The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest, titled “Towards a Global Realignment”, has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Thanks Ray.
France seems to be leaving the EU, also, but passive-aggressively. This looks like just not complying with anything, not supporting the EU, not declaring anything, except "We're French" and seeing how things fall apart.
The (other) history of money holds that it was not so much used in response to flexible markets trades, but to pay for your life when the king came by, and you could prove that you had "paid in advance" by holding his IOU, which you could exchange for your life at that moment. The IOU could be gold, a clay tablet or a notched stick. It was having alrready paid the king that protected you from the army. http://theminskys.org/the-history-of-money-not-what-you-think/
Ice Free Arctic Next Summer (or maybe the summer after). This is a huge heat sink getting used up. This is the jumping off point for another explanation of just where we are with long-lasting CO2 and the sudden-death threat of massive methane release. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/21/arctic-will-be-ice-free-in-summer-next-year
A cruise ship with 1725 passengers and crew, by far the largest ever to traverse the northwest passage, will carry you to tiny Inuit villages before they go extinct, for about $100k. The nicer berths cost more, but there are some cheaper ones as well. This is "Extinction Tourism", sort of the anti-eco-tourism, though all strict rules of engagement will be followed and no legal liability will incur. LAST CHANCE!