Tuesday, December 27, 2016


News Links, December 28, 2016

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
When Assets (Such as Real Estate) Become Liabilities
Bank Bailout Balloons, Tab for Italian Banking Crisis Soars
ECB tells Monte dei Paschi it needs to raise $9.2 billion
Toshiba flags hit of 'billions of dollars' on U.S. nuclear acquisition
Brazil's Government Deficit Widens to 9.28% of GDP in November
Financial Times, Barron's Tout Death of Gold
When the pall bearers and grave diggers start dancing on gold's grave, it's usually a good time to buy.
Europe Proposes Confiscating Gold In Crackdown On "Terrorist Financing"
India's Demonetization Debacle Highlights the Dangers of Monetary Monopoly
Cuba Sees Economic Slump Despite US Detente

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Airbus Cuts A380 Production Plans in 2017

## Airline death spiral ##
Korean Air flight attendants get stun gun training
Airbus's A380 Woes Deepen as Jets Delayed for Top Buyer Emirates

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
When Will ISIS Be Stopped? Iraqi Prime Minister Says Just Three More Months Until Terror Group Is Eliminated
Erdogan Says He Has "Confirmed Evidence" The US Supports ISIS
Russia Warns Any Attempt By Obama To Arm Syrian Rebels Will Be Seen As A "Hostile Act"
Russia: Mass Graves Found in Former Rebel Areas of Syria's Aleppo
Israel: 'Ironclad information' White House behind UN rebuke
Ban Ki-Moon For President? South Korean Lawmakers Want To Rope In UN Chief For New Party
Philippines Drug War Update: Officials Seize Record $120 Million Worth Of Meth In Anti-Drug Drives
Russia expands its presence in the Arctic
Obama, Japan's Abe show solidarity in Pearl Harbor visit
Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist
US Funding for Afghan Spies Subsidize Abusive Militia Factions

## Migrants/refugees ##
Merkel Sponsored "Suicide of Germany"
Of the 1.2 million migrants who arrived in Germany in 2014 and 2015, only 34,000 found work. All the rest are on the dole, needing free handouts to survive.

## Energy/resources ##
The Unsustainable $60 Oil Spike In 2017
Power Crisis Looms In Tajikistan
Mexico gasoline prices to rise as much as 20.1 percent in January: government
Coal Demand Is Shifting To Asia
U.S. to sell sweet oil from emergency reserve, delivery in March
Toshiba to log huge loss in nuclear business

## Got food? ##
Congress' budget patch averts national farm loan crisis

## Environment/health ##
Cheetah Numbers Decline as African Habitat Shrinks
An estimated 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild across Africa and in a small area of Iran, and human encroachment has pushed the wide-ranging predator out of 91 percent of its historic habitat, according to a study published on Monday.
Some driveway sealants create toxic muck in streams

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russia Visa Center In US Hacked, Personal Information Breached, Twitter User Claims
New Hampshire health department hack exposes addresses, social security numbers
US Government Can Legally Access Your Facebook Data — and Now We Know How
Suddenly hot smart home devices are ripe for hacking, experts warn

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
CNN falls sharply in ratings after election; Fox News grows

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##

## Japan ##
Toshiba Says Nuclear Writedown May Reach Billions of Dollars
The Bank of Japan Was The Top Buyer Of Japanese Stocks In 2016
Japan culling 90,000 more birds for avian flu
Gov't resumes construction work for U.S. air base relocation
Avian Flu Outbreaks Spark Concern about Egg Price Spike
Japan's wholesale vegetable prices to hit record in 2016
Chinese groups seen forging ties with Okinawa independence activists
Chinese universities and think tanks are forming ties with Okinawa independence groups in a bid to divide public opinion in Japan, a Japanese government agency said in an annual report.
Modern Japanese men dogged by stoic salaryman stereotype
Russia easing visa requirements for Japanese

## China ##
Cancer in the China banking system will metastasize globally
As Mystery Of China's Multi-Billionaire Default Deepens, A New "Bond Scare" Emerges
China dismisses Abe's Pearl Harbor visit, suggests Japan is unrepentant
Piano lessons, maths classes and hours of homework … a weekend in the life of China's stressed-out kids
China jails nine over protests in Guangdong "democracy" village

## UK ##
Scottish teachers take 500,000 days off for mental health reasons in three years
Sixty children referred to Government's counter-terrorism programme every week
High street shops secretly track customers using smartphones
Third of councils to lose cash in social care changes, says Burnham
Eight in 10 middle-aged Britons 'are overweight or exercise too little'

## US ##
US On Track for Record Foreign Weapon Sales

## POTUS-elect ##

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