Sunday, February 08, 2015

 

News Links, February 9, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Shipping Costs Test New Low as China Coal Imports Slide
Tumbling demand for coal in China and weakening growth in the nation's iron ore purchases have sent shipping costs to almost the lowest on record.
Greenspan Warns Of Greece Euro Exit, Eurozone Collapse
Greek FinMin Warns "Euro Will Collapse If Greece Exits"; Says Italy Is Next
What Looks Crazy at First Might Be the Ideal Solution: Meet Greece's New Currency, the U.S. Dollar
Unexpected Collapse in Chinese Trade; Expect More Currency Manipulation Claims; Impact on US GDP
Australia stocks creep lower as miners fall on China data

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Small airlines rise to the challenge as Air NZ bows out
Air Chathams, along with Sounds Air, will from April 28 pick up regional air services to Westport and Whakatane that Air New Zealand is abandoning because it says they are uneconomic.
SriLankan to post approx. US$130 m loss FY 2014/15
Thai Airways needs to plot new course
Singapore Airlines sees little benefit from cheaper fuel

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. delivers arms to Lebanon, says fighting 'same enemy'
Germany's head of Armed Forces Association: If you want peace, prepare for war
It emerged last year that equipment shortages are much more serious than was previously thought, and the defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, was forced to admit that Germany could not meet all its Nato commitments.
US Security Strategy Reflects Changed World
Nigeria Records 18 Piracy Attacks In 2014 – Report
The West African coastline recorded 41 incidents of piracy, although many further attacks were unreported while pirates held 442 crew-members hostage compared to 304 in 2013, according to a report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Nigeria postpones national elections due to Boko Haram threat
Tunisia arrests 32 militant Islamists planning 'spectacular' attacks
Netherlands seeks Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles
Six Reasons Why The US Should Stay Out Of The Russo-Ukrainian Quarrel
Invading Mosul Could Be Excuse for US Ground War in Iraq

## Energy/resources ##
Arthur Berman: Why Today's Shale Era Is The Retirement Party For Oil Production
United Steelworkers Strike Spreads To More Refineries
Australian windfarms face $13 bln wipeout from political impasse
Australia faces a A$17 billion ($13.3 billion) exodus of investment from its windfarm industry because of a political deadlock, threatening to deal the country a major economic blow and kill hopes of meeting a self-imposed clean energy target.
Strike closes Hariga oil port, Libya's last onshore export terminal
Nuclear Energy Renaissance Takes Another Blow and May Never Recover

## Got food? ##
'Tuna tin monster' is revealed to be a tongue-eating parasite (UK)
New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers
The cost and hassle of repairing modern tractors has soured a lot of farmers on computerized systems altogether. In a September issue of Farm Journal, farm auction expert Greg Peterson noted that demand for newer tractors was falling. Tellingly, the price of and demand for older tractors (without all the digital bells and whistles) has picked up. "As for the simplicity, you've all heard the chatter," Machinery Pete wrote. "There's an increasing number of farmers placing greater value on acquiring older simpler machines that don't require a computer to fix."
This could have just as well gone under the collapse category. Large-scale, energy-intensive, high-tech farming is getting crushed under its own weight. -- RF
How big food brands are boosting profits by targeting the poor (US)
Dry winter sparks fears of another food crisis in North Korea
5 reasons Peak Food is the world's No. 1 ticking time bomb

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
The Techies Who Are Hacking Education by Homeschooling Their Kids
"The world is changing. It's looking for people who are creative and entrepreneurial, and that's not going to happen in a system that tells kids what to do all day."

## Environment/health ##
Guinea to expand use of experimental anti-Ebola drugs

## Intelligence/propaganda/security/internet/cyberwar ##
WPost Is Lost in Neocon Fantasyland
The neocons now control the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post, a dangerous development for the American people and the world. Yet, the Post remains the more extreme of the two, pushing for endless confrontations and wars.
Consumer security an emerging issue in new computerized cars

## Japan ##
Japanese capital aging amid unprecedented demographic changes
Amid the rapid aging of society and declining birthrate in Japan, Tokyo is seeing its population aging, with the percentage of people aged 65 or older in the nation's capital expected to jump to about 25% in 2025 from 20% in 2010.
Thousands of armed police dispatched to routine incidents
Freedom of Information requests reveled that thousands of highly trained armed officers attending incidences such as car crashes
Number of library visitors falls by 40 million in four years as austerity measures force closures
Annual numbers of visitors to libraries have fallen by 40m in just four years, with particularly sharp drops in deprived communities, as austerity measures force closures across the country, it was revealed last night.
Britain faces £200bn oil loss

## US ##

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