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Celebrating the King of Kings

When you gather with friends and loved ones today, remember that there is a reason for the season.

A prophecy foretold of God’s word to man.

The heavens gave the sign of blessed arrival with the Star of Bethlehem.

Three kings followed the sign to praise what would be the King of Kings.

They brought gifts showing praise and reverence.

On this day, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ came into the world.

Jesus is the reason for the season.

So my message this Christmas Day is short and sweet – live, love, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Have a Merry Christmas!

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Blood, Energy, & Nation Building – Beyond Pearl Harbor

This is a re-post of my 12-7-2016 blog. I am republishing because people need to see the direction President Trump is trying to take to reverse course of many years of what I believe are poor foreign policy decisions and the endless wars they have created. – Darren

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. While it is important to take a moment and remember those that died upon that day, it is also important to recognize the impact in US international policy that arose from the tragedy of that day.

While WWI initialized the US entrance onto the world scene, its participation and impact on the outcome of WWII was when the US began to formulate and enforce an international theme. One that ties energy, nation building, and the spilling of American blood in ways that make one ill.

Before December 7, 1941, the US was on the sidelines. Watching, observing, positioning itself to protect its own interests. It is not a secret that FDR was not a fan of the current policy. However, I do not believe in any manner that FDR purposely wanted the Japanese to attack. Rather, I think FDR was naïve on how determined the bad actors of WWII were in meeting their goals. We call Japan by its singular name now; pre WWII it was the Empire of Japan. Empire creates an unmistakable desire to grow through the acquisition of land. That is why we called it the Roman Empire, The British Empire, etc. The conquest of lands grew an empire, granted access to resources, and required the spilling of a significant amount of blood. It’s why England, France, and Spain all came to the new world we now call America…..

Japan’s target with the south pacific and Korea, but it needed the resource of oil for the conquest of war. People forget the US was a major exporter of oil in the early part of the 20th century. We had a glut and our own internal appetite was not yet mature. While FDR’s cutting off the oil supply was morally correct in not supporting imperialism, its unintended consequence was the attack by Japan. Blood for oil, or in this case, a lack of it for Japan.

This theme keeps re-occurring now in US policy. Sometime the US has been the aggressor and sometimes the responder. The answer is not always obvious, but obfuscated in political garbage. Here are some, but not all, examples in recent history:

The Gulf War with Iraq 1990
Over as quick as it started, the US led coalition had very little to do with the liberation of Kuwait and the interest of freedom. It had everything to do with keeping world oil supplies safe and prices constant. While most Americans think this was a “one and done”, this operation kept US forces at odds with Iraq through most of the 1990’s under both the Bush 41 and Clinton Administrations.

Was this the precursor to the Iraq War?

The Iraq War 2003
On the surface, this was part of W’s Bush Doctrine, since Iraq was no doubt a state sponsor of terror. Did it require an invasion? Could we not have bombed the crap out of them and left them to rot? Did the fact that Iraq had oil reserves in the top 3 globally have anything to do with it? I personally think that 43 hit the button for several reasons – finish the job 41 was accused of not doing, wipe out a terror state, build a democratic republic, and get the inroad to that huge supply of oil. Well, we know how that ended.

Operation Odyssey Dawn Libyan Intervention 2011
Didn’t know this one had a name, did ya? It was known as a military intervention enforcing UN Resolution 1973 with bombing of the Libyan forces. But why? Let’s think back – Qaddafi had not been an issue since Reagan dropped a bomb on him in 1986. He had renounced terrorism and WMD in 2003 to the world. Libya had been removed as a state sponsor of terror in 2007. They were quiet and not causing any trouble to anyone.

So what happened? Fear of terrorism plays a part – Al Megrahi, the mind behind the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988 was released in 2009 and returned to Libya as a folk hero. This causes a stink internationally. Libya starts seeing some internal issues with this mans return, starting fires they don’t want. In turn, Qaddafi makes a move to bolster defenses. In 2010, Russia sells Libya a weapons deal worth 1.8 billion USD and this places DC on alert. Could the US have been the one to make this deal? Absolutely if Obama had had any sense of the region.

Also, the US Senate is having a fit the oil giant British Petroleum (BP) lobbied to get Al Megrahi released…

Did all of this intersect?

Of course. Let’s look at oil production. From 1990 to 2009, Libya averaged between 1400 and 1800 barrels a day of production. That falls off a cliff in 2010. That is the same year BP starts drilling off the Libyan Coast. 2010 is also the year Mother Russia comes onto the world stage as a new leader in oil production. What’s a few weapons for slowing down production of free market oil…..

In March of 2011, The Libyan Civil War officially ensues as part of the Arab Spring. For some reason, the US and its allies back the rebels against Qaddafi. My guess is someone got pissed off over the slowdown in oil production and what appeared to be an alliance in the making with Russia. From the US military support in March 2011 until the summer of 2012, Libyan oil production went back. All of this is at http://www.indexmundi.com/energy/?country=ly&product=oil&graph=production

Well, we know what happened on 9-11-2012 don’t we?

Now you why.

Syria 2012, 2014 to present
Bet you thought this was about overthrowing an evil dictator to spread freedom in the middle east and protect the helpless, right? Well, there is some degree of truth in that. But if Barry O hated the Iraq War so much, then why do similar actions in Syria? Let’s dig around for some facts.

In 2009, the Arab state of Qatar, a MAJOR supplier of natural gas, proposes a new pipeline to the EU that would cross Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey. That pipeline would have brought an entire new supply line of gas to the EU. Why is this important? Well, our comrades in Russia sell 80% of their natural gas supplied by state company Gazprom to the EU. Lots of energy dollars here. LOTS…. The US under Barry O likes this plan of disruption, as it would hurt Russia.

Deceased Syrian President Hafez Assad learned to fly jets in Russia. In 1970, he visited Moscow and they got a weapons pipeline going. Syria was even counted as part of the Eastern Block of the former Soviet Union. In short, Russia and Syria have a history. Here is more on this topic: http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/09/economist-explains-22

Bashar Al-Assad came into power in 2010 when his dad Syrian President Hafez Assad croaks of a heart attack. Putin moves in like a hawk to befriend Bashar. Bashar refuses to grant permission for this pipeline. Russia has been at his beck and call ever since and will continue to be. So, for anyone to think the US, UN, or ANY coalition is going to knock out Bashar without getting military with Russia is nuts. Here is a great article on the topic: http://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/is-the-fight-over-a-gas-pipeline-fuelling-the-worlds-bloodiest-conflict/news-story/74efcba9554c10bd35e280b63a9afb74

So why people says it’s about making Syria a democracy (nation building), I think it’s about the money involved in energy. And you libs thought Barry was benevolent? The deaths involved around this conflict, pushed by Obama, are one of the many reasons I penned him Barry the Butcher some time back.

Paid for with the blood of the brave and of the innocent.

75 Years and no one has learned a damn thing.

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The 2030 Timeline – Evolution or basis for the next Revolution

About 12 years ago, my father was telling me about a shift in the politics of construction and building. My dad was the first LEED certified engineer on the globe – literally. He spent 50 plus years with one of the largest building material manufactures on the planet.He was telling me how the increase in LEED certified projects coming down the pipeline was incredible and that the new standards would have global impact. “Sustainable” was just becoming a buzzword meaning the source of something had to be green (natural) and renewable. I thought it interesting, but paid little mind to the conversation at the time. He also referenced the year 2030 and said something to the effect that he hoped to be dead by then.

Go to construct any project in the US and the environmental standards and LEED requirements add 30 to 40% to cost factors. Have fun trying to get around the standards.

The mention of 2030 as a future date of issue did not really get my attention then. It does now.

Saudi 2030
In the Spring of 2016, I had the unfortunate experience of being cooped up in a London hotel for 3 days. Got to watch of lot of Brit TV. Two interesting things were announced while I was there: 1. The UK’s potential of leaving the EU or “Brexit”; 2. The Saudi 2030 Plan. It was all the buzz in the UK. When I got back home, the topics were no where to be found, This was my post then that I updated a few days back: https://darrenyancy.com/2019/12/04/from-behind-the-nylon-curtain-2019-update/. The 2030 plan is the Saudi’s plan for divestment from oil as a driving revenue source and preparation for the first steps for the Aramco IPO – which was forecast to be the worlds largest offering.

The Saudi’s are still swimming in oil and wont be out in 2030, so why the commitment to get out now? Were their reserves far less than thought? Why sell off Aramco? The answer lies at this site: https://vision2030.gov.sa/en/vision/roadmap. If you don’t want to go through all of that, let me summarize – Saudi is selling off Aramco to fund its economy for the benefit of its citizens as it transitions from oil for revenue. Saudi has always had the dough for Arab Socialism and the concern is the change could have a significant change to benefits. Ya think? I had not clued into the fact that the Saudi’s are firmly part of the New World Order in how we power the planet and care for the people that occupy it.

The Green New Deal
We can laugh at this all we want – global climate freaks and deep, dark money want this to happen. Oh, and that 12 year timeline comes to fruition when? 2030. That 12 year timeline has nothing to do with the end of the world from baking in the sun, drought, or raising oceans. Its the date of when a very long laid plan comes due. Ever wonder how BHO came out of nowhere and took the Presidency in 2008? Remember his speech in Denver on how the world will now begin to heal? Was HRC to be to Manchurian Candidate that would carry on the global transformation we saw under Obama? If so, you start to understand why the far left of the Democratic Party is now in charge and plowing ahead with the plan. Trump is an obstacle that must be removed to get the train back on track. Damn the torpedoes!

Look, I want clean air and water and I am a green energy guy. However, there is no way to implement this plan in this timeline without bankrupting the economies of the world. The cost is too high, the tech is not ready for the load, the job displacement will be unlike anything ever seen or experienced, people will not have the ability to live in the standards of cleanliness we now have, and people will flat starve to death. I am not saying a transition cannot take place, but a 50 to 75 year plan is more realistic. So is this 12 year farce actually happening? Read On.

UN Agenda 2030
There’s that damn date again.. A few months back, the UN came out with their Agenda 2030 plan that went mostly unnoticed here in the US. Have to admit I missed it as well till I came across a rather snarky view of the plan today. The author is almost as big of a smart ass as me and I loved the translation to common person speak: http://truthstreammedia.com/2015/09/25/agenda-2030-translator-how-to-read-the-uns-new-sustainable-development-goals/ The article outline is accurate on their goals and the timeline for completion is now a date that should concern you.

Money & Lawyers Lining Up Against Fossil Fuels
In the past few months I added energy to the radio show. As I started research, I began to notice some issues not to be found anywhere else in the media of radio or television. Insurance and capital are what keeps the world rolling and some very significant seismic shifts were happening with no media attention. After the Paris Acord in 2015 (yes the one Trump just withdrew from and Pelosi committed Sedition and violated the Logan Act by going to Spain and saying the US is still in.), extreme pressure began to be exerted on insurance companies to get out of insuring “dirty” energy like coal. Insurance is a business of layers. the company face you know takes part of the risk, the other is bought by companies who are unfamiliar here in the US. These are known as re insurers. After Paris, they began to get out of projects in energy that include coal https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/15/growing-number-of-global-insurance-firms-divesting-from-fossil-fuels. This places more pressure on the front end company and if the pressure is enough, they quit playing the game. Recently, Chubb became the first US company to back out of coal. Others are expected to follow. If you cannot get insurance, you cannot get the permit for the project….

Investment reports are now coming to light that US Shale projects that were funded 5 years ago, are not hitting the returns. Shale is natural gas – you know the clean energy source the US has plenty of…. Word is many new projects will not have funding. Oh, and the millennial crowd that has money has no intention of investing in any form of fossil fuel. OK, so the Big Boys have to come in and self insure projects…. Well…

Recently, Exxon was sued by New York and Massachusetts for allegedly lying to investors about the impact of climate change. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04042018/climate-change-fossil-fuel-company-lawsuits-timeline-exxon-children-california-cities-attorney-general. Colorado is also seeking a suit. If any of these states are successful, the tobacco and asbestos suits of the past will feel like chump change. If the wildcatters cannot get insurance or loans and the Big Boys are bleeding from the nose, how is the US to stay in fossil fuels?

Did that light bulb just turn on?

This is not on any ballot for you to vote on. This is not being covered by ANY major media outlet.

Are you ready for 2030?

 

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From Behind the Nylon Curtain – 2019 Update

This is a re-post of an article I did in the Spring of 2016. Two very relevant topics that are now seeing light over 3 and a half years later – Darren

I had to take a short and unproductive trip to London last week. One that I will get to do again in the coming weeks. While I spent time in the hotel room, I had the great pleasure of watching all 27 channels that the hotel had to offer. There was news on items I know had not been covered in the US press corps and a major news event occurred that I still cannot find being covered anywhere here in the states.

I have been told for some time by several of my overseas friends that our news is filtered and restricted. It was not until now that I had proof we live behind a nylon curtain.

Need proof, you say? Let me share the 2 items that everyone on the globe but us are aware of.

Britain considering leaving the EU
This actually is not news in the UK. It has been a current topic for a while and will be voted on in June of this year. When David Cameron won re-election last year, one of his promises was on an up or down vote to stay in the European Union.  I am not going to cover all of the reasons for consideration, but when I found out about what the Brits call “Brexit”, I asked some people at the hotel and others when I went out walking around. Curious. While there are a load of issues (see http://www.theweek.co.uk/eu-referendum ), immigration was a real rub there in London. Under EU rules, borders with other EU countries are similar to our own borders here between states. The issues of terrorism and getting a hold of who comes in and out was at the top of the list with the people I talked with who supported Brexit.

Barry was there last week as well and “advising” the Brits to stay in the EU. Did not catch that on Fox, CNN, or MSNBC here in the states. Now why might Barry want the UK to stay in the EU? Well, for starters, the EU model is Barry’s guiding light and blueprint for a less sovereign America. The US and UK are first cousins and one cannot have their cousin walking away from the adopted brothers and sisters.  It also looks bad for Barry if the UK’s driving force on the vote turns out to be immigration. That does not bode well for his vision here for us plebiscites.

Now, I know what you are thinking: why would we care what goes on in England? Well, aside from issues on policy that made Obama look bad, there are financial considerations. What impact do you think this will have on the Euro should Britain pull out of the EU? What about its impact on the British Pound? The answers are that the Euro will be hurt, the Pound could be hurt, but the good ole US Dollar might get just a tad stronger. Could that impact trade agreements, import & export contracts, currency futures,  or travel? What if you own shares in a mutual fund that invests in Euros? You might want to have that data to make an informed decision.

Saudi Vision 2030
This came out Monday and was all over the news. It impacted oil prices here in the US, but I still cannot find it on any US news outlet. The announcement is on an equivalent basis as when the Russians declared themselves out of the business of communism. It’s that big and its like crickets chirping in the night over here.

Not one US media outlet is reporting this.

The impact of this new policy is broad and will reach all corners of the globe. It was and is all over the news in every part of the globe.

Except here.

So, what is it? Well, Monday the Saudi’s announced the end of the Era of Big Oil. Due to the impact of renewable energy sources, alternative fuels such as natural gas, and competition from other oil producers, the world’s 2nd largest producer of crude (Russia #1) and formerly the largest producer of crude for most of the past 50 years said it is going to diversify its economy away from the revenue produced by crude oil sales. That is currently 87% of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s income…. And they are going to accomplish this transition by the year 2030. Yeah, 2030…..

As part of their plan ( http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/915676 ) the Kingdom will sell of 5% of Aramco, the worlds largest oil company. If you click the link and it comes up with technical difficulties, refresh your browser and it should bring in the article. The price per share to open will be based on an estimate of Saudi’s reserves at a low market of $10 per barrel. The IPO in selling 5% of Aramco is going to be valued at over 2 trillion and will be the worlds largest… The MENA (Middle East North Africa) regional rags were quick to give their opinion: http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/saudi-reform-plan-pleases-markets-but-not-sceptics-1.1811999

Did you wonder why oil took a nose dive Monday after weeks of being on the rise. Are you starting to understand that we are getting minutia for news?

Now, oil has gained back some prices and will stable out. However, every analyst in the world now places oil prices playing on the $40 to $60 per barrel price from here on. If you’re not sure, call one. They may think your from Mars having the knowledge, but they will give you an opinion on the oil sector. Gosh, isn’t it good to know your spread in advance to best manipulate the markets? Sorry, could not pass on that one. If you still believe the markets are not run by puppets on strings, I cannot help you.

What does this do for West Texas Crude? How about renewable energy tech or holdings in natural gas? Is it time to buy Tesla stock? I watched 4 investment firms announce billions in investments in green energy projects on Bloomberg Monday while in London after this announcement came out. Was this data on your E-Trade account? I thought not.

Here is the real question: why is this sort of data being ignored here? I know both Fox and MSNBC have the news. Fox owns SKY news and it was covered in London. MSNBC has its own financial channel in the UK and it was all over it. Bloomberg has a UK channel as well and it was an all day topic for 2 days. You can find it on Bloomberg.com if you click on the section for Middle East and scroll down to the Challenge to Saudi Arabia’s Post Oil Vision article. But you have to LOOK for it. It’s not at the top and nowhere in the US section of the site.

I know money is one reason for this blackout of news. There are people who profit from this kind of data over those who don’t have it. Past that, I can’t give you any other reasons that don’t start diving off into conspiracy and paranoia.

Welcome to life behind the nylon curtain.

 

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