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The Beginning of the End for the USA Dollar. Or a Guaranteed War With Russia.

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
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According to Russia’s RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin’(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world.More on this long awaited first nail in the petrodollar coffin from RIA:The Russian government and several of the country’s largest exporters have widely discussed the possibility of accepting payments in rubles for oil exports. Last week, Russia began to ship oil from the Novoportovskoye field to Europe by sea. Two oil tankers are expected to arrive in Europe in September. According to Kommersant, the payment for these shipments will be received in rubles. Gazprom Neft will not only accept payments in rubles; subsequent transfers via the ESPO may be paid for in yuan, the newspaper reported. According to the newspaper, the change in currency was made because of the Western sanctions against Russia. As a protective measure, Russia decided to avoid making its payments in US dollars, which can be tracked and controlled by the United States government, Kommersant reported.”Protective measure” meaning that it was the US which managed to Plaxico itself by pushing Russia to transact away from the US Dollar, in the process showing the world it can be done, and slamming the first nail in the petrodollar’s coffin.
From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-27/gazprom-begins-accepting-payment-oil-ruble-yuan

Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014

Toxic Sludge Tailing Dams Getting Bigger & Failing More Often Causing Massive Environmental  & Fresh Water Damage. 
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The Risky Rise of the Dams
From; http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-13/the-risky-rise-of-the-dams#
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A massive mining wastewater spill in the interior of British Columbia highlights a new global trend: tailing dams that hold waste are not only getting bigger, but posing greater risks to watersheds and communities downstream.Drawing upon recent industry reports and presentations made by engineers living in the province, it’s clear that the complexities of the industry have multiplied and with them, risks to water are escalating.Increased global mining production of substances such as iron ore, gold, copper and nickel along with rising metal prices has tripled the value of the industry from $200 billion to $600 billion over the last decade.But due to declining ore quality, the sheer volume of waste produced by the industry, which can contain substances such as arsenic, lead and cyanide, is increasing.Every year, the industry digs and moves as much solid rock (several thousand million tonnes per year) as all earthen materials transported by natural geological processes, such as landslides and erosion.Because of the challenge of peak metals and high global demand, the mining industry faces a number of somber risks, as reported by Andrew M. Robertson of Robertson GeoConsultants at a recent mining conference.It must not only dig deeper for poorer quality ores, but create larger and taller dams of tailings waste.As a result, the dykes that contain the waste have been growing higher and larger every year. The average height of a tailings dam has grown from 120 metres in the 1960s to 240 metres today. They also contain more water than ever before, reported Robertson.In addition, the growing size of mines means that the industry is “increasingly dominating regional water supply and quality. Our structures to control water have become large and threatening,” reads Robertson’spresentation.Every 30 years, the volume of water and tailings produced by the industry increases tenfold, said Robertson. Meanwhile, the area of waste deposits increases fivefold and the height of dams grows twofold. “We are not dam building — we are terraforming,” he told a Tailings and Mine Waste conference in 2011.

Toxic Sludge Tailing Dams Getting Bigger & Failing More Often Causing Massive Environmental & Fresh Water Damage.
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The Risky Rise of the Dams
From; http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-13/the-risky-rise-of-the-dams#
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A massive mining wastewater spill in the interior of British Columbia highlights a new global trend: tailing dams that hold waste are not only getting bigger, but posing greater risks to watersheds and communities downstream.Drawing upon recent industry reports and presentations made by engineers living in the province, it’s clear that the complexities of the industry have multiplied and with them, risks to water are escalating.Increased global mining production of substances such as iron ore, gold, copper and nickel along with rising metal prices has tripled the value of the industry from $200 billion to $600 billion over the last decade.But due to declining ore quality, the sheer volume of waste produced by the industry, which can contain substances such as arsenic, lead and cyanide, is increasing.Every year, the industry digs and moves as much solid rock (several thousand million tonnes per year) as all earthen materials transported by natural geological processes, such as landslides and erosion.Because of the challenge of peak metals and high global demand, the mining industry faces a number of somber risks, as reported by Andrew M. Robertson of Robertson GeoConsultants at a recent mining conference.It must not only dig deeper for poorer quality ores, but create larger and taller dams of tailings waste.As a result, the dykes that contain the waste have been growing higher and larger every year. The average height of a tailings dam has grown from 120 metres in the 1960s to 240 metres today. They also contain more water than ever before, reported Robertson.In addition, the growing size of mines means that the industry is “increasingly dominating regional water supply and quality. Our structures to control water have become large and threatening,” reads Robertson’spresentation.Every 30 years, the volume of water and tailings produced by the industry increases tenfold, said Robertson. Meanwhile, the area of waste deposits increases fivefold and the height of dams grows twofold. “We are not dam building — we are terraforming,” he told a Tailings and Mine Waste conference in 2011.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th 2014

Environmental activist Tom Steyer stands in from of the Syncrude tar sands facility in Alberta, Canada
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Killing the Planet; Air Pollution Around The Tar Sands Is Getting Worse.
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Chemical air pollution surrounding the primary areas where tar sands oil is mined and processed in Canada is on the rise, according to new data released by the Alberta government.The 2012 data released Thursday showed that levels of both sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide — chemicals that help cause acid rain, smog, and myriad health problems — have risen to levels two and three on a government-set scale of four at several monitoring sites between Fort McMurray and Fort McKay. Level four is the highest limit allowed to protect human health, but the report said levels two and three are still cause for concern and that there should be further investigation into the source of pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is also a greenhouse gas.”“>“It’s important to understand the triggers are well below the [legal limit], so we are not anywhere near an issue where will have health issues for humans or our biodiversity,” Environment Minister Robin Campbell said Wednesday, according to the Edmonton Journal.Though two-thirds of the air quality monitoring stations that reported higher levels were near tar sands facilities, the Alberta government has been reluctant to say that the declining air quality is due to the development process. Tar sands oil — the type of oil that would be transported across America in the Keystone XL pipeline if approved by the Obama administration — has a unique development process that some scientists say emits twice the amount of air pollution as conventional oil development.“While there have been some improvements in reducing the volumes of air pollutants produced per barrel, the overall growth in the industry means that absolute growth in air emissions will impact air quality for communities who reside in the region,” the Canadian non-profit Pembina Institute’s website reads.Tar sands oil is controversial because of its unique, thick, gooey makeup. Because of this quality, producers must use “non-conventional” methods of getting the oil out of the ground, such as pumping superheated steam underground to make the sand-laced oil easier to extract. Those methods are more carbon-intensive, meaning they emit more greenhouse gases.Tar sands production also causes a great deal of physical pollution. In Alberta, where the sands are mined, federal scientists have found that the area’s deposits are now surrounded by a nearly 7,500-square-mile ring of mercury.
From; http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/15/3471679/chemical-air-pollution-tar-sands/

Environmental activist Tom Steyer stands in from of the Syncrude tar sands facility in Alberta, Canada
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Killing the Planet; Air Pollution Around The Tar Sands Is Getting Worse.
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Chemical air pollution surrounding the primary areas where tar sands oil is mined and processed in Canada is on the rise, according to new data released by the Alberta government.The 2012 data released Thursday showed that levels of both sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide — chemicals that help cause acid rain, smog, and myriad health problems — have risen to levels two and three on a government-set scale of four at several monitoring sites between Fort McMurray and Fort McKay. Level four is the highest limit allowed to protect human health, but the report said levels two and three are still cause for concern and that there should be further investigation into the source of pollution. Nitrogen dioxide is also a greenhouse gas.”“>“It’s important to understand the triggers are well below the [legal limit], so we are not anywhere near an issue where will have health issues for humans or our biodiversity,” Environment Minister Robin Campbell said Wednesday, according to the Edmonton Journal.Though two-thirds of the air quality monitoring stations that reported higher levels were near tar sands facilities, the Alberta government has been reluctant to say that the declining air quality is due to the development process. Tar sands oil — the type of oil that would be transported across America in the Keystone XL pipeline if approved by the Obama administration — has a unique development process that some scientists say emits twice the amount of air pollution as conventional oil development.“While there have been some improvements in reducing the volumes of air pollutants produced per barrel, the overall growth in the industry means that absolute growth in air emissions will impact air quality for communities who reside in the region,” the Canadian non-profit Pembina Institute’s website reads.Tar sands oil is controversial because of its unique, thick, gooey makeup. Because of this quality, producers must use “non-conventional” methods of getting the oil out of the ground, such as pumping superheated steam underground to make the sand-laced oil easier to extract. Those methods are more carbon-intensive, meaning they emit more greenhouse gases.Tar sands production also causes a great deal of physical pollution. In Alberta, where the sands are mined, federal scientists have found that the area’s deposits are now surrounded by a nearly 7,500-square-mile ring of mercury.
From; http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/15/3471679/chemical-air-pollution-tar-sands/

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th 2014

Climate Change; California Smashing Heat and Drought Records.

On Top Of Withering Drought, California Smashes Heat Records
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Caught in a withering drought, California is also shattering a 120-year-old record for heat.For the first half of 2014, the state has been an average of 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal, and 1 degree warmer than the previous record set in 1934, according to the National Climatic Data Center.”“>“In the business of climate science, this is a shattering of a record,” said Jonathan Overpeck, of the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment. As for what’s driving this unprecedented heat, Overpeck told the Palm Springs Desert Sun, “We are fairly certain that the unusual warmth is mostly due to human-caused global warming.”California’s current drought, Overpeck added, is a “global warming drought” and a harbinger of things to come.“I’m just ‘Wow,’ looking at these trends,” Richard Heim, a drought expert with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina, told USA Today regarding the records being broken in California. “Can it get any worse? Well, the models say yeah. But how much more can we take as a society, as individual people. And how much more of this can the infrastructure and policies that have been put in place to deal with this at the state level, federal level, local level, how much more of this can you guys take?”Unfortunately for California, it appears the best prospect for easing the brutal drought — a strong El Niño — seems less and less likely. Last week, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) reduced the chance of El Niño to 65 percent. “And if we do see one, it’s likely to be either weak or moderate,” Joe Romm noted.
From; http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/12/3470113/california-heat-records/

Posted on Monday, August 25th 2014

Graph Above; Expenditure (Blue Line) vs Income (Green Line) of Fracking Projects showing a vast Money Losing Industry. 
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Fracking is bad for the environment, bad for the future & bad for investors. But of course your government doesn’t want to tell you that. __________________________________

It’s fairly clear that the fracking bubble will burst soon—almost certainly within the decade. Our ongoing analysis at Post Carbon Institute documents the high per-well decline rates (a typical well’s production drops 70% during the first year), the high variability of production potential within geological formations being tapped, and the dwindling number of remaining drilling sites in the few “sweet spots” that offer vaguely profitable drilling potential. Meanwhile, as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has recently documented, the balance sheets of fracking companies are loaded with debt while surprisingly short on profits from sales of product—with real profits coming mostly from sales of assets (drilling leases).
From; http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-11/blame-the-environmentalists

Graph Above; Expenditure (Blue Line) vs Income (Green Line) of Fracking Projects showing a vast Money Losing Industry.
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Fracking is bad for the environment, bad for the future & bad for investors. But of course your government doesn’t want to tell you that. __________________________________

It’s fairly clear that the fracking bubble will burst soon—almost certainly within the decade. Our ongoing analysis at Post Carbon Institute documents the high per-well decline rates (a typical well’s production drops 70% during the first year), the high variability of production potential within geological formations being tapped, and the dwindling number of remaining drilling sites in the few “sweet spots” that offer vaguely profitable drilling potential. Meanwhile, as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has recently documented, the balance sheets of fracking companies are loaded with debt while surprisingly short on profits from sales of product—with real profits coming mostly from sales of assets (drilling leases).
From; http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-11/blame-the-environmentalists

Posted on Sunday, August 24th 2014

Janet Yellen (Head of the United States Federal Reserve Bank) is an Insult to Americans (Filed under Economic Collapse).

So this afternoon she once again went off into that staple most boring and elaborate speech this side of your least favorite librarian. It’s a routine job for Janet.But imagine, or maybe you don’t have to because you actively experience it on a daily basis, that you’re unemployed or you’re working 3 jobs or you’re simply just scraping by and still always falling behind, you got credit card debt, maybe a looming foreclosure. And then Janet Yellen speaks, at Jackson Hole, an event you will certainly never be invited to, but she talks about the policies she and her minions decide on that will greatly influence your life too.How about this fine paragraph courtesy of her spin writers:
… wage developments reflect not only cyclical but also secular trends that have likely affected the evolution of labor’s share of income in recent years. As I noted, real wages have been rising less rapidly than productivity, implying that real unit labor costs have been declining, a pattern suggesting that there is scope for nominal wages to accelerate from their recent pace without creating meaningful inflationary pressure. However, research suggests that the decline in real unit labor costs may partly reflect secular factors that predate the recession, including changing patterns of production and international trade, as well as measurement issues. If so, productivity growth could continue to outpace real wage gains even when the economy is again operating at its potential.
If you’re an unemployed American, like millions of your fellow country(wo)men, what are you supposed to think about that, or do with it? If you’re busting your behind just to feed your kids, and perhaps provide a decent education for them, so they don’t end up in the streets in some gang or drug operation, what do those words mean?Janet Yellen is not talking to you. But she IS talking about you. Just in a language you don’t understand. And that you’re not supposed to understand. Or she would choose to use different words. Yellen and her fellow ” the ring is mine” chasers won’t invite you to their meetings, and they won’t talk in a language that relates to you. They will, however, make decisions that affect your life, and often to a great extent.What Yellen said in her speech today is that while she’s bound to go by the official numbers, she knows very well those numbers have very little to do with the reality Americans experience in their lives.
From; http://www.theautomaticearth.com/debt-rattle-aug-22-2014-janet-yellen-is-an-insult-to-americans/

Posted on Sunday, August 24th 2014

wotfigo; Posted without comment.
Wait! Surely some comments. How about i) appalling statistic,  ii) American gun culture, iii) NRA, iv) Leader of the Free World? v) safer living in Baghdad? vi) militarization of police forces, vii) Big Brother, viii) racial divisions, ix) economic decline in what one was the worlds richest country,  x) social decline in what once was the worlds richest country. 
And on and on. 
From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-22/chart-us-police-force-does-not-want-you-see

wotfigo; Posted without comment.
Wait! Surely some comments. How about i) appalling statistic, ii) American gun culture, iii) NRA, iv) Leader of the Free World? v) safer living in Baghdad? vi) militarization of police forces, vii) Big Brother, viii) racial divisions, ix) economic decline in what one was the worlds richest country, x) social decline in what once was the worlds richest country.
And on and on.
From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-22/chart-us-police-force-does-not-want-you-see

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd 2014

Environmental Catastrophe in Canada. Toxic Mine Tailing Pond Collapses. 
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TAILINGS PONDS ARE THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
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The scale is hard to imagine: gray sludge, several feet deep, gushing with the force of a firehose through streams and forest—coating everything in its path with ashy gunk. What happened on Monday might have been one of North America’s worst environmental disasters in decades, yet the news barely made it past the Canadian border.Last Monday, a dam holding waste from the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in the remote Cariboo region of British Columbia broke, spilling 2.6 billion gallons of potentially toxic liquid and 1.3 billion gallons of definitely toxic sludge out into pristine lakes and streams. That’s about 6,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water and waste containing things like arsenic, mercury, and sulphur. Those substances are now mixed into the water that 300 people rely on for tap, hundreds from First Nations tribes rely on for hunting and fishing, and many others rely on for the tourism business.“It’s an environmental disaster. It’s huge,” said Chief Ann Louie of the Williams Lake Indian Band, whose members live in the Cariboo region and use the land for hunting and fishing. “The spill has gone down Hazeltine Creek, which was 1.5 meters wide and is 150 meters wide… The damage done to that area, it’ll never come back. This will affect our First Nations for years and years.”The waste came from a “tailings pond,” an open-air pit that mines use to store the leftovers of mining things like gold, copper, and, perhaps most notably in Canada, the tar sands—the oil-laden bitumen composites that have made the Keystone XL Pipeline so controversial.The term “pond” can be a little misleading, as the structures can grow to the size of Central Park.As Canada’s industry-friendly government has sold off hundreds of square miles of forest for mining over the past few years, toxic tailings ponds have become a regular feature of once-pristine Northern Canadian landscapes.Environmentalists say they’re disasters in the making, and they say the Mount Polley spill is proof. While this week’s incident was notable for its size, Canadian environmentalists and indigenous activists say it may be a sign of things to come for the country, and perhaps the rest of the world as well, as mining for everything from rare earth metals to coal increases globally.“Any time you you rely on a dyke to contain something, whether it’s water or tailings, it’s going to fail some day, sooner or later,” said Henry Vaux, a resource economist at the University of California Riverside. “To think they’re bullet-proof is to fool yourself.”It’s too early to tell just how extensive the damage from the Mount Polley mine is, but environmentalists like MiningWatch Canada’s Ramsey Hart are calling it an “environmental catastrophe,” bigger than the country has seen in years.The tailings pond contained up to 85,000 pounds of lead, 152 tons of copper, and about 1,000 pounds of mercury, among many other heavy metals and potentially toxic substances, according to a government report. Now, many of those metals may be sitting in lakes and rivers, including one that’s home to one of the biggest salmon populations in the world.
From; http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/tailings-ponds-are-the-biggest-environmental-disaster-youve-never-heard-of-714

Environmental Catastrophe in Canada. Toxic Mine Tailing Pond Collapses.
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TAILINGS PONDS ARE THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
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The scale is hard to imagine: gray sludge, several feet deep, gushing with the force of a firehose through streams and forest—coating everything in its path with ashy gunk. What happened on Monday might have been one of North America’s worst environmental disasters in decades, yet the news barely made it past the Canadian border.Last Monday, a dam holding waste from the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in the remote Cariboo region of British Columbia broke, spilling 2.6 billion gallons of potentially toxic liquid and 1.3 billion gallons of definitely toxic sludge out into pristine lakes and streams. That’s about 6,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water and waste containing things like arsenic, mercury, and sulphur. Those substances are now mixed into the water that 300 people rely on for tap, hundreds from First Nations tribes rely on for hunting and fishing, and many others rely on for the tourism business.“It’s an environmental disaster. It’s huge,” said Chief Ann Louie of the Williams Lake Indian Band, whose members live in the Cariboo region and use the land for hunting and fishing. “The spill has gone down Hazeltine Creek, which was 1.5 meters wide and is 150 meters wide… The damage done to that area, it’ll never come back. This will affect our First Nations for years and years.”The waste came from a “tailings pond,” an open-air pit that mines use to store the leftovers of mining things like gold, copper, and, perhaps most notably in Canada, the tar sands—the oil-laden bitumen composites that have made the Keystone XL Pipeline so controversial.The term “pond” can be a little misleading, as the structures can grow to the size of Central Park.As Canada’s industry-friendly government has sold off hundreds of square miles of forest for mining over the past few years, toxic tailings ponds have become a regular feature of once-pristine Northern Canadian landscapes.Environmentalists say they’re disasters in the making, and they say the Mount Polley spill is proof. While this week’s incident was notable for its size, Canadian environmentalists and indigenous activists say it may be a sign of things to come for the country, and perhaps the rest of the world as well, as mining for everything from rare earth metals to coal increases globally.“Any time you you rely on a dyke to contain something, whether it’s water or tailings, it’s going to fail some day, sooner or later,” said Henry Vaux, a resource economist at the University of California Riverside. “To think they’re bullet-proof is to fool yourself.”It’s too early to tell just how extensive the damage from the Mount Polley mine is, but environmentalists like MiningWatch Canada’s Ramsey Hart are calling it an “environmental catastrophe,” bigger than the country has seen in years.The tailings pond contained up to 85,000 pounds of lead, 152 tons of copper, and about 1,000 pounds of mercury, among many other heavy metals and potentially toxic substances, according to a government report. Now, many of those metals may be sitting in lakes and rivers, including one that’s home to one of the biggest salmon populations in the world.
From; http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/tailings-ponds-are-the-biggest-environmental-disaster-youve-never-heard-of-714

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd 2014