Thursday, November 19, 2015


News Links, November 20, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
As Of Today, The Baltic Dry Freight Index Has Never Been Lower
Another Industrial Metal Bites The Dust—-Zinc Prices At 6-Year Low
Copper Tumbles to Six-Year Low as Industrial Metals Extend Slump
Without Buybacks There Is No Earnings Per Share Growth
As stock buybacks reach historic levels, signs that corporate America is undermining itself
World's Worst Currency Rout Turns Norway Prince Into Fishmonger
Gold Weekly: Bulls Will Come Back With A Vengeance
Why Gold's Physical Sales Are Going Strong
World Silver Deficits –12 Years Running
Chinese Savers Turn to Gold as Rest of the World Exits Holdings
Saudi Arabia's oil exports climbed in September and it's pumping its way into a major crisis
With no one at helm, Portugal faces instability and strife
Here's the big problem with low interest rates
Since Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in September 2008, the world's central banks have injected more than $12 trillion under QE (Quantitative Easing) programs into financial markets. More than $26 trillion of government bonds are now trading at yields of below 1% with over $6 trillion currently yielding less than 0%.
It Is Different This Time——–Now Comes The Global CapEx Depression
A Hard Landing in China Could 'Shake the World'
Inflation, Unemployment Soar As Brazil Remains Trapped In Stagflationary Nightmare

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Oil, Gas Sector Job Losses Continue To Mount
Hundreds of thousands of positions have already been cut and unfortunately the reductions keep coming.
Vancouver-based Teck Resources cutting 1,000 jobs around the world

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The World's First Cashless Society Is Here - A Totalitarian's Dream Come True
MasterCard to launch facial recognition payment service
EU Targets Bitcoin, Anonymous Currency In Fight Against Terrorist Financing
Japanese regulator discusses new cryptocurrency rules
Japan needs an adequate oversight mechanism for virtual currencies, including ways to confirm identities and block money laundering, Financial Services Agency panel members agreed in a meeting Monday.
Recruit enabling smartphone payments at mom and pop stores (Japan)

## Airline death spiral ##
FAA to Airports: Clear the Snow This Winter. Or Else
U.S. Eyes Travel of 800 Potential 'Foreign Fighters'
Air France Flights Update: Paris-Bound Planes From US Diverted After Bomb Threats, Investigation Underway
Secrets of Airline Super-Elite Status
Chicago police clear suspicious luggage at O'Hare as airports remain on high alert
Airline Passengers in Asia Dislike Flying for Reasons of Their Own
Airlines' nonticket sales on record pace
BA passenger 'tries to enter cockpit' before being restrained
Russian Plane Attack Update: Russia Mulls Flight Bans On Other Countries After Suspending Egypt Travel
Manchester Airport flight evacuated 'after bomb threat'
Laser beam seen aimed at ANA plane cockpit (Japan)

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
How ISIS Acquires Weapons: Islamic State Benefits From Region Overflowing With American, Russian Made Arms
Bloody Hands In Syria——-How Washington Midwifed The Islamic State
We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the '80s
Officials: Carrier Truman may launch strikes against Islamic State group from Mediterranean
France Sends Charles de Gaulle Carrier Against ISIS
Despite heavy US airstrikes, IS threat persists
Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers
Russia Explains To Clueless US Public Why Obama Can't Defeat ISIS
Washington's War On Terrorism——-The Greatest Racket of All Time
The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking
Specifically, who are the middlemen making the oil deals? -- RF
Japan military deployment to South China Sea under consideration, Abe tells Obama in Manila
Obama Calls On China To Stop Land Reclamation In South China Sea
U.S. tests new unarmed nuclear gravity bomb
Iran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, U.N. report says
Nigeria's Boko Haram Named World's Deadliest Organization; Several Killed In Attacks In Kano And Yola
Advocates Call For 200 Next-Generation Bombers
Russia's New Deadly Missiles: Moscow Conducts First Nighttime Launch Of Iskander-M Tactical Missile System
U.S., U.K. help build West African partners' anti-piracy capabilities
Germany could send troops into streets for first time since war
Pope claims Christmas is a 'charade' due to continued war across the world
The Pope said that the lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes of the season are a charade with so much "war and hate"

## Migrants/refugees ##
Record refugee crisis hits all parts of globe
Amid Europe Refugee Crisis, EU Misses Relocation Deadlines, Falls Short Of Funding Pledges
Around 20 African migrants lost at sea after boat sinks

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Baltimore riots report: Police must train for 'large-scale critical incidents'
France bans massive marches planned during Paris climate talks
However, it said in a statement that all demonstrations organised in closed spaces or in places where security can easily be ensured would be allowed to go ahead.
This sounds like American "free-speech zones." -- RF
Protesting Greek farmers clash with police in central Athens
Greek farmers protesting over planned tax and pension reforms demanded by the country's bailout creditors have clashed outside Parliament with police, who used tear gas to disperse them.
Police In Democratic Republic Of Congo Use Tear Gas On Protesting Students: Report
Protesters clash with police at Apec summit in Manila
With Demands for Racial Justice, Student 'BlackOut' Actions Sweep US
Minneapolis shooting officers named as protests rage
Minnesota officials on Wednesday named two Minneapolis policemen involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man as chanting demonstrators surrounded a nearby police station and, according to officers, threw bottles and rocks.
Five killed in attacks in Tel Aviv and Israeli settlement in West Bank
1,000 denounce military base plan in Okinawa on 500th day of protest (Japan)

## Energy/resources ##
More than 100,000 without power in Seattle area as fierce winds blow
UK North Sea Oil Decommissioning Costs Set to Rise
The cost of dismantling oil production facilities in the U.K. North Sea over the next decade will be higher than previously forecast as more fields are scheduled to halt production, according to a group representing the British industry.
I wouldn't count on this, but be my guest. -- RF
Glut can become shortage in a heartbeat. -- RF

## Lifestyle solutions ##
From Paris to Boston, Terrorists Were Already Known to Authorities
Driverless cars' chances halted by tumbleweed
Autonomous vehicles still struggle with mundane challenges such as tumbleweed, police officers giving traffic directions and wild animals, a Volkswagen executive has warned attendees at a conference session on the challenges facing the much-hyped technology.
Has the US curbed its spying on China? -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

## Japan ##
Japan falls out of love with petrol
Ageing demographics, hybrid electric engines and a dwindling passion for cars among the under-40s are souring Japan's long love affair with petrol and pushing the oil refining industry into a pair of defensive mergers.

## China ##
Diesel generators are widely used for generating back up electric power, especially in markets where reliable service is spotty. And now, Britain is gearing up to promote the use of this back up power for resolving its upcoming energy supply crunch.
Street light dimming strategy pays off for Angus Council
Angus Council's controversial street light dimming strategy is seeing huge savings on its energy bills.

## US ##
More Mexicans leave than enter USA in historic shift
How times change. Remember when France was in the doghouse and French fries were renamed "freedom fries"? -- RF

## The candidates ##

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