Sunday, January 01, 2017

 

News Links, January 2, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Almighty Dollar and the Currencies that Crushed it in 2016

## War on cash/cashless society ##
Checkbooks headed for extinction? Not so fast
No electricity, no network, no money: Battered Tamil Nadu struggles post cyclone Vardah
People in the three affected districts of Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram were left in a lurch on Tuesday with shops, hotels, restaurants and petrol pumps not accepting payments through cards or other digital means due to "network failures".

## Airline death spiral ##
Police say pilot on Canadian airline found passed out drunk
Hong Kong airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon cut back on deep-cleaning schedules

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Istanbul Reina Nightclub Attack: A Look At Turkey's Multiple Terror Attacks In 2016
North Korea's Kim Jong Un Says Pyongyang In Final Stages Of Launching ICBM In New Year Speech: Report
South Korea's Park denies wrongdoing in scandal: media
3 Men Decapitated, 2 More Slain in Acapulco Over New Year's
Syrian warplanes strike near Damascus during fragile truce
As We Enter 2017, Keep The Big Picture In Mind
For The First Time Since World War II, No US Carriers Are Deployed Anywhere In The World

## Migrants/refugees ##
Migrant Crisis 2017: 1,100 Migrants Try To Cross Into Spain's North African Enclave Of Ceuta From Morocco
Cologne police detain 100s of 'African' men over New Year

## Energy/resources ##
Iran Says Turkmenistan Cuts off Gas Shipments Over Past Debts
Are Proven Oil Reserves Just A Political Tool?
Here's Why Canada's Oil Industry Could Still Suffer in 2017
Market Conditions Force Coal Unit Closures in Australia, Germany

## Got food? ##
Venezuela Military Trafficking Food as Country Goes Hungry

## Solutions ##
How To Work Less In 2017? France Gives Workers 'Right To Disconnect' Under New Law To Curb Out-Of-Work Emails

## Environment/health ##
Radical Drinking Water Radiation Rise Confirmed In EPA Plan

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
The Same Hackers Blamed for the DNC Email Hack Were Blamed for Hacking the German Parliament … But that Ended Up Being a Leak By German Insiders, Not a Hack At All
FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed Effort

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news ##
Department of Homeland Security / FBI Claim of Russian Hacking is Fake News
Experts Aren't Convinced by FBI and Homeland Security Report on Alleged Russian Hacking
Italy antitrust chief urges EU to help beat fake news
Competition chief calls for regulation of false information on social media sites
Russia blames White House for reports of school closure
Russia is blaming the White House for what it says are fabricated reports of it closing a Moscow school chartered in part by the U.S. Embassy.
Washington Post Caught Spreading More Fake News About "Russian Hackers"

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Modi's Great Leap Forward

## Japan ##
Japan in Rage Free Zone: Why?
Final Olympics price tag almost certain to exceed current estimate
I told you so. -- RF
Haggling over Olympic cost-sharing

## China ##
China Tightens Forex Capital Controls
China's Xi says won't let anyone make 'fuss' about its territory
Thick Toxic Smoke Engulfs Beijing
China to cut 800 mln tonnes of coal capacity annually by 2020
Growth in China's factories, services slows in December
New crowdfunded news website launched in Hong Kong

## UK ##
Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat
Rail passengers hit by hikes of up to £2,100 in cost of annual tickets
Investigatory Powers Act goes into force, putting UK citizens under intense new spying regime

## US ##
Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline—Until Now
Consumers Are Missing More Credit Card Payments. Here is the data.

## POTUS-elect ##
Trump Says of U.S. Intel 'I Want Them to Be Sure' About Russia Hacks




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