Friday, February 24, 2017


News Links, February 25, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Former IMF Chief and Dozens of Former Bank Execs Just Got Sentenced to Jail
Egyptians bear down under worst inflation in a decade
Saudi Arabia News: Foreigners Leaving Country Over Low Oil Prices And High Taxes
Foreigners have begun an exodus from Saudi Arabia as the oil-rich kingdom imposed higher taxes and issued less [sic] international work visas in order to counter low energy prices and a slowing economy, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.
Germany, Italy, France Insist UK Accept €60 Billion Bill Before Brexit Negotiations Start: Election Wildcards

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
J.C. Penney holiday quarter sales drop, to shut 130-140 stores
RBS Will Cut $2.5 Billion of Costs After Ninth Straight Loss

## Airline death spiral ##
American Airlines' 'simplified' new boarding process has NINE groups
High debt tests third-generation heir of Korean Air

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Malaysia says VX nerve agent used in killing of North Korean
John McCain Illegally Travels To Syria, Meets With Leaders And Fighting Groups; No Criticism From MSM
Ambassador Nikki Haley is Completely Clueless
Air Force Buys Mysterious Israeli Weapon to Kill ISIS Drones
Russia plans to deploy new military division to Kuril Islands
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, revealed a plan to deploy a new military division to the Kuril Islands, including four islands at the center of a dispute with Japan, this year, according to Russia's Interfax news agency and other sources. 

## Migrants/refugees ##
Donald Trump Plans to Bypass the Courts to Deport as Many People as Possible
South Africa Xenophobia Violence Soars As Raids Target Undocumented Immigrants In The Workplace

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Chinese factory in Myanmar ransacked by hundreds of angry workers
Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets To Break Up Anti-Immigrant Protests In South Africa

## Energy/resources ##
The U.S. Nuclear Energy Dream Is Dying
Canadian oil sands: 4.7 Billion Barrels Just Evaporated In This World Class Oil Play
Dream of Offshore U.S. Wind Power May Be Too Ugly for Trump

## Got food? ##
Vietnam's Low-tech Food System Takes Advantage of Decay

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
FBI refused White House request to refute story on Trump-Russia link

## Japan ##
Bring in the wolves! -- RF
Abe's wife quits honorary post at school in controversial land deal
Hokkaido's latest freight train derailment disrupts commuter service between Sapporo, Hakodate

## China ##
Eight nuclear reactors to be built this year
And finally...
Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers

Thursday, February 23, 2017


News Links, February 24, 2017

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

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Shooting by off-duty cop in Anaheim sparks violent protest
French police clash with protesting youths, arrest 26

## Energy/resources ##
EROI explained and defended by Charles Hall, Pedro Prieto, and others
Continental Resources: Example Of What Is Horribly Wrong With The U.S. Shale Oil Industry
According to Continental Resources website, it labels itself as America's oil champion.  To be a champion, one is supposed to be winner.  Unfortunately for Continental, it's taking a serious beating and is a perfect example of what is horribly wrong with the U.S. Shale Oil Industry.
Doctor Copper's Getting Clubbed

## Environment/health ##
If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a "constant checker." And chances are, it's hurting your mental health.
Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage
The deep ocean and the creatures that live there are facing a desperate future due to food shortages and changing temperatures, according to research exploring the impact of climate change and human activity on the world's seas.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russia Did Not Order Psychological File On US President, Kremlin Says
Russia is not preparing a psychological dossier on U.S. President Donald Trump, the Kremlin said Wednesday, dismissing an NBC News report that said otherwise.
CIA Cables Detail Its New Deputy Director's Role in Torture
Gina Haspel, President Trump's choice for the CIA's number two position, was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah than has been publicly understood, according to newly available records and accounts by participants.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The West's Moral Hypocrisy on Yemen
The West's "humanitarian interventionists" howl over bloody conflicts when an adversary can be blamed but go silent when an ally is doing the killing, such as Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
NYT's Fake News about Fake News
The West's anti-Russian propaganda links Moscow to the blight of "fake news" but the evidence doesn't connect the two. So, The New York Times makes the case with its own "fake news."
Here we can see how the elements are aggravating the effects of age on infrastructure. -- RF

## China ##
Whistleblowers endangered in digital age, says lawyers' report
Study backed by Guardian says new laws and interception of communications make it harder for journalists to protect sources
Melissa and millions like her are just one unpaid bill away from the abyss
Across the UK, families are being forced into the red by one small, unexpected cost that triggers a downward spiral into precarious poverty

## US ##

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


News Links, February 22, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Dubai likely to lose 'shopper's paradise' status: S&P
Saudis tighten their belts for Eid in age of austerity
Gov't cuts, which began late in 2015, are now rippling through almost every area of the Saudi economy, reducing consumers' disposable income
There's No 'Free' Lunch at 40,000 Feet, Either
Airlines are bringing back complimentary meals because you pay for them in other ways.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Germany Won't Let Washington Join Ukraine Conflict Negotiations
Leaders from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met Saturday to discuss how to solve a bloody rebel movement that has torn apart Eastern Ukraine in recent years. Missing from the action was a representative from the U.S. And Germany's foreign minister said that won't change anytime soon.
Israel to Demolish Palestinian Homes for Settler-Only Road in East Jerusalem
Hundreds of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem are about to be made homeless as the Israeli government begins its initial excavations for a new road project, running 11 km, and aiming to connect settlements in the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem itself.

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants
Where have all these protesters been the last few decades? Their sudden appearance suggests that they were satisfied with the previous occupants of the Oval Office. -- RF

## Energy/resources ##
Russia Gains Upper Hand In Asian Oil War
The supermarket food gamble may be up
Brexit, migration and climate pressures mean our 'too big to fail' global food chain could unravel

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Our Systems Are Failing (interview with author of  Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Nafeez Ahmed)
Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car (Our Finite Earth)
Auditors declare war on hidden losses
Stricter checks could reveal a Japan Inc. riddled with Toshiba-like problems
Condo price in 2016 second-highest on record
The price of new condominiums in Japan hit the second highest level on record last year, fuelled by rising costs in personnel and materials.
China says bird flu outbreak 'controllable' but greater effort needed
National health commission puts provincial authorities on alert as the country grapples with its worst outbreak of the deadly bird flu strain
China orders that every single car in Xinjiang prefecture must have GPS tracking system installed

## UK ##
Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA
Council leaders are warning of deep cuts to services despite nearly every local authority in England planning to raise council tax in 2017.
It's arrogant hotheads like this who start wars. -- RF
The American Dream moves further out of reach.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


News Links, February 20, 2017

Australia headed for 'economic armageddon'
Australia is headed for an "economic Armageddon", with record household debt, record foreign debt and a massive housing bubble creating a perfect storm that could "wipe out" millions of families if there is a global shock.

When the lights go out, digital money goes POOF! -- RF

## Airline death spiral ##
The hidden costs of economy class
More airlines than ever are introducing 'basic' economy fares, meaning plenty of extra charges for passengers.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era
'Deep State' Has Trump on the Menu
Whether President Trump knows it or not, he is in a battle with a powerful 'Deep State' that wants to suck him into its neocon foreign policy orthodoxy or destroy him politically.
In view of worldwide changes now underway, Lavrov's remarks are more a prediction than a wish because the Empire is weakening, and a multi-polar world is in the offing. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Public hospitals in 'state of emergency': Australian Medical Association report
Australia's public hospitals are in a "constant state of emergency", with inadequate federal government funding failing to improve wait times, and forcing health workers to treat sicker patients with fewer resources, the Australian Medical Association has warned.
Biological terrorism could kill more people than nuclear attacks, Bill Gates to warn world leaders

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Newsweek Fake News: "The Russian Plot, How Putin and Trump Colluded"
While criticism of Trump is warranted for any number of reasons, the media are careful not to mention the smorgasbord of lies and propaganda they've been dishing up for decades. In that sense, Trump is correct: the media are the enemy of the people. -- RF
McCain is missing the point. Dictators get started by controlling the press. What McCain means by needing the press is that people like him need a docile press that will obediently disseminate their propaganda. -- RF
Democrats, liberals and media pundits – in their rush to take down President Trump – are pushing a New McCarthyism aimed at Americans who have talked to Russians, risking a new witch hunt.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Dubai's crazy, apocalyptic vision for the future
None of the "solutions" will happen because there won't be enough energy to implement them. -- RF

## Japan ##
Food taking bigger bite out of Japanese households' spending
Higher prices, appetite for premade food pushes ratio to 29-year high
Japan may offer military trucks to ASEAN
Troops could also be sent to train recipients on use of vehicles
Fears of 'dirty meat' entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests
Audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of meat plants.
Democrats, Liberals Catch McCarthyistic Fever
Democrats and liberals are so angry about President Trump that they are turning to McCarthyistic tactics without regard to basic fairness or the need to avoid a costly and dangerous New Cold War.

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