Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 

News Links, June 29, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
ECB Blows €400bn on "Brexit Black Friday" Bank Bailouts: Dealing with a Financial Crisis under cover of Brexit Chaos
European Banks Get Crushed, Worst 2-Day Plunge Ever, Italian Banks to Get Taxpayer Bailout, Contagion Hits US Banks
We Just Witnessed The Greatest One Day Global Stock Market Loss In World History
Brexit-related losses widen to $3 trillion in relentless 2-day sell-off
European Banks Have Their Worst Two Day Stretch EVER As The Global Financial Crisis Intensifies
Get Ready to See This Globalization 'Elephant Chart' Over and Over Again
The non-winners in globalization are the Western World's middle classes.
Fortunes Will Be Made & Lost When Capital Flees To Safety
Two Black Swans, Far Greater Than BREXIT Are On the Horizon
Deutsche Bank: "There's No Escaping The Fact That This Is A Class War"
The Bloodbath In Banking Shares—–Major European Banks Down By 50% In Past Year
The End Game Of Bubble Finance——Political Revolt
"No Cherry Picking" Says Merkel; Risk of Global Trade Collapse says Mish
Brexit Politics: Elites Set Up New Conflict Between Populism and Globalism as Chaos Looms

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The 1% don't use Bitcoin Exchanges

## Airline death spiral ##
Singapore Airlines plane catches fire while making emergency landing
'Engine Issue' Forces Southwest Flight to Return to Salt Lake City Airport
Passengers evacuate American Airlines plane by emergency slide at London Heathrow
Another close call between passenger plane and drone at YYC airport
Turkey airport attack: 50 dead after suicide bombers strike Ataturk International airport in Istanbul

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
CIA Weapons For Syrian Rebels Sold To Arms Black Market: NYT
German MPs file war crimes suit against Erdogan
US has trained less than 100 in Syria to fight Islamic State
Carrier Ike joins ISIS fight from the Mediterranean
US Sees No Place for Saudi Ground Troops in ISIS Fight
Latest Warship Encounter Brings Russian Protest
India Stocks Up on Howitzers to Defend Its Border with China
Austrian Far-Right Figure Warns Of 'Auxit' Vote Within A Year
Civil Uprising Escalates As 8th EU Nation Threatens Referendum
The EU Exit Queue After Brexit Is Getting Crowded
Brexit and Trump: Populism or Manipulation?
The Brexit vote, like Donald Trump's campaign, is less a populist uprising against the elites than a contest of one elite over another in manipulating popular sentiments.
Ron Paul: The People Will Not Suffer From Brexit, Only the Global Banking Elite Will
Political novice wins Iceland presidency with 39 percent
History professor Gudni Johannesson won Iceland's presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment.
AI shoots down expert pilot in simulator
Another Case For Exit——-America Should Get Out Of NATO
Why more nations are reacting to migration with walls
Over half of the border barriers erected since World War II have been built since 2000.
English language could be dropped from European Union after Brexit

## UAVs ##
India Seeks Predator Drones from US
Lockheed's Q-53 shows drone tracking capability

## Migrants/refugees ##
Italy Rescues Over 3,300 Migrants North Of Libyan Coast Over Weekend

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
South Africa's intensifying protests could lead to electoral violence in August
Thousands Protest Against Brexit in London's Trafalgar Square
Racist Tirade on Tram Illustrates Rising Hate Fears in Brexit U.K.

## Energy/resources ##
Earthquakes Cause Giant Natural Gas Field To Cut Production By 44%
Analysis: Less Than 1% Of Energy Storage Needed For Wind And Solar Actually Exists
Throwing in the Towel? Some Oil, Gas Workers Choose to Leave Industry
Global addition to nuclear power capacity hit 10.2 GW in 2015: IEA
Because there will never be any money to decommission these new facilities, add them to the already long list of nuclear power plants that will turn into nuclear bombs, further devastating the planet. -- RF
Iran's Oil Production Is Slowing Fast
Texas job losses mounting, state analyst says
Saudi Arabia's Oil Storage Falling As Exports Exceed Production
Venezuela's Oil Output Decline Accelerates as Drillers Go Unpaid
Oil, Interest Rates and Debt

## Got food? ##
FEMA Contractor Predicts 'Social Unrest' Caused by 395% Food Price Spikes
Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world

## Environment/health ##
Air pollution to kill millions more without change of energy policy: IEA
Abortion demand 'soars' amid Zika fear
Top-Ranked Jason Day Skipping Rio Olympics Because of Zika
Zika-Related Microcephaly Reported in Florida for First Time
Essential Science: West Nile virus causes memory loss
South China Sea reefs 'decimated' as giant clams harvested in bulk
Walking is the cheap, easy workout
Proposed Amazon dam would fuel land speculation, deforestation, study says

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Fraud Alert: ID Thieves Hijack Mobile Phone Accounts
The US is considering asking foreign visitors to hand over their social media information
Edward Snowden: New Russian 'Big Brother' Law Would Savage Privacy and Personal Freedoms
Report Drags Clinton Back Into Benghazi Mire
Germany Sees Rise In Far-Right Violence, Warns Of 'Terrorist Structures'
Judge Says FBI Can Hack Computers Without A Warrant Because Computer Users Get Hacked All The Time

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype
Besides the Brexit rejection of U.S.-style neoliberal economics, some European voices are protesting, finally, the U.S.-led, anti-Russian propaganda campaign that has justified an expensive new Cold War.
Lady Gaga's China Ban: How And Why The Chinese Government Censors Music Stars

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Brexit: the fall of the Babel Tower
Chicago Is Pushing For A Massive Bailout Of Its Public School System
Even Rio's acting governor is warning the Rio Olympics could be "a big failure"
Rio police protest lack of salaries, toilet paper
Police in Rio de Janeiro protested Monday against late payment of salaries and a lack of equipment ranging from car fuel to toilet paper as the Brazilian city prepares to host the Olympic Games.
Common Good Under Attack as Civil Society Groups Targeted Worldwide
Brexit Is What Happens When the Pie Is Shrinking
This is the result of net energy decline. Take a look at the first chart. 1970 marked the end of dirt-cheap oil, and also the end of technological innovation that had by that time produced foundational technologies like lasers, semiconductors, television, radar, and computers. Truly, it was the end of an era, and the start of industrial civilization's decline. -- RF
The Collapse of Western Democracy

## Japan ##
Brexit's Big Loser? Japan
3 Chinese vessels enter Japanese waters around Senkakus
Power outage at Fukushima nuclear power plant causes machinery to shut down
Shareholders urge Japan's utilities to end nuclear power generation
Reuse of radioactive soil approved despite 170-year safety criteria estimate
An Environment Ministry decision to allow reuse of contaminated soil emanating from the Fukushima nuclear disaster under road pavements came despite an estimate that it will take 170 years before the soil's radiation levels reach safety criteria, it has been learned.
Kanto region facing serious summer drought, possible water restrictions
Kuroda Is Trapped As The BOJ Can't Ease Any Further: Here's Why

## China ##
The Red Frankenstein: Why China Keeps Its Zombies Alive
China coal mining capacity to be cut by 280 mil mt in 2016: report
Chinese city puts plans for waste-burning plant on hold as protesters take to the streets
China Construction Bank to securitize 30bn yuan in bad loans
Experts say South China Sea reefs being 'decimated' as local Chinese harvest giant clams

## UK ##
UK credit ratings cut: S&P and Fitch downgrade post-Brexit vote
Move for independence on the table for Scotland
Stroke patients waiting three hours to get to hospital
Exploding UK immigration helped drive 'Brexit' vote
British Teens on Tram Caught Hurling Anti-Immigrant Abuse
Tiny garage in Hackney side street sells for £375,000
Number of UK children living in poverty jumps by 200,000 in a year

## US ##
For the first time, America is no longer No. 1 for super-rich
Services PMI Remains Weak, Markit Chief Economist Estimates 1% GDP Growth
30-Year and 10-Year Treasury Yields Approach Record Lows
Another Red Flag: Growth In Fast Food Visits Has Hit A Wall
Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard
'Rage Rooms': Where Americans Go to Take Out Their Frustrations
The 30 safest places to raise a child are found in only 12 states
Recession Alert: Restaurant Visits Slump To Zero Growth During Past 3 Months
Obamacare Accounted For 58% Of US "Growth" In The First Quarter

## The candidates ##
Dump Trump Movement Planning for Convention Floor Fight
Trump Calls Elizabeth Warren 'Racist' and 'a Total Fraud'
Another Crony Capitalist Corruption Eruption—–Hank Paulson Endorses Hillary Clinton
Trump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: Poll
Clinton Says She Has 'Work to Do' on Trustworthiness
Clinton Foundation gets more money from Norway than Appears
By splitting up the Norwegian contributions in several subgroups appears that Norway giving far less to Clinton Foundation than we really do.
Fact-Checking Trump's Speech on Trade
Did Bernie Sanders Cheat In Nevada? State Director Wanted Double-Sided Coin For Tiebreakers
"People Need To Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is"
Don't Count Out Donald Trump Yet
Donald Trump targets globalization and free trade as job-killers
Clinton's "First Major Betrayal"? DNC Surrogates Defeat Anti-TPP Measure


Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

News Links, June 27, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Brexit Blowback Hits Italian and Spanish Banks
Brexit cost investors $2 trillion, the worst one day drop ever
Petrobras' pension fund needs massive infusion to meet its liabilities
Dollars in short supply amid post-Brexit duck-and-cover
'Silver tsunami' threatens to wipe out South Korean rural communities

## Airline death spiral ##
'Pretty Scary': Unruly Passenger Forces Virgin America Plane to Stop in Denver
Airlines report rise in unruly passengers
The airline association recorded more than 38,000 incidents of passenger misbehaviour on flights in the seven years to 2014, with more than one in six requiring intervention by police.
BWI to SEA Plane Stuck in Pothole
Focus On Growing Cyber Threats To Aviation: IATA
FAA Report Reveals Shocking Aviation Safety Findings

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Boko Haram Update: 8 Militants Killed, Over 5,000 Hostages Freed In Operation Lafiya Dole, Nigerian Military Says
Brexit is just the beginning of a popular revolt against elites
Understanding Brexit: The Powerless Press Their Thumb in the Eye of the Power Elite
The Brexit Rejection of Neoliberal Tyranny
Hollande Meets Le Pen to Discuss Brexit; Can France Escape a Referendum?
Will the Dutch follow Britain out the door?
WTF: Syrian Madness: US Backed Rebels Fight US Special Forces
Kerry and Netanyahu to meet on Israel-Palestine peace talks, no progress expected
Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja
China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin slam U.S. missile shields
Islamic State fighters launch new attacks in eastern Afghanistan
Israel, Turkey agree deal ending years of acrimony

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands of migrants to join protest following  Brexit result 
7 stabbed in Sacramento as right-wing extremist groups, protesters clash

## Energy/resources ##
Peak Oil in Asia and oil import trends (part 2)
Brexit and the energy equation
Indeed, the effects of net energy decline cannot be underestimated. Keep watching as worldwide economic decline and collapse gradually accelerate. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Venezuelans now stealing food from school cafeterias as scarcity spreads
Feeding cities from within

## Environment/health ##
Pandemic risks have life insurers weighing options
Life insurers are anticipating a surge in the number of epidemics and pandemics in the next decade, but it's unclear if their rates will rise in response.
Poultry farmers urged to be alert as bird flu hits the Netherlands
Great Barrier Reef: Scientists Send Letter To Australian PM, Call For Action To Save The Bleaching-Damaged Structure
Killer Calif. blaze burns 225 homes, threatens thousands

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Brexit is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions
Can vehicles have too much tech?
Thousands Flee as Venezuela Implodes

## Japan ##
Japan -- flyover country in the making?
Former Japanese leader Hatoyama to buck precedent, join advisory panel of China-Led AIIB
Oh, boy!: ¥10 trillion stimulus mulled if Brexit weighs down Japan

## China ##
China Said to Continue "Massive" Organ Harvesting
China Signals Coal-Capacity Cut Equal to 7.5% of Output in 2015
China to cut steel capacity by 45 million tonnes this year: state planner
Hong Kong democracy activists call for return to British rule as first step to independence

## UK ##
After the Brexit vote, the UK faces a new fight over Gibraltar
And finally...
5 Hospitalized After Tony Robbins Urges Them to Walk Over Hot Coals
Five people were hospitalized Thursday and dozens more were treated for minor burns after motivational speaker Tony Robbins urged them to walk over hot coals at a Dallas event.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

 

News Links, June 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Is 'Brexit' the Beginning of End for European Union?
Bravo Brexit! (David Stockman)
A 'Brexit' Blow to the Establishment
British voters turned a deaf ear to scary warnings about leaving the E.U. and struck a blow against an out-of-touch, self-interested and incompetent Western Establishment, a message to the U.S., too.
World stocks in freefall as UK votes for EU exit
UK Pound Collapses, Nikkei, European Futures Crash, Oil Dives, Gold & Bonds Soar as Brits Choose "Leave"
Marc Faber on Brexit: It sends a clear message
"Brexit is a huge boon for Trump and a wake-up call to Hillary that ordinary people are sick and tired of being lied to and cheated by the crony capitalistic system."
World's 400 Richest People Lose $127 Billion on Brexit: Chart
World Running out of Dollars Moans Deutsche Bank Economist
When Will Governments Tell The Truth About The World Economy
Google Searches For "Buy Gold" Soar 500% After Brexit
Standing on Backs of Global Poor, Filthy Rich Getting Even Filthier
'For every person with more than $30 million, there are over 4800 people living in extreme poverty'
Puerto Rico Governor Suspends Payments On Infrastructure Debt
Why gold may hit $1,500 by year's end—and it's not just about Brexit
Foreign central banks race to gold as the US sits
The $555 Trillion Derivatives Debt Implosion Is About to Begin
China-led development bank approves first loans

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Brexit: Ford could consider job cuts in UK

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The Secret Meeting That Accelerated The War On Cash
A $50 Million Heist Unleashes High-Stakes Showdown in Blockchain

## Airline death spiral ##
Airport security: Fairly minor errors bedevil system meant to speed passenger checks

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Top-Secret Cold War Plan to Keep Soviet Hands Off Middle Eastern Oil
Fearing a Russian invasion, the U.S. and Britain were prepared to ravage the region's oil industry—and even considered going nuclear.
Intel Vets Call 'Dissent Memo' on Syria 'Reckless'
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Obama to resist the "reckless" call for a wider Syrian war from 51 State Department officials in a recent "dissent memo."
Let us hope that cooler and more rational heads prevail. -- RF
NATO Says UK To Stay 'Strong' Ally Despite Brexit
France Fears Brexit Will Harm Regional Military Power
After Brexit, what? U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit'
Pro-EU Scots, Northern Irish eye UK escape after Brexit vote
EU must now stop further unraveling _ if it can
London wants independence, Spain wants Gibraltar back: The world reacts to Brexit
D I V O R C E – Sarkozy Calls for New Treaty, Reiterates "Turkey Has No Place in EU"

## UAVs ##
Navy to Demo Swarming Drones at Sea in July

## Migrants/refugees ##
7,100 More Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean Sea in Past Two Days
Calais mayor wants French migrant camps moved to UK after Brexit vote

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
French Cops Claim They're Too Tired to Keep Policing Massive Protests
Vandals hit French union headquarters as labor tensions grow

## Energy/resources ##
Police Confirm Attack On Shell Facility In Nigeria
U.S. oil drillers cut rigs after 3 weeks of additions -Baker Hughes
Russia-German Pipeline May Break Europe's Energy Union
Uranium Prices "Set to Double" on the Back of New Nuclear Renaissance
Bioenergy no threat to food security, insist academics
Huge 88-metre wind turbine blade—the world's largest—emerges from Danish plant
Just imagine how much fossil-fuel energy was used to make it! Bigger and taller: It reminds one of the rush to build the world's tallest building. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Potash Price Surge Could Lead To Higher Food Costs For Billions
Race is on to feed warming world
No matter what plant breeders accomplish, mass starvation is baked in the cake. The failure of industrial agriculture will plunge the world into famine mode. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
As droughts worsen, Kenyan herders revive ancient grazing system
Warning from the past: Future global warming could be even warmer
Officials: 150 homes burned in deadly California wildfire
Flint Water Crisis Update: High Levels Of Lead In Blood Of Children, CDC Investigation Confirms
Scientists consider building cities of the future out of bone
But they need to discard the idea of making big buildings, which will become unusable as net energy declines. -- RF
Golf news: Another golfer pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika fears
American Medical Association warns of health and safety problems from 'white' LED streetlights
Selfies can age the skin and cause wrinkles, warn dermatologists
Alzheimer's cases, costs continue to skyrocket (US)

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The US has fined a mobile advertising firm for tracking the location of hundreds of millions of people
Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota
YouTube, Facebook Move Toward Automatic Blocking Of Extremist Videos: Report
Facebook is training employees to avoid political bias

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Conservative media sustain alarm about a possible electromagnetic-pulse catastrophe
Keep in mind that economic collapse — a virtual certainty — would have a comparable effect. -- RF
Brexit: requiem for a dream
George Soros: "Brexit Makes EU Disintegration Irreversible"
Brexit = Death of the Technocrats
The handwriting is on the wall for the EU. Although energy isn't the only factor in the EU's impending disintegration, maintaining the copious energy flows needed to prop up vast, complex organizations like the EU has become impossible in a world of declining net energy. It's the beginning of the end. This also applies to governments, which have become grossly bloated and overly complex. Collapse is a matter of time. -- RF
John Kerry calls for tech upstarts to tackle world problems
This call stems from the misguided belief that technology is going to solve all our problems. -- RF
Globalization and the American Dream
The Rotten State of U.S. Oil Reserves: SPR infrastructure is falling apart
Hyperloop may be a transportation leap too far

## Japan ##
Restaurants slash prices and frills as living standard in Japan drops
Japan could get nuclear weapons 'virtually overnight,' Biden tells Xi
No. of work-related mental illness compensation claims in 2015 highest on record: ministry
The number of compensation claims filed in fiscal 2015 for work-related mental disorders such as depression caused by overwork, power harassment and other factors was the highest on record, a government report has shown.

## China ##
China's offshore wind power plans lag, 2020 target under threat
How Hong Kong's homeless live on footbridge with clutter, litter and bird droppings
Beijing is sinking by 11 centimeters each year according to satellite data
China cuts ties with Taiwan liaison body after Tsai's defiance of Beijing
China Tightens Internet Rules For Search Engines, Announces Fresh Regulations For Paid Ads
China struggles to curtail capital flight

## UK ##
Brexit Vote Sends Pound to 31-Year Low, Pummeling Markets
Brexit: Could this lead to a Dis-United Kingdom?
Britain's Brexit: How Baby Boomers Defeated Millennials in Historic Vote
Scotland Seeks Independence Again After U.K. 'Brexit' Vote
Brexit could put future of Britain's only nuclear sub base in doubt

## US ##
At least 80 homes lost in California wildfire
The Amount Of Stuff Being Bought, Sold And Shipped Around The U.S. Hits The Lowest Level In 6 Years
If the Public Shouldn't Have Them, Why Does the IRS Need AR-15s?
Brexit Backlash: Dow Closes Down More Than 600 Points
Black Friday: Shocking Brexit Vote Result Causes The 9th Largest Stock Market Crash In U.S. History
The Daily Data Dive: Here's How Bad US New Home Sales Are
CDC: One-fifth of Americans visit ER once a year
Study Shows Police Crime is Rampant — 3 Cops Arrested a Day, Over 1,100 Every Year
Texas Secession: Brexit Inspires Nationalists To Leave US In 'Texit' Vote
"Tired Of The Expense Of Living Here" - Californians Continue To Leave State In Droves
Durable Goods Orders Crater In May - Longest Non-Recessionary Slump In American History
Arizona Says It Has Run Out Of Drugs For Executions
750,000 Californians Past The Age Of 65 Are Still Working

## The candidates ##
Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries
An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or omitted the names of those she met.
Donald Trump says Britons 'took back control of their country'
Trump says U.K. vote to leave EU is a 'great thing'
Donald Trump's Entire Financial History In One Short Video
What Changed? Bernie Sanders Will Vote For Hillary, Less Than 24 Hours After Saying "No"
The Trump University scandal touches Pennsylvania


Thursday, June 23, 2016

 

News Links, June 24, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
From Investment-Grade to Bankruptcy in 4 Months: Why Ratings Agencies are Still a Joke
Moody's: PDVSA First Domino To Fall In Possible Venezuelan Default
Royal Canadian Mint Smashes All Records, Strongest Sales Ever of Silver Maples
GoldCore's O'Byrne: Bullion banks panicking amid shortage of metal
In Amsterdam, the Housing Market Is Showing Signs of Overheating
Chart Of The Day: Global Trade Volume Rolling Over
Puerto Rico Governor Says Shutdown Won't Prevent July 1 Default
Is the EU Preparing for Another Stealth Coup? Taking its anti-democratic approach to a whole new level.
In Surprise Twist, EU Will Resume Turkey EU Membership Talks Just Days After Brexit Referendum
Robots to Pay "Social Security" Under EU Tax Proposal
Panama Canal Expansion: Three Facts About Controversial 'Panamax' Project

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Subsea 7 to Cut 1,200 Jobs By Early 2017
Sharp to lay off 7,000 people globally
Deutsche Bank to shut 188 German branches, cut 3,000 staff

## War on cash/cashless society ##
PayPal is warming up to bitcoin

## Airline death spiral ##
Storms Delay 900 Flights at Shanghai Airports
Alaska Airlines Passenger Arrested for Attempting to Kiss Teenage Girl
F-16s escort plane to Tucson airport after on-board disturbance
Ryanair, Aer Lingus cancel some flights between Ireland and France
Allegiant flight lands safely after tire deflates during takeoff
Iraqi-Kurdish plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul after its engine stops working

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Israeli Intel Chief: We Don't Want ISIS Defeated in Syria
Is the Syrian War About to Experience a Major Escalation?
The Fraudulent Case for a Syrian Escalation
Conflict among U.S. allies in northern Syria clouds war on Islamic State
North Korea Fires Second Missile After First Launch Fails: South Korea
North Korea makes apparent progress with midrange missile
Ukraine Seeks Radars, Anti-Drone Weapons
UN Report Shows U.S. is Source of Most Refugees and Wars
South China Sea Controversy: EU Calls For Free Passage Through Disputed Waters
The European Union: Government by Deception
Lawmakers to meet Netanyahu in Israel
More than 40 lawmakers will travel to Israel next month to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of a critical vote in Congress on the nuclear deal with Iran.
NATO General Admits Russia Is Not A Threat To The Region
Surging Far-Right Movements Across Europe Are Making Hitler Popular Again
New Cold War Feeds War Machine
The apparent madness in the Obama administration starting a new Cold War with Russia and China makes sense if viewed from the perspective of the Military-Industrial Complex, which must justify ever-larger budgets.
US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal
Secretary of State Kerry met with dissident State Department "diplomats" to hear their call for U.S. airstrikes on Syrian government troops, but the plan is both dangerous and illegal.
Duterte asks Washington on South China Sea feud with Beijing: 'Are you with us?'
Hillary Clinton's Likely Pentagon Chief Already Advocating for More Bombing and Intervention
Putin says Russia must strengthen as 'aggressive' NATO approaches
US Commanders Seek 'Dramatically' More Ground Troops in Iraq

## Migrants/refugees ##
Interpol seeks public help to catch human traffickers
5,000 migrants rescued in wave of Med crossings

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Paris police ban union protest amid fears of new violence
Protesters deliver millions of dead bees to EPA headquarters
Thousands protest in the streets of Wukan after elected village chief 'confesses' to taking bribes

## Energy/resources ##
Nuclear new-build not fast enough to curb global warming: report
At the end of 2015 there were 66 civil power reactors under construction around the world and another 158 planned.
Even existing reactors can't be decommissioned. Truly, a catastrophe of planetary proportions is underway. -- RF
Last California plant to close as nuclear power struggles
Diablo's decommissioning challenges
According to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the trust fund for Diablo Canyon is nearly $2.8 billion. That's about $1 billion shy of meeting the costs to shut down the plant.
Dutch agency calls for further cut in Groningen gas production
A Dutch advisory body has advised the government to make additional cuts to production at the Groningen gas field to reduce the risk of earthquakes in the northern province, local media reported on Wednesday.
German power grid bottlenecks hamper imports from Nordics
Peak Oil in Asia (part 1)
OPEC Says Its Oil Revenue Plunges $438 Billion to 10-Year Low
Niger Delta Attacks Threaten West African Production, Power Supply
Venezuela Oil Production Faces Worse-than-Estimated Decline
Renewable Electricity: Falling Costs, Variability, and Scaling Challenges

## Got food? ##
Killing Pests With Cow Urine: India Farms Go Full Organic
India has 650,000 organic farmers—more than any other nation.
Chicago's urban farming produces fresh veggies all year, 24/7
Looks great as long as you have electricity and other industrial inputs. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Carbon dioxide hits record highs in Southern hemisphere
TSCA Reform: These Toxic Chemicals Are Still Allowed Under The EPA's Chemicals Law
As Southwest Burns, Climate Scientists Warn: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
A record 66 million trees have died in Calif., increasing fire risk
Pools of Waste: Landmark Analysis Exposes Factory Farming Filth
One-third of hospitals in poor countries have no running water, researchers say
Demand for abortions soars in countries hit by Zika outbreak, study finds
Dutch test 'Ocean Cleanup' plan to collect floating plastic trash
Demanding Ban on Deadly Pesticides, Advocates Drop Millions of Dead Bees on EPA Doorstep
Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed
New York City Could See Thousands of Heat Deaths by 2080

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Over Laptop Camera And Microphone, Joining Edward Snowden And FBI Director James Comey
US-Israel Sign Cyber Defense Declaration
More FBI Surveillance? After Orlando, Senate Republicans Want To Let The FBI Track Data Without Warrant
Senate Rejects "Hatchet to Americans' Privacy"—But Threat Remains
Clinton IT specialist invokes 5th more than 125 times in deposition
State Department Disabled Security Software To Allow Hillary's Private Server Emails
Judicial Watch Releases State Department Inspector General Investigation Records Related to Hillary Clinton Emails
How US Wars Have Bred Terrorism
The Reagan administration inadvertently created Al Qaeda by arming the Afghan mujahedeen in the 1980s, then George W. Bush's Iraq War gave rise to ISIS. So, one might draw a lesson about overusing military force abroad.
The Long-Hidden Saudi 9/11 Connection
Meet the Senators Who Earlier Today Voted to Destroy Your Civil Liberties
Students in California Might Face Criminal Investigation for Protesting Film on Israeli Army
FBI and Police are Knocking on Activists' Doors Ahead of Republican National Convention
Russia's Problem (According To Russian Politicians): Not Enough Mass Surveillance
Turkish man given suspended jail for 'comparing Erdogan to Gollum'
A court in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya has handed a Turkish man a suspended jail sentence of over one year for comparing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, a report said Thursday.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Death, destruction: 5 signs Rio's not ready for the Olympics
The end of the "population boom": the Seneca collapse of Ireland's population during the great famine

## Japan ##
North Korea missile reaches new heights, 'intensifying' threat to Japan
Japanese Workers Really Distrust Their Employers
Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows
Hon Hai says acquisition of Sharp nearly complete, confirms planned layoff of 7,000 people
Fewer young Japanese inclined to wed, males cite low incomes: poll
Japan rejects Clinton's TPP threat, won't renegotiate trade pact
Kyushu deluge continues, 700,000 people urged to evacuate
SDF to join RIMPAC drills

## China ##
Chinese Bankruptcies Surge More Than 50% In Q1; Worse To Come
"Less Meat, Less Heat": China's Plan to Drop Meat Consumption Gets Praise
Stealth China Stimulus Means Fiscal Gap Over 10%, Economists Say
Chinese internet regulator to 'cleanse' websites of 'harmful comments'
Powerful tornado strikes China; 78 reportedly dead
Skepticism in China After Wukan Confession

## UK ##
Run on banks? Brits rush to buy euros, dollars ahead of Brexit vote
Britain may face winter with record low gas stocks after outage
The dirty secret about the Brexit vote: It's all a sham
Teens 'Order Fast Food Deliveries At School'
The All-Nighter Nailbiter: Results Come In And Suddenly Everything Turns Around, Sterling Tumbles
EU referendum results live: Brexit most likely outcome says leading pollster

## US ##
Worst "Zombie States" in America "Deteriorate Faster, Further"
Some 66 million Americans have 'zero' emergency savings
Spending it all on rent: 11 million Americans spend half their income on rent.
Another 21 million spend over 30 percent of their income on rent, a record high.
What Does It take to Be Upper Middle Class?
What's left unsaid is much of the upper middle class is prospering due to privileged positions that are increasingly at risk of disruption.
Banks may have a subprime auto loan problem
The Supreme Court Just Created a Full-Blown Police State – The End of the USA Cannot Be Far Behind
Online Gun Store Sells 30,000 AR-15s In Week After Orlando
Funding Is Now Drying Up For Luxury Real Estate Developers In Manhattan
Cass Truck Transportation Index in Freefall
8 of the Auto Factories Moved to Mexico for Lower Wages Due to NAFTA
Where Are the Jobs? Mostly In Big Cities
Maintaining the status quo of red tape, high taxes, high junk fees and indifference to small business realities guarantees decline and failure.
 More Kids Now Living At Home Since The Great Depression
U.S. companies spent record amount on buybacks over past 12 months
Heroin Use In The United States Reaches A 20 Year High
Is Middle America Due For a Huge Earthquake?

## The candidates ##
Trump Appeals to Sanders Supporters and Lands First Real Punch Against Clinton
Fact-Checking Trump's Speech
Sanders: 'It Doesn't Appear That I'm Gonna Be the Nominee'
Why the Clinton Foundation and foreign money are an issue
More Troubling Evidence That Hillary Clinton Will Start WW3
Brent Scowcroft Endorses Clinton, Says She Understands Need for 'Engagement' Abroad
Wall Street cash or Elizabeth Warren: Hillary's choice
Clinton server led to security problems for State IT systems
Trump's 'unlimited' wealth may not be enough to fund his campaign
Clinton failed to hand over key email to State Department
Nearly half of Bernie Sanders supporters will not support Clinton

And finally...
Third-generation surfing pig makes debut in Hawaii


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

 

News Links, June 22, 2016

Happy Summer Solstice!

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Wall Street has been rocked by an $8 billion hedge fund's implosion
Caterpillar Retail Sales Decline For Unprecedented 42nd Consecutive Month
Brazil's Telecom Oi files for record bankruptcy
Why Italy's economy is about to collapse
Persian Gulf state producers issue debt to keep investments on track
Canadian Pacific Railway cuts revenue forecast 12% on deep drop in freight volumes
Target2 Imbalances Grow: ECB Overtakes Greece as Third Largest Debtor
96% of trades on the Shanghai Gold Exchange settled in physical metal
Banks weakening throughout Europe and even in U.S., Turk tells KWN
The nonperforming loans of Italian banks are now far greater than the banks' equity, GoldMoney founder and GATA consultant James Turk tells King World News today, adding that bank solvency is declining throughout Europe and even the United States. Since so much more debt has been created in recent years, Turk says, the next financial crisis is likely to be far worse than previous ones.
Regulator Alleges Sweden's Largest Bank Has $9.7 Billion Capital Shortfall

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
More Banker Layoffs: RBS To Cut Another 900 Jobs

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Winkelvoss twins are expanding their Gemini bitcoin exchange outside of the US

## Airline death spiral ##
Passengers describe fire, panic on diverted flight (US)
Two planes in trouble at Baltimore airport, takeoffs delayed
Brawling passengers delay departure of Chinese domestic flight for five hours
Passengers Riot After Flight Leaves Without Them (Germany)
It's So Hot Some Planes Can't Fly—Here's Why
Man accused of assaulting 13-year-old passenger on American Airlines flight

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The New Iron Curtain—–A Monument To Washington's Imperial Folly
Trolling for War With Russia
German FM: NATO Must Stop 'Warmongering' on Russia, Says 'Tank Parade' on Eastern Border Won't Bring Security
US Nato general fears rapid Russian troop deployments
The commander of US troops in Europe says Nato cannot rapidly deploy large forces to Eastern Europe in the way that Russia can.
Obama Resists State Dept Push for Syria Regime Change
It's Not Just the UK – Widespread Support for EU Referendums Seen Across the Continent
US Drones Hit Taliban More Than Terrorist Networks Despite End of Afghan War
Soros sees Russia emerging as global power as EU fades
Juncker Proclaims Himself All-Knowing God of EU
France at risk of catching referendum bug
Turkey to Install New Air-Defense Systems on Syrian Border
U.S. Army War College Paper: Preparation for Megacity Operations
N. Korea fails again with new missile test: S. Korea
Israel's Water Siege of Palestinians
Neocon domination of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has foreclosed serious debate over Israel's strangling control of Palestinian water resources and what that means for the future of that ghetto-ized population.

## UAVs ##
White House Unveils New Rules on Small, Low-Altitude Drones
Long-Awaited Domestic Drone Rules Won't Stop Peeping Drones
Send the kids to drone camp this summer

## Migrants/refugees ##
UN says 65 million people displaced in 2015, a new record
'Climate of Xenophobia' Gripping Europe, UN Official Warns

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
LRAD's, steel batons and armored personnel carriers: Cleveland cops stocking up before GOP convention
Activists Blockade NRA Entrance to Protest 'Relentless' Gun Lobby

## Energy/resources ##
Slavery At Sea: The Ugly Underbelly Of Oil Shipping
California power grid passes first heat wave test amid gas shortage
Why the hyperloop is no green transport miracle
Why We Can Expect Cripplingly Higher Oil Prices In The Near Future
Oil Majors Are Turning To Russia For M&A Opportunities
Saudi Oil Exports Reach Six-Month Low
California's last operating nuclear power plant to close by 2025
A Quick Trip to the Oil Patch Shows Energy-Related Losses Rising
German Government Agrees to Ban Fracking Indefinitely

## Got food? ##
Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation
Pathways of transition to agroecological food systems
A new report by leading sustainability experts has reaffirmed the case for a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems – fundamental to which is a call for redistributing power back into the hands of those who feed the world.
12 superfoods you should grow in your garden
Traditional irrigation keeps water flowing in drought-hit India

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Green funerals: Smiths Falls, Ont., funeral business dissolves the dead, pours them into town sewers

## Environment/health ##
Hot Mess: States Struggle to Deal with Radioactive Fracking Waste
Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls
The end of the "population problem"? Another Seneca cliff in our future
Rising Tide of 'Politically Acceptable' Killings Spells Danger for Environmentalists Worldwide
US Gulf Coast unprepared for "the virus from hell"
Gold trader Tanaka Kikinzoku boasts reagent that quickly detects Zika infection
Oil-rich Oklahoma hit by 3.7 tremor
State geological agency reported more than a dozen seismic events since Friday.
In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere
The legacy of oil is toxic. And that of nuclear power is far worse. -- RF
Fracking: Serious Environmental Concerns
New fires erupt in California as heatwave sears Southwest
Two L.A.-area wildfires threaten to merge after forcing evacuations
Commercial brain-training programs often have placebo effect
Unprecedented Bleaching Event Portends Mass Death of World's Coral Ecosystems

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Orlando Shooting: PGA Village residents want answers from security firm
Before Omar Mateen Committed Mass Murder, the FBI Tried To Lure Him Into a Terror Plot
New revelations raise questions about the FBI's role in shaping Mateen's lethal mindset.
Facebook hosts a lot of fake news, and big brands say it's on you to sort it out
Hack the Pentagon sparks era of government bug bounties
Chinese cyber attacks on targets in US have plummeted, say experts
South Korea trains next generation of keyboard warriors
Indonesia, S. Korea central banks hacked; no losses reported
Republican Senators Use Orlando Shooting to Push for Increased Government Spying Powers
Clinton Foundation Said to Be Breached by Russian Hackers
Wall Street Employee Surveillance Software Flags Whistleblowers, Press Contacts
After Orlando, Democrats and Republicans Clamor for Expanded Police State
Loretta Lynch Admits That Federal Authorities Have Lost The Orlando Shooter's Wife
They were supposedly going to find out what she knows, but maybe someone found that she knows too much. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Fang Binxing on Great Firewall "Incompetence"
Destroying the Magnitsky Myth
A new documentary blows apart the West's Russia-bashing narrative about the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, so the response has been to stop the public from seeing the film while calling it Russian "agit-prop."
WPost's 'Agit-Prop' for the New Cold War
The Washington Post, the neocons' media flagship, has fired a broadside at a new documentary after it blasted a hole in the side of the anti-Russian Magnitsky narrative, which helped launch the new Cold War.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Chicago records 300th homicide with 13 over Father's Day weekend
Chicago's most violent neighborhoods brace for deadly summer

## Japan ##
78% of top 100 companies say Japan's economy is 'at a standstill'
Japan May Exports Fall On Earthquake Disruption, Emerging Market Slowdown
IMF calls for overhaul of Abenomics stimulus policies
Japan on high alert amid signs North Korea is preparing new missile launch
Cockroaches in Japan becoming 200 times more resistant to insecticide
Japan's retirees heading back to work as firms face labor shortages
TEPCO head apologizes for ban of term "meltdown" in Fukushima crisis

## China ##
China: Is peak coal part of its problem?
El Niño Flooding Along China's Yangtze River Kills Dozens, $550 Million In Damages Reported [PHOTOS]
Inconsistencies emerge from Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee's comments on his detention
World's fastest supercomputer is entirely made in China: report
China to launch tourist cruise route in disputed South China Sea
GOLDMAN SACHS: China's 7-year debt boom is one of the biggest and fastest in history
China to generate a quarter of electricity from wind power by 2030

## UK ##
Panicked Brits Rush To Buy Gold Bars, Stuff Them In Home Safes
56,000 Britons a year will develop cancer because they are too fat, shocking report warns
Britain's Poorer Communities, Hit Hardest By Bank Closures, May Face Shutout
Britain's largest banks are disproportionately closing branches in the lowest-income areas while expanding in wealthier ones, taking bricks-and-mortar services away from communities where they are arguably needed most, an analysis by Reuters shows.
Dog owners warned over Alabama Rot, the fatal fungal infection spreading across the UK
Asking prices for homes in England and Wales rise to record high
Hidden homeless: the students ashamed to admit they've nowhere to sleep
My Local retailer faces administration after Morrisons sale

## US ##
US Freight Drops to Worst May since 2010
Werner Issues "Disturbing" Warning About State Of Trucking And Logistics Industry
Is The End In Sight For Alaska's Oil Based Economy?
4 dead in killer Southwest heatwave
10 years after housing peaked, US is more of a renter nation
For minorities, pain is severe decade after housing peaked
Pimco Says 'Storm Is Brewing' in U.S. Commercial Real Estate
More Kids Now Living At Home Since The Great Depression
If You Want More Jobs and More Job Stability, Disrupt More, Not Less
Reducing disruption to protect the privileged status quo is akin to poisoning the patient to "protect them from harm."
NY Fed Warns about Booming Subprime Mortgages, now Insured by the Government
Sleight of data: Retail Sector Adds 253,000 Jobs in 10 Months but Aggregate Hours Worked Unchanged: Why?
Millennials engage with their smartphones more than they do actual humans

## The candidates ##
Trump's Anti-Interventionism—–The Neocon's Hate It, But The Anti-War Left Has Taken Note
"People Are Expecting A Brawl" - Trump/Clinton Debates Likely Most-Watched Ever
Man At Vegas Rally Aimed To Shoot Trump, Police Say
Clinton: Trump Would 'Bankrupt America' Like One of His Casinos
AP FACT CHECK: Clinton takes liberties in Trump takedown
Think You've Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein.
Clinton's Progressive Beacon Is a Former Goldman Sachs Banker and Bob Rubin Protégé
Lewandowski Is Out as Trump's Campaign Flails Like a Desperate Startup
Trump: "Crazy Bernie" Sanders Staying in Race For "FBI Convention" Because Hillary Might Get Indicted
Leaked Guide Shows Clinton Staffers How to Solicit for Super PAC Without Breaking Pesky Rules


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