How the U.S. lured Britain into a dangerous trap to punish Iran

The Guardian

Trump’s super-hawk warmonger, John Bolton, managed to trick the British government into the seizure of an Iranian  supertanker off Gibraltar . . . leading to a major escalation of tensions within the Persian Gulf 


John Bolton, White House national security adviser and notorious Iraq-era hawk, is a man on a mission. Given broad latitude over policy by Donald Trump, he is widely held to be driving the US confrontation with Iran. And in his passionate bid to tame Tehran, Bolton cares little who gets hurt – even if collateral damage includes a close ally such as Britain.

So when Bolton heard British Royal Marines had seized an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar on America’s Independence Day, his joy was unconfined. “Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace I laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions,” he exulted on Twitter.

Bolton’s delighted reaction suggested the seizure was a surprise. But accumulating evidence suggests the opposite is true, and that Bolton’s national security team was directly involved in manufacturing the Gibraltar incident. The suspicion is that Conservative politicians, distracted by picking a new prime minister, jockeying for power, and preoccupied with Brexit, stumbled into an American trap.

The consequences of the Gibraltar affair are only now becoming clear. The seizure of Grace I led directly to Friday’s capture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of a British tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz. Although it has not made an explicit link, Iran had previously vowed to retaliate for Britain’s Gibraltar “piracy”. Now it has its revenge.

seized by Iran in the Straits of Hormuz on Friday 
in tit-for-tat retaliation for the earlier seizure
of Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar.  

As a result, Britain has been plunged into the middle of an international crisis it is ill-prepared to deal with.

The timing could hardly be worse. An untested prime minister, presumably Boris Johnson, will enter Downing Street this week. Britain is on the brink of a disorderly exit from the EU, alienating its closest European partners. And its relationship with Trump’s America is uniquely strained.

Much of this angst could have been avoided.

Britain opposed Trump’s decision to quit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the trigger for today’s crisis. It has watched with alarm as the Trump-Bolton policy of “maximum pressure”, involving punitive sanctions and an oil embargo, has radicalised the most moderate Iranians.

Yet even as Britain backed EU attempts to rescue the nuclear deal, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt, foreign secretary, tried to have it both ways – to keep Trump sweet. They publicly supported Washington’s complaints about Iran’s “destabilising” regional activities and missile programme, and berated Iran when it bypassed agreed nuclear curbs.

Crucially, the government failed to significantly beef up protection for British-flagged vessels transiting the Gulf after attacks in May and June. This was partly because a depleted Royal Navy lacks capacity to mount adequate patrols. But it was also because officials feared that by raising its military profile, Britain could be sucked into armed conflict with Iran.

For Bolton, however, drawing Britain unambiguously in on America’s side was a desirable outcome. So when US spy satellites, tasked with helping block Iranian oil exports in line with Trump’s global embargo, began to track Grace I on its way, allegedly, to Syria, Bolton saw an opportunity.

The Spanish newspaper, El Pais, citing official sources, takes up the story:

“The Grace 1, which flies a Panamanian flag, had been under surveillance by US satellites since April, when it was anchored off Iran. The supertanker, full to the brim with crude oil, was too big for the Suez Canal, and so it sailed around the Cape of Good Hope before heading for the Mediterranean.

“According to the US intelligence services, it was headed for the Syrian oil refinery of Banias. Washington advised Madrid of the arrival of the supertanker 48 hours ahead of time, and the Spanish navy followed its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar. It was expected to cross via international waters, as many Iranian vessels do without being stopped.”

Although Spanish officials, speaking after the event, said they would have intercepted the ship “if we had had the information and the opportunity”, Spain took no action at the time. But Bolton, in any case, was not relying on Madrid. The US had already tipped off Britain. On 4 July, after Grace I entered British-Gibraltar territorial waters, the fateful order was issued in London – it is not known by whom – and 30 marines stormed aboard.

Iran’s reaction was immediate and furious. It claimed Britain had acted illegally because the EU embargo on oil supplies to Syria, which Hunt claimed to be upholding, applied only to EU states and not to third countries such as Iran. In any case, Tehran said, the ship’s destination was not Syria.

Iran’s outrage was shared, to a lesser degree, by Josep Borrell, Spain’s socialist foreign minister. Borrell resented the British incursion into Gibraltar’s territorial waters, which Madrid does not recognise. He also appears to have been annoyed that Spain was drawn in – in Tehran, the Spanish ambassador had been summonsed by the foreign ministry to explain Madrid’s role. His reaction was to distance Spain from the affair. The Iranian tanker had been seized “following a request from the United States to the United Kingdom,” he said. And even though Britain was supposedly upholding EU regulations, the External Action Service, the EU’s foreign policy arm, has remained silent throughout.

Iran’s retaliation in snatching the Stena Impero has further exposed Britain’s diplomatic isolation and its military and economic vulnerability. The government has advised British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, an admission it cannot protect them. But between 15 and 30 British-flagged tankers transit the strait each day. If trade is halted, the impact on energy prices may be severe.

Hunt’s appeal for international support for Britain has so far fallen on deaf ears, France and Germany excepted. China, Japan and other countries that rely on oil from the Gulf show no sign of helping. The US plan for a multinational coalition to protect Gulf shipping has few takers. Meanwhile, Trump’s promise to back Britain has scant practical value – and carries inherent dangers.

The Bolton gambit succeeded.

Despite its misgivings, Britain has been co-opted on to the front line of Washington’s confrontation with Iran.

The process of polarisation, on both sides, is accelerating.

The nuclear deal is closer to total collapse.

And by threatening Iran with “serious consequences”, without knowing what that may entail, Britain blindly dances to the beat of Bolton’s war drums.



NETANYAHU: How’s the war effort on behalf of Israel going? We don’t want any Jews dead in the coming war, understand?

BOLTON: Sure, sure! No problem. We’ve managed to set the Brits up. When the first bodybags are flown home, hopefully they’ll be British bodies.

NETANYAHU: Hey, that’s great news! Britain will do what it’s told. We have the entire country under our control. If they don’t go to war willingly for us, we can always accuse them of anti-Semitism.

BOLTON: Likewise with America, Bibi. You’ve got us under control too!  70 million Christian Zionists, wow! Donald’s only too happy for Americans to fight and die for Israel!

NETANYAHU:  Cool, cool.  Eretz Israel, here we come!  . . . Let’s hope this war unleashes a new tidal wave of refugees into Europe. How many are we planning for 2020 and beyond? Five million?  10 million? 20 million?

BOLTON:  I think we’re talking billions here, Bibi. Europe ain’t gonna be multicultural and diverse enough for us until it’s got another billion asylum seekers in it.

NETANYAHU: Go man, go!  . . . Hey, and don’t forget, no migrant scum sent to Israel, OK?  We’re a Jewish state and we only take Jews in Israel!

BOLTON: You want more Jews in Israel? Just give me a call! We got seven million Jews in America! We can ship ’em over any time!

(The rest of this conversation is unavailable for publication)



49 thoughts to “How the U.S. lured Britain into a dangerous trap to punish Iran”

  1. Considered thusly, it is
    PAYBACK for Britain drawing the United States into the first two World Wars. 🙂

    1. The guys with the beanies enlisted those vile English. I don’t like to call them Brits because I don’t want to include my Scottish ancestors, the Welsh nor the Irish.
      When Englishmen allow themselves to be subservient to the rabbis their country is given to Muslims and Africans.
      When will these Anglos ever learn?
      It’s hopeless.

    2. I have just read (In Witness to History, by Walsh) that Hitler’s move into the Saarland and Austria were only after plebiscites in both countries were overwhelmingly in favor of them joining Germany. The media, to this day, tell us that they were both hostile invasions by Hitler’s Germany.

      We have been lied to all my life about these incidents, and many more. What we are allowed to read or see on TV is heavily censored. Amazon have removed books critical of Israel and Jewish Power.

      I was never anti-semitic, having grown up with many decent Jews, but recent years have shown such a relentless growth in JewishPower that one would have to be stupid and passive to not resist, and that resistance is now called antisemitism.

      I now believe that both WW1 and WW2 were promulgated by the Jewish Power Network, The costs have been incalculable, in lives, money and in peace and happiness.

      We must not let it happen again.

      1. It is none of our business interfering in the affairs of countries such as Iran. I do not like a government of Mullahs, but it is up to the Iranian people to deal with the situation.

        We may beome involved in another war fighting countries that Israel doesn’t like.

  2. It was the zionists and Israel that had Britain seize the Iranian ship, just as the zionists and Israel call the shots on everything the zio/US government does, we are a captive nation of the zionists.

  3. It is clear that Israel is trying to create a casus belli for a war against Iran, fought not by Israel itself but by its puppets the US and the UK. Israel does not want to be involved itself because then Hizbollah would destroy Israel with its 150,000 rockets, which Israel cannot all intercept. Interception rate of its Iron Dome system is only 20%. A war against Hizbollah would mean the end of Israel and it knows that, hence its attempt to let others do the fighting. Whether Trump is in on this game or whether he only pretends has to be seen. The stakes for the US are also high and its military is reluctant to take the risks. My gut feeling is that Trump is only pretending in order to force Iran to the negotiation table where he can make demands favourable to Israel.

    1. Read the book Blood in the Water by Joan Mellen about the joint zio/US and Israeli attack on the USS Liberty , some things never change, Israel and the zio/US government are a criminal enterprise committing criminal acts and war crimes and one of the worst was 911.

    2. Trump appears, as did his father, to be at least partially Jewish. The average American white person does not have the knowledge that most Muslims have in PHYSICALLY recognizing Jewish people.

      The Jewish supremacists literally DO NOT CARE if they are erased from the earth also, their PURPOSE on this earth is the GENOCIDE of the White race. So if they can only do that through extinction of life on the earth they will do so.

      I think the following is important in understanding what the human race is facing, unless and until the Enemy of Humanity is dissuaded:

      “What is Israel to do?…Israel has been building nuclear weapons for years…What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a nuclear winter?…The ultimate justice?” Professor David Perlmutter – The Los Angeles Times April 7, 2002

      “Martin Van Creveld, a prominent professor of military history at the prestigious Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told a Dutch magazine the following in 2002: ‘We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force.” He went on to say “Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.” (The original interview appeared in the Dutch weekly magazine:Elsevier, 2002, no. 17, p. 52-53, April 27th, 2002).

      This is what Obama, McCain, and other Republicans and Democrats supported. The USA trained and armed ISIS.
      Israel saved the lives of wounded ISIS terrorists transporting them to Israeli Hospitals and then returning them to Syria. Trump bombed Syria and has US troops fighting Syrian Arab Army to PROTECT ISIS.

      MSM Mourns Death Of CIA-Backed Syrian Al-Qaeda/ISIS Ally

      “And we are not Christians or Shiaa to be scared of suicide belts and car bombs. We consider these things as strengths of ours, and God willing they will be just that. This message is to the Islamic State and our brothers in Jabhat al-Nusra, that when we come out of here we will all be one hand to fight Christians and not to have internal fights among ourselves. We want to take back all the lands that have been filthied by the regime, that were entered and taken over by Shiaas and apostates.”

      1. t’s real smart war strategy to make sure you bring in millions of Muslims into your country before you start wars against Muslim countries. The British really know what they’re doing. And the Americans also have a real smart war strategy, the Americans wage wars against Muslim countries while simultaneously allowing Muslim immigration into the United States. Muslim immigrants from Muslim countries us Americans are waging war against are allowed to immigrate into the USA. Brilliant war strategy!

        In the past the Americans only allowed immigrants from hostile countries AFTER the wars were over. I guess that policy wasn’t “smart” enough. It’s “much smarter” to allow immigrants from hostile countries to immigrate and settle into your country before DURING and after the war with the hostile country. “Before DURING and After” is now our Anglo-American motto! It’s about time that became our motto! This way you always got ALOT of hostiles in your country as you wage war against their hostile countries! Real smart, way to go whitey!

      2. TLOA –

        You wrote:
        “And we are not Christians or Shiaa to be scared of suicide belts and car bombs. We consider these things as strengths of ours, and God willing they will be just that. This message is to the Islamic State and our brothers in Jabhat al-Nusra, that when we come out of here we will all be one hand to fight Christians and not to have internal fights among ourselves. We want to take back all the lands that have been filthied by the regime, that were entered and taken over by Shiaas and apostates.”

        When are the BRAVE(sic) old men of islam going to strap on the bombs, instead of children and women?

      3. TLOA –

        You wrote:
        “Trump appears, as did his father, to be at least partially Jewish. The average American white person does not have the knowledge that most Muslims have in PHYSICALLY recognizing Jewish people.”

        Please help me. I am at a loss. I see no PHYSICAL characteristics that helps me with “PHYSICALLY recognizing” Trump as a jew.

        Maybe I am at such a loss because you have drawn a distinction between a “white person” and a “Muslim” in your writing. I thought a “white person” could be a “Muslim” also.

        Could you please point out some of the PHYSICAL characteristics of Trump – that YOU noticed – that will help me with “PHYSICALLY recognizing” Trump as a jew? I will show many others who ALSO want to KNOW that!

  4. Ryan Dawson says Trump is following the Israeli 8 point plan for war on Iran. This is the video link:

    Youtube: “Trump still following Israeli plan for Iran +Epstein update”

    1. Oil Embargo
    2. Arab Separatist Attack
    3. Bomb boats in Hormuz
    4. Fly US drone into Iran airspace
    5. Cyber attacks on AD UEF
    6. Hit Iran troops in Syria/Iraq
    7. Airstrike on Uranium enrichment
    8. Israel attacks

    Like I keep saying, Trump is a pathetic errand boy for Israel

  5. “John Bolton, White House national security adviser and notorious Iraq-era hawk, is a man on a mission. Given broad latitude over policy by Donald Trump, he is widely held to be driving the US confrontation with Iran.”

    Paul Craig Roberts would probably agree with this statement 100%, but I would have to vehemently disagree. On the contrary, Bolton’s not driving anything. By himself he has no more control over any country’s foreign policy than a parking lot attendant at a local Wal-Mart has over Wal-Mart corporate policy. Bolton is nothing more than an animated stage prop; he is at most a “symptom” of the systemic disease, not the cause of it.

    1. I think you’re right about Bolton. An errand boy, without any real power, who just follows orders. As you deftly put it, “an animated stage prop”.

      So what in your estimation would Trump be? Is he, too, “an animated stage prop”?

      This gets a bit confusing, Harold.

      Who are the puppets here and who are the puppeteers? Where is real power invested? And what role is played in this psychodrama by shadowy figures like Soros and Adelson? And what about Putin? Whose side is he really on? I can honestly say I’ve reached the stage when I find myself totally clueless.

      1. That is the idea, Saki. We the people do not know which way is up or down. Putin hired someone, whose name escapes me, to drum up opposition to Putin at the same time providing supporters for Putin.
        In the final analysis we the Euros are SCREWED. Why??? Because our fake leaders worship the rabid rabbis.
        Until a leader comes out and boldly proclaims that the tribe is responsible for all of these problems, and not be a little girl when he is called antisemitic, we will be in a mess.

        We need jbcampbell as our leader.

      2. @ Saki

        “So what in your estimation would Trump be? Is he, too, ‘an animated stage prop’?”

        I think most of us would agree by now that Trump’s presidential campaign was a calculated bait-and-switch fraud. IOW he never had any intention of actually putting America first; it was always all about putting Israel first. That is to say, his purpose is to save the jewish-supremacist agenda from the people of the U.S., not to save the people of the U.S. from the ever-more-destructive jewish-supremacist agenda.

        What sets Trump apart from Bolton, IMO, is the position of supreme political power he holds, the unprecedentedly brazen deception he had to employ to acquire it, and the diabolical jew evil that he’s obviously been planning to do all along.

        As I see it, Mr. Trump is apparently very special in that he is willing to assume direct personal responsibility for taking risks that may turn out to be the most heinous crimes against humanity ever committed.

        Trump supporters will of course argue that he hasn’t started any new wars. And of course he hasn’t; not YET, but the wars that he is risking will be catastrophic.

        And BTW the way Trump is recently ramping up the rhetoric, it seems he is getting closer to starting the war.

    2. Agree, zionists are in the saddle on the pale horse of destruction and hell.

  6. ADMIN: Yukon, I’ve no idea why this comment of yours was sent into Spam. Very strange. However, I’ve just seen and approved it.

    Donald Trump represents an extreme threat to the peoples of the United States, recent statements by him are quite alarming, he thinks Israel is “our” country, not America.

    Listen to the 7:30 part on latest Solar Storm broadcast:

    Does Trump have some sort of dementia concerning who he represents? I think so, he is so wrapped up with Israel he can no longer differentiate between Israel and the United States. I believe he is unfit to be President.

    1. Trump has been sucked-in to the $$ trap, like all of us. We’ve grown up not knowing the particulars until we meet someone who informs us, or read something explaining it. We’re clueless until we’re not. “Awakening” can be traumatic, or gradual. With myself, my indignance and aggressive challenges landed me in numerous court proceedings, and financially ruined. Others let it go, and maintain – but it doesn’t make knowing any easier. Still (most) others “don’t want to hear it” and, subsequently, lead more “normal” lives. Such is Trump.
      Now, before us, the “mark of the beast” prophecy is becoming more apparent. Today, the United States Congress has obliterated the “Debt Ceiling”, and you will see a marked rise in the push for a cashless society. If we, as individuals, will not succumb, we will face Death.

      1. President Trump on Monday tweeted his endorsement of a two-year budget deal with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

        “I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – on a two-year Budget and Debt Ceiling, with no poison pills. This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!”

        The big picture: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have had multiple conversations over the past few weeks to find common ground, and were anxious to reach a deal before the House departs for August recess at the end of this week.

        According to a senior Democratic aide, the deal would raise spending caps by $320 billion and SUSPEND the DEBT CEILING through 2021.(!!)

        It includes a $22 billion increase in military spending for 2020 and a $27 billion in non-defense spending, followed by respective increases of $24.5 billion and $29.5 billion in 2021.

        The deal also includes an additional $2.5 billion set aside for the Census to ensure that everyone is counted, per the aide.

        In a statement, Pelosi and Schumer said the agreement will “enhance our national security and invest in middle class priorities that advance the health, financial security and well-being of the American people.”

  7. Setting the stage…. Iran hijacking July 22, 2019:

    AND…. *To top it all off, UK media alleged that Russia played a part in the seizure of the Stena Impero by spoofing GPS, and thus moving the British tanker into Iranian waters. (Not validated!)

    On July 19, an unknown(??) aircraft carried out a strike on positions of the Popular Mobilization Units at the Al-Shuhada base in the northern Saladin province north of Baghdad, Iraq.

    Pro-Israeli sources speculated that several Iranian-backed fighters and members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed or injured in the attack. They further claimed that the targeted positions had been used to store Iranian-delivered rockets.

    The Iraqi military released a statement saying that two PMU members were wounded in the attack. The PMU said that no Iranian military advisers or other personnel had been wounded.

    The airstrike was likely delivered by the Israeli Air Force. Israeli officials have repeatedly threatened to attack Iranian targets across the region. Mainstream Israeli-US propaganda argues that the PMU, likely the most powerful armed formation in Iraq, is an Iranian proxy force.

    On July 18, the US claimed that its warship – the USS Boxer, currently positioned in the Persian Gulf downed an Iranian drone flying above it.

    In response, Iran released a video of the USS Boxer, presumably filmed by the said drone. The IRGC further said that the drone hadn’t been downed, with the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister mocking the US that it may have “accidentally downed its own drone.”

    The US claimed that it could provide evidence that it had destroyed an Iranian UAV, but no such information has been released. Washington did vow to destroy any Iranian drone that flew above its warships from now on.

    On July 19, the IRGC seized a UK-tanker – the Stena Impero. It also detained and subsequently released another tanker – the MV Mesdar, with its sailors saying that the IRGC were professional, they boarded the vessel, carried out an inspection and let it go on its way.

    The Stena Impero, however, according to the Iranian side had its tracker turned off and collided with a fishing boat, while in Iranian territorial waters. The crew of 23 is on the ship, while an investigation is carried out and their safety is ensured, according to the IRGC. The IRGC boarded the Stena Impero, using a helicopter and military boats.

    The British side threatened Iran with “severe consequences” that would likely include sanctions on Iran, as well as more deployments to the Persian Gulf.

    *To top it all off, UK media alleged that Russia played a part in the seizure of the Stena Impero by spoofing GPS, and thus moving the British tanker into Iranian waters. No evidence to substantiate the claims was provided, but as it has become apparent simply mentioning “Russian malign influence” instantly makes it fact.

    The US has continued its military buildup in the region by deploying 500 troops, a Patriot missile defense battery and other equipment to an airbase near Riyadh. The additional troops could potentially participate in clandestine operations to support the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it is fighting the Houthis, which Washington sees as Iranian proxies.

    Despite all of this, Persian Gulf states maintained a restrained attitude. Although some Gulf countries do not like the regional activities of Iran, they understand that the United States will not be able to protect them in the case of a serious conflict. The consequences of such a war cannot be predicted, and even the United States cannot be confident of victory.

    In the case of an attack, Iran could destroy vital facilities in the Persian Gulf, such as oil refineries, hydropower plants and desalination systems.

    The military doctrine of Iran adopted in 1988 aims to transfer any war to the enemy’s territory. For example, Iran could use Syria, Lebanon and Gaza as a launching pad to strike Israel, similar to the way it uses Yemen against Saudi Arabia. A fully-fledged war could lead to a repartition of influence and the rise of the pro-Iranian Shi’a, which would collapse the oil-rich Sunni monarchies. As a result the world might be overcome by an economic crisis, perhaps even more global than all the previous ones.

  8. All of the civilized world is being “lured into a dangerous trap”
    This is one of the most important video presentations you will ever watch. We authoritatively documented previously how we arrived at this precipitous turning point in world history. Where we go from here is up to you. Make this video viral. Send it to family, friends, and colleagues.

    1. TJ –

      I think we’d all agree that wars are carefully planned. They don’t “just happen”. This big war will be such to completely scramble the current world order so that it may be arranged to suit the needs of whomever’s design it assists. We all have opinions on the puppet masters’ identity, but it really doesn’t matter. Ultimately, it is Satan. In THIS world, he will prevail until The End. (Most of us have read The Book, at least.)

      1. Gil
        This looks to be the plan all along. To “fulfill the prophecy ” with “WW3” amounting to a series of skirmishes to false flag (((their))) way to creating an “International crisis” to end with serving up a one-world bank “lunch”* where only the pretense of national borders remain

        *Want chips with that? 😝

    2. You’re RIGHT, TJ! That video SHOULD “go viral”. If I were a school teacher, I would even show it in my classroom. There’s the “cashless” nightmare, for sure! Do everything you can to dissuade its onset!
      Even my own daughter is after me to get a “smart” phone. It sickens me how much she and her boyfriend rely on the “convenience” for their businesses. I preach to them about it all the time, but my warnings seem to be falling on deaf ears!
      Last summer, I walked into the farm shop, and there was one of my young cousins occupied on his “smart” phone with some damn social media – when he was supposedly working on repairing a piece of machinery. His excuse is that we need the damn phones to “hunt parts”. (A computer works just as well – and you don’t have he constant distraction.)
      (Instead of NOT working, they can hide somewhere with their damn phone and PRETEND to be working – which goes along with “addictions”.)

    3. TJ –

      Thank YOU! That IS a fantastic video!!

      Bankers are being told, “You don’t have a job anymore! It’s FINTECH now!”
      “There are no banking products anymore… there are only BEHAVIORS!”


      BTW – I was amused that Lew Rockwell’s site has 92 Total Share APPS available next to this video. They are engaged over there! 🙂 Here are the first 13:

      Pocket Mix
      Amazon Wish List
      AOL Mail


      What Is Financial Technology – Fintech?

      Financial technology (Fintech) is used to describe new tech that seeks to improve and automate the delivery and use of financial services. ​​​At its core, fintech is utilized to help companies, business owners and consumers better manage their financial operations, processes, and lives by utilizing specialized software and algorithms that are used on computers and, increasingly, smartphones. Fintech, the word, is a combination of “financial technology”.

      When fintech emerged in the 21st Century, the term was initially applied to the technology employed at the back-end systems of established financial institutions. ​Since then, however, there has been a shift to more consumer-oriented services and therefore a more consumer-oriented definition. Fintech now includes different sectors and industries such as education, retail banking, fundraising and nonprofit, and investment management to name a few.

      Fintech also includes the development and use of crypto-currencies such as bitcoin. That segment of fintech may see the most headlines, the big money still lies in the traditional global banking industry and its multi-trillion-dollar market capitalization.

  9. The world should have been past oil a long time ago..
    The gasoline burning internal combustion engine is an anachronism kept in place by the plutocrats for control purposes…
    Hydrogen is the fuel we should be using…
    All petroleum plastic should be recycled…
    There’s no need to keep drilling and shipping oil all over the planet…
    Screw all these oil magnates…
    They’ve been suppressing energy progress for a hundred years, putting their puppets in government, buying up patents, assassinating inventors …
    Now they’re gonna use oil as the excuse to have another gd war… They will if they can…
    So they can blow off another billion dollars worth of old ammo, stimulate some new contracts…
    If it wasn’t for oil – who the hell would care what goes on in the middle east?
    Who got my name wrong?

    1. Barkingdeer –

      The problem I perceive with hydrogen-powered engines is the adulteration of the lubricating oil. Every moving engine generates a friction due to the minute tolerances required for its function. Besides weakening the industry which also refines lubricants, the expenses would grow astronomically to replace worn parts. There are many other caveats too numerous to detail. Abiotic oil refining is here to stay.

  10. If any of you ever have WORKED a team of horses, he wouldn’t be so quick to want to “go back” to the ‘good ol’ days’ before internal combustion engines. I remember an old man responding to me when I was a smart-alex teenager making fun of his old 8N Ford tractor at the local farmer’s co-op. When I commented “That tractor wouldn’t pull a sick whore out of bed”, he said. “Boy, if you ever had to look a mule in the ass all day instead, you’d LOVE to have one of these old tractors!” (Now, I do have one, and its mate, a TO 20 Ferguson.) Old tractors are fun to restore and use. 🙂

  11. GH
    I’ve red a few books on the subject..
    I don’t remember anybody mentioning any problem with the gas ruining the lubrication…
    I think it might not matter with the rotary engine anyway…
    There’s a lot more to Hydrogen’s usefulness than combustion engines too…
    Fuel Cells are great, making elecricity to use for all kinds of stuff, including cars……
    Big Point – Hydrogen is all but free, and it doesn’t pollute..
    I don’t mind weakening the oil industry.. I want rid of it…
    Oil is the real reason the PTB put the Estate of Israel in place anyway, when the British Navy went from coal to black oil.. It’s what’s maintaining the interest in that part of the world now, though we do have t look twice at the whole picture, considering the Islamic threat…
    We’ve got Zion on one hand and Islam on the other….
    Check out the Hydrogen Homestead…

  12. Bark – “Big Point – Hydrogen is all but free, and it doesn’t pollute..”

    Hydrogen production by hydrolysis and collection is VERY expensive, but it doesn’t pollute. 🙂

      1. HP –
        Bark –

        The nuke subs I was on in the 60s-70s made oxygen from electrolysis of water at extremely high pressures and stored it in tanks, and it was slowly bled back into the sub to be breathed by the crew. The hydrogen was discharged overboard., but could have been collected in the same manner as the oxygen, but was not needed. I was responsible for the power supply.

        As with any military equipment… monetary efficiency was not a consideration at all!! 🙂

        See this article with pics of similar generators:

        Nuclear-powered submarines could cruise underwater at full power for years, of course, as their engines do not need air. Their crews, however, do. Hence Electrolytic Oxygen Generators (EOGs), which break up water molecules and keep the oxygen for use aboard ship.

        Treadwell Corp’s Model 6L16 EOG was first introduced in 1965. It breaks up distilled water by passing an electric current through an electrolyte solution (30% potassium hydroxide) in 16 high-pressure cells, connected in series. This equipment can produce 150 standard cubic feet per hour of oxygen, and variants remain the primary oxygen producers aboard the USA’s SSN-688 Los Angeles Class fast attack submarines and SSBN-726 Ohio Class ballistic missile submarines. Treadwell also produces Oxygen Generation Plants external link (OGPs) for the new SSN-21 Seawolf Class fast attack submarines, which include OGP electrolysis modules that depend on proton exchange membranes for oxygen separation.

      2. Gentlemen –

        Reasons for war aside, oil efficiency has been explored, achieved, and covered-up by petroleum vendors since, at least, the sixties. A friend named …(Rankin) was a dairy farmer in the sixties who invented – and patented – a carburetor which prototype he installed on his 289 Mustang of 1965 vintage. It achieved 60 mpg! Shell oil bought the patent from him and squirreled it away in their vault – never to be used, again. (He quit farming, but fumed over it the rest of his life.)
        He told me he could do the same thing to my Buick, but that he’d go to jail if word ever got out.
        Also, I once received a 1984 Honda Civic from a mechanic who owed me a debt, and I drove it a couple years before I gave it to a young English girl who rode horses for some friends, here. That little car ALWAYS go over 40 mpg, and I’ve never heard of one, since, to achieve that. It was a fluke, but it tells me the manufacturers could do it if the oil concerns wouldn’t oppose them on it. Our whole economy is tied to the oil industry, and J. D. Rockefellar’s admonition has come true.
        Moreover, water is NOT so plentiful throughout the world that many wouldn’t suffer were it so commodified, AND, the cost and production and sight-pollution of solar panels is not to be ignored – nor cost of the re-tooling of internal combustion engines.
        (AND, Barkingdeer, if you ever have re-built a diesel or gasoline engine, you’d know that gradual wear finds water seepage into the oil crankcase due to gasket and ring wear.)
        We’d all be much better off with more preservation of “green space” than rushing to replace oil consumption with water consumption! Besides, the water contents of our bodies, and the bodies of all the livestock and wildlife in this world, keep a HUGE amount of water “otherwise occupied”. That amount is ever-increasing, too.

  13. Pat, 1965 was darn near 55 years ago!
    Nothing up their sleeve since then, eh..

    Naaaw, I didn’t see that humongous black triangle flying at very very high altitude crossing the sky from 10 o’clock to two o’clock and out of sight in a matter of seconds. Pretty sure the B-2 can’t do that..
    No way it was doing mach 6-7-8, clear blue sky at 9 a.m.

    One of four different un-listed flying machines I’ve see with my own lying eyes. All four in broad daylight and one of them (round white VW beetle sized probe) didn’t actually swoop down, slow down and fly over my head at 75′ doing maybe 40 mph before zipping (swoosh) at 1 o’colock and out of sight in about two seconds.
    Yep, that one got a humbs up! (lol)

    1. HP –

      Among my past friends and acquaintances was the head of air traffic control of the northeast quadrant of North America. While having a beer in his basement bar one Saturday, he showed me a “classified” satellite copy he had of a GIANT spacecraft hovering at all points around a Japanese Boeing 747, crossing the North Pole. It zipped around the Boeing almost as fast as you could trace the lines on a connect-the-dot obtuse rectangle!
      (We’d had only ONE beer by that time!)
      Whether or not it was “military” is up for speculation, but The Pentagon took it from them and classified it. I only tell it because my friend is now deceased. (The craft was about four times the size of the giant airliner, and the airline crew’s radio transmissions exuded excitement and wonder…)

    2. HP –

      RIGHT ON!! 🙂

      I showed the ‘old’ high pressure untit because you showed the high pressure invention in 1970s.

      At that same link I gave, it showed all of the advancements up to 2008. They use the low pressure models now…. Like this:

      Jan 24/08: Treadwell Corp. in Thomaston, CT won a $62 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 29 Low Pressure Electrolyzers, plus Low Pressure Electrolyzer Simulators, associated installation services, and training and technical data. The systems will replace the Model 6L16 Electrolytic Oxygen Generator and Oxygen Generating Plant aboard SSBN/SSGN-726 Ohio Class ballistic missile and special forces/strike submarines, and SSN-21 Seawolf Classfast attack submarines.

      Work will be performed in Thomaston, CT and is expected to be complete by January 2011. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with 2 offers received by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia, PA (N65540-08-D-0007). Since United Technologies’ subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand makes ILPEs for the Virginia Class boats, they can be assumed to have been the other bidders.

      1. Pat, yes I did see what you did there.
        It’s “the Bomb”

        I’m sure you’re up to date and no doubt possess some insight (informed guesses) as to the newest advancements employed on the latest models like the USS South Dakota.

        Curiously or maybe not so curiously there is no mention of any Commander A.I. in this
        info release for public eyes only!

      2. Perhaps I should have said no overt mention of Commander A.I. in there because reading between the covert lines A.I. can be detected in there, everywhere..

      3. “Curiously or maybe not so curiously there is no mention of any Commander A.I. in this info release for public eyes only!”

        A. I. is still a Lieutenant (O-3) on the sub. Commanders are O-5. So, he is not quite there…. YET! 🙂

      4. Pat, I think A.I. is up for a promotion.
        Maybe even to O-6th generation.

        [Captain] “AI might even be able to respond to threats more quickly than a human pilot.”
        (no maybe about it)

  14. We’re pretty sure the Security State stuff has been at least 40 years ahead of what the proles get…
    Same thing with the lifestyles…
    We can’t have the technological breakthroughs because of the Russians, you see, somehow…
    Fee energy is suppressed right along with world peace…
    Nature has all the answers… That’s what Tesla said…
    Vikor Shauberger made a few observations along those lines…
    He died unexpectedly…
    Tesla died broke and alone.. The great genius…
    Anti-gravity’s been around since WW2 anyway, the Haunebu…… So I hear…
    All kinds of bugs do it… Some lizards have it figured out…
    Magnetism, should be a clue…
    We don’t hear about any of that though…
    Crop Circles, how are they made, what do they mean? Who cares…
    It’s gotta be about war with Iran, hassling over oil tankers, endless reruns on the Meuller investigation…
    In between shooting hoaxes…
    Can’t call them manholes anymore… How important is that?
    9-11 pretty much snuffed out what little was left of journalism…
    See the punks throwing stuff on cops on the streets…
    Soon it will be a crime to criticize the Security State…

    1. Bark –

      “We’re pretty sure the Security State stuff has been at least 40 years ahead of what the proles get…”

      That is likely correct! I heard 20 years from a pentagon officer.

      The “Security State stuff” is made FOR IMMEDIATE USE on nuclear submarines and other high-tech military areas. The nuclear submarines are STILL using modifications of the same technology, so… they use the low pressure models now…. Like this:

      To be installed by 2011….
      Jan 24/08: Treadwell Corp. in Thomaston, CT won a $62 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 29 Low Pressure Electrolyzers, plus Low Pressure Electrolyzer Simulators, associated installation services, and training and technical data. The systems will replace the Model 6L16 Electrolytic Oxygen Generator and Oxygen Generating Plant aboard SSBN/SSGN-726 Ohio Class ballistic missile and special forces/strike submarines, and SSN-21 Seawolf Classfast attack submarines.


      As with nuke weapons…. we can imagine a whole lot more than they can make! 🙂

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