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Admittedly this is a little bit speculative but it looks pretty big.
lol wow I can't believe they are triggering a huge EU bank run in Cyprus by confiscating big slabs of bank accounts to satiate the European Central Bankers - it's blamed on rich Russians who 'deserve' to have their savings jacked en masse.
SEE: Cyprus: The World’s Biggest "Poker Game" | Zero Hedge. It is mind boggling, they could just isolate bad bank debt or "paper" Iceland style, but instead of course it's way more fun to traumatize everyone by stealing their money point-blank as a "stability levy". This is because when you get down to it, fractional reserve banking is a crisis-driven paper scam system, and the scamsters gotta get paid up front regardless of what insane precedent is set...
SPOILER ALERTS! -- Plagued man (lower left) staggers off bus at Lake & Lyndale; Paltrow croaks at Fairview University Medical Center; MDH painted as buffoons; Matt Damon defends saddest Minnesota XMas ever w/ shotgun & sweaters!
Snagged advance tickets to Steven Soderbergh's A-List disease disaster flick "Contagion." Rumpled but sagacious institutions going through the motions make for a dour rhythm & pacing. Overall it resembles a video news release designed to make us feel comfortable with lining up for shots at the FEMA/Red Cross center -- that's the whole catharsis at the end basically. Thanks to Cryptogon for the tip on this film!
But weirdly, a whole vision of wintertime midwest social collapse goes down in my general neighborhood -- Minneapolis to the Martial Law-lockdown Wisconsin border!
The Minneapolis Armory downtown is transformed into a pandemic doomcenter!
It's kind of an initiation into USNORTHCOM CONPLAN 2591 for Dummies: Line up You Crazed Minnesotans! It's NCIS: Team Bacteria, basically plodding dialogue rarely gets any humor catharsis.
It's too bad this stolid film could have been so sardonic – come on, with Fargo you've got a real Minnesota film. Even though few shots except say the downtown Armory actually appeared to be shot here. Still, the blue light & Thanksgiving-Xmas interval of complete doom bore the mark of a dark winter experience. Still this film needed humor -- they just couldn't put much in at all.
Quickly in Minnesota, panic and total social collapse sets in at martial food distribution ops and the grocery store.
Army trucks all over downtown in the morning hours:
Martial law is setup at the Minnesota/Wisconsin border -- closed by the Wisconsin National Guard. Not filmed in Stillwater but should have been. I actually made a sketch of similar Wi/Mn border bridge freakout one time -- this film has it all!
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) deserves far more credit than the obligatory "baffled public official" exposition scene. They're actually very good at tracing outbreaks -- E Coli strains in industrial food for example -- but get zero credit really. Except for a You-Betcha-Bubble-Suit-Next-to-Mass-Graves type moment.
No one is really portrayed solving things cleverly except Fishburne's people. Will this look kind of like a Duck-And-Cover propaganda film in 50 years? "Cheating" or taking risks bending the rules is peculiarly rewarded -- i.e scientist with Biohazard Level 3 lab still finds the virus growth medium after they try ordering him to shut down.
Jude Law is a pigeonholed as conspiracy disease blogger and you never ultimately see if he's a shady fear profiteer. By the end he's painted as vaguely pitching profitable homeopathic cure for a possible hedge fund payoff. The hedge fund turns him in to Homeland Security. Doesn't make sense. He's left filming silently people lining up at a Red Cross/FEMA arena as they peacefully await shots like lambs.
Even as masked pillagers go through "suburban Minneapolis" in no sense are neighbors considered to be banding together in Minnesota -- though in China a whole village tries to hold the health scientist Cotillard hostage for vaccines.
It felt like there'd been battles over the script. Something about the way that the plots were stubbed out...
Adjuvants get a mention as needed to really get the immune response kicked into action. Delicious thimerosol win! (of course high levels of gross damaging adjuvants are needed because frequently vaccines are weak failsauce)
Just-in-time commercial inventory spells direct social fail: Surprise! I felt like the kind of preparation which local organization like the U of M's top notch Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy which advises better supply chain strategies during dangerous pandemics. The pandemic supply chain fail basically leads straight to pandemonium in Minnesota.
There's no real sense of proper preparation -- a lack of creativity here. Actor Bryan Cranston as the military guy was pretty good.
-- the crucial clue on Paltrow's camera -- Damon finally notices month later. Seriously they never found this earlier?
-- if they point out that fatality level from malnutrition is variable to nutrition, they could have promoted vitamin D but didn't
-- You get vaccinated == Arm Band seemed like prescripting or an introduction, as well as catharsis in plot!
-- At least no one gets chipped (altho vaccine fans will point out you can hide unique signatures in vaccine fluid)
-- No real 'mitigating' approach - be it neighborhood security radio or taking more vitamins -- no one is really creative outside of the government
-- Dr. Sanjay Gupta - CNN, NBC/Comcast KARE 11 are the media snippets. Gupta mediates the Fishburne/Law throwdown between CDC & Conspiracybloggers.
-- Chinese cooks hug western executive while greasy with pig guts fresh from the Chinese interior.
-- People coughing in the theater are scary!
-- Big FEMA Red Cross polite line of vaccine recipients is the catharsis "landing" basically
I didn't bother to stick around and look at the thank-yous to see who was involved in production. The way that it feels like you're mainly plodding, tumbling through the CDC's cogs reminded me of another similar film The Next Three Days wherein Russell Crowe triggers off similar National Security machinations. Hell the new Transformers movie has the military as a major character collectively. It just doesn't make the stories move along to cover all these institutions and their fictionally presented wonderful operations.
This site is promoted on the trailer -- it doesn't even mention Minneapolis after all this trouble!
Matt Damon gits a shotgun which weirdly wasn't looted from his neighbors -- while the food was.
Chicago gets the martial law treatment like the FEMA Region V headquarters it is.
Homeland Security Guy always seems like a douche but He Means Well.
Dimitri Martin handles yr viruses
I think this scene was cut? Or was I not paying attention.
Obligatory red blooming map
That about covers it. I always wash my hands and try to avoid touching my face. Minnesota is kind-of used to this stuff so I rather resent we are now portrayed as the exemplars of public panic!
Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis..... No one expected this. The so-called leaders who have taken three solid days to return from their foreign holidays to a country in flames did not anticipate this. The people running Britain had absolutely no clue how desperate things had become. They thought that after thirty years of soaring inequality, in the middle of a recession, they could take away the last little things that gave people hope, the benefits, the jobs, the possibility of higher education, the support structures, and nothing would happen. They were wrong. And now my city is burning, and it will continue to burn until we stop the blanket condemnations and blind conjecture and try to understand just what has brought viral civil unrest to Britain. Let me give you a hint: it ain’t Twitter.
If nothing else, the paternalistic spin machine of social control which forms the kernel of the BBC is revealed perfectly here. Obviously Darcus Howe is perhaps the only person who deserves to be prime minister of the United Kingdom. If nothing else listening to this stunningly offensive & privileged BBC host disrespect an "old West Indian Negro" frames the whole damn scenario going on. Howe appeared earlier on a video about the 1981 anti-Thatcher/police riots.
The waves of riots sweeping England are probably subsiding for now, but the ground has definitely shifted. This is what happens when you keep making the rich richer and the poor poorer. No amount of riot police, surveillance, social control or even drugging can fully contain what happens (sorry Huxley). You can't stack sand vertically. It always crumbles chaotically to a certain maximum slope. Societies always destabilize beyond certain inequality levels, and "catharsis events" and moments of insurrection are major moments for the sand grains to topple.
Politics - or rather the political industry - has nothing to offer these young Britons. Isn't the "apolitical" "selfish" message of the riots a message that politics isn't even worth owning or capturing, that the Tory HQ is really unworthy of even bothering with?
And the many reactions tell as much as the riot, don't they? Being angry, or excited, or casting "condemnation" or whatever about this is like condemning the weather, it's like demanding the tide go back out.
It's unfortunate that brinkmanship in the form of riots and related stuff damages local communities; it's unfortunate the nominally "pro-business" Republicans destroyed America's AAA credit rating. Both events are pointless on the surface, sure, but they happen these days because no one is "delivering the goods" in our declining Western-dominated political/economic systems. (More links below, as unrest emits from the West's DoomBanking vortices, spreading East)
The Tory classes and the Daily Mail types are JPMorgue furious and totally don't care that bankers do far more damage in an invisible fashion all the time. Taking offense from these petulant scum, hurrrrmph:
While the entire global economy, especially the tottering EU currency regime & assorted government bonds destabilize, everyone with a nice job is basically on vacation across Europe. Thus *all of them* have to decide to Fly Back Early from Tuscany -- or in London Tory Mayor Boris Johnson's (below) case, Canada.
Some high-grade Classic Tut-Tuttery & Off With Their Heads below...
Meanwhile in America the steady collapse of living standards has brought food stamp distribution to an all time high -- the essential "bread" part of the "bread & circuses" social control system.
London Calling Link Dump! I don't really agree or disagree with any of these links. I'll put in the decidedly racist DailyMail rhetoric and the insurrectionary anarchists, you can sort it out. Consider them shards of a confused clusterfail. My friend put it best that the City of London wasn't going to get any trouble... Sounds true.
Already, the internet is teeming with racist vitriol and wild speculation. The truth is that very few people know why this is happening. They don’t know, because they were not watching these communities. Nobody has been watching Tottenham since the television cameras drifted away after the Broadwater Farm riots of 1985. Most of the people who will be writing, speaking and pontificating about the disorder this weekend have absolutely no idea what it is like to grow up in a community where there are no jobs, no space to live or move, and the police are on the streets stopping-and-searching you as you come home from school. The people who do will be waking up this week in the sure and certain knowledge that after decades of being ignored and marginalised and harassed by the police, after months of seeing any conceivable hope of a better future confiscated, they are finally on the news. In one NBC report, a young man in Tottenham was asked if rioting really achieved anything:
"Yes," said the young man. "You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?"
"Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you."
Eavesdropping from among the onlookers, I looked around. A dozen TV crews and newspaper reporters interviewing the young men everywhere ‘’’
WMR's British intelligence sources report that the rioting sweeping London and other British cities, including Liverpool, Birmingham, and Manchester appears to be "well-coordinated." WMR has learned that some rioters with sophisticated radio communications systems are very organised, in some cases as in Clapham, south London, and in Birmingham, there is no police presence. Rioters are resorting to the same use of social networking services, such as Facebook and Twitter, that was seen in George Soros-financed "themed revolutions" in eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
The rioting broke out when police shot and killed an unarmed black youth named Mark Duggan. Soon, riots broke out in Tottenham, Edmonton, Brixton, and other London neighborhoods. Intelligence on such rioting was not passed to senior British government officials, many of whom were on holiday for the month of August. The word from a senior British intelligence source is "Her Majesty's Government has been completely blind-sided."
Police are being accused of withholding intelligence on the rioting now spreading throughout England and of allowing the rioters to get out of control by standing down. WMR has been informed that NSA's British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, has been ordered to conduct widespread surveillance of riot leaders and police. British intelligence wants to know if there has been any collusion between the rioters and the police in an effort to stage a retaliatory operation for the exposure of police involvement in the wiretapping operations of Rupert Murdoch's News International papers in London, including the News of the World and The Sun.
London's top police officials resigned after it was determined that police were sharing wiretap and other personal data with Murdoch's reporters and editors.
Some senior British government officials have even suggested the rioting spreading through London may be part of a coup attempt.
In addition, the last four days has seen one of the worst financial meltdowns on the London financial markets.
London riots. Lots of the activity going on in London is based on open source warfare precepts. Much more going on here than a simple riot or looting. It's a learning lab. Communicating via BlackBerry instant-message technology that the police have struggled to monitor, as well as by social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, they repeatedly signaled fresh target areas to those caught up in the mayhem. They coupled their grasp of digital technology with the ability to race through London’s clogged traffic on bicycles and mopeds, creating what amounted to flying squads that switched from one scene to another in the London districts of Hackney, Lewisham, Clapham, Peckham, Croydon, Woolwich and Enfield, among others — and even, late on Monday night, at least minor outbreaks in the mainly upscale neighborhood of Notting Hill and parts of Camden.
This dynamic is similar to that seen up close at 2009 G20 in Pittsburgh - quick moving squads vs much slower, truck & gas burdened police squads suffering intelligence failures. Major OODA loop dynamics in play that need to be studied carefully by all!
Ratigan: "I have been coming on TV for 3 years doing this and the fact of the matter is that there is a refusal on both the Republican and Democratic side of the aisle to acknowledge the mathematical problem, which is that the United States of America is being EXTRACTED - it's being extracted through banking, it's being extracted through trade, and it's being extracted through taxation and there's not a single politician that is willing to step forward and deal with this."
Pharmafail: the mysterious microscope-looking thing in the new Hongpong banner is a Rife telescope which can spot viruses: Suppressed Health Technology. Use frequencies to cook out cancer cells? Impossible!! BAN IT!
Spat among whistleblowers: A rather sketchy digression between Robert MacLean (formerly a TSA air marshal) and Julia Davis (formerly a Homeland Security apparatchik). Davis wrote a really negative piece on MacLean and he's ticked. I don't think it's appropriate for Davis to put this kind of stuff out there without bothering to do an interview with MacLean. Both sides have points to make but I would not like to see Davis on Whistleblower patrol. POGO supports Robert MacLean: Homeland Security Whistleblower.
Overall I think Davis needs to loosen up & MacLean needs to chill. Problem?
The trend is unmissable - every single intervention (that of the Fed included) has progressively little impact as these desperate measures, traditionally reserved for life or death situations, and which are supposed to bring the element of surprise with them, are now not only not surprising, but demanded every single day, and if absent, cause asset sell offs. Pretty soon the battlefield will be central planners vs HFTs, with the money printers issuing money at first on a monthly, then weekly, daily, hourly, then lastly millisecond-ly, and ultimately constant basis, at which point it will truly be too late to buy gold.