Cat sends this picture of Caroline, a black kitten, JFK and John Jr, weeks before the assassination.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Fellow Organic Life Forms,
I'd like to preface these stories within the context that the fossil-fueled consumption machine, upon which we depend for our life support, is very close to it's final act of consummation, the elimination of the living ecosystems which litter the face and waters of our planet. It may be inevitable, but I am in the slow process of changing myself.
That much is possible.
One human genetic group and way of life appears to have continued, unbroken for 150,000 years, not exhibiting conspicuous consumption, or social dominance, rather enforcing egalitarianism through deep social mores and patterns. They have known every detail of their natural environment, and worked with it, not against it. They have not been quite wiped out by industrial civilization, yet. ("Hey, you call yourself a hunter? That meat is barely worth taking home.")
The Real Story of Automation. Dan sends this. Robots have been taking human jobs for 30 years already. It just became fairly dramatic in oil drilling, as charted, but it is everywhere. This is what is killing the Bushmen, and human workers everywhere, and life on the face of our planet, and it all makes sense. Each decision is rational, and the whole is killing life on Earth, while "improving shareholder value". While industrial/financial capitalism persists as our global economic paradigm, this process will accelerate..., until "poof".
Sounds boring, ho hum... "Why AlphaGo Zero is a Quantum Leap Forward in Deep Learning"
In a new model of a computer program teaching itself, this program was given the rules of the game "Go" and set to play against itself.
It taught itself complex parallel-attack strategies, and soon could beat the former world champion computer program, developed over decades, in 100 of 100 games.
Humans were out of this competition several generations ago. It does this with 1/12 of the processing complexity of the prior champion system; much more efficient.
We're not sure how it has figured out how to do this. Artificial intelligence is incomprehensible to humans, once it becomes free to figure things out for itself.
Only the initial parameters of play are set by humans. Do you think anything could go wrong?
Here is an odd little tidbit from Eleni. The Department of Defense will mock up an event this coming weekend that simulates a solar storm, or nuclear EMP attack, shutting down the US power grid and communications. (I don't personally think it matters that this is the same weekend as Antifa is supposed to have a bunch of rallies to beat-to-a-bloody-pulp any haters endorsing freedom of political speech or white-male-privelege-supporting open debate, or scientific method, or other oppressive institutions like those.)
If you didn't believe the Deep State is beyond democratic control before, you now have no choice---not after the last minute mugging the Donald received on his way to releasing these ancient JFK assassination files.
Paul Craig Roberts has grouped some essential links and facts regarding the 1963 coup d-etat of John Kennedy here. Thanks Eleni:
"J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI knew that Oswald, who Douglass believes was on the payroll of both the CIA and FBI, was sent to Cuba by the CIA in order to establish the story for the patsy role Oswald was unaware was being prepared for him. However, Hoover, along with LBJ, Earl Warren and the members of the Warren Commission understood that it was impossible to tell the American people that their president has been assassinated by the US military and US security agencies... Kennedy was murdered because he turned to peace. He was going to work with Khrushchev to end the Cold War. He refused the CIA US air cover for the Bay of Pigs invasion. He rejected the Joint Chiefs’ Operation Northwoods, a plan to conduct false flag attacks on Americans that would be blamed on Castro to justify regime change. He refused to reappoint General Lyman Lemnitzer as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He told US Marine commandant General David Shoup that he was taking the US out of Vietnam. He said after his reelection he was going to “break the CIA into 1,000 pieces... The film of the motorcade taken by Zapruder shows that the bullet that killed Kennedy hit him from the front, blowing out the back of his head. You can see Kennedy’s wife Jackie reaching from the back seat onto the trunk of the limo to recover the back of his head.”
"The story of JFK’s assassination is one of state-sponsored murder carried out by the deep state power structure in the US. It was a coup d’état against a president elected by the people, whom the deep state viewed as an enemy to their objectives for war and foreign intrigues." Finian Cunningham.
Further details here, including the long relationship, numerous meetings between Oswald and Ruby, apparently related to their work for the CIA. Ruby sitings in critical places were fairly numerous before, during and after the assassination.
Colleen sends this link to a well researched site, which tracks 2 youths from 1952 to late 1963, their paths not identical, seemingly mutually exclusive in many documented instances. One of them certainly died 11/24/63. Lee Oswald and Harvey Oswald photographs and documentary timelines are compared here.
On Saturday, President Trump said all JFK files (the rest) would be released "ahead of schedule" (aka: "well behind the mandated disclosure date of 10/26/17") upon his order. I have seen nothing about that since Saturday, so, his order does not appear to carry any more weight than the Congressional mandate of 25 years ago.
Ilargi reflects on some current political intrigues. Hillary is in there somewhere, too...
"You have a conservative group led by the Free Beacon, funded by hedge-funder Paul Singer, that starts an ‘opposition research’ project to dig up dirt on Trump during the primaries. When that fails to halt Trump, the DNC and Clinton campaign take over the funding and expand it to include Washington dirt digger firm Fusion GPS, who in turn hire Christopher Steele to produce a very dubious dossier. Fusion GPS execs all took the fifth when asked...
And Trump hasn’t won a thing yet. Don’t be surprised if the whole sordid Harvey Weinstein tale is used, if not set up from the start, to go after the Donald. In a cynical link to that, George H.W. Bush has been accused of groping women, at the same time his role in the JFK assassination was questioned. He was the only American who didn’t remember where he was when the murder took place. Turns out, the CIA operative happened to be in Dallas."
UK Intel services may have done a favor for Paul Singer in the Republican primaries, then transferred the favor to the Clinton camp for the election last year, assuming it would be good to retain the favor of the inevitable Commander-in-Chief, and her friends at Langley. There is enough evidence here to prompt a deeper look, depending upon who gets to make decisions like that.
Kunstler looks at "Uranium-gate".
Apparently now, a person whose name will soon be plastered across the pixel-verse, has been given clearance by the Justice Department to come forth and sing to the various house and senate committees about a fishy deal involving Russia and the Clinton dynasty.
As many predicted, it appears the Harvey Weinstein scandal which exposed rampant sexual abuse in Hollywood by powerful movers and shakers and a corresponding cover-up "culture of silence" was just the tip of the iceberg. Overnight, Kevin Spacey issued what was clearly an already prepared and carefully crafted statement in response to bombshell allegations published by Buzzfeed a mere hours prior late Sunday night wherein actor Anthony Rapp alleged he was sexually assaulted by Spacey when Rapp was only 14-years old. And far from denying the allegations it appears that Spacey has more or less confirmed the assault on the then child actor who emerged as a Broadway star in the musical "Rent", and who currently plays Lt. Stamets on "Star Trek: Discovery".
Comet-Ping-Pong Pizzagater, John Podesta's brother Tony, getting probed by the Mueller investigators, resigns from his political lobbying firm, He said he “needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn’t want the firm to fight it.” That seems noble of him. I wonder what his severance-package is.
Hitting the Fan
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Peeping Through Keyholes,
A closer look at what is going wrong in Europe. Power and secrecy corrupt, as usual. Thanks Eleni.
“Moreover, the Eurogroup, where all the important economic decisions are taken, is a body that does not even exist in European law, that operates on the basis that the ‘strong do as they please while the weak suffer what they must’, that keeps no minutes of its proceedings, and whose only rule is that its deliberations are confidential – that is, not to be shared with Europe’s citizenry. It is a set-up designed to preclude any sovereignty traceable back to the people of Europe.” So there are no rules, no records, no democratic process and no democratic accountability…and this is what is in charge of the world’s largest economic engine... The Eurogroup is not an EU institution and cannot declare any legally-binding decisions. It can never be blamed for a bad decision, nor held accountable, because it is not answerable to any parliament or body politic whatsoever. In short: it is the perfect cabal...
Iceland – which we all looked at with horror in 2009, assuming they would be in debt for generations... has just been declared the “3rd happiest country” according to the UN... Iceland has one thing which Marx valued perhaps above all: the right to determine their own destiny in order to fulfill their potential: “‘Surely there is no room for small sovereign countries in this globalized world,’ I was told by another finance minister during a break in a Eurogroup meeting. ‘Iceland can never truly be sovereign,’ he concluded….However limited these choices might be, Iceland’s body politic retains absolutely authority to hold its elected officials accountable for the decisions they have reached within the nation’s exogenous constraints and to strike down every piece of legislation that it has decided upon in the past. In this sense, small, powerless Iceland continues to enjoy full sovereignty while the comparatively omnipotent European Union has been stripped of all forms of sovereignty.”... What is clear is that the Eurogroup operates with even more power than the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan because there is absolutely zero citizen accountability... Should we be surprised that the banker cabal that is the Eurogroup has concocted a “recovery” which has only targeted the needs of bankers? ... These are our masters, and it is the IMF, ECB, and banker-loving, ex-banker finance ministers who pull the strings. All of us in the Eurozone must dance, even if these mobsters have already broken so many legs and backs.
Switzerland has a federal form of government, modeled after that of ancient Greece, where the power of the local democratic processes is carried up the federal government in steps, avoiding the concentration of power at the top, and the tyranny which invariably results.
33% of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone (with magic bullets) Killed President John F Kennedy 54 years ago in Dallas. 61% of Americans believe there were more people involved than that, a "conspiracy", if you would be willing to speak that forbidden word. So, ok, I'm waiting for what's left of all those documents. Today is supposed to be the day. I'm one of the youngest people to clearly remember that day when dad came home early, and he and Mom stayed inside and listened to the radio all afternoon. Something was wrong. I asked questions. I could tell it was a big deal. Dad explained the new president "wasn't as good".
The Independent U.K. promises live updates as the Kennedy files are released. (Maybe WW-3 will break out instead.)
Justice Department clears a key witness to testify in Clinton-Russia-uranium-kickback case. The "other Russian interference".
DNC denies knowledge of "Trump Dossier" funding, says it was all the Clinton's doing. Even Wasserman Schultz "isn't with HER"
NSA document unearthed from leaked intelligence files provided by Edward Snowden which reveals in stunning clarity that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the war which has now claimed half a million lives. The US intelligence memo - marked "Top Secret" - is arguably the most damning piece of evidence to date which gives internal US government confirmation of the direct role that both the Saudi and US governments played in fueling an armed insurgency which launched massive and well-coordinated attacks on civilians, civilian infrastructure, as well as military targets in pursuit of regime change.
If an online service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product.
f, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized computer are designed to keep your attention as long as possible. You might not have the sense that they’re manipulating you one tap, swipe, or notification at a time. (Opposite to Swiss government, this is power reaching directly into your mind to control your thoughts, and your actions.)
The nerve cells in our brains create photons, within the visible range, red to violet, which raises the question of whether we have a form of optical connection between neurons in our brains, not merely electrochemical engagements. Thanks Cat. (This gets me back into musing about the links between brain and spirit, like knowing what is happening far away to a loved one, or premonitions of the future, or experiencing universal-love/universal-mind/God.)
Brad sends this. (I believe this is our best role in the world, stewards of life on Earth, but I have been unable to come up with a mechanism, other than all of us opening ourselves to the divine guidance of universal love and compassion.)
“Healing Biotopes Plan." This is the thought that our world can be healed in a relatively short time if we bring it into coherence with the fundamental order of life of which all beings are part. This plan was developed after several decades of community experience and political work. During this time many unusual things happened, without which we would hardly have survived. We discovered that there is another reality behind the dark reality of our time. This reality is the foundation of all life: a world of unity, love and healing, which we called the "sacred matrix." Would it be possible to base a new kind of human society on this level of reality?
The Healing Biotopes overview:
Specifically, the solution lies in the implementation of decentralized, regionally self-sufficient, water-rich and sustainable centres where up to several thousand people can live. With the help of Water Retention Landscapes, permaculture and peace gardens, and new energy technologies working according to the laws of life, in appropriate numbers these centres will be able within a few decades to supply all of humanity with sufficient food, energy and fresh drinking water. At the same time they heal all of nature's ecosystems and living beings. The contradiction between economic growth and the protection of nature is overcome... The social basis of life in all societies has been destroyed. Human beings have lost the ability to live together in peace. Fear, alienation and mistrust lead to irresolvable conflicts in all systems, from the smallest systems of marriage and family all the way to the global crisis areas and wars... The human beings in these new communities support and help each other and their fellow creatures not because they follow an external moral commandment, but because they have recognized that all that lives is part of the great family of life, to which they themselves also belong. Central to building trust is the reconciliation of the sexes. There can be no peace on Earth as long as there is war in love... In 1995, the first Healing Biotope was established Tamera in Portugal.
(It seems to me that it would be ok to do this kind of thing with friends and family without permission or franchise arrangements.)
Gardening Without Permission
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Alive on Earth,
Some nice pictures of North Koreans in-situ, and a bit of factual commentary.
They don't want genocide to rain down on them again. More bombs were dropped on Pyongyang by the US than there were people in the city at the beginning of the bombing. 428,000 bombs for 400,000 humans. Thanks Cat.
Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917, Michel Hudson (Really excellent analysis of how industrial capitalism got swallowed by rentier capitalism, instead of stamping it out on the way to a "free society", free of rentier parasites, which were the bane of classical economics, and are now our smirking owners.) Thanks Eleni!
The Mathematics of Inequality: "Seven years ago, the combined wealth of 388 billionaires equaled that of the poorest half of humanity, according to Oxfam International. This past January the equation was even more unbalanced: it took only eight billionaires, marking an unmistakable march toward increased concentration of wealth. Today that number has been reduced to five billionaires."
Google can run everything in your city for you, and collect all the rent. No need for votes and government, because Google knows just what we want and what is best. It will be very efficient. Google will let you have a place to stay, places to shop, work to do, and you can get robocabs when you need to go somewhere. The perfectly efficient world!
Profits to the shareholders will be optimized, too! :-)
Jeremy Corbyn says Chancellor, Phillip Hammond is correct to say that "Labour threatens the whole economic system". The economic model creates poverty among workers, and homelessness, apartment fires, and so on. (Clement Atlee was the postwar Labour Prime Minister, who did just that between 1945 and 1951.)
The West ("AFRICOM" et al.) Eyes Recolonization of Africa through Policy of "Endless War": Removing Gaddafi was just the first step... Thanks Eleni.
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the average pH of global ocean surface waters have fallen from pH 8.2 to 8.1. This represents an increase in acidity of about 26%."
Monday, October 23, 2017
Just Waking Up,
Please let me preface everything included here with the thought that an oil crisis will begin within the next two years, an will never end, as the exponentially-growing-debt based financial system falls apart, because it needs unlimited liquid fuel to keep growing, and other things that are getting used up, like groundwater, farmland that isn't ruined yet, good weather, stable environment, and so on.
Infants and toddlers that use smartphones don't sleep as much. They have delayed sleep onset, and less total sleep, and it is proportional to how much they engage with the smartphone. 80% of the neuronal connections in a human brain are made by age 4. That's what decides what your chances of going to college are. That will take a long time to be sure of. How many millions have been permanently damaged already? How can they innovate in the real world, the physical world, with falling energy per capita?
"Giving your kid a smartphone is like giving her a grm of cocaine." 13 year old girls interviewed mostly considered sexting "normal", unless they get caught. Wonder what this may lead to?
It will really be better for America if the military is governing the country, rather than these crooked civilian politicians, right? All over the world, people turn to their countries generals to fix the problems in crises, right? The Presidency is controlled by those retired generals, says this article from Moon of Alabama, a stable view of this writer in recent months. Is this better or worse than being ruled by the heirs of the coup that murdered JFK, RFK and MLK? I guess we;ll find out soon. (I have been wondering what we may finally learn from those withheld and redacted 30,000 pages of government documents regarding JFK's assassination, which will be released by 10/26/17. Why so long, eh?)
US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces", Kurdish Syrians, from the northern syrian border with turkey, nicely return a captured-from-ISIS gas field to Syrian government control, after talking with a Russian General. Who is considered the reliable partner in the Mideast these days?
US Department of State now casually says some Syrian rebels used nerve gas on civilians, like it was public knowledge, which it is, but was always denied by the US government before. "Terrorist and other violent extremist groups including ISIS and Al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham [dominated by Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization], operate in Syria.” HTS is the group now holding Idlib province, which it captured in 2015 as part of a coalition of armed groups given direct support from a US-led operations room in southern Turkey .(These are the guys Turkey was using to disrupt Syria, and is now failing to clean up, like they promised. Blaming them (rightly) may just be a way to put pressure on Turkey, which has not been good at following Washington's orders since that coup against Erdogan failed last year.)
108 F-35 fighter planes the US has already bought won't be usable in combat, probably ever. You see, these were basically the beta testing run the US bought, and it will be cheaper to buy nice, new, really sorted-out F-35s, than to try to fix this batch. They'll be fine for training, and putting at VFW posts and stuff, still plenty of value for the money...
The first amendment to the US constitution guarantees freedom of speech, unless you won't sign the paper saying you won't boycott Israeli products made in illegally occupied Palestine, by people without human rights. Citizens of Dickenson, Texas can't get any city disaster services unless they sign a paper saying they are not boycotting Israel, and won't boycott Israeli products for the period of time they may need their trash taken away, and such. It's State law, and Dickenson is just trying to follow it. Other examples of the new American constitution are included here, including a Menonite teacher who couldn't be hired unless she signed a paper stating she wasn't and wouldn't be boycotting Israel for violations of international law and human rights. (Top of the list, until that, too...)
Here is more detail on the Texas law, from Tom, in New York.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed a law in May actively targeting support for the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS is a broad effort opposing the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and actively working toward, among other things, the full rights of Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel... The bill prohibits state agencies from contracting with and investing in a number of efforts seen as pro-BDS... That’s now a problem for towns like Dickinson — and the timing is terrible...
Dickinson’s city attorney, David W. Olson, has said the city is only following Texas state law and intends to keep doing so... Residents of one Texas town are being asked to make an unusual promise in exchange for hurricane relief funds — they have to vow not to boycott the nation of Israel.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
I've been vegetable gardening all day, first at the garden I've put in at People's Community Clinic, Then here at home. I have a lot of stories saved up, but my friend Jada sent this, and I really think it stands on it's own as one huge dollop of reality. I've seen a lot of these stories, and sent some out over the years. You may get the message by just scanning the headings with the links. Word is that the big oil shock is coming between 2018 and 2020. The majors have quite exploring.
New Oil discoveries by scientists have been declining since 1965 and last year was the lowest in history –IEA
We have been draining our oil reserves by consuming more oil than we discover since the 1980’s – ASPO
Aging giant oil fields produce more than half of global oil supply and are declining (Hook, 2009)
Saudi Arabian oil reserves are overstated by 40% – Wikileaks
BP 1.7 Trillion barrels proven oil reserves NOT so proven
IEA Chief warns of world oil shortages by 2020 as discoveries fall to record lows
Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Warns of World Oil Shortages Ahead
UAE warns of world oil shortages ahead by 2020 due to industry spending cuts
Saudi Aramco CEO believes oil shortage coming despite U.S. shale boom
Halliburton CEO says oil will spike due to oil shortages by 2020 after Industry Cuts
Total CEO warns we are going to have oil shortages around 2020 due to lack of investment & new discoveries
Chevron CEO warns US shale oil alone cannot meet the world’s growing demand for crude
HSBC Global Bank warns 80% of the worlds conventional fields are declining and world oil shortages ahead
UBS Global Bank warns of industry slowdown and world Oil Shortages by 2020
CitiBank CEO warns of oil shortages coming as soon as 2018
Wood Mackenzie warns of oil supply crunch and world oil shortages around 2020
Energy watchdog warns oil and electricity shortages could develop as investment falls
Oil Discoveries at 70-Year Low Signal Supply Shortfall Ahead
Why investors’ should brace for a devastating oil shortage ahead around 2020
People are almost completely ignoring a looming crisis for oil
IEA Says Price Spike Coming In 2020 due to oil shortage caused by oil depletion
Oil demand may exceed supply by up to 4 million bpd by 2019: Trafigura
World Oil Shortages To Lead To Oil Price Spike By 2020s, warns VP Goldman Sachs
China Government Study: Says its Oil Production About to Peak in 2018 & Coal in 2020 (Wang, 2017)
Mexico Oil Reserves Gone in 9 Years Without New Finds
Saudi Arabia may be out of oil to export by 2030 – Citibank
Does OPEC really have 80 percent of the world’s oil? Maybe not.
Kuwait Oil Reserves only Half the Official Government Estimates
Edinburgh Study: Only 10 years of UK’S North Sea Oil and Gas Remaining (Thompson, 2017)
The world’s biggest oil trader Vitol says US oil production will peak in 2018
The Mighty U.S. Shale Oil Industry to Lose Another $20 Billion In 2017
MIT Technology Review: Shale Oil Will Boost U.S. Production, But It Won’t Bring Energy Independence
Long-term estimates of the (EROI) of coal, oil, and gas global productions (Court, & Fizanie, 2017)
EROI of different fuels and the implications for society, Energy, EROI and quality of life. (Lambert, & Hall, 2014)
Cornell University: Energy Studies in the College of Engineering. The Challenges of Peak Oil
The End of Peak Oil? Why this topic is still relevant despite recent denials (Chapman, 2014)
The Global Oil & Gas Industry Is Cannibalizing Itself To Stay Alive
WORLD’S LARGEST OIL COMPANIES: Deep Trouble As Profits Vaporize While Debts Skyrocket
USA DOE Study: PEAKING OF WORLD OIL PRODUCTION (Hirsch, 2005)
USA GAO Study: Uncertainty about Future Oil Supply. Addressing a Peak and Decline in Oil Production
Australian Government (Leaked) Study: concludes world peak oil around 2017
German Government (leaked) Peak Oil study concludes: oil is used directly or indirectly in the production of 90% of all manufactured products, so a shortage of oil would collapse the world economy & world governments
UC Davis Study: It Will Take 131 Years to Replace Oil with Alternatives (Malyshkina, 2010)
University of Chicago Study: predicts world economy unlikely to stop relying on fossil fuels (Covert, 2016)
‘WORSE THAN 2007’: Top banker warns of looming wave of worldwide bankruptcies
The World is drowning in Debt, warns Goldman Sachs
Perching Tree: Return of the Global Depression 2.0
Perfect Storm: Energy, Finance and the End of Growth -Dr Tim Morgan Global Head of Research
Causes and Consequences of the Oil Shock of 2007-08 (Hamilton, 2009)
World Scientists “Warning to Humanity” signed by 1,700 scientists including the majority of all Nobel Prize Winners
NASA Study: Industrial Civilization is headed for Irreversible Collapse (Motesharrei, 2012)
UK Royal Society Study: Now, for the First Time, a Global Collapse Appears Likely (Ehrlich, 2013)
Study: Limits to Growth was Right. Research shows we’re nearing Global Collapse (Turner, 2014)
The End of the Human Race will be that it will Eventually Die of Civilization –Ralph W Emerson