Well, here we go again!
The times in which we live are exploding with technology and change (most of it for the worse). Daniel's prophecy concerning the increase of knowledge as the end approaches (Dan. 12:4) is coming to past right before our eyes.
An increase in knowledge abounds in every area of endeavor ramped up by the ever increasing power of computer technology. Consider the following story from Jeff Brown, Editor of the Bleeding Edge publication, on the biggest cybersecurity story of the year as just one example:
"We have profiled several major cybersecurity breaches in The Bleeding Edge recently. The level and sophistication of cybercrime are unlike anything I’ve seen before.
We had the SolarWinds attack, the Microsoft Exchange server breach, the Colonial Pipeline hack, the attack on the meatpacking industry, and the LinkedIn data breach. These were all major events that impacted countless companies, institutions, and people.
But the latest cybersecurity discovery just trumped them all.
Thanks to a fearless security researcher at Amnesty International, we now know that a technology firm based in Israel called NSO Group has just unleashed the most devious spyware the world has ever seen. It’s called “Pegasus.” And it is by far the most powerful spyware ever developed.
Pegasus spyware can be installed via a “zero-click” mechanism. Any organization that controls the spyware can secretly “send” it to any Android or iOS-based smartphone. Unlike most schemes to date, we don’t have to click on a bad link or open an infected file for our phone to be breached.
From there, the spyware becomes a 24-7 surveillance device on smartphones. It can copy text messages, record phone calls, and steal any pictures or documents on the phone. Even worse, it can secretly take videos using the phone’s camera or “listen in” using the microphone.
In other words, Pegasus spyware can access every piece of communication or information on any smartphone in the world.
What’s more, it can track location data. That means it knows where the person has been when they were there, and who they were with. There’s never been a more pervasive tool for human surveillance.
This begs the question – what is NSO Group’s motivation here?
Well, it’s a software company. NSO Group didn’t create Pegasus software for its own nefarious purposes. It sells the software to governments and other organizations around the world.
The problem is, this software is far too powerful to put in the hands of any government or private organization. Once the genie is out of the bottle, there’s no way to get it back in.
So what can we do to protect ourselves?
Unfortunately, the only way to be completely safe is to ditch our smartphones and go back to an old flip phone or potentially a “burner” phone. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most of us depend on our smartphones for productivity and essential tasks.
There is a little bit of good news for those of us who aren’t willing to part with our smartphones. Security researchers believe the most recent versions of Pegasus spyware are stored in the phone’s volatile memory. This memory is cleared every time the phone is powered off.
So we should all get in the habit of powering our phones off at least once per day. Maybe more if we have especially sensitive information on our devices. A full off/on restart of our phone will clear out the spyware by deleting it from memory.
Looking at the big picture, we don’t yet know what the fallout from this frightening spyware will be. But I suspect we’ll hear about some major cybersecurity breaches very soon. That said, it is very difficult to detect the presence of Pegasus, which means that most security breaches will go undiscovered.
This is very scary spyware. Now that we know of its presence, hopefully Google, Apple, and perhaps others will find a way to stop its zero-click attacks."
Wow! If you use a smart phone, then make sure you are turning it off a couple of times each day until this spyware can be stopped. I found this story interesting as knowledge built upon knowledge just keeps exploding. One things if for sure, a surveillance state is not hard to imagine in our day and time.
My next story is of great importance as it sheds light on the ongoing pandemic.
Did the FDA and the CDC withhold evidence-based treatments from Americans?
This story comes from Dr. Henry Ealy. You can access his long resume in the link below, along with the entire text of his detailed article. Here are a few excerpts from this important article:
"Ivermectin, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Zinc, Quercetin, HCQ, Doxycycline…all have literally HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of doses administered over DECADES and their COMBINED injury history is FAR less than 1% of what the experimental COVID inoculations have accrued in just 7 months.
So, never mind that safe and effective treatments exist, as detailed in this second peer-reviewed paper my team published earlier this year.
Never mind that these treatments have been known for the large part since at least April 2020 and have been wrongfully suppressed, discredited, politicized, censored, and vilified by the corporate media, the people we elected, the people they appointed, and social media information barons…despite doctors from around the world seeing them work medical miracles right before our very own eyes.
Never mind that safe and effective treatments have been withheld from people in need before and that it was widely denounced…see Tuskegee Experiment and Belmont Report.
Never mind that we know the spike protein alone, as generated by the experimental COVID inoculations, to be injurious to the cardiovascular system & cellular mitochondria at the very least.
Never mind that we know the spike protein from the experimental COVID inoculations to be injurious to the respiratory system and immune system at the very least.
Never mind that we now know about additional safe and effective treatments in Glutathione (NAC), L-Arginine, Lecithin Powder, Iodine, Dandelion Leaf…
Never mind that Glutathione Deficiency (along with Vitamin D, C, A, E, Zinc deficiencies) all have been positively linked to hospitalizations and deaths related to the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Never mind that just like the CDC has reported for deaths, 94+% of the people hospitalized for COVID in this study of 540,667 enrolled participants were people with severe underlying conditions (comorbidities)…meaning all of these people have been severely nutrient deficient for a very long time.
Rather than look at the empirical evidence…think logically…address the root cause…NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES that the CDC has known about for almost 20 years…and get every American the nutrients they need, so they don’t have to live in fear…
EVERYONE MUST GET THE SHOT!!!!
Rather than allowing good people…who actually want to do the right thing…to use something proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be safer and more effective than social distancing, masking, and even the experimental COVID inoculations…
EVERYONE MUST GET THE SHOT!!!!
Well, let’s see how that turned out for 19-year-old Simone Scott, a promising college student with her whole life ahead of her, who died on Friday, June 11, 2021, at 11:19 am after a truly horrific series of medically incompetent acts following the experimental COVID inoculation."
Here is the link to the full article by Dr. Ealy.
I share this information NOT because I am against the vaccination. However, I am against any kind of vaccination mandate. Also, I share this information because everyone should understand the risks involved should they choose to take the vaccination.
Clearly, there is more risk with this vaccination than the average American is aware of. Just give us all the information and then we can make up our own mind as to whether or not it is wise for us on an individual basis to take it.
Thankfully, with 90% of those 65 years of age or older already vaccinated in our country not many adverse effects are manifesting among them. I'm thankful if the vaccination has helped them, but in the interest of total transparency all relevant information and treatment options should be made available to those making a decision about the vaccine.
Can the U.S. Government Inflate its Way Out of Debt?
I am wrapping up this blog with a quick look at the problem of our national debt. I know, its boring to discuss and many of you may think it doesn't matter much in your own personal life.
Inflation touches us all and the steady destruction of the dollar touches us all. Here are some interesting thoughts on the subject from Trish Regan. She writes:
"I've been sounding the alarm for months and months... pounding the table since last year... warning that, despite what the news and the Federal Reserve is saying, inflation is happening.
I truly wish I was wrong on this... It's not an issue one should ever want to be right on.
The personal consumption expenditures price index, better known as the PCE index, is a measure of the prices that people living in the U.S., or those buying on their behalf, pay for goods and services.
It's also an important gauge for inflation in this country...
Well, the PCE index just logged its largest increase in 30 years – crystalizing what I've been telling you since last summer: Inflation is real, and it's here.
Yes, I know, our government officials insist it's just a "temporary" thing... Everyone from President Joe Biden to Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell claims these higher prices are just fleeting... Even the bond market seems to think it's temporary, given the record-low 10-year Treasury yield, but let me ask you something...
How often do local restaurants slash their prices?
How often does the cost of a movie ticket move lower?
Market forces are always at work, and if there's not enough demand, producers will eventually respond with lower prices... But price decreases are far fewer and more inconsistent than increases, and they also tend to be indirect.
Such as... Maybe you'll get a free appetizer to go with your entree at your local restaurant or the movie theater is offering free popcorn with that movie ticket... or perhaps (as a friend who's looking for an apartment in NYC recently told me) a landlord may offer a few months of free rent. (So the landlord would rather give away rent than actually lower the monthly rent rate.)
But bottom line? Prices overall rarely go down and usually go up...
Over time, these price increases have a disastrous effect on savers, consumers, wage earners, and even lenders to the U.S. government. Indeed, even China loses out in this scenario.
Now perhaps that's the intention. Because judging by the current trajectory, the U.S. government seems rather intent on inflating our way out of debt.
Some of us are quite concerned about the current $28 trillion in debt... After all, as history has proven, great societies typically fall because of too much debt.
But what if it wasn't quite that much debt because the Fed, with President Biden's administration and Congress's help, printed so many dollars that $28 trillion was no longer worth $28 trillion?
If you look at our current debt load and consider the destruction of the dollar over the last several decades, you'll discover some truth to this.
After all, $100 isn't what it used to be. In order to buy today as much as you could just 10 years ago with $100, you'd need an estimated $120.79.
The U.S. dollar has had an average inflation rate of 1.91% per year between 2011 and today – producing a cumulative price increase of 20.79%.
As a result, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the prices on store shelves are 1.21 times higher than average prices since 2011... And one single U.S. dollar buys just 82.79% of what it bought a decade ago.
It's clear this means consumers need to either make more money or risk falling behind if they hope to maintain their standard of living.
But what does it actually mean for debt?
Today's $28 trillion in debt may not be as massive as you think. (And to be clear, that's not a good thing... which I'll explain shortly.)
So with this thinking, the nearly $15 trillion in debt a decade ago is actually more like $18 trillion in today's dollars. While the increase to the current $28 trillion is not OK by any means, it shows how inflation has the power to erode the outstanding debt.
Which means if the recent consumer price increase of 5.4%, per the latest CPI report, continues climbing... that $28 trillion is not exactly $28 trillion.
Now, don't get me wrong – it's an insane number that's growing more by the day. But my point is that as money becomes worth literally less, that overall U.S. debt number isn't as meaningful.
Now, while inflation may help the U.S. government as it tries to get out from under the massive debt it created for itself... What does it mean for everyone else?
A reduced standard of living.
It's important to take a step back and think about how inflation really affects us. You might think, who cares? All prices are marching upward in lockstep, so what's it really matter?
It does matter... Because incomes are not moving up at the same rate as prices.
Inflation is happening at a faster rate than wage growth. "Real wages" – a measure of income after accounting for the cost of goods and services people buy – fell by almost 2%, on average, last month compared with 2020. And that sure takes a bite out of the average American's spending power.
Meanwhile, what about savers? This is the part that really irks me...
Americans are effectively being punished for doing the right thing... If you save your money, those dollars over time become worth less and less.
Plus, the current investing landscape is a scary one since it's forced too many people further and further out on the risk curve in search of returns. After all, folks need to find a heck of a return in order to just keep up with the ever-increasing rate of inflation – which based on the CPI right now is over 5%.
Simply said: investors need to make more than 5% after taxes just to have their money hold its value.
And I'm afraid, that with more and more financial engineering from the Federal Reserve, average Americans will continue to feel the pain."
The "times" they are a rockin! I trust you are building your life on the only firm foundation that can weather the storm. Of course, I'm speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ and his word.
During the past 40 years my wife and I have laid up our treasure in heaven and continue to do so. Inflation can't touch it and the thieves in Washington cannot break through and steal it!
In the meantime, the Lord will continue to prove himself faithful in this life as he provides for our needs and grants seed to the sower (2 Cor. 9:8-10).
Keep your eyes on Jesus and rest in him. Our world is not destined to get better, but wicked men will wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:1-13). However, we are called to stand for Christ even when persecution arises. May the Lord give us grace to continue in the things we have learned and have been assured of (2 Timothy 3:14).