Sunday, January 15, 2017


News Links, January 16, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Welcome To The Third World, Part 21: This Pension Thing Is About To Get Real
Pre-Davos report calls for reforming capitalism to survive global backlash
World's eight richest as wealthy as half humanity, Oxfam tells Davos

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Job cuts, fewer flights? Hong Kong airline Cathay set for overhaul

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Cashless welfare card: Future of scheme remains uncertain despite interest from towns (Australia)
The Federal Government is remaining tight-lipped about whether it will expand the use of a cashless welfare card, amid  more reports of people dodging the trial scheme and the restrictions it imposes.

## Airline death spiral ##
Cathay Pacific to reassign jobs, review business to reverse earnings slide

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Duterte Orders Troops to Blast Militants and Their Hostages
Philippine President Duterte Threatens to Impose Martial Law
Pro-Tibet Protesters Detained as China's Xi Arrives in Bern
World diplomats tell Trump, Israel: Mideast needs peace
Can Marine Le Pen Pull Off French Election Stunner? Germany a Loser No Matter Who Wins?
What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?
Asian pirates focus on bigger ships off Philippines in hope of securing bigger ransom payments

## Migrants/refugees ##
Scores missing in migrant crossing in Mediterranean: Italy
UN alarmed at migrants dying of cold

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Pakistani Villagers Attack Qatari Prince's Hunting Party
ILO warns of rise in social unrest and migration as inequality widens

## Energy/resources ##
Blackout hits western and southern Libya
Will Our Grandchildren Wonder Why We Didn't Build a Renewable Power Grid When It Was Still Affordable?
Why Nuclear Power is not an alternative to fossil fuels

## Got food? ##
USDA report shows 10 percent of food stamps go to buying soda
Mauled by Peso Crash & Inflation, Mexico to Cut its Dependence on US Food Producers

## Environment/health ##
Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment
The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Russian Security Chief Says Country Seeing More Cyberattacks

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
America's Self-Destructive Obsessions
The U.S. population is led from one hysteria to the next, now transitioning from the Global War on Terror to the New Cold War with Russia, a fearful madness that is infecting the collective psyche.
Facebook to begin labeling fake news for German users
The Dodgy Trump Dossier Reminds Me of the Row Over Saddam's WMDs

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Technology gives, but is so easily taken away

## Japan ##
More bird flu, 80,000 chickens culled
Japan to stop coddling its rice farmers
There's going to be a lot of heavy regret down the road. -- RF
Japan bankruptcies hit 26-year low in 2016 on financial assistance
Pipe checks at Japan's nuclear control rooms conducted without removing insulation
Japan gropes for cyberattack solution as victims suffer in silence

## China ##
China urges shipbuilders to venture abroad
China wants its shipyards to look actively for acquisitions overseas amid weak oil prices and freight rates that have led to declining orders for offshore rigs and vessels worldwide.
China's bitcoin market: another ticking time bomb?
Chinese President Xi travels to Davos with a tough sell on his hands
Beijing hits back at Trump: one-China principle is non-negotiable

## UK ##
Hospitals across UK cancelling 'urgent' cancer operations as NHS winter crisis worsens
Facebook, Twitter and Google bosses to be grilled by Parliament over spread of 'fake news'
Patients on antidepressants for 50 per cent longer than in 1990s
Navy facing heaviest Russian activity since Cold War says First Sea Lord

## US ##
Millennials are worse off than their parents: Millennials earn 20% less than baby boomers at same stage in life.
Increasing debt, net energy decline... The downhill slide accelerates from here. -- RF
6 in 10 Americans don't have $500 in savings
The Clinton Foundation Is Shutting Down The Clinton Global Initiative
We Were Warned About Barack Obama—by Obama Himself
Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

## POTUS-elect ##
Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators
Trump Meets With Professor Who Thinks Global Warming Is Positive
Will the CIA Assassinate Trump? "He's Being Really Dumb For Questioning Russia Conclusions"
In Scathing Attack, CIA Director Brennan Warns Trump To "Watch What He Says"
The departing CIA director John Brennan has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning the President-elect does not fully understand the threat posed to the US by Russia.
Matt Taibbi: "Insane Clown President Trump Was Right About The Media"

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