Sunday, December 04, 2016


News Links, December 5, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Vancouver Housing Market Freezes Up, Sales Crash, Prices Sag, For-Sale Signs Proliferate
Australian Airport security to be beefed up
The federal government is beefing up security at airports to counter the threat of attacks from insiders, such as cleaners and baggage handlers.
Can Airlines Restrict Free Speech?
Drunk And Violent Passenger Forces NYC-Bound Flight To Turn Back To Hawaii

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Syria army seizes new rebel district in Aleppo: monitor
Japan, Russia and the 71-year dispute over the Kuril islands
Does Turkey have to choose between Brussels and Shanghai?
The Coming War on China
The Remarkable Story of Fidel Castro
Since Fidel Castro's death, the mainstream U.S. news media has been on a flashback to the Cold War presenting one-sided denunciations of the "communist dictator," but there is another side to the story.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russian Central Bank Loses $31 Million in Cyber Attack
But there's still the question of why it's OK for the US to meddle in the affairs of other countries, but it's not OK for other countries to meddle in US affairs. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Putin warns artists against 'dangerous behaviour'
Vladimir Putin on Friday told artists not to confuse freedom of expression with "outrageously dangerous behaviour" and suggested the Charlie Hebdo massacre could have been avoided if the magazine had not insulted Islam.
Washington Post Reporter Won't Discuss His Controversial 'Blacklist' Story
Will Rand Paul Fight Fake News With a Filibuster?
Clinton's 'Russia Did It' Cop-out
In a last-ditch effort to salvage Hillary Clinton's campaign, establishment Democrats are slinging McCarthyistic mud, joining in smearing independent journalists and blaming everything on Russia.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Missouri struggles to pay for road, bridge repairs
Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household
The Iron Heel at Home: Force Matters
[W]ithout the surge in healthcare spending, GDP in 2015 would have essentially stalled. And without the secondary industries feeding off the healthcare boom, such as the construction boom of healthcare facilities, GDP would have looked even worse.

## Recount ruckus ##

## POTUS-elect ##

Friday, December 02, 2016


News Links, December 3, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Government Bond & Mortgage "Meltdown" Crushes NIRP
Beyond Income Inequality
Can the current iteration of global capitalism be reformed, or is it poised to be replaced by some other mode of production?

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Indonesia Blasphemy Protest Swells to Crowd of 200,000

## Lifestyle solutions ##
How to Stay Warm Without Electricity

## Environment/health ##
Spike in Yellowstone grizzly deaths tied to conflicts with humans
It never occurs to people that perhaps there are too many humans. -- RF

## Recount ruckus ##
## POTUS-elect ##

Thursday, December 01, 2016


News Links, December 2, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Revealed: GCC sovereigns could need $560bn by 2019 as low oil price bites
Crunch Time for "Zombie Bank, Permanently on Brink of Collapse"
Things have gotten so serious at Spain's sixth biggest bank, Banco Popular, that The Wall Street Journal just christened it "Spain's most Italian bank." It wasn't meant as a compliment.
Multiple Simultaneous Threats: Nexit Next?
The nannycrats in Brussels face yet another attack on the anti-immigration front: Geert Wilders' Far-Right Party Tops Polls in the Netherlands.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Are Indians About To Lose Their Gold?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump, May Agree: The Rest of NATO Needs to Spend More on Defense
Iran: US Forces 'Unprofessional' in Gulf Operations
Notes US the Only One That Ever Seems to Have Problems With Their Boats
Russia: UN's Syria Aid Shipments Politicized, Mostly Going to Rebels
Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
World's growing inequality is 'ticking time bomb' - Nobel laureate Yunus
The widening gap between rich and poor around the world is a "ticking time bomb" threatening to explode into social and economic unrest if left unchecked, Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday.
Protesters Against Aussie Refugee Treatment Delay Parliament

## Energy/resources ##
Biofuels could never sustain industrial civilization because they require that vast tracts of land be devoted to the production of energy crops. In the case of fossil fuels, nature did this work for us, which is why fossil fuels have a much greater return on investment. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
America's Chernobyl: Welcome to 'the Most Toxic Place in America'

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Why transportation networks are especially vulnerable to ransomware

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Official Washington's 'Info-Wars'
Organs of Official Washington, such as the State Department and The Washington Post, are becoming unhinged over their weakening grip on the narratives that the people are supposed to believe.
Publications Called Russian-Propaganda Distributors Consider Suing Anonymous 'Experts'
The Orwellian War on Skepticism
Special Report: Official Washington's rush into an Orwellian future is well underway as political and media bigwigs move to silence Internet voices of independence and dissent.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Newcomers wait years for running water as Mexico City suburbs struggle
Megacities are totally unsustainable, and the situation will only get worse. -- RF

## Japan ##
LDP exec: Russia's attitude on northern territories appears to have changed
A Japan-Russia summit slated for Dec. 15 could be "the last chance" for Tokyo to resolve its longstanding territorial issue with Moscow over four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands, a ruling party executive said Sunday.
Gravy train ends as Japan pays for long-term debt once again

## China ##
Appeals court upholds localist pair's dismissal from Hong Kong's Legislative Council
Will China's scientists' breakthrough sound death knell for world's deadly viruses?
Peking University research could help simplify development of effective vaccines or cures for infections such as bird flu, Sars, Ebola and HIV within weeks of an outbreak

## US ##
OK, I Get it: Every Company Clamors for Cheap Labor
Every company clamors for cheap labor to maximize its profits. But in the end, an economy that is based on consumer spending has trouble growing if the purchasing power of these consumers is sinking into an endless inflation-induced wage-quagmire.
Philadelphia City Attorney Linked To Anti-Trump Graffiti
The Great Unwind Unravels Hottest Rental Markets in the US
Now in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, and perhaps a city near you.
No matter how much money they scrape together, it won't be enough. Already-built infrastructure is too extensive to repair/replace at this reduced net-energy level. -- RF

## Recount ruckus ##

## POTUS-elect ##
Trump's Trouble with the Truth
President-elect Trump's refusal to accept the fact that he lost the popular vote by more than two million doesn't augur well for his ability to tell the truth in other cases.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


News Links, November 30, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
"Disorderly" Correction of House Price Bubble in Canada Threatens "Financial Stability": OECD
Millions of Japanese Over 35 Still Live With Mom and Dad
And elderly Korean parents face late retirement to support adult offspring

## Airline death spiral ##
The number of violent in-flight confrontations is on the rise, according to the International Air Transport Association, a trade organization. It reported a total of 10,854 air-rage incidents last year, up 14 percent from 2014. Crew members tell me one of the biggest flash points is carry-on luggage, particularly arguments about overhead bin space.
Passenger Jumps From Plane After Landing in Houston

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Egypt Troops In Syria: Cairo Denies Reports Of Military Presence In War-Torn Country

## Migrants/refugees ##
The Coming Immigration Clash

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Authorities say no plans to forcibly remove North Dakota protesters
North Dakota officials back away from blockade plans for pipeline protesters

## Environment/health ##
Pine Island Glacier In West Antarctica Is Melting From Inside Out
Why parks matter: Nature improves your brain

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Hackers are holding San Francisco's MUNI light-rail system for ransom
The Corporate Media's Gulag of the Mind
Your crime, as it were, need not be substantiated with evidence; the mere fact you publicly revealed your anti-Establishment thought convicted you.
No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See
Martin Armstrong Exposes The Real Fake News: Did The BBC Get Caught Fabricating News To Start A War?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Engine of Inequality: Privilege
This is what we're up against: a status quo that has institutionalized soaring inequality and rising poverty as the only possible output of defending the privileged few at the expense of the many.
Private firms to study aging infrastructure (Japan)
The land and infrastructure ministry says many sewer systems, tunnels, and bridges are reaching the end of their lifespan. In fiscal 2014, aging sewage lines caused some 3,300 cases of road sinkholes across Japan.

## Japan ##
Estimated cost for Tokyo 2020 Olympics jumps to ¥2 trillion
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games could cost up to ¥2 trillion, or as much as 2.5 times the initial estimate in Tokyo's 2013 presentation to win the right to host the sporting extravaganza, the event's organizing committee said Tuesday.
Just wait. The cost will rise even more. -- RF
Japan tax reform to target offshore income, assets

## UK ##
UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime, report says
A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated.
Falwell says Trump offered him education secretary job
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down for personal reasons.

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