Sunday, March 23, 2014


News Links, March 23-24, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Korea Exchange Seeks Cut of $3 Billion Illegal Gold Trade
South Korea's equity exchange will start offering physical gold trades for the first time today, as the government seeks to curb as much as $3 billion of black-market transactions.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Nile River Dam Threatens War Between Egypt and Ethiopia
Russian Troops Seize Last Ukrainian Airbase in Crimea
Despite orders to withdraw from the peninsula yesterday, two Ukrainian military bases remained holdouts into the weekend in Crimea, the Belbek Airbase at Sevastopol and the naval base at Novofederovka. It didn't last.
Arab League to reject Israel as Jewish state
Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space
History of CIA torture after 9/11 must be confronted or risks being repeated
Ukraine police find 42 kg of gold in home of ex-energy minister
Ukraine fiasco marks end of the EU's imperial dream
Normally when a country's people give a referendum vote that the EU doesn't like, they are just told to vote again to put it right. In the case of Crimea, however, where 96 per cent of the people voted to return to Russia, the EU was in no position to ask them to think again.
Why US sanctions could play into Putin's hand
NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region
Putin Playing Chess (Hilarious Picture, Russian Point of View)

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Spain 'Marches for Dignity': Massive March Against Austerity
Spain austerity: Huge Madrid protest turns violent
Venezuela protest death toll rises to 33
Taiwan Police Evict Protesters from Cabinet Building
Protesting students break into Executive Yuan
Israeli embassies shut doors as diplomats go on strike
Protesters in Chile keep heat on Bachelet to make good on reforms

## Energy/resources ##
Why The U.S. Utility Solar Market Is Slowing Down

## Got food? ##
Top Organic Vegetable Gardening Challenges and How to Overcome Them
Low price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheat
Farming in America: 'There's a growing discontent'
"There's a growing discontent among the farming community," said John Kempf, a fruit and vegetable farmer in northeast Ohio. "We have a farming model now that is antagonistic to the enjoyment of watching seeds grow and seeing a new born animal."
LED plant factories offer efficient 3D alternative to traditional gardening
Looks great... until the power goes off or you run out of nutrient solution. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Indonesian forest fires feed 'brown cloud' of pollution choking Asia's cities
Guinea Says 59 People Have Died In Ebola Outbreak
Scores of ships trapped by Texas oil spill
U.N. scientists to deliver grim report on climate at Yokohama conference
25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Twitter And YouTube Defy Foreign Censorship As Bloomberg Bows To It
'Stingray': Increased and Secretive Cell Phone Surveillance by Local Police Raises Alarms
Report: NSA targeted Chinese tech giant Huawei
Dirigible Drones Will Watch the World From 13 Miles Up
Jimmy Carter on NSA: "If I Send an Email, It Will Be Monitored"

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Power is nothing without control: how to lose an empire
March Madness meets 'Revolution' and economy collapses

## Japan ##
Abenomics' Failure Is the Global Canary
Global Hawk to deploy to Japan for first time
The RQ-4 Global Hawk, the massive surveillance drone once targeted for extinction and now considered by the Air Force as the answer for future intelligence needs, is expanding its reach into the Pacific this year with its first deployment to Japan.
Japan Moves to Limit Bedbound Elderly On Feeding Tubes
5 years on, MSDF still working to rid seas off Somalia of pirates
Agency to cut bluefin tuna catch by half

## China ##
Chinese Gold Demand 488 MT YTD, Up 29 %
Are China's 'ghost' cities building towards economic ruin?
China funds post record outflows

## UK ##
IMF's Property Tax Hike Proposal Comes True With UK Imposing "Mansion Tax" As Soon As This Year
'Family doctor service on brink of extinction', says new GP leader
Student loans face timebomb, says Labour
'Britain's FBI' in crisis as officers face data charges

## US ##
Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers
Not mentioned in the article is the expense of owning and operating a car. -- RF
This Chart Is A True Picture Of the Unemployment Crisis In America
30 Survey Results That Sound False But That Are Actually True
Ten States Where People Can't Afford Food
The US is running out of welders

And finally...
Journal of Porn Studies debuts; read it for the articles

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