Sunday, April 19, 2015


News Links, April 19, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Signs the market is girding for a Greek default, in 4 charts
Another 5.27 Billion in Capital Flight from Greece in March
Greek bond yields soar as debt default fears swell
Greece scrapes bottom of barrel in hunt for cash to stay afloat
Australia Runs out of Luck, Now Needs a Miracle
Australia, you have officially run out of luck. While leveraged property investors in Sydney and Melbourne are desperately hunting for a senseless "net-yield" that makes the yield on a German 2-year bund look rewarding, the Australian mining sector is screaming towards what may be one of the greatest and colossal economic breakdowns in modern Western history.
Huge Trouble Is Percolating Just Under The Surface Of The Global Economy
China sets up coordinating group for modern Silk Road
Wal-Mart cutting layer of management in stores: Bloomberg
The Global Liquidity Squeeze Has Begun
This Pattern Signaled The Last Two Crashes—-And It Just Happened Again
Wall Street falls steeply with China, Greece fears paramount
U.S. Airlines Shift to Smaller Jets for Many Domestic Flights
US-led finance at crossroads: AIIB steals show at G-20 as IMF criticized

## Airline Death Spiral ##
After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots
'Mindful' things: Airlines aim for friendlier skies
Vietnam mulls rule to discourage pilots from quitting job
Germanwings crash reveals industry's failure to address pilot suicide
US airlines accused of hypocrisy in subsidy debate
A meager lifestyle for workers who cater to the high-flying
Government support to the airline industry is common
The jumbo jet faces a make or break year at Boeing, Airbus

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Ethiopians talk of violent intimidation as their land is earmarked for foreign investors
China Begins Construction Of Aircraft Runway On Disputed Spratly Islands: Report
More combat ships on way from European shipyards
U.S. fails to stem flow of illegal firearms to Mexico
Islamic State proves resilient, presses attack in Iraq's Ramadi, Baiji
US Paratroopers Arrive In Ukraine, Train National Guard Soldiers To Fight Pro-Russian Rebels
Why The Odds Of A U.S.-Russia Military Collision Over Ukraine Are Rising
Kiev's Reign Of Repression And Death
There seems to be a "suicide" epidemic afflicting opponents of the current Ukrainian government – eight opposition politicians and two journalists have mysteriously died since the beginning of the year.
How Ukraine Commemorates the Holocaust
Pundit Thomas Friedman says the new Ukraine regime "shares our values" but – as much of the world marked the 70th anniversary of the Nazi Holocaust finally being ended by Russian and U.S. armies – politicians in Kiev were busy honoring Ukraine's Nazi collaborators.
Italian Navy Retakes Fishing Trawler From Suspected Pirates Near Libya In Mediterranean Sea
Beyond Blackwater Massacre, Renewed Concern Over Rise of Mercenary Armies
As Yemen Spirals Further into Chaos, UN Urges Humanitarian Relief
World Bank-Funded Projects Fueling Land Grabs, Displacement of Global Poor
Three dead in drug cartel gunfight, riot in Mexican border city
Russia's Putin Says Ready To Work With United States: TV
Vladimir Putin Raises Concerns Over Israel's Plans To Give Weapons To Ukraine
Bill to revise 'emergency-at-periphery' law aims at enforcement of Japan-U.S. security pact
Heavy clashes in central district, suburb of Tripoli
Making Unnecessary Enemies in Yemen
The Saudi-Israeli tandem is trying to pull the U.S. and other militaries into the Yemeni civil war by arguing that the Houthi rebels are Iranian proxies. But the reality is much more nuanced and the American interest may go in a different direction.
China Readies $46 Billion for Pakistan Trade Route

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands March Against Spain's Anti-Protest Laws in the World's First Hologram Protest (Video)
Anti-immigrant unrest hits South Africa as Zuma condemns violence
U.S. fast-food workers mark Tax Day demanding higher wages
Illinois Man Commits Suicide in Front of U.S. Capitol Holding a "Tax the 1%" Sign
Clowns Brawl With Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino
Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-U.S. trade deal
China complains Japan's air, sea surveillance raises safety risks
Protesters, police clash in Seoul amid ferry disaster memorials

## Energy/resources ##
Schlumberger profit falls 39%; cuts 11,000 jobs
Cut, baby, cut! -- RF
Europe to draw up energy crisis contingency plans
Canadian oil producers' profit poised to tumble to decade low
South Africa power cuts persist, utility races to fix plants
Blackout-hit South Africa parachutes in expert to fix utility Eskom
Massive blackout hits Macau
Are fossil fuels about to become extinct?
Gambia hit by water, electricity crunch
Mindanao's power woes may persist until end of summer
Electricity rationing unlikely to affect homes: MOEA (Taiwan)
The Inconvenient Truth About A Green Revolution
Oil Prices Taking Their Toll On North Dakota Production
Has The Bakken Peaked?
The EIA Is Bizarrely Optimistic About Future US Oil Production
Indian delegation to visit Iran to discuss oil deals - sources
New UK nuclear plants under threat as 'serious anomaly' with model found in France
Insolvency-Related Implications for the Oil and Gas Industry in the US

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
The Value of Learning To Cook

## Environment/health ##
Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico
An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what Taylor - or the government - have publicly reported during their secretive, and costly, effort to halt the leak.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, wildlife is still struggling
BP Oil Spill: Louisiana Wetland Loss Is Speeding Up Due To Crude From Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Dwindling bird populations in Fukushima

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
TSA Trained Disney, SeaWorld to SPOT Terrorists
Syrian Rebels Caught in 'False-Flag' Kidnapping
In August 2013, when the U.S. government almost went to war in Syria over a Sarin attack, suspicions that it was a rebel "false-flag" were ridiculed. But new disclosures about a rebel role in kidnapping NBC's Richard Engel several months earlier show the rebels knew such propaganda tricks.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Retro Future (The Archdruid Report)
Increasingly, it's the military/police vs. the hoi polloi. -- RF

## Japan ##
How Wall Street Is Exporting Toxic Junk Loan Waste To Yield-Starved Japan
Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference
Japan's ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents say endanger press freedom and intimidate the media.

## China ##

## US ##
Prisoners Inside America's Raging Storm
America's obsession with meting out long prison sentences for drug offenses and various non-violent crimes has produced a vast population locked inside a prison-industrial complex and assigned to work for pennies an hour.
Students in debt and professors barely getting by all the while tuition soars.

## Hillary Clinton ##

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