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“Based on current trends China’s economy will overtake America’s in purchasing power terms within the next few years . . . The US is now no longer the world’s sole economic superpower and indeed its share of world output . . . has slipped below the 20% level which we have seen was a useful sign historically of a single dominant economic superpower.” (“America is very close to losing its place in the world as #1.” Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid is quoted.)

Rapidly gaining on the US is China. “Reid offered this prescient quote from Napoleon Bonaparte: ‘Let China sleep, for when she awakes, she will shake the world.’”


Turkey is key to dealing with ISIS.

This Middle Eastern nation is the second biggest military power in NATO and is a long-term US ally.   But its new president, former prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is not the secularist his predecessors have been.   Rather, he’s a more religious Sunni Muslim. As ISIS is Sunni, Erdogan’s loyalty to the US is now in doubt. This is serious for the United States – American nuclear missiles are based in the country.

Turkey was also a long time friend of Israel. Erdogan is now comparing Israel to Hitler.

CBS’s security expert, Michael Morrell, said Monday that there are four Islamic terrorist groups that seriously threaten the West. He said that ISIS is not the greatest threat. That accolade goes to ‘Al-Qaeda in the Yemen.’


Scotland votes tomorrow on breaking away from the United Kingdom. According to opinion polls, the two sides are running neck and neck. If the “Yes” vote wins, there will likely be a financial upheaval.   Already, the Royal Bank of Scotland, once the world’s biggest bank, is saying it will move its HQ from Scotland to London. Other big companies have also said they will head south.

Scotland depends on London for roughly 10% of its spending, money that will no longer be forthcoming. Additionally, breaking away from the UK will leave Scotland with no currency – it will have to join the eurozone, giving Germany effective control over government spending.

Assuming a “yes” vote, there will be eighteen months of discussions aimed at a manageable divorce, before the new country receives its independence.


The Obama Administration is sending 3,000 US troops to West Africa, mainly Liberia.

The same administration reluctantly agreed to send 500 military advisers to Iraq to train Iraqis to fight ISIS.

Which poses the greatest threat to the United States, ISIS or Ebola?



If you want to know what’s wrong with America, spend an evening watching network television!   After years of not watching any network TV shows, I spent some time Monday evening checking out some of the “highly recommended” shows on CBS.

After watching a documentary on how World War II affected Alaska, part of the “Victory at Sea” series being shown on TCT, I changed channels in time for “We are Men.”  This comedy show is about four men who have all failed when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex.  It’s not surprising when you see their level of maturity.  Added to which, in their juvenile minds, the word “relationship” simply means sex.  I doubt any one of them has any knowledge of the way things used to be – back in the “ancient” world when a man married a woman and they had children and all lived together in one household, the norm in my childhood.

The next show “2 Broke Girls” was indescribably awful.  Thankfully, I was saved from this show by a sick ten-month-old who needed some attention.  Reality, even when it’s challenging, is always preferable to Hollywood’s fantasy world.

At 9.30, “Mom” came on, another comedy about three generations of single mothers.   The grandmother and daughter have a toxic relationship and are far too open about the sins of their respective pasts.  Meanwhile, the teenage daughter, alone in the bathroom, was taking a pregnancy test, which turned out to be positive, which means next season there will be a fourth generation single female.  And so the retreat from traditional family values goes on and on!

At 10pm, CBS switched from comedy to violence, with a new thriller called “Hostages.”   The premise of this show is quite a good one.  A doctor’s family is being held hostage while she has to kill the President of the United States during surgery she is set to perform.  At the last minute, she turns the tables on them, losing a close friend in the process.  As the second episode progressed, it turned out that the operation (terrorist operation, that is) is an inside job, with people in the FBI and even the White House intent on a palace coup.

One obvious question here – could people get any ideas from this show?  After all, terrorism and hostage taking are becoming the norm all over the world.

And, if people are getting ideas about taking hostages to bring about a desired end, could they also be getting ideas about the alternative lifestyles on the other shows mentioned above?

After all, the idea behind all these shows is to sell products during the commercials.   The ads pay for the programs.  Commercials pay or companies wouldn’t advertise.

If ads are that influential, then surely the programs are, too?

In which case, perhaps we should all be more careful not to allow programs like these to influence us?

As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  (NIV)

This verse clearly doesn’t allow for much television.

One evening was enough with network TV (the main television channels).  Tonight, if I watch anything, it will be on PBS!