Will Nuclear War Be The End Of Our Civilization?

USA - Can we please not have a cataclysmic nuclear war which would result in most of the population of the world starving to death? I don’t think that is an unreasonable request. There are nine guys that collectively control virtually all of the nuclear weapons on the planet. If something goes wrong and some of them start firing their weapons, billions of people could end up dead.

A limited nuclear war could kill a third of world's population

USA - As escalating tensions among the United States, Russia and China revive old fears of nuclear war, some researchers are warning that even a limited-scale exchange between such nations as India and Pakistan could have catastrophic consequences for global food supplies and trigger mass death worldwide. A nuclear conflict involving less than 3% of the world’s stockpiles could kill a third of the world’s population within two years, according to a new international study led by scientists at Rutgers University.

The Fed Is Rewriting the Law...

USA - The Fed is doing something it’s never been allowed to do in its 109 years of operation. And, it’s doing it without any pushback from Congress. The Fed draws its statutory authority from the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 which created the Fed’s “discount window” for making loans to Fed member banks which are engaged in making loans for “agricultural, industrial or commercial purposes….” The Federal Reserve Act strictly prohibited the Fed from making loans “for the purpose of carrying or trading in stocks, bonds, or other investment securities….”

Fragmentation of Europe

GERMANY - Participation in the steady growth of German central power has already, in the past, been a bone of contention within the EU. The price negotiated for this has constantly led to disputes with the subordinate countries, and this price has been growing ever since the German chancellor made his demand that “in a world of competing great powers, the EU... must become a geopolitical actor;” the EU can “no longer afford” the privilege of “national vetoes, for example, on foreign policy issues” (July 18, 2022). In the state of tension during a war aimed at “ruining Russia,” Scholz even goes beyond “Central Europe,” to set his sights on the world, demanding the formation of the European states, in order to join the so-called great powers under German aegis, or blocking their paths. Berlin’s globally burgeoning central power, seeking to transform the EU into a “geopolitical actor,” would make satellites of Paris, Rome, Madrid; Warsaw or Budapest. Berlin’s demands are out of touch with reality. They fragment Europe, they do not unify.

German troops return to Bosnia

BOSNIA - Germany has ordered some 50 soldiers to join the EU-led peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, after pulling out almost a decade ago. The Bosnian Serbs objected and the Russian embassy warned of NATO power games as the first group of Bundeswehr soldiers deployed outside Sarajevo on Tuesday. According to EUFOR, the Germans will “provide additional capacity” at both the headquarters of Operation Althea and at a network of outposts that provide a link to local governments and communities. “This deployment is a further demonstration of the EU’s commitment to a stable, prosperous and European future for all the citizens” of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the mission said.

President Biden forgives $4 billion in student debt

USA - President Joe Biden wiped $3.9 billion from the student loan records Tuesday. More than 200,000 former students, who still owe on a federal student loan from their time at ITT Technical Institute will see their loan balances cleared, whether they’ve applied for forgiveness or not. This brings the total amount of loan discharges under Biden to nearly $32 billion and leaves many wondering what more could be forgiven or at least if payments will remain on pause. After mortgages, student loans make up the biggest chunk of household debt at more than $1.5 trillion, according to the Brookings Institution. “This pause will help 41 million people keep up with their monthly bills and meet their basic needs,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in an announcement. “It will give borrowers some urgently needed time to prepare for a return to repayment.”

FT: EU seethes over Turkish trade with Russia

TURKEY - The value and volume of Turkey’s exports to Russia has risen dramatically from 2021 levels, as Turkish companies rush to service the market abandoned by US and EU corporations. Officials in Brussels told the Financial Times on Tuesday that this is “not nice” and “not really appropriate,” but acknowledged there is little they can do about it. “It’s on our radar,” said one EU official who spoke with FT [Financial Times] on condition of anonymity. “It’s not nice and is not being perceived well by the EU. It’s an irritant.” Erdogan is pursuing what he calls a “balanced” approach to the conflict in Ukraine, selling combat drones to Kiev while maintaining economic ties with Moscow. Turkish officials and business leaders have openly embraced the opportunities created by the sanctions-driven exodus of US and EU companies from the Russian market. However upset Brussels officials may be with Turkey, they acknowledge there isn’t much they can do about it. “It’s Turkey, everyone in the EU needs them, for one reason or another,” one EU official, who also requested anonymity, told FT. “And the EU has to be aware of its abilities… we can’t just tell Erdogan he has to follow our rules.”

Cashless society comes closer

UK - Britain is charging towards becoming a cashless society with almost a third of all payments now made using contactless cards. Just one in six payments were made using notes and coins last year – with cash use falling by 1.7 per cent. The figures, from banking trade body UK Finance estimates that by 2031 only 6 per cent of all transactions will be made using physical money. Its research showed that 23.1million customers used cash just once a month or not at all last year – up from 13.7 million in 2020. But experts say it is making a resurgence this year as struggling households turn to cash to help them budget better during the cost of living crisis. Natalie Ceeney, chairman of the Cash Action Group, said: 'There is now evidence in the first half of 2022 that cash use has risen for the first time in over a decade, as the cost of living crisis bites and people return to the safety of cash as a budgeting tool. 'It's now widely recognised that those who rely on cash tend to be older, poorer or more vulnerable – many of whom can't 'go digital'.' Contactless card payments boomed during the pandemic as retailers sought to encourage social distancing.

Western states face deadline to cut water use from Colorado River

USA - Water recedes near Lone Rock Beach, a popular recreational area that used to be underwater, at Lake Powell. The nation's second largest reservoir has fallen to the lowest levels on record since the lake was created by damming the Colorado River in the 1960s. Growing demand for water and climate change are shrinking the Colorado River, endangering a water source that millions of Americans depend on. Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock... “The challenges we are seeing today are unlike anything we have seen in our history,” Camille Touton, the bureau’s commissioner, said at a US Senate hearing. The Colorado River cascades from the Rocky Mountains into the arid deserts of the Southwest. It’s the primary water supply for 40 million people. About 70% of its water goes toward irrigation, sustaining a $15 billion-a-year agricultural industry that supplies 90% of the United States’ winter vegetables.

The Drought Is Crippling Tomato Production In California

USA - You may not care too much about what is going on in California right now, but you should. The worst drought in 1,200 years is absolutely devastating the production of fruits and vegetables in the state, and that is really bad news for all of us. In particular, we are being warned that tomato production is likely to be way below expectations this year. But if California doesn’t grow enough tomatoes, there won’t be enough spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce or tomato paste to go around in 2023. And there will be a whole lot of really cranky people out there if that were to happen. I really wish that more people would take this crisis seriously. If farmers do not grow our food, we do not eat. We need them to be successful, and right now they are repeatedly telling us that we are facing a scenario that we have never faced before. Our country and our entire world are both changing at a pace that is absolutely breathtaking, and we are moving into a future that is going to be exceedingly challenging.

PS: Forget sun cream, it's already tinsel time in shops

UK - Shoppers were shocked to find Christmas decorations on the shelves of a garden centre – even though the big day is still 131 days away. Baubles, tree ornaments and wreaths now welcome customers at Summerhill Garden Centre in Billericay, Essex. Customer Ila Frankes, 48, told the Southend Echo that she travels from Romford every year for their famed selection, and that 'it is never too early' to get into the festive spirit. 'More places should have Christmas decorations available from August… there are so many people like me who like to start early,' she added.

Cotton Prices Soar

USA - US cotton prices continued to surge above the boom days of 2010-11 after a massive crop estimate cut by the USDA, shocking Wall Street analysts and traders, due primarily to a megadrought scorching farmland of Texas, according to Bloomberg. Futures in New York for December delivery were up 4.5% to $1.1359 a pound and up more than 21% this month. "I don't think you can put a top on prices right now," Louis Barbera, the managing partner for VLM Commodities, told Bloomberg. "I have been going to Texas for more than ten years, and this is by far the absolute worst I have ever seen, said Barbera. Last Friday, the USDA's bigger-than-expected cut to domestic cotton crop stunned many on Wall Street. Crop output plunged to 12.57 million bales, the lowest in a decade. The cut also pushed down the US from the world's third-largest producer to the world's fourth. Barbera said the western Texas region (around Lubbock and Lamesa), the epicenter of America's cotton-growing belt, has "literally nothing" in fields that are just desert sand. He said fields that had drip irrigation were harvestable, but ones that weren't weren't salvageable.

Joe Biden signs $430 billion climate bill into law

USA - Joe Biden has signed a $430 billion bill into law in what is considered the biggest climate package in US history. The bill is designed to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions as well as lowering prescription drug prices and higher inflation. At a White House event to celebrate the signing of the bill, the 46th US President was joined by Democratic leaders whose support was crucial in passing the Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation will allow the federal health insurance programme Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for the elderly. It will also ensure that corporations and the wealthy will pay the taxes that they owe. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell criticised the bill arguing that it would make inflation worse. "The partisan bill President Biden signed into law today means higher taxes, higher energy bills, and aggressive IRS audits."

“Just what is an APOSTLE?”
Just what is an Apostle?

Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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Listen to Me, You who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My Law: …I have put My words in your mouth, I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, “you are My people” (Isaiah 51:7,16)