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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Top Nuclear Physicist's - "Dream of Peace" (Part 1)


Saturday, July 23, 2016

EYE on the World - "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea"

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Worried Yet? Climate Heat Records - Devil Dancing!





Global Temperatures Are on Course for Another Record This Year


The world is on pace to set another high temperature benchmark, with 2016 becoming the third year in a row of record heat.

NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that global temperatures so far this year were much higher than in the first half of 2015.

Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said that while the first six months of 2015 made it the hottest half-year ever recorded, “2016 really has blown that out of the water.”




$50 Oil Could Cause Economic Collapse 


$50 Oil Doesn’t Work

$50 per barrel oil is clearly less impossible to live with than $30 per barrel oil, because most businesses cannot make a profit with $30 per barrel oil. But is $50 per barrel oil helpful?
I would argue that it really is not.

Hong Kong Real Estate Slump Worst In 25 Years 

 


Hong Kong facing weakest real estate market in 25 years

One of the world’s priciest housing markets has seen an unexpected slump, according to first quarter economic reports. Hong Kong is suffering from dwindling retail sales and facing its weakest property market in 25 years.
Another of Asia’s financial-hub, Singapore, is suffering from similar problems, despite seeing a slight economic expansion in the first quarter, according to Bloomberg.
Both countries are being affected by China’s economic slowdown.


Few Signs China's Economy On The Mend



As China’s Economy Slows, Beijing’s Growth Push Loses Punch

Mo Ping for years made his living by tending the mango and jujube trees that he grew on less than an acre on this tip of land in the far south of China. Then last year Mr. Mo and others in his village near the city of Leizhou received what they considered a lowball offer to sell their land to make way for a $1.5 billion coal-fired power plant. Most rejected it, but the local government sent in bulldozers anyway.


EU Apocalypse Assured By Italy's Meltdown  


ITALY is on the brink of financial and political meltdown as the leader of the Eurozone’s third-largest economy tinkers on the edge of career suicide, plunging the already beleaguered European Union into fresh chaos

Matteo Renzi faces stepping down in October if he loses the referendum

Italy will DESTROY EU: Warning as Italian referendum to spark euro economic APOCALYPSE

Matteo Renzi has promised to resign if he loses a referendum on constitutional reform in October, which threatens to shake the financial foundations of the nation and push contagion to other nations in the crumbling bloc.
The Pro-EU Premier’s nickname is II Rottamatore - The Demolition Man - but many fear this moniker may come back to haunt him and he could become the main target for his own demolition.
Renzi’s departure would be taken badly by markets that have backed his reform agenda.


No Foreseeable End To Fossil Fuels Consumption - And Hence Climate Chaos 

CLIMATE NEWS


Hooked! 

The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life 

Here’s the good news: wind power, solar power, and other renewable forms of energy are expanding far more quickly than anyone expected, ensuring that these systems will provide an ever-increasing share of our future energy supply.  According to the most recent projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy, global consumption of wind, solar, hydropower, and other renewables will double between now and 2040, jumping from 64 to 131 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs).
And here’s the bad news: the consumption of oil, coal, and natural gas is also growing...



OCEANS May Hold Energy Future In Large Hydrogen Gas Reserves



ENERGY FUTURE NEWS

 

Oceans may be large, overlooked source of hydrogen gas

Gas may lie near slow-spreading tectonic plates on the seafloor
DUKE UNIVERSITY 
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rocks formed beneath the ocean floor by fast-spreading tectonic plates may be a large and previously overlooked source of free hydrogen gas (H2), a new Duke University study suggests.
The finding could have far-ranging implications since scientists believe H2 might be the fuel source responsible for triggering life on Earth. And, if it were found in large enough quantities, some experts speculate that it could be used as a clean-burning substitute for fossil fuels today because it gives off high amounts of energy when burned but emits only water, not carbon.
Recent discoveries of free hydrogen gas, which was once thought to be very rare, have been made near slow-spreading tectonic plates deep beneath Earth's continents and under the sea.
"Our model, however, predicts that large quantities of H2 may also be forming within faster-spreading tectonic plates -- regions that collectively underlie roughly half of the Mid-Ocean Ridge," said Stacey L. Worman, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, who led the study while she was a doctoral student at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.
Total H2 production occurring beneath the oceans is at least an order of magnitude larger than production occurring under continents, the model suggests.
"A major benefit of this work is that it provides a testable, tectonic-based model for not only identifying where free hydrogen gas may be forming beneath the seafloor, but also at what rate, and...

Friday, July 22, 2016

WARNING Signal: Margin Debt Exceeds 2007 Levels








 Mattress Money, Yields, Saw This In 2007


Here is a myth that just won’t seem to die: “Cash On The Sidelines.”

This is the age old excuse why the current “bull market” rally is set to continue into the indefinite future. The ongoing belief is that at any moment investors are suddenly going to empty bank accounts and pour it into the markets. However, the reality is if they haven’t done it by now after 3-consecutive rounds of Q.E. in the U.S., a 200% advance in the markets, and now global Q.E., exactly what will that catalyst be?
However, Clifford Asness summed up the problem with this myth the best and is worth repeating:
“Every time someone says, ‘There is a lot of cash on the sidelines,’ a tiny part of my soul dies. There are no sidelines. Those saying this seem to envision a seller of stocks moving her money to cash and awaiting a chance to return. But they always ignore that this seller sold to somebody, who presumably moved a precisely equal amount of cash off the sidelines.
If you want to save those who say this, I can think of two ways. First, they really just mean that sentiment is negative but people are waiting to buy. If sentiment turns, it won’t move any cash off the sidelines because, again, that just can’t happen, but it can mean prices will rise because more people will be trying to get off the nonexistent sidelines than on. Second, over the long term, there really are sidelines in the sense that new shares can be created or destroyed (net issuance), and that may well be a function of investor sentiment.
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But even though I’ve thrown people who use this phrase a lifeline, I believe that they really do think there are sidelines. There aren’t. Like any equilibrium concept (a powerful way of thinking that is amazingly underused),there can be a sideline for any subset of investors, but someone else has to be doing the opposite. Add us all up and there are no sidelines.”
Furthermore, despite this very salient point, a look at the stock-to-cash ratios also suggest there is very little available buying power for investors current.

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Warming is shifting around Earth’s clouds

The warming of the planet over the past few decades has shifted a key band of clouds poleward and increased the heights of clouds tops, exacerbating Earth’s rising temperature,expanding the area of dryness in the subtropics,



‘War on Terror’ Blowback Hits Dallas

Do U.S. government officers at all levels – national, state and local – now believe that remote-control killing of a target is safer and cheaper than detaining the accused (whether a suspected international terrorist or a domestic suspect) than arresting the person, holding a trial and imprisoning him or her after a conviction for a crime?


Militarization And Police Violence

Hardly a day goes by without news of a police killing.  And each time we hear from scholars and observers that the police is too militarized.   



 Murdoch, Coalition go in guns blazing against wind and solar

For more information on how the gas cartel works in a market with virtually no transparency, see this excellent report on MichaelWest.com.au



Australian gas is a bargain … if you’re Japanese

Gas prices have gone through the roof. The big winners are a gas cartel of three producers, foreign buyers of Australian gas and investors who've made 1,300 per cent returns in a pipeline stock.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hong Kong - "Worst Time In 20 Years"

 

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Warns Economy is Facing its “worst time in 20 years”



Hong Kong’s financial secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned recently that the city’s economy is facing its “worst time in 20 years”. In the past half a decade, growth has more than halved to close to 2.5 percent. With Brexit chills, some analysts fear a contraction.
The writing has been on the wall since the global financial crisis. Yet, critical decisions have been delayed.
Growth engines fading
Hong Kong’s old growth drivers remain necessary but are no longer enough. In the past, export-led growth fueled Asia’s tigers, including Hong Kong. Today, advanced West can no longer absorb Asian imports, and China’s growth is decelerating.
Last spring, concerns about Hong Kong’s economy led some ratings agencies to downgrade their outlook to negative, after similar action on China. But while the mainland can still rely on catch-up growth and rising living standards, Hong Kong’s aging economy must do with slower growth, stagnant living standards and income polarization.

Divisive, Illiberal and Calculating' Theresa May to be UK Prime Minister

"It is simply inconceivable that...May should be crowned prime minister without even having won an election in her own party, let alone the country"



#WebOfDenial: Senators to Call Out Big Oil's Blockade of Climate Action

Senators condemn industry's "massive campaign to deceive the public about climate change"


Republicans Back Exxon’s Right To Be A Climate Denier

The latest development in a now tit-for-tat battle over the so-called ‘web of denial’ that fossil fuel companies are increasingly being accused of spinning over decades, in order to delay action on climate change.


 Draft Republican Platform Calls for Annexation of Area C of West Bank
The so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been a distraction to buy time for the Israelis to annex most of the West Bank, and will be tangled up in the unexamined question of controlling access to scarce water resources.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hong Kong Real Estate Slump Worst In 25 Years


Hong Kong facing weakest real estate market in 25 years




One of the world’s priciest housing markets has seen an unexpected slump, according to first quarter economic reports. Hong Kong is suffering from dwindling retail sales and facing its weakest property market in 25 years.
Another of Asia’s financial-hub, Singapore, is suffering from similar problems, despite seeing a slight economic expansion in the first quarter, according to Bloomberg.
Both countries are being effected by China’s economic slowdown.
“As financial centers, both cities cannot escape the geopolitical and economic forces coming out from China,” said Andrew Sheng, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Global Institute in Hong Kong, who previously worked at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Malaysia’s central bank. “So the slowdown will affect them both.”

The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Twelve years ago today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations General Assembly on the legality of the wall Israel has constructed in the West Bank. The ICJ affirmed that all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are “occupied Palestinian territory”, and that Israel’s wall, as well as its settlements, violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Fires in central africa

Central and Western Africa are experiencing a massive wildfire outbreak due in part to drought and our ever challenging climate anomalies. This is not only escalating an intense CO2 plum over Africa, it is also adding to the ongoing predicament of our near term demise as a species. Scientists say “..there’s a significant risk that we’ve already hit “the limit” and that a carbon feedback is underway.” No coverage from major news organizations. 

Major Wildfires in Central and Western Africa as Drought, Hunger Grow More Widespread

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