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The John James Newsletter 72

1 August 2015 – Soissons, France

Civilisation  is an unnatural act. We have to make it happen, you and I, together with all the other strangers. And because we and strangers have to agree on the difference between a horse thief and a horse trader, the distinction is ethical. Without it, a society becomes a war against all, and a market for the wolves will slaughter the lambs.

Bill Moyers

From a reader

Quite, quite brilliant. The best, most informative, revelatory thing I have read in years (where does this leave poor little Australia, umbilically attached to the USA?). Keep sending this stuff – I won’t get it anywhere else.

Tony Windsor: Going to groundwater over Shenhua coalmine

Joyce and Baird have been complicit in its approval through negligence and abuse of process.

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2015/07/25/going-groundwater-over-shenhua-coalmine/14377464002164 

The middle class is dying

the rate of homeownership in the US has fallen to the lowest level in 48 years.  This :a key indicator of the health of the middle class.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/if-the-american-dream-is-to-own-a-home-then-it-is-in-the-worst-shape-since-1967 

I have not been able to find comparable Australian figures

If Congress rejects Iran deal, world will blame Israel

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.667631 

Israeli Ex-Intel Chief: Iran Deal Good for Israel

http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp 

Runnaway melting of Laurentian ice sheet when C02 increased

there was a shift in the ice 9,000 years ago when the ice sheet began to melt away. Surface melt drove final deglaciation. The level of CO2 that triggered the melt was much less than it is today.

http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/jun/study-finds-sudden-shift-%E2%80%9Cforcing%E2%80%9D-led-demise-laurentide-ice-sheet 

India set to overtake China as world’s most populous country by 2022

Populations in many regions are still young. In Africa, children under 15 account for two fifths of the population.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/india-set-to-become-worlds-most-populous-country-20150730-ginkqu.html 

Debt Slaves: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Believe That Debt ‘Is A Necessity In Their Lives’

debt is considered to be just part of normal life.  We go into debt to go to college, we go into debt to buy a vehicle, we go into debt to buy a home, and we are constantly using our credit cards to buy the things that we think we need.

Is Australia any different? I tried unsuccessfully to get comparable figures.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/debt-slaves-7-out-of-10-americans-believe-that-debt-is-a-necessity-in-their-lives 

What a can of Coke does to your body in only one hour

why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet

http://therenegadepharmacist.com/what-happens-one-hour-after-drinking-a-can-of-coke

Greenpeace Repel Arctic Drilling Ship

24 hours after blockade began in Portland, Greenpeace continues effort to block drilling ship from leaving harbor

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/07/30/shellno-showdown-results-u-turn-rappellers-repel-arctic-drilling-ship 

Activists Hanging From A Bridge Force Arctic Drilling Ship To Turn Around

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/07/30/3686177/shell-arctic-drilling-ship-halted-by-protesters/

Portland icebreaker protesters cleared after judge fines Greenpeace $2,500 an hour 

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/30/portland-shell-bridge-protesters-greenpeace-fined 

Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics?

All of the oil we use to power our lives comes from living creatures such as algae before morphing into fossil fuel.

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/sustainable-oil-from-algae-the-technology-is-ready-but-what-about-the-politics-76177 

Germany Just Got 78% Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/07/29/3685555/germany-sets-new-renewable-energy-record/

Massacre tracker

One terror attack a day all this year! Half unsolved!

http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Main_Page 

Oil, faith, population and terror – the same ingredients in Sudan, Nigeria, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan. Why not Bangladesh or Madagascar – because there is no oil or gas!!

Turkey sends in jets as Syria’s agony spills over every border

Turkish air strikes signalled a new phase in a conflict that has left its bloody mark on every country in the region.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/26/isis-syria-turkey-us?CMP=ema_632

Syria’s disaster threatens a war in Turkey

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/10/syria-disaster-war-turkey-isis-pkk

Turkey Launches War On IS’s Worst Enemies – The Kurds

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42481.htm

Meet Earth’s older, bigger brother: Kepler 452b 

The most similar planet to our own with a ‘substantial opportunity for life’… but its days may be numbered

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3172316

Could one of Sheldon’s stooges enter the White House?

The emperor of the gambling world, the king of Las Vegas, the prince of Macao: Sheldon Adelson

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42476.htm

Israeli Forces Storm, Vandalize Jeruselem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Israeli police invaded the Muslim holy mosque of Al-Aqsa and injured more than 20 people after Jewish settlers stormed the mosque.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Israeli-Forces-Storm-Vandalize-Jeruselems-Al-Aqsa-Mosque-20150726-0002.html

Israel is dragging the region to a religious war

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/26/c_134448121.htm

The Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonised. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_i_support_the_bds_movement_against_israel_20150726 

Civilian Victims in Yemen Will be Ignored Because US and its Allies Are Responsible

it is rarely mentioned in media that the US. is providing substantial support to the “Saudi-led” war, now in its fifth month

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/06/civilian-deaths-yemen-will-ignored

Yanis Varoufakis reveals covert plan to hack Greece finance ministry’s software

A secret group designed a parallel payment system could have been used to switch the currency to the drachma.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-28/greece-finance-minister-planned-to-hack-own-ministry-software/6652536 

No Sovereignty Without Control Over Currency and Credit

There is no legal way to break free of the euro and the domination of the troika. The government has no access to the critical data files of its own banks, which are controlled by the ECB. Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws.  Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42514.htm 

The Kurdish Elephant

In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East’s largest stateless minority like pawns. That’s a huge mistake.

http://fpif.org/the-kurdish-elephant

Approving Air Strikes Against the PKK America’s Worst Error Since the Iraq War

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42493.htm 

Has the US Just Sold Out the Kurds?

The most effective ground force against the IS could become collateral damage under US deal with Turkey.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/28/has-the-u-s-just-sold-out-the-kurds

Supply and Demand in the Gold and Silver Futures Markets

The bear market in bullion is an artificial creation.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42497.htm 

The Economic And Financial Problems In Europe Are Only Just Beginning

Collectively, the EU has a larger population than the US, a larger economy than either the US or China, and the banking system the biggest on the planet by far.

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-economic-and-financial-problems-in-europe-are-only-just-beginning 

Coalition kills hopes of ambitious climate change targets

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/abbott-coalition-kills-hopes-of-ambitious-climate-change-targets-17926 

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