Sunday, September 27, 2015


News Links, September 28, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflation ##
Mind The Slow Lane: Caterpillar, Copper and Lumber All Followed China Slowdown
This Bubble's Days Are Numbered—–Market Tops Are Sprouting Up Everywhere
Tracking the Implosion of Brazil; Be Careful of What You Wish; Perfect Storm; Email from Brazil; More Intervention Madness
Emerging Markets Are Facing a Big Foreign FX Debt Bill
Wall Street braces for grim third quarter earnings season
The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing
Glencore Drops to Record Low as Goldman Flags Credit Concern
U.S. Takes Step Toward Support for China's Reserve-Currency Bid
War on cash: Goodbye $100 Bill? Ex-Central Banker Demands All High-Denomination Banknotes Should Be Abolished
Premiums Rise and Delivery Delays Increase on Silver Coins and Bars
Time to dig deep? Big miners face a big problem
Most industrial commodities are oversupplied, with the feared slowdown in China only deepening the miners' woes
Cuban President Raul Castro Says US Embargo Is 'Main Obstacle' To Cuba's Development
It Gets Ugly in Biotech
Volkswagen Fallout Hits Mexican Economy
Buy Gold While You Still Can!

## Airline death spiral ##
Airports decry $65M cut in funding bill
More than 30 million Americans will need passports to take domestic flights
Ukraine bans Russian airlines as part of war sanctions
The hidden extras airlines use to boost their profits
Arik Air May Be Bankrupt – Report
MidAir USA files for bankruptcy, is late on Melbourne rent
Airbus tells A320 suppliers to cut prices 10 percent
Record number of guns found in U.S. airport searches: TSA
10 Ways Monopoly Airlines Use 'Calculated Misery' to Make Flying an Increasingly Overpriced Nightmare

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Syrian transition could include Assad: Turkey's Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a fierce critic of Bashar al-Assad, on Thursday suggested for the first time that the Syrian president could have a role to play in a future political transition.
US Support Of Syrian Rebels Illegal, Russian President Vladimir Putin Says
Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday branded U.S. support of rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join the Islamic State group with weapons supplied by Washington.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Brawl erupts at refugee centre in Germany
Oil, Bonds Go Their Separate Ways
The rebound in oil prices has not been enough to stop the bleeding at many US energy companies, whose bonds keep weakening - and whose ability to muster fresh capital is dwindling away.

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Three Strategies to Make Your Life Easier as Times Get Harder

## Environment/health ##
The lost forests of the Middle East
Oh, brother! -- RF

## Propaganda ##
Obama's Flak Demeans Putin's Posture
Afraid of neocon criticism, President Obama is going out of his way to insult Russian President Putin prior to a summit meeting. Obama's press secretary mocked Putin as "desperate" and accused him of displaying poor posture in a meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Bridge report highlights Oregon's shaky infrastructure
Global Markets: It's Getting Ugly Out There
You'd have to be in full denial mode not to see that it's getting ugly out there in global markets: currencies are melting down, trade and shipping are tanking, commodities are swooning and global stock markets are increasingly on central-bank life support.
This vision assumes we're going to have lots of cheap energy. But guess what... Although small towns with hinterlands will likely thrive, big cities will turn into largely depopulated no-man's lands ruled by gangs and packs of feral dogs. -- RF

Japan's consumer price slide skips daily necessities
Japan's consumer prices fell overall in August on cheap oil -- the first decline since the country's current round of monetary easing began in April 2013. But rising food costs held larger sway over consumers' economic outlooks.
Researchers: More than 70% of No. 2 reactor's fuel may have melted
More than 70 percent of the fuel may have melted in one of the three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that suffered meltdowns in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster, researchers reported on Sept. 26.
This will accomplish nothing but increase complexity and the need for much more energy (money) to establish, operate, and maintain the new ministry. Because the point of diminishing returns has long since passed, the primary effect of this action will be to hasten Japan's decline. -- RF
Startups in China to face a wave of closures
The number of startups in China forced out of business by increasing challenges to securing funding is set to rise significantly, according to the Beijing-based Economic Observer.
The mass surveillance operation — code-named KARMA POLICE — was launched by British spies about seven years ago without any public debate or scrutiny. It was just one part of a giant global Internet spying apparatus built by the United Kingdom's electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.
How the World Views US 'Clown Show'
Some Americans may be amused by the "clown show" that is modern U.S. politics, particularly the Republican presidential race. But the crude insults and gross bigotry are seen around the world, reducing the appeal of democracy and turning more people against the U.S.

## The Candidates ##
Ben Carson: Many seeking to enter U.S. at southern border 'are hardened criminals'
Carly Fiorina Makes a Lot of Stuff Up About Everything
Bernie Sanders Gets a Foreign Policy
After 25,000 people asked, Senator Bernie Sanders added a few words to his presidential campaign website about the 96% of humanity he'd been ignoring.
Government finds new emails Clinton did not hand over

And finally...
SoftBank warns against sex with its android Pepper
Motorist sets lighter to spider at gas station, burns pump
Donald Trump Halloween wigs sold out

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