The John James Newsletter 134
20 August 2016
I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne to rule the Empire. The man who controls the money supply controls the Empire, and I control the money supply
Nathan Rothschild in 1815
Those who profess to favour freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all — apathy
Overpopulation Setting Stage For Humanity’s Final Chapter
Most of the growth is supposed to come from nine specific countries: India, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, the United States, and Indonesia.
The world – how did it get so big
Six simple graphics that explain climate change
On the Frontline: Climate Change & Rural Communities
The increase in extreme weather events is disproportionately affecting rural areas, with serious impacts. Climate change is likely to worsen these systemic disadvantages and further widen the gap between rural and urban areas
Disasters like Louisiana floods will worsen as planet warms
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to classify disaster as the eighth flood considered to be a once-in-every-500-years event in the US in a year
For the details of these eight floods
Climate-Related ‘Hot Blobs’ Spreading and Killing Marine Life Worldwide
In the past few years death had become a bigger part of life in the ocean off North America’s West Coast. Millions of sea stars melted away in tide pools from Santa Barbara to Alaska, their bodies dissolving, their arms breaking free and wandering off. Hundreds of thousands of ocean-feeding seabirds tumbled dead onto beaches. Twenty times more sea lions than average starved in California. I watched scientists lift sea otter carcasses onto orange sleds as they perished in Homer—79 turned up dead there in one month. By year’s end, whale deaths in the western Gulf of Alaska would hit a staggering 45.
Warm Arctic Storm Tearing Sea Ice to Shreds Amidst Big 2016 Heat Spike
Abnormal. Unprecedented. Remarkable. Extreme. These words are supposed to describe unusual events. But in the weird world that we’re now entering, the extreme has become commonplace. Some people call this emerging state of affairs ‘the new normal.’ A simple, more direct, descriptor would be ‘spiraling into climate chaos.’ For the Arctic this week, chaos is an apt word for setting the scene as one of the most powerful summer cyclones ever to form rages in a place that has just experienced a record-shattering influx of atmospheric heat. This storm is hammering the sea ice — pushing it to nearly the second lowest extent on record. But worse may be still to come as a very weak and diffuse ice pack is predicted to face off against a storm that’s expected to significantly re-intensify on both Friday and Tuesday.
Amazon Fires Threaten To Wipe Out Uncontacted Indigenous People
This is an urgent and horrific humanitarian crisis. The Brazilian authorities knew that fires are going to break out in the dry season, and that they could decimate uncontacted peoples. Brazil needs to take its eyes off the Olympics and focus proper attention on stopping the annihilation of its tribal peoples.
Arctic Surface temperatures
Snowden Calls ‘Shadow Brokers’ Hack of NSA Hackers a Significant Turn in Spy Wars
Calling leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, whistleblower says things ‘could get messy fast.’ “This leak is likely a warning that someone can prove U.S. responsibility for any attacks that originated from this malware server. That could have significant foreign policy consequences. Particularly if any of those operations targeted U.S. allies.”
Japanese unveil electric car that doesn’t need batteries
Japan has made another technological leap – Toyohashi University of Technology and Taisei Corp has unveiled the first electrical car in the world that will run without a battery, receiving its charge from an electrified road.
World seeing ‘greatest monetary policy experiment in history’
“The six months under review have seen central bankers continuing what is surely the greatest experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world. We are therefore in uncharted waters and it is impossible to predict the unintended consequences of very low interest rates, with some 30 percent of global government debt at negative yields, combined with quantitative easing on a massive scale,”
Hillary, Trump, and War With Russia
Letting dilettantes, grifters, con men, pasty Neocons, bottle-blonde ruins, and corporations decide on war is insane. We have pseudo-masculine dwarves playing with things they do not understand. So far as I am aware, none of these fern-bar Clausewitzes has worn boots, been in a war, seen a war, or faces any chance of being in a war started by themselves. They brought us Iraq, Afghanistan, and ISIS, and can’t win wars against goatherds with AKs. And they are going to fight…Russia?
UK Approves World’s Largest Wind Farm
The Hornsea Two project will provide 1.8 gigawatts of generating power, in addition to the first phase’s 1.2 gigawatts. In all, the 3 gigawatts provided by Hornsea is enough to power 2.5 million average (U.S.) households. At that size, the combined project is roughly equivalent to a nuclear power plant.
Global Pensions WILL Collapse Under Prolonged Negative Interest Rates
Pension funds are some of the largest investors in British government bonds, which they believed would offer a safe and reliable source of income that can be used to pay out future benefits to retirees. Banks want to stimulate the economy by bringing down interest rates, but will not acknowledge the negative impact these measures are having on pension deficits.
America’s war against the world
Under a global military agenda, the actions undertaken in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Palestine, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are coordinated at the highest levels of the military hierarchy. We are not dealing with piecemeal military and intelligence operations. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region.
A Defense of Obama’s Middle East ‘Balancing Act’
From the Iraq drawdown to chemical weapons red lines to Russia’s war in Syria, in a conversation with Robert Malley, the president’s top Middle East policy official.
Why Victory Over IS Won’t Solve the Real Problem Facing Iraq and Syria
the problem of Sunni Arab disenfranchisement and grievance—which fed the rise of IS to prominence in the first place—remains. Although the war against IS has been succeeding, this underlying problem has only gotten more intractable.
Present at the Creation
The never-told-before story of the meeting that led to the creation of ISIS, as explained by an Islamic State insider.
Russia saved Syria from 624 NATO cruise missiles in 2013
“What would’ve happened if our president failed to convince Assad to surrender and destroy the chemical weapons? If we only talk about cruise missiles … 624 cruise missiles, as far as I remember, were prepared to carry out a massive strike against Syria within 24 hours,”
First act of Coalition’s “innovation” government: strip funds from ARENA
Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition government has taken a new line of attack and sought to wedge Labor on the issue by adopting the Opposition’s own pre-election policy platform on the future of the agency.
Fiddling the books on renewables while the planet burns
Solar energy is a great success story in Australia. The fossil fuel vested interests have thrown everything at it from refusing to reform the National Electricity Market rules, to destroying feed in tariffs, to undermining the Renewable Energy Target, repealing the carbon price and maintaining fossil fuel subsidies – but still the revolution gains momentum.
Melioidosis: Thailand’s unknown deadly disease
Thailand’s third most-deadly infectious disease kills 40% of those infected, but very few have ever heard of it. The Americans had dubbed it the ‘Vietnam Time Bomb’ because soldiers often didn’t develop symptoms until after they arrived back home.
Why humpback whales protect other species from attack
For the humpback whale, this intervention on behalf of other species is a “spillover” behaviour. They suggest it is an extension of the humpback whales’ “drive” to protect their own calves.
Saudi Arabia Strikes Back
No longer able to rely on Pax Americana, and unwilling to watch passively as the mullahs slip the noose over their collective neck, the Saudis have increasingly taken matters into their own hands, especially since the ascension of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 2015, adopting a much more assertive and high-risk posture with a single-minded mission to confront Iran.
The deep ocean: plunging to new depths to discover the largest migration on Earth
Very rarely seen by human eyes, yet it happens every day. Billions of marine creatures ascend from as far as 2km below the surface of the water to the upper reaches of the ocean at night, only to then float back down once the sun rises.
Exxon Valdez version II
Video: 4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways
Ross Gittings: Think twice before throwing open the government coffers
When you give businesses access to the government’s coffers, a surprisingly high proportion act like robbers in Aladdin’s cave.
US Justice Dept to End Private Prison Use After Scathing Report
Contract prisons had more frequent incidents per capita of contraband finds, assaults, uses of force, lockdowns, guilty findings on inmate discipline charges, and selected categories of grievances.