Monday, March 17, 2014


News Links, March 17-18, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Working Without Pay A Reality For Much Of Greece's Labor Force
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Red Flags Dubai's Debt (Again)
Dubai refinancing deal reached on $20 billion owed
Foreigners Sell A Record Amount Of Treasurys Held By The Fed In Past Week
The big economies cannot avoid a soft default as they face their debt reckoning
Finland Trapped in Recession as Investment Fades: Nordic Credit
Finland is losing its industrial base as the government commits to austerity policies designed to protect a AAA credit rating and keep borrowing costs down.
16 killed in stampedes for jobs in Nigeria
At least 16 people were killed in stampedes for government jobs in Nigeria when hundreds of thousands were invited to apply for fewer than 5,000 positions, officials and activists said Sunday.
Growth In Asia-Pacific Real Estate Investment Is Poised To Slow This Year
New doomsday poll: 99.9% risk of 2014 crash — Black-swan crisis warning for now through mid-April
These Six Euroarea Countries Are In Outright Deflation As Eurozone Inflation Slides To Four Year Lows
Moody's Pushes Argentina Rating Further Into Junk
Will The 'Green Economy' Trigger The Next Global Financial Crisis?

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Qantas Risk Tops Air France-KLM on Plan Doubts: Australia Credit
Airlines support bill to advertise fares, fees and taxes separately
Flights delayed and passengers hot and hungry during Gold Coast Airport's power outage (Australia)

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar's World Cup Facilities
Russian troops 'in mainland Ukraine' ahead of Crimea vote
Ukrainian police reports on the number of weapons stolen by radicals in Lviv
Ukraine Now Headed by Fascists and Neo-Nazis
Everyone remembers the "good Taliban", with which the U.S. could negotiate in Afghanistan. Then came the "good al-Qaeda", jihadis the US could support in Syria. Now come the "good neo-nazis", with which the West can do business in Kiev.
Final Crimea count: 97 percent back Russia
Crimea votes yes; push to join Russia spreads
Secessionist fever spread across eastern Ukraine Sunday as the Crimean peninsula overwhelmingly approved a referendum to rejoin Russia and ethnic-Russian protesters across a wide swath of the increasingly divided country demanded a similar secession vote in their own regions.
Obama's Fantasy: Using US Energy 'Boom' Against Russia
Putin recognizes Crimean independence
Crimea Names Ruble Currency; Applies To Join Russia, Expects To Become Russian Federation Region By Thursday
Obama's Former Foreign Policy Adviser Said – In 1997 – that the U.S. Had to Gain Control of Ukraine
Ukraine penalty: US, Europe order Russia sanctions
Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators
Crimea and Western 'values
US Quietly Ships Hellfire Missiles, Rifles, and Ammo to Iraq
This month alone, "the United States delivered nearly 100 Hellfire missiles together with hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and M4 rifles" to the Iraqi government, the U.S. Embassy to Iraq revealed Sunday.
U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan
Saudi and Kuwait arrest Brotherhood members, says Egypt
Israel's defence minister: 'there'll be no peace agreement in my lifetime'
Egyptian militants outwit army in Sinai battlefield
Egypt crackdown brings most arrests in decades
Egypt's crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country's biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny cells.
Mexico drug cartel makes more dealing iron ore
Forget crystal meth. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point that drug trafficking doesn't even rank among its top sources of income.
U.S. forces seize control of rogue tanker
Analysis: China Backs Manila Into Corner; Limited Options for US
Border Patrol Agents Train for War on the U.S.-Mexico Border
11 Years After US Invasion, Iraq Is a Wreck

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Tens of Thousands March in Moscow Against Crimea Intervention
Disgruntled Workers Cause Shut Down Of India Toyota Plant
Losses mount as South Africa faces biggest post-apartheid mine strike
Demonstrators turn out in force in Kagoshima to oppose Sendai nuke plant restart (Japan)

## Energy/resources ##
Iraq Oil Production Hits 35 Year High
Oil pipeline bombed in Colombia
An oil pipeline was bombed in Colombia's Norte de Santander province, the mayor of Cubara said, the 17th time this year it has been attacked.
Net vs. gross energy: Is it wise to be complacent?
Over 1 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish oil stored in Turkey
Indefinite load shedding exercise to officially start on Wednesday (Ghana)
China Solar Faces Credit Crunch As Power Stations Starved For Capital
Rotational blackouts in Mindanao to continue
Philippine Power Supply Tightens As Summer Approaches
Power supply 3,000 megawatts short (Egypt)
Power cuts have increased in Cairo and other governorates due to a shortage of 3000 megawatts in electricity generation capacity. The ministers of electricity and environment are launching a national campaign to ration consumption as of May.

## Got food? ##
South Pakistan children dying of hunger as drought looms
Inside the Milk Machine: How Modern Dairy Works
Agriculture in a Changing World
Major Fishing Nations Commit to Ending Fleet Overcapacity
Wheat prices surge

## Environment/health ##
Canadian hospitals stretched as self-harming teens seek help
Mental health services are strained as a growing number of teens show up at emergency rooms across Canada with self-inflicted injuries and suicidal thoughts, say pediatric psychiatrists.
Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly
It wasn't just people, animals and trees that were affected by radiation exposure at Chernobyl, but also the decomposers: insects, microbes, and fungi
Measles outbreak prompts officials to issue national plea for vaccination (Canada)
Russians find electromagnetic radiation increasingly worrisome
Polluted Paris chokes in the springtime sun
Paris orders drivers with even number plates off the road
Greenland Glaciers Melting in the Northeast
Mass Scallop Die Off a 'Red Flag' for the World's Oceans
Alarming number of golden staph cases at Canberra hospital

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Seattle cops to get quick new tool: facial-recognition software
Qatar creating spy networks in Gulf states, claims military expert
Arab officials have claimed Qatar and Turkey are establishing spy networks in GCC states to report on plans to act against the Muslim Brotherhood, a leading Gulf military analyst has said.
Hackers seek to disrupt electric grid through 'smart' devices
Nato websites targeted in cyber attack over Crimea stance
A group calling itself "cyber berkut" said the attack had been carried out by patriotic Ukrainians angry over what they saw as Nato interference in their country
There's Something Very Wrong with the Official Story About the Boston Bombings
US cites security more to censor, deny records
Driverless Cars Are Giant Data Collection Devices, Say Privacy Experts
NATO websites hit in cyber attack linked to Crimea tension
EU-funded research surveils social sites
Spying on social networks is the latest in a string of EU-funded projects to develop automated counter-terrorism and criminal surveillance systems that have sparked new fears of government snooping.
Media's Reporting on Ukraine as Terrible as It Was on Iraq
UK gov wants 'unsavoury' web content censored

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
New York City's aging infrastructure
Bizarro Common Core kindergarten math homework stumps DAD WITH Ph.D.

## Japan ##
Report: USS Reagan exposed to radiation levels exceeding what Japanese government said
Is Japanese Government 'Squelching' Efforts to Research Fukushima Radiation?
No limits in monetary policy adjustment, Kuroda says
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda says there are no limits for adjusting the bank's current "quantitative and qualitative" easing regime introduced in April 2013, stressing there room for additional monetary easing.
Fukushima Watch: IAEA Says Controlled Release of Contaminated Water Should be Considered

## China ##
China Developer With $567 Million Debt Said to Collapse
China announces plans to expand cities
China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services to support economic growth by allowing millions more rural residents to migrate to urban jobs.

## UK ##
South Wales Fire Service campaign over attacks on crews
Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20%
Metropolitan police strip searched more than 4,500 children in five years
Britain's prison overcrowding crisis surges 'close to the brink'
Britain is treating journalists as terrorists – believe me, I know

## US ##
Read the Pentagon's $59 Billion 'Black Budget'
Baby boomers turn to reverse mortgages
U.S. baby boomers desperate for retirement income are increasingly turning back to a financial product that, after the housing bust, had been left for dead: the reverse mortgage.

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