Wednesday, October 26, 2016
"USA Actually Bankrupt Now"
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
"Renowned Boston University Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff is running for President with a write-in campaign. He says we need an economic expert, not a politician, to fix our severe financial problems. Dr. Kotlikoff explains, “Our democracy is in trouble. We have 14% of the electorate who have chosen Hillary Clinton for us to vote for, and a different 14% have chosen Trump to vote for. The vast majority of the population realizes neither Clinton nor Trump are qualified. Just on the economic front, these folks have no idea how fiscally sick our country is. The fact that we have off-the-book liabilities that make our true debt roughly 15 times larger than the amount the government is actually reporting, so, our true debt is about $206 trillion. The debt the Congressional Budget Office is telling us about is about $13.5 trillion. We’re short $206 trillion. The country is 53% underfinanced. So, the country is actually bankrupt right this minute. It’s not $206 trillion in the future that we owe, it’s $206 trillion today. It’s our credit card bill, and we’re broke.”
Kotlikoff goes on to say, “So, if you put everything on the books, we’re broke, and we’ve been printing money out the wazoo since 2007 to pay Congress’s bills.That’s the truth about quantitative easing. We need to have somebody who knows what’s going on in the big picture here and has a game plan to get rid of this fiscal gap, and do it without total chaos. If we leave things the way they are, people will view the country as leaderless fundamentally and printing money to pay its bills. Then, the expectation will occur, and that’s going to raise rates, and that’s going to drop bond prices, and that will sink the banks, and, yes, you can have another great recession like Bill Gross is referencing (bond super nova). I’ve been saying this for decades. The time for the last straw to drop on the camel’s back, and when it’s going to drop that camel is hard to say. If you look at the fundamentals, and the fundamentals look like that of an emerging country, we are the most indebted developed country relative to GDP of any country around. We are in worse shape, I believe, than Russia or Greece, and far worse shape than Italy.” (There is much more in the video interview.)
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Professor Laurence Kotlikoff,
who is running for President in 2016 with a write-in campaign.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
“Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show”
"Face-on spiral galaxy M77 lies a mere 47 million light-years away toward the aquatic constellation Cetus. At that estimated distance, the gorgeous island universe is about 100 thousand light-years across. Also known as NGC 1068, its compact and very bright core is well studied by astronomers exploring the mysteries of supermassive black holes in active Seyfert galaxies.
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M77 is also seen at x-ray, ultraviolet, infrared, and radio wavelengths. But this sharp visible light image based on Hubble data follows its winding spiral arms traced by obscuring dust clouds and red-tinted star forming regions close in to the galaxy's luminous core."
“Asperges Me, Domine” *
by Chet Raymo
“Greystone Books publishes a series of "Literary Companions" to natural environments- mountains, rivers and lakes, deserts, gardens, and the sea, so far. Now they come to my environment- night- and have been kind enough to include a chapter from “The Soul of the Night”, the chapter called "The Shape of Night." I am in lovely company, admired companions of several generations- Diane Ackerman, Timothy Ferris, Annie Dillard, Henry Beston, Loren Eiseley, Louise Erdrich, Pico Iyer, and Gretel Ehrlich, to name but a few- all connoisseurs of darkness.
Our earliest mammalian ancestors were presumably nocturnal- to escape the predations of dinosaurs- but for most of human history we have been afraid of the dark, huddling in caves around stuttering fires, curled together in darkness like mice in a burrow. Night belonged to animals with big, dark-adapted eyes and sharp teeth, to footpads and graverobbers, to werewolves and vampires. Ironically, it was with the coming of electric illumination that it became reasonably safe to go out and about at night, even as the illumination erased the best reason to do so.
William Blake called day Earth's "blue mundane shell... a hard coating of matter that separates us from Eternity." At night we peer into infinity, awash in a myriad of stars. We creep to the door of the cave and look up into the Milky Way and catch a glimpse of divinity- everlasting, all-embracing, utterly unknowable. Night- that cone of shadow, that wizard's cap of spells and omens- is the chink in Earth's shell through which we court Ultimate Mystery the way Pyramus courted Thisbe.
Which is why, I suppose, that whenever I think of "the porch" of people who visit here, I imagine Carolina rockers on a southern summer verandah, far from city lights, Vega, Deneb and Altair swimming in the Milky Way, fireflies flickering on the lawn. At some point the conversation ceases and we simply sit, rock, and listen to the sounds of the night- the whippoorwill, the bullfrog, the cricket and the owl- and let starlight fall upon our heads like a sprinkling of holy water.”
* “Wash me, Lord. Sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be clean.”
- The Catholic Mass
- The Catholic Mass
"Dealing with Difficult People:
Opening the Channels of Communication"
by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM
"We all have the experience of difficult people in our lives at one point or another and honest but clear communication is the answer. We encounter a wide variety of people throughout our lives. Many of them touch us in some positive way. Occasionally, however, we encounter those individuals who, for whatever reason, can be difficult to deal with. Perhaps this person is a colleague or close friend that you feel is deliberately being obtuse, inviting in trouble, or doing foolish things that you find annoying. Sometimes, it may be possible to appease or avoid those people short term. Dealing with them in the long term, however, can be exhausting. The behavior of difficult people can even make you feel like losing your temper, but keep your cool. Staying calm is the first step, especially when you are ready to confront them.
Avoiding a difficult person can improve impossible and not in your best interest, especially if you live or work together. Likewise, attempts to steer clear of them can become a source of stress and anxiety when they are a part of your social circle. When this is the case, it is best to kindly address the problem. Try not to let their actions or mood affect you. You also may want to try expressing your feelings directly. Tell to the person how their actions make you feel and encourage them toward a more positive course of action. Speak assertively, but respectfully, and don’t portray yourself as a victim. Another approach for dealing with a difficult individual is to gain a deeper understanding of who that person is. Ask them why they do or say certain things. If you disagree with their motives, question them further so you can try and discover the root of their behaviors. In doing so, you may be able to gently shift their perceptions, or at least help them understand your !
point of view.
You may want to think about what you want to say to a difficult person before you actually talk to them. If you can, avoid being judgmental or defensive, and try to approach the conversation objectively. If the person is open to the idea, try coming to an agreement. If approaching them fails, let it go and move on. There is no reason to let difficult person or situation have power over your state of being. Remember that a lot can be accomplished when you take the time to listen and offer up alternative perspectives."
“Is This How World War III Begins, In Almost Complete Silence?”
by Jeff Berwick
“I used to wonder how these massive World Wars happened. World War I, for instance. The “official” story for why it happened makes absolutely no sense. he mainstream reason for the war was because some Archduke from Austria got killed. Then, like some bizarre drunken bar fight, tens of millions of people from dozens of different countries all were wounded or injured in the ensuing four years. Did ANY of these tens of millions of people really care if some rich guy got killed? Probably not.
So, what happened? Well, like most wars backed by the financial elites, it appears they just wanted a big war. And through the use of propaganda, fear and coercion, they somehow got tens of millions of people to butcher each other.
World War II wasn’t much different. Germany, financed by the Bush crime family and the central banksters, got into a bit of a dust-up over borders. Then the US cut off oil supplies to Japan as a planned provocation to induce Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt not only knew about Pearl Harbor in advance, he was determined to allow it in order to create a much larger war. And, four years later, over 60 million people, mostly civilians, were dead. It all seems crazy. Like it must have happened on a different planet. How and why did so many people die for, what in retrospect, was nothing?
Well, unbeknownst to most, we now sit on the verge of World War III. And, again, it’s mostly all over nothing. Your average Russian has no desire to kill a bunch of Americans. And your average American has no desire to kill a bunch of Russians. But, thanks to the elites, again, we sit on the cusp of a war that has the potential to end nearly all life on Earth.
The Russian Defense Ministry has deployed anti-aircraft S-300 and S-400 air missile systems in Syria to help protect Syrian military positions from US-coalition led airstrikes. This means Russia has taken direct aim at US aircraft. One missile goes up and brings down an American plane and the two most heavily armed countries are at war. That’s “war” as in World War III.
This is just the latest escalation. And Russia, especially, is on high alert. Air-raid sirens rudely jolt Russians into wakefulness on a regular basis. And Russians are continuing to build subterranean bunkers to protect themselves in the event of nuclear fall-out. Which means Putin expects nuclear bombs to drop.
But it doesn’t have to be nuclear bombs. Any missile or air strikes in Russia or elsewhere– and especially Syria– will create a clear threat to Russian servicemen. Meanwhile, Putin recently concluded an absolutely terrifying military drill that supposedly included 40 million people.
China has already warned the US over a potential World War 3. If things continue in this hostile fashion or go the way, say, Killary Clinton wants them to, World War III will shortly turn into a reality. The US is the aggressor here, but Putin is certainly making it clear he doesn’t intend to get left behind.
Maybe the US declares a no-fly zone over Syria. This has been seriously discussed by the Pentagon and Killary. On Tuesday, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, warned America’s “enemies” in front of an audience at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.: “I want to be clear to those who wish to do us harm, the United States military- despite all of our challenges, despite our operational tempo, despite everything we have been doing- we will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that.”
This is extremely belligerent rhetoric. It’s as if the Pentagram (or, as they call it, the Pentagon) wants a war. Of course, they do. In fact, it’s just recently come out that the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500M for top secret Iraq propaganda. No doubt, the Pentagon has a PR team working on Syrian propaganda as well.
In reference to Russia, China and others, the General pressed on: “Make no mistake about it, we can now and we will retain the capability to rapidly deploy,” he said, “and we will destroy any enemy anywhere, any time." So there you have yet another trigger happy slave willing to serve his puppet masters for the sake of his countrymen’s perceived “freedom”. Yet Americans will praise warlords like him for his valiance until the the cows come home even despite the fact that by most metrics, Russia is far more free than the US.
Most Americans unfortunately share this mentality, which makes it infinitely easier for globalist elites to start as many wars as they want, small or big– or worldwide. Americans are easily worked up. They don’t bother to check anything and they believe most anything the Pentagon tells them, even though that same Pentagon just mislaid– maybe embezzled– some $8 trillion.
And it’s not just the Pentagon. Uber billionaires like George Soros continue to whip up war without pause while simultaneously lying about their actions. Soros just published an article accusing Russia and Syria of perpetrating a “humanitarian catastrophe” by bombing Aleppo: "The world is witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions. It is happening in Syria. It is being perpetrated by the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, in support of his protégé, Bashar al-Assad. Russian planes are bombing the civilian population of Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city, to assist Syrian government forces that are attempting to take control of rebel-held areas of the city."
Soros is after the big profits he’ll get by positioning his financial interests on both sides of the coming war. He’s already painting Putin and Assad as the aggressors in Syria when even a little reading on the ‘Net will make it clear that Syrian hostilities, as with those around Ukraine, were initially ignited by the US and NATO.
Unfortunately, Americans believe their own government’s endless propaganda. Threaten America’s ability to buy cheap goods, watch football, or guzzle cold beer– and too many will be willing to confront whatever “enemy” Washington wishes to accuse.”
"Obamacare Premiums Up 30% in TX, MS, KS; 50% in IL, AZ, PA; 93% in NM: When Does the Death Spiral Blow Up?"
"Obamacare Premiums Up 30% in TX, MS, KS; 50% in IL, AZ, PA; 93% in NM:
When Does the Death Spiral Blow Up?"
"Obamacare premiums are skyrocketing out of sight. A jump of a mere 30% looks like a good deal compared to jumps of over 50% in six states, and 93% in New Mexico. Congratulations are in order for those living in a handful of states whose premiums only rose 20%.
The Wall Street Journal reports "Rate Increases for Health Plans Pose Serious Test for Obama’s Signature Law." Finalized rates for big health insurance plans around the country show the magnitude of the challenge facing the Obama administration as it seeks to stabilize the insurance market under the Affordable Care Act in its remaining weeks in office.
“The situation is serious,” said Alissa Fox, senior vice president of the Office of Policy and Representation for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “The reason the premiums are where they are is that the people we are covering have serious conditions and they’re using a lot of medical services because of their chronic illnesses. That’s clear. And there’s not enough young, healthy people to balance out those costs.”
In Minnesota, for example, Blue Cross Blue Shield is pulling its preferred provider organization plans from the state’s online exchange, MNSure, and the narrow network product has been approved for an average rate increase of 55%. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton told local reporters that the law is “become unaffordable for many Minnesotans, a growing number with these rate hikes” and that federal and state action is necessary.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has gone further and said the insurance markets are already in a “death spiral,’” and that “we’re going to have to change this thing.” The danger for insurers and supporters of the law now is that high prices and limited choices further deter low-risk people from signing up, and that the increases continue and become irreversible.
• Approved Hikes Just Under 20%: Colorado, Florida and Idaho
• Approved Hikes 20% to 29%: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland
• Approved Hikes 30% to 49%: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Texas
• Approved Hikes 50% to 92%: Arizona, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
• Approved hikes 93%: New Mexico
• Approved Hikes Just Under 20%: Colorado, Florida and Idaho
• Approved Hikes 20% to 29%: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland
• Approved Hikes 30% to 49%: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Texas
• Approved Hikes 50% to 92%: Arizona, Illinois, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee
• Approved hikes 93%: New Mexico
Just a Transition: President Obama calls this a “transition” because insurers aggressively priced too low to get healthy people to sign up. It’s a transition all right, to hell, for those watching rates skyrocket. Meanwhile, young and healthy millennials have decided it is ridiculous to overpay for healthcare with $5,000 deductibles to support chronically ill smokers with cancer.
Obvious Death Spiral: I have been writing about the Obamacare death spiral since the legislation first passed. Some are now just catching on. Please consider "Now, Even Democrats Can see the ObamaCare Death Spiral."
Another day, another Democrat finally owning up to the fact that ObamaCare is a disaster. And another state facing the implosion of its health insurance market. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton- once one of the Affordable Care Act’s most enthusiastic champions- is the latest Democrat to publicly eat crow for that support. With good reason: Tens of thousands of Minnesotans are losing their coverage next year. And premiums on individual plans- which enroll 250,000 North Star State residents- will rise an average 50 percent to 67 percent. “The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people,” Dayton admitted last week, calling the situation in his state “an emergency.”
This just a week after former President Bill Clinton blasted ObamaCare as “the craziest thing in the world,” adding that “it doesn’t make sense.”
An S&P Global Ratings forecast warns that, for the first time since ObamaCare got rolling, participation in the program will actually shrink by up to 8 percent. Ever-higher premiums are keeping younger, healthier Americans- the ones whose premiums were supposed to subsidize insurance for everyone else- away in droves. And what President Obama intended as his signature domestic achievement is well on the way to becoming his biggest failure.
Obamacare About to Collapse: Rep. Michael Burgess M.D., Rep. Tom Price M.D., and Rep. Phil Roe M.D., all doctors, say ObamaCare is About to Collapse. ObamaCare is collapsing. Its utter failures become more obvious by the day. We all remember the promises of ObamaCare, chief among them that the “Affordable Care Act” would lower health care costs. The opposite has occurred.
In his 2008 campaign for president, then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly promised to cut annual health insurance premiums by $2,500. When he took office in 2009, annual family premiums for employer-provided coverage, the most common of private insurance coverage, cost $13,375 according to Kaiser. In 2016, those premiums are $18,142. That’s an increase of $4,767.
Back in 2010 just before ObamaCare became law, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services forecast there would be 24.8 million individuals in the exchanges by 2016. The actual figure at the end of 2016 according to Avalere Health will be 10.1 million. Not only are premiums skyrocketing, but individuals are also left with fewer choices in the ObamaCare exchanges.
The dwindling number of ObamaCare supporters repeatedly point to the fact that 20 million more Americans have coverage now than before ObamaCare. The vast majority of those 20 million, however, have been dropped into a failing Medicaid program. Patients under our broken Medicaid system struggle to find doctors who see Medicaid patients.
It is a top-down system that has Washington dictating terms to the states that ignore the diverse needs of communities across this country. That is not a recipe for success, and studies have shown that Medicaid’s impact on the health status of enrollees is negligible. Regardless, 31 states expanded their Medicaid programs under Obamacare. However, it is not going as promised. According to Dr. Brian Blase at the Mercatus Center, there are 50 percent more enrollees at a cost of 50 percent more per person than originally projected. These massive, unanticipated costs will only become more unaffordable in the coming years. Those governors and state legislatures that rejected the Medicaid expansion have been vindicated.
Hillary Clinton’s solution is to double down on ObamaCare with more government involvement in health care. She believes the fundamentals of the law are sound and it simply needs more taxpayer subsidies. Her other scheme is to add a so-called “public option” plan even though we’ve already seen the disastrous ObamaCare co-op experience– the original compromise to a public option in the ACA. Finally, as if ObamaCare’s total collapse is not imminent enough, Clinton also wants to add illegal immigrants to ObamaCare at the same time that America’s veterans aren’t getting the care they deserve.
One column is not nearly enough space to chronicle all of ObamaCare’s failures. Additional dishonorable mentions include the president’s illegal bailouts of big health insurance companies, as well as a finding by the Government Accountability Office that 100 percent of their investigators with fake documents were able to fraudulently enroll in ObamaCare.
You can’t make this stuff up.”
"Some Truth About Hillary & The Hackers"
by Paul Rosenberg
"I've been watching ridiculous stories on the “hacked” emails of Hillary, John Podesta, et al, and I think it's time to insert a bit of reality to the discussion. So, if you have any interest in this, here are some points to consider:
1. Anyone could have hacked Hillary. People ask me, “Do you think it was the Russians who hacked Hillary?” I tell them that I have no idea who did it, but, “Yeah, sure, it could have been the Russians. Given the lack of security on her server, however, it could also have been the teenager down the street.” Hillary's server was more or less wide open. Given enough motivation and a bit of time, any reasonably technical person could have stolen those emails. In the words of one specialist, Hillary's server was “total amateur hour.” How that happens for a Secretary of State (or a President) is a rather serious question. Bear in mind that this would be the right setup for purposely leaking information while still being able to claim ignorance, or at least incompetence. I have no idea whether that's true or not, but I do have to wonder.
2. No one broke into Podesta's computer. John Podesta, by all available information, wasn't hacked, as most people envision hacking. Instead, he fell for a phishing scheme. Someone pretending to be Google suckered him into giving them his password. (You didn't really think the elite were smarter than the rest of us, did you?) Once the phishers had Podesta's password, the rest was simply a vacuuming operation. Then came some kind of handoff to Wikileaks, and the rest was history. And there will be fallout from this for a long time, whether or not media sellouts allow it to be reported. Lots of people are insulted and exposed in those emails.
3. Google has plenty of it. John Podesta, if you've noticed, used a gmail address, meaning that Google sucked his messages up as they were being written – all of them. They also had a ton of Hillary's “lost” emails. Google literally owned every email from these addresses and dozens of others involved:
And perhaps more importantly, they have everything from email@example.com.
Please understand that Google processed those messages for profitable information immediately. If you have any doubt on this point, consider this: How long does it take them to show you ads for ski resorts after you search for ski boots?
Please don't imagine that they don't look at political things; those are far more valuable than your skiing habits, and Google survives by mining information. (In other words, they grab everything they can... which you agreed to in their terms of service.) Google doesn't charge for your searches, do they? And yet they bring in billions of dollars per month.
This is a useful question: What might you do with tens of thousands of emails to and from insiders and acres of computers to sort them all? Well, that's about what Google's doing.
4. NSA has it all. The NSA has almost everything. We've known for a decade or more that they were simply copying everything that went through AT&T facilities. Their data center in Utah was built to store and search all those communications. William Binney, formerly a senior official at NSA, says that it was probably an intelligence worker behind the DNC leaks, and he might be right – they have it all. The NSA, put simply, is the largest hacker collective on the planet. They can take over more or less what they want, when they want.
5. Other people have the emails. All those “lost” emails had recipients, didn't they? Sure they did, and all those people – and their email servers – have or had copies of everything. And yet I'm not aware of any effort to gather them all up. This guy says hackers used his servers and that he has records... and that no one from the FBI has bothered to call him.
6. Julian Assange is a front man. Another good thing to understand is that Julian Assange is the face of Wikileaks, but he doesn't do all the work himself, and he's not manning the switches. Lots of other people are doing the daily work. Julian just volunteered to stand in front. And given what's been happening to him over the past six years or so, you have to say that he's one seriously brave and tough guy. One thing Julian gets solo credit for is exposing the Google-State Department connection. (Or perhaps partnership is a better term.) If you'd like the details, see this book by Assange. It's pretty damning.
And, by the way, Google's bosses have visited the Obama White House literally hundreds of times. And Eric Schmidt (Google's big boss) is very close to the Hillary campaign.”
“Benghazi, Hillary, The Truth”
by Karl Denninger
“Stevens was sent in to retrieve the rest of the Stingers....
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If you want to know why Stevens was left to die on purpose it's quite simple: Had Stevens lived he would have been Oliver North, compelled to testify, and would have blown the lid off Hillary arming jihadists with American-made missiles, one of which was actually used against a US target (albeit clumsily, thank God), it would have led directly to Hillary Clinton and Obama and that would have ended both Obama's Presidency and any prayer of Hillary being able to run for anything other than matron in her Federal prison.
I hate it when I'm right, but what you need to think long and hard about, with the election at hand, is that the woman who did this, with Obama's blessing, has destroyed both Libya and Syria and since she has gotten away with both unscathed, along with what was quite-clearly a blatantly illegal arms program in that part of the world, should she become President her ability to do illegal things like this will be greatly amplified in a world where there are a lot of people with itchy trigger fingers and very large bang-bangs."
"If you vote for Hillary you are voting to glow in the dark."
“Brace Yourself! What Will Happen In The Next 2 Weeks and Beyond”
by George Eaton
“A friend of mine asked me to let him know what I thought was going to happen in the near future regarding the political situation and global turmoil. Here is my answer:
The stage is set for the possibility of one of several things happening. There are a lot of factors we are not privy to that would influence the outcome. So there is no way to accurately guess what will happen. It is certain that many of the things that have been revealed has caused the players to alter their plans. Once they are exposed to a degree, they figure that going ahead with a particular scheme(false flag or fake event) would no longer be a surprise and wouldn’t have the same affect.
I will describe each scenario and give you an idea what is possible. There is not likely going to be any race riots to stop the election, or afterwards either. That has proven to have limited success.
I read an article recently that Russia may take out North Korea. That would take away Obama’s wild card. China would also help Russia in this and stabilize that area. We will see if that happens or not. Unless there is some kind of new provocation by North Korea I don’t see that happening right now.
The nation has been awakened to the crimes of Obama and the Clintons. Even if Hillary wins she will be severely wounded and court cases and investigations will take place to hobble her presidency from the start. If the election is held, Trump should win easily. This is all well known by the experts on the inside. It is also well known that when Trump wins Hillary will be charged with multiple counts of fraud and crimes. She will have to flee the country with Bill and live out her days in Qatar or United Arab Emirates where they don’t have an extradition treaty with the US.
The truth is, a confluence of events is approaching rapidly and they only have two weeks to stop the election. Waiting until after the election and January for Obama to do something does not appear to be a good option. It would not prevent Trump from being president and would not help the Clintons any at all. Also, a terrorist attack on one city, or two, even if it was a dirty bomb, would not have the necessary affect or large enough event to justify stopping the election. It would be considered too much of a coincidence as a possible false flag and be rejected by the public en masse.
A limited confrontation in the south China sea now, after losing the control of the Philippines would not have the affect necessary to stop the election. Even if a US ship was sunk, it would not be enough to make the US citizens accept what is going on. It would be questioned by conspiracy theorist and there would be limited backing of Obama, and would not help Hillary win the election.
A banking holiday and quick collapse of the financial system would not stop the election, but only expose Obama as a failure because it would have happened on his watch. Even if it happened it would not help Hillary to get elected.
The major event left is some kind of a confrontation/event in the middle east, namely Syria, that could start a chain of events that could possibly affect the elections. The entire Northern Russia naval fleet will be in the Mediterranean. If one of their ships or any US ships are hit, we go into a war footing with Russia. As far as Ukraine is concerned, it is a peripheral issue and will only be a side show compared to the main event. That area will only react to what happens in the middle east. The US is hoping for a “tit for tat” up stage of attacks where Ukraine will eventually be a domino in their favor in taking back eastern Ukraine, etc. But they are wrong. Putin will not even bother with that area at this time. He doesn’t have to.
Gauging from the response of the Europeans and the UK regarding the situation in Syria, it appears that they are hell bent on a confrontation in the middle east. The fact that recently there was a “Belgian” fighter jet that flew into Syria and bombed some Syrians, shows the pattern of their plans and tips their hand. Belgium is the leading country where the global conspiracy originates, and it was no accident they used them as a test in Syria defenses. It may have been done just before the new defense missiles were set up by Russia. My guess is this kind of incursion will happen again, perhaps with a UK fighter jet this time. Once a jet goes down the US will go into immediate action and start taking out the defense missiles with cruise missiles and conventional missiles. The use of unmanned missiles will make them (USA) feel they are handling this in a “measured” way. But they would have miscalculated that decision. Putin will destroy EVERY source of where those missiles came from. We must understand this is not Saddam Hussien we are dealing with. Putin will not sit there and allow his forces to be picked apart for weeks like in Desert Storm 1.
Also, if one of his ships goes down, he will take out at last one US ship in relaliation. This puts the ball back in the US court. They have a decision to make– if they take further aggressive moves, Putin will react even harder. If NATO or any EU nation tries anything at that time, Putin will also hit them. There is also a possibility of there being some kind of US military resistance to orders given by Obama. It would be considered foolhardy and anti-theoretical to attack the nation that is fighting against ISIS. This will mean that the orders Obama wants to make, even to going to a nuke exchange will be rejected by the military. Any hesitation on our part gives Putin the advantage, and gives the American public time to think about what is going on. When I planted the seed about the declaration of repudiation of Obama before the last election, that idea has spread underground and taken root. There are numerous calls for the military to arrest Obama right now. It must also be noted that there may be back channel communication between the US military and the Russians. The US commanders may be telling the Russians not to nuke the US in this conflict and that they will also refrain from nuking Russia– and will reject those orders from Obama if and when they are given.
This puts the aggressive and offensive moves back into the hands of the Europeans, and whatever they try to do– Putin will respond. The European citizens are worn out with the migrant invasion, unemployment and EU mandates– and are in the process of waking up. If they see what is happening they also may start to go after their politicians. That will be a staring match between Putin and the aristocracy/power elite in Europe. They will know by that time they must act or lose their power anyway. They will feel they must attack Russia or in the aftermath of a failed plot against Russia will cause the collapse of the EU and their control. They have painted themselves into a corner. And at that point, without the guarantee that the US will actually destroy Russia with a nuke attack, they will then be forced to send missiles against Russia themselves. Knowing this is their option, Putin will be ready to destroy any and all missiles directed at his nation. That is when the elite in Europe must decide whether to risk what they have, or go back to the long range plans of taking over the world in the next few generations. Since there are so many variables I am not privy to, I can’t make an accurate prediction what will happen. Quite simply it could go either way. Meaning, the only option open to them at this time is to start a war with Russia to stop the election. If they are stupid enough to think all the US military will follow orders, they will risk an all out nuclear war.
When they (globalists) committed themselves to elect Hillary that was the fatal mistake. Once she was in the limelight 100% she was a target by the conservatives and the alternative media. When they (Democrat party) attacked, and forced the independent and Libertarian movement to accept Hillary that was also a fatal mistake. Also the Wikileaks situation helped wake up the nation. Hillary and their goons were then trying to put out too many fires from too many directions. Obama is also injured, even though it is not being discussed much at this time, he will also be charged in several obvious cases of fraud, treason and traitorous activities. This will also be the impetus for him to start a war with Russia. His legacy and survival after the election is then at stake. There is much known to him that we don’t know, and that weighs heavy on his mind– as how a criminal would think when he is cornered, or trying to run from the police. We must understand how they think as crooks when being exposed and the possibility of being pounced on at any minute. This will be the deciding factor in what decision he makes in going to war. I would say there is a 70% chance he will try to go to war with Russia, and start the process as I laid out here. Now we have 2 weeks to see what happens. Let’s hope Obama cuts his losses, backs off and does nothing and then fades away into a post presidency and into obscurity.
I am aware of the Turkey incursion into Syria, and the possibility of them helping out in Iraq. Don’t worry about that at all. Turkey is only in Syria to get rid of the Kurds which are constantly attacking them in Turkey. Erdogan is trying to destroy their bases across the border to stop the terrorism in his nation. If Turkey helps out Iraq, they will be most welcome to join in the battle. Mosul is toast, thousands of ISIS fighters have already fled. The only ones left are the ones that will hold out to the death.
The only reason people are concerned about Turkey is because of the old Ottoman empire history and mostly because of Biblical prophecies. That motivation for worrying about Turkey is invalid. If Turkey does ONE thing wrong in either nation, Russia will stop them and destroy them, and take over Turkey in the process. The leader of Turkey had a second chance at life and is on board with Russia now, and Russia is fighting ISIS, so in a way Turkey is on the same side as Russia. Naturally Syria is concerned, and so is Israel, but the truth is– Turkey is not going after Syria, Iraq or Israel. They are only defending their own nation from a terrorist army.
We must keep in mind that when China sides with Russia, the US may retaliate with an embargo on Chinese goods. That will make a huge impact on things available in US stores. Regardless what happens in the election or a war starting, the economy and the financial markets will then take a dive and the long downward spiral will kick in. That means next year will be a financial mess, stores close, people laid off, auto makers close up, banks go under, and inflation starts happening. The globalist conspirators then will punish the world and Trump for ruining their plans to install global socialism when they wanted it to happen. They will no longer continue to prop up the system, but let it go down on its own. The great unknown is how our nation will respond to that economic collapse. In a best case scenario we may have dodged the bullet as far as a nuclear war, but we are not be out of the woods yet. We will still face a financial collapse, global starvation, unrest, riots, terrorism, plagues and a variety of local wars and conflicts. Getting Trump elected doesn’t make all of the major problems go away, it only starts a process to take the nation the right direction. Whether it will work or not is another question.”
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"Trump Earns An Army Of Support"
"This evening (October 24, 2016) in Tampa, Florida, Donald Trump drew 20,000 supporters to his campaign rally; but that's not the big story. The BIG story is that this photo was taken a full hour BEFORE the rally was to start; thousands more supporters were still filing through security to get in. And when all 20,000 seats were filled, security had to turn away THIRTY THOUSAND MORE people who wanted to attend but could not fit inside the venue! It makes this event, the largest political campaign rally in U.S. History.
In the view of SuperStation95, despite what the mass-media "polling" has been claiming, Hillary Clinton doesn't stand a chance. This election is likely to be a landslide of historic proportions, propelling Donald Trump to the Presidency. It will restore the rule of law, restore American integrity, honor, dignity, self-respect and more importantly, America's self-restraint.
We The People have had enough of the "establishment." We're tired of the wars, tired of the failed economy, tired of seeing our country invaded by illegal aliens, tired of seeing our jobs out-sourced overseas, tired of H1-B Visas being given to foreigners to come here to take what few jobs are left.
We've had enough of political correctness turning our young men into delicate snowflakes, and telling our young women they need to be manly feminists.
We've had enough of failed schools, failed social programs that promote laziness and degeneracy. And we've definitely had enough of rioters allowed to run wild when OUR police do their jobs and enforce OUR laws.
We will no longer tolerate being told what is acceptable for us to think or feel or say, and have these little tyrannies forced upon us by holier-than-thou Human Rights Commissions, or activist judges.
Government exists to SERVE us, we do not exist to serve government.
We want "normal" back. We want peace and prosperity back. We want our FREEDOM back. We're going to bring them back.
The people you see in the photo above are all fighting to save this Republic from its untrustworthy, unresponsive, war-waging government. We're taking back control of OUR country. One way or another, this government is going to change. We're trying the peaceful route... first. God Will It, it will be the only route we need to pursue.
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"In Part One of this article I explained the model of generational theory as conveyed by Strauss and Howe in "The Fourth Turning." In Part Two I provided an overwhelming avalanche of evidence this Crisis has only yet begun, with debt, civic decay and global disorder propelling the world towards the next more violent phase of this Crisis. In Part Three I addressed how the most likely clash on the horizon is between the government and the people. War on multiple fronts will thrust the world through the great gate of history towards an uncertain future.
War on Multiple Fronts: “The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort– in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.” – Strauss & Howe, "The Fourth Turning"
The drumbeats of war are pounding. Sanctions are implemented against any country that dares question American imperialism (Russia, Iran). Overthrow and ignominious imprisonment or death awaits any foreign leader questioning the petrodollar or standing in the way of America spreading democracy (Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Egypt). The mega-media complex of six corporations peddle the government issued nonsensical pabulum about ISIS being an existential threat to our freedoms; Russia being led by the new Hitler and poised to take over Europe; Syria gassing innocent women and children; and Iran only six months away from a nuclear bomb (they’ve been six months away for the last fourteen years). Hollywood does their part with patriotic drivel like American Sniper, designed to compel low IQ unemployed American youths to swell with pride and march down to enlistment centers, located in our plentiful urban ghettos.
The most disconcerting aspect of Fourth Turnings is they have always climaxed with total destructive all-out war. Not wars to enrich arms dealers like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, but incomprehensibly violent, brutal, wars of annihilation. There are clear winners and losers at the conclusion of Fourth Turning wars. Leaders mobilize all forces, refuse to compromise, define their enemies in moral terms, demand sacrifice on the battlefield and home front, build the most destructive weapons imaginable, and employ those weapons to obtain victory at any cost.
It may seem inconceivable that war on such a scale will happen within the next ten years, but it was equally inconceivable in 1936 that 65 million people would die in the next ten years during World War II. We valued all the wrong things and made all the wrong choices leading up to this Crisis and during the early stages of this Crisis. The accumulation of unmet obligations, unpaid bills, un-kept promises and unresolved issues will provide the fuel for an upheaval that will shake our society to its core and transforms the country’s direction for the next sixty years. The outcome of the conflict could be tragedy or triumph. Our choices will make a difference.
There will be war on many fronts, and they have already begun. The culmination will likely be World War III, with the outcome highly uncertain and potentially disastrous.
Currency war: With the world awash in sovereign debt, as governments have over-promised welfare benefits, every country is attempting to debase their currency in order to make their debt load bearable. There is one problem with this approach. If every country is implementing the same strategy, it becomes a race to the bottom. Japan is leading the race and is the most likely candidate to cause a catastrophic collapse in the global financial system. The EU and their negative interest rate strategy is crushing the Euro, but not addressing the solvency issue at the heart of the bank-centric European mad experiment.
The depression engulfing Japan, the recession overwhelming Europe, and the rapidly deflating Chinese mal-investment bubbles have dramatically reduced demand for oil, copper, and iron ore. The collapse in demand for oil has caused the currencies of Russia, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil to plunge. Argentina, Turkey and the Ukraine risk hyperinflation, as their economies are basket cases. The result of rapidly declining currencies is more pain and suffering for the middle and lower classes. As prices rise for food, energy and essentials, the peasants get restless. This leads to anger, extremist parties gaining traction, and ultimately revolution.
Since the end of World War II, the U.S. dollar has been the currency in which all world trade has been conducted. The global oil trade has been settled in dollars. American economic warfare aggression against Russia, China, Iran, and other developing countries has pushed them into closer economic cooperation. The dollar’s domination days are numbered. The current strength of the dollar is only a reflection of the U.S. being the best looking horse in the glue factory. The U.S. economy is the least worst, but will not be de-coupling from the global downturn. The movement of physical gold from West to East is a reflection of a shift in power. U.S. mega-corporations, who get half their profits overseas, face the double whammy of slowing demand and a stronger dollar. The combination will crush their profits and contribute to the coming stock market crash. When Greece exits the EU, the currency wars may lead to real war in Europe.
Class war: As Warren Buffett admitted in an oligarch momentary lapse into truthiness: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” – Warren Buffett
The meme driving the OWS protests was the 1% versus the 99%. The comparison is misleading. The 1% includes many small business owners, productive professionals, successful physicians, and hard-working entrepreneurs. The true class war is between the .1% and the 99.9%. There is a small clique of bankers, billionaires, corporate CEOs, media moguls, politicians, and their acolytes who represent the Deep State, or invisible government, and control the mechanisms of financial markets through their capture of the system. There is absolutely no question they are winning. It’s hard not to win when the game is rigged in your favor by your fellow .1% cronies. The markets are no longer free. They are manipulated and rigged to benefit the .1% at everyone else’s expense. The wealth of the richest has skyrocketed while the wealth of the rest has fallen since 2009. Real median household income languishing at 1989 levels proves they have been the losers. The next financial collapse initiated by the policies designed to benefit the .1% will push class warfare into the streets. Gated communities and doormen will not save the .1% from the wrath of their victims.
Generational war: A particular dicey war is the war between the older generations and younger generations. In past Fourth Turnings the prophet generation (Boomers) has provided leadership for the hero generation (Millennials). The tension between older and younger generations is palpable. Older generations have accumulated wealth during the good times. The Boomers who didn’t save for their retirement refuse to yield the field and allow Millennials into the workforce. Millions of delusional Boomers utilized the easy debt provided by the bankers to live for today and never save for tomorrow. Well tomorrow is here. The older generations are still going to receive all the social benefits they were promised, while younger generations will get stiffed. They know they are going to get screwed and are unlikely to take the screwing lying down.
It’s the older generations who control the levers of society. The aged ruling class has doled out the hundreds of billions in student loan debt and convinced Millennials College was a sure path to success and good jobs. Working as a french fry jockey at McDonalds doesn’t make the grade as a good job. Young people without jobs and without hope are a particularly combustible concoction. If there is revolution in the streets it won’t be led by obese Boomers on their motorized scooters. The barricades will be manned by the young. Confrontation with the police state may be initiated by Gen Xers and Boomers, but the fighting and dying will be done by the Millennials.
Terrorism/Religious war: The war on terrorism, like the wars on drugs and poverty, is unwinnable. They aren’t meant to be won. They are meant to enrich the vested interests, expand their control over our lives, erode our liberties and freedoms, and provoke fear and dependency among the masses. The terrorist plots concocted by the government, using clueless dupes, and then foiled by the DHS agencies that created them are nothing but a ruse to rile up the easily manipulated hoi polloi. The neo-cons want to leave the Middle East a smoking crater in their thirst for blood. The war on terrorism is a cover for hijacking the oil under the ground in the Middle East. ISIS is now Satan, Hitler, and Attila the Hun rolled into one, even though they didn’t exist a year ago. They are the existential threat of the day – the excuse for U.S. troops and armaments to flow back into Iraq. The military industrial complex profits will surge. Despite the fact these terrorists are no threat to our American way of life, the level of fear mongering amongst the chattering classes in Versailles on the Potomac and on the entertainment news networks is at hyperbolic volumes.
Chris Hedges explains the current propaganda storyline as espoused by the Deep State: “This sentimentality, as Baldwin wrote, masks a terrifying numbness. The War Culture fosters an unchecked narcissism. Facts and historical truths, when they do not fit into the mythic vision of the nation and the tribe, are discarded. Dissent becomes treason. All opponents are godless and subhuman… It holds up the dangerous belief that we can recover our equilibrium and our lost glory by embracing an American fascism.” – Chris Hedges
Somebody needs to inform the neo-cons they don’t hate us for our freedoms. They hate us for occupying their lands, reigning terror on their people from unmanned killer drones, invading their countries, interfering in their political processes, and stealing their oil. Islam is most certainly a religion of hate and there will be no reconciliation between Christians, Muslims and Jews. The Middle East will remain a quagmire of hatred, centuries old animosities, religious extremism, despotic leaders, and oil. Terrorism does not pose an existential threat to the United States. It’s laughable to conclude that a country of 320 million, protected by vast oceans, with a trillion dollar military and 300 million guns distributed amongst its population, is actually threatened by a few thousand illiterate religious zealots in the Middle East.
Terrorism is a tactic used by militant groups unable to wage an insurgency or fight a conventional war. The purpose is to lure a larger enemy into an outsized response, resulting in bleeding and bankrupting the larger foe. Osama bin Laden succeeded beyond his wildest expectations, as the U.S. has wasted $6 trillion thus far, along with the lives of 7,000 Americans and 50,000 wounded. The terrorists have already won. They have put our country on the path to bankruptcy, while convincing our leaders to strip the citizens of their liberties, freedoms, and rights. And there are now more militants and terrorists than existed in 2001, in countries that didn’t have terrorists in 2001. The Middle East is a powder-keg which could be the catalyst for the start of World War III.
Cyber war: A cyber war has been being waged against the American people and foreign allies by the NSA for the last decade. The technology addicted masses are completely oblivious to their loss of privacy and freedom. They don’t know or don’t care their rights under the Fourth Amendment are being abridged. You are being tracked and monitored through your electronic devices. Your TV is recording your conversations. The U.S. has been waging cyber war against enemies and allies alike. The U.S. unleashed the Stuxnet computer virus into the Iranian nuclear program computers to set back their efforts by years. That was an act of war. It is now comical to see the governmental outrage when foreign nations and hacker organizations break into government computers and wreak havoc. In cyber war, the playing field is fairly even. Even North Korea can create problems for a superpower. Obama and his acolytes should duly note that Wall Street hired hundreds of Russian computer programmers because they seem to have a penchant for writing code. I’m sure Putin realizes that too.
Hackers have already caused billions in damage to retailers like Target, Home Depot, Staples, Sears, and Neiman Marcus. Over 1,000 merchants have had their computer networks breached. Hackers could potentially bring the financial system to its knees with a few keystrokes. Foreign governments have their smartest tech geeks probing U.S. computer networks for weaknesses and will act on these weaknesses when they feel it is beneficial to their interests. Technology will not save the world, but it might play a part in ending it. All the military firepower at the American Empire’s disposal may be nothing more than our Maginot Line during the next worldwide conflict. If satellites and computer systems can be disabled through computer code, leaders will be blind, deaf and dumb to threats. This would ratchet up the odds of someone panicking and pushing the wrong button at the wrong time. The future of the world may hang in the balance.
Civil war: It appears this Fourth Turning’s primary driving force will be the internal conflict between government and the people. To linear thinkers, self-proclaimed progressives, corrupt politicians, obedient government workers, and those dependent upon the government for their sustenance, the thought of civil war in the United States is inconceivable. Civil uprisings generally occur after currency collapse when mass hunger and poverty overtake the land. A breakdown in the electronic based economic system in which store shelves go empty, fuel becomes scarce, and the electronic transfer of welfare benefits ceases would create mass chaos in the streets. With our just in time supply chain, a grid failure or breakdown of electronic ordering, payment and communication would bring the nation to its knees within one week. Millions would perish within a few weeks. The government would attempt to utilize the military and national guard to maintain order. With their families also starving and no means of getting paid, will they be obeying the orders of a government that caused the collapse?
The other possibility is secession. It’s been tried before and the conflict was bloody and earth shattering. There really are two Americas. The east and west coasts are dominated by the liberal elite who look down upon the rest of the country. The .1% mostly resides in their gated enclaves, penthouse suites, and luxury beachfront mansions. They have nothing but contempt and disdain for the average American, living in Middle America or the South. The feeling is mutual amongst the working class towards the liberal elites. Most of the 300 million guns are concentrated in the Midwest and South. As trust in government and institutions wanes, the issue of states’ rights is likely to gain traction amongst a large swath of the critical thinking citizenry. The animosity between factions in this country is at historic levels. Again, civil war, secession, and the nation breaking into sectional regions of common interests are unlikely to occur until the existing social order collapses under the weight of un-payable obligations. That time is coming.
Total war: Every previous Fourth Turning climax coincided with total war on a grand scale. Each Fourth Turning war has seen a leap in the technological means of killing human beings. We put a lot of effort and resources into finding better ways to annihilate humanity. The Civil War saw 5% of the male population killed. World War II saw 65 million people killed. How many will die during this Fourth Turning total war of survival? Fourth Turning wars are decisive, final and fought with all necessary means until final victory or defeat, not like Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan. World War I was savage and brutal, but it was not decisive. It left issues unresolved and its Treaty of Versailles created the basis for World War II. The technological means to put an end to mankind is at the disposal of leaders in a number of nation-states. It would only take one psychopathic despot or elected president of immense ego and self-importance to initiate the doomsday clock. It appears these qualities are now essential to governing a modern day nation. Someone will do something stupid, and then all hell will break loose.
Anyone who doesn’t comprehend the implications of alliances being formed and broken by countries around the globe is either choosing the ostrich strategy or is ignorant of history and the events leading to wars. A thorough reading or viewing of "The Guns of August" may be helpful. The world is like a room full of gunpowder and the sociopaths running the show keep lighting matches. Someone is going to miscalculate and the place is going to blow sky high. The insolvent EU is splintering. The northern countries despise the southern countries. Greece, Spain and Italy are all economic basket cases and their exits will mark the end of this grand experiment in debt delusion. Once the bad debts crash down upon the European banks and governments, the anger, bitterness, accusations and violence will reach epic proportions. This could trigger war, as extremist political parties gain traction. The economic suffering in the 1920’s led to the rise of Mussolini and Hitler. Hunger leads the peasants to rally behind any strong leader.
The Ukrainian civil war, crafted by the U.S. and its weak kneed NATO allies, has been the facilitator of a shift in world alliances. The U.S. has made a blundering attempt to teach Putin a lesson for interfering in their Syrian pipeline uprising against Assad and encouraging the Crimea to rejoin Russia. By attempting to position NATO armaments on Russia’s border they have triggered centuries old fears of being invaded by European powers. Russia will stop the U.S. plan at all costs, and the Russian supported rebels have soundly defeated the Kiev Nazi forces in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. backed forces have slaughtered women and children randomly as they blunder about in eastern Ukraine. The latest cease fire will not hold. Germany and France are coming to their senses and starting to look out for their best interests, rather than the interests of the American Empire. A shattering of the NATO alliance would be an earth moving event and would set the stage for further conflict in Europe. Enemies are interchangeable when you are an imperial power.
The world has begun to devolve into two distinct factions. The imperialist actions of the American Empire in the Middle East and Ukraine have pushed Russia, China, India, Brazil, and Iran closer together regarding trade deals; transacting commerce without using the USD; oil and gas pipelines; and military cooperation. If there is going to be total war in the next dozen or so years, it most surely would be the United States versus an alliance of Russia and China. Japan is experiencing Chinese saber rattling over disputed islands. Russia continuously probes NATO defenses with aggressive actions. It is clear the U.S. has decided Vladimir Putin and Russia is world enemy #1 and are using all their economic and propaganda tools to de-claw the bear. Failure to make Putin bow to American pressure will raise his stature at home and abroad.
China’s domestic, economic and social issues continue to worsen. They are in the midst of experiencing an epic bust after a debt fueled explosion of government manufactured growth. Their fraudulent economic boom is coming to a messy end. Totalitarian regimes are known for using foreign threats to distract the populace from domestic suffering. As a matter of fact, all regimes use this tactic. When the global economy rips apart at the seams due to the debt saturation, world leaders will attempt to blame other countries for their dire circumstances. Foreign enemies are good for business. Ask our Nobel Peace Prize winning President. War is inevitable.
Strauss & Howe pose four potential culminations to our current Crisis, only one of which offers hope. There may be other possibilities, but probably not. The outcome which will not happen is just a continuation of the status quo, with the same corrupt leadership using the same debt based solutions, as they enrich themselves and their cronies. The existing social order will be replaced by something new, but not necessarily better, if there is anything left after a war that could end in Armageddon:
• This Fourth Turning could mark the end of man. It could be an omnicidal Armageddon, destroying everything, leaving nothing. If mankind ever extinguishes itself, this will probably happen when its dominant civilization triggers a Fourth Turning that ends horribly. For this Fourth Turning to put an end to all this would require an extremely unlikely blend of social disaster, human malevolence, technological perfection and bad luck.
• The Fourth Turning could mark the end of modernity. The Western saecular rhythm– which began in the mid-fifteenth century with the Renaissance– could come to an abrupt terminus. The seventh modern saeculum would be the last. This too could come from total war, terrible but not final. There could be a complete collapse of science, culture, politics, and society. Such a dire result would probably happen only when a dominant nation (like today’s America) lets a Fourth Turning ekpyrosis engulf the planet. But this outcome is well within the reach of foreseeable technology and malevolence.
• The Fourth Turning could spare modernity but mark the end of our nation. It could close the book on the political constitution, popular culture, and moral standing that the word America has come to signify. The nation has endured for three saecula; Rome lasted twelve, the Soviet Union only one. Fourth Turnings are critical thresholds for national survival. Each of the last three American Crises produced moments of extreme danger: In the Revolution, the very birth of the republic hung by a thread in more than one battle. In the Civil War, the union barely survived a four-year slaughter that in its own time was regarded as the most lethal war in history. In World War II, the nation destroyed an enemy of democracy that for a time was winning; had the enemy won, America might have itself been destroyed. In all likelihood, the next Crisis will present the nation with a threat and a consequence on a similar scale.
• Or the Fourth Turning could simply mark the end of the Millennial Saeculum. Mankind, modernity, and America would all persevere. Afterward, there would be a new mood, a new High, and a new saeculum. America would be reborn. But, reborn, it would not be the same.
I would love to just be an impartial observer during this Fourth Turning, like a sports announcer in a booth far above the field, broadcasting the events as they unfold. But, it is not to be. I’m living in the midst of this Crisis with all the other participants. I’m not happy about the prospect of financial collapse, societal collapse, and war. I have three young sons and refuse to allow them to be used as cannon fodder by the State, in their quest to retain dominion over the American people. I understand the younger generations must do the heavy lifting during this Crisis, but I do not relish the prospect of putting them in harm’s way. It’s not fair they are left with the burdens created by decades of bad choices and cowardly acts of their elders. But no one said life is fair. This generation was born at a particular time in history when much will be required. They have a rendezvous with destiny. None of us has a choice. We can’t sit this one out. The bad times ahead will require courage, fortitude, sacrifice and intelligence, if we are to be triumphant. This Fourth Turning could end in apocalypse or glory. Our decisions and choices will matter. Prepare now.
“Thus might the next Fourth Turning end in apocalypse– or glory. The nation could be ruined, its democracy destroyed, and millions of people scattered or killed. Or America could enter a new golden age, triumphantly applying shared values to improve the human condition. The rhythms of history do not reveal the outcome of the coming Crisis; all they suggest is the timing and dimension.”
– "The Fourth Turning", Strauss & Howe