Thursday, December 22, 2016


News Links, December 23, 2016

Why the Massive Expansion of "Money" Hasn't Trickled Down to "The Rest of Us"
If you create and distribute money only in the apex of the wealth/power pyramid, it can only benefit the few rather than the many.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Kremlin Calls US-Russian Ties 'Frozen;' Unsure About Trump
The Air Force's top officer said the service is critically short of personnel and needs to expand by more than 30,000 active-duty service members to meet its security obligations, including an air war against Islamic State militants.
Terrorism Undermining Merkel
The bloody truck attack on Berlin's Christmas market is a reminder how the West's destabilization of the Mideast and North Africa now destabilizes Europe and Chancellor Merkel.

How many Americans know this? Considering all the ballyhoo about shale oil and the US becoming the "new Saudi Arabia," you'd think shale oil was the greatest thing since the Creation. But the truth is that it's been operating in the red all along and has finally reached the breakeven point. -- RF

While not news to those in the know, it's rare to find articles like this in the mainstream media. -- RF

What the 'Sore Losers' Want
Disappointed Democrats are blaming Hillary Clinton's defeat on Russian hackers, an establishment-promoted conspiracy theory that serves the interests of America's "war party."

## Japan ##
It takes a lot of energy to raise and educate a child in our high-energy industrial society. Now that we're on the downhill slope (i.e., net energy decline), people just can't afford as many kids as before. -- RF
So much for the cashless society. -- RF
For 6,000, the daily bus ride takes them to Fukushima plant
And it's all underpinned by fossil fuels. -- RF

Playing Whack-A-Mole In Hell: China Battles To Avoid A Meltdown
On today's grossly overpopulated planet, a population loss is a blessing in disguise. -- RF
A plan to tax US imports has better odds of becoming law than many people think
I observed some time ago that the nuclear family is on its way out, and the extended family is making a comeback. As times get harder, families will find that living under one roof and pooling their resources is necessary to get by. -- RF
But the BIG problem is still the one-party system that relegates other parties to the fringes. -- RF
A falling birth rate — as observed above in the Japan category — is the result of net energy decline. -- RF

## POTUS-elect ##

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