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The John James Newsletter 79

19 September 2015

A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives

James Madison

Worth reading to the very end

Grandmaster of the Great Game

Obama’s Geopolitical Strategy for Containing China in deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the twenty-first century. Obama has revealed himself as one of the few US leaders since America’s rise to world power in 1898 who can play this particular great game of imperial domination with the requisite balance of vision and ruthlessness in manoeuvres that have been supple and subtle enough to have eluded  contemporary observers. 

Why The US and Iran Aren’t Cooperating Against IS

the US is not capable of formulating a regional policy on the basis of an objective analysis of strategic interests. 

Assange on US Empire and plans to overthrow Assad

How America Double-Crossed Russia and Shamed the West 

US Now Has Over 1,400 Foreign Military Bases Spread Over 120 Countries 

Tesla coming, but consumers may lose as networks, retailers fight over storage

The arrival of the Tesla battery storage unit, known as the Powerwall, in Australia over the next few months will herald the biggest challenge to Australia’s electricity industry for decades. 

The fine economic line between staying on grid, and telling it to “get stuffed” 

Networks pricing everyone out of grid: It’s time for competition 

Climate Change Will Cause the World’s Next Migration Crisis

the percentage of land affected by serious drought has doubled from the 1970s to the early 2000s. One third of the world appears vulnerable to further land degradation. About half of our planet’s agricultural land is moderately or severely degraded. 

‘We Can’t Take Any More!’ 

Germany Stops All Trains From Austria and Reintroduces Border Controls 

A Refugee Crisis Made in America

Will the U.S. accept responsibility for the humanitarian consequences of Washington-manufactured wars? 

Worst-Case Scenario: 200 Feet of Sea Level Rise

Enough to submerge an 18-story building—putting some of the world’s largest cities under water. 

Homo naledi: New species of ancient human discovered 

Hundreds of methane gas flares found off coast of New Zealand

They calculated there were near to 766 individual gas flares within the area, way beyond expectations. 

California Assembly approves right-to-die legislation 

50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked

It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk. 

Plant roots exchange information at a molecular level

This could give insights into parasitic weeds that devastate food crops in some of the poorest parts of the world. 

El Nino set to be strongest ever

The most powerful weather pattern in the past 65 years will have huge impacts on weather in almost every continent. 

What Is Wrong With A Zero Interest Rate?

Zero interest rate is equivalent to saying that a hypothetical stream of income into the infinite future is all totally available today. Supply of financial capital in terms of its present value is infinite. 

South China Sea Images reveal impact on coral of Beijing’s military bases

As China races to extend its military reach, satellite images show rapid destruction of some of the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world 

3.27°C warmer by 2030?

NOAA data show that the year-to-date land surface temperature was 1.47°C above the 20th century average on the Northern Hemisphere in 2015 compared to the 20th century average. The 20th century average was some 0.60°C higher than temperatures were at the start of the NOAA record in 1880. In other words, temperatures for most people on Earth are already 2.07°C higher than they were in 1880. 2015 is an El Niño year that is still strengthening, so 2016 could well be even warmer. A trendline that on this data points at yet another degree Celsius rise by 2030, on top of the current level that would make us 3.27°C warmer than in 1750. 

China intends to oust dollar from oil trade 

China is planning to launch its own oil benchmark in October, similar to Brent and WTI, striving for a more important role in establishing crude prices to be nominated in the yuan, not the US dollar.

This Satellite Image Leaves No Doubt That Russia Is Throwing Troops and Aircraft Into Syria

New satellite images of construction at an air base near Latakia leave little doubt that US policy toward ending the conflict in Syria is in disarray.

Pope Francis faces challenge persuading US’s Catholic leaders on climate change 

It is hard to divert leaders of the Catholic church in the US from their preoccupations with private lives – marriage, reproduction and abortion – and persuade them to take up the denunciation of capitalism and inequality 

Why Are Stocks Going Berserk?

is a tug-of-war between current high stock valuations (the product of Fed intervention) and much lower valuations, which are based on fundamentals.

China’s forgotten victory in WWII

China’s newest military equipment to send the world the message that China has found its place in the sun.

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory

Everything you need to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes. Video with transcript and links.

Censored: A Young Survivor Decries Handling of Tianjin Explosion

The narrative caused much discussion in Chinese social media, with over 80,000 shares, before it was deleted. The detailed essay depicts robust and generous grassroots citizen response in the wake of the explosion, while sharply criticizing the local government’s treatment of survivors and their families.

Land and forest fires in Indonesia reach crisis levels

More than half of the fires are occurring on carbon-rich peat soils, causing severe smog and haze. 

Three $150k robots replaced 60 welders

How Cox Industries keeps making mowers in Queensland 

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