"The terrorists, except for the cell that carried out the attack in Samaria, were apparently unorganized. All of them, it has been reported, had no security records, never spent time in an Israeli jail and were not affiliated with any armed Palestinian organization."
Articles from Global Guerrillas
There's been a big change in the wind for a decade. Many of us have heard and felt it rumbling in the background, shaking the foundations of an already decrepit global socioeconomic system.
Depending on how you view the world, you see it differently. I see it as as technological transformation. A technological transformation that will upend everything.
Since Snowden fled the US in May of 2013, the US has experienced an increasingly brazen series of massive cyber attacks by criminal groups and nation-states. These include (there are many more not listed):
- The Internal Revenue Service.
- The Office of Personnel Management
- The Joint Chiefs of Staff
The reason for this is simple. The US has lost its ability to deter cyber attacks.
A couple of years ago I wrote a short post InfoBomb.
When a government or corporation collects so much information on a citizenry that the unintentional release, theft, or misuse of it is a catastrophic event.
Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, controls about $4.3 trillion in assets (and has influence on how $10 trillion more is allocated). As a point of reference, that is about the size of the entire US economy.
Larry sees the world as a tightly interconnected "financial grid." Larry believes that a big part of his job is to know which parts of this global grid represent opportunities and which parts are dangerous.
For two nights, up to five drones were spotted over landmarks in Paris. French police weren't able to track down the drones or the owners due to the difficulty of tracing their flight paths while on the ground. In response, a task force has been formed to focus on this "threat." Even the US secret service has been called in as consultants (although their track record with drones is pretty terrible).
Saudi Arabia sees ISIS as an existential threat. It has a reason to be scared, ISIS is a Wahabi jihad with updated technologies (social media) and techniques (open development). That means when push comes to shove, Saudi troops will either a) turn tail and run or b) join up in droves. To avoid this, the Saudis might attempt something radical:
Back in 2003, the US was headed towards complete dependence on foreign oil. Additionally, the demand for energy (particularly from China) was growing far faster than production, which meant an energy price spike was inevitable.
Over the past couple of weeks, the open jihad has taken ground in Libya, Nigeria, Syria, and Iraq. It's ongoing success is due to innovations developed by a large and growing number of contributing groups. Groups like: