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Bits and Pieces – 20170320, Monday

Commentary: We sold our house late last week and have been preoccupied with related issues. Life is now returning to normal whatever that is.

I have voiced a concern about the structural unemployment coming due to robotics, auto,ation and artificial intelligence (RAAI). Today I publish links to articles on the psychological and sociological, particularly on men. Also, by now you understand that although these are often treated as vertical issues explored by linear deterministic thinking and models, the reality is that these are aspects of a deeply complex system.

Bits and Pieces – 20170202, Thursday

Commentary: I am looking for key themes that will have a major impact on our lives. I’m adding one this morning: central banks. Central banks have been controlling our economy since their conception only now they are losing control as all their tools are broken and they are in the process of blowing up the (economic) world.

I have discussed how we are linear thinkers, so to go non-linear, central bank policy and action has to be considered with interest rates, the bond market, currencies, the international flow of funds and trade. They are all part of the same elephant. How I’m going to structure my coverage I’m not sure but here’s a good short article to start with: The Coming Crisis in Central Banking.

To give an idea of the interconnection, read Mike Shedlock’s Is Germany a Currency Manipulator? China? Arguably Yes, Under Bill Obama Signed: Full Blown Currency War on Deck. He outlines a basis for how a currency war and trade war might start with Germany and China.

Bits and Pieces – 20170117, Tuesday

Commentary: From one of my favourite writers, an interesting piece on what the reactionary forces might do leading up to and into the inauguration: The Cheeto Cometh. The really interesting thought I found is that the next civil war has already begun.

We tend to think of major events as having clear start and stop points such as Pearl Harbor marking the start of WWII for the US. In actual fact, the US at that time had already enacted an oil embargo on Japan which might be said to have required Pearl Harbor as a defensive measure by Japan to the embargo which in turn may be understood as an act of war by the US.

Having said this, I just read a piece by George Friedman and Jacob Shapiro in which they state that their horizon for geopolitical analysis is independent of calendars and as such, specific events: Europe: The Process of Change Continues.

We are linear deterministic thinkers in a world where all action is individually determined and collectively emergent. So there is a continuum in any conflict among the protagonists in which specific points are purely arbitrary. We create such points to enable our (linear) thinking and discourse but in so choosing them, we lose the perspective of the true nature of the conflict. It also ensures our responses will not be optimal and may be very bad.

The conflict among the various political constituencies (I’m not talking Republican/Democrat) has become so polarized that an argument may be made that a civil war is in progress, has been for several generations, but has not yet entered a hot or kinetic phase. This is something to be feared.

I have been including links to speculation on a Trump assassination. It could, however be larger as: Putin Warns Of “Maidan-Style” Attempt To Delegitimize Trump; Doesn’t Believe Trump Used Hookers In Moscow. For those of you not recognizing the reference, “Maidan” refers to the events in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution during which it is alleged that right-wing extremist groups, supported by the State Department and the CIA, violently overthrew the elected government in a coup – classic CIA playbook activity.

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.

Bits and Pieces – 20161115, Tuesday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: A short note today.

Trump team: Not exactly part of his administration, the Supreme Court can be shaped by trump: Trump Could Radically Transform The Supreme Court For Decades And Dems Are Terrified.

Trump policy: How Trump may create policy that moves away from continuous war and towards a more constructive isolationist use of American dollars abroad. A Trump Doctrine – “America First”. This is the polar opposite of what Soros and all the globalist institutions want.

Civil Unrest: Someone else shares my view of Soros: George Soros: The Man Trying to Create A Socialist Revolution? More on the Soros-Clinton connection. The purple worn by the Clinton’s when Hillary gave her ‘concession’ speech was quite notable. It will be interesting to see if people pick up on the ‘purple revolution’ theme and compare it to the ‘orange revolution’: The Clintons and Soros launch America’s Purple Revolution. More on the use of professional protesters to support the anti-Trump agenda: Who’s Behind The Portland Riots? 60% Of Arrested Anti-Trump Protesters Were From Out Of State, Didn’t Vote.

The American Empire (AE): George Friedman gives a good analysis of the positions of Russia and the AE. It covers key points leading up to today and presents some Trump possibilities: Russia, the United States, and Donald Trump.

Bits and Pieces: On a different topic: The Catastrophic Consequences Of Peak Oil Demand. Just something for your back pocket.

Bits and Pieces – 20161106, Sunday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: Today we find new items for a number of the topics we are following but nothing stands out as exceptional. We have added two topics, climate and the American Empire which we have strong interests in. Corruption surrounding the Clintons and their foundation continue to dominate the news. Enjoy the reading.

The WWIII Chronicles: Introduction

As 2015 draws to a close I am beginning the development of a theme that has been ruminating in my mind for more than a year. The theme is that we are witnessing the initial skirmishes of the hot phase of World War Three (WWIII) identified by many as the New Cold War or Cold War 2. There are almost daily events that we can weave into this theme which is why we are starting this journal as a set of chronicles.

Although we like to think in terms of linear causation with the result we attribute specific events as seminal markers, that is not how the world works. A linear deterministic mode of thinking can never capture the evolution of a complex system of the actions and interactions of many actors.

Taking World war I as an example, The Week gives us the common cited simplistic immediate cause of the war as the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the archduke of Austria-Hungary. The Week also outlines several geopolitical situations that fed into an active hot phase of hostility. By ‘hot phase’ we mean military action.

Under construction

References

  1. How did the First World War start?

The American Empire

This is a marker for links for future development of writings on the American Empire (AE).

Flash Point: View from the Empire

We have become aware of late of the portrayal of Russian activity as dangerous and aggressive while similar behavior from the Americans is seen as righteous. We came across a lovely example today in a Fox News interview with Carly Fiorina, a Republican Candidate for President (0:58 seconds):

(h/t Mike Shedlock: Trump vs. Fiorina vs. Obama on Isis; Fiorina and the “Law of Bad Ideas”)

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