Signs Of The Times

Sent in by Lonewolf.  Both of these articles are interesting in what they imply for the future:

Last week in Currituck County, N.C., Superior Court Judge Russell Duke presided over the final step in securing the first criminal conviction stemming from the deadly actions of Blackwater Worldwide, the Bush administration’s favorite mercenary company. Lest you think you missed some earth-shifting, breaking news, hold on a moment. The “criminals” in question were not the armed thugs who gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians and wounded more than 20 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square last September. They were seven nonviolent activists who had the audacity to stage a demonstration at the gates of Blackwater’s 7,000-acre private military base in North Carolina to protest the actions of mercenaries acting with impunity — and apparent immunity — in their names and those of every American.

The arrest of the activists and the subsequent five days they spent locked up in jail is more punishment than any Blackwater mercenaries have received for their deadly actions against Iraqi civilians.The symbolism was stark: Re-enact a Blackwater massacre, go to jail. Commit a massacre, walk around freely and perhaps never go to jail. Pioneering Blackwater Protesters Given Secret Trial and Criminal Conviction

And this:

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Barton Biggs has some offbeat advice for the rich: Insure yourself against war and disaster by buying a remote farm or ranch and stocking it with “seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc.”

The “etc.” must mean guns.

“A few rounds over the approaching brigands’ heads would probably be a compelling persuader that there are easier farms to pillage,” he writes in his new book, “Wealth, War and Wisdom.” Bigs Tips For Rich: Expect War

Ok, what I’m hoping to convey is this – the future holds much more of these type of things. Why? Because it is the only course of action now available. Private armies will be used by politicians (and the rich) and they will be protected from scrutiny (and accountability). The rich will be encouraged to do what I’ve long advocated for everyone else – buy hard, tangible assets to help you with your survival.

Both stories are about the future and what it holds.  This (should be) self-evident.  That future isn’t going to be pretty, moral, safe or just.  It will be about survival of the fittest, including those legal machinations employed by the elite to quell any protest.

Blackwater (with the help of a compliant judge) is setting a trend here, and that trends is “don’t mess with us, don’t question us, don’t bother us“.  Barton Biggs is stating that the “strategy” is to dig in and get ready for hungry hordes.

Sound familiar? As signs of the times, these news stories are more indications of what any and all of us should have come to expect by now. They’re also instructions.  Don’t engage in useless protests, something I’ve long advocated.  Don’t plan for a rosy future either, it’s too late for that.  Gear up and get ready, the world that awaits you will be brutal, hard and totally “unfair”.  No point in whining about it either, because to be honest, nobody is listening.  You’re not going to find a lot of friends on your side either, they’ll be too busy trying to survive themselves.

Lessons are there for the learning if we read carefully and understand what the news is trying to tell us.

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3 thoughts on “Signs Of The Times

  • January 31, 2008 at 7:18 am
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    pseudo-related

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174887

    “In the last 10 days, the military has dropped nearly 100,000 pounds of explosives ( … on the farmland of Arab Jabour south of Baghdad). [Rense.com claims these were DU ordinance yet the article doe not mention type of bombs (yes, it matters to those who may come after, not to those who were there at the time].

    From Barbarism to the Norm.

    and we call ourselves “civilized” [insert technicolor yawn]

  • January 31, 2008 at 12:37 pm
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    below ‘stolen’ (modified) from PO thread:

    * Cost of Global Economic collapse : $666,000,000,000,000
    (that’s Trillion imaginary fiscal units)

    * Coming violent/painful deaths : 6,660,000,000

    * Watching Super Bowl XLVII on a new flat screen TV charged at 26.5% api: Priceless.

  • January 31, 2008 at 1:41 pm
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    There are some decent documentaries on DU at http://www.freedocumentaries.org/, a worthwhile site to visit. DU is a horrible tragedy, inflicted not only on the Iraqis, but our own troops. Doubters need to see what this means. Our troops are even struggling to get care from DU related injuries to them and their families. Madness with a very long half life.

    So far as I can tell, our only strategies to survive are at the familial and neighborhood level. The wealthy will still need knowledge to survive. It may be in this coming new world that money won’t be worth much at all. You can’t eat it, and it’s not a tool. What can you buy if nobody is selling, or have nothing to sell? Paradigm shifts are like that.

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