Thursday, August 18, 2016


News Links, August 19, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Will Brazil Go Out of Business?
Cisco to Lay Off 14,000. No Growth, No Problem: Stock at 9-Year High
Global central banks dump U.S. debt at record pace
De-Dollarization is Now Assured – SDR Bonds Have Been Approved
RBA boss Glenn Stevens: Parents should expect they'll have to help their kids buy a house (Australia)
Canadian Debt Slaves Pile it on, as Delinquencies Jump among Millennials
Vancouver Housing Market Implodes: Average Home Price Plunges 20% In 1 Month - "The Market Is Devastated"
Japan's July Exports Drop 14 Percent in Biggest Fall Since 2009
Aging Danes Hope Robots Will Save Their Welfare State
The New Gold Rush: Insurance Against the Collapse
Caterpillar Retail Orders Suffer Second Biggest Plunge Since Financial Crisis
Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay
Demand for Dubai office space slumps amid H1 slowdown

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Cisco Systems set to axe 14,000 jobs - Report
Cisco to cut 5,500 jobs in shift from switches to software
As technology shifts more layoffs loom at tech companies

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Man Who Introduced Millions to Bitcoin Says Blockchain Is a Bust
TCS throws weight behind blockchain
The Wretched, Endless Cycle of Bitcoin Hacks

## Airline death spiral ##
Chinese Airlines Wave Wads of Cash to Lure Foreign Pilots
Chinese airlines need to hire almost 100 pilots a week for the next 20 years to meet skyrocketing travel demand.
Worthless Airport Security Exposed At JFK After 'Shooter' Turned Out To Be Nothing
'Sit in your f***ing seat' Woman's epic meltdown on plane caught on video
Airline passenger sparks 'explosive' response
Finnair Is The Latest Airline to Suffer From Waning Demand
Airline Pilots Pump The Brakes On Plans To Speed Up Flights
Cathay Says Premium Travel Slumping, Prompting Discounts
Drunk Pilots And More: Flying Gets Riskier In India, Says Foreign Media
Airlines need to invest to prevent meltdowns, Sen. Blumenthal says
Manchester Airport's terminal two evacuated after 'suspect bag' found
Gol Continues to Feel Pressure From Brazil's Air Travel Slump
Time To Fly? Fares Falling Fast As Airlines Struggle To Cut Capacity
Ticket prices had fallen some 6% systemwide so far this year, compared to a 5.2% drop in 2015, the trade group said in a statement Wednesday.
Airlines' revenues suffer as discounts soar

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia starts planned exercises in eastern Mediterranean
Russia says ready for Aleppo 'humanitarian pause'
Expecting War? Russia Conducts "Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years"
Obama Lied: New Details Confirm $400 Million Given To Iran Was Indeed "Hostage Ransom"
Inside the Real US Ground War On ISIS
Manila Will Not Raise Sea Row With China at ASEAN Meeting
3 Killed in Car Bomb Attack on Police Station in Turkey
South Korea eyes warships with anti-missile capability
How the Global Elites Screws Peons (While Media Fools Cheer)
U.S. Embassy Says It Responded to Brutal Attack on Foreigners in South Sudan
Washington's Outrage and Excuses
Sometimes it seems that if not for double standards, Official Washington would have no standards at all – especially when it comes to outrage against some "strongmen" and excuses for others.
Turkey to Release 38,000 From Jail; Frees Space for Plotters
North Korea Resumes Plutonium Production, Pyongyang's Atomic Energy Institute Says
Turkey's Sensible Détente with Russia
Philippines accepts first of 10 Japan-funded patrol vessels to beef up coast guard
Mexican Federal Police arbitrarily executed 22 people
Winning 'Hearts And Minds'——The Myth Of the "Surgical Strike"
Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets

## Migrants/refugees ##
Europe Refugee Crisis: Arrivals Rise In Greece Amid Deteriorating Camp Conditions
British authorities visit Calais refugee camp to discuss care of unaccompanied refugee children

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Native Americans Locked in Standoff with Dakota Access Pipeline
Milwaukee is latest city to use curfew to tamp down unrest
Violent Protests in Mali's Capital Kill 3, Injure Several

## Energy/resources ##
The Oilfield Service Struggle: $110B in Debt; Depressed By Market Pressure
Hitting the solar wall
Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn't Really Work
Oil Pipelines In Louisiana May Soon Be Buried At Sea
Louisiana's shrinking coastline is causing headaches for the oil industry in that state, as an eroding coast and rising sea waters are threatening oil infrastructure.
Oil Output Continues To Fall In North Dakota
Poland Brings Wind Works to Standstill With $131 Million at Risk
Prolonged Industry Slump Causes Ripple Effects in Singapore
Is The Oil Production Efficiency Boom Coming To An End?
SolarCity slashing costs, including CEO pay
SolarCity Corp on Wednesday said it would cut operating costs, including slashing its chief executive's salary, to bring expenses in line with its reduced solar installation outlook.

## Got food? ##
The Odds of a Global Food Crisis Are Rising
Pesticide-resistant whitefly found in U.S.; crop devastation feared

## Environment/health ##
Never Heard of Black Fever? It's Killing People All Over the World
Microbeads are leaching toxic chemicals into fish, sparking public health fears
Fish Urine Essential For Survival, Growth Of Coral Reefs, New Study Finds
Unhealthy [sic] habits may cost Canadians 6 years of life
Oil Spill Cleanup Methods: Aquatic Ferns May Have Cleansing Properties To Absorb Oil While Repelling Water
Insecticides Threaten Bee Biodiversity, Long-Term Study Shows
Forced to Reckon with Rising Seas, Alaskan Village Votes on Relocation
Scientists Say Expect More 1,000-Year Events Like Louisiana Flood
Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews
A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames.
Indigenous Australians fight nuclear dump plan on 'sacred land'
Doctors report probable Zika transmission via blood transfusion
Flowering meadows benefit humankind
Melting Siberian Permafrost Threatens To Bring Back Smallpox, Scientists Say
'Firenadoes' are striking east of Los Angeles
New Zealand launches water supply inquiry after thousands fall sick

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy
What We Know About the Exploits Dumped in NSA-Linked Hack
The NSA Hack——What, When, Where, How, Who & Why?
"It's Snowden Junior" - Former NSA Employees Say NSA Hack Is The Work Of A "Rogue Insider"
NPR Host Demands That Assange Do Something Its Own Reporters Are Told Never to Do
We see all: Delta IV rocket to carry 'neighborhood watch' satellites
US Swimmers Not Robbed, Brazilian Police Say
A completely different story has emerged. -- RF
Hackers can access your email using shocking new tactic
Twitter suspended 360,000 accounts for 'promotion of terrorism'
The Biggest Hack Yet: Why A Leak Of Clinton Foundation Documents Is Imminent

## Propaganda/censorship ##
America's Journalistic Hypocrites
The U.S. news media flip-flops on whether international law is inviolate or can be brushed aside at America's whim – and similarly whether killing civilians is justified or not depending on who's doing the killing.
How 'Think Tanks' Generate Endless War
U.S. "think tanks" rile up the American public against an ever-shifting roster of foreign "enemies" to justify wars which line the pockets of military contractors who kick back some profits to the "think tanks."
NYT Reveals Think Tank It's Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster
Washington Hawks Prey on Syrian Killing Fields
Official Washington loves to show heartbreaking images of wounded Syrian children with the implicit message that it's time to invade Syria and impose "regime change" (rather than commit to peace talks).

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Brazil Sailors Fume About Garbage on Course
Racketeering Is Ruining Us — Understanding why there are all those hands in your wallet
Florida postal worker caught delivering mail to pizzeria Dumpster
In Alberta, Lower Oil Prices Bring Job Losses, Empty Office Space And Child Prostitution
Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?
How The Globalists Will Attempt To Control Populations Post-Collapse
Missing monsoon crashes Indus Valley Civilization
Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea
Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.
Will the 2018 winter games take place? -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan in transition: Rest of world watches as country tries negative interest rates to spur economy
Japanese Imports, Exports Crash At Worst Rate Since 2009
Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows
BOJ Cornered as Japanese Banks Running Out of Bonds to Sell
Spirit of Abenomics: Bold New Plan in September?
What next for Japan if Abenomics fails?
Japan eyes ¥5 trillion budget to boost missile defenses against North Korea, buy Ospreys, F-35s

## China ##
China's Empty Oceans
According to reports in Chinese state media this week, overfishing and pollution have so depleted China's own fishery resources that in some places -- including the East China Sea -- there are virtually "no fish" left.
Too many humans chasing too few resources. -- RF
Five Things to Look For When Visiting Ghost Cities in China
China mounts massive crackdown on sprawling underground bank network
Why China's Multi-Decade Manufacturing Miracle is Over (Hint: Robots)
China tries out new hardware in Xinjiang counterterrorism exercise

## UK ##
North Korea's deputy ambassador defects in London: reports
Students urged to get vaccinated as cases of new MenW strain of meningitis soar
New homelessness strategy is a must, say MPs
Nuclear developers have big plans for pint-sized power plants in UK
Theresa May urged to vote against Saudi Arabia retaining chairmanship of Human Rights Council over abuses
Brexit latest: Pensions black hole widens, inflation accelerates, Bank of England predicts more unemployment

## US ##
Overwhelmed By Debt, Nearly 1 In 5 Young Adults Live With Their Parents Or Grandparents
DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash
DEA agents have profiled passengers on Amtrak trains and nearly every major U.S. airline, drawing on reports from a network of travel-industry informants that extends from ticket counters to back offices
The $6 trillion public pension hole that we're all going to have to pay for
Although "flaws in the actuarial science" are no doubt one factor, the major factor is net energy decline, which prevents pension plans from getting the high yields they were counting on. -- RF
Thanks, Barry! Only 37% of Borrowers Are Actually Paying Down Their Student Loans
Walmart's Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy
Obamacare Doomed As Insurers Lose $2 Billion On Plans In 2016 (Prompting 2017 Rates To Soar)
Obamacare is unsustainable — the backbone could collapse, expert warns
Breakingviews: Department store death spiral enters phase two
The Mauling of the Malls
The malls of America rose with the big-spending middle class, and are declining as the big spenders disappear.
It's Time to Abolish the DEA and America's "War on Drugs" Gulag
Nearly 6 million still owe more on mortgages than their homes are worth
Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World's Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years—–$190 Billion and Counting
82,000 ordered to evacuate as fire rages near San Bernardino
Over two dozen overdoses in five hours in W.Va. city
White House Official Cozied Up to Google Before Antitrust Lawsuit Was Shelved
Peeking Under the Hood of the Philly Fed Manufacturing Positive Headline
US Corporate Debt Has Doubled To $6 Trillion Since The Crisis: This Is Who Bought It
These 6 Charts Show Why the Average American Is Fed Up

## The candidates ##
Election 2016: Liberty Loses No Matter Who Wins (Ron Paul)
Why Not Expand the Presidential Debates?
Trump, in law and order speech, calls for African-American support
Trumpism—–The Benefits and Hazards of It
Hillary's War Cabinet In Waiting Plans Big Bang In Syria
Trump casinos' tax debt was $30M, settled for $5M after Christie took office
Poll: Three out of five Texans who support Trump want secession if Hillary becomes president
Trump hires 'street fighter' in new shakeup of White House campaign
Green Party's Jill Stein: Reject lesser-of-two-evils philosophy
Hillary Clinton Unhinged
Revealed: The Secret Donor Behind "Children of Israel," the Ghost Corporation Funding GOP Super PACs
Dr. Drew Pinsky Says He Is "Gravely Concerned" About Hillary Clinton's Health
Clinton campaign goes nuclear on health rumors

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