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The John James Newsletter 19
16 October 2014.

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NATO Games in Ukraine Push World 5 Minutes Before Nuclear Midnight – Stephen Cohen Video
Will the world once again know the horror of a Nuclear War looming over the humanity? We ask these questions to a prominent American scholar on Russian studies, Professor Stephen Cohen.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39943.htm

The Ukraine, As We Know It, Is Gone Forever
While it’s true that the Ukrainian people were unhappy with the corrupt Yanukovich regime, the coup itself was definitely CIA orchestrated. The EU was also involved, especially Germany, but they didn’t play nearly as big a role as the U.S. The taped phone messages of (US Undersecretary of State) Victoria Nuland show who was really calling the shots behind the scenes.
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/mike-whitney-interviews-saker-for.html

US Army Drafts Blueprint for World War III
Entitled the Army Operating Concept, it defines the army’s strategic aim is to achieve “overmatch,” or “the application of capabilities or use of tactics in a way that renders an adversary unable to respond effectively.”
What do these words entail? In the case of a confrontation with another nuclear power, they encompass the implementation of a first-strike doctrine of mass annihilation. In regard to the subjugation and domination of other areas of the globe, they call for massive ground operations to quell popular resistance and enforce military occupation.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39966.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australias-millionaire-boom-explained-in-four-charts-20141015-116axc.html

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Nine out of 10 Australian households consider switch to solar
Australia’s uptake of solar PV has soared from about 1,000 installations/year a decade ago to nearly 200,000 last year, with 1.2 million installed across Australia since 2001.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/nine-out-of-10-australian-households-consider-switch-to-solar-17107

California Bans the Plastic Bag
After an insistent year-long campaign by environmental and citizen activists, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation prohibits the use of single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores throughout the state, the first state in the nation to do so. Recognizing that removing plastic bags is only one strategy in the battle against wasteful consumption the bill also requires a surcharge  be levied on paper bags, compostable bags, and even reusable plastic bags.
It’s clear that there is a growing grass-roots movement to stop plastic pollution. The Plastic Pollution Coalition consists of over 380 NGOs, businesses, and prominent individuals from around the world, all dedicated  to bringing about a measurable reduction plastic shopping bags, plastic bottles, and straws being the most pervasive.
http://Plasticpollutioncoalition.org/2014/09/the-state-of-california-bans-the-plastic-bag/

The US government declared war on the Swiss banking system
It is now holding over 100 Swiss banks at gunpoint, demanding that they submit to its authority. This has to be the most arrogant, destructive and harmful action that just about any government has ever done. The US is practically shooting itself in the foot with a machine gun with this one.

The height of idiocy: US Government hijacks the whole Swiss banking system

The Top 1% Own Half The World’s Assets
“global wealth has grown to a new record, rising by $20.1 trillion between mid-2013 and mid-2014, an increase of 8.3%, to reach $263 trillion – more than twice the $117 trillion recorded for the year 2000.”
a combination of factors caused wealth inequality to trend downwards in high income countries during much of the 20th century, suggesting that a new era had emerged.
http://www.countercurrents.org/queally141014.htm

Behind The Mask Of Altruism: Monsanto And The Gates Foundation In Africa
Since 2006, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to the tune of almost $420 million. Activists from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Ethiopia recently attended t he US-Africa Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit in Seattle to argue that the Foundation’s strategy for agriculture in Africa is a flawed attempt to impose industrial agriculture at the expense of more ecologically sound approaches
http://www.countercurrents.org/todhunter151014.htm

Who benefits from billions pledged for Gaza reconstruction?
“This is the third time in less than six years that together with the people of Gaza, we have been forced to confront a reconstruction effort,” an exasperated US Secretary of State John Kerry stated at the conference, as though this summer’s bloodshed was something other than inevitable given all those arms Washington lavished on Israel, along with the monetary aid and diplomatic cover since the large-scale assaults in November 2012 and winter 2008-09.
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/who-benefits-billions-pledged-gaza-reconstruction

Guerrilla tactics to beat the utilities
He described how he had installed a 5kW solar system on his household roof, and then, for just $99, added solar hot water – simply by diverting excess solar electricity during the day to the hot water element.  Instead of getting paid 8c.kWh for exporting excess power back into the grid, Le Clair saved on paying 30c/kWh on his hot water. It cut his quarterly bills from $180 to $20.
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/the-guerrilla-tactics-allowing-solar-storage-to-beat-utilities-24863

One-Third of the World’s Women in Prison Are Locked Up In The USA
Not only are a significant percentage of women pregnant when imprisoned, more than 70% are also the primary caregivers of at least two minors. This spells disaster for their families, as children of the incarcerated are systematically dumped into the notorious foster care system, or “other [similarly] unstable situations.” On top of which, children of incarcerated parents are five times more likely than their peers to commit crimes.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39957.htm

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