Tuesday, November 29, 2016


News Links, November 30, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
"Disorderly" Correction of House Price Bubble in Canada Threatens "Financial Stability": OECD
Millions of Japanese Over 35 Still Live With Mom and Dad
And elderly Korean parents face late retirement to support adult offspring

## Airline death spiral ##
The number of violent in-flight confrontations is on the rise, according to the International Air Transport Association, a trade organization. It reported a total of 10,854 air-rage incidents last year, up 14 percent from 2014. Crew members tell me one of the biggest flash points is carry-on luggage, particularly arguments about overhead bin space.
Passenger Jumps From Plane After Landing in Houston

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Egypt Troops In Syria: Cairo Denies Reports Of Military Presence In War-Torn Country

## Migrants/refugees ##
The Coming Immigration Clash

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Authorities say no plans to forcibly remove North Dakota protesters
North Dakota officials back away from blockade plans for pipeline protesters

## Environment/health ##
Pine Island Glacier In West Antarctica Is Melting From Inside Out
Why parks matter: Nature improves your brain

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Hackers are holding San Francisco's MUNI light-rail system for ransom
The Corporate Media's Gulag of the Mind
Your crime, as it were, need not be substantiated with evidence; the mere fact you publicly revealed your anti-Establishment thought convicted you.
No, Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See
Martin Armstrong Exposes The Real Fake News: Did The BBC Get Caught Fabricating News To Start A War?

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
The Engine of Inequality: Privilege
This is what we're up against: a status quo that has institutionalized soaring inequality and rising poverty as the only possible output of defending the privileged few at the expense of the many.
Private firms to study aging infrastructure (Japan)
The land and infrastructure ministry says many sewer systems, tunnels, and bridges are reaching the end of their lifespan. In fiscal 2014, aging sewage lines caused some 3,300 cases of road sinkholes across Japan.

## Japan ##
Estimated cost for Tokyo 2020 Olympics jumps to ¥2 trillion
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games could cost up to ¥2 trillion, or as much as 2.5 times the initial estimate in Tokyo's 2013 presentation to win the right to host the sporting extravaganza, the event's organizing committee said Tuesday.
Just wait. The cost will rise even more. -- RF
Japan tax reform to target offshore income, assets

## UK ##
UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime, report says
A child born in Britain today may never see fuel poverty eradicated.
Falwell says Trump offered him education secretary job
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down for personal reasons.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


News Links, November 28, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Canadian households to add 3% more consumer debt on Black Friday
Reflections on the 'Dispossessed'
The story of modern human history has been the dispossession of working people and the concentration of wealth in fewer hands, now transformed into a system of cradle-to-grave debt.
Cash Chaos in India, 86% of Money in Circulation Withdrawn; Cash Still King in Japan

## Airline death spiral ##
'Hillary B--tches on Here?' Man Shouts for President-Elect Trump on Allentown-Bound Flight
Chicago-Hong Kong United jet diverts to Narita to hand over man who tried to enter cockpit

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Israelis, Palestinians Spar Over Bill to Retroactively Legalize Settlements
Israel arrests 22 in suspicious fires, classifies them 'terrorism'
The West's Shift Toward Repression
The West's "liberal democracies" are undergoing a shift toward repression with new initiatives to spy on citizens and punish whistleblowers who expose government abuses.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Army Corps of Engineers Orders Dakota Pipeline Protesters to Abandon Camp

## Environment/health ##
Pesticide studies must be made public, EU court rules
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that trade secrets are not an excuse for refusing to divulge information on biocides released into the air, water, soil and plants.
After 5-year study, scientists say unchecked Arctic melting may bring irreversible change

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Germany planning to 'massively' limit privacy rights
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is planning a major limitation of privacy rights in Germany, say data protection groups. Germans will no longer have the right to know what data about them is being collected.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
U.S. Shoppers killed, injured in 'Black Friday' violence

Fukushima decommissioning costs to soar
The combined costs of paying compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the decommissioning of the plant's reactors may be double the initial estimate, rising to more than 20 trillion yen ($176 billion), according to estimates by the country's industry ministry.
It still won't be enough. -- RF

## UK ##
Four charts that show how Britons are living beyond their means
British households will live beyond their means well into the next decade as low interest rates encourage households to raid savings and take on more debt, official forecasts show.
Sweeping UK spy bill dubbed 'snoopers' charter' becomes law
Theresa May is under intense pressure from senior doctors and a powerful cross-party alliance of politicians to avert a collapse in care for the elderly, as shocking new figures show the system close to meltdown.
A 'shocking' surge in people being treated for malnutrition blamed on rising poverty
The number of hospital bed days taken up by undernourished patients has almost trebled in a decade, official figures show

## US ##
Even Obama Slams Stein's Recounts: The Results "Accurately Reflect The Will Of The American People"
Jill Stein's credibility seems to be sinking fast as both the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign have released statements this morning indicating they've failed to uncover a single shred of election hacking evidence.
It's a waste of money, and Stein's own political capital. Has Stein bought into the "lesser-evil" scam? Again, this just distracts from the real task at hand: Reforming the de facto one-party system. -- RF
## POTUS-elect ##
Sessions's Old-Time Contempt for Civil Rights
President-elect Trump's choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would put a longstanding opponent of civil rights for African-Americans in charge of the Justice Department.

Friday, November 25, 2016


News Links, November 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Shipbuilding in Japan, Korea, China Collapses in Death Spiral of Orders
TPP Dead, TTIP Dying, But The EU And Canada Seem Determined To Ram Through CETA Deal Without Proper Scrutiny
Why Is the US Dollar Rising?
Calgary landlords facing 'grim' times as almost 40% of rental properties sit empty
How Much Government Debt Rests Upon Your Shoulders?
Singapore to Give Loans to Help Struggling Oil-Linked Companies
Emerging economies struggle to stem currency slide
The Economy Needs Higher Oil Prices – Goldman Sachs
For India's millennials, home is where mom and dad are
Gold Price Intervention Circuit Diagram and Determinants Intervention Policy

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Cash Crackdown Escalates: India May Impose 60% Tax On "Unaccounted" Deposits, Curbs On Gold Holdings
Demonetisation: Zimbabwe, Myanmar, and USSR have been there, done that, and screwed themselves over
Two weeks later: Here's how demonetisation has hit households, businesses, and the government
Gold Price Skyrockets in India after Currency Ban
Insurer to cover virtual currencies

## Airline death spiral ##
Glitches are 'frequent', but new air traffic system requires time to stabilise, says Hong Kong aviation regulator
The admission by the Civil Aviation Department comes amid an onslaught of accusations about planes disappearing on radar and other malfunction
Melbourne Airport Fuel Shortage Disrupts Airlines in Australia
Indian pilots say government's proposed rules may force them to fly sick and endanger air safety
Maryland man arrested at California airport for making bomb threats on plane
100,000 passengers hit on third day of Lufthansa strike
Hundreds more flights canceled on day 3 of Lufthansa strike
Bleak outlook for Ukraine's regional airports
Japan Airlines to return to bond market after bankruptcy

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Trump's Possible Path Out of Ukraine Crisis
The U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014 sparked a New Cold War with Russia, but a President Trump could roll back tensions with a creative strategy for resolving the Ukraine standoff.
China to further boost military ties with strategic ally Djibouti in the Horn of Africa
Russia Protests Planned Ukraine Missile Training Over Crimea
West Aims to Revise Nuclear Deal With Iran Ahead of Trump Inauguration
Philippines' Duterte Seeks Peace with Leftist Revolutionaries

## Migrants/refugees ##
Greece: 2 Dead as Fire Rages Through Refugee Camp
Central Americans surge north, hoping to reach U.S. before Trump inauguration
Erdogan threatens to open borders to migrants after EU vote
Perfect Timing for Austria Election: Erdogan Again Threatens to Unleash 3M Refugees
Bulgarian police fire rubber bullets to quell migrant camp riot
Refugee Applications in Japan Jan.-Sept. Exceed 7,900

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Strikes in Greece against new cuts

## Energy/resources ##
OPEC Cuts To Hurt Crude Carrier Industry, Lower Shipping Rates
South Africa's proposed nuclear power plant unsafe - study

## Environment/health ##
Profits over People: How Big Pharma's Money Affects Our Health and Wallets
Scientists find bacteria in Beijing smog that lead to antibiotic resistance
Scientists have identified bacterial genes that lead to antibiotic resistance, including several that can be resistant to most powerful antibiotics, in air samples from Beijing, which is frequently cloaked in heavy smog.
On Virginia's vulnerable coast, fear of flooding on the rise
Haifa fire overcome but others rage elsewhere in Israel
Siberian Snow Theory Points to an Early and Cold Winter in U.S.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
North Korea Radio Broadcasts Cryptic Numbers, Likely To Be Coded Messages For Spies In South Korea, Report Says
No Credit History? No Problem. Lenders Are Looking at Your Phone Data

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Liberty Blitzkrieg Included on Washington Post Highlighted Hit List of "Russian Propaganda" Websites
Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton "Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools"
Examples of Mainstream Media Fake News
Meet The Real "Fake News"
Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images
Russian propaganda effort helped spread 'fake news' during election, experts say (Washington Post)
More Lies From The Experts

## Japan ##
Japan Moves Closer to Deployment of U.S. Missile Defense Shield
The Bank of Japan Can't Keep Stores From Cutting Prices
THAAD In Japan? US Anti-Missile System Considered By Tokyo To Strengthen Defense Capabilities
For military-weary Okinawa, Donald Trump offers a glimmer of hope
These Are The Top Stock Holdings Of The World's Biggest Pension Fund
Japan suffers longest consumer price fall since 2011
Ruling bloc rams 'pension-cutting bill' through committee, making Diet passage likely
6 Chinese military planes fly near Okinawa
TEPCO to send robot into Fukushima reactor in Jan.

## China ##
Beijing's Push to Curb Population Growth Hits Snag
China Uses US Concern Over Fake News To Push For More Control Of The Internet
U.S. Naval Patrols Threaten Sovereignty, Chinese Think Tank Warns
China Tries to Rein In 'Barbarian Growth' of Shadow Banking
Trump will pursue 'regional hegemony' in South China Sea: Chinese academics
What's making Hong Kong school students talk about independence from China?
Murder-suicide highlights limits of China's war on poverty

## UK ##
London Home Values Surpass 14 Times Earnings for First Time
Former PM Tony Blair says Brexit can be stopped if voters decide
Deadly bacteria on chickens now resistant to antibiotics in half of cases
'Blackout Friday' in central London as power cut hits West End
Royal Navy's £1bn warship needs tow home after just two days at sea

## US ##
Still Not Thanking Native Americans
Returned to its historical roots, Thanksgiving would be a day to express thanks to Native Americans whose generosity saved the Pilgrims, but that never seems to be a lesson learned.
Wells Fargo says that its customers gave up right to sue by having their signatures forged
Automobile Sales Falling, Inventories Up 7.8%, Interest Rates Rising: What can possibly go wrong?
Retail sales numbers are fake but the harm is real
Newly-Released Documents Confirm Bureau of Prisons Visit to CIA Torture Site in Afghanistan
Caught On Tape: Multiple Fights Break Out Among "Black Friday Zombies"

## POTUS-elect ##
Hungary's Leader Had Phone Conversation With Donald Trump
Donald Trump Makes the New York Times Great Again!
Greens Question Trump's Victory
Donald Trump, Voting Machine Truther, Should Demand Recounts to Prove He Won
Yes, go ahead and do it. But remember that no matter what the outcome, it will distract from the real job of reforming the US political and electoral system. Certainly voting fraud is a big problem, but it's nothing compared to the rigged one-party system itself. -- RF

Thursday, November 24, 2016


News Links, November 25, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Why Reshore Manufacturing? It's the Only Way to Avoid Defective Pirated Parts
There's going to be a lot of reshoring, worldwide, and production is going to be intensively localized, but not in the way that most people think. -- RF
Norway's oil and gas investments on the decline
Government of Norway, one of Europe's main energy suppliers, running a budget deficit.
With Action Slow to Come, Global Wealth Inequality Remains 'Shockingly High'
Global wealth inequality continues to rise, according to a new study from Credit Suisse, with the richest 10 percent now owning a full 89 percent of all global assets.
Half Of The Population Of The World Is Dirt Poor – And The Global Elite Want To Keep It That Way

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Modi's 50-day war on black money

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Russia Is Finally Making Headway In Its Pivot East
Israel Cheers Nikki Haley Appointment as US Ambassador to UN
South Carolina Governor Seen as Anti-Iran, Pro-Israel

## Migrants/refugees ##
Italy migrant arrivals hit record as eight die in Med

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
For 2nd Day, Haiti Police Scatter Rock-Throwing Protesters

More than half a million Europeans die prematurely each year - Report
Chronic disease, obesity, smoking, drugs and alcohol are cutting short the productive life of millions of Europeans, according to a review of 36 countries published by the European Commission and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Has Zika circulated quietly in Asia for decades?

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The high cost of security in today's world is yet another drag on the system. -- RF

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Obama's Musings on False Narratives and Fake Stories
People no longer believe the fake "news" and bogus narratives issued by the ruling class and its corporate and military misinformation specialists.
Merkel Declares War On "Fake News" As Europe Brands Russia's RT, Sputnik "Dangerous Propaganda"
Our propaganda is better than your propaganda. -- RF
Trust none of what you hear, some of what you read, half of what you see
Reddit's CEO edited comments that criticized him
Demonizing Russian Media
The West is escalating its demonization of Russian media as weapons of "information warfare" that need neutralizing, but that accusation just another part of the West's own propaganda war.
The West's Media Delusions
The U.S. mainstream news media often holds itself out as the world's gold standard, home for careful reporting and diverse opinions compared to Russia's monolithic propaganda, but the reality is quite different.
Who's the Biggest Peddler of Fake News? (long and detailed)

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
60 Percent Of Russian Gas Pipelines Outdated, Expert Says
Oil and gas infrastructure around the world is deteriorating, and Russia is no exception. -- RF

Tokyo Games spiraling costs
The cost of hosting the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics could increase to 2 and a half times the original estimate Tokyo presented as a candidate city.
Children's Cafeterias: Filling the Void for Kids Who Can't Eat at Home
A growing number of "children's cafeterias" across Japan are offering meals at little or no cost to children, mainly from  single-parent households, who are not sufficiently fed at home.
What Jill Stein should be doing is trying to end the one-party system so that people like her have a fair chance in elections. This is nothing but a distraction which helps perpetuate the system that gives Americans a choice between two pro-war candidates, and shuts out others, every election cycle. -- RF

## POTUS-elect ##

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