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

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