Saturday, February 13, 2016


News Links, February 14, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Now even private-equity firms are buying back their own shares
Why NIRP (Negative Interest Rates) Will Fail Miserably
What NIRP communicates is: this sucker's going down, so sell everything and hoard your cash and precious metals.
Hounded by NIRP: Global Bear Market Progress Report
Dollar Crushes Mexican Peso as Problems Balloon
Global Stocks Continue To Crash As Oil Plummets And Gold Skyrockets
Widespread Credit Downgrades Likely For Oil Producing Countries
Energy loan worries climb as oil companies max out credit lines
Racked Markets Hand Verdict to Central Banks on Sub-Zero Rates
Consumer companies' outperformance no longer guaranteed by cheap oil
The World's Top Performing Hedge Fund Just Went Record Short, Explains Why
637 Rate Cuts And $12.3 Trillion In Global QE Later, World Shocked To Find "Quantitative Failure"
ArcelorMittal South Africa posts gaping loss as Chinese imports bite
ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd on Friday posted a full-year loss that was 23 times wider than its loss of a year earlier, as the steelmaker grappled with cheap imports from China and rising labour and electricity costs.
Battered shipping industry faces grim choices as demand for commodities falls
Indian Stocks Enter Bear Market as Foreigners Sell Amid Rout
Silver Prices: Industry Expert Says Silver Prices Could Hit $100

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Norway's oil services firm Aker Solutions to cut up to 900 jobs
Rakuten, Japan's largest online retailer, to shut Singapore website, cuts 30 local staff
Layoffs continue in Microsoft's mobile division: Report

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Here Is The Real Reason Why Authorities Want To Ban High Denomination Bank Notes
The War on Cash is About to Go into Hyperdrive Pt 2
Stolen debit and credit card details of almost 85,000 Britons available on 'brazen' online database
Reader Asks About "Fedcoin": Should the Fed Issue Its Own Bitcoin?
Europeans are fighting for their right to pay for things with massive wads of cash

## Airline death spiral ##
Zika virus: aircraft to be sprayed with insecticide
Airports are stepping up efforts to reduce populations of mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in order to prevent its spread, the UN aviation agency said Thursday.
American Tries Soothing Delayed Travelers With Free Snacks
Proposal to Standardize Airline Seat Size Shot Down

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
World Powers Agree on Syria Ceasefire Plan
Syria Ceasefire, Humanitarian Aid Drops To Aleppo Proposed By US, Russia, Iran in Munich
All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured
Saudi Arabia To Send Planes To Turkey To Fight ISIS: Media
Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Aleppo province as Bashar al-Assad's forces continue to advance on rebels
Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground
Dmitry Medvedev warns of new Cold War
Sudan Now Spending Up to 70% of Its Budget on War
S.Korea cuts off power, water into Kaesong zone in N.Korea
US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel
Washington OKs Controversial F-16 Sale to Pakistan

## UAVs ##
Russia's UIMC releases plans for new multicopter system
Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims
US Army continues C-UAV assessment
The US Army is set to examine a range of counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) solutions at an Arizona-based trial in June.
DARPA's fully-loaded quadcopter autonomously navigates an indoor maze at 45 mph

## Migrants/refugees ##
Greece handed three-month ultimatum to control migrant influx
Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence
Austria Will 'Close Border' To Migrants
Austria looks set to construct more border fences
Merkel Hatches Another Goose Egg

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
10,000 Greek Farmers Stage Massive Revolt In Athens, Destroy Police Cars
'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Crash Dem Debate
Hong Kong: What Sparked the New Year's Violence?

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Patch Bankruptcies Soar in 2015
Aker Solutions to Cut up to 900 Jobs in Norway
Ecuador Gutted By Low Oil Prices: Rig Count Down To One
The Oil Industry Got Together and Agreed Things May Never Get Better
Worst Still Ahead for Global Mining Industry After Losing $1.4 Trillion
Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds
Saudi groundwater "will run out in 13 years"
US Rig Count Plunges Yet Again, Down Another 30
SolarCity Finds Making Solar Panels is Harder Than Advertised
SunEdison, Facing More Legal Woes, Plunges to 14-Year Low
France has a €100 billion nuclear reactor upgrade bill

## Got food? ##
Argentine farmers take Monsanto seed complaint to regulators
In Venezuela, "Savage Suffering" Takes Hold Amid Frightening "Food Emergency"
High food prices inspire Montreal families to get creative with grocery shopping
Haiti's food shortage expected to worsen

## Environment/health ##
Zika Outbreak: 3 Dead In Venezuela From Mosquito-Borne Virus; Second Pregnant Woman Tests Positive In Australia
Commercial test for Zika virus could be available within weeks
Trials for Zika virus vaccine '18 months away'
WHO Warns Pregnant Women on Travel to Zika Zones
Amid Zika Outbreak, Guillain-Barre Cases On Rise In Latin American Countries
More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government
Brazil mobilises 200,000 military personnel in 'day of action' against Zika virus
Phytoplankton rapidly disappearing from the Indian Ocean
Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging
Japan will join international efforts to crack down on illegal logging in forests near the equator by releasing satellite imagery for free of areas under threat.
Eugenics is inevitable because parents will always want to 'enhance' their children, experts warn
Porter Ranch Gas Leak Stopped
Clean coal: Carbon dioxide stored underground can find multiple ways to escape
When carbon dioxide is stored underground in a process known as geological sequestration, it can find multiple escape pathways due to chemical reactions between carbon dioxide, water, rocks and cement from abandoned wells, according to Penn State researchers.
Open your windows: Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home
Michigan warning on Flint Legionnaires' outbreak came late
State officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to water system issues in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed.
Americans Have Never Been Fatter: Obesity Rate Rises To Highest Level On Record
4 Billion People at Risk as 'Water Table Dropping All Over the World'
Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn
From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child's brain than an adult's, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.
Against all odds, Yemen is fighting water shortage by harvesting its fog
North Atlantic Carbon Intake Doubles

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Finland Aiming To Add Offensive Edge To Cyberwar Arsenal
The Machines Are About To Become Self-Aware And They May Not Like Us Very Much
Google Partially Caves To French Demands For More Global Censorship Of 'Forgotten' Links
Burqa Bans Rising In Sub-Saharan Africa As States Fret Over Threat Posed By Suicide Bombers Wearing Full Body Veils
Hacking of Health Care Records Skyrockets
Roughly one out of every three Americans had their health care records compromised and most are completely unaware.
JPMorgan analyst sees Internet bubble bursting in front of us

## Propaganda ##
NATO's Provocative Anti-Russian Moves
Official Washington's demonization of Vladimir Putin and the neocon "group think" about "Russian aggression" have fueled a reckless drive to move NATO forces up to Russia's border, thus heightening risks of nuclear war and not serving real U.S. national interests.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
These Are The American Cities With The Most Abandoned Houses

## Japan ##
Top Japanese policymakers on high alert as Nikkei, yen threatens Abenomics
The world's hottest trade has suddenly turned ice-cold
Child Poverty, the Grim Legacy of Denial
Tepco inches closer to restarting reactors
More than 1,100 water storage tanks at Fukushima plant ... and counting
Websites deleted hate speech videos at government request
Study suggests Japanese workers are deeply distrustful of their employers
Financial Services Agency investigating effects on banks of negative interest rates by Bank of Japan
Japan Post stocks sink below IPO levels

## China ##
China's Natural Gas Demand Feels the Heat from Economic Slowdown
Poll: Chinese were more stressed out in 2015 than they've been in a decade
China's Underground Banking Transactions Rose To $152B In 2015
In China, Fraud Adds to Bank-Stock Volatility
Antarctic air squadron to be set up
China will set up an Antarctic air squadron this year to support its scientific expeditions to the polar region, according to the State Oceanic Administration.

## UK ##
Fifth of GCHQ intelligence comes from hacking
UK student loans: 'we will trace and prosecute borrowers who don't pay'
Royal Navy relied on NATO to protect British waters 20 times in 2015
Britain takes 'thousands of migrant children' into care
UK needs Trident to play 'outsized' role in world affairs, says US defence secretary
UK government considers single secure jail unit for Islamist terrorists

## US ##
Deconstructing America's 'Deep State'
Americans perceive what has happened to their democratic Republic only dimly, tricked by rightists who call all collective government actions bad and by neoliberals who make "markets" a new-age god. But ex-congressional budget official Mike Lofgren shows how this "Deep State" really works.
Sears' total collapse 'is a matter of when not if'
Emails Indicate Flint Lead Tests Withheld from Public at Snyder's Command
Lawsuit Demands Information on Shadowy "Countering Violent Extremism" Programs in U.S.
Welcome to the United States of Flint
Importing lower wages as 75% of Silicon Valley's tech workers are foreign-born: How tech manipulates the H-1B visa program for cheap labor.
Junk bonds: This is How Financial Chaos Begins
Jamie Dimon isn't the only bank executive buying back stock
Some Hedge Funds Want to Make Subprime Auto Loans Next Big Short
Carrier lays off 1,400 workers, moves to Mexico after receiving millions in tax credits to keep green jobs in the U.S.
Baby Boomers Are Drowning In Loans: Debt Of Average 67-Year-Old Soared 169% In Past 12 Years
New York Times threatens to sue publisher of an art book critical of the paper's war coverage
Auto Loans, Student Debt Lead Household Re-Leveraging
Earnings outlook is getting even worse as first-quarter expectations tumble
More than three-quarters of S&P 500 companies have reported for the December quarter, and it has not been pretty

## The candidates ##
After NH Trouncing, Clinton's Delegate Haul Exposes Rigged Electoral System
Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters
Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.
America's Corrupt Media – How Reporters Took Direct Orders from Hillary Clinton's Staff
Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine
Hillary Clinton Is Sugarcoating Her Disastrous Record

And finally...
Spanish man skipped work for six years unnoticed

Thursday, February 11, 2016


News Links, February 12, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
A 918 Point Stock Market Crash In Japan And Deutsche Bank Denies That It Is About To Collapse
Banking Crisis in Europe? Deutsche Bank's CoCo Bonds Collapse
Deutsche Bank looking to buy back several billion euros of bonds -FT
M&A Madness——-Deals Top $5 Trillion In 2015; Most Will Fail And Waste Capital
Europe's 'doom-loop' returns as credit markets seize up
JPM's Striking Forecast: ECB Could Cut Rates To -4.5%; BOJ To -3.45%; Fed To -1.3%
Europe Banks May Face $27 Billion Energy-Loan Losses, BofA Says
The Growth "Story" Is Over: Amazon Authorizes $5 Billion Stock Buyback
"Worse than 2008": World's Largest Container Carrier on the Slowdown in Global Trade
Crowded insurance industry becomes latest casualty of oil slump
Interest Rates: Central Banks Are Going Negative, But Global Financial Markets Aren't Buying It
Global Stocks, Oil Take Drubbing. Gold, Treasuries, Yen Soar
Barbarous relic: Lines Around the Block to Buy Gold in London…Banks Placing "Unusually Large Orders for Physical"
Is Nigeria Moving From Oil Into Gold?
JPM: "Things Have Gotten Out Of Control: People Have More Confidence In Gold Than In Paper Money"
Reversal Of Fortunes: Capital Pours Out Of Banks And Into Gold
European Peripheral Debt Again in Question: Portuguese 10-Year Bond Yield Spikes to 4.4% from 2.65% in January
Sweden takes negative interest rates even lower as Riksbank fights to keep up with global stimulus
Worst Still Ahead for Mining Industry After Losing $1.4 Trillion

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Salary Cuts In Energy Sector Could Prevent Mass Layoffs
Boeing says to cut commercial airplane jobs to reduce costs
Yahoo plans first wave of job cuts

## War on cash/cashless society ##
It's Official: Cash is Now Public Enemy Number One — First Major Offensive in War on Cash
Is Apple Pay Down? Apple Mobile Payment Outage Prevents Visa Customers From Adding Credit Cards
The War On Cash—-The Central Banks' Survival Campaign
Something Very Disturbing Spotted In A Morgan Stanley Presentation
Consider this the latest, and loudest, warning on the road to digital fiat serfdom.
Kiwis keen on cashless payments
Money will cease to exist, says Yes Bank's Chairman at NASSCOM
Venmo Experiences Outage after Super Bowl

## Airline death spiral ##
Unruly Passenger Forces Cross-Country Flight to Divert to Denver, Airline Says
When air rage turns into assault
JFK Airport Installs Facial Recognition to Boost Customs Security
The biometrics technology compares an image of travelers taken during the normal inspection process to the image stored on their ePassport.
Here's Why Reports of Cheaper Airfare Are Misleading
Congress Considers Bag Fee Refunds and Cell Phone Bans for Airlines
Airline Passengers Gone Wild! You Won't Believe What They Did Now

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
China warns on South China Sea as U.S., India consider patrols
No plans at this time for joint U.S.-India navy patrols - State Dept
Amid Russian Tensions, NATO Prepares To Deploy Troops To Eastern Europe, Baltic Region
After 'Whipping Up Myth of Russian Threat,' NATO Approves New Fighting Force
Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire in Syria; US wants it now
Russia raises specter of interminable or 'world war' if Syria talks fail
Saudis Goad Obama to Invade Syria
Syrian rebels, including dominant jihadist elements, torpedoed Geneva peace talks by setting preconditions to come to the table. But the maneuver also renewed pressure on President Obama to commit to a "regime-change" invasion of Syria alongside Saudi and other Sunni armies.
Carter Makes His Pitch; Saudis Offer Greater Air Campaign
Iran to upgrade missiles, get Russian defense system: minister
Turkey, Saudi Arabia Planning Joint Military Drills
Russia says U.S. planes bombed Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday
U.S. Denies Russian Claim That It Bombed Syrian City of Aleppo
Iraqi troops fully capture Ramadi, reopen road to Baghdad
Russia Arctic Control To Expand? Canada, Denmark, Norway Also Submit Claims To Territory
Unidentified Latin American country orders hundreds of military trucks
North Korea executions under Kim Jong Un
House Bill Would Halt US Army, Marine Drawdowns
A US lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee plans to introduce legislation to stop ongoing drawdowns for the Army and Marine Corps, potentially adding 370,000 soldiers back into Army plans.
North Korea to Shut Industrial Park, Freeze South Korean Assets
Netanyahu Wants Fence Around Israel to Keep Out 'Wild Beasts'
BBC Imagines World War III
How Crimeans See Ukraine Crisis

## Migrants/refugees ##
NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers
Refugee mental health needs could overwhelm, experts fear
How Turkey Blackmailed The EU—-Either EUR Three Billion Or Busloads Of Refugees
European Refugee Crisis In Sweden: 1% Of Swedish Crime Involved Asylum-Seekers, Report Finds
Syria Crisis: About 50,000 People Displaced Amid Surge In Fighting In Aleppo Province, Red Cross Says

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Immigration detainees launch hunger strike in Osaka (Japan)
HK's Mong Kok protesters: 'This is the first time, but won't be the last'
Protesters in face-off with police near Parliament (South Africa)
Moldovan protesters set to picket US embassy
Minimum-wage protesters to demonstrate at Democratic debate site

## Energy/resources ##
Renewables: The Next Fracking?
European Energy Firms Post Billion Dollar Losses in 2015
Spain's Abengoa asks for loan of up to 750 mln euros -source
Venezuelan shopping malls cut operating hours due to power rationing
French energy law could close third of EDF's reactors: report
Oil Glut Compounded By Cracks In Global Economy
France To Build 621 Miles Of Solar Roads
Queensland Resources Council says one third of state's coal mines are making losses
"Bloodbath" In Black Gold - Buffett's Phillips 66 Dumps Oil In Cushing, Crashes
More pain looming for Canadian oil producers as hedges shielding them from oil rout expire
It'll Take More Than An Oil Rally To Restart Shale Boom

## Got food? ##
Persistent drought threatens millions with hunger in Haiti - U.N.

## Lifestyle solutions ##
How I quit my smartphone addiction and really started living
If You Want To Be Wealthy, Don't Focus on Owning a House--Build a Business

## Environment/health ##
In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika
Does Zika Cause Birth Defects? CDC Finds 'Strongest Evidence To Date' Of Link Between Virus And Microcephaly
Zika Virus US Outbreak Update: Case Confirmed At Lehigh University After Pennsylvania Student Tests Positive
How Will Zika Spread? Look at Chikungunya, CDC Head Says
USOC to hire infectious disease specialists for Zika
Study Finds Zika Virus in Fetal Brain, a Clue in Outbreak
Hotter planet helping spread of Zika virus mosquitos
Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa
Sorry: Work Stress Is Just as Bad for You as Secondhand Smoke
Exercising in your forties could stop brain shrinking
New research links climate change and longer flights: What's the real meaning?

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
San Bernardino Shooting: FBI Unable To Unlock Encrypted Phone Used By Syed Rizwan Farook
Top U.S. Official Admits – Government Will Use "Internet of Things" to Spy on the Public
Twitter Adds No New Users; First-Quarter Sales to Fall Short
Hacker May Have Punched Through FBI Cyber Security With One Phone Call
NYPD Used Cell Phone Spying Tools Over 1,000 Times Since 2008: NYCLU
JPMorgan analyst sees Internet bubble bursting in front of us

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
How Systems Break: First They Slow Down
The Fed's Zombie Economy: ROI Crashes 80% In 40 Years
705,000 Mercedes-Benzes Recalled in U.S. Over Takata Air Bags
VW recalls 680,000 brand cars in U.S. over airbag problems
Car Recalls: Carfax Says Nearly 1 In 5 US Vehicles Have Unresolved Safety Issues
Subaru recalling 82,661 Tribeca SUVs because hoods can open
What's Killing Americans? Guns, Cars and Drugs
Guns, vehicle crashes and drug overdoses help explain a big part of why Americans die, on average, so much younger than people in other countries, government researchers said Tuesday.
The End Is Nigh For Europe As Officials Mull 2 Year Schengen "Suspension"

## Japan ##
The Age of Automaker Consolidation Finally Reaches Japan
Japan's crowded auto industry is poised to look more like other major markets, with three or fewer carmakers left by the end of the decade.
Kansai Electric, Japan Atomic Power move on plans to scrap three reactors
The dismantling operations are expected to take around 30 years for the Mihama No. 1 and No. 2 reactors and about 25 years for the Tsuruga No. 1 reactor, informed sources said. The three reactors, all in Fukui Prefecture, were decommissioned in April last year.
Money will run out and decommissioning will never be completed. Lock the doors and pray. -- RF
Japan: Fukushima clean-up may take up to 40 years, plant's operator says
Japan worried about 2020 problem, or life after Olympics
Wholesale prices fell 3.1% in January
NRA calls a halt to TEPCO's plan to freeze soil at Fukushima plant
Govt debt falls to ¥1.04 quadrillion
More than 50% of 3/11 evacuees say local recovery lagging: survey
Tsunami-hit towns in Tohoku shaken by alarming rate of population drain
The above two articles illustrate what I've been saying from the outset: What the disaster destroyed will never be rebuilt. -- RF
Wood chips increasingly used as power source
This just ties into the unrealistic belief that "renewables" can power industrial civilization. -- RF
Japan announces new sanctions on North Korea
Abe: LDP, administration are champions of free speech
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 10 defended his communications minister who warned that "politically biased" broadcasters can be shut down, insisting his party and administration are bastions of free speech in Japan.

## China ##
China is on a massive gold buying spree
China confirms first case of Zika virus
Bass Says China Bank Losses May Top 400% of Subprime Crisis
Worst post-Lunar New Year sell-off in 22 years

## UK ##
Trident: the British question
London's Dirty Secret: UK Capital 'Global Center' for Money Laundering
BBC to use face-scanning technology to shed light on viewers' tastes
Four UK cases of Zika virus reported since January
Britain will struggle to meet CO2 goals without CCS, lawmakers say
SNP payment delay inflicting 'devastating toll' on farmers
A third of 18-24-year-olds scared to check bank balance, poll finds
London drivers urged to turn off engines in bid to tackle air pollution

## US ##
Welfare In America: Most Low-Wage, Full-Time Workers Use Food Stamps, Housing Assistance, Analysis Shows
Los Angeles City, County Approve Sweeping Plans To Tackle Homelessness
How George W. Bush Profited From Eminent Domain (By Taking Properties From Hundreds of Private Owners)
Another Recession Indicator Flashing Red—-Distillate Demand In January Plunges 18% Y/Y
The Obama "Budget": Payments To Individuals To Hot Record $2.9 Trillion And 71% of Total Federal Spending
Carlyle unveils $200 million share buyback, earnings miss forecast
Yellen and Fed in Total Denial
Inflation Expectations Plunge: What, Me Worry?
Home Prices Climbed in 81% of U.S. Metro Areas, Realtors Say
Why retirement is a myth: We are locked into a system designed to fail
Obama proposes $4.1 trillion spending plan in final White House budget
Cleveland wants Tamir Rice's family to pay the EMS bill generated by killing him
Economic losses from U.S. January storm around $2 billion: Aon Benfield
Poll: Most women oppose registering for the draft

## The candidates ##
Artful Smear' Attack Backfires as Clinton Accused of Denying Impact of Big Money
What Clinton Said in Her Speeches – "She Sounded More Like a Goldman Sachs Managing Director"
Hillary Clinton Says She Has 'Never, Ever' Let a Donor Influence Her Vote
Did Hillary Clinton Really Win More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders Despite a Landslide Loss?
Carly Fiorina suspends GOP presidential bid
'Something smells': Top Iowa paper calls for 'complete audit' of Clinton's win over Sanders
New Jersey Gov. Christie drops 2016 Republican presidential bid: aide
Why Trump Thinks Unemployment Is 42%
Donald Trump Wants to Authorize 'Something Beyond Waterboarding'
GOP Candidates Compete Over Who Will Commit Most War Crimes Once Elected
Must Read – "Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve the Black Vote"
Hillary Clinton's Pay-for-Play Reality
Donald Trump wants China to make Kim Jong Un 'disappear'

And finally...
The wages of gin: Drunk Chinese man kicks elevator doors in and falls down its shaft
Sichuan guy uses white-out to change his license plate number, traffic police not fooled

Tuesday, February 09, 2016


News Links, February 10, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Whiff of Panic? Global Bear-Market Progress Report
World's Negative-Yielding Bond Pile Tops $7 Trillion: Chart
2007 All Over Again—-Banks Starting To Implode
European Bloodbath Spills Over to US Markets: Deutsche Bank CoCo Bonds Collapse, Shares at Record Low
Emerging Market Facing Massive Capital Flight, Sidelined Central Banks
European banks face major cash crunch
Day Of Reckoning: The Collapse Of The Too Big To Fail Banks In Europe Is Here
The Walking Dead: Something is Rotten in Europe's Banking System
Deutsche considers multibillion bond buyback
Lie of the Day: German Finance Minister Says 'No Concerns' Over Deutsche Bank
Dot-Com Bubble 2.0 Is Bursting: Tech Stocks Are Already Down Half A Trillion Dollars Since Mid-2015
Golden Triangle: Iran, China, Russia to Drive the World Away From Dollar
Gold Spikes To 8-Month Highs, Silver Breaks Key Technical Level
Gold Topping $1,900 Again Isn't Hard To Imagine – Here's Why
Economic jump-start sputters as 'third arrow' of Abenomics flies wide of mark (Japan)
Fear Hits Japanese Banks, Nikkei Plunges, 10-Year Yield Negative for First Time Ever
Capital Flight Intensifies in Italy and Spain; Curiously, Money Flows Into French Banks
German Industrial Production Unexpectedly Fell in December
The Return Of Crisis: Suddenly banks everywhere are in deep, deep trouble

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD) Speeds Up Store Closings After Disappointing Holiday Season
Another 6,000 Jobs Eliminated In Oilfield Services Sector
Banks eye more cost cuts amid global growth concerns
Anadarko Slashes Dividend By Over 80%

## War on cash/cashless society ##
German plan to impose limit on cash transactions met with fierce resistance
Harvard Economist Demands Ban On Big Bills To Make It "Harder On The Bad Guys"
Europol Director Sees Case for Scrapping High-Value Banknotes
Europe's €500 Notes Are the Latest Front in the War on Cash
Economics Professor: Negative Interest Rates Aimed at Driving Small Banks Out of Business and Eliminating Cash

## Airline death spiral ##
Jet fuel contamination and quality
UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes
Smoking United Airlines flight to LAX makes emergency landing
Shrinking airline seats are target of bill in Congress
Pissed-off passenger urinates on fellow flier
Passenger says Mumbai-Kochi Air India flight delayed due to 'mosquito menace'
Drunk passenger 'threatened to open flight exit door' on plane, court told
Deputies: woman drunk, uncooperative on flight to RSW

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
To protect Chinese investment, Pakistan military leaves little to chance
A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment.
Russia Modernizes Submarines As NATO Warns Of Activity Levels Not Seen Since Cold War
Russia Arrests ISIS Gang Accused of Plotting to Bomb Moscow, St. Petersburg
Turkey, Saudi Arabia Mull Syria Ground Invasion As Russia, Hezbollah Decimate Rebels
In Canada, Justin Trudeau Ends ISIS Bombing Mission, Will Instead Send Food, Emergency Education To Iraq, Syria
The "Sultan Of Chaos" Pushes On—-Erdogan's War Is Against The Kurds, Not ISIS
Former Mexican President: We're Not Paying for a 'Stupid' Wall
Japan says it will impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea over rocket launch
US Hopes To Send Anti-Missile System to South Korea 'as Quickly as Possible'
US Army Budget To Build Force Size in Europe
Iran Signs Oil Deal With Total, Deal Done In Euros
Nasr cruise missiles delivered to Iranian Air Force
Gulf states invest billions in missile defences to protect against Iran
Syrian opposition insists Russia should end air strikes: Interfax
US Navy returning to former Cold War base in Iceland to hunt Russian submarines
$583 billion DOD budget proposal built around potential 'full spectrum' threats

## UAVs ##
Finmeccanica Pitching 'Falcon Shield' to Counter UAVs
Israel's Elbit Unveils USV for Anti-Sub, Anti-Mine Missions
Turkish Drone Anka Makes Debut Flight
The biggest hijacking threat Americans face today
German Navy testing unmanned counter-mine vessel

## Migrants/refugees ##
Greece: Stop migrants in Turkish waters
Some Australian asylum seekers to be deported have cancer, terminal illnesses
Merkel Flops Like Fish Out of Water in Futile "Last Ditch" Flight to Turkey to Stem Refugee Tide
"We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions
Refugee Crisis In Germany: Nonlethal Weapon Licenses Increase Amid Surge Of Asylum Seekers
Cubans to rush to US amid a swirl of island rumors

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Migrant Policies Will Stir Violence On Greek Island Of Kos, Mayor Warns
The mayor of a small and distant island designated by the Greek government to be a receiving center for migrants fleeing violence in the Middle East is pleading with officials to revise that plan. The mayor says he fears that if a proposed registration center for refugees is actually built, it will incite violence among locals who have already begun to protest its construction. 
Bosnia Hijab Ban: Thousands Protest In Sarajevo Over Ban On Wearing Islamic Headscarves
Protester Nails Politician in the Face With Giant S*x Toy for Supporting the TPP
Gunshots Heard In Hong Kong As Police Battle Angry Crowds On First Day Of Chinese New Year
Black Lives Matter Minnesota Protest: Extreme Sporting Event Targeted Amid Calls To Fire Officer For Facebook Post

## Energy/resources ##
Backfire: Sanctions failed to take a bite out of Russia's oil patch: Fuel for Thought
International sanctions against Russia introduced in 2014 turned out not to be the bogeyman they first seemed to be, and could in fact have played a key role in helping the Russian oil sector to not only handle the sharp price drop over the last year and a half, but make the industry more efficient in the long run.
Norwegian energy minister: We will drill until gas reserves run out
Morocco launches solar power plant dubbed as 'largest in the world'
'No Plans To Pursue Bankruptcy,' Says Chesapeake Energy Corporation After Shares Plunge On Restructuring Report
IEA in Davos 2016 warns of higher oil prices in a few years' time
The Coal Decline Is Now Irreversible
Oil industry woes grow as storage levels hit 'critical level' 
Ship queue for Australian Newcastle coal exports shrinks on weak demand
IEA Sees Global Oil Glut Worsening, OPEC Deal Unlikely
Oil Drillers Exposed in Three-Way Hedges as Crude Dips Below $30

## Got food? ##
Disease may wipe out the world's bananas - unless we adopt agroecological solutions
Thirst For Coffee Sparks Supply Worries
When Is Chipotle Closed? Amid Falling Earnings, Mexican Grill Temporarily Closes Across US To Address Food Safety Outbreaks
California farmers reap record sales in record drought
A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died.

## Environment/health ##
Zika And 2016 Olympics: Athletes Worried About Virus Should Consider Skipping Rio Games, US Officials Say
White House Seeks $1.8 Billion for Zika Virus Response
Puerto Rico Declares Zika Emergency
Zika Virus US Outbreak Update: Ohio And Indiana Health Officials Announce New Cases
Babies With Zika-Linked Birth Defects May Have Eye Trouble, Too
Hawaii's Big Island Declares Emergency Over Dengue
UN: Millions of Lives at Risk if Epidemic Response Not Improved
EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river
Underwater noise pollution makes fish easier prey
Why winter is a mental struggle: human brain more active in summer, scientists find
A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex
Documentary 'Synthetic Forests' Covers the Enormous Risks of GE Trees
Video: Are electric cars really green?
Chlorine Trains Pose An Even Deadlier Threat Than Oil Trains
Dozens of dead baby blue sharks found strewn around Taiwanese beach with their fins severed off
Consequences of today's carbon emissions will linger for thousands of years, study finds
Over 50 Percent of the World Breathes in Toxic Air

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
PayPal Continues To Drive People To Bitcoin And Other Solutions As It Starts Cutting Off VPNs & Open Internet Solutions
India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World's Poorest with Private Internet
Stun guns in demand in Germany amid security concerns
Police use license plate readers in shopping malls, tow trucks and garbage trucks to spy on us
Sleep-deprived people nearly five times more likely to sign false confessions
The Army Has Made a Robot Cockroach
Biologically inspired robot bugs could be the next big thing in intelligence collection.
France State Of Emergency Extended After Parliament Vote Following ISIS Paris Attacks
Hacker posts info of 20K FBI employees, 9K DHS staff
How to Hack the Power Grid Through Home Air Conditioners

## Propaganda ##
The Empire of Lies
The Might of the American Empire Was on Full Display at Super Bowl 50
From the fighter jets soaring overhead to the armed troops patrolling Levi Stadium, Super Bowl 50 was a highly militarized event, its 70,000 spectators and millions of television viewers subject to a showcase of war propaganda and heavy security crackdown.
Communications minister draws outrage over 'threat' to broadcasters (Japan)
Amid complaints that she's threatening freedom of speech, communications minister Sanae Takaichi repeated her assertion  that the government can legally shut down broadcasters that continue to air "biased political reports."

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Physics of Energy and the Economy
Flint's Crisis Is About More Than Water
Mazda recalls SUVs due to risk of fuel filler pipe ruptures
GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in North America for brake pedal problems
Honda to recall new Civics because engines can fail
GM suspends Egypt operations due to currency crisis: company source
If Knowledge Is Power, Is It Also Wealth?
Daimler recalls 840K cars due to Takata air bags

## Japan ##
Consumption Seen Dropping as Japan's Workers Eke Out 0.1% Rise
Total wages in Japan haven't risen more than 1 percent in any year since 1997 and they fell for the past four years once inflation is accounted for, the labor ministry said on Monday in Tokyo.
Real wages down for 4th straight year
Why Japan Went NIRP: QQE Was A Colossal Failure——Real Household Income Has Plunged 7.1%
Japan eyes new missile interceptors
Japan is considering upgrading to a next-generation missile interceptor that could reach higher altitudes than existing models, as well as adding a third layer to its missile defense scheme, in response to North Korea's rocket launch Sunday.
JGBs: As 10-year yield turns negative, insiders say something has to give
Nikkei Plunges 5% as Japan 10-Year Yield Goes Negative First Time
BOJ says it will disclose findings of probe into negative rate leak
Market close to reading last rites over Abenomics
Panasonic to suspend solar cell assembly at one plant amid falling demand
Panasonic Corp. will suspend operations at one of its solar cell plants for several months amid falling demand for household solar panels, company officials said Tuesday.
Minister warns that government can shut down broadcasters it feels are biased
Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi said the government may order broadcasters to suspend operations if they continue to air TV programming that is deemed politically biased, a remark that may be perceived as repressing free speech.
Japan to get more coal-fired power plants thanks to Environment Ministry policy reversal
Multiple Chinese naval ships sail near Japan's waters
McDonald's Japan suffers record annual net loss
Documents indicate chemical leaks at U.S. base have polluted Okinawa water supply
Rare metals found on seabed 5,500 meters down
No mention of the expense involved in retrieving rocks from such depths. -- RF
Toyota eyes hydrogen for factories as well as cars
Fukushima cleanup still a daunting task
The cleanup will never be finished. -- RF
Japan steps up bid to win Australia submarine contract
Power stoppage brings Hokkaido Shinkansen evacuation drill to halt
Govt. compiles basic plan on infectious diseases

## China ##
Racing The Clock—-The PBOC Has Only A Few Months To Stop The Collapse
China set to cut coal-output capacity
China's 'zombie commodities' haunt the market
Violent Hong Kong Protests as Shown on Social Media
China's coal industry needs to restructure as demand slows - Xinhua

## UK ##
Government denies blackout risk as Rugeley coal plant unveils closure plan
North Sea oil industry warned it must 'adapt to survive'
Refugee crisis: Thousands of child asylum seekers deported back to war zones, Home Office admits
Teacher shortages in England, spending watchdog confirms

## US ##
Dotcom 2.0——The Crash Sequel Unfolds
Tech stock collapse sure looks like bubble popping
What's Booming in this Economy? Bankruptcy & Restructuring Business "Highest Since Great Recession"
Junk Bond Yields Highest in Four Years, Goldman Discusses Oil in Teens; 150 Energy Companies May go Bankrupt
Goldman Capitulates: Closes Out 5 Of Its 6 Top Trades For 2016 With A Loss
Drought is still 'very serious' in California, despite near record snow
The Increasingly Fragile Upper-Middle Class
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe that Both Parties Are Too Corrupt to Change Anything … "This, In Fact, Is A Revolution"
NAS 2015 report on how to fix our falling-apart inland waterway system
Rightists Sell Anti-Government Message
Since Ronald Reagan, the Republicans have rallied many Americans around the notion that "government is the problem." And, despite disasters for the middle and working classes, right-wing intellectuals like Charles Krauthammer continue to sell the same message.
Hope — and clean water — remains elusive for the people of Flint
Flint Water Crisis Update: Mayor And Obama Call For Lead Pipe Replacement Funds
Flint Water Crisis: Dogs Getting Lead Poisoning, Too
Cops Recording Your Every Move For 10 Weeks Doesn't Violate The Constitution
Americans Can't Help Themselves From Borrowing More on Credit Cards
Diverse Group of Adults Face SNAP Cutoff This Year

## The candidates ##
A Real Dose Of Excruciating Pain——-Ted Cruz's Tortured Argument For Waterboarding
Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary presidential run
TSA Conducting "Bag Checks" At Donald Trump Event
American culture: The Trump - Clinton problem
Key Members of Hillary Clinton Team Lobbied Against Bills She Now Touts as National Accomplishments
Ted Cruz's Religious Play
Sen. Ted Cruz – known for his brash, boastful and brutal proclamations – is remaking himself in the image of the Lord Savior as he appeals to the Republican Religious Right to pave his way to the GOP nomination and the White House.
Bernie Sanders Loves This $1 Trillion War Machine

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