Tuesday, October 11, 2016


News Links, October 12, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Zombification of EU banking system gathers momentum.
EU, US negotiators officially drop aim of concluding TTIP in 2016

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
US Forces Increasing Iraq Footprint Ahead of Mosul Operation
East Africa Response Force (video interview)
Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War
As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn't amused and is preparing for actual conflict.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
The New Slave Revolt
Global investment in clean energy fell to the lowest in more than three years as demand for new renewable energy sources slumped in China, Japan and Europe.
It takes energy to make energy. What's really happening here — which is hard for people to see because, in the mistaken belief that money makes the world go around, they focus on money — is that the declining net energy available to society is beginning to strangle investment in renewables. There will of course be much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the failure of national and local governments to provide the requisite monetary incentives for expanding the use of renewables, but in truth governments are hamstrung. -- RF
The primary factor, probably not perceived by the WEC, is net energy decline. As society must do with progressively less net energy to run itself, economic activity slows, further reducing demand in a downward spiral. -- RF
First Nations flex muscles in US, Canada pipeline debate: Fuel for Thought
First Nations tribes in Canada and the US have started flexing their muscles, successfully delaying pipeline projects on both sides of the border. Indications are that this effort is becoming more organized and may play a larger role in infrastructure decisions across the continent.
Keep in mind that quality means far more than quantity. -- RF
Swiss government opposes campaign for quick nuclear exit

## Got food? ##
Wet North America harvest adds pressure for farmers
North America's wettest harvest in about five years is hiking farmers' costs as they dry crops to avoid spoilage and forcing them to take price discounts that are pinching incomes already under stress.
I am having trouble getting my rice to dry, so I can tell you this is a serious matter for farmers. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
Haiti Doctors Warn of Cholera Crisis After Hurricane Matthew
## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Helped Police Track Activists of Color: ACLU
In marketing materials, surveillance developer Geofeedia called unions and activist groups "overt threats"
It's the beginning of the end when the authorities and elites are afraid of their own people. -- RF
5 companies now control 80% of America's contracted spying

Debate Moderator Distorted Syrian Reality
How ABC News' Martha Raddatz framed her question about Syria in the second presidential debate shows why the mainstream U.S. news media, with its deep-seated biases and inability to deal with complexity, has become such a driving force for wider wars and even a threat to the future of the planet.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
USA 2017-2020: An Ungovernable Nation?
The only way to govern successfully is to actually solve the underlying systemic problems, but doing that requires overthrowing a corrupt, self-serving elite.
Another major problem is net energy decline. Inability to maintain energy throughput will increasingly cripple the government and hobble its efforts to govern a populace infected with growing unrest. Look for more disorder and breakdown as the socioeconomic system deteriorates. -- RF
The bigger a city, the more energy it needs to maintain order and services. Keep watching as disaster unfolds. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan's overbuilt solar market waiting for new dawn
Some 80% of Japan's "megasolar" projects, so called because their scale is measured in megawatts, do not produce a single watt of power.
Foreign ownership of farmland is an increasingly sensitive issue in Australia, where many fear that Chinese-owned farms could supply Australian-grown produce to Chinese parent companies at discount prices or refuse to sell to Australian buyers.
The Chinese government knows it will likely have trouble feeding its huge population. Thus the purchases of foreign agricultural assets. Recall that China is also securing vast tracts of cropland on other continents. But as I noted before, when food shortages strike, the locals will make off with all the food. -- RF

## UK ##
Although energy isn't even mentioned in this article, in fact the "new normal" is a world of declining net energy, in which we are increasingly unable to leverage human labor with copious amounts of high-quality energy. It's all downhill from here. -- RF

## The candidates ##
At Debate, Clinton Blames Russia for Many Things
The second presidential debate has come and gone, and while once again foreign policy didn't play a huge role in the overall discussion, what was to be said appears to have seen the whole of America's foreign policy goals coalesce neatly around Russia-bating.
If all else fails, use the Russians as an all-purpose scapegoat and bogeyman. -- RF
Interesting reading. -- RF
Hillary Clinton: Candidate of War
The U.S. political/media establishment only permits the propaganda version of the Syrian conflict – and Hillary Clinton fully embraced it in her belligerent comments in the second presidential debate.
A Government is Seizing Control of Our Election Process, and It Is Not the Russians
There is an attempt underway for a government to take control of our election process and throw the election to Hillary Clinton. It is not the Russian government. Mark this day — it is when we came to understand that the American government decided to elect a president.
Second Presidential Debate
A raging, unhinged Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton with prison during a presidential debate unlike any other.  But corporate media pundits said he won.
Neither candidate knows anything about energy. -- RF

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