Monday, October 17, 2011
This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
How's this for prophetic precision? Last week, Iran's Fars news service reported that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad threatened to unleash a missile attack on Tel Aviv if NATO or Turkey dared interfere in Syria's affairs.
This wasn't an off-the-cuff, rash remark made in a fit of anger. He's issued this threat before. On August 9th, Assad told the Turkish Foreign Minister that "it would take only six hours for Syria to devastate Tel Aviv and ignite the Middle East."
Now, as ominous as that sounds, it's not the part of the story that raises the red flag for prophecy watchers. Middle Eastern hotheads have been threatening to wipe out Israel for decades.
Here's the critical part. Debkafile.com reports that after the first threat, Israel sent Syria a warning. In part, the message said, "If a single missile explodes in Tel Aviv, Damascus will be the first to pay the price.."
That raises the goosebumps, doesn't it?
This is the exact scenario foretold by the prophet Isaiah thousands of years ago. He said that a showdown would take place between Syria and Israel, like two gunfighters facing off in the dusty street of an old western town, complete with the townspeople clearing out to hide in the saloon and the stores. According to Isaiah, the rest of the world "will flee far away, and be chased like chaff in the mountains before the wind, or like the whirling dust before a gale."
Then Syria will draw, but before it can clear leather, Israel will strike and Damascus will cease to exist. Here's how Isaiah described it: "And at evening time, behold, there is terror! Before morning they are no more."
Isaiah predicted that Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city in the world - which has never been destroyed - will disappear in one night. Before today, that would not have been even technically possible. With nuclear weapons, it won't take an evening.
And now the threat has been publicly made and the counter-threat has been delivered. I'm not saying when this will happen, but once an embattled dictator publicly suggests the possibility, I believe the chances of someone choosing that option increase considerably. And the possibility has to be considered that one of Syria's allies (Iran? Hezbollah? Hamas?) may actually be the one to pull the trigger.
Need I say it again? Get ready! Christ's coming cannot be far away.
A time tunnel of tomorrow – what a way to commute!
The patent for a time machine has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by one Dr. Marvin B. Pohlman of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Who is Marvin B. Pohlman?
An American scientist, Marvin B. Pohlman is a man of many talents—and a very busy man.
According to his bio he's the Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance product strategy for a major Bay area enterprise software company. Despite the demands of his career, he's also managed to author three text books on IT governance and security. [Amazon - "Oracle Identity Management: Governance, Risk, and Compliance Architecture, Third Edition"]
In whatever spare time such a man has left, he found enough of it to invent a time machine.
By creating an artificial wormhole time travel is possible.
At first glance, such a thing might be too fantastic a notion to believe, yet Pohlman does hold a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, an MBA from Lexington Business School, and a PhD in computer science from Trinity University.
He's also a member of Portland Mensa, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems security professional.
Perhaps he invented the time machine because he discovered he hasn't enough time to squeeze in everything he wants to accomplish?
A time traveler literally has all the time in the world
Regardless of why he invented it, he has.
From an abstract associated with the patent, Pohlman explains:
"The method employs sinusoidal oscillations of electrical bombardment on the surface of one Kerr type singularity in close proximity to a second Kerr type singularity in such a method to take advantage of the Lense-Thirring effect, to simulate the effect of two point masses on nearly radial orbits in a 2+1 dimensional anti-de Sitter space resulting in creation of circular timelike geodesics conforming to the van Stockum under the Van Den Broeck modification of the Alcubierre geometry (Van Den Broeck 1999) permitting topology change from one spacelike boundary to the other in accordance with Geroch's theorem (Geroch 1967) resulting in a method for the formation of Godel-type geodesically complete spacetime envelopes complete with closed timelike curves."
If you think this is all a big joke, take a look at the patent filing here. Scroll down and study the schematics and check out the math.
What you're looking at may not last much longer in full public view. If the finished product works the U.S. military will grab it, wipe all references to it, and plunge it into another one of their deep, dark black projects.
As you can imagine, some familiar with the patent filing are skeptical.
Manipulating time and space for fun and profit
On a thread discussing Pohlman's time machine, one poster named "thinking aloud" had this observation about those who flatly asserted that traveling through time would never be possible:
"Yes and they once said it was impossible to split the atom and create a single bomb that could hollow out an entire city. And we all know how that turned out."
One thing everybody agrees with is the fact that whenever traveling through time is accomplished then time travel immediately exists throughout eternity.
Evidence for time travel may already exist. [See: Before It's News, Time Traveler's Footprints Found]
In another time-related development, a Russian engineer claims he already has a working time machine built and tested. Although his machine is a Model T compared to Pohlman's Ferrari (if it's ever built). [See: Before It's News, Scientist Builds Working Time Machine]
Pohlman and the 'John Titor' connection
Titor's alleged time machine manufactured by GE
Some armchair Internet scientists have made a connection between Pohlman and an infamous personage named John Titor.
Who is John Titor?
"John Titor is the pseudonym of a person who claimed to be a time traveler from the year 2036. He appeared in Internet chatrooms and on message boards for a few months back in the winter of 2000 to 2001." [John Titor – Time Traveler]
Titor amazed and entertained hundreds of physicists and IT experts. He asserted he came from the future to accomplish a mission in the past. On his way back he stopped off in 2000 for several months to visit with his young parents and younger self in Florida.
His younger version was only a toddler in 2000.
Time machine built by GE in 2034
He told the group on the Internet his time machine was built in 2034 by General Electric for the U.S. Army. He was one of an elite group of travelers and had been tasked to retrieve an obsolete part for an IBM mainframe computer—a part that only a handful of people in 2000 even knew IBM had once manufactured back in the 1970s.
Titor claimed his machine, a model C204 Gravity Distortion Time Displacement Unit (GDTDU), was powered by a mini-black hole made by CERN in Switzerland. It was kept suspended in a magnetic bottle.
Whenever he appeared on the newsgroups, techies and scientists bombarded him with questions.
He offered them insights into what was coming such as another Iraq war and an attack on New York City that would change the skyline.
Later, when those things came to pass, the people who had challenged him—even mocked him—were amazed and a little frightened.
Laser light bending from black hole gravity field
Of particular interest to the questioners: much more information on the C204. Titor obliged them by posting some photos of it and demonstrated a pen laser beam bending from gravity waves emitted by the black hole power source. Although skeptical, many in the group were impressed by that.
Schematic: Titor's GE C204 GDTDU machine
Color photo of the GE C204 unit on a bench in Florida house.
US Army-issued manual for the C204 GDTDU
Is Pohlman 'John Titor,' time traveler?
Those intimately familiar with the incredible story believe that Pohlman may be the mysterious John Titor. They claim some of the schematics appearing in the patent filing are the same as ones that appeared in the GE manufacturer's manual that described the operation of the military-issued time machine that Titor claimed transported him from 2036 back to the 1970s and then forward to his parent's Florida home in 2000.
In 2001 Titor announced the visit with his parents had come to an end. He was ready to return to the future and posted a farewell on the newsgroup.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, pledged to do “everything possible” to bolster the eurozone’s insolvent governments and banks, so preventing another wave of global financial panic. A “complete strategy”, no less, will be presented to the G20 Heads of Government summit in Cannes, early next month.
What this “something” is, wasn’t disclosed. Yet even this contrived and feeble display of Franco-German decisiveness was enough to send stock markets shooting up. So what if there’s still fundamental disagreement between France (massively expand the European Financial Stability Facility, with Germany paying most) and Germany itself (individual nations and private creditors should take the hit)?
After more than three years of sub-prime madness, and related sovereign debt angst, investors are deeply traumatised. Desperate for anything, however thin, that can be construed as good news, the markets indulged in the ultimate “relief rally”.
Is serious action, though, really in the pipeline? For all the bustle of this weekend’s G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in Paris, we still don’t know. There’s talk of an aggressive “big bazooka” rescue plan being agreed by next week’s EU summit. Yet the only variable that appears to me lately to have changed is that the leading non-European powers are now indicating serious annoyance. America, in particular, is bringing immense pressure to bear.
The “euroquake” prospect, says President Barack Obama, is “scaring the world”. Hugely leveraged European banks are using the Federal Reserve’s “swap line” as a dollar umbilical cord. So Washington could turn strong words into rather uncomfortable actions. Already, the eight largest US money-market funds almost halved their lending last month to France’s cash-strapped banks.
Three months after private creditors agreed to a 21pc “haircut” on Greek debt, they’re now being pushed to accept bigger loses. Germany wants a 50pc to 60pc writedown, which would send shock waves through eurozone markets. So attempts are being made to “ring-fence” Europe’s banks and sovereigns, given that this cold blast of reality could send them sprawling.
While avoiding the ordeal of an outright Greek default, a “haircut” presents at least two obvious problems. Having failed to fiscally restructure, Greece would still receive a substantial debt restructuring. How would that go down in Ireland or Portugal – countries still working hard to get themselves back on track? Future attempts to impose budgetary discipline elsewhere in the eurozone would be derided.
Hong Kong has become the world's first place to offer gold trading in yuan, cementing its status as an offshore hub for the Chinese currency.
The Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society (CGSE) said it will offer offshore renminbi-denominated spot gold contracts to investors.
The move comes amid a push by Chinese authorities for a more international role for its currency.
Hong Kong is the world's third-largest gold trading centre.
"By attracting both local and international investors, the Renminbi Kilobar Gold is a significant step towards internationalizing the renminbi," said Haywood Cheung, president of CGSE.Growing demand
It also consolidates Hong Kong's position as an offshore renminbi centre by providing investors with a new alternative in leveraged trading of renminbi, which has until now been lacking”Haywood CheungCGSE
The growth of the Chinese economy coupled with a push by the authorities for a more global role for their currency has seen an increased demand for yuan-denominated investment products.
At the same time Hong Kong has been trying to promote the city as the offshore trading hub for the yuan.
The demand has grown further by the increasing amount of offshore deposits of the Chinese currency in the city which rose 6.4% in August to 609bn yuan ($95bn; £60bn).
China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang has already announced plans to allow qualified foreign companies to buy up to 20bn yuan worth of Chinese stocks and bonds from Hong Kong.
Earlier this year, the Hong Kong stock exchange became the first bourse outside China to list yuan-denominated shares after Hui Xian, a real estate investment trust controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, choose to sell its stock in the Chinese currency.
CGSE's Mr Cheung said the latest move to allow gold trading in yuan will provide further boost to Hong Kong's profile as an offshore hub.
"It also consolidates Hong Kong's position as an offshore renminbi centre by providing investors with a new alternative in leveraged trading of renminbi, which has until now been lacking," he said.
Customers arrested for trying to close their accounts or take their money out of Citibank & Bank of America.
Paris: Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said on Saturday that the global economic outlook "is more likely to have worsened than improved in the last three weeks" and that emerging markets feared "contagion from advanced economies."
"If anything, the situation is more likely to have worsened than to have improved over the last three weeks and if markets have straightened up a bit in the last few days, certainly the overall economic situation has not improved. We heard loud and clear that the emerging markets in particular were very concerned about the risk of contagion from advanced economies to emerging markets and to low income countries,"
Following a second day of meetings with finance ministers from G20 nations in Paris, Lagarde told journalists that those involved in the meetings agreed that providing liquidity to governments was a priority.
Lagarde also said that the IMF will draw up a list of new tools that could be used to stop struggling countries from being pushed into a full-blown financial crises.
The move comes as some eurozone countries are calling for the IMF to play a bigger role in preventing the currency union's debt troubles from spreading to Italy and Spain.
Also speaking in Paris following the meetings, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the European Central Bank was striving to address the banking crisis through its scheme of extraordinary purchases of government debt.
National finance ministers of the Group of 20 rich and developing nations also said they would ensure the International Monetary Fund had the resources it needed to help stabilise the world economy - a hint that they might be open to a bigger role for the fund in the Eurozone debt crisis.
However, there was still resistance to boosting the IMF's funding from several countries - including the United States. Discussion of the IMF's funding is expected to continue when G-20 leaders assemble in Cannes, France, in early November.
As debt troubles in the Eurozone threaten to spin out of control, France and some other countries have pushed for the IMF to help Europe keep the crisis from spreading to economies such as Italy and Spain.
Those two countries are considered too big to be bailed out by other euro countries.
Their financial collapse could drag the currency union back into recession, cause numerous bank failures and send shock waves around the world similar to what happened after the 2008 bankruptcy of US investment bank Lehman Brothers.
"We have been very supportive of an exceptionally large role by the IMF in the programme countries to date and as I said, and our position will remain this, that we are prepared to continue to support an effective strategy in Europe, with the IMF," US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said at a news conference.
"If there is a compelling case for more IMF resources, more use of the existing resources of the IMF, alongside a more effective substantial European strategy, then we will be supportive of that," he said.
Until now, the IMF has funded about a third of the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal, but helping the eurozone to stem contagion would require a broader use of resources, such as buying bonds on the open market, that go far beyond the fund's traditional role of providing rescue loans to cash-strapped countries.
A precondition to any expansion of the IMF's role is for the eurozone itself to take more radical action on stemming the crisis at a summit on 23 October.