Thursday, November 17, 2016


News Links, November 18, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
India Launches War on Corruption, Hits Cash, Chaos Ensues
World's biggest shipbuilder to split into four companies
This is going to end in tears. -- RF

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Philippine President Wants to Be Friends With Trump, Putin
Garamendi: No Halt for Nuclear Modernization Programs in Sight
There is little hope for the non-proliferation community to slow down nuclear weapons modernization in the next few years, a Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday.
Dreaming Up a Reason for NATO's Relevance
European leaders still rattle their tiny sabers at Russia, but Donald Trump's election has spread confusion across NATO nations that had dutifully climbed aboard the New Cold War express.
US Army Ranked 'Weak' in New Think Tank Report
Obama Urges Trump To "Stand Up To Russia" As Kremlin Deploys Strategic Bombers Over Syria

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests continue: Hundreds of DC students walk out of class to rally against Trump

## Environment/health ##
Solar Plants Raise Local Temperatures
A recently published study in Scientific Reports found that nighttime temperatures over a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant were regularly three to four degrees Centigrade higher than wildland temperatures. The finding is a direct contrast to other studies based on models that suggests solar PV systems should lower ambient temperatures.
Earlier this year, the 74-year-old predicted that technology would lead Earth to a virtually inevitable global cataclysm.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Will Cutting Off Ads From Google & Facebook Really Stop Fake News?
Of course not. As the author opines, people need to use their heads instead of just taking everything at face value. But I'd like to add one source of "fake news" that was left out here (I'll assume that the author didn't mention it because it just didn't occur to him): The mainstream media. A well-known example, of course, is fictitious Iraqi WMD. More recently were the results of polls supposedly showing that Clinton was leading and bound to win. If mainstream media propaganda isn't "fake news," I don't know what is. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Now Is the Winter of our Discontent: Our Era of Rising Discord
Trump was the inevitable and natural outcome of the system. America got what America deserved. -- RF
The Pressing Problem Nobody Dares Discuss
Perceptions may well change when the global illusions of solvency and "growth" collapse in a heap.

## Japan ##
Economic equality – how much wealth is shared – is a factor that correlates with happiness, and the lack of it in "prosperous" areas is perhaps a reason for them ranking lower on happiness.
Middle-income families, young and poor being 'left behind economically', government warned
Government's Social Mobility Commission says 20th century expectation that each generation better off than preceding one is no longer being met
Britain has passed the 'most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy'

## US ##

## POTUS-elect ##

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