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Dead Bankers and the Wrath of Khan

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.”

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10 comments to Dead Bankers and the Wrath of Khan

  • Wendy

    Very well said, PTS!

  • mangrove

    Loved the comparison to the Wrath of Khan. It does seem to be red alert time once again. But I’ve been a prepper for almost 10 years now, and have essentially been on various shades of alert the entire time. Several times it was red, like now, especially in 2007-8 during the market crashes. Expecting SHTF all the time does get tiresome though and sometimes I become a bit complacent when nothing happens…. but, of course, that’s an illusion because shit’s happening all the time. My denialist friends just don’t see it and keep trying to reel me back in to their blue pill world, where the skies are always blue with nary a chemtrail in sight. They can have it. Ignorance is bliss……… until it’s not.

    • Phil Downunder

      Indeed Mangrove,

      It is tiring sleeping with one eye open, year after year. Especially being underwater on your stash of PMs., while your mates are up big time in their stock portfolios.

      Alas, such is the plight of “the aware”.

      And when finally, the SHTF, we’ll get no solace from being able to say, I told you so”, because, by that stage, no one will give a shit anyway. Such is life.

      In the mean time, G.C’s 3 G’s seems appropriate. Guns, Gold and a Getaway Plan.

  • MRH

    Great article, PTS!

    “They are not on any alert whatsoever” Exactly!

  • Jeff

    How very profound PTS.

    In 1980, my brother brought home a SelectaVision CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc), with a few movies. One was the original Star Trek movie. From the moment I seen that film, I was hooked (on the film series, not much into the tv series). I can remember back when the Kahn movie was first released, I was just a young teenager. We lived right next door to a movie theater and both my parents and I went to see it. It is a fond memory I have of both of them, so I will never forget it, but what a powerful movie it was. It is great to hear it from a new perspective and I absolutely agree with your analysis.

    I have been between Orange and Red alert for about 5-6 years now and sometimes I get burnt out from it. That’s when I disappear on vacation. When I come back, I’m good and rested. But, every time I go, it seems as ‘THE’ black swan is just about to hit any moment and I leave being very anxious. I reassure everyone, “Hey at least we’ll be having fun when the end of the world hits”. I really feel like the boy who cries wolf, a lot. Because nothing ever seems to happen. Except!, the slow poisoning of our food, water, air, medicine. The taking away of our rights to free speech, right to protect ourselves, right to justice, right good health, right to the pursuit of happiness and the love of our family. It’s divide and conquer warfare.

    Now to my point. This IS all by design. This is a strategic game. It’s like an MMA or heavy-weight boxing match and the object is to wear down your opponent waiting for a mistake to capitalize on. All of the above losses of freedom are like Jabs, repetitive and meant to wear you down, waiting for opportunity. Professional fighters don’t make mistakes often, but they do and that is when you hit them with the hay maker TKO.


    • PTS

      Thank you for the super kind words, Jeff, and everyone else! It was a labor of love.

      My baptism into “The Wrath of Khan” was via a grainy VHS recording of its appearance on TV throughout which we had to fast-forward through the commercials…so technologically, you were light-years ahead of me : )

      “It’s coming through now, Khan…”

  • Supernatural

    How hilarious~ I watched STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS last night, which is the 2013 re-make of Kahn with the new ‘original’ crew. (All of these movies are hopelessly fake. I indulged in it knowing that of course. I was a Sci-Fi nut as a kid and still ‘get’ these movies.)

    The One Great Take-Away Value I found, I gathered from the two significant dying scenes. They are Admiral Pike’s death as recounted by Spock to Uhura, because he had established a Vulcan mind-meld with him seconds before he died, and then Kirk’s radiation induced fatality. With his last breaths, Kirk says, “I’m scared Spock. How do you choose not to feel?” Rocked to his core by the memory of the recent murder of Vulcan, his home world, Spock answers, “I do not know.”

    The take-away value in all this is: it profoundly reminded me that the world Absolutely does Not have the assurance I have, that my soul is secure in the Love of God in Christ. That sounds religious, but that’s because it’s familiar dogma.

    Here’s the Key though: Dogma is Not experience! Given a critical enough situation, whether it’s hazardous construction, warfare, risky investing or what-have-you, going into those things without experience will Almost Always be disastrous, if not out-right fatal.
    The same truth applies to the Gospel–Dogma is Not Experience! “False Teachers” are those who teach truths they themselves have not experienced! Likewise, “Credentials” are Not experience! Christianity is sick from false teachers and multitudes have been “inoculated” from a True Covenant with God because False Teachers have spouted “truth without depth.” I call it “truth without depth” because the false teachers spouting it haven’t experienced it.

    I promise I will apply this to economics. But first, because I said all that, I have to say this— If Anyone comes to Christ, he will:
    A.) Meet God.
    B.) Find Peace that defies understanding.
    C.) Find Joy that’s indescribable.
    D.) Receive Infinite Assurance in your Soul that Your Eternal Destiny has been Redeemed by Almighty God.
    E.) Receive Marching Orders.

    Now, can this apply to Economics and Bankster Deviltry?

    Yes. But for that, I must not only shift gears, but open the N2O bottle-so here goes: (Nitrous Oxide is used in Internal Combustion Racing Engines–it drastically increases the amount of energy the Air-Fuel Mixture can generate.)
    So again, here goes: There are in actuality, 3 ways to view Economics.
    1.) By what the Government says.
    2.) By what the Alternate Media says.
    3.) By what God tells You, Personally.

    LOL, Bless my Living Savior. I’m Serious! Okay, so you Know, You can’t even try that without first getting into Covenant with Him. That’s what Christ dying is all about–His Blood is the Blood of the New Covenant. Through the Blood of Jesus, You Will Be in Covenant with . . . God. Once in Covenant, you will begin the Life Long Process of learning to hear His voice.

    Why is that reserved for so called, “Christians?” Because until anyone comes to God to be “QUICKENED” they will remain dead in their trespasses and sins. But it’s not simply Forgiveness, it’s being Super-Charged with the very Spirit of God. It is an Event that places one IN Christ. It is an Experience that is Astonishing, Magnificent, Humbling and earth-shattering.

    So the Key is, You can come under the Protection of the Almighty, connect with the Economy of The Kingdom of God, through the Eternal Covenant God wants to make with You, through His Resurrected Son’s Blood!

    The Economy of The Kingdom of God is available to ‘plug into.’ If you do, He will guide you with His voice. He sees the future perfectly, and is far more able to guide you through the mine-field of life in the 21st century that anyone else.

    I tell people, “Get what you can out of Church, but stick to the Lord Jesus.” And I mean that in the same vein as how I do it, which is, I’ve never received unemployment, welfare or have had to beg. I don’t mean get all the free ‘things’ you could get, but all the teaching and preaching. There was much more that God had to teach me than He could ever give me ‘under’ one man, or even one church or church group. And to submit to leadership and instruction to a true man of God is simply another way of saying, Go ahead and let yourself be coached. It’s light-years faster.

    Totally Beware! of False Teachers, who spout Dogma without Experience. Who claim Covenant without embracing the Truth we are Commissioned to be His Soldiers. Who Deny the Cross and the Death of Self. Who, “have a form of Godliness, but deny the power thereof.”

    Being in Relationship by the Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ with Father God is the only entrance to Eternal Oneness with Him. It will be a life He will Lovingly Demand to be in control of. I would encourage everyone to Surrender to the perfection He has waiting for you.

    Let me leave you with two scriptures.
    John 10:27-30
    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and nothing is able to pluck them out of my father’s hand. I and my Father are One.

    John 5:25, 28, 29
    Verily, verily, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
    Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in graves shall hear his voice, and they shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the eternal resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the eternal resurrection of damnation.

    God is Love; but He can only protect you if you go to Him in proper covenant. To not do so is to trample under foot the Blood of Jesus, which most likely, is declaring yourself an enemy of God.

    One last scripture!
    Isaiah 12:2
    Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

  • mark s mann

    Peter, nice work!

    This film was one of my favorites too. A close friend of mine and I still quote lines from this movie after over 20 years. What a classic.

    It’s truly sad to see where we are headed. I have said it before, and I just wish that there was a place and a way to go where like minded people (like those who congregate here) could flock to live / exist where everyone was capable of earning a decent living and raising a family. If I lived in a place like that, I would not be worried about too much.

    “have you ever heard the old Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish that is best served cold?…. It is very cold in space!”

    Stay Warm Brother!

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