Saturday, April 16, 2016


News Links, April 16, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Dutch voters now demanding referendum on TTIP
"It's Turning Into A Ghost Town" - One In Five Calgary Offices Is Now Empty
Investigating Deutsche Bank's €21 Trillion Derivative Casino in Wake of Admission it Rigged Gold and Silver

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO Lloyd Blankfein Demands Deepest Cut In Years, Report Says
RBS to close 32 NatWest branches and axe further 600 jobs
Apple extends iPhone production cut for another quarter: Nikkei
Intel plans to cut thousands of jobs: report

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Thieves use woman's Sim Card to steal £6,000
MasterCard Boss: Cash Will Be Extinct in UK & Ireland Within 5 Years

## Airline death spiral ##
European Parliament Approves Law to Access Airline Passenger Records
How airlines are getting you to spend more
Sen. Robert Casey looks to beef up security at airports and on planes
Flying tired: airline pilots on tough rosters battle fatigue

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
U.S. Sending Commandos, Combat Aircraft to Philippines
Brazil's Rousseff loses last-ditch move to stop impeachment
Russia Calls NATO's Europe Military Buildup 'Absolutely Unjustified' Ahead Of First Meeting Since Ukraine Conflict
America's Imperial Overstretch
Media Silent as US and UK Train Saudi Forces Responsible War Crimes in Yemen
Russia successfully fires cruise missile from Iskander missile launcher
US: North Korean missile launch a 'catastrophic' failure
North Korea May Be Producing Plutonium For More Nuclear Weapons, Report Says; UN Condemns Failed Missile Test
Thousands of troops on Paris streets but are they France's new Maginot line?

## UAVs ##
Darpa's Developing Tiny Drones That Swarm to and From Motherships

## Migrants/refugees ##
Pope makes provocative trip to Greece as EU deports migrants

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands march for $15 hourly wages across United States
N.Y. primary: Anti-establishment protesters greet GOP hopefuls
Fresh protests rock Macedonia as outrage grows over wiretap pardons
"Red Light Robin Hood" Hero Strikes Again, Risks Years in Jail Destroying Red Light Cameras
Protesters demand fall of Egypt's government over islands deal

## Energy/resources ##
Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power
Goodrich Petroleum files for bankruptcy
U.S. energy company Goodrich Petroleum Corp. announced Friday it filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to erase $400 million in debt.
SunEdison to file for bankruptcy as early as Sunday night: source
Mexico forced to rescue drowning oil giant Pemex
Shale Euphoria: The Boom and Bust of Sub Prime Oil and Natural Gas
US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs to November 2009 Lows
Doha Is Done: Saudi Prince Drops Bomb - "No Deal Without Iran...We Are Selling At Every Opportunity"

## Got food? ##
Eating well on nearly nothing

## Lifestyle solutions ##
The ongoing Tiny House Design Chronicles: Maximising solar energy collection
What Is the Minimum Investment Needed to Achieve Social Mobility?

## Environment/health ##
Antibiotics in animal feed contribute to drug-resistant germs: Study
El Salvador declares drought emergency for first time ever
Even Prescription Drug Volume Stagnates, But Prices Soar
Total US spending on prescription drugs in 2015, at the manufacturers' level and as measured by "invoice pricing," jumped by 12.2% to $424.8 billion, after having already soared 14.2% in 2014! A two-year increase of 28%!
Warning: Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer
'Dark thunderclouds on the horizon': The end of the Age of Antibiotics is looming (Australia)
As Dems Debate Fossil Fuels, New Report Shows Fracking Worse Than Thought
Heat kills: Global warming surge may rout Great Barrier Reef's natural defenses
Why the Great Barrier Reef is going from bad to worse
Peabody Chapter 11, helps draw attention to coal reclamation
Advocacy groups, however, warn the recent bankruptcy of several companies including St. Louis-based Arch Coal and Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources could leave taxpayers responsible for billions in reclamation costs should a wave of coal-mine closures come to pass.
As with the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, taxpayers will likely be left holding the bag. -- RF
Wildfires charring U.S. at near-record pace
Study: Clear-cutting undermines carbon storage in forest floor
Hottest March on Record as Earth Keeps Hurtling Past Temperature Milestones

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Apple, FBI to clash again in Congress over encryption
A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working
Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened URLs to Spy on People
Canadian Police Obtained BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key
A high-level surveillance probe of Montreal's criminal underworld shows that Canada's federal policing agency has had a global encryption key for BlackBerry devices since 2010.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Rodents and rot: Military facilities are 'failing,' reports find
A quarter of the U.S. military's facilities are falling apart, the Senate Appropriations Committee says.

## Japan ##
Gold Demand Jumps in Japan as Sub-Zero Rates Spur Call for Haven
Japan quakes kill at least 29; rescuers rush to free trapped
New Japan Earthquake Magnitude-7.3 Prompts Tsunami Advisory Near Kumamoto
The Bank Of Japan Already Owns Over Half Of All ETFs; It Wants To Own More
Toshiba cuts or transfers 14,450 workers in reconstruction efforts

## China ##
No Cheer for World's Steelmakers as China Exports Surge 30%
Context Please——-China Isn't "Recovering"
$1,001,000,000,000: China Just Flooded Its Economy With A Record Amount Of New Debt
China's giant bonfire of debt needs one spark to become an inferno
Ponzi lending? In China, 45% of new company debt is raised to pay interest on existing debt

## UK ##
Food bank usage at record high - and the true scale of hunger could be far greater
Homelessness 'rising twice as fast among ethnic minorities'
Thousands of children start school hungry, MPs warn
Thousands of campaigners take anti-austerity message to the streets

## US ##
U.S. Economy 2016: 3 Classic Recession Signals Are Flashing Red
Pentagon to Congress: We Need Base Closures
The Revolt of the Debt Slaves Has Started
The Fed Sends a Frightening Letter to JPMorgan and Corporate Media Yawns
Anti-Muslim Sentiment At Idaho State University? Students From Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Targeted In Hate Crimes
Double Whammy Economics
"We are seeing much less impulse buying and hearing more 'I need to go home and think about it.'"
America wasn't quite as great as Donald Trump thinks it was
US Industrial Production Falls In March As Mining, Automobile Industry Slump
Obamacare Death Spiral: Insurers to Drop Plans Unless Premiums Rocket, "Something's Got to Give"
Miami real estate is melting down
The United States of Insolvency

## The candidates ##
Clinton, Sanders join in lawsuit after Arizona primary voting problems
Inspiration for Wall Street's "Gordon Gekko" Proclaims – Only Sanders Can Stop the Banksters
Hillary Clinton's Net Favorability Rating Among Democrats is Cut in Half and Hits New Low
On Yik Yak, Debate Causes Millennials To Give Bernie Sanders Highest, Hillary Clinton Lowest Approval Ratings Yet
Users of the social media smartphone application Yik Yak gave Clinton her lowest approval rating of this election cycle, 4.6 percent, according to data from the app's press unit. At the same time, they gave Sanders his highest approval rating yet, 56.9 percent.
Ted Cruz defended Texas ban on the sale of sex toys in state
The Brooklyn Dodgers: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Give Non-Answers at Debate
Donald Trump continues assault on GOP leadership

And finally...
American evangelist Billy Graham believes Kim Il-sung was a god, says North Korean media

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