Sunday, April 17, 2016


News Links, April 18, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Pemex: Big-Oil Sinkhole of Debt & Corruption Gets Taxpayer Bailout. Wall Street Thrilled
Denmark, Belgium, Now The Netherlands: Negative Mortgage Rates Spread Across Europe
Saudi Arabia to Launch Plan for the Future April 25, Prince Says
As oil output falls, Libya is on the verge of economic collapse
Hungary Issues Sovereign Bonds Denominated in Yuan; Another Nail in US Reserve Currency Status?
Spain unveils plans to build the tallest skyscraper in the EU
Aurum Note: A New Way to Hold Gold (2016 Update)

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
First large-scale lay-offs at Hong Kong Disneyland strike fear in city's tourism industry
Theme park managers put sackings at 'below 100', but tourism insiders call for an explanation and worry that the whole sector faces 'massive' job losses
Ulster Bank planning to axe around 50 jobs

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Hookers Embrace 'War On Cash' - "Transactional Sex" Goes Digital
Cash Banned, Freedom Gone

## Airline death spiral ##
Passenger doesn't get desired meal, scratches and spits on cabin crew
Three big airlines just trashed your cheap fares
MidEast carriers see capacity growth outstripping demand
Passenger traffic growth lagged capacity growth for Middle East airlines for the sixth successive month in February, according to new figures released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
How It All Went Wrong For Malaysia's 'Halal' Airline
Less than four months after launching operations, Rayani Air, the Malaysian airline that pitches itself as fully Shariah-compliant, has been grounded.
Survey: Half of Aer Lingus employees work even when they are sick
SriLankan Airlines flight ordered to return to Singapore "due to security reasons"
Long lines predicted at airport security checkpoints this summer because of TSA cutbacks
Muslim woman asked to get off a Southwest Airlines plane after she asked a passenger to swap seats
Iraqi Man Thrown Off Plane for Speaking Arabic Wants Southwest Airlines to Apologize
26-year-old University of California, Berkeley student Khairuldeen Makhzoomi says he spoke Arabic on the phone with his uncle while his plane waited to take off from Los Angeles International Airport, SFGate reported. Soon after, he says, a female passenger looked at him and left her seat; moments later, Southwest Airlines employees told him he must leave the plane.
NC NAACP president removed from flight
British Airways flight believed to hit drone on approach

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Iraq Government Teeters On Edge Of Collapse As Fight Against ISIS Drags On
Pirates capture four Indonesian crew members in southern Philippines
Saudi Arabia warns of economic fallout if Congress passes 9/11 bill
Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Saudi King And Princes Blackmail The U.S. Government: What Happens Next
In Yemen, Our Intervention Has Given al-Qaeda the Upper Hand
North Korea Likely Preparing For Another Nuclear Test, Report Says
Inevitability: Nuclear War is Coming
Russians buzz U.S. reconnaissance plane over Baltic Sea
China Launches Upgraded Drills For South China Sea Fleets
Netanyahu: Golan Heights Will Forever Remain in Israel's Hands
US think tank ranks Indian Nuclear programme as unsafe
The dark side of religion: how ritual human sacrifice helped create unequal societies

## UAVs ##
A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers
Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report 2016-2026
Rafael unveils "Drone Dome" anti-UAV system
British Airways Flight Believed to Hit Drone on Approach

## Migrants/refugees ##
Hundreds of migrants with metal bars, planks of wood trash historic Paris train station
Europe can't take in millions of migrants: Ex-chancellor Kohl
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has warned that Europe can't become "a new home" for millions of migrants, in a veiled criticism of incumbent Angela Merkel's liberal asylum policies.
116 migrants rescued from Mediterranean, 3 with bullet wounds: NGO
Libyan smuggling route grows 1 year after mass drownings
Experts say crackdowns on migration at other EU borders mean that the southern Mediterranean crossing plied daily by smugglers operating out of Libya already is busier now than it was 12 months ago.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
More than 900 of 'Democracy Spring' protesters arrested in D.C.
Democracy Spring: Revolution Is in the Air
Police Unleash Teargas After Massive Migrant Brawl Erupts At Paris Train Station
Tens of thousands protest austerity in London
In Kashmir, 'fearless mobs' help militants escape
Thousands in Belgium march against hate, anger
Protest at Hong Kong International Airport over left luggage saga

## Energy/resources ##
Hundreds Of European Wind Turbines Are Operating At A Loss
Hundreds of wind turbines in the Netherlands are operating at a loss and could soon be demolished, according to an article published Thursday by the Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad.
Horizontal Land Rig Count Summary 15th April 2016
Safety checks faked at German nuclear power stations
Just How Much Energy Lies Beneath The Arctic
The key factor is not how much there is, but how much it will cost to produce. -- RF
Draft Of Doha "Oil Freeze" Agreement Leaked
Doha oil producers meeting ends without an agreement
Fear Of ISIS Attacks In Libya Shuts Down Major Oil Fields

## Got food? ##
Feel like chicken tonight? Probably not after reading this
Farmers in a fix over fertiliser scarcity (Nigeria)

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Happiness is the new GDP

## Environment/health ##
Greenland Ice Sheet's "Extreme Melt Event" Shatters Temperature Records, Stuns Scientists
Ghana: E-waste Republic
The Latest: Ecuador quake death toll rises to 238
The New World: March 2016 Is the Sixth Temperature Record-Breaking Month in a Row
Peru reports first sexually transmitted Zika case
Local Zika Outbreaks In United States 'Likely': US Official
30 years later, Chernobyl's searing legacy still crippling and killing
Heavy rains in central Chile affect millions, hit copper output
Doctors fear spread of 'super-gonorrhoea' across Britain

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Shadowy Conference of Nationwide SWAT Teams to Feature Notorious Anti-Muslim Crusader
Putin Deftly Answers Russia's Questions
Russian President Putin appeared on top of his game as he fielded questions from across Russia in his annual Q&A event which focused on concerns about the economy.
We all lie, scientists say, but politicians even more so
How the Senate Encryption Bill Resembles Chinese Law (And How it Does Not)
The Senate Intelligence Committee unveiled legislation this week that would require technology companies to give up your encrypted iPhone messages to law enforcement. The bill shares a bit with similar legislation China adopted last year.
Here's a Way to Shut Down Panama Papers-Style Tax Havens — If We Wanted To
Behind the Scenes / 'Internet of Things' not without risks

## Japan ##
Japan quake causes Sony, others to shut down plants in region
Toyota to halt production as parts supply runs out
Japan's Economy Grinds To A Halt After Earthquake Paralyzes Critical Supply Chains
Kyushu quakes hit Japan's broader economy
Japan Earthquake: Kumamoto Airport Shut Down, Flights Cancelled As Rain Hampers Rescue Efforts
110,000 still displaced after quake; roads, rails take heavy damage
Scale of quake damage growing
Japan enacts law to increase cybersecurity specialists
What is it like to live in a steady state economy? Miss Hokusai in Edo Japan
Japan Coast Guard inaugurates special Senkaku patrol unit

## China ##
Hong Kong Disneyland Announces Job Cuts As Attendance Slumps
China unlikely to come to North Korea's defence if tensions escalate over nuclear weapons tests, say Chinese experts
Will China's Slowing Economy Stall The Silk Road Project?
Hundreds of pupils at school near toxic site in east China fall ill, some with cancer, state TV reports
Think China's Xi Jinping Is In Trouble? Think Again

## UK ##
England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places
Anti-austerity protest brings 150,000 to the streets of London to demand David Cameron's resignation
International blacklist of tax havens will be drawn up, George Osborne announces
'Super-gonorrhoea' is spreading across Britain and will become untreatable, doctors fear
France gives go ahead to Hinkley Point, French minister says

## US ##
California-based Sport Chalet closing all its stores
Pentagon: 22 percent of military bases will be excess by 2019
Corporate tax dodging costing US billions in annual income
Ron Paul: US Elections Are Rigged, Voting Simply Used to Pacify the Public
How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis
US to Have 98 Million People Over 65 in 2060
US corporations have $1.4tn hidden in tax havens, claims Oxfam report
Rental costs have soared as renters' incomes have fallen

## The candidates ##
The Real Reason Hillary Clinton Refuses to Release Her Wall Street Transcripts
Yes, Hillary Clinton Is a Neocon
The argument over whether Hillary Clinton is a neocon may have been settled by her hawkish debate performance on Thursday, which followed her Israel-pandering speech before AIPAC.
N.Y. Republican gala attendees ignore Ted Cruz during speech
Trump talks up 'New York values' as protesters demonstrate against him
Bernie Sanders releases '14 taxes, shows $205K in salary
Inside Panama Papers: Multiple Clinton connections
Trump's foreign policy alarms the world: Analysts
Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law? (Ray McGovern)
Secretary of State Clinton was harsh on subordinates who were careless with classified information, but those rules apparently weren't for her, a troubling double standard.

And finally...
With this rigatoni, I thee wed: The 1st Pastafarian wedding

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