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30-05-2014, 08:10 PM
I do tend to wonder whether my feelings are relevant for the day...there is so much happiness and optimism about...but this quote probably sums things up...

“It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.
– Anna Wintour “
Geopolitical stuff and what’s up with China?

The ASEAN nations are lifting their military spend as is Japan, and this article from Sinocism points out the reason...
“China is stealing a strategic march on the US - FT.com--David Pilling (http://sinocism.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f18121c5942896d3a87491249&id=0c41f881db&e=79345ecc2e) ($$) Bit by bit, then, Beijing is creating new facts on the ground, or rather in the sea and in the air. With each new incident, it is throwing down the gauntlet. Is it worth fighting for a Vietnamese fishing boat? Thought not. How about a submerged Philippine reef? An uninhabited island? In the short term, such tactics may well prod neighbours to stick together or cling ever closer to US skirts. But if China is changing regional perceptions, and realities, that may not matter...China is seeking to prove to its neighbours that containment cannot work and that the US cannot be relied upon to defend them. If it can do so, they and Washington will have to acknowledge that the status quo is untenable. It is a dangerous strategy. It is also a clever one.//But it may blow up in China's face if the US has its act together, including getting TPA passed in the Senate so that TPP can move forward, and countries in the region decide security/sovereignty is more valuable submitting themselves into a "neo-tributary system"...kudos to whomever coined that phrase”
Then there is this:
The fact is that the Vietnamese anger could spill out of control – in fact it is already doing so...
So war may be in prospect unless something happens to cool things down.
Then there is the stuff from the Ponzi scheme of drilling for shale oil and gas in the USA...
http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/133303/US_Shale_Debt_Increases_as_Drillers_Push_to_Mainta in_Gains/
The EU is hopeful as ever...the Bundeswehr reports of 2010 said the same thing and nothing happened J...
It seems we are now adding 83 million cars per year (as of 2013) but isn’t that the rate of increase in global population too?

Meanwhile we still look for energy storage solutions...hopefully via the mythological EESU... but anything will do.(

Now for some deflationary indicators...
Today the Baltic Dry shipping index is down to 954 and falling as cargoes are fewer. The gold and silver prices continue to fall (a sign of deflation?) and the Steel (-51.2% YOY) and copper (-52.9% YOY) are also down. Pretty big price drops over twelve months. It won’t take much for marginal producers to get squeezed out. Possibly some of the iron ore domestic producers squeezed out could come from China...
http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/5/29/commodities/chinas-gloomy-forecast-iron-ore-miners?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=772594&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=&identity-login-error=1&code=110&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.businessspectator.com.au%2Fn ode%2F824776%3Futm_source%3Dexact%26utm_medium%3De mail%26utm_content%3D772594%26utm_campaign%3Dkgb%2 6modapt%3D%26reauth%3D1401416807%26login%3D1
Yup looks like deflation rules the day right now. I wonder how this impacts on the predictions in James Rickards book from early this year...
Cyber warfare
Things are hotting up between China and USA. Folk who travel to China – even Hong Kong – should rethink their cyber security before they go...
Finally a good summary of the EU parliamentary elections...
I think the results should be taken seriously – in Europe if nowhere else J...

31-05-2014, 10:21 AM
Those countries considering the TPP agreement may well find that they lose sovereignty,rather than preserve it.It is designed to benefit the mega corporations in their quest for profits at any cost--once the contract is signed you are then subject to the international courts to be sued for loss of profits (and they have very deep pockets) China will be the least of their worries

27-02-2015, 02:50 PM
It seems that it's not only small countries that are concerned about aspects of the proposed TPP agreement. This from the Washington Post via The Age.


28-02-2015, 09:02 AM
It seems that it's not only small countries that are concerned about aspects of the proposed TPP agreement. This from the Washington Post via The Age.


The last sentence in the article says it all -

"Giving foreign corporations special rights to challenge our laws outside of our legal system would be a bad deal. If a final TPP agreement includes Investor-State Dispute Settlement, the only winners will be multinational corporations."

Corporate Fascism on the rise..................

28-02-2015, 09:42 AM
This TPP is a dangerous thing. Its corporate America trying to legalise their already dubious actions. I'm generalizing obviously, however if you have a good product it will be bought. If you have to force product by bribing government such as Monsanto & tobacco companies then something is seriously wrong. Key needs to just stop selling NZs future down a polluted river!