Monday, January 16, 2017

An Aging World | Population Age 65+ in 2015 and 2050

Source: US Census
The social and economic implications of an aging population are becoming increasingly apparent in many industrialized nations around the globe. With populations in places such as North America, Western Europe and Japan aging more rapidly than ever before, policymakers are confronted with several interrelated issues, including a decline in the working-age population, increased health care costs, unsustainable pension commitments and changing demand drivers within the economy. These issues could significantly undermine the high living standard enjoyed in many advanced economies. 

As of December 2015, people 65 or older account for more than 20% of the total population in only three countries: Germany, Italy and Japan. This figure is expected to rise to 13 countries by 2020. A rapidly aging population means there are fewer working-age people in the economy. This leads to a supply shortage of qualified workers, making it more difficult for businesses to fill in-demand roles. An economy that cannot fill in-demand occupations faces adverse consequences, including declining productivity, higher labor costs, delayed business expansion and reduced international competitiveness. In some instances, a supply shortage may push up wages, thereby causing wage inflation and creating a vicious cycle of price/wage spiral.

Japan is home to the oldest citizenry in the world, with 26.3%
of its population being 65 years of age or older. The population
aged 15 to 64 fell by 4% between 2000 and 2010
(World Bank).
To compensate, many countries look to immigration to keep their labor forces well supplied. While countries such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are attracting more highly skilled immigrants, integrating them into the workforce can be a challenge because domestic employers may not recognize immigrant credentials and work experience, especially if they were obtained in countries outside of North America, Western Europe and Australia.

Given that demand for health care rises with age, countries with rapidly aging populations must allocate more money and resources to their health care systems. With health care spending as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) already high in most advanced economies, it is difficult to increase spending while ensuring care improves and other social needs do not deteriorate in the case of publicly funded or government-administered health care systems. Additionally, the health care sector in many advanced economies faces similar issues, including labor and skills shortages, increased demand for home care and the need to invest in new technologies. All of these cost escalators make it more difficult for existing systems to handle the increased prevalence of chronic diseases, let alone sufficiently address the needs of large and growing senior populations. 

Countries with large elderly populations depend on smaller pools of workers in which to collect taxes to pay for higher health costs, pension benefits and other publicly funded programs. This is becoming more common in advanced economies where retirees live on fixed incomes with much smaller tax brackets than workers. The combination of lower tax revenue and higher spending commitments on health care, pension and other benefits is a major concern for advanced industrialized nations. Source: Investopedia. See also HERE

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Obama the War Criminal, Butcherer of Women and Children

The nobel peace prize winner is waving good-bye - here at
the conclusion of his remarks to U.S. troops at Bagram 
Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Pete Souza).
Paul Craig Roberts (Jan 11, 2017) - There is no doubt that US President Barack Obama is a war criminal, as are his military and intelligence officials and most of the House and Senate. Obama is the first president to keep the US at war for the entirety of his eight-year regime. During 2016 alone, the US dropped 26,171 bombs on wedding parties, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, schools, people in their homes and walking their streets, and farmers tilling their fields in seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

What does the administration have to show for eight years of illegal military interventions in seven countries, none of which comprised a danger to the US and against none of which the US has declared war? Terrorism was created by US invasions, no wars have been won, and the Middle East has been consumed in chaos and destruction. Worldwide hatred of the United States has risen to a record high. The US is now the most despised country on earth.

[...] The questions are: If Trump becomes president, will Washington’s massive crimes against humanity continue? If so, will the rest of the world continue to tolerate Washington’s extraordinary evil?

Monday, January 9, 2017

SPX vs 4.5 Degree Steps of Lunar Node to Lunar Apogee | 80th Harmonic

Upcoming aspects in this 18 Year Cycle:
Feb 04 (Sat) = 85.5 degrees, Mar 14 (Tue) =  90 degrees, Apr 13 (Thu), May 07 (Sun), May 26 (Fri),
Jun 19 (Mon), Jul 16 (Sun), Aug 22 (Tue), Sep 25 (Mon), Oct 21 (Sat), Nov 12 (Sun), Dec 02 (Sat),
Dec 26 (Tue), 2018 Jan 29 (Mon) = 144 degrees. See also HERE

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ball Lightning, Oilfields and Earthquakes | Valentino Straser

In the Po Valley Plain area of Northern Italy the recurrent appearance of ball lightning has never seemed accidental, as testified by the more than 750 sightings reported between 1900 and 2008 (fat red numbers in map 2). The mechanism that triggers ball lightning is presumed to derive from particular atmospheric conditions and the concomitant presence in the atmosphere of gas and ions, along with other phenomena such as natural radioactivity and electromagnetic anomalies generated, for example, by crust stress.

In the Po Valley Plain the abundance of hydrocarbons has resulted in intense extraction activity which began in the mid 1800s and continued until the 1950s. Nowadays, despite a drastic reduction, extraction of natural gas is still important, currently satisfying 48% of Italy's needs. Manifestations of hydrocarbons, in some cases spontaneous and restricted to a few areas, include the small mud volcanoes scattered along the Apennine belt on the margins of the Po Valley Plain.

Ball lightning has a surface tension that allows it to “float” in the air at different heights, with some staying close to the ground while others rise hundreds of meters from the surface, just as the coloring and shapes that they assume are not always the same. In fact, the combination of gases and free charges underlie the formation of plasmas and plasmoids are closely related to the formation of ball lightning. According to the theory of piezoelectricity certain silicate minerals, such as quartz, produce charged clouds and electric potentials through air ionization when they are subjected to crustal stress. One initial conclusion concerns the difference between areas with hydrocarbon deposits and those subject to tectonic stress.In the first case, the number of sightings is much higher and seems to depend on the dew point. In this situation, ball lightning appears at an apparent height in the order of hundreds of meters. Source: NCGT Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Sep 2016).

DJIA 2017 | Presidential Cycle + Seasonal Pattern + Decennial Cycle

Seasonal Cycle (1900-2016) Jan 01 - Dec 31 = +6.99%
1st Year of the Presidential Cycle (2017) Jan 01 - Dec 31 = +5.48%
7th Year of the Decennial Cycle (2017) Jan 01 - Dec 31 = +4.82%
"The Sun's position by itself in relation to the stock market can show you trends that are more
or less active for each year, as the Sun degrees are generally fixed. They fall on about the
same date every year. So this is why some periods of the year would be more of a pattern."

Seasonality | DJIA | NDX | FTSE | DAX | HSI | NI225

Credits: Seasonal Charts

SPX vs 15 Degree Steps of Lunar Node to Lunar Apogee | 24th Harmonic

Upcoming aspects in this 18 Year Cycle:
Jan 12 (Thu) = 165 degrees, Mar 14 (Tue) = 180 degrees, Apr 28 (Fri), Jun 04 (Sun), Jul 16 (Sun),
Sep 17 (Sun), Oct 28 (Sat), Dec 02 (Sat), Jan 15, 2018 (Mon).
David McMinn (2016): 9/56 Year Cycle: Lunar North Node - Apogee Angles [5 p.]

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Harmony of the Spheres | Dance of the Planets

James Ferguson’s (1710-1776) representation of the apparent motion of the Sun, Mercury, and Venus from the Earth, based on similar diagrams by Giovanni Cassini (1625-1712) and  Roger Long (1680-1770). Taken from the "Astronomy" article in the first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1771; Volume 1, Fig. 2 of Plate XL facing page 449). This geocentric diagram shows, from the location of the Earth, the Sun's apparent annual orbit, the orbit of Mercury for 7 years, and the orbit of Venus for 8 years, after which Venus returns to almost the same apparent position in relation to the Earth and Sun. In Arabic, Venus is called “El Zahra” - the flower. See HERE + HERE + HERE + HERE

Earth - Mercury Cycle.
This and all following graphics by John Martineau.
Earth - Venus Cycle:
Earth = 8 years x 365.256 days/year = 2,922.05 days
Venus = 13 years x 224.701 days/year = 2,921.11 days (ie. 99.9%)
Earth - Mars Cycle.
Earth - Jupiter Cycle.
Saturn - Uranus Cycle.
Jupiter - Saturn Cycle.
Venus - Mars Cycle.
The radius of the Moon compared to the Earth's is 3:11
Radius of Moon = 1,080 miles = 3 x 360
Radius of Earth = 3,960 miles = 11 x 360 = 33 x 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5
Radius of Earth plus Radius of Moon = 5,040 miles = 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 x 7 = 7 x 8 x 9 x 10

The ratio 3:11 is 27.3%, and the orbit of the Moon takes 27.3 days, which is also the average rotation period of a sunspot. The closest to farthest distance ratio that Venus and Mars each experiences in the Mars-Venus dance is also 3:11. The Earth orbits between them. The sizes of the Moon and the Earth is drawn to scale in the last illustration above, where the perimeters of the dotted square and the dotted circle are of the same length: The perimeter of the dotted red square is 4 x Earth’s diameter = 4 x 7,920 miles = 31,680 miles. The circumference of the dotted blue circle is 2 pi x radius = 2 x 3.142 x 5040 miles = 31,667 miles (ie. 99.9%).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Measure of the Circle | Math for Mystics

Pi (π) is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. 
As a fraction, its closest approximations are 22/7, 333/106 and 355/113.
Projection on the plane of the ecliptic of the parabolic
orbits of 72 comets, 1802. Engraving by Wilson Lowry after
Johann Elert Bode.
Circle of Fifths, and relationship of relative
minor keys to major key signatures.

"The circle is one of the noblest representations of Deity, in his noble works of human nature. It bounds, determines, governs, and dictates space, bounds latitude and longitude, refers to the Sun, Moon, and all the planets, in direction, brings to the mind thoughts of eternity, and concentrates the mind to imagine for itself the distance and space it comprehends. It rectifies all boundaries; it is the key to information of the knowledge of God; it points to each and every part of God's noble work."

John Davis (1845): The Measure of the Circle
[p. 12].

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No American Aircraft Carrier at Sea anywhere in the World | Paradigm shift?

All back home for the very first time since the 1930s:
After imperialistic missions in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the
Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea, also USS George H.W. Bush
(CVN 77), the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the
United States Navy, is back to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
More here HERE + HERE
Tony Cartalucci (Jan 2, 2017) - President-elect Donald Trump has surrounded himself with not only pro-Israeli hardliners like David Friedman, but also a circle who have - for years - advocated war with Iran including Breitbart News' Stephen Bannon and retired US Marine Corps General James Mattis.

[...] US special interests, since the end of the Cold War, have been consumed with confronting and eliminating any threat to their perceived global hegemony. As retired US Army General Wesley Clark warned for years, the US is pursuing a singular agenda since the 1990's, one indifferent to who is in the White House and what rhetoric is being used to sell the myriad of wars and "color revolutions" required to incrementally achieve and maintain global hegemony. As Russia and China reintroduce a global balance of power, checking US aggression and rolling back US hegemony to a more proportional, multipolar role upon the world stage, the US has increasingly reacted with direct confrontations with both Moscow and Beijing as well as an increasingly violent campaign of proxy wars and regime change operations worldwide.

The illusion that a presidential election could derail this singular, decades-long agenda is a dangerous one. In reality, the only obstacle between US special interests and achieving global hegemony are competing centers of power. These include nation-states like Russia and China, or grassroots movements like the alternative media, alternative and disruptive economic models, and political movements built on the power and influence such movements achieve. Such alternatives can undermine the unwarranted power and influence currently enjoyed by the US and the corporate-financier monopolies that dominate its political landscape.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lunar and Solar Eclipses 2017 | August 21 — The Great American Eclipse

2017 Feb 11 (Sat) = Penumbral Lunar Eclipse @ 24° LEO 59'
This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance
to Canada and the USA. The UK, Spain, Algeria, Morocco
and Mali are likely to be affected at a later date. With
the Sun being eclipse ruler, countries falling under the
Sun’s rulership will have to be taken into consideration.
2017 Feb 26 (Sun) = Annular Solar Eclipse @ 02° PIS 34'
This eclipse may be of immediate importance to Canada and
the USA. With Jupiter being eclipse ruler, countries falling
under Jupiter’s
rulership will have to be taken into
2017 Aug 07 (Mon) = Partial Lunar Eclipse @ 08° AQU 04'
This eclipse may turn out to be of immediate importance to
Poland, Austria and Italy. Russia, China and India may be
affected at a later date. With Saturn being eclipse ruler,
countries falling under Saturn’s
rulership will have to
be taken into consideration.
2017 Aug 21 (Mon) = Total Solar Eclipse @ 20° LEO 21'
This is truly a great American eclipse sweeping the U.S. from
the Pacific to the Atlantic. However, this eclipse may be of
immediate importance to Russia. Canada and the USA are likely
to be affected at a later date. With the Sun being eclipse
ruler, countries falling under the Sun’s
rulership will
have to be taken into consideration.

: NASA. + Peter Stockinger. See also HERE + HERE
Asa Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy was the most popular American pictorial astronomy
guide of the 19th century, with numerous diagrams demonstrating or showing principles
of planetary motion and features, other astronomical phenomena, the moon, and the
constellations. Originally copyrighted in 1848, numerous editions followed.
DJIA vs Eclipses 2014 - 2016 (HERE)
FTSE vs Eclipses 2004 - 2013 (HERE)
More about Stock Markets vs Lunar Node's Speed and the Eclipse Crash Window HERE

Monday, January 2, 2017

DAX vs Iris Treppner's Astro Forecast 2012 - 2021 | Review 2016

Iris Treppner (May 2012) - Astro Trading
an updated and fine-tuned 2016 DAX-forecast HERE)

SPX vs Mercury Speed | January 2017

Upcoming Turn-Days:
Jan 04 (Wed), Jan 10 (Tue), Jan 17 (Tue), Jan 22 (Sun), Feb 07 (Tue).

SPX vs Declination of Mercury + Venus | January 2017

Upcoming potential Turn-Days:
Jan 04 (Wed), Jan 28 (Sat), Jan 30 (Mon).

SPX vs Cosmic Cluster Days | January 2017

Upcoming Cosmic Cluster Days (CCDs) are:
Jan 09 (Mon), Jan 11 (Wed), Jan 12 (Thu), Jan 25 (Wed), Feb 08 (Wed).

SPX vs Mercury – Venus Cycle | January 2017

Upcoming Turn-Days:
Dec 28 (Wed), Jan 01 (Sun), Jan 06 (Fri), Jan 15 (Sun), Jan 18 (Wed), Jan 28 (Sat).

SPX vs Jupiter – Saturn Cycle | January 2017

Upcoming Turn-Days:
Dec 30 (Fri), Jan 05 (Thu), Jan 15 (Sun), Jan 26 (Thu), Feb 01 (Wed), Feb 09 (Thu).

SPX vs Astrometric Indicator | January 2017

Upcoming turn-days:
Jan 02 (Mon), Jan 03 (Tue), Jan 04 (Wed), Jan 05 (Thu), Jan 06 (Fri), Jan 11 (Wed),
Jan 13 (Fri), Jan 19 (Thu), Jan 22 (Sun), Jan 25 (Wed), Feb 01 (Wed).

SPX vs True Node Speed = Mean Node Speed + Extremes | January 2017

Upcoming signal-days:
Jan 02 (Mon), Jan 05 (Thu), Jan 08 (Sun), Jan 11 (Wed), Jan 14 (Sat), Jan 18 (Wed),
Jan 23 (Mon), Jan 25 (Wed), Jan 28 (Sat).

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)