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Bits and Pieces – 20190303, Sunday

Commentary

One of the best non-partisan reporters and documentarians is John Pilger whom I have featured before. Here is what he has found in Venezuela: THE WAR ON VENEZUELA IS BUILT ON LIES. This is unrecognizable when viewed through the narrative lens of the MSM which is to say, the Western political establishment. Skill testing question: whom do you believe, John Bolton or John Pilger? If you’re a Venezuelan, your life may depend on the answer.

Here’s additional commentary: Shocker: “Humanitarian Aid” Stunt Used To Escalate Against Venezuela.

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 – 20190207, Thursday – The Standard Model Part II

Commentary

I had a short conversation with a friend recently in which I voiced the opinion that the Harper conservatives in Canada were successful because they moved from the political right to the center. The Liberals were forced to share the left with the NDP, Green party and the Communists. The conservatives had no one right of them so they held the largest territory.

The Liberals appear to be doing it again. Their policies and financial management are increasingly what might have been identified with the left – broadly termed socialism. If their is anyone in the conservative party in Ottawa that is alive from the neck up, this might be the chance they need to regain power. At the least, if they can avoid shooting themselves in the foot as conservatives are prone to do, they may simply fall into a return to power.

But this is based on old school thinking. The problem is I don’t know where the center is today. In fact the Liberals may be right in the middle of it. Millennials and the emerging gen zeros may naturally be centered well to the left by an education system and media that has held that ground for the last fifty years or more. These generations appear to be sufficiently dumbed down and captivate by digital toys and social media that hey are incapable of critical thought and analysis.

Canada cannot survive as a sovereign nation, another four years of increasing socialism, economically, culturally or socially. Bringing a million immigrants into a moribund economy with a government whose spending is out of control will place our standard of living on a path convergent with the third world.

In the US, AOC has emerged as the darling of the Democrats. And they are not opposing her policies which are straight out of Looney Tunes: Green New Deal: “Air Travel Stops Becoming Necessary”. This is socialism moving into communism. As a rule of thumb I like to think that Canada lags the US by about three years. Will the last one to leave the room please turn out the lights.

Bits and Pieces – 20181220, Thursday

Commentary

Continuing system instability causing loss of video and the internet due to mainboard problems has resulted in the loss of a body of text that I had assembled around the arrest of Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou and other topics.

Initially I considered that Meng’s arrest was illegal and was puzzled that a local crown attorney could arbitrarily execute it. It must go deeper suggesting that some level of government would be involved. As a friend observed and subsequent reading confirmed that the arrest and detention of suspects for which there is an outstanding warrant in the US is a matter of existing treaty or understanding. Still, an arrest of this significance had to be cleared at the highest level of the Canadian government.

I had gathered some links to the blow-back on Canada which are now lost but they involve the detention by the Chinese of two Canadians (three as I get ready to publish) and the loss of the Chinese market to Canada Goose clothing company. One source has suggested that the extradition of Meng could take years. Such happens when illegal aliens in this country who commit crimes, are almost impossible to be deport. Should the deportation occur quickly it would throw big questions at the Canadian judicial system. In any case, trying to write a rational analysis of a situation dependent on what is gleaned from visible sources is fraught with problems. So here are two analyses by other sources that are worth reading if the topic interests you:.

The first is Larry Lindsey: Something About The Huawei CFO Arrest Doesn’t Make Sense and the second is The Trade War Distraction: Huawei And Linchpin Theory.

Bits and Pieces – 20181026, Sunday

Commentary

I have been distracted by an unsuccessful run in municipal politics. It took a few hours of reflection to analyze my emotional response and an gain an understanding of the event. Here it is. But first some background on the results.

There were 8 candidates running for 4 positions. Three were 3 incumbents and one person returning to office after a term or two off. The fifth was a local realtor and Strathroy native, well known in the community. That left 3 unknowns including myself who is new to town. Poll results were in the order I described the candidates. I polled 747 votes for 6th place (first place was over 2700 votes) but only 31 votes ahead of the last place finisher. I tell people I tied for last place which I think is an astute assessment.

When asked if I was disappointed in not winning – in my mind were scenarios where I might have won – I replied “no” as I have a couple of projects that I could now get on with. What I was disappointed in was that I did not think the results reflected the effort, time and money that my wife and I invested in the election.

Finally, there was the understanding of two major points that were present when I decided to run but that I did not understand. This in itself was a brilliant flash of insight: nothing changed over the entire period except my understanding of the situstion.

The first point, and this is key I think to all politics, is that there were no major issues with the past administration. People had their personal peeves – their street has potholes, the town needs an indoor pool, etc. – and there were a few individuals that did not like the mayor or a particular Councillor. However, there was no single major issue such as corruption manifested in some form or other, to cause dissatisfaction with the previous administration.

Whether you gave them an “A”, “B”, or “C”, they earned a pass. An “F” would have created a totally different situation. Despite comments from many that I spoke to about needing “new blood” on council, the old adage,”if it ain’t broke don’t try and fix it” held sway and wisely so.

The second point is that I am new to town. One Councillor is a retired high school teacher and has taught half the community. Those re-elected are widely known, most having grown up here. Although Strathroy is growing fast, it has that small town core of residents where everyone knows everyone else. In some small towns it takes generations before you become accepted fully in the community.

In short, I didn’t stand a chance. Nor will I in 2022 unless these two conditions change. There is also an age factor. This election was difficult in terms of going door-to-door for 3, 4, 5 or more hours at a time. It won’t be easier in 4 years.

I knocked on about 750 doors out of an estimated 7500. I talked to an amazing array of people. None were hostile and most were warm in their response. You sized up the situation in a fraction of a second to determine your approach. When a man or woman answered a door holding 2 children with three in the background running around with 5 barking dogs, you read very quickly that this person isn’t looking for any kind of a conversation. One woman may even have been nursing an infant although I was careful not to stare to see if this was the case or not. The closest to having someone answer the door naked was a tall fellow wearing only shorts riding below a belly that suggested that he hadn’t seen his feet in a decade or two. I sensed very quickly he didn’t want to talk.

It was hard work and the most enjoyable part of the campaign by far – a valued experience.

With this I can put it behind me.

Bits and Pieces – 20180515, Tuesday

Economic Warfare

Sanctions and Blockades

Here is an article that explains how sanctions can be used as a weapon of military warfare with actions by the US as an examples: Iran Sanctions: A Reminder Of How America Militarized The Financial System.

Bits and Pieces – 20180220, Tuesday

Commentary: As today’s focus I want to offer two videos that outline the contamination of our food chain by agricultural practices and synthetic chemicals such as Monsanto’s glyphosate, trade name RounrUp, that are poisoning us and creating an epidemic of physical disease and disorders.

The first below, describes how modern agriculture has lead to food of decreasing nutritional value contaminated with compounds and genetic structures that are creating a major health epidemic while at the same time destroying soil quality:

The second, below discusses among other things the adverse effects of sugar and glyphosate and the physiological and neurological disorders they lead to such as autism and Alzheimer’s as well as obesity, diabetes, liver damage, cancer and cardiac problems:

 

Bits and Pieces – 20170909, Saturday

Commentary: A little unfocused this week. If you’re a goldbug, listen to Andrew Maguire: Whistleblower Andrew Maguire Exposed 14 Days Ago ‘Vampire Squid’ Goldman Sachs Was Moving In For The Kill. Maguire Now Says Admission By Goldman’s Currie Is A Big Deal.I think it was back in July when I  (I hope) drew attention to an earlier interview with him. Anyone who paid attention and purchased call options on GLD and SLV has done very well.

He is talking about a reset of the price of gold to significantly higher levels. Jim Rickards recently did a podcast selling his investment letter with a headline of $10,000 gold based on the premise of a global currency reset to a gold-backed scheme. A plausible argument but I’m not trading it.

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