Friday, December 16, 2016


News Links, December 17, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Here Are the Multinationals whose Bonds the ECB is Discreetly Buying
Italy reportedly set to spend 15 billion euros propping up the banking sector

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
China holds first live-fire drills with aircraft carrier, warships
"We do not need the money. China said they will provide so many," he said. "The politics here in Southeast Asia is changing."
Global Warming: The Right Kind
The fragile coalition of US President Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande, all waging a futile second cold war on Russia has shattered.

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Protests, looting break out in Venezuela amid cash chaos

## Environment/health ##
New map reveals shattering effect of roads on nature
Rampant road building has split the Earth's land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, study shows.
Nevertheless, brain-dead growth advocates still insist that we need more roads... and more suburbs and people and malls and airports and companies and factories and what have you. -- RF
As 'superbugs' strengthen, an alarming lack of new weapons to fight them
Lethal bacteria are showing resistance to more and more antibiotics, and financial and legal hurdles are making it harder than ever for science to create effective new drugs.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
U.S. election agency breached by hackers after November vote
There has been no specific, persuasive evidence shared publicly about the extent of Putin's role or knowledge of the hackings. That lack of proof undercuts Democrats' strategy to portray Putin's involvement as irrefutable evidence of a directed Russian government plot to undermine America's democratic system.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Hillary Clinton Singles Out Putin, Comey in Election Loss
HRC absolutely cannot and will not admit that she lost the election because she offered what many Americans no longer want. -- RF

Putin exits onsen drama holding all the cards
Abe scored no tangible points in a diplomatic judo match over the sovereignty of the four disputed islands off Hokkaido, and the leaders only agreed to start talks on holding joint economic activities on them.
The Real Problem: At Least 6 In 10 Americans Read Headlines … and NOTHING ELSE
New York Times Will Vacate 8 Floors In Its HQ To Generate "Significant Rental Revenue"
Recovering America's History of Progressive Populism
The elites' toadies, lackeys, shills, sycophants, water-carriers and apologists are desperately hyping the context-free, historically ignorant narrative that "populism leads to autocracy" to protect the existing autocracy of the elites.

## POTUS-elect ##

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