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The John James Newsletter 75

22 August 2015

When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking

John Wooden

“The US and it’s allies want to keep this monster (ISIS) in check, but they don’t want to destroy it. What the West has done so far has strengthened terrorism not ended it. The proof is that terrorism has spread everywhere, its material resources have increased, and its ranks have swollen.”

Bashar al Assad

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to end poverty and hunger, and ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. 

In September 2015, Agenda 21 Will Be Transformed Into The 2030 Agenda

the 2030 Agenda is a template for governing the entire planet. 

Humans have already used up 2015’s supply of Earth’s resources – analysis

Earth ‘overshoot day’ – the day each year when our demands on the planet outstrip its ability to regenerate – comes six days earlier than 2014, with world’s population currently consuming the equivalent of 1.6 planets a year 

EU’s migrant crisis

A record 107,500 migrants crossed the EU borders last month to outstrip the previous monthly record in June of 70,000. During the first seven months there were nearly 340,000 migrants, up from 123,500 last year, 

Warring Migrant Tribes, Grenade Attacks…What Is Going On In Sweden?

if you bring intolerant people into your country this is what can happen

Immigrants in Germany swell to record high 11 million 

How to overtake cyclists – the video all drivers should watch

The Highway code requires vehicles to give cyclists at least as much space as a car. 

Information and Communication Technologies is radically changing the world

Not only how we deal with the world and make sense of it, or interact with each other, but also how we look at ourselves and understand our own nature, existence, and responsibilities.

This is the IT version of my book The Great Field (available in Kindle books). 

Melting Arctic ice in a time-lapsed map

Scroll to the bottom to call it up 

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab,

A tiny brain could be used to test drugs and study diseases. 

Australian police beat detained woman, marched her naked in front of officers – watchdog report

I thought this happened ONLY in America

Millions of Yemenis ‘staring at famine’ as war rages

UN food agency describes conditions in war-torn nation as “perfect storm” as millions face massive food insecurity.13 million, adding that one in five of the country’s population were suffering from severe food insecurity. 

Yemen after 5 months ‘already looks like Syria after five years of war’

Entrenched poverty, months of intensified warfare and limits on imports because of an international embargo have contributed to “catastrophic” conditions

The ugly threat of an ISIL with chemical weapons

The use of chemical munitions is becoming the norm in Syria and Iraq. 

Turkey controls US actions in Syria, to it sole advantage 

constraints on the US military’s ability to conduct its own campaign or even choose its own targets.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership arbitration clause 

When Australia began prohibiting brand logos and requiring grim pictures of smoking-borne diseases on cigarette packs, Philip Morris urned to an obscure clause in a 1993 trade agreement between Australia and Hong Kong to argue that the Australian government’s law amounted to discrimination and an expropriation of a foreign investment. That case, which is pending, illustrates what  TTPP threatens. It allows multinational investors to sue foreign governments for expropriation and unfair or unequal treatment, giving them the ability to bring cases before a special, extrajudicial arbitration tribunal. 

8 potential battery storage technology breakthroughs

barely a week has gone by without news of some new potential breakthrough. Here are eight of the top developments to emerge from labs worldwide over the last quarter. 

What the Latest Currency ‘War’ is All About

The heart of the matter is that Beijing has stepped on the gas in a quite complex long game; to liberalize the yuan exchange rate; allow it to free float against the US dollar; and establish the yuan as a global reserve currency.  

China’s Dramatic Rise, and What It Means

Over the past 30 years, real per capita income has grown by more than 1,300%. Over the last decade alone, China quadrupled its industrial output. It now produces more automobiles than the US and Japan combined. 

The Rise and Fall of Arab intellectual discussion concerning the “Arab Spring” 

Discussion has shifted in recent years – from one concerning freedom, justice, democracy and rights into a political wrangle between antagonist camps. The people, who revolted across various Arab countries are now marginalized. 

Pipelineistan — the Iran-Pak-China Connection 

Pentagon Fears It’s Not Ready for a War With Russia

The U.S. military has run the numbers on a sustained fight with Moscow, and they do not look good for the American side. 

Where are the books? Libraries under fire as they shift from print to digital.

Print book budgets are slipping — from 67% of acquisitions in 2008 to 59% in 2015 — with reference titles bearing the biggest cuts so far. 

When Bahrain Says You’re Not Bahraini Anymore

Afraid of losing its grip on power, the Sunni regime is  revoking citizenship. Stateless people no longer possess identity papers and become invisible in the eyes of the law, and without documents, simple day-to-day tasks become impossible.

Pentagon Fears It’s Not Ready for a War With Russia

The U.S. military has run the numbers on a sustained fight with Moscow, and they do not look good for the American side. 

Ahead of Australia Visit, Naomi Klein Brands Abbott a ‘Climate Villain’

She added that Abbott’s climate record is “particularly shocking” given that “Australia is very much on the frontline of climate change.  I find it even more shocking that Australia is a hotbed of climate denial.” 

Greece bailout deal ‘will not work’: Varoufakis

“Ask anyone who knows anything about Greece’s finances and they will tell you this deal is not going to work.””The Greek finance minister… says more or less the same thin, 

Germany made €100bn profit on Greek crisis

Greece’s biggest creditor Germany has made a huge profit on the country’s debt crisis over the last 5 years as it saved through lower interest payments on funds borrowed amid investor “flights to safety.”

India’s war on Greenpeace

Environmental activists are being investigated, prevented from leaving the country and having their funds frozen. Why is India’s political class lining up to brand them enemies of the state?

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