Bits and Pieces – 20180515, Tuesday

Economic Warfare

Sanctions and Blockades

Here is an article that explains how sanctions can be used as a weapon of military warfare with actions by the US as an examples: Iran Sanctions: A Reminder Of How America Militarized The Financial System.

Technological Warfare

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)

This is a topic that equally belongs under Warfare or Climate. It is most often discussed as a form of warfare so I will place it here. That there is a counter-argument to its efficacy is something that I had not noticed so I include the following article as an introduction: EMP: Elaborate Hoax Or Legitimate Threat?

Although the effect of an EMP attack is studied in the context of war, a class 5 (X5) geomagnetic storm may create similar conditions. Here’s one: EMP Commission Warns Of Year-Long Blackout And A Massive Death Toll. The largest X5 event on record is the Carrington event of 1859. If it occurred today, say goodbye grid. When the Carrington event occurred the only transmission lines were telegraph lines. It was per-electricity systems, telephone communications and all technology of the modern electrical era.

The assessment of risk associated with an event should have at least two dimensions. As well as the probability of occurrence, one should consider the magnitude of the effect. An event that has a low probability of occurrence, if it has the possibility of setting civilization back a thousand years, should probably be assigned serious consideration.

Propaganda and Fake News

A comparison of the role of the MSM in the West to Pravada in Russia as the means of disseminating government propaganda: From the Skripals to Douma, the Globalist Pravda Network Reveals its True Face.

The one and only source of the Syrian chemical attack allegations was  the White Helmets.  This  article analyses the background of the White Helmets showing how it is Western governments that are funding it: Who’s Funding The White Helmets? As such its lack of impartiality is demonstrated.

Let’s add one more article on the Skripal event detailing the inconsistencies and the machinations of the British government: The Skripal Affair: A Lie Too Far?.

Political Subversion and Regime Change

Time to go back into Iran again: Leaked Doc Reveals White House Planning “Regime Change” In Iran.

Kinetic Warfare

Regional War

The Israel/Iran conflict may be heading towards a resolution via a kinetic war: US Officials: Israel Preparing For War With Iran, Seeking US Support. And a puzzle to ponder: Russia Says No S-300 Missiles For Syria After Netanyahu Visit. Obliviously, much is going on behind the curtain that we are not privy to – yet.

An update on the tension between India and China: Don’t Be Fooled, There’s No “New Détente” Between India And China. Peace for now.

This tension between Greece and Turkey, however, is a bit more flamable: “You Can’t Control Us” – Turkey Threatens To Retaliate If US Blocks Sale Of 116 F-35s.

Global War: World War III

One of the many sources concerned about Syria/Iran blossoming into WIII: UN Secretary General Warns Scrapping Iran Deal Could Lead To “World War III”. NATO’s Collective defence – Article 5 is a conundrum. In the event of hostilities between the two countries, which country should Canada bomb? Should we bomb both to be fair? If we bomb either or both, should – say Italy – then bomb us? The Clown Prince in Ottawa will need to have his dancing shoes on.

Climate

Climate Change and Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW)

The fundamental error in all climate models is explained in this video:

This argument does not address the other fundamental error in the AGW alarmists’ arguments – that their thinking is linear and ignores or minimizes systemic effects other than CO2, principally the influences of the solar behavior and effects on the earth’s magnetosphere. The video should be a sufficient argument to turn anyone with an open mind into a “skeptic”.

National Politics

Trump

When I saw this article: Trump “Committed To Regime Change” In Iran: Giuliani, I thought that Giuliani had gone off the reservation. He did it the last time Trump picked him for I forget what and he’s done it again. Simply, it’s not his call. Trump may agree: Trump Considers Banning Giuliani From TV Interviews After Failure To Stay “On Message”.

Oops: here he goes again: Giuliani Says White House Will Use Anniversary Of Mueller Probe To Try And Shut It Down. As he goes on record:

“We are going to try as best we can to put the message out there that it has been a year, there has been no evidence presented of collusion or obstruction, and it is about time for them to end the investigation,” Giuliani said. “We don’t want to signal our action if this doesn’t work – we are going to hope they listen to us – but obviously we have a Plan B and C.”

Emphasis by Zero Hedge. I’m glad the man is smart enough not to tip his hand.

Global Threats

Socialism and the Left

Parallels between Marx’s philosophy and modern liberal/socialist policy in modern Western states are examined: “Real Socialism” Has Indeed Been Tried… And It’s Been A Disaster.

Economic Issues

Sovereign Debt and the Credit Crisis

John Mauldin, an amazingly connected author and analyst is starting a multi-part series on the coming credit crisis. He sees a catastrophic ending as unavoidable. My gut says – “yeah … right on!” The letter is about a 10 minute read. Here is the first: Credit-Driven Train Crash, Part 1.

Of the other events that will drastically shape your future –  war, global cooling (GSM) and its effect on agricultural production, the political upheavals of the fourth turning (I’ve written before on the essays of Jim Quinn and the Fourth Turning such as THE UNBEARABLE SLOWNESS OF FOURTH TURNINGS),  and Islamism, the collapse of the credit cycle is unavoidable and imminent. It is something you may want to understand.

Many have been writing about this approaching crisis, some for years. Here’s an example of an article I just came across: The Fed’s Treasury Holdings…Reviewing Operation Twist-Off.

Personal Development

I have read short articles on the value of fasting and reduced-calorie diets so when I came across this one from researchers at MIT, I decided to provide a link to it: Fasting boosts stem cells’ regenerative capacity. Key points are:

  • age-related loss of stem cell function which is important for intestinal health and operation can be reversed by a 24-hour fast;
  • such an intervention could potentially help older people recovering from GI infections or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy;
  • low caloric intake is linked with enhanced longevity in humans and other organisms;
  • metabolic rate is increased with a potential weight-loss effect;
  • one of the most popular of these diets is the 5-2 diet, which allows 5 days of eating normally and 2 days of severe caloric restrictions of 600 calories or less on the fasting days.

The evils of excess sugar consumption are explained in this 15-Minute video:

It’s very good because it explains how sugar creates permanent damage to an area of the pancreas that produces insulin leading to type 2 diabetes.

Here’s a short article that I want to keep track of, on building and retaining muscle. In particular I found the meal plans useful: The Lazy Man’s Guide To Losing Fat And Building Muscle. I’ve noted that older people tend to eat reduced protein diets while greatly increasing the sweets – refined carbohydrates, especially sugar.

  • Pre-Breakfast: Protein Shake w Milk
    • Protein 34g
    • Carbs 17g
    • Fat 10g
  • Breakfast: 3 Egg Omelette With Cheese
    • Protein 21g
    • Carbs 1g
    • Fat 18g
  • Snack: Protein Shake
    • Protein 34g
    • Carbs 17g
    • Fat 10g\
  • Lunch – Tuna, Brown Rice & Beans + 2 Glasses Milk
    • Protein 43g
    • Carbs 74g
    • Fat 26g
  • Snack: Protein Shake
    • Protein 34g
    • Carbs 17g
    • Fat 10g
  • Dinner: Chicken / Pork, Broccoli, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Apple
    • Protein 66g
    • Carbs 54g
    • Fat 16g

While it doesn’t give portion sizes of specific foods, it does give the relative overall proportions of the three nutrient classes: Total: Protein 214g, Carbohydrate 180g, Fat: 90g.

Bits and Pieces

A growing threat that will strike concurrently with most of the other crises is the degradation of the human food supply. I periodically read articles about the depletion of global fisheries. Working with this is the depletion of oxygen-rich waters in areas called “dead zones”: “The Ocean Is Suffocating”: Mysterious “Dead Zone” In Arabian Sea Far Worse Than Expected. As we desperately try to improve or at least maintain the production of food on nutrient depleted soils, the addition of fertilizers necessary for this is increasing the poisoning of our water systems through runoff.

I have characterized NATO as the American’ Empire’s foreign legion since it lost its original rationale for existence after the dissoution of the Warsaw Pact and particularly, the end of the first Cold War. The following article gives another rationale for NATO’s continued existence: NATO: a Promoter of Colonialism in the 21st Century.

Lest you think the issue has dissipated: Students “Deeply Hurt” By Criticism Of Liberal Intolerance. Where do these students work after gradation? Why social media companies: The Death Of Free Speech: Twitter Ramps Up CENSORSHIP Of ‘Hate Facts’. It’s worse in the UK: UK Proposes Prison Time For Offensive Online Posts.

Anyone paying 23AndMe to harvest their DNA might watch this 14 minute video:

Hint: the data may be for sale either now or in the future.

End Notes

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