News Review - 16 Oct 2020
News Catch Up After The Feast

After the Feast…

News Catch-Up

Back in the 1960’s British Prime Minister Harold Wilson said, “ a week is a long time in politics!” Looking at events that occurred during the Feast, it seems he might be right!

As the Feast began, we were greeted by the news that President Trump was unwell…

“In the latest hint that Trump’s condition may be more serious than his doctor and his team have let on, NBC News is reporting that the president has developed ‘shortness of breath’ on top of the other symptoms listed earlier by his doctor - including a low grade fever.” ( zerohedge.com)

Then the situation became more serious…

“Donald Trump’s chief of staff revealed on Saturday evening that they were seriously concerned about the president on Friday, confirming for the first time how worrying the day was, as sources say Trump had heart palpitations and a temperature of 103. Mark Meadows, who is currently with Trump inside the Walter Reed hospital, said that on Friday the president’s blood oxygen levels plummeted and he was feverish.” ( yourdestinationnow.com)

Three days later, the President was out of hospital…

“Donald Trump has been spotted leaving the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received treatment for Covid-19. The President of the United States spent three nights in the centre after testing positive for coronavirus. Mr Trump seemed in good spirits, announcing his discharge from the hospital in a tweet. He wrote: ‘I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 PM Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life’.( express.co.uk)

One thing that this episode served was to show was the callousness of many people in the US… of how divided the nation is…

“There was a time when a moment like this would have brought the entire nation together in unity. Decades ago, news that the president of the United States was the victim of a deadly virus and had been rushed to the hospital would have been received with grave seriousness. But in 2020, much of the population responded to the news that President Trump had been infected by the coronavirus with jokes, sarcasm and death wishes.

In fact, there were so many death wishes for Trump on Facebook and Twitter that major news outlets all over the US were doing news stories about it. We have never seen anything like this before, and it says a lot about where we are headed as a nation. No matter who is residing in the White House, that individual is going to be deeply hated by a very large percentage of the population.

If the level of hatred in our country continues to grow, eventually it is going to get to the stage where our nation is essentially ungovernable by anyone.( endoftheamericandream.com)

While the level of hatred continues to grow, so do the real effects of the pandemic…

“Hardly anyone expected that things would get this bad in 2020. Once the pandemic hit and states all over the country started instituting lockdowns, economic activity collapsed dramatically. US GDP was down 31.4 percent during the second quarter of 2020, and that was a drop without parallel in all of US history. By now, we were supposed to be well into a ‘V-shaped recovery’ that would soon have Americans forgetting all about the dark days in the middle of 2020. But instead, millions upon millions of Americans have lost their jobs and are facing a deeply uncertain future.” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The upcoming presidential election is almost upon us, but is anyone in America going to accept the result?

“Bill Fry, 61, is a supporter of President Donald Trump in rural Ohio who doesn’t share much in common politically with Matt Edelman, 29, a Joe Biden backer in Brooklyn, New York. Except this: They both worry about the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election and fear an outcome that appears tainted could heighten the nation’s already frayed psyche and exacerbate violence in the streets. They’re not alone. A new poll shows a large swath of Americans harbor deep reservations about the election results weeks before Election Day and are concerned about what actions people might resort to as a consequence.” ( usatoday.com)

Many Americans now find traditional values repugnant – marriage is on the way out!

“The decline in marriage and the increase in cohabitation has led to substantial growth in unwed childbearing. The percent of births to unmarried mothers has jumped from five percent in 1960 to 40 percent today. For thousands of years, two parent families have worked, and the reason they have worked is because that is how things were originally designed. Sadly, these days most Americans find traditional values repugnant, and they think that they have figured out a better way of doing things. Of course the truth is that they have greatly deceived themselves, and if we stay on this current path there is absolutely no future for us as a nation.( investmentwatchblog.com)

America is still the most powerful nation on earth – yet they are still under threat from one of the world’s smallest nations.

“North Korea unveiled previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at an unprecedented predawn military parade on Saturday that showcased the country’s long-range weapons for the first time in two years. Analysts said the missile, which was shown on a transporter vehicle with 11 axles, would be one of the largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the world if it becomes operational. ‘This missile is a monster,’ said Melissa Hanham, deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network.” ( reuters.com)

The world’s stock markets are based on confidence. According to some, it could take several weeks to count the postal votes. Some are saying that this delay could well cause a stock market crash!

“Did you watch the presidential debate? All over America people are still buzzing about it, because it was definitely unlike any presidential debate that we have ever seen before. But despite all the chaos, the debate gave us tremendous clarity on one very important issue. Unless there is a blowout of historic proportions, it is exceedingly unlikely that either side will be willing to concede on the night of the election or any time shortly thereafter. In other words, the winner of the election may not be known until a long time after November 3rd, and this is being called ‘ the nightmare scenario Wall Street wants to avoid’.” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The financial system: “…all things point to a bigger meltdown.”

“According to economic experts, an economic collapse is looming and the new stock market crash is expected to happen before the elections. Recent studies have indicated the many elements that will likely undermine the financial markets over the next weeks and today we are going to analyze those determinants and discuss how they are going to affect the next chapters of the economic collapse. Deutsche Bank disclosed to clients this week they can already ‘see an increased risk of financial disruption down the road from the growing overvaluation of assets and mounting debt levels.’ If you’re one of those who still have hopes to see an economic upturn for this year, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but all things point to a bigger meltdown.” ( investmentwatchblog.com)

National Debt: $27,026,921,935,432.41 … And Rising!

“The debt of the federal government topped $27 trillion for the first time on Thursday, October 1, when it climbed from an opening balance of $26,945,391,194,615.15 to a closing balance of $27,026,921,935,432.41, according to data published by the US Treasury Department.” ( cnsnews.com)

“…we are getting very, very close to crossing the point of no return.”

“Everything that has happened in 2020 so far has set us up for a grand finale that none of us will ever forget. This year we have already witnessed the worst public health crisis in about a hundred years, widespread lockdowns all over the nation, a crippling economic collapse and civil unrest in major cities across America. To say that the American people are in a bad mood would be a major understatement. Now we are less than a month away from a bitterly contested presidential election, one survey recently found that a majority of Americans are expecting violence. That is extremely unfortunate, but these are the times in which we live. Our country is literally falling apart all around us, and nobody seems to have a way to stop it from happening. And the worse economic conditions become, the worse the mood of the nation is going to get. On Thursday, we learned that another 840,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week… Everything that our forefathers worked so hard to build is at risk, and we are getting very, very close to crossing the point of no return .” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

The Pope’s Answer: More Authority For The United Nations

“Pope Francis makes his best case for multilateralism in a new teaching letter, calling for more authority for supranational organizations like the United Nations. ‘The twenty-first century is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tend to prevail over the political,’ the pope writes in the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All), released on Sunday. ‘Given this situation, it is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions,’ the pope advises in the 43,000-word text.” ( breitbart.com)

The Pope And Politics

“Rather than comforting the sick and needy during this global pandemic the pope is playing politics. Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity. Francis on Sunday laid out his vision for a post-COVID world by uniting the core elements of his social teachings into a new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (Brothers All), which was released on the feast day of his namesake, the peace-loving St Francis of Assisi.” ( madnesshub.com)

Meanwhile, “the Roman Catholic Church is torn apart by infighting, jealousy, and greed at the highest level”.

“As corruption continues to curse the Catholic Church, no wonder my 11-year-old would rather be a witch than a Christian. With his guilty verdict for sex abuse quashed, Cardinal George Pell has now learnt an arch foe in the Vatican is alleged to have bribed witnesses for hostile testimony. It’s another blow for the beleaguered Catholic Church.

As Australian Cardinal George Pell returned to the Vatican this week a free man, after the guilty verdict which saw him spend 13 months in prison in Victoria was overturned, he finds himself embroiled in further scandal as the Roman Catholic Church is torn apart by infighting, jealousy, and greed at the highest level. At a time when people across the world face their own crises of faith, the exposure of this corruption at the centre of the Church is certain to have a devastating effect on the efforts of Pope Francis to keep the Catholic family together.” ( rt.com)

It has been reported that “…elements within the Catholic hierarchy are working to utilize the Catholic Church to advance a vision of global neo-liberal authoritarianism”. The Roman Catholic Church is still trying to control the United Nations, just as it did at the San Francisco conference - at the founding of the UN.

“A Catholic Archbishop who formerly served as the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States is accusing elements of the Catholic hierarchy of operating as a ‘deep church,’ working in conjunction with the so-called American deep state

Viganò pointed to what he identifies as a ‘Deep Church’ in the letter, arguing that elements within the Catholic hierarchy are working to utilize the Catholic Church to advance a vision of global neoliberal authoritarianism. ‘The United States is witnessing the highest levels and centers of cultural influence of the American Catholic Church shamelessly siding in favor of the Democratic candidate and more generally in favor of the entire apparatus that has been consolidating in recent decades within the public administration.’

‘The Deep State, Trump’s sworn enemy, is joined by a Deep Church that spares no criticisms and accusations against the incumbent President while winking indecorously with Biden and BLM, slavishly following the narration imposed by the mainstream. It matters little that Trump is openly pro-life and defends the non-negotiable principles that the Democrats have renounced – the important thing is to transform the Catholic Church into the spiritual arm of the New World Order, so as to have an imprimatur from the highest moral authority in the world, something that was impossible with Benedict XVI ’.” ( bigleaguepolitics.com)

Back to the pandemic… and the big issue is that the authorities are divided, as the lockdown situation shows.

“The UK’s envoy to the World Health Organisation (WHO) has condemned mass coronavirus lockdowns, slamming the ‘ghastly global catastrophe’ caused by crashing the world economy. Dr David Nabarro from the WHO appealed to world leaders on Saturday, telling them to stop ‘using lockdowns as your primary control method’ of the coronavirus. He claimed that the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty – with no mention of the potential lives saved. This is in direct contrast to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who as far back as April gave his full support to lockdowns, and even warned against lifting them too soon, as Breitbart News reported.” ( breitbart.com)

Meanwhile, quietly and almost unnoticed, “European imperialism is on the march and preparing for war.”

“For the ruling circles in Germany, it was Franz Josef Strauss (a right-wing politician) who formulated the position as early as the 1970s that Germany has its own military-political interests and, if necessary, should be able to conduct operations even if they do not correspond to the interests of the United States. This does not mean a war against the United States, but a war against the interests of the United States.

For this scenario, Germany needs its own armed forces. At the current moment, there are still historical and legal obstacles to a strong, internationally active and independent Bundeswehr. Hence, a broader alliance would be beneficial. Thus, Germany is seeking this alliance within Europe through building an EU army. A European Army has been a demand for 15 or 20 years now.

European imperialism is on the march and preparing for war. Anti-imperialist struggle needs to stop the creeping arms build-up in the European region.” ( peoplesdispatch.org)

In Just One Week… Look At What Happened!

Here are some of the quotes from the articles above:

What’s Next?

We can expect more lies and more deception, more chaos, more hatred, more confusion, more wars and more ‘natural’ disasters as this age draws to a close.

In a little over 400 hours, the people of the United States will be voting for their next President. The tension builds, not only in the US, but around the world. Meanwhile, in Europe, the Brexit battle continues as the deadline approaches.

As we watch the end of this age approaching, we must be ready for unusual events. For example, we are expecting a world wide financial collapse… but we never envisaged the events that are happening right now. In prophecy, pestilence was seen to follow war and famine, yet this world’s economic system is being devastated by a pestilence, the coronavirus, which seemed to appear out of a clear blue sky!

In today’s world, ‘ a day’ is a long time in politics. As we start a new year, watch out for the unexpected… end time events seem to be accelerating, so we need to…

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36)