Sunday, September 24, 2017


News Links, September 25, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Harvey and Irma Won't End Carmageddon
GM cuts entire shift at factory for crossovers due to "moderating" sales, layoffs not temporary.
The Demise of the Dollar: Don't Hold Your Breath
Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Lay Off 10% of its Staff
Master of share-buybacks and revenue-shrinkage does what it does best.

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
French president says Nokia job cut plan breaks commitment

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Hang on to your cash. This dash to digitise payments is dangerous
Banknotes and coins are a public utility, and companies make no profit from their use. Hence the drive for cashlessness – and with it, greater surveillance

## Airline death spiral ##
Near miss at Hong Kong airport prompts investigation
Israel's Stall-Forever 'Peace' Plan
Despite boosting the idea of Mideast peace, President Trump shields Israel in its resistance to a workable agreement with the Palestinians.
Catalonia Referendum Is a Precedent Most in EU Hope to Avoid

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative
New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia "hacked" the DNC's computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider. (William Binney, Ray McGovern)

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The Killing of History
PBS' "The Vietnam War" may show some of the conflict's horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project.
Russia was the target of Nato's own fake news
Military and media reports hyped the Zapad military exercise as a major threat. In fact, what took place was nothing as dramatic as the West's warnings would have led you to believe
The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate
If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Steep Price of Disaster in Mexico
Rebuilding with no insurance and little government aid.
Increasingly, the world will find itself without the financial means to recover from natural disasters. -- RF
US to renew nuclear pact with Japan
Japan would be able to continue to stockpile plutonium
Under the guise of a civil nuclear program, Japan has become a de-facto nuclear weapons state without so far having to take that next fateful step.
Typically, these "solutions" don't see that the main problem is net energy decline. -- RF

## China ##
Beijing's military threats in South China Sea could hurt energy firms
And finally...

Thursday, September 21, 2017


News Links, September 22, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Financialization and The Destruction of the Real Economy
Strip an economy of capital, productive incentives, talent and yes, ethics, and what are we left with? An economy spiraling toward an inevitable collapse.
Caught up in their own self-importance and hubris, the globalists are now debasing the forces of national, religious, and cultural identity as threats to the "world order."
Watchdog: Airfares for many travelers rise due to bag fees
Travelers who check at least one bag when flying domestically are paying more overall than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Turkish state media boasts about new missile, ability to shoot down US aircraft
Turkey's state run news agency Anadolu on Wednesday published an infographic showcasing the capabilities of the country's new Russian-acquired S-400 missile defense system — and its ability to shoot down U.S. aircraft.
Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough
France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard  against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region.
It's unacceptable to France and its buddies that Iran is influential in its own backyard. -- RF
Air Force deploys more F-16s, tankers to Afghanistan
US Inaugurates Its First Military Base in Israel
The new base adds to the U.S. garrison of the world, which accounts for some 800 military bases on soil other than its own.
This is true, but it won't play out the way most people think. At some point power grids and the internet will fail, and that means no cryptocurrencies or social media or email. -- RF
Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib - Erdogan
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Advanced Communication Crucial to Quashing Protesters
U.S. Shale: Water Is the New Oil
Rising U.S. shale output has led to increased amounts of the water that inadvertently flows out of wells together with oil. For now, drillers use trucks to transport this dirty water—which exceeds the amount of oil produced—to disposal sites, creating heavy traffic on roads.
Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For
The company's operation in Michigan reveals how it's dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.

Any lice with that salmon? Parasite plagues global industry
A surge of parasitic sea lice is disrupting salmon farms around the world. The tiny lice attach themselves to salmon and feed on them, killing or rendering them unsuitable for dinner tables.
A sea change in Pacific fish wars
In ominous times, the world is already at war over fish, and seafood-loving Japan finds itself pitted against fish-hungry nations and region like China, North Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.
Too many humans. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Island of Puerto Rico 'destroyed' by Hurricane Maria, officials say
Uncovered: Monsanto campaign to get Séralini study retracted
Documents released in US cancer litigation show Monsanto's desperate attempts to suppress a study that showed adverse effects of Roundup herbicide – and that the editor of the journal that retracted the study had a contractual relationship with the company.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Beware – the Equifax Scams Are Coming
Here are some of the scams – and how to protect yourself.
But, predictably, the issue she makes of this is that the US should also have a mechanism to nullify elections, not that Americans were wrongly meddling in another country's election. -- RF
If Americans want to "protect the integrity" of their elections, the first order of business is to dismantle the nation's China-style one-party system and break free of deep state influence. -- RF
Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight
An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
With pilots stretched thin, fighting wars in Iraq and Syria and in Afghanistan, the Air Force is working to cut out unnecessary training and lighten their load.
Navy sailor 'sleep deprivation' highlighted at Senate hearing on deadly accidents
GAO finds worsening trends in naval maintenance, readiness and training
A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the U.S. Navy has found declining ship conditions and worsening trends in readiness as a result of shortened training periods, increased deployment lengths, and reduced or deferred maintenance for meeting high-operational demands.
The Air Force is working to max out pilot production — but it won't be nearly enough
In the face of an alarming shortfall of pilots, the Air Force is trying to boost how many new pilots it produces each year.

## Japan ##
Fishermen insuring against war, attacks
The Yomiuri ShimbunIn response to North Korea's missile launches and the issue of the Senkaku Islands, a growing number of fishermen are taking out special insurance contracts that cover such damage as loss of life among crew members if they are involved in armed conflicts and attacks.
TEPCO to delay emptying fuel storage pools at Fukushima plant
North Korean missile launches may cost Japanese broadcasters "billions of yen"

## US ##
Mattis: Budget uncertainty leads to questions of whether America 'has the ability to survive'
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis believes that years of budget uncertainty have left the U.S. military in such a precarious position that if it is not solved soon, it will represent an existential threat to American security.
The problem is that the US is trying to maintain its world-girdling empire in an age of declining net energy. Instead, it should go with the flow, which is toward a multi-polar world. Trying to maintain the current base network and deployments will only make the home situation worse. Eventually the US will perforce pull out of the Mideast and Asia, so it makes more sense to begin the process now. Empires are by nature unsustainable. People like Mattis need to wake up and smell the coffee. -- RF
1 Million Ohio Public Employees Face Pension Cuts As Another Ponzi Teeters On The Brink
Loving Our Debt-Serfdom: Our Neofeudal Status Quo
Democracy (i.e. political influence) and ownership of productive assets are the exclusive domains of the New Aristocracy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


News Links, September 20, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Guaranteed Income and Living Wage Schemes Cannot Possibly Work
Pension Storm Warning
Government told to begin online auctions or face a bank bail-in (Greece)
Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants
Putin Orders End To US Dollar Trade At Russian Seaports
The World Is Creeping Toward De-Dollarization
Will Low Oil Prices End Saudi Arabia's Gas Subsidies?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US breaks ground for new permanent base in Israel
U.S. and Israeli officers broke ground in Israel on Monday for a permanent U.S. Army base that will house dozens of U.S. soldiers, operating under the American flag, and charged with the mission of defending against rocket and missile attack.  
Defense Contractors on Cloud 9
Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism
Exclusive: President Trump's U.N. speech showed that despite his America First rhetoric, his policies are virtually the same as the neocon strategies of George W. Bush and liberal interventionism of Barack Obama.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
80 arrests as riots grip St. Louis for 3rd day after ex-cop's acquittal in fatal shooting

## Energy/resources ##
Saudis May Raise Domestic Gasoline Prices by 80%
It'll be good riddance to an industry that's never made any money. -- RF
This is your typical fear mongering from brain-dead growth advocates. The best thing that could happen to any country or region on Earth is a decline in the birth rate and population. -- RF
The hidden social and environmental costs of sand mining
Even more voracious than the consumption of finite reserves of fossil fuel, the mining of sand and gravel represents a looming tragedy of enormous proportions, according to a group of prominent scientists.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?
What a hoot. The most meddlesome country on the planet is the US. The hutzpah displayed by Americans in this regard is beyond belief. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
Banning 'Hate Speech' in America Will Only Make It More Popular

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Reducing inequality: does it still make sense in a world of more than seven billion people?
The high cost of an easy-care, low-maintenance world
To take it a step further, why not challenge the idea that we need to have ironed and creased trousers? And is it really good style to dangle a piece of colored cloth from your neck, or is it just an illusion maintained by those who profit from making and selling neckties? -- RF
People never learn from history. -- RF
Abe may commandeer tax hike proceeds for free schooling
Spreading benefits to Japanese public could undermine point of fiscal reform
Obama Goes Full Clinton Foundation With Series Of $400,000 Wall Street Speeches
For a man who once criticized the Clinton Foundation for taking millions of dollars in 'donations' from Wall Street "Fat Cats," Obama seems to be in a rush to replicate the lucrative Clinton scam via his very own Obama Foundation. As Bloomberg points out this morning, since leaving office in January, Obama has already collected millions in speaking fees from the same Wall Street banks that may have cost Hillary her shot at the White House.

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