This is one of those days that my high octane speculation isn’t even my own, though I’ve privately thought along these lines for some time. Rather, the high octane speculation today is that of C.M., who also shared the article. If there’s anything in today’s high octane speculation that is my own, it’s the details, not the central core itself.

And it concerns those seemingly never-ending fires in California, and disaster capitalism.

Disaster capitalism, or as I like to call it, disaster crapitalism, may be briefly outlined as the creation or staging of “natural catastrophes” in order to achieve a political goal, and along with it, usually a financial goal, such as driving people out of their ruined homes and picking up assets on the cheap (think of Stalin’s purges of the kulaks in this regard). The first step in our hypothetical scenario is to create an interlocking network of corruption involving four families all from the same area, let’s call them the Newbrown’s, Feinosome’s, Pelostein’s, and Gavinsi’s (with pardons for the apostrophes, which are used simply to clarify our surnamic obfuscations). Through a variety of means involving kickbacks, graft,  corruption, Chinese chauffeurs doubling as spies, and outright election fraud, one can then cement a one-party control over our fictitious state’s regurgitature in the state capital of Scarymental. The state luddocracy is quickly filled by shuffling bureaucrats and regulators who, moving at the speed of evolution when it comes to doing some genuine good for the people of our fictitious state, can move at warp speeds when it comes to imposing a tranche of wacky environmental rules to protect “natural habitats”, and turn the state’s once highly productive and lush San Giacomo valley – which lies between two mountain ranges – into a dust bowl, and prohibit cutting underbrush from the state’s powerlines and so on. The result of these policies is predictable, as the kulaks…er… family farmers are driven from their farms, and others lose their homes to the inevitable brush fires.  You can then blame all this mess on the opposition, on the conspiracies of Trotskyites and conduct more policy implementation and purges.

With that little hypothetical background in mind, consider this article  that C.M. spotted on Zero Hedge, and passed along:

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