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Friday, April 8, 2011

Federal workers' union files suit over government shutdown pay

It´s finally happening....US government bankruptcy it´s today if no deal reach.

Jack Lew appears at a committee hearing in Capitol Hill. | AP Photo

With a government shutdown looming but not yet a certainty, the largest union representing federal and District of Columbia government workers filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Obama administration, arguing that ordering federal employees to work during a shutdown without a pay guarantee is unconstitutional.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents more than 600,000 employees, argues in documents filed with the D.C. District Court that the government is violating the appropriations clause and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be required to work during a shutdown, and there’s no guarantee that Congress will keep the administration’s promise to pay those employees once the shutdown is over,” John Gage, the union’s president, said in a statement.

By requiring employees deemed “essential” or “excepted” to work during a shutdown though Congress has not appropriated the funds to pay them, AFGE argues in its suit, the government is violating the appropriations clause. Requiring employees to work without a guarantee of pay, the union contends, is a violation of the constitutional amendment that was crafted to end slavery and involuntary servitude.

The suit names Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew and Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry as defendants.

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GOD of wrath, GOD of Mercy

"Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:" Lev 18:24

People often say that the God of the New Testament is a God of mercy and love, but the God of the Old Testament is vengeful and angry. Consider the fate of the Canaanites. The LORD didn't just tell the Israelites to take over the Promised Land. He had them destroy all the people, young and old, male and female. He even had them kill off all the animals (Deut 20:16-17; Josh 6:21-23). Later in 1 Samuel, the LORD tells Saul to absolutely destroy the Amalekites and all they had:

"Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." - 1 Samuel 15:3

Who is this God who would order such a thing?

There are a number of explanations, the first of which are included in the text:

"That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God. " - Deut 20:18

There is also the Nephilim issue. Genesis 6:4 includes the haunting phrase,"...and also after that...." Apparently these strange events were not confined just to the period before the Flood. We find that there seems to be some recurrence of those things which resulted in unusual "giants" appearing in subsequent periods later in the Old Testament narrative, specifically the giant-races of Canaan. There were a number of tribes such as the Rephaim, the Emim, the Horim, and Zamsummim, that were giants (Gen 14:5; Deut 2:10-12, 22).

Additional explanations are available. However, even if we do not know them all, can we trust that God who gave His Son to die for us, the God of mercy and grace, did know what He was doing, even when He ordered the destruction of entire groups of people?

All Their Abominations:
First, we often hear the complaint that if God were good, He would not allow evil. We find that the groups of people God wiped out were engaged unrepentantly in a variety of horrific practices - to the point of being completely out of control.

When God brought the Flood, the earth was filled with violence, and the wickedness of humanity was so great that "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually," (Gen 6:5).

Sodom was so bad before God destroyed it, the men of Sodom (young and old) surrounded Lot's house and insisted he send out his guests so that they could rape them. When Lot made an attempt to appease his neighbors, they tried to break down the door (Gen 19:4-5,9).

The nations whom the LORD ordered the Israelites to destroy in the Promised Land engaged in a variety of abominable practices. They practiced child sacrifice, burning their children in the fire to false gods (Lev 18:21; 2Kings 17:31; 2Chron 28:3; 2Chron 33:6 ). They engaged in bestiality (perhaps explaining why the animals could not be spared) (Lev 18:23-25), as well as adultery and homosexuality and incest (Lev 18:6-20; 24).) They invited demonic activity by practicing sorcery and witchcraft and consulting with evil spirits (Deu 18:9-12).

Yes, God had the Israelites destroy these people, but Gen 15:16 implies that He waited until their wickedness was "full" - until there was no alternative.

Sparing The Righteous:
It is important to note that in every instance in which God destroys a people, He consistently rescues the few upright people in the midst of them. As Abraham noted in Genesis 18:25, God does not destroy the righteous with the wicked.

In Genesis 18:17-33, Abraham pleaded with God for Sodom, and God agreed that if there were 10 righteous people in Sodom, He would spare the city. Apparently, there weren't even 10. Rather than destroy the one righteous man with the rest, however, God sent angels to get Lot and his family out before the brimstone fell. In fact, the angel says he cannot do anything else until Lot has escaped (Gen 19:22).

In Josh 6:22-25, Joshua's men made sure to go in and rescue Rahab and her entire family because she had been willing to help the Israelites. In fact, Rahab – once a harlot - becomes the mother of Boaz, ancestor of King David and, ultimately, of Jesus.

In 1 Kings 14, the prophet of God told Jeroboam that he would be replaced as king of Israel because of his great wickedness in leading Israel to worship false gods and molten images. The next king would wipe out all of Jeroboam's offspring. However, there is one son of Jeroboam who had a good heart toward the LORD. This child would not be slaughtered like the others. He would mercifully die of an illness and be buried and mourned (1Ki 14:12-13).

Then, there is Ninevah. Jonah wanted God to destroy this city, but God gladly had mercy on them because they repented. In Jonah 4:10-11, we find God reasoning with Jonah about his hard heart, saying:

"Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?"

The God of the Old Testament is a God of great patience and longsuffering. He does not enjoy having to deal harshly with wicked humanity, and in Ezekiel we find His true position on the issue:

"Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?" -Ezekiel 18:23

As we read the Old Testament, we need to be careful. The heart of God in the Old Testament is the same heart of mercy and goodness as the God in the New Testament. But because He is good, He does not allow evil to continue unchecked forever.

Chuck Missler

Gerald Celente Wake up call!!!!

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World is shaking!!!!

7.1 Magnitude Aftershock Shakes Japan

Japan's NHK television immediately broke into programming late Thursday night with news of the earthquake, which struck at at 11:32 in the evening, and to warn Japan's meteorological service had issued a tsunami warning.

The announcer warned people near the coast to move immediately to higher ground. NHK also told people to stay away from buildings that were damaged by the 9.0 earthquake on March 11. The tsunami warning was later rescinded.

The quake's epicenter was centered under the Pacific Ocean off Japan's eastern coast in the same general area as last month's earthquake. The tsunami triggered by that quake killed more than 12,000 and left some 14,000 missing to date.

Crete earthquake rattles buildings in Turkey, Egypt

A strong earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete Friday, rattling buildings as far away as Egypt and Turkey. Local police said they had no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and struck off the southern coast of Crete at 4:29 p.m. (1329 GMT, 8:29 EDT), the Athens Geological Institute and the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany, said. The U.S. Geological Survey gave a slightly lower preliminary magnitude of 5.9. Magnitudes recorded by geological institutes often differ.

Mexico Rattled by 6.5 Quake

Southern Mexico was shaken by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was centered about 35 miles from Las Choapas, a city of about 70,000 people in the state of Veracruz, at a depth of 104 miles. A slight tremor from the quake was felt in Mexico City, about 250 miles away.

Buildings swayed for several seconds in the capital city of Mexico, prompting people to flee into the streets, and the temblor was felt strongly in Chiapas, a state bordering Guatemala, the Associated Press reported.

The quake was about 300 miles from Guatemala City, according to a USGS preliminary report. A USGS map of the area shows reports of the temblor spanning the Mexican peninsula.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Unemployment spikes to 22%

Unemployment spikes to 22%
How the Obama administration lies with work statistics

The real unemployment rate may be 22 percent for March 2011, not the 8.8 percent reported, according to economist John Williams, author of the "Shadow Government Statistics" website, who has argued for years that the federal government manipulates the reporting of economic data for political purposes.

In an April 1 Bureau of Labor Statistics news release, the unemployment rate was reported to have fallen 0.1 percent to 8.8 percent in March 2011, although that is the "seasonally adjusted number."

According to BLS Table A15, the "not seasonally adjusted" unemployment number for March 2011 was 9.2 percent.

Separately, Gallup disagreed with the BLS, reporting that unemployment was 10 percent in March, down from 10.2 percent in mid-March, and 10.3 percent at the end of February, as seen in its chart.

Williams recreates a Shadow Government Statistics alternative unemployment rate reflecting methodology that includes "long-term discouraged workers" that the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1994 under the Clinton administration redefined away from those considered "unemployed."

The BLS no longer considers as "unemployed" those workers without jobs who had not looked for work in the past year because they felt no jobs were available.

Williams has demonstrated that it takes an expert to truly decipher BLS unemployment statistics.

For instance, in a Table A-15, titled "Alternative measures of labor underutilization," the BLS reports what is known as "U6 unemployment."

U6 unemployment includes those marginally attached to the labor force and the "under-employed," those who have accepted part-time jobs when they are really looking for full-time employment.
While the BLS was reporting seasonally adjusted unemployment in March 2011 was only 8.8 percent, the BLS was also reporting U6 seasonally adjusted unemployment in March 2011 was 15.7 percent.

The only measure BLS reports to the public, as the official monthly unemployment rate, is the seasonally adjusted U3 number.

Williams calculates his "Official SGS Alternative Unemployment Rate" by adding back into to the BLS U6 numbers those long-term discouraged workers who have not looked for work in the past year.

Williams insists his Official SGS Alternative Unemployment measure is the most accurate estimate of true unemployment in that a reliable measure of long-term discouraged workers in that BLS calculations exclude from the discouraged long-term unemployed those who have not looked for work in the past year.

Red Alert has posted a more complete unemployment table that includes both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted unemployment percentages for U3 unemployment, as well as the same for U6 unemployment, followed by the John Williams Official SGS Alternative Unemployment rate.

Increasingly, critics like Williams feel the seasonally adjusted U3 numbers reported by the BLS as the official monthly unemployment rate do not give a reliable picture of the true magnitude of unemployment in the United States.

The monthly unemployment rate report turned out by the BLS defines unemployment as those currently without a job who have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available for work.

This definition conveniently excludes from the definition of unemployed those who have grown so discouraged that they are only marginally looking for work, as well as those who are considered underemployed because they have been forced to accept part-time or lower-paying full-time employment because no other jobs are available.

To get an estimate of these other categories of unemployed, we have to turn not to the BLS monthly unemployment rate press releases, but to a less well-known table produced by the BLS, Table A-15, "Alternative measures of labor utilization."

Even a quick inspection shows that unemployment in this table is presented for March 2011, not at 8.8 percent, but as 9.2 percent, comparing the seasonally adjusted U3, the unemployment percentage the BLS reports to the public, with the not seasonally adjusted U3, the unemployment percentage the BLS reports only in detailed tables such as this one.

Looking at the not seasonally adjusted U6 data, the not seasonally unemployment rate jumps to 16.8 percent for March 2011, not the 8.8 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reported in the monthly BLS unemployment rate press release.

It is no wonder that economist Jim Fitzgibbon, head of the Highlander Fund, calls the BLS monthly unemployment rate report "worthless," noting "the entire report is seasonally adjusted to be positive, while the non-adjusted data is just awful."

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Lindey Williams World War III in a year info and video

Pastor Lindsey Williams Predicts from His Sources on the Inside that World War Three will Start Some Time in 2012."Gold and Silver are all that you can rely on" Read the letter of Albert pike. dated from around 1878, Three World Wars, brushe fires already been lit inn the middle east, read the letter know whats coming.
"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time."

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CBS: The Second Mortgage Meltdown

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