Friday, January 30, 2015


News Links, January 31, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Global Cooling Alert: Baltic Dry Goods Index Plummets To 28-Year Low
Commodity prices collapse to lowest in 12 years
The Mexican Peso & Brazilian Real Are Collapsing
Weakening Currencies Put Developing Countries' Debt at Risk
Brazil's Economy Is On The Verge Of Total Collapse
Eurozone breakup threat reaches all-time high
In Denmark You Are Now Paid To Take Out A Mortgage
Turkey's Vanishing $8 Billion
Eurozone, Including Germany, in Deflation; Strange Times for Denmark, Deutschland and EU
Germany succumbs to Europe's deflationary crisis
A Greek tragedy in four charts
Tim Hortons cut 350 workers in layoffs this week, company says
Canadian dollar sinks ever deeper: 'There will be consequences'
Oil and Real Estate Bubbles in Canada: What Goes up Won't so Smoothly Come Down
Chances of Bank of Canada rate cut in March rising as outlook for economy gets worse
It Will Now Cost You 0.5% To Save Money In Denmark: Danish Central Bank Cuts Rates For Third Time In Two Weeks
The Raging "Currency Wars" Across Europe
Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil
Birth Pangs Of The Coming Great Depression
Stupid Time In the Casino: Shake Shack Opens At 108X EBITDA/TEV
AOL to lay off about 150, mostly in sales
Markets Brace For Big Oil Profit Plunge

## Airline Death Spiral ##
JetBlue to Unveil Bag Fees and New Types of Fares in the Second Quarter
Food service employees stage protests at HQs of big airline customers
FBI Investigates Spike In Terror Threats Against US Airlines
Asian airlines slash fuel surcharges but fares likely to rise
South Korea's New Plan to Stop Passengers Going Nuts at Flight Attendants
Oil price declines fail to bring air fares down (Pakistan)
FAA probes as planes nearly collide by NY airport

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Hezbollah, Israel signal each other they want to end fighting
1,000 paratroopers from Panther Brigade headed to Iraq this week
White House Labels Taliban 'Armed Insurgency,' Not Terrorists
Conscription of People, Cars, Businesses in Ukraine for Mindless Slaughter; Entire Villages Leave to Avoid Servitude; Hop on the Bus Gus
Simultaneous Attacks Across Sinai Kill at Least 27
NATO Will Set Up Commands to Soothe Nervous Eastern Europe
NATO defense ministers are expected to agree next week to set up command units, staffed with national and NATO soldiers, in six Eastern European allies as part of a new strategy in response to the Ukraine crisis, NATO's chief said on Friday.
China's man-made islands in disputed waters raise worries
Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Anti-war protesters attempt to 'arrest' Henry Kissinger at Senate hearing
John McCain calls protesters against 91-year-old former secretary of state "low-life scum"
The new NYPD counter-terrorist unit will also police social justice protests
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Thursday unveiled a new militarized police unit that will be trained and armed with heavy protective gear, long rifles, and machine guns to restrain terrorists and social justice protesters.

## Energy/resources ##
S. African power cuts hold off doomsday as sector seeks rescue
Days of rolling blackouts this week have blighted South African society and business, and they face an increasing number of outages in years to come. But the alternative, a grid collapse, could be catastrophic.
Drug Cartels Threaten Mexican Energy Future More Than Oil Prices
Shell Falls Short After Oil Production Income Collapses
Royal Dutch Shell blamed writedowns and forex losses for making almost no money in oil production, its most powerful division, in the last quarter of 2014, causing the company to miss profit forecasts by more than 20 percent.
Nuclear renaissance: First U.S. nuclear plant in decades is over budget, behind schedule
Bearishness Continues Among Oil Industry Experts

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Looks Like I'll Be Able to Retire Comfortably at Age 91
My advice is to focus not on retiring comfortably, but on working comfortably.
North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble.
The Obama administration is proposing to create a large database of patient information, including genetic profiles and medical histories, to further research into "precision medicine," which aims to create customized treatments based on a patient's genetic makeup and lifestyle choices.

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
"Recipe for Disaster": Canadian Government to Expand State Surveillance Powers (Again)

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The One Way Forward (The Archdruid Report)
I suspect that technological regression will indeed happen, but not voluntarily. And that's going to make it much worse. -- RF
Famed economist warns economic disparity to increase in Japan with population decline

## China ##
How "Mr. Dig Dig" Buried Wuhan In Debt: Local Government Financing Vehicles Are At The Heart Of China's Ponzi
China trumps U.S. for foreign investment
China became the world's top destination for foreign investment in 2014, edging the U.S. out of the top position for the first time since 2003, according to figures released Thursday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Regulation forbids lavish buildings
The central government has issued a regulation forbidding county authorities in poverty-stricken areas from building lavish office buildings, a senior official said on Friday.
"The Russian planes were escorted by the RAF until they were out of the UK area of interest. At no time did the Russian military aircraft cross into UK sovereign airspace," the MoD said in a statement.
Recriminations fly as North Sea oil industry struggles
The fall in oil prices is causing angst in the UK oil industry, which emerged in the 1970s as a response to the Middle East's lock on production but is now plagued by high costs, high tax and infrastructure problems.

## US ##
Most Americans on Brink of Financial Disaster
Homeland Security funding on the brink

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


News Links, January 29, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Baltic Dry Index: 666
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Vows To 'Negotiate Debt Relief' After Syriza Victory
Slope of Hope vs. Reality: Greek Assets Hammered, 3-Year Yield Near 17%; Worst Day Ever for Greek Bank Stocks
Goldman cuts outlook for whole commodity sector
What Debt Bomb? French Job-Seekers At All-Time High, 10-Year Yield At All-Time Low
Canada Just "Revised" All Of Its 2014 Job Gains 35% Lower
Why The Damage To The Economy Caused By The Oil Crash Is Going To Get Progressively Worse
The Surprising Consequences of the Global Frenzy for Positive Yield
China's yuan breaks into the world's top five as payment currency - SWIFT
Filipinos warned against taking loans, credit card debt
The Philippine government has warned Filipinos in the UAE against applying for loans and using credit cards that they can't pay. "This advisory is being issued in view of the alarming increase in the number of Filipinos detained due to unpaid loans," an official from Manila's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said as reported by local media.
Iran Drops Dollar As Congress Threatens More Sanctions
Zimbabwe's Gold Mines On Verge Of Collapse Due To Low Bullion Prices

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Dubai overtakes Heathrow as top international airport
In Response To Attacks, Sweeping Data Collection To Be Proposed for EU Airports
A new European Commission counterterrorism plan to be published on Wednesday would require 42 separate pieces of information on every passenger flying in and out of Europe, including their bank card details and home address, to be stored on a central database for up to five years for access by the police and security services.
Thai Airways International selling aircraft and slashing routes to uncertain effect
Skymark Airlines files for bankruptcy protection

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Three more beheaded under new Saudi king
Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram
Global Drug Trade Gets More Efficient, Defies US War on Drugs, Revolt Builds in Latin America
Israel strikes Syrian government positions after rockets land on Golan Heights
Cuban President Raul Castro: US Must Lift Embargo And Give Back Guantanamo To Normalize Relations
Myanmar's civil war: End to conflict remains elusive as peace talks falter
ASEAN Countries Urged To Stand Up To China Over South China Sea
Russia's Grip On Greece's Gas Has Created A Mess For The New Government In Athens
UN warns crisis looms for families in southern Iraq
The United Nations' food agency warned on Tuesday of a looming humanitarian crisis in southern Iraq, where tens\ of thousands of destitute, displaced families have sought refuge from conflict.
Startling revelations: IS operative confesses to getting funds via US
AFRICOM Commander Wants Full Counterinsurgency Plan for Boko Haram
Japan, China competing for construction projects in Asia
Ukraine's Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why:

## Energy/resources ##
Global Drilling Productivity: The Unwelcome Truth
Critical Copper Nation Indonesia Has Begun Seizing Mines
Top Canadian oil producer cuts spending
Canada's second-largest oil producer, Cenovus Energy, said Wednesday it was cutting its capital expenditures for 2015 deeper than originally planned.
Italy to halt solar power sector incentives -deputy industry minister
SMA Solar to cut 1,600 jobs as European demand slides
We are about to find out how much pain the great oil crash has unleashed
Kazakhstan oil refineries face shutdown

## Got food? ##
Widespread Fish Consumption Drives Fears of Empty Oceans

## Environment/health ##
Study suggests sleeping drugs can increase risk of Alzheimer's
Youth; It's In The Blood
Report: Pollution is the Leading Cause of Death in the Developing World
Scientists Are Clear: Big Winter Storms Influenced by Warming Planet
Floridians petition against release of genetically modified mosquitoes
US measles outbreak is bad, and it's getting worse
Rat plague, locusts strike Madagascar
Medicinal Pot Takes Over Giant Hershey Plant in Canada

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Apple In New Security Concessions To Beijing
Washington's Russophobes Get Desperate—-Uncover Bronx "Spy Ring" Looking For Secrets On Google
Spying program leaked by Snowden is tied to campaign in many countries

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK government
We can fly, drive and prosper while avoiding dangerous global warming – but only if billions remain in poverty and huge changes are made in areas such as energy and agriculture, new analysis from Decc's Global Calculator shows
Amid Gas Drilling Boom, Investigators Warn of Systemic Pipeline Safety Hazards
Ford recalls 220,000 vehicles including Police Interceptors and Lincolns
Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

## Japan ##
Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear
Unseasonable temperatures hit Sapporo Snow Festival preparations
Japan Atomic Power, reeling from nuke shutdown, eyes major restructuring
Sony to cut 1,000 more jobs in smartphone business

## China ##
China's oil demand to grow three percent in 2015 - CNPC research
GM crops given less room to grow
China Can Urbanize or Control Debt, But Not Both
There's a Measles Outbreak in Beijing Right Now, and It's Expected to Get Worse

## UK ##
Poorer households hit hardest by austerity over the last five years, according to new report
Tesco names 43 stores to close in turnaround plan
Scottish Moratorium, Planning Delay Dent Cameron's Shale Gas Ambitions

## US ##
Pure Hypocrisy – As Government Spies on Millions of Americans' Cars, Police Want Google to Ban Cop Tracking Feature on App
White House To Request $534B Base Defense Budget To Boost Spending In 2016
The White House will seek to boost America's defense spending in 2016 when it sends a $534 billion base defense budget request to Congress next week, according to media reports. The plan will also seek nearly $51 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) to fund U.S. operations in Afghanistan as well as the offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Bill To Authorize Use Of Force Against ISIS To Be Introduced In Congress
Occupied by Wall Street – The Latest TARP Taxpayer Screw-Job is Revealed
Hounded by Evil Dollar & Collapsed Commodity Prices, Corporate America Clamors for Total Currency War
Alaska Facing Huge Deficit Without Oil Tax Revenues
Students forced to expose underwear for inspection
Return of the 3% down payment

And finally...
Cost of Vomiting in a Seoul Cab: $140
Woman in wheelchair stands up to shoplift

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


News Links, January 28, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Eurozone : Greece must repay loans
Central banks welcome 2015 with series of easing moves
IBM To Cut 'Several Thousand' Jobs, Denies Mass Layoff Of More Than 100K Workers
Gold spike in major currencies a remarkable start to 2015
Currency Wars – Russia Buys 20.7 Tonnes Of Gold In December; Netherlands Refutes IMF Gold Data
Winter Storm Juno: Northeast Blizzard Is Latest In Rising Number Of Extreme Weather Events Taking Economic Toll
Radical Leftists Win Election In Greece – Future Of Eurozone In Serious Jeopardy
S&P downgrades Russia's sovereign credit rating to below investment grade
Junk-Bond Bubble Implodes Beyond Energy, Deals Scuttled, Yields Soar, Suddenly "Insufficient Demand"
Greece at the Crossroads: the Oligarchs Blew It
Greece debt repayment in full is 'unrealistic', says Syriza
Ebola Crisis: Oxfam Calls For International 'Marshall Plan' To Help Affected Nations Recover
After Ebola, World Bank Chief Proposes Global Insurance Program For Future Outbreaks
Weak Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Earnings Bode Ill For The World Economy
Meet the Extreme Super Rich – A List of the 80 People Who Own Half the World
Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls
Sony to cut 1,000 jobs in smartphone business: Nikkei
American Express plans to start operations in Cuba
Get those Cubans using credit cards! Because we need a continuous stream of new people to feed the Ponzi economy, one of the first things to do when "opening" a country (er, market) is to start getting people into debt. Remember, the economy grows by expanding debt, so this is absolutely essential to prop up the system. -- RF
The Central Banks' Cheap Money Deflation Cycle: Iron Ore Supply Soaring, China Demand Faltering, Prices and Profits Collapsing
Ticking CHF Mortgage Bomb In Eastern Europe—-8% of Poland's GDP
Swiss Franc Yield Curve Negative for 12 Years; Bond Crash - Austrian Bank Raiffeisen; Another One Bites the Dust
Iran ditches US dollar in foreign trade for Turkish lira, yuan, kwon

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Passengers find complaints to airlines can go nowhere fast
Airline complaints to the US Department of Transportation rose 30 percent over the past five years, according to an analysis by a consumer advocacy group.
Not all airline economy seats are created equally
Potential hackers announce threats to airline flights
Aer Lingus backs takeover, needs Irish government support

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russian Sanctions Might Be Obama's Greatest Blunder
Greece objects to EU call for more Russia sanctions
Ukraine Parliament Votes To Call Donetsk And Luhansk People's Republics Terrorist Groups
The Ukrainian parliament passed a vote on Tuesday officially declaring Russia as an aggressor state and naming the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as terrorist organizations.
Email From US Special Forces Veteran; 500 US Blackwater Mercenaries in Ukraine? US Backs Ukrainian Neo-Nazis
Kurds Claim Victory Over ISIS in Four Month Kobani Fight
Secrets of modern mercenaries: Inside the rise of private armies
7 shocking facts about Saudi Arabia under 'modernizing' reign of King Abdullah
Criticism of Netanyahu's planned U.S. speech mounts in Israel
Bibi's Bullhockey On Iran : The Persians Are Not Coming!
Israel Attacks Syrian Army Posts Along Golan Frontier
Mexican Missing Students Update: Attorney General's Investigation Shows All 43 Men Are Dead
Eight Dead, Including Five Foreigners, in Tripoli Hotel Attack: Official
Islamic State steps up pressure on Japan, Jordan

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Bill threatens 600,000 euro fines for protesting in Spain
Denver Police Trigger Protests After Fatally Shooting Teenage Girl In Stolen Car
Kosovo Protests: Dozens Injured In Second Day Of Anti-Government Demonstrations
Calling TPP a 'Death Pact,' Health Advocates Rally Outside Secretive Trade Talks

## Energy/resources ##
Junk Bonds and Fracking at Low Oil & Gas Prices: Wave of Defaults, "Outright Liquidations" Next
Ukraine to issue $2 billion in local bonds to support Naftogaz
Oil major BP freezes pay in 2015 to cut costs
Brace for capex cuts 'across the board' as oil companies kick off Q4 releases
Oil and gas investors are bracing themselves for more bad news as Canadian energy companies kick-off their fourth quarter earnings this week.
Traders Delaying Russian Gas Imports Tap Declining EU Stores
Wood Pellets: Green Energy or New Source of CO2 Emissions?
North Dakota Oil Rigs Drop Points To US Output Decline After May
US Oil Rig Numbers Plunge, Especially In Bakken
Hess trims 18 percent from Bakken spending
Spending in the Bakken play in North Dakota will drop by 18 percent in the weakened oil price market, U.S. energy company Hess Corp. announced.
U.S. oil well shut-ins start as crude rout batters small producers
U.S. Shale Boom May Come To Abrupt End
The Case for $200 Oil
Lies And Deception In Ukraine's Energy Sector
Petrobras may book $20 billion asset write-down: Veja magazine blog
Saipem frontrunner for Kashagan pipeline contract -sources
Goldman Sachs Busts Myth Of Impending Russian Oil Collapse
Russia needs oil at $70 to break even
Chinese coal industry freezes over

## Got food? ##
Costlier food hits low-income families harder (Singapore)
Insects in food top diner complaints in Japan
Don't read this before lunch. Diners are finding cockroaches, flies and human hair in their food, and complaints are piling up.

## Environment/health ##
Study Yields Surprising Insights into Global Effects of Wood Fuel Burning
The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believed, according to a new Yale-led study.
Drought Reaches 5 of Brazil's 10 Largest Metropolitan Areas
Rationing, supply problems and reservoirs at high-alert levels are already a reality in five of Brazil's 10 major metropolitan areas: Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Recife, Rio and São Paulo.

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Facebook and Instagram suffer global outage
Social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram, suffered an outage on Tuesday morning around the world, with both desktop and mobile sites affected.
Secret 'BADASS' Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones
200 million people moved to East Asia's cities over decade: World Bank
Almost 200 million people in East Asia moved to urban areas in the decade to 2010, the World Bank said Monday, creating a massive challenge to the region's planners.
Strange Visions of the Hyper-Congested Megacities of the Future
The Broken Template

## Japan ##
For decades government policy, which favors the urban industrial economy, has impoverished the countryside and kept it on life support with porkbarrel make-work construction projects. Now suddenly it's time for the countryside to shape up or die. Not that Japan had any real choice if it wanted to participate fully in the globalized economy. The countryside was sacrificed on the altar of global capitalism. -- RF
No. of complaints about objects found in food tops 16,000 in 6 years
The number of complaints about foreign substances found in food bought at stores or served at restaurants has mounted to 16,094 in nearly six years since fiscal 2009, the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan said Monday.

## China ##
Many people no doubt feel they can no longer afford to gamble, even with $2. Another reason might be disillusionment that it's a winner-take-all system, just like American politics. -- RF
Once running, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It will lessen the local water authority's dependence on water imported from other regions — but at a starting price that is twice the rate the authority now pays for drinking water.
US Dollar losing an enormous amount of purchasing power since 1938.

And finally...

Sunday, January 25, 2015


News Links, January 26, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Greeks hand stunning victory to anti-austerity Syriza
Syriza Trounces New Democracy; Greeks Stop Paying Taxes; Run on Greek Banks Escalates; Get Out!
Hilsenrath Omen: Euro Trashing And 1.4 Trillion Bonds trading At Negative Yields
Goldman Joins Banks Cutting Iron Ore Outlook on Global Glut
Tim Hortons Inc planning 'significant' layoffs at head offices next week: sources
Russian Central Bank continues to build its gold reserves
"Cheerful" Dutch Financier Becomes 4th ABN Amro Banker Suicide
Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years.
Despite What You Don't Hear In The Media, It's ALL OUT (Currency) WAR!

## Airline Death Spiral ##
The Airport Frustration Index

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
200 Combatants Killed In Nigerian Military Clashes With Boko Haram In Humanitarian Safe Haven Of Maiduguri: Report
At Least 30 Dead as Police Clash With Muslim Rebels in Philippines
Obama reveals nuclear breakthrough on landmark India trip
Army looking to store tanks, equipment in Eastern Europe
"Panic in Kiev: Ukrainian forces surrender Donbass"
"Out Of My Face Please" - Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol?
Report: Germany Halts Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia
The "Worst News of 2015" Just Got Worse (KSA)
Journalist who broke news of prosecutor's death flees Argentina
Canada Kicks Off Arctic Patrol Ship Program
Abe in Contact With Jordan Amid Hostage Crisis
Spain to negotiate turning Morón into US base for anti-jihadist operations

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
At least 16 dead after clashes between police and protesters in Egypt

Chart Of The Day: The Oil Rig Collapse Begins, But Lookout Below!

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
NYT Is Lost in Its Ukraine Propaganda
One danger of lying is that you must then incorporate the falsehood into the longer narrative, somehow making the lies fit. The same is true of propaganda as the New York Times is learning as it continues to falsify the narrative of the Ukraine crisis.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
'Hospitals with no medicines, graduates with no jobs, children with no hope' (Greece)
Though it is exceedingly politically incorrect to mention it publicly, a financial war between the generations is being fought in the U.S. and every other developed nation that has promised social welfare benefits to its burgeoning class of retirees.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


News Links, January 25, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
This Is The Beginning Of The End For The Euro
"World Running Out of Positive-Yield Bonds"
World Bank warns of 'extremely rare' decline in all 9 commodity sectors this year
Evaporating inflation and growth put pressure on central banks
Troika Punches Panic Button on Greece and Spain
The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they've made
Vancouver's housing market ranked second most unaffordable in the world
Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Isn't Secret, Says US Official, But Access To Text Is Highly Restricted
South Korean economic growth slows
South Korea's fourth-quarter growth slowed to its weakest pace in more than two years, as investment dwindles despite two interest rate cuts last year.
A Ruthless Tyrant Dies in the Desert and Western Leaders Trample Over Each Other to Sing His Praises
What Does the Bank of Canada Know That We Don't?
In a totally unexpected move, the Bank of Canada cut the overnight interest rate by 25 basis points on Wednesday. This of course makes me wonder what the Bank of Canada knows that the rest of us don't! I mean usually the Bank indicates a bias towards cutting interest rates, but this was just out of the blue. It signals that the oil shock on the economy is going to be a lot more significant than anyone expected.
17,600 Laid-Off Canadian Target Workers Stunned At Ex-CEO's "Walk-Away" Package
If oil drops below $30 a barrel, brace for a global recession

## Airline Death Spiral ##
SkyMall files for bankruptcy
Mechanics union sues American Airlines over breach of FAA rules
The lawsuit accuses American Airlines managers of pressuring mechanics to breach federally-mandated safety measures in order to keep airport schedules running on time.
U.S. airliners land in Atlanta after bomb threats
10 things the TSA won't tell you

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Attack on Mariupol Begins; 7,000-8,000 Ukrainian Forces Nearly Encircled in Northern Cauldron; US Sends Army Trainers
Some counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen for now - U.S. officials
Netanyahu Side-Steps White House in Bid to Sabatoge Iran Talks
It's downhill for US after Saudi king dies: Experts
Boko Haram Violence Is Causing Massive, Silent Displacement As Regional Forces Fail To Stop Militants
Mapping The World's Greatest Risks (According To Davos)
Did 'rogue agents' lead to death of Argentine prosecutor?
US Terror Operations in Yemen 'Paralyzed' by Rebel Takeover

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hundreds join 'Je suis Muslim' rally in Sydney
Thousands Of Palestinians Protest Charlie Hebdo Muhammad Cartoon
Protest on campaign spending disrupts Supreme Court
Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets At Sao Paulo Protesters Opposing Hike In Transportation Fares
Thousands stage anti-Houthi protests across Yemen

## Energy/resources ##
Libya oil production plummets as tribes fight to control field in south
Oil Dinosaurs Face Extinction: State Oil Companies and the Meteor-Strike of Low Oil Prices
State-owned oil companies that don't slash expenses to align with revenues and boost critical investment in the infrastructure needed to maintain production will suffer financial extinction.
Oil Drilling Cut Fastest Since Stock Market Crash
The decimation of drilling activity in the US oil patch is getting serious. The number of rigs drilling for oil dropped by another 49 rigs to 1,317 in the latest week, after having dropped by 55 and 61 rigs respectively in the prior two weeks. The rig count is now down 18.1% from the second week of October 2014, when 1,609 rigs were drilling for oil.
US oil producers can't keep drilling at $45 oil: Pickens
U.S. oil rigs at two-year low this week
Drought Forcing Brazil To Turn To Gas
Russia May Be Forced Into Production Cuts Says Deputy PM
With Oil Prices Stubbornly Low, France's Total Will Cut Costs, But Not Jobs
Brazilian Government Admits Need for Energy Rationing if Reservoirs Reach 10% Mark
Dry spell ahead may see water rationing for Singapore
Illinois misses the fracking boom because of falling oil prices

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

## Got food? ##
We're not lovin' it: McDonald's most notorious scandals
KFC Japan runs out of fries, halts sales

## Environment/health ##
Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients
Mass Death of Seabirds in Western U.S. Is 'Unprecedented'
"Dire" needs of southern African flood survivors unmet two weeks on - TRFN
Pelicans Fall Victim To Throat-Slashing Attacks In Florida, Leaving Them To Starve To Death
The Great Barrier Reef could lose 90% of its coral
Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef
Disneyland measles outbreak spreads
'The mysterious and majestic blue hue' emanating from Hong Kong seas is cause for concern, scientists say

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Saudi Arabia's Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace
'Nauseating' Praise for Dead Saudi King Exposes Hypocrisy of West, Say Critics
Congo extends internet blackout

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Into thin air: Boston pipes leak $90 million in fuel yearly - study
Boston's aging pipeline network leaks about $90 million worth of natural gas each year, marking a sizeable financial loss and a threat to the environment, according to a study released on Thursday by Harvard researchers.
These are the world's deadliest cities
Oil Drillers 'Going to Die' in 2Q on Crude Price Swoon
Oil drillers will begin collapsing under the weight of lower crude prices during the second quarter and energy explorers who employ them will shortly follow, according to Conway Mackenzie Inc., the largest U.S. restructuring firm.
The 8 Major Geopolitical Catalysts Of 2015
Volkswagen to recall 80,000 Audis; 35,000 in China
Kia Motors recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk
Despite Slowed Growth, China Still Built Far More Skyscrapers Than Any Other Country In 2014
So Far, 2015 Is Pure Dystopia

## Japan ##
Islamic State demands release of woman held in Jordan for life of Japanese hostage
KFC Japan runs out of french fries due to U.S. industrial dispute
Flu epidemic alert issued for all 47 prefectures
Shortage of pilots felt as 'doctor copters' take off
TEPCO to rely on cosmic beams to glimpse melted fuel inside Fukushima reactors
Tepco, Chubu expected to buy 6 LNG cargoes from Vitol, GDF Suez -traders

## China ##
China January factory growth stalls, deflation pressures build, bad debt rises
Are Muslim Uighurs fleeing China to join the Islamic State?
China Manufacturing Flat-Lining In Slight Contraction

## UK ##
Overcrowded hospitals 'killed 500' last year, claims top A&E doctor
Ministers warned that the NHS is facing 'a disaster' of ever-busier accident and emergency departments and bed-blocking
Dairy farmers warned: milk prices have further to fall
End of EU quota system could lead to desperate farmers adding to the milk glut and hundreds opting to leave the industry
Fulham 'swathed in scented candles' as people joke about massive power cut

## US ##
How Low Oil Prices Are Turning U.S. Into Another Russia
This Chart Shows Why the Oil Bust Will Last
'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up
Profits of doom: For-profit colleges are the resurrection of subprime mortgage lenders for the college industry.
Dallas police seek smash-and-grab ATM thieves

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