Saturday, November 29, 2014


News Links, November 30, 2014

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Could oil collapse cause next credit crisis?
It's not just the Saudis who could get much poorer from the oil price free fall. Everyone could suffer if the collapse triggers a wave of defaults through the high-yield debt market, and in turn, hits stocks. The first to fall: the banks that were last hit by the housing crisis.
Will the US give the Dutch their gold back?
Netherlands, Germany Have Euro Disaster Plan – Possible Return to Guilder and Mark
There is no let-up in disturbances to global shipping operations, warns the Strike Club
Bill Milligan, chairman and ceo of S.C. Management, said that new risks keep appearing, such as the Ebola crisis, leading to port closures and putting extra pressure on ship operators, and their crews, trading to West Africa.
Italian Unemployment Rate Rises to Record, Above Forecasts
French jobless total hits new record in October - govt
"An Unstoppable Zombie Holiday" – Humanity Shudders as America Exports Black Friday to the World
Russian rouble sets all-time low against US dollar
"Panicking" Ukrainians Face Soaring Prices, Warn "Inflation Is War"
Financial Terrorists On The Road—–Krugman And Rogoff Peddling Toxic Advice
That Hot US-EU Trade Deal? Destroys 600,000 EU Jobs – Study
Ruble Freefall: And the Ugliest Currencies Are?
Federal Reserve Confirms Biggest Foreign Gold Withdrawal In Over Ten Years
Sanctions on Russia Bite Europe, China the Beneficiary

## Airline Death Spiral ##
German pilots union says fresh strikes imminent at Lufthansa
Frequent flyers hit as airline surcharges fly high despite slump in fuel prices
Malaysia Airlines loss widens
Why luxury air travel is taking off again
Free checked bags are flying away; factor in bag fees when shopping for airfares

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
The High Seas are becoming less secure and "edgy" for the people who sail them
Despite the significant reduction in piracy attacks over the last few years it is now widely accepted by the maritime community that the safety of the High Seas cannot always be guaranteed by Governments.
Russian Nuclear Submarine Fires Intercontinental Ballistic Test Missile From The Barents Sea
'IS' supply channels through Turkey
Islamists come out on top in new effort to unify Syrian rebel groups
US in talks over Arab boots on the ground
The U.S. and allies are discussing the possibility of deploying ground forces from Arab nations to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a top Republican lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee.
Israel's Foreign Minister Urges Government To Encourage Departure Of Arabs To Future Palestinian State
Arab League To Bring Palestinian Statehood Resolution To UN Security Council
U.S. shootings by police, prison conditions trouble U.N.
Bombs, gunfire kill 81 at crowded mosque in Nigeria's Kano
France Studies Nuclear Missile Replacement
Russian Warships Enter English Channel Amid Tension Over Ukraine

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Strikes, Protests Hit 1,600 Walmart Stores
Hong Kong protesters clash with police after new clampdown
Ferguson protesters disrupt Black Friday shopping
St. Louis shopping centre closes on Black Friday as Ferguson protests spread
Arrests across nation as protesters target Black Friday
At Least Five Dead After Egypt Protests Put Down By Government
#BlackOutBlackFriday Protests Connect Ferguson with Consumer Boycott
Ferguson Protesters To March 120 Miles To Jefferson City
Terrorists attack China's Xinjiang region, despite stronger security

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Crash Will See Drillers Cut Spending to Shield Dividends
For the world's largest oil companies, the accelerating crash in crude prices will probably mean scrapping investments from America's shale fields to the seas off Brazil as CEOs protect dividend payments.
State Of Emergency In Ukraine As Russia Cuts Off Coal
Something Doesn't Add Up In Bakken Production Figures
Big Oil Going Big In The Gulf Of Mexico
The oil industry is betting big on the Gulf of Mexico with both costs and production rising as a result.
Venezuela to keep pushing to reverse oil decline
Alberta energy firms face harsh new reality as oil's slide steepens
Bottom for oil in 2015 is $35: Kloza
Iran's oil exports to Japan up 28% in October
Russia's Oil Giant Battles Debt After $55 Billion Deal
WTI moves near price where it could hurt
Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies
Billions wiped off energy shares as investors rush for exit
Inside OPEC room, Naimi declares price war on U.S. shale oil

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Cell phone towers become targets for metal thieves
Copper Thieves Target Interstate Exits

## Got food? ##
Why Is Russia Banning GMOs While the US Keeps Approving Them?
Organic Food Activists Take Thanksgiving Fight to Monsanto's Front Lawn
4 Ways to Take Control of Your Food: A Very Useful Guide!

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Do We Own Our Stuff, or Does Our Stuff Own Us?

## Environment/health ##
Bhopal's toxic legacy lives on, 30 years after industrial disaster
Drug-Resistant Malaria Is 'Disaster in the Making,' Expert Warns
U.S., British data show 2014 could be hottest year on record
Liberia's Supreme Court Suspends Election Campaign Over Ebola
Ebola Outbreak: Nearly 7,000 Dead, 16,000 Likely Infected With Virus, Says World Health Organization
Drone's Eye View Offers Eerie Glimpse of Nuclear Desolation in Chernobyl's Shadow
Drought-hit Sao Paulo may 'get water from mud'

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Web Is Getting Slower, At Least in How We All Experience It
Rumors and propaganda: Enquirer says HRC has booze problem
Those sceptical of the Enquirer should bear in mind that it was the pub that broke the John Edwards sex story.
Twitter To Track Apps For Ad Targeting
About Those Eyeball-Based Valuations: "Half Of Twitter Accounts Created In 2013 Have Already Been Deleted"
Data breaches now industrywide problem: Target CEO
Coalition Launches to Lead Global Fight For Open Internet and Digital Democracy
Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time, MPs warn

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Dark Age America: The Suicide of Science
"The Best Slave Is A Slave That Doesn't Know He's A Slave" - America Today In 4 Pictures

## Japan ##
Japan Household Spending Down 4%, CPI Drops to 0.9%; Bankruptcies Soar in Yen Collapse
U.S. Filled Okinawa With Bases And Japan Kept Them There: Okinawans Again Say No
The U.S. is over-burdened militarily and effectively bankrupt financially, but Washington is determined to preserve every base and deployment, no matter how archaic. Such as the many military facilities in Okinawa, which risks sinking under the plethora of American installations, runways, materiel, and personnel. No wonder the Okinawan people again voted against being conscripted as one of Washington's most important military hubs.
Japan may expand air bag recalls; worried about impact on industry
While The Bank Of Japan Goes 'Full-QE-Retard', Japanese Investors Are Hoarding Physical Gold
Japanese Sovereign Debt Yield Turns Negative
Kuroda's Former Boss Urges Ditching of BOJ 2% Inflation Target
Ministry calls for more butter supplies
No. of Fukushima nuclear plant workers on false contracts increases

## China ##
Its Official—-Beijing Admits $7 Trillion Waste And Theft During "Investment" Spree
Ghost cities lined with empty apartment blocks, abandoned highways and mothballed steel mills sprawl across China's landscape – the outcome of government stimulus measures and hyperactive construction that have generated $6.8 trillion in wasted investment since 2009, according to a report by government researchers.
China's Nuclear Power Gamble Is Mind-Boggling
'Terrorist' Attack In China's Xinjiang Region Leaves At Least 15 Dead And 14 Injured
China Takes Out Another 52.5 Tonnes of Gold For the Week Through Shanghai
China hikes gasoline, diesel consumption tax for first time since 2009
China-friendly Nationalist Party trampled at the ballot box

## UK ##
Spend your old age caring for the even older generation
Britain becoming a nation of 'grandparents caring for great-grandparents', says minister as new figures show two million elderly people poised to become carers
Black Friday fever: police deal with desperate shoppers
Black Friday shopping fever has engulfed the UK, with fights breaking out between bargain-hunting shoppers, stores forced to close, and retailers' websites crashing as shoppers scrambled to grab discounted goods.
Black Friday jingling of tills rings hollow in UK
Fracking could be as damaging as thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, government's Chief Scientific Adviser warns in new report

## US ##
Chart Of The Day: US Public Debt Will Hit $18 Trillion On December 9th
What happens when 100 million Americans are not in the labor force?
More pressure is being added on the one-third of working Americans supporting two-thirds of the population.
Did We Just Witness The Last Great Black Friday Celebration Of American Materialism?
Thieves target Austin clothier in smash-and-grab robbery
For the second time in as many days, Chicago Police are investigating a smash-and-grab robbery at a clothing store. A truck slammed through the back wall of J-Bees Clothing and Footwear in the city's Austin neighborhood, then at least 20 thieves rushed inside, scooping up high-dollar, brand-name clothing.
Police Chase Down Thieves in Smash and Grab Robberies (video)
They steal cars and then crash them into stores. Police say organized gang are using 'smash and grab' tactic to break into stores and goods.
Smash and grab bandits strike twice in one night (Florida)
Water main break shuts down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu
When Your Church Becomes a Place of Statist Worship
Pastor's Stint On The Street Opens Eyes to Plight of Homeless
Crony Capitalists Feeding At The Trough: Another Green Energy Subsidy Scalper Bites The Dust
Black Friday fatigue? Shoppers flock to online deals
Gov. Jay Nixon Requests Additional Emergency Funding For National Guard, State Police In Special Meeting

And finally...
The Weirdest Incidents Involving Wild Turkeys This Week
Hello Kitty Park to open in China

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