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October 02, 2018

World War 3 Reporting Escalates

The British tabloid Express has a news category "Word War 3". It was apparently created in 2016 but has not been used much. There are a total of 128 stories under - an average of about one per week.

But 34 of those stories were posted over the last seven days!


You have been warned!


Posted by b on October 2, 2018 at 15:38 UTC | Permalink


lol! thanks..i guess i needed to see more pictures of politicians from certain countries again...

Posted by: james | Oct 2 2018 15:46 utc | 1

What if they held a war and no one showed up? This is akin to the popularity amongst certain political types not long ago of books on WW1 - not as a cautionary tale but as a presumed preview of things to come. These avid readers lack the self awareness that they too are as mediocre and pathological as the political types one hundred years ago. The extent these people can be marginalized and shunned so much the better.

Posted by: jayc | Oct 2 2018 15:59 utc | 2

Threatening a naval blockade is idiotic. I wonder if Putin has any regrets helping put Trump in charge of the US military. Did he have any idea how dangerous that was? Putin can be slightly forgiven for displaying some ignorance. At least he had Russian interests in mind. Asange had no excuse. He recklessly endangered the world while catering to Putin.

Posted by: Craigsummers | Oct 2 2018 16:25 utc | 3

Here is a detailed look at what the United States is getting for its $700 billion defense budget:

It is rather surprising that the Democrats who have demonized Donald Trump at every turn have voted in favour of the this extremely bloated defense budget, putting even more military might into the hands of a President and Commander-in-Chief that they seem to despise and who they are demonizing because of his alleged collusion with Russia.

Posted by: Sally Snyder | Oct 2 2018 16:26 utc | 4

@craigsummers, you give too much credit to Putin. He has nothing to do with your broken democracy.

Posted by: Xfactor | Oct 2 2018 16:35 utc | 5

thanks, Craig. i’m lying in bed feeling a bit sorry for myself with the worst toothache evah, and your post actually made me laugh out loud. or actual lol in interwebz parlance.
you need to work on both your delivery and stories, but other than that, top trolling!

Posted by: yarkob | Oct 2 2018 17:23 utc | 6

Of course, they could declare a global paper ‘debt’ Jubilee & transition to non-bankster national money backed by real assets - and avoid the millions who would likely die in WW3.

The banksters hate this approach.

Posted by: SamAdams | Oct 2 2018 17:37 utc | 8

We've been in WW3 for several years now. Bolton went "Full Monty" with his declaration that U.S. forces will stay in Syria until Iran vacates. The introduction of a Yemen War Powers Resolution in the House last week is a hopeful sign. A reason to root for a Blue Wave in November. Dem leadership, already on record backing the War Powers Resolution, would be obligated to block U.S. enabling genocide in Yemen.

Posted by: Mike Maloney | Oct 2 2018 17:55 utc | 9

I'm not at all enthusiastic about the concept of World War III. However if someone wants to start "Word War 3" I'll clip my nails and polish the keyboard...

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 2 2018 18:09 utc | 10

m @9

I disagree with Eric Zusse's belief that USA wants to start WWIII. I think
they want to contain/constrain discontent of allies and citizenry as they attempt to destroy the Russian and Chinese economies. War is only a last resort. But heightened military tensions mean that the major protagonists have to divert resources to their military, causing a drag on the economies.

Along these lines, the Trump Administration has informed Russia in April 2017 that the period of "strategic patience" is over (well, at least official 'cause being 'patient' didn't seem to deter regime change and covert ops) . They now employ a policy of "maximum pressure" instead.

The big concern for me is that "maximum pressure" also means an elevated chance of mistakes and miscalculations that could inadvertently cause WWIII.

Also note: The Trump Administration has officially labeled Russia and China as enemies when they called them "recidivist" nations in the National Defense Authorization Act in late 2017. (Note: "recidivist" because Russia and China want to return to a world where there is not a hegemonic power, aka a "multi-polar" world).

PS IMO Trump election and the Kavanaugh and Gina Haspel nominations are key to the pursuit of global hegemony.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 2 2018 18:25 utc | 11

@12 I would join in but I am feeling discombobulated. See what I did there.

Posted by: Ike | Oct 2 2018 18:26 utc | 12

Most warnings have centered on a financial meltdown, as this article reviews. As most know, IMO we're already within an ongoing Hybrid Third World War, which is more readily apparent with Trump's Trade War escalation. As noted in my link to Escobar's latest, the EU has devised a retaliatory mechanism to shield itself and others from the next round of illegal sanctions Trump's promised to impose after Mid-term elections. In an open thread post, I linked to Hudson's latest audio-cast; here's what he said on the 10th anniversary of the 2008 crash: "So this crash of 2008 was not a crash of the banks. The banks were bailed out. The economy was left with all the junk mortgages in place, all the fraudulent debts." Another article I linked to in a comment to james averred the "real" US economy is only 5 Trillion, only 25% of what's claimed as the total economy. Hudson again: "Contrary to the idea that bailing out the banks helps the economy, the fact is that the economy today cannot recover without a bank failure." [My emphasis]

What's clearly happening--and it's been ongoing for quite awhile--for those with open eyes is the Class War between the 1% and 99%. The domestic battle within the Outlaw US Empire for Single Payer/Medicare For All healthcare is one theatre of the much larger ongoing war. As Hudson's stated many times, the goal of the 1% is to reestablish Feudalism via debt-peonage. All the other happenings geopolitically serve to mask this Class War within the Outlaw US Empire. Clearly, the upcoming financial crisis must spark a massive political upheaval larger than any ever seen before to prevent institution of the 2008 "solution." Many predict that this crisis will be timed to occur in 2020 constituting the biggest election meddling of all time. The crisis will likely be blamed on China without any evidence for hacking Wall Street and causing the subsequent crash--a Financial False Flag to serve the same purpose as 911.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 2 2018 19:02 utc | 13

@12 jackrabbit.. good post, however as you note - accidents can happen and indeed they do...when you have a bunch of bozos playing with firecrackers, it isn't a good sign.. the leadership in the usa at present sucks big time... i wish i could put as much trust in them as some do.. i think they are unfit for the job they have and are least likely to carry out the designs you suggest as being in play...

Posted by: james | Oct 2 2018 19:04 utc | 14

@14 karlof1... don't you think it makes sense for this financial shake down to coincide with a world war? i am curious about your thoughts on this, or if michael hudson has said anything on the nature of war and regime change games that have been in play for so long.. thanks.

Posted by: james | Oct 2 2018 19:07 utc | 15

james @16--

Much can occur and be obscured during wartime. The radical changes to USA from 1938-1948 is very instructive--the commonfolk were on the threshold of gaining control over the federal government for the first time in US history only to have it blocked then reversed (forever?) by FDR and the 1% who tried to overthrow him in 1933. Same with the current War OF Terror's use to curtail longstanding civil liberties and constitutional rights and much more. To accomplish what's being called "Bail-In" within the USA, Martial Law would need to be emplaced since most of the public is to be robbed of whatever cash they have, and World War would probably be the only way to get Martial Law instituted--and accepted by the military which would be its enforcer. A precedent exists for stealing money from the people--their gold--via Executive Order 6102, which used a law instituted during WW1 and still on the books.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 2 2018 19:44 utc | 16

The primary dynamic of history is war. This has caused immense suffering. It is now becoming exponentially worse. Critical graphs are going off their charts. The end is near.

If we think of humankind as a large complex living entity, then like all such entities it will expire at some point. So in the larger picture, what we are moving towards is natural, and to be expected.

Like individual humans, the human population as a whole can pursue activities that maintain it's health, or it can indulge in activities that create disease and hasten it's death. Humankind is deep in toxifying behaviors that signal it's demise in the near future.

Posted by: mike k | Oct 2 2018 19:51 utc | 17

@Jackrabbit #12

The econmic-military escalation strategy you referred to is based on an erroneous reading of the 1980s arms race and is, with the structure of today's major economies and military, likely to backfire badly. It's a myth that the US caused the collapse of the Soviet Union by bankrupting it through the arms race. The Soviet Union was bankrupted by the corruption baked into the old Soviet/eastern bloc system and by the 1980s oil glut. As an example of how bad strategic forecasting was, it was projected in a 1978 National Intelligence Estimate that the Soviet Union was facing an energy supply crisis. Not the way it turned out, in fact quite the opposite. The glut impeded their recovery of considerable energy development costs from the 1970s and 1980s. The oil weapon is not nearly as powerful now, because its range of application without self-damage is extremely limited relative to the 1980s. The military buildup also started the debt-centered path of the US economy, a long-term vulnerability.

As Andrei Martyanov and other analysts have pointed out, the cost equations of a new arms race break against the Empire owing to differing force structures, mission requirements, procurement efficiency, and the contrasting debt pictures of the antagonists.

Posted by: Thirdeye | Oct 2 2018 19:52 utc | 18

james @15--

Sorry, didn't get to your 2nd question. Yes, Hudson lays it out in his Magnum Opus Super Imperialism, but also alludes to much in his more recent Killing the Host.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 2 2018 20:00 utc | 19

Did Naomi Klein not warn us in "Shock Doctrine" about being distracted by the threat of war and turmoil? Someone else said "Never let a crisis go to waste".

Between talk of war and us having more celebrities than a stick can be shaken at, cable news is having a field day of distraction.

Hudson's book on debt comes out on 13 November. We'll see who reviews it in the MSM. One of my disappointments is that Dean Baker, someone whose economic commentary I follow, does not discuss Hudson's theories on his blog.

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Oct 2 2018 20:32 utc | 20

Brinksmanship in South China Sea as Chinese vessel blocks way of Outlaw US Empire's trespassing warship. For those not watching, escalation vs China is advancing. Meanwhile, Press TV announces several nations have changed their policies vis a vis Syria, which amounts to a tiny de-escalation that will hopefully snowball.

Bart Hansen @20--

Baker's economic commentary is good up to a point, but he's nowhere close to having Hudson's overall expertise and Wall Street work experiences, which are essentially unique. I found it odd Baker didn't join Hudson to promote his Junk Economics. Could be political as Baker's a D supporter while Hudson's long been a None of the Above and has excoriated D policies.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 2 2018 20:52 utc | 21

Word War 3?

Posted by: brian | Oct 2 2018 21:46 utc | 22


Its a myth that the Soviet Union fell due to bankruptcy. The party elites saw how their counterparts in the West were getting rich beyond belief due to neoliberal capitalism and when Gorbachev (who likely was turned by US intelligence) offered them a chance to get some of that they said yes , and went beyond what Gorbachev had in mind (something like Dengs Capitalism but with SU characteristics). They went whole hog with democratic neoliberalism which is basically anarchy for the privileged class and the looting began

Posted by: Pft | Oct 2 2018 21:47 utc | 23

the (tory supporting) 'express' publishing this many ww3 stories, in short order recently, indicates an early election is expected by the incumbent, tory govt, in UK.

As polling reveals a close race, tory is desperate for anything to attack the opposition party with. Due to his impeccable career and centrist politics, much (right leaning) tabloid hysteria has been aimed at the leader of the opposition (Corbyn) for not being a warmongering fool...enter this spree of ww3 beat ups. The message being: "be scared and vote tory for protection".

Posted by: boleyn dave | Oct 2 2018 22:48 utc | 24

Boleyn dave @24--

Although it appears the UK populace is more fearful of further Tory privatization and austerity that's already done terrible damage and to which Labour has mounted a very well targeted campaign.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 2 2018 22:55 utc | 25

It appears we'll be treated to a rerun of 2001's Anthrax Letters with the announced receipt of ricin laced letters and packages sent to the Pentagon and Trump. I submit this alleged act will be used the same way as before, without any 2nd, neutral, party confirmation of the alleged substance, with Iran being the most likely target. Ricin is apparently easy to produce; so, if the substance is indeed ricin, the number of potential suspects is close to infinite. Could be yet another case of al-Ciada striking again.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 2 2018 23:07 utc | 26

>> Here is a detailed look at what
>> the United States is getting for
>> its $700 billion defense budget

Given the article below, Catherine Austin Fitts' research, and reasonable inferences, "700" is AT MOST HALF the budget.


Hey Jackrabbit, on the AGW thread, thank you for your responses. Your conclusions seem quite possible if not probable.

Posted by: dumbass | Oct 3 2018 1:07 utc | 27

I am beginning to think that a bunch of the fear mongering is to keep the EU under the spell of the West.

If the EU is not consistent in their support of the West agenda they must be maligned until they do. World War 3 fear mongering to the the EU will go much further than in the states because their parents lived through the last wars.

The West is pushing for war to attempt to maintain what they think they have left of global hegemony.....which they call civilization.

I am going to be optimistic and hope that we have what Brain wrote above Word War 3 I am confident that reason can win any Word War against the mythical faith breathers that want to take humanity back to the dark ages.

I learned a fact about the dark ages of Europe in my astronomy class. In 1054 there was a supernova that was visible both day and night for 23 days. That event is recorded all over the world except in Europe that was controlled at the time by the monotheistic religions. The monotheistic religions of the time said that the earth was the center of an unchanging backdrop and so any record of the supernova contradicted their religious dogma.... so it must not have happened in Europe because there is no record of such.....

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 3 2018 1:45 utc | 28

@16 karlof1.. thanks... apparently that order was repealed in 1974 fwiw.. "The limitation on gold ownership in the U.S. was repealed after President Gerald Ford signed a bill legalizing private ownership of gold coins, bars and certificates by an act of Congress codified in Pub.L. 93–373[1] which went into effect December 31, 1974."

@18 thirdeye.. thanks for the alternative perspective..

@19 karlof1.. thank you.. have you read any of michael hudsons books?

@28 pyschohistorian.. fascinating post, especially towards the end.. i agree with your first line strongly too fwiw.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Oct 3 2018 2:22 utc | 29

Ah perception management.
Edward Bernays would be proud.

Posted by: falcemartello | Oct 3 2018 2:30 utc | 30

james @29--

Yes: Super Imperialism, 1st Edition. Plus most of his essays and public talks. See his website.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 3 2018 3:46 utc | 31

#5 xfactor. The US would first have to have a democracy for it to be broken.

#13 karlof1 Spot on. Then the "fun" begins.

Posted by: Tom | Oct 3 2018 4:09 utc | 32

Hmm with the diligence and aptitude shown by "us" (aka "the west") since 1990 WWIII would start with the US declaring victory before nuking London and then being invaded and successfully occupied by Canada.

Fun :D

By the way could they hurry up and do it before the end of next week? It would help me heaps, thanks in advance masters of the universe!

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Oct 3 2018 11:15 utc | 33

This WW3 notice appeared in a Military and Aerospace Electronics weekly email that I received last Thursday. The article contains a link to the 10 page .pdf that is the new 2018 DoD policy. Defensive cyber warfare is no longer the objective. Offensive is now policy. IMO this shift in policy is equally significant a mistake that we will soon regret as the official shift to 4th Generation Warfare President Clinton initiated when he legalized assassination of individuals (combatants) by the State which has been accomplished thru many thousands of drone strikes per year.


Deterrence is no longer the prominent pillar of U.S. cyber defense strategy and the United States has moved past preparations for defense and will now confront the adversary on its home turf.

Conclusion on page 7.
The arrival of the cyber era has created new opportunities and challenges for the Department and the Nation. Open and reliable access to information is a vital U.S. interest, and our allies and competitors alike should understand that we will assertively defend it. The 2018 DoD Cyber Strategy directs the Department to defend forward, shape the day-to -day competition, and prepare for war by building a more lethal force, expanding alliances and partnerships, reforming the Department, and cultivating talent, while actively competing against and deterring our competitors. Taken together, these mutually reinforcing activities will enable the Department to compete, deter, and win in the cyberspace domain.

Fourth-generation warfare (4GW) is conflict characterized by a blurring of the lines between war and politics, combatants and civilians.

Posted by: mrd | Oct 3 2018 13:07 utc | 34

Express is a tabloid paper. They've been doing this for years. Avoid Express, Sun, and Metro as they're all in the business of sensationalism.

Posted by: Les | Oct 3 2018 16:06 utc | 35

Changing attitude toward Syria and Assad recently within Arab world. First Bahrain at UNGA, now this interview with Kuwaiti media. But how much longer before Syria's reinstated in Arab League?

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 3 2018 19:36 utc | 36

Here is another example of Word War 3
BEIJING, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- China reiterated Wednesday that it is the United States that had proposed the postponement of the second round of their Diplomatic and Security Dialogue instead of the other way around.

Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, refuted recent U.S. media reports that a U.S. official claimed China had proposed putting off the dialogue.

"Such an argument completely distorts the fact with ulterior motives and is extremely irresponsible," she said. "The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction."

The fact is the United States recently made a proposal to China that it hoped to postpone the dialogue, Hua said.

"We demand the parties concerned stop fabricating and spreading rumors," she said.

On Tuesday, Hua said China and the United States had previously agreed in principle to hold the dialogue in mid-October, while the United States recently proposed putting it off.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 4 2018 5:11 utc | 37

Oh well, it won't be the end of the world, just the end of capitalism and the sicko empire. Shit happens. We will be at war within two years and the east will win a crushing victory

Posted by: Dan | Oct 4 2018 17:54 utc | 38

Bloomberg today megaphoned for Deep Purple Mil.Gov UniParty spooks and war profiteers:

"Department of Homeland Security issued its latest cybersecurity warning to American corporations that their Chinese motherboards contain a tiny backdoor chip installed by 'China espionage' in the manufacturing process, especially those of Apple and Amazon."

Mike Pompeo got a raging hard-on at the news and had to leave work at the Pentagon early. VP Mike Pence left his office to place millions in FANG short-money with his Wall Street brokers in a special isolation phone booth at his home that cost US taxpayers $666,000. Nobody's seen Nikki Halley today, and John Bolton passed out with the vapors, ha,ha,ha.

By November, the wagons will be circled, and the Deplorable Patriots will be doing wheelies down mainstreet with their dually's, giant flaming red, white and blue banners and guns poking out of every orifice.

Bmobing will commence at 09:30 Tehran time, 5/11 and the internet will be shut down.

Posted by: Anton Worter | Oct 4 2018 22:06 utc | 39

@ Anton Worter with the Bloomberg story about alleged China espionage...thanks, I am adding follow on thoughts/analysis

This is another chapter in Word War 3 according to my read of the link below

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

The article is not conclusive but I believe it is more drums of war propaganda. It doesn't have to be true but effectively sets up the pretext for conflict.....actions of desperate actors with demented morals

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 5 2018 3:54 utc | 40

I have not seen my US coworkers and friends worked into such a froth since the second Iraq war. They all hate Russia and they all know virtually nothing about Russia past and now. The company would not be wasting all this newsprint and ink for nothing to mold the minds of the bleating sheep.

Now Trump dropped the "China is hacking our election to keep me from winning" card at the UN. We have not spent much time drumming us the lets hate China card in the US. Maybe that will change soon. Every day, every week the tone gets worse and worse.

I am sorry, things just do not look good. Korea is the only hopeful sign on the horizon and I think China wants that more than the US. Eventual reunification gets the US out of that country. Korea and the Philippines are smart to get the hell out of the way of this train wreck.

My guess of the month. Trump goes back to talk to Kim and announces a peace treat. The October Surprise.

Posted by: dltravers | Oct 5 2018 4:36 utc | 41

World War III is going on now. It is that nobody is calling all that war out taking place as we speak World War III just yet.

Posted by: Shule | Oct 7 2018 18:14 utc | 42

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