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Bits and Pieces – 20170818, Friday

Commentary: I have commented briefly in the past about the evolution of retail in North America and the impact on urban development. Small town, even small city Ontario has seen its municipal core hollowed out and decay as small retailers vanished to be replaced by big box retailers and shopping malls on municipal outskirts where roads allowed access from a wider  dispersed population of suburban and rural dwellers. The collapse of shopping malls has been well documented in the US over the last year in particular. This corresponds with the collapse of the bricks and mortar retailers who are approaching or who have entered chapter 11. As an example, read: State of Retail: JCPenny Plunges, Now a “Penny” Stock; Amazon to Blame?

This week a new a new phase has been recognized as the end point of this process: Battle of the Behemoths, and Amazon and Walmart Battle for Retail’s Future. We have seen reports of towns in fly-over America where the Walmart has closed leaving citizens with no local source of products, especially food.

Bits and Pieces – 20170810, Thursday

Commentary: Martin Armstrong’s computer model has picked Aug. 12-13 and Sept. 11-12 as two key dates when a Korean conflict may begin: North Korea – Beware August 2017. That makes this weekend critical. There is more below that shows the growing tensions. George Friedman thinks there will be war but offers his thinking on NK behaviour: North Korea, Nukes and Negotiations. Finally … US “Confirms” N.Korea Has ICBM-Ready Nuclear Warheads, North Korea Responds To Trump Threat, Says It Is “Seriously Considering” Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Guam, and Trump Threatens North Korea With “Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen Before”. Which side makes the first move?

Some folks are beginning to look at the cost of a war with NK. Since the extent of the destruction cannot be known in advance, one can identify impacts while not being able to estimate them accurately. Read: How A Renewed Korean Conflict Is Going To Be Felt Around The Globe and “Under Any Analysis, It’s Insanity”: What War With North Korea Could Look Like.

Late comentary provides insight into one of the preferreed options: Pentagon Unveils Plan For “Pre-Emptive Strike” On North Korea. Most parties agree the a negotiated settlement would be the preferred option of them all.

I thought summer was supposed to be the quiet time when everyone went to the beach. The fall should be a doozy.

Bits and Pieces – 20170806, Sunday

Commentary: Things get interesting in the Democratic camp: Sorry Joe Biden And Eric Holder, Obama Just Picked His 2020 Candidate And It’s Not You. I can’t imagine that Hillary has thrown in the towel in her quest for righteous affirmation and glory. Biden has made it clear in the past that the world would have been saved if he were president. Saunders is getting old but with the revelations of the backstabbing job the DNC did on him, this cranky old man may not go quietly into that good night of that boneyard of American political ambition. And maybe Americans are not ready for another black president – Obama II.

Stay tuned for the next episode and in the meantime stock up on popcorn. You may need it to survive on if that crazy and mercurial leader with his ICBMs and nuclear bombs tries to launch a preemptive first strike on someone or everyone (Shall We Fight Them All?). Oh – I wasn’t referring to Kim Jong-un.

 

WWIII: I had stopped reporting most of the news I see on NK since the US pulled back its carrier strike groups. But here’s a thoughtful question so we don’t forget the issue: North Korea or Iran…Where Will President Trump Attack First? The Iran option is interesting because not a lot is reported on this front apart from incidents that Ron Paul notes.

This article confronts the issue head on: Militarization Of Scandinavian Peninsula: Time To Ring Alarm Bells. Snippets referring to stockpiling US assets in caves in Scandinavia have appeared from time to time but this article puts it all together.

It has been noted that trade wars and economic sanctions can be a precursor to kinetic wars. As such, Trump’s threats of a global trade war that keeps popping up may finally be implemented: Trump To Launch Trade War With China On Friday, Beijing Vows Retaliation and Russian PM: “The U.S. Just Declared Full-Scale Trade War On Russia”.

Trump’s myopic idea that reversing the trade deficit will make America great again will be found to be a much more complex issue and one that the attempt to fix may bear too high a price. To understand why, read: Winners And Losers When Trade War Breaks Out Between The US And China. The latter article shows what articles are most involved in the trade deficit, namely computer and electronic technology. True, the US could bring this onshore but ask yourself how? George Friedman provides his analysis of possible Russian response: Russian Sanctions: The Kremlin’s Response.

Corporate America, driven by market forces, moved production offshore. Corporate America will only reshore (I know, it’s not a real word but it’s been used before) if it is economically necessary. I don’t think that it could be forced to by legislation. Large tariffs would have to be imposed on electronic components made offshore to make their manufacture here attractive. However, $5000 iPhones aren’t going to make the public happy. Also, in reshoring new infrastructure has to be created. Abandoned factories are not suitable. New facilities have to built and these will be highly automated. The Chinese are already moving ahead with extensive automation (Apple Manufacturer Foxconn to Fully Replace Humans With Robots). These new factories are not built in a week so tariffs will have the immediate effect of increasing prices in the US while any offsetting price advantage under a tariff regime to local manufacturing will take years to realize.

Finally, George Friedman published a piece today which is centered on the role of nuclear weapons in geopolitics beginning with their development and use in WWII: The Terrible Magic of Atomic Weapons. Of note in this article is the use of economic sanctions by the US as the action that precipitated war with Japan.

Canada Corner: I have earlier covered the woes of Canadian mortgage broker, Home Capital Group. This would be a couple of months ago and the sky did not fall in although the fundamental problems remain with HCG, leaving it crippled and probably operating on a day-to-day basis. Here’s a more in depth look at the company intended to capture the reference and provide bedtime reading for insomniacs only: Exclusive: How the Home Capital Sausages Were Made.

Canada’s economic migrant problem: Quebec Is “Close To Its Limits” As Refugees Flood Across US-Canada Border.

Having just bought and sold a house, I am aware of the amount of money that flows into Ontario provincial government coffers – lots. There is a land transfer tax paid by the buyer and HSt paid on all services including legal and the realators’ commissions. A drastic drop in prices or a slowdown in sales means a significant loss of revenue for the government. For context: Toronto Housing Market Implodes: Prices Plunge Most On Record.

Climate: Ever since Climategate broke in 2009 there have been a number of incidents of researchers and particularly government agencies such as NOAA and NASA misrepresenting and falsifying climate data. A recent criticism noted that every time data is adjusted to make current data consistent with earlier data sets created with different instrumentation and methodologies, the adjustments are always in the warming direction. The latest example comes from Australia: Australia Weather Bureau Caught Tampering With Climate Numbers. Also: Major correction to satellite data shows 140% faster warming since 1998.

Bits and Pieces: Just so you don’t fall asleep on the European banking sector, read: Europe’s Banking Dysfunction Worsens. Since the 2008 banking crisis in the US that threatened to bring down the global financial system, European banks have not significantly repaired their balance sheets. Bank failures in the Mediterranean states are regular. At some point the entire system will fold. In the meantime, you can get a sense of the state of things from this article.

It’s funny that when NATO holds exercises, there is no response in the media: Russia, Belarus Joint Drills Used As Pretext for NATO War Preparations.

While the Democrats agonize over allegations of Russian hacking of the election (whatever that means) their own manipulations starts to come to light: California has 11 Counties With More Registered Voters Than Voting-Age Citizens: Registered Voters 144% of Eligible.

Bits and Pieces – 20170731, Monday

Commentary: I want to explain why Bitcoin can never be a viable currency. My understanding of Bitcoin is that there is an upper limit on the number of coins that can ever exist, somewhere around 21 million. The block-chain, as I understand it is simply a security paradigm for the system.

If bitcoin were only to be used to buy potatoes, the question of their relative values might be settled by adding the weights of all the potatoes in the world and saying that this is equivalent to the total number of bitcoins since bitcoins are assumed to be worth nothing for any other purchase. Let’s say that one ton of potatoes is equivalent (worth) 2.4 bitcoins (which hides the problem of fractional bitcoins – what are they and how do you manage them?).

Suppose next year there is a bumper crop of potatoes. There are twice as many potatoes but the same number of bitcoins. The value of a potato relative to a bitcoin has been cut in half.

Suppose farmers can agree that a bushel of wheat is equivalent to 10 pounds of potatoes. Further, they find that the amount of wheat grown is twice the amount of potatoes in value. Also, they decide to accept bitcoins for wheat. The total amount of merchantable produce in bitcoins is 3 times our initial example. That means a ton of potatoes is worth 0.8 bitcoins now.

Expand this to all products and services produced in the global economy and the value of a single potato becomes extremely small.

In a practical monetary system, the currency must be expansible to price the economy in practical terms and also be able to grow as the economy grows. Bitcoin can’t do either.

A useful model for understanding Bitcoin is the tulip mania in Holland in the 17th century – it’s a speculative bubble.

The War on Cash: An discussion that suggests a role for cryptocurencies in the battle against government control over the economy by removing cash:  Banks Are Scheming To Dominate A Future Cashless Society.

WWIII: There is a consistent push from actors in the US in this direction: Russian Sanctions – The Start of World War III?.

The American Empire (AE): This short article presents a concise understanding of Russian interests and the globalist/nationalist conflict: Russia’s Real Endgame. This is a highly recommended read.

The new Russian sanctions are explained by Mike Shedlock: Make America Safe: Put Congress on Permanent Recess (What the Sanction Bill is Really About). The real reason is to support American economic interests around energy and the control of energy supplies to Europe. And a bit of background on American hypocrisy over the issue: Browder – Russia – Trump – Safra.

Where to from here: The Historical Turning-Point Has Arrived?

In annual competitions held by the Santa Fe Institute on optimal game theory strategies, the game “tit for tat” one. In practice: “It’s Time To Retaliate”: Putin Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats. This has got to complicate US efforts of espionage, regime distabilization and interference in elections.

Climate: Apparently sea levels have fallen for the past 2 years. Watch for upcoming entertainment as climate alarmist figure out how global warming is causing this: NASA Confirms Falling Sea Levels For Two Years Amidst Media Blackout.

Bits and Pieces: Here is Senator John McCain’s war record in ome tidy little package for your reference (it might not be what you’re expecting): A Complete History Of John McCain Calling For War Around The World.

For my owon interest I’m including this shrt article ehich spans multiple conspiracry theories: Former Forbes Bureau Chief Blows Whistle On 9/11 & Fukushima.

And a little home town (Strathroy) excitement here last week: Procedure avoids panic: expert. I spoke with the deputy mayor. He said it was the last 13 cars of a 130 car freight that went off. The engineer was two miles down the track before he realized he was missing them. A hoot.

Any “moderate” brand of Islam – Hero Imams? – must be founded on the rejection of those aspects of the Quran and other religious books that advocate violence against and domination of non-Muslims. This of course requires such moderates to accept that the Prophet was wrong. Good luck.

Videos abound of the robots scurrying around Amazon “fulfillment” centers as I have previously published. The paradigm seems to be move products from an inventory of hundreds of thousands of items to workers that seem to have a limited role in packing the products. It may be that AI hasn’t advanced to the point of being able to solve the 3D problems of placing a variety of odd-shaped boxes most efficiently into one larger container.  But that problem may be solved soon: Amazon Hosts Robotics Competition To Figure Out How To Replace 230,000 Warehouse Workers.

Here’s an off-the-wall piece: The Not-So-Secret Ingredients of Military Coups. If you’re planning a coup, whether military or perhaps in business, one might benefit from this book.

Bits and Pieces – 20170715, Saturday

Cyber Warfare: Maybe it wasn’t the Russians: New Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally – DNC Not “Hacked By Russians” and New Evidence Says DNC Hack an Inside Job, Not Russia Related.

WWIII: Turkey’s realignment continues: Turkey “Turns Away” From NATO, Buys Russian Advanced Missile System For $2.5 Billion. They still seem to be playing both sides. This article follows along the path of the ides that thew US was one of the initial proponents and supporters of the EU: Unite and Rule: EU As NATO’s Auxiliary Economic Alliance.

The American Empire (AE): All the more reason for the AE to install a puppet that they can control, in Damascus: The New Silk Road Will Go Through Syria.

Climate: Climate alarmists need not worry their pretty little heads: Nature Unbound IV – The 2400-year Bray cycle. Part A.

Worth a read although many of you already know this: Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report: “Not Reality… Totally Inconsistent With Credible Temperature Data”.

Canada Corner: I see no way to correct this other than a broad reset: “Canada Is In Serious Trouble” Again, And This Time It’s For Real. Sorry to take away Justin’s punch bowl but: IMF Rings The Alarm On Canada’s Economy.

The only contexts that the following makes any sense is in terms of Islamic appeasement and extreme progressive posturing: Canada’s Multi-Million-Dollar Pay-Out To A ‘Foreign Terrorist Fighter’.

Bits and Pieces: A masterful player, knowing that he has the Europeans by the balls, squeezes again: France Agrees to Pay All Costs for Turkey to Sign Paris Climate Accord.

Here’s a question for you, if Catalonia votes successfully to succeed and a new civil war erupts, will the Luftwaffe intervene as it did in the last Spanish civil war: Catalonia to Move to Referendum October 1st to Break From Spain?

Trump continues to have problem with loyalists from the Obama administration embedded in the bureaucracy. It takes time to find and sack the thousands of people involved: Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump.

Keep in mind that these are the early days of the development of software of this nature: New Software Fakes Video Of Former US President Barack Obama. With Photoshop we gained the ability to manipulate still images to create new images that are indistinguishable from reality. Now we can no longer be assure that a video we see is a real image scenario. When voice synthesis reaches the same level we wil be t the point where all news must be treated as fake news – synthesized propaganda. Note to all governments: we are almost there.

Here’s an interesting note on the silence of the UN on human rights abuses in Venezuela. It lines up with a similar silence by Pope Francis which I have commented on in the past. The article also makes a connection with Agenda 21: Is This Why The UN Human Rights Council Is Silent As Venezuelans Die Oppressed Under Socialism?. Weaving into this theme is the following of which I’m confused. I thought that this brand of geopolitics was what our communist pope supports: Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon “A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics”.

Bits and Pieces – 20170709, Sunday

Commentary: We are now in Strathroy. I will be preoccupied for the next month with inside and outside jobs so will not be reporting much. I’ll start, however, with this one: Autonomous Future: Disruptive Forklifts, AGVs, and Battery Swapping Devices for Cars. Note the loss of 45% of manufacturing jobs by 2025. We have too many people for this future. It’s time to stop ALL immigration. Below are a few items that stood out

Bits and Pieces – 20170624 – Saturday

Commentary: This will be the last letter until after we move and I have communications reestablished, sometime in the first week in July. It seems every time I go away they start a war or some other major event. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time.

Our new coordinates: 250 Joel Ct., Strathroy, ON, N7G 4B3. Phone and email remain the same for now.

Civil Unrest: The Great Reset is coming and it is coming from several directions. Here’s one that most people are not aware of – unfunded pension liabilities: Madoff Whistleblower Harry Markopolos Warns A Wild Card Will Hurtle The World Into The 2nd Great.

Cyber Warfare: At war: Obama Ordered Cyberweapons Implanted Into Russia’s Infrastructure. Recall that this was in response to an event that was eventually shown to come from sources other than the Russian state. So it would be fair of Russian secreted some dirty bombs around the US to be detonated if the US did something preemptive.

WWIII: Here is a good summary of recent events in the Middle East showing the mounting danger there: The Middle East Is Blowing Up. The Baltics rather than the Ukraine may be the point to watch on Russia’s borders: Russian, NATO Jets In Near Standoff After F-16 Buzzes Russian Defense Minister’s Airplane. The Doomsday Clock is inching forward: Ever Closer To War.

The Mid East is back in the news: Arab States Issue 13-Point Ultimatum To Qatar: Cut Ties With Iran, Close Al-Jazeera, Shutter Turkish Base. How long before a kinetic phase emerges?

The American Empire (AE): This article poses an excellent question: Why Does the US Target Functioning Democracies for Regime Change?. Ask yourself who benefits most if the Middle East’s oil fields burn. Would it be the American shale industry? Speaking of interfering in another country’s politics: 64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details Of Iranian Coup.

Canada Corner: I had reported the problems with Home Capital Group a few weeks ago. They just got anpther bailout, but ar what cost: Buffett Stuns Market After Berkshire Acquires 38.4% Of Home Capital Group, Provides C$2 Billion Loan? Buffett s a smart man. Is he backstopped by the Canadian taxpayer?

Sears is reorganizing: Sears Canada Announces Bankruptcy; Fires 2,900.

Bits and Pieces: There may be some interesting internal tensions coming to a head in Saudi Arabia: In Historic Shakeup Saudi King Removes Crown Prince, Names Son As First Heir. The person replaced, Mohammed bin Nayef – “the country’s counterterrorism czar” may have the Saudi intelligence community on his side.

Bits and Pieces – 20170619 – Monday

Civil Unrest: The deepening divides in the US leave one wondering which way it may go … er, blow. Here’s one civil war scenario: The Treasonous Secession Of Climate Confederacy States. Jerry Brown leads a renegade band of states that want to form their own international climate treaties, something forbidden in the constitution.

Then there’s the left/right divide that is becoming increasingly violent: Summer Of Hate: The Arrival Of The Crisis & The Second Civil War? The problem of a civil war based on political orientation is that it is not territorial in the sense that civil wars result in the division of a country. France is probably the model for this kind of civil war.

MSM: Media wars, the other side: Alex Jones Gets Jump On Megyn Kelly – Leaks Recordings “To Set The Record Straight”. Did Megyn’s piece air?

WWIII: Another piece moved into place against Russia ensuring the Russians will have to go nuclear defensively: Norway On The Way To Become Unfriendly Neighbor In Russia’s Eyes. And we have escalation in Syria beginning with the latest coalition attack on a Syrian fighter: Russia Halts Cooperation With US In Syria, Will “Intercept Any Aircraft” In Russian Areas Of Operation. And the response: Pentagon Responds: “US Pilots Will Defend Themselves If Attacked By Russians”. Remember, the generals are now in control.

The American Empire (AE): The AE apparently lost a key supporter: ISIS Leader Baghdadi Reportedly Killed In Russian Airstrike. Damn those Ruskies. Elsewhere on the periphery: US General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan. Recall that Trump recently gave the military carte blanche: Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein.

Canada Corner: Housing info: Despite Bank Of Canada Hubris, Existing Home Sales Crash In May.

Bits and Pieces: Here’s something to stick in your back pocket: Scientists Warn Current Yellowstone Quake-Swarm “Could Rip The Guts Out Of America”. This event has spawned a sensationalist article: There Have Been 296 Earthquakes In The Vicinity Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Within The Last 7 Days. This does not mean that much of the article may not be accurate. I recall reading years ago that a past eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano affected much of the continental US as described.

Escalation in the Middle East: Saudis Foil Iranian Terror Attack On Major Offshore Oil Field. At depressed prices, it might be time to add some oil stocks to one’s portfolio. Also, Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years.

Bits and Pieces – 20170614 – Wednesday

Commentary: Here is a must-watch half hour video by George Friedman. He presents the best succinct description of key geopolitical issues that I can recall: the position of Russia, the problems in the EU, the Middle east with Turkey in a pivotal role, where China stands: Crisis & Chaos: Are We Moving Toward World War III?

Turn off CNN, NBC, CBC and the rest of the MSM and spend the time listening to this a second time. He brilliantly summarizes all you need to know about the issues driving the important events of today and tomorrow. If on the other hand you’d feel more comfortable watching a telethon, turn on CTV.

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.

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