Mr. D.W. sent along this article with his own speculations as to what it may mean, and I want to pass those along as well, because I happen to share them as today's "high octane speculation." First, let it be noted that this article is from Russia's online magazine, Sputnik, and it appears to be as mystified by some of Defense Secretary Mattis's remarks as we are. We'll get back to that "appears" part in a moment. Here's the article:

Cryptic Mattis Says US Has Weapons to Strike DPRK Without Endangering Seoul

The remarks of Secretary Mattis that have fostered the speculations are these:

But Mattis has hinted that the Pentagon has a few tricks up its sleeve that could prevent such a counterstrike. When asked during a Monday press conference, "is there any military option the U.S. can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk?" Mattis responded in the affirmative.

"Yes, there are, but I will not go into details," said the retired four star general, who in the past had stated that war with North Korea would "involve the massive shelling of an ally's capital [Seoul], which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth."

"There are many military options, in concert with our allies that we will take to defend our allies and our own interests," Mattis went on to cryptically state. (Emphasis added)

The mystery compounded when an astute reporter - unidentified in the article - asked for clarification:

Either Mattis is bluffing, or he knows something that we don't. He did make a comment that may have hinted at what he had in mind. "Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul. Are we talking kinetic options as well?" a reporter asked him.

"Yes, I don't want to go into that," Mattis replied. "Kinetic military action" is a euphemism referring to lethal military force such as airstrikes (usually contrasted to electronic warfare.) (Emphasis added)

It's that reference to "kinetic weapons" that disturbs, and as Mr. D.W. pointed out in his email to me, Sputnik "tones down" its analysis here, taking "kinetic weapons" to mean simply conventional air strikes, which, however, it does not limit to conventional airstrikes. Sputnik is choosing its words very carefully, calling "kinetic military action" a "euphemism referring to lethal military force such as airstrikes", presumably using smart bombs. But such language implies there are other forms of "kinetic weapons", much more destructive ones, one of which is the so-called "rod of God" technology.

The idea behind this is rather simple: "rods of God" are simply a space-based non-nuclear weapons platform - such as a rail gun, for example - that would fire a "rod" or projectile of dense inert matter at extreme velocities. The sheer force of the kinetic impact of a massive object at extreme velocities would cause a massive explosion and a deep crater. They would, in effect, have the potential to cause explosions of a size of a small nuclear weapon (though, again, they could be made to be quite large, theoretically), with none of the nasty aftereffects, such as radioactive fallout, from a nuclear weapon. It would be, if one may so put it, similar to snagging a small asteroid and launching it toward some point on the planet's surface.

Mr. D.W. when he shared this article recalled, in his email, the strange explosions at Chinese chemical plants a few years ago, and indeed, I blogged and talked in a few interviews about the possibility that these might have been caused by some space-based kinetic weapons bombardment technology. I wasn't the only one speculating in this fashion; others were pointing out the enormous craters, which looked to be deep craters, when these explosions occurred, not the type of crater signature one would normally associate with an accidental chemical explosion. They looked somewhat like something had penetrated to a certain depth in the surface. Bunker-busting bombs would be one possibility, "rods of God" another. Accidental chemical explosions, maybe.

The platforms for such bombardment weapons need not be permanently space-based. The U.S. Air Force has been pursuing projects for a "global bomber" that have be launched from the surface, hypersonically flown to any point on the globe to launch precisely such a kinetic weapon, and return and land like an ordinary aircraft. Indeed, this idea stems from the global rocket-glider bomber of Nazi engineer Ernst Saenger during World War Two, and there is some indication that actual construction work was begun on such a technology.

Which brings us back to the Sputnik article. Assuming it is an accurate reporting of the exchange between the reporter and Secretary Mattis, then it should give one pause. Normally, when one speaks of airstrikes, one would use that language to describe the "options." Airstrikes, in modern conventional parlance, would typically include smart bombs, cruise missiles, and so on. When one says "kinetic weapons," something else entirely is implied,  one has something entirely different in mind, something like "rods of God."  If this parsing of the exchange is accurate, and again, assuming the article is reporting accurately, then Mr. Mattis' response - "Yes, I don't want to go into that," is a stunning admission that platforms exist - orbital or otherwise - to deliver them. And in any case, regardless of the platform, it will most likely be space-launched if not space-based, simply in order to achieve the tremendous velocities needed to give the weapon its strategic and operational "punch."

In short, Secretary Mattis may have just admitted the weaponization of space is not a future event, but a present reality. Either way, there's no doubt in my mind that the analysts in Moscow knew exactly what he was saying, and no doubt in my mind that similar conclusions may be running through the minds of the analysts in North Korea.

See you on the flip side...


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Sandygirl on September 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Marcos posted a few times after the first hurricane, I was watching for him. Hopefully he’s ok!

    For some reason MSM has not been covering the hurricanes and earthquake damage much, all are major disasters yet President Trump still gets top billing. I just find it odd they aren’t pushing it more or asking for donations. It’s usually rah rah USA – go team.

    • Robert Barricklow on September 24, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      He certainly did. I was happy to see it.
      Yet, the next one was more devastating;
      and I wonder if the island was in someone’s crosshairs?
      Hopefully, he’ll post soon.

  2. Charles Smarr on September 24, 2017 at 11:55 am

    The introduction of the B1-B Lancer bomber to the North Korean theater might be a clue. It has the payload at altitude to launch a theoretical sub orbital weapon. It could also carry a version of the laser weapons that could knock down missiles. I don’t see how anything could spare Seoul and the DMZ from the flashback though.

  3. goshawks on September 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    (First of all, the absurd rhetoric being flung-around leads me to an observation that the entire scenario is false; it is only a diversion to keep the sheeple off important subjects like the Fed, financial collapse, SSP, aliens, etc.)

    If the rhetoric is taken seriously (gag), then protecting Seoul from massive bombardment is a matter of taking-out most of the 10,000 artillery pieces within range of Seoul. I did a long article over at The S@ker, where I showed that NK artillery would deliver 3,000,000-4,000,000 rounds into the Seoul area within an hour, with 3,000-4,000 artillery pieces basically running out of ammunition rather than being taken-out. This was in the face of aerial strikes from 300-400 aircraft conducting three sorties over an hour (optimistic) and destroying around 1,500 artillery pieces per group-sortie. So, the ‘situation’ is unsolvable with conventional weaponry…

    Basically, you are talking-about ‘cleansing’ an area twenty miles deep by sixty miles wide in 5-10 minutes. Most of the NK artillery is in concrete-reinforced caves/bunkers, so that also has to be factored-in.

    In my humble opinion, ‘Rods from God’ are too local. You would have to have multi-thousands to ‘cleanse’ the area. However, a few dozen ‘bunker buster’ burrowing nukes would do the trick. The shockwaves would do the ‘cleansing’ rather than the explosion itself. Radioactivity would stay underground.

    Seoul would even find itself with a ‘demilitarized zone’ 20-30 miles wide due to radioactivity in the ground.

    Mattis may have been talking about the above. Dr. Strangelove would be proud…

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Yes that works as well. But the locality of “rods of God” is a function of mass and velocity, so the effect can be made, theoretically, quiet large.

  4. WalkingDead on September 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Well, another “end of the world”, “Armageddon” prediction come and gone and we’re still here, so far; and I think we would spot Planet X a loooooong way off if it were anywhere nearby. The Earth remains a globe and hasn’t gone flat yet. N. Korea’s short, rotund, magnificent leader hasn’t destroyed us with his nuclear arsenal; and it’s pretty much business as usual.
    Life goes on….

    • gizadeathstarcommentator on September 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Some say that the reason for the heavy chemtrailing is to block us from seeing Planet X. This website is dedicated to Planet X sightings and here’s an article with photos

      It is said that the cabal is required to warn us of what is coming though they do their best to obfuscate the message. Have you see the ‘public warning’ message given during the ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Spanish Steps in Rome on the day of the 2016 autumn equinox? If not, here is a video:

  5. Robert Barricklow on September 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve been viewing North Korea like China’s Israel.
    Admiral Mullen referred to Israel as those crazies in a box.
    Those crazies stir up a lot of trouble in their theatres.
    However; Israelis are invading countries with occupying forces. Their deceitful shadow reaches worldwide.
    Still, crazies can get away with things sane nations can’t.
    Especially when empires find them useful tools
    [but in Israel’s case who is the dog’s tail?].

  6. Margaret on September 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Marcos has not posted in the blogs recently. I miss his daily succinct comments. I pray he came through Hurricane Maria OK down in Puerto Rico.

    • Don B on September 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      I read somewhere that the power will be out for several more days, but echo your concerns for his and others safety both after the hurricane but now with looters and so on.

    • Robert Barricklow on September 23, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      I also check his postings daily.
      Its been a concern of mine ever since those hurricanes have been striking Puerto Rico. Powers out. The dam broke. Like of rest of the empire; third world infrastructure dependent on donations. The fat cats will get government &checks. The rest will suffer.

    • goshawks on September 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Echo your concerns. However, Jim St0ne has provided photographic evidence that Hurricane Maria was only Category 1 when it hit Puerto Rico, not a MSM-proclaimed Cat 5. (He does this with comparisons of tree damage, roof damage, etc.) So, Marcos may be dealing-with power outages & flooding, rather than that PLUS mas sive damage due to wind…

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 23, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      If I recall, Marcos may be in North America somewhere, but yes, if he’s in Puerto Rico I hope he’s ok.

  7. basta on September 23, 2017 at 7:07 am

    This whole North Korea crisis is ginned up and fake fake fake. Kim (educated in Switzerland) plays the role of Austin Powers mad dictator to perfection and Trump plays the role of blustering American militarist with brio; all we need is is a mini Kim, a white Persian cat and Henry Kissinger rolling around in a wheelchair.

    Meanwhile, the MSM’s Mighty Wurlitzer plays a tune of nuclear annihilation and the MIC justifies its $trillions earmarked for upgrading US nukes, makes the Navy still look relevant, and gets its THAADs that much closer to China.

    • DanaThomas on September 23, 2017 at 7:13 am

      I fully agree Basta

    • Bluenose on September 23, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Right on Basta

    • Joseph P. Farrell on September 23, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      I agree… but I am sad that Wurlitzer theater organs get such a bad name from all of this.

    • DaphneO on September 24, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Basta, I am inclined to agree with you.
      After all the latest event landed even closer to Russia than Japan, yet the Russians just keep saying we need dialogue.

  8. WalkingDead on September 23, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Anyone who is familiar with Poker, knows bluffing will only work for so long, eventually your bluff is going to be called. You better have the money to back it or buy the pot, or you lose big time. With 20+T in debt, I doubt we have the money to back it.
    N. Korea is in its own little sandbox, if you don’t step it in, it’s no real threat. So what is all the theater about, really. Why are we being distracted with this show. It is obvious we have lost in Syria and are walking backwards on our way out, throwing our proxies under the bus as we do so.
    We are not in any of the conflicts we’re in to win any of them; apparently they are just to feed the Military/Industrial/Surveillance Complex more and more profits at the expense of the tax payers as we spiral downwards into that totalitarian fascist state just prior to total collapse.
    We are doubling down in Afghanistan for the Opium profits and N. Korea is a competitor there. That “government” we supposedly have is not much more than a criminal cartel.
    Maybe we have “kinetic”, space based weapons; maybe we don’t. Why would you tip your hand with essentially a non threat if we do? The new series on TV, Salvation, used the meteor strike over Russia as part of its plot. Anyone out there believe that is real? Are we going to witness a miraculously timed “meteor strike” on N. Korea for that “plausible deniability” act of God? Or are we goading N. Korea into testing more underground weapons in order to have them self destruct themselves?
    The West continues is slow motion suicide while the rest of the world goes about building a better world with their one road to rule them all.

  9. Neru on September 23, 2017 at 6:59 am

    America is a disgrace for everyone to see or so one would think. I still hear many say they are thankful the world peace police is wide awake and vigilant defending all.

    God only knows what tomorrow may rain on humanities heads railguns or whatever, nasty for sure.

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