Now this one, folks, is really really interesting... Ms. P.H. kindly send this one to me and I had to do a double take and rub my eyes, because it is roundabout corroboration of a suspicion I entertained in my book Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations, and don't be surprised if this gets a mention in the sequel, Covert Wars and the Clash of Civilizations.
So exactly what is it a roundabout corroboration of? (Patience, we'll get around to what we're talking about eventually)
For those of you who haven't read Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations, in that book I reviewed at some length the whole story of the trillions of dollars worth of gold-backed US Federal Reserve bearer bonds that keep popping up in Europe. We are reassured by our ever-truthful government that the bonds are fake, and that it's all part of a vast counterfeiting scheme dreamed up by high-scale confidence men and grifters as a part of the "prime bank private bond market" swindle.
However, as I also attempted to argue in that book, one does not counterfeit what does not exist. In other words, there had to be a kernel of an ugly truth squatting like a toad in the middle of the whole bearer bonds scandal, and the ugly truth was that there was indeed a hidden system of finance, established in the aftermath of World War Two, by the oligarchs and technocrats that were erecting the vast American military-industrial-intelligence-finance complex. It was a highly fraudulent system, but like all such schemes, worked for a while.
The sheer scale of this scheme suggested something else to me, namely, that its real hidden purpose was to be the covert funding of a very real though very hidden space program, one involving the development and operational deployment of technologies that would seem like science fiction. The problem, however, was collateralization of such a huge scheme. As a result, I suggested that whatever that program found "out there" would be the collateral for underwriting the whole scheme. It was the extension into outer space of the classic formula for exploration and expansion on Earth: finance a risky venture for a share in the proceeds from whatever was discovered. Scientists long knew from spectrographic analysis and meteors that asteroids would be a rich source of rare minerals.
Now we have these articles as very loose corroborations that my whole idea might be true:
You read that last article correctly: NASA wants to catch, move, and mine an asteroid... and that implies a technology and capacity to do so.
Now if one applies the old adage that "they" don't start talking about things publicly until some time - twenty or more years - that "they've " been doing it covertly, then what we have is a release of information that the technology feasibility studies have already been done.
Add to that a black budget in the trillions of dollars and...
...well, you get the idea.
Now let's crawl even further out on the limb of wild and woolly speculation: in Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations I speculated - on the basis of a review of the Japanese plunder of Asia during World War Two - that the amount of gold in existence in the world appeared to be so badly obfuscated that know one really knows how much there really is, and that publicly known or cited figures might be low by at least an order of magnitude. So herewith my wild and woolly speculation: what if some of it is already coming from outer space? And an even wilder and woollier speculation: what if someone else might already regard those asteroids as their territory?
Well, whether they do or don't doesn't really matter, for in the final analysis, the very fact of commercializing space in this manner also implies the need to defend those interests, so you can bet that in addition to asteroid-movers, they've already done the computer-generated blueprints for the dreadnoughts to defend them...
See you on the flip side.