9/11+20: America’s (Still) Soft Underbelly

Much somber discussion and recall this weekend. But around here, something more.  The realization that despite billions, if not trillions spent on the National Security State, America is just loaded with weak underbellies waiting for someone to attack.

Perhaps related to the calendar, we’ll cover our new “Exceptional Fear Indicator” based on market action in the Aggregate Index.

A series of remarks from my Consigliere who has been thinking long and hard about this.  As you’ll see, the opportunity for terrorism can never be truly eliminated.  For where there’s evil, there’s a way.

Not much more chipper, today’s ChartPack updates out likely Crash date pick for this fall.  We need to have that “preserving “widow and orphan money” discussion again.  The kind we had in the late summer of 2008 when you could already feel the financial underpinnings beginning to shake.

More coffee?  A few headlines?  Then we’re look at and see what’s to be learned from looking back.

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36 thoughts on “9/11+20: America’s (Still) Soft Underbelly”

  1. Today is a sad day in America’s history.

    Yes, 9/11 was a monumental national nightmare. But today, on this hallowed day, the sadness of that tragedy is amplified by Biden’s DHS secretary Mayorkas, who has declared that the biggest threat to Americans now comes from within:

    “While foreign terrorist groups and their radical ideologies remained an important priority, in more recent years the most significant and persistent terrorism-related threat to our homeland became the domestic violent extremist, the individual whose radicalization to violence is borne of an ideology of hate or false narrative often spread on social media or other online platforms. ”

    I wonder – might Secretary Mayorkas be referring to the violent Antifa and BLM proponents? Yeah, right! Anyone who votes Independent or GOP, who thinks Biden is an incompetent puppet, or who believes the election might have had some glaring irregularities is the extremist threat to this idiot. “Divided we fall” seems to be the current progressive game-plan, as the internal chaos allows them to collectively remain in power. Meanwhile, America’s enemies smell the blood in the water.

  2. Wow G- Im blown away by Ure research content this AM. 2 words for the community this morning – GAMMA RADIATION.

    We – USA/citizens are being bombarded everyday with dangerous levels of the nasties. Reactors in USA are deadly and deteriorating – Max Safe Level 20,000,000 CPM – last weeks readings;
    93,000,000 CPM – Billings,MT
    91,000,000 CPM – Raliegh,NC
    89,000,000 CPM Colorado Springs, CO
    88,000,000 CPM Augusta ,GA
    77,000,00 CPM NYC,NY
    *Bob Nichols

    All nukes in US are cooking too hot – NRG’s frm space? – Shut em down, NOW! allowing for 5 year cookoff..cooked alive https://youtu.be/UU-g1_V7X44

    Kinda like this market -“cooked’ The machines are in control, algos running the whole kit and kapoodle. Here is how the coot is tracking the slow mo crash – by charting 4 techs; mrsofty ,sourcebook, evilgoogleworx, rottenapple – each down 2% this Friday to last Friday close..sourcebook UNCH and rotten down 3% .
    – Why these 4 – cause they represent large % of DOW – when they move, it moves the needle. So to the coots old brighter than light eyes – the “crash” already be upon us..trade accordingly. ; )

  3. Having an engineering degree does not an engineer make, nor does having the word “engineer” in a job title mean that you are a capable of engineering a pinhole in a paper bag. Typically most large projects like power plants are run by professional “managers” who have staffs of estimators schedulers, purchasing agents, consulting brother-in-laws, and of course, customers advising them on how little money they can get away with spending, and who should be on the bidders lists. If any of these characters are real engineers, it is usually happenstance. Many companies are evading regulatory rules by employing low-bid engineering consultants from offshore, whose qualifications and credentials usually fit in the consulting brother-in-law category. In Texas, for instance, the job title “Project Engineer” is regulatorily exempt from any requirements for qualifications or credentials of any sort.
    When the real engineers and designers start their work, they are under so many budget, schedule and AML (Acceptable Manufacturer’s List) constraints from the get-go that they are simply along for the ride in many cases. It isn’t necessarily just the real engineers who you shouldn’t trust, it’s all the rest of the corrupt rabble who are skimming off the process.

    • When I first got my PE license in the early 1990s Recruiters were coming from Texas to sit in motel rooms and interview anyone with a license because the Texas legislature passed a law that anyone with a job title that said Engineer had to have a degree that said Engineer, and had to have a licensed Engineer somewhere in the management chain.
      In Alabama it swung one way as a court ruling said only a licensed Engineer could testify in court or offer opinions on technical matters in court. Then it swung back when the PhDs in the university’s protested. I remember when I was in school there were people with MS degrees on staff but all of the engineering faculty was licensed.
      Now both my school and the one across the state have PhDs in every chair but only a handful are licensed. I don’t know what it is about taking those tests but they do not want to do that.
      One thing I see now in Engineering is they do not go to the field, but sit at their terminal all day and look up “trends” and data. When asked for a survey of an area, they go to Google Maps and get everything off the maps to 8 decimal places.
      When they turn in a report with that many decimals I always ask to see the measuring instrument they used to measure that item.
      I asked a new engineer to go to the storehouse and bring me a 2″ 150lb slip on flange.
      He said he found them but none of them weighed that much they were only a pound or two. I went and got it myself. When I had time I showed him the writing on the edge.
      They are out there building our bridges and skyscrapers.

      • In Texas, PE’s are expert witnesses, and non-PE’s are just chatting. In practical terms, the Texas courts are supposed to give PE’s the same level of credence as a police investigator, especially for forensic testimony. In practice, the cops and their lawyer gang bosses make sure that the engineer never steps into the witness box, if they suspect he may have different opinion than they do. I suspect a PE could claim to be an expert witness in professional ethics, which would be a real problem for competing bully credentials and false witness.
        The minimum educational background to get a PE license in Texas is a BS degree in something or other. I have observed that chemists and physicists make good engineers. I have run into a few degreed mathematicians with licenses.
        In other lands, being classified as an “engineer” is as much a class distinction as a job description. To be an engineer is to be someone. A large portion of my days are spent dealing with comments from offshore engineers whose credentials are suspect, and have obviously never set foot in an industrial facility beyond the front office conference room.
        Lack of practical hands-on training, and over-reliance on thin paper credentialism is becoming a systemic problem. And when you are dealing with offshore credentials, there is no real way to verify. The PE license testing is a lot more political than one would think, and the testing requirements waffle in and out of existence. I value verified experience and professional referrals over paper credentials. In general, a graduated engineer needs to spend 15 – 20 years working under close supervision of seasoned PE’s before they are ready to take on that level of responsibility. Giving a PE license to someone 5 years out of college is not a good situation.

    • “does having the word “engineer” in a job title mean that you are a capable of engineering a pinhole in a paper bag”

      Engineers are IDEA men.. they visualize then give their ideas to those that build and in theory build a better project.. that is why I am pretty confident that my last words will be.. OH SHIT THAT DIDN”T WORK..
      they learn the working knoweledge of theory and practicality.. ( don’t tell that one to a mechanic.. they put simple things like oil filters in some pretty strange and hard to work on places on motors)
      All the piece of paper does is allows you to hang it on the wall and gain a better income status..
      like I told the GK’s get the degree hang it on the wall.. you already know how to build something ..

  4. Bush is on TV everywhere. That’s how sick America is right now.

    I’m going out on a limb, the 911 Saudi lawsuit will never resolve. It was false catnip for “the families” from the beginning.

    • You got it. Catnip. We still can’t see all the info on who assassinated Kennedy, you think they release the “goods” so fast cause Biden said so?

      OAN, controlled opposition cause you know American citizens are never going to be allowed the truth to blare 24/7 on a Tele Vee program. No mention of the dancing, celebrating, taping the demolition of the towers, riding around in a van with explosives Israelis pretending to be Palestinians, AKA, Arabs.

      But I digress, had Ass ole, wouldn’t testify under oath, no tape recording allowed, had to go in with Cheney, stalled, and underfunded the 911 Commission, Ole Goat reading Bush and Mr. Billionaire Pull It, Silverstein, on, who had a sweet wifey BS sob story, nicely forgetting to mention Bldg 7 and how he told “them” to pull it because there had been so much loss of life. That’s what 911, 20 years later has turned into – celebration of liars rewriting history by eliminating FACTS.

      • I have an image of a fireman standing atop WTC rubble with a huge vertical I-beam behind him. The I-beam had a diagonal cut with flowing metal dripping down like candle wax… an obvious thermite ‘demolition cut’ designed to slide apart under weight. All the proof I needed.

  5. Nukes:
    You gave a great summary of near catastrophes and outlined what could / would! happen if it gets as bad as it could. Cross your fingers.

    It seems every 16 – 18 or years a bad nuclear power event occurs. We’re due.

    But did I miss one of, if not thee worst issues, the wastes. No way to hold them no way to use them and they last essentially forever. It’s unavoidable they will destroy.

    But change the subject to bombs. A nuke plant going really bad is a nuclear bomb.

    Speaking of generals fighting the last war, the Q to ask is why do nations have 1,000s of N warheads?

    They seem to think it’s like dropping a 250# bomb. Wipes out a building or bridge then life goes on.

    4 – 5 nukebombs would send the U.S. back to the “Little House of the Prairie” era. 3 – 4 Russia or China.

    Your piece was getting to the following.

    Think of Minnesota. A nuke explodes over the Lakestreet Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Two entire counties gone in a flash.

    The very large lake that was the Mississippi River, is totally radioactive. Nuclear lake fills, river continues; all users of the river to the Gulf are without water. Even aquifers of no use. The gulf itself is dead.

    Depending on which way the wind is blowing at the time, the radioactive ‘cloud’ will go south to Madison, WI, and less amounts of death clear to Chicago. Lake Michigan and rivers between are essentially permanently radioactive. If going north, everything to Duluth including Lake Superior is history.

    1,000s of miles of prime farmland of no use. No food and other materials shipping. No barges going north or south.

    Same would happen almost anywhere. Same for a power plant.

    • “It seems every 16 – 18 or years a bad nuclear power event occurs. We’re due.”

      Seriously.. they are still sweating over the Fukishima disaster..
      The problem is.. we know a lot about it or we think we know a lot about it.. but in reality we don’t have a clue.. we can make it work.. we know some of the dangers.. but still lack the understanding of it.. I am not in favor of nuclear reactor power plants.. one big one.. like cow farts.. ok you got the bags of gas.. what do you do with it.. when it goes rogue.. we are in deep sht and we know it.. we can sort of control it.. but if the end of that high pressure water hose breaks off.. that dam hose becomes extremely hard to handle and control.. ( fukishima) with water spraying everywhere.. that is why I won’t buy fresh caught fish off of the PNW or even visit there.. even though were we are now we still get to eat a little fukishima in the morning eggs.. and coffee.

    • You really need to go back and read the Congressional Studies from some 50 years ago on the impcts of a nuclear exchange between the US and the USSR. Great perspective.

  6. “More coffee? A few headlines? Then we’re look at and see what’s to be learned from looking back.”

    For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield sang about protesters, and “there’s a man with a gun over there” (who probably loves the Constitution and Bill of Rights,) telling the protesters to “Beware.” – not really enemies. But you know, “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.


    But, what’s that Sound?

    Testing 1. 2. …. Testing ….


    Who’s “We?”


    Stop Children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down ….

  7. Good engineering never relies on humans and power being present for thousands of years going forward! Anything that won’t fail passively is a terrible design, though there are exceptions in the very short term, such as aircraft. Even most aircraft are designed to have dynamic stability for a while, and none are radioactive by design!

    Nuclear plants are much more dangerous than bombs, since they’re the gift that keeps on giving. Bombs vaporize their core in a moment of uncontrolled criticality and then it’s all over but the fallout. Nuclear power plants without active cooling fission on for the foreseeable future. They also have incredibly large amounts of fuel – no aircraft could even begin to carry it all! Passive shutdown designs for nuclear reactors do exist, but they’re rare. The PWR is the most common design today. Let’s not even think about the overloaded cooling pools that have no chance of remaining functional without active cooling. Even without war, these things are ticking away each day. What if covid or anything else took out most of the trained operating staff? At some point, we may have to bite the bullet and shut down even the better level of these plants simply because we can’t secure them or run them properly, and the risk becomes untenable.

    I remember the Fort Calhoun flooding and I think I even commented on it here. I seem to recall that there was a crisis within the crisis about actually having to get fuel through the floodwaters to the generators. The news didn’t make that big a deal about it, though Fukushima Diachi was still in the news, and my background counts were twice normal here in the USA. Today at least, the current CPM is 19 on my everyday non-pancake geiger. I’d read the book “We almost lost Detroit” years ago, but didn’t realize that it’s still being actively cooled and is not yet failsafe! This is criminal neglect IMHO. At the least, we as a species owe it to the rest of Nature not to make our planet uninhabitable. This is something we can work on, unlike “climate change” which is largely beyond our control.

  8. I cannot comment officially but my program has no secrets, and a robust “Lessons Learned” program and database where ever problem encountered at one site is immediately known by all sites.
    Meanwhile site out west is 77% complete and on schedule and sight back east is 31″ complete and on schedule. We’re all working ourselves out of jobs as fast as we can!

  9. Sorry guys – 9/11 not a classic terrorist event – unless you want to consider the insiders in Washington, DC the terrorists. I would have a hard time believing that anyone bright enough to find their way to George’s site would believe the ‘official’ narrative (kind of like believing the official narrative around so called covid).

    So, 9/11 was a false flag. Terrorists? Yes, but not a bunch of people master minding the event in caves in Afghanistan (more likely board rooms in NYC and DC). Osama – he was not killed by a Navy Seal Team. Again, another false narrative. Oh well, life goes on with lots of very apparent lies all around us – and people often just nodding to whatever the broadcasts are saying on CNN.

  10. Second Law of Thermodynamics. Nothing’s getting better. Everything’s getting worse. Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. We’re all gonna die.
    Now, who wants pie?

  11. Hey George, remember Cliff talking about Alien Wars? What’s the fight over? A. _____.

    We get great technology but, with a price. Species that have evolved since “The Dude” only knows when, ain’t stupid. We humans on the other hand, are naive and greedy.

    Use to worry about the country being taken over … but since sh*t’s gone global, think what ya want and you’re probably right.

    Can’t control’em, on to plan B.

    Got nuclear power plants spread out like flea bombs in an old house. And yeah, the age old question … “what if” there’s no one to maintain them correctly? Well, the fleas die.

    Nobody presents those questions in the beginning … they throw caution to the side and f*cking wing it. Damn, and here we are, getting close to the threshold of the old house … maybe.

    But if those canisters do go off, I’m sure (someone) has an app for that. Clean up in three easy steps. Probably not their first rodeo.

    Divine inspiration, isn’t always divine. Sometimes the wrong word goes in the right ear. But they don’t know that.

    Who ever “we” is, is getting awe fully impatient. – That’s some scary sh*t.

    Must be a reason “they” want everyone vaccinated, from a virus that has a 99% survival rate … while discrediting medications that will help. And firing healthcare workers, during a time of healthcare worker shortages. – when health care needs everyone they can get. Don’t make much sense, far as I can tell.

    And people rally this, as if Covid is the only illness out there. Just wait till some of them get a kidney stone and can’t get in the hospital because beds are full of covid patients. That’ll teach them.

    It’s like slow motion suicide … and it’s been building for years. Decades, at least.

    Stay well. Stay safe George. We’re all in this sh*t show together.

  12. Comrades,

    Civilization 101 – Caveperson smashes rock with implement. Granted to us, our allegedly advanced society self-destructing via out-of-control atom splitting seems counter-intuitive. Likely that’s how the rock felt as we can glimpse through Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose’s great work “Response in the Living and Non-Living” published in 1901 in London.

    Look at this! The knaves of Tehran have jumped on the Forbes report about Mr. Biden deep-sixing Afghan War cost details. https://jamejamonline-ir.translate.goog/fa/news/1336794

    It’s kind of ironic that they would quote Forbes which is now 95% owned by Chinese interests since last year. Mr. John Forbes Kerry must be thinking his family on the maternal side hasn’t had such a big payday from China since great-great grandaddy participated in the Bengal drug trade turning China into a giant opium den for addicts triggering the First and Second Opium Wars. And we wonder why now China can’t seem to get a handle on fentanyl exports to the West?

    As for nuclear plants, Mr. Gates made it pretty clear in his book that nuclear power has the green light into the future. Climate Czar Mr. Kerry, blessed with keen Heinz-sight, doubtless agrees.

    The more things change, the more things remain the same? It’s all one merry-go-round, folks. Hang on and enjoy the ride.

    By the way, did all you peeps friendly to your 2nd Amendment take note that your Commander-in-Chief has embargoed importation of Russian ammunition to the USA for a minimum 12 month period going forward from Sept. 7, 2021?

  13. “George, have you ever counted up how much oil crosses the Mississippi? How many gas lines, petrochemical, barges, bridges, rail lines? It would be havoc and we aren’t prepared for it…”

    There’s something like 2.5 million miles of petroleum and natural gas pipelines in the world. OVER HALF of all of them are located in CONUS. It is utterly astounding, how many run East-West, and under the Mississippi River.

  14. “Including – dare I say it? A lot of genius level engineers who are willing to look at their works in a larger context than the property lines circumscribed by a project plan.”

    I know of NO engineer who would do less than their best. Engineering is a competition one holds versus themselves. The competition is to first, solve the problem, then second, refine the solution to make it elegant.

    Engineers have issues in two areas. First, when they’re presented a problem which is genuinely insoluble based on physical constraints. Second, and much more common, is when they solve for “A,” only to have the beancounters step in and tell them they have to rework the solution, to make it fit within an (often arbitrary) budget constraint.

    One thing about nearly all modern engineers: They lack the type of imagination required to truly think “outside the box” or think outside the params of the defined project plan. This is why the esoteric project, if it is to be successful, will have an idea guy sitting on the engineers and driving them in directions they are not aware they can explore.

  15. “bioweapon release”

    If the bioweapon release alley is the one to go down, that means the Vaxx antidote is legit. Government really is trying to save us.

    The Government Vaxx (Operation Warp Speed) is good and life giving.

    Alphas Trump & Arnold S. did it.

  16. Well since George brought that up, I will say I am not an official spokesperson of a government program, where for the last 25 years or so I have a hand in destroying WWII/Korean War Era Chemical Weapons and Nerve Agents.

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