Global Crisis Events: The Weird Keeps Getting Weirder

While the mainstream media and general public tend to assume that every new day is bringing us closer to a better future, many alternative analysts focus on the underlying weirdness of our world and all of the crisis factors that average people don’t want to think about. I have to say, in my view the “weirdness” has been escalating rather swiftly lately, and I don’t think that very many analysts, alternative or mainstream, appreciate the potential consequences.

The most important issue of course has always been the global economy. With nearly every sector of our system resting on massively inflated financial bubbles driven by central bank fiat printing and artificially low interest rates, there is only one question that really needs to be asked: How long before a geopolitical or economic shock event takes down the entire house of cards?

The mainstream philosophy seems to be that the economy is now impervious to such events. As the media now argues often, stock markets in particular do not appear to care whenever international threats present themselves. I would argue that this is because nothing substantial has actually happened quite yet. We have had a steady build-up of domestic and global political tensions, but the markets have so far been presented with a world that is comfortably predictable. It is a dangerous world with numerous potential pitfalls, but still predictable nonetheless.

And this is the very odd position we find ourselves in. A system which grows progressively more unstable year by year, and a society that has grown ignorantly used to it. To wake people up to the threats ahead would require a surprise, a slap to the face, something entirely unexpected. Here are a few developing powder kegs around the world that may present such a shock.

U.S. Debt Ceiling And The Government Shutdown Battle

I think a lot of people are missing some major points on the government shutdown situation. First, consider this — every new deal to keep the federal government funded offers a shorter stopgap than the last. The latest deal would only keep funding in place for three more weeks, then the same conflict over budget and spending initiatives happens all over again. It is not outlandish to expect that one day soon we will be faced with weekly or bi-weekly funding battles in D.C., while the greater problem of the U.S. debt ceiling is generally ignored.

You see, the “fight” within the federal government is not so much over whether or not more debt is a “bad thing.” In fact, both sides support more debt and bigger government. Instead, the fight is over the allocation of funds (debt) to certain projects and away from others. Who gets the money? And how can a government shutdown be used as leverage to gain the upper hand politically?

The thing is, this is all theater. There are no “sides” to the debate in Washington, and there is no battle. This is all designed to condition the American public into believing that the two parties are separate and opposed when they are in fact not. Beyond that, the shutdown battle also achieves a certain stress factor for the economy that many people are not aware of.

Among alternative analysts, cynicism runs rampant over a government shutdown. “Who cares?!” many of them will say, “Let it shut down!” But there are some concerns here, primarily the concern of full faith in U.S. debt issuance.

While I am all for the notion of the federal government going the way of the Dodo bird, I do not think many alternative analysts are considering the trade-off required when the system does in fact “reset.” For example, while the U.S. Treasury is supposed to remain functional during a government shutdown and certainly remains functional during stop gaps and debates over funding, this internal conflict though theatrical in nature can still produce a lack of faith in Treasury bonds and the dollar internationally. And frankly, faith is all that our economy has left to sustain itself.

If the funding battle continues with ever shorter stop gaps or with an extended period of government shutdown, there is a possibility that the largest foreign investors in U.S. debt and the dollar will begin dumping their holdings. When this is done, it will be done quietly and will be fully denied if questions arise. If China, for example, begins decoupling from U.S. debt, we will not find out until it is far too late. The Chinese would seek to be the first to dump their holding in order to avoid a vast international rush for the exits. They would want to be the first to sell, not the last.

Again, if the funding fight continues to become more aggressive and more absurd, eventually we will see a foreign dump of U.S. debt, and with it an unprecedented crisis. Whether or not this “needs” to happen is not what I am debating here, only that when it does happen, there will be consequences for us all, and being prepared for them is essential.

Syria Back On The Table

So, if you thought the Syrian situation could not get any weirder, the past week might have been a surprise.

The last major development was Vladimir Putin’s orders to pull a large percentage of standing Russian troops from the region, leaving the Assad government particularly vulnerable. This move did not surprise me in the least. In fact, I predicted that Russia would step aside in Syria in interviews last year.   I also wrote about the possible problems this would cause in my article 'A Review Of The Most Disturbing Events Of 2017'. One of these problems would be Putin leaving the door wide open for a foreign force to invade Syria, drawing in other nations like Iran or Lebanon into the fight and expanding the war tenfold.

What did surprise me, though, was the brazen launch of forces into the region by Turkey in particular. Erdogen has been pecking away at Kurdish tribes in Syria for quite some time, but his latest measures are something entirely new. Keep in mind that Turkey is still technically a NATO member and an ally of the U.S., despite Erdogen’s anti-NATO rhetoric and threats to leave the multi-nation defense pact. Also keep in mind that the U.S. government is giving monetary and weapons support to the Kurds. So, to clarify, a U.S. ally is ignoring the tense situation in Syria and the possibility of triggering a wider regional war to hunt and destroy another U.S. ally, all while Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, etc., hover on the periphery waiting to jump into the fray.

This is not a recipe for diplomatic discourse. This is a recipe for disaster.  Will Syria lead to WWIII as some people suggest?  Probably not in the way most of them imagine.  War takes many forms, including sporadic region by region conflicts, as well as economic conflicts.  Global nuclear war is unlikely considering such an event would virtually vaporize decades of investment by the elitist establishment in control grids around the world.  But, constant regional combat and financial disasters? THAT is a strategy that benefits them greatly.

North Korea And The Olympic-Sized Target

First let me say that the very fact that South Korea and the Olympic committee feels compelled to continue the games in the region at a time of such heightened tensions is extremely odd to me.  The notion may simply be that the games will "heal" divisions in the Korean peninsula.  I am not so sure about that...

I recently wrote about the North Korean war scenario and the potential false flag event during the Olympics in my article 'Olympic Games In South Korea - Perfect Opportunity For A False Flag Attack?'. I would add to my analysis another interesting development; the negative response by South Koreans to the North’s participation in the Olympic games.

I have continually had to remind people that a war in North Korea would be the most effective trigger event for economic downturn and global distraction, though some skeptics seem to think the situation is going nowhere. Yet, all the elements are now present, including an array of naval forces ready for kinetic response, the escalation of North Korea’s missile technology to include ICBMs capable of striking the U.S. mainland, the war rhetoric grows on both sides, with the Department of Defense being the most aggressive, and now even the South Korean citizenry seems to be shunning diplomacy as they burn photos of Kim Jong Un during Olympic processions and demand a stop to cooperation with the North during the games.

This is a rather sharp break from the mainstream narrative in the U.S., which has told us that South Koreans are seeking generally passive and diplomatic relations with the North, and that the US involvement is universally unwanted.  That is to say, the desire for conflict is not limited to U.S. warhawks and North Korean “fanatics,” it is also a large portion of the South Korean population that appears to prefer less-than peaceful solutions.

Add to this the latest CIA claims that North Korea's nuclear weapons technology will be a full threat to the U.S. in a matter of months, and the news that North Korea's armies are confiscating food stores from the citizenry at a greater rate than usual, and anyone with any sense can see what is developing here.  CIA director Mike Pompeo has asserted that the Trump Administration will act to prevent North Korea from developing an arsenal of ICBMs capable of striking the U.S.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This is going to end in war. There is no way around it.

The U.S. Dollar Continues Its Rapid Decline

I outlined this interesting development a couple weeks ago in my article 'The Strange Case Of The Falling Dollar - And What It Means For Gold', and so far it seems that the downward spiral of the dollar is continuing, now falling at a speed not seen since 2003.

This trend is very strange for a number of reasons - the most prominent being the fact that the dollar index is ignoring policy moves by the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates and reduce its balance sheet.  Under normal economic conditions, this should trigger a dollar spike, not a dollar collapse.  I predict that the Fed, under "new leadership" through Jerome Powell, will pursue highly aggressive fiscal tightening measures in 2018, including expanded interest rate hikes in the name of tempering the dollar's decline.

If this takes place, the insane stock market bubble now in full steroid mode will feel a sudden swift kick to the nether regions.  However, such a move may still not stop the dollar's decline.  This could be the first stage of the stagflationary crisis I and a few other alternative analysts have been warning about for years.

Growing Accustomed To The Weird

I think if you asked most people if they would have believed the developments of today were possible 5 to 10 years ago, they would say no. The danger is that when a society becomes too accustomed to instability and conflict, they become complacent in terms of their own security and their own freedoms. They might not even notice until it is too late that both necessities have been stolen away from them.

That great global slap in the face is coming, make no mistake, but the question is, can we prepare enough people for it in time to make a difference in the outcome? Reporting on these issues is often compared to “doom and gloom,” but really, it is an act of optimism. I and many other analysts are operating on the assumption that we can tip the balance by informing the public and creating a shield against calamity. Maybe this is a foolish assumption, maybe not. We shall see in due course.

 

 

 

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written by stevenguinness , January 24, 2018

Brandon, would you characterise Brexit as a global crisis event? Whilst the first round of negotiations were completed in December, the second round brings a trade deal under discussion and doesn't begin until the end of March. An agreement has to be reached by October for national governments to vote on the proposals before the end of 2018. The fact that Article 50 has a 2 year deadline attached to it makes me suspicious that the negotiations have been designed to fail with Britain dropping out of the EU with no deal. What do you think?

One thing I'm watching in relation to this is the upcoming Italian elections in March (just two weeks before the second round of Brexit talks). The so called 'anti-establishment' Five Star Movement is the current favourite to gain the most seats, perhaps even to the point of a majority. Because Italy is the third largest economy in the Euro Zone, it has the potential to place further economic strain on the union. Might a Five Star victory put renewed strain on Brexit negotiations?

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Voters' trap
written by Rurik , January 24, 2018

@ stevenguinness

The Five Star Movement is backed by globalists to act as a voters' trap. People voting for them do not vote for other real anti-establishment parties. So up to 25% of the electorate can be "frozen" like in the Chamber of Deputies election of 2013. Once in a while Beppe Grillo, who is a comedian, goes on a brilliant diatribe but that's it, they will never do anything when in power. Their role is to mislead unsatisfied voters who truly want a change.

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Follow The Money
written by JohnF , January 24, 2018

"the media now argues often, stock markets in particular do not appear to care whenever international threats present themselves"

When you have the FED & Their Plunge Protection Team Manipulating Everything, What Do You Expect???????

After All, Their Big Banks have been Fined Hundred of Millions to Billions of Dollars for Fraud, Corruption & Manipulation of the Markets - Nobody Goes To Jail - FED Refuses to Be Audited.

The Taxpayers Got Stuck With ALL The Bills - 21 Trillion & Still Counting.!!!!!!

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Sit in the corner please
written by Steve in NJ , January 24, 2018

Hey Brandon,

I've been reading your articles for the better part of two years now. I enjoy your writing style and usually find myself in agreement with you. That said, it feels to me that we have definitely entered the realm of 'Bizarro World'. Things are escalating very rapidly and my fear, despite years of planning, is that we might actually be heading for very serious global disruption. I wish I knew why others cannot seem to see things/events through my eyes, perspective, and thought, but maybe that's a good thing. Sometimes I feel that maybe it would be best to put on blinders and forge forward like most - but that is not who I am.

So, what to do now that what was feared appears coming to light - it's sort of like a bad dream. I wanted deep down to be wrong, I would gladly wear my doomsday hat in public square for all to mock, than to have it be real.

The United States will be in conflict with NK this year which very well may spread to other countries. The U.S. financial markets will be shaken to their core with the rest of the globe following in lockstep. Civil unrest will spread from nation to nation - the deaf cry of citizens yearning for leadership will be harrowing. This is very likely to happen, the only question is how will we respond?

Godspeed and Gob Bless! ./

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What to do
written by Guest , January 24, 2018

Brandon,
Thanks for another brilliant article, you never disappoint.

There can be no doubt that things are accelerating to the appointed outcome. How do we respond? If you believe in Christ, what you do is "look up, for your redemption draweth nigh." if you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, now is the day of salvation, if only you believe, now is the appointed time, harden not your heart. Put your trust in Him who knows the end from the beginning and is able to keep that which you commit unto him against that day, now fast approaching.


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and others . . .
written by EricC , January 24, 2018

You mentioned some of the big ones. There’s also the heating-up conflict between India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, Russia and Ukraine, with the US now agreeing to provide anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainians, a major oil-production-affecting Shia/Sunni conflict between Iran and friends and Saudi Arabia and friends (including us), China versus The Philippians, Japan and others (including us) in the South China Sea. Almost anywhere you look there’s a powder-keg catalyst to tip us over the cliff of a global financial crisis.
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Thought's on one of your powder kegs
written by Winchestercalle , January 24, 2018

I suspect the Turks may find it a lot harder going in Syria than they have calculated. Not only are the YPG battle hardened and well trained, the area they are in has American forces dug in. This area is what they consider part of their homeland, so they are very motivated also. This could really become FUBAR very quickly
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Watch Saudi Arabia
written by Rebecca Bonnell , January 24, 2018

With the new Crown Prince taking over everything, Saudi Arabia will be a dictatorship and one to be watched Very Closely...! War will breakout between Iran and Saudi Arabia...
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Kabuki theatre or something more?
written by CaptJ , January 25, 2018

Hi Brandon,

Another great article. I've been following your articles for a couple of years now. Always a refreshing take on world events that makes much more sense than the usual rubbish spouted by the MSM.

I've started following the #QAnon posts on 4chan/8chan. They are a complete mind blow!! Like your analysis, the #QAnon posts do a great job of connecting seemingly disparate pieces of information. What is your view on #QAnon? More of the false left/right Kabuki theatre? Or is there something more to it?

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South Koreans
written by Dave D , January 25, 2018

Great article but I have to disagree with your assessment of the South Korean population desires less than peaceful solutions. I've been there a few times with the Army and the opinions of the younger generation have shifted. The younger generation almost seemed naiive about how the nKoreas would welcome them with open arms. They are much more willing to blame the Americans for the Korean War... even though the Russians funded, equiped and advised the invasion of the south.

But I was there in August 2015 when the sides were hurling artillery back and forth and I can tell you that no one wanted that conflict to escalate... especially the South. With 1/2 in their population in Seoul... that would be detrimental for their country
http://essentialsurvivalskills.com/Free_Urban_Survival_Course

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written by Brandon Smith , January 25, 2018

@Dave

It appears as though things have changed since you were there last. There is at the very least a sizeable contingent that is enraged by the very presence of the North Koreans at the Olympic games. This is hardly a sign that diplomacy is fully embraced by the South Koreans.

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written by Brandon Smith , January 25, 2018

@Steven

I don't see the Brexit in itself as a crisis event, but I do see it as a scapegoat for a crisis event that was going to happen anyway. I've always believed that there would be a "hard Brexit" and that no EU deal would be accepted because the EU will demand payment for the "sin" of Britain leaving the union.

I continue to believe that at least one more major EU economy will break from the union. Italy seems to be the most likely candidate so far.

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dualism
written by l.m. , January 25, 2018

Dave D, It was the same hand on both sides.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f1natbeMFI

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Russian crypto
written by Renewed , January 25, 2018

Russia is in early stages of a cryptoruble

https://www.rt.com/business-projects/417001-cryptocurrency-russia-law-ruble/

When will the Dollar be digitized?

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minnesota connection
written by gwb , January 25, 2018

Thank you Brandon for another great article. On the topic of S. Korea and alleged opposition to N. Korea olympics participation, do you feel that it's possible that the CIA could be stirring the pot over there or do you feel that the protests are homegrown. NED and USAID do have a history as you are certainly well aware of......
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written by Brandon Smith , January 25, 2018

@GWB

It's certainly possible, though in most cases the CIA is only going to agitate groups that already exist, rather than try to create them from thin air. The Arab Spring, for example, didn't just pop out of the ground; people in Egypt etc. were already enraged by the government's relationship to the West and Israel, among other things.

The establishment takes existing movements and co-opts them, to lure them into more extreme actions that work to their detriment. They have tried to do this on numerous occasions with the Liberty Movement (taking over the Tea Party), but have so far failed miserably. They'll keep trying until they get a substantial foothold. That's what they do.

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USAF drill western u.s.
written by Renewed , January 26, 2018

Hey Brandon,

This might effect you. Possible training for Korea, or Syria?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-26/usaf-begins-massive-gps-blackouts-western-us-during-largest-ever-air-war-drill


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The Falling Dollar
written by Amerle , January 27, 2018

Hey Brandon, I don't think the FED or anyone else can stop the dollar from declining until all the interest free petro dollars (USD) find their way home. Starting with Irag, Iran, Libya and spreading to other countries like China and Russia, the never ending river of US dollars that flowed through the system is being dismantled by currencies and and other instruments of settlement.
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written by Brandon Smith , January 27, 2018

@Amerle

I agree. As I mentioned in the article, it is definitely possible that the dollar will continue its decline regardless of tightening measures by the Fed.

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What about the weather ?
written by Jasper , January 27, 2018

There is a common denominator in all this, the weather. Whilst events are unfolding in all directions, the global warming/climate change narrative continues.
The Earth is at the start of the next grand solar minimum, and all governments know it.
They have known about this for quite some time, and have been making their preparations.
Distractions a plenty are the name of the game.

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weather and collapse of Rome
written by l.m. , January 29, 2018

Yes, from a long-term perspective it will be, as you write. But next years(2018-in the second half, 2019 and 2020) it can be on the contrary. Look at the collapse of Rome(and global cooling at this time) and interests of the globalists. They play the same game, read their loud trumpet: Martin Armstrong, and you will know more precisely have they mix the market and why. They need a strong USD to kill its world reserve currency position, becouse higher rates and strongest USD will decimated national states and their budgets through debt(that is in dollars).
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Syria back on the table
written by Renewed , January 29, 2018

Would it not prove interesting if two "NATO" allies clashed in Syria? Talk about theatre! And right about the time Trump gives his State speech and Russia is hosting so called peace talks.
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written by Implied Violin , January 30, 2018

Some more epic weirdness: have you seen the number of articles on the alternative news sites that are "exposing the evils of the NSA, FBI, CIA, FED" etc.?

It seems every single American 'Deep State' agency is being revealed to be evil in the extreme!! Oh no!!

And then I saw this on SOTT.net:

https://www.sott.net/article/375723-Pentagon-Biological-Weapons-Program-Never-Ended-US-Bio-labs-Around-The-World

(and sadly, I can vouch that everything in that article is true, having worked in that industry.)

So, now in addition to all the battlegrounds America is fighting around the world at the moment, you can now add all the evil American "black labs" releasing bioweapons upon mankind all around the world!

So...knowing all of this, should we as dutiful Americans do our civic duty and stick the fork in ourselves before the United Nations does, or do we just wait outside with our necks bowed and wait for the Nanking butchers to put us out of our misery?

/S, I guess

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The elites seem to be getting close to their goals
written by Harald , February 06, 2018

They seem to be getting bolder everyday. Things they kept hidden before are now in plain sight. They are pushing lots of agendas now in the mainstream. All the mainstream entertainment artists for example are putting on weirder and weirder shows, like pushing the gender agenda, womens empowerment, world peace, one world religion (what religion would that be?) transhumanism, robots making out with humans, virtual reality, always accompanied with a rich sauce of satanism, because the elites are deeply into the occult.


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