ISIS Orders Random Attacks?

The statement concludes by telling ISIS followers, “if you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be.” – via report on Zero Hedge.

Seriously? That’s quite an ‘activate’ order… but random attacks? So far these guys have seemed much too smart to come up with a bonehead strategy like that. I expect them to be much more coordinated.

What to do?

If any ISIS followers/supporters actually take this seriously, then we should expect random terror attacks in the West. But don’t fear it – just be alert & ready. Some random action items to consider might be:

  • Keep your heads-up, eyes open, and if you hear gunfire – take cover. Then keep moving away from the trouble.
  • Know your alternate commute routes home. Consider pinch points like bridges and tunnels when choosing alternate routes.
  • Pack a get home bag in the car. Just a day pack with the essentials needed for walking home.
  • Avoid public places when possible.
  • If you hear news of random acts of violence anywhere… consider packing it in and heading home. Why? If there are would-be terrorists among us, the initial attacks, even distant ones, may inspire someone near you to join the fight. In other words at the first sign of a catalyst, know that a chain reaction may begin.

We’ve been told loud and clear that this is possible. Avoid being that guy or gal who continues to think that this kind of crap doesn’t happen in the world – and that it can’t happen here.

Harken back to the results of some well known psychology experiments – you may remember these from Psychology 101 in college.

All of these studies showed that people typically avoid standing out in a crowd. People typically feel uncomfortable when they are not conforming to the behavior of the people around them. Don’t do that.

Instead of following the heard and accidentally run off a cliff, choose to be that individual who trusts their instincts that the wolves may be hiding in the tree line – and have an alternate route away from trouble pre-planned.

We can’t stop random acts of violence, but we can limit our risk of being overtaken by them.

Photo credit AFP

 

USA Effectively Declares War on The Islamic State

Here’s a headline you won’t likely see in the papers quite yet, but I suspect the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIL and/or ISIS) sees it this way.

The risk the President doesn’t spell out in his speech is that we could see retaliation here at home. The people leading the Islamic State seem to be well-funded, educated, motivated, and have wide-spread international representation within their ranks. In other words they may have the right mix of ingredients to pose a serious domestic threat to the USA.

The USA might have a massive military, nuclear arsenal, a fleet of drones, and the best armed citizenry – but it only takes a few stones on a road to topple an apple cart – and the bigger they are the harder they fall.

What to do?

To avoid becoming apple sauce, look around you and ask yourself what you see. Do you see people that are self-sufficient and living well within their means or do you see people who rely entirely on mechanical infrastructure, just-in-time supply chains, and easy credit? In other words do you see self-reliance or dependence?

If you see self-reliance then rest-assured that if push comes to shove the people around you will rebound from adversity quickly and adapt to change. If you don’t, then build your own.

Huh!?

That’s right, I’m less worries about what terrorists can do to America and more worried about the response from Americans – both the people around us and our government.

The People – We should assume that terrorists would attack key points in our infrastructure to generate as much chaos as possible. Chaos can create desperate people. Desperate people can be dangerous. So it’s the resulting chaos I’m mostly concerned about – the ripples in the water after the stone hits.

The Government – A retaliatory strike would seem justified after a terrorist attack, and unlike post 9/11, we’d know immediately who did it and where they live. Smart bombs and drones need precise targets. Targets are abundant. But international tensions are high and the world is dividing along east & west lines, so America heading back to war in the Middle East could easily cause unforeseen global impacts both economically and militarily.

Conclusion

Destabilization seems to be the word of the day – from Africa to Israel to Ukraine, tensions are increasing. So shake-off that normalcy bias and recognize the risk that we are at war.

This is in response to news stories like Iraq conflict: Obama vows to stop jihadist state and U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Iraq – not to mention the President’s own words.

That’s my two cents. What do you think?

Photo credit to whitehouse.gov.

Chess Moves Toward World War

Dang this latest news is better than any false flag. Obama now has the smoking gun he’s been seeking and a war with Iran will seem justified.  It has been reported that Ahmadinejad’s cameraman has delivered key evidence into American hands.

“The Iranian cameraman assigned to document President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent trip to the UN has defected, and new reports claim that with his exit he has handed the US a trove of never-before-seen footage of his homeland’s nuclear facilities.” – RT.

I oppose war entirely. We didn’t go to war with India or Pakistan when they declared they had nukes. We didn’t go to war with Israel because they are suspected of having nukes.

I wish Obama would use this evidence to pressure Iran’s friends (China & Russia specifically) to help encourage Iran to work with the international community and give America & Israel no viable reason to start a war.

But sadly it looks like the joint US/Israel attack is loaded in the breech.

“After months of urging from Israeli authorities for the US to intervene in a rumored Iranian plan to procure a nuke, a source speaking on condition of anonymity tells Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf that the two allies have come close to signing off on an attack against Iran.
Although no plan of action has been set in stone yet, the source says the attack will likely be from the sky and consist of drone strikes and bomber jets for only “a couple of hours” at best but would not require more than “a day or two” of action.” – RT

So lets just say this happens – after all it’s on the table. A couple of questions pop into my mind:

  • How will China or Russia respond? Will they jump in militarily and make WWIII official or will they continue to play their cards close to their chest and continue their subtle chess moves? I suspect the latter.
  • What will happen to the oil flow from the Middle East? We all know about the vulnerability of the Strait of Hormuz. We all know that Iran is well armed. This could go very badly for Americans at home if gas goes higher.
  • How will Americans respond? Will they support Obama and give him a landslide election or tell him to make up with Ahmadinejad and let the oil flow? I suspect both but would he seek peace?
  • Could this be the catalyst to collapse the petrodollar? An attack on Iran seems like it would have the potential to split the world in two – east & west. If this happened would oil trades cease to be made predominantly in U.S. Dollars? Seems plausible.
  • If the petrodollar collapses does the dollar collapse? Technically speaking – yes. Hyperinflation would be the result of a massive increase in the money supply, so if the demand for dollars suddenly dropped due to its abandonment for oil trades the dollar should technically drop in value – possibly collapse.
  • Would the U.S. Government go back on the gold standard to support the dollar? I think might – in fact I think the powers-that-be would do anything to protect the American way of life. There has been some speculation that the gold design features of the new $100 bill hints that this might be the case.
  • If there were a world war, and the U.S. went back on the gold standard, and replaced all old dollars with gold dollars, what would happen to all those foreign held paper dollars? Oh right, they would be made worthless – obsolete. That would also strengthen the dollar significantly and destabilize any nation relying on those old dollars.

I’m just asking questions and making guesses. I used to be a fairly good chess player and this reminds me of the thought process one uses to win. You know… if I move X, my opponent will move Y, Z, or… Q!? It’s always guess work but helps a player see ahead a few moves.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out… now I just need to go dig a bunker so I have somewhere to watch the game unfold.

Crazy world… and all for this.