Size Matters as US Hegemon Fumes

By Russ Imrie from San Francisco, February 17, 2017. 

Over 700 million Chinese are online today and that Internet market has room to grow; in technical development and global influence—a lot of room to grow.  

Meanwhile the United States, with a total population of a mere 340 million or so struggles and tries to uphold its Internet primacy. 

Yes, the Internet emerged in the US but control of standards, managerial values, and culture of users’ social values is slipping away, eroding as Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was chewed up as unprecedented volumes of water flowed over a backup that had never been needed in 48 years. 

The sheer mass of China’s user base enables a robust divergence from the ebbing paradigm, another “Spillway” if you will. This extends to politics, national security issues, and social issues such as crime, climate change, water, etc. etc. China’s dealings with these is often problematic for the US, as they are in China ‘s self interest and less and less under US control. 

An example of these huge global issues is the near-extinction of wild Rhinoceros [to the disgust of the West] herds by poachers supplying the horns for their so-called medicinal powers to the Chinese market. Huge influence there but the slaughter goes on. China’s “Great Firewall” blocking offshore Internet, and a murky regulatory environment awash in corruption and crony collusion are components of a western mindset of China as well; sort of ugly. 

On another note though, the outsized sway of Chinese markets is breaking ground on another nasty problem. Controls have been laid on carfentanil, a synthetic drug that is fueling a deadly epidemic in  China and  the US. Struggling law enforcement has been hapless in stopping the rash of overdoses and criminal marketing of opioids. 

http://m.sfgate.com/news/science/article/China-makes-deadly-opioid-carfentanil-a-10935986.php

So size does matter, enhanced with Rhino horn or not as the world changes and China edges into the “good guy” circle. 

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Yuuge Oroville Dam’s Shredding Concrete: Trump’s Gang is Cracking

Yuuge Oroville Dam’s Shredding Concrete: Trump’s Gang is Cracking

By Russell Imrie, Washington DC, February 12, 2017

The Crumbling Face of Trump’s out-of-control three-week old administration is exposing huge cracks in the struggling White House. Danger for the nation.

Mud, trees, rocks and debris pushed by overflowing river flows have destroyed the concrete spillway at giant Oroville Dam in California’s Sierra foothills.

overflow destroys massive Oroville Dam's spillway

photo from buellistic Sunday Feb 12 at 7:55-pm

A huge chasm has opened up across the spillway and State officials and workers are scrambling to mitigate an unexpected catastrophe. Damage to the dam is expected to cost up to $200 million in repairs, when and if, the water stops coming–maybe this summer. From barely containing any water at the peak of the latest draught to massive overflows, the situation is similar to the crumbling of Donald Trump’s presidency today. Unexpected flows of “reality”, the persistent gravity pulling digging journalists and intelligence investigators who smell blood or horrible ethical and security cracks, and the overwhelming flood of ugly holes in the President’s credibility are building to a disastrous point. The “emperor’s clothes” are falling apart.

Micheal Flynn from the New Yorker

Micheal Flynn from the New Yorker – who bought this so-called concrete?

The Washington Post today published incredibly damaging details on the lies of Micheal Flynn–and more concrete flaked off and added to the swamp of mud and debris threatening power generators and a state salmon hatchery.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/02/10/six-stunning-aspects-of-the-flynn-scandal/?utm_term=.74517611244f

Who’s at the controls?

Saturday (yesterday) an “unstable”  United Airlines pilot was removed from a plane in Austin, Texas.

Internal White House fiascos such as Nordstromgate, chaotic Tweets by the President at all hours sowing confusion, stupid innovative use of “alternate facts“, and sleazy financial ties are all inherently unstable conditions that must be addressed by citizens, if not the mercenary GOP. The opaque associations that are sprouting up through the White House staff and Trump’s closest advisors is a mud wallow. The nations’ security, honor, and rule of law are at stake. Maybe the pilot should be escorted out of the cockpit.