Bits and Pieces – 20181125, Sunday

Commentary

I’m adding a new topic – Energy. I work from a topic template structure with 36 topics arranged in 3 levels of detail breakdown. In choosing to add another, I reviewed all topics and sub-topics and found none that I wanted to delete. Many are not currently of active interest but could find an entry at any time. Often, an article that I wish to include spans diverse topics and it can be a challenge figuring out where to slot it in. So why energy now? Here are some collected thoughts.

All living organism require a source of energy to survive. In most, cellular components known as mitochondria convert glucose into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the principal energy source for cellular operation. Working backward, glucose is acquired either directly or through the transformation of other sugars in our food. So food is energy, and in times of scarcity is the source of social and geopolitical strife.

Neolithic cultures existed in a quasi-stable balance with their environments and tended to be nomadic following game as one area became depleted. Burning plant material enhanced their standard of living but was not essential except possibly for tribes in northern areas where the heat may have been a necessity for survival at times.

The transition to bronze and iron tools required the control of fire from plant sources. The resulting tools allowed for more extensive harvesting of fuel materials, enabled the development of agriculture and leading to permanent settlement with an associated population expansion. Source of burnable oil such as the blubber from sea animals and the mining and use of coal added to the growth of both technology and population. The discovery and extraction of oil and later natural gas was the fundamental driver of the rapid growth of our modern civilization.

Biological organism require energy to survive and grow. Cities and towns can be viewed as organisms that have their own energy requirements.The corporations that provide our necessities and our toys and trinkets also have energy requirements. Their capital requirements and their physical energy requirements can be converted back and forth.Money is the energy medium of the economy.

The trajectory of energy discovery, extraction and distribution has been towards greater supply and greater demand. This has been along side of increased population and increased urban density.

We need energy not only to sustain our current standard of living but to fuel growth. As our population grows and as large segments move from poverty into the higher standard of living making the middle class, our energy use per capita has to grow. But the discussion of whether we are at an energy production peak continues and becomes increasingly more likely with time. There is still lots of coal, uranium and thorium but these materials are currently unpopular. Shoveling coal into a coal burning furnace as my father had to do on cold mornings was an event that disappeared on the upward energy curve and will reappear on the downward side of the curve.

In the meantime, the battle lines are drawn around oil and nat gas. That oil in particular has driven geopolitics for generations is not surprising. It remains the major factor in Middle East politics. The distribution of natural gas and oil is the major reason for the Syrian war and oil interests are behind our destruction of Iraq and Libya. The US and Russia are battling over the distribution of energy to Europe as seen in the US opposition to the Nordstream pipeline and the promotion of US LNG.

When you borrow money and spend it, future earnings go towards paying back the loan rather than future consumption (this is why our country’s economic growth will be sub-optimal in the future). We are doing the same with enrage. In fact we are doing the same with all non-renewable resources.

In North America, the oil at the beginning of the energy era that could be reached by hand-digging a well (Ontario and Pennsylvania where the first discoveries were made) are exhausted. This is pretty much true globally. All the readily accessible, cheap to develop, high-grade deposits of everything have been exhausted. New fossil fuel resources are being exploited but these are high cost, high technology methods such as deep water drilling, tar sand extraction and fracing. The same can be said for base metals, copper, gold and other materials. The grade of ore that is mined on the average today is much lower now than a few decades ago. Discovery of world class deposits are now rare.

The implication is that we are the last great technological society. A major collapse means no recovery. Subsequent societies will scavenge the bones of this society and return to subsistence strategies. Our current renewable resources are based on a technology that may be at its peak in terms of material inputs. The wind turbines use magnets made with rare earth metals. Solar cells use silver. These are materials that will at some point be in decline so renewable energy does not guarantee a future that we might like.

Without the necessary energy, all organisms from bacteria to mammals to cities and civilizations die. Whether we realize it or not, energy is the key driver of our lives and our conflicts whether it is food for our bellies or oil for our economy.

Sanctions and Blockades

I’m concerned that when the Trump administration runs out of bad guys to sanction they may turn on our cats: US Sanctions Russian, Iranian Companies To Disrupt Oil Shipments To Syria (note the energy driver here). And why target Iran instead of Saudi Arabia, a major exporter and supporter of terrorism? Well Trump tells us: Trump Says Oil Prices Would “Go Through The Roof” If We Broke With Saudi Arabia; Wants Lower Rates. As you can see, it’s all about energy acquisition and distribution and has been for a century.

Propaganda and Fake News

In the UK, is the Russia bogeyman misdirection to cover for the predation of the British ruling class: Britain’s enemy is not Russia but its own ruling class, UN report confirms? Creating a foreign war is a classic strategy for diverting the public attention from problems at home. Demonizing a foreign entity but stopping short of a kinetic war you know you will likely lose, is a second best strategy.

We noted late last winter and into the spring that cold temperature and snowfall records were falling by the dozens almost daily yet the MSMS never reported these. The only thing they would publish was the occasional heat record out of Australia. Look for the same happening again this year: Coldest Thanksgiving In 150 Years As Northeast Hit By “Siberian” Temperatures.

Admittedly, the cold at this US Thanksgiving was so intense and widespread with so many records falling that it did reach media like CTV. But they still manage to attribute it to global warming. When a person can believe that warming causes cooling, there’s no hope for rational discussion.

In Canada, the Liberal government has bought the already supportive mainstream media and any journalist that Trudeau “can trust”. As Rebel Media reports, he is giving almost $600 million in tax cuts to buy them all: https://play.zype.com/0Xh6Spe3dRXxZUquXYaP3fqSi4NgnjDmrxSc81pwGv5VbqST0MAbs7ogdnP19DE6/sign_in?video_id=5bf847f8ef995e13dd012ed2.

This needs investigation to understand how the money gets into pockets.

Political Subversion and Regime Change (CIA)

Oh dear! We didn’t see this coming: Blowback: An Inside Look at How US-Funded Fascists in Ukraine Mentor US White Supremacists. In a world where globalist forces are slowly destroying national identity and sovereignty, and left-wing  fascist groups such as Antifa are growing increasingly violent without significant opposition, the neo-Nazis may be needed as a counterbalance

There is one statement in this short post by Martin Armstrong. The central theme is about his computer model’s projections but the point to note is the US interference in the Russian 1999 elections and the possibility that this might come to the forefront. Keep it in your back pocket.

Regional Wars

The official American narrative that they are working to defeat ISIS is blown apart by a new UN report that confirms what independent observers have been claiming all along – that the US in fact, having created ISIS in the beginning, continue to support it: UN Report Finds ISIS Given “Breathing Space” in US-Occupied Areas of Syria. Oops – how did this get out? It doesn’t matter because the MSM will never report it.

At last a gas attacked not attributed to Assad: Massive Al-Qaeda Gas Attack On Pro-Government Aleppo Leaves Over 100 Hospitalized.

The US

Today’s humour “Democratic Socialist” Ocasio-Cortez Couldn’t Name The 3 Branches Of Government.

Canada

I listened to the CBC and Ralph Goodale our Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, praising Bill Browder for what a good guy he is. So much for CBC fake news and the government’s propaganda. To get the true perspective on Browder consider two articles that came my way today on the man: Add This to Bill Browder’s Resume — Criminal Mastermind and Did Browder Have Magnitsky Killed? The second article from Martin Armstrong is one of many that touch on the Magnitsky Act and its background including Browder’s involvement. I’m puzzled as to what Goodale gets out of this.

I’ve written before on the Magnitsky Act and Browder’s involvement. Martin Armstrong has written on the intrigue around the Republic Bank. Today he wrote a brief blog piece that links to a Vanity Fair article: Dominick Dunn – Death in Monaco. This is an almost unknown but big story that can be developed if you care to devote the time.

Geopolitical Futures says that the Canadian banking system is relatively safe with a very low percentage of non-performing loans. It also says that Canada is particularly vulnerable to a recession in the US: Examining Canada’s Debt Exposure. This makes one wonder what the BIS was excited about and who is right regarding bank risk?

Globalism

Here is the UN blueprint for destroying nationalism and the nation state as explained by Faith Goldy. Trudeau will sign on in December:

Here is a link to the document: GLOBAL COMPACT FOR SAFE, ORDERLY AND REGULAR MIGRATION. If you oppose it you can sign a parliamentary petition against it: Petition e-1906 – E-petitions.

The next article discusses the Compact in terms of advancing the global expansion of Islam: Global Compact for Migration – Global Impact on Western Civilisation.

If you want more dissection of the document listen to Stefan Molyneux:

Sovereign Debt and the Credit Crisis

John Mauldin’s weekly news letter came out today: Double Debt Problem. He is extremely widely read and knows everyone of importance connected to the economy and money management. His letter is free and framed for you to understand. Overall I classify him as an optimist.

Energy

An article from Tom Luongo opens the topic: Forget Nordstream 2, Turkstream is the Prize. It outlines the relationship between energy and geopolitics very well.

Bits and Pieces

I got an email today purportedly from the Royal Bank, in a mail account that RBC should not have access to. Caution flag goes up. The email which is probably a legitimate format advised me that there had been recent activity in my online account that was suspicious and that some account privileges had been suspended pending authorization. An active link (one that will open a browser window if you click on it) was provided that probably had the text format of a legitimate RBC link.

Here’s the part I hate – Jung called it synchronicity. Yesterday I was poking around in the online account for the first time in months if not years. One might surmise that RBC software detected this activity, considered it suspicious and acted to prevent a security breach. What to do?

What many people don’t realize is that using your mail client – I use Thunderbird – you can attach any URL as a link to a text string rendering the text string an active link to the URL site when clicked on. So I right-clicked on the link in the email, selected “copy link location”, and pasted it into the address box of a browser window. This is the URL that got pasted in “https://neurodrama.com/talleres/album/slides/1/index.htm”. As you can see this is not RBC but what looks like a site that is promoting videos or something like that. The “index.htm” on the end takes you to the home page of the site.

The other thing I look at is the domain prefix, in this case”.com”. This suggests a commercial site. When I start seeing prefixes such as “.de” (Germany) or   “.ru” (Russia) I know I’m probably dealing with some serious hacker.

Subsequent to what I wrote above a couple of days ago I got this email:

Hello!

I have very bad news for you.
06/08/2018 - on this day I hacked your operating system and got full access to your account lett1@digitaldoor.net
On that day your account lett1@digitaldoor.net password was: 11parker//

It is useless to change the password, my malware intercepts it every time.

How it was:
In the software of the router to which you were connected that day, there was a vulnerability.
I first hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you entered in the Internet, my trojan was installed on the operating system of your device.

After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a small amount of money to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and came to the big delight of your favorite resources.
I'm talking about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a big, big pervert. You have unbridled fantasy!!!

After that, an idea came to my mind.
I made a screenshot of the intimate website where you have fun (you know what it is about, right?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and joined all together.
It turned out beautifully, do not doubt.

I am strongly belive that you would not like to show these pictures to your relatives, friends or colleagues.
I think $752 is a very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I spent a lot of time on you!

I accept money only in Bitcoins.
My BTC wallet: 1Bu2NDQScVQwixvhf4z4xbZQVNFWuXokSJ

You do not know how to replenish a Bitcoin wallet?
In any search engine write "how to send money to btc wallet".
It's easier than send money to a credit card!

For payment you have a little more than two days (exactly 50 hours).
Do not worry, the timer will start at the moment when you open this letter. Yes, yes .. it has already started!

After payment, my virus and dirty photos with you self-destruct automatically.
Narrative, if I do not receive the specified amount from you, then your device will be blocked, and all your contacts will receive a photos with your "joys".

I want you to be prudent.
- Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (this is not feasible, I sent you an email from your account)
- Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help either, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment, as you are not my single victim.
 This is a hacker code of honor.

From now on, I advise you to use good antiviruses and update them regularly (several times a day)!

Don't be mad at me, everyone has their own work.
Farewell.

I sent an email to my domain ISP asking for advice and got this message back:

Hello Ian,

This is a very common email scam to try and get you to pay them.

They don’t have the new password, but they are trying to taunt you with the old password to make it seem legitimate.

I would disregard this message and you should have nothing to worry about.

I also contacted Fido, my internet provider and had them reset and reinstall the router’s operating system. Hopefully this puts the problem to bed. Incidentally, I keep a physical cover on my webcam which I know could be hacked – the NSA has wonderful software for this – and I don’t visit porn sites which incidentally are crawling with viruses and trojans (not the prophylactic kind) for the unwary – one might call them electronic STDs. So I know the guy or gal is bluffing, at least in part.

On another matter, we’ll see if this is verified: CIA Has “Smoking Gun Phone Call” Of MbS Giving Order To “Silence” Khashoggi: Report. As for Justin Trudeau, recently singing that old chestnut “What a Friend we have in Saudi Arabia” …

End Notes

I can be reached at the following email address. It is not in standard format as webcrawling robots harvest identifiable email addressees from webpages, compile them into lists and sell the lists to spammers. Use thepoog before the @ symbol and digitaldoor after it followed by .net. Please forward any comments directly by email.

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