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Daily Reading #1F9

That is a great album.

This interview with Paul Stamets is mind-blowing, much better than the clickbait headline. Fungi are the longest-lived organisms, also. Living a long time one cell wall from a hugely diverse population of viruses, bacteria and fungi is a significant accomplishment, one humans have not achieved. Interesting evidence that perhaps fungi can think :

Yes, ISIS’s supply chain has many branches terminating in the US. Also, remember Arsenal, the Bulgarian arms manufacturer that makes payments to the US Senate Armed Services committee? :

https://www.wired.com/story/terror-industrial-complex-isis-munitions-supply-chain/

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-15/weapons-went-cia-isis-less-two-months-new-study-reveals

An excellent comment, picked up by The Saker, on the ME situation and Israel. Geopolitics of US and Israel now focus on ending the Russia, China, Iran cooperation and the Silk Road initiatives. Not a chance, imho, there is too much wealth that will flow from that into the local economies, so the US can’t get much cooperation. All of them need to ship oil and gas to China and Europe, all of them need Chinese and European investment and markets. The US has lost the ME wars and the attempt at world hegemony, Israel has lost any possibility (slim, at best) of a Greater Israel and probably also of a peaceful resolution of its issues with its neighbors and the Palestinians :

http://thesaker.is/the-unintended-consequences-of-israeli-indifference/

George Webb and Jake Morphonios are 2 of the many outstanding reporters. They put their information on the net. But the “inside story” must be worth a lot. Why are there no investment groups funding the driver and video to document their work? :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO3rNQloFZ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9pxFl67Yrg

Is Israel implementing a plan B? :

http://www.voltairenet.org/article198968.html

Israel’s European allies :

http://www.voltairenet.org/article199019.html
Fracking is bad for people :

https://www.sciencealert.com/we-just-found-the-strongest-evidence-yet-that-fracking-harms-human-health-pollution-exposure

As everyone has known forever, drugs follow economic depressions. Poor economy in the ghetto, thus drugs in the ghetto, and ditto for every other group. Except for the well-off, of course. They have always had high rates of alcoholism and drug abuse :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-14/nobel-laureate-discovers-cause-opioid-crisis-complete-economic-destruction-white-wor

There is a wave of repression going through our institutions. My gargantuan for-profit health care provider requires a photo ID for all dealings with them :

https://www.cjr.org/analysis/cuny-campus-journalist-crackdown.php

More on the deaths of dispair, an interview with Deaton :

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nobel-prize-winning-economist-angus-deaton-model-of-american-capitalism-that-lifted-working-class-seems-to-be-broken-2017-12-13

More on unschooling :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-14/its-time-rethink-education-%E2%80%93-part-2-unschooling

This is excellent. Citizen journalists working over the internet. Makes you wonder about legacy media, how can they be so clueless? :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-14/shocking-video-shows-what-everyday-life-puerto-rico-now

It cannot be emphasized enough that we don’t know how the gas anesthetics work, nor that people have mental deficits after gas anesthesia. Anesthesiologists don’t want to hear it :

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/we-can-make-plants-pass-out-with-the-same-drugs-that-mysteriously-knock-us-out/

More evidence that biological systems evolve to evolve :

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/big-invasive-snails-are-driving-birds-of-prey-to-get-bigger/

The success of the WOD should give us great confidence in the ultimate success on the war on money laundering :

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomwarren/how-deutsche-processed-millions-for-a-dirty-bank?utm_term=.iorlzXkbL#.le76pNz3M

Meanwhile, Russia may be cleaning up corruption. What an advantage that would be to a national economy :

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/alexei-ulyukayev-guilty-vladimir-putin-russia-corruption-economics-minister-igor-sechin-a8111706.html

Yes, net neutrality can be guaranteed only if you own your network :

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5djd7/motherboard-and-vice-are-building-a-community-internet-network-to-protect-net-neutrality

There is much research backing this up, minds work better with rest in natural settings :

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20171211-friluftsliv-the-nordic-concept-of-getting-outdoors

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Daily Reading #1F8

Finally, the collapse of the Deep State, the criminal, corrupt government, begins. I can’t believe how long it is taking to make any significant progress. These hearings are finally significant. Next the story of the Clinton Foundation, that one will rise if this thread falls in popularity.

Is someone orchestrating the leaks? This has to be coming from inside the inspector general of the DOJ, or via the people on that committee :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4fwAYusO2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cShxjlUfmhk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhwRhguARuc

George Webb is pushing on the legal fronts as well as continuing his investigations. That is a very interesting phenomena :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCSJd_KSTpE

The growth of the surveillance state never stops, it has never been rolled back in the slightest :

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_deep_states_christmas_present_to_america_surveillance_that_never_ends

I told you that Israel would regret the attention the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem would produce. Donald Trump rises in my estimation all the time. I think Trump is working with Putin as they step by step move the ME back to sanity. If this reading of Trump’s speech is correct and Trump can follow through, Trump really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, unlike our recent President who was so honored.

Trump is winning, domestic and foreign. The housecleaning at State must be going well. Domestic is a bigger problem :

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/10/analysis-trump-statement-jerusalem-has-hidden-agenda.html

This repeats what I said, tho it interprets it as MBS, Netanyahu and Trump all being stupid, and the positive outcome as accidental results of their interactions :

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/13/trump-netanyahu-mohammad-bin-salman-destroyers-neoliberal-world-order.html

And yet another agreeing with the beneficial effects, but blaming the probable outcomes on Trump’s stupidity. I assume that Trump’s team saw that Clinton had sold some financial advantage, and so are doing the clever thing ending the deal. If that upsets relations with Europe, OK with Trump, they are the globalists that have been riding on US power without paying. Iran is going to come out of this fine. :

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/10/24/sabotaging-iran-deal-trump-certifies-us-irrelevance.html

This overlaps some, presents a picture of the US exiting from the uni-polar power to a multi-power world.  I would add that Trump is, on the whole, doing it reasonably calmly, many deft small moves at just the right time. Or else he is the luckiest President in history, the dice always roll for him. Or he could be  playing the chaos game better than his opponents.

It also shows how fast things change, some of the thinking in this is bonkers :

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/10/18/making-history-china-russia-transforming-enemies-into-friends.html

Yeah, this has my understanding of things :

And Now We Know….

Some of the implications of all that :

  • Trump has control of his communications. There aren’t leaks out of this White House that hurt Trump, so we know his own people don’t leak and the CIA can’t listen in.
  • Trump makes moves, the world reacts. Putin makes moves, the world reacts. Xi makes moves, the world reacts. Those are the three drives in this bit of history.
  • Those 3 leaders are not in opposition in their desire for peace and all are reality-based, or try to be.
  • It seems to me the common goal of desiring peace in the ME makes Russia and China Israel’s enemy, and thus the US must make them both our enemy.
  • Trump’s moves and Putin’s moves are careful wrt each other, dovetail nicely in several places. “Not entirely true!”, you say. “What about the sanctions on Russia?” The sanctions hurt the EU more than Russia, and have effectively been the kind of trade restriction Trump has claimed is necessary to build up a nation’s industry and reality-based economy. From that pov, he did Putin a big favor, and another reason for Russian capital to stay at home and work for Russia. Further, if you dig deeper, I would bet some of Putin’s enemies were more hurt than Putin’s friends, but that is just me being cynical again.
  • China’s situation is very different than Russia, will need a different approach. But note, nothing very bad has happened so far, just words. Some cooperative words, in fact, more business.
  • Israel is in the early stages of facing the problem of its military and intelligence spending. Netanyahu’s policies are coming under more criticism, around the world and Likkud is always in trouble for some corruption or other. More and more attempts to get pension funds and universities to divest any Israeli companies, around the world.
  • Israel is at peak military power, their militarism must be reigned in, the Israeli public is understanding this. Israel has lost the allegiance of young Jews and non-Jews, around the world.  This is not anti-Semitism, it is anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli-policy-ism. And beyond that, anti-ideologism. Humans everywhere are more sophisticated about political issues than ever before. If political parties were required to exist on the dues of their members, we would not have nearly as much political conflict anywhere.
  • Trump’s moves in foreign policy will allow the US to begin dealing with all of the other problems, all spending priorities. Peace should make dividends, military budget needs to go for infrastructure. That spending can out-weigh the Pentagon’s in political effect, is a lot more productive of votes per tax dollar spent. It might help if the major parties can be neutralized via stopping oligarch’s money going to them.   OTOH, the internet is in the process of obsoleting legacy media, and the political ads are part of what is driving that.  I don’t recall seeing a political ad for years except as examples in a news discussion. Trump got a lot of free advertising from that.
  • Globalization has meant that US economic interests were often subordinate to US foreign policy interests. The EU is very upset about the trends, the US leaving them with so many immigrants they can’t afford to get rid of, who will do the work? Russia and the US are opposing globalization, or at least the US foreign policy that has produced this version of globalization.
  • The next big economic downturn will be a global problem. No leader needs foreign problems at the same time, but war has been a standard way to increase political power. None of these leaders need more political power.
  • Assuming ordinary education, we can understand that at least Trump and Xi know they have too much power in some bureaucracies. Putin already knows that problem, we should study what he did to protect his government.
  • Trump has been attacked by the US Deep State. The world sees it, and the rational people side with Trump. Trump is seen as lowering the US’s profile in the world, giving up the goal of hegemony via economic-military force.
  • Who watches the security organs? They are dangerous to countries. The US has not yet developed an adequate answer to this perennial problem.
  • The Inspector General in every department must be confirmed by the Senate. I assume that a new guy went in with Sessions?  Then Sessions steps aside and Rosenstein has the spot light as all this shit comes out. Trump is really lucky, really, it could not have been choreographed better.
  • First end Mueller and put in another Special Prosecutor to go after all of this corruption. The case builds scandal by sandal. Where did Awan Bros spy ring go?

Bad news continues to cascade down upon the Obama-Clinton administration. This is only going to get worse. I said this was inevitable when Trump was elected, tho I don’t know why it has taken this long :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-13/top-nuclear-official-agrees-senator-who-says-obama-admin-misled-uranium-one-deal

I am glad to see the Pentagon’s problems with accounting systems kept in the spotlight, but this displays even less understanding of the issue than I had about 20 months ago :

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kotlikoff/2017/12/08/has-our-government-spent-21-trillion-of-our-money-without-telling-us/#60efe06a7aef

It is so easy to believe your own propaganda, e.g. the importance of the US military in WWII :

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/03/20/history-as-propaganda-why-the-ussr-did-not-win-world-war-ii-ii.html

My kid said that the net has noticed that many of the ‘polls’ they run across have questions much like those used for bank’s etc. personal account verification questions.

From this article on zh, an interesting comment, but there are many other excellent comments to this post :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-13/enemy-within-intelligence-community

Evidence points to Bitcoin being an NSA-engineered psyop to roll out one-world digital currency https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-12-10-evidence-points-to-bitcoin-being-…
On top of the fact that the NSA authored a technical paper on cryptocurrency long before the arrival of Bitcoin, the agency is also the creator of the SHA-256 hash upon which every Bitcoin transaction in the world depends. As The Hacker News explains. “The integrity of Bitcoin depends on a hash function called SHA-256, which was designed by the NSA and published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).” THN also adds:“If you assume that the NSA did something to SHA-256, which no outside researcher has detected, what you get is the ability, with credible and detectable action, they would be able to forge transactions. The really scary thing is somebody finds a way to find collisions in SHA-256 really fast without brute-forcing it or using lots of hardware and then they take control of the network.” Cryptography researcher Matthew D. Green of Johns Hopkins University said.

This makes sense too………….

Ten steps to crypto-tyranny: The “big plan” by the globalists (and how it involves Bitcoin)

In summary, here’s one possible plan by the globalists to seize total control over the world’s money supply, savings, taxation and financial transactions while enslaving humanity. (And it all starts with Bitcoin.)

1) Roll out the NSA-created Bitcoin to get the public excited about a digital currency.

2) Quietly prepare a globalist-controlled cryptocurrency to take its place. (JP Morgan, anyone?)

3) Initiate a massive, global-scale false flag operation that crashes the global debt markets and sends fiat currencies down in flames. (Hoax alien invasion, hoax North Korean EMP attack, mass distributed power grid terrorism network, etc.)

4) Blame whatever convenient enemy is politically acceptable (North Korea, “the Russians,” Little Green Men or whatever it takes…).

5) Allow the fiat currency debt pyramid to collapse and smolder until the sheeple get desperate (i.e. Venezuela-style desperation with people eating out of dumpsters).

6) With great fanfare, announce a government-backed cryptocurrency replacement for all fiat currencies, and position world governments as the SAVIOR of humanity. Allow the desperate public to trade in their fiat currencies for official crypto currencies.

7) Outlaw cash and criminalize gold and silver ownership by private citizens. All in the name of “security,” of course.

8) Criminalize all non-official cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, crashing their value virtually overnight and funneling everyone into the one world government crypto, where the NSA controls the blockchain. This can easily be achieved by blaming the false flag event (see above) on some nation or group that is said to have been “funded by Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency used by terrorists.”

9) Require embedded RFID or biometric identifiers for all transactions in order to “authenticate” the one-world digital crypto currency activities. Mark of the Beast becomes reality. No one is allowed to eat, travel or earn a wage without being marked.

10) Once absolute control over the new one-world digital currency is achieved, weaponize the government-tracked blockchain to track all transactions, investments and commercial activities. Confiscate a portion of all crypto under the guise of “automated taxation.” In an emergency, the government can even announce negative interest rates where your holdings automatically decrease each day.

With all this accomplished, globalists can now roll out absolute totalitarian control over every aspect of private lives by enforcing financial “blackouts” for those individuals who criticize the government. They can put in place automatic deductions for traffic violations, vehicle license plate taxes, internet taxes and a thousand other oppressive taxes invented by the bureaucracy. With automatic deductions run by the government, citizens have no means to halt the endless confiscation of their “money” by totalitarian bureaucrats and their deep state lackeys.

Were I Russia in Syria, having won over ISIS, I would pull out leaving both the US and the anti-air missile installations, nominally under Syrian control. Then, when the US tries to protect its forces from the Shia militias attack via air strikes, Syria should legally blow the planes out of the air. Move a few antiair systems to the south of Syria, and Israel would need to back down also.

Actually, on 2nd thought, do the South of Syria first. Let the Israelis learn this lesson, it will be just as illustrative for the world with less chance of a global conflagration.

Then, the ME could begin to sort itself out, peace would have some chance.

It would do more to stop the drive to WWIII, to show the US military for the potemkin shell it has become, than anything I can think of. Well, maybe excepting a public demonstration of Russian and Chinese hypersonic missiles with enough military radars and civilian cameras on the scenes to be genuinely convincing :

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/13/iraqi-shia-militias-threaten-strike-us-forces-assessment-and-implications.html

Stockman explains why Wall Street now controls the economy of main street. The Fed set up the 2017 bubble via zero interest money rescuing Wall Street from the 2007 crash. The current bubble will not pop, that is the nature of bubbles. The Fed can’t control enough of the economy to deal with the side-effects of its actions :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-14/stockman-slams-bubble-finance-and-era-no-see-um-recessions

Everyone should read ABC: Alphabetization of the Popular Mind by Barry Sanders (1989-05-14) and then watch this. Compare the evolution of boogie woogie and the training all of those musicians got with how he describes the oral-tradition poets of the Illiad :

Daily Reading #1F7

Jason Goodman and Charles Ortel on the Clinton Foundation frauds, naming some of the people who criminally assisted and profited. The world-wide scale of the criminality of the criminals, and the Deep State behind them, is just mind-blowing. Fortunately, there are way more records than can be mis-filed or erased, backups systems are excellent in IT and there aren’t provisions for over-writing the old tapes.

The Deep State criminals have not understood the problem of secrets in an era of digital networked systems. They can’t keep their own secrets, and it doesn’t take many chinks in their defenses to lever their castle down :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b0DFQFqxJ8

This says that Neural Network-class AI can never be legal, because they can’t explain themselves. He cites the EU’s regulations about that, but I think attorneys won’t like the idea of a client that can’t testify about why it did anything. These systems will have logs and snapshots of their state, so they can restore the system to a time before the incident, then replay the input to watch the decision being made. There seems to be progress in understanding the matrix of weights and what they mean for each level of the NN, so NNs are not hopeless in a legal sense, maybe. :

https://www.kdnuggets.com/2017/08/deep-learning-not-ai-future.html

It is fun to see the AI world finally getting around to seeing the limitations of AIs of all types. This has some good thinking, but is still a subset of the big problem, some of which I discuss here :

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/deepmind-has-simple-tests-that-might-prevent-elon-musk-s-ai-apocalypse

More bets on a carbon credit scheme :

Batteries can’t solve the world’s biggest energy-storage problem. One startup has a solution.

Yet another example of how you can’t manage a sector of an economy. Another reason the US will soon hit parity with India in its rate of farmer sicide :

https://bigpictureagriculture.blogspot.com/2017/12/US-agricultural-commodity-overproduction-is-it-legal.html

The replication rate for medical trials is about 30%, at the level of psychology and sociology studies. Wonder how well the tests of safety for pesticides and herbicides were done? This is very simplistic in climate thoughts, imho. E.g. the spikes in CO2 that accompanied every mass species loss was likely due to either mass vulcanism or a meteorite strike burning everything on entire continents:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/11/dying-ecosystems/

As I have said, winding down the ME wars and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem puts the spotlight back on Israel and its treatment of Palestinians :

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/11/from-barak-to-trump/

This is good information, but it doesn’t discuss the problems with using ‘the 100 year flood’ as a measure. Among which are the fact that the forests have been cut and everything paved over, so rain water is quicker to the ocean, meaning bigger floods :

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42169462

Professors at Brown University have finally felt guilty enough to eliminate the need for student’s borrowing money for education :

https://qz.com/1152461/student-loans-are-ending-for-brown-university-students/

Scheduling, manager vs maker :

https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2017/12/maker-vs-manager/

Math is exploration, many new things are being found :

http://nautil.us/issue/49/the-absurd/the-impossible-mathematics-of-the-real-world

Why the world isn’t predictable :

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/Complexity/2015/1115/Complexity-Worlds-hidden-in-plain-sight

Daily Reading #1F6

Mike Morell, the main CIA Clinton supporter before the election, now admits it was a bad idea for him to engage in politics. This ZH article has awesome comments. Read the best of our thinking, we American still know how to run a country, we just need to get the criminals out of the government. Replacing the government is probably easier, of course :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-11/ex-spy-chief-admits-role-deep-state-intelligence-war-trump

Yes, the FBI is a political police and cover for the Deep State and minions :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-11/yes-fbi-americas-secret-police

https://cascadefreezone.com/2017/12/12/the-deep-state-coup/

The MIC in the US has been systematically pushing to war with Russia. Why? :

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-nuke-treaty-that-ended-the-cold-war-is-unraveling/

Political sophistication and diversity of opinion increase in every segment of the society. We citizens are changing much faster than the institutions that wish to rule us :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=145&v=QPx_Mcnli2Y

Bannon and his supporters are going to win, they are more reality based. Overall, the MIC + Deep State + … are going to lose, military and intelligence budgets are insane :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXrfO89R78s

Thinking more about who most influences NK’s leadership from the outside, it is likely a criminal arm of the CIA or the Mossad. It will have started out local, deals by fellow ethnics across the border and been taken over by intelligence services who claim it as an intelligence operation. Of course, drugs are the cheapest and easiest first export, and things escalate from there. We know NK exports very good crystal meth through Russia and China. There must be half a dozen intelligence services involved in that trade, extrapolating from what we know about our CIA. Among the things escalated are NK’s exports of people to labor around the world. Guarantee some of those girls end up in brothals. Organ harvested? Who would know? Who would profit? Wonder about tissue types, whether NK’s people make general organ donors?

I wish I thought I was paranoid enough, but we have a lot of evidence, e.g. Haiti and the ME, that our modern Deep State thinks on a large scale and cooperates with many forms of illicit traffic. A lot of their work is as a protection racket, protection from laws and political controversy. That is what makes the brownstone operations so important. Given normal human behavior, they can blackmail people because society makes that normal human behavior sinful. For an intelligence agency, it is shooting fish in a barrel to exploit a societal weakness for political power. Every society has something, and so is vulnerable.

An aside, rethinking Clinton’s career, it is likely that much of the Arkansas fraud she was engaged in was money laundering the cocaine cash.

Another aside, I bet that there are multiple business plans being shopped for special-purpose processors to do cryptocoin ‘mining operations’. Currently, microprocessors are too slow and use too much energy to compete with the who pros have special-purpose chips, probably mostly FPGAs, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays. Those aren’t high clock rate, less than 200MHz for a significant amount of logic without a lot of tweaking last time I looked, but they can do deep pipelines. Intel and every other chip includes instructions for crypto, new instructions are just microcode, and are rapidly standardized across manufacturers, so Intel should be leading this effort, standardizing the instructions. However, microcode is not as efficient as closer-to-the-hardware designs, e.g. an ASIC, Application-Specific Integrated Circuit. Even those are ‘connect-the-gate’ technology, a level above direct-logic. So a custom logic design could probably run at 4Gbps clock and practically would have an optimal clock-energy tradeoff in mining operations. To date, however, no special-purpose chip company has ever earned enough to complete a second design.

My son just instructed me on crypto currency mining hardware. They measure power in millions of hashes per second and per Joule. The hardware that is on the market is several generations behind what the big miners use, they develop their own hardware and upgrade often. When the units don’t pay in more bitcoin calculations per Joule, because the cost of Bitcoins increases continuously, the old stuff is sold. It isn’t worthless in the sense of mining bitcoins, but takes more electricity and produces a fraction of the work of newer chips, at the same time as it takes more hashes to discover one new coin, so the older units are expensive space heaters and don’t pay for themselves.

At least 2X per generation, mostly from improvements in their VHDL or Verilog code, the rest from larger FPGAs. Maybe ASICS, but those require a specialized team. Say 2 EEs and 2 CS people, one of whom is crypto and crypto software, the other the driver-OS. With FPGAs they would have the advantage of separating dependences, could test the hardware designs in older hardware while the new hardware is being developed. Layout of the circuit board isn’t a big deal for FPGAs. People specialize at taking FPGA designs into ASICs, and tools should be making FGPA –> logic trivial, so perhaps that is not as difficult a project as I thought, although I last I knew it cost several $M to produce the first few sample chips. Assume a fully-burdened cost of $5000 per installed system, $4K of that the chip. That is only a few thousand chips. and less than 250 bitcoins.

Cut the price to $1250 per system with $1000 being the cost of the chip. Now you need to sell 10K chips to break even. But if there is a mania for bitcoins, there could be a mania for individual mining operations hoping for luck to strike.

Yes, the government has to collapse, it won’t be given up voluntarily by any of the receiving parties :

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/stop-trying-to-make-small-government-happen/

I had not understood William Penn’s role in US history, more likely forget it, as I read a lot of American history right out of college. Wow, Quakers were as close to Libertarian as their times go. Puritans were the control-your-thinking people of power in that day :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Penn

A different take on the reasons for the current political and cultural strife :

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=12101

Another good analysis by CHSmith. The first chart shows that the GDP (fudged data) didn’t fall much after the 2001 financial problems, but did after 2008. This graph could be interpreted as http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-12/three-bubblesstrikes-and-youre-out
a control system out of phase with the base economy :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-12/three-bubblesstrikes-and-youre-out

Daily Reading #1F5

A rare analysis of how the media has done in analysis and punditry, this wrt Syria and ISIS. Very poorly, they admit, mostly propaganda, they should admit :

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-abrahms-glaser-isis-assad-20171210-story.html

No kidding, there has been no economic growth. The most convincing data is the birth rate, now at historic lows and still falling :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-10/what-youre-not-being-told-about-real-economy

Hillary’s supporters praise every word of Rachel Maddow’s rants about Trump, the lies and innuendo of Russian control of Trump and the election, and point to Trump’s declining popularity and the many stories against Trump as a measure of their winning. Trump’s supporters praise the media destroying itself with the lies and innuendo, the incessant propaganda and point to the media’s declining trust and audiences as a measure of their winning.

The Deep State can’t believe the propaganda is working, as voters have declining trust in all institutions, yet the efforts go on and on.

Possibilities are some great event, a war or a false flag or a military takeover in our near future, or the Deep State is cutting its losses and going into hiding. Probably both of those and more, the Deep State is a mafia, not a unified command. True, there are elements under the direct control of military and intelligence agencies around the world, but those have little commonality of goals besides power and money. I think it doesn’t take much insight to see many possibilities for bad events in our future. I hope Trump is as smart as I think he is and as well-advised as he seems to be.

I find it more difficult to understand how the Deep State got into this mess. 9-11 was a huge bet, a stupid bet, I think history will decide. That was the step too far. Well, that and the pedophilia, child trafficking and sales of opioids to Middle America kids. Inner cities have not had the power to defeat our Deep State, the CIA could make them heroin and crack dens, it was seen as a natural thing, the bad guys were the drug lords, the CIA’s patsies. When the victims are farm kids, their parents will force a real accounting, a genuine investigation. Donald Trump is the first tool, the last peaceful effort to drain the swamp :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-10/greenwald-us-media-just-suffered-its-most-humiliating-debacle-ages-0

This is the Al Jazeera sort-of documentary on the Crusades. The Crusades happened for the usual many reasons, from the pope’s need to manage politics at his level through kings and kings younger brothers needing warfare to advance their careers, the need for more commerce and allies, down to the peasants, who were effectively owned and had no choice but to join the colonization projects. The new colonies worked for a while, but were not a paying proposition after the Crusaders’ massacres and forcing people off their land had produced the Islamic Revival. (Another confirmation of Discordian theory, attempts to impose order create the opposition that restores disorder.) That ultimately won over the Crusaders in Egypt, and so Jerusalem and the rest of the crusader’s colonies were doomed.

I especially liked the idea that Muslims are the reason that Protestant religions survived. Much of the corruption Martin Luther was rebelling against was due to the need to fund the Crusades, to bribe military leaders to do so, and the Muslim resistance and threat kept the Pope from addressing the threat from Protestants until it was too late to prevail in the religious sphere. I have never heard a Protestant leader thank the Muslims for their existence.

This era allowed taking over other countries by military conquest. Every means was used to convince the populace their cause was just and lucrative, or at least you didn’t have much choice. No different than now, no different than the means the US used to take over NAmerica from the natives, Spanish, … We killed very many of them in the course of taking the nation’s best land and most of its mineral wealth. Native Americans and hybrids now make up 2.7% of USA Americans.

We are doing less-obvious, more indirect control versions of all that right now, around the world :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t-vfj4r0zo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWBudFZjmuw

Left and right agree more and more :

http://theconsciousresistance.com/2017/09/dear-revolutionaries/

Other cultures have different, and wider, categories of human sexual behaviors and different patterns of acceptance of them. European societies went through an early Christian-era holy man’s bottleneck. We changed to a simpler view of reality, we devolved relative to other cultures. Likely, 5 million years back in evolutionary time, we started out as a species with a sexuality more like the bonobos of the time. Bonobos are our brother species, in fact. Over time, cultures and behavior and genetics change, we became a species with an equally-wide range of behaviors as modern bonobos, but many-to-most aren’t acceptable in any human culture.

Human behavior doesn’t change, only what can be openly discussed. Has any society eliminated brothals? Homosexuality? Pedophilia? No, but it seems to me that on average open and frowned on works as well as anything, and has fewer side-effects, e.g. systematically putting the wrong people in power and increasing the amount of official- and criminal-coercion throughout the society, driven by the flows of money through that dark sector of the society.

And don’t get me started about the bad effects of such a massive dichotomy between publicly-acceptable behaviors and actual behaviors, driven by biology and human minds assisting that biology in attaining new levels of sexual satisfaction. We humans are really good at that, it seems to me. Few are proud of it, and we had no public fora available to demonstrate our inventiveness. Guilt, massive lying to ourselves and each other, … can’t be good for a society. We Christians built ours on that foundation.

None of that is to say the entire civilization or any of its variants are all bad, of course, just that none can think much outside the words and concepts their culture provides. All that gets deeply built into our identities. Those identities and the need to preserve them combine with power and economy to produce conflict at all levels.

Information flows have been increasing for a long time, now the internet has increased those enormously. Along with that, we get to see other societies in more detail, including sex. Real different, some of them. New words, new thoughts, new identities and implicit challenges to what we thought were eternal verities about deep reality, what it means to be a civilized person.

The modern discussion of sexuality distresses social conservatives in all cultures even more than the religious discussions. Those discussions put sex and sexuality into a ‘normal’ category, much like discussion of food or sports teams. I think the many people reporting sexual harassment in Western culture in 2017 is an effect of this normalization. Now our society has to calibrate the scale from mere asshole-being-inappropriate violation of social expectations through physical assault, along with many other new problems. Other cultures have other problems, but modern ideas are challenging them all. We can’t predict the outcome of any of these cultural threads any more than any other aspect of our social existence.

This woman is an example of this new zeitgeist arising. It is certainly an interesting time to be alive :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifIIlagf3TA

James Gleich has a very asymmetric face :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBSDHstiOl0

A law allows utility companies to charge customers for un-completed projects, removing more risk from utilities. Of course the companies abuse that :

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/how-utility-companies-across-the-u-s-helped-change-rules/article_434e8778-c880-11e7-9691-e7b11f5b3381.html

This is an interesting description of doing business in Libya after NATO’s destruction of the government. I doubt the worth of the barrels being due to barrel bombs, but who knows. The rest of the stories about the decisions of companies are very believable in my experience :

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n24/william-carter/diary

This is interesting for the bulls and for the music :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWImWL0v8UY

Dance continues to mutate and be selected, to evolve. The second of the videos in this list is becoming famous, Jason Colacino and Katie Boyle, very innovative and athletic dance very smoothly done. #3 is Rockabilly, also great :

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Another of the long series of articles asking how people’s avoidance of vaccines can be overcome, without ever a discussion of improving the CDC and vaccine industry’s many flaws, including omissions and outright-lies about safety and efficacy. For instance, new vaccines are tested with older vaccines as the control case. That eliminates the possibility of detecting either medical care or shifts in the virus changing outcomes for a ‘no vaccine’ control. Further, autoimmune diseases are a growing problem, and we don’t know what role vaccines have in that :

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0256-5

How to avoid surveillance :

https://boingboing.net/2017/12/09/security-is-a-team-sport.html

It isn’t easy, everything spies :

https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/surveillance-confirmed-new-york-citys-public-wifi-stations.html

I thought the medical examiner was at the level of the sheriff, so couldn’t be controlled this way? :

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/chief-autopsy-doctor-resigns-claims-sheriff-changed-death-findings-protect-police/

Pedophile rings are a background news story waiting for the big bust :

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/victims-testimony-reveals-establishment-connected-east-coast-trafficking-network/

Legacy media continues to showcase, and expose, the Deep State’s propaganda :

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/09/the-u-s-media-yesterday-suffered-its-most-humiliating-debacle-in-ages-now-refuses-all-transparency-over-what-happened/

Thierry Meyssan’s Voltaire.net is an excellent site for geopolitical views. This discusses TRump’s views and priorities in the context of US history back to the Pilgrims :

http://www.voltairenet.org/article198954.html

Yes, the Saudis are a corruption in US politics. In full perspective, everything said here about the Saudis applies 100X to Israel. The Israelis proposed 9-11 and were a major part of implementing that false flag terrorist event :

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/11/trump-russia-bush-saudi-arabia

Continuing my thinking on Trump’s taking the US to Jerusalem : I think Israel is going to regret that. I think the timing is very bad, that it focuses attention back on Israel and the theft of Palestinian land and property when Israel has been trying to focus attention on ‘the terrorists’. It weakens US influence in the ME along with Israel’s Arab neighbor whose populations are more anti-Israel, so Israel cannot rely on allies. It strengthens Anti-Israel forces, especially Iran. It strengthens Assad and Lebanon relative to Israel. It will weaken Netanyahu as Israelis wake up and see what the strategy of military hegemony and land theft has done to Jews everywhere.

I have no idea why US troops are still in Syria, unless it is part of starting a war with Iran. We are far more successful at starting wars than ending them, so that may work.

George Webb continues his excellent investigative reporting. The news cycle in even Legacy Media is catching up.

At this point, our Deep State will cut its losses and go underground. Clinton, Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein, … and everything and everybody visible, is being sacrificed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fhEefwVd5I

This was an interesting sequence of documentaries :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oean5l__Cc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HProiNnmGwI

Japanese design used to be sustainable, also :

https://designobserver.com/feature/bent-by-the-sun/12958

China has problems and the Chinese internet is having the same effects on social evolution of opinions and understandings everywhere :

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2123538/how-mass-eviction-migrant-workers-has-left-beijing-reeling

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-10/china-audit-finds-provinces-faked-data-and-borrowed-illegally

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001304/the-subversive-power-of-chinese-internet-slang

Theo Sparks has some good views :

http://www.theospark.net/2017/12/thoughts.html

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The year of the headless liberal chicken. Very funny :

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/08/the-year-of-the-headless-liberal-chicken/

Stupid economic policy has widespread effects on people :

https://theweek.com/articles/741727/american-savings-crisis-explained

Good article on BitCoin and cryptocurrencies :

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-09/if-you-dont-own-any-bitcoin-read
Whyever they do it, reforestation is good :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTf6YF2F2S4

Virtual worlds are fulfilling also. But such an admission that our society is failing. Birthrate is way down, not sustainable :

https://medium.com/@JessicaLexicus/my-year-of-virtual-sex-5043e29f4195

Nothing works the first time, no matter how smart you are

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-many-great-minds-does-it-take-to-invent-a-telescope

Juan Cole agrees with me on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, that weakens Israel and SA :

https://www.juancole.com/2017/12/trumps-hizbullah-weakens.html

Mattis is said to be straight, so there might be some truth to the idea that the Russians are developing intermediate-range nuclear-capable missiles :

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/us-delivers-ultimatum-to-nato-regarding-russian-missiles-a-1182426.html

The tax bill will have a non-linear effect on the housing market because it requires homes to be a primary residence for 5 of the last 8 years. Not a small effect, either :

https://www.zillow.com/research/capital-gains-taxes-changes-17276/

The peoples that now make up much of Europe came from the Armenia-Georgia area, and those were already a mixture 30,000 years ago :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etBNo0638Pw