Wednesday, March 25, 2015


News Links, March 25, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Global Cooling Alert: January World Trade Volume Goes Negative—–Biggest Drop in 4 years
ADB, IMF, World Bank To Cooperate With China-Led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Leaders Say
Washington Blinks: Will Seek Partnership With China-Led Development Bank
The U.S. Is Lagging Behind Other Countries When It Comes To Embracing China's Currency
Rich Man's Bank Hit by Bank Run, Collapse, "Bail-In"
Greece fights German bailout demands with Nazi-era claims
Screws Tighten: ECB Forbids Greek Banks From Buying More Debt; ECB Exposure to Greece Tops €100 Billion; Greece Out of Cash by April 20
George Soros Warns Greece "Is Going Down The Drain"
Asia Tankers-Ample tonnage, few cargoes weigh on VLCC rates
Iron ore, an ugly market about to turn uglier still
The Biggest Threat To The Low And Middle Skilled Worker: Robots
Germany's Export-Led Growth Is In Harms' Way—-Shipments To China And Russia Slumping Badly
Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans
Volkswagen to cut working hours, jobs at Russian plant
Greece and EU Running Out of Time – Bank Runs Intensify, Bail-Ins Likely
This Is What The Global Economy Got For $11,000,000,000,000 In QE
"All the Eurozone Is Capable of Is 'Stealing' Growth from Others"
Zimbabwe seeks Berlin talks to resolve $739 mln debt it owes Germany
The Global Pension Fund Race To Risk Assets—–A Long-Term Disaster In The Making

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Why Are Asia's Planes Crashing All Over the Place?
Everyone who has died flying commercial in the past year was flying aboard airlines from the East. Safety may not be able to keep up with demand.
The fate of America's sky police
American aviation's last line of defense is quickly evaporating. Disgruntled federal air marshals, according to National Review, are leaving the service at an alarming clip--in 2014, an average of 10 agents were reported to have left the service's Washington D.C. office every month.
Airports in the rural West are getting squeezed
Airlines face skills shortage as capacity doubles

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Crimeans Keep Saying No to Ukraine
In a rare moment of honesty, a Western news outlet, Forbes, admits that the people of Crimea expressed their legitimate will in last year's referendum when they voted to abandon Ukraine and rejoin Russia, an inconvenient truth for the U.S. State Department and press corps.
U.S. pulls out of Yemen as country sinks into anarchy
Britain withdraws special forces from Yemen as civil war rages on
Houthis seize strategic Yemeni city, escalating power struggle
Saudi Arabia Moving Military Equipment To Near Yemen Border: US Officials
Russia threatens to aim nuclear missiles at Denmark ships if it joins NATO shield
Washington's Disastrous 'War On Drugs' Turns Mexico Into A Killing Field
Indian-built submarine in advanced construction phase
Indonesian president says China's main claim in South China Sea has no legal basis
How Obama outmaneuvered hardliners and cut a Cuba deal
Ukraine Crisis: US House Urges Obama To Send Weapons
Oligarchs and their "Pocket Armies" Take Over Oil Company in Kiev; Ukraine Begs for More Money; Three-Way Civil War?
Ukraine's Oligarchs Turn on Each Other
Ukraine's post-coup regime is facing what looks like a falling-out among thieves as oligarch-warlord Igor Kolomoisky, who was given his own province to rule, brought his armed men to Kiev to fight for control of the state-owned energy company, further complicating the State Department's propaganda efforts.
Japan, Indonesia to tighten defense ties
Top Obama Aide: Israel Must End Occupation
Obama Says U.S. Won't Rule Out Withholding UN Support for Israel
Tunisian Terror Attack Suspects Trained in U.S. "Liberated" Libya
What Netanyahu Has Wrought
After Prime Minister Netanyahu's scorched-earth political victory which featured anti-Arab race-baiting – and with his free-market economics driving more Israelis into poverty – Israel faces a difficult path into the future.
U.S. to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through end 2015: White House
Ron Paul Is Right: Ukraine Is None Of Washington's Business—-A Complete Review Of The Facts

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Spain austerity protest: 'Things got worse than last year'
Student protest against austerity ends with arrests

## Energy/resources ##
What now for junk-rated "dinosaur" Eskom? South Africa asks
Oil majors pile on record debt to plug cash shortfalls
OPEC won't bear burden of propping up oil price: Saudi minister
US drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat
Fracking bust: Wall Street Banks Hit by Oil & Gas Defaults, Bankruptcies
Fracking bust: Global Shale Fail: Oil Majors Leaving Fracking Fields Across Europe, Asia
Fracking bust: Natural Gas Prices To Crash Unless Rig Count Falls Fast
Turkey's first nuclear plant delayed, 'not ready before 2022'
Germany outlines plans for reserve power capacity-government paper
Oilsands producers face harsh reality of rout: There's no one to save them this time
Here's How $20 Oil Could Become a Reality If Storage Runs Out
Driller That Skipped First Bond Coupon Said to Start Debt Talks
Tight spending new normal for U.S. shale
Australia's Woodside cuts jobs
A Look At The Future Of Nuclear Power

## Got food? ##
Amy's Kitchen Recalls More Than 70,000 Cases Of Food Due To Fear Of Listeria Contamination
AP investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy?

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Wood is Good For Your Body and Brain

## Environment/health ##
Study: Gulf Stream slower than ever before
The Gulf Stream is the weakest it's been in the last 1,000 years. And as glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal.
Many in U.S. Face Another Dry Year as World Water Day Arrives
Train in Texas carrying methanol derails, hazmat team called
Here's How Much Sugar Consumption Is Hurting the Global Economy
World Water Shortage Is the Worst in 15 Years
Chile says drought here to stay, lays out plan to ensure water
With no end in sight to a drought that has blighted Chile for the last several years, the government will invest in desalinization plants and reservoirs to ensure access to potable water, President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.
UN cancer agency issues warning about five pesticides

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Fighting the "War on Terror " by Banning Cash
Mystery Man Behind Clinton Email Server Uncovered?
Amtrak/DHS is spying on passengers and letting police access records without warrants

## Propaganda ##
The Tried-and-True Blueprint for Raising Taxes

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
L.A.'s aging water pipes; a $1-billion dilemma
Construction workforce expected to plummet by 1.28 million by 2025

## China ##
Subi Reef is now twice the size of Taiping Island
Well now, this is serious. "Frugal Olympics" seems like a contradiction in terms. Hosting the Olympics is supposed to be a colossal blowout, with vast rivers of money flowing in all directions. Truly, it is the Age of Austerity. -- RF

Once a minority, six-year or longer auto loans now make up one third of all new loans.
Freddie Mac offering a 3 percent down loan called Home Possible Advantage targeted to cash strapped buyers. FHA loans and interest only loans also permeate market.
Bracing for a big power grid attack: 'One is too many'
About once every four days, part of the nation's power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack, a USA TODAY analysis of federal energy records finds.

And finally...
A Scientific Model Of What A Zombie Apocalypse Would Look Like (And Where Not To Hide)

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