Actions of A Bully Child or Dying Empire: Sanctions and Threats

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Actions of A Bully Child or Dying Empire: Sanctions and Threats

Posted with permission and written by Rory Hall, The Daily Coin

 

 

As the Western world continues to slide into the dust bin of history, it is not going without a fight. As with any “wounded animal”, once the reality of pain permeates the body, it typically lashes out at anything or anyone within arms' reach. In the case of the Western world, arms'-reach is merely the push of a button and everything begins to change.

 

What Europe has already come to realize is these meaningless Russian and Iranian sanctions only hurt western manufacturing and have minimal impact on the country the sanction is directed. Threatening to cut off China from the SWIFT system is akin to threatening to keep a person out the restroom in a home with multiple restrooms – it doesn’t matter as there are alternatives and they simply begin using the alternative and go about their business. The financial weapon known as the SWIFT system fired its only bullet in 2011 when Iran was locked out. The chamber is empty and there will never be another bullet for this particular weapon. All it really does is upset people to the point of China actually telling the U.S. “calm down and stop making threats“.

 

If the Trump administration puts sanctions on China, this would hurt America more because it just forces China and Russia and other countries to cooperate, says investor and financial commentator Jim Rogers.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned on Tuesday that the US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea, saying that the restrictions could involve cutting off Beijing’s access to the US financial system.

“If China doesn’t follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system, and that’s quite meaningful,” Mnuchin said at the Delivering Alpha Conference in New York City.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution banning North Korea’s textile exports and capping its oil imports following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test conducted last week.

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Jim Rogers: Sanctions are sanctions. They could do sanctions which are not very important or don’t do much damage. And then they will have good public relations which says they have sanctions, but it is meaningless. I would suspect if anything, that is what they will start with. If they put sanctions on China in a big way, it brings the whole world economy down. And in the end, it hurts America more than it hurts China because it just forces China and Russia and other countries closer together. Russia and China and other countries are already trying to come up with a new financial system. If America puts sanctions on them, they would have to do it that much faster and in the end America will lose its monopoly on the financial system, which will hurt America more than anybody.
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The sanction game is over. It’s only the dying empire of the Federal Reserve, ECB, Wall Street, City of London and their military strong arm operating in the Pentagon that have yet to accept this new reality.

 

The days of bullying nations and simply bombing them into submission is over as well. Russia and China have made it very clear this is no longer acceptable and Russia has all but shut down the operations in Syria. The “ISIS” boogeyman is surrounded and fleeing into Asia and recently showed up in the Philippines. The fact that a group of desert dwellers acquired an ocean going vessel should be enough evidence to even the most brain-dead these desert dwellers are supported by outside forces – like the CIA. Otherwise, from where did the ship(s) materialize?

 

Sanctions have been killing the German economy, which is by far the strongest economy in the European Union. The very loud voice of opposition has not only been from the German government but the auto industry as well – this whole sanctions game is not working.

 

So, what’s a dying empire to do when the financial weapons have no impact and some of the most staunch allies turn their back?

 

Not only is all this going on, you have gold/silver making a lot of noise, exposing the lie of the currency; you also have cryptocurrencies occupying a lot of the focus on the monetary front as well.

 

The economic war continues and it will be interesting to see how some of this plays out over the next few months. The stress and strain have to be taking their toll on the overall system. It would be a fool's errand to make any type of prediction, especially if you believe, as I do, that all these moves are orchestrated and the end is already well known to the people at the top.

 

The play goes on and the props are being put into place for the next scene. What are you doing to prepare for the unexpected?

 

 

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Actions of A Bully Child or Dying Empire: Sanctions and Threats


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mabuhay1's picture

The acts of the United States are neither the acts of a child nor of a failing empire. Sanctions are the crutch of the Diplomat. They never work, but they are always tried, in order to avoid doing what needs to be done, namely - a war.
Threats? We are responding to the constant litany of threats from the DPRK. The time of "threats" is soon to be over. Think of these are promises rather than threats.

Fireman's picture

It's already over as China's gold backed Yuan brings the Saudi Barbarian oil peddlers under its wing. Now that the USSAN banksters have stolen back all that "treasury" debt owed to the feudal crypt of Saud and tried to frame them for 9 11 USSA can kiss the IOU Petroscrip (no longer) I$I$ backed Saudi Mercan toilet paper free loader dollah goodbye. Jim Wille's  Scheiße dollah is coming home to Slumville in a tsunami of toxic derivative shit after all the lost judaic wars and bananas republic debt splurge and it's going to guarantee overnight Third World status for 98% of USSANS, already on the edge of ruin. No one likes a slacker and a hustler and the "exorbitant privilege" reserve currency gig is all maxed out as the Pentacon mob fizzle out in a swamp of hubris and corruption not to mention their total subjection to the zionazi mutts in occupied, apartheid Palestine.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38q4evaix3U

Jack4952's picture

As the comedian George Carlin said, "Think of it as a Big Show". There are two CLUBS: the ELITES and the AVERAGE JOES.

GUESS which club YOU belong to !!!!

The "ELITES" have been fucking the AVERAGE JOES since societies were first formed. It is NOT going to change simply because of angry words written on a web site.

Do you think these ELITES are simply going to hand over power without a fight?????   If "Yes", look up the word "delusional".

"Power never takes a step back - only in the face of more power.  Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you TAKE IT." Malcom X  (Little)

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are the men who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder or lightning." Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and and it never will." Frederick Douglass

Now, if Congressmen, Senators, state and local officials started to be assassinated, THAT might be a good start.For any REAL change, BLOOD must flow. Jefferson recemmended a bloddy revolution every 20 years or so.

 

Money_for_Nothing's picture

"The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 to show their appreciation to an insect, the boll weevil, for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy."

North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, maybe Mexico and others could give President Trump the Boll Weevil award in appreciation.

Money_for_Nothing's picture

The SWIFT system is required to directly sale into the US. Otherwise the middle men will eat all your profit in deflationary times. Cutting an entity off SWIFT is using an economic disintegration ray on them. Ask Iran about it. Tell me Iran is doing just fine.

Jack4952's picture

I am American Expat.

SANCTIONS have actually HELPED the Russian economy. Many products formerly imported (mainly from Euriope) are now MADE IN RUSSIA.

Russsia greatly expanded its acreage for wheat-growing and has the world's largest wheat reserves for export. Russia use to import all kind of fruits and vegetables from the West - but farms have sprung up all over Russia to provide these products, since the sanctions "knocked out" competition from the West. (Ukraine trucks full of fruits and vegetables still try to sneak these products into Russia; but they almost always get caught. About one month ago a convoy of Ukraine trucks again made the attempt - this time carrying TOMATOES - and was caught; and all the tomatoes DUMPED onto the ground. Tomato exports to Russia must have been a large Ukrainian export, as this is about the 4th intercept of which I know of of tomatoes alone!!!)

The same is true of durable manufactured goods after sanctions imposed: Russia first imported them other countries (directly or indirectly), then began to maufacture them in Russia. You need a lawn mower? Russian brand mowers are now available; NOT just German or French as before.

The sanctions are KILLING Europe (with only a slight effect on the U.S.). But then again, WHAT does the U.S. even produce or manufacture anymore ????? (Sure the U.S. produces cars, but in my 12 years in Ukraine and Russia I have NOT seen even one American-made car - NOT ONE !!!!!  And that includes the year BEFORE the Maidan Revolt of 2014. Most Russian drive EUROPEAN cars - and are slowly changing over to new Russian cars (often "copy-cats") of European models. And to my surprise, at a construction site of new houses I saw a "back-hoe" and "bulldozer --- the SURPRISE was that IN THE PAST they would have been made by Caterpillar; but these were Russian-made. The only difference I could see was the name of the manufacturing company.

Believe it or not, 4 items Russia has NOT counter-sanctioned are: (1) McDonalds restaurants;(2) ROSHEN chocolate candies - hugely popular. (ROSHEN is owned by the President of Ukraine, Victor Poroshenko, who named the company after himself); (3) Coca-Cola and Pepsi (extremely popular !); and American-made candies (such as Snickers and M&Ms).

 

 

Mike Masr's picture

Good post Jack. I have cousins in Krasnodar Region. He sends me pictures of supermarket and outdoor vendors packed with fresh food. Says they don't even notice any sanctions, or reverse sanctions on EU. Says the US is stupid and only hurting their EU vassals.  

Ace006's picture

America is indeed stupid. AntiFa scum in the streets, massive debt, doing Israel's bidding in Syria, open borders, delusion about race and Islam, importing Muslims (like stupid Europe), offshoring, lying monopoly media, worship of dishonest Supreme Court and homosexuals, a rejected Constitution, and elections controlled by the rich.

groundedkiwi's picture

I think the Mnuchin knew at the end of the yellow brick road there was no gold, just a fiat behind a screen.

Aristofani's picture

“We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals,”- ohblahblah

"we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” - bush the III

Yep, whether black or orange, both arselickers for the 1% and mic.

Ace006's picture

Orange!! What an amazingly clever way of referring to Trump. Did you think that one up yourself?

webmatex's picture

Comments free of trolls and bots and uninterupted by attacks, bad manners and language plus a good article with thoughtfull responses from everyone.

And NO spelling mistakes.

What is ZH becoming?

Sick's picture

The world is a wonderful place.  A big place with all sorts of entertainment, treats and temptations.  It is a party for some and maybe a job for others.  At the end of the party most will have a very bad hangover, debt poisoning or more likely get sick and die.

Actually, we are in wonderland where there is a carnival, casino and circus all open at the same time.  I am having a psychotic break.  Please help.

Wonderland is amazing, like a game.  There are all sorts of shows, magic shows, mystery theater, sports, whatever you can imagine.  Did someone slip me some acid?  I’m tripping, but it is a bad trip.

Hungry? There are many all you can eat buffets full of food and all the drinks you want to keep you playing.   If you want something extra special and you have the dough, no problem.  Spirit cooking anyone?

The high rollers get anything and everything they want. For everyone else, they cook the food, stack the chips, vacuum the floor, change the sheets, anything to keep the masters comfortable and happy.

For a while now, the casino had constant magic shows.  Sometimes there are several magicians on stage at the same time, all with their distractions and tricks it has become dizzying.

The magic shows have been going on a very long time.  There have been unbelievable shows before like JFK, Gulf of Tonkin, Pearl Harbor but the best show ever was, and I mean it was really unbelievable was 9/11.

Wow, the magicians and actors had gotten together and put on the best show ever.   It looked so real almost like one of the CGI movies. 

A majority of the people seemed to believe the show or were too afraid to think otherwise.  They just ate it up and believed it really happened after all they saw it with their own eyes and everyone said so.   The show was almost perfect.  The buildings fell perfectly in record time, all 3 of them.  The carnival barkers repeated the story over and over, again and again.

The magicians work hard for the casino. The shows are deadly profitable.   Damn, buy some buildings, slap special insurance on it and ding...ding...ding you hit the jackpot.  The casino pays billions, the jackpot, not once but twice.  And the owners of the casino could not be happier.  Wow, that is a first.  Casinos do not like to pay out, they want you to lose.  Oh yeah, they only had to press a few keys on the keyboard and ITS ALL GOOD.  All the money and power is theirs but they are still hungry, need more, more is never enough.

The casino has been in business a long time, working toward a goal of being the only casino in town.  This casino has been eating up all the other casinos, like eating an elephant, a bite at a time.

The elephant is mother earth and well rape, it happens and people die so let’s just help a bunch of people and countries move to the front of the line (note to self, make bumper sticker “USA Happens”).

So here we are.  Each country was turned into a casino and then we did a Leveraged Buy Out with the biggest and best levers invented.  Magic, levers that produced money out of thin air, pixels on a screen forming numbers.  Now with an empire built, the owners need security to protect it.  Along the way, as the eating continues, a bite country here and bite a country there we grow.

If the country did not taste right, was not tender enough, it would be beaten and tenderized so it was easier to chew and swallow.  When necessary, the casino chef removed an ingredient (leader) and put in a more agreeable and pleasing ingredient (puppet).

There were many appetizers and drinks as the party has been going on for a long time, leading up to the feast, the show and the game. Yes, there have been a few hiccups, burps and flatulence but nonetheless the party goes on. A bite here and there, gulp, gulp, munch, munch....mmmm they are like fat and happy bankers....can't get enough and now ready for the last course, dessert, cognac, coffee, cigars, blow, children bed warmers, nothing is too much. The game is fun and very lucrative for the owners of the game.

The climax of the party started when the dinner bell was rung on 9/11.  The lights dimmed and flickered signaling the next part of the show. Ah, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Ukraine oh soooo good, then “crunch, chew, spit” Yugoslavia, “crunch, chew, spit” Georgia, “crunch, crunch, crack” Syria, I think I broke a tooth.

Something is not right.  Syria was hard chew, hard to swallow, something stopping us.  Are we full? No. Someone knocked at the door, crashed the party.  It was the dammed Russian neighbors.  They had had enough.  Yeah, they asked nicely that the party end, that everyone go home.  How dare they come they live so close to us?  Enough was enough.

Other neighbors got involved.  The party had gone on too long and the guests were being rude and obnoxious, they damaged property, some people got hurt somehow, some died. The neighbors looked at us as if we had lost our minds but it was a party and the party MUST go on. 

Why must the party go on?  BECAUSE IT IS NOT OVER!  It will not be over until it is really over because people having lost everything have nothing to lose.  They have a psychotic break.  They are delusional, suicidal, dangerous to everyone around them. What is this a mirror?  I look like an American, I think I need help otherwise the neighbors are going to take matters into their own hands.

What came over me to write this, I really do not know.  I guess I am just writing to myself, talking to myself in my head, there is an echo.  I think I will listen to some Pink Floyd and dream about how things could be.

 

Wait, I think I will call for help,

 

Welcome to the Psychiatric Hotline.

 

If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2.

If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.

If you are paranoid-delusional, we know who you are and what you want. Just stay on the line so we can trace the call.

If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.

If you are depressed, it doesn't matter which number you press. No one will answer.

If you are delusional and occasionally hallucinate, please be aware that the thing you are holding on the side of your head is alive and about to bite off your ear.

 

I am better now.

Catahoula's picture

Tale told by idiot

thebigunit's picture

Well. then. what's your stupid fucking point?!!!

 It would be a fool's errand to make any type of prediction, especially if you believe, as I do, that all these moves are orchestrated and the end is already well known to the people at the top.

Enter you downvotes here

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Iconoclast's picture

Empires die slowly, it took the Roman Empire 200 years to completely collapse, with the USA it'll take approx 30-50, but it'll take us all down with it out of spite, unless Americans take up arms against their government, hey isn't that the reason you protect your right to bear arms as part of the constitution? Use it.

Hugh Mann's picture

Imo, the Roman Empire is far from dead. It's been thriving quite nicely. Take a good look at the global just-us (justice) system using a dead language with its twisted meanings of common words. The financial heart of the empire resides in London, the military arm resides in D.C., and the administrative brain is still in Rome.

Ace006's picture

Doesn't work.

Examples of twisted meanings?? Someone came up with the word for something but Latin was used to twist the meaning of that word? Who knew? 

east of eden's picture

You know what we really need to do? We need to send a message to the slimey fucks on Captial Hill, as follows:

Start something that puts the rest of us in danger, and we will march into Washington and have your fucking heads on spikes within hours.

Ace006's picture

The American people will only do that if the feds threaten to shut down professional football.

Tax them to death? Flood their country with foreigners? Destroy manufacturing sector? Celebrate perversion? Ignore the Constitution? Endless war and arrogant "regime change"?

No problem!

honestann's picture

They've heard that talk a million times.  THEY are the only ones killing humans by the millions, and all their prey do is talk.  No verbal messages need to be sent anywhere.  They have never done anything, and never do anything.  Not even electing an "outsider" made any measurable difference.

The only way to change anything is to actually PUT their heads on stakes.  Not just one, not just a few.  Lots of them.  But the sheeple will never do that, dispite having the predators-that-be outnumbered by a huge margin.

And so, the predators-that-be and predators-in-general will win, because their prey do nothing but complain.  And that's the best of them!

Ace006's picture

Always on the money, honestann.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Toward the end of the Roman Empire,some of the Emperors were killed by their own Praetorian Guards(like Nero).

There is hope.

MozartIII's picture

They are being ignored more & more by the world community. As is always the case, they will turn their anger inward on their own people, sooner or later. Or they start WW3, and they kill us in that maner. Both options are expected at this point and time!

YourAverageJoe's picture

Their body guards should take lessons from Anwar Sadat's security detail.

radbug's picture

I (and Kyle Bass) have agonised over the question: Will Beijing sacrifice the RMB to save the credit mountain, or will Beijing sacrifice the credit mountain save the RMB? Mr Bass says Xi will continue to play the role of vassal and kick the credit mountain can down the road aways, while I say Xi will go for hegemon ie., gold/hard RMB and kill the credit mountain. The Donald's UN outburst suggests that Mr Bass is on the losing side of the trade.

old naughty's picture

i am not so sure about that...

there are really no two sides, only one master...

and he will pick the most suitable (to his agenda) outcome,

coz he can see where we cannot.

east of eden's picture

Yeah. Good perspective from a honest CANADIAN SOURCE.

Frankly, my personal feeling is that they must simply be annihilated, in totality.

Never trust a Yangee, a Brit or a Dutch man.

Ace006's picture

Have you noticed who your fruit cake prime minister is? Just curious.

Koba the Dread's picture

Yes! Shakespeare said it best: "A man may smile and smile and yet a villain be."

alexcojones's picture

The bully elites have covered their bases, ready to scamper abroad with PMs or cryptos

Only unforeseen wrench in the works? Nuke world war - caused by bully elites

HardAssets's picture

America's solution lies in actually following her stated founding principles.

If the nation actually honored the individual and freedom, there would be a renaissance that no central planned economy could compete against. Productive people from around the world would seek to live here and take part in this vision.

The ruling oligarchy does not want this. Their main concern is to maintain their family wealth and power. If that means America goes down in ruins, that is of no concern to them. Eventually the parasites kill off the host.

Koba the Dread's picture

The stated principles are the lies that Hamilton was forced to agree to in order to get a Constitution at all. He, the Federalists, the Republicans and later the Democrats all wanted a government of the wealthy, for the wealthy and by the wealthy. Did that ever not occur? Andrew Jackson maybe? Jefferson?

Well, not Jefferson! He's the one who allowed the Supreme Court the authority to interpret the Constitution, not one of it's Constitutionally stated privileges.

Hamilton wanted a pure dictatorship, nothing less. Let us praise Aaron Burr for gut-shooting Hamilton so it took him a day to die. He was a villain.

Ace006's picture

What parts of the Constitution establish plutocracy? Specific provisions, please.

The Constitution says the Court is to handle cases arising under the Constitution. 

Setarcos's picture

The BIG flaw in this proposition is that the Founders were oligarchs who had NO intention of founding a democracy.  Their flowery documents might read well, but they were and are empty rhetoric.  The only "men created equal" were the landed male English colonialists, who like the robber barons who extracted Magna Carta from King John, only wanted two main things: 1) Grab taxes for theyselves.  2) Start expansion of the mainland Empire, forbidden by King George.

No ordinary working man was included in "rights".  No women. No slaves of course and especially not the native people, who were to be "driven into stony places" and exterminated.  That was explicit, Jefferson I think, but no matter if it was another slave owning oligarch.

From 1776 until the early 20th Century, nothing much changed.  The facade of "democracy" only briefly appeared after WW2, when widespread affluence was possible.  The "America" nostalgically imagined to be "great" is pretty much compressed between 1950 and 1980, since when the present-day oligarchs - most notably corporate banksters - have been dismantling and/or completely destroying every kind of principle globally.  In vain have other countries appealed to "international law", for instance.

 

Ace006's picture

The Founders and Ratifiers created a republic. They created safeguards that they correctly hoped would prevent a  democracy from occurring.

Why is this difficult?

HardAssets's picture

Do you know what 'nations' are ?

They are commonly believed storylines. Those stories usually mix reality with fiction.

Much of what you said may be true, but the fact is, that the idea/ideal of 'America' Was different than that found beforehand. Americans were freemen, rather than royal subjects, - to a degree not found in other times & places previously. And a hard working & ambitious man could come to America and make a life for himself & his family unrestricted (relatively) by class or caste.

For those who denigrate this American storyline, please tell us about other nations during the same time period of the 1700s-1800s where average human beings had it better ? Tell us where other human beings enjoyed more freedom and independent thought ? Where were people angels & treated all people with saintly kindness ?

We actually have the opportunity to live up to the storyline. What alternatives do you propose? A Chinese technocratic dictatorship? More bankster run NWO ? A neo-feudal world run by a very few at the top & where everyone else is a serf ?

Setarcos's picture

Yes I know what nations are, or were.  They are, or were largish numbers of people having a common way of life/culture.  They are, or were tribes, such as the Apache and Iraquois nations in N America.  Had you studied Anthropology you might know this and the fact that when civilisations and empires arise, nations are expunged.  All talk of nation, society, community, culture, etc. is just talk.  Nationalism is the last refuge of scoundrels very often.

You are correct that storylines develop, mixing fact and fiction.  "The land of the free" is one such fiction, at least from the point of view of the exterminated or subjugated people who were in the way of any expanding empire from ancient times, but the Washington Empire in particular, because this is the one of present-day importance.  The former London and Paris Empires were obviously active in N America, but also Africa where, very arguably, the indigenous people had had it better during the 1700-1800s before invasion ... the same for Australia, New Zealand and wherever, including India before the Raj and China before the Opium Wars.

"Had it better" is a value judgement to some extent.  If one focusses on the best achievements of Western civilisation since the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, then former ways of life can be denigrated as "primitive" or inferior in some way, but who is really to say that it is now better to have "property rights", for instance, instead of pretty much universal, tribal values of community and sharing?  

It's a bit disingenuous to ask,  "Where were people angels & treated all people with saintly kindness?"  It's a bit like asking,  "When did you stop beating your wife?"  Or asking Saddam Hussein, or Bashar al Assad,  "Where are your WMDs?"  It's a straw man type of argument, i.e. setting up something which does not exist, so as to trap another person into trying to prove a negative, which can never be done.  In general your argument falls flat.

I can tell you that the London of mid 1800s was a haven for free thinkers, which is why Marx and others took refuge there, also life for ordinary working people had started to improve.  Perhaps the equivalent period in the US was later, e.g. when Mark Twain, William James and Robert Frost were writing but, from what I know, life for industrial workers in the cities could be pretty grim and not too pleasant for pioneers "going West".  My first awakening to the reality behind Hollywood movies and Roy Rogers, was reading,  "True stories of the Wild West" when I was about twelve.

All that aside, there is the storyline which takes selective ideals from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but it's similar to, or the same as taking selective ideals from the Gospels and especially the Beatitudes, wherein peacemakers are blessed to inherit the Earth, which is basically just like Marx proposition that the working class will inherit the means of production and lose their chains.  Since when were Christian ideals, for instance, widely practiced?

You ask what I propose and then present me with options of your chosing.  In fact I don't propose anything.  At one time I might have, but never forcefully, because I have always known that I don't know anything of ultimate importance.  Now I hope that Russia, especially, will prevail.  I hope that the idiot Trump isn't mouthing the intentions of the deep state (presumably Rothschild & Co.).  I hope that the Samson Option is rendered impossible, perhaps with electronic means.  And I hope that the Eurasian and One Road initiatives enable transition from the Washington-dominated World.

I have answered you as best I can.

 

Flankspeed60's picture

Try Switzerland. De-centralized government. No wars for nearly 150 years. Highest standard of living in the world. Minds it own f**king business.

HardAssets's picture

Now this, I can agree with.

There are probably unique geographical realities for Switzerland that has enabled it to remain (relatively) independent over the centuries. Some Swiss concepts were admired and influenced the American founders.

Setarcos's picture

The most apt descriptor for this latter day Washington-based empire - which began soon after 1776 with mainland expansion - is the Empire of Chaos, starting from about 1971 when homeland easy oil had peaked, resulting in the contrived "petrodollar" as the non-military means to exert global hegemon.

Up until that point, granted that it is somewhat arbitrary, the Empire actually built stuff, like all previous empires did, e.g. Roman roads and British railways, but then it became just a knocker downer of things, perhaps arguably starting with N Korea, which had hardly a building left standing in 1953 (perhaps, ironically, it will all end with N Korea too, but hopefully not total destruction there, nor globally).

A short list of chaos deliberately caused by this neocon led Empire includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and nearly Syria of course, but the pattern since the new Pearl Harbor of 9/11 especially is crystal clear.

How apt to destroy the World Trade Centre as the pretext for permanent war - hijacked from Trotsky by the Chicago School bunch of psychopaths! World trade, once dominated fully by the Empire, is now in disarray, but for Russia and China hurrying to establish a cooperative alternative.

A legitimate fear is that the dying Empire will go for the Samson Option, we can only hope not. Sane heads, most notably Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, are doing all possible to hold ground and not inflame the beast, but the insanity coming out of Washington and its satraps in London and Tel Aviv especially, is not encouraging.

Behind all this, but no longer as obscure as it once was, is the Rothschild Dynasty and Associates, with the BIS (Bank for International Settlements), the Central Bank for central banks at the head of the beast, or top of the pyramid for what is undoubtedly a vast Ponzi scheme of debt, creaming off all assets and taxes to pay unearned interest on "money from thin air".  What a massive fraud!  Little wonder the desperation to keep it going!

the edge of chaos's picture

We are living ends of days...who knows...this might go on for another 20 years...but on the other hand you could wake up tomorrow to a VERY different world. I gave up worrying about it...I`ll die in my doorway...and thats fine by me!

Jimbeau's picture

Good man!... All you can DO is prepare, and then hang on.

True Blue's picture

Whatever -so long as it kills the 'Federal Reserve' and destroys the 'petro-dollar' facade (which it will in double-quick time) I'm good with it.

you_are_cleared_hot's picture

Rory Hall seems to have an inflated view of the CIA as the "Boogeyman"...Rory, I think you need to stop reading Tom Clancy. While I agree (in part) that the CIA has had and currently has dealings with "ISIS" it is for the purposes of corrupting internally that organization by pitting leaders against one another...that is how they have operated since the days of the OSS. From the outside looking in I can see how one would think they are "supporting" ISIS, but really what they are doing is infiltrating, corrupting, promote in-fighting...rinse and repeat. Now, to your point, American lives do get lost as a result of that support (e.g. MANPADs in Libya, etc.) and I do have a problem with that...so in my book the CIA is one step forward, one step back.

Stuck on Zero's picture

There's a lot of money to be made in a dying empire. Our leaders are right there profiting and accelerating it.