Lies and deception are close to the top of the list. Of course we would expect to see that as we approach the end of the age. We also see:
- Increasing totalitarianism on a world-wide basis
- Massive surveillance around the world - limiting freedom and paving the road for the AC
- Increasing central control in the last remaining "free" countries, namely the U.S. and the EU (yes, we can now view the EU as a "country")
- Wars and rumors of war in abundance
- Increasing famine and pestilence as we enter the "post-antibiotic" era
- Increasing earthquakes
- Pending financial collapse around the world and calls for a centralized system/currency
- Military build-up from Russia (aka the land of Magog) and China (aka the "Kings of the East")
- Consolidation of Israel's enemies both in the "inner circle" (Isaiah 17), and "outer circle" (Ezekiel 38-39)
- Increasing alignment of "the nations" against Israel
- A new Pope who sounds exactly like a Marxist
- Progress towards the Mark of the Beast
- Progress towards a one-world government
- Ongoing attempts to divide Israel and Jerusalem
- Ongoing efforts towards a "peace-plan" that would result in indefensible borders for Israel
Today's articles support all of the above:
The dramatic Channel 2 report — broadcast just a few hours before Israel’s release of a third group of 26 Palestinian prisoners, and shortly before Kerry is due back in the region with hopes to get Israel and the Palestinians to sign a “framework” peace deal — suggested a profound breakdown of trust between the secretary and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister’s Office late Monday issued a statement saying it was not accusing Kerry of deception.
A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages.
Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching.
Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65 — to 70 or even longer. Living standards will fall, and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after the Second World War. In developing countries, people’s rising expectations will be frustrated if governments can’t afford retirement systems to replace the tradition of children caring for aging parents.
The problems are emerging as the generation born after The Second World War moves into retirement.
“The first wave of under-prepared workers is going to try to go into retirement and will find they can’t afford to do so,” says Norman Dreger, a retirement specialist in Frankfurt, Germany, who works for Mercer, a global consulting firm.
The crisis is a convergence of three factors:
— Countries are slashing retirement benefits and raising the age to start collecting them. These countries are awash in debt after overspending last decade and racking up enormous deficits since the recession. Now, they face a demographics disaster as retirees live longer and falling birth rates mean there will be fewer workers to support them.
— Companies have eliminated traditional pension plans that cost employees nothing and guaranteed them a monthly check in retirement.
— Individuals spent freely and failed to save before the recession, and they saw much of their wealth disappear once it hit.
Those factors have been documented individually. What is less appreciated is their combined ferocity and their global scope.
“Most countries are not ready to meet what is sure to be one of the defining challenges of the 21st century,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think-tank , concluded in a report this fall.
ObamaCare gives the dictator-in-chief not only control over your body but, over your assets, your activities and what you think via what you say. It is an all-encompassing document of increasing horror for those who refused to pay attention to it in the past and are now being destroyed by it. It calls upon everyone else to pay for those who have been on welfare for generations (aka “those who refuse to work at a real job”) and is the culmination of the Marxist-Democrat plans that have been in place for many decades.
The National ID Law takes effect in 2014 and will be enforced by the Obama-controlled DHS, TSA (which has had its police power expanded almost exponentially by Obama) and any other agency the dictator deems. It may soon no longer be acceptable to use State-issued drivers’ licenses as identification. The ObamaGov is summarily taking over every aspect of States’ authority and replacing it with their own.
Similarly, as I illustrate in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again—egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, etc.—although with far fewer moments of comic hilarity.
What remains to be seen is whether 2014 will bring more of the same or whether “we the people” will wake up from our somnambulant states. Indeed, when it comes to civil liberties and freedom, 2013 was far from a banner year. The following is just a sampling of what we can look forward to repeating if we don’t find some way to push back against the menace of an overreaching, aggressive, invasive, militarized government and restore our freedoms.
Any way you slice it, whether it’s car sales, home sales, retail sales, employment, or monetary stimulus, the warnings are everywhere. The canary in the coal mine is going into cardiac arrest.
Back in 2007 trend forecaster Gerald Celente warned the world of the “Crash of 2008.” He based his analysis on many of the aforementioned data points. We’re seeing a similar pattern develop in late 2013, suggesting that 2014 could be the year it all goes critical:
There’s fear and hysteria running through the entire global financial community, because as everybody knows all they did was postpone the inevitable.
And as for the international scene… the whole thing is collapsing.That’s our forecast.We are saying that by the second quarter of 2014, we expect the bottom to fall out… or something to divert our attention as it falls out.
Moreover, if you were to compare stock market charts from 1929 to present day, you’d note that they are eerily similar:
A canary may have just keeled over. Not in the coal mine – but in the stock market.
Shares of Ford – healthiest of the Big Three automakers – are down 8 percent, according to Bloomberg. And it’s not just Ford, either. GM, Honda and Toyota stocks are down, too.
Could it be related to the gloomy news that the number of new mortgage applications has just hit a 13 year low? That the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries is a barely break-even-with-inflation 3 percent? That there are almost1.5 million fewer Americans employed full-time today than there were in 2006, even as the population has increased by 16 million since then?
The buying power of the average American – not just his ability but his inclination – is the decisive factor. And the buying power of the average American is going down – not up. Lower household income; higher cost of necessaries (food especially). Higher – and new – taxes (in particular, the ObamaTax). The very real specter of Zimbabwean inflation at any moment. It is enough to give a sensible person pause.
Interest rates? Forget about it. When they begin their inevitable uptick – expect this to happen by summer – it will be impossible to sweep under the rug.
And it will probably do to the car industry’s fortunes what Bernie Madoff did to his “investors.”
Grab onto something. It’s going to get bumpy.
Our economy as it exists today is wholly unsustainable. The government and Federal Reserve will soon run out of bullets and their efforts to stabilize the system will be revealed for the abject failures they really are.
Is 2014 the year?
We’ll soon find out.