Sometimes, the principles of life seem veiled in obscurity. At other times, the demonstrations are clear. Let’s see what principles are shown by these events of just the last six or seven weeks:
July 27, 2016, Syria:
IS Suicide Attack in Mostly Kurdish Syria Town Kills 44
July 26, France:
2 Islamic State Hostage Takers Killed After Slitting Priest’s Throat In Assault On French Church
July 25, Japan and USA:
At Least 19 Killed, 45 Injured By Knife-Wielding Man In Japan
2 Killed, Up To 17 Injured In Fort Myers, Florida Nightclub Shooting
July 24, Germany (twice) and Iraq:
Attacker Dead, 10 Injured After Blast “From Explosive Device” At Major German Music Festival
21 killed in Baghdad suicide blast, weeks after deadliest in years
Machete-Wielding Syrian Refugee Kills Pregnant Woman; Injures Two In Southern German City
July 23, Afghanistan:
At Least 80 Killed After Suicide Bombing Attack In Kabul Claimed By ISIS
As a side-note, if you think Afghanistan has always been a hell-hole of conflict, here is a what it looked like around 1970: before the “great” powers decided it was an important country in their quest for domination:
July 22, Germany:
18-Year-Old German-Iranian Is Behind Munich “Shooting Rampage” Which Killed 10 Including Gunman
July 20, Ukraine:
Prominent Journalist Killed In Ukraine When Car Bomb Explodes In Broad Daylight
July 18, Germany and USA:
Axe-Wielding Afgan Refugee Shot Dead After Slashing 14 People On German Train Screaming “Allahu Akbar”
Man Dies After Being Shot In The Head At “Stop The Violence” Rally In Ohio
July 17, USA:
29-Year-Old Black Male Dead After Killing 3 Cops, Wounding 3 More In Baton Rouge “Cowardly” Ambush
July 15, France:
84 Dead, More Than 100 Injured After Truck Plows Into Crowd In Nice, France
July 14, USA:
Police Release Dramatic Footage Of Deadly Shooting Of Unarmed White Man
July 10, USA:
115 Shot This Week In Chicago As ‘Gun-Free-Zone’-City Continues Death Spiral
July 9, USA:
Two Houston Police Officers Kill Gunman Who Aimed At Cops
July 8, USA (twice):
Deadly Dallas Standoff Ends After Final Suspect Dies From Explosion; Five Policemen Killed
4 Shot, 1 Killed After Black Gunman Fires At Passing Cars On Tennessee Highway, Targeting Police, Whites
July 3, Iraq:
“It Was Like An Earthquake” – Over 91 Killed After Two ISIS Suicide Bombings Rip Through Baghdad
June 28, Turkey:
At Least 28 Killed After Suicide Attackers Set Off Blasts At Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
June 23, Germany:
Heavily-Armed Gunman Killed After Opening Fire In German Cinema
June 16, England:
Brexit Campaigns Suspended After British Lawmaker Shot Dead By Mentally Ill Assailant
June 14, France:
ISIS-Linked Islamist Kills Two French Policemen In Latest “Abject Act Of Terrorism”
June 13, USA:
Orlando shooting: 49 killed, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance
Yikes. These were just the “newsworthy” items that found me on the sites I typically read, I did not go out looking for them. It’s very likely that some searching would turn up more of the same, especially in the Middle East, which often receives scant treatment in the Western press. As an indication of that, according to the Washington Post:
Since the beginning of 2015, the Middle East, Africa and Asia have seen nearly 50 times more deaths from terrorism than Europe and the Americas.
The Middle East and northern Africa account for over two-thirds of terrorism deaths since January 2015, with multiple attacks occurring daily, each claiming on average at least a dozen lives.
So what principles are being demonstrated through these events? First, we are seeing:
Acceleration of insanity, which has been mentioned and documented, especially including excruciating detail of insanity in the financial world.* It is difficult to not see rampant examples of insanity on this planet at this time so that documenting them seems almost needless to say.
Next, we are seeing:
Acceleration of conflict. Conflict is on the rise in so many (all?) fields of human endeavor. We may even find ourselves in scrappy conflicts these days, even with loved ones, often with trivial causes. (We’ll talk about what to do about that in Part 2.) In public, we see political parties, and factions within political parties, at each other throats, with the factions screaming each other down at political conventions; governments seemingly at war with their own people; inter-racial hatred; religious wars; police versus citizens; hackers waging cyber-warfare with governments, corporations, anyone; environmentalists versus resource extractors and polluters; organic growers versus Industrial Food; Big Pharma versus the alternative health care field; Monsanto versus democracy; global warming versus global cooling factions…well, it goes on and on. Read the seething Comments sections on popular internet sites…on second thought, don’t!
Acceleration of the Wheeler Cycle of War and Political Change, described here and updated here.
And because this is another principle in play:
The transition through which we and the planet are going is taking place across the energetic spectrum.
that war energy from the Cycle of War does not impact only the military and political spheres, it impacts nearly everything, as we are seeing.
Worse still, as explained in a previous post on the Cycle of War, this instance of that cycle began around October, 2014. However:
The worst part of this is: major wars begin around the cycle date, but the fighting generally builds to its greatest intensity four to six years after the start date.
So perhaps general conflict will finally peak and then start to wind down sometime between late 2018 and late 2020. Until then, the likely scenario is accelerating intensity of conflict. If things play out that way, then two other principles are being demonstrated:
- Life moves in cycles, not straight lines.
- Based on past repetitions, the starting points and duration of some cycles can be usefully estimated.
The Military Conflicts
What about the military aspect of this conflict energy?
Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
So only 10 countries can be found that are not currently somehow involved in military conflict.
Here’s an article (hat/tip to JS for the link) that appeared right at the start of this instance of the War cycle, in October, 2014:
Pentagon readying for long war in Iraq, Syria
So much for “no boots on the ground.” You may have heard that military spending is decreasing. Of course, it isn’t true. The war profiteers show no sign of letting up:
Thanks America: Spending On Military Weapons Saw Its Largest Yearly Increase In A Decade
The world defense market climbed to $65 billion in 2015, up by $6.6 billion from 2014 the consulting company IHS Inc said in its Global Defence Trade Report. That’s the largest yearly increase in the past decade, led by Saudi purchases which jumped about 50% to $9.3 billion in 2015 according to Bloomberg.
…the United States was the top weapons exporter in 2015, supplying almost $23 billion in goods and equipment, of which $8.8 billion went to the Middle East.
Yes, that’s the same Saudi Arabia that beheads more people than Daesh (IS), but it’s a US “ally” (or does that mean good weapons customer?), so few in the press will discuss it.
What are they spending all that money on?
US Has Spent $11.5 Million A Day For Past 542 Days Straight In Fight Against ISIS
After two years of bombing, the U.S. recently marked a horrendous milestone in a war with no clear end in sight. Vocativ reported that the American-led coalition in the Middle East has now dropped 50,000 bombs in the ongoing campaign against ISIS that began in August 2014.
Russia Is Developing Gliders That “Guarantee Penetration” Of Any Missile Defense System
The US is very interested in so-called directed-energy weapons:
Navy Laser Weapon System–this 1+ minute video shows the US Navy’s existing 30 kilowatt laser weapon:
But of course they are moving on to stronger versions:
Navy to Test Powerful 150-Kilowatt Laser
The U.S. Navy, which has already developed a 30-kilowatt laser that has been used operationally, will soon test a new directed energy weapon that is five times more powerful, said the vice chief of naval operations July 23.
The Office of Naval Research “will perform a shipboard test of a 150-killowatt laser weapon system in the near future,” said Adm. Bill Moran during a speech at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Directed Energy Summit, which was held in Washington, D.C.
The Navy’s 30-kilowatt laser weapon is currently onboard the USS Ponce. The system, which has been used operationally in the Persian Gulf, offers military leaders precision accuracy at a low cost, Moran said.
The laser weapon system, or LaWs, “has an extremely low-cost per engagement ratio,” he said. “We’re spending pennies on the dollars … every time we use that capability.”
While the U.S. military is developing laser weapons that can be installed on platforms across the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, military leaders must be cognizant that potential adversaries are as well, Moran said.
“These technologies are being developed and fielded by a growing number of countries all around the world, it’s not just us,” he said. “If we don’t get ahead of that capability by our adversaries, we’re going to find ourselves in a very difficult position in the future.”
As the Navy considers its future fleet design, laser weapons must be a part of the equation, Moran said.
“If we have to continue to rely on projectiles, propellant-driven projectiles, we will run out of our ability to defend ourselves over time,” he said. “This capability in directed energy is incredibly important.”
Note the military-industrial-complex’s ever present excuse for developing deadlier weapons: if we don’t do it, somebody else will.
And of course, drones. Here’s a 6 minute video that shows how weapons are now marketed. The only thing missing is a Hollywood star or two. This one advertises the latest drone in General Atomics product line:
That video was found at Activist Post:
Global Drone Arms Race Spreading Quickly
The US wants unmanned robot fighting ships cruising the ocean for months at a time without anyone on board. The guy who runs this program calls the Earth “the battlespace”:
DARPA Unveils Plans For World’s First Flotilla Of Killer Robot Warships – “Sea Hunter”
Remember that support for all this comes from the major political parties in each country. That’s where money gets spent to assure that candidates are placed in office who will support these programs.
The US sends so much military hardware to the Middle East that there are battles where both sides have had their armaments supplied by the US. Sometimes US troops are being killed by US-made weapons. This is from one of the most conservative newspapers in the US, the Chicago Tribune, not some anti-war site:
CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria
Daesh is regularly found using US-manufactured weapons:
ISIS Is Converting 2/3 Of US Humvees Given To Iraq Into Car Bombs
Islamic State militants have not only stolen a majority of the military Humvees provided to the Iraq Security Forces (ISF) by the U.S., they are now re-purposing them into car bombs.
No one is sure where some of the arms shipments go. This is from the NY Times:
C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say
Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency … intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.
Despite all the spending, according to NPR, the US nuclear arsenal is controlled by systems with floppy disks (hat/tip to RG for the link):
Report: U.S. Nuclear System Relies On Outdated Technology Such As Floppy Disks
The U.S. nuclear weapons system still runs on a 1970s-era computing system that uses 8-inch floppy disks, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.
That’s right. It relies on memory storage that hasn’t been commonly used since the 1980s and a computing system that looks like this:
Well that’s comforting.
Major Jockeying for Advantage
Also not at all comforting is the maneuvering and saber-rattling of the major military powers:
Tensions Between US/NATO & Russia Are Flaring Dangerously
“The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation”
US Sends Another 1,000 Troops To Poland As Part Of NATO Effort To Counter Russia
How The Pentagon Is Preparing For A Tank War With Russia
Putin Orders Military To “Immediately Destroy” Any Threat To Russian Forces
Obama Slams Door In Putin’s Face, Refuses To Discuss “Very Dangerous” Missile Defense System
Hacked Emails Confirm NATO Push To Provoke, Escalate Conflict With Russia
U.S. Deploys Two Aircraft Carriers To Mediterranean To “Send A Clear Message To Russia”
US, Russian Warplanes “Clash” Over Syria
US Spy Plane Disrupts Civilian Flights While Spying On Russia
NATO Says It Might Now Have Grounds To Attack Russia
Perhaps this should be prefaced with, “of course,” that is, of course there is conflict within the conflict makers:
Huge Scandal Erupts Inside NATO: Alliance Member Germany Slams NATO “Warmongering” Against Russia
NATO General Admits Russia Is Not A Threat To The Region
Over the course of the past few months, the United States has pushed NATO to build up troops on Russia’s border, held war games in its backyard, and deployed aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean. The rationale for such actions has always been very vaguely communicated, but as NATO European Command General Philip Breedlove said, it has all been to send a signal of deterrence to Russia. However, the reality is that, according to General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, there is no intelligence that suggests Russia is planning any broad-scale aggression whatsoever.
The UK certainly doesn’t want to be left out of all the “fun”:
UK To Stockpile Tanks, Heavy Equipment Close To Russia’s Border
France, as well:
France Escalates – Sends Aircraft Carrier To Fight ISIS
The US and China are doing some serious sparring as well:
China Says Military Will “Stand Up And Use Force” If US Sends Warships To Islands
U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared For War: “WWIII At Stake”
Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua
China Warns US Patrols In South China Sea Could End In “Disaster” As It Launches Navy Drills
South China Sea Tensions Surge After Taiwan Deploys Frigate, China Warns Of “Air Defense Zone”
After a Televised Brawl, Japanese Lawmakers Vote to Allow Military to Fight Overseas
Once in awhile, someone stands up against all this:
In a unanimous decision at their 84th annual conference, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) passed a resolution condemning President Barack Obama’s decision to set the U.S. on track to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to “maintain and modernize its nuclear bombs and warheads, production facilities, delivery systems, and command and control.”
Stay tuned for Part 2.
*Speaking of insanity in the financial world, between the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ), the central banks of the world are now printing up $180 Billion per month. There are only two national governments in the world that spend that much per month, the US and China. And what are they doing with all that new money printed from nothing? Buying bonds and stocks! A billion people on the planet don’t have clean water (half the hospital beds in the world are occupied by someone with a water-borne illness) or enough food each day, not to mention reasonable health care, and these bozos are printing up money to prop up asset markets, making the rich richer, to get everyone to think that everything is OK. The BOJ is one of the Top 10 shareholders of 90% of Japanese companies and the ECB is buying bonds with negative interest rates. That’s the best thing they can think of to do with $180 Billion per month. And these are allegedly intelligent people? Sane people?