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Why We Need To Fear A “Reichstag Fire” also known as a “false flag attack.”

Except it won’t be “false”.

In 1999, bombs blew up 3 apartment complexes in three different Russian cities, killing 293 people and wounding over a thousand. Similar devices were used in all bombings. A fourth, similar bomb was found and defused before it could explode. Local police arrested three FSB (the new KGB) officers for planting this last bomb.

Despite that arrest, Prime Minister Vladimar Putin, who had been elected to that office, blamed these attacks on the Caucasus Islamic Institute and used them to start the Second Chechen War. More importantly, he used these acts of terror to leverage his way into the Presidency a few months later and pass stringent laws giving him control over the populace he has never released since.

Calls for investigations were made by the Russian Parliament, of course. These were not supported by the government, which was now Putin’s controlling party. Two key legislators who pushed for investigations were later assassinated.

It is widely believe the FSB did all the bombing on Putin’s orders.

Thus we now have Putin. The man who our current President praises.

On 27 February 1933, the German parliament building, the Reichstag burned.

The German Chancellor, who was elected, was named Adolf Hitler. Arriving at the fire, he immediately proclaimed it the work of Communists. Without any proof. Hitler called it “a sign from God” that Communists were to be exterminated. The next day Hitler got President Hindenburg to sign Article 48, the Reichstag Fire Decree, which suspended most civil liberties in Germany. No more habeus corpus, no freedom of the press, no right of free association or protest, and tapping of all mail and phone. Any publications not deemed friendly to the Nazi regime were banned.

At the time of the fire, the Nazi party had roughly 33% of the vote. By suppressing Communists, they were able to increase that to 44%. Still not a majority, but enough.

By 27 March, just a month later, the Enabling Act gave Hitler the right to “rule by decree”. Hindenburg was out and Hitler was dictator. Democracy was over in Germany in just a month. We all know the results and what it took to stop this.

Historians disagree who was behind the fire. Recent evidence supports the claim that the Nazis set the fire themselves and used it to leverage Hitler into power when the majority of the country was against them and Hitler. But everyone in Germany paid the price. As well as tens of millions of others.

The United States currently has a President who was elected by a minority of the population. His rule is growing weaker by the day. He is surrounded by people whose loyalty is only to themselves and their positions and their power. His party is suppressing all attempts to investigate him for his outright lies and ties to Russia and Putin.

We know for a fact that Putin had Russia interfere in our election. We know for a fact that the current administration has extensive ties to Russia and to Russian money. Something which they have lied under oath about.

Why do we not believe we will experience our own False Flag/Reichstag/exploding apartment building moment?

However, I submit, whatever will happen will be most real. The attack will be devastating. It will bring outrage. It will most likely be blamed on “Islamic Terrorists”. And here’s the thing—it most likely will be conducted by them.

But what we need to remember is that the terrorists on Nine-Eleven had success because they were bankrolled by Bin Laden. I submit that Putin, the richest man in the world, through numerous cut outs, is in the process, or already has, bankrolled ISIS, Chechen and other terrorist organizations, who don’t care where the money is coming from, and at least one, if not more attacks are well into the planning stage against the United States. In fact, don’t be surprised if Russia is also attacked, as Putin needs to “regrip” his control over his people.

Think of the outrage a large terrorist attack will have here? President Bush, under whose watch Nine-Eleven occurred, wasn’t blamed for the attack. His popularity rating went to over 90%. He was able get the Patriot Act passed. Start a war against a country that had nothing to do with the attack.

This is history. History repeats itself.

It can happen here. It will happen here.

Unless we are vigilant and act now while we still have a democracy to right our course. And when it does happen, to not fall into the trap of outrage that will destroy our country and our way of life.

Elle– a gripping, thoughtful and controversial movie

It was not what I expected from the reviews and comments I’d read. This movie is not viewed easily and takes time to digest. In fact, I know I have to watch it again because the flow was  unexpected in so many different ways.

The Director was Paul Verhoeven, whose career includes such films as Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Starship Troopers. I thought the last one was simply awful; a terrible adaptation of Heinlein’s book so I wasn’t optimistic. Not that Showgirls was much good either. I thought Robocop was better than a lot of people critiqued it– something that we will see coming true. Basic Instinct– eh, not too thrilled.

But this was different than all of them. Very psychological. While the core of the movie is rape, I think it’s much more complex than that. It’s about people. All of them bringing their ego and narcissism to the table, yet also bringing an ability occasionally get out of themselves. Like real life. There were some scenes I didn’t buy off on, but since I’m a man, duh, I’ll refrain from commenting, although my wife agreed with me. And she’s smarter than me.

I was surprised to read that it was initially considered for filming in America. I just don’t see that. I thought it very much a French film. Isabelle Huppert was superb in a very difficult role. Definitely deserved her Oscar nomination.

What we take out of a book or show or film is tainted by what we bring to it: our perspective. One thing striking me lately is the ability of people to get out of themselves at critical times. When someone else is in crisis. The ability, or lack of it, at those times, is an insight into true character. I believe we get to know who someone really is in a crisis. This movie had many of those moments.

Lots of twists and turns in the plot. Definitely worth watching.

The key to the film was honesty. I showed people, as they really are. And that can be very disturbing.

Two paws up from Cool Gus.

The Key Phrase to Remember: SURVIVAL

This is an abbreviated  excerpt from Prepare Now-Survive Later and worth a read.

The most important tool for survival is having the right mindset. All the training, preparation, information, tools, etcetera, are useless without the will to survive. This will is birthed from having the right mindset.

Don’t be intimidated. The will to survive is in every person. Luckily, for most of us, we haven’t had to tap into it. But when you have to, you will. Human beings are amazingly adaptable. I’ve talked to people who say: If it’s that bad, I don’t want to survive. But my experience says you’ll react differently.

The word Survival provides you with the first letters of the keys you need.

S: Size up the situation, your surroundings, yourself, and your equipment

Focus on what exactly is the threat in order of priority? This might seem obvious, but consider the situation in Japan in 2011. The initial event was the earthquake. That, however, wasn’t the primary threat. The resulting tsunami caused much more devastation. And following that, the problems at the nuclear plants presented immense issues that are still having an effect.

Size up your surroundings: When in a situation, tune in to the environment. Wherever you are, you are part of a system. This is key to survival. You don’t want to fight your environment; you want to work with it. There is a pattern to nature. In an urban environment there are also patterns. Make note of the patterns and also focus on any time the pattern is disturbed.

Size up yourself: Have you, or someone on your team, been hurt or wounded? Often, in the initial rush of a trauma, we miss potentially lethal injuries.

Keep yourself healthy. Dehydration, which we’ll cover under water, is a major problem that can easily be avoided. Notice how this is emphasized in The Hunger Games. The first piece of advice the mentor gives to the two candidates from his district is to find water. We can survive quite a while without food, but water is critical. Cold and wet are also enemies that you have to monitor and deal with.

Size up your equipment: What do you have? What can you get? What condition is your equipment in?

U – Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste

Use all your senses. A key trait, which mystifies many people, is called 6th sense. Great point men in the army are valued for this trait. They’ll be leading a patrol along a trail and suddenly stop. Something has alerted them, but they can’t pinpoint it right away. We all have 6th sense, but many of us don’t pay attention to it. 6th sense is one or more of your other 5 senses picking up something real and alerting your subconscious. You actually saw or smelled or felt something, but didn’t consciously register it. Trust that feeling. Focus and shift whatever it is to your conscious mind. Listen, smell, taste, touch, see. All are critical.

Undue haste makes waste: Unless you are in imminent danger, slow down and think things through. Panic is a killer. If you don’t think and plan, you could do the wrong thing and in some cases cause a “no do-over” action, which is usually fatal. Don’t take an action or move just for the sake of doing something. Every action and movement must have a purpose.

R – Remember Where You Are

Know your location at all times. Also, know where the people on your team are. Stay oriented. Often you can use significant terrain features for that, whether it be a coastline, a mountain range, a river. They can also give you boundaries.

V – Vanquish Fear and Panic

Courage is acting in the face of fear. We are all capable of being heroes. And it’s easier to be a hero when you’re prepared, which you will be.

Don’t let your imagination run too far in a fatalistic direction, much like the one soldier in Aliens who kept screaming “We’re all going to die.” You don’t want someone like that on your team.

Think about times in your life when you were in a crisis. How did you react? How did those people you want on your team react in a crisis? How someone reacts in a crisis gives you a very good idea of someone’s core personality type in a survival situation.

Panic and fear also drain your energy. You’re not focused on what needs to be done; you’re focused on what could possibly go wrong. One way to help lower fear and panic is to be prepared, have a plan, and practice aspects of survival training so you build your confidence.

Which you’re doing right now, by reading this.

I – Improvise

Look at the things around you with a different mindset in a survival situation. What might have one particular use in civilization can have a very different use in a survival situation.

No matter how well prepared you are, in an extended emergency, some of your gear will wear out. How can you use other objects around you? We’ll cover some readily available objects and how they can be turned into other useful tools. I cover scavenging in Survive Now-Thrive Later because it’s mostly over-looked, yet is a key phase during extreme emergencies.

V – Value Living

The will to survive. You have it; tap into it.

Two men with similar, survivable wounds. One lived and one died. What was the difference? The one who lived wanted to with every atom of his being. The one who died succumbed to his fear and pain. He didn’t value his life enough.

We tend to be creatures of comfort. Civilization has advanced to the point where few people have the day to day survival skills that many people had just a few generations ago. We buy our food prepared and pre-packaged. Our water comes from a tap. Electricity is taken as a given, rather than a precarious luxury. However, don’t let that make you think you can’t handle a survival situation.

One thing I have seen is that when people value living, they adapt surprisingly quickly. Most of our life consists of habits. When we are forced to change our habits, we rapidly adopt new ones.

No matter how hard it gets, never quit.

A – Act Like the Natives

If you are out of your natural environment, then observe those around you, both human and animal. Those that are native to the area have adapted to it. What do they eat? Where do they get their food and water? Are there places they avoid? What are their customs and habits? Remember, even customs that seem very strange, often have a very practical root.

Watching animals is key. They also need water, food and shelter. Animals can also be an alert for the presence of other humans. And they can alert others to your presence.

If you are a stranger, gain rapport with the locals. In order to get respect, you have to show respect first.

L – Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills

There are skills you need to practice, actions you need to rehearse before having to use them in an emergency. I  highlight these skills in both Prepare Now and Survive Now. Preparation is the key to success, both in terms of equipment and training.

Cool Gus and I hope you find this useful!

Prepare Now–Survive Later

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