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The John James Newsletter 207

25 November 2017

Ain’t No Cure for Love

Leonard Cohen

The “Trump doctrine” has consistently sought to make his foreign policy about business and his ego, nothing more and nothing less. 

Malak Chabkoun

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little 

Edmund Burke

‘Slaughterbots’ Film Shows Potential Horrors Of Killer Drones

“They Can Not Be Stopped” two videos to remind you that we are VERY clever.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48243.htm 

As Support Grows for Ban on Killer Robots, Viral ‘Slaughterbots’ Video Warns of Threat to Humans

AI’s “potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defence, but allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom”. This short film is more than just speculation; it shows the results of integrating and miniaturizing technologies that we already have.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/20/support-grows-ban-killer-robots-viral-slaughterbots-video-warns-threat-humans 

What You Need to Know About the Trump’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

 End Title II protections and erase the three Net Neutrality rules passed at the FCC in 2015 and upheld in court last year.

 *   Legalize internet blocking and discrimination by Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, no questions asked.

 *   Permit throttling back the speeds of different kinds of websites and apps.

 *   Encourage paid prioritization — sticking most sites and apps in the slow lane and reserving the fast lane for the few wealthy companies that can afford special treatment.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/21/what-you-need-know-about-trump-fccs-plan-end-net-neutrality 

Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet

It’s time to get loud and tell everyone that our digital civil rights are on the verge of being destroyed.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/22/seven-things-you-can-do-right-now-save-internet 

From An Open Internet, Back To The Dark Ages

In December the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal already compromised regulations that are in place to maintain a semblance of “net neutrality”. Its chairman, Ajit Pai, and the corporations that are internet service providers want to sweep away these rules, just like the banking sector got rid of financial regulations so it could inflate our economies into giant ponzi schemes

https://www.countercurrents.org/2017/11/23/from-an-open-internet-back-to-the-dark-ages

Censorship!! Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find

“Good to have Google on record as defying all logic and reason: facts aren’t allowed if they come from RT, ‘because Russia’ – even if we have Google on Congressional record saying they’ve found no manipulation of their platform or policy violations by RT,” Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement.

https://www.rt.com/news/410444-google-alphabet-derank-rt

Sixteen Women Tell Their Heartbreaking Stories of Sexual Assault by Trump 

A documentary short from Brave New Films compiles heartbreaking statements from those 16 women, which taken together are “incredibly powerful, and damning.” “We owe it to these women, and to all women, to hold President Trump to account.”

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42687-16-women-tell-their-heartbreaking-stories-of-sexual-assault-by-trump 

Why weren’t there any witnesses to Kennedy’s murder? – There were, dozens of them – here is one they killed

You’ve probably heard that many eye witnesses to the Kennedy assassination had very short lives after the assassination.Here’s the story of one of them: a plainclothes detective with the Dallas Police Department.

https://www.brasscheck.com/video/why-werent-there-any-witnesses

Preparing the public mind

This is easily one of the strangest and most hocking “coincidences” of the JFK assassination. A newscaster was handed this elaborate story to read just hours before Kennedy was killed.

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=M8YY9&m=Ij92v6opnnEpNr&b=XWMle.0GCuP52CWkTiq1aw 

The party before the assassination

At the home of Clint Murchison, the Texas oil tycoon. Murchison owned J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, and State of Texas law enforcement and stood to lose a fortune if Kennedy changed the oil depletion allowance and faced the very real possibility of jail time should then-Vice President Johnson be indicted, which gave the appearance of being a certainty.

https://www.brasscheck.com/video/the-party-before-the-assassination/?omhide=true 

Kremlin instructs Russian industry to prepare for war mobilization

A century after World War I, amid another catastrophic political collapse of world capitalism, countries across Europe and the world are again preparing for total war.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/11/24/krem-n24.html 

Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns 

Climate change is creating a disaster on Australia’s doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in some countries, especially “fragile states”,the demand for water and food will rise, with the world’s oceans and forests under intense pressure. It notes climate change and pressure on the environment could contribute to conflict and irregular migration, impacting specifically on Australia’s economic interests.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/23/australia-facing-climate-disaster-on-its-doorstep-governments-white-paper-warns 

Naomi Klein: Trump’s Treatment of Haitians Portends Brutal Future for World’s Climate Refugees

“This isn’t only about Trump’s antipathy toward non-white immigrants. We may also be witnessing a particularly brutal form of climate change adaptation” and how wealthy nations may handle climate refugees in the years to come.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/22/naomi-klein-trumps-treatment-haitians-portends-brutal-future-worlds-climate-refugees 

Elon Musk Beats Deadline For Building World’s Biggest Battery

State Premier Jay Weatherill said testing of the massive lithium ion battery would begin within days, ahead of the December 1 deadline Musk set for himself when he signed off on the project earlier this year. Musk’s Tesla Powerpack is connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen and is expected to hold enough power for thousands of homes during periods of excess demand that could result in blackouts.

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/elon-musk-tesla-powerpack-beats-deadline-for-building-worlds-biggest-battery-1779369 

Australia to lead storage boom, as home batteries become “ubiquitous”

Australia has been named as one of eight countries expected to lead a massive boom in energy storage uptake that will see the global market double six times over between 2016 and 2030, to an installed total of 125GW/305 gigawatt-hours in 2030. With so much investment going into battery technology, falling costs and with significant addition of wind and solar capacity in all markets, energy storage will direct the energy transformation.

http://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-lead-storage-boom-home-batteries-become-ubiquitous-22221

Renewables will drive ‘steep decline’ in wholesale electricity price in Australia

A steep decline in wholesale electricity prices forecast between 2018 and 2022 is due to the entry of 6,000MW of renewable capacity which has already been incentivised by the existing renewable energy target.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/renewables-will-drive-steep-decline-in-wholesale-electricity-price-in-australia-report

Stand for the Truth: A Government Researcher Speaks Out 9/11 Evidence

In August 2016, Peter Michael Ketcham, a former employee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), began looking into the reports his agency had released years earlier on the collapse of the World Trade Center. What he found shook him to the core.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvAv-114bwM&feature=youtu.be 

Guptas, Big Banks Linked to South African-Chinese Locomotive Deal 

If you look closely at the details of a 2014 contract to bring Chinese-manufactured locomotives to South Africa, you can tell that something more than transportation was going on. On the surface, the contract referred to a big, seemingly conventional deal in which China South Rail, a state-owned Chinese manufacturer, would deliver locomotives to South Africa’s state-owned transport infrastructure firm, Transnet. China South Rail’s contract for 359 locomotives was worth a whopping US$1.5 billion.  But this was no straight deal.

https://www.occrp.org/en/28-ccwatch/cc-watch-indepth/7257-guptas-big-banks-linked-to-south-african-chinese-locomotive-deal 

Ice Apocalypse – The Doomsday Glacier

Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. The glaciers of Pine Island Bay are two of the largest and fastest-melting in Antarctica. Together, they act as a plug holding back enough ice to pour 11 feet of sea-level rise into the world’s oceans — an amount that would submerge every coastal city on the planet. All this could play out in a mere 20 to 50 years — much too quickly for humanity to adapt. “With marine ice cliff instability, sea-level rise for the next century is potentially much larger than we thought it might be five or 10 years ago,”

https://grist.org/article/antarctica-doomsday-glaciers-could-flood-coastal-cities/u 

Nearly 200 Million Are Modern Slaves or Child Laborers

According to a report by the United Nation’s International Labour Organization, nearly 200 million people are victims of modern slavery or child labor around the globe. In 2016, 40 million men, women and children were victims of modern slavery. Nearly one in ten children are victims.

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/11/20/nearly-200-million-are-modern-slaves-or-child-laborers

Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East

And there’s no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide. So far, in every case, the advantage is very clearly with the Iranians

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/11/21/tehran-is-winning-the-war-for-control-of-the-middle-east-saudi-arabia

On the Brink of War

Muhammd Bin-Salman’s purge in Saudi Arabia is the prelude to something bigger.: a carefully planned prelude to a sectarian war waged in  ‘Arab nationalist’ guise against the growing power of ‘Shia’ Iran and its surrogates in Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq with American and Israeli backing. The old Saudi Arabia is no more. Wahhabism is breathing its last, has been all but buried and is in the process of becoming history. A new Saudi state is being born. A new American-led alliance is taking shape in the region.

http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=775943  

Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions for War with Hezbollah

The Iranians are more or less in control of Iraq. Iran is simply not a good country to attack, especially with a lack of a clear vision of what “victory” constitutes. So you ought to be crazy to attack Iran. The problem is, of course, that the Saudis and the Israelis are crazy, they have proved that many times over. So our best hopes is that they might be just “crazy”, but not “that crazy”. Not much of a hope, but that’s the best we got.

http://www.unz.com/tsaker/israel-saudi-arabia-setting-preconditions-for-war-with-hezbollah

and the video

https://southfront.org/israel-saudi-arabia-setting-preconditions-for-war-with-hezbollah

US backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, and blame it on Assad govt

The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown. A new report, that contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence, showed a scheme ‘approved by Washington’.

http://www.theindependentmedia.org/report-us-backed-plan-to-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-on-syria-blame-it-on-assad-govt

Coal industry’s final insult to humanity: It’s killing our sperm

Taiwanese men exposed to higher levels of air pollution – much of it the type caused by coal and petrol engines – tended to have poorer quality sperm. The researchers examined “the swimmers” of close to 6500 men who participated in a standard medical examination program between 2001 and 2014.

http://reneweconomy.com.au/coal-industrys-final-insult-humanity-killing-sperm-96997

Renewable hydrogen could fuel Australia’s next export boom after CSIRO breakthrough

CSIRO-developed metal membrane, which allows the high-purity hydrogen, needed for hydrogen-powered cars, to be separated from ammonia. The technology, now being trialled on an industrial scale in Australia, was “the missing link” that allowed hydrogen to be transported and used as an energy source.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-11/hydrogen-breakthrough-could-fuel-renewable-energy-export-boom/8518916 

New Finkel report finds no need to panic about energy storage

Enough battery storage may be available “behind the meter,” households and businesses, to meet the storage needs. The required investment in energy security and reliability over the next five-10 years will be minimal (see graphs), even if wind and solar deployment moves far beyond levels contemplated by the Energy Security Board. The contrast with the modelling – and the attempts by Coalition parties at state and federal level to dismiss high levels of renewable energy as “reckless” – could not be more pronounced.

http://reneweconomy.com.au/new-finkel-report-finds-no-need-to-panic-about-energy-storage-42755

We had an energy crisis in California – and this was our solution 

Virtually no attention is being paid to the quickest, cheapest way to improve reliability and affordability while bringing down carbon emissions: being smarter about how you use energy.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-had-an-energy-crisis-in-california–and-this-was-our-solution-20171117-gznark 

Climate change could make half the world uninhabitable

Climate change could make half of the world uninhabitable for humans as a rise in temperature makes it too hot to survive. Global warming will not stop after 2100, the point where most previous projections have ended. Temperatures may rise by up to 12C  making many countries into deserts.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/climatechange/7710229/Climate-change-could-make-half-the-world-uninhabitable.html 

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