Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When the rivers run dry for the last time.

As climate change continues to raise the temperature of the planet, glaciers are disappearing around the world. One of the largest mountain ranges that supplies water to the largest population on the planet, the Himalayas which border Pakistan, India and China, are rapidly losing their ice.

The future of Pakistan's water supply is a growing concern, as is the long-term future of the entire region if all the rivers run dry.

There is an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that we must do what we can to reduce greenhouse emissions from industry to mitigate the effects of global climate change, however there seems to be a crop of glacier-melt-deniers in the choir with the climate change deniers. Here's a brief list of the self-discrediting glacier-melt-deniers:

Glacier Melt Debate
Glaciers are not melting Glaciers are melting
CNSNews.com TIME.com
TheRegister.co.uk NATURE.com
ndtv.com ft.com (Financial Times)
rtcc.org blog.telegraph.co.uk
theguardian.com blogs.scientificamerican.com
livescience.com thehindu.com
dailymail.co.uk enn.com

The list is based on a Google search of "Himalayan Glacier Melting" and continues for over 37000 results. Unsurprisingly, many main-stream media outlets don't take a stand on either side of any issue because doing so would end the debate and effectively end a news story. Take NPR for example: "Melt Or Grow? Fate Of Himalayan Glaciers Unknown"

The soundbites of obfuscation are music to the ears of main-stream media outlets that fear the shrinking lists of conflict-rich topics upon which they can continue to report.

News reports shift importance of issues from what should be done to prevent glaciers from disappearing, or what should be done to prepare the billion or so people for a future with a lot less water, to trivial news reports about whether or not the glaciers are disappearing or not and who is right or wrong about it.

China has has already begun a massive water diversion project. Unencumbered by critics or the machinations of low-information voter manipulation in democratic societies, they are well on their way to preparing themselves for a much changed climate.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

A Description of the DJSI can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_Jones_Sustainability_Index

I created a sample portfolio at Google Finance with a list of individual shares from each company, which can be found at https://www.google.com/finance/portfolio?action=view&pid=33&ei=o2RNVPCqK8KziQLW_oCoAQ

Between October 8 and October 16, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) dropped $830.88 from $11,599.86 to $10,768.98.

After reaching $11,905.36 on September 18, the DJSI floated up barely over one dollar the following three days then began a record decline that lasted until its October 16 low before struggling back up to $11,416.17, over $489 below the highest point.

The chart from October 22 to October 24 looks like the beginning of three degree convex slope which I will hazzard to guess will peak below $11,600 points before another downturn.

The previous major downturn began after July 24 when the DJSI reached $11,884.72, then bounced off the floor at $11,310.81 on August 7 before slowly sloping back up to it's last peak a month later.

The declines seem to average around two weeks while increases take about a month. This downward pressure on stocks and commodities prices will likely continue in the absence of consumer demand due to low wages and debt from college loans.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Brazen New World Order

The game is up for the "Fifth Estate." or was it the fourth, I can't recall because its relevance is waning. The Internet continuously calls out the news media of television, radio and newspapers, discrediting the old media on near hourly basis. The cable news audience is slipping away nearly ten times faster than the newspaper audience is going extinct.

Unfortunately, most people can't seem to let go of their televisions and still fall under the influence of fear-driven propaganda that fomented the election of unscrupulous, sociopathic politicians beholden to their own interests and indentured to billionaire patrons.

Most billionaires of today are not the founders that created the brilliant financial engines of their wealth, but the flacid offspring raised by nannies with a sense of entitlement unthinkable to the nobility of the middle ages that rose to their ivory towers through the brutality of hand-to-hand combat with swords and shields.

Skip forward to present day, the media, including the Internet that engages in criticism of the billionaires has become background noise. Public shaming of corruption has crept into normality of the masses. Everyone is sick and tired of hearing about it. Everyone is avoiding the noise like a terminal pain spot on a map to avoid. There is nothing to be dome about it. Everything attempted so far has ended with dispersing crowds, wandering off to their jobs or the nearest McDonald's.

The futility of Justice Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States best expressed the future of the United States:  http://billmoyers.com/2014/04/02/a-blistering-dissent-in-mccutcheon-conservatives-substituted-opinion-for-fact/

Nobody cares. They only want to live comfortably and fulfill their biological need for food, shelter, sex, children and distraction. Rarely do a few emerge that wish to compete for the top of the mountain, but they will attempt to gather to themselves as many minions as possible under the guise of serving them all with the spoils of their accomplishments. In the end these politicians and media pundits are exposed for wanting of their own self-interests, such as a throne for themselves in an independent state, or status above their own class, ultimately to the exclusion of their followers.

The Billionaires will drain and hoard the money and resources, but will find when they open their front doors to go grocery shopping that there is nothing for them outside but a vast wasteland of starvation. They will be trapped in their castles among their piles of money and gold, having no way to rid themselves of what has become the new chaff.