Sunday, August 14, 2016


News Links, August 15, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Indian bank mergers loom amid loans clean-up
How "NIRP Refugees" Try to Escape Financial Repression But End up in Riskiest Assets with Greatest Potential for Loss
Italy on Verge of Recession: "Renzi-ism" Attacked by Five Star Movement; Renzi's Enormous Gamble
Every American Should Know Why China and Russia Are Buying Up Gold As Fast As They Can

## Airline death spiral ##
China cracks down on air rage 'epidemic'
Another Flight Cancellation Nightmare: Are Airlines Skimping on IT?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Chinese fighter jet approaches to within 50 km of disputed Senkakus
Russian President Vladimir Putin tops China's guest list for G20 summit
Nicaragua seeking copters, coastal vessels from US, Russia
Thai Police Find More Unexploded Bombs Following Coordinated Blasts
Afghan Officials: IS Expands Presence in Restive South
US Navy looking at teaching robots how to behave
Amid North Korea, China tensions, U.S. says three key bombers simultaneously flying in Pacific for first time

## Migrants/refugees ##
UPD Germany to send 3,000 refugees back to Greece

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Milwaukee Crowd Turns Violent After Police Fatally Shoot Armed Man
National Guard Activated as Milwaukee Cleans Up After Police Shooting Protests
Hundreds Protest Hero's Burial for Philippine Dictator
Tens of Thousands March in Peru Against Gender Violence
How the Ethiopia protests were stifled by a coordinated internet shutdown

## Energy/resources ##
Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it
Utility scale energy storage batteries: only enough material exists on earth for Sodium sulfur (NaS)

## Got food? ##
Minnesota farmers turn to bankruptcy as low prices continue
The collapse of highly energy-inefficient industrial farming has begun. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Couch potatoes risk death from clogged lung vessels
Scientists May Have Found a Way to Stop Zika Cold

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
University students, you are being watched (Australia)
Apple Patents Remote 'Kill Switch' for iPhone Cameras
Soros Groups Get Hacked, Hundreds Of Documents Leaked

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Memorials, Infrastructure Crumbling in America's Capital
Rio still struggles with litany of problems through 1st week
Going for Broke — Rio de Janeiro is highlighting everything that's wrong with the Olympics
9 killed, 30 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

## Japan ##
Japan warns citizens in China to be wary as tensions rise
Expensive new drugs put strain on Japan's health system
Right now, drugs cost the Japanese government ¥8.5 trillion a year, and Kunito estimates that if 50,000 people — the number of lung cancer patients for whom Opdivo would be used — went on the new drug, it would add another ¥1.75 trillion, thus bankrupting not only the health insurance system but the country with it.
Can Laws Control Japan's Hate Epidemic?
US Manufacturing Jobs Lost to Robots Not Outsourcing
The real reason Japan's emperor wants to abdicate (SCMP)
Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount
Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday.
Japan economy expands annualized 0.2% in April-June

## China ##
Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

The Unsexy Truth About Millennials: They're Poor
According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF), [millennials] earn $2,000 less than their parents did at a comparable age, they are more likely to live in poverty, and they are more likely to live at home.
Net energy decline. -- RF

## The candidates ##

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