Thursday, April 28, 2016


News Links, April 29, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The $2 Trillion Gamble That Saudi Arabia Cannot Win
$500 Billion In Lost Oil Revenues Forces Gulf Nations To Turn To Debt Markets
Apple's iPhone-iPad-Mac Fiasco in 4 Interactive Charts
What Global Growth Rebound? Ports Quiet, Containerships Losing Steam
More Greece "Uncertainty": Default Looms in July, EU Rejects Greek Emergency Summit
Venezuela Orders Five-Day Weekends in Bid to Save Power Grid
Canadian National Railway Drops Most in 16 Months After Company Lowers Outlook
Moody's downgrades Canadian province of Alberta on rising debt
Canary in the US Housing Market: Canadian Snowbirds Cash Out
Deutsche Bank net profit down 58 percent at $267M
Venezuela doesn't have enough money to pay for its money
9 reasons why India's rising credit card debt should worry you
Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients
Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: Default On Looming $422M Payment Could Worsen Financial Chaos On The Island
A New Crisis Kicks off in Mexico. Even auto exports to the US plunge.
Unemployment up in Norway's oil economy
Spain's Parliament Dissolved with Tension and Recriminations
Germany Plans $1.4 Billion in Incentives for Electric Cars
Waste of money. -- RF

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Sharp weighing 1,000 new job cuts
Luxury retailer Coach announces 300 job cuts
Shell starts staff cut discussions with employees in Australia

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Chip card payment confusion, anger rages on

## Airline death spiral ##
Flight traveling from Boston to Miami diverted due to disruptive passenger
Can Europe Stop Its Frequent Airline Strikes?
If you are thinking that strikes by airport workers are becoming more and more common on the continent, you are right.
Are airlines making money?
Hen parties the new air rage scourge: Aussie airlines
Erupting Russian Volcanoes Could Make a Mess of Your Flight
Air rage man admits to 'appalling' drunken assault on passenger that saw police called before take-off
TSA bosses are called 'some of the biggest bullies in government'
Why solar-powered planes are still a long way from carrying passengers
TSA: Record-Breaking Week For Firearms At Airports
Russian girl, age 10, flies without ticket or ID
JetBlue Pilot Allegedly Flying Drunk? Flew Two Flights Between New York And Orlando, Failed Alcohol Testing
Heathrow plane strike 'not a drone incident'

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russian Manufacturer To Provide Egypt With Aerial Defense
Is North Korea Planning An Attack On The South Korean Presidential Palace?
Massive Oil Theft By Pirates Costs Nigeria $1.5 Billion Every Month
Depressed oil prices, rampant corruption, and pipeline vandalism are only parts of Nigeria's oil problem. It's now losing a massive 400,000 barrels of crude daily to pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, an amount equal to the entire daily export capacity of its Forcados terminal.
China Will Not 'Permit War Or Chaos' On Korean Peninsula Amid Pyongyang's Increasing Nuclear Ambitions
US Considering Intermediate-Range Missiles Deployment In Retaliation For Russia's Alleged Violations Of INF Treaty
North Korean medium-range missile launch appears to fail again
Russia Urges UN Security Council to Blacklist Syrian Islamist Groups
Russia has formally proposed that the UN Security Council add Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam to the "blacklist" of Syrian rebel factions considered terrorist organizations, citing each group's close links to existing terror groups, particularly al-Qaeda.
Dozens Killed, Hospital Hit in Airstrike as Aleppo Attacks Rage
How underwater drones are threatening to escalate South China Sea tensions
Will ISIS Attack Italy? Italian Officials Arrest Islamic State Suspects Plotting To Hit Vatican, Israeli Embassy In Rome
Taking Page from Israel War Tactics, US Military Employs Controversial 'Roof Knocking'
Russian Fighter Jet Flies Within 50 Feet Of US Spy Plane Over Russian Naval Base

## UAVs, UUVs ##
US Coast Guard needs an aerial drone fleet now, lawmaker says
Bomb-sniffing drones: US scientists develop UAV nuclear weapon detection sensors
Azerbaijan requires more Israeli UAVs for border conflict
Report: Chinese Combat UAVs in Demand
Counter-Drone Prototype Put to Test at Army NIE
Proteus underwater vehicle completes unmanned endurance test

## Migrants/refugees ##
Syrian Refugee Crisis: 57 To Arrive In Northern Ireland As A Part Of UK Resettlement Plan
Hungary Has Outlawed Islamization and Mass Immigration
Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers
Denmark's "Recipe For Integration" - Segregated Swimming Hours

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
'Let the Rich Pay More Taxes': Thousands Take to Streets in Costa Rica
Protests as Venezuela embraces 2-day workweek to save power
Sick of crisis, Venezuelans line up to recall Maduro
Maduro recall petition in Venezuela gets 200% more signatures than needed
Chinese county halts plan for trash incinerator after protest
For a second time in a week, a local government abandons project for waste disposal after residents, concerned about health risks, take to the streets.

## Energy/resources ##
50% Of Proved Oil Reserves May Have Just Vanished
First "Illegal" Shipment Of Oil Leaves Eastern Libya
German utilities to pay 23.3 bln eur into state fund - nuclear commission
Long-term oil shortfall predicted by Wood Mackenzie
Is This The Hottest Acreage In The Lithium Rush?
T. Boone Pickens says America's oil industry is 'dead in the water'
Massive blackout in Zurich, officials cite technical issues
Power restored after big blackout in East Bay
Why Nigeria's Power Blackout Persists – Fashola
North Andhra Hit by Power Outage for the Third Day
The Coming World of "Peak Oil Demand," Not "Peak Oil"
BP's Quarterly "Profit" May Not Be What It Seems
Schlumberger lands another merger
Conoco touts strength, but losses mount
Vattenfall puts pressure on Swedish government to cut nuclear tax
State-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall will struggle to invest in required safety upgrades of its nuclear reactors in Sweden if the government doesn't abolish its tax on nuclear power, Chief Executive Magnus Hall said on Thursday.
Oil-Sands Cash Burn Deepens as Cheap Canadian Crude Saps Profits
Top Oil Service Firms Mull North America Retreat As Losses Mount
China's Biggest Oil Company Posts 52% Decline In 2015 Profit
Armenia Continues to Gamble on Aging Nuclear Plant in a Quake-Prone Area

## Got food? ##
But remember that feast can turn into famine in a heartbeat. -- RF

## Lifestyle solutions ##
How less stuff could make us happier – and fix stagnation
Sedentary lifestyle associated with coronary artery calcium, Dallas Heart Study researchers find
"Skills That Could Save Your Life": 25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know

## Environment/health ##
Study: Oxygen drain will be apparent in oceans by 2030s
March temperature smashes 100-year global record
Inspired By Zika: Anti-Mosquito Clothing Line For Rio Olympics Joins Growing List Of Products Tied To Virus
Driveway, parking lot pavement sealcoats more toxic than thought
The EPA Says 3 Common Pesticides Could Harm Nearly All Endangered Species
The agency says 97 percent of the plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals Executives Couldn't Name A Single Drug Whose Price They Hadn't Raised
Long-term study of honeybees reveals troubling trends
Revealed: $558,000 spent on UAE cloud-seeding operations last year
Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds
Study: Even a little air pollution may have long-term health effects on developing fetus
Belgium Nuclear Radiation Threat? Iodine Pills Supplied To Belgian Citizens After Germany Expresses Concern
The Belgian government is expected to supply its citizens with iodine pills in an pro-active effort to protect against radiation should a nuclear accident take place in the country, Agence France-Presse reported. The move was spurred in part by increasing worries from neighboring countries over the deteriorating condition of two of Belgium's nuclear plants.
Save the Starfish: Deoxygenated 'Dead Zones' Threatening Marine Life
Deluge swamps Mississippi in a matter of hours
Study: Insect outbreaks actually reduce wildfire severity

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Germany Creates Cyber, IT Defense Branch
FBI Will Not Share iPhone Unlocking Mechanism, Cites Lack Of Ownership
Snowden Revelations Led to 'Chilling Effect' on Pursuit of Knowledge: Study
House passes bill to keep government from reading old emails
Qatar National Bank allegedly hacked, data of 1,200 entities leaked
A colorful atlas of the human brain may bring neuroscientists closer to reading our minds
9/11 Commission Didn't Clear Saudis
As the Obama administration belatedly weighs releasing the 28 pages on the Saudi role in 9/11, Americans should not be fooled by claims minimizing the Saudi involvement.
Saudi Role Beyond the 28 Pages
Release of the 28 secret pages from the congressional 9/11 report may be long overdue, but the depth of Saudi involvement with Islamic radicals goes much deeper.
Banks Beware: Nearly All of Your ATMs are Insecure
Virtually every ATM in the world can be illegally accessed and raided – sometimes even without the need to install malware, according to new research by Kaspersky Lab.

## Propaganda/censorship ##
From Brady to MH-17, Power Defines Reality
From the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down to Tom Brady's NFL suspension, reality gets defined not by facts and reason but by power and propaganda.
Iraq shuts down Al Jazeera Baghdad bureau
Network "shocked" by action and vows to continue coverage of events in the country.
China's Media Startups Fight Censorship Crackdown
"Why Our Children Should Hate Us" – Read the Lance Simmens Article Banned by the Huffington Post

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
U.S. high school seniors slip in math and show no improvement in reading
The Death of Free Speech: The West Veils Itself
Why Real Reform Is Now Impossible
Ford Motor Issues Its Second-Largest Recall Of 2016, Covering Older F-150, Expedition, Mustang And Lincoln Navigator Vehicles
The Mirage of a Return to Manufacturing Greatness
Unfortunately, the experts still can't see the role of net energy decline. In their way of thinking, energy is just a given, and they seek the cause of collapse in other places. -- RF
Bled by emigration, abandoned Portuguese villages lose hope of surviving
And it's not only Portugal. As industrial civilization crumbles, such villages and their food-production systems will suddenly become necessary again, but repopulating and learning skills will take more time than we have. -- RF
Where On The Titanic Would You Like Your Deck Chair, Ma'am?

## Japan ##
Chart Of The Day: Japan's Money Multiplier Has Dropped Like A Stone Since Kuroda Went Wild
BOJ throws curveball, Japanese economy could strike out
Nuclear regulator says fault below Shika reactor may be active
Consumer prices, household spending fall in March
Japan insurers flock to foreign bonds as BOJ kills golden geese
Japan gloomy data reinforce expectations for more BOJ easing
Taiwan's Ma says Okinotorishima not an island
Photo here. You be the judge. -- RF
Increasing number of Japanese ditching traditional attitudes about weddings and funerals
Less income means less desire and less money to spend on major life events.
Sharp mulls cutting another 1,000 jobs
NHK chairman's order to follow government line on Kyushu nuclear reactors sparks outcry
TEPCO must pay 31 million yen damages over evacuee deaths
Mohamed El-Erian: Whatever Bank of Japan does, it gets wrong

## China ##
Speculation Red Ponzi Style—-Daily Iron Ore Trading Exceeds Annual Imports!
China Ratings Downgrade Wave Seen as Next Driver of Bond Slump
Chinese Shoppers Fall Out Of Love With Luxury Goods
Beijing's Rental Rates Are The Highest In The World
2nd Chinese City in a Week Halts Trash Incinerator Plans
For the second time in a week, a Chinese city has announced it would halt plans for a garbage incinerator project following angry protests by residents that underscore growing concern over threats to public health.
Haunted by Specter of U.S. Financial Crisis, Shanghai Restricts Subprime-Style Loans
Desperate Measures: People's Daily Raps Local Officials over China Labor Unrest
China's $1 Trillion Bond Leverage Unwinds as Pimco Senses Panic
China Trades Enough Cotton in One Day to Make Jeans for Everyone
Volume Collapses As China Commodity Exchanges Ordered To "Curb Speculation"

## UK ##
English graduates saddled with debt, research shows
Revealed: Britain's borders left exposed as screening system crashed twice in 48 hours
UK flooding driven by soaring temperatures in Greenland, study says
More than a million people in the UK 'unable to afford food, heat or toiletries', says new research
'Question Marks' Over Port Talbot Steel's Future

## US ##
America's Entitled (and Doomed) Upper Middle Class
Good Job, Fed—-Home Ownership Falls To Near Record Low
Economy In Decline: Apple Reports Massive Revenue Decline As iPhone Sales Plummet Dramatically
Mind The Leverage Risk: Corporate Debt Is Soaring, Cash Flow Is Stalling
Bill Gross: We're close to the economic flatline
Behind The GDP/BLS Jobs Mirage——-US Gross Output Continues to Slump
"We All Work As A Team" - Millennials Explain How It's Going Living 'Rent-Free' At Home
America's Millennial Dream: Making 20% Less & Drowning In Debt
The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All U.S. Adults Under Age 30 Now Reject Capitalism
Say goodbye to the golden age of stock and bond returns
The U.S. Economy Officially Joins The Global Economic Slowdown – 1st Quarter GDP Comes In At 0.5%
"Retaliatory Culture" at TSA has "Paralyzed" Agency and Compromised Security Goals, Say Whistleblowers

## The Candidates ##
Trump promises to rebuild the military, make allies pay more
Reuters Poll Shows 51% of Americans Think Primary Process is "Rigged" – Here's Why It Matters
Bernie Sanders To Suspend Campaign Soon? Staffers Laid Off After Poor Tuesday Primary Showing
Reports: Cruz to announce Fiorina as running mate
Anything Trumps Hillary
Donald Trump vows to crush Isis and 'replace chaos with peace' during first foreign policy speech
Bernie Sanders Says US 'Kill List' Legal, Backs Troops in Syria
The U.S. senator said he thinks President Obama's extrajudicial drone assassination program is constitutional and legal.
Ted Cruz Is 'Lucifer In The Flesh,' Ex-Speaker John Boehner Says At Stanford Event
"It's Hard To Believe" - Establishment Stunned As Trump Gains 'Wealthy, Well-Educated' Voters
America moves closer to becoming Trump Abyss
Or a Clinton Abyss. Choose your poison. -- RF

And finally...
Driver informs police he's an alien royal and if they tow his car, he will destroy planet Earth

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


News Links, April 27, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Why a Collapse Is "Practically Unavoidable"
US-Style Mortgage Fraud a 'Nuclear Bomb' to Australian Banks
South Korean economy struggles under weight of a triple curse
Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Unveils 'Vision 2030' Plan To Break Saudi Arabia's 'Oil Addiction'
To See the Real Story in Brazil, Look at Who Is Being Installed as President — and Finance Chiefs
Puerto Rico Economy Worsens With Crisis, Most Anywhere You Look
Gulf States oil exporters could lose over $500bn in 2016 – IMF
1MDB Says It's in Default After Missing Interest Payment
In fast growing India, workers are losing social security benefits even faster
Semiconductors Signal No Relief in Global Macroeconomic Slowdown
"The Government Is Crushing The Piggy Bank" - Norway Boosts Withdrawals From Its Sovereign Wealth Fund
"We Haven't Seen This Is In Our Lifetimes" - CEO Says "Alberta Is In A Depression"
A Torrid Week for the Transatlantic Corporatocracy
A new survey conducted by YouGov for the Bertelsmann Foundation showed that only 17% of Germans believe the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a good thing, down from 55% two years ago. In the United States, only 18% support the deal compared to 53% in 2014.
Time Bomb Ticking In The Global Bond Market—-$17 Trillion Of Governments Yield Less Than 1%, Duration Risk Soaring

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
BP Plc (BP) Eyes Deeper Spending Cuts In 2016 As Low Oil Prices, Deepwater Horizon Disaster Costs Batter Earnings
New York Times Layoffs Loom: NYT To Shutter Paris Facilities In Latest Blow To European Newspaper Business
No Energy Recovery In Sight: Freeport Fires 25% Of Its Oil And Gas Workers

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Bitstamp Becomes First Bitcoin Exchange To Be Granted National License Across Europe
Cash may not be king for long...

## Airline death spiral ##
Shoot the Blighter! Anti-drone 'death ray' may be installed after Heathrow plane collision
Chengdu Scales Back Plans for New $11 Billion Airport
Angry passengers slap, throw food at airline employee over flight delay in Changsha
Cathay Pacific pilots fear mass sackings after management ultimatum at Hong Kong airline
Don't Fly Planes with Wi-Fi Says EMF Health Advocate
Court rules airlines are responsible for delays caused by passengers
'Unruly passengers forced flight to return'
Danger in the cockpit: FAA records show pilots fly drunk, engage in criminal activity
TSA sets record by confiscating 73 firearms from carry-on luggage
Long security lines may upset summer travelers
Internet stands by mom forced to toss breast milk at airport

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Will Oil And Refugees Force European Intervention In Libya
SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Tussle over plane; Russia backs China
Obama plans 250 more U.S. troops for Syria, boosting force to 300
ISIS In Somalia: Islamic State Claims First-Ever Attack In Mogadishu While Courting Al-Shabab
HASC Would Boost Israeli Missile Defense Systems By $200 Million
Obama Spurns North Korea Offer to Suspend Missile Program
Iran in talks with Russia on heavy water sales
What's Behind Russia's New Nuclear Pact With Laos?
Why Is America So Bad at Promoting Democracy in Other Countries?
There's no quick, cheap, or military-based way to bring peace to places like Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iraq. It's time we changed our approach, and we can start at home.
Just one thing: America is not really promoting democracy. The semblance of democracy will do, as long as the newly installed regime does the bidding of the US. -- RF
For The First Time US Deploys Two F-22 Raptors Close To Russia To "Deter Aggression"
'We're not here to provoke,' say U.S. jet pilots on Putin's doorstep
Australia Chooses French Design for Future Submarine
Kenya Begins Building Wall Along Somali Border
Kenya has confirmed it will begin construction of a 700-kilometer-long security wall along the northeastern border with Somalia as part of a broader national security plan to curb cross-border terror attacks by Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.
The next Chernobyl may be intentional
Japan warship MSDF vessel visits Philippines as China sea row festers
Over 700 people file suits over Japan's new security laws

## UAVs ##
Drones Kill More Civilians Than Pilots Do
We're not the "good guys": American drone warfare is terrorizing the Middle East

## Migrants/refugees ##
Norway Offers Refugees Cash To Leave The Country

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
LGBT debate spurs arrests at North Carolina statehouse
Iraq's Abadi Attempts To Name New Cabinet Amid Mass Protests In Baghdad
Protesters break into Finnish-Russian nuclear site

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Crash Creates Glut Of Petroleum Engineers – More Layoffs Coming
Oil Prices News 2016: Worldwide Glut Continues, Causing Sinking Revenues
IMF expects $500B revenue loss for Mideast oil exporters
Crude Tankers Bound for China Surge Amid Stockpiling Signals
Venezuela Starts Power Rationing, Oil Production Likely to Fall
Why aren't net energy and Energy Returned on Invested the basis of U.S. energy policy?
Less Than 5% Of Saudi Aramco To Be Sold
Lithium: An increasingly precious metal
Despite Claims, Ukraine Not Free Of Russian Energy Dependence
Another Twist In The Oil Slump—-Even Bankrupt Shale Companies Keep Pumping
ExxonMobil Loses AAA Credit Rating For First Time Since 1930
Germany's nuclear commission, utilities fail to reach deal on storage costs- sources
Is the U.S. so energy independent we should export crude oil?

## Got food? ##
Soy may prevent microbial contamination of food, researchers say
Our gigantic problem with portions: why are we all eating too much?
Syrian food crisis deepens as war chokes farming
China grain surplus reaches record peak but official warns surpluses cannot be guaranteed

## Environment/health ##
What We Know About Zika: Despite Gains, Vast Gaps Remain In World's Understanding Of Virus, Summit Shows
Mowgli might need new playmates: Biodiversity fades as humans rise
If brain-dead growth advocates have their way, the Earth will eventually be populated only by humans and their domestic animals. -- RF
Chernobyl, three decades on
Australian Politician Sets Methane-Laden River on Fire to Protest Fracking
Norovirus a costly bug
The stomach bug norovirus sickens nearly 700 million people worldwide annually and costs health care systems more than $4 billion a year, researchers report.
These beautiful neighborhoods have filthy air, land and water

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Bangladesh Bank Hackers Compromised SWIFT Software, Warning To Be Issued
Seymour Hersh – Saudi Government Paid Pakistan to Hold Osama bin Laden to Prevent U.S. Interrogation
Except, I don't believe for a minute that OBL was ever in that village in Pakistan. He was already long dead by the time of the staged raid on the compound. -- RF
Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years
How the CIA Writes History
SWIFT network says aware of multiple cyber fraud incidents
New York Times sues DHS for records on "fusion centers"
Hospital cybersecurity: It takes practice
Computer Virus Discovered In German Nuclear Power Plant
Here's the Latest Evidence Torture Doesn't Keep Us Safe

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Contest Announced – Win $1,500 for Most Offensive Limerick Mocking Turkish President Erdogan
Salleh: Proposal to register news portals, blogs sent to AGC (Malaysia)
Communications and Multimedia Ministry has sent proposed legal amendments that will force news portals and blogs to register with the government to the Attorney-General's Chambers.
US News Editors Find It Increasingly Difficult To Defend The First Amendment
Blank Columns Protest Ming Pao Editor's Sacking
Beijing Cracking Down on Webcasters in New Round of Censorship

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Status Quo Has Failed and Is Beyond Reform

## China ##
U.S. fight against Zika mosquito depends on local effort
At least 3 shot near Nashville bus station
Fantasy Math Is Helping Companies Spin Losses Into Profits
Obamacare Bushwhacked—-Three Big Blows In One Week
Americans in debt trying to project luxe life
How police took $53,000 from a Christian band, an orphanage and a church
It's now almost impossible to save for retirement
Foreign 'dirty bomb' responders will start training in Nevada
"This Is Not A Good Time To Be In Business": Dallas Fed Disappoints, Contracts For 16th Straight Month
Student debt surpassed $1 trillion four years ago today. Here's why it's still growing
Nurses thrust into guard duty at federal prisons
Nurses, physical therapists and other senior medical staffers in the Federal Bureau of Prisons have been routinely assigned guard duties and other security-related shifts to fill chronic personnel gaps, despite critical health care shortages throughout the vast prison system.
Governments struggle to enforce "living wage" laws
Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Rose Less Than Forecast in March
U.S. Service Sector Growth Remains Subdued, "Fragile"
More Than Half of the Millennials in the U.S. Holding Off on Buying Homes

## The candidates ##
Republicans Cruz, Kasich reach 'stop-Trump' deal
Highlights in Trump Litigations
Christie Opposes Medical Marijuana For Menstrual Pain In NJ: "It Is Part Of God's Curse For Women"
"What Do We Do Now?" - Anti-Trump Alliance Self-Destructs Within Hours
Could Trump Beat Clinton in New York? Yes.
Trump and Hillary Refuse to Explain Why They Both Share the Same Address in Delaware
All of Donald Trump's Four-Pinocchio ratings, in one place

Sunday, April 24, 2016


News Links, April 25, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Stunning——–20 Years Of Stimulus, Nothing To Show
Big Blue's 16 Straight Quarters Of Shrinkage—–Still A Global Bellwether Afterall
Microsoft, Alphabet Lose Nearly $60 Billion In Market Value Friday As Tech Sector Pummeled On Weak Earnings
The Debt Doghouse Is Filling-Up Fast—-Junk Downgrades Soaring
Microsoft, Alphabet shares plunge as analysts cut targets
Bad week for German automakers: Huge costs, new probe
German minister rejects raising retirement age to 70
IMF: Mozambique admits to hiding more than $1 billion in debt
World's biggest oil companies suffering from a $100 hangover that's hammering profits as cost cuts fall short
Home builder Urbancorp files for restructuring under bankruptcy act (Canada)
Russian government news agency mocks West's gold market rigging
Pension cuts loom for millions as big funds struggle
The assets of the Netherlands' four biggest pension funds have fallen again, making it more likely that millions of people will face pension cuts next year.
Virtually no governmentt rebuilding 1 year after Nepal quake
With Impeccable Timing, 'Economic Miracle' in Spain Unravels
Since the granddaddy of all housing bubbles popped in Spain between 2008 and 2009, unleashing one of the deepest recessions in living memory, the nation's public debt has more than doubled, from just over 40% of GDP to almost exactly 100% today.
China debt load reaches record high as risk to economy mounts
How Long Before Global Financial System Fails?

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Uranium producer Cameco suspends production at its Rabbit Lake operations, cuts 500 jobs
Sears Holdings closing 68 Kmarts and 10 Sears stores
Lockheed Martin cuts 200 jobs in merger with Leidos
Halliburton Fires One Third Of Global Staff: "What We Are Experiencing Today Is Unsustainable"

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Octopus card glitch leaves hundreds of MTR passengers out of pocket
A third of Londoners think cash will disappear within the next 10 years
Biometrics research, smart payment cards and facial recognition trending this week

## Airline death spiral ##
Southwest Airlines episode shows fear of Arabic language persists
CAA to ramp up security checks in wake of attacks
Why Are U.S. Airlines Kicking Muslims Off Flights?
The true cost of distressed passengers, walked guests, and poor customer service
Unruly Passenger Leads To Plane Diversion At Shannon
3 passengers detained for misbehaving with air hostesses on board IndiGo flight
Rats on AI's Dreamliner cause flight nightmares
Senate Approves Bill to Improve Airport Security, TSA Wait Times
In recent weeks, wait times at airport security have reached epic levels. Checkpoint queues north of 90 minutes have caused thousands of travelers to miss their flights.
FAA: 'Urgent' repairs needed for Boeing 787 jet engines

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. to buy heavy water from Iran's nuclear program
Kerry: Foreign Banks Free to Do Business With Iran
North Korea Tests Submarine-Launched Missile, Says South Korea
Iraq's Sadr calls for protests to bring about new cabinet
Obama Administration Split on Using Syria as Proxy War Against Russia
U.S. warplanes conduct operation near key Chinese-held reef in South China Sea
Russia Denies Israeli Media Report of Firing on Warplanes
Andrew Bacevich and America's Long Misguided War to Control the Greater Middle East
Don't Sweat It—-The Russian Fighters Were Unarmed And Lethal US Warships Were In Its Backyard
Russian Jets Buzzing American Ships May Be Met by Force, General Says
Stiffing Iran on the Nuke Deal
China to build up atoll in contested South China Sea, source says

## UAVs ##
Drone Security Update: SkySafe Can Disable, Fly Rogue Drones Near Airports, Critical Locations
Drones seen flying over prisons in southern China, prompting security concerns

## Migrants/refugees ##
Switzerland Readies Military In Preparation For A New Wave Of Migrants
Illegal Immigration Soars 130% At Southern U.S. Border
Germany Pushes For 'Safe Zones' In Syria To Stem Flow Of Refugees To Turkey
Migrants seek new routes into Balkans after formal borders sealed
Swedes Revolt Over Refugees Near Schools: Demand "F##king Answers" From Stockholm City Council

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Brazil's Students Occupy Schools In Rio De Janeiro To Protest Conditions Ahead Of Olympics
Thousands protest trade deal in Germany before Obama visit
This Is How FEMA Trains Texas Police To Deal With Riots, Conduct Mass Arrests
Another Chicago Record: 1,000 Gunshot Victims In Shortest Time In Decades

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Majors Lose Faith In The North Sea – 100 Shut Downs Looming
Why Are Bankrupt Oil Companies Still Pumping?
Schlumberger Earnings Down Nearly 60%
It's A "Full-Scale Cash Crisis" In Oil Schlumberger CEO Admits
SunEdison Continues Operations Despite Bankruptcy And Lawsuits
Horizontal Land Rig Count Summary 22nd April 2016
France to lead 4 bn euro injection for energy giant EDF
France announced on Friday it would lead a four billion euro capital increase for power company EDF, months after agreeing a similar cash injection for the other pillar of its nuclear industry, Areva. EDF, which is 85 per cent owned by the French state, also pledged to cut millions more in costs and sell off assets in a bid to reduce its huge pile of debt.

## Got food? ##
Japan's Next Generation of Farmers Could Be Robots
Ain't gonna happen. -- RF
India Drought 2016 May Lead 29-35% Drop In Sugar Output For 2016-17 Season: Report

## Environment/health ##
Palm oil industry fumes as Indonesia gets tough on forest fires

## Japan ##
Negative interest rates are starting to squeeze corporate profits by forcing businesses to set aside more funds to pay for future pension benefits.

## UK ##
Legal aid cuts have led to surge in DIY defence, says charity
Report finds rise in number of people appearing in court without lawyer, while experts warn vulnerable defendants are having to fend for themselves.

## The candidates ##
Clinton will hold fundraiser in Tel Aviv
Clinton Campaign Deploys $1 Million in Super PAC Money to Troll Social Media Critics
Camille Paglia – "Enough with the Hillary Cult"
Unpopularity Of Clinton, Trump Puts Spotlight On Potential Running Mates
Sanders Says His Losses to Clinton Show 'Poor People Don't Vote'
Hillary 'the Hawk' Clinton
As the Democratic Party grimly marches toward Hillary Clinton's nomination, little thought has been given to her extraordinary record as a war hawk and what that could mean to the world.
Crony capitalism and the rigged system
0.01% of households gave 33% of money raised by political parties and Congressmen. Most members of Congress are millionaires.
Is Hillary Clinton 'Honest'?

And finally...
15 great William Shakespeare insults which are better than swearing

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