The SNAP Card Gourmet 001

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on October 31, 2014
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A while back I wrote an article called The Starvin’ Diner Cookbook, which I intended on becoming a series with Recipes for meals you can cook up on the cheap, but it’s one of those ideas that got lost with all the rest of the stuff going on in Doom, along with all the other projects we are always undertaking on the Diner to get the message out about the Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Podcasts, Vidcasts, yadda yadda.  These days, just Blogging Text doesn’t reach enough people, because they simply do not READ.  You have to use the whole panoply of media to capture an audience.

However, I recently moved to New Digs, and took the opportunity last weekend to do some Home Cookin’, which I rarely do anymore since it is much easier to just buy prepared foods or microwaveables, and I’m not really on a SNAP Card budget, although I don’t usually spend too much more than the SNAP allotment each week on food anyhow.

With some 47 Million People in the FSoA [...] Continue Reading…

Technophilia

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Are you a Technophile?  Think Flying Carz and Hovering Skateboards are in your Future?  You might want to reconsider this idea…

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…So for today I am going to look at a more theoretical Doom Problem, the Cornucopian/ Technophile idea that not only can we resolve our energy problems through more advanced technology, we can even go on to live the Jetsons Lifestyle,with the Flying Carz, Robot Servants and all the rest of the techno-shit served up here since the 1964 World’s Fair at least, but probably going back at least as far as the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

Who FUNDS those World’s Fairs anyhow? Basically they have all been a Pitch for further Industrialization ever since they were initiated, a Celebration of the brilliance in accessing gobs of energy and using it to create such revolutionary living devices as the Iphone.

Every device we currently use and in many cases depend on was first promoted at some World’s Fair, from Carz to Airplanes right up to Video Phones, which just about everyone in the [...] Continue Reading…

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Automation & Mass Distribution: Death of Community

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Published on The Slog on October 28, 2014

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NEOLIBERAL AUTOMATION & MASS DISTRIBUTION: the death of communities and the bankruptcy of governments
The following are now more or less consensus views on our current model of virtual bourse-fed globalist capitalism:

Prices fall but quality is reduced; offshore job relocation and automation destroy employment levels; service levels are cut to the bone; physical retail jobs disappear; social and healthcare budgets are cut; trickle-down wealth is nowhere near enough to retain mass consumption levels; recession and deflation are the inevitable end results; short termism reduces vital investment in everything from energy innovations to arts creativity; and cash-strapped governments are forced to turn to unelected money in order to survive.

Multiple retailing’s development after 1962 ensured that the life would be ripped out of small communities. But the internet has so trashed the physical retail model of distribution, our community high streets and village shops will soon implode….and even some multiples will go bust in the end – eg, Tesco.

The ISP rejection of call centres in favour of online automated after-sales ‘service’ has ensured the loss of millions [...] Continue Reading…

Good News, Bad News, Deux

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Published on Economic Undertow on October 28, 2014

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For all you wandering billionaires looking for a place the crash, the brilliant (tall) cudgel-shaped concrete tower at 432 Park Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan has just been topped out! With the Brooklyn Bridge (temporarily) off the market, this is your second- best opportunity to own a piece of the Big Apple, (Curbed):

Today, the concrete for the Rafael Vinoly-designed tower’s highest floor will be poured, which means that it has reached its superlative 1,396-foot height, making it not only the tallest residential building in New York City, but also the entire western hemisphere. But one could argue that it’s the tallest building in the city. That title official belongs to the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center, thanks to its 408-foot-tall spire, but the roof of One World Trade Center is actually 28 feet below that of 432 Park Avenue. The tower will open next year, and more than half of its 104 condos have already sold, including the $95 million penthouse.

The best architecture too-much money can buy turns out to be a blunt, [...] Continue Reading…

Monetary Heroin Cold Turkey

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Published on Economic Collapse on October 29, 2014

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From This Day Forward, We Will Watch How The Stock Market Performs Without The Fed’s Monetary Heroin
Mark this day on your calendars.  The Dow is at 16974, the S&P 500 is at 1982 and the NASDAQ is at 4549.  From this day forward, we will be looking to see how the stock market performs without the monetary heroin that the Federal Reserve has been providing to it.  Since November 2008, the Fed has created about 3.5 trillion dollars and pumped it into the financial system.  An excellent chart illustrating this in graphic format can be found right here.  Pretty much everyone agrees that this has been a tremendous boon for the financial markets.  As you will see below, even former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan says that quantitative easing was “a terrific success” as far as boosting stock prices.  But he also says that QE has not been very helpful to the real economy at all.  In essence, the entire quantitative easing program was a massive 3.5 trillion dollar gift to Wall Street.  If that [...] Continue Reading…

Insurance Companies On Climate Change: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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Great, you lived through Hurricane Sandy, now just call your insurance company. What do you mean, it’s an unlisted number? (Photo by Wavlan/Flickr)

First published at The Daily Impact  October 22, 2014
 

Property-insurance companies are just like politicians in that they don’t want to talk about climate change, because if they did they would be expected to explain what they are doing about it, and they aren’t doing anything about it. Unlike politicians, who seem to be getting away with pretending ignorance, insurance companies are being presented with ever more claims, that are ever more expensive, for more and more losses. To stay in business, they are finding, they have to not only appear to be doing something, which is all we ask of politicians, they are going to have to actually stop the hemorrhaging. Tricky, when you can’t admit the patient has been injured.

In the best traditions of American Free Enterprise, the insurance companies are striding forward into the far distance, girding to protect their policyholders against any risk except those which actually exist. These are some of their favorite methods:

Denial. This is the insurance companies’ version of “Trick me [...] Continue Reading…

ANTARES FLYING PENIS BLOWS THE CONDOM!

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on October 29, 2014

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A few days ago we had the crash of a Private Jet in Moscow carrying the CEO of Total, ostensibly caused by a Drunken Snowplow Driver.  While I am certain most Ruskie Snowplow Driver are drunk, generally speaking they are able to stay out of the way of Airplanes on Takeoff.  LOL.

Today’s Aviation Disaster was the Explosion on Launch of an Antares Rocket, ostensibly destined for dropping off supplies at the hunk of junk still circling the Earth called the “International Space Station”.  No, it doesn’t look quite like Kubrick’s 2001 Station.

It looks more like this:

 

Basically, the best we have been able to accomplish here since Kubrick filmed 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 is about the size of a couple of Class I RV Bugout Machines.

Without the Porch of course.  LOL.  The rest of the contraption is scaffolding and about enough PV panels to run the typical McMansion off grid.

We also no longer have Shuttle Service to said Orbiting Bugout Machine, since [...] Continue Reading…

ISIS: America’s Terrorist Mercenaries

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Published on Land Destroyer on October 28, 2014

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October 28, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Generally historical revision takes place long after events unfold and the victors attempt to bury humiliating or inconvenient truths. Today, in the age of information, these would-be victors are finding it increasingly necessary to revise history in real-time through a strategy of increasingly repetitive, but decreasingly effective propaganda.Phase I: Justifying Chaos 

It was only in 2007 that US foreign policy openly sought to pursue war against Iran, Syria, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, while undercutting pro-Iranian factions in Iraq which at the time the US was still occupying. Failing to accomplish this directly, the US planned a not-so-covert proxy war that would include funding, politically backing, and even arming groups ranging from the Muslim Brotherhood to militants aligned with Al Qaeda itself.

This is perhaps best summarized by the prophetic 2007 report “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh and published in the New Yorker.

It stated (emphasis added):
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, [...] Continue Reading…

Tapering, Exiting, or Just Punting?

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation October 27, 2014

Oh, that sound you hear this morning is the distant roar of European equity markets puking after the latest round of phony bank “stress tests” — another exercise in pretend by financial authorities who understand, at least, the bottomless credulity of the news media and the complete mystification of the general public in monetary matters. I rather expect that roar to grow Niagara-like as US markets catch the urge to upchuck violently. Problem is, unlike Ebola victims, they can’t be quarantined.

The end of the “taper” is upon us like the night of the hunter, conveniently just a week before the US election. If the Federal Reserve is politicized, the indoctrination must have been conducted by the Three Stooges. America’s central bank never did explain the difference between tapering and exiting their purchases of US treasury paper. I guess that’s because it has other interventionary tricks up its sleeves. Three-card Monte with reverse repos… ventures into direct stock purchases… the setting up of new Maiden Lane type companies for scarfing up securities with that piquant dead carp aroma. Who knows what’s next? It’s [...] Continue Reading…

Post-peak Italy: the decline continues

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Published on Resource Crisis on October 27, 2014

Oil consumption in Italy in million tons. From “MondoElettrico”
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Italy’s free fall continues. The most recent data indicate that oil consumption keeps going down. Oil and gas together have peaked around 2004 and continue the downward trend, as shown in the graph below, (From “Resource Crisis”)

Italy is in full collapse, with all economic and financial indicators in decline. Industries are closing down and restaurants are opening; the system is trying to adapt by tapping the remaining available resources in the form of foreign tourists. Outside the main touristic centers, however, the crisis is clearly detectable. Shops are closing down, traffic is slowing down, unemployed people are everywhere and you can’t miss their presence among friends and acquaintances; especially young people.

At the same time, there is a sensation of ghostliness around, as if everything we are seeing were unreal, happening somewhere else and to someone else. It is as if it were something you watch on TV, but not in real life. The debate in the press and on the web is detached from anything [...] Continue Reading…

Post-Eurozone Stress Test Syndrome: PESTS

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Published on The Slog on October 27, 2014

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POST-EUROZONE STRESS TEST SYNDROME (PESTS): An update on the calumny involved
Interrogate harmonised eurobanking, and it rapidly becomes clear that the entire edifice is designed to stop capital flight. A disgruntled Slog investigates.

It’s enough to make a chap vote UKip.

You may have seen from this morning’s Slogpost that I’ve been having trouble with Ding Dong Bank – a French institution keen to profit from its totally manufactured ‘success’ in the EBA stress tests. This morning I was back in my local branch to ask why – with nearly €60,000 deposited in my accounts there – I’d been left with no liquidity during the weekend, and my bank card had been refused from Avignon to Zabalza.

The excuses for non-performance of service so far have been:

* There is a ceiling on your account withdrawals. (At €150 on €60,000?)

* The IBAN number for your transfer is wrong

* The amount you wanted to send to Poland is above the €6000 limit for foreign transfers

* For some reason, nobody raised your ceiling last time you asked us

Absent so far from [...] Continue Reading…

CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER – DESPERATE MEASURES

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Published on The Burning Platform on October 25, 2014

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The desperation of retailers grows by the day. I head to Wal-Mart and Giant in Harleysville every Sunday morning at 7:00 am. to do my weekly grocery shopping. I go to Wal-Mart at opening to avoid the freaks we see weekly on the People of Wal-Mart post. The workers at Wal-Mart are only a small step above the customers. They can barely communicate, rarely look you in the eye, and generally act like they are prisoners in an asylum.

I’m in winter/bad times ahead prep mode. I had a load of fire wood delivered yesterday which I wheelbarrowed to the back yard and stacked with my already decent sized stack. Last week I took an empty propane canister back to Wal-Mart to replace it with a full canister. That would give me three full propane tanks. I left the empty tank outside next to the propane cage and went in to pay. The old lady cashier with the gravelly smoker voice told me she would call for someone to get me a new [...] Continue Reading…

The Anti-Empire Report #133

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Published originally in The Anti-Empire Report October 16, 2014

The Islamist State
You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

You can’t believe a word Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates say about ISIS. Can you say for sure which side of the conflict any of these mideast countries actually finances, arms, or trains, if in fact it’s only one side? Why do they allow their angry young men to join Islamic extremists? Why has NATO-member Turkey allowed so many Islamic extremists to cross into Syria? Is Turkey more concerned with wiping out the Islamic State or the Kurds under siege by ISIS? Are these countries, or the Western powers, more concerned with overthrowing ISIS or overthrowing the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad?

You can’t believe the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels. You can’t even believe that they are moderate. They have their hands in everything, and everyone has their hands in them.

Iran, Hezbollah and Syria have been fighting ISIS or its precursors for years, [...] Continue Reading…

The Great Moving Adventure II

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on October 26, 2014

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Moving Week Notes 10
Got a bunch of cleanup and organization done so I can at least move around the New Digs pretty well now, although there is still a long way to go in organization, particularly clothes which are still just piled in trash bags in the bedroom.  I’ll probably work on that next.

I Unboxed the new Yamaha AP 2000 iq Inverter Generator, filled it with engine oil and some gas and took it for its first test spin.

Actually, I accidentally overfilled the Oil spout, because you can’t really see how much is in there with a funnel in place.  I made a nice mess out on the back porch.  Anybody got suggestions on how to get Oil Stains out of porous concrete paving stones?  Next time I put in Oil I have to remember to put the unit on newspapers. 

It wouldn’t start on the first few pulls and for a minute I was worried I got a lemon, but then realized I hadn’t pulled out the Choke for a cold start.  [...] Continue Reading…

23 Things They Dont Tell You about Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang: Review

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Published on FEASTA on October 16, 2014

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Just one uneasiness about Ha-Joon Chang’s brilliant book – which, breaking the black hat habits of a lifetime, I’ll leave until last.

The book is a concise debunking of free market ideology. It presents as 23 ‘Things’ – short, provocative (to some) statements such as ‘There is no such thing as a free market’, ‘free market policies rarely make poor countries rich’, and ‘equality of opportunity may not be fair’. Each ‘Thing’ is introduced via a description of ‘What they tell you’, where Chang restates the position of free-marketeers in short order, with minimal use of adjectives. Read together these sections could provide an 8 page precised prospectus for the free market. Reading them one’s confirmation bias (I admit it) feels threatened, and a sense of unease initially sets in.

The joy of the structure Chang has chosen is that each of these sections is followed immediately by a ‘What they dont tell you’ section which states, in similarly bald prose, a rebuttal of the free-market thinking. Sections that follow then expand on this critical narrative, [...] Continue Reading…

The Kobani Riddle

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Originally published in Asia Times on October 24, 2014
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The brave women of Kobani – where Syrian Kurds are desperately fighting ISIS/ISIL/Daesh – are about to be betrayed by the “international community”. These women warriors, apart from Caliph Ibrahim’s goons, are also fighting treacherous agendas by the US, Turkey and the administration of Iraqi Kurdistan. So what’s the real deal in Kobani?

Let’s start by talking about Rojava. The full meaning of Rojava – the three mostly Kurdish provinces of northern Syria – is conveyed in this editorial (in Turkish) published by jailed activist Kenan Kirkaya. He argues that Rojava is the home of a “revolutionary model” that no less than challenges “the hegemony of the capitalist, nation-state system” – way beyond its regional “meaning for Kurds, or for Syrians or Kurdistan.”
Kobani – an agricultural region – happens to be at the epicenter of this non-violent experiment in democracy, made possible by an arrangement early on during the Syrian tragedy between Damascus and Rojava (you don’t go for regime change against us, we leave you alone). Here, for instance, it’s argued that “even if only a single [...] Continue Reading…

Canadian Terror Wave a Modern-Day Gladio

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Published on Land Destroyer on October 23, 2014

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October 23, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies’ military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada – precisely as they were predicted.

The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack,” that:
A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday.
The second, most recent attack, involved a shooting in Ottawa injuring several and killing another Canadian soldier. RT in its article, “Ottawa gunman ‘identified’ as recent Muslim convert, high-risk traveler,” would report that:
While the name of the Ottawa gunman is yet to be announced, a number of officials told numerous media that the shooter is [...] Continue Reading…

Epidemic: Countries Falling Ill from Oil Anemia

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Oil: we can afford to buy it now, but they really can’t afford to sell it to us.

First published at The Daily Impact  October 20, 2014
 

An epidemic of oil anemia is spreading around the world with the speed of an airborne virus, leaving scores of countries gasping for breath as their financial arteries shrivel for lack of cash. The price of oil has dropped to about $80 a barrel from $100 just a few weeks ago. And just as oil burning countries begin to shrivel when they have to pay more than $100, oil producing countries start to suffocate on anything less. The sickest examples:

Russia already faced daunting economic problems because Russian oil production peaked in December and has nowhere to go but down, as its own finance ministry admitted in July. Vladimir Putin has used oil profits to smooth systemic problems in other parts of the Russian economy, to bolster his public approval, and to give him the security to play geopolitical games in Ukraine. A six percent drop in oil revenues ($4.5 billion) as forecast by the finance ministry was bad enough, but now added to that [...] Continue Reading…

Do the Trans-Siberian shuffle

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Originally published in Asia Times on October 23, 2014
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A specter haunts the elites of the Empire of Chaos; the new Russia-China strategic partnership. It’s manifesting itself in myriad ways – energy deals, investment deals, a closer political alliance inside the G-20, the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a concerted effort to progressively bypass the petrodollar. I have described this long process as essential to the birth of the Eurasian century.

From a Washington/Wall Street point of view, it was so much easier in those long gone, unipolar, “end of history” days. China was still tiptoeing on the banks of the river of capital accumulation, and Russia was down if not out.

So allow me a flashback to the early 1990s. I had been on the road in Asia for months, from all points Southeast Asia to India, Nepal, the Himalayas and the eastern Chinese seaboard. Then I finally hit Beijing – waiting in the bitter winter of early 1992 to take the Trans-Siberian to Moscow. I was barely aware of the collapse of the Soviet Union – not exactly a news item in the Himalayas. I was [...] Continue Reading…

EBOLA-BUSTERS! TOP MEN ON THE JOB!

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…The Tried & True meme here in Amerika when anything isn’t going exactly as planned is to Send in the Marines, aka enlist the Military as the Ultimate Problem Solver. This I guess is because the military has proven so effective in Vietnam, Aghanistan, Iraq et al? The military has done such a fabulous job with establishing Peaceful Democracies after dropping the Death from Above that we can trust them to handle an Ebola epidemic? WTF?

So, in the Dumb & Dumber Military Solution, besides the 3000 Sacrificial Lambs being pitched into the middle of the Plague in Africa, the other media propaganda Prep to prevent wholesale PANIC is the announcement that the Military is forming a Crack team of 30 Ebola-Busters who can be deployed anywhere in the FSoA inside 36 hours to handle any Ebola case that crops up inside the FSoA. Man, even the Ghostbusters couldn’t handle all the Paranormal Activity inside the Big Apple when Evil started running amok there, and those guys HAD all the best Slime [...] Continue Reading…

Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

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Published on Our Finite World on October 22, 2014

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A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil for the world economy. The prices would be fairly affordable for consumers. And economies around the world would grow robustly with these oil supplies, plus other energy supplies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently. Let me explain at least a few of the issues involved.

1. Oil prices are set by our networked economy.

As I have explained previously, we have a networked economy that is made up of businesses, governments, and consumers. It has grown up over time. It includes such things as laws and our international trade system. It continually re-optimizes itself, given the changing rules that we give it. In some ways, it is similar to the interconnected network that a person can build with a child’s toy.

Figure 1. Dome constructed using Leonardo Sticks
Thus, these oil prices are not [...] Continue Reading…

Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: America’s Covert War on China

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October 21 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities.

In China’s southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to “infect” the mainland.

What is more troubling is the greater geopolitical agenda driving both of these seemingly “internal” conflicts – and that they both lead back to a single source beyond China’s borders. With the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) now implicated in receiving, training, and employing terrorists from China’s Xinjiang province, and considering the fact that ISIS is the result of an intentional, engineered proxy war the US and its allies are waging in the Middle East, along with the fact that the unrest in Hong Kong is also traced back to Washington and London, presents a narrative of an ongoing confrontation between East and West being fought [...] Continue Reading…

“Omenland”

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation October 20, 2014

Did a few loose strands of Ebola seep into the organs and tissues of global finance last week? The US equity markets sure enough puked, the Nikkei bled out through its eyeballs, all the collagen melted out of Greek bonds, and treasuries bloated up grotesquely on a putrid stream of terrified “liquidity” that led two Federal Reserve proctologists to maunder about the possibility of a QE-4 laxative, out of which, in due time, will surely gush explosive bloody fluxes of deeper financial sickness.

The oil price fell on its face so hard it crashed through the floorboards. One particular idiot at NPR wrote that this means peak oil was a hoax (Predictions Of ‘Peak Oil’ Production Prove Slippery). I guess she didn’t notice that the junk financing associated with shale oil capex is also dissolving like the poor late Thomas Eric Duncan’s circulatory system. That is, expect a whole lot less drilling in the Bakken and the Eagle Ford in the months ahead, and a substantial fall in production. Unless the US government finds a back door to shovel money at shale (a possibility considering the [...] Continue Reading…

Oil prices keep going down, but this is not good news

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Published on Resource Crisis on October 20, 2014

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Originally published in Italian in “Greenreport” [14 October 2014]

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There is plenty of movement in the oil world: after five years of relatively stable prices, the legendary “barrel” is coming down from over $ 100 to under 90, and it looks like it will keep falling. What’s happening? Has anyone found new resources? Or is it Saudi Arabia using the “oil weapon” to bring down Russia, the heir of the old “evil empire”?

In reality, it is nothing like that. There are no major new discoveries of oil in the world and the Saudi oil weapon is much less fearsome than it is normally described in the media. But, then, why are prices going down? There are good reasons, but we need to understand them and, more importantly, to explain why the likely future drop in oil prices would NOT be a good thing; indeed it could be a planetary disaster.

First of all, we should take into account that oil is a finite resource, but also that it is subject to the laws of [...] Continue Reading…

Ebola v2.0

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Published on The Economic Collapse on October 19,2014

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Top Scientist: This Version Of Ebola Looks Like ‘A Very Different Bug’
Barack Obama and the head of the CDC need to quit saying that we know exactly how Ebola spreads.  Because the truth is that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know.  For example, a top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be “a very different bug” from past versions.  Other leading scientists are echoing his concerns.  And yet Barack Obama and Thomas Frieden continue to publicly proclaim that we know precisely how this virus behaves.  Not only is that bad science, but it could also potentially result in the unnecessary deaths of a very large number of people.  For example, Obama has refused to implement an Ebola travel ban because he is greatly underestimating the seriousness of this virus.  This decision could turn out to be incredibly costly.  If what you will read about below is true, we [...] Continue Reading…

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10/30/2014

These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying


Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites



Mexico's 43 Missing Students Are Victims of America's War on Drugs



Temple Mount tensions: Palestinian president Abbas decries closure of holy site as 'declaration of war'



The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster



By 2030, American Prisons Will Be Filled With Grandmas and Grandpas



Number of global billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis



Ebola: California Is Latest State to Impose 21-Day Quarantine for Those Exposed to Ebola



Kentucky Woman Doesn't Find Display Of Black People Hanging From Her Tree Offensive



William Greider | When Did Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo Go to Medical School?

10/29/2014

The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails


Mandatory Rehab Is Just the Newest Front in the War on Drugs



Edward Snowden Taught Me to Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger; Now I Teach You



Who's Going to Get Rich Fighting the Islamic State?



How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-Max Prison



Money Koch Bros. Stole from Tribes Could Swing Mid-Term Elections



5 Things That Are Still Broken 2 Years After Superstorm Sandy



Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General



State Department plans to bring foreign Ebola patients to U.S.



FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect

10/28/2014

Drilling Deeper: New Report Casts Doubt on Fracking Production Numbers


Keystone Foes Energized as Tumbling Crude Prices Squeeze Oil Sands



John Tory ends Rob Ford's reign over Toronto



Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale



NYPD Harassment Stories: Living in a State of Fear



Senate ‘Roadmap’ to Keep Billions Flowing into Afghanistan



Less than 1% of Patriot Act’s “Sneak and Peek” Delayed Notice Warrants are Used against Terrorism



Why the Financial and Political System Failed and Stability Matters



Pentagon Revises Upward the Daily Cost of Bombing Islamic State Targets



Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

10/27/2014

Wikipedia Emerges as Trusted Internet Source for Ebola Information


University of Wisconsin Accused of Planning to Mentally Torture Baby Monkeys



Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate



Two Corporate Crimes and No Accountability for the Suits




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The state of Louisiana says it has a public duty to seize private land that sinks underwater. Families who have lived off that coastal marshland for 300 years say the

state is using oil company research to grab millions of dollars in oil royalties from lands it failed to protect.



Oil Speculators Bet Wrong as Rebound Proves Fleeting



Dead babies near oil drilling sites raise questions for researchers



One Percenters Drop Six Figures at Long Island Mall



Inside the Bizarre, Unregulated World of Debt Collection

10/26/2014

Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required


U.S. Marines, U.K. officially end military operations in Afghanistan



No One Is Even Pretending the Torture Report Isn’t a Document of American Failures



John Nichols: Scott Walker is the Kochs' model governor



The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster



The Targeting of Young Blacks By Law Enforcement: Ben Jealous in Conversation With Jamelle Bouie



COMPARE HOW U.S. RESPONDS TO THE KILLING OF AMERICAN KIDS BASED ON IDENTITY OF THE KILLERS



Anti-semitism charge is increasingly being leveled against Israel’s mainstream critics



Hawaii volcano lava moves closer to homes, prompting evacuation concerns



No laughing matter: Clown terror spreads in France



Another Deutsche Banker And Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Commits Suicide

10/25/2014

There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives


In Brazilian city, homeless face ‘extermination’



Exclusive: Lockheed, Pentagon reach $4 billion deal for more F-35 jets



Outrage Continues at Susan G. Komen’s ‘Frack for the Cure’ Pinkwashing Campaign



Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist



A 'Worthless and Whiny' Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero



New Ebola Quarantine Protocol Seen as Barrier to Volunteers



Rise of the machines! Musk warns of 'summoning the demon' with AI: Report



7 things the middle class can't afford anymore



Weak El Nino Evolving by Year-End as Sea Warmer Than Usual

10/24/2014

Can a ‘Homeless Bill of Rights’ End the Criminalization of LA’s Most Vulnerable Residents?


Ferguson protests: Amnesty report criticises police excesses



How American Indians Could Save the Democrats' Senate Majority



Portland infant formula has pesticide-resistant GMOs



50 Ways To Describe The Repulsiveness Of Pat Robertson



For Sierra resident, the well runs dry -- along with her options



Science chief warns on acid oceans



Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes



Global Warming Fears Ignite South Florida Secession Movement


Sears to close stores, lay off about 5,500: Seeking Alpha


Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

10/23/2014

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says


Solar Home Owners Battle Their Electric Companies



Election to Cost Nearly $4 Billion, CRP Projects, Topping Previous Midterms



Confused NYPD Officer Kicks Fellow Cop in Head Thinking He's a Suspect



For the Bottom 90% of Americans, Financial Security is Slipping Away



The Making of the Warrior Cop



Did Elizabeth Warren Just Change Her Tune on Running for President?



Hong Kong Protesters March After Leader Says Democracy Gives Poor Too Much Power



Thousands in Iran Protest Acid Attacks on Women



BP flak: We didn't ruin Gulf, La. caused oyster losses

10/22/2014

Cuban medics arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola


Ukrainian military accused of repeatedly using cluster bomb rockets against separatists



Shots fired inside Canada parliament



The Money Midterms: A Scandal in Slow Motion



Big Coal Tries to Control Global Energy Debate



Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked



War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday



Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World



Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking



Dark Money and Our Looming Oligarchy



UN: A child dies violently every 5 minutes; Central America hard-hit

10/21/2014

Only 12% of drone victims in Pakistan identified as militants: report


Russia Won’t Accept Terms to End Sanctions Over Ukraine



How Edward Snowden Changed Journalism



Ebola, Capitalism and the Idea of Society



Immigration Reform, Activism, and Moral Certainty



Close the Overseas Torture Loophole



Doctors Without Borders Hits Ebola Breaking Point



Protesters disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center



America’s ugly economic truth: Why austerity is generating another slowdown



DHS imposes new restrictions on travelers from Ebola-stricken countries

10/20/2014

Amnesty International reports war crimes in eastern Ukraine


Can a Collapse of Global Civilization Be Avoided?



The Chinese people care more about the environment than Americans do



Only 4% of drone victims in Pakistan named as al Qaeda members



Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions



Untrained, Ill-Equipped US Troops Off to Fight Ebola



Obama’s Ebola czar is a government insider with no medical background



In U.S., Fear of Ebola Closes Schools and Shapes Politics



| The US Justice Divide: Why Crime and Punishment in Wall Street and Ferguson Are So Different



Nearly a third of female prisoners in the world are locked up in US prisons



The Cost of Campaigns

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