I’ve been reading the latest headlines and picked out a few:
The seems to be a currency war,
Oil prices are set to rise in line with a cut in production,
Some tankers will not be plying the Hormuz strait,
There was a massive power outage in the UK,
Gold prices are rising,
North Korea is shooting missiles into the sea
The USA needs more missiles,
There are Chinese survey vessels in the South China Sea,
In Russia there is an explosion on a secret base with nuclear implications, and,
There might be a global recession coming.
What do all these events mean? Nothing really when taken individually, but when you start combining them, then the thriller writer in me starts to see all sorts of conspiracies and plotlines for stories.
Take that explosion in Russia, and the fact the word nuclear is attached to it, and then look at the massive power outage in the UK. What if that site was a laboratory, working on small, powerful bombs that can easily be carried, installed, in or around vital infrastructure, and in that quest for smaller and more powerful something goes wrong.
After all, isn’t that what testing is for?
And the fact there’s been one major event involving vital infrastructure, should we be looking for more? Then there are a few problems with bombs being attached to tankers in the Hormuz Strait. Does anyone see the potential for an apocalyptic event coming on?
Then the North Koreans are firing test missiles, and the US calling for more missiles to add to their arsenal. Are they using North Korea as an excuse? Or is there something more sinister going on with Chinese survey vessels in the South China Sea? What if they’re not survey vessels?
Then there’s a small matter of rising oil prices. Whilst the same report might say that the rise is due to OPEC cutting output, there could be other reasons, such as the currency war that’s about to erupt, and will this pre-emp a global recession. A good indicator of impending disaster, wars, and other maladies is the rising price of gold.
The gold market goes into overdrive when currency starts to lose value, recessions are coming or have arrived, or there is about to be a war, or there is one. The US and China are facing off, the US and half the middle east are a disaster waiting to happen, and, hang on, North Korea is being provocative, and in a late development, India and Pakistan are facing off over Kashmir.
Are we surprised people are turning to gold?
Maybe I should go back to doing the crossword, and ignoring the news.