Bits and Pieces – 20170429, Saturday

Commentary: I’ve been traveling so this is a dated collection of stuff.

The Deep State: Here is an interesting essay on the position of the US military/intelligence complex: Trump has lost control over the Pentagon. On the other side of this is the coterie of Goldman Sachs people that Jared Kushner works with. Finally, there is the oligarchy of wealthy families and corporate America that influence the political process through donations and lobbying. The electoral process is simply a sideshow to placate the masses.

Officials in Kiev and western interests such as NATO and the US Deep State wishing to increase tensions with Russia may follow the Syrian gas attack example with a new Ukrainian offensive hoping to draw Trump into the battle: Major Ukrainian Offensive Against the Rebels Coming Up?. Although Russia has interests in Syria, Ukraine is Russia’s doorstep: think Cuban Missile Crisis.

WWIII: Here is an hour-long interview with Jim Rickards who thinks that war is imminent in North Korea: The Gold Chronicles April 2017 — Interview with Jim Rickards and Alex Stanczyk. I had commented on the dispatch of a US WC-135 “radiation sniffer” plane to Japan. Rickards says the US may have to use tactical nukes to take out North Korean facilities and such a plane may be used to map radiation from nuclear strikes. This remains a top story to watch. And to confirm the timeline of Apr. 25 when the USS Carl Vinson arrives: Trump Considering “Kinetic Military Action” On North Korea Including “Sudden Strike”. And to confirm that this is the day to stock up on beer and popcorn: April 25 Is “Highest Probability” Day For North Korean Nuclear Test China Warns.

Finally, North Korea makes the big threat: North Korea Threatens US With “Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike”. Please, not the “super mighty” one. Maybe just the “slightly mighty” one.

Incidentally, if my earlier posts on the movement of the USS Carl Vinson seem a bit off – and the current announced arrival date is later than I had expected but didn’t comment on – there may have been good reason: How Did the Trump Administration Lose an Aircraft Carrier?

Bits and Pieces: Are the Democrats getting it together: Democrats welcome Bernie takeover?

Difficulties at the frontier of empire. After MOAB, this: Hundreds Of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan. And this is after more troops in Syria and Somalia as recently reported.

To think that some snowflakes have gone deep into debt to buy this kind of college education: ASU Prof Allows Students To Protest Trump In Lieu Of Final Exam.

Keep this one in your back pocket: Obama, Comey Relied On Discredited Dossier To Obtain FISA Warrant On Trump Campaign. I am mystified that Trump has not called some grand inquiry to sort out all this stuff including the large number of sources that I have posted links to on various topics  that indicate nefarious activity towards Trump and his associates.

Preppers Corner: I want to capture this link for myself but you may find it useful to develop your own plan B: What’s Your Plan B?

Here’s an excellent article that surveys nuclear weapon capability across the globe. It discusses who has them, how many, who are working to acquire them, who have abandoned plans to build them who who have the capability of acquiring them if they choose: The Geopolitics of Nuclear Weapons.

An update on snowflake education: Wellesley College Student Newspaper Endorses Violence Against Unpopular Speech. It is ironic that Wellesley College is producing a class of individuals by their suppression of free speech and alternative points of view, that their dictates would then apply to. I’m sure they would not recognize this as a legitimate argument however.

Canada Corner: Housing market blues: Crashing Canadian Mortgage Lender Bailed-Out By 321,000 Retired Ontario Healthcare Workers and Canada’s Housing Bubble Explodes As Its Biggest Mortgage Lender Crashes Most In History. And here’s the Ontario budget. And here’s text of a letter to the editotr of the Ottawa Sun:

I was wondering how Kathleen Wynne can eliminate the deficit on one hand and add a host of new spending initiatives on the other. Rather than wade through hundreds of pages of fluff and spin, one can find the answer easily and quickly by going to table 6.26 of the budget. The 2017-2018 budget will increase the total provincial debt by $8.7 billion dollars and the net provincial debt by a cool $10.0 billion dollars.

Now I prefer to use the total debt of $341.1 billion because this is the actual amount that we are paying interest on. The Liberals prefer to the use net debt of $311.9 billion because the number is less big. So let’s use net debt. This means the actual deficit is $10 billion dollars, accounting legerdemain aside.

Martin Armstrong talks a bit about his cycle theory: Kim Jong-un The Kid Whose Father Never Spanked – Why 2017 Is The Crisis Year For Korea.

And for your listening pleasure (it’s had 17 million views):

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