Sunday, May 29, 2016


News Links, May 30, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Here's Why All Pension Funds Are Doomed, Doomed, Doomed
Chart Of The Day: After All That Money Printing——Labor Productivity Has Collapsed Everywhere
G-7 Vows Growth Efforts As Japan's Abe Warns Of Global Crisis
We Have Entered The Looting Stage Of Capitalism
IMF OKs New Two-Year $88 Billion Flexible Credit Line For Mexico
Negative interest rate policies elsewhere hit US Treasury yields
Bitcoin Price Soars Toward $500 On Back Of Weakening Chinese Yuan
In Stunning Reversal, IMF Blames Globalization For Spreading Inequality, Causing Market Crashes
Inside Wealth: A Worrisome Pileup of $100 Million Homes
As Billionaires Predict Worldwide Defaults, Would You Rather Hold Bonds or Gold
Companies Go on Worldwide Bond Bender With $236 Billion of Sales
Iceland Puts Freeze on Foreign Investors
New law offers foreign holders of about $2.3 billion worth of krona-denominated government bonds a tough choice
Voodoo economics: Donald Trump's wild idea about dealing with debt may be here sooner than you'd think
The Frankenstein merger: how Bayer's bid for Monsanto could create a monster
The Banking Crisis in Spain is Back
Venezuela's Gold Reserves Plunge To Lowest Ever As Maduro Repays Debt With Gold

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Ofgem to cut 80 jobs and find cheaper offices in cost-cutting drive

## Airline death spiral ##
Nigeria, Venezuela And Egypt All Struggle To Pay Airfares
Airport Trade Group Opposes External Checkpoints
U.S. airports still understaffed for peak travel: TSA head
Chengdu begins work on new mega airport, making it the third city in China with two airports
Drone flew 30 metres from airliner at Manchester airport
'Technical Issue' Cripples Much of Swedish Air Traffic
Swedish officials say "a technical problem" is affecting air traffic control operations in Sweden — the second such issue in two weeks to hit the Scandinavian nation.
Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela
Passengers behaving badly: The real reason we freak out on planes
EasyJet to turn away 'have a go' fliers who arrive with less than 30 minutes to go

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Special Forces Increasingly Involved in Syrian Kurdish Combat Operations
Turkey President Erdoğan To US: Kurdish Insignia On American Troops Is Unacceptable
New Images Show U.S. Forces Helping to Fight ISIS in Northern Syria
Pentagon strongly denies U.S. ground troops are fighting militants on Syria front lines
Britain Plans To Send Warship To Fight Smuggling Of People, Arms Off Libya: Cameron
US halts cluster bomb deliveries to Saudi Arabia amid growing civilian death toll in Yemen – report
US naval, air maneuvers become 'new normal' in Asia Pacific
Japan offers 2 patrol ships to Sri Lanka with China in sight
Tsai inspects Taiwanese troops, urging them to remain vigilant
New Nukes for a New Cold War
Mythology about the rightness of dropping two atomic bombs on Japan is relevant to today's "modernization" of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and the revving up of a new Cold War with Russia.

## UAVs ##
The Coming Drone Blowback

## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrant crisis: UK set to send Royal Navy warship to Libya
U.N. urges Greece to improve poor living conditions for refugees
More Than 2,000 Boat Migrants Rescued Off Italy, More Deaths Feared
Refugee Crisis In Europe 2016: German Leader Attacked By Cake For Anti-Refugee Stance Amid Increased Mediterranean Crossings
Italian, Irish, German ships save over 650 migrants at sea
Looming Trump Presidency Drives Renewed Surge Of Immigrants Across The Southern Border
Europe Refugee Crisis: Over 700 Migrants Feared Dead In Shipwrecks Off Libyan Coast, UN Says
Twenty people rescued from inflatable boat in Channel

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Trump's San Diego Rally Draws More Than 1,000 Chanting Protesters
Discontent Rises Among China's Middle Class
Gun Violence Picking Up On Chicago Highways; City Known For Al Capone Facing Long Hot Summer
French Unions to Increase Strikes,Targeting Trains, Planes, Buses
Hundreds of Hongkongers march to remember June 4 Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Majors Have Seen Debt Double And Spending Fall 45%
Why The Bust For Offshore Drillers Might Last Another 2 Years
U.S. Oil Company Sets New Record: Headed For Second Bankruptcy in One Year
U.S. Oil Rig Count Declining Again After Single-Week Reprieve
Nuclear America: RT special report on state of US nuclear facilities
Hall and Lambert: EROI of different fuels and the implications for society
NATO Energy Security Threatened By Karabakh Conflict
Is America's Vision for Renewal Energy a Mirage?

## Got food? ##
Venezuelans resort to looting as food shortages hit crisis point
Nearly three million people need food aid in drought-hit Central America: U.N.
Lemon shortage causes price spike
Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies
Crickets cast as the future of food in project to beat global hunger

## Environment/health ##
Great Barrier Reef, Reeling Under Extensive Coral Bleaching, Finds No Mention In Key UN Climate Report
As much as 35 percent of northern and central Great Barrier Reef dead or dying: scientists
A Possible Cellphone Link to Cancer? A Rat Study Launches New Debate
Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions
Health experts want Rio Olympics delayed due to Zika outbreak
Zika Outbreak 2016: World Health Organization Rejects Call To Move Or Postpone Rio Olympics
Netherlands gives green light for growing human embryos
Tall Buildings Are Bigger Threat to Birds Than Wind Power
Once dismissed, shark attacks may hit new record in 2016

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Push To Expand FBI Surveillance Authority Threatens US Email Privacy Bill
Oregon Senator Warns – The U.S. Government is Dramatically Expanding its Hacking and Surveillance Authority
AP FACT CHECK: Clinton misstates key facts in email episode
First "Shocking" Deposition In Clinton Email Case Reveals She Did Not Use A Password
Chicago's gun violence: Can an algorithm stop the bloodshed?
Chicago police are using an algorithm to detect the likelihood that someone will become the perpetrator or victim of the stubbornly high gun violence that has plagued the city.
Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet
This body hacker is turning people into cyborgs

## Propaganda/censorship ##
6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of 'Programming' A Day

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
US Navy Faces $848 Million Ops & Maintenance Shortfall
Submarine overhaul goes from 28 to 43 months

## The candidates ##
Trump Now Says Debate With Sanders Would Be 'Inappropriate'
'Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher," he said in a statement.
Trump didn't cheer the housing bust as Clinton and Warren suggest
Donald Trump Pledges to Rip Up Paris Climate Agreement in Energy Speech
Oops! Trump campaign sends email seeking dirt to reporter instead of adviser
Trump: Only 'dummies' believe Fed's unemployment figure
Trump 'University': Judge Will Rule 'Very Soon' Whether Public Will Know More About Donald Trump's Failed Business
Are the Clintons the real housing crash villains?
Trump tells California 'there is no drought'
35 protesters arrested outside of Trump rally in San Diego
Hillary Clinton Won't Say How Much Goldman Sachs CEO Invested With Her Son-in-Law
Obama Steps In To Defend Hillary: DOJ Fights To Block Clinton Deposition
Trump says ethanol key to 'complete American energy independence'
None of the candidates, dropped out or still in the running, knows a damn thing about energy. -- RF
Donald Trump's horrifying gullibility, as revealed in his energy speech

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