Sunday, December 25, 2016


News Links, December 26, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
A New Crisis Is Brewing in Spain — The government raided the state pension fund. And now what?
Canada's Goods Producing Sector Caves
Bundesbank Hauls its Gold back from New York & Paris Faster than Planned

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Pakistan Senate proposes scrapping 5,000 rupee note
Bitcoin's total value hits record high above $14 billion

## Airline death spiral ##
Chinese woman pleads guilty to opening plane's emergency exit, avoids any punishment

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
While Blaming Trump For "Arms Race", Obama Signs Momentous "Star Wars II" Defense Bill
US-Israel Relations 2016: Benjamin Netanyahu Summons Washington Envoy For Reprimand Over UN Resolution
Netanyahu Says 'No Doubt' U.S. Behind UN Vote on Settlements
Turkey moves arms to Syria border, seeks Trump's backing in war
Japanese destroyer spots China's Liaoning aircraft carrier fleet as it heads to Pacific for exercise
Iran Shoots Down Drone Belonging To Film Crew
A drone belonging to a film crew was reportedly shot down Friday in the Iranian capital Tehran by the country's anti-aircraft forces after it approached the president and the supreme leader's offices. 

## Migrants/refugees ##
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
South Koreans protest for ninth straight weekend for Park to step down

## Energy/resources ##
Challenge 2017: What's next for forgotten coal towns like Alberta's Forestburg as plug pulled on industry
The New Way to Make Money in Energy: Demolition
Although I think their estimates for demolishing nuclear power plants are likely far too low. No doubt many customers will find themselves with huge budget shortfalls. -- RF
Biggest US Coal Company Emerges From Bankruptcy
The U.S. Prepares To Sell Off Its Oil Reserves
Why I'm Hopeful
Why am I hopeful? the Status Quo is devolving, and a better way of living lies just beyond the corrupt, wasteful, ruinous consumerist debt/financial tyranny we now inhabit.

## Environment/health ##
World's Last Wild Frankincense Forests Are Under Threat
But now these last intact wild frankincense forests on Earth are under threat as prices have shot up in recent years with the global appetite for essential oils. Overharvesting has led to the trees dying off faster than they can replenish, putting the ancient resin trade at risk.
Too many humans chasing after too few resources. -- RF
Sorry, but I just don't see how this can be anything but a stop-gap measure to improve people's lives temporarily. Big cities, especially mega-cities, are inherently unsustainable, and the whole thing will end in tragedy. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
"From Putin with Love" - a novel by the New York Times
CIA head: Acting like Russia 'beneath' US
CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that Americans cannot sink to Russia's level when addressing Moscow's apparent meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
What a hoot! For a US official to make such absurd and patently false statements is the height of chutzpah and irony. "We're fighting for our country, our democracy, our way of life," he claims, while everyone knows the US is fighting for the same thing as the other big players: global domination. And as history shows, the US is not above doing whatever it takes. -- RF
British Govt-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels
Emails reveal that a popular source for mainstream Western media is a U.K.-backed propaganda outlet.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Talk about that Christmas spirit! Unmerry Christmas: Mass Brawls Break Out Across America's Malls

## Japan ##
No end in sight to Japan government spending

## China ##
Around 200 Chinese-language teachers are working in schools across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

## POTUS-elect ##
Kissinger, a longtime Putin confidant, sidles up to Trump
Trump Will Shut Foundation to Avoid 'Appearance of Conflict'
The Trump Team: Billionaires and Generals
How Trump Kills the 'Two-State Solution'
President-elect Trump's choice of a backer of Israeli settlements to be ambassador to Israel may be the final death-blow to the "two-state solution," which has been on its death bed for years.

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