THE COMING MULTI-POLAR WORLD OF FINANCIAL CLEARING?
Today's blog is about a thought-provoking article at Zero Hedge that was noticed and passed along by E.G. (and thank you for doing so!) As always, it provokes a bit of my own high octane speculation by extension of an idea. The article, in short, deals with the ramifications of the weaponization of SWIFT, the Society for World-wide Interbank Financial Telecommunication:
Russia, Iran, & A SWIFT Nuclear First Strike
The thesis of the article is relatively simple: As the title of SWIFT indicates, it is essentially a centralized monopolistic system for international financial clearing. What happens, however, when that supposedly neutral centralized system is suddenly weaponized to force its participants into adopting policies they otherwise might not?
In fact, until a few years ago, SWIFT had no competition. And, one could argue, and in fact Sinclair did at the time, SWIFT needs no competition. This is why SWIFT expulsion was such a big deal for anyone threatened with it. The idea that anyone would ever use it as a weapon to enforce domestic policy and as a tool of diplomacy and hybrid war was unthinkable because it would begin a financial arms race no one should want to pursue.
But with its monopoly and this inertia dominating, the Swiss were left flat-footed when this happened.
The fact that the Obama administration politicized SWIFT when it did ended an era of international finance. The world financial system ended any illusions it had over who was in charge and who dictated what terms.
The problem with that is once you go there, there’s no going back, which was Sinclair’s point over a decade ago.
Threatening Switzerland with SWIFT expulsion wasn’t a sign of strength, however, it was a sign of weakness. Only weak people bully their friends into submission. It showed that the U.S. had no leverage over than the Swiss other than SWIFT, a clear sign of desperation.
And that’s what the U.S. did when it pushed the big red ‘history eraser’ button.
The Swiss knuckled under. Its vaunted banking privacy is now a part of history.
But the fallout from this action, as I've blogged about before, was that other countries - Russia for example - simply built out their own systems of financial clearing:
In fact, if you didn’t think that the Russia/China/Iran axis weren’t preparing for this outcome you would either be terminally naïve or a member of John Kerry’s Think Tank on K street. There is a desperation to this type of resolution that is hard to ignore.
Because Europe, as a major energy importer, could never survive shutting off access to Russian energy. That would truly be cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. It would either send Europe into a dark age or end SWIFT as the fulcrum on which global trade rests.
In fact, if Russia was cut out from the SWIFT system their next move would be to demand all payments for their energy through their own version of SWIFT, which is now fully functional. It would be an ‘act of war.’ That this resolution passed with just 67 against it tells me it has broad backing within the EU parliament of those in the pay of both George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and the World Economic Forum.
In other words, the politicization and weaponization of SWIFT only ended its international clearing monopoly as others built their own systems. After all - and as the article mentions repeatedly - such clearing systems are "just code," and anyone with expertise in the subject could, on paper at least, build a system of financial clearing. As I pointed out some years ago, when Russia was threatened with expulsion from SWIFT, not only did it begin to build its own system, but in the interim, Japan extended to Russia the use of its own credit card clearing systems in wide use in the Pacific. Japan, in other words, has coders. Good ones. And Japan's action was a little "message" that it could turn that system into a financial clearing system relatively easily.
And the problem is, there is no lack of people that are familiar with code.
And this brings me to today's high octane speculation. In recent months we've seen a spate of American states passing various nullification laws in anticipation of federal overreach by the Bidenenko regime. Coupled with these measures, some states have already passed, or are in the process of passing, state laws recognizing bullion coins as legal tender, and as most regular readers here are aware, Texas has passed its own state bullion depository law.
The problem is that domestically within the USA there is yet another "monopolistic", or at least highly centralized system, the Clearing House Interbank Payments System, or "CHIPS" to give it its acronym. The implication, it seems to me, is clear, for if those states passing nullification laws expect them to have any teeth, then not only will they have to put their state accounts in banks not beholden to the major banking players, but they will also inevitably have to enact some sort of clearing system as a competitor to CHIPS, for if SWIFT can be politicized and weaponized, so can CHIPS.
And while we're pondering what I'm calling the "emerging multi-polar world of financial clearing," one might ponder further possible emergent implications: why should such systems be restricted to nation-states (Russia), or ostensibly hiding behind a "monopolistic neutrality" such as SWIFT? The bankers on the Rialto in Venice basically were running international clearing, and there were several of them; Venice itself, however, had no such monopoly; it was one among many.
I suspect, in other words, that we've yet to see the end of the "emergent multi-polar world of financial clearing." I think it is a trend that could continue, especially of those American states involved in nullification efforts wake up and realize that they will need such systems of clearing. It brings me back to the strange death of Shuvro Biswas, the young coder who prior to his death was involved in AI and security systems... for financial clearing...
But there is some good news... after all, as the article maintains, it's just code...
See you on the flip side...
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Zerohedge is openly CIA operated now, right?
So if nothing else we ought to be able to guage what direction CIA is leading all narratives from ZH, right?
Was beginning to think you had done a Goshawks.
Missed your presence.
[Still hoping he’ll so up w/others like Vominto Blanco; or, Frankie, or ?]
And yes; I think most “medias” have been captured by the “CIA”.
Both, are running the global narratives of info warfare frames.
And, both are heavily invested in the covid1984 re-set op.
And, I just wonder how AI is “helping” “them”?
Robert, I seem to recall Goshawks mentioned something a few months ago about his blog. Maybe he’s tied up with that.
Probably what some folks have on their brain;
A few past contexts come together:
Fog of War did more than show McNamara admitting to lying the US into war. I think that’s where I learned of John Kenneth Galbraith working for Curtis LeMay to run, assess and adjust the bombing tactics and strategy. They concentrated on demoralizing enemy societies to remove the people’s desire for war instead of attacking infrastructure and supply lines needed for war. The bombed civilians and not so much infrastructure. One of JKG’s perspectives were formed after firebombing Dresden (the Chicago of Germany), a central rail hub. Firebombing was new. In fact what they did was worse than nukes. What JKG felt afterward was that Dresden recovered quicker after complete destruction than if they’d bombed less completely. The demolition and rebuild was easier for having completely destroyed the city.
The Corporation by Joel Bakkan and all of Smedley Butler’s thoughts made clear for me how oligarchs profit by war and are never hurt by it regardless of what the media that they own, sell to the adoring public. We are all as ever in this together, right? War (and all false flags) are cover for destruction of infrastructure that oligarchs feel is overdue for replacement. Dresden was a much more efficient transport hub after the firebombing than before.
Now consider all we have learned from sources like Doc, Brendon O’Connell, CAF and others. CAF did a great job showing us how the riots were in 38 cities with 35 of them close to Fed Rsve cites. Then she noted well how Minneapolis and Kenosha (I think) had arson that centered on areas of economic opportunity zones. Areas of cities destined to reward wealthy investors with govt funds if they buy up properties and redevelop for businesses in those areas. Areas who’s values were suddenly cut by 90% by virtue of a few riots and arson. Areas that also had the costs of demolition massively reduced by virtue of the fires. Kinda like Dresden eh?
This puts me of a mind that the oligarchs’ pattern of warfare of all kinds against the rest of humanity never attacks new beautiful infrastructure. How much damage did US infrastructure suffer in WW2? It always attacks that infrastructure that seems to be in the way of what the oligarchs want to build. Any one seen what the World Trade Center would have cost to demo and haul away without a terrist attack that no one, not even the neocons, “could have predicted?”
Right now, the US infrastructure is for the most part old and rotten. Take a ride on interstates, especially on the east coast. Look at all the structures that were built and not as far advanced as the World Trade Center. Then consider China’s rail system. And Japan’s. Why would oligarchs let any damage come to these places or to Taiwan? Where is the world’s most advanced, most prolific and most powerful industrial centers today? Who comes close to Taiwan’s engineering and mfg?
So all might here accept that we have a biowarfare attack on civilians already begun and openly scheduled to go on another 4 years. The financial attack becomes more open and plain daily. Bombing that does more than we just saw in California and Australia last year is going to be harder to camoflage as wildfires.
How is it that the US rail system is so out dated, underused and rotten when China has the biggest high speed rail system? How long has it been since the was the dominant power in tech? in mfg? in food production? in medicine? in science? in materials? in transportion? in finance? in energy? and by virtue of back doored software systems in military?
Curious. How best and what suggestions might we get from GIZAr’s on where to be when the entire nations starts being 911’d as NY was on 2001?
How long has it been since the US was the dominant power in tech? in mfg? in food production? in medicine? in science? in materials? in transportion? in finance? in energy? and by virtue of back doored software systems in military?
They’ve had the solution for a long time: WAR.
A very profitable solution; in terms of bot money & power.
But, “they’re” in a new “phase transition”; and the game is changing.
Twelve thousand years ago
“They” were “phase transiting” in a WAR against Earth.
It began in nine places where man started destroying Earth w/ a new technology – agriculture: take a section of Earth; clear every living thing off it, down to the bacteria – and then plant it for systems use.
Agriculture, by their terms is simply biotic cleansing.
Agriculture systems last 800 to 2,000 years…
until the soil runs out.
Their name for this systems process is drawdown, and in agriculture; it is in essence, a slow bleed-out of soil, species, biomass, and ultimately, life herself.
“Their” phase transitions are not as “human” centric, as advertised.
« DANSER ENCORE », la chanson de HK: les reprises virales de France et d’ailleurs
From Priscilla Karant, who got the following explanation from a student,
and when then dug up more info on the band that’s given us that wonderful
“The song ‘Danser encore’ was created in December 2020 by a French
band called HK and the Saltimbanks. Once published on Youtube, it has quickly
become the hymn for all the people demonstrating against the Covid-19
measures, first in France, then in countries such as Belgium, Spain and
The brainchild of MAP rapper Kaddour Haddadi, HK& les Saltimbanks became one of France’s most popular politically conscious outfits thanks to their tales of social inequality and exclusion and eclectic fusion of reggae, chaabi, and blues.
HK & Les saltimbanks | Spotify
Active from: 2006
Record label: PIAS Recordings
Albums: Citoyen du monde, Les Temps Modernes, La caravane des saltimbanques
Members: Kaddour Hadadi, Eric Janson, Jeoffrey Arnone, Jimmy Laurent, Toufik Saïd Zarouri, Seb Wacheux, Cheb Meddhy
Isn’t this what the blockchain is for? The architecture is already there. Use the crypto of your choice, or code yourself a new one, if you must?
SWIFT… my cousin’s first firm’s IPO was by Goldman Sachs and Warburg Pincus… it netted his company (he was the CEO) the SWIFT encryption contract and the DoD PKI bridge right out of the gate — what a coincidence ? Hunting camp was so educational — for me ?
That is like the comedy GHOSTBUSTERS, when the key holder is running around the city, to bridge a parallel universe.
Doctor Who has a similar episode, when a bunch of witches want to bridge the gap, by manipulating Shakespeare.
Of course, they managed to pull the plug in the end. There is always a comedian, that blows up a bridge.
Humor leaves banksters clueless.
[Bridge], inclusive of its commonly referred definition as a walkway or roadway over a passage-river-rail-another walkway, has a great deal of symbolic mysticism attached to it, too, as well as what is implied by modern technology and cryptography – like in blockchain, bitcoin where encryption is important.
It was essential with the Roman pontifex, literally considered a “builder of bridges,” between the corporeal and spiritual realms. Then they were thought to be to separate worlds. Today, more a matter of how one communicates between these two seemingly merging presence of Being. For the Israelite’s, the sign of the Covenant between the Creator and his people. In China, the sign depicting the union of Heaven and Earth as their special characteristics in brush artfully displayed. It was Iris, for the Greeks, the messenger of the gods. For many cultures it symbolizes the connection between what is perceived and that beyond perception.
Does anyone really have a handle on what those algorithms associated with crypto currency’s really do? Aside what is intended, that is. The ephemeral can be quite blurry with one eye, lacking depth perception of the stereoscopic vision.
It’s probably why the Party of the east by going west has a certain interest in it as they seek hegemony by stealing it, using it, and replacing the others of a similar design in controlling networking, the internet, and communicating exchanges according to the Party’s whims. The Party, after all, does have a strategy going beyond their daily theft and conquer routine through “Unrestricted Warfare” tactics. They’re playing out now, for keeps, with real losses. Unlike the gaffing buffoonery that believes it is the wishful competition of the make-nice-pick-out-furniture charade sheltered in their own little world (very little world), while the Ferengi like greed of Wall St is stuck wearing blinders for short profits.
One can only suppose “WE” will find out soon enough who’s taking who to the cleaners under the guise of financial clearing.
The pupil of Iris is Chora, and the “eye in wellspring of light” works BOTH ways. (If the sun had an “eye” to see, it would be unable to “see” shadows behind objects, because the sun is the source of light.)
This phenomenon is the central point of yoga, as Samadhi or Phoenix, in the “bridging” of diametrical oppositions. (That is the yoking in yoga, and the Druidic triad, in the Venn-diagram.)
1. Cryptographic currency is masonic structured, with a hidden key holder.
2. Masonry is Jesuit sleeper cells, that dig in, and wait for a signal, from a hidden key holder.
3. Jesuits are papal moles, that operate hierarchical, controlled by a hidden key holder.
4. Papacy is a cloaked empire, that rules by “divide et impera”, controlling both sides, by a hidden key holder.
5. Pope Satan is the hidden key holder, as a mass murderer in plain sight. His “pontifex bridge” is the imperial epicenter.
The Scythian yoga was the modus operandi, in the camp of the saints, that blinded the imperial epicenter of the Assyrians, by mounted archery, boosted by fermented mare milk, that drives the edge in any sport.
Scythian yoga is the empire killer, that darts the death star. Scythian martial art brought down Assyria, Babylon and Rome. The Isaacs on the steppe did some deep thinking, and came up with a solution.
Point made, is sport in bullseye:
The Covenant is spelled: CHEERS.
Because multitude of jokes in heaven, normally involves a male and a female having a joyful cup. Many kids is much joy.
When parents love kids, they order a dozen of those angels. Marital bliss has always been measure of fruitful happiness.
Abraham was an ordinary Hobbit, who founded a Shire. Hobbits love all things that grow. Simple life…
Shadowless perception seems an awareness one can only aspire to Be in the corporeal as it appears limiting by its very design. Consciousness, cognition, and conscience allow the Being to transcend beyond arbitrary limits. A sought-after achievement for the corporeal. So much like breathing.
In one’s humble opinion, this Tyrannosaurus Tech and Technology is ripe for a major impactor just as those fossilized types suffered through way back when. Many have surmised something similar but the gist of that what only pondered in guessing. Modern myopic short-sighted tunnel vision seems still obsessed with greed and short-term power. It’s no wonder that there are those of wealth and power (so they think) seeking to extend their current lifespan well into that of the centenarian.
It seems the worldly Diamond (mutts) Dogs are battling for the alpha position of the banking pack, again, in a big way. Bet there are a few who believe they have a superior fighting force at their disposal on a whim, too, to impose submission that are just waiting to help those few stuff their coffers. They probably ought to have their heads thoroughly examined for billionaire brain rot. They reek from afar. They’re worse than particulate pollution of the east by going west but not by much.
Assets, assets, assets, and re-evaluation of same seems to be on their minds, too, as they jockey for position. Maybe they ought to get off planet and stay off once and for all. Take their billionaire brain rot and reduce it to usable fodder for tilling on an asteroid far, far, away.
Thoughtform-formation seems the future to plan, develop, and maintain along with a system or sequence of integrity that is not dependent on a century’s old archaic keyboard interface and its lengthy, linear, and imprecise allocation of bits & bytes. It also means an inherent biological development that does not lose the essence of Being and is best suited for the individual that can link into a collective and de-link at will as well as needed. Although not certain, one would guess that there are Savant’s well ahead on that curve, too, but know better than to trust the bullies of bullion by putting them in the know. Possibly thinking that they don’t deserve it now anyway.
It wasn’t too long ago that a few savants demonstrated how vulnerable some short-sighted short investors of shorting were and how expensive it could be ad infinitum. That was until the plug was arbitrarily pulled just because, . . . well, . . . just because they didn’t want their trap door they were standing on sprung wide open into the debtors abyss. Any guess’ how many more such traps and trap doors lie unexpectedly in ambush? Future coding is not likely to be so forgiving when added symbolism attached code blocks elitist unplugging when losses are inconvenient. Bullies of bullion beware. Code transfer is quicker than strategic transfer of heavy metals, assets, and rising real-estate.
It probably comes down to who will accept new code, modified code, code in exchange of assets, and the rules the code is meant to abide by. If those laws can be adjusted on the fly just as code can be altered then what good is anything associated with code. Things in this context tend to become useless – redundant with its support following soon behind. One need only think about what makes current code and its functions work. It’s only code and what supports it.
DNA is similar. It’s just DNA some say, until one factors into that reckoning what goes into supporting its many variations, constructions, and sequences. And that’s just from four base-pairs, too, working together somehow because they can and then some.
GENESIS is a shrouded mystery, to the magico-religious mind. To the logical mind, it is a SYMBOL, that can be deduced, to its origin, and tracked by its derivatives.
When knowing the puzzle, one can predict every action. GENESIS is the source. YOGA is the operating system. RUNES are the source code. The rest is child’s play.
Geometry is the common denominator. Diametrical oppositions are the game. MAN is the model. The rest is child’s play.
Becoming a child again, is outgrowing oneself, closing circle. God.
As usual, the CSA serves its masters in London whoever they really are ever ready to commit ritual suicide when commanded. Given that the original thirteen colonies were in everything but name tribal chieftainships and failed to make their founding documents part of their people’s education system. It’s not surprising they kowtow to their masters being the good thralls they have always been.
This post mentions a crucial issue for U.S. states resisting federal overreach. I think those states will have three main problems, all of them economic: (1) how to survive without federal funding; (2) how to buy foreign goods when you no longer have access to dollars; (3) how to do banking when you’re kicked out of SWIFT. You can solve problem 1 by issuing your own currency. You might be able to solve problem 2 by using precious metals (or in the case of a state like TX, trading oil for other commodities). And this post suggests a solution for problem 3. As CAF says, localities that want autonomy need to starting churning out a bunch of kids who know how to code!
It seems that the ‘states’ have more power to legislate than those who represent them at the federal level. They need only exercise those constitutional rights.
There’s an ongoing war of financial systems; of which includes financial clearing systems like SWIFT. It’s already complex w/o adding the crypto clouds looming over the Re-Set horizons. Then add “Space: The Final Frontier”; and we’re well beyond 4D chess. Then add yesterday’s News & Views mind-control technologies; and were financialized toast.
To today’s blog.
Obama, the RED machine gearing up for international control; including weaponizing the West’s monopolized financial clearing house, SWIFT.
Another example of power corrupts &
Absolute power, absolutely corrupts.
Once the RED machine pulled flipped that switch,
the enemy of the Red machine was born: compet1tion.
Now, the code can conjure up many a clearing house.
But, the anvil in the ointment; is that the internet’s ones & zeros
are full of holes; that no code con stop; not even bitcoin.
Why even the Pentagram, can’t divide by zero.
Yet, analogue gold – set the gold bar
Analogue silver – Ye plunder me those doubloons[gold] & pieces eight.
Yo Ho Ho! Weigh Anchor and Hoist the Mizzen!
Times area changing.
Modern day East India Companies
are being launched into the deep black seas of space;
and, the currencies are once again being minted in silver and gold.
The world is ready for the multi-dollar…
In art of home-brewing, CLEARING occurs naturally, when sugar is eaten by Martians, and they sink idle, to the bottom pit.
Now, the Martians have landed, in the brew…
SCYTHIAN MARE MILK 2
At first there was frustration,
in empty drink situation,
until booze angel
in mare-milk fermentation.
To avoid Venn-diagrams on tablecloth, one can use beer mats, to catch those drips of dew:
Ever wonder what savants are up to?
One can attend, or transcend, the academic field. Latter, Indians call Samadhi, Greek call Kairos, Norse call “eye in well”, and that Plato allegorizes in the Cave.
In Harry Potter saga, that is the Phoenix, in a closed loop of fire, that headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore expresses, as the most powerful wizard.
When logic is brought to extreme, there will be paradoxes, that when broken, they are Seals in Christian revelation. Seals are “eggshells” of protective layers around the ego.
Beyond the Seventh Seal, the animal zoo has no walls, to be substituted, by restraint of necessary SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Multi-dollar is exploring doors of perception, of limitless consciousness. That is Scythian yoga of no restraint: the empire killer.
Despite all the dystopian hype – so-called alternative media are often guilty of this – global centralization just does not seem to be on the cards anymore. And in the case of Europe, what if Russia demanded a bullion-for-natural gas deal? Indeed, might they have already done so behind closed doors? Just how far will the globalists try to push things? How will the energy issue affect the dissemination on a mass scale of devices producing power at a fraction of the present costs?
And in the meantime, it’s official: the “SARS-Covid virus” has not been isolated by any scientific institution, so that op will collapse of its own accord, leaving the “pandemonic party” high and dry.
CDC says it was isolated:
“SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was isolated in the laboratory and is available for research by the scientific and medical community.”
– Dec.29, 2020
But I’m not sure if “SARS-Cov-2 (is) the virus that causes COVID-19″…
I hate to be so blunt, but… why would I believe an organization, whose claim is science, act in such an anti-scientific manner when it makes “this” claim? How many claims last year did make that were adjusted to the outcome they wanted? The CDC acts like just another private corporation posing as a government functionary. The CDC could proclaim that penicillin is effective against a bacterial infection and I would still seek an alternate opinion. The CDC is now, in my opinion, irrelevant. The only real utility they have is projection of power. I’m a man who really does believe in the half-glass full–and this last statement is believe to be their fatal Achilles heel.
I need that edit button as I cannot read what’s written these days, but what I intend to write. The last statement should read:
“… and this last statement is, I believe, their fatal Achilles heel.”
The CDC is truth incapable.
Well said sir. I’m getting to old and lazy to comment very often having argued with other attorneys for over 30 years to the point of exhaustion, and even being retired for 20 years, I still get exhausted thinking about it. lol.
replying to Origenschild
You are right….
@Edward Holmes on being asked why they didn’t release the SARS-CoV-2 genome when they got it: “…essentially there were instructions that there’s no publicizing the outbreak, so we kept it to ourselves, we told the key people in China..but we were told not to release the data…”
The man who asked the question in the video is The Seeker.
To a comment or above–I agree it is an Op because it appears that the virus was around much sooner which would explain the global coordination and convolution tactics. That is how countries fall.
“Marketing disinformation as an academic, governmental or media authority,
to compel despair, panic or compliance inside a population under duress of epidemic, war or economic collapse –
these things are indistinguishable from war crimes. They are a violation of basic human rights, and as such
constitute acts of class harm, science, racketeering and oppression.”
Speaking of SARS Cov 2–Researchers have found the earliest deaths from an unknown virus happened in 2012. Seems 5 Chinese miners came down with an unknown sickness. 2 or 3 died. As the story goes..Bat Lady went to the location
A good source for this is the Seeker on twitter. Here is the thread.
How about when and who? 3 years of data.
“As soon as the tough 2017/18 flu ended – something hit their elders hard.”
Berkeley MPI – Age 85+ excess deaths by
Korea – Taiwan – Italy – US
1. Korea and Taiwan 3 years of excess deaths
2. Italy 2 years of excess deaths
3. US 1 year of excess deaths
It’s one thing to grow a culture containing a substance and another to isolate a substance. But of course who would doubt the CDC?????
The same organization telling the captives to put their two year old in a mask. The same org that obfuscates mortality numbers to bend The Constitution. The same org that insists the PCR test is valid for determining illness. The CDC is garbage. Nuremberg for all of their ’employees’.
What labs have taken them up on it?
Curious that the vax mfrs with zero liability made a vax with out access to an isolated nor cultured virus.
Personal accountability is privy to responsibility.
Those, believing their own lies, find mirror broken. Those, lying on purpose, find no foothold on ground.
Passing judgment is not necessary, when lying has no excuse. Only dim and evil are cornered that way.
Bureaucracy is a religious sect.
Amen, Brother!!! And…..there are too many religions in the world already!! 😉
Just how far will the globalists try to push things? Good question… If history is any indication, they’re not above causing widespread devastation and death. If there’s hope, it lies in the ability of the general public (or a significant enough minority of it) to refuse to comply with their agenda.
It might depend on how safe those elitist globalists and their entourage feel they are. It seems their efforts of keeping out of harms way on this planet has substantially diminished since they first set out to abolish capitalism in favor of their closed minded elitist rule. Might be that billionaire brain rot they seem to be touting when ever they get the chance to bellow into a megaphone.
It seems ‘global centralization’ is far more complicated than those few who thought they could swindle their SWIFT control their way. They might have mistaken one or two of their many tentacles for a couple of Medusa’s Snakes.