Sunday, July 27, 2014


News Links, July 27-28, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
You Can't Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot
The Relentless Fiasco of French Unemployment
Argentine default looms as time runs out for debt deal
The Absurdity of Celebrating 'Successes' of Scandal-Ridden, Bailed-Out Banks
IMF fears ultra-low rates are fuelling asset bubbles

## Airline Death Spiral ##
8-hour flight restrictions to hit city airports today (Shanghai)
Chinese Airlines Brace for Dramatic Losses Due to Military Drills – Report
JetBlue, the 'Nicer' Airline, Needs You to Get Ready for a New Bag Fee
Airline Legroom: Boeing and Airbus Help Shrink It Even More
Airline Stocks Swing To Sharp Losses Despite Hefty Q2 Profits

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight
'John Kerry is an alien, an ongoing embarrassment': what Israel thinks of US secretary of state
Destroy Hamas? Something worse would follow: Pentagon intel chief
Gen. Dempsey: We're Pulling Out Our Cold War Military Plans over Ukraine
SBU Cleans Website of Bogus "Proof"; Mystery of 312 Grows
16 Considerations Which Debunk Washington's Propaganda About Flight 17
US Releases Satellite Images Allegedly Proving Russian Shelling Of East Ukraine
Study: Arms embargo wouldn't hurt Russia
Saigon Redux: US Embassy Flees "Liberated" Libya
Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families
Increasing number of Syrians joining Islamic State, says UN
Peshmerga Suffering Losses against ISIS
US, Iranian Drones Crowd Iraqi Air Space
Coastal tanker hijackings continue
Nigeria: Sea Pirates Engage JTF in Gun Duel
Berlin points finger at NATO for June ATC blackouts
The German government has indicated that NATO electronic warfare (EW) training exercises were responsible for civilian ATC radar display blackouts in central Europe on 5 June and 10 June 2014.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Fast food workers vow civil disobedience
Fast food workers from across the country have voted in suburban Chicago to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience.
I've worked at McDonald's for 10 years and still make $7.35 an hour
Jews Stage Massive Anti-War Protests In Tel Aviv, New York and Elsewhere

## Energy/resources ##
Nuclear renaissance: Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short
Iraqi Kurdish oil nears Texas port for likely offloading
PetroChina trying to trim $1.23-billion payment to Athabasca: source
PetroChina, the Chinese oil giant rocked by a corruption scandal that has spread to its Canadian unit, is trying to reduce a $1.23-billion payment to Calgary-based Athabasca Oil Corp. for oil sands properties it believes are of poorer than expected quality, a source close to PetroChina said Friday.

## Got food? ##
UN Bodies Sound Alarm on Looming Famine
Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Wave of the future: Multigenerational Households Make Sense
Our Peach Pie Workshop
In my view, the only meaningful response is to take control of as much of your life as you can and opt out of destructive systems as much as possible.

## Environment/health ##
Oil drilling in North Dakota raises concerns about radioactive waste
West Africa's Ebola Outbreak Is Spiraling Out of Control
Nigeria Fears Man Carried Ebola on Jet
Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel
Ebola now taking toll on doctors
California wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes
'Kissing bug' disease prompts growing concern in U.S.

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Washington And Media Russia Bashing Is Riddled With Lies, Hysteria And Humbug
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords
Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face
In a world of increasingly sophisticated facial-recognition technology, a drastic technique can throw the machines off your trail.
JFK airport security flunks kayaker test
Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Post-peak Rome: the lake that defeated concrete
Nissan Expands Recall Over Explosive Air Bags
Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.

## Japan ##
Japan Exports and Trade Balance vs. the Yen; Abenomics in Review
Despite the widely touted success of Abenomics, a few charts will prove success is all hype and no reality.
Ten people die, 1,400 rushed to hospital amid heat wave
Hokkaido Electric seeks approval for second hike in energy rates
Residents near Sendai N-plant get iodine preparations

## China ##
End of China's property purchase restrictions looms
Facing a decline in the property market, Beijing's policy to restrict home purchases in order to beat speculation driving up prices may be nearing its end. More than half of the 46 cities which adopted controls on the purchase of residential properties  have abolished or relaxed the restrictions, and the central government has acquiesced.
China Adds East China Sea Drills to Spate of Military Exercises
China Cements Eurasian Trade Routes With Great Silk Road Revival: The Infographic

## UK ##
Anger grows over Jurassic Coast wind farm plans

## US ##
America's Lost Decade: Typical Household Wealth Has Plunged 36% Since 2003
Does it feel like you're poorer? There is a simple reason why – you are! According to a new study by the Russell Sage Foundation, the inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36% decline… Welcome to America's Lost Decade.
American-Grown Gangs Fuel Immigration Crisis From Central America
By the Numbers: US Poverty
Study: Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought
California Tries to Measure Water Use as Drought Worsens
West's water worries rise as Lake Mead falls
Beneath The Tepid Housing Recovery: Pre-Crisis Rot Re-Emerging
The New York Times calls on US to legalize marijuana
Driving our way into poverty: Subprime auto debt continues to expand while domestic auto production remains weak.
More grandparents raising their grandkids
Another nail in the coffin of the nuclear family. -- RF
Detroit not alone in shutting off water for unpaid bills
9/11 death toll rises as cancer cases soar among emergency workers
Malibu beach wars: app revealing public access to beaches infuriates wealthy homeowners
Baghdad threatens to sue as Kurdish oil tanker nears Texas

And finally...
Too hot during the blackout? Cool down with an electric fan, veteran newscaster suggests (Japan)
Duh! -- RF

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