Everything Is Much Worse Than You Think
ISIS / Muslin Extremists / Beheadings / Terrorists / Open Borders
Open Borders / Disease / Ebola / TB / Enterovirus D68 ("Honduran flu")
Disease / Economic Overwhelm / Bank Failures / Panic / Chaos / Civil Unrest / Martial Law
See a common thread? The biggest threats on our immediate horizon overlap and domino. Never have we faced with such monumental challenges.
When Reuters released the story concerning big bank collapse 'war games' Friday (and right before a holiday), creepy-crawly hairs roamed my neck. If such an event transpires, people will be poised at the edge of 10-story windowsills again a la 1929.
Instead, ebola took center stage over ISIS, probably because this deadly threat has pierced our nonexistent borders and landed in our healthy Country. Initially, Obama must have rubbed his hands in glee. It took the world's eyes off his do-nothing policies regarding savage Muslim extremists chopping and lopping heads. As someone else duly noted, all Muslims aren't terrorists, but all terrorists have been Muslim. That is exceedingly uncomfortable for our Grief-in-Chief to acknowledge. Since he finds it difficult to call a terrorist what he or she truly is, ebola must have been seen as a welcome, if short-lived, diversion. That is, until on this issue too, Obama became quite flaccid.
In his limp-leader style doing his best to circumvent work and intel briefings, another mess landed in his lap – possible megabank collapses. This scenario has never before slid off the lips of the Big Boys – not in the take-it-seriously mode because they had bank bailouts. Yes, a small bank here or there went out of business, but others were shored up with countless billions in bailouts. Several rounds of them. How close this event must be for them to consider it, let alone practice how to deal huge financial institution failures!
Obama must be quivering in his golf shoes. Any of the aforementioned 'tribulations' requires him to don big boy knickers.
Since 18 to 20 world governments are looking at big bank failures as a possibility, then it is a matter of time before it becomes reality. There's little they've practiced for that hasn't come to pass and a LOT they've ignored that slammed us in the backside.
While bank bail-outs are out, bank bail-ins are on the table. Think it can't happen? The precedence set in Cypress last year was no fluke. Cypriot banks seized up to 40% of customer deposits.1 Their toes tested the water for the rest of the world. Banks closed for 2 weeks to prevent customers from "draining their accounts as politicians scrambled to come up with a plan to raise enough funds for Cyprus to qualify for 10 billion euros ($12.9 billion) in bailout loans for its stricken banking sector".2
People stood in line 6 HOURS to find they could only withdraw €300 or $383 per person per day. No checks could be cashed and if leaving the country, they could only take a paltry €1,000 or roughly $1,250. That wouldn't buy much of a trip.
BANK FAILURE, HEART FAILURE?
If this article doesn't shatter rosy glasses, nothing will.
U.S., British Regulators Test Readiness for Big Bank Failure
Fed, Treasury Officials Meet With British Counterparts to Rehearse Hypothetical Cross-Border Bank Collapse
Oct. 10, 2014
By Paul Hannon and Victoria McGrane
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—They say practice makes perfect, so top U.S. regulators and their British counterparts will conduct “war games” Monday to rehearse how they would handle the failure of a huge financial firm with operations in both countries.
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and other U.S. regulatory chiefs will join forces with Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and British regulators in Arlington, Va., for the sessions focused on a major, hypothetical cross-border bank failure.
The exercise—the first of its kind—is intended to test the new strategy developed by international regulators in the past six years aimed at handling the collapse of megabanks without the taxpayer bailouts and market tumult that characterized the 2008 crisis.
Making the plan work, and convincing the world it can work, is part of the regulators’ drive to end the problem of “too big to fail” institutions—those whose collapse would o so much damage to the wider economy that policy makers would be forced to use taxpayer funds to keep them in business.
“We want to make sure we are able to handle an institution that previously would have been too big to fail,” Mr. Osborne told reporters Friday, during meetings here of the International Monetary Fund. “We are confident in this framework, but we are testing it.”
Monday marks the first time that various principals, or officials who would make the big calls in a real-life crisis, will meet in person for such an exercise, though they have spoken about it on the phone before and staff members have been working together, according to officials.
International coordination is vital for such a plan to work, since the biggest banks have tentacles far beyond their home countries. U.S. banks are heavily exposed to the U.K., and vice versa. More than 80% of the international assets and derivatives of top U.S. banks are based in the U.K, for instance, according to the FDIC.
The chief executives of 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks are set to agree in principle at the Fed on Saturday to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, said people familiar with the meeting.3
We've had so many, many warnings to get ready in all arenas – physically, spiritually, mentally. Numerous, major natural disasters remind us Earth is a fragile piece of real estate; economic dips and slips send tremors throughout global markets (at one point yesterday, the Dow plunged more than 460 points – a true Pepto-Bismol day); new or formerly 'dead to America' diseases are coming ashore; food is poisoned by GMOs, pesticides, aspartame, etc; and government stripped a record $3 TRILLION from our wallets in taxes this year. The list of dramas and traumas is longer than Walmart lines stampeding for the latest Christmas toy. Government tries to dictate our lives, invades every aspect of privacy, strips away our dignity and rips away Constitutional rights. They strive to replace decency with the unthinkable.
When a Texas city – God-fearing TEXAS – issues "subpoenas demanding pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor"4 – you know the world is upside down. Ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. This is insanity.
Had the bilious conditions we are now forced to swallow been instituted overnight instead of incrementally, its authors would have been met with a lead-lined 'howdy'. Martial law and FEMA camps would surely characterize America.
Regardless of political persuasion, people are getting it. Even the 'sleepy Sadies' are waking to the rude screech of an imploding world. Nearly everyone sees that the America we knew just a decade ago has vanished. Believers know we are at the brink of Tribulation, maybe 2 toes in. Non-believers see the globe is a mess and are waiting for the hammer to slam.
A new poll released Oct. 15, finds 58% of voters feel things in the world are “going to hell in a handbasket.” That includes nearly half of Democrats (48%) and majorities of independents (61%) and Republicans (71%).5
That is extraordinarily ugly for Obama — and Americans! We're the ones who have to live with his 'fundamental transformation of America' for another two years. Heaven only knows what shape this Country will be in by then… MORE
ALERT: Major Cybersecurity Threat Is Lurking on a Half-Billion U.S. Smartphones – Is Yours Infected?
Gary Miliefsky - CEO of SnoopWall and founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - joined Bret Baier for an exclusive interview on The Daily Bret to discuss an alarming privacy breach posed by smartphone flashlight apps.
Miliefsky, who has advised two White House administrations on cybersecurity, said that this problem is bigger than Ebola because 500 million people are infected and they don't know it.
Miliefsky explained that the top 10 flashlight apps currently available at the Google Play store are all malware.
"They're malicious, they're spying, they're snooping and they're stealing," he said, adding that that stolen information has primarily flowed into three countries: China, India and Russia.
Miliefsky added that the stolen data is used mainly for criminal purposes, but if one of those states wants information on Americans, they now have easier access.
He said that he had his team at SnoopWall start looking into the flashlight apps when he noticed that his personal smartphone was opening up his GPS and contacts without his knowledge.
"This is brand-new information. Top 10 flashlight apps - half a billion downloads - all acting in a very malicious way."
As for what to do if you have one of these apps installed on your phone, Miliefsky recommended deleting the app and taking the phone to where you purchased it for a factory reset.
Summary: We tested and installed the Top 10 Android Flashlight Apps on various smartphones and tablets. Windows and Apple iOS flashlights behave in a similar fashion, however, more restricted in their spying capabilities due to the hardened OS features of Windows 8.1RT and Apple iOS 7 & 8.
All of the applications above appear to obtain access and information way beyond the needs of a Flashlight. Some appear specifically designed to collect and expose your personal information to cybercriminals or other nation states. In addition, you are at significant risk if you are doing Mobile Banking on the same device as one of these free Flashlight Apps.
Our strong recommendation is to uninstall your flashlight app immediately.
Watch the interview with Bret Baier
Read the Report: SNOOPWALL FLASHLIGHT APPS THREAT ASSESSMENT REPORT
Gardens Save Your Health – Oh, and Then There's Ebola
EBOLA, EBOLA? EBOLA!
What THE HECK? We weren't ever supposed to see this stuff here. CDC promised… Just like too many other government promises spoken and broken. Lies, damned lies.
In earlier articles this year I addressed about the benefits of having a garden from it being a wall against GMO foods and poor nutrition, to fattening your wallet, to protecting against what the astute know is coming. In 6 short months, whoever thought we'd be worried about consequences of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in America! This could be a nightmare-come-real – a true story of the walking dead.
In the past 3 weeks, we've heard the gamut of talk show guests ranging from the too-calm simpletons to the head-spinning neurotics on this topic. It's clever to be somewhere in between. Not gullible as the CDC and government would wish, but not performing mental terror gymnastics.
The fact that Dallas clean-up crews hosed off ebola-ridden vomit WITHOUT PROTECTION does nothing for our comfort zone. Where are the guidelines for these folks? How many people have come in contact – knowingly and unknowingly – with plague-contaminated body fluids and are therefore capable of catching and passing on this often fatal virus?
The fact that now nearly deceased Thomas Eric Duncan lied his way into this Country saying he'd had no contact with any ebola-sick people and then got on a plane is alarming. He exposed between 50 and 100 people to this body-destroying disease, depending on which news agency you choose to believe.
Fact Two: We don't have a porous border, we have an OPEN border. Any ill person or terrorist can stroll across our southern realms without fear of consequence. Obama says 'don't prosecute' the first offense. It only takes a Muslim extremist one go, to pull the rip cord on a chest-full of C4 and a whole lot of heartache ensues. Now think about that a-symptomatic individual that is death on 2 legs scuttling across the border. He or she smiles, makes nice, drinks and dines in large public arenas, maybe goes to a Cowboys football game coming in contact with thousands of people, maybe he attends a mega-church like Amarillo's Hillside Christian Church, Austin's Stone Community Church, Carrollton's Covenant Church, Houston's Second Baptist Church, Dallas' Potter's House or El Paso's Abundant Living Faith Center or Grapevine's Fellowship Church that over 24,000 members or Joel Osteen's Second Baptist Church that caters to over 43,000 congregants (the list doesn't stop here: check this site for mega-churches) or shopping at Houston's Galleria, the largest mall in Texas. I'm not picking on Constitution-adhering Texas, but they have a huge border with Mexico that Gov. Perry is doing his best to defend despite Obama's countermeasures. It is a monumental ask-task.
An exposed person has up to 3 weeks before they become symptomatic, sometimes a lot shorter. Though he or she isn't contagious when not experiencing symptoms, they can scout out a whale of a lot of territory and make it their #1 priority to hit those targets when spewing the deadly virus.
It's often the unseen that's most unnerving. Where is it coming from? Is 'it' here already? Has my family been exposed? Am I already sick and don't know it?
This is yet another reason to have a garden. If you've never grown food, now really is the time to get going. Only a small bit of space is needed. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, without a greenhouse, the growing season is nearly at an end. However, you can and should get a jump for next spring. Prepare the beds now and be ready for early planting. Gardening is pretty easy, if you know what to do; it's just not foolproof. Like all skills, it requires knowledge and experience. By spring, who knows where we'll be with ebola and other such dread diseases. If quarantines or martial law are in place, you need to have a continuous supply of fresh food without exposing yourself. Having your own garden is the answer.
Reuters announced Marburg has just broken out in Uganda. Is that coming here too? If you don't know that we are seriously in End Times, please give me some of what you're inhaling. Never ever have we seen a time such as this.
HAVE YOU PREPARED?
After nearly two decades of warning people to get prepared, it is our hope you have taken it to heart. Sometimes there is ample warning to prepare like say for a financial collapse. Other disasters like a tornado or earthquake descend like Thor's hammer with no notice. This is somewhere in between. There may not be a lot of time, there is some time to ready your household for possible quarantining.
Photo: Katrina victims on their rooftops, begging for rescue. Where was FEMA?
Governments the world over will continue to obfuscate – lie. No one wants to see economic markets impacted. For example, in 1995-96 New Zealand did not want to warn its citizens and therefore didn't about Ruapehu's coming eruption. They wanted to keep tourist dollars flowing and people were literally skiing down Ruapehu's slopes when it began spewing ash. That event could have killed 'only' a few hundred people. Can you imagine what it would do to world economies if people stopped shopping, halted buying, hunkered down?
I am convinced we will not be told just how bad it is. This is why it is more incumbent than ever to have at least 6 months of food, water, meds and other supplies on hand. Don't forget your pets or your heart will break harder that you forgot these mighty, happy forces in our lives.
Please make use of my free website of emergency preparedness information. It costs you nothing outside of download time and some study.
We are no longer in 'what-if' times. We have a real and present danger operating our Country. Don't give into fear. Rise above, rise to readiness. Be prepared. It's your best defense. Know that government will NOT come to your aid till too late, if at all. Reference Michael Brown of Katrina infamy and Sandy Hook – Obama's blame. Two recent time examples of how we are left to fend for ourselves. Then FEMA head Michael Brown worried about his wardrobe and his Arabian horses, not about Americans. Over 1,800 people died. That still makes my head spin! What a self-serving pig! This is not about politics. Fall-down resides on both sides of the political divide and you'll be safe in neither. MORE
Barbarians in Our Midsts
It's one thing to read news articles detailing horrors of radical Islamists and quite another to run up against these people firsthand. This is what happened to a personal friend in Australia two days ago. We all need to pay attention to this – especially we women.
Last evening when I spoke with a girlfriend in Queensland, Patricia was uncharacteristically subdued. No bubbly enthusiasm spilling over. Since we often talk a couple times a week, her 'off' mood was immediately apparent. Normally she greets a 'hello' with 'it's only me' and a giggle, and we're off and running into a newsy, fun conversation. Usually an hour slips away without either of us noticing.
She'll share the latest ridiculous stuff done by their government and of course, Obama and Congress offer no shortage of material here. Last night there were no amusing tales about their animals like Bailey, their newest German Shepherd, chewing holes in the wall or 'redesigning' a table leg; no stories about work layoffs in the car and mining industries, no news about her latest foray into natural remedies or business challenges of people ripping off her work. Instead Patricia relayed the following sobering encounter.
Since her husband, Mike, was enjoying a 3-week vacation, he accompanied her to Coles – a major grocery chain much like Safeway, Kroger or Winn-Dixie. This task is something Patty normally does by herself while Mike's at work.
After the groceries were purchased, Patty wandered outside for a newspaper. As she dropped coins in the vending machine and retrieved the latest Courier Mail, three Muslim men accosted her on the sidewalk. One of the three stuck his face right in hers and began to verbally harass her. Patty looked around for Mike, but he was 150 yards away unaware of her predicament. When she demanded to know what he wanted, this Muslim began clucking in her face.
What the heck was up with that?
Patty said his clucking indicated disgust. This was very unnerving for a woman seemingly alone and literally defenseless. The normally unflappable Patty sensed danger and fled back inside Coles.
SCHITTY SCHITTY BANG BANG
Stan and I still lived in Australia when their government took advantage of the actions of a deranged man, mentally challenged Martin Bryant, after he killed 35 people in Tasmania and injured another 23. Since Australia doesn't have the death penalty, Bryant is serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without chance of parole. Quite a waste of space and resources to keep this crazy person alive. My personal opinion. No motive was released to the public for Martin's actions. However, his lawyer wrote a book detailing the massacre. In it he revealed that Bryant was fixated on murders committed at an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland the month before. He continually prodded his lawyer asking how many people had he, Martin Bryant, killed – was it more than the 17 who lost their lives in Scotland?
Photo: Martin Bryant
Within 6 months of what became known as the Port Arthur Massacre, the Aussie govt. initiated a total gun recall on Sept. 30, 1996. They hit people when they felt vulnerable and few resisted. Little did they reason out that the bad guys would still have weapons and the only people disarmed – for the most part – were law abiding citizens. Does this ring a Sandy Hook bell? Politicos took that opportunity to push through onerous firearms legislation here in America. If liberals could accomplish it, we too, would be completely without self protection of the 2nd Amendment. MORE
A Night With John Galt
Who is John Galt? That is the question people have asked since 1957. On Sept. 6, the answer was revealed.
Last month, Stan and I were invited to attend the premiere of the last film in the Atlas Shrugged trilogy, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? Held at The Palms in Las Vegas, we eagerly accepted.
If you aren't familiar with Ayn (pronounced like 'aim' except with an 'n') Rand's exceptionally prophetic novel, she wrote about the demise of America and its approaching financial collapse – in 1957! Atlas Shrugged devotees are similar to Trekkies except that the world painted by Ayn Rand is nearly upon us and Capt. Kirk's universe has a way to go.
Atlas Shrugged is beyond classic and enjoys a near-cult following. Stan first read her visionary work in the 70's and I didn't tackle its 1200 pages until 1997. When Stan delved into this masterpiece, it became a dog on his shin, bark on hickory, super glue to fingers. It went with him everywhere, even into the 'thunder think tank'. (Think about it, you'll get it.) I was likewise entranced, but thought with dismay should something like this actually happen, how utterly depressing it would be. Today we are witnessing it.
In "Shrugged 3', gas was $42 a gallon, people's right's had been ripped away through encroaching communism. Corporate and business ownership was usurped by big government – all through the spew of what's good for the people…
Businesses were systematically dismantled through the Equalization of Opportunity Bill where no corporation could own more than one company. ALL patents were required by law to be turned over to the government. Individuality, creativity and incentive for greatness was extinguished. MORE
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