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Oct. 19, 2017

Market Correction in October 1987Today is the 30th anniversary of the great stock market crash of 1987.  It has been referred to as “Black Monday (1987),” when the market dropped a huge amount in a very short time.

On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped 508 points, which was a 22.6% decline.  An equivalent drop today would be about 5,233 points in one day.

30 years after Black Monday,
could stock market crash again?

The 1987 crash resulted from a widespread panic.  When emotion takes over and trading is no longer calm or orderly, that is when “Black Mondays” happen.

Since then, the New York Stock Exchange has installed “circuit breakers,” which are designed to stop trading when stocks dive too far too fast.  This interrupts a panic and gives investors a chance to calm down.

Today, if the Dow declined 7%, trading would be suspended for 15 minutes.  If it declined 20%, trading would be shut down for the rest of the day.

Nevertheless, along with many others, I have a strong feeling that there will be a catastrophic stock market crash in the future, maybe over multiple days.  I also feel that it will be part of the worst economic disaster in U.S. and world history, even worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s.  I don’t like to think about it, but I do think that it is a realistic expectation.

Oct. 18, 2017

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) briefly surpassed the 23,000 level.  However, it closed a couple of points below that mark.

Today, though. the DJIA closed above 23,000 and above 23,100 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.70% to 23,157.60, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.07% to 2,561.26, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 23,157.60   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,561.26

Oct. 17, 2017

Although the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at 22,997.44 today, which was a record high close, it briefly surpassed 23,000 for the first time.  It reached 23,002.20, a record intraday high.

Dow zooms to
23,000 for first time

Oct. 16, 2017

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,900 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.37% to 22,956.96, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.18% to 2,557.64.  It probably won’t be long before the DJIA goes over 23,000.00.  Wow.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,956.96   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 2,557.64

Oct. 14, 2017

I last organized my vitamins and supplements into individual compartments on Apr. 29.  Each day, I have taken the following: a daily multiple; vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E; magnesium, selenium, zinc, fish oil, saw palmetto, glucosamine/chondroitin, iron and turmeric curcumin.

168 days of vitamins Individual vitamins

This supply will last for 24 weeks (168 days).  Keeping them in the refrigerator prevents them from losing their potency.

I began taking my last supply of vitamins on Apr. 30.  I will begin taking my new supply of vitamins tomorrow (Oct. 15).  These will last me until Mar. 31, 2018 (unless there are days that I skip taking them).

Oct. 13, 2017

Today is Friday the 13th.  It is the second one this year, including the one in January.

Fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia.  Fear of spooky dates is paraskevidekatriaphobia.  It’s just another ordinary day to me.

Happy Friday the 13th
Oct. 12, 2017

Hoshana RabbahToday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at taking action on ObamaCare.  He took this action on his own after Congress failed to repeal or repair the law.

Trump said that the order is “starting that process” to repeal ObamaCare.  It will be the “first steps to providing millions of Americans with ObamaCare relief.”

Some say that the order could undermine the stability of ObamaCare markets by opening up cheaper plans that could divert healthy people away from ObamaCare plans.  Democrats warn that the order is part of Trump’s larger plan to “sabotage” the health-care law and accomplish on his own what Congress could not.

In any case, the executive order largely does not make changes itself; rather, it directs agencies to issue new regulations or guidance.  Those new rules will go through a notice and comment period that could take months, officials said.

Trump clears way for ObamaCare 'alternatives' in
new executive order, goes around stalled Congress

I continue to believe that only major and radical changes would have a chance of reversing and repairing all of the harm and damage that ObamaCare has done to the U.S. healthcare system.  It would be similar to reviving a severely injured person, who has been in a coma for years, and getting that person to be fully alert and functional again.

In other news, this is the first year since 1893 in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row have reached hurricane strength.  This is the list of these hurricanes so far:

  1. Franklin
  2. Gert
  3. Harvey
  4. Irma
  5. Jose
  1. Katia
  2. Lee
  3. Maria
  4. Nate
  5. Ophelia

Four of these hurricanes have smacked into American states and/or territories.  It’s difficult for me to disregard the possibility that these hurricanes have a supernatural source.

Hurricane season does not end until Nov. 30.  So more hurricanes could be added to the list, making it a record-breaking year.

Oct. 11, 2017

Hoshana RabbahThis is the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.  It also is called Hoshana Rabbah.  This is the great day during the Feast/Festival of Tabernacles when Jesus spoke about the following:

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. (John 7:37-39)

Those who believe firmly and absolutely in Jesus as Lord can receive the gift of His Holy Spirit.  Then, if they maintain a humble heart of repentance, contrition and confession, and if they fully trust in Him they may be more likely to be protected and sheltered during the Great Tribulation to come.

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. (Nahum 1:7)

We are virtually at the end of the High Holiday (Holy Day) season.  In Jewish tradition, the verdict for the following year, issued by God (Hashem) on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is finalized on Hoshana Rabbah.  Basically, this is the day of Final Judgment.

So although judgment “begins” on Rosh haShanah and is “sealed” on Yom Kippur, final “delivery” begins on Hoshana Rabbah.  In the U.S., with all of the disasters that have taken place during and after the season of Teshuvah, it concerns me that many more devastating events may be yet to come.  I hope not.

Oct. 10, 2017

Fireman fighting devastating California wildfires California wildfire map
Numerous large wildfires have been sweeping across California.  They have caused numerous deaths and widspread destruction.

In Northern California, fires have burned about 100,000 acres and destroyed at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures.  Many of the fires remain out of control.  Some are calling it the worst fire disaster in California history.

Fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, the center of California’s wine country, began suddenly on Sunday night, Oct. 8.  Winds of over 50 mph caused the fires to spread rapidly.  The winds have died down somewhat but are expected to increase again tomorrow.

In Orange County in Southern California, Santa Ana winds, gusting 30 to 40 mph, caused a fire in Anaheim Hills to spread through 7,500 acres.  At least 24 homes have been damaged or destroyed.  With more high winds in the forecast tomorrow, conditions are expected to continue to get worse.

Thousands flee as wildfires ravage
Northern California; at least 15 killed

I last visited a couple of wineries in Sonoma County on May 28.  As far as I know, neither of them has sustained fire damage.

In other news, in another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,800 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.31% to 22,830.68, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.23% to 2,550.64.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,830.68   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index: 2,550.64

Oct. 9, 2017

A row of homeless people on 17th Street in San Diego In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo a man passes behind a sign warning of an upcoming street cleaning in San Diego. Health officials say a deadly California outbreak of Hepatitis A may take a year or more to abate.
San Diego is my favorite city in the world.  All of my favorite things are there, including parks, beaches, restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores.  Most of all, I’ve always found the year-round climate to be ideal—better than any place I’ve ever visited or lived.

However, because the weather is so perfect, San Diego has a substantial homeless population.  It is one of the few places in the USA where it is possible to be outside most of the time, day or night, without the weather being a significant factor.

For months, the cases of Hepatitis A in San Diego have been rising at an alarming rate.  Now, the city is experiencing one of the largest Hepatitis A outbreaks the country has seen in decades.  It seems that homeless people are major carriers and transmitters of this infectious, and potentially deadly, disease.

Since November, more than 500 people have fallen ill and 17 have died of the infection, just in San Diego.  In Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties, where Hepatitis A outbreaks also have been declared, another 88 cases have been identified.

Officials throughout the state are now scrambling to vaccinate homeless populations, which are considered the most at-risk.  Since San Diego is a favorite vacation spot among Americans, it is feared that many visitors may be infected with Hepatitis A and carry the infection back home with them.

Now paramedics, under the supervision of nurses, have been given the authority to administer vaccines to the area’s at-risk populations.  This special measure was approved on Oct. 4.

So far, about 1,400 doses of the vaccination have been administered in San Diego.  However, even with further vaccinations and other measures, the Hepititis A outbreak may take at least another year to get under control, if that is even possible.

Paramedics authorized to give vaccines
amid San Diego hepatitis A outbreak

Oct. 8, 2017

Hurricane Nate makes its first landfall in Louisiana as a Catetory 1 storm Probable path of Hurricane Nate
Hurricane Nate made two landfalls, as a Category 1 storm, last night and very early this morning: first near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana, then near Biloxi, Mississippi.  It is the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005.

Before dawn, Nate weakened to a tropical storm and now is a tropical depression.  Today, there are flood watches and warning from Alabama to Virginia.

Nate is progressing through Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.  Then it will continue to the northeast, further weakening as it goes.

Hurricane Nate weakens
to a tropical depression

Oct. 7, 2017

God warns before He judges.  What is God saying to the “divided” States of America?

An interesting discussion about this was aired today at Olive Tree Ministries.  Jan Markell hosted Dr. Dave Reagan of Lamb & Lion Ministries.  His new book is God’s Prophetic Voices to America.

They talked about some ominous points indicating why God’s judgment upon the USA may be coming soon.  Dr. Reagan feels that we have reached the “point of no return.”

God seems to have given American a window of opportunity to repent (for instance, during the season of Teshuvah).  Unfortunately, so far, a nationwide repentance has not taken place.  This interesting program, 57 minutes in length, can be heard here:

When Watchmen Warn: Audio

Scroll down that page a bit and click the play arrow on the audio bar that looks like this:

Audio Bar

Oct. 6, 2017

Today, President Trump issued protections for religious liberty and protecting the unborn.  By doing this, he implemented his Executive Order 13798, which he signed on May 4: the National Day of Prayer.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, agreed with the moves.  He said, “President Trump is demonstrating his commitment to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom.”

However, many liberal advocacy groups were outraged.  JoDee Winterhof of the Human Rights Campaign depicted the two directives as “an all-out assault, on women, LGBT people and others.”  Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi called the birth-control rollback “despicable”; whereas, House Speaker Paul Ryan welcomed the decision, calling it “a landmark day for religious liberty.”

Trump DOJ and HHS Issue Major
Religious Liberty, Pro-Life Protections

Oct. 5, 2017

This is the first full day of the week-long Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot.  It also is a special Sabbath when no regular work is to be done (Leviticus 23:34,35).

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Sukkot in JerusalemAll native-born Israelites are to construct and to dwell in booths or “sukkot” (which is the plural of booth or “sukkah”) for a week (Leviticus 23:42,43).  This is a reminder to them of the temporary tabernacles in which their Israelite ancestors lived for 40 years after leaving ancient Egypt.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1) in a sukkah during Sukkot, not in a stable in December.  The word “tabernacle,” used as a verb, means “to take up temporary residence, especially to inhabit a physical body” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).  So Jesus tabernacled with mankind for a few decades while He was here the first time.

Being a Jew, Jesus celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles and even taught in the temple courts during the days of this feast (John 7:1-44).  In the future Messianic era, during the Millennium, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah will return to tabernacle with us again.  Representatives from the nations of the world will go to Jerusalem, where King Yeshua will be sitting on His throne, to observe the Feast of Tabernacles—essentially, a giant birthday celebration for Jesus:

The LORD will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. ... Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:9,16)

In other news, in another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,700 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.50% to 22,775.39, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.56% to 2,552.07, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,775.39   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,552.07

Oct. 3, 2017

In another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,600 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.37% to 22,641.67, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.22% to 2,534.58, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,641.67   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,534.58

Oct. 2, 2017

Las Vegas police with Mandalay Bay Resort in the background Windows in Madalay Bay Hotel where shots came from
The deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history took place last night, Oct. 1, in Las Vegas, NV.  At last count, least 59 people are dead, and at least 527 are injured.

The gunman was Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, NV.  When police were about to apprehend him in his hotel room, he shot and killed himself.  As of yet, his motive for the shootings is unknown.

Paddock used at least 10 guns to shoot countless bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort.  He fired upon at least 22,000 people attending the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival, which was in its final night.

Las Vegas shooting: At least 59 dead in
massacre Trump calls 'act of pure evil'

In other news, in another record high, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 22,500 for the first time.  The Dow was up 0.68% to 22,557.60, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index was up 0.39% to 2,529.12, also a record high.

Dow Jones Industrial Average record high: 22,557.60   Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index record high: 2,529.12

Part of the rise in the stock market today was due to a rally in shares of gun makers.  For instance, shares of Smith & Wesson parent, American Outdoor, jumped over 3% in afternoon trading.  Evidently, this was a reaction to the horrendous shooting in Las Vegas last night.

Oct. 1, 2017

Every Oct. 1, I’m always reminded of the 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987.  It commonly was called the “Shocktober 1st earthquake.”  Today is the 30th anniversary of that event.

The quake happened at 7:42 a.m., just as I was finishing breakfast before going to work.  The epicenter of the quake was about 40 miles from my house in Irvine, which rocked for several seconds.  There was no damage to my property, though.  The quake was felt throughout southern California and southern Nevada.

I was watching the morning news out of Los Angeles.  A few minutes after the main shock, there was a small aftershock, which I did not feel.

I remember watching two of the news guys, Christopher Nance and Kent Shocknek.  They got freaked out due to the shaking and the swaying lights, caused by the aftershock, and jumped under their desks.  You can watch a short David Letterman video where he talked about it and then showed a video of what happened.

I also felt a 5.3 aftershock three days later.  Then life went on as usual.  Here is a video, under 5 minutes, showing damage from the initial quake on Oct. 1 and from the aftershock on Oct. 4: SoCal Whittier Narrows Earthquakes (1987).

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