Bits and Pieces – 20170320, Monday

Commentary: We sold our house late last week and have been preoccupied with related issues. Life is now returning to normal whatever that is.

I have voiced a concern about the structural unemployment coming due to robotics, auto,ation and artificial intelligence (RAAI). Today I publish links to articles on the psychological and sociological, particularly on men. Also, by now you understand that although these are often treated as vertical issues explored by linear deterministic thinking and models, the reality is that these are aspects of a deeply complex system.

From the Left: The Russian bogeyman may be severely wounded: The Democrats’ Trump-Russia Conspiracy Campaign Collapses. Further: Intel Chair: “No Collusion Between Trump and Russia… Leak Is The Only Crime”.

EU Crisis: The banking sector problems in the EU are closely coupled with the sovereign debt problems constitute one of the major fault lines in our global society: As such I monitor it carefully: EU Taxpayers Brace As Deepening Banking Crisis Means Euro-TARP Looms. The problem is not one dimensional. Geopolitics and the rise of “populist” parties is intimately entwined.

The American Empire (AE): Foreign occupation numbers: America First? 200,000 Troops Deployed To 177 Nations.

Bits and Pieces: Canada corner: more bank warning signs: “We Are All Doing It”: Thousands Of Canadian Bankers Admit Lying To Customers To Boost Sales. And a shot across Trudeau’s bow by the BIS: Canada Flagged For Recession By BIS. It’s the spending, stupid. On our immigration policy problems: Deported Mexicans Vow To Flood Into Canada – Immigrating To “The U.S. Is Over…Now It’s Canada’s Turn” and Mexicans Flood Into Canada As 2017 Border Detentions Surpass All Of 2016. Finally, on the housing market: I attended the top of the Canadian Housing Market, so you didn’t have to.

The players on the left are mostly well known but the right appeared vacuous. However, there appear to be groups such as the following that provide some behind the curtain support of interests on the right. In particular, Steve Bannon should be watched: The Mercers and Stephen Bannon: How a populist power base was funded and built. I suggest that he is the brains behind Trump or th brains of Trump and whatever happens to Trump, Bannon should be followed.

Your weekend conspiracy theory: Another Senior Russian Official Has Died.

Continuing the theme of the psychological and sociological implication of the loss of jobs, particularly for men: The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men and Angst in America, Part 1: Aimless Men. The second article by the always eloquent John Mauldin is a must read as an excellent review of the problem. This is part of an immense upheval in western civiklization of which we are at the leading edge. Here’s another out of left field but absolutely relevant: The Coming New Schism within the Catholic Church?

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