Monday, April 13, 2015


News Links, April 14, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Bundesbank Tells German Heta Creditors: Expect to Lose Half
Asia's Richest Add $64 Billion as the Market Frenzy Rolls On
Global Financial Markets Go Nuts
World Bank Cuts East Asia Growth Forecast, Warns Of Risks To Outlook
China's March Exports Slump Fuels Fears Of Lowest Q1 Growth In 6 Years
Greece to Default on IMF in May, June if No Deal Reached
Greek Bank Update: Depositors Fleeing, ECB Plugging The Hole With 100B EUR
China-Led Infrastructure Bank to Welcome U.S. 'Anytime'

## Airline Death Spiral ##
IndiGo, Jet Airways Hike Cancellation Charges
New Report Shows Over 260 Security Breaches At Airports
Plane forced to land after 80yo woman 'attacks, bites' crew
Disruptive passenger forces Air Canada flight to land in Ireland
Disruptive man removed from Phoenix-bound Flight
United Airlines Flight Turned Back Due to Disruptive Passenger
Airplane passenger tried to strangle Ottawa soccer player Oliver Minatel 'with the cord of his headphones'
Plane Diverts, Two Passengers Arrested
Flight attendants want 'air rage' fines boosted
Singapore to toughen laws against unruly air travellers
Airline passengers have more to complain about, report finds
Think flying is getting worse? A pair of university researchers who track the airline business say it's a fact. More flights are late, more bags are getting lost, and customers are lodging more complaints about U.S. airlines, government data shows.
The Airlines' Scores Are In, and They Aren't Pretty

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Italian Industry Gears Up for Navy Renewal
Jihadists attack Iraq's largest oil refinery
China, Russia and eastern Europe boost defence spending
OSCE Reports Intense Fighting Between Ukraine And Pro-Russian Rebels As Foreign Ministers Meet In Berlin
Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap
Israel angry as Russia approves missiles for Iran
Indonesia eyes regular navy exercises with U.S. in South China Sea
Ignoring Iranian Calls for Diplomacy, Saudi Arabia Continues Assault on Yemen
Saudi Arabia Slams Iran for Urging Yemen Ceasefire
Neocon 'Chaos Promotion' in the Mideast
After the Persian Gulf War in 1991, America's neocons thought no country could stand up to the high-tech U.S. military, and they realized the Soviet Union was no longer around to limit U.S. actions. So, the "regime change" strategy was born – and many have died.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hundreds take to the streets in protest over power plant (China)
Brazilians march against Rousseff government
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Sunday, venting anger over government corruption and economic drift a month after larger protests gathered more than a million people.
Political unrest eats up $2.2 billion in third quarter (Bangladesh)
Driver pulls out chainsaw during road rage incident
One of the many road rage incidents that occur each day. Driving cars started out as an exciting, liberating experience, but morphed into hell on wheels. Do you really think that self-driving cars are going to change that? -- RF
Angry protests disrupt start of Turkish mine disaster trial
Thousands March in Canada to Demand Action on Climate Change

## Energy/resources ##
Report – US Oil Rigs Now at Lowest Count Since December 2010
Japan to draft guidelines for disposal of solar, wind power facilities
As with nuclear power (but certainly not to the same extent), disposal will cost far more than envisioned. The chief means of "recycling" old renewable-energy hardware will be illegal dumping and scavenging. And replacing end-of-life renewable installations will cost much more than anticipated, thereby considerably reducing the amount of renewable energy. -- RF
Falklands oil drillers scale back after price slump
Iran says it's ready to send gas to Europe
North Dakota rig slump continues
Shale Oil Boom Could End in May After Price Collapse
The Real Reason Californians Can't Water Their Lawns
California Is "A Totally Artificial World Of Water Use" & Desalination Can't Fix It
Unfinished nuclear plants raise safety doubts
A new generation of giant reactors, meant to provide fresh hope for nuclear power in Europe, has been found to have a serious safety problem.

## Got food? ##
Why Everyone in the U.S. Will Feel California's Drought (video)
Farmers angry after high-yielding rice fails to perform as advertised (China)
Liangyou 0293, a hybrid rice variety developed by Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co Ltd and grown in east China's Anhui Province suffered massive crop failure after being infected with rice blast, a fungal disease.

## Environment/health ##
Record sea-surface temperatures in Pacific point to record warmth in 2015 and 2016 (Australia)
U.S. Finds First Case of H5N2 Bird Flu in Commercial Chickens

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Iran's state TV social media accounts hacked
The Chinese government may have been spying on India's leaders and defence companies for a decade
The New York Post Reports – FBI is Covering Up Saudi Links to 9/11 Attack
How to get around government curbs on the Internet
NSA declares war on general purpose computers
Decade-Long Cyberspy Attack Hacked Southeast Asian Targets
UAE Gave $1 Million to NYC Police Foundation; Money Aided 'Investigations'

## Propaganda ##
DHS is influencing America's TV shows, movies, electric cars and much more!
Nato War Propaganda: A Danger to World Peace

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
How America's Theme Parks Kill Our Souls
The Nasty Blowback from America's Wars (Ray McGovern)
There are historical warnings to countries that inflict violence abroad, that the imperial impulse will blow back on the domestic society with suppression of public debate and repression of common citizens, that the war will come home — as is happening in the United States.
The Decline & Fall of the United States on Schedule
COLLAPSE PHENOMENON: Michael Ruppert's Last Book, First Starring Film Role, and Ascendancy to the National Stage in 2009

## Japan ##
Japan Begins National Security Space Buildup
In January, Japan's Office of National Space Policy cemented a new 10-year space strategy that for the first time folds space policy into national security strategy, both to enhance the US-Japan alliance and to contain China.
Japan court to decide on nuclear plant, crucial to atomic future
Japan's nuclear power output zero for whole fiscal year for 1st time
Nuclear power to be less than 20% of Japan's energy mix in 2030: sources
Tepco to Abandon Robot Inside Fukushima Reactor
Japan's machinery orders fall
70% of govt entities fail to stock sufficient emergency supplies

## China ##
China's March exports shrink 15 percent year-on-year in shock fall
China Importing More Food Than Ever Before as Safety Concerns Mount
Beijing shifts diplomatic focus from US to neighbors
China's 'Great Cannon' Expands Web Tampering Abilities, Group Says
Blow me a bubble: Shanghai index surges to 7-year high
China Wants To Curb 'Parallel Trading' By Limiting Visits To Hong Kong From Neighboring Mainland Shoppers
China's coal imports fall nearly half in 12 months as anti-pollution drive bites

## UK ##
UK Housing Bubble Bursts: Sales Of Luxury Homes Crash By 80% As "Waves Of Wealthy People Are Leaving"
Man tragically dies after shocking 'shopping trolley rage' incident
Sewer study finds rise in hospital admissions following heavy rainfall
Emergency hospital admissions rise following heavy rainfall after a new study found consumers' drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater, increasing the risk for gastrointestinal illness.
UK opposes international ban on developing 'killer robots'

## US ##
Budget deficit rises to $53 billion in March
Nitrogen asphyxiation: The Dawn of a New Form of Capital Punishment
U.S. Senator Rubio tells donors he is running for president: source
Yawn. -- RF
Hillary Clinton: Class President Of A Failed Generation
330 Million Citizens And We're Down To Another Clinton And Another Bush
It's A Bush-Clinton World... And It's Your Job To Vote For Them
Deal or not, many U.S. states will keep sanctions grip on Iran
Another Police Killing Caught on Tape – Oklahoma Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Man in Tulsa
The new American retirement plan equates to working forever
Nonexistent nest eggs and most Americans are bad at planning as to how long they will live.
Retiring well? Not most baby boomers
* Only 60 percent of baby boomers report having any retirement savings
* 36 percent said they plan to retire at 70 or later
* 27 percent are confident they will have enough for retirement
The Changing World of Work I: America's Nine Classes
A very instructive piece on the direction taken by the evolution of American society. Even if you don't agree with the "nine classes" categories, the analysis of the emerging neofeudalist order is spot on. -- RF
Life term for 1 Blackwater guard; 30 years for 3 others
Parents in trouble again for letting kids walk alone

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