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Bits and Pieces – 20190217, Sunday – The Standard Model Part III

Commentary

I have often referenced John Mauldin, a writer who is vastly connected among key economic thinkers and money managers. I would describe him as an incurable optimist, particularly in the areas of medical and anti-aging research. I have a more pessimistic view – that our darkside and the systemic boundaries of a species growing uncontrollably will overtake the good stuff. Maybe. But the following TED talk is even more disturbing if only because it is at hand. Pandora’s box is wide open. Your standard model is about to be blown away.

(sorry for the format issue. Click on the diagonal arrows that appear at the bottom right of the video panel after you click on it, to make it full screen for better viewing.)

We have become as gods. I’ll leave aliens for another time.

Bits and Pieces – 20180709, Monday

Commentary

Brief but more relevant, temporally.

Trade War

We like to have clear start and end dates for wars. Ray Dalio sees the tariffs against China launched by Trump a couple of days ago as an event that can spiral into a full-blown trade war which then has the potential to become a kinetic war.

Bits and Pieces – 20180415, Sunday

Commentary

Trump got to fire his missiles and save face: Trump Orders Military Strikes On Syria: 3 Waves Of Airstrikes Launched. The generals got to brag: “We Successfully Hit Every Target”: Highlights From Pentagon Press Briefing On Syria Airstrikes, minor possible technicalities aside: Syria Claims It Intercepted 71 Out Of 103 Cruise Missiles; Pentagon Denies.

Apparently the three targets were largely abandoned anyway so no Russians or Iranians were killed although the Israelis decided to take out a few Iranians on their own: 20 Dead After Israeli Warplanes Reportedly Attack Iranian Military Base In Syria. Inquiring minds might wonder if bombing a chemical weapon storage facility is wise unless no weapons are present.

As for the Donald, he’s a showman and a true politician judging by the number of times he reverses himself: “These ‘Freedom Fighters’ Fly Planes Into Our Buildings” – A List Of All The Times Trump Warned Against Attacking Syria.

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