Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mixed Terrain

Considering Alternatives,

The Saker, who has a background in Swiss military intelligence, says that Korea, especially North Korea, is composed of "mixed terrain", like Switzerland has. That means steep mountains, narrow gorges, rushing rivers, and rice paddies.  That means infantry, grunts in mud with guns have to invade North Korea. Volunteers? 
The North Koreans have been preparing for WW-3 on their own turf for 63 years. They have artillery pieces, lovingly dug into mountainsides and hidden, which can rain 10,000 rounds per minute on Seoul, for an extended period of time. Targeting these emplacements works badly, due to the ruggedness of the terrain and all the radar bounce. 
There are thousands of miles of deeply dug in underground bases and ammunition dumps, with hidden entrances and exits. The North Koreans taught the Vietnamese how to make them, recall? 
Japan is a big high value target, not just the American bases there. Japan cannot be defended from Korean missiles, with or without nukes. 
China has stated that it will be neutral if North Korea attacks first, but will stand with North Korea, if they are attacked. The Chinese army is huge and well equipped, and China could open a second front on the US. Russia would need to support China. Instantly a whole lot of nuclear powers are in this FUBAR War. Do WW-1 alliances come to mind? 
The US cannot rationally attack North Korea in a beheading strike, without bringing down 10.000 rounds per minute upon Seoul as the first response, whether ICBMs with EMP nukes are dispatched to the American east and west coasts or not. American regime change would result, along with lots of death and chaos that our elites would avoid themselves.

Everyday life in Puerto Rico is a low budget smartphone camera tour of the devastation in the part of America that isn't a state. The news moved on. Puerto Rico didn't. The Organic Prepper looked up some people, contacted them and compiled and edited their ongoing dail experiences here in this short video. No bombs went off in Puerto Rico, but lots of logistical dead ends got discovered.

Th Virtual Economy is the End of Freedom, A lot of this is about how the NSA/DARPA set up the code and overall strategy of Bitcoin, and the internet, so it's not anonymous (they have traced transactions/people), and it is not how to be a rebel and outsmart the global banking establishment from the war-room of your iPhone. (kinda'heavy...)

One in four people working (they all work, even if car-camping) in Silicon Valley has food insecurity, misses meals and doesn't know where their food is going to come from.
Because poverty is often shrouded in shame, their clients’ situations can come as a surprise. “Often we think of somebody visibly hungry, the traditional homeless person,” Brennan said. “But this study is putting light on the non-traditional homeless: people living in their car or a garage, working people who have to choose between rent and food, people without access to a kitchen.”

Dark Money Runs the World, Nomi Prinz (These people never go hungry.)
"When I moved abroad to create and run the analytics department at Bear Stearns London as senior managing director, I got my first look at how dark money flows and its effects cross borders."

Britain has to buy liquified natural gas from Russia, despite already enforcing sanctions against Russian natural gas. (It's cold, and that's just how the free-market works sometimes, and the North sea pipeline got some bad cracking last week.)

The "Russiagate" investigation keeps turning up collusion within the top levels of the FBI to take words out of Hillary Clinton's State Dept. investigation report and change them to words that don't mean "criminal". There is more, much more. This destruction of evidence against Clinton, and changing the conclusion from "indict", to "finger-wag", is clearly shown by evidence that does remain. There is a vague "insurance policy" against a Trump win, that we may or may not learn more about. One elite camp assaulted the other elite camp, and it is backfiring on them. (The article below projects that there will be a truce, not a Clinton in prison.) There's still no appearance of Russia in "Russiagate".

Moscow senses Trump's travails could be ending. He may actually be able to do business if the opposing political camp has to sue for peace, as above. They have no facts to support their allegations, but a whole lot of damning facts against Clinton and their political machine are now documented.

A weather station in Alaska has under reported Arctic warming for the last 2 years, because it was too much, and the software said "that can't be real", and didn't send it. The weather station is located in Utqiaġvik, the most northerly town in the US. It was giving funny high numbers because the sea ice had gone away, and wasn't stabilizing the temperatures any more.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rebuilding Consensus

Better Angels,

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said Thursday that the North Korean nuclear crisis would be resolved through talks and negotiation rather than war..."The two leaders agreed on four principles for peace and stabilization on the Korean peninsula," said Yoon Young-chan, senior adviser to Moon in a televised press briefing. "First, not to accept war on the Korean peninsula. Second, to hold firmly to the denuclearization principle."  He said the third principle was to resolve all issues, including the denuclearization of North Korea, peacefully through negotiations. And finally, to improve relations between the two Koreas which will help solve problems on the peninsula. The Blue House said that Moon and Xi also agreed to open a emergency phone line between them.

The US State Dept. reversed Secretary of State Tillerson's statement that the US was open to completely open and un-preconditioned talks with North Korea, with President Trump understanding that North Korea couldn't easily change course before that. (What game is this? Is it intentional to sabotage any possibility of American dependability in negotiations?)

A Russian military delegation met with North Koreans in Pyongyang the day before South Korean/Chinese negotiations and statement detailed above. Coordination? Trust?

"In this complicated context, Donald Trump emerges as a destroyer of US interests in the (Middle East) region... Turkey is just an example of the delicate balance upon which the region rests. Moscow has become the sole mediator for all parties, and does not appear to have bad relations with any of them... The rest of the world, with mounting bewilderment, watches on while all manner of decisions are made with no rhyme or reason, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The only ones to lose in this scenario are naturally the closest allies of the United States: Israel and all the Arab countries united behind the Saudi (money) state that are now obliged to stand up for the Palestinian cause. Whether out of incompetence or a strategic inability to take a position, it matters little why these decisions are being made. Donald Trump, MBS and Netanyahu are exactly what the region and the world needed. Why? Because these three figures, thanks to their actions, have reunited the axis of resistance in the Middle East, fortified the Russian presence in the region, and opened the door to Asian money for reconstruction, focused on integrating the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. These three stooges have open the door to total defeat thanks to their reckless decisions."

The U.S. "lets Assad stay" because there is simply nothing else it can do without waging a large scale war. It has tried everything else - and lost. In 2012 it attempted to assassinate Assad, but he wasn't at the security meeting that the CIA blew up. It send 100,000 Takfiri fighters from all over the world to Syria and shipped in ten-thousands of tons of weapons and ammunition. The global anti-Syrian propaganda campaign in favor of the Takfiris was unprecedented. It tried to build a political opposition and sponsored it with hundreds of millions. It lastly invaded the country and tried to split it by force. It failed on all fronts.

Again, Erdogan announced that Turkey and Russia are “determined to complete in the shortest possible time” the Turkish Stream (which will bring more Russian gas to Turkey and use Turkey as a hub to supply southern Europe) and the US$25 billion Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. The US opposes the Turkish Stream, which will frustrate its plans to export LNG to Europe. Putin joined Erdogan to criticize the US decision regarding Jerusalem. Putin said, “It is destabilizing the region and wiping out the prospect of peace”; Erdogan said he was “pleased” by Putin’s stand. Erdogan said the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) summit in Istanbul on Wednesday would be a “turning point” on the crisis; Putin promised to send a representative.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has declared East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, rejected the US stance as "dangerous" and called on the international community to follow in its footsteps. At a summit held in Turkey a week after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the group of Muslim leaders on Wednesday called on all countries to "recognise the State of Palestine and East Jerusalem as its occupied capital".

The Internet is the last commons, which must now be looted for short term profit and more complete mind-control:  
A poll released this week by the Program for Public Consultation and Voice of the People at the University of Maryland found that 83 percent of Americans—and 75 percent of Republicans—favor the current system (the group that conducted the poll clearly explained the current regulations as well as the proposed ones). Pai, meanwhile, has said that “volume and vitriol are not substitutes for actual arguments” and has stated that “desperate” people are raising “hyperbolic fears” about net neutrality violations that “never materialized before 2015.”

In an internal email to all of the FCC commissioner offices, CTO Eric Burger, who was appointed by Pai in October, said the No. 1 issue with the repeal is concern that internet service providers will block or throttle specific websites, according to FCC sources who viewed the message. "Unfortunately, I realize we do not address that at all," Burger said in the email. "If the ISP is transparent about blocking legal content, there is nothing the [Federal Trade Commission] can do about it unless the FTC determines it was done for anti-competitive reasons. Allowing such blocking is not in the public interest."

The Republican Tax Bill not only cuts corporate tax rates (which are effectively around 13% in many cases), cuts taxes for the top 10% some, but cuts open the throats of grad students and retirees, who are trapped without recourse, already. (but, it's not absolutely final, so it'll probably be just fine... no need to fight before Christmas...)

Jada sends this 2013 TED Talk from Alan Savoy, and Environmental Research Scientist, who discovered that the traditional wisdom about reclaiming lands from desertification was wrong. The North American Bison herds were part of the ecosystem that built the deep, rich soil of the Great Plains. Recreating the movements of large herds over vast lands, immediately and measurably begins rebuilding the soil ecosystem and retaining water. (File under: "Don't fence me in")

Growing Up Together

Monday, December 11, 2017

Grasping Tighter

Controlling the Narrative,

Not to rest upon it's laurels, YouTube hires another 10,000 humans to augment the army of bots, and keep you from seeing "fake news". Thanks Cat.
In November, YouTube removed over 51,000 videos concerning Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was assassinated via missile raid by the Obama administration on September 30, 2011. Awlaki was never charged with, let alone convicted of any crime. The mass removal was praised by the New York Times, one of the largest mouthpieces of the American ruling elite, as a “watershed moment.”  

The US military planned first strike nuclear attacks on every city in Russia and China, and gave the authority to launch to field level commanders, Colonals and Majors. (I used to like Ike. this was his idea.) Daniel Ellsberg has finally been able to tell us about this knowledge, after all these years.

North Korea is ready for direct talks with the US, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "Gotta' give up all your nukes before we can talk" is the US position.

These 8 places are actively preparing for nuclear war. (Hey, I live there!)

A Russian interceptor was scrambled to stop a "rogue" US fighter jet from actively interfering with an anti-terrorist operation, the Russian Defense Ministry said, describing the latest close encounter between the US and Russian air force.

Russia announces withdrawal of troops from Syria. (The US will leave unwanted troops there indefinitely, as you may recall.)

Iran's Revolutionary Guard issues order to US troops to leave Syria, where they are illegally stationed.

The Pentagon is not just missing trillions of dollars, but 44,000 active duty troops.

The site being considered for the US embassy in Jerusalem is stolen Palestinian private property (of course).

Turkish President Erdogan: "Palestine is an innocent victim… as for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan said in a speech in the central Turkish city of Sivas. "We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children."

A contractor of legal advisory services to the people of Arizona has decided to stand up for his legal rights and refuse to sign a certification that he will not boycott Israeli goods, because it is his constitutional right to do so. He is suing Arizona for that right. (Finally!)

Deliver for Amazon, pee in a bottle, eat granola bars, sleep, repeat, for under minimum wage...


Friday, December 8, 2017

As We Sow

Recipients of the Harvest,

I respectfully submit this article about American farmers killing themselves. Jada sent it. 
American farmers kill themselves twice as much as American veterans do. Why? Are the horrors of farming twice as bad as the horrors of war? 
American farmers are not haunted by ghosts. They are dying in the field. They are an endangered species. Farmers are debt slaves, trapped by their own noble instincts to grow food, care for their livestock, tend the land, and feed other people. 
Corporate agribusiness (corporate artificial intelligence) exploits them ruthlessly. They are pawns on this global battlefield. 
A 60 pound bushel of wheat pays a farmer $3.27,  far less than it costs to produce, less than 4 rolls of toilet paper, or one loaf of bread. The farm slaves are killing themselves because it is the only way out. This is American slavery, supporting the imperial war machine. that's reality. 
Grow veggies. Keep working. Give up TV. Support soldiers and farmers by helping end the wars of corporate empire.

Most people date farm-genocide to the farm-crisis of the 1980s, when interest rates were 16% and more, and farmers were dying in droves. Modest family farms were taken by the Borg, er... banks. 
It began before that, before the crisis. Earl Butz was head of the Department of Agriculture from 1971 to 1976. He put into place the Kissinger strategy of controlling the food to control the people (not elucidated here). "Get big or get out" was his famous and oft-repeated slogan. 
Butz destroyed New Deal Agricultural policies of government buying grain, storing it for lean times, and paying farmers to keep some fields fallow in times of plenty, to avoid land degradation. The boom he oversaw in the 1970s included a dramatic sale of wheat, America's government reserves, to the Soviet Union, capitalist wheat fed them in their communist famine, at a price... 
Farmers were stampeded into a boom, plowing every acre, planting, fertilizing, irrigating, growing more corn and soybeans, feeding pigs and cows in giant concentration camps for bacon-cheeseburger consumers. Then, the "free-markets" took the reins...

"Plunder Capitalism", Paul Craig Roberts:
The current tax legislation drops the corporate tax rate to 20%.  This means that global corporations registered in the US will be taxed at a lower income tax rate than a licensed practical nurse making $50,000 per year.  The nurse, if single, faces in 2017 a 25% marginal tax rate on all income over $37,950.

"Best Weapons in the World": American Patriot missile defense system, sold to Saudi Arabia, shoots 5 times at Scud missile, fired at Riyadh airport, from 600 miles away, by barefoot Houthi soldiers in Yemen, and misses. "Iran's Fault!" The warhead, nothing impressive, misses runway by a little bit, because those things are  unsophisticated. So why is Saudi Arabia interested in Russia's S400 missiles?

Russia announces that ISIS is completely expunged from Syria. Good Work, Everybody! Time to go home, now...

The US military plans to stay in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday. "We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

Donald Trump pays off debt of $100 million campaign contribution from Sheldon Adelson and declares Jerusalem to be completely Israeli, and the capital of Israel, not illegally occupied by Israel, and the capital of Palestine, like the rest of the members of the UN say. What could go wrong?

Anti-corruption campaigner, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, is revealed by the Trump administration to be the buyer of a 500 year old portrait of Jesus, Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo de Vinci, for $450 million, the most ever paid for a work of art (and a no-no for practicing Muslims. There should be no painting of a prophet, and one should certainly not buy such a sacrilege.) The painting may be a very good forgery of the work of Leonardo. Nobody's sure...

The Israeli air force is killing extremist Muslim babies in Gaza again.

Canola oil worsens Alzheimer's dementia. (There is no such thing as a "Canola". It's rapeseed-oil, with some of the toxins removed, and marketed nicely.)

Drinking coffee helps you be healthier and live longer. 3-4 cups per day appears to be a sweet point. (I think that's those 2 modest coffee mugs I drink each morning. Get nice organic free-range, fair-trade coffee, and do the ritual preparation yourself. It's a form of physical meditation, which also helps you live longer and be more human.)

Savoring Life

Gardener in bike gear pictured in Pearl Harbor Day Texas-Snow-Ambush

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Grinch Nukes Christmas

Living in Whoville,

I can't find a current article on the odds of nuclear war with North Korea but General McMaster said after Wednesday's ICBM launch that it is increasing daily. In early October a 10% risk was widely quoted. "I think it's increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem," McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.

Let's also agree that US/South-Korean military games, "Vigilant Ace", the largest ever, and practicing first strike attack to debilitate North Korea, are existentially threatening to North Korea, and take it to the edge of a hair-trigger response. Those 24 stealth fighters  can sneak in unseen, make critical strikes, and direct conventional fighters, bombers, artillery and missile strikes.

There is actually a lot of political support of a first-strike to destroy North Korea, no matter what the cost to civilians everywhere, including the US.
"The slate of options open to the U.S. shrinks with every North Korean launch. Military action is increasingly being debated in Washington, Tokyo, Seoul and Canberra. Options considered ought to include a multinational naval blockade of the peninsula; a conventional “surgical strike” on Kim’s ICBM sites; a clandestine Special Forces operation to neutralize North Korea’s leadership; or perhaps a preemptive tactical nuclear attack... continuing the previous administration’s policy of “no policy” is no longer an option. Kim Jong Un needs to understand the consequences of his actions."

The other opinion is that there is not a viable military option to take out the North Korean nuclear program, based upon the cost of lives of American "allies" (er, client-states), like Japan and especially, South Korea. The certainty of North Korean destruction of life and property of Seoul, through artillery and rocket barrage, weigh highly on South Koreans. American military is also targeted and would take losses in South Korea and Okinawa. Okinawa and the rest of Japan would be partly defended targets. The new consideration is that North Korea could directly attack the continental US, and would be under tremendous pressure to use-it-or-lose-it, immediately, the first launch of all. This would be a bloodbath. (This article does not go nearly far enough in it's analysis, recommending more military spending to counter North Korean offensive capabilities. Nothing printed by the empire considers the possibility of the empire not getting it's desire.) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford offered in July that war with the North would entail the “loss of life unlike any we have experienced since World War II.”

Why North Korea's next nuclear test could lead to war, is another piece of analysis, which does not reach critical mass, but is informative, anyway. North Korea has caved in the mountain it used to test under. A demonstration of nuclear capability above ground is thought to be the next step. I think the world assumes that what worked underground would work above ground, but just what kind of device is it? (Not really considered here, though alluded to, is the possibility that North Korea tests another missile, firing it straight up for 3000 miles, or so, and detonates the H-bomb 3000 miles away from Earth. I don't know what treaty covers that, but North Korea didn't sign it. The detonation would be directly above North Korea, but the EMP effects would be experienced over South Korea, Russia, China and Japan, though they would be lessened by the vast area covered, due to the extreme altitude. Better yet would be to set off two, as small as they could be made. Notification, not damage, is the objective, I assume. Alternatively, the H-bomb could be detonated as high as feasible over the North Pole, minimizing damage to electronics, and serving clear notice that EMP over the US is ready for delivery.)

Russia is really warning the US not to force North Korea to misstep and launch a devastating attack. The Vigilant Ace operations are clearly designed to probe North Korean defenses, making targeting radars turn on and show their locations, and their patterns of operation. Realistic threats are needed to flush out the defenses. More realistic threats trigger counterattacks, right? Where's the fine line? "Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists for nuclear and defense policy, told the Journal that a single “radar blip or a mistaken field report” by the North Korean military could induce Pyongyang to attack. “Adding stealth and bomber aircraft makes the drill appear less like a defensive exercise and more like a rehearsal for attack,” he said."

Wikipedia is pretty thorough in it's discussion of Nuclear EMP details and attack scenarios. Most testing seems to have been limited to altitudes of 300 kM or less. Enhanced and "super" EMP warheads can be designed, and EMP increases as the square-root of the nuclear yield, a law of real but diminishing returns with size. This implies that 3 small EMP devices on a missile could do much more damage than one large one, especially if spread out far above the target area. How far? I can't tell. Kansas burst famously hits all US.

Here's the US electric grid, which is at least somewhat separated by region. The northeast is oldest, most vulnerable, and very dense. Not discussed, anywhere that I can see, is how nuclear reactors would be affected. They rely on the grid to maintain cooling and safety functions. How many Fukushimas?

Here is the reach of north Korean missiles, based on tests this year. I'd put one red-zone over New York and Washington, and another over LA and San Diego. How about you?

Nuttin' fer Christmas

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Way Of The Tao Is Reversal

Here Today,

Moon of Alabama (12/2/17) Yemen: Saudis Throw in the Towel, Saleh is Baaack, Russia Wins

Moon of Alabama update 12/4/17:  It is yet a mystery why not more of Saleh's supporters came to his help. Sanaa is his home turf and whenever he had called for demonstrations in the city, hundreds of thousands attended. For much of his 34 years of rule as president and even after his forced resignation Saleh could call on the seven "collar tribes" who's territory surround the capital. This time they did not come to his aid. Saleh also continued to command significant parts of the former Yemeni army. These currently hold positions far outside of Sanaa against Saudi proxy forces who try to conquer the mountainous territory of northwest Yemen. One wonders why he had not called them back in time... It may be that his unexpected turn-on-a-dime towards a new alliance with the eternal enemies of Yemen, the Saudis, has alienated his followers... The Saudis had recently bet on Saleh to end the stalemate in their war on Yemen. Had he won out, it could have meant a pause in the war and probably its end. With the Houthi now having the upper hand in Sanaa, the war, the permanent Saudi bombing and the blockade of Yemen are likely to continue. The Houthi will continue to attack within Saudi Arabia and the fight against the Saudi proxy forces on the ground will go on.

The Hwasong-15 test fired on November 29 is not a modified version of the Hwasong-14, as initially assessed here based solely on flight data. The Hwasong-15 is considerably larger than the Hwasong-14, and initial calculations indicate the new missile could deliver a moderately-sized nuclear weapon to any city on the US mainland. The Hwasong-15 is also large and powerful enough to carry simple decoys or other countermeasures designed to challenge America’s existing national missile defense (NMD) system... applying conservative assumptions about the second-stage propulsion system, it now appears that the Hwasong-15 can deliver a 1,000-kg payload to any point on the US mainland. North Korea has almost certainly developed a nuclear warhead that weighs less than 700 kg, if not one considerably lighter. [A few more tests are needed for operational certainty.}

At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned that “if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” The “utter destruction” of the regime can only mean a genocidal war against the country of 25 million people... The war threats against North Korea intersect with an unprecedented political crisis in the United States involving ferocious conflicts within the ruling class as it oversees a country riven by social tensions... Trump’s ruling-class critics have sharp differences with the administration over foreign policy... In the final analysis, the divisions within the ruling class are of a tactical character. All are united on the basic strategy of using the military power of the United States to maintain its global hegemonic position... A quarter-century of unending war has reached a critical juncture. The danger of nuclear war, involving the major powers, is real and present. 

I don't think the Trump administration is stupid, or missing anything so simple. I think this is their scary and unpredictable game. t's not a good style for this particular confrontation.
"Most of the administration’s other errors flow from this basic misunderstanding of the North Korean government’s motives. If self-preservation is North Korea’s main concern, their regime can be deterred in the future just as it has been over the last six decades. If they have acquired nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to protect themselves against attack, they aren’t going to use them unless they believe they are about to be attacked, so the worst thing the U.S. can do is telegraph its willingness to launch the attack they fear."

It should not have to be said that China is not greatly threatened by North Korea, but is fundamentally threatened by the US. This says it.

China has not paused at all in investing in Iranian infrastructure of transport and oil/gas/pipeline projects. Other countries that rely upon western banking are having trouble getting assurances for loans, and are falling behind their plans.

US Puppet and former Georgian PM, Saakashvili seems to have been running the slaughter of civilians that made the excuse to carry out a coup d'etat against the elected president of Ukraine. Your tax dollars at (Victoria Nuland's) work.
The documentary features Alexander RevazishviliKoba Nergadze and Zalogi Kvaratskhelia, Georgian military officers  who were recruited to carry out a “special mission” in Kiev by Mamuka Mamulashvili, a close aid of Mikhail Saakashvili’s former defense minister Bacho Akhalaia. They claim that on Jan 15, 2014 they landed in Kiev equipped with fake documents and were transferred to Maidan. Having received 1000 USD each one and being promised to  be paid 5000 USD after the “job is done”, they were tasked to prepare sniper positions inside the buildings of Hotel Ukraine and Conservatory, dominant over the Maidan Square.

Israel increases it's overt hot-war against Syria, as the last of it's favored mercenary "rebels" within remaining Damascus enclaves, come under direct attack from government forces. Israeli jets fired 7 missiles at a Syrian research base near Damascus, from positions over Lebanon, to avoid air defenses, which shot down 4 of those missiles. Desperados...

Yesterday, the Irish border issue, blocking Brexit progress, was solved. Today it is not solved. Ireland and the UK were members of the EU when they finally settled on an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but political separation. Northern Ireland is part of the UK until the people there vote to rejoin the Republic of Ireland (if ever).
What had been agreed between Irish and UK PMs was that Northern Ireland would have parallel regulations to those of Ireland and the EU, which would allow the border to remain open and synchronized. The cost of this would seemingly fall upon Northern Ireland, having to synchronize with both the rest of the UK and with the Republic of Ireland. Theresa May got a phone call at lunch thet Northern Ireland would not bear that burden, but demands identical status to every other member of the UK. Also, Scotland and The City of London had wanted to do that same thing, synchronize all regulations with the EU. The patch needed more and bigger patches. The one patch that remains, is what many said should be done all along. Denmark is a member of the common market, but not of the political union. That has costs, and it limits some British autonomy, but it is workable, and has always been workable. Theresa May will have a fight in her party if it comes down to that. It looks like everybody has to fight their way through the Brexit process.

Stock Market 2018: The Tao vs Central Banks, Charles Hugh Smith

Self-defeating Opponent 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Artificially Intelligent

Corporate Property,

Artificial Intelligence has already taken over,; It's called "The Corporation" 
Corporations, just like a potential runaway AI, have no intrinsic interest in human welfare. They are legal constructions: abstract entities designed with the ultimate goal of maximizing financial returns for their investors above all else. If corporations were in fact real persons, they would be sociopaths, completely lacking the ability for empathy that is a crucial element of normal human behavior. Unlike humans, however, corporations are theoretically immortal, cannot be put in prison, and the larger multinationals are not constrained by the laws of any individual country. With the incalculable advantage of their superhuman powers, corporations have literally taken over the world. They have grown so massive that an astonishing sixty-nine of the largest hundred economies in the world are not nation states but corporate entities... Around the world, worker-owned cooperatives have demonstrated that they can be as effective as corporations—or more so—without pursuing shareholder wealth as their primary consideration. (Who will bell that cat? Be a cooperative worker, I guess.)

It now seems evident that the Neoliberal Camp of the U.S. Deep State is highly vulnerable on an individual basis. I tend to notice things like a year-old blog entry suddenly getting thousands of page views. The essay that received a surge of recent interest: Is the Deep State at War--With Itself? (December 13, 2016). Charles Hugh Smith

Why we can't have nice things; Dockless Bikes and the tragedy of the Commons (Corporation takes over idea of Yellow Bike Project, for profit, and...) Thanks Charles.
A Chinese mechanic from bike share company Ofo stands amongst a pile of thousands of damaged bicycles in need of repair.

Why Did We Start Farming? This is a non-elitist interpretation of archaeological findings, which makes a lot of sense. Life was better for hunter-gatherers, who were freer and healthier. What happened? Why did cities have walls, again?

A husband and wife have turned 1/4 acres in Normandy into France's showcase small permaculture farm. He is no longer a sailor and she is no longer an investment banker, but they have lots of use for the psychotherapy training they share. 13 years of hard work, so far...
"You have to take the time to train yourself. You have to take the time to convince yourself or to test yourself in the profession, to dirty your hands in the soil and to really see what it’s all about. There is a lot of fantasy around these projects but there’s also a reality which is difficult. It can be absolutely incredible, but it can be a nightmare if it’s done without preparation, without a good human design, without a good design for the site. Take the time to make the transition. To teach yourself. You have to give yourself the time to be sure that it’s something you feel in your stomach and not just in the head and the heart!"

South Korea fired a lot of American munitions into a spot in the water, 6 minutes after North Korea fired off that ICBM. That will show them!

North Korea says it is ready for nuclear war with the US. (What else can they do, but get ready?)

John Kerry says that prior to 2015 nuclear deal to limit Iranian nuclear projects to strictly civilian uses, Israel and Saudi Arabia were pushing hard for the US to attack Iran militarily.

"The Honolulu Police Department has sent a series of letters to local medical marijuana patients that directly orders them to surrender their firearms or, presumably, face state sanctioned violence to remove them." (That's Honolulu, not the Puna. This is some kind of experiment, right?)

Mad Hatter