Tuesday, January 10, 2017


News Links, January 11, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Commodities Bust Crushes Incomes, House Prices, & Rents in Western Australia
Italy Unemployment Unexpectedly Deteriorates To Highest Since June 2015; Youth Unemployment Jumps To 39.4%
Why Don't the U.S. Dollar and Bitcoin Drop to Their Tangible Value, i.e. Zero?

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Diplomats: Iran to get natural uranium batch
Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. administration and other governments seeking to keep Tehran committed to a landmark nuclear pact.
What is Kerry thinking? It has always been an "America first" policy. -- RF

## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrants Shiver as Icy Blast Grips Europe's Crowded Refugee Camps

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
More Gas Hike Protests in Mexico a Day After Clash at Border

## Energy/resources ##
North Sea Field Decommissioning Comes At A Hefty Price
The decommissioning of depleting oil and gas fields in the North Sea will have a price tag of US$29 billion (24 billion pounds) for UK's taxpayers, which may very well turn it from a cash cow into a drain on the budget.
All that glitters is not green: Costa Rica's renewables conceal dependence on oil
Costa Rica produced 98% of its electricity last year without fossil fuels but the sustainable success story unravels with the rising demand for gasoline and cars
OPEC agreed to cut production in November partly because it was incapable of sustaining output at 2016 levels. Announcing a cut is a good way to cover the reality that commercial reserve limits have been reached.
2016 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded in New Zealand
Homeless and migrants threatened as deep freeze grips Europe
Study: Recovery of Caribbean bats would take 8 million years
"This incredibly long time required to restore diversity reveals the staggering consequences of extinctions."
Dozens killed by Europe's coldest weather in years

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day
The 'Post-Truth' Mainstream Media
U.S. mainstream media sees itself as the definer of what's true and what's "propaganda," but has gotten lost in a fog of self-delusion and is now the principal purveyor of "post-truth" news.
The Democrats' Russia-Did-It Dodge
To avoid facing up to why Hillary Clinton's pro-corporatist candidacy really lost key Rust Belt states, national Democrats are finding it easier to blame Russia, a dangerous and self-defeating game.
10-year countdown begins for launch of Tokyo-Nagoya maglev service
Work to build a line for magnetically levitated bullet trains has kicked off 10 years before its scheduled 2027 launch as Japan looks to shorten the trip from Tokyo to Nagoya to just 40 minutes.
Ain't gonna happen. -- RF
It is estimated that the costs of decommissioning the crippled power station would snowball from 2 trillion yen to 8 trillion yen.

Hundreds of for-profit college programs are at risk of losing federal funding after failing to meet new "gainful employment" standards.

## POTUS-elect ##
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