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The Primary Drivers of Ecocide

Energy

In 2017, the myth of powering the world with 100% renewables has started to crack
http://energyforhumanity.org/en/climate-energy/2017-myth-powering-world-100-renewables-started-crack/
Global demand for oil will continue to increase until 2040 says the IEA
https://www.dw.com/en/international-energy-agency-sees-crunch-on-oil-consumption/a-46267704
EUROPE GETS 60% OF ITS “RENEWABLE ENERGY” BY BURNING IMPORTED TREES
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114993-europes-green-energy-policy-is-a-disaster-for-the-environment/
The EU is emitting way more greenhouse gases than it says
https://qz.com/528491/the-eu-is-emitting-way-more-greenhouse-gases-than-it-says/
UC Davis Peer Reviewed Study: It Will Take 131 Years to Replace Oil with Alternatives (Malyshkina, 2010)
http://energyforhumanity.org/en/climate-energy/2017-myth-powering-world-100-renewables-started-crack/
At this rate, it’s going to take nearly 400 years to transform the energy system
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610457/at-this-rate-its-going-to-take-nearly-400-years-to-transform-the-energy-system/
University of Chicago Peer Reviewed Study: predicts world economy unlikely to stop relying on fossil fuels (Covert, 2016)
https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.30.1.117
Solar and Wind produced less than one percent of total world energy in 2016 – IEA WEO 2017
https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/KeyWorld2017.pdf
Turbines Kill So Many Birds They’re Effectively an Apex Predator
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/wind-farms-can-act-like-apex-predators-in-ecosystems-study-finds
Fossil Fuel Share of Global Energy since 1990 – BP 2017
https://imgur.com/k7VecMq
Renewable energy ‘simply won’t work’: Top Google engineers
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/renewable_energy_simply_wont_work_google_renewables_engineers/
Top scientists show why powering US using 100 percent renewable energy is a delusional fantasy
http://energyskeptic.com/2017/big-fight-21-top-scientists-show-why-jacobson-and-delucchis-renewable-scheme-is-a-delusional-fantasy/
IEA Sees No Peak Oil Demand ‘Any Time Soon’, WSJ
https://www.wsj.com/articles/iea-sees-no-peak-oil-demand-any-time-soon-1488816002
There Will Be An Oil Shortage In The 2020s, Goldman Sachs Says (CNBC)
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/09/goldman-sachs-there-will-be-an-oil-shortage-in-the-2020s.html
Natural gas to become largest energy source by 2030 — IEA
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/11/natural-gas-to-become-largest-energy-source-by-2030-iea/
Renewable Energy Is Surging, but Not Fast Enough to Stop Warming
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/renewable-energy-is-surging-but-not-fast-enough-to-stop-warming/
Peak Conventional Oil In Ten Years
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/nov/19/peak-oil-economicgrowth
The Curse of Energy Efficiency
https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/02/26/Energy-Efficiency-Curse/
Vaclav Smil: “The great hope for a quick and sweeping transition to renewable energy is wishful thinking”
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/the-curious-wavefunction/vaclav-smil-e2809cthe-great-hope-for-a-quick-and-sweeping-transition-to-renewable-energy-is-wishful-thinkinge2809d/
The Long Slow Rise of Solar and Wind – Vaclav Smil
http://vaclavsmil.com/wp-content/uploads/scientificamerican0114-521.pdf
Wind turbines are not helping with energy — they are consuming much more coal in their creation
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/05/wind-turbines-are-neither-clean-nor-green-and-they-provide-zero-global-energy/#
Is Renewable Energy Renewable?
https://ozziezehner.com/2013/04/03/is-renewable-energy-renewable/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6uVnyjTb58 – 100 min
Global Energy Demand & Carbon Emissions Increase In 2017
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/03/22/global-energy-demand-carbon-emissions-increase-2017/
A new report finds that none of the negative emission technologies has the potential to deliver carbon removals at the gigaton (Gt) scale and at the rate of deployment envisaged by the IPCC, including reforestation, afforestation, carbon-friendly agriculture, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCs), enhanced weathering, ocean fertilisation, or direct air capture and carbon storage (DACCs).
https://easac.eu/publications/details/easac-net/
Air conditioning will consume 100% of renewable energy by 2050
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/07/13/cooling-people-in-a-hotter-world-could-consume-all-of-worlds-electricity-by-2050/
Large Hydropower Dams ‘Not Sustainable’
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46098118
As Prairies Get Plowed for Biofuels, Greens Demand EPA Act
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-30/as-prairies-get-plowed-for-biofuels-green-groups-demand-epa-act

Mass Extinction

Humans are sleepwalking into a mass extinction of species not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs | The London Economic
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/humans-are-sleepwalking-into-a-mass-extinction-of-species-not-seen-since-the-demise-of-the-dinosaurs/23/03/
World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/27/world-on-track-to-lose-two-thirds-of-wild-animals-by-2020-major-report-warns
The World Has Two Years To Secure A Deal To Halt Species Extinction
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/03/stop-biodiversity-loss-or-we-could-face-our-own-extinction-warns-un Agriculture and overuse greater threats to wildlife than climate change, Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/10/agriculture-and-overuse-greater-threats-to-wildlife-than-climate-change-study
Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/ma30/climate-change-global-reshuffle-of-wildlife-will-have-huge-impacts-on-humanity
Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades, Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn
70% Of World’s Last Remaining Wilderness Is In Just Five Countries
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/wilderness-areas-world-wildlife-pristine-biodiversity-conservation-climate-change-capitalism-a8611521.html
The Extinction of Wilderness: The world’s untouched lands and oceans are rapidly disappearing, and scientists are calling for action
https://newrepublic.com/article/151981/extinction-wilderness-untouched-lands-oceans-disappearing
The Extinction Crisis, Center For Biological Diversity
https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/biodiversity/elements_of_biodiversity/extinction_crisis/
How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction, Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2015/oct/20/the-four-horsemen-of-the-sixth-mass-extinction
Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Has Begun, New Study Confirms
https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/earth-s-sixth-mass-extinction-has-begun-new-study-confirms/
Only drastic action can save us from the sixth mass extinction
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/sixth-mass-extinction-animals-wwf-report
Insect Collapse, Guardian
https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/insects-giant-ecosystem-collapsing-human-activity-catastrophe?CMP=share_btn_tw&__twitter_impression=true

Water

Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/ma19/water-shortages-could-affect-5bn-people-by-2050-un-report-warns
By 2020 about 30-40% of the world will have water scarcity, and according to the researchers, climate change can make this even worse.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140729093112.htm
With only 7% of the world’s freshwater, China plans to produce 807 million gallons a day from desalination by 2020, roughly quadruple the country’s current capacity.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-09/china-embraces-desalination-to-ease-water-shortages
By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions.
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwatefreshwater-crisis/
There will be about 1 billion more mouths to feed worldwide by 2025 and global agriculture alone will require another 1 trillion cubic meters of water per year (equal to the annual flow of 20 Niles or 100 Colorado Rivers).
http://www.interactioncouncil.org/world-confronts-serious-water-crisis-former-heads-government-and-experts-warn-new-report
UN studies project that 30 nations will be water scarce in 2025, up from 20 in 1990.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/06/2011622193147231653.html
According to the U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment of Global Water Security, by 2030 humanity’s “annual global water requirements” will exceed “current sustainable water supplies” by 40%.
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/05/the-coming-global-water-crisis/256896/
Water demand in India will reach 1.5 trillion cubic meters in 2030 while India’s current water supply is only 740 billion cubic meters.
http://www.mckinsey.com/client_service/sustainability/latest_thinking/charting_our_water_future
If current usage trends don’t change, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs in 2030.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/20/world/asia/ap-world-water-crisis.html?_r=0
By 2035, the world’s energy consumption will increase by 35 percent, which in turn will increase water use by 15 percent according to the International Energy Agency.
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/01/16/will-water-constrain-our-energy-future
By the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140729093112.htm
The number of people living in river basins under severe water stress is projected to reach 3.9 billion by 2050, totaling over 40% of the world’s population.
http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2012/05/21/water-outlook-to-2050-the-oecd-calls-for-early-and-strategic-action/
Compared to today, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” by 2050.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6068348.stm
Feeding 9 billion people by 2050, will require a 60 percent increase in agricultural production and a 15 percent increase in water withdrawals.
http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/wateoverview
Water demand is projected to grow by 55 percent by 2050 (including a 400-percent rise in manufacturing water demand).
http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/03/hot-crowded-and-running-out-of-fuel-earth-of-2050-a-scary-place/
By 2050, 1 in 5 developing countries will face water shortages (UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization).
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-Issues/2012/1202/Global-water-crisis-too-little-too-much-or-lack-of-a-plan
Between 2050 and 2100, there is an 85 percent chance of a drought in the Central Plains and Southwestern United States lasting 35 years or more.
http://www.livescience.com/49794-megadrought-prediction-southwest-plains.html
If farmers in Kansas keep irrigating at present rates, 69 percent of the Ogallala Aquifer will be gone in 50 years.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140819-groundwater-california-drought-aquifers-hidden-crisis/

Soil

Britain facing food crisis as world's soil 'vanishes in 60 years' - Telegraph
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/agriculture/farming/6828878/Britain-facing-food-crisis-as-worlds-soil-vanishes-in-60-years.html
Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues - Sciam
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/
We need to protect the world's soil before it's too late - Popular Science
https://www.popsci.com/topsoil-agriculture-food
Soil erosion - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0389e/t0389e02.htm
We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/ma25/treating-soil-like-dirt-fatal-mistake-human-life
Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/11/mass-starvation-humanity-flogging-land-death-earth-food
75% of Earth's Land Areas Are Degraded (news.nationalgeographic.com)
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/ipbes-land-degradation-environmental-damage-report-spd/
Billions of people live on farmland that is deteriorating and producing less food
http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=7251ef46-1f44-43d6-a7ed-bde0782e825f

Ecology

The livestock sector could take between 37% and 49% of the GHG budget allowable under the 2°C and 1.5°C targets, respectively, by 2030.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2018.1528965
Toxic Oilfield Wastewater Used to Grow California Organic Food
https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/toxic-oilfield-wastewater-used-grow-california-food-including-organics
Tropical rainforests may be near a tipping point beyond our control
https://www.salon.com/2018/04/09/tropical-rainforests-may-be-near-a-tipping-point-beyond-our-control_partne
SMARTPHONES = Earth Dead Faster Than Expected
https://www.fastcodesign.com/90165365/smartphones-are-wrecking-the-planet-faster-than-anyone-expected
Sorry, Earth, The Ozone Layer Isn't Healing Itself After All
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2018/02/06/sorry-earth-the-ozone-layer-isnt-healing-itself-after-all/#7c85314f5418
The Earth-Space Battery And The Future of Life on Earth
http://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/112/31/9511.full.pdf
40% of Amazon Rainforest Already destroyed !!!
https://rainforests.mongabay.com/amazon/amazon_destruction.html
Tropical Deforestation Is the Third-Biggest Carbon Emitter in the World
https://psmag.com/environment/tropical-deforestation-leads-to-more-carbon-emissions
Inside the Amazon's deforestation crisis
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/amazon-rainforest-deforestation-crisis/article37722932/
Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles
https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-deforestation-affecting-global-water-cycles-climate-change
Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/magazine/palm-oil-borneo-climate-catastrophe.html
The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/lithium-batteries-environment-impact
Air Pollution Is Killing Kids (huffingtonpost.com)
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-epa-pollution-health_us_5bf41da3e4b01909c809a8f5

Climate

Bitcoin alone could push global warming above 2°C in 15 years
https://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2018/10/31.htm
Going Nowhere Fast on Climate, Year After Year
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/opinion/climate-change-global-warming-history.html
Major natural carbon sink may soon become carbon source
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181120073635.htm
Science education must reflect reality: We only have 12 years to stop climate change
https://thehill.com/opinion/education/416082-science-education-must-reflect-reality-we-only-have-12-years-to-stop
Climate Change Causing More Severe Wildfires, Larger Insect Outbreaks in Temperate Forests
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181107172914.htm
Uncounted fracking emissions means 2°C by 2030
https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/04/11/climate-change-two-degree-warming-fracking-natural-gas-rush-ingraffea
Australian researchers says energy use per person points to 2C warming by 2030
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/ma10/dangerous-global-warming-will-happen-sooner-than-thought-study
Seafloor Is Dissolving Because of Climate Change
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3qaek/the-seafloor-is-dissolving-because-climate-change?fbclid=IwAR2KlkP4MeakBnBeZkMSO_Q-ZVBRp1ZPMWz2EIJCI6J8fKStRSyX_gIM0-w
Scientists ponder risk of abrupt climate shift
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/10/unknowingly-on-edge-of-a-climate-precipice/
Are we losing one of our biggest carbon dioxide sinks?
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-biggest-carbon-dioxide.html Ocean Storms Could Alter Kelp Forest Ecosystems
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181030091427.htm

Artificial Intelligence

A.I. will replace 50% of all jobs in 10 years
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/27/kai-fu-lee-robots-will-replace-half-of-all-jobs.html A.I. will replace 50% of all jobs by 2025, a Swiss think-tank has warned
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1018786/Artificial-intelligence-AI-robots-replace-humans-machines-take-over-jobs Robot automation will 'take 800 million jobs by 2030'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42170100 Doctors and lawyers will lose jobs to A.I. too
https://www.post-gazette.com/business/tech-news/2017/10/23/WorkZone-Yes-doctors-lawyers-automation-Vivek-Wadhwa-The-Driver-in-the-Driverless-Castories/201710220061

Species Feminization

Males of All Species are Becoming More Female
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/01/males-of-all-species-are-becoming-more-female.aspx
Pollution Causing Feminization of Males Across Multiple Species, The Independent
http://www.banderasnews.com/0812/eden-feminization.htm
Environmental impact of estrogens on human, animal and plant life, Science Direct
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412016304494
Warming warning over turtle feminization, PhysOrg
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-turtle-feminization.html
Environmental Warming and Feminization of Sea Turtle Populations, Cell.com
https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)31539-7
Demasculinization and feminization of male gonads by atrazine: Consistent effects across vertebrate classes, NIH
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4303243/
Are Endocrine Disruptors Blurring Issues of Gender? NIC
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1281309/
Background fish feminization effects in European remote sites, Nature
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep11292
Endocrine Disruption Found in Fish Exposed to Municipal Wastewater, USGS
https://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/wastewater_fish.html
Evolution or Extinction of Men, Women's Health
www.hormonesmatter.com/endocrine-disruptors-mens-health/
Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products, and Endocrine Disruptors in Water
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/b1e1/5a9dc18bec0de564d9b23fb7e8014b21422e.pdf

Stupification

The impact of exposure to air pollution on cognitive performance, PNAS
https://www.pnas.org/content/115/37/9193
Seniors and men are especially vulnerable to cognitive decline due to dirty air, Motherboard
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwkj7q/air-pollution-can-make-us-dumber-study-finds
Is air pollution making us stupider?
http://www.theweek.co.uk/96086/is-air-pollution-making-us-stupider
'Suppressed' EU report could have banned 31 pesticides worth billions, the report said pesticides are making us stupid, depressed and infertile, Guardian
https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/8qk3wb/a-new-european-report-claims-pesticides-make-us-stupid-depressed-and-infertile
Western diet cause reduced cognition, declining cognition and dementia, NIH
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5437154/
Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain
What Screen Time Can Really Do to Kids' Brains
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/behind-online-behavio201604/what-screen-time-can-really-do-kids-brains
Your smartphone📱is making you👈 stupid, antisocial 🙅 and unhealthy 😷. So why can't you put it down❔⁉️, The Globe & Mail
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/your-smartphone-is-making-you-stupid/article37511900/
Myopia Epidemic From Too Much Screen Time, Not Enough Sunlight
https://keck.usc.edu/too-much-screen-time-is-raising-rate-of-childhood-myopia/

Demasculinization

Non-stick Frying Pans Making Penises Smaller
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6462775/Mens-penises-half-inch-smaller-chemicals-non-stick-frying-pans.html
Western Male Sperm Counts Down 60% in 40 years
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sperm-count-west-men-health-drop-60-per-cent-years-modern-life-a7859491.html
Generational decline in testosterone levels observed, (2007) Helio
https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/hormone-therapy/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bac23497d-f1ed-4278-bbd2-92bb1e552e3a%7D/generational-decline-in-testosterone-levels-observed
You're Not The Man Your Father Was, Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilhowe/2017/10/02/youre-not-the-man-your-father-was/#22a2609d8b7f
Lower testosterone levels in men are related to depression, lethargy, weight gain and lower cognitive ability.
Millennial men are significantly weaker than their fathers, The Telegraph
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/15/millennial-men-are-significantly-weaker-than-their-fathers/
Ship of Fools, Tucker Carlson
https://books.google.ca/books?id=Q_10DwAAQBAJ&pg=PA204&lpg=PA204&dq=Lower+testosterone+levels+in+men+are+related+to+depression,+lethargy,+weight+gain+and+lower+cognitive+ability.&source=bl&ots=gRWKRyp2MW&sig=y8tpuvyqW9v9AuN5CdXqz6x5PRI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwianojPucXfAhWCiYMKHcjEBIkQ6AEwEXoECAwQAQ

Academic And Scientific Fraud

1,500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility
https://www.nature.com/news/1-500-scientists-lift-the-lid-on-reproducibility-1.19970
Is the Peer Review Process a Scam? - enago academy
https://www.enago.com/academy/is-peer-review-process-a-scam/
Let's end reviewer fraud - Publons
https://publons.com/blog/lets-end-reviewer-fraud/
107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud | Ars Technica
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/107-cancer-papers-retracted-due-to-peer-review-fraud/
Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science - Google Scholar
http://scholar.google.ca/scholar_url?url=http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/014107680609900414&hl=en&sa=X&scisig=AAGBfm0D9oaDV4YG6rsHdvwE8ygJ8b4dgA&nossl=1&oi=scholarr
Why scientists need to do more about research fraud - Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corne2018/jan/04/science-fraud-research-misconduct
Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy laws - The Toronto Star
https://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corne2018/jan/04/science-fraud-research-misconduct
China cracks down after investigation finds massive peer-review fraud - science mag
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/china-cracks-down-after-investigation-finds-massive-peer-review-fraud
The Bottom of the Barrel of Science Fraud - Neuroskeptic
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2017/11/30/worst-science-fraud/
Peer-Review Fraud — Hacking the Scientific Publication Process | NEJM
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1512330
Scientific Fraud - EuroScientist journal
https://www.euroscientist.com/theme/scientific-fraud/
5 Common Types of Pharmaceutical Frauds You Should Know About!
https://community.intelex.com/explore/posts/5-common-types-pharmaceutical-frauds-you-should-know-about
Tribalization Tribalization. Why War is Coming
https://www.bozar.be/en/activities/146841-tribalization-why-war-is-coming
How America's identity politics went from inclusion to division
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/ma01/how-americas-identity-politics-went-from-inclusion-to-division
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THE BLUEPRINT FOR FIXING AMERICA SOONER RATHER THAN AFTER IT IS TOO LATE

BEFORE going further with this, bear in mind it was a response to the previous post "WHAT IF LIBERTY WAS ATTACHED TO HUMANITY" and perhaps one might read that long list of QUESTIONS FOR HUMANITY before diving into issues on how one might repair our corner of the world...onward...
Some people claim we are beyond a "tipping point" of no return. This analysis is commonly applied to global warming to describe the melting permafrost that is releasing methane gas which is believed to be 100 times more potent and lasting than carbon dioxide in causing global warming from the greenhouse effect. Others apply the "tipping point" idea to America's national debt; stating that if we switched from our fiat currency back to a gold standard, we couldn't pay off the interest, let alone our debt, based on current exports and GDP figures. Therefore, we have become a patently bankrupt nation contrary to the principles Thomas Jefferson and others warned us to follow to avoid the use of credit. A bankrupt America in a world of currencies based on a tangible asset like gold or levels of exports would be unable to purchase oil to feed our pathetic industries, let alone our levels of consumer consumption of energy. I managed to get through 2016 without using a drop of petroleum, propane or any other non-renewable source of energy. I studied and invested in solar and wind and it took me more than a decade to select and test the appliances, like a low wattage crock pot placed in an insulated cooler, to learn how to maximize my ability to live on minimal power. Americans don't have a decade to spare.
Denmark did it well. They invested in wind and now boast regions with little or no use for petroleum; which is at the heart of both global environmental destruction, loss of rainforests, pollution of rivers, oceans, aquifers and war, which leaves its own lasting toxic landscape, enormous national debt, widespread death, loss of culture, physical and emotional scars. If poor little Denmark can cure its ills, why can't America accelerate our transition to renewables, save a bundle along the way and reduce our desire or need to engage in wars related to acquiring petroleum reserves, or our need to retain a fiat currency required to fund wars, oil purchases, bribe foreign officials and our own elected leaders. If the spigot of free money were removed, would America be as corrupt as it is today, or as destructive worldwide, as we've become?
I believe part of the "Blueprint for fixing America" involves ridding ourselves of the patently corrupt, financially inept Federal Reserve and if possible, dismantling the BIS, IMF and World Bank, or at the least, installing a series of common sense policies to both upgrade these systems, regulate their actions through intelligent policies designed by a political body that relies on both public opinion through debates and analysis of performance driven QC metrics. The system of printing treasuries and taxing citizens was born, not from political debate or even a public vote, but by a small corrupt group in Congress and our banking system a century ago. It has failed to produce a healthy, debt free nation; the imperialism it funded has failed to produce a healthy, democratic, environmentally sustainable world, or even a world that views America as a true democracy, rather than the brutish arm of global corporations, and it has failed to produce a stronger middle class in America. Therefore, after 100 years of failures, perhaps it is time to replace the defective financial systems and taxes which fund defective military campaigns and patently defective, if not murderous systems of politics.
What will replace "fiat currencies" remains to be seen, though models based on gold, silver and copper seemed to work pretty well before, and future models, such as bitcoin, or credits based on real production of exports, or levels of kwh power from renewables might also prove viable; something, anything, based on a real, tangible asset would be an improvement as it would eliminate the ability of a corrupt banker to simply press a button, create money from thin air, instantly indebting citizens of a nation seen as instant inflation, and then instantly buy their land or bribe their politicians: A person, corporation or group utilizing money for illegal activities would have to actually perform some kind of work to acquire it. Not so the case today.
Whether it is to fix our energy policies, our role of the military in global affairs, our rapidly deteriorating environment, rapidly expanding levels of poverty, homelessness or levels of toxins we are exposed to either from the environment or self-ingested through legal and illegal drugs, our rapidly deteriorating mental health, intellectual capacity, shrinking middle class and standard of living; no matter what the policy is in America that needs to be changed, we aren't changing fast enough. We are like a deer caught in the headlights of a speeding automobile. The revelations of just how corrupt and dysfunctional our government, political and economic systems are has only recently been exposed to those who will study and analyze the evidence, and its so shocking they are either paralyzed or ineffective in bringing about effective change. You can't blame them too much. Faced with a new huge problem we really weren't aware of 20 years ago, and now faced with the prospect of trying to educate a sufficient body of Americans to create the change we must, the proponents for change stumble around testing different solutions; and more often than not, they fail.
That is expected. Democracy as proposed by our Founding Fathers was the first of its kind and is an experiment. Experiments don't always work as planned; usually they do not. The trick in this democratic experiment is to recover before its too late. Whether or not we are past a tipping point is somewhat irrelevant as long as we don't give up. We must continue to innovate, to remain optimistic that we can and will prevail; and remain dedicated to the idea that our form of democracy can be shaped into a true popular democracy where every voice counts, where corporations cannot sway us from an honorable path, where people in other nations can become proud in their own quest to emulate our experiment in democracy without the need for our military to force our current corrupt brand of democracy on their citizens. That process has only exposed our defects to a wider geographic landscape and hardened the resolve of many citizens against mirroring America's brand of democracy. As that resistance continues to increase, our military will find it increasingly difficult to find willing souls in each nation who will undermine governments; and therefore our military and corrupt corporate agenda will need to employ hired guns to execute agendas; witness ISIS and CIA funding to topple Syria. In the old days it was easy to find citizens within a nation who were eager to bring American ideals to overthrow a brutal dictator. Today, the people of Syria living under a patently defective leader would prefer that brand of freedom to anything an "American Democracy" might represent. Today, the American brand of Democracy, as a valued export for nations to acquire, is worth less than toxic toilet paper. Dumping nuclear waste on a foreign nation would be less harmful and they know it.
Its not that the original design of our democracy was either dishonorable, nor was it a bad idea or even poorly designed. In its day it was brilliant and even today it is far superior to the democracy Americans live with daily. We don't have a real voice in the process of electing our President, nor do we have a real voice in the way Congress operates, nor a real voice in the various emerging "secret courts" that increasingly preside over the actions of citizens, nor a real voice in public spending policies that are bankrupting future generations who have even less, if any voice, even faster than they are bankrupting current generations of our young in their 20's, who are far poorer than the older generation who at least had a chance at home ownership and developing a profitable business under some "free", "capitalistic", "market driven" middle class system that is all but gone in America today. What we are witnessing is not only a rapidly shrinking middle class and rapidly expanding population of impoverished, but a rapidly evaporating system of democracy, rapid expansion of our national debt and destruction of the global environment all taking place at the same time.
Its an interlocking series of events that are quite telling in their synergistic effect on each other, yet complex enough to defy our ability to manage today's crisis du jure, let alone plan and execute an intelligent series of steps to bring a halt to these grave trends and thereafter, create a thriving, financially solvent, reasonably moral, non-violent America that can again become a shining beacon of Democracy for all the world to emulate without force; rather by simply becoming envious of our prosperity and the success of our middle class. Today, any envy foreigners might hold for American ideals are primarily focused on the celebs, and a level of wealth, few global citizens will ever attain; nor should they try. The lifestyle of the rich and famous is patently unsustainable and not very good for the financial health of a nation or the environment. Wealth in and of itself is no more evil than a car used in a bank robbery. Wealth, when properly applied can build schools, buy solar panels or wind turbines, or create innovative R&D facilities to invent new technologies that can foster new businesses and provide more Yankee exports. On the other hand, wealth applied to bribe politicians, build leaky oil pipelines or systems that pollute groundwater, or simply to buy a $50,000 dress for a Grammy Award ceremony is dangerous, destructive folly.
Therefore, part of the path out of this mess needs to be a sense of modesty and reality based on what we've learned in the past 200 years about gross decadence and the ability of large groups of citizens to become easily hypnotized by fabulous levels of wealth most of them will never attain. Perhaps in a class entitled Personal Econ 101 we should both encourage people to develop ideas, invent, market, sell and manage a personal business, and include a section on prudent personal policies on how to manage their new found wealth; race tracks, casinos, bars and brothels are probably not good habits to hold if you expect to build and retain a thriving business, or nurture a reasonably sane, healthy family to carry your business and wealth forward to future generations. Teaching kids in any nation to acquire wealth merely so they can buy a new black beamer is not conducive to creating a sustainable society, sustainable financial policies, a sustainable environment, nor a sustainable government or society. Modesty, education and the prudent application of technology, financial resources, labor and mined or manufactured assets all have their place in creating a sustainable world or fixing what ails America and the world today.
It is unfortunate, though easily predictable, that current generations all around the planet have generally lost all hope in obtaining that kind of world. They understand the government corruption; they see through the American Democratic farse and in their minds, if that enlightened nation is but a brutish scam based on corrupt political figures, extortion and murder, what hope does any human have of finding any peace or prosperity in any land? The result is an increasingly predatory nature of our tweens, teens, young adults and even middle aged folks who should know better, but are almost just as selfish and short-sighted as the desensitized generations raised on bloody TV and video games. Murder isn't really so bad as long as you're on the right side of the barrel; its expected in today's world. Get over it.
We have become a mentally sick species destined to extinction if we don't change that attitude. We are living in the 6th great extinction and there is no guarantee our species will survive the process; in fact, some historians and anthropologists note there is a group of wealthy elite who are encouraging a mass die off to bring the human population down to 100M to perhaps 1B from the 7B level today. Perhaps we should let them proceed. Perhaps the earth will be better off after that horror show is over; but the really big question then becomes, if that sick group who would wage global genocide and continued environmental destruction to accomplish their agenda is the primary ruling elite after the bloodbath, what sort of future for habitats, let alone our own species, can we expect from that twisted group?
Its another global problem staring us, the educated, enlightened 21st Century Human in the face, like headlights in the eyes of a deer; and we just don't have all the answers required to put humanity and the planet, or even our own nation, back on a predictable, moral, ethical, sustainable course. And so life in the 21st Century has become a giant hedonistic free-for-all suicide party; the population of predators and sociopaths is growing at a logarithmic rate, while those who would embrace charitable or democratic ideals are quickly being marginalized, or easily used and abused by those with power and money to do so. I personally believe the only way to halt, then reverse these dire trends is for the few remaining souls with a moral compass to unite and develop an action plan to first fix America. But with so many internal challenges, and personality conflicts even between "good souls"; we have failed to unite, we have failed to even be able to clearly identify people of moral fiber, as the many wolves in sheep's clothing are all around us. Recently I did a cursory audit of a huge, wealthy environmental group aimed at "saving dolphins, oceans and the environment", and found they had neither the wisdom to create prudent policies, nor any real effective activity, save their ability to sell t-shirts and expand their member base and revenue streams; very sad.
And so the blueprint to cure America must include QC metrics; how many kids passed a high level math test as a result of your after school, charter school or public school program? How many of them are employed while in college because they clearly understand the student loan program in the U.S. is a patently defective system designed to enslave them? How many understand that trappings of financial slavery and are attempting to live intelligently within their modest means, rather than "...spend money they don't have for things they don't need." (George Carlin).
We need to teach our young that the hypnotic glitz and glamour of the celebs and elite is not nearly as nourishing as a camping trip to a pristine forest that we need to keep pristine. We need to teach them that throwing money at an environmental charity is not quite as effective as simply picking up your trash, as well as some extra trash when visiting a beach. We need to teach them that car pooling is both fun and profitable, and we need to teach them that mending clothing to squeeze the last day out of a pair of shorts can be financially more sustainable and even a lot sexier than trying to acquire a $500 leather jacket, or 7 inch plastic pump cowboy boots. We need to find our roots as a blue collar worker, and Ag sector economy, rather than a nation of dog walkers, maids and gardeners serving the wealthy.
Unfortunately, the population of families able to make a living in the Ag sector is also vaporizing, due to regs related to GMO seeds and USDA policies that have almost eliminated the ability of small farmers to survive. Meanwhile, our blue collar "MAKE SOMETHING USEFUL" jobs are all being outsourced to overseas sweat shops, as are our innovative White Collar Silicon Valley jobs in a world of a rising population of programmers, leaving only a dwindling white collar sector of financial management jobs (who produce few if any useful, tangible, sustainable products we really need, save a thriving toxic derivative market), and a bunch of dog walkers and real estate agents who only sell what already existed; a bit of dirt with some wood and a splash of new paint - the American Home - which is a center for consumption, doesn't actually produce anything useful, including intelligent, caring, charitable kids with any sort of skill set required to fix our nation, let alone our planet. I know of mothers who are so so so proud their son or daughter is a top notch dance champion, and as a musician, I am proud to be able to play rock, jazz or classical piano pieces, even sometimes at public gigs, but if I didn't make something tangible, useful, sustainable during the bulk of the hours in my week I'd feel useless; I'd just be another consumer instead of someone who manufactures SOMETHING tangible that others can use to both improve their standard of living, and reduce their impact on the environment.
Folks who install solar panels do that sort of "honorable, ethical, blue collar work". Granted, they aren't manufacturing something, but at least they are doing some work that leaves a real, tangible asset on a structure that has the immediate effect of reducing America's reliance on petroleum; and that has long-term, positive financial and environmental consequences for the family, community and nation. Turning back to our stellar "Entertainer" kids, or kids studying to become real estate agents, you have to wonder if those grads will be surprised when they wind up as baggers at a grocery store trying to pay down a student loan that will never end, while paying off child support payments for kids they couldn't afford, nor spent time with to educate them on what mistakes to avoid, (nor ever went camping with them to teach them the value of minimalism, or pristine environments), while paying for social programs like Social Security and Obamacare our poor, bankrupt nation that exports almost nothing simply cannot afford. I praise our artists for their studious habits and wonderfully inspiring productions, cutting edge journalism and screen plays that cause us to reflect on ourselves and humanities journey through time; but with an overwhelming onslaught of advertising, high fashion, porn and violence, it might be prudent for every artist to also hold down a "day job", at least part-time, that actually contributed to creating a more financial, environmental and ethically solvent America. Even a part-time daily contribution by every breathing American towards these objectives might help reverse dire trends and create a united population of educated citizens who both care and are doing something constructive to counter-balance our highly destructive, unsustainable way of life today. Parents and schools need to educate kids on balancing selfish, personal agendas with activities that contribute to society in real, tangible production of products and services focused on deploying technologies that move America towards curing our ills before the "tipping point" trends running amuck today topple us over.
The "Stockdale Principle" outlined in the book Good To Great embodies some of these ideals; taking a harsh, honest audit of where we are today and then designing effective management plans to get through the horrid state of affairs and emerge victorious through action based on optimism, and not Pollyanna optimism alone, nor on a fatalistic, hedonistic, careless, if not predatory attitude that seems to enshrine American values at every level of our society. A little discipline is a good thing, when balanced with creative abandon to invent something no one has seen before. A champagne party to celebrate a financial victory is probably also a good thing, IF - key word - you actually accomplished something that helps heal the world or provided some relief to your local community, our nation or a wetlands marsh. Drinking champagne every Sunday morning or buying a new pair of 7 inch plastic pumps just because your debit/credit card allowed it, and you think you deserve it after a 60 hour work week, is a rather short-sighted, if not myopic way of life based on endless consumption, that ignores the increasingly pressing problems of your life, your local community and the global village we all share. Perhaps that $10.00 price you paid for that cocktail might have made a difference had you had saved it to buy a PC keyboard for a child without a computer. Perhaps that $49.00 price for those dress shoes you didn't really need would have been better spent on buying a motherboard for a kid who could learn to install that board into a recycled, dented desktop case, then plug in that new keyboard you also bought them, and build their own PC, complete with a recycled monitor that was headed for a landfill and is now part of a child's at-home education system. Perhaps the parent in that home might remind their child with prudent guidance, that WHEN their math homework was done, THEN they can spend a short time playing some video game on that PC, before they move on to complete their history and science homework, and further remind them that if they fail to keep their grades up, that suite of video games can be uninstalled or blocked altogether. Perhaps instead of turning on the TV to gather the family, which only serves to fracture the family after kids begin wanting consumer items they can't afford, so they begin exploring methods of acquiring capital, like drug dealing in alleys, parents would leave the TV off and focus their energy on helping their kids get through those homework assignments, learn a little math, science and history along the way, learn what it means to create a sustainable home, community and financially solvent nation, and clearly learn what happens if we do not. Perhaps if more parents spent more time educating their kids, and got smarter along the way, more American adults would realize just how under water our nation is, and with some hope derived from that education, learn to fix the mess in their own lives one step at a time.
Its a tall order and I am not sure Americans are willing to give up their baseball games or detective dramas in exchange for spending several hours each evening exploring socially relevant topics; whether political, scientific, or even charitable. But if American consumers don't modify their behavior and levels of consumption, and their hit list of acquisitions, most of which are unattainable due to our shrinking middle class and utter lack of any export industry able to finance our debt without utilizing our defective, bankrupt, imploding global system of fiat currencies; there is no hope for the generation that follows who will repeat the same mistakes because they don't know any better, or weren't educated soon enough to avoid those same mistakes. The painful truth is that as our society finds it increasingly difficult to acquire these sought after luxuries, and we continue to plunge into the financial abyss and political chaos of a third-world nation, we will have both blown the once-in-a-species democratic experiment, and our own ingenious potential to both cure our nation and help heal the planet torn by the industrial age and environmental destruction that is the legacy of a petroleum age.
Petroleum was a blessing and a curse. It allowed a great global brain trust of 7 billion to be created and all the wonderful technology that mass invented, along with 7 billion mouths to feed and feet to shoe, who unfortunately also want 7 billion shiny black beamers we can't afford to build, let alone fuel. Elon Musk of Tesla once said to build 500,000 EV's would require all the lithium the planet can produce. Therefore, we need to invent and deploy another alternative and do so quickly, and while we're at it, utilize simple, affordable, practical technologies and habits like car pooling, mass transit and shopping only for what we really need, while recycling as much as possible, and ensuring our time spent is focused on educating our young so they don't make the same mistakes our generation did. All of these fundamental changes are part of healing America and the planet we all share and whether or not we do it or embrace it, the reality is this Spartan lifestyle IS coming sooner, rather than later, to every community on earth. Get used to it. Get used to the pain of rapid change and a deteriorating social fabric, social services, a rise in unethical, predatory conduct on every front, and a high risk for a rapid implosion and die off of humanity that will be horrific. This IS our future if we do not mend our ways and no amount of technology can save us from wanton, unbridled consumerism, or our universal tendency to ignore harsh realities. A little discipline and practical, effective planning, balanced with our artistic, humanitarian and spiritual agendas is required.
So, curing what ails America is a complex idea that won't be completed by simply electing another corrupt official. You can't cure America by electing a new Mayor, Governor, Congressman or President. You won't accomplish it by switching banks or moving to a community sponsored credit union. You won't do it by simply installing solar on your roof and then pouring yourself a glass of champagne to celebrate the money you'll save on your electric bill or patting yourself on the back for reducing your need for petroleum, nor should you put the money you might save by car pooling into a fund for your annual trip to a Vegas casino where you can blow it in a weekend of heated hedonistic abandon. That sort of wreckless behavior might make sense to a 20 something kid who has never dropped five grand on a crap table, but in today's world that population of wealthy empowered young is also evaporating, and for the rest of us, prudence should guide nearly every action on this high wire act of trying to save humanity from itself. One good mistake, or worse, a continued series of imprudent mistakes, is all that is required to blow our last chance to avert the economic storm already at our door. In fact we don't even need to make a mistake; just continue on as we are doing today and there is little hope of any real, effective change for the better anything in the next 100 - 500 years of humanity's journey on this earth.
Since much of this transformation must embody fundamental changes in how our federal government operates and the QC metrics that need to be installed to change its underlying principles of operation, bloated budgets, imperialistic campaigns and lack of focus on improving the plight of America's middle class, let alone provide much relief for America's impoverished, I suggest that a huge part of "the cure" involves finding and installing politicians who can "Get 'er done". We haven't seen anything like that anywhere in America for several decades, if not for more than a century. Sure, there are a few rare politicians who actually have a reasonably solvent, financially prudent, moral, ethical, perhaps even legal game plan, but they are quickly overwhelmed and marginalized, frustrated or assassinated, or through some other means, ejected from office; a process which leaves only the corrupt or inept left behind. This begs the question, "Would America's recovery be accelerated if a popular driven vote of no confidence by citizens could quickly remove politician's from office?" I don't mean impeaching a President after a billion dollar televised trial that requires Congress to stop dead in its tracks to handle a process that distracts them from more critical resolutions, rather I mean that if 60%, 70%, 80% or more Americans were polled each month, and were found to absolutely PRESS THE REJECT BUTTON, then the President in the Oval Office bowed out on Friday, the V.P. took the hot seat, we held an impromptu election to replace them from viable candidates, and the same rapid, low-cost process was enacted for Congress, State Governors and Legislators, County Supervisors and our Mayors and any other elected official. Put another way; when 80% of your constituents think you're doing a crappy job, odds are you saw that figure rising and the moment it hit 51% the warning shot was fired over your bow. When it hit 70% you had a hole in your boat and probably should have both modified your course and began polling citizens, civic planners, scientists, artists; hippies, bankers, anyone and everyone, on what you might do to improve your performance, and heal your reputation by delivering real solutions to real problems citizens are faced with every single day.
Granted, a rapid change in high level leadership can create chaos; but we already have that today, so there's no big loss there. Granted, Americans can be a fickle group and a popular President today can easily become vilified the moment the food stamp program get slashed, or health insurance rates take a hike. Granted, if our currency goes into a freefall, as many economists predict, and we can't get the oil we need, if we begin experiencing brown outs and black outs like many developing nations endure daily, and if our highways continue to deteriorate just like our system of healthcare, ag and manufacturing sectors, its going to be pretty tough to stay in the Oval Office when such a system of rapid REJECTION is in place. That said, these negative trends are already with us across the board and I don't see either Presidential Candidate really mentally capable of fixing any of them; not one. To assume Hillary will fix things is insane; she's a known felon with absolutely no remorse, and though not convicted in a court of law, every American paying attention knows it. To assume Donald can fix it is to believe a businessman who often bases his profits and retained earnings on bankruptcy laws, and who would alienate a huge Latin American population, gays, women - name the group - is equally insane. Donald might actually be good for America, as he might be able to gut a lot of the bloat in government today, but at the end of the day, would you rather have a surgeon or a wreckless butcher performing your open heart surgery?
The answer, I believe, is to enact a series of laws that require a politician at any level to step aside quickly when a massive, popular vote of NO CONFIDENCE appears; whether its a poll taken weekly, then summarized and enacted upon on a monthly or quarterly basis, or whether we simply employ such a law to regulate Congress, quickly removing Legislators who refuse to impeach any President who acquires a massive level of public wrath measured by frequent, regular, popular vote driven surveys managed by a known, impartial, trusted audit team; i.e. your local librarian staff. Perhaps if the libraries around the nation benefited financially from educating our young and at the same time, acting as a central community gathering place for political and charitable action committees, we'd see some improvements. Frank Zappa said "If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library." and with the emergence of google, wikipedia and thankfully, the retention of libraries in our culture, there's little or no excuse for Americans not to continue obtaining an education, especially during this period of national crisis.
With the technology that exists TODAY there's little or no excuse for failing to develop the polls, surveys and rapid voting mechanisms that would provide politicians with a "HOW AM I DOING?" answer, and if a rapid REJECT mechanism was built into every political office, things would probably get better much faster than any other method we could devise. Put another way; a drunk surgeon shows up to do your heart surgery and you happen to wake up just as they have begun cutting you open. You realize that person is patently unqualified to both perform the job ahead, let alone care for your life along the way. No matter how many other expert healthcare professionals might be present, wouldn't you vote to "STOP EVERYTHING. EJECT THIS CLOWN AND BRING IN ANOTHER SOBER, QUALIFIED TEAM LEADER?".
Do you really think repairing our fragile, torn, crippled, dying nation is any less critical than your open heart surgery? Do you realize Washington D.C. has one of, if not the highest rate of alcoholism in our country? That's a huge "in-your-face" clue as to why things are as bad as they are in our nation and communities today.
We have TV shows like the Apprentice or Survivor where only the best make it to the final episode. As Donald himself knows all too well, substandard performance gets you "FIRED!". There's no big trial; no long expensive paperwork trail. Its done with a smile, perhaps a pat on the back for those good things you were able to accomplish early on, but if you lack the stamina or ingenuity or prudence to continue making progress, guess what? You're done. Get out. Let someone else take the ball and run from wherever we are towards the goal line.
Some will argue, and rightly so, that in a nation where the top political leader can be rotated like a pair of shoes, the only real power lies in a military Junta of corrupt, power hungry Generals and those who serve them or are "taken out". Well, if you've intimately studied American politics, that's what we have today anyway. Get a clue. Ike warned us about the Industrial Military Complex, wives of military officers and the officers themselves have come forward and revealed the way things work, so its no big surprise to see Obama swearing he's going to reduce deployment, then not long after he's in office, continue America's occupation in foreign lands. Its no big surprise to see every nation on earth condemn Israel for the situation in Palestine, and then see the U.S. is the only nation to veto resolutions that might force Israel to mend its ways. Its no surprise to see Orthodox Jews making overtures with Iran, while the government of Israel and Hillary threaten to bomb Iran into oblivion. It is no surprise to see rising rosters of homeless in America while we spend trillions fighting wars to acquire oil at a time in human history when we've already proven we can get all the energy we need to run entire nations from wind and solar projects; if we actually built them.
And so the question of whether or not a rapid rotation of Presidents or Congressmen, Governors or Mayors might lead to a nation led by military leaders has already been answered; we already are. Perhaps only by putting someone in the Oval Office who understands this problem early on can we expect American streets to look less like battle grounds, and American Cops to look and act less like U.S. troops in Iraq. I may be wrong, but the system in place is patently corrupt, patently defective and completely ineffective. Whatever Democracy and America were SUPPOSED to be 200 plus years later it surely has not become.
The solution? Throw the bums out and do it with less fanfare, less budget and less lost time. Hey, we might even make a weekly TV show out of it. Why do we have to wait forever for a State Of The Union address? When a nation is as messed up as we are today, a weekly 15 - 30 minute BOARD MEETING with American Stakeholders - every citizen - seems more appropriate. Like any board meeting, it should cover Old Business; i.e. programs being implemented and their QC Metrics produced by third party citizen bodies, and available online for download and analysis, and New Business, proposals for new programs, budgets, and a selection of innovative ideas that were gathered from the citizens themselves. A true representative of Americans would embrace their people, their ideas, their audits, and actively seek their opinions of their performance in office. A true representative of Americans wouldn't need a LAW to leave office if they knew their performance sucked and an overwhelming majority of Americans wanted them out; they'd just apologize - quickly - and step aside.
And so the BLUEPRINT to fix America quickly, if not in time to avoid a complete meltdown, probably includes a rapid REJECT/RE-ELECT process. Its like a Jehovah Witness I know explained, as they are looking for good honest souls; "You have to sift through a lot of mud to find a few flakes of gold." Its a lot like the kids I teach in hard-core neighborhoods; you have A students, B students and F students. Very few kids are C or D students for long in a well run class. They are either encouraged and want to learn, and soon rise to the B or A level, or they are not encouraged or lack the desire and in a well run class they fail within a week or two and are asked to go spend their time in some class, some where, that they actually want to participate in. There is little sense in wasting time trying to teach a kid something they really do not wish to learn. The old saying "You can't teach a Pig to sing; you waste your time and just annoy the Pig." applies.
And so the BLUEPRINT also means putting the right students in the right classes, and ensuring ALL STUDENTS understand the value of useful, productive work that requires skills America needs to remain competitive; unfortunately, ballet isn't one of them. If a kid wants to learn to play guitar or piano; great. Let them learn it like I did and study at home after finishing their math and science homework. They'll know it better and learn it faster at les cost than mommy having to spend hundreds or even thousands on piano lessons or instruments for a school marching band. I was also in a marching, orchestra and jazz band and while I have fond memories of it and wish America was so wealthy it could continue to afford these types of electives, those days are long gone. WHEN we have a balanced budget and WHEN we have kids no longer living in cars with their mothers anywhere in America - and I mean ANYWHERE - and WHEN we have cured our nation of our addiction to oil and plastic clothing; WHEN we have enough spare renewable energy to drive desalination plants to irrigate our fields to replace the crops lost due to global warming and ever-widening regions of drought, and WHEN we have desalination plants - 100's if not 1,000's of them - that do not produce dead zones from brine discharge, do not run by burning coal, LNG, petroleum, or require any process that produces nuclear waste; WHEN we have a planet that is not engaged in wars over in ground assets used to drive unsustainable economies and consumer practices, and WHEN we have Judges, Mayors, School Teachers, Governors, Legislators and Presidents all keenly aware that if they screw up a POPULAR VOICE can hand them a Pink Slip in a blink, THEN I will happily support schools with music and painting electives. In the meantime, the basics please; its all we can really afford and any child who really wants to learn to carve wood can take a class online, get a paper route or learn to repair computers in a free class they study online at their local library, then save their pennies to buy their first chisel, paint brush, ballet slippers, guitar or upright piano as the case may be.
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Morning Coffee

The White House will roll out a long-awaited infrastructure plan today, which already faces hurdles in Congress because it doesn't offer as much new federal funding as Democrats want, or directly address how to pay for the effort. President Trump will propose spending $200B over 10 years, mostly in the form of grants designed to encourage states and cities to raise their own money for infrastructure projects, hoping to spark $1.5T in new investment.
Economy
Following last week's roller coaster ride, U.S. stock index futures are up by 1.2%, but with yields on U.S. 10-year Treasury paper touching a four-year top of 2.885%, it's too early to sound an all-clear on volatility. Another upcoming challenge will be the release of U.S. consumer price data on Wednesday - given that it was fears of faster inflation, and thus more aggressive rate rises, that triggered the global rout in the first place.
"There is a clear path forward [on NAFTA] and we're working very hard together on that path," said Canada's Justin Trudeau, capping a U.S. tour Saturday in Los Angeles. "Let's not step back from the progress our countries have made... A generation later, it can be morning in North America." He also identified several tough issues - including Chapter 11 investor-state dispute panels, U.S. proposals for the auto sector, and a U.S. demand for a sunset clause.
Longest blackout in U.S. history... An explosion at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback to fully restore power to the territory more than five months after Hurricane Maria. Just last week, Fluor (NYSE:FLR) confirmed that its crews supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have helped to restore power to more than 232K customers throughout the island since arriving in October.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang "at an early date", potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than a decade. Moon steered clear of any immediate commitments in response to the North's offer, saying he hoped to "create the environment" for such a summit to take place. The development extends a thaw in cross-border relations that saw the two Koreas' athletes march together under a unified flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Stocks
Comcast is considering a new offer for Twenty-First Century Fox's (NASDAQ:FOXA) assets despite an agreement in December to sell them to Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) for $52.4B, WSJ reports. Its original bid was reportedly around $60B, but there were concerns that a deal could face antitrust challenges. Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) might even be prepared to remove certain assets from the deal, or zero in on something in particular, such as European pay TV giant Sky (OTCQX:SKYAY).
Walt Disney is also changing the admission price for its U.S. theme parks, raising the cost of some single-day tickets by almost 9%. Theme parks are Disney's (DIS) second-largest division, bringing in $18.4B in revenue and $3.8B in operating income for the fiscal year that ended in September. In other news, Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) has signed a deal to offer Disney shows on its Youku video streaming platform.
Broadcom has secured as much as $100B of debt financing for its attempted takeover of Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), WSJ reports. Locking down funding for the deal would remove a major question mark over the hostile bid, which if successful would be the biggest technology takeover ever. Qualcomm and Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) intend to meet Wednesday to discuss the potential deal.
In a sale overseen by the Chinese government, Blackstone (NYSE:BX) may be reacquiring some assets from Anbang, including New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel and Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Bloomberg reports. Blackstone scored big in 2016 when a company it owned - Hilton Worldwide - sold the Waldorf for a record $1.95B. Less than two years later, Blackstone sold its stake in Hilton to China's HNA Group.
1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu, tying the highest level of the virus seen in the U.S. since the swine flu of 2009. "This is a difficult season, and we can't predict how much longer the severe season will last," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the CDC. Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were also responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths last week, and that's "likely to rise."
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is stopping to promote the drug and other opioids to doctors amid a series of state and municipal lawsuits that blame the company for contributing to the opioid epidemic. It will also cut its U.S. sales force by more than 50%, to about 200 people, while remaining representatives "will no longer be visiting offices to engage in discussions about opioid products." Related tickers: JNJ, ENDP, TEVA, ABC, MCK, INSY, DEPO, AGN, ALKS, MNK, AMPH, PFE, TTNP, BDSI, DRRX, CARA, COLL, EGLT, PTIE, ACUR, PTX, ACRX,IPCI, KMPH, TRVN, CXW, BDSI, OPNT
Citigroup is setting up an innovation center in London in one of the first investments by a big U.S. bank since Brexit, FT reports. The location will house 60 technologists, as well as the EMEA unit of Citi ventures and employees from across the company's businesses. Despite the move, Citi (NYSE:C) has picked Frankfurt for its new post-Brexit EU headquarters.
One of the final fines for banks involved in the financial crisis looks to be nearing resolution. The U.K. Treasury has held secret talks with U.S. officials aimed at accelerating a multibillion dollar fine for Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) that would finally draw a line under its pre-bailout misconduct, Sky News reports. While RBS has already set aside £2.4B to cover the DOJ penalty, some analysts predict a fine could be higher than £5B.
Credit Suisse faces a U.S. class action lawsuit over $1B in writedowns it took in 2015 and 2016 linked to its trading division, leading to a drop in share price and costing investors millions, SonntagsZeitung reports. The plaintiffs in the case include the pension funds of fire departments and police departments in the U.S. city of Birmingham. According to Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), the case is "without merit."
Warren Buffett's footprint is expanding to Dubai. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BRK.A, BRK.B) has established an office in the Dubai International Financial Center after gaining a license from the regulator. The insurer also has Asian regional hubs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau as it seeks to win over new clients in the region.
Unilever is threatening to pull back its advertising from popular tech platforms, including YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), if they don’t do more to combat the spread of fake news, hate speech and divisive content. According to Unilever's (NYSE:UL) annual report, the consumer-products giant is one of the world's largest advertisers, spending more than $9B last year to market its brands such as Lipton, Dove and Knorr.
Amazon paid about $90M to buy the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips, sources told Reuters. Analysts had thought the deal related to smart delivery program Amazon Key, but it may have centered on lowering production costs and lengthening the battery life of the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Cloud Cam and Echo speaker. Blink says its cameras can last two years on a single pair of AA lithium batteries.
Takata's U.S. unit has reached a settlement with representatives of those fatally injured by defective air bags, paving the way for the company to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy and move forward with a reorganization plan. At least 16 people have died and more than 180 have been injured due to Takata's (OTCPK:TKTDQ) inflators, which touched off the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history.
"The response from our customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional," said Joe Hinrichs, president of global operations for Ford (NYSE:F). As a result, the automaker will expand production of the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator by approximately 25%. According to research firm AutoData, Navigator sales surged 88.6% in January.
Emirates has firmed up an order to buy as many as 36 Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) A380 aircraft worth as much as $16B at list prices, ensuring production of the world’s biggest passenger jet for at least the next decade. The order, for 20 of the double-decker planes with an option for 16 more, was originally announced on a provisional basis in mid-January. Deliveries are due to begin in 2020.
Airbus has also halted all deliveries of its Pratt & Whitney-powered (NYSE:UTX) A320neo after the latest disclosure in a series of flaws with the next-generation engine, according to IndiGo, the company's biggest customer for the aircraft. EASA has warned of a new issue on the troubled engine program that may be connected to several in-flight shut downs, Bloomberg reports, and as many as 11 of the 113 delivered Pratt-powered A320neos (OTCPK:EADSY) have been grounded.
Space station privatization? The White House plans to stop funding the ISS after 2024 and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, The Washington Post reports. NASA already subcontracts certain ISS support operations, such as supply flights carried out by SpaceX (Private:SPACE) and Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), while Boeing (NYSE:BA) operates the station for NASA, which costs the agency $3B-$4B per year.
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Can you suggest a good use for 30 kW?

A home exists with a 44.4 kW PV system and several hundred kWhs of lithium-ion batteries. On Sunny days when all the cars are fully charged and the home battery backup is fully charged the inverters are rejecting 30 kw or more for several hours at a time.
So other than the items listed below can you suggest a "cheap to setup/reasonably easy to sell" use for this energy?
Things already covered:
This is not a hypothetical, the house, PV, batteries are all in use and production can be monitored at http://skie.net/
an example of lost unused power is http://wk057.solaproductiongraphs/2016-03-01.png
loads are computer controlled to increase and decrease based on battery status and solar PV available but more loads are needed if some way to add a load exists that could generate funds if "free" electricity can be converted into funds in reasonable way.
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News roundup for the previous week.
In International news
  1. Farcical US election is evidence of Washington's hypocritical democracy: China
  2. Russia warns South Korea of consequences if THAAD deployed
  3. Russia, China have good prospects for cooperation development - China’s Commerce Minister
  4. President al-Assad to Chinese Phoenix TV: any foreign troops coming to Syria without permission are invaders-video
  5. Ray McGovern on Russia, China, and U.S. Exceptionalism
  6. Chinese fugitive officials have nowhere to hide: By the end of 2016, 2,566 fugitives had been extradited or repatriated from over 90 countries and regions, with assets worth about 8.6 billion yuan ($1.25 billion) recovered
  7. Trump could be handing a big gift to China: Without the TPP facilitating capital flows, China is likely to overtake the U.S. as the largest source of foreign direct investment for ASEAN. China has seized the opportunity afforded by Trump’s wall on the U.S. border with Mexico to reach out
  8. Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China: The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show
  9. Trump reportedly plans to host China's president in April
  10. International Women’s Day in China: Chinese Women Dominate List of World’s Female Billionaires
  11. Chinese cruise passengers put patriotism above tourism by skipping South Korean port visit
  12. N. Korea, THAAD key topics for Trump's summit with Xi: White House
  13. 3,300 Chinese cruise passengers stage boycott at South Korean resort amid missile shield row: A Jeju official was quoted as saying that smaller groups of Chinese tourists had refused to ­disembark in Jeju in recent days but the scale of this protest was surprising
  14. Brics Plus: China wants more countries in grouping; will India's influence be reduced? Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has come up with the idea of expanding the membership of the five-nation economic grouping too include other emerging economies like Mexico, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
  15. One of China's 'Most-Wanted' Fugitives Returns From US to Surrender: Wang Jiazhe is the 39th fugitive on the list to return
  16. No need to choose between China and United States, Premier Li Keqiang says
  17. Korean crisis: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang doesn't want chaos on China's doorstep
  18. Tillerson to warn China of sanctions over North Korea
  19. China: We respect Philippines' rights over Benham Rise
  20. China pledges firm response if Japan interferes in South China Sea
  21. Trump’s Top China Expert Isn’t a China Expert (lol)
  22. Why China Wants In on Syria's Reconstruction Program
  23. Tan Zhongyi, 25-Year-Old Female Chinese Chess Player Wins 2017 Women's World Chess Championship
  24. Saudi Arabia, China sign deals worth up to $85 billion
  25. China's Fan wins 3rd straight women's 500m gold at short track worlds
  26. The next meeting for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be held in Chile's capital Santiago after the withdrawal of the United States and with the participation of China
  27. Beijing, Saudi Arabia agree to more oil cooperation, exports to China
  28. China, U.S. in talks on meeting between presidents
  29. UK is helping China build a new Silk Road: January, the first freight train from China’s eastern town of Yiwu arrived in London. So far, leaders from more than 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America have confirmed attendance to Beijing's Belt and Road Forum in May
  30. US and China agree tensions on Korean Peninsula are at a 'rather dangerous level'
  31. Travel booms as China, Philippines improve ties
  32. China ready to help build Mindanao railway
  33. PM Benjamin Netanyahu flies to China amid coalition crisis
In Domestic news
  1. China praises courts for punishing state security crimes
  2. "China's population to peak to 1.45 billion by 2030"
  3. China to Step Up Observations, Tourism in South China Sea: China is expanding its presence in the South China Sea with plans to build an underwater observation system and to send tourists to the disputed areas
  4. Chinese officials ring alarm bells as IS video shows militants vowing to launch attack
  5. China says investment will help unification with Taiwan
  6. "China's Communist Party hardens rhetoric on Islam"
  7. New rules forbid retired officials in Beijing from practicing religious activities
  8. Lhasa tops China's happiest cities in 2016: CCTV poll
  9. China legislature giving more seats to women, workers
  10. ‘When are you going back to Arabia?’: How Chinese Muslims became the target of online hate
  11. China consumer day show skewers Nike shoes, Muji foods
  12. A New Baby Boom Is Happening in China's Smaller Cities
  13. Beijing ‘to slash foreign picture book numbers’: publishers urged to focus on domestically generated books
  14. China's new bitcoin rules call for identity check
  15. Over Half Say Gender Equality on the Rise in China: Survey canvassed 2,002 Chinese, 23.4 percent of whom came from the countryside
  16. The chart that shows China’s baby-making frenzy since it lifted its one-child policy: The country recorded 18.46 million live births in 2016, leading to “the largest annual number of newborns since 2000"
  17. China to cut Foreigners Some Slack, Will Start Issuing 5-Year Work Permits
  18. China rebrands Cold War nuclear bunker as tourist draw
  19. China Decreased Their Fossil Fuel Use While Increasing Their Energy Use
  20. When China’s White-Hat Hackers Go Patriotic: after Lotte Group’s website crashed, Huaxia Hacker Alliance took credit. Huaxia advertises themselves as white-hat. Since the 1990s, many Chinese hackers have readily exchanged white-hats for red-hats 红帽子 whenever they feel their nation is under assault
  21. Put us on the map, please: China's smaller cities go wild for starchitecture
In SciTech news
  1. A new approach to improving lithium-sulfur batteries: authors include researchers from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shenzhen University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University in China
  2. Hong Kong university reveals complete genetic sets of nasopharyngeal cancer: Chinese University findings may lead to development of new drugs for a more targeted approach in treating patients
  3. Diabetes drug may be effective against deadly form of breast cancer, study suggests: Researchers in China have discovered that a metabolic enzyme called AKR1B1 drives an aggressive type of breast cancer
  4. China is working on a new manned spaceship that can fly both in low earth orbit, as well as a moon landing mission. The spacecraft is recoverable and can carry six people in low earth orbit and three to four in a moon landing mission
  5. China's Didi launches Silicon Valley research hub
  6. China Fast Catching up With AI Robots Manufacturing
  7. First results of CRISPR gene editing of normal embryos released: team in China has corrected genetic mutations in some of the cells in three normal human embryos using the CRISPR genome editing technique. The latest study is the first to describe the results of using CRISPR in viable human embryos
  8. Two Chinese win Science Prizes
  9. Researchers assemble five new fully artificial yeast chromosomes: A team at Tsinghua University led an effort where six teams built in pieces synthetic chromosome XII (synXII), which was then assembled into a final molecule more than a million base pairs (a megabase) in length
  10. Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Lab Unveils Synthetic Speech System: The Chinese search giant’s Deep Voice system learns to talk in just a few hours with little or no human interference
  11. China to Unveil World's First Civilian Sub Developed Jointly With Russia by 2018: China is set to unveil a civilian submarine, developed with participation of Russian scientists, by the end of the year
  12. The Next U.S.-China Arms Race: Artificial Intelligence? Currently, PLA thinkers anticipate the advent of an “intelligentization Revolution in Military Affairs” that will result in a transformation from informatized ways of warfare to future “intelligentized” (智能化) warfare
  13. The future is here: China sounds a clarion call on AI funding, policies to surpass US: Artificial intelligence has made its way on to the agenda of the government’s annual political show in Beijing, urged on by the country’s business and technology elites
  14. China's Space Station: Tianhe-1 module to be followed by Tianzhou-2, Shenzhou-12. Tianzhou-2 will dock with and supply Tianhe-1 in low Earth orbit. Shenzhou-12 crewed spacecraft will visit Tianhe-1, which is the first of three large modules that will make up the completed Chinese Space Station
  15. China outpaces India in internet access, smartphone ownership
  16. Beijing to release national artificial intelligence development plan: Wan Gang, the minister of science and technology, said the plan, which aims to facilitate the adoption of the technology in a wide range of areas, including “economy, social welfare, environmental protection and national security”
  17. The secret Maoist Chinese operation that conquered malaria — and won a Nobel - Salon.com
  18. Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate electricity from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.
  19. China starts building huge cosmic-ray observatory to study the evolution of the universe
  20. China’s Undersea Lab Station to Boost Country’s Deep-Sea Research Efforts: undersea lab station is planned to hold up to 12 people and last for months underwater
  21. BeiDou navigates its way to global stage: system with a constellation of 35 satellites by 2020. GLAC to set up an alliance for enterprises that seek to take BeiDou products and solutions to markets along the Belt and Road Initiative
  22. A new clip from Science Channel's "Impossible Engineering" highlights the astonishingly large Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in China
  23. Cube iWork1x Review - Z8350 2-in-1 Windows 10 Tablet
  24. How China is Becoming a World Leader in Artificial Intelligence: Data Ecosystem - large volume of user data for algorithms and AI programs. Research and development - AI patent applications grew 186% from previous 5 years. Strong growth projected - 202 Chinese AI startups raised US$1 billion in 2016
In Economic news
  1. The New Industrial Revolution In China Is Here
  2. After $225 Billion in Deals Last Year, China Reins In Overseas Investment - The New York Times
  3. The European Patent Office published its 2016 annual report today, showing an “unprecedented level of patent filings,” and underlining the growing number of patent applications from China
  4. China to start intellectual property rights pilot reform
  5. Ivanka Trump was importing 50 tonnes of Chinese clothing as her father was saying 'buy American'
  6. What Trump Doesn't Understand About China's Entrepreneurial Culture - China doesn't want to be the world's technology manufacturer; it wants to displace Silicon Valley as the world's technology innovator.
  7. The Truth About doing business in China from Alibaba, Didi Chuxing
  8. Trump is already losing to China in technology
  9. China poised to top global corporate patents
  10. Competing with the Chinese Factory of 2017 - Deep manufacturing expertise and extensive supply chains give China a lead that will be tough to overcome.
  11. Chinese pharma firms target the global market
  12. Being bullish on China is no longer an outlier view
  13. Clean Energy Could Spark a Trade War Between the US and China
  14. Chinese enterprises hired some 1.5 million foreigners overseas in 2016 amid their rapid global expansion, China's commerce minister said. Overseas Chinese enterprises recorded 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars in sales volume last year, bringing 40 billion U.S. dollars of taxes to host countries
  15. China's Sinopec nears deal to buy Chevron's South African assets
  16. While Trump complains about open markets, China and Germany are embracing free trade
  17. Russian scientists and Chinese business collaboration development
  18. 'Global powerhouse' business competition with ties to China now in Toronto
  19. China reins in overseas investment after $300b in 2016
In Military news
  1. China will use steam catapults on its third aircraft carrier instead of electromagnetic launch but the fourth will mostly catchup to US technology
  2. The PLA’s Potential Breakthrough in High-Power Microwave Weapons: In the near term, the PLA’s probable employment of this HPM could be as a ship-borne anti-missile system or to reinforce China’s air defense systems
  3. China developing military drones that can evade radar, anti-aircraft weapons: CASIC is also interested in developing near-space drones, which would travel in Earth's atmosphere at altitudes of 20 to 100km, above the top altitudes of commercial airliners but below orbiting satellites
  4. China to intercept 'intruding' aircraft, follow military vessels amid efforts to strengthen navy
  5. Inside China’s High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal: If Beijing’s military provides the funding for the scientists’ proposed five-ton chemical laser, it could be operational by 2023. The weapon would be capable of destroying enemy satellites in orbit from its position in lower Earth orbit
  6. China ready to neutralise THAAD, retired PLA general says: All the country’s armed forces had the capacity to interfere with radar signals. Yue said an ideal place to install the Chinese equipment was on the Shandong peninsula on the country’s east coast, opposite South Korea
  7. Report: Israel Passes U.S. Military Technology to China
  8. Tillerson puts military action 'on the table' over North Korea
  9. Pakistan has inducted an advanced Chinese made LY-80 (LOMADS) Surface to Air missile defence system to secure its airspace from any sort of misadventure, a statement from the ISPR said
  10. China to expand marine corps for deployment in Gwadar, Djibouti: China is constructing a naval base in Djibouti to provide logistical support in one of the world's busiest waterways in the Indian Ocean
  11. Stealth fighter soon powered by local engines: "It will not take a long time for our fifth-generation combat plane to have China-made engines," said Chen Xiangbao, vice-president of the AECC Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials
  12. China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island: An image of North Island in the Paracels group taken on March 6 shows recent work including land clearing and possible preparation for a harbour to support what experts believe may be eventual military installations
Other Notables
  1. Is Google another step closer to being unblocked in China?
  2. Mainland Chinese student 'detained for spying' in Taiwan is a anti-CCP KMT supporter
  3. Sun Wukong's Journey to the West | WooKong
  4. Pictures: Naigu stone forest in China's Yunnan
  5. The Great Wall of China on a cold day (x-post Damnthatsinteresting)
  6. [Analysis South Korea part 2] Fourth months ago before mainstream medias , I made an analisys on the situation of south Korea on this sub , this is the second part , just an update
  7. South Korea: Park's exit seen as chance to reset China relations
  8. Britain can be a key partner in China's new Silk Road
  9. Chinese Actors Don’t Have to Settle for Hollywood’s Racism Anymore
  10. While the West Fiddles, China Races to Define the Future
  11. The Rise of China and the Future of the West
  12. How We Address Strangers, How We View the World (East Asians, like the Chinese, Address Strangers via Familial Titles, "Uncles" or "Aunties", Europeans Use "Mister", Which Originated From An Aristocratic Title "Master", a commonly used English honorific for men under the rank of knighthood)
  13. China Could Reshape the Post-U.S. World Order, but Does It Want To?
  14. "Iron Fist" (Kung fu cultural appropriation) has flopped hard
  15. The Kingdom of Women: China’s ‘lost tribe’ of matriarchs, the Mosuo | Post Magazine
  16. Casting of white actors in college play causes furor at Central Washington U: They were using historical derogatory slurs — equivalent of the N-word for Chinese Addison complained. Robinson said We’re not looking for any kind of ethnic...it wouldn’t be uncommon to cast an Asian person as Hamlet
  17. Oldest-Known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Han Dynasty Emperor
  18. American Unrest Proves China Got the Internet Right
  19. Meet China’s SexyCyborg: does projects to show creative culture. What reactions do you get? (clothes) Overwhelmingly positive in China. Intersection between beautiful women and creativity goes back thousands of years. As for people in the West, my appearance seem to be more important than anything
  20. Ghost in The Shell PSA
  21. Pictures: Fairyland on earth Baishi Mountain in Hebei, China
  22. (x-post from AI) Asian American artist Joshua Luna and his take on the upcoming Iron Fist show
  23. Beijing's Dancing Grannies Put on Headphones
  24. 16 Must-Know Etiquette Rules for Your Next Trip to China
  25. Mysterious pyramid-shaped tomb discovered under Chinese construction site
  26. Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China
  27. Forgotten ally? China's unsung role In World War II (As the 1st Nation to enter WW2, with total casualties at more than 14 million, If China had surrendered in 1938, History might be very different)
  28. "Shen Yun - The First Time I Left a Performance"
  29. 4K Timelapse: BEIJING IN MOTION 2017
  30. Harbin Opera House
  31. Pictures: Scenery of Suzhou Lion Grove Garden
  32. Westerners Want Chinese To Understand China Through Western Concepts
  33. Lightning-quick cashier counting goes viral online
  34. World's Longest Single Spherical Hinge Bridge Section Completes Rotation In North China City
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