Sunday, March 26, 2017


News Links, March 27, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Germany wealth inequality gap 'growing wider'
Insurers help to pay for Asia's infrastructure needs
Cash-strapped governments are raising money for projects with long-term debt
Innovative solution, or sign of desperation? -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Multi-polar world: What Russia Wants — and Expects
America Digs Its Own Afghan Grave
Afghanistan has long been called the "graveyard of empires," the site of failed invasions. But the U.S. – in its 15-plus-year endeavor – seems determined to dig its own grave there.
NATO forces assemble in eastern Europe
Contacts with Russian Embassy
Good read by a former US diplomat. -- RF
Risks to US from War on North Korea
The murders of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi – after they surrendered their WMD – taught North Korea's Kim Jong-un not to give up his, setting the stage for a dangerous crisis.
Third journalist killed in Mexico in month

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten
Is an affordable 100% renewable global electricity grid possible and desirable?
Are they really trying to extend everyone's lives? Or just those of people already doing great?

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Global Data Firm: "We Help Utilities Surveil and Profile Their Customers, and Monetize Home Surveillance Data"
In one fell swoop, every utility's claim of "smart meters do not spy on you" is now dissolved.
Surveillance State Goes After Trump
Democrats are so eager to take down President Trump that they are joining forces with the Surveillance State to trample the privacy rights of people close to Trump.
This is why the Deep State is fracturing: its narratives no longer align with the evidence.
Activists Worry That Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Quietly Expand Trump's Muslim Ban

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden's Accusers Is a Fraud
Pretending Israel Is Innocent of Apartheid
Without doubt Israel practices apartheid toward Palestinians who are broadly denied human rights, but Israel's political clout is such that the reality must be denied at the U.N. and in the U.S.
McCain: "The New World Order Is Under Enormous Strain"
How US Flooded the World with Psyops
Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian "propaganda" yet the U.S. government created a "psyops" bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the world with dubious information.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Sad State Of America's Infrastructure In One Infographic
Yes, it's a global problem because the net energy delivered to society by our energy-supply system after (1) paying energy costs and (2) self-replication, is shrinking. And it's all downhill from here. Economists need to see that it's energy, not money, that makes the world go 'round. -- RF
Sustainable villages replaced by unsustainable cities. A recipe for disaster. -- RF

## UK ##
UK minister says encryption on messaging services is unacceptable
Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a "secret place for terrorists to communicate" using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday.
Four out of 10 schools letting out buildings to raise money, study finds

## US ##
More About The Great Collapse In Retail
Democrats Trade Places on War and McCarthyism
Caught up in the frenzy to delegitimize Donald Trump by blaming his victory on Russian meddling, national Democrats are finishing the transformation of their party from one that was relatively supportive of peace to one pushing for war, including a confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia.
A family earning over $105,000 still can't afford more than half of U.S. colleges
For students from low-income families, more than 90% of colleges are unaffordable

Thursday, March 23, 2017


News Links, March 24, 2017

Emirates to Let Travelers Keep Laptops Until U.S. Boardings
For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles
It's yet another impediment in the name of security for already weary travelers, especially those from or passing through the 10 mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries covered by new U.S. and British policies.
Rex Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Dubbo, passenger saw 'flames coming from engine' (Australia)
Greece's Aegean Airlines profit drops, cuts dividend
Government, Air India mull steps to check unruly passengers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Airborne troops, Mi-28s & fleet: Massive military drills kick off in Crimea

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
India must be careful: Jobless growth can lead to social unrest
About that shale drilling miracle... -- RF
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Bechtel Form Decommissioning Alliance
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Bechtel today announced the formation of an alliance to offer decommissioning and dismantlement services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.
The War on Water Is a Very Real Crisis
One of the hidden costs of industrial agriculture is its intensive water usage. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 80 percent of U.S. consumptive water (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) is used for agricultural purposes.

## Solutions ##
Heat Storage Hypocausts: Air Heating in the Middle Ages

## Environment/health ##
Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem
The world's bees are in big trouble — even more than you might have realized. Last year the U.S. lost a mind-boggling 44 percent of its honeybee colonies.
Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'
Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Credibility of Cyber Firm that Claimed Russia Hacked the DNC Comes Under Serious Question
A Breach in the Anti-Putin Groupthink
The mainstream U.S. media has virtually banned any commentary that doesn't treat Russian President Putin as the devil, but a surprising breach in the groupthink has occurred in Foreign Affairs magazine.
Top NSA official says telephone surveillance should have been disclosed
The U.S. government should have publicized the existence of a program that vacuumed up in bulk Americans' telephone call data before its existence was leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency's deputy director said on Tuesday.
The Conspiracy Against President Trump
Listening today to the broadcast of testimony by FBI Director Comey and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers before the House Intelligence Committee (an oxymoron) made it clear that the Democrats, Comey, and Rogers intend conflict with Russia.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
I have a better explanation: Governments and their media mouthpieces are behind it. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy
When the system is rigged, "democracy" is just another public-relations screen to mask the unsavory reality of Oligarchy.
Japan's gas, electricity prices to rise again in May
Japan's 14 major electricity and gas companies are expected to raise rates in May for the fourth straight month, as the utilities pass on rising costs of imported fuels to consumers.
MSDF boosts overseas deployment capabilities with second big helicopter carrier
The American Dream increasingly involves a lease, not a mortgage.
Left and Right, US Lawmakers Unite Against Escalating War in Syria
While the Pentagon provides plans for the Trump Administration for a major escalation of the US involvement in the war in Syria, new bipartisan legislation is being pushed in both the House and the Senate aiming to oppose the escalation and put legal obstacles in the way of it.
More than 1,500 U.S. citizens were wrongly held in local jails or detention centers at the request of immigration officials between 2007 and 2015, according to a 2016 National Public Radio analysis of detainer requests. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are prohibited from detaining U.S. citizens.
State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit on Friday: sources
We're All Minorities Now
The one percent now effectively owns Washington: the making of our laws, the writing of Executive Orders, the running of Federal agencies with the power to put crooks among the one percent in prison – or not, and they are now the overseers of gutting Federal programs that benefit the 99 percent.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


News Links, March 22, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Central Bank Shell Game: What Sweden's Negative Interest Rates Do to Consumers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Taiwan says China advanced ballistic missiles aimed at the island
Trump's Team Embraces Iranian Myths
Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on "regime change" in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality.
Europe, N.Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows
EU Official: We'll Force Members To Accept Refugees

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Eight 'suspect' packages found at Athens postal centre
Greek police said they found eight "suspect" packages on Monday addressed to global economic institutions, after a domestic militant group sent mail bombs to the IMF and German finance ministry last week.
Vandalism reported along Dakota Access Pipeline
Conservative students say they have been 'violently threatened' at Lutheran college

## Energy/resources ##
Consumers Would Be $3.9 Billion 'Losers' From Nuclear Subsidies
Expanding state aid to money-losing nuclear reactors across the Eastern U.S. may leave consumers on the hook for as much as $3.9 billion a year in higher power bills.
Adjusting the economy to the new energy realities of the second half of the age of oil
Communities are struggling to deal with the volume of waste, and even high-end hotels now pay staff to dig holes in the beaches where they tip in the mounds of plastic.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches
Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix.
IoT: Don't Hide Your Gold Coins Where Your Thermostat Can See

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Don't You Hate Spammy, Sensationalist Click-Bait Like this?
NYT's 'Tinfoil Hat' Conspiracy Theory
There is a "tinfoil-hat" quality to The New York Times' pushing its "Donald Trump Is Russia's Manchurian Candidate" conspiracy theory as the newspaper sinks deeper into a New McCarthyism.
The Missing Logic of Russia-gate
Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian "hacking" of the presidential election, but logic is often missing.
Tepco to link up with Intel to manage power grids overseas
Tokyo utility looks abroad to cover staggering Fukushima cleanup costs
How China's overseas property dream turned into a nightmare
Capital controls mean people who signed up for flats in Malaysia cannot send money from mainland

## US ##
Well, thanks for these observations, but here again the implication is that we have the two arms of the War Party — Democrats and Republicans — and nothing else. The US is still stuck with its China-style one-party system. Why can't anyone see past that? -- RF
"People are target shooting at our rock carvings," said Yellowman, a Navajo elder. "They are cutting out our pictographs, our stories, and taking them away and selling them."
One wonders why poor US residents had to depend on Venezuela in the first place. What support has there been from US oil companies? -- RF

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