Six signs that 2016 will be much worse than 2015
Over the course of 2015 we witnessed several events that had, and will have, negative repercussions on our individual freedom. Orwellian totalitarianism is increasingly creeping into our everyday lives. How much more intrusive will the violations of our liberties get and for how long will the establishment get away with it? These are questions that remain unanswered. With regards to the financial system, no real solution was found to issues such as those in the Eurozone. Furthermore, the financial systems as a whole, once again, got deeper into debt. For how much longer can central banks and governments continue kicking the can down the road without any real reform? I will try to answer these questions and identify trends for 2016 by looking at six key issues that have had an impact this year.
1. Geopolitical developments
We witnessed some troubling geopolitical developments during this past year. From the continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, territorial disputes between Japan and China, the escalating proxy war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe, the rise of religious tensions all over world to the rise of the Islamic State, the world has become increasingly unstable.
Going into the details of these conflicts is definitely beyond the scope of this article, but the fact is that we are witnessing several developments, all of which have the potential for a wide-scale escalation. We should get ready for a period of increased instability, particularly when it comes to politics and security issues.
2. Totalitarianism is on the rise
he sudden rise of ISIS and its affiliates is a disturbing development that produced mixed feelings, such as fear, rage and sadness amongst many more. Ultimately, they lead to the same result: States seeking more control by curbing individual liberties. One example we see is how, under the guise of fighting terrorism and illicit activities, Western countries are limiting the use of cash. JP Morgan has placed restrictions on the amount of cash that is allowed to be deposited and several European countries have banned large transactions in cash. Looking to the future, it seems that the current situation will continue to get worse and that we are headed towards an Orwellian state, under which no one is entitled to his financial privacy anymore.
On the EU level, a disturbing development is the fact that FRONTEX (the EU agency responsible for border management) has stated that, should the refugee crisis get out of hand, it will intervene to secure the EU borders, even if the respective countries oppose its action. On a global level, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) says that arbitration courts will have the potential to annul national sovereignty when it comes to jurisprudence. We expect these tendencies of centralization to continue.
3. Greece is “saved” and coming to a country near you?
In the beginning of this year, the topic of a potential “Grexit” dominated news cycles over several weeks. It seemed like a realistic possibility that Greece might leave the Eurozone. Instead, after yet another one billion Euro bailout package, Greece was “saved” and a “Grexit” was off the table (for the time being). Once again, political idiocy prevailed over economic rationale. In the end, delaying the inevitable failure of the Greek financial system is all that was achieved.
More astonishing than the fact that Greece, a country that represents less than one third of one percent of the world GDP, received another bailout package, was how it all played out. A bank holiday was announced, capital controls were implemented, cash withdrawals were massively restricted, the stock market closed and any assets inside the banking system (even safety deposit boxes) were not accessible by their owners. This is an unprecedented level of infringement on private ownership that has never been seen in a modern Western coun
4. Fed hikes interest rate
The Fed hikes interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis of 2008. For the past 7 years we have had an interest rate band between 0-0.25%, which essentially is “money for nothing”. With its decision, the Fed became the first large (and the leading) central bank to effectively hike interest rates. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the ECB cut its deposit rate (slightly) deeper into negative territory and prolonged its QE program that is now expected to continue until March 2017. Since last summer, the media continuously speculated about a rate hike and its timing. So, will interest rates start to normalize after the long-awaited change in monetary policy? We don’t think so! We believe that the main reason the Fed decided to hike rates was to regain some of its lost credibility. For the past seven years the monetary floodgates have been open with no clear positive effect on the real economy. A continuation of zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) would have been an admittance of failure. With this slight rate hike of 25bps, the Fed is trying to show the world that its policy during the financial crisis worked.
5. Defaults surge as global debt explodes
Now with oil hitting rock bottom, some oil producers are operating at a loss and only continue operations to be able to make their interest payments. Standard & Poor’s rating of junk or speculative corporate bonds has gone up to 50% from a previous 40%. Unfortunately, the world did not learn its lesson after the financial crisis and instead of deleveraging, it has accumulated more and more debt, as seen in the chart below. Of course, it’s not only the corporations; governments have not learned their lesson either.
The issue of debt will continue to follow us for some time to come; the house of cards will eventually collapse, but we think that politicians and central bankers have the will to “do whatever it takes” to prolong its eventual demise. What we will likely see in 2016, however, is a massive increase in defaults. Yields for high-yield issuers are already at alarming levels. What exactly will be responsible for the next crisis is hard to foresee. It might come from the possible collapse of the shale industry, the strengthening dollar that will make it very hard for emerging market countries to repay their debts, or a completely unexpected sector (who knew what subprime was back in 2006?).
6. Oil price collapse
Crude oil prices fell to their lowest levels in nearly 11 years, as crude oil nearly reached USD35 per barrel. The price of oil has been on a continuous downward trend and has declined nearly 70% since the summer of 2014. From our perspective, the main factor that led to this decline is the US shale oil “revolution”. It was truly a revolution when one considers that the boom in shale oil production allowed the US to surpass Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer. Meanwhile, OPEC hasn’t changed its stance as it insists on maintaining its strategy to increase market share, even if this comes at the expense of oil prices plunging.
I did not sleep particularly well last night. I interviewed Pastor Billy Crone on The Common Sense Show. I considered myself to be knowledgeable on the topic of drone and robotic technology until I interviewed Pastor Crone. His revelations left the staff of my show in absolute shock. Why would a pastor become concerned about drone technology? Simple, this is end times, Mark of the Beast, human enslaving technology.
Micro Aerial Vehicles
A drone flies overhead at a high altitude, it releases 100,000 micro drones known as Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV). Each MAV has the capability to be autonomous and carry out its own mission. Or, 100,000 MAV’s can perform like the Borg in carrying out its mission objectives in unison. Each MAV comes equipped with surveillance capability, they also have facial recognition applications and each can carry out assassinations or joint military maneuvers. Each MAV has the capability to crawl like bugs and fly like a bird. They blend into the environment and are barely detectable. Taking on the shape of an insect, MAV’s are able to gain access to secure areas much like bugs do in nature. The release of 100,000 MAV’s constitutes an attacking army. So, as a Predator B drone approaches suspected Constitutional supporting Americans, the American person(s) would quickly be overwhelmed by an overwhelming force of mechanical birds and insects each with the capability to kill. A picture is worth a thousand words. The following Department of Air Force video release speaks volumes as to how far the technology has developed.
What is most concerning is that Pastor Crone stated that he was told off the record that this technology is 30 years old. We can only imagine how advanced the forces now.
Americans forces, stationed in urban Iraqi areas (e.g. Baghdad) are still coming under fire. DARPA, has responded with technology which allows the military to spy on whole cities with its Large Area Coverage Optical Search-while-Track and Engage (LACOSTE). LACOSTE is a program of imaging technology that will allow for “single sensor , day or night, ongoing tactical surveillance of all moving vehicles in an urban area. LACOSTE will eventually be able to identify individual humans in the same manner. This surveillance system is being integrated into department store video surveillance, the street light turned spy Intellistreets and all traffic cameras. If the globalists want to find you, you better have a darn good place to hide.
EXACTO, or the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, is the first ever guided small caliber (“smart”) bullet. If you’ve ever watched a heat-seeking missile follow a fighter jet on the big screen, then you would comprehend the idea of DARPA’s intention for creating a maneuverable and flexible bullet, which is controlled by a guidance system, that moves with the target and adjusts in mid-flight and to eventually shatters a human skull.
Meet the XM-25 “smart” grenade launcher. The weapon is portable and can be carried to the battlefield by a soldier, or even better, a DARPA killer robot who has orders to search and destroy a specific target which will be identified by facial recognition. Once you are located, the X-25 possess a laser range-finder built in that can detect the distance to the wall or trench that you’re hiding behind and then blow you and your cover to oblivion. Again, there is nowhere to run and hide.
Every Move You Make,
DARPA Will Be Stalking You
Many gun owners mistakenly believe that they are going to be able to carry out acts of terrorism against an illegitimate government as they begin to lockdown the country under a martial law takeover. Thwarting most ideas of a revolutionary effort can be found in the Battlefield Optical Surveillance System, a device that can be mounted on a truck that scans and deciphers the landscape with lasers and sensors. When it sees the almost imperceptible glint of a rifle scope, or more amazingly it also recognizes you through your retinas as the detection device “paints” you with a laser beam, just prior to your demise.
And even in the unlikely event that you can slip into firing range of your intended target, theBoomerang countermeasure system uses an array of microphones which will be able to instantly decipher the speed and direction of your shot, based on the muzzle report and the shockwave of the bullet as it zips past. Immediately, Boomerang knows where the shot came from, and even what kind of weapon was utilized. This system will reduce all future sniper missions to a Kamikaze endeavo
China this month tested a new rail-car-mounted long-range missile capable of hitting targets in the United States, according to American intelligence agencies monitoring the test.
A canister ejection test for a DF-41 missile mounted on a rail launch platform was detected December 5 in western China, defense officials familiar with reports of the test told the Washington Free Beacon.
Beijing has been developing rail-based missile launchers since 1982, according to declassified CIA documents. The most recent test is a significant milestone for Chinese weapon developers, demonstrating that Beijing is moving forward with deploying the DF-41 on rail cars, in addition to road-mobile launchers, officials told the Free Beacon.
Military analysts say the mobile basing of missiles is designed to complicate preemptive attacks on nuclear forces. The train carrying the missiles includes missile launch cars, a command car, and other system support railcars, all disguised as passenger train cars
Beijing's current warhead stockpile is currently estimated to include around 300 warheads.
China is believed to have obtained rail-mobile missile technology from Ukraine, which, during the Soviet era, built the SS-24 rail-based ICBM, according to a report by Georgetown University’s Asian Arms Control Project.
China also is developing an extensive rail and tunnel system in central China for the missile train, according to the report.
"If that missile train hosts the DF-41 ICBM it means it will also have a MIRV potential," Karber told the Free Beacon.
"The combination of high-speed mobility, launch cars disguised as civilian passenger trains, tunnel protection and secure reloading of missiles, coupled with multiple warheads, makes the system extremely hard to regulate or verify the number of systems."
The new documentary film “World Order” was aired on Rossiya 1 television channel Sunday. Vladimir Putin was among those interviewed for the documentary. For your convenience Sputnik compiled best bits and pieces of the interview with the Russian president.
Putin emphasized the importance of being careful when it comes to nuclear weapons, stating that although Russia has its nukes ready, it "never either swung or would never swing its nuclear club at others."
"I hope no person is insane enough on Planet Earth who would dare to use nuclear weapons," Putin said.
On the issue of foreign interference into internal affairs of countries, the Russian president said a national government's drawbacks shouldn't be a reason for an intervention.
"The most important thing is not to undermine legitimate governments, not to destroy their statehood even if it appears to be imperfect," the president said.
Some countries out there have "lost a sense of reality" thinking that they could tell Russia how to conduct its politics. That isn't going to happen, according to Putin.
"I guess that political nouveaux riches have lost a sense of reality… There are some countries and nations that will never accept a secondary role, a role of an occupied country or some kind of a vassal. It will end sooner or later. Soon enough, I guess," Putin said
Geopolitics is an important issue the world has always faced. Putin thinks if the geopolitical struggle cannot be avoided, then it should at least be civilized, with its principles uniformly understood and supervised.
According to Putin, the West has now realized that it made a mistake by supporting an anti-government coup in Ukraine. However, now the West isn't willing to admit it.
"You cannot improve anything by organizing a coup. Has anything improved in the country? The power is in the hands of oligarchs," Putin said.
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The Stone Rolled Away
Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? and when they looked, they saw that the stone was
rolled away. – Mark 16:3-4
We are all alike. Even these holy women on this most sacred errand went forward to borrow trouble. There was a
stone in the way that must be rolled aside, and they had not strength to do it. Naturally enough, they began to be
anxious as to the removal of this obstacle. When they came near they saw that the obstacle had been already
removed. The Divine love had been before hand in preparing the way for them. Angels had rolled the stone aside.
The lesson is very simple and beautiful. We go forward worrying about the difficulties that lie before us, wondering
how we can ever get through them, or who will remove them out of our way. Then when we come up to them we
find that they are gone. Some one has been there before us and has taken them away. God always opens the way
of duty for us if we quietly move on.
This applies to one beginning a Christian life. Many persons shrink from it. They say: “I never can be faithful. I never
can do the duties. I never can bear the burdens.” But as they enter and go on they find that an unseen and mighty
Helper goes on before and prepares the way. The hard tasks become easy, and the heavy burdens grow light. It is
so all through the Christian life. God’s commandment seems impossible of obedience. Walls of stone seem built
across the path we are required to walk over. But as we go on the commandment is easy, and a gateway is opened
in the wall. Love and faith always have an advance of angels to roll away stones. The practical lesson is, that we are
never to hesitate nor shrink back because obstacles seem to lie before us; we are to go right on, and God will take
them away for us. When He wants us to go anywhere He will open the path for our feet. Knowing this, we may go
on feeling confident of our own safety.
GG I am not confident of my own safety. Most of the disciples died horrible deaths. And people are martyrd everyday in the middle east. I know my life is not my own.
Yes, God can, will and does make a way where there is no way. And yes, he can hide us, translate us and embolden us.
My trust is in him. Where he takes me is his business.
I try and keep my eyes focused on him. It's when I lose sight of him that there are problems.
He has done so much for me that a book couldn't hold it all.
He is my rock, my fortress and my provider. Oh what an amazing provider!!!!!! My happiness over his provision can't be explained.
Yet I have chronic crushing anxiety. Somethings don't leave us easily. Some experiences scar us permanently. Yet, I am still here.
What I consider abundance would be someone else's lack. I lived in a car for several years. While working two jobs. But it sure beats a cardboard box under a bridge. But I'm betting the Christians in the middle east would be thrilled with a cardboard box under a bridge in America!!!
It's all about perspective. I've been shown things but I have only heard his voice once, audibly. I almost wrecked my car. He asked me a simple question. "Would you die for me?" This was in the 80s. My answer was ask for time to think about it. I didn't want to make a promise I couldn't keep.
He was not talking about dying to myself either. Of course I said yes. But it was a very solemn yes. And as a wimpy human I asked him to please make sure it didn't hurt. Lol. So maybe that's why this post was button pushing
Your posts daily are so uplifting!!!!! I'm thankful and grateful for them. :)
Ally, I love the honesty of your posts...."please don't let it hurt" I loved that part! Ha Ha!
In the Book of the Martyrs.... I've been told that not a one of them cried out in pain as they were being put to death. Yes...I think the Lord could honor that request without a doubt.
To all...I have a good friend...actually best friend....he was just diagnosed with brain cancer. Please lift him up in your prayers. He is an amazing man.... a very strong and faithful brother in Christ. He is only 61.
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