"Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism"

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

There’s something I’ve always found mesmerizing about watching animals in the wild.

They have the most incredible instincts, honed from countless generations of survival against constant threats.

Animals have a keen sense of danger. They know immediately when something doesn’t feel right, and they act on it without hesitation.

I saw an incredible example of this last year when I was visiting a remote wildlife reservation in Zimbabwe.

It was late in the afternoon on a hot summer day, and my friends and I were ensconced in a hidden observation bunker situated on the edge of a water hole.

The animals all began to arrive, one species at a time, to cool off before nightfall. First the elephants. Then Rhinos. Zebras. Giraffes. Baboons.

It was a playful mood; all the animals seemed to be enjoying the water, when without warning, there was a stillness. The gazelles froze. The zebras’ ears perked.

Something wasn’t right. A smell. A sound. Something.

So they got the hell out of there.

We found out later that a ravenous pack of hyenas was on the prowl nearby, so the animals’ instincts were spot-on.

Deep, deeeep down, human beings have the same highly refined instincts.

Our long-lost ancestors struggled against every imaginable danger. And those lessons are hard-coded in our DNA.

We sense threats. We can feel it when something’s wrong.

The difference between our species and animals in the wild, though, is that we humans have way too many external influences that muck it all up.

Case in point: last week was obviously a tough one for anyone with any sense of humanity.

Acts of terrorism are scary.

And hearing about completely innocent people on a popular pedestrian promenade getting mowed down like bowling pins by some madman is definitely going to cause some discomfort.

But down here in Latin America at least, there was ensuring wall-to-wall news coverage for the next several days in a way I hadn’t seen since 9/11.

It’s all we saw. Terrorism. Terrorism. Terrorism.

This really amps up the fear factor for something that is already difficult to stomach.

So it’s easy to understand why I keep hearing people say things like, “We’re living through the most dangerous times in human history.”

It’s easy to lose perspective. But on the balance we have it pretty good.

13th century Europeans faced a far greater threat with the approaching Mongol hoard.


A century later they faced an even more terrible fate with the onset of the Bubonic Plague, which ultimately wiped out around 30% of Europe’s population.


Even in more recent times, the threat of nuclear annihilation between East and West posed a constant threat.

Yes, acts of terrorism are appalling. But taken in historical and mathematical context the danger is actually quite low.

The Cato Institute published some data recently showing that the chances of dying in a terror attack are around 1 in 3 million.

Statistically speaking, you have a better chance of being crushed to death by a vending machine.

But we don’t demand that our governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars that taxpayers cannot possibly afford in order to protect us from vending machines.

That’s because deep down we sense that vending machines don’t truly pose a threat.

But with terrorism our senses are heavily manipulated until we believe that the threat is far greater than what the statistics show.

The real irony is that the manipulation works both ways.

Just as we are manipulated into being terrified of certain risks that pose no real statistical threat, we are manipulated into ignoring other risks that are far more likely.

I would raise financial markets as an obvious example.

The stock market in the United States is at an all-time high, with valuation metrics that have rarely been higher in more than 100 years of data.

Bond markets around the world have literally never been more expensive… EVER.

In order to return to levels that are more in-line with long-term historical averages, stock and bond markets would both have to suffer steep losses.

But instead of encouraging investors to independently assess these financial risks, mainstream media often dismisses such assertions as pessimistic bugaboo.

Or another obvious long-term risk– that Social Security is going to run out of money.

I write about this one frequently. The Social Security Trustees, including the Treasury Secretary of the United States, state very clearly in their annual report that Social Security’s major trust funds “will be depleted in 2034.”

Yet despite the totally predictable, unavoidable, widespread consequences to Americans’ primary source of retirement income, the public is manipulated into ignoring this threat as well.

Instead of the truth, we continue to hear the same tired mantra– “Social Security is just fine,” despite every shred of objective evidence to the contrary.

We’re also told to believe ridiculous axioms like “the US government’s debt doesn’t matter,” even though they have $20+ trillion of it and spend like drunken sailors.

But no. The experts tell us that this is not a risk worth concerning ourselves with. Angry brown people want to kill us. Focus on that instead.

Human beings have a 1 in 3,000,000 chance of suffering from a terror attack.

Yet there is currently a 100% chance that Social Security runs out of money in 2034.

Only one of these manages to find its way into the news.

Not to mention, if properly informed, people can actually DO SOMETHING about the latter. There’s plenty of time for intelligent people to prepare.

Do you have a Plan B?


hedgeless_horseman Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:31 Permalink


Yet there is currently a 100% chance that Social Security runs out of money in 2034.

Not true.  A few keystrokes at the US Treasury and voila!Now, the purchasing power of the money is a different story, but one we are all familiar with. 

KingTut hedgeless_horseman Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:37 Permalink

You're right, it's not true. However, that's because SS went into the red in 2009 (or so).  It's $100B in the red in 2016 alone.  The government thinks it will run out in 2034, because they can't add.   1+1 is now whatever they want it to be (2034).They include in their 'assets' the so-called trust fund which was spent down to zero years ago.  The short fall is now made up out of the deficit, but they pretend they're making it up out the of the non-existent trust fund.  In reality the government borrows the money to make up the shortfall, which last time I looked, means you have to pay it back..

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Iskiab KingTut Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:58 Permalink

I completely agree, and the other thing that this line of thinking misses is the government can't really print money at will cost free. Economic consequences aside, for the US to print money it has to pay interest to the fed on anything added. This was added as a deterrent for care free spending by the government, as the fed is a corporation.

I've noticed something else the article mentions with all the fear-mongering, the mainstream media never gets into the details and gives the excuse that the issue is too complex. I think this is intentional, people are naturally risk averse and fear things they don't understand, by not going into detail the media is doing more than failing their purpose, they're adding to people's fear of it by not presenting the information so it can be understood. Oversimplifications like, 'they're trying to destroy our way of life' are damaging.

In general I've noticed that if someone says an issue is complex, someone's getting fucked over. They don't want a disruption of the status quo so use that to discourage investigation. Really, those are the issues you should look into to make sure you're not the one getting fucked.

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not dead yet KingTut Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:56 Permalink

To give a quick stimulus to the economy in 2008 or 9 the government cut the payee rate of SS by 2 points. By doing this it put cash in peoples pockets immediately. The government made up the difference by a direct payment to SS. SS haters like to point out the shortfall but don't mention it was paid back from general funds as was the plan. The lockbox is not there but the SS funds are in T-Bills as SS "invested" in them. What Social Security really said was they will have enough funds to pay full benefits till 2032 or 4 and after that will be able to pay at a reduced rate. 75% I believe. Clowns like Simon come up with fear porn today about stuff that will happen way in the future, if it does. The worst fearmongers are those who add up all the so called liabilities going out decades into the future and calling them unfunded liabilities and claim it's in the trillions. They don't consider the payments into the vehicle during those decades because they want headlines to promote an agenda and don't want truth or facts to get in the way. If the US goes belly up or loses the power of the petrodollar and reserve currency status and no one wants to buy our debt all bets are off as everything goes in the crapper. Except for the 1%.

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not dead yet not dead yet Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:13 Permalink

A couple of years ago the SS disability fund said they would soon run out of money. 2015 I believe. The disability fund paid out better benefits than regular SS. If they weren't going to get a cash infusion they would just put their people on regular SS so no one was going to lose their benefits. The fear porn fake news claimed all SS was dead broke and imminent collapse was inevitable.

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GUS100CORRINA hedgeless_horseman Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:09 Permalink

"Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism""Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism"My response: Since the topic of terrorism and probability came up, lets talk about Islam for a second.In the world today, there are roughly 1.5 billion muslims with about 4 million muslims living in the USA.Now if only 1% of those 4,000,000 muslims living in the USA who are devout, the number is 40,000. By devout, I mean they follow the teachings of Muhammad to the letter. They have read both the Qur'an and the Hadith which state that all infidels (you and me who are non muslim) must be brought into submission or be put to death.Let's work the math: 1% of 4,000,000 is 40,000 and 40,000 goes into 300,000,000 (population of USA) 7500 times.So your real chances of experiencing a terrorist event in the USA are 1/7500, NOT 1/3,000,000. Note that this is just RADICALIZED (DEVOUT) muslims and does not take into account all the other crazies in the world.By the way, I have read both the Qur'an and the Hadith. These books will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. They remind me of the Book of Judges or 2Kings in the Bible.

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CheapBastard Rainman Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:19 Permalink

Cops ID suspect wanted for fatally stabbing man steps away from his Brooklyn home   An Obama's son teenager who has been arrested more than a dozen times has been identified by cops as the brute who stabbed a 42-year-old man to death after a casual glance outside a Brooklyn park turned hostile, investigators said Monday. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Gary Correa, 19, was responsible for the Friday night attack outside McGolrick Park.“He is 19 years old, looks a bit older than that. But he's got 13 prior arrests,” Boyce said about Correa. “Detectives have been working all weekend on this case.” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/cops-id-suspect-wanted-fat…  Where is the media outrage?CNN?NPR?

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Blackfox Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:35 Permalink

If I am to be 100% honest with you - every time I hear a passport has been found I know it's a load of bullshit - the Barcelona "attack" did not even register amber on my danger meter....

Mr Twitch Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:46 Permalink

Terrorists?Illegals have killed many more times Americans than 'terrorists'. Said gimmiegrants are also helping to pile onto our unfunded liabilities.

swmnguy EnragedUSMCExpat Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:11 Permalink

Eventually, political pressure will cause Congress to raise, or remove entirely, the cap on earnings subject to SS payroll deductions.  Or include "unearned" income as well.  At that point they could probably cut the rate by half at least, and still have plenty of money to cover payouts.  As people get older, they're more inclined to vote.This is an entirely political issue.  It's not the case that it simply can't be fixed.  Actually, almost none of America's financial issues "simply can't be fixed."  We've chosen to spend $1,000,000,000,000 per year on the War Machine, counting all departments, the off-budget spending on the wars, the VA, the nukes (which are DOE) and the various alphabet soup agencies.  If we knocked a zero off that total, we'd probably be safer because we wouldn't be trying to conquer and run a global Empire, and we'd have a whole lotta money to throw at our domestic problems.  

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alangreedspank Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:41 Permalink

Yes, I've seen that silly statistc thrown around quite often. It's true, but it's irrelevant and sociopathic to use it. If I get crushed by a vending machine, it's because I've willfully initiated a situation for some gain in enjoyment of my life. Same with tobacco, alcohol (albeit those are perceived gains).Compare this with terrorism, maiming and murder where this is initiated by an external entity and brings no increase in quality of life whatsoever ?Not surprising this comes from open borders Cato. "I will unleash millions of potentially dangerous destitute third worlders upon your area because tobacco, alcohol and vending machines".Great.

Dumpster Elite Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:42 Permalink

Anyone who is around early 50's or less, who factors in Social Security as part of their retirement planning, is a complete fool. It's nothing but another tax, to fund the boomers retirement. Gen Xers don't represent a large part of the voting numbers, thus the Gub'mint figures that is the best time to "drop the hammer", when not as many people will be pissed off when they're told that "the SS coffers are empty. You are on your own. Good luck. Sorry that we made yet another promise that we didn't keep. Here is our idea. How bout we start taxing the retirement accounts of those who saved for their retirement, and give that money to the ones that didn't bother. That would certainly buy us some votes from the ones with no money (the responsible ones, not so much.)"

surf@jm Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:45 Permalink

Explain to me how SS runs out of money, while the U.S. government has shown no restraint whatsoever in printing all the money it needs?....Of course, your SS check in the future, will probably not buy a roll of toilet paper, but the money will be there......

The Cooler King (not verified) Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:47 Permalink

Human beings have a 1 in 3,000,000 chance of suffering from a terror attack. Yet there is currently a 100% chance that Social Security runs out of money in 2034. Only one of these manages to find its way into the news. Not to mention, if properly informed, people can actually DO SOMETHING about the latter. There’s plenty of time for intelligent people to prepare.    Do you have a Plan B?  My PLAN 'B' is to take my chances where I am, with the GLOCK I bought after selling my ROCHEFOCAULD, in Philly, for $50...  Frankly, I'm not interested into moving into the jungles of Costa Rica... (even though SIMON BLACK seems to think that's where the action is, which he undoubtedly learned in his own private jet,  by following Al Gore's 'GLOBAL WARMING' jet tour all across the globe)... 

rejected Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:51 Permalink

Ol Simon Sez worried Grandma costing trillions.Never a mention of trillions spent on wars,,, Trillions given to banks,,, Trillions in QE,,, trillions in welfare,,,trillions unaccounted for by the Pentagram.We keep screwing with Russia and China we may not have to worry about 2034.

pocomotion Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:56 Permalink

Simon Black,     I will try to avoid reading your crap from here on out.  Hey man I got my Gucci watch and my MontBlanc wallet, with my Giuseppe Zanotti loafer in crocodile-embossed calf leather and Greg Norman's crisp pants, I'm walking and texting with the latest I-phone and buy gold weekly.  As I am now crossing just south of 17 state street near battery park, I look up to blue skies after the 1/8th eclipse and have to tell you thsnodfhjjsgkvv.gvt.g..                        43*&^%RT .hui56$%^(t87vhh-e-lpoijhgghhelp @*(  me m &^$ bleedning blood 7 TT* R,mbnfdbdnmddd h elp)(&6

PGR88 Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:10 Permalink

Its a false equivalency.  IF there was a group and ideology that was designing vending machines to kill people, then you bet your ass Americans would be concerned.

Rebelrebel7 (not verified) Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:14 Permalink

Plan B: Unite the sane and independent center! Commit to not choosing sides in the neoconservative / neoliberal civil war ! Don't be a useful idiot that elevates the establishment's two party system!

Both parties have destroyed the Bill of Rights and both parties are war mongering treasonous tyrrants!This strategy could destroy the two parties which have  destroyed America!Americans should unite around issues that we can all agree upon. These issues are all ignored by the establishment elites of the neocons and neoliberals.1.We must repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and abolish the Federal Reserve. Congress must resume its responsibility and coin money and regulate its value as granted to Congress in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 5 of the constitution.There would be no need for income, estate, capital gains,  or corporate taxes, and no need to reduce spending! The government could create the money required to fund it debt free! If we pay off the national debt,  we destroy the money supply and the economy, since the money supply is based on government debt! During the middle ages in England, when the banks did not issue currency and England used the tally system, the average man provided everything necessary for his family by working 16 weeks a year! The rest of the time was spent learning, traveling,  on the arts, and volunteering for the church! For more on this topic please read The Web of Debt and the Shocking Truth About Our Money System And How We Can Break Free by Ellen Hodgson Brown J.D.The rise of crypto currency has litigated and won the case,  as witnessed by world populations and governments that central banks are not necessary and that the central banks can quickly and  efficiently be replaced! I prefer a cash option, being a privacy advocate, but it's time to end the private blood sucking vampire banks that suck the blood out of Main Streets and sovereign nations! 2.The military should be used for defending our borders. We should close the 698 permanent foreign military bases and 400 temporary military bases. Our international meddling is jeopardizing national and international security, human life, and economic prosperity. We should retract from all war on foreign soil.3. The prison industrial complex and the war on drugs must end. It is a horrific human rights abuse and is completely unacceptable.4. All laws which violate the Bill of Rights must be immediately repealed. The NDAA, The Patriot Act, HR6393, The American Freedom Act are all grotesque unconstitutional violations of the 4th amendment.  5. Freedom of speech and of the press , and  the right to assemble, must be protected. The government has removed the common thread that wove the fabric of our nation, our liberty, in a futile attempt to take the heat off of them, where it rightfully belongs, and to incite civil war, leaving corruption as usual in charge!
trailer park boys Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

The Deep State needs the citizenry to be in a state of perpetual fear - fear against terrorism. Fear against the North Koreans. Fear against the Russians. And I suppose Trump's speech tonight wil stoke up more fear of Afghanistan, as the WWP (Washington War Party wing of the Deep State) needs to justify it's bloated size and budget. More troops to Afghanistan - already the longest war in US history at 16 years and growing. Trump promised us he would end these Mideast wars, not expand them. He promised he'd work towards peace with Russia, not cave in to the warmonger neocons that infest our Congress and sign the sanctions bill. Trump's days are numbered no matter how much he gives in to the Establishment and it's media arm. They smell blood and want him GONE. And as he is already so weakened by the Deep State and his own stupid mistakes and appeasements, I really don't care anymore what happens to him. We are on our own now. No more voting for the next 'savior'. Time for the 63 million of us to start taking the bull by the balls, organize, LOCK AND LOAD.

TuPhat Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:17 Permalink

Simon, that's so naive of you.  Social Security is a bureaucracy not a bank account.  It has no money already.  It cannot run out of something it does not have.  If you are talking about the bookeeping entries that are still positive, well, we will just be creative and keep it positive.  Your negativity is astounding.