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The John James Newsletter 118

14 May 2016

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me

Dudley Field Malone

I’d rather be pessimistic and doing something than being pessimistic and not doing anything at all

Justin Marshall

Russia helped liberate Palmyra, fully cleared it of mines and unexploded ordinance, and, finally sent her best musicians to  present a concert in the ancient theatre to render homage to those who were tortured and murdered by Daesh

The Saker

The Killer Seas Begin 

If we continue burning fossil fuels, we will turn the world’s oceans into a mass extinction engine. The global injustice by wealthy individuals like the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffet are the real monsters of the climate crisis. Without any accountability they have done everything they can to ensure that we, the people of an ailing Earth, have less and less power to get out of this worsening nightmare. We are in the most important struggle for survival that the human race has ever undertaken

https://robertscribbler.com/2016/05/12/the-killer-seas-begin-mass-marine-death-off-chile-as-ocean-acidification-begins-to-take-down-floridas-reef

DO READ THIS TO THE END

The dumping of billions of tons of toxic carbon is turning the oceans blood-red and is unleashing the mass extinction machine that contributed to four of the five great die offs in Earth’s deep history. Off the southern coast of Chile a massive algae bloom (red tide) spread over a region where sea surface temperatures were ranging between 1 and 3 C hotter than normal.

Coral structures are being completely dismembered from acidification, as in this section of the Florida Reef

Great Barrier Reef: devastating images tell story of coral colonies’ destruction

Images taken from around Lizard Island reveal the rapid death of coral across thousands of kilometres of the reef. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/12/great-barrier-reef-devastating-images-tell-story-of-coral-colonies-destruction 

28% of US bees wiped out this winter

One in three bites of food we eat is directly or indirectly pollinated by bees. If we want to produce apples, cucumbers, almonds, blueberries and lots of other types of food, we need a functioning pollination system.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/bee-colony-deaths-environmental-problems 

Polling Shows Sanders, Not Clinton, Most Formidable Against Trump

As forces in both major parties have begun to mobilize against a Trump presidency, a new national poll out Tuesday reveals the most surefire way to derail the GOP frontrunner: Nominate Bernie Sanders.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/10/new-polling-shows-sanders-not-clinton-most-formidable-against-trump 

Israel close to signing gas agreement with Turkey

Turkey wants to consume half of the quantity of gas in the Leviathan gas reservoir, starting in 2020. In the second stage, gas may be transported from Turkey to Europe through a pipeline.

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israel-close-to-signing-gas-agreement-with-turkey-1001122833 

Terrorists Have Drones thanks to the US

86 countries have drones, 19 of them armed. Now ISIS wants them too. Is it too late to stop the unmanned arms race?

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/28/terrorists-have-drones-now-thanks-obama-warfare-isis-syria-terrorism

Fear This Man

To spies, David Vincenzetti is a salesman. To tyrants, he is a savior. How the Italian mogul built a hacking empire. The editor and co-founder of Mamfakinch, a pro-democracy website created in Morocco during the Arab Spring, Almiraat was one of his country’s most outspoken dissidents and someone accustomed to cryptic emails

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/26/fear-this-man-cyber-warfare-hacking-team-david-vincenzetti

Once, most Jews viewed Israel as the anti-Semite’s best friend

The symbiotic relationship between Zionism and anti-Semitism Recognising the racial roots might allow us to understand modern Israel better, and why it is incapable of extending a hand of peace to the Palestinians.

http://www.redressonline.com/2016/05/once-most-jews-viewed-israel-as-the-anti-semites-best-friend

The 4th Largest Economy In The World Just Generated 90% Of The Power It Needs From Renewables

That’s a big deal. On May 8th, at 11 a.m. local time, the total output of German solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass reached 55 gigawatts (GW), just short of the 58 GW consumed on Sunday morning.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/09/3776629/germany-renewable-generation

Monsanto Takeover? Corporate Control of Food Supply Continues

Mergers like Bayer’s rumoured takeover of Monsanto would make it even harder for farmers, consumers and communities to build a vibrant, sustainable food system.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/12/monsanto-takeover-corporate-cabals-control-food-supply-continues 

Spiralling global temperatures

The animation presents global temperature change 1850-2016. The pace is immediately obvious, especially recently.

http://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/files/2016/05/spiral_optimized.gif 

Sea ice may be largely gone by September.

And massive temperature anomalies across the Arctic just above the stores of methane clathrates and affecting the great ice sheets of Greenland. Over the past year temperature anomalies over the Arctic have been higher than any other part of the world. Arctic sea ice is collapsing and even higher temperatures are forecast next week.

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/arctic-sea-ice-gone-by-september-2016.html

Noam Chomsky, Who Rules the World

Masters of Mankind (Full text, Part 1). The “vile maxim” to which the “masters of mankind” are dedicated: “All for ourselves and nothing for other people” — a doctrine known otherwise as bitter and incessant class war.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176137/tomgram%3A_noam_chomsky%2C_the_challenges_of_2016/#more 

and Part 2 The Costs of Violence

http://lobelog.com/the-costs-of-violence/#more-34183  

The New Normal: Cold War 2.0

Hybrid War – from “responsibility to protect” to color revolutions, from currency attacks to stock market manipulations.

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20160506/1039193968/nato-cold-war-escobar.html 

Why Middle Eastern Leaders Are Talking to Putin, Not Obama

Russia’s less dominant militarily but more willing to act, and that has changed the dynamics in the region.The Russians are seen as willing to use power to affect the balance of power in the region, and the US is not.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/putin-obama-middle-east-leaders-213867 

The Panama Papers – Secrets of the Super Rich

How the rich and powerful exploit the system. The money trail includes $12 Trillion Looted from Developing Countries. Authoritarian regimes account for over $11 trillion of this.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44612.htm 

Di Natale positions the Greens as a formidable election force 

The Greens are now well and truly part of the political furniture, with a presence at all levels in Australia politics for more than 30 years. The party has 11 federal MPs, as well as an additional 23 MPs in most Australian parliaments.

https://theconversation.com/experience-and-di-natale-position-the-greens-as-a-formidable-election-force-58048 

Carbon taxes, emissions trading and electricity prices

The Australian elections: Making sense of the scare campaigns

https://theconversation.com/carbon-taxes-emissions-trading-and-electricity-prices-making-sense-of-the-scare-campaigns-59088 

Japan now has more electric car charge points than petrol stations

Japan is speeding ahead of the rest of the world, blissfully free of the range anxiety that afflicts plug-in drivers elsewhere.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/10/japan-electric-car-charge-points-petrol-stations 

Bakken wells and ethane emissions

The gas at issue is ethane, a hydrocarbon that ranks third behind carbon dioxide and methane as a driver of the global warming.

https://www.minnpost.com/earth-journal/2016/05/bakken-wells-drove-sudden-reversal-global-decline-ethane-emissions 

Saudi officials were supporting 9/11 hijackers, 

First serious public split revealed among commissioners over the release of the secret ‘28 pages’ that detail Saudi ties to 2001 terrorist attacks. The 2004 final report was largely an exoneration of Saudi Arabia, which was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/12/911-commission-saudi-arabia-hijackers?CMP=twt_gu 

Memories of Jack Lang and Gough Whitlam? Read John Perkins on being an Economic Hitman

Dilma Rousseff Calls for Mobilizations to Overturn Coup

Social movement leaders have pledged to remain in a state of permanent mobilisation. Widespread protests are expected on Thursday. In 2015 it was reported that US intelligence agency involvement in the parliamentary coup. An article in Pravda explains that over the past few years, the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have become a significant geopolitical threat to the interests of the US and creating a new world reserve currency. Venezuelan journalist Jose Vicente Rangel alleged US intelligence agencies have sent 500 agents to Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Cuba, with the sole purpose of destabilising their governments.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44639.htm 

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff: Impeachment is a coup

“When an elected president is suspended because of a crime she hasn’t committed, it is not impeachment but a coup”.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/brazil-dilma-rousseff-impeachment-coup-160512142444759.html 

US activating missiles in Europe despite Russia warning 

Moscow accuses Washington of trying to neutralize its nuclear arsenal and buy enough time to make a first strike on Russia.

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/05/11/465080/NATO-US-Missile-Europe-Bell 

Turkey begins operation in Syria to establish buffer zone

Ankara is seeking to establish a safe zone in the 98-kilometer stretch in northern Syria, ostensibly to shelter Syrian refugees

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/11/465017/Turkey-Syria-military-operation-Jarablus-Kilis-Daesh 

Air pollution kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined

About 3.5 million deaths a year are caused by indoor air pollution while another 3.3 million are caused by outdoor air pollu

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/fact-air-pollution-kills-more-people-than-aids-and-malariation

Canadian teen William Gadoury’s discovery of Mayan city  

Gadoury claims to have found that the location of Mayan cities correlated to the position of stars in the civilisation’s galaxies.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/canadian-teen-william-gadourys-discovery-of-mayan-city-debunked-as-junk-science-20160511-gosa26.html 

The world’s oldest axe shows the cut and thrust of academia

https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-oldest-axe-shows-the-cut-and-thrust-of-academia-59228 

US gov’t sent $2bn in military gear to cops since ’06 

More than 7,000 military trucks and hundreds of mine-resistant armored vehicles have been given to police, along with over 400 helicopters and 56 airplanes.

https://www.rt.com/usa/342686-usa-police-military-weapons-gear

The Militarization Of America’s Police

Despite Obama’s pledge to demilitarize the police 2014 and 2015 were peak years for shipments of surplus military gear to local police departments across America.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-11/militarization-americas-police-despite-obama-promises-war-weapon-spending-soared-201 

Call on Russia to help create the world’s largest marine sanctuary!

Hunters have already massacred thousands of endangered whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, now massive industrial fishing fleets want to devastate the area. But if 24 countries agree, this pristine ocean can become the world’s biggest marine protected area. 23 are finally on board, 1 isn’t — yet.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/protect_the_ross_sea_gl_reblast_loc/?bxKWefb&v=76117&cl=9980198101 

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