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The John James Newsletter 39
3 January 2015

The USA: Australia’s Dangerous Ally – Malcolm Fraser
It is time for Australia to end its strategic dependence on the United States. The relationship with America, which has long been regarded as beneficial, has now become dangerous to Australia’s future. We have effectively ceded to America the ability to decide when Australia goes to war … The idea of American exceptionalism, which has always been present in the United States, has gone far beyond all comprehension in the years of America’s absolute supremacy. It has created a different nation, a different society. Such ideas influence American foreign policy in ways that make it much more difficult to achieve a secure and safe path in the future. Our task is not to embrace America, but to preserve ourselves from its reckless overreach.

The Enigma of Hitler
“Hitler — You knew him — What was he like?” I have been asked that question a thousand times since 1945, and nothing is more difficult to answer … Hitler’s most notable characteristic was ever his simplicity. The most complex of problems resolved itself in his mind into a few basic principles. His actions were geared to ideas and decisions that could be understood by anyone … His intellectual curiosity was limitless. He was readily familiar with the writings of the most diverse authors, and nothing was too complex for his comprehension … The universality of Hitler’s knowledge may surprise or displease those unaware of it, but it is nonetheless a historical fact: Hitler was one of the most cultivated men of this century.

Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar
and with it the foundation of US-Saudi policy. It would be ironic, indeed, were the tensions with Russia inadvertently to become the driver of America finally losing its petrodollar card.

The encryption tools spies can (and can’t) crack
Australia’s electronic espionage agency is a partner in the assault on internet security and privacy, according to Edward Snowden. Skype has been successfully intercepted since at least February 2011.

Delaware-size gas plume illustrates the cost of leaking methane
The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells  forms a giant plume. 8 million metric tons of methane escape each  year, enough to provide power to every household in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves the Way
The story of how fractivists fought and won in New York is awe-inspiring and demonstrates that we should fight for what we want – not just the best that can be negotiated in a backroom deal or what others say is politically feasible.

Chevron halts big Arctic offshore drilling project ‘indefinitely’ due to oil price slide

Big Coal’s 2014 nightmare
Around the world the coal industry has been confronted with unprecedented opposition while the industry has been engulfed in scandals of its own making, 2015 may well be the year in which Big Coal’s transition towards ‘Little Coal’ accelerates.

A Metaphor: Starving 4 Pound Baby Dies In Car While Parents Eat
The US national debt has increased from about 1 trillion dollars in 1980 to about 18 trillion dollars today…The total debt (all government debt plus all business debt plus all individual debt) has increased from about 2.4 trillion dollars forty years ago to nearly 58 trillion dollars today… This is the greatest debt binge in history. In 2015 are events going to accelerate and face us with the consequences of decades of incredibly foolish decisions?

Metaphor For America: Starving 4 Pound Baby Dies In Car While Parents Eat At Golden Corral

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