June 23, 2012

Mushroom Cloud Warns Beijing

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their place

Revelation 6:14

A revelation of perhaps the ultimate revelation that will occur at the end of time, a foreshadowing of future events like Abraham's act of sacrifice of his son foreshadowing the future sacrifice of God's son, Jesus, later in history.  Questions seem to be plentiful over how this developed, but no answers. 

Natural or Man-Made? Giant Mushroom Cloud Appears Over Beijing

A couple days after residents in central Chinese provinces received warnings they should stay inside due a mysterious yellow-grey haze, a giant mushroom shaped cloud has also been spotted in the sky over Beijing.
(Related: Is this mysterious, yellow haze in China really from burning straw?)
Officials said last week the haze was the result of burning straw — an illegal but still practiced activity. The June 14 cloud on the other hand is reported to be a natural phenomenon created by clouds typically associated with thunderstorms.
Here are a few photos of the cloud from China Daily:

An enormous mushroom cloud formed in the sky over Beijing late last week, sparking fears that a cataclysmic, Armageddon-like event was underway.

Alas, it was not the end of the world—or worse, the beginning of a real-life movie starring Will Smith: It was just nature.

The giant cumulonimbus—which spanned several miles—was accompanied by lightning, swallowing up the capital's skyline for an hour, according to the Daily Mail.

Photographers and videographers captured images of Thursday's ominous-looking formation, which "gradually took the shape of an explosion from an atomic bomb."

According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, a giant cumulonimbus is a thunderstorm cloud that forms from a towering cumulus, which "resembles the head of a cauliflower."
Here's some video of the cloud over Beijing:
from Yahoo



June 4, 2012

Shanghai stock market Drops 64.89 Points on Tiananmen 6/4/89 Anniversary: Coincidence?

Conspiracy: Shanghai
On the anniversary of the most famous communist crackdown on free speech over the last 25 years, the market just happens to fall the exact number of the date of the famous massacre.  Perhaps someone, natural or supernatural, is sending a message to those that oppose freedom?   I don't prescribe that the figure had to be rigged, but do find it peculiar to say the least.

Shanghai Conspiracy

China stocks fall bizarre 64.89 on 6/4/89 anniversary

'Whoa, these figures are too freaky! Very cool!'

(REUTERS) — China’s censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” on popular microblogs on Monday after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points on the anniversary of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.
In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings. The numbers 46.98 are June 4, 1989, backwards.

“Whoa, these figures are too freaky! Very cool!” said a microblogger. “The opening figure and the drop are both too creepy,” said another.

For China's ruling Communist Party, the 1989 demonstrations that clogged Tiananmen Square in Beijing and spread to other cities remains taboo, all the more so this year as the government prepares for a tricky leadership handover.

Terms related to the anniversary, such as "six four" for June 4, "23", "candle" and "never forget", were blocked on Sina Weibo, the most popular of China's Twitter-like microblogging platforms. Users encountered a message that said the search results could not be displayed "due to relevant laws, regulations and policies".

"It's that day again and once more numerous posts are being deleted," a Sina microblogger wrote. Sina was not immediately available for comment.

The anniversary of the date on which troops shot their way into central Beijing in 1989 has never been publicly marked in mainland China.

The government has never released a death toll of the crackdown, but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.

U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner urged the Chinese government on Sunday "to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said the U.S. habit of issuing a statement on each June 4 anniversary amounted to "crude meddling in domestic Chinese affairs".

While state media made no direct mention of the anniversary, the top military newspaper warned the armed forces to be on guard for attempts to sow unrest ahead of the party congress which will handle the leadership transition.

"Enemy forces at home and abroad are going to start something again and use the opportunity for destruction and trouble, and are upping their strategy to westernise and split our country," the Liberation Army Daily said in a front-page commentary.

The government is grappling with the biggest political scandal since the 1989 crackdown, after Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun's flight to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu on February 6 triggered a crisis that toppled the muncipality's party chief, Bo Xilai.

Microbloggers decried the overzealous rash of censorship, complaining that their posts had been "harmonised" - a euphemism for censorship - within minutes.

Censors also prevented microbloggers from changing their display photos in an apparent attempt to prevent them from posting any photo commemorating the anniversary.

Yet some people did manage to beat the censors, and a few pictures of the 1989 protests did find their way on to Weibo.

"There can be no social stability if people cannot speak out and must live in terror of punishment," a microblogger commented on one of the photographs.

Yao Jianfu, author of a new book of interviews with Chen Xitong, the Beijing mayor at the time of the crackdown, told Reuters that Chen had said "this was a tragedy that should have been averted but wasn't".

"I never foresaw there would be shooting, because Mao Zedong said that ordinary people should not be shot at and suppressing student protests comes to no good," said Yao.

The government has restricted the movements of dozens of dissidents, former prisoners and petitioners during the anniversary period and warned them against speaking to journalists or organising activities, said Songlian Wang of rights group Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

A coalition of lawyers and rights activists began a one-day fast in their homes on Monday to commemorate the anniversary, said a Shandong-based lawyer, Liu Weiguo.

"Even though the Chinese government has pledged to reform the political system in China, not much has been done," Fang Zheng, who was run over by a tank during the crackdown and lost both legs, said in Hong Kong. "They should stop the repression of mainland dissidents and activists and reassess June 4."

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in New York two weeks ago to study, wrote in a letter: "No one can stop the wheels of history. I believe that this will prove true for the June 4th Democracy Movement.

Chen escaped in late April from 19 months of illegal house imprisonment and took temporary refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing in a drama which made him a symbol of resistance to China's shackles on dissent.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong, said organisers, who had erected a replica of the Goddess of Democracy that was built in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Chinese tourists stopped on Tiananmen Square shook their heads and appeared mystified when asked about the anniversary. There were no obvious signs of extra security on the already well-guarded square.

But a trinket vendor said he was well aware what day it was.

"Do foreigners also know about June 4?" he asked a Reuters reporter in a hushed tone, looking around to make sure nobody heard him. "I think it is important we remember, but nobody will talk about it now."

(Additional reporting by Chris Buckley in Beijing, Melanie Lee in Shanghai and James Pomfret and Clarie Lee in Hong Kong; Editing by Nick Macfie)

June 3, 2012

Porn and Video Games: America's Finest Exports

"How long will you slumber O Sluggard?  A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep--So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man."

Proverbs 6:9-11

Forgetting God has consequences.  Perhaps the solution to our economic problems isn't economic, but spiritual and a cleansing of the human soul.  We want a culture of sex without childbearing, liberty without morality, pleasure without responsibility.  The average male will spend 10,000 hours in front of the TV just playing video games before the age of 21!  We wonder why our children are ill-equipped to handle the challenges of life once they leave the household, if we can still call it that with half of American kids raised by one mom or dad.  

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo claims that today's young men are destined for failure because of porn and video games.

In his controversial book The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling And What We Can Do About It, Zimbardo and co-author Nikita Duncan outline why he thinks men are failing in education and personal relationships.

He suggests parents limit or cut off access to computers and video games to get their sons on the right track.

Some highlights from the book:

-Females currently outperform males at every level, from grade school to graduate school. Boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to drop out of high school and college, according to the National Center of Education Statistics.

-In 2011, young men's SAT scores were the worst they had been in 40 years.

-Even Hollywood has caught on: films like Failure to Launch, Knocked Up and Jackass mock the ineptitude of this generation.

-Boys account for 70 percent of D's and F's given at school.

-Research shows guys aren't interested in being husbands, fathers or the head of the household.

-Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Two-thirds of students in special education programs are guys.

-The average boy spends 13 hours a week playing video games. The average girl spends 5. The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games by age 21. That's twice the time it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.

-The average high school boy spends two hours watching porn every week. Men can't escape porn: 13,500 full-length commercial porn films were released in 2011, compared with 600 Hollywood films.

-Researchers claim that internet pornography is hurting young boys' ability to form meaningful romantic relationships because they objectify their partner.

-It's predicted that 60 percent of bachelor's degrees will go to women by 2016.

-63 percent of men surveyed said they had a lack of motivation because of mixed messages from the media and society on their role.

-70 percent of young men surveyed said their generation wouldn't be as smart or innovative as their peers in other First World countries.

GLG Global Macro Fund Raoul Pal Predicts World's End 2012-2013

As the tremblings continue from Europe, fears continue to mount over the eventual collapse of the monetary system, evaporating decades worth of economic progress.  The amount of debt that has been piled up about 70 Trillion has finally caught up with the total value of the goods the world produces every year.  It's this debt that has grown exponentially recently, funding an entitled lifestyle of ease for many, the most notable and presently discussed, the country of Greece. Wait, I thought we just received funded pensions at 40 and 3 day work weeks with imaginary figures in some bank account, what, we owe people this 'debt'??

Combining corrupt leadership, powerful financiers, fiat currencies, fractional reserve based monetary systems, and the natural inclination of people toward greed and power has unleashed a powerful storm of economic malaise.  Button down the hatches, until the financial system is reformed and accountable governance is restored to the republic, expect more storms ahead.

Former Hedge Funder’s Fearful Forecast: We‘re Looking at ’The Biggest Economic Shock the World Has Ever Seen’ & There’s Nothing We Can Do to Stop It

Former co-manager of the GLG Global Macro Fund Raoul Pal has joined the growing chorus of economists who believe the global economy is headed in the absolute wrong direction.
What does the Goldman Sachs alumnus see on the horizon?

Mr. Pal, who writes for The Global Macro Investor, a research publication intended only for larger institutions, hedge funds, and family offices, believes that a global banking collapse and massive defaults will bring about “the biggest economic shock the world has ever seen” — and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

Well, that’s pretty dire. Does he have anything to back up his claims?
We’re glad you asked. Without further explanation, here is “The End Game,” Pal’s impressively comprehensive (and grim) presentation on the current state of the global economy: Presentation here at BusinessInsider

Check out Raoul Pal's slide show presentation here.