Tuesday, February 14, 2017

TRUMP-NETANYAHU MEETING TOMORROW

It's the day before their first big meeting. Though these two men seem to be friends, the never-ending 'peace process' has eroded the best of ties (G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton) and obliterated the worst of ties (Barack Obama). We shall see what direction this new dynamic takes.

For the Israelis' part, there seems to be some hope.

Netanyahu: ‘President Trump and I See Eye-to-Eye’

But some are calling for caution against high hopes.

As Gideon BenZvi points out in the next article:

". . . the much-ballyhooed promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has quietly been tabled. Moreover, Trump recently threw cold water on the idea of unchecked settlement growth, stating: "I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace."

Reality setting in as Netanyahu visit to Trump this week approaches

On February 3rd, this blog put up a watch:

". . . it will be interesting to see if the pattern we have seen repeatedly in the past -- storms, political turmoil, market turmoil, or even earthquakes -- will appear again."

In addition to possibly tabling moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and what appears to be an expression of disappointment (if not condemnation) of Israel's announcement of building expansion in the West Bank, Michael Snyder reports that Trump may be prepared to push the 'two-state solution.'

This Is Not How You Reverse The Curse: Trump Administration Set To Announce Support For A ‘Two State Solution’

That Trump would attempt to negotiate his own ideas about a two-state solution should not come as a surprise -- he gave us heads-up about a month ago, when France was trying to push the process along.

Trump to task son-in-law Kushner with brokering Mid-East peace deal

Storms:

As I write this post this morning, weather is in definitely in the news. The Weather Channel is covering two major stories.

The first: tornado warnings for Houston.

Storms to threaten US Gulf coast with flash flooding, isolated tornadoes

The second: the potentially catastrophic situation at Oroville Dam in California.

Interestingly, President Trump recently indicated his displeasure at Israel's decision to expand building in its West Bank.

Now, a dam is threatening multiple 'settlements' on our 'west bank.' When thousands of people have to flee for their lives, that is very significant. Fleeing is very disruptive to lives. Schools have to be shut down, businesses have to close, employees can't get to work, homes have to be abandoned. It is very unsettling. Our family had to flee once from flooding, and we didn't know if we would have a home to go back to or not. An experience I do not wish to repeat. (Yes, our home was still there.)

Worst Case Scenario: 100 Foot Tsunami Would Wipe Out Entire Cities If There Is A Catastrophic Failure Of The Oroville Dam

The situation is dire because as this accuweather article notes, more rain is on the way.

Western US to face renewed flood threat as storm onslaught resumes

In Race Against Coming Storm, Workers Scramble To Plug Oroville Dam Hole Using Rocks

This article points out that the situation at Oroville didn't have to happen. The state of California did nothing during the drought, when the lake level was low, to affect repairs needed on the dam.

Oroville dam emergency demonstrates how incompetent bureaucrats are marching California into catastrophic collapse at every level

Jerry Brown’s California Legacy is a Dam Failure

And this is a curious 'weather' story:

Weather Service suffered ‘catastrophic’ outage; website stopped sending forecasts, warnings (Washington Post)

Political turmoil:

Not even 48 hours before the first Trump-Netanyahu meeting, a high-profile resignation.

Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Advisor

Trump Security Team "In Turmoil" After Flynn Resignation, Russia Accuses US Of "Paranoia"

Market turmoil:

Global Stocks, Dollar Falter As Yellen Testimony Looms; S and P Futures Pressured By Flynn Resignation

Strong Indicator Of An Imminent Potential Financial Crisis

Debt Apocalypse Beckons As U.S. Consumer Bankruptcies Do Something They Haven’t Done In Almost 7 Years

Greyerz – Get Ready, Governments and The Public Will Start Panicking As This Frightening Global Collapse Unfolds

Why Donald Trump Needs The Next Recession To Start As Quickly As Possible

Strangely enough, just prior to President Obama's meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu back in March of 2014, it was Wanapum Dam that was in danger of collapsing. And also strangely enough a 'phone call' involving Russia and sanctions is what led to Michael Flynn's resignation, well, back in March of 2014, a certain phone call was also a problem, and it too involved Russia and sanctions. Take a look:

WANAPUM DAM

Earthquakes:

At least it's quiet news here. No significant earthquakes of note here in the U.S.

However, the aftermath of Japan's 2011 earthquake is affecting us, with significant news in the past few days. Our 'west bank' seems to be having even more trouble from Japan's crippled nuclear reactor.

FEB 12: “Potential Global Catastrophe” from Fukushima Unit 2 highly radioactive fuel… Reactor could be destroyed, “making Tokyo area uninhabitable”… This is “most dreaded” scenario — Already “partially liquefying” below reactors

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH FUKUSHIMA?