You stand a higher chance of being crushed by a vending machine.
By Simon Black - August 27, 2017

Via Sovereign Man

There’s something I’ve always found mesmerizing about watching animals in the wild.

They have the most incredible instincts, honed from countless generations of survival against constant threats.

Animals have a keen sense of danger. They know immediately when something doesn’t feel right, and they act on it without hesitation.

I saw an incredible example of this last year when I was visiting a remote wildlife reservation in Zimbabwe.

It was late in the afternoon on a hot summer day, and my friends and I were ensconced in a hidden observation bunker situated on the edge of a water hole.

The animals all began to arrive, one species at a time, to cool off before nightfall. First the elephants. Then Rhinos. Zebras. Giraffes. Baboons.

It was a playful mood; all the animals seemed to be enjoying the water, when without warning, there was a stillness. The gazelles froze. The zebras’ ears perked.

Something wasn’t right. A smell. A sound. Something.

So they got the hell out of there.

We found out later that a ravenous pack of hyenas was on the prowl nearby, so the animals’ instincts were spot-on.

Deep, deeeep down, human beings have the same highly refined instincts.

Our long-lost ancestors struggled against every imaginable danger. And those lessons are hard-coded in our DNA.

We sense threats. We can feel it when something’s wrong.

The difference between our species and animals in the wild, though, is that we humans have way too many external influences that muck it all up.

Case in point: last week was obviously a tough one for anyone with any sense of humanity.

Acts of terrorism are scary.

And hearing about completely innocent people on a popular pedestrian promenade getting mowed down like bowling pins by some madman is definitely going to cause some discomfort.

But down here in Latin America at least, there was ensuring wall-to-wall news coverage for the next several days in a way I hadn’t seen since 9/11.

It’s all we saw. Terrorism. Terrorism. Terrorism.

This really amps up the fear factor for something that is already difficult to stomach.

So it’s easy to understand why I keep hearing people say things like, “We’re living through the most dangerous times in human history.”

It’s easy to lose perspective. But on the balance we have it pretty good.

13th century Europeans faced a far greater threat with the approaching Mongol hoard.

A century later they faced an even more terrible fate with the onset of the Bubonic Plague, which ultimately wiped out around 30% of Europe’s population.

Even in more recent times, the threat of nuclear annihilation between East and West posed a constant threat.

Yes, acts of terrorism are appalling. But taken in historical and mathematical context the danger is actually quite low.

The Cato Institute published some data recently showing that the chances of dying in a terror attack are around 1 in 3 million.

Statistically speaking, you have a better chance of being crushed to death by a vending machine.

But we don’t demand that our governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars that taxpayers cannot possibly afford in order to protect us from vending machines.

That’s because deep down we sense that vending machines don’t truly pose a threat.

But with terrorism our senses are heavily manipulated until we believe that the threat is far greater than what the statistics show.

The real irony is that the manipulation works both ways.

Just as we are manipulated into being terrified of certain risks that pose no real statistical threat, we are manipulated into ignoring other risks that are far more likely.

I would raise financial markets as an obvious example.

The stock market in the United States is at an all-time high, with valuation metrics that have rarely been higher in more than 100 years of data.

Bond markets around the world have literally never been more expensive… EVER.

In order to return to levels that are more in-line with long-term historical averages, stock and bond markets would both have to suffer steep losses.

But instead of encouraging investors to independently assess these financial risks, mainstream media often dismisses such assertions as pessimistic bugaboo.

Or another obvious long-term risk– that Social Security is going to run out of money.

I write about this one frequently. The Social Security Trustees, including the Treasury Secretary of the United States, state very clearly in their annual report that Social Security’s major trust funds “will be depleted in 2034.”

Yet despite the totally predictable, unavoidable, widespread consequences to Americans’ primary source of retirement income, the public is manipulated into ignoring this threat as well.

Instead of the truth, we continue to hear the same tired mantra– “Social Security is just fine,” despite every shred of objective evidence to the contrary.

We’re also told to believe ridiculous axioms like “the US government’s debt doesn’t matter,” even though they have $20+ trillion of it and spend like drunken sailors.

But no. The experts tell us that this is not a risk worth concerning ourselves with. Angry brown people want to kill us. Focus on that instead.

Human beings have a 1 in 3,000,000 chance of suffering from a terror attack.

Yet there is currently a 100% chance that Social Security runs out of money in 2034.

Only one of these manages to find its way into the news.

Not to mention, if properly informed, people can actually DO SOMETHING about the latter. There’s plenty of time for intelligent people to prepare.

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  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    There is also a 100% certainty that we are all being ripped off by the international central banking cartel via the deception called usury. Curiously barely anybody understands how it is a threat to everybody’s well being.

    • Mstrjack

      100% certainty. So few understand the threat, especially the deception of usury theft by fiat currency, that it is curious to know the facts of human nature and crowd mentality.

      Kudos to “The Daily Bell” for their persistence in sharing useful information. Most people are oblivious to their surroundings and are just willing to go along with the crowd… right off the cliff.

      • dauden

        Unless one puts their trust in the only gospel news that can save us into eternity, there is no other hope. That gospel is that Christ died for our sins, was buried according to Scripture, and rose again to justify all who would put their trust in Him. That’s it! I know many of you will look at this at scoff at “religious faith”. That’s not what I’m saying. Religion (i.e. the law) kills. Salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ…..whom some of you say never existed. Try saying that to His face when you stand in judgement before Him one day. His grace is freely extended today but it does have an expiration date when justice will be meted out.

        • georgesilver

          What a complete load of rubbish. these religious nuts never give up.
          ” His grace is freely extended today but it does have an expiration date when justice will be meted out.”
          If he was real you wouldn’t want anything to do with him. He sounds a right nasty vindictive piece of work.

          • dauden

            Oh, so you feel kindly toward all those who hate you? If you had all power you would know how to use it? You have the wisdom and knowledge to rule the earth justly? Its all been tried, my friend. No one is good, no one acts righteously all the time. Only God who knows the heart of man can do right and not lie. Its its all written down and completed with the works of Paul, the apostle for this age. We’re living in the mystery unfolded in Romans through Philemon (non-prophetic times). But I guess you’ve not studied this part of the Bible to know what He is doing now. Get in while grace is offered freely….that’s all I’m saying.

          • Kevin

            What a complete load of rubbish these atheist nuts never give up. The evidence for the existence of God is right in front of their eyes and minds but they are so blind they simply can’t see it. It sad really, but what can one do with fools.

        • Marten

          “Bible” was the first trump card of the “Cabal” that was forced on Humanity to manifest desired events…..

        • ron R

          Oh? And you have some proof of all you say???

          • dauden

            Aah, the old “proof” line. I guess you asked your parents when a lad whether they had proof to raise you up perfectly. No, you trusted them. That is what God through Christ has asked of us. However, everything we need to satisfy our need for life has been written down. Why don’t you pick up a King James Bible (the authorized only non-copyrighted version) and start reading in Romans? And…ask Him to reveal Himself to you in the words. He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come unto repentance” (change of mind). There is nothing greater!

    • kenvandoren

      The threat is not usury, but the debasement of our currency by way of inflation. That is, an expansion of the money supply by way of fiat currency, created literally out of thin air. Today’s dollar is only worth 3 cents in terms of 1913 dollars, and the dollar the year I was born is only worth about 7.5 cents.

      • Whyfor

        The real threat is usury without which men who profited from it would not have had the money-power to create fiat currency from which they further profit.

  • autonomous

    There is a 100% certainty that we will die. If we survive the first three years of life, there is a good chance that we will live a long life, so we tend to take chances (smoking, driving recklessly, loving recklessly, etc., etc.) but we know that we shall surely die. What we can’t know experiential, unless it’s too late, is whether anything is left to experience after we die. We will either face the consequences of what we did while we were alive, or we won’t. Just the same way, either we were created or we weren’t. It’s not a 50/50 proposition, it is either/or. In both cases we have been told by some, with equal conviction, that one case is certain and the other is impossible. Some on both sides of the argument have been and still are despicable and untrustworthy, some have been and are fine and totally trustworthy. So who should we believe? As in game-theory, when one weighs the potential risks and rewards of each choice, the decision, regardless of how attractive or unattractive, is still rather straightforward. If we were created, and therefore answerable to our creator, we face heaven or hell, reward or punishment. If we were not created, we probably face annihilation at death, nothingness. Something or nothing, not 50/50; either/or. Either our lives and how we live them matter or not.

  • jackw97224

    Amerika is doomed as it has abandoned ethical or moral foundations and very sadly, the masses have abandoned Jehovah God. There are two great commandments at Matthew 22:34-37, the 2nd being love thy brother/neighbor. Now, the mainstream churches at the time of WW I and later were or have been preaching love thy neighbor and then telling the men and women to go out and kill their brothers and neighbors. The wars could have been prevented if all the main stream religious leaders had stood up to the political elite and told them that war is wrong and that anyone who aggresses or starts a war is not to be supported.

    • dauden

      Amerika cannot die. It is not a living soul. Perhaps you didn’t notice but the whole world has abandoned God. And he’s only “Jehovah” to the Hebrews. We are not under the law today if you have paid attention to the revelation of the mystery given to Paul, Romans thru Philemon, in the non-copyrighted King James Bible. Instead of trying to resurrect a non-living country, try preaching the gospel that will save “individuals”, by trusting that Christ died for their sins, was buried according to the Scriptures and rose again to give justification to all those who would believe Him. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

      • jackw97224

        Well, die means to cease to exist, which does happen. The land remains but one set of politicians/elitist leaders are replaced and sometimes the names of nations are changed. Actually, Jehovah God is mentioned in the scriptures and unfortunately some translators changed Jehovah God to Lord, which creates some confusion as then people come to mistakenly think that Jesus Christ is Jehovah God. I just learned of my mistaken belief within the past 4 years. So, Jehovah God is Jehovah God to not just Jews, but Christians as well.

  • SnakePlissken

    Politicians can easily control the sheep by convincing them that scary people are out to get them. It also helps them justify their bloated budgets.

    • gary2505Texas

      3000 sheep were decimated on 9-11. Sheep may be sheep but they aren’t stupid.

      • ron R

        And by whom?

  • RED

    Isn’t this a repeat?

  • eyesofgod

    But, wait! We are actually in real danger of terrorists! Yes! But, they are not the terrorists we are told to be concerned about. They are…our government! They are…Big Corporate. They are…the elite. These are the real “terrorists”. And they are certainly worth being concerned about. By creating small self-contained communities where we grow our own food and are off-the-grid for power and water, managing the basic needs of life, we can depend on ourselves–and thus, to a greater extent, ignore those “terrorists”.

  • georgesilver

    It’s exactly the same with the pseudo-science of man made global warming.
    Here is an extremely entertaining presentation from a real physicist.

  • Bischoff

    Bring back money and get rid of “legal tender” protected monetized debt. Then, people can again save for their own retirement. There is then no longer a need for FICA taxes which are by the way used for many other purposes than straight retirement benefit transfers.

  • nailheadtom

    The state requires an enemy in order to validate its existence to the plebs it seeks to control. The ‘terrorists’, while very dangerous, aren’t scary enough. That’s why, even after the Soviets proved that central planning can’t work and their empire dissolved, the Russians remain an existential threat. While fleets of container ships loaded with goods from China dock at US ports and unload their cargo the US Navy bounces around in Asian sea lanes supposedly protecting the amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesty from the yellow horde. It would be comical if it wasn’t so pathetic.

  • Jenevieve

    I’d go even further. I’d say that governments pull the strings of puppet ‘terrorist’, some of which might well be genuinely terrorist, in order to fuel the perceived ‘terror’ that surrounds them. It’s a very old tactic, but apparently it still works