Thursday, August 25, 2016


News Links, August 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World Trade Falls for Second Quarter in a Row — Decade of Stagnation of Industrial Production in the US, Japan, EU
Study: Canadians spend more on taxes than basic needs
Global youth unemployment set to rise for first time in three years: Study
Mongolia's Meltdown Won't Be Saved by a Mining Revival Yet
Largest Saudi Bank Crashes To Record Low
"Central Banks Now Own $25 Trillion Of Financial Assets"
Merkel Tells Renzi He Can't Bend Euro Rules to Boost Growth
Nigerian banks are being barred from forex trading as a dollar crunch worsens
Why marine credit managers are losing sleep
Hedge Funds Suffer Worst Outflows since Financial Crisis — 2016 may see second-highest redemptions in history!
How Long Will It Take for the ECB to Own All Sovereign Debt of Spain, Germany, France?
French support for the EU project is crumbling on the Left and Right
Four more mega-banks join the anti-dollar alliance

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The War on Cash
'Cashless society' is a euphemism for the "ask-your-banks-for-permission-to-pay society".
The Blessing Of Cash—And Why Central Bankers And Statist Planners Hate It

## Airline death spiral ##
TSA says record 81 guns found in passengers' carry-on bags last week
The agency said 70 were loaded and 11 were unloaded. Of the 70 loaded, 31 had a live round in the chamber ready to fire.
TSA hassles 9-year-old boy with pacemaker, 4 heart defects
Trio forced off easyJet plane over false claims they support Isis
Glitches Are The Number One Cause of Airline Delays
Power outage briefly halts flights to Miami, nearby airports: FAA
Legroom on Most Major Airlines, Compared in One GIF
ANA to cancel hundreds of Dreamliner flights for engine glitch

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine, Again
Vladimir Putin offers Middle East peace talks for Israel, Palestinians
Colombia, Rebels Say They Have Reached Historic Peace Deal
Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: U.S. official
US Navy Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boat
Gunmen attack American university in Kabul, students flee
US Urges Citizens In Afghanistan To Leave Country
State Department Urges US Citizens To Leave Gaza "As Soon As Possible"
Turning down the heat: China and Japan agree to cool tensions over the East China Sea
Kurds, Not ISIS, Are Turkey's Real Target in Syria Invasion
Russia Downplays Conflict With US Over Syria Weapons Report
Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit
Pentagon Has No Idea Where Hundreds of Thousands of Guns Went in Iraq and Afghanistan
How Obama Is Enabling the Next President to Launch Illegal Wars
DOD Science Board Recommends "Immediate Action" to Counter Enemy AI
What Israel's Actions Have Wrought
Israel's repression of the Palestinians is often rationalized by the historical abuse of the Jews, but Israel's misconduct is having the disturbing effect of stirring up new anti-Semitism.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkey to tackle migrant inflow
Is Germany protecting its neo-Nazis? Immigrant murders reveal a blind spot
For more than a decade, German police refused to consider the possibility that neo-Nazis were killing Turkish immigrants, even after the FBI suggested that was the obvious answer to a string of murders. Then the plotters, tired of being ignored, outed themselves, revealing something beyond incompetence – the killers appear to have been subsidized by the German police themselves.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
1 killed, 29 wounded as bombs hit southern Thailand
If methane hydrates are so good, why are they finally getting attention now? For that matter, if tight oil and gas are so fantastic, why didn't we exploit them long ago? The reason is that they're not so good. Conventional sources are much better, and that's why we went for them first. As with any resource, we extract the easily accessible, high-quality resources first, and then move on to the junk. -- RF
Dismal time for Gulf oil = record low lease bidding
The federal government's annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest on Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling.

Man-made warming dates back almost 200 years: study
Man-made greenhouse gases began to nudge up the Earth's temperatures almost 200 years ago as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, far earlier than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.
And it's done with lots of fossil fuels. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Bogus 'Humanitarian' War on Serbia
NATO's war on Serbia in 1999 was the template for other "humanitarian" wars – in Iraq, Libya and now Syria – but it wasn't "news" when the Serbian leader was cleared.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Total Societal Collapse: What the Media Isn't Telling You About Venezuela
A mega-disaster in the making. -- RF

Rates down, inflation up: it's 'never been worse' for cash savers

## US ##
The Stock Market 2015-2016: Ugly Chopfest with an Equally Ugly Megaphone

## The candidates ##
Clintonite Conspiracy Theories
Hillary Clinton's agents warn darkly of "conspiracy theories" that might trip up her presidential bid. What they really fear is the release of more damaging facts in the next round of Wikileaks documents.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


News Links, August 24, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Revealed: ECB Secretly Hands Cash to Select Corporations
Private Placement: European Companies Issue Debt Simply Because the ECB will Buy That Debt
Things are so absurd in the Eurozone that the ECB is buying private placement debt with little regard for safety. In turn, private equity companies issue debt simply because they know in advance the ECB will buy it.
Australia's unprecedented collapse in business investment, in one chart
Mission Impossible Looms for Renzi's Italian Growth Target
Economy of energy-hungry India may face headwinds
'Collapse' in value of wages leaves more than 1.5 million families in extreme debt (UK)
With world trade in the doldrums, the threat of a new currency war looms
"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared
'Nobody believes in anything anymore': Why Greece's economic crisis is not over
Koreans reluctant to get married, have children
The Olympics are over for Brazil — was it worth it?
The glorious days of 2009 when the Olympics were awarded to Rio are a distant memory.
What happens to Olympic venues when the games are over?
Pokemon Go Is Already in Decline
UNLOCKING GOLD'S TRUE VALUE: The Economic Code – Finally Revealed
When Gold Breaks Over $1,400 It's Going To Spike Toward $2,000 - Gerald Celente

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Why you'll always need cash (US)
8 Major Bitcoin Debit Cards: How Private and Anonymous Are They?
How Bitcoin helped fuel an explosion in ransomware attacks

## Airline death spiral ##
Crisis in Air Traffic Control Towers (US)
EasyJet and British Airways passengers face £25 charge for complaints about delays and lost luggage
Man Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Passenger
What Delta's tech troubles tell us about reliability of airline IT systems
UK flight cancellations and delays have increased
Laser Pointer Strikes Double in Southern California
Aviation regulator calls for anyone found carrying laser pointers to be arrested in bid to cut number of attacks on aircraft
CAA figures show there were 1,439 laser attacks on aircraft in the UK last year – equivalent to almost four a day

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran: Russia has stopped using Iran base for Syria strikes
US works to keep Turkey in its fold as NATO ally looks east
Russia-Iran-Turkey Alliance Could Change Energy Dynamics For Good
Pirates chased away from British freighter by Nigerian warship
The top 10 places where you could be attacked by pirates
Pirates attack two ships in Indonesian waters in 48 hours
There may be trouble ahead for China and Singapore
U.S. Government Reaffirms Total Support for Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
Biden: US Committed to Protecting Baltic States From Russia
Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban
Imperial Washington Has Meddled In Ukraine Enough—–Why Crimea Doesn't Matter
Special Report: Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias
Philippines' Duterte says talks with China on sea dispute 'within the year'
Seoul: North Korea fires submarine-launched missile into sea
"In Preparation For Crisis" Germany Considers Bringing Back Military Service

## Migrants/refugees ##
UN: Thousands of Central American children seek to enter US
Shoot First: Coast Guard Fired at Migrant Boats, European Border Agency Documents Show
Angela Merkel calls for 'one in, one out' immigration deals with North Africa to stem refugee crisis

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
White Lives Matter protest staged outside Houston NAACP office
Pakistani Protesters Attack TV Stations, 1 Killed

## Energy/resources ##
Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history
$50 Crude Won't Fuel Big Oil's Comeback
Saudi Permian: A Race To The Bottom For Tight Oil
Remember the shale gale and Saudi America? The scale of those outlandish delusions has now dwindled to plays in a few counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Saudi Permian.
North Dakota rig count lower for third straight week
'Epic' Oil Rally Reverses On Diminishing Supply Outages
Swiss nuclear reactor at Leibstadt extends outage to late October
Switzerland's biggest nuclear power station at Leibstadt will extend its outage for maintenance by eight weeks until Oct. 29, its operator said on Monday, after discovering discolouration in eight cladding tubes used to encase fuel rods.
Just 16,000 catenary trucks would use all of California's electricity with only 2400 to 8300 miles of overhead wires
Kuwait's Oil & Gas Sector Shrinks For Third Straight Year
Egypt plans to end fuel subsidies within three years: sources
Water shortages hit West Bank Palestinians, provoking war of words

## Got food? ##
Connecticut Encourages Solar Development At Expense of Farmland
Precious farmland is covered with silicon in a vain attempt to prop up industrial society with renewables. -- RF
Fast food prices up

## Lifestyle solutions ##
How To Build A 400 sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin For $2000

## Environment/health ##
Huge Chunks Of Antarctica's Fourth-Largest Ice Shelf, Larsen C, Could Soon Collapse
Over 300 dead in India as floods force villagers into relief camps
New Study Shows How Clinging to Nuclear Power Means Climate Failure
Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them
'Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice'
Scientist Peter Wadhams believes the summer ice cover at the north pole is about to disappear, triggering even more rapid global warming
Zika could spread to other Gulf Coast states, health official warns
Images Show Zika's Destruction of Babies' Brains
Report Shows Whopping $8.8 Trillion Climate Tab Being Left for Next Generation
Study: Countries that support nuclear energy lag on climate targets

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Despite billions spent on cybersecurity, companies aren't truly safe from hacks
Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA
A Displeased Colin Powell Accuses Hillary Of "Trying To Pin" Email Scandal On His Advice
Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets
Southeast Asia responds to terrorism with iron fist
Southeast Asian countries are introducing sweeping measures to expand government powers in the name of cracking down on terrorism, spurring criticism that the policies are mere tools to silence opponents.
Meet Michelle Marie, Ireland Twitter Account Controller, Who Was Trolled With Racist Comments
What the Heck Happened to Pokémon Go? — The "augmented reality" hype died.
This algorithm can hide messages in dance music
Your 'Smart' Power Outlets Are Now Botnets Thanks To The Internet Of Broken Things
Eye in the sky: Secret Cameras Record Baltimore's Every Move From Above
FBI Probing If "Russian Hackers" Breached The New York Times, News Agencies

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Nicholas Kristof: War Crimes Enabler
He wants US intervention – on the side of Islamist head-choppers
Propaganda for Syrian 'Regime Change'
Neocons and liberal hawks have poured millions of dollars into propaganda to justify "regime change" in Syria and are now desperate to keep the war going until President Hillary Clinton gets a chance to escalate.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What Are the Odds that the 2020-2022 Olympics Will Be Cancelled?
Obviously I'm not the only one who thinks the games are doomed. No one should be laughing at Brazil for the difficulties it experienced in hosting the games in a time of crisis. Consider it a preview. Staging the Olympics requires a colossal energy expenditure, and in an era of declining net energy, when countries cannot even maintain all their existing infrastructure, such extravaganzas will be among the first casualties. -- RF
Merkel Accused Of "Fearmongering" After Telling Germans To Stockpile Food "In Case Of Catastrophe"
Climate change effects on conflict, social unrest, health, mass migration, food, and national security
Detroit Has Gone From Being The Greatest Manufacturing City In The World To A Global Joke
Scary: Limits to Growth? 2016 United Nations report provides best evidence yet
If you want to know what causes wars, start here. -- RF

## Japan ##
Engel's coefficient rising in Japan
Japan's Elderly Face Growing Risk of Poverty
Declining wages and higher social welfare payments for an aging population are sapping funds available for retirees
'Sufficient chance' of more BOJ easing in September, Kuroda says
Trouble Looms for Japan Earnings After Worst Decline Since Quake
Tokyo prepares for 2020 Olympics, facing rising costs and new sports
Take a look at these escalating costs. And there are still four years to go. -- RF
Japan Inc not enthusiastic over Abe's stimulus, BOJ easing
Japan considers building more ships to patrol areas around Senkakus
Falling supermarket prices add to BOJ's woes
GPIF's stock holdings reveal its hand in nearly everything
Companies across Japan have a new name in their top 10 shareholder lists: the world's largest pension fund.
U.S. to deploy 16 F-35 stealth fighters at west Japan base next year
Japan plans $32.8 bil. extra budget for stimulus
Monetary policy has nationalized the Japan stock market
Japan is Willing to Cut Interest Rates Even Further Into Negative Territory
The First Victims Of The Libor Surge Have Emerged... In Japan

## China ##
China Builds First Military Base in Africa
Chinese city lauded as model of economic transformation struggling as nation's economy cools
China caught in 'dead money' trap as central bank pleads for fiscal stimulus
Xinjiang Teachers To Teach "Anti-Separatism" Curriculum
China's Hidden Underemployment Problem Unearthed
Smugglers brought seafood into China from waters off Fukushima, report says
It's Not A Cycle Nor Did "Stimulus" Work—–All The Answers Were There in 2012 China
China Plans To Slash Crude Demand By 250,000 Bpd
Study quantifies haze's role in China's urban heat island effect
China's Sichuan aims to cut coal output by 33 million tons

## UK ##
More than 1.5 million UK households in extreme debt, says TUC report
Britain in the Red study finds that people are struggling to make repayments as wages have fallen since financial crisis
Slavery reports rise fivefold, Salvation Army says
Best hospitals could buckle without emergency care funding boost
British government dismisses concerns about selling arms to Saudi Arabia
Steel crisis far from over as UK production plunges in face of global pressure
Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

## US ##
As Predicted, Obamacare Is Absolutely Killing The Middle Class
U.S. banks want to cut branches, but customers keep coming
How ObamaCare is splitting in two
This U.S. Bank Is About to Relive the 2008 Derivatives Nightmare
Why A Weak US Consumer Makes A Grim Outlook for the Economy, Stocks
$1.3 trillion in student loan debt is crippling retail sales growth
Bill Gates's Net Worth Hits $90 Billion: Chart
16,000 Files Vanish: Inspector General Says Army Has No Idea How It Spent $6.5 Trillion
It's hard to focus too much attention on the disappearance of $6.5 trillion. If my tax return is 6 yen off, the tax office will demand an explanation, and rightly so. Apparently there is such a thing as "too big to be held accountable." -- RF
Fed Admits Another $4 Trillion In QE Will Be Needed To Offset An "Economic Shock"
Chart Of The Day: The Great Divergence—–Productivity Versus Real Earnings
Mylan Execs Gave Themselves Raises As They Hiked EpiPen Prices
Proxy filings show that from 2007 to 2015, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's total compensation went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068, a 671 percent increase.
New Home Sales Surge…….Back To 1995 Levels!
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Disaster: Activity, New Orders, Shipments Plunge
These charts are flashing recession signals
California sale of carbon permits falls short
California sold just over one-third of the carbon permits it offered to cover emissions this year, receiving the minimum price at an auction last week, regulators of the state's cap-and-trade program said on Tuesday.
Something "Unexpected" Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage
High School Students' Test Results Are Being Sent to Military Recruiters Without Consent

## The candidates ##
A Clinton Family Value: 'Humanitarian' War
The transformation of the Democratic Party from the relative "peace party" to a belligerent "war party" occurred during Bill Clinton's presidency and is likely to resume if Hillary Clinton is elected.
Donald Trump's empire at least $650 million in debt
Trump's White Supremacist Factor
The darkest part of Donald Trump's presidential campaign is its white nationalist element with some white male supremacists seeing Trump as the way to protect their historical dominance of America.
As Clinton asks for money, what she says a remains a mystery
Clinton has refused to open her fundraisers to journalists, reversing nearly a decade of greater transparency in presidential campaigns and leaving the public guessing at what she's saying to some of her most powerful supporters.
FBI Discovered 15,000 Additional Undisclosed Hillary Clinton Emails
Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts
From Soccer Stars To Bahrain Princes: New Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton Gave Special Access To Foundation Donors
Trump calls for special prosecutor to investigate Clinton Foundation
Hillary Clinton's 'Pivot' or 'Spin'?
To stave off Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton became a born-again progressive, critical of trade deals and tough on fracking, but her preparations for a presidential transition presage a pro-corporate and hawkish administration.
Consultant Raised Cash for Hillary Clinton, Used Access to Seek Meeting for Coal Giant, Emails Reveal
Many who met with Clinton as secretary of state donated to foundation
Trump's New Billionaire Backer Also Funds Huge Stockpile of Human Urine

Sunday, August 21, 2016


News Links, August 22, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Impossible Italian Job — The Italian Banking Crisis would complete Europe's "Doom Loop."
Italy's repeated attempts to stave off a full-blown financial crisis and breathe life back into its moribund banking sector can be summed up in four words: too little, too late.
The Seemingly Unstoppable Growth Of Negative Yields
Paul Singer fund: Market 'breakdown' to be 'sudden, intense, and large'
S&P Global: Negative Interest Rates (PDF)
Savers hit by negative rates are starting to store their cash in safes
Negative rate moves 'clear sign of desperation'
Bank of Ireland joins six central banks, decides to charge large depositors
RBS to impose negative interest rates on some clients
The Hunt Is On for a New Way to Measure the World's Economic Output
Brexit: Worst Case Scenario for EU; Armageddon Promise Now Visible as Pack of Lies
Dollar Disaster Looms? China and Russian Currencies Break Away
Things keep getting worse for EU banks
What Ails the Industrial Metals Industry?

## Airline death spiral ##
Small airports hit by shortages
"Get air service, use the air service, or lose the air service. The industry is playing a zero-sum game."
Japan airports to install new screening system
Laser emitters target Nepal Airlines plane at TIA
Sri Lankan Airline pilot shows up for work drunk, and expects to fly
Smoking phone-charging battery prompts Skymark emergency landing in Hokkaido
Germany eyes facial recognition systems at airports

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"
Syria War: Russian Cruise Missiles Target Aleppo From Mediterranean Warships
US Warplanes Confront Syrian Military Jets in Nation's Northeast
It's not far-fetched, as a number of US officials have been pressing for the war against ISIS to be abandoned in Syria in favor of a war against the Syrian government. The US seems to be looking to use the new fighting with the Kurdish allies as a pretext to that end.
US Hawks Advance a War Agenda in Syria
The U.S. government, having illegally sent American troops into Syria, is now threatening to attack the Syrian military if it endangers those troops, an Orwellian twist that marks a dangerous escalation.
Turkey: Assad Can Be Part of Transition in Syria
George Galloway, British Politician, Blames US, UK for Creation of ISIS (video)
A Lawless Plan to Target Russians in Syria
Official Washington's disdain for international law – when it's doing the lawbreaking – was underscored by ex-CIA acting director Morell reiterating plans for murdering Russians and Iranians in Syria.
Young Suicide Bomber Attacks Turkish Wedding Party; 51 Die
Are US efforts to isolate Russia faltering?
The leaders of several key U.S. allies have been reaching out to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a sign that efforts to isolate the country over its 2014 annexation of Crimea may be faltering.
Saudis Bomb Yemen's Capital City During 'Million-Person March'

## Migrants/refugees ##
Refugees in Greek camps targeted by mafia gangs

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Trump Protesters Turn Violent In Minneapolis: Jump On Motorcade; Spit On Donors
German Anti-Immigrant Party Leader Urges People To Arm Themselves
Indian Forces Fire at Kashmir Protesters, Killing 1
Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted Amid Ongoing 'Defiance of Black Snake'

## Energy/resources ##
Chesapeake Making Moves To Recover From The Crash
Even as oil is starting to climb out of the crater it created over the last year, numerous oil companies are still in severe distress.
Anger in the Delta keeps oil majors quiet - and Nigeria's crude offline
Limitless imagination and physical limits
Peak Fossil Fuels: overview of peak oil, coal, and natural gas

## Got food? ##
India's alarming loss of agricultural lands has global impact
A new analysis of satellite images shows that nearly 30 percent of India's agricultural lands is turning into desert, and the rate of soil degradation is increasing at an alarming rate.
Flooding in South puts a damper on US rice harvest
Mexico's Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Why do so few alter their lives to lessen climate change and peak oil?

## Environment/health ##
Water issues linger for residents after Olympics close
WiFi in the Sky, Convenient, Profitable and In-demand - Is It Safe?
Cruise ships start to come under scrutiny as massive pollution machines
Health Official Warns Zika Could Spread Across U.S. Gulf
Evidence piles up for popular pesticides' link to pollinator problems
Capybaras may be poised to be Florida's next invasive rodent
Americans Are Gorging on Meat in Amounts Not Seen in Decades

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
"Clinton Defense" Popularity Surges In Espionage Cases
Leaked memo proves George Soros ruled Ukraine in 2014, minutes from "Breakfast with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt"
Hackers Use Google's Ad Network To Spread "Fake Login" Malware
Assange itching to get leaks on Trump
There's a Big Loophole in the Pentagon's Guide to Eavesdropping
A privacy update to 1982 Defense Department rules for conducting surveillance on Americans contains a loophole that lets the National Security Agency continue eavesdropping on a wide swath of online conversations, critics say.
Data Breaches Top 600 So Far in 2016

## Propaganda/censorship ##
A Cheap Shot at Bernie Sanders' Summer Home
Charles Lane and other Washington Post editorialists defend neocon and neoliberal orthodoxies by demonizing foreign leaders who step out of line and now by making fun of Bernie Sanders for buying a summer home.
Pentagon Drops Claim Against Navy SEAL That He Spilled Bin Laden Secrets
No surprises here. And no secrets, either. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Marginal Buyer Holds The Pin That Pops Every Asset Bubble
The Spike and the Peak: what future for humankind?
German Government Urges Citizens To Stockpile Food, Water "In Case Of Attack Or Catastrophe"
How Digital Copyright Law Is Being Used to Run Roughshod Over Repairs

## Japan ##
Japan eyes fiercer fighter jets to counter China
Anti-nuclear activists' tents forcibly removed from economy ministry premises after yearslong battle
Number of gas stations halves in 21 years
Tokyo governor vows to make 2020 games sustainable event
Abe denies conveying concern to U.S. commander over 'no first use' nuke policy
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says he won't rule out deepening negative rates: Report
Japan sinking deeper into de-facto helicopter money

## China ##
Ghost malls: Hong Kong mini-shop owners and operators find the going tough amid retail downturn
China's Agriculture Reforms to Address Food Crisis Despite Lack of Arable Land
China called SDF dispatch to South China Sea 'red line,' hinted at military action if sent
New home prices in China continue to fall
Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan
China Is Grappling With Hidden Unemployment

## UK ##
Hospital doctors 'miss signs of illness' because of chronic staff shortages
Navy to lose 'invaluable' only repair ship in cost-cutting
5 charts which show how homelessness has soared
Corbyn refuses to say he'd defend NATO ally from Russia
Britain's most dangerous extremists to be locked up in 'prisons within prisons' to prevent radicalisation

## US ##
The wealthiest 10% hold 76% of the wealth: The rich continue to pull away from the rest of the crowd.
Our Society Is Sick, Our Economy Exploitive and our Politics Corrupt
Prescription drug costs are on the march, and out of reach for many Americans
When schools are threatened, untold learning time is lost
Chart: Most Millennials Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings
In Massive Shift, Lutherans Vote To Halt US Aid To Israel

## The candidates ##
Clinton's Syria War Plans: Her national-security team-in-waiting wants a return to big U.S. interventions.
Roaming Charges: Prime Time Green
Trump and Clinton Would Both Bring Ethics Baggage to White House
Hillary Clinton Flies 20 Miles In Private Jet To Attend Rothschild Nantucket Fundraiser
Trump Hypes a New 'War on Terror'

Saturday, August 20, 2016


News Links, August 20, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Why one prominent hedge-fund boss is calling this 'the biggest bond bubble' ever
Two More Banks Start Charging Select Clients For Holding Cash
Fitch cuts Turkey debt outlook after coup attempt
Singapore seniors solving labor crisis
Central Banks Could Be This Market's

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Caterpillar to cut more jobs, discontinue some mining equipment, combine divisions
Silicon Valley Job Cuts Double in 2016
The Biggest American Layoff Queens in 2016 "So Far"

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Singapore Wants to Be Asia's Sweden in Push for Cashless Payment
Bitcoin users have been warned about a potential attack by government hackers

## Airline death spiral ##
Cathay Pacific Crushed As Chinese Corporate Travel Collapses

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Ukraine may impose martial law if eastern fighting worsens: Poroshenko
US Congress Seeks to Establish Russia as Permanent Enemy
Bill Aims to Stop Future Governments From Rapprochement With Russians
Russia Successfully Test-Fires Iskander Ballistic Missile In Far East
US Jets Scrambled to Protect American Forces from Syrian Airstrikes
A 'grown-up' China looks to enter the Syrian equation
Merkel Sees No End To EU Sanctions Against Russia
US Moves Nuclear Weapons From Turkey to Romania
Romanian Foreign Ministry 'Strongly Denies' Report
U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business
U.S. withdraws staff from Saudi Arabia dedicated to Yemen planning
Asia is nurturing the next generation of drone pilots
More False Outrage on the Syrian War
Washington's neocon hypocrisy surfaced again with the furor over Russia using an Iranian base to launch airstrikes against terror groups in Syria, while the U.S. uses other Mideast bases for the same purpose.

The Change Luck City: Dhaka's Climate Refugees
Displaced by climate change, almost half a million people flee to Bangladesh's capital every year.

## Environment/health ##
From Epic Fires to a 1,000-Year Flood: The Climate Change of Here and Now
Natural Gas To Dethrone Coal As Largest Source Of Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions In US
Budgets for anything but essentials will disappear long before then, anyway. -- RF
It's a vital question, but unfortunately considered heretical by most people. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Trump and the Long History of Media Bias
The mainstream U.S. news media insists that its bias against Donald Trump is an aberration justified by his extraordinary recklessness, but the truth is U.S. media bias has a long history.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Complexity Bloat: Allegations Of Dysfunction Continue To Plague FirstNet, Our $47 Billion (And Growing) National Emergency Network

## Japan ##
Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?
Waste of money. -- RF
More Japanese gear moving on US military transports
The U.S. military is training to move Japan Ground Self-Defense Force vehicles by air and sea as the allies come to grips with new Japanese defense guidelines allowing for more cooperation in an emergency.
It's no surprise that taxpayers will foot the bill for megatechnology accidents. -- RF
China's local governments shield 'zombies' as defaults swell
Even as defaults surge among Chinese companies, local governments are keeping failing businesses on life support, fearing the impact on already battered economies if major employers go under.

## The candidates ##
More than half of the Clinton Foundation's major donors would be prevented from contributing to the charity under the self-imposed ban on corporate and foreign donors the foundation said this week it would adopt if Hillary Clinton won the White House.

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