Sunday, January 31, 2016


News Links, February 1, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Death Throes Of The Bull
The Shipping News Says the World Economy Is Toast
Baltic index continues fall to new record low
European Union could 'fall apart within months'
Amazon shares plunge as record profit still misses estimates
Rio Olympics: fears grow that Games could be affected by Zika virus
Brazil's Olympic Costs Up Another $100 Million on Electric Bills
The price-tag for staging the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has risen another $100 million, reflecting the cost of electricity generation, according to details announced by the organizing committee.
Crushed Currency, Oil, Domestic Demand Broadside Small Businesses in Canada, Worst since March 2009
Hard-hit Alberta may be eligible for federal relief amounting to $60 per resident
Oil Squeeze: Kazakhstan And Central Asian States Suffer Amid Slowdowns In Russia And China
The $29 Trillion Corporate Debt Hangover That Could Spark a Recession
Watch The Wafers—-The Global Semi-Conductor Demand Has Collapsed
Amid Taliban, Terror Threats, Afghanistan Economic Outlook 'Unfavorable' Despite US-Led Redevelopment: Report
Puerto Rico creditors asked to take 45 percent haircut on debt: Source
BOJ Shock Heralds Currency War Return as Yen Drops Most in Year
Norway to Buy Record Amount of Kroner as Oil Crash Stings
Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland To Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens
The Big-Oil Bailouts Begin
Despite a bounce this week, low oil prices continue to sow fear, uncertainty, and mayhem across the emerging market complex. On Wednesday, it was leaked that the IMF and World Bank would dispatch a team to oil and gas-dependent Azerbaijan to negotiate a possible $4 billion emergency loan package in what threatens to become the first of a series of global bailouts stemming from the tumbling oil price.
Bahrain says planning austerity steps in line with IMF
Venezuela is on the Brink of a Complete Economic Collapse
JP Morgan Chase Blockchain Trial: Bitcoin Server Could Streamline Loans And Settlements, Executives Say
Nigeria asks for $3.5bn in global emergency loans

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Caterpillar closing 5 plants, cutting 670 jobs
South Africa Sees 32,000 Possible Mining Job Cuts, Minister Says
HSBC Hiring And Pay Freeze In 2016 Aimed At Cutting Costs At Europe's Biggest Bank: Sources

## War on cash/cashless society ##
What A Cashless Society Would Look Like
Mobile payments soar in China

## Airline death spiral ##
Zika Outbreak: American Airlines, Other Carriers Facing Mounting Fears Over Mosquito-Borne Virus
Toxic cabin air campaigners call for detectors in planes
Drones in four near-misses at major UK airports, air investigators reveal
EgyptAir mechanic suspected in Russian plane crash
As Oil Prices Plunge, Airline Profits Soar As Companies Make More Money Off Passengers
United Adds Training Day for All 12,000 Pilots in Safety Boost
Saudi, Bahrain, Iran airlines squeezed by diplomatic tensions

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iraqi Kurds Agree to Hold Referendum on Secession
Israeli Minister Stirs Pot With Call For Independent Kurdish Nation
Iran flies unarmed military drone over US aircraft carrier
Terrorists Blow Up Kurdish Gas Pipeline
Russian Su-27 Jet Fighter Intercepts US Spy Plane Over Black Sea In Close Call Encounter
France threatens to recognize Palestinian state if no progress with Israel
Somali pirates earn new cash by acting as escorts to the fishing boats they once hijacked
Somali pirates who raked in millions of dollars in ship hijackings have developed a lucrative new racket – acting as armed "escorts" to foreign trawlers that steal the country's fish.
Tanker Robbed by Pirates in Indian Port
Pentagon: US Warship Sails by Island Claimed by China
Beijing says U.S. warship sailing near Paracel Islands violated Chinese laws
Turkey Threatens 'Consequences' For Russia After Another Airspace Violation Condemned By NATO
Turkey says Su-34 violated airspace, Moscow shrugs off report as 'propaganda'
US to Turkey: Secure Syria Border – With US Gear
Japan Doubles Number of F-15s on Okinawa
U.S. needs to defend space assets, Pentagon space expert says
The United States needs to recognize that space is no longer a benign environment, and should take more steps to protect its critical infrastructure, one of the Pentagon's leading space experts said Friday.
Poll Shows Nearly 40% of Germans Want Merkel to Resign
Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan
Military Threats: Peak oil, population, climate change, pandemics, economic crises, cyberattacks, failed states, nuclear war
Seven bomb threats frighten thousands on Guam

## UAVs ##
Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked By British and American Intelligence
Drones involved in near misses at UK airports
Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector
'Cut-out' Anti-Drone Protest Brings Arrests

## Migrants/refugees ##
Merkel Says Refugees Must Return Home Once War Is Over
German politician says police "should shoot migrants" trying to enter the country illegally
European Refugee Crisis: Masked Men In Sweden Target Asylum Seekers
Migrant boat capsizes off Turkey, nearly 40 die
10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol
UN Issues $18 Million to Aid Rising Refugee Numbers in Uganda

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Grenade Hurled At Refugee Shelter As 40% Of Germans Tell Merkel To Resign
'Hundreds' of masked men beat refugee children in Stockholm
Far-right and anti-fascist protesters clash in Dover (UK)
'Rolling rally' in Oregon marks killing of wildlife refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum
Austria: Thousands of left-wing protesters rally against far-right Ball
Haiti protesters call for elections to end political crisis
French protesters call for end to state of emergency
Govt teachers protest, face police action (India)

## Energy/resources ##
Big Win for Rooftop Solar as California Vote Boosts Clean Energy
Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Bringing Fracking to Argentina
Ted Koppel Predicts A 'Lights Out' Scenario If US Power Grid Remains Vulnerable To Hackers
And hacking is not the only threat to power grids. Even if hackers don't take down grids, they will eventually fail because of economics. Oh, did I mention that nuclear power plants require connection to offsite power? -- RF
Just 15% of US oil production is hedged in 2016: IHS
Ethanol: Cruzing on Empty
The only "hard wall" limiting ethanol concentrations in fuel is the limitation imposed by how much damage to our cars and wallets we're willing to tolerate for the sake of the corn lobby.
Chevron posts first loss since 2002 on crude oil plunge
Coal bankruptcies won't reduce America's supply glut
These energy companies are running low on cash
One in 5 energy companies could be out of cash in less than six months, while 1 in 3 will hit that threshold in less than a year, according to a Big Crunch analysis.
Rig Count Update: Moment of Truth for the Permian Basin?
Cold snap forces China to ration natural gas
Investment in the US oil industry hasn't been this weak in decades
Brazil's Petrobras To Cut Investment Plan By 5%: Report
Is Non-OPEC Oil Production Beginning A Serious Decline?

## Got food? ##
In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region
As Russian food prices spike higher, some winners emerge
Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements
Worst South Africa Drought in Memory Cuts 2016 Corn Crop 25%
Turkey food prices up 13.7 percent over last three months
Venezuela's response to food shortages? Grow your own food at home
Smart move. -- RF
High food prices could spell big trouble for food banks (Canada)

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Be Your Own Medicine
Treatment of atomized individuals in a setting of atomized symptoms and treatments is by any measure the opposite of a system that encourages and enables everyone to be their own medicine.
Consumers don't see need for smartwatches

## Environment/health ##
Zika Virus May Push South America to Loosen Abortion Bans
Zika Virus Outbreak: Jamaica Reports First Case, Colombia Says More Than 2,000 Pregnant Women Infected
Zika virus could be bigger global health threat than Ebola, say health experts
Zika is just one flight away from these 57 countries
Zika virus: More than 100 cases reported in Guatemala
Zika virus transmitted through sex in 2 possible cases – US health authority
Zika virus spreads fear among pregnant Brazilians
Worried About Zika? Here's Some Other Bugs You're More Likely to Catch
Lots Of Cities Have The Same Lead Pipes That Poisoned Flint — And there's no plan to dig them up
Researchers have established a worrisome link between social media usage and sleep
The Evidence Is In: Breastfeeding Benefits Children, Mothers and Economies
Over Half Of All Amazonian Tree Species Are In Danger
No Shovel Needed: Special Concrete Could Melt Mounds of Snow
If implemented on a large scale, this would consume a considerable amount of electricity and add still more heat to the environment. The solution to one problem creates another. -- RF
Waste of money. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Democrats want to ruin America's national parks with Wi-Fi
What good is being immersed in nature without constant access to high-speed Internet?
US Homeland Security's $6B Firewall Has More Than a Few Frightening Blind Spots
A recent audit revealed the National Cybersecurity Protection System—aka EINSTEIN—does not scan for 94 percent of common computer vulnerabilities. But that's not all of its shortcomings.

## Propaganda ##
Washington Jingoism Gone Wild——The 2 US Navy Boats Were The Provocateur, Not Iran
A Russian Diplomat's Take on the World
As the West's mainstream media portrays Russia as a crazy rogue state, Moscow's thoughtful critiques of world affairs are ignored, not fitting the propaganda theme. Such was the case when Foreign Minister Lavrov explained why there would be no more "business as usual" with the West.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

## Japan ##
BOJ stuns markets with negative interest rate surprise
The Bank of Japan unexpectedly cut a benchmark interest rate below zero on Friday, stunning investors with a move aimed at shielding the country's sluggish economy from volatile markets and slowing global growth.
Restarts threaten to increase amount of deadly MOX at Takahama plant to 18.5 tons
Restarting a second reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture will raise the amount of highly toxic spent mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel present there to an estimated 18.5 tons, Jiji Press has learned.

## UK ##
GP surgeries are operating in "a state of emergency" because of problems with resources and staffing levels, a leading family doctor said.
Soaring numbers of 111 callers forced to wait for a call back
Official NHS records disclose a mounting crisis in the 111 helpline, with a doubling in cases forced to wait for a call back after handlers said advice from a doctor or nurse was needed
The wind gap that will put our lights out
The more wind turbines we have, the more we need reliable back-up from fossil fuels
Ministers plot to foil anti-frackers
Leaked Cabinet plans propose letting unelected planning inspectors, rather than councils, give the go ahead for shale gas wells to boost production

## US ##
The new retirement model will have you working until you fall over from a heart attack.
Too poor to retire and too young to die

## The candidates ##
Bernie Sanders Vows to Crack Down on Greedy Corporate Tax Dodgers
Hillary Clinton's Iraq War Albatross
George W. Bush's Iraq invasion may rank as the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history – spreading chaos across the Mideast and now into Europe, yet polls show Democrats nationwide favor nominating Hillary Clinton, who voted for the war and backed it even after Bush's WMD claims were debunked.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


News Links, January 29, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The handbag bubble has popped
Who Gets to Pay for the Italian Banking Crisis?
Europe Bank Rout Erases $434 Billion, Twice Greek Economy: Chart
OPEC Economies On Their Last Legs
Brazil's Deepening Slump—-Stark Evidence That Statist Keynesian Economics Doesn't Work
Goldman Sachs warns Brazil economy will worsen amid rising inflation, political corruption
Fiat Chrysler 200 plant to shut six weeks on slack demand
Caterpillar warns equipment sales still falling
Capital Controls Are Coming
Rush for the exits: why China's capital flight carnage will continue
Alberta Loses Most Jobs In 34 Years As Oil Crunch Cripples Labor Market
Germany Has Repatriated Over 366 Tonnes Of Gold From New York And Paris
PBOC May Buy 215 Tons of Gold This Year, Barclays Forecasts
Success Is a Source of Destabilization
Samsung Forecasts Tough Year Ahead As Smartphone Sales Dip
Houston Feels The Oil Price Pinch As Office Space Vacancies Grow
Singapore's 2015 Employment Grows at Weakest Pace in 12 Years
About half of the university graduates in Nigeria cannot find jobs
Lay-ups loom in the dry freight market
I stare out my office window on the 23rd floor and there they are, stretched out as far as my eyes can see, dry bulk vessels sitting pretty in the Singapore strait.
Yahoo to shut Argentina and Mexico offices
Gargantuan! The Next Generational Bust Is Coming
Caterpillar Q4 Sales Miss, Tumble 23%; Guidance Obliterated
Saudi Arabia Hemorrhages $19.4 Billion In Reserves During December
Steel industry: China glut leaves Posco with first net loss, sinks others

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Norfolk Southern To Cut 2000 Jobs; Sees Annual Savings Of Above $650 Mln By 2020
Software maker VMware to cut 800 jobs, sees weak 2016
CIBC cuts Canada's economic growth outlook to 1.3% for 2016

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Cash Is King as Europe Adapts to Negative Interest Rates: Chart
Europe's ATMs worked overtime in 2015. A record 1.08 trillion euros ($1.17 trillion) of banknotes were in circulation, almost double the value 10 years ago, according to data compiled by the European Central Bank. That's a counterargument to some bankers who say that electronic forms of cash will replace paper money sooner rather than later.
Cashless transactions gaining ground in Indonesia
The Abolition Of Cash

## Airline death spiral ##
Why We Lose It Over the Overhead Bin
Frequent fliers and the first class cabin are rewarded with prime pickings. By the time Group One is called, panic has set in and politeness goes out the exit door.
Inspector general: Too few air traffic controllers where needed most, including Chicago
United Airlines Will Refund Travelers With Tickets to Zika-Affected Areas
London to Los Angeles flight turned back to Heathrow after mystery illness
AP sources: Panel proposes ban on air shipments of batteries
US airlines blame Gulf carriers for international passenger dip
American Airlines pilot spots drone as plane lands at Miami International Airport
Airlines Aren't Learning Enough From Near Misses
Chaos at Jeju Airport Caused by Unreasonable Countermeasures of Low-Cost Airlines
South Korea cracks down on budget airline safety lapses
Now, flights to restrain unruly passengers on board with handcuffs (India)
Two flights to Kathmandu grounded before departure following bomb scare
Indigo deplanes 3 unruly passengers in Ahmedabad from Mumbai flight

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
German Military Called 'Overstretched, Underfunded'
The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming
Islamic State Group And Al Qaeda Expand To Libya As Extremism Spreads In North Africa
North Korea may be preparing long-range ballistic missile launch: Report
U.S. Plans to Replenish Saudi Missiles Used in Air Strikes on Yemen that U.N. Says May Constitute Crimes against Humanity
Taiwanese president visits island in disputed area of South China Sea
Russia Slams US Corruption Claims, Demands Proof
Greece given three months to fix border or Schengen is suspended
Clock ticks down on EU passport free travel dream
Caracas named as the world's most violent city
American Jews Should Move To Israel And Fulfill 'End Of Days' Biblical Prophecy, Says Activist
Is World War III Coming? Swedish General Thinks So, Warns Soldiers To Prepare
Small arms sales skyrocket in Germany after Cologne assaults – media
Nazi Roots of Ukraine's Conflict
Few Americans understand the ugly history behind the Nazi-affiliated movements that have gained substantial power in today's U.S.-backed Ukrainian regime. Western propaganda has made these right-wing extremists the "good guys" versus the Russian "bad guys."

## Migrants/refugees ##
Rescuers unable to help 31 refugees who drowned due to laws preventing people smuggling
They actually passed it—so what does Denmark's move to seize refugees' valuables really mean?
Despite patrols, sealing Greek sea border is near impossible
'Horrible and tragic': Swedish asylum worker killed at refugee center
Sweden To Deport Up To 80,000 Refugees Who Arrived In 2015, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman Says
Sweden, Denmark And Germany's Nazi Problem: Policy For Refugees' Valuables Compared To Hitler Era
Migrant Boat Sinks off Samos in Greece; At Least 24 Dead, Including 9 Kids
Migrant crisis to bring tide of human rights challenges, says Strasbourg court
Mass expulsions ahead for Europe as migrant crisis grows

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
French Taxi Drivers Burn Tires Block Airports in Mass 24-Hour Strike; 20% of French Flights Cancelled
Moldova, The New Ukraine: Pro-Russian Street Protests in Moldova Set to Escalate
Russians occupy banks as ruble loss bites
Holders of foreign currency mortgages occupied branches of several separate banks in the Russian capital on Thursday, and have threatened to "mass action" if managers don't agree to demands to restructure their debts.

## Energy/resources ##
Israel seeks new site to dump nuclear waste
Areva plans 5 billion euro capital increase
Jan 27 French nuclear group Areva said it plans a 5 billion euro capital increase to restore its finances and said it expects the planned takeover of its reactor arm by fellow state-owned utility EDF to be finalised in 2017.
Australia's coal-fired power stations at risk of 'death-spiral' - report

## Got food? ##
El Niño parches Asia Pacific, destroying crops and drying up water sources
Smart people will not become dependent on so-called "vegetable factories" for their food. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
How 'Natural Geoengineering' Can Help Slow Global Warming
An overlooked tool in fighting climate change is enhancing biodiversity to maximize the ability of ecosystems to store carbon. Key to that strategy is preserving top predators to control populations of herbivores, whose grazing reduces the amount of CO2 that ecosystems absorb.

## Propaganda ##
A Crazy Establishment Demands 'Sanity'
As support grows for anti-Establishment candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, a frantic Establishment is demanding that Americans "stay sane" and vote for one of its approved candidates. But is it sane to follow advice that has led to endless wars and a disappearing middle class.
Cheering a 'Democratic' Coup in Ukraine
From the Archive: After the 2014 coup ousting Ukraine's elected President Yanukovych, the mainstream U.S. media hailed this unconstitutional move as a victory for "democracy" while ignoring the darker side, neo-Nazis coddled by the U.S. government since the Cold War.
Assessing a Murder Case Against Putin
Once Western media demonizes a foreign leader it becomes hard to assess allegations because if you express doubt, you're dubbed an "apologist." But careful analysis is still crucial as Russia Insider editor Alexander Mercouris offers on the British claim that Russian President Putin "probably" ordered a murder in London.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Such a facility will never be built. -- RF
Food banks helping to feed needy mouths
Food banks are starting to take root in Japan as a solution to the challenge of making sure that the poor and needy have enough to eat as well as eliminating food waste.
Police 'owl' helps identify cars at night
The Osaka prefectural police have invented a system for identifying automobile types from blurry nighttime security camera images.
Japan reconsiders, decides to join U.N. nuclear disarmament group
Tokyo, in a sharp reversal of policy, will now join a U.N. nuclear disarmament group even though it still does not want a treaty banning weapons of mass destruction.

## China ##
HSBC curbs mortgage offering to Chinese citizens in U.S.
Europe's biggest lender HSBC will no longer provide mortgages to some Chinese nationals who buy real estate in the United States, a policy change that comes as Beijing is battling to stem a swelling crowd of citizens trying to get money out of China.
Ka-boom Goes the Bottom of the US Bond Market — And it's not just oil & gas!
The toxic pile of distressed corporate debt in the US grew to $285 billion in January, up 22% from a month ago and up 162% from a year ago, according to S&P Capital IQ. The number of distressed issuers ballooned to 324 US corporations, up 20% from a month ago and up 84% from a year ago.
How Americans Are Increasingly Turning Their Backs on the Poor

## The candidates ##
Hillary Clinton lies about health care
During the CNN town hall debate, Hillary Clinton, as reported by the Chicago Sun Times, "talked about how she fought for universal health care in 1993 and 1994." This was a lie.
Donald Trump in 2000: "I Support the Ban on Assault Weapons"
Trump pulls out of Republican debate in Iowa
Donald Trump Brands Brussels a 'Hellhole,' Alienating More of Europe
Big Companies, Huge Problems
Hillary Clinton's historical problem with honesty

And finally...
Police kick in opera singer's door after confusing singing with screaming
Australia's 'Smart State' corrects sign denoting 'State Boarder'

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


News Links, January 27, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Chart Of The Day: The Bear Perambulates The Globe
The MSCI All-Country World Index dropped into bear market territory last week after losing 20%. Some countries—China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia—are down more than 40% from their highs.
"Zombie Ships" - Why Global Shipping Is Even Worse Than The Baltic Dry Suggests
Oil Drops as Saudis to Maintain Spending, China Diesel Use Falls
Russian Economy Shrinks Most Since 2009 as Oil Prices Sink
Singapore non-oil exports fall 7.2% in December, worse than expected
Little cheer for Singapore's economy despite lower oil prices: Analysts
Economic Activity Is Slowing Down Much Faster Than The Experts Anticipated
This Stock Market is Really Sick, and Big Institutional Investors are Bailing out
Philips reports 4Q net loss, cautious on 2016
China Stocks Plunge to 13-Month Low Amid Capital Outflow Concern
'Footprint Rationalization': Sears adds to Woes of Canada's Malls
Time to freak out: 4 reasons the global economy is completely screwed
But the most significant reason — net energy decline — is not even mentioned. Failure to see this will aggravate the situation. -- RF
Libya's Fast Shrinking Economy: Oil Industry Decimated After Years Of Conflict, $68B Lost
Mercator becomes first Indian casualty in plunging dry bulk freight market
Indian shipping and logistics company Mercator Ltd has decided to sell its Singapore-listed dry bulk shipping unit Mercator Lines (Singapore) Ltd, becoming the first Indian casualty of the free-fall in the dry bulk freight market.
UAE 'to cut remaining energy subsidies'
Oil Crash Only The Tip Of The Iceberg
Saudi Arabia presents plan to move beyond oil
Ford Shutting Operations in Japan, Indonesia on Lack of Profit
This is Why Junk Bonds Will Sink Stocks: Moody's
China's gold imports via Hong Kong rebound in 2015

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
US banks keep trimming branches, cutting jobs
Sprint slashes 2,500 jobs to cut costs
Deutsche Bank to cut 2015 bonuses after record loss-sources
AIG to spin off mortgage unit, cut jobs in sweeping overhaul
DuPont doubles down on cost cuts ahead of Dow Chemical merger

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Hey You experiences 400 percent growth in cashless payments
UNHCR, IrisGuard launch EyeCloud to assist refugees with biometric banking

## Airline death spiral ##
Flight crew gets out of hand, flight diverted
Now even the crews are behaving badly. -- RF
Opposition launched against privatizing air-traffic control

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Islamic State video purports to show Paris attackers, threatens Britain
US Abets Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
U.S. officials are quick to decry "human rights violations" in "enemy" states, but different rules apply to "allies" such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities.
Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine To Launch Joint Brigade In 2017
Russia Denies Report of New Military Base in North Syria
Iraq's military is still struggling despite US training
The US was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.
"ISIS Has Enjoyed Turkish Money For Oil For A Very, Very Long Time": Israeli Defense Minister
Taiwan conducts military drills on island off Chinese coast
Malaysia attorney general: Saudi royal family gave Najib $681M 'personal donation'
Taiwan uses water cannon to drive off Vietnamese boat in disputed South China Sea
The end is nearer: 'Doomsday Clock' to change to show destruction is at hand
"Sweden Could Be At War Within A Few Years", Top General Warns

## UAVs ##
Textron Systems to supply Shadow UAV for U.S. Army
Navy successfully tests new system for unmanned vehicles
NATO's Global Hawks Due in Sicily by Year's End

## Migrants/refugees ##
Child watchdogs warn of European refugee 'race to the bottom'
Greece faces being sealed off from Europe to stop migrant flow in move that creates 'cemetery of souls'
Feds' failures imperil migrant children
Merkel's party, sliding in polls, weighs German 'border centres'
A senior figure in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has proposed setting up "border centres" along the frontier with Austria to speed up the repatriation of those asylum seekers deemed unqualified to stay.
Cameroon: 10,000 Refugees for Biometric Registration
Denmark's 'Nazi' Refugee Law? Lawmakers Vote To Take Cash And Valuables From Syrians And Uphold European Culture
German LGBT Groups Plan Shelters for Gay Refugees Amid Attacks
After refugee center attack, Swedish PM says police need more resources
"Gangs" Of "All-Male" Moroccan Migrant Children "Take Over" Stockholm Train Station; Steal, Grope, Beat Women

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protesters march against Greece-Turkey border fence
China Warns "Social Stability Threatened" As 400,000 Steel Workers Are About To Lose Their Jobs
Flint residents protest high bills for 'poison' water
Flights cancelled, tyres burning: France faces mass strikes

## Energy/resources ##
Moody's Ponders Credit Downgrades for 120 Energy Companies
Global Iron Trade Faces Disruption as Port Shut; Prices Jump
The oil price crash is completely changing the industry's landscape
SandRidge On The Verge Bankruptcy: Would Be 2nd Largest Shale Chapter 11 In Past Year
Bad Loans Pile Up In Alberta, As Oil Bust Weighs On State Lender
Despite holding steady, North Dakota braces for oil supply crash
Oil and gas execs predict job cuts, with little left to squeeze on capex, suppliers
One dead in tunnel collapse at future French nuclear waste site
The myth of US self-sufficiency in crude oil

## Got food? ##
The imminent death of the Cavendish banana and why it affects us all
Looking ahead at food security for 2016
In Canada, 5 Cauliflowers Cost More Than a Barrel of Oil
South Sudan: High food prices cause suffering
Industrial vegetables: Purple LEDs help old factory turn out salad greens
Zimbabwe farmers fear the worst as cattle, crops succumb to drought

## Environment/health ##
LA County Doctors Report Patients With Zika Virus Symptoms
Liberia Ebola survivors face health problems and fears the virus could return
Zika's Likely to Spread Across Americas, World Health Organization Says
Aedes Aegypti: Meet the Mosquito Spreading Zika Virus Panic
Thousands of birds found dead along Alaskan shoreline
In Brazil, a Scramble to Stop Zika
Health minister: Brazil is 'losing battle' against mosquito
U.S. boosts study of Zika, birth defect link, as virus seen spreading
Countries Hit With Zika Virus Are Telling Women Not to Get Pregnant
Panama calls on community to avoid pregnancies
Record Warmth `Almost Certainly' Due to Humans, Scientists Say
20 Dead, 200 Hospitalized After Reports US Lab "Leaks" Deadly Virus In Ukraine
In New York village, a trail of cancer leads to tap water
Dozens of people are quarantined in Bangkok to prevent the spread of the deadly MERS virus
Girl Scout Cookies Are Really Unhealthy [sic] And America Doesn't Care
Task Force: Doctors should screen all adults for depression (US)
Erosion from waves prompts evacuation of cliffside homes in California
New Oil-Spill Research In Arctic Reveals Surprising Results

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Must read: To Win Back Our Democracy, We Must First Recognize That We Live in an 'Expository Society'
Critical theorist Bernard Harcourt coined the term "Expository Society" to describe our present culture, in which political and economic authorities consolidate their power by exploiting our eagerness to volunteer personal information through technology and social media.
Pritzker: EU, U.S. very close to reaching data-transfer deal
Hacker Group Targeting Tibetan, Uyghur Activists

## Propaganda ##
The Iraq War's Known Unknowns
In September 2002, as the Bush-43 administration was rolling out its ad campaign for invading Iraq because of alleged WMD, the Joint Chiefs of Staff received a briefing about the paucity of WMD evidence. But the report was shelved and the war went on.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The scariest U.S. House session ever: Electromagnetic Pulse and the fall of Civilization
Self-censorship sensed as Japan's TV stations replace outspoken anchors
The faces of Japan's TV news are changing. Broadcasters are under increasing political pressure from the government and a succession of outspoken anchors and newscasters have resigned.
Russia to again hold summer youth forum on disputed island
Rejecting perfectly good food because of "irregular sizes" and "imperfections" shows how the industrial mindset contaminated the food market. Industrial products made in factories are expected to be perfect and uniform, and this thinking was carried over into food, so that products are expected to be a certain size and shape, and to have no imperfections whatsoever. -- RF

## China ##
More holes than fingers? Beijing struggles to plug capital flight
The secret history of GM's Chinese bailout
China to cut steel, coal production as part of restructuring
China's Migrants Go Home -- And Stay There
Prospects for a 2009-style stimulus are slim. More important, China is on the cusp of a long-term trend of reverse migration back to the countryside. This week, the National Bureau of Statistics reported that the migrant population dropped by 5.68 million in 2015 -- its first decline in about three decades.
Sinking RMB Reflects Deeper Trouble In The Red Ponzi—-It's Choking On Debt And Zombie Factories, Apartments, Infrastructure And Other Malinvestments

## US ##
25 Years Of Fed Fueled M&A— Of The Banking Oligopoly
The "Big Four" retail banks in the United States collectively hold 45% of all customer bank deposits for a total of $4.6 trillion.
DEA Promised TSA Agent a Cut of Passengers' Seizable Cash
Debunking the Myth "Consumer Spending is 67% of GDP"
Dallas Fed Region Activity Plunges to Lowest Reading Since 2009; Production Collapsed
Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It's Packing Up and Leaving
Though mom-and-pop stores have steadily disappeared across the American landscape over the past three decades as the mega chain methodically expanded, there was at least always a Wal-Mart left behind to replace them. Now the Wal-Marts are disappearing, too.
Texas Economy Collapses - Dallas Fed Survey Crashes To 6-Year Lows As "D" Word Is Uttered
Congress is Writing the President a Blank Check for War (Ron Paul)
3% Downpayment FHA Loans Surge as Low Credit Buyers Enticed Back Into the Housing Market
The Self-Serving Apologists for Student Debt-Serfdom
Campaign 2016 And The Great Unmentionable—-CBO Says National Debt To Hit $27 Trillion In Next Decade, GOP Candidates Troll For More Defense Spending
The Luxury Housing Bubble Pops – Overseas Investors Struggle to Sell Overpriced Mansions
Millennials Really Don't Like Debt, Aren't Into Credit Cards
To Address Police Violence, Rahm Emanuel Hires Notoriously Abusive Cop as His 'Civil Rights' Adviser
The oil crash is crushing Houston's housing market
Slew of military helicopter deaths raises question of whether budget cuts endanger troops

## The candidates ##
Hillary Clinton Fundraising Email Says Sanders Outspending Her, Begs Supporters For $1
Donald Trump Calls Out Turban-Wearing Protester: 'He Wasn't Wearing One Of Those Hats Was He?'
Hillary Clinton Snags Boston Globe Endorsement Ahead Of Iowa, New Hampshire Contests
Presidential Race Is Such a Mess That Bloomberg Considers Independent Run
And bringing another rich guy into the race will make it better? -- RF
The REAL Donald Trump – A Fascinating Interview of the Man from 1990
Conservative George Will Wonders If It's Too Late For GOP Opponents To Stop Donald Trump
Donald Trump and the Politics of Resentment
Ted Cruz Endorsed By Preacher Who Said Jews Will Be Exterminated If They Don't Embrace Jesus
Donald Trump Is In Clear Command of the GOP Race
Jerry Falwell Jr. Endorses Donald Trump

And finally...
Internet cat video festival is 'harder to get tickets to than Burning Man'
Police helicopter scrambled after goat mistaken for 'wailing woman'
'I didn't wanna believe it either': Rapper BoB insists the Earth is flat

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