Sunday, August 07, 2016


News Links, August 8, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Big European Banks Try to Block Contagion from Italian Banking Crisis (Before it Sinks them)
Worst monthly job losses in nearly five years (Canada)
Terrorism fears up stakes for tourism as Europe travel falls 'off a cliff'
Hungary's Labor Woes May Trigger Wage Explosion, Minister Says
Wall Street is now bracing for its worst 2 years since the financial crisis
A Global Derivatives Expert Shines the Light on Systematic Risk

## War on cash/cashless society ##
War on Cash: Most Americans think they'll see the end of cash in lifetime
Cold, Hard Cash Will Soon Be A Distant Memory
War On Cash
Forget contactless cards. You will soon be able to pay with your veins
Hacked bitcoin exchange says users may share $68 million loss

## Airline death spiral ##
Terror Attacks and Slow Economies Weigh on Air Passenger Demand
Muslim group accuses Delta Air Lines of profiling passengers
Two Muslim women who work for US government escorted off plane as they made staff 'uncomfortable'
​The two friends were escorted off the plane after one of them questioned why they had not been given water for hours on the tarmac, and were greeted by armed police officers
Muslim couple removed from Delta flight: 'It was humiliating'
Local budget airlines V Air & Tigerair suffer heavy losses but deny rumors of closures
Airport halts flights, repeats all security checks after woman bypasses metal detector
Now You Can Get TSA Precheck at the DMV, a Concert, or a Tax Office
Gold Coast-bound Jetstar flight forced to land in Guam
Fake Boarding Pass App Gets Hacker Into Fancy Airline Lounges
Flight diverted to Phoenix due to passenger acting aggressively

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Attacker Wounds 2 Police in Belgium, Shouts 'Allahu Akhbar'
IS Claims Belgium Machete Attack That Wounded 2 Policewomen
Turkey Arrests Dozens of Special Forces in Post-Coup Purge
Stalling Obama's Overtures to Russia
Washington's foreign policy mavens are thwarting President Obama's moves to work with Russia to resolve the Syrian war and reduce other tensions, so the new Cold War can proceed under Hillary Clinton.
Trump Was Right? Obama Admits US Must Partner With Russia To Beat ISIS
ISIL Captures Thousands trying to flee it in Iraq, Executes a Dozen
China conducts 'combat patrols' over contested islands
Japan protests to China over radar on gas rig in E. China Sea
US-Israel Reignite Rift on Iran Nuke Deal
Turkey's Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt
More US Troops Headed to Iraq, Will Deploy Near Mosul

## Migrants/refugees ##
Hundreds of Cuban migrants in Colombia await deportation
Greece rescues 70 migrants at sea off Lesbos
800 US-bound migrants in jungle on Panama-Colombia border

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Black Lives Matter Protesters Block Road To London's Heathrow Airport
Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Near Olympic Stadium
'Several killed' as Ethiopia police clash with protesters
Several people are feared dead in clashes in north-western Ethiopia between police and anti-government protesters, amid a wave of unrest.
Argentines march in rally for more jobs

## Energy/resources ##
Energy Industry Job Cuts Hit 195,000
US Oil, Gas Industry Sees 26% Decline in Employment
Phone me: Yahoo Messenger Shuts Down: Oil Traders Looking For New Ways To Communicate
India Clinging To Questionable Ultra Mega Coal Power Plants, According To IEEFA
Oil prices plummet amid continued oversupply, with no end in sight
New York Nuclear Plants Deemed A "Public Necessity"
Heatwave spurs record gas burn by U.S. power producers
Kenya hit by electricity outage, Nairobi without power
Petrobras' Olympic-sized oil woes: How the world was at Brazil's feet, but kicked it away

## Got food? ##
Climate change threatens nation's agriculture (Japan)
Stunning Images From America's Most Important Aquifer
New wave of food vending machines to tackle manpower shortage

## Environment/health ##
Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up, report says
In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air -- the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.
But we need to consume even more! -- RF
An Update on the Obamacare Disaster
Amish Kids Living On Traditional Farms Less Likely To Develop Asthma, Study Finds
When scientists did a comparative analysis of children belonging to two farming-based religious communities, they found that the community which shunned modern technology had lesser risk of developing asthma than the other.
Global warming spreads disease in the arctic
Analyst warns Zika in 2016 could morph into the Ebola scare of 2014
Amid Zika Scare, FDA Clears Way for GMO Mosquito Trial in Florida
The average Americans' weight change since the 1980s is startling
Twice as many El Niños in 21st century — Expect more drought, flooding, and other crazy weather

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Cyberspying and Hacking into Domestic Political Campaigns——NSA Beats Russia Hands Down
'Jeep Hackers' Are Back With a Scary New Trick
More Than 1,000 U.S. Spies Protecting Rio Olympics
Stiglitz quits Panama Papers probe, cites lack of transparency
Making Algorithms Accountable
As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them.
Panopticon society: This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult
Every move you make. Every click you take. Every game you play. Every place you stay. They'll be watching you.
If There's Malware In Your Toaster, the US Military Wants to Find It
How US Spies Secured the Hiroshima Uranium
A dark secret behind the Hiroshima bomb is where the uranium came from, a spy-vs.-spy race to secure naturally enriched uranium from Congo to fuel the Manhattan Project and keep the rare mineral out of Nazi hands.
White House Finally Releases Its "Playbook" For Killing and Capturing Terror Suspects
The Fight for the "Right to Repair"
Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting back

## Propaganda/censorship ##
New York Times Fails to Disclose Op-Ed Writer's Ties to Hillary Clinton's 'Principal Gatekeeper'
The NYT's Out-of-Control Bias
The New York Times has shown a blatant bias against Russia and Vladimir Putin for years but it is now merging that animus with its contempt for Donald Trump, a stunningly unprofessional performance.
How Seriously Should You Take Global Times?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Bus full of Chinese basketball reporters caught in roadside gunfight on the way to Olympic Village in Rio
Olympic Athletes Find Rooms Unfurnished and Unfinished in Rio
How Much Have The Rio Olympics Cost Brazil? Budget Of The Games Explained
Queues, security scares mark shambolic start to Rio Game
Wind, doping and VIP robbery plague Rio Games
There's been a 'serious and dangerous' slowdown in productivity
No mention of energy in this article, but I contend that the primary factor is net energy decline. -- RF

## Japan ##
Cooler for Monju's cooling pump malfunctions, generating fireless smoke at experimental reactor
Japan's new environment minister pledges to build trust, contaminated waste storage facility in Fukushima
Speeding up extension of maglev train line not so easy
It will never be finished, anyway. -- RF
Japan Inc. profits languish on yen, dull consumption
Missile interception to be standing order
BOJ's massive easing nears turning point
Kuroda Rains on Super-Long Bond Party for Firms as Rates Surge
1,000 taken to hospitals as heat wave covers JapanThe potential behind the hydrogen hype
Spending by child-raising families in deep slump: white paper
The potential behind the hydrogen hype
Abe rules out possibility that Japan will possess nuclear weapons

## China ##
China activist tried for subversion, 4th case in 4 days
A secret meeting of leaders in a Chinese beach town could determine the future of the country
Chinese state media says that the 'straddling bus' is nothing more than a big scam
China conducts 'combat patrols' over contested islands
'I was to be their eyes and ears': Hong Kong bookseller claims mainland agent told him to report on customers
Technician shortage in China 'threatens nuclear plant safety'

## UK ##
UK Sees Oil & Gas Profits Sink To 20 Year Lows
Why The UK Postponed This Nuclear Megaproject
360,000 families afflicted by council tax poverty trap
BBC to deploy detection vans to snoop on internet users
UK considers plan to pay households affected by fracking
Revealed: massive rise in drone-related crime reports amid paedophile fears
An investigation by The Independent reveals shop-bought drones have endangered commercial airliners, caused fights between neighbours and been used by criminal gangs to transport drugs into prisons
Trying to bribe public to accept fracking won't work, say campaigners
126 MPs order extra security on homes and offices after surge in intimidation

## US ##
FBI Agent Apparently Egged on 'Draw Muhammad' Shooter
'Tear up Texas,' the FBI agent told the ISIS terrorist, just before he shot up a crowded hall. Did the G-Man help convince the jihadi to attack?
Trump talk of rigged election 'ridiculous,' says Obama
Rigged elections? In the US? I've never heard anything so ridiculous! -- RF
Princeton Professor Shows How Easy it Is to Hack an Election in Just 7 Minutes
So Long, Middle Class: Middle-Income Jobs Are Disappearing the Fastest
Why this Job Market is Still Terrible: The Politically Incorrect Numbers Everyone is Hushing up
95 million Americans not in the labor force: The army of non-workers in the United States.
Shrinking Imports And Exports—A Far More Meaningful Counterpoint To Payroll Friday
Manhattan Luxury-Condo Glut Ends Developer Rush for Land Deals
Chicago releases 'shocking' video of police shooting unarmed teen
Chicago Public Schools laying off nearly 1,000 teachers, staff
Obamacare users in New York brace for double-digit 2017 premium hikes
The Price of Access
More than 100 Americans Are Rich Enough to Buy the Presidential Election Outright
State orders pressure reduction in gas pipeline (California)
37% of Young U.S. Adults Have Absolutely No Money Saved for Retirement

## The candidates ##
Clinton's lead over Trump narrows to less than three points: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Reuters Baffled As Clinton's Lead Over Trump Suddenly Evaporates
Trump: Japanese will 'watch Sony TV' if US is attacked
Ex-CIA Chief and Torture Defender Endorses Clinton—Why Are Democrats Cheering?
Donald Trump reveals his economic advisers
Sanders supporters mull ditching Hillary for Jill Stein as Green Party gathers in Texas
Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?
Donald Trump Admits He Gets Confused and Makes Things Up After Watching Fox News
Leonardo DiCaprio to host $33,400-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles
Trump is about to make his most important economic speech yet — what to expect
Clinton Plans Economic Speech Thursday to Counter Trump's
Is Hillary Clinton Corrupt? An Archive of Financial Improprieties
A long list with documentation for each item. -- RF
Donald Trump's poll numbers are so bad his supporters are making up new ones
Why Neocons Can't Stomach Trump
Neocons are jumping off the Republican ship for Hillary Clinton even though Donald Trump has shifted their way on Israel and military spending. The big reason seems to be his resistance to a new Cold War with Russia.
Trump's refusal to release his tax returns breaks with tradition and makes no sense

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