Tuesday, September 19, 2017


News Links, September 20, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work
Pension Storm Warning
Government told to begin online auctions or face a bank bail-in (Greece)
Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants
Putin Orders End To US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports
The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization
Will Low Oil Prices End Saudi Arabia's Gas Subsidies?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US breaks ground for new permanent base in Israel
U.S. and Israeli officers broke ground in Israel on Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of U.S. soldiers, operating under the American flag, and charged with the mission of defending against rocket and missile attack.  
Defense Contractors on Cloud 9
Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism
Exclusive: President Trump's U.N. speech showed that despite his America First rhetoric, his policies are virtually the same as the neocon strategies of George W. Bush and liberal interventionism of Barack Obama.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
80 arrests as riots grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop's acquittal in fatal shooting

## Energy/resources ##
Saudis May Raise Domestic Gasoline Prices by 80%
It'll be good riddance to an industry that's never made any money. -- RF
This is your typical fear mongering from brain-dead growth advocates. The best thing that could happen to any country or region on Earth is a decline in the birth rate and population. -- RF
The hidden social and environmental costs of sand mining
Even more voracious than the consumption of finite reserves of fossil fuel, the mining of sand and gravel represents a looming tragedy of enormous proportions, according to a group of prominent scientists.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?
What a hoot. The most meddlesome country on the planet is the US. The hutzpah displayed by Americans in this regard is beyond belief. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Banning 'Hate Speech' in America Will Only Make It More Popular

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Reducing inequality: does it still make sense in a world of more than seven billion people?
The high cost of an easy-care, low-maintenance world
To take it a step further, why not challenge the idea that we need to have ironed and creased trousers? And is it really good style to dangle a piece of colored cloth from your neck, or is it just an illusion maintained by those who profit from making and selling neckties? -- RF
People never learn from history. -- RF
Abe may commandeer tax hike proceeds for free schooling
Spreading benefits to Japanese public could undermine point of fiscal reform
Obama Goes Full Clinton Foundation With Series Of $400,000 Wall Street Speeches
For a man who once criticized the Clinton Foundation for taking millions of dollars in 'donations' from Wall Street "Fat Cats," Obama seems to be in a rush to replicate the lucrative Clinton scam via his very own Obama Foundation. As Bloomberg points out this morning, since leaving office in January, Obama has already collected millions in speaking fees from the same Wall Street banks that may have cost Hillary her shot at the White House.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


News Links, September 18, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
King's forces arrest prominent Saudis in warning to critics
Haley: Diplomacy efforts with North Korea 'pretty much exhausted'
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday with the United States exhausting diplomatic means against North Korea, "military options" are an alternative.
Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents
Trump extends sanction waivers for Iran while imposing new ones
Weaponizing sound: Could sonic devices have injured diplomats in Cuba?
[E]xperts have their doubts this kind of weapon was used in Cuba and believe it is more likely a chemical exposure.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters pour into St. Louis streets after murder acquittal for ex-cop
Singaporeans hold rare protest over presidential vote

## Energy/resources ##
Is The Sun Setting On The Solar Boom?

## Got food? ##
Global Hunger By Numbers: How Conflict Drives The World To Hunger
The number of undernourished people across the world has increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, which accounts for about 11 percent of total world population, the report says.
Oysters Can Get Herpes And Die
U.N. report links rise in hunger to climate change
Global hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the world's population, in part because of climate change, an annual report from the United Nations found.
Coastal development destroys natural barriers such as islands and wetlands, promotes erosion and flooding, and positions more buildings and people in the path of future destruction, according to researchers and policy advisers who study hurricanes.
San Diego Washing Streets With Bleach To Combat Hepatitis A Outbreak

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The NYT's Yellow Journalism on Russia
Reading The New York Times these days is like getting a daily dose of the "Two Minutes Hate" as envisioned in George Orwell's 1984, except applied to America's new/old enemy Russia. Even routine international behavior, such as Russia using fictitious names for potential adversaries during a military drill, is transformed into something weird and evil.
5 Lies Nikki Haley Just Told About The Iran Deal

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Way Nature Works: How Common is the Seneca Curve?
[T]remendous continual increases in research and development will be needed to sustain even today's low rate of economic growth.
McCain Laments 'Accident After Accident' After Military Cuts

## Japan ##

China rejects letting South Korea, Japan have nuclear arms
Wider use of nuclear weapons to counter threat from North Korea will only make the region more unstable, says Chinese ambassador to the US

Trump Extends Post-9/11 State of Emergency
'Temporary' State of Emergency Seems Increasingly Permanent

Thursday, September 14, 2017


News Links, September 15, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
US dollar index: The Most Important Chart in the World Is Getting Uglier By the Day
Venezuela Suspends Trade In U.S. Dollars
Yes, This Time It Is Different: But Not in Good Ways
Yes, this time it's different: all the foundations of a healthy economy are crumbling into quicksand.
U.S. Virgin Islands governor: Recovery will take years
Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction"
This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.

## War on cash/cashless society ##

## Airline death spiral ##
Massive storms hit airlines where it hurts: Their hubs

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Is Russia Pushing Saudi Arabia Out Of Asia?
Rights group blasts Israeli banks for settlement expansion
Israeli banks are contributing to the proliferation of West Bank settlements by providing loans and mortgages for construction there, violating their human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.
How North Korea Outmaneuvered U.S.
Don't look now, but North Korea has just won its latest diplomatic tussle with the United States. No matter how often Donald Trump promises to rain down "fire and fury" on the Democratic People's Republic "the likes of which the world has never seen before," it's increasing clear that Kim Jong Un's nuclear-deterrence policy is working and that there's little the U.S. can do in response.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Romania seizes new migrant boat in Black Sea
Romanian authorities said Wednesday they had rescued more than 150 migrants in the Black Sea, the fifth such incident since August amid rising fears that a new migrant route to Europe is opening up.
Trafficked North Korean 'bride' reveals her desperate flight from China
China has made life dangerous for North Korean refugees living in the country amid the escalating nuclear weapons crisis, NGO's leader says
Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, aid remains scarce

## Energy/resources ##

## Environment/health ##
For many of us, it is a surprise to discover that, today, 97% of the vertebrate biomass on land is composed of humans and of domesticated animals, leaving only 3% for wildlife.
Too many humans. And did I mention that there are too many humans? -- RF

This history is relevant again now amid the hysteria over alleged Russian "meddling" in last year's U.S. presidential elections. If those allegations are true – and the U.S. government has still not presented any real proof  – the Russian motive would have been, in part, payback for Washington's long history of playing games with the internal politics of Russia and other countries all across the planet.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
History of Syria's war at risk as YouTube reins in content
Nothing surprising about this.  It's the usual elitist claptrap. -- RF

Navy's nuclear fleet shipyards in bad shape, report finds
Despite the Navy's plans to improve its public shipyards, the four facilities and their equipment remain in "poor condition," featuring drydocks that are more than 100 years old and other shortcomings that will take decades to fix, according to a government watchdog report released Tuesday.
America's Fragile Future
The U.S. mainstream's flailing about over alleged Russian "meddling" in American politics reflects a nation that is rapidly losing its global dominance and fearful of even the slightest challenge.

## Japan ##
Japan to begin supervision of cryptocurrency exchanges
Hesitant consumer spending spurs price cuts on daily goods
Supermarkets and convenience stores are cutting prices on processed food products and daily necessities, as concern over the future course of the economy and sluggish growth in disposable income leave customers reluctant to loosen their purse strings.
Japan's Push to Cut Drug Costs Risks Trade Friction With U.S.
While the U.S. Commerce Department sees Japan's drug market, the world's third largest, as the top near-term growth opportunity for its pharmaceutical exporters, the view from Tokyo is of crippling medical bills as the ranks of the elderly swell and the working-age population declines.
N Korea fires missile from Pyongyang over Japan
Paltry yields sap corporate debt's appeal amid North Korean tensions
If the FTC really wanted to help, it should be pushing for a complete overhaul of how tax filing works, such that merely knowing your Social Security Number and address isn't enough to file tax returns in your name.
Here's how much money Americans have in their savings accounts
And it's a welcome change. But while the observation of the phenomenon is correct, the analysis is lacking. It's important to see that what America actually has is a China-style one-party system. We could celebrate the demise of the Democrats and Republicans, but still end up with the same old system in a different guise, and still operating under the guiding hand of the deep state. To effect real change, the US political system has to break free of the deep state and its agenda of empire, global domination, perpetual war, and corporate rule. -- RF

And finally...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


News Links, September 13, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The U.S. is now over $20 trillion in debt — here's how it got there
So Where Does the Money Go that Mexico Borrows?
Answers emerge. Including offshore private accounts.
Dubai Property Set to Fall Further as Vacancies Climb
Dubai residential property prices and rents are set to fall further as losses of high-paying jobs and dwindling household  incomes boost vacancies across the city, according to Phidar Advisory.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Jamie Dimon Slams Bitcoin as a 'Fraud'

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
'THAAD' anti-missile system can't protect South Korea from missile attacks by itself

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Green resistance mounts in communist Vietnam
Environmental causes have unified Vietnamese social activists across geography, class and ideals, a politically potent convergence the ruling Communist Party is struggling to stop

## Energy/resources ##
Average US gas price jumps after Harvey shuts refineries
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that it was the biggest price hike recorded by the Lundberg Survey since 2011.
Goldman: Harvey, Irma Cause 900,000 Bpd Drop In Demand
China Sends One of the West's Most Critical Materials Soaring
Tungsten, used to harden steel in ballistic missiles and in drill bits, has surged more than 50 percent in the last two months amid growing concern about supply cutbacks in China, where about 80 percent of the metal comes from. The country is clamping down on polluting mines and enforcing production quotas.
Unknown Oil & Gas Deal Just Changed The Global Energy Balance
One of the biggest energy stories this year has been Russia's Rosneft buying India's Essar Oil — giving the Russian company a firm grip on one of the world's biggest emerging oil and gas markets.
India Sees Lowest Fuel Demand Growth In 14 Years
India reached a 14-year low in fuel demand as the effects of a massive flooding event that unfolded over the past few weeks become clearer.
Tanzania's Mining Sector Just Collapsed
Power Grids Serving 99 Million Americans Have Record Low Prices
Strong overseas demand for Australia coal deprives local utilities of fuel

## Got food? ##
Irma may have caused losses of up to 30 percent on some major ag crops in Florida
Study shows impact of global warming on coffee production
New climate research suggests Latin America will face major declines in coffee-growing regions, as well as bees, which help coffee to grow.
This "future" of food will last only until the blackouts come. Learn how to garden. -- RF

'All of us can be harmed': Investigation reveals hundreds of Canadians have phoney degrees
A Marketplace investigation of the world's largest diploma mill has discovered many Canadians could be putting their health and well-being in the hands of nurses, engineers, counsellors and other professionals with phoney credentials.
Those companies, plus Slack, Tinder, and a half-dozen others, possess more than enough financial and personal data for hackers to steal our identities and, possibly, rack up fraudulent charges. They also have private messages, photographs, and most of our secrets.
Not to mention that intelligence agencies hoover up the information and use it to populate their databases. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Has the NYT Gone Collectively Mad?
Special Report: Crossing a line from recklessness into madness, The New York Times published a front-page opus suggesting that Russia was behind social media criticism of Hillary Clinton.
State owned Saudi propaganda tries to blame 9/11 on Iran

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Hurricane Irma will likely cover South Florida with a film of poop
Crappy infrastructure + too many humans + rising sea level + overdevelopment = one heckuva mess. -- RF
A depressed man with a smiling face: Jorgen Randers speaks at the Summer School of the Club of Rome in Florence
Jorgen Randers' speech at the Summer School at the Club of Rome has been dramatically different from the standard speech dealing with sustainability. Randers defined himself as a "depressed man with a smiling face" and he summarized his 47 years of work to promote sustainability as an utter failure. "We are worse off now," he said, "than we were 50 years ago. 
And the shortage of qualified workers will only worsen. Childraising, education, and training in high-tech industrial societies are energy-intensive endeavors, and net energy decline makes them progressively more difficult. -- RF

## Japan ##
NGOs complain to IOC over Tokyo Games environmental record
Dozens of environmental group sharply criticised organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Monday for alleged exploitation of tropical rain forests, claiming this was also potentially fuelling human rights violations.
Here's the best way to limit the risk of 'widespread' hurricane damage
The National Flood Insurance Program increases that risk as it offers subsidies to home owners, encouraging development in flood zones.

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