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Guest Post: How I Reached My Breaking Point Ten Years Ago

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

Exactly ten years ago to the day, I was in the Kuwaiti desert waiting for George W. Bush to ‘make his decision’.

You may remember the circumstances. Ever since labeling Iraq, Iran, and North Korea the ‘Axis of Evil’ in January 2002, the President had been gradually advocating war with Iraq based on the threat of nuclear weapons.

We knew it was going to happen. At the time, I was a rising intelligence officer, my head still filled with ideals of national duty from my time at West Point.

One of the generals that I served under gathered together his officers in early 2002 and said, “We’re going to war. It’s not a question of IF, but WHEN.”

By late summer of that year, my unit was ordered to Kuwait to pre-position assets and begin gathering boots on the ground intelligence. So every time Mr. Bush would say “I haven’t made a decision yet,” I winced from the heavy stench of his BS.

But still, I held out hope.

It all came crashing down ten years ago today. On February 5, 2003 Colin Powell, four-star general turned US Secretary of State, made a case to the United Nations that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Now, I won’t bother delving into the inaccuracies of the intelligence he presented. In Powell’s own words, making that presentation to the UN was “the lowest point in [his] life” and a “lasting blot on his record.”

For me, it was pivotal. At that instant, I knew without doubt that my government had reprehensibly lied through its teeth. And if they were lying about this... what else were they lying about?

Everything, it turned out.

The event set me down a path on which I never looked back. The fraud of the Iraq War soon led to the frauds of previous wars, our monetary system, taxes, the global banking system, the national balance sheet, the police state, etc.

It all unraveled so quickly, and I soon realized that I was not living in a free country... that all the loud, bombastic nonsense and pledges of allegiance were illusions masking modern day serfdom.

The subsequent ten years have only reinforced this trend. The political and banking elite have given us more war, inflation, and epic financial crises. They’ve turned Western civilization into a giant police state. And they’ve managed to brainwash the great masses so effectively that the people are crying out for more.

And yet, there are solutions.

After an emotional, gut-wrenching awakening, I traveled to more than 100 countries looking for freedom and opportunity. I learned that awareness, prudent planning, and global thinking can rebuild much of our stolen liberty.

Quite simply, you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. History shows that when governments enter a period of terminal decline, they try to control EVERYTHING– wages, prices, borders, money supply, foreign exchange, private property, etc.

Of course, these tactics never work and only hasten the decline, as everyone from Emperor Diocletian of ancient Rome to Argentina’s modern day President Cristina Fernandez [will] have learned.

As destructive as these politicians are, though, they’re easy to defeat. Individuals who take action early have plenty of options to buy precious metals, move a portion of their savings abroad to a stable banking jurisdiction, and scout out locations overseas in case they ever need to get out of dodge.

These steps make sense no matter what. It’s hard to imagine that you’ll be worse off for shipping a few physical ounces of gold abroad, having some savings stashed away in a healthy foreign bank, or taking control of your retirement account.

However if it’s a bumpy road ahead– gold criminalization, capital controls, pension fund confiscation, etc.– you’ll be well ahead of the crowd.

I had to reach my breaking point before taking these steps. Fortunately I was early. Most people either ignore the writing on the wall… or they won’t do anything until it’s too late and there are no more options. I’m willing to bet that you’re different.

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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:34 | 3217202 Say What Again
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Is there anything that can be done to stop the Bernank?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:40 | 3217228 dick cheneys ghost
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Truth Serum (see ''Kill Bill'' final scene)

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:44 | 3217239 The Juggernaut
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The People should first stop paying taxes because the Federal Reserve can pay it for them.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:47 | 3217247 Say What Again
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OK folks.

Buckly your seat belts.

Here comes the new high on ES -- 1511 and beyond.

When will this insanity EVER end?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:53 | 3217274 TerminalDebt
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"I’m willing to bet that you’re different."


I'm willing to bet that most people will do nothing. I'm also willing to bet that some people will talk about it then do nothing. And others will complaint about it and do nothing. Others will tell you how you should do something about it, while they do nothing themself.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:54 | 3217280 Say What Again
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What would YOU do about it?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:59 | 3217301 redpill
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Well the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 didn't work out too well, which is too bad, it sounded like a decent idea.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:20 | 3217382 Popo
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Simon Black's biography changes every day.  Now he was an "intelligence officer"?  LOL.  Please.  What a douche.

Of course, before he became "Sovereign Man" he wrote a PDF on Network Infiltration (look it up) in which he teaches you how to create a false identity for yourself to sucker investors into any project.

So I guess it's no surprise that he's doing that here.   He's a modern day Walter Mitty.   Intelligence officer?    Only in his mind...

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:31 | 3217427 redpill
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He also used to talk about Panama all the time before they folded like a cheap suit when the US Gov demanded they hand over financial details on American citizens.  I feel bad for anyone that moved their assets there prior to that based on his advice.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:53 | 3217529 Chupacabra-322
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if you think that's bad the following is really going to piss you off.

The same terrorist the Criminals claim to be protecting us from are the same ones they're arming, tranining and funding through NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lybia, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc...

We are the terrorists.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:36 | 3217709 TruthInSunshine
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Simon Black's Top Ten Reasons That You're Not Worried About What Lay Ahead


10)   You're In the Sahara

9)     You're In Uganda

8)     You're In Myanmar (Not Burma)

7)     You're In Phuket

6)     You've Got 2 Tickets To Paradise (so pack your bags, you leave tonight)

5)     You've Offshored Yourself

4)     You're Bernie Madoff

3)     You've Reconstituted Yourself As A Bermuda Corporation (You're A Person, But You Can't Vote)

2)     You're In Istanbul (Not Constantinople)


And Simon Black's Number 1 Reason That You're Not Worried About What Lay Ahead <drum roll>.....


1)    You're The Hon. Jon S. Corzine, with a strong pimp hand, and you can't be bothered, bitchez

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:54 | 3217770 Jumbotron
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Simon Black's Top Ten Reasons That You're Not Worried About What Lay Ahead


10)   You're In the Sahara

9)     You're In Uganda

8)     You're In Myanmar (Not Burma)

7)     You're In Phuket

6)     You've Got 2 Tickets To Paradise (so pack your bags, you leave tonight)

5)     You've Offshored Yourself

4)     You're Bernie Madoff

3)     You've Reconstituted Yourself As A Bermuda Corporation (You're A Person, But You Can't Vote)

2)     You're In Istanbul (Not Constantinople)


And Simon Black's Number 1 Reason That You're Not Worried About What Lay Ahead <drum roll>.....


1)    You're The Hon. Jon S. Corzine, with a strong pimp hand, and you can't be bothered, bitchez


Number 7 is where I'm at now......Phucket.....just Phucket all.  And the whole non-sense about moving money overseas and buying metal.....really?  Idiot.....your money is a colletction of zero bits and one bits.  Easy enough to hack that....and metal....easy enough to tax out of existence, confiscate it, outlaw it and make illegal to hold it.  Been done before when the shit REALLY hit the fan int eh 30's.  Plus...not to mention that if you're smart enough to get away with it from what I just mentioned....who will be brave enough to transact with you?  And for a fair enough exchange.....when the shit REALLY REALLY hits the fan?  I venture not many at all to be worth the trouble. 

It's a Prison Planet.  Without Moonbase Alpha floating through the cosmos....there's nowhere to go and nowhere to hide....at least in the long run.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 18:55 | 3217987 Pure Evil
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I think shilling for Obama was Powell's lowest point in his career.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 19:03 | 3218023 TruthInSunshine
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I bet Powell has some much worse skeletons in his closet. It's almost as if they have some nasty pictures of him engaged in pure debauchery, or something...

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:05 | 3218130 TwoShortPlanks
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Shall we take this questioning of morality back a little further?

In March-April 1989 there was a Pre-Gulf War I (the Persian Gulf War) build-up exercise. Units had been preparing for this for 18mths prior. The exercise was called Caltrop Force 1989.

A Pre-Gulf War.....WTF?! Yup, that's right! Even though Saddam's Army did not invade Kuwait until early August 1990, a full 17mths after Caltrop, and a full 3 years after the initial planning phase of Caltrop.

Caltrop Force was to assess 'Interoperability' of Australian, British, Canadian and American Forces.......Exactly who comprised the 'Coalition of the willing'?

Google it, see for yourself.

Now, just for kicks, take a look at the 'Enter Service' dates for the Abrams Tank and the Apache Helicopter. Be mindful that it takes about 5 years to proof and mod equipment before it's known to be battle ready.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:15 | 3218528 Imminent Crucible
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"Saddam's Army did not invade Kuwait until early August 1990, a full 17mths after Caltrop"

One other thing: Saddam did not invade Kuwait until he had effectively gained permission from U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie: "We have no opinion on your Arab-Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary Baker has directed me to emphasize that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America."

The State Dept then pretended to be astounded when Iraq invaded Kuwait a week later.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:26 | 3218421 de3de8
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I was there some time ago, before aids. What a place to enjoy. Have fun, I'm jealous!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:39 | 3218620 Groundhog Day
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It's a prison planet.  That's why they are building a space station for the super rich when they use the nukes.  Remember uncle warren said it is a mathematical certainty

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 20:07 | 3221741 Tompooz
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"prison planet". Look at the positive side: no better stimulus for the evolution of  private enterprise spaceflight. Watch Larry Allison e.a. 

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:58 | 3217544 Motorhead
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Correction:  a [self-proclaimed] "rising" intelligence officer.  Oh, and now he's a West Point "ring knocker".  Geeesh.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:15 | 3217620 The Tilden Flash
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Agreed.  This also puts into question his claim of losing his virginity at that Canadian summer camp before his sophomore year.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:25 | 3217661 Transformer
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This is funny.... "having some savings stashed away in a healthy foreign bank..."  I appreciate that Simon is waking up, but there's more to look at.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 18:20 | 3217874 TheGardener
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That story makes him credible , even though on a downward
slope with not many rabbits to pull out hence forth.

His simple minded talkative mumblings smelled of synagogue
hectic running back and forth in a world he failed to take command off, so I assumed there was an individual talking
about his coming about in his diaspora.

Turns out he is an eternal Jew after all.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 18:58 | 3218007 logicalman
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Voted Guy Fawkes - the only man to ever enter the House of Parliament with honest intentions.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:06 | 3217343 mr1963
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Try convincing the wife. I'm down to buying 18k gold bracelets for her at just a little over spot just to get some assets out of cash. As for the retirement plan confiscation, I just can't get her to see it.

Slowly, but the best I can do now short of divorce.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:09 | 3217362 CH1
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Well, something is better than nothing.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:10 | 3217364 economics9698
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That 3.63 IQ gap between men and women is the Grand Canyon.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:32 | 3217434 aka Gil
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And then there's the other gap that we worship to the point where it's nearly impossible to deny them anything.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 18:04 | 3217821 SilverIsKing
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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 19:17 | 3218084 Pure Evil
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If you divorce the wife you'll lose more in the long run compared to what you might save, unless its millions, from the retirement account.

If you've got kids, imagine what you'll be paying in alimony and child support till the kids turn 25.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 21:40 | 3218448 flacon
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<<< Male readers click here

<<< Female readers click here


Case closed. 

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:27 | 3217673 Stuntgirl
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That is, by far, the stupidest thing I have read on zero hedge comments.

And mind, it's not easy to win that spot.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 18:28 | 3217904 Freddie
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Women and men think differently.   Women are more about security so the elites con them that way.

Men get conned by TV and Hollywood with sex, ball games and shoot em up shit.

Women get conned by TV and Hollywood with Oprah, Ellen, chick films. 

Stupid sheep watch TV and movies aka Operation Mockingbird.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 18:57 | 3218000 illyia
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That is true.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:21 | 3218555 Imminent Crucible
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What's stuntgirl got her knickers in a twist over? Everyone knows that women are a little smarter than men. How does she think they get us to marry them?

Do you think we'd marry you IF WE WEREN'T STUPID?  For crying out loud.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 04:39 | 3219267 Stuntgirl
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My knickers were in a twist because I expected some rational advice to the problem presented. ie:

Have you evaluated your wife's prior knowledge?

Have you evaluated your communication performance? The strength of her normalcy bias? Accounted for her mourning period?

98% of spouses of both sexes worldwide think they are smarter than their partner. LOL

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 10:02 | 3219656 Imminent Crucible
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"Accounted for her mourning period?"


I did take account of her periods, but I didn't worry much about the time of day.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 19:13 | 3218064 kekekekekekeke
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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 20:19 | 3218263 TheFourthStooge-ing
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That is, by far, the stupidest thing I have read on zero hedge comments.

You ain't been around here long, have you?

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 23:57 | 3218893 Ballin D
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what ever happened to that udder guy with the milk fetish from a few months back?

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 04:42 | 3219269 Stuntgirl
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Oh, wow. I missed that one.

My top 3 are pretty tame then...

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 20:30 | 3218292 Irwin Fletcher
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Best ZH comment in weeks. It's funny because it's true.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:39 | 3218622 dark pools of soros
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says the 14 week old cunt

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 04:44 | 3219272 Stuntgirl
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Because membership time = reading time. Gotcha.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:26 | 3217662 dogbreath
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Start researching the Red Pill men.  You need to protect yourself.




http://www.returnofkings.com/   see the article and comments divorcelike a champ, but delete your browsing history

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:58 | 3217298 zapdude
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Exactly.  This is the perfect question to try to dash cold water into the face of a zombie sheeple:  "Since we have these enormous deficits and so many people are on hard times, why can't the Fed just print enough money so that we don't have to pay taxes anymore?"

If their IQ is higher than room temperature and they're not a devout Keynesian, it could lead them to finding the truth.  The absurdity of the question makes them think. That's been my experience, anyway.  It doesn't always work however.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 16:55 | 3217536 espirit
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Wow, that means that people in the South have a higher IQ because their room temperatures are also higher?

I'll have to think about that.

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