Short Note on Facing Vulnerabilities

While shows like this serve as fear p*rn for some; they also illustrate some of the core vulnerabilities of our civilization. Look around your home at all the things you depend on like the water, power, natural gas, flushing toilets, etc. Do you rely on these things, or are they only there for comfort? What would life be like if these things were gone? Do you have a back-up plan?

Most folks dismiss questions like this because they assume the chances of a wide-spread calamity is unlikely. But did you know that large corporations ask themselves these questions and write-up business continuity plans to prevent disaster when unexpected occur? Prudence and planning isn’t paranoid… it’s what people who live strategically do every day.

China Overtakes U.S. As World’s Largest Economy

Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us in April that it was all about to happen. Basically, the method used by the IMF adjusts for purchasing power parity, explained here.” – Business Insider

The rise of China was bound to happen. No amount of progress on built on debt can ever surpass indefinitely the potential for progress built on production. It’s simple math.

Now we wait and watch for the official news that the Petrodollar is declared dead. It may take weeks or months, but it will happen. What is unknown is wether the PetroYuan will replace it – or if bilateral trading will take over leaving no reserve currency in the Dollar’s place.


36 Year Low Labor Participation Rate Explains Low Unemployment Rate

While by now everyone should know the answer, for those curious why the US unemployment rate just slid once more to a meager 5.9%, the lowest print since the summer of 2008, the answer is the same one we have shown every month since 2010: the collapse in the labor force participation rate, which in September slide from an already three decade low 62.8% to 62.7% – the lowest in over 36 years, matching the February 1978 lows. And while according to the Household Survey, 232K people found jobs, what is more disturbing is that the people not in the labor force, rose to a new record high, increasing by 315,000 to 92.6 million!” – Zero Hedge.

What baffles me is that the media touts the low unemployment rate as a good thing – but these numbers don’t lie.


HealthMap May Become Very Popular

The freely available Web site ‘’ and mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’ deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers.” – About HealthMap

A very cool infectious disease tracking website just came across my computer’s desktop. This should be very helpful for monitoring the Ebola and other outbreaks. See the map live now & sign-up for free alerts.

Russia Discovers Massive Arctic Oil Field

In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia’s coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico.” – Zero Hedge

Imagine that. So surprised. Who would have guessed there was oil under the Arctic. Oh, so maybe that’s why they re-established that abandoned military base up there. Yawn. Duh.

Next up… continued world divisions and moves away from Petrodollar. Got seat belts?

How Can We (The People) Stop This New War?

I’m at a loss. Our government seems hell bent on destroying the Middle East. Logic tells us that they know this will inevitably cause a backlash on U.S. Soil. So does that mean they want war on U.S. soil?

The pessimist in me tells me that the events unfolding today are more like dominos falling at this point. In other words shear momentum is carrying this forward and there is probably not much that can be done to stop it from toppling that last domino.

The optimist in me hopes that the people of the world, who mostly don’t want war at any time, will raise their voices loud enough to stop this chain reaction.

Update: Seems the video I linked to has been made private.


Bill Maher Is Right from the Left and Divides the Two

Bill is usually right; the problem is with his delivery. These are not Left/Right issues, but people love the team sports, so he remains popular with the Left. The net-effect is an increased divide between Americans who subscribe to the Left/Right Paradigm.

If he were to deliver it any differently, and not leverage the Left/Right divide, his jokes wouldn’t be funny… that’s his schtick after all so expect nothing to change. So after listening to this people are left with the impression that IS/ISIS/ISIL is no threat to America and we should eat organic.

Of course we should eat organic… if they labeled the stuff in the store ‘Made with Pesticides‘ and ‘Made without Pesticides‘ the healthier food would probably be easier to spot for anyone.

Of course IS/ISIS/ISIL may be planning on leveraging our open border for domestic attacks on America.  The only way you fight a more powerful enemy is through asymmetric warfare. So the only way to establish their Caliphate is to cut our achilles heel here at home so we can’t so easily chase them through the desert.

I’m as liberal as they come, so liberal in fact that I gave up on political team sports a long time ago. I don’t usually tune into guys like Bill Maher because they constantly drive divides between Americans.

In times like these shouldn’t we drop our differences, agree to disagree on the little stuff, and focus on the crap on the table?

BTW… the hedge trimmer joke was racist – and liberal audience laughed.