Saturday, May 02, 2015


News Links, May 3, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
Greek Pensioners Crash Pension Fund Board Meeting, Form Lines At Bank
Greece considers selling ports to reach deal with creditors
Global cooling Alert: South Korea Exports Drop 8% Y/Y, 4th Straight Decline
Europe's Debt Erases $160 Billion on Path to Record Weekly Loss
Investors revolting against negative yields in Europe wiped 142 billion euros ($160 billion) off the value of the region's government bonds this week, heading for the biggest selloff since at least October 1993.
ADB, AIIB agree to cooperate
Gold Manipulators Busted After Zero Hedge Report On Flagrant Gold Spoofing
JP Morgan Cornering Silver Bullion Market?
Dubai's Nakheel set to lease Dragon City retail space
Total madness. Dubai is one the biggest bubbles ever, and when it pops it'll be a shock felt around the world. -- RF
LinkedIn follows Twitter, shocks social media investors

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Boeing 787 software problem could lead planes to fall out of the sky if they're left turned on for too long
Airlines are looking for a big tax break in California
Late cancellation rates set to soar
Planes now more energy-efficient than cars
Acute Aviation Fuel Crisis Hit Nigeria's Airline Industry

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia, China Navies To Hold In May First Joint Exercise In Mediterranean Sea
How Saudi-Israel Alliance Helps Al-Qaeda
Neither the U.S. political system nor the mainstream media can come to grips with the new reality in the Middle East as the Saudi-Israeli alliance effectively sides with Al-Qaeda-connected jihadists and seeks to entangle the U.S. government on the Sunni side of an ancient conflict with Shiites.
Climbing into Bed with Al-Qaeda
President Obama is tolerating the smuggling of high-tech U.S. weapons to a Syrian rebel coalition led by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, as these Islamists — supported by the Saudis and other U.S. allies — mount a new offensive to topple the secular government in Damascus.
Mexican army helicopter shot at in drug cartel attack
Iran's Cargo Ship Seizure Tied to a $3.6 Million Court Judgment
Is France positioning itself for lead role in Persian Gulf?
French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday will make a rare appearance for a foreign head of state when he attends a summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council amid regional expectations that France could upstage the United States by formally agreeing to act as security guarantor for Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Bellicose Gen. Breedlove Pushes NATO Toward War In Ukraine
McCain: Japanese military should expect to see action in Korea, deploy to Mideast, South China Sea

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
In Brazil, Protesting Teachers Get Lesson In Police Brutality
Burundi president warns of "severe sanctions" against protesters
Crackdown in Maldives as Thousands Demand Freedom for Ousted President
Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at May Day protesters
Seattle May Day Protests Turn Violent as Cops Hit With Wrenches, Rocks
Cornelius North Carolina Shooting: Police Officer Shot Responding To Call
Baltimore Freddie Gray Rally: Thousands March At City Hall To Cheer Charges Against Officers
Thousands of South Koreans protest government labor policies

## Energy/resources ##
As U.S. cuts, Saudi oil-rig counts hit record highs
Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?
FACTBOX-Proposed U.S. nuclear power reactors -DTE Fermi
Land acquisition woes may stall nuclear power blitz (India)
Gazprom In Dire Straits As Profits Plunge 86 Percent

## Got food? ##
The Cash Value of Home Gardens

## Lifestyle Solutions ##
Could you live in a 320-square-foot home?
Going Rogue: 15 Ways to Detach From the System
Get back to your roots with the Groundfridge prefab root cellar

## Environment/health ##
Wildlife decline may lead to 'empty landscape'
Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to bird flu outbreak
Nepal Earthquake Death Toll Climbs Past 7,000: Officials
Europe calls for tougher limits on super greenhouse gases
Aircraft deicing agents contaminate soil and groundwater
Report: Ebola can be transmitted during sex with male survivors

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Assange: More leaks to come
WikiLeaks is planning new releases of secret documents on controversial negotiations and intelligence agency operations, according to the anti-secrecy organisation's Australian founder, Julian Assange.
Juncker on Germany's BND scandal: 'It is very difficult to keep secret services under control'
Angela Merkel's NSA Nightmare Just Got A Lot Worse
Connected devices and your privacy
Major Japanese firms fall victim to data leaks: survey

## Propaganda ##
AP: Americans Strongly Support Different, Imaginary Drone Program
How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere
Beautifully written, this piece underscores how a lot of the content from US media is more propaganda than news. -- RF
Fracking Titans Bankrolling Right-Wing Indoctrination Effort in Schools: Investigation
The Limits of Propaganda

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Death of the Internet: A Pre-Mortem
Worries mount as European Parliament sits idle
Ford expands door latch recall to 156,000 more vehicles

## Japan ##
Tokyo's New Military Guidelines Based On Old Principle: U.S. Does Defending, Japan Gets Defended
Mom & Pop investors shun Japan bonds as BOJ sends yield below zero
McDonald's Japan sales down 34%
Overuse of mobile gadgets hampers students' ability to study, sleep
Japanese automakers bringing some production back home
TEPCO starts tests of frozen soil wall at Fukushima nuclear plant

## China ##
Internet control just got a bit tighter in China
'Our purity is above 99%': the Chinese labs churning out legal highs for the west
China April official PMI shows factories struggling to grow
China Announces Tax Breaks And Subsidies To Boost Employment, Agriculture As Growth Slows
Capital Goods Deflation Alert: Chinese Shipyard Orders Down 77% Y/Y In Q1

## UK ##
Food banks: 'Most people at the school gates have used them'
England faces major rise in record hot years due to climate change – scientists
Over 3,000 police officers being investigated for alleged assault - and almost all of them are still on the beat

## US ##
Housing Bubble 2: Investor Purchases Hit Record, Small Investors Pile in, 'Smart Money' Gets Out
15 Companies Losing the Most Money
U.S. construction spending hits six-month low in March
The Lasting Pain from Vietnam Silence
Many reflections on America's final days in Vietnam miss the point, pondering whether the war could have been won or lamenting the fate of U.S. collaborators left behind. The bigger questions are why did the U.S. go to war and why wasn't the bloodletting stopped sooner.
1 in 4 U.S. Renters Use Half of Income to Pay for Housing
Almost half of Obamacare exchanges face financial struggles in the future
Who's the Most Hawkish on Iran? Race to Kill Diplomacy Continues
The 2014 Elections by the Numbers – Who are the 1% of 1% Driving American Politics?
Major U.S. Retailers Are Closing More Than 6,000 Stores
How the American Psychological Association Supported and Provided Cover for the C.I.A. Torture Program
Junk bonds take the lead in fixed-income returns

## The Clintons ##
Hillary Alert: New Emails Mean Benghazi Isn't Over

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