A U.S. Recession Will Reveal Germany’s Dark Side

Germany depends on trade—and that is one of its biggest weaknesses.

Germany is Europe’s economic superstar—its great success story. Germany’s low unemployment rate of 3.6 percent is half the overall rate for the European Union and the envy of the Continent. Its economy continues to grow steadily while other major EU countries like Spain and Italy have barely grown at all since the 2008 financial crisis.

Despite all this good news, Germany has a deadly Achilles’ heel: the United States.

Germany’s economy depends on exports, which account for nearly half of its economy.

This makes Germany uniquely vulnerable to global economic shocks. What will happen when the next recession hits the U.S.?

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The Day David Beat Goliath

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The Day David Beat Goliath

Listen to the March 8, 2018, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

When the fledgling Philadelphia Church of God printed Herbert W. Armstrong’s crowning achievement, Mystery of the Ages, the copyright owners said it was their “Christian duty” to keep the book out of print. A six-year legal battle ensued. From 1997 to 2003, the Philadelphia Church of God relentlessly fought the Worldwide Church of God for the right to print Mystery of the Ages. On this episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show, I review this exciting history and explain how David beat Goliath.

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Will Gun Control Solve Our Problems?

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Will Gun Control Solve Our Problems?

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, mainstream media began pushing for gun-control reforms. Is this the solution to America’s problems?

After 17 people died from a school shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, cnn sponsored a town hall discussion for those affected by the shooting. The televised event on February 21 put several students from the high school up on a stage. cnn named the event “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” and promoted it as if it were an open forum for community discussion. In reality, it was an advocacy event for gun confiscation.

Brandon Minoff, an 18-year-old student who attends Stoneman Douglas, was quoted in an article at the Daily Caller saying that the media immediately politicized the tragedy. “It seems that gun-control laws is the major topic of conversation rather than focusing on the bigger issue of 17 innocent lives being taken at the hands of another human,” he said.

Minoff also told Fox News that the entire day after the shooting “cnn was interviewing gun experts and specialists to brainwash the audience that gun control is a necessity.”

He also revealed how they are using teenagers to promote their anti-gun agenda: “They even have an army of my classmates trying to persuade other students that guns are unnecessary and should be illegal.”

The same day as the town hall meeting, cnn further exposed its bias by tweeting:

cnn wanted people to know about all of the lawmakers who didn’t vote for a ban on “assault” weapons. It even revealed all of their ratings from the National Rifle Association, because, from its perspective, Republicans and the nra are the ones responsible for the tragedy—not the demon-possessed mass murderer!

Some Republicans and youth spoke up against this biased agenda during the town hall discussion. But they, along with nra spokeswoman Dana Loesch, were shouted down for most of the evening.

I was astounded by a statement made by 17-year-old student Cameron Kasky. Kasky told Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, “It’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz ….”

Here was a teenager equating his state’s United States senator to a mass murderer! The crowd cheered. And the moderator said nothing. None of the adults in the room challenged the teenager.

The day after the cnn gun-control pep rally, we learned about all of the missed opportunities law enforcement officials had to prevent the teenage psychopath from carrying out the atrocity.

During the town hall meeting, Sheriff Scott Israel clearly positioned himself on the side of the leftist gun-control advocates. According to Israel, 19-year-olds shouldn’t be able to purchase rifles. He also said that what would help law enforcement agencies prevent massacres like this is more power from the federal government.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch challenged the sheriff. Why didn’t he use the power he already had to stop the tragedy? There were so many red flags! This was a killer who bragged online about becoming a “professional school shooter.” He had threatened the lives of fellow students. He had brought weapons to school. Law enforcement officials visited the killer’s home dozens of times before the tragedy because of the many complaints and disturbances. “And you couldn’t pull this guy off the streets?” Loesch asked. “Thirty-nine visits did not meet that standard? Thirty-nine visits, assaulting students, assaulting parents, taking bullets and knives to school—did that not meet that standard?”

“This is what I’m talking about,” she said. “We have to follow up on these red flags!”

The Broward County law enforcement officials had all the power they needed to lock up this monster! The sad truth is that something actually could have been done before this shooting. But nothing was, except a few slaps on the wrist.

And now we know that the police also had firepower onsite while the mass shooting was happening—but the armed deputy on duty waited outside the school until the massacre was over!

According to Sheriff Israel, the deputy “was absolutely on campus through this entire event,” but he never entered the building, despite knowing there was an active shooter on campus.

After this startling revelation, Sheriff Israel told reporters he was “devastated” and sick to his stomach by the deputy’s inaction. He said that the deputy definitely should have confronted the killer.

What amazes me is that for eight years during the Obama administration, the major media attacked local law enforcement agencies time and again for what they viewed as excessive force or maybe racial profiling.

And here we have clear negligence on the part of local and federal law enforcement agencies—before, during and after this unspeakable tragedy—and now the media are busy defending law enforcement even as they trash Republicans and the nra.

In her recent article, “Amazing Breakthrough to Reduce Mass Shootings,” Ann Coulter wrote about why the fbi could have easily missed the many red flags on Nikolas Cruz. The fbi has millions of people on its watch list, thanks, in part, to millions of unvetted immigrants who are streaming into America.

Almost half of all mass shootings since 2000 have been committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, Coulter wrote. “Two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, at Virginia Tech in 2007 and at the Pulse Nightclub in 2016, were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants.” The rest of the mass shootings are generally committed by young American men with mental disorders. Coulter continued (emphasis added):

But even the most efficient organization would have trouble keeping track of the Nikolas Cruzes when our immigration policies require approximately one third of the country to be constantly watching another third of the country.

These facts, however, do not faze the activists who seemed to be obsessed with repealing America’s Second Amendment. During the town hall meeting, a history teacher from Stoneman Douglas called into question the wisdom of Americans’ right to bear arms. The history teacher! She’s the one “teaching” these left-wing teens about America’s Bill of Rights.

The Founding Fathers thought this amendment was so important that they put it second—right after the amendment that protects free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion!

Notice what my father said concerning the Second Amendment in his booklet America Under Attack:

The Second Amendment in the U.S. protects the people’s right to bear arms, but for what? If you listen to the left, you would never know. To hear them talk about it, its purpose is so Americans can go out and shoot deer.

That isn’t the reason for the Second Amendment at all. The main point was to protect the citizens from government tyranny. The government might decide to take over, and if you don’t have guns or something to defend yourself, what are you going to do (unless you have God’s protection)?

A history teacher should know this! As my father asks, “Why won’t the radical liberals mention that?” Why won’t they mention this history? The radical left often responds to this history by saying, Oh please, that could never happen. The government could never become so corrupt! But as my father brings out, “Government tyranny is routine in human history.”

America’s Founding Fathers were not ignorant of this history. They established this nation on the belief that the freedom of individuals should be maximized, and that they should control the government and not the other way around. That is why they established the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment. Do our young people remember and understand the sacrifices it took to obtain the freedoms we enjoy today?

How many American adults even know about this history anymore?

In a Key of David program from over 10 years ago, my father explained the root cause of mass shootings:

Human nature is the problem. God says it’s human nature that must be changed; that is the problem. It’s not getting rid of some guns, and even if you did that, if everybody were told to turn in their guns, the bad guys wouldn’t turn in theirs, would they? No, that presents quite a dilemma when you think about it.

The same Founding Fathers who established the Second Amendment also knew that freedom would not be preserved unless the American people held fast to religion and morality. They understood that people owning guns to protect themselves from government tyranny was not the main factor that would keep them free. They knew that Americans would only be free as long as it held to the principles of biblical morality.

Human nature and the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) are the cause of all the evil that we see in this world, and the solution is to get back to God’s law! That is the only way out. Gun control is not going to solve the problem. Man’s evil nature needs to be changed.

If you would like to learn more about this subject, you can listen to my recent Trumpet Daily Radio Show podcast or request a free copy of my father’s booklet America Under Attack.

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One of the World’s Richest Cities Now Filthier Than a Third-World Slum

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One of the World’s Richest Cities Now Filthier Than a Third-World Slum

How does a city with so much wealth produce so much filth?

San Francisco, California, is one of the world’s richest cities and famous around the world. Paradoxically, its city streets are also routinely reported to be in deplorable and disgusting conditions.

If you’ve been to San Francisco, you have probably visited tourist areas that are beautiful. But you were probably also relentlessly pursued by beggars and noticed that there is something seriously wrong with the city. San Francisco Travel ceo Joe D’Alessandro told a local cbs station, “The most common negative thing tourists say is the condition of our streets—whether it’s aggressive panhandling or encampments on the streets or just dirt and trash. And in fact, that is tarnishing our brand.”

In an investigation by nbc Bay Area, published February 18, the Investigative Unit spent three days surveying downtown San Francisco. Walking 153 blocks stretching more than 20 miles, reporters discovered conditions comparable to some of the worst slums in the world. They found trash on every block, 100 discarded drug needles, and 303 piles of human waste.

Preschool teachers must teach young children walking on the sidewalks of San Francisco to navigate obstacle courses of discarded syringes, filthy garbage and human excrement.

Conditions Ripe for Disease

“If you get stuck with these disposed needles you can get hiv, Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease scientist at University of California–Berkeley. He warned that in some instances, passersby can even breathe in fecal matter as it dries and dissipates into the air. This can be deadly, especially for children.

Dr. Riley and Dr. Jason Corburn analyzed the health hazards in areas of deep poverty across the globe in their 2016 book Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street. Dr. Riley believes the contamination levels in some parts of San Francisco may now be worse than certain slums in Brazil, Kenya and India.

City supervisor Hillary Ronen believes the solution is to take people off the streets. She wants to add 1,000 more temporary beds to the 2,000 the city currently has, at a cost of about $25 million. The money has to come from somewhere, “[w]hether that’s putting something on the ballot to raise business taxes or taking a look at our general fund and re-allocating money towards that purpose and taking it away from something else in the city,” she said.

San Francisco is already spending $30 million to clean the streets. That’s half of its $60.1 million annual Public Works budget. But Director of San Francisco Public Works Mohammed Nuru said, “We can clean and then go back a few hours later and it looks as if it was never cleaned.”

His city workers are struggling to keep up. They pick up an average of 12,000 needles each month. “It’s not just about sweeping and washing down and cleaning,” Nuru said, “we have a social problem that we need to solve.”

San Francisco Values

San Francisco wasn’t always like this. For years, people flocked to “the city by the bay” for its Mediterranean climate, clean air, and panoramic Pacific views. But during the 1960s, life at the street level began to change. San Francisco and its suburb, Berkeley, became the epicenter of the counterculture movement. The city’s leadership embraced the prevailing acceptance of sex and drugs, believing that these were victimless crimes. This grew into what we now know as “San Francisco values.”

The ideological tug of war included the election of Mayor Willie Brown in 1996. He increased the size of the government, taxation and building regulations. The city’s budget grew 33 percent, to $1 billion. City-Journal.org highlighted San Francisco’s change of direction in its 1998 exposé, “Willie Brown Shows How Not to Run a City.”

Ten years later, San Francisco “values” sprang onto the national scene in 2006 when the Democrats won control of the United States Congress and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, from San Francisco, became Speaker of the House. At the time, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry penned the somber article “Midterm Elections: A Disaster for America,” writing that the “midterm elections changed American politics forever” due in large part to “the fact that ‘San Francisco values’ [began] echoing through Washington’s halls.”

As Mr. Flurry remarked, “When ‘San Francisco values’ dominated Roman society, the empire fell! History teaches that San Francisco values and beliefs do not work. People who fail to look to history do not learn the lessons it furnishes.”

Today, as during the late 1990s, the deterioration of public order in San Francisco is intolerable.

Federal Bureau of Investigation data from 2016 shows that San Francisco has the highest per-capita property crime rate of America’s top 50 cities. According to AreaVibes, “San Francisco’s crime rate is 105 percent higher than the California average and 117 percent higher than the national average. It has a violent crime rate that is 60 percent higher than the California average and 84 percent higher than the national average. And property crime there is 113 percent higher than the California average and 122 percent higher than the national average.”

San Francisco’s liberal policies, after years of efforts aimed at expanding the local government and decriminalizing unlawful behavior, has thrown it into the grips of historic levels of drug use and increasing crime. The disgusting stench of human refuse littering its pavement is merely the most obvious symptom of this deep decay.

The avoidable decay taking place in San Francisco is an ominous sign of the catastrophic collapse that is about to come on this withering nation. There’s a sickness in Israel from head to toe. As this nation’s morals decline, so does the standard of cleanliness and pride in our cities’ streets. The Golden State is rapidly becoming a national disgrace, its glimmering image swiftly tarnishing. The problem traces back not to too many laws or too few street sweepers, but to “San Francisco values”—a lack of true virtues.

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China’s Leap Toward One-Man Rule Should Alarm the World

President Xi Jinping’s power grab will affect the future of China and the world.

China made a bombshell announcement on February 25: The ruling Communist Party said it would abolish a constitutional clause that limits presidential service to two terms. The change will clear the way for President Xi Jinping—already China’s most powerful ruler in decades—to rule the country for as long as he wishes.

President Xi came to power in 2013. Under the existing rules, he would have to leave office in 2023 after his second five-year term ends. But the constitutional revision means he could keep ruling as head of the world’s most populous nation for as long as his heart beats. Emperor for life.

This has alarming implications for the future of China and the world.

Within China, the move positions Xi to rule as an authoritarian ruler in the tradition of Mao Zedong. Mao founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and led the nation with an iron grip for decades—with no term limits. Tens of millions of Chinese people died as a result of Mao’s disastrous leadership, and the only force that brought an end to his rule was his death in 1976 at age 82.

Under Mao Zedong, China was a military lightweight. This meant that Mao’s ambitions rarely spilled over China’s borders in a significant way. But in recent years, the Chinese military has become a formidable force. Under the streamlined leadership of Xi—a man who vowed last year to make China “stand taller and firmer in the world”—such a military should be taken seriously.

Even before this constitutional revision, President Xi has led China on a path of international belligerence, grabbing territory from its neighbors and attempting to close off global commons.

Now that Xi is positioned to essentially be China’s emperor for life, the world should expect China to become even more aggressive on the international stage.

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The Role of Psychiatric Medications in School Shootings

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The Role of Psychiatric Medications in School Shootings

More than 35 million Americans are on antidepressants. This means that severe side effects are likely affecting thousands of people.

In the aftermath of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Americans are fixating on the role of guns. Debate over gun control has grown very heated.

It is easy to blame the weapon, but this does not address the cause of such tragedies. There are millions of AR-15 rifles in the United States that aren’t being used to indiscriminately murder people. What causes someone to commit such a horrifying atrocity against fellow human beings?

The Trumpet has written about fatherlessness as a relevant common denominator in school shootings. In case after case—Charleston, Newtown, Decatur, University of Central Florida, mit—the shooter was a young man whose parents divorced or never married. Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland killer, was adopted, and his adopted father died when he was 6 years old. He was a child left to himself (Proverbs 29:15). He got into some terrible evil, and no one stopped him. That is a cause the leaders and media are unwilling to address.

Another potentially major cause is also being widely overlooked: the role of psychiatric medications in these tragedies. In many mass shootings, the murderer was on legal drugs. This hasn’t been confirmed in Cruz’s case, but the Miami Herald reported his aunt saying she believed he was on medication “to deal with his emotional fragility.”

The published side effects of many of these pharmaceuticals include “suicidal ideation” and “homicidal ideation.” These drugs are known to cause people to think about killing themselves or other people!

Read the possible psychiatric side effects for the popular antidepressant Paxil. “Common” symptoms (which the Food and Drug Administration defines as occurring in as many as 1 in 10 users) include abnormal dreams, agitation, anxiety, depersonalization, depression, drugged feeling, emotional lability (breakdown), lack of emotion and nervousness. “Uncommon” symptoms (as many as 1 in 100 users) include abnormal thinking, alcohol abuse, hallucinations, hostility, manic reaction, neurosis and paranoid reaction. And fewer than 1 in 1,000 users experience antisocial reaction, delirium, delusions, hysteria, irritability, manic-depressive reaction, panic attacks, psychosis, psychotic depression, stupor and withdrawal syndrome. The frequency of “suicidal ideation and behavior” is “not reported.” There are postmarketing reports of confusional state, disorientation and homicidal ideation. Drugs.com explains:

Antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. An increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults (aged 18 to 24 years) with major depressive disorder (mdd) and other psychiatric disorders has been reported with short-term use of antidepressant drugs.

Adult and pediatric patients receiving antidepressants for mdd, as well as for psychiatric and nonpsychiatric indications, have reported symptoms that may be precursors to emerging suicidality, including anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia, hypomania and mania.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2011 that 11 percent of Americans age 12 and up are taking antidepressant medication. With 323 million Americans, that’s 35 million people. Even if only 1 in 10,000 of these users experiences the most severe of these symptoms, we are looking at thousands of psychotic, hysterical, delusional or even homicidal people.

It only takes one to cause a Parkland tragedy.

Journalist David Kupelian compiled a list of instances where people who committed school shootings or similar mass murders had been taking psychiatric medications. Here is a sampling of them from his article “Media ignoring 1 crucial factor in Florida school shooting”:

  • Columbine mass-killer Eric Harris was taking Luvox—like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and many others, a modern and widely prescribed type of antidepressant drug called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or ssris. Harris and fellow student Dylan Klebold went on a hellish school shooting rampage in 1999 during which they killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before turning their guns on themselves. Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox—that’s 1 in 25—developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.
  • In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty 6-to-7-year-old children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He also shot and killed his mother and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Afterward, friends of the shooter’s family were interviewed on cbs and abc as saying that Adam was on medication.
  • Patrick Purdy went on a schoolyard shooting rampage in Stockton, California, in 1989 …. The 25-year-old Purdy, who murdered five children and wounded 30, had been on Amitriptyline, an antidepressant, as well as the antipsychotic drug Thorazine.
  • Kip Kinkel, 15, murdered his parents in 1998 and the next day went to his school, Thurston High in Springfield, Oregon, and opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding 22 others. He had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin. …
  • In Paducah, Kentucky, in late 1997, 14-year-old Michael Carneal … traveled to Heath High School and started shooting students in a prayer meeting taking place in the school’s lobby, killing three and leaving another paralyzed. Carneal reportedly was on Ritalin.
  • In 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.
  • Kurt Danysh, 18, shot his own father to death in 1996, a little more than two weeks after starting on Prozac. Danysh’s description of his own mental-emotional state at the time of the murder is chilling: “I didn’t realize I did it until after it was done,” Danysh said. “This might sound weird, but it felt like I had no control of what I was doing, like I was left there just holding a gun.”

Kupelian also cited the case of Andrea Yates, who in 2001 drowned her five children—between 7 years and 6 months of age—in a bathtub. She said she heard voices telling her to kill them. A longtime friend of hers testified at her trial, “She asked me if I thought Satan could read her mind and if I believed in demon possession.” A doctor who evaluated Yates said that after her first child was born, she felt a satanic presence “telling her to take a knife and stab her son Noah.” When she murdered her children, she was under the delusion “not only that she had to kill her children to save them, but that Satan had entered her and that she had to be executed in order to kill Satan,” Kupelian wrote. She had been taking the antidepressant Effexor. Kupelian reported:

In November 2005, more than four years after Yates drowned her children, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.” The Medical Accountability Network, a private nonprofit focused on medical ethics issues, publicly criticized Wyeth, saying Effexor’s “homicidal ideation” risk wasn’t well publicized and that Wyeth failed to send letters to doctors or issue warning labels announcing the change.

Kupelian noted that though the fda defines “rare” (as in “rare adverse events”) as occurring in fewer than 1 in 1,000 people, that year there were 19.2 million prescriptions for Effexor filled in the United States. So here was just one brand of antidepressant that could have been causing murderous thoughts in thousands of Americans! Kupelian wrote,

Effexor is Wyeth’s best-selling drug, by the way, which in one recent year brought in over $3 billion in sales, accounting for almost a fifth of the company’s annual revenues.

This is big business. Thousands of consumers of these drugs who experience problems sue these drug companies each year, and these companies routinely shell out millions of dollars to plaintiffs in order to settle these cases out of court and keep them out of the public eye. As Kupelian noted, pharmaceutical companies are also the biggest sponsors of tv news programs, which rarely if ever confirm reports that these mass murderers were taking prescription medications.

Read for yourself the fda’s “black box” warning label, included on all antidepressants sold in the U.S. today. It begins: “Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (mdd) and other psychiatric disorders.” The evidence is strong that these drugs do play a role in pushing some mentally unstable people into violence.

We have to think about why this would be the case. To take a gun and try to kill as many people as possible with it is an act of pure evil. Can that be simply explained by material, chemical changes in the brain caused by the introduction of pharmaceuticals?

There is a spiritual dimension to this issue. And as loath as the mainstream press is to address the issue of how drugs may play a role in mass murders, it is even less interested in acknowledging this dimension—undeniably a root cause of these tragedies.

The Bible reveals the active presence of an evil spirit world. Read Chapter 2 of Mystery of the Agesto prove the truth about the “Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits” from your own Bible. This evil influence is far more pervasive than most people realize. It is also something that we must individually protect ourselves against, or that influence can quickly expand and become extremely dangerous.

Mind-altering drugs can definitely make a human mind far more vulnerable to demonic influence and activity. And as the Trumpet’s editor in chief Gerald Flurry has repeatedly emphasized lately, such activity is increasing in our world as we approach the end of this age, and the devil “knoweth that he hath but a short time” before being deposed (Revelation 12:12).

Fixating on gun control, Americans are ignoring the real causes of these horrific tragedies. The Apostle Paul warned us not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, lest he gain an advantage over us (2 Corinthians 2:11). This is why the devil’s evil influence will continue to grow—thankfully, for only a short time.