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The John James Newsletter 162

18 February 2017

We live in two Americas. One, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other, which constitutes the majority, exists in non-reality-based belief systems. This America is dependent on skilfully manipulated images for information, cannot differentiate between lies and truth, and is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and clichés. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities. 

Chris Hedges

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened

Douglas Adams

When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They don’t care about their own lives, so you have to take out their families

Donald Trump

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them

Ray Bradbury

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers

Thomas Jefferson

When they put bombs in cars and kill people, they’re uncivilized killers. When we put bombs on missiles and kill people, we’re upholding civilised values. 

Norman Solomon

He promised to ‘drain the swamp’. Instead, he’s feeding the alligators

Eric Zuesse

From health care and tax policy to environmental protections, this will undoubtedly be a government of looters, by the looters, and for the looters.  As of yet we’ve seen only the smallest hints of what is to come

Tom Engelhardt

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? 

Its population of 126 million, which has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060. Aoyama believes the country is experiencing “a flight from human intimacy” – and it’s partly the government’s fault.a third of people under 30 had never dated at all.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-having-sex 

Fukushima: Japan Declares State Of Emergency, Reactor Leaks Into Ocean

Record high amount of radiation recorded by scientists

http://www.neonnettle.com/news/1876-fukushima-japan-declares-state-of-emergency-reactor-leaks-into-ocean 

Trump Decapitates the Russia Peace Initiative

General Flynn is not another Trump slob. He is the most advanced military intelligence authority in the US today. He is the former Director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency with a higher budget than the CIA. He knows the Middle East and Afghanistan civil wars and terrorist operations by direct experience. He was the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. Most importantly, Flynn is opposed to the Russia-is-the-Enemy war party that now rules the US.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-decapitates-the-russia-peace-initiative/5575052 

Trump Declares War On Russia

Trump made clear that the new Cold War between the US and Russia will continue until Russia complies with two conditions that would be too humiliating to Russia.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/15/trump-declares-war-on-russia

Scientists Have Found Another Crow That Uses Tools

Many animal species can be trained to use tools in captivity even when they don’t do so naturally.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/this-crow-nearly-died-out-before-we-knew-it-uses-tools/499724

The Trump Presidency: RIP

Trump and his advisors were too inexperienced to realize that the consequence of Flynn’s dismissal was to validate this orchestrated association of the Trump presidency with Russian intelligence. Now we have the media and the political asking the same question used to blacken Nixon and force his resignation: “What did the President know and when did he know it?”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46465.htm#sthash.6QWhQqbr.dpuf 

German Intel Clears Russia on Interference

After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46467.htm 

Intelligence Agencies Clash With Trump Over Russia Allegations

Powerful sections of the American ruling class are seeking to put the US on a war footing against Russia in a campaign orchestrated by the major intelligence agencies.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/16/intelligence-agencies-clash-with-trump-over-russia-allegations

The Trump Presidency, It’s Over Folks! 

Trump is now clearly broken. It took the ‘deep state’ only weeks to castrate Trump and to make him bow to the powers that be.  It’s over, folks, the Neocons have won.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46444.htm 

In a mere four weeks in office, he’s threatened to send American troops into Mexico; he insulted the Prime Minister of Australia by shouting at and hanging up on him ; he threatened Iran with everything but the kitchen sink; he insulted Iraq by banning its citizens from visiting the land that had invaded and occupied them and essentially dynamited their country; he insulted German Prime Minister Angela Merkel for her handling of the refugee crisis and may still be playing with the idea of appointing an ambassador to the European Union who would like to see it go the way of the old Soviet Union.  

He put in place the Muslim ban that wasn’t a ban on immigrants and visitors from seven largely Muslim lands. After being played like a fiddle by military officials who told him that President Obama would never have had the guts to order such a raid he green-lighted a disastrous Special Operations mission in Yemen in which the raiders didn’t get their guy, while up to 30 civilians, including children, died. 

Including .. .. .. .. .. 

Death Of Nawar al-Awlaki

Nawar, an eight year old girl was shot in the neck at close range by a Navy Seal. She took two hours to die with no medical attention offered. Her family has the dubious honor of having lost several members to assassinations by CIA drones. In 2011, Nawar’s father, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen living in Yemen, was “neutralised” though never convicted of a crime. Awlaki, born and educated in America, the Constitutional provision for due process of law simply did not apply. “Two weeks after the killing of Awlaki, a separate CIA drone strike in Yemen killed his 16-year-old American-born son Abdulrahman, along with the boy’s 17-year-old cousin and several others.” These murders were the handiwork of president Barack Obama; Trump has continued the practice.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/02/13/death-of-nawar-al-awlaki

Want to know where our toxic rubbish ends up???

‘Extraordinary’ levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench

Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/13/extraordinary-levels-of-toxic-pollution-found-in-10km-deep-mariana-trench 

Mexico Won’t Buy US Corn in Response to Trump Protectionism

Mexico is one of the top buyers of U.S. corn and the move will be a tough blow to the U.S. agriculture industry

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Mexico-Wont-Buy-US-Corn-in-Response-to-Trump-Protectionism-20170214-0018.html 

Philippine Environment Minister Continues Mining Crackdown

The Philippines’ environment minister stepped up a crackdown on mining on Tuesday, cancelling almost a third of the country’s contracts for undeveloped mines and rejecting any challenges to earlier orders to shut more than half of all operating pits.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Philippine-Environment-Minister-Continues-Mining-Crackdown-20170214-0014.html 

Family Planning is Future Planning 

Melinda Gates shares the most important thing she’s learned from the women she’s met around the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YpMH1yX9Mw&feature=youtu.be

Ukraine will be the lynchpin of the Neocon attempt to isolate Russia

A Documentary You’ll Likely Never See: Ukraine on Fire

It offers a historical explanation for the deep divisions within Ukraine and presents information about the current crisis that challenges the mainstream media’s paradigm, which blames the conflict almost exclusively on Russia.

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/13/a-documentary-youll-likely-never-see

Is President Trump Headed for a War with China? 

Think of this as Bannon’s version of apocalyptic prophecy.  Then consider the volatility of the new president he advises.  Then focus on the larger message: These are not ordinary times.  Most Americans  don’t know there is a South China Sea.  Count on one thing,: they will soon.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176242/tomgram%3A_rajan_menon%2C_the_china_missile_crisis_of_2018/#more

Foreign Governments Dump US Treasuries as Never Before

http://wolfstreet.com/2017/02/09/foreign-governments-sell-u-s-treasuries-as-never-before-but-who-buys-them/

Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you’d never know from the headlines

In particular, the media is more likely to link illegal drugs with violent crimes, sexual assaults and murders than alcohol. This is despite one study finding 47% of homicides in Australia over a six-year period were alcohol-related.

https://theconversation.com/alcohol-leads-to-more-violence-than-other-drugs-but-youd-never-know-from-the-headlines-72281

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