Thursday, September 29, 2016


News Links, September 30, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
EU Banking Mayhem, One Bank at a Time, then All at Once
The Endpoint of Automation — For companies, it's just a question of money
Just remember: The ultimate "endpoint of automation" is when the lights go out. -- RF
Canadians are just $200 away from being overwhelmed by debt, new survey finds
Revealed: the city with a bigger property bubble than London
How gold came to South Korea's rescue
'Debt binge' will implode world financial system, Embry says
German government prepare Deutsche Bank rescue plan: Die Zeit
Turkey Contemplates Buying Deutsche Bank
The Loophole for Deutsche Bank's Bailout: Game almost Over?
The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash
"Russian Roulette" - Credit Suisse CEO Admits "EU Banks Not Really Investable"
Saudi Arabia Is Showing Signs of Financial Strain
THE TOP FOUR PRECIOUS METALS: Which Will Be The Best Investments During The Next Financial Crash
9/11 Bill Crashes Saudi Stock Exchange, Bond Market Ambitions
Fines, Withdrawals, Job Cuts. It Was an Ugly Day for Global Banks

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Novo Nordisk to ax 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive
Commerzbank Plans 9,600 Job Cuts in Biggest Overhaul Since Bailout

## Airline death spiral ##
Drone Fly-by Closes Dubai's Busy Airport for a Half Hour
Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise
There were 10,854 air rage incidents reported by airlines worldwide last year, up from 9,316 incidents in 2014, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Air Berlin plans 1,200 job cuts, hands 40 jets to Lufthansa
Fewer flight delays in future? Nasa signs deal to help China improve air traffic management

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Sweden to reintroduce military service
U.S. sending 615 new troops to Iraq
'US knows weapons sent to Syrian rebels end up with terrorists' – German journo to RT
Al-Qaeda: 'America Is On Our Side'
Non-Nuclear States Advance Push for UN Treaty to Ban Nukes
South Korea Planning For Laser Air Defense System To Shoot Down North Korea's UAVs: Report
India leads pull-out from summit hosted by Pakistan
India-Pakistan War? 'Surgical Strikes' Escalate Tensions Along Border Between Hostile South Asian Neighbors
9/11 bill allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia, others survives Obama veto
Fighter Jet Sales to Gulf Allies Backed by U.S. After a Wait
US To Suspend Syria Diplomacy With Russia, Prepares "Military Options"
Catalonia leader promises 2017 independence referendum
U.S. to deploy anti-missile THAAD system to South Korea 'as soon as possible'
THAAD In Korean Peninsula: New Location For Missile System To Be Announced By South Korea
Japan, U.S. sign new logistics pact in line with wider SDF role
Philippines' Duterte to scrap future war games with U.S. troops
White House Approves Jet Sales to Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait
U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa
How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists
The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart.

## Migrants/refugees ##
Danish far-right group's 'anti-migrant spray' draws ire

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands of women storm Saudi King's office demanding basic freedoms
Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
Hundreds of Cops Divert and Foil Thousands of Protesters Outside NY Presidential Debate
Thousands of Indonesian workers protest tax amnesty
Officer points gun at protester as Dakota Access pipeline clashes continue
21 Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Arrested

## Energy/resources ##
Lightning storms knock out power to entire Australian state
Oil bankruptcies: 100 down, maybe 100 more to go
OPEC Agrees to Crude Production Cut
Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in renewable energy contracts
Statewide blackout in Australia raises questions over renewable energy
Effects of biodiesel on diesel engines: John Deere

## Got food? ##
Grocery Prices Are Plunging (US)
Thanks to deflationary collapse. Meanwhile, farmers are struggling with costs. -- RF
Farmers cutting costs as profits fall
Farmers are cutting costs, dipping into savings, or going further into debt.
My crystal ball shows a lot of shocked, hungry Americans in the future. -- RF
75,000 Could Starve to Death in Nigeria After Boko Haram: UN

## Environment/health ##
Climate Change: Earth's Atmospheric CO2 Levels Have Permanently Crossed The 400 PPM Red Line
Earth 'Locked Into' Hitting Temperatures Not Seen in 2 Million Years: Study
Miami's Zika Search Turns Up Another Virus: Dengue
The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot'
Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds
Tiny plastic particles released by synthetic fabrics can cause harm to marine life when they enter rivers and oceans
Restore wild bison
Climate Change Will Cripple Coastal Septic Systems

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases
Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts — and May Share Them With Police
Yahoo Hacked by Criminals, Not State Sponsor, Security Firm Says
Madness Swirls at House Judiciary Committee as Comey Attempts to Justify Hillary Innocence
US Government Creates a Fake Expert, Won't Release Files on Him Because Privacy
Even online jokes could land Chinese citizens in trouble
Obama says 9/11 legislation sets 'dangerous precedent'
The stated problem is a relatively minor concern. What really worries the US government is that if people are put on the witness stand under oath, questioning could produce some explosive evidence against Americans. -- RF
Energy sector addressing cybersecurity threats

## Propaganda/censorship ##
The Official and Implausible MH-17 Scenario
Another problem with the new report blaming Russia for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down is the bizarre route that the investigators say the Buk missile battery took, a wild ride that made no sense.
Troubling Gaps in the New MH-17 Report
The new accusation of Russian complicity in 2014 Malaysia Airlines shootdown was based on Ukrainian intelligence intercepts that were selectively interpreted while contrary information was ignored.
US Foreign Policy Elite vs. the Evil One
The crème de la U.S. foreign policy establishment gathered in Texas last week, reaffirming at a friendly conclave the need for their skillful stewardship of the national security state.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
South Korea to widen Takata air bag recall by 110,000 vehicles
Video of the Day – Why Garbagemen Should Earn More Than Bankers
Microsoft says QWERTY keyboards 'will die out' in the near future
I predict that typewriters will make a comeback. -- RF
The Coming of the Postliberal Era

## Japan ##
IMF Sees Japan Inc.'s Cash Hoard as Excessive and Wages Too Low
Forget China — Japan's economy is scarier
Japan reactor makers consider merging to counter foreign rivals
Japan Medical Expenses Rise to Record 40.8 T. Yen in FY 2014
Japan's Abandoned 'Dreamland' Theme Park Is Not For The Faint Of Heart
Japan falls to 8th in global competitiveness
Tokyo panel: Olympic cost could expand fourfold
A Tokyo government panel says the cost of hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could quadruple from the original estimate to over 3 trillion yen, or about 30 billion dollars.
The warning bells are already ringing. -- RF
Japan to import 4,000 tons of butter
Heavy rains stall assessment of frozen wall at Fukushima plant
New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon
Storing 50 years' worth of energy is going to be a real challenge. -- RF

## China ##
Postal Savings Bank of China IPO goes over like a wet firecracker
China Wants GMOs. The Chinese People Don't.
Massive Chinese Debt And Why They Are On A Gold Buying Binge!
China's richest man warns of 'the biggest bubble in history'
"It's A Lot More Negative Than People Think" - China Beige Book Issues Stark Warning About The Economy
GDP Is A Poor Indicator Of The Chinese Economy
More Chinese firms under probe for violating sanctions against North Korea: United States
China's massive Pacific air force drill just the start of even bigger shows of might against US, experts predict
China's Red-Hot Property Market Risks Missing Lessons From Japan's Crash
U.S. Aluminum Producers Step Up Calls for China Policy Probe
China may be stockpiling more oil than anyone realized
China to set up no-coal zones in cities around Beijing to tackle hazardous smog
Vast Majority of Newcomers to Beijing Want to Turn Around and Leave

## UK ##
Robots Will Soon Take Over Building London Skyscrapers Says CEO of Large UK Construction Firm
Elderly people sent home from hospital in dead of night amid fundamental breakdown in system
Homelessness crisis reaches new high as 19,000 private renters forced onto streets in just one year
UK Government Says Smart Meters Can Definitely Be Trusted Because GCHQ Designed Their Security
Wolseley cuts 800 more jobs as profits dip
UK government works 'hand in glove' with arms firms, say campaigners
Born in early 80s? Then you're half as wealthy as 1970s' children, says IFS
And the primary reason is net energy decline. -- RF
Gang of 27 Hits UK with Impossible Demands: EU Seeks "Inferior" Deal for UK, Spain Wants Gibraltar
UK coal power falls to record low

## US ##
Sucker Punch On Main Street—–Disturbing Facts About The Fed's Phony Housing "Recovery"
Are The 'Invisible Americans' the Key Players in This Election?
U.S. Corporations Side With Saudi Arabia Against the American People Over 9/11 Victims Bill
Wells Fargo CEO forfeits millions as board orders review
Sinkhole City Chicago in Worse Fiscal Shape than Detroit?
As Chicago Staunches Fiscal Bleed, Schools Are Awash in Red Ink
California Suspends Some Wells Fargo Business Amid Scandal
GDPNow 3rd Quarter Estimate Ticks Down to 2.8%: Looking Ahead, What's in Store for the Forecasts
Final Q2 GDP Comes At 1.4%: US Set To Grow At Slowest Pace Since Financial Crisis
Flat durable-goods orders point to manufacturing woes
Conspiracy Theorists Were Right — Congress to Expand TSA in Other Forms of Travel Like Bus & Train
Wells Fargo Getting Clocked by California: What, No Perp-Walk?
Man Fatally Shot by California Cop Had Vape Smoking Device: Police
FBI, DOJ And Their Forensic Scientists State They'll Continue Using Discredited Junk Science To Put People Behind Bars
46 California Cities Join Rush To Impose 'Netflix Tax'
Heavy Truck Sales vs. GDP: Sales Plunged 29% in August from Year Ago
Earnings rebound looks less likely as profit and sales warnings pile up
With Governor Brown's signature, California joins the attack on BDS

## The candidates ##
Who Lost Last Night's Presidential Debate? America Did
The Debate: Trump's Three Points for Peace — Hillary's globaloney vs. Trump's "America First"
The Great Debate That Never Was
If the Green Party's Jill Stein had been allowed in this week's presidential debate, it would have transformed the discussion and altered the race. That's why Democrats and Republicans kept it a duopoly-only affair. "The only circumstances in which either Trump or Clinton can muster a minimally compelling argument, is against each other."
Clinton, Trump Offer Little Insight into Energy Policies
That's because they're both total ignoramuses when it comes to energy. -- RF
Chart Of The Day: Why The Clinton Campaign Is In Full-On Panic Mode
'You Shouldn't Listen to Me' – Here's What Bernie Sanders Said About Voting for Hillary Clinton
And now he's telling everyone to vote for her. Go figure. -- RF
Arizona Republic receives death threats after Clinton endorsement
Lesser evilism: Quote of the Day – Hunter S. Thomson's Prescient 1972 Warning
Did Trump Support the Iraq War or Not?
Wisconsin Is Systematically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November
How Reuters "Tweaked" Its Latest Poll (Again) To Show A Clinton Lead

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


News Links, September 28, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Deutsche Bank in Free Fall. Shares, CoCo Bonds Plunge. Merkel Gives Cold Shoulder on Bailout. Bank Denies Everything
U.S. Bond Market's Biggest Buyers Are Selling Like Never Before
Draghi Increases Risk of Global Trade Collapse With Brexit Tough Talk
WTO Slashes Global Trade Forecast by 39% Since April: "Wake-Up Call" Says WTO Director
Perry Capital Closing Flagship Fund After Almost Three Decades
Will Deutsche Bank's Collapse Be Worse Than Lehman Brothers?
Deutsche Bank Contagion: Nord LB, Lufthansa, Korean Air Pull Bond Deals
Saudi Arabia cuts public sector bonuses, ministers' salaries
Malaysian Banks Brace For Profit Hits As O&G Firms Restructure Debt
Small Banks Must Go: Megabank-Meister Draghi
Global debt climbs towards fresh high as companies and countries keep on borrowing
Why Fiat Money Manipulation Can Never Produce Prosperity
I agree. Still, people tend to miss or misinterpret important economic elements. For example, he says, "The final decades of the worldwide gold standard, the 1950s and 1960s, were the most prosperous decades of the past hundred years." While the gold standard might have contributed to this prosperity, the author seems unaware that those two decades featured unprecedented access to energy that was unbelievably cheap and high in quality, i.e., very high net energy. Without a doubt, this was the primary driving force at the time. It was in the early 1970s that oil prices started rising and the net energy of the US oil industry started falling. -- RF
France unlikely to achieve 2017 deficit target: fiscal watchdog

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Germany "Other" Bank: Commerzbank To Fire 9,000, 18% Of Its Entire Workforce
Bank of America to cut Asia investment banking jobs: Sources

## War on cash/cashless society ##
How the death of cash could help prevent the next banking crisis
World's Best Performing Currency: Bitcoin Inflation Rate Drops To 4%

## Airline death spiral ##
Could airports ban travellers' families and friends for security?
PAL Plane Safely Lands in Manila After Smoke Seen in Cabin
The looming crisis in airport capacity
Airline Secrets No One Wants You To Know About
Airlines Embrace Pollution Plan That Could Cost Them $24 Billion
Airlines Are Cozying Up to Biofuels, but Don't Expect Ethanol to Propel Flights Anytime Soon
Considering the sheer scale of industrial civilization, running the industrial machine on biofuels is a joke. Ethanol in particular is a loser. It has only about two-thirds the energy of gasoline per unit volume, and its production from corn delivers net energy that is barely positive. The more ethanol added to the energy mix, the farther it drives net energy down and the more it aggravates an already bad situation. It's like drinking seawater to slake your thirst. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Squeezing North Korea: old friends take steps to isolate regime
New Cold War Spins Out of Control
U.S. enthusiasts for the New Cold War with Russia appear to be ignoring less-belligerent orders from President Obama and pushing for a dangerous escalation of tensions.

## Migrants/refugees ##

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Hanging on to the land and getting any produced food to China are going to be much more difficult. When food shortages start, locals will strip the fields bare. And such land purchases constitute a tacit admission by the Chinese government that it won't be able to feed all its people. -- RF
Obesity Threat: Poor-Quality Diet Puts 3 Billion People At Risk, Global Panel Report Says
Definitely not. The author is correct in pointing out the increased challenges to outdoor agriculture due to climate change, but vertical farming depends on continuation of the industrial system, which is impossible. The greater people's dependence on vertical farming, the greater the shock when the lights go out. -- RF
Millions of Trees are Dying Across the US
Throughout the U.S., trees are dying at an astonishing rate. The reasons for the die-off vary from location to location — drought, disease, insects and wildfires – but the root cause in many of these cases is the same: climate change.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Facebook, It's Time to Open Up

## Propaganda/censorship ##
America's Deceptive Model for Aggression
Since NATO's 1999 war on Serbia, U.S. officials have followed a script demonizing targeted foreign leaders, calling ultimatums "diplomacy," lying about "war as a last resort" and selling aggression as humanitarianism.
How the FDA Manipulates the Media
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit
American Pravda: The Destruction of TWA Flight 800
The conclusion says what I've been saying for a long time: The US has an excellent propaganda system. -- RF
Waste of money. The project will be abandoned midway. -- RF
Dams surrounding the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) have become de facto storage facilities for high concentrations of radioactive cesium as the element continues to accumulate.

"Exploration has fallen to record lows and little new investment has been approved in 2016 and 2017 looks no better," said Michie in a statement marking the release of Oil & Gas UK's Economic Report 2016.

## US ##
Concerning #1, we often hear how the national debt has skyrocketed "under Barack Obama." While I'm not making any excuses for him, it's important to understand that soaring national debt was an inevitability that would have happened under any president. As the world's largest economy, a huge amount of debt had to be added to make up for the loss of energy leverage and keep the economy from collapsing. -- RF
Police Killings Won't Stop
The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.
And remember, this is primarily an energy problem, not a money problem. That's why the money-based prescriptions for solving the problem are not working. -- RF
Domestic and international experts rate the US elections as the worst among all Western democracies. According to Electoral Integrity Project, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are at the top of the ranking, while the US scores 62.

## The candidates ##
Hillary vs Donald: So Who Won? (A review of the polls)
Clinton Toned Down Her Hawkishness
Hillary Clinton's strongest point in Monday's debate may have been what she didn't say, as she avoided a return to her hawkish rhetoric that has alienated many anti-war Democrats.
Clinton's Faulty New Scheme to 'Fight' ISIS
Even as Hillary Clinton pushes a new scheme for defeating ISIS, the reality is that contradictory U.S. policies in the Mideast that she helped formulate are fueling the growth of jihadi extremism.
The New Cold Warriors Sic the FBI on Donald Trump
While we have gotten used to the neo-McCarthyite tactics employed by the Clinton campaign linking Donald Trump to the  Kremlin, the whole disgraceful operation has reached a new low with the introduction of US law enforcement agencies into the mix.

And finally...
Police respond to emergency call about man biting woman, find 'zombies'

Sunday, September 25, 2016


News Links, September 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Time to "Be Alarmed" about Emerging Market Debt: UN
Moody's downgrades Turkey's credit rating to 'junk' status
What If We're in a Depression But Don't Know It?
As observed before, the current downturn isn't a recession or depression as we usually use the terms. Net energy decline is a heavy drag on economies, thereby in effect creating what appears to be a "Great Recession." Keep in mind that the world pulled out of the Great Depression because in those years the net energy yields of coal and oil were very high. High net energy was also the primary reason that the defeated nations of WWII were able to rebuild so rapidly — they successfully leveraged their reconstruction and recovery efforts with plenty of cheap, high-quality energy. Unfortunately, this time is different! Reconstruction efforts, such as in post-tsunami Japan, are painfully slow, showing that Japan now cannot get the energy leverage it had in the early postwar years. Net energy decline dictates that there is a long slide ahead of us before we are able to settle at a much lower energy level. In the process, we will be forced to give up most of the gains made during the 20th century. -- RF
World Trade Grinds Lower, Hits 2014 Levels
Canadian Housing Bubble, Debt Stir Financial Crisis Fears
Top Bank Fraud Expert: ALL of the Big Banks' Profits Come from FRAUD
US-EU Trade Talks "De Facto Dead"
Zimbabwe to print $75 million of its own version of U.S. dollar
Libya's Cash To Run Out By 2017 Without Jump In Oil Exports
Merkel Says No Aid for Deutsche Bank; Depositor Bail-In Coming Up?
U.S. Imports Record Amount Of Gold From Switzerland In July
Hell To Pay — The final condition for a market crash is falling into place

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Goldman axing nearly 30 percent of Asia investment banking jobs - sources

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Is it time to do away with cash? (Washington Post)

## Airline death spiral ##
Terminal at New York's LaGuardia reopened after evacuation: media
Qantas Passengers Evacuated in Australia Amid Fumes in Cabin
September Air Travel is So Slow One Carrier Shut Down For a Day
Soon it won't be just September. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Rouhani: Halt on Flights Over Syria Would Help Radicals
The Natural Gas War Burning Under Syria
Russia And Pakistan To Hold First Joint Military Exercise
Turkey and the Kurdish Quandary
The West's imperial division of the Mideast, including the parceling of Kurdish territory among several countries, still contributes to the region's unrest, leaving the Kurds now at odds with Turkey's powerful army.
The solution is to blame it on the Russians. -- RF
US Senate tacitly endorses US role in Yemen war
Turkey to become 1-year, unaccompanied tour for deployment of US personnel
North Korea threatens another nuclear test
China, US Join Forces to Track Down Chinese Firms Funding North Korea's Nuclear Program
Philippines to Host U.S. War Games After Duterte Softens Stance
US Air Force is losing pilots, and the headwind is getting worse
Did the Pentagon Sabotage Syrian Peace Deal?
As the latest attempt at U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria goes up in flames, the back story includes Pentagon resistance to the plan and the bloody U.S. airstrike on a Syrian military outpost.
Report: US Forces Korea overdue on nearly $2 million in electricity bills this year
U.S. has used white phosphorus in Iraq

## Migrants/refugees ##
Hungary Says Migration Spreads Terror
Migrant disasters in the Mediterranean
French Leader Vows to Shut Down 'Unacceptable' Calais Camp
Panic sweeps Calais camp as refugees await the bulldozers
Death toll in migrant shipwreck off Egypt rises to 300
Balkan route nations say to focus on achievable ways to prevent new migrant influx
Merkel Caves To Pressure On Migrant Policy: "Germany Has Done Enough", As Support For AfD Hits All Time High
'No camps in France,' vows Hollande, under rightwing pressure

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
2,000 protest in Romania over minister's immunity
Thousands March in Latest Anti-Govt Protest in Poland
Who Is Behind The Riots? Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs
Unrest in Kashmir after clashes between protesters and armed forces
Dozens Of U.S., Canadian Tribes Unite Against Proposed Oil Pipelines
Charlotte Protesters Take a Knee Outside Panthers' Stadium During Anthem

## Energy/resources ##
'Travesty': Nestlé Outbids Another Town for Control of Local Water Supply
Oil Independents To Boost Capex In 2017, Report
Canada is pumping so much oil to the U.S. there are not enough pipelines to carry it
Global Nuclear Power Capacity to Rise Up to 56% by 2030
No, it won't. But by 2030 the nuclear "decommissioning disaster" could well be in full swing. -- RF
Everyone Hates Coal, Yet the Coal ETF is Up 86% This Year
Russia Bets On $40 Oil Through 2017
The problem with off-shore wind energy
It's becoming increasingly clear that renewables aren't going to save the day. But the writer's insistence on nuclear power as a solution is even crazier. -- RF

## Got food? ##
Deere Smart Tractors Go Into Battle Against Malthusian View
This article hauls out the old chestnut that Malthus was wrong, but like all the other Malthus bashers can't see (or won't admit) that the Malthusian catastrophe was just postponed by the one-time fossil fuel bonanza. With net energy in decline, we're increasingly closer to the day when overweight people will wonder how they were ever concerned about getting too many calories. -- RF
Rising ocean temperatures threatening Maine lobster industry

## Environment/health ##
Climate change could cross key threshold in a decade: scientists
The UN just categorized antibiotics in the food system as a crisis on par with AIDS and Ebola
A Cruise Ship Just Sailed the Northwest Passage, Thanks to Climate Change
Puerto Rico Reports 2nd Death Tied to Zika-Related Condition
As opioid epidemic grows, so do prices of lifesaving overdose drugs
Natural gas is a stupid transportation fuel
Iowa expects more rain, braces for record flooding
Oil, gas drilling has Oklahoma all shook up. Can anything be done about it?
Forget California—Oklahoma is now the most earthquake prone state in the lower 48, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. And in this case, the reason appears to be man-made.
Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos
Africa Lost About 111,000 Elephants to Poaching in Last Decade
Want to Slow Climate Change? Stop Having Babies
I've said it many times: Too many humans. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
America the Banana Republic – Most of Clinton's Recovered Emails Will Be Released After Election Day
Facebook exaggerates key video viewing metric; advertisers given inflated data
After 75 Years Of Rogue Operations—–The FBI's Hillary Clinton Email Probe Is The Final Straw
Hillary Emailgate: How One Twitter User Proved The "Intent" That The FBI Missed After Months "Investigating"
The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham
NSA Analyst: We now have incontrovertible proof the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton
Yahoo is sued for gross negligence over huge data breach
Obama used a pseudonym in emails with Clinton, FBI documents reveal
Obama-era surveillance worse than Stasi, says Oliver Stone
10 Ways Local Police Are Spying on Your Community
Computer Scientists Close In on Perfect, Hack-Proof Code
Scary Microsoft patent would have Windows watch everything you do, send it to Bing, for better search results
India mulls all options including cyber warfare to make Pak pay
A Walking Tour of New York's Massive Surveillance Network

## Propaganda/censorship ##
How US Propaganda Plays in Syrian War
U.S. foreign policymakers have experimented at planting propaganda in social media and then citing it as evidence to support their goals, a process now playing out in the Syrian "regime change."
As I've repeatedly said, the US has the best propaganda system in the world. -- RF
Russia and US Provide a Lesson in Propaganda Over Syrian Ceasefire
How to Win a Debate With Mind Games and Dirty Tricks
Perplexed global public opinion holds its breath at the (circus) best American "democracy" is able to conjure.
The first cage match this coming Monday between a Queen of War profiting from a mighty (Clinton) Cash Machine and a billionaire uber-narcissist adored by a "basket of deplorables".
How Libyan 'Regime Change' Lies Echo in Syria
Another Kerry Rush to Judgment on Syria
The U.N. withdrew its claim that an airstrike hit its Syrian relief convoy but Secretary of State Kerry relied on the outdated claim in lashing out at Russia in a repeat of his earlier rushes to judgment.

## Japan ##
Japan seeking new negotiations with Russia for Kuril Islands, report says
"It May Be Over For The BOJ" - Wall Street Throws Up On Kuroda's "Disastrous" New Policy
As Rivals Circle, Japan Boosting Firepower To Buy Global Energy Assets
Japan plans to rush through a bill to provide more financial muscle for its companies to compete for global energy assets, just as other resource-hungry Asian economies such as China and India are also looking to snap up depressed oil assets.
New SDF outpost creates divide in East China Sea
Twitter sees inquiries surge from Japanese authorities
Japan, Russia appear to be making headway in island dispute
Japan eyes exhibiting materials on territorial issues in Tokyo
Japan's future typhoons: disruptive, deadly and destructive
Japan's Time Is Running Out: Toward Monetary Exhaustion
As Diet opens, emboldened Abe sets sights on constitutional revision
Japan scrambles ASDF near Okinawa as Chinese air force planes pass over key entryway into Pacific

## China ##
Greenpeace Reports Nearly 200 Died in China in Chemical Explosions from Jan to Aug
China chalks up $667-billion debt pile over toll roads
16-year-old girl starves mom to death for forcing her into brutal internet addiction camp
Beijing OKs merger of major steelmakers
Barack Obama's 'Asian pivot' failed. China is in the ascendancy (Guardian)
Did people realistically expect anything different? -- RF
From soccer clubs to robot makers to private banks ... is China buying up Europe?
Activists Speak Out on Xi's Rights Crackdown
China Air Force Holds Drills In Western Pacific For Second Time This Month
China Continues to Battle Massive Capital Flight Problem
China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan
'They're just like us': Exhibition shines a light on Hong Kong's grim low income housing

## UK ##
LSE's Rolet Says 100,000 Jobs at Risk If Clearing Leaves London
Russian Blackjack bombers intercepted by RAF Typhoons off Shetland
Revealed: one in seven UK takeaways have failed food hygiene tests
IT failure sees operations postponed amid backlog of 10,000 blood tests 

## US ##
The Crazy Years — They're here
Obama Vetoes Bill to Let 9/11 Families Sue Saudi Arabia
GDP Estimates in Free-Fall: FRBNY Nowcast 2.26% for 3rd Quarter, 1.22% for 4th Quarter
Chicago's Plight: Why Do Blacks Perpetually Vote for Politicians Who Make Their Lives Worse?
Keith Lamont Scott's wife releases video of deadly Charlotte encounter
Charlotte Police Release Dashcam, Body-Cam Footage Of Keith Scott's Death, Chief Says "Absolutely" Had A Gun
"FBI Is Handing Out Deals Like Candy" - Cheryl Mills And 2 Other Clinton Aides Get Immunity
Suspect Arrested in Washington Mall Shooting That Killed 5
Cop's Body Camera Records Him Pepper-Spraying Teen Girl
Flat broke: Bill and Hillary Clinton buy the house next door — their third $1 million manse
Study finds young men are playing video games instead of getting jobs
California exceptionalism: Every household in the state owes around $11,000 for public pensions
It's part of the ongoing collapse of pensions around the world. -- RF
Students Are Pulling a Kaepernick All Over America — and Being Threatened for It
Everyone thinks they are middle class: The false perceptions many Americans hold.
John Boehner Cashes Out, Joins Corporate Lobbying Firm That Represents China
Introducing the Military-Industrial-Elementary School Complex
Chart Of The Day: Household Financial Assets To Disposable Personal Income Now Exceeds Dotcom/Housing Bubble Peaks

## The candidates ##
Most Dangerous Person On the Planet Today: Hillary Clinton
Meet Mike Morrell—-Hillary's Favorite Demented, Creepy CIA Warmonger
12 Ways Gary Johnson Is a Hardcore Right-Wing Radical
There's One Other Reason Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Should Be Invited to the Debates
Jill Stein: Why I should be in the debates
Trump headed for win, says professor who's predicted 30 years of presidential outcomes correctly
Russia Views Hillary Clinton as An "Existential Threat" to Peace
New York Times Endorses Clinton for President, Highlights Experience
Hillary Clinton Allies Press Donald Trump For More Transparency, While Keeping Their Own Clients Secret
Republican billionaire pledges $2M to Clinton
Trump praises autocratic Egyptian leader
Law Prof Says There is Already Enough Evidence To Impeach Donald Trump If He Beats Hillary
Bill Clinton's Ex-Girlfriend, Gennifer Flowers, Confirms She Will "Definitely Be At The Debate"
Trump Camp Pivots to Say Flowers Not Invited to Debate
"The Hillary Coverup Operation" - How PRN Described Clinton's 60-Day "Email Retention Policy"
Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Dilbert Creator Switches Endorsement From Hillary to Trump

And finally...
Ig Nobel Prizes 2016: Volkswagen, Personality Of Rocks, Asking Liars About Lying, Alpine 'Goat Man' And Others
Restaurant shut down for operating without license one day after winning Michelin star (China)
Japanese inventor Dr. NakaMats unveils bladed 'guard wig' invention for Donald Trump

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