Has disaster crapitalism come to Australia? There are now several brush fires in the state of New South Wales, and one article is raising the police's, and Joseph's, suspicions:

NSW bushfires: Three charged for stealing equipment as police probe 'suspicious' blazes

Meanwhile, the fires in California are causing insurers to cancel home owner policies:

CA Insurance Exodus: Homeowner Coverage Evaporating in the Wake of the California Wildfires

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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. goshawks on November 15, 2019 at 4:41 am

    On the “CA Insurance Exodus: Homeowner Coverage Evaporating in the Wake of the California Wildfires,” that is happening in Oregon, too. One friend in So. OR was just notified that her insurance would be cancelled because of several small infractions (garage window with a taped-up hole in it, etc.). She lives on the urban-forest boundary. To me, it seemed like the insurance company was using any excuse to cancel her policy in a response to general fire claims.

    Also, in CA, it would appear that the insurance industry is reacting to the Governor’s statements that it would take a decade or two to get ‘fuels’ (trees, brush, grass) cleared beneath/near the PG&E and Edison power lines. There ought to be a ‘dead zone’ around any power lines, especially in remote areas without immediate-response teams. This should be of “Manhattan Project” scale and immediacy, not of a “Ho hum, someday…” speed.

    Finally, the insurance industry is capitalist at base. “Privatize the gains, socialize the losses” applies to them, too. Rather than cutting stock dividends, they prefer to dramatically-increase homeowner payments. And to cancel insurance if there is an increase in risk, rather than cutting stock dividends. Finally, if they have given-out too much stock dividends and get hit with massive claims, they can go bankrupt. “Oh, too bad on those claims – all the money has already been distributed to shareholders…”

    • Robert Barricklow on November 15, 2019 at 11:59 am

      That’s where the real fire sale action is.
      The industrial capitalism was replaced by financial capitalism; which is itself changing into a new form before our very eyes.

      • Robert Barricklow on November 17, 2019 at 12:28 am

        Some have coined this as techno-capitalism; the conquest of nature through social domination, created by dominant, authoritarian power through the hegemony of corporatism. If one looks at a review of critical scholarship today; all to often, it reveals a vested interest, a topic-based biases, coupled w/secrecy, and more common than most academics are willing to acknowledge. They need to find the strength to oppose injustice and pathologies that contemporary society imposes on us.
        The advance of technological live-mass-experimentations threatens to turn society into a laboratory where we’re all lab rats.

  2. DownunderET on November 14, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Although Joseph did go out onto the end of the twig, but he can only go on what the article said. Saying that I’d like to correct some of the article. The fires have been mostly in “rural” and “national parks”, so these areas are not going to change their “classification”, so forget the penny’ on the dollar buy spree.
    The guys who stole uniforms were not starting the fires, they went into remote areas and ordered the people to leave their houses, then ransacked the houses, looting if you will.
    There has been NO “programmed” power cuts, yes there has been some but not for the reasons outlined in California.
    Hope that clears up some of the banter.

    • zendogbreath on November 15, 2019 at 1:09 am

      What happened to those looters with uniforms, papers and all? How did they get them? If memory serves this isn’t the first time nor place this trick was played.

  3. marcos toledo on November 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Here in the Caribbean, they use hurricanes to do the dirty work fire is used in more drier areas. Just wondering when they will be using plagues to do the clearing of us deplorables.

  4. June O'Brien on November 14, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Also reconfiguring population patterns. And I read yesterday that Oregon Forestry is suggesting unlimited clear cuts without pre assessment.

  5. Robert Barricklow on November 14, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Nice when through various business/regulated mechanisms/paper trails ownership of insurance companies, power utilities can set the fires literally; and/or figuratively, by un-insuring targeted homes. Also having the political control to gather personnel/documents to be in the right place at the right time, w/political cover being provided

  6. Wlfgang on November 14, 2019 at 10:38 am

    My Heart goes out to those in CA and AU that are impacted by this – just devastating. The reference to NOLA is interesting and the corruption of that area is well depicted in HBO’s Treme Series that is gritty, funny, and very serious about how the developers all moved in post Katrina. They were somehow able to get millions of dollars from the government to bulldoze houses without owner permission while those owners got pennies on the dollar for some houses that had been in their family for many generations, Then they could not buy back into those areas. Many had to leave the state in order to find jobs and or housing and never came back. This seems one link in a change of many strategies to continue the march towards a communist US in the daylight.

    • goshawks on November 15, 2019 at 1:06 am

      Wlfgang, with all due respect, you might want to read The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (2007). In that book, Ms Klein makes it very clear that it is the capitalists (well, the evil ones, anyway) who swoop-in and take advantage of any disaster – often at the expense of the local population. (I would opine that the next level ‘up’ – the shadowy figures directing the money flows – simply use Capitalism/Socialism/Communism for their overall objectives.)

      • zendogbreath on November 16, 2019 at 10:54 pm

        Klein was probably the first mainstream decent author I read that acknowledged in detail Bluebird/MK-Ultra. If memory serves she interviewed that Canadian woman who barely survived some of Cameron’s worst crimes. Makes me think these folk are experimenting more on how to make any and all criminal disasters profitable. Like they are focused not so much on how to be monsters as they are on how to make monstrosities profitable.

  7. anakephalaiosis on November 14, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Pope says, that those, who are not splashed, get burned in hell.

    Pope says, that those, who do not pay tribute, get burned in hell too.

    Pope says, that those, whom he considers heathens, he can burn at the stake.

    Saint Peter’s insurance company!

  8. Laurent on November 14, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Everyone’s up so early today!

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