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Bits and Pieces – 20180226, Monday

The Deep State: Martin Armstrong nails the purpose of the Mueller investigation  – the preservation of corruption by a soft coup against Trump: Mueller Expands his Investigation Desperate to Bring Down Trump.

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 – 20180218, Sunday

Commentary: The kitten that recently adopted us, has grown to the point that it can reach the doorknob when it wants out so we have to act as its valet. I’m thinking, however, I’ll get us one of these robodogs:

Bits and Pieces – 20180211, Sunday

The American Empire (AE): For NATO buffs is the following article: NATO’s Real Existential Threat: The Surrender Of Western Values. The author seems not to understand that NATO is an important tool of the projection of US militarism in the same way the Roman empire co-opted other tribes to fight theit peripheral battles.

Climate: Cold temperature and snowfall records continue to fall across the northern hemisphere. Oppenheimer Ranch Project, Ice Age Farmer, and Adapt 2030 are three sites that continue to document these occurrences. And the record heat in Australia reported by the media? That lasted for most of a day followed by record cold which the media didn’t report. The MSM didn’t report snow and hail in Tasmania and parts of northern Africa like Morocco and the Sahara. But keep the faith. The world will still burn up after the next ice age. And if not then, then in a few billion year when the dying sun expands and incinerates the entire inner solar system. And all because of pesky CO2.

Bits and Pieces: A friend asked what do we call the post-millennial generation? This is the snowflake generation and this explains how they have come to be: The Fragile Generation. For the child who grows up in a traditional manner, he will not be facing a level playing field in the adult world – he will tower above it in ability. If he (or she in order not to be too gender incorrect) is at all self-motivated he will be worldly successful.

Trump may only have to sit back and wait: GOP Reps Seek Criminal Prosecution Of FBI, DOJ Officials For “Full Throated” Illegal Misconduct And “Treason”. Is this going anywhere?

Fresh on having the lyrics to O Canada once again revised to make them more politically correct, comes further evidence of where Trudeau is going: “We Say Peoplekind”: Trudeau Mansplains To Woman That “Mankind” Is Not An Appropriate Term.

Here is a new essay on Syria by our friend Paul Merkley: SYRIA’S FUTURE.

There is a video of the wolves of Chernobyl which along with the video on the wolves of Yellowstone Here’s one on the dogs of Chernobyl. They are all encouraging about nature’s ability to adapt to disaster: Meet the Dogs of Chernobyl – the Abandoned Pets That Formed Their Own Canine Community.

Canada Corner: Minimum-Wage Massacre: Canadian Part-Time Jobs Crash Most In History.


The media, in the following article, would include the CBC and CTV, neither of which is capable of unbiased reporting: WSJ Asks: Why Is The Media Ignoring The Real Bombshell FISA Memo?.


We present this new essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. This essay provides the historical background for the modern state of Syria and its recent history in the context of Islam. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

Just a few days ago, the United Nations appealed for an immediate cease-fire in Syria. This occurs as the people of Syria face a humanitarian crisis on the scale of that which now besets Yemen. In both places, the rattle of death is pervasive.  No-one anywhere in the land his head, for fear of having it shot off.

Paradoxically, this latest round of violence has been made possible as government forces, assisted by the Russians, have finally managed to degrade the ISIS forces in eastern Syrian, freeing up thousands of Syrian government forces to take on the much-reduced enclaves held so far by the various other rebel forces. The UN estimates that as many as 750,000 more could become internal refugees over the next few months.

Bits and Pieces – 20171215, Friday

WWIII: The following article provides a summary of the multinational military activity in the wars in Iraq and Syria. The accuracy of the numbers may be questioned but the key point is that this is a global war. It is notable that Canada’s role has been omitted: World War in Syria and Iraq (MAP).

Bits and Pieces – 20171130, Thursday

WWIII: In case you weren’t sure China appears to have taken sides: China To Deploy Elite Troops In Syria To Fight Alongside Assad’s Army.

Climate: For the record: Health Officials Warn: 40,000 Could Die As Britain Hit With 3 Week Long Arctic Cold.

Bits and Pieces: George Friedman gives a succinct overview of Iran’s geopolitical position in the Middle-East, along with US blunders: Iran Reshapes the Middle East.

Canada Corner: The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has released their 2017 list of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs) and a new addition is the Royal Bank of Canada. Wikipedia defines a systemically important financial institution (SIFI) as a bank, insurance company, or other financial institution whose failure might trigger a financial crisis. The Basel III accord specifically targets SIFIs by requiring increased bank capital reserves as capital surcharges. The table published by the FSB lists 5 levels of additional capital requirement with the Royal Bank being in the lowest or 1% level.

Of note in the Wikipedia article is the statement: Virtually every Systemically Important Financial Institution operates at the top level as a holding company made up of numerous subsidiaries. Should a SIFI default and particularly a savings bank, this would allow for an orderly structured dissolution of the SIFI in a manner that subsidiaries that have deposits and other financial assets of the general population might be kept operational with assets intact while other subsidiaries are wound up to satisfy creditors. The intent would be to avoid bail-ins of depositors although politicians might be bought off lobbied effectively to go the bail-in route to protect wealthy investors.

The US Federal Reserve examined the adequacy of Basil III provisions for systemic protection in the face of a financial crisis: Are Basel’s Capital Surcharges for Global Systemically Important Banks Too Small?. The assessment of an adequate capital reserve is complex, is probably SIFI-dependent and the Basel III requirements are likely far short of what is necessary to preserve some, if not all, of the 30 SIBs in the event of a global financial system collapse. Since the SIBs known as the “too big to fail” banks are bigger now than in the 2008 financial crisis, the next global crisis will likely be unstoppable. The interconnected nature of the global financial system guarantees the entire house of cards will come down.

We may see one (RBC) or two of the major Canadian banks fail but all may go down due to inter-dependencies. Those banks with the highest international exposure may be the most at risk from a global systemic crisis. I have commented earlier how the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) has capital sufficient to ensure less than 1% of the deposit base, so your money may be at risk.

The general recommendation by smart asset managers and authors is to  invest part of your capital in hard assets like precious metals and (farm) land. The wealthier are investing in fine art, antiques and precious stones. These will remain when money is totally devalued.

As a final note I would recommend cryptocurrencies only as a speculation in the same class as Dutch tulip bulbs were at one time. I read a reference in the past week to some fellow who lost his hard drive (in an unspecified manner) with the cryptographic keys to his 7500 Bitcoins which are now part of the estimated 4 million lost forever. At around $11,000 a coin currently that has to hurt.

Bits and Pieces – 20171117, Friday

Commentary: In Bits and Pieces – 20170731, Monday, I discussed why Bitcoin can’t be considered to be a currency. Martin Armstrong, in discussion of the “petrodllar” (Is the Dollar Really a Petrodollar anymore?), lists its key features:

  1. it can be used worldwide without permission from the USA as is the case with the Japanese yen;
  2. it is a single currency with a single federal debt market where BIG money can park – that is not the case for the Euro, Ruble, or Yuan.

Bits and Pieces – 20171029, Sunday

WWIII: Again I ask why Britain is beating the American war drum: British Secretary Of State Refuses to Rule Out A “Preemptive Strike” On North Korea?

The American Empire (AE): On a tip from a friend here’s a short video and a short article on the final stage of empire: The 7 Signs Of An Empire In Decline and What Happened To Normal People When The Roman Economy Fell Apart? The application is not just to the AE unless you consider most of the Western countries as vassal states. The decadence is pervasive well beyond the US. I think I linked this video by Chalmers Johnson some time ago but here it is again: DECLINE of EMPIRES: The Signs of Decay. One might take WWIII as the event that ends Western empire. Here’s one further comparison to the Roman Empire: Washington Is “The New Rome”.

Bits and Pieces – 20170924, Sunday

Commentary: A favourite theme, the impermanence of democracy, is discussed in this article: The Sandcastle. We are near the end for this cycle.

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