Sunday, December 09, 2018


News Links, December 10, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
31 pct of elderly people land low-wage jobs after retirement (South Korea)
Global wage growth in 2017 was not only lower than in 2016, but fell to its lowest growth rate since 2008, remaining far below the levels obtaining before the global financial crisis.
Yellow vest protest to have severe impact on economy: Le Maire
Macron Heralds The End Of The Union
Mr. Tariff Ups the Ante on China

## Airline death spiral ##
The [flying] experience is so bad, 32 million potential trips never took place in 2016, according to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association. People decided it was not worth the trouble.
Lion Air disaster: just a blip in Asia's runaway air travel boom?
The Indonesian carrier's crash that killed 189 people in October has raised questions over whether Asia's aviation sector is struggling to keep up with breakneck growth and soaring demand
The Wild East: Airlines in South & Southeast Asia
Huge aircraft orders, booming traffic, dozens of upstarts with easy mega-funding, fierce competition, already a big collapse, and allegations of shady business.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Where Is Americans' Outrage Over Huawei Arrest?
Detaining a Chinese executive in hopes of making some kind of deal goes against the rule of law.
Pakistan will no longer fight someone else's war: Imran Khan
Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else's war, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday, striking a note of defiance against US demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.

## Migrants/refugees ##
The number of migrant families captured entering illegally increased in November

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
New protests in Greece on anniversary of teen's shooting
Blood on the tracks of Widodo's Papuan highway
A massacre of 19 road workers underscores the Free Papua Movement's still strong resistance to the Indonesian leader's development plans for the remote region
In light of the obtained results — a low capacity factor and Energy Returned on Invested, an intensive use of materials—some scarce, and the significant seasonal intermittence — the potential contribution of current CSP technologies in a future 100% RES system seems very limited.

## Environment/health ##
Ocean Cleanup fail? System deployed to Great Pacific Garbage Patch not holding plastic
Wintertime ice growth in the Arctic is accelerating, slowing historic decline
Oceans are losing a football field of seagrass every 30 minutes
2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city, raising new challenges for containment
That's it, we've done it, we've stuffed every sea turtle's gut with plastic
The researchers, from institutions in the UK, US, and Australia, looked for plastic in 102 sea turtles, representing all seven species of sea turtle in the world. The animals came from the Atlantic ocean, Pacific ocean, and Mediterranean sea. And every single one had eaten plastic.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Quantum computers pose a security threat that we're still totally unprepared for
Some US experts think it could take at least 20 years to get quantum-proof encryption widely deployed.
Julian Assange Rejects UK-Ecuador Agreement To Leave Embassy In "Near-Liberty"
Big Brother Australia cracks open encrypted messaging
A new law will require tech firms to give security agencies access to their encrypted data, a provision experts expect other Western nations to soon replicate
O2's All-Day Outage Caused Havoc in Ways Consumers Didn't Expect
Software-failure impact spread far beyond cell-phone users

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
3 Reasons Why America is About to End
All empires fall. The American one is already well into its terminal phase.
What's Behind the Stark Rise in U.S. Military Accidents?
Collisions at sea and aviation accidents point to an overtaxed force.
Coming soon to a country near you. -- RF
Greek defense minister makes crowd-funding plea to afford new warships
Greek defense minister Panos Kammenos has asked wealthy citizens to help fund new warships for the country's navy.

SoftBank's mobile outage hits swath of Japanese businesses
Four-hour network disruption hampers flights, train trips and parcel deliveries

## George H.W. Bush ##

Thursday, December 06, 2018


News Links, December 7, 2018

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Recession Incoming or Something Worse? 2/10 Spread Collapses

## War on cash/cashless society/cryptocurrencies ##
Reports to Police on Suspicious Cryptocurrency Use Surge in Japan

## Airline death spiral ##
Police meet British Airways plane upon landing after passenger turns violent mid-flight
Is U.S. military control of airspace to blame for high cost of flying in Japan?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone
South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing's opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.
The Bushes' 'Death Squads'
George H.W. Bush was laid to rest on Wednesday but some of his murderous policies lived on through his son's administration and until this day.
Did Trump's enemies try to derail a trade deal with China?
The arrest of Huawei CFO in Canada for violating US sanctions on Iran has stunned markets and raised questions on who gave this the green light
Every American firm doing business in China now vulnerable after Huawei arrest: Former US trade advisor
What Is Left for the US To Do in Afghanistan? The Answer: Lose.
These days it seems everything the U.S. military touches in Afghanistan turns to rubbish. It's possible this war is already over, only Washington won't concede it.
Russia Claims It Chased U.S. Destroyer Out Of Its Territorial Waters
German human rights commissioner to visit Tibet

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal 'King' Macron
Qatar peak oil
The transition to renewable energies will intensify the global competition for land because wind and solar energy are highly dispersed and need large areas to capture this energy.

Nearly 250 Pages of Devastating Internal Facebook Documents Posted Online By UK Parliament
The documents include emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg about the company's business model and how it leverages your data to make money.
Facebook Struck Secret Deals To Sell Preferential User Data; Used VPN App To Spy On Competitors
Facebook board backs Sandberg's request to initiate research into Soros
Facebook Inc's board backed Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's request to probe whether George Soros had shorted the company's stock after the billionaire investor called the social network a "menace to society."
Australian bid to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data passes first hurdle
The Australian parliament's lower house passed a bill to force tech firms such as Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to encrypted data on Thursday, pushing it closer to becoming a precedent-setting law.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
MSM Is Getting Weirder, More Frantic, And More Desperate By The Day
The View from the Trenches of the Alternative Media
The most effective ways to silence critics and skeptics is to 1) de-monetize their sites / platforms and 2) restrict their access to the public via shadow banning and search algorithm "adjustments." The two are related, of course; as audiences dwindle, so do revenues and opportunities to sell subscriptions or promote patronage.
Or the same old wine in new bottles? -- RF
In reality "an alternative history" is not what happened to Saraqib, but what is presented in the New Yorker piece. It is a whitewash of a brutal international attack on Syria. A hagiography of one Osama al-Hossein, a Muslim Brotherhood 'activist', who got funding from the United States. It includes every false propaganda cliche about 'barrel bombs' and 'moderate rebels', who never were moderate, that the 'western' agencies inserted into the news stream. It is also full of stupid and nonfactual assertions.

## Japan ##
3rd case of hog cholera infection found in central Japan
Canary in the Coal Mine is Dead...Any Reason to be Concerned?
America is rich as Midas, at least on paper, according to the latest Z1 Federal Reserve Statistical Release.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018


News Links, December 5, 2018

To be Australian is to be rich
Credit Suisse's 2018 Global Wealth Report shows Australians are the wealthiest people in the world, richer than even the Swiss, but sinking fortunes are on the horizon

The economics of first class are ruinous to both the airlines and passengers.
The short answer is no. -- RF
Politicians Beware: It's Best Not to Deliver What You Actually Promise.
French president Emmanuel Macron delivered on his main campaign promises. Please consider what happened next.
Is near-instant satellite imagery almost here?
Intelligence analysts and soldiers on the battlefield could have access to near real-time imagery from commercial satellites as soon as 2021 thanks to new industry partnerships.

Feel sorry for the migrants. As the US economy founders, they'll be among the first blame targets. -- RF

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Occupy Jamie Dimon: Activists Are Chasing the Billionaire Across the U.S.
JPMorgan's CEO is dogged by protesters on stages and flagpoles.
"Yellow Vest" riots hit Brussels
The People Of France Reject Macron's Policies - How Long Can He Survive?

## Energy/resources ##
Fracing slump deepens as Schlumberger walks oil `tightrope'
The North American fracing market -- already expected to be a downer for the holidays -- is turning out to be even worse than expected, according to the world's biggest oil-service provider.
What Crashing Refining Margins Mean For Oil Markets
As Iran supply dries up, South Korea petrochemical firms find new, costly oil sources
With supply from major producer Iran uncertain, big condensate user South Korea is scouring the world for alternative sources of this key ingredient in its large chemical industry to avert shortages - a process that is proving to be costly for buyers.

## Got food? ##
Food Security & Nutrition around the World (FAO)
For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger. The absolute number of undernourished people, i.e. those facing chronic food deprivation, has increased to nearly 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. These are levels from almost a decade ago.

## Environment/health ##
Cost of insulin causing 1 in 4 diabetics to cut back on use
"For people with type 1 diabetes, insulin is a lifesaving drug. Without it, people can die within days."
Canada's chronic drug shortage
FDA Spotlights Recent Spike in Drug Shortages
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not just seeing an increase in drug shortages but also a spike in the intensity and duration of shortages.
Indonesian Islands Are Drowning in Trash
A government clean up operation launched this week near the Indonesian capital has removed more than 40 tons of trash each day.
A Coal Mine Is Devouring a 12,000-Year-Old Forest
For decades a German utility has been clearing an ancient forest to unearth more coal. With little left to preserve, environmentalists are fighting back.
Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm
Even as a furious debate broke out in China over gene-edited babies, some scientists in the US are also hoping to improve tomorrow's children.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The biggest data breaches of all time, ranked

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Truth Is What We Hide, Self-Serving Cover Stories Are What We Sell
The fact that lies and cover stories are now the official norm only makes us love our servitude with greater devotion.
Unfortunately, climate change is not the only thing threatening civilization. Are you prepared? -- RF
Samples were taken from the new machines that have been rolled out at restaurants across the country – every one of them had coliforms.
Theresa May Caught in Massive Lie: Leaked Brexit Deal Analysis Vindicates Trump
It's getting harder for retirees to avoid poverty
Construction Spending Declines Third Consecutive Month
Construction spending fell for the third month and fourth in five months. Also, September was revised lower.
Surging oil drilling in Texas could cause Summer power shortages
Texas oil and gas drillers are soaking up more electricity than generators are planning to add by the time power demand peaks next summer.

## George H.W. Bush ##
Bush-41's October Surprise Denials
"Deny everything," British traitor Kim Philby said, explaining how the powerful can bluff past their crimes, something known to George H.W. Bush when he denied charges of his own near treason in the October Surprise case.

Sunday, December 02, 2018


News Links, December 3, 2018

Only a few months ago, the world's fortunes appeared increasingly robust. For the first time since the wealth-destroying agony of the global financial crisis, every major economy was growing in unison. So much for all that.
The coming recession is merely the next leg down in a descent to the 19th century. -- RF
This is but one example of now net energy decline is dragging down economies and reducing fertility rates. Change the names and a few details, and you could be describing any number of other countries. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pentagon looks to exoskeletons to build 'super-soldiers'
Buenos Aires locked down for G20 summit, protest tightly controlled
Thousands of demonstrators marched in Buenos Aires on Friday to protest the G20's economic policies as the world's leading industrialized nations opened their annual summit in the Argentine capital.
"We are in a state of insurrection, I've never seen anything like it," Jeanne d'Hauteserre, the mayor of the city's 8th arrondissement, near the Arc de Triomphe, told BFM TV.

## Energy/resources ##
A low-key article, but with huge implications. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Iceberg lettuce prices soar as much as 168% after E. coli outbreak takes romaine off shelves

## Solutions ##
America Needs a New National Strategy
A productive national Strategy would systemically decentralize power and capital rather than concentrate both in the hands of a self-serving elite.
How do you degrow?

## Environment/health ##
There are over 8,000 cases pending against Monsanto in the United States and many more will surely be filed. Bayer's stock has lost $38 billion in value since Bayer acquired Monsanto. The company would have done better putting its $63 billion in cash into a hole in the ground.
U.N. says 2018 will be Earth's 4th-warmest year on record, predicts a 5-9 degree temperature rise this century
As Measles Surges, 'Decades of Progress' Are in Jeopardy

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
What's Behind the US-Saudi Nuclear Mega-Deal?
Up to 16 nuclear power plants for civilian purposes? Really?

## George H. W. Bush ##
What Poroshenko Gets Wrong - H.W. Bush And The Ukraine
There is little else to say about H.W. Bush. He was a run of the mill war-criminal just like other U.S. presidents were. As CIA director he oversaw and covered up state sponsored terrorism. As president he attacked Iraq under false pretext. He ordered the complete destruction of Iraq's electricity network the consequences of which are still felt today. That was a war crime as all basic infrastructure is protected under the Geneva Conventions. He further destroyed the country with punitive sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children.
The Bushes: Fathers and Sons (With Apologies to Turgenev)
In a story worthy of the great Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, in the Bushes' case the sins of the son were visited upon the father, who neglected an opportunity to stop them from happening.
If You Murdered A Bunch Of People, Mass Murder Is Your Single Defining Legacy

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Never, Ever Forget The Guardian/Politico Psyop Against WikiLeaks
Readers are supposed to think this is purely the fault of socialism. Although you won't find a word about it in this article, a major factor underlying crumbling buildings and economic difficulties in Cuba is the decades-long American economic blockade. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Seeing Social Decline As A National Security Threat May Change Conservative Policies
In 1976 Emmanuel Todd, a French anthropologist and demographer, predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, based on indicators such as increasing infant mortality rates. In 2001 Todd wrote After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order in which he analyzed similar trends in the United States and predicted its fall as the sole superpower.

## UK ##
Councils appeal for cash injection to avoid 'catastrophic collapse'
Council leaders from some of Britain's biggest cities are demanding an emergency cash injection to stop a "catastrophic collapse" of authorities that have faced the biggest cuts to their support.
As Dead as a Door Handle (Skripal case)

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