Bits and Pieces – 20180202, Friday

Commentary: I came across a Canadian blogger, Faith Goldy, with an extremely direct commentary on sex education in Ontario:

WWIII: When I signed off last year I noted that war with NK had not happened. We may, however, have not long to wait: The US to Attack North Korea Before March.

Climate: From a friend: 7 New (2017) Papers Forecast Global Cooling, Another Little Ice Age Will Begin Soon. And in the news: Coast Guard frees tugboats stuck in Hudson River ice. There are a large number of local news reports that have come out such as snow in Florida and iguanas falling from trees because the cold has stunned them.

Judith Curry reviews a book on the early history of the UN IPCC that shows how political agendas hijacked science to focus on CO2 as the predominate climate factor driving an imputed anthropogenic global warming: Manufacturing consensus: the early history of the IPCC.

Here’s something else to worry about, magnetic pole reversal. While not a climate issue directly, a pole reversal would have a major impact on the climate and life on earth: The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

Bits and Pieces: I generally avoid “the best … of 2017” of which there are a plethora. I also am careful about “what will happen in 2017”. After all, articles of this type are simply based on someone’s opinion. Here, however, are a couple you may not have seen:

Harper’s has an interesting article on the US version of the Kalashnikov rifle: How to Make Your Own AR-15. It turns out that the AR-15 is extremely versatile because most of the components such as stock and barrel, can be sourced legally from many different small manufacturers including garage operations, in configurations that can even change the caliber. The key part, the receiver, can now be printed on a 3-D printer.

I’m glad I’m not on this guy’s enemy list: SecDef Mattis Sums Up ‘Murica In 7 Short Words.

The following video explains Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency phenomenon in 3 minutes (it really does explain it well when you include the context the women provide):

The Conspiratorium

If you’re into conspiracies, I very recently stumbled across a major one built around the postings of an alleged inside White House source (recall “Deep Throat” of the Nixon era) called Q or Q Anon. For example, one of many YouTube videos: The Calm Before The Storm – QAnon is The Real Deal!

The material around QAnon covers a range of contemporary issues that are on the front burner in the US. In the following video, Greg Hunter covers a number of them. Many of them are predicted to hit the news in the next week to the middle of February by which time Hillary must be indicted. Also, Reddit 4Chan and 8 Chan are referenced but I haven’t figured them out.

In the meantime, various committees and agencies are zeroing in on the corruption under Obama and the Clintons such as: Upcoming OIG Report Likely To Trigger Second Special Counsel; Comey, Lynch And Clinton In Crosshairs.

Since this post has evolved over a couple of weeks, the FISA memo was released today: FISA Memo Released: Here’s What It Says.

I also came across this interesting guy, Lionel Nation.

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