Sunday, July 31, 2016


News Links, August 1, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Deflation Alert: World Trade Growth Has Ground To A Halt
A Decade of Evidence Demonstrates The Dramatic Failure Of Globalisation
Central Bankers are Driving Us All Into the Dirt — The Great Unwind has started
No clean bill of health for EU banks in stress test
Italian bank raises billions after poor show in stress tests
Monte dei Paschi's last-ditch rescue plan faces high hurdles
Ireland Jails 3 Top Bankers over 2008 Collapse, the Opposite of What the US Did
French second quarter growth unexpectedly grinds to a halt on weak consumer spending
Negative Interest Rates: Spreading Like A Financial Cancer
Canada GDP Shrinks Most Since 2009 as Wildfires Crimp Oil Output
Deutsche Bank: Not Even Fiscal Stimulus Will Save Global Growth
Of course it won't. This is an energy problem, not a money problem. That's why all economy- and finance-related measures are proving worse than useless. -- RF
Citigroup, HSBC Jettison Customers as Era of Global Empires Ends
This Canadian Oil 'Ghost Town' Is For Sale
US economy 'close to stagnant for almost a year' as growth shudders
Rating agency DBRS keeps negative outlook on big Canadian banks as Ottawa moves ahead on 'bail-in' regime
Battered Mongolia looks to mining, property markets for revival
Saudi Arabia Oil Demand Growth at 6-Year Low as Economy Sputters
Saudi Banks Offered $4BN Bailout To Avoid Liquidity Crisis
Dollar Crisis in Egypt; Egyptian Pound Crashes on Black Market; Another Devaluation Likely
Bank of England Rate Cut Odds Hit 100% as Growth Estimates Sink Most on Record; Where to for British Pound?

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Microsoft to cut 2,850 more jobs
10 e-commerce companies that cut jobs recently

## Airline death spiral ##
Videos capture unruly passengers on Charlotte flights
Airlines warn Britain's airports are becoming a 'wild west' with fast food chains and coffee shops selling alcohol to passengers
American Airlines passenger captured video of flames shooting from wing
Man arrested for doing yoga, threatening United crew owes airline $44K
The pressure is on to cut airplane emissions, but some airlines don't yet want the planes that could help
'Overtired' FlyDubai pilots raise concerns about airline rotas
Hackers hit Vietnam airport check-in screens, divert online traffic to 'bad websites'
Dutch Heighten Security At Amsterdam Airport, Citing Threat `Indications'
Airports facing crackdown on how they sell alcohol in bid to reduce incidents of drink-fuelled air rage
Figures show at least 442 people were arrested in the two years to March 2016 on suspicion of being drunk on a plane or at an airport.
Mainland Chinese woman arrested for throwing orange juice at Cathay Pacific flight attendant
Looking for work? Airlines will need 617,000 pilots over next 20 years
Airlines End Their Losing Battle With the TSA
Thousands face canceled, delayed flights in Air France strike

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Lurching Toward World War III
Anti-Russian hysteria has reached extraordinary levels in Official Washington with heated allegations about Russia hacking Democratic Party emails, but this over-the-top "group think" threatens the world's future.
US Air Force seeks new land-based and air-launched nukes
Advancing what could become a near-total rebuild of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, the Air Force on Friday solicited industry proposals to build a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles as well as replacements for its air-launched nuclear cruise missile force.
Attempt at U.S.-Russia cooperation in Syria suffers major setbacks
Russia: We Will Work With UN on Syria Corridors
India Wants Russian Sukhoi Fighter Jets To Upgrade Fleet For $8 Billion
Turkey Kills 35 Militants After They Try To Storm Base, Officials Say
Erdogan Says To Close Military Schools, Rein In Armed Forces
Reports Turkish troops have sealed off Incirlik US/NATO nuclear air base
Israel and U.S. are close to a deal on the biggest military aid package ever
As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More
Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict
Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia.
As the Saudis Covered Up Abuses in Yemen, America Stood By
Is It an Island or a Rock? Ruling Could Cost U.S. a Huge Swath of Ocean
Weapons stolen from arms room on US military base in Stuttgart
West Bank Home Demolitions Hit 10-year High
The Fallacy of 'Regime Change' Strategies
Philippine crime war packs decaying jails
U.S. to deploy B-1 bombers to Guam for first time in a decade

## Migrants/refugees ##
Refugee crisis: 2016 on course to be deadliest year on record as thousands of asylum seekers drown in Mediterranean
Barcelona Unveils Refugee 'Shame Counter' To Track Deaths In The Mediterranean
Turkish coup 'increases' migration flows to Greece
Turkey says to back away from EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hundreds protest death of black man after Canadian police arrest
UN to send police force to Burundi as unrest continues
Protests in Berlin show divides of Germany's open door migrant policy
Tens of Thousands in Congo Call for Elections as Scheduled

## Energy/resources ##
Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel
If new "artificial leaves" cannot be made with the output from existing leaves, while at the same time leaving an appreciable energy profit, this invention won't be of any use in propping up industrial civilization. Every new invention now is claimed to be a "game changer," but the devil is in the details. -- RF
Forget Inventories – Drilling Cutbacks Will Lead To Much Higher Oil Prices
The iron equipment that works to put oil into storage vessels is going idle the world over. Every week, an increasing number of drilling rigs are hosting weeds and barnacles.
Shell Disappoints Analysts With Abysmal Earnings Report
Why I Am Skeptical Of Electric Vehicles
Study highlights electric grids' vulnerabilities to extreme weather
Study: Wind & Solar up to 5X More Costly than Existing Coal and Nuclear
Exxon Has Worst Profit Since '99 as Chevron Posts Surprise Loss
South Australia starts consultation on plan to build nuclear waste dump in state
Asia's June Iran oil imports jump 47.1 percent year-on-year to more than four-year high
Blood Continues To Flow In The U.S. Oil Industry As Precious Metals Rally
The top three U.S. oil companies released their financials today and the results were completely horrible.  Exxon Mobil was the only one of the three that still made a profit for the first half of the year, however it was down a stunning 62% compared to the same period last year.
Brazil's Petrobras sells pre-salt oil field to Norway
From solar boom to bill shock: Australians face loss of rooftop payments

## Got food? ##
Venezuela calls for mandatory labor in farm sector
Starving Venezuelans Break Into Zoo And Eat Equally Starving Animals

## Environment/health ##
Florida's 4 Zika Cases Likely Came From Local Mosquitoes: Gov. Scott
Zika: The Emerging Epidemic
Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Effects: Residual Pot Is Worse Than Smoke From Tobacco
Monsoon deluge in Indian cities causes traffic chaos, sewage swirls
Scientists Caught Off-Guard By Record Temperatures
Deadly invasive New Guinea flatworm spreading in Florida
AIR Worldwide Expands Global Pandemic Model to Include 6 Additional Diseases
Surging asbestos use in Asia creating slowly ticking health time bomb
The Fix Is Out: Product Repairs Get Tougher in New Age of Obsolescence
Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima'
The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle.
Forget Tornadoes. Rain Bombs Are Coming for Your Town
Hope for 'end of Aids' is disappearing, experts warn

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Is the Elite Media Failing to Reach Trump Voters?
This is an interview with Glenn Greenwald, and is actually a wide-ranging conversation. -- RF
Another "Smoking Gun" Looms As Hillary Campaign Admits Server Hacked
Russia says spyware found in state computer networks
How the Chinese Government Became the World's Hacking Superpower
The Cyberwars Begin: NSA Hackers Target Russian Cyber Spies As Kremlin Says It Is Being Attacked
After Cracking Down On Tens Of Thousands Of Enemies, Erdogan Says He's Dropping His 2000 Lawsuits Over Insults
Impact on RCMP is unclear after entrapment ruling in B.C. terror trial (Canada)
Disney could track park guests by their shoes with shoe-scanning technology
How To Fool AI Into Seeing Something That Isn't There
A Virus Altered the Face of Security in Iran
Former Cybersecurity Director: 'Idiots' Want to Attack Russia Over DNC Hack

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Egypt's secular rulers are making mosques read government-written sermons

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Social Fragmentation Suits the Powers That Be
The Elites have successfully revolted against the political and economic constraints on their wealth and power.
Puerto Rico Towns to Share Services, Cut Costs Amid Crisis
Reclaimed city off Singapore triggers ecology fears
Aging workforce puts strain on skilled manufacturing workers
Inside the aging lock that is one breakdown away from crippling North America's economy

## Japan ##
Sony's Profit Falls on Yen, Lagging Cellphones, Japan Quake
Panasonic net profit tumbles 64% as shade falls on solar power sales in first quarter
US Military In Okinawa To Facilitate Largest Land Return To Japan Since 1972
Wild Swings in Nikkei, Yen as BOJ Disappoints Markets That Expected More QE
Molten fuel at the bottom of Fukushima reactor
Public fund may help decomission Fukushima
Government considers banning humans from Nishinoshima island
Japan's farming population falls below 2 million for 1st time: survey
Bears in Japan may be turning into man-eaters
Pay Attention To What BoJ Did Do
Helicopter money talk takes flight as Bank of Japan runs out of runway
Japan's oil imports from Iran rise by 200%

## China ##
Heat Wave Burns Up China, 19 People Dead So Far
Xi's External Propaganda Machine on Overdrive
Authorities Attempt to Manage Rising Labor Unrest
In recent years, China's slowing economy has led to a steady growth in labor unrest, with China Labor Bulletin having recorded more than twice as many strikes and protests last year compared to 2014.
China Steels Its Resolve, But 'Zombies' Abound
Pro-independence activist banned from Hong Kong elections
Want to Drive in Beijing? Good Luck in License Plate Lottery
China Iron-Ore Stockpiles Post Biggest Monthly Gain in 2016

## UK ##
Hinkley Point: Surprise delay for nuclear plant deal
UK's May worried by China investment, intervened to delay Hinkley
Thousands of Yorkshire homes warned not to use tap water after bacteria fears
Five-pence charge has saved six billion plastic bags
Protesters throw hundreds of live insects into Byron burger restaurants amid backlash over immigration raids
The UK is telling pregnant women to postpone trips to Florida because of Zika
Bank of England poised to slash growth forecast by biggest margin on record
Tree disease could wipe out London's most historic vistas
Brexit: Surge in anti-immigrant hate crime in areas that voted to leave EU

## US ##
Another Leveraged Buyout Bites the Dust
Bye Bye Middle Class: The Rate Of Homeownership In The United States Has Hit The Lowest Level Ever
Well, so much for Dubya's "ownership society"! -- RF
Two San Diego police officers shot, conditions unknown, police department says
What Escape Velocity——3 Straight Quarters Of @1% GDP
How slow is US economic growth? 'Close to zero'
Cook County Pension Liability Skyrockets from $6 to $15 Billion
New York to Decide on $500 Million-a-Year Nuclear Power Lifeline
New York is poised to decide whether customers should spend about $500 million a year to save its money-losing nuclear reactors.
US Admits It "Found A Problem" In Calculation Of GDP
America's Aging Baby Boomers, Forced To Work Until Death, Blamed For Collapsing US Productivity
The Massive Prop Barely Holding up the US Economy Cracks
It was the second warning in two days: auto sales – last year one of the few booming sectors in the US economy – are exiting the freeway and turning south on a road full of potholes. And that would come at the worst possible time.
UBS Debunks "Strong Consumer" Farce Saying Consumer Credit Cycle Is In "Later Innings"
If You're Worried About Russians Hacking, Maybe Help Fix Voting Machine Security
Chicago Pension Situation Improving Says Mayor: Careful Analysis Uncovers Lies

## The candidates ##
Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton's Speech
Hedge-Fund Money: $48.5 Million for Hillary Clinton, $19,000 for Donald Trump
Trump's Russia reset ideas alarming allies, many in US
Don't blame Bernie's #NeverHillary voters if Trump beats Clinton
Hillary Clinton and Her Hawks
Focusing on domestic issues, Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech sidestepped the deep concerns anti-war Democrats have about her hawkish foreign policy, which is already taking shape in the shadows.
Hillary Lead Over Trump Surges After Reuters "Tweaks" Poll
Mike Pence Rally Interrupted by Protesters, a First for the VP Candidate's Campaign
Trump to consider recognizing Russian control of Crimea
Backlash Grows Over Trump's Comments on Dead Muslim Soldier's Parents
Why The IRS Is Probing The Clinton Foundation
Clinton to 'Reset' Syria War, Focus on Ousting Assad
According to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's foreign policy adviser, she would order a "full review" of the Syrian war as her first task upon taking office, with an eye toward a "reset" of the conflict to shift focus toward attacking the Assad government and imposing regime change.

And finally...
'Kidnapped' Gnome Returned to Canada After Apparent 8-Month Trip to Mexico and US

Thursday, July 28, 2016


News Links, July 29, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Contagion from Italy's Bank Meltdown Spreads
Households on the Hook for Italy's Next Bailout
Deutsche Bank Profit Plunges 98% And The Worst Is Yet To Come
A Psychiatric Diagnosis of the U.S. Market: Schizophrenic Disconnect From Reality, Bipolar Mania, Psychotic Delusions of Wealth
Caterpillar just put the global economy on watch
Coca-Cola cuts sales outlook amid weak international demand
Corrupt Or Just Stupid? Markets Hand Corporations An Unlimited Credit Card
The world is following Japan's lead at the worst possible time
A major factor in the postwar rise of Japan (and West Germany, etc.) was high net energy. -- RF
Companies have a $10 trillion bill that is coming due
Ford calls an end to U.S. auto boom, rivals bet other way
IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro, apologises for the immolation of Greece
Experts: "Peak Gold" Has Arrived
Forget What the Government Says…This Key Indicator Says the Economy Is In Big Trouble

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Baker Hughes Cut 3,000 Jobs in Q2, Plunges Deeper Into Red
Lloyds bank to axe 3,000 jobs and close 200 branches

## Airline death spiral ##
European Airlines Hurt by Terror, Air France KLM (AFLYY) CFO Riolacci Says
United Airlines May Be Poised to Drop One of Its Hubs
Oil pressure issue [sic] again promps Hawaiian Airlines emergency landing in Japan
Air Pegasus cancels all flights due to 'technical glitches'
Wife's bomb hoax caused security scare at Geneva airport
Watch: Meltdown mode! Man flies into a violent rage after flight delayed - punches and kicks security staff
Lexington man arrested after attacking flight attendents
Dubai-Calicut Indigo flight diverted to Mumbai after unruly behaviour by passengers; two detained
American's Pilots Say It Flies 'Ragged Edge' of Safety Rules
Efforts by American Airlines to keep flights on schedule during the summer travel season are on the verge of violating safety rules, according to the union for the carrier's pilots.
Boeing: 679,000 maintenance technicians needed by 2035
Air France-KLM warns on impact of terror attacks
Airline Speeds Have Stagnated For 40 Years

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Turkey orders detention of 47 more journalists: government official
India To Upgrade Sukhoi Fleet With Russia's Help
There's No Business Like the Arms Business
US Silent as Major Ally Begins Campaign of Murdering Drug Users — Executing 11 People a Day
Coups Inside NATO: A Disturbing History
Canada's Massive Surface-Combatant Program To Get Underway This Summer
The Canadian government will ask for bids as early as next month for the largest shipbuilding program in the country's history, with the field of contenders for a new fleet of surface combatants expected to be dominated by European firms.
Russia-South China Sea Relations Update: Putin Enters Fray With Planned Naval Drills In September
Erdogan Closes 130 Media Organizations, Arrests CEO Of Oil Company

## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrant death toll passes 3,000 in Mediterranean this year
Merkel: attacks by asylum seekers 'mock' Germany
German police raid mosque and apartments in crackdown on Salafists
The Makeshift Homes Where Refugees Await Their Fates

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Leon Panetta shouted down by anti-war protesters at Democratic convention
Mass student demonstration against 'marketisation of education' confirmed to take place in central London

## Energy/resources ##
Low Oil Prices Kill Off 7 Billion Barrels Of Oil Production
Oil Bust Endures For Big Oil As Refining Margins Deteriorate
Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now The Second One Is Sputtering
The Price Rally Is Over: Capital Drives the Oil Market to Low Prices
Statoil Posts $300M Loss In Q2, Blames Wavering Upstream Revenue
Oil Bust Takes Its Toll On Alberta, Amount Of 'Orphans' Increases By 45%
The Orphan Well Association (OWA), which manages the abandoned wells and related facilities, along with their remediation, has a 25-page long list of orphan wells, 17 pages of reclamation sites, and 26 pages of pipeline segments.
Why Renewables Can't Do It Without Nuclear Power
Actually, both nuclear and renewables cannot do without fossil fuels. Advocates of both completely ignore the obvious. And we also know that, owing to the impossibility of decommissioning most nuclear power plants, they will turn into nuclear bombs. -- RF
Europe backing 'limitless' energy project in France
Brazil Said to Study Scrapping Nationalist Pre-Salt Rules
Is This The Beginning Of The End For Venezuela's Oil Sector?
How Much Energy Does It Take To Fuel The Pokemon Go Craze?
Calif. power grid extends call for conservation during heat wave
Here's Why It's All Downhill for Oil Refiners
$60 Is the New $50 for U.S. Oil Drillers Contemplating Rebound
Earlier this year, oil and natural gas companies facing the worst slump in a generation said they'd need crude to reach $50 a barrel before resuming drilling. This week, despite higher prices and lower costs, the industry has raised the bar, signaling it will take $60 or better before meaningful production can resume.

## Got food? ##
New Superfood? Cockroach Milk Crystals
From herdsmen to central bankers, southern Africa counts drought cost
France to support grain farmers after crops hit by weather
California's tomato business is rotten — and farmers are seeing red

## Environment/health ##
Brazil agency to say Rio Olympics will bring no environmental gains: sources
Brazil's top government finance and spending regulator is expected to report in the coming months that Rio de Janeiro will receive almost none of the environmental benefits promised by organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games, officials working on the report told Reuters.
California declares state of emergency over Los Angeles wildfire
The double-edged sword of wildlife-friendly yards
Why Florida's Toxic Algae Bloom In 2016 Is Here To Stay, For Now
South Florida mosquitos may be transmitting Zika, CDC says
Bee Sperm Count Decreasing Due To Exposure To Pesticides, New Study Finds
Heat Wave Sparks Anthrax Outbreak in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Area
Antibiotics that could fight superbugs produced from bacteria in human nose
Humans Cause Animal Extinction: Large Mammals Including Elephants And Gorillas Are Under Threat, Study Finds
The world's largest mammals could go extinct if humans don't do more to protect their ecosystems, according to an international team of conservation scientists. Animals including gorillas, rhinoceroses and bears could be wiped out if challenges such as expanding livestock and crop operations, illegal hunting, deforestation and human population growth aren't addressed, the scientists said Wednesday in the journal BioScience. 
The Addiction Conspiracy: How Government and Big Pharma Created an Epidemic

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Turkey closes scores of TV stations, newspapers
Interview with Wikileaks' Julian Assange – Hillary Clinton Expands the Overton Window of Corruption
Assange: "A Lot More Material" Will Be Released
Maybe Putin Did It After All: Trail Emerges Linking DNC Email Hack To Russia
Russia to U.S., Trump: Sort out your own pre-election hacking scandal
Did the Russians really hack the DNC or is this another Sony Pictures moment? You decide
Wikileaks Releases Hacked DNC Voicemails During Convention Speeches
Gestapo In The USA: FCC Intimidates Press and Kills Free Speech at 5G Rollout
Erdogan Files Criminal Charges Against Head Of Research At Turkish Bank For Writing Displeasing Report
In Secret Battle, Surveillance Court Reined in FBI Use of Information Obtained From Phone Calls
Official who oversees whistleblower complaints files one of his own
10K Google Wi-Fi kiosks are collecting millions of faces and MAC addresses
Ransomware Poses Potential Threat to Oil, Gas Cybersecurity

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Chinese propaganda video on South China Sea will be played 120 times everyday in Times Square
Strange interview raises fears about Beijing's influence over Hong Kong's paper of record

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Terror Attacks And Mass Killings Are Becoming A Daily Event
It no longer matters who gets into the White House, or who leads any country, for that matter. World leaders will just flail about, lash out, start wars, declare martial law, and commit other mayhem in a vain attempt to save a dying system. Buckle your seat belts. -- RF

Waste of time and money. -- RF

US Government Mucks up Money-Laundering in Real Estate, Puts Luxury Housing Bubbles at Risk
Manhattan and Miami already get mauled. Now expanding to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Southern California, even Texas!
Silicon Valley Elites Get Home Loans With No Money Down
The Atlanta Fed just slashed its GDP outlook
GDPNow Forecast Sinks to 1.8% Following Advance Economic Indicators Reports

## The candidates ##
Trump Vs Clinton: How The 'Big' Donors Stack Up
DNC Lawyers Now Implicated in Email Leaks as Giving 'Pro-Hillary' Advice
How Sanders Delegates Organized a Walkout Under Everyone's Nose
Trump To Russia: Find Hillary Clinton's Emails; 5 Unexpected Things GOP Nominee Said At Doral Press Conference
Trump Talks In Circles On The Minimum Wage, Among Others
Hillary's Speech On "Inequality" And The $12,500 Armani Suit It Came In — Bamboozling Voters in Style
Trumped! (Part 5. The Aspen Strategy Group—-Hillary's War Party In Waiting)
Sanders endorses War Criminal Clinton for US President
The Fear of Hillary's Foreign Policy
Hillary Clinton's nominating convention has focused on domestic issues, but her foreign policy has many anti-war Democrats worried, as she surrounds herself with neocons and liberal hawks.
New Milestone: Trump and Hillary Converge at 58% Unfavorable Rating; Neocons for Hillary
Trump Extends Lead To 7 Points As Hillary's Convention-Bounce Evaporates
'Wish I Had The Power' To Hack Enemies' Emails, Says Man Very Close To Having Such Power
Clinton Friend Admits What Everyone Knows Is True: Clinton Still Supports TPP & Will Back It
Donald Trump Thinks He Heard Vladimir Putin Call Barack Obama "the N-Word." He Didn't.
Did Longtime Ally Just Blow Major Hole in Clinton's TPP Credibility?
Video of Anti-Hillary Protesters in a "Free Speech Cage" at the DNC
Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party
Tim Kaine's Connections to Fossil Fuel Industry Under Scrutiny in Fracking Pipeline Debate
The Content of Donald Trump's Character
Hillary Clinton Talks Tough on Shadow Banking, But Blackstone Is Celebrating at the DNC

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


News Links, July 27, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Global Deals May Drop $1.6 Trillion If Brexit Talks Lag
Caterpillar Retail Sales Decline For 43 Consecutive Months
Caterpiller Cuts Guidance On "Subdued Global Growth", Blames Brexit And "Turkey Turmoil"
Why this Spike Will Perforate Yield Chasers
The Institute of International Finance opined last week that "the 'low for long' interest rate outlook now looks more like 'low forever' – an outcome that has unleashed a powerful renewed search for yield."
Is the ECB out of Control? How much money could be made to disappear in Italy's bank bailout?
Japan's Exports Decline Again in June, for Ninth Straight Month
WHAT'S GOING ON??? Record Swiss Gold Flow Into The United States
Shocking data: 127K Greek Workers are paid wages of up €100 per month
First Italy, Now Portuguese Banks "Unexpectedly" Need A Taxpayer Bailout
Why Real Reform Is Impossible: We Can't Believe the Mighty Titanic Could Actually Sink
Unfortunately for those partying on the upper First Class decks, they are as doomed as the steerage passengers when the ship goes down.
UN Agency: Economy Still Sliding in Latin America, Caribbean
Stocks Were Already Crashing the Last Two Times this Happened. So What Gives?
Over the last 20 years, margin debt – when investors buy stocks with borrowed money – went through three multi-year run-ups, each topped off with a spike, followed by a reversal and decline: during the final throes of the bubbles in 2000 and 2007, each followed by an epic stock market crash – and now.
Here's What Happens When the World Overdoses on Debt
China and Russia Still on Gold Buying Spree
Global Central Banks Are All-In: QE Running At Record $180 Billion Per Month (And Rising)
RBS Warns Clients May Face Negative Interest Rates

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Florida judge declares bitcoin is not money

## Airline death spiral ##
Plane passenger removed from flight 'because of his Isis tattoo'
Airline cabins of the future: A new golden age of travel?
American Airlines profit falls $A1.27b

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
12 Injured, Bomber Killed Outside German Music Festival
The Latest: Officials Seek Stronger Border Control, Police (Germany)
Islamists attack French church, slit priest's throat
Hollande Vows "All Out War" Against ISIS After Priest Killing
Afghan civilian casualties soar to record high, UN says
Chinese Media Talks Tough After India Deploys Tanks to China Border
Poland Intends To Finalize Patriot Sale Agreement By Year's End
Israel's Tightening But Weakening Grip
Israel's near-seven-decade oppression of the Palestinian people has cost it popular support worldwide and led Zionists to rely more and more on paid-off political allies to shield Israeli interests.
800 US aviation troops deploying to Afghanistan
US allowing more diplomat families in Turkey to leave country
US-Backed Syrian Rebels Face 'Total Collapse' in Aleppo

## Migrants/refugees ##
Mexican Newspaper: Build a Trump-Style Wall with Central America

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Berning with anger, protesters take Philadelphia streets ahead of Democratic convention
Pro-Sanders Protests Take Striking Anti-Clinton Tone
More than 50 pro-Sanders demonstrators cited by police
Sign of the Times: Riot Control Gear Sales Are Soaring Globally
New York City police upgrade gear after Texas, Louisiana shootings
The New York City Police Department has acquired $7 million in military-style protective equipment for patrol officers in response to recent shooting attacks on police in Baton Rouge and Dallas earlier this month, officials said on Monday.

## Energy/resources ##
Overly Simple Energy-Economy Models Give Misleading Answers
Oil Bulls Headed Over Demand Cliff as Refinery Shutdowns Loom
Thunderstorm Sparks Massive Spike In New York Elctricity Prices Amid Heat Wave
South Korea to pick spent nuclear fuel site by 2028, eyes overseas storage
Overseas storage! Like Japan, South Korea has cut its own throat with nuclear power. -- RF
Nuclear waste will last a lot longer than climate change
"Too-cheap-to-meter" nuclear power has already left a deadly legacy that we can't deal with, and this global disaster is just getting started. Nuclear power: The gift that keeps on giving. -- RF
Niger Delta Avengers Attack another Pipeline
Short of funds, Brazil's Chesf delays transmission line project
State-run energy company Chesf, a subsidiary of Brazil's federal energy holding company Eletrobras, has delayed the delivery of more than 1,000 kilometers of transmission line projects for lack of funds to complete the work, data compiled by Reuters showed.
Oil Continues To Fall After API Reports 1.4M Barrel Build At Cushing
Morgan Stanley Predicts Plummeting Oil Prices - $35 Likely
North Sea Platform Workers Launch Biggest Strike in Decades
Australia Considers Banning Wind Power Because It's Causing Blackouts

## Got food? ##
General Mills widens flour recall again after 4 more people get sick

## Environment/health ##
Kuwait swelters under record 54c heatwave
The hot weather has seen unprecedented demand on Kuwait's electricity infrastructure, with several power outages reported last week.
Heat wave, drought showing no signs of slowing down (US)
6,500 acres burned in Big Sur fire
Fire seasons are becoming hotter, drier and longer
Sea level rise: Tide turns against Liberia's biggest slum
Utah Lake's Poop-Driven Algal Bloom Is a Crappy Situation
More Than a Million Moms At Risk of Zika, Study Finds
Spain registers first Zika microcephaly birth in Europe
Unconventional Coal Technologies 'Could Blow the Global Carbon Budget'
Husky shuts pipeline indefinitely after Canadian oil spill
Husky Energy Inc has indefinitely closed a pipeline that leaked oil into a major Canadian river, a company official said on Monday, as the spill forced a second city to stop drawing drinking water.
Western Canada Oil Spill Drenches Birds, Will Taint Drinking Water for Months to Come
Red Cross says need for blood is 'urgent'
Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
As Biometric Scanning Use Grows, So Does Security Risk
Without you necessarily realizing it, your unique attributes — or "biometrics" — are being used to verify your identity. Every time you unlock your smartphone, use a fingerprint scanner at the airport, or upload a photo with facial recognition to Facebook, your physical attributes are scanned and scrutinized against a template.
11 Police Robots Patrolling Around the World
DNC erects four-mile, eight-foot-high fence around Philadelphia convention site
The DNC is afraid of the people. -- RF
Turkey detains 42 journalists in crackdown as Europe sounds alarm
Germany orders increased police presence after spate of attacks
Snowden Explains How To Get To The Bottom Of "Who Hacked The Democrats"
Munich Shooting Sparks Push to End Post-WW2 Limits on Using German Military Domestically
India Denies Visa Extensions to Xinhua Journalists
Was The Turkey Coup A Hoax? After Erdogan Arrests Thousands, Critics Question Military Uprising
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: 'No Proof' Hacked DNC Emails Came From Russia
Meet The Biggest Government Hacker On The Planet—–Uncle Sam
Australia's "Abu Ghraib"-Like Torture of Jailed Children Captured in "Chilling" TV Footage

## Propaganda/censorship ##
China Internet Crackdown: Regulator Bans Original News Reporting By Websites
The Hunt for Red Trump-tober: Clintonistas say Russia is behind DNC leak – and the Trump campaign
How US Propaganda Fuels New Cold War
The anti-Russian propaganda across the U.S. political/media system is so pervasive that even members of Congress know little about the events that launched a new Cold War.
As I've observed previously, the US propaganda system is by far the world's most sophisticated and effective. If the Chinese, for example, really want to have a good propaganda system, they should abandon their present crude and heavy-handed approach and adopt the US system. -- RF
Facebook admits to blocking links to Wikileaks DNC emails

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Head of Australian Team Says Olympic Village in Rio 'Not Safe or Ready'
Leaky Toilets at Athlete Village Add to Rio 2016 Budget Woes
Power is nothing without control: lessons from the failed coup in Turkey
Contamination of water pushes up costs, makes safe water scarcer: study
Clinton, Wasserman Schultz and the Wheezing Corpse of the Democratic Process Revealed

## Japan ##
Japan To Miss FY2020 GDP Target Of 600 Trillion Yen: Government Forecast
Japan's "Helicopter Money" Play: Road to Hyperinflation or Cure for Debt Deflation?
Democrats commit to US defense of Japan under 'rebalance' to Asia
Pokemon Go players advised not to go into Fukushima disaster zone

## China ##
China to Shut Political, Social News Sites Run by Websites
China Scores Diplomatic Victory, Avoids Criticism From ASEAN
China Rolls out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft (video)
Hong Kong On The Edge—–Debt And Property bubble fixing to Burst
End of an Era as China's Love Affair With U.S. Real Estate Fades
Science says China has already hit peak coal use
China Cools Down on Wind Energy Technology

## UK ##
Natwest and RBS may charge firms to hold deposits
Natwest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have warned businesses they may have to charge them to accept deposits due to low interest rates.
One in five parents will skip meals to feed their children over summer
British Solar Industry In Jeopardy, 12,500 Jobs Lost
Hate crime policing to be reviewed after spike in reports
'Super ants' invading British gardens faster than ever
Hundreds of police officers are suffering from mental health problems, officers' groups warn

## US ##
Credit Card Companies Specifically Target Less Educated And Less Sophisticated Americans
New York's Hamptons: Where a Summer Rental Can Set You Back $1 Million
For the first time, forecast predicts hotter than normal in every square inch of the USA
Job Openings vs. Number of Unemployed; Is Being Unemployed Just "Bad Luck"?
Subprime Snaps: Largest US Subprime Auto Lender Delays Earnings Due To "Accounting Matters"
Robot-Delivered Death in Dallas
The Dallas police decision to use a robot-delivered bomb to kill the cornered shooter blamed for murdering five police officers raises troubling legal, technological and public-safety questions.
Junk-rated U.S. municipalities shine brighter with record low rates
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos Join Defense Innovation Board
The largest pension fund in the country CalPERs continues to underperform: Weakest return since 2008-09 financial crisis.
New legislation proposes to "bail in" Social Security
The Board of Trustees for Social Security (which includes the US Treasury Secretary) wrote that major parts of the program have already run out of money, and the rest of Social Security will run out of money in the next decade.
New Home Sales Are Back……..To When The Housing Bubble Began In 1995!
A third of U.S. adults say they'd be enthusiastic about a microchip implanted in brain
Service PMI Barely Above Contraction

## The candidates ##
After NATO, the WTO: Trump ready to rip up post-war order
Why Can't Hillary Stop Fudging the Truth?
Email-gate is only the latest instance in a 25-year habit of dissembling.
Hillary Clinton is in Deep Trouble – "Hordes of Wall Street Executives" Descend Upon Philly
Sanders Booed by Own Delegates for Urging Support for Clinton
Sanders to 'Bernie or Bust' Movement: I'm Not With You
"Bedlam" As Wasserman Schultz Boo'd, Heckled Off Stage By DNC Delegates
Hillary Clinton: Class President of A Failed Generation
Donald Trump is right about globalization: It's a broken system
Trump as the Reagan Reboot
Donald Trump's pro-police-state acceptance speech must have appealed to many Americans, boosting him in the polls, but another secret to his success may be that he is a 2.0 reboot of Ronald Reagan.
Oops: Kaine Implies Hillary Should Be Prosecuted For Mishandling Classified Information
Clinton Cash: "Devastating" Documentary Reveals How Clintons Went From "Dead Broke" To Mega Wealthy
Robert Kagan and Other Neocons Are Backing Hillary Clinton
Wall Street now substantially less certain of a Clinton victory
Wikileaks Emails Bring New Attention to Hillary Victory Fund "Money Laundering" Charges
Why Hillary Is Nervous: "More Leaks May Be Coming"
Hillary Clinton Wins Democratic Nomination
Hillary Clinton's Dangerously Coherent Foreign Policy

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