Tuesday, July 12, 2016


News Links, July 13, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Deutsche Bank's CoCo Bonds Hit 11.50% Yield As DB's Chief Economist Calls For A Bailout
Lurking Beneath $13 Trillion Of Subzero Sovereigns——- Massive Derivatives Turmoil
Who's Most Afraid of Contagion from Italy's Bank Meltdown?
Global Investment to Plunge, Trade to Languish, on "Depressed" Demand: G-20 Trade Ministers
Bernanke's Black Helicopters Of Money
Ben Bernanke is one of the most dangerous men walking the planet. In this age of central bank domination of economic life he is surely the pied piper of monetary ruin.
Black Hole of Negative Rates Is Dragging Down Yields Everywhere
Bank Born Out of Black Death Struggles to Survive
Eurogroup Head Dashes Italy Bank Bailout Hopes: "I Will Resist Taxpayer Bailouts Very Strongly"
There Will Be Blood–Italian Depositors Bought $200 Billion of Bonds Subject To New EU 'Bail-In' Rules
Italy's Miserable Eurozone Experience: 20 More Years of Woe Coming
America is the 'last man standing' with positive yields, strategist says
Celebrate what? The trillions spent by central banks has been a dud, says Bank of America
Central Banks Directly Buying Stocks to Boost Market
Europe's Economic Crisis Has Spread from the Periphery to the Core
The "Mystery" Of Who Is Pushing Stocks To All Time Highs Has Been Solved

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Seagate Fires 6,500, Or 14% Of Workforce, Stock Soars

## War on cash/cashless society ##
McDonald's first U.S. business to accept Russia's new Mir payment card

## Airline death spiral ##
This company will change how you go through airport security...for a price
Slowdown while airports bulk up security
How might global warming affect air travel?
Turkey Arrests 7 More Suspects Over Istanbul Airport Attack
United Airlines flight UA929 London-Chicago makes emergency landing in Scotland
Airlines Could Be Ready for a Steep Descent

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
South China Sea Controversy: Beijing Says Territorial Dispute Discussions Will Not Be Welcomed At ASEM Summit
Tribunal Rejects China's Expansive South China Sea Claims
Global arms race escalates as sabres rattle in South China Sea
Head of French police: France is on the brink of civil war
Mexican president: No way we're paying for a wall
South Sudan On Brink of Civil War as Juba Fighting Intensifies
Demand for U.S. arms exports set to keep growing, official says
Russia Offers India Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
Russia to spend $15.6 billion on defense industry: Report
More Mission Creep: US Defense Announces 500 More for Endless War
US to Base Hundreds of Troops Outside Afghanistan
FSA video claims Russian-made helicopter hit with US-made TOW missile near Su-24 crash site
Increasingly, Soros Is Seen Behind the Break-Up of Europe
Fool's Errand: NATO Pledges Four More Years of War in Afghanistan (Ron Paul)
One table shows why more referendums across Europe are inevitable
U.S.-backed Syrian rebels committing war crimes, torture, abductions; imposing harsh Sharia law: Report

## UAVs ##
UK, Leonardo Sign Deal for Unmanned Helicopter Tech
Report: Israel Has Launched Several Drone Strikes Against Sinai in Recent Years

## Migrants/refugees ##
Nearly 3,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean in the past six months
Marshall Islanders Set To Become Climate Refugees Before International Law Can Catch Up
Europeans fear refugees will lead to more terrorism, fewer jobs, poll shows
Human Smuggling Ship Sinks Near Guangdong

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests Continue in Baton Rouge and St. Paul Following Night of Arrests
48 More Arrests Made as Protests Continue in Baton Rouge, La.
Black Lives Matter protesters hold sit-in in Times Square, march to Union Square to oppose police-related shootings
War On The Streets Of America: Protesters Attack Police Officers In Major Cities All Over The Nation
Indian riot police deployed after 20 die in protests over Kashmir leader death
Civil Unrest Explodes in Berlin: Over 3500 People Riot Against Police
News Outlets Prepare For Possible Unrest At Political Conventions
Five Arrested After Shooting At D.C. Police Officers

## Energy/resources ##
Merger Of Libya's Rival Oil Companies Meaningless Without Control Over Oilfields
Poland's disappearing lakes fuel battle over coal mining
Indonesia's top diesel buyer says biofuel rule unworkable
Indonesian state power firm PLN says it cannot comply with government rules on burning diesel with a bio content of at least 30 percent as it would damage generators, potentially curbing demand for biofuel ingredient palm oil in the world's top producer of that commodity.
Oil falls on economic woes; drillers adjust to lower prices
Oil's rebound is over, so expect a third-quarter slide: Barclays
Asian Refiners Reduce Production Rates As Demand Stagnates
Indian Refineries Panting under Weight of Demand
New Attack On Nigerian Pipeline Takes 10,000 Bpd Offline
EIA Predicts Coal Production Will Plummet Under Regs
Is nuclear storage in South Australia a glowing prospect?
ISIS Blows Up Five Oil Wells in Iraq

## Got food? ##
Food crime reaches $50 billion per year
U.N. food agency says faces $610 million shortfall for southern Africa drought relief
Pancake Mix Recalled Over Concerns of E. Coli Contamination
Some Betty Crocker Cake Mixes Recalled Over E. Coli Fears
North Dakota Voters Side With Family Farms And Continue 84-Year-Old Ban On Corporate Ownership

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Agrihoods: Why farmland may become a more popular neighborhood amenity than a golf course
That vast monoculture lawn in the second photo doesn't look very eco-friendly to me. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
'Super Bacteria' Detected in Rio's Waters as Olympic Games Near
Superbug E. Coli Found for Just Second Time in US
New concerns about plastic waste in the oceans
Warnings issued in Canada and U.S. over giant hogweed plant
Australian mangrove die-off blamed on climate change
Singapore Builds Higher as Seas, Temperatures Rise
New terminal at Changi Airport to be built 5.5 meters above sea level; coastal sea walls to be enlarged
Zika Virus Countdown: 'This Funding Is Done. It's Not Coming to Us'
Scientists predict massive earthquake building beneath Bangladesh
Humans driving species to extinction 1,000 times the natural rate
Op-Ed: Billions of gallons of oil-waste being dumped in Gulf of Mexico
Gorillas are being killed and eaten by miners in the Congo
Fewer than 4,000 Grauer's gorillas remain and the sub-species is being pushed to extinction by hungry miners
Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles
World Energy Efficiency Has Increased Over The Past 25 Years But Don't Get Your Climate Change Hopes Up
How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Here's All The Data Pokemon Go Is Collecting From Your Phone
Warning – Pokemon Go Can Spy On iPhone Users' Google Account
Pokemon Go's digital popularity is also warping real life
Report: More than 800 North Korean agents active in China
U.S. security agency warns against 'useless' antivirus programs
Artificial Intelligence Is Setting Up the Internet for a Huge Clash With Europe
Rare move by Congress could start another Clinton investigation

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Beijing Controls Messaging, Propaganda in Australian Chinese-language Press
Propaganda Coup? Released Chinese Activist Regrets 'Naive' Support for Lawyers
No comment! Video of the Day – U.S. Official Can't Answer Any Questions About the Covert Arming of Syrian Rebels

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
New Jersey Roads, Bridges Get 'D' Grade
Those That Wanted To Get Prepared Have Already Gotten Prepared By Now
Psychologist says road rage a sign of other problems
Researchers driven to find what makes motorists angry
These experts attempt to find the various causes of road rage. While I do not discount the factors they cite, I think they are missing the biggest cause: the stress of living in late industrial/technological society. We see not only road rage, but desk rage, password rage, shopping rage, air rage, and what have you. People are buckling under the stresses imposed by society itself. -- RF

## Japan ##
Still More 'Stimulus' For Japan——The Madness of Magic Numbers
Abe Plans More Stimulus as Japan Slashes GDP Forecast; Expect More Abe Failures
"Something Big" Indeed Came - Bernanke's Japan Visit Unveils "Helicopter Money", Sparks Monster Rally
Japan's Gold Sales Jump Thanks to Abenomics Worries
Japan to craft stimulus by end-July, may issue construction bonds
Japan Progresses Methane Hydrate Project, Ignores Industry Downturn
Like tight oil, methane hydrate extraction is just another low-net-energy endeavor that only worsens the situation. -- RF
High growth in deposit money
Analysts say the BOJ's negative rate policy and sluggish stock prices are prompting investors to pull out of equities and investment trusts and are shifting their money to banks.
Tightening workforce could compel healthy Japanese to work until 80 years old
Japan lifts evacuation orders in Fukushima affecting 10,000 people
Abe orders formation of stimulus steps to overcome deflation
38% of lawmakers want 'emergency clause' as first step in revising Constitution: poll
LDP webpage asks users to report teachers who don't maintain 'political neutrality'
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has a page on its website inviting visitors to report "unsuitable examples of deviation from political neutrality" in schools.
Japan court upholds reactor shutdown in new blow to nuclear industry
Japan government to cut inflation forecasts, gloomier on outlook than BOJ

## China ##
What's China's 'nine-dash line' and why has it created so much tension in the South China Sea?
Massive blow: South China Sea ruling takes direct aim at Beijing's sweeping claims
China swiftly rejects Hague Tribunal ruling against its South China Sea claims
Relations chilly between Beijing, Pyongyang on pact anniversary
China Could Even Abolish the Two-Child Policy by 2020

## UK ##
Theresa May becomes UK PM on Wednesday: "No Second Referendum, No Back Door Reentry"
NHS budget control 'will require staff cuts'
Southern rail services cut from timetable as dispute continues
Britain Forbids Military Chiefs From Discussing Chilcot Inquiry
George Osborne intervened in HSBC money laundering probe, report says
5.3 million new homes needed as ageing and immigration drive demand
UK's new nuclear plant may cost £37bn

## US ##
This simple chart illustrates the frightening force driving the economy
US Consumers No Longer "Eating Out" - Restaurant Guest Counts Tumble To Three Year Lows
Clintonites in Democratic Party Support Settler Colonialism (Not a 1905 Headline)
Congress: "Too Big to Jail: Inside the Obama Justice Department's Decision Not to Hold Wall Street Accountable"
124 Police Officers Were Killed In The U.S. Last Year
Some more facts that don't match the hero narrative. Police deaths while on duty are on pace to be at a record low in 2016, down 60% from the peak in 1974.
Following Minimum Wage Increases, Unemployment Spikes among Black Male Teens
Majority Of Americans 'Disapprove' Of Comey's Decision On Hillary
Two bailiffs killed, deputy sheriff injured in Michigan courthouse shooting
Delinquency Rates Rising: Is A New Crisis Approaching?
Why the police in Baton Rouge look like they're dressed for war
US Capitol Briefly Locked Down, 2nd Time in Week
Why this Won't Work out: Rampant Rent Inflation Collides with Stagnant Incomes
Sky High Condo Markets Go Stone Cold
New Evidence Proves HSBC Avoided Criminal Prosecution Due to "Market Risk"
Corporate CEO Pay Was 276 Times the Average Worker's Income Last Year
The Unintended Consequences of the $15/Hour Minimum Wage

## The candidates ##
This is What Hillary Clinton's Advisors Really Think of the American Public
Who Is General Michael Flynn? Trump's "dark horse" possible VP pick is pretty interesting
GOP convention delegate's welcome for Trump: He's 'a sick sociopath'
Hillary Clinton lies for another three straight minutes (video)
Clinton gets Sanders endorsement in show of party unity
Clinton lawyer: More questions about email server 'futile'
Hillary Clinton's Outsourcing of Top Secret Government Documents: The Untold Story
Trump Says "Sell-Out" Sanders Now "Part Of The Rigged System"
Hillary's Lead Over Trump Shrinks To Just 3% As Two-Thirds Of Voters Find Her "Dishonest And Untrustworthy"

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