I am so bad at prognostication, that I won’t really try to tell you what WILL happen. The best that I can do is describe the threats. These threats have been looming larger and larger with each passing year. And, some of them are new.
Please treat these seriously.
My hope is that we will have another year where we successfully dodge the bullets being fired at us. But, there is a limit to how often we can do that.
Will we run out of ‘luck’ in 2018?
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The Road Ahead – 2018
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Welcome to 2018. I hope that you enjoy your stay and arrive at the doorstep of 2019 without difficulty. But, allow me, as your tour guide, to point out the places to avoid over the next 12 months.
Egypt is a disaster waiting to happen. There are too many people, too little education and not enough water. The corruption is truly amazing and has always been ‘truly amazing’.
Once upon a time, you did commerce using ‘Letters of Credit’. I won’t get into how they work, except that they are just like cash. And, they are backed by the ‘full faith and credit’ of the bank that issues it. For a very long time, you could trust the Letters of Credit issued by the banks of every country, except two: Egypt and Nigeria.
That should give you an idea of the level of corruption in Egypt. And, you can bet that things have not changed. Corruption is a way of life in Egypt, and it will kill them, when everything falls apart. I see you wondering why this is important, so let me explain.
Egypt has the second most powerful military in the Middle East, behind Turkey. But, that doesn’t give all of the picture, since the military controls a vast swath of economic, financial, social and political life in Egypt. When things fall apart, the military step in.
The problem is that all their firepower will not be able to solve the water crisis that will begin to hit in late 2018. Isaiah 19 speaks about this crisis, and it is predicted to hit, at the worst possible time.
Did you know that only about 10% of the Nile actually reaches the Mediterranean Sea?
It is almost completely used up in irrigation and drinking water, before it reaches the sea. Here is a quote on how devastating the situation is:
Water availability issues in Egypt are rapidly assuming alarming proportions. By the year 2020, Egypt will be consuming 20 percent more water than it has. With its loosening grip on the Nile, water scarcity could endanger the country’s stability and regional dominance. It is imperative on the Egyptian government and the entire population of to act swiftly and decisively to mitigate water scarcity, implement water conservation techniques and control water pollution develop plans that would install more efficient irrigation techniques, and control water pollution in order to avoid a disaster.
That’s two years from now, and almost no one is talking about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The GERD will probably cut in half the flow of the Nile for two to three years.
The GERD can hold more than a year’s worth Nile flow, in its reservoir. That’s right, more than a year’s worth of water. And, the Ethiopians claim that they want to fill this reservoir in less than three years. And, they are claiming that three years is the maximum.
They actually want to fill this reservoir in less than three years. Egypt has more than 95 million people.
How many of those will die, over the next three years?
What will the military do to try and stop the chaos that will happen as the people suffer and die?
Ethiopia claims that the GERD will be complete by October.
What will happen after that?
Bitcoin has captured the imagination of everyone. Or, almost everyone. Pole-dancing instructors and taxi drivers are all becoming ‘gurus’ in how to invest in this cryptocurrency phenomenon.
That’s a bubble, kids.
But, the Internet was in a bubble, once upon a time, and we’re still using it. So, just because it’s in a bubble, doesn’t mean that the future isn’t in cryptos.
Just understand that, like the dotcom bubble of the ’90s, almost all the cryptocurrencies that we see right now, will go to zero. They might not ‘go to zero’ in 2018, but they’re going to zero sometime in the near future.
Those that survive will be the ones that set the standard for financial transactions in the future. If you are lucky, you will make a fortune putting your money in them. If you aren’t, you’ll lose everything.
The number one rule for investing is:
Do not lose [everything].
I don’t care what anyone says about the art of investment management, THAT rule is THE RULE.
Does that mean that you shouldn’t dabble in cryptos?
No. But, only put in what you can afford to lose. And, if you can’t sleep at night, worrying about your investments, you’ve put in too much.
If I were going to get into this space, there would be one thing that I would focus on:
If you can’t buy a candy bar with it, it’s not usable. Of course, the candy bar ‘use case’ might be too narrow in cases where the crypto is designed to meet a very narrow need, such as interbank settlement.
2018 will be an interesting year for cryptos, and it will lead the way for the final financial instrument that will rule the Beast System. And, I believe that you will eventually need a scannable tattoo to participate in this system.
I have been cynical of government since my teenage years, but even I am surprised at how much corruption has been revealed over the past two years. It has come out into the open, and there are too few people who seem to care about how bad it is.
It’s as if people don’t care anymore about the honesty of their leaders, the safety of their country and the dependability of their government. It doesn’t even seem like anyone is ashamed of voting for people so obviously corrupt.
This mean that the corruption will only get worse in 2018. The corrupt see that no one is being punished for their corruption, so they will increase what they are doing.
The only thing that will stop the corruption, is a financial collapse. When THAT happens, there will be a military coup, because only the military could arrest the leadership of the Department of Justice, The FBI, the Congress and The Senate.
A financial collapse will reveal the true state of the US government’s finances, and the truth about those who have been stealing from the government. Someone will need to be the ‘scapegoat’, and people will remember what was said and done over the past two years.
Will this collapse happen in 2018?
Don’t know. We’ve been hearing rumors for years, but nothing substantial. The collapse WILL happen. Of that, there can be no doubt. The only question is when.
The only question in my mind is whether America will receive a Kerensky Revolution or a Weimar Republic. Both ended badly, but Kerensky lasted only a few months. At least, with Weimar, we had a few years.
Gog and Magog
No, Gog will not launch an invasion of Israel in 2018, but the players in this invasion will become more clear – just as they became more clear in 2017.
Khalifa Haftar will consolidate his hold on Libya, and his alliance with Russia will grow ever stronger. And, it wasn’t until December of 2016 that I saw Haftar rise high enough to see his significance. Haftar did a lot in 2017, and I’m betting that he will rule all of Libya, before 2018 is over.
Russia, Iran and Turkey will continue to increase their efforts to gain influence in Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan – all areas where Cush is present. This encirclement of the Sunni Arab Middle East will continue to terrify Sunni leadership.
With the collapse of ISIS and a unified rebel movement in Syria, Iran will now have free access to Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea. The Iranians will try and mop up any opposition that remains in Syria, while sending as much support as they can, to Hezbollah.
Will Hezbollah launch its second attempt to bloody Israel’s nose, in 2018?
I doubt it, but Israel might pre-empt an attack by Hezbollah, by starting the war first. It is rarely a good idea to wait until your enemy is strong, to fight him. The best time is when he is preoccupied.
Right now, Hezbollah has been preoccupied with defeating the rebels in Syria, and they might be called in to ‘settle’ the riots that have broken out in Iran. And yes, Iran would definitely use Hezbollah fighters to shoot Iranians. It is a time-honored tradition.
So, if Hezbollah is preoccupied, Israel might attack. Or, might not. But, if it happens, the blowback could be incredible. It might be the moment when Damascus is destroyed, as spoken of by Isaiah 17. But, it will also be the moment when these two verses are fulfilled:
The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.
And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
– Isaiah 17:3-4
This could happen this year. It might wait until Gog and Magog comes in 2019 or 2020 (more likely, 2020).
My hope is that you will understand the significance of Gog and Magog to your safety. Unless someone can prove that I’m wrong, a solar flare of unimaginable proportions will strike Earth and destroy most – if not all – of the world’s ability to produce electricity.
The world will eventually climb out of this catastrophe, but not before a billion people have died. I do not want to believe that this is possible, but I don’t see any other conclusion.
You can see what I mean, here:
If I am right, then you will die, when the lights go out – unless you can survive without electricity.
All The Rest
They have a saying that it is ‘darkest before the dawn’. Well, I believe that there’s a corollary to that:
It is brightest before the sun sets.
I made that up, but it’s pure truth, when it comes to investing. So, when everyone says that ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’, run for cover. And, I hear the band tuning up to play that song.
If we are entering a Grand Solar Minimum, we’ll see more and more evidence that this is the case. In fact, it looks like we might be seeing some of that already.
Immigrants will continue to flood into Europe, since the morons in charge still don’t have a clue. It’s the fulfillment of Matthew 24:7, and it’s one of the dumbest things that I have ever seen.
I’m willing to bet that there won’t be a war with the Norks (North Korea), but I’m not willing to bet TOO much. There are too many unknown factors involved, and I’m not sure if the Chubby Kid in Pyongyang can avoid doing something stupid.
Putin will win reelection in 2018 and continue to be the Bugaboo of NATO, the EU and Democrats. The fact that we pushed him into this position means nothing. Nor does it matter that he’s innocent of all the accusations.
Morons will always be morons.
The ShockCast Is Back!
I’m a writer. Anything else, in terms of communication, is decidedly secondary. But, I know that many are more visual or auditory. I also know that people want to know who that ‘masked man is’ hiding behind all that text. And, there’s something about our body language that betray our true feelings.
So, even though I am not the most able presenter in the world, I am bringing back The ShockCast. I stopped doing those over a year ago, to finish the book, Ezekiel’s Fire. And, I’ve known, for the past year, that I need to get back onto YouTube.
Lord willing, every Friday, I will be recording a ShockCast and sending it along with the Shock Letter, to hit your email inbox, Friday morning (EST).
I have a lot of adjusting to do, and I need to keep my stress level low enough, so that my autoimmune disease doesn’t flare up. Hopefully, I’ll be starting out with one broadcast a week, with special broadcasts on certain topics of interest.
We’ll see what happens. Pray for me, for wisdom. Dark days are ahead for all of us, and the message needs to get out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
May the Lord bless you, in this year!
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THIS WEEK’S RESEARCH
My research sources are pretty wide ranging, and their number keep growing. So, instead of listing all of my sources, let me list the ones that deserve special mention:
A big thank you to all who sent me articles. I appreciate all of it.
IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE…
Yup, more than just special, these links appear to be the most important of all. Seriously, start with these.
And yes, these are pretty serious.
For those of you who need it, this is the spiritual significance of January 1st. Of course, you need to believe that Jesus was born on December 25th, but that’s up to you.
This is a very emotional Stefan Molyneux. If you want to see a grown man with tears in his eyes, this is the video to watch. Of course, that really isn’t a good reason to watch this.
The good reason is that Stefan describes the courage of the Iranians in standing up to their vile and evil overlords, and his description of the horrifying betrayal of Iran – at the hands of the US, Britain and Europe. They destroyed Iran, and it was an unbelievably foul thing to do.
Unfortunately, for these brave and courageous Iranians, a revolution requires that one or more military/paramilitary institutions go over to their side. And, it’s not going to happpen.
Remember that the ‘religious’ Shiites come from the countryside, and the rebels come from the cities.
Where do you think the security forces requite their members?
Right. The countryside.
The Mullahs aren’t stupid.
Unfortunately, this may accelerate their plans for eliminating the one enemy that stands in their way: Israel. With Israel able to interrupt their access to the Mediterranean, they need to get rid of her as quickly as possible.
Here is more on those protests. Again, let me repeat: revolutions cannot succeed, unless the military or the police ‘stand down’.
And, I seriously doubt that this will happen.
Building a god?
At the 45 second mark, Sam Harris starts talking. A minute later, he says:
We have to admit that we’re in some sort of process of creating some sort of god. Now would be a good time to make sure that it’s a god that we can live with.
He then ends with a “Thank you very much,” a slight bow and a ‘namaste’ gesture with his hands.
Later in this video, you’ll see someone named Marshall Vian Summers. He claims to be a prophet and seems to be the guy behind “The New Message From God Movement” – a ‘movement’ that claims to speak on behalf of God to people of ‘all religions’.
And he does these “Allies of Humanity Briefings”?
Great. Another moron who wants to start a cult.
Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page of this moron who wants to create a new cult. And yes, he’s a moron. However, he’s a far more diabolical moron than we normally see. And, people will believe him.
I would have given a link to his website, but it was too nauseating.
This is so far beyond horrifying, that I don’t have words for how awful this is. Here’s the summary:
‘You can just do you’: Boy, 10, founds a drag club for KIDS so they can express themselves in a ‘positive, encouraging, and safe’ space
Desmond Napoles from Brooklyn in New York City is better known by his drag name, Desmond is Amazing
He started dressing up as a toddler and began wearing dresses aged six
He has since appeared in a music video with RuPaul and his performance at Gay Pride in New York in 2015 went viral
An active member in the LGBTQ community, Desmond now wants to inspire other young people and promote anit-bullying and suicide prevention
He is launching Haus of Amazing, a drag club for ‘drag kids’
He also hopes to have a fashion and cosmetics line in the future
This is child abuse, and his parents should be in jail for what they’ve done to their child. And, the MailOnline is celebrating this abomination.
Music is probably the most significant sign and symbol of a culture. For instance, if a political leader rises to the world stage and loves Wagner, you know that you have a problem.
Wagner was about the worship of war and nature, the supremacy of the German ‘race’ and utterly useless architecture. The question then is… what about ‘rap’?
What is ‘rap music’ about?
Anger. Resentment. Violence. Revenge. Intimidation.
And, it is that last bit that should concern you – intimidation. This vile and repugnant ‘rap music’ is all about intimidation. It’s about instilling fear in the object of the ‘song’. The body language of the performer is really all that you need to know. And, a society that glorifies violence and intimidation, is not a society that you want to be a part of.
Once upon a time, Christianity had a dramatic influence on the average person who was not a Christian. It was in the language. It was in the music. It was in the art. And, that influence resisted the evil nature of our society. It put a brake on our willingness to steal, kill and destroy. It blocked the efforts of Satan to take control of our society.
But, now that our churches have corrupted themselves, that block, that brake, that resistance no longer operates.
We have ceased being the salt of the earth.
Jennifer shared this, and I like it.
The irony is that we rarely understand this freedom that we have, until we are older and see the horrifying mistakes made by those who chose not to follow Christ.
The path of sin will ALWAYS blind you and limit who you really are. Very few ever see that, and that is so sad.
God bless all who choose the narrow and difficult path of true freedom.
PrepperGal sent in three videos, and two of them are so important that I won’t mention the third. The third one is a good video, but these two speak to how we can’t really control how machine learning systems work. Once they launch, we can’t direct where they go.
Now, I am repulsed by the bias of this woman, since she wants to impose her own liberal concepts on society. And, you’ll see more of her bias in her second video. But, she’s also right in that these machine learning and decision systems are pushing societies towards a place where they probably don’t want to go.
Now, as an aside, I used to work in a company writing computer manuals for software that was programed to learn how to understand questions and then answer them correctly. I was working with one of the best programming teams in Israel, and their system was up and running in the late 1990s. That was almost 20 years ago.
Who knows what they have now. (although, someone probably does.)
You can tell that this woman is anti-Trump. But, don’t let that stop you from understanding what she’s saying. She’s tell us that the algorithms are feeding people what they want to hear, and they are pushing people to extremes.
And, they aren’t doing that for that purpose. They’re doing that to get you to look at advertisements. They’re just trying to make money, but they’re also pulling society apart and filling them full of garbage.
It’s garbage that they like. It’s garbage that they want. But, it’s still garbage.
Furthermore, they are insulating people from reality. Instead of telling people the truth. They are telling them what they want to hear.
It’s an echo chamber where all that you hear are messages that tell you that you are right and never tell you (or allow you to see) where you are wrong.
And, it’s happening to EVERYONE.
It is never, EVER a healthy thing to live in an echo chamber. The truth doesn’t live there, so you shouldn’t either.
A rather horrifying look at what happened in 2017.
This is NOT light reading, kids.
ARTICLES OF NOTE
These articles have a more individual importance. They cross categories, and are often in their own category. And, I think that these should be your first stop in your reading.
Saudi Arabia is ‘lightening up’?
Well, it’s about time.
The question is whether it’s too late, or even whether they can move fast enough and far enough to keep ahead of the threats against them.
I seriously doubt it.
Well, this is probably more meaningful to me, than to you. I’m right across the Taiwan Strait. In fact, I regularly wave in China’s direction, whenever I’m on my balcony. It really is, just over there.
For the rest of you, this is of more academic interest. Although, now that I think of it, if the Chinese economy implodes because the Communist Party screwed up…
…so, maybe you should watch this. It’s actually entertaining.
It’s not like you NEED proof that evil walks among us – and in us – but, here’s proof. And no, you do not need to ask WHY.
It is evil, pure and simple. It’s the Satanic desire to kill and destroy. It’s in my family. I lived with it – and was sometimes the object of it – when I went to school. It’s in our government. And, it’s in Sioux City, Iowa. And, it’s also in our hearts.
You and I are involved in a life-and-death struggle against sin. All of us. And, I’ve seen Christians – good, upstanding and faithful Christians – lose that struggle against sin.
Please, do everything that you can, to win this war against your own sinful nature. Part of that means turning away from those things that encourage you to sin, and turning TOWARD that which encourages righteousness.
So, turn off your television and your computer – at least until you can read your Bible. It’s the first thing that I do, every morning. (Okay, the second. I do need my coffee.)
All that it takes, is 70 hours to read all of your Bible. Just 70 hours.
Surely, you can spend the first few minutes of your day, doing that, right?
You will need to hold your nose to get through this one. It’s a story of such insane stupidity, it makes you want to go to the nearest brick wall and bang your head against it. Seriously, nobody does ‘stupid’ better than the New York Times.
True, there are other newspapers with a stronger dedication to Stupid, but the New York Times does Stupid with savoir faire. They do stupid with good grammar and high sounding self-importance.
In fact, you might even say that the New York Times is the High Priest of Stupid. These are the people that can turn Stupid all the way to eleven – with hardly any effort at all.
I just LUUUUUUV this one. I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for those nice, big and red buttons that say ‘Do Not Press’. And, I just LOVE pressing them – especially, when a hypocritical, sanctimonious jerk demands that you do not press his big red button.
If you have one of these ‘big red buttons’, don’t get close to me. I’ll press it.
Laura Goodman did that. And, she just LOVED doing it. She’s undoubtedly sorry that she lost her job, but there are some things that are just worth doing. (And, maybe she was tired of cooking for morons.)
WARNING! – SCHADENFREUDE! – WARNING!
Intel has been the number one maker of microprocessors since… well …since we started making microprocessors. Well, they’ve gotten a bit too big for their britches – i.e., too fat for your pants, for those who don’t know what britches are.
A few years ago, AMD had a design failure and needed to redesign everything from the ground up. And, I was really, really sad to see it, since it mean that Intel was going to get fat and sloppy – which is exactly what it did.
I detest fat and sloppy businesses, but that is always what happens when there is no competition.
It’s proof that we are all morons. All of us. And, I include myself in that description. If we weren’t morons, we wouldn’t need the threat of losing profit, to stay sharp.
So, I am enjoying this moment of schadenfreude. This will give AMD a chance to get sloppy and fat. But, in case they get too fat and too sloppy, ARM and little-known Chinese Manufacturer ‘Dragon Core’ are breathing down their necks.
You haven’t heard of ‘Dragon Core’?
Well, look up Loongson, which means ‘Dragon Core’. And, it is one of those unique Chinese efforts that uses government money and private expertise to try and wrest control of markets away from competitors. It also means that they will be free to steal as much technology as they want, from every chip manufacturer on the planet.
Remember that, to the Chinese, copying your product is just their way of complementing you on how awesome you are. And yes, that is literally how they think. I kid you not.
These disgusting morons need to die a messy and painful death.
Is there no end to the evil?
This is how bad American cities have become. I believe that Baltimore is just the tip of the iceberg. And, it’s really too bad.
This is what happens when children don’t have fathers.
CORRUPTION AND THE MILITARY TAKEOVER TO SOLVE IT
What is going on with Hillary and the corruption being revealed in Washington, is so huge… that I doubt that it is possible to emphasize enough, the seriousness of this situation. I believe that these revelations will eventually take down the Republic and replace the current government with one ruled by the generals. And please, do not discount this. Corruption is ALWAYS how republics and kingdoms fall – and how the military takes over.
Remember the generals that surround Trump.
This was not an accident.
However, please take note that public pressure for a military takeover never happens until people suffer economic and financial stress. So, don’t expect this ‘takeover’ to happen until the economy turns sharply downward. The military will not want to see a repeat of the French Revolution.
So, whistle-blowers are kept quiet by threatening their children. If you ‘leak’ information or ‘blow the whistle’ they take your children from you, and they make sure that you know that they are being raped, addicted to drugs and then murdered. Anyone that you love and care for will become a target of their ruthless attempt to silence you.
I’m afraid that this is not a surprise. It’s the ‘evil empire’ that America has become. If you challenge them, they will try to destroy you. The good thing is that there are more of us, than there are of them.
They can’t terrorize everyone.
So, Andy McCabe might actually be the ‘Russian Spy’ that we’ve all been looking for.
Unfortunately, Jeff Sessions is the head of the DOJ, so don’t expect much. Jeff is either corrupt, a moron, or both. (Probably both.)
Hopefully the field agents involved in this investigation will keep separate copies of what they uncovered and leak those copies, should the criminals in control of the FBI block the investigation.
This is so disgusting, that I can hardly stand it.
Again, we’ll hafta see. Or, maybe I should say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
So, will Huma go to jail?
She needs to.
This is an example of why justice and the rule of law no longer exist in America.
Those of us who grew up in America have always known that justice is only for those with the money to buy the best lawyers. For the rest, like you and me, we don’t get justice. The best that we can do is avoid notice and pray that God will protect us from the government and the predators that hunt for those who cannot defend themselves.
‘Deletion of felony evidence’?
Oh dear. That’s blood in the water for sharks.
TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP
Right now, Trump is a distraction. Some call him savior. Others call him devil. And YOU are probably being distracted by all this.
Please don’t be. Trump is just a guy who wanted political power, and got it. He likes winning, and he won. He still likes winning, and he will try to keep doing so. He’s also smart, which means that he will probably succeed – at least, some of the time. But, he isn’t going to save America. He isn’t going to chart a new course. He isn’t going to make America great again. And, it’s becoming more and more clear that he has been lying to us.
The best that he will do, is not be as bad as the alternative. But, I’m afraid that he will be AS BAD as the alternative. He certainly looks like he’s selling Israel out.
Please get this into your head:
AMERICA IS LOST.
The sooner that you get this point, the better.
Those of you living outside of America already see this, and YOUR concern is the fallout from America’s fall. The only thing that I can point to, for you… is the Bible and Ezekiel’s Fire.
Is Trump going to free Assange?
Is the witch hunt against Trump pushing him to do this, to get the information on Hillary, that Assange has?
It’s all very, very interesting. Dontcha think?
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL COLLAPSE
We’ve been talking about the collapse of the economy and financial system for a very long time, and every day that collapse is delayed… well …the collapse just gets worse and worse. Eventually, it will be an explosion that will devastate the world and lead to chaos, confusion, death, destruction and war. Lots and lots of war.
In fact, it has begun already.
By the time that you see it, it will be too late to do anything about it.
An interesting year shall be had by all. The bottom line is:
Get out of debt. Sell your bonds and your stocks. Buy gold and silver.
They might pull a ‘rabbit out of the hat’, but betting on that is a bad idea.
Here’s the writeup for the Greg Hunter interview, and there’s this paragraph, towards the end
Danielle DiMartino Booth said after the interview, “I am scared because we (America) are in a really bad place right now. People (in the markets) are going to get shellacked. They have no idea what the momentum is going to look like on the downside.”
In terms of the economy and financial system, we’re ALL in a ‘bad place’.
GOLD, SILVER AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES
When economic and financial collapse comes your way, you need something tangible to weather the storm. Right now, I cannot think of anything tangilble that is so fiercely undervalued and universally recognized as gold and silver.
There might be other things that are better. I just can’t see ’em. If you can think of something better, share it with us.
And, while I am a bit cynical about cryptocurrencies, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t an alternative worth looking into.
As I said last week, there is one danger to having bitcoin – or other cryptocurrencies. You can be kidnapped. Your children can be kidnapped. Your parents can be kidnapped. Your wife/husband can be kidnapped.
Anything and everything that you love can be used to get at you. The Deep State in America is using this tactic against ‘whistle blowers’, so don’t expect them (and others) to hesitate to use this tactic against YOU.
Worse, cryptocurrencies are NOT annonymous.
This is part of what I mean by ‘usability’:
Mr. Larsen was Ripple’s chief executive from 2012 until he stepped down last year to become the company’s executive chairman. During his tenure, Ripple focused on helping banks use its software to shift money between different foreign currencies, something that most banks currently do through a cumbersome process involving separate accounts in every country where they operate.
Of course ‘software’ is different than ‘tokens’ or ‘coins’, but a cryptocurrency needs to have a good ‘use case’ if it is going to succeed. Jumpint in to the hysteria is never a good idea.
Here’s more on that ‘Ripple’ use case. I don’t know if Ripple is a great idea, or not. But, it meets my usability and flexibility requirements. And, the banks seem to like it.
Okay, it’s not everything, but it’s pretty good.
Here’s the first part of his article, and there’s a lot more than this:
Amidst all of the bullish talk about cryptocurrencies we know that a strike back from the banking system and its owners is coming. In fact, the attack as I see it is well underway.
And it began with the attack on the credibility of Bitcoin Cash and it’s continuing with the insane pump of Ripple and any coin which has direct ties to old money. What I want to posit today is how the next crash in the cryptocurrency markets can, and likely will, play out.
To lay this out you have to believe a few things are true.
The major money center banks have all been trading Bitcoin and other alt-coins for a long time. They have substantial books to push and pull the price.
The futures market is used to control the price during daytime hours in the U.S. and Europe.
Bitcoin’s failure to implement ‘Segwit 2x’ and its current dysfunction was intentional in order for Blockstream to offer a ‘solution’ to a ‘problem’ that needn’t have existed.
Lightning Network is simply a backup control plan in case Ripple isn’t adopted by the marketplace as the crypto-settlement and exchange layer. It creates a second layer of centralization off-chain.
Legislation and regulation to date has been designed to allow money to flow into the crypto-markets but not back out again.
Ripple, otherwise known as ‘BanksterCoin’ among we crypto-enthusiasts is the stalking horse of the cryptocurrency industry. It’s meteoric rise in price coincides with Bitcoin’s peak and subsequent meandering. It was done, timing-wise, to see articles like these (here, here and here) written as we ring in the new year.
The Powers That Be are going to kill Bitcoin and bring in THEIR version. And, since the vast majority of people aren’t smart enough to fight this, the banksters will win.
If you read your Bible, you knew that they would.
Please remember that financial value is determined faith. If people believe that something has value, then it will have value. And, the banksters know how to destroy the perception of value – and make money doing it.
And here’s the conclusion to THIS article by Tom:
We as enthusiasts, investors, developers, and traders have to be aware that the real pushback against cryptocurrencies has yet to begin. And that means keeping our emotions in check and focusing on the projects that have the potential to build the right foundation for the crypto-economy going forward.
While there are a lot of great projects out there doing very cool things I have to wonder if they are putting the cart before the horse. Do we need to be tokenizing everything now when we don’t have a practical infrastructure that can handle the traffic density associated with simply buying and selling tokens?
All of this money is going in without an exit strategy. That’s a recipe for the Empire Striking Back.
For me, that means putting my capital and faith in the projects with serious development teams that have unique technology to build the foundation of the future. I’ve built a house. I know how hard that process is.
And it requires time and effort to get it right. Because with a poor foundation and plan, the rest of it simply collapses with the slightest push.
Very smart thoughts by a guy who raises goats.
Okay, here’s a biased and dissenting opinion on Ripple. Why do I say biased?
Because Simon Black believes that we are approaching a new era of freedom and libertarian values. Or, at least, he believes that we should be optimistic about that future and strive for it.
For you and me, we know that this ain’t gonna happen.
These are at least worth a chuckle. And, it might save you from going nuts.
I had a bit of a laugh at these, and I hope that you will too.
Not humor. Just heart-warming.
There really are good people out there.
Oh dear. Someone just insulted Texas.
Very wholesome. Except the rabbit.
I had no idea that rabbits had such a potty mouth.
Cute. With pencils.
MORONS AND MORE MORONS… WE’RE SURROUNDED BY MORONS
I’m sorry, but I can’t stand it anymore. There are just too many morons, so it needs its own category. And, I do this to maintain my own sanity. They’re driving me THAT crazy.
Now, here’s my rule for who appears in this section:
A person or organization who is EVIL ANNNND STUPID.
People who are just stupid, deserve our compassion. My heart goes out to them, because their life is going to be painful until they stop being stupid.
But, those who are evil?
Well, I want them to repent. I really do. I do NOT want ANYONE who is evil to suffer an eternity in Hell. But, if they refuse to repent, I want them destroyed.
May the wrath of God be upon all who refuse to repent. May the blessings of God be upon those who turn from their wicked ways and acknowledge God.
Hey, it’s a record cold winter already and the amount of sea ice is growing. But apparently, that just proves that we have global warming.
Yeah. I know. Morons.
Trump Derangement Syndrome. Eventually, it will make its way into the DSM, the diagnostic manual for psychologists and psychiatrists. And, they’ll probably suggest some kind of worthless treatment like howling at the moon.
But, I already have a set of treatment choices for these people:
1. Permanent exile to Sweden.
2. Thorazine. Lots and lots of thorazine.
Choose either one, but please choose. The moronic screeching is getting out of hand.
‘Moronic’ does not even BEGIN to describe these people. At a very basic level, I truly feel sorry for people this stupid and this evil. They are dumber than a box of rocks, and they’re going to Hell, for eternity.
It just doesn’t get worse than that.
However, at a different level…
COULD WE SEND THESE PEOPLE TO SWEDEN?
(Sorry, Sweden. But… )
Islam is the most vile and Satanic religion on the planet. It is violent, repressive, racist and supremacist. It isn’t just a religion. It’s an ideology that seeks to destroy any nation, country and government that it comes in contact with.
These are the articles that demonstrate what Islam REALLY is.
Muhammad (esbuh) is Hugh Hephner?
Or, maybe Hugh Hephner is Muhammad (esbuh)?
(Hefner is the one who created Playboy magazine and boasted about the hundreds of women that he slept with.)
Love versus violence.
Paul taught love.
Muhammad (esbuh) taught violence.
What do YOU think?
This has been ‘the thing’ that always perplexed me. The Muslims love to complain about the ‘terrible’ persecution of Muhammad (esbuh), but it was next to nothing compared to what Christians have been getting for thousands of years.
The bottom line?
Muhammad was a WUSS.
Wait. You and I – followers of Christ – have more spiritual power than Muhammad (esbuh) ??
According to the Qur’an and Hadith?
The Muslims recognize this?
Yes, I know that this is implied, but I still take the compliment. I have no need to worry about the demons in any of the temples, here in Taiwan. No matter who they are, the demons cannot touch me, unless God gives them permission – because I follow and obey Christ.
Muhammad (esbuh) was NOT a follower of Christ and was not obedient to Him. Therefore Muhammad was vulnerable to ANY demon that took notice of him. It would have been ‘open season’ on poor Muhammad. He would need to be afraid, every minute of every day that he was here in Taiwan.
When it comes to spiritual power, Muhammad was a wuss. The poor guy was wearing a spiritual ‘kick me’ sign.
So, to my Muslim friends, would you rather follow Christ and be immune to the demons that walk the earth?
Or, would you rather follow a spiritual weakling that couldn’t tell the difference between the words of a demon and the words of some ‘guy’ named Allah?
For me, the choice is clear.
Muhammad (esbuy) was as miraculous as a can of Cheese Whiz?
If the Doctor says it, I believe it. But, when you are in a place like Taiwan, where cheese is hard to find…
Let’s just say that I’m not ready to give Muhammad (esbuh) even that much credit.
Not only did he die as a false prophet, but he died at the hands of a woman. In Islam, that condemns you to Hell.
Isn’t it interesting that Islam is a religion in which its greatest prophet is burnng in Hell?
Okay, this is a bit too much logic for our Muslim friends. But, it’s an interesting statement to make, and then watch the fireworks as you eat your popcorn.
I’m sorry, but I’m struggling to see how ANYONE would want to be a Muslim. Islam is shooting itself in the foot, EVERYWHERE in the Qur’an and the Hadith.
Maybe this is why they wouldn’t let anyone translate the Qur’an for so long?
Something this stupid needs to be kept secret.
So, the reason why we should tolerate Chrislam is…
Now THIS is one of the most hard hitting of all. And, I cannot imagine an honest Muslim not being deeply troubled by this video. According to Islam, God is the greatest deceiver and the greatest liar. According to the Bible, God always speaks the truth.
So, which would YOU rather believe?
Annnnnnd, here is the conclusion.
If you have a friend, who is a Muslim, send this to him/her. Of course, this might be a good way to lose your Muslim ‘friend’, but he probably wasn’t a friend, anyway. But, this might also be a way to rescue someone from an eternity in Hell.
Oh, and since it is our duty to try and play a role in the rescue of people from an eternity in Hell, my recommendation really isn’t a suggestion.
Why the outrage?
This is just Islam.
We are seeing the fulfillment of the words of Jesus, right now. And, it seems that Islam is leading the way. What insanity!
What is wrong with North America and Europe?
Have they – and we – gone insane?
There is not a single mention that the men abusing women are Muslim. Not. One. Mention.
And, good luck with those ‘safe zones’. Women need to get to them, first. And then, good luck getting home.
Let’s see, young men – check.
Followers of the most violent religion on the planet – check
Millions of aforesaid young, male and religiously violent flood into a region that isn’t prepared for them – check.
And, they are surprised that there is a rise in violence?
GOG AND MAGOG
I’ve been writing about the coming of Gog and Magog for a while. You can find a lot of that, here:
And, the articles below point to that coming. I really, Really, REALLY hope that you’ll be ready for this. Please read Ezekiel’s Fire to make sure. (And yes, it’s free.)
This is a tiny glimmer of hope that Iran will be forced to reduce her efforts to destroy Israel. Hopefully, this spark will cause a raging fire and consume the Ayatollahs. But, I doubt it.
On the other hand, these uprisings could accelerate Iranian involvement in Gog and Magog.
Chris from Poland shared this in the comment section, and this is his comment:
“Persian Spring”. I find it difficult to judge if this operation has a chance to success, I just don’t know. Maybe not. But, assuming it could be succesful (or: it has good chances), there is one simple move to counter it. War, now. And I’m praying for being wrong. Really.
THAT is the worrying part. If these riots/demonstrations ever become a threat, the crackdown will create a backlash. And, the only way to counter the ‘backlash’ will be a nice big war.
By the way, you’ll notice the derisive tone of this article, towards Israel. Morons, like the one who wrote this article, do not understand that Israel lives under constant threat. And, the elimination of that threat would make ANYONE ‘giddy’.
Unfortunately, the hatred of Israel is so great, that writers like this will always take the most negative approach to understanding Israel’s motives.
This anti-Semitism is so stupid and evil, that it makes me want to scream. And, I often do.
Is this the ‘fuse’ that will be lit, that will lead to Gog and Magog?
It will certainly represent Turkey’s interest in joining that alliance – and Russia’s desire to form it.
There has been a sickening rise in anti-Semitism among those who call themselves christian. And yes, I used a lower case ‘c’ on purpose. I have little hope that I can turn these minions of Satan from their evil path. Salvation and repentance are the work of God, although I will do my best to serve God in that work.
I’m more interested in keeping my brothers and sisters from being tainted by this Satanic hatred of the Jews. If you are caught by this hatred, you will suffer. If you are convinced to oppose Israel, you will suffer. If you are turned away from supporting God’s work in the Land of Israel, you will suffer.
So, think of this category as my attempt to help you avoid the traps of Satan, that he has laid in your path. God is at work among the Jewish people and with the Jewish people. He is at work in the Land of Israel, turning the Jewish people from their idols and towards the true God of Abraham.
My goal is that you would be greatly blessed. But, you cannot be blessed, if you oppose God.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
– Psalm 122:6
May you prosper. And, may you understand how important the Land of Israel is, in these Last Days.
There is only one group of people that is more hated than the Jews: Christians. But, since it is easier to actually SEE the Jews, they will pour out their hatred even MORE on the Jews. This hatred always destroys a country. Always.
And, it is rising, everywhere.
People often forget that, during World War II, the French were VERY enthusiastic about turning French Jews over to the Nazis. And now that they have welcomed the Muslims into their country, they are seeing Jews leave. And the Jews of France have been big tax payers.
Since you can’t fix stupid, let’s just hate the Jews.
Only morons hate the Jews, and the world is full of morons.
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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