This Could Be The Sinister Truth About The Stock Exchange Halt Officials Are Hiding

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a guest on the Fox Business show Cavuto Coast to Coast, discussing Wednesday’s sudden, mysterious, and highly unusual halt of trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), when he questioned the official assurances that the “technical issue” didn’t involve a possible cyber attack. Noting that neither NYSE officials nor government authorities had said what the problem was, Giuliani wryly observed something to the effect, “If they don’t know what caused it, how can they say it wasn’t a cyber attack?”

And is it possible, even plausible, that the NYSE’s very quick, almost pre-planned, assurance that a hack attack wasn’t involved in the extraordinary measures taken at the exchange was meant to divert our attention from something else that may have been — and may still be — going on?

As Western Journalism reported earlier today, all trading in all symbols was suspended on the floor of the exchange at about 11:30 a.m. ET. The Washington Times‘ coverage of the surprise event noted: “One of the world’s biggest stock exchanges had seen shares trending down throughout the morning because of economic crises in Greece and China, but all trading halted at 11:32 a.m. as data on trades and prices apparently stopped coming into the traders’ computer screens.”

Official communications from the NYSE via Twitter have been sparse and lacking in detail. As of this writing, the exchange’s official Twitter account has seen the issuance of only a handful of advisories. Among them are the two following tweets that vaguely describe the “issue”:

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Hours after the shutdown of activity on the floor of the NYSE, the mystery remains as to what might have happened.

Meanwhile, many anxious investors are left to wonder and worry. Some doubters took to Twitter to express their suspicions about the source of the “technical issue” that caused trading in all securities to be halted shortly after United Airlines was forced to ground all flights in U.S. airports due to reported computer issues.

Some of the skeptical tweets centered on concerns that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is not being shared with the American people, many of whom have their personal wealth tied up in the stock market. The subject of China and its worsening financial difficulties has been raised by quite a few folks, as you can see below.

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As Reuters reported in an article on the Chinese economy posted earlier today, Wednesday:

Chinese shares have fallen more than 30 percent in the last three weeks, and some investors fear China’s turmoil is now a bigger risk than the crisis in Greece.

Fears of a slowdown in China will be a concern for U.S. companies, especially materials and industrial companies, which derive a chunk of their profit from the region.

These events and the resulting concerns about the deteriorating condition of the Chinese financial markets add weight to the informed speculation that China — or high-level but undisclosed considerations of serious ripple-effects from China’s perilous situation — may have played some part, possibly a major role, in the mysterious and prolonged shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange.

Then, of course, there are the associated concerns about the massive cyber attacks on government computer systems as well as U.S. infrastructure for which many in the know blame the communist nation or its hired hackers.

Just yesterday, the South China Morning Post published an investigative piece with the shocking headline: “Top Hong Kong Universities caught up in major hack attack on more than 100 global institutions.”

And only seven days ago, The Daily Beast noted an FBI warning to U.S. firms to be on the lookout for Chinese hack attacks of the kind that recently compromised the personal information of millions of government workers in the database of the Office of Personnel Management.

The FBI is warning U.S. companies to be on the lookout for a malicious computer program that has been linked to the hack of the Office of Personnel Management. Security experts say the malware is known to be used by hackers in China, including those believed to be behind the OPM breach.

So, has the sketchy economic health of China — one of the world’s biggest economies and a super-important U.S. trading partner — impacted the operations of the venerable New York Stock Exchange? Despite official disclaimers that there’s no cyber attack to blame for the halt of trading, it may turn out that somebody, somewhere pulled a plug to turn off the system and keep it from crashing in spectacular fashion.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

This Could Be The Sinister Truth About The Stock Exchange Halt Officials Are Hiding

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a guest on the Fox Business show Cavuto Coast to Coast, discussing Wednesday’s sudden, mysterious, and highly unusual halt of trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), when he questioned the official assurances that the “technical issue” didn’t involve a possible cyber attack. Noting that neither NYSE officials nor government authorities had said what the problem was, Giuliani wryly observed something to the effect, “If they don’t know what caused it, how can they say it wasn’t a cyber attack?”

And is it possible, even plausible, that the NYSE’s very quick, almost pre-planned, assurance that a hack attack wasn’t involved in the extraordinary measures taken at the exchange was meant to divert our attention from something else that may have been — and may still be — going on?

As Western Journalism reported earlier today, all trading in all symbols was suspended on the floor of the exchange at about 11:30 a.m. ET. The Washington Times‘ coverage of the surprise event noted: “One of the world’s biggest stock exchanges had seen shares trending down throughout the morning because of economic crises in Greece and China, but all trading halted at 11:32 a.m. as data on trades and prices apparently stopped coming into the traders’ computer screens.”

Official communications from the NYSE via Twitter have been sparse and lacking in detail. As of this writing, the exchange’s official Twitter account has seen the issuance of only a handful of advisories. Among them are the two following tweets that vaguely describe the “issue”:

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Image Credit: Twitter/NYSE

Hours after the shutdown of activity on the floor of the NYSE, the mystery remains as to what might have happened.

Meanwhile, many anxious investors are left to wonder and worry. Some doubters took to Twitter to express their suspicions about the source of the “technical issue” that caused trading in all securities to be halted shortly after United Airlines was forced to ground all flights in U.S. airports due to reported computer issues.

Some of the skeptical tweets centered on concerns that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is not being shared with the American people, many of whom have their personal wealth tied up in the stock market. The subject of China and its worsening financial difficulties has been raised by quite a few folks, as you can see below.

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As Reuters reported in an article on the Chinese economy posted earlier today, Wednesday:

Chinese shares have fallen more than 30 percent in the last three weeks, and some investors fear China’s turmoil is now a bigger risk than the crisis in Greece.

Fears of a slowdown in China will be a concern for U.S. companies, especially materials and industrial companies, which derive a chunk of their profit from the region.

These events and the resulting concerns about the deteriorating condition of the Chinese financial markets add weight to the informed speculation that China — or high-level but undisclosed considerations of serious ripple-effects from China’s perilous situation — may have played some part, possibly a major role, in the mysterious and prolonged shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange.

Then, of course, there are the associated concerns about the massive cyber attacks on government computer systems as well as U.S. infrastructure for which many in the know blame the communist nation or its hired hackers.

Just yesterday, the South China Morning Post published an investigative piece with the shocking headline: “Top Hong Kong Universities caught up in major hack attack on more than 100 global institutions.”

And only seven days ago, The Daily Beast noted an FBI warning to U.S. firms to be on the lookout for Chinese hack attacks of the kind that recently compromised the personal information of millions of government workers in the database of the Office of Personnel Management.

The FBI is warning U.S. companies to be on the lookout for a malicious computer program that has been linked to the hack of the Office of Personnel Management. Security experts say the malware is known to be used by hackers in China, including those believed to be behind the OPM breach.

So, has the sketchy economic health of China — one of the world’s biggest economies and a super-important U.S. trading partner — impacted the operations of the venerable New York Stock Exchange? Despite official disclaimers that there’s no cyber attack to blame for the halt of trading, it may turn out that somebody, somewhere pulled a plug to turn off the system and keep it from crashing in spectacular fashion.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Man Thought He Was Raising Puppies, But They Turned Out To Be Something Much More Terrifying

Wang Kaiyu of Maguan County in China purchased and raised what he believed to be two “good looking” pups from a Vietnamese salesman in 2013, and has lovingly cared for them over the past two years.

He noted that his animals had growing appetites and had even captured and fed on farm-raised chickens.

Recently, Wang saw a wildlife protection poster left by the forest police at an exhibition and suddenly realized he’s been raising two Asian black bears, a protected species in China.

Thankfully, he contacted police to have the bears relocated, as you’ll see.

The bears, one male and one female, are reportedly doing well at the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Yunnan province, according to WHIO.com.

h/t: WHIO

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Marriage Policies In America Similar To Communist China

It’s astounding to review the requirements to be legally married in America. Even more astounding is the reality that Americans, and especially Christians, comply with them. Worse still, Christians continue to demand that the government regulate a predominantly Christian practice. (Monogamous heterosexual marriage is a unique New Testament Christian concept. Nearly all non-Christian faiths advocate polygamy and pedophilia as part of acceptable social marriage norms.)

America’s oligarchic-republican-democratic government currently requires citizens to receive government permission to be legally married—similar to requiring the Chinese to receive government permission to legally have a child.

Imagine living in a country where couples are legally required to give birth to only one child. In order to even have a child, couples are required to apply for a birth permit before starting a pregnancy. After the government legally grants permission to have one child, the mother is required to be sterilized or use an IUD.

Imagine living in a country where government officials chart women’s menstrual cycles and women are required to undergo monthly pelvic exams to prevent pregnancies. And the government requires that all “unauthorized” pregnancies be aborted and one or both spouses be sterilized.

For the majority of non-wealthy people, a second pregnancy and any pregnancy without a birth permit is called “out-of-plan” and is illegal. Illegal “out-of-plan” children are sent to government facilities.

These practices are not imaginary. They are enforced in 21st Communist China. Today, nearly two-thirds of all Chinese couples (approximately 900 million people, or the equivalent of three times the size of the U.S. population) must comply with China’s One Child Policy, which is regulated and enforced by 300,000 officials.

To be legally married in America, applicants must pay for a license and receive the government’s permission to marry—if they successfully prove:

  • Their identity and that they are not closely blood-related to their intended spouse (some states required blood tests, including sickle cell tests),
  • Their age (they must be at least 18 years old or “at least the age of consent”),
  • Their mental state (they must prove they have sufficient mental capacity to understand the act of marriage), and
  • They are not married to anyone else.

Depending on the state, if applicants present a certificate proving they attended the state’s “approved marriage education class” the state fee is waived and only the county fee payment is required.

After purchasing the marriage license, applicants must select an authorized officiate to perform the ceremony and, depending on the state, can marry after adhering to a certain waiting period from the date of the license’s approval prior to its expiration date.

After the marriage is officiated, the government requires that information be submitted on the license and returned to the same county clerk’s office within a specified time period.

To clarify, Christians have been submitting to a government that requires them to:

  • Apply to the government to receive permission to be married.
  • Pay the government to consider their application.
  • Comply with and prove numerous criteria to receive government approval.
  • Only use a government-approved officiant.
  • Be married within the government’s specified time period.
  • Record their information on a government-approved license and submit it to the government within their specified timeframe.

To suggest that marriage in America is a union between God and husband and wife is false. Marriage in America is a union between Uncle Sam and husband and wife. Marriage in America is determined by the government. The government grants permission and regulates whether or not, to whom, when, and how anyone can marry. In America, a license legalizes marriage, not anything else.

Why are Christians demanding that the government grant them permission to marry? If marriage is a solemn oath among two people and God, why are Christians paying the government for a license?

By complying with the government’s regulation of marriage, Christians have only participated in and advocated for the government’s redefinition of it.

Monogamous heterosexual marriage between one man and one woman—including celibacy of singles and faithfulness to one’s spouse— is solely a radical New Testament concept. As numerous historical records indicate, the culturally accepted norm even during the Apostle Paul’s day among Romans and Greeks was procreational sex between one husband and one wife. Recreational sex for married men who actively engaged in sex with young boys, prostitutes, and slaves was the norm.

Likewise, Islamic and pagan societies practiced polygamy, pedophilia, child sacrifices, child marriages, and marriages with slaves. Even Old Testament Israelite sexuality was largely polygamous. Abraham bore the entire Semitic race: Jews from Sarah and Muslims from Hagar. Jacob’s two wives (Leah and Rachel) and two servants (Bilhah and Zilpah) bore him twelve sons. David and Solomon had many wives and concubines.

It was not until the 16th century, largely because of the Protestant Reformation, that marriage became a government institution. It never had been previously—only churches and synagogues recorded and regulated birth, marriage, sex, and death.

The question is: why are American Christians, five centuries later, still so deceived and confused by advocating marriage as a regulated government institution? Do they not realize that in doing so, they are actually validating the government’s authority to regulate childbirth and family structure?

Applying for a license to receive the government’s permission to marry is no different than applying for a license to receive the government’s permission to have a child.

American policies may slightly differ from, but largely replicate, those of Communist China.

This column was first published on Townhall.com.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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UPDATE: China Staying On Top of Islam Ban

China isn’t letting up. A couple months ago, we reported that China was making major moves to restrict and ultimate nullify the cultural influence of Islam. Because the nation saw what the west never has—the dangers of Islam being an inherently political movement in addition to a religious one. China has decided to take action. Again, we are not advocating following China’s lead when it comes to human rights. Okay? Okay.

See, China sees this as survival for its nation. Now, China is a pretty messed up nation and commits gross violations of human rights in their own right, absolutely. I can, at the very least, appreciate the concept of a nation, unchained by political correctness, being open about the necessity of survival. Sometimes we miss that here in the United States.

The first things China did to stop Islam had included banning female head-coverings and forcing Islamic restaurants to sell cigarettes just like any other restaurant, serve drinks, and so forth. Also, they oped to clamp down on the beard-growing. The awful, terrible beard-growing.

Well, now, China is moving forward. Pressing harder against Islam. They’re banning Ramadan—for the second time. No fasting is allowed, and restaurants are forced to stay open during daylight hours. Or risk being shut down by the government. Pretty severe. And totally counter to the American constitution.

Like I stated above, in no way do we think China controlling its populous to such a degree is a good thing. But it is an interesting case study to see a nation unfettered in its ‘authoritarianism’ and its aggressive push against Islam.

The main point to be gleaned from this is that Islam is not merely a religion. It uses cultural and legal subversion as a means to an ideological/political end. China’s taking it really seriously. While the USA should never, ever, ever infringe on 1st amendment rights in the way that China does (contextually of course, as they have no 1st amendment), there needs to be an open and honest discussion of the threat that cultural terrorism creates.

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