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Bits and Pieces – 20170429, Saturday

Commentary: I’ve been traveling so this is a dated collection of stuff.

The Deep State: Here is an interesting essay on the position of the US military/intelligence complex: Trump has lost control over the Pentagon. On the other side of this is the coterie of Goldman Sachs people that Jared Kushner works with. Finally, there is the oligarchy of wealthy families and corporate America that influence the political process through donations and lobbying. The electoral process is simply a sideshow to placate the masses.

Officials in Kiev and western interests such as NATO and the US Deep State wishing to increase tensions with Russia may follow the Syrian gas attack example with a new Ukrainian offensive hoping to draw Trump into the battle: Major Ukrainian Offensive Against the Rebels Coming Up?. Although Russia has interests in Syria, Ukraine is Russia’s doorstep: think Cuban Missile Crisis.

WWIII: Here is an hour-long interview with Jim Rickards who thinks that war is imminent in North Korea: The Gold Chronicles April 2017 — Interview with Jim Rickards and Alex Stanczyk. I had commented on the dispatch of a US WC-135 “radiation sniffer” plane to Japan. Rickards says the US may have to use tactical nukes to take out North Korean facilities and such a plane may be used to map radiation from nuclear strikes. This remains a top story to watch. And to confirm the timeline of Apr. 25 when the USS Carl Vinson arrives: Trump Considering “Kinetic Military Action” On North Korea Including “Sudden Strike”. And to confirm that this is the day to stock up on beer and popcorn: April 25 Is “Highest Probability” Day For North Korean Nuclear Test China Warns.

Finally, North Korea makes the big threat: North Korea Threatens US With “Super-Mighty Preemptive Strike”. Please, not the “super mighty” one. Maybe just the “slightly mighty” one.

Incidentally, if my earlier posts on the movement of the USS Carl Vinson seem a bit off – and the current announced arrival date is later than I had expected but didn’t comment on – there may have been good reason: How Did the Trump Administration Lose an Aircraft Carrier?

Bits and Pieces: Are the Democrats getting it together: Democrats welcome Bernie takeover?

Difficulties at the frontier of empire. After MOAB, this: Hundreds Of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan. And this is after more troops in Syria and Somalia as recently reported.

To think that some snowflakes have gone deep into debt to buy this kind of college education: ASU Prof Allows Students To Protest Trump In Lieu Of Final Exam.

Keep this one in your back pocket: Obama, Comey Relied On Discredited Dossier To Obtain FISA Warrant On Trump Campaign. I am mystified that Trump has not called some grand inquiry to sort out all this stuff including the large number of sources that I have posted links to on various topics  that indicate nefarious activity towards Trump and his associates.

Preppers Corner: I want to capture this link for myself but you may find it useful to develop your own plan B: What’s Your Plan B?

Here’s an excellent article that surveys nuclear weapon capability across the globe. It discusses who has them, how many, who are working to acquire them, who have abandoned plans to build them who who have the capability of acquiring them if they choose: The Geopolitics of Nuclear Weapons.

An update on snowflake education: Wellesley College Student Newspaper Endorses Violence Against Unpopular Speech. It is ironic that Wellesley College is producing a class of individuals by their suppression of free speech and alternative points of view, that their dictates would then apply to. I’m sure they would not recognize this as a legitimate argument however.

Canada Corner: Housing market blues: Crashing Canadian Mortgage Lender Bailed-Out By 321,000 Retired Ontario Healthcare Workers and Canada’s Housing Bubble Explodes As Its Biggest Mortgage Lender Crashes Most In History. And here’s the Ontario budget. And here’s text of a letter to the editotr of the Ottawa Sun:

I was wondering how Kathleen Wynne can eliminate the deficit on one hand and add a host of new spending initiatives on the other. Rather than wade through hundreds of pages of fluff and spin, one can find the answer easily and quickly by going to table 6.26 of the budget. The 2017-2018 budget will increase the total provincial debt by $8.7 billion dollars and the net provincial debt by a cool $10.0 billion dollars.

Now I prefer to use the total debt of $341.1 billion because this is the actual amount that we are paying interest on. The Liberals prefer to the use net debt of $311.9 billion because the number is less big. So let’s use net debt. This means the actual deficit is $10 billion dollars, accounting legerdemain aside.

Martin Armstrong talks a bit about his cycle theory: Kim Jong-un The Kid Whose Father Never Spanked – Why 2017 Is The Crisis Year For Korea.

And for your listening pleasure (it’s had 17 million views):

Bits and Pieces – 20170413, Thursday

Commentary: Things are moving way to fast to wait for a Sunday release. And things are getting scary. So put this together.

More information on the deeper strategy in Syria surfaces. It turns out the CIA was plotting the destabilization of Syria decades ago according to this declassified CIA document: 1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan To Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis.

And if a strategy works once, try it again: Putin: “Idlib Was A “False Flag” Attack And We Have Learned That More Are Coming”. Add to this another option: Syria Accuses US Of Hitting ISIS Chemical Weapons Depot Killing Hundreds; Russia Sends Drones.

WWIII: On the Korean front, will Trump trump Un: Trump Warns North Korea Is “Looking For Trouble”, Threatens To “Solve Problem Without China”? He could set the Korean peninsula on fire but that could be good for “America first” with Samsung smart phones and Hyundai cars out of the picture: North Korea Threatens U.S. With Nuclear Attack At Any Sign Of Pre-Emptive Strike. That it might not grow into a regional conflict or worse is suggested by a couple of breaking events:  Trump Unexpectedly Calls China’s President To Discuss North Korea and China Threatens To Bomb North Korea’s Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing’s “Bottom Line”.

The optimal solution might be for the US and China to act together to effect regime change and remove the nuclear threat, hopefully without incinerating Seoul which as I recall is within range of 10,000 North Korean artillery pieces dug into the mountain bunkers. Oh, and this on the Chinese: China Reportedly Tells Military To Be Ready To “Move” To North Korea Border.

Just so you can get a ring-side seat: US May Launch Preemptive Strike On North Korea Ahead Of Nuclear Test. I had to dig back for this: U.S. Air Force deploys WC-135 “nuclear sniffer” plane to Japan to monitor North Korea’s possible nuke weapons tests. But another reason for having such a plane in position that they would not want to signal is to monitor radiation spread if they destroy North Korean nuclear facilities.

Some of the above is 3 or 4 days old but this is hot off the press: Trump May Send Up To 50,000 Troops To Syria. This would be the icing on the cake – nice rich yummy chocolate icing.

And we don’t want to forget all those Afghanis we want to kill while testing the largest non-nuclear bomb (MOAB) ever dropped: US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb For The First Time On ISIS In Afghanistan. The generals have gotta’ love Trump since he has apparently taken the leash off.

And Trump now finds NATO useful: Trump Reverses On NATO: “It’s No Longer Obsolete”.

Bits and Pieces: There have been suggestions that the Swedish people will become extinct as Muslim immigration takes over the country. Such may be a Darwinian outcome: Sweden’s Largest Newspaper Demands “Ban Men In Cars To Stop Terror”.

Canada Corner: Only in New Brunswick: Why Real Estate Should NEVER be the Majority of Your Portfolio?

Bits and Pieces – 20170131, Tuesday

Commentary: I’m pondering how to make my news reading and reporting more effective for myself – it’s currently taking up too much time and retrieving information from my site is not as effective as I had hoped. So look for changes.

In trying to understand the thoughtless position of the left, I came up with the notion of a ‘narrative’. A narrative is a belief system by which we operate. I’m sure this is a concept well explored academically and I may be using a term that I read somewhere. It’s more than an ideology, something which it subsumes. It manifests in behavior such as passive or aggressive. Religion would be a narrative. I’m comfortable with this one because it arguably goes back to the early days of humankind. It is responsible for Stonehenge, burial practices going back at least several thousand years, and more.

Today, Scott Adams discusses two “filters” in his blog post  The Persuasion Filter and Immigration. Apart from being a brilliant analysis of Trump’s behavior and operating strategy, it provides a perspective for the recent “Muslim ban”. What is really interesting is that events are moving so fast that we will likely be able to test Adans’ hypothesis in real time over the next couple of weeks. As a bonus, it gives me things to ponder fro my narative thesis.

Bits and Pieces – 20170116, Monday

Commentary: I’ve always said that two statements determine if a speaker is a Canadian. These are: “It’s my right …” and “It’s not fair …”. Scott Adams today adds his genius:
Dilbert Comic Strip for 2017-01-14

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 – 20161107, Monday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: We think we can create an earliest scenario for the hot or kinetic phase of WWIII. Obama’s last day as president is Jan. 20,2017. Between now and then, everything he does will be based on how it affects his legacy. Starting WWIII is not a good legacy If a group within the military or intelligence community want to start earlier, they will have to stage a significant false flag event. The election has been prepped for this but we don’t think whatever is the outcome will provide sufficient justification, particularly in light of widespread pre-election scrutiny.

We think that if Trump is elected, he will at least try and talk with Putin and possibly deescalate the standoff in Eastern Europe between the AE and NATO and Russia. Hillary (can’t we just drone the guy) Clinton on the other hand is a much more hard-lined in favour of armed conflict (Hillary Clinton supported all of America’s imperial wars: Writer) and in opposing Russia. Under Clinton we see a very real chance of a kinetic war with Russia, especially given the continued buildup of NATO forces on Russia’s borders, something the US would never tolerate (remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?).

We think, however, that Hillary will need at least a couple of months in office to to staff key positions, restructure any institutions necessary, purge any military officers and intelligence officials left that Obama has not already purged (an out-of-date list is: List Of Military Elite Purged And Fired Under Obama, Compiled By General Paul Vallely, 3-17-14.) and prepare the American public for war. So late spring at the earliest.

Traditionally, the Federal Reserve does everything in its power to not rock the boat leading into an election. Consequently, markets are in an artificial state. Expect to see some major market swings as markets adjust and the Fed begins to make truthful (as much as it ever can) assessments of the economy. The key thing to watch going forward is whether they will raise the Fed Funds Rate 25 basis points as they have been trying to do for months. The global economy is slowing and many US economic indicators are pointing downwards. If they don’t, in their desperation make the rate increase in Dec. it is difficult to see when they will be able to. Keep in mind that raising rates has been their traditional way of cooling an overheated economy which is not the case now. In other words they stand the risk of inducing a recession more quickly than the business cycle would do.

Otherwise there’s not much news to report.

Bits and Pieces – 20161105, Saturday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: Today we argue that World War III has already begun. It began when the US organized an economic attack on Russia in 2014 by imposing economic sanctions, freezing accounts, locking Russia out of the SWIFT payment system and other measures designed to cripple the Russian economy. A parallel action by the US was the embargo on oil exports to Japan in 1940 (Events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor) that was the primary cause of WWII.

The next stage of WWIII began with the US accusing Russia of hacking various government and Democrat websites. The accusations remain unsupported and we have the recent assertion from Julian Assange that the hacked emails that Wikileaks is releasing did not come from Russian sources (Julian Assange Ends The Suspense: “The Source Of Hacked Emails Is Not Russia”). There is as much speculation that is as valid as the administration assertion, that the attacks came from within the US by members of the establishment that see Hillary as a looming disaster. The parallel for blaming Russia for these hacks and ongoing charges of interfering in the coming election is the strategy the administration used to start the Iraq war in 2003. Colin Powell went before the United Nations and declared that the US had proof that Saddam Husein had weapons of mass destruction (without providing proof, read: Colin Powell’s Infamous U.N. Speech, 10 Years Later: Deceiving Public, Ignoring Whistleblowers Led to War) when in fact they didn’t and the administration new this.

The Ghost Convoy

Background

At 2:28 PM Aug. 14 according to the time-stamp on the embedded tweet in the Guardian article cited below, Shaun Walker tweeted:

So and I just saw a column of APCs and vehicles with official Russian military plates cross border into Ukraine.

Walker and Roland Oliphant of the Telegraph are credited with first reporting an incursion of Russian military vehicles into the Ukraine. The Guardian then reported on Aug. 15, Aid convoy stops short of border as Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine:

The Guardian saw a column of 23 armoured personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, travelling towards the border near the Russian town of Donetsk – about 200km away from Donetsk, Ukraine.

After pausing by the side of the road until nightfall, the convoy crossed into Ukrainian territory, using a rough dirt track and clearly crossing through a gap in a barbed wire fence that demarcates the border.

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NATO’s Ordinary Future

Stratfor

By Robert D. Kaplan

Whatever one thought of the Libya intervention, the details make for a bad advertisement about NATO. As one U.S. Air Force planner told me, “It was like Snow White and the 27 dwarfs, all standing up to her knees” — the United States being Snow White and the other NATO member states being the dwarfs. The statistics regarding just how much the United States had to go it alone in Libya — pushed by the British and French — despite the diplomatic fig leaf of “leading from behind,” are devastating for the alliance.

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