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Three Gs In Unlucky ’13

by John Myers on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Three Gs In Unlucky ’13

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With less than a week before the New Year, I wanted to share with you three pitfalls we face in 2013.

But first let me brag: I am batting 1,000 as a prognosticator regarding the end of the world.

Two years ago this week, I wrote What Would You Resolve To Do If The World Were To End In 2012?.

In it, I said: “I don’t give a whole lot of weight to the Mayans and their calendar, even if they did build a great empire. If they really had a crystal ball you would think they would have been forewarned that the Spaniards were bringing smallpox to the Yucatán in the 16th Century and they wouldn’t have let themselves be enslaved to relatively few soldiers wearing funny hats and riding strange animals.”

I felt the odds were on my side since people have been predicting the end of the world long before Michel de Nostradamus started writing his prophecies in 1550. Besides, if I was wrong and the world had ended last week, who would be left to give me a hard time? It was a good bet.

As for my three predictions regarding what is going to happen in 2013, I think they are almost as assured.

No. 1: Gridlock

The Nation seems as divided today as it was during the Vietnam War.

This was hit upon two weeks ago by retiring Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who used his final Senate floor speech to urge Congress to put partisan rancor aside to break Washington’s gridlock.

“It requires reaching across the aisle and finding partners from the opposite party,” said the Democrat-turned-independent, who was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000. “That is what is desperately needed in Washington now.”

After 24 years in the Senate, Lieberman said he wished Washington could erase gridlock because it stands as “the greatest obstacle” to finding compromises to the Nation’s problems.

Lieberman might has well have said that he wishes there really were a Santa Claus and an Easter Bunny.

Just ask the editors of Newsday who ran an opinion piece last month titled “How Barack Obama benefits from gridlock in Washington,” which stated:” Every lobbyist in Washington knows that whoever can advocate that the government do nothing or defer a matter until later has the advantage.”

The fight in Washington next year will be about money. It is a war of attrition, much as World War I was. Neither sides of the aisle are going to do anything other than hang on until a real transformative President is elected (hopefully from the GOP). That means there will be scant compromise by the people we have elected who are supposed to oversee what is best for the Nation and not what is best for them.

No. 2: Greed

The investment scams being orchestrated by Wall Street institutions, especially investment banks, are of the magnitude of which the robber baron industrialists of a century ago could not have dreamed.

Washington is so afraid to let the other shoe drop in the ongoing recession that they have given big banks carte blanche permission for them to continue their reckless lending and investment practices regardless of the long-term consequences to the Nation.

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Is America Losing the Love of the Truth?

by Rev. Michael Bresciani on Saturday, March 26th, 2011

This is article 51 of 568 in the topic Media

can't handle the truthOver forty years of study in eschatology (Second coming doctrine) have been bolstered by several revelations that came in my youth and a few later in life about America’s future. They and the prophecies of scripture are now being fulfilled right before my eyes.

The only thing more disturbing than the fulfillment of prophecy is the wholesale refusal of Americans to take it seriously, or to notice it at all. I suppose I should be satisfied because with the revelation I received, came a clear warning that not many would believe it or take heed. Somehow it seems like little consolation, probably because I love America and its people and that means I could only hope for the best for this once towering nation.

It is not all bad because we still have a bit of time and there is always a chance that we could stand again but this would take some self searching and a return to the truth. Immediately you would think I am talking of Biblical truth but that is not the only kind of truth we need to recognize again. Truth in academia, politics and certainly in the entertainment and other media has all but vaporized in a flurry of changes, cultural shifts and indifference.

American is often compared to ancient Rome because in almost every way we are repeating the mistakes made by that once great empire. Others can see comparisons between us and the ancient Greeks. Perhaps we can attest to one truth; be they Roman, Greek or American the human heart remains the same. The writer of the Psalms said it best. “From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.” (Ps 33: 14, 15) Nations may all have cultural differences but in the family of man the hearts are all prone to the same penchants, proclivities and habits.

Regardless of what form of entertainment American’s choose, from the opera to TV sitcoms, they always make time to tap into the daily news. Our need to see what’s happening in our world is much like the ancient Greeks. When the Apostle Paul visited Athens he was amazed to see their preoccupation with the news from around the world. “For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.” (Acts 17: 21)

The keyword in all this news mongering is of course “new” not necessarily “truth.”  News is not always true nor does it need to be? For some it is merely information that gives the impression that we know what is going on in our world, but do we?

I have puzzled over the willingness of so many to say that Fox news lies. In a careful comparison with other news outlets that would be impossible to conclude and remain within the parameters of truth.

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What Would You Resolve To Do If The World Were To End In 2012?

by John Myers on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

This is article 3 of 13 in the topic Doomsday Theories

What Would You Resolve To Do If The World Were To End In 2012?

Countdown to 21.12.2012. It is called the end of time; the end of the world, a.k.a. the end of Mayan Long Count. Whether you call it that or just the apocalypse, some say that all of us have less than two years to live. That’s when the Mayan calendar runs out.

I don’t give a whole lot of weight to the Mayans and their calendar, even if they did build a great empire. If they really had a crystal ball you would think they would have been forewarned that the Spaniards were bringing smallpox to the Yucatán in the 16th Century and they wouldn’t have let themselves be enslaved to relatively few soldiers wearing funny hats and riding strange animals.

Still, there are books out there, along with text and video on the Internet, that claim we are counting down towards destruction worse than Noah faced.

I don’t know much about the Mayans or how good they or other ancients were at prophesying the future. But after almost 30 years in the business, I know a thing or two about publishing. Frankly, doom sells. After I worked as a reporter in Calgary for a year I came to work for my dad’s newsletter in 1980. I was, as he said, a dumb college kid and ill prepared to be a contributing writer to his newsletter. So I started off reading everything that came into my office. That included almost every newsletter that was published at that time.

One of those publications was The Granville Letter, written by Joe Granville, who knew my dad. Granville had a huge following at the time. In January of 1981, he had become extremely bearish. His office made 3,000 phone calls to clients urging them to sell everything. Granville didn’t make this prediction because he foresaw the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates or a sneak attack by some foreign power. Instead, he said the Dow Jones Industrial Average was going to collapse because California was going to be struck by an earthquake measuring 8.3 Richter in Los Angeles in May.

Here is the really interesting part. Some people actually believed his prediction. You don’t have to take my word for it, just Google, “Joe Granville earthquake.”

On the day of Granville’s dire forecast the Dow Industrials actually fell 24 points, or almost 3 percent, in what was then the heaviest volume in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. As it turned out, Granville had it dead wrong, and not just about the earthquake. Eight months following his prediction the Dow hit its final bottom and started an 18-year bull run which would take it from 777 to 11,750.

My doom and gloom research culminated 11 years ago this month when I was an editor for Mark Skousen’s newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies. I was reading what some others were predicting about Y2K and what they said would be the ensuing economic collapse. Over the years I have read much about coming calamities. I have even been accused of being a doomster myself.

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