Saturday, September 01, 2012

 

News Links, September 1, 2012, evening edition

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Brazil's Listless Growth Continues
South Korea Exports Fall for Second Month on Europe, Won
China Manufacturing Unexpectedly Contracts as Orders Drop

## Airline Death Spiral ##
More than half of Heathrow flights forced to circle before landing
"More than half of planes flying into Heathrow are forced to circle the airport waiting for a landing slot, for as long as three quarters of an hour."
Airlines Face September Stall

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S.-Israeli military exercise to be smaller than first planned
Businesspeople welcome cross-strait currency clearance deal
"Taiwanese businesspeople based in China applauded Friday the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of cross-Taiwan Strait currency clearance mechanism."

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Maldives police disperse protesters after clash
Greece hit with new strikes
Police admit to infiltrating Occupy Austin, may have acted as provocateurs

## Energy/resources ##
Every drop counts in Las Vegas's water shortage
Water shortage leaves industry parched (India)
"A slowing economy and a crippling power crisis have given industry sleepless nights. Adding to its woes is the poor south-west monsoon, which threatens to leave water-intensive manufacturing units high and dry."
'Tight Oil will not take us to $50/barrel era'
Chile Copper miners strike may cause "significant" supply disruption
Chesapeake Squeezes Landowners on Costs Amid Cash Crunch

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Industrial park plagued by crime (Malaysia)

## Got food? ##
Africa: Food Security - a Perfect Storm
Urbanization Puts Farms In Africa's Cities At Risk
Thousands of mangoes recalled
"A U.S. fruit distributor has announced a recall of as many as 1 million mangoes that may carry salmonella bacteria."
UAE food prices likely to soar after drought
Malawi: Need for Food Aid Outpaces Response

## Environment/health ##
U.N. says Haiti struggling to cope with cholera as aid withdrawn
Deadly Yosemite virus warning to 10,000 US campers

## Intelligence/security/internet ##
U.S. students, parents protest against tracking chips in ID cards

## Systemic breakdown ##
South Africa's engineering shortage widens

## Japan ##
Standard and Poor's downgrades Sharp debt to junk status

## China ##
Local governments in China invest RMB13tn in stimulus measures
"As Beijing has refused to inject another 4 trillion yuan (US$630 million) to stimulate domestic demand, local governments in China have taken it upon themselves to crazily pour in more money to save the sluggish economy. A total of 13 provinces and cities have launched investment plans totaling 12.8 trillion yuan (US$2 trillion), more than the GDP of Spain in 2011."
China's Railway Ministry Posts $1.4 Billion Loss
Solars Lead Weekly ADR Slump Before PMI Report: China Overnight
Beijing concerned about falling exports

## UK ##
Big streetlight switch-off moves a step closer

## US ##
Fed up with rodent infestation, New York man hangs 'Rat Crossing' signs

And finally‚Ķ Poodle moth: The Internet's new favourite pet
It's just darling! -- RF




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