Sunday, April 03, 2016


News Links, April 4, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Draghi Begins ECB Monthly Bond Spend Exceeding Gates's Fortune
The Port of Singapore as a barometer of health of China's economy and global trade
Singapore Home Prices Have Longest Drop in Almost 2 Decades
CITI: The 'Uber moment' for banks is coming — and more than a million people could lose their jobs
IMF predicts Greek default will coincide with EU referendum, claims WikiLeaks
Greece demands IMF explanation over leaked debt transcript
IMF's Lagarde Responds To Tsirpas: Calls Use Of Credit Event As Negotiating Tactic "Simply Nonsense"
'Panama Papers': World leaders, politicians, celebrities hide fortunes offshore
First Panama Papers Casualty? Former Iceland Premier Calls On Current PM To Resign To "Prevent An Uprising"
Capital Flight in Eurozone Continues
Russian Gold Hoard – Now The World's Biggest Buyer

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Job Cuts Pile up
Societe Generale to cut 128 jobs in its GBIS division: union

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Tracking Cash More Difficult As Banks Close 'High-Risk' Accounts; Cash Going Underground

## Airline death spiral ##
What the Next Round of Airline Mergers Could Mean for Travelers
Arab-American Family Claim They Were Profiled on United Airlines Flight
Airlines' Fight for Cuba Flights Is Getting Dirty
Airport security lines a concern after Brussels attacks -American CEO
Illinois airport evacuated because TSA found a fake bomb used to train abortion clinics
Brussels Airport Reopens for First Flights Since Terror Attacks
Delta Airlines Stops Flying To Brussels From Atlanta After Terror Attacks, NYC Route Still Running
Welcome to Frugal Airline
This is an April Fool piece, but I guarantee you that the future of air travel — if there is any at all — will be much like this. Happy flying! -- RF
Alaska Air Group Likely To Acquire Virgin Airlines In Auction: WSJ
Bard Study: One-Third Of UAV Sightings Are Close Encounters
JAL system glitch causes Haneda flight cancellations

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US General: NATO To Switch 'Assurance To Deterrence' in E. Europe
China to US: 'Be Careful' in South China Sea
Officials: US considers easing ban on dollars to help Iran
Russia Blames Turkey For Supplying ISIS With Weapons, Chemical Supplies
US Is Weighing More Special Forces Troops for Syria: Official
Saudi Arabia Executions 2016: Beheadings May Set New Record This Year Amid Western Pressure
U.S. plans third patrol near disputed South China Sea islands: source
US, Philippines Hold War Games as China Flexes Muscles
Japanese Warships in Philippines Near Disputed Waterway
Behind Brazil's 'Regime Change'

## UAVs ##
APNewsBreak: Move to OK commercial drone flights over people

## Migrants/refugees ##
Denmark extends ID checks on German border
German migrant numbers plunge due to Balkan route border controls
Europe Refugee Crisis: Belgians Want Refugees To Sign 'Newcomer's Statement' Promising To Report Terrorist Acts
Refugee Crisis Update: 750 Due To Be Shipped From Greece To Turkey Under EU Deal

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Brussels riot police arrest dozens of people during a banned protest
#DemocracySpring Has Sprung, With 140-Mile March Before DC Sit-Ins, Arrests
Greece on brink of chaos as refugees riot over forced return to Turkey
Austrian police clash with people protesting border closure
Police arrest 13 after immigration demos in Dover turn ugly

## Energy/resources ##
New Report Claims India's 12 New Nuclear Reactors Are Economically Unviable
Officials: U.S., U.K. to stage cyberattack test on nuclear plant this year, exchange nuclear waste
## Infrastructure scavenging ##
Shropshire churches targeted by thieves 150 times

## Environment/health ##
The Maryland Special Court of Appeals, the state's second-highest court, on Wednesday issued a landmark opinion explaining an earlier ruling that police must obtain search warrants before using the controversial cell phone surveillance devices known as Stingrays.
Egypt blocked Facebook Inc's Free Basics Internet service at the end of last year after the U.S. company refused to give the Egyptian government the ability to spy on users, two people familiar with the matter said.
How to Hack an Election
Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Donald Trump and the collapse of the Western Empire
Stepped-up security is becoming a cost of doing business in an age of terrorism
On the contrary, it looks more unlikely than ever. -- RF
Back to printed books. -- RF

## US ##

## The candidates ##

And finally...

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