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Archive for June, 2011

Video Drone

June 30, 2011

For under £ 300 you can purchase a helicopter drone that can take arial photographs or video footage over wifi to your iphone or ipad.


Notes from above

We have rehosted disturbingtrends.org (this new one carries on from the ancient blogger blog) with snippets, updates, and links to longer stories on the more indepth predicting future politics (and more historic covering the last ten years or so) blog.  In addition other publications: medianightmare.blogspot.com, opensauces.blogspot.com, and weblogtheory.blogspot.com (these shall continue as blogger sites).


Korean Intervention

June 29, 2011

Korea appears to be simmering and bristling with weapons and threat in the most sustained unresolved civil war that could it seems erupt into further provocations by the North and responses of increasing violence from the South. American forces intervened in this war in the early fifties and US bases have been operational since. It seems to be a war of one of the most technologically advanced societies against a lunging starving beast with big guns. To the mind of a North Korean, the weight of evil may appear to be from the South and their weapons. The intervention does not appear to have removed the threat but sustains its presence but suspending violence until the weapons are too horrible to contemplate. Maybe that is why military spending keeps racing ahead of society – it is only possible to render your enemy unable to attack you if you can punish them even more than they can punish you.

“We are now in the most dangerous moment in Korean history over the last 25 years,” said Andrei Lankov, a Russian professor at Seoul’s Kookmin University. “South Korea has already committed itself to a strong reaction to a future North Korean provocation so many times and so loudly that if they don’t do it they will lose elections and be shamed.


Solar Sintering Machine

The world has creeping deserts which have an abundance of sun and sand. Read what one inventor has created, a 3D laser printing machine that makes computer designed objects out of silica.


Libya

June 27, 2011

While President Obama was rebuked by Congress for the American involvement in the war in Libya, the International Criminal Court in The Hague have indicted Muammar-el-Qaddafi for war crimes alongside his son Seif-el-Islam and his chief of intelligence, Abdullah Senussi.

New York Times


Economic Maladies

June 23, 2011

The Greek Tragedy threatens to engulf Europe in a contagion of defaults, resulting in loans from other countries / investors not being repaid.

Does economic isolation logically follow a default? Would you lend to someone who never repaid their debts? Moreover, when a default occurs the overseas assets of the nation could be repossessed or nationalised by the creditor nation. Unable to borrow funds to finance Government spending could only be financed by printing money. And economies that inflate in this way render their currency meaningless. Like Zimbabwe.

The problem is that the trade between nations is the driver of economic wealth. The sudden cessation of the ability to import would hamper the capabilities for business growth as well as indulgence in the luxuries we can import. Exporting would also be limited as one could not expect payment from an erstwhile business partner to whom billions are not repaid.

Unemployment and criminal activity would follow.

So how can spiraling economies like Greece recover? When the bulk of Government spending is an ingrained bureaucracy without inherent value that can be exported, it does not provide much scope for a means to recover. And how does the unprecedented levels of imbalance become rebalanced?

The inherent force by which China forces its human economy to produce exportable goods for little pay has enabled it to outdo the West through sheer economic force. It is a flaw in values that money is a relativistic means of exchange, that economic prosperity can be distorted by risk to the degree it has and that greed should be the rationale over which economic decisions are reached.

Gambling produces nothing except increased risk. The only path out of this mess is to confront what is real, not what is imagined.


Solar Energy

June 22, 2011

To claim that solar power is too weak to power the world is simply wrong. We use so little of the solar power that arrives for free from the sun and investment in using more of it efficiently will not have the potential cost or nightmare consequences of a nuclear meltdown.

Climate change denial does not stop irreversible extinctions and “being real” by building nuclear plants on or near fault lines or population centres is plainly daft.

What commercial imperative is there for free energy? Free energy is the most efficient form of energy. It would mean we can spend more on the very real problems we face from polluting the seas.

[comment post on the Guardian.co.uk CIF talkboards]


Irrepairable damage

June 21, 2011

The damage humankind does by overfishing and polluting the ocean is a threat to our existence as well as the food chain for all life.

Al Jazeera


The IMF

June 17, 2011

Granted that the IMF bails out countries and finances deficits against future growth, it is seen as a stabilising force in the world. But to what degree are weapons funding inherently part of this structural adjustment to a nation’s expectations? If the IMF did not bail out a country, then what would happen to them?

The financial crisis that has rocked the world was, in case anyone has forgotten, due to Lehman Brothers and the sub-prime mortgage markets collapsing. It was due to the raised expectations and false hope provided by signing up everyone who could never afford it, loans that were almost certain to collapse in a pile of bad debt. These bad debts were then onsold into the “market” that was seen as being completely able to direct what happened next. It could not. And what happened was a call on the also illogical insurances that backed Lehman deals. And that saw AIG being bailed out by the US government for 185 billion dollars.

The damage done was having to reverse all these ridiculous agreements for those who could not afford mortgages they should have avoided. It is the illusion of being able to stay above water that keeps the poor sods struggling before they sink. If they remained in their affordable, uncomfortable, low expectation lifestyle, there would have not been a problem. It is a need to have things as a right rather than as a reward that seems basic to this horror.

And the same goes for the IMF bailing out the economies where tax payers have bailed out banks. All very well to continue to support these banks that have flouted their responsibilities. But are new investment rules and responsibilities not just overdue?

Are we being taken for a ride by the likes of the IMF?

See New York Times


Climate Change

June 14, 2011

Climate changes are directly affecting the wealth and well being of the world. Meantime educational advisers to the Government are asking that Climate Change be removed from the Science curriculum to make more room for core science.

Read full post on Disturbing Trends: Predicting Future Politics


Using Nature

Mankind has advanced by learning to work with nature.

Nature has supplied him with energy sources, building materials, food, water, air and fire.

Read full article here

 


What you eat

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/14/why-are-there-so-many-food-allergies-now.aspx

You can effect remarkable change by “doing one thing”.

An excellent talk by Robyn O’Brien about the corporations who profit from making Americans more unhealthy and charge them for the right to eat foods they have not so processed.


Miss Representation

http://www.missrepresentation.org/home.html

Looks like a great film – women who have enough of being defined and demeaned by men.


Using Nature

June 7, 2011

Mankind has advanced by learning to work with nature.

Nature has supplied him with energy sources, building materials, food, water, air and fire.

Fire is the catalyst that has bent iron, melted steel and released the energy nature had so carefully locked into hydrocarbons.  Science can discover these natural advantages that have been adopted.  The majority of advantages science can bring do appear to depend upon utilising nature.  And this accelerated dig into the resources available becomes more finite as time and growth increase demand incrementally.

And it is the mathematics that is the real problem here.  The renewability of nature deceives us as we tread all over it, wiping away in a few mere centuries millenia of genetic intelligence.  What possible survival instinct led us to this rush to suicide, it is a misguided one.  A malignant force that is no longer necessary.

Today we read of a protest by WW2 veterans who felt it was a sacrilege to position a wind farm at sea off the coast of Normandy due to the landings at Dunkurk.  Celebrating defeat of an enemy like Hitler is their right and the wind farm could be relocated but that is not the point.

Continuing to learn only from failure blinds us to the very seriously obvious.  War proves nothing except that progress can be dangerous.


New edition

June 2, 2011

Disturbing Trends enters its tenth year.  It is now a family of blogs starting with the original blogger site.  Unfortunately due to unresolved error states which may have affected growth, the site has been transferred to WordPress and will continue here.  The history has been transfered but this is a new site with new capabilities now coming onstream.  For a start the site is now available with translators,  You can join the site (subscribe) or ask to be promoted to contributor status and present your articles for consideration.

This site will be updated, and the old sites will be repointed here at some stage.

Everything below this post is from the old site which shall remain on http://distrends.blogspot.com (but the current Disturbing Trends will be posted on this site, under the sites original URL http://disturbingtrends.org.

In depth analysis on our in depth analysis site http://disturbingtrends.org/politics