Sunday, September 06, 2015

"Castle" episode rerun hits hard the "financial domino theory"


I’ve covered ABC’s “Castle” on my TV Blog (see the label) as a show where a best-selling suspense novelist works with a police officer (of the opposite sex) using “imagination” to solve mysteries and, more importantly, prevent terror attacks before they happen.  We often say that 9/11 represented a “failure of imagination”. There is also the dangerous idea that terrorists or criminals could get “ideas” from fiction and feel that it is cool to carry these plots out in real life.  My own mother used to say that.

Saturday night (or Sunday morning) ABC station WJLA happened to air Season 4, Episode 4 (from February 2012), called “Linchpin”, which ABC summarizes here or here.  This refers to a CIA plot called “Pandora” which had been described in the previous episode (described  here ).  The “linchpin” happens to a be a young woman in China whose father influences Chinese policy in the US. The idea is that if something happens to her or to dad, China will make some move that destroys the US dollar as a reserve currency and brings about a currency crisis predicted by Porter Stansberry (as well as Ron Paul now).

But there is also a pattern of economic “dominoes” that have led to past world wars.  The next world war, according to newspaper clipping cutouts in an apartment, will start in 2017, after the worldwide currency collapse. 

There is also the idea that future cataclysmic events can be predicted from opening variations chosen in international chess tournaments, particularly controversial lines (like the Sicilian Sveshnikov). The appearance of a refutation of a particular gambit in an opening could be a sign that some sort of event will occur.

In my own novel manuscript ("Angel's Brother"), and "alien" encounter is preceded by the appearance of a mystery virus.  In the novel, a CIA agent discovers the partially published writings of a character (somewhat comparable to Castle) reasonably, but not completely, predict what actually happens. 

  

Here’s another exercise. Try watching the news footage on the morning of 9/11, widely available on YouTube.  It took as long as six minutes (including the usual commercials), until 9:52 AM EDT, for some networks (like CBS) to start covering the event.