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Bits and Pieces – 20170303, Friday

Commentary: Today I wish to comment on only one theme, the soft coup the Deep State in the US is waging against the administration, primarily through the intelligence community. The primary attack is coming via allegations of collusion with the Russian bogeyman in various forms and is well laid out here: How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump. After reading this, read this article: The Resurrection of Armageddon — Paul Craig Roberts. In it he discusses the motivations of the Deep State to risk nuclear war.

Related commentary and news includes:

  1. “This Is Either The Most Elaborate Cover-Up Of All Time, Or The Dumbest”.
  2. The media bias in persecuteing Trump is reflected by this article: Russian Ambassador At The Center Of The Sessions’ Scandal Visited Obama White House 22 Times.
  3. “It’s A Witchhunt” – Russia Slams “Malicious Campaign” Waged By Unknown Americans To Damage Ties.

Understanding the above provides a wonderful clarity of insight into much of the activity in the media and the actions of key Republican and Democrat Deep State actors. It is far from clear if Trump can survive this attack from the establishment or if, surviving it, he will be an effectual president. This is the central game being played in the US going forward. Nothing else matters.

Bits and Pieces – 20170302, Thursday

The War on Cash: Some insight into the motivations for the state to move to a cashless society: The Tyranny Of A Cashless Society Coming?

Climate: Here’s a 2013 summary of the climate and the scientific drivers of climate. Warning: these views are politically incorrect:

Bits and Pieces: “These people are mean. I’m out’a here.”

The thing to note is the incredible agility of the bot. On uneven terrain it uses its arms and shifts its center of gravity in exactly the same way other animals such as humans perform the same unconscious compensation. It is unlikely the bots software was programmed for this performance because the demands are too intricate. Rather it likely uses a new paradigm whereby the bot learns on its own. I read early experiments at MIT going back a decade where they were experimenting with various insect-like bots (8 legs) that were using self-learning algorithms.

Bits and Pieces – 20170301, Wednesday

The Deep State: The effort to connect Trump with the evil Russians may have problems: Intel Committee Head: No Evidence Of Contact Between Trump Campaign, Russia.

Cycles: Here is some commentary on the debt super-cycle: The 100 Year Debt-Supercycle Is Coming To An End: “Facing Greatest Crisis In Human History”. It sounds apocalyptic. It will be.

Bits and Pieces: This is not good news for Canada in in the short to medium term: Have The Majors Given Up On Canada’s Oil Sands?

Iceland was the first and only country to jail bankers after the 2007-8 financial crisis. Now, Spain has followed suit: Former IMF Chief Sent To Jail As Spain Prosecutes 65 Elite Bankers in Enormous Corruption Scandal.

A couple of articles on the RAAI theme. Here is a robot with amazing agility: Meet Handle: The “Nightmare-Inducing” Robot From Boston Dynamics. I would suggest your best escape is through a rabbit hole or possibly up a long flight of stairs. Also consider: Minimum Wage Massacre: Wendy’s Unleashes 1,000 Robots To Counter Higher Labor Costs.

Martin Armstrong provides commentary on two issues that will emerge to prominence in 2017. The first is that of private pension plans that are essentially broke: Teamsters Local 707 Goes Bankrupt. The second is the US debt and deficit crisis: The Obama-Boehner Debt Crisis.

Bits and Pieces – 20170226, Sunday

Commentary: Building on the the theme I started in Bits and Pieces – 20170224, Friday, the idea of a massive loss of service jobs, particularly in retailing, I would add this video from Gordon long today, LONGWave – 02 08 17 – FEBRUARY – A Rapidly Rupturing Retail Reality, in which he chronicles the collapse of bricks and mortar retaining in North America. Those retailing jobs are gone replaced by online retailing served by massive fulfillment centers as shown in the video Friday and in earlier clips for which I had posted links (but can’t find).

I had referenced two predictions that March 15 would usher in a period of chaos in financial markets. I realized today as I read another forecast from David Stockman that March 15th is the Ides of March. Should we pay attention to Caesar’s wife: Stockman: “After March 15 Everything Will Grind To A Halt”? Related to this is an article by Niel Howe (The Fourth Turning) in which he summarizes the generational cycle theory that he and William Strauss put forward in their book: “Welcome To The Next Awakening” – Author Of Steve Bannon’s Worldview Explains The Path Ahead. He places our current time in this framework and there is the suggestion that it is a philosophy that Steve Bannon is aware of.

Bits and Pieces – 20170224, Friday

Commentary: I had come to the point of thinking that writing and presenting factual material had little value other than to myself – which is why I continue to do so. In conversations with people I had noticed that when presented with facts contrary to their position they seemed to back off but fail to change their position. Here’s support for that observation: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds. To note: “Once formed, impressions are remarkably perseverant.” This points to our early life as the formative stage for many of our narratives about the world. It also shows the danger the school system poses when it strays beyond the 3 Rs.

The writer notes “People believe that they know way more than they actually do. What allows us to persist in this belief is other people.” This is due to the sociability nature of our species. The application of this principle to current events (Trump) is enlightening since”as a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding,” but from what we hear from friends and read in the MSM, particularly if it reinforces what we already believe we know (confirmation bias).

Bits and Pieces – 20170221, Tuesday

Commentary: Realizing that my last post on PedoGate sounded a lot like a conspiracy theory, a label that people conveniently use to classify something as of a deranged mind and to be ignored. I thought it might be worth taking a little deeper look with a Google search. It turns out that there is a Twitter hashtag for the topic: #pedogate. This link will open it in your browser – you don’t need a twitter account. Here is a link to an analysis of some of John Podesta’s hacked emails: Pizzagate: The Video That Will Change Everything You Thought You Knew. Here is another: PedoGate Now Being Taken Seriously After Decades of Denial. The latter states that the pedophilia ring is global and among the global elites including politics and the church.

It is impossible to get anything published in the MSM that is not within their editorial confines and internal policies. If you doubt this, try it. Social media at this point however offers a relatively open and uncontrolled source for conveying information and views. Back in 2001, in a graduate course on distributed algorithms I had to co-author an assignment with two other students. We chose to do a survey of the new peer-to-peer (P2P) algorithms that were being developed and deployed in the  earliest forms of social media applications.

The nice thing about P2P technology is you can construct your own application relatively easily and they can be built without the requirement of centralized control (which you need if you want to make money). Even if  Facebook and the other billion dollar apps are co-opted, some kid in his parent’s basement can construct a new one that will ensure that a thriving underground will be able to exist. In fact they may already be common on the dark net.

In short, PedoGate is not going away. To what extent it will be publicly exposed, i.e. by politicians, law enforcement agencies and the MSM, is to be determined.

Bits and Pieces – 20170219, Sunday

The Deep State: I came across this article on Jim Quinn’s The Burning Platform blog: DHS INSIDER SAYS IT’S SPY VS SPY. The article discusses the split in the intelligence community – a major component of the Deep State – between those who support the president and those who want to overthrow him. A news item that I had barely taken note of and dismissed called “PizzaGate”, is discussed as “PedoGate”, a pedophilia resort run by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad to capture videos of high-ranking politicians having sex with minors to  use as leverage over them. The article also sheds light on the background for US Mideast policy and war, the reasons for the antagonistic approach to Russia, and relationships with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

By the way, WJC are the initials of Bill Clinton. I had previously read an article or two referencing Bill’s taking a 13-year old girl to a resort Island, an event where the Secret Service was told to stay away from.

Bits and Pieces – 20170217, Friday

Commentary: I am still confounded by the phenomenon of Trump hatred in Canada. First of all, he is not our president, and who or what he is and what he does is really none of our business beyond what impact his policies might have on Canada. When confronted on their hatred, people shuffle their feet and mumble a few multi-syllabic words that they have learned from the CBC. I have referred to the psychic energy that they have stored up, without understanding its source. Today a piece slipped into place.  But a little sideways trip first.

Bits and Pieces – 20160115, Wednesday

Commentary: It’s always been a matter of timing. We have a fairly good ability to predict where the next “big one” will hit but few ever get the timing right. The collapse of the housing bubble in the US in 2007 was forecast by many. A habdul of people actually got the timing right and were paid handsomely for their effort. Many say that we are in a stock market bubble in the US, in a bond market bubble, that we have a credit market bubble. The EU is fraught with financial fault lines.

Today I came across a short essay by Howard Kunstler: Made For Each Other. In it, he argues that our financial system is the least well-grounded to survive the coming debt ceiling debate in the US and the geopolitical turmoil from elections in the EU this year. Victor Sperandeo forecast 10 days ago in a KWN interview: ALERT: Former Soros Associate Just Warned We Are About To Witness ‘Absolute F*cking Chaos’ Across The Globe, that the EU elections would cause a major crisis in late March or April.

Bits and Pieces – 20170211, Saturday

Commentary: I had a discussion today with my friend Paul Merkley, continuing the theme of anarchism that he explores in his most recent essay, published here yesterday and linked below.

I have recently considered the trite allegory of the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is used by linear deterministic thinkers to argue that a specific act is “the last straw”, the causal factor of some ensuing major event. It entirely misses the point that in natural systems, it is the state of the system and not the singular act that is important.

In some states of a forest I can drop a lighted match and nothing happens other than that the match burns itself out. When the forest is in another state, however, that match causes a forest fire. It is interesting to know that the frequency of forest fires of a particular size follows a mathematical relationship known as a power law. All natural systems follow their own power laws. Anarchy, the expression of a segment of our society – a natural system – would be expected to obey its own power law.

It is the buildup of fuel on the forest floor that determines the size and severity of a forest fire. We have been witnessing a buildup of violent, intolerant dissent coming from the progressive left of our society. The frequency of mini-fires of this nature: French Protesters Set Car On Fire During Ongoing Anti-Police Protests: Live Feed, seems to be increasing. Unlike small forest fires that reduce the overall fuel load in a forest and reduce the likelihood of a major blaze, these protests and expressions of anarchy actually may be increasing the underlying rebelliousness, increasing the likelihood of a major conflict.

We can’t know when or even how it will occur but the risk is increasing and one might begin to think of preparation to survive a major event.

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