US National Debt Graph
The US National Debt Graph (below) is a staggering picture.
What would happen to us if we conducted our personal finances like this? It surely couldn't go on for very long. As the economy lurches from one crisis to another, there is a serious underlying issue that is not going away; it is just getting larger with each passing year. As of January 27, 2012 it is at over $15.2 trillion. You'll see more staggering images comparable to this US national debt graph in this newsletter.
Note that I am simply sharing items of interest. That does not imply that I agree with everything presented.
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars ... nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes ..." (Matt 24:6-7)
Prophecy News - 2012 January
US National Debt Graph
$100 -- Most counterfeited money denomination in the world. Keeps the world moving.
$10,000 -- Enough for a great vacation or to buy a used car. Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.
$1,000,000 -- Not as big of a pile as you thought, huh? Still this is 92 years of work for the average human on earth.
$100,000,000 -- Plenty to go around for everyone. Fits nicely on an ISO / Military standard-sized pallet.
$1,000,000,000 -- You will need some help when robbing the bank. Now we are getting serious!
$1,000,000,000,000 -- When the U.S government speaks about a 1.7 trillion deficit -- this is the volume of cash the U.S. Government borrowed in 2010 to run itself.
Keep in mind it is double stacked pallets of $100 million dollars each, full of $100 dollar bills. You are going to need a lot of trucks to freight this around.Had you spent $1 million a day since Jesus was born, you would have not spent $1 trillion by now . . . but -- $700 billion -- same amount as the banks got during the bailout.
Another look at one trillion dollars - comparison of $1,000,000,000,000 dollars to a standard-sized American Football field and European Football field. Say hello to the Boeing 747-400 transcontinental airliner that's hiding on the right. This was, until recently, the biggest passenger plane in the world.
$15,000,000,000,000 -- US national debt (credit bill) has just topped 15 trillion, two months before Christmas 2011. The Statue of Liberty seems rather worried as the United States national debt passes 20% of the entire world's combined GDP (Gross Domestic Product). In 2011 the National Debt will exceed 100% of GDP, and venture into the 100%+ debt-to-GDP ratio that the European PIIGS have (bankrupting nations).
$114,500,000,000,000 -- US unfunded liabilities. To the right you can see the pillar of cold hard $100 bills that dwarfs the WTC and Empire State Buildings -- both at one point the world's tallest buildings. If you look carefully you can see the Statue of Liberty.
The 114.5 Trillion dollar super-skyscraper is the amount of money the U.S. Government knows it does not have to fully fund the Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Program, Social Security, Military and civil servant pensions. It is the money the USA knows it will not have to pay all its bills.
If you live in the USA this also includes your personal credit card bill; you are responsible along with everyone else to pay this back. The citizens of the USA created the U.S. Government to serve them, this is what the U.S. Government has done while serving The People.
The unfunded liability is calculated on current tax and funding inputs, and future demographic shifts in US Population.Note: On the above 114.5T image the size of the base of the money pile is half a trillion, not $1T as on 15T image. The height is double. This was done to reflect the base of Empire State and WTC more closely.
Get the message here. DEBT= the loadstone of all society. This is unsustainable, and we are in for an unprecedented reckoning.
Only 46% of Children Grow Up in an Intact Home, Study Says
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Only 46 percent of children in the United States will reach age 17 having grown up in a home with biological parents who are married -- a figure that has a significant impact on the nation's graduation, poverty and teenage birth rates, according to a new report.
"'We have never faced anything like this in human history,' said the Family Research Council's Pat Fagan, one of the co-authors of the study.
"The data shows that:
"The authors call their report the index of family belonging, and they say there is a direct correlation between a low 'family belonging' rate, and high poverty and low graduation rates. A north-to-south trip on the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Mississippi, is a good example of this correlation, the authors say."
The Wallet in Your Skin -- Forget cell-phone payment systems -- just wave your hand to charge it
"WHEN STUDENTS in Pinellas County schools fill up their lunch trays in the cafeteria and walk over to the cash registers, they just wave their hands and move on to have lunch with their friends. Schools in this Florida county have installed square-inch sensors at the registers that identify each student by the pattern of veins in his or her palm. Buying lunch involves no cards or cash. Their hands are the only wallets they need.
"The only barrier to such a 'digital wallet' is that banks and technology firms are slow to adopt it, says security guru Bruce Schneier.'All a credit card is, is a pointer to a data base,' Schneier says. 'It's in a convenient rectangular form, but it doesn't have to be.
"Once a large retailer or government agency implements such a system -- imagine gaining access to the subway with just a high five --"
War on Iran Has Already Begun. Act Before it Threatens All of Us.
"They don't give up. After a decade of blood-drenched failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, violent destabilisation of Pakistan and Yemen, the devastation of Lebanon and slaughter in Libya, you might hope the US and its friends had had their fill of invasion and intervention in the Muslim world.
"It seems not. For months the evidence has been growing that a US-Israeli stealth war against Iran has already begun, backed by Britain and France. Covert support for armed opposition groups has spread into a campaign of assassinations of Iranian scientists, cyber warfare, attacks on military and missile installations, and the killing of an Iranian general, among others.
"A US or Israeli attack on Iran would turn that regional maelstrom into a global firestorm. Iran would certainly retaliate directly and through allies against Israel, the US and US Gulf client states, and block the 20% of global oil supplies shipped through the Strait of Hormuz. Quite apart from death and destruction, the global economic impact would be incalculable."Click here to read it all
Expert: Mexico Glyphs Don't Predict Apocalypse
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The end is not near.
"At least that's according to a German expert who says his decoding of a Mayan tablet with a reference to a 2012 date denotes a transition to a new era and not a possible end of the world as others have read it.
"The interpretation of the hieroglyphs by Sven Gronemeyer of La Trobe University in Australia . . . Gronemeyer has been studying the stone tablet found years ago at the archeological site of Tortuguero in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
"He said the inscription describes the return of mysterious Mayan god Bolon Yokte at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, known as Baktuns, on the equivalent of Dec. 21, 2012. Mayans considered 13 a sacred number. There's nothing apocalyptic in the date, he said.
"Gronemeyer said the inscription refers to the end of a cycle of 5,125 years since the beginning of the Mayan Long Count calendar in 3113 B.C."
You may also read my web page about 2012 and the end of the world.
Tony Blair, Evangelicals, and the Coming One World Religion
"Former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair has created the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to unify the world's religions. Blair is especially interested in promoting the benefits of globalization to Christian churches. There are a number of prominent American ministers who have endorsed his Tony Blair Faith Foundation with its emphasis on globalization or global government. In Revelation we read about this coming one world religion and the False Prophet who unites the world's religions in order to bring peace to Planet Earth under the rule of Antichrist.
"It is interesting that one of the primary focuses of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is not only to unify the different religions, but to specifically promote the benefits of globalism or global government to evangelicals. A number of well-known evangelical leaders have signed on board. Tony Blair writes in his article seeking to Understand Faith and Globalization that 'at a certain point each (religion) is in communion with each other.' So one would have to ask the question what is the communion between militant Islam, Judaism and Christianity?"
Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem
"'Peace negotiations in the Middle East must tackle the issue of the status of the holy sites of Jerusalem,' Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vatican's Council for Interreligious Dialogue, declared several days ago in Rome.
"The Vatican's former foreign minister asked to place some Israeli holy places under Vatican authority, alluding to the Cenacle on Mount Zion and the garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
"'There will not be peace if the question of the holy sites is not adequately resolved,' Tauran said. 'The part of Jerusalem within the walls -- with the holy sites of the three religions -- is humanity's heritage. The sacred and unique character of the area must be safeguarded and it can only be done with a special, internationally-guaranteed statute.'
"The Israeli government and the Vatican are deadlocked in discussions over the status of the religious sites. Vatican officials are now reiterating their demand for control over the religious sites in the ancient and holy city founded by King David as the capital of ancient Israel and now the capital of the reestablished Jewish state.
"The Vatican's former archbishop in Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, just promoted an appeal to the European Union and United States to 'stop the Hebraization of Jerusalem.'"
"Two weeks ago Msgr. David-Maria Jaeger, who was recently appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Vatican's highest court, talked in Washington about a current U.S. Supreme Court case over whether an American boy born in Jerusalem should add Israel after the name of the historic city on his U.S. passport. Jaeger said that the question about Jerusalem is not 'whether it is the capital of Israel, it is a question of whether it is a part of a national territory.'
"The Vatican wants Israel relinquishing sovereignty at the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. The Holy See uses the expression 'Holy Basin', which refers to the area of the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Zion and a variety of Christian holy sites which the administration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton began recommending be administered under a 'special regime'."Click here to read it all
Vitamin D: Who Should Take a Supplement
"Vitamin D provides a wide range of health benefits. It is effective in preventing rickets and treating other bone diseases such as osteoporosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, getting enough vitamin D may prevent high blood pressure and protect against certain types of cancer. It may also promote weight loss for women. A growing body of research links heart health to sufficient vitamin D. Most recently, a large-scale study in the American Journal of Cardiology discovered that boosting vitamin D levels in heart patients who were deficient cut their risk of death by 60%, among other significant findings.
"Getting enough vitamin D
"It's estimated that 30-50% of Americans suffer from vitamin D deficiency. The human body produces vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, when exposed to sunlight. However, during the winter, it is impossible to get enough exposure anywhere north of San Francisco or Philadelphia. People in southern states who slather on sun block or who stay indoors most of the time may not be getting enough either.
"Choosing a vitamin D supplement
"If you are shopping for a supplement, research suggests that vitamin D3 is more effective than vitamin D2. Food sources rich in vitamin D include cod liver oil, fatty fish (such as mackerel), eggs, and fortified milk and orange juice.
"There is some debate over how much vitamin D to take. The National Institutes of Health recommends 600 IU per day for adults but some experts say that taking a supplement that contains between 1000-2000 IU can be beneficial. Its important to stay within the appropriate range -- there is a toxicity risk at over 10,000 IU."Ray's Comment: Occassionally it is good to be reminded about the importance of maintaining our health in preparation for the end times that are just around the corner. You can get further information at my health website on the benefits of Vitamin D.
The US National Debt Graph and other information inthis newsletter points out that this world is heading for a crisis in many different ways. It is possible that one crisis will accelerate others and, within a short space of time, our world could be radically changed? Are you ready?
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)
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