Monday, December 11, 2017

Oil-producing countries should all rapidly sell their crude before the world switches to alternatives sources of energy [COMPACTIDEA]

Felt this while reading the following text in this FT article:

"Strikingly, the oil fund’s advice for it to be allowed to sell out of petroleum stocks was grounded not in climate change arguments but financial ones. The fund owns about NKr320bn ($38bn) of oil and gas stocks, compared with the NKr350bn value of Norway’s stake in Statoil and about NKr4,000bn in petroleum still in the ground."

So Norway has about 475 billion dollars worth of unsold crude. Add Russia, Saudi, Iran, Venezuela, US, Canada, Iraq, China, Kuwait, Mexico, Brazil, Syria, Libya, and others. There's so much unsold crude oil left in the world. And a change could be just on the horizon - a likely permanent shift of mankind to clean, environment-friendly, and renewable sources of energy to power our planet. Crude oil might become worthless then. Unsold hydrocarbons lurking beneath the ground are better sold today [at whatever price] or else it could be a junk stock tomorrow.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

America could secretly be plotting the destruction of Japan and South Korea, under the guise of the threat to itself from North Korea

Whenever America destroys a country - and it has destroyed very many countries in the last several decades - it gets ahead relatively. America turned the flourishing, rich and sprawling nation of Libya into a ruined graveyard, and thus its own position, although constant in absolute terms, improved relatively.

Now. America is extremely jealous of the industrial success of Japan and South Korea. These two nations have posed major challenges to America is every area, from sophisticated electronics to semiconductor manufacturing to shipbuilding to steelmaking to automobiles to robotics. If not for these two powerhouses, American exports - and thus American income - would skyrocket. Forget that America calls these two Asian nations its allies. Bullshit. No one is America's ally. They're all "assets" and "resources" for America. The tension going on between North Korea and America these days seems to me like it has been meticulously designed by America to occur this way, leading eventually to annihilating American bombardment of North Korea, and North Korea's retaliatory destruction of Japan and the South. America's military-industrial complex would get a huge new war to earn billions or maybe trillions from, America itself wouldn't be touched as it sits thousands of kilometers away, and Japan and South Korea would be utterly destroyed by the North, without it looking like America did the destruction of its "allies" [and America would itself destroy North Korea, thus eliminating a threat to its imperial ambitions]. Several of America's objectives would be served. So it seems like it's in America's interest to provoke, tease and threaten North Korea, baiting the North into conducting more and more ICBM/missile and nuclear tests in order to create "sufficient" pretext for invading them [supported in no small measure by America's vast news media propaganda complex, which will "prepare public opinion" for this invasion], and in order to force the North to bombard Japan and South Korea, in order to destroy the factories, industries, institutions and people of these two rivals.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Turning North Korea into an anti-US nuclear state is a brilliant geopolitical win by Vladimir Putin and Russia [COMPACTIDEA]

Moscow has frequently stated that its response(s) to American military buildup near Russia's borders doesn't need to be symmetric, but will in fact usually be asymmetric [and won't necessarily be publicized]. North Korea has quickly turned into a full nuclear state with a credible nuclear deterrent, and this shows that Russia has indeed responded to America's threatening, destabilizing and provocative moves with a masterstroke of its own. It is most likely Russia which has helped North Korea get the ICBM range required to strike anywhere within the US.

Of course, Russia publicly condemns missile and nuclear tests by North Korea. Privately, both Chinese and Russians probably laugh loudly, comforted by the fact that they've successfully nurtured a new nuclear nation against the global hegemony of the United States. This is a major tactical and strategic win by Vladimir Putin, and a much-needed slap on the face of America.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

If Russia can somehow get these additional countries into the Eurasian Economic Union, the EAEU will then become a major force in the world

Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan*, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China [and Hong Kong, Macau], Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan*, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico*, Moldova*, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE*, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

Starred countries will not be easy to get into the Union, either due to conflicts with current members, or due to their existing Western geopolitical alignment/alliances.

Of course, it would've been great to have Ukraine too.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Only BlackBerry and these other brands feel manly - Apple, Oppo, Xiaomi, etc., don't feel or sound manly

Apple might be the most profitable, but it isn't exactly "business" or "professional" enough, as far as the feeling its brand gives. There are only some brands which give this "business", "executive", "professional" and "serious" feeling. Out of GSMArena.com's current list:
  • BlackBerry [joint leader in this list].
  • Bosch
  • Ericsson [the other joint leader].
  • Fujitsu
  • Fujitsu Siemens
  • Microsoft [unlike Apple, the name "Microsoft" gives an executive/professional feeling].
  • NEC
  • Siemens
  • Sony [also feels/sounds quite professional, sophisticated, understated, upmarket]
  • Toshiba
It's to be noted here that the type of phones the above manufacturer has historically produced is a different topic from the type of feelings that the brand evokes. So Ericsson might have designed a toy-like mobile phone, but the word Ericsson still sounds serious and businesslike.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Over his long career, John Leahy has caused significant damage to America - and has thus helped the world a lot

  • Damage to Boeing/America: Passenger aircraft category could've been almost monopolized by US if Europe hadn't launched Airbus. But any Airbus alone is incomplete and ineffective without its John Leahy. It's Leahy, who, by selling thousands of Airbus planes all over the world over his long and illustrious career, really gave wings to the newborn child that Airbus was, and stole orders, market share and profits from Boeing/America. The cumulative monetary value of the damage he caused to Boeing/America - in terms of lost orders, lost profits, lost jobs, lost foreign policy opportunities and more, could easily be in hundreds of billions of dollars or maybe even in trillions. He shifted this money from US to Europe.
  • Help to the world: By creating an effective counterweight to America and Boeing, Airbus/Europe/Leahy helped to sort of "decentralize" and "demonopolize" the world in the commercial airplane market. This is good for the entire world because a world in the hands of America alone would've been heavily leeched and milked by America. Just imagine a world where America refused to supply a spare aircraft part to the presidential jet of the leader of a country because America declared that the leader's "behavior" wasn't right!
Speaking of Leahy, he's a good example of how "stealing" the best men from America can help other nations to compete with America [the way America steals the best from other nations]. Do the same to the US that it does to you - steal their minds and their geniuses and win against America.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

So good to see Russia's food and grain exports booming - Russia is now a rightful superpower in this area

And it's good to see Russia earning billions and billions via these food/grain/wheat exports. Russia needs all this money to strengthen itself from within, to invest in R&D, and to stop this world from becoming America's slave. Plus, this is one step towards that much needed diversification for Russian economy - away from its reliance on exports of oil and arms. Corn, barley, oats, and wheat will enrich Russia and bring peace to the entire world by deterring and stopping the American demon. Russia needs to ride this growth wave and also strengthen its position in the related and maybe more profitable markets for dairy/milk/milk powder, butter, cheese, eggs, flour, soyabean, sunflower, sugar, nuts, fruits and vegetables, juices, wild fruits, herbs, mushrooms, berries, and organic agriculture/farming - by using the extra profits these extra exports are bringing in.

"Growth in Russian agriculture and linked sectors could potentially continue to be strong as rising profits allow farm groups to invest in technology and more fertilisers to improve sub-par productivity." [link]

Sort of like a chain reaction. More profits can lead to yet more profits if the extra profits are invested cleverly.

Russia has all the land, water and other natural resources that it needs to become the world's top food exporter in every category.
  • Russian grain exports set to hit 45 million tonnes [link]
  • Russia Is an Emerging Superpower in Global Food Supply [link]
  • Russia Expands Grip on Wheat Exports as Asia Set to Buy More [link]
  • Russia Becomes a Grain Superpower as Wheat Exports Explode [link]
  • From arms to farming: Russia becomes a grain superpower [link]
  • Russia’s food exports outpace arms sales — Putin [link]
  • Russian food exports may reach $20bn this year [link]
  • Worried about Russia's march on grain markets? It could be worse [link]
  • Russian agriculture sector flourishes amid sanctions [link]
  • Putin Is Growing Organic Power One T-34 Tank-Tomato at a Time [link]
  • Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food [link]
  • Russia’s Resurgent Wheat Farmers Squeeze U.S. [link]
  • How an Oil Giant (Russia) Came to Dominate Wheat [link]
  • Europe Is Feeling the Power of Russian Wheat as Exports Drop [link]
  • Grain traders grapple with rise of Russian exports [link]

My amazement at the aircraft fleet size of Delta Air Lines and my curiosity about how its CEO spends his day [COMPACTIDEA]

Probably got to know Delta's fleet size [link 1; link 2; link 3; link 4] from some CSeries related news article. Amazed. ~850 planes! How do they manage so many aircraft and employees - pilots, ground staff, airhostesses, etc.? Every day people are absent, people are joining, people are leaving, planes need repairs/maintenance, IT systems need upgrades, and millions of other individual tasks. How in the world do they manage all this complexity smoothly? How does Delta's CEO spend his day? Surely no one tells him about every individual employee absence or every individual plane breakdown. What does he do then to run this mammoth company? Is abstraction the answer?

Sunday, November 05, 2017

About time the psychological dominance of Air Force One be crushed by rival nations choosing Airbus A380 as presidential aircraft [COMPACTIDEA]

Enough with Amreeka flaunting its Air Force One. As a declining power, their arrogance should be crushed by someone who chooses Airbus A380 or A380plus as the presidential aircraft. It would feel so good to see Trump feeling nervous while his just-landed Air Force One is still taxiing, and a much bigger presidential A380 of China or India or Iran or Turkey comes in to land, making America's Air Force One look small and weak. In my opinion, these four nations seem like the only ones which have the financial and political ability to buy and operate the A380 as their top plane [especially China, Iran and Turkey].

Saturday, November 04, 2017

UK isn't equal to other permanent members of the UNSC now [COMPACTIDEA]

  1. In the UNSC, only UK [Britain, England, United Kingdom] doesn't have an independent foreign policy. China, France, Russia and US all have their own foreign policy. UK, like a slave dog, merely follows what's ordered to it by the US.
  2. UK, increasingly, seems "left behind" when it comes to raw manufacturing and military power. Unlike China, France, Russia, and US, it cannot even design and manufacture its own aircraft - commercial or military. Even Brazil, Canada, India, Japan and Ukraine can. Its nuclear missiles aren't its own either. Unlike France, it doesn't have any meaningful rocket/satellite/space capabilities. Selling overpriced perfumes and investing other people's money is fine, but a deep, diverse and self-sufficient defence/military industrial base is a must for a nation to claim its place on the United Nations Security Council.
  3. These days, the UK seems like a weak and "irrelevant-ish" country as far as statements coming out of it concern. Like a barking dog that hardly anyone is afraid of. More so as it doesn't have its own voice - it merely takes orders from America.