Tuesday, January 17, 2017


News Links, January 18, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Does Immigration Boost Growth? A Look at Data From Around the World
Forty-four percent of business leaders firmly believe globalization has done virtually nothing, for example, to help close the gap between the rich and poor.
It's no surprise, therefore, that more than one in four Americans say that flying is either "unenjoyable or awful," according to a CNBC survey of 815 travelers published that same year, and that could be because their fellow passengers misbehave pretty often. The problem appears to be getting worse instead of better.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
What Is NATO And Why Does Trump Hate It? President-Elect Calls Alliance 'Obsolete' In Interview With London Newspaper
But will shale drillers make any money? -- RF
$25 trillion? Ain't gonna happen! -- RF
Pipeline in Canada needs replacing after 'mischief': police
A section of an intra-provincial oilfield pipeline under construction in Canada's oil heartland of Alberta needs replacement after being damaged by an act of "mischief," authorities said on Monday.
Remember: Hydrogen is not an energy source. It's just another kind of battery. -- RF
The fall armyworm that's native to the Americas has arrived in southern Africa for the first time, wiping out tens of thousands of acres of corn fields.

## Solutions ##
Draining the Swamp in Washington Through Community Banking

## Environment/health ##
North Dakota Governor: DAPL Likely to Get Easement Once Trump Is President

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?
Russia-bashing is in full swing, and there does not appear to be any letup in sight. We are plunging headlong into a new Cold War, riding on a wave of propaganda-induced hysteria. The self-serving claims fueling this campaign need to be challenged every step of the way.
Half of Americans believe Russia interfered in U.S. presidential election: WSJ/NBC poll
A high percentage considering that the "evidence" presented so far is basically nothing more than speculation. And why don't polls ever ask people what they think of US meddling in other countries? -- RF
A Demand for Russian 'Hacking' Proof (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity)
More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans are calling on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that Russia aided the Trump campaign – or admit that the proof is lacking.

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Russia Must be Destroyed: John McCain and the Case of the Dodgy Dossier

## Japan ##
Japan's elderly inmates prefer jail
Japan is in the midst of a geriatric crime wave such that its prisons increasingly look like nursing homes.
Care burden prompting more widows to cut off in-laws
An increasing number of Japanese, especially women, are choosing to terminate legal relations with in-laws after the death of a spouse.

## China ##
Top Chinese Judge Warns Against Judicial Independence
State media last weekend reported that Supreme People's Court Chief Justice Zhou Qiang warned the high court to resist ideologies that pose a threat to the Party, calling on it to: "resolutely oppose the influence of Western 'constitutional democracy,' 'separation of powers,' 'judicial independence' and other harmful ideas.
Affordable water in the U.S.: A looming crisis
If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, a new study finds.
Democrats Lost in a Corporate Wilderness
Over the past quarter century, the national Democratic Party merged with the Clinton pay-for-play money machine and lost touch with American populism.
At the same time, there's too much emphasis on rebuilding the Democratic Party, at the expense of reforming the overall political-party and electoral system. Instead of concentrating on this, the US needs to change its de facto China-style one-party system and widen the political spectrum to allow the genuine participation of parties offering something other than the Republicrat globalist war agenda. The Democratic Party can only be "reformed" in the true sense of the word if it is forced to reform under pressure exerted by alternative voices that threaten the War Party monopoly. Political activists who believe that the Democratic and Republic branches of the War Party can be "reformed" under the current US political regime are dead wrong. -- RF
Companies Scramble to Avoid the "Trump Tweet"
Companies are fawning all over Trump, citing job creations that were already planned before Trump was elected.

## POTUS-elect ##
Trump's Remaking of US Foreign Policy
President-elect Trump is outlining a foreign policy that rejects the interventionist tenets of Washington's neocon/liberal-hawk establishment and puts U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control at the top of his agenda.
Donald Trump v. the Spooks
President-elect Trump is in a nasty slugfest with U.S. intelligence agencies as they portray him as a Russian tool and he blasts their attempt to delegitimize his election.
It's Not About Trump, But Us
The looming inauguration of Donald Trump has led many on the "liberal/left" to vow eternal resistance but this fury has obscured the need for self-reflection on how "progressives" have lost their way.

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