Tuesday, March 29, 2016


News Links, March 30, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
First Ocean Freight Rates Collapse to "Zero," China Freight Index Plunges to Record Low, Bailouts Loom
Russia Continues Gold Accumulation as the West Sells
India's finance minister can't persuade his own wife to paperize her gold jewelry
Saudi Economy Shows More Signs of Strain as Spending Drops
Low Oil Prices Forcing Saudi Arabia To Modernize Economy
World's senior population forecast to boom by 2050
Israel Adopts New Law To Cap Bank Executives' Salaries At Less Than $1 Million A Year
Russia Economy 2016 Update: Kremlin Promises $2.2B Bailout For Major Bank Affected by Sanctions

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Bitcoin Could Consume as Much Electricity as Denmark by 2020

## Airline death spiral ##
Airlines get nasty in competition for routes to Cuba
Man released after false IS alarm on Vienna-London easyJet flight
Drone Close Calls, Sightings by Airliners Up Fivefold, FAA Says
EgyptAir Jet Hijacked, Diverted to Larnaca, Cyprus
Fast-lane immigration service for VIPs to start at Narita, Kansai airports
Woman accused of bypassing security, boarding plane
Man wears entire wardrobe on easyJet flight to Iceland to avoid £46 baggage fare
British Airways bans female passenger for life 'after mid-flight argument'

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
WTF: CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria
Israeli Air Force: Russian Air Power in Syria Remains Robust
Putin: Russian arms exports hit $14.5 billion in 2015, more than planned - agencies
India teams up with Vietnam in South China Sea territorial row
Growing International Movement Seeks to Place Arms Embargo on Saudi Arabia
Brazil Lawyers File New Impeachment Case Against Rousseff
Ajman fire: United Arab Emirates skyscraper engulfed by flames
Skyscraper in United Arab Emirates city of Ajman goes up in flames – the latest in a series of such fires
Indonesia says 10 nationals held hostage after ship hijacked
Is Saudi Arabia Kidnapping Royal Defectors? Another Prince Critical Of King Has Allegedly Gone Missing In Europe
Pentagon pulling military families out of Turkey
Israeli demolitions leave West Bank Bedouin, U.N. alarmed
Brazil's biggest party quits ruling coalition, Rousseff isolated

## Migrants/refugees ##
Refugee Crisis: Hundreds Of Migrants Try To Crash Greek-Macedonian Border
7 Cuban Migrants With Gunshot Wounds Intercepted at Sea
Europe Refugee Crisis: Syrians Must Learn German Or Lose Residency Under Proposed Integration Law

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Malaysian punk artist clowns with scandal-hit leader
Protests continue as contentious security laws take effect (Japan)

## Energy/resources ##
$40 Oil Not High Enough To Save A Lot Of Drillers
Spain's Abengoa wins backing from creditors to avoid bankruptcy
SunEdison Inc. (SUNE) Facing Financial Troubles As $1.4 Billion Potential Default Looms For Clean Energy Developer
SunEdison at risk of bankruptcy, shares plummet
The big bust in the oil fields
Oil Majors Only Replace 75% of Oil and Gas Produced in 2015
The oil majors failed to replace all of the oil and gas reserves that they burned through in 2015, a worrying sign for the industry's future.
Nuclear safety upgrades post-Fukushima cost $47 billion
Smart Meter Fires: Burning meters, burning questions, shocking answers (video)
Death of a Shale Gas Salesman
Aubrey McClendon was fracking's greatest advocate -- until he drove his car into a concrete wall.

## Got food? ##
Questions and answers about Saudi land purchases in the US
Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights
Vanilla shortage threatens ice cream prices this summer
Monsanto's Glyphosate Found in California Wines, Even Wines Made With Organic Grapes
Herbicide resistance major problem in Canada

## Environment/health ##
Arctic sea ice sets wintertime record low thanks to global warming
Man-Made Earthquakes: 'Fracking' By Oil, Gas Industry, Wastewater Causing Jolts, Leaving Millions At Risk
Weed Appreciation Day 2016: 10 Interesting Facts About Plants That Aren't Marijuana
Rising atmospheric nitrogen leads to loss of plant diversity
Proposed Florida Keys Experiment Sparks Bitter Debate Over Genetically Modified Aedes Aegypti
Bold Zika mosquitoes love to hang with humans
Opioids 101: The Deadly Epidemic
Deaths from opioid overdoses have skyrocketed over the last two decades in the U.S.
'Wake-Up Call' Study Finds Link Between Fracking and Toxic Water
Drilling-Induced 'Frackquakes' Threatening Millions Across Central US
WHO: Ebola not a significant threat outside West Africa
Earthquakes in Western Canada blamed on fracking

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Belgian Nuclear Plant Guard Murdered, Security Badge Stolen Days After Attack
Clinton email probe enters new phase as FBI interviews loom
FBI Denies It Lied About Ability To Crack iPhone, Also Suggests Cellebrite Rumor Is Wrong
Government Says They Got Data Off Terror iPhone Without Apple
iPhone Forensics Experts Demonstrate Basic Proof Of Concept That The iPhone Hack The FBI Says 'Doesn't Work' Actually Does Work
Apple remains in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone without help
The FBI Should Tell Apple About the iPhone Vulnerability, If It Can
Justice Depart. withdraws legal action against Apple over San Bernardino iPhone
FBI probing virus behind outage at MedStar Health facilities
Saudi Arabia Sentences Journalist to Five Years in Prison for Insulting the Kingdom's Rulers
Sprint struck with multistate network problems
Marines forming new cyberwarrior unit
DHS Seeks Advice on Building a Cyber-Attack Database
The Hidden, Potentially Deadly Dangers of Keyless Car Ignition Systems
Average app loses 77% of its users within the first 3 days after install
Obama in Arabia
Like his predecessors, President Obama is putting cozy ties with the Saudi royals ahead of telling the truth to the American people about the Saudi role in 9/11.

## Propaganda ##
Top German Journalist Admits Mainstream Media Is Completely Fake: "We All Lie For The CIA"

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Another Reason Corporate Profits Will Plummet: The Managerial/ Professional Class Is Burning Out
What no financial analyst dares confess is the corporate profits they cheer every quarter have come at a cost that many Americans will soon be unable to bear.
Highly unlikely. -- RF
To some impoverished pensioners, living in prison is a comparatively cushy lifestyle. -- RF
It's doubtful that the 2022 Winter Games will be held at all. And even if they are, will Hebei have any snow? -- RF
The detainees were photographed before being extradited to nations known to use more brutal forms of torture than that used in the U.S., Ackerman said, as part of the CIA's so-called "extraordinary rendition" program.

## The candidates ##
As you consume the coverage and the advertising this election cycle, always remember that 1) the mainstream media in the U.S. is all corporate-owned, 2) corporations exist to maximize profits, 3) profits flow from advertising, not free coverage, and 4) real campaign finance reform will negatively impact Corporate Media profits.
MSNBC Host Admits Democratic Primary Rigged, While Station Simultaneously Rigs Coverage
CNN Whitewashes Sanders' Primary Victories; Denies Diverse Racial Makeup of Hawaii, Alaska and Washington
The Trump-Clinton Dilemma
As buffoonish billionaire Donald Trump undergoes full-scale demonization, the political/media establishment is making Hillary Clinton the heroine of the stop-Trump drama, but who is really more dangerous?
Donald Trump's Own Surveillance Camera Proves His Campaign Manager Lied About Grabbing Reporter

And finally...
New fad has Chinese tourists lying down inside coffins to see what death feels like

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