Sunday, September 21, 2014

 

News Links, September 20-22, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Iceland Officials Fret Growing Bubble Threatens Entire Pension System
Ukraine on the brink
Writing about men in masks fighting in eastern Ukraine sells far more advertising than covering the nation's economic activity. However it's the economy, not the Russian army that has brought Ukraine close to the brink.
Caterpillar Posts Record 21 Consecutive Months Of Declining Global Retail Sales, Worse Than Financial Crisis
Why ECB's TLTRO Fizzled: European Balance Sheets Are Saturated With Debt Already
ECB Executive Board Urges Germany to Borrow and Spend
This Is Why Russia & China Are Now "The Enemy"
Banks in Italy and Spain Take More Than 45% of ECB Loans
EU Caves to Powerful, Scandal-Infested Finance Paradise, the City Of London
Hot dog! Looking past the search results: Google 2.0 will 'build airports and cities' says report
Sounds like the Dubai of Tech. Of course America too wants to crash in style. -- RF
Global Finance Chiefs Said to Warn of Mounting Economic Risks
Fresh week of woes for France
Cadillac Green-Lights Its Swankiest Car Yet
Russians Stunned As Chinese Leader Pushes Gold Backed Yuan
Territorial rows gumming up China-Asean trade

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Standing seats, fat tax and no life jackets: The seven predictions for the future of plane travel
Air Canada sees room for more fees as it rolls out $25 fee for first checked bag
American Air's $8,000 Fare Boasts Shrimp Scampi, Privacy
Air France pilots extend strike until Sept. 26
Qantas Will Remove Life Rafts From Some Aircraft to Save Fuel
Tablets in the Air: Another Airline Goes Paperless
Airlines go à la carte: Why travellers should get used to baggage fees and more 'unbundling'

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
ISIS Seizes 60 North Syria Villages in 48 Hours
France launches first air strikes on IS in Iraq
US Senate Approves $500 Million to Arm Syrian Militants
U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight
As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region's web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines.
Isil fighters disperse within Syrian and Iraqi cities to evade US air attacks
Baghdad Car Bombs, Motorcycle Bomb Near Green Zone Kill 22
Blocking a 'Realist' Strategy on the Mideast
Official Washington's influential neocons appear back in the driver's seat steering U.S. policy in the Middle East toward a wider conflict in Syria and away from a "realist" alternative that sought a Putin-Obama collaboration to resolve the region's crises more peacefully.
Military Plant In East Ukraine Devastated By Massive Explosion; Kiev Accuses Russia Of Using Tactical Nuke
Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit
Russia's Leader Putin Rejects Ukrainian Separatists' Aim to Become Part of Russia
China And India Ladakh Territorial Dispute Continues After Xi And Modi Meeting
India, China quietly struggle in Indian Ocean
U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft
German defense industry threatens to move production abroad
Germany's defense industry lobby has warned that companies were looking into shifting production abroad in response to the country's restrictive arms export policy.
U.S. To Deliver 10 Apache Helicopters To Egypt - Pentagon
Yemen government signs peace deal with Shia Houthi rebels
Peace deal between government and Shia rebels signed after violent clashes lead to resignation of Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Bassindwa
Asian shipowners call for more government action to combat fuel theft
Families of German MH17 victims to sue Ukraine: lawyer
Survivors of German victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 downed over Ukraine plan to sue the country and its president for manslaughter by negligence in 298 cases, the lawyer representing them said on Sunday.
The PetroYuan Cometh: China Docks Navy Destroyer In Iran's Strait Of Hormuz Port

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession
In the previous batch of links, in relation to the article Revolt Against The Super-State: Europe's Secessionist Wave Intensifies, I remarked, "Also watch for more secessionist talk in the US." And here it is. Of course, it's been there all along. People around the world have become alienated from governments that seem distant, out-of-touch, and unresponsive. And as I noted previously, maintaining geographically vast political units and their infrastructure is increasingly expensive due to the rising cost of energy, leading to inevitable collapse. -- RF
Gas, power load-shedding: Protests cause massive traffic snarls on Expressway (Pakistan)What started as a protest against prolonged gas and electricity load-shedding quickly degenerated into violence, with riot police coming in and firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Scotland's 'no' to independence sets up battle in Europe's other breakaway regions
Clashes Break Out In Glasgow After Scotland Vote Against Independence
French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce
Kenya: University students riot over delayed loans
People's Climate March London: Thousands Protest 'Biggest Threat To Humanity'
New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands
Thousands protest U.S. base relocation in Okinawa

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Silica sees sand demand piling up as fracking goes super-sized
Sand miner U.S. Silica Holdings Inc said demand could triple over the next five years as energy companies use increasing amounts of sand in hydraulic fracturing to extract more oil and gas from shale fields. "We are seeing customers that are using 10,000 tons of sand for one well, and just to put it in perspective, that's a mile long train of sand, to just frac one well," Chief Executive Bryan Shinn told Reuters.
Shale Fracking Is a "Ponzi Scheme" … "This Decade's Version of The Dotcom Bubble" … "A Lot In Common With the Subprime Mortgage Market Just Before It Melted Down"
With 38% of Global Shale Gas Located in Regions of Water Stress, More Oversight of Fracking is Urgently Needed
Dim Future For North Sea Energy
Libyan Oil Production Down 30% Following Rocket Attack
Shell Russia, Total say will continue work in Russia
Why Sanctions Won't Stop U.S. Oil Drilling in Russia
Asian buyers of U.S. LNG dial back as exuberance dims
A looming gas glut worldwide is prompting Japanese and Indian firms to resell to European traders and utilities big chunks of U.S. liquefied natural gas they had committed to buy several years ago, signaling tempered enthusiasm for U.S. energy.
Power cuts worsen after cable malfunctions (Lebanon)
Increased Frequency & Severity of Electrical Outages, Grid Reliability Concerns Creating More Demand For Emergency Back-Up Power Systems (US)
Total power outage hits Egypt's Hurghada
Power shortfall exceeds 6,000 MW (Pakistan)
Nigerian oil minister pledges $1.3 bln aid for power companies

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Scrap metal stealing becoming big problem in Connecticut

## Got food? ##
Commodities Suffer As Oil And Gas Takes Rail Priority
The rapid pace of energy exploration, for both natural gas and oil, in North Dakota is creating a crisis for upper Midwest farmers. Grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for everything from breakfast cereals to corn and soybeans.
Nothing wrong with chlorine-washed chicken, say German backers of TTIP
USDA's Greenlighting of 'Agent Orange' Crops Sparks Condemnation
There Is No Price Inflation If You Don't Eat Meats, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Dairy, Cereals or Bakery Products

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Plant Pollination Primer for Backyard Gardeners

## Environment/health ##
World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise
Ain't gonna happen. -- RF
Australia To Lose Hundreds Of Billions Worth Of Infrastructure Due To Rising Sea Levels
Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown
Sierra Leone Ebola burial team attacked despite lockdown
Armed police chase off attackers targeting team conducting burials in Ebola hit Sierra leone as small groups defy three-day national lockdown
Exponential: Ebola Cases Now Double Every 3 Weeks; CDC Warns As Many As Half A Million May Be Infected Soon
The fight against Ebola is grossly underfunded
Toxic Red Tide Threatens Florida Beaches, Marine Life and Could Devastate Economy
Rare respiratory virus spreads to 22 states
Record Drought Hastens Dramatic Spread of California Wildfires
Scientists Find 'Direct Link' Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
License plate scanner networks capture movements
A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.
Home Depot breach affected 56M debit, credit cards
Robot with "morals" makes surprisingly deadly decisions
Kremlin to consider plans which could remove Russia from global Internet 'in an emergency'
Despite Apple's Privacy Pledge, Cops Can Still Pull Data Off a Locked iPhone
Russian Union Of Engineers Accuses Ukraine Airforce In MH17 Crash
5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches
CIA stops spying on friendly nations in W. Europe
Google Acts Like Privatized NSA: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange
8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Consumption Civilization: Our Prospects Since Western Civilization's Historical Adaptation
The Limits to Growth described in narrative terms
BMWs Jostle Pigs as Powerless Indian Mayors Beg for Cash: Cities
Scranton Stalked by Bankruptcy Mulls Selling Sewers: Muni Credit
Scranton, with the weakest pension plan among Pennsylvania's cities, is trying to prop up its retirement funds to avoid becoming the first U.S. municipality since Detroit to file for bankruptcy.
50 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation
GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas
General Motors recalls 221,000 vehicles for parking brake problem for a record-setting 67th recall this year.
Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs
Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.
With Ebola crippling the health system, Liberians die of routine medical problems

## Japan ##
Japan government cuts economic view, warns of stalling consumption
Balance of Japan gov't debt tops 1,000 tril. yen for 1st time: BOJ
The Evidence Grows: Abenomics Has Not Reflated Wages, Exports Or The Japanese Economy
Dengue virus infiltrates two more Tokyo parks
Government survey claims Japanese less willing to save electricity for environment's sake
According to a government survey released Saturday, the public has grown more unwilling to save electricity in order to protect the environment because fear of power shortages has apparently receded compared to two years ago.
Power sales down for 4th straight month
Japan's new minister says energy policy without nuclear difficult
Research whaling costs 4 bil. yen per year
Politicians discuss plan B in nuclear power push: underground reactors

## China ##
Uighur terrorism thwarting China's push to draw tourists to country's wild west
China cuts 2020 shale gas output target as challenges persist
Steel industry on subsidy life-support as China economy slows
Subsidies accounted for four-fifths of the profits reported by Chinese steel companies in the first half of this year, a dramatic increase in reliance on state support that illustrates starkly the industrial weakness that is an increasing drag on the economy.
Indebted Chinese firms face off with ratings agencies

## UK ##
Bon appétit: Pupils served up just one nugget in free school meal
One school has been rationing pupils to just one chicken nugget as part of its free school meals servings, says councillor
Ed Miliband pledges big pay rise for Britain's poorest workers
What about us? English regions issue ultimatum to Westminster
Getting the same powers as Scotland to run their own affairs will be a central issue in the next general election
UK weather: Britain must be ready for 'worst droughts in modern times'
Desalination, long-distance pipelines, imported supplies, and more efficient appliances in the home are among measures being considered to stop the country running dry.

## US ##
Things Worse than Slow Growth Await the US Economy
Is Sears the Next Iconic American Company Headed for Failure?
When the middle class loses the battle to inflation
Census data shows household income continues to stagnant while debt continues to expand.
Feds equip school police agencies with military gear
Illegal Immigration 2014: Shut Down All Ports Of Entry Group Plans To Block US-Mexico Border
Navy's Triton surveillance drone flies cross-country
Army deploying JLENS radar system to help protect Washington, D.C.
Jewish Groups Pay to Send U.S. Police to Train in Israel
Home Construction Still Moving Down
White House Gets Wake-Up Call: Secret Report From Ex-Goldman Housing Maven Warns Of Coming Price Plunge
Mom-and-Dad Banks Step Up Aid to First-Time Home Buyers
Idiotic Proposals for Fed to Give Away Money
College Debt Leaves Generation X Grads Less Wealthy Than Parents
Here are the defense industry dollars behind the votes to arm Syria's rebels
Poverty Above Pre-Recession Levels in 47 States, New Census Data Show
Drones Flew Dangerously Close to Planes Flying Into LaGuardia: Report
California boy gets detention for sharing school-prepared lunch with another student
2 Dead, 29 Wounded in Weekend Shootings (Chicago)
The destruction of traditional mortgage demand
Applications for mortgages hits a 14 year low and affordability for housing continues to decline.
Some California wells run dry amid drought
Hundreds of domestic wells in California's drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by.
Northern California wildfire still growing
Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014
You've probably heard the old stereotypes about professors in their ivory tower lecturing about Kafka while clad in a tweed jacket. But for many professors today, the reality is quite different: being so poorly paid and treated, that they're more likely to be found bargain-hunting at day-old bread stores. This is academia in 2014.
Neocons Grow Frantic over Iran Progress

And finally...
Ig Nobel Prizes Celebrate Jesus Toast and Other Silly Science


Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

News Links, September 18-19, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Number of billionaires hits record high in 2014
Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
The Dow And S&P 500 Soar To Irrational Heights – Meanwhile The Ultra-Wealthy Rush To Buy Gold Bars
'Forced labor' rife in Malaysian electronics factories: report
Nearly a third of some 350,000 workers in Malaysia's electronics industry - a crucial link in the international consumer supply chain - suffer from conditions of modern-day slavery such as debt bondage, according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Turkey Raising Specter of Bank Collapse as Asya Targeted
CEOs Darken Outlook, Slash Hiring and Cap-Ex Plans – Hope Now Focused on Share Buybacks (which just Plunged) (US)
Here They Go Again: Ratings Dilution, Subprime Explosion, Mega-Deal Madness
Ebola could drain billions of dollars from African economies: World Bank
Citigroup Embraces Derivatives as Deals Soar After Crisis
In the past five years, the firm that took the largest U.S. bank bailout of the financial crisis increased the total amount of derivatives on its books by 69 percent, surpassing most U.S. peers and closing the gap with the market leader, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) At the end of June, Citigroup had $62 trillion of open contracts, up from $37 trillion in June 2009, company filings show. JPMorgan trimmed its holdings 14 percent to $68 trillion.
Microsoft cuts 2,100 jobs as restructuring plan winds down
Italy to privatise postal service in early 2015 - official
ECB's Targeted Lending Spree Starts Out As Flop; Modern Monetary Insanity
Another financial crisis is inevitable: Martin Wolf
Iron ore miners battle for survival as 'perfect storm' hits
High-cost Australian miners are battling for survival as plunging iron ore prices push many to breaking point, with analysts seeing no significant short-term recovery as Chinese demand for steel wanes in line with sliding property prices.

## Airline Death Spiral ##
DOT Chief Speaks Out on Knee Defender Controversy
Hainan plans to reclaim land for new airport
Air Malta silent on claims of €30 million loss
Scoot Sees Losses for the Past Two Years: What's Next?
WestJet announces fee for first checked bag
Europe's Airlines May be Readying for New, U.S.-Style Merger Round

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Germany and France consider sending drones to Ukraine
President Poroshenko Comes Calling On Washington—Bearing Big Lies And A Tin Cup
Kerry Says No US Combat Troops Will Fight ISIS On The Ground
Iraq PM: US Ground Troops Not Welcome Here
John Kerry suggests Iran could lead fight against Isil if US "fails miserably"
The Tower Of Babel Comes To Paris: The Folly Of Obama's "War" On ISIS
Islamic State militants cannot be defeated by air strikes, says Iran FM
Reported US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes
The Obama administration, working through the Russian government, has secured an agreement from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to permit U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in parts of Syria, according to a source briefed on the secret arrangements.
Crime on the high seas: The world's most pirated waters
Islamists And Soldiers Clash Near Libya's Benghazi Airport, 9 Dead 30 Wounded
Website of Chinese embassy in Pyongyang shows fraying ties
Revolt Against The Super-State: Europe's Secessionist Wave Intensifies
Economies will inevitably shrink as energy and other resources become more expensive, and in an energy-constrained world, small political/economic units make much more sense. Also watch for more secessionist talk in the US. -- RF
Which Global Hegemon Is on Shifting Sands?
Scotland Independence: Watch Catalonia Next To See How Yes From Scotland May Boost Other Independence Movements

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Ferguson Protesters Call For Removal Of Prosecutor Bob McCulloch At St. Louis Council Meeting
Occupy Wall Street 2014: At Zuccotti Park In NYC, A Smaller Crowd But No Less Spunk

## Energy/resources ##
Clean coal: Carbon Capture Plant Runs Into Cost, Legal Obstacles
US shale oil growth covers up production drop in rest-of-world
Gazprom: Serbia will start building South Stream in October
British company gives up on Polish shale
3Legs Resources, a company exploring the shale natural gas potential in Poland, said Wednesday it was giving up because of a lack of commercial prospects.
Belgium may extend lifespan of old nuclear reactors -sources
Belgium could keep two of the country's oldest nuclear reactors running for up to 10 years longer than planned if other plants remain offline because of safety shutdowns, two sources close to government coalition talks said.
Iraq's oil output revival at stake for want of water
A lack of water threatens Iraq's plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia.
OPEC Hints It May Act To Stop Oil Price Slide
This 11% Drop Could Be A Gamechanger in Coal
Coal Miner Peabody at 10-Year Low, Drags Down Other Miners
Scrap South Stream, Europe says
Members of the European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling for the cancellation of contracts for Russia's planned South Stream gas pipeline.
Russia's Gazprom, hit by Ukraine crisis, faces lowest gas output in history
Must read: BP Dives Deeper Offshore Into Mars-Like World
Just imagine the astronomical costs involved. It's going to be some very pricey oil. -- RF
Developing oil field Libra off Brazil will cost 80 billion dollars said France's Total

## Got food? ##
US Milk Prices Hit Record High As Domestic Dairy Consumption Surges
US Beef prices are at an all time high
The price of a burger or steak is the highest it has ever been and prices could continue to skyrocket.
Why GM Crops Will Not Feed the World

## Environment/health ##
These charts show you just how bad Ebola has gotten in West Africa
Sierra Leone Ebola Burial Teams Struggle as Bodies Decompose
Ebola outbreak: Health team 'found dead' in Guinea
Australia Announces $6.35M More To Fight Ebola As UN Says Over $1B Needed To Counter Outbreak
EV D68 Enterovirus Cases Confirmed In New York City, New Jersey
Are Cell Phones Really Giving Us Cancer?
White America's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse
2014 was a summer sizzler: Earth's hottest on record
Scientists turn to Pope Francis and world's religions to save the planet
The Number Of Volcanic Eruptions Is Increasing And That Could Lead To An Extremely Cold Winter
How Can Diet Sodas Make You Fat? Study May Explain It
Venezuela Virus 2014: Mysterious Disease Reportedly Infects Aragua Area; Governor in Denial
No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree
Natural disasters happening right now (video)
Border controls set up to catch deadly mosquitoes (UK)
Public health experts have set up port controls to detect mosquitoes entering the country from France that it is feared could be carrying deadly dengue fever
Brushing Your Teeth With Plastic? Dentists Say Microbeads Bad News
White House escalates fight against antibiotic resistance
Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Google: US government demands for user data have risen 250% since 2009
New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It
Senate probe: Chinese hackers breach US military contractors
Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly breached the computer systems of U.S. companies, including airlines and technology firms, that are involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.
Despite Landmark Ruling, Canada's Police Still Making Warrantless Demands for User Data
9/11 Commission Chair: Declassify EVERYTHING
Will Superintelligent Machines Destroy Humanity?
Maybe, unless the blackouts come first. -- RF
Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America
New Questions Raised About NSA-Israel Intelligence Sharing
Home Depot says 56M card details likely stolen in breach
Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant
In its latest software update, the company is prevented from accessing any information about users that may be requested by authorities. A feature that won't change even if a search warrant is issued.
Nearly 70% of Young Iranians Use Illegal Internet Circumvention Tools
Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low
After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans' trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.
Air Force funds pocket-sized drone for surveilling tight spaces
Cameras to Detect 'Abnormal' Behavior
DO NOT run, perspire, or wave your arms! -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Aid Workers Battle Ebola and Bullets as Crises Multiply
Suzuki Motor to recall 453,000 minivehicles in Japan
Toyota recalling 20,000 late-model vehicles on potential fuel leak
Inside America's crumbling infrastructure
Fed: Forget "Escape Velocity," Not Gonna Happen, Ever
Dark Age America: The End of the Old Order

## Japan ##
Japan's frail business mood, exports show economy straining under tax hike
JPY Plunges To 6-Year Lows, Nikkei Tops 16,000 As Japanese Deficit Runs 41st Month In A Row
Abenomics Crushes Sony: Electronics Giant Forced To Cancel Dividend For First Time Ever
Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring
The Miraculous Impact of Abenomics on Trade, in One Chart
The BOJ's Keynesian Disaster Worsens: GDP Back To Square One; Trade Accounts Still Deep Red
Dump trucks eyed for moving tainted soil to hot storage in Fukushima
Russia opens new airport on Japan-claimed Etorofu Island off Hokkaido
A new airport started operating on Etorofu Island — one of four Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido — as a special plane carrying Russian officials arrived Wednesday, Russian residents said.
Dengue fever cases rise to 133
Japan's plutonium stockpile expands to 47 tons
August Car Sales Dropped 9.4% in Japan

## China ##
China central bank injects $81 billion into major banks to support economy: reports
Economists React: PBOC Injection Fails to Impress
Survey says 50% of all computers in China infected with viruses
Property Trusts Pull Support as Mounting Debt Due: China Credit
China Home Price Drop Spreads to More Cities as Demand Weak
China's Housing Slump Accelerates, Worst In Over Three Years
Hong Kong to Spend $14.2 Billion on Seven New Rail Routes
It won't help. HK will collapse, anyway. -- RF
China Sentences Four For Terror Planning, Amid Foreign Jihad Recruitment Concerns
China to invest $20B in India over next 5 years

## UK ##
Exploding pavements are on the rise in London
According to the Health and Safety Executive, 64 explosions have been reported so far in 2014 compared to 51 for the whole of last year. There were 32 cases in 2012, thus indicating a steady rise over the past few years.
Obesity could bankrupt NHS if left unchecked
Tax disc abolition could cost economy £167m

## US ##
How Hospitals and Health Insurers Collude at Your Expense
FedEx units to raise shipping rates from January
Companies' Stock Buybacks at Biggest Pace Since 2007; Companies Rewarding Investors?
Fed To Cut Bond Buying By $10B, Keep Interest Rates Near Zero For 'Considerable Time'
Venture Capital Risk Taking and Cash Burn Rates Unprecedented Since 1999; 47% of Nasdaq in Bear Market
California Drought 2014: Gov. Brown Signs Landmark Groundwater Regulations To Protect State's Dwindling Water Supplies
It's Not Just the Police – The Feds are Also Militarizing Public Schools with Grenade Launchers, M16s and Tanks
'Bearacade' making classrooms into safe rooms
New York Resident Mufid Elfgeeh Charged With Recruiting ISIS Fighters And Plotting U.S. Attack
Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states
Walmart Workers Complain They Can't Afford New Dress Code
US Home Builders Retreated On New Projects In August; Housing Starts, Construction Permits Decline
Are we building too many homes?
Border Patrol to test body cameras on agents
Food-stamp enrollment in Illinois outpaces job creation by nearly 2-to-1
More Warnings from Wall Street: The Party's Over

And finally...
It takes 7 police forces to break up wedding brawl
"Things were said that can never be taken back," says one witness; the paper reports that family members were yelling of their hatred for each other.
'Star-Spangled Banner': Anthem was once a song of drinking and sex
Like my body odor, like my politics: People are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 

News Links, September 16-17, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
GLD - Russia, Iran And China Are 'Doomsday Preppers'
UK Hints At Next Reserve Currency, To Issue Chinese Yuan-Denominated Bond
Russian Hot Money Dodges Sanctions, Gushes into Hong Kong, Hits Resistance
Russian fund to aid sanctions-affected companies
Russia Central Bank Responds To Domestic Dollar Shortage, Starts Currency Swaps
Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?
Keynes Was a Failure in Japan – No Need to Embrace Him in Europe
Dubai's Atlantis resort to get $1.4B expansion
This ensures that Dubai's collapse will be even more spectacular. -- RF
Janus Yellen and the Great Transition from Risk-On to Risk-Off
'Excessive Amounts of Capital' Doom Startup Bubble
GM's Opel to cut Russia production as slowdown bites
Anxious Scottish investors buying gold

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Air France strike hits European travel
Air France strike amid Europe's low-cost shakeup
United offers flight attendants $100,000 buyouts
Airlines: Increased stability from mergers worth service cuts
Airbus' New Helmet Helps Corner The Market on Insane Patents
If Airbus has its way, the passengers of tomorrow will be shipped across the globe like giant slabs of meat—albeit well entertained slabs of meat.
European Airline Passengers Want Cheap Fares and Legroom

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Arab countries offer airstrikes against Islamic State
Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State
As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.
France begins spy flights to back UK Iraq air campaign
Canada airlifting ammunition to Iraq
Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq
Iraqi Shi'ite Cleric Sadr Warns US Soldiers Could Be Targeted if They Return
40+ Nations in America's Anti-ISIS Coalition, But Few to Do Anything
The Obama Administration has been desperate over the past few weeks to cobble together a massive "coalition" of nations to fight ISIS, an attempt to convince the American public that the war is not going to be "America's war" to fight alone.
Free Syrian Army Won't Join US Anti-ISIS Coalition
U.S. hits Islamic State south of Baghdad in first strike under new Obama orders
Islamic State shoots down Syrian plane
ISIS Neighbor Turkey Is a Steady Source of New Fighters
NATO Starts 'Rapid Trident' Exercise In Ukraine As Fighting Continues in East
Washington's Bait-And-Switch Manuever Exposed By Arms Flow To Kiev—Truce To End Soon
Ukraine approves historic EU deal, breaking ties with Moscow
Ukraine Grants Limited Self-Rule to Eastern Regions
French Mistral Ship For Russia Starts Sea Trials Despite Suspension Of Delivery
French President François Hollande said last week that France was halting the controversial delivery of a warship to Russia, after an international uproar over giving Russia a sophisticated weapon. But on Saturday, 200 Russian sailors departed the French port of Saint-Nazaire aboard the Mistral-class helicopter carrier, dubbed the Vladivostok, to conduct sea trials on the new ship, according to several news reports.
Record Beheadings and the Mass Arrest of Christians – Is it ISIS? No it's Saudi Arabia
While America's phony politicians and useless mainstream media will often hype anti-Chrtistian bigotry and humanitarian issues when it suits the status quo message, the true driver of U.S. foreign policy can be summarized with two words: CORPORATE PROFITS.
China Maritime Silk Road Proves Boon for Sri Lanka as Xi Arrives
China to invest $100 billion in India over 5 years
Egypt Court Sentences Muslim Brotherhood Chief Mohammed Badie To 25 Years In Prison
Taliban Suicide Bombing Near US Embassy In Kabul Kills At Least 3 NATO Personnel, Injures 13
Look out, Asian pirates: US set to enter the fight

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests erupt in Khartoum over electricity, water outages
Chinese increasingly protest projects that threaten environment
Police fire rubber bullets at Grabouw protesters (South Africa)
Senators Shut Down 'War-Like' Protesters At ISIS Hearing
Pussy Riot Storms Cambridge Police Department Headquarters After Supporter Arrested
The new 'robocops' policing the poor
US police get antiterror training in Israel on privately funded trips
Brazil police, housing activists in violent clash
Pakistani passenger power forces politicians off plane
Passengers on a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight from Karachi barred two politicians from boarding the aircraft after the two VIPs delayed the flight by over two hours.
Angry Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into the Trash (+video)

## Energy/resources ##
Power grid groans, blackouts roll through L.A. area as heat wave nears peak
Petrodollar Panic: EU Officials Admit Buying Oil From ISIS
Fracking may put drinking water supply at risk for many countries, study finds
Shell notes strong ties to Russian energy
Nuclear renaissance: Finland puts new nuclear plant plan in doubt
How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World
It costs 1.6 cents to make one penny because of the rising price of zinc
The demand for zinc is rising as it appears we're starting to run out of the metal. Some of the world's biggest zinc mines look to be winding down, and Goldman Sachs says production is expected to fall short of demand this year for the first time since 2007.
Companies agree to run gensets (Philippines)
Foreign and local business groups have agreed to switch on their power generation sets to contribute 300 megawatts and help avert rotating blackout in Luzon during the dry months of 2015.
Gas supply crunch forces power cuts in Dhaka
The US shale oil boom is saving the world almost $5 billion a day
No, it isn't. As this blog as documented time after time, the US shale drilling industry is a big loss-maker, to the tune of $110 billion a year. Eventually the shale treadmill will break down, leaving a planet-sized pile of debt that is effectively subsidizing the price of oil (and natural gas). It's a bust, not a boom. -- RF
Industry Group: Brazil 'Falling Off World Oil Map' Over Failed Policies
Investors are losing interest in Brazil's oil industry as the country's energy policies raise costs, reduce efficiency and increase risk, Brazil's oil industry association, the IBP, said on Monday.
One Millionth Barrel Delivered from Arctic Field Offshore Russia
New Sanctions Against Russia Could Deal Big Blow To ExxonMobil
BP To Cut 275 Jobs In Alaska After Oil Field Disposals
Global Energy Trends – BP Statistical Review 2014
Lebanon descends into darkness as EDL's HQ occupation persists

## Got food? ##
Coles, Woolworths in cereal recall over glass fears (Australia)
Australia's two biggest supermarkets have issued an urgent recall of home brand cereals because they may contain pieces of glass.
As U.S. farm cycle turns, tractor makers may suffer longer than farmers
GMO safety, weed control top concerns as U.S. study kicks off
Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday.

## Environment/health ##
Here's how "disruptive innovation" works in nature: a killing-machine fish has colonized reefs from Venezuela to Rhode Island
No rain for decades: Stand by for the 'megadroughts', scientists warn
Climate change is set to unleash a series of decades-long "megadroughts" this century, according to research to be published this week.
Farm workers take drug resistant bacteria home
A new study has found that over half of farm workers who look after animals in industrial hog farms carry home hog-related bacteria in their noses. This is potentially harmful for the farm workers and their families.
Computer Models Tell Us That This Ebola Pandemic Could Soon Kill Millions
UN: Nearly $1 billion needed now to stop Ebola
Obama to announce expanded plan to fight Ebola
US offers to send troops to Ebola-hit West Africa
U.S. troops dispatched to fight Ebola will find an epidemic out of control, UN says
Expect the Unexpected: More 9.0 Megaquakes Are Coming, Study Says
Northern California wildfire devastates town
California fights 12 wildfires; little relief in sight
Dozens of children feared dead after being injected with 'tainted' measles vaccine in Syria
Loosen your belts: U.S. waist sizes keep expanding

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies
Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents
Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Facebook's Messenger App
Snowden: 'If You Live in New Zealand, You Are Being Watched'
Alongside reporting on new documents, former NSA analyst turned whistleblower calls out nation's prime minister for making "categorically false" statements on mass surveillance
WikiLeaks: Australian Police Spent Millions Spying on Citizens
NSA, UK spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom: Report
Ukraine's 'Romantic' Nazi Storm Troopers
The U.S. mainstream media's deeply biased coverage of the Ukraine crisis – endlessly portraying the U.S.-backed  coup regime in Kiev as "the good guys" – reached a new level of absurdity over the weekend as the Washington Post excused the appearance of Swastikas and other Nazi symbols among a Ukrainian government militia as "romantic."
The FBI Unveils its Controversial Facial Recognition Database with 52 Million Photos to be Stored
Tim Cook says US Government still hasn't gotten privacy right
KILL THE MESSENGER - Official Trailer

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The World's Two Scariest Charts: More Guns, Less Brains
Are we on the path of 'Limits to Growth'?
Schools worse now than when Gonski wrote report
The Australian education system is in worse shape now than when David Gonski handed down his damning assessment of it three years ago, with academic performance sliding and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students widening.

## Japan ##
Nissan faces battery plant cuts as electric car hopes fade
Safety worries cloud Japan dream of carbon-free hydrogen society
Japan Moves to Limit Bedbound Elderly On Feeding Tubes
About a quarter-million Japanese elderly live on feeding tubes. Faced with a heavy public debt burden, Japan is trying to curtail growth in a 38.5 trillion yen ($376 billion) annual health bill by releasing patients from hospitals faster.
Japan: Apocalypse Now or Apocalypse Later?
Pioneer to cut 2,000 jobs in bid to restructure
Japan's plutonium stockpile jumps to 47 tons in 2013
Number of Elderly Workers at Record High
The Maglev and Helium (in Japanese)
This article details the growing worldwide shortage of helium, which is needed to cool the maglev's superconducting electromagnets, noting the difficulty that will be experienced in getting sufficient quantities at an affordable price. In passing, it reminds the reader that just one year ago the former president (and current chairman) of the JR East train company stated in a press conference that the maglev "will never be profitable." But everyone is hot to build it, anyway. Of course, even if the project is started, it will never be finished. -- RF
10 more infected with dengue fever

## China ##
China says 'rescues' more children from Xinjiang religious schools
Sinopec to sell $17.5 bln retail stake in privatisation push
'Energy Delta' becomes victim of China's coal price slump
The "Energy Delta," previously dubbed an economic miracle, has now been overshadowed by the drop in housing prices, population outflows and loan problems, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald.
Chinese millionaires plan to leave in droves: Report
Why China's Latest Mini-Stimulus Failed Again, In One Chart
The single, buried statistic that explains China's slowdown (Hint: cement production)
Lurking Beneath China's Weak August Numbers: Even "Official" 2nd Half GDP Could Drop Below 5%
China August FDI falls to lowest in at least two-and-a-half years
China Launches CNY500 Billion In "Stealth QE"

## UK ##
Meet the 'Endies' – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun
A generation to miss out on owning homes
Phones 4u administration: Over 5,000 jobs at risk
Birmingham city council leader warns of 'ticking timebomb' of financial cuts

## US ##
Poor Americans carry a record level of debt leverage
Subprime economics and leveraging the poor into a treadmill of continual poverty.
American Poor And Middle Class Aren't Seeing Economic Recovery Yet — Census Bureau Report
One In Seven American Women Lived In Poverty Last Year
US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue
The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.
The U.S. National Debt Has Grown By More Than A Trillion Dollars In The Last 12 Months
High Cost of Housing Forcing Elderly Americans to Cut Back on Food and Healthcare: Study
Housing Bubble II: Deja Vu, Again
Campus police acquiring surplus military gear
The militarization of police extends to college campuses, as campus police forces acquire surplus armored vehicles, assault rifles and other equipment from the Pentagon.
Industrial Output Drops as Automakers Adjust Plans: Economy
What It Looks Like When The Second Auto Subprime Bubble Pops
Sears Is Running Out of Options Fast
Radio Shack considers bankruptcy
Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts
Arizona Republican vice chairman calls for sterilizing poor women
The vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party has resigned after advocating the forced sterilization of female welfare recipients on his weekly radio program.
Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdown
One in 10 Americans' paychecks get docked to pay off debts
Half of lower class Americans literally can't afford to sleep


Sunday, September 14, 2014

 

News Links, September 13-15, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
EC Fiscal Farce Continues: Burying Itself In Debt, France Postpones Budget Targets For 4th Straight Year
Harsh Austerity Sends Italian, Spanish Debt To Record Highs
Undeclared War on Russia; Solidarity by Force; Ruble Falls to Record Low; Sanctions Target Private Companies
Europe Is Doing Everything It Can to Avoid a Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis
EU Seeks Billions Of Euros To Revive Moribund Economy
Collapsing Russian Car Sales Hit GM, Ford, Toyota, VW
End Of Empire - The 'De-Dollarization' Chart That China And Russia Are Banking On
China Industrial Growth Slows, Power Generation Negative 1st Time in 4 Years; Stimulate Now, Crash Later
Undeclared work increased with the economic crisis (EU)
Eurocrats Go Full Keynesian Retard: Seeking Ways To Borrow Hundreds Of Billions W/0 Adding To Debt!
Europe Folds To Russian Demands, Delays Ukraine Free Trade Deal By Over A Year
The death spiral of capitalism
No less than six sovereign borrowers are now paying negative nominal interest rates on their 2-year borrowing in euros. In other words, they are making money by going into debt. In real terms, medium-term U.S. TIPS and British index-linked gilts have had negative interest rates for several years. Contrary to the views of the happy Keynesians around us, this is very dangerous indeed. If negative interest rates were to persist, the world's stock of capital would eventually disappear. Without capital, we'd be back up the trees.
In an Unstable World, War-Zone Insurance Soars
Humans Need Not Apply – How Robots Will Take Over the Economy
Just one thing: It takes a lot of energy to power all those robots. -- RF
Wall Street At Work Aggravating Risk—-Would You Like Some Leverage On Them Junk Bonds!
Marc Faber's new warning + why you'll be lucky to only lose 50% of your money
Will it take 30 years or 300 years for poor countries to catch up to rich ones?
What will actually happen is that developed countries will collapse, which will do far more to bring about parity than growth on the part of developing economies. -- RF
Dubai hotels record worst month in 18yrs
The bigger they are... Dubai on track to become 'centre of the world'
Reinsurers flock to Monte Carlo as market storm brews

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Europe's Big Airlines No Longer Want to Fly in Europe
The biggest airlines across Europe are finding it tricky to make money in their own backyards.
Ebola outbreak blamed for over $2bn airline losses
As Air Accidents Rise, Will Aviation Insurance Premiums Follow Suit?
The rise in accidents has set the bills soaring for aviation insurers, with firms looking at annual losses worth $2 billion this year.
Canada's airports want to join the big leagues — but are government fees holding them back?
Airlines add fees to print boarding passes, escort young fliers
Europe's Big Airlines on Strike
Shortage of pilots becomes a problem for some US states

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Libya Closer To Failed-State Status, Ushering In Possible ISIS, Jihadist Haven
Report On ISIS Shows It's Very Good At Moving Stolen US Weapons Between Iraq And Syria
Kerry opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition
Scahill: ISIS Disaster Has Failed 'War on Terrorism' Blowback Written All Over it
Islamic State Bombs Iraq Oil Refinery as U.S. Hardens Stance
Isis air strikes: Obama's plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran
European Nations Donate Weapons to Kurdish Fighters
US Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria
Australia answers US call to fight Islamic State
Arab states 'offer help with air strikes' against Islamic State
NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister
Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia, China court India for regional bloc
China on track to develop Indian railways as Xi heads to South Asia
Piracy in the South China Sea: Petty Theft in Indonesia, Kidnapped Ships in Malaysia
While most associate piracy with hijacked ships and abandoned crews around Somalia, the area with the most pirate attacks in recent years has been the South China Sea.
Qatar Buckles Under Pressure From Saudi Arabia, UAE; Expels Muslim Brotherhood Leaders
Shocking footage of Australian police in riot gear removing children at 'gunpoint'
Independence movement for northern Italy getting "boost" from upcoming Scotland vote: party leader
Shanghai Cooperation Organization - new regional and global power
Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Debt-ridden Spain to spend €1mn on riot gear
Catalans protest over independence on National Day
Tense stand-off in Pakistani capital as political crisis deepens
Hundreds of workers on strike at Lear Corp. plant
Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling fast-food-like wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago.
Russia Sends Second Humanitarian Convoy Into Ukraine, And Nobody Says A Word
Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions
Hong Kong Democracy Activists Stage 'Black Cloth' Protest Over Limitations On Elections

## Energy/resources ##
Aquino wants emergency powers to solve power crisis (Philippines)
National Grid fears electricity shortage for winter (UK)
"Fantasy" of Fuel From Corn Waste Gets Big U.S. Test
The Countries Most at Risk from Declining Oil Prices
In short, high prices are needed to finance the economies of oil-dependent countries, and to cover the escalating costs of producing oil. Prices must stay high to stave off unrest, and to keep the world supplied with oil. -- RF
Gazprom Says Kiev Should Blame Warsaw For Gas Supply Cut
The High Cost Of Renewables
I believe we may soon discover that a lack of dependability in our electricity supplies, that results in blackouts, will carry a very high cost for society and the economy.
Nuclear energy tops Russia, Iran agenda
Russia's Gazprom may boost 2014 investments to 1 trillion roubles - source
French court keeps government cap on power prices for now
French electricity prices will remain capped for now, after the country's highest administrative court ruled against a group of power producers that had appealed against the limit.
IEA again cuts forecasts for oil demand
Propane still difficult to secure (US)
Will Kyrgyzstan's Winter Be a Blackout Again?
Fresh sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects in Russia
S.Africa's Eskom to raise more debt, get state equity injection
Scotland bets on North Sea oil, even as the wells start to run dry
The dark side looms in India over coal

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Metal thieves strike a Norfolk church a week for six weeks
Thieves attempt to take copper wire from radio tower
Farmers battle copper thieves
Thieves Target Copper Wire on Utility Poles

## Got food? ##
World has less than 10 weeks of food stocks left
THERE is less than 10 weeks supply of food in stock on the planet as extreme weather has reduced global food production in recent years despite soaring demand.
Fecal matter, mold and more found on Foster Farms chickens
Cargill fires first shot in legal battle over GMO trade responsibility
Cargill Inc's [CARG.UL] lawsuit against Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX) over rejections of genetically modified U.S. corn by China may be just the start of legal challenges against global seed makers over trade with one of the world's biggest markets.

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
The Hidden Value of Gardens
The Revenge of the Circulating Fan
'Build It with Bales' Offers Instruction on Building Straw Bale Homes

## Environment/health ##
Fracking or drinking water? That may become the choice
Fracking for oil and natural gas—or having enough water to drink. That's the possible dilemma facing a number of countries including the United States, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute last week—though experts disagree on the real implications of the report and what should be done about it.
Gladiators: NFL says 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer's, dementia
INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs
The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles - but also make it tougher for states to enact their own regulations.
Responders Totally Unprepared for Tar Sands Spill in Great Lakes
Enterovirus 68 now sickening children in Northeast
Monarch Butterfly's Numbers Fly Dangerously Low
As Ebola cases accelerate, Liberia's sick must fend for themselves.
Ebola Pandemic Unlikely, Experts Say, But Other Threats Loom
Ebola: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Hit by Lack of Doctors and Aid
A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded in Indian Kashmir

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Terror risk high: Tony Abbott announces increase in National Terrorism Public Alert System (Australia)
U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data
Israel intelligence reservists say they'll no longer spy on Palestinians
More than two dozen reservists from the Israeli army's elite intelligence-gathering unit have sent a public letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the army chief of staff declaring their refusal to serve on intelligence missions against Palestinians.
Spy court renews NSA metadata program
Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalizing washing machines
Citi, Deutsche Bank, Bank Of America Were Channels For Sending Drug Money To Colombia, Court Filing Shows
The NSA will now map out the entire Internet
Japan to use facial recognition technology at automated airport immigration gates

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
New Health Policy Brief: Drug Shortages
Today, newly reported drug shortages overall are decreasing, but the total amount of drug shortages continues to increase, reflecting just how long it can take to rectify a shortage. Generic sterile injectable drugs, a vital component for patients fighting cancer, combatting an infection, or about to undergo surgery, are in especially short supply.
Only Germany is holding together as separatists threaten to rip Europe apart
Aging Infrastructure Causes Constant Water Main Breaks
Why New York is crumbling

## Japan ##
Why The Tribulations Of Abenomics Is Important: Its A Grand Scale Failure Of Keynesian Stimulus In Real Time
Japan drives rates below zero in bid to fuel its long-moribund economy
Solar, wind power proposed as way to refill hydrogen stations
It won't amount to a hill of beans. -- RF
Young workers using less of their lunch money after first tax hike
Dengue fever outbreak shows no signs of ending
Power output drops for 5th straight month
Japanese government urged to delay sales tax rise
Elderly account for record 25.9 percent of Japanese population
Number of Zushi beachgoers takes dive in summer as new regulations hit
The number of people visiting beaches in the Shonan area of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, plunged by 50 percent during the summer beach season ending Aug. 31 compared with last year, as beachgoers and beach huts faced tough new restrictions including a crackdown on alcohol and music.

## China ##
China taking steady steps toward Indian Ocean sea lane
China is steadily advancing efforts to create a sea lane through the Indian Ocean by actively investing in port facilities of South Asian countries.
High-speed rail boom in China spawns network of ghost towns
China's development of a high-speed rail network has significantly boosted economic development along its lines; many of the new towns have yet to attract residents, however.
China's Island Factory
New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state.
China Daily: "Western Sanctions Will Make Moscow Back The Chinese Yuan Against The Dollar"
China inflation data show economy losing momentum
China urges central Asian neighbors to step up extremism fight
China August Factory Growth Falls Near 6-Year Low: Calls Louder For More Stimulus
China Aug power output falls for first time in 4 years, steel largely flat
China's housing market pulling down growth
China Travel Warning To The Philippines; Manila Ensures Chinese Citizens Safety

## UK ##
Fuel theft on the rise again
Thousands of drivers across the West Midlands drove off without paying for their petrol over the past year, new figures reveal.
'Endies': Employed with No Disposable Income are struggling in London
Centre for London report says a million workers can hardly make ends meet and feel politically disenchanted
Investors pull $27bn out of UK in one month amid fears of Scotland's exit – report

## US ##
America's Poor, Deeper in Debt Than Ever
American credit-card debt hits a post-recession high
Stores start Christmas shopping frenzy early
August Retail Sales: Post-Winter Bounce Fading Fast
Retail Sales: Empty Stores And Quiet Checkouts Belie Washington's Seasonally Maladjusted Numbers
How the Government Deceives us on Inflation, as Rents and Housing Costs Soar
Obama's ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar
What If the Easy Money Is Now on the Bear Side?
Outsourcing Special Ops: $2.5 Billion a Year Industry
High school girl describes moments when 3 officers pinned her at school
Super-rich make last stand against California drought
Not One Drop: How Long Will California Survive Life Without Water?
Public School Police Receive Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle
Millennials Blamed for Sagging Home Sales in California
Parking meters become deposit boxes for the homeless
Fed economists: America's missing workers are not coming back
Obama Will Fight ISIS With George W. Bush's Legal Theories
John Yoo: "Obama has adopted the same view of war powers as the Bush administration."
Dishing Up International Law a la Carte
Official Washington honors international law when it's politically useful, such as in condemning a global adversary, but then dismisses it as useless if it gets in the way of some desired U.S. action.
Taking an exit from the labor force
Over the last ten years 16 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force.
Mysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters To Chop Down NorCal Marijuana Grows
U.S. Inspector: Billions in failed programs wasted in Afghanistan
Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War
Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won't be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn't say anything about contractors, who see this as "the next big meal ticket."
Sales of electrified vehicles stall in U.S.
Cost of Detroit's bankruptcy reaches $126 million

And finally...
Egypt issues stamps to mark new Suez Canal - but uses pictures of Panama Canal
Journalists Are Largest Drinkers of Coffee


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