The John James Newsletter 169
1 April 2017
Everyone’s a pacifist between wars. It’s like being a vegetarian between meals
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them
Joseph Story – Supreme Court Justice 1833
Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned
Government fails to pass Native Title changes – major setback for Adani
“We have fought hard against this change to the native title law. This is a major setback for Adani and the Queensland Government, and their backers in the mining lobby, who thought the amendments would help them circumvent the legal challenge we have mounted to their purported land use agreement. The Wangan and Jagalingou council will continue to pursue Adani’s sham land use agreement through our litigation in the Federal Court.”
Trump Signs Executive Order Obliterating Regulations on Carbon Emissions and Pollution
Executive orders roll back scores of regulations aimed at mitigating anthropogenic climate disruption. They constitutes an assault on the environment that will annihilate Obama’s environmental record and completely redraw key rules that were set in place to curb US carbon emissions. They have banned staff from using the phrase ‘climate change’.
President Trump has signed a series of executive orders that will seal our future
The normal climate of North America in 2095 under business as usual warming according to NASA. The darkest areas have soil moisture comparable to the 1930s Dust Bowl.
Permafrost Thaw Produces ‘Hell’s Mouth’ Craters, Sinking Lands, and 7,000 Methane Pockets Waiting to Blow
Locked away in all that permafrost is a massive store of carbon. Including peat, methane and methane hydrates, permafrost is estimated to have sequestered some 1,400 to 1,700 billion tons of a material.
Fukushima: First Images Emerge Of Radioactive Salmon In Canada
After researchers realized over a third of the world’s oceans were contaminated from the Fukushima rector’s explosion, a team of researchers from the University of Victoria started investigating radioactive samples of salmon. The American West Coast is also contaminated, and traces of seaborne Cesium 123 (the indicator of Fukushima nuclear contamination) can still be detected in the ocean waters.
Congress Is Missing in Action as Trump Escalates War in Syria
The number of US troops in Syria as grown from a couple hundred to at least 1,000 over the past few weeks. “This represents a very serious escalation, and so far the media really isn’t reporting it.”
Congress Just Voted to Let Internet Providers Harvest Your Personal Data Without Permission
Have you noticed that some online advertisements seem to know your age and shopping habits? What about your sexual orientation, or even your medical history? Advertisers buy such information from web companies that track your activity online, and internet service providers don’t want to miss out on the profits. That’s why the broadband industry has asked Congress to dismantle rules requiring internet providers to explicitly ask for your consent before harvesting sensitive personal information and selling it to advertisers.
The Senate Just Legalized The Sale Of Your Browsing History
Is the sale for profit of your medical records next?
FBI Face Recognition Technology Has ‘No Limits,’
Law enforcement has access to photos of 50% of adult Americans without their knowledge or consent. In addition to collecting criminal mug shots, the agency currently has “memorandums of understanding” with 16 states that mean every driver’s license photo from those states is accessible to the agency—without the drivers’ consent. The FBI also has access to photos from passport and visa records.
With talk of Russian interference, it’s worth recounting Washington’s role in undermining Russia’s 1996 election.
In 1996, a chaotic mix of Russian schemes — from fraud and profiteering to old-fashioned conspiracy — worked to keep Yeltsin in the driver’s seat. Throughout, American players silently watched, facilitated, and at times, actively helped construct the Faustian bargain between Yeltsin and his oligarch supporters. This pact would have ruinous effects on Russia’s democracy and economy in the decades to come.
Trump Could Stage a ‘False Flag’ Terror Attack and ‘Change the Country Instantly’
Chomsky has called Trump a “con man” who will drag civilization “down to the utter depths of barbarism.
US leads boycott of UN talks on nuclear weapons ban
The US, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries boycotting talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty at the UN.
Echoes of a black hole
Ripples in space-time could herald the demise of general relativity and its replacement by a quantum theory of gravity