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Issue 116, Sunday, January 18, 2009
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Hard Fall

Lately, the number of suicides among the wealthy and financial speculators has hit the news.

Santa Gunman was in Bitter Divorce, Lost Job
December 26, 2008
A man who carried out a Christmas Eve massacre and arson dressed as Santa at the home of his former in-laws apparently intended to flee the U.S., but his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume onto his body. Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, a laid-off aerospace worker, apparently shot some of his nine victims execution-style in a plot to destroy his ex-wife's family after a costly divorce that was finalized last week. He had an airline ticket for a Christmas morning flight to Canada and $17,000 in cash on his body, some attached to his legs with plastic wrap and some in a girdle. Armed with four guns, wearing the Santa suit and carrying a fuel-spraying device wrapped like a present. Pardo showed up at the home at 11:30 pm as a party of about 25 people was under way. Pardo, 45, fired a shot into the face of an 8-year-old girl who answered the door and at first fired indiscriminately, then apparently targeted relatives of his ex-wife as other guests fled. Pardo was able to drive to his brother's home in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, broke in and shot himself in the head. Pardo had no criminal record or history of violence, and neighbors and others knew him as a friendly man who walked his dog and was a volunteer usher at his parish church. Friends and neighbors described Bruce Pardo as a cheerful man who seemed upbeat and doted on a big, brown Akita he owned with his former wife.

Madoff Investor Who Committed Suicide, Lost Family Fortune
December 26, 2008
Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet saw his fortune and his loved ones' money disappear along with his clients' when he lost $1.4 billion he had invested with Bernard Madoff. Magon de la Villehuchet, 65, was found dead at his desk in New York, both of his wrists slashed and a bottle of pills nearby. His brother said Magon de La Villehuchet invested virtually all his own funds, along with money from friends and family, with Madoff.

Billionaire Merckle Commits Suicide
January 6, 2009
Adolf Merckle, one of Germany's wealthiest men, committed suicide after weeks of talks with creditors designed to save his businesses from being consumed by disastrous investments and the global financial crisis. The billionaire, 74, was said by his family to have been "broken" by the sight of his business empire, which ranged from pharmaceuticals to cement, crumbling. He died, apparently hit by a train a few hundred metres from his home in southern Germany. A statement from his family said he had taken his own life. He was regarded as a modest man who was known to bicycle to work. Merckle had reached a partial agreement with banks last week that was likely to lead to their extending a bridging loan, giving him time for an orderly restructuring of his businesses. It had still appeared probable that Merckle would have had to agree to cede significant parts of his business empire - which has been described by bankers as highly leveraged - in return for long-term bank support.
Pilot Could Face Federal Charges
January 13, 2009
Authorities may add more criminal charges against a financial manager accused of trying to fake his death in a plane crash. Marcus Schrenker, 38, was captured Tuesday after a bizarre plot in which authorities said the businessman tried to fake his death after scamming clients. Schrenker was found at a campsite near Quincy, Florida, with "deep cuts on his wrists." Schrenker was bleeding profusely when about 20 officers approached his tent. Schrenker, who had been missing since Sunday, did not suffer life-threatening injuries and was being guarded at the hospital. Schrenker was charged in Hamilton County, Indiana, on Tuesday with unlawful acts by a compensated adviser and unlawful transaction by an investment adviser. The court issued an arrest warrant and set bail at $4 million cash. Authorities said they believe Schrenker defrauded investors through three companies he owns before attempting a bizarre and potentially deadly vanishing act.

Where one would assume that the flagging economy hits the poor harder than the rich, who after all have resources to keep them from becoming homeless, the opposite is true.

Upper Classes More Likely To Commit Suicide In A Recession
January 14, 2009
Recent weeks have seen a spate of suicides by some of the most financially powerful people in the world. German billionaire industrialist Adolf Merckle lay down in front of a train after huge investment losses threatened his family's business empire. Chicago real-estate mogul Steven Good shot and killed himself in the driver's seat of his Jaguar after the property auction business turned sour. Rene-Thierry Magon de La Villehuchet lost $1.4 billion to Bernie Madoff, went to work, took sleeping pills and slit his wrist.

The poor lose their homes and are unable to pay rent and sleep in their cars. The poor show up in soup lines and take handouts. The wealthy often have multiple homes and savings and should not anticipate being homeless of hungry. Yet they commit suicide at a greater rate when their expectations of the good life are meeting setbacks. Why? Per the Zetas, the loss of wealth is at base a loss of power. The poor never had this power to begin with, so cannot lose it.

ZetaTalk Comment 10/15/1995: Human society is rift with status symbols - big cars, big houses, titles after the name, designer clothing, the right neighborhood, membership in elite groups, and name recognition. For many, the status symbol looms more important that any underlying meaning, because the status symbol represents power. Those with money have more power than those without, almost invariably, as money can buy cooperation. Thus, most status symbols denote money.

Then there is the issue of not knowing how to survive, of having lived such a pampered life that the simple skills that the common man has garnered are missing.

ZetaTalk Comment 9/7/2002: During the Great Depression and Stock Market crash, people in fact did not die because of the lack of strength in the economy, but lived more simply. Of course, there were the elite who jumped out window rather than face the horror of living a simple life and actually working for a living

Per the Zetas, after the pole shift, the loss of power that the wealthy had always assumed their right and the loss of services by others will continue to depress and blind the wealthy. The poor do so much better!

ZetaTalk Comment 11/15/1995: Tumultuous times like the coming cataclysms are great equalizers. Where in stable times the strong and/or clever take from the weak and/or befuddled and nice guys seem to finish last, during turmoil the playing field is flattened. The wealthy and influential, in spite of having forewarning about the coming pole shift and the means to arrange for their safety and comfort, will be no better off than the rest of humanity. They have all their life relied upon the services of others, and comfort themselves with some vague notion that civilization and its administrators will right itself shortly afterwards and they will be able to return to shopping. The impoverished individual may find himself without goods or services, but as this is his status quo under normal circumstances will mobilize himself more effectively during the Aftertime. He will grieve less and ponder his options more, and take risks where the wealthy sit on the remnants of their toys until death overtakes them.

Continental Divide

Not a month after a coal slurry dam on a Tennessee River estuary broke, spewing tons of potentially poisonous slurry toward the river inlets, another such Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dam broke in Alabama. Could two such dams collapsing within a month of each other be a coincidence? The Earth is clearly being pulled apart, skewed, with disastrous results.

Dam Breaks At Alabama Coal Plant
January 9, 2009
The Tennessee Valley Authority says a waste pond at its Widows Creek power plant in northeast Alabama has ruptured but the spill is contained. The spill comes after a major rupture last month in Tennessee, when a dike released nearly a billion gallons of toxic-laden ash. The cause of the failure is under investigation.

Coal slurry dams are not the only indication of earth movement. Coal slurry dams may get into the national news coverage, and thus not missed, but sinkholes tend to only hit the local news. Nevertheless, they are an expression of the same earth movement that ruptured the coal slurry dams.

Homeowner Discovers Massive Sinkhole In Yard
January 8, 2009
One Tri-Cities homeowner woke up to a surprise Thursday morning and it wasn't snow. It was a strange morning for the Callahan family. The hole grew 21.5 feet wide and 8 feet deep. The cause is still anyone's guess.

Upon close inspection, the two dam breaches along the TVA waterway and the sinkhole in the Tri-City area of Tennessee are all located along the Appalachian Continental Divide.

What could this mean? Are there particular stress points along the Continental Divide?

ZetaTalk Explanation 1/17/2009: The Continental Divide represents change in the past, when land was pushed against land, pushing UP and over, and then stopped being pushed, at rest, at least temporarily. For the Continental Divide running up through the western half of the N American continent, this push takes place during every pole shift, and the landscape reflect this. Rock to the west of the divide is broken, tumbled, as what was pushed over does not slide easily but catches at many points, thus moves in jolts and fits, breaking as it goes. Thus, to some extent, a continental divide represents broken rock, at least the part that was most recently pushed up and over might be considered broken rubble. The TVA waterways run down between ridges that were formed in the long distant past when the Appalachian Mountains were formed. During the formation of a continental divide, the rock that is sliding up and over does not simply stop where it lands, as when the pressure releases there is some adjustment backwards - thus the many ridges and valleys between mountain ranges in mountain building regions. The rock pushed up and over at the top of a continental divide is thin, the lip of the push, and thus can separate readily.

Quake Statistics

The USGS is known to be dropping quakes and downgrading them to a lower magnitude, and has been doing this for years. But eventually the public will begin to catch on. For instance, a recent Yellowstone earthquake that was listed as a magnitude 3 was felt 600 and even 1,300 miles away from the epicenter. Magnitude 3 earthquakes are normally felt only 30 miles away. This was obviously not a magnitude 3 quake. Troubled Times monitored earthquake increases and noted a steady increase in quakes up to a magnitude 7.9 starting in 1995. By searching the earthquake databases provided by the ANSS Catalog Search with search parameters requesting a list of all quakes between magnitude 6 and 8 for the years 2002 through 2008, inclusive.

· catalog=ANSS
· start_time=2002/01/01,00:00:00
· end_time=2009/01/01,00:00:00
· minimum_magnitude=6.0
· maximum_magnitude=8.0
· event_type=E

The results show a 28% increase, as follows:

139 in 2002
155 in 2003
154 in 2004
149 in 2005
141 in 2006
169 in 2007
179 in 2008

Considering that this is from the official USGS data, we can surmise that the increase has been much greater in actuality.

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