Category Archives: Physical resources

You can hold in you hand or touch it, but what are you going to do with it?

OM free kitchen: can you see the light?

It's even funnier when you realize that 'Hella' is a German headlight manufacturer, and the word 'Hella' sounds like the German word 'heller' beaning 'brighter'. There is also other levels to this for the insiders.

It’s even funnier when you realize that ‘Hella’ is a German headlight manufacturer, and the word ‘Hella’ sounds like the German word ‘heller’ beaning ‘brighter’. There are also other levels to this for the insiders.

Kepler186f: a new world discovered

So this week with the money that isn’t wasted on wars and war toys a possibly habitable planet was discovered.

http://www.space.com/25526-earthsize-planet-kepler-186f-habitable-infographic.html

http://mashable.com/2014/04/17/kepler186f-habitable-zone-life/

Humanity has a ‘Carl Sagan’ moment get wide eyed in wonder and then puts it head back to the grind.

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Cygnus, somewhere in here is the possible new world called Kepler 186f

 

So in the constellation of Cygnus is a Red Dwarf star (M dwarf) called kepler 186 and its 5th planet rotates around this star about 1/3 of the distance we rotate around our sun. But that is about as accurate as saying somewhere in Australia I dropped a bottle top with my phone number written on it. Any way this planet is believed to be in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, not to cold, not too hot, and is thought to have the right temperature for liquid water and therefore life. The panet has been in that position for a few billion years so life would have had time to evolve, if thats how life really comes about.

Downside: its 490 light years away, even a laser beam (or radio wave) pulsing data to and from such a place would take 490 years to make a one way journey. If you

thought your internet was slow I assure you this would be a lot worse. So other than a wormhole or faster than light speed travel we are not getting there anytime soon

This is all really great, a real testament to science to find such a thing.

But just think what would we do if we sat in our space ship in orbit of this world.  Surely we could land and make conquest of the place, but is that the right thing
to do? Think of the scientific discoveries that could be made just to study the place.  Would we think of the plants and animals there as simply food and raw
materials? A place for collecting trophies and trinkets for exorbitant resale on earth.

That’s not just Marble, it’s Kepler Marble; very expensive…

 

What if there were sentient creatures there? Would we simply shove them aside like previous conquest of new worlds? We have discovered new worlds before and look how it ended for those who were on the new world when it was ‘discovered’. North America was ‘new world’, Central America was a ‘new world’, South America was a ‘new world’, Australia was a ‘new world’ (though not specifically called that). Imagine a ten ton mining truck squashing a small animal unknown to science, and then realize it can happen here too, the fact it happens somewhere else makes it no more less of a tragedy.

So while we might find a ‘new world’ we are hardly ready to go there without being remarkable destructive, so perhaps Kepler 186f is safe for now from a world not quite ready to deal with its own problems.

Imagine the irony, we discover habitable planet(s) only after peak oil, and therefore have no way to get there because we literally 'ran out of gas'.

Imagine the irony, we discover habitable planet(s) only after peak oil, and therefore have no way to get there because we literally ‘ran out of gas’.

Free Cannabis 420 rally flagstaff gardens

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I must be getting old, I thought cannabis went out of fashion when roller skates, flares and disco music did.

But seriously, there is a rally in on April 20 in flagstaff gardens, so if your most recent Sunday was a bit boring get along there show your support and meet some really friendly chilled out people. When you get to the rally be sure to mention occupymelbourne.net and you might win a free sample, you also might get a quizzical look and a free sample anyway, or just the quizzical look, it’s hard to say. Another likely feature is the apparent verbal sorcery of several guys with a high level of awareness of the law demonstrating ways to make the police go away without charging anyone with anything.

 

Should the legal status of Cannabis Sativa be changed?

 

Before considering consuming any substance please do your own research, these days people are even killed by peanut butter and bee stings.

A good place to start your research is http://www.erowid.org/

No one is going to tell you how to live your life, you have to make your own decisions.

Greens Adam Bandt admits global warming a scam

In an extremely unexpected announcement The Greens party leader Adam Bandt admits global warming is not real.

Basically were a Marxist party so we really want to internally rot any country that has not accepted cultural and/or economic Marxism.

The Global Warming Carbon Tax is a perfect vehicle for this, its economically destructive, it appeals to individual guilt for an imagined problem, and it covers up while mitigating a real problem, peak oil.

Furthermore the global warming scam allows us to simply ignore all other environmental problems, the ‘death of the entire planet’ line really make all other problems seem insignificant.

As you know, most of the money the Australian government has collected via global warming / carbon tax rackets has been wasted on junkets and tribunes to the higher ups in the scam, like Al Gore, the IPCC and their paid off ‘scientists’.

I goes to show how careful one must be with the media, the public are still only just learning to filter out the bullshit we feed them constantly. Global warming and the carbon tax is just one of many ploys being used on the public.

I just had to come clean eventually, I’m politician and a lawyer, I’m expected to be honest, so I’d rather admit it now and take a small reputation hit, before I get destroyed by a clever investigative journalist.

Adam closed with this famous quote.

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.

Ukraine Chess: Russia’s first moves

Russian pawn Yukanovych to Rostov, Russian military to Crimea. Ukraine forces unknown in strength and location, fear Dnipropetrovsk under threat.

Russian pawn Yukanovych to Rostov, Russian military to Crimea.
Ukraine forces unknown in strength and location, fear Dnipropetrovsk under threat.

 

In Russia first moves of geopolitical chess they have secured their pawn in their major trading port of Rostov-on-Don, and moved forces to the Russian sympathetic region (oblast) of Crimea. Apparently minimal violence has occurred and the Russian are questioning legitimacy of the ousting of Yukanovych. Ukraine is concerned that Dnipropetrovsk (home to nuclear weapons, missile and defense industries) will be the next target for Russian occupation. Its difficult o determine whether Russia is acting with outright aggression/conquest of simply making sure things don’t get too out of control, perhaps both are true. The distance between Kiev and Moscow is similar to the distance between Melbourne and Sydney, so no one want things to get too crazy.

The Ukrainian upheaval: Some geopolitical perspectives

The Ukraine is becoming a complex and fast moving conflict with multiple factions having multiple agendas.

For the latest updates: https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR

It seems that this conflict started as a proxy war between Russia/CIS  vs  EU/US, but additional home-grown factions soon saw their chance to enter the power vacuum. The Crimea has talked of independence so what you have is at least four factions.

Some might argue Russia is simply suffering from a bruised ego, but the conflict goes deeper than this. The former USSR states are attempting to for a new USSR called the CIS, a copy of the EU incorporating many of the former USSR states.  You might be wondering why Ukraine is so important to Russia and the CIS in this plan. The answer is of course petrochemicals, not oil per se this time, but rather gas pipelines.

The Gas

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The Ukraine is strategically important have the majority of Russian gas pipelines to Europe, Without the Ukraine Russia has only one pipeline going  through  Belarus to deliver is gas to Europe. Giving Belarus a monopoly on gas delivery to Europe would make Belarus far too powerful for Russia’s liking, and far too powerful in a proposed CIS.

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Russia is of course building other pipe lines to be less dependent on the Ukraine and Belarus, but these are massive projects and take significant time and resources to complete.

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The gas deals are of course very controversial, Yukanovych and Tymoshenko were both implicated in dirty deals and skimming money off gas deals with Russia, and most recently (2010) the controversial Ukrainian decision to allow Russian to keep its black sea fleet in port of Sevastapol, on the Crimean peninsula until 2042.

The Crimea

Crimea has wanted Independence from both Russia and the Ukraine for at least a decade. The Crimean Economy is largely based on the two navies stationed there, (the Ukrainian and Russian) the industries that support the Navies.  Tourism Is economically significant being a temperate ( and Russian speaking)  beach side resort for many people of the CIS. The Crimean does not want to risk bad relations with Russia and the CIS, as the tourism money would disappear.

While Russia has other land that borders the Black sea, they have had their navy stationed In Sevastopol since 1783, briefly forced out by the Germans in WW2, so naturally feel they belong there. Sevastapol is part of the Ukraine so the Ukrainian navy feel it should belong there. As a deep water port the Crimean has some interesting advantages, because of its island/peninsula arrangement the Navy can quite easily surround and defend its port from land based attack, This makes it a natural stronghold, not something any navy would want to give up. The black sea flows through the Dardanelles past Gallipoli (which we all should know about) into the Mediterranean (of importance to the EU) and then to the rest of the world’s oceans.

This of course leads to somewhat strange situation of two navies both being stationed in the same place, almost a naval cold war.

So what this is about is the politics of the middle man.

For the Gas pipelines Ukraine and particularly Kiev are able to set the price (and quantity) of Russian gas entering the EU. Controlling this flow of energy and money between two powerful economic blocs makes for significant political power and significant risk of corruption.

For whoever controls the Crimea and Sevastopol controls the black sea and its ability to deploy naval and military force in the region. Controlling a geopolitically significant deep water seaport is an extremely powerful tool in diplomacy. Russia wants to build a gas pipeline under the black sea so will need to control the black sea to assure the project and hardly want the additional expense of building a new naval port as well.

An independent Crimea would be unlikely to create a naval fleet of its own and would likely take the highest bid to station any interested party, which could be almost anyone, Turkey, US, EU, Iran… This could become a geopolitical lottery, or just Russian Roulette.

It’s not easy being an honest middle man.

The wolf of wall street: review

The somewhat autobiographical story of Jordan Belfort and Stratton Oakmont.

The story of Jordan Belfort is closely but not exactly told in ‘wolf of wall street’. Some names and facts have been changed to protect the less guilty. In the film he alludes to what Lehman brothers and other now infamous investment/banking houses were doing with derivatives ten years before it became topical (and disastrous).

Having just Acquired his stock brokers license Jordan Belfort begins working at L.F. Rothschild as a stockbroker on wall street. Two problems: 1) This Rothschild is not related to the ultra moneyed European Rothschilds, and 2) the 1987 stock market crash occurred on his first day and he looses his job with he collapse of the company he worked for.

The circus

Jordan then stumbles into penny stocks and realizes with his license to sell blue chip stocks he can then induce the much bigger market into far riskier and stock broker lucrative penny stocks. But along the way Jordan attracts a band of merciless hustlers that become his boiler room. The film Boiler room is also about this con game. If this wasn’t enough there we the drugs, The drugs were cocaine, Quaaludes and almost anything they could get their hands on, prescription or not.
A bunch of small time drug dealers/dabblers hustle their way to the top, their modus operandi is essentially no different to the larger game. Agressive con men fueled by drugs and excess in a massive ponzi scheme, what could go wrong? The creation of an artificial empire of hookers, drugs and a charismatic cult leader imploring and mentoring his followers to rake in more mammon (money). Some of the editing in the movie even shows blatant continuity errors when Jordan is wasted on drugs. The rolling down the country club stairs to get to his car is an example, though the car damage is more obvious.

Its a fugazi

The money that goes into the market stays in the market. The pyramid is not build if people start removing the blocks. Just like removing a block from the corner of a pyramids base can collapse the whole pyramid. So if you are skilled enough to get people to invest in the first place, be skilled enough to make them keep their money in the game. All the money is fake once it enters the system, destined to never be seen again by investors.

Think about it, if the broker takes a 50% commission on the sale of $1000 of stocks the clients investment has lost 50% on day 1. The stock has to reach to more than $2000 just for the client to break even. Where exactly does the money to pay investors come from? from the fugazi vortex? No, any possible gains are then plowed back into the vortex of imaginary money. So for a penny stock investor to make money their stock price must reach more than 201% of their purchase price. While some penny stocks can do this they are rare, especially when you consider that most of the stock were subject to price manipulation in a classic pump and dump system.

A fire in the side show can spread to the big-top.

Regulators really don’t care for the victims of these frauds, they just want to make sure a few operators don’t threaten the faith in larger ponzi game (con) of money printing and taxation. Its salient point that Belfort served 22 months of a 4 year sentence for frauds totaling 110 million dollars. A small penalty for stealing the life savings of thousands of people He was forced to pay back about 10 million which mostly came from the sale of his house leaving the question open, where did the other 100 million go? Remember the guy was using a variety of money laundering systems.

22 months imprisoned for stealing 110 Million dollars from his clients, that equates one month in prison for stealing 5 million dollars.

Would you be willing to steal 5 million dollars if you punishment was only 1 month in prison and there is a good chance you were able to hide a great deal of the money and have it waiting for you secretly once you were freed?

The state is less concerned when you steal from the citizenry than when you steal from the state.
The state also punishes small thefts so much more harshly than large thefts. Recall the scene where the butler has an orgy at Jordan’s apartment and his money and jewelery is stolen. Oh the horror that some one might steal from him in a day, the amount that he might steal in a minute.

So what happens when everyone decides to go home?

The financial circus was never mean to close, it was a designed as a 24/7 365 day operation with a sucker born every minute. Unfortunately the circus became so big that it altered the town. The wars it funded eventually created a population bubble. Soon the bubble in population had fewer children than before and so did those children. Soon there were less suckers born and more wise to the game and lived long enough to collect on the bets. It was known in financial circles that 2007-2009 would be a very difficult time for markets, as the baby boomers would begin to retire and their vast proportion of the worlds wealth would begin exiting the market.
The sub prime bubble just made this problem even worse and more sudden, the market was facing the perfect storm of peak oil and peak boomer investment both oil and boomers were about to go into terminal decline.

 

Its is not that Stratton Oakmont was an anomaly in the system, its just that they exposed what the financial system is: a giant Ponzi scheme run by arrogant delusional narcissists addicted to excess and hedonism.

He was not the first Ponzi operator and he wont be the last, Bernie Madoff proved that, Madoff was just more sophisticated and low key in his approach.

But the biggest Ponzi will be implode soon, fiat currency itself.

So where is he now? Jordan Belfort currently is on the sales and motivation speaker circuit and still presumably owes tens of millions of dollars to his former investors.

CCA: Cruel Corporate America

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Some visual thoughts on the SPC Ardmona saga

Aurum: filling the gap between polymer notes and gold

Aurum: a thin layer of pure gold between printed polymer plastic layers.

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This is an interesting idea. Actually trading in gold in a familiar pocketable, foldable format.

Pros:

It is actual gold,  not a purported/flimsy claim to a thing.

Can be melted back down to pure gold.

Denomination are small about 1 -2 dollars AUD.

Fills the gap between ounce bars making gold more divisible.

A familiar format for people; a note of value.

Customizable note images.

protected from central bank manipulation largely.

Cons:

Could be forged with a gold appearing foil.

Gold cannot be tested with out destroying the note.

One denominations 1/20 of a gram meaning you would need approx 622 to make an ounce.

Gold is normally measured in troy ounces making the maths weird: i.e 622 to the ounce, a quarter of an ounce is 155.5 Aurum notes.

For small gold units people can and have used links in gold necklaces, more easily testable.

Unknowns:

How much premium is there on this gold format over ounce bars? 300%, very steep margin!Aurum price

will there be other denominations such as 1/40th gram or 1/10 gram, will denominations be in fractions of ounces to match the standard troy ounce system.

Ideas/ suggestions:

A system of 1/500th of an ounce ( and 1/1000th) would have made more sense, like the metric system or not, gold has been in troy ounces for a long time. No problem adding the metric equivalent along side this number, but still the unit should be based on troy ounces (1 troy ounce being 31.1 grams).

More security features, holograms, weird difficult to copy patterns etc. A way to optically (non destructively) verify that is really is gold and not a polymer illusion.

Accept Bitcoins for these, it think the trade would be brisk as a lot of Bitcoin investors we those a little late for the gold bug and may now wish to diversify.

Has any one considered silver coins with a small individual, removable plastic container, similar idea to this.

more info:

http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/84359/new-way-hold-gold

All wars are Banker wars -Michael Rivero

 

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