Jordan Greenhall looks at Strauss and Howe's generational, "Fourth Turning" cyclic model of history, which Steve Bannon also propounds. The implications of this are used to interpret the actions of the Trump administration, which seem so mystifying all around.
Joe Brewer says "the information age is weaponized". He's right. The information we are swimming in is here to control us. Don't fall for identity politics. Get to real-work.
Colleen says this is the most important book she has read, explaining the real structure around the shadow box, in which we live.
The CIA as Organized Crime, How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, Douglas Valentine
In the 1960s, William Colby, then CIA Director, gave Douglas Valentine access to the old-boys-club, expecting the gentleman's agreement not to divulge anything messy, to be honored. (I suspect Colby had been smoking some opiated Thai Stick before their meeting.) The result was this book about the CIA running heroin to fund torture, bribes and rendition in Vietnam and the "secret war" in Laos. The CIA tried to restrict this book repeatedly in the courts, which mainly delayed it. The rest of the world knows this first-hand.
"Uncharted territory", they say, and ramping-up faster than any of the models: 2016 saw the hottest global average among thermometer measurements stretching back to 1880. But scientific research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago and that the planet has not experienced such high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 4m years.
The Global Famine Begins: The UN announces that the greatest hunger crisis since World War 2 is now in progress. ("We" made the world's people depend upon green revolution grains from vast factory farms, and upon wells draining ground water, and we took their natural resource riches in return... Henry Kissinger told Richard Nixon we had to get those populations down, or lose access to resources we would need. Condoms were not enough, I suppose.)
There is a sudden increase in the number of refugees reaching Greek islands off the Turkish coast. Thanks Eleni.
Greek public hospitals are failing to be able to provide basic services, which is not new, but is reported again, as last year's law extended services to those who could not pay, but could not provide any funding to go with it. More sick people in the sinking lifeboats... Thanks Eleni.
Turkey says the refugee-holding-tank deal with the EU is near collapse. This clearly implies a wave of suffering, frustrated and "weaponized" humans moving north into Europe.
("Nazi") Germany has rejected as many arms export deals to Turkey in the last 5 months as it did in the 5 years before that, due to concerns about totalitarianism and lack of human/civil rights.
Finian Cunningham on why North Korea appears so "irrational" in the western media. Thanks Eleni,
Despite Western media demonization of North Korea as some kind of crazy rogue state, the people there are not fools. They know from family histories the atrocious cost of American war. And they know that any nation perceived as weak by Washington will be bombed back to the Stone Age.
China "warns" the US to cease arms sales to Taiwan.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters tweets to President Donald Trump: "Get ready for impeachment" (Just how should we interpret this?)
Full Speed Ahead for Murphy's Law, Jim Kunstler (Yeah, dead-straight!)
Thing Going Wrong