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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