Friday, January 02, 2015


News Links, January 3, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Ghost town: As Lithuania joins euro, concern over emigration
What Irony? As Euro Grexit Chaos Resurges, Lithuania Joins
Die Welt: Greeks withdrew €2.5 billion in December
Turkmenistan Devalues Currency By 18%, Armstrong Warns Of "Economic Collapse On A Global Scale"
Weak factory reports from Asia, Europe suggest more central bank action
Is Push for Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal Top 2015 Priority for White House?
Europeans Hoarding Cash Increased 6.4% in 2014
My Favorite Graph of 2014: The Rise and Rise of the Top 0.1 Percent
With steady jobs scarce, South Korean students linger on campus
Hyundai-Kia sees slowest sales growth in 12 years in 2015
UK Manufacturing Growth Cools Unexpectedly In December: PMI
Canadian CEOs Raking In Nearly 200 Times Average Worker's Pay
India pushes financial services for the poor

## Airline Death Spiral ##
The trouble with autopilot: With the advance of technology, there is now too much auto and not enough pilot
Six new airlines to start operations in 2015: Govt (India)
TSA: Security checks at airports turning up more and more guns and knives
Get the Most From Your Airline Points (Before They're Completely Worthless)
AirAsia Crash Puts Spotlight on Indonesia's Air Safety Shortcomings
Gambia Bird Airlines grounds all flights

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Syrian Conflict Death Toll: 76,021 People Killed In 2014, Report Says
ISIS Update: US, Allies Launch 29 Airstrikes Against Islamic State Targets In Iraq, Syria
Kim Jong Un proposes summit with South Korea
US Ally, Saudi Arabia Beheads 87 In 2014, Up Over 10% From 2013
2014 deadliest year in Iraq for civilians since 2006-7 bloodshed: U.N.
OPEC Oil Dispute: Iran Calls On Saudi Arabia To Address Plunging Prices, Warns Inaction Is A 'Serious Mistake'
Paving Way for War Crimes Charges, Palestinians Move to Join International Criminal Court
Report: Russia May Supply Su-24 Aircraft To Argentina In Exchange For Food
The devastating legacy of unexploded US ordnance in Iraq
Iraq is one of the most bombed-out places in the world, with an estimated 50 million landmines and other munitions that could detonate at any time.
Never give up! US Imposes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack
Palestinians Deliver To UN Documents To Join War Crimes Court
Jewish Settlers Throw Rocks At US Officials
Jewish settlers in the West Bank threw stones at the armored cars of two U.S. consular officials Friday, according to several reports. During a tense standoff, the diplomats' security guards reportedly drew their weapons.
Saudi King, suffering from pneumonia, placed on ventilator

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters Stage 'Die-In' During Boston's First Night New Year Celebration
#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Demonstrate During NYC New Year's Eve Celebration
European Central Bank's Chief Economist: Beware the Rise of Populism
Fed Up: Florida Crowd Forms Human Shield to Protect Man Police Try to Arrest for Smoking Marijuana
Thousands Of Hungarians Protest For Democracy In Prime Minister Orbán's Government
Cologne Cathedral to turn out the lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

## Energy/resources ##
Crude prices may soon gouge Canadian oil patch
Low Prices Lead To Layoffs In The Oil Patch
Good Times Run Out for Fracking Sand Producers
Why The Stock Market Casino Is Dangerous: The Case Of Looney Tunes In the Sand Dunes
Saudi Aramco said to suspend $2bn clean fuels project
The energy project appears to be one of the first suspended in Saudi Arabia in response to the halving of the oil price in the last six months.
Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind
But Ansolabehere also found that Americans do not have a good grasp of the true cost of solar and wind, nor are they willing to shoulder that cost. They believe solar and wind are cheaper than nuclear power and oil, which they perceive to be the most expensive sources.
Nuclear renaissance: Another Reactor Closes, Punctuating New Reality for U.S. Nuclear Power
10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life
But they won't save industrial civilization. -- RF
Low Oil Prices Drive US Rig Count Down
Linn Energy halves 2015 capital budget, cuts dividend
Linn Energy LLC cut its 2015 capital budget by 53 percent to $730 million, joining other oil and gas producers in reducing expenditure in response to falling oil prices.

## Got food? ##
Meat Prices Expected to Keep Climbing in 2015
New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost

## Environment/health ##
Most cancers are caused by bad luck not genes or lifestyle, say scientists
California welcomes 2015 with multiple earthquakes
13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015
Scientists Discover New Connection Between Red Meat And Cancer
Ready to shiver? Arctic air to put America on ice

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Another War Party Proganda Scam: The Sony Hack Fraud
North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims
The CIA and Other Government Agencies Have Long Used Propaganda Against the American People
The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now
Newly published NSA documents show agency could grab all Skype traffic
The FBI Is Seeking a Few Good Cyber Special Agents
Politician's fingerprint reproduced using photos of her hands
At a Chaos Computer Club convention, hacker Starbug suggests notable people wear gloves.
A City-By-City Look At Who Is Getting Hacked
New Hacker Tool iDict Exploits Simple Passwords: How To Find Out If Your Account Could Be Compromised
Yahoo's search goes dark following Bing outage
Oliver Stone's New Movie: "Ukraine: The CIA Coup" Coming To A Theater Near You

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
New year brings hundreds of new laws
GM recalls 92K trucks, SUVs for ignition lock defect
Father asks police to supervise daughter's spanking
With the debate over corporal punishment heating up, some parents who want to spank their children are asking the police to supervise to make sure they won't get into legal trouble.
Here Are 10 Outrageous 'Zero Tolerance' Follies of 2014

## Japan ##
The Japanese Stock-Buying Greatest Fool Uncovered: France
Japan's population shrinking faster than ever
Japan to widen hunt for methane hydrate
Japan will step up its search for methane hydrate in fiscal 2015, expanding both seabed and drilling surveys toward a goal of commercializing the energy source as early as 2023.
Waste of time and money. -- RF
Self-checkout begins to take hold in Japan
In a land where service is king, a few big retailers are committing lèse-majesté. They are replacing checkout clerks with machines.
Gov't to update estimates of different energy source costs
Mt. Gox losses likely 99% fraud

## China ##
China December factory PMIs suggest economy cooling further, more stimulus expected
Shanghai New Year's Eve stampede kills 36 after fake money thrown from building
With public at his back, Xi crushes party bigwigs

## UK ##
Markit: UK manufacturing activity hits three-month low
Warships, jets and tanks worth £2.5 billion scrapped in Whitehall cost-cutting drive
Don't panic! How a rehearsal for a nuclear disaster descended into farce
GCHQ's 'spook first' programme to train Britain's most talented tech entrepreneurs

## US ##
US factories grow at slowest pace in 6 months
Police Officers in South Jersey Shoot, Kill Man During Traffic Stop
Postal Service poised to begin controversial plant closures next week
Likely 2016 contender Jeb Bush resigns from corporate boards
Dynasty: Disgusting Idea of the Day: Another Bush vs. Another Clinton
Costs of Detroit's Bankruptcy Reach About $178 Million
US homeless pin hopes on 'Bill of Rights' to end criminalization in 2015
Piano stores closing across US as fewer children taking up instrument, some deterred by cost
Dilemma over deductibles: Costs crippling middle class
Coverage long considered the gold standard of health insurance now often requires workers to pay so much out-of-pocket that many feel they must skip doctor visits, put off medical procedures, avoid filling prescriptions and ration pills — much as the uninsured have done.
U.S. construction spending unexpectedly falls in November
Miami Cops Misuse Tasers, With Deadly Results

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