Thursday, October 01, 2015


News Links, October 2, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
World Trade Organization Slashes Trade Forecasts Amid Sluggish 2015, China Woes
We've Seen This Picture Before—–Global Markets Down $13 Trillion Already
World Set For Emerging Market Mass Default——Even The IMF Sees It
Look Out Below: Corporate Debt In Emerging Markets Has QUADRUPLED Since 2004
Mitch Feierstein: Firms too big to fail before, like JPMorgan, are bigger now – and not any safer
VW Board Considering Steps To Prop Up Credit Rating: Sources
VW plant cuts shift, financial arm freezes hiring
Why millions of Russians could file for bankruptcy today
Australia's "Black Swan Moment"
Emerging Markets—Mountains Of Debt, Inflated Equity
El-Erian: Emerging markets are 'completely unhinged'
ETF Investors Exit Emerging-Market Stock Bets as China Falters
Central Bankers Have Sown The Whirlwind——-More Glencores Ahead
Walmart Job Cuts: Retail Giant Likely To Lay Off Up to 500 Employees At Headquarters, Report Says

## Airline death spiral ##
What Is First Class These Days? It's Complicated
Russia And Ukraine Conflict Takes To the Skies: Airline Sanctions Are Latest High-Flying Economic Battle
United's new CEO acknowledges airline's failures

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Moscow's Moves in Syria Exploit Limits of Obama's Containment Strategy
Russia Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria
Russia Urges US to Join Baghdad-Based Anti-ISIS Intel Sharing Program
Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA
Regime Change is Coming – Saudi Prince Calls for Coup to Remove King
Europe Urged To Expand Military Use of Renewable Energy
European countries have been warned that threats to energy security in Europe demonstrate the importance of expanding the use of renewable energy in the armed forces.
But it won't save the industrial-age military. The need for oil will lead the major powers into more conflict in order to lock down all they can. -- RF
The Great Game and Future wars over oil: Will China and the U.S. collide?
Spain Leaps Toward Political Breakdown
Amid Ukraine War, Russians Don't Want Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics To Become Part Of Russia, Poll Finds
Why Iran Is Aiding Syria
In spinning another propaganda theme, Official Washington is putting out the storyline that Iran is supporting Syria only to appease hardliners in Tehran, but the reality is that top Iranian leaders agree that a victory by the Islamic State or Al Qaeda must be prevented.
Russia-Norway Conflict? Defenses Being Modernized Amid Russian Arctic Military Buildup
Russia, US Open Deconfliction Talks
Saudi Arabia Forces the UN to Drop Humanitarian Inquiry Into Yemen Atrocities
Unification with China not on agenda, says Taiwan president

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Seven dead in 'parcel bomb' explosions at 17 sites in Chinese town
Indian man brutally killed by mob over rumor he ate beef
Protesting Big Pharma 'Death Sentence,' Cancer Patient Arrested Outside TPP Talks
Student debt protesters interrupt Florida university president address

## Energy/resources ##
Default on Brazil electricity market grows - traders
Default on the Brazilian electric energy market has spread to critical levels, energy traders said on Tuesday, as hydroelectric generators balk at hefty bills for which the local regulator says they are on the hook.
Trouble Ahead For The World's Next Shale Boom?
As Shell Scraps Arctic Drilling Plan, Gov. Declares: 'We Need To Get Some Oil in that Pipeline... Quick'
Yieldcos Dead In The Water And Rooftop Solar A Liability
Fortune: "Frackers Face Mass Extinction"
Canada's native chiefs reviewing treaty to block oil industry expansion
Native chiefs in the Western Canadian province of British Columbia voted on Wednesday to join some of their eastern counterparts opposed to a major pipeline project, in a move some leaders described as a step toward a national alliance aimed at blocking expansion of Alberta's oil sands industry.
A Texas tale of two winds
From mid-August to mid-September, the availability of wind generation in the most heavily-stocked market did a virtual U-turn.

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Metal thieves caused £581,000 worth of rail disruption by £43 cable theft
Eurostar trains delayed after thieves in France steal electric cables

## Lifestyle solutions ##
A HomeSchool Parent Confronts "Back-to-School Week"

## Environment/health ##
Indonesia provides "nice air" most of the time, and all you do is complain about the pollution
All car companies cheat on emissions tests—it's just that most do it legally
Monsanto Under Fire: Maker of Cancer-Causing Herbicide Sued by US Workers
Plastic-eating worms to ease pollution problems
Uganda's forests dwindle as illegal settlers hollow them out
Nuclear waste disposal in boreholes drilled into earth's crust

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Thai Government Websites Go Offline In DDOS Attack
For Years, the Pentagon Hooked Everything To The Internet. Now It's a 'Big, Big Problem'
Hacker University: Cyberattackers Target Military Research, Student Records At 'Soft Target' US Colleges
Spies At Oktoberfest? German Intelligence Agency Pays For Secret Agents To Get Drunk At Annual Beer Celebration, Report Finds
Environmental Activists Continue to Face Interrogations at US-Canada Border
US Customs is collecting the personal information of every Amtrak passenger
Angela Merkel caught on hot mic griping to Facebook CEO over anti-immigrant posts
A 'Yelp'-Style App for Rating People Is Coming, and It's Absolutely Terrifying
Trump Hotels Confirm Hack Exposed Customer Credit Card Info
Hackers Tried to Access Clinton's Private Email at Least 5 Times: Report

## Propaganda ##
Propaganda War Begins: Russia's Syria Strikes Targeted US-Backed "Moderate" Rebels, West Says
Despite Brutal Irony, US Accuses Russia of 'Pouring Gasoline on Fire' in Syria
More Anti-Russian Bias at the NYT
The anti-Russian bias of the New York Times is hard to miss as it consistently puts Moscow's actions and intentions in the worst possible light, in stark contrast to the warm glow that usually surrounds military actions by the U.S. and its "allies."
Obama's Ludicrous 'Barrel Bomb' Theme
In addressing the United Nations, President Obama singled out for condemnation Syria's President Assad and his alleged use of "barrel bombs," but Obama was silent on his own use of far more powerful ordnance or the civilian tolls from Saudi/Israeli attacks with highly lethal U.S. bombs.
HBO and Snapchat are Actively Working with the U.S. Government to Create Propaganda

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Following in Ancient Rome's Footsteps: Moral Decay, Rising Wealth Inequality
You Can't Separate Empire, the State, Financialization and Crony Capitalism: It's One Indivisible System
The great irony is what's unsustainable melts into thin air no matter how many people want it to keep going.

## Japan ##
Japanese politician in sexism row after call for women to have more babies
Bank of Japan tankan survey: Corporate sentiment worsening
Japan seeking to build submarines in Australian shipyards
USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Japan for security support

## China ##
China Car Tax For Small Engine Vehicles Cut In Half In Hopes To Boost Auto Market
Jim Chanos: China's Emperor Down To His Underwear
The Start Of China's Unrest? Southern China City Rocked By "Massive" Bomb Explosions, At Least 6 Dead
Xi pledges US$100m in military aid to African Union; 8,000 troops to UN
China's First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier May Be Under Construction, New Satellite Images Show: Report
China Bought Gold With Proceeds From Record Sale Of US Treasurys

## UK ##
Bank of England: Economic concerns with green future
Acid attack hospital admissions have almost doubled in last 10 years
Data obtained by the Guardian shows a worrying rise in assaults using corrosive substances, while many incidents still go unreported
Elephant Grass Could Offer Viable Alternative to Coal
Waste of precious farmland. -- RF
Number of UK workers on minimum wage expected to double by 2020
Volkswagen crisis: Car giant removes 4,000 new diesel cars from showrooms in Britain

## US ##
Next Shoe to Drop on Stocks? Junk-Bond Meltdown Hits M&A
US Manufacturing Recession Draws Eerie References to 2009
So Much For The US Export Boom——-Shipments Heading Down For 2015
Groups Challenge Wyoming's 'Downright Un-American' Censorship Laws
Chicago PMI at 48.7 in Sept vs 53.0 reading expected
Food Stamp Growth Outpaces Illinois Job Creation 5-4 During Recovery
Municipal Bankruptcies and more on the way
US municipal bond sales up 40% this year
Becoming China: Ghost 'Man-Camps' In North Dakota
Is The U.S. About To Break One Of Its Own Nuclear Treaties?
David Stockman On CNBC: 'We're On The Fiscal Titanic"
GPS jammers increasingly used in cargo thefts
6 Out Of 6 Fed Surveys Say US Is In Recession
Oops, Atlanta Fed's GDP Forecast Suddenly Plunges
'America's Gun Violence Epidemic' Continues with Mass Shooting in Oregon
Dunkin' Donuts closes 100 stores

## The candidates ##
Carly Fiorina Laments That Politics Is 'A Fact-Free Zone'
She ought to know. -- RF
Likely GOP Voters Call Donald Trump 'Idiot,' 'Jerk,' 'Stupid,' 'Dumb' As Most Common Descriptions, Poll Finds
Trump vows to send Syrians back if elected US president
Bernie Sanders Hits 1 Million Online Donations Faster Than Obama
Teamsters Abandon Democrats? Union Withholds Hillary Clinton Endorsement After Twice Backing Barack Obama
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale for Hillary Improves

## And finally...
Wisconsin refutes hoax that lawn ornaments counted in state deer tally
Being Batman Costs Bruce Wayne $682,450,750

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