Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

News Links, March 22, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Central Bank Shell Game: What Sweden's Negative Interest Rates Do to Consumers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Taiwan says China advanced ballistic missiles aimed at the island
Trump's Team Embraces Iranian Myths
Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on "regime change" in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality.
Europe, N.Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows
EU Official: We'll Force Members To Accept Refugees

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Eight 'suspect' packages found at Athens postal centre
Greek police said they found eight "suspect" packages on Monday addressed to global economic institutions, after a domestic militant group sent mail bombs to the IMF and German finance ministry last week.
Vandalism reported along Dakota Access Pipeline
Conservative students say they have been 'violently threatened' at Lutheran college

## Energy/resources ##
Consumers Would Be $3.9 Billion 'Losers' From Nuclear Subsidies
Expanding state aid to money-losing nuclear reactors across the Eastern U.S. may leave consumers on the hook for as much as $3.9 billion a year in higher power bills.
Adjusting the economy to the new energy realities of the second half of the age of oil
Communities are struggling to deal with the volume of waste, and even high-end hotels now pay staff to dig holes in the beaches where they tip in the mounds of plastic.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches
Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix.
IoT: Don't Hide Your Gold Coins Where Your Thermostat Can See

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Don't You Hate Spammy, Sensationalist Click-Bait Like this?
NYT's 'Tinfoil Hat' Conspiracy Theory
There is a "tinfoil-hat" quality to The New York Times' pushing its "Donald Trump Is Russia's Manchurian Candidate" conspiracy theory as the newspaper sinks deeper into a New McCarthyism.
The Missing Logic of Russia-gate
Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian "hacking" of the presidential election, but logic is often missing.
Tepco to link up with Intel to manage power grids overseas
Tokyo utility looks abroad to cover staggering Fukushima cleanup costs
How China's overseas property dream turned into a nightmare
Capital controls mean people who signed up for flats in Malaysia cannot send money from mainland

## US ##
Well, thanks for these observations, but here again the implication is that we have the two arms of the War Party — Democrats and Republicans — and nothing else. The US is still stuck with its China-style one-party system. Why can't anyone see past that? -- RF
"People are target shooting at our rock carvings," said Yellowman, a Navajo elder. "They are cutting out our pictographs, our stories, and taking them away and selling them."
One wonders why poor US residents had to depend on Venezuela in the first place. What support has there been from US oil companies? -- RF


Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

News Links, March 20, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
In my opinion, it's long past time we be brutally honest about the banks. Their influence and reach has metastasized to the point where we now live under a captive system. From our retirement accounts, to our homes, to the laws we live under -- the banks control it all. And they run the system for their benefit, not ours.

## Airline death spiral ##
While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force
The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia.

## Migrants/refugees ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters march in Paris against police violence

## Energy/resources ##
Peak foiled
This Grist writer claims that — unfortunately for the climate — peak oil is no problem. Apparently the writer is not aware that the oil industry is in deep trouble because what's flowing is not only oil, but also lots of red ink. It doesn't matter how much energy a given energy system produces. What matters is the net energy left over for self-replication and for powering socioeconomic systems after all energy costs have been paid. Infrastructure is crumbling, economies are in the toilet, and governments are racking up titanic piles of debt because the net energy delivered by the fossil-fuel energy system has already fallen below the level needed to sustain industrial society. -- RF
Here's how California ended up with too much solar power
Increasing amounts of wind and solar energy are being wasted or "curtailed," because no one can use it.
It sounds almost too good to be true, and in a sense, it is. Depths of more than 3,000-4,000 meters, which is where deepwater offshore oil and gas projects are located, present engineers with a unique challenge. The challenge comes in the form of finding materials and components strong enough to withstand the water pressure.

## Solutions ##
How Rich Is Your Knowledge Capital?

## Environment/health ##
Skyscrapers may trigger motion-sickness, sleepiness and depression  because they sway slightly in the wind, experts believe.
These sick Vietnam vets blame exposure to Agent Orange, but VA won't pay

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Trump/Obama 'Leak War'
"Leaks" can be whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing, but many actually are government agencies manipulating the public or punishing enemies, as is playing out in today's Trump/Obama "leak war."
Intel Chair: "No Collusion Between Trump and Russia... Leak Is The Only Crime"

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Contrasting Tales of Two Besieged Cities
The U.S.-backed offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul from the Islamic State is inflicting hardships on civilians, but the Western media treats this humanitarian crisis differently than the recent one in Aleppo.
School children 'should be taught to recognise fake news' (UK)
CNN: President Trump "Has Spent His Whole Life Bullsh*tting"
With the "Russians are to blame" narrative fading - due to lack of any evidence - it appears CNN has turned back to ad hominem attack 'reporting' on the Trump administration.
Half a million dollars for what is essentially a driver's license. -- RF
A "deluxe" edition for $49,000! -- RF
Like Hillary Clinton's "reset" of US-Russia relations? -- RF


Friday, March 17, 2017

 

News Links, March 18, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
US Pressures IMF to Walk Away From Greece: Déjà Vu, All Over Again
Assets in Panama banks reach record level despite 'Panama Papers'
Swiss keep negative rates on hold ahead of French election
Get Ready for a "Credit Implosion"
Is Everything Out of Whack? Wolf Richter on the Keiser Report
Oh, boy! Driverless Flying Taxis Are Coming To Dubai This Summer

## Airline death spiral ##
Job cuts expected as Cathay Pacific targets 30 per cent savings in head office management costs

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow
The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more "regime change" wars.
Dozens killed in fresh clashes on Myanmar's China border
Raging battles on Myanmar's border with China have claimed dozens more lives, military and official sources said Wednesday, as the mounting death toll landed a fresh blow to the government's faltering peace process.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Where's Citizenship for Sale? Huddled Masses Need Not Apply
Most countries offer citizenship (passports) the hard way. But 7 sell them outright, and 3 have "powerful" passports. "Citizenship Planning" is a thing.
Canadian man charged in Yahoo hack loves fancy cars, parties
The Canadian charged in connection with a massive hack of Yahoo accounts that the United States says was a Russian plot is a young man who has boasted on social media of his wealth and love of expensive cars, online accounts show.


## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
You're Now Twice as Likely to Achieve the 'American Dream' in Canada
It pays to remember, however, that the American Dream as currently conceived was never sustainable. -- RF
But those interviewed for this story say there are clearly two big issues - there are not enough skilled workers in the market, from electricians to welders, and after years of historically low production, shipyards and their suppliers, including nuclear fuel producers, will struggle to ramp up for years.
Ain't gonna happen. -- RF

China adds national pledge to curb housing prices in government work report
Vow comes as Beijing municipal government raises down payments for most second home purchases to 80 per cent

## US ##
IT BEGINS…. Idaho & Arizona Pass Bills To Remove "Capital Gains Taxes" On Gold & Silver
Trump Slips into 'Endless War' Cycle
But this still divides the US political landscape into Red and Blue, suggesting that there isn't anything else. American politics was already broken before Big Data came along. -- RF

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

 

News Links, March 17, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Turkey Posts Worst Budget, Jobless Numbers Since 2009 Crisis

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Plans to extend basic training are on hold as the Army works to add 6,000 more soldiers (US)
Pentagon: US, Russian forces in close proximity in Manbij
U.S. and Russian forces have been flying their country's flag and communicating more frequently to avoid mishaps as they operate within viewing distance of each other in the Syrian city of Manbij, a defense spokesman said Wednesday.China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island
Beijing Responds After Claims Japan Sending Biggest Warship To Conflict
Why global hijacks have decreased but maritime kidnaps and terrorism are rising

## Solutions ##
Why Fragmentation Is the Solution, Not the Problem

## Environment/health ##
Monsanto Colluded With EPA, Was Unable To Prove Roundup Does Not Cause Cancer, Unsealed Court Docs Reveal
You'll never want to buy synthetic clothing after watching 'The Story of Microfibers'
The Story of Stuff's new film explains how polyester yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are responsible for rampant plastic pollution.
Reducing pollution and curbing overfishing won't prevent the severe bleaching that is killing coral at catastrophic rates, according to a study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. In the end, researchers say, the only way to save the world's coral from heat-induced bleaching is with a war on global warming.
Bring in the wolves! -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You
When America Interfered in a Russian Election
The U.S. is the unchallenged champion of hijacking, fixing and subverting elections around the world.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Democrats Anti-Russia Campaign Falls Apart
New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
14% of community college students are homeless (US)
Half of community college students struggle to find housing and healthy [sic] food.

Big fat waste of money. -- RF

## China ##
Chinese Premier Calls for Return to Talks on North Korean Nukes
It's now completely obvious that the Trump administration has been hijacked by Wall Street, so where's the resistance? When it comes to the self-proclaimed leaders of this "resistance," the corporate media and the Democratic Party, the resistance is nowhere to be found. They're simply too busy focusing on invented Russia conspiracy theories to deal with the provable conspiracy right in front of their faces.
Rule by Thieves: One Week in the Life of the American Kleptocracy


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