Bits and Pieces – 20180331, Saturday

Trade Wars: Martin Armstrong has some interesting perspectives on the US moves, in this very short blog post: Protectionism & Trade Wars. The next article looks at the role of vehicles in trade wars between the EU and the US: France And Germany Clash Over US Car Tariffs. But consider this graphic from the article:

Turkey’s allegiance in a global war is unknown. It plays both sides of the fence skillfully and is currently more on the Russian side while being increasingly at odds with the US in the Middle East. If Turkey sided with Russia and China against the AE which includes Europe, the EU would lose half its export market, leading to economic catastrophe. They really need to think twice about their part in launching Cold War II.

Here’s the second reason why the Europeans need to smarten up fast: Germany Approves Russia-Led Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline. As I have noted  and others have been reporting on extensively (see sidebar links) we are entering the next GSM where Europe in particular will be much colder. Very simply, they need Russian natural gas to survive – literally: Germany Approves Russia-Led Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline.

Cold War II: I’m opening a new topic which I began focusing on very recently. There are many things I don’t understand – some might argue everything – and one of them is the demonetization of Russia campaign. I’ve repeatedly referred to and questioned it. I am now prepared to argue that it is an orchestrated part of preparation for WWIII. Here’s an insightful start: Global Anti-Russia Campaign Is Taking Us Dangerously Close To Disaster. Incidentally, RT news is a good source of information. You know going in that it has a Russia connection but having said that, I would judge that it publishes less fake news than the western MSM.

The Canadian lap dog Trudeau does his part: Russia Vows Imminent Response: “The US Only Understands Force”. Can Justin answer the following questions? If not, why not: 30 Questions That Journalists Should Be Asking About The Skripal Case. Or these questions: 20 More Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case? And if the Brits, let alone the rest of NATO has solid evidence – or any evidence at all – they might at least answer the Russian’s questions: 14 questions for London on ‘fabricated’ Skripal case. But to give you some facts, read: Salisbury Incident Report: Hard Evidence For Soft Minds. And there have been many articles lately outling how international monitors have signed off on Russia’s destruction of their nerve agents, something the US has not done.

WWIII: Wars are not fought on a couple of days notice. I seem to recall that it took 6 months to position assets in preparation for the first invasion of Iraq. It is reasonable then, to expect to see assets being positioned for an invasion of Syria and ultimately, Iran. Even political assets – Trump’s latest hawkish advisors – are being moved into place.

The American Empire (AE): I have heard conversations that suggest the latest turnover of White House staff is a sign of ongoing chaos and weakness created by a deranged mind. To the contrary, I think Trump has finally started to put together a team that reflects and will implement his views, an indication of a strengthening position and brilliant planning of a sharp and cunning mind. David Stockman would support this idea: America’s State Wreck Gathers Steam: The Donald’s War Cabinet And The Fiscal Doom Loop, Part 2.

An interesting takeaway is that no country has the military capability to attack the US with conventional forces. George Friedman, a great strategist, has noted in the past that the US is essentially an island nation and that fact is one of its greatest military strengths, giving it a geographical isolation that has exempted it from the perpetual wars that have ravaged Europe and the Middle East due to the geographic proximity of the countries therein.  Pat Buchanan is taking a similar point of view: Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?. Also, Stephen Lendman has a similar take on both Trump’s moves and the Skripal affair: Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed.

I’ve seen pictures like this before of vast parking lots in the southwestern dessert, for obsolete and mothballed US military aircraft: Nothing Exceeds Like Excess. Likewise, I’ve seen the number published in that article of over 1,000 US military bases globally (in 156 countries). The cost of empire is enormous which is why Canada will not be allowed to leave the AE’s foreign legion (NATO) and why Trump is demanding that we increase our financial support for it.

It just occurred to me that the creation of another cold war is being done to justify NATO’s existence which long ago ceased to have its original relevance. Instead in recent years, its been bouncing around the globe bombing country after country into rubble.

Personal Development: All my life I’ve had a problem with tiredness. I’ve actually zoned out in the middle of a sentence. I remember a meeting in which I was speaking and I went unconscious for maybe one or two seconds. No one commented but I often wonder how coherent that sentence was. In my early university days I would fight for hours to stay awake. Finally, I’d take a 15 minute nap and snap out of it alert and refreshed. My personal theory was that the brain needed a reset point to restore the balance of neurotransmitters. It turns out that my body new best: The Biggest Brain Benefits of Taking a Daily Nap.

  • Scientists have shown that a 60- to 90-minute siesta can charge up the brain’s batteries as much as eight hours tucked up in bed.
  • Sleep experts have found that daytime naps can improve many things: increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills and accuracy, enhance your sex life, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, brighten your mood and boost memory.
  • You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping.
  • The benefits of a nap can even last for several hours.

Bits and Pieces: From a friend, a humorous but I would consider, accurate portrayal of BitCoin and cryptocurrency:

In the 17th century we had Tulip mania in Holland. It turns out that despite the bubble in prices, they still have intrinsic value today. Think you will be able to retain a BitcCoin with an intrinsic value of … zero?

Here’s a more serious look at Bitcoin. The first part up to about the 5:50 mark talks about BitCoin creation or “mining”. It should be view to get a sense of the scale of the computing hardware installations and their power requirements. The second part talks about the BitCoin transaction network or distributed ledger:

Miners at present are rewarded for hosting the blockchain ledgers- the distributed ledger of transactions – by owning the BitCoins that they create. No one that I have read has asked the question of how the miners are paid for hosting the ledger when the last BitCoin is created (the algorithm has a strict upper limit around 21 million BitCoins as I remember): Digital Currency Mining May Look Much Different in 2025.

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