, resulting in unrelenting masses of atmospheric water, turned to icy snow.
No scientist or novelist fully comprehends the ultimate effects Global Warming. But obviously it is: 1) Wiping out several island nations; 2) Causing rising sea water levels to severely threaten land boundaries on the U.S. East Coast and elsewhere; 3) Displacing domestic and economic forecasts for winter seasons in years to come; and 4) Bringing predictions of 1,000 year droughts. Whether man likes it or not, Global Warming interferes with human plans for life on earth.
Wholesale Christian Bibles indicate that God lives in His planet on the North side of the universe: “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King (Psalm 48: 2).”
That same word says Satan operates from the South end of earth, “Out of the south cometh the whirlwind . . . (Job 37: 9). However, that verse ends with “cold out of the north.” Verse 22 in that chapter promises that God can send pleasant air as well: “Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.”
Much of this unpleasant weather results from Satan’s aggression to overturn God’s rulership: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north . . . (Isaiah 14: 13).” So it is up to man to choose God’s side. He alone has the Infinite power to bring evil destruction to its end, and to establish pleasant healthy weather on earth now and for ever!
This site includes images of the United States in a predicted 1,000 year drought in the western half of the nation, and the equally frightening tearing apart of East and West through a wretched earthquake reaching from the Great Lakes to New Orleans. Now a picture of this country divided by implacable cold and snow in the eastern half of the nation becomes necessary. But does it have meaning?
In “Polar Vortex Brings More Historic Cold in Eastern U.S.,” Angela Fritz dramatizes this extreme winter: “ . . . the week’s record-breaking cold is not just Arctic, but Siberian air that has been trudging across the North Pole and into North America — leading many to refer to the outbreak as the ‘Siberian Express.’
“Wind chill warnings and advisories stretched from the Upper Midwest to the Deep South — even as far as Miami, where Friday morning lows around 40 degrees could break records for the date and will surely be the coldest air that southern Florida has seen . . .
“The National Weather Service warns that imminent, sub-freezing temperatures will kill crops . . . Some temperatures in the Upper Midwest plummeted to minus 35 . . . Widespread sub-zero temperatures were recorded from North Dakota to Kentucky and east into Pennsylvania and New York.”
But perhaps most significant she adds: “Contrast the Eastern Seaboard cold with the above-average temperatures in the West, where record highs fell this week. On the north slope of Alaska, temperatures were running an astonishing 40 degrees above average . . .” See––divided again!
In ‘Dakotas See Record Highs Even as US North-East Digs Out From Record Storm,’ the Associated Press (AP) exclaims: “As a blizzard slammed the north-east, mid-winter warmth was breaking records in the northern Plains.
Record-high temperatures for this time of year in the 50s and 60sF were set in parts of the region on Monday, and Tuesday temperatures were expected to climb even higher – into the 70s even in south-western South Dakota.” How is that possible?
In another article, ‘Winter Keeping Its Icy Grip Around The Eastern U.S.,’ AP adds: “The cold snap followed snow and ice storms earlier in the week, and weather forecasters warned that more sleet and freezing rain will be possible in the coming days. Residents also had to deal with more school cancellations, power outages, road hazards and water main breaks.”
Does this whacky weather reflect the way our nation is so divided politically, economically and spiritually? Political rhetoric is anything but civil, continuing to divide rather than unite our nation. Acts considered so immoral as to be unmentionable a few decades ago are now publicly lauded. Even spiritual leaders avoid mention of these things as it may influence song, sermon and TV popularity.
Remember the Words of The LORD Jesus Christ in wholesale Christian Bibles: “And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3: 24 – 25).” Then consider that our nation has seldom been so divided against itself. And think about these things even more so in view of what scientists say about that coming 1,000 year drought in the West, and the unspeakably massive earthquake that could physically divide what only our repentance and prayers can keep together.
Scientific revelations about the Madrid Earthquake Fault predict that, if erupting, would split the United States in half from Louisiana to Illinois. Now a different joint task force of NASA and university scholars predict that the entire Western half of the country is due to be ruined by massive unrelenting drought.
Tim Walker of independent.co.uk reports today: “Since the turn of this century, the US south-west has spent more than a decade in drought. Last year was the warmest on record in California, which is in the middle of its driest spell for more than 400 years. But according to a new scientific study, that’s nothing compared to what comes next.
“In the paper, published by the journal Science Advances, researchers from NASA and Columbia and Cornell Universities warn that a vast swathe of the U.S., including the south-west states and the central plains, should prepare for ‘unprecedented drought conditions’ unlike anything in the past 1,000 years.”
In its discussion, Wikipedia explains: “. . . the New Madrid Fault Line, is a major seismic zone and a prolific source of intra-plate earthquakes . . . in the southern and midwestern United States, stretching to the southwest from New Madrid, Missouri. . . . Earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone potentially threaten parts of seven American states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi,” and many other states as well.
What’s more, both Christian and secular prophets have foreseen the same ‘end’ of the U.S. as it is now known, but not for the scientific reasons. In ‘Major Earthquake Coming to the Heartland of America, James Bailey writes about several U.S. ministers who have ‘seen’ visions and prophesied that the U.S. would be split in half because of it coming betrayal of Israel.
“Pastor Shane Warren from First Assembly of God in West Monroe LA had a prophetic vision in which he saw the heartland of America split by massive earthquakes.” Minister Terry Bennett “saw” this headline: ‘No Bridge Over Troubled Waters: An Impossible Deluge at the Mississippi River as 8.8 Earthquake Strikes.’ “Terry Bennett believes the Lord told him this headline, as well as many others he received, will come to pass by the middle of 2015.” Oops that’s this year!
Secular prophet Edgar Casey, who has a high percentage of prophecies come to pass, foretells that a Gulf oil spill will activate the quake: “As the Great Lakes, at 600 feet above sea level, rushes down the Mississippi River. at least 50 miles on each side, the 600 foot wave will destroy much of America, right down the middle. . . the Madrid fault line will blow: Goodbye, Chicago and Saint Louis, and all the other cities in its path. There will be no time to evacuate, and it will be impossible to try to outrun the rushing water from the TWO catastrophes.”
Bailey’s article was written in 2013 when some in the U.S. pressured Israel to cede some of its land to Palestine. In view of current tussles between the two nations, betrayals and divisions can obviously end with the same judgments.
But another reason for such catastrophes––whether mega-drought or nation-dividing earthquake––would be the massive era of unprecedented sinfulness in which America has steeped itself. As wholesale Christian Bibles warn:
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9: 17).” If there was ever a time for believers to pray for authentic Holy Ghost revival to sweep this country, that time is now (Hosea 6: 2).
As Global Warming’s dangers to Planet Earth’s become increasingly obvious to most people, hidden beneath what is known about its affects is what governments and big corporations prevent Americans and citizens in other developed nations from doing what they can do to stop it.
Simple innovations and common-sense practices could easily reduce the use of carbon fuels, the greatest cause of heating atmospheres, melting glaciers, and warming world oceans. These include underground wiring, solar paneling, localized heat and hot water heaters, out-side clothes drying, more public transportation and high-speed rail lines instead of gas-burning automobiles, etc.
For instance, instead of spending billions on un-winnable wars, local, state and federal taxes could provide underground wiring which would prevent power outages and keep people from dying in harshest winter conditions. Such safety measures would decrease the constant need of utility company repairs, which again use carbon-fueled trucks to maintain some semblance of residential power.
Allowing people to install solar panels on roof tops, using the sun to warm water and houses would again decrease such high dependence on carbon burning energy. But unfortunately, too many neighborhoods give little if any reason as to why these panels remain forbidden. Is it because politicians are heavily influenced by power companies not willing to reduce the use of carbon-burning energy?
A simple thing like ‘allowing’ homes and apartments to install water heaters under sinks, rather than in basements would greatly reduce amounts of power needed to bring warmer water from heaters in basements where water simply cools and must be reheated again, and again.
Yet major retailers refuse to sell such localized heaters, forcing people to buy the larger and more expensive ones. And of course they don’t sell solar panels or light plastic roofing either, because the present roofing materials––i.e. tiles and tars––require carbon-based ingredients.
One wonders why some politicians fought so hard to prevent high-speed trains from serving the East Coast which would have saved billions in carbon-burning transportation. But then it is well know that automobile companies use vast political powers to discourage public transportation.
Yet good meaning people kept fight for better lower-emission fuels, electric cars and other forms of non-carbon based transportation which have grown increasingly popular. One wonders if the increase in ‘cross-over’ car models is the truth behind Saudi Arabia’s drive to lower gasoline prices, so drivers won’t switch.
The one that gets me though are the gazillions of local ordinances forbidding drying clothes on old-fashion clothes lines, because “they lower the aesthetic value of neighborhood properties.” No, what they do is to keep people buying dryers.
Thousands of good-meaning people fight usually losing battles against such life-threatening allegiances between corporations and governments. But now the stakes are too high. Knowing the whole planet can go up in flames so that a few people can continue to make billions on carbon-based fuels, and knowing that workers can easily be retrained, money barons argue that change will cost jobs.
That not to change will kill millions of of people, they seem to care less. If only they understood the real ‘end game’––Judgment Day––then such selfish greed would not be so appealing. But as used Christian Bibles warn: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6: 10).”
Most of the staff here show little interest in writing again and again, “We told you so.” The group drew straws and I picked the short end. Deniers keep relying on their old lies that Global Warming is not real. In times like these, they then decry that winter snow storms have nothing to do with warming temperatures.
But now, even weather experts easily connect the ‘Thunderous Two Feet High Winter Blizzard’ coming this evening to the Northeast with Global Warming.
In ‘2 feet of Global Warming coming to the Northeast,’ boston.craigslist.org says:
“Winter Storm Juno Preparations Underway; Officials Warn Residents of Blizzard That Could Cripple Major Cities.” According to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce:
“This is a major, potentially historic snowstorm for the Northeast and easily the biggest of the 2014-15 winter season so far. Expect extreme impacts from eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey through New England, peaking Monday night through Tuesday.” Others even predict power outages.
In ‘Global Warming and Oddball Winter Weather,’ National Wildlife Federation, advocating for assistance to the non-human animal kingdom, insists: “Global warming is bringing a clear trend toward heavier precipitation events.
“Many areas are seeing bigger and more intense snowstorms, especially in the upper Midwest and Northeast. Global warming is shifting storm tracks northward. Areas from the Dakotas eastward to northern Michigan have seen a trend toward more heavy snowfall season.”
Some climatologists have long predicted that while Global Warming may send the Northeast fewer snow storms, storms that do come will be more ferocious. AP’s Seth Borenstein claims: “Ten climate scientists say the idea of less snow and more blizzards makes sense: A warmer world is likely to decrease the overall amount of snow falling each year and shrink snow season. But when it is cold enough for a snowstorm to hit, the slightly warmer air is often carrying more moisture, producing potentially historic blizzards.”
Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer adds: “And when those big storms finally hit, there is more than just added moisture in the air, there’s extra moisture coming from the warm ocean. And the air is full of energy and unstable, allowing storms to lift yet more moisture up to colder levels. That generates more intense rates of snowfall.”
Moreover, some scientists fear that extremely high winds accompanying this week’s spectacular blizzard will also include hurricane-type winds resulting in five to seven foot high snow drifts. So dismiss those deniers and start advocating that governments get even more serious about fighting Global Warming.
So put on one of those plus size christian sweatshirts; open your Bible to: “And The LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain (Isaiah 4: 5 – 6);” and pray The LORD Jesus returns soon!
Anyone attempting to advocate for market forecasting these days suffers from whiplash. Different factors keep cropping up that can drastically affect U.S. and world economies. Confidence in U.S. financial condition seems high, but that cannot be said for the European Union or most other groups of nations.
These factors include: 1) Rapidly declining oil prices which negatively affect most oil producing nations; 2) The Swiss National Bank’s sudden refusal to continue propping up the European Union’s euro currency; 3) Germany’s insistence on maintaining its failed austerity program for some 35 EU nations;
4) Psychological worries over new-found terrorism in France and Belgium, now expected in most EU countries; and 5) Russia’s complete cut of gas supplies to Ukraine and most EU and neighboring countries––i.e. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey––in the middle of winter; etc., etc. etc.
Some worrisome signs for the U.S. also include: 1) Falling retail sales and consumer prices in recent weeks; 2) The Stock Market’s inability to stop its current downward slide; 3) Reports by some analysts that cheaper oil prices will not greatly aide the U.S. economy and is dragging down the stock market, etc., etc.
In short, no one in authority is really sure how these factors will ultimately affect the economic health of the U.S. and other countries. In addition to wars over oil prices, most economists do not seem to consider that severely cold winter weather affects retail spending. While statistics show that Americans are more positive about the nation’s economy, so far they do not spend with enthusiasm.
These uncertainties have the most ardently negative forecasters predicting that a stock market crash, recession, and worse rapidly approach. In ‘Why the Next Stock Market Crash Will Happen Any Day Now,’ Christian Hill laments:
“Robert Wiedemer, who along with a team of economists correctly predicted the collapse of the U.S. housing market, equity markets, and consumer spending that almost sank the United States during the ‘Great Recession,’ recently predicts that the coming market crash will result in a 90% stock market drop, 50% unemployment, and 100% annual inflation starting this year.”
“The U.S. consumer price index tumbled 0.4 percent in December from the month before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, led by a 9.4-percent crash in the cost of gasoline. It was the biggest one-month drop for consumer prices since December 2008, when the world was still gripped by the financial crisis. . . . Sometimes prices fall because everything is going to hell.”
The Economic Collapse insists ‘On The Verge Of The Next Economic Crisis, 62 Percent Of Americans Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck’: “Nearly two-thirds of all Americans are completely unprepared for the next economic crisis. Only 38 percent of Americans have enough money on hand to cover “a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit”. That essentially means that 62 percent of the people in this country do not have an emergency fund.”
With ISIS Middle East wars, Boko Haraam atrocities in Africa, Muslim anger over provoking cartoons of their prophet, added economic crises indicate World War III. Believers must remember that such upheavals bring rushing end-time signals. As Christian messages foretell: “Why, seeing times are not hidden from The Almighty, do they that know Him not see His days? (Job 24: 1).”
As more freezing cold and snow hits most of the nation in this coming week, police departments and highway patrolmen beg citizens to stay home if at all possible. Winter roads are dangerous. Winter precautions should rule at home too.
Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com warns in ‘Wintry Mix to Slow Travel From St. Louis to NYC by Early Next Week’: “A storm moving out of Texas will spread a swath of wintry mix and snow on its northern edge over part of the Ohio Valley states and Northeast . . . The southern storm will coincide with another storm pushing eastward across the Great Lakes.
“A wintry mix, including ice, will affect St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky. . . Snow will briefly sneak into Chicago . . . Snow is in the offing farther north from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York . . . This will be after heavy lake-effect snow falls on parts of western and upstate New York.”
WeatherWhys adds: “The Dead of Winter is the one-month period when normal temperatures reach their lowest levels. For most of North America, this occurs from the second week of January until the second week of February.
“The reason this period does not line up with the first day of winter when the amount of incoming energy from the sun is lowest is due to the seasonal lag. The land and oceans continue to lose more heat than is gained this time of year and will do so until mid-February.” But remember last year that period extended into April.
Advice for driving from state patrolmen include: “Blizzard Warning: Wind may reach up to 35 miles per hour or greater with snow. This will cause the temperature to be very cold. Make sure you have sufficient fuel for cars.
“Be sure to eat regularly and drink fluids. Watch for frostbite. Signs include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes, or face. Watch for hypothermia. Signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
“Put warm supplies––such as gloves, blankets and hats––in your car in case you become stranded or extreme cold strikes while you are away from home.” They also say to monitor local weather reports before starting out.
“The National Weather Service is forecasting statewide wind chills to periodically dip down to 20 degrees below zero or lower. Exposure to these temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.
“Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens and gloves—in addition to a warm coat. Always protect your lungs with a scarf. Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.”
So there you heard it from men and women in police and highway patrol forces assigned to protect citizens under their watch. Remember what wholesale Christian sweatshirts say about such rulers: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. . . For he is the minister of God to thee for good (Romans 13: 1 – 4).”