The John James Newsletter 55
17 April 2015
Information is the currency of democracy
The volume of major military deals concluded by the Obama administration in its first FIVE years exceeds the amount approved by the Bush administration in its entire EIGHT years in office by nearly $30 billion.
Open this interactive and be amazed
Keep it in the ground
How much fossil fuel has been extracted since you arrived at this page? Or since you were born? The numbers below highlight the staggering amount of oil, coal and gas we take out of the ground – and how quickly change is needed.
City of Vancouver votes to go 100% renewable
Vancouver joins Sydney; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Stockholm, Sweden; Munich, Germany; and others set aim on 100% renewables and for 100% of heating + cooling coming from renewable energy sources.
Video Message From Gaza: We Are Still Under The Rubble
More than 7 months after the ceasefire announcement in #Gaza, not a single totally destroyed home has been rebuilt.
‘Gaza Is a Tomb’
In the rubble of the Gaza Strip, the militias are once again arming, training and preparing for the inevitable war with Israel. “The war could start any minute,” says Abu Mujahid.
Record sea-surface temperatures in Pacific point to record warmth in 2015 and 2016
A 1,000 Mile Stretch Of The Pacific Ocean Has Heated Up Several Degrees
Electric Car Batteries Just Hit A Key Price Point
Electric vehicle demand in the past five years has soared worldwide. By the end of 2014, more than 700,000 total plug-in vehicles had been sold (plug-in hybrids and pure battery electrics), up from about 400,000 at the end of 2013. As of 2015, dozens of models of electric cars and vans are available. A major reason is the rapid drop in the cost of their batteries.
North Siberian Arctic Permafrost Methane Eruption Vents
The world is predicted to produce exactly the same mantle methane release from permafrost eruption vents by the 2050’s as occurred in the Late Permian Extinction Event of 252m years ago: called The Great Dying when over 93% of all species were extinguished. Mankind has released a giant, long dormant methane preserve generated between 100 km and 300 km depth and at temperatures of above 1200°C. This is now a region of massive methane emissions with no easy way to reseal.
Map shows where the Trapp Volcanics released the gasses that instigated the Great Dying
How to Deal With the Iranian Genii?
What Israel really feared was not Iran’s non-existent nuclear threat but its ongoing support for the Palestinians. US policy has been to keep the infectious, troublesome Iranians isolated and contained. While the reason was Iran’s nuclear threat, the sanctions regime was really aimed at fatally weakening Iran’s economy and provoking the overthrow of the Islamic government and its replacement by tame Iranian exiles.
Iran approved to join China-backed infrastructure bank
More than 50 countries have now applied to join the bank in a diplomatic coup for Beijing after Washington initially opposed its allies becoming members.
All options including military action open on Iran
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that all options including military action were on the table in the face of the “threat” of a nuclear-armed Iran.
AND I THOUGHT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT TO END IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM?
HOW SOME PEOPLE WANT WAR, NO MATTER WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES.
The downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 (as observed from Australia)
A multi-part analysis that asks “Is it correct that on 7 August 2014 The New Straits Times lay out evidence that Ukrainian fighter aircraft attacked the jetliner with first a missile, then with bursts of 30-millimetre machine gun fire from both sides, and that the Russian army has already presented detailed radar and satellite data showing a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet tailing MH17 shortly before the jetliner crashed?”
Guatemalans claim they were deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins for $1bn
Lawsuit with 800 plaintiffs seeks damages deliberate infection with STDs against Johns Hopkins University over its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhoea, during a medical experiment programme in the 1940s and 1950s.
At Behest of IMF, Jamaicans Face the Harshest Austerity Policies in World
This poverty- and debt- stricken nation faces budget more severe even than Greece’s. Thanks to policies imposed by the IMF Jamaica has the most severe austerity budget on the planet. The country’s debt-to-GDP ratio stands at nearly 140%, and it has some of the highest interest payments in the world at 8 percent of GDP last year.
$45 Billion in Tax Dollars Goes Missing in Afghanistan
US secretly tracked billions of calls nearly a decade BEFORE 9/11
Secret records of international telephone calls harvesting billions of calls to as many as 116 countries in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader NSA surveillance that followed. The data collection began in 1992. It was approved by top Justice Department officials in four presidential administrations with little independent oversight. [Ergo, Bush and his successor Obama had/have been lying to the public for years about the ‘need’ for blanket NSA surveillance to avoid another 9/11–when all the surveillance in the world didn’t prevent the first.]
China Spoils Washington’s Economic War against Venezuela
In countering US economic aggression against Venezuela, China steps in with a 10 billion dollar loan – China is making a habit of bailing out countries targeted by US sanctions
Spain obtained 47% of its electricity from renewables in March
Most of the renewable electricity being generated in Spain comes from wind, which alone provided 22% of the country’s electricity last month.
Saudi firm buys Australia big solar projects
A company based in the world’s largest oil exporting nation, Saudi Arabia, has become the new owner of Australia’s second-largest solar plant – the under-construction 72MW Moree PV project.
Former President Clinton said he never knew the extent of suffering during Rwanda’s genocide. But America’s diplomats on the ground knew exactly what was happening — and they told Washington.
Dogs trained to detect prostate cancer with more than 90% accuracy
An Italian team in several studies stretching back decades raises the prospect of canines’ sense of smell helping doctors identify a number of human cancers and infectious diseases. The two female dogs sniffed urine samples from 900 men, 360 with prostate cancer and 540 without. Both animals were right over 90%.
China will build a pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran to Pakistan
The pipeline would be an early benefit from the framework agreement reached earlier this month between Tehran and the US to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The US Can Download the Entire Contents of Your Computer at Border Crossings
None of the hundreds of thousands of travellers who cross US borders every day have any right to privacy, Based upon little more than the opinion of a single Customs and Border officer, any device can be searched and its contents read, and even seized and its contents copied.
Defence Housing to create solar suburb in Darwin, ready for electric vehicles
New development to create 337kW solar suburb, producing 600,000kWh of electricity a year and saving Defence members more than $4m in electricity costs.
Australia Powered by the People. Help map solar installations around Australia.
The team at the Australian PV Institute have created some amazing maps around solar energy installations.
Russian man to undergo first head-to-body transplant
Doctors seem to be a step closer to performing a breakthrough surgery by transplanting a human head onto another body. A Russian man with a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder has volunteered to be the first to try the procedure.
Documents Showing How the Empire Plans to Overthrow Putin
This information was posted on an anonymous blog Drakula’s blog.
It looks very credible, so , so take a look here for comparison purposes.