Category Archives: Flotsam and Jetsam

Takeover

First, read this transcript of Peter Atwater’s words to Adventures in Finance late last year: Voter confidence in congress at 12 per cent. I think the president’s latest approval ratings put confidence in him at the mid-upper-30s. And then you … Continue reading

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Interesting excerpts

From my recent reading, which I had time to go through on a long, long, uncomfortable and vexing – CX, what a disappointment, never again – flight from one side of the world to the other. First, some paras from … Continue reading

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The End of Kita Cho-sen, part II

The latest from Jim Rickards: The U.S. hopes to mitigate the collateral damage with a fearsome combination of cyber-warfare, psychological warfare, special operations, massive bombing, and limited air and amphibious invasion. Either Jim is completely delusional, or key policy-makers have … Continue reading

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Israel-Palestine: an insight

Just a quick write-up of a comment, by WenellMurray, on an FT interview with Daniel Ellsberg – discoverer of the Ellsberg Paradox, exposer of the Pentagon Papers, and author of the superb book Secrets (a book¬†which I highly recommend). I … Continue reading

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Europeans shaping the Middle East: further information about the Balfour Declaration

Back in August, I wrote a piece about the role that Europeans, in particular Mark Sykes and Arthur Balfour, played in shaping the Middle East as it is today. In response to an odd article on the Balfour Declaration by … Continue reading

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Sound reasoning: two recent examples

Three recent examples of sound reasoning that I would like to bring to your attention. The first is a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation by the former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, delivered in London this last … Continue reading

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Ominous

Zerohedge: I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man… Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done! It appears that President Trump has … Continue reading

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Noticing what’s not there: the quiet

Notice how quiet it has gotten since the North Korean foreign minister came out yesterday, in New York, and stated that, in the eyes of North Korea, Trump’s tweet that Little Rocket Man and his foreign minister won’t be around … Continue reading

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Interesting posts

James Howard Kunstler on how the madness of the Baizuo has finally provoked the blond beast. We had it shackled, locked in a lead-lined nailed coffin, entombed in a stone mausoleum, for seventy years. And these unspeakables, so righteous in … Continue reading

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Europeans shaping the Middle East

Recently, while bored at work waiting for replies to emails, I surfed Infogalactic to the page on Mark Sykes, the Englishman who worked with the Frenchman Picot to draw the lines in the sand that defined the boundaries of a … Continue reading

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