Sunday, February 28, 2016


News Links, February 29, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Markets At Risk As "Tepid, Uninspiring" G20 Proves Investor Hopes Were "Pure Fantasy"
ECB Decrees: Even Shakiest EU Banks Cannot Fail Stress Test
Global Recession Arrives: Growth Will Fall Apart
New financial crash 'certain', says former Bank of England governor Mervyn King
Another financial crisis is "certain" and will come "sooner rather than later", the former Bank of England governor has warned.
Fake $50 Notes Pour Into Australian Economy
New Development Bank hopes to approve first batch of loans next quarter
Ukraine Collapse Is Now Imminent
Venezuela puts off default by shipping tons of gold to Switzerland
'Gold is the new black' with best start to a year since 1980

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Bank of America prepares to make investment banking job cuts
Illinois universities brace for more state budget cuts
Oil Giant Cuts Budget By 80 Percent And Suspends Fracking

## War on cash/cashless society ##
The Global Run On Physical Cash Has Begun: Why It Pays To Panic First

## Airline death spiral ##
Boeing plans layoffs for airplane engineers
Nok Air crisis threatens Thailand's aviation industry
Aviation expert: Allegiant 'accident waiting to happen'
Dozens of Allegiant Air flights have been involved in emergency landings or diversions in recent months, brining accusations the airline is struggling to manage maintenance of its aircraft.
Brazil airline Gol to get $251 mln cash injection, trim routes
Pilot shortage sends Republic Airways into bankruptcy
Drone and passenger jet dangerously close
Stag party causes Ryanair diversion
Fresh rally against French airport plans
US Senator Wants Government to Set Airline Seat-size Rules
Bombardier Tumbles After C Series Customer Files for Bankruptcy

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia Ramps Up Military Shipments In Syria As US Shows Signs Of Backing Down
US To Assume Higher Profile in Nordic Exercises
US Government Sells $680 Million In "Bunker Buster" Bombs To ISIS-Supplier Turkey
Baghdad blast kills 70, ISIS claims responsibility
Don't Fall for Obama's $3 Billion Arms Buildup at Russia's Door
There is no Russian resurgence. Washington is playing on your Cold War fears to get you to pay for something the U.S. does not need and can't afford.
Japan, US conduct joint landing drill on US west coast
US running out of time to begin updating nukes, admiral says
Iran Elections 2016: President Hassan Rouhani's Moderate, Reformist Allies Win All Tehran Seats In Parliamentary Polls
Pakistan clashes, air raids leave 34 militants, five troops dead

## UAVs ##
Drone-mounted handgun, flamethrower reignite lawmaker debate (+ video)

## Migrants/refugees ##
Europe Refugee Crisis: Thousands Stranded In Greek Camp After New Arrival Caps In 4 Countries
Croatia caps migrant numbers as EU divisions widen
25,000th Syrian refugee lands in Canada
EU Refugee Crisis In Greece: Border Closures With Schengen Area May Cause 70,000 Asylum-Seekers To Be Stranded
Egypt migrant departures stir new concern in Europe
Germany 'threatens to close borders to refugees' to put pressure on its neighbours
Austria and Nine Balkan Countries Effectively Tell Merkel Go to Hell

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Rally In London Against Trident Nuclear Deterrent System Draws Thousands
Thousands march in Moscow to honor slain Kremlin critic Nemtsov
Turkish police crack down on protest against curfew in southeast
Protestors in Poland rally for democracy icon Walesa
French Farmers Destroy Government Stand, Boo Hollande At Parisian Agriculture Expo
Hundreds protest in Belarus in support of small businessmen
Salt Lake City Police Shooting Sparks Protests
Clash Of The Gods: It's Odin Versus Allah In Norway Where Social Upheaval Looms Large
Hundreds of Thousands of Al-Sadr Supporters Protest Corruption in Baghdad

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Price And Its Effect On Production
Venezuelan Crude Oil Giant Haunted By Specter Of Default
Petrobras gets $10b Chinese loan in oil supply deal
US shale oil drillers finally buckling as Opec pumps on
Upstream Debt May Put Pipelines Under Pressure
Two such companies, Sabine Oil and Quicksilver, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, arguing at bankruptcy court that they need to be relieved of their contracts with pipeline operators for shipping their oil and gas from the wellhead—a move that would leave the pipelines with no income, making it nearly impossible for them to stay afloat.
German Greens soften position on utilities footing nuclear bill

## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Metal thieves in 1,200 raids on electricity substations (UK)
Metal thieves steal copper from roof of 14th century church (UK)
Cable thieves plunge M7 into darkness (South Africa)

## Got food? ##
The world's first supermarket selling only expired food has opened in Denmark
Pill-Popping Pigs Put Humans at Risk
Zimbabwe President Mugabe Celebrates Birthday With $800,000 Party Amid Drought, Food Shortages
Study: Dwindling bee, butterfly populations pose global agriculture threat
Bees, Butterflies May Go Way of the Dinosaur

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Was life better before smartphones? Don't be ridiculous

## Environment/health ##
France records first sexually transmitted case of Zika in Europe
Reports of Zika Cases Growing Quickly in U.S.
Snyder's Advisers Knew Flint Water Was Toxic
Invasion of the Bedbugs
Heatwaves and cold snaps make babies shorter and smaller, scientists find
Women who experience 'weather shocks' in pregnancy go on to have babies that are lighter and smaller a major study has found
Chemical found in babies' dummies and condoms 'probably causes cancer'

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Apple's tech allies oppose the FBI, but still want your data
An FBI win over Apple could create a surveillance state
Behind FBI's Data-Access Fight with Apple (Coleen Rowley)
Energy-Efficient 'Biocomputer' Provides Viable Alternative To Quantum Computers
Record-Breaking South Korea Filibuster Runs Beyond 100 Hours
South Korean opposition lawmakers seeking to block a government-backed "anti-terrorism" bill pushed their record-breaking filibuster into a sixth straight day of speeches in the parliamentary chamber on Sunday.
Turkey turns off independent TV channel on 'terrorist' charge
Critical infrastructure is a growing cyber target
The Dangerous All Writs Act Precedent in the Apple Encryption Case

## Propaganda ##
Most US Jewish students don't see Israel as 'civilized' or a 'democracy,' Luntz tells secret anti-BDS conference
The new mind control
The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
10% of America's bridges are "structurally deficient"
How Toronto's fragile transportation system is struggling to cope
The "Limits to Growth" was right: Italy's population starts declining.
And a few days ago we also found that this holds for Japan as well. -- RF

## Japan ##
Gasp! Even With Negative Interest Rates, Japan Has No Inflation
Kuroda's NIRP Backlash - Japanese Interbank Lending Crashes
Uncertainty over negative interest and My Number may spur Japanese to stash more cash at home
Japan to supply Philippines with military equipment
Half of Japanese voters unhappy with Abenomics

## China ##
China Sponsors Mandarin Language Classes In Namibia Schools
Vampire attack: Debt-laden companies imperil China's growth
Chinese Tycoon Loses 37 Million Web Followers After Faulting Xi
Chinese accounting is 'highly questionable': Strategist

## UK ##
Trident rally is Britain's biggest anti-nuclear march in a generation
UK faces fresh spending cuts in Budget
Britain is facing a new round of spending cuts in next month's Budget, George Osborne has warned, following "new figures that show the economy is smaller than we thought".
Schools facing 'national crisis' over teacher recruitment, headteachers' leader warns
The UK is hiring kids out of high school to judge asylum claims
Sugary drinks: Tooth decay still on the rise among English children
Jeremy Corbyn cites the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as reasons to scrap Trident (video)

## US ##
Alabama Just Passed Fast-Tracked Bill Blocking Any City From Raising Minimum Wage
Alabama isn't the only state to keep cities from passing minimum wages
Dreams of Living Well in Retirement Dim for Americans
Dear Warren, Nothing Lasts Forever
With 269 Stores Closing, Is This the Beginning of the End for Wal-Mart?
More taxpayers skipping refund splurge
Study: Americans lie about credit card debt because of social stigma
Ku Klux Klan In California: Violence Erupts At KKK Rally, Four Stabbed
Get used to an America where owning a home is not part of the dream: You cannot afford a home on that income!
Disney theme parks introduce demand-based pricing, ticket price increases
Wage Slave America: NYC Offering 360 Sq Ft Apartments for $3,150 Per Month
States reduce jobless checks, adding pressure to unemployed
The U.S. States Where Recession Is Already a Reality

## The candidates ##
'Queen Of Chaos'……..Hillary Goes To War
Fear and loathing over Trump among GOP in Congress
The Donald—–The Good And Bad Of It (David Stockman)
Also tells us a lot about the sorry state of the GOP. A good read. -- RF
Clinton Promises 'Absolutely, Absolutely' Nothing to Worry About in Wall Street Speeches
NY Times To Hillary: Release Those Damn Bank Speech Transcripts
Checkered Past of Now-Defunct Trump University Comes Back to Haunt Candidate
The GOP is desperate to stop Trump, no matter what voters say
Donald Trump and libel litigation
Democrats in South Carolina Choose Hillary Clinton Over Bernie Sanders
Mexico's top diplomat calls Trump's policies 'ignorant and racist'
Two former Mexican presidents compare Donald Trump to Hitler
Hillary's Wall Street Migraine: 5 Reasons the Goldman Sachs Debacle Refuses to Go Away
Robert Reich endorses Bernie Sanders
Donald Trump on Racist Endorsement: 'I Don't Know Anything About David Duke'
In an interview Sunday morning, GOP front-runner Donald Trump would not condemn former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke's support for his presidential campaign, saying that he has no knowledge of the white supremacist leader.
Prepare for Clinton Coronation: Alleged "Dead Heat" Dies Sudden Death

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