ANTI-DOLLARS II

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Aired on the Doomstead Diner on July 28, 2014

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…As mentioned in my last Anti-Dollar Rant, the rhetoric continues to grow regarding abandonment of the Dollar as Premier Financial Toilet Paper,/World Reserve Currency with many countries now making agreements to swap their own Toilet Paper without wiping the Ass of the Federal Reserve Bank in the middle of taking a Financial Shit.

The latest agreement to hit the Newz is between the Swissies and the Chinese, agreeing to swap Swiss Franc Toilet Paper for Chinese Yuan Toilet Paper to the tune of around $25B equivalent in FSoA Dollar Toilet Paper. This of course is Chump Change in a world awash in $Trillions$ of FSoA TP, not to mention Japanese Yen TP, Euro Charmin, etc. Please don’t Squeeze the Charmin!…

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Gas Siphoning & Energy Theft

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In what is likely to become an increasingly more prevalent problem, twice in the last week I had Gas siphoned out of my Spare Carz while I was not around.  The main reason I know about it is because in one case the siphoners left the Gas Cap off and under the rear wheel on the passenger side, so I didn’t see it before rolling over it and busting it.

Second case worse, besides Siphoning, the Perps also went under the car and cut one of the hoses (or maybe more).  The hose was on the ground under the car, I spied it when I got home.  Since I don’t know if this was the only Vandalism, I did not drive the car.  Don’t know if maybe brake lines were cut too.  Had it towed over to the shop for a checkup and repair.  $80 just for the tow.  Don’t know what the repair bill will be yet.  My ATT Road Service Plan doesn’t [...] Continue Reading…

ANTI-DOLLARS!

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…The downing of Flight 17 has now receeded slightly into the background as the FSoA backed off on directly pegging the blame on Vlad the Impaler, and now are running the narrative instead that it was probably a “mistake” by the Novorossiyan Separatists.

One of the Diners, JD came up with a Plausible Scenario that could explain the events as they transpired, at least from what is sort of known about them:

1. Kiev ATC sends Malaysian jet into war zone.
2. Kiev fighter flies low along path.
3. Separatists spot fighter.
4. Separatists have BUK antiaircraft missile but not fancy radar, so they have to fire it in chase mode.
5. Fighter climbs to intercept path of jet liner.
6. Missile finds easier heat signature of civilian jet and destroys it.
7. Separatists report destroying Ukrainian fighter.

Of course, this doesn’t explain why Kiev sent the Malasian Jet into the War Zone in the first place, or why they sent the Fighter Jet in either, though this could have been a lure to get the Novorossiyans to fire off their Buk [...] Continue Reading…

MH17 Downing: Background Context & Cause Hypothesis

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on July 25, 2013

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This article was Originally Published inside the Diner Forum as a Post from Diner Agelbert.Agelbert is a former Air Traffic Controller and Vietnam War Intelligence Operations Specialist & Aerial Reconnaisance Photo Analyst.Included in his post is a Flight Simulator analysis as well as speculation on the Context & Causes surrounding the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Aircraft Downing.RE

JD, K, and Ashvin,
Thanks for your input and intelligent comments. I have looked over my screed and updated it with a few added observations. I even made a few flight simulator screen shots. 

I’m posting it at Surly’s channel because I think I can get more views that way. As long as I’m sticking my neck out, I might as well go for the gusto, so to speak. 

K, the ONLY WAY these people get away with this shit is because the world mostly believes the bullshit narrative that most of us here believed most of our lives. IF they were convinced that they could NOT get people to believe it, they WOULD NOT DO [...] Continue Reading…

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A chessboard drenched in blood

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THE ROVING EYE

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“The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.” Everyone remembers the Downing Street Memo, which unveiled the Bush/Blair “policy” in the run-up to the 2003 bombing/invasion/occupation of Iraq. The “policy” was to get rid of Saddam Hussein via a lightning war. The justification was “terrorism” and (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which had “disappeared”, mounted in trucks, deep into Syria. Forget about intelligence and facts. The tragedy of MH17 – turned, incidentally, into a WMD – might be seen as a warped rerun of imperial policy in Iraq. No need for a memo this time. The “policy” of the Empire of Chaos is clear, and multi-pronged; diversify the “pivot to Asia” by establishing a beachhead in Ukraine to sabotage trade between Europe and Russia; expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to Ukraine; break the Russia-China strategic partnership; prevent by all means the trade/economic integration of Eurasia, from the Russia-Germany partnership to the New Silk Roads converging from China to the Ruhr; keep Europe under US hegemony.

The key reason why Russian President Vladimir Putin did not [...] Continue Reading…

World Oil Production at 3/31/2014–Where are We Headed?

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Published on Our Finite World on July 23, 2014

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The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for the next several years. With world oil production, the trend in oil production looks fairly benign, with the trend slightly upward (Figure 1).

If we look at the situation more closely, however, we see that we are dealing with an unstable situation. The top ten crude oil producing countries have a variety of problems (Figure 2). Middle Eastern producers are particularly at risk of instability, thanks to the advances of ISIS and the large number of refugees moving from one country to another.

Relatively low oil prices are part of the problem as well. The cost of producing oil is rising much more rapidly than its selling price, as discussed in my post Beginning of the End? Oil Companies Cut Back on Spending. In fact, the selling price of oil hasn’t really risen since 2011 (Figure 3), because citizens can’t afford higher oil prices with their stagnating wages.

The fact that [...] Continue Reading…

The Anti-Empire Report #130

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Published originally in The Anti-Empire Report July 11, 2014

What would a psychiatrist call this? Delusions of grandeur?
US Secretary of State John Kerry, July 8, 2014:
“In my travels as secretary of state, I have seen as never before the thirst for American leadership in the world.”
President Barack Obama, May 28, 2014:
“Here’s my bottom line, America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will.”
Nicholas Burns, former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, May 8, 2014:
“Where is American power and leadership when the world needs it most?”
Mitt Romney, Republican Party candidate for President, September 13, 2012:
“The world needs American leadership. The Middle East needs American leadership and I intend to be a president that provides the leadership that America respects and keep us admired throughout the world.”
Paul Ryan, Congressman, Republican Party candidate for Vice President, September 12, 2012:
“We need to be reminded that the world needs American leadership.”
John McCain, Senator, September 9, 2012:
“The situation in Syria and elsewhere ‘cries out for American leadership’.”
Hillary Clinton, September 8, 2010:
“Let me say it clearly: The United States can, must, and will lead in this new century. Indeed, the complexities [...] Continue Reading…

Why Does a Druid Ride a Lawn Mower?

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Our industrial civilization seems to me to be in a state of suspended de-animation. The narcissistic techno imagadget cyborg drones are anything but animated. Their avatars are all over the internet while their bodies are aimlessly burning fossil fuels in support of an insanity continually left unnoticed. A new reality has come into existence. It’s a reality never before seen, and it’s a direct result of the lottery our species won which has paid us in concentrated golden energy derived from the sun. Most first world inhabitants have no idea how this lottery pay off has distorted our collective reality, or that it’s a miniscule fraction on the time line that is the human experience on this living Earth. The portal by which our first world society now sustains this ridiculous electronic virtual contrivance, is the imagadget “smart phone.”

The smart phone may be smart, but it’s made us stupid. It’s become a perpetual soul vacuum that’s sucked the human spirit into it’s electronic clutches. It’s attached horse blinders to our collective imagination and [...] Continue Reading…

Muscle Over Mind

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Daemon: benevolent or benign nature spirits, beings of the same nature as both mortals and gods, similar to ghosts,chthonic heroes, spirit guides.

Greetings folks! I’m still here but haven’t written anything in a while or been doing much in the way of online connecting generally. In fact I’ve been busy doing other things, mainly digging.

My days at the moment tend to involve digging out about half a ton of soil from the basement of our house, carrying it by bucket to a trailer and then driving it to our woodland where I unload it to build up various earthworks on the land, including a terrace for a polytunnel, a retaining wall for a large pond and another terrace. I then spend a couple of hours hacking up clay and rocks with a pick axe to deepen said pond and then return home to pick children up from school, make dinner and make sure they do their homework.

Usually, by the time they are in bed, I’m too shattered to do anything other than read.

I lost my part-time [...] Continue Reading…

War Zones

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation  July 21, 2014

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, “We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they [Hamas] use their women and children to protect their rockets.”
Some time ago, the Left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed minority group so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be okay with them, except to commit suicide, that is, cease to exist — which is the stated policy of Hamas. Every time Israel refuses the suggestion that it cease to exist, the Left becomes inflamed. They cannot imagine why Israel would prefer to fight for its existence than to roll over and die.
The Palestinian leadership doesn’t really want to talk about any resolution to the enduring crisis in which Israel is granted the right to exist. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for negotiation, and so they have literally painted themselves into a geographical corner of the region called the Gaza Strip where one of their other policies is to grow the Palestinian population in the hopes of eventually wiping Israel off [...] Continue Reading…

Malaysian Flight 17: Close Encounters of the Stupid Kind

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…The Newz of the last few Daze both in the MSM and the Blogosphere has been consumed with speculation over the motivations behind the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Just about everything else, from the collapse of the Eurozone to Fukushima and even to the invasion of Gaza by Israeli Ground Forces has taken a back seat to this bizarre Newz Event.
With few FACTS to go on other than it is clear that a Malaysian Airlines plane came in for an Unscheduled & Unsafe landing in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, speculation has been non-stop about WHO was responsible, HOW they took the plane out of the sky, WHY somebody would do this and just WTF is going on here?…

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A Gazillionaire Looks to the Future: Sees Pitchforks

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Nick Hanauer surveys his realm. On a clear day, you can see disaster.

First published at The Daily Impact  June 11, 2014
One of the Masters of the Universe — he bankrolled the startup of Amazon.com, for example — has peered through the bubble of wealth that surrounds him and has glimpsed a terrifying future. Now, the opinions of the rich and powerful have no enhanced value because of their status and deserve no special attention; to the contrary, they are highly suspect given their destructive record. But given the almost universal tendency to defer to people who accumulate money, it’s worth quoting them on the rare occasions when, like a stopped clock, they are in fact correct.

So when Seattle entrepreneur (from the French, meaning “between jobs”) Nick Hanauer publishes an open letter in Politico to his fellow .01-percenters, warning them that unless they change their ways they will come to a bad end, well, it’s worth a listen. He’s been pretty good at seeing the future and making money from it, Hanauer allows, and now when people ask him what he sees up ahead, he tells them he sees pitchforks. “You show me a highly unequal society, [...] Continue Reading…

Fashion vs Will to Power III

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Steve from Virginia who publishes the Blog Economic Undertow and myself are old Internet Compadres who have been debating the root causes of Collapse for quite a long time now with each other.    It first began before we set up the Diner on his blog, I think my first posts on EU go back to around 2009, maybe 2010.

For the most part, Steve and I agree on most concepts Economic in nature WRT Industrial Civilization Collapse.  From Debt to Fukushima and beyond we are entirely on the same page.  However, Steve and I also have a FUNDAMENTAL DISAGREEMENT on the etiology or root causes of the disease human society is faced with in the waning years of the Waste Based Economy, which crops up anytime he advances his theory that the Progress Meme followed over the years here is based on what he refers to as “Fashion”, whereas I contend that this results from what I refer to as the “Will to Power”.

The most recent installment of this long running [...] Continue Reading…

It Was Putin’s Missile!

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And here’s the spin war verdict: the current Malaysia Airlines tragedy – the second in four months – is “terrorism” perpetrated by “pro-Russian separatists”, armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up.

Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton said so. Because batshit crazy Samantha “R2P” Power said so – thundering at the UN, everything duly printed by the neo-con infested Washington Post. [1]

Because Anglo-American corporate media – from CNN to Fox (who tried to buy Time Warner, which owns CNN) – said so. Because the President of the United States (POTUS) said so. And mostly because Kiev had vociferously said so in the first place.

Right off the bat they were all lined up – the invariably hysterical reams of “experts” of the “US intelligence community” literally foaming at their palatial mouths at “evil” Russia and “evil” Putin; intel “experts” who could not identify a convoy of gleaming white Toyotas crossing the Iraqi desert to take Mosul. And yet they [...] Continue Reading…

The Anti-Empire Report #129

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Edward Snowden
Is Edward Snowden a radical? The dictionary defines a radical as “an advocate of political and social revolution”, the adjective form being “favoring or resulting in extreme or revolutionary changes”. That doesn’t sound like Snowden as far as what has been publicly revealed. In common usage, the term “radical” usually connotes someone or something that goes beyond the generally accepted boundaries of socio-political thought and policies; often used by the Left simply to denote more extreme than, or to the left of, a “liberal”.

In his hour-long interview on NBC, May 28, in Moscow, Snowden never expressed, or even implied, any thought – radical or otherwise – about United States foreign policy or the capitalist economic system under which we live, the two standard areas around which many political discussions in the US revolve. In fact, after reading a great deal by and about Snowden this past year, I have no idea what his views actually are about these matters. To be sure, in the context of the NBC interview, capitalism was not at all relevant, but US foreign policy certainly was.

Snowden was not [...] Continue Reading…

This Week in Doom: Appointment at Sentara

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on July 19, 2014
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“There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the market-place and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, ‘Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?’ ‘That was not a threatening gesture,’ I said, ‘it was only a start [...] Continue Reading…

Flying: Unsafe at Any Altitude

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The BIG NEWZ for the week on the Geopolitical level was the downing of yet another Malaysian Commercial Jet over East Ukrainian Air Space.  Well, besides the Israelis rolling Tanks in to Gaza, also pretty Big Newz.  Let’s begin though with this latest Unscheduled and Unsafe Landing by Flight MH-17.

The Malaysians appear to be the Target of Choice for taking out Commercial Jets, for what reason remains Unclear at this point.  Is it because Malaysian Airlines Passengers are considered more Expendable than say KLM (Dutch) Passengers?  Is it because somebody has taken out large Insurance Policies on Malaysian Airlines?  Is it because there are particular Passengers on Malaysian Airlines planes that are targeted first for a Ticket to the Great Beyond?  WTF Knows?

What I do know is that the statistical probabililty of two commercial jets from the SAME Airline ( a relatively small one with a relatively small fleet) BOTH being sent to the Great Beyond under Mysterious Circumstances within a year is ridiculously small on pure Random Chance, you got at least [...] Continue Reading…

World Cup Reality Check

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…A few days ago, my partner in Doom Surly put up an article from Pepe Escobar, one of our cross posting bloggers who covers the Geopolitical scene on the ground as a roving free lance reporter and writer. The article was titled “The Fall of a Superpower”
From the title and given Pepe’s general geopolitical focus, I figured this was going to be about the implosion of the FSoA Military.
Instead, its a Futbol Tragedy from the World Cup, held over the last month or so in Brasil, where Pele once roamed the fields and took on God-like status in the world of Futbol. As trivial as a sporting event might seem given the current kilotons of Death From Above being heaped on the Gaza Strip today, sporting events still capture the imagination and emotions of millions of people, and no matter hwo bad things might be in a given neighborhood, sportsfans will dwell on the fate of their favorite team. In some cases, you’ll even see Cease Fires in ongoing wars when a “Big [...] Continue Reading…

Kiev Losing, Sanctions Flopped, Airliner Down, War Back On?

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July 18, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – With Kiev’s forces being encircled and decimated in eastern Ukraine, western Ukrainians in Kiev protesting the war, and US sanctions receiving global ridicule as feckless – the downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner with over 280 on board in eastern Ukraine – allegedly shot down over a conflict zone – will undoubtedly be exploited by NATO to vilify Kiev’s opponents, particularly fighters in the east and Russia who NATO accuses of “destabilizing eastern Ukraine.”

Preceding the downing of Malaysian flight MH17, just hours beforehand, Ukraine claimed Russia had shot down one of its SU-25 ground attack aircraft. The BBC’s article, “Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of shooting down jet,” stated that:
A Ukrainian security spokesman has accused Russia’s air force of shooting down one of its jets while it was on a mission over Ukrainian territory. 
Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, said an Su-25 ground attack plane was downed on Wednesday evening. 
Russia’s defence ministry called the accusation “absurd”, Russian state media reported. 
Rebels [...] Continue Reading…

Conversation with Guy McPherson II: Religion & Morality

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In this portion of the podcast with Guy, the typical Religious beliefs of the major religions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism are discussed, along with the more abstract idea that the Progress meme of Industrialization itself is a form of religious belief.

In addition, there are further discussions of how Human Extinction scenarios might play out, as a consequence of the Collapse of Industrial Civilization.

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David Cameron has turned cowardly yellow with 'green crap' comments

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China establishes 'air-defence zone' over East China Sea

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Huge area around Fukushima to be waste disposal site

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China's villages vanish amid rush for the cities

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