by PTS, SGT Report:
One of the classic movies that sticks in my head growing up in the 80’s is Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan. I was not by any means a huge science-fiction or even Star Trek fan, but the clever plot, the believable acting (notwithstanding the admittedly occasional “over-acting” on the part of William Shatner), the ahead-of-their-time special effects, the dry humor, the quotable lines, and the soundtrack all came together in such a way as to form a masterpiece of early 1980’s entertainment.
Just a few weeks ago, I was introducing The Wrath of Khan to my kids. While we were watching one of the scenes, I was struck at just what a perfect metaphor one particular clip was to describe the imminent economic and global dangers that are facing our country’s citizens and the world in general.
While science fiction might not be your thing, this scene does illustrate the danger of failing to put the pieces together in time to react to them. A look at recent headlines gives us all sorts of unsettling stories which clue us in that something is terribly wrong, some of which are new developments, while others have been on our radar for quite a while now: the never-ceasing gun-grab by the liberals, our own NSA constantly spying on its own citizens, Obama’s drone strikes, market manipulation, and lately, the threat of war stemming from the powder keg that is the Ukraine. Certainly bad news is not a recent phenomena; it’s been here for a while, but this spate of 20-some dead bankers over the past few weeks seems to be such an over-the-top Red Flag indicating that we are facing a potentially disastrous event. So what light can The Wrath of Khan shed on the dead banker stories of the last 3 months?
In case you are not familiar with the storyline of this 1982 classic, Captain (now Admiral) Kirk’s old nemesis Khan had escaped from exile on a desert planet. Khan and his followers were able to take over the USS Reliant, a fellow ship in the same fleet as Kirk’s USS Enterprise. Furnished with a friendly-appearing vessel, Khan then plots his revenge on Kirk (namely, to destroy him and his ship via sneak attack). Kirk is called to the bridge of the Enterprise when the Reliant suddenly appears out of nowhere.
Still not realizing that the Reliant is in enemy hands, Kirk watches Khan’s ship drift closer and closer while trying to sift through all the bizarre and conflicting information about this encounter. As he considers the Reliant’s surprise appearance, its reduction in speed, and its failure to communicate, Kirk remarks (at about the 2:00 mark in the clip) how “peculiar” this situation looks. But he hesitates, only going to Yellow Alert. Khan’s Reliant draws even nearer, raises its shields, and powers up its weapons, but only then does Kirk go to Red Alert, by which time it’s too late and he is already under attack. The rest of the movie continues as a chess match between Kirk’s badly damaged Enterprise and Khan’s faster and more powerful Reliant.
I can’t help but feel like Kirk, sitting in that chair, trying to make sense of and piece together all the “peculiar” events that are taking place. Each and every day I see story after story that signals a collapse of our personal finances and our way of life as free Americans drawing ever closer, until we morph into a world where the medical industry, the news media, the banks, and politicians have nearly complete control over the choices that we make in our everyday lives. Again, the evidence for this financial destruction mounts by the day.
But what has particularly struck me as an extremely unsettling omen is the slew of deaths seen in the banking community. “Peculiar,” as Kirk would say sitting in his Captain’s Chair. We have 8 JPMorgan bankers between the ages of 22-39 mysteriously die in the last 3 months, that is in addition to the bankster deaths from firms other than JPMorgan. Whether they are actually suicides or assassinations (although I’ve never tried it, I imagine that it’s kinda hard to shoot yourself in the chest and head seven or eight times with a nail gun), without being an alarmist I can’t help but feel that it is a grim signal that time is awfully short. I can’t make sense of so many people in the prime of their life making more money than they will ever need, dying (or suicided), unless something very sinister is going on behind the scenes.
The odd thing is, that 95% of people have absolutely no idea about the looming threat to life as they know it. They are not on any alert whatsoever. For me, the events of the past few months are a signal that it’s time to bypass Yellow and go directly to Red Alert in terms of financial and survival preps. And even if I am off on the timing, how is it going to hurt me that I’ve ratcheted up my level of preparedness?
I must have watched this scene from the Wrath of Khan dozens of times in the past 30 years. And each time I see it, I keep waiting for Kirk to figure it out and take precautions before he is attacked. Of course, it would not be the timeless movie that it is had he done that. But maybe, we can take this as a lesson that it’s better to raise shields too early than too late, because, in case you haven’t noticed, the occurrences coming together right now are, shall we say, “peculiar.”