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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 – 20161210, Saturday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: I’m going to feature a concept that I have been chewing on for a while. The idea is that each revolution in human productivity rising with the industrial revolution has displaced a huge number of workers. People that try and dispel the fear that such job losses create unemployment argue that the technology of the revolution spawns new jobs in new industries that absorb the displaced labour force. While this has been apparently true in recent times, such people miss a key point.

Each technological revolution creates jobs that require a higher level of education/training and skill than the laid off workers have. This has become identifiable in the “knowledge revolution” where the required skill and education levels have moved up to requiring community college or university degrees.

To get an idea of the current state of employment in the US and by inference, Canada and other developed countries, read: Paul Craig Roberts – The Matrix Of Lies And What The Elite Are Really Up To Is Terrifying. In short the government defines the employment rate in a manner that excludes a large number of employable people while burying the fact that a lot of the jobs do not pay a living wage.

To see what’s coming next, read: Rise Of The Machines: Millions Of American Jobs Will Be Wiped Out In The Next Five Years. Government pronouncements of creating jobs are delusional. Bringing in a large immigrant population because we need their skillsdoes not change the current number of unemployed but increases the future number of unemployed when and immigrant lucky to land a job is displaced in the future. Programs like the 35,000 refugees with their education and skill levels simply moves the crisi forward in time.

Finally, the strongest argument supporting the idea of the start of a large permanently unemployed segment of society comes from the nature of the final stage of the industrial revolution that we are now in. The core product of this stage is the creation of labour and service units, growing in sophistication, that will displace large numbers of workers previously thought immune to automation.

Bits and Pieces – 20161203, Saturday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: A concise perspectives on snowflakes:

Bits and Pieces – 20161201, Thursday

What We’re Reading Today

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.

Bits and Pieces – 20161129, Tuesday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: I’ve decided to publish this on an ‘as the spirit moves me’ basis. Here’s some current stuff.

Trump team: Trump Picks Former Goldman Banker Steven Mnuchin As Treasury Secretary, CBS Reports, Trump Picks Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary, Trump Picks Vocal Obamacare Critic Tom Price As HHS Secretary

Main Stream Media (MSM): Of note: Jill Stein’s Recount Effort Gets 12 Times More Coverage From ABC, CBS, NBC Than Her Entire Campaign,

The American Empire (AE): Creating more chaos in the Middle East with the forever war: Obama Creates New Al-Qaeda Out Of Thin Air To Justify His Somalia War. Something nice to leave Trump.On the other hand, Trump has made short work of a number of Obama initiatives and he isn’t even officially installed in office yet. This is going to be a fun ride!

Bits and Pieces: Poor Putin – another headache from the mad man in Turkey: Declaration Of War? Erdogan Says Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad’s Rule. This part is going better however, Assad On Verge Of Biggest Victory Since Start Of Syrian War With Imminent Capture Of Aleppo, as is this Egypt Shuns Washington; Supports Russia-Backed Coalition In Syria. And this as a possible start to defusing the tension between Europe and Russia: Sixteen European States Led By Germany Want Arms Control Agreement With Russia. I would expect a precondition to talks which the EU needs badly would be to lift sanctions on Russia. With not a lame duck president but a cooked and basted president in office the EU must be feeling … vulnerable.

Bits and Pieces – 20161123, Wednesday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: We see civil unrest as the major global theme for 2017. Certainly it will mark the American scene. Marine le Pen may win in France: Another One Bites the Dust: Sarkozy Outed in First Round of French Elections. There is an upcoming referendum in Italy which will have profound effects. In short, it will be a turbulent year in Europe with the EU and the euro at stake.

On another note, there is so much news on many fronts I’m at a lot as to what to pick. The first US recount is being called courtesy of Jill Stein but likely funded by Democratic sources or George Soros or both: Jill Stein Raises Enough Money To Force Wisconsin Recount – Michigan & Pennsylvania Up Next. Maybe Trump should call for a recount in Nevada.

Civil Unrest: Pat Buchanan talks about the rough road ahead for Trump: A Besieged Trump Presidency Ahead.

Trump team: Two new appointments: Trump Offers Ben Carson HUD Secretary Job and Trump Names Former Political Opponent As UN Ambassador, Replacing Anti-Putin Samantha Power. Either Trump is fundamentally non-partisan reaching out to opponents of all political persuasions or he is wisely following that old saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. His statement that he does not intend to prosecute Hillary reversing an election promise might be an attempt along these lines to build bridges. Of course he can change his mind lager especially if new evidence or circumstances arise. It could be a tactic to forestall a blanket pardon of her actions by Obama while he’s still in the Whitehouse. It is certain that Hillary will not change her opposition to Trump.

Trump policy: Trump may be on track to label China a currency manipulator when in fact it is the US that is indirectly the global currency manipulator: China Press Lashes Out – It’s The Dollar, Not The Yuan That Threatens Global Stability and The U.S. dollar is stronger than it’s been in 13 years. That’s bad.

Main Stream Media (MSM): Angela Merkel is desperately trying to hold onto power and is closely following the US playbook with another made-in-USA strategy: Merkel Declares War On “Fake News” As Europe Brands Russia’s RT, Sputnik “Dangerous Propaganda”. This may affect any detente between the EU and Russia: EU / Russian Thaw Hits A Media Iceberg. Also, Is “Fake News” The New ‘Conspiracy Theory’?.

Bits and Pieces: A tidbit on banks: Forget Deutsche Bank, These 2 American Banks Are Now “The Most Systemically Dangerous In The World”.

Previously we had included links to articles that showed that the establishment was regrouping to fight Trump on all fronts. The first strike may be coming: Scientists Find “Persuasive Evidence” Of Vote Hacking, Demand Clinton Recount In 3 States.

Keeping up with Turkey: Major Foreign Policy Shift: Turkey Abandoning EU For SCO. And then this: Europe Votes To Suspend Turkey EU Accession Talks, Sending Lira Crashing To Record Low Despite Unexpected Rate Hike. Merkel had paid Erdogan a few billion to keep refugees out of the EU. What if Turkey gets annoyed enough to force them across the border into the EU?

There are signs that Trump is moving to heal divisions and the public is responding: Trump Victory Sends Black American Consumer Confidence Surging To 22-Month Highs. If a significant number of the non-bvoting public and the ‘vote against Trump’ public can be won over, the attempt by the establishment and the left to overturn the election becomes more dangerous and difficult for them.

Bits and Pieces – 20161118, Friday

What We’re Reading Today

Trump team: Here are a couple of major appointments: Meet Mike Pompeo, The New Director Of The CIA, and Jeff Sessions Accepts Trump’s Offer To Serve As US Attorney General. I wonder how prominent supporters like Rudy Giulianiand Chris Christie will end up? Here’s an interview with Trumps chief strategist, Steve Bannon: Steve Bannon Interviewed: “It’s About Americans Not Getting F—ed Over”.

Trump policy: One obstacle to Trump policy removed: Constitutional Law Experts Confirm Trump’s “Muslim Registry” Not Illegal.

Main Stream Media (MSM): The assault on freedom of speech and freedom of the press continues in the EU: European Union Orders British Press Not To Report when Terrorists Are Muslims.

Civil Unrest: More on the establishment organizing to oppose Trump: Hillary “Attack Dog” David Brock Plotting With Soros, Steyer, Sussman To “Kick Trump’s Ass”.

Bits and Pieces: At some point, Trump will have to address NATO and Russia. In the meantime: Ridiculous Lame Duck Agreements: Obama, EU Agree to Keep Sanctions on Russia.

Bits and Pieces – 20161117, Thursday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: The Trump tsunami has passed. Now it’s the cleanup phase, and I expect the MSM to discover that planet earth is larger than the US and other things are continuing on. Our attention will probably diversify.

Trump team: Building bridges within the Republican party: Romney Meets Trump This Weekend, Will Discuss SecState Role In New Administration? And one bridge that doesn’t appear likely: Newt Gingrich Confirms “I Will Not Be In Donald Trump’s Cabinet”.

Main Stream Media (MSM): Two articles on ongoing MSM bias: Zero Hedge Targeted On Liberal Professor’s List of “Fake News” Sources and Mike Krieger Rages At The ‘Fake News’ Debacle: “It’s An All Out Media War”. Are we seeing the impact of the biased reporting during the election: Huffington Post Owner AOL Lays Off 5% Of Staff: 500 Workers Lose Their Jobs?

Civil Unrest: This topic has become the current dominant one. Martin Armstrong’s model has a peak for unrest in 2021. We shall see. But disturbing trends are emerging, particularly the acquiescence of the liberal left to the social disorder and violence: Have the Democrats Unleashed a New Age Communist Revolution?.

Bits and Pieces: In the Democratic camp, Bernie Sanders Shuns Democrats: “I Will Finish This Term As An Independent”. The youth vote may follow Sanders wherever he decides to go. This is not good for the Democrats, just as the Trump vote was not good for the old Republicans unless Trump creates a new Republican party with his followers.

A recent discussion with friends involved the idea of repatriating jobs to America. Apple may be considering it: Trump Wins? Foxconn Looks To Make iPhones In America. This process actually eliminates jobs (not American) because companies that build new plants invest much more heavily in automation creating a net loss of jobs associated with the product. This has been going on for a couple of years.

The UN has just come out with a disturbing report backing this jobless reshoring: Two-Thirds Of Workers In Developing Nations To Be Replaced by Robots, Report Warns.

There has been ongoing chatter for the last couple of years about a cashless society. It is moving forward by taking larger bills out of circulation on the pretext of fighting money laundering and illegal activities of all sorts. Pity the poor girl guide wanting to sell you cookies: Sweden Begins Planning Transition From Cash To Digital Currency.

Bits and Pieces – 20161115, Tuesday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: A short note today.

Trump team: Not exactly part of his administration, the Supreme Court can be shaped by trump: Trump Could Radically Transform The Supreme Court For Decades And Dems Are Terrified.

Trump policy: How Trump may create policy that moves away from continuous war and towards a more constructive isolationist use of American dollars abroad. A Trump Doctrine – “America First”. This is the polar opposite of what Soros and all the globalist institutions want.

Civil Unrest: Someone else shares my view of Soros: George Soros: The Man Trying to Create A Socialist Revolution? More on the Soros-Clinton connection. The purple worn by the Clinton’s when Hillary gave her ‘concession’ speech was quite notable. It will be interesting to see if people pick up on the ‘purple revolution’ theme and compare it to the ‘orange revolution’: The Clintons and Soros launch America’s Purple Revolution. More on the use of professional protesters to support the anti-Trump agenda: Who’s Behind The Portland Riots? 60% Of Arrested Anti-Trump Protesters Were From Out Of State, Didn’t Vote.

The American Empire (AE): George Friedman gives a good analysis of the positions of Russia and the AE. It covers key points leading up to today and presents some Trump possibilities: Russia, the United States, and Donald Trump.

Bits and Pieces: On a different topic: The Catastrophic Consequences Of Peak Oil Demand. Just something for your back pocket.

Bits and Pieces – 20161113, Sunday

What We’re Reading Today

Commentary: As one would expect, Trump is moving ahead on building his team and reaffirming some election promises which will become policy. And the liberal left are continuing what might be viewed as an insurrection.

Trump team: We also have some early key appointments: Reince Priebus Confirmed As Trump’s Chief Of Staff; Bannon Becomes Chief Strategist. This lady should be rewarded: Trump Post-Election.

Trump policy: Judith Curry has published material on what the Trump administration might do in the areas of climate and energy: Trumping the climate. Renewed focus on election promises: “They’re Going To Be Gone” – Donald Trump Vows To Deport Millions Of ‘Criminal’ Undocumented Illegal Immigrants.

Electoral Fraud: Martin Armstrong has written a piece on the DNC and Hillary’s rigging of the election which I has heard once before and ignored as an outlier: The Real Clinton Conspiracy that Backfired – The Worst Candiate in American History.

Civil Unrest: Continuing: Anti-Trump Protests: Proof Of Professional Activist Involvement, and Michael Moore Loses It: Tells Trump “You Lost, Step Aside”, Urges Tom Hanks To Run For Dems In 2020. These people are not going to change and are not going away. I expect that there will be a virtual underground focused on bringing down the Trump presidency. In my forecast that trump will be assassinate, this is one of the key groups out of which an action may come. The other is the Deep State or shadow government. As for the protests: Anti-Trump Protest Day 5 Looms: Denial, Double Standards, & ‘Dump Trump’ Dissonance.

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