Tuesday, November 17, 2015


News Links, November 18, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Baltic Dry Index Crashes Near Record Low
Debt Market Distortions Go Global as Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
Japan's economy falls back into recession again
Stock Prices of Weapons Manufacturers Soaring Since Paris Attack
Foreign Investors Bail out of Canada's Money Machine
The world's rich have just got less charitable
Another BRIC Rolling Over—-India's Exports Down 17.5%, Imports Contract By 21%
Steel Is The Poster Boy For Global Malinvestment—-Prices Down 55% From 2011 Peak
SGE Withdrawals Break Yearly Record. World Gold Council Continues To Hide Insatiable Chinese Gold Demand.
Wall Street Is Running the World's Central Banks
Last week's appointment of Neel Kashkari to run the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as of January means a third of the Fed's 12 district banks will soon be run by officials with past ties to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Job losses continue across Texas as services firms cut back
Oilfield-services companies reeling from the worst downturn in years continued hemorrhaging jobs this week as three providers announced plans to chop nearly 400 jobs in Houston and across the state amid an oil rout that shows no signs of abating.
Zurich UK General Insurance business plans up to 440 job losses
Kraft Heinz Layoff: To Close Plants & Cut 2600 Jobs

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The War on Cash is Here! (audio/video)

## Airline death spiral ##
Asian Airlines Fall on Fear Paris Attacks Will Curb Tourism
American Airlines flight deplaned after crew members report two suspicious passengers
Russia's two biggest airlines to combine; Aeroflot to buy Transaero for patriotism rather than profits
Economic downturn 'could trigger airline consolidation'
The next economic downturn will trigger a new round of consolidation in the European airline sector, according to the chief executive of the continent's biggest carrier.
Airport Security After Paris Attacks: Could ISIS Terrorism Inspire More Post-9/11 Travel Precautions?
Metrojet Crash: Egypt Detains Airport Workers, $50M Reward Offered
TSA failed to catch man with loaded gun on airplane
Delta Turns to Partitions for Feel of 'Premium Economy' in Coach
Woman Tries to Open British Airways Plane's Exit Door Mid-Flight, Officials Say
American Airlines to reward fliers for money spent, not mileage flown

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
'Massive' French airstrikes hit Islamic State to retaliate for attacks
Russia Alerts US to Syria Strikes for First Time
For the first time since it began military operations in Syria, the Russian government alerted the United States of planned airstrikes, Defense Department spokesperson Peter Cook said Tuesday.
France has 10,300 troops deployed overseas on EU and UN peacekeeping missions, including 2,200 in the Central African Republic, 900 in Lebanon, 85 in Mali and 3000 in North Africa.
Falling into the ISIS Trap
Special Report: The Islamic State has entered into "phase two" of its plan. After establishing a rudimentary "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq (phase one), it is now seeking to provoke the West into a self-defeating overreaction, a trap that "tough" politicians are falling into.
That the middle east and the Arab/Islamic world in particular is now a burned out zone of failed states and an incubator of barbaric religious and sectarian fanaticism is because Imperial Washington made it that way.
Grasping the Motives for Terror
The Paris terror attacks – particularly the methodical shooting of unarmed civilians – have shocked the world and generated new tough talk from policymakers. But the West cannot ignore how some of its violent policy prescriptions over the past 35 years have contributed to the crisis.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
WATCH: Anti-Islam Demonstrators Take To The Streets Of France
From raw crude sucked from wells to expensive machinery that disappears out the back door, drillers from Texas to Colorado are struggling to stop theft that has only worsened amid tens of thousands of lost roughneck jobs.
Future Of Brazil's Oil Industry In Serious Doubt
Oil Dealmakers Find Slim Pickings Among Premium-Priced Explorers
Wannabe dealmakers in the oil industry are stymied by a fundamental problem: there's a mismatch between the price of crude and the value of companies.
US, Japan strike deal to limit coal finance
U.S., JAPAN STRIKE DEAL TO CURB COAL FINANCING: The U.S. and Japan appear to have struck a deal to reduce the amount of financing available to poorer countries to build coal-fueled power plants.
Natural gas producers' profits will sink to worst loss since 2009, Conference Board warns
The Canadian natural gas industry is expected to post its worst collective loss since 2009 this year, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada predicts, the result of both the fall in natural gas prices and the price collapse for related commodities such as propane and butane.
Market Conditions Prompt Statoil Exit from Chukchi Sea
Despite its decision to exit Chukchi Sea, Statoil still sees great potential for Alaska and the Arctic in general.
Citing the current outlook of low oil prices, Statoil ASA has decided to exit the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska after determining its leases there are no longer competitive within the company's global portfolio.
Justice officials fear nation's biggest wiretap operation may not be legal
Federal drug agents have built a massive wiretapping operation in the Los Angeles suburbs, secretly intercepting tens of thousands of Americans' phone calls and text messages to monitor drug traffickers across the United States despite objections from Justice Department lawyers who fear the practice may not be legal.
Anonymous kicks off cyberwar against ISIS, gets 900 Twitter accounts banned

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why The Status Quo Is Doomed, Part 1
Widespread Terrorism Is Just Part Of The Perfect Storm That Is Now Descending On The Western World
Second reactor in Japan brought back fully online after Fukushima nuclear crisis
Nursery schools struggling to secure outdoor playgrounds
Guidelines drafted for temporary manhole toilets
The infrastructure ministry has drafted guidelines for setting up temporary toilets directly over manholes at the time of disaster, Jiji Press has learned.
And there's no telling when sewer systems will simply shut down because of power outages or whatever. -- RF

## China ##
China To Step Up Counterterrorism Measures After Paris Attacks, Calls For International Support Against Xinjiang Separatists

## UK ##
Cybersickness: The new 'illness' sweeping the nation
Up to 80 per cent up the population are experiencing headaches and nausea caused by "cybersickness", according to researchers at Coventry University
Paris terror attack: Britain to hire 2,000 new spies

## US ##
US Industrial Production Growth Slumps To Weakest Since January 2010
Bloodletting Eight Trading Days in a Row — Sucker Rally in Junk Bonds Goes Totally to Heck.

## The candidates ##
Donald Trump On Terrorism: We Must 'Watch And Study Mosques'
12 Donald Trump businesses that no longer exist
Clinton Foundation Refiles 6 Years Of Tax Returns, Shows Record Cash Reserves

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