Russia, Japan & The Kurils: Moving Forward

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
April 30, 2017

Last December Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, met in Japan for the Onshen summit. It was, by any viewpoint, a significant meeting. It was the first visit by a Russian head of state and government to the island empire since the end of World War Two. Indeed, the two countries are still, technically, at war, since no peace treaty has been signed between the two countries. It was, notably, not technically a state visit, since Mr. Putin and the Japanese Emperor did not meet. It was, so to speak, all business.

The sticking point for a peace treaty has been the Russian occupation of the Kuril islands.  But Abe and Putin did something quite unique: the tabled all discussion of the political status for the Kurils in order to reach a novel economic and geopolitical approach: Russia needs Japanese finance and investment in its ambitious plans to develop Siberia, and it needs Japan to offset growing Chinese influence in Siberia. Japan, for its part, needs a more secure supply of energy, and Siberia, close to hand, would be a much more secure supply source than hauling tankers through the south China sea from the Middle East.

That at least, was my view last December, and it remains my view now. In those talks, what began to emerge was the use of the Kuril Islands as the economic zone that would be the lynchpin for this Russo-Japanese cooperation.

Now that development seems to be moving ahead in reality: it’s no longer merely a matter of discussion between Mr. Abe and Mr. Putin, but is moving into the detailed planning stage according to this article from Russia’s TASS:

Tokyo to draw up cooperation plans for South Kurils and heed locals’ opinions

There’s much food for thought and high octane speculation here, but I want to focus on these statements:

Japan’s government is going to draw up proposals on joint economic activities in the South Kuril Islands, while taking into consideration the views of the Russians who live there, stated Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko in an exclusive interview with TASS.

He will accompany Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, during his talks with the Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for April 27.

Within the Council of Ministers, Hiroshige Seko is responsible for economic cooperation with Russia.

“Last December, he mentioned, the two leaders met in Japan and agreed to start consultations on possible cooperation in fishing, sea farming, tourism, healthcare and other fields within the framework of the ‘special system’ for the four Northern islands. In Japan, a special Council for Joint Economic Activity has been created to implement the agreement and I have been appointed its Chief Deputy. Now the ministers and bodies involved, are working to set out certain plans. I think we will be able to develop mutually beneficial projects if we efficiently use the potential of the islands, a territory with rich natural resources and geographic layout, and if we take the opinions of locals into consideration.”

Lest one think this is all “wishful thinking” on Japan’s part, the TASS article concludes this way: “This March, the two countries’ deputy ministers held the first consultations in Tokyo on joint economic activities for the South Kuril Islands. The two sides exchanged their proposals, and it is likely that the issue will be finalized during the upcoming meeting on April 27 between the leaders of Russia and Japan. Prime Minister Abe is putting forward the idea of carrying out cooperation projects in the South Kuril Islands within the framework of the ‘special system’ so as not to contravene the legal stances of the countries regarding the status of these territories.” (emphases added)

In other words, the signals that were sent during the Onshen summit now appear to be close to finalization: Japan appears to be willing, for the foreseeable future, to drop the legal status of the Kurils in return for a joint Russo-Japanese “trade zone” consisting of the islands. In other words, the Russian and Japanese negotiating teams have worked out the details for such an arrangement and are close to a formal agreement.

So what’s the high octane speculation here? With North Korea’s always kooky leadership looking increasingly unstable, and America’s ability to deal with it looking increasingly feeble – after all, we’ve been dealing with it since the Clinton administration, and nothing has changed – Tokyo is in my opinion increasingly skeptical in private about the viability of its alliance with the American empire. As I indicated during the Onshen summit, and in several interviews, Tokyo will continue to mouth public support for that alliance, and to insist that nothing will ever change. But as I’ve also indicated, Japanese rearmament is as much about its skepticism of America as it is about “making its contribution to the security of the Pacific rim.” Hence, it needs Russia, and Russian energy, as much as Russia needs Japan, and Japanese technology, engineering, and finance.
The Kurils are to be the “trial cooperation zone” and to function as the gateway for that two-way flow of goods, expertise, services, and energy. Make no mistake, this is a long term development and relationship that is emerging between the two countries, and it will change the balance of power in the Pacific. But there is something else that might be in the making, and it is really high octane speculation, but it’s worth mentioning since it would seem to fit a broader pattern: these types of economic agreements and “bi-lateral agreements” have become the modus operandi of the Shanghai Cooperation organization, otherwise known as the BRICSA bloc. And with such bilateral agreements have come something else: agreements between various Shanghai member states to trade directly in their respective national currencies and to by-pass the dollar. Indeed, India and Iran signed such a memorandum of understanding, and this, I strongly suspect, is one reason Washington has pressured India to move to a cashless system and to withdraw large denomination rupee notes. One cannot trade with Iran in Rupees, if there are no rupees to trade.
I suspect, eventually, that as the Kuril economic cooperation zone expands and trade between Russia and Japan grows, that those countries might decide to move to a similar bi-lateral currency and clearing arrangement, by-passing the dollar. If that happens, then that long term relationship will have become a strategic one. It won’t happen immediately, or overnight, nor before Mr. Abe finishes his rearmament plans.
But, I strongly suspect it will eventually happen.
See you on the flip side…

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About Dr. Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

Alarming statistics reveal “young strokes” are surging across America

Image: Alarming statistics reveal “young strokes” are surging across America
Source: NaturalNews.com
Lance D. Johnson
April 30, 2017

Strokes are occurring more frequently for adults between the ages of 35 and 44. The trend is shocking. Between 2003 and 2012, stroke hospitalizations rose 42 percent for men and 30 percent for women in this young age group. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, gathered hospital billing data and calculated the number of adults under age 65 who were hospitalized for an ischemic stroke from 2003 to 2012. An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood clots and cannot circulate to the brain.

In total, there were at least 30,000 more stroke hospitalizations in 2012 than there were in 2003. Every age group studied is suffering more than ever before. Adults aged 35 to 44 showed the greatest uptick in ischemic stroke and other chronic disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Dr. James Burke, neurology researcher at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, stresses the importance of controlling lifestyle factors that lead up to strokes. There’s more to it than just studying risk factors. One has to study the root cause behind these chronic disease risk factors. “So while I wouldn’t rule out an increase in conventional risk factors driving an increase in stroke in the young, if rates are truly going up, my best guess it’s for reasons other than classical risk factors,” said Dr. Burke.

Not just risk factors: chronic diseases indicate cellular environments that are starved of oxygen and nutrients

Chronic diseases are interrelated. They are manifestations of poor lifestyle habits. More specifically, they are the result of nutritionally-starved cells, inefficient mitochondria with low energy output, and toxin-ridden cell membranes made out of saturated fat. Chronic disease is plaguing young adults like never before because cellular health is overlooked, forgotten.

A high blood pressure pill, a steady dose of statin drugs, a popular diet, or some quick fix isn’t going to address this chronic state of disease that has been created over time within the cells of the human body. Lifestyles have become extremely sedentary, dehydrated, void of sunlight, and saturated with bad fats, refined sugars, chemicals, and inflammatory foods. (Related: Read about how Sunlight increases nitric oxide levels, dilating blood vessels.)

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity aren’t just risk factors for stroke. They indicate the starvation of cellular environments and the weakness of mitochondria that can’t produce efficient ATP energy. Foods like hawthorn, garlic, beet root, capsicum, and flax seed help nourish the vascular system, dilating blood vessels and helping the blood carry oxygen to the brain. Whole foods such as these are missing from many Western lifestyles. Its nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, good fat foods that nourish the cellular environment and help build strong body systems. (Related: Read how a 48-year-old man cures high blood pressure with healthy lifestyle changes.)

Hospitalization rates continue to increase: the need to incentivize preventative measures is dire

The study showed that there was a relative increase in hospitalization rates from 20 percent to 40 percent within a decade’s time. U.S. healthcare spending continues to go up, but just because it’s used more frequently doesn’t make it a great product or the best healthcare system in the world. Yes, chronic states of disease that turn deadly can be saved by emergency response teams, but this isn’t a true, sustainable model of healthcare, nor does it address the root problem. Prevention of chronic disease has to become the center focus. If incentives are going to be used in a healthcare system, they should not be given to health insurance companies to bloat the costs further. Prevention should be incentivized. Only when preventative measures are sought will there be a brighter day for healthcare in America. For now, diabetes, heart disease, cancer obesity, and ischemic stroke will continue to overtake the quality of life for many young adults.

We are not truly living longer. We are dying longer and getting poorer because of it.

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SSRI Antidepressants Increase Risk Of Intracranial Hemorrhage

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By: Jon Rappoport
April 30, 2017

From healthline.com: “Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) refers to acute bleeding inside your skull or brain. It’s a life-threatening emergency. You should go to the emergency room right away or call 911 if you think you or someone you know is experiencing ICH.”

The public has learned about the increased risk of suicide and violent behavior (including murder) stemming from the use of SSRI antidepressants. Now there is more:

Psychiatric News reports (4/7/17): “A study published in February in JAMA Neurology has found that patients taking antidepressants that are strong inhibitors of serotonin reuptake (SSRIs) may be at an increased risk for intracranial hemorrhage, particularly during the first month of use…”

“The results showed that compared with patients taking [the older] tricyclic antidepressants, patients being treated with SSRIs had a 17 percent increased risk of experiencing an intracranial hemorrhage. The risk was highest during the first 30 days the patients were taking the medications.”

SSRIs include: Celexa; Prozac; Paxil; Zoloft; Lexapro; Luvox.

Here are quotes from other Psychiatric News articles about SSRI use and bleeding:

“Physicians prescribing selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) should make patients aware of the possibility of gastrointestinal bleeding, especially if they have pre-existing risk factors or are taking other drugs that increase risk, said a University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist.”

From a January 2014 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry—“Short-term SSRI use—even as little as 7 days—elevated the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, especially in male patients. Just as with NSAIDs and aspirin, physicians should carefully monitor for this side effect.”

Note: Suddenly withdrawing from these drugs can be very dangerous. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin publishes this warning: “Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin’s new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families.”

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More On That Power Outage

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D.
April 29, 2017

If you’re like me, you probably thought that power outage in New York City, the San Francisco bay area, and Los Angeles, was a little suspicious. As one might imagine, after I blogged about that event, I received a number of emails from people also following the story, some in California, and some in… well, Canada. We’ll get back to that in a moment.

Suffice it to say, that after reading more details about that story, my suspicion meter has slipped from the orange zone into the dark red zone. It’s not quite into the “point of no return zone” but it has definitely crept closer to it. Here’s one reason why, in a story shared by Ms. K.S.:

Hundreds of trucks stuck at Port of Long Beach after power outage

When I read this, the suspicion meter couldn’t help but rise into the lower red zone, for a reason I’m sure you caught, but just in case you didn’t, consider this little admission:

Southern California Edison initially reported it was caused by metallic balloons coming in contact with wires. The utility later corrected that statement, saying there was a different outage in Long Beach that was caused by balloons. The agency is still investigating the cause of the outage at the port. (emphasis added)

Metallic balloons coming into contact with power lines? “Oh, but wait, that was a different power outage. We’re not really sure why the port of Long Beach went down.”

Really?

What kind of “metallic balloons” are we talking about here? Those happy birthday shiny things that are filled with helium that one can buy in a store? If so, then we’re in trouble, folks, if all it takes to tie up a major port and bring down a power grid is someone having a birthday party. And I probably don’t even have to air my high octane speculation here, because you’re probably thinking the same thing already, but I’ll go ahead and do so anyway: suppose someone deliberately wanted to test the vulnerability of the power grid with a simple system: “metallic balloons” with appropriate “stringers” to short several lines all at once. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and would be virtually impossible to prevent, unless the Reichsicherheithauptamt … er… the Department of Homeland Insecurity’s Paranoia Bureau wants to put birthday balloons on the favored weapons of terrorists watch list.

But then Mr. K.H. sent this strange article about about Ontario’s largest supermarket chain experiencing difficulty in debit and credit card clearing, occurring concurrently with the “power outages” which were caused by “metallic balloons”:

Ontario Loblaws grocery stores experience debit or credit card payment outage

Mr. K.H. also indicated that there were difficulties in yest another popular system of clearing and payments operating between Canada and the USA that took much longer to resolve. He raised an important point: there may have been a whole period of time — perhaps a day — of suspicious transactions that had to be “reset”.

In any case, you know me: I cannot resist the temptation to be suspicious of easy – and quite frankly, amusing – explanations like metallic balloons, or explanations in the case of the Ontario credit and debit card clearing difficulty, that amount to no explanation at all.

The question is, are these things all related? Well, my high octane intuition and speculation tells me they may be. I’ve blogged before on this site about the strange way the internet seems to be being reconnoitered by “someone” intent on probing its architecture and weaknesses. We’ve seen the attacks on internet cables in the Bay Area, the Sony hack, Federal Reserve hacks, and so on. Now, it’s metallic balloons and hundreds of trucks stranded in Long Beach. Call me crazy, but I suspect therefore that what we’re looking at is more of the same pattern. The important question, however, seems to be why, what’s the motivation?

And I cannot help but think that there is one thing in this alleged “pattern” that stands out as common elements: digital systems, the power grid, and the complete lack of security of both. It’s almost as if “someone” is trying to send the message, “think again before you move to cashlessness, and have computers running everything.” It’s almost as if someone is trying to draw attention to the vulnerability of the grid.

See you on the flip side..

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About Dr. Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.