How to as a person benefit from philosophizing

  • David Barron gets to the nub of what philosophy is for, though beneficial philosophical thought relies on more on just inward introspection, though it can also land you in deep water. The philosophical method can be used to connect otherwise disparate events to draw conclusions that are not immediately obvious, and nowhere is this more difficult than trying to make sense of global politics.

    In the news yesterday, Russian president Vladimir Putin makes a triumphant visit to Syria airbase. President Assad tells him that the Syrian people will never forget Russia’s help in driving Islamic State ISIS from the country. See:

    Vladimir Putin makes triumphant visit to Syria airbase

    Earlier this month, the head of the Russian army said Syria had been entirely liberated from Isis forces. Putin said a significant part of Russian forces would be withdrawn from Syria, though scepticism was warranted given that two previous announcements have been met with little noticeable scaling down.

    But let’s pause for a moment and figure out what this might mean. A few years ago, renowned journalist Pepe Escobar informed his readers that the conflict in Syria was primarily driven by Saudi Arabia’s determination to reclaim oil fields stolen from it as a consequence of the secret Sykes-Picot treaty between Britain and France in 1916 which effectively carved up the middle east. A line was drawn between Acre in Israel and Kirkuk in Iraq, all territory to the north – Syria – under French control, while all to the south – Iraq, under British jurisdiction.

    Fast forward to 2003. In January, Fox news reported that Iraq had 350,000 armed personnel. The first thing that Paul Bremer did when taking up office in Iraq’s Green Zone a few months later was to disband the entire Iraqi armed services and police making 400,000 people redundant who were not at all happy with the destruction of their country by Messrs Bush and Blair,

    Thus, this led to the creation of ISIS, and we can all remember those columns of gleaming white SUV’s trundling down the Syrian highway collecting all the weapons that the US had left behind, and the subsequent carnage that they have meted out.

    ISIS were the strong arm boys of those oil companies who wished to drill, refine and market the oil, so who funded them – Saudi Arabia, and MI6’s proxy CIA. In case you’re not aware, MI5/6 stands for UK Military Intelligence.

    It would thus appear that the Syrian war is now over, but who has won and who has lost. And we are of course talking countless trillions in oil profits etc. Some experts have called the Syrian the endgame, the final resting place of the petrodollar.

    Putin also met up with Egypt’s Sisi (ISIS backwards) to discuss the resumption of flights between Cairo and Moscow, a move that will surely not be welcomed by the US. In addition, Putin met up with Turkey’s President Erdogan to warn of further tensions over Trump’s announcement that the whole of Jerusalem is now the capital of Israel, and which, not unsurprisingly, has outraged the Palestinians.

    In the meantime, the foreign ministers of Russia, China and India met to discuss the tensions arising from the military drills of South Korea and US, and the reaction of Kim Jong-Un and Trump’s personal insults of the man.

    But then we get yesterday’s terrorist attack in New York. Widely publicised as a lone terrorist who was inspired by ISIS but not controlled by them, this comes hot on the heels of Friday’s agreement between UK and EU that in effect leaves the EU’s four freedoms intact on Brexit Day, namely no hard Irish border and retention of some ECJ jurisdiction, whilst simultaneously giving the UK government leave to adapt the 12,000 pieces of legislation as it sees fit, and which can only lead to a massive deterioration in the living standards of the poorer working class and those on universal credit, plus massive cutbacks to public services.

    In the meantime, EU is threatening to forcibly relocate euro denominated clearing houses to the EU mainland, thus depriving the City of London of one of its primary money making mechanisms, which are the fortunes to be made every time the exchange rate between currencies changes, which can be a huge number on any particular day. This move presumably prevents CoL from capitalising on exchange rate fluctuations between sterling and the euro.

    As an aside, in 2010 and 2012, articles appeared on the Internet indicating that currency speculation due to exchange rate fluctuations is now risk free because neutrinos can travel in straight lines through the earth, and this is exploited to convey information between stock exchanges ahead of the information getting there over the earth’s surface which is a longer distance.

    If you know which way an exchange rate is going to move milliseconds before it does, then the money boys can use this to their advantage. It all comes down to physics.

    You can read these articles at:

    Relativistic trading: The speed of light isn’t fast enough for some market transactions

    and

    https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2012/04/30/neutrinos-to-give-high-frequency-traders-the-millisecond-edge/&refURL=&referrer=#48f252c7590c

    So when Theresa May says Brexit means Brexit, we may be leaving the EU, but we are not leaving Europe, there may be more than a grain of truth to this,

    The stakes could not be higher, for all this goes to the heart of what UK sovereignty means. The facts are unpalatable in the extreme. The goal of the EU by 2025 is complete economic and monetary union when all member states must have adopted the euro. See:

    Five Presidents’ Report sets out plan for strengthening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union as of 1 July 2015

    I interpret the word ‘complete’ to be taken literally.

    https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/roadmap-soteu-factsheet_en.pdf

    May 2018: Convergence Reports by the Commission and the European Central Bank on the progress made by the Member States in meeting the conditions for adopting the single currency of the European Union

    A look at the graphs over the past 10 years shows that sterling is a benchmark currency that the euro and the US dollar are now measured against, and if the US got it in its head that sterling might have to be replaced by the euro, this would be sufficient to force the UK to leave the EU.

    Thus, the loss of the pound would be catastrophic for the global financial system as a whole. Friday’s announcements says the UK is not actually leaving the EU, hence yesterday’s terrorist attack. I’m only saying this because last Thursday I did actually forecast that a terrorist attack would occur in the next few days to make it plain to the powers-that-be of BIG dissatisfaction, but it is also possible that none of the above is related.

    This week, EU leaders meet to reassess progress in the Brexit talks, so my forecast is that they will overturn most it not all that May and Tusk agreed upon.

    To leave the EU, a hard border must be erected in order to preserve the integrity of the four freedoms of trade, people, services and finance, plus UK must sever all ties with ECJ. Failure to do so means UK wont have left the EU, which means the threat to the pound remains real and horrendous. This might be the endgame of the war in Syria, but as with everything in global politics, it’s just a guess, just my personal opinion, and something to write about at 4.30 in the morning.

    We do live in a world that is connected. The EU does not support Trump’s announcement that Jersusalem is the capital of Israel. Indeed,

    Macron tells Netanyahu that US recognition of Jerusalem is threat to peace

    Macron tells Netanyahu that US recognition of Jerusalem is threat to peace, which is another snub to US foreign policy. Slightly more disturbing is today’s news at:

    Hundreds of sex offenders released from prison despite posing risk to public, finds report

    Hundreds of sex offenders released from prison despite posing risk to public, finds report. HMP Dartmoor failing to protect public from risk due to ‘unplanned, rushed and poor’ release of sex offenders, prison watchdog warns.

    This might provide a clue to how one might answer a recent question posed on Quora: ‘does God exist?’

    Finally, this week, the UK is in the grip of unseasonably high snow storms. I can’t remember the last time this happened with such ferocity and before Xmas.

    How I love conspiracy theories. The world is poised for driverless cars and AI robots, testament to the extraordinary leaps in technological innovation, and nowhere is this more evident that the 2015 article

    US Air Force Admits They Can Control the Weather

    US Air Force Admits They Can Control the Weather.

    The US Air Force and DARPA would like us to believe that they have stopped using HAARP in Alaska for research and experiment. Even then, we all know that there are other HAARP systems out there in the form of radar communication and surveillance systems that are rigged on top of mobile platforms that are deployable in any international waters around the world.

    All they need to do is twist a button to change the frequency to microwave range and increase the frequency modulated [FM] transmission power enough to reach and heat up the atmosphere above the target

    California is currently in the grip of some of the most devasting fires it’s ever had to face, and now UK is suffering from unprecentended snow storms. I look at those images and I ask myself – from technical and geographical standpoints, the Californian fires could be North Korean ICBMs filled with napalm, so perhaps the world is at war with itself, only no one is actually telling us.

    Is the above any more far fetched than Nick Bostrum’s ‘Are you living in a computer simulation?’ See

    Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?

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