Which Rotten Fruit Falls First?

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

I predict the current investigations will widen and take a variety of twists and turns that surprise all those anticipating a tidy, narrowly focused denouement.

The theme this week is The Rot Within.

To those of us who understand the entire status quo is rotten and corrupt to its core, the confidence of each ideological camp that their side will emerge unscathed by investigation is a source of amusement. The fake-progressives (fake because these so-called "progressives" support Imperial over-reach and a status quo whose only possible output is soaring wealth and income inequality) are confident that a "smoking gun" of corruption will deliver their most fervent dream, the impeachment of President Trump, while Trump supporters are equally confident there is no "smoking gun."

One camp is confident that the wily Clintons and their army of enablers, from former FBI Director Comey on down, will finally be brought to long-evaded justice for their various perfections of corruption and collusion: pay to play, and so on.

Clinton supporters are equally confident that there is no "smoking gun" that will bring down the House of Clinton, and by proxy, the organs of the Democratic Party.

The implicit historical model each camp is anticipating is of course Watergate, which unfolded with a dramatic inevitability that in retrospect almost seems scripted: a minor burglary led to the hubris of cover-up which led to the destruction of the Nixon presidency.

Often overlooked in this history is the key roles played by insider informants (such as Deep Throat) and the wider political demands for greater transparency the scandal triggered. The Church Committee ended up investigating the illegal campaigns of the FBI and CIA against the anti-war and civil rights movements (COINTELPRO etc.), and a small dent was made in the federal government's decades-long reliance on official secrecy to cover up official corruption, collusion, malfeasance, lies, etc.-- the ugly underbelly of agencies protecting the Empire from any inconvenient leaks of truth.

I submit that Watergate will not be the template for the multiple investigations being pursued in the present. It seems highly likely to me that who and what gets taken down by the investigations is much less predictable than in the Watergate template, which distilled down to an escalating campaign of cover-ups and stonewalling which simply compounded the crimes previously committed.

I submit that the investigations launched with an implicit intent of bringing down selected targets may well end up destroying people and institutions that weren't in the crosshairs. The reason why this seems so likely is that the entire status quo is corrupt: the fraud, pay-to-play, lies and collusion are institutionalized and system-wide, and once some investigation drills a hole in the dam of secrecy and collusion, the hole may quickly widen as the fetid gush of hidden truths pours out.

In other words, when the entire status quo is corrupt and hiding its collusion, gathering evidence to nail one target inevitably tugs loose other threads, threads that the original investigators reckoned could be safely left untouched.

It doesn't work that way, folks. Insiders end up releasing more than investigators bargained for, and all it takes is one insider and one journalist who isn't beholden to a colluding-insider corporate boss to widen the hole in the dam into a veritable flood.

Longtime readers know I have long made the case that the Deep State has fractured into competing camps. For example:

Is the Deep State Fracturing into Disunity? (March 14, 2014)

Surplus Repression and the Self-Defeating Deep State (May 26, 2015)

Public investigations are one field where this conflict plays out, but unfortunately for the players, it's a game that's easier to start than to control.

For this reason, I predict the current investigations will widen and take a variety of twists and turns that surprise all those anticipating a tidy, narrowly focused denouement. Which of the many rotten fruits will fall first? How many will fall by the time the investigations have burned through a corrupt status quo that's exquisitely vulnerable to a single lightning strike? Only one lightning strike is needed to ignite the combustible corruption and trigger a conflagration tha quickly escapes the handlers' control.

If you want a recent example of this dynamic, consider Harvey Weinstein, a mere brush fire that may well spread further and faster than the handlers expect.

For more on the systemic nature of corruption in our status quo, please check out my books:

Resistance, Revolution, Liberation

Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform

Correspondent Rudy C. kindly noted that the GDP chart I displayed yesterday was misleading as it did not adjust for population growth. This chart is of GDP per capita, which shows GDP per person rather than as an aggregate total. Thank you, Rudy, for the correction.

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Adaman's picture

BIGGEST fruit falls first.

y3maxx's picture

Did Soros donate $18 billion to protect and assure the safety of his own A$$?

cheka's picture

that chart - those gains are all in nyc due to 'free trade' snake oil

tariff or continue to get bled out

All Risk No Reward's picture

Breaking Vegas 100% contradiction between Campos' and Shuck's "initial fire" claims - THEY ARE 100% LYING.

The Mandalay Bay's maintenance guy's (Schuck) story about the beginning of hallway fire irreconcilably CONTRADICTS the "security guard's" (Campos) story about the beginning of hallway fire.

They are COLD BUSTED in their lies.

Schuck's Campos free version... 50s in...

Audio recording sheds new light on Las Vegas shooting

Campos' Schuck free version... 1m 53s in...

Ellen Meets Las Vegas Survivors Jesus Campos and Stephen Schuck

There is NO WAY to reconcile two stories, neither of which mention the other in the hallway, which is the new third lie they are telling today.

Ignatius's picture

They're busted because they're pushing a narrative ahead of the facts.

I have yet to see even one picture of someone agaonizing from a serious bullet wound.  Not one.

All Risk No Reward's picture

Two key witnesses lying about the gunfire initiation event.

That's 100% provable. People who weren't there can never prove anything about exactly what happened there.


So is the Bankster LE COVERUP.

So is the Bankster Media COVERUP.

Rapunzal's picture

All a dog and pony show. All of them are part of the same team. It's just a puppet show and the puppeteers are the oligarchs who control everything in this country. Why the show ? As long as the majority believes in this BS, they keep the control.

All Risk No Reward's picture

Rap, exactly correct.

Money Power Supremacists monolithically run the entire Western world because they FINANCE the entire Western world.

Who calls the tune? Is it not he who PAYS the piper?

We live in a Supranational Money Power Monopolist Mega-Corporate Fascist Near Global Empire.

The Money Power Monopolist Supremacists are currently operating as Debt-Money Monopolists, but they need not do so.

They control the money - no matter what it is.

Free-dumb, people, free-dumb.

Iconoclast421's picture

What u talkin about. It's already a flood. People jsut dont care.

SWRichmond's picture

People actually DO care, they are just being thwarted from doing anything about it, except getting pissed off.

And they are getting more pissed off every day.  Thanks, government!  be careful what you wish for!

This should be viral:  https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/10/19/any-questions-2/


shovelhead's picture

It's getting so blatent in your face that even people who wouldn't ordinarily bother about this stuff are getting really pissed off.

redmudhooch's picture

But.....but....its all just a conspiracy theory...

Wise man Bush said so, the TV told me too.....

The TV can't lie....

All Risk No Reward's picture

The Money Power Monopoly Supremacists don't care how we feel, THEY CARE WHAT WE DO.

And if we can't even consistently identify THE BIG BAD, why in the h*ll should they give one rat's behind about what we feel?

You can't defeat an entity you can't even identify, right?

Rex Andrus's picture

Hang the 6 professors who promote violence first, to test their theory. Then hang the rest. Vive la revolucion bichez!

Rainman's picture

Pretty sure a per capita ignorance chart would correspond perfectly with that FRED chart.

Kayman's picture

Since "Government" forms part of GDP (output) aggregates, then the slope of the curve should be nearly flat. That is, there is nearly ZERO growth in real GDP.

And CHS -stop calling them the Deep State- it is the Mob. - Made up of numerous families whose sole purpose and common interest is to steal from the public- no deed too dirty- no empathy, just cold soulless greed. Ears on the street and endless Capos to do their bidding. All under "state secrecy".  For fuck sake- Kennedy has been dead for more than 50 years and it is still a state secret????!!!!!

assistedliving's picture


investigate this.  Texans want flood insurance money?  Sign first you won't boycott Israel.  

Israel over First Amendment. 


shovelhead's picture

Never stand up to legal scrutiny.

I'd love to see a lawyer try to recover building money from a contractor because he violated that clause. It would be a circus of idiocy.

cheka's picture

that document is one hundred percent verified.  it's on the dickinson, tx website for all to see

add that to the Jesus slight in the new dc Bible museum - better name would be torah museum

great fodder to wake up the slumbering

All Risk No Reward's picture

Don't eb fooled. "Israel" is actually Rothschildville.

Research its history.

No, the ordinary people don't know. They never do. That's why they are so easy to punk over and over and over... and over and over... ad infinitum.

We make field goal kicking Charlie Brown look discerning.

"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks."
~Lord Acton

"Let the American people go into their [Bankster] debt-funding schemes and banking systems, and from that hour their boasted independence will be a mere phantom [freedom to freedumb]."
~William Pitt, (referring to the inauguration of the first National Bank in the United States under Alexander Hamilton).

How To Be a Crook

Poverty - Debt Is Not a Choice

Renaissance 2.0 The Rise of [Debt-Money Monopolist] Financial Empire

Debunking Money


Krugman (and each MIT economist professor - THEY KNOW AND THEY OCCULT!) is a Goebbelsian propagandist as he covers the crimes of wolves with his fake sheep suit and lisp.

Krugman to Lietaer: "Never touch the money system!"

Bastiat's picture

That is truly bizarre!  But at the same time ridiculous and unenforceable. 

Invidiual defense: I'm not boycotting Israel, I just don't want anything they're selling. 

Instituional defense:  I don't think they are a reliable supplier because, accoriding to their own leaders, they are under threat of nuclear attack from Iran.

Malleus Maleficarum's picture

That is so goddamned insanely treasonous that it beggars belief! I'm starting to wonder if Zionism isn't the "beast system" of the Bible. The ramifications of this are very disturbing. It's not limited to America, either. I think Putin's one hell of a statesman, and always seems very rational, but "quoting the Torah?" Er...OK?


HardAssets's picture

The Torah is the first 5 books of the Bible Old Testament. The first book is Genesis. Got a problem with Genesis ?

Sheesh people are damned ignorant

The Torah and the Talmud are two completely different things.

Koba the Dread's picture

Talmudic Judaism, a neo-Platonic Phariseic corruption of true Torah Judaism, is the beast. Prior to the destruction of the Temple, Jews worshiped in the Temple. After it's destruction, Pharisees offered their heretical meeting halls, synagogues, as places of worship for Jews. Torah is the foundation of the Hebrew faith and the foundation of Christianity. Talmud is a late invention designed to create legalistic ways to avoid Torah Law, that is, God's Law as given to Moses on Sinai. Talmud was heavily influenced by Hellenist thought, particularly the rigid absolutism of Plato's Republic.

shovelhead's picture

"Them durn Russians" is already running out of control in a quite unexpected direction than Hillary envisioned.

A typical case of projection where you impart your crimes against your enemy.

"If I'm corrupt and rotten to the core then you must be worse."

How amusing.

toady's picture

No WAY does anyone with half a brain start a "Russia  colluded with Trump" meme after they colluded with Russia.

The woman is the definition of hubris. She thinks she can kill anyone, steal anything... let's see if she's right (munches popcorn).

Poor Bill... The bitch is gonna end up taking him out too.

Ben A Drill's picture

This writer knows more than he’s saying. Or just won’t tell.

Kendle C's picture

Could the first fruit, swollen, fecund, dripping, bulbous, ripe, odorous, randy...Harvey Weinerstain! I don't think even the forest pigs will eat that when it hits the deck.  

Ron_Mexico's picture

He's just a sacrificial decoy and a distraction for the Sheeple . . .

Ron_Mexico's picture

"It doesn't work that way, folks. Insiders end up releasing more than investigators bargained for, and all it takes is one insider and one journalist who isn't beholden to a colluding-insider corporate boss to widen the hole in the dam into a veritable flood."

Um, no.  These people play hardball. Ask Seth Rich. Ask Michael Hastings.  Ask Vince Foster.  Ask Gen. Petraeus.  Ask Chief Justice Roberts.

When push comes to shove these "journalists" and "investigators" are gonna worry more about their lives and the lives of their families than about exposing the "Deep State."  You can't fight City Hall.  It has to be utterly annihilated.  And have a pleasant day.

Rebelrebel7's picture

It is both a surprise and a disappointment that you are not making the obvious contrasts between accusations against the Clinton's, and accusations against Trump. 

I will spell them out for you: 

1.) Hillary Clinton has been part of the D.C. establishment since the Nixon impeachment. 

2.) Bill Clinton has been part of the American political establishment since 1978 when he became Arkansas' Attorney General. 

3.) There are simply too many felonies commited by the Clintons to list in a single day, none of which they have been held accountable for. There is indisputable hard evidence against them, mountains of it!

4.) Trump has never been part of the political establishment until this year. 

5.) Hundreds of ludicrous and baseless allegations have been made against him since 2015, none of which had a shred of evidence to support them. 

6.) Donald Trump has been under investigation under both George W. Bush, Barack Obama,  and still is currently to this day, and not a single charge has been levied against him that is supported by even a shred of evidence. 

7.) Nobody in modern politics has had more establishment enemies than Donald Trump. He is hated by the  entire DNC, his own party elected officials, and by the ruling corporate oligarchy for his stance against the TPP, TAP,  NAFTA, and CAFTA, and his suggested alliance with Russia, rather than reliving the cold war. If any of them had any evidence on him, it would have been all over the news. 


Chhelo's picture

My recommendation for when and if this type of witch hunt came to my door. Don't say a word.  I would write "Lawyer" on a piece of paper and hand it to the (expletive) reading me my rights. I would likely never speak to any attorney appointed (can't trust any of them either) or any other expletive and let them do what they may.  The (expletive/s) have already made their decision anyway.

Hillary & Bill can steal millions under the guise of a charity well the black youth that was raised by a single mom gets 5 to 10 and a felony record for robbing a bag of Dorito's from a convenience store.  All because the government purposely destroyed the black family just to make them wards of the state and buy thier votes.

I just wish the black players in the NFL were smart enough to figure out its not whitey keeping them down its the progressive politicians, both R's and D's, that made them 100 years of false promises and now throw the blame on the average white citizen and white priveledge.

SInce 1913 the USA has been headed towards the cliff.  We just stopped to get more gas with Trump at the wheel but once we change drivers they will just drive a little faster. You will enjoy the new Utopia.

Koba the Dread's picture

Correction: The US went off the cliff in 1913. It hasn't yet hit the rocks below.

Solio's picture

DC and Hollywood, they both look the same.

dot_bust's picture

The U.S. is a class system. That is the core of the corruption. From there, it grows and metastasizes into a cancer that infects every organ of society.

The pillar on which the American class system was built is the concept of Ivy League colleges. If you don't study there, then you will have zero access to the upper echelons of power in government or big business.

In the case of government, it's not even enough to attend an Ivy League college. You must also be accepted into one of the secret socieities on the campuses of these educational institutions. 

Secret societies such as Skull and Bones are used by the super-rich as a vetting mechanism that determines who will rule us in the Federal government. 

Of course, you won't get into the Skull and Bones unless you've already been born into a wealthy, powerful, connected family. So, if that's not the case, you'll never be President or the Secretary of State or any other leadership position in government.

And, if you really want one of those coveted positions of power, you must also be a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group. Those are the organizations that are used to ensure that future U.S. leaders will tow the line for the ultra-rich and continue the previous system of war and graft.

If you look at the cabinet members and other high-level appointees from every presidential administration for the past 50 years, you'll find that they have all belonged to both groups.

Hollywood is much the same. Most of the A-list actors and directors are relatives of people who have already obtained power in the film industry. The whole rags-to-riches fairytale is utter nonsense. 

Occasionaly, there's a maverick like Robert Rodriguez who manages to claw his way into that extremely locked industry. But he's the exception and not the rule.

Rebelrebel7's picture

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were not born into wealthy families, but they were willing to tow the line for those that were. That is the difference, Trump was born into an upper middle class family,  many would consider his family a wealthy family, that is not the issue though, it is splitting hairs, but  Trump has been a  disruptor of the wealthy, establishment, elitites, self-serving, parastic policies. 

Trump is one of America's last success stories  of achieving the American dream. He has an empire of tangible assets and built his brand much to his credit. 

chestergimli's picture

Obama was born a Jew. And Drumpf is also a Jew. Many many years ago a co-worker advised me that the wealthy Jews will give financial aid to other members of the tribe 3 times. If they fail after the third try, they are on their own.

Faeriedust's picture

But most people born into business with family connections WILL succeed by the third attempt if they are able to tap significant financing.  Unlike people who can't automatically expect ANY kind of financing for ANY operation that isn't already functioning, bringing in cash and showing a profit.  Thus, there's quite an advantage to being born either into the wealthy class or at least a "tribe" which finances its members' fledgling opportunities.  And in a competitive market, those who start with such an advantage are nearly always the winners.

Rebelrebel7's picture

No. You are a liar, and an extremely  sick individual.

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ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Rotten Fruit falling?  Havest time, higher produce!!!   Bullish, BTFD.

Dickweed Wang's picture

The implicit historical model each camp is anticipating is of course Watergate, which unfolded with a dramatic inevitability that in retrospect almost seems scripted . . .


That's because it WAS scripted Chucky!  Nixon, in many ways, was almost as despised amongst the "establishment" in Dee See as Trump is now.  What happened to Nixon was essentially a coup d'etat.  That's why "they" are using the same script to try to get rid of Trump . . . it worked once, why won't it work again?

Koba the Dread's picture

Well and concisely put on all points.

gdpetti's picture

Nixon was setup by the Agency... which is why that team had so many 'ex' CIA guys on it.... Nixon didn't stick to their program regarding China, RUssia etc.... so they got rid of him... his ego got in the way of him seeing it coming.... especially after they took out JFK, and the FBI took out RFK.... puppet show theatrics... all the rotten fruit will get exposed before Mother Nature arrival because they can't hide it after that... game changing event sequence.

We are just witnessing our collective fake reality tv show in production.... this is only Season 1... wait for next seaon.... as the chaos/rot spreads... the real PTB don't care... it's all in the script.... and so is WW3... will they go nuc?

libertyanyday's picture

the govt wins............there is so much criminality, collusion, fraud and in your face lying that no one will ever be prosecuted, so mch fnger pointing, that everyone is guilty and no one at the same time.  Just dont knock on my door....