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Serving a six course meal today…

29 June, 2010

Welcome to The Countdown, y’all – a blog about the signs and seasons relating the imminent return of Yeshua. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Today, we are serving a ‘6 course meal’…i.e. “related” news to ‘chew on’, especially prepared by ‘news’ chef’s from around the world.

This will be a hearty meal (and there may also be ‘secret ingredient’ used in each course – see if you can ‘taste’ what it is 😉 ….
First course on the menu, as an appetizer, we have a link possibly connected to our previous post “North Korea playing games?”…

China, Taiwan sign trade pact linking economies

By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer Alexa Olesen, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 29, 6:45 am ET

BEIJING – China and Taiwan signed a tariff-slashing trade pact Tuesday that boosts economic ties and further eases political tensions six decades after the rivals split amid civil war.

Beijing hopes the deal, signed live on on state television, can lead to political accommodation. Taiwan is looking for the tighter economic links to keep the island from being marginalized as China’s global clout grows.

The pact will end tariffs on hundreds of products traded across the strait and allow Taiwanese firms access to 11 service sectors on the mainland, including banking, accounting, insurance and hospitals. It should boost bilateral trade already totaling about $110 billion a year: some $80 billion in goods flowing to China, and $30 billion to Taiwan.

The deal was signed in the southern Chinese city of Chongqing — a venue with an evocative history. Communist leader Mao Zedong and Nationalist President Chiang Kai-shek tried to negotiate a truce there after World War II — but failed. The two sides then resumed the civil war that ultimately saw Chiang’s government driven from the mainland to Taiwan in 1949.
[Continue article FOUND HERE]


Our second course goes along with the ‘global economy getting set up I believe…


Delay looms as Wall St bill seen “too big to fail”

By Kevin Drawbaugh and Andy Sullivan Kevin Drawbaugh And Andy Sullivan – Tue Jun 29, 1:10 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Political momentum was expected to carry a sweeping Wall Street reform bill to approval in the U.S. Congress, but the death of Senator Robert Byrd threatened to delay final action until mid-July.

Democratic backers of the bill scrambled on Monday to replace a crucial vote of support that was lost when Byrd, 92, passed away, with the bill’s fate turning on the views of a handful of swing-vote senators.

In the give-and-take of securing their support, reform advocates warned the bill could be further watered down.

“If they have to reopen the bill to make concessions to get additional votes … the bill will get weaker, not stronger,” said Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America, a watchdog group.

The bill is the biggest overhaul of financial regulation since the 1930s and a top priority of President Barack Obama following a severe banking crisis that slammed the economy.

It would force banks to reduce, but not cease, risky trading and investing; set up a new government process for liquidating troubled financial firms; and impose a $19 billion fee on the largest firms to pay

[Continue Article FOUND HERE]

Our third course lets us taste what may happen to America very soon…see georgia guidestones…

Gillard shuts door on ‘big Australia’

Updated Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:13am AEST

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is breaking free from one of her predecessor’s main policy stances by announcing she is not interested in a “big Australia”.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was in favour of population growth, with his government predicting it to hit around 36 million by 2050, largely through immigration.

But Ms Gillard has indicated she will be putting the brakes on immigration in order to develop a more sustainable nation.

“Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population,” she told Fairfax.

“I don’t support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia.

“I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.”

But Ms Gillard says that does not mean putting a stop to immigration all together.

“I don’t want business to be held back because they couldn’t find the right workers,” she said.

“That’s why skilled migration is so important. But also I don’t want areas of Australia with 25 per cent youth unemployment because there are no jobs,” she said.

Mr Rudd installed Tony Burke as the Minister for Population, but in one of her first moves as Prime Minister, Ms Gillard has changed his job description to Minister for Sustainable Population.


served with a tasty sauce:


“Sustainable Population indeed. And what is sustainable?

At the moment we have a population around 20 million people. Is that sustainable? I wonder.

And just who decides what is sustainable? And how do they decide?

In the US Mr Obama has his Health Care Bill and here in Australia Mr Rudd, recently dumped PM, has
formulated his plan to take over responsibility for Health Care from the States.”


Our next course includes a special bitter ale (cheers!) that is designed to ‘purge the palate’ for the next course:


Republicans bring up Kagan’s record on military

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 29, 6:46 am ET

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans and Solicitor General Elena Kagan are facing off over whether her objection to the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers and her decision to restrict recruiters at Harvard Law School disqualify her from serving on the Supreme Court.

Just minutes into Kagan’s confirmation hearing Monday, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions charged she had “kicked the military out of the recruiting office” at Harvard, “in violation of federal law.”

“Her actions punished the military and demeaned our soldiers as they were courageously fighting two wars overseas,” Sessions said. “I can’t take this issue lightly.”

The recruitment matter is one of the few points on her resume that Republicans have been able to use against her. Her policies and writings on the issue call up broader themes of patriotism and equal rights, both emotional topics at a time when the nation is at war and both parties are gearing up for the midterm elections. In some measure, the November balloting will be a referendum on her patron, President Barack Obama.

At the very heart of Kagan’s decision at Harvard is an even more sensitive topic — her opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on openly gay soldiers.

Republicans contend that Harvard was the wrong venue for Kagan’s “personal political grievance” and that briefly restricting the recruiters on campus broke the law. They conclude with questions about whether Kagan is anti-military and unfit to make impartial decisions on the high court.

Republicans have a tough case to make.
[Continue article FOUND HERE]


Here is where we give you a break but present the check – sorry, you hafta pay for the meal right? The good news is that the final course and dessert is on the house – our treat to you for stopping by for lunch:


There are multiple articles here, each explaining the New Online ID System which will come out in the Fall of 2010.
We all know where this is leading, so it is well to keep informed.
In Him,
Jim Goodrick

The following articles pertain to :
New Online ID System for buying and selling

and : Trusted Identities in Cyberspace ( Document )

“National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” pdf


The final course should help us digest what we’ve eaten so it could be the ‘mystery ingredient to tie the whole meal together? Well, you must taste it first, in order to see…


Questioning the Koran

At the Guantanamo Naval Base prison, American military personnel are required to wear gloves when touching the Koran. It’s the perfect metaphor for our official culture’s obsequious behavior toward Islam. Terrorists the world over cite the Koran as the motivation and justification for their terrorist acts, yet journalists and government officials reflexively jump to the Koran’s defense whenever it seems to be implicated in terror. Instead of thinking, “Hmm, let’s take a closer look at that book,” they assure us, on no evidence, that the terrorists have misunderstood the Koran.

Considering that large chunks of the world are sliding into the Islamic camp, it may be time to take off the gloves. We don’t have the luxury any longer of living by pre-9/11 niceties such as “we must respect religious differences”—a formula which has come to mean that we mustn’t even look into them. On the contrary, you respect differences by taking them seriously. And if the Koran is the motive force behind Islam’s militancy then the Koran deserves serious examination, not perfunctory gestures of esteem.

“Why bring religion into it?” you may ask. Well, because religion is what it’s all about. Sincere Muslims believe that God wants the whole world to be subject to Islam. They’re free to believe that, of course, but it would be very much in the interest of non-Muslims if they stopped believing it. If an unbeliever refuses to submit to Islam, Allah requires that his head be separated from his body. In light of this, it seems only reasonable that unbelievers should start thinking of ways to separate Muslims from their faith. We have a—shall we say, vital—interest in encouraging Muslims to reflect critically upon the facts of their faith. We can help them to do this, not by telling them we have deep respect for their religion, but by telling them we have deep misgivings about it.

So, the argument that the Koran is of divine origin, and therefore deserving of unquestioning obedience, ought to be challenged. And it ought to be challenged frequently and persuasively with the intention of forcing Muslims to at least entertain some doubts that God had anything to do with the composition of the Koran.

Let’s pass over the awkward fact that there were no witnesses to the revelation except Muhammad himself, and go on to look at what Muslim apologists say in defense of the Koran. The traditional belief is that the Koran, which was given to Muhammad in installments, is a perfect replica of a mother book which has existed eternally in heaven.
[ Continue Article FOUND HERE]


Have room for dessert? I bet you are full! I am…but it’s light and may become our house dessert. Proverbs for daily living. Every day untill I’m instructed differently, I will make up a batch of Proverbs – the chapter based on the day…today would be from Proverbs 29/June 29 – dig in:


Proverbs 29

1 A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

5 Whoever flatters his neighbor
is spreading a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.

8 Mockers stir up a city,
but wise men turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will always be secure.

15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom,
but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace;
he will bring delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
but blessed is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words;
though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 If a man pampers his servant from youth,
he will bring grief [a] in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up dissension,
and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

23 A man’s pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy;
he is put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.

Guess the secret ingredient? Take time to ‘Chew’ this meal CAREFULLY with me – considering previous discussions – soon, the ingredients will be revealed.

We are not to be troubled by all of this, but to understand that Jesus is very close now and to be patiently watching and praying!

Take time today to ensure your relations are tight and right with Yeshua – He may come tonight! Thanks for stopping by!


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