By now you've heard all about the balloon that the Communist Chinese sent flying over the continental (Dis)United (Soviet Socialist and Utterly Woke) States last week, and all the attendant hoopla that accompanied it. Secretary of State Blinken Planken Plunken summed up the snit that the affair caused the Bai-Den Jo misadministration by huffing and puffing and blowing down the upcoming summit. Faux news, SeeBS, and other lamestream propotainment media outlets were outraged that the balloon had not been detected long before, and shot down before it was able to enter the airspace of the continental USSUWSA. The price of circus peanuts surged on the commodities markets.

The pace of discussion and theories quickly became more and more serious, as some experts weighed in to disclose that the USSUWSA - which has the world's largest nuclear arsenal in the hands of a banana republic - had not detected the balloon until someone actually saw it; other experts disputed this, producing articles that indicated the Chinese had been sending balloons over the country for a long time, and that the Bai-Den Jo misadministration had known about it all along, but just hadn't found the time to inform anyone about it, busy as they were stashing classified documents in various family bolt holes around the country  and laundering financial gifts from the very same Chinese  (the theory that the Chinese were using balloons to drop cash payments in brown manila security envelopes to the Bai-Dens has no evidence to back it up). Other experts wondered how the USSUWSA could put a man on the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and not shoot down a balloon, while still other experts said that this was precisely the point, and that if the USSUWSA could not shoot down a mere balloon in 2023, how could it have put a man on the Moon in 1969, &c &c.

Much of the discussion turned on what the purpose of sending balloons to this country could be. And much of this discussion mentioned, by way of an historical footnote, that the Japanese had sent balloons to this country at the end of World War Two, that were carrying bombs. The idea was to rain destruction down on the country from the relatively radar-undetectable balloons. As it turned out, they caused only one casualty, and not nearly as much of a fracas as the Chinese balloon, which caused no casualties but did cause a week-long hysteria-fest.

The theories sprouted and bred like rabbits, multiplying exponentially for every one hundred miles it travelled. The consensus appeared to be that the Chinese were spying and gathering information on our nuclear missile sites, and that the balloon was steerable and, like its Japanese forebears from World War Two, difficult to detect. By this time, of course, the Chinese Communist Party had weighed in with an explanation, putting the world on notice that its feathers were officially ruffled, that the balloon was a civilian project, and how dare the USSUWSA shoot it down? The official quickly moved on to the auction of a bridge in Brooklyn.  One theory was that the Chinese were gathering data and intelligence on communications and social networks and so on.

Another theory that someone sent me, and my personal favorite  - even as the circus peanut features market plummeted after it was shot down, prompting some to call for more Wall Street bailouts - was the theory that this balloon was a test run for balloons designed to carry small nuclear weapons, and that blowing one up at 65,000 feet over the USSUWSA was the ultimate object of the exercise, that would send an EMP to wipe out all that wonderful, new, and utterly worthless central bank digital currency. The Chinese, in short, were sending a clear and unmistakable message.

Every now and then a relatively more rational voice could be heard, emphasizing that the Chinese had more reliable platforms for gathering air-borne intelligence on the USSUWSA's nuclear missile sites, things like ... oh, I don't know... spy satellites that could take pictures from space and monitor communications, plus a vast network of Chinese restaurants scattered around the country which could support networks of spies and so on and so forth. Fortune cookies could be used to transmit messages via the good old fashioned tactic of a dead drop, and incriminating messages could be disposed of by simply eating them. No balloons needed.


If by now you've gathered that I'm a bit skeptical of all the hysteria that accompanied the balloon, you'd be right (and please note, I'm as skeptical of the CCP's ruffled feathers as I am of all the "explanations" and indignation coming from the USSUWSA).

So just what is going on?

Well, I strongly suspect a hint is supplied by this short article, shared by W.G.:

Waltz: Chinese Spy Balloon ‘a Sputnik Moment’

(And thanks to Zero Hedge for this article that appeared after I completed this blog, courtesy of V.T.: )

The article, and representative Waltz, are correct, the extent of Chinese spying, and more importantly, "institution-influencing and co-option" is massive. But given its extent, why all the hoopla over a mere balloon? And why now?

I suspect there are two reasons, and the second of these is by far the most important to the desperate deep state. The first reason, though, is the Bai-Den misadministration is in massive trouble, and desperately needs to refocus attention away from its own gaffes.  But the second of these reasons is, I strongly suspect, the basic reason: the Ukraine narrative is falling apart almost as fast as the Ukraine itself is. Nothing has come from the USSUWSA's meddling other than human suffering and loss, and another war that it cannot win, especially with shipments of numbers of tanks that come nowhere near the numbers needed to stop the Russians. The venture is not a war that the West can win - conventionally or otherwise -  nor is it a war that is popular with the USSUWSA's dwindling allies. It is a war that, the longer it is prolonged, the more maneuvering room it gives to China.  (And stop and consider, for a moment, the implications of the fact that the West cannot mount the major industrial-scale warfare that it once mounted during the World Wars... its manufacturing base is no longer there to enable it do do so. Consider also the fact that Russia is able to do so...)

In short, I suspect, and suspect quite strongly, that the balloon story is exactly that: another typical example of a dwindling bag of tricks, in this case, a trick designed to allow the USSUWSA to "pivot to China" as the "enemy de jour" .... the Ukraine and Russia did not work.  It  is a way of extricating the West from the mess it created in the Ukraine, and to pivot to the next big area,,,

... where it will undoubtedly make yet another colossal mess.  The words of the old Tom Lehrer satirical song The MLF Lullaby come to mind: "...let's make peace the way we did in Stanleyville and Saigon."

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".

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  1. jimmyPx on February 12, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    There is also this to consider:

    “Former Representative Peter Meijer, a Michigan Republican, questioned whether or not the object that was shot down over Alaska on Friday could have been an unidentified flying object (UFO), as Pentagon officials remain quiet over what the threat was. Meijer, who represented Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District up until recently, wrote on Twitter on Friday: “Really hoping this ‘unidentified [flying] object’ was another spy balloon and not a legit UFO.” Newsweek

    Hmmm… if we are under observation from “the Visitors”, they would be really concerned about the current stupidity with the Biden Joe and China and Russia especially with nuclear weapon use being threatened. They would then be observing us extra carefully. Might the shoot down of Visitor observation craft (and then telling the World they are balloons) be sending a message to someone ?

  2. Michael UK on February 9, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Given there was also a second Chinese spy balloon sighted flying over Costa Rica, Colombia and Brazil, it seems that both balloon incidents would have been highly sensitive to USA National Security. I wonder what would happen if these balloons had biowarfare capabilities? I’m surprised that after the Covid-19 pandemic the balloon incidents were not promoted to a higher threat level!

  3. CIGuy on February 9, 2023 at 12:23 am

    I think the US and Blinken needed an excuse to bow out of his planned trip to Beijing so he wouldn’t get spanked like he did last March in Alaska.

  4. James on February 7, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Do you think HAARP could be involved in the Turkey earthquake?

    • Richard on February 7, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      . .Not so much an involvement in earthquake causality, but likely of [Balloon] interest of the Party of the east by going west. Doing a loop in those far northwestern latitudes before aligning along the US track that covers nukes, Command & Control centers, bomber bases, and naval assets, to name a few areas on its floating southeastern sojourn over the US before becoming the first balloon decal on that pilots plane.

      • anakephalaiosis on February 8, 2023 at 1:27 am

        Backwater patriotism is obsession with defining overseas devils, rather than exposing the domestic one, because that would lead to expulsion of Cain.

        It doesn’t matter, how many paper moon lanterns go floating in the air, they will always feed Cain’s fear of celestially drifting objects, that are out of his reach.

        Cain’s cursed paranoia is there for everyone to see, resulting in world wars, cold wars, nations of concern, and fear of aliens living on paper moons.

        Funfair paper moon lanterns are aerial litmus tests, to measure acidity, in swamp of backwater patriotism.

  5. enki-nike on February 7, 2023 at 9:01 am

    It’s not a Chinese balloon. It’s a weather balloon inflated with Swampington gas.

  6. Mr Sophistication on February 7, 2023 at 6:46 am

    That balloon had to have been bigger than 3 busses if you could see it from the ground at 60k ft. An airliner looks like a spec at 36k ft so the balloon (blimp as The Donald called it) was probably more like the size of a large warehouse or an office building.

    The way the Pentagon handled the situation implies that there was concern of an active weapon being on board the balloon.

  7. anakephalaiosis on February 6, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    Stupid orcs can’t imagine anything greater than themselves, and they need to jealously gloat over a heap of buffalo bones, and prevent Jules Verne from astonishingly flying around the world in 80 days.

    Highflying poetry is usually shot down by the hateful Cain, whose self-image is disturbed by comparison to greater things, like when Captain Ahab, in his obsession with white whales, harpoons himself in the foot.

    When Elohim-Yahweh is translated to planets and solstice, then the year becomes a highflying thing, that transcends small-mindedness, and threatens the imperial bureaucrat, who burns heathens with napalm.

    The Scythian-Israelite mind travelled east, as Ashtanga and Buddhism, and west, as Odin’s sport and Christianity.

  8. FiatLux on February 6, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    When the shriek-o-meter meets bizzaro world, you get hysteria about scary balloons…

  9. marcos toledo on February 6, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    As Alex De Tocqueville would say this all-theater read melodrama. The USA has been a freak show for centuries.

  10. Mark Sean de Cantual on February 6, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    By their fruits shall you know them ….

  11. Richard on February 6, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Let’s go fishing!

  12. Robert Barricklow on February 6, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    As crazy as the USSUWSA is, they let the Chinese balloon across because the USSUWSA intelligence tells them that the USSUWSA can manipulate the information the balloon is receiving, anyway they choose. Of course; the Congress, the Senate, the Bai-Den Administration, are all on the Chinese payroll. Not to mention the various USSUWSA three letter agencies, 4 letter agencies, and any lettered USSUWSA agency, are all on the Chinese payroll.
    The questions is whose the biggest donor in Washington DC?
    The Ukrainian kickbacks, The Chinese kickbacks, or the Two-Party Dictatorship’s kickback go-betweens, or the Banksters, or the Big Pharmaceuticals, or the International Media, or numerous other blackmailers.

    The only ones not being represented in the USSUWSA?
    The USA people.

  13. RBG Santa Monica on February 6, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    I wondered if it really WAS a meteorological balloon – but was sent to study weather modification signals over North America. I don’t know if HAARP was operating in this time period. And I thought perhaps someone high up in the US command structure actually wanted China to collect this data, so they arranged to allow the balloon to complete is passage across the continent, under the cover of “it’s not a threat”.

    • Bryan on February 7, 2023 at 12:51 pm

      It might actually be collecting data on prevailing wind for potential biological airborne release of pathogen

  14. John Cawley on February 6, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    I find plausibility in Joseph’s explanation and in those of most of the comments.

    In this emerging multi-polar world, we are several years (at least) into a hybrid, multi-dimensional struggle. OK, call it a war. Thus the methods deployed are often “multiple” in various ways. IMO, when intelligence agencies generate an op, they’re hoping it can at least be a 2-fer. For example, it positions the government to pivot and it distracts the populace. If possible, they’ll reach for a 3-fer, a 4-fer, an n-fer.

    They sure provide this community with rich material. LOL.

  15. Kevin Ryan on February 6, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    China has not disavowed this balloon so it does not appear to fall into the false-flag event category. China calls it a civilian object and that’s a joke for two reasons. The CCP has its hand up the skirt of every significantly-sized “business” in China, meaning the CCP can make the biz its bitch in a heartbeat. “Civilian” is Chinese double-speak for “front organization.” Second, any organization that is going to loft a balloon dangling three school-bus loads of equipment toward Alaska/HAARP, Canada, and the lower 48 and thereby interfere with the China government’s foreign relations with Canada and the US is not going to do so without CCP permission. This balloon and payload had the ability to carry out any legitimate trans-Pacific civilian data collection and the ability to traverse North America, which must have been intended. We have heard nothing of any attempts to recover this balloon before it entered US or Canadian airspace. We have also heard nothing of any attempt by China or this “civilian” entity to seek permission in advance from the US or Canada for this overflight. If China had flown a fixed-wing aircraft along this same path it could have expected an immediate military response. In Dune, it is the slow knife that penetrates the defensive shield. Is this balloon a slow knife? The payload may prove to be totally harmless, to normalize the whole incident as nonthreatening and generate a big laugh until the CCP decides it’s time to send a nuke to create an EMP. At which time a similar balloon may be used as a diversion. We have been probed to test our reaction times and responses.
    On the other hand, why would Biden let this CCP balloon completely cross the country? Because Americans are so distracted, it took that long to get us to read the news story. North Korea launches missiles toward Japan. China harasses Taiwan with ship blockades and aircraft flights. Japan and Taiwan take notice. What does it take for Americans to take notice of CCP intrusions? Trump apparently allowed three balloon intrusions – and who knew? Americans know now. So, is it a distraction because Ukraine hasn’t kicked Russia back into Russia? And Biden wants to make people forget and give up on Ukraine so he can pivot toward China, a more difficult adversary than Russia? Or did Biden allow the CCP balloon overflight so Americans would wake up to the fact that America is not untouchable, that there are threats in the world from authoritarian states, and that authoritarians like Putin and Xi aren’t sitting at home keeping their people happy and minding their own business.

    • Kaibosch on February 7, 2023 at 5:43 am

      Excellent post. The Chinese laughing at the West is an aspect of their political attitiude that ppl dont get. Its a case of “anything you can do, we can better!”. One thing is certain, the Anglo/American alliance are in the loop and fully under the thumb of the CCP which is gleefully rubbing bitch’s noses in it. The idea that the US and Canada didn’t notice this thing and take it down is about as credible as claiming they didnt see a hijacked plane flying over the Pentagon. It reminds me of the incident in 2001 when a US military plane ‘went down’ over the Chinese coast. The US military staff kindly stepped out and allowed the Chinese to make a full overnight inspection of the plane and all its high spec military hardware and laptops full of classifieds and analysis. Comrade Brennan was newly appointed CIA Dep at the time and it had his smell all over it.

  16. DanaThomas on February 6, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Now we have a possible seismic weapon being used in an area that could “conveniently” interrupt the Turkish-Syrian gas pipeline.

    • Mr Sophistication on February 7, 2023 at 6:43 am

      And when Tirkey is holding up Sweden’s NATO bid.

      • Mr Sophistication on February 7, 2023 at 6:44 am

        u’s right next to i.

  17. sunnyboy on February 6, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    The following text summarizes discussion of the balloon in China as per posts on Chinese social media . Written by Manya Koetse (@manyapan) editor-in-chief for What’s on Weibo

    The ‘balloon incident’ was discussed in wildly different ways depending on the media context. While American media headlines were all about a “Chinese spy balloon” entering US airspace, Chinese state media called it a “Chinese civilian airship” that unintentionally floated into American airspace due to force majeure.

    On Chinese social media, the balloon has come to be referred to as the “Wandering Balloon” (流浪气球) in light of the incredibly popular film The Wandering Earth II, and many memes also joked about the balloon being part of the Lantern Festival (元宵节).

    During this festival, which marks the first full moon of the Chinese New Year, it is tradition to eat glutinous rice balls and enjoy lanterns floating in the sky. Some suggested the balloon – resembling both a full moon and a rice ball – came just in time for the celebrations.

    Words matter, and at a time when there is a lot of speculation about the incident, the seemingly humorous way in which Chinese netizens have responded to the international dispute also relates to the language that is being used to describe the event. On Chinese social media, the majority of commenters see the balloon as a weather device that went wandering and, unexpectedly, ended up measuring the temperature of Sino-American relations – which turned out to be icy cold.

  18. mirkogordan on February 6, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Doc, hi everybody,

    let’s assume everything they tell us is true.

    If I understand it correctly, the balloon was shot down over South Carolina and it must have spent about a week in the American airspace. How many miles is that? Radars? Air space control? Anybody home? Who’s supposed to believe this? What do they think of us?

  19. The Son of David on February 6, 2023 at 11:12 am

    yup…. It’s basically a false flag to divert attention to the bogyman china because the NATO Ukraine war is about to be over.. and this regime needs people to blame their problems on anything except for the crooks in DC

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