Thursday, November 26, 2015


News Links, November 27, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
French Recession - Europe's Second-Biggest Economy Fell Into Recession In First Quarter: Report
French unemployment rebounds to record high
India Services Sector Expansion Loses Momentum; Services PMI Records Slowest Growth In 18 Months
The Slowdown In China Is Clobbering Manufacturers In Germany And The US
If China Killed Commodity Super Cycle, Fed Is About to Bury It
Iron ore crash turns up heat on miners
European banks sitting on €1tn mountain of bad debt, survey finds
Gulf braces for austerity as oil income slump bites – GCC states face record deficit of $180bn in 2015
Saudi deputy crown prince says considering subsidy cuts
Saudi Arabia may reduce energy and water subsidies for wealthy citizens among other reforms to diversify its economy away from oil amid a sustained fall in prices, its Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
If "Everything's Awesome" Why Did Aussie CapEx Just Collapse By The Most In Its 30 Year History
Swedish central bank calls for action as Nordic property market fears grow
Is Turkey Trying to Distract the World From its Debt Crisis by Shooting Down a Russian Plane?
Puerto Rico Is About To Default: Your Complete Guide To An Island Debt Debacle
Philippine Economy Misses Expectations On Industry, Farming And Remittances
Spain Braces for its Biggest Corporate Insolvency… Ever!
Nicaragua Canal Project: Construction Put On Hold As Chinese Investor's Fortunes Dwindle
Is Portugal about to go down the same road as Greece?
Greek residential property price slide gains pace in third quarter
Yet More Rigging By Big Banks – This Time It's Interest Rate Swaps

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
US Steel To Lay Off Thousands Of Workers
Saudi builder Binladin said to cut about 15,000 jobs
Construction company Saudi Binladin Group plans to cut about 15,000 staff, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in a sign of the pressure on the industry as the Saudi government trims spending in response to low oil prices.

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Cash Is King For American Holiday Shoppers
Seven in 10 American shoppers are using either cash or a debit card to pay for most of their holiday shopping this year.
London Black Cabs Set To Take Contactless Payments From 2016
The first shot in the War on Cash?
A small Swiss bank has become the first retail bank in the world to charge ordinary customers negative interest on their cash deposits.

## Airline death spiral ##
No explosives found in U.S.-bound parcels at Cairo airport: DHL
Thanksgiving Travel 2015: Airport Service Workers To Stage Hunger Strike For "$15 And A Union" On Busiest Travel Day Of The Year
Spanish ghost airport 'paid Ryanair £420,000 to fly there'
Passengers to FAA: Stop airlines from shrinking seats
Asia Pacific airlines report demand weakness
Two major British airlines cancel all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until 2016
Airlines plan to ban drunks and limit alcohol on planes
One airline is reported to have suffered a massive 360 drink-induced incidents over the British summer, while several others are said to have written to the UK Government begging for help.
Ukraine imposes total flight ban on Russia
Emirates' 'worst ever air-rage passenger' jailed after abusing cabin crew and biting police officer
French, United States Airport, Transport Workers Under Investigation For Islamic Radicalization
'The Insider Threat Is Real': Gaps in Airport Security Highlighted in New Video
Another Laser Strike Reported Near Love Field
Manila airport staff scrutinized after passengers complain of shakedowns

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russian Plane's Pilot: No Warning From Turkey, Jet Didn't Violate Turkish Air Space
Listen To Turkey Audio Of Alleged Warning To Russian Jet Before It Was Shot Down Over Syrian Border
Turkey Fears Tourism Losses After Lavrov Recalls Russian Travelers, Following Downed Jet
Russia deploys advanced S-400 air-defence missile system in Syria after Turkey downs one of its jets
With a range of up to 250 miles, the S-400 could easily strike Turkish targets
Why Is The US Hanging Turkey Out To Dry?
The Russia/Turkey Clash—Some Relevant History
Turkish  trigger-happy hotheads are to blame for authorizing deadly force when a few wing wags would have served to warn off the Russians –  if they were in fact intruding. Turkey is in no position to claim it's the injured party when arms, munitions and logistics support for ISIS has been pouring across its border into Syria for almost five years.
Why Turkey Attacked The Russian SU-24——-The Plane Facts
Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President
Moscow Announces Restrictions On Imports From Turkey, Report Says
Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions
Putin Agrees To Cooperate With France's Call For Coordinated Fight Against Terrorism
Italy Says No Agreement Made At G20 To Extend Russia Sanctions
Poland to increase the size of army by 50 per cent to 'guarantee the integrity'
Egypt, Russia Negotiating Missile Sale
Neo-Nazis Sprout in Malaysia; Yes, Malaysia
Third Time Wasn't The Charm: John Kerry Returns To The Middle East For A Fourth Go-Round
Hungary detains group heading to capital with explosives, finds bomb lab
New Burqa Ban In Switzerland Will Assess Muslim Women Hefty Fines Amid Increasing Islamophobic Rhetoric
Thanks ISIS: We "Can't Keep Up With Surging Weapons Demand", Pentagon Says

## Migrants/refugees ##
Stranded migrants try to storm into Macedonia, tear down fence
Hundreds of Moroccans, Algerians and Pakistanis tried to storm the border between Greece and Macedonia on Thursday, tearing down part of the barbed wire fence at the crossing and demanding to be allowed to carry on into northern Europe.As climate impacts hit, Pakistan faces migration surge - experts
African Migration Crisis: Egypt To Crack Down On Smugglers Bringing Migrants To Europe
Hungary is putting hundreds of migrants on trial ... for crossing the border
Luxury Cruise Liners Convert To Floating Migrant Housing
White House: States can't say no to Syrian refugees
Norway Advertises Stricter Asylum Rules In Afghan Newspapers

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Laquan McDonald Police Shooting Video Ignites Chicago Protests
Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

## Energy/resources ##
Carbon limits to put $2 trillion of coal, oil, gas projects at risk: report
Up to $2 trillion in petroleum and coal projects will not be needed if the world takes action to limit warming of the planet to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a report released this week ahead of a global climate summit in Paris.
No Nukes: Anti-Nuclear Activists Condemn Turkey's Plans To Build Second Atomic Plant
Fossil Fuels For Power Gen May Soon Be In Terminal Decline
How To Solve Pakistan's Energy Crisis? Turn Off Air Conditioners, Wear No Socks
Oil prices have moved into 'super contango'
German power groups step up pressure on Berlin to help handle nuclear exit
Russia stops coal supplies to Ukraine
Average american has energy equivalent of 450 human slaves working 8 hours shifts every day
Scientists seek to harvest electricity from algae in green-energy effort
Compared to what industrial civilization requires, this is a drop in the ocean. -- RF
China Is Absolutely Destroying the US on Clean Energy
Coal's struggles likely to continue in 2016
As costs, mishaps mount, U.S. nuke industry weighs extending aging reactor lives up to 80 years

## Got food? ##
China Droughts Are Driving Down Corn Production Forecasts In World's Second-Largest Producer
Urban farmers find that success leads to eviction
China Building World's Largest Animal Cloning Factory to Feed Appetite for Beef
Costco E. coli outbreak related to vegetables in chicken salad

## Environment/health ##
U.N. Weather Agency: It's Record Hot Out There This Year
Rise of carbon emissions almost stalled in 2014: study
A rise in world carbon dioxide emissions almost stalled last year for the first time in almost two decades without a recession, in a promising step towards cleaner economic growth, a study showed on Wednesday.
EPA asks court to withdraw registration of Dow herbicide
Avoiding the climate catastrophe: not so easy as many people think
Study: Skin care drug prices up 401 percent since 2009
The cost of prescription skin treatments has skyrocketed since 2009, as the burden of escalating drug prices increasingly weighs on family budgets.
Arsenic and mercury found in river days after Brazil dam burst
Oklahoma Leads The World In Seismic Activity As 2015 Quake Count Tops 5,000

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
'Mind-Blowing Abuse of Power': Walmart Spied on Workers With FBI, Lockheed Martin's Help
Australian state bans blueprints for 3D printed guns
A Month Ago, Dianne Feinstein Said Cybersecurity Was Super Important... Now She Says We Should Undermine Encryption
Tricky ways thieves can steal your credit card information
Criminalize websites that won't delete terrorist content, say European legislators
New York Port Authority Evacuated Due To Threat Amid Holiday Travel Frenzy
Why retailers love your phone on Black Friday
The TPP: A Time Bomb That Could Blow Up a Free Internet

## Propaganda ##
The Real Thanksgiving Day
The official narrative has always been political propaganda. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why Even a Modest Disruption Will Shatter the Status Quo
Any modest reduction in debt, tax revenues, consumption or new borrowing will bring the entire Status Quo crashing down.
Beijing 'Zombie Apocalypse' Traffic Jam: Commuters Leave Behind Vehicles In Rush Hour Traffic

## Japan ##
Japan To Send 500 Troops To Ishigaki Islands Near Disputed East China Sea
Toyota to replace Takata airbag inflators previously deemed safe
French group Ariva to help Japan dismantle nuclear reactors
Gov't to tackle maternity harassment, day care to slow population decline
The government doesn't understand that the main factor underlying population decline is net energy decline. -- RF
Public pensions, health care stretched as Japan's population ages
No. of workers in Japan to decrease 12% in 2030
Japan to effectively ban production of fluorescent, incandescent lamps
Japan to enable customs officers to seize products with stolen tech
Japan plans ¥3 trillion additional budget to prepare farmers for TPP, help struggling pensioners, families

## China ##
Chinese Military Cracking Down on Civilian Use of Drones
China Begins Military Reforms, Major Cuts For People's Liberation Army Underway
World's Tallest Building, 'Sky City', To Break Ground In China In June
Is China's Economy Cooling? China Economic Figures For April Hint That Annual Targets Could Be Missed
China Likely To Invest Over $1 Trillion Overseas By 2020, Eyes Port Infrastructure In Central And Eastern Europe
This Time Is Not Different: China Faces 'Internal Debt Crisis'
China's Earliest Monthly Economic Indicators Flash Warning Sign
Here Comes "QE For Metals" - China's Desperate Commodity Sector Demands A State Bailout
Sinosteel's Debt Troubles Test China's Willingness To Bail Out Its Dinosaurs
China robot conference showcases automated future

## UK ##
How council services are affected by spending cuts
Renewable energy: Many green power plants planned for UK 'will not be built'
Many of the new green power stations that were expected to spring up over the next decade will no longer be built, after subsidies for onshore wind and solar energy were slashed, campaigners have warned.
North Sea firms 'considering alternative revenue streams'
Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'
Plans for all London black cabs to accept card and contactless payments by next October
Majority in UK Now Favor Brexit; Cameron's Quandary

## US ##
The Triumph Of Materialism: The Average American Will Spend 830 Dollars On Christmas In 2015
On the Verge of Consumer Exhaustion
Personal Income and Outlays: Income Hits Estimates, Spending Disappoints; Optimism Reins Supreme
Recession Watch: Falling Commodity Prices to Hurt America
Still More Inventory
US Border Crisis Rebounding? Unaccompanied Child Migration Back On The Rise
Why The Obamacare Exchanges Are Failing
Consumer drone registry creates challenge for FAA
Crowd funding the real estate bubble: Looking to participate in a San Francisco housing flip for only $5,000 while sitting in your pajamas?
HP Inc plunges after printer business underwhelms
Thanksgiving not popular for all Americans, especially the original inhabitants
Are Refugees Terrorists? Sen Jeff Sessions Says 12 Asylum Seekers Planned Attacks
Congress struggles to secure nation's power grid
Pimco, others sue Citigroup over billions in mortgage debt losses

## The candidates ##
Donald Trump says he watched people jump from Twin Towers on 9/11 from his flat - four miles away
Amazing! The Donald has the visual acuity of an eagle, perhaps even better! -- RF
Donald Trump's 'river of blood' golf course claim is debunked by historians
Donald Trump Says He Can Predict Terrorism: 'I Can Feel It'
Donald Trump Encourages People to Spy on Their Neighbors — And then report them to the police
Rubio: God's Rules Trump Supreme Court Decisions
New York Times Slams Donald Trump's 'Outrageous' Mocking Of Reporter With Disability
Exposed: Hillary Caught Coordinating With CNN to Smear Rand Paul
Huckabee: Obama 'probably' wants Americans to learn Koran verses
Scientists: Ted Cruz Understands Less About Climate Than A Kindergartner
Trump campaign keeps reporters in lockdown to hide embarrassing supporters

And finally...
North Koreans ordered to copy Kim Jong-un's 'ambitious' hair style
Goat Becomes Pals With Tiger Who Was Supposed to Eat It

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


News Links, November 25, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Iron Ore Bust Getting Worse—-Price Heading to $30s, Bankruptcies Coming
'Dr. Copper' plunges to US$2 for first time since 2009: 'Things are quite horrible and about to get worse'
Soaring Global Debt – The Reality Check in Numbers
David Stockman Interview: Central Banks Are Out Of Dry Powder, Another Financial Crisis Is Unavoidable
French economy already hurting from attacks, survey finds
Italy Seeks "Silver Bullet" to Clean Up €330 Billion Nonperforming Loans; Explaining the "Bad Bank" Concept
Swiss Bank Hits Customers With Negative Interest Rates; Crazy? What About Velocity?
Disposable income shrinks twice as fast as GDP (Greece)
What Recovery? Spanish Wages Tumble To Weakest Since 2007
German Manufacturing In April Shrinks At Fastest Pace In 3 Years
Europe's Dead Donkey of Productivity Growth
More Than $2 Trillion Of Euro Debt Has Sub-Zero Yields—-Yet The Deranged Draghi Promises Even More
Comex Leverage Now A Staggering 300 Times The Available Physical Gold!
India faces fears of e-bubble collapse
New Zealand Housing Bubble: London House Prices Have Nothing on Auckland

## War on cash/cashless society ##
According to the document, reported Reuters, EU interior and justice ministers planned to speak to the European Commission about increasing controls on "non-banking payment methods such as electronic/anonymous payments and virtual currencies and transfers of gold, precious metals, by pre-paid cards."

## Airline death spiral ##
Stuck Waiting: Ground delays at US airports on the rise
Los Angeles airport to build special terminal just for celebrities
Special suite at LAX will let stars and the world's wealthy glide directly from their limo to their first-class seat without having to interact with the public
Hitting Saudi Arabia Where It Hurts

## Energy/resources ##
Super Majors Ripe for Consolidation and Other Restructuring
Mineral riches mean nothing without energy. -- RF
It won't amount to a hill of beans. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Guatemala's Vanishing Harvests
As diplomats and elected officials around the world debate the best way to confront climate change, Guatemalans are already struggling to adapt to frequent droughts, brutal cold snaps and shrinking harvests.
But they won't. -- RF
Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliers
Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains.
Another shining example of humanity's excellent stewardship of the planet. -- RF
I don't see what's so surprising about the conclusion. What am I missing? -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Europe Demands Access To All SWIFT Data To "Combat Terrorism Funding"

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
While Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou are vilified for revealing vital information about spying and bombing and torture, a man who conspired with Goldman Sachs to make billions of dollars on the planned failure of subprime mortgages was honored by New York University for his "Outstanding Contributions to Society."
Stuck waiting: ground delays at US airports on the rise

## Japan ##
Gov't eyes extension of debt-financing law
The government plans to extend temporary legislation allowing the state to automatically issue debt to fund its annual budget without Diet approval for multiple years, sources close to the matter said Monday.
Talk about kicking the can! Do I need to say how this is going to end? -- RF
Businesses to be obliged to check employees' mental health
Businesses will be obliged starting next month to offer their employees an annual test to check their mental stress level amid an increase in workers suffering mental disorders.
Butter prices may hit record levels this winter
As you can see from the photo, butter is already being rationed. -- RF
Britain offers France emergency use of airbase

## US ##
Is Santa Poised to Fill Christmas Stockings with Coal?
Perhaps a retail coals-in-the-stockings Christmas will awaken the mainstream media to the reality that recession is now a global phenomenon.
The "cashless society" is facing a headwind here, but TPTB will do everything possible to stifle the use of cash. -- RF
Of the more than $1.3 trillion in student debt outstanding over 66 percent is carried by those 39 and younger.
## The candidates ##
Well, that's true. But the writer's defense of mainstream media propaganda organs is also to blame. -- RF

Sunday, November 22, 2015


News Links, November 23, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Trade Just Snapped: Container Freight Rates Plummet 70% In 3 Weeks
Is This How the Next Global Financial Meltdown Will Unfold?
In effect, a currency crisis is simply the abrupt revaluation of the currency to reflect new realities.
Capital Destruction Rages Beneath S&P 500 Tranquility
Brazil's Ticking Debt Bomb—-Petrobras Owes $24 Billion In Next 24 Months
Global Deflation Intensifies——Brazil's Economy Is In Freefall
Global Deflation Watch—–Swiss Watch Exports Plunging
Iron Ore Bludgeoned to Record Low in Asia on China Steel Concern
VW cuts 2016 capex plan by €1 billion as cheating scandal widens
The Mad Euro Project Just Got A Lot Madder: Feeding a Monstrous Pile of Debt
Fed may need permanently big balance sheet, Williams says
The U.S. Federal Reserve and other global central banks may need to consider new tools in a world of permanently lower interest rates, including keeping big balance sheets or using negative interest rates to combat shocks, a top Fed official said on Saturday.
Can Anything Stop Companies From Loading Up on Debt? UBS Says No.
S&P cuts Oman credit rating as budget deficit widens
The U.S. Dollar Has Already Caused A Global Recession And Now The Fed Is Going To Make It Worse
Current Copper Price Below Cost of Production

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Global Oil Job Cuts Top Quarter-Million as Rigs at Five-Year Low
Tyson Foods to close two plants, cut 880 jobs
Copperbelt Braces for Job Losses (Zambia)
Finland's Outotec to axe jobs as miners cut spending
Steel giant ArcelorMittal to cut 450 jobs in Liberia
SocGen Will Cut 2,000 Jobs by 2020 as Part of Branch Closures
Osborne's UK cuts package squeezes a further £4bn (UK)

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Mobile Payment: Going Cashless in China (WSJ video)
Although presented as a Glorious Technological future, this is a totalitarian's wet dream. -- RF
Leave Bitcoin Alone. Abolish Cash Instead. (Bloomberg)
Half of Brits think only cash is secure
Hang Onto Your Wallets: Negative Interest, the War on Cash, and the $10 Trillion Bail-in

## Airline death spiral ##
Jet Blue flight at LAX halted for "unauthorized person"
Spirit Airlines Flight Forced to Make Emergency Landing After Possible Bomb Threat
Philly Passengers Pulled off Flight for Speaking Arabic
Southwest Airlines Is Allowing Its Racist Passengers To Kick Muslim Passengers off Their Flights
Chris Christie Reportedly Threatened Onboard Plane, Passengers Searched: Report
Passengers were reportedly kept aboard the plane for around 45 minutes, and then passengers were removed, five at a time, to be individually searched -- some even cotton-swabbed, a family member of a WFXT employee told the news station.
Air France plane from Paris halted at Manchester Airport over 'suspicious item' on board
Egypt-bound flight makes emergency landing over bomb scare
Turkish Airlines flight diverts after bomb threat
Police investigate flights diverted for suspicious passengers, bomb threats
Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco lands safely amid bomb threat

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Massive Blackout In Crimea After Transmission Towers 'Blown Up' By Unknown Parties
A state of emergency has been declared in Crimea after pylons carrying electricity from Ukraine were "blown up," cutting off power to 2 million people, media and the Russian government said Sunday.
Mali Hotel Attack, Hostage Crisis: 'Al Qaeda Of West Africa,' Al-Mourabitoun, Claims Responsibility
Russian President Vladimir Putin Seeks Global Anti-Terrorism Fight After 19 Killed In Mali Attack
Arsenal Discovered as Belgium Capital Enters Lockdown
The Saudi Connection to Terror
While Official Washington devotes much sound and fury to demands for a wider war in Syria and the need to turn away Syrian refugees, Democrats and Republicans dodge the tougher question: how to confront Saudi Arabia about its covert funding for Islamic State and Al Qaeda terrorists.
So Who's Really Sponsoring ISIS? Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Other U.S. "Allies"
81% of US-Charged ISIS Suspects Are American Citizens
Schools And Subways Will Be Closed On Monday In Belgium Amid Terror Alert
Russia Says U.S. Policies Helped Islamic State, Interfax Reports
Economic union, sea row and terrorism top SE Asia summit
Europe talks war, but may not boost military spending
Raytheon moves forward with Multi-Object Kill Vehicle program
NATO is harbouring the Islamic State: Why France's brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks
Britain scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers
Watch: Drone Pilot Whistleblowers Describe Devastating Impacts of Targeted Kill Program
US approves sale of Global Hawks to Japan
AFRICOM Expects Greater Funding in FY17
Abe considering request from Philippines for large ships to patrol South China Sea
Spain To Buy Four MQ-9 Reapers for $168.2 Million
Iranian Court Sentences Washington Post Reporter Rezaian To Prison: IRNA

## Migrants/refugees ##
Syrians flee war to brave smugglers' gauntlet in volatile Latin America
Syrians' arrival at U.S. border crossing raises concern of a flood of asylum seekers
Texas Gov. Orders Humanitarian Nonprofits To Ignore Syrian Refugees in Need of Help
Near 100 migrants try to jump Moocco-Spain fence
UNHCR: Balkan states turning away 'economic migrants'
Tragic Farce of Anti-Refugee Threats: U.S. Was No Sanctuary for Syrians in the First Place

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Ahmadi Mosque Taken Over By Protesters Following Factory Torching
Migrants on Greece-Macedonia border protest decision to block those from non-war countries

## Energy/resources ##
Oil companies brace for big wave of debt defaults
Oil Patch Problems: Rigs Down 60%, Production Down 3%, $40-$50 Price Doesn't Work
Noble Midstream Partners postpones IPO amid oil slump
SunEdison's problems cast shadow over future of solar yieldcos
Power Transmission Towers 'Blown Up' Causing Blackout in Crimea
The "Syrian Sickness": What Crude Oil Gives, Crude Oil Can Take Back.
Despite oil bust, Texas prepares more students for oil jobs

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Thieves steal copper from electric utility substation
Historic Northamptonshire church left with no roof thanks to metal thieves
Copper thieves hit businesses, churches
Copper thieves preying on telephone lines

## Got food? ##
Emergency Lawsuit Filed To Fight FDA Approval of 'Frankenfish'
Chipotle E. coli outbreak reaches six states, shares tumble
A look at the largest E. coli outbreaks in recent years
DuPont Predicts CRISPR Plants on Dinner Plates in Five Years
Agricultural biotech giants are starting to make moves into CRISPR gene editing, saying they'll be selling seeds engineered with the technology by the end of this decade.
Genetically engineered salmon: What could possibly go wrong?

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Basic Survival Skills (Focus On These FIRST)

## Environment/health ##
Carbon capture: Key green technology shackled by costs
The Earth's dying oceans threatened with mass extinction
Science Says Super Bacteria Coming to Kill Us Is Imminent, "People Will Die"
A Once Powerful Antibiotic Goes the Way of All Flesh
U.S. government proposes 17-year delay in start of Hanford nuclear tank cleanup -- until 2039
US-Backed Experiments Involving 30-Hour Shifts For Medical Residents Must End, Advocacy Groups Say
Ebola Returns to Liberia, Again
Biodegradable is Bunk: World's 'Ocean Waste Baskets' Still Filled With Plastic Trash
Such products 'will not bring about a significant decrease either in the quantity of plastic entering the ocean or the risk of physical and chemical impacts on the marine environment,' UN report states.
Indonesia, Malaysia form OPEC-like palm oil council
Antibiotics and The End of an Era
Toxic Mud From Brazil Mine Collapse Reaches Atlantic Ocean, Threatening Dolphins, Turtles And Whales
Half of the Amazon's Tree Species Are Threatened — Even the ones we don't have names for
25,450 Americans will die this year waiting for cancer drugs that could treat them
The Whispering World of Plants: "The Wood Wide Web."
The notion that plants can "talk" to one another was, until relatively recently, dismissed as fantasy, but the reality of inter-plant communication is now becoming an accepted part of mainstream science.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
South Korean firm unveils face and voice recognition app
NSA Email Collection Continued Mapping Social Connections Between Americans, Foreigners Past 2011
Brussels Raises Terror Alert To Maximum Level
Paris Attacks Aftermath Update: Ban On Rallies Extended Until Climate Talks At End Of November
Aggressive Crackdown Spelling End of Europe's Famous Open Borders
The 'War on Terror' Has Been Lost
The War on Encryption and Bitcoin – Nothing to Do with Terrorism, Everything to Do with State Control
"You Want to Be Free and Dead?" – Billionaire Hillary Clinton Donor Says to Sacrifice Civil Liberties for "Safety"
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Benjamin Franklin
Starwood Hotels reveals data breach at 54 locations
Nine Ways To Stop Terrorism
Manufacturing Terror: An FBI Informant Seduced Eric McDavid Into a Bomb Plot. Then the Government Lied About It.

## Propaganda ##
Children who grow up with internet - AKA 'digital natives' - believe everything they read online, says Ofcom
Which is not good, but no worse than believing everything you read in the newspaper, or everything you see on TV "news" programs. -- RF
Chinese censorship notice: "Strengthening public opinion"
CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism
I've spoken with friends who work at every cable network and they say the post-Paris climate is indescribably repressive in terms of what they can say and who they can put on air. When it comes to the Paris attacks, CNN has basically become state TV.
ISIS Coverup: US Centcom Accused Of Lying To President, Congress, Public About Airstrikes, Ground Fight

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Hyundai recalls nearly 305K cars for brake light problem
Tesla recalling 90,000 Model S sedans due to possible seat belt defect
Why do we assume our western good life will last for ever?

## Japan ##
Japan to acquire Global Hawk drones
Health ministry website goes down; tweet hints at cyberattack
Test begins to store CO2 under seabed off Hokkaido
Waste of money. -- RF
Majority of vacant houses in Japan in poor condition
Only 11% of Japanese people willing to fight for their country: Gallup survey
Daring smash-and-grab jewelry robbery in Tokyo
Japan to set up terrorism intelligence unit as early as next month: Abe

## China ##
China Has a $1.2 Trillion Ponzi Finance Problem
China kills 28 'terrorists' after massive manhunt
China is on 'High Alert' for Japan's 'Intervention' in South China Sea
China banks turn blind eye to soaring overdue loans
Carmakers at China Show Predict New Era of Slower Sales Growth

## UK ##
RAF Sends Jets To Intercept Russian Bombers
Shock UK deficit figures dent George Osborne's economic plan
Gap between state spending and revenue is worst in October for six years with economists warning chancellor will need further austerity or miss annual target
NHS deficit hits £1.5bn, experts warn hospitals could run out of money for wages
Network Rail investment plan has 'staggering' costs, report finds
Half of UK care homes will close unless £2.9bn funding gap is plugged, charities warn
Spending Review: IFS warns of deepest cuts in history
The state will be radically different by the time George Osborne has finished cutting public spending, Institute for Fiscal Studies says, ahead of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement on November 25
House prices: Three charts that prove only the rich can afford to buy property in Britain
Paris attacks: Women targeted as hate crime against British Muslims soars following terrorist atrocity
Growing number of MPs signal they will back more airstrikes on Syria

## US ##
This Will Bust San Francisco's Insane Home Price Bubble
Wage pressures coming? U.S. companies start to sound the alarm
The $4.6 Trillion Leveraged Loan Market—–Next Crisis In The Making
More than 500,000 people homeless in the United States: report
Americans' Outlook for Economy Holds Close to a 13-Month Low
Best Buy Falls After Predicting Slow Holiday Season Sales
Corporate Tax Inversions: Treasury Department's New Rules Won't Stop Company Deals Designed To Avoid US Taxes
Amount of student debt in default increases
Roanoke Mayor Apologizes For Syrian Refugee Remarks Citing Japanese Internment Camps
The Number Of Terrorist Acts Committed In The U.S. By Refugees——None!
United Health's Quit Is Obamacare's Worst Omen to Date
Here Comes The Next Bailout——The Obamacare 'Risk Corridor' Subsidy To Insurers
Persistent Overoptimism Three Ways: Truckers, Fed Economists, Manufacturers
Congress wants to seize your passport for unpaid taxes starting January 1st
40% of Millennials approve of speech censorship
10 reasons young Americans are absolutely screwed
Texas high-speed rail project privately raising $4bn
Waste of money. -- RF

## The candidates ##
Donald Trump Muslim Database Update: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush Condemn Republican Front-Runner's Muslim Ideas
Trump, under fire, backs off Muslim database idea
Clinton Sheds Progressive Façade with Bold Rightward Lurch
Shaky Foundations: The Clintons' so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
Sanders: Ducking the Issue of 'Perpetual War'
Donald Trump Says Waterboarding Is OK; Marco Rubio Calls Paris Attacks 'Positive Development'
Donors line up behind Kasich Super PAC planning Trump attack
Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims.

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