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Saturday, October 15, 2016

War Drums



What the heck people? There's been a lot of chatter on the Internet about rising US/Russia tensions. Russia just did a public defense test involving 40 million people. They've instructed their citizens to come home immediately.

We are dangerously close to having US and Russian forces come into direct conflict in Syria. There's threats of cyber war. I'm just skimming the surface here. A little research will reveal some serious crap going down.

It's easy to ignore the threats as posturing and saber rattling. That would be a mistake. Normal rational people would not even think of starting WWIII. Unfortunately, there are people in positions of power who think such a war is winnable.

. . . and all the troops will be home by Christmas. That was the promise of WWI. It had been a long time since there had been a serious conflict. Politicians had ambitions. Generals had outdated ideas about what it would take to win a war. Instead of a short war it dragged on and on destroying some of the best and brightest of that generation. It ended badly enough that it set up the conditions that lead to WWII.

Now we come to a time when the remaining WWII vets are quite ancient. Few are in positions of influence. We have a generation of leaders with no personal memory of world wide hot conflict. It's said that generals always prepare to fight the last war. That kind of thinking isn't good enough.

We think cyber war involves the hacking of e-mails. That's trivial. Now imagine all the computers in the world's banking systems going down. GPS satellites turning off. Power and water plants shutting down. All communications going down. The military losing control of its assets like drones.

That's only the stuff I can imagine happening. History has shown that in war time weapons are used that no one has ever seen before.

It used to be that our fear of nuclear weapons kept all sides from using them. There are people in power who fully believe a nuclear war is winnable. Are they crazy? Delusional? Is their hubris so great they cannot see how dangerous that is? Could they be so evil they don't even care?

Even something like a cyber war, where no shots are fired, could kill millions. If a country is in complete upheaval from all their electronics shutting down, going nuclear might seem like the only way to go. Scary stuff.

Whatever the happens, it won't hurt to able to take care of your basic needs on your own. Theres not much of a downside being prepared and huge upside if things go sideways. If things really get crazy we end up with the whole northern hemisphere as a radioactive wasteland. Know anyone in Patagonia? I don't, so I'm stuck riding out this mess. Crazy times.

-Sixbears

20 comments:

  1. I believe the elite and politicians do want war. This election cycle has them scared of US the insignificant ones. Wars always start to re direct peoples anger.
    The northern hemisphere is played out, the soil the minerals the infrastructure. The population is a drain on their profits. From their point of view why not instigate a genocide? Do you think we matter to those at the top?

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    1. There are people on the top who do not think like normal human beings. People's lives mean nothing to them.

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    2. We won't mention any names.....

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    3. It would be a goodly sized list.

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  2. they need war to reinvent the economy

    based on a military industrial base, so

    it worked for them in the past

    and the general population is all expendable to achieve their future profits from a newer gullible replacement population if the present population is killed off

    sharpen your buck knives hippies, it going to get nasty from now on in

    Wildflower

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    1. War has worked in the past, but weapons of mass destruction changed the math on that. There is no recovery in human life spans.

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  3. Read somewhere the WW IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Scary.

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    1. Albert Einstein said something to that effect. The guy had more than a couple brain cells to rub together.

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  4. Most people don't have a clue who Putin is. An excellent read on him is Masha Gessen's book "The Man Without a Face". Very enlightening.
    For a quick take on what is going on today as viewed by a Dane who lives in Russia there is this: https://youtu.be/WvJewt2nyJo

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    1. Thanks for the link. Interesting guy. Good look from someone on the inside.

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  5. Our security is SO lax, and our infrastructure SO antiquated, that this nation will be returned to the stone age at the first HINT of cyber war. Not a good spot to be in, if you also happen to be entering a REAL war, as well.

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    1. Indeed. One would think our leaders would keep that in mind, but that does not seem to be the case.

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  6. I saw the monologue by the Danish fellow that Michael mentions above. I think it was very well reasoned. The ho haw about the Russians here is largely scare tactics to distract people from the poor leadership in this country and the ghastly mistakes they've made.

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    1. The problem with all the posturing is that sometimes it's taken seriously. Mistakes are make.

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  7. What do you consider one of the most overlooked article where prepping is concerned? You know, the "thing" that will make some of us slap our foreheads over not thinking of it when we could.

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    1. Matches and other fire starting materials. It's one thing to light the occasional fire in the fireplace. It's something else to have to do it several times a day, every day.

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    2. I was being serious, and you gave a fantastic answer. Thank you. I have lots of Bic lighters in their original packages, boxes of the wood-type of matches, and medicine bottles shoved full of soaked cotton balls. You're my hero, ya know.

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    3. KY Jelly....
      Gonna be a lot of getting humped without approval.

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  8. The last war will be waged by a country from the far north. . . Sounds like Russia to me.

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    1. Naw. . . Greenland is going to take over the earth.

      Actually Finland once fought the Russians to a stand still so beware Finland.

      Of course, Russia has all those darn nukes. Hard to ignore.

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