Tuesday, May 17, 2016


News Links, May 18, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
'Everyone's outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival
If Geography and Demographics Are Destiny, Who Will Be the Winners and Losers in 2025?
The Scourge of Negative Rates and Norway's Shrinking Wealth Fund
Saudi Arabia holds $117B in US debt
Treasury Department Finally Discloses Saudi Treasury Holdings – Incorrectly?
The Pernicious Myth of Perpetual Economic Growth
Abenomics: So Much Effort, So Little Results
US Treasuries Account For A Stunning 60% Of All Global Positive Yielding Debt
These Charts Show the Truly Dismal State of Young People in Bailed-Out EU Countries
The Business Of Corporate America Is No Longer Business—-It's Money Shuffling
Central Bankers' Wisdom Faulted as Gold Holdings Surge 25%

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
HSBC axes 840 IT jobs in Britain in first big wave of planned cuts
Offshore Driller Ensco Lays Off 350 Workers in Houston
Hard times on Wall Street as pay cuts, layoffs loom

## War on cash/cashless society ##
'Friendly fraud': Online retailers are grappling with new forms of digital deception

## Airline death spiral ##
No Liquid Allowed, Angry Passenger Throws Contact Lens Solution at Airport Officer
Viral Video Shows Nightmare TSA Line Stretching "For Miles"
Asia airline mergers may be in the cards after world's largest budget carrier tie-up
Here's Why the TSA Is So Terrible

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Weapons Headed to Libya – Hillary Clinton's Interventionist Disaster Continues to Spiral Out of Control
ISIS Kills 47 Police in South Yemen Port of Mukallah
ISIS Car Bomb Attacks Return With Vengeance In Baghdad, Killing Hundreds
After bombings in Baghdad kill 77, Sadr's forces deploy in some areas
4-Star Vows To Continue US Operations in South China Sea
US Navy Introduces Futuristic Destroyer: USS Zumwalt Is The Largest Of Its Class Ever Built For United States
U.S Navy Finally Takes Control Of Its Overpriced $4 Billion Warship
Anger, fear sweeps Turkish border town under attack from Islamic State
Thousands of Hellfire missiles for UAE
US, South Korea and Japan to hold anti-missile exercise
Inciting Iran's 'Bad Behavior'
Washington's neocon foreign policy establishment follows the Israeli-Saudi line on Iran, denouncing its every move, an approach that brings out the worst in the Iranians and raises the risk of war.
Turkey visa deal will increase risk of terrorist attacks, EU report reveals
Washington "Promotes Regional Stability" With War Games In Russia's Back Yard
Russia to revive missile trains as U.S. launches European defense system

## UAVs ##
AeroVironment: Navy deploying underwater-launched UAS
Jamming Drones
How Swarming Drones Could Change the Face of Air Warfare

## Migrants/refugees ##
Macedonia: More than 11,000 migrants sent back to Greece
Refugees Refuse Assignment to Bulgaria, Romania; Greek Refugee Scorecard
Proving once and for all this refugee crisis is for economic reasons first and foremost, not political asylum, Greek refugees assigned to poor countries like Bulgaria and Romania refused to go or went into hiding.
Hungary stands firm on anti-migrant stance
More arsons at Germany's refugee centers, police say
Nevada Immigration Deportation Raids: 87 Immigrants Arrested In Las Vegas, Reno Amid Obama-Ordered Sweeps
"Please Free Us": EU's Outsourcing of Refugees Drives Crisis to New Low
Conditions for asylum seekers in wake of EU/Turkey deal are so inhumane that residents of one refugee camp in Greece launched a hunger strike in desperate plea for help

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Is the Riot the 21st-Century Version of the Strike?
Kabul locked down as Afghan authorities face power line protest
Massive protest at BP Whiting refinery near Chicago
"What Is Worrisome Is The Increasing Scale Of Violence" - Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns To Arson In Germany
2,500 turn out in Naha to protest Henoko U.S. base plan (Japan)
Dozens arrested in Washington state environmental protest
French labor unrest: Tear gas, blocked roads, president firm

## Energy/resources ##
SandRidge Energy Inc. Becomes Latest Victim Of Oil Price Crash As Energy Sector Bankruptcies Pile Up
Two More U.S. Oil Company Bankruptcies: That's Four Since Last Week
Fight over plan to bottle water in Oregon town is on ballot
Fracking: Oklahoma's New F-Word
Fracking in Oklahoma, as well as elsewhere, has been on the decline, thanks to the oil price slump. Quakes, however, are continuing at alarming rates.
North Dakota rig count at lowest since 2005
Companies propose deep-water wind farms off Hawaii shores
EIA: US Shale Output to Dip for Eighth Consecutive Month
Shell Looks to Offload $40B In Non-Core Assets
Suncor Evacuates Thousands of Oil Workers As Alberta Wildfires Shift
Oil Price Spike Is Not As Far Away As Many Think
Nigeria can't afford solar power, says energy minister

## Got food? ##
A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go

## Environment/health ##
Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means That Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games Must Not Proceed
Senate advances compromise bill to provide $1.1 billion to combat Zika
New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto's Roundup
Queensland's mangrove ecosystem dying in secret
Tiny creatures have massive effect on Earth's atmosphere
Polluted dust can impact ocean life thousands of miles away
A Major Source of Air Pollution: Farms
The culprit: fumes from nitrogen-rich fertilizers and animal waste that combine in the air with industrial emissions to form solid particles—a huge source of disease and death.
Scientists test 'magic mushroom' chemical for depression

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
CIA Inspector General Claims It Accidentally Deleted CIA Torture Report After Being Asked To Retain It
Not Just Hillary: State Department As A Whole Pretty Careless With Handling Of Classified Communications
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here's Why
U.S. banks scrutinize SWIFT security after hacks -reports

## Propaganda/censorship ##
A Campaign Of Blatant, Self-Serving Lies——The U.S. Army's Propaganda War On Russia And For Bigger Budgets
Seeing Humanity in 'Enemy' States
Official Washington's propagandistic view of the world sees "good guys" and "bad guys," a simplistic and dangerous dichotomy that ignores the common human elements.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
How much net energy return is needed to prevent collapse?
Watch Venezuela, Because Food Shortages, Looting And Economic Collapse Are Coming To America Too
Venezuela Declares State of Emergency, Orders Factory Seizures
"We're Running A F**king Casino" Congressman Admits DC Is A "Sinkhole Of Leeches"
America's Water Infrastructure Requires New Mindset
Rebuilding America will be harder than it sounds
Across the 50 states, rising costs of operating and maintaining transportation, power and water systems are consuming a larger share of overall spending. And many in the workforce now handling this are approaching retirement, creating a potential shortage of skilled workers to take over those jobs.
It's 'a disgrace': This is how much more CEOs make than workers
This goes hand-in-hand with the collapse of the middle class and the dominance of those who control high tech. -- RF

## Japan ##
Never Has BOJ Done So Much for So Little Benefit
Japan's Greatest Challenge (And It's Not China): Massive Population Decline
Brain-dead growth advocates need to wake up. On this grossly overpopulated planet, population decline is the best thing that could happen to any country. -- RF
Hydrogen is the energy of the future for Japan
How many times do I have to say it? Hydrogen is NOT an energy source! -- RF
While Tokyo counts fewer homeless in daytime, advocacy group finds higher numbers at night
2,500 protest U.S. military bases on 44th anniv. of Okinawa's return to Japan
Japan's coal-fired plants 'to cause thousands of early deaths'

## China ##
China's Economy Is Past The Point Of No Return
CCTV Declares Philippines "Belongs to Chinese Sovereignty"

The age of impunity
THE PANAMA PAPERS opened yet another window on the global system of financial corruption, showing how political leaders and businesses use shell companies in secrecy havens like the British Virgin Islands and many US states to evade taxes and hide corruption and other crimes. Yet the system of corruption depends on another factor beyond secrecy, one that is perhaps even more important: impunity. Impunity means that the rich and powerful escape from punishment even when their malfeasance is in full view.
The Humungous Depression
We are not in a recession. We are in a depression, and have been since the turn of the century.

## The candidates ##
Donald Trump Will Meet War Criminal Henry Kissinger Tomorrow
Donald Trump Says He Hires Women Because They Work Harder Than Men, Sexism Means They Have To
Hillary Clinton and the 2-for-1 presidency
No More Twofers——Why The Vaunted "Clinton Prosperity" Of The 1990s Is A Risible Myth
Sanders giving Clinton a taste of her own medicine
Hillary Clinton Wasn't Always This One-Sided on Israel
Trump Claims Income of More Than $557 Million on Disclosure
Trump Closing Gap On Clinton With Double-Digit Lead In Utah
Donald Trump's Plan for America Includes Shutting Down the Media
Democrats, not Republicans, may be on verge of unraveling

And finally...
The importance of visual confirmation: Driver Following GPS Ends Up in Lake

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