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Who Killed the Animals? Are ‘We’ Next?

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
September 8, 2018

Readers of www.earthend-newbeginning.com and www.worldscollide-culture-christianity-endoftime.com can refer to blogs and wholesale Christian Bible verses for more in-depth study of these issues.

 

Betrayal of Stewardship: Extinctions, Declines, and Endless Attacks—God’s Prophecies About His Animal Species, a new Christian book by Dr. Sondra O’Neale, argues that mankind grievously broke an agreement with God to care for and protect the animal kingdoms of the earth.

Emphasizing that God made a Covenant with Mankind to protect all animal species—as indicated in the Great Saga of Noah’s Ark, designed to save a family of human beings, and every animal pair, capable of multiplying and surviving, on the face of the earth–the book details the many ways humans have failed to keep that Covenant of Stewardship with God.

The text gives detailed multiple examples the human failure to protect those animal species which God created to care for people—i.e. honey bees, horses, bats, etc.—are slowly but surely collectively dying; while animals capable to destroying people en masse—i.e. snakes, cockroaches, alligators, wild boars, etc., are massively multiplying.

As many scientists continuously warn, such trends will ultimately hastening the end of human survival.

The book is presented by Trafford Publishing, the company which also presents a very appropriately artistic design cover, to illustrate that the current swift decline of animal species forebodes the soon and ultimate decline of human beings on earth.

Presented in print on July 20th this year, the book is available at all on-line book sellers, and is presently being stored in bookstores in the United States, Canada and around the world.

Dr. O’Neale has an earned PhD from the University of Kentucky. She has been a faculty member at Emory University, the University of California at San Diego, the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse (where she chaired the Department of Women’s Studies), and Wayne State University, where she served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and a full professor in the English Department.

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Choose Your God or Lose Your ‘Dew’

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
June 26, 2018

Reminding this blogger again that The Bible—especially the non-revised King James Version—must be read carefully to extract God’s meaning in every Word. Thus, I too reluctantly obeyed The Holy Spirit’s urging to turn to Elijah’s story in I Kings 17 which I had read many times:

“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said into Ahab, As The LORD God of Israel liveth, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years, but according to my word (17: 1).”

I thought The Holy Spirit wanted to encourage me since Elijah came from a relatively unknown place too, but that was not the case at all. The prophet came from an area called Gilead which was known as a location that could bring a healing balm (salve or medicine) for all types of illnesses. One of four major writing prophets, Jeremiah, lamented:

Is there no balm inGilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of thedaughter of my people recovered? (8: 22)

Elijahis one of two of the greatest non-writing prophets in The Bible—besides The LORD Jesus Christ—who ever lived. Of course,The LORD Jesus is The Living Word. But even He is an unwritten prophet in the human sense. (It is said, however, that Elijah may have written some eight or ten words of Scripture).

However, to examine what this great prophet actually said to the Hebrew king Ahab—who was, by the way, indifferently evil and who was married to a non-Jewish woman who was extremely dedicated to bringing Satan’s evil rule entirely over Israel—Jezebel, probably the most evil witch who ever lived.

It was to this King Ahab that Elijah—who always walked with God—spoke the plan he obtained while spending countless hours in prayer:

“. . . As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand,there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word (1 Kings17: 1).” But what does he mean by“dew” and why does he put that word before “rain,” in the wholesale Christian Bible. Now the lesson The Holy Spirit was teaching me became clearer: Each word in the Bible not only must be read carefully in detail, but the placement of each word as well.

“Dew”—especially “dew from heaven”—is especially significant in the Old Testament: It means special blessings upon the nation Israel from God: “. . . God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: (Genesis 27: 28)” . . . “And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above (Genesis 27: 39).”

Therefore, Elijah’s message to the Jewish King Ahab and to all Old Testament confessed believers was about the special blessings that they (as well as today’s Christian believers) expect God to bestow upon them. The prophet is saying that those special blessings will not come without stopping their timid, “wishy-washy” faith. Thus, he cried out to so-called confessed believers on that famous mountain where he confronted 850 of Jezebel’s wicked priests:

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if The LORD be God, follow Him, but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word (1 Kings 18: 28).”

With his great demonstration to show the utter weakness of Jezebel’s prophets, the great prophet spoke words similar to that of Joshua:

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . (Joshua 24: 15).”

Elijah had turned off the Dew of God’s blessings for three and a half years, and now he tells them, “if you want it to be turned on again—Decide and Live for whichever God/god you choose.” (Of course it would never be turned on again if they chose Jezebel’s evil god. All believers must understand this: God can turn off those special blessings to believers and nations anytime He feels it is necessary in order to cure them of sin.

Christians today must decide who they will serve. Time is quickly running out wherein they can serve God on Sunday and the devil and man the other days of the week: whether they can say The LORD’s prayer at night before sleeping, and then curse worse than sailors all the working day; whether they can be faithful to vows, and then have sex with every convenient man and woman when they get ready.

It is past time in this modern day for those who confess to know God to start living according to His commandments, because on the ‘soon to come’ Judgment Day, it will be far too late to decide!

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Why Christians Will Have New Names

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
February 22, 2018

Are true Christians—i.e. those who have actually accepted The LORD Jesus as LORD and Ruler of their lives—aware that in The New Heaven and The New Earth, they will have at least Four New Names? And do they know why these New Names will be absolutely necessary?

Revelation 2: 17 says: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” But why will born-again believers need new names?

So many confessing Christians living today do not really comprehend the reality of being “born again”—when one is “born” into a New Family and one joins a New Reality. Once “born,” the new ‘babe’ in Christ must be fed with God’s Word, that person’s new spiritual food—baby food, a small spoon at a time. Whether one grows in this new reality or not becomes a constant struggle, because that growth means change, and obedience and submission to new laws—God’s Laws, as established in His Word.

In this last and final century of human rule on earth, the struggle for maturing believers today has become that true Christians are being torn away from this world. Internally, they feel it, they know it. God is calling them home to Himself, to an Absolutely New Realty, and to more New Names—in fact to at least four new names by which true believers in all coming time, eternity and space will be known:

Revelation 3: 12 insists: “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

But why will believers need new names? Because human families, earthly memories, all those things that too many carnal Christians hold on to will be no more. They will no longer exist. God’s Word says: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21: 1).”

And the born-again Christian will in all ways be part of the new family: God’s Family! That Christian will truly understand that he has a New Father—The Eternal and Everlasting God, Maker and Creator of all Things. Old genealogies are erased. They cannot stand. Those earthly family members who likewise made it to this New Heaven will be glad to see them. But they too will know they are now in a New Family. And they now will have new names!

When they turned their backs on their old cultures, their old Jewish religion and traditions, Apostle Paul and all New Testament believers knew and understood their new identities in The LORD Jesus Christ. Even before many of them were martyred, they understood that they were dead to this world, but alive unto Christ. Thus, Paul could write: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5: 17).”

Today, confessing Christians must grasp these realities. It is time to make a choice: either surrender entirely to God, The Father, and His Future for Believers, or turn back to this world’s coming destruction. One truly cannot have both. As one’s wholesale Christian Bible makes clear: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1 John 2: 17).”

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New Book by Dr. Sondra O’Neale

posted by Jael Ever @ 22:34 PM
February 21, 2018

Think Your Animal Will Love You Forever?
Are You Responsible for Animals
Around the World?

Get Ready for Dr. O’Neale’s
Forthcoming Book
“Betrayal of Stewardship:
Extinctions, Declines, & Endless Attacks––
God’s Prophecies About His Animal Species”

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The Price of Doing God’s Will

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
January 22, 2018

Please understand this: God’s Kingdom runs now, and always will run, on obedience. The realm of His rule does not function as a democracy or even a plutocracy—that is one run by a few people elected to rule. The Infinite, Eternal and Everlasting Gone alone—through His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit—alone is always in charge!

Yes, Christians are saved by grace, and once they invite The LORD Jesus into their hearts, they move spiritually out of Satan’s kingdom, and into God’s kingdom. As babes in Christ, new Christians are groomed in God’s ways through His Holy Word—IF they read it for themselves. As each believer grows up in God’s grace, He attempts to anoint each one to perform the gifts and callings He has planned for the individual Christian’s life. Unless that person is under strong anointing from God, no human being can tell anyone else what their calling from God is intended to be.

The LORD must have a clear channel of communication with each individual believer. Unrepentant sin and neglect of prayer and Bible study interfere with that communication. In addition, instead of listening to God, too many Christians start following people. Instead of waiting to hear God’s voice within their inner-man, they too often listen to man, or even to the sins and desires of the flesh and the devil. Such disobedience is costly, not only to ourselves, but, most important, to God’s essential plan for the Christian’s life as it is intended to affect others and the world.

For example, when God needed a king of Israel who would obey His instructions as given through Samuel, the anointed High Priest, Saul—who lived too much in the flesh of his own will and desires—completely ignored and disobeyed God’s instructions, as given to him through Samuel. Like too many believers today, Saul ended up doing ‘religious’ things that he determined to be good enough to please God. When Samuel finally caught up with Saul, the priest was aghast that Saul had tried to substitute doing man-made ‘religious’ activities instead of doing God’s will. Astonished at Saul’s rebellion, Samuel told the king one of the most important verses in Scripture:

“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king (I Samuel 15: 22-23).”

Can you see this? God’s Word is telling Christians that refusal to obey Him is the same as practicing witchcraft! As The Body of Christ now

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stands at the very end of time, it is urgent that all Christians get into God’s Word, pray often for God-given wisdom to know the calling on each Christian’s life. As the world spins toward destruction, only one thing holds that destruction back: The commanding word of Christians who walk in The Word and Will of God. As Apostle Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what with-holdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (2: 3 – 7).”

The Greek Words “let” and “letteth” mean stop or stops. Thus it is the Spirit-filled believer, or believers, in the Body of Christ who alone have ability to keep their foot down hard on the devil’s neck. They alone—among human beings—have the power and authority to tell the devil and his angels to cease and desist! When a believer lets his guard down, evil runs wild in the world. So let’s get to work in prayer, fasting, reading and meditating on God’s Word and always doing His absolute Will!

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Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights War Horse Speaks Out

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
March 28, 2016

Gods-WillWe have spoken several times about how endangered the United States is because the those professing Christianity are–according to Biblical criteria–so far removed from God’s will and His ways.

Just this week our old friend, Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian spoke to a Chapel Service at Baylor University.  As recorded by Black Christian News Network One (BCNN1), 91 year old Dr. Vivian admitted that “The Black Church is just as dead as The White Church.”

Vivian who marched valiantly with Dr. Martin Luther King makes that assessment because of the things that today’s churches no long “fight for”: “In addition to his history, Vivian discussed his thoughts on today’s race relations. Vivian emphasized that the most important lesson to be learned is the presence of love.

Vivian said King based his entire teachings on the concept of agape love. Agape love is “a motivation for action that we are free to choose or reject,” Vivian said.  Thus his emphasis that without love operating in all of it words and programs–while the church may have a covering front of Christianity–it is, in fact, dead!

This blessed preacher, teacher and Civil Rights worker continued: ““Martin Luther King had three things: he said we needed to finish racism, end war and end poverty,” Vivian said. “I still believe we have to conquer these three things above all else.”

The BCNN1 continues: “Americans are not in a position to say they have made progress in race relations, Vivian said. He said he believes that today, the black church is just as dead as the white church, and that The-Black-Churchit is up to the people to stand up and fight justice without fear.”

BCNN1 added:  “The reverend also shared some advice for Christians, hoping to encourage students to make a change. Simply going to church will not do,. . . It’s in the action that we find ourselves.”

Vivian shared several stories about when he himself had been in the middle of the the Freedom Fighters movement, including when he was imprisoned and turned to face the barrel of a gun. Despite all this, Vivian said that he was not scared.

“I never was afraid. I had God,” Vivian explained. “We have much to learn, but we are worth saving.”

Dr. Vivian was my friend decades ago in my battle for tenure at Emory University (which claims to be a Methodist institution) in Atlanta, Georgia. I was the first Black professor in the English Department there. And after a highly successful book on Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish in the United States, I was denied a permanent position.

Although I was unknown in the Black community there, Dr. Vivian continuously tried to negotiate with University administrators in my behalf. And even after some 2,000 students from throughout Atlanta and Georgia also marched against the University for such racist behavior, we lost that fight.

But God didn’t lose. He simply got me other positions at more welcoming universities. And now it is evident that although he has almost reached a century in age–and truthfully I am not far behind him in that age race–Dr. Vivian still fights for the right on God’s side, and that we still both agree on another point:

The Church in the United States–whether White or Black–is dead–and as The LORD Jesus warns in the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, that Church had better wake up enough to salvage what little remains. And as God told me years ago, it is time for Americans to go down on Main Street and love their brothers!

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Money-Making Companies, U.S. Government & Ebola Treatment, Pt 2

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 16:31 PM
August 12, 2014

Ebola-Banner    Again we have more questions than answers about the spread of the Ebola Virus. But here are some factual statements: 1) Responsible organizations greatly distrust World Health Organization (WHO) figures about the actual number of Ebola cases; 2) Communities in affected African countries also distrust their own governments, as well as international accounts about Ebola; 3) The U.S. government has spent millions on Ebola research for 15 years; 4) Accounts on the number of nations exposed to the virus are again misleading, etc.

Why do officials imply Ebola Virus is not spreading?  When even this month, Extension Protocol tracks to several countries where the disease has traveled:  Rwanda, one suspected case; Nigeria, 13 cases with two deaths; Liberia, where a Congolese nun who worked with Spanish Catholic mission in Liberia dies of the disease and a Spanish priest returned to Spain for special treatment, along with another infected nun; Ghana, one suspected case of dead patient; Benin, two cases in what would be the fifth African country with the disease, etc.

Thus it is known Ebola is in the U.S. & Spain, and it is suspected that it has reached England.  Further, in their August 7 post with Julia Belluz of VOX, Extension posits:  “There are suspected Ebola cases in Europe, Asia, and North America but none are confirmed. Public health officials are relatively unconcerned about Ebola becoming a big problem in the developed world. That’s because outbreaks persist in countries with poor sanitation and a shortage of resources to contain them, not in resource-rich places like the U.S.” So just let Africans die!

Robert Roos of CIDRAP News writes:  “ Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations for the relief group Samaritan’s Purse (SP) said SP’s experts believe the official epidemic case numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO) represent only 25% to 50% of the true numbers.”

So this disease could wipe out thousands or millions of African lives. Mike Adams, health ranger at restricted-01-ebola-0807-horizontal-gallerynaturalnews.com says this week in ‘Ebola Vaccine Pioneer Joked About Use of Genetically Engineered Virus to Cull Human Population’:
“Only in the realm of infectious disease bio-weapons and tainted vaccines does someone openly laugh and joke about murdering nearly 2 billion people with a genetically engineered virus. This is much more than a joke, by the way: globalist leaders frequently talk about using vaccines to reduce human population. This is part of their plan for, in their minds, ‘saving the planet’.”

Earlier, in ‘Twenty-one Questions about Ebola: Government Propaganda, Medical Corruption and Bio-weapons Experiments,’ he again asks:  “Given that many vaccines accidentally cause the disease they claim to prevent (due to weakened viruses still remaining active in a small number of vaccine vials), isn’t it likely that Ebola vaccines might actually cause Ebola infections in some percentage of those receiving them?” Were such vaccines already in use in Africa?

As the American government has spent millions of dollars testing for Ebola Virus over 15 years, is it not logical that some of these tests may have reached those affected areas? Is this why so many in Africa distrust their governments and doctors from the West?  Why is WHO so reluctant get really involved in Ebola treatment in West Africa?  While declaring it an ‘International Emergency,’ this world-wide ‘health’ organization says little about sending resources to stop it! They know full well that these small African countries cannot stop it on their own.

As this blog shouts from the housetops:  “We Are In The Last Days!” The Book of Revelation foretells of plague deaths, such as this Ebola Virus, by the millions:  “ . . . behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, . . .  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with death . . . (Revelation 6: 8).”  If Christians are ever going to pray, the time is now!

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More Signs of End Times: Mysterious Holes at The End of the World

posted by Shopping4Bargains @ 18:35 PM
July 30, 2014

originalcrater    Siberia often refers to itself as “the end of the world,” and now mysterious huge gaping holes, bottomless caverns appearing out of nowhere recently confirms that symbolic name. A desolate location where Russia sends its supposed miscreants for punishment, the region is desperately cold most of the year.

A few days ago, sheep herders there notice a massive hole, some 262 feet in diameter. Sara Gates describes this mysterious cavern as different from known sink holes:  “A giant hole opened up in Siberia, and nobody knows why. The ground on the outskirts . . . appears to have been displaced, perhaps by whatever caused the hole to form.”  Now two more holes have also mysteriously been carved out.

FishOutofWaterFollow for Climate Change SOS describes them as “a mysterious crater almost the size of a football field,” indicating instability of “Arctic methane and catastrophic climate change.” Their depth is unknown.

‘Fish’ and other scientists speculate that meteorites were not the cause. Nor do they believe these are ‘run of the mill’ sinkholes, which “generally don’t have elevated rims because they are produced by collapse of surface material.” So they conclude: “The most likely cause is a methane explosion.” But no one is sure!

Jake Ellison of Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes in ‘Giant Mystery Crater in Siberia Has Scientists Stumped, But They’re Looking Into It’: “The cause of its sudden appearance in Yamal … is not yet known, though one scientific claim is that global warming may be to blame, and that it is not––as one web claim suggested––evidence ‘of the arrival of a UFO craft’ to the planet.”

Brittany Greenquist of ryot.org says:  “Siberia now beginning to collapse in huge holes? Theories range from map-Siberia-holesmeteorites to stray missiles, a man-made prank or even aliens. One of the craters is on the same peninsula as the first one, while the other is on the Taymyr Peninsula. The first is 98 feet in diameter, the second is 49 feet, and the third is 13 feet.” So mankind waits for science to explain everything.

Of course, the Bible symbolizes such holes as lowest prisons of unseen hell––that place God prepared for the devil and his rebellious angels, a space where He never intended human beings to go:  “They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust (Job 17: 16); “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit (Isaiah 14: 15).” But those who insist on serving sin and evil shall go there of their own free will just the same.

Ezekiel’s Bible prophecies says: “. . .  for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit (31: 14);” “ . . . though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit (32: 25).”

Saint John’s Revelation says a ‘space angel’ opens it: “ . . . I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. . . . and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace (9:1-2).” So maybe this is all just blowhard Putin in Russia passing gas, but then maybe its not!

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EU Banks Collapsing, Russia-China Attack U.S. $ & Crash of M-17

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 21:48 PM
July 22, 2014

devauling-American-dollar       Constant internet chatter that Russia and China collaborate to devalue the U.S. dollar, along with record numbers of European banks collapsing and bankers committing suicide, and Russia returning to Cold War status after the crash of Malaysia  Flight 17––what is one to think?

inquisitr.com writes in ‘Cold War 2 Or World War 3? Economic Warfare Between The United States And Russia And China Has Begun’: “The potential for World War 3 or Cold War 2 has NATO nation scrambling to prepare for economic warfare with Russia or China. But according to some reports, the attack began years ago and only has intensified in 2014.”

That blog even suggests: “Russia can refuse to pay debts owed to the United States, they can freeze US assets, and they could even unleash hackers to mess with the New York Stock Exchange, the electrical grid, and various other computer systems controlling vital assets.”

Of course with the world hounding Russian President about his (indirect?) use of a war Missile to bring down Malaysian Flight 17 in Ukraine, Putin could try such skullduggery.  But other analysts argue that as proof pours out of Russia’s guilt in Ukraine, China will want nothing to do with that economic war.

Simultaneously, U.S. and European citizens demand the EU to aim stronger financial attacks against Russia after that murderous plane crash, but EU leaders have reason for such caution: Various scholars of finance and economy claim the region never came out of its last recession. (See this blogger’s post @ June 18th).

Two other factors indicate EU’s weak economy: 1) Several EU banks in Portugal, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, France, Collapsing-Banksetc. are collapsing, and some 15 bankers from Europe, Hong Kong and the U.S. have committee suicide this year alone.

Few commentators view a ‘big picture’ economic comparison between Russia and the U.S. However, in “Russia Vastly Outgunned in Economic Showdown with West: Combined Sanctions by the US, Europe, Japan and the OECD Bloc Pit a $35 Trillion Colossus Against a $2 Trillion Midget,’  Ambrose Evans-Pritchard does that precisely:

“The economic showdown unfolding between Russia and the West is almost entirely one-sided. The US has the power to bring Russia to its knees through hegemonic control over the world’s banking system, using an array of lethal financial weapons developed by a cell at the US Treasury, and already deployed against Iran and North Korea.

“Richard Christopher Granville, from Trusted Sources, said the US ‘crossed the Rubicon’ last week even before the apparent missile strike against Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, imposing sanctions that effectively shut the energy trio of Rosneft, Novatek, and Gazprombank out of international finance.

“The Americans have the power to throttle Russia unilaterally because no European or Western bank of any importance is going to defy the U.S. . . . “ Granville told Enans-Pritchard.

As this blog site begs its readers: Keep praying, Keep trusting God. He alone ordained and keeps the United States.  As plus-sized Christian sweatshirts proclaim: “But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings (Jeremiah 23:22).” That counsel always means Victory!

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Oops! Revise Political Talk & Media Blitz: EU Still in Recession?

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 10:25 AM
June 19, 2014

Shrinking-GDP-map    Proving economics––like other sciences––is not always exact, the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), a group of 800 top economists, researching the European Union as a whole, says the EU is still in recession. Maybe!

In fact, several economic reporters insist politicians planted “false” media stories––i.e. “whatever it takes” to solve EU’s fiscal problems”––to give impressions that hard times in Europe were over.

This media blitz took the world’s attention away from dire conditions in Greece; collapsing banks in Spain; high food costs in Hungary, Poland, etc.; very high youth unemployment in all EU nations, etc.

Yet, as Wolf Richter writes this week in ‘It’s Official: Despite Media Hype, Eurozone Still In Recession,’ “[CEPR] just released a report . . . that supports what corporate earnings have been clamoring about for a while: the eurozone recession that started in the fourth quarter of 2011 still isn’t over.”

Even more conservative columnist, Neil Irwin, writes in ‘Europe May Be in a Recession (Still),’ “Is the European economy expanding, or is it in recession? Turns out, even the people whose job it is to decide aren’t sure.

“And their reasoning shows why the economic situation seems so perilous in Europe, even though its economy isn’t clearly shrinking.” He says CEPR fears that “policy makers may not be sufficiently concerned about the state of the economy.”

Richter explains CEPR’s thinking mirrors other facts: “ . . . in 2012, the entire debt-crisis fiasco was solved with a few elegant words – ECB President Mario Draghi’s “whatever it takes”––backed by the ECB’s printing press. Markets loved it. Even beaten-down, haircut––decorated Greek debt soared.”

The report argues that EU’s first recession ended in the first quarter of 2009, and economic activity in the group of nations soared through the fall of 2011 with 4% growth, but that was still below growth before 2009.

Last fall the CEPR hinted:  “ . . . while it is possible that the recession ended, neither the length nor the strength of the recovery is sufficient, as of 9 October 2013, to declare that the euro area has come out of recession.”

Finally this week it states emphatically (sort of) “ . . . the euro area may be experiencing since early 2013 a Europe Double Dip Exit_0prolonged pause in the recession that started after 2011Q3.” Thus, despite all the media hype, Europe is in a three year recession.

As Richter says, “This was unwelcome news to Eurocrats and the crisis solvers of the eurozone. But it was not news to the unemployed in France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, and many other countries.”

Speaking of which, isn’t this the same ‘political-economy-is-ok’ game going on in the United States where unemployment numbers do not consider long-term unemployed falling off the system, where roads and bridges sag in non-repair, where mountains of rotting houses and boarded factories blare in most cities, etc.?

Prolonged recessions lead to economic depressions and these always lead to war! As wholesale Christian Bibles declare, politicians must tell their people the truth whether those people want to hear it or not: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed Isaiah 9: 16).”

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