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The War Between The Nation-States:  Architectonic And Tectonic Shifts In The World:  Getting Our Bearings In The Emerging World Order: Land And People And Resources Versus Fiat And Finance And Firearms (August 15, 2022)

Posted in China, Geopolitics, Petrodollar, Russia on August 15, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The ‘War of Northern Aggression’ is an accurate description.”

J          “The ‘War of Southern Aggression’ is an accurate description.”

. . .

K          “We must conform Mercator’s depiction because the ‘West’ is really the ‘North’ and the ‘East’ is really the ‘South’.  Russia and China must be relocated to the ‘South’.  Australia and New Zealand must be relocated to the ‘North’.  And voila! everything is geographically and economically and politically and socially copacetic.  The architectonic shifts are manifesting in tectonic shifts. The lines are being drawn.”

J          “The poles are shifting.  The battle lines are being drawn.” 

. . .

K          “About three quarters to four fifths of the world’s population are ‘Southerners’ and about one quarter to one fifth are ‘Northerners’.  The ‘Southerners’ have land and people and resources.  The Northerners led by the U.S. have fiat and finance and firearms.  The ‘Southerners’ are the future.  The ‘Northerners’ are the past.”

J          “Everything turns on how much longer the PetroDollar is the world’s reserve currency.  In the short term, however, as Europe and the emerging countries suffer, assets are likely to flow to the dollar.”

. . .

K          “The U.S. War against Russia via a duped, duplicitous and culpable proxy Ukraine has triggered many of these fundamental geographic, economic, political and social changes that are acknowledged by few and understood by even fewer.  February 24, 2022 will be another red letter day on the calendar.  2022 will be another red letter year on the calendar.”

J          “Because the Chinese won.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at World War E Becomes World War III:  The West Versus The Rest:  Uni-Polar Versus Multi-Polar (March 28, 2022).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

G7 versus BRICS and many other nations

Land and people and resources” versus “fiat and finance and firearms”

The “North” rules (while breaking all the rules) at this time

February 24, 2022 will be another red letter day on the calendar

The Chinese won/one

Was Sir Halford John Mackinder prescient?

Dragon Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon (June 20, 2022)

Posted in China, Foreign Policy, Russia on June 20, 2022 by e-commentary.org

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Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

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[See the e-commentary involving Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon throughout this site.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

Juneteenth

Solstice

The Cuban Missile Crisis And The Monroe Doctrine Today (February 28, 2022)

Posted in China, CIPS, Currency, Gold, MIC, MICAC, Money, Neoconservatives, Petrodollar, Russia, Sanctions, SPFS, SWIFT, War, World's Reserve Currency on February 28, 2022 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “America failed.”

J          “Russia failed.”

. . .

K          “The American Foreign Policy Effete pushed with both hands to goad, badger, harass, disrespect and humiliate Russia and circumvent and undercut any reasonable and peaceful resolution.  They have blood on those hands.  They intentionally provoked Russia and cynically sacrificed Ukraine.” 

J          “Russia invaded.  Putin is a thug, a bully, a criminal and a psychopath.  Russia and Putin are responsible.”

. . .

K          “Let the record reflect that the U.S. decided to deploy nuclear weapons first.  The SWIFT system should be isolated from politics and serve as the neutral financial infrastructure for the world.  The U.S. weaponized SWIFT and cut off Russia’s ‘financial e-mail’ from the world.  Wait until the dimwits discover that Russian financial interests cannot be surgically excised from the world financial community without creating potentially cascading contagion.”

. . .

K          “If China and Russia agree to use the CIPS or the SPFS or some amalgam of the two, they can expand their efforts to circumvent the SWIFT.  The financial infrastructure is the ‘pipe’ and at this time PetroDollars are the ‘flow’ which could become superfluous if everyone is not forced to use the pipe.  And then America becomes Bulgaria.”

. . .

K          “What if Russia proclaimed that 1,000,000 Rubles can be exchanged for one ounce of gold.  And one ounce of gold can be exchanged for 1,000,000 Rubles.  Let the market respond.” 

. . .

K          “The U.S. decision to declare ‘World War E’ as they say could descend into World War Three.  The U.S. refuses to abide by a rules-based international system and instead does whatever it wants to do.  Russia may have declared war on Ukraine by default; the U.S. declared war on Russia and the world by design.”

. . .

K          “Don’t forget that when you have someone trapped in a corner, you are also in the same corner.”

. . .

K          “America no longer produces intellectuals.  Except for [Stephen F.] Cohen and [John J.] Mearsheimer and a few others [Michael Brenner], the American Foreign Policy Effete advances its own private, personal and professional interests even when those are contrary to America’s best interests.  They are treasonous.”

. . .

K          “Life presents many insoluble situations.  This was soluble.  This is the Cuban Missile Crisis played out in Eurasia rather than North America three score years later.  This is the Monroe Doctrine advanced in another region.  The solution was simple and obvious.  And remember that genius is simple and obvious.”

J          “Putin invaded.  Period.”

. . .

J          “China?  China owns the U.S.  Lock, stock and sinker.  Hook, line and barrel.”

K          “Okay, so we really do agree quite often.  What is the U.S. thinking when it antagonizes a country that should be neutralized and neutral and self-destructively drives that country closer to China.  Everyone should agree to leave Ukraine as a neutral buffer with NATO returning to the original borders.  Let’s focus on the real problem.”

J          “I know I am.  I am learning Mandarin so that I can interpret the conversations of the prison guards at the re-education camp.”

K          “This undertaking in Ukraine is a beta test for China.  They are taking notes.  When you are done with them, send over a few of the language tapes.” 

. . .

J          “Putin’s War.”

K          “Biden’s War.”

. . .

[See “Experts Warned For Years That NATO Expansion Would Lead To This” dated February 25, 2022 by Caitlin Johnstone, the recipient of the Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019), in www.caitlinjohnstone.com and also the articles in Consortium News.]

[See the e-commentary at Cuba – October, 1962 (October 22, 2012), Washington Wants War In The Worst Way:  Dust Off The IOSAT Or Return To The Status Quo Ante Bellum? (January 24, 2022), Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021), Sanctions:  Stupid, Absurd, Futile?  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day! (November 11, 2019) and The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Putin’s War

Biden’s War

Stop War: Stop Putin

Stop War: Stop Biden

I like J

I like K

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle (April 19, 2021)

Posted in AIIB, China, CIPS, Cryptocurrency, Currency, NATO, Petrodollar, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Russia, Sanctions, SWIFT on April 19, 2021 by e-commentary.org

[The announcement of the 2021 recipient of the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is postponed from today to June 7, 2021.]

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J          “China won; China one; U.S. none; U.S. done.  With each passing day, the Chinese military is outflanking the bloated pork barrel project that is the U.S. military without touching off a round or launching a missile.  CIPS is swiftly circuiting and circumventing SWIFT.  National currencies, gold, silver and cryptos are supplanting the PetroDollar.  Technology that was lifted is now legally acquired.  Critical resources that were purloined are now purchased.”

K          “For decades, the Eagle kept the Dragon and the Bruin in their corners.  Now the Dragon and the Bruin have found common ground to overcome their considerable differences, challenge their common enemy and push the Eagle into a corner it does not even recognize.  The vote in 2015 on the AIIB was the most revealing of the ultimate winner and the ultimate loser.”

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K          “The U.S. is desperate to start and expand more wars and is looking to fight Russia or use proxies to fight Russia.  The Bruin is going to be a bear.”

J          “I am as uneasy about Russia as I am about China, but the U.S. should not go knocking on the Russian door and starting a fight on the Russian door step.  When I walked the streets in different cities, I was struck by the steely resolve of the people that is totally absent in the U.S.”

. . .

K          “Our goose is cooked.”

J          “We are dead ducks.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary on China at “Seeing 2020: Panda + Bruin > Eagle. Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)”, “China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)”, “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)”, “AIIB: China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”, “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)”, “The Odd Couple – China & The U. of S.A. (January 12, 2009)” and China, The 800(0) Lb. Panda (November 20, 2006)”.]

[See the e-commentary on Russia in particular on the inefficacy of sanctions at “Sanctions:  Stupid, Absurd, Futile?  Oh, And Happy Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day! (November 11, 2019)” and “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)”.]

[See the e-commentary on the threat to world peace posed by NATO at “NATOExit? NATOExeunt? (July 4, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle    

Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  An Exclusive Interview With . . . Mr. COVID-19.  Save The United States Postal Service (April 13, 2020)

Posted in China, Covid / Coronavirus, Public Health on April 13, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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Interviewer:             “Good morning, listeners.  We have the distinct pleasure of presenting for his first public speaking appearance an exclusive interview with . . . Mr. COVID-19 . . . who has been in the news recently.  Mr. COVID-19, welcome to the Banal Banterings radio hour.”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Totally.”

Interviewer:            “A few questions about your background.  Where were you born?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Tubularly.”

Interviewer:            “Okay, let me back up.  Oriental or Occidental?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Worldly.”

Interviewer:            “A natural origin, we presume?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Humanly.”

Interviewer:            “When did you begin your world tour?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Recently.”

Interviewer:            “How did you begin your world tour?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Problematically.”

Interviewer:            “Was your world tour planned?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Inevitably.”

Interviewer:            “How do you move so quickly?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Swiftly.”

Interviewer:            “Are you as novel and virulent as they conjecture?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Clearly.”

Interviewer:            “Do you attack the lungs or as some surmise the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Virulently.”

Interviewer:            “Hydroxychloroquine treats malaria which is caused by a parasite not by one of your compatriot viruses.  However, might a round of hydroxychloroquine dissuade you?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Arguably.”

Interviewer:            “Azithromycin may kill bacteria, but I don’t need to remind you that you are indeed a virus.  However, might a course of Z-Pak discourage you?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Possibly.”

Interviewer:            “Are humans able to develop immunity?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Potentially.”

Interviewer:            “Is there lifetime immunity?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Intermittently.”

Interviewer:            “How long are you staying around?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Indefinitely.”

Interviewer:            “Will they come up with a safe and effective vaccine in the next year?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Unlikely.”

Interviewer:            “Are you unconcerned and indifferent to the plight and welfare of those you impact and the lives you destroy?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Utterly.”

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Interviewer:            “Do you believe the United States Postal Service should be saved and bailed out if necessary?”

Mr. COVID-19:        “Unhesitatingly.  . . .  What is it with you people?  We understand that you have the dormant ability to think.  You are far more destructive to each other than we will ever be.  You people are a much greater on-going Plague on this Planet than we will ever be.”

Interviewer:             “Thank you Mr. COVID-19 for your lively and informative interview this morning.  Next week on Banal Banterings, we are tentatively scheduled to hear from . . . the lovely and talented Ms. COVID-19.”

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J          “To date, the actions and inactions of almost everyone on the public payroll have been criminal and treasonous.  However, the decision by the politicians not to bail out the United States Postal Service is a new strain of stupidity and folly.  People need to be able to ship and receive products throughout the life of the Plague and afterwards.  Many of the recipients and beneficiaries are in rural and small towns in Red States.”

K          “Every other supply chain is braking and breaking.  The most important supply chain is being allowed to snap and fail intentionally and with malice aforethought.  As a people, we are obscenely deficient.”  

. . .

J          “Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, did sound a warning in late January that caught my attention and does deserve a nod.”

. . .

J          “The Plague will provide many numbers for debate and discussion.  The numbers of deaths per citizen in the Red States that refused to implement stay-at-home orders versus other figures for Blue and Purple States will be revealing.  Who know it the numbers of deaths in Red States may or may not be fewer if the citizens are willing and able to access and use the Red State Trumpi Trifecta (hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with azithromycin and zinc).”

K          “Sports are statistics in uniforms.  With sports events now cancelled, these statistics may provide fodder to entertain and distract the people.  Betting lines could be established.  Will there be a vaccine within a year?  Two years?  Will we hit X deaths by Y date?  Is 6 feet or 31 feet the appropriate social distance?  Are 14 days or 21 days of quarantine the appropriate time?  Who on the public payroll should receive the least valuable player (LVP) award?”

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K          “Save the Postal Service.”

J          “And make more portable oxygen concentrators rather than ventilators.”

. . .

J          “Everyone agrees that we are in a war.  As Clausewitz observed, the Olympics are war carried on by other means.  Every four years, nations come together and joust with other nations on the playing field rather than on the battle field.  However, some of the compelling human dramas make some of the events worth watching.  At this time, the traditional Olympics in Japan finally have been postponed, but the competition continues.  Now countries are playing games with their COVID-19 numbers to score points in the new on-going ‘2020 COVID-19 Olympics’ played out across the world.”

K          “Who has a better health care system?  Who has a better PPE inventory?  Who is better at contact tracing?  Who is better at testing?  Who is better?”

. . .

J          “Save the Postal Service.”

K          “And make more portable oxygen concentrators rather than ventilators.”

. . .

K          “The alleged choice between maintaining public health and maintaining the economy is another chimera and another shimmering lie.  The fractured and fissured financial system fractured and fissured.  There was never an option to maintain the business as usual (BAU) economy.  There was an option to allow the economy to sputter for a few weeks, but not to continue the economy for a few months.”

J          “If the suppliers are dead and the truckers are dead and the store owners are dead and the shoppers are dead, the economy is not alive.  I am not only saving the articles of the meat heads contending to the contrary to a file, I am printing them because they will disappear from the Internet when their false prophesies prove wrong.” 

K          “The Kleptocrats have preserved and perpetuated the worst aspects of the failed but now resurrected financial system.  The economy as we know it must be ‘restarted,’ but it cannot be restarted.  Not without some subtlety and finesse.”

J          “You have no chance of restarting the economy without first saving the Postal Service.  Period.  End of discussion.”

. . .

[See “‘No monkey ever reheated a frozen burrito’ – What The Expanse tells us about the COVID-19 pandemic and serial passage gain-of-function research” in “Harvard to the Big House” dated March 23, 2020, “Logistical and Technical Exploration into the Origins of the Wuhan Strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19)” in “Harvard to the Big House” dated January 31, 2020 and “China owns Nature magazine’s ass – Debunking ‘The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2’ claiming COVID-19 definitely wasn’t from a lab” in “Harvard to the Big House” dated March 19, 2020.]

[See the e-commentary at “V, W, U, S or . . . L: The Shape of Things to Come (November 16, 2009)”, “Greed on Steroids (October 22, 2007)”, “Kleptocracy, Inc.: Rebranding America (November 18, 2013)”, and two e-commentaries on the bailout written a dozen years ago at “A Bleak Day: The Trillion Dollar Tragedy (October 6, 2008)” and “Futile Efforts (September 29, 2008)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Not dual-use gain-of-function research again?!?!

Save the Postal Service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If oil goes any lower, Exxon Mobil might have to layoff some members of Congress

Pardon and free Assange Yesterday

Covid-19: BAU v. BAU (February 24, 2020)

Posted in Bureaucracy, China, Covid / Coronavirus, Ebola, Public Health on February 24, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “BAU is not the most graceful acronym.”

J          “Its opposite – Business As Unusual – is not that graceful either.”

. . .

J          “Every American has a constitutionally-guaranteed right to buy a cheap tv and  drugs to go with it.  When Americans are unable to access the ‘plug-in drug’ and pop a few pills, the populace will disconnect and drop out.”

K          “If someone pulls the cord, you will see discord.  Without a 72 inch tv and a 72 day supply of prescription drugs, the populace will dissent.”

. . .

J          “When you think about it, do all cars really need a front bumper, a right side handle, a left side mirror and a rear gear box.”

K          “Three tires and an eight track player and you should be ready to hit the road.”

. . .

J          “Artificial medical devices already are in short supply.  Right now there are patients who need a left aorta or a right knee.”

K          “They may need to be patient.  Could they consider getting by with a right aorta or a left knee.”

. . .

J          “You can live without an Apple® but not without an apple.”

. . .

J          “You will not be economically impacted unless you buy stuff made in or sourced from China.” 

K          “Or Vietnam or South Korea or Malaysia or . . . fill in the blank.”

. . .

K          “It is bad.”

J          “It will get unimaginably bad, if you can imagine.”

. . .

[See “COVID-19 Pandemic:  The Complacent Are Clueless” dated February 17, 2020 and “When Will We Admit Covid-19 Is Unstoppable and Global Depression Is Inevitable?” dated February 23, 2020 in “Of Two Minds” by Charles Hugh Smith; “Easily overlooked issues regarding COVID-19” in “Our Finite World” dated February 19, 2020 by Gail Tverberg; “The white swan harbingers of global economic crisis are already here” in “The Guardian” dated February 19, 2020 by Nouriel Roubini; “‘Dominoes falling’ in global shipping as coronavirus continue to grip China’s economy” in “The Telegraph” dated February 20, 2020 by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard; the daily aggregation of articles cum commentary by Raul Ilargi Meijer at “The Automatic Earth” and the many timely, insightful and informative articles and commentary on the “Virus” by Chris Martenson at “Peak Prosperity”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Seeing 2020:  Panda < Eagle > Bruin; Panda + Bruin > Eagle.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)” and the other e-commentary linked at that post.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Covid-19 f.d.b.a. Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

Keep calm and panic

JIT —> NIT

The Toyota Production System (TPS) may not systematically produce Toyotas

Is it possible to go through the day and encounter something or anything not made out of oil and not made in China?

Seeing 2020: Panda + Bruin > Eagle. Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (January 27, 2020)

Posted in China, Covid / Coronavirus, Russia on January 27, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Panda < Eagle > Bruin ; Panda + Bruin > Eagle”

. . .

K          “And no one sees it.”

J          “No one wants to see it.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”; “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)”; “China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)” and “Globalization:  Colonization Without The Costs; Corporations Supplant Countries.  Oh, And Happy Bastille Day! (July 15, 2019)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Panda < Eagle > Bruin ; Panda + Bruin > Eagle

Coronavirus:  Black Swan?

May you live in interesting times

China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)

Posted in Book Reference, China, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Limits To Growth, Russia on February 4, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “Global climate change, as a product and by-product of human activity and avarice, is the greatest threat to the Planet.  China, particularly affiliated with Russia and other countries, is the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the U.S. and thus to the West.”

K          “That does make you wonder who the bachelor will pick this week.  The lethargic but lovable American people are in many ways the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the threatened U.S.”

J          “The Chinese and their colleagues and cohorts are snatching the mantle and the future from the West in plain sight, yet the theft is unseen and unknown by most Americans.” 

. . .  

J          “China has many if not most of the rare-earth elements on Earth under control or contract.  China has a substantial horde of gold and silver in hand not under contract.  China has growing hordes of hungry consumers who could drive the Chinese economy into prosperity or drive the Chinese economy into penury . . . or a mix of both.” 

K          “China continues to colonize Africa economically not militarily.  China is following the Western play book developed and delineated in Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man, the economic and financial equivalent and update of a Chinese creation, The Art Of War.  China is manufacturing indentured servants and vassals throughout the world.” 

J          “The ‘Hit Man’ preyed on Latin America.  China has investments in Venezuela and may not cotton to the U.S. stealing its oil and the gold.  The flash point may not be in Asia.”

. . .

J          “Chinese authorities can flip a switch and trip a chip nestled in any random grid-tied solar panel and trigger a systemic grid shutdown . . . and only by lifting a finger.  China may be able to monitor conversations in subway cars.  China has stolen intellectual property and yet now just buys the companies and acquires the technology.  China can do things we do not even know they can do.”

. . .

K          “Three decades ago, friends parked their BMW rig at the airport on their way to China and returned to share pictures of people pulling and riding rickshaws.  Now the Chinese are driving the BMWs.  There simply are not enough resources on the threatened Planet to allow Americans to continue driving BMWs.  We must turn over the keys and share the resources.  America must now take its turn at the wheel pulling and riding rickshaws.”

J          “I see it.  In short order, there will be an ad for ‘Rick’s Rickshaws.  The Best in the West’ advertised during the Stupor Bowl.”    

. . .

K          “The world knows where this is heading and how this ends.  The first worldwide vote in the history of humankind to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ was conducted and completed in 2015 with the most lopsided outcome in the history of humankind.  China was endorsed and embraced by the whole world; U.S.A. was shunned and sidelined with a few stragglers.”

J          “It was not a plebiscite because the plebes did not vote.  It was an elitescite because only the elite voted.  And they voted clearly and loudly and in their interest.”

K          “America was in first place among the losers.”

J          “America was the runner up and is out of the running.”

. . .

J          “We are in trouble.  Big trouble.  Big.  Big.  Trouble.”

K          “We can scribe tomorrow’s history in today’s journals not as history happens but before history even happens.  In real time.  Today’s Toynbee.  Gibbon.  Spengler.  Bachelorette number 3, I say.”

J          “We do not know it and we do not get it.”

. . .

[See the article titled “The Big Hack:  How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” in “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine by Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley dated October 4, 2018, “Clandestine Chips Are The Perfect Hack And Technology Needs To Catch Up” in “Forbes” magazine by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky dated October 4, 2018, “Senators urge Metro to guard against Chinese spying in new subway cars” in “The Washington Post” by Robert McCartney dated January 19, 2019 and the poetic challenge by Greta Thunberg to the Davos crowd and the crowded denizens of the world on January 25, 2019.]

[See the discussion between an old Chinese party official (C1) and a young comrade (C2) eight years ago transcribed in an earlier e-commentary at “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)” reprinted below; a discussion by two concerned American citizens, A and B, regarding the results of the election to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ in “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”; and an architectonic analysis of the world situation at “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)” that includes many links to other commentary and previous e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We.  Are.  In.  Big.  Trouble. 

The year of the pig

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)

. . .

C1      “Take over America.  Of course we are.  You say that you have a better plan, comrade.”

C2      “The primary lesson of the Twentieth Century is that it is easier to take by investment than by invasion.”

C1      “Clear thinking, little butterfly.  Invasion is costly and ineffective.  Invasion only assists the defense industry.  You can eat butter; you can’t eat a gun.  We focused our spending on efficient invasion technology.  We are letting the Americans spend on offensive technology to allow them to go bankrupt.”

C2      “They are already bankrupt.”

C1      “They are.  They are also too big to fail, but not too big to own and operate efficiently.”

C2      “Increase the purchases of t-bills and t-bonds by another fifty percent to a holding of 1.5 Trillion U.S.  They will be worthless, but they are one of the tickets to control.”

C1      “We will decide what they are worth later.”

. . .

C2      “America has an unproductive class of third-rate minds and fifth-rate characters who suck staggering amounts of money without contributing anything of value.  They are identified as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and their like and ilk.  They run companies and run them into the ground.”

C1      “Comrade, we plan to teach them how capitalism really works.  Survival of the fittest.  They are not fit.  They will not survive.”

C2      “They do not have a working market for talent at the top of American corporations.  The market is broken . . . and fixed.  The brigands and hooligans run the companies.  The American schooling institutions feed and fuel the broken market.”

C1      “The brigands and hooligans will be fixed like the mongrel dogs they are.  They will be sent to regional re-education camps . . . to be re-educated.”

C2      “Were they ever educated?”

C1      “Very good.  You will go far.  What about the cyberfun we are having with them.”

C2      “You should taunt them with simple technology and gauge what they have to combat the efforts.”

C1      “We can send a message internally to the Seventh Fleet to ‘stand-down’ at any time that looks like it is one of their own.  We can even send a message to have the crew stand on their heads.”

C2      “We can?  What will you do with the people?  The people do not produce.”

C1      “We provide the goods and the money to buy the goods for now.  They will be allowed to consume as long as it is in our interest to allow them to consume.”

. . .

C2      “We have our own domestic problems.”

C1      “Not if we don’t acknowledge them.”

C2      “Look at the problems we don’t acknowledge.”

C1      “Who asked you?”

C2      “Our comrades are becoming . . . filthy running dog consumers.  We are creating our own mess.”

. . .

C2      “I have another plan.  What if we tried to work with them?  Why don’t we have a beer with Gary.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Is it possible to go through the day and encounter something or anything not made out of oil and not made in China?

Gary Locke – nominated to be the Ambassador to China.  O’Bama’s most astute and foresighted appointment.

The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)

Posted in AIIB, China, CIPS, Cryptocurrency, Currency, Cyberactivities, Gold, Guns, INE, International Finance, International Monetary Fund, Money, Russia, SDR - Special Drawing Rights, Second Amendment, Silver, Special Drawing Rights (SDR), Sports, SWIFT, World's Reserve Currency on March 26, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In the past, the United States played and promoted with some skill the tension and animosity between China and Russia.  The United States has behaved so abysmally and monstrously that even the Chinese and the Russians are flirting with each other.”

J          “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.  Yet nations do not have enemies or friends, only interests.  They have allied to advance their common interests in confronting a common enemy.”

K          “When the United States drives the Chinese and Russians to embrace and play well together, the U.S. is in trouble.”

J          “The U.S. has proudly and defiantly positioned itself to be the world’s worst enemy.”

. . .

J          “The National Security Strategy document signed by President Trumpi on December 18 unwisely exacerbates the U.S. and China-Russia divide and further alienates the U.S. from the world.” 

K          “China is launching its crude oil futures contract today at the Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE).  China and Russia have been swiftly designing and perfecting a system described as the China Interbank Payment System (CIPS) to send and receive information about and to reconcile financial transactions.  The system will circumvent and ultimately undermine the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) controlled by the U.S.”

J          “They are also establishing the Petro-Yuan to replace the Petro-Dollar to facilitate transactions facilitated by the CIPS and to make investments funded by the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).  That allows the Chinese and Russians, at the time of their choosing, to dump U.S. Treasuries and equities and buy up and demand the physical delivery of all gold and silver.  The Big Jolt will shift the geopolitical tectonic plates in a short time.”

K          “The U.S. will respond by dropping every bomb in its arsenal all at once everywhere and assassinating any leaders who challenge its hegemony.”

. . .

K          “The Chinese are building the One Belt One Road Initiative and uniting countries and continents, but the U.S. has a hard time tightening its economic belt and fixing one road.”

. . .

K          “The U.S. could do a whole lot more to slow or stop the wholesale theft of intellectual property by China.”

J          “His company was uneasy about filling the order from China for just a single unit.  Three years later, they discovered that an entire plant is producing dozens of them daily.”

K          “Now they do not even need to reverse engineer a product.  Just hack the computer and download the plans.”

J          “When Chinese technology was used to commandeer an American drone, I knew the situation was bleak.”

. . .

J          “A few weeks ago, someone on a lunch break called into a radio call-in show and questioned the genius of the U.S. strategy.”

K          “At some point, everyone will be calling in and asking why the prices at Walmart are suddenly what they were at Nordstroms the previous month.”

. . .

J          “The rest of the world may accept or be forced to accept a gold-backed currency for some time.  However, after securing control, the Sino-Russian Alliance will be free to impose a fiat cryptocurrency using something much more sophisticated than the rudimentary blockchain technology and perhaps a refined version of the Hashgraph technology.”

K          “But will the U.S. have enough bombs to drop on the rest of the world?”

. . .

K          “The Chinese and the Russians were playing chess and the U.S. was playing checkers; now the Sino-Russian Alliance is playing weiqi and Trumpi is playing tiddlywinks.”

J          “Trumpi is playing with himself and playing with our futures.  And they are playing doubles while the U.S. is playing singles.” 

. . .

[See “China plans to break petrodollar stranglehold” in “Asia Times” by Pepe Escobar dated December 21, 2017 and “The World Will Not Mourn The Decline of U.S. Hegemony” in “Truthdig” by Paul Street dated February 20, 2018.]

[See the e-commentary titled “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”, “AIIB: China: 1; U.S.A. 0? (April 6, 2015)”, “The Mandibles, FRNs, SDRs, IMF, G20, WTD! (September 5, 2016)”, “USA + FRN/PD — > IMF + SDR — > NDB + UMU? The “Universal Monetary Unit” . . . Coming To a Planet Near You (January 2, 2017)” and “One World Currency? (January 8, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Panda < Eagle > Bruin; Panda + Bruin > Eagle  

CIPS > SWIFT; AIIB > World Bank; INE > Brent + WTI; Petro-Yuan > Petro-Dollar:  [ergo] -> Panda + Bruin > Eagle.  Game, Set, Match.  Fin.

Currency Wars -> Trade Wars -> War Wars

America First -> American Last

Some signs at the “March For Our Lives” March on March 24:

Orange lies matter

Owner for reform

The scariest part of school should be a pop quiz

More 4.0 Less 5.56

We call BS

Hold handguns

When I grow up, I want to be alive

If I am killed by a gun, don’t bury me, just dump my body on the Capitol steps

Bullets are not school supplies

Enough / Bastante

My life is worth more than your guns

No more silence  End gun violence

Arm me with books not bullets

Need test to drive  Why not to shoot?

Protect kids not guns

Moms demand attention

Am I next?

Gun owner for gun control

No Rational Argument

21st century technology, 18th century laws

Too old to create change, step aside and we’ll do it

Never again

Some tweet  We march

NRA  Modern Day Mafia

Mental health not personal wealth

Respect our existence or expect our resistance

Thoughts Prayers Action

My students are more important than your guns

Enough is Enough

Mothers Against the NRA

#NeverAgain

The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)

Posted in China, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Russia, Syria on February 22, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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8          “On one side you have Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the soldiers from the Sunni region of Iraq with some of its members d.b.a. (doing business as) ISIS or ISIL or IS.  They are the ‘Sunni Squad’.”

7          “Yet Saudi Arabia and Turkey really do not like each other.”  

8          “They just hate each other slightly less.  On the other side, you have Syria, Iran, Russia and the Kurds in the region who hate Turkey.  They are loosely the ‘Shiite Squad’.”

. . .

7          “Turkey has cited Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and demanded that an attack on one member is an attack on all members.  Thus, Turkey contends that NATO nations must come to its assistance.  Right.”

8          “And thus join the ‘Sunni Squad’ and assist ISIS or ISIL or IS.”

7          “Challenge Saudi Arabia and lose its support for the PetroDollar.  Without the PetroDollar, the United States slides into second world status.”

8          “Or join the Russian gang and ally with the ‘Shiite Squad’ which is likely to be the winner if there is a winner.”

. . .

8          “Now which squad is China supporting?”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy?