Tuesday, May 03, 2016


News Links, May 4, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
It's Not Random——The Global Economy's At Stall Speed, Rapidly Loosing Lift
Leaked Docs Reveal TTIP Trade Deal In Jeopardy As "Irreconcilable Differences" Emerge
France warns could nix TTIP if agriculture threatened
Asia's factories stay sluggish, stimulus lacks traction
Asia's Market Giants Turn Into $11 Trillion Headache for Traders
Norway's oil fund to target high executive pay votes
The world's biggest sovereign wealth fund is launching a crackdown on executive pay, targeting high salaries at companies around the globe in an attempt to exert its influence in a debate that has been gathering pace in recent months.
Gold And Silver: Bull Markets Are Just Beginning
Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: Government Development Bank Reaches Tentative Deal With Creditor Group After $422M Default
Google Growing on Fumes: Something Is Rotten in the State of Online Advertising
5 reasons why the economic collapse of Puerto Rico happened
Water scarcity may knock 6% off GDP: World Bank
China, Japan growth to slow sharply in 2016, IMF warns

## War on cash/cashless society ##
A New Digital Cash System Was Just Unveiled At A Secret Meeting For Bankers In New York
Will terror attacks end bitcoin free-for-all in Europe?
Turkey aims to be cashless by 2023
Cashless society looming as ATMs and bank branches disappear from small Danish towns

## Airline death spiral ##
Man caught impersonating pilot on Dragonair flight to Malaysia after ordering Bloody Mary, says cabin crew association
Fears over flight safety were renewed when it was claimed on Monday that a passenger on board a Dragonair flight to Malaysia in March was caught impersonating a pilot.
Airlines seek ban on liquor at domestic airports (India)
The Airplane Seating Arrangement that Triggers 'Air Rage'
New research shows that the mere presence of a first class cabin on an airplane—plus the added experience of having to shuffle through this cabin while boarding—contributes to "air rage," both among economy and first class passengers.
Will alcohol soon be banned on airplanes? (UK)
RAF Typhoon fighters scrambled to intercept Air France jet over Yorkshire
Foreign operators battle for Asian airports amid privatization wave
Lufthansa CFO: no signs of recovery in cargo market, to look at fleet
In one year, U.S. airlines collected $3.8 billion in baggage fees
600 passengers miss flights in 1 day in Charlotte – and problem may get worse
Security lines at airports are getting longer – much longer – and wait times could reach epidemic levels when air travel peaks this summer, according to airlines, airports and federal officials. Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been cited as a prime example of the problem.
Fault in security software causing delays at Birmingham airport
'Detonation Centre' Cause Panic at Melbourne Airport: 50 Passengers Refused to Fly
A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Perth had a delayed take-off over the weekend because of 50 passengers refusing to fly due to a Wi-Fi hotspot named "mobile detonation device."

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
India, US In Talks Over Anti-Submarine Warfare Amid China's Growing Undersea Activities In Indian Ocean
Al-Shabab 2016: British Soldiers Reach Somalia To Assist UN Peacekeeping Mission
Israel Wants More from US
The Obama administration and Israel are locked in a curious negotiation over how many billions of dollars the U.S. will send to Tel Aviv, a demonstration of Israel's political clout.
"Nightmare" Mistake: Visa Free Travel for 80 Million Turks Coming Up
Iraq: OPEC's No. 2 Under Serious Threat From Political Instability
Why Russia Resents Imperial Washington
NATO weighs four battalions in Eastern states to deter Russia: U.S.
Japan to Provide Military Aircraft to Philippines
Iraq—-Hellhole Of Interventionism
Japan to join U.S. and India naval drill in June: sources

## UAVs ##
Britain procuring advanced Predator B aircraft
Raytheon speeds up drone deliveries
Raytheon reports it is ramping up deliveries of its small unmanned aerial systems to military customers as a result of increasing demand.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrant children kept from enrolling in school (US)
Refugee Crisis 2016: Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals To Europe Surge Through Italy As Death Toll Rises

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
May Day Protests In Seattle: 9 People Arrested After March For Wages And Immigration Reforms Gets Unruly
Dressing in accordance with the seasons is sensible and will certainly reduce HVAC expenditures, but the belief this will help save the system is misguided. -- RF
It will never happen because of the enormous expense, and because the industrial system that underpins the effort is itself imploding. -- RF

Nothing to see here, folks. Move right along. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship ##
CIA Re-Enacts Osama Bin Laden Raid Via Twitter On Fifth Anniversary Of His Death

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Trump, the unavoidable: is political polarization destroying democracy?

## Japan ##
Survey says: 34 percent of Bay Area residents are ready to leave
Some 34 percent of San Francisco-area residents are considering leaving because of high housing costs and traffic, according to a survey by the Bay Area Council.

## The candidates ##

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