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The John James Newsletter 198

23 September 2017

If China doesn’t follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system

Steven Mnuchin

The generals have taken over the Presidency:. Trump has abdicated his responsibilities as President

James Petras

We hope the US will incorporate the following four ‘don’ts into its North Korea policies: don’t seek regime change, don’t incite a collapse of the regime, don’t seek an accelerated reunification effort of the peninsula, and don’t send your military north of the thirty-eighth parallel

Chinese Ambassador Liu

Why short-range electric cars will work (US figures)

The average commute is 22 kilometres. 

95% of commuters commute 65 k.

95% of single-destination trips were 45 k.. 

80% of days drivers drive less than 80 k.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/16/plug-hybrid-electric-cars-forgotten-shamed-heroes

Hundreds agree, there is a bottleneck in resources which will not let many of our progeny through.

Steve Kurtz

Rising temperatures and increasing extreme weather events could reduce global production of maize, wheat, rice, and soy by 9% in the 2030s and up to 23% in the 2050s with 9 billion people to feed

Mekbib Haile

Were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

Winston Churchill

3% of Scientific Papers Deny Climate Change — and Evidence Shows They Are Flawed

It’s long since been established that 97% of scientific studies support the idea that humans have a tangible impact on global warming. Now, the legitimacy of the other 3% is called into question.  Every single one had an error — in their assumptions, methodology, or analysis — that, when corrected, brought their results into line with the scientific consensus.

https://futurism.com/3-of-scientific-papers-deny-climate-change-and-evidence-shows-they-are-flawed

The great nutrient collapse – when plants become junk food

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. it’s been understood for some time that many of our most important foods have been getting less nutritious. Measurements of fruits and vegetables show that their minerals, vitamin and protein content has measurably dropped over the past 50 to 70 years. Rising CO2 revs up photosynthesis, the process that helps plants transform sunlight to food. This makes plants grow, but it also leads them to pack in more carbohydrates like glucose at the expense of other nutrients that we depend on, like protein, iron and zinc.

Across nearly 130 varieties of plants and more than 15,000 samples collected from experiments over the past three decades, the overall concentration of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron had dropped by 8%. The ratio of carbohydrates to minerals was going up. What that means for humans—whose main food intake is plants—is only just starting to be investigated.

http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/13/food-nutrients-carbon-dioxide-000511 

Increased carbon dioxide levels in air restrict plants’ ability to absorb nutrients

https://phys.org/news/2015-06-carbon-dioxide-air-restrict-ability.html 

What Effects Does Climate Change Have On Soil Health & The Future Of Food?

How are you going to feed billions in a more volatile weather climate? Every single year, every single day. And when that year hits where food production in two or three bread baskets around the world is short a little bit – 10% here, 15% there – the risk of political instability becomes huge.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/18/effects-climate-change-soil-health-future-food

The e-book

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/sites/climaterealityproject.org/files/Soil%20Health%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf 

Cereal Killer: Climate Change Stunts Growth of Global Crop Yields

A crop-yield analysis reveals that warming temperatures have already diminished the rate of production growth for major cereal crop harvests during the past three decades Burning fossil fuels, however, is now contributing to the slowing of such rising yields, cutting harvests of wheat 5.5 percent and maize 3.8 percent from what they could have been since 1980.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-impacts-staple-crop-yields

Death Spiral: why electricity prices are set to climb ever higher

In this nightmare, a utility commits to build a very expensive new power plant. However, when electric rates are raised to pay for the new plant, the rate shock moves customers to cut their use. The utility then has no way to pay for the new power plant unless it raises rates even higher – causing a further spiral as customers cut their use even more or walk away.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-electricity-prices-are-set-to-climb-ever-higher-20170919-gykx0w.html 

There Are More Than 40 Million Slaves Worldwide

40.3 million men, women, and children were enslaved worldwide.

24.9 million were in forced labor, in the sex industry, on construction sites, in domestic, in agriculture and in factories.

15.4 million were in forced marriages with no sexual autonomy.

71%  are women and girls, 99% of whom were forced into the sex industry.

One in four victims were children, and 21% of these were sexually exploited.

Over the past five years, 89 million have “experienced some form of modern slavery.” 152 million children, or nearly one in 10, are in child labor, and half are in hazardous work that directly endangers their health, safety, and moral development.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/19/new-research-reveals-there-are-more-40-million-slaves-worldwide 

The Putin problem – a cool and expert assessment

At the core of Russian identity is the deeply held belief that Russia must be a great power and that it must be recognized as such. Putin is not an aberration among recent Russian rulers, as he is routinely depicted in the West, he stands in line with his predecessors. His policies toward the West are a logical evolution and, in important respects, a continuation of theirs, grounded in a similar understanding of Russia’s destiny.

http://bostonreview.net/politics/thomas-graham-rajan-menon-putin-problem 

Preparing for a Multipolar World: Putin’s Open Letter at the BRICS summit

Not published in our media

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/55487 

The EV Transition 

The point where half of all new cars sold are EVs will be reached just after 2025 for Europe, 2030 for North America, OECD Pacific, China and Indian Subcontinent, and 2035 for the rest of the world.

https://eto.dnvgl.com/2017

New satellite imagery shows 214 villages of Rohingyas almost totally destroyed 

The detailed satellite images, made possible due to a clearing of monsoon cloud on September 16, 2017, reveal destruction from burning much greater than previously known. The images show the destruction of tens of thousands of homes across Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships, part of the Burmese security forces’ campaign of ethnic cleansing that has forced over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

http://www.thedailystar.net/world/rohingya-crisis/satellite-imagery-shows-214-rohingya-villages-almost-totally-destroyed-rakhine-myanmar-1464475 

Australian PM Turnbull’s Jewish Heritage Means He May Be Ineligible To be An MP

7 non-Jewish MPs but not 6 Jewish MPs have been referred to the High Court over Section 44 of the Australian Constitution that makes politicians ineligible to be MPs if they have not renounced entitlement to or actual citizenship of a foreign country. However Australia’s PM Turnbull may be ineligible as he has a Jewish grandparent and has not renounced resultant entitlement to Israeli citizenship under the Israeli Law of Return.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/09/17/australian-pro-zionist-pm-turnbulls-jewish-heritage-means-he-may-be-ineligible-to-be-an-mp

Using 3D printers to tackle Gaza’s medical shortages

Palestinian team is using 3D printers to build stethoscopes and tourniquets to help struggling hospitals.The stethoscope, a staple device in modern medicine, is a luxury item in Gaza. At Gaza’s largest hospital, al-Shifa, there are only one or two stethoscopes in each department; doctors left without one resort to pressing their ears against patients’ chests to diagnose an illness.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/06/3d-printers-tackle-gaza-medical-shortages-170627095337106.html 

Gold, Oil and De-Dollarization? Russia and China’s Extensive Gold Reserves, China Yuan Oil Market

Now to add the new oil futures contract traded in China in Yuan with the gold backing will lead to a dramatic shift by key OPEC members, even in the Middle East, to prefer gold-backed Yuan for their oil over inflated US dollars that carry a geopolitical risk as Qatar experienced following the Trump visit to Riyadh some months ago. Notably, Russian state oil giant, Rosneft just announced that Chinese state oil company, CEFC China Energy Company Ltd. Just bought a 14% share of Rosneft from Qatar. It’s all beginning to fit together into a very coherent strategy. The dollar imperium is in its painful death agony and its patriarchs are in reality denial.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/gold-oil-and-de-dollarization-russia-and-chinas-extensive-gold-reserves-china-yuan-oil-market/5608942 

What Does the Sale of Venezuelan Oil in Currencies Other Than the US Dollar Mean?

The petrodollar is more important for US global domination than either arms exports or Hollywood culture, because it allows the US to be the biggest exporter of the dollar bills the rest of the world needs to be able to buy oil.

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/What-Does-the-Sale-of-Venezuelan-Oil-in-Currencies-Other-Than-the-US-Dollar-Mean-20170916-0014.html 

Petrodollar end looming as China & allies dump it in oil trading

Many people do not like using US dollars because if the US gets angry at you, they just set enormous pressure on you that can even get you out of business. China, Russia, and other countries understand this, and they are trying to move world trade and world finance away from that,

https://www.rt.com/business/403465-dollar-end-china-crude-rogers

A US trade war with China will end US monopoly on global financial system

If America puts sanctions on them, America will lose its monopoly on the financial system, which will hurt America more than anybody.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/403553-us-china-north-korea

The Russia-China Plan For North Korea

Largely unreported by Western corporate media, what happened in Vladivostok is really ground-breaking http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47816.htm

https://hsa-reviews.cf/publications/free-download-sammy-going-south-pdf.html   

It’s all about the Trans-Korean Railway

Seoul wants a rail network that will physically connect it with the vast Eurasian land bridge, which makes perfect business sense for the fifth largest export economy in the world. Handicapped by North Korea’s isolation, South Korea is in effect cut off from Eurasia by land. The answer is the Trans-Korean Railway.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47816.htm 

A Dire Warning About The Iphone X

New features could be pat of our dystopian future, with we willingly agree to use face recognition that can then be passed on to the government with what appalling consequences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0VhWj3o_oI&feature=youtu.be 

Chevron’s Amazon Chernobyl Case moves to Canada

After perpetrating what is probably the worst oil-related catastrophe on Earth – a 20,000 hectare death zone in Ecuador, known as the “Amazon Chernobyl” – the Chevron Corporation has spent two decades and over a billion dollars trying to avoid responsibility. In 2011, Indigenous and peasant villagers won an $9.5-billion compensation judgment in Ecuador. Chevron, despite accepting jurisdiction in Ecuador to avoid a US jury trial, refused to pay.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/chevron-amazon-indigenous-people-legal-case-canada/blog/60241

The reign of pain is mostly in the brain

persistent back pain with no obvious mechanical source does not always result from tissue damage. Instead, that pain is generated by the central nervous system (CNS) and lives within the brain itself, and is remedied by strengthening rather than protecting.

https://aeon.co/essays/to-treat-back-pain-look-to-the-brain-not-the-spine 

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children

the capacity to understand and remember spatial relationships between objects better predict educational and occupational outcomes than could measures of quantitative and verbal reasoning on their own.spatial ability plays a major part in creativity and technical innovation.

http://www.nature.com/news/how-to-raise-a-genius-lessons-from-a-45-year-study-of-super-smart-children-1.20537

Eliminating the Human

We are beset by—and immersed in—apps and devices that are quietly reducing the amount of meaningful interaction we have with each other. We might think Amazon was about making books available to us that we couldn’t find locally, but maybe it was also about eliminating human contact.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608580/eliminating-the-human

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia

http://theconversation.com/explorers-probe-hidden-continent-of-zealandia-83406 

Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent

A 4.9 M square km region of the southwest Pacific Ocean is made up of continental crust. The region has elevated bathymetry relative to surrounding oceanic crust, diverse and silica-rich rocks, and relatively thick and low-velocity crustal structure. Its isolation from Australia and large area support its definition as a continent—Zealandia—formerly part of Gondwana. Today it is 94% submerged, mainly as a result of widespread Late Cretaceous crustal thinning preceding supercontinent breakup and consequent isostatic balance. The identification of Zealandia as a geological continent, rather than a collection of continental islands, fragments, and slices, more correctly represents the geology of this part of Earth.

https://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/27/3/article/GSATG321A.1.htm 

Why is Amazon deleting negative reviews of Hillary Clinton’s new book?

Amazon has deleted over 1,000 negative comments on Hillary Clinton’s What Happened, to give the book a five-star rating.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/09/15/clin-s15.html 

After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing

Each year, during the southern spring, a hole appears in the ozone layer above Antarctica. This is due to the extremely cold temperatures in the winter stratosphere (above 10km altitude) that allow byproducts of CFCs and related gases to be converted into forms that destroy ozone when the sunlight returns in spring. As ozone-destroying gases are phased out, the annual ozone hole is generally getting smaller – a rare success story for international environmentalism.

https://theconversation.com/after-30-years-of-the-montreal-protocol-the-ozone-layer-is-gradually-healing-84051 

90 Companies Helped Cause the Climate Crisis—They Should Pay For It

The companies responsible for the climate crisis should cover the costs of fighting wildfires and recovering from hurricanes.  Many of them knew what damage they were causing. More than half of the carbon emissions were since 1986, when the dangers of global warming were well-known. But these companies buried their own research findings and doubled fossil fuel extraction. Industry lobbyists and think tanks, flush with money from fossil fuel companies and their executives, distort our democracy, making government accountable to their interests rather than to We the People. These companies prevented action during the brief window of time between climate science becoming clear and it becoming too late to avert disaster.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/14/90-companies-helped-cause-climate-crisis-they-should-pay-it 

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