from https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/schrodingers-one-china-policy ..Putin previously criticized the grain deal, saying that while it was touted as a way to help poor countries deal with surging global food prices, in practice Ukrainian exports mostly went to rich EU nations. The abundance of grain and other food products from Ukraine on European markets has apparently angered local producers, who are struggling to compete with the cheaper imports, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. The EU previously had quotas and steep tariffs for Ukraine trade, protecting its own farmers and forcing Ukrainians to export most of their produce to other places. But the restrictions were lifted after Russia attacked the country in February, and European governments rushed to support Kiev with various forms of assistance. https://www.rt.com/russia/563079-russian-fertilizer-donation-un/ – all the farm closures and buy-outs through-out europe make a touch more sense now …
after global pharma / bill gates convinced most of europe to imprison themselves, and then gleefully partake in rapacious gene modifying therapy; global agro goes after the relatively healthy farming practices of europe.
covid was the canary in the coal mine. China is the shining example of people who go along to get along; the perfect worker specimen for capital.
a book review, but first: [and even before the video; his views on the civil war in eastern europe between slavs i find to be often ridiculous*; i.e. based on western/ukrainian propaganda] now unto the video and review:
it is not pretty … although, the united States does seem to be sitting in the best position [more broadly, NAFTA] – crazy just how effed China is, if the book is accurate.
Take-aways: the last couple of years make more sense – if the splintering of the world is going to happen regardless of the actions man takes now – due to what man has done the last 75 years, but especially the last 20/25 years, and even moreso the last 10 – then it is likely better for it to happen sooner rather then later: If China is going to disintegrate due to being a vacuum cleaner of resources due to demographics and finance, then using Taiwan to push the country to face reality makes sense. If Russia has a host of problems [though it appears to be mostly demographic] then push there too. Europe lives beyond her means, and the union is based on a fantastical narrative rather than feasible existability, let alone sustainability, then she will be treated as such …
The book does not address the many uS/corporate policies that have hindered many of the nations into the organized chaos structures many humans find themselves apart of … e.g., the turning of large swaths of arable land from solid food stuffs to export based cash crops, the ruining of indigenous industries for political reasons (allende in chile, venezueala, etc.) Not to mention the coups, the bribes, the cajoling, the wars. Fair point, however, the book’s focus/perspective is based on geography first and foremost. Additionally, without the aforementioned intrusions into the affairs of different countries, the american led Order would not have been possible – how else does oil from the middle east end up all around the world?
the landscape after WWII was historical anomaly that is now coming apart at the seams.
most of the green revolution is pie in the sky marketing : e.g., the energy to build a tesla battery = 55,000 miles driven by an ICE vehicle in terms of CO2 output; this doesn’t even include the extra brake sediment released b/c EVs are heavier.
at the end of the day, the book was very repetitive, because a lot of the factors that are problems for certain countries/regions all overlap and relate to one another. Dire is the word that comes to mind, with little glimmers of hope interspersed here and there. North America does seem to have a lot better chance of riding out the forthcoming misery, but internal politics is not discussed in the book [and also intelligence/propaganda: https://edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/americas-open-wound ] – i.e., there appears to be a major propaganda effort to splinter the country into many different factions. Where Zeihan sees and writes of regions connecting, there appears to be a very real chance for the balkanization of America, along the lines hoped for in the following book (by the brutish british, master saboteurs and plotters):
– it is still my opinion that the “theatre of war” in eastern europe is meant to implement wide spread deindustrialization in western europe, and in general lower the living standards therein – with the added global capitalist aim of crippling strong unions and the connections that come with national worker solidarity. I could be completely wrong, by the way; and the possibility is, admittedly, very high; I don’t follow the news very much or give that much thought to geopolitics. grain of salt, and all …
https://idoc.pub/documents/confucius-on-music-pd49w1p07ol9 Confucious: ” According to Analects 8:8, he said: “It is through the Odes (poetry) that a man’s mind is aroused, through the rules of ritual that his character is established, and through music that he is perfected… The only way for society to thrive is to be in tune with the universal norm indicated through music… Rituals are not simply a matter of decorum. They are the institutions, orders and norms that developed from primitive magical ritual and unite the universe with society. If one wants to know whether a kingdom is well governed, whether its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will provide the answer.” “ – from https://thesaker.is/civilisation-or-barbarism-western-dusk-eastern-dawn/
even in the midst of surrounding misery;
My story is tremendous
if I be courageous enough
– to just be –
true: to it, to me
to all that wish to hear here
(throw pearls not to swine)
yet, how will I know ?
that great fear
of false affection
I trust myself,
that great ineffable
in harmony with the perspective,
that no longer originates in the eye/i,
but rather is everywhere and nowhere,
one can surf on ...