Sunday, August 24, 2014


News Links, August 23-25, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
German Two-Year Bonds Have Negative Yield, Demand High; Euro Bond Bubble Guaranteed to Burst
Is Portugal Next in Line for Wealth Confiscation?
Is China disguising itself as Belgium to buy US government bonds?
New definition of retirement = work until you die
Bank of America Settlement Only Proves Invincibility of Wall Street
Russia Looks for Alternatives to SWIFT to Curtail Sanctions Risk
10 Western companies getting slammed in Russia
Spotlight on European Bank Lending: Capital Impairment to the Forefront
Global unrest worries Detroit's Big 3 carmakers
Growing National Unrest Has Many Worried, Even Capitalists
Gold Is the Money of Kings, Debt the Money of Slaves
Spain's Silent Reconquest of Mexico
Swedish Debt Cap May Be Relaxed as Social Democrats Reveal Plans

## Airline Death Spiral ##
US airlines clock their worst delays in two decades
Estonian Air lost 8.1m euros in 2013, 5m in first half 2014
If You're Too Sick To Fly, Airlines Might Not Offer A Refund
4 Things the Airline Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
Thai unrest hits airlines in Q2
Airlines expand profits by adding seats — but not more planes
Airline seat discomfort top gripe among Southeast Asian travellers
Iceland Warns Airlines of Ash Plume as Volcano Erupts
Venerable Asian airlines struggle to shake cheap competition
The world's largest airline has started phasing out first class on most planes as passenger demand dwindles
Malaysia Airlines Plane Turns Back After Experiencing 'Pressure Problems'
Security Threat Diverts AA Jet From DFW To Land In Phonenix

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Imperial Washington's Gross Hypocrisy
Syria Death Toll Reaches 191K, UN has 'Failed'
US And Assad vs. ISIS? Arguments Made For Partnership With Syrian President
US Preparing to Expand Iraq War Into Syria
Rash of new abductions of foreigners in Syria
Obama's Effort to Combat Extremists Suffers Iraq Setback
Baghdad Suicide Bomber Attacks Intelligence Headquarters, 8 Reported Dead
UN Calls For 'Immediate Action' For Iraqi Town 'Besieged' By ISIS; No Food, Water Or Medicine
France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms
ISIS Fighters Seize Syrian Army Base In Raqqa, Activists Say
Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West's – Not Putin's – Fault
White House threatens 'additional consequences' following Russian's incursion into Ukraine
Russia keeps up pressure on McDonald's with new inspections
Western Journalists Inspect Russian White Truck "Invaders" And Find……..Humanitarian Aid!
Washington's Ridiculous Bluster: Russia's White Truck Convoy Is Not An "Invasion"
Russia seizes Japan research whaling ship in Sea of Okhotsk
Russia blacklists Japanese in response to Ukraine-linked sanctions
Germany promises $690M in aid to Ukraine
Yemen on high alert as rebels push to overthrow government
Tripoli bombed as Libya descends further into chaos and Egypt denies involvement
Libya Islamists Seize Tripoli Airport as Parliament Duel Set
Israel increases bombardment of Gaza as huge bombs destroy buildings
Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft
Iran Says It Downed An Israeli Drone Near Natanz Nuclear Site
Saudi Arabia Sustains UN Human Rights Council Membership Despite Beheading 19 People in 17 Days
Mexico hails new militia as bulwark against drug cartels
Islamic State recruiting in Canada, local imam warns
China vs US - superpower standoff in Africa

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
St. Louis County Cop Removed from Active Duty Over 'Killer' Comments
Oakland Protesters Hold Up Mirrors to Police Officers in Ferguson Solidarity March
Thousands march in New York City to protest police chokehold death
Thousands march on Henoko base site (Japan)

## Energy/resources ##
UK oil output threatened by platforms running out of juice
The affected Northern North Sea (NNS) is a very mature part of the basin where producers are trapped in a vicious circle of falling output, rising costs to patch up ageing platforms, and dwindling power supplies.
Reality check: Oil, Solar, Dollars And Fairy Tales
Ukraine faces difficult winter without Russian gas - PM
Did Demand Concerns Spark The Biggest Drop In US Oil Rig Count Since 2012?
Cost-cutting fever grips oil sands players as economics called into question
Oil 'super spike' is coming: Dan Dicker
£11m for the wind farm that was not working (UK)
Ten wind farms have each been paid more than £3 million over the past three years to shut down their turbines, with one alone receiving £11 million
The Backstory In Ukraine, Syria, Iraq And Iran: Battles About Natural Gas And Pipelines
Natural Gas As A Trucking Fuel Fails To Deliver
Germany clears $6.9 billion RWE unit sale to Russian investor
China ships no crude oil to N. Korea for 7th month

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
More than 8,000 metres of eircom cable stolen in 2014
Copper theft plagues Telecom
£20k reward to catch copper cable thieves
3 arrested in theft of utility poles in Montgomery County

## Got food? ##
Bacteria destroying Puglia's precious olive groves could ruin Italy's oil industry
Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus
Too Much Corn With Nowhere to Go as U.S. Sees Record Crop
A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis
Perdue recalls 15,000 lbs of chicken nuggets after plastic discovered in meat
Are You Ready for Cricket Flour Cookies?
Is your food safe? Not even the FDA may know
High-tech vegetable farms grow up (Singapore)
Farming: The new go-to career choice for New England's young, as interest grows in local food

## Environment/health ##
Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
WHO warns of 'shadow zones' and unreported Ebola cases
Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of "shadow zones" where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
'Underestimated' Ebola outbreak spreads
Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province
At Least 10 Percent Of Fracking Fluid Is Toxic
At least 10 percent of the contents of fracking fluid injected into the earth is toxic. For another third we have no idea. And that's only from the list of chemicals the fracking industry provided voluntarily. That's according to an analysis by William Stringfellow of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, reported in Chemistry World.
Oil spill that fouled Mexican river will take months to clean up

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Researchers hack Gmail app with 92% success rate
Mr Blair, who is paid millions of pounds a year to give advice to Mr Nazarbayev, goes on to suggest key passages to insert into a speech the president was giving at the University of Cambridge, to defend the action.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Walgreen pharmacies back online after computer system crash: DJ

## Japan ##
Aluminum Fees to Japan Seen Reaching Record on Brazil Output Cut
Aluminum buyers in Japan, Asia's largest importer, are set to agree on a record quarterly fee after lower output from Brazil deepened a global deficit, said three executives who will start negotiations next week.
Japanese firms hit by labor crunch
Some 60% of Japanese firms are finding it increasingly difficult to secure sufficient workers, hit by a pervasive labor shortage that is pushing up hiring costs and starting to eat into profits, a Reuters poll shows.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. -- RF
FBI Admits: No Credible Threats to US From ISIS
Hagel: Iraq crisis may require Defense budget changes
Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised
A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds.
Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

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