Tuesday, October 25, 2016


News Links, October 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Still, in articles like this you cannot find any reference to the central role of net energy decline. -- RF
Italy's Banking Crisis Gets Addressed: How to Conceal a Problem that Threatens to Engulf the Entire Eurozone

## Cut, baby, cut! ##

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Saudi Arabia 'deliberately targeting impoverished Yemen's farms and agricultural industry'
Increasing evidence suggests Kingdom is not merely bombing civilians in neighbouring country, but systematically targeting infrastructure survivors will need to avoid starvation when the war is over
NATO Continues to Prepare for War with Russia
Clinton's Slog Deeper into the Big Muddy
In the last debate, Hillary Clinton vowed to follow up the defeat of ISIS in Iraq's Mosul with a march on ISIS' capital in Raqqa, except that's in Syria, a suggestion of a wider war.
Russia's Very Different Reality
The demonization of Russian President Putin and Russia, in general, has reached alarming levels in the West with a new "group think" taking hold that ignores Russian realities and interests.
US Impunity Erodes World Justice
The International Criminal Court charges only Africans with human rights crimes while granting impunity to U.S. officials and their allies, undermining what had been a noble idea of universal justice.
Austrian Party Head Calls Germany's Merkel 'Dangerous Woman'
The head of Austria's right-wing party on Monday called German Chancellor Angela Merkel "the most dangerous woman in Europe" for her initially liberal migrant policies and warned of possible civil war if the influx of people seeking a better life within the European Union is not stopped.

## Energy/resources ##
5 Negative Factors For Oil Prices
Building just a third of planned new coal-fired power plants around the world would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty as it accelerates climate change past an agreed limit of 2 degrees Celsius of warming, development experts warn.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Banker Deaths and WikiLeaks Deaths Have a Common Thread
Now it has emerged that two of the top lawyers representing Assange, John Jones in London and Michael Ratner in New York, died within less than a month of each other this year. And, Assange's closest confidant in London and a Director of WikiLeaks, Gavin Macfadyen, died just yesterday.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

## UK ##
Britain's high streets under strain as 15 shops close every day
Traditional retailers replaced by cafes and discount stores, with fashion shops badly hit and experts predicting worse to come
Brexit Risks 'Constitutional Crisis' Between U.K.'s Nations
Online deals gone bad are so common, in fact, that cops across the country are starting to step in, teaming up with residents to safeguard transactions in their neighborhoods by inviting online sellers and buyers to "safe exchange zones" at police offices, where surveillance cameras track all exchanges.

## The candidates ##
Although shot to mimic a news program, the broadcast was essentially a campaign advertisement with only glowing coverage of Trump and sharp criticism of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Basically the mainstream media give us glowing coverage of Clinton while making light of Trump, so Trump seems justified in offering this counterbalance. -- RF
Neither candidate knows anything about energy. -- RF
Bernie Sanders's Hopes and Regrets
Bernie Sanders hopes to hold a President Hillary Clinton to the Democratic platform's commitment to progressive policies, but the Vermont senator may be having doubts and possibly regrets.

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