Sunday, April 26, 2015


News Links, April 27, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Capital Controls Arrive: Greece Begins Confiscating Deposits Of "Small Debtors"
Over 40% of first-time home buyers in Canada can't afford a house without their parents' help, report suggests
Canada's Magnificent Housing Bubble Goes Nuts, Cracks
Once idealistic, crowdfunding is now an unholy hybrid of retail, investment, and risk
The "War on Cash" in 10 Spine-Chilling Quotes
The "War on Cash" Migrates to Switzerland
The Death of Cash: Could negative interest rates create an existential crisis for money itself?
If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon
Greece's governors agree to lend cash to central government
Greece Boils Over; No Rules, Just Right; German Rabbits
Up to 150,000 Bangladesh workers lost jobs after Rana Plaza safety overhaul
Nepal earthquake may devastate tourism-heavy economy
Presenting De-Dollarization In One Simple Map
Big Bank 'Crime of the Century' Results in Guess What? No Jail Time for Anyone
Central Banks Will Be Busy This Week, But Their Ability To Boost Global Business Is In Doubt
How central banks mislead on gold reserve reporting
Turkey's central bank finds itself in a pickle
When QE Leads To Deflation: A Look At The "Confounding" Global Supply Glut

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Fracturing airline alliances could signal wave of industry consolidation
Mining slowdown hits Perth Airport as charter airlines under pressure

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Philippines Urges Southeast Asia To Rally To Halt China Reclamation In Disputed Waters
Southeast Asian ministers call for South China Sea talks
Saudi-Led Air Strikes Hit Yemeni Capital, Ships Shell Aden: Residents
Islamic State takes military barracks, dam in Iraq's Anbar: sources
United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia 'pivot'
Eastern Markets Fuel Rise in Global Military Spending
Iran backs pipeline to China under 'One Belt, One Road' initiative
Clashes rage in Yemen; calls for talks grow
Putin says US helped North Caucasus separatists against Russia in the 2000s

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore
Thousands of coal workers march in Berlin in protest against climate tax

## Energy/resources ##
BP To Sell Off Major North Sea Asset As Part Of Survival Strategy

## Got food? ##
Food is food, whether its 'ugly' or 'pretty,' Food and Wine says

## Environment/health ##
Vanishing act: The threat of disappearing coral reefs
Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu
Torrential Rains Turn Deadly In Peshawar, Pakistan: At Least 35 Dead, 200 Injured
Death Toll In Nepal Earthquake Mounting Every Hour

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Cash shortfall among the elderly could push Japan over the edge
Last summer the welfare ministry reported that a record number of households were receiving government assistance, and 47.1 percent of these households were made up of either elderly people only or the elderly and unmarried family members under 18. The media has been reporting for years that an increasing number of seniors are joining the welfare rolls. National pensions were never meant to cover every retiree's living expenses, but it's obvious that many are not prepared for their old age.
I've restarted my study of Chinese. -- RF

And finally...
Hillary's Banned Words

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