Saturday, February 07, 2015


News Links, February 8, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
China's Monumental Debt Trap—-Why It Will Rock The Global Economy
Greece: Are You Finally Ready to Do the Right Thing and Leave the Euro?
Eurogroup Gives Greece 10 Day Ultimatum: Apply For Bailout Or Grexit
Greeks Spooked by Debt Clashes Put Cash Under Bathroom Tiles
Global Cooling Alert: Petrobras Sheds $250B Of Market Cap, Brazilian Economy Sputtering
World can't rely on U.S. to carry economy forever: Canada
Kosovo 'to wipe citizens' debts' in bid to stop exodus to EU
Ukraine currency falls again, economic collapse feared
Commodity deflation: Iron Ore Seen Below $40 by Andy Xie as China Steel Demand Drops
IBM's massive job cuts start - 400 in Australia to go
The Baltic Dry Index Has Only Been Lower Than This 8 Days In 30 Years
Global Economy Will Shrink By $2.3 Trillion In 2015
The Death Of The Petrodollar Was Finally Noticed
Greece Exposes The Global Economy's Achilles Heel
Countries that can't repay their debts -- won't

## Airline Death Spiral ##
What happens to those unruly passengers after a flight lands?
TransAsia's ATR72s have had engine problems 5 times in 5 years
The ATR 72 fleet of TransAsia Airways had a history of engine failures–five in as many years–even before Wednesday's crash in Taipei, an official at the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) revealed Friday.
TransAsia flights canceled to train pilots after deadly crash
Sit, Stand Or Lean
Double decker sleep pods and bicycle seats are just some of the ideas floating around for the future of aircraft seating.
Lufthansa Tells Staff More Savings Needed

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Putin, Ukraine leader to hold 4-way phone call on peace plan
Talks among the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on a peace initiative for Ukraine ended early Saturday with an announcement that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart would discuss a proposal to end the fighting in a four-way telephone call this weekend.
US Warmongers vs. Merkel; Why Ukraine is None of Our Business
Mexican Authorities Find 61 Bodies In Abandoned Funeral Home
Ukrainian authorities, rebels evacuate civilians from front line town
Obama Gets A Time Out: Merkel/Hollande Go To Moscow W/O Washington's Permission
Ukraine Is Fighting A 21st Century War With Cold War Arms
Ukrainians' persistent pleas to Western nations and NATO to supply them with weapons and funding to upgrade their arsenal underscore the nation's struggles to maintain its large post-Soviet military despite its limited economic means and widespread corruption.
Yemen's Houthis form own government in Sanaa
At Least 34 Killed In Three Bombings In Baghdad
Boko Haram: Nigeria, Neighbors Annouce 8,700 Troop Deployment To Fight Terrorist Group
United Arab Emirates to Station F-16 Jets in Jordan to Help Fight ISIS
North Korea claims to test-fire 'ultraprecision' intelligent anti-ship rocket

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Europe's revolt isn't just in Greece or Spain
Europe is not facing an isolated instance of an extremist party but a shift in the continent's political landscape that marks the beginning of a full-scale revolt.
Thousands march in Yemen to protest rebel takeover

## Energy/resources ##
Statoil Cuts Capital Spending by 10%
EIA Making Strange Predictions
Norway's Statoil hit by low oil prices
US Rig Count Collapse Accelerates, Production Stays High
The worldwide rig count ended January at 3,309, down 261 from December but it is the US and Canada that is dominating that collapse.
Oil Rig Count Plunges 29% from Peak. Halfway to Bottom? (US)
Canada seeks to avoid medical isotope shortage, extends nuclear reactor
Gulf producers grab market share in Asia in oil price war

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Hundreds of Kettering properties and businesses left without power after copper theft

## Got food? ##
Big-ticket brisket: BBQ prices soar in Texas
Pepperidge Farm recalls 46K bagels

## Environment/health ##
Dirt mounds made by termites in Africa, South America, Asia could prevent spread of deserts
Daycare centers are latest hit with measles outbreak (US)
Why Measles May Just Be Getting Started
Measles Outbreak In Germany Outpaces US By About 270 Cases, Yet Vaccination Debate Remains Relatively Silent
Think the U.S Has a Measles Problem? Just Look at Europe
Faulting EPA, Green Leaders Warn Obama: Bees Running Out of Time
A federal task force is moving too slow and the nation's pollinators and food supply are at perilous risk, environmental NGOs tell president in urgent letter
Mysterious milky substance covers parts of Washington and Oregon
Even if You Exercise, Sitting Eight Hours a Day Significantly Increases Your Risk of Dying From Any Cause

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Kremlin spokesman says Putin does not have Asperger's
A Very Disturbing and Powerful Post – "Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook"
Brian Williams, trusted face of US television news, in trouble over made up war stories
Brian Williams' Iran propaganda
(Guardian article by Glenn Greenwald from September 28, 2013)
Brian Williams' Lie: The Bigger Picture
Nuclear War and Clashing Ukraine Narratives
America and Russia have two nearly opposite narratives on Ukraine, which is more an indictment of the U.S. news media which feigns objectivity but disseminates what amounts to propaganda. These divergent narratives are driving the world toward a possible nuclear crisis.
How does Islamic State justify its atrocities in name of Islam?
How has Christianity done it? -- RF
DOJ warns Wall Street: Spies out to get you
UK-US surveillance regime was unlawful 'for seven years'
Samsung SmartTVs Are Recording Your Conversations And Watching Your Movements
Taking Attendance: Class120 App Alerts Parents When Students Skip Class
New allegations renew old questions about Saudi Arabia, 9-11
I'm a Veteran and 'American Sniper' Is Filled With Lies
EU wants to snoop on Skype to combat terrorist threat – report
When Silencing Dissent Isn't News
The criminal case against ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern for "resisting arrest" when he was denied entry to a public speech by retired Gen. David Petraeus appears to be nearly over, but the image of police brutally shielding the mighty from a citizen's question remains troubling.
What the CIA didn't want Americans to know

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
America, Watch Closely! Wayne County Careens Towards Bankruptcy; Detroit Pensioners Claim "We Wuz Robbed"; This Too Will Spread

## Japan ##
Japan aims to restart nuclear reactor in June -sources
New BOJ Board Member: "We Just Need To Print Money"
Tokyo Population Keeps Growing
Elderly abuse topped 15,700 cases in Japan
Robot to probe melted Fukushima reactor
Past-date chicken, foreign objects weigh on McDonald's Japan sales
Japanese property shares struggle with deflation jitters
Abe pledges to resolve island dispute with Russia
Japanese households have ¥3 trillion of unused jewelry squirreled away: Tanaka Kikinzoku

## China ##
China to Have Most Robots in the World by 2017
Early Look: Deflation Clouds Loom Over China's Economy
China's Housing Market Bubble: Home Ownership Elusive For Young Buyers And Renters
China Seizes Toilet Paper Bearing Face of Hong Kong Leader

## UK ##
UK Hiring Slows As Skills Shortages Bite, Recruiters Say
Street lights to be switched off as part of council cost cutting measures
Number of A&E patients waiting more than four hours rises

## US ##
Post Crisis Scorecard – Global Debt Up $57 Trillion, 60% of American Jobs Created Are Low Level, Record Youth Living with Parents
Only 44 Percent Of U.S. Adults Are Employed For 30 Or More Hours Per Week
The evolution of low wage America: The most common jobs by state in 1978 to 2014. The destruction of the manufacturing industry.
Sheriff: Boy 'kidnapped' to teach him a lesson
The DEA isn't just tracking license plates — it's taking pictures of vehicles' passengers, too
Gov. Rauner suggests bankruptcy for towns to fight pension woes (Illinois)
Longshoreman's Union to Strike 29 West Coast Ports
Deflation Risk in U.S. Seen Rivaling Euro Area: Chart of the Day
John Kerry rated worst secretary of state in 50 years
Calif. storm knocks out power, doesn't touch drought
Steel sheet blues: US steelmakers find prices unseasonably out of tune
Rushing to cater to America's rich
Didn't Anyone Notice US Company Profits Are Falling, Not Rising?

And finally...
Finally, an answer to the age old question: How long does it take for a TicTac to dissolve in your nose?
Researchers test the length of time it takes popular sweets and mints, including Smarties, Polos and Skittles, to dissolve in the human nose

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