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Bits and Pieces – 20180117, Wednesday

Commentary: In law, hearsay carries little weight. It is the “he said … she said” conundrum. When it comes down to a person’s word, it actually carries little weight. When it might, the credibility of witnesses is attacked vigorously, especially when no other proof of position is available.

A moment of illumination occurred tonight as I watched a video in which the commentator pointed out that there is no evidence that Trump uttered the “shithole” remark about countries that the expression aptly describes. Apparently, the assertion that he made it comes from the Washington Post, a demonstrably anti-Trump source of “fake news”, whose reporters were present at a White House meeting. No audio or video record of the meeting has come to light although the White House has said that they have such, being now standard practice to record all meetings.

That the MSM and the Liberal intelligentsia have had an orgasm over the attributed comment is of no surprise. What really hit me though was the fact that I had assumed the comment was true without any thought or question. I hope I will be more vigilant in the future, even if I do not report anything on the the issue I am considering as s the case here..

Bits and Pieces – 20171229, Friday

Commentary: Closing off 2017. War has not broken out either in North Korea or the Middle East. However, the issues in these two areas remain unresolved. Iran seems to be the likely flash point.

I’ve been following the global cooling issue coincidentally with the grand solar minimum (GSM) and am convinced that it will be the most important event of the next decade next to a global war and a global economic collapse. In fact the three events have strong co-dependencies.

I am now publishing Bits and Pieces 3 or 4 times a month. This will continue but my focus is shifting to the GSM and its implications.

WWIII: The duplicity of the West over the aggressive expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe, long referenced by many without formal documentation, is finally confirmed: `SORRY CHUMP. YOU DIDN’T HAVE IT IN WRITING’.

And not coincidentally: ‘Pentagon Papers’-Leaker Warns, US Is “Close To Nuclear Armageddon”.

The American Empire (AE): If an area on the periphery becomes too quiet, stir the pot: In Unexpected Move, Trump Enacts Obama-era Law Opening US Arms Sales To Ukraine. And the Russian response: Putin Warns “Russia Has Right To Respond” To US Military Buildup, Hints At Use Of Nuclear Weapons.

Climate: Here is a site devoted to what might be called energy issues associated with anthropogenic global warming (AGW): Alliance for Wise Energy Decision. Their most recent issue is devoted to the deleterious effects of wind energy: Energy & Environmental Newsletter: December 18, 2017 and has a list of links to articles on the subject. Here are Martin Armstrong’s latest comments on global cooling: The Sun is Cooling Faster than Anyone Suspected. Track sunspots here.

Of interest is the cause of a massive insect species dieoff. It’s due to deforestation and not global warming: A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off.

Admittedly this a weather event and not a climate event but lest the AGW crowd try to lay the blame for it at the feet of global warming one might dare ask “Do you really mean global cooling?”Snowmageddon Dumps Record 60 Inches Of Snow On Erie, PA; “Declaration Of Disaster”
Further: Arctic Blast Leaves 200 Million Americans In Record-Smashing, Freezing Temperatures. At this rate with the rate of global warming, we’ll ne in a new ice age by 2050.

Bits and Pieces: Martin Armstrong comments on Bitcoin as a currency: Bitcoin = Money, Commodity, or Shares?. The real test of the idea I would propose as: can you conduct your first 5 transactions of the day in Bitcoin such as getting gas, washing your clothes at the laundromat, paying your taxes at city hall, buying groceries or buying cookies from the girl guide at the door?

This story has been brewing for a while: The Racist Subtext Of Philly’s Ban On Bulletproof Glass In Convenience Stores. The issue is that bullet-proof glass in black neighbourhoods is thought to demean the black citizens implying that they are the source of gun violence. Now who would have thunk that?

The trend to the re-population of the inner city core is reversing with millennials heading for the suburbs: Exodus Starts: Millennials Ditch City Life. This poses a problem for transportation policy and traffic congestion.

Obama, the Nobel laureate of peace who, as commander-on-chief, conducted foreign wars throughout his entire presidency, is increasingly having his dirty laundry inspected: Congress To Investigate Obama Efforts To Thwart A DEA Investigation Of Hezbollah Drug Trafficking , Lapid: If Obama protected Hezbollah over Iran deal, he should give back Nobel, and the Uranium One deal: Hillary In The Crosshairs As DOJ Prosecutors Begin Asking FBI Agents About Uranium One.

Here’s a new essay from our friend Paul Merkley: CLOSING DOWN CHRISTIANITY AT ITS SOURCE.

It’s time to send the Syrian refugees home and certainly time to stop their importation into Canada: Christmas In Liberated Aleppo. We have seen the same return towards normalcy in other areas of Syria liberated from the Western war. I may have referenced Mount St. Helens and how biologists were surprised at how fast life returned to the area devastate by pyroclastic flows. Natural systems (including human communities) restore themselves when left unobstructed by external agents, because they are optimal, ipso facto their existence.

There has been a notable body of articles critical of social media as of late such as Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity. In addition, we are seeing comments from some high profile defectors from the dungeons of Facebook, Twitter and Google. Here’s an interesting take on a negative impact of these platforms: Why Twitter, Facebook and Google Are the Antisocial Networks. That it’s by Niall Ferguson should grab your attention.

I’m coining a new acronym. Besides “lol” – laugh out loud – used by texters, I propose “col” for cry out loud. As a consequence the following article may make you either lol or col: California Professors Are Now Claiming Farmers’ Markets Are Racist.

Bits and Pieces – 20170610 – Saturday

Commentary: Trump is right about NATO: the Europeans, particularly the Germans have been riding on Uncle Sam’s coattails. Britain and Russia have one thing in common, their major wars over the last 2 or 3 hundred years have been with the French and the Germans. Merkel’s EU has been playing hardball over Brexit. Britain should form closer ties with Russia and leave NATO since their adversary is the EU, meaning France and Germany.

Here’s an interesting prediction. I follow the site King World News. Reading past Eric Kings habit of being stuck in the superlative mode of everything, he interviews a few people that I consider reliable. One is Andrew Maguire of whom he published a most recent post on June 9. Maguire states that in exactly 26 days from “today”, a dramatic event will take place in the metals market repricing gold higher. The problem is King doesn’t explicitly state when the interview occurred so “today” remains a bit elusive.

If we use the 9th as “today”, 26 days puts the event on July 5, the day after independence day which falls on a Tuesday. Traditionally, trading falls off during the summer (hence “sell in May and go away”). This year, many traders will also take the Monday off with markets closed on Tuesday. If one wanted to make a move when traders were thin, one might choose the 3rd or the 4th. On the other hand, one might want to schedule a move for the 5th to catch markets as the open and take advantage of the market response on a full trading day. It also might be that the call is bad and nothing happens.

I will bet on a good call although my move a few days before makes things a bit tricky. Here’s the interview: ALERT: Unknown Entity Deletes Portion Of Whistleblower Andrew Maguire’s KWN Audio Interview About A Major Event In 26 Days. If you want to place a bet it should be in by June 30.

Bits and Pieces – 20170606 – Tuesday

Commentary: Home and catching up. Interesting development in the Middle East with: The Shocking Trigger Behind Today’s Gulf Scandal: Qatar Paid Al-Qaeda, Iran $1BN In Hostage Deal. Since Qatar is one of the dominant financiers of terrorism along with Saudi Arabia, will this reduce it to any degree? Also: It’s A “Geopolitical Earthquake”: A Stunned World Responds After Saudi Alliance Cuts All Ties With Qatar. Here’s an analysis of the issues behind this flareup (it’s not terrorism-related): “Forget Terrorism”: The Real Reason Behind The Qatar Crisis Is Natural Gas.

I read two interesting articles today that put me into some exciting thinking. The first is Facebook is Broken, and the second, How to see past your own perspective and find truth. Social media physical networks are defined by the computer science algorithms that are used to build them. The articles point to another class of algorithms that control the content and its dissemination. These algorithms define the social structure of the social media. It is interesting to contemplate that social structure and organization is based on algorithms. What these might have been before the internet is a question that then arises. The role of individual behavior in the algorithms would be a central part to examine (well-defined complex systems).

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 – 20161201, Thursday

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Commentary: I went looking for, and found, a word that I have never encountered in use: misandry. I suspect that there is ample opportunity in our present culture for its use, especially applied to those who would use its sister term, misogyny.

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