What We’re Watching

In no particular order and with no ranking of importance as we see it: Global seismic and geothermal activity. Are the events linked and if so will activity increase? Japanese monetary policy. Will Abenomics finally implode and take the Japanese bond market with it? The US presidential race. What happens with and around Trump may Continue reading »

Bits and Pieces – 20161216, Friday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: It looks like Monday is the showdown at the OK coral. Martin Armstrong has two commentaries on the battle shaping up between the left and the Democratic camp against Trump: Democrats Desperate to Steal Election from Trump at All Costs and Hatred of the Left Continues to Set Stage for Revolution. Their new tactic is intimidation: “Bullet In The Mouth” – Trump Electors Flooded With Death Threats.

The GOP maintains that their electors, excepting one or two, are standing fast: “They Are Standing Strong By The Will Of Our Voters” – GOP Crushes Democrats’ Hopes, Confirms Electors Back Trump. And destroying any shred of credibility he has left: Senator Lindsey Graham Says Russia Hacked His Presidential Campaign Account.

Main Stream Media (MSM): Fake news seems to be the news of the day. It may be becoming the new face of propganda and media control: George Soros Is Funding Facebook’s “Third-Party Fact Checking” Organization Targeting “Fake News”.

Cyber Warfare: This would seem to be the definitive word on the “Russian hack”: NSA Whistleblower Destroys Obama’s Russia Narrative – “Hard Evidence Points To An Inside Leak, Not Hacking”, leaving the question open as to what is Obama up to? In late news, FBI Said To Back CIA Assessment That Russia Intervened To Help Trump Win. Note the line “In addition to “helping Trump win”, the CIA and FBI officials believe Moscow’s other goal included undermining confidence in the U.S. electoral system.” Ask yourself if the Russians have even come close to this in comparison to what the actions of the MSM, Democrats, Obama, Jill Stein, and the left in general have done in their attempts to overthrow the electoral college system.

Climate: Having largely defined ‘Fake news’, in part by becoming one of its best purveyors, the Washington Post moves to climate science: The latest climate ‘conspiracy theory’.

Bits and Pieces – 20161214, Wednesday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: Jill Stein is having her problem unless the object of her game is to gain recognition and raise money as many suggest. Trump gained a few votes in the Wisconsin recount. The Pennsylvania recount has been quashed, but Michigan is the interesting recount. It is reported (Half of Detroit votes may be ineligible for recount) that “One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots.” Remember that these precincts went heavily for Hillary. Has this uncovered massive electoral fraud favouring Hillary? In any case the recount has been terminated. Is this the smoking gun for the argument that Russia was supporting Hillary?

The Soft Coup: In yesterday’s addendum, Bits and Pieces – 20161212, Monday Addendum, I brought forward an idea that I had just encountered: that a soft coup was in progress. So many of the recent actions of Obama and establishment figures of both parties that at first had seemed bizarre, suddenly fell into place. And here’s how it’s coming together: The ‘Soft Coup’ Builds: “More ‘Electors’ Demand Russian Interference Briefing Before They Vote. If the coup should be successful and the electoral college vote is tipped towards Hillary, expect chaos. It seems that the population is actually warming to trump: Consumer Confidence Highest Since Before Great Recession.

Current progress: Harvard Professor Says He’s Rallied Nearly Enough GOP Electors To Block Trump. Since these electors are almost all from states that went Hillary, it is difficult to understand how any meeting with the CIA can affect their voting since they are already voting Democrat. Am I missing something?

Trump team: More: Trump Picks Rick Perry To Lead Energy Department (That He Wanted To Do Away With In 2011) and It’s Official: Trump Picks Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson To Lead The State Department. This article makes some good points as to why Tillerson is a good choice: Rex Tillerson: “Russian Spy” Or Diplomatic Genius?. Instead of making incestuous appointments to party insiders like Obama, Trump appears to be assembling a team with deep experience in the areas of appointment, capable of making anti-establishment changes. Real change is coming.

WWIII: Keep this on your radar. If you believe the risk is significant, are you ready for it: NATO-Russia War Seen As Top “Conflict” Risk For 2017 By CFR?

Bits and Pieces: Charles Hugh-Smith, champion of the notion of the deep state, updates his views: Is The Deep State At War… With Itself? Along this line, not only the FBI but the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (the top of the intelligence pyramid)  refuses to back the CIA claim of Russian interferrence: Top US Spy Agency Refuses To Endorse CIA’s Russian Hacking Assessment Due To “Lack Of Evidence”. Here’s another pers[ective: Is CIA Trying to Cover Its Own Hack or Accommodating Obama?.

Mike Shedlock follows what’s happening in countries position’s on global trade and in particular, free trade agreements and trade wars. Here’s his take on the trade war between the US and China. It won’t get better under Trump: Global Trade War Baked in the Cake: Boeing Faces China’s Wrath. We’re going to need Kevin O’Leary as PM. That would be extremely fitting: two TV reality stars across the table from each other. Otherwise, Trump will have Trudeau and Canada’s lunch as a morning snack with coffee. Meanwhile, study the ‘Chinese gambit’: Head Of US Pacific Fleet Ready To Confront Beijing As China Warns Of US Carmaker Penalty For “Monopolist Behavior”.

From George Friedman, a good analysis of Russian military capability: Forecasting Russia in 2017. The economic picture is the primary driver.

Bits and Pieces – 20161212, Monday Addendum

As I have mulled over what I have read today it has become clear that a truly historic event is in progress in the US. The establishment consisting of both Democrats – the DNC – and some key Republicans such as McCain and Graham, aided by the mainstream media are staging a soft coup in the US. And their instrument of choice in this process is the one institution with deep experienced in engineering coups of all kinds (and assassinations) around the world: the CIA.

The irony is that they are now doing it on home soil, a jurisdiction that they are not mandated to operate in. And they are operating in full view with their disinformation  campaign. There should be grounds for widespread treason investigations and charges if Trump survives this attack and decides to clean house. This will be revolutionary.

If you accept this thesis, then sit back and enjoy the show.

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Bits and Pieces – 20161212, Monday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: The Democrat strategy may be emerging. A coordination disinformation campaign to blame Russia for influencing and actively intervening (hacking) in the electoral process to discredit Hillary, for the purpose of swaying electoral college votes from Trump to Hillary. Here’s a good summary:

and this would explain: Clinton Campaign, Top Democrats Call For Intel Briefing, Commission Ahead Of Electoral College Vote. This is a true Charlie Brown moment where Lucy (the MSM and Democratic establishment) is holding the football (believe the CIA report) for Charlie (the public).

On the topic: FBI Disputes CIA’s “Fuzzy And Ambiguous” Claims That Russia Sought To Influence Presidential Election.

Climate: Trump, if inaugerated, may issue in a more balanced approach to the politics and economics of climate science: Shifting sands of the climate debate.

Bits and Pieces: One more apple cart for Trump to upset: Iran Warns Of “World War, The Destruction Of Israel”, If Trump Tears Up Nuclear Pact. When Trump won, I was greatly relieved, putting my nuclear preparedness on the back burner. Unfortunately Trump seems to have turned the back burner on low with China, but Iran would advance it to medium. If he decides to continue the recent re-engagement that Obama has created in Syria and adopt Hillary’s playbook of a no-fly zone, them it moves to high.

On another note: Trump’s Wisconsin Victory Confirmed – Gained Net 162 Votes In Statewide Recount. Way to go Jill!

Are we setting up for an executive pardon: Hillary Begs For Benghazi Lawsuit Dismissal While Plaintiffs Blast “Special Favors” For “Political Elite”? But this one’s not going so well: xPA Judge Denies Recount And Blasts Stein’s “Suspicions Of Hacking” That “Border On Irrational”.

I guess that any car left on the street overnight in Detroit will now be legally drivable: Michigan Legalizes Car Sales With No Steering Wheel or Brake Pedal.

Bits and Pieces – 20161210, Saturday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: I’m going to feature a concept that I have been chewing on for a while. The idea is that each revolution in human productivity rising with the industrial revolution has displaced a huge number of workers. People that try and dispel the fear that such job losses create unemployment argue that the technology of the revolution spawns new jobs in new industries that absorb the displaced labour force. While this has been apparently true in recent times, such people miss a key point.

Each technological revolution creates jobs that require a higher level of education/training and skill than the laid off workers have. This has become identifiable in the “knowledge revolution” where the required skill and education levels have moved up to requiring community college or university degrees.

To get an idea of the current state of employment in the US and by inference, Canada and other developed countries, read: Paul Craig Roberts – The Matrix Of Lies And What The Elite Are Really Up To Is Terrifying. In short the government defines the employment rate in a manner that excludes a large number of employable people while burying the fact that a lot of the jobs do not pay a living wage.

To see what’s coming next, read: Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years. Government pronouncements of creating jobs are delusional. Bringing in a large immigrant population because we need their skillsdoes not change the current number of unemployed but increases the future number of unemployed when and immigrant lucky to land a job is displaced in the future. Programs like the 35,000 refugees with their education and skill levels simply moves the crisi forward in time.

Finally, the strongest argument supporting the idea of the start of a large permanently unemployed segment of society comes from the nature of the final stage of the industrial revolution that we are now in. The core product of this stage is the creation of labour and service units, growing in sophistication, that will displace large numbers of workers previously thought immune to automation.

Bits and Pieces – 20161205, Monday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: Not much today and yesterday.

Civil Unrest: Of interest: Website Raising Money To Fund Assassinations Of Trump, Pence Uncovered On “Dark Web”.

Trump policy: The Taiwan incident may have an interesting connection: Bob Dole “Mastermind” Behind Trump-Taiwan Call: WSJ.

Bits and Pieces: Paul Merkley addresses the political revisionism rampant in our culture: CIVILIZATIONOPHOBIA.

CIVILIZATIONOPHOBIA

It’s been a while since we have posted an essay by Paul Merkley. We present this new essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. Paul addressess the political revisionism rampant in our culture. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work that we have published. The essay follows.

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Overnight In October of 2012, the Canadian Museum of Civilization disappeared and was replaced by the Canadian Museum of History

(http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/canadian-museum-of-civilization-gets-renamed-1.998556.)

Long before this change of name took place the curators of this publically-owned facility had made clear their embarrassment about being associated with  Civilization. The exhibit that meets visitors at the front door, as well as the Children’s Hall and the First Peoples’ Hall  gives prominence to pre-civilized (that is, Stone Age) life. The content of these exhibits as well as the texts on the accompanying plaques emphasize the bucolic estate of the First Nations before they became blighted by European explorers, missionaries and  settlers — the ancestors of most of the visiting children.

In reality, because the First Peoples  remained illiterate until European missionaries gave them the gift of writing in their own language, we know virtually nothing about their history. However, the archeological record makes it clear that their history was exceptionally bloody and their daily life chronically insecure.

Bits and Pieces – 20161203, Saturday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: A concise perspectives on snowflakes:

Bits and Pieces – 20161201, Thursday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: I went looking for, and found, a word that I have never encountered in use: misandry. I suspect that there is ample opportunity in our present culture for its use, especially applied to those who would use its sister term, misogyny.

Bits and Pieces – 20161129, Tuesday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: I’ve decided to publish this on an ‘as the spirit moves me’ basis. Here’s some current stuff.

Trump team: Trump Picks Former Goldman Banker Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary, CBS Reports, Trump Picks Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary, Trump Picks Vocal Obamacare Critic Tom Price As HHS Secretary

Main Stream Media (MSM): Of note: Jill Stein’s Recount Effort Gets 12 Times More Coverage From ABC, CBS, NBC Than Her Entire Campaign,

The American Empire (AE): Creating more chaos in the Middle East with the forever war: Obama Creates New Al-Qaeda Out Of Thin Air To Justify His Somalia War. Something nice to leave Trump.On the other hand, Trump has made short work of a number of Obama initiatives and he isn’t even officially installed in office yet. This is going to be a fun ride!

Bits and Pieces: Poor Putin – another headache from the mad man in Turkey: Declaration Of War? Erdogan Says Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad’s Rule. This part is going better however, Assad On Verge Of Biggest Victory Since Start Of Syrian War With Imminent Capture Of Aleppo, as is this Egypt Shuns Washington; Supports Russia-Backed Coalition In Syria. And this as a possible start to defusing the tension between Europe and Russia: Sixteen European States Led By Germany Want Arms Control Agreement With Russia. I would expect a precondition to talks which the EU needs badly would be to lift sanctions on Russia. With not a lame duck president but a cooked and basted president in office the EU must be feeling … vulnerable.

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