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.
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.
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.
I have not been able to find comparable Australian figures
If Congress rejects Iran deal, world will blame Israel
Israeli Ex-Intel Chief: Iran Deal Good for Israel
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.
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.
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.
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
Greenpeace Repel Arctic Drilling Ship
24 hours after blockade began in Portland, Greenpeace continues effort to block drilling ship from leaving harbor
Activists Hanging From A Bridge Force Arctic Drilling Ship To Turn Around
Portland icebreaker protesters cleared after judge fines Greenpeace $2,500 an hour
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.
Germany Just Got 78% Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources
One terror attack a day all this year! Half unsolved!
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.
Syria’s disaster threatens a war in Turkey
Turkey Launches War On IS’s Worst Enemies – The Kurds
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
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
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.
Israel is dragging the region to a religious war
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Approving Air Strikes Against the PKK America’s Worst Error Since the Iraq War
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.
Supply and Demand in the Gold and Silver Futures Markets
The bear market in bullion is an artificial creation.
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.
Coalition kills hopes of ambitious climate change targets