Tag Archives: Deep State

Bits and Pieces – 20170326, Sunday

The Deep State: The Russian hacking straw-man continues to collapse: The Evidence That Russia Hacked the DNC Is Collapsing. The Deep State’s position is based on a report from CrowdStrike which in turn has come under scrutiny by independent minds: What Is CrowdStrike? Firm Hired By DNC Has Ties To Hillary Clinton, A Ukrainian Billionaire, And Google and DNC ‘Russian Hacking’ Conclusion Comes from Google-Linked Firm.

On another front, although we may never come to publicly know who did what at whose request, Trump was spied on by the US intelligence community: Nunes Confirms There Was “Incidental Surveillance” Of Trump During Obama Administration, “Seems To Be Inappropriate”. Note that he continues to be investigated through “multiple FISA wntarras” – your Deep State in action preserving Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Late news: NSA To Provide “Smoking Gun” Proof Obama Spied On Trump.

From others on this topic:“Much Worse Than Watergate”, Former CIA Officer Admits Trump ‘Wiretapping’ Likely True, the players for the Deep State that rushed to brand Trump’s allegations of wire tapping, continue to find their position is in trouble and possibly deep trouble: NSA Whistleblower Says NSA Spied On Congress, The Supreme Court And Trump.

Bits and Pieces: Confirmation bias enshrined in academia: In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students lest students be encoraged to think for themselves. Pity the poor snowflakes.

Bits and Pieces – 20170314, Tuesday

Commentary: Last post I presented the idea that the left actively seeks a totalitarian state. Here’s an article that suggests that we may already be there: Welcome to Totalitarian America, President Trump! This idea might marry the narrative of the Deep State with a number of other narratives: the militarization of police forces; the large scale military exercises conducted in American cities in the last few years; the complete control over personal communications by the various branches of the intelligence community (NSA, CIA); the subjugation of the economic interests of the American people to those of Wall Street; and so on.

I had concluded years ago that democracy by its nature, is a phase in a cycle: democracy -> socialism -> totalitarianism ->  revolution -> democracy. The reason is that democracy allows politicians to promise and provide socialist entitlements in return for being elected and retaining self-rewarding (corruption in the extreme) power. As socialist programs pile up creating a socialist democracy, the cost of the socialist programs eventually reaches the point (we are there now – Ontario’s medical system; massive deficits and debt) where they must collapse with widespread civil unrest. This leads to repressive control of the population and suspension of constitutional and civil rights, and the democratic process. At this point the state has become totalitarian leading to the eventual emergence of resistance which for survival becomes increasingly militant and violent. Eventually revolution results. At this point democracy may seem the best option for the future  (we’ll do it right this time).

As a final note, I have an extensive commentary on money that emerged as I wrote this. It would be worth your while to rea and understand some of the issues around an asset that you think you have control over but don’t.

Bits and Pieces – 20170307, Tuesday

Commentary: One of the biggest problems facing us is the loss of jobs due to RAAI. Not only will we not be able to cope with the surplus labour but the double whammy of increased entitlement payouts and decreased revenue from income and sales taxes will lead to collapse in government finances. But there are other social implications as well: When Factory Jobs Vanish, Men Become Less Desirable Partners. This is another tear in our social structure.

Now view this 6-minute video also at the end of the article:

Automation is introduced to cut labour costs by displacing workers or increasing productivity. That is, automation enables an increase in production without hiring more workers. A company will do this to gain a competitive advantage or maintain one. Since competition is the dominant force in most markets, automation will only increase, particularly as its costs continue to drop while labour costs rise. When all humans have been displaced, the process will go on by replacing older robots with newer, more efficient ones. We are entering a future where there will be far fewer jobs, particularly well-paying ones. Simply put, we already have too many people in our societies.

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 – 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 – 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 – 20170126, Thursday

Commentary: The next time someone you know complains that Hillary won the popular vote and should be president, show them this map (red is a Republican majority and blue is Democrat):

Bits and Pieces – 20170124, Tuesday

Commentary: If Trump achieves half or maybe a quarter of what he wants to he will go down as a “great” American president. I suspect a significant piece of what he would want is impossible, not because of political obstacles but because some things will not be possible.

A lot of jobs that went offshore don’t exist anymore and can’t come back. Companies on-shoring will build new plants populated with robots and highly automated assembly lines. They would have done so anyway for economic reasons and this trend had started before Trump.

His trade policies may backfire. Raising tax barriers and tariff walls will start trade wars – may already have done so – so the imports will be cut but so will the exports. How this will affect the balance of trade is a question. In fact the trade deficits were the only way the US dollar could become the world reserve currency. Trump cannot control the currency – at least not for long. Any attempt to declare China a currency manipulator will lead to the depreciation of the yuan and strengthen the dollar, affecting exports and negating the effect of tariffs on imports.

He has a deeply divided country and he can’t fix this because the divide is to a large part caused by people who hate him and this he can’t change. Read: Trump: America for the Americans! He has inherited trillion dollar deficits and a 20 trillion dollar debt that goes as high as 200 trillion with unfunded liabilities included. The only fix for this is to press the reset button and the reset will be global.

This is going to be a wild ride.

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 – 20161112, Saturday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: The backlash against Trump’s victory I find surprising because of the violence involved. The celebrity reaction was to be expected as people like Miley Cyrus aren’t known for their deep intellect. (Please don’t move to Canada – any of you!). The MSM has been visibly delusional throughout the campaign and as such would not be expected to change but to search for some way to rationalize their losing positions.

The total absorption of the liberal intelligentsia in their own wants and ideologies, while nothing new, is surprising because it has been expressed so vehemently, extensively and openly. From conversations with a couple of anti-Trump acquaintances I came to realize that these people are completely of a closed mind, governed by the belief that they are open-minded and in no need of examining their positions.

In short, the polarization exposed by the election will not be reduced in Trump’s time. Indeed, activists and organizers on the left, including the Clintons, will work to deepen it.

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