Thursday, January 26, 2017


News Links, January 27, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Domestic Air Travel in Brazil Falls by 7.8 Percent in 2016
Not even the major sporting events, like the Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games in August and September of 2016, were able to boost domestic air transport in 2016.
Death of the Syrian 'Moderate' Fantasy
Neocons and liberal hawks sold the fantasy that Syrian "moderate" rebels were a viable option when all they did was help arm Al Qaeda jihadists and worsen the bloodshed.
Netanyahu: Latest Settlement Expansions 'Just a Taste'
Faced with the dueling condemnations over his massive settlement expansion plans, both by an international community that sees it killing any potential for renewing the peace process, and by settlers who wanted much more, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to focus his efforts to placate on the later.
Emboldened by Trump, Israel Rapidly Expands Illegal Settlements

## Energy/resources ##
Wyoming proposal would require utilities to use fossil fuels 
A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of supporting renewable energy with a plan to do the opposite: Fine utilities if they provide energy produced by wind or the sun.

## Environment/health ##
Side order of plastic with your cod? -- RF

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Eye scans, face scans, fingerprints... There are increasing ways to get your biometric information. And remember, once that information is stolen, your goose is cooked. Unlike a password, you cannot change it. -- RF
A fact which shows that people haven't been paying attention. -- RF
Trump's Ego-Driven Lies
U.S. government lying is surely not a new thing – recall the Iraq War deceptions – but Donald Trump has started off his presidency with clearly false claims that make the problem worse.

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Hailed first as the country's Garden City and then its Silicon Valley, drawing in multinational IT firms and their monied executives, today Bangalore is paying a heavy price for its success -- it's a city overflowing with garbage, its infrastructure and waste collection services unable to keep up with decades of unchecked growth.
The super rich are preparing for the end of the world
The Dow has hit 20,000 for the first time ever, but rather than celebrating, some of the richest of the rich are building bunkers to prepare for a potential apocalypse.
Don't get caught by this bunker mentality. Sooner or later, you'll run out of something — food, energy, etc. — or be overrun. The future is in building self-sustaining, mutually supportive communities. -- RF
Any way you look at it, it's an unsustainable system. -- RF

## Japan ##
Japan government: fiscal targets slip further as tax revenue falls
Japan's government said on Wednesday that the primary deficit will worsen in coming years, even according to its most optimistic forecasts, because of falling tax revenue and weak consumer spending.
Gas usage hits record highs in Tokyo, Osaka as cold bites Japan
Japan has been a bigger coal importer than China in 14 out of the past 24 months
After years of setbacks, Japanese unfit for nuclear energy projects
Japan's fiscal health hopes grow dimmer still
The who, what and why in China's latest VPN crackdown
The new campaign to stamp out 'unauthorised' providers is not expected to target individuals directly but could have big implications for companies based on the mainland
North Korea Will No Longer Receive Weapons Materials From Beijing
China Premier Li Keqiang: 'Economic Openness Serves Everyone Better'
"Rightsizing Has Once Again Come to the Tech Sector"
Struggling Tech Boom as seen through San Francisco's office space market.
US is no longer a full democracy, EIU warns
The U.S. has been demoted from a full democracy to a flawed democracy for the first time, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Deflation Probability Drops to 0% for Next Five Years
Atlanta Fed's "Deflation Probabilities" index: that horrifying threat (lower prices) has been vanquished.

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