The World Is Turning Ugly As 2016 Winds Down

I have to say that the negative reverberations in our current economic and political environment are becoming so strong that it is impossible for people to not feel at least some uneasiness in their gut. I imagine this is the same kind of sensation many felt from 1914 to 1918 during World War I and the terrible birth of communism, or perhaps in the early 1930s at the onset of the Great Depression and the rise of fascism. Some global changes are so disturbing that they send shockwaves through the collective unconscious before they ever hit the mainstream. People know that something is about to happen, even if they cannot yet clearly define it.

At the beginning of August in my article “2016 Will End With Economic Instability And A Trump Presidency” I stated that:

"I believe a softer downturn will begin before the election (the U.S. presidential election) takes place, most likely starting in September. This will give a boost to the Trump campaign, or at least, that is what the polls will likely say. I would also watch for some banking officials and media pundits to blame this downturn on Trump’s rise in the polling data. The narrative will be that just the threat of a Trump presidency is “putting the markets on edge."

Unfortunately, it would seem so far that this prediction was correct. Currently global markets have crossed into severe volatility with a vengeance after around three months of eerie calm. Why? Well, as I warned in the same article linked above as well as numerous others since the beginning of this year, the Federal Reserve is determined to continue raising interest rates into a recessionary environment as they almost always do, and equities markets addicted to cheap debt cannot tolerate even one additional rate hike from the central bank.

So far all evidence suggests that the Fed plans to raise rates again soon; I believe at the end of this month.  The only seemingly "anti-hike" voice at the Fed so far has been board member Lael Brainard, but even her statements promote a false narrative that a America is on track to "recovery".

Many normally “dovish” members of the Fed have openly suggested that now is the time to hike.  Voting members at the Fed have been vocal about a shift in policy.  The latest example being head of the Bank of Cleveland, Loretta Mester. She argues that rates have remained “too low for too long,” and rejected notions that lower rates are necessary to maintain stability.

This is the same kind of language Fed members used right before the rate hike in December 2015, the first rate hike in around a decade.  And, to add to the fervor, even JP Morgan Chase head Jamie Dimon is calling for interest rates to rise.

Get ready folks, because all the naysayers that claimed another rate hike is “impossible" are probably about to be proven wrong yet again.

My warning on an accelerating Trump campaign being blamed for weak stock markets has also come true. Already, Bloomberg is launching the meme that the idea of Hillary Clinton losing the election to Trump “because of her health” is a “landmine for vulnerable markets.”

This is some incredible spin by the elitist controlled media, but again, very predictable. The globalists are setting the stage to blame the economic collapse they created on conservative movements. Clinton’s “health issues” are being set up as the scapegoat for a Trump win, which conjures additional social unrest as many on the Left will argue (in the event of a Trump win) that Trump prevailed on a technicality. That is to say, the extreme Left will argue that Trump’s presidency is not legitimate.

Another scenario is also possible but I think less likely — the potential for Clinton to bow out of the election due to her health, causing a rationale for a postponed election. I do not think a postponed election really serves the interests of the elites, but it would certainly trigger massive chaos if it occurred. Only in the strangest of any election year in American history could this even be thought of as a legitimate danger.

Another global indicator, oil, is tumbling yet again as all the jawboning from OPEC on a “production freeze” has failed to boost crude prices for more than a week at a time. Frankly, no one is buying the hype anymore. Those who bet on the WTI index shooting past $50 to $60 a barrel this year should have been paying more attention to alternative analysts. The only other factor that has kept oil from crashing down into the $30 range has been random inventory draws. These reports, though, are little more than a stop gap. Companies have been shifting crude to different facilities in order to create the illusion of inventory draws and higher demand. But usually within a week the reports catch up to the real supply and an inventory spike sends oil crashing down again.

Add to this the latest news that Congress has passed a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government for their part in the attack, and you have a recipe for a dumping of the dollar as the world’s petrocurrency. Even if Obama vetoes the bill, I believe a two-thirds majority of congress will override that veto. A catastrophe in oil markets is inevitable.

Whether in oil markets or other sectors of finance and social stability, make no mistake, catastrophe is exactly what national governments are preparing for.

This is most obvious today in the European Union. The German government in their first revision of their civil defense plan since the cold war has warned the public to prepare for an unspecified event by stockpiling at least 10 days worth of food and five days worth of water. Germany is also debating the idea of placing troops on the streets to “protect against ISIS.”

And Germany is not alone. French presidential candidate Nickolas Sarkozy has made some highly disturbing statements on security in a recent interview, outlining measures he believes will best protect the public from “militants.” From Reuters:

France needs to get tough on militants by creating special courts and detention facilities to boost security, the country’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a interview published in Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

Every Frenchman suspected of being linked to terrorism, because he regularly consults a jihadist website, or his behavior shows signs of radicalization or because is in close contact with radicalized people, must by preventively placed in a detention center,” Sarkozy said in the interview.

Sarkozy, who announced last month his candidacy for the April 2017 presidential election, has said there is no place for “legal niceties” in the fight against terrorism.

Even in the face of Islamic extremism and terrorism, the concept of “detention facilities” where people are held without charge and without trial on the mere suspicion of being a danger to society should horrify anyone with any sense. The fact of the matter is, these violations of personal freedom and of due process are NEVER used for only one group of people. Totalitarian governments ALWAYS use one group as an excuse for the police state, then over time they expand the police state outwards to oppress everyone.

This is the kind of rhetoric that liberty movement activists in the U.S. fought against in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); but it is making a resurgence in Europe and in America as well. If you think Sarkozy is a marginal example, I recommend you re-watch this interview with Gen. Wesley Clark, who argues that “radicalized people” who are disloyal to the U.S. government should be placed in internment camps. He suggests that Britain, Germany and France need to take similar measures. It would appear that they are doing just that.

Never forget that “radicalism” is an arbitrary designation, and the label can be applied to just about anyone for any reason. A trend in police state language is growing in the mainstream in the name of fighting terrorism, but the abrupt urgency in Europe is rather odd. Only a few months ago, EU leaders were using some outrageous mental gymnastics in order to avoid confronting the notion of Islamic terrorism. Now, they are suddenly concerned? Why?

I believe Europe is about to witness a catalyst for financial crisis, and they are using terrorism as an excuse to preposition martial law resources before this event takes place. They don’t care about stopping ISIS, but they do care about locking down and controlling an angry citizenry in the wake of an economic downturn. If a few more terrorist attacks occur in the meantime, then hey, that only helps the elites in their efforts to pacify the public for the sake of “security.”

Official preparedness warnings from Germany, for example, are of little use to the public. A supply of a mere ten days of food and five days of water is useless during any sizable crisis. But, the German government can now say that they “tried to warn people.” Sarkozy’s statements are the most blatant call for a police state I have yet seen from an establishment puppet politician, and this should worry people. The fact that he is being so open and honest about the end game indicates to me that a dangerous shift is imminent.

It would appear, according to EU government behavior, that whatever is about to happen globally is going to hit hardest in Europe first and then spread to the U.S. and the rest of the world. I recommend readers watch the EU very carefully over the next few months. If you have any financial or survival preparations you have been putting off, I suggest you take care of them before the end of this year. From what I see so far, geopolitically and economically the global situation is only going to become more unstable in the near term.

 

 

 

 

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The End is near....
written by Sammy , September 14, 2016

Dear Brandon Smith , I have been following your brilliant articles since around 2 years. I am Iranian living in Iran and for us the world should have stopped at least since 2007 , when cheney was pushing 'bush the younger' for total annihilation of our country and the NIE report came out to put another elite war of aggression on hold. You might know that the CBI ( Central Bank of Iran ) is may be the last central bank on this planet still not under the control of the evil elites and in my opinion the elite's hard-core animosity against IR derived from this very fact.
In any case , I am reading a lot and must say that that your thesis outlined in your August article '2016-will-end-economic-instability-trump-presidency' seems the most plausible to me , so every time you write in this regard ( like your above article ) I compare it to the facts at hand and I must give you a BIG BRAVO , if finally everything turns out as you are predicting , noting that nobody can predict what will happen afterwards. Also I must say that I have a quite positive feeling about Trump , at least I see no evil in him contrary to hillary clinton , who is the incarnation of everything possible evil and bad.
Take care in the US , a great nation which is unfortunately ' occupied ' in many areas by nefarious and sinister people and I hope it is not too late.....

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ONE PICTURE WORTH 1000 WORDS!
written by gardengritty , September 14, 2016

That picture says it all!

About Clinton/Trump - too many people read with their eyes, listen with their ears.....but neither see, hear nor THINK! The majority - herd mentality - is usually always wrong.

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Everyone wants to believe
written by NY Oathkeeper , September 14, 2016

Sorry folks but as soon as i heard that Trump met with Globalist extraordinaire Mr. Henry Kissinger game over for me.Everyone wants to believe and considering the other choice...Thanks for the always direct and accurate and backed up info Brandon.Going to get more scary by the day.
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written by Seen2013 , September 14, 2016

Public private partnerships will yank credit and demand public private mergers through centralization is required.
'President Trump' would face signing the codification and declaring martial law or face impeachment and prosecution.
Game set match

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One More Thing ..
written by Natasha Lynn Thompson , September 14, 2016

Nobody gets a party nomination without then having CIA briefings and meets with globalists like Henry Kissinger. Trump was required to have those briefings and meetings. So to then claim that makes him a bad guy, is simplistic, soft headed, leftist drift.

Is Trump as I think he may be and hope that he is? All I know is that he appears to have all the right enemies, and the personal drive and punch to at least jam-up the globalists for a time, and a little more time is something we will all wish we had if we don't get it.


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Give Me An Fn B.
written by Natasha Lynn Thompson , September 14, 2016

written by Seen2013 , September 14, 2016

"Public private partnerships will yank credit and demand public private mergers through centralization is required.
'President Trump' would face signing the codification and declaring martial law or face impeachment and prosecution.
Game set match"


Metal munching mice from the damn moon could invade earth too.

There is no end to fearful projections to keep us right where we are. I urge you all to keep cool heads and employ a bit of logic.


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written by Brandon Smith , September 14, 2016

@Natasha

Sorry, but that is nonsense. Candidates ARE NOT required to meet with Henry Kissinger or any other CFR members before running for office. Trump has met with several CFR members, not to mention private meetings with Federal Reserve officials and Henry Kissinger. Please don't spread disinformation here.

Also, your argument against Seen is disingenuous and classic Alinsky garbage. There is considerable evidence to support Seen's position, at least on the economic side. How Trump will respond to a fiscal crisis is not yet known, but let's not be naive and pretend that martial law is not a real threat within the current atmosphere.

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Oh Come On, Brandon.
written by Natasha Lynn Thompson , September 14, 2016

Firstly, even 'biggly', I made no argument against Seen, as you put it. I argued against Seen's statement. Big difference. BIG difference.

I made no accusations against anyone, and I will leave guessing peoples motives to the axe grinders.

We all know that some things are, while not legally required for one to move forward, are yet required just the same.

Accusing me of spreading disinformation, speaking nonsense and making personal attacks, when I did no such thing, is not at all cricket.

I am telling you, that Trump is far smarter than you think. Besides, on The Hill, you can't swing a cat without hitting a CFR member or a globalist of some sort.


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Consider this. I agonized over it.
written by Natasha Lynn Thompson , September 14, 2016

When 'they' offered Trump a meeting with Kissinger, and then made sure to cover that in their MSM, it was surely a calculated move on their part.

Does that mean, .. 'Donald and Henry sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G', or what? Did 'they' know that such a meeting may offend or scare some Trump supporters? Did they do it to make Trump look like a potential sell out?

Or has Trump just got TWO BIG ONES and he knows his friends don't need an explanation and his enemies will never accept one anyway?

Yes, he could be another ringer, LIKE RED RONNY REAGAN, or he just may be our best shot. Have you got someone better in mind?

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written by Brandon Smith , September 14, 2016

@Natasha

First, that is an idiotic application of semantics. Clearly I meant that you are arguing against Seen's statement, not against him as a person. More Alinsky tactics on your part is not going to earn you any respect.

Also, you launched into your argument with an outright lie - no candidate is required to meet with Henry Kissinger or any other globalist, privately or otherwise. Frankly, there is no reason for them to if they have any principles.

You either have so much blind faith in Trump that you are willing to spread falsehoods in order to defend him, or, you are knowingly spreading disinformation for other reasons. Whether or not Trump is "smart" is not really relevant. But I have heard the ridiculous suggestion in the past that Trump is "playing the game" so that he can get into office. This claim is more a sad example of mental gymnastics on the part of his flock than anything else.

We shall see when he becomes president if he is what you assume he is; but I suspect that even if he is not, people like you will find a way to rationalize his actions so that you do not have to admit you were wrong.

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Trump and James Woolsey
written by JSmith , September 14, 2016

Trump just picked Clinton's ex-CIA director James Woolsey as his "senior advisor" on national security:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/james-woolsey-advising-trump-228026

Woolsey is an arch-neocon, former member of PNAC, and a member of the Rockefeller/CFR along with Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney and George Soros.

http://www.defenddemocracy.org/about-fdd/team-overview/r-james-woolsey/



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European Point of View
written by emo , September 14, 2016

Quite frequently I count the military(training, wars, threats, tensions, weapon supplies etc.) news and total news to get the percentage. I find now on my news media 50% was passed last August. It does not give me any comfort....
I am more likely to see socialist Obama sitting on White House than seeing Trump there, reason - postponing the elections like 2nd time in Austria. Attacks on Trump and his supporters are enormous, unstoppable. Clinton is shown like a Snow-White, honest person, even though everyone knows there was "something" about her on WikiLeaks. Almost every politician keeps saying she would be better for Europe.
Markets are moving up and falling really fast, the moves that used to take months, now we can see on a single day. Absolute craziness.
Keep Yourselves Warm Yankees, and Pray for us to Great Lord and we keep doing same for you. Thy is the only one can save our souls and bodies!
Remember Best Investment is Investment in being in Heaven.


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written by codwell , September 15, 2016

One of the most cogent pieces I've read in quite some time.
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From FRANCE
written by ericbasilllais , September 15, 2016

Brandon,

I will begin with a formal critics. As a French reader, I must recall US citizens we have put in this prison you call EU by CIA. Since before the end of WWII, that was the elite plan. This is not our country. I don't belong to EU. Do you belong to the British or Israel empire ? It is a kind of humiliation to be quoted as the EU, frankly.

Second, about your financial cast : If I was a capitalist, I would certainly put my money on You. As a Christian-born-and-raised, and a fan of Gödel's theories, I prefer worshiping a non arithmetical God. I belive this choice will come to America eventually. And I call everyone not to miss that call when it comes.

About Sarkozy, a CIA, Israel linked puppet we had as a president from 2007 to 2012, he is really hated here. He will never win. M. JUPPE, a neo-con -connected puppet we had as prime minister (1995_1997) and condemned for finacial frauds, it is likely the system is getting him to us. he participated to secret negociations with davatoglu, once first minister of Erdogan ( Turquey) preparing the war on Syria. He will be a perfect puppet for global war.
As you may know, the present french president is a puppet belonged since long by the French-American Foundation, another CIA cover. He is hated, like any president since De Gaule (1969). He might not get a second chance. And he has special "friends" double-crossing him for the account of Rothschilds bank :M. MAcron. So young and already hated...

There are many scenarii of war here : civil or global. The krach is already in our minds and , like I said, it would be a chance, both economicaly and politically, if it was not falling instantaneously into an official police state ( but it is a fact already).

The terro we are facing is more a sionist plan than anything else. Not that I defend the thugs that did al that. But it is quite clear, terror is just a tool for war in the hands of indirect strategy. As nuclear final flash is little advised to make money and hold power onto the world, we are undergoing continuous wage loss, job loss, decay and civil wars.

The freedom that we are supposed to lose when the Big Brother in Blue comes to power, I would like to underline we already lost it when "we" loved beeing rich and lazy consumers. In France, we have a special proverb going back to 1914 : "Capitalism brings war as the black cloud brings thunder and storm".

Don't get me wronng : I am not advocacing Communism here. Just that we could draw some lessons of all the bad things happened and are still about to happen. This is all the more important that, when we are to side, in the battlefield, we must remeber the offical ennemy is probably in the same game. Un lesss we get rid of Money (as a whole), we will never get out of this Hell.



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written by Brandon Smith , September 15, 2016

@Eric

Well, like it or not, France is a primary proponent of the EU, so, I'm not sure what to tell you on that score except that if you don't like it, overthrow your crappy government to spite the CIA.

As far as Europe already being lost, that's hard to say. I'm an eternal optimist. I think any situation can be turned around given the right people are involved. I will say that no matter how bad you think your sociopolitical status is now, it can always become worse.

Capitalism is not the culprit you need to fear. Neither the U.S. or Europe have enjoyed true capitalism in over a century. Communism and collectivism is what we have had (in the name of socialism), and that is the real threat, along with the elitists that promote such systems.

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I Think Hitlery Will Win
written by Rodster , September 15, 2016

Something tells me this election is going to be rigged to the MAX and unless ILLary winds up in the Hospital or dies TPTB will see to it that she's the next POS-POTUS. Just a gut feeling.

Brandon have you been asked to reappear on Greg Hunter's USA Watchdog?

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written by Brandon Smith , September 15, 2016

@Rodster

I would be very surprised given the sheer amount of negative press she has received on every level. If the elites really wanted her in the White House, they never would have allowed the amount of damaging coverage even the mainstream media has given her. And frankly, they never would have allowed Trump to be the Republican nominee unless they wanted him there for some reason. Either as a scapegoat, or something else...

Also, a lot of people point out the constant "negative press" that Trump receives, but there is a difference here. The media merely points fingers at what Trump states and then says "Shame!". Yet, all they are really doing is giving Trump non-stop advertising. The guy has barely had to spend a dime on marketing his own campaign because the mainstream media talks about him so much that the average household can't get away from him.

If you remember back to the Ron Paul campaign, the media IGNORED him whenever possible. They didn't pick out his statements and yell "Shame!" non-stop on every channel. They made sure that most of the country barely knew he existed. Only through the sheer drive of the alternative media was Ron Paul known to people at all.

Also, let's not forget about Julian Assange and his impending October surprise. It's interesting to me that there has been massive email leaks on the Clinton side, but no liberal minded hacker has thought to go after Trump? Hmmm...

I have not heard from USA Watchdog recently, but I would be happy to do an interview if they want one.

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Let's Hope You're Right
written by Rodster , September 15, 2016

Brandon, no arguments from me on what you said but unfortunately we now live in a world where left is right and up is down.

Let's hope you are right and i'm wrong but if ILLary/Killary/Hitlery is elected, I won't fall off my chair.

I'd drop your name in the comments section at Greg Hunters site. You're one of the few (James Corbett) who has a different take on where this is all heading.

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Trump and John Paulson
written by JSmith , September 16, 2016

Today, Trump was a guest at the Economic Club of New York. After his talk, which was well received, the Q&A session was conducted by investor John Paulson -- who is also a Director at the Rockefeller/CFR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08ciSPVjle4

http://www.cfr.org/about/people/board_of_directors.html


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@ Brandon
written by ericbasillais , September 16, 2016

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANSWER !

Like I said in previous posts, we, French have roots, not a socio-political status.

To overthrow nazi-globalists from CIA (in France or USA)needs "Something" like a global war; thus we all get free at the same time... if we survive it...

To go back to your article, my guess is Clinton and TRump are just two sides of the same coin. You'll be at war and pennyless anyway...(and us altogether... of course... should we like it or not).

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@Brandon
written by ericbasillais , September 16, 2016

By the way, I saw your latest videos and I am 100 % behind you.

Now comes the time to see things from a realistic point of view. And I am glad there is still this optimistic empirical sense of self-managing and taste of pionneers spirit.

Like I said, we have a little different cultural background BUT facing the coming situation is EXACTLY the same way we seee things here, in FRance countryside.

Best wishes, Brandon . Good Luck to every free citizen of the USA.


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written by kas , September 16, 2016

1917 USSR 2017 USA same goal same people
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Re: USAWatchdog.com
written by Rodster , September 16, 2016

Brandon, I made a request and someone else did as well. Greg Hunter said he's going to have you back on another segment !
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written by Brandon Smith , September 16, 2016

@Rodster

Sounds great. Greg does good interviews.

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We should all be growing... gardens
written by Useless Eater , September 17, 2016

How are all of your Back to Eden gardens coming along? Well, I hope...
http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/

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Economics
written by Poeticus , September 17, 2016

Hey Brandon, I enjoy your commentaries very much and send them to my entire e-mail list bi-weekly. May I ask you a favor. Would you give us all a quick lesson in economics 101. The relationship between the dollar, interest rates, the stock market, oil, gold and other commodities. You may throw in derivatives also. It is a little confusing to me. How does the increase of interest rates by the fed. influence other markets?
Thanks a lot.

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@Poeticus
written by turtlefeet , September 17, 2016

You are asking a lot, much of which could be learned and understood from reading a basic economics textbook. But even a good textbook won’t tell you everything you need to understand. Mike Maloney (and various others) have done a lot of good work in this area (imho). Watch the 5 x half hour episodes of his “Secrets of Money”. Episode 4 gives an excellent description of how our money system & the federal reserve works but if you are short on time then the two minutes from the 18:40 mark summarises the basics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFDe5kUUyT0
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@Poeticus
written by Rodster , September 18, 2016

I encourage you to view the entire Crash Course by Chris Martinson at https://www.peakprosperity.com/crashcourse

He did a wonderful job explaining in an easy to understand way how money works and how it's created and the relationships between the US Government, The US Treasury and the Federal Reserve.

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@Natasha
written by NY Oathkeeper , September 19, 2016

Simplistic? Maybe. Leftist ,No.Constitutional, Yes. oh and i believe Trump is on board with NSA spying and believes execution for Snowden?Show me someones friends and ill show you their future.Yes?
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Facts beat percetption
written by Martel , September 19, 2016

I have been following Mr. Smith's logic for a while on the issues of our democratic choices as well as the global dynamics developing in front of our eyes. I too suggest caution for those who appear to be championing a Donald Trump. Many of his campaign suggestions are an anathema to the US constitution and the beliefs held by the founders. It is also telling that Mr. Trump's opponent and he were on very good terms a mere 16 years ago. At least it appears that way from video coverage of the time. So why the change in appearance and demeanor now?

Second, I commend Mr. Smith on his analysis of Mr. Putin in past articels. I here too would exercise caution, in the same way I do and would for Mr. Trump. From my vantage point, Mr. Putin appears to be the counterbalance to US neo-imperialism but in effect the results seem otherwise. One has to take a look at recent events in Syria. It is alleged that a US airstrike killed 62 SAA soldiers? It was my understanding that after the Russian SU - 24 was shot down the S-400 SAM was deployed to protect Russian assets in the area. I am aware that SAA soldiers are not Russian assets, however if true, why would Putin not come to the aid of his ally that he is appearing to assist in the region? The same holds true for ethnic Russian in East Ukraine. It looks to me as though the entire picture is not as it appears to be, as a result I am very suspicious of the narrative that is being presented to me. I would urge all to be just as cautious.

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Preparedness (Germany, etc.)
written by TripleJ , September 23, 2016

I just wanted to inform you that such directions (or you may call them suggestions) to the people to store something like 10 days of food and water supply is a proven means to cope with the situations and times when we have a supply disruption of greater magnitude in any one country of Europe. You probably don't know about things which are well known to us Europeans (by sad experience in the past) but these ten days (or whatever short period of time) of food/water supply is NOT (I repeat NOT) intended to cover for any kind of long term food shortage, BUT for the time to organize and activate a state/government directed food distribution system. In other words, as soon as there is a severe shortage problem arising, ALL (food) stores MUST close IMMEDIATELY all activities and wait until food vouchers are issued by the government to the population in order to make sure that there is a "just" distribution of food through the then re-opened food stores, which then may only sell food through the use of these food vouchers. Unfortunately most non europeans have no knowledge and experience of this basically good and proven concept.
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written by Brandon Smith , September 25, 2016

@Triple J

If you are relying on the government to feed you during a crisis, then you are an idiot, and you will most likely die. It doesn't matter what part of the world you live in.

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