5 Responses to World’s flashpoint stress triggers with global implications intensifying

  1. michael du toit says:

    I have a question, why would China’s biggest oil company buy Canadian Oil Sands for 3.2bn $?


  2. Stephen says:

    Avant le retour de notre Seigneur, notre Sauveur, Jésus-Christ, nous voyons les guerres, conflits, turbulences economiques, tremblements, famines, inondations, pestilences, sécheresse, et cetera. C’est-a-dire, la fin du temps est proche.


  3. PansPermia says:

    Tom Clancy as well as George Lucas should know after all they do have the inside scoop. I imagine what you see in this clip will not differ much from what “they”, have planned.


  4. Dennis says:

    This could be a mess. This the problem. If Israel strikes Iran, with or without US assistance, the world will change as we know it and the debt issue will go away because that strike, if happens, will result in the use of WMD’s, since World War II. I believe that there could be a divine intervention in that matter. Now, there is a rumor that Iran has troops posted in Syria. According to scriptures, Iran(Perisa), Russia and a few other countries are to march on Israel to take a spoil. If Israel and the US strike Iran and destroy its ability to manufacture WND’s and not the country, then a airstrike using small WMD’s is a possibility. But, it would change the world.

    Iran(Perisa) is in God’s plan for the later days and his plan will not be interfered with.
    Now, if there are Persian troops in Syria, that also seems to meet the standard of the scriptures that Perisa would march on Israel in Ezekiel’s account. That is why this is so dangerous for the U.S.
    Something to ponder
    Dangerous times we live in


  5. luisport says:

    No deal on debt ceiling
    Vincent resident Adam Gorham isn’t sure what the answer is to the debate over increasing the nation’s debt ceiling and cutting the national deficit – but by this week he was tired of the fight.

    “We all got to get together,” said Gorham, 32. “This is our country. This (isn’t) just a Democrat country or a Republican country.”

    Gorham, 32, said he is frustrated that the White House and Congressional leaders still hadn’t come to an agreement Wednesday on raising the nation’s debt limit, less than two weeks before the Aug. 2 deadline to avoid a government default.

    “All this time they’ve had, I don’t think there’s any reason of pushing something this close to the … deadline,” he said.

    President Obama was meeting with Democrats and Republicans Wednesday, in an effort to determine what approach could get enough votes to pass both the House and Senate. The debate centers on what combination of cuts and revenue increases lawmakers will accept to slash the national deficit in conjunction with raising the $14.3 trillion national borrowing limit.

    On Wednesday, area residents and Ohio Congressional representatives shared their opinions on the situation.

    A number of local residents are following the debate, concerned over what might happen if the federal government is unable to meet its financial obligations. The stock market has already been affected by the uncertainty and economists warn a government default could send the nation back into a recession.

    Moody’s Investors Service has placed the United States’ credit rating under review. A downgrade would raise interest rates on treasury bonds, increasing the interest that taxpayers pay those who buy the bonds. It would also push up rates for mortgages, car loans and other debts, which are linked to treasury rates.

    Williamstown resident Tanya Jarrell, 42, said she would rather not see the debt limit raised but knows it has to be done. What she doesn’t want is a stopgap measure that doesn’t address the ongoing problem.

    “Raise it, but then I want to see them work on reducing the debt,” she said.

    Beverly resident Warren E. Gillard, 89, said he was encouraged by the apparent warm reception a plan by a half-dozen bipartisan senators – dubbed the “Gang of Six” – had received.

    “I think they’re on the verge of a big one,” he said.

    Changes to entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are being debated as ways to reduce the debt. Gillard receives Medicaid and says it has helped him but he believes improvements can be made to those programs without hurting those who benefit.

    “They’re too lenient with that,” he said.

    Gillard also favors closing tax loopholes but does not want to see taxes raised.

    Gorham believes there will have to be cuts to entitlement programs and tax increases on the wealthy in order to address the deficit.

    “Cut the right programs. Don’t cut the children’s lunches, anything to do with the schools,” he said. “The rich are going to have to be taxed a little more.”

    Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, said Obama has been “disingenuous” in saying the tax hikes would only affect millionaires and billionaires. Johnson said what the president has proposed would hit people making $200,000 a year or more, which he said meant small business owners.

    “I am not … in favor of unilaterally increasing taxes on the nation’s job creators,” he said.

    Johnson said there are some good ideas in the “Gang of Six” proposal but he wants to see more specifics. He is opposed to a plan by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to allow Obama to raise the debt limit on his own unless overridden by Congress.

    “With the level of responsibility and judgment that this president has shown? No,” he said.

    Johnson supported the House Republicans’ “cut, cap and balance” plan, which included a call for a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he has backed such amendments in the past but cannot support the Republican plan. It would not allow the country to respond to bad economic conditions and other problems, he said.

    Brown is also optimistic about the “Gang of Six” plan but said he does have some concerns, such as proposed changes to the Consumer Price Index, when it comes to determining cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security payments.

    “Social Security doesn’t contribute to the deficit,” he said.

    Brown said he also believes there are ways to save money on Medicare and Medicaid without jeopardizing benefits.

    The senator is confident a deal will get done in time to prevent default but said “it shouldn’t have gone on this long.”

    Some “extreme conservatives” have taken the position that it doesn’t matter if the government defaults, he said, calling that course of action irresponsible.

    Johnson, meanwhile, said House Republicans don’t want to see a default.

    “(We’re) focused on trying to prevent this disastrous train wreck from happening,” he said.



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