Sunday, April 06, 2014


News Links, April 6-7, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Brussels Says "No" to France Proposal for Deficit Target Leniency
Bank of Japan Catching Up With Fed in Opening the Cash Spigots
Five signs that the global economic recovery may be an illusion
Australia's House Prices 'Flashing Red', Debt to Income at Record Level
Timing the Collapse: Ron Paul Says Watch the Petrodollar

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Mexico flagship airline Mexicana declared bankrupt
Kuwait Airways to cut 1,000 jobs this year

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan
US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.
Boeing To Sell Parts to Iran; Are Airplanes Next?
GE says U.S. approved overhaul of 18 aircraft engines for Iran
Poll Shows Rising Distrust for the Rich in Korea
A majority of South Koreans distrust the rich and disapprove of the way they think many of the country's wealthy accumulated their fortunes, according to a new survey.
Saudi private firms sack 70,000 foreign workers in 2 yrs
Peacekeepers in Central African Republic 'overwhelmed' says Ban Ki-moon
Central African Republic is in a 'state of anarchy' according to UN Secretary General, with French and African peacekeeping soldiers in need of further assistance
Russia Detains 25 Ukrainians Suspected of Plotting Terror
Another Day, Another Political Scandal In Spain's 'Mafia State'
All crime, no punishment — that's the new modus operandi at the top of Spain's political establishment.
Pro-Russia protesters storm regional gov't building in east Ukraine
EU to Rethink Sanctions War With Russia

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Pitched battles flare at Brussels austerity protest
Newark, NJ Students Walk Out For Underserved Schools
Thailand crisis: 'Red shirts' warn of civil war threat
Pepper spray used on protesters in downtown Denver
Rallies in cities across US decrying deportation
Mass strike paralyses Libya's Benghazi, airport closed
More than 100 arrested when California street party turned violent

## Energy/resources ##
Ukraine in emergency talks with EU neighbours on gas imports
Germany losing prestige in energy transition, study reveals
The German Energiewende (energy transition) - once an international model - threatens to disintegrate.
Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer, dogged by fuel shortages
StreetSweeper Reports Ocean Power Technologies 'Dead in Water,' Shares Sink 12%
The dirty truth about Canada's energy future
Platinum, Palladium Supply Squeeze Will Turn Ugly
S. Africans prepare for 2nd gasoline price hike

## Got food? ##
Newbie Urban Gardeners May Not Be Aware Of Soil's Dirty Legacy
Vertical Gardening Techniques for Maximum Returns
Whether your garden is large or small, you can make better use of every square inch by using vertical gardening techniques to grow upright crops.
Inflation Watch: Global Food Disruptions, Commodity Prices Soar
Tyson Foods recalls chicken nugget products for possible plastic pieces
Russia will not import GMO products - PM Medvedev

## Environment/health ##
Uncontacted Tribes Die Instantly After We Meet Them
US Department of Interior Attacks FCC's Exposure Standards: "Out of Date and Inapplicable"
The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce that addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife.
Heads Up! No Major Asteroid Impacts With Earth Since 2001 Were Detected In Advance
The Swiss flats where smoking, painting and mobile phones are banned
A block of flats has been built in Zurich for people who claim to suffer from hypersensitivity to chemicals and electromagnetic radiation

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Scientists develop dissolvable electronics
The Complete Interactive Guide To How The NSA Spies On Everything You Do
Bogus websites for mobile gadgets up 20-fold in two years (Japan)
Facebook Collapse Will Continue

## Japan ##
Olympic construction costs likely to double
The total cost of building and refurbishing venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will likely more than double to ¥380 billion, according to an estimate by the Tokyo metropolitan government, which will shoulder the cost. The amount has ballooned from the initial estimate at the time of its bid to host the 2020 Games.
Japan Orders Strike Against Any North Korean Missile Deemed a Threat
SDF may acquire global reach: Ishiba
Japan could exercise the right of collective self-defense "on the other side of the globe" if national security required it, said Shigeru Ishiba, the Liberal Democratic Party's No. 2 official.
Toyota India output halves amid worker pay dispute
More than 100 municipalities call for repeal of state secrets law
In the four months since passage of the contentious state secrets protection law, 108 local assemblies have submitted written opinions to the central government and Diet calling for its abolition.

## China ##
Soaring Chinese Gold Demand And Its Geopolitical Strategy
China to shut thousands of coal mines
Deadbeat Chinese shipyards stick banks with default bill

## UK ##
Energy complaints reach highest level ever recorded
Energy complaints in the first quarter of 2014 more than tripled compared to the same period last year to their highest level ever recorded, the energy sector's ombudsman said on Monday. The figures are likely to put further pressure on energy companies, already under fire from consumer groups and politicians about rising bills and soaring fuel poverty, which now afflicts 4.5 million Britons.
Poverty in suburbia: is it time for a suburban renaissance?
Research shows that 57 per cent of all those who live in poverty live in the suburbs of England and Wales. There are significant socio-economic features in the suburbs which have been largely ignored.
Supermarkets back in the dock over 15m tons of annual food waste
Six in 10 students will have their debts written off
David Willetts, the Universities Minister, tells Labour's Liam Byrne that the government expects 60 per cent of students' loans will never be fully repaid, costing taxpayers billions of pounds
Five signs the London property bubble is reaching unsustainable proportions
Female troops may get right to fight on front line
More than half of Brits won't pay more than £6 for a bottle of wine

## US ##
Zillow Study Shows 1 in 3 Homes are Unaffordable, Meanwhile Vacation Home Sales Soar
This Chart Is A True Picture of How QE "Solved" The Unemployment Crisis In America
'We're all paying:' Heroin spreads misery in US
The Myth of Working Your Way Through College
Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student's annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.
Judge Throws Out Challenge to Extrajudicial Killings of Americans
Growing Demand for US Apartments Pushing up Rents
Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction
All around the country, the cost of housing is driving people out of places with the most economic opportunity, like L.A. They, like Jamika, are leaving cities with better job markets in search of a cheaper place to live.
Focus: More mass. residents are struggling in suburbia
Dark markets may be more harmful than high-frequency trading
U.S. Gasoline Rises to Eight-Month High in Lundberg Survey
As Fewer People Overdraft, Banks Are Raising Overdraft Fees
Blast at U.S. LNG site casts spotlight on natural gas safety
L.A. has become a poverty factory

And finally...
International Pillow Fight Day

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