Saturday, February 13, 2016


News Links, February 14, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Now even private-equity firms are buying back their own shares
Why NIRP (Negative Interest Rates) Will Fail Miserably
What NIRP communicates is: this sucker's going down, so sell everything and hoard your cash and precious metals.
Hounded by NIRP: Global Bear Market Progress Report
Dollar Crushes Mexican Peso as Problems Balloon
Global Stocks Continue To Crash As Oil Plummets And Gold Skyrockets
Widespread Credit Downgrades Likely For Oil Producing Countries
Energy loan worries climb as oil companies max out credit lines
Racked Markets Hand Verdict to Central Banks on Sub-Zero Rates
Consumer companies' outperformance no longer guaranteed by cheap oil
The World's Top Performing Hedge Fund Just Went Record Short, Explains Why
637 Rate Cuts And $12.3 Trillion In Global QE Later, World Shocked To Find "Quantitative Failure"
ArcelorMittal South Africa posts gaping loss as Chinese imports bite
ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd on Friday posted a full-year loss that was 23 times wider than its loss of a year earlier, as the steelmaker grappled with cheap imports from China and rising labour and electricity costs.
Battered shipping industry faces grim choices as demand for commodities falls
Indian Stocks Enter Bear Market as Foreigners Sell Amid Rout
Silver Prices: Industry Expert Says Silver Prices Could Hit $100

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Norway's oil services firm Aker Solutions to cut up to 900 jobs
Rakuten, Japan's largest online retailer, to shut Singapore website, cuts 30 local staff
Layoffs continue in Microsoft's mobile division: Report

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Here Is The Real Reason Why Authorities Want To Ban High Denomination Bank Notes
The War on Cash is About to Go into Hyperdrive Pt 2
Stolen debit and credit card details of almost 85,000 Britons available on 'brazen' online database
Reader Asks About "Fedcoin": Should the Fed Issue Its Own Bitcoin?
Europeans are fighting for their right to pay for things with massive wads of cash

## Airline death spiral ##
Zika virus: aircraft to be sprayed with insecticide
Airports are stepping up efforts to reduce populations of mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in order to prevent its spread, the UN aviation agency said Thursday.
American Tries Soothing Delayed Travelers With Free Snacks
Proposal to Standardize Airline Seat Size Shot Down

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
World Powers Agree on Syria Ceasefire Plan
Syria Ceasefire, Humanitarian Aid Drops To Aleppo Proposed By US, Russia, Iran in Munich
All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured
Saudi Arabia To Send Planes To Turkey To Fight ISIS: Media
Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Aleppo province as Bashar al-Assad's forces continue to advance on rebels
Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground
Dmitry Medvedev warns of new Cold War
Sudan Now Spending Up to 70% of Its Budget on War
S.Korea cuts off power, water into Kaesong zone in N.Korea
US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea
EU is poised to restrict passport-free travel
Washington OKs Controversial F-16 Sale to Pakistan

## UAVs ##
Russia's UIMC releases plans for new multicopter system
Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims
US Army continues C-UAV assessment
The US Army is set to examine a range of counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) solutions at an Arizona-based trial in June.
DARPA's fully-loaded quadcopter autonomously navigates an indoor maze at 45 mph

## Migrants/refugees ##
Greece handed three-month ultimatum to control migrant influx
Calais Jungle refugees targeted by armed far-right militia in brutal campaign of violence
Austria Will 'Close Border' To Migrants
Austria looks set to construct more border fences
Merkel Hatches Another Goose Egg

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
10,000 Greek Farmers Stage Massive Revolt In Athens, Destroy Police Cars
'Black Lives Matter' Protesters Crash Dem Debate
Hong Kong: What Sparked the New Year's Violence?

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Patch Bankruptcies Soar in 2015
Aker Solutions to Cut up to 900 Jobs in Norway
Ecuador Gutted By Low Oil Prices: Rig Count Down To One
The Oil Industry Got Together and Agreed Things May Never Get Better
Worst Still Ahead for Global Mining Industry After Losing $1.4 Trillion
Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds
Saudi groundwater "will run out in 13 years"
US Rig Count Plunges Yet Again, Down Another 30
SolarCity Finds Making Solar Panels is Harder Than Advertised
SunEdison, Facing More Legal Woes, Plunges to 14-Year Low
France has a €100 billion nuclear reactor upgrade bill

## Got food? ##
Argentine farmers take Monsanto seed complaint to regulators
In Venezuela, "Savage Suffering" Takes Hold Amid Frightening "Food Emergency"
High food prices inspire Montreal families to get creative with grocery shopping
Haiti's food shortage expected to worsen

## Environment/health ##
Zika Outbreak: 3 Dead In Venezuela From Mosquito-Borne Virus; Second Pregnant Woman Tests Positive In Australia
Commercial test for Zika virus could be available within weeks
Trials for Zika virus vaccine '18 months away'
WHO Warns Pregnant Women on Travel to Zika Zones
Amid Zika Outbreak, Guillain-Barre Cases On Rise In Latin American Countries
More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government
Brazil mobilises 200,000 military personnel in 'day of action' against Zika virus
Phytoplankton rapidly disappearing from the Indian Ocean
Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging
Japan will join international efforts to crack down on illegal logging in forests near the equator by releasing satellite imagery for free of areas under threat.
Eugenics is inevitable because parents will always want to 'enhance' their children, experts warn
Porter Ranch Gas Leak Stopped
Clean coal: Carbon dioxide stored underground can find multiple ways to escape
When carbon dioxide is stored underground in a process known as geological sequestration, it can find multiple escape pathways due to chemical reactions between carbon dioxide, water, rocks and cement from abandoned wells, according to Penn State researchers.
Open your windows: Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home
Michigan warning on Flint Legionnaires' outbreak came late
State officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to water system issues in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed.
Americans Have Never Been Fatter: Obesity Rate Rises To Highest Level On Record
4 Billion People at Risk as 'Water Table Dropping All Over the World'
Noise harder on children than adults, hinders how they learn
From the cacophony of day care to the buzz of TV and electronic toys, noise is more distracting to a child's brain than an adult's, and new research shows it can hinder how youngsters learn.
Against all odds, Yemen is fighting water shortage by harvesting its fog
North Atlantic Carbon Intake Doubles

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Finland Aiming To Add Offensive Edge To Cyberwar Arsenal
The Machines Are About To Become Self-Aware And They May Not Like Us Very Much
Google Partially Caves To French Demands For More Global Censorship Of 'Forgotten' Links
Burqa Bans Rising In Sub-Saharan Africa As States Fret Over Threat Posed By Suicide Bombers Wearing Full Body Veils
Hacking of Health Care Records Skyrockets
Roughly one out of every three Americans had their health care records compromised and most are completely unaware.
JPMorgan analyst sees Internet bubble bursting in front of us

## Propaganda ##
NATO's Provocative Anti-Russian Moves
Official Washington's demonization of Vladimir Putin and the neocon "group think" about "Russian aggression" have fueled a reckless drive to move NATO forces up to Russia's border, thus heightening risks of nuclear war and not serving real U.S. national interests.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
These Are The American Cities With The Most Abandoned Houses

## Japan ##
Top Japanese policymakers on high alert as Nikkei, yen threatens Abenomics
The world's hottest trade has suddenly turned ice-cold
Child Poverty, the Grim Legacy of Denial
Tepco inches closer to restarting reactors
More than 1,100 water storage tanks at Fukushima plant ... and counting
Websites deleted hate speech videos at government request
Study suggests Japanese workers are deeply distrustful of their employers
Financial Services Agency investigating effects on banks of negative interest rates by Bank of Japan
Japan Post stocks sink below IPO levels

## China ##
China's Natural Gas Demand Feels the Heat from Economic Slowdown
Poll: Chinese were more stressed out in 2015 than they've been in a decade
China's Underground Banking Transactions Rose To $152B In 2015
In China, Fraud Adds to Bank-Stock Volatility
Antarctic air squadron to be set up
China will set up an Antarctic air squadron this year to support its scientific expeditions to the polar region, according to the State Oceanic Administration.

## UK ##
Fifth of GCHQ intelligence comes from hacking
UK student loans: 'we will trace and prosecute borrowers who don't pay'
Royal Navy relied on NATO to protect British waters 20 times in 2015
Britain takes 'thousands of migrant children' into care
UK needs Trident to play 'outsized' role in world affairs, says US defence secretary
UK government considers single secure jail unit for Islamist terrorists

## US ##
Deconstructing America's 'Deep State'
Americans perceive what has happened to their democratic Republic only dimly, tricked by rightists who call all collective government actions bad and by neoliberals who make "markets" a new-age god. But ex-congressional budget official Mike Lofgren shows how this "Deep State" really works.
Sears' total collapse 'is a matter of when not if'
Emails Indicate Flint Lead Tests Withheld from Public at Snyder's Command
Lawsuit Demands Information on Shadowy "Countering Violent Extremism" Programs in U.S.
Welcome to the United States of Flint
Importing lower wages as 75% of Silicon Valley's tech workers are foreign-born: How tech manipulates the H-1B visa program for cheap labor.
Junk bonds: This is How Financial Chaos Begins
Jamie Dimon isn't the only bank executive buying back stock
Some Hedge Funds Want to Make Subprime Auto Loans Next Big Short
Carrier lays off 1,400 workers, moves to Mexico after receiving millions in tax credits to keep green jobs in the U.S.
Baby Boomers Are Drowning In Loans: Debt Of Average 67-Year-Old Soared 169% In Past 12 Years
New York Times threatens to sue publisher of an art book critical of the paper's war coverage
Auto Loans, Student Debt Lead Household Re-Leveraging
Earnings outlook is getting even worse as first-quarter expectations tumble
More than three-quarters of S&P 500 companies have reported for the December quarter, and it has not been pretty

## The candidates ##
After NH Trouncing, Clinton's Delegate Haul Exposes Rigged Electoral System
Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters
Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.
America's Corrupt Media – How Reporters Took Direct Orders from Hillary Clinton's Staff
Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine
Hillary Clinton Is Sugarcoating Her Disastrous Record

And finally...
Spanish man skipped work for six years unnoticed

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