Posts Tagged ‘economy’

Extract from article here.

For years, liberal newspapers used to be worried about the horrors of a “population explosion” (as was the implacable Anne Ehrlich, author in 1968, with her husband Paul, of the infamous “The Population Bomb”, which for 1980 predicted the extinction of whales, and the transformation of the UK into a desolate land).

Today, the same media wonder if Europe is really “going to survive.” At this time the answer is no. The collapse has begun. Nihilism thrives in Europe. (more…)

21 minute audio extract of 2 hour discussion:

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America teeters on a precipice. In the midst of financial turmoil, political uncertainty, declining morality, the constant threat of natural disasters, and a myriad of other daunting challenges, many wonder what the future holds for this once-great nation. Is America an empire in decline or a nation poised for a historic Renaissance? Will history’s greatest democracy stage a miraculous comeback, returning to the forefront of the world’s economic and spiritual stage? Can America’s religious past be repeated today with a third Great Awakening? Or will the rise of China, Russia, and other nations, coupled with the U.S.’s internal struggles, send her into a decline from which there can be no return? This special will help listeners understand the economic, social, and spiritual challenges facing the United States in the 21st century, through the lens of biblical prophecy.

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Budget failures in several nations (Greece, Italy), what does it tell us? Cutting $1.2 trillion from American budget by decision doesn’t seem to work – maybe by default (across the board cut) will.

Also, Spanish government failure. Average of 21% unemployment and for ages 20-25 years 47%. I thought Africa had bad numbers. What is wrong with the younger generation? Is it their fault? …likely more to do the parents & popular culture.

This post doesn’t try hard to fit these trends into the ‘stack trace trend line’, but you can be sure that all this fits. In a culture that doesn’t understand the “morality of debt” or “if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” these things should not be too surprising. The Bible tells us where this trajectory will lead.

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Israel plays a major part in technology innovation & combined with riches blessing prophesied over Israel, potentially mainly in the form of oil & gas (more info on that here), here are some key facts that are amazing, considering that modern Israel is only about 60 years old.

7 minute extract of the Epicenter book, or get it as audiobook:

The following “boycott Israel” satire video illustrates the scope & influence of Israel:

Israel in numbers:

Economics:

  • Israel has the largest number of startup companies per capita in the world.
  • Israel is the world’s largest wholesale diamond center, finally surpassing Antwerp in the 1970′s. Most of the cut & polished diamonds in the world come from Israel.
  • Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies outside of the US and Canada.
  • Israel was the first country to have a free trade agreement with the United States.
  • Apart from the Silicon Valley, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world.
  • The cell phone was developed in Israel at Motorola’s largest development center.
  • The Voice Mail technology was developed in Israel.
  • In the early 80′s, IBM chose an Israeli-designed computer chip as the brains for its first personal computers.
  • The first anti-virus software for computers was developed in Israel in 1979.
  • Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed in Israel by Microsoft.
  • Both the Pentium-4 and Centrino processors were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
  • Israel has the highest number of home computers per capita in the world.
  • The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ was developed in 1996 by 4 young Israelis.
  • Israel was the first Middle Eastern country to launch a satellite, the Ofek 1, on September 19, 1988.

Military/Security:

  • Israel has the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the US.
  • Israel has the world’s most impenetrable airline security.
  • Israel spends more money per capita on its own protection than any country in the world.

Geography:

  • Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East.
  • Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan.
  • The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world.
  • The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, at about 1,373 feet below sea level.
  • Israel is the only nation in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world.

Demographics:

  • Israel’s population is half the size of Metro New York City.
  • Israel has only 2% of the population of the Middle East.
  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees per capita in the world.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world – by a large margin.
  • Israel has the highest number of scientists and technicians per capita in the world – by a large margin.
  • Israel has the highest number of engineers per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the highest number of PhD’s per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the highest number of physicians per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the largest percentage of its workforce employed in technical professions in the world.
  • Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation in the world, per capita.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown over the last 50 years.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews are all free to vote.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where women enjoy full political rights.

Culture:

  • Hebrew is the only case of a dead national language being revived in all of world history. Hebrew had not been spoken as a native tongue by anyone for centuries. Today it is the native tongue of millions of people.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel has more orchestras per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel publishes more books per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel publishes more books translated from other languages than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel reads more books per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • The most independent and free Arabic press in the Middle East is in Israel.

Other:

  • Israel’s dairy cows are the most productive dairy cows in the world. They average 25,432 pounds of milk per cow per year, compared to just 18,747 pounds from American cows; 17,085 from Canadian cows; 13,778 from European Union cows; 10,207 from Australian cows; and 6,600 from Chinese cows.
  • Israel has more in-vitro fertilization per capita than anywhere in the world, and it’s free.
  • Israelis, per capita, are the world’s biggest consumers of fruits and vegetables.
  • Of the 175 UN Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. Of the 690 UN General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

What is (not) happening with many men today? Albert Mohler looks at the effects of the new ‘knowledge economy’ combined with the feministic push of women in the workforce and some of the unexpected side-effects that has.

Thinking in Public. Listen to full audio here.

A new Bretton Woods economic system being decided on? Just conspiracy theories? Think again…

Aaron Klein Podcast. Listen to full audio here.