Friday, December 23, 2016

Mithra | The Pagan Christ

Double-faced Mithraic relief.
Rome, 2nd to 3rd century CE (Louvre Museum)
In ancient Indo-Iranian and Zoroastrian mythology Mithra is the angelic Divinity (yazata) of Covenant and Oath, and the god of light. In addition to being the Divinity of Contracts, Mithra is also a judicial figure, an all-seeing Protector of Truth, and the Guardian of Cattle, the Harvest and of The Waters. According to myth, he was born, bearing a torch and armed with a knife, beside a sacred stream and under a sacred tree, a child of the earth itself. He soon rode, and later killed, the life-giving cosmic bull, whose blood fertilizes all vegetation. Mithra’s slaying of the bull was a popular subject of Hellenic art and became the prototype for a bull-slaying ritual of fertility in the Mithraic cult. As god of light, Mithra was associated with the Greek sun god, Helios, and the Roman Sol Invictus. His cult spread from India in the east to as far west as Spain, Great Britain, and Germany. 

The first written mention of the Vedic Mitra dates to 1400 bc. His worship spread to Persia and, after the defeat of the Persians by Alexander the Great, throughout the Hellenic world. In the 3rd and 4th centuries ad, the cult of Mithra, carried and supported by the soldiers of the Roman Empire, was the chief rival to the newly developing religion of Christianity. The Roman emperors Commodus and Julian were initiates of Mithraism, and in 307 Diocletian consecrated a temple on the Danube River to Mithra, “Protector of the Empire.”

Over the centuries—in fact, from the earliest Christian times — Mithraism has been compared to Christianity, revealing numerous similarities between the two faiths' doctrines and traditions, including as concerns stories of their respective godmen. In developing this analysis, it should be kept in mind that elements from Roman, Armenian and Persian Mithraism are utilized, not as a whole ideology but as separate items that may have affected the creation of Christianity, whether directly through the mechanism of Mithraism or through another Pagan source within the Roman Empire and beyond. The evidence points to these motifs and elements being adopted into Christianity not as a whole from one source but singularly from many sources, including Mithraism. Thus, D.M. Murdock points out, the following list represents not a solidified mythos or narrative of one particular Mithra or form of the god as developed in one particular culture and era but, rather, a combination of them all for ease of reference as to any possible influences upon Christianity under the name of Mitra/Mithra/Mithras. Mithra has the following in common with the Jesus character:

    Mithra was born on December 25th of the virgin Anahita.
    The babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a manger and attended by shepherds.
    He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.
    He had 12 companions or "disciples."
    He performed miracles.
    As the "great bull of the Sun," Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace.
    Mithra ascending to heaven in his solar cart, with sun symbolHe ascended to heaven.
    Mithra was viewed as the Good Shepherd, the "Way, the Truth and the Light," the   

    Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah.
    Mithra is omniscient, as he "hears all, sees all, knows all: none can deceive him."
    He was identified with both the Lion and the Lamb.
    His sacred day was Sunday, "the Lord's Day," hundreds of years before the appearance 

    of Christ.
    His religion had a eucharist or "Lord's Supper."
    Mithra "sets his marks on the foreheads of his soldiers."
    Mithraism emphasized baptism.
 

The similarities between Mithraism and Christianity have included their chapels, the term "father" for priest, celibacy and, it is notoriously claimed, the December 25th birthdate. Over the centuries, apologists contending that Mithraism copied Christianity nevertheless have asserted that the December 25th birthdate was taken from Mithraism. As Sir Arthur Weigall says: "December 25th was really the date, not of the birth of Jesus, but of the sun-god Mithra. Horus, son of Isis, however, was in very early times identified with Ra, the Egyptian sun-god, and hence with Mithra."

"Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as 'the Way,' 'the Truth,' 'the Light,' 'the Life,' 'the Word,' 'the Son of God,' 'the Good Shepherd.' The Christian litany to Jesus could easily be an allegorical litany to the sun-god. Mithras is often represented as carrying a lamb on his shoulders, just as Jesus is. Midnight services were found in both religions. The virgin mother [...] was easily merged with the virgin mother Mary. Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church."
Gerald Berry: Religions of the World

"Mithra or Mitra is
[...] worshipped as Itu (Mitra-Mitu-Itu) in every house of the Hindus in India. Itu (derivative of Mitu or Mitra) is considered as the Vegetation-deity. This Mithra or Mitra (Sun-God) is believed to be a Mediator between God and man, between the Sky and the Earth. It is said that Mithra or [the] Sun took birth in the Cave on December 25th. It is also the belief of the Christian world that Mithra or the Sun-God was born of [a] Virgin. He travelled far and wide. He has twelve satellites, which are taken as the Sun's disciples [...] [The Sun's] great festivals are observed in the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox—Christmas and Easter. His symbol is the Lamb [...] "
Swami Prajnanananda: Christ the Saviour and Christ Myth. 

D.M. Murdock concludes, that ""Christmas" is the birth not of the "son of God" but of the sun. Indeed, there is much evidence—including many ancient monumental alignments — to demonstrate that this highly noticeable and cherished event of the winter solstice was celebrated beginning hundreds to thousands of years before the common era in numerous parts of the world. The observation was thus provably taken over by Christianity, not as biblical doctrine but as a later tradition in order to compete with the Pagan cults, a move we contend occurred with numerous other "Christian" motifs, including many that are in the New Testament."
 


For three days, on December 22nd , 23rd, and 24th, the Sun rises on the exact same declinational degree. This is the only time in the year that the Sun actually stops its movement in the sky. On the morning of December 25th the Sun moves northward again, beginning its annual journey back into the Northern Hemisphere, ultimately bringing the spring. By the ancients, anything steadily moving all year long that suddenly stops moving for three days was considered to have died. Therefore, God’s Sun who was dead for three days, moves one angular minute northward on December 25th and is symbolically born again (see also HERE + HERE).

Even the darkest night will end,
And the sun will rise again.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

10-Step Emergency Plan in Case of an Islamist Terror Attack in Europe

Source: ZeroHedge
So familiar: "The main suspect of the Berlin attack forgot his ID
in the truck
", explains the Merkel Regime. "We know exactly who
he is. Too bad, he is hiding, and can't be found. Alert, alert.
"
"Love for all" - Merkeled sheeple with open hearts for ever more
'refugees', demonstrating "against racism" after the Berlin attack.
ISIS all around:
US-Department of State's travel alert of November 21, 2016.
"Completely Unimpressed" - Der Spiegel, the Merkel Regime's favorite presstitute,
made everybody understand immediately: "We give a damn, and will carry on."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

No Shortcut to Knowledge | Euclid's Elements

"Ptolemy I. asked Euclid whether there was
any shorter way to a knowledge of geometry 
than by study of The Elements, whereupon 
Euclid answered that there was no royal road 
to geometry." Commentary on The Elements.
Proclus Diadochus (410-485).
Euclidean geometry is the mathematical system attributed to the Alexandrian Greek mathematician Euclid (365-275 BC), which he described in his textbook The Elements, referred to as the most successful and influential textbook ever written. 

The word element in the Greek language is the same as letter, and was used to describe a theorem that is all-pervading and helps furnishing proofs of many other theorems. Euclid's method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions from these. Although many of Euclid's results had been stated by earlier mathematicians, Euclid was the first to show how these propositions could fit into a comprehensive deductive and logical system.

The Elements begins with plane geometry, and goes on to the solid geometry of three dimensions. Much of the Elements states results of what are now called algebra and arithmetic, explained in geometrical language. For more than two thousand years, the adjective "Euclidean" was unnecessary because no other sort of geometry had been conceived. Euclid's axioms seemed so intuitively obvious that any theorem proved from them was deemed true in an absolute, often metaphysical, sense.

Being first set in type in Venice in 1482, it is one of the very earliest mathematical works to be printed after the invention of the printing press and was estimated to be second only to the Bible in the number of editions published. For centuries, when the Quadrivium was included in the curriculum of all university students, knowledge of at least part of Euclid's Elements was required of all students. Not until the 20th century, by which time its content was universally taught through other school textbooks, did it cease to be considered something all educated people had read.

In 1847 Oliver Byrne (1810–1880), an Irish civil engineer, surveyor, mathematician and teacher, published a notable edition of Euclid’s Elements (HERE). He was an expansive thinker and his aim was to reduce the sheer quantity of text, and to give a visual form to the information. The result is a surprisingly modern layout: a combination of bright blue, red, and yellow woodblock-printed shapes, thoroughly integrated with the black type and rules throughout the book. Byrne's edition has become the subject of renewed interest in recent years for its innovative graphic conception and its style which prefigures the modernist experiments of the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements.

Key Political Events in 2017 | Goldman Sachs


Source: Goldman Sachs.

The biggest transition in the current environment is a shift away from the dominant trend of globalism, which brought increased cross-border flows of goods and people. After years of slow economic growth and rising wealth inequality, support for parties with more populist messages—often focused on easier fiscal policy, immigration reform and/or protectionist trade policy—has been rising steadily over the past few years.

Populism claimed two major victories in 2016 with Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. In 2017, we will be closely monitoring the strength of the populist trend given its potential to impact Europe and the increased likelihood of more protectionist trade policies.


Populism has infused both right- and left-wing parties in Europe over the last few years, largely fueled by Eurosceptic, anti-austerity and anti-immigration sentiment. Populist impact on policy has been limited because mainstream parties remained in power. Now, populist victories in the UK referendum (Brexit), the US election (Trump) and Italy (the defeat of the constitutional referendum) are putting increased focus on 2017 national elections in France (April/May), Germany (September–October) and the Netherlands (March).

The potential for real populist influence at the national level—whether through additional parliament seats, partnership in a coalition government or a national leadership position — will be an important gauge of the strength of the populist movement. It could have implications for broader European policy, the economy and the Eurozone itself (p. 8-9 HERE).


Monday, December 19, 2016

Sun — Earth — Man | In Tune With Cosmic Rhythms

"The unanimous message of mystics of all ages that all entities in the universe are interconnected and constitute an indivisible whole is proven now by unequivocal physical experiments that have been replicated again and again. From this undeniable unity, connectedness, and inseparability follows that any action or configuration in any distant part of the universe can influence processes in the solar system inhabited by man. This is also valid for the interrelations of Sun and planets within the solar system and especially the Earth's connections with other cosmic bodies in the solar environment. 

To look at the solar system and its constituent parts as a whole that embraces a complex web of holistic interrelations, is a premise of traditional astrology, which seemed antiquated, but turns out to be trend-setting. Thus, it appears promising to subject the astrological thesis of an influence of celestial bodies on the Earth and life on its surface to a new test. The quality of the astrological body of theses matches the holistic results of modern research, as it represents the archetype of an integrating science. Astrology of this brand was a historical reality in the era of Kepler, Galileo and Newton. It is well known that Kepler was both an astrologer and one of the creative founders of modern science. Book IV of his principle work Harmonices Mundi (1619) with the heading "Book on Metaphysics, Psychology, and Astrology" is evidence of this, as well as his papers De fundamentis astrologiae certioribus (1602) and De stella nova (1604). Those who pretend that Kepler was not really engaged in astrology should read these writings.

Theodor Landscheidt - German jurist, mathematician, astronomer, astrologist, and climatologist, in Sun - Earth - Man: A Mesh of Cosmic Oscillations (1988).

Theodor Landscheidt (1989): Mini-Crash in Tune With Cosmic Rhythms.
Solar system instability events and the stock market
.
In: Cycles Magazine - Volume 40, Number 6 Nov-Dec, pp. 317-319.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Top Private Equity Earners

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In the last two years, Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive and a co-founder of the Blackstone Group, received the largest sum. In 2015, he collected just under $800 million, up from $689 million the year before. Of that amount, only $350,000 was his annual salary. He received no bonus.

[...] Hamilton E. James, Blackstone’s president, received $233 million in 2015, while Blackstone’s real estate chief, Jonathan D. Gray, earned $249 million. Other prominent firms have produced big payouts as well. In 2013, the biggest winner was Leon Black, the head of Apollo Global Management, who received about $543 million. In 2015, Henry R. Kravis and George R. Roberts, the co-heads of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, collected a combined $356 million.

[...] For all the populist outrage that banks have faced over compensation, their executives make just a fraction of what private equity chiefs do. Median pay among the top-ranking private equity executives in the joint study was $138 million in 2015; for bankers, that number was $23 million. And not all of the bank compensation is guaranteed [...] Lawrence J. Ellison, the co-founder, executive chairman and former chief executive of Oracle, collected the second largest payout in the joint study. He received $631 million last year, much of it in dividends on his stock, second only to Mr. Schwarzman, who also made much of his money from dividends [...] Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook was paid a salary of $1 last year and received personal security and aircraft perks valued at around $5 million. Source: New York Times.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Primordial Tones | The World Is Sound

Joachim-Ernst Berendt (1987) - According to the Law of the Octave, the duration of a planet's rotation, that is, the time a celestial body takes to revolve around its own axis and/or the time it needs for one orbit around the Sun, can be transposed into tones and colors. The tones and colors are analogous to rotation and revolution. In order to arrive at the frequency in Hertz (vibrations per second) from an astronomic period, the reciprocal value has to be formed of the duration (expressed in seconds) [...] The Earth, for instance, has a rotation period of 24 hr, or to be more precise, of 23 hr. 56 min, and 4s, totaling 86,164s. If one takes the reciprocal value, that is, divides 1 by this number, a frequency of 0.00001160577 (an inaudible G) is obtained. Though this G is below the hearing range (which starts at about 16 Hz). transposing it by 24 octaves will create an audible G. 

[...] Tones exist, whether we hear them or not. Any music lover knows that a melody can resound within even when it is not being played. A composer hears the music within while notating it and before any sound has been made. For this reason, transposing by octaves is a legitimate process. Even scientists are using it (for instance, to transpose sound of deep sea fish and bats from the ultrasonic range into human audibility or to better understand signals of pulsars and other stars). The octave (1:2) is the most frequent relationship in the universe - not only in music, but anywhere in nature, from the micro- to the macro-cosmos. We use the same names for tones that are octaves apart [...] When a cell divides in mitosis, it chooses the "position" of the octave. The result is the "same cell" again. An octave may vibrate at twice or half the rate (or in powers of two or one-half) but it still is the same tone. It may split the one in two parts or double it, and the result is the same again. Its frequency may be completely different from the basic tone, many Hertz above or below it, but the result is still the same tone again. The octave is the most convincing symbol of unity that we can find in nature. And in nature, it is omnipresent.

[...] Because the Law of the Octave is universal, one can continue transposing by octaves to reach the electromagnetic vibrations of colors. From the tone of the Earth (194.71 Hz) another 36 octaves are required to reach 700.16 Nm (Nanometer), which is analogous to the color of orange-red (also analogous to the tone G and to the rotation of the Earth around the Sun). However, the range of human vision is limited to only one octave compared with the ten octaves of the hearing range [...] The tone of the Earth is the most important tone for all living beings on this planet, whether we leave it inaudible or make it audible by transposing it into higher octaves. It is with this tone that we rise in the morning and go to bed at night; to this tone we do our work, we get hungry, and we love. But other planetary vibrations and tones, especially those of the Sun, the Moon, Venus. Mars, and Jupiter, also vibrate directly into our earthly existence. This is why I call them primordial tones [...] For millions of years, longer and more steadily than any other comparable vibration, the Earth. Sun, Moon, and the planets have been vibrating in cosmic space. Our genes and those of all living beings have experienced these vibrations so often that the processes and mechanisms of genetic programming must have stored them long ago.

[...] The period from Full Moon to Full Moon (the "synodical month") lasts 29 days, 12 hr, 44 min and 2.8s; a total of 2,551,442.8s. In order to transpose the corresponding frequency into the average range of human hearing, we have to transpose it by 30 octaves. The result is a tone of 420.837 Hz (G sharp), a tone of no great importance to our Western music today, but during the Baroque and early Classical periods, it was of major importance. Mozart's tuning fork, for example, had 421.6 Hz. At its pinnacle, Western music was directly connected with the tone of the Moon. Concert pitch started to rise in the middle of the 19th century, striving for the superficial effect of making the music sound brighter. Thus Western music started to turn away from the moon's field of resonance, but the Moon, in all traditions, is responsible for the arts and the artists, being the planet of sensitivity and creativity. In the 20th century, major American symphony orchestras kept raising the concert pitch tone more and more. In doing this, they have banished Western music from its cosmic relationship to the celestial body of the arts and the artists.

[...] The tone of the Sun results from the tropical year lasting 365.242 days or 31,556,926s, and it is C sharp. We can hear it at 136.10 Hz. In Indian classical music, this C sharp is still the fundamental tone. It is called sa or sadja, the "Father of Tones." Bells (e.g., temple bells and gongs) are often tuned to this tone, not only in India but also in Tibet, Japan, and on Bali. The prime word OM, the holiest of mantras, has been chanted to the sa more often than to any other tone. Today classical Indian music remains in a relationship to the Sun, as Western music of the Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic periods was formerly in relationship to the Moon.


Sound, Light, Color, Heat = Different Manifestations of Energy.

SPX vs Presidential + Decennial + Annual Cycles | Dec 2016 – Jan 2017

Calculation: www.moneychimp.com

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wheels Within Wheels | The Vedic Concept Of Time

"Outside of the three planetary systems, the four Yugas multiplied
by one thousand comprise one day on the planet of Brahma. A similar
period comprises a night of Brahma, in which the creator of the
universe goes to sleep.
"
Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 11, Text 22
The Vedas and the Puranas describe a number of time cycles within cycles, from Paramanu (about 17 microseconds) to Maha-Manvantara (311.04 trillion years). The creation and destruction of the universe is a cyclic process, which repeats itself forever. Each cycle starts with the birth and lifetime of the Universe equaling 311.04 trillion years, followed by its complete annihilation which also prevails for the same duration (HERE).  

The universe always existed. It was not created, and the concept of eternal and cyclical time lies at the heart of the Hindu philosophy. In the Hindu conception of time there is no final cataclysm. The closing of one door implies the opening of another. 
Michael A. Cremo (1996): "Linear-progressivist time concepts [...]
pose a substantial barrier to truly objective evaluation of the
archeological record and to rational theory- building in the
area of human origins and antiquity.
" (HERE+ HERE)
Destruction of the cosmos only portends its re-creation. The entire material world is thus subject to everlasting cycles of creation, sustenance and destruction. This idea is closely related to the concept of Atman (the eternal self), ever-existing, not only in the future but also from the past. This notion of two-way eternity, however, is not reserved solely for the realm of spirit (Brahman) but extends to this temporal world. This universe exists for the lifetime of Brahma, the creator. His one day is 1,000 Maha-Yugas (Great Ages). The Puranic concept of time involves cycles of Yugas (Ages), each progressively shorter and more degraded.  

Each Yuga cycle is composed of four Yugas. The first, Satya-Yuga, is the Golden age and lasts 1,728,000 years. The second is the Silver Age, the Treta-Yuga, which lasts 1,296,000 years. The third is the Bronze Age, the Dvapara-Yuga, which lasts for 864,000 years. And the fourth is the Iron Age, the Kali-Yuga, lasting for 432,000 years. This gives a total of 4.32 million years for the entire Maha-Yuga cycle, the period of a Great Year

One thousand of such cycles 4.32 billion years make up one Day of Brahma, the demigod who governs the universe. One Day of Brahma is called a Kalpa. Each of Brahma's Nights lasts as long as his day. Life is manifest on earth only during the day of Brahma. With the onset of Brahma's night, the entire universe is devastated and plunged into darkness. When another day of Brahma begins, life again becomes manifest. Each Day of Brahma is divided into 14 Manvantara periods, each lasting 71 Yuga cycles. Preceding the first and following each Manvantara period is a juncture (sandhya). Typically, each Manvantara period ends with a partial devastation. 

Today we are living in the 28th Yuga cycle of the 7th Manvantara period of the present Day of Brahma. This would give the inhabited earth an age of 2.3 billion years. Altogether, 453 Yuga cycles have elapsed since this Day of Brahma began. Each Yuga cycle involves a progression from a golden age of peace and spiritual progress to a final age of violence and spiritual degradation. At the end of each Kali-Yuga, the earth is practically depopulated.  

Currently, 50 years of Brahma have elapsed. The last kalpa at the end of 50th year is called padma kalpa. We are currently in the first 'day' of the 51st year. This Brahma's Day, Kalpa, is named as Shveta-Varaha Kalpa. Within this Day, 6 Manvantaras have already elapsed and this is the 7th Manvantara, named as – Vaivasvatha Manvantara. Within this Vaivasvatha Manvantara, 27 Maha-Yugas, and the Krita, Treta and Dwapara Yugas of the 28th Maha-Yuga have elapsed. 

The current Kali Yuga began at midnight of February 17th to February 18th in 3102 BCE in the proleptic Julian calendar. As per the information above about Yuga periods, only 5,118 years are passed out of 432,000 years of current Kali Yuga, and hence another 426,882 years are left to complete this 28th Kali Yuga of Vaivaswatha Manvantara.The time elapsed since the current Brahma has taken over the task of creation can be calculated as
432,000 × 10 × 1000 × 2 = 8.64 billion years (2 Kalpa - Day and Night)
8.64 × 109 × 30 × 12 = 3.1104 Trillion Years (1 Year of Brahma)
3.1104 × 1,012 × 50 = 155.52 Trillion years (50 Years of Brahma)
(6 × 71 × 4,320,000) + 7 × 1.728 × 10^6 = 1,852,416,000 years elapsed in the first six Manvataras, and Sandhi Kalas in the current Kalpa
27 × 4,320,000 = 116,640,000 years elapsed in first 27 Maha-Yugas of the current Manvantara
1.728 × 10^6 + 1.296 × 10^6 + 864,000 = 3,888,000 years elapsed in the current Mahayuga
3,102 + 2,016 = 5,118 years elapsed in the current Kali Yuga.
So the total time elapsed since current Brahma is: 155,520,000,000,000 + 1,852,416,000 + 116,640,000 + 3,888,000 + 5,115 = 155,521,972,949,117 years (one hundred fifty-five trillion, five hundred twenty-one billion, nine hundred seventy-two million, nine hundred forty-nine thousand, one hundred seventeen years) as of 2016 A.D.

The main time cycle governing mankind is the precessional cycle:
The period of 25,000 years the seasons in the life of humanity.
Surya Siddhanta: "A lunar month, of as many lunar days (tithi);
a solar (saura) month is determined by the entrance of the sun
into a sign of the zodiac; twelve months make a year. This is
called a day of the gods."

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SPX vs Jupiter – Saturn Cycle | December 2016

Upcoming turn-days:
Dec 10 (Sat), Dec 13 (Tue), Dec 22 (Thu), Dec 30 (Fri), Jan 05 (Thu), Jan 15 (Sun).

Picking a War with China | Thinking the Unthinkable

Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle 
China with missiles, bombers, warships and nukes (
HERE)
John Pilger (Dec 6, 2016) - How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.

In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make "the world free from nuclear weapons". People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was all fake. He was lying.
The Obama
The world's greatest military power,
and the world's soon greatest economic power
are on the road to war
(HERE)
administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over thirty years is more than $1 trillion. 

A study by the RAND Corporation – which, since Vietnam, has planned America’s wars – is entitled War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable. Commissioned by the US Army, the authors evoke the Cold War when RAND made notorious the catch cry of its chief strategist, Herman Kahn – ‘thinking the unthinkable’. Kahn’s book, On Thermonuclear War, elaborated a plan for a ‘winnable’
War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable (HERE)
nuclear war against the Soviet Union.  

In 2015, in high secrecy, the US staged its biggest single military exercise since the Cold War. This was Talisman Sabre; an armada of ships and long-range bombers rehearsed an ‘Air-Sea Battle Concept for China’ – ASB – blocking sea lanes in the Straits of Malacca and cutting off China’s access to oil, gas and other raw materials from the Middle East and Africa. 

It is such a provocation, and the fear of a US Navy blockade, that has seen China feverishly building strategic airstrips on disputed reefs and islets in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Last July, the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against China’s claim of sovereignty over these islands. Although the action was brought by the Philippines, it was presented by leading American and British lawyers and can be traced to then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The world's attention and fortunes are shifting east, and America's dominance is ending [HERE]. Once subjugated, scorned and impoverished, China is rising inexorably as the world's banker, manufacturer and builder. 

Will all this be allowed to happen peacefully? "We need to make America strong again," says President-elect Trump. "We need to make America great again... and we need victories.

See also HERE + HERE

CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) vs 4 Lunar Month Cycle

In line with the 4 Lunar Month Cycle, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) turned up yesterday. The geocentric Bradley Index will sport a high on Dec 09 (Fri). Dec 10 (Sat) is a SoLunar Turn-Day and Dec 14 (Wed) a Cosmic Cluster Day

SPX vs CBOE Equity Put / Call Ratio | Extreme Greed

On Wednesday, Dec. 7th the CBOE Equity Put / Call Ratio closed at 0.46, signalling extreme greed. In fact this is the lowest Put/Call Ratio value since June 10th, 2015. On June 11th the SPX turned down.

CNN's Fear & Greed Index signals a market high is near or in.
Source
: CNN Fear & Greed Index

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tax Burdens in OECD Countries | U.S. Among the Low-Tax Nations

Source: Bloomberg
New data of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the average tax to GDP ratio in OECD countries was 34.3% in 2015 compared with 34.2% in 2014 and 33.8% in 2013. The 2015 tax rates are the highest recorded since OECD records began in 1965. However, the U.S. total tax burden of 26.4% of gross domestic product (including state and local taxes) is far down in the global rankings. Of the 35 OECD members only South Korea, Ireland, Chile and Mexico have lower tax burdens, while with 46.6% Denmark had the highest tax to GDP ratio.

Compared with 2007 (pre-recession) tax to GDP ratios, the biggest fall has been in Ireland, from 30.4% in 2007 to 23.6% of GDP in 2015. The second largest fall occurred in Norway, from 42.1% of GDP in 2007 to 38.1% in 2015. The tax burden in Turkey increased from 24.1% to 30.0% between 2007 and 2015. Greece and Mexico showed increases of 4% over the same period.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

From Conquest To Affluence To Collapse | The 250 Year Empire Life Cycle

Empire Life Cycle ≈ 250 Years ≈ 10 Generations
Serge Bernard (Jul 25, 2016) - Regardless of financial strength, political power and knowledge of previous history life cycles, no empire leader has ever been able to prevent its supremacy from collapsing. For instance, the successive Chinese dynasties would always rise, stay and fall regardless of lessons learned from the past. Empire life cycles would repeat over and over following a same cyclical pattern. 

In 1977, Sir John Glubb wrote an essay titled “The Fate of Empires”: […] during 3 millenaries the average superpowers duration period has been consistently of about 250 years […] the full 250-year cycle corresponds to about ten 25-year generations. This 250-year duration presents an unexpected consistency, especially if we consider all the major changes during the 3,000 years in transportation speed and weapons sophistication, which has expanded territories conquests from local to global. Regardless of the historical period, the life cycle was always of about 250 years. 

Something bigger than their leaders was inclining empires to rise and also to fall. While we could seek a spiritual explanation of divine influence, we can also look at the sky from an astrologer perspective and find out that there are perfect correlations between the 250-year empires live cycles and Pluto’s 248 year orbital cycle. When a country is born, Pluto occupies a certain position in the sky, which eventually will return to the same position in about 248 years. That period corresponds to the entire superpower life cycle. 

In his essay, Sir John Glubb also revealed that all empires cycles in history have followed a same 8-phase pattern process, which is represented below […] here are the empires 8 common phases and their corresponding heroes. While not necessarily of equal duration, each phase would last an average of about 41 years.

During the past 3,000 years the average life expectancy of
superpowers has been 250 years. All Empire Cycles followed
the same 8-phase pattern, and this pattern along with the
Pluto Cycles indicates that 2015-2022 will be the last 7 years
of the USA as the world superpower (
HERE)
The USA is now in the final phase of the superpower life cycle pattern. The USA was born on July 4, 1776. That day Pluto was positioned at 27°33′ of Capricorn and will return to that same natal position during the years 2021-2023, which is about 248 years later as found with most of the historical empires lives. During that orbital period, transiting Pluto covered all angles from 0° to 360° with natal Pluto. Angles multiple of 45 degrees are critical and correspond to tensions during each of the 8 phases transitions.  

At left is a rudimentary historical outline associating USA superpower life cycle with Pluto orbital cycle. Human death is unavoidable regardless of wisdom and knowledge about what happened to previous dead people, and so are empires that rise and live until their inexorable collapse. Superpowers' life and death patterns will repeat itself whether their leaders study past history cycles or not. 

Cosmic life is bigger than human life. The USA’s last phase runs from Pluto semi-square in 2001 to Pluto's return to its natal position in 2022. It is worth noting the year 2001 amazing synchronicity between Pluto semi-square (45°), the historic empire transition from decadence to collapse and the September 11 terrorist attack. Now, during their last phase from 2001 to 2022, the USA will not give up its supremacy without a full fledge military, political, economic and religious war. The next financial bubble burst may be fatal and global. USA will win the battle against terrorism, but will lose the supremacy war against the rest of the world, where contenders such as China are already preparing themselves for the opportunity to fill the vacuum [on the coming US-war on China see HERE + HERE]. This process started in 2001 and most USA power strategies miserably failed ever since. We are now seeing a growing world chaos that will likely expand into a worldwide war during the next 7 years until USA final supremacy collapse around 2022-2023 […](see also HERE)


Lieutenant-General Sir John Bagot Glubb (1978):
The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival (HERE)