Monday, December 18, 2023

Barriers Constrain Maximum Power

 Power-Dissipating Organisms,

​  There is a rule in ecology called the maximum power principle formulated by Lokta in 1925. It can be summarized as follows: “The systems that survive in competition are those that develop more power inflow and use it best to meet the needs of survival.”

​  It is explained in the above post that the bacteria in a petri dish which consume power in the form of fuel for the purpose of reproduction, most rapidly will take-over and dominate the culture medium, and that utilizing coal for heat, then factories, then to mine more coal and iron, while sparing firewood to make battleships and transport vessels, led to the age of empires over societies which had not yet found ways to convert their coal and oil to human population growth through industry.
  There are barriers to the manifestation of the Maximum Power Principle, which must be overcome before a mode of energy-consumption can make the jump to other petri-dishes, like the jump from England to India, China, and the Americas. A class of humans focuses upon arranging and controlling these barriers to the flow of power consumption, so as to personally control the power for their own plans and purposes. These are the owners and their upper managers. The original imperial model of using coal to make gunships to carry soldiers and traders to other countries was limited by transport capacity. It could transport soldiers, guns, gunpowder, silk, gold, silver, tea and opium, but not coal or factories at first. Iron ships powered by coal, then oil tankers and pipelines allowed for consumption to be increased, populations increased, and factories increased and dispersed. If factories of one sort were concentrated in one place, to supply the whole world, they did not actually all have to be in England, as long as the shipping across the oceans was controlled by English fleets. This allowed power consumption to be increased by the English owners.
  There was always a fight for the flow of energy and goods produced by energy between ocean route empires (England) and land route empires (Russia). The change of fuel from coal-dominance to oil-dominance around WW-1 was strategically important. The US found and produced a lot of oil early, and took the lead finding global oil, then took the lead in controlling the global flows of oil through shipping and pipelines. 
  This oil-empire developed bigger military fleets than the coal-fired British Empire, but another control factor was in play. Accounting for flows of goods and energy has always been a critical part of the system of controlling the flows of energy and goods produced by energy. "Finance" is this parallel-system of control of flows. It is based upon "ownership" at great distance, which is enforced by paid enforcers, armies, navies and local ruling elites, wherever energy and property flows are controlled. The owners need to extract enough value from the large system to pay the controllers and still have an excess for growth. They personally desire to hold-back some excess for their own options and desires. This option-power which they choose to hold, "profits taken", reduces the current power consumption of the system. Reducing the power-consumption of the system, compared to what is possible, makes the system vulnerable to a competing system which can burn-energy-faster in the pursuit of burning-energy-faster.
  The ownership-elites who starve their economic systems by withholding "wealth" from their working populations will have more options of what to do with that wealth, but run the risk of losing control of that wealth if somebody makes their ownership-enforcers a better offer. "Wealth" also presumes a functioning industrial economy, which assumes cooperation of the workers. There are levels of "cooperation". Henry Ford paid his workers 3X as much as the usual factory wages. Paradoxically, Ford's factories thrived and outprofited their competitors with poorly-paid and grudging workers. Owners who push their economic systems into starvation-modes, which starve workers and enforcers, weaken the competitiveness of their systems over time. This threatens their entire systems when less-starved competing economic systems arise. The Fordist-capitalist US system, with low cost public utilities, public schools, public roads and railways was able to consume a lot of forms of energy rapidly, and convert them to more factories, mines, railroads, cars and food for a rapidly growing population of productive workers.
  This type of system has been used by Germany, Japan, China and now Russia. It was used in Europe after WW-2, as well. Over time, though, the social contract between productive workers and owners is energy starved for the workers, and progressively weakened overall. Germany and Japan became competitors to the US, which had replaced England by then. Now China and South Korea are rising, but more importantly, the combination of Russia and China is rising.
  Russia and China have both had collapses of their economic systems, and have rebuilt them efficiently, Russia since 1990, and China since about 1980. These countries share a border, so outside owners can have little control of their trade, except through the abstraction of money. That card has been played repeatedly, and has failed at this point. China has the largest productive industrial economy in the world, and Russia has by far the most natural resources per worker in the world, with the most effective military in the world to protect the resources and workers. 
  The financial empire of the US/UK/EU, dominated by the (petro)$US, and enforced by the combined fleets, armies and air-forces, is threatened militarily, has already lost control of the financial-future, and is progressively threatened with the loss of choke-points of control of trade, such as the Yemeni Houthis, a "non-state-actor" effectively blocking trade with Israel through the Red Sea and Suez Canal, by making the insurance rates go too high for that route. At the same time, the enemy of the Houthis, the House of Saud, is finding common-ground within the growing alliance against the old-imperium, by making deals to sell Arabian oil for not-dollars, specifically for Chinese Yuan/Renminbi. The Russian and Chinese railroad expansion within Eurasia, notably including India and Iran, will progressively bypass remaining chokepoints controlled by the allied imperial fleets, shipping companies, and insurance companies.
  The rising-elite "alliance" with productive workers through a Fordist-capitalist social contract, is a critical factor for the success of a rising system against a declining system, which has become "starved" by the wealth withdrawal of its ownership elites. Cooperatively-engaged workers, making and buying Fords, create an aggressive industrial economy, which is motivated to change rapidly, to take advantage of developing possibilities in the war of systems. China has somewhat enabled this rise of a middle-class within its society, but with a lot of coercive control-structure overlay, which makes the most creative Chinese problem-solvers look for greener pastures outside China. Russia has a famously corrupt history of oligarchic control, but the world's premier bureaucrat, Vladimir Putin, has turned that to the service of Russia, while punishing the most egregious excesses of anti-Russian selfishness. The real-wealth per capita of Russian workers is steadily rising over the same 20 years that it has been in gradual decline for the US, UK, Western Europe, and 5-eyes countries.
  The western neo-colonialist trade system has impoverished countries with natural resources, while enriching their local neocolonialist elites. Massive debts, taken on by the governments of these countries, are serviced to global and local-elite bondholders. The workers in farms, factories and small enterprises are impoverished. The replacement of the neocolonialist system byt the BRIICS+ system can be expected to raise living standards for productive workers in these starved economies, which will increase consumption of oil, coal, water, lithium, natural gas, etc. This should hasten the consumption of all natural resources and their conversion to pollution. It should also reduce elite control of resources, and remove the economic choices which elites have hoarded for themselves, as their system of enforced ownership fails to be enforced. Enforcers and managers will change their loyalties to rising systems with better social-contract offers. 
  History shows this economic paradigm-shift to usually be a bloody process. It often replaces cruel elites with other cruel elites. However, as resources decline rapidly, often by becoming too expensive to extract, system-efficiency will be a decisive factor in which systems adapt more rapidly and effectively. The Fordist systems, with highly engaged workers, proactively cooperating for their-teams, will have an advantage over more coercive economies.
  Within this context, Russia is more Fordist, has a well-aligned society, is increasing economic output and is militarily defeating the declining empire for the world to witness. Russian diplomacy is simultaneously presenting the face of reason and long term reliability. The US has the potential to follow suit if it ditches the coercive elites and their model, which has financially bled the country progressively since the early 1980s. The US has the second best ratio of natural resources to population in the world, after Russia. The US has the capacity to rebuild infrastructure and industry over the next 20 years, aligning the rebuild with the needs of a new economics of declining resources, an economics of efficiency in supporting the needs of productive workers, rather than coercing the peoples of the world.
  Europe is in a difficult position, without much local energy resource supply, except for coal in some regions. European farms never went away, and European farmers are competent at growing quality food. European industrial economies will need to burn coal for electricity and industry, and will need to import gas through pipelines from Russia and Iran. Europeans will need to use nuclear energy to generate electricity. Europe will need to re-embrace the maximum-power-principle or wither rapidly. Europe will need social cohesion for that, and has a good history of social cohesion within nations. Since WW-2 the national elites of europe have become neocolonialist local elites, controlled from the seats of power in Washington, London and New York.
  What outcome will arise from the current battle for humanity on Israel/Palestine? There is a battle between a critical focal point of the existing order, which has served to dominate an oil-production region, and to keep oil-producing nations divided against each other. We can foresee that the current Israeli governance structure is on the wrong side of history, and doomed in the long run, but it has nuclear weapons deliverable by missiles, modern jets and submarines, and is deeply enmeshed in the control structure of finance, politics and deep-state coercion within the current western globalist imperium. It does appear to be grossly consumed by hubris, the "tragic flaw". When will it fall? Who will it kill first?

The Honest Sorcerer again:  What Happens When the Economy Can No Longer Grow?
​  What is the goal of the economy? Growth? Full employment? Equity? Price stability? Security? Or, perhaps, to make the top 1% super rich at the cost of everyone else? Well, if it’s that latter, than the economy is doing a stellar job. If you think that’s too cynical to say, then you can chose two on the list above. Or one. Maybe none. With a relentless fall in people’s purchasing power, an energy infrastructure hitting diminishing returns, and being led by less than stellar minds, I argue, there will be just one overarching goal remaining. Security. The rest be damned.

  ​Tom Luongo points out that current western elites are getting very antsy. Running On Empty, the US Leaves Zelenskyy Hanging
  This level of rhetoric is the zenith of toxic thinking. There is no time for anything other than fighting XXX. For Zelenskyy it is Putin. For the vampires and ghouls like Al Gore, John Kerry and Tony Blair screeching at COPE28, it is climate change.
​  For Democrats and the Media it is Trump.
​  By framing all of these topics in this way they betray their own agendas. It is nothing more than the full court press that all tyrants push when they are at their most vulnerable. If things were going their way they wouldn’t have to exhort people to give up everything to fight their fight for them.
​  If Zelenskyy wasn’t such a tool for Davos and/or the Neocons who pushed him into this position, I’d actually feel some pity for him. But my humanity has limits. There comes a point where you have the face the consequences of the actions you have taken.
​  I don’t care if you are him, Joe Biden, George Soros, Anthony Fauci, Klaus Schwab, or any of their lieutenants. You can only outrun the hangman for so long.
You can only hide behind the law and the veneer of civilization that put you in your position of power for so long.

  Gilbert Doctorow , Israel’s Gaza war has ‘spilled over into the Red Sea’
​  By activities that resemble piracy, the Houthis of Yemen, widely considered to be ‘non-state actors,’ have achieved what the major states of the Middle East have been unable to do thus far: impose potentially great economic cost on the industrial nations of the world for failure to stop the Israeli onslaught in Gaza.
​  The Houthis may well be ‘non-state actors’ in the sense that they are considered by the West to be ‘rebels,’ as opposed to what is called the internationally recognized government in Yemen that they toppled. But they are obviously in control of substantial parts of a strategically important nation with a population of 33 million. And they have substantial military means both in missiles and sea-borne attack drones. Some of this likely comes from Iran, but, if Russian military experts are to be believed, much of it is now produced in Yemen itself.
​  Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin said that his staff is considering re-establishing order in the Red Sea, meaning entering into combat with the Houthis, which hitherto the United States had been doing by proxy, supplying arms to Saudi Arabia for that purpose. The Saudis abandoned their fight against the Houthis this past spring when they reached agreement with Iran, the Houthis’ backers, and resumed diplomatic relations under a China-brokered deal. If the United States now begins direct military action against the Houthis, it will quickly come up against Iran and the regional conflagration that so far has been averted by all parties may yet break out.
​  Is this a question that concerns Russia?  It most certainly does, because just as China cannot afford to see Russia be defeated by NATO-backed Ukraine, so Russia cannot afford to see Iran be defeated by the United States and its allies inside and outside of NATO.

'Operation Prosperity Guardian' - Pentagon To Launch Expansive Naval Coalition To Defend Red Sea Passage

​  The EU’s backing of Ukraine, sanctions on Russia, and “fanatic” environmental policies are “destructive for Europe,” yet Brussels does not tolerate discussion of these issues, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Saturday.
​  “If we can’t tell the truth at the Brussels table that, for example, anti-Russian sanctions didn’t work, that further destruction of Ukraine and killing Ukrainians is going nowhere, that the fanatic implementation of the Green Deal is killing our economies, that 20 thousand casualties in the Gaza Strip cannot be overlooked just because Israel causes them, we are on a slippery slope that can be not only politically, but also economically destructive for Europe,” Fico wrote in a post on Facebook.

​  Israel Resuming Hostage Talks After Ugly Details Emerge Of 'Friendly Fire' Incident
​  The new to emerge details made known by a preliminary military investigation are very ugly and will drive controversy against military and government decision-makers into overdrive. The three young men killed by IDF troop fire were shirtless, waving a white-flag and shouting in Hebrew when they were gunned down by Israeli forces. According to the Times of Israel based on military statements​.

​  Moon of Alabama has perspective:  "Palestinian Terror Operative" Means Anyone Still Alive
​  The Zionist soldiers incredibly frightened and insane:
Initial IDF probe: Hostages were shirtless, waving white flag when soldiers opened fire - Times of Israel
​  The IDF provides new details of yesterday’s tragic incident in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, during which three Israeli hostages who managed to escape Hamas captivity were shot dead by troops...
​..The soldier, who believed the men moving toward him was an attempt by Hamas to lure IDF soldiers into a trap, immediately opened fire and shouted “terrorists!” to the other forces.
​  According to the probe, that soldier killed two of the men, while the third, who was hit and wounded, fled back into the building from which he came.
At that stage, the commander of the battalion, who was also in the building where the soldier shot from, went outside and called on the forces to halt their fire.
​  Meanwhile, sounds of someone shouting “Help” in Hebrew were heard by the troops in the area.
Moments later, the third man came out of the building to which he fled, and another soldier opened fire at him, killing him.​..
​..In Shejaiya, the senior officer says the IDF has not identified any Palestinian civilians in recent days.
The officer says troops have killed at least 38 Palestinian terror operatives in Shejaiya in recent days.

​  "Palestinian terror operatives" seems to be a synonym for 'anyone still alive'.

​  Israel-Palestine war: Palestinian says soldiers sent him into Hamas tunnel strapped with bombs
Gaza City resident says he was one of the Palestinians seen stripped and bound after being detained by Israel
​  The Palestinian, who wished to be identified only by his first name and was released two days ago, said he was one of the dozens of men seen in photographs and video bound and stripped to their underwear by Israeli troops...
​..“They were prepared to explode the tunnel using my body if the camera on my head showed any fighters inside,” he said​...
​  “I was 100 percent sure I was going to be killed at that moment, but then they pulled me out of the tunnel when they found nothing inside.”
According to Hakim, a 15-year-old boy was subjected to the same treatment. The boy, who had been detained with Hakim, survived
and was released three days later, he said.

​  This scheme will invalidate the "ownership rights" of the "owners" if they attempt it. This includes a video explanation.
Intentional Destruction​ ​, First Covid, Now Comes "The Great Taking"
​  The Great Taking describes the roadmap to collapse the system, suppress the people, and seize all your assets. And it includes the receipts.
You Already Own Nothing
​  Webb’s book illustrates, among other things, how changes in the Uniform Commercial Code converted asset ownership into a security entitlement. The “entitlement” designation made personal property a mere contractual claim. The “entitled” person is a “beneficial” owner, but not the legal one.

​  In the event a financial institution is insolvent, the legal owner is the “entity that controls the security with a security interest.” In essence, client assets belong to the banks. 

​Ellen Brown's book review: The Great Taking explains this process in full detail.
​  According to a 2023 book called The Great Taking by veteran hedge fund manager David Rogers Webb, counterparty risk on all of these bets is ultimately assumed by an entity called the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), through its nominee Cede & Co. (See also Greg Morse, “Who Owns America? Cede & DTCC,” and A. Freed, “Who Really Owns Your Money? Part I, The DTCC”).  Cede & Co. is now the owner of record of all of our stocks, bonds, digitized securities, mortgages, and more; and it is seriously under-capitalized, holding capital of only $3.5 billion, clearly not enough to satisfy all the potential derivative claims. Webb thinks this is intentional.
​  What happens if the DTCC goes bankrupt? Under The  Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) of 2005, derivatives have “super-priority” in bankruptcy. (The BAPCPA actually protects the banks and derivative claimants rather than consumers; it was the same act that eliminated bankruptcy protection for students.) Derivative claimants don’t even need to go through the bankruptcy court but can simply nab the collateral from the bankrupt estate, leaving nothing for the other secured creditors (including state and local governments) or the banks’ unsecured creditors (including us, the depositors). And in this case the “bankrupt estate” – the holdings of the DTCC/Cede & Co. – includes all of our stocks, bonds, digitized securities, mortgages, and more.

  Simplicius presents the bizarre elite hypocrisy of The COP28 Elite Dine and Dash
​  Glancing at the summit from afar, one can’t help the impression that it was more an elite shindig, where hobnobbing globalist haut monde rubbed shoulders and greased palms, and even simply jet-setted for the prestige and social cachet on offer in spades by the star-studded photoshoots pullulating throughout the event like pumpjacks in a wadi.

​  Steve Kirsch, The NZ data is crystal clear evidence that the COVID vaccine is deadly. A simple, stunning example.
This one chart is all you need to know. Deaths go UP. They are supposed to go DOWN.

​  Long-Term Use Of Statins Linked To Heart Disease: Studies
​  For decades, statins have been heralded as the reliable heroes in the battle against heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States and globally. However, this seemingly flawless reputation has been called into question.
​  A new expert review suggests that long-term use of statins may be inadvertently aiding the enemy by accelerating coronary artery calcification instead of providing protection.

Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms ​  [The paper referenced above]

​  ‘Groundbreaking’ Legal Action Demands EPA Finally Ban Glyphosate
"EPA lacks a legal human health assessment of glyphosate to support its current use," said a lawyer for the Center for Food Safety.
​  Citing research from the U.S. government’s own National Institutes of Health, a coalition of environmental and farmworkers groups said Wednesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is out of excuses for continuing to allow the use of the herbicide glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer in people who are exposed to it.
​  The Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a petition with the EPA on behalf of Beyond Pesticides and four farmworkers groups, including Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, saying glyphosate’s registration in the U.S. is illegal.

​Boycotting Glyphosate (pictured gathering some greens Saturday morning)

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