Beware the Ides of March – Vault 7, Economics, and Asymmetrical War

By Ross Powell, USDR  Contributor

Hardly a week goes by now without another salvo of truth bombs being dropped in the escalating war of information for the hearts and minds of humanity. The latest revelations from WikiLeaks – underreported as they may be in the obsolete media – directly confirm the suppositions and circumstantial evidence that have been castigated as conspiracy theory for years and even decades. 1984 indeed has been here for a long time. These colossal exposures are more or less old news for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, but the timing of the first of many releases concerning the CIA and their incredibly reckless and dangerous policies and tools is particularly  interesting.

Beware the Ides of  March.

Could we be witnessing another pivotal sequence of events? Time will tell, but the recent enigmatic exchanges of accusations from high profile politicians and media personalities could be pointing us toward an unwinding of built up tension that has the potential to reach Shakespearian proportions. While it remains to be seen if an empire – or emperor – will fall symbolically, certainly many eyes are watching the date of March 15th due to the confluence of significant  events.

The debt ceiling extension will  expire.


The likeliest result of this politically contrived deadline is that the Treasury will continue to use accounting tricks and extraordinary measures in order to make sure the government doesn’t shut down. These can-kicking methodologies would only last for a matter of months, so the intervening time could see some heated, high stakes negotiation. Of course, more dramatic effects could arise if this pressure point is seized upon in order to attempt to usher in a crisis. The globalists of the Deep State and the traitors within our government appear to be seizing each opportunity to cause trouble for President Trump, and manufacturing crises is a go-to portion of their  playbook.

The Federal Reserve appears likely to raise interest  rates.


Should the Fed fail to act with equities – a favorite optical indicator because people still mistakenly identify economic performance with the level of the Dow – hovering near all time highs it would be a serious precipitating event. The current monetary system is a debt-based Ponzi scheme that all boils down to confidence in the system. When the implied probability of a rate hike goes to 100% the Fed is essentially compelled to raise rates unless they want to deliver a substantial shock to those expectations. If now is the time for a trial balloon, it could be an expensive one for their credibility. Notwithstanding, should they follow through on their talk it will add tremendously to the interest bill on our unpayable debt. Will they continue to prick holes in the bubble with one hand and paper them up with the  other?

Article 50, the cue for Brexit, may be  triggered.


UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty next week, which would begin an extended process of negotiation for the full exit of the UK from the European Union. Should this happen, it will certainly raise the ire of the House of Lords and the remainder of the globalists intent on preserving the unelected bureaucracy in Brussels. There will be blowback from either decision, and the dilemma cannot be avoided with a concrete date having been  set.

Elections are being held in the  Netherlands.


The next round of electoral intrigue will tell us whether the Dutch are also hopping on the train of populist nationalism that has been ascending for the last year. Geert Wilders is the current frontrunner, and he has built support among those who agree with his firm stance against current EU immigration policies. This would be viewed as another defeat for the EU globalists and would mark the continuation of a trend that could extend to France and ultimately  Germany.

In our focus on the Ides of March we must always be sure to zoom out and put these events in proper context. WikiLeaks has again showed us that we are in the middle of a massive, asymmetrical war being conducted in cyberspace. Its primary weapon is perception; its main ammunition is information; its ultimate objective is the contest between subjugation and freedom. The battle lines have been drawn. It is globalism versus nationalism and totalitarian control versus self determination. Ultimately, it is tyranny versus  freedom.

This one is for keeps. It is  everything.

This coming week may indeed mark a point of no turning back either if there are finally too many spinning plates to keep in steady motion or if we are facing deliberate sabotage from those who want to introduce chaos into the system. However, like many significant inflection points before, it may pass without much immediate incident. Remain watchful. With everything that is scheduled to take place the system may be vulnerable to a black swan. Though by definition we can’t precisely expect and predict these rare destabilizing events, we can point to North Korea as one source of tension that we must always keep an eye on among many  others.

We have entered a time of great tension and have not yet arrived at the point of catharsis. Even if such a resolution doesn’t happen on the Ides of March this year, we may be nearing an inflection point that can eventually set dramatic results in motion. Of course, if we were the CIA we might have a much better idea about the development of these complex and precarious  narratives…

Stay alert and stay prepared. The war is on even if millions refuse to acknowledge  it.

Ross Powell is the Founder of Survival 401k, LLC. He graduated from the University of Texas and is a veteran Naval Officer.  Ross worked in banking and finance for almost 30 years including some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the country. His intimate knowledge of the inner workings of financial institutions helps him direct clients into Solo 401k products to take control of their retirement funds and escape the pitfalls many see in modern Wall Street centric retirement portfolios. He can be reached through

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