Sunday, August 21, 2016

 

News Links, August 22, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Impossible Italian Job — The Italian Banking Crisis would complete Europe's "Doom Loop."
Italy's repeated attempts to stave off a full-blown financial crisis and breathe life back into its moribund banking sector can be summed up in four words: too little, too late.
The Seemingly Unstoppable Growth Of Negative Yields
Paul Singer fund: Market 'breakdown' to be 'sudden, intense, and large'
S&P Global: Negative Interest Rates (PDF)
Savers hit by negative rates are starting to store their cash in safes
Negative rate moves 'clear sign of desperation'
Bank of Ireland joins six central banks, decides to charge large depositors
RBS to impose negative interest rates on some clients
The Hunt Is On for a New Way to Measure the World's Economic Output
Brexit: Worst Case Scenario for EU; Armageddon Promise Now Visible as Pack of Lies
Dollar Disaster Looms? China and Russian Currencies Break Away
Things keep getting worse for EU banks
What Ails the Industrial Metals Industry?

## Airline death spiral ##
Small airports hit by shortages
"Get air service, use the air service, or lose the air service. The industry is playing a zero-sum game."
Japan airports to install new screening system
Laser emitters target Nepal Airlines plane at TIA
Sri Lankan Airline pilot shows up for work drunk, and expects to fly
Smoking phone-charging battery prompts Skymark emergency landing in Hokkaido
Germany eyes facial recognition systems at airports

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"
Syria War: Russian Cruise Missiles Target Aleppo From Mediterranean Warships
US Warplanes Confront Syrian Military Jets in Nation's Northeast
It's not far-fetched, as a number of US officials have been pressing for the war against ISIS to be abandoned in Syria in favor of a war against the Syrian government. The US seems to be looking to use the new fighting with the Kurdish allies as a pretext to that end.
US Hawks Advance a War Agenda in Syria
The U.S. government, having illegally sent American troops into Syria, is now threatening to attack the Syrian military if it endangers those troops, an Orwellian twist that marks a dangerous escalation.
Turkey: Assad Can Be Part of Transition in Syria
George Galloway, British Politician, Blames US, UK for Creation of ISIS (video)
A Lawless Plan to Target Russians in Syria
Official Washington's disdain for international law – when it's doing the lawbreaking – was underscored by ex-CIA acting director Morell reiterating plans for murdering Russians and Iranians in Syria.
Young Suicide Bomber Attacks Turkish Wedding Party; 51 Die
Are US efforts to isolate Russia faltering?
The leaders of several key U.S. allies have been reaching out to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a sign that efforts to isolate the country over its 2014 annexation of Crimea may be faltering.
Saudis Bomb Yemen's Capital City During 'Million-Person March'

## Migrants/refugees ##
Refugees in Greek camps targeted by mafia gangs

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Trump Protesters Turn Violent In Minneapolis: Jump On Motorcade; Spit On Donors
German Anti-Immigrant Party Leader Urges People To Arm Themselves
Indian Forces Fire at Kashmir Protesters, Killing 1
Dakota Pipeline Construction Halted Amid Ongoing 'Defiance of Black Snake'

## Energy/resources ##
Chesapeake Making Moves To Recover From The Crash
Even as oil is starting to climb out of the crater it created over the last year, numerous oil companies are still in severe distress.
Anger in the Delta keeps oil majors quiet - and Nigeria's crude offline
Limitless imagination and physical limits
Peak Fossil Fuels: overview of peak oil, coal, and natural gas

## Got food? ##
India's alarming loss of agricultural lands has global impact
A new analysis of satellite images shows that nearly 30 percent of India's agricultural lands is turning into desert, and the rate of soil degradation is increasing at an alarming rate.
Flooding in South puts a damper on US rice harvest
Mexico's Zapatista Movement May Offer Solutions to Neoliberal Threats to Global Food Security

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Why do so few alter their lives to lessen climate change and peak oil?

## Environment/health ##
Water issues linger for residents after Olympics close
WiFi in the Sky, Convenient, Profitable and In-demand - Is It Safe?
Cruise ships start to come under scrutiny as massive pollution machines
Health Official Warns Zika Could Spread Across U.S. Gulf
Evidence piles up for popular pesticides' link to pollinator problems
Capybaras may be poised to be Florida's next invasive rodent
Americans Are Gorging on Meat in Amounts Not Seen in Decades

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
"Clinton Defense" Popularity Surges In Espionage Cases
Leaked memo proves George Soros ruled Ukraine in 2014, minutes from "Breakfast with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt"
Hackers Use Google's Ad Network To Spread "Fake Login" Malware
Assange itching to get leaks on Trump
There's a Big Loophole in the Pentagon's Guide to Eavesdropping
A privacy update to 1982 Defense Department rules for conducting surveillance on Americans contains a loophole that lets the National Security Agency continue eavesdropping on a wide swath of online conversations, critics say.
Data Breaches Top 600 So Far in 2016

## Propaganda/censorship ##
A Cheap Shot at Bernie Sanders' Summer Home
Charles Lane and other Washington Post editorialists defend neocon and neoliberal orthodoxies by demonizing foreign leaders who step out of line and now by making fun of Bernie Sanders for buying a summer home.
Pentagon Drops Claim Against Navy SEAL That He Spilled Bin Laden Secrets
No surprises here. And no secrets, either. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Marginal Buyer Holds The Pin That Pops Every Asset Bubble
The Spike and the Peak: what future for humankind?
German Government Urges Citizens To Stockpile Food, Water "In Case Of Attack Or Catastrophe"
How Digital Copyright Law Is Being Used to Run Roughshod Over Repairs

## Japan ##
Japan eyes fiercer fighter jets to counter China
Anti-nuclear activists' tents forcibly removed from economy ministry premises after yearslong battle
Number of gas stations halves in 21 years
Tokyo governor vows to make 2020 games sustainable event
Abe denies conveying concern to U.S. commander over 'no first use' nuke policy
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says he won't rule out deepening negative rates: Report
Japan sinking deeper into de-facto helicopter money

## China ##
Ghost malls: Hong Kong mini-shop owners and operators find the going tough amid retail downturn
China's Agriculture Reforms to Address Food Crisis Despite Lack of Arable Land
China called SDF dispatch to South China Sea 'red line,' hinted at military action if sent
New home prices in China continue to fall
Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan
China Is Grappling With Hidden Unemployment

## UK ##
Hospital doctors 'miss signs of illness' because of chronic staff shortages
Navy to lose 'invaluable' only repair ship in cost-cutting
5 charts which show how homelessness has soared
Corbyn refuses to say he'd defend NATO ally from Russia
Britain's most dangerous extremists to be locked up in 'prisons within prisons' to prevent radicalisation

## US ##
The wealthiest 10% hold 76% of the wealth: The rich continue to pull away from the rest of the crowd.
Our Society Is Sick, Our Economy Exploitive and our Politics Corrupt
Prescription drug costs are on the march, and out of reach for many Americans
When schools are threatened, untold learning time is lost
Chart: Most Millennials Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings
In Massive Shift, Lutherans Vote To Halt US Aid To Israel

## The candidates ##
Clinton's Syria War Plans: Her national-security team-in-waiting wants a return to big U.S. interventions.
Roaming Charges: Prime Time Green
Trump and Clinton Would Both Bring Ethics Baggage to White House
Hillary Clinton Flies 20 Miles In Private Jet To Attend Rothschild Nantucket Fundraiser
Trump Hypes a New 'War on Terror'


Saturday, August 20, 2016

 

News Links, August 20, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Why one prominent hedge-fund boss is calling this 'the biggest bond bubble' ever
Two More Banks Start Charging Select Clients For Holding Cash
Fitch cuts Turkey debt outlook after coup attempt
Singapore seniors solving labor crisis
Central Banks Could Be This Market's Pets.com

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Caterpillar to cut more jobs, discontinue some mining equipment, combine divisions
Silicon Valley Job Cuts Double in 2016
The Biggest American Layoff Queens in 2016 "So Far"

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Singapore Wants to Be Asia's Sweden in Push for Cashless Payment
Bitcoin users have been warned about a potential attack by government hackers

## Airline death spiral ##
Cathay Pacific Crushed As Chinese Corporate Travel Collapses

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Ukraine may impose martial law if eastern fighting worsens: Poroshenko
US Congress Seeks to Establish Russia as Permanent Enemy
Bill Aims to Stop Future Governments From Rapprochement With Russians
Russia Successfully Test-Fires Iskander Ballistic Missile In Far East
US Jets Scrambled to Protect American Forces from Syrian Airstrikes
A 'grown-up' China looks to enter the Syrian equation
Merkel Sees No End To EU Sanctions Against Russia
US Moves Nuclear Weapons From Turkey to Romania
Romanian Foreign Ministry 'Strongly Denies' Report
U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business
U.S. withdraws staff from Saudi Arabia dedicated to Yemen planning
Asia is nurturing the next generation of drone pilots
More False Outrage on the Syrian War
Washington's neocon hypocrisy surfaced again with the furor over Russia using an Iranian base to launch airstrikes against terror groups in Syria, while the U.S. uses other Mideast bases for the same purpose.

The Change Luck City: Dhaka's Climate Refugees
Displaced by climate change, almost half a million people flee to Bangladesh's capital every year.

## Environment/health ##
From Epic Fires to a 1,000-Year Flood: The Climate Change of Here and Now
Natural Gas To Dethrone Coal As Largest Source Of Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions In US
Budgets for anything but essentials will disappear long before then, anyway. -- RF
It's a vital question, but unfortunately considered heretical by most people. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Trump and the Long History of Media Bias
The mainstream U.S. news media insists that its bias against Donald Trump is an aberration justified by his extraordinary recklessness, but the truth is U.S. media bias has a long history.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Complexity Bloat: Allegations Of Dysfunction Continue To Plague FirstNet, Our $47 Billion (And Growing) National Emergency Network

## Japan ##
Will this year's abnormally dry season lead to a water shortage?
Waste of money. -- RF
More Japanese gear moving on US military transports
The U.S. military is training to move Japan Ground Self-Defense Force vehicles by air and sea as the allies come to grips with new Japanese defense guidelines allowing for more cooperation in an emergency.
It's no surprise that taxpayers will foot the bill for megatechnology accidents. -- RF
China's local governments shield 'zombies' as defaults swell
Even as defaults surge among Chinese companies, local governments are keeping failing businesses on life support, fearing the impact on already battered economies if major employers go under.

## The candidates ##
More than half of the Clinton Foundation's major donors would be prevented from contributing to the charity under the self-imposed ban on corporate and foreign donors the foundation said this week it would adopt if Hillary Clinton won the White House.

And finally...


Thursday, August 18, 2016

 

News Links, August 19, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Will Brazil Go Out of Business?
Cisco to Lay Off 14,000. No Growth, No Problem: Stock at 9-Year High
Global central banks dump U.S. debt at record pace
De-Dollarization is Now Assured – SDR Bonds Have Been Approved
RBA boss Glenn Stevens: Parents should expect they'll have to help their kids buy a house (Australia)
Canadian Debt Slaves Pile it on, as Delinquencies Jump among Millennials
Vancouver Housing Market Implodes: Average Home Price Plunges 20% In 1 Month - "The Market Is Devastated"
Japan's July Exports Drop 14 Percent in Biggest Fall Since 2009
Aging Danes Hope Robots Will Save Their Welfare State
The New Gold Rush: Insurance Against the Collapse
Caterpillar Retail Orders Suffer Second Biggest Plunge Since Financial Crisis
Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay
Demand for Dubai office space slumps amid H1 slowdown

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Cisco Systems set to axe 14,000 jobs - Report
Cisco to cut 5,500 jobs in shift from switches to software
As technology shifts more layoffs loom at tech companies

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Man Who Introduced Millions to Bitcoin Says Blockchain Is a Bust
TCS throws weight behind blockchain
The Wretched, Endless Cycle of Bitcoin Hacks

## Airline death spiral ##
Chinese Airlines Wave Wads of Cash to Lure Foreign Pilots
Chinese airlines need to hire almost 100 pilots a week for the next 20 years to meet skyrocketing travel demand.
Worthless Airport Security Exposed At JFK After 'Shooter' Turned Out To Be Nothing
'Sit in your f***ing seat' Woman's epic meltdown on plane caught on video
Airline passenger sparks 'explosive' response
Finnair Is The Latest Airline to Suffer From Waning Demand
Airline Pilots Pump The Brakes On Plans To Speed Up Flights
Cathay Says Premium Travel Slumping, Prompting Discounts
Drunk Pilots And More: Flying Gets Riskier In India, Says Foreign Media
Airlines need to invest to prevent meltdowns, Sen. Blumenthal says
Manchester Airport's terminal two evacuated after 'suspect bag' found
Gol Continues to Feel Pressure From Brazil's Air Travel Slump
Time To Fly? Fares Falling Fast As Airlines Struggle To Cut Capacity
Ticket prices had fallen some 6% systemwide so far this year, compared to a 5.2% drop in 2015, the trade group said in a statement Wednesday.
Airlines' revenues suffer as discounts soar

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia starts planned exercises in eastern Mediterranean
Russia says ready for Aleppo 'humanitarian pause'
Expecting War? Russia Conducts "Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years"
Obama Lied: New Details Confirm $400 Million Given To Iran Was Indeed "Hostage Ransom"
Inside the Real US Ground War On ISIS
Manila Will Not Raise Sea Row With China at ASEAN Meeting
3 Killed in Car Bomb Attack on Police Station in Turkey
South Korea eyes warships with anti-missile capability
How the Global Elites Screws Peons (While Media Fools Cheer)
U.S. Embassy Says It Responded to Brutal Attack on Foreigners in South Sudan
Washington's Outrage and Excuses
Sometimes it seems that if not for double standards, Official Washington would have no standards at all – especially when it comes to outrage against some "strongmen" and excuses for others.
Turkey to Release 38,000 From Jail; Frees Space for Plotters
North Korea Resumes Plutonium Production, Pyongyang's Atomic Energy Institute Says
Turkey's Sensible Détente with Russia
Philippines accepts first of 10 Japan-funded patrol vessels to beef up coast guard
Mexican Federal Police arbitrarily executed 22 people
Winning 'Hearts And Minds'——The Myth Of the "Surgical Strike"
Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets

## Migrants/refugees ##
Europe Refugee Crisis: Arrivals Rise In Greece Amid Deteriorating Camp Conditions
British authorities visit Calais refugee camp to discuss care of unaccompanied refugee children

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Native Americans Locked in Standoff with Dakota Access Pipeline
Milwaukee is latest city to use curfew to tamp down unrest
Violent Protests in Mali's Capital Kill 3, Injure Several

## Energy/resources ##
The Oilfield Service Struggle: $110B in Debt; Depressed By Market Pressure
Hitting the solar wall
Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn't Really Work
Oil Pipelines In Louisiana May Soon Be Buried At Sea
Louisiana's shrinking coastline is causing headaches for the oil industry in that state, as an eroding coast and rising sea waters are threatening oil infrastructure.
Oil Output Continues To Fall In North Dakota
Poland Brings Wind Works to Standstill With $131 Million at Risk
Prolonged Industry Slump Causes Ripple Effects in Singapore
Is The Oil Production Efficiency Boom Coming To An End?
SolarCity slashing costs, including CEO pay
SolarCity Corp on Wednesday said it would cut operating costs, including slashing its chief executive's salary, to bring expenses in line with its reduced solar installation outlook.

## Got food? ##
The Odds of a Global Food Crisis Are Rising
Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

## Environment/health ##
Never Heard of Black Fever? It's Killing People All Over the World
Microbeads are leaching toxic chemicals into fish, sparking public health fears
Fish Urine Essential For Survival, Growth Of Coral Reefs, New Study Finds
Unhealthy [sic] habits may cost Canadians 6 years of life
Oil Spill Cleanup Methods: Aquatic Ferns May Have Cleansing Properties To Absorb Oil While Repelling Water
Insecticides Threaten Bee Biodiversity, Long-Term Study Shows
Forced to Reckon with Rising Seas, Alaskan Village Votes on Relocation
Scientists Say Expect More 1,000-Year Events Like Louisiana Flood
Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews
A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames.
Indigenous Australians fight nuclear dump plan on 'sacred land'
Doctors report probable Zika transmission via blood transfusion
Flowering meadows benefit humankind
Melting Siberian Permafrost Threatens To Bring Back Smallpox, Scientists Say
'Firenadoes' are striking east of Los Angeles
New Zealand launches water supply inquiry after thousands fall sick

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy
What We Know About the Exploits Dumped in NSA-Linked Hack
The NSA Hack——What, When, Where, How, Who & Why?
"It's Snowden Junior" - Former NSA Employees Say NSA Hack Is The Work Of A "Rogue Insider"
NPR Host Demands That Assange Do Something Its Own Reporters Are Told Never to Do
We see all: Delta IV rocket to carry 'neighborhood watch' satellites
US Swimmers Not Robbed, Brazilian Police Say
A completely different story has emerged. -- RF
Hackers can access your email using shocking new tactic
Twitter suspended 360,000 accounts for 'promotion of terrorism'
The Biggest Hack Yet: Why A Leak Of Clinton Foundation Documents Is Imminent

## Propaganda/censorship ##
America's Journalistic Hypocrites
The U.S. news media flip-flops on whether international law is inviolate or can be brushed aside at America's whim – and similarly whether killing civilians is justified or not depending on who's doing the killing.
How 'Think Tanks' Generate Endless War
U.S. "think tanks" rile up the American public against an ever-shifting roster of foreign "enemies" to justify wars which line the pockets of military contractors who kick back some profits to the "think tanks."
NYT Reveals Think Tank It's Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster
Washington Hawks Prey on Syrian Killing Fields
Official Washington loves to show heartbreaking images of wounded Syrian children with the implicit message that it's time to invade Syria and impose "regime change" (rather than commit to peace talks).

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Brazil Sailors Fume About Garbage on Course
Racketeering Is Ruining Us — Understanding why there are all those hands in your wallet
Florida postal worker caught delivering mail to pizzeria Dumpster
In Alberta, Lower Oil Prices Bring Job Losses, Empty Office Space And Child Prostitution
Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?
How The Globalists Will Attempt To Control Populations Post-Collapse
Missing monsoon crashes Indus Valley Civilization
Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea
Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.
Will the 2018 winter games take place? -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan in transition: Rest of world watches as country tries negative interest rates to spur economy
Japanese Imports, Exports Crash At Worst Rate Since 2009
Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows
BOJ Cornered as Japanese Banks Running Out of Bonds to Sell
Spirit of Abenomics: Bold New Plan in September?
What next for Japan if Abenomics fails?
Japan eyes ¥5 trillion budget to boost missile defenses against North Korea, buy Ospreys, F-35s

## China ##
China's Empty Oceans
According to reports in Chinese state media this week, overfishing and pollution have so depleted China's own fishery resources that in some places -- including the East China Sea -- there are virtually "no fish" left.
Too many humans chasing too few resources. -- RF
Five Things to Look For When Visiting Ghost Cities in China
China mounts massive crackdown on sprawling underground bank network
Why China's Multi-Decade Manufacturing Miracle is Over (Hint: Robots)
China tries out new hardware in Xinjiang counterterrorism exercise

## UK ##
North Korea's deputy ambassador defects in London: reports
Students urged to get vaccinated as cases of new MenW strain of meningitis soar
New homelessness strategy is a must, say MPs
Nuclear developers have big plans for pint-sized power plants in UK
Theresa May urged to vote against Saudi Arabia retaining chairmanship of Human Rights Council over abuses
Brexit latest: Pensions black hole widens, inflation accelerates, Bank of England predicts more unemployment

## US ##
Overwhelmed By Debt, Nearly 1 In 5 Young Adults Live With Their Parents Or Grandparents
DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash
DEA agents have profiled passengers on Amtrak trains and nearly every major U.S. airline, drawing on reports from a network of travel-industry informants that extends from ticket counters to back offices
The $6 trillion public pension hole that we're all going to have to pay for
Although "flaws in the actuarial science" are no doubt one factor, the major factor is net energy decline, which prevents pension plans from getting the high yields they were counting on. -- RF
Thanks, Barry! Only 37% of Borrowers Are Actually Paying Down Their Student Loans
Walmart's Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy
Obamacare Doomed As Insurers Lose $2 Billion On Plans In 2016 (Prompting 2017 Rates To Soar)
Obamacare is unsustainable — the backbone could collapse, expert warns
Breakingviews: Department store death spiral enters phase two
The Mauling of the Malls
The malls of America rose with the big-spending middle class, and are declining as the big spenders disappear.
It's Time to Abolish the DEA and America's "War on Drugs" Gulag
Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth
Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World's Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years—–$190 Billion and Counting
82,000 ordered to evacuate as fire rages near San Bernardino
Over two dozen overdoses in five hours in W.Va. city
White House Official Cozied Up to Google Before Antitrust Lawsuit Was Shelved
Peeking Under the Hood of the Philly Fed Manufacturing Positive Headline
US Corporate Debt Has Doubled To $6 Trillion Since The Crisis: This Is Who Bought It
These 6 Charts Show Why the Average American Is Fed Up

## The candidates ##
Election 2016: Liberty Loses No Matter Who Wins (Ron Paul)
Why Not Expand the Presidential Debates?
Trump, in law and order speech, calls for African-American support
Trumpism—–The Benefits and Hazards of It
Hillary's War Cabinet In Waiting Plans Big Bang In Syria
Trump casinos' tax debt was $30M, settled for $5M after Christie took office
Poll: Three out of five Texans who support Trump want secession if Hillary becomes president
Trump hires 'street fighter' in new shakeup of White House campaign
Green Party's Jill Stein: Reject lesser-of-two-evils philosophy
Hillary Clinton Unhinged
Revealed: The Secret Donor Behind "Children of Israel," the Ghost Corporation Funding GOP Super PACs
Dr. Drew Pinsky Says He Is "Gravely Concerned" About Hillary Clinton's Health
Clinton campaign goes nuclear on health rumors


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 

News Links, August 17, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Japan April-June GDP flat on-quarter, missing forecasts for 0.2 pct growth
Singaporeans, Worried Over Jobs and Pay, Are the Gloomiest Since 2009
Economic Slump Sends Big Ships to Scrap Heap
North American Intermodal Shipping Traffic Suffers First Dip in 25 Quarters
Portugal Gaining on Italy in the Banking 'Doom Loop'
"It's Surreal" - Negative Yielding Debt Rises To Record $13.4 Trillion
Wealth Tax Looms As Greeks Forced To Declare All 'Assets' To Tax Authority
Can robots address Singapore's labour crunch?
Qatar Airways cuts frequency of Adelaide flights amid aircraft shortage
Apple's woes leave Taiwanese tech companies hungry in July
The World's Biggest Miner Just Posted Its Worst-Ever Loss
BHP Billiton reported on Tuesday a massive loss of US$6.385 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30.
Expect To See A Panic Into Gold
Bundesbank Proposes Raising German Retirement Age, Sees Demographic Shock

## War on cash/cashless society ##
China's mobile payment giants are chasing their customers all the way to Europe
Beware the Bitcoin Bail-In
Cash is king for how long?

## Airline death spiral ##
Thousands evacuated at JFK airport after woman says she saw man with gun
Police: Investigation indicates no shots fired at New York's JFK Airport
New Jakarta airport terminal flooded just days after opening
Most delayed flights from UK airports revealed
270 airline crew violated safety norms this year (India)
Part of Nice Airport's Terminal 2 Evacuated Due to Suspicious Luggage
Parts of Memphis airport shutdown after security situation

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iran taps into Turkish-Russian reset
US nukes at Turkey base at risk of seizure: report
Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces," a Washington think tank claimed Monday.
Japan, South Korea strike conciliatory note on war anniversary
Russia Says It's Edging Closer to Deal With US on Aleppo
Russia uses Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time
China Sides With Russia In Syrian War, Will Provide "Aid And Military Training" To Assad
Report Questions Necessity of Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Indonesia to destroy 71 boats, including Chinese, in display of maritime sovereignty
The U.N. and U.S. Embassy Stand Down as American Aid Workers Beaten and Raped in Sudan
Modernized Russian bombers will be able to fly in the stratosphere

## Migrants/refugees ##
Give Us EU Visa Freedom In October Or Abandon Migrant Deal, Turkey Says
Obama Accepts "Surge" Of 8,000 Syrian Refugees - More Than All Of Europe (And Hillary Wants More)

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Shots fired as Milwaukee unrest continues

## Energy/resources ##
Russia says oil market talks with Saudi developing - newspaper
Is the Oil Industry Dying?
The peak oil controversy stages a comeback as the industry confronts a future of higher costs — and low prices.
Australia's Gas Paradox: Supply Crunch Looms Despite Rich Reserves
Ocean Waves Could Supply the World's Power and Drinking Water
It's a "virtually endless supply of electricity." Where have I heard that before? BTW, if we have an endless supply of electricity, we'll be using it with abandon, and it pays to remember that any use of energy involves generating waste heat. People who entertain environmental concerns might want to keep that in mind. -- RF
Nigeria Oil Losses Reach 900,000 Bpd Due to Militant Attacks
Deepwater Tech Companies Still Reeling From Low Oil Prices

## Got food? ##
California drought costs to top $600 million
Calculating the Hidden Cost of Industrial Farming
The price of pork: Cheap meat comes at high cost in Illinois
World's Largest Vertical Farm Grows Without Soil, Sunlight or Water

## Environment/health ##
Why the South China Sea is on the verge of an environmental disaster
Heavy Rain Causes Moscow River to Overflow, Floods Streets
Myanmar monsoon floods kill eight, disrupt lives of 400,000
Are Climate-Related 'Hot Blobs' Spreading and Killing Marine Life Worldwide?
Climate change impacts on energy, water, and land use in the U.S.
The Hidden Costs Of Food
NASA: Natural gas industry the source of massive methane 'hot spot'
Sitting Really Can Kill You, Heart Experts Say
Healthy lifestyle reduces build-up of sticky brain plaques which lead to Alzheimer's, scientists show
Now Your Pets Might Infect You With Superbugs

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Why you should think twice before posting that picture on social media
Citing Clinton, sailor seeks leniency in submarine photos case
Mysterious Group Hacks The NSA
FBI hands over Clinton email probe documents to Congress
Edward Snowden Explains The Historic NSA Hack: "This Escalation Could Get Messy Fast"
Soros Hack Reveals Plot Behind Europe's Refugee Crisis; Media Manipulation; Cash For "Social Justice"

## Propaganda/censorship ##
In Rudy Giuliani's Universe, 9/11 Is Everything and Nothing

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid
Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week
Work till you drop: German central bank suggests raising retirement age to 69
The Deep State's Catch-22

## Japan ##
Japan's Economy Slows to Snail's Pace as Exports Falter
Japan's economy stalls in April-June, casts doubts on Abe's policies
The Bank of Japan's Unstoppable Rise to Shareholder No. 1
Japan negotiating with banks to borrow at zero rate: government official
Abe tells U.S. of Japan's concern about 'no first use' nuclear policy
Emperor expresses 'deep remorse' for war on 71st anniversary of surrender, Abe does not
Heat warps rail track in Kyushu, causing train delays of 2 hours
The Mysteriously Obtuse Case Of The Missing Fukushima Fuel
Japan in transition: The world's biggest mobilization of elderly workers is underway
Krugman's Arrow Theory Misses Target by Light Years

## China ##
Surge of Diabetes in China Threatens Healthcare System
China pledges to cut size of its massive fishing fleet due to serious threat to nation's fish stocks
China's special forces need to extend overseas reach to safeguard interests, military mouthpiece says
Western lifestyle brings epidemic of heart disease to China: study
Real Estate: China's Fading Animal Spirits

## UK ##
Ex-Soccer Player in UK Dies After Police Use Taser on Him
Children's healthcare at 'breaking point', warn doctors
Younger generation in UK face overwhelming pensions bill, says report
Commuters set to face 'staggering' hike in train fares
Half of graduates who paid £9,000 tuition fees live with parents
Neonic pesticide link to long-term wild bee decline

## US ##
Is College Worth It? The $1.4 trillion question gets harder to answer as a record number of Americans attend universities.
New York City's Summertime Swelter Just Hit Peak for 2016: Chart
The Pooh-Poohed Doom-and-Gloom Scenario for Miami's Condo Bubble and its Lenders Has Arrived
PT Barnum, Elon Musk And The Stench Of Crony Capitalism
Here's the salary you need to afford rent in 10 of the largest US cities
Empire State Manufacturing Index Dips 5 Points to -4.2
Peak Season Shipping Roundup: Long Beach Port Traffic Down 7.7%; Cass Freight Index Down, Intermodal Shipping Down
US Industrial Production—-11th Straight Month of Y/Y Decline
Hedge Funds Are Losing Endowments After Exodus of Pensions
Aetna Pulls Back on Obamacare Health Insurance Plans in 2017
Feds See Shortage in 2018 Lake Mead Water to Arizona, Nevada
Poll: Restaurants most popular in U.S. industry, federal gov't dead last
E-Commerce Retail Sales Jump 4.5%: Two Perspectives

## The candidates ##
Trump lacks experience but his detractors lack common sense
Trump May Have Dropped Another Clinton Bombshell
Trump's populist hogwash: His debunked trickle-down proposals would only serve folks in his tax bracket
Trump gets facts wrong on Benghazi, Middle East refugees, gifts from Brunei and more
GOP launches pro-Trump campaign in Israel
Trump Unveils Plan to Fight ISIS
Trump Calls For 'Extreme Vetting' to Screen 'Hostile Attitudes'
Evan McMullin: Raising the Neocon Flag — The neocons and the rule-or-ruin principle
Trump says US interventions an 'absolute failure'
Can Anything Possibly Go Wrong For Hillary: 5 Scenarios
Is "Special Government Employee" Huma Abedin The Smoking Gun In Hillary's "Pay-To-Play" Scheme?
Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate 'Powerbroker'
Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
The Wall Street Journal issues an ultimatum to Donald Trump: shape up or drop out
Maureen Dowd: 'The Republicans Have Their Candidate' in Hillary Clinton 
How Bloomberg Spun its Own Poll Data to Make Hillary Clinton Seem Inevitable
Trump reverses course on NATO alliance
"To Ensure Her Election": Wasserman-Schultz Admits She Really Worked For Hillary While At DNC


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