Thursday, December 01, 2016


News Links, December 2, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Revealed: GCC sovereigns could need $560bn by 2019 as low oil price bites
Crunch Time for "Zombie Bank, Permanently on Brink of Collapse"
Things have gotten so serious at Spain's sixth biggest bank, Banco Popular, that The Wall Street Journal just christened it "Spain's most Italian bank." It wasn't meant as a compliment.
Multiple Simultaneous Threats: Nexit Next?
The nannycrats in Brussels face yet another attack on the anti-immigration front: Geert Wilders' Far-Right Party Tops Polls in the Netherlands.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Are Indians About To Lose Their Gold?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump, May Agree: The Rest of NATO Needs to Spend More on Defense
Iran: US Forces 'Unprofessional' in Gulf Operations
Notes US the Only One That Ever Seems to Have Problems With Their Boats
Russia: UN's Syria Aid Shipments Politicized, Mostly Going to Rebels
Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
World's growing inequality is 'ticking time bomb' - Nobel laureate Yunus
The widening gap between rich and poor around the world is a "ticking time bomb" threatening to explode into social and economic unrest if left unchecked, Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday.
Protesters Against Aussie Refugee Treatment Delay Parliament

## Energy/resources ##
Biofuels could never sustain industrial civilization because they require that vast tracts of land be devoted to the production of energy crops. In the case of fossil fuels, nature did this work for us, which is why fossil fuels have a much greater return on investment. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
America's Chernobyl: Welcome to 'the Most Toxic Place in America'

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Why transportation networks are especially vulnerable to ransomware

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Official Washington's 'Info-Wars'
Organs of Official Washington, such as the State Department and The Washington Post, are becoming unhinged over their weakening grip on the narratives that the people are supposed to believe.
Publications Called Russian-Propaganda Distributors Consider Suing Anonymous 'Experts'
The Orwellian War on Skepticism
Special Report: Official Washington's rush into an Orwellian future is well underway as political and media bigwigs move to silence Internet voices of independence and dissent.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Newcomers wait years for running water as Mexico City suburbs struggle
Megacities are totally unsustainable, and the situation will only get worse. -- RF

## Japan ##
LDP exec: Russia's attitude on northern territories appears to have changed
A Japan-Russia summit slated for Dec. 15 could be "the last chance" for Tokyo to resolve its longstanding territorial issue with Moscow over four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands, a ruling party executive said Sunday.
Gravy train ends as Japan pays for long-term debt once again

## China ##
Appeals court upholds localist pair's dismissal from Hong Kong's Legislative Council
Will China's scientists' breakthrough sound death knell for world's deadly viruses?
Peking University research could help simplify development of effective vaccines or cures for infections such as bird flu, Sars, Ebola and HIV within weeks of an outbreak

## US ##
OK, I Get it: Every Company Clamors for Cheap Labor
Every company clamors for cheap labor to maximize its profits. But in the end, an economy that is based on consumer spending has trouble growing if the purchasing power of these consumers is sinking into an endless inflation-induced wage-quagmire.
Philadelphia City Attorney Linked To Anti-Trump Graffiti
The Great Unwind Unravels Hottest Rental Markets in the US
Now in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, and perhaps a city near you.
No matter how much money they scrape together, it won't be enough. Already-built infrastructure is too extensive to repair/replace at this reduced net-energy level. -- RF

## Recount ruckus ##

## POTUS-elect ##
Trump's Trouble with the Truth
President-elect Trump's refusal to accept the fact that he lost the popular vote by more than two million doesn't augur well for his ability to tell the truth in other cases.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


News Links, November 30, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
"Disorderly" Correction of House Price Bubble in Canada Threatens "Financial Stability": OECD
Millions of Japanese Over 35 Still Live With Mom and Dad
And elderly Korean parents face late retirement to support adult offspring

## Airline death spiral ##
The number of violent in-flight confrontations is on the rise, according to the International Air Transport Association, a trade organization. It reported a total of 10,854 air-rage incidents last year, up 14 percent from 2014. Crew members tell me one of the biggest flash points is carry-on luggage, particularly arguments about overhead bin space.
Passenger Jumps From Plane After Landing in Houston

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Egypt Troops In Syria: Cairo Denies Reports Of Military Presence In War-Torn Country

## Migrants/refugees ##
The Coming Immigration Clash

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Authorities say no plans to forcibly remove North Dakota protesters
North Dakota officials back away from blockade plans for pipeline protesters

## Environment/health ##
Pine Island Glacier In West Antarctica Is Melting From Inside Out
Why parks matter: Nature improves your brain

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Hackers are holding San Francisco's MUNI light-rail system for ransom
The Corporate Media's Gulag of the Mind
Your crime, as it were, need not be substantiated with evidence; the mere fact you publicly revealed your anti-Establishment thought convicted you.
No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See
Martin Armstrong Exposes The Real Fake News: Did The BBC Get Caught Fabricating News To Start A War?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Engine of Inequality: Privilege
This is what we're up against: a status quo that has institutionalized soaring inequality and rising poverty as the only possible output of defending the privileged few at the expense of the many.
Private firms to study aging infrastructure (Japan)
The land and infrastructure ministry says many sewer systems, tunnels, and bridges are reaching the end of their lifespan. In fiscal 2014, aging sewage lines caused some 3,300 cases of road sinkholes across Japan.

## Japan ##
Estimated cost for Tokyo 2020 Olympics jumps to ¥2 trillion
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games could cost up to ¥2 trillion, or as much as 2.5 times the initial estimate in Tokyo's 2013 presentation to win the right to host the sporting extravaganza, the event's organizing committee said Tuesday.
Just wait. The cost will rise even more. -- RF
Japan tax reform to target offshore income, assets

## UK ##
UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime, report says
A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated.
Falwell says Trump offered him education secretary job
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down for personal reasons.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


News Links, November 28, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Canadian households to add 3% more consumer debt on Black Friday
Reflections on the 'Dispossessed'
The story of modern human history has been the dispossession of working people and the concentration of wealth in fewer hands, now transformed into a system of cradle-to-grave debt.
Cash Chaos in India, 86% of Money in Circulation Withdrawn; Cash Still King in Japan

## Airline death spiral ##
'Hillary B--tches on Here?' Man Shouts for President-Elect Trump on Allentown-Bound Flight
Chicago-Hong Kong United jet diverts to Narita to hand over man who tried to enter cockpit

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Israelis, Palestinians Spar Over Bill to Retroactively Legalize Settlements
Israel arrests 22 in suspicious fires, classifies them 'terrorism'
The West's Shift Toward Repression
The West's "liberal democracies" are undergoing a shift toward repression with new initiatives to spy on citizens and punish whistleblowers who expose government abuses.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Army Corps of Engineers Orders Dakota Pipeline Protesters to Abandon Camp

## Environment/health ##
Pesticide studies must be made public, EU court rules
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that trade secrets are not an excuse for refusing to divulge information on biocides released into the air, water, soil and plants.
After 5-year study, scientists say unchecked Arctic melting may bring irreversible change

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is planning a major limitation of privacy rights in Germany, say data protection groups. Germans will no longer have the right to know what data about them is being collected.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
U.S. Shoppers killed, injured in 'Black Friday' violence

Fukushima decommissioning costs to soar
The combined costs of paying compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the decommissioning of the plant's reactors may be double the initial estimate, rising to more than 20 trillion yen ($176 billion), according to estimates by the country's industry ministry.
It still won't be enough. -- RF

## UK ##
Four charts that show how Britons are living beyond their means
British households will live beyond their means well into the next decade as low interest rates encourage households to raid savings and take on more debt, official forecasts show.
Sweeping UK spy bill dubbed 'snoopers' charter' becomes law
Theresa May is under intense pressure from senior doctors and a powerful cross-party alliance of politicians to avert a collapse in care for the elderly, as shocking new figures show the system close to meltdown.
A 'shocking' surge in people being treated for malnutrition blamed on rising poverty
The number of hospital bed days taken up by undernourished patients has almost trebled in a decade, official figures show

## US ##
Even Obama Slams Stein's Recounts: The Results "Accurately Reflect The Will Of The American People"
Jill Stein's credibility seems to be sinking fast as both the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign have released statements this morning indicating they've failed to uncover a single shred of election hacking evidence.
It's a waste of money, and Stein's own political capital. Has Stein bought into the "lesser-evil" scam? Again, this just distracts from the real task at hand: Reforming the de facto one-party system. -- RF
## POTUS-elect ##
Sessions's Old-Time Contempt for Civil Rights
President-elect Trump's choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would put a longstanding opponent of civil rights for African-Americans in charge of the Justice Department.

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