Sunday, January 13, 2013


News Links, January 10-11, 2013

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Companies: The rise of the zombie
Secret French Plan In the European War Of The Automakers
Peugeot Citroen hit by 'crisis' in European car sales
Rise in numbers thinking of going overseas to work (New Zealand)
Job vacancies plunge as confidence slides (Australia)
With oil revenue down, Redford opens door to tax hikes (Canada)
Great Canadian real estate crash of 2013
Growing income disparity, ballooning debt top risks in decade ahead: WEF
Pratibha's entire fleet of oil tankers, crew stranded
"The prolonged global recession in shipping industry has started taking its toll on the Indian lines. The first casualty is the Mumbai-based Pratibha Shipping, whose entire fleet of nine oil tankers have been stranded at ports in India and abroad."
2013 Will Be Another Tough Year for Shipping
"Banks will gain more control over the shipping industry while vessel values decline and regulatory costs rise in 2013, United Kingdom-based shipping consultant and accounting firm Moore Stephens is predicting."
Mineworker Debt Mounts as South African Lending Booms
Australia, Japan employment picture gloomy, says firm

## Airline Death Spiral ##
'Drastic trimming' at Cyprus Airways
Fuel Leak At Logan Airport Adds To Trouble For Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing Should Ground the Dreamliner Before Someone Gets Hurt
Japan's ANA cancels flight due to 787 computer bug
Dubai economy bets on superjumbo air travel boom
Iran tells airlines to pay debts or face grounding
Report: Aircraft financing costs expected to increase
Airlines becoming megastores
Petit prices - Air France launches low-cost flights
Airline fee quiz: They're even worse than you think

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iraq shuts Jordan border crossing over Sunni protests
"Iraq closed a border crossing with Jordan on Wednesday after Sunni Muslim demonstrators blocked a highway to Syria and Jordan as part of mass protests challenging Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's delicate power-sharing government."
Seismic Shift in Iraq, Seismic Energy Impact
"The struggle for control of Northern Iraq's oil and gas and a looming Kurdish bid for independence will be the most visible  energy-impacting conflict of 2013."
Yemen - Oil War to Intensify
Bomb halts Yemen Marib oil pipeline flows again- officials
U.S. does not rule out removing all troops from Afghanistan
Has China's Y-20 Flown Yet?
US must consider strikes on China's underground nuclear silos: report
Japanese fighters may fire warning shots over Diaoyutai airspace
Japan SDF deploys fighter jets as Chinese military planes approach once more
Philippines asks Japan for help amid China dispute
"The Philippines has asked Japan for coast guard patrol ships and communications equipment to better secure its territory amid maritime disputes with China."
Pakistanis trucking NATO supplies to Afghanistan go on strike
Pakistan bombings kill more than 100
Wary Of Syria's War, Israel Plans A Fence In The Golan Heights
The Master as "Guest": The U.S. Military Swarms Over Africa
"A long-planned U.S. escalation of its military presence in Africa will soon get underway, with the permanent deployment of a 3,500-strong brigade. The heavy combat team will make itself at home in African bases in 35 countries. 'This is a very different kind of invasion – more like an infiltration-in-force.'"
Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees
Mexico's Most Feared Drug Cartel has Entered the Coal Mining Business
Australia expands sanctions against Iran
Shimon Peres: Israel's government does not want to make peace with Muslim world
"Shimon Peres, the Israeli president and Nobel laureate, has attacked the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claiming it is unwilling to make peace with the Muslim world and instead risks the outbreak of a new    Palestinian uprising."
US Drone Use Setting Off New Global Arms Race

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Native Canadians could block development, chief warns
"Native Canadians are so angry that they could resort to blocking resource development and bring the economy 'to its knees' unless the Conservative government addresses their grievances, an influential chief said on Thursday."
10,000 Chinese Air Travelers Clash With Police
"Thousands of air travelers rioted against police after being stranded at China's Changshui International Airport in the city of Kunming over the weekend."
Police fire rubber bullets at South Africa farm strikers
Greek police arrest 100 at squat, sparking protests
Sata Fears Looming Food Riots May Remove Him From Power (Zambia)
Thousands protest deteriorating sewage system in Egypt's second city
PSRMA fears violent protests over gas, power suspension (Pakistan)

## Energy/resources ##
Acute fuel shortage in Sierra Leone causes long lines, rationing, black market boom
France sets 'emergency measures' for solar
"France has instituted a series of 'emergency measures' to revive its flagging solar energy industry, Energy Minister Delphine Batho said this week."
Nordic Next-Month Power Rises to Record on Drier, Colder Weather
Kuwait still Plans to Build Middle East's Largest Oil Refinery Despite Delays
Ghosts of 2001: Brazil worries about another energy crisis
Tesoro Will Shutter Hawaiian Refinery
Upper and Northern regions still experiencing fuel shortage (Ghana)
Zambia Mulls Power Imports to Meet Demand From Miners
Coal shortage at plants causes Delhi power cuts to continue
Grid striving to ensure supply (China)
South Korea holds national blackout drill
"Sirens sounded across South Korea and subway systems ground to a halt on Thursday as the government held a national drill aimed at simulating a country-wide power blackout."
S Korea to Hike Power Tariff by Average 4% From Jan 14 - Government
Serbia's wholesale gas prices to rise by an average 10.4 pct
Shell Alaskan rig grounding highlights extreme Arctic conditions
Hunger Strike Puts Spotlight on Canadian Crude
CP Rail oil shipment deal signals rail transport no longer stopgap measure
Railway service power restored (Finland)
"Power has been restored to services of the state railways VR, after an outage that shut down railway ticket sales, station announcements and schedule boards nationwide on Wednesday afternoon."
Storm cuts power across Lebanon
Industrial units stop production for 12 hours (India)
"Several industrial units in Coimbatore district, which is hit by long hours of power cut, stopped production for 12 hours on Wednesday demanding that available power be equitably distributed across the State."
Energy use to climb 5.4% this year, minister says (Thailand)
Iran-Pakistan: Western Pipeline Nightmare
Greece Considers Exclusive Zone In Offshore Gas Fields
Crude oil tops $94 per barrel
Reactor shuts down in Romania nuclear plant
Saudi Oil Output Drops 5% in December
Venezuela's phantom oil: Hugo Chávez isn't his nation's only vanishing act
Asian oil companies make record buys in 2012
Total Cuts Natural Gas Investments, Chesapeake Shares Hit

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Scrap metal thieves leave dangerous holes in their wake

## Got food? ##
Half of all food 'thrown away' claims report
And the kicker is that in the future there will be much less to throw away. -- RF
USDA expects families to pay more at the grocery store
USDA declares drought disaster in much of Wheat Belt
Japan's Aging Population Could Soon Struggle To Buy Food Thanks To The Yen's Decline
Shortage of US dollars threatens food supply in Venezuela
Growing Food Shortages In Syria As Violence Continues
How Google Earth Revealed Chicago's Hidden Farms
Texas water supplier moves to cut off rice farmers 2nd year in a row
Tuna Sold at Record Price Is Overfished, Study Says
"The number of Pacific bluefin tuna, a fish that fetched a record 155.4 million yen ($1.78 million) in a Tokyo auction last week, dropped 96.4 percent due to decades of overfishing, the Pew Environment Group said."
Farm-Raised Tuna May Not Be the Answer to Overfishing
Swaziland: Farmers Struggle to Afford Inputs
GM labeling made mandatory in India

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Vegetable Garden Planner — Design Your Best Garden Ever
Farming is not for "dumb farmers" — it's half brainwork. Use your head or your garden will be a disaster. -- RF
For Less Than $35K, We Built Our Own Home

## Environment/health ##
In Canada, Gonorrhea Defeats Another Antibiotic
Why the Flu Is So Dangerous This Year, and Why It Could Get Worse
Australian heat wave sears new colors onto maps
Pollution fears as economising Greeks burn wood for fuel (video)
Bad flu season worsens as Boston declares emergency
Americans live sicker, die younger than others
Job worries help flu to spread
In pictures: Storms sweep Middle East
Can the body cope with 50C?
Scientist: Top Selling Weed Killer – Monsanto's Roundup – Linked to Infertility
The Connection Between Diet Drinks and Depression
About That Overpopulation Problem
Of course the world population will decrease! One way or another, energy decline lowers population. I've repeatedly said that the world will never reach the 9 or 10 billion population that is often forecast. Unfortunately, as energy decline steadily worsens, many innocent people the world over will freeze or starve to death. -- RF
Rogue geoengineering could 'hijack' world's climate
"The world's climate could be hijacked by a rogue country or wealthy individual firing small particles into the stratosphere, claims a warning that comes not from a new Hollywood movie trailer but a sober report from the World Economic Forum (WEF)."
One way to prevent this would be to break up large companies and redistribute wealth. Doing so would make it impossible for any one entity to field enough money to commit such acts. -- RF
Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's
West African lions nearing extinction
Rhino poaching in South Africa reaches record levels
Shale Gas: How Often Do Fracked Wells Leak?
"When industry says hardly ever, that's a myth. It's a documented, chronic problem. Third in a series."

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Cyberwar: Who's been attacked? Who are attackers?
"The US is often a target of cyberattacks, but its government is also known to be an attacker. The Pentagon's Plan X, moreover, will bolster US capabilities to wage cyberwar."
U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens: Report
UK 'complacent' over military cyber attack risk, MPs warn
Attacks On U.S. Banks' Websites Seen As Work Of Iran
Disney Will Gather Private Information on Theme Park Visitors with New "Magic" Bracelets
Mickey Mouse Is Watching You: Does Disney's MyMagic+ Know Too Much?
Eavesdropping on your phone from anywhere in the world
Drake International the latest victim of hacking, extortion scheme against companies
Bin Laden death photos might not see the light of day
This whole OBL story is such a pile of reeking BS. -- RF
Info-stealing smartphone apps send user data to foreign servers (Japan)
Gulf rulers take sharper aim at Web dissent

## Systemic breakdown ##
By The Numbers: 20 Facts About The Collapse Of Europe That Everyone Should Know
Risks of economic, ecological collapse
"Persistent economic weakness is sapping the ability of governments to tackle the growing threat of climate change and risks a global ''perfect storm'' of intertwined financial and ecological collapse, the World Economic Forum has warned."
East Anglia suffers supply chain skills shortage
Fog Delay Causes Chinese Airport to Gradually Slip into Anarchy

## Japan ##
Gov't set to unveil massive Y20 tril stimulus budget
Japan Explores War Scenarios with China
Panasonic CEO Says May Close Businesses in Bid to End Losses
Shades of Koizumi? PM Abe Re-Launches Key Economic Policy Council
Japan to renovate hospitals near nuclear power plants
"Reports have surfaced that the national government has decided to advocate the renovation of hospitals, schools and other facilities located within a 5-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants across the country. The primary aim is to provide a viable option for the sick and elderly to remain in the facilities in case of a nuclear meltdown, as what happened during the March 11, 2011 Fukushima disaster."
Japan's downside from a weaker yen: Poor seniors
Japan to survey Pacific seabed for rare earths
Reprocessed nuclear waste to arrive in Aomori from Britain in late February
Nuclear regulator says checking all reactors in 3 yrs difficult
"Japan's nuclear regulatory authority chief said Wednesday it would be difficult to finish safety assessments on all of the country's commercial reactors in three years, as aimed by the new government led by the Liberal Democratic Party."
CEO of Nidec Says Japan Can't Compete Without Labor Deregulation, Workers Respond With "F- That!"

## China ##
A Hard Landing In China Part 1 - Evolution And Response
A Hard Landing In China Part 2 - Rest Of The World Impact
China Loan Share at Record Low Shows Financing Risks
Shipping downturn to continue: report
"The downturn in China's shipping market had persisted for five quarters at the end of 2012 and is likely to continue in the first quarter of the year, said a report released on Wednesday by the Shanghai International Shipping Institute, an industry research and consultation institute."
China to have more than 4,000 shopping malls by end of 2015
Eight smart trades if China goes bust
China Shipyards Set to Spark Price War Among Rigmakers
"With orders for new ships plunging to an eight-year low in 2012, China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group Holdings Ltd. (1101) and its local rivals are foraying into the offshore business, lured by a market that will reach about $328 billion in 2017. The new entrants are lowering prices to grab contracts, hurting margins at Singapore-based Keppel Corp. (KEP) and Sembcorp Marine Ltd., the world's two-biggest rig makers."
Southern China tested by record cold temperatures
2 missing in continuing S. China freeze
"Shortage of natural gas supplies effected taxis in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province due to the weather. Some gas stations had long queues of taxis waiting outside. Some stations could only supply gas for three to four hours each day."
China censor row paper Southern Weekly back on stands
Beijing newspaper caves in to government pressure after ultimatum
Chart Of The Day: Chinese November Gold Imports Soar To 91 Tons; 2012 Total 720 Tons

## UK ##
Public must be warned about cyber threat 'like AIDS campaign in the 80s'
"Everybody must be warned their computers are at risk of criminal attacks in a mass public awareness campaign like the one about AIDS in the 1980s, a former top official has said."
Jessops camera chain in administration
Steve Webb: the era of early retirement is over
Rolls-Royce car sales edge up to new record
Armed Forces face 'critical shortfalls' in airpower

## US ##
American Express to cut 5,400 jobs, take charges in fourth quarter
Here Comes The Next Fiscal Cliff Crisis. It's Going To Be Worse.
Night of the Living Debt Ceiling: The Fiscal Horror That Is to Come
Utah town makes arming households a top priority
NRA Vows To Stop Tuscon From Destroying Guns
America's PhDs On Foodstamps (infographic)
Biden: Obama may take 'executive action' on gun control
Wall Street Cuts Climb Pay Ladder
California 'suffering unprecedented decline' in child population
"California is in the midst of an unprecedented decline in its child population. Falling birth rates, a decrease in migration and the retirement of the 'baby boom' generation are threatening the future prosperity of America's most populous state, a new report has revealed."
That is basically what's wrong with the current economic system. And the situation will never improve as long as everyone keeps seeking infinite growth and expansion. -- RF
Texas Judge Rules Schools Can Force RFID Chips on Students
Wall Street's Untouchables
Morgan Stanley to cut jobs, may signal more pain ahead
New data show 1 in 4 children on food stamps in FY 2011
Water battles loom in wake of shortage on Midwest rivers
"Meanwhile, a record shortage of water on our rivers is creating water wars all along their routes. South Dakota is adamant that millions of gallons of water be kept available for the state's fracking operations. Cutting the flow from dams in South Dakota will reduce the Mississippi's water level in the St. Louis area by 3 to 4 feet."
Rocky Mountain high: Pot a $200M industry in Colorado
Is Gold and Silver Registration Coming to Illinois?
Software update accidentially cancels food stamp cards for 37,000 Californians
2012 ended with spate of CEO exits
Municipal Bonds: Where to in 2013? Is There a Muni Bubble? Will it Pop?
Two People Shot In California High School
Americans Keep Fleeing Banks, Flock to Credit Unions Instead
What's ahead for Social Security in 2013
Major Flu Outbreak Threatens to Slow Economy Further
Weak Toys R Us Holiday Sales, Bad For Toy Companies and Video Games
More Ph.D.s needing food stamps

And finally…
Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter
Christian TV 'prophet': Long-lasting shoes are proof of supernatural miracles from God
Crazy drive thru prank baffles workers [VIDEO]
Martian Central Bank Interested in Buying 100 $1 Trillion Coins

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