What We’re Watching

In no particular order and with no ranking of importance as we see it: Global seismic and geothermal activity. Are the events linked and if so will activity increase? Japanese monetary policy. Will Abenomics finally implode and take the Japanese bond market with it? The US presidential race. What happens with and around Trump may Continue reading »

Bits and Pieces – 20170117, Tuesday

Commentary: From one of my favourite writers, an interesting piece on what the reactionary forces might do leading up to and into the inauguration: The Cheeto Cometh. The really interesting thought I found is that the next civil war has already begun.

We tend to think of major events as having clear start and stop points such as Pearl Harbor marking the start of WWII for the US. In actual fact, the US at that time had already enacted an oil embargo on Japan which might be said to have required Pearl Harbor as a defensive measure by Japan to the embargo which in turn may be understood as an act of war by the US.

Having said this, I just read a piece by George Friedman and Jacob Shapiro in which they state that their horizon for geopolitical analysis is independent of calendars and as such, specific events: Europe: The Process of Change Continues.

We are linear deterministic thinkers in a world where all action is individually determined and collectively emergent. So there is a continuum in any conflict among the protagonists in which specific points are purely arbitrary. We create such points to enable our (linear) thinking and discourse but in so choosing them, we lose the perspective of the true nature of the conflict. It also ensures our responses will not be optimal and may be very bad.

The conflict among the various political constituencies (I’m not talking Republican/Democrat) has become so polarized that an argument may be made that a civil war is in progress, has been for several generations, but has not yet entered a hot or kinetic phase. This is something to be feared.

I have been including links to speculation on a Trump assassination. It could, however be larger as: Putin Warns Of “Maidan-Style” Attempt To Delegitimize Trump; Doesn’t Believe Trump Used Hookers In Moscow. For those of you not recognizing the reference, “Maidan” refers to the events in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution during which it is alleged that right-wing extremist groups, supported by the State Department and the CIA, violently overthrew the elected government in a coup – classic CIA playbook activity.

Bits and Pieces – 20170116, Monday

Commentary: I’ve always said that two statements determine if a speaker is a Canadian. These are: “It’s my right …” and “It’s not fair …”. Scott Adams today adds his genius:
Dilbert Comic Strip for 2017-01-14

The Weather in 2016: An Average Year for Storms

This is our third annual review of extreme weather events following on last year’s  summary of major storm activity, The Weather in 2015: Hardly Extreme. In this report we look at tornado’s, Atlantic hurricanes and Pacific hurricanes (typhoons) for 2016. As we will show, all storm activity was at or below average for the year.

Bits and Pieces – 20170106, Friday

Commentary: I’ll be taking a break for a week after today while I travel.

Trump: A short read: Threats to Assassinate Trump. The left in all countries, has been traditionally violent. We have been witnessing the violence for months now, in the US. The threat to the presidency and to the Republic is greater from the left than from terrorist activity.

Cyber Warfare: If this doesn’t fly, what will they modify next in their unsupported claim: The “Russian Hacking” Story Changes Again?

WWIII: Escalation: The US Has Begun Amassing Troops On Russian Border.

Russia: When the West criticizes Russia for its imputed actions, what is never observed are the cases where the West has acted in a similar and often more egregious fashion. Pat Buchanan levels the playing field: Can Trump and Putin Avert Cold War II?

Climate: Something to be watched: Global Warming – Opps – Ice Age – Hits Europe. The problem is with the extreme political bias in climate science, we may be well into a mini-ice age before politicians will remove carbon taxes.

Cycle theory: As you know, I am a fan of the theories of cycles. I started posting Bits and Pieces to facilitate capturing the references in a searchable format for later discovery.  One of the prominent cycle theorists or modelers is Martin Armstrong. With that, here’s a later article: Bonds & Climate Change.

Bits and Pieces: Online retailing in perspective:

That gives the scale. This one gives the sense of early automation:

Trump will be successful in re-shoring companies. There will be few jobs to return, however. The old factories are leveled or converted to other uses. The new factories will be highly automated with the latest generation of robots and artificial intelligence systems. A primary driver of re-shoring is the ability of companies to maintain a higher standard of quality control over product inputs.

In contrast are the traditional ‘bricks-and-mortar’ retailers: Macy’s, Kohl’s Crash After Reporting Abysmal Holiday Sales; Cut Guidance; Announce Mass Layoffs, Store Closures and Sears Holdings Posts Another Ugly Loss: Bankruptcy Looms Ahead.

Looking at the global economy, what can possibly go wrong: Global Debt Hits 325% Of World GDP, Rises To Record $217 Trillion?

A warning for Canadians: The Canada Experiment: Is This the World’s First ‘Postnational’ Country? Garbage from The Guardian.

Bits and Pieces – 20170102, Monday

Commentary: Martin Armstrong whom I am still assessing has changed his perspective on 2017 to one that is more positive: 2017 is Looking More Optimistic Than Ever. If you read it you might wonder “this is optimism”. His model shows things really come apart in 2018 so enjoy this new year. He touches on 2018 in this post: Everything is Connected – Connecting the Dots, and identifies a key element of the disruption as the failure of socialism in the world (that includes Canada).

Civil Unrest: Civil unrest comes not only from the reemergence of the violent left but of the breakdown of social order on a broad scale. Here’s the latest from the cradle of Democratic municipal government (not Detroit): Chicago Violence Worst In 20 Years: “Not Seen This Level Of Disrespect For Police Ever”.

Trump: Here is a provocative view of the election and of trump’s relationship with the elite: Trump Is Exactly Where The Elites Want Him.

Obama: An assessment of Obama’s record: Obama’s Failed Presidency.

Fake News and Propaganda: More from a reliable source contributing fake news: Washington Post Caught Spreading More Fake News About “Russian Hackers”.

Cyber Warfare: Call it paranoia or call it propaganda by the administration to create trouble for Trump, the following claim was quickly discredited: Russian Hackers Said To “Penetrate US Electricity Grid” Using Outdated Ukrainian Malware. If anyone can reliably comment on the feasance of Russian hacking it would be John McAfee, the founder of the company of that name that provides anti-virus and anti-malware protection software. Whether the primary source lies at Obama’s feet or whether the CIA is operating in the US in its traditional covert role: “Something Stinks” – Like Iraq WMD Fiasco, Russia Story Doesn’t Add Up.

Bits and Pieces: Here is an interesting essay on rthe real hack of the US 2016 election: How George Soros Destroyed the Democratic Party. Here’s an interesting perspective on Turkey from a site that I’m as of today, paying more attention to: Turkey’s “Long Arm” in Europe.

Bits and Pieces – 20161229, Thursday

What We’re Reading Today

Civil Unrest: Look for more when we have such advocates as Micheal Moore: Michael Moore Urges Civil Disobedience At Trump’s Inauguration, Warns “It’s Going To Be A Lot Worse”.

Fake News and Propaganda: Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law. Keeping you up to date: Mainstream Media Is Now Whining About The “Fake News” Hysteria It Created.

Trump: Recall that leading up to the Brexit vote, the establishment was flooding the media with dire predictions of economic collapse and social armageddon. And then none of it happened. The Trump phenomenon has remarkable parallels to Brexit including the post-Trump effects such as Trump Brings Consumer Confidence to 13 Year High.

Russia: Obama seems bent on doing as much damage as he can, while he can: Obama Set To Announce Economic Sanctions And “Covert Cyber Ops” Against Russia For “Election Hacking”. And then he pulls the trigger: US Retaliates Against Russia For “Hacking The Election”: Expels 35 Diplomats, Unveils Sanctions with the response: Russia Warns Of “Proportional Response” To Obama’s “Paranoia”.

Bits and Pieces: Here’s an article on Obama’s exit, stage left (an appropriate metaphor): A Loser’s Malice: What’s Behind Obama’s Attacks On Putin.

This we include simply because it’s interesting – North American retail destinations by age: At What Age Do You Outgrow IKEA?.

Concerning US assets in Syria: Russia: Mass Graves Full Of Tortured Civilians Discovered In Aleppo. Imagine if the US had used something other than “moderate” rebels. By the way, have you seen this reported in the MSM?

Belatedly, we publish this essay from Paul Merkley: FAREWELL TO OSLO. Paul raises th4 issue of the extermination of Middle east Christians.He also discusses the Palestinian issue and the two state proposal.

Finally, a target for Trudeau to aspire to and with his world traveling under the guise of diplomacy, he’s well under way: Obama’s Vacation Costs Expected To Top $90 Million Over 8 Years.

FAREWELL TO OSLO

In this essay essay, Paul Merkley Discusses the extermination of Christianity in the Middle East. We present this new essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work that we have published.

The Imminent Liquidation of the Christian Population of the Middle East.

Of all the major world issues facing our elected leaders today the most urgent is the imminent liquidation of the Christian population of the Middle East. At the end of the Nineteenth Century, Christians were 13% of the population in the Middle East. Various informed estimates put their numbers today at somewhere between 3% and 1 % — and falling. The best estimate is that of the 1.4 million Christians (roughly 8% of the population) resident in Iraq in the days of Saddam Hussein, perhaps 200,000 remain. Meanwhile, nearly a third of Syria’s 600,000 Christians have fled that country.

If we fail to rescue the Christian people of the Middle East the world will see that we have no  moral capital to apply to the solution of any other issue. The only plausible solution to the situation of Middle East Christians is the creation, by international agreement,  within the present boundaries of Syria and Iraq,  of  an autonomous  region, or, better still, a sovereign state,  made up of the  Christian people of Iraq and Syria as well the other non-Muslim minorities. Let’s call it Assyria.

The distinguished Catholic journalist George Weigel issues this warning: “Today, western politicians seem to fear that naming the genocide of Christians for what it is, or treating Christian refugees as refugees, will be taken as a gesture of disrespect for Islam. This is shameful.” (George Weigel, “ISIS, Genocide, and Us, http;//www.firstthings.com, February 20, 2016.)

Bits and Pieces – 20161223, Friday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: The Canadian government might have made the right decision after all: Lockheed Tanks After Trump Tweets He Told Boeing To Price Cheaper F-18 Competitor To F-35.

WWIII: Let’s see where this goes: Trump Calls For Expansion Of US Nuclear Capability, Hours After Putin Urges Russia To Do The Same. Also: Trump Doubles Down On Nukes: “Let It Be An Arms Race, We’ll Outlast Them All”. Now tell me that a war with NATO will not go nuclear fast. On another front: Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization To Confront China.

Bits and Pieces: Geert Wilders on the state of Islam in Europe: Geert Wilders Warns “Political Revolution Is Brewing In Europe”. He references key passages in the Quran that underlay Islamic terrorism.

I did see this on the MSM but here’s Zero Hedge: Loonie Tumbles After Canadian Economy Unexpectedly Crashes Back Into Contraction.

Bits and Pieces – 20161219, Monday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: It is 5:40 pm and I thought Id, give you an update on the electoral college vote: Electoral College Update: Where The Vote Stands As Of 4:50 PM ET. At this point he is two votes shy of the 270 he officially needs. Hillary is way back at 160 which suggests the soft coup has fizzled out. In an act of electoral defiance, Hillary may not come out with the numbers that she went in with: More Electors Mutiny Against Hillary: Three Cast Votes For Colin Powell, One For “Faith Spotted Eagle”. Now that’s gotta hurt. She lost a vote to “Faith Spotted Eagle”. Here’s another: First “Faithless Elector” Emerges In Minnesota, Refuses To Vote For Hillary Clinton.
After all the dirty tricks and electoral fraud (recall that the Michigan recount could not go ahead because of discrepancies in one thord of Wayne County precincts that went heavily for Hillary).

I wish the Clinton’s would get it together on who cost Hillary the election (other than Hillary herself: President Obama suggests Hillary Clinton is to blame for stunning election loss.) Was it Comey: Bill Clinton: “James Comey Cost Her The Election”? Was it Huma Abedin: New scapegoat for Hillary Clinton loss: Huma Abedin? And Obama is still obsessing about the Russians Hillary Clinton blames Russian hacking for loss as Barack Obama vows response. There are othe scapegoats to choose from: Bill Clinton blames ‘angry white men’ for Hillary’s loss on Election Day. After all, white men are the only ethnic group you can trash without fear of repercussion.

And as I sign off at6:13: Donald Trump Seals Electoral College Victory, Officially Becomes 45th US President.

Bits and Pieces – 20161216, Friday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: It looks like Monday is the showdown at the OK coral. Martin Armstrong has two commentaries on the battle shaping up between the left and the Democratic camp against Trump: Democrats Desperate to Steal Election from Trump at All Costs and Hatred of the Left Continues to Set Stage for Revolution. Their new tactic is intimidation: “Bullet In The Mouth” – Trump Electors Flooded With Death Threats.

The GOP maintains that their electors, excepting one or two, are standing fast: “They Are Standing Strong By The Will Of Our Voters” – GOP Crushes Democrats’ Hopes, Confirms Electors Back Trump. And destroying any shred of credibility he has left: Senator Lindsey Graham Says Russia Hacked His Presidential Campaign Account.

Main Stream Media (MSM): Fake news seems to be the news of the day. It may be becoming the new face of propganda and media control: George Soros Is Funding Facebook’s “Third-Party Fact Checking” Organization Targeting “Fake News”.

Cyber Warfare: This would seem to be the definitive word on the “Russian hack”: NSA Whistleblower Destroys Obama’s Russia Narrative – “Hard Evidence Points To An Inside Leak, Not Hacking”, leaving the question open as to what is Obama up to? In late news, FBI Said To Back CIA Assessment That Russia Intervened To Help Trump Win. Note the line “In addition to “helping Trump win”, the CIA and FBI officials believe Moscow’s other goal included undermining confidence in the U.S. electoral system.” Ask yourself if the Russians have even come close to this in comparison to what the actions of the MSM, Democrats, Obama, Jill Stein, and the left in general have done in their attempts to overthrow the electoral college system.

Climate: Having largely defined ‘Fake news’, in part by becoming one of its best purveyors, the Washington Post moves to climate science: The latest climate ‘conspiracy theory’.

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