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Bits and Pieces – 20170601 – Thursday

Commentary:I won’t be near my computer until next Tuesday so here are a few items… oh, and our new house:


Civil Unrest: Martin Armstrong looks at the hatred the left have for their opponents: If You Want To Know Why Civil War Is Possible Just Look At This. He particularly singles out the MSM as a source of fake news used to attack Trump as part of the soft coup: Will the Next Revolution Include the Press and Journalists as Part of the Corruption?The Harvard study he refers to I posted the link for a few days ago.

The Deep State: Another view on the soft coup against Trump, this time from Martin Armstrong: The Plot to Overthrow Trump is VERY REAL!!!!!.

WWIII: Here is a short article that looks at the balance between Chinese and American interests in the North Pacific. An interesting point is made how the declining British Empire accommodated the interests of the growing American Empire without going to war How America Could End Up in an Unexpected War with China. And while we’re in the area, this article gives us a bit more information about US naval assets deployed against NK along with some thoughts about American strategic military thinking Short Victorious War: US President’s Magic Wand to Wave in a Pinch. A short victorious war like … lik … Afghanistan, or Iraq, or Vietnam, or …?

The American Empire (AE): Your empire at work: Mattis: US To “Annihilate” Islamic State Caliphate, Civilian Casualties A “Fact Of Life”.

Bits and Pieces: Canada corner: At least Canada leads the world in something: Does America Need A Northern Border Wall?

Can you spot the violence under the surface here: Evergreen State College Chaos Reigns: “Whiteness Is The Most Violent F**king System Ever”? I still wonder how employable these college graduates will be.

Hillary is still trying to figure out why she lost: “I Was The Victim”: Hillary Blames DNC, NYT, “1,000 Russian Agents,” Comey And WikiLeaks For Loss and Hillary Clinton Now Says Trump Aided the Russians. Mirror mirror on the wall … I really think it was penguins.

Bits and Pieces – 20170528, Sunday

Commentary: Question of the day, when the pot calls the kettle black, is the pot black? For the answer: Obama Administration Intervened in Canadian, British, and French elections. 🙂

Civil Unrest: A note on Neil Howe’s Fourth Turning: The Fourth Turning’s Neil Howe Warns: We Are In The 1930s, “Winter Is Coming”.

The Deep State: From a friend, we received this wonderful summery of the events that form the basis of the soft coup in progress in progress in the US: Regime Change by Any Other Name? And Trump is starting to fight back: Amid Russia Crisis, Trump Prepares “War Room”, “Big White House Changes”, Loss Of Twitter.

WWIII: There has not been a lot of news on the North Korean fromt other than a couple of successful ballistic missile tests (make that 3 counting today’s) since my predicted start of war on Apr. 25. The latter as much a result of incomplete information to base a deduction on. More recently the US added a second carrier strike group and today we learn a third is on the way: US Deploys Third Aircraft Carrier Toward North Korea. Why so much fire power? As I recall, a single strike group launched the Iraq war.

The American Empire (AE): A month in the life of the foreign legions: US On Track To Kill More Syrian Civilians Than Russia For 5th Straight Month.

Climate: Here’s an excellent article on glaciers in the Holocene which shows how variable the climate has been over the last ten thousand years: Nature Unbound III – Holocene climate variability (Part B). The takeaway is that the debate on climate change or global warming or whatever the current fashionable progressive term is is woefully limited and short-sighted.

Bits and Pieces:  Canada corner: The Toronto real estate bubble may have popped:  All Hell Breaks Loose In Toronto’s House Price Bubble. A little hyperbole but there are threads here that may cascade into a major financial crisis. Here’s an article on Canadian house prices: New Home Prices Are Over 50% Higher In Canada Than The US.

Not my problem: Global Pension Underfunding Will Hit Nearly Half A Quadrillion Dollars In 2050. Long, long before 2050, fundamental aspects of this problem will have been dealt with. In fact each year we go on ballooning central bank balance sheets and credit market debt at all levels is one year of grace before financial Armageddon.

I wonder what the fallout of this will be: “You Tricked Me” – Trump Reportedly Rages At Palestine’s Abbas For ‘Lying To Him’?

Bits and Pieces – 20170502, Tuesday

Commentary: I’ve been struggling for a while with the problem of how to organize information. To capture one idea, that of “memes“, I include this short post: The ‘Taxation Is Theft’ Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream.

The scientific method is simple: a) form a hypothesis; b) survey the literature on the topic, and; c) construct experiments to prove or disprove the hypothesis. At the masters level of graduate work, the object is to complete step “b” – master a subject or topic. At the doctoral level, the object is to complete step “c” after “a” and “b”. This is a very focused and narrow task.
Several times I have believed something to be true, formulated it as a hypothesis and begun to research the topic only to find that the hypothesis is false. But having hypotheses is valuable because they focus inquiry, reading and effort. As we read, we either find supporting evidence to strengthen and deepen our hypotheses or we find dissenting evidence that leads us to the conclusion our hypotheses are wrong.

I would extend the idea of a hypothesis into a larger concept I will call a theme. A theme  is more of a topic of interest than a fixed and limited proposition. As long as it remains open or active, there is a constant evaluation of information relevant to the theme with an assessment of how it affects the current body of knowledge comprising the theme. There is an immense amount of information available to us with a few keystrokes. It becomes important to have themes or other structures to act as filters in two ways.

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 – 20170409, Sunday

Commentary: I go away for three days and they start the war without me. I’ve reformulated this short piece several times as I read more and more. Buried in the links below is a reference to the previous chemical attack that Obama chose not to respond to for lack of evidence of the source.

Here are a few links of many that show what arguments thinking people (the MSM exclude themselves almost by definition) are pondering: Ex-UK Ambassador To Syria Questions Chemical Attack; “It Doesn’t Make Sense, Assad Is Not Mad”. Also this: CNN Anchor Speechless After Congressman Questions Syria Chemical Attack Narrative and this: Ron Paul: “Zero Chance” Assad Behind Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria; Likely A False Flag, and this from Howard Kunstler answering the key question: “Why?”: Bombs Away! Scott Adams also had similar thoughts.

Mike Shedlock polled his readers on for possible sources of the attack: Syria Whodunit and Brainwashed Puppets: Readers Respond on Most Likely and Least Likely Perpetrators. Two thirds believe some actor other than the Syrian government is the perpetrator. A false flag attack engineered by the Saudis or another Gulf state is the most likely as was the case last time

In other words, a false flag chemical attack to draw Trump in. He’s certainly being managed well by the Deep State. And some context: Syrian Warplanes From US-Hit Air Base Said To Resume Air Strikes. But Trump does have his supporters for this: ISIS, Al-Qaeda Praise Trump’s Attack. Also, he received praise from most of his opponents including CNN. That they haven’t even put their knives away will be noticed soon enough. The cost has been loss of his support base.

For a different perspective on Trump’s action, listen to this 24 minute interview: Larry Lindsey – What The World Is Now Witnessing Is Unprecedented. When Trump states that the action is to protect the national interest, if you are trying to figure out what those interests are, it has been long established that the primary interest is in pipelines that must cross Syria: Syria – Pipeline – How The Press Will Not Tell the Truth about Syria. Also see the discussion of pipelines under the WWII section below. The idea that the US is waging war on Syria to remove a brutal dictator is a load of crap served up for the media and the public. There is no shortage of brutal dictators, past and present, that they could remove but choose not to. Nor do they hesitate to support and even create repressive regimes that serve American “national interest”.

And a couple more discussing the wider significance of the attack on Syria: Luring Trump into Mideast Wars and The Media’s Missing the Point: Syria, Empire and the Power of Signaling. The latter article by Charles Hugh-Smith suggests that a much deeper strategy of “signalling” is in play, one that seems unlikely to be Trump’s.

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.

Obama Has Secured His Legacy …

… as the most inept and disastrous president in American history.

In terms of domestic policy, Obamacare continues to unfold as a colossal socialist blunder. Never mind that the implementation has been a total screw-up and that initial projections of enrollment are out by an order of magnitude or more. Never mind that it has created structural damage to the employment  situation where tens of thousands of jobs have been deleted or changed from full-time to part-time (read Mike Shedlock: Jobs vs. Employment Analysis Suggests Huge Obamacare Impact (And Way Less Job Growth than Anyone Thinks)

It is the ongoing personal cost hidden in millions of little stories of people who have lost all coverage (such as: Latest Obamacare Glitch: One-Third of Enrollees May Not Get Insurance) or are paying multiples of what they previously paid for less coverage. Watch for massive fraud arising from phony insurers and lost personal identification information (read: No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker). A major negative transformation is taking place in the American healthcare system, one which will take years to fully emerge – if it survives at all.

The Future of the North Korean Regime

Here is a 5:31 minute video from Stratfor on the future of the North Korean regime as they see it.

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