Thursday, August 11, 2016


News Links, August 12, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Saudi construction giant expected to file for bankruptcy
Marc Faber Issues A Stunning Warning That A Gigantic 50 Percent Stock Market Crash Could Be Coming
Berlin is the only capital city in Europe that is a drag on its country's economy
Dow ending year at 20,000? Wall Street says it will happen
ZEW Study Concludes Deutsche Bank, Crédit Agricole, BNP Paribas Have Capital Shortfalls Totaling €214 Billion
Globalization Is Dead, But The Idea Is Not
Housing 'Shell Shock' Faces Danes Who Think Market Can Only Rise
World Bank suffering 'leadership crisis,' staff say
Headline of the Day – 'Europe's Credit Investors Are Seeing Bubbles and Still Adding Risk'
This catalyst will keep the gold miners shining, traders say
More Old Than Young: A Demographic Shock Sweeps the Globe
Erdogan Threatens To Abandon US Dollar In Trade With Russia

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Macy's to close 100 stores starting in early 2017

## Airline death spiral ##
Delta Air Lines scraps hundreds more flights as outage troubles continue
How a Computer Outage Can Take Down a Whole Airline
Delta computer outage included 'small fire' at data center
Frontier passengers say flight delayed 18 hours
China's 'monster' plane passengers to face hefty fines of up to US$7,500 for misbehaving
Why The Airline Industry Could Keep Suffering System Failures Like Delta's
Delta's Systems Failure Marks Wake-Up Call for Airline Industry
India's Air-Traffic Controller Shortage Alarms Aviation Pros
Study Shows Worldwide Commercial Air Crashes Are Growing
LATAM Specialist Technicians: 80% Have Witnessed Increasing Numbers of Incidents
Unruly Chinese passengers could be fined 50,000 RMB for using their cell phones on planes
Smiths Detection to help protect Egypt airports
Drone in 'reckless' near-miss with plane carrying 62 passengers as it approaches Newquay Airport
Dragonair downplays presence of contaminated water on its planes
Nigeria: Airline Operators Urge Govt to Address Aviation Fuel Shortage
Delta's refinery sacrifices profits for lower fuel cost - memo

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Pictures appear to show British special forces on Syrian frontline
Russia Declares Daily Cease-Fires in Aleppo to Allow Aid
Turkish Military Officer Seeking Asylum In United States: US Officials
More Than 27,000 Dismissed From Turkish Education Sector Since Failed Coup: Minister
Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed S.China Sea - sources
China's Only Luhai-Class Shenzhen Destroyer Gets Weapons Upgrade, Ready To Return For Operations In South China Sea
Russia Can Outgun Britain On Battlefield, Has More Powerful Weapons: Leaked Report
Russia Pulls Out of Ukraine Peace Talks Citing Crimea Attack; Videos of Detainee, Weapons Captured
Israeli demolitions leave 27 Palestinians homeless
Israeli forces destroy five Palestinian homes amid an uptick in the construction of illegal settlements.
A First: U.S. Special Ops On-Ground in Libya
Pentagon Refuses to Disclose How Many U.S. Troops Are Fighting ISIS
With Libya, US Now Has Ground Forces In Four Wars
The US Air Force fighter pilot shortage is already a crisis — and it could soon get worse
Ukraine Puts Troops Near Russia Border On Combat Alert As Tension With Moscow Spikes
Google Sparks Outrage By Abolishing Palestine On Maps
Lawsuit Aims to Contest US Aid to Clandestine Nuclear Power Israel

## Migrants/refugees ##
Sailboat With 67 Migrants Found by Greece's Cyclades Islands
Out of sight, out of mind? Europe's migrant crisis still simmers
Germany: Burka ban to be proposed in security clampdown
Asylum seekers likely to top 10,000 cases, setting a record (Japan)
'Nauru Files': Allegations of Abuse of Asylum Seekers on Remote Island Shock Australia
Australia Accuses Refugees Of Falsely Reporting Sexual Abuse
U.S. Government Using Gang Databases to Deport Undocumented Immigrants

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Nuclear Power Plant Protests Held in Jiangsu; Environmental Concerns Raised by Local Residents (China)
Nigerian Protesters Block Chevron Depot
Train strikes: Could the railways' summer of discontent be the first wave of post-Brexit industrial strife?

## Energy/resources ##
Oil Majors Leaving South-East Asia – A Red Flag For The Area?
Top power firms say will turn Nigeria off if not paid
Nigeria's largest electricity companies will shut down power supplies unless the government pays longstanding bills it owes them and improves gas supplies, a joint statement said on Wednesday.
Solar Manufacturers Pivoting Away From Big U.S. Utility Projects
Chesapeake Energy Quits Shale Revolution Cradle
SunEdison's 'yieldcos' delay filing quarterly reports
S.Korea cuts residential power prices to cool complaints
Australia blocks electricity sale to Chinese bidders, cites security
S. Australia eyes nuclear waste storage projects
Methane Hydrates, The Next Shale Gas?

## Lifestyle solutions ##
Why I ditched my smartphone
Reading Books Increases Lifespan, New Study Finds
Regular exercise: Antidote for deadly diseases
Thinking of Moving? Why Staying Put Could Make You Happier

## Environment/health ##
Samsung workers sickened by chemicals in factories speak up
Grounded 17,000-Ton Oil Rig Leaking Diesel Near Rare North Sea Habitat
In Mexico, high avocado prices fueling deforestation
Too many people demanding too many avocados. -- RF
Many more species at risk from tree plantations in Southeast Asia
Tractors bigger threat to wildlife than climate: study
Will industrial civilization crash before it completely trashes the planet? -- RF
Wild fires spread in southern France, four firemen injured
Why we need to keep rivers cool with riverside tree planting
California Freeways to Go Greener by Generating Electricity
It's absurd to think that little tweaks like this will save the system. -- RF
Men may be able to spread Zika through sex for 6 months
Experiments Involving GMO Animals Are Skyrocketing, Study Finds
Steep rise in U.S. babies born to opioid-addicted mothers

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russia Suspects 'Project Sauron' Malware might have been Launched from the West
Hack Brief: Hackers May Have Breached Oracle's Cash Register System
Australian Online Census Shut Down by Cyberattacks
2012 Documents Show State Department Aware Of Weapons Shipments To Terrorists In Syria, Hillary Lied In Testimony
Spyware Deluge Hits Vietnam Sites Amid South China Sea Spat
Wikileaks' Assange Hints Murdered DNC Staffer Was Email-Leaker, Offers $20k Reward For Info
Democratic Strategist Calls For The Assassination Of Julian Assange
Microsoft Secure Boot key debacle causes security panic
Sweden to Question Wikileaks Founder Assange at London Embassy Hideout
'Sage' Advice That's Nuttier Than Trump
Mike Morell was twice "acting" CIA director but never got the job outright, which may be a blessing now that this Hillary Clinton supporter is publicly urging acts of war against Russia and Iran.

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Uproar over Egypt's policy of state-dictated Friday sermons
CNN Admits "We Couldn't Help [Hillary] Any More Than We Have"
Magical Thinking in US Foreign Policy
The U.S. foreign policy establishment cloaks its desire for global dominance in the language of humanitarianism and "democracy promotion" even when the policies lead to death and chaos.
A Rush to Judgment on Russian Doping
The West's anti-Russian bias is so strong that normal standards of fairness are cast aside whenever a propaganda edge can be gained, a factor swirling around the treatment of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics.
The Stench of Raw Propaganda

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Rio Olympics Problems: 14 Things That Have Gone Wrong At the 2016 Summer Games
US Air Force: Service will be short 1,000 fighter pilots
Gangs In Chicago Reportedly Agree To Use Snipers And Automatic Weapons Against The Police
The Mainstream Has Failed
The good news is there is a way to avoid failure and stagnation: avoid the mainstream like the plague.
Greece: Public health services on the brink, report says
This trend tells you everything you need to know about America's future
While some regulation and licensing are definitely needed, the situation is totally out of control, and not only in the US. Here again we see the "complexity bloat" that brings down civilizations. -- RF
Welcome To The Conversation: The BREAKDOWN Is Now Reaching Main Street

## Japan ##
Banks raising guard against possible JGB crash
New Tokyo Olympics minister calls on staff to get stuck in
Now we have an Olympics minister! This is the bloat that brings down civilizations. -- RF
Japan's plunging jobless rate is due to aging, not Abemonics
18,671 taken to hospital for heatstroke in July
Ikata nuclear reactor to restart on Friday morning
Japanese wholesale prices slump 3.9% in July
High temperatures warp railway tracks in Saga Pref.

## China ##
China halts work on $15 billion nuclear waste project after protests
China stands ground on THAAD, Senkakus as it advances toward control of west Pacific
China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
Shenzhen wants to build China's tallest building
China Sets Up New Lab to Study South China Sea Resources
China's $15 Billion Energy Ambitions Crushed Within Two Weeks
Steam pipe bursts at power plant in central China, killing 21 and injuring another five
Explosion at chemical plant in China's eastern Zhejiang province; no casualties reported
China's Closing Coal Mines Too Slow to Meet Capacity-Cut Targets

## UK ##
Return on UK government bonds turns negative
U.K. Home Sales Slump Most Since 2008
China Furious, French Energy Giant Desperate, as UK Stalls $24bn Nuclear Deal
Student Debt Leading To Problem Drinking, Depression? UK Study Finds 'Vicious Cycle' For Worried Undergrads
Chinese energy firm linked to Hinkley Point facing charges of nuclear espionage
NHS in grip of worst bed-blocking crisis on record, figures show
Dragonfly drones and lasers: Britain invests £800m in next generation of military technology 
Youth services heading towards collapse, says union

## US ##
There Are All Kinds of Signs of a High-End Real Estate Slowdown
Landlord Nation: Boomers' New Retirement Plan Is Millennials Paying Rent
Productivity: This is When the Jobs "Recovery" Goes KABOOM
Trump Says the Election Will Be Rigged. In These States, It May Be Impossible to Prove Him Wrong.
When Will the Record Corporate "Debt Binge" Collapse?
After a historic "debt binge," leverage levels among the 2,200 largest US corporations, excluding financial institutions, have reached "record highs," Standard and Poor's warns.
Soaring Debt Has U.S. Companies as Vulnerable to Default as 2008
Luxury Sellers Issue Gloomy Forecasts as Mall Traffic Wanes
Too many stores, too much luxury: Macy's looks to rewrite retail
Why Wages Aren't Rising—–There Is Still Immense Slack In The Labor Market
Scathing report on Baltimore cops vindicates black residents
US registers $113 billion budget deficit in July
Some neighborhoods dangerously contaminated by lead fallout
At Least Six Million Americans Are Drinking Toxic 'Teflon Chemicals' With Their Water
Obamacare On "Verge Of Collapse" As Premiums Set To Soar Again In 2017
At Swanky Federal Reserve Retreat, "Computer Glitch" Cancels Minority Protesters' Hotel Reservations

## The candidates ##
Two Benghazi Parents Sue Hillary Clinton for Wrongful Death, Defamation
Donald Trump's Incendiary Language
Donald Trump's Finance Chair Is the Anti-Populist From Hell
Trump, on defense, blames media for Second Amendment flap
The More the Establishment Freaks Out Over Trump, the More Attractive He Becomes
One-in-five U.S. Republicans want Trump to drop out: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Did Bill Maher lie to Assange, viewers about $1 million Clinton donation?
Hedge Fund Donations: $123 Million to Hillary Clinton, $19 Thousand to Donald Trump
Dirty War Files Show How Clinton Ally Kissinger Backed Regime of Terror
Independent Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin: 'I Believe I Can Win'
Hillary Sounding Suspiciously Like Trump On Trade
Trump Accuses Obama Of Being The "Founder Of ISIS; Crooked Hillary Clinton Is The Co-Founder"

And finally...
Tesco customer and employee mourn death of worm found in cucumber

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