Sunday, June 10, 2018

Reality Wobbles

Asking Different Questions,

"The Political Significance of LSD" ("Microdosing" is suddenly in. "Baby steps, baby steps...")
Psychedelic substances have been ingested sacramentally by indigenous cultures to achieve this goal since the dawn of time, and now they’re being validated by the scientific and medical communities. The shifts in consciousness that can be brought about by psychedelics can help in dissolving the man-made boundaries or fear of the other that are implanted in our collective psyche. 

Gail Tverberg has a comprehensive run down on our societal use of energy, which makes everything be the way it is, and what those flows of energy are composed of, where they come from, how they interrelate, and especially what we can expect as oil use decreases. She looks at what has already been happening with shutting down un-economic coal mines in China, and more...
Jean-Marc Jancovici has shown that if sufficient storage is added for wind and solar to make it “dispatchable,” it takes an order of magnitude more physical resources to produce wind and solar compared to what it takes to produce the dispatchable nuclear electricity used in France. Both have low long-term operating costs. Thus, we would expect the true cost of wind and solar to be far higher than France’s nuclear electricity. 

Charles Hugh Smith:   To understand the synchronized global meltdown that is on tap for the 2021-2025 period, we must first stipulate the relationship of "money" to energy:"money" is nothing more than a claim on future energy. If there's no energy available to fuel the global economy, "money" will have little value.

More from CharlesThroughout history, the ruling Status Quo self-destructs by refusing to adapt to changing circumstances. The real world is not static, but those in power are so thoroughly soaked in hubris and the delusions of power that they focus not on painful adaptation but on maximizing and protecting their self-aggrandizement.
Ultimately, all doomed ruling elites face the same problem: there isn't enough money to fund their take and fuel the vast machinery of power. Their solution is always the same: rather than make painful sacrifices to reduce their skim, they "print money" by one means or another: reduce the silver content of coinage, issue paper money, issue "stimulus" via central banks, and so on.
This self-serving mechanism hollows out and corrupts the economy, which consequently becomes increasingly fragile. The system's resilience (its buffers and ability to respond quickly and effectively to crises) erodes to near-zero, and one crisis or another that would have been handled in the past brings down the entire rotten edifice.

James Kunstler on the "Summer of Discontent": There is surprisingly little critical commentary on the notion that Mr. Trump is seeking to “re-industrialize” America. It’s perhaps an understandable wish to return to the magical prosperity of yesteryear. But things have changed. And if wishes were fishes, the state of the earth’s oceans is chastening to enough to give you the heebie-jeebies. Anyway, we’re not going back to the Detroit of 1957. We’ll be fortunate if we can turn out brooms and scythes twenty years from now, let alone flying Teslas.
This will be the summer of discontent for the West especially. The fact that populism is still a rising force among these nations is a clue of broad public skepticism about maintaining the current order. No wonder the massive bureaucracies vested in that order are freaking out. I’m not sure Mr. Trump even knows or appreciates just how he represents these dangerous dynamics.

More "wangin' it":   Before jetting off for Singapore on Saturday, President Trump said he has a “clear objective” for his June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un but is prepared to hit the ground running. “It’s going to be something that will always be spur of the moment,” he said about any potential agreements with Kim. “You don’t know. This has not been done before at this level.”

This news hit on Peal Harbor Day last year, when we had a surprise snowstorm, and a friend of mine died of cancer. Somehow I missed it. President Trump drinks a dozen cans of Diet Coke per day, and watches up to 8 hours of TV. (As a physician, I'm certain that is very unhealthy for the central nervous system.)
"On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke," the book said. 

At the G-7 Summit in Canada, Trump shows up late, leaves early, says he doesn't like the final statement and won't endorse it, says Russia should be invited back in, gets a thumbprint on his hand from French toy-boy Macron (whose hand appears marginally smaller than Trump's), and says Canadian Prime Minister (Fidel Castro's biological son by Margaret Trudeau) Justin Trudeau, has been lying, and... "Gotta' go make peace in Korea, now!"

​(Russian Foreign Minister) ​
Lavrov, however, said his country had no intention to return to the G7, as Moscow assumed that the G20, an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries plus the European Union, “is a mechanism for achieving consensus.” He added that the G20 “is the most promising platform for the future.”

​It looks like things are about to get a lot worserer for Prime Minister Justin Whoever. ("Take me to Havana" time?)
Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council director:
"There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," Navarro told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."
"That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One," he continued.
"To my friends in Canada, that was one of worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history."

George Soros makes a strong statement or two (After how many Diet Cokes? Pot? Kettle?)
President Donald Trump is "the ultimate narcissist" who would be "willing to destroy the world" to preserve his own narcissism.
Soros said he would support impeachment proceedings against Trump if Democrats win in a landslide in November, as long as their is some Republican support.
"The bigger the danger, the bigger the threat, the more I feel engaged to confront it," Soros said Thursday.
"So in that sense, yes, I redouble my efforts."

From Israel: "A Successful Trump-Kim Summit Could be the Prelude to War With Iran" [Can you guys please salivate about something else?! Haven't you heard of internet porn?]
​June 8 was the 51st anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, signals intelligence ship, which had gone to the Suez area to monitor Egyptian and Israeli military communications during the 1967 6 Day War. The attack in multiple waves, including two airborne attacks, a torpedo attack by a submarine, and an aborted helicopter commando attack, were no mistake. President Lyndon Johnson called off US Navy air support. "I want that goddamned ship on the ocean floor!", he is quoted as saying to the commander of the nearby US forces. (The US did not blame and nuke Egypt; reportedly LBJ's plan.)

​Swiss vote 3:1 against "Vollgeld", "sound money" initiative, which would eliminate fractional-reserve lending:
​Afraid to Change​

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