Bits and Pieces – 20170606 – Tuesday

Commentary: Home and catching up. Interesting development in the Middle East with: The Shocking Trigger Behind Today’s Gulf Scandal: Qatar Paid Al-Qaeda, Iran $1BN In Hostage Deal. Since Qatar is one of the dominant financiers of terrorism along with Saudi Arabia, will this reduce it to any degree? Also: It’s A “Geopolitical Earthquake”: A Stunned World Responds After Saudi Alliance Cuts All Ties With Qatar. Here’s an analysis of the issues behind this flareup (it’s not terrorism-related): “Forget Terrorism”: The Real Reason Behind The Qatar Crisis Is Natural Gas.

I read two interesting articles today that put me into some exciting thinking. The first is Facebook is Broken, and the second, How to see past your own perspective and find truth. Social media physical networks are defined by the computer science algorithms that are used to build them. The articles point to another class of algorithms that control the content and its dissemination. These algorithms define the social structure of the social media. It is interesting to contemplate that social structure and organization is based on algorithms. What these might have been before the internet is a question that then arises. The role of individual behavior in the algorithms would be a central part to examine (well-defined complex systems).

Cyber Warfare: They’re at it again:) US Intelligence Says Russian Hackers Are To Blame For Qatar Crisis: CNN.

WWIII: Let’s see where this goes: NATO Splinters: Germany Says “Has No Choice But To Pull Out” Troops From Turkey’s Incirlik Airbase. And just to maintain perspective: Russia Scrambles Fighter Jet To Intercept US B-52 Bomber Over Baltic Sea, we do it too.

The American Empire (AE): I neither agree with nor disagree with Paul Craig Roberts when he asserts the AE is alive and well with the Deep State firmly in control, even under Trump. It’s a good outlier to read and consider as he may be right in all or in part: Washington’s Empire Is Not Unraveling.

Climate: Progressive hysteria aside, here’s an interesting observation: Trump Didn’t Kill The Paris Agreement – It Was Already Dead. Also, here are some observations about historical climate variability by Martin Armstrong: Some German Politicians Come Out Joining Trump on Climate Change Calling it “Moral Blackmail”.

Bits and Pieces: More MSM fake news: Was CNN Caught Staging Fake News? Network Trots Out Anti-ISIS Muslims In Scripted Outrage After London Attacks.

Canada corner: A good set of economic stats for Canada: The Biggest Real Estate Bubble Of All Time Just Did The Impossible (it re-inflated) and Canadians Rush To Cash In On Toronto’s Massive Housing Bubble Before Regulators Kill It. Our realtor said she recently lost a sale when her client bid 430K on a property which was over the asking price, to an offer for 550K. A year ago, houses in London were mostly selling at prices under asking. In the last 3 months, almost every sale has been over asking. A relative looking at the market an hour east of Toronto says prices have gone up 100K in the last year. Although anecdotal, the evidence seems to show a dramatic increase in house prices that we think is due to money flowing out of the Toronto market.

To capture a thought, I have been wondering how large our cities can grow before they break down. Some third world cities are well over the 10MM mark. But developed world cities like Tokyo and New York are enormous and seem to be thriving. We have a case at hand to watch – Toronto. It occurred to me that standard of living is a key. The higher the average standard of living, the greater the energy per person required to function and the sooner growth limits will be reached.

When a snowflake melts: Kathy Griffin Abandons Accountability, Slams Trump & Family For “Personally Ruining [Her] Life”.

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