Saturday, January 14, 2017


News Links, January 15, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Eight Forces That Are Pressuring Profits
Davos Wonders If It's Part of the Problem
Did the global elite's devotion to borderless capitalism sow the seeds of a populist backlash?

Syrian army says Israel fires rockets at air base near Damascus
Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli artillery fired rockets at a major military airbase outside Damascus, and warned Israel of repercussions for what it called a "flagrant" attack.
Allies Block Obama's Bid for Last Big UN Showdown With Russia
With just a week left in power, President Obama is said to be spoiling for one last big "showdown" with Russia at the UN Security Council. Diplomats, however, say the matter is all but dead, with both Britain and France resisting and trying to delay the vote beyond Obama's term.
## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Thousands Protest Spain's Dispersion Policy for ETA Inmates
The irony is that Ukraine is also buying Russian gas re-exported by the Europeans. -- RF
Blizzards, gale force winds, arctic temperatures and river ice thicker than a house has left the stewards of the European energy business frenzied. Prices of natural gas, primarily a heating fuel, has soared to the highest in more than two years. Blackouts across Eastern Europe caused electricity rates to spike to record levels.

## Got food? ##

## Solutions ##
Excellent: Life Without Money in Detroit's Survival Economy
How the city's neglected poor rely on time banking, skill-sharing, and giveaways to get by.
There's a lot to learn here, especially about the gift economy. Unless you are a one-percenter, it will pay to assume you'll need these skills in the future. -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Trump's CIA nominee wants a massive surveillance database of Americans
Congress should allow surveillance agencies to collect "all metadata" and combine it with "publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database," Pompeo said in an opinion piece he co-authored in January 2016.
Pulling a J. Edgar Hoover on Trump
President-elect Trump is fending off a U.S. intelligence leak of unproven allegations that he cavorted with Russian prostitutes, but the darker story might be the CIA's intervention in U.S. politics.
Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers
Cellebrite, a digital forensics firm known for helping law enforcement crack into locked smartphones, has itself fallen victim to hackers.
Russia, Trump & Flawed Intelligence (analysis of the sorry report on supposed Russian influence on the US election)
Pot calling kettle: Who's the Real Manipulator of Elections?In berating Russia for alleged interference in the recent U.S. election, the U.S. intelligence community ignores the extensive U.S. role in manipulating political movements around the globe.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Russian tech expert named in Trump report says US intelligence never contacted him
A Russian venture capitalist and tech expert whose name and company are mentioned in the now-notorious document alleging connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian hackers says no intelligence officers have ever contacted him about the accusations, which he says are false.
Mainstream Media's Russian Bogeymen
The mainstream hysteria over Russia has led to dubious or downright false stories that have deepened the New Cold War, as Gareth Porter notes regarding last month's bogus tale of a hack into the U.S. electric grid.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

## UK ##
Councils warn they do not have enough money to take in Syrian refugees
'Specific' terror evidence not necessary for RAF drone strikes
"Specific" advance evidence of a terror plot threatening UK interests is not legally necessary before launching pre-emptive drone strikes against suspects overseas, according to the the attorney general.
America in Need of 'Democracy Promotion'
The U.S. government lectures other countries about "democracy" – and  finances internal opposition in the name of "democracy promotion" – but its own behavior falls far short of democratic norms.
Did Trump Kill 'Liberal Democracy'?
Donald Trump's victory has spurred commentary about the "death of liberal democracy," but the seeds of that demise were planted in the 1980s amid elite orthodoxy in favor of neoliberal economics.
So, where is the outcry from Congress? The torrent of righteous indignation? The bleating from the mainstream media? A call for sanctions by the US government on Ukraine? You see, it's not a matter of right or wrong; it's a matter of who's in whose camp. -- RF
The most worrying issue in the US is terrorism. Isn't that a hoot? How many in the US have died from terrorism?

## POTUS-elect ##
The Scheme to Take Down Trump
The U.S. intelligence community's unprecedented assault on an incoming U.S. president – now including spreading salacious rumors – raises questions about how long Donald Trump can hold the White House.

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