Sunday, October 02, 2016


News Links, October 3, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Stealth Bailout of 2 Franken-Banks Now Happening in Spain
Why everyone should be afraid of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Germany's Merkel cannot afford to bail out Deutsche Bank: media
Deutsche Bank races against time to reach U.S. settlement
Some Deutsche Bank Clients Unable To Access Cash Due To "IT Outage"
It's not just Deutsche. European banking is utterly broken
Six Current or Former Deutsche Bank Managers Charged with Fraud Related to Monte dei Paschi Derivatives
Surprise! And The Most Complained-About Nation In The World Trade Organization Is...
Hint: It's not China. -- RF
Three reasons why the banking system is rigged against you
Senior Italian bankers to meet Monday over sale of four banks: sources
With 3 this Week, Global Corporate Default Tally Now at 130 this Year
UK PM Announces "Great Repeal" Legislation Negating EU Power Over UK; Article 50 Deadline Set to March
Saudi stock market slumps to lowest close since March 2011

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Deutsche Bank Said Poised to Advance on 1,000 Planned Job Cuts

## Airline death spiral ##
Tight squeeze: Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific to introduce 10-abreast seating in its Boeing fleet
Beijing's New Airport To Be World's Largest
Fasten seat belt: Chinese airlines' corporate earnings poised for declines after peaking in 2016
China deploys robots as customs officers

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia Warns Against US Attack on Syrian Forces
US Army Sending More Troops, Resources to Africa
9/11 widow first to sue Saudi Arabia under new bill
Report: 13 Bodies Found in Western Mexico
U.N. atomic agency chief says Iran sticking to nuclear deal
MH17 Update: Lockerbie-Style Tribunal Should Be Considered To Prosecute Suspects, Australia Says
Erdogan Signals Preference for Longer Turkey Emergency Rule
Colombia referendum: Voters reject Farc peace deal

## Migrants/refugees ##
Big majority of Hungarians rejected migrant quotas but vote invalid
German Mayor Beaten Unconscious After Announcing Plan To Accept Refugees

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Four killed in eastern India during coal mine protest
Pasadena crowds protest the death of a man Tasered by police
Heathrow protesters stage 'die-in' demo over airport expansion
French Police Clash With Protesters Backing Calais Migrants
Dozens killed in stampede in Ethiopia after police fire warning shots at protest

## Energy/resources ##
Thorium in the news
Nuclear power bust: Sizewell B and 27 other EDF nuclear plants 'at risk of catastrophic failure'
A new report finds that 28 nuclear reactors, 18 of them EDF plants in France and one at Sizewell in the UK, are at risk of failure 'including core meltdown' due to flaws in safety-critical components in reactor vessels and steam generators.
The bad news about nuclear power just keeps coming. Despite the obvious nuclear-power train wreck, our brain-dead political and business leaders steadfastly maintain that we need more and more nukes. -- RF
2 projects to help unlock giant accumulations of thick Alaska oil put on hold
Experts say the oil fields in northern Alaska contain upward of 30 billion barrels of heavy and viscous oil. But it is costly and difficult to bring up, and only a small fraction may ever be produced.
Therefore exploiting such deposits further lowers net energy. -- RF
Pipeline disruption leads to record gasoline stock changes in Southeast, Gulf Coast
Australian public broadcaster a true believer in US shale oil supremacy

## Got food? ##
FDA issues recall for Sammy's Milk baby formula over bacteria concern
This Infographic Shows How Only 10 Companies Own All The World's Food Brands

## Environment/health ##
Tuberculosis Risk: Animal TB Threat Greater Than Previously Believed, Report Says
Citing Environmental Risks, Scientists Back Tribes in Dakota Access Fight
Elephants Have Learned To Avoid Poachers By Hanging Out With Rangers
Gaza headed for 'environmental catastrophe'
US Attorney General Finally Admits Weed Isn't a Gateway Drug — Prescription Pills Are
Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean – And It's Going To Get Worse
For the First Time, Bees Declared Endangered in the U.S.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
U.S. says hackers probed voting systems, no sign of damage
Revealed: The Orwellian Tools Used By Law Enforcement To Spy On Activists Via Social Media
Police accidentally record themselves conspiring to fabricate criminal charges against protester
The "Pardon Snowden" Case Just Got Stronger

## Propaganda/censorship ##
Fake News & False Flags: How the Pentagon Paid a British PR firm $500 Million for Top Secret Iraq Propaganda

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Why the demise of civilization is inevitable
A Process That Makes Democracy Look Bad
The circus-like U.S. political process, with a media that treasures trivia over substance, is giving democracy a bad name in the world and making alternative structures look good by comparison.
Suburban Technology Should Die a Deserved Death

## Japan ##
Tokyo faces declining condominium prices
Japan desperate for foreign farmers
Abe aims to spur growth, longevity with new technology
Layering on more technology seems to be the solution to just about everything. In reality, it increases complexity, and further cements the dominance of elites who control the technologies, directly or indirectly. -- RF
The Northern Territories Dispute: Is a Breakthrough in the Offing?
Nuclear power bust: Utilities may get caps on liability in time of serious nuke accidents
In the event of a serious nuclear accident, the government is considering capping the liability of electric power companies and placing the burden beyond that on the public in the form of taxes or higher electricity rates.
This was totally foreseeable because it's evident now that even the money for decommissioning end-of-life reactors will be hard for plant owners and operators to find. When the going gets tough, the public foots the bill. We can see now that nuclear-generated electricity is far more expensive than imagined. "Too-cheap-to-meter" nuclear power turns out to be a total economic loser, not to mention the megatons of deadly radioactive waste littering the planet. -- RF

## China ##
Home prices rise in China's major cities for 17th straight month
The World's Second-Largest Economy Is Headed for a Hard Landing
Beijing on pollution alert as smog season sets in
Thoughts interrupted: popular website for Chinese thinkers pulled offline
Beijing raises down payments for homebuyers

## UK ##
U.K. government to invest $1.7B in nuclear submarines
Protesters stage 'die-in' flashmob at Heathrow over expansion plans
Police officers and staff take 200,000 sick days over mental health
Brexit: UK To Trigger Article 50 In March 2017, Leave EU By 2019, PM Theresa May Says

## US ##
Where's the money? This is Why US Gov. Deficit Numbers are a BIG Lie
What happened to the $700 billion in real money that the government borrowed over the past two fiscal years but never officially spent? What happened to the $4 trillion that the government borrowed but never officially spent since 2013? Where did this money go?
How Arms Sales Distort US Foreign Policy
Money may not be the root of all evil but it surely contributes to horrible war crimes when lucrative arms sales distort U.S. foreign policy and cause selective outrage over human rights atrocities.
Near 'Collapse,' Minnesota to Raise Obamacare Rates by Half
Kalamazoo Asks the Rich for Donations Instead of Hiking Taxes
Sacramento police tried to run over man before shooting him, recordings reveal
The retirement gamble: 30 percent of American adults have no retirement savings. Half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.
Raptors players, coaches lock arms in solidarity during national anthems at preseason game
Not pot: US hemp farms take root under state pilot programs
Duke University Endowment Posts 2.6% Loss for Year Ended in June

## The candidates ##
Amid Call for Trump Boycott, More Revelations About Nominee's Problems With Women
Video: Judicial Watch panel details Hillary Clinton scandal updates
German government believes Trump would ravage U.S. economy: Spiegel
The Computer Voting Revolution Is Already Crappy, Buggy, and Obsolete
Bombshell report on Trump taxes sends GOP nominee reeling
Clinton Campaign Admits Hillary Used Same Tax Avoidance "Scheme" As Trump
What IRS data shows about how far Trump pushed tax rules in 1995
Political Succession and "The Bush-Clinton Nexus": Permanent Criminal State, "A Clinton White House Guarantees War with Russia"
Gary Johnson: Beyond the Gaffes
From troops to nukes: This is how Trump and Clinton would manage the military
CNN: George W. Bush's daughter Barbara attended a Clinton event in Paris
Wall Street Bank Whose Donors Back Clinton Say Election Will Likely Preserve Status Quo, But Could Bring Recession
Chelsea Clinton: Didn't know mom had pneumonia
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
Trump's Taxes? Audit the Clinton Foundation!

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