This newly acquired road map helped me explain why the internet was so effective at being a sociological /dev/null, a bit bucket where extraneous emotional energy was piped. It wasn’t just an “information superhighway”, naively forwarding bits along without opinions or bias. It was emotional infrastructure encoding its bias into the distribution of the data it carried. If one could control the distribution of information and the shape of that distribution bias, one could steer the emotional perceptions of those who relied on the data which, in turn, allowed vectors to create cultural conflict. Without physical violence as a resolution, the instigated cultural conflict would be eternal. I had started to develop a glimpse of what that 2005 internet would become and how it would alter human destiny. That’s when I started “The Empath”
“A poorly lit row home in Tacony and a dark coffee table full of divots within the lacquer. A lone ant had gotten lost and was crawling about in a tizzy upon the surface. The simple creature was fascinating in how the body segments interacted to promote random spurts of path-finding. It was isolated from its hive but very determined to take some semblance of control over its stochastic behavior as if it could steer its randomness back to the tribe. It appeared as if the ant had two souls: One that saw clarity and purpose when within the context of the hive and another, more individualistic soul that barely struggled into being for the purpose of returning to that hive when hopelessly lost.”Patrick Ryan The Tyrants Muse.
Oil and Gas: The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas
Curation: Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University
As demand wanes, traditional sources of global power and influence will fade
For decades, the geopolitics of oil and gas reflected a fundamental fact: scarcity empowered resource holders. Now, the geopolitics of oil and gas are shaped by abundant supply and future demand made uncertain by the transition to low-carbon energy. For decades, global oil supplies were dominated by producers in the Middle East and Russia, and these countries derived a geopolitical edge from this dominance as the world’s largest consumer – the US – steadily increased oil imports as a share of total supply. Meanwhile imports in emerging economies were poised to grow as demand for hydrocarbon-fuelled mobility and other services increased – and natural gas was often out-of-reach in many of these places due to cost and infrastructure gaps. Fast forward to the present, and oil and gas geopolitics look different. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked previously unrecoverable resources, especially in North America. The US has emerged as a top producer of both oil and natural gas, after decision-makers in Washington, D.C. concluded that “energy independence” would mean less need to maintain close ties with Gulf producers, and oil export restrictions that prevailed since the embargoes of the 1970s were reversed.
Exports of liquefied natural gas have enabled countries with limited pipelines or domestic resources, including those in Europe, to limit the power and influence of bigger gas providers. Currently, oil and gas demand is relatively static in many advanced economies. Meanwhile in emerging economies such as India, Pakistan, Viet Nam, Indonesia, and China, it is growing; these countries are therefore forming closer ties with oil and gas producers. Climate protection efforts are also changing oil and gas geopolitics. While hydrocarbon demand will remain significant for decades, producers are jockeying to defend market share. In early 2020, Russia and Saudi Arabia disagreed on oil production restraints, and a month-long price war erupted – briefly plunging futures for US crude into negative price territory for the first time. The US administration did the previously unthinkable by pressing Moscow and Riyadh to reduce production and allow prices to rebound. In terms of gas, Russia faces competition in Europe that reduces its pricing influence. Ultimately, such major oil and gas producers are positioning themselves for a future in which more of their export earnings – and thus their influence – may need to come from sources other than hydrocarbons.
The inescapable trilemma of the world economy. “The End of Democracy, not the end of History”. @scientificecon @jbhearn @financialeyes @JoeBlob20 @Lloyd__Evans #ConquestofDough #CovidPurpose #BlackWednesday
Coercive aggregation and the poor | aluation
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Coercive aggregation and the poor | aluation
This Theme is a very strong one in considering the continuing crisis both in respect of Sovereign debt crises and the double dip in the Housing Markets. There are uncomfortable parallels with Primitive accumulation.
The concentration of Wealth and capital going on presently I see as part of the process the Coercive aggregation is a logical corollary of a System that becomes totally concentrated into an Oligarchic Corporate state.
The different momenta of primitive accumulation distribute themselves now, more or less in chronological order, particularly over Spain, Portugal, Holland, France, and England. In England at the end of the 17th century, they arrive at a systematical combination, embracing the colonies, the national debt, the modern mode of taxation, and the protectionist system. These methods depend in part on brute force, e.g., the colonial system. But, they all employ the power of the State, the concentrated and organised force of society, to hasten, hot-house fashion, the process of transformation of the feudal mode of production into the capitalist mode, and to shorten the transition.
Marx’s description of PA implies that it is only relevant at the origin of capitalism, though others have since updated the idea. In particular, David Harvey has reformulated PA as an imperative for capital given its constant need to grow through reinvestment. Harvey terms this accumulation by dispossession, though others (particularly Saskia Sassen, in this interesting paper) use the term PA instead.
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Yanis Varoufakis is being hailed by many as the ‘visionary’ to bring about an end to ‘Austerity’ and take Greece out of the Euro … but what if his true purpose was to bring about the total financial annihilation of the Greek nation? William Engdahl shares his insights into the unfolding 21st Century Greek tragedy, suggesting that Varoufakis may have ‘Master-Minded’ an End Game resulting in the ultimate treason! What will it take to end the insanity and bring about the demise of the Socio-psychopathic Global Corporatists!!
Triangulation for the past few months and past 12 years and 57 years on planet Earth. . Trilemma, Trilateral Triangulation