Bits and Pieces – 20170610 – Saturday

Commentary: Trump is right about NATO: the Europeans, particularly the Germans have been riding on Uncle Sam’s coattails. Britain and Russia have one thing in common, their major wars over the last 2 or 3 hundred years have been with the French and the Germans. Merkel’s EU has been playing hardball over Brexit. Britain should form closer ties with Russia and leave NATO since their adversary is the EU, meaning France and Germany.

Here’s an interesting prediction. I follow the site King World News. Reading past Eric Kings habit of being stuck in the superlative mode of everything, he interviews a few people that I consider reliable. One is Andrew Maguire of whom he published a most recent post on June 9. Maguire states that in exactly 26 days from “today”, a dramatic event will take place in the metals market repricing gold higher. The problem is King doesn’t explicitly state when the interview occurred so “today” remains a bit elusive.

If we use the 9th as “today”, 26 days puts the event on July 5, the day after independence day which falls on a Tuesday. Traditionally, trading falls off during the summer (hence “sell in May and go away”). This year, many traders will also take the Monday off with markets closed on Tuesday. If one wanted to make a move when traders were thin, one might choose the 3rd or the 4th. On the other hand, one might want to schedule a move for the 5th to catch markets as the open and take advantage of the market response on a full trading day. It also might be that the call is bad and nothing happens.

I will bet on a good call although my move a few days before makes things a bit tricky. Here’s the interview: ALERT: Unknown Entity Deletes Portion Of Whistleblower Andrew Maguire’s KWN Audio Interview About A Major Event In 26 Days. If you want to place a bet it should be in by June 30.

Civil Unrest: Here’s an interesting parallel drawn between the 1930’s and today: Ray Dalio Warns We May Be On A Path To “Dictatorships And Wars”.

The Deep State: Some comments on the effort to impeach Trump using any reason that might work: The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy.


WWIII: The pieces may be falling into place: The Pivot? Qatar Foreign Minister To Visit Moscow On Saturday. In recent months Turkey has done a kiss and make up with Russia. Chin has been nibbling at the edges of influence in the Middle East in recent months also. Qatar seems to be lining up allies: Qatar Says “We Will Never Surrender”, Welcomes Turkish Troops As Iran Offers Food, Ports. Also consider: Putin Warns Of “Hot War” And Nuclear Holocaust: “I Don’t Think Anyone Would Survive”.

The American Empire (AE): This article gives an update on the dynamics of the Syrian conflict and the use of ISIS by the US to achieve its goal of overthrowing Assad and establishing a puppet regime sympathetic to American interests: Syria’s Cauldron: One Step Away from Major Showdown.

Climate: 2017 hurricane forecast: CFAN’s forecast for the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Work done at NRC in Ottawa has established the 10.77 cm flux as a good measure of solar activity: The Origin of the 10.7 cm Flux. Martin Armstrong has been predicting a global cooling phase based on this measurement, for a while now: Propaganda About Global Warming. His claim of polar movement of 55 km/year is supported by NOAA. It has been long established that the sun goes through an 11-year cycle in solar activity:
(source: The Solar Radio Microwave Flux.) The decline from peak to trough is on the order of 5 years. Armstrong’s graph suggests a 2-3 year drop especially if we take in a bit more data:
Image result for F10.7 cm flux graph.

A point to observe about the top graph is that the successive maxima appear to be on a slight decline of roughly 25-50 units that might imply that a longer term cooling cycle is in operation. One would need to apply a smoothing function to the noisy data to get a reliable measurement.

Bits and Pieces: Canada corner: We’re number 8: USA Plunges To 114th ‘Most-Peaceful’ Nation On Earth.

Here is Jim Rogers whom I always listen to when I can find new material: JIM ROGERS: The worst crash in our lifetime is coming. The reset will occur later this year or next. And here’s a similar interview: JIM ROGERS: The Fed is clueless and is setting us up for disaster.

ZeroHedge gives us the crux of Comey’s testimony so you know what was actually said rather than what the MSM might report: Obstruction Of Justice Case Dismantled By Senator Risch. Also, although the Democrats were trying to nail Trump with this inquiry they may have scored a direct hit on one of their own: Comey Testifies AG Lynch ‘Pressured’ Him To Use Clinton Campaign Language; “It Gave Me A Queasy Feeling”. ZH also gives us some background of the Russia-gate players: Retired FBI Special Agent Blows The Whistle On The Real Robert Mueller.

Continuing the idea of algorithms that shape the structure of social media, we might include in these operational protocols for staff: Facebook’s Little Ethics Problem.

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